The Being Leader: Annabel Graham

The Being Leader: Annabel Graham

Being v Doing, how do we need to "be" as leaders right now. Consider where you put your attention, how you show up and the impact you have in work & life. Reflect on what "being" better looks like as a leader. Bite size reflections to enable you to hone how you want to be as a leader, increase your impact and improve the relationships, teams and systems around you. Hosted by leadership team coach Annabel Graham, with or without others. Find out more at


January 11, 2022 13 min

Welcome to 2022! Not up for New Year's resolutions? Unsure of what your goals should be?  Word of the year not your thing?

How about considering how you show up?  A simple change of state, mindset and focus that could transform how you lead, work and interact with others.  

This short podcast will get you thinking about how you can be, rather than what you can do!

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We know the world has become increasingly more complex, and this is impacting how leaders approach the issues they are facing in their teams and businesses. 

The problem is, we confuse complex issues with complicated ones, and when we try to apply the same approaches, wonder why they aren't working.

In this fascinating conversation I am in conversation with Nicola Maxwell, Director of leadership consultancy edoMidas.  We expl...

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In the last episode we looked at your attitude as a people manager to hybrid working, and the impact this can have on your team. In this episode we wrap up the topic by looking at how you can make it work for your team, examining:

  • How you work and communicate?
  • How you collaborate and meet as a team?
  • how you make decisions?
  • Who or what the office environment is for?
  • How you measure performance?
  • In all of this I assume that you have agr...

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    November 10, 2021 21 min

    So we're back for series 2 - with topics generated by you the listener.  In this episode, part 1 of 2, we're exploring Hybrid Working and how it is impacting leaders and teams.

    In this expect to reflect upon:

  • What are your attitudes to hybrid?
  • How are you leading your teams, and what impact is it having?
  • How are you approaching the route back to the office, and what conversations are you having.
  • Part 2 will explore how to m...

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    Leadership for a Brave New World!  In this final episode of series one I talk to Author and Executive Coach Joy Maitland, about the themes of her new book From Alpha to Zen.  Together we explore the different aspects that are necessary for today's leaders to get to grips with.  Such as:   

  • Valuing your Values
  • The ability to observe, then act 
  • Understanding your unique perspective
  • Having courage
  • Learning - and seeing failure as som...
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    In this episode, we pick up a theme started in #26 on empowering our people as leaders.? Join me to explore:

  • how we mistake empowerment for abandonment,
  • why empowering team members is worthwhile for leaders?
  • what gets in the way of empowerment
  • and how we can go about empowering people effectively
  • And also how coaching can help you to do this.

    You can connect with me at ?, @the_beingleader,? https://w...

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    April 12, 2021 51 min

    What exactly is a coaching culture and why is it beneficial to have one in your organisation?  In this episode I'm joined by executive coach Nick Howell of Abintus to explore this further.  We chew over: 

  • What coaching is and isn't and how it differs to mentoring 
  • What a coaching culture is and isn't  
  • Why a coaching culture is beneficial to leaders, teams and businesses and how to put one in place
  • Why it's not just &...
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    March 30, 2021 23 min

    What is culture, and why should we as leaders pay attention to it?  Delivering strategy and getting things done on the action plan is far more important right?  Well maybe – but let’s think about it for a minute.

    In this episode - there are no fancy models, instead we cut to the heart of culture - how we do things around here.  And that starts with us - how we show up as leaders. So listen to hear the questions we need to be askin...

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    March 8, 2021 28 min

    Who do you need to become as a leader who can navigate that cusp between the technological age and the information age? What does that mean for those of us who are leaders, and who will develop leaders ? What challenges are we facing in the now which will absolutely be different in the future and what does that mean for the leader we need to become?

    In this episode we look at the current reality, the future and what this means for...

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    February 23, 2021 27 min

    Have you got a strategy in place in your organisation?

    Have you taken that strategy and communicated it to your direct reports and then all the levels below you?

    Have you aligned the department and team objectives back to that strategy so that it links in and delivers business goals at their functional level?

    Have your direct reports then cascaded it down to the level below to make sure their departments deliver them and deliver...

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    So how are your team at making decisions?  Dominated by the leader? Irrational and a bit random? Revisit them again and again? Or never make them?

    The behavioural science of decision making is challenged by social pressure cascade effect, low information and more. How then can we ensure as leaders we enable our teams to decide?

    In this wide ranging episode Giorgia Prestento and I explore this and more, and recognise the importanc...

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    January 26, 2021 52 min

    We started the year thinking about intention, and our first dialogue takes us a bit further.  In this episode Preeta Cooley of DeNovo Performance and I discuss choice.  

    Does choice exist, and what challenges us & makes us think we don't have choice? From existentialist theory to diary management, from Frankl to Jack Canfield & Henry Ford this episode takes us across a wide range of views and thoughts on choice, culmin...

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    January 12, 2021 12 min

    Sick of goals and the annual New Year's action list?  Feeling you've lost focus with the impact of the pandemic and ever shifting landscape we live in?

    If so, join me for a short journey to view things a different way, and explore your intention.

    #intention, #purpose #leadership #reflection









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    Did you know our minds are only present 50% of the time?  If so, how do you access the intersection between spirituality, mindfulness and wellbeing, to really be present.

    My final guest of 2020 is Christoph Spiessens, Mindfulness coach and Insight timer app trainer.  Join us on this episode where we discuss:

  • Recognising patterns and unlearning
  • checking in with "what is"
  • Doing mode v being mode
  • Self compassion and mirror neur...
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    December 2, 2020 14 min

    Accountability - the willingness to accept responsibility for our own actions.  How often do we actually do this, and why is it so vital within healthy, performing teams.

    In this episode we explore why this is important to enable a results focus and look at how this contributes to a performing team.  Take time to reflect on where your team is at, how  much you really embody accountability and review the steps you need to take to g...

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    November 18, 2020 15 min

    How much conflict do you have in your team? None? All fine?  or it's just a vipers nest of passive aggressive bitching?  In this episode I discuss 2 of the 5 behaviours we need to enable high performance in teams, and explore:

  • Why we avoid Conflict
  • Why we should have more of it to make better decisions
  • and why conflict actually results in us getting better results
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    Which would you rather be, busy or useful?  In this podcast Author, facilitator and coach Jos Burton and I discuss the current malaise of needing to be busy v knowing our value and being useful.

    We discuss useful v helpful, being curious, protestent work ethic and the value of work, what future work may be like, smart work v good work and what we need to be doing to really Be Useful.

    Loved this episode!!

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    October 20, 2020 44 min

    How often have you had a bright idea when out walking the dog, or running/walking? That's the power of harnessing the outdoors as a development space.  In this episode I talk all things outdoors, walking and coaching with Claire Bradshaw, executive coach and host of podcast The Outdoor Coach.  

    Expect to explore the outdoors, the power of Street Wisdom, Soft fascination, shifting perspectives, building metaphors and getting ou...

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    October 6, 2020 20 min

    What exactly is trust and why is it so essential to our relationships, to making our teams work effectively and to doing business with our customers?

    In this episode I'll explore what is at the heart of trust, and not trust we build over time because I know you, psychological trust where I feel safe sharing information with you.

    Ask yourself:

  • Are you  role modelling great trustworthy behaviours, acting with integrity and dem...
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    September 22, 2020 38 min

    Resilience and mental health has never been more at the forefront of how we work than in 2020.  In this episode Sarah Jones and I explore how resilience impacts us as leaders, and how we can become more resilient by noticing what is going on for ourselves, our family & friends, our colleagues and teams.

    Expect to learn about how to have compassionate conversations, what makes a resilient leader, how we can make our teams more ...

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