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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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22 Episodes
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.
How successful business leaders are embracing the new Paradigm of work and leveraging their competitive advantage. What is fractional work? Old Work paradigm - Organisational structures with clearly defined roles / Traditional roles and the traditional working week Versus The New Work Paradigm - Highly skilled people working for fractions of a week or fractions of a traditional role.
Ashton Bishop, CEO, Step Change talks to Stephanie about the '7 Customer Centric Shifts' that Business Leaders need to adopt to become truly 'Customer Centric' Seeing the person behind the customer... Maximising the value they receive ...while removing anything that reduces their ease of interaction
What's a military term "OODA Loop" got to do with Cyber Risk? Ross Marston, Founder and Chief Security Strategist for Business Intelligence Security has had over 30 years experience protecting companies against Cyber attack and educating businesses, large and small, government and private about reducing Cyber risk. Cyber risk is the new OH & S. Business leaders must take a Risk Management Approach it's not a technical issue. In this podcast Ross highlights what to look for and what you, your staff and your company can do to minimize the risk and reduce the impact of a Cyber attack
John Stewart, talks to Stephanie Christopher about the importance of forecasting your balance sheet. It's about the management of cash more than the management of profit. Everyone knows 'Cash is King' and 'You only run out of cash once'. Most people in business understand these as a statements, however John has found that most business leaders' ability to know where their cash is and their ability to forecast their cash is wanting. "You can keep a business alive with poor profit and strong cash flow, however if you have a business with strong profit and poor cash flow your business is at risk." It's about the management of cash more than the management of profit!
Will Meere, a young doctor takes time out for a short trip to Tokyo, Japan and then decides to journey northwards for a few days skiing. After 2 and half days of awesome powder skiing, confidence was high and on the 3rd day he pushed higher up the mountain and onto more difficult runs. Suddenly skiing through a precipice, falling and finding himself on the wrong side of the mountain in unfamiliar territory, alone and still overconfident in the decisions he was yet to make proved to be a potentially deadly predicament to find himself in.....This adventure would test his mental and physical stamina.... Listen to this roller coaster of an adventure!
John Beech talks with Stephanie Christopher about applying a scientific methodology to Innovation. Taking the mystery away from entrepreneurship and innovation, 'something most people learn at school - how to have an idea and test it.' John assists companies with strategy development and execution with a focus on commercialising innovations developed into global markets. With over 30 years' experience in the development, commercialisation and financing of new technologies John is a Speaker on Business Model Innovation and until recently was a Chair for an international CEO leadership group for over 15 years....Love the problem not your solution!
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