16 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 • 28 Ratings

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.

    Sharmadean Reid

    Sharmadean Reid

    Chris Hirst, Global CEO of advertising group Havas Creative, cuts through the b******t and gets to the heart of modern leadership in this straight-talking podcast brought to you by Intelligence Squared. 
    In this episode, Christ Hirst speaks to Sharmadean Reid, founder of The Stack World. After graduating from Central Saint Martins and working as a brand consultant for Nike and Asos, Sharmadean founded WAH Nails in 2009, which changed the landscape of the beauty industry with its innovative brand and salon spaces. In 2018, to launch her second business, BeautyStack, Sharmadean raised nearly £4 million in funding, making her one of only 10 Black female entrepreneurs to raise that level of venture capital. Most recently, in 2021, Sharmadean launched her newest venture, The Stack World - a networking community for like-minded and mission-driven women. All the while, she has been consistently documenting her journey and her experience as well as organising business events for young female entrepreneurs. She was awarded an MBE in 2015. 
    If you enjoyed this podcast please let us know what you think by rating and reviewing No Bullsh*t Leadership on Apple Podcasts. For updates on the series follow @intelligence2 and @chrishirst on Twitter. 
    Producer & Editor: Bella Soames; 
    Technical Support: Mark Roberts. 
    Chris Hirst is author of the award-winning book No Bulls*ht Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You. 
    Podnotes: 

    00:00 Intro 

    01:44 Growing up in Wolverhampton 

    05:55 Your biggest influence growing up 

    08:10 Choosing the degree you were going to study when you were 12 

    10:30 Being a fantasist, and being able to execute on ideas 

    12:41 Changing attitude to work: working to maintain, not working to constantly progress 

    14:24 Implications of this changing attitude to work 

    16:51 Are we in an age of entrepreneurship? 

    18:11 Are humans always naturally trying to improve their condition? 

    19:21 The conflict between being an entrepreneur and maintaining time for yourself 

    20:45 The satisfaction that comes from running your own business

    23:14 How your leadership style has evolved 

    25:56 Why you do an annual list of things that have gone wrong for you, and why you choose to share it 

    31:01 Advice for those who have a business idea but don’t know how to make it a reality 

    32:20 The best piece of advice you’ve ever been given 

    33:23 What’s next? 

    
    Connect with Chris Hirst on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrishirst/, Twitter: https://twitter.com/chrishirst and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrishirst_leadership/
     
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    • 36 min
    Roula Khalaf

    Roula Khalaf

    Chris Hirst, Global CEO of advertising group Havas Creative, cuts through the b******t and gets to the heart of modern leadership in this straight-talking podcast brought to you by Intelligence Squared. 
    In this episode, Christ Hirst speaks to Roula Khalaf, the Editor of the Financial Times. In January 2020, Khalaf became the first female editor in the Financial Times’ 134-year history. Her path to the top of the FT came through her work as a foreign correspondent. Born in Lebanon, she served as the FT’s Foreign Editor, reporting from Iraq, Iran and Syria, and leading the FT’s coverage of the Arab Spring. She joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent after a stint as a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York, and she now manages 600 journalists across the globe as editor of one of the world’s most respected and recognisable publications.  
    If you enjoyed this podcast please let us know what you think by rating and reviewing No Bullsh*t Leadership on Apple Podcasts. For updates on the series follow @intelligence2 and @chrishirst on Twitter. 
    Producer & Editor: Bella Soames; 
    Technical Support: Mark Roberts. 
    Chris Hirst is author of the award-winning book No Bulls*ht Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You. 
    Podnotes: 

    00:00 Intro 

    01:17 Becoming editor during the pandemic 

    04:59 Increased trust in the media 

    07:21 Your childhood and growing up in Beirut 

    10:52 Your take on Carlos Ghosn 

    12:26 Your first job at Forbes and meeting Jordan Belfort 

    14:40 Early career as a foreign correspondent 

    16:24 Your leadership style 

    17:12 Learning about a new style of management during the pandemic 

    20:00 What you can and can’t achieve with hybrid working systems 

    21:28 Your experience as the first female editor of the Financial Times 

    22:16 Why a diversity of views makes for better journalism 

    23:52 The difference between leadership near the top of an organisation, and once you become the leader of an organisation 

    27:45 The FT’s role in highlighting the topics that should be relevant to their readers 

    30:52 What do you think of Elon Musk buying Twitter? 

    32:32 What role has failure played in your career? 

    34:13 A piece advice for somebody taking on a new, big leadership position 

    35:20 What next? 


    Connect with Chris Hirst on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrishirst/, Twitter: https://twitter.com/chrishirst and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrishirst_leadership/
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    • 36 min
    Philip Collins

    Philip Collins

    Leadership requires clarity of thought, speech and writing. But all too often business executives fall into the trap of using (and overusing) corporate buzzwords – ‘deep dive’, ‘move the needle’, ‘outside the box’ – and filling their emails and documents with obfuscating jargon.

    Former speechwriter to Tony Blair, Philip Collins argues that ‘business is a simple enterprise made complex by people who do it badly’. His new book, To Be Clear: A Style Guide for Business Writing, is a call to arms, urging businesses to stop using the language of nonsense and start communicating with clarity, simplicity and meaning. 

    In this episode of the No Bullsh*t Leadership podcast, hosted by CEO of Havas Creative Chris Hirst, we explored how business writing has changed over time, how business executives can practically cut through the bullsh*t that has become orthodox, and how we can all wield language to become better leaders. 

    If you enjoyed this podcast please let us know what you think by rating and reviewing No Bullsh*t Leadership on Apple Podcasts. For updates on the series follow @intelligence2 and @chrishirst on Twitter. 

    Producer & Editor: Bella Soames;
    Technical Support: Mark Roberts. 

    Chris Hirst is author of the award-winning book No Bulls*ht Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You. 

    Podnotes: 


    00:00 Intro 

    01:30 Best communicator you have seen in-person 

    01:40 The best piece of advice you’ve been given 

    01:59 One piece of advice to write more clearly 

    05:08 Influence of the King James Bible on your love of writing  

    07:07 What has united all the different jobs you have done? 

    08:59 The process of writing for somebody else 

    12:01 Why did you write the book now?  

    15:36 The dangers of using jargon 

    16:42 The link between clarity of thought and clarity of communication

    18:17 Being unclear on purpose can be useful 

    19:45 Why the term ‘frontline workers’ is unhelpful 

    20:44 Similarities between poor communication in business and in politics 

    22:22 Why every business has an interest in speaking clearly to the public 

    23:24 Do the same principles of effective communication apply today? 

    25:54 Why people are frightened to be clear 

    26:37 Who are the most effective communicators today? 

    28:59 Why Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are good political communicators 

    31:10 Your next job 


    Connect with Chris Hirst on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrishirst/, Twitter: https://twitter.com/chrishirst and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrishirst_leadership/
     
    Watch exclusive content and original videos from Chris Hirst on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNC4qT90ArKOuKV8B0LWTWA
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    • 32 min
    Anthony Scaramucci

    Anthony Scaramucci

    Chris Hirst, Global CEO of advertising group Havas Creative, cuts through the b******t and gets to the heart of modern leadership in this straight-talking podcast brought to you by Intelligence Squared.

    In this episode, Christ Hirst speaks to Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House Director of Communications – a post he held for an infamous 11 days under President Donald Trump in 2017. The majority of Scaramucci’s career has actually been spent outside politics. He is the founder of global investment firm SkyBridge Capital. In 2011, Scaramucci received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award and in 2016 was listed in Worth magazine's "100 Most Powerful People in Global Finance". He spoke to Chris Hirst about leading as an entrepreneur, having the tenacity to fail upwards, working for Donald Trump – and what he would do if Trump ran for President again.

    If you enjoyed this podcast please let us know what you think by rating and reviewing No Bullsh*t Leadership on Apple Podcasts. For updates on the series follow @intelligence2 and @chrishirst on Twitter.
    Producer & Editor: Bella Soames;
    Technical Support: Mark Roberts.
    Chris Hirst is author of the award-winning book No Bulls*ht Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You. 

    Podnotes: 


    00:00 Intro 

    04:20 Your leadership style 

    06:02 The word you would delete from the bullsh*t business jargon dictionary 

    06:30 The leader you most admire 

    7:13 The best advice you’ve ever been given 

    10:14 Were you naive when you took the job at the White House? 

    13:09 Being fired and rehired by Goldman Sachs 

    17:35 Learnings from your first job 

    20:23 Differences in leadership as entrepreneur vs. an established corporate environment

    23:30 Why you were always going to become an entrepreneur 

    26:32 How you ended up working for Donald Trump 

    30:48 Getting it wrong on Donald Trump 

    32:39 The influence of social media on modern leadership styles 

    34:27 The societal problems that made Donald Trump electable 

    35:53 Will Donald Trump run for president again?

    38:40 Suffering from self-doubt  

    40:40 Getting it wrong on the impact of the pandemic in early 2020

    41:55 What next?  


    Connect with Chris Hirst on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrishirst/, Twitter: https://twitter.com/chrishirst and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrishirst_leadership/
     
    Watch exclusive content and original videos from Chris Hirst on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNC4qT90ArKOuKV8B0LWTWA
     
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    • 45 min
    General Sir Chris Deverell

    General Sir Chris Deverell

    Chris Hirst, Global CEO of advertising group Havas Creative, cuts through the b******t and gets to the heart of modern leadership in this straight-talking podcast brought to you by Intelligence Squared. 
    In this episode Chris Hirst speaks to General Sir Chris Deverell. After joining the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment in 1983, he served in the British Army for over 40 years, ending his career as a 4* General. Over this period, he led multiple organisations of tens of thousands of people; civilian and military, frontline and supporting, on operations and in headquarters. His final role was leading Joint Forces Command at the British Army. During his time in the army, he drove innovation at the Ministry of Defence and since retiring, he’s taken on a number of roles, in the AI, tech, and innovation space.
    If you enjoyed this podcast please let us know what you think by rating and reviewing No Bullsh*t Leadership on Apple Podcasts. For updates on the series follow @intelligence2 and @chrishirst on Twitter. Producer & Editor: Bella Soames; Technical Support: Mark Roberts. Chris Hirst is author of the award-winning book No Bulls*ht Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You. 
    Here are the pod notes from this fascinating episode.

    00:00 Intro 

    01:29 The conflict in Ukraine 

    02:06 Could the West have prevented the Russian invasion of Ukraine? 

    03:07 The West’s response 

    06:04 Groupthink in autocracies vs. democracies 

    06:50 What would you be doing if you were still a 4* General during this crisis? 

    10:04 Zelensky’s leadership 

    15:02 What was your favourite role during your 40-year career in the military? 

    16:33 How to get more female and ethnic minority leaders into the military 

    19:57 Dislike of hierarchical information flows vs. the necessity of hierarchy in the military 

    23:51 How homogeneity prevents change in the military and in business  

    27:25 Business career after leaving the military 

    30:01 The impact of AI on leadership 

    31:22 The challenge of balancing consensus and bold decision-making as a leader and how to lead a team 

    33:35 The role of failure in your journey 

     
    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)
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    • 36 min
    John Simpson

    John Simpson

    Chris Hirst, Global CEO of advertising group Havas Creative, cuts through the b******t and gets to the heart of modern leadership in this straight-talking podcast brought to you by Intelligence Squared. In this special episode, Chris speaks to the BBC’s World Affairs Editor John Simpson. John has dedicated his life to reporting from the frontline, joining the BBC more than 50 years ago as a reporter. His eyewitness testimony has shed light on many of the most significant moments in modern history; from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the Iraq War in 2003, where he was seriously injured in a friendly fire incident on the road to Baghdad. His career has taken him to more than 120 countries, including 30 war zones, interviewing global leaders ranging from Nelson Mandela to tyrants such as Saddam Hussein along the way. Most recently, he returned from Finland, where he was reporting on Russia's invasion of Ukraine for his new programme, Unspun World. If you enjoyed this podcast: please let us know what you think by rating and reviewing No Bullsh*t Leadership on Apple Podcasts. For updates on the series follow @intelligence2 and @chrishirst on Twitter. Producer/Editor: Bella Soames; Technical Support: Mark Roberts. Chris Hirst is author of the award-winning book No Bullsh*t Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader is You. 
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 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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