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TEC Live - Business Leadership Insights

TEC Live - Business Leadership Insights

Author: Stephanie Christopher

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Join Stephanie Christopher, CEO at TEC (The Executive Connection) as she sits down with successful business leaders and inspiring guests covering wide-ranging conversations on all things leadership, exploring the questions that are top of mind for SME business leaders. Guests share tactical insights and takeaways to inform and inspire you every time you listen. Success thrives on different perspectives.

Regular guest Warren Hogan, Chief Economic Advisor TEC and Business Professor at UTS Business School Sydney will provide timely economic updates influencing business.

If you are passionate about growth, improving your decision making or just interested in what's going on in the world of the midsized or small business then this podcast is for you.

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28 Episodes
Ron Schwartz, is a corporate change agent, organisational designer and business innovator with 20 years of experience in Australia, USA, Europe and parts of Asia. Ron has partnered with CEOs, business owners and senior executives to enhance individual, team and organisational performance by aligning effort with intention. Over the last few weeks business leaders are finding that they need to find new ways to build trust and hope in a distributed workforce with increased social distancing and lacking the normal intimacy of face to face. Ron explores Leadership and the Equations of Hope & Trust in this time of Crisis, and the power of the words in the following equations. Equation of Hope = Goals + Pathways x Agency Trust equation = Credibility + Reliability + Intimacy / Perceived Self Interest
'Communication is not what is said but what is received' - Ashton Bishop talks to Stephanie about what's important for leaders to remember when communicating in times of Crisis...People are looking to their leaders for Leadership and as a leader this current crisis is moving so quickly, staying calm and intentional is essential. What are the conversations you are having with yourself? Be intentional with your communication to yourself and others. Ask yourself the question - How am I talking to people right now and what are they hearing? Stop thinking about time, think about your energy ... Get explicit about what your counter balances are...what are you doing to rejuvenate and replenish yourself? Check in regularly and check in with intent. Make sure you are taking the time to slow down and check-in with each team member to find out where they are on the continuum of change. This is a timely conversation and a great listen. Ashton is also happy to share the following resources with our TEC Live audience. Download one page Crisis Comms Model : or get further information on the 5Cs of Crisis Response here:
Susanne Bransgrove is Founder & Director of Women in Family Business and LiquidGold Consultants. Susanne's passion for Family Businesses is built on her experience as a 3rd generation member of a successful German business, allowing her to truly understand the range of issues that exist in a family business, especially when trying to meet the needs of multiple generations. In this podcast Susanne guides us through solving issues through manageable discussion frameworks, functional governance structures and facilitating conversations to enable meaningful interactions supporting the important human element and emotional side of long-term business and family decisions. Find out about the powerful quadrant framework for a balanced approach to provide business sustainability, people focus and family harmony.
Matthew Le Merle is co-founder and Managing Partner of Fifth Era which manages Blockchain Co-investors - the world's leading Blockchain venture fund of funds. Hear the simple actions you can take to be ahead of the game in the digital economy of the future... it's all about mindset! Matthew takes a potentially complicated subject matter, Blockchain technology, and simplifies the concept and future applications. This technology will change our lives significantly. In this podcast Matthew addresses some frequently asked questions about this technology: What would a digital economy look like? How could it change my business/investments/life & How does this technology address the current challenges of the existing internet: Security, identity and trust.
Chief Economic Advisor, Warren Hogan led a TEC Economic Outlook 2020 Breakfast in the first week of February. Warren provided analysis and commentary on the current economic outlook and the global and local factors in play for business in the year ahead. Adam Creighton, Economics Editor, The Australian also features in a response which gives the listener another perspective to consider. A must listen podcast for insights to help business leaders navigate the current uncertain economic conditions and to support strategic decision making.
Getting started is the biggest hurdle for Strategic Planning in mid size businesses. How do you get started, create, and then execute on that strategy? In this podcast Kerry gives a practical strategic framework and talks to the 3 key elements that kick start the process: • Create your company Vision • Define your financial targets • Create your Strategic Statement (A broad business statement as to how are you going to deliver theses targets and your vision)Kerry and Stephanie further explore these 3 elements with no jargon examples to help simplify the process and what to look out for on the way.
Brad Church likes to ask the question "who leads the leader?". The answer is that as leaders we need to lead ourselves. That means inspiring ourselves toward our goals and our vision for the future. In this podcast Brad takes Stephanie Christopher through his step by step repeatable process for goal setting that helps people make progress toward their true state of well-being. Brad has worked with successful families and business people for more than 20 years as a trusted advisor. Also as Chief Executive of Goodman private wealth advisers, he has seen firsthand the benefits that goal setting, when done well, can have on the lives of individuals, families, businesses and communities. He has come to recognise that a lot of the popular goal setting concepts like "work/life balance" and "smart" goals are actually ineffective for most people. Rather than 'work life balance', Brad believes that what we are all really striving for is well-being, a state characterised by health, happiness and prosperity. In order to achieve this state of well-being, we need to approach goal setting, from a new perspective.
Special Forces Veteran, Bram Connolly, demonstrates the 3 Fundamental Pillars for every Leader through his unique art of story telling drawing from real life experiences over his 20 year career in the Australian Defence Force, 15 years of which were spent in the Australian Special Forces! 1. Preparation 2. Communication 3. Positivity
Todd Coates founding CEO of the globally renowned Bridge Climb Sydney across two decades - voted the best experience in Australia and 4th best on the planet. Todd shares this leadership journey with Stephanie Christopher and how they created a winning customer-centric culture from start up through to a crew of over 200 people. "Culture exists the moment the 3rd person walks in the door". "Culture is" whether you know it or not, so be intentional.
As a Peak Performance coach, Gaj Ravichandra, assists individuals, sporting teams and educational institutions to enhance and maximise their potential and performance. Do you believe that you are control of your life and you can control your destiny or are you leaving it up to fate? Are you the Bus Driver or a Passenger? What is in your control that you can be impacting positive change in your lives? Gaj applies a Model of Mental toughness developed by AQR that identifies 4 Critical Components to mental toughness, Find out what the '4 Cs are. Research has shown that Mental Toughness is 3 times more impactful than academic ability and performance in terms of success and happiness.
If the ultimate outcome of your business is a sale or you are a founder planning to transition your business further down the track you need to start now. This is particularly important for SMEs. Make sure you have a 360˚ view of your business. The ability to pivot for an opportunity or misfortune - you never know what's around the corner. It's much more than just getting your documentation and finances organised. Is there an opportunity to increase the value of your business? What are the disciplines you need to employ in your business? What are the critical elements of good business management? In this podcast Graham explains what "Game Ready" really means. A must listen for every small and midsize business leader.
The rate of change is driven by technology and advances in technology which is fast becoming exponential, Colin shares his insights into what you can do, as a leader or manager, to help individuals, teams and the organisation navigate that change. Capability of change and to change and can be a competitive advantage. It's all about Resilience and mindset. Five main reasons that people resist change in an organisation: 1. No communication of the underlying business reason for change 2. Fear of job loss - if so disclose early and be very clear 3. Expectation of new skills associated with change and fear of capability 4. Comfortable with status quo 5. Expected to do more for less Great Change Leaders Focus on People and Process. Colin shares his tips on how to drive successful cultural change and what to look out for on the way.
David Thomas explores the business growth and commercial opportunities for Australian businesses with China, particularly the limitless Inbound opportunities. 80% of China's GDP is now generated by the Chinese domestic market ... so where are the business opportunities in China for Australian and New Zealand businesses? The window of opportunity is closing for outbound opportunities, but what about the Inbound opportunities and what is the difference?
Resilience - applying sports science to good business and leadership. Sven covers the important concepts for today's leaders who need to perform at their Optimum. Sven makes the case that Leaders need to make a Strategic Investment in building their Resilience Resources. Sven and Stephanie also discuss: 1. The Importance of Sleep and the Impact of Stimulation Overload on Leadership and critical Decision Making. 2. Presence & Flow and the impact it can have on you as a leader and how to structure your day for Flow. 3. Self-awareness check-ins and more.
What does a remote location in The Kimberley got to do with lessons in leadership? Are you the manager who has all the answers? OR Do you want to be the business leader who asks the right questions? Mike talks to Stephanie about the challenge for CEOs and Business Leaders to step back from having all the answers. Leaders need to get out of the Content and coach their teams to ask the Process Questions, collectively the answer may result in a far better one. A problem well understood and well explored is a problem that's mostly solved. The more perspectives you give a question then you will get an idea what the real problem is. Examine the impacts of the problem and unexpected consequences of this problem. If we did solve that problem, how would we know and what does success look like? What are our choices around what we could do? How do they meet the success measures? This questioning technique creates deep engagement and accountability. Find out more about Mike's 5 step process
National Family Business Advisor of the Year Award Winner, John Broons helps family businesses build their legacies and reclaim their family lives. John talks to Stephanie about the differences, opportunities and challenges of family business. 'A business has a fixed time frame but a family is forever.' Values are the foundations of a family business and understanding these values is critical to navigating the business success. Some questions that you may consider as a member in a Family Business: What are the rules of engagement and what are the rules about entry and exit? How do family members represent the brand and who is the best person to do this? Do you have a family charter that's dynamic?
# WOW - Stephanie talks to Maja Paleka about what organisations of the future will look like and how to get there. Maja is a co-founder and director of Juggle Strategies, a consultancy that works with organisations looking for better ways to work. She works with them to help shift the mindsets, capabilities and then behaviour of their people to support the new models they co-design. Ultimately, it is about creating workplaces of the future so that people, organisations and their communities can thrive. The last five years has seen the 'Future of Work' become a topic of intense focus and speculation in the business world. Work environments, organisational structures and the motivations behind work have transformed. Leaders of the future will need to shift their focus to adapt to this changing environment. For true agile work capability your team needs: Trust, Effective Communication and Measurable Outcomes.
Gary Bertwistle has always had a passion for innovation and creativity. His career has spanned the retail, music, media, corporate education and radio industries. Gary's drive comes from having people and organisations think differently to generate new ways of doing things. In this podcast Gary and Stephanie cover a lot of ground from Podcast popularity - What's changed to make Podcasting popularity ; Great Leaders build time into their day for learning; and Challenging the existing business formulas and paradigms. It's all about being Intentional, Curious and "Skill Stacking"!
Confidence has jumped in last 3 months - This quarter CEOs and business owners feel the economy has turned a corner but it isn't all clear roads ahead; with talent and access to credit remaining key challenges for leaders looking to drive growth in FY 2020. CEOs remain optimistic about their own prospects, forecasting growth and increased investment in the next 12 months. The latest TEC CEO Confidence Index reveals retaining and attracting talent is a key concern for CEOs, and leaders are increasingly adopting new, people-focused programs to tackle their talent challenges. Federal Government policies and mechanisms to stimulate growth in small-to-medium businesses are largely under utilised, with the majority of SME leaders not yet capitalising on key benefits outlined in the Federal Budget.
Greg Donlan talks about the transformation of selling. Greg has had a long and successful carer in sales leadership, education and innovation across a diverse range of industries and has seen selling change dramatically. Successful companies are using a modern approach to selling which is a sophisticated system and more about educating than selling, which is easy to replicate and achieve consistent results.
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