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Welcome to ‘Leadership Bites’, with your host Guy Bloom. I have conversations with amazing people who impact on the world around them . Always about leadership and hopefully in such a way as to reinforce the good you do and to bring challenge to the things you might be able to calibrate. All links for Guy: www.livingbrave.com

Leadership BITES Guy Bloom

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Welcome to ‘Leadership Bites’, with your host Guy Bloom. I have conversations with amazing people who impact on the world around them . Always about leadership and hopefully in such a way as to reinforce the good you do and to bring challenge to the things you might be able to calibrate. All links for Guy: www.livingbrave.com

    Jenni Smyth, Head of Leadership, Learning, Talent and D&I for Corporate Units at BT

    Jenni Smyth, Head of Leadership, Learning, Talent and D&I for Corporate Units at BT

    Jenni Smyth is incredibly experienced in developing strategies and leading work that builds organisational effectiveness and enables the delivery of business plans. 

    She has huge experience in HR leadership, having had accountability for all elements of HR and led specialist learning and talent teams. Jenni is a  natural strategic thinker, experienced in understanding commercial priorities and working with leadership teams to ensure the right people focus sits at the heart of delivering them. 

    Jenni and worked together when I delivered a wonderful leadership programme into Experian, where Jenni was a key part of that interface.

    We talked about:
    Leadership developmentGetting engagementLetting people learn naturallyLearning as a body of workMaking sure people buy into the craft, so they are self-motivated to learnLetting the learning come from all angles
    To find out more about Guy Bloom and his award winning work in Team Coaching, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching click below.

    The link to everything CLICK HERE
    UK: 07827 953814
    Email: guybloom@livingbrave.com
    Web: www.livingbrave.com

    • 41 min
    Elona Mortimer-Zhika, CEO, IRIS Software Group

    Elona Mortimer-Zhika, CEO, IRIS Software Group

    Elona Mortimer-Zhika is the inspirational CEO of IRIS Software Group and is responsible for all operations across the Group and this weeks guest on the Leadership Bites podcast.

    On this episode we talk about:
    Humble upbringingAn education in diversity"The luck winner of...." (No luck involved)"My dad's my hero"Proud to be an accountantThe role of leadershipHiring for curiousityFailing fastNo decision is worth the wrong decisionThe culture questionBeing a house of brands"You can't just laminate values"The power of celebrationBeating the drum"You can't fake passion"Elona joined IRIS in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2018, and then Chief Executive Officer in 2019. In 2020, Elona was appointed as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Purplebricks, the UK’s leading hybrid estate agency. Before joining IRIS, Elona held several senior leadership roles in Big 4 and PE-backed businesses, including Mavenir, Acision, Arthur Andersen and Deloitte.
    Elona graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Accounting and Economics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Awards include Top 50 Women in Accounting 2021; UK Tech Awards Business Woman of the Year 2020; Global Banking and Finance Business Woman of the Year UK 2020 and the Venus National Finance Professional of the Year 2018.
    Elona is passionate about diversity and is a mentor in the F-Ten ICAEW programme supporting women in leadership positions.

    To find out more about Guy Bloom and his award winning work in Team Coaching, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching click below.

    The link to everything CLICK HERE
    UK: 07827 953814
    Email: guybloom@livingbrave.com
    Web: www.livingbrave.com

    • 52 min
    Calvin Robinson, Reverend, Political Adviser, TV/radio Presenter, Conservative Commentator

    Calvin Robinson, Reverend, Political Adviser, TV/radio Presenter, Conservative Commentator

    Calvin Robinson is Minister-in-Charge, Christ Church Harlesden.  Calvin is a political adviser, TV/radio presenter, and conservative commentator. You may well know him, from his appearances on GB News and his Common Sense Crusade (Sundays 2 - 4 pm).

    Calvin started life in Mansfield, in the mining town area of Nottingham. He grew up in a family unit that exposed him to being engaged in the community and has carried this throughout his life.

    He started out writing for pretty much every tabloid and broadsheet, from The Guardian to the Daily Express; The Telegraph and Daily Mail. Finally taking up residence at GB News.

    Having trained between 2020 and 2022 for ordination in the Church of England at St Stephen's House, Oxford, he was refused ordination by Jonathan Baker, the Bishop of Fulham, and chose to leave the church for the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON). He was ordained as a deacon on 25 June 2022 in the Free Church of England.

    We talked about:
    CultureSocietyCritical Race TheorySchoolsActivist InfiltrationSelf LeadershipCalvin's life journeyThe Church
    To find out more about Guy Bloom and his award winning work in Team Coaching, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching click below.

    The link to everything CLICK HERE
    UK: 07827 953814
    Email: guybloom@livingbrave.com
    Web: www.livingbrave.com

    • 46 min
    Marty Strong, CEO, Navy Seal, Author

    Marty Strong, CEO, Navy Seal, Author

    Marty Strong has been a leader and business consultant for decades, first in uniform as a combat-decorated Navy SEAL, and then in commercial business. Marty is a thought-provoking writer, speaker, and guest expert with over 350 appearances on national cable TV and hundreds of radio and Podcast interviews to his credit. Marty is the author of Be Nimble – How the Creative Navy SEAL Mindset Wins on the Battlefield and in Business. 

    We talked about:
    20 years in the Navy SealsHow that set up the thinking for being a CEOManaging via influence"Your expression of confidence, gives confidence"Books: Be Nimble & Be VisionaryShort time lines mitigate riskQ: "What would happen if we just didnt train people?" A: "What is the alternative?"You should always be training your replacementComfort with fluidityNo such thing as a static universeFearing failureSocratic logic, the power of the logical arguementSome people think obstance is a superpowerHuman kindnessMultipliers
    To find out more about Guy Bloom and his award winning work in Team Coaching, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching click below.

    The link to everything CLICK HERE
    UK: 07827 953814
    Email: guybloom@livingbrave.com
    Web: www.livingbrave.com

    • 54 min
    Jay Bousada, CEO, Thrillworks

    Jay Bousada, CEO, Thrillworks

    Jay Bousada, is never one to shy away from breaking things down and finding smarter, more effective ways to do them, Jay founded Thrillworks in 1999 to help organizations take full advantage of the potential of digital. 

    He’s a born problem solver, beginning his career as an Engineer before turning his attention to technology. 

    Now, as CEO, he’s driven by a passion to solve problems others may fail to even see. It’s this courage that’s at the core of who he is and the driving force behind everything Thrillworks creates.

    We discuss:
    The bumpy road to successOnly being good at problem-solving isn’t enoughYou knowing, isn’t the same as everyone else knowingThe power of 'curiosity'The path to Jay reinventing himselfLooking to the outside world for what good looks likeGetting out of your own wayExposing yourself to blind spotsBeing intentional The power of vulnerabilityCreating a world-class teamCompassionate ConflictRebooting the companyThe Challenge Chip approachValues that guide decisionsIt's hard enough to win with A players, so why tolerate B players"You are the average of the 5 people you hang out with the most""Instead of pressing harder on the gas, take your foot off the brake"
    To find out more about Guy Bloom and his award winning work in Team Coaching, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching click below.

    The link to everything CLICK HERE
    UK: 07827 953814
    Email: guybloom@livingbrave.com
    Web: www.livingbrave.com

    • 51 min
    Simon Townsley, Photo Journalist

    Simon Townsley, Photo Journalist

    Simon Townsley is an acclaimed international photojournalist and twice recipient of the British Press Photographer of the Year Award. Simon is known for his ability to connect with people and convey their story with dignity, even in extreme contexts.

    “Trust is an essential value in being able capture a powerful image, but trust isn’t just between subject and photographer. It criss-crosses all threads, from NGO, publisher and authorities to photographer and subject. It is a privilege to be able to bear witness, and it is one I seek to honour. By creating compelling images of distressing situations I can break down the barriers that stop people engaging, to open their eyes without fear and broaden their perspective. – Simon Townsley
    Arriving in London in 1987 from New Zealand, he was appointed Senior Photographer at the Sunday Times where he remained for 14 years. He covered conflicts around the world, including the Balkans, West Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He was assigned to photograph in depth numerous major news events such as Tiananmen Square, the Gulf war, fall of the Berlin Wall, siege of Sarajevo and the election of Nelson Mandela.
    In 2002 he felt a need to explore photography in a deeper sense, to understand photography in its purest aesthetic, Using the power of the image to convey a message through its beauty alone. He embarked on a personal project- OILMAN.

    Industrial landscapes from over 20 countries explore mankind’s relationship with the natural world in the desperate and dramatic pursuit of oil across the planet. Using his love of the simple aesthetic, the images were shot in large-format and displayed as grand-scale prints, exploring the sense of scale that the oil and gas industry operate on and the issues it creates.
    For the last four years Simon has been working with the Telegraph Media Group Global Health Security Team. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Health Security project seeks to bring awareness of vitally important issues to wider audience and focuses on key pillars of health and security around the world.

    To find out more about Guy Bloom and his award winning work in Team Coaching, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching click below.

    The link to everything CLICK HERE
    UK: 07827 953814
    Email: guybloom@livingbrave.com
    Web: www.livingbrave.com

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