10 episodes

The Courageous Leaders Club podcast aims to inspire leaders to step into their courageous zone, be the leader they know they can be and discover the mindset skills and behaviours to take their leadership to the next level. So listen in, get inspired on how you can grow your leadership impact. Leave a legacy you can be proud of, and build an environment for future leaders to thrive.

Who is Joanna Howes?

Joanna Howes is an award-winning international coach, behavioural expert, specialising in leadership and performance coaching and No 1 best selling international co-author.

Her focus is to help individuals and teams activate their full potential, so they can step into their courageous zone to maximise their influence, build their resilience and take the action needed to become high performers and future-ready leaders.

Joanna is a unique phenomenon within her industry, with over 20 years’ experience working internationally with some of the world's most awarded advertising agencies and leading them to operational and leadership success. Her blend of both innovative operational and transformative change solutions empowers organisations to create environments that are supportive and fearless for their employees.

Website: www.thechangecreators.com
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thechangecreators/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Vg3gBtCL1e0C1hVDsnXyA
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joanna_howes/

The Courageous Leaders Club Joanna Howes

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

The Courageous Leaders Club podcast aims to inspire leaders to step into their courageous zone, be the leader they know they can be and discover the mindset skills and behaviours to take their leadership to the next level. So listen in, get inspired on how you can grow your leadership impact. Leave a legacy you can be proud of, and build an environment for future leaders to thrive.

Who is Joanna Howes?

Joanna Howes is an award-winning international coach, behavioural expert, specialising in leadership and performance coaching and No 1 best selling international co-author.

Her focus is to help individuals and teams activate their full potential, so they can step into their courageous zone to maximise their influence, build their resilience and take the action needed to become high performers and future-ready leaders.

Joanna is a unique phenomenon within her industry, with over 20 years’ experience working internationally with some of the world's most awarded advertising agencies and leading them to operational and leadership success. Her blend of both innovative operational and transformative change solutions empowers organisations to create environments that are supportive and fearless for their employees.

Website: www.thechangecreators.com
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thechangecreators/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Vg3gBtCL1e0C1hVDsnXyA
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joanna_howes/

    Mark Stringer: Making uncomfortable choices, being held accountable and becoming the kindest agency

    Mark Stringer: Making uncomfortable choices, being held accountable and becoming the kindest agency

    Mark is Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of SKOOT


    In this episode Mark shares how he believes courageous leadership is being able to make uncomfortable choices. He has a passion for learning and his drive to believe there is always a better way keeps him and his team progressing. He shares more on how his company deal with accountability, culture and values and why his aim is to be the kindest agency. 


    Mark Stringer (aka Strings) is a marketing specialist having spent nearly 30 years Agency and Client-side working for numerous world renowned brands. With a passion and love of start-ups, launching brands and developing campaigns that create a strong emotional connection, alongside driving sales.
     
    Mark founded PrettyGreen In 2008 when Red Bull asked if they could give him Wiings. With an original vision for PrettyGreen to be an integrated Communications Agency alongside being a business that helped start-ups, with the Agency based out of Red Bull’s office for the first six months.
     
    The Agency focuses on delivering “Less Ordinary” Comms, having worked with the likes of Red Bull (including 4 years on the Stratos Project), Snapchat, LEGO, Three, Under Armour, John Lewis, Nintendo, and Nando’s to name but a few.
     
    Mark is now Chair of comms Agency group, PrettyGreen (PrettyGreen (PR) The Producers (Events) and What They Said (Influencer).
     
    Mark plays an active part in the marketing industry, judging numerous Awards, writing and commenting for various publications. He sat on PRCA Council a number of times and spent 6 years on the Channel 4 Britdoc Film Foundation as a Non Executive Board Director.
     
    Mark is co-founder of Metropolitan Spirits, which has a portfolio of Absinthe’s, La Maison Fontaine. Distributed globally through 5* and premium bars and has created the world's most Awarded blanche Absinthe.
     
     
    Topics covered include:


    Doing what you love and identifying that Difficult decisionsBuilding a diverse team Learning from othersSelf drive and ambitionThirst for knowledgeBuilding a safe environment for people to do their best work AccountabilityCulture & valuesKindnessRecognising destructive habits & behaviours There's always a better way Leadership is responsibility 



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    website: https://www.thechangecreators.com
    linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joannahowes/

    • 34 min
    Sarah Hesz: Your authenticity is your power and why mistakes are necessary to keep growing

    Sarah Hesz: Your authenticity is your power and why mistakes are necessary to keep growing

    Sarah Hesz - CCO of Bubble Childcare - helping working parents.
    In this episode Sarah shares how she believes the most powerful attribute as a leader is to be authentic and true to yourself. She's a huge advocate for making mistakes and believes if you’re not making them then you're not being creative enough and playing too safe. 
    We discuss how all decisions you make will not always be right, but they will guide you to a better place, how to trust and back yourself, navigate emotion resourcefully and how courage is in the small moments that add up. 
    Sarah worked in advertising for a decade but after baby 2 entered the world of start-ups and hasn't looked back. She has built teams from scratch and now leads the growth team at Bubble, an app connecting parents to babysitters and nannies that their friends already know, use and trust. Sarah is passionate about getting more women into leadership positions and feels that childcare is integral to this. She has a particular interest in the transition women go through when they become a mother and has a TEDx talk and book on this subject.
    Topics covered include:
    The importance of claritySelf confidenceThe evolution of leadershipBeing humbleDifficult conversationsCourage in the small moments, doesn't always have to be big gesturesGrowth mindset Failure is feedback and inspires growth Having a bigger vision an admission Being authentic and true to yourself Embracing mistakes Feeling lonely in leadershipFollow Joanna Howes and The Change Creators: 
    website: https://www.thechangecreators.com
    linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joannahowes/

    • 33 min
    Sam Garrity: Why generating belief is more important than strategy and how to align with your team

    Sam Garrity: Why generating belief is more important than strategy and how to align with your team

    Sam Garrity is Co-Founder and CEO of RocketMill. 
    In this episode Sam shares how during Covid his company grew 41% which he believes is due to putting his people first, over profit. He explains that by looking through the lens of your people you understand how they see, think and feel and therefore you can align with them making them feel understood and build a stronger culture and sense of unity. 
    He agrees leadership can be terrifying but if you lead as a human you allow people to see you and you are more accepted and received and achieve more effectively together. 
    Over the past decade, Sam has successfully led his team from being a self-funded start-up serving micro-businesses, to being one of the largest independent UK digital marketing agencies, working with ambitious SMEs and global brands. One of the keys to RocketMill's success has been nurturing a famous employer brand, embedding a people-first philosophy, which sees them regularly placed towards the top of The Sunday Times Best Places to Work, and recently become an employee-owned company.
    Topics covered include:
    Scaling during Covid People over profit Creating culture Leading as a humanGiving safety, security and certainty increases performance Understand what your people needLeadership then and nowFollow Joanna Howes and The Change Creators: 
    website: https://www.thechangecreators.com
    linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joannahowes/

    • 37 min
    Chad Warner: How to access your truth as a leader to better serve your team

    Chad Warner: How to access your truth as a leader to better serve your team

    Chad Warner is the founder of WeVee and most recently Creative Director at 72 and Sunny.
    In this episode Chad shares how he believes the better you know yourself as a leader, the better you can serve your team and why vulnerability and transparency are key skills in leadership. He shares openly with his team which allows them to access their truth and increases trust, communication and ultimately performance.
    We discuss the need to set boundaries and how we create and manage them, why micro achievements are far more freeing and how to bring playfulness and joy to the workplace.  
    Chad’s one of the most modern, integrated, experienced, awarded, egoless, passionate creatives you’ll meet. He has a deep love for how creativity, strategy, culture and modern media collide to build brands that continually adapt and thrive.
    He’s been an executive creative at RAPP London, Partner at CHI&Partners (the&Partnership) and Integrated CD at McCann London. He’s won over 200 awards and worked on some incredible projects like Lexus Slide, Xbox Survival Billboard and L’Oréal’s Vogue Non-Issue.
    Chad even raised over £2 million to start a new brand focused on helping everyone switch to electric cars – just so he could go through the process of building a business from the ground-up. All with the aim of eventually returning to agency life with a deeper understanding of how to help agencies, creatives and clients navigate every layer of brand building and advertising today.
    Topics covered include:
    Human leadership Vulnerability TransparencySetting and managing boundaries Why creatives will always give more How to resourcefully share your fears and pressures Knowing your strengths and weaknessesThe value in getting a mentorShared ownership - you are not the glory Joy and playfulness in the workplace Follow Joanna Howes and The Change Creators: 
    website: https://www.thechangecreators.com
    linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joannahowes/

    • 31 min
    Jessica Mullen: Creating happy, healthy teams and being an introverted leader

    Jessica Mullen: Creating happy, healthy teams and being an introverted leader

    Jessica is Managing Partner and co-founder of CreateFuture. 
    In this episode Jessica shares more on how leaders come in all shapes, sizes and flavours and considers herself an introverted leader. Her passion was to build her own company as it allowed her to live out her values and build a culture she wanted to be a part of. She explains that culture takes focus, energy and effort especially in a scaling company and how leadership is all about consistency, sometimes boring but necessary. 
    Her most courageous moment was taking some time out of the business and she explains courage doesn't have to mean impulsive and big, courage can mean different things. 
    CreateFuture is an innovation & design company that puts creativity to work, driving sustainable growth through brand, proposition and experience design. Based in the UK, they work with international brands such as adidas, Expedia, and Penguin Random House.
    Jessica has successfully run multi-million pound digital and technology projects, accounts and agencies during her 20-year career. She co-chairs the BIMA Scotland Council and actively supports the wider digital community including Girl Geek Scotland, Ladies Wine Design and Agencynomics. Jessica is active and passionate in the building of happy, healthy teams in the creative industry and the empowerment of women to believe in themselves.
    She also loves Nike trainers, Michelin star meals in glamorous locations and her cat Missy.
    Topics covered include:
    Values Creating a culture your proud ofResponsibility People over profitSetting boundariesCalculated risksScaling a companyBurnoutAccepting when people dont fit and how to move forward Holycratic systemsAccountability Clarity Protecting your team Personal development plans for your team 

    Follow Joanna Howes and The Change Creators: 
    website: https://www.thechangecreators.com
    linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joannahowes/

    • 31 min
    Neil Davidson: Setting the right pace for change & why caring about people matters

    Neil Davidson: Setting the right pace for change & why caring about people matters

    Neil Davidson is the CEO of HeyHuman and HeyLab.
    In this episode Neil shares more on how he believes courage is pushing yourself and others to a place that’s better for both. 
    We chat about taking risks, being brave and setting a believable vision that you give a realistic timeframe to. Neil is also passionate about reskilling his team and investing in education and training to show that they matter, as he believes this is the heart and core of leadership. 
    HeyHuman was launched in 2014, believing that the relationships between people and brands had changed, and so brands and agencies had to as well.
    Since 2014, HeyHuman has won awards such as Business Transformation Agency (The Drum), Gold at the Campaign Experience awards, and a finalist for CEO of the Year (The Drum). It has also grown its work with creatively driven brands such as Guinness and Smirnoff globally.
    Previously, Neil has led, launched and re-positioned advertising agencies in the UK and Europe. He has an MA in Creative Writing and recently completed an MBA at Warwick Business School.
    Topics covered include:
    Remembering your rootsCaring about peopleLearning from bad examples, as well as good Setting a future visionGiving change the right time frame Being braveReskilling your team Knowing yourself Finding the fun in your work Follow Joanna Howes and The Change Creators: 
    website: https://www.thechangecreators.com
    linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joannahowes/

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

tucklia ,

So glad I found this podcast

A great podcast with so many inspiring stories.

As a leader and business owner who works alone this podcast provides inspiration and motivation plus great advice and insights.

The conversations are honest and real which is so refreshing and there is so much wisdom shared.

Really loving the conversations about how leadership is evolving and how we take ownership of our own leadership style.

Great speakers too!! Look forward to further episodes

KevinHowes ,

Great insights and learning

Love this podcast. As a leader myself I often feel that I’m on my own and that I’m not allowed to have or show self doubt.

Listening to these interviews with some great leaders of the Creative industry prove that all leaders feel these similar feelings but by hearing how they have been courageous in their leadership and life inspires me to do the same. I love the honesty and laid-back nature of the interviews too - feels really authentic and honest.

I look forward to further episodes.

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