34 episodes

The Middle is a podcast series exploring the challenges of improving middle management since that is widely acknowledged as having the biggest impact on organisational performance. Each podcast will feature an interview with a prominent executive from a wide range of contexts including public, private and charitable sectors. The host is associate professor Stephen Willson from Birmingham City University Business School.

The Middle Stephen Willson

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The Middle is a podcast series exploring the challenges of improving middle management since that is widely acknowledged as having the biggest impact on organisational performance. Each podcast will feature an interview with a prominent executive from a wide range of contexts including public, private and charitable sectors. The host is associate professor Stephen Willson from Birmingham City University Business School.

    Jim Hamilton, Roche

    Jim Hamilton, Roche

    Jim Hamilton has played a leading role for over 30 years in the Life Sciences, Health and Nutrition industries, including as a CEO and Board Director in the Dietary Supplement, Food, Animal-feed and Personal-Care product sectors.He joins Stephen Willson to explore the middle management challenges in a business to business context.The discussion covers topics such as adding value through staying close to evolving customer needs, maintaining an appropriate culture and the selection of measures ...

    • 29 min
    Robert Kirby, People-People

    Robert Kirby, People-People

    Robert Kirby is the director of People-People, architects and engineers of behavioural, attitudinal and cultural transformation in the workplace.He joins Stephen Willson to explore the negotiating, conselling and conflict-resolution skills required by middle managers to maximise their contribution to organsational performance.The discussion opens by considering the selection of industry, company and role to enable managers to fufil their potential.

    • 29 min
    Tom Clarke-Forrest, Sport4Life

    Tom Clarke-Forrest, Sport4Life

    Tom Clarke-Forrest is the founder and CEO of the youth-focused charity Sport4Life. He joins Stephen Willson to explore the middle management challenges for a founder developing a business from start-up to thirty employees, balancing fund-raising and operations. The parallels with commercial businesses are numerous and striking.While growth has always been an objective the issue takes on new proportions with the prospect of working nationally .

    • 29 min
    Andy, NHS hospital doctor

    Andy, NHS hospital doctor

    Andy is a junior doctor in an NHS trust hospital sharing his observations in five NHS trusts. He joins Stephen Willson to explore the middle management challenges in hospitals in the national health system. The episode focuses on numerous tensions implicit within the NHS constitution of improving public health and wellbeing.Should doctors be encourated to share staff across deparments given fluctuating demands that may push one over capacity while an adjoining area has surplus capacity?H...

    • 28 min
    Shakti Singh, Ramboll Group

    Shakti Singh, Ramboll Group

    Shakti Singh is the senior finance director at Ramboll Group A/S an international engineering consultancy based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She joins Stephen Willson to explore the middle management challenges in bringing about successful business transformation. A particular issue is whether shared services should be local or centralized.Shakti draws on her international experience to illustrate approaches and pitfalls when businesses obsolete their existing business models before a competi...

    • 29 min
    David Spencer, Greene King

    David Spencer, Greene King

    David Spencer is the head of marketing for Old Speckled Hen at Greene King, Britain's leading pub retailer and brewer. He joins Stephen Willson to explore how marketing philosophy and practices inform middle management action.David discusses the challenges of gaining a deep understanding of customer behaviour in a context that is evolving both in terms of points of purchase and consumption.This subsequently raises the issues of how such insights are suffused into the organisation to ensu...

    • 27 min

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Icansayanythingiwant ,

A must listen for any area/middle manager

Very insightful. A good prospective from many industry leaders.
I now know what the CEO want from us !

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