52 episodes

What’s required from Executive Leaders has changed. Find out how executive leaders and executive teams can survive and thrive in our disrupted world. Interviews with CEOs and insights from Waldencroft’s Dr Jacqueline Conway. Waldencroft is a consulting practice dedicated to helping executive leaders anticipate, navigate and lead. Find us at https://waldencroft.com/

Advanced Executive Leadership Jacqueline Conway

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What’s required from Executive Leaders has changed. Find out how executive leaders and executive teams can survive and thrive in our disrupted world. Interviews with CEOs and insights from Waldencroft’s Dr Jacqueline Conway. Waldencroft is a consulting practice dedicated to helping executive leaders anticipate, navigate and lead. Find us at https://waldencroft.com/

    #52 Culture and Change with Sarah Blake at TalkTalk

    #52 Culture and Change with Sarah Blake at TalkTalk

    Sarah joined TalkTalk in 2019 and has over 20 years experience in HR leadership, having previously worked for companies such as Centrica and Wheelabrator.

    Currently supporting TalkTalk through a demerger and period of significant change, Sarah is passionate about culture, belonging and employee experience.

    Sarah is married and a mum to two boys and counteracts her busy role with a variety of exercise such as running, personal training sessions, boxing & yoga. She also enjoys spending time with friends and socialising.

    At TalkTalk they use ‘100% human’ to describe themselves and Sarah describes herself as: 40% mum & wife, 20% runner, 20% friend, 20% ‘socialiser’ = 100% human.  

    If you’d like to find out more about Waldencroft and speak to us about how we might work with your executive team, you can reach out to us here: https://waldencroft.com/contact/  

    And if you’d like to receive my weekly newsletter where I share not only the podcast news, but what’s concerning executive leaders and those who have responsibility for developing them, you can sign up here: https://waldencroft.com/newsletter/

    • 30 min
    #51 Innovation with Natalie Sheils

    #51 Innovation with Natalie Sheils

    Innovation in app the development the space is vital as consumers crave new and useful technologies. So, the ability to deliver differentiated and flexible customer experiences is a highly competitive market. 

    On today’s podcast I’ve delighted to be joined by Natalie Sheils who shares her story of Mosaic Group who build and acquire best-in-class app brands. To do this, they are dedicated to creating the conditions for innovation to occur day in, day out.

    We recorded this episode earlier this year, and at the time Natalie was Chief People Officer of Mosaic Group (NASDAQ: IAC). She's now Founder and CEO of Talenaut, revolutionising talent acquisition and intelligence through innovative technologies like AI and machine learning.

    She empowers organisations to embrace innovation and build a digitally ready workforce and dynamic human resources and capabilities infrastructure. She emphasises the crucial role of leadership and HR in harnessing technologies, fostering a culture of change agility and innovation, and proactively adapting strategies.

    As a thought leader, Natalie shares her insights on the intersection of technology, data, operating models and leadership. She empowers leaders to embrace continuous learning, cultivate the critical skills for success in this new era, and adopt a forward-thinking mindset to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities of a future of work and industry that is being shaped by and radically optimised by AI and other advanced technologies.

    If you'd like to access some of Natalie's thought leadership in this space, you can find a selection of articles below:

    • 35 min
    #50 Embodied Leadership with Pete Hamill

    #50 Embodied Leadership with Pete Hamill

    In today’s episode of the podcast, I’m joined by Pete Hamill, consultant and author of Embodied Leadership: The somatic approach to developing your leadership. We explore how we can develop a sense of embodiment and how it can help you as a leader become more effective.    

    Pete Hamill is a consultant, facilitator, and coach with an international background in leadership, organisational development, and personal development, including the role that conflict plays in organisations and society. He is an expert in embodied leadership development in which he has completed a PhD, and is the author of Embodied Leadership: The somatic approach to developing your leadership.

    • 48 min
    #49 Allyship in Inclusion with Chami Dhillon

    #49 Allyship in Inclusion with Chami Dhillon

    In today's episode we explore the importance of Allying in Inclusion and how one professional has made it work in a large retail group.

    Chami Dhillon has pursued her lifelong passion for unlocking potential through better opportunities for marginalised groups across roles in Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Financial Servies and Retail industries.

    Working on diversity and inclusion initiatives for over a decade across various HR roles, she has designed award winning outreach programmes, worked overseas to improve access to opportunities for disadvantaged youth and mentored social enterprises focused on widening participation. 

    She established Kingfisher’s first Inclusion & Diversity Centre of Excellence in 2021, where she has gone on to launch a successful inclusion accelerator, set up 17 ERGs across the 82,000 strong international workforce and be named a Role Model for Inclusion in Retail by Diversity in Retail.

    • 39 min
    #48 The cognitive load of diversity with Stephen Frost

    #48 The cognitive load of diversity with Stephen Frost

    Three things are true in diversity and inclusion.

    The first is that it makes both good business sense – diverse teams are more effective. Second, it's the right thing to do – people should have a place in organisations based on their capabilities.

    And thirdly, and perhaps more controversially, that working with more diverse groups of people is harder. There is a cognitive cost in working with people who are less like us.

    That’s what my guest, Stephen Frost and I explore in today’s episode of the podcast.

    Stephen is a globally recognised diversity, inclusion and leadership expert, and founded Included in 2012. He leads the team and works with leaders around the world to embed inclusive leadership in their decision-making.

    From 2007-2012 Stephen designed, led and implemented the inclusion programmes for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games as Head of D&I for the London Organising Committee. From 2004-2007 Stephen established and led the workplace team at Stonewall.

    Stephen has also led D&I at KPMG and worked in advertising and consulting. Stephen was a Hertford College Scholar at Oxford and a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard. He remains a Visiting Fellow of the Women and Public Policy Program.

    He has won various awards from the 2010 Peter Robertson Award for Equality and Diversity Champions and 2011 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum to one of Management Today’s Change Agents for his race and gender work and 2022 Winds of Change Awards from The Forum on Workplace Inclusion.

    He has taught Inclusive Leadership at Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University and Sciences Po in France and advised the British Government, Royal Air Force and the White House.

    He is author of The Inclusion Imperative (2014), Inclusive Talent Management (2016) and Building an Inclusive organisation The Key to Inclusion (July 2022).

    • 34 min
    #47 When the future arrives today with Andrew Curry

    #47 When the future arrives today with Andrew Curry

    Andrew Curry is Director of Futures at SOIF, where he leads SOIF’s Advisory practice, advises on futures methods and techniques, and contributes as faculty to SOIF’s learning and training.

    He has been a futurist for more than 20 years, working with clients on a wide range of projects across the public sector, the non-profit sector, and the private sector, and he continues to do this for SOIF. He has also published widely on futures.

    He was the lead author of the Henley Centre’s 2001 report for the Cabinet Office, Understanding Best Practice in Strategic Futures. He wrote – with Anthony Hodgson – the first academic paper on the Three Horizons method and a paper on comparative scenarios methods, with Wendy Schultz. He blogs on futures at a personal blog, 'The Next Wave', and also runs a regular futures-oriented newsletter at Substack, Just Two Things. 

    He can be reached via SOIF.   

    Here are some of Andrew’s resources for you to download. A report he wrote on the 21st Century Business - still his most downloaded Futures Company report on ResearchGate. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/277307309_The_21st_Century_Business  

    We talked about "future anxiety". Since we did the podcast interview, Andrew and his colleague Emma Bennett have written a short article about this which is relevant. This also has a short explainer about the 'futures diamond' he talked about.  https://soif.org.uk/app/uploads/2024/01/Beyond-uncertainty-finding-our-way-to-the-future.pdf  

    Andrew also talked about tools like futures wheels and three horizons. He wrote a toolkit for Wales Community and Voluntary Action that helped community organisations use these to get to a preferred future and this is the facilitation guide for this. https://wcva.cymru/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/BUILDING-BETTER-FUTURES-Toolkit.pdf  

    Finally, for a more general introduction to futures, there is his  Five Books interview from 2017:   https://fivebooks.com/best-books/andrew-curry-futures/

    • 49 min

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