22 episodes

Chris Hirst, CEO of Havas advertising group, cuts through the bullsh*t and gets to the heart of modern leadership. In this straight talking podcast he interviews leaders from Clive Woodward to June Sarpong on how to inspire, how to keep going when sh*t hits the fan, and ultimately how to get stuff done. Brought to you by Intelligence Squared.

No Bullsh*t Leadership with Chris Hirst Intelligence Squared

    • Business
    • 4.6 • 30 Ratings

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Chris Hirst, CEO of Havas advertising group, cuts through the bullsh*t and gets to the heart of modern leadership. In this straight talking podcast he interviews leaders from Clive Woodward to June Sarpong on how to inspire, how to keep going when sh*t hits the fan, and ultimately how to get stuff done. Brought to you by Intelligence Squared.

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    Dr Linda Yueh

    Dr Linda Yueh

    In this straight-talking podcast brought to you by Intelligence Squared, Chris Hirst cuts through the bullshit and gets to the heart of modern leadership. 
    In this episode, Chris speaks to the economist, writer and broadcaster, Dr Linda Yueh. Dr Yueh is a Fellow of Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and an advisor to the UK Board of Trade. She was previously Chief Business Correspondent for BBC News and Economics Editor at Bloomberg TV. She is also a widely published author, and her latest book is The Great Crashes: Lessons from Global Meltdowns and How to Prevent Them.  
    Chris Hirst is the author of the award-winning book, No Bullsh*t Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You. Chris’ latest book, No Bullsh*t Change, is published on June 1 2023. His brand new online leadership training programme is available on his website (www.chris-hirst.com) 
    Connect with Chris Hirst on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrishirst/), Twitter (@chrishirst) & Instagram (@chrishirst_leadership).
    Watch exclusive content and original videos from Chris Hirst on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNC4qT90ArKOuKV8B0LWTWA)
    This podcast was produced and edited by Isabella Soames.

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    • 39 min
    Lord Bilimoria

    Lord Bilimoria

    In this straight-talking podcast brought to you by Intelligence Squared, Chris Hirst cuts through the bullshit and gets to the heart of modern leadership. 

    In this episode, Chris speaks to Lord Karan Bilimoria, one of this country’s leading entrepreneurs, a business leader, and politician. He was born in Hyderabad, India in 1961, but moved to London in the 1980s, where he qualified as a chartered accountant and subsequently studied law at Cambridge. In 1989, he co-founded Cobra Beer from a flat in Fulham, a brand that has become globally recognised. In 2006, he was appointed to the House of Lords, where he sits as a crossbench peer. He was awarded a CBE in 2004 for services to business and entrepreneurship, and is the Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. 

    Chris Hirst is the author of the award-winning book, No Bullsh*t Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You. Chris’ latest book, No Bullsh*t Change, is out now. His brand new online leadership training programme is available on his website (www.chris-hirst.com) 

    Connect with Chris Hirst on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrishirst/), Twitter (@chrishirst) & Instagram (@chrishirst_leadership).

    Watch exclusive content and original videos from Chris Hirst on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNC4qT90ArKOuKV8B0LWTWA)

    This podcast was produced and edited by Isabella Soames.
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    • 38 min
    Sir Nicholas Hytner

    Sir Nicholas Hytner

    In this straight-talking podcast brought to you by Intelligence Squared, Chris Hirst cuts through the bullshit and gets to the heart of modern leadership. 

    In this episode, Chris speaks to theatre director Sir Nicholas Hytner. Previously Artistic Director of the National Theatre, his major successes include Miss Saigon, The History Boys, and One Man, Two Guvnors. Under Hytner’s leadership, the National Theatre innovated with Sunday openings, live cinema broadcasts of plays around the world, and reduced price ticket seasons. In 2017, he founded the Bridge Theatre, where he is currently directing Guys and Dolls. Chris and Nicholas discuss his early life in Manchester, the unique challenges of leadership in a rehearsal room, and what is needed to revitalise the arts sector in Britain. 

    Chris Hirst is the author of the award-winning book, No Bullsh*t Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You. Chris’ latest book, No Bullsh*t Change, is published on June 1 2023. His brand new online leadership training programme is available on his website (www.chris-hirst.com) 

    Connect with Chris Hirst on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrishirst/), Twitter (@chrishirst) & Instagram (@chrishirst_leadership).
    Watch exclusive content and original videos from Chris Hirst on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNC4qT90ArKOuKV8B0LWTWA)

    This podcast was produced and edited by Isabella Soames.


    We’d love to hear your feedback and what you think we should talk about next, who we should have on and what our future debates should be. 
    Send us an email or voice note with your thoughts to podcasts@intelligencesquared.com or Tweet us @intelligence2. 
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    Just visit intelligencesquared.com/membership to find out more. 


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    • 36 min
    Kate Mosse

    Kate Mosse

    In this straight-talking podcast brought to you by Intelligence Squared, Chris Hirst cuts through the bullshit and gets to the heart of modern leadership. 
    In this episode, Chris speaks to Kate Mosse, the award winning novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer. She is the author of nine novels and short story collections, and her books have been translated into 38 languages and published in 40 different countries. She’s also the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the largest annual celebration of womens’ writing in the world. She has been Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre and Deputy Chair of the National Theatre. Kate’s latest book, Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World is a celebration of unheard and under-heard women’s history, and she joins Chris to share some of the remarkable stories she uncovered along the way. 
    Chris Hirst is the author of the award-winning book, No Bullsh*t Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You. Chris’ latest book, No Bullsh*t Change, is published on June 1 2023. His brand new online leadership training programme is available on his website (www.chris-hirst.com) 
    Connect with Chris Hirst on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrishirst/), Twitter (@chrishirst) & Instagram (@chrishirst_leadership).
    Watch exclusive content and original videos from Chris Hirst on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNC4qT90ArKOuKV8B0LWTWA)
    This podcast was produced and edited by Isabella Soames.

    We’d love to hear your feedback and what you think we should talk about next, who we should have on and what our future debates should be. 
    Send us an email or voice note with your thoughts to podcasts@intelligencesquared.com or Tweet us @intelligence2. 
    And if you’d like to support our mission to foster honest debate and compelling conversations, as well as ad-free podcasts, exclusive bonus content, early access and much more, become a supporter of Intelligence Squared today.

    Just visit intelligencesquared.com/membership to find out more. 
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    • 32 min
    Justine Roberts

    Justine Roberts

    In this straight-talking podcast brought to you by Intelligence Squared, Chris Hirst cuts through the bullshit and gets to the heart of modern leadership. 
    In this episode, Chris speaks to Justine Roberts, the founder and CEO of Mumsnet to talk about the journey of building Mumsnet into the phenomenon it is today, along with the unique challenges of leading a community driven business. 
    Chris Hirst is the author of the award-winning book, No Bullsh*t Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You. Chris’ latest book, No Bullsh*t Change, is published on June 1 2023. His brand new online leadership training programme is available on his website (www.chris-hirst.com) 
    Connect with Chris Hirst on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrishirst/), Twitter (@chrishirst) & Instagram (@chrishirst_leadership).
    Watch exclusive content and original videos from Chris Hirst on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNC4qT90ArKOuKV8B0LWTWA)
    This podcast was produced and edited by Isabella Soames.

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    • 36 min
    Bruce Daisley

    Bruce Daisley

    Welcome back to Season Four of No Bullsh*t Leadership. 
    In this straight-talking podcast brought to you by Intelligence Squared, Chris Hirst cuts through the bullshit and gets to the heart of modern leadership. 
    In this episode, Chris speaks to Bruce Daisley, a bestselling author and technology leader. Bruce is regarded as one of the most respected thought leaders on the subject of workplace culture and the future of work. His business career saw him spend 12 years running Twitter in Europe, leaving as the most senior leader at the company outside of the US. 
    Bruce is the author of two books: the Sunday Times bestseller Fortitude, and The Joy of Work, which was a Financial Times Book of the Month and was shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year. 
    Chris Hirst is the author of the award-winning book, No Bullsh*t Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You. Chris’ latest book, No Bullsh*t Change, is published on June 1 2023. His brand new online leadership training programme is available on his website (www.chris-hirst.com) 
    Connect with Chris Hirst on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrishirst/), Twitter (@chrishirst) & Instagram (@chrishirst_leadership).
    Watch exclusive content and original videos from Chris Hirst on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNC4qT90ArKOuKV8B0LWTWA)
    This podcast was produced and edited by Isabella Soames.

    We’d love to hear your feedback and what you think we should talk about next, who we should have on and what our future debates should be. 
    Send us an email or voice note with your thoughts to podcasts@intelligencesquared.com or Tweet us @intelligence2. 
    Thank you for supporting our mission to foster honest debate and compelling conversations! Visit intelligencesquared.com to explore all your benefits including ad-free podcasts, exclusive bonus content, early access and much more
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Cmd53 ,

Enjoyable and interesting conversation

I thoroughly enjoyed making this podcast with Chris, so much so that I give it a 5* review. Please forgive the bias! Chris Deverell

Jsynick ,

OK but not challenging enough

The host is too gushy and unchallenging to his guests. Find the smooth jazz theme really cheesy as well. Doesn’t really get to the heart of good leadership or probe guests deeply enough

Antimaterial ,

Excellent, short enough to concentrate

Very good for leaders of all levels, short enough that you can concentrate on it, and simple language (no offence!) that everyone can relate to.
Clive Woodward’s was superb

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