7 episodes

Inspiring Leadership is a podcast produced by gunnercooke llp, the professional services firm that has changed the landscape for legal and consultancy services in the 21st century. Whether you are leading the village hall committee or leading the largest organisation in the World or leading yourself, leadership is everything. Leadership begins with your own self – discipline. Your own focus. Leadership brings followers. Without followers, you are simply going for a stroll. Leadership provides vision and leaves legacies. To be a leader you need to be the change that you want to be. Leaders change lives and move societies. In these podcasts, we will learn from the best, the very best. Recipes for success, behaviours to model and practical tips from some of our best business leaders, our most successful coaches and the World’s leading thought leaders.

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    • 4.4 • 7 Ratings

Inspiring Leadership is a podcast produced by gunnercooke llp, the professional services firm that has changed the landscape for legal and consultancy services in the 21st century. Whether you are leading the village hall committee or leading the largest organisation in the World or leading yourself, leadership is everything. Leadership begins with your own self – discipline. Your own focus. Leadership brings followers. Without followers, you are simply going for a stroll. Leadership provides vision and leaves legacies. To be a leader you need to be the change that you want to be. Leaders change lives and move societies. In these podcasts, we will learn from the best, the very best. Recipes for success, behaviours to model and practical tips from some of our best business leaders, our most successful coaches and the World’s leading thought leaders.

    The importance of conversation for leadership, mental health and helping communities, with Vikas Shah MBE DL

    The importance of conversation for leadership, mental health and helping communities, with Vikas Shah MBE DL

    The Inspiring Leadership Podcast delves into the minds of inspiring business leaders, to understand what makes a great leader and reflect on the issues and causes that are important to them. The series is hosted by Darryl Cooke, Founder and Executive Chairman of gunnercooke, the professional services firm that has changed the landscape for legal and consultancy services in the 21st century, and Sir Peter Fahy, former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. 
    In this episode Darryl and Peter are joined by Vikas Shah MBE DL, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Vikas is CEO of Swiscot Group and Non-Executive Board Member of the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. He has taught at universities around the world and is a committed philanthropist as trustee and chair for multiple charities, as well as published author of Thought Economics, which includes conversations with Nobel prize winners and Olympians. 
    In this very personal conversation, Vikas shares both his personal struggles with anxiety and depression and a message of hope. Together with Darryl and Peter, he discusses the ways that loneliness affects everyone in our society, even those whom you would least suspect. The conversation then moves to look holistically at the role of leaders today. Are leaders morally obligated to help those less fortunate? Vikas strongly believes that leaders only flourish on account of their community, and so have a civic duty to ‘give back’. He encourages speaking to as many people as you can, reading, asking questions and listening as much as possible to help you to understand an issue. 

    • 49 min
    Leading through a pandemic and developing a culture of kindness with Steve Byrne

    Leading through a pandemic and developing a culture of kindness with Steve Byrne

    The Inspiring Leadership Podcast delves into the minds of inspiring businesspeople, to understand what makes a great leader and reflect on the issues and causes that are important to them. The series is hosted by Darryl Cooke, Executive Chairman of gunnercooke, the professional services firm that has changed the landscape for legal and consultancy services in the 21st century.  
    The first episode of the second series welcomes Steve Byrne, CEO of Travel Counsellors, a personal, digital platform business powered by people and the human touch, delivering bespoke corporate and leisure travel services since 1994. The company’s vision is to redefine what personal means in travel, with a mission to create inspiring experiences for its people, customers, and communities. Travel Counsellors is a market leader in customer care, retaining an average 96% Net Promoter Score (considered world class). Having achieved a £660m sales milestone in October 2019, the company was positioned for further growth when the pandemic struck.  
    In this podcast, Steve shares his personal reflections on leading through a global pandemic, the importance of enduring values and developing a culture of kindness and care. Through the pandemic, Steve and his team ‘led from the back’ to ensure that against the most challenging trading backdrop faced, they retained 95% of travel franchisees and enabled 150 travel entrepreneurs to launch new businesses.  

    • 52 min
    Series 1 Round Up: lessons in leadership with Sir Peter Fahy

    Series 1 Round Up: lessons in leadership with Sir Peter Fahy

    The Inspiring Leadership Podcast delves into the minds of inspiring businesspeople, to learn from the very best, and to understand what makes a great leader. The series is hosted by Darryl Cooke, Executive Chairman of gunnercooke, the professional services firm that has changed the landscape for legal and consultancy services in the 21st century. This special episode to close the first series features Sir Peter Fahy, the former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, where he’s led 13,000 police officers and staff. He spent two years as Chief Executive of the street children’s charity Retrak and is now Chair of Plus Dane Housing Association and trustee of multiple charities. Darryl and Sir Peter listen back to highlights from the first series and reflect on what we’ve learnt about leadership from our inspiring guests.

    • 55 min
    Leadership and Upside Down Management with Sir John Timpson and Roger Lane Smith

    Leadership and Upside Down Management with Sir John Timpson and Roger Lane Smith

    The Inspiring Leadership Podcast delves into the minds of inspiring businesspeople, learning from the very best to determine what makes a great leader. In the latest episode host Darryl Cooke is joined by two inspiring leaders: Roger Lane Smith and Sir John Timpson.
    Roger Lane Smith built the largest law firm in the world, DLA, and now acts as consultant to a wide range of businesses that benefit from his expertise. 
    Sir John Timpson CBE is the chairman and owner of Timpson, the family business of key cutters and shoe repairers that now has over 2,000 shops and a fantastic charitable foundation. John writes a column for the Daily Telegraph and has written a book on Upside Down Management, the style of management he has become famous for. 
    Roger and John have worked together for over 30 years and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide us on what it takes to build and lead great organisations. 
    The discussion focuses on the inception of these two successful businesses and looks at the reasons why they’ve been so successful, as well as touching on John and Roger’s working relationship and Upside Down Management. 

    • 54 min
    Leadership, entrepreneurialism and freelancing with Alison Grade

    Leadership, entrepreneurialism and freelancing with Alison Grade

    The Inspiring Leadership Podcast delves into the minds of inspiring businesspeople, to learn from the very best, and to understand what makes a great leader. The series is hosted by Darryl Cooke, Executive Chairman of gunnercooke, the professional services firm that has changed the landscape for legal and consultancy services in the 21st century. In the third episode host Darryl Cooke is joined by Alison Grade, a serial entrepreneur, career freelancer and author of the Penguin bestseller, The Freelance Bible. Alison helps teach the next generation of entrepreneurs how to turn their creative passion into a career. Darryl and Alison discuss why people become freelancers and the skills they need, how to achieve work-life harmony, the importance of communicating your business with clients, and what it means to be successful.

    • 36 min
    The role of CSR in business and leadership with Hassan Damluji

    The role of CSR in business and leadership with Hassan Damluji

    The Inspiring Leadership Podcast delves into the minds of inspiring businesspeople, to learn from the very best, and to understand what makes a great leader. The series is hosted by Darryl Cooke, Executive Chairman of gunnercooke, the professional services firm that has changed the landscape for legal and consultancy services in the 21st century. The series continues with another fascinating episode, where host Darryl Cooke is joined by Hassan Damluji, the Deputy Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Hassan is author of the book ‘The Responsible Globalist’ and leads a global team at the world’s largest foundation, helping to solve issues that can impact all of humanity.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Aria fan ,

Love listening to this pod

Really interesting discussions with some great leaders - looking forward to series 2!

not Kimberley ,

Very Interesting

I have very much enjoyed listening to all three episodes so far and I am very much looking forward to future podcasts.

Well done Darryl!

anakinskyformeremployee ,

Integrity especially in HR

If you choose to do a podcast, it’s best to talk about something you feel strongly about. For this one to start about integrity in HR, when the HR Director asked me and other junior people to write their HR dissertations as they were unable and these ‘colleagues’ felt coerced into doing so- well. Not a good start.

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