105 episodes

A few years ago I was a broke, university dropout, living in one of the worst parts of the country, alone, with nothing but a laptop & a dream. Fast forward a few years, I’m the 27 year old CEO of one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. That company is called Social Chain. My world is intense, sometimes crazy, always challenging and always unpredictable. This podcast is simple, every week I’m going to share my personal diary with you and I want to give you an insight into what it’s like behind the scenes, being an entrepreneur, the deep, dark thoughts that nobody else will share with you and anything else that’s playing on my mind. This is not scripted, this is off the top of my head and this is direct from my diary. This is the diary of a CEO, I’m Steven Bartlett. I hope nobody is listening, but if you are… keep this to yourself.

The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett

    • Business
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A few years ago I was a broke, university dropout, living in one of the worst parts of the country, alone, with nothing but a laptop & a dream. Fast forward a few years, I’m the 27 year old CEO of one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. That company is called Social Chain. My world is intense, sometimes crazy, always challenging and always unpredictable. This podcast is simple, every week I’m going to share my personal diary with you and I want to give you an insight into what it’s like behind the scenes, being an entrepreneur, the deep, dark thoughts that nobody else will share with you and anything else that’s playing on my mind. This is not scripted, this is off the top of my head and this is direct from my diary. This is the diary of a CEO, I’m Steven Bartlett. I hope nobody is listening, but if you are… keep this to yourself.

    Moment 16 - Rio Ferdinand On How To Create A World-Class Culture

    Moment 16 - Rio Ferdinand On How To Create A World-Class Culture

    In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO.




    I’ve supported Manchester United for years and some of the fondest memories watching my team were made during Rio Ferdinand’s Man United era. 




    In today’s clip, Rio reveals the secrets behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s world-class, trophy-winning culture which made Manchester United one of the greatest clubs in the world.



    Episode 79 - https://g2ul0.app.link/sMvFiMdXfib

    Rio:
    https://twitter.com/rioferdy5
    https://www.instagram.com/rioferdy5/

    • 11 min
    E90: Reggie Yates Reveals The Secret To Staying Driven & Reaching Your Potential

    E90: Reggie Yates Reveals The Secret To Staying Driven & Reaching Your Potential

    Reggie is someone that’s been on our screens for the best part of three decades. Making his first tv appearance on Desmond’s at the age of just eight years old. This would kick start a career in acting, tv presenting, radio DJ, singing and documentary film making.




    In the last decade, Reggie has become synonymous with critically acclaimed documentaries. His films include the BBC3 Extreme series including Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia, Extreme South Africa and Extreme UK which are all available to a worldwide audience on Netflix. In 2016, Reggie was awarded Best Presenter for the critically acclaimed Extreme Russia at the Royal Television Society Awards, Best Factual Programme at the Edinburgh TV Festival, and Best Multi-channel Programme at the Broadcast Awards.




    Reggie is a unique person, the journey he’s been on is one to be admired. I’m sure in this conversation today you’ll begin to understand what got him to where he is today, the factors that made him so driven and adaptable. Thank you Reggie, thank you for your honesty.




    Topics:





    Where do you come from?
    What factors made you break out of your environment 
    what were your dreams for the future? 
    The key moments of failure in your life 
    Getting to know your shadow 
    The force thats driving you 
    The best and worst parts of your leadership style 
    The most key moment from all your films 
    Your relationship with money 
    Whats the importance of being your true self? 
    Romantic Relationships 
    How has your parents relationship affected you?
    What does the future look like for you? 
    In your view whats your potential? 







    Reggie:

    https://www.instagram.com/regyates/

    https://twitter.com/regyates?lang=en




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    • 1 hr 44 min
    Moment 15 - Ant Middleton: The Power Of A Positive Perspective

    Moment 15 - Ant Middleton: The Power Of A Positive Perspective

    In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO.




    Today, I’ve chosen one of the most powerful moments from my episode with Ant Middleton. Ant shares with us how liberating it can feel when you turn a negative into a positive and reveals just how easy it can be to shift your mindset to a more positive one.




    The truth is, failure and negativity aren’t always harmful to our success, in fact, Ant would argue that they’re both important in fueling our growth and becoming better as people.

    Episode 74 - https://g2ul0.app.link/HkxIXqbI4hb 

    Ant:
    https://www.instagram.com/antmiddleton/
    https://twitter.com/antmiddleton

    • 11 min
    E89: Dr Alex George: My Hardest Day In A&E, Family Suicide & Finding TRUE Purpose.

    E89: Dr Alex George: My Hardest Day In A&E, Family Suicide & Finding TRUE Purpose.

    Alex George is a pure inspiration, thats one of the best ways I can describe him, he’s selfless, self aware and just an all round great guy. Having grown up in Nantgaredig, a village near Carmarthen, Wales. He is the oldest of three children. George studied Medicine at the University of Exeter and went on to work in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital Lewisham in London. 




    In 2018, George appeared in the fourth series of the ITV2 reality dating series Love Island. Following the show, he returned to working part-time at Lewisham whilst also making regular media appearances speaking about mental health on ITV morning shows including Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and Loose Women.

    In 2019 George launched his podcast The Waiting Room with Dr Alex in which he interviews other healthcare professionals about topical health and wellbeing issues. 




    In July 2020, George's youngest brother Llyr died by suicide. In January 2021, George launched a campaign requesting the UK Government prioritise mental health amongst children and adolescents. During Children's Mental Health Week in February 2021, George met with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who appointed George to the newly created position of Youth Mental Health Ambassador. In addition, George also became a member of the Mental Health in Education Action Group. 




    This conversation has it all, its gripping, its open, it’s honest and it had me nearly in tears almost 3 or 4 times. I can’t express to you how selfless and down to earth this guy is but you’ll find that out from our conversation today. 




    Alex:

    https://www.instagram.com/dralexgeorge/?hl=en


    https://twitter.com/dralexgeorge 




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    • 2 hrs 6 min
    Moment 14 - Grace Beverley On What It Takes To Build A Business

    Moment 14 - Grace Beverley On What It Takes To Build A Business

    In these ‘Moment’ episodes of my podcast, I’ll be selecting my favourite moments from previous episodes of The Diary Of A CEO.




    Grace Beverley has built two multi-million pound businesses but what did it really take to get there? We see all the good stuff, the instagram posts, the headlines but we never hear this side.




    Building a business isn’t always as glamorous as everyone makes it out to be. In this candid clip from the podcast Grace reveals what it truly takes to build a business.



    Episode 69 - https://g2ul0.app.link/6yLwQhfZShb

    Grace:
    https://www.instagram.com/gracebeverley/?hl=en

    • 13 min
    E88: Deliveroo Founder - From £0 to £5 Billion: Will Shu

    E88: Deliveroo Founder - From £0 to £5 Billion: Will Shu

    Deliveroo, wow this company is HUGE! I’m sure most of you would have used it but do you know anything about the guy behind it? My guest this week is Will Shu, founder and CEO of Deliveroo. Born in 1979, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, Shu grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. His mother, a scientist, and father, who worked in insurancem. He founded Deliveroo in 2013 with childhood friend and software engineer Greg Orlowski.

    Deliveroo operated in London for the first two years, growing via word of mouth. It now operates in 12 countries and more than 200 cities. Deliveroo is worth £5 billion, becoming Europes fastest growing company with 2,000+ employees. In mid-June 2016, Will and Greg received an award for the Best Startup Founders as part of The Europas Startup Conference and Awards, mainly given to technology companies. The company also received Fastest Rising Startup of the Year and the Europas Grand Prix award. 





    In December 2017, a study by macroeconomic consultancy Capital Economics revealed that Deliveroo had helped create 7,200 jobs across the restaurant sector since it launched in 2013. It also boosted the industry's revenue by £460 million in the year to June 2017. The report also found that Deliveroo had helped add £372 million in value to the UK economy in the same 12-month period, a figure which Capital Economics projects to rise to £1.5 billion in the year to June 2019.




    By mid 2020, Deliveroo had not benefited from the COVID-19 pandemic, when demand for food delivery from restaurants and takeaways surged. Deliveroo reported to be cutting 367 jobs (and furloughing 50 more) from its workforce of 2,500. Will talks about how hard this decision was that the time in today podcast.




    Will is an  incredible entrepreneur, one thats a far cry from the usual braggadocios CEO of a multi billion dollar company. He’s a humble person and lives a very modest lifestyle saying his life hasn’t change much at all since the early days of Deliveroo. This is conversation proved to me that you don’t have to be born an entrepreneur.




    This weeks topics:


    Your early years
    What made you take on this industry? 
    Your riders being discriminated against 
    The name of the company at the start 
    Your co-founder
    What were some of your hardest challenges? 
    Your mental health journey  
    One of my hardest moments in Delieveroo 
    What do you do to relax? 
    Challenges of having a romantic relationship as a CEO 
    Delieveroo's IPO journey 
    I still do deliveries 
    Your thinking around competition
    Money 
    What are you aiming for? 




    Will:


    https://twitter.com/willshuroo?lang=fr 




    Sponsors:


    https://uk.huel.com/ 


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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

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44 Ratings

44 Ratings

HeaneyMarketing ,

Fresh

There is so much that’s just right with Steven’s podcast series. Thanks for taking a gamble, good sir.

hopefull annie ,

Feedback

Had a great morning listening to you thank you so much for the kick up the arce I’ve needed ..

Tara Connon ,

Slightly addictive and always leaves you wanting more...

After listening to Steve for some time, his thoughts, anecdotes and analogies are empowering. I’ve found myself quoting Steve to my clients (I work for LinkedIn) and referring to him as a pioneering entrepreneur that people should take serious heed of. This podcast is a beautiful blend of transparency, industry best practice and great for showcasing the raw facts of what it takes to build a business from the ground up.

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