7 episodes

Merlin is the world’s second largest location-based entertainments company, and growing quickly - as fast as our rollercoasters! With over 140 attractions around the world, we've got leaders in over 20 different countries, from our on-site teams to our executive committee - and they've each got a story to tell. This podcast is where you'll find them.
Hosted by Ioanna Pappa, Merlin’s Head of Leadership Development, each episode is packed full of insights from the people who lead the magic in Merlin. Ioanna will be getting to the heart of the people who lead the magic around the world, discussing what great leadership means to them, and how their soul sings when they're working with people who are passionate about what they do.

Merlin Leadership Unplugged Merlin Entertainments

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Merlin is the world’s second largest location-based entertainments company, and growing quickly - as fast as our rollercoasters! With over 140 attractions around the world, we've got leaders in over 20 different countries, from our on-site teams to our executive committee - and they've each got a story to tell. This podcast is where you'll find them.
Hosted by Ioanna Pappa, Merlin’s Head of Leadership Development, each episode is packed full of insights from the people who lead the magic in Merlin. Ioanna will be getting to the heart of the people who lead the magic around the world, discussing what great leadership means to them, and how their soul sings when they're working with people who are passionate about what they do.

    What it takes to be an Aquarist and Curator | Merlin's Head of Conservation, Welfare and Education (CWE), Marie Collins.

    What it takes to be an Aquarist and Curator | Merlin's Head of Conservation, Welfare and Education (CWE), Marie Collins.

    What does it take to be an Aquarist and Curator? We speak to our Head of Conservation, Welfare and Education at SEA LIFE North America and SLC Displays, Marie Collins.
    Growing up in the Pennsylvanian landscape, Marie had a passion for aquatics and marine life from a young age. She studied biology and marine sciences and spent a considerable amount of time during her Master's degree studying Octopus in a cephalopod lab.
    A true expert in her field, Marie shares her advice on leaning into your passions to find a career you truly love.
    Want more career and leadership advice? Make sure you're following us on our socials:
    TikTok: Merlin Careers (@merlin_entertainments) | TikTok
    Instagram: Merlin Entertainments Careers (@merlinentertainmentscareers) • Instagram photos and videos

    • 40 min
    Temporary Maternity Cover to Global Brand Director of Madame Tussauds and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre | Angela Jobson

    Temporary Maternity Cover to Global Brand Director of Madame Tussauds and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre | Angela Jobson

    On National Mentor Day, we share this inspiring chat with Merlin's Global Brand Director, Angela Jobson.Angela Jobson began her Merlin career nine years ago when she joined on a temporary Maternity Cover contract. Now, she leads the global Brand and Marketing teams for Madame Tussauds and LEGOLAND Discovery Centres.Speaking of the mentors she's been influenced by, Angela shares her tips for being a successful leader and being open to opportunities. Want more career and leadership advice? Make sure you're following us on our socials:TikTok: Merlin Careers (@merlin_entertainments) | TikTokInstagram: Merlin Entertainments Careers (@merlinentertainmentscareers) • Instagram photos and videosFacebook: Merlin Entertainments Careers | FacebookYouTube: Merlin Entertainments Careers - YouTube

    • 40 min
    Failing Forward, Embracing Feedback, and Practicing Gratitude | Graeme Johnson - Merlin's Group Talent, Learning and Performance Director

    Failing Forward, Embracing Feedback, and Practicing Gratitude | Graeme Johnson - Merlin's Group Talent, Learning and Performance Director

    Are interviews the best way to make decisions on hiring people? Should giving and receiving feedback be easy? And, how can you spot a great leader?
    Merlin's Group Talent, Learning and Performance Director, Graeme Johnson, sits down to discuss these questions and more, with Merlin Leadership Unplugged's host, Ioanna.
    Graeme passionately discusses the work he and his team are doing and bravely opens up on his own experiences of setbacks, failures, and becoming a good leader.
    From the feedback that has inspired his last 15 years, to ways you can encourage fun and trust in your teams, Graeme's insight will leave you exiting this podcast feeling motivated, empowered, and ready to step into your leadership career.
    Want more career and leadership advice? Make sure you're following us on our socials:
    TikTok: Merlin Careers (@merlin_entertainments) | TikTok
    Instagram: Merlin Entertainments Careers (@merlinentertainmentscareers) • Instagram photos and videos
    Facebook: Merlin Entertainments Careers | Facebook
    YouTube: Merlin Entertainments Careers - YouTube

    • 36 min
    Merlin Leadership Unplugged | Rob Smith

    Merlin Leadership Unplugged | Rob Smith

    For Managing Director of Midway Attractions Rob Smith, a highlight of working for Merlin is that “everyone is open to new ideas, to individuality, to diversity” – something Rob has seen in a variety of forms throughout his two decades at the company.
    Not one to shy away from a new idea, Rob has recently returned to London from 12 years in Sydney as Divisional Director for the Asia-Pacific Merlin attractions and caught up with Ioanna Pappa in the latest episode of Merlin Leadership Unplugged as he starts his next exciting chapter.
    As we celebrate Pride month, Rob highlights how our leaders are a fundamental part of driving change, driving belonging, and driving how we work together to highlight diversity, inclusion, and representation across Merlin’s global attractions.
    Listen now to discover how Rob has embraced new ideas throughout his career, how he believes leaders can create change, and how pride is driven by passion.

    • 47 min
    Merlin Leadership Unplugged | Hywel Mathias

    Merlin Leadership Unplugged | Hywel Mathias

    When faced with setback, how can it be reframed to provide an opportunity for growth? Midway Strategy Director Hywel Mathias explored this in the latest episode of our new podcast, Merlin Leadership Unplugged, as he discussed how his experiences have driven his passion and career journey, including his neurodiversity and how embracing what makes you different can uncover strengths you didn’t know existed.

    In his 15 year career in Merlin, Hywel’s wealth of knowledge in all areas of the business has enabled him to explore the variety of magic that our attractions have to offer, from discovering new opportunities, to motivating teams to success, to the energy that comes from frontline operation.Listen here to learn more about Hywel’s career journey, the personal experiences that led him to where is today and the importance of wellbeing both in and out of work.

    • 55 min
    Merlin Leadership Unplugged | Steve Blackburn and Konrad Halabuda

    Merlin Leadership Unplugged | Steve Blackburn and Konrad Halabuda

    April is Autism Acceptance Month, and in this month’s episode of Merlin Leadership Unplugged, Ioanna Pappa speaks with New Business Development Director Steve Blackburn and Digital Product Manager Konrad Halabuda about how Merlin is working to ensure that accessibility is a “built in, not bolt on” factor when creating our attractions. Learn more about how our Intel Group is supporting Merlin’s accessibility, how Steve and Konrad navigate their work and home life balance, and what makes a family day out truly magical.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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