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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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35 Episodes
Disruption is a powerful way of thinking about innovation-driven growth. Matthew Tice, CEO at Insurgence, will challenge your thinking and discuss ways to transform disruption into a source of permanent competitive advantage. A worst-case scenario plan will help you visualise different strategic approaches and navigate through uncertainty. Will you emerge from current disruption as a Predator or Prey?
Linear Clinical Research is conducting the first human trials of a coronavirus vaccine right here in Australia. CEO and TEC member Jayden Rogers shares why it takes so long to develop and market a vaccine for COVID-19 and what he's learned from this experience as a leader. Jayden is passionate about innovation in healthcare. He reflects on the value of a diverse group of peers that share insights, challenges and opportunities.
Difficult conversations can be a lot easier if we change our way of thinking in advance. In this podcast, Deborah Burt shares her recipe. Start with accepting that there are 3 versions to every story and that they co-exist; check your feelings and assumptions - ask questions and finally, agreement doesn't mean a solution, it's an agreement to move forward towards a solution.
What type of leader are you? A Directive, a Participative, an Affiliative Leader, or a blend of all 3 - An Effective Leader? Lynn Leahy, international speaker and business coach, leads the listener through the importance of coaching skills in Leadership. What's the purpose of coaching? What makes a good coach? Can you coach someone remotely? Lynn tackles these questions and more. A great listen for all walks of life.
Garry Thomson, currently, CEO of Uplifting Australia, is a social innovator with 25 years experience in family development and a thought leader in this space. Tune into his podcast with Stephanie Christopher and learn what a healthy emotional system is and how to develop a practice at home for great mental health and wellbeing. You'll hear about tools you can apply immediately and also learn how these same practices can strengthen both your personal and professional relationships.
Trudy MacDonald shares three straightforward tools and techniques for increasing performance in your teams.[1] This podcast helps build leaders' capability to create engaged, purpose-driven, and accountable teams, with aligned efforts to deliver great outcomes. Excerpt
We have a tendency to take the old way of doing things and simply translate them to an online format. Viran Thakrar challenges that tendency and helps leaders re-imagine how work is being done in our new flexible, remote working environment. He helps business leaders consider the future we're building.
Ron Schwartz explores leadership and the power of words in equations of hope and trust during challenging times. He's 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.
'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?
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