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A provider of world-class executive education, IMI equips leaders to build the future. In this podcast series, we hear from some of the world's leading business thinkers about what it takes to lead today.
52 Episodes
The numbers on AI don’t lie: two-thirds of executives think AI is crucial for their business’ success. By 2025, it is predicted that AI will grow up to $118 billion.   To dig in on the potential and pitfalls, this week I am joined by David Kerrigan, a specialist in artificial intelligence. David is an author, speaker, and founder of London-based software firm, Quikkly, which provides computer vision solutions to over 500 million users.  David was welcomed recently by the IMI with his webinar on A Pragmatic Introduction to AI.  This conversation was recorded on March 11th, 2021.
Welcome to the first edition of IMI’s Leaders Series podcast, where we will go deeper with leaders on what makes them tick, how they developed their distinct leadership style and what leading means to them.   This week, I am privileged to be joined by Donal O’Donoghue, Managing Director at Sanderson and President of the National Recruitment Federation. Donal is an alumnus of IMI’s Masters in Management Practice, from which he graduated with a First Class Honours with Distinction.   I am also delighted to be joined by Kerrie Fleming, Associate Dean at Ashridge Executive Education, an Associate Faculty member at IMI and the Programme Director for the Masters in Management Practice.  This conversation was recorded on March 25th, 2021.
Purpose in organisations is often talked about, but the gap between the perception and the reality on the ground can be eye-opening. To separate the fact from the fiction about purpose-led leadership, and to dive into how leaders can embed purpose as a key pillar of their businesses, I am joined this week by Kerrie Fleming. Kerrie is a Managing Partner of ELEOS, an Associate Dean at Ashridge Executive Education and an IMI Associate faculty member. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, international governments, indigenous and international organisations. She was welcomed recently by the IMI with her Mini-Masterclass on Empowering your People Through Purpose-Driven Leadership.  This conversation was recorded on March 22nd, 2021.
This week our focus turns to the future, as we dive into the key qualities and competencies to be an effective leader in a business landscape that has undergone its fair share of changes in the last 12 months.   I’m joined by Jacob Morgan, a four-time best-selling author, speaker and futurist and the founder of the Future of Work University. We discuss the end of work-life balance as we know it, the 'wiggling the mouse' phenomenon, employee engagement and how the typical working day should look.  Jacob was welcomed recently by the IMI community with his Masterclass on the Future Leader: 9 Leadership Skills and Mindsets for the Future of Work.  This conversation was recorded on February 24th, 2021.
Today we will turn our focus to the people who make businesses go. HR is being tested like never before in our current landscape, with a fine balance between focusing on business growth and developing performance capabilities for the now – and for the future.  I am joined by Jon Ingham, a people and organisation development strategist. Jon is a HR Executive ‘Top HR Tech Influencer’, an independent consultant, trainer, keynote speaker and analyst. His work helps companies apply academic research, new technology and innovation to the way they generate competitive advantages through their people.   Jon was recently welcomed by IMI as part of our People Strategy Network with his session on 'HR as a Leading Growth Strategist'. This conversation was recorded on February 22nd, 2021.
Today we will take a closer look at leading a remote workforce, the challenges therein and the solutions that companies have moved towards during this time of change.  I am joined by Jennifer Dowling, a work and organisational psychologist and the director of Train Remote, which offers comprehensive capabilities and knowledge for your organisation to harness the potential of remote work and remote-first training. Jennifer is an Executive Coach with the IMI working on the Professional Diplomas in Leadership, Management and Coaching. She is also the Programme Director for IMI's custom and open enrolment Virtual Leadership programmes.  This conversation was recorded on February 18th, 2021.
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Today we’re joined by Filip Moriau, Founder and CEO of Stragilon, a Berlin based consultancy specialising in innovation, agility and development, and also an upcoming speaker at IMI’s last People Strategy Network event of the year. We talked about bureaucracy in organisations and how it can stifle collaboration and innovation, and how leader’s in an organisation can move agility from a word on a page into the very operations of a business. For those IMI Transform members wanting to join Filip’s session on Tuesday, 6th October, 2020, and get that deep dive, please go to
Our 2020 National Management Conference – the first one ever to be delivered entirely virtually – featured an array of world-class speakers. In this episode, we talked to Cali Williams Yost, Founder and CEO of the Flex+Strategy Group, about the present, and future, of flexible work practices. Then we talked to Michael Jacobides, who holds the Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at London Business School, about what businesses can do to not just survive this crisis, but learn from the lessons in the past to take a leap forward in your marketplace. These conversations were recorded in September 2020.
Today we're talking about the Foreign Direct Investment community in Ireland, from the impacts of the current crisis to how we are positioned to get back on a path to growth. A sector that employs 245,000 people directly, and many more indirectly, the change in Ireland’s economy can be quite neatly traced back to the 80’s and 90’s when a proactive policy was put in place to attract Foreign Direct Investment, with IDA Ireland leading the charge. We talk to Mary Buckley, Executive Director at IDA Ireland, and Paul Ryan, a senior director of engineering operations in Qualcomm, one of those Irish subsidiaries of FDI companies generating such vital economic activity. We're also joined by our very own Julie Ryan, Head of Customised Solutions in IMI, to discuss the challenges in the FDI sector she’s gleaned from IMI's research, and the Leading with Strategic Intent programme her customised solutions team put together and ran last year. For more information on the programme, go to These conversations we're recorded in August 2020.
Dr Ian Kierans has over 20 years of research and hands-on experience in helping companies grow through business and digital strategy, innovation and change. In this podcast, Dr Kierans talks about the strategic concepts leaders need to continually adapt and innovate their organisations. This conversation was recorded on 5th March 2020 after an IMI Mini-Masterclass.
We’re joined by one of Ireland’s most prominent business leaders – Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone Ireland - to talk about lessons in leadership and what she's learnt from her professional career. We talked about resilience, purpose, how you deal with mistakes, following your instinct, ego and humility and the importance of gender diversity in business. This conversation was recorded in March 2020.
Today we’re talking collaboration – how to do it at as a team, an organisational and across borders. We're joined by Mark Mortensen, recent Masterclass speaker at IMI and Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. As someone with an engineering background, Mark approaches collaboration in a systematic way while allowing for the messy realities of life.
Today we’re joined by Paula Mullin, executive coach and IMI associate, about how to build your own executive presence in a virtual environment. From your appearance on a Zoom call to how you communicate in a virtual environment, we try and give you clear guidance on how to navigate it all as a leader and focus on those things that have changed most in the last few months and are likely to remain.
In today’s episode we're joined by Katharine Wilkinson, lead author for the New York Times’ bestseller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. We talked about those practical things leaders can do in industries from food to government to reduce the environmental impact of their organisations, and the potential innovations out there that might change industries. This conversation was recorded back in late 2019 after IMI's National Management Conference.
Decisions, decisions. We’ve been asked to make a lot of them recently – some big, some small, some life-changing – but how can leaders actively improve their decision-making and get better outcomes? In this week’s episode we talk to Simon Haslam, International strategy consultant, programme lead for strategy at the Institute of Directors and visiting faculty as several business schools, including the IMI. This conversation was record in early June 2020.
How can leaders discover their organisation's purpose and then, more importantly, make it operational? Purpose-led leaders achieve extraordinary results for their organisations. Acting as a central principle for people to guided by, an organisation with a strong purpose will make better, more aligned decisions, have more engaged and productive employees, and will produce stronger financial results. We talk to Kris Sirchio, former CEO of North American Breweries, about how he brought the organisation's purpose into the heart of their operations and achieved brilliant results. This conversation was recorded in mid May 2020
What are the key elements leaders need to consider when devising their strategy in the current climate? Thomas C. Lawton, Professor of Strategy and International Business and Director of the Global Competitiveness Institute at Cork University Business School, outlines what lessons of the past can be applied today and the mindset leaders should use when looking to create their own breakout strategies.
The coronavirus pandemic has cast a harsh light on the financial security and sustainability of many organisations. Will the pandemic subtly shift how we do business and how we make ourselves financially secure? We’re joined by Cormac Lucey, a columnist on economics for the Sunday Times, a chartered accountant and lecturer in Business Finance at IMI, to talk about financial leadership in a crisis – both at the moment of crisis and all those ways to survive the initial onslaught, but also how to use financial levers to grow out of a crisis as a stronger organisation.
In the past five years, the business world has seen the birth of a new breed of company. The Exponential Organisation has revolutionized how a company can accelerate its growth by using technology and transformational leadership. An Exponential Organisation can eliminate the incremental, linear way traditional companies get bigger, leveraging assets like community, big data, algorithms, and new technology. Yuri van Geest is an international keynote speaker on exponential emerging technologies, digital transformation and technology trends. During his IMI Masterclass, Yuri explained why some organisations are able to grow exponentially and the fundamentally new ways corporations are organised to deal with disruption, exponential technologies and accelerated change through transformational leadership. This conversation was recorded in March 2019
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