8 episodes

Challenging guests to weigh in on a topic way out of their comfort zone, Stan unearths what makes them tick, their instincts under pressure, and the single thread that connects them all. From common leadership challenges to solving some of the biggest issues of our time – this is the podcast where leaders come to learn.

Find out more at directionspodcast.com

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This is a BGT Production created in partnership with Esri Australia.

Esri Australia is the nation’s leading GIS technology and services provider and part of the BGT group.

Directions with Stan Grant BGT Productions

    • Business

Challenging guests to weigh in on a topic way out of their comfort zone, Stan unearths what makes them tick, their instincts under pressure, and the single thread that connects them all. From common leadership challenges to solving some of the biggest issues of our time – this is the podcast where leaders come to learn.

Find out more at directionspodcast.com

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This is a BGT Production created in partnership with Esri Australia.

Esri Australia is the nation’s leading GIS technology and services provider and part of the BGT group.

    The power of “one”: Brian Boulmay wants multinationals to share their information

    The power of “one”: Brian Boulmay wants multinationals to share their information

    The proven formula for driving digital transformation at a global scale


    Brian Boulmay is on a mission to democratise data. 


    He believes multinational companies can create greater efficiency, accuracy of insight, and collaboration if they share data sets.


    During his tenure as the Global Integration Director for BP, Brian Boulmay developed the award-winning OneMap system; a one-stop shop for geospatial information and analytics used by more than 70,000 staff across the world.


    Boulmay is driving a radical approach to transparency. He shares his tips on leading teams towards a more collaborative way of solving problems and adding value to projects and businesses through shared information.


    “That's the beauty of geography, right? Regardless if you're the person drilling the well, the person dealing with the environmental permits, the person dealing with the construction and engineering, you all need the same core information. All of the information that was shared, we centralised and managed it once, so that many parties could use it.”


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    Directions is a podcast hosted by award-winning journalist Stan Grant about how leaders use technology and innovation to solve problems and to shape our increasingly complex world. 


    This is a BGT Production created in partnership with Esri Australia.


    Esri Australia is the nation's leading GIS technology and services provider and part of the BGT group.

    • 34 min
    Flashpoint: Chief Kim Zagaris on disaster management

    Flashpoint: Chief Kim Zagaris on disaster management

    How can leaders use technological innovation to mitigate and respond to a crisis?


    Kim Zagaris spent the first part of his career serving in the army, but a twist of fate saw him switch from army tanks to fire trucks. 


    As he drove home from a night out with his mates, he was confronted by a fire out of control. Pulling up, a firefighter directed him to grab a hose. It was a sliding door moment.


    Decades on, Chief Kim Zagaris was named California’s Fire Chief of the Year. He’s been involved in every catastrophic emergency in California over a distinguished 40-year career and has placed technological innovation at the heart of modern-day firefighting – completely changing the way agencies respond to crises. 


    “We're actually looking at real-time vehicle location, or where resources are, and how quickly we'll get to an incident, and matching up those resources with a database… and we're using geographic information and technology to do it”.


    Next episode: Brian Boulmay, global digital transformation leader.


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    Directions is a podcast hosted by award-winning journalist Stan Grant about how leaders use technology and innovation to solve problems and to shape our increasingly complex world. 


    This is a BGT Production created in partnership with Esri Australia.


    Esri Australia is the nation's leading GIS technology and services provider and part of the BGT group.

    • 32 min
    Life and death decisions: Mike King shares lessons from the thin blue line

    Life and death decisions: Mike King shares lessons from the thin blue line

    Criminal profiler Mike King on using data to find the truth in any situation


    As one of the world’s leading criminal investigators, Mike King is intimately familiar with high-pressure, life and death scenarios. 


    For 40 years, he’s worked with law enforcement around the world, taught top police investigators the art of criminal profiling, and consulted on public safety strategy for large-scale events including SuperBowls, marathons, G20s, and the Olympics. 


    He’s been on the frontline in the hunt for serial predators and broken open some of the world’s most perplexing cold cases. He’s pioneered experimental training techniques and was one of the first to bring geospatial technology innovation into investigation war rooms.


    Mike King’s unconventional methods have even seen him escort one of the USA’s most prolific living mass murderers from his Death Row stall to meet with investigators – giving them the ultimate tutorial in the workings of a serial killer’s mind. 


    A published author, documentary maker and guest speaker on popular talk shows, Mike King has been awarded the USA’s National Police Officer of the Year. His latest venture takes you deep inside the rapidly evolving world of criminal profiling in his breakout podcast series Mapping Evil with Mike King.


    Explore some of the world's most chilling crimes and learn how understanding the geography of crimes, predators and victims can shed new light on unsolved cases. Subscribe in your podcast app or get more information here.


    Next episode: Chief Kim Zagaris, wildfire policy and technology advisor.


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    Directions is a podcast hosted by award-winning journalist Stan Grant about how leaders use technology and innovation to solve problems and to shape our increasingly complex world. 


    This is a BGT Production created in partnership with Esri Australia.


    Esri Australia is the nation's leading GIS technology and services provider and part of the BGT group.


     

    • 49 min
    Rising above: NASA pioneer Dr Kathryn Sullivan on space, oceans, and climate change

    Rising above: NASA pioneer Dr Kathryn Sullivan on space, oceans, and climate change

    Geologist Dr Kathryn Sullivan tackles the world’s biggest challenges with a little innovation


    Dr Kathryn Sullivan’s innate curiosity and love of exploration has led her to outer space, to ocean floors, and to leadership roles solving complex issues like climate change, poverty, inequality, and political unrest.


    As a specialist geologist, Dr Sullivan was recruited by NASA to become the first American woman to walk in space in 1984. She was also the first woman to dive to one of the earth’s deepest ocean floors.


    Dr Sullivan led the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, one of the world’s most important agencies. There she worked to track and map how the earth is evolving and how our climate is changing.


    Now she’s coupling her sense of exploration with spatial technology to help better understand how interdependent life on this planet really is. 


    Named by the BBC as one of 'the most influential women of 2020', Dr Sullivan leads so generations may follow.


    Next episode: Mike King, criminal profiler and cold case investigator.


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    For more from Dr Kathryn Sullivan, visit: KathySullivanExplores.com


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    Directions is a podcast hosted by award-winning journalist Stan Grant about how leaders use technology and innovation to solve problems and to shape our increasingly complex world. 


    This is a BGT Production created in partnership with Esri Australia.


    Esri Australia is the nation's leading GIS technology and services provider and part of the BGT group.

    • 36 min
    Power and ethics: Dr Amen Ra Mashariki on balancing knowledge with utility

    Power and ethics: Dr Amen Ra Mashariki on balancing knowledge with utility

    Where is the line when it comes to wielding the power of data-driven insight and when should it be crossed?


    Each time you use your mobile phone, you leave a trail behind. Each app you’ve tapped on, every browser you’ve opened, each link you’ve clicked on, leaves a digital footprint. 


    That data can be used in so many useful ways – whether it’s planning for hospital beds so there’s no shortage, to urban planning for a world impacted by climate change, or in times of emergency to keep people safe. 


    But the storage of your data also raises important questions about privacy. In the era of meta-tagging and geo-tracking, how can we apply principles to data that are both robust and ethical?


    Dr Amen Ra Mashariki is the Global Director for the Data Lab at the World Resources Institute. He has been the Director of the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics in New York City, where he used data insights to create public policy – and shape response to crises including the September 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Sandy.


    Next episode: Dr Kathryn Sullivan, scientist, astronaut and explorer.


    DirectionsPodcast.com


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    Directions is a podcast hosted by award-winning journalist Stan Grant about how leaders use technology and innovation to solve problems and to shape our increasingly complex world. 


    This is a BGT Production created in partnership with Esri Australia.


    Esri Australia is the nation's leading GIS technology and services provider and part of the BGT group.

    • 33 min
    Going global: Linda Peters on advising world leaders on the future

    Going global: Linda Peters on advising world leaders on the future

    How can we ensure the data that matters is informing our actions?


    Linda Peters advises the US and other governments along with the United Nations on how to turn data into effective action and policies.


    From forecasting the timing and scale of catastrophic food droughts, to formulating strategies for the mass deployment of foreign aid, Linda Peters holds firm on the frontline, working to combat some of this generation’s greatest challenges.


    At the height of the COVID-19 outbreak, Linda Peters’ expertise in data analytics and statistics came to the fore. 


    Her work with the US Census Bureau on the first ever entirely digital Census took on new significance when the pandemic arrived and spread rapidly across the United States. 


    Linda Peters brings new meaning to the term ‘data-driven’.


    “When you first go in and start looking at data, you don't know what you're going to find,” she says. “How rich is that data? How complete is that data? How current is that data? You're going to have to iterate through all of those different data sets to help you establish the patterns. As geographers, we always look for patterns”.


     


    Next episode: Dr Amen Ra Mashariki, Global Director, World Resources Institute.


    DirectionsPodcast.com


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    Directions is a podcast hosted by award-winning journalist Stan Grant about how leaders use technology and innovation to solve problems and to shape our increasingly complex world. 


    This is a BGT Production created in partnership with Esri Australia.


    Esri Australia is the nation's leading GIS technology and services provider and part of the BGT group.

    • 37 min

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