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The Ben Morton Leadership Podcast

Ben Morton

What does it take to be a transformational leader? Ben Morton, leadership coach, believes the job of a leader is to deliver the results you are responsible for AND look after those you have the privilege to lead. Each week, Ben chats with senior leaders from around the globe to deconstruct what it takes to be a highly effective leader in the modern world. These inspiring conversations share tactics, tools, and philosophies that you can implement today. Are you ready to become the very best, most authentic leader that you can be?

Bitesize #9: People Leave Great LeadersPersonal ValuesBitesize #8: Slowing Down To Speed UpMike Cooper | People First LeadershipBitesize #7: Tasks versus RelationshipsMedley Episode: How To Keep Your Team Motivated
Welcome to the second medley episode, where today we find out from five different leaders about their experiences and top tips around keeping their teams motivated. You’ll notice I said keeping their teams motivated, because I don’t believe it’s our job to motivate people. It is, however, our job to ensure that our people don’t become demotivated. After all, nobody joins a new organisation in a demotivated state. Similarly, when somebody receives a promotion, they tend to be highly motivated and engaged. If this is the case, for people to be demotivated, something must have happened along the way. That something, can sometimes, be us. We probably don’t do it intentionally, but we can easily do things, create policies, or neglect to do things that cause those we have the privilege and responsibility to lead to become demotivated.  In today’s episode we will find out from: Brendan Pavey, Executive Head Teacher at Northbridge House Schools Pauline Patterson, Founder and CEO at DrPawPaw Melanie Chevalier, Founder of Creative Culture Scott Schute, Head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn (formally Vice president of Global Customer Operations)  Jay Steinfeld,CEO of Blinds.com Links Mentioned: https://www.ben-morton.com/brendan-pavey-decision-making-with-partial-information-uncertainty/ (Brendan Pavey | Decision Making with Partial Information and Uncertainty) https://www.ben-morton.com/pauline-paterson-flexible-working-looking-after-your-team/ (Pauline Paterson | Flexible Working & Looking After Your Team) https://www.ben-morton.com/melanie-chevalier-finding-time-to-think/ (Melanie Chevalier | Finding Time To Think) Scott Shute |The leader’s Journey from ‘Me to We’ Jay Steinfeld | Selling a Business and Staying on as CEO Find out more about Ben’s work: https://linktr.ee/BMLeadership (https://linktr.ee/BMLeadership)
May 5 2022
27 mins
Bitesize #6: Recognition and AppreciationMichael Bungay Stanier | Leadership Transition: Founder to Chair
Michael Bungay Stanier, or MBS as he is also known, is the author of seven books which between them have sold over a million copies. He’s best known for The Coaching Habit, the best-selling coaching book of the century and already recognized as a classic.  His new book, ‘How to Begin’, helps people be more ambitious for themselves and for the world. Michael was a Rhodes Scholar and plays the ukulele “badly” – his words, not mine!  In this episode I was able to explore some of the ideas from his latest book that really resonated with me, and that I think will be useful for you. We also spent a lot of time talking about his journey of stepping down as CEO of the company he founded, and handing over the reins to his successor. If you’re thinking of handing over your business, or you're about to come in as CEO and take over from a founder, then this episode is going to be invaluable. Links Mentioned: Connect with Michael: http://www.mbs.works (www.mbs.works)   Michael’s Blog | 2 Pages with MBS. https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/2pages (https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/2pages) 10-4-10 Mini Course: https://mailchi.mp/b3d5c50adb91/10_4_10 (https://mailchi.mp/b3d5c50adb91/10_4_10) Mentioned in this episode: This episode is brought to you by FRIENDWORKS There is gold in your professional networks. FRIENDWORKS helps you discover it. Do most of your leads come from your networks? Did you know that 23% of your senior network could change roles every year? This means that your entire network of senior decision-makers could change every 4-5 years. How do you keep on top of these changes? FRIENDWORKS standardises the process of monitoring your whole company's combined professional networks and delivers new business leads to your team on a regular basis. To find out how FRIENDWORKS could help your business, take a look at their cool LEAD CALCULATOR here: bit.ly/3Hyh9dL. Listeners of the Ben Morton Leadership Podcast can receive 5% off a FRIENDWORKS subscription, by quoting BENMORTON5 when contacting FRIENDWORKS. Chat with FRIENDWORKS Founder, Richard Hillier, here: rich@friend-works.com. https://the-ben-morton-leadersh.captivate.fm/friendworks (FRIENDWORKS)
Apr 28 2022
43 mins
Bitesize Episode:  The Nine-Day Fortnight with Nick Warner – Listener SpecialTony O’Driscoll | Inspiring Everyone to Create Real Change
In this episode we’re joined by Professor Tony O’Driscoll to talk about his new book – ‘Everyday Superhero: How You Can Inspire Everyone to Create Real Change at Work’. Tony’s knowledge about leadership and change is off the charts good, and his new book is fantastic. It’s so good in fact, that I’ve got hold of two copies to give away to you, my dear listeners, for free. For a chance to win one, simply listen to the full episode in which you’ll hear a hidden, secret word. Once you hear it, email it to me via chat@ben-morton.com and we’ll add you to the draw on 28th April 2022. Everyday Superhero is a very different type of business book. It’s short, highly engaging and tells the story of how leaders can unlock every employee’s superpower to create lasting change. I read it in just over an hour and scribbled copious notes all over it…but don’t worry, I’m not giving away my copy! So, without any further delay, please enjoy my fascinating conversation with the very erudite Professor Tony O’Driscoll. Links Mentioned: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0241502780/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_AAJWBQEYCKTJCVM9WM21 (‘Everyday Superhero’ by Tony O’Driscoll)  Ben’s FREE 10-4-10 Leadership Course: https://mailchi.mp/b3d5c50adb91/10_4_10 (https://mailchi.mp/b3d5c50adb91/10_4_10)  Ben’s website: http://www.ben-morton.com (www.ben-morton.com)  Email Ben: chat@ben-morton.com Mentioned in this episode: This episode is brought to you by FRIENDWORKS There is gold in your professional networks. FRIENDWORKS helps you discover it. Do most of your leads come from your networks? Did you know that 23% of your senior network could change roles every year? This means that your entire network of senior decision-makers could change every 4-5 years. How do you keep on top of these changes? FRIENDWORKS standardises the process of monitoring your whole company's combined professional networks and delivers new business leads to your team on a regular basis. To find out how FRIENDWORKS could help your business, take a look at their cool LEAD CALCULATOR here: bit.ly/3Hyh9dL. Listeners of the Ben Morton Leadership Podcast can receive 5% off a FRIENDWORKS subscription, by quoting BENMORTON5 when contacting FRIENDWORKS. Chat with FRIENDWORKS Founder, Richard Hillier, here: rich@friend-works.com. https://the-ben-morton-leadersh.captivate.fm/friendworks (FRIENDWORKS)
Apr 21 2022
59 mins
Bitesize #5: Leadership and TeamworkBitesize #4: “They’re Good at Their Job…”Bitesize #3: DisciplineLeaders Don’t Need All of The Answers
This episode is taking a slightly different format to the usual in so much as it's just me talking to you now. In today's episode, I will share one of the very first and most powerful pieces of leadership advice that I ever learned – it’s not your job as a leader to have all of the answers all of the time. Tune in as I deconstruct why leaders often hold this false belief, how to ask your team for their input and ideas, and how this leadership lesson can help you tackle imposter syndrome. This is part of the solo series of The Ben Morton Leadership Podcast. I’ve designed it to give you the practical tools, tactics and insights around a specific facet of leadership to help you on that journey. It’s my gift to you and it’s absolutely free.  If you’re getting value from it, please subscribe to the show and share the link with your friends and colleagues.  You can also visit my website and sign up for my two-weekly, leadership-focused newsletter here: https://www.ben-morton.com (https://www.ben-morton.com)   #LeadOn Mentioned in this episode: This episode is brought to you by FRIENDWORKS There is gold in your professional networks. FRIENDWORKS helps you discover it. Do most of your leads come from your networks? Did you know that 23% of your senior network could change roles every year? This means that your entire network of senior decision-makers could change every 4-5 years. How do you keep on top of these changes? FRIENDWORKS standardises the process of monitoring your whole company's combined professional networks and delivers new business leads to your team on a regular basis. To find out how FRIENDWORKS could help your business, take a look at their cool LEAD CALCULATOR here: bit.ly/3Hyh9dL. Listeners of the Ben Morton Leadership Podcast can receive 5% off a FRIENDWORKS subscription, by quoting BENMORTON5 when contacting FRIENDWORKS. Chat with FRIENDWORKS Founder, Richard Hillier, here: rich@friend-works.com. https://the-ben-morton-leadersh.captivate.fm/friendworks (FRIENDWORKS)
Mar 31 2022
24 mins
Bitesize #2: Don’t Have All The AnswersRowe Hoffer | Advice from a World-Class Executive AssistantMedley Episode: How do you build and lead high performing teams?
Welcome to a very different episode of the podcast… this is what I’m currently calling a Medley Episode. It’s made up of 4 answers from 4 different leaders who have previously appeared on the show, all answering the same question. In this episode, they are answering the question… How do you build and lead high performing teams? We’ll aim to release one of these Medley episodes every 4 or 5 episodes. This being a new format, you’re thoughts and feedback are more welcome than ever so please do share your thoughts either on social media or send them to me directly on chat@ben-morton.com.  In today’s episode we will find out from: General Sir James Rupert Everard, Former Senior British Army Officer Ivory Matthews, MD of Columbia and Cayce Housing in the US Jane Finette, Founder and Executive Director of The Coaching Fellowship Lesley McGreggor, MD of the Health & Care division of the Eric Wright Group Shona Flemming, CEO of both ScotsCare and Borderline And one final thing before you go, at the end of 2021 I launched a brand new, free leadership course that tackles some of the most common leadership challenges I get asked about. It’s called the 10-4-10 programme, because it consists of 10 minutes of content for 10 weeks delivered into your inbox. Each email consists of a written tip or idea, a curated podcast episode, a relevant book recommendation and a video from me sharing a quick tip or setting you a challenge. If this sounds like something you’ll get value from, simply click on the 10-4-10 link in the show notes to get started. Links Mentioned: https://mailchi.mp/b3d5c50adb91/10_4_10 (10-4-10 Leadership Coaching Course) https://www.ben-morton.com/episode33/ (Ep #033 – General Sir James Rupert Everard. Former Senior British Army Officer) https://www.ben-morton.com/ivory-matthews-tackling-bias-in-the-workplace/ (Ep #60 – Ivory Matthews | Tackling Bias in the Workplace) https://www.ben-morton.com/jane-finette-empowering-women-and-letting-go-of-control/ (Ep #67 – Jane Finette | Empowering Women and Letting Go of Control) https://www.ben-morton.com/lesley-mcgregor-learning-on-the-job-and-finding-a-leadership-mentor/ (Ep #68 Lesley McGregor | Learning on the Job and Finding a Leadership Mentor) https://www.ben-morton.com/shona-flemming-transformational-leadership-and-leading-from-purpose (Ep #69 Shona Flemming | Transformational Leadership and Leading From Purpose) Find out more about Ben’s work: https://linktr.ee/BMLeadership (https://linktr.ee/BMLeadership)
Mar 17 2022
19 mins
Bitesize #1: We’ve Got Motivation WrongLeo Walton | Leadership in a Startup
Leo Walton became part of the founding team at SUPERHOG in 2019, after having spent seven years running the supply function at Onefinestay.    These experiences have given him a deep understanding of the vacation rental industry. As the VP of Growth, he works closely with operators and hosts, helping them to unlock growth and streamline operations by using SUPERHOG, which combines guest screening with embedded insurance.   Having experience of the property management side, Leo also has an acute understanding of the pain points which SUPERHOG sets out to solve, including guest screening, deposits, chargebacks and property damage.    His bio says that he is “passionately committed to building tools to help improve and revolutionize the industry”. From chatting to him in this episode I got a sense that he's also incredibly passionate about innovation, thinking differently and creating an environment that allows everybody and anybody to share their opinions and ideas.   This interview rapidly went off in a totally different direction to the one I had in mind, and is so much richer as a result.   You may also notice that we had another very special guest join us at one point…Leo’s 15-month-old daughter! Please also take just a few minutes to rate and review the show wherever you listen. If you then send a screenshot of your review to me on chat@ben-morton.com, I’ll send you complimentary access to my online, Weekly Planning Protocol course.   Links mentioned: Superhog: https://superhog.com (https://superhog.com)  Ben’s Free Leadership Mini-Course: https://mailchi.mp/b3d5c50adb91/10_4_10 (https://mailchi.mp/b3d5c50adb91/10_4_10)
Mar 10 2022
43 mins
Melanie Chevalier | Finding Time To Think
Today we’re joined by Melanie Chevalier, the Founder and CEO at Creative Culture. Mélanie has built her career on challenging the status quo of internationalization and traditional models to offer a much more effective and qualitative approach by bringing local cultures back to the fore to feed globally-led initiatives.  A proud award winner of the 2021 Female Frontier’s Championing Change category, which celebrates women constantly pushing the boundaries of equality, gender balance, and making dynamic changes within their work. Mélanie is very active in promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and has developed innovative initiatives to allow brands to successfully navigate complex inclusion pieces within an even more complex and diverse multicultural environment. With over 15 years of industry experience in transcreation, cross-cultural communications and strategy, Mélanie has been advising international brands such as Barclays Wealth, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal Luxe, Maserati, and Urban Decay… to name just a few. Besides cross-cultural matters and transcreation, her passion is her two gorgeous bilingual boys and the art of getting things done. We discussed how her leadership style, and the services her company provides, have both been shaped by her international upbringing. We also spoke about her approach to getting the right balance between achieving success at work and enjoying all that life has to offer. Please also take just a few minutes to rate and review the show wherever you listen. If you then send a screenshot of your review to me on chat@ben-morton.com, I’ll send you complimentary access to my online, Weekly Planning Protocol course.
Mar 3 2022
34 mins