Building Better Leaders is a weekly podcast created to help leaders get the best outcomes for themselves, their teams and organisation. Hosted by the founders of Scaffold Coaching, (http://scaffoldcoaching.com/) Rachael Sullivan and John Tattersall, they cover all things work: from how to lead your team in uncertain times, overcoming motivation issues, managing change, better decision making, problem solving, managing work and home life to building outstanding organisational culture.
Each week Rachael & John interview guests from different walks of life who share their leadership journeys; through their stories we learn how these people have achieved amazing results, successful careers and developed others by adopting different leadership strategies. At the end of each interview our guests share their 3 Leadership Essentials which you can consider implementing to improving your leadership skills.
Once a month they taker a deeper dive into applying their guests leadership lessons: in the first 10 minutes they give you 3 Leadership Essentials that you can takeaway and put into practice. The second part of the podcast delves a little deeper by exploring the Coaching Approach, where they ask fictional characters a number of coaching questions; learning how their careers and leadership experiences develop, meeting popular real-working life challenges.
#36 Managing Performance Through Transformational Leadership
In this weeks podcast John & Rachael discuss the contributions from their last three guests Ira Wolfe at Success Performance Solutions, Tom Manning at The Pathway Academy, and Andrew Thomas at BetterYou, in the context of how organisations evaluate performance in 2021 and beyond.How do transformational leaders approach performance management? Aimed at HR and Leaderships Teams keen to reflect on how they adapted their people function through COVID-19, and what might be next.
Be well to work well. People’s performance depends in part on their physical and mental health. How can you as leaders support and manage the well being of your most important asset?
Building a strong pathway with clear signposting for your employees. This helps everyone evaluate their performance so much better, they can see what they need to do to achieve personal and organisational success.
Adaption and transformation are not the same thing. Adaption is required in the short term. But it is largely reaction. True transformation is required in the long term taking a more holistic approach. We’ve had an age of digital transformation Are we moving into an era of people transformation?
In The Coaching approach we meet the new HR Director Safina, who has some interesting ideas that will transform performance management, reward and the day-to-day approach and roles of the Senior Leadership Team.
#35 Better Health & Nutrition with Andrew Thomas - Founder of BetterYou
This week we celebrate World Health Day with the wonderfully knowledgeable Andy Thomas CEO and Founder of BetterYou. We talk about needing to be well, to lead well.
Our dramatically changing modern western diet and lifestyles have led to us losing a growing number of key nutrients which are essential to maintaining a balanced, healthier and fitter body. Andy talks about how a chance meeting led to him finding his true purpose; the challenges he encountered, the people and organisations that helped him, and that he is forever learning, how to help people lead healthier lives.
We chat about his passion, learning and commitment to developing new products, and the innovation required to meet the growing needs of customers’ nutritional requirements. This was a real education for us, learning how important crucial certain minerals and vitamins are, and how they are ingested can have a real impact on their effectiveness.
Andy’s Leadership Essentials are:
1. Try and make decisions you’re proud of, that you can substantiate; start by looking at yourself
2. Be humble - Be the leader, yet have the confidence to move forward, back your own judgement
3. Treat your people as fellow travellers; listen to what they think, its more fun, and they throw things in - you’d probably never thought of
You can learn more about BetterYou products by visiting betteryou.com
#34 Traditional Performance Management is Dead with Tom Manning
In this weeks episode Rachael & John chat to Tom Manning founder of The Pathway Academy about how to create high performing, emotionally intelligent teams. They talk about how laying a clear career pathway for employees to follow, is the most effective approach to attracting like minded employees.What does it look like to be at a certain level in your organisation? Do you know what behaviours are required of you, what is the expected skill level; and how does this differ from what is required at the next level, and the level above that?If you have the answers to all these questions, it makes it easier for you to be accountable; you know what is expected of you, producing a performance win/win. Leadership Essentials:
The most important relationship you have is the one you have with yourself - and it heavily influences all your other relationships.
Be clear with people. We are often very unclear!
Without consequences there is no accountability (and anger isn't an effective consequence).
Tom's 7 step model for creating the pathway:
Being aware - Developing emotional awareness and understanding.
Being Clear - Being Clear about what is expected and what good looks like.
Being Accountable - Creating consistently accountable teams without anger.
Being Human - Giving people room to make mistakes while they learn - and to then develop a more authentic relationship with themselves.
Being Active - Being active in the development of our people - developing human character as well as competence / experience.
Being in the right place - Helping people to live their own purpose and be in the right role for them.
High Standards - The setting and upholding of high standards.
You can contact Tom here: https://thepathwayacademy.co.uk/the-pathway/
#33 Adaptability with Author - Ira Wolfe
In this weeks episode Rachael & John are joined by author of ‘Recruiting in the Age of Googlization’ - Ira Wolfe. His company Success Performance Solutions, helps organisations hire smarter and faster, where people are valued for their attitude and not just their skills.
Ira talks to us about his fascination with the speed of change, the challenge of living in perpetual uncertainty and how technology disrupts how we work. Describing himself as a millennial in a baby boomer body, his passion for the future of work is at the very core of this insightful, thought leading conversation. He shares his positive switch on VUCA from Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambitious to Vision, Understanding, Courage/Confidence and Adaptability.
We talk about transformation and what is required for business leaders develop a transformational mindset. Ira shares his thoughts on how a transformational mindset is essential to adapting and leaders can achieve this by becoming more courageous and confident in their actions. While also developing their abilities with a sharp focus on his top five focuses for any leader, these being:
Mental Flexibility - Dealing with Flexibility, and paradox
In his area of expertise we lift the lid on recruitment today and what’s required in future.
1. Growing our ability to adapt: this should be perpetual, and used every day
2. Greater level of authenticity and transparency: be more comfortable with yourself by asking the relevant questions
3. Learn how to be more hopeful: have the courage to be more hopeful to truly feel optimistic, and share that hope with those you lead.Links: Eduard Spranger - Types of Men https://amzn.to/3s1QNZIPodcast https://geeksgeezersgooglization.comWebsite & Book https://www.successperformancesolutions.com
#32 Debating the Drama Triangle with Harry, Meghan and The Firm
In this weeks podcast Rachael & John pull together their recent guests leadership essentials by taking a look at the Drama unfolding both sides of the water between Harry & Meghan and The Firm.
1. Never underestimate the power of a group and how much it can influence, however small in number
2. Test your assumptions and be constantly aware of the potential for employee burnout; particularly as people often feel the need to “rescue the organisation.”
3. Care in Leadership is about managing the difference between your intentions and their impact. We can often have the right intentions because we know what we intended, but that doesn’t stop them from having bad impact.
In the Coaching Approach they visit their fictional organisation and catch up with them during their latest team coaching session. The numbers aren’t looking good, Jackson is feeling frustrated and pointing the finger at Kim. She is looking tired and exhausted, - Janet is concerned about her and is worried that she might be in danger of burnout? John jumps to her defence.
Their Facilitator suggests they re-frame the situation by each giving their views on Harry & Meghan and The Firm as to where everyone is sitting on the Drama Triangle. On reflection everyone can start to see which seat they’ve been sitting on, and are surprised to find that they keep moving from Persecutor to Rescuer, and all feeling like they’re the Victim.
#31 Katherine Whitton CMO of Specsavers Talks Leadership & Legacy
In celebration of International Women’s Day (8th March) Rachael & John are joined by Katherine Whitton the outgoing CMO of Specsavers to talk about inspirational women in leadership. This conversation is a little trip down memory lane for Rachael as she worked for Katherine back in 2008, when Katherine was Head of Global and UK Marketing Communications at British Airways. Rachael reflects on how Katherine was an inspirational leader who helped shape the course of Rachael’s own leadership journey years down the line.
Some of the topics we discuss are:
The importance of care in leadership.
The traits that make a leader worthy of following
The importance of followship in leadership
How to inspire confidence in women - Katherine shares her 3 C’s to inspire women in the workplace.
How inspirational men like Jack Ma founder of Alibaba are changing how women are viewed in the workplace
What is it that made the line ‘Should’ve gone to Specsavers so iconic’ and how it has made its way into popular culture.?
The idea of stewardship in leadership and leaving a role better than you found it.
Inspirational leaders Katherine has worked for including the Doug and Mary the founders of Specsavers, leaders at Barclaycard and other leading brands.
Katherine’s Leadership Essentials (01:10:50)
Any leader should ask themselves: “Why should someone follow me?” If you are lucky enough to lead: What is it, I have that makes them want to follow me?
Wonderment - How do you build a compelling narrative around - possibilities and vision. You have the responsibility, if you lead others, to inspire them to come on the journey with you.
Empowering people to bring their best selves to work; let individuals be their best selves and let them do it their way. It’s true that this creates friction; it’s the leaders responsibility to make sure that friction creates something sensational.
Related Content:#22 In our podcast series: Inspirational Female Leader Jan Iceton Chair of Smart Works talks to us about her incredible career in SAAS and Tech https://bit.ly/2JFkEpW
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I have found these really useful and have made me start to think differently. I have really enjoyed the interviews and this is helping me on my leadership journey. Looking forward to I the next one.
Took me a couple of eps to get into it but as I’ve followed them the stories and fictional characters are really helping me understand the leadership theory in my workplace context. Some good guests too and I enjoy John and Rachael’s stories.
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Often management podcasts are often too abstract, I found these provided useful contextualised content in bite sized chunks. Looking forward to the next instalment(s)