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You can't see culture in an organisation, but you can feel it. In this episode, we chat with Dr Amy Bradley about the concept of competent compassion at work and why developing a human-centric leadership model is essential to a thriving culture. With disengagement and burnout rife in businesses, Amy explains how leaders can address the developing crisis and bring their people with them. Dr Amy Bradley researches, writes, consults and speaks on the topics of compassion, engagement and burnout at work. She was listed on the prestigious Thinkers50 Radar of global management thinkers in 2020. This conversation was recorded on May 12th, 2022.
How can we develop the capabilities to deal with an era of rapid change when we are so invested in maintaining the status quo? To help us navigate the balancing act for leaders between present concerns and future priorities and to explain why our successes can often lead to our failures, we are joined this week by Aidan McCullen. Aidan is a change consultant and executive coach and works with organisations to improvement engagement and innovation, encouraging a mindset of permanent reinvention. This conversation was recorded on March 21st, 2022.
How do the expectations of Generation Y have potential long-lasting consequences for the future of business? In this episode, Adam Kingl explains how the very definition of leadership is changing and how leaders can adapt with agility to the new landscape. Adam is a keynote speaker and educator affiliated with a number of institutions, including the IMI, Moller Institute at the University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College and Hult Ashridge. He is the author of Next Generation Leadership and has contributed to publications including the Financial Times, The Guardian, Forbes, Fast Company, The Sunday Times and many more. This conversation was recorded on April 13th, 2022.
As the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, a variety of leadership approaches are coming into focus as the leaders themselves make their mark on the evolving conflict.   This week, to assess the dynamics at play, we are joined by Mark Mellett. A former Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, he has served his country for over 48 years in Ireland’s regular and reserve forces. He is a IMI Life Fellow and a member of the IMI Council.  This conversation was recorded on April 6th, 2022.
How can an effective storytelling strategy bolster an organisation's position in the market and deliver positive returns for the bottom line? Eric Fitzpatrick is a business storytelling coach who helps clients to shorten, sharpen and strengthen their message and increase their chances of getting clients to act on or buy into that message. In this week's episode, Eric joins us to explain how leaders can make their story stand out in a crowded and rapidly evolving business landscape. This past year, as part of our Corporate Membership offering, Eric delivered a Webinar session on 'Storytelling - Rules for Exceptional Communication'. This conversation was recorded on February 18th, 2022.
As organisations and their HR functions reach a critical juncture, how can leaders bring purpose and meaning to their employees and create a human-centered business that generates lasting results? Ben Whitter, an international keynote speaker and one of the world’s top management thinkers by Thinkers50, joins us this week on the podcast to chat through the dilemmas leaders face and what practical steps they can take to adjust to the new world of work. This year, as part of our Corporate Membership offering at Transform level, Ben delivered a People Strategy Network session on 'Co-Creating the Future of Work and HR Through the Holistic Employee Experience'. This conversation was recorded on March 2nd, 2022.
In the third episode of our Leaders Series podcast, where we speak to leaders about their experiences, challenges and aspirations, we are joined by Barry O’Connell. Barry has been the Chairman of GOAL since July 2021 and prior to that he worked for Coca Cola for over 20 years across a multitude of markets around the world, driving growth and transformation.   As we emerge from the pandemic, the requirements of leaders are evolving, with a noticeable shift towards wellbeing and balance as leaders hold up a mirror to themselves and reassess their priorities. In this episode, we talk about how Barry's personal leadership style has evolved and how expectations on leaders have radically changed.
In a hybrid working world, how can leaders ensure communication with their teams remains equitable across the board? To discuss this and more, this week Neil Kelders joins the podcast. Neil is a performance and wellbeing coach and an ambassador for mental health awareness. In 2021, he delivered a webinar for IMI entitled 'Five Home Wins - Thriving in a Working from Home World'. This conversation was recorded on June 23rd, 2021.
Why do some organisations set the standard for innovation while others fall short? Sometimes, it simply comes down to being able to identify the opportunity in the first place, according to our guest on this episode, Ben Shenoy.  Ben is an IMI Associate, management consultant, speaker and academic who decodes organisational quandaries using behavioural science. Last year, he held a Mini-Masterclass at IMI on the topic of an Evolutionary Approach to Innovation. He is a programme faculty member on IMI's Executive Series programme, Leading Strategy Execution.   This conversation was recorded on December 8th, 2021.
Can an organisational structure that deviates from the norm be empowering and transformative for the people working there? How can a more humble style of leadership contribute to this? To answer that question and more, this week I am delighted to be joined by Lisa Gill.   Lisa was included in the Thinkers50 Radar 2020 and coaches teams and organisations who are interested in becoming self-managing. She also facilitates leadership courses that train people in a more adult-adult, coaching style of leadership  This conversation was recorded on June 17th, 2021.
How does the combination of collaboration, connection and culture factor in to optimising hybrid work for your team and your organisation?  While circumstances over the past couple of years have taught us a lot of valuable lessons about the inner workings of hybrid, there is still much to figure out.  To dig deeper on this topic, this week I am joined by Ciara D’Arcy. An experienced Human Resources Director, Ciara is formerly HR Director of Accenture Ireland, Head of HR with Google and Technical Director with IBEC. In 2021, she held a People Strategy Network event at IMI on Leading the Hybrid Organisation. This conversation was recorded on November 2nd, 2021.
When we think about the future of work, often we are left with more questions than answers as leaders.  But if the future of work truly is ours to shape, what does the model look like and what trends are emerging?  This week we are joined by Peter Cosgrove, the Managing Director of Futurewise Ltd, a future of work research company that supports organisations in navigating the rapidly changing world of work.   Peter joined an IMI Council meeting late last year to contextualise the challenges and opportunities that the future of work could present. This conversation was recorded on October 13th, 2021.
2021 Year in Review

2021 Year in Review

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This year, leaders have been asked time and again to rise to the challenge of change. Amid the uncertainty, the IMI Talking Leadership podcast has welcomed a host of world-class global thought leaders, empowering leaders with valuable and actionable insights along the way.   In this edition of the podcast, we will look back at the main themes we covered in 2021, from inclusion to digital transformation to sustainability and much more, and ask ourselves the question: What were the main leadership lessons to come out of this year?
Of the 100 largest economies in the world by GDP, 69 are companies. As such, the business world has a massive influence on turning the tide in terms of our global goals on sustainability. This week, to contextualise the challenges ahead and analyse where leaders fit into this ‘big picture’ issue, we are joined by an authority in this space, Marga Hoek. Why is sustainability not necessarily just a top-down initiative in businesses? What part does trust play in planting the seeds for a sustainable future? How can CEOs communicate and execute on ambitious sustainability-led visions? Marga is a member of the prestigious Thinkers50 and an expert on sustainable business and capital. She recently held a Masterclass for IMI on A New Vision for Sustainability. This conversation was recorded on November 24th, 2021.
How can leaders harness the vast return that inclusion brings to teams and organisations and foster an mindset of shared responsibility to ensure the barriers to inclusive practices are overcome? To go deeper on this fascinating subject, I am delighted to be joined by Sile Walsh, an expert in inclusion and leadership. Sile specialises in strategic leadership and organisational development. She is experienced coaching senior leaders and middle managers across sectors including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, education, technology, and commerce within Ireland and internationally. This conversation was recorded on October 1st, 2021.
How can leaders create a roadmap for leading teams and building trust in the complex world of hybrid working? To answer this question and to discuss practical takeaways for leaders to navigate the current landscape, I am joined this week on the podcast by Paula Milligan. Paula is the Managing Director of the LALLO Consultancy business and has successfully worked with clients across the UK, Europe, US and Middle Eastern markets. This conversation was recorded on October 1st, 2021.
Why is digital transformation taking business leaders out of their comfort zone - and what can they do to reframe their mindset on this crucial area? To dispel some of the myths around digital transformation, I am joined this week on the podcast by Tony Moroney. Tony is a digital transformation consult, a member of the IMI Associate faculty and the Programme Director for the Professional Diploma in Digital Leadership. This conversation was recorded on July 6th, 2021.
Resilience has been a watch word for leaders and their teams during the disruption caused by the pandemic. With our IMI-CUBS Organisational Resilience Survey revealing that 86% of leaders felt their organisation responded ‘well’ or ‘very well’ to the pandemic, this week on the podcast we will go deeper on that topic with National Management Conference keynote speaker, Whitney Johnson.  According to Whitney, building resilient teams and organisations starts with the individual. Through her Personal Disruption Framework and S-Curve of Learning, in this episode Whitney explains how leaders can become more comfortable taking the right risks, boost their ‘return on achievement’ and deal with ambiguity.   Whitney Johnson is the CEO of human capital consultancy WLJ Advisors and is one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world as named by Thinkers50. An innovation and disruption theorist, she is the best-selling author of Build an A-Team and Disrupt Yourself.  This conversation was recorded on 7th October, 2021.
The leadership landscape over the past 12 to 18 months has been unpredictable, to say the least, bringing with it a myriad of challenges and change. Throughout the year, IMI has continued to deliver timely, informative and insightful content from the crème de la crème of thought leaders around the world.   In this special episode of Talking Leadership, we have collated 10 of the top leadership insights from the year so far, covering topics from digital transformation to collaboration to resilience and more.
The idea of psychological safety has come to the fore over the past 18 months. With teams separated, leaders have a renewed focus on being inclusive and fostering a culture of respect and openness to break down the digital barriers that exist.   With the return to the office looming, however, we must check in on key questions about psychological safety in the hybrid model - how can leaders create it; what are its benefits and are there any misconceptions about it? To go deeper on the subject, this week Laura Delizonna joins the podcast.   Laura is an executive coach, instructor at Stanford University, an international speaker and a thought leader in the space of psychological safety. She wrote a popular Harvard Business Review article on the link between psychological safety and high-performing teams.  This conversation was recorded on July 7th, 2021.
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