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  • #53 Renewables and Leadership with David Currie

    18 JUN. 2024 · We’re interrupting our podcast season break because this week I’ll be speaking at the Global Offshore Wind conference in Manchester.   I’ll be inviting those in attendance to consider that as we transition away from extractive technologies and the associated ways of thinking and operating, so must we move to a more generative model of leadership. One that enables people and organisations to thrive in our new world.   To mark the conference, I had the opportunity to speak with David Currie, who has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry. He joined Proserv in May 2018, first as its Chief Executive Officer, and since July 2022, as Chairman.   David is also a member of the Scottish Government’s Ministerial Trade Board, which was established to support and boost Scotland’s exports and a Board Member of the Energy Transition Zone, which has a pivotal role in establishing the North East of Scotland as a global leader in energy transition to net zero.   On the podcast, we explore in what ways the energy industry's transition towards renewables requires effective leadership, innovation, and talent development. We explore both challenges and opportunities of navigating the transition and the need for a middle way approach that acknowledges the complexity of the transition whilst embracing the potential of renewables and reducing carbon emissions.   You can listen to the podcast by clicking the link below. And if you’re attending the conference, please come and say hello – or better still come and participate in my talk.
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  • #52 Culture and Change with Sarah Blake at TalkTalk

    19 ABR. 2024 · Sarah joined TalkTalk in 2019 and has over 20 years experience in HR leadership, having previously worked for companies such as Centrica and Wheelabrator. Currently supporting TalkTalk through a demerger and period of significant change, Sarah is passionate about culture, belonging and employee experience. Sarah is married and a mum to two boys and counteracts her busy role with a variety of exercise such as running, personal training sessions, boxing & yoga. She also enjoys spending time with friends and socialising. At TalkTalk they use ‘100% human’ to describe themselves and Sarah describes herself as: 40% mum & wife, 20% runner, 20% friend, 20% ‘socialiser’ = 100% human.   If you’d like to find out more about Waldencroft and speak to us about how we might work with your executive team, you can reach out to us here: https://waldencroft.com/contact/   And if you’d like to receive my weekly newsletter where I share not only the podcast news, but what’s concerning executive leaders and those who have responsibility for developing them, you can sign up here: https://waldencroft.com/newsletter/
    Escuchado 30m 15s
  • #51 Innovation with Natalie Sheils

    11 ABR. 2024 · Innovation in app the development the space is vital as consumers crave new and useful technologies. So, the ability to deliver differentiated and flexible customer experiences is a highly competitive market.  On today’s podcast I’ve delighted to be joined by Natalie Sheils who shares her story of Mosaic Group who build and acquire best-in-class app brands. To do this, they are dedicated to creating the conditions for innovation to occur day in, day out. We recorded this episode earlier this year, and at the time Natalie was Chief People Officer of Mosaic Group (NASDAQ: IAC). She's now Founder and CEO of Talenaut, revolutionising talent acquisition and intelligence through innovative technologies like AI and machine learning. She empowers organisations to embrace innovation and build a digitally ready workforce and dynamic human resources and capabilities infrastructure. She emphasises the crucial role of leadership and HR in harnessing technologies, fostering a culture of change agility and innovation, and proactively adapting strategies. As a thought leader, Natalie shares her insights on the intersection of technology, data, operating models and leadership. She empowers leaders to embrace continuous learning, cultivate the critical skills for success in this new era, and adopt a forward-thinking mindset to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities of a future of work and industry that is being shaped by and radically optimised by AI and other advanced technologies. If you'd like to access some of Natalie's thought leadership in this space, you can find a selection of articles below:   https://www.cipd.org/uk/views-and-insights/thought-leadership/insight/optimising-operating-models/   https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/article/1822133/part-one-makes-future-ready-hr-professional   https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/article/1828663/part-two-future-ready-hr-professionals-role-driving-innovation   https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/article/1834539/part-three-nine-skills-future-ready-hr-leaders-harness-organisational-agility   https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/article/1845987/part-four-11-critical-areas-hr-focus-prepare-workforce-digital-future
    Escuchado 35m 36s
  • #50 Embodied Leadership with Pete Hamill

    4 ABR. 2024 · In today’s episode of the podcast, I’m joined by Pete Hamill, consultant and author of Embodied Leadership: The somatic approach to developing your leadership. We explore how we can develop a sense of embodiment and how it can help you as a leader become more effective.     Pete Hamill is a http://www.petehamill.co.uk with an international background in leadership, organisational development, and personal development, including the role that conflict plays in organisations and society. He is an expert in embodied leadership development in which he has completed a PhD, and is the author of http://www.embodiedleadership.net/.
    Escuchado 48m 44s
  • #49 Allyship in Inclusion with Chami Dhillon

    28 MAR. 2024 · In today's episode we explore the importance of Allying in Inclusion and how one professional has made it work in a large retail group. Chami Dhillon has pursued her lifelong passion for unlocking potential through better opportunities for marginalised groups across roles in Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Financial Servies and Retail industries. Working on diversity and inclusion initiatives for over a decade across various HR roles, she has designed award winning outreach programmes, worked overseas to improve access to opportunities for disadvantaged youth and mentored social enterprises focused on widening participation.  She established Kingfisher’s first Inclusion & Diversity Centre of Excellence in 2021, where she has gone on to launch a successful inclusion accelerator, set up 17 ERGs across the 82,000 strong international workforce and be named a Role Model for Inclusion in Retail by Diversity in Retail.
    Escuchado 39m 48s
  • #48 The cognitive load of diversity with Stephen Frost

    21 MAR. 2024 · Three things are true in diversity and inclusion. The first is that it makes both good business sense – diverse teams are more effective. Second, it's the right thing to do – people should have a place in organisations based on their capabilities. And thirdly, and perhaps more controversially, that working with more diverse groups of people is harder. There is a cognitive cost in working with people who are less like us. That’s what my guest, https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenjamesfrost/ and I explore in today’s episode of the podcast. Stephen is a globally recognised diversity, inclusion and leadership expert, and founded https://included.com/ in 2012. He leads the team and works with leaders around the world to embed inclusive leadership in their decision-making. From 2007-2012 Stephen designed, led and implemented the inclusion programmes for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games as Head of D&I for the London Organising Committee. From 2004-2007 Stephen established and led the workplace team at Stonewall. Stephen has also led D&I at KPMG and worked in advertising and consulting. Stephen was a Hertford College Scholar at Oxford and a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard. He remains a Visiting Fellow of the Women and Public Policy Program. He has won various awards from the 2010 Peter Robertson Award for Equality and Diversity Champions and 2011 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum to one of Management Today’s Change Agents for his race and gender work and 2022 Winds of Change Awards from https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/diversity-awards/. He has taught Inclusive Leadership at Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University and Sciences Po in France and advised the British Government, Royal Air Force and the White House. He is author of https://included.com/book/the-inclusion-imperative/ (2014), https://included.com/book/inclusive-talent-management/ (2016) and https://included.com/book/how-to-build-an-inclusive-organisation/ https://included.com/book/the-key-to-inclusion/https://included.com/book/the-key-to-inclusion/https://included.com/book/the-key-to-inclusion/(July 2022).
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  • #47 When the future arrives today with Andrew Curry

    14 MAR. 2024 · Andrew Curry is Director of Futures at SOIF, where he leads SOIF’s Advisory practice, advises on futures methods and techniques, and contributes as faculty to SOIF’s learning and training. He has been a futurist for more than 20 years, working with clients on a wide range of projects across the public sector, the non-profit sector, and the private sector, and he continues to do this for SOIF. He has also published widely on futures. He was the lead author of the Henley Centre’s 2001 report for the Cabinet Office, https://thenextwavefutures.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/understanding_best_practice_in_strategic_futures_work.pdf. He wrote – with Anthony Hodgson – the first academic paper on https://thenextwavefutures.files.wordpress.com/2021/12/kbfs-2020.apf-3h-paper.pdf and a paper on https://jfsdigital.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/134-AE03.pdf, with Wendy Schultz. He blogs on futures at a personal blog, 'https://thenextwavefutures.wordpress.com/', and also runs a regular futures-oriented newsletter at Substack, https://justtwothings.substack.com/.  He can be reached https://soif.org.uk/about/andrew-curry/.    Here are some of Andrew’s resources for you to download. A report he wrote on the 21st Century Business - still his most downloaded Futures Company report on ResearchGate. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/277307309_The_21st_Century_Business   We talked about "future anxiety". Since we did the podcast interview, Andrew and his colleague Emma Bennett have written a short article about this which is relevant. This also has a short explainer about the 'futures diamond' he talked about.  https://soif.org.uk/app/uploads/2024/01/Beyond-uncertainty-finding-our-way-to-the-future.pdf   Andrew also talked about tools like futures wheels and three horizons. He wrote a toolkit for Wales Community and Voluntary Action that helped community organisations use these to get to a preferred future and this is the facilitation guide for this. https://wcva.cymru/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/BUILDING-BETTER-FUTURES-Toolkit.pdf   Finally, for a more general introduction to futures, there is his  Five Books interview from 2017:   https://fivebooks.com/best-books/andrew-curry-futures/
    Escuchado 49m 25s
  • #46 Developing leaders for complexity with Professor Robert MacIntosh

    7 MAR. 2024 · We know complexity is a big topic in leadership right now. Today’s podcast explores what it means to effectively develop leaders for this, and in particular the role of business schools. I’m joined by Robert MacIntosh, who is a Professor of Strategic Management and Pro Vice Chancellor for Business and Law at Northumbria University. His research focuses on strategy and change with senior leadership teams and has involved strategy development and execution with over 100 organisations. He also has significant boardroom experience as a chair and trustee. He is a Fellow of the Institution for Engineering and Technology, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the British Academy of Management. He chaired the social care charity, Turning Point Scotland (2019-2021) and currently chairs the Chartered Association of Business Schools as well as sitting on the board of Revenue Scotland, the devolved tax authority of the Scottish Government. The second edition of his book https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/strategic-management-9781350347588/ was published in 2023 and he is currently co-leading a major UK research project on https://edicaucus.ac.uk/. He describes his status as a shareholder of Aberdeen Football Club as a case study in optimism. ___ If you’d like to find out more about how to develop Enterprise Leadership in your Executive Team, or to find out more about the work that we’re doing with executive teams more generally, you can reach out here: https://waldencroft.com/contact/ Or sign up for the newsletter here: https://waldencroft.com/newsletter/
    Escuchado 47m 18s
  • #45 The case for decency in leadership with Rick Lee

    29 FEB. 2024 · I’m joined by Rick Lee, Chief People Officer at Willmott Dixon to talk about the case for decency in the leadership. Rick and his team are focused on attracting, retaining, developing, and promoting the best people and ensuring that they enjoy the career of a lifetime at Willmott Dixon. He is passionate about diversity and is a member of the Government’s Women’s Business Council. He was awarded an OBE in 2021 for services to business and equality. Willmott Dixon is a privately-owned contracting and interior fit-out group, that values collaboration, sustainability and people. Founded in 1852, Willmott Dixon is dedicated to leaving a positive legacy in our communities and environment. Willmott Dixon is accredited with Investors in People – Platinum, and, in 2022, was named the best big company to work for in the UK by Best Companies. ____ If you’d like to find out more about how to develop Enterprise Leadership in your Executive Team, or to find out more about the work that we’re doing with executive teams more generally, you can reach out here: https://waldencroft.com/contact/ Or sign up for the newsletter here: https://waldencroft.com/newsletter/
    Escuchado 38m 14s
  • #44 Enterprise leadership at the BBC with Uzair Qadeer

    22 FEB. 2024 · In this episode of the podcast I speak with Uzair Qadeer, the Chief People Officer of the BBC about Enterprise Leadership and how this works in an organisation that not only makes the news, but often is the news. We talk about the work he has been doing with the BBC Executive Committee to develop and enhance their Enterprise Leadership and how he is driving the BBC’s people strategy, cultural transformation and organisational change. If you’d like to find out more about how to develop Enterprise Leadership in your Executive Team, or to find out more about the work that we’re doing with executive teams more generally, you can reach out here: https://waldencroft.com/contact/ Or sign up for the newsletter here: https://waldencroft.com/newsletter/ Here’s some more information about Uzair. Uzair joined the BBC as Chief People Officer in February 2023. He oversees the full spectrum of global human resources capabilities across the BBC Group and is responsible for driving the BBC’s short- and long-term employee experience, cultural transformation, and organisational change through the people agenda. Prior to joining the BBC, Uzair worked in a range of senior executive positions. He was previously Chief People Officer at Carbon Health, a US healthcare provider, where he built and oversaw a first-class HR function to lead the company through a dynamic period of transformation. Prior to joining Carbon Health, Uzair was with Alexion Pharmaceuticals where, as Alexion’s first Chief Diversity Officer and member of the company’s executive committee, he built a global function that elevated employee engagement, created an inclusive environment, and drove innovation for customers through a sophisticated use of diversity and inclusion insights. He has held numerous additional leadership roles, including in Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting practice where he advised clients across various industries and geographies on a variety of human resources topics, and at Bristol Myers Squibb Company where he worked in various roles of increasing responsibilities both in the U.S. and in Italy. Uzair has been a featured public speaker and thought leader on the topics of employee experience, inclusion, and the future of human resources. He received his Master’s degree and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Pennsylvania State University.
    Escuchado 46m 35s

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