Diary of a CLO

Diary of a CLO

Listen in as we share secrets, experiences, practices and insights from some of the world’s best learners and leaders both inside and outside the L&D industry. I hope no one’s listening, but if you are, definitely share it.

Episodes

February 9, 2024 37 mins

In this episode, I’m joined by ex-Olympian Jack Green, who specialised in the 400m hurdles and represented Team GB in the 2012 and 2016 games. Jack retired at 28 and now spends his time involved in workplace wellbeing, mental health and coaching. After being diagnosed with depression, anxiety, bipolar tendencies and at one point being considered a risk to his own life, Jack has faced not only the physical battle of high-performance...

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In this episode, I’m joined by Henry Coutinho-Mason, a trend-watcher and a 'reluctant' futurist (his words, not mine!). Henry is the co-author of two books Trend-Driven Innovation and The Future Normal, and has spent his career identifying and analysing trends. Our conversation centres on Ai, future skills and what a new normal might look like for us. Enjoy.

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January 5, 2024 38 mins

In this episode, I’m joined by Anamaria Dorgo, an L&D practitioner with a community-first attitude. As founder of L&D Shakers, and Head of Community at Butter, Anamaria epitomises giving back to the circles in which she operates. We uncover the thinking behind the communities, why it's important now more than ever to share openly with them, as well as some of the best practices for anyone wanting to set up a learning commun...

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In this episode of Diary of a CLO I’m joined by Dr Keith Keiting, who has had a rich and varied career in learning and talent development. Keith is currently a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania - one of the only universities in the world to offer a doctorate in learning leadership, and is also the Chief Learning and Talent Officer at Archwell. Keith is currently pushing for greater change in the industry through his book: ...

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December 1, 2023 31 mins

Jayne is the Senior Vice President of Global Field Enablement at Salesforce and such a fabulous human being. Focused on a people-first approach and creating ‘playgrounds for growth’ Jayne shares how she encourages people to reflect on what they’ve learnt about themselves as opposed to about what they’ve learnt more generally, and creates safe environments for failure and resilience building. Enjoy.

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November 17, 2023 27 mins

In this episode I’m joined by Tobias Balling, co-founder of Blinkist, a learning app that provides you bitesize explainers of a range of books. We chat about what led Tobi to founder life, some of the magic and pitfalls of working with other founders, and how you can construct meaningful learning experiences through microlearning. It’s a considered and humble discussion. Enjoy.

Blinkist

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November 3, 2023 35 mins

In this episode I'm joined by Cathy Hoy who is the co-founder and CEO of CLO100, a learning programme that is dedicated to upskilling future learning leaders. It's something that is drastically needed across the industry and it's so exciting to watch this program evolve. I can’t wait to see the impact that is going to have on our community. Cathy is one of those people who you could talk to for hours as she has such a depth of pass...

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Danny Seals is king of all things employee experience and founder of innovation agency Knot who specialise in transforming work environments and cultures. In this conversation Danny shares how his own experiences led him to where he is today, why employee listening is so important to instigate change, and why it's essential to bring an outside pair of eyes and ears into a business to observe and experiment. Danny runs an awesome ne...

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October 6, 2023 40 mins

In this episode, I’m joined by Ben Williams an ex-Royal Marine Commando, author of ‘Commando Mindset’, and co-founder of Loopin and Omni. Ben brings a fresh perspective to how we develop ourselves and those we lead, by thinking like a commando and being trained - in certain ways - like one too. And of course in this conversation, we dig into Ai, its impact and opportunities because Loopin has been ahead of the game for a while on t...

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In this episode, I’m joined by Nick Holmes who is the VP of employee experience at Fishawack Health. If you’re interested in how to create meaningful, well-connected workplaces then listen up, as Nick shares what you need to be thinking about with some really practical, thought-provoking and valuable insights. Enjoy.

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In this episode, I’m joined by Iliana Montauk, Co-founder and CEO of Manara, who are revolutionising the way companies hire diverse tech talent, specifically from the Middle East and North Africa, and who promote communities of connection for individuals looking for a new or next role. They really are paving the way as the only company doing what they do in this space. Absolutely one to pay attention to. Enjoy.

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Manara

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June 23, 2023 25 mins

In this episode, I’m talking to England cricketer Alex Hales, who has bought his career back from breaking point in 2019, when he was dropped from the England World Cup squad for failing a recreational drugs test. We chat about that, how he’s fought back from it, where he’s at now and hear his advice for anyone experiencing setbacks in their life. Enjoy!

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Lavinia Mehedințu is everything good there is about L&D and she’s on a mission to provide access to useful information and research for L&Ders across the world. As the founder of Offbeat, a platform for L&D professionals to accelerate their career growth, Lavinia is really helping the industry upskill and practice what they preach. We chat about why creating Offb...

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Sally Gunnell is a household name in athletics after an illustrious career on the track. No other woman has held Commonwealth, European, World, and Olympic track titles concurrently and although her world record has since been broken, Sally Gunnell is firmly planted as one of the greatest female athletes of all time. Now the founder of Sally Gunnell Health and Wellbeing, Sally is using the knowledge and skills she established durin...

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You may know Lauren Waldman as the Learning Pirate. She's pushing the industry in the right direction to help us focus on how people learn before we consider what they should be learning. Lauren de-bunks myths left right and centre, and puts the focus back on research and translating science into action. She is qualified in multiple areas, with foundations or certificates in a range of subjects mostly centred on neuroscience and ad...

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In this episode, I’m joined by Monique Carayol who is a leadership coach and motivational speaker, who cofounded Bravey in the Boardroom just over a year ago to turn the dial on inclusive leadership and talent development. She also set up Your New Avenue a leadership and talent development consultancy. Monique’s energy is infectious, and she’s pushing authentic and brave leadership forward for everyone. We chat about all that and m...

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May 5, 2023 28 mins

Frank Smith is the CEO of Matchroom, a global sporting event promotions company founded by English entrepreneur Barry Hearn and run by him and his son Eddie Hearn, who you may have heard of. Smith joined the business at 16 and has grafted his way to CEO. In this episode, he shares how his grit and attention to detail got him to where he is today, and how he leads with care and trust. Enjoy.

Matchroom

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April 27, 2023 30 mins

If you're interested in how we can leverage AI for better content creation and how it might impact our future worlds, you should listen to what Rob has to share in this episode. Rob is the founder and CEO of Vulse which is really pushing us forward in terms of how we utilise AI in our everyday lives. In this episode, we chat about Vulse, AI, how to lead teams effectively and what being a good leader looks like.

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The world of L&D can sometimes feel ruthless. Yet the more vendors are open with each other and positively challenge the industry, the better we will all be for it. In this episode, I'm joined by Nelson, co-founder and CEO of How Now and author of Learning at Speed. We chat about the current state of L&D, some of our shared gripes with the industry, and where we might be headed in the future. Enjoy.

Learning at speed

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Listen in to Catherine Nicholson, Founder and Creative Director at The Virtual Training Team, as she shares some of the challenges people face with facilitating online training and discover her top tips for how to combat them. Plus we take a quick look forward to the future of learning and where the industry could be headed over the next few years. Enjoy.

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