Leading from Your Core

Obi Abuchi

Far too many leaders rely on power, authority or intelligence as the foundation of their leadership. They lead more from the outside in than from the inside out. Gallup research asserts that one of the world's most serious problems - declining global productivity and human development - can be fixed not by politics and policies, but by effective, inspiring and transformational leaders. At CORE Leaders International, we believe that personal mastery, developing your character and the core of who you are, is at the heart of all leadership that is truly effective, inspiring and transformational. When organisations and leaders have power and authority without a strong and healthy core they cause so much damage to people around them and to our world. That is why we are passionate about providing seasoned and emerging leaders with personal leadership growth and development solutions. Our vision is to play our part in building a growing international community of leaders devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. We call them - CORE Leaders. CORE Leaders not only become more engaging and transformational leaders, but better husbands, wives, dads, mums, friends, sons, and daughters.

S3E19: The Power of Tai Chi for Stress, interview with Kevin Bryant
3d ago
S3E19: The Power of Tai Chi for Stress, interview with Kevin Bryant
LFYC | S3 E19 – Obi Abuchi interviews Kevin Bryant | The Power of Tai Chi for Stress Management On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Kevin Bryant. In 2010, Kevin co-founded Educated Change, one of the most innovative consulting firms in the social media arena, building close relationships with senior executives determined to enhance their firm's and their own reputation. In 2016, Educated Change was named a Red Herring Top 100 Tech firm. They recognised early in their growth that people don't want to connect with a corporate logo, they want to engage authentically with people sharing a common interest, speciality, or cause. Selling is no longer event-driven, it's a continuous conversation where trust, sharing, education - and even entertainment - are the keys to capturing attention in our 'attention economy'. His perspective on sales, relationship building, and change was honed during twenty years in banking, encompassing all aspects from corporate lending to investment banking to retail. His last position was as General Manager of BankBoston/Fleet Boston’s European operations. He was later President of a tanker company owned by one of Greece’s leading shipping families. Kevin has proven experience in leading, coaching and inspiring teams through change. Kevin has also served on the boards of two public companies and the board of Babson College, America’s leading private university in the field of entrepreneurship. As a student there, he played on two NCAA National Champion soccer teams. He lectures on social media and social marketing at Brunel University’s business school and has taught Tai Chi to hundreds at his Surrey and Brighton (UK), Tai Chi schools. In this episode: - A personal journey into Tai Chi - Martial Arts as an outlet for stress - How to find balance in your professional life - Learning how to relax into your true self - Becoming comfortable expressing your whole self - How to ground yourself and find your feet during stress - A mother’s basic secrets to reducing stress in your life - Finding resilience and strength by tapping into something bigger than yourself - How to borrow and leverage power from key external sources - Embracing your failures openly and freely in order to move forward You can find out more about Kevin via the links below: LinkedIn: @Educated_Change Twitter: @SurreyTaiChi Taichi School Website: with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E18: The Skill of Being Alive, interview with Alexandra Howard
Aug 3 2022
S3E18: The Skill of Being Alive, interview with Alexandra Howard
LFYC | S3 E18 – Obi Abuchi interviews Alexandra Howard | Special Edition - The Skill of Being Alive On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Alexandra Howard. Alexandra is a Mindfulness Trainer, Certified Transformational Health and Life Coach. She runs Mind, Mood ALIVE!, a private coaching service in Canada that teaches people how to come alive in their minds and moods so they can live in vibrant flow and ease no matter what. Alex also co-leads and serves as Executive Director of the Hanne Howard Fund, a grassroots, family-based charitable organization founded by her mother Hanne and her husband in 2005 that has helped over 100 vulnerable and orphaned children in Nairobi, Kenya, escape poverty through education and life skills training Alex has dedicated her life to helping others assist themselves for over 15 years, and she is enthusiastic about empowering and elevating the minds and lives of men, women, and youth who want to come alive and thrive by doing more of what matters to them for the benefit of others and our world. In this episode: - Understanding the art of being ‘alive’ - Why it is essential to be ‘alive’ - Things that prevent us from being ‘alive’ - How to develop ‘aliveness’ - Recognising that being ‘alive’ is more important than anything else - The courage that comes with the space of ‘aliveness’ - Shifting from explaining to describing experiences - Tools and habits skillfully navigate towards being more alive - The significance of accepting full responsibility for your Aliveness You can find out more about Alexandra Via the links below: LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/howardalexandra Website: www.mindmoodalive.com YouTube: www.youtube.com/mindmoodalive Facebook: www.facebook.com/mindmoodalive Instagram: www.instagram.com/mindmoodalive Connect with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E17: The Neuroscience of Personal Leadership and Resilience, interview with TJ Power
Jul 27 2022
S3E17: The Neuroscience of Personal Leadership and Resilience, interview with TJ Power
LFYC | S3 E17 – Obi Abuchi interviews Tj Power | The Neuroscience of Personal Leadership and Resilience On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Tj Power. Tj Power began his professional journey lecturing in psychology and neuroscience at the University of Exeter in the UK. After years of deeply researching the origins of this alteration in our society’s mental health, Tj left the world of academia to build Digital Mind and began teaching 1000s how best to navigate our fast-changing digital world. His training experiences have been delivered globally to Coca-Cola, The NHS, nChain Technology, Oxford University, Toronto University and a wide range of schools. In this episode: - Why mental health has become a worldwide concern - Our interaction with technology and how it affects our capacity to concentrate - How to hack our happy hormones and build resilience through our own words - The effect of attention on our attitude and mental process - How neuroplasticity is enhanced through practice - How our thoughts and beliefs impact how we communicate with others and how we present ourselves - Relationship between leaders' self-care and their team-care - How our little successes increase our motivation to work - Getting a D.O.S.E. of resilience from the inside out You can find out more about Tj Power via the links below: LinkedIn - www.instagram.com/tjpower/ Connect with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E16: Cultivating a Spirit of Excellence, interview with Junior Ogunyemi
Jul 20 2022
S3E16: Cultivating a Spirit of Excellence, interview with Junior Ogunyemi
LFYC | S3 E16 – Obi Abuchi interviews Junior Ogunyemi On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Junior Ogunyemi. Junior Ogunyemi is an author, tech entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. His business portfolio ranges from local sports academies to global media platforms. His achievements have seen him collect numerous business awards and become one of the UK's most sought-after motivational speakers. At age 21, he became the best-selling author of the book "How to be a Student Entrepreneur". For over a decade, he has worked on government initiatives and helped educational institutions to design their entrepreneurial curriculum. His dynamic, inspirational messages have helped pioneer the current "student-entrepreneur" buzz across the UK and Europe. He hosts the podcast show "Revelations of an entrepreneur" and has also produced one of the highest-ranked business courses on Udemy. He has a remarkable way of engaging with audiences and the central theme of his message is around building a spirit of excellence. His training seminars have impacted more than 100,000 aspiring entrepreneurs to set big goals, become more resilient, and maximize their full potential. In this episode: - The ONE thing that big goals require - The essence of excellent habits for effective leadership - The purpose of each challenge and how to prepare for it - The influence of an optimistic mindset - Know that excellence is about understanding the assignment rather than being the best - The habits to cultivate in order to deliver excellence - The excellence spirit is not about your perfect output, but your input - How to embody the excellence spirit You can find out more about Junior via the links below: LinkedIn - - @JuniorOgunyemi Twitter - @JuniorOgunyemi TEDx Talk - with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E15: Leading With Character, interview with Lauren Seager-Smith
Jul 13 2022
S3E15: Leading With Character, interview with Lauren Seager-Smith
LFYC | S3 E15 – Obi Abuchi interviews Lauren Seager-Smith On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Lauren Seager-Smith. Lauren Seager-Smith FRSA is the CEO of Kidscape, a bullying prevention organization established in the United Kingdom. She previously worked with the National Children's Bureau, Save the Children, and Latitude, the global volunteering organisation, in the field of child advocacy and youth development for almost two decades and serves on the Action for Children England Committee, the UK Safer Internet Centre Board, and the Internet Matters Expert Advisory Panel for Children England. Lauren is a frequent media spokesperson and campaigner, focusing on children's rights in education and in the digital world. In this episode: - A definition of resilience - Develop these habits to be an effective leader - How to stay present in the moment - Tips on how to deal with our challenges effectively - Recognising that our flaws do not define us - Acknowledging our physical health as an important aspect of strengthening our ability to lead - Understanding how resilience helps us deal more effectively with uncertainty in general - How our ego gets in the way of how we present ourselves - How to keep yourself grounded through difficult times You can find out more about Lauren Via the links below: LinkedIn: Lauren Seager-Smith FRSA | LinkedIn Connect with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E14:Special Edition, Because YOU Matter, interview with Chelle Verite
Jul 6 2022
S3E14:Special Edition, Because YOU Matter, interview with Chelle Verite
LFYC | S3 E14 – Obi Abuchi interviews Chelle Verite | Special Edition - Because YOU Matter On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Chelle Verite. Chelle is known as a positive disrupter, TEDx speaker published author, and her motivational life talk has enabled 1000s of people around the world to catapult their life into positive action. Her passion for people and organisations and its impact on her career kick-started 22 years ago after graduating with a BSc in honours in psychology from Glasgow, and became a certified skills negotiator (Gap Partnership), ICF Coach, NLP trained total SDI Practitioner and is CITP Qualified. She facilitates learning in the UK, Europe, and worldwide as far afield as Australia, Brazil and USA and today spends her time coaching and empowering individuals and companies worldwide. Also, part of her portfolio of customers includes Finance, Care, Education, Digital/IT, Engineering, Pharmaceutical, and Retail environments. With her personal development and transformational book "Because YOU Matter," her empowering and appreciating attitude has gone global. Chelle focuses on motivating positive action, assuring professional and personal success, and enabling you to BE REAL, SHOW UP, BE SEEN, and BE YOU! In this episode: - - Reframing the perception of one's identity and worth in life - Being authentic both in times of struggle and in times of success - The power of identifying who you are and its impact on your life - How to handle the insecurities associated with the lack of identity - Embracing your own uniqueness - Understanding that your vulnerabilities are your strength - How to present yourself amid struggle - Embracing the tools you need to equip and empower yourself - Tips on how to recover from emotional turbulence - The essence of investing in your own growth - Book Reference: Because YOU Matter- Chelle Verite You can find out more about Chelle Via the links below: LinkedIn - - www.chelleverite.co.uk Connect with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E13: Impactful Leadership, interview with Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani
Jun 29 2022
S3E13: Impactful Leadership, interview with Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani
LFYC | S3 E13 – Obi Abuchi interviews Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani | Impactful and Resilient Leadership On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, interviews Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani. Rolake is an award-winning, multidisciplinary, versatile infrastructure and energy executive with more than 15 years of track record of helping to finance and scale businesses across Africa. She is currently the Chief Commercial Officer of leading infrastructure developer, Mixta Africa and has sat on the global advisory board of Canadian Private Equity firm, Stonechair Capital. She was head of energy for FBN Capital and FBNQuest Merchant Bank and during that same time a member of the private sector economic advisory group advising the Office of the Vice President on a range of national development policy issues. In her early career, she worked as a political risk analyst with Control Risks and Eurasia Group and worked in international development with the European Commission in Brussels and the International Crisis Group in Dakar, Senegal. Rolake is a regular feature on platforms like BBC, CNN, CNBC, and others due to her highly sought-after industry expert and was recognised as a top 275 Global Female Influencer Executives (2020) in Energy by the UK’s Energy Council, won the Best Africa Oil and Gas analyst award from Energy Africa, US in 2015 and among many others. Again, she is a career mentor to many young professionals through her Multiple Streams of ImpactTM mentoring platform and is also the founder of iArticl8 an executive coaching platform for public speaking and effective communication, delivering both impactful corporate and individual coaching. In this episode: - The key driver for leadership - How to recognise key opportunities to make a difference - Keys to navigating difficult times - The power of building a tribe - The essence of caring about people to be an effective leader - The benefits of focusing on your personal purpose - Recognising people as the most important driver of effective leadership - How to look at challenges with an optimistic worldview - Recognising the greatest joy of leadership - Seizing the opportunities that come our way You can find out more about Rolake via the links below: LinkedIn - - @RolakeAkinkugbe Instagram - @RolakeAkinkugbe Connect with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E12: Special Edition,The Power of Mentoring with Nathan John
Jun 22 2022
S3E12: Special Edition,The Power of Mentoring with Nathan John
LFYC | S3 E12 – Obi Abuchi interviews Nathan John On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Nathan John. Nathan John is a Corporate Banker and Social Entrepreneur based in Dubai. Over his 19 years in banking, Nathan has developed expertise in Transaction Banking, solution delivery and developing relationships, having worked for some of the world’s leading companies such as Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Ernst & Young and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. In March 2007, he founded Youth Enlightenment Limited (Y-E-L), which is a social enterprise committed to providing inspiration and empowerment to young people. Nathan served as an Advisor to the Stephen Lawrence Review, chaired by Dr Richard Stone and was a Community Cohesion Advisor to the former Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock. He also contributed to the former Mayor of London, Bori Johnson's 'Time for Action' youth strategy and was a member of the NPIA's He has spoken virtually in addition to various places in Dubai, London and Paris. Such as the Mayor’s Office, Barclays HQ, colleges, schools and a prison. Nathan has also been interviewed over 150 times on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, LBC, The Guardian plus more. Nathan has met Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his contributions and won a Barclays Citizenship award. His leadership, strategic and communication skills have allowed him to be successful both in the UK and UAE. In this episode: - Proactively assisting others with our breakthrough success - The impact of mentoring on our career journey - The advantages of having an excellent mentor - Developing connections with your mentor is a key component. - Recognize that no one gets it right on the first try. - Obtaining something out of your failures - Regardless of our level of experience, we can learn more from everyone. - Acknowledge that failure will always be a part of the journey - As a mentor, it is vital to reflect. - Recognizing that we do not know more than those with less experience - Concentrating on what you have rather than what is unavailable - Overcoming Obstructions on Our Career Path - Recognizing that, despite your setbacks, you You can find out more about Nathan Via the links below: LinkedIn -linkedin.com/in/nathanjayjohn Connect with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E11: Leading with Character, Life Lessons with James Miller
Jun 15 2022
S3E11: Leading with Character, Life Lessons with James Miller
LFYC | S3 E11 – Obi Abuchi interviews James Miller | Life Lessons - You are the Expert on Your Life On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews James Miller. James Miller is a licensed psychotherapist and the host and executive producer of the nationally US broadcast and syndicated LIFEOLOGY® Radio show. He has been a practicing clinician in the mental health field for over 25 years and is also a classically trained pianist and composer who uses physiological and neurology techniques to enhance the listener's emotional experience. He is also the author of Life Lessons: You Are the Expert of Your Life, a self-help workbook that guides readers on the path to becoming experts in their own lives. In this episode: - The value of reflecting on your daily experiences and lessons learnt - How to draw on past successes to overcome current challenges in the heat of the moment - Why radical acceptance is crucial to your growth - A practical way to overcome negative thought loops - Overcoming the voice of fear and welcoming the voice of faith - Recognising that we are not defined by our existing or past circumstances - Cultivating a self-compassionate mindset - Understanding the power of your own words - Identifying and transforming unhealthy and limiting core beliefs You can purchase a copy of Life Lessons: You are the Expert on Your Life at can find out more about James via the links below: LinkedIn -@JamesMillerLifeology Instagram - @JamesMillerLifeology Facebook- @JamesMillerLifeology Twitter- JamesMLIFEOLOGY Connect with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E10: Leading with Character, interview with Kimberlee Harrison
Jun 8 2022
S3E10: Leading with Character, interview with Kimberlee Harrison
LFYC | S3 E10 – Obi Abuchi interviews Kimberlee Harrison On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Kimberlee Harrison. Kimberlee is the CHRO for Group Functions at Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL), which includes leading the overall functional strategy and delivery across 200 countries with 26,000 employees in a complex hosting environment. A global HR leader and strategic business partner, Kimberlee holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and has over 30 years of international HR experience along with building, leading and motivating teams. In addition to HR, she has profound expertise across diverse sectors: Logistics and Supply Chain, Internet Consulting, Non-profit, and Banking. She is also a member of the DPDHL HR Board, the Finance Board, and the Global Business Services Divisional Board and with HR as her passion, she considers diversity and inclusion in all levels of business management an essential component of a company’s organizational health. Kimberlee is based in Bonn, Germany, married with two children – ages 29 and 27 years old and enjoys sailing during her free time with her husband. In this episode: - The value of developing stronger and deeper relationships with people - Understanding the role of leadership as stewardship - Why most leaders don’t adopt the stewardship mindset - Wise words from a leadership guru - The significance of stewardship in leadership and how to put it into practice - Embracing the true day job of leadership - Creating a culture of authenticity - Breaking the cycle of command and control leadership - The impact of listening and being open to honest feedback - The barriers to creating psychological safety in the workplace - Tips for increasing psychological safety and growing a culture of open and honest communication - Cultivating curiosity to increase your connection with others You can find out more about Kimberlee Via the links below: LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/kimberlee-harrison Twitter: @Kimberlee_Harr Connect with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E9: Leading with Character Special Edition: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, interview with Paul Turner
Jun 1 2022
S3E9: Leading with Character Special Edition: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, interview with Paul Turner
LFYC | S3 E9 – Obi Abuchi interviews Paul Turner | Special Edition - Overcoming Impostor Syndrome On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Paul Turner. Paul Turner joined Just Retirement In August 2014 and is currently the Managing Director, Retail, Just Group. He is responsible for all of the Group's retail businesses in the UK and South Africa. He previously led Just Group's mortgage, corporate development and international divisions. He is also an Executive Director of Just Retirement Limited, Partnership Life Assurance Company Limited, Just Retirement Money Limited and Partnership Home Loans Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Just Retirement Life (South Africa) Limited, Equity Release Council, EPPARG Limited and Spire Platform solutions. Prior to joining Just Retirement, he held various senior international roles at Swiss Re in Asia and Australia. He has over 25 years of insurance industry experience. Paul is married with 2 kids and enjoys running and he believes that it helps him come up with his best ideas. In this episode: - The importance of creating space and time for deep thinking - The impact of impostor syndrome on our authenticity - Understanding our background as a key factor in our success journey as leaders - The power of bringing your whole self to work - The journey from inauthenticity to authenticity - Noticing and navigating our unconscious bias - Leading the way with our vulnerability as leaders - Understanding and overcoming the root of impostor syndrome You can find out more about Paul via the link below: LinkedIn- with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E8: Leading with Character, interview with Nicky Burns-Muir
May 25 2022
S3E8: Leading with Character, interview with Nicky Burns-Muir
LFYC | S3 E8 – Obi Abuchi interviews Nicky Burns-Muir On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Nicky Burns-Muir. Nicky has been the Executive Chief Nurse at MKUH since April 2019. She is known as a compassionate, credible and experienced executive nurse leader with a breadth of knowledge and experience in leading teams across acute, tertiary and community services in the delivery of high-quality care. Nicky combines authentic visible leadership with an ability to understand national and local drivers and translate them into organizational delivery. She is also the Executive Lead for the BAME network and is committed to the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda within the workplace for all staff and patients, as well as empowering staff to achieve their own and wider team’s full potential. In this episode: - Understanding leadership as a never-ending journey - Leadership as a task vs leadership as a privilege - Reframing challenges to increase your energy and focus - Leaders as champions of the under-represented - The joy of lifting others up as a leader - Developing your leadership skills through reverse-mentoring - Proactively embracing feedback to keep your ego in check - The vulnerable path of growth as a leader - Insights from the unprecedented challenges of COVID in the health sector - The importance of self-care in leadership - Becoming comfortable with purposeful conflict - The importance of balancing power with character You can find out more about Nicky via the link below: Twitter: @nicolaburnsmuir LinkedIn: with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E7: Leading with Character: The Art of Purposeful Presence, interview with Bodhi Aldridge
May 18 2022
S3E7: Leading with Character: The Art of Purposeful Presence, interview with Bodhi Aldridge
LFYC | S3 E7 – Obi Abuchi interviews Bodhi Aldridge | Special Edition: The Art of Purposeful Presence in Leadership On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Bodhi Aldridge. Bodhi is a lawyer by profession and after 20 years of legal practice, he studied with world-renowned leaders in leadership development in the UK, Systemic Constellation Work also in the UK, Psychotherapy, coaching certification and the Art of Presence. He’s worked in over 20 countries empowering teams, developing leaders and supporting sustainable change in a variety of organizations and industries. Bodhi has always had a passion for personal and professional development and has honed his ability to combine these to provide maximum impact and outcomes for clients. He also enjoys yoga, surfing, music and meditation and is married with 4 children and 9 grandchildren which keep them tapping into the pure joy and innocence that life can offer. In this episode: - The key aspects of presence in leadership - Important practices that will make you a deeply purposeful and present leader - The essence of influence in leadership - Connecting the heart and mind when leading - Understanding the core of your purpose as a leader - The benefits of self-awareness in leadership - A deeper understanding of compassionate leadership - The power of leading with consciousness - Why the heart is important in leadership - The difference between leading with your heart and head You can find out more about Bodhi Via the link below: LinkedIn - - with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E6: Leading with Character, interview with Yetunde Hofmann
May 11 2022
S3E6: Leading with Character, interview with Yetunde Hofmann
LFYC | S3 E6 – Obi Abuchi interviews Yetunde Hofmann | Special Edition: The Value of Love-based Leadership On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Yetunde Hofmann. Yetunde is the Founder of Solaris, an Executive Leadership development programme targeted at the black executive and professional woman in organizations. She is also the author of Beyond Engagement: The Value of Love-Based Leadership. She is an internationally accredited Board level executive leadership coach and Managing Director of Synchrony Development Consulting, which is an international leadership and change consultancy that partners individual leaders and leadership teams in the management of change, diversity and inclusion and the alignment of their teams and organizations behind them. She is also the Founder of The Enjoyable Life Series CIC which is designed to support the emotional, relational, and mental wellbeing of men and women at all levels in business, education and community, as well as contributing to their development of engagement, trust, belonging and inclusion in the organization. A classically trained pianist and TEDx speaker, she was awarded Chartered Companion Status – the highest possible – by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD. Yetunde is also a Board Mentor with Criticaleye - the CEO and Leadership Community where she mentors senior executives at the Board and/or C-Suite level and is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Treatt Plc, a global ingredients manufacturer with operations in the UK, USA, and China. In this episode: - The value of knowing who you are - Accepting your true self as a leader - Why love and acceptance is so critical in leadership - The essence of love in the workplace - The benefits of investing your time effectively - How to unleash your creativity - The impact of vulnerability as a leader - Embracing vulnerability as your greatest strength You can find out more about Yetunde Via the link below: LinkedIn - - with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E5:Leading with Character, interview with Curtis Harren
May 4 2022
S3E5:Leading with Character, interview with Curtis Harren
LFYC | S3 E5 – Obi Abuchi interviews Curtis Harren On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Curtis Harren. Curtis is the founder and CEO of Copilot and has 20 plus years in Leadership, turning around organizations, and coaching roles. His greatest business purpose is to help transform cooperation into a place where the people want to work, want to truly contribute and he is a big believer that leaning into your own intuitive leadership is critical to bringing that about. He believes that Business is Personal and relationships become ever more important in sales and team work as well as in leadership roles. He is a proud father of two young adult boys and is happily living his life fully. He all loves nature and spending time in it; hiking, kayaking and even just appreciating silent moments. Curtis is also a passionate vintage motorcycle rider and amatuer nature photographer. He lives his life with intention and love. In this episode: - The values of deep discovering in leadership - How to be an unflappable leader - The importance of being an Unflappable leader - How to take accountability in Leadership - How to tap into the inner YOU - Understanding your intuition and how to trust them. - How to break free from your fear from ego as a leader. - Dissolving negativity and absorbing positivity in leadership - How challenges help you grow and nurture the most beautiful things - The power of leading with your inner core. You can find out more about Curtis Via the links below: LinkedIn - - with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E4: Leading with Character, interview with Rick Charlton
Apr 26 2022
S3E4: Leading with Character, interview with Rick Charlton
LFYC | S3 E4 – Obi Abuchi interviews Rick Charlton On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Rick Charlton. Rick is a Co-Author along with me and 13 other men from around the world who have written the book Visionary Male Leaders and really connecting with the heart of what it means to lead in an authentic and courageous way. He was born here in the UK, grew up in Botswana, joined the British Army at 17 and then was a Firefighter. He later joined the Nuclear industry and is now the head of Change management. Rick spends most of his time coaching and focusing on Leadership development and capacity building and also does a lot of work for veterans for Wildlife, which is a charity that helps train people around the world to focus on anti-poaching and making sure we're protecting wildlife. In this episode: - Discovering who you are as a Leader. - The importance of reconnecting with yourself to have an impact as a Leader. - The value of believing that you’re not a product of your past. - The advantages associated with acknowledging each other as Leaders. - Benefits of leading against the status quo. - Being yourself rather than your role or job. - How to connect with the people that you lead. - Acknowledging the importance of your person in Leadership. - The significance of leading with character rather than power in leadership. - How to focus on your language and being curious as a leader You can find out more about Rick Via the link below: LinkedIn - - -r-2392781aa/ Connect with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E3: Leading with Character, interview with Ian Joseph
Apr 20 2022
S3E3: Leading with Character, interview with Ian Joseph
LFYC | S3 E3 – Obi Abuchi interviews Ian Joseph On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Ian Joseph. Ian is the Managing Director of Russam and has held this position since 2014. He is a founding board member of Trustees Unlimited and co-founder of Step on Board, arguably the UK’s premier senior employee engagement programme, working with companies such as Barclays, Google, EY and Credit Suisse. He is also a founding Director of Europe’s largest multi-event cycling facility, Cyclopark and sits on the Professional Advisory Board of Charity Works, the UK’s non-profit graduate scheme. Again, he is Chair of Kidscape, the national anti-bullying charity. Ian has a track record of delivering high profile non-executive and executive roles including the boards and CEOs of many household name organizations. Earlier in his career he was Chief Executive of a charity which specializes in the fields of homelessness, addiction, mentoring and international development He tries to keep fit with varying degrees of success and has a long-standing interest in the study of theology, having been a church minister for six years at the start of his career. Above all, Ian enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons. In this episode: - How to navigate the external pressure we experience as leaders in our world today - What resilience means and how it is developed - Importance of resilience in life and leadership - Gaining resilience from failures and successes as a leader - How to handle fear as a leader - How to have a healthy perception of yourself during challenges - Finding the beauty in the complexity of life - How to have a mental shift in order be more effective in leadership - The power of journaling during difficult moments - The importance of bold and courageous leadership You can find out more about Ian Via the links below: LinkedIn - - with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S3E2: Leading with Character, Interview with Marc Allera
Apr 12 2022
S3E2: Leading with Character, Interview with Marc Allera
LFYC | S3 E2 – Obi Abuchi interviews Marc Allera   On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Marc Allera.   As head of three of the UK’s leading communications brands, BT, EE and Plusnet – as well as BT Sport – Marc’s ultimately responsible for more than 30m customer connections in a business with tech, networks, content and services at its heart.   With EE, Marc launched 5G in the UK in 2019. Now he’s driving the rollout of the UK's best next-gen networks: full fibre and 5G, with 20,000+ colleagues across Consumer's customer service contact centres, 550+ retail stores and offices up and down the UK – from Glasgow to Accrington, to Merthyr Tydfil and Plymouth.   Marc was appointed CEO of BT’s Consumer Division, in September 2017, since then he's led with the ambition of making the Consumer Division a team that welcomes everyone, makes you feel you belong and can be yourself. Prior to that he was CEO of EE, and chief commercial officer for EE from 2011 to 2015. Before EE, Marc held senior positions at Three UK, and Sega UK and Europe.   He is a fan of Liverpool FC, a keen tennis player, enjoys holidays with his wife and children and managing the Under-12 Valley End Cricket team. Marc is also a member of the Great Ormond Street Hospital corporate partnerships board, a trustee of Founders for Schools and investor and mentor to a number of tech start-ups.   In this episode: -        Reflecting on the responsibility of leaders to make a difference -        Some of the significant challenges modern leaders are facing -        Staying grounded as a leader -        Aligning personal values and corporate values -        How to keep our egos in check -        Maintaining curiosity and a learning mindset -        Advice you would give to your younger self   You can find out more about Marc via the links below: LinkedIn – (linkedin.com/in/marc-allera-b61754) Twitter - ( - (   Connect with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - ( - ( - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01   Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - (  Want to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at (  _______________________   At CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world.   Find out more at (
S3E1: SPECIAL EDITION: CHANGE MAKERS, interview with Katy Murray
Apr 6 2022
S3E1: SPECIAL EDITION: CHANGE MAKERS, interview with Katy Murray
LFYC | S3 E1 – Obi Abuchi interviews Katy Murray | Special Edition: Change Makers On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Katy Murray. Katy Murray is a leadership coach, community convenor, consultant, and a business mastermind host. She has worked with over 1000 leaders across 35 different countries. Serving for more than 25 years, Katy has mentored individuals who are now successful leaders in their own businesses and have created enormous social impact to their communities. She is the director and Co-Founder of Catalyst Collective, a boutique consultancy supporting clients to become more inclusive. She was recently awarded one of the top 50 UK D+I leaders and her first book entitled “Change Makers - a woman’s guide to stepping up without burning out at work” is published and available at Kogan Page now. Katy specialises in teaching people how to be resilient in times of uncertainty. She runs virtual programmes, webinars, and coaching focused on intersectional approaches to inclusive leadership, culture change, and well-being. In this episode: - Inspiration behind Change Makers - The importance of having an inner compass for leaders - What does our presence impart as a leader? - The role of resilience in navigating many of the current leadership challenges - The importance of awareness in tapping into our innate resilience - How to keep our ego in check as leaders - How to thrive beyond discomfort as a leader - The significance of nurturing genuine relationships for leaders - How to tap and develop your innate resilience You can find out more about Katy via the links below: LinkedIn - - 20% of Katy’s book Change Makers here can join the waitlist for Katy's next Change Makers programme here with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - - - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world. Find out more at
S2E10: Mental Resilience Among Leaders, interview with Wendy Cartwright
Mar 30 2022
S2E10: Mental Resilience Among Leaders, interview with Wendy Cartwright
LFYC | S2 E10 – Obi Abuchi interviews Wendy Cartwright | Season Focus – Mental Resilience   On this week’s Leading from Your Core Podcast and Vodcast, Obi Abuchi interviews Wendy Cartwright. Wendy Cartwright is the former HR Director for the Olympic Delivery Authority – the organisation responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. More recently she was HR Director of the Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Programme, and Corporate Services Director at the University of East London.   Wendy has held senior HR roles in central government, financial services, energy and retail sectors, and now has a portfolio that includes a mixture of project and non-executive roles. She is Advisory Board Chair of Global Diversity Practice and a Trustee and RemCom Chair of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. She has a Master’s degree in Employment Strategy and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.   Wendy is particularly interested in major projects and in creating high-performing organisations with a focus on diversity & inclusion, and employee engagement & wellbeing.  In this episode: Reflecting on leadership foundations Some of the most significant challenges leaders are facing in our world today Transitions in leadership styles in our post-covid world The role of resilience in navigating many of the current leadership challenges Our innate individual and collective resilience The importance of paying attention to your whole self as a leader Keeping a learning mindset as a leader Why some leaders abuse the power and authority that they have? Creating an environment of psychological safety as leaders How to keep our ego in check as leaders Embracing discomfort as a leader   You can find out more about Wendy via the link below: LinkedIn - ( - (  Connect with Obi Abuchi and CORE Leaders International on Social Media: LinkedIn - ( - ( - @CORELeadersInt Instagram - obiabuchi01 Get a copy of Obi’s latest book, Leading from Your Core - ( to increase your resilience, impact, and effectiveness as a leader? Join our Personal Mastery Academy and become part of a growing community of purpose-driven leaders committed to personal mastery, transformed lives and a better world. Find out more at (  _______________________   At CORE Leaders International, through our coaching, training, and keynote solutions, we are committed to creating a dynamic and engaged global community of seasoned and emerging purpose-driven leaders who are devoted to personal mastery, transformed lives, and a better world.   Find out more at (