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Culture of Leadership

An interview style video and audio podcast where business and sporting leaders share their knowledge & experience to help create confident leaders. I also take the opportunity to offer my perspective on the guests' ideas by closing each episode with 3 key takeaways to create confident leaders based on my reflection from the interview. If you are a business owner who wants to lead with confidence so that you can maximise your performance, your team's performance and your business's performance, this podcast is for you!


129. Connection and Success in Business Through Authenticity and Hospitality
Unlock the secrets to forging deep business connections with our latest episode, featuring a renowned hospitality and events professional who turned the aftermath of 9/11 into a catalyst for his career. Explore the intersection of authenticity, trust, and the hospitality mindset that this expert believes are critical for any business’s success. From the power of remembering names to the importance of aligning your company with likeminded businesses, this episode is brimming with actionable insights that will help you create lasting impressions and build stronger relationships. Dive into the subtleties of networking and customer engagement as our guest outlines the transformative effects of mentorship and the significance of a service-centered heart in the workplace. Discover how even the most introverted among us can captivate customers through the art of listening and asking the right questions. Learn how mentorship shapes business strategies and personal development, drawing upon wisdom from industry giants like Walt Disney and the Ritz-Carlton. The conversation also reveals how to enhance experiences in settings as diverse as live events, casual lunches, or even a massage clinic, further proving that the essence of hospitality can thrive in any environment. Wrapping up, we grapple with the challenges and opportunities presented by social media in modern business practices. Our guest reflects on the importance of maintaining privacy in an age where our digital footprint is ever-expanding, offering a sincere appreciation for the ability to influence and guide others through shared expertise. With personal tales of success and stumbling blocks, this episode is not only an education in hospitality but also a masterclass in leveraging your past to enrich your business’s future. Check out the episode on YouTube:
71:57 20/05/2024
128. Empathy and Connection: The Essence of Human-Centered Leadership in Healthcare
Listen in as we explore the essential facets of human-centered leadership in healthcare, inspired by the groundbreaking work of Dr. Bill Maples and his colleagues, Dr. Bridget Duffy and Dr. Ron Paulus. My journey in healthcare has been revolutionized by their insights into creating a culture that cherishes human connections, both within our teams and with patients. We unpack the profound impact of leading with empathy, presence, and vulnerability, and discuss the ripple effects of this leadership style on small and medium businesses, underlining the power of building trust and respect in every interaction. This episode also zeroes in on the significance of being fully present in business settings. Apologizing for tardiness and giving someone your undivided attention can change the entire dynamic of a meeting. I share actionable strategies to help leaders foster an attentive and focused team environment, and the transformational effects of cultivating gratitude in the workplace. You’ll learn how these practices not only increase personal efficiency but also deepen the trust and connection you have with colleagues, shifting workplace dynamics from the brink of burnout to a state of thriving. Wrapping up, our conversation with Jennifer delves into the blend of technical acumen and human-centered leadership. She sheds light on the development of a people operating system that champions character, competence, and connection. We also discuss the shift from traditional feedback methods to a forward-looking approach that capitalizes on individual strengths, and how these methods can be applied to enhance both leader and patient experiences. Join us as we reflect on the joy of leadership that comes from seeing others succeed and the anticipation of Jennifer’s contributions to the field. Check out the episode on YouTube:
57:17 07/05/2024
127.The Financial Bloke: From Farm Life Lessons to Holistic Wealth Success
Growing up amidst the hustle of cattle sales and the wisdom of a financially savvy mother, Ben Law, our Financial Bloke, knows a thing or two about life’s wealth beyond the dollar. With heartwarming candor, Ben recounts how his rural roots and a confrontational health scare steered him from the familiarity of farm life to the dynamic realm of finance. This episode is a tapestry of tales, from the hard-won lessons of entrepreneurship to the pivotal changes that come with life’s curveballs, all threaded together by the common theme of discovering true prosperity. Leading a team and building trust don’t come from textbooks; they’re learned in the field, which is precisely where Ben has cultivated his expertise. He reveals the nitty-gritty of transforming The Financial Bloke from a one-man show to a thriving advisory, navigating the complexities of leadership, and fostering a team ethos grounded in authenticity. The conversation, often punctuated with laughter, takes us through the intricacies of aligning with the right professionals, the strategic game of wealth creation, and the art of embracing “I don’t know” to evolve as a trusted leader. But it’s not all business; we’re exploring the balance beam of life. Delving into the planning needed for a worry-free retirement, the rigors of setting up generational wealth, and the pressing need to prepare the heirs of family legacies. Ben passionately shares why prosperity isn’t just about financial security—it’s about crafting a life rich in experiences, relationships, and health. So, join us as we unwrap the lessons from Ben Law, the man who wears the financial truths of his past as a badge of honor, and learn how to navigate your own journey to holistic success. Check out the episode on YouTube:
83:30 23/04/2024
126. Embracing the Power of Mentorship: Marna Ricker's Journey
Tax maven and mentorship advocate Marna Ricker sits with us to demystify the world of global tax and share the vibrancy of her journey from Ohio State to EY’s global vice chair of tax. A beacon of intelligence and enthusiasm, Marna encapsulates the essence of dynamic leadership, breaking down the stereotype that tax professionals lack excitement. She generously pulls back the curtain on the intricate balance of professional growth and the personal life challenges she’s faced, showcasing how mentorship has been a cornerstone of her success and the success of those she’s guided. Our conversation with Marna branches out into the universal importance of mentorship across diverse fields, from sharpening the skills of collegiate athletes to fortifying family dynamics. It’s the candid stories of triumph over vulnerability, such as a career-defining mistake turned into a valuable lesson, that highlight the significance of transparent communication and strong relationships. Marna’s anecdotes inspire business owners and professionals alike to embrace mentorship as a tool for learning, resilience, and empowerment on their paths to achievement. In the latter half of our dialogue, we explore the art of nurturing talent to the pinnacle of partnership and the subtle navigation of office politics with authenticity and empathy. Marna’s journey is a testament to the enduring value of mentorship at every career stage and the profound impact of authentic leadership. Her reflections remind us that growth often lies in the courage to step beyond the familiar while holding steadfast to our values—a lesson as poignant for seasoned professionals as it is for those just beginning to carve their path.
70:23 09/04/2024
125. Mastering Leadership and Prioritization: Strategies for Efficiency and Team Success
Unlock the full potential of your leadership skills as Agile expert Angela takes us through the essential art of prioritization. Peel away the layers of productivity myths, especially multitasking, and learn why sequencing tasks could be the secret to your team’s success. Angela’s insights on gender dynamics in task switching and the cultural variations in understanding priorities provide a fresh perspective on managing workloads effectively. Join us for a deep dive into the power of trust and communication in leadership. Discover how these cornerstones shape the prioritization process within teams and directly influence performance. By exploring customer impact, regulatory compliance, ROI, and other industry-specific factors, Angela illustrates how leaders can strategically determine task order and adapt priorities. This episode is a treasure trove of strategies for fostering collaboration, reducing the risk of project misalignment, and turning every meeting into a productive powerhouse. Embark on a transformative journey that challenges conventional time management and embraces structured conversations and time boxing. Hear firsthand how Angela’s personal experiences with Agile principles radically improved her workflow and how these lessons can be applied to your leadership style. We wrap up with a candid look at the growth opportunities that stem from tackling unfinished tasks and learning from failures, gearing you up for a streamlined and focused approach to leadership in 2024. Check out the episode on YouTube:
63:11 26/03/2024
My Worst Leadership Moment: A Heart-to-Heart with Andrew Stotz
Join me as I sit down with the remarkable Andrew Stotz, the mind behind the "My Worst Investment Ever" podcast, who not only inspired the concept for this series but also graced us as our first guest.
28:27 15/03/2024
124. From Battleground to Boardroom: Navigating Leadership, Discipline, and Resilience
As a seasoned leader with a remarkable journey through the realms of football, military service, and the corporate world, our guest this week has garnered invaluable wisdom from commanding teams on the field and in the boardroom. His candid storytelling transports us from the disciplined lessons of the Marine Corps to the challenges of adapting to the digital landscape in his current mission—coaching aspiring leaders. With his Stronger U program, he sheds light on the pressing need for tailored leadership development, revealing how the character and actions of leaders deeply influence organizational culture. It’s a conversation that unpacks the uncomfortable truth that many leaders fall short of embodying their company’s values, and how fear and a deficiency in formal training contribute to this shortfall. Throughout the episode, we peel back the layers of leadership, examining its simplicity yet profound impact on decision-making and talent management. Our guest emphasizes the potency of discipline and character—forged in his early years and honed through experiences in martial arts and military service—in shaping one’s approach to both business and personal growth. We navigate the complexities of instilling these qualities, reflecting on how a leader’s clarity and transparency can simplify strategies, and why nurturing self-trust is essential to embodying one’s values amid organizational pressures. Closing out our enlightening dialogue, we tackle the resilience necessary to lead through crises, an aspect our guest knows all too well from his leadership during the tumultuous times of COVID-19 cutbacks. He shares the poignant challenges faced by war veterans and the dire need for support systems paralleling those provided by St. Jude’s for children. Concluding with insights on mentoring and building confidence, our guest leaves us not only with strategies for climbing our own leadership mountains but also with the profound realization that shaping the leaders of tomorrow is a commitment that extends well beyond the boardroom. Check out the episode on YouTube.
67:39 12/03/2024
123. Transforming Recruitment: Aligning Accountability and Authenticity in Talent Acquisition
Have you ever wondered what lurks behind the glossy veneer of recruitment ads and smooth-talking headhunters? Join us as Marnie Jones and I unravel the ethical conundrums of the recruitment industry, shedding light on the commission-based models that might just prioritize cash over compatibility. Marnie Jones of TalentX, is flipping the script, putting a premium on retention and role performance, ensuring that the recruiter’s success is intrinsically linked to the candidate’s thrive and the client’s satisfaction. Crafting job advertisements is an art form she has mastered, one that invites truly passionate candidates to step into roles that challenge and excite them. Moving beyond listing benefits to spotlighting opportunities that tap into the candidate’s drive for problem-solving and growth. In the same vein, Marnie’s approach to hiring is about precision—a meticulous process that evaluates potential hires on every front, from knowledge to personality, leaving no stone unturned and no client dissatisfied. Finally, she tackles the nitty-gritty of reference checks, a step too often glossed over but pivotal in the quest for authentic talent representation. It’s a dance of connecting the dots, understanding past performances, and projecting future success. Our conversation is candid, our approach is unyielding, and our results speak for themselves—confidence in our recommendations is paramount. Each story shared, each strategy discussed, is a step toward redefining recruitment where integrity isn’t optional—it’s the foundation. Check out the episode on YouTube:
79:51 26/02/2024
122. A Chef's Journey Beyond Engineering into the Heart of the Kitchen
Cooking under pressure can feel like a high-wire act, but when our guest, a personal chef with a past in engineering and butchery, faced the ultimate test of feeding Harry Styles and his crew on short notice, he found his true calling. This episode unwraps the layers of leadership and authenticity in the culinary world, guided by our guest’s journey from the logical realm of engineering to the sensory-rich trenches of butchery and beyond. His tales of resourcefulness, like catering in incomplete homes, underscore the adaptability and quick thinking that are the secret sauce to culinary success. The kitchen isn’t just a place for preparing food; it’s a melting pot of memories and emotional bonds. We stir into the narrative the transformative experience of families cooking together, transitioning from wariness to a symphony of collaboration. The episode serves up advice on involving everyone, from the market to the dining table, enhancing family ties and confidence along the way. Through our guest’s reflections, discover how the shared ritual of meal prep can fortify a family’s unity and turn dinner time into a treasured event. Leadership can be found in the most unexpected places, even in the rhythm of chopping vegetables or the ritual of handwashing. We savor the joy that comes from embracing the simple tasks that, when done with presence, become meditative practices fuelling gratitude and connection. Our guest plates up his philosophy on team building and customer service, carving out how a leader in the food industry can transform challenges into opportunities for growth. Closing the episode, we’re left with a lasting taste of how staying true to oneself is the ultimate ingredient for success, in the kitchen and in life. Check out the episode on YouTube.
64:34 14/02/2024
121. Spirituality, Trauma, and Power Dynamics in Leadership and Personal Growth
Does the word ‘spirituality’ make you skeptical, especially when mentioned in the business environment? Well, our guest, Rachel Rider, is here to break those barriers. With her refreshing take on executive coaching and leadership development, Rachel intertwines the seemingly disparate realms of spirituality and leadership. Listen in as she recounts her personal journey from the tough task of handling dismissals to becoming an advocate for inner exploration. With her, we demystify the intriguing intersection of spirituality and leadership, which is often met with skepticism in the corporate world. Trauma is an invisible monster that often goes unnoticed in the hustle of the professional world. This episode won’t let it lurk in the shadows, as we discuss the often overlooked subject of trauma in the workplace and the transformative power of trauma-informed coaching. We understand that personal struggles can masquerade as professional hurdles, and acknowledging these can lead to personal growth and eventual success. We also delve into the power dynamics and relationships in the workplace, underscoring the critical role of candid and strong team relationships in fostering organizational triumph. Are you making decisions under the influence of urgency? It’s not uncommon, but it’s not always healthy. We explore the impact of these ‘workplace demons’ on decision-making and team dynamics. We provide insights into how understanding and managing these factors can change the game. We also touch upon how biases influence our actions and the role strong relationships play in overcoming them. We round off our enlightening discussion with a focus on visualization and its transformative power, as shared by our cricket-loving guest, Rachel. So buckle up for this journey of introspection and understanding, and learn to thrive not just professionally, but personally too. Check out the episode on YouTube.
58:59 30/01/2024
120. The Impact of Facial Traits and Personality
Can your face reveal deeper truths about your personality, your relationships, and your future? The answer is more fascinating than you might think. On this enlightening episode, we tackle the fascinating subject of facial profiling and how it impacts our relationships, workplace dynamics, and even our understanding of ourselves. We’re joined by a seasoned expert in the field, Alan Stevens, who generously shares insights from his two decades of experience. Listen in as we discuss the historical roots of facial profiling, its application in the modern world, and how our own masks contribute to anger and insecurity. Our guest also offers personal anecdotes and strategies for overcoming these issues. We also take an intriguing look at how understanding facial traits can affect communication in relationships and leadership, and how it can even be used to improve sales by understanding customer motives. Along the way, we touch on topics as diverse as building confidence, the significance of body language, the impact of biases on our perceptions, and the role of facial recognition technology. Listen in as we also highlight the importance of authentic male friendships and emotional expression. In a particularly interesting segment, we use the techniques of facial profiling to analyze the traits of notable personalities like Oprah Winfrey and Joe Rogan, showing how their facial features reflect their unique personalities. Finally, we underscore the importance of addressing mental health issues and fostering stronger relationships in our society. Don’t miss out on this rich discussion that blends psychology, history, and personal growth in a unique and enlightening way. Check out the episode on YouTube.
109:36 16/01/2024
119.Emotional Intelligence: A Game Changer in Leadership
What if emotional intelligence held the key to effective leadership? What if it could be the differentiator in conversations and interactions, more significant than cognitive intelligence? Join us as we navigate these intriguing questions with our special guest, Robin Hills, a veteran in the pharmaceutical industry and the founder of EI4Change. In our engaging conversation with Robin, he shares his unique perspective on how emotional intelligence shapes our interactions and relationships. From his experiences in the pharmaceutical industry, he reveals how emotional intelligence impacted his conversations with doctors. As we move into leadership, Robin discusses the essential role of emotional intelligence in adapting to changing relationships and circumstances. He shares personal anecdotes and insights, elucidating why it’s crucial to develop this skill and its emerging prominence in the age of artificial intelligence. As we wrap up our discussion, we delve into practical strategies for improving emotional intelligence, emphasizing the need for continuous development. Robin shares his journey of learning from mistakes and the importance of self-awareness and reflection. We also explore the potential pitfalls of low emotional intelligence and highlight the significance of being open to different perspectives. This podcast episode underscores the immense value of emotional intelligence, not just in leadership, but in all aspects of life. Tune in to learn, reflect, and grow with us in this enlightening journey. Check out the episode on YouTube.
67:35 02/01/2024
118. Corporate Activism, Social Responsibility, and Inclusivity in the Corporate Sector
Join us for a thought-provoking exploration of corporate social activism and how organizations respond to social events that may impact their employees’ well-being. Listen as our guest from Genesys, Eric Thomas, shares how their company navigates these often tricky waters, discussing the importance of aligning with corporate values, credibility, and the potential impact on employees. You’ll gain insight into the decision-making process behind choosing to speak out or remain silent, and the potential ripple effects that these choices can have. In this engaging dialogue, we also dig into the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. Eric shares how his immersion in emotional intelligence (EI) has recontextualized past experiences and shed light on the importance of a growth mindset in DEI work. We also touch on the responsibility that comes with being a minority in a predominantly white and male environment and the importance of approaching social issues with empathy and understanding. Our conversation continues as we navigate the complex landscape of addressing social issues within a company. We explore the perception of activism in the corporate world, discuss systemic marginalization and its impact on society, and address the challenges of confronting biases in leadership. You won’t want to miss Eric’s insights on integrating inclusion into corporate culture and decision-making processes, and how acknowledging and atoning for past injustices can pave the way for a more inclusive future. Check out the episode on YouTube.
78:09 19/12/2023
117. The Strength of Female Leadership: Insights from Dana Mahina
Can you imagine navigating the cut-throat world of corporate leadership as a woman? What if you had the tools to not just survive, but thrive? Our recent chat with leadership expert Dana Mahina, offered an insider’s glimpse into the towering struggles, and remarkable triumphs of female leaders in the corporate industry. We covered a range of topics, from the uncomfortable realities of inequality and privilege, to the importance of active allyship. Dana’s insights on the Strength Finders assessment tool and its role in understanding individual strengths and blind spots were particularly illuminating. The conversation took an interesting turn when we grappled with the fiercely competitive nature of women in corporate spaces, especially in places like Silicon Valley. Dana shared her candid observations on the often-expressed need for women to mimic male behavior to stay competitive. We also delved into the curious dynamics of confrontation in the workplace, where Dana offered invaluable advice on maintaining assertiveness without aggression and fostering curiosity during challenging discussions. Most importantly, our engaging chat with Dana shed light on the essential role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Drawing from her experience at a rally in Northern California, Dana underscored the importance of making a difference and how she’s seen the women’s movement shake up the corporate bureaucracy. Wrapping up, we indulged in a sneak peek into Dana’s new book ‘B is for Burnout, Not Bitch – From Overdrive to Thrive,’ and explored the importance of self-love in the demanding environment of corporate leadership. This episode is a goldmine of wisdom for aspiring leaders, don’t miss out! Check out the episode on YouTube.
57:54 04/12/2023
116. Approachable Leadership and Transnational Localism
On today’s show, we’re elated to welcome Hari Murali, the head of marketing for Zoho One. Together, we traverse the intricate landscape of approachable leadership and a unique concept: transnational localism. Through engrossing stories and candid anecdotes, Hari reveals how Zoho cultivates an ecosystem that propels its employees. This helps them be ambassadors of the company in their local communities, while firmly grounding the company’s cultural roots. This episode is a treasure trove of insights on managing effective teams and fostering environments of trust. Hari’s sagacity shines through as he shares his strategies, from small conversations and delegation to handling conflict. This is aimed at creating a trusted milieu within his team. Unravel the importance of open communication, learn about the power of idea sharing, and discover how having trusted team members who can provide candid feedback is crucial for course correction during challenging times. As we wrap up, Hari underscores the vital role of listening as a leadership skill. Discover the art of connecting with team members by engaging in their personal interests before transitioning to work discussions, and gain valuable insights into navigating tough conversations in a team with diverse gender dynamics. You’ll also hear about the detrimental impact of unapproachable leadership and the strategies for establishing trust within a team, emphasizing the significance of giving people the benefit of the doubt and encouraging them to explore different opportunities to find the best fit for their skills and interests. Check out the episode on YouTube.
75:10 21/11/2023
115. Entrepreneurship Unveiled: Sangeeta Maltchandami's Incredible Leap from Corporate to Startup!"
Stepping into the entrepreneurial world can be a daunting journey, riddled with uncertainties and the fear of the unknown. Just as I did, today’s guest, Sangeeta Mulchandani, founder of Jumpstart Studio, faced these challenges head-on, transforming from a corporate stalwart into a successful businesswoman. Sangeeta unfolds her intriguing voyage from working at banking to becoming an influential mentor and entrepreneur, shedding light on the captivating charm of steering your own ship and the essential role of dependable allies in the business ecosystem. Sangeeta’s relatable story of being an international student in Australia, with aspirations of securing a corporate job despite limited local experience, is a testament to her resilience. She narrates her triumph reaching the pinnacle of her corporate career, only to realize the need to contribute back to the community for her success to bear meaning. The episode further delves into her journey, as she transitioned from the corporate world to entrepreneurship, overcoming challenges, and embracing the power of a shift in mindset to take control of her life and effect a change. Towards the end of our conversation, we delve into the crucial role of networking in the startup ecosystem, and Sangeeta generously shares her nuggets of wisdom on finding the right mentors and advisors. Don’t miss out as we explore her journey of self-discovery as an entrepreneur, discussing the importance of cultural intelligence and curiosity in managing multicultural teams. Get ready for an episode jam-packed with practical insights and inspiring tales of entrepreneurial transformation. Tune in now! Check out the episode on YouTube.
74:02 07/11/2023
114. Process Improvement with Chuck Knabusch: Insights, In-depth Experience, and Key Leadership Takeaways
 On this riveting episode, Chuck Knabusch, a seasoned expert of process improvement, joins us to share his invaluable insights on how to develop an efficient process. As the author of the book, “Hope is Not a Business Strategy,” Chuck emphasizes the significance of planning and consistency in creating a productive business environment. Listen in as he explains the concept of processes, how they are a series of steps that should produce a product or service consistently, and his experiences with process mapping in various business contexts. As the discussion continues, Chuck delivers practical advice on the right mindset and structure needed to enhance your business processes. He emphasizes the need for having the right team, one that understands the process, and can effectively make necessary changes. He further underscores the importance of having feedback loops, performance metrics, and creating an environment of continuous improvement. Hear about his hands-on experience of engaging with workers at one of his plants to improve the process, reduce strain on the workers, and how he used visual cues, like post-it notes and bright colors, to aid process improvement. Towards the end of our conversation, Chuck touches on managing crisis situations and the role of proactive planning in preventing them. He shares a real-life experience where he had to navigate a crisis situation at one of his previous workplaces. Lastly, Chuck reflects on the importance of confident leadership in process improvement and shares three key takeaways: having a business strategy, focusing on process improvement, and measuring improvement. So tune in, learn from the expert, and start implementing these process improvement strategies in your own business today!
77:12 24/10/2023
112. A Business Strategy - Inclusion in the Workplace
In this episode, renowned diversity and equity expert Dr. Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey discusses the concept of inclusion and its importance in the business environment. The conversation dives into the challenges organizations face regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. Brendan and Jonathan examine the pitfalls of superficial initiatives and underscore the need for evidence-based inclusion. Jonathan focuses on data-driven inclusion strategies, and shares his insights on fostering a more inclusive culture. The episode concludes with an exploration of the Lindy effect and the importance of moving beyond generic solutions to achieve a truly inclusive organization. Dr. Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey is the world authority on Evidence-Based Inclusion, featured in the FT, Bloomberg and BBC. He is the host of The Element of Inclusion podcast, a weekly podcast that informs and educates using applied research and thought leadership. Clients include Aviva Insurance, Sony Pictures, Conde Nast, John Lewis, Natwest Bank, and Meta. He is on a mission to help a million people to make their workplace inclusive through his writing, courses and other resources. Tune in and subscribe to future episodes of The Culture of Leadership  Discussion Points What is the definition of inclusion? Defining diversity, equity, and inclusion  Common misconceptions about diversity and inclusion Pitfalls of superficial initiatives in organizations Evidence-based inclusion  Data-driven inclusion strategies Time-tested practices and the Lindy effect  Importance of specificity in creating an inclusive environment Challenges of focusing on trivial vs. real issues The power of gap analysis in inclusion The concept of racism and its perception in society Re-thinking best practices and creating unique inclusion strategies Discussion on the Lindy effect and cultural artifact creation Power of giving and data-driven inclusion 3 Key Takeaways:  Confident leaders create an environment where everyone can perform Confident leaders create an environment where everyone can belong Confident leaders creat an environment where everyone can reach their potential
75:38 15/10/2023
113. The Art of Delegation for Effective Leadership
Discover the art of delegation and supercharge your leadership skills in our enlightening conversation with Kevin Stansfield. We promise to break down the complexities of this overlooked but crucial aspect of leadership and business management. Experience the power of learning how to delegate efficiently and avoid the pitfalls of being the busiest person in the team. Join us on this exciting journey as we discuss the importance of assigning business responsibilities to the right people, for the right roles, to drive profits and success. We also touch on the potentially disastrous consequences of outsourcing key roles to the wrong individuals. Our guest expert, Kevin Stansfield, with a background in finance, offers unique insights into understanding the big picture of a business and the skills required to run it successfully. We wrap up this episode by distinguishing between abdicating and delegating, and how abdication often results from immature behavior. Learn about the importance of setting the right goals, creating a safe environment for team members to express their thoughts, and motivating everyone towards achieving a shared objective. Let’s get ready to become a master delegator and elevate your leadership game! Quotes from the episode: 1. “Delegation is very much a learned thing and if you stay in one organization and work your way up, your teachers are the people that are above you, and those teachers are never being taught. So what happens is we just talk bad habits.” 2. “If the manager is the busiest person amongst the team, then something’s wrong. Yeah, if the manager sitting at their desk with nothing on their desk, sitting twiddling their thumbs, then they’re doing something right because they’ve delegated and their team are working.” 3. “Abdication is easy, you know, I don’t have to think about it, I don’t have to plan, I don’t. I don’t have to worry how good Brendan is, yeah, in order to abdicate stuff to you, it’s basically right, I’ve cleared out of my head and I’ve got rid of it, so it’s not bogging me down anymore.” 4. “The key focus one is to make sure the fives that they’ve got are the best they can have at that particular time. Okay, that they are developing each one of those people and moving them forwards, supporting them, holding to account because everyone needs to be held to account, yeah, and given the resources they need to deliver the job.” 5. “Trust is at the heart of management of teams. Yeah, If we don’t have trust, then we can’t have a team. And the best book on this was Patrick Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” Resources: Brendan Rogers LinkedIn The Culture of Leadership Website The Culture of Leadership YouTube Channel The Culture of Leadership LinkedIn The Culture of Leadership Podcast The Culture of Leadership Facebook The Culture of Leadership Instagram  The Culture of Leadership Twitter If you have any questions for
77:14 10/10/2023
111. Navigating Change in the Workplace
In this episode, former naval warship captain and current change consultant, Dr. Karuna Ramanatha, provides valuable insights on how leaders can better manage transitions in their organizations. Drawing parallels between military 'fog of war' strategies and change leadership, Karuna emphasizes the importance of empathy, emotional intelligence, and respect. The conversation further explores the role of empathy in leadership, the concept of adaptive leadership, the intricacies of change management, and the differences between military and organizational attitudes toward change. The discussion highlights how cultural differences can affect change adaptation and the significance of confident leadership in navigating organizational change, using a 'cheat sheet', and role-playing as methods to handle these conversations.  Dr. Ramanathan is a transformational leadership expert with nearly three decades of experience in supporting senior leaders and organizations through difficult transformations. Karuna is currently the Principal Consultant for KR Konsulting, bringing with him deep experience gained from designing and facilitating more than 2500 sessions. He is a Marshall Goldsmith Global Certified Coach, Global Coach Group Certified Leadership Coach, and a trained Erikson Executive Coach. Dr. Ramanathan spearheads key leadership development projects including Action Learning Process, Organisational Storytelling, Thinking Skills, Building Adaptive Leader and Team Learning and Team Building. He has been featured as “Top 10 Organisation Development Consultants 2023” by the Asia Business Outlook and nominated by the CEO Insights ASIA, a business magazine, as one of “Asian Leaders & Achievers-2023”. Tune in and subscribe to future episodes of The Culture of Leadership  Discussion Points Karuna Ramanatha background and intro Importance of empathy, emotional intelligence in managing transitions  Military 'fog of war' type strategies in change leadership  The role of empathy in leadership and creating connections Adaptive leadership and influencing others  The Adaptive Leader Program for transitioning managers  Complexities of change management and understanding team capacities Differentiating between military and organizational attitudes towards change  Exploring cultural differences affecting change adaptation  Characteristics of a confident leader navigating organizational change  Biases, prejudices and stereotypes Developing empathy and emotional intelligence  Pace vs. flow in change management 
56:38 01/10/2023
110. Leading a Social Enterprise (Foster Carer Wellbeing)
    Today’s episode is a very personal and important episode for my family. We are foster carers, and my inspiring and dedicated guest is Marcie McGowan, co-founder and CEO of the Hatch Project, a social enterprise aimed at revolutionizing Australia’s foster care system. Marcie shares her experiences with the foster care system and discusses […]
89:00 17/09/2023
109. Mastering Tough Conversations
Most leaders avoid having ‘tough conversations.’ If they were easy, everyone would be addressing challenging issues with people in their lives. In this episode, David Wood, founder of Focus CEO, shares his experiences with difficult conversations and how he turned them into opportunities for growth and connection. From a devastating childhood trauma that shut down his emotions, to relationships, to his later professional life, David had to get vulnerable and be okay with risking everything to approach many challenging interactions with confidence. The episode explores the power of 'eating the frog' first thing in the morning, using a 'cheat sheet', and role-playing as methods to handle these conversations.  After life as a consulting actuary to Fortune 100 Companies, David built the world’s largest coaching business, becoming #1 on Google for “life coaching”. He believes the tough conversations we avoid are our doorways to confidence, success and even love -in both work and life. David coaches high performing entrepreneurs, executives and teams - and even prison inmates - to amazing results AND connection. One conversation at a time. Tune in and subscribe to future episodes of The Culture of Leadership  Discussion Points David’s lifelong trauma response due to a childhood tragedy Coaching and the process of fixing your past traumas Tools to approach difficult conversations Confronting old bully through tough conversation Tackling challenging tasks early in the day Navigating difficult discussions in life Using a 'cheat sheet' and role-playing for preparation How difficult conversations can build trust and connection The daunting nature of tough conversations and facing them Earning back trust from an old girlfriend Saying ‘I love you’ to his parents for the first time Making difficult conversations more productive Managing emotions when someone reacts negatively The value of mastering difficult conversations. 3 Key Takeaways:  Confident leaders address uncomfortable truths Confident leaders have the right tough conversation  Confident leaders practice their courage
45:39 03/09/2023
108. Life Purpose vs Work Purpose
In this episode, my guest is Elizabeth Rosenberg, Founder of the Good Advice Company. Elizabeth uses her own experiences of intertwining her corporate career with her mediumship, and shares her unique perspectives on the concept of purpose. Rather than focusing on achieving predetermined outcomes, she encourages living with intentionality. She discusses the influence of personal brand and childhood trauma on shaping our purpose, and how comparison culture and ego play roles in our pursuit of purpose. Elizabeth delves into the power of feedback in aligning life and work purpose, and shares how her own story has become an inspiration for her clients, emphasizing the importance of authenticity and intentionality. At one point in the interview, Elizabeth gives me a reading on my own life and work purpose. An entrepreneur at her core, Elizabeth's true passion lies in working with new or reimagined, cutting-edge brands that are bringing consumers products and tools that make life more enjoyable, accessible, and healthy. Based in Los Angeles, Elizabeth is also currently working on her book and speaking about her health and wellness journey while maintaining a high-profile position working with some of the best known and innovative brands in the world. She truly believes there is a future where wellness, intuition and the corporate world collide. Tune in and subscribe to future episodes of The Culture of Leadership  Discussion Points Why is this topic so important? How Elizabeth found this work Finding and aligning life and work purpose Living with intentionality  Impact of personal brand and childhood trauma  Ego and comparison culture Tools for aligning life and work  Authenticity and intentionality  Retaining joy while balancing work-life Rosenberg's journey - aligning her life and work purpose Purpose beyond typical definitions Personal branding  Role of childhood trauma in shaping one's purpose  Inspiring others to find their purpose Closing discussion on the power of feedback in aligning life and work purpose 3 Key Takeaways:  Confident leaders align their life and work purpose Confident leaders embrace their stories
56:37 20/08/2023
107. What drives our decisions, behaviours and results?
In this episode, Brendan speaks with Ashkan Tashvir, the founder and CEO of Engenesis, a subsidiary aimed at actively collaborating with, and supporting, carefully chosen businesses. Ashkan is not only a philosopher and a 2x best-selling author but possesses a strong background as a technologist, venture builder, and investor.  Ashkan delves into his writing process, his transition from non-fiction to fiction, and the impact of Persian and Russian literature on his work. The discussion also explores the human skills that subtly contribute to success, the complexities of social constructs, and the crucial role of authentic awareness. The themes of Ashkan's latest book, "Becoming: The Emergence of Being," are also unpacked. The episode offers insights into the dynamics of perception, reality, and the philosophy of achievement. Tune in and subscribe to future episodes of The Culture of Leadership  Discussion Points Ashkan Tashvir and his literary journey The process of creating books and characters Influence of Persian and Russian literature  Transition from non-fiction to fiction  Human skills that contribute to success Different perceptions of reality and their importance Unpacking the themes of 'Becoming’ Gender as a complex social construct Challenges faced by leaders and teams Importance of authentic awareness  The role of compassion in business growth  The philosophy of achievement  Impact of environment on awareness and authenticity Ashkan's new book and its relevance to readers Insights and closing remarks 3 Key Takeaways:  Confident leaders take control over their life Confident leaders have a healthy relationship with reality Confident leaders work on their blind spots Feel free to leave your feedback about the show  Resources: Ashkan Tashvir LinkedIn Books by Ashkan:
115:26 06/08/2023
106. Empowering Employees: Unveiling the Profit Share Plan
In this episode, Brendan speaks with Rob Buffington, seasoned consultant and entrepreneur, and CEO of Gordian Staffing. Gordian Staffing provides small and medium businesses with affordable, high-quality, remote team members for open positions.  Rob discusses his innovative business model that combines profit sharing and philanthropy. Early on, Rob had aspirations to be a pastor, but transitioned into a successful business leader, integrating his values of balance, fairness, and transparency into his company operations. The conversation delves into his experience with setting up an employee profit sharing model, managing potential drawbacks, maintaining transparency, and setting eligibility criteria. Buffington also shares his passion for philanthropy and his vision of self-sustaining charities, demonstrating how his philanthropic work has positively influenced his business. The discussion provides valuable insights for leaders looking to incentivize their employees and create a positive impact through their business practices. Tune in and subscribe to future episodes of The Culture of Leadership  Discussion Points Rob Buffington shares his innovative business model of profit sharing The mechanics and implications of an employee profit-sharing model From aspiring pastor to successful business mogul  Setting eligibility criteria for profit sharing Effects of profit sharing on Rob’s workforce  Philanthropy is key as a business owner Self-sustaining charities and positive influence on business Key learnings - developing confident leadership How profit sharing increases trust and confidence  Potential drawbacks of profit sharing 3 Key Takeaways:  Confident leaders believe in stewardship Confident leaders balance generosity and prudence Confident leaders foster a sense of ownership and teamwork Feel free to leave your feedback about the show   Resources: Free Confident Leader Workbook Download  Rob Buffington LinkedIn Rob Buffington FB Gordian Staffi
42:24 23/07/2023
105. 5 steps for personal and professional growth
In this episode, Brendan speaks with global executive coach and author Aneace Haddad as he shares his insights on personal and professional growth, leadership, and transformation. Aneace discusses the ‘five-step framework for growth’, the importance of embracing change, and the power of detaching from labels and adopting a mindset shift. Aneace also explores the balance between control and empowerment in leadership, the role of vulnerability, and the importance of curiosity in personal transformation. The episode highlights the significance of a lighthearted approach and the willingness to step into the unknown for significant growth. Aneace Haddad guides executives into their ‘Next Season of Excellence’. With over 1,800 hours of certified coaching experience, Haddad has impacted over 300 individual leaders and aided 100 teams to realize their full potential. His global experience spans 15 diverse industries including technology, banking, insurance, energy, mining, and manufacturing across ten countries. Tune in and subscribe to future episodes of The Culture of Leadership  Discussion Points Writing another book in fiction Transformation - leaders must change with their team Entering the path A leader’s story about commitment to safety Leaders must undergo transformation to lead change  Strength required to step into the unknown  The ‘beautiful abyss’ A leader’s story - overcoming the belief that he would die young, in order to move forward Exploring the five-step framework for growth  Importance of a lighthearted approach to leadership journey  The role of vulnerability and courage in change  Detaching from labels and embracing mindset shift  Authenticity and rejecting labels Balancing control and empowerment in leadership  Embracing curiosity for personal and professional growth  Harnessing the power of mind in change  Encouraging leaders to embrace personal transformation  Importance of laughter and lightness in leadership journey  What makes Aneace a confident leader
52:24 09/07/2023
104. How to Conduct an Effective Interview
In this episode, Brendan speaks with Jessica Weiss, Managing Consultant for Human Tribe Consulting and Training Company. Jess shares her insights on conducting effective interviews and leveraging behavioral-based questions. With many years of experience in the field, Jess emphasizes the importance of proper preparation and understanding an organization's culture and values when selecting the right candidate. Her expertise in combining mental and logistical preparations, as well as team involvement, allows her to provide valuable tips and strategies for leaders to improve their interviewing skills and ultimately make better hiring decisions. Tune in and transform your interviewing game with these valuable, proven methods. Jess is a passionate coach and facilitator who thrives helping people and businesses meet their highest potential. Jess has connected with, and positively impacted a multitude of different businesses ranging from single entrepreneurs to global organisations. She is accredited in Clifton’s StrengthFinder, Hogan Personality Profiling, and Everything DiSC Workplace Behavioural Profiling. Some of the brands that Jess has worked with include ING, Harris Farm Markets, Terry White Chemmart, Virgin Active, Business Chicks, and Lendlease. Tune in and subscribe to future episodes of The Culture of Leadership  Discussion Points Importance of a solid interview process for leaders Align hiring with the organization's current needs, culture and values Properly prepare for interviews mentally and logistically Know what you're looking for in a candidate Involve your team in the hiring process Use behavioral-based questions to assess candidates Balance prepared questions and conversation flow Be aware of silence during interviews Create a suitable interview environment for candidates Conduct quality reference checks during hiring Tap into your network for valuable information Document the recruitment process for consistency Offer the job strategically and professionally Post-interview considerations and follow-up 3 Key Takeaways:  Confident leaders prioritize a solid interview process Confident leaders ask behavioral-based questions Confident leaders trust their instincts while seek
53:34 25/06/2023
103. Rookie Mistakes New Leaders Make
In this episode, Brendan welcomes Nina Sunday, Founder of Brain Power Training and host of the Manage Self, Lead Others podcast. With over 30 years of experience, she is a certified speaking professional and an expert in leadership development. Nina is passionate about helping new leaders avoid common mistakes, build thriving cultures, and foster growth within their teams. You’ll hear Nina share her personal leadership journey and discuss common mistakes new leaders make. She emphasizes the importance of understanding the big picture of one's job, focusing on culture and results, and using performance coaching to build a thriving work environment. She also explores the dangers of micromanagement and laissez-faire leadership, the power of inviting team members' suggestions, and the importance of fostering camaraderie and managing technology use in the workplace. Tune in and subscribe to future episodes of The Culture of Leadership  Discussion Points Understand the big picture of your job and focus on culture  Build the capability of your team for better results  Regularly conduct one-on-one meetings with team members  Encourage innovation and ideas within your team  Avoid micromanagement and laissez-faire leadership styles  Use psychometric assessments to better understand team members  Implement effective management strategies for a productive environment  Foster camaraderie and manage technology use in the workplace  Address performance issues with socially sensitive language  Create a second curve by injecting something new into roles  Offer choice when introducing new initiatives  Harvest good ideas from your team and build capability  Learn from past leadership mistakes and grow  Use mistakes as learning opportunities for team members  Develop leadership skills through various roles and experiences  3 Key Takeaways:  Confident leaders build capability Confident leaders explore innovation Confident leaders own their self-development
65:00 11/06/2023
102. How to be the Leader Your Company Needs
In this episode, Brendan speaks with Robert Jordan, leadership development expert and CEO of Interim Execs. Robert is the creator of the FABS leadership assessment, shares insights on the four dominant leadership styles - fixer, artist, builder, and strategist. He explains how exceptional leaders develop their unique processes, approaches, and systems over time and how individuals can leverage their dominant style while developing skills in other areas. The podcast also explores the leadership styles of high-profile figures like Elon Musk and Sheryl Sandberg and discusses the concept of "highest and best use of time" in fostering trust and collaboration within organizations. InterimExecs matches top executives with companies around the world. Based on research with thousands of leaders and companies, Robert Jordan and Olivia Wagner wrote "Right Leader Right Time: Discover Your Leadership Style for a Winning Career and Company," and have launched the FABS Leadership Assessment, a free assessment at, designed to help leaders and organizations perform better. Jordan also authored "How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America," and helped publish "Start With No," Jim Camp’s bestseller on negotiation. Tune in and subscribe to future episodes of The Culture of Leadership. Discussion Points Robert Jordan discusses FABS leadership assessment styles - FIxers, Artists, Builders, and Strategists Fixers excel in problem-solving and turnaround situations Artists create world-changing ideas and innovations Builders focus on dominating markets and scaling businesses Strategists lead at scale and lead complex organizations Leadership styles can be applied across industries Elon Musk's self-awareness and first principles thinking Leaders develop their unique processes and systems Leverage your dominant style while developing other skills "Highest and best use of time" fosters trust Blind spots in fixer-dominated leadership style Artist leaders need to enroll others for success Sheryl Sandberg's journey illustrates her strengths and passions Confidence and self-awareness crucial for strategists Trust in personal capabilities for early career professionals 3 Key Takeaways:  Confident leaders develop their leadership roadmap
55:15 28/05/2023
101. What do Millennials Want from their Leaders?
In this episode, Tim Garth and Dan Osborne, self-titled “podcountants” and hosts of the Two Drunk Accountants podcast, discuss their experiences as millennial leaders and share insights on leading millennials. They advise leaders to build a strong, sustainable culture that resonates with their millennial workforce and emphasize the importance of giving millennials a seat at the table. They also discuss the challenges of balancing freedom and safety for millennial employees, the potential downside of the environment in which millennials grew up, and their perspectives on the future of work. Tim and Dan also run an accounting firm together, CATS Accountants. Two Drunk Accountants is a weekly podcast that dispels the myths and mysteries of running a small business over a lovely beverage. The show has over 100,000 listens and close to 200 episodes that have helped small businesses for three years.  Tune in and subscribe to future episodes of The Culture of Leadership. Discussion Points Millennials seek inclusion, purpose, and freedom in leadership Create strong cultures that resonate with millennial employees Balance freedom and safety nets for millennial workers Focus on purpose, satisfaction, and actual work Encourage creativity and innovation in millennial employees Align organizational values with millennial values Provide flexibility, trust, and accountability in the workplace Foster deep work and focus in millennials Establish accountability systems for millennial workforce Encourage millennials to set lifestyle KPIs Create problem-solving and collaborative cultures Recognize the value of different generations in the workplace 3 Key Takeaways:  Confident leaders prioritize purpose Confident leaders embrace uniqueness Confident leaders embrace remote working Feel free to leave your feedback about the show   Resources  CATS Accountants Website Tim Garth LinkedIn Dan Osborne LinkedIn
76:49 14/05/2023