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The Evolving Leader Podcast is a show set in the context of the world’s ‘great transition’ – technological, environmental and societal upheaval – that requires deeper, more committed leadership to confront the world’s biggest challenges. Hosts, Jean Gomes (a New York Times best selling author) and Scott Allender (an award winning leadership development specialist working in the creative industries) approach complex topics with an urgency that matches the speed of change. This show will give insights about how today’s leaders can grow their capacity for leading tomorrow’s rapidly evolving world. With accomplished guests from business, neuroscience, psychology, and more, the Evolving Leader Podcast is a call to action for deep personal reflection, and conscious evolution. The world is evolving, are you?
A little more about the hosts:
New York Times best selling author, Jean Gomes, has more than 30 years experience working with leaders and their teams to help them face their organisation’s most challenging issues. His clients span industries and include Google, BMW, Toyota, eBay, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Warner Music, Sony Electronics, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, the UK Olympic system and many others.
Award winning leadership development specialist, Scott Allender has over 20 years experience working with leaders across various businesses, including his current role heading up global leadership development at Warner Music. An expert practitioner in emotional intelligence and psychometric tools, Scott has worked to help teams around the world develop radical self-awareness and build high performing cultures.


The Evolving Leader podcast is produced by Phil Kerby at Outside © 2022
The Evolving Leader music is a Ron Robinson composition, © 2022

The Evolving Leader Jean Gomes and Scott Allender

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The Evolving Leader Podcast is a show set in the context of the world’s ‘great transition’ – technological, environmental and societal upheaval – that requires deeper, more committed leadership to confront the world’s biggest challenges. Hosts, Jean Gomes (a New York Times best selling author) and Scott Allender (an award winning leadership development specialist working in the creative industries) approach complex topics with an urgency that matches the speed of change. This show will give insights about how today’s leaders can grow their capacity for leading tomorrow’s rapidly evolving world. With accomplished guests from business, neuroscience, psychology, and more, the Evolving Leader Podcast is a call to action for deep personal reflection, and conscious evolution. The world is evolving, are you?
A little more about the hosts:
New York Times best selling author, Jean Gomes, has more than 30 years experience working with leaders and their teams to help them face their organisation’s most challenging issues. His clients span industries and include Google, BMW, Toyota, eBay, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Warner Music, Sony Electronics, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, the UK Olympic system and many others.
Award winning leadership development specialist, Scott Allender has over 20 years experience working with leaders across various businesses, including his current role heading up global leadership development at Warner Music. An expert practitioner in emotional intelligence and psychometric tools, Scott has worked to help teams around the world develop radical self-awareness and build high performing cultures.


The Evolving Leader podcast is produced by Phil Kerby at Outside © 2022
The Evolving Leader music is a Ron Robinson composition, © 2022

    The New Science of Human Connection with Oscar Hutton and Emma Sinclair

    The New Science of Human Connection with Oscar Hutton and Emma Sinclair

    In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, we’re pleased to welcome back our occasional host and friend of the podcast, Emma Sinclair. This week Emma is in conversation with consultant neuroscientist and researcher Oscar Hutton. Oscar is also part of the Greater Human community, with whom in 2022 he explored (and made sense of) the neuroscience research designed to answer the question “Does listening to your body help you become more empathetic?”. Part of the findings from this research paint a picture that challenge our understanding around how we understand others and how we build empathy as human beings.
    This is an important listen.
    0.00 Introduction
    4.04 Introducing Oscar and his research.
    5.21 Let’s think about the concept of empathy.
    10.56 Why do we need empathy? 
    13.02 What evolutionary benefits has empathy brought us as human beings?
    19.04 Where do we start with this, in terms of how we build empathy?
    21.10 How does interoception help us to more empathetic? 
    23.08 So this is literally raising our awareness of what’s going on inside?
    26.42 Is this a part of what helps us identify what we’re feeling?  
    28.12 So rather than trying to ignore what the body is telling us, we should all learn to identify how we’re feeling and then work with it?
    29.00 How new is interoception as an area of study and what have you started to find during your research?
    32.49 Where have you started to go with your findings?
    35.49 So when we are around people who we are very close to, you’re saying that there is a good chance that we could be experiencing what they are experiencing if we raise our awareness to it. 
    37.33 Is this suggesting that the more we know someone, the greater the likelihood is that our bodies will feel the same as a result of an external stimulus?
    40.32 Is it possible for anyone to switch on interoception accuracy?
    41.52 Is it also something that can get lost if you don’t keep using it?
    42.34 So where is the connection between interoception and empathy?
    45.48 So how can we can begin to start to use this awareness?
    52.37 Considering the amount of time we all spend interacting with others on the screen, is there anything that could be built to help us in that environment with those social cues? 
    55.06 Is there anything else related to teamwork that you are starting to draw connections on?
    57.53 How can someone who might not have heard of interoception before today begin to work on this new super skill?
    64.09 So what have you done in this area for yourself?
    67.30 So if more people were aware of this, could we avoid those difficult encounters?
    69.48 Is there more that you can share from your research?
    79.09 What can we leave the listener with? 


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Challenging the Assumptions of Innovation with William Kilmer

    Challenging the Assumptions of Innovation with William Kilmer

    In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes are joined by entrepreneur, venture capital investor and author William Kilmer. A product and innovation strategist at heart, William has spent his career working with hundreds of companies as a start-up leader, coach, investor and board member. He has been founder and CEO of several cybersecurity and data analytics companies, formed a wireless operator in the UK, and has served on the board of over twenty five technology companies and other organizations. He was previously the managing director of Intel Capital, a corporate venture capital fund where he managed worldwide investments and formed a targeted venture fund to invest in the Middle East and North Africa.
     
    Transformative: Build a Game Changing Strategy, Retool Your Organisation and Innovate to Win
     
    0.00 Introduction
    3.10 Can you tell us a little about how you got to where you are today?
    4.28 What attracted you into working in technology and leadership?
    5.18 Can we talk about innovation and the challenge that it poses for many organisations? 
    7.37 Some organisations may sometimes lose perspective on why they are innovating. Why might that be?
    9.53 In many organisations, innovation sits on the periphery rather than being central to the core business. Is that what you’re seeing?
    12.09 What’s the difference between innovation and transformation?
    16.50 If you were sitting with a CEO who wasn’t successfully transforming their organisation, what high level advice would you give to that individual?
    22.59 Can you tell us about the ‘confidence bubble’?
    27.57 Why do you think primary business model innovation isn’t happening at the same level as the technological innovation?
    31.03 When was the last time you witnessed a pitch where you thought, ‘yeah that idea could really be transformative’?
    33.33 Are there any currently under represented emerging technologies that you think might come to the fore in the future?
    37.42 How have you evolved as a leader?
    42.17 What mindset shift is required for an individual who is prone to defending ideas as opposed to challenging them?
    43.34 If we fast forward three years, what are the things that we should be looking at in terms of combining new technologies and business models in order to solve some of the big challenges facing organisations?
    47.08 Is there anything else that we should ask you?
      
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    • 49 min
    Disruptive Thinking with Emma Sinclair and Emily Clements

    Disruptive Thinking with Emma Sinclair and Emily Clements

    In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, Jean and Scott hand the mic to Emma Sinclair who talks to cognitive neuroscientist Emily Clements. As part of her PhD at Kings College, London Emily is currently leading one of the world’s first studies into the neuroscience of entrepreneurship. She aims to uncover what might be different within entrepreneur’s brains and how we might develop our mindsets to become more entrepreneurial?
    Sit back and listen to this fascinating conversation during which Emma and Emily explore a key foundation for tomorrow’s leaders, building mindsets to navigate uncertainty and improve their capacity for disruptive thinking. 
     
    0.00 Introduction
    2.47 Emily, could you please begin by introducing yourself and what you are currently working on?
    5.53 What is disruptive thinking?
    8.00 What brain mechanisms are coming in to play when we go against the grain? 
    8.35 Could you give us a quick summary of what you mean when you refer to brain networks? 
    11.26 So are we focussing in on networks when we refer to disruptive thinking?
    12.58 How often are we using our multiple demand network?
    14.31 What would you define as being a hard task?
    17.08 What’s the flipside to this?
    20.05 I’d love to understand more about self-referential thought. 
    24.20 If you were in deep meditation, which network are you operating in?
    26.14 What have these brain networks got to do with disruptive thinking, why are they important?
    29.30 Is it true to say that highly creative individuals are actually changing how their brain is operating? Is it possible to make your brain more creative? 
    32.02 How can we consciously build a mindset that enables us to be more creative?
    39.52 How can we all be more disruptive?
    44.49 How important is environment for us to recognise that we might be in the wrong state to address a particular problem solving task?
    49.43 We’ve talked about the constant demand on people. Is this current demand for our attention meaning that it’s harder to stay in either mode?
    54.09 What can leaders take away from this? 
     
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    • 58 min
    The Expectation Effect with David Robson

    The Expectation Effect with David Robson

    In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender talk to award winning science writer David Robson. David has previously worked as a features editor at New Scientist and as a senior journalist at the BBC as well as writing countless articles for The Guardian, the Psychologist and many others. Sit back and listen as our co-hosts explore David’s life and work

    The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Transform Your Life

    The Intelligence Trap: Revolutionise your Thinking and Make Wiser Decisions

    0.00 Introduction
    2.51 What gets you excited about your work? 
    3.51 Your work spans many different scientific disciplines including neuroscience and psychology. How do you bring those two things together to understand how human beings operate?
    5.04 Can you give us the pitch to your first book, The Intelligence Trap?
    7.18 You have said that intelligent people are more susceptible to fake news and conspiracy theories. Can you elaborate on that? 
    12.55 Is this problem getting worse?
    14.31 Can we dig into a few of the mechanisms that are at work, such as over claiming and earnt dogmatism?
    17.38 How do you build cognitive inoculation?
    21.10 You’ve written that unconscious bias training may not be as straightforward and you present a more nuanced view about it. Could you talk to us a little about this?
    23.56 Your second book is titled The Expectation Effect. Can you tell us what the expectation effect is and is not?
    26.19 You have written how it’s possible to create different levels of change in your body for a long period of time that creates general conditions for good things to happen. Your research into the effect of the placebo is probably the most significant in this regard. Can you tell us a little more about that? 
    30.01 You also talk about the opposite which is the nocebo. Tell us about this.
    33.40 The research by Alia Crum on fitness and eating is exciting in terms of giving us practical potential solutions for rethinking our mindset around these things.  
    39.03 You list some practical things that the reader can do to harness the expectation effect. Could you give us some examples of things that our listeners could start doing right now?
    42.35 There are some potent takeaways around the expectation effect and its influence on longevity. Could you talk us through what you’ve learnt there?
    46.45 What else should we be asking you?
    51.29 What are you working on now?
     
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    • 53 min
    Leading In A Non-Linear World with Jean Gomes

    Leading In A Non-Linear World with Jean Gomes

    In this special 100th episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Scott Allender and Emma Sinclair talk to one of our usual co-hosts on the podcast, Jean Gomes. As many listeners will know, Jean is a leadership expert, trusted advisor to CEOs and senior leaders, and New York Times bestselling author. During this conversation, Jean talks about his new book ‘Leading in a Non-Linear World, Building Wellbeing, Strategic, and Innovation Mindsets for the Future’.
     Leading in a Non-Linear World
     0.00 Introduction
    2.48 Why did you write ‘Leading In A Non-Linear World’? 
    6.16 Why is this important now?
    8.54 We often hear that we should simplify things, but you’re saying that we should meet complexity with complexity. Can you tell us more about that?
    11.10 Can you give us some examples of the kinds of mindsets that you’re talking about building?
    14.48 When writing about mindset, you refer to the interplay between feeling, thinking and seeing grounded in own self-awareness. This feels like something that is accessible to everyone. How did that idea start to form for you?
    22.18 When we talk about self-awareness or mindset, nobody thinks that they’re not self-aware.  Is it easier for some people to be more connected to what’s going on in their body and mind, and for those people who find it harder, how can they start to build these skills? 
    29.34 Can you tell us about your sixteen months of experimentation? What did you actually do during that time?
    35.20 Understanding and knowing how to manage our internal physical resources is something that is often bypassed by leaders. How could you encourage them to make a shift in how they approach their wellbeing?  
    40.11 Now that we’ve done a deep dive into the body, could you delve deeper into the emotional centre?
    46.14 You refer to negative uncomfortable emotions, and how some people may externalise that rather than getting curious about why they might be feeling this way. How could they get practically curious while in the middle of a very uncomfortable feeling?
    52.36 So the idea of feelings and emotions as a means of accessing mindset may be route that a lot of people may not have thought about before. How have you taken that and built it into this interconnection between thinking and seeing as well? How do they all interact together in your definition?
    57.04 What mindsets can we build for our future? 
     
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Joined Up Thinking with Hannah Critchlow

    Joined Up Thinking with Hannah Critchlow

    In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes are joined by neuroscientist Dr Hannah Critchlow. Hannah is best known for demystifying the human brain on regular radio, TV and festival platforms as well as through her three books, the most recent being “Joined-Up Thinking, The Science of Collective Intelligence” (Hodder & Stoughton, August 2022). In 2014, Hannah was recognised as a 'Top 100 UK scientist' by the Science Council and one of Cambridge University's most ‘inspirational and successful women in science’. In 2019 Hannah was named by Nature as one of Cambridge University's 'Rising Stars in Life Sciences'. 
     
    Joined-Up Thinking, The Science of Collective Intelligence
     
    0.00 Introduction
    3.29 Tell us about your background and what led you into neuroscience and your passion for public engagement?
    9.01 Tell us about collective intelligence.
    12.07 Can we explore the research that you share in your book around collective intelligence and particularly how amongst neurodiverse groups this leads to more creative thought?
    19.09 You talk about the genetic predisposition, was there any research around epigenetic’s role in this predisposition?
    36.02 You talk about synchronisation of brainwaves amongst groups helping with collective intelligence and the importance of their emotional state in this regard. Can you tell us a little more about that?
    41.56 You talk about listening in fostering collective intelligence and you suggest a game that families can play to get better at it. Can you tell us about that?
    45.17 You’ve also written about sitting in silence at the start of a meeting. 
    46.30 There is a lot of pressure and uncertainty facing teams, and you talk about the need to cultivate curiosity rather than fear in that environment. What advice do you have to help us achieve that?
    49.13 What have you come to understand about interoception in the context of social intelligence?
    53.29 How do you envisage our collective intelligence developing over time with advances in technology?
    58.32 What’s next for you in the coming year?
     
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    The Evolving Leader is researched, written and presented by Jean Gomes and Scott Allender with production by Phil Kerby. It is an Outside production.

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    • 1 hr 1 min

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