Each week former British Army Officer, CEOs coach, Top Team coach and motivational speaker Jonathan Bowman-Perks MBE brings inspiring leadership themes and guest interviews to you. Jonathan’s wide cross-section of guests vary from Generals to distinguished SAS Officers, CEOs and business leaders. This podcast appeals to the full cross-section of leaders: from younger aspiring leaders, Entrepreneurs, experience managers to CEOs, Partners, MDs and Chairs of businesses. Stories of inspiration, failures, hard won lessons, top tips and practical leadership advice for you.
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#303: Daniel for Unity - Sports Entrepreneur & Investor
57:17Daniel Bernard has enjoyed over twenty years’ experience in the SportsIndustry, having built operations, companies and platforms acrossmultiple territories and jurisdictions. As an active strategic investor intostartups and early-stage companies in the sports and sports technologysector, Daniel is launching new initiatives to help optimise the use ofdata and technology by Sports Associations and Federations.Born in London in the UK, Daniel has lived in France, Spain, and Italybefore settling in Israel in 1999. Working in television for the Sports Channel offered a broad entry into the industry, and he worked from the ground up through logistics and production to deal with broadcast rights acquisitions.In 2004, Daniel founded the Sports Data agency that was to become Redwood International Sports. Redwood was a first mover in advanced analysis of player and team performance always adopting innovative technologies to increase the company’s capacity to deliver quality data and insights for its customers.Daniel turned his focus in 2015 to the gaming sector and created brand new platforms for emerging markets, dealing with everything from compliance and regulation to product and IT delivery. As part of this journey, he founded Suntech Innovation in Kyiv, Ukraine, delivering fully customised and turnkey product for the specific market.Grateful to continue working in an industry he enjoys so much, Daniel is an active investor in the sports sector. In addition to his own angel investing, he is a Venture Partner with Mindspring Capital, sits on the advisory board for Sharp Alpha Fund and is connected with a number of VC funds with a global reach into the Sports Industry. In addition, he works with selected companies as a board member or in an advisory role, to bring value through strategic, operational and business development partnerships.Daniel wholeheartedly believes in servant leadership. At the center of his core values are a dedication to hard work, high energy, an entrepreneurial spirit and creating teams that embrace diversity of thought as much as they embrace diversity of background. He is a strong advocate for gender equality and believes that, beyond being morally and ethically correct, it is also extremely wise commercially.After over two decades in the Sports Industry, Daniel is now looking to maximise his focus on creating a positive impact on people’s lives through sport, both children and adults alike and in parallel via commercial and philanthropic initiatives. At the heart of this endeavour, he has founded Ride For Unity, bringing together business leaders, trailblazers and athletes from around the world to cycle together and spread the values of Diversity, Tolerance, Inclusion and Sustainability through active sessions with schools, universities and commercial forums.His Top Leadership Tip is: Leadership is so often associated with a person who stands at the front, strong in command with others following them wherever they go.My thoughts on leadership have evolved to see things differently. Each of us has our own capabilities, our own possible future. We cannot know what the best future for those around us can be. Hence, in leadership, the best we can do is to be like a shepherd at the back to allow them to step forward themselves without fear, as we guide and support them in their journey. It is a leader’s responsibility to help steer whilst still allowing our people to find their own path to their best self. Be the Shepherd your people need, rather than the commander they think they want. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#302: Leah Tedrow - MD at Evoke & Colleague at Ride for Unity
1:00:24Leah Tedrow is a seasoned Strategic Communications, Internal and External Marketing expert specializing in mass media and public relations/social engineering campaigns in conflict, post conflict and developing countries, with over 29-years experience in the global media, marketing and business development field. She has helped lead and develop over $750 million in strategic communications and social change campaigns. As a business executive and long-time media and contracts liaison to U.S. and NATO military commands, Leah has proven experience managing businesses, projects, campaigns and contracts that deliver the results that senior executives, board members and clients need under stringent guidelines, requirements and often austere environments. Leah has 11 years experience in the U.S. Army as a military broadcast journalist, producing multiple-award-winning programs and documentaries and is a three-time Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Award Recipient, Crystal Communicators Award of Excellence winner, the U.S. Army Europe Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2003), and recipient of over a dozen U.S. Army Keith L. Ware Award’s in both radio and television. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#301: Jonathan & Leigh Review 300 Guests! Part 2
1:12:041. **The Why Behind the Podcast:** Join us on the Inspiring Leadership Podcast as we celebrate our 5th year by revisiting the inception of this transformative journey.2. **MQ - Moral Quotient:** Explore the moral landscape of leadership with insightful discussions on integrity, values, and life plans from guests like General The Lord Dannatt and Daniel Bernard.3. **PQ - Purpose Quotient:** Discover the profound meaning and purpose driving the lives of inspiring leaders such as Nando Cesarone, Marc Allera, General Petraeus, and Colonel Stuart Tootal.4. **HQ - Health Quotient:** Uncover the health secrets of successful individuals, from targeted nutrition and supplements to innovative practices like hot/cold therapy and wearable tech, as shared by guests like Barbara Cox-Lovsey, Yilmaz Erceyes, and Graham Brown.5. **EQ - Emotional & Social Intelligence Quotient:** Delve into the realms of emotional and social intelligence with impactful stories from guests like Chip Massey and Herb Lang, who inspire both adults and children alike.6. **CQ: Cultural & Collective Intelligence Quotient:** Ride for Unity with Sheika Sareh Ameri and Faisal Al Nuami (Episode 295) as we explore the importance of cultural and collective intelligence in our ever-changing world.7. **RQ - Resilience Quotient:** Learn how successful guests overcome adversity, featuring stories of resilience from Justin Levene, Rodney Flowers, Jessica Smith, and Hari Buddha Magar.8. **BQ - Personal Brand Quotient:** Navigate the realm of personal branding with a focus on servant leadership, exploring the impactful brands represented by guests like Ben Bengougam, Jon, and SAS leaders.9. **LQ - Legacy Quotient:** Understand the legacy and stewardship values that matter most to our guests, including stories of making a difference from Brian J Esposito, Sophie Neary, and the vibrant life of Manley Hopkinson.10. **Podcast Highlights:** Tune in for a celebration of openness, vulnerability, and recommendations from remarkable leaders like General David Petraeus, Prof Sharon Peacock, Guy Hands, and special forces leaders.11. **Top Leadership Tips:** Conclude your journey with profound 2-minute leadership tips, including insights from General The Lord Dannatt, General Sir Mike Jackson, Huw Owen, and Dr. Chris Pyle.12. **Top Book Recommendations:** Elevate your leadership knowledge with recommended reads, including classics like "How to Win Friends and Influence People" and modern gems like "The Daily Stoic" and "The Promise that Changes Everything." Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#300: Jonathan & Leigh Review 300 Guests!
1:02:531.Why the Inspiring Leadership Podcast and What Does it Mean to You? The Inspiring Leadership Podcast originated in 2019, and as we embark on our fifth year, it's an opportune moment to reflect on its inception. Early guests, including Lieutenant General Sir Nick Pope (Episode 1), Commandant RMAS Paul Nanson (Episode 3), Alison Nimmo, CEO of Crown Estate (Episode 2), and Philippa Snare, SVP of The Trade Desk (Episode 4), laid the foundation for the podcast's evolution. The guiding principle has always been to inspire and empower leaders to be their best selves, while also recommending other inspiring leaders as guests.2. Which Podcast Guests Have Shaped Your CEO Leadership Coaching and Team Trust-Building Offsites? Noteworthy figures such as Stephen Covey (Episode 299), Commander David Marquet (Episode 120), Jeff Nischwitz (Episode 138), and participants in The CEO Forums have been instrumental in shaping my CEO leadership coaching and Team Trust-Building Offsites. The forums provide a platform for reciprocal learning among participants.3. What Are Your Favorite Guests and Episodes Among the 300? Some standout guests and episodes from the extensive list include Mike Manazir (Episode 270), Lords Richards (Episode 298), Matt Oppenheimer (Episode 43), Deanna Oppenheimer (Episode 80), Catherine Baird (Episode 29), and SVP Emirates Cabin Crew.4. What Were the Best Pieces of Advice Your Guests Wished They Had When Starting Out (Aged 16-18)? Maj Gen Andrew Mackay, in Episode 181, emphasized the importance of acknowledging that what you don't know is often more crucial than what you do know. He urged individuals to read, foster curiosity, and engage in critical thinking. Other valuable advice from various guests included being less intense, saying "yes" more often, learning from failure, maintaining integrity and keeping one's word, and being courageous and confident in personal beliefs, as shared by Darren Moorcroft. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#299: Stephen MR Covey - Trust & Inspire
1:03:45We are thrilled to introduce this week's guest, Stephen M.R. Covey, a visionary leader in the fields of trust, leadership, ethics, and collaboration. With a distinguished career and a passion for empowering individuals and organisations, Stephen Covey has left an indelible mark on the world of business and leadership.Stephen is not only a co-founder of CoveyLink but also the driving force behind the FranklinCovey Global Trust Practice. As a sought-after and captivating keynote speaker and advisor, he shares his wisdom on trust-related topics with audiences worldwide.At the heart of his acclaim is his groundbreaking book, "The Speed of Trust," which defies conventional wisdom by demonstrating that trust is a powerful economic driver rather than a mere social virtue. This New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller has been translated into 22 languages and has sold over 2 million copies globally, cementing Stephen's status as a thought leader in trust-building.His most recent work, the Wall Street Journal bestseller "Trust & Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others," challenges the status quo of leadership. In a world where many still operate under the "Command & Control" model, Stephen advocates for a paradigm shift towards "Trust & Inspire." This approach empowers leaders to unlock the full potential of their teams, fostering a sense of purpose, meaning, contribution, and inclusion. The result is a level of belonging, collaboration, and innovation that traditional models can't match.Stephen Covey firmly believes that trust is the new currency of our world, and he is dedicated to equipping individuals and organizations with the skills to cultivate, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders. His tangible, practical approach to trust resonates deeply with audiences and organisations alike.As a former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, Stephen's impressive track record includes transforming the company into the world's largest leadership development organization. He spearheaded the strategic expansion of his father's iconic book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," solidifying its place as one of the most influential business books of the 20th Century.Stephen, a Harvard MBA, began his journey with Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer, eventually becoming National Sales Manager and then President & CEO. Under his leadership, the company achieved remarkable milestones, including Inc. 500 status, nearly doubling revenues while increasing profits by 12 times, and expanding into over 40 countries. Stephen's strategic vision increased shareholder value by an astounding 67 times during a merger with FranklinQuest, resulting in the formation of FranklinCovey.Throughout his career, Stephen has earned the respect and influence of executives and leaders from Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized enterprises, and public sector organizations. His unique perspective, grounded in practical experience as a former CEO, makes him a trusted advisor on real-world organisational challenges.We look forward to delving into Stephen Covey's insights and expertise in our upcoming interview. Stay tuned for an enriching discussion on trust, leadership, and the path to inspiring greatness in others.. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#298: General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO DL -
1:02:45General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO DL General David Richards led operations in East Timor, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan. He is probably best known for his command in Sierra Leone in 2000 when he interpreted his orders creatively to achieve more than was at first thought possible, ensuring the ultimate defeat of the RUF rebels and the avoidance of much bloodshed in the capital Freetown. He went on to command NATO forces in Afghanistan during the Alliance’s expansion of responsibility across the whole country. Having first commanded the British Army, in 2010 he became Chief of the Defence Staff, the professional head of Britain’s armed forces and their strategic commander as well as the Prime Minister’s military adviser and a member of the National Security Council. His UK operational awards include a Mention in Despatches, Commander of the British Empire, Distinguished Service Order and Knight Commander of the Bath; the first officer to receive an operational knighthood since World War 2. In 2011 he received the annual Churchillian Award for leadership. He retired in July 2013. David was created Baron Richards of Herstmonceux in February 2014 and now sits as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords. Amongst other appointments he is a visiting Professor of Exeter University and an Honorary Fellow of both King’s College London and Cardiff University. Until recently he was Executive Chairman of Equilibrium Global the geo-strategic advisory company. He is actively involved with a number of charities, especially the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League of which he is the Grand President. A keen sailor he is a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, the Royal Cruising Club and the Royal Artillery Yacht Club. His autobiography Taking Command was published in October 2014. His second book, on the death of Grand Strategy, is due to be published in June 2024. He lectures extensively on strategy and leadership. Interviewed for Desert Island Discs in 2014 David received widespread praise for saying: “I see myself as a moral soldier. I do not associate the military with wars and bloodshed in the narrow sense. I associate the military with doing good, bringing down tyrants, with releasing people's ambitions for their children." It neatly sums up the moral code he sought to apply to his time as a professional soldier. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#297: Marc Allera: CEO - EE and Consumer Division at BT Group
1:03:41Marc Allera: CEO - EE and Consumer Division at BT GroupAs head of three of the UK’s leading communications brands – EE, BT and Plusnet – Marc runs the largest subscription business in the UK, with 25 million subscribers on the UK’s best and biggest mobile and fibre networks generating more than half a billion visits to its apps and websites every year.Under Marc’s leadership, EE is on a journey to becoming the most personal, customer-focused brand in the country. New EE is doing more: offering much more besides the connectivity it's known for by bringing customers new products and services in partnership with some of the world's biggest and best brands, from gaming to security.Marc believes a more personal business should reflect the customers it serves, with people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, religions, ethnicities, and experiences across the UK. Empowering people through technology is at the top of Marc's agenda, too: having been first to launch 5G in the UK with EE, Marc is now driving the rollout of next-gen networks with an ambition to cover anywhere in the UK with 5G by 2028.Customer experience is also crucial: EE has been independently named the UK's best network for 10 years in a row, while Marc has steered both EE and BT to their highest-ever NPS results, with complaints at an all-time low.Previously, Marc was a driving force behind Three’s growth from start-up to major player in mobile. Prior to that, he was General Manager of Sega UK. He sits on the Corporate Partnerships Board at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.Marc's top leadership tip:"Don't think about your hierarchical structure as a typical pyramid. Turn it upside down. Me and my leadership team are there to serve our 25m customers, and our colleagues in the business. And that's how we try and behave, how we try and spend our time – the most important people in our business are those who speak to customers directly, whether that's in our stores or contact centres. That's a really important mindset that I've tried to get myself and our teams into. We are in service of our colleagues and customers. Forget the 'pyramid'."Socials:Twitter and Instagram:@marcallera@EELinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marc-allera-b61754/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#296: Jessica Smith OAM OLY: Ride for Unity
56:00Jessica Smith, OAM, OLY: Inspiring Leader and Champion of InclusivityJessica Smith stands as a beacon of resilience, inspiration, and impactful change. An Australian Paralympian swimmer who competed in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Jessica has transformed her athletic achievements into a powerful platform for advocacy and empowerment.Background and Achievements:Australian Paralympian: Competed in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.Motivational Speaker & Published Author: Renowned for her dynamic speaking skills and insightful children's books.Co-founder: Instrumental in establishing a company focusing on inclusive talent management.Accolades: 2017 Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year Game Changer, Australian Government Positive Body Image Award Emerging Leader, and recipient of the Pride of Australia Medal.Disability Inclusion Consultant:As a global consultant, Jessica is dedicated to enhancing disability inclusion across various sectors.Her work spans public speaking, writing, and leveraging social media to foster discussions on diversity and accessibility.Personal Journey:Overcoming physical challenges: Born without her left arm and surviving a severe burn accident at a young age.Sporting success: Represented Australia in swimming for seven years, leading to her Paralympic journey.Battled and overcame personal struggles with depression and eating disorders in her 20s.Advocacy and Impact:Post-retirement, Jessica emerged as a vocal advocate for positive body image, diversity, inclusion, and disability awareness.Educational qualifications: BSc. Population Health from the University of Wollongong and executive studies in Gender Diversity at INSEAD.Speaking Engagements:Featured at schools, universities, corporations, community organizations, and international platforms like the UN.Focuses on sharing her experiences and insights on diversity, inclusion, and equality.Awards and Honors:Recognized for her advocacy work with numerous awards, including a Pride of Australia Medal, ‘Emerging Leader’ by the Australian Government, and the ‘Woman of The Year’ by Cosmopolitan Magazine.Honored with the ‘Medal of the Order of Australia’ for her community roles and dedication to sport.State finalist for ‘Young Australian of The Year’ in 2015.Literary Contributions:Authored the children’s book series ‘Just Jessica’, inspired by her journey into motherhood and the need for resources on disability and acceptance.Current Endeavors:Relocated to Dubai, working as a speaker and advisor on diversity and inclusion.Jessica Smith’s life story is not just about overcoming adversity but about harnessing those experiences to inspire, educate, and make a tangible difference in the world. Her journey from a Paralympic swimmer to a global advocate for inclusivity is a testament to the power of resilience and the impact of visionary leadership. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#295: Faisal al Nuami & Sheika Sareh Ameri
1:05:21FAISAL AL NUAIMI Faisal Al Nuaimi is a seasoned professional with 30 years of experience and more than 19 years in senior roles across prominent public and private sector organisations in the UAE. Faisal is currently General Manager at Ferrari World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, and prior to joining the turbo- powered team at Ferrari World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Faisal was General Manager of Qasr Al Watan, dubbed the Presidential Palace IN Abu Dhabi. Faisal has held various leadership roles in the UAE, as the former CEO of Marsa Properties, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing at Ajman Free Zone and Director General of Ajman Tourism Development Department.SHEIKHA SAREH AMERISheikha Sareh Ameri's diverse experiences have fuelled her commitment to global unity. As founder of Armatai GmbH, she supports women and small spice farmers worldwide. Now, as Managing Director of the 7Days 7Emirates cycling event for unity, Sareh embodies the values of sustainability, unity, and inclusion, leaving an inspiring legacy of positive global change. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#294: Horst Schulze - The Ritz - Excellence Wins
1:02:13Excellence Wins: A No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best in a World of Compromise" by Horst Schulze is a compelling and insightful read that provides valuable lessons on achieving excellence in both business and leadership. Horst, with his extensive experience as a co-founder and former president of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, offers a wealth of practical wisdom and visionary principles.What sets this book apart is Horst’s no-nonsense approach. He cuts through the noise and delivers clear, actionable advice that can be applied in various professional settings. His emphasis on creating a culture of service excellence is particularly noteworthy, as it underscores the pivotal role of exceptional customer service in building successful organisations.Schulze's book serves as an indispensable blueprint for individuals and businesses aiming to rise above mediocrity and compromise. It not only inspires readers but also equips them with the tools and mindset necessary to pursue excellence relentlessly.In a world where compromise often seems the norm, "Excellence Wins" is a refreshing and motivating guide that reminds us that excellence is not only attainable but also a key driver of success. Whether you're an aspiring leader, an entrepreneur, or someone looking to enhance their professional skills, this book offers invaluable insights that can help you strive for greatness.I distilled his advice into 5 key principles for becoming an inspiring leader:1. Set Clear Expectations: Horst emphasises the importance of defining and communicating clear expectations for your team. Inspiring leaders are precise in their vision and ensure that their team members understand their roles and responsibilities.2. Lead by Example: Horst believes that leaders should set the standard for excellence through their own actions and behaviours. Being a role model for dedication, commitment, and exceptional service inspires others to follow suit.3. Empower and Trust Your Team: Inspiring leaders empower their team members by giving them autonomy and trust. Horst advocates for giving employees the freedom to make decisions and take ownership of their work, which fosters a sense of responsibility and accountability.4. Prioritise Exceptional Customer Service: Horst places a strong emphasis on the importance of providing outstanding customer service. He believes that exceptional service should be at the core of any business, and leaders should install this belief in their teams.5. Cultivate a Culture of Excellence: Creating a culture of excellence is a recurring theme in Horst’s teachings. Inspiring leaders work tirelessly to establish and maintain a culture that values and strives for excellence in every aspect of the organisation. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.