Hello, and welcome to the Inspiring Leadership Podcast, brought to you by Persyou, a bespoke leadership coaching company. In these conversations we connect with recognised leaders from across the world of education and beyond, from sport to politics to the armed forces. These influential expert guests offer listeners the perfect blend of theory, opinion and best practice guidance. These are go-to podcasts for leaders looking for insight and real, actionable inspiration, featuring fascinating people who have reached the highest levels in their field. We are proud to be in partnership with Independent School Management Plus and also supported by The Federation Of British International Schools In Asia.
Kiran Bir Sethi: Design thinking in education
Kiran Bir Sethi is a designer who became a teacher, a principal who grew into an education reformer and subsequently morphed into a social entrepreneur. Kiran founded the award winning Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India, in 2001. Riverside, is viewed as a laboratory to prototype design processes that uses a systems approach to build a culture of empowerment, graduating young citizen leaders with an ‘ I CAN Mindset’ – using their agency for the greater good. In 2009, Kiran launched “Design for Change” which uses a simple 4 step design framework – FIDS (Feel, Imagine, Do, Share) to cultivate the I CAN mind-set in all children. Today, Design For Change is the world's largest movement of change - of and by children, and is in 60+ countries — impacting over 2.2 million children and 65,000 Teachers. This is a wonderful conversation on how an education vision was brought to life.
Pat Burgess MBE: bringing mindfulness to the military
Major Pat Burgess joined the British Army in September 1992 and started his career at The Second Royal Tank Regiment in Germany. He served with the regiment in Germany, Northern Ireland, Canada, Poland, Iraq and Afghanistan in a career that saw him from Trooper, through Tank Commander to Regimental Sergeant Major. He has deployed on operations to Northern Ireland, the invasion of Iraq (and subsequent tours) and a further three tours of Afghanistan.
He is currently involved in the implementation of Physical Awareness Training (PAT), an innovative approach to bringing Mindfulness based coping strategies into the existing culture of physical training. He runs Mindfulness classes for the permanent staff, both military and civilian, and has recently created a defence-wide online mindfulness course, which currently has seen over 4000 subscribers internally and has since been released on the Army’s external webpage as open source. He has most recently been awarded an MBE in recognition of his tireless work in bringing mindfulness to Defence. A fascinating conversation not to be missed!
You can visit Pat's website for free mindfulness material: www.oneworldmindfulness.co.uk.
Stuart Lancaster: From teacher to professional sport
Stuart Lancaster is a former teacher and rugby union coach. He was the Head coach of the English national rugby union team from 2011 until he stepped down in 2015 after the rugby world cup. In September 2016 he joined Irish provincial side, Leinster Rugby and has overseen an incredibly successful period in the clubs history. Before becoming a rugby coach, Stuart attended Carnegie College in Leeds to train as a PE Teacher, while continuing his rugby career and began teaching at Kettlethorpe High School. Stuart is an in demand leadership speaker focussing on building high performing teams with the power of authentic leadership. This is a superb conversation exploring leadership with a top performing sports coach.
For more information you can visit Stuart's website www.stuartlancaster.com
Michelle Scott: Inspiring educational change in Oman
Michelle Scott is the founding Principal of Downe House school Muscat, Oman. Michelle began her career in Australia as an English and Drama teacher before moving to the UK in 1997 to join Downe House as a specialist Drama teacher. Over her 23 year career there, she was Director of Drama, Director of External Relations, Assistant Headmistress (Foundation) and most recently, Deputy Headmistress. In January 2021, she took up the post of founding Principal of Downe House Muscat. In this episode Michelle gives an honest and insightful account of her move to Oman, outlining the challenges and opportunities involved in such a trail blazing international educational project. If you would like to watch a video of this podcast please head over to schoolmanagementplus.com
Sara Cox: Inspiring leadership in professional rugby
Sara Cox is a professional English rugby union referee. In 2016, she became the world’s first professional female rugby union referee, and in 2018 she became the first female to referee a Premiership Rugby Cup match. With a load of international’s already under her belt, in 2020 she made a breakthrough into English Rugby’s Gallagher Premiership as an assistant referee for the Bath v Wasps game and is making her mark on the sport in both the Men’s and Women’s games. In this episode Sara discusses how to develop relationships and run teams within teams in a professional high performance environment. She draws on a wide range of leadership approaches including a police decision making model to support her decision making during a game. This is an inspiring conversation from a ground-breaking athlete jammed packed with take outs for leaders in all settings. If you would like to watch a video of this podcast please head over to schoolmanagementplus.com
Sue Aspinall: Inspiring educational leadership in the Netherlands
Sue Aspinall is the Headteacher of Junior School Vlaskamp, The British School in The Netherlands. Over the last twenty years, Sue has been leading schools through significant change, intent on raising the quality of learning and teaching available to their students. Sue has led schools in Japan, Malaysia, as well as the UK. As the lead facilitator at the BSN's International Leadership Academy, Sue has been providing impactful learning experience for leaders who want to make a difference. This is a fascinating conversation of how to empower and lead staff effectively in a variety of contexts relevant to all sectors. If you would like to watch a video of this podcast please head over to schoolmanagementplus.com
Very Interesting Talks
Nicely balanced and relaxed conversations with inspirational individuals who are able to get their experiences across to the listener in a natural way. Excellent!
An enlightening podcast. Always relaxing and informative listening to Nicholas and guests.
Thanks to Nicholas for bringing these conversations to us. Really wide range of guests talking about leadership and their own journey. A real source of inspiration and professional development.