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The Inner Chief | Executive Coaching for a successful career and life with Chief Maker, Greg Layton

If you believe as I do that learning from the masters, coupled with consistent personal growth, is instrumental to a successful career an life then this is your podcast. Every Thursday I’ll bring you a deep diving interview with a CEO or GURU with their best wisdom and advice and every Monday I post a short, sharp minisode with the best tips I can muster to help you in your career.

Interviews with Noel Whittaker, Nicky Sparshott, Jennifer Holland, Jeff Brown, John Lee Dumas, Geoff Lloyd, Hetty Johnston and Damien Price

The Inner Chief Greg Layton

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The Inner Chief | Executive Coaching for a successful career and life with Chief Maker, Greg Layton

If you believe as I do that learning from the masters, coupled with consistent personal growth, is instrumental to a successful career an life then this is your podcast. Every Thursday I’ll bring you a deep diving interview with a CEO or GURU with their best wisdom and advice and every Monday I post a short, sharp minisode with the best tips I can muster to help you in your career.

Interviews with Noel Whittaker, Nicky Sparshott, Jennifer Holland, Jeff Brown, John Lee Dumas, Geoff Lloyd, Hetty Johnston and Damien Price

    #338 Stephen Shedletzky, on how to foster a speak-up culture where people feel safe, trusted and worthy

    #338 Stephen Shedletzky, on how to foster a speak-up culture where people feel safe, trusted and worthy

    “Know that if you are a leader, you have an impact on the health and wellbeing of the people around you. That's why leadership is either a life-depleting or life-feeding line of work.”
     
    In this episode of The Inner Chief podcast, I speak to Stephen “Shed” Shedletzky, on how to foster a speak-up culture where people feel safe, trusted and worthy.
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    “Shed”, as he is known to everyone, is a leadership author and coach who helps leaders and organisations create a culture where people feel encouraged, safe and valued in speaking-up.
    He became the fourth person to join well-known leadership expert Simon Sinek’s team and has had the roles of Chief of Staff and Head of Brand Experience, Training & Development. The two still collaborate together.
    He is also a TEDx Speaker Coach and the author of Speak-Up Culture: When Leaders Truly Listen, People Step Up.
    In this episode we talk about:
    ✅  How he overcame a stutter and fear of public speaking to become a guru in speak-up culture.
    ✅  His framework and principles for helping you build a speak-up culture at work, and
    ✅  The most important things to consider in delivering a TEDx level presentation.
    Thanks to former guest, James Whittaker, for introducing me to Shed.
    Deal hope,
    Greg
     
    Connecting with Stephen Shedletzky You can connect with Stephen via LinkedIn and the Shed Inspires website. You can also see his Speak-Up Matrix on his website (see more details below in the show notes).
    Books and resources Man's Search for Meaning - by Viktor Frankl
    The Attributes - by Rich DeVinney
    Culture Map - by Erin Meyer
    Outliers - by Malcolm Gladwell
    Don’t sleep, there are snakes - by Daniel L. Everett
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    Roger Love, World’s #1 Voice Coach on Teaching Bradley Cooper, Reese Witherspoon, The Beach Boys and more to use their voice to change the world
    Minisodes by Greg Layton - Meetings as a Performance Theatre and BREAC a leg!
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    #337 Leading with passion, respect for your people and keeping the soul alive in your business, with Cliff Gale, former Managing Director of Lite n’ Easy for over 20 years [Best of Series]

    #337 Leading with passion, respect for your people and keeping the soul alive in your business, with Cliff Gale, former Managing Director of Lite n’ Easy for over 20 years [Best of Series]

    “There's been too much focus on profit outcomes in business rather than maybe building the process along the way through empowering people, through effective delegation.”
    In this Best of Series episode of The Inner Chief podcast, I speak to Cliff Gale, former Managing Director of Lite n’ Easy for over 20 years, on leading with passion, respect for your people and keeping the soul alive in your business.
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    I met Cliff through a former Inner Chief podcast guest, Sara Chamberlain, in 2019.
    Cliff started his career running Bob-Jane T Mart Franchises. He then bought into Lite n’ Easy after he saw a two line ad in a paper in its very early days.
    He proceeded to lead the business for over two decades and grew it into one of the most successful businesses of its type.
    Lite n’ Easy is a 100% Australian owned healthy food business and has been around nearly 40 years.
    In this episode we talk about: 
    ✅  Keeping his finger on the pulse by respecting and listening to his people and customers
    ✅  How he kept the emotion and energy in the business as it grew to dizzying heights
    ✅  Building the soul of the business by focusing on the things that count and profit will come, and
    ✅  The difference between givers and takers.
    Deal hope,
    Greg
     
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    Julie Mathers, Founder of Flora & Fauna and CEO of Snuggle Hunny, on being adventurous, bootstrapping a business, and first-mover advantage
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    #336 Minisode: 5 Leadership lessons from a game-changing Executive Team

    #336 Minisode: 5 Leadership lessons from a game-changing Executive Team

    “The truth is, these 5 traits are disappointingly quite uncommon amongst leadership teams, but if you follow them, you will be closer to outsmarting the competition.”
     
    Chief, in today’s minisode, I’m going to discuss five leadership lessons from a powerhouse executive team with whom I have worked for around five years.
    Having played just a small part in their journey, I wanted to share with you five traits that each of us can take from this group.
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    Deal hope,
    Greg
     
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    Mini Chief #334: Taking VR/AR learning to new frontiers with Angus Stevens, Co-Founder and CEO of Start Beyond

    Mini Chief #334: Taking VR/AR learning to new frontiers with Angus Stevens, Co-Founder and CEO of Start Beyond

    “There's no faster way to learn than to do. And the beauty of VR is that it allows you to learn through experience without the physical or emotional risk.”
    This is a special episode only available to our podcast subscribers, which we call The Mini Chief. These are short, sharp highlights from our fabulous CEO guests, where you get a 5 to 10 minute snapshot from their full episode.
    This Mini Chief episode features Angus Stevens, Co-Founder and CEO of Start Beyond.
    His full episode is titled Taking learning by experience to new frontiers, putting guardrails on innovation, and creating useful technology for tangible real-world problems.
    You can find the full audio and show notes here:
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    Angus is the CEO and Co-Founder of VR and AR studio, Start Beyond, which was named in the Top 10 2023 AFR Most Innovative Tech Companies as well as in the Top 20 Australian Startup Employers.
    They’ve delivered more than 1.2million AR and VR learning experiences and work with the likes of Accenture and Meta, as well as US-based VR software giant, Strivr, and Australian companies like Westpac, University of Technology Sydney, St John’s Ambulance, and Woolworths.
    Angus started out in writing, directing and producing television, documentaries, theatre and short films for Southern Cross Austereo and Nova, working with artists such as Bob Geldof, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
    He was named a 2023 Australian Top 50 Small Business Leader, and is the Chair and Co-Founder of the Australian Metaverse Advisory Council (AMAC), and is also a recent first-time author, having released Viewer Discretion Advised in 2023.
     
    In the full episode we talk about:
    ✅  The pioneering work he did in radio a decade ago by bringing a visual element to a live broadcast
    ✅  Recognising when to act on the tension between gaining enough experience and launching his own business
    ✅  How he has taken learning by experience to stratospheric heights while putting guardrails on innovation, and
    ✅  His thoughts on where education is going to be in 10 years’ time.
    Deal hope,
    Greg
    Thanks to Sam Dybac and her team at The PR Hub for introducing us to Angus.
     
    Connecting with Angus Stevens You can connect with Angus via LinkedIn and the Start Beyond website.
    Books and resources Viewer Discretion Advised - by Angus Stevens
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    Minisode by Greg Layton - Choosing the right course or program to boost your career
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    #335 Minisode: Helping technical staff successfully move to strategic and leadership roles

    #335 Minisode: Helping technical staff successfully move to strategic and leadership roles

    “One of the great pitfalls is that we just throw them in the deep end and assume they're going to swim. And when they fail, we say, oh well, they just weren’t up to it.”
     
    Chief, in today’s minisode and YouTube video, I’m going to dive into some reasons for why so many people struggle with the shift from a technical, hands-on role into a leadership role, and how you as their leader can ensure a more smooth transition.
    The reality is that a lot of leaders are promoted based on their technical abilities and not so much on their leadership capabilities, the misconception being that you ‘earn your stripes’ through being hands-on and experienced. This approach so often leads to poor outcomes and staff turnover, and for the promoted person feeling hopelessly out of their depth.
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    So today, Chief, we’re going to talk about:
    ✅  Why technical staff land up being poor fits for strategic and leadership roles
    ✅  The Professional Excellence Framework known as the Chief Maker GREAT Method, and
    ✅  How to help your leaders and up-and-coming management avoid the poor performance and isolation that often comes with not supporting this role transition.
     
    Deal hope,
    Greg
     
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    • 18 min
    Mini Chief #333: Pulling off creative business deals with no money down with Roland Frasier, CEO of All Channels Media [Best of Series]

    Mini Chief #333: Pulling off creative business deals with no money down with Roland Frasier, CEO of All Channels Media [Best of Series]

    “If you can simulate a problem by removing all of the normal, easy, well-travelled roads, then you're forcing yourself to be truly creative in getting to the end result."
     
    This is a special episode only available to our podcast subscribers, which we call The Mini Chief. These are short, sharp highlights from our fabulous CEO guests, where you get a 5 to 10 minute snapshot from their full episode.
    This Mini Chief episode features Roland Frasier, CEO of All Channels Media.
    His full episode is titled Pulling off creative business deals with no money down, and modelling your mentors.
    You can find the full audio and show notes here:
    🎧👉  chiefmaker.com/333  👂
     
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    At the time of our conversation in 2018, Roland was the CEO of War Room Mastermind.
    He is currently the CEO of All Media Channels, and is also a Principal in DigitalMarketer.com, The Scalable Company, EPIC Network and Traffic & Conversion Summit.
    Roland is the co-founder and/or principal of multiple Inc. Magazine fastest growing companies (e-commerce, e-learning and SaaS) and a serial entrepreneur who has founded, scaled or sold almost two dozen different businesses ranging from consumer products to industrial machine manufacturing companies with adjusted sales ranging from $3 million to $337 million.
    His expertise covers digitally-centric customer acquisition, activation, referral, retention, revenue and growth strategies and plan implementation and he is a guru in the art of the deal. He is also one of the most humble and generous chiefs you’ll ever meet.
     
    In the full episode we talk about:
    ✅  How to buy property and businesses for no money down
    ✅  Infusing creativity into business deals and structuring deals even if you are a full-time employee
    ✅  What made his mastermind, The War Room, such a winning program, and 
    ✅  The lineage of his learning way back to the greats like Milton Erickson, John Grinder and Richard Bandler..
    Deal hope,
    Greg
     
    Connecting with Roland Frasier You can connect with Roland via LinkedIn, his podcast or his website.
    Books and resources Business Wealth Without Risk - by Roland Frasier and Jay Abraham
    Nothing Down - by Robert Allan
    The Psychology of Winning (Audiobook) - by Denis Waitley
    Unlimited Power - by Tony Robbins
    The works of Milton H Erickson
    Measure What Matters - by John Doerr
    High Output Management - by Andy Grove
    Uncommon Therapy - by Jay Haley
    The 4 Disciplines of Execution - by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling
    Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It - by Kamal Ravikant
    Rebirth - by Kamal Ravikant
    Similar Episodes on Investors Jay Abraham, Founder and CEO of The Abraham Group on How to achieve business wealth without risk through acquisition and the most powerful marketing strategies in the world
    Bushy Martin, CEO of KnowHow Property on playing the long game and living a life by design not default
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Well worth the time

Fantastic podcast! They’re interesting & insightful. A well spent 45 minutes and genuinely look forward to the next each time.

jmoon80 ,

Inspirational

Such wonderful information and insights available! The fellow Aussie has legendary people interviewed and they have shared their experiences over time. This podcast is a part of my life and I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life. Greg you are inspirational and a role model mate ! Cheers!!!

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This is what it's about!

Greg brings hearfelt and hard-earned wisdom that leaders can apply at work and at home. He's real and authentic and creates the right environment for his guests to be real too. That helps to bring useful and practical insights that chiefs can apply immediately. Keep up the great work Greg!

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