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Each week Ben Morton deconstructs what it takes to be a highly effective leader in the modern world. Through inspiring interviews with senior leaders he looks at the tactics, tools and philosophies that will enable you and your teams to reach your full potential.
Are you ready to become the very best, most authentic leader that you can be?

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Each week Ben Morton deconstructs what it takes to be a highly effective leader in the modern world. Through inspiring interviews with senior leaders he looks at the tactics, tools and philosophies that will enable you and your teams to reach your full potential.
Are you ready to become the very best, most authentic leader that you can be?

    General David Petraeus | Strategic Leadership & Big Ideas

    General David Petraeus | Strategic Leadership & Big Ideas

    General David Petraeus is a Partner with the global investment firm KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, which he established in May 2013. He is also a member of the boards of directors of Optiv and FirstStream, a venture investor in more than 15 startups, and engaged in a variety of academic endeavors.

    Prior to joining KKR, General Petraeus served over 37 years in the U.S. military, culminating his career with six consecutive commands, five of which were in combat, including command of the 101st Airborne Division during the fight to Baghdad and the first year in Iraq, command of the Multinational Security Transition Command in Iraq, command of coalition forces in Iraq during the Surge, command of U.S. Central Command, and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan.
    Following retirement from the military and after Senate confirmation by a vote of 94-0, he served as Director of the CIA during a period of significant achievements in the global war on terror, the establishment of important Agency digital initiatives, and significant investments in the Agency’s most important asset, its human capital.

    General Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy, and he is the only person in Army history to be the top graduate of both the demanding U.S. Army Ranger School and the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. For his full bio, check them out on my website.


    This really is a remarkable episode and we’ve not had a guest on the show who has shouldered the same weight of leadership responsibility as General Petraeus – during our conversation I asked him directly how he remained resilient and managed this level of responsibility.


    Amongst this we discussed strategy, leadership styles and how to get things done in complex, fast moving environments.




    Links Mentioned:


    ‘Grant Takes Command’ by Bruce Catton: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0316132403 (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0316132403)


    Find out more about Ben’s work: https://linktr.ee/BMLeadership (https://linktr.ee/BMLeadership)

    • 42 min
    David Pollock | On Leading a ‘Best Company to Work For’

    David Pollock | On Leading a ‘Best Company to Work For’

    David Pollock is the Executive Chairman at Chess, a company he founded in 1993 that is named after his two eldest children — Charlie and Jessie.
    Chess was #1 in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018, and has been high up in the top 100 rankings for the last 12 years. David has also been awarded 'Best Leader' by The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2017 and 2018 and won the 'Innovation in Business' for his unique happiness training in 2016, along with many other national and regional awards.


    Today, Chess employs over 300 people throughout the UK, serving over 27,000 business customers in the Information Communications Technology sector and has completed over 100 acquisitions.


    I was fascinated by the level of focus that David has consistently Put upon the people, culture, and their wellbeing. And at the same time, how they expect incredibly high standards of performance from everyone in the organisation and hold people firmly accountable to them.


    Outside of work, David is an active supporter of the Prince's Trust and has been Chairman of the Northwest Development Committee since 2010. He's a Vice President of East Cheshire Hospice and was a Trustee of Active Cheshire, a charity that encourages health and wellbeing from 2012 to 2017.


    Before we get into the episode, let me talk to you about The CEO SleepOut which is a charity I’m proudly supporting right now.


    CEO Sleepout UK is a national movement and a registered charity that aims to unite business leaders – those with the influence and power to do things differently – behind a call to end homelessness.


    They hold CEO Sleepout events in cities across the UK, from Alnwick to Portsmouth, and everywhere in between, unlocking understanding, empathy and raising big money, the majority of which is ploughed back to charities working tirelessly on the front line of homelessness in each host city.


    So far more than 3,800 executives have raised £2,900,000, providing over 100 charities with the funds to change countless lives.


    If you want to get involved there are a number of ways to do so:


    Listen to episode 55 where I speak with their CEO, Bianca Robinson.
    Visit their website via the link below.
    Sign up and join a sleepout via the same link.
    Sponsor my sleepout at Lords on 22 November for which I match funding every penny donated. See the link below.


    …and now, without any further delay, please enjoy my incredible conversation with award-winning leader David Pollock.




    Links Mentioned:


    The CEO SleepOut: https://ceosleepoutuk.com (https://ceosleepoutuk.com)
    Sponsor Ben’s SleepOut in London on 22 November: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BenMorton7 (https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BenMorton7)
    Ben’s Website: http://www.ben-morton.com (www.ben-morton.com)

    • 35 min
    Bianca Robinson | Inspiring Business Leaders to Create a Fairer Society

    Bianca Robinson | Inspiring Business Leaders to Create a Fairer Society

    Bianca Robinson is on a mission to inspire business leaders and the public to use their power and influence as a means to create a fairer and more equal society. She is driven by the urgent need for social justice change for a more equitable society, and being a great role model for her twin daughters.
    Nothing has shocked Bianca more than seeing rough sleepers carving out an existence – on the Strand in London, Piccadilly in Manchester, Lothian Road in Edinburgh, Northumberland Street in Newcastle – and how we've allowed homelessness to be accepted and normalised in Britain.
    It was this that lead her to become the CEO of CEO Sleepout, a UK charity that holds national events to raise money from those who have it: from business leaders, business owners, execs to movers and shakers in cities across the UK, and redistributes that money to charities working on the frontline of homelessness, changing people's lives.
    So far more than 3,800 executives have raised £2,900,000, providing over 100 charities with the funds to change countless lives.


    If you want to get involved there are three ways to do so.


    Visit their website via the link in the show notes below.
    Sign up and join a sleepout via the same link.
    Sponsor my sleepout at Lords on 22 November for which I match funding every penny donated… Again, you can find the link in the show notes.


    On behalf of Bianca and all of the UK's rough sleepers, let me say thanks in advance for your support with this. And now, without any further delay, please enjoy my incredible conversation with Bianca Robinson.




    Links Mentioned:


    The CEO SleepOut: https://ceosleepoutuk.com (https://ceosleepoutuk.com)
    Sponsor Ben’s SleepOut in London on 22 November: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BenMorton7 (https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BenMorton7)
    Ben’s Website: http://www.ben-morton.com (www.ben-morton.com)

    • 42 min
    Eddie Rivers | Doing Business with Friends

    Eddie Rivers | Doing Business with Friends

    Eddie Rivers began his career in the US Army and graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1980 with a BSc General Engineering. He then went on to earn a Masters in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Jurisprudence Degree at IU in 2017. Despite this, he never shares his post nominals which is testament to his humility… and his desire to learn in order to better serve those he leads.
    In this episode Eddie brings his experience from over 25 years of corporate leadership for billion-dollar revenue companies. As Co-Founder and President of Rivers Resources and Esource Resources, Eddie oversees all aspects of the company’s efforts to build a diverse business.
    At the end of our conversation, I asked Eddie what he thinks are the three key traits for leaders in business today, and his answer (which I won’t spoil here!) seemed so aligned with everything he shared up to that point.


    Before we get into the episode, let me talk to you about The CEO SleepOut which is a charity I’m proudly supporting right now.


    CEO Sleepout UK is a national movement and a registered charity that aims to unite business leaders – those with the influence and power to do things differently – behind a call to end homelessness.


    They hold CEO Sleepout events in cities across the UK, from Alnwick to Portsmouth, and everywhere in between, unlocking understanding, empathy and raising big money, the majority of which is ploughed back to charities working tirelessly on the front line of homelessness in each host city.


    So far more than 3,800 executives have raised £2,900,000, providing over 100 charities with the funds to change countless lives.


    If you want to get involved there are a number of ways to do so:


    Listen to episode 55 where I speak with their CEO, Bianca Robinson.
    Visit their website via the link below.
    Sign up and join a sleepout via the same link.
    Sponsor my sleepout at Lords on 22 November for which I’m match funding every penny donated. See the link below.


    Thanks for your support with this, and now, without any further delay… please enjoy my conversation with Eddie Rivers.




    Links Mentioned:


    The CEO SleepOut: https://ceosleepoutuk.com (https://ceosleepoutuk.com)


    Sponsor Ben’s SleepOut in London on 22 November: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BenMorton7 (https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BenMorton7)


    Ben’s Website: http://www.ben-morton.com (www.ben-morton.com)

    • 35 min
    Bobby Mandell | How to Lead in Business and Government

    Bobby Mandell | How to Lead in Business and Government

    Robert Mandell – more commonly known as Bobby – is a retired U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg under President Barack Obama and currently serves on the boards and executive committees of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and Human Rights First in New York City. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and Center for New American Security.
    Alongside this, Bobby is a partner in Velocitas venture, a medical device company, and ReactiveCore, a technology company. Bobby began his career as a lawyer before taking over the family business and serving as vice president, president chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Greater Construction Corporation from 1983 until 2005, building and selling over 13,000 homes in central Florida. Greater was sold in 2005 to Meritage Homes, Inc., the 6th largest homebuilder in America.


    Bobby really does have a huge depth and breadth of experience to share with us in this episode, and I was particularly interested to hear his thoughts around how he had to change and flex his leadership style whilst working for the US State Department.




    Links Mentioned:


    Subscribe to Ben’s two-weekly leadership tips email: https://mailchi.mp/ab0a5c279d78/bml (https://mailchi.mp/ab0a5c279d78/bml)
    Ben’s Website: http://www.ben-morton.com (www.ben-morton.com)

    • 36 min
    Debbie Cohen & Kate Roeske-Zummer | On Why Humanity Works Better

    Debbie Cohen & Kate Roeske-Zummer | On Why Humanity Works Better

    Leadership experts Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer join the show to talk about their new book, ‘Humanity Works Better’, which is due for release on 26th October 2021.
    Debbie and Kate are on a mission to help leaders chart a new path forward, one that brings humanity to the workplace through awareness, choice, and courage. They suggest that the results of this approach will be a healthier, more productive work environment that draws the best — rather than squeezes the most — out of people.
    After decades of working with leaders, they have a view that the modern workforce is suffering. They believe organizations and leaders have spent too many years seeking success through a focus on efficiency and productivity, and it’s costing us dearly. Workplaces have become toxic and getting work done is a lot harder than it needs to be. Bullying and abuse has reached epidemic levels—along with high rates of burnout, turnover, and fatigue. Clearly, something needs to change and their work aims to provide part of the solution.




    Links Mentioned:


    Humanity Works website and book details: http://www.humanityworks.com (www.humanityworks.com)
    Book Competition Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JBCR52M (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JBCR52M)
    Ben’s Website: http://www.ben-morton.com (www.ben-morton.com)

    • 38 min

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