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Author: Guy Bloom

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Welcome to ‘Leadership Bites’, with your host Guy Bloom. A topical rather than technical podcast on leadership. There will be conversation and chat about leadership and the occasional interview. Always about leadership and hopefully in such a way as to reinforce the good you do and to bring challenge to the things you might be able to calibrate.
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Lieutenant Freddy Caceres is a serving police officer in Miami. He is also the author of the book Second Naturue Leadership. We talk about the nature of the role Freddy inhabits adn the frame of reference he brings to the being a leader in that space.Honest, self effacing and willing to hold space on his ideas, Freedy is a great guest on this episode of LeadershipBITES.
Ismail Amla, is a Senior executive (Chief Growth Officer / Managing Partner / CEO / CHRO) with 20 years’ international experience in High Tech and Technology-Enabled Business Services, Software and Consulting organizations. He has managed businesses of scale with P&L responsibility for revenues of up to $7bn and teams of 15,000.A deep experience defining innovative transformational strategies to deliver complex large-scale change across businesses, workforces and capabilities both within business services organizations and for clients across a broad range of industry sectors including financial services.Ismail is the author  “From Incremental to Exponential: How Large Companies Can See the Future and Rethink Innovation”.He is on the Board of Govenors for the University of East London and a Board Member for UK Sport.
Let me introduce you to Emma Freivogel the founder and powerhouse behind Radical Recruit. Radical Recruit is a not for profit recruitment consultancy that exists to excite, agitated and shake things up in the recruitment industry!They represent the UKs most diverse ‘hidden’ talent, help employers do recruitment better and create real and lasting social change.They are currently piloting Radical Futures, a recruitment project in partnership with homeless charity, St Mungo’s.Together, they are working against the clock to ensure that no homeless person who has been temporarily housed by government (at the Camden Stay Club) during lock-down is forced back onto the streets through lack of employment.They believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to work, support themselves and build futures that they love, whatever their background.Whether your business operates in catering or construction, administration or finance, hospitality or hygiene services we can help with introductions to London’s most diverse hidden talent who have been expertly risk-assessed and are ready to work.So, if you’re an employer who wants to take advantage of our free recruitment service, create real social impact and make a lasting difference in the lives of people who experience homelessness we want to hear from you!For more info, connect with Emma on LinkedIn or via the website to organise an obligation free chat.Remember … it won’t cost you anything, but it’ll change everything.
L. David Marquet is a retired United States Navy captain and bestselling author of Turn the Ship Around and Leadership is Language. He was the commander of the submarine USS Santa Fe. He turned the submarine from the worst in the fleet to being the most successful by using a leader-leader model of leadership. He became captain of the submarine in 1999 and since his retirement the submarine has continued to win awards.Since then he has worked as a leadership expert and he speaks to audiences globally about creating workplaces where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work. He taught previously at the Columbia University School of professional studies.
Mark Bayer of Bayer Strategic Consulting  helps scientists, engineers, and organizations get funding, gain influence and build relationships with their most important stakeholders, including Members of Congress, investors, and the public, with custom-crafted, true-to-life training and government relations services.Mark is an international keynote speaker and consultant specializing in legislative strategy and the art and science of persuasion. Former Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during a 20-year career working in Congress, Mark designs and delivers interactive, true-to-life training that gives scientists and engineers proven, powerful tools for effectively navigating the policy environment in Washington, DC.Mark teaches scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs the same methodology he used in Congress to rapidly distill complex policies, craft strategies to advance high-profile initiatives, and concisely explain them to Members of Congress and journalists from leading media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, AP, and many others.Mark has been touted in Politico for his "decades of superlative experience" serving as a Congressional staff member. His work on how to combat alternative facts has appeared in Science and The New Yorker. Mark has been featured in IEEE-USA's "Lessons on Leadership" column, and he serves as a guest lecturer in the Science Policy Bootcamp course at Cornell University's Meining School of Engineering. Host of the weekly podcast When Science Speaks, Mark explores communications, science policy, and career issues affecting grad students, PhDs, and Postdocs in engineering and the natural and social sciences. Mark is a magna cum laude graduate of Cornell University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Master in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
As CEO of WD-40 Company since 1997, Garry Ridge has helped re-ignite excitement and create cultures that foster break-through innovation in companies and workplaces in over 62 countries.His first-hand experiences in transforming a global brand with a market cap of $2.3 billion, as well as his deep, profound commitment to creating workplace cultures that support the individual passions of all who work there, have attracted the recognition of today’s most influential thought leaders.In 2016, he was named Igniter of the Year by Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Others to Take Action and Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Additionally, Inc.com placed him in the fourth position in its list of Top 10 Global CEOs in 2017. He also collaborated with Ken Blanchard (One Minute Manager series) on the landmark book, Helping People Win at Work.Garry has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Freedom at Work from WorldBlu.Most recently, he is a contributor in the Marshall Goldsmith/Frances Hesselbein book, Work is Love Made Visible: A Collection of Essays About the Power of Finding Your Purpose From the World’s Greatest Thought Leaders.While Garry continues to develop his own book projects, other authors write about his work at WD-40 Company. The WD-40 Company is featured in the 2018 book by Whitney Johnson, Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve. Additionally, Fast Company magazine co-founder, William Taylor, also featured Garry’s work in revitalizing innovation at WD-40 Company in his newest book, Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways! Additionally, Anthony Tjan wrote about the WD-40 Company story in Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters.As part of his lifelong commitment to helping others learn and develop, Garry is an Adjunct Professor at The University of San Diego (Talent Management & Succession Planning).
Colin is a hugely experienced HR Director with a vast experience of insight, value creation and enabling of businesses through high value HR interventions.He works is the Group HR Director for M Group Services. M Group Services delivers a range of essential infrastructure services within the water, energy (retail and infrastructure) transport and telecommunication in UK & Ireland, they employ circa 9,000 skilled specialists working from 100 locations, operates a divisional structure aligned with its end markets.
Major General John R. Evans, Jr. was commissioned in 1988 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Appalachian State University. He was assigned to the Aviation Branch and completed flight school in 1990.Major General Evans previously served as the commander of the United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne).He was first assigned as an Attack Platoon Leader in C / 1-82nd Aviation Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC where he served until 1995. He then served his first of three tours with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) which included duties as A Company Platoon Leader and Operations Officer, A Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer, 1st Battalion; Regiment S3, Regiment Operational Assessment Element Commander, Regiment Deputy Commander; and Battalion Commander, 2nd Battalion; Fort Campbell, KY.Other assignments include: Deputy Commanding Officer of the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan, Kabul Afghanistan; 160th SOAR Regiment Commander, Fort Campbell, KY; Chief of Staff of the Army Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC; and the Deputy Commanding General – Support for 2nd Infantry Division / Republic of Korea - US Combined Division in the Republic of Korea.Major General Evans is a graduate of the Armor Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College. He holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education from Kansas State University, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.Major General Evans' military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with V device and numeral 2, Combat Action Badge, Master Aviator Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.
Professor David Pendleton is a Professor in Leadership at Henley Business School, where he works extensively in executive education.David completed a doctorate in psychology at Oxford University and devoted the first half of his career to research and teaching in doctor-patient communication.David is also a business psychologist, educator, consultant and author. He has published extensively on medical communication in healthcare and on organisational leadership. His most recent book, authored with Professor Adrian Furnham of UCL and Jon Cowell of Said Busness School, University of Oxford, is titled 'Leadership: No More Heroes' and is in its third edition (published by Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2020). He is currently writing a new book for leaders which is a novel approach to work-life balance and suggests a means for evaluating the impact of work to maximise its benefits.David is a member of the Trustee Board of the Royal College of General Practitioners and is an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University and Green Templeton College Oxford.
Ryne Sherman is the Chief Science Officer at Hogan Assessment Systems. As an international authority in personality assessment and consulting, Hogan has over 30 years of experience helping businesses dramatically reduce turnover and increase productivity by hiring the right people, developing key talent, and evaluating leadership potential.The Hogan assessments predict job performance by assessing normal personality, derailment characteristics, core values, and cognitive reasoning ability. The assessments are grounded in decades of research and evaluate every major job family from bank teller to CEO. Hogan was founded by Drs. Robert and Joyce Hogan in 1987. The Hogans are widely credited with demonstrating how personality factors influence organizational effectiveness.
Wendy Addison's act of reporting corruption at LeisureNet Ltd in South Africa in 2000 began one of the biggest corporate disasters in South African history.  Standing up for her principles and values, Wendy showed courage and a willingness to endure danger and the potential of losing both her livelihood and life, by taking a moral stand against bribery and corruption.She was ousted as a whistleblower.  On one side were the wrongdoers, still with the credibility and authority of their positions and a wealth of resources behind them. On the other side Wendy was discredited in the public's eyes, unemployed, unemployable (because of the notoriety of the case), running out of money, receiving death threats and having lost the support of friends and family. Wendy's story is one of courage and endurance, of hope and justice. It covers ambition, corporate greed and skulduggery, telling the truth and alienation from a society that misguidedly applauds coveted wealth. It's about how life can dramatically shift from success to begging on the streets of London without warning.The players in her story are many and varied: from the corporate world to the judiciary, governments and the UN.  Wendy's battle has been for what's 'right' and along the way she has exposed much of what is 'wrong' in the world. It's about Truth or Dare or rather 'Daring to tell the truth.Wendy is a critical thinker and a powerful speaker with fresh insights that both entertain and inspire.She has spoken to thousands of people across three continents with past engagements including Tedx Tokyo, the United Success Women's Entrepreneurial Symposium in Amsterdam, the CFA Institute's Annual Travelling Conference in Africa and Mauritius as well as numerous corporate speaking engagements and university lectures.
Jamil Qureshi is one of today’s foremost practitioners of performance enhancing psychology and is an expert in high performing teams. Jamil has enjoyed working with a rich diversity of the most talented business and sports people and teams in the world, helping six individuals get to World Number 1.In 2006, he was appointed as the first-ever official psychologist to work with the European Ryder Cup team by captain Ian Woosnam. They made history in winning by a record-equalling margin.Jamil has worked with 22 golfers inside the top 50 in the world, including Lee Westwood, Paul McGinley, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, Paul Casey, Thomas Bjorn, Sergio Garcia and two world number one’s.Ranked among the most influential figures in British sport in 2009, Jamil was voted in the top 100 most powerful men in golf 2008 by his international peers.He has worked successfully with 3 English Premiership football clubs, one of which reaching a record position from its halfway point in the season, as well as 2 Formula 1 racing drivers, David Coulthard and Eddie Irvine and the 2009 England Ashes winning cricketers.In business and industry, Jamil has worked from CEO and board level to middle management in a variety of sectors. He has worked with business leaders and companies in over 24 different countries, helping teams to fulfil their potential by orchestrating change and performance programmes.He has developed and delivered management and leadership programmes at board level for Coca Cola, Hewlett Packard, Emirates Airlines, Serco, Marks and Spencer, and Royal Bank of Scotland. He has worked across Lloyds Banking Group on their ‘Journey to World Class’.He has led teams responsible for change management in several high profile areas, such as Lloyds Banking Group’s substantial integration strategy, and with The Post Office to create The Post Office Way as they separated from Royal Mail.Jamil is also a world recognised speaker on all aspects of the psychology of performance, psychology of leadership, leadership attitudes, improving people, cultural change techniques, and team performance.Interestingly;He is one of only a few external psychologists ever to be allowed to study astronauts on the 2008 NASA Space Programme.Jamil has talked to an audience that included two former US presidents at the K Club in Ireland!Jamil’s versatility is illustrated by the fact he has talked at NASDAQ in Times Square where he shared a stage with General Peter Pace, Head of Joint Chief of Staff, the highest ranking military officer in the US armed forces, and next day did stand up in front of a celebrity audience at the Groucho Club!Jamil use to be a regular at London’s prestigious Comedy Store and spent two years working with TV’s award winning mind reader, Derren Brown!Jamil also lectures on the prestigious WorldProgram, in the US, UK and China through Ashridge and Fordham Business Schools and Qing Dao University.
Throughout his career, Robert “Bo” Brabo has always focused on the people, helping them tackle their challenges as if they were his own. Since retiring from the U.S. Army as the Chief of HR Operations with the White House Communications Agency and as a Presidential Communications Officer for President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, Bo has served in several executive positions, and today Bo is an inspirational keynote speaker, career / leadership / executive coach, and business consultant.Bo previously co-founded a consulting agency that assisted government contractors in HR strategies and contract proposal efforts.Bo received his MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, is the co-host of The Bo & Luke Show podcast, and is committed to lifelong learning and sharing, to make us all stronger.
Kevin Green has  a new book called Performance Leadershp 2.0. Kevin is an integral part of the Living Brave delivery team and soneone I have had the pleasure of knowing for some 20 + years.In Performance Leadership 2.0, Kevin Green presents ideas and practical solutions for achieving exactly that. The ideas and approaches in this book have been assembled from over 15,000 interactions and conversations with the people that Kevin has engaged with during a lengthy career as a performance consultant. The methods offered are presented in an easy to understand structure and then brought to life using many stories of practical application from time served in many operational environments. This book is split into two key parts. Firstly, it examines the need to be a worthy role model so that others will want to belong to your team and feel invested in something, and somebody worth following. The second part switches the lens and focuses on what the Manager can do to boost performance from the team. Even if you are a seasoned Manager of teams, you are bound to find something new in this fresh, and very practical, approach to improving performance at work.
I was asked to do a video for a leadership project for young people involved in 'Make a Wish' - Ireland by John Doran. It got a very positive response:"Your talk is absolutely super . Talk about hitting the nail on the head!I played it to my students today and they really engaged with it. In particular the question you pose about how do people experience you.We can’t thank you enough , it will really make a difference."So I thought I'd share it.The question that I was asked to address was basically:"What would you offer youngsters that are starting out in life?"So of course they don't have to be 18 years old, any age would work.Anyway, I thought I'd share.....Hope it adds value.
Duke Stump blew me away in this episode. I am rarely affected by a persons manner, insight and personal characterists. Duke has 'something', that I put down to honesty. He is honest with himself and then with you. Duke's hoensty though comes from a place of consciousness, he is purposeful, there is intent in his life and his conversations. He appears to me to be an explorer that wants you to join him on the quest.His new project Bonfire With Soul is a revelation. YOU HAVE TO CHECK IT OUT. Cited by Forbes as one of the top 50 Game-Changing CMO's, I have spent the last 30+ years as an inspired protagonist helping to build iconic global brands (NIKE, Seventh Generation, Lululemon). Duke loves building bonfires with soul: powerful, emotionally charged brands that stand for something meaningful in the world.In addition, he has served in BOD and mentor roles with The Biomimicry Institute, 21c Hotels, Unreasonable Group, Healthy Child Healthy World and Love Your Brain. A lover of nature, slow food, horsemanship and yoga, Duke and his family live on a small ranch in idyllic Ojai, CA along with horses, dogs, cats and chickens. Intoxicated with culture, empathetic leadership and strategy. Unique bonfire brand philosophy and strategy that goes against the grain of conventional thinking. His inspirations come from a diverse range of sources including but not limited to nature, horsemanship, Buckminster Fuller, Jiddu Krishnamurti, introverts, yoga and music.
Cineworld employees furious at finding out they might 'potentially' lose jobs over Twitter.The question is how important is engaging your staff?Only when it suits?Or is it built into your DNA?Tell me the experiences you have had of great and poor internal comms.
Jack Zenger is a bestselling author, speaker, and a national columnist for Forbes and Harvard Business Review. With more than five decades of experience, Jack is considered a world expert in the field of leadership development and organizational behavior.He is the author and co-author of 13 books including including How To Be Exceptional: Drive Leadership Success by Magnifying Your Strengths, The Extraordinary Leader, Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders and The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate, along with his newest book Speed: How Leaders Accelerate Successful Execution (McGraw Hill, 2016)
Major General Paul Nanson CB CBE (Retired) has recently left the British Army officer he served as Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was Director Recruiting and Initial Training Command.Paul was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. He became commanding officer of the 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 2006 and was deployed to Iraq.Paul went on to be chief of staff for 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division in Germany in 2008, commander of the 7th Armoured Brigade in March 2011 and Director (Army) at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in April 2014. After that he became Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in September 2015.He was given the additional appointment of General Officer Commanding Recruiting and Initial Training Command in 2018, a post which he has continued in after finishing his 5 year term at the Royal Military academy, Sandhurst as commandant.Paul is now a consultant and focusing on leadership development and in particular enabling youth.Check out more content and what we do at Living Brave.Watch the ZOOM recording here.
I am joined by the amazing Spencer Holt, PhD, Head of Commercial Learning Innovation Centre at AstraZeneca. We got to talking about leadership, culture, talent and a whole lot of over things.Spencer has a great podcast called Small Things Make A Big Difference which I would recommend.
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