On this podcast you'll find leadership interviews and professional resources to help you develop the strategic mindset you need, in order to grow your business successfully amidst a ZEITGEIST of complexity, unpredictability and an increasingly digital reality .
Communication know-how and leadership success with Josh Hoffman, Bechtel
Josh Hoffman from Bechtel shares his thoughts on leadership and the need for purposeful communication. We discuss that leaders often fail to get the best out of people due to lack of communication skills, inability to express what they really want and unwillingness to listen first. Josh also talks about leadership in the wider sense and is own growth as a leader.
Josh grew up with his two parents and older sister. Due to the nature of his dad's job in oil and gas, they lived in Washington State, USA, California, USA, Singapore and the UK. From an early age, he enjoyed tinkering and was very inquisitive. This, along with his dad's engineering influence, was the reason he chose to study Mechanical Engineering at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. While at university, he was able to break out of his shell and develop his passion for continuous learning. He started his career moving to Houston, TX working for Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals as a Project Engineer. This gave him the opportunity to dip his toes into the corporate world and utilize his engineering degree. 11 years and many assignments later, he lived in Soyo, Angola, travelled to New Delhi and London to train co-workers and commissioned a liquified natural gas facility in Western Australia. Along the way, he met his wife, Lizzie, and managed to squeeze in their wedding a week before the world shut down due to COVID. He enjoyed stints in Engineering, Business Development, Financial Planning and Analysis and now finds himself working as a Senior Cost Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA. Josh has always been fascinated with the sociological dynamics of the workplace, getting to know people, what motivates them and how different people communicate and lead effectively.
Favourite Book: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Favourite Leadership Quote: “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” – Colin Powell
How to connect: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-hoffman-89a01034/
The Leadership Journey with Dianne Richardson, CEO BECBC
This episode is the first in our second series of podcasts. Our second series will be exploring leadership journeys and the question of 'what kind of leadership is needed?' at a time when life and work feels uncertain, when globalisation and local priorities seem at odds.
Our first episode in this second series is a conversation with the CEO for Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster, Dianne Richardson. Quite quickly we discover that Dianne is all bout people - listen in and be inspired in your own leadership.
Chocolate Freedom - running a chocolate business
Meet Simon and Sarah Wood, owners of Freedom Chocolate an artisan, chocolate brand which appeals not to a niche of people, but young and old from all walks of life and makes it possible for those with allergens to enjoy rich, allergen free chocolate. Simon and Sarah have developed a treat which is Ideal for vegans who love good quality and ethically sourced ingredients!
Pick up some great tips about how to run your own business, the ins and outs of setting up a chocolate business and how to take the next steps from start-up to early stage business.
To find out more about Simon and Sarah and Freedom Chocolate, go to:
Leading without the job title - interview with Sellafield's Matthew Henry
Leading without the job title requires skill and the ability persuade and bring teams along who on a day-to-day basis might be reporting to others. So, how can we do that?
Listen in to our chat with Matthew Henry, PhD ChPP MAPM MICW
Integration Project Manager for Sellafield Ltd..
Some great insights into what leadership actually is. We are addressing issues of power and leadership as well as questions such as:
How do leaders develop their own leadership skills and how to they manage highly skilled experts to perform at their best within a project team?
Mini Bio for Matthew:
Matthew is a Chartered Project Manager with experience in delivering infrastructure projects in the nuclear industry, where he currently works for Sellafield Ltd on the Infrastructure Strategic Alliance as the Integration Project Manager for the Flask Maintenance Improvement Programme. Before joining the Infrastructure Strategic Alliance with Sellafield in 2015, Matthew managed projects for both the Health & Safety Executive and the Office for Nuclear Regulation and a number of clients in the oil & gas and chemical & process industries. He is a member of the Institute for Collaborative Working and the Association for Project Management and holds a PhD in Applied Immunobiology. Outside of work he is an active member of a local church, volunteers for Safe Families, and enjoys landscape photography in the local Fells.
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To find out more about Zeitgeist Leadership's communications training for leaders, contact Jutta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership beyond 2021 - what do we really need?
What kind of leadership do we need in 2021 and beyond?
Does knowledge get in the way of leadership?
Is wisdom more important that knowledge?
Which countries' leadership style over the decades will serve our future?
In this episode we explore where leadership is heading and what type of leadership will be needed 2021 on beyond. After (or still in) a pandemic, with Brexit in the UK and an increasing call for collaboration, what kind of leadership will succeed and where do we need to think differently?
We are talking to Stephen Gibbs, Principal Lecturer for Business and Leadership at the Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership, University of Cumbria, UK.
To connect with Steve, you can find him here - fantastic blog, by the way, don't miss! :
m. 07544 581601
To find out how we at Zeitgeist Communication work with leaders to develop successful strategies and focus on clear communication with stakeholders and customers, contact us at email@example.com or connect with us on our website at www.zeitgeistcomms.com
Leading with passion, integrity and others in mind, with CEO of WHIS, Gareth Presch
Gareth Presch is a leader with many hats. He is passionate about driving better health and wellbeing in our communities and doing so with integrity. He is also a special advisor for health and wellbeing for the UNSGII and the implementation of the world's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Gareth Presch, CEO, World Health Innovation Summit.
Gareth Presch is a global healthcare thought leader and the Founder and CEO of the World Health Innovation Summit.
He is the Expert Lead on SDG3 Good Health & Wellbeing and SDG4 Quality Education or the UNGSII Foundation, Co-President, One Health Romania, Vice Chair GWI SDG Initiative, Strategic Partnerships SolaVieve and a Member of the Vatican COVID19 Commission.
UNGSII SDG Cities Link: https://www.ungsii.org/sdg-cities
To find out more about Gareth and the World Health Innovation Summit go to:
You can also follow the WHIS podcast on: https://whis.buzzsprout.com
To find out more about Zeitgeist Communication and how we support leaders and their businesses through clear - cost saving and customer winning - business, marketing and PR strategies, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with Jutta Devenish, our MD on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jutta-devenish-zeitgeist/