Leadership BITES

Guy Bloom

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: bit.ly/guybloom
Michele Graglia, Male Model to Ultra Marathon RunnerDon Schmincke, Strategic Performance Advisor & High Altitude Leadership
Don Schmincke, began his career as a scientist and engineer. After graduating from MIT and Johns Hopkins University he became fascinated with how people organize and perform in groups, and even more intrigued by the high failure rate of management consulting and leadership theories. With more than two decades of research using anthropology and evolutionary genetics, he discovered that most management theories fail during implementation due to biological factors.Schmincke is the author of the bestselling book, The Code Of The Executive, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and in over 60 industry publications annually. He has appeared on CNN in addition to hundreds of radio and television programs worldwide. In 1990, he founded The SAGA Leadership Institute  to offer corporate training programs and help CEOs accelerate business performance in the areas of strategy, leadership, sales, and cultural alignment.Today, Schmincke’s  work has established him as a consultant renegade and a top speaker for the world’s largest CEO member organization. He flies 200,000 miles annually keynote speaking at conferences, training CEOs in his workshops, and working with clients in every industry from the Department of Defense strategy (once being shot off an aircraft carrier – he’s still recovering) to large and small corporations including the healthcare, manufacturing/distribution, information/ communications, and finance/insurance sectors.His new book, High Altitude Leadership, with Emmy-nominated Chris Warner (his historic K2 summit seen in the NBC Wide World of Sports special) reveals leadership insights from Death-Zone environments
Oct 24 2021
49 mins
Craig 'Sawman' Sawyer, Veterans For Child Rescue & Contraland the movie
Craig founded Veterans For Child Rescue (V4CR), a nonprofit organization in April 2017 to help raise awareness of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and create a non-permissive environment for child exploitation in the United States. Through his efforts with V4CR Sawyer began production on Contraland a documentary feature-length film to highlight the challenges of NGOs and of law enforcement in the fight to end the exploitation of children.Craig Randall "Sawman" Sawyer (born October 5, 1963) is a Marine veteran, former Navy SEAL, sniper, combat instructor. Sawyer is the owner of Tactical Insider, which brings technical advice on weapons and combat to Hollywood films and actors.Sawyer began his military career with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1983, and switched to the U.S. Navy in July 1986 to pursue a career in special operations as a Navy SEAL. He graduated from BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training class 149 in 1988 and served with SEAL Team ONE. Sawyer deployed during Gulf War and subsequently served as sniper instructor. He then went on to serve with the elite Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team SIX, until suddenly leaving the Navy at the height of his career with an Honorable Discharge in July 1999 while expecting his first child. Throughout his career, Sawyer has become an expert in several military and combat disciplines like shooting; counter-terrorism; surveillance and counter-surveillance; climbing; criminal investigation; parachuting; and hand-to-hand combat, among others.On High-Threat Mobile Security operations for the U.S. Department of State in Iraq in 2004–2005, Sawyer served as an Agent In Charge (AIC) responsible for the DOS Chief of Mission leaders in his assigned region. In addition to running the security details for those Regional Coordinators, Sawyer was also responsible for securing other U.S. dignitaries and DOS personnel during their visits to that high-threat war zone region.Sawyer founded Tactical Insider to provide training and technical advice to films, actors, and political clients. He has contributed to news shows like FOX News and CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. He has also been a frequent contributor to History Channel's show Sniper: Deadliest Missions. Since 2010, Sawyer has been a recurring trainer for History's marksmen competition Top Shot, appearing in all five seasons. In 2013, Craig led a team of fellow spec ops veterans on a series of tactical missions against rhino poachers in Africa. These missions were filmed and aired on Animal Planet's series, Battleground: Rhino Wars.
Oct 17 2021
50 mins
Sheriff Chris Swanson, Walking the Talk & George Floyd protests
On May 30, 2020, during the George Floyd protests in Flint, Swanson received national attention when he removed his riot gear and marched with the protesters.However, Chris is much much more than a moment in time, he is embodiment of a life that is dedicated to service.Chris is a three-time author, including a recent children's book that highlights memories from his own childhood. In addition, Swanson has authored Tinman to Ironman and Blood, Guts, and Things That Drive You Nuts.He has served in a variety of positions, including corrections, patrol, narcotics, criminal investigation, death investigation, and command operations. Some of his most notable assignments have been part of the executive protection for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and Vice Presidents Gore, Chaney and Biden.Chris commands the police honor guard, which has performed over 100 ceremonies across the state. He augments his police experience as a licensed paramedic and certified Medical Examiner Investigator. This training has led him to witness to some of the most heinous crimes and acts of violence one can imagine, including homicides, suicides, felonies, fatalities and drug overdoses. He shares these experiences to audiences across the country to make a positive impact their lives using lessons from the living and the dead.What marching with the protesters did. "It created a battle cry for the Flint residents and the protesters that we can show other communities that we can protest without violence," Swanson said. To law enforcement officers around the country, it's showed "it's OK to be vulnerable and it's OK to talk and it's OK to have these conversations. .... I'm hoping people lay down their swords ... and the police are the ones that start the conversations ...  and they say, 'We're done fighting, what do we need to do?' Our nation needs healing more than ever before."
Oct 10 2021
57 mins
Amy Edmondson, Professor Leadership & Management at HarvardAfghanistan. HOW?Dan Norenberg, Executive Ownershift
Dan Norenberg develops leaders and within that process executive teams. I connected with Dan and straight away saw a like minded thinker and straight shooter.On this episode we discuss Dan's thinking and how he works with senior leaders.We discuss among other things:The Oxygen Mask RuleWhy all leaders arent great leaders, as they should be ny nowDan's book, Executive Ownershift, is a great starting place to get insight into this thinking:"When leadership teams do not perform at their best, everyone suffers. Low employee engagement levels, failure to meet strategic targets and inconsistent company growth are signs that leadership teams are not highly effective.Executive Ownershift is a transformative growth program that enables leadership teams to deliver peak performance: When leadership teams perform at their best, so can everyone else.This book introduces a top-down team approach that enables leadership teams to dramatically improve their performance. It highlights how leadership teams can transform their own businesses and how they can master what must go right and what can go wrong on their path to high performance. With examples and cases provide evidence that results come fast to leadership teams that recognize that they are the starting point for improvement and growth, the book is an excellent guide that allows struggling leadership teams to become good, and good leadership teams to become great."You can purchase Executive Overshift here:In the UKIn the USIn GermanyTo connect with Guy Bloom in regards to Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Team Effectiveness or appearing on the podcast: CLICK HERE
Aug 18 2021
45 mins
RARIFIED AIR. With Professor David Pendleton & Master Coach Guy BloomGraham Hall, TrustonomicsNick Shackleton-Jones, HR Director, Talent & Learning at Deloitte UKMORALITY. With Professor David Pendleton & Master Coach Guy BloomRobin Seiger, Natural Born Winners, Author and Motivational Speaker
Jul 9 2021
52 mins
Sarah Le Fevre, Playful learning, gamification and LudogogyFAIR PAY? With Professor David Pendleton & Master Coach Guy BloomNic Askew, Film Maker, Soul Biographies and Inner View
On this episode of Leadership Bites I have the talented and enigmatic Nic Askew. For more direct information on Nic go here. Nic is a Former (Geographical) Explorer and (Business) Managing Director. Now an Educator, Film Maker and Explorer of the Inner World. He is the creator of Soul Biographies (®), which includes the search for ‘The Soul of America‘. And the profound INNER VIEW Method. His work is in the arena of truth, liberation and genius. Not their explanation, but their experience. And in how the experience lives in the world.SOMEWHERE IN THOSE DEPTHS ~ the causes of much of what happens in our lives lie far deeper than we imagine. Yet we seldom look far enough beneath the surface. The films, words, images, observations and unprotected conversations of Nic Askew consider the many elements of our lives, work and society at an unusual depth. And in doing so, opens our eyes wide to what we can become (in reality what we are but haven’t yet recognized).THE CONGO, BOARDROOM & THE CAMERA ~ From expeditions in the Congo, Amazon and Sahara to a Managing Directorship in Business, Nic’s eclectic earlier life took an unexpected and consciously awakening turn in 2005. He now makes Human Portraits in Black & White Film. Extremely close up. And extremely revealing of our common human experience. But the long and short of it is that he is able to take his subjects to a place beyond the mind, deep into the inner world. A place of truth, revelation, liberation and intuitive genius. All work of recent years is that.THE INNER VIEW METHOD ~ He now travels the world helping foundations find and articulate their courageous pathfinding notions, (conscious) organizations find and reveal their soul, and most importantly, human beings express the emotion of their pain, their joy, and much in between. He also teaches his profound INNER VIEW Method as a way to access authenticity, truth and intuitive intelligence in service to transformational work.To connect with Guy Bloom in regards to Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Team Effectiveness or appearing on the podcast: CLICK HERE
Jun 27 2021
1 hr 14 mins
Louise Houston, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Tarmac
On this episode I have the brilliant Louise Houston, Head of Inclusion & diversity for Tarmac.  In 2019, Tarmac launched its ‘Proud to be me’ campaign to celebrate diversity across its operations and to build a more inclusive company. Now embedded company wide, employees are invited to share with their colleagues a ‘Proud to be me’ presentation slide via team meetings, at events and operational settings. The exercise is designed to allow colleagues to honestly highlight things they are proud of: hobbies, identity, background, family or career achievements.‘Proud to be me’ is just one of the ways in which Tarmac employees are encouraged to bring their whole, authentic selves to work. The approach is underpinned by Tarmac’s inclusion and diversity vision: to foster a fair and supportive culture that promotes opportunities for all – where everyone feels proud to be themselves.   Louise talks about:·        It starts at the top – it’s so important to have the buy in of your board. Your senior leaders will provide allyship and act as champions, role models and sponsors for change within your organisation. But to do this they need to understand the benefits, including commercial risks and opportunities, so go prepared with data.·        Take responsibility for broadening your knowledge/understanding – what was right today, may not be right tomorrow. As individuals, we need to make sure we educate ourselves on issues facing our people, especially our minority communities, to help remove barriers and support them effectively.·        Be ready to invest – establish an I&D function, strengthen policies, develop welfare facilities, and invest time and resource into your people and HR function so that you’re set up to drive meaningful action.·        Invest in yourself – you can attend all the training courses but only by going on your own journey of discovery and opening up your mind (which may at times be uncomfortable and honest) will you start to move forward.·        Know where you are, where you want to be and measure your progress – once you start exploring the I&D agenda, you open a pandora’s box. Employee research will help you really understand your company’s focus areas and priorities.·        Be genuine – closing the ‘say-do’ gap, this is where true allyship comes in and where business leader sponsors can add real value. Furthering the I&D agenda mustn’t be seen as simply a tick-box exercise. For true cultural shift, all employees need to be engaged and able to contribute. That’s when change happens.·        Progress over perfection – sometimes starting is the hardest part and you can spend a lot of time worrying about saying the wrong thing. What I’ve learnt is as long as you have the right intent and approach things with a learning mindset, you’ll be set to start your journey.·        Find your ‘why’ – what’s the purpose of further developing an inclusive culture in your business? This could be a personal, social, safety or economic reason.·        Finally, it’s not a competition – listen, share best practice (both within and outside of your industry) and shamelessly steal great ideas! Making all workplaces fully inclusive is the overall ambition. Tarmac has 150 years of experience, employing around 7,000 people over 400 sites. Solutions span aggregates, asphalt, cement, lime, offsite manufacturing, readymix concrete etc...*Deloitte review 2018 Listen on laptop, phone or PC:https://bit.ly/leadershipbites
Jun 20 2021
52 mins
Sharon Davies, Chief Executive, Youth Enterprise10 years on from the INSPIRE leadership programme
Just over a decade ago Experian UK, ran a programme called Inspire. This episode  is a catalyst from Sam Gilbert who posted a picture on LinkedIn of the cohort he was in on the programme.I am joined by Sam, Jemma Price and Keith Ambrose to discuss the impact of the programme then and now! Sam said in his post: "More than a decade ago, I took part in a leadership programme called Inspire. All these years later, barely a week goes by without me drawing on the vast store of things I learnt from the experience and the people I shared it with. Reflecting on a meeting, I'll realize it went well because it transcended "ritual cliché", and achieved "true rapport". Facing a decision, I'll ask myself something Guy Bloom said when delivering: "What would a *good* version of you do? Not a superhuman, Mahatma Gandhi version, but a *good* version?"It made me a braver and more compassionate person, and a better leader because of it.Company priorities change over time, and I imagine Experian has been through several iterations of its people strategy since then. Inspire was a material investment that may not have driven short-term financial results.But I am 100% sure it was the right thing to do. As Fred Pelard writes, businesses should think of training as a "no regret" move - one that yields a positive outcome in every scenario. That I'm writing today with warmth and gratitude about a company I left 8 years ago speaks to the truth of that".Creating and running this programme was a labour of love, it was team effort to make it land and have the impact that is did.It went on to win the:WINNER-GOLD AWARD-Training Journals, Best Leadership ProgrammeHighly Recommended - HR Excellence Awards - Employee Engagement WINNER-ABP-2015-Excellence In Performance Improvement To find out more about the programmes that I run based on an award winning levels of design, delivery and impact reach out to me on guybloom@livingbrave.com or 07827 953814.Visit the website: livingbrave website You can see all links below.👇👇👇 ➡️Listen on laptop, phone or PC:https://bit.ly/leadershipbitesVia podcast: 👇👇👇 ➡️Apple: https://apple.co/39pYHprSpotify: http://spoti.fi/3q9DaHvGoogle: https://bit.ly/39nQUsgiHeart Radio: Leadershp BITESStitcher: https://bit.ly/33rQVHWWebsite: https://bit.ly/leadershipbiteswebYoutube: http://bit.ly/guybloomyoutube
Jun 6 2021
40 mins
N.K Chaudhary, Social Entrepreneur, founder Jaipur Rugs, "The Gandhi of the Carpet Industry"Joel Nielson, Chief of Section (Leadership Development) at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
Joel is an experienced adult educator, organizational development consultant and project manager with 20 years of progressive international experience from the UN, NGO and consulting sectors.His role is the oversight, delviery and instigation of leadership development. This was a great episode to hear his approach, midset and focus.The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution.They lead international action to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.Delivering life-saving assistance, helping safeguard fundamental human rights, and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place called home where they can build a better future. Working to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality.They are active in 130 countries, using their expertise to protect and care for millions.The UNHCR recognises that its greatest asset is their workforce. These are passionate, talented and creative individuals who want to use their skills for good. Thanks to people like this, they can develop solutions that enable people who have been forced to flee to restart their lives and build better futures.To make contact with Guy Bloom directly: Click Here👇👇👇 ➡️Listen on laptop, phone or PC:https://bit.ly/leadershipbitesVia podcast: Apple: https://apple.co/39pYHprSpotify: http://spoti.fi/3q9DaHvGoogle: https://bit.ly/39nQUsgiHeart Radio: https://ihr.fm/3lmgPTkStitcher: https://bit.ly/33rQVHW
May 23 2021
44 mins