66 episodes

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?

    Meredith Bell | How to Be a Better Listener

    Meredith Bell | How to Be a Better Listener

    Welcome to season four and episode 65 of the show! Today I’m joined by Meredith Bell who is the co-founder and President of Performance Support Systems, a global software company providing assessment and development tools for the workplace. Meredith is an expert in leader and team communications, the author of two books, and the host of the Strong for Performance podcast.
    She’s spent the past 30 years working to create products and books that help people master communication skills. Alongside this, she has a deep understanding of what organisations can do to ensure that the knowledge imparted during workplace learning and development programs stick – tactics that we can also apply ourselves to ensure that what we hear on a podcast gets applied!


    Before we get into the episode, let me share an offer with you. I’m giving away complimentary access to my online Weekly Planning Protocol course.


    In order to access the course, simply leave a review of the show on Apple Podcasts and email a screenshot of the review to me at chat@ben-morton.com and we’ll get your access details sent across to you. As it’s not always obvious how to do this, we’ve included a link to the show in the show notes: simply click on the link, scroll down and you’ll see a leave a review button.


    Let’s get back to this episode in which we delve deep into the incredibly important, but little practiced skill of listening for us as leaders. I really enjoyed my conversation with Meredith, whilst also feeling somewhat pressured to ensure I was really listening to what she was saying.



    Links Mentioned:
    Meredith’s Website: https://growstrongleaders.com (https://growstrongleaders.com)
    Meredith’s latest book, Connect With Your team: https://amzn.to/3eThw5Z (https://amzn.to/3eThw5Z)
    Review the Ben Morton Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-ben-morton-leadership-podcast/id1525858260 (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-ben-morton-leadership-podcast/id1525858260)

    • 2 hr 8 min
    Jim Kouzes | Co-author of The Leadership Challenge

    Jim Kouzes | Co-author of The Leadership Challenge

    I’m delighted to be able to bring you an interview with one of my leadership heroes, Jim Kouzes.
    Jim Kouzes is the coauthor with Barry Posner of the award-winning and best-selling book ‘The Leadership Challenge’, now its 6th edition with over 2.8 million copies sold.
    ‘The Leadership Challenge’ was selected by Soundview Executive Book Summaries as one of the Best Leadership Books of All Time, named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time by 800-CEO-READ, chosen by FastCompany as one of the 2012 Best Business Books of the Year, and has been on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list multiple times.


    There are many more accolades and awards for the book than I have time to mention. I also use the research from the book at the start of every leadership programme I run.


    Jim is also an experienced executive. He served as president, then CEO and chairman of the Tom Peters Company from 1988 until 2000. Prior to his tenure at TPC he directed the Executive Development Center at Santa Clara University from 1981 through 1987.


    In this episode, we explore what he has learned about leadership from a life dedicated to the topic. I was so grateful to be able to ask Jim many of the questions that occurred to me as I read and re-read the book over the past 8 years, focussing on how we can practically apply the lessons.


    I know that you are going to love this episode, but before we get into the episode, let me share an offer with you. I’m giving away complimentary access to my online Weekly Planning Protocol course.


    In order to access the course, simply leave a review of the show on Apple Podcasts and share a screenshot on Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn – tagging me in the post – and we’ll get your access details sent across to you. As it’s not always obvious how to do this, we’ve included a link to the show - simply click on the link, scroll down and you’ll see a leave a review button.


    But now, without any further delay, please enjoy this fascinating conversation with a genuine thought leader – Jim Kouzes.


    Links Mentioned:
    Buy the Leadership Challenge on Amazon: https://amzn.to/30qbC8T (https://amzn.to/30qbC8T)
    The Leadership Challenge Website: https://www.leadershipchallenge.com (https://www.leadershipchallenge.com)
    Review the show on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-ben-morton-leadership-podcast/id1525858260 (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-ben-morton-leadership-podcast/id1525858260)
    Ben’s website: https://www.ben-morton.com (https://www.ben-morton.com)

    • 45 min
    Jozef Opdeweegh | Value Based Leadership

    Jozef Opdeweegh | Value Based Leadership

    In this episode we are joined by Jozef Opdeweegh. Jozef is an international C-suite executive, with experience that spans the Atlantic and an outlook to match. Drawing on over twenty years experience in developing companies in North America, the UK and mainland Europe, he’s an author and thought leader on the critical relationship between the values we live by and the value we create.
    Born to a family of educators in Belgium, it was only natural that Jozef would be raised to embrace a diversity of knowledge, experience, and challenge. Throughout a lifetime of service, he’s lived by a philosophy that’s based on principles of respect, trust, and opportunity for all.


    In this episode we explore value-based leadership and Jozef’s belief that it is totally possible to create value for shareholders whilst operating in a fair and equitable manner for the other stakeholders.


    We also had an in-depth conversation around how we as leaders can create an environment where the best idea wins, as opposed to just the ideas from those who naturally have the loudest or strongest voice.


    On top of all that, Jozef shared some fantastic tips to recruit people whose values really fit with those of the organization.


    Before we get into the episode, let me share an offer with you. I’m giving away complimentary access to my online Weekly Planning Protocol course.


    In order to access the course, simply leave a review of the show on Apple Podcasts and share a screenshot on Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn – tagging me in the post – and we’ll get your access details sent across to you.


    Links Mentioned:
    Find out more about Jozef’s work: https://josopdeweegh.com/ (https://josopdeweegh.com/)
    Find out more about Ben’s work: https://linktr.ee/BMLeadership (https://linktr.ee/BMLeadership)

    • 46 min
    Ben Morton | Fighting Homelessness and Poverty

    Ben Morton | Fighting Homelessness and Poverty

    This episode of the podcast has a different format than usual. It includes my reflections on 'going homeless' to raise money and awareness around homelessness whilst also bringing you some short soundbites from three different guests.
    On 8th November, I sat on my local high street from 9 am until 5 pm, 'pretending' to be homeless as part one of my fundraising and awareness-raising efforts. Then, on
    22nd November, I braved the 3 degree night-time temperatures and slept outside as part of an event organized by The CEO Sleepout. This episode includes some of my reflections and what I learned from these two humbling experiences.


    The episode also includes two brief interviews that I conducted with some leaders at the Sleepout event. On top of all that, it also incorporates some thoughts from Bianca Robinson, CEO of The CEO Sleepout, sharing her thoughts around what senior leaders can do to make a change within their businesses – and society – to tackle homelessness and poverty.


    Links and Guests:
    The CEO SleepOut: https://ceosleepoutuk.com (https://ceosleepoutuk.com)
    The Full Bianca Robinson Podcast Interview: https://player.captivate.fm/episode/b037028a-7d38-4fcb-8495-b51cf116c358 (https://player.captivate.fm/episode/b037028a-7d38-4fcb-8495-b51cf116c358)
    Richard Hillier – MD of Friend Works: https://www.friend-works.com (https://www.friend-works.com)
    Richard Brash – MD of Brash Solutions: https://brashsolutions.co.uk (https://brashsolutions.co.uk)

    • 28 min
    Ron Carucci | Leading with Truth, Justice and Purpose

    Ron Carucci | Leading with Truth, Justice and Purpose

    Today we are joined by Ron Carucci, the co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, working with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations, leaders, and industries.
    Ron has a 30 year track record helping some of the world’s most influential executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization and leadership.


    From start-ups to Fortune 500s, turn-arounds to new markets and strategies, overhauling leadership and culture to re-designing for growth, he has worked in more than 25 countries across four continents.


    In addition to being a regular contributor to HBR and Forbes, and has been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, Business Insider, MSNBC, Inc, Business Week, and Smart Business.


    In this conversation we are talking about the research that sits behind his latest book, ‘To Be Honest: Lead with the Power of Truth, Justice and Purpose’. The book is a result of 15 years of research with more than 3200 interviews with leaders around the world.


    The book explains how four factors – Clear Identity, Accountability, Governance and Cross-Functional Relationships – affect honesty, justice and purpose within a company. When these factors are absent or ineffective, the organizational conditions compel employees to choose dishonesty and self-interest. But when done well, the organization is 16 times more likely to have people tell the truth, behave fairly, and serve a greater good.


    Before we get into the episode, let me share an offer with you. I’m giving away complimentary access to my online Weekly Planning Protocol course. In order to access the course, simply leave a review of the show on Apple Podcasts and share a screenshot on Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn – tagging me in the post – and we’ll get your access details sent across to you.


    And now, without any further delay, please enjoy my conversation with Ron Carucci.


    Links Mentioned:
    ‘To Be Honest’ by Ron Carucci: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1398600660/ (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1398600660/)
    ‘Crossing the Unknown Sea’ by David Whyte: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1573229148 (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1573229148)
    Find out more about Ron’’s work: https://www.carolabecker.com (https://www.carolabecker.com)
    Find out more about Ben’s work: https://linktr.ee/BMLeadership (https://linktr.ee/BMLeadership)

    • 37 min
    Ivory Mathews | Tackling Bias in the Workplace

    Ivory Mathews | Tackling Bias in the Workplace

    Ivory Mathews is the Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Housing and Cayce Housing, having dedicated more than 20 years of her professional career to the affordable housing industry.
    Under Mathews’ leadership, Columbia Housing is putting residents first, rebuilding public trust, increasing organizational efficiency and creating a climate of transparency and accountability. Using these principles, Columbia Housing has launched an aggressive $500 million portfolio repositioning and redevelopment strategy with an unrelenting focus on the preservation and creation of quality affordable housing for the families they serve.
    Ivory holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling and Psychology from Troy University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Newberry College, and several nationally recognized certifications in the affordable housing arena. She is also a Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative Fellow and has recently been named Top 20 Dynamic CEOs for 2021 by The CEO Publication.
    Early on in our conversation I stumbled upon the fact that Ivory is a former college athlete which led to a fascinating conversation about how this has shaped her as a leader.
    We also got deep into the weeds of some of the implicit biases she has come up against in her career, and what we can all be doing as leaders to remove these for those that we lead.
    Before we get to the conversation, I have an offer for you. I’m giving away free access to my Weekly Planning Protocol online course. In order to access it, simply leave a review of this podcast on Apple Podcasts and send a screenshot of that review to chat@ben-morton.com. We’ll then send you access details for the course.
    And now, without any further delay, please enjoy my conversation with Ivory Matthews.
    Links Mentioned:
    ‘The Color of Law’ ​​by Richard Rothstein: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1631492853 (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1631492853)
    Find out more about Ben’s work: https://linktr.ee/BMLeadership (https://linktr.ee/BMLeadership)

    • 32 min

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