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Please subscribe via the Podcast links aboveWe've reached episode 40 of the Leading People podcast! As so many podcasts fail after only a few episodes, I'm very proud of this achievement. I'm also very grateful to all of you who tune in every two weeks and then promote and share episodes with your friends and colleagues. So, this is the official end of Season 1 and I'm taking a short break before launching Season 2 in September 2022. In this short episode, I take a brief look at how to determine whether someone has potential. Being in the business of helping clients make better talent decisions, this is one of the most pervasive questions that our clients ask us. Yet, as I explain, this is not a simple question to answer.Many people have contacted me in recent weeks because they're thinking of launching their own podcast. So, I also provide some insights into how to do that. I've already begun scheduling and recording episodes for Season 2 and I can promise you some fascinating conversations to come. Until then...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Gerry on LinkedIn Check out Gerry's websiteMake Better Talent decisions with Wide Circle
Please subscribe via the Podcast links aboveWho is responsible for customer experiences in your organisation? How do leaders help or hinder the customer experience? Why are most organisations designed to deliver lousy customer experiences? And, what is a chatty check-out? These are just some of the many questions my guest, Professor Yves Van Vaerenbergh addresses in this week's show. As an award-winning expert on customer experience, Yves shares with us his insights and tips for how to get it right. He also answers the million-dollar question about customer experiences...Whether you're working in an organisation or as an independent or freelance worker there's lots to learn.So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Yves on LinkedInCheck out customer experience at The Kalepa GroupMake Better Talent decisions with Wide Circle
Please subscribe via the Podcast links aboveWhat role do illusions play in your decision-making? How can you challenge your illusions so you can make better decisions? How does a manager with hindsight bias prevent his or her team from making good decisions?  For this episode, I sat down with magician, mentalist and keynote speaker, Alex Si, to explore the world of illusions at work.  During our conversation, we explore how we create illusions, how we're susceptible to illusions created by others and how we can challenge our illusions to make better decisions. We also answer the questions above.Alex has just published his first book on the topic and was keen to explain how his book is different from others on the subject of decision making. Stay tuned to the end as Alex has a special offer for some lucky listeners.So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Alex Si on LinkedIn Buy Alex's book Cerveau menteur ! - Déjouez les pièges de la prise de décisionCheck out Alex's WebsiteMake Better Talent decisions with Wide Circle
Please subscribe via the Podcast links aboveWhy do we have a brain? It's not what you think...How does exercise benefit your brain?How much of your brain do you use each day?  This week's guest is Gregory Caremans, founder of the Brain Academy which currently has over 400,000 students enrolled in its courses on how to understand and better manage your brain. The aim of the Brain Academy is to make brain science accessible to as many people as possible in a way that anyone can understand it. Gregory's goal is to demystify the scientific jargon. In 2020 and 2021 the Brain Academy won several awards for “Most innovative neuroscience & personal development enterprise” and “Excellence in online learning”. Its courses have been featured on such noteworthy platforms as The Economist, CNN, Entrepreneur, and Udemy and its YouTube channel has over 300,000 views. During our conversation, we touch on some common myths about the brain before getting into how leaders are impacting our brains at work and what can be done to ensure that these are positive impacts. We even explore how some organisation structures may not be the most effective way to get the best out of people. And, stay tuned to the end because Gregory has an offer for some lucky listeners.So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Gregory Caremans on LinkedIn and get his special offerCheck out the Brain Academy's FREE coursesMake Better Talent decisions with Wide Circle
Please subscribe via the Podcast links aboveOn the morning of Tuesday, 8th June 2021 I sent an email to this week's guest, Julie Brown. It was an invitation to herself and her husband to be a guest on this podcast. I'd met him on the street a few weeks beforehand just days before he left for an expedition to Greenland and I'd forgotten to ask him. I never received a reply. Within hours it became clear why. The news broke that world-renowned polar explorer and leadership guide, Dixie Dansercoer, had fallen through a deep crevice in the ice in Greenland and rescue workers had given up their search for his body. So, this episode is partly to honour and celebrate Dixie's life. But it is also a celebration of Julie his wife and how she has dealt with this tragedy and given herself permission to thrive. Many leadership lessons shine through in our conversation. It's also a love story on three dimensions. The deep love that Dixie and Julie had for one another, their tremendous love of nature and the environment and a profound love of life and humanity. Dixie and Julie also published several books illustrating how we can efficiently convert professional challenges into successes and how we can surpass personal dilemmas. These themes feature prominently in our conversation. Therefore, lots to unpack and leadership lessons to be learned...So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Julie Brown on LinkedIn and get her special offerCheck out Polar ExperiencesMake Better Talent decisions with Wide Circle
Please subscribe via the Podcast links aboveWhat have cornflakes, penicillin, cling film, velcro and post-it notes got in common? This week's guest is an award-winning author and Head of Learning at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, Andy Lancaster. During our conversation, he answers this question among many others. Andy also outlines 7 ways in which leaders could leverage mistakes for the better in their organisations, which feature in his latest book He even explains what we could learn from the Japanese art of kintsugi.And, if you stay tuned to the end Andy has a special offer for you. So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Andy Lancaster on LinkedIn and get his special offerBuy Driving Performance Through LearningMake Better Talent decisions with Wide Circle
Please subscribe via the Podcast links aboveWhy should we become good at public speaking and what difference could it make to our careers? Why do some of us love public speaking and so many of us hate it? What is a Public Speaking Monkey, anyway?How could some of the issues that we have with public speaking be affecting other aspects of our lives? These are just some of the questions I explore with this week's guest, author and public speaking expert, Dee Clayton. Dee has written two books on public speaking and presenting and has also won several business awards for her Public Speaking Monkeys concept and brand. According to Dee, some people think they're fantastic public speakers and they're not. Others dread the thought of speaking in public but once they overcome certain hurdles they can become great public speakers. During our conversation we unpack some of the myths about public speaking, the silly things we say to ourselves and others say to us just before we give a presentation, including some well-meant advice that is rarely helpful. Dee outlines the 3 steps in what she calls the monkey taming process and also provides us with valuable and useful tips for getting better at speaking in public. So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Dee Clayton on LinkedInCheck out Dee's company website Simple Amazing TrainingBuy Taming your public speaking monkeys  Buy High Performance PresentationsMake Better Talent decisions with Wide Circle
Please subscribe via the Podcast links aboveWhy do organisations need to invest in Internal Communications? What is Internal Communications, anyway? How do you get Managers onboard with your Internal Communications?How do you communicate internally in a Post-covid Hybrid working environment? These are just some of the questions I explore with this week's guest, author and Internal Communications expert, Liam Fitzpatrick. During our conversation, Liam explains why he's brought out a revised edition of his latest book, Successful Employee Communications, why the emphasis in the book is on tools, models and best practices rather than theories and why Middle Managers play such an important role in Internal Communications. He also has some useful tips for how to help Managers become better communicators. So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Liam Fitzpatrick on LinkedIn Buy Successful Employee Communications Make Better Talent decisions with Wide Circle
Please subscribe via the Podcast links aboveWould you like to have more influence and get more buy-in and commitment from colleagues or other stakeholders? Or, perhaps to sell more of your products or services? Or, to better deal with a low performer on your team? Or, simply to be a better parent? This week's guest is Certified Forensic Interviewer and author, Michael Reddington whose new book is called The Disciplined Listening Method. Michael shares his experiences of forensic interviewing - he also explains what it is - and how this led him to develop the seven core behaviours of disciplined listening which ultimately led to him writing his book, which has just been published.During our conversation, Michael addresses the questions above and many more and explains how his method goes beyond other techniques such as active listening. He also describes how to apply his seven core behaviours to a wide variety of situations. So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Michael Reddington on LinkedInBuy The Disciplined Listening Method  Check out Michael's website InQuasive Make Better Talent decisions with Wide Circle
Please subscribe via the Podcast links aboveDo you have high performers on your team? How would you feel if they went to work for your competitors? I guess you'd prefer if they stayed and worked with you? So, how do you create the conditions so people can thrive, enjoy what they're doing and perform at their best? These are just some of the topics I covered in my conversation with this week's guest, Paul Zak. Apart from having a TED talk with nearly 2 million views, Paul has written two best-selling books and there's a third one on the way. He is also the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and a Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University in California. His former colleagues included renowned scholars such as the late Peter Drucker and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.Paul is also a co-founder and Chief Immersion Officer of the firm Get Immersion. During our conversation, Paul explains what he's learned from his extensive research and provides tangible tips and advice that any of us can implement straight away. So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Paul Zak on LinkedIn Buy Paul's book "Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High Performing Companies"Buy Paul's book "The Moral Molecule: How Trust Works"Check out Get ImmersionMake Better Talent decisions with Wide Circle
Please subscribe via the Podcast links aboveWhy has coaching become so popular and why do leaders need coaching now more than ever as we emerge from the pandemic? And what impact has the pandemic itself actually had on leaders?How has the virtual work environment of the pandemic affected leaders? These are just some of the questions that I explore with this week's guest - author and Executive Coach, Andrea Lages. Andrea has been working as a coach for nearly 25 years and has noticed some interesting impacts that the pandemic has had on Leaders and what this means for the future. She is also the Director of the International Coaching Community (ICC) that has over 15,000 members worldwide. So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Andrea Lages on LinkedInBuy How Coaching Works  Download the FREE E-BookCheck out the International Coaching Community (ICC)Make Better Talent decisions with Wide Circle
Please subscribe via the Podcast links aboveIn recent years you may have come across terms such as Agile, Lean, Self-Organising Teams, Teal Organisations, Non-Violent Communication and Holocracy.My guest this week is the author and consultant Jef Cumps.  Jef will not only explain and demystify many of these wonderful terms but will also speak about Sociocracy 3.0 and how the principles of Sociocracy are actually quite familiar to many of us, even though the term Sociocracy may not be used in our workplaces. A key aspect of Sociocracy is how it can enable an organisation to easily adapt itself to a changing world and Jef will help you understand why and how this works. He'll also explain the background to his book: Sociocracy 3.0 - The Novel. So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Jef Cumps on LinkedInBuy Sociocracy 3.0 - The NovelRequest a FREE copy of Jef's book: jef.cumps [at] gmail.comCheck out Sociocracy 3.0Make Better Talent decisions with Wide Circle
Have you ever felt demotivated or were struggling to get engaged with a new project? Or, are you managing a team and find that motivating them is an ongoing challenge? This week's guest is author, coach and NLP trainer, Jeremy Lazarus with whom I took a deep dive into the world of motivation - and not just your own motivation but also the motivation of others. Jeremy has written 4 books, including one for sports coaches, athletes and players entitled Ahead of the Game. He began his career in the world of finance before realising that his true calling lay in helping people grow and develop and perform at their best. His work with leading sportspeople, e.g. English Premier League goalkeepers, has enabled him to teach others how to apply their mindset for success to other walks of life, including the world of work. During our conversation, we unpack the role that motivation plays in achieving what we want and how managers and leaders can use this knowledge to build highly motivated teams. We also explore how choice plays an important part in how we deal with setbacks and how we can ensure that no matter how we define success we don't neglect the financial aspects. So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Jeremy Lazarus on LinkedIn Check out Jeremy's FREE resources on his websiteMake Better Talent decisions with Wide Circle
Please subscribe via the Podcast links aboveThis week's guest is Dr Dan Harrison the creator and developer of the Harrison Assessment and Talent Analytics tools. People who discover these tools often refer to them as the best-kept secret in the HR or Talent world! Of all the investment decisions that organisations make probably the one that has the least amount of rigour is around people. Yet, the amounts invested in people can be quite significant.There is a mountain of research out there to show that there is a real problem when it comes to people decision making and that making the wrong people decisions can be very costly to an organisation. In this episode, you'll discover that there is a robust suite of Predictive Talent Analytics tools out there that will not only reduce the risk of making the wrong talent decisions but that can also ensure that your talent decisions lead to stronger engagement, better retention, higher performance, growth and success. So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Dan Harrison on LinkedIn Check out the Harrison Assessments website Request a Free Harrison Demo from Wide Circle Performance Solutions Train in the Harrison Tools with The Paradox Coaching Academy
Please subscribe via the Podcast links above.My guest this week is fellow Irishman, Paul Davis. Not only has Paul authored several books but over the past 25 years or more he has advised and worked with many entrepreneurs to help them grow and scale their businesses into multi-million euro enterprises. Along the way, he admits that he has done quite well himself. However, in this open and candid conversation, Paul reveals why so many successful people are unhappy and struggle with many things including mental health issues. In his experience, it often comes down to having lost their mojo and no longer having a clear sense of purpose. What he has to say is not only insightful for successful entrepreneurs but applies to anyone who appears to be doing well in their career. It's also extremely relevant to all of you who aspire to being successful, whatever that means for you. Or, if life has not been so kind to you these past few years you may just discover how to get things back on track and it won't be a case of "fake it til you make it"!So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Paul Davis on LinkedinCheck out Paul's Website for free resourcesListen to Paul's Podcast - The Executive CodeTo Make Better Talent Decisions Wide Circle Performance Solutions
The Christmas Edition

The Christmas Edition

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I'm very humbled by how many people have become regular listeners of this podcast. Based on my research, Leading People currently ranks in the top 20% of podcasts globally in terms of downloads and listeners. Please subscribe via the Podcast links above.It began as an experiment in January 2021. I looked at my extensive bookcase one day and wondered how could I bring so much of this wisdom and knowledge to a wider audience. I realised that I knew many of the authors and subsequently invited them to become guests on the show. It all grew from this seed. My goal was to create a conversational bounce that gave listeners an insight into who these authors were and how they came to write their books. I wanted to tap into their knowledge and wisdom. And, I also wanted it to be very human and full of humour! This podcast has become a passion. I first podcasted in 2005 long before the concept was in the mainstream. That particular podcast didn't last long. The technology to distribute it just wasn't there. However, I realised in 2020 that podcasting would bring together many things that came naturally to me:My life as a professional musician, having recorded many studio albumsMy experience in recording studios - understanding the technology My love of conversation and my curiosity to learn more from othersMy youth in Ireland listening to some of the best "talk radio" in the worldMy passion for Personal & Professional DevelopmentMy work in Leadership DevelopmentSo, a huge shout out to my regular listeners, the amazing guests who helped me get this far and all the great conversations that are to come...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksThe Paradox Coaching AcademyWide Circle Performance Solutions
A while back I came across an intriguing article on the BBC Worklife website. It was written by this week's guest, David Robson. I later went on to purchase his excellent and extremely well-researched book entitled The Intelligence Trap. In this conversation, we chat about both the Intelligence Trap and David's forthcoming book The Expectation Effect and David reveals some fascinating insights into how so many smart people make dumb decisions and how to revolutionise your thinking so you can make wiser decisions. During our conversation, David explains how he came to write his new book, The Expectation Effect, and he shares some of the intriguing insights he gleaned from his research into sleep, exercise, food and much more...He also provides us with his top tips for how to avoid the intelligence trap and improve your mindset so you can get the most out of the expectation effect. So, why not head over to your favourite podcast channel and dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with David Robson on LinkedInConnect with David Robson on TwitterCheck out David's websiteThe Paradox Coaching AcademyWide Circle Performance Solutions
In December as we approach Christmas and the end of another year many of us start thinking about next year. For quite some people it never goes beyond thinking. My guest this week is New York Times Best Selling author and consultant, Brian Moran. I invited Brian onto the show to chat about his results-focused planning methodology, which he calls The 12 Week Year. I discovered The 12-Week Year myself a few years ago and it has completely transformed how I plan my time and where I focus my efforts. It's one of the reasons that this podcast gets recorded, produced and released consistently on time every two weeks. During our conversation, Brian explains the key difference that makes the difference between plans that achieve results and those that don't. He also outlines the key elements of the 12 Week Year toolbox, how to accept that every plan is flawed, why you've got to fail fast to accelerate your success and how to introduce The 12 Week Year in a large organisation. And, you’ll be pleased to know that you can start a 12 Week Year at any time. Now, I bet you're curious about what actually is a 12 Week Year and how is it different from other methodologies. So, let's dive in and find out... Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Brian Moran on LinkedIn Connect with Brian Moran on TwitterBuy The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran & Michael LenningtonFree Course Getting Started with the 12 Week YearThe Paradox Coaching AcademyWide Circle Performance Solutions
In this episode, I chat with Author, HR expert and CEO, Perry Timms, about his books and in particular what he calls Dispersed Leadership. With the world of work having been turned upside down by Covid, Perry believes that Dispersed Leadership has the potential to transform workplaces. Perry provides examples of how Dispersed Leadership is already producing results in a variety of organisations and valuable advice on how to explore and introduce it into your organisation.  He advocates the benefits for leaders of being open to the concept and how it can actually simultaneously free up more time to be a better leader and grow your people in the process. Dispersed Leadership is relevant even if you're not in a leadership position. It may help you choose your next employer! If you're an HR consultant you'll get some useful tips on how to pilot Dispersed Leadership with your clients. During our conversation, we discuss many topics including the way work is designed so that it ends up demotivating people, the impact of poor management on people's energy and how to raise the profile of HR and its role in organisations. Let's dive in...Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Perry Timms on LinkedinConnect with Perry Timms on Twitter Transformational HR by Perry TimmsThe Energised Workplace by Perry TimmsThe Paradox Coaching AcademyWide Circle Performance Solutions
In this episode I caught up with author and Master Trainer, Lindsey Agness, to chat about change. Lindsey is the CEO of The Change Corporation, a boutique consultancy that provides change management services to organisations. However, whilst we touch on organisational change and Lindsey provides valuable advice for leaders, our conversation focuses more on personal change and in particular why now - as we emerge from hopefully the worst of the covid pandemic - might be a good time to make changes in your life. And, during our conversation, you'll get tips and insights from Lindsey on how to go about making these changes. Meet your host, Gerry MurrayShow LinksConnect with Lindsey Agness on LinkedInConnect with Lindsey Agness on TwitterCheck out Lindsey's special offerChange your Life with NLP by Lindsey AgnessThe Paradox Coaching AcademyWide Circle Performance Solutions
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