The Culture of Leadership

The Culture of Leadership

A podcast where we have conversations to help create confident leaders.


January 22, 2023 47 min

In this episode, Brendan and producer Marc Charette review the top ten takeaways from all our fascinating guest interviews of 2022.  

Every one of our top takeaways focuses on experiences, both good and bad, and touches on the most important behaviors and qualities that make excellent leaders. Being deliberate, observing, listening, being intentional, authentic, and accountable, making tough but fair decisions - each one of our gue...

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In this episode, Brendan is interviewed by producer Marc Charette about challenges being faced by leaders as we enter 2023.  You’ll hear Brendan’s take on the new normal of the working environment, and finding and retaining great employees. 

The changes that Covid forced into reality continue to challenge leaders around the globe. Establishing your company’s work environment, and taking remote and hybrid work into consideration wil...

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December 25, 2022 56 min

Today’s guest is Hailley Griffis, Head of Communications and Content at Buffer, a social media management software aimed at helping creators and small businesses build their brands. For years now, Buffer has operated as a totally “transparent” organization.  Internally, employees have visibility into everything the company does, and what other departments are doing, and every employee’s work is open to their teammates for comments,...

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December 18, 2022 70 min

Video messaging and content are the new normal. Think about what you see every day as you scroll through your smartphone apps. This isn’t “the new direction” - it’s already here. 

I’m joined today by Julian Mather, a man who has seen the world through many lenses. Through a telescopic sight as an army sniper. Through the TV lens as a globe-trotting cameraman for ABCTV, National Geographic, and BBC. Through smoke and mirrors as a pr...

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November 27, 2022 73 min

Welcome to the first episode of The Culture of Leadership.  I’m joined today by Matt Kelly, Head of Regional Operations North for Healthe Care.  Matt started his career in health as a registered nurse working in Newcastle and the UK. He has worked in Intensive Care Units around Sydney in both clinical and management roles, before moving into executive roles in the public and private sectors across Australia.

Tune in to hear inspira...

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November 13, 2022 31 min

In today’s episode, the tables are turned on host Brendan Rogers as he is interviewed by producer Marc Charette about the future of The Culture of Things podcast.  Brendan’s interviews so often center around the essentials of building leadership. It is this focus that is driving a pivot in the focus of the podcast.  In subsequent episodes, Brendan will be diving deeper into his “People System” which focuses on building great leader...

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My guest today is Gary De Rodriguez, CEO of Peopleistic. Recognized as an internationally acclaimed expert in the science of human excellence and known as the People Mechanic, Gary De Rodriguez has had over 35 years of experience in designing and integrating the most influential models of psychology-based systems of success in leadership, human behavior, relationships, communication, and team dynamics.

Gary has trained and studied ...

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Are you holding yourself, your employees, and the company “accountable?” Are you “fair but firm?”

My guest today is Dan Cockerell, former Vice-President of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Florida, and now a keynote speaker and executive coach. Join us for an intriguing discussion about the concept of accountability.  It takes courage to be clear and firm with your employees about what you expect of them, but in the long run...

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Have you ever started a job and felt like you were thrown into the deep end all by yourself, or that you were “drinking from a fire hose” and the process was completely overwhelming and negative?  Marc Reifenrath, CEO of Spinutech, wants to make sure that never happens to his new hires.

Spinutech is a national digital agency focusing on digital marketing, web design and web development with five locations (Chicago, Tampa, Denver, D...

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If you can’t lead yourself, how are you going to lead anyone else?

This is the core tenet behind former NRL Head Coach Matty Elliot’s “The Change Room.” Combining his background, education, and qualifications -a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science), performance coaching experience, and extensive research into well-being, Matt has created a best-in-the-market program that is changing hundreds of peoples’ lives f...

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“If leaders don’t understand how the human brain works and how people perceive information, they’ll struggle.” 

That’s a quote from today’s guest, Phill Agnew.  Phill is Sr. Product Marketer at Buffer, product marketing ambassador at the PMA, and host of Nudge, the only podcast dedicated to consumer psychology. Phill specializes in consumer behavior, looking specifically at how to apply behavioral science at each stage of the marke...

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Daniel Gaebler has an ambitious five-year goal – to reduce the number of suicides in Australia to zero.

Dan is a Sydney plumber and has written a book “The Centred Tradie” about facing his inner demons and mental illness. Dan writes about confronting life events, and his mental health journey, and exposes his own extreme vulnerability in order to “help just one person”.  The book will speak loudest to men, especially in the trades ...

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August 8, 2022 87 min

Alex Lee sees purpose as, “The ‘why’s’ and the drive behind everything you do.” It takes some courage to follow your passion and find your purpose.  Are you leading a purpose-driven life?

Alex Lee is currently the CEO of The Glen, a residential Aboriginal Therapeutic Community for men and women experiencing alcohol and drug dependence. Located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, The Glen sits on pristine bushland, which client...

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Have you received feedback from a leader that was vague, wishy-washy, or perhaps really harsh?  Were you upset, confused, or hurt by what they told you?  There are good and bad ways to deliver feedback to team members or employees.  

My guest today is Leisa Molloy, a workplace psychologist, consultant, coach, and founder of Flourishing Minds Consulting.  Flourishing Minds is a boutique organizational psychology consulting firm that...

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There is a very simple, easy way to differentiate yourself in this highly competitive world, whatever industry you work in: incorporate strict ethical standards into every aspect of your business (and personal) relationships.  Are you trustworthy, loyal, and fair? Do you reveal conflicts of interest? Do independent research? Do you continually learn and improve?  These are some of the ten components of ethical business and leadersh...

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Barnaby Howarth has faced more than his share of tragic experiences in life. From being diagnosed with diabetes at 14, to suffering a torn cerebral artery in a gang fight (and having a stroke 7 days later) to losing his first wife to breast cancer shortly after their honeymoon, to choosing to have his finger amputated because it was hindering his daily life, Barnaby has not had it easy.  But as he tells it, being an everyday “Joe B...

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June 13, 2022 53 min

If you think you see patterns in the universe that no one else is seeing, it may be your time to write that book or start that company - according to David Meerman Scott. David is a marketing strategist, entrepreneur, investor, and advisor to emerging companies, and bestselling author of 12 books, including "Fanocracy" and now in its eighth edition, "The New Rules of Marketing & PR."

David has had a fascinating ...

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May 29, 2022 59 min

When I saw some of Danyal Diallo’s public speaking and stand-up comedy, I knew I wanted to have him on the show.  Danyal Diallo is an inspiring young man. He is currently a public speaking and leadership coach and focuses his life on nurturing and “growing his greatness” so he can have a big impact and make a difference in the world. 

Danyal has youthful energy, initiative, and self-confidence. He started a business when he was 16,...

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Geoff Quattromani has a standout summary on his LinkedIn profile: “My goal is to lead an IT department to be a trusted business partner by providing innovative solutions and technologies along with superior services that help organisations satisfy customers' needs in a consistent manner.”

When you hear Johnson & Johnson, you might immediately think of baby powder and tear-free baby shampoo, but there are actually three majo...

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Ethan Holland got to a desperate point in his addiction and said to himself, “I’m either going to kill myself… or ask for help.” Fortunately, he chose the latter.

Ethan started his recovery by asking his mom for help, and a few days later he was working toward sobriety at The Glen Centre, where he later became a valued staff member.  Just a few days before our interview, Ethan was ready for the next stage in his life and left The G...

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