22 episodes

The art and science of remarkable leadership

Xtraordinary Leaders - The Podcast Gerard Penna

    • Management

The art and science of remarkable leadership

    Why Investing in Leadership Pays Off with Chris Rolls

    Why Investing in Leadership Pays Off with Chris Rolls

    Chris Rolls, Managing Director of PieLAB Private Equity believes that the best investment that we and our organisations can make is in leadership. In fact, the capital fund he runs makes its investment decisions, and leverages the value from the many millions invested, by focusing on and growing leadership.
    It’s paying off too, with their first investment fund performed so well, that they are now raising capital for a second fund using the same philosophy, with 39 out of their original 43 investors buying in again, with some increasing their stakes by up to 10 times their original investment
    Chris is also a successful entrepreneur and business leader in his own right, building, growing and selling at least four businesses before establishing PieLABs first investment fund in 2017. 
    In this episode Chris shares why leadership makes all the difference to their success, how he learned to value leadership, and some of the key leadership principles that have driven his own success, and that of the businesses they invest in.

    • 42 min
    Learning by Leading with Paul Bradshaw

    Learning by Leading with Paul Bradshaw

    Paul Bradshaw is the Managing Director of the fast-growing outdoor goods retailer BCF. An accomplished business leader, who learned from legends in the world of retailing - Sam Walton, Walmart founder and Sir Archie Norman, the turnaround king - Paul is now leading the spectacular rise of the BCF business in Australia.  In this episode Paul shares with Gerard what he has learned about the critical importance of role modelling the culture you want to create, listening, being curious, supporting experimentation, and looking after yourself.

    • 51 min
    Humanising Leadership with Mark LeBusque

    Humanising Leadership with Mark LeBusque

    Mark LeBusque is on a mission to challenge leaders and organisation to be more human.  His people centric approach to leadership and organisation development is both provocative and timely as companies grapple with the competing tensions between people and profit.   In this episode Ged talks with his good friend Mark about the mission, why it matters and how leaders can adopt more human-centric practices that can unleash the real potential of their teams and organisations.   

    • 53 min
    Leading the Energy Transition with Erin Coldham

    Leading the Energy Transition with Erin Coldham

    The Australian transition to renewable energy has not been an easy one.  Our dependency on fossil fuels, and until recently a conflicted national energy policy, has made it hard to make progress toward climate-friendly renewable energy resources like offshore wind.  Despite these challenges, a dedicated team of professionals have been making ground on Australia's first offshore wind farm.  When built it will power over 1.5 million homes and produce 25% of Victorias' energy.  Gerard talks with Erin Coldham, the acting CEO and Chief Development Officer of Star of the South about the challenges and opportunities they have encountered as they have sought to lead the way towards a green future

    • 49 min
    Leading Resilient Teams with guest, Paul Taylor

    Leading Resilient Teams with guest, Paul Taylor

    Resilience continues as a big leadership topic but this time it's all about the team. Paul Taylor, neuroscientist, exercise physiologist and former airborne naval officer, joins Gerard for a conversation about the role leaders play in promoting more resilient teams. 

    Paul shares his 7 keys leaders can use to cultivate resilient teams, brought to life by Gerard and Paul sharing their insights gained working with some truly remarkable leaders and teams. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Employee Energy Solution

    The Employee Energy Solution

    With so many employees and leaders reporting fatigue and tiredness, the big question is, "How can we help them find new and sustainable reserves of energy?". In next week's episode, Gerard explores the science of motivation and shares leadership techniques for energising others more powerfully and sustainably.  

    • 42 min