Leadership BITES

Leadership BITES

Welcome to ‘Leadership Bites’, with your host Guy Bloom. I have conversations with amazing people who impact on the world around them . 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. All links for Guy: www.livingbrave.com


August 1, 2023 37 mins

In this thought-provoking episode of "Do I Have a Voice?" join your hosts, Professor David Pendleton and Guy Bloom, as they delve into the empowering topic of people finding their voices, expressing opinions, and embracing the courage to offer them.

In a world where information is abundant and social platforms are ubiquitous, the ability to voice one's thoughts and perspectives has never been more accessible. But do i...

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Are you curious about the secrets of successful leadership and building a thriving company culture? Join us as we dive deep into the remarkable journey of Garry Ridge, the former CEO of WD-40, and a renowned culture coach. 

In this captivating episode, podcast host Guy Bloom, a distinguished Leadership Specialist, sits down with Garry Ridge to unravel the wisdom he has gained during his exceptional 35-year tenure at WD-40.


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In this inspiring episode, we sit down with Jon Riordan, a true pioneer in the world of remote work and community empowerment. With a remarkable background as Chairman of Grow Remote, Board Director/NED, Board Advisor, Mentor, and Occasional Investor, Jon brings a wealth of experience from his time at renowned companies like Shopify, Apple, and Virgin Atlantic.

Join us as we delve into Jon's journey, from his early days working...

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In this episode of the podcast, we speak with Dr. Richard Safeer, Chief Medical Director, Employee Health and Well-being at John Hopkins, author of "A Cure for the Common Company: A Well-Being Prescription for a Happier, Healthier, and More Resilient Organization." Dr. Safeer is a leading expert in company culture and health, and in this episode, he shares strategies and insights for creating a culture of well-being in yo...

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In this episode of the podcast, we explore the power of purposeful curiosity with Professor Costas Andriopoulos, the Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship and Director of Bayes X at Bayes Business School, City, University London. Costas has spent the last five years interviewing the most curious minds working today, from explorers to entrepreneurs, and his new book, "Purposeful Curio...

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In this episode of the podcast, we dive into the world of business transformation with Sandeep Chennakeshu, author of the book "Your Company Is Your Castle: How to Maximize Your Company's Potential by Transforming the Organization." Sandeep is a seasoned business leader with over 30 years of experience in transforming companies and launching trailblazing products globally.

During our conversation, Sandeep shares the t...

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In this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Jessica Kriegel, the Chief Scientist of Workplace Culture at Culture Partners, to discuss the importance of workplace culture in today's organizations. Jessica is an expert in the field of workplace culture and has written extensively on the subject, including her book "Unfairly Labeled: How Your Workplace Can Benefit From Ditching Generational Stereotypes."

During our ...

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Ten years ago, Paul Hutchinson was living a life that most people only dream of. As a successful multi-billion dollar fund manager, he had everything that money could buy. But everything changed when he was introduced to the horrific world of child trafficking.

Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise globally, and it is estimated that over 40 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. It is a crime that kn...

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Welcome to this week's episode of Leadership Bites, where we discuss the latest developments in the world of technology. In this episode, we will be exploring the big tech layoffs of 2023, which have already seen over 100,000 workers being laid off in just the first six weeks of the year.

According to data compiled by Layoffs.fyi, an online tracker that keeps tabs on job losses in the technology sector, the number of layoffs in...

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Dawn Marriott is a  partner and head of the Portfolio Team at Hg. Hg is a leading European investor in software and services, focused on backing businesses that change how we all do business.

Deep technology expertise, complemented by vertical application specialisation and dedicated operational support, provides a compelling proposition to management teams looking to scale their businesses.

Hg has funds under man...

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February 27, 2023 46 mins

Founded by Ollie Ollerton, former UK Special Forces in 2015, BreakPoint offers courses to organisations and individuals. They're designed to change the way you think, enabling positive change, unearthing potential and invigorating mental wellbeing.

Ollie Ollerton has lived an incredible life.

Survivor of a freak accident aged 10, tours of Northern Ireland and Iraq under his belt before the age of 21 as a Royal Marine, ...

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February 20, 2023 48 mins

Sophie Wade is a work futurist, international keynote speaker, and Workforce Innovation Specialist at future-of-work consultancy, Flexcel Network. Sophie’s advisory services and workshops help leaders adapt to attract, engage, and retain a multigenerational distributed workforce.

Sophie’s second book is "Empathy Works: The Key to Competitive Advantage in the New Era of Work” [May 2022]. Over 530,000 people have taken ...

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The rather amazing David Pendleton and myself have a conversation about the NHS, this is something that is dear to David's heart and he really has a deep understanding of the topic. This is David's article on  Linked In, on the topic: Click here.

It is no secret that the National Health Service, or NHS, is facing numerous challenges in recent times.

One major issue is the shortage of funding and resources. The NHS has been ...

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James Baker is the Head of HR, Overseas Markets at Jaguar Land Rover.  In this generalist business partnering role, James is responsible for influencing and driving the People strategy, inclusive of Organisation Design, Talent Management, Change Management, Resourcing, Engagement, Employee Relations, Strategic Workforce Planning and organisational effectiveness for the Overseas Markets of JLR.

Within this region there are ...

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Bob DeKoch and Phil Clampitt, long-time collaborators, draw on their years of innovative practice and research to describe with vivid, real-world experiences, how leading with care enriches people and transforms organizations in our challenging times.

DeKoch, with over 40 years of diverse executive leadership experience, which included 20 years leading The Boldt Company, a $1 billion construction services and real estate d...

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Jenni Smyth is incredibly experienced in developing strategies and leading work that builds organisational effectiveness and enables the delivery of business plans. 

She has huge experience in HR leadership, having had accountability for all elements of HR and led specialist learning and talent teams. Jenni is a  natural strategic thinker, experienced in understanding commercial priorities and working with leadership teams...

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Elona Mortimer-Zhika is the inspirational CEO of IRIS Software Group and is responsible for all operations across the Group and this weeks guest on the Leadership Bites podcast.

On this episode we talk about:

  • Humble upbringing
  • An education in diversity
  • "The luck winner of...." (No luck involved)
  • "My dad's my hero"
  • Proud to be an accountant
  • The role of leadership
  • Hiring for curiousity
  • Failing fast
  • No dec...
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Calvin Robinson is Minister-in-Charge, Christ Church Harlesden.  Calvin is a political adviser, TV/radio presenter, and conservative commentator. You may well know him, from his appearances on GB News and his Common Sense Crusade (Sundays 2 - 4 pm).

Calvin started life in Mansfield, in the mining town area of Nottingham. He grew up in a family unit that exposed him to being engaged in the community and has carried this thr...

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November 20, 2022 54 mins

Marty Strong has been a leader and business consultant for decades, first in uniform as a combat-decorated Navy SEAL, and then in commercial business. Marty is a thought-provoking writer, speaker, and guest expert with over 350 appearances on national cable TV and hundreds of radio and Podcast interviews to his credit. Marty is the author of Be Nimble – How the Creative Navy SEAL Mindset Wins on the Battlefield and in Business. 

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November 14, 2022 51 mins

Jay Bousada, is never one to shy away from breaking things down and finding smarter, more effective ways to do them, Jay founded Thrillworks in 1999 to help organizations take full advantage of the potential of digital. 

He’s a born problem solver, beginning his career as an Engineer before turning his attention to technology. 

Now, as CEO, he’s driven by a passion to solve problems others may fail to even see. It...

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