The Courageous Leaders Club

Joanna Howes

The Courageous Leaders Club podcast aims to inspire leaders to step into their courageous zone, be the leader they know they can be and discover the mindset skills and behaviours to take their leadership to the next level.

So listen in, get inspired on how you can grow your leadership impact. Leave a legacy you can be proud of, and build an environment for future leaders to thrive.

Who is Joanna Howes?

Joanna Howes is an award-winning international coach, behavioural expert, specialising in leadership and performance coaching and No 1 best selling international co-author.

Her focus is to help individuals and teams activate their full potential, so they can step into their courageous zone to maximise their influence, build their resilience and take the action needed to become high performers and future-ready leaders.

Joanna is a unique phenomenon within her industry, with over 20 years’ experience working internationally with some of the world's most awarded advertising agencies and leading them to operational and leadership success. Her blend of both innovative operational and transformative change solutions empowers organisations to create environments that are supportive and fearless for their employees.





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Scott Ewings: Why Investing in Resilience is Vital to Support Leaders
4d ago
Scott Ewings: Why Investing in Resilience is Vital to Support Leaders
In this week’s episode I speak to Scott Ewings, Chief Experience Officer, Digital Experience @TPXimpact. Join us whilst we talk about the value of coaching in resilience. We'll discuss the need for investing in this kind of support - so not only executives but leaders on all levels can have access to coaching.Scott also kindly shares his experiences of the health scare it took for him to re-evaluate what he wanted from life, and some of the truly courageous decisions he made as a result.Key takeaways include:How your ego can run away with itself and damage your healthWhy imposter syndrome is normal and how to deal with itHow to maintain connection as you become more senior in your roleScott is a veteran brand experience leader with a track record of transforming client and agency outcomes dating back to early technology cycles, he has a highly progressive stance on upgrading the agency landscape to be more purpose and talent focused. Scott led Fjord, Ustwo and Potato (part of AKQA/WPP) in the UK, helping to establish them all as outstanding digital product studios, as well as working client-side as an experience strategy leader with Vodafone in Australia. At the time of recording, Scott was finishing up his role as the CEO of Bernadette, the digital product & service innovation company from VCCP.Follow Joanna Howes and The Change Creators:website: https://www.thechangecreators.comlinkedin:
Regan Warner: Don't Let Your Ego Get in the Way of Being a Great Leader
Mar 2 2023
Regan Warner: Don't Let Your Ego Get in the Way of Being a Great Leader
In this week’s episode I speak to Regan Warner, Global Creative Director at Ogilvy UK.Join us whilst we talk about leadership versus creative leadership, what makes them different, and whether everyone can be a creative.Regan also shares how she learned to balance her ego with confidence, to avoid alienating the people around her.Key takeaways include:● Allowing people to be your mirror● Embracing the imperfect moments to grow● How imposter syndrome can show up at any time and how to manage itRegan has had the pleasure to work across numerous sectors allowing her creativity never to be pegged as doing just one thing well. Brands include Mazda, Sega, L’Oréal Paris, Boots, No7, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Hellmann’s, and Dove among others.She has produced a list of award-winning work promoting inclusive beauty campaigns, including Dove ‘As Early As Five’ work - a campaign to endrace-based hair discrimination in the US and “The Non-Issue” for L’Oréal Paris – an 80-page print campaign in the form of an actual Vogue, combating the fact that age discrimination is still an issue.Alongside leading creatives, Regan also co-chairs Ogilvy Equals, Ogilvy’s internal inclusion network striving for inclusion and equality in every aspect of working life.Follow Joanna Howes and The Change Creators:website: https://www.thechangecreators.comlinkedin:
Alex Lubar: How to Nurture and Retain Your Talent
Feb 9 2023
Alex Lubar: How to Nurture and Retain Your Talent
In this week’s episode, I speak to Alex Lubar, Global President and Chief Operating Officer at DDB Worldwide.Join us whilst we talk all about how to nurture and retain the talent in your team.Being able to do this well is such a challenge right now and Alex’s knowledge and experience offer so much valuable insight on how to get it right.Key takeaways include:● 2 core strategies to nurture and retain talent● The importance of contextual empathy● The art of decision makingAlex has just joined DDB Worldwide as Global President and Chief Operating Officer. Previously he worked for McCann for almost a decade in multiple roles across the globe. Prior to that, he was President of McCann Worldgroup Asia Pacific, where he led an organisation of 3,200 people across 12 markets that represent one of the largest, fastest-growing marketing regions of the world.Alex also served as CEO of McCann London where under his leadership, the agency was named to the list of Top 10 agencies in the world by the Gunn Report. McCann London was also shortlisted for Campaign Magazine’s Agency of The Year in 2018.Prior to being in London, Alex was Global CMO for McCann Worldgroup, based out of New York City, where he oversaw all integrated new-business activity. Alex successfully leveraged the capabilities of McCann Worldgroup across the globe and led a number of international new business opportunities, including Microsoft, RB and MGM, to name a few. Having spent over 15 years in the US, Alex worked at a number of advertising agencies, including Grey and BBH.Follow Joanna Howes and The Change Creators:website: https://www.thechangecreators.comlinkedin:
Emma Gardner: Approaching inclusion from a creative and a human aspect
Nov 3 2022
Emma Gardner: Approaching inclusion from a creative and a human aspect
In this week’s episode I speak to Emma Gardner, Co Founder: Born Equal Consults | With Not For | NYM Mag.Join the conversation to hear us chat about how we better understand and address exclusion and discrimination, and how we can approach it from both a creative and a human aspect.Emma also shares her thoughts about the power of storytelling and why representation matters in the journey to create a more inclusive workplace.Key takeaways include:The importance of practising a questioning mindsetWhy lived experience is as important as qualifications in being able to create impactThe prevalence of hidden disabilities that people may not be disclosingWhy good intentions don’t always result in good impactThe value of building a good network and connectionsEmma is an entrepreneur, parent & carer of her Disabled daughter, who has been the catalyst for her work in recent years. She’s worked in the creative industries for 20+ years collaborating with charities, agencies & clients on the importance of inclusion, & how to approach it within businesses. She is now co-founder of Born Equal Consults, a human-centric Equity & Inclusion Consultancy that leads with lived experience, as well as co-founder of With Not For, a talent agency representing Disabled creatives. Last year she also co-founded NYM magazine, working with Disabled people & their allies to set new benchmarks for representation within media & society.Useful links:Follow Joanna Howes and The Change Creators:website: https://www.thechangecreators.comlinkedin: