8 episodes

Leaders. What keeps you up at night? Welcome to the C-Suite Spot, the podcast series that expands the traditional term of what a ‘boss’ is to tackle some of the most important issues in business from start-up, through step-up, succession planning and scaling a corporate or global business.

Leadership can be lonely. In this series we talk with and learn from inspiring leaders from all walks of life, touching on important topics about how to really live, successful business strategies, overcoming challenges, managing an issue or crisis, getting your company structure right and implementing well, making the tough calls, balancing life and work and getting our priorities right.

From business as usual and growing your market to everyday leadership issues or handling 100-year events and everything in between – we aim to provide ongoing inspiration and education and a meeting place for CEO’s, founders, management, shareholders and leadership.

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Leaders. What keeps you up at night? Welcome to the C-Suite Spot, the podcast series that expands the traditional term of what a ‘boss’ is to tackle some of the most important issues in business from start-up, through step-up, succession planning and scaling a corporate or global business.

Leadership can be lonely. In this series we talk with and learn from inspiring leaders from all walks of life, touching on important topics about how to really live, successful business strategies, overcoming challenges, managing an issue or crisis, getting your company structure right and implementing well, making the tough calls, balancing life and work and getting our priorities right.

From business as usual and growing your market to everyday leadership issues or handling 100-year events and everything in between – we aim to provide ongoing inspiration and education and a meeting place for CEO’s, founders, management, shareholders and leadership.

    Dr Chris Galloway: Practical frameworks on dealing with a company crisis

    Dr Chris Galloway: Practical frameworks on dealing with a company crisis

    Dr Chris Galloway: Practical frameworks and ideas on how to plan for, execute and respond during a company crisis
     
    In this episode we chat with Dr Chris Galloway to offer useful tips on some of the most-asked questions we receive when it comes to company issues, crises and risk.
     
    Chris is an internationally recognised scholar and commentator on issue management and risk and crisis communication. His interests include reputation management and reputation risk, topics on which he runs workshops for the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand. Chris is an occasional media analyst in both print and broadcast media, and a contributor to www.companycrisis.co.nz.
     
    We often have founders, c-suite, board members and chairpersons request help for company issues and crises. To help answer some of the most common questions, Chris and Dwayne Alexander, Global Practice Leader at Alexander PR, sat down for a chat.
     
    Topics we cover in this episode include:
    The “golden hour” has shrunk to minutes – implications for leaders;
    What is a risk matrix for boards?
    What CEOs have learned through Covid-19 and can apply for 2021;
    EQ, intuition, confirmation bias and board behaviour;
    The importance of monitoring systems and having environmental scanning in place;
    A framework of five different response strategies leaders and organisations tend to choose;
    The concept and implementation of a “ready response team”;
    Planning for and communicating during and after a crisis;
    What to do immediately after stepping into the “hot chair”.
     
    If you enjoyed this chat, please make sure to like, rate and subscribe to the c-Suite Spot to stay up-to-date with all our episodes.
     
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    • 49 min
    Gemma Major - Philanthropy and the youthquake plus how we overcome labels

    Gemma Major - Philanthropy and the youthquake plus how we overcome labels

    What does youth-led philanthropy look like in New Zealand? How do you become more than the labels others put on you? Is it possible to look after our mental wellbeing while also being a high-performing go-getter? In our last episode for 2020, Emily Svadlenak speaks with Gemma Major to explore some of the big questions of work, life and balance.

    • 40 min
    Dwayne Rowsell, a founders story - building a successful holistic boxing start-up and why wellbeing has to be your #1 focus

    Dwayne Rowsell, a founders story - building a successful holistic boxing start-up and why wellbeing has to be your #1 focus

    In this episode we speak with professional athlete and business owner Dwayne Rowsell to discuss physical and mental wellbeing as a leader.
    We also cover:
    The challenges of being a successful sports person and running your own business.
    Why a holistic approach to wellbeing is important for everyone.
    Go-to-tips to bring in more balance to a busy schedule.
    We hope you enjoy this chat with Emily Svadlenak and Dwayne Rowsell! Make sure to like, rate and subscribe to the C-Suite Spot to stay up-to-date with all our episodes.
    About our guest, Dwayne Rowsell​:
    Dwayne Rowsell is a professional Black Sticks Men’s hockey player, certified personal trainer and co-founder of Studio Box, a boxing-inspired group fitness studio.
    He is an advocate for physical and emotional wellbeing and, having spent most of his life playing sports in New Zealand and overseas, started Studio Box to share his experience and passion for fitness, health and wellbeing with likeminded people.
    In addition to running a successful business and playing professional hockey, Dwayne is also currently training for the Tokyo Olympics.
    Useful links
    StudioBox Instagram: @_studiobox
    Dwayne’s Instagram: @dwaynerowsell
    Alexander PR Instagram: @alexanderpr_
     

    • 34 min
    Kylie Gates– The classic post Covid 19 pivot - the story behind product innovation at Les Mills

    Kylie Gates– The classic post Covid 19 pivot - the story behind product innovation at Les Mills

    In this episode we explore the secret to global success of Kiwi fitness company Les Mills and how they aim to create a fitter planet through their group fitness classes, which are offered around the world.
    We chat with creative director Kylie Gates who shares with us what she personally attributes Les Mills’ global success to and what makes up the winning formula for their success. We also cover:
    Kylie’s journey in the fitness industry and how she has managed to become an icon in the group fitness space;
    What has made Les Mills a global success;
    Kylie also explains Les Mills’ Advanced Training she has developed and what’s next for the future of the fitness industry; and
    Work-life balance when you are working in the fitness industry.
    We hope you enjoy this chat with Lochan Trivedi and Kylie Gates! Make sure to like, rate and subscribe to the C-Suite Spot to stay up-to-date with all our episodes.
    About our guest: Kylie Gates
    Les Mills Creative Director, Kylie works closely with Les Mills’ Program Directors to shape and develop the music and moves that feature in the new releases, which are created every three months. Kylie also has a key role as BODYPUMP Head Program Coach, which means she mentors and inspires instructors and presenters to reach their full potential. This passion for ongoing education and development also led Kylie to be part of the team to develop Les Mills’ new Advanced Training for instructors.

    • 47 min
    Rachel Kelly, The billion dollar question - is ethical AI scalable and how to find happiness in the business world?

    Rachel Kelly, The billion dollar question - is ethical AI scalable and how to find happiness in the business world?

    In this episode we dive into the world of ethical AI technology, business authenticity and forging the path towards the future of work and life.
    We start off with a brief introduction to our guest of the day, Rachel Kelly, and her mission for the tech space in New Zealand. We also cover:
    The ‘Unmasked Executive’ series and what it means to trust your authentic voice.
    Rachel’s vision of the future and her role in it.
    What work-life-balance looks like for a leader.
    What a key aspect of the future of work is, and what needs to be done to get there.
    We hope you enjoy this chat with Emily Svadlenak and Rachel Kelly! If you like this episode please like, rate and subscribe to the c-Suite Spot to stay up-to-date with all our episodes.
    Note: at the time of our chat with Rachel, she was at Gallagher Security. She has since started a new chapter on her healthy AI technology journey.
    About our guest: Rachel Kelly
    Rachel Kelly is an ex-scientist, strategist, high-tech product developer, and commercialisation professional who has spent the last 19 years in the science and technology sector. After spending 9 years in California working within biotechnology and high-tech manufacturing, she returned to New Zealand in 2014 and has since been heavily involved with stimulating the regional and national technology ecosystem. Rachel has worked with award-winning and innovative tech startups including CoHired and Nyriad, co-created a world class Enterprise Product House at Gallagher Security as Chief Product Officer, and offers product and tech advisory to a number of high-value NZ tech startups currently in stealth mode.
    She is a co-founder of the Waikato technology cluster, former Deputy Chair of NZTech, and is also an elected member on the New Zealand AI Forum Executive Council and a ministerial advisor on the Digital Council of New Zealand.
     
    Follow Rachel’s journey:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/unmasked-executive-chapter-0-rachel-kelly/
    Medium: https://medium.com/@unmaskedexecutive
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unmaskedexecutive
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unmaskedexecutive/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/unmaskedexec
     
    AI Organisations mentioned
    Partnership on AI: https://www.partnershiponai.org/
    NZ AI Forum: https://aiforum.org.nz/
    ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42 “Artificial Intelligence” Committee: https://www.iso.org/committee/6794475.html
     
    Other resources mentioned:
    Taylored Health and Performance:  https://tayloredhealth.co.nz/
    OKR Model (Objectives, Key Results): https://www.whatmatters.com/
    Gallup Strengths Finder: https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/252137/home.aspx
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    • 46 min
    Jordan Rondel, a founder's story - Taking the business international : LA calls The Caker

    Jordan Rondel, a founder's story - Taking the business international : LA calls The Caker

    In this episode we explore the success story and journey behind Kiwi baker Jordan Rondel, also known as The Caker.
    We also cover:
    Her journey into the hospitality industry and some of the struggles she faced while being a young female starting up her own business;
    What sets her cakes apart from others, and her unique ingredients that follow and shape global trends;
    Founders challenges - balancing all the different roles
    Her new venture in Los Angeles and how she managed to pivot her business during COVID;
    What success means for her and some of Jordan’s business heroes.
    We hope you enjoy this chat with Lochan Trivedi and Jordan Rondel! If you enjoy this episode please like, rate and subscribe to the C-Suite Spot to stay up-to-date with all our episodes.
    About our guest: Jordan Rondel
    Jordan Rondel first experienced baking as a young girl while visiting her grandparents in Paris. Years later, a conversation with her father changed her career forever. She is now known in New Zealand as The Caker, owns her own store in Auckland, is the author of four recipe books and has now expanded operations into LA.
    https://www.thecaker.co.nz/
     

    • 37 min

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