Leaders in Conversation with Anni Townend

Anni Townend

Leaders in Conversation gives you an intimate glimpse into the real lives of business leaders. This series of candid conversations delves into a deeper side of leadership. Each intimate conversation is hosted by Anni Townend, a leadership partner, executive coach and author who has worked with thousands of business leaders throughout her career and who skilfully connects with her guests to share these inspiring life and leadership stories with you to help build confidence and courage in your own leadership journey. Connect and collaborate with Anni at www.annitownend.com

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Be The Leadership Nudge – a conversation with Emma Harris Finance Director, M&S Food, Property and Retail
2d ago
Be The Leadership Nudge – a conversation with Emma Harris Finance Director, M&S Food, Property and Retail
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence, care and courage in your leadership.I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational personal leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life - the people, places and experiences that have shaped them and made them the leader that they are today. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you!About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Emma Harris, Finance Director, M&S Food, Property and Retail. Together we delve into: How to bring alignment in corporate worldThe importance of amplifying your strengthsStaying authentic in more challenging environmentsEmma's three key encouragements to leaders:Stay true to yourself and your valuesFind an environment where you can thrive…doesn’t have to be easy, but you can bring value through your leadershipAmplify your strengths, that’s where you’ll get the highest ROIAbout Emma HarrisEmma is a senior finance leader, balancing living in Yorkshire with her partner and 2 boys, and working her London-based finance director role. Spending over 20 years in retail, leading finance teams, Emma is passionate about driving shareholder value for the organisation through commercial curiosity, leading great teams and her own self development. To connect, follow and find out more about Emma:LinkedIn: Emma HarrisTo listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend:www.annitownend.com/podcastTo contact me Anni Townend: Email me on anni@annitownend.com Visit my website www.annitownend.com Subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn.  I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.
Curiosity, Humility and Clarity: Empowering Others To Flourish – a conversation with Chris Harte, Chief Executive and Partner at Morton Fraser MacRoberts LLP
Jul 1 2024
Curiosity, Humility and Clarity: Empowering Others To Flourish – a conversation with Chris Harte, Chief Executive and Partner at Morton Fraser MacRoberts LLP
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence, care and courage in your leadership.I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational personal leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life - the people, places and experiences that have shaped them and made them the leader that they are today.Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do.They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you!About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Chris Harte, Chief Executive and Commercial Real Estate Partner at Morton Fraser MacRoberts LLP - a leading Scottish law firm committed to providing straightforward advice, clarity on cost and to building strong trusting relationships with clients ensuring that their evolving needs are met with focus and care. Together we delve into:What it means to "Serve to Lead" and that leadership is not about you.The importance of Being Curious  and to remember firstly that "the issue is never the issue", and secondly ‘not knowing’ all of the answers is a feature not a bug!How focusing our energy - not dispersing it - is key to strategy and that limitations can be useful, and helpful rather than a hindrance.Chris’s three key encouragements to leaders1. Help others to succeed - be a leader - focus more on asking questions than providing answers;2. Identify priorities - use limitations to help focus minds on conscious choices;3. Retain a sense of perspective - keep a sense of humour close at hand and don't take yourself too seriously - a wee bit of humility goes a long way.To contact Chris:LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/chris-harteTo find out more about Morton Fraser MacRoberts LLP follow them on linkedin and do go to their website.To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.comA big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production.To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.
Leading 4 Life – a conversation with Susie Ballentyne, Independent Psychologist and Bob Judson, Keynote Speaker, Podcaster, Leadership Facilitator and Coach
Jun 17 2024
Leading 4 Life – a conversation with Susie Ballentyne, Independent Psychologist and Bob Judson, Keynote Speaker, Podcaster, Leadership Facilitator and Coach
About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with my two guests, Susie Ballentyne an Independent Psychologist and Bob Judson, a fellow podcaster, facilitator, leadership coach, and keynote speaker.We delve together into: The importance of continually developing your skills as a leader, both individually and as part of a team.The value of both mentors and coaches to leaders.The challenges of building, leading and inspiring teams in today’s complex and convoluted working environment.The really key requirements of a good leader.Susie and Bob’s Three key encouragements for leaders looking to grow and develop their leadership:Always remember that others have been there before you.  Very few, if any, challenges are genuinely new and unique and people will always be prepared to help you be your best self if you seek the right support.One of the key challenges for developing leaders is learning to let go of tasks that can be done by the team and freeing up time to focus on the larger issues.  The great thing is that by delegating well and empowering your team members you build trust and capability in them that they will really appreciate as they develop themselves.Pay attention to your relationships and your personal brand as absolute priorities.  They are fundamental to your future success and deserve to be given very special treatment. Connect with Susie and Bob:LinkedIn: Bob Judson and Susie BallentyneWebsite: Leading4LifeTo listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.comA big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production.To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn.  I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.
Becoming Compelling Skilled Sailors – a conversation with Carolyn Youdell, Group eCommerce & Customer Engagement Director, Group Marketing Specsavers
Jun 3 2024
Becoming Compelling Skilled Sailors – a conversation with Carolyn Youdell, Group eCommerce & Customer Engagement Director, Group Marketing Specsavers
About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Carolyn Youdell, Group eCommerce & Customer Engagement Director, Group Marketing Specsavers. I have known Carolyn for many years and am a huge fan, she is a regular speaker on the Marketing Leaders Programme, and herself a huge fan of developing marketing leadership.Together we delve into:Embracing challenge Becoming compellingDriving simplicity…  Carolyn’s Three Key Encouragements to Leaders Be a Skilled Sailor - Change your mindset about problems – see them as unique and amazing opportunities to make you better than you were yesterday. Be Compelling - What will make people follow you?  Jeff Bezos famously said ‘Your brand is what people say about you when no one is listening’ - Do you know what that is for YOU? For your brand of leadership? Simplify - don’t buy into the complexity. My Chief Marketing Officer talks about focusing on the OUTCOME and the simpler you make this for your team the better. Do the work to make it simple, NOT complex.  To contact Carolyn:LinkedIn – Carolyn Youdell (she is the only one!)Email: carolyn.youdell@specsavers.comAbout Carolyn:At work. I am a Marketer. I've spent over 20 years working agency and brand side. With and on world-famous brands.Across all Marketing, Communications & Digital disciplines. As Group Marketing Director for Specsavers I am working collaboratively across regions and teams to drive the synergies and value that can be derived from centrally led activity. I am passionate about well-run teams, well-rounded teams. At Life: I am a Mum. Partner. Sister. Daughter. Friend. Dog lover. Pilates poser. 5Ker. Book reader. Stuff Hoarder. Traveller. Chef. Wine drinker. Shoe fancier. To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.com.A big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production.To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn.  I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.
Finding Your Collaborative Edge – Anni Townend and Lucy Kidd in conversation with Natalie Shering exploring their Collaboration Equation™
May 17 2024
Finding Your Collaborative Edge – Anni Townend and Lucy Kidd in conversation with Natalie Shering exploring their Collaboration Equation™
ABOUT THIS EPISODECo-Founders Anni Townend and Lucy Kidd in conversation with Natalie Shering for a special episode of Leaders in Conversation with Anni Townend podcast. Here they explore why Curiosity, Care and Courage are the mindset and behaviours that underpin their Collaboration Equation™ to:Build Psychological SafetyPractise Inclusive DialogueInvite Diversity of Thought & Feeling andDrive Collaborative EdgePsychological SafetyTogether they share how they met some 18 years ago and realised very early on in their working relationship that starting with and building psychological safety underpins creating cultures of care and connection in which people enjoy connecting, contributing and collaborating.Curiosity, Care and CourageThey discuss how they partner with senior leaders and their teams helping them to bring the mindset and behaviours of Curiosity, Care and Courage to develop people and drive performance and how these underpin each of the building blocks of their Collaboration  Equation™.Meeting People where they are at, and moving from ‘me to we’They specialise in meeting people where they are at, on having people well met, and supporting them in leading and driving Collaborative Edge through Inclusive Dialogue, Diversity of Thought and Feeling. And why for them inclusivity comes before diversity, the importance of Inclusive Dialogue, and how language can have a huge impact on how people think, feel and behave.Open Conversations to get to Collaborative EdgeTheir approach is one of helping leaders do their best thinking together, to think differently, to have open conversations in which people feel confident and safe, enjoy Inclusive Dialogue, and can bring Diversity of Thought and Feeling in order to get to Collaborative Edge. The conversations are always in service of enabling performance and driving results through people working together.CONNECT WITH USCollaboration Workshops, We are all Culture Creators:How to Find Your Collaborative Edge workshops.Fortnightly Coaching Conversations Series:A series of questions to prompt conversations that will help you to lead with Curiosity, Care and Courage. Subscribe here.WHO WE ARELucy Kidd is a leadership team and culture coach, and describes how culture is the wrapping that feeds change and, or stifles it. Lucy’s passion is to help people find meaning and connection in their lives and work.Anni Townend is a leadership partner to senior leaders and their teams. Anni’s passion is to help leaders create a culture in which people feel safe and able to have open conversations and do their best work. Anni is the author of Assertiveness and Diversity, published in 2007.Natalie Shering is a leadership coach specialising in creative leadership and using nature in leadership. She is a collaborator with Collaboration Equation™.
Stimulating Brilliance through the power of conversation -  a conversation with Akin Thomas, CEO and Founder of AKD Solutions - an international learning and development consultancy
May 6 2024
Stimulating Brilliance through the power of conversation - a conversation with Akin Thomas, CEO and Founder of AKD Solutions - an international learning and development consultancy
About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Akin Thomas, CEO and Founder of AKD Solutions - an international learning and development consultancy - built upon an ethos of stimulating brilliance through providing the space for people to engage in transformative and disruptive, and impactful fun learning experiences. Together we delve into:How do we create a learning environment that stimulates brilliance and the right to be your very best person, the very best version of yourself.How the quality of conversations that we have today has a direct correlation to who you will be in the next 5 - 10 years and beyond. The importance of disruption, and asking What happens if we do something differently, what is possible?Being intentional about our impact, and conscious of how the decisions we make now have a massive impact beyond what we are conscious of now.Akin’s encouragements to leaders looking to create a learning environment which stimulates brilliance:We each have a key role to play in expressing our humanity and raising our organisational and social consciousness.Believe in yourself, you are brilliant, practise looking in the mirror and saying ‘I am brilliant’ and share your gift that will bring warmth and light.About Akin ThomasI first met Akin at the Diversity and Inclusion Global Forum in May 2023. We, my colleagues and I, were blessed to have Akin and his team as our neighbours in the exhibitors hall. An experienced exhibitor used to sharing his wisdom and knowledge he readily shared with us. We spoke in passing about his being a guest on the podcast. Since then I have followed Akin on LinkedIn, and the prompt to ask him was a post in which he shared how he had been back to see his sister in Lagos and spent time researching his own history, including rediscovering his original name, Okukenu, which means ambition, independence, strength, reliability and determination.AKD Solutions is all about brilliance, helping people to develop their unique potential and is fuelled by these beliefs:Brilliance is in every person and organisationIn the uniqueness of every person and organisationIn the power of conversation to stimulate new thinking and changeIn developing meaningful and genuine relationshipsThat everything should be funAKD Solutions has a special sports division dedicated to helping people and organisations develop their full potential in physical activity.The AKD Team challenge a lot, laugh a lot, eat a lot - they have fun and are intentional in making a lasting impact in all that they do.Contact:LinkedIn: Akin ThomasWebsite: AKD Solutions
Be Brave, Focus & Fly – a conversation with Karen Wilkinson, award winning and inspiring Marketing Director
Apr 23 2024
Be Brave, Focus & Fly – a conversation with Karen Wilkinson, award winning and inspiring Marketing Director
About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Karen Wilkinson, inspiring and award winning Marketing Director. We delve together into: The power of connecting with your Values & PurposeHow knowing your Strengths and not sweating your weaknesses is the best way to Focus and FlyWhy Courage & Belief and Stepping out of your comfort zone is all part of being BraveAdventure Seeking - On seizing the day and going for it!Karen’s three key encouragements to leaders looking to Be Brave, Fly and Focus Unlock the power of maximising your strengths - Acknowledge what support you need to be at your best - people who compliment you, your support team. And be mindful of overusing your strengths! Feel the fear and do it anyway - The immense power in self belief, power of possible, managed risks, seeking growth opportunities, believing in others.  Accept not everything will go to plan...that's ok! Adapt, pivot, change if you need to…. That’s all part of a Marketing Leaders toolkit.Stay curious, embrace adventure.. And smile - The world, our teams, our customers (next gen!)technology is all changing. Stay curious, we’ll never ‘know it all’, seek adventure and find enjoyment in all you do . After all, we work, love, live to find fulfilment, growth and connect with our values .. whilst having fun along the way! About KarenKaren is a passionate marketing leader - with over 25 years of experience working in consumer products and financial services & banking. Most recently Marketing Director for AkzoNobel, parent of Dulux for 9 years. Adding colour to lives and creating beautiful living spaces. Currently with Evergreen Garden Care as Marketing Director UK&I, where she continues to connect with her passions for colour, growth and being outdoors. She graduated from Dublin City University with BA in international marketing and languages, and has worked, lived and studied in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. Karen lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and is a parent to two teens. Their 19yr old son is on a solo adventure in Japan, and 18yr old daughter is preparing for A levels. Together they teach Karen to have fun, be brave and practise what I preach (to them!).  She loves being outdoors and being active… running, cycling, hiking, swimming, skiing, walking! And never says no to a challenge with friends. She is always seeking new learning, travel and adventures.. Ice skating, painting, and has climbed 2000m mountains, cycled through the Alps and Dolomites, enjoys kayaking and cold water swimming.Connect with KarenLinkedIn: Karen Wilkinson
On Knowing Yourself and Building Relationships – a conversation with Helen Stephenson, CEO of the Charity Commission for England and Wales
Apr 8 2024
On Knowing Yourself and Building Relationships – a conversation with Helen Stephenson, CEO of the Charity Commission for England and Wales
About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Helen Stephenson, CEO of the Charity Commission for England and WalesWe delve together into: How as a leader the main tool in your leadership is yourself, which means you need to understand how you work - your strengths and weaknessesWhy getting the right team is crucial and making sure you recruit people who are different from you, and who have the right skills and personality to fit with the organisation and its needs.Why leadership is All about relationshipsAnd how there is no perfect leader, and the importance of knowing when good is good enough rather than aspiring to be everything all at once!Helen’s Three Key Encouragements to Leaders Know when you need to dive into the detail on an issue (you can’t/shouldn’t be across everything) and signal to your team that’s what you’re doingBeing a leader is seeking to be a better version of yourselfIt can be lonely, have some support networksTo connect, follow and find out more about Helen:LinkedIn: Helen StephensonWebsite: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commissionTo find out more about Future Engage Deliver, www.futureengagedeliver.comBuy the book by Steve Radcliffe ‘Leadership Plain and Simple’https://www.pearson.com/en-gb/subject-catalog/p/leadership-plain-and-simple/To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend do go to my website, www.annitownend.comA big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production.To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn.  I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.About Helen StephensonI was first introduced to Helen Stephenson by Steve Radcliffe, who thought we would partner well together in some Executive Team Coaching for Helen’s team.  He was right! Helen and I have worked together with her leadership team over the past few years. We have introduced them to Future Engage Deliver, a leadership approach developed by Steve Radcliffe and wonderfully written about in his book Leadership Plain and Simple. And have gone on to share with my colleague Emily Court the Future Engage Deliver approach with the wider organisation of leaders, and their teams. It has been a privilege to work with Helen, and to be trusted by her to lead this programme - her commitment to developing people, and their leadership in particular has never wavered. On many occasions she has joined a development day, and been part of the welcoming and opening of the day sharing her leadership story, her values and beliefs, her passion and purpose. So I was thrilled when we agreed she would be a guest on my podcast, enabling listeners to learn from Helen, to be inspired and motivated in their leadership.
The Secrets Behind Building Resilience in Leadership – a conversation with Julian Roberts, Executive Business Coach, Podcast Host of Helping Organisations Thrive
Mar 29 2024
The Secrets Behind Building Resilience in Leadership – a conversation with Julian Roberts, Executive Business Coach, Podcast Host of Helping Organisations Thrive
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence, care and courage in your leadership.I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational personal leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life - the people, places and experiences that have shaped them and made them the leader that they are today. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you!About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Julian Roberts, Executive Business Coach, Podcast Host of Helping Organisations ThriveWe delve together into: Why the need for resilience in leadership in today’s workplace is greater than ever.How to create a resilient mindset to lead your team and organisation.And how to create resilient teams that are better equipped to navigate challenges and thrive in an ever-changing environment.Julian’s Three Key Encouragements to Leaders Lead by example, through developing a resilient mindset and behaviours that inspire confidence in others, helping them to adapt to change; and as part of that foster a supportive work environment, one in which people are helped to navigate challenges and uncertainties effectively.  Create daily habits that build resilience as a leader all embedded within your purpose.Focus on the 3 P’s of Purpose, Psychological Safety and Processes - Reduce, Regulate and RepairContact Julian:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julesroberts/Website: https://www.julianrobertsconsulting.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julesroberts45/To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.comA big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production.To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn.  I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.About Julian RobertsJulian Roberts, an Executive Business Coach with a background in commercial and sales, is passionate about people, resiliency, and business. He has held a number of senior strategic commercial positions for multinational corporations such as Heinz, Yoplait, and Johnson & Johnson, as well as for family-owned businesses.In 2017, he launched his coaching practice, working with individuals and teams from various industries, including food, FMCG, retail, media, engineering, financial services, legal, construction, and medical.
Understanding Ourselves and Understanding Others: A Leadership Perspective – a conversation with John Edwards, Director General, Regions Group at the Department for Education
Mar 8 2024
Understanding Ourselves and Understanding Others: A Leadership Perspective – a conversation with John Edwards, Director General, Regions Group at the Department for Education
About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with John Edwards, Director General, Regions Group, at the Department for Education, UK. John and I were invited to be in conversation by and for the annual Transform Applied Leadership Summit, held virtually this year on 8th March 2024. The title of our conversation Understanding Ourselves and Understanding Others - a leadership perspective is the title of the summit.(For listeners who don’t know about Transform Applied Leadership I share their details at the end of the podcast, along with ways in which you can connect with John.)John and I delve together into: How becoming a leader is all about finding your own leadership The alignment between who we are, how we lead and why we lead, and what it means to be an authentic leaderThe importance of being aware of individual and collective leadership behaviour and the impact that it has on others 360 degree leadership and measuring our leadership achievements through the successes of othersJohn’s three key encouragements for leaders looking to grow their leadership identity, build greater confidence and understanding in their leadership behaviours.We never need to create our leadership approach, or copy it from others - we just need to find it, observe it and look after itWe don’t need to worry about making time for DOING leadership, only for THINKING ABOUT leadership - it’s not an extra job, it’s how we do the job we haveListen to others but trust your instincts - there is no right answerHow to connect with John Edwards on LinkedInThe Transform Applied Leadership Summit happens annually and is designed to stimulate new ways of thinking and behaving in our leadership. Delegates come from education and reflect upon their own leadership, have conversations with other leaders, and to hear speakers from different backgrounds.To find out more about the Summit, and Leadership Applied the leadership study and research; the leadership experts and about the Future Engage Deliver approach to leadership developed by Steve Radcliffe do go to the website:https://www.transformapplied.co.uk/leadership-appliedContact Anni Townend  anni@annitownend.com www.annitownend.comAbout John EdwardsHaving started out as a secondary school maths teacher, I’ve had the privilege to work in schools, local government and now central government - but still, when asked what I do, the word ‘teacher’ is the first word that comes to mind.  11 years in three schools was followed by 14 years working in three different local authorities, responsible for the full range of education and skills functions in largely urban settings.  I now head up the Department for Education’s Regions Group, covering improvement, intervention and capacity-building for schools, children’s social care and SEND through 9 regional teams.I am proud to have grown up and lived all my life in the north - for more than 20 years in Sheffield where my wife and I both work and where my kids have grown up.  We have one rule in our house: there’s always time for a hug.  When neither working nor hugging, I love watching cricket, riding my bike and walking on the beach or in the hills.
It’s not much but neither is it nothing – a conversation with Tanya Shadrick author of The Cure for Sleep, memoir of a late waking life; founder of the Selkie Press and editor of the Wainwright Prize-listed Wild Woman Swimming
Feb 27 2024
It’s not much but neither is it nothing – a conversation with Tanya Shadrick author of The Cure for Sleep, memoir of a late waking life; founder of the Selkie Press and editor of the Wainwright Prize-listed Wild Woman Swimming
About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Tanya Shadrick - author of The Cure for Sleep: her memoir of a late waking life, a story of breaking free, and making a more creative life; Tanya is founder of the Selkie Press; editor of the Wainwright Prize-listed Wild Woman Swimming.  She is a community builder of writers and storytellers through Substack where she writes, and invites you to share your stories.We delve together into: What it takes - and costs - to build an authentic life of one’s own, while continuing to honour our roles within families, workplaces, and communities.And explore four key themes:The voices around us - and the beliefs that we form about ourselves and our abilities because of what is praised or punished.Our Size and Shape - and how related to beliefs about ourselves, and our abilities, we (perhaps) make ourselves smallerWork - and how writing about work is central to Tanya’s storytellingThe importance of service, of finding the best in ourselves, and each other, for the good of others, and to deliver use and meaning to othersThree key encouragementsLook how far you’ve come… We can forget how hard we once found things that are now a core part of our senior roles - public speaking, say, or preparing a visual presentation for stakeholders or investors. Write 500 words from the you of now to the twenty-something you once were, starting out. Be in dialogue. Remember the vivid details. It releases a kind of energy that helps us be better mentors and encouragers to our graduate staff and our career returners. A list of what you love…  spend an hour making a list of 100 things you love about your work life. It will seem impossible to get anywhere near that number. Your first few items might seem so simple, so insufficient - just a list of obvious things: the salary, the pension, the status, the holiday allowance. But as you persist, the process starts to yield surprising results - by the time you get to around sixty, or eighty, most people find themselves remembering their deepest values, their fiercest ambitions and so on.How do you talk about your job to those you don’t work with?  This is a very different exercise from crafting ‘an elevator pitch’ and its purpose is deeper, broader. Having a simple, authentic way to speak with quiet pride about what you do is one of the most useful ways to connect with other people - it extends to them the possibility of sharing what matters to them too: whether that’s their paid work, their passion, or an unpaid voluntary role.Contact Tanya via her website, for writing resources, and podcasts:www.thecureforsleep.comhttps://tanyashadrick.substack.com/To contact Anni Townend anni@annitownend.com www.annitownend.comAbout Tanya ShadrickI first heard of Tanya through a friend that I met some years ago via Instagram. Knowing my love of life writing, and of memoir, she asked me if I had read, and did I know Tanya Shadrick.  I didn’t. However the title of her book excited me, I wanted to know more about her, and about her writing. I read the book over a matter of days, snatching moments in my day to read, and was inspired by her openness and generosity of spirit. More recently she has shared via Substack and Instagram her experience of being with her mother at the end of her life, and her death. Tanya writes beautifully, poetically and is an inspiration to us to wake up, to make time to find and be creative, and to share our stories.
Slaying the Monster of Poverty in Africa – a conversation with Moses Tai Founder and CEO of African Development Choices (ADC), Author of ‘There Is Shade’ and Speaker
Feb 13 2024
Slaying the Monster of Poverty in Africa – a conversation with Moses Tai Founder and CEO of African Development Choices (ADC), Author of ‘There Is Shade’ and Speaker
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage your leadership.I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life - the people, places and experiences that have shaped them and made them the leader that they are today. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you!About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Moses Tai Founder and CEO African Development Choices (ADC), Author of ‘There Is Shade’ and Speaker.We delve together into the working culture of African Development Choices, in particular how they encourage community and reflect who they are in what they do: Seeking and giving input, raising awareness of choiceShowing and taking initiative as part of sustainable changeCommitment to the organisation and its purpose through building belief and hope, and working togetherMoses’ Three Key Encouragements to Leaders Develop a strong vision Recruit and retain talented people Build well structured teamsConnect with Moses Tai, and find out more about African Development Choiceswww.linkedin.com/in/mosestaihttps://mybook.to/TISHADEhttps://africandevelopmentchoices.org/To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.comA big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production.To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn.  I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.About MosesMy mission with the podcast is to be in conversation with people who have a passion and purpose (no matter how small or large), and, who want to make a difference through their leadership, and to give them a way of sharing their story to inspire, confidence, care and courage in you the  listener - far and wide. So when Taryn Weeks of Sparks Marketing suggested that Moses would be a great guest I contacted him, and bought a copy of his book ‘There Is Shade’. Moses is an inspiring leader, a passionate voice for sustainable change.
Leadership, Love and Landscape – a conversation with Roger Mortlock, CEO, CPRE, the countryside charity
Jan 30 2024
Leadership, Love and Landscape – a conversation with Roger Mortlock, CEO, CPRE, the countryside charity
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence, care and courage in your leadership.I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational personal leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life - the people, places and experiences that have shaped them and made them the leader that they are today.They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you!About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Roger Mortlock, Chief Executive Officer, CPRE, the countryside charity. Together we delve into what it means to lead:A heritage organisation, being openIn a federated structure, being humbleA campaigning organisation, being braveROGER’S THREE ENCOURAGEMENTS TO LEADERSDo it your way - learn from the leaders who help you grow as a person as well as a leaderFind and honour that which gives you joy at work, what you love - give yourself space to flourish as well as face into the challengeKeep making the time and space to imagine the futureTo contact RogerLinkedIn: Roger MortlockWebsite:  www.cpre.org.ukAbout Roger MortlockI first met Roger some twenty years ago and have had the privilege of partnering with him, and the teams he has led and been part of over the years.  To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.comA big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production.To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn.  I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.
Feedback: Give it Kindly, Receive it with Grace – a conversation with Febronia Ruocco, Strategic Insights Professional, Executive Coach and Mentor
Jan 9 2024
Feedback: Give it Kindly, Receive it with Grace – a conversation with Febronia Ruocco, Strategic Insights Professional, Executive Coach and Mentor
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage your leadership.I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life - the people, places and experiences that have shaped them and made them the leader that they are today. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you!About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Febronia Ruocco, Strategic Insights Professional, Executive Coach and MentorWe delve and explore together leadership values and skills, and the importance of these in Febronia’s life, leadership, insights and mentoring work. In particular the values of:IntegrityCollaborationHonestyEmpathyFebronia’s three encouragement to leaders:Bear in mind that people have gone through very difficult times: the pandemic, the economic crisis. Be kind with your feedback, with your encouragement, with your guidance, be supportive, have empathy for your teams, and try to instil in them a sense of safety so that they can come and they can share their views and perceptions freely. And also, if you have time, please do some mentoring. There are lots of young people out there at universities and schools, at the beginning of their jobs, who really could do with a guiding hand.How to contact FebroniaLinkedIn: Febronia RuoccoAbout FebroniaI first met Febronia through LinkedIn - she not only liked my podcast, but also commented, and messaged me personally. Febronia has her own podcast weekly roundup of the best listens, and it is a huge honour to have been chosen by her more than once! She is a Strategic Insights Professional and Executive Coach. And she is also a Leadership and Career Mentor for Undergraduates at Durham and Lancaster University. After several exchanges via LinkedIn we arranged a call and discovered that we shared similar passions, and had some shared experiences. I am delighted that she agreed to be my guest, and to share her leadership story.To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website: www.annitownend.com/podcastA big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production.To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn.  I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.
Burnout, Thriving and Everything In Between – a conversation with Meera Craston, experienced senior leader, executive coach and co-founder of Next Brave Move
Dec 12 2023
Burnout, Thriving and Everything In Between – a conversation with Meera Craston, experienced senior leader, executive coach and co-founder of Next Brave Move
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow your confidence and courage as a leader.I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already, please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you!About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Meera Craston, a highly experienced senior leader and executive coach; and co-founder of Next Brave Move. Meera is committed to supporting individuals, teams and organisations to thrive, demonstrate their impact and bring about positive change.Together we delve into:How understanding and embracing your heritage can enable you to more fully connect with your passion and purpose; How tuning into your strengths and into what comes naturally to you can open up new possibilities for exploring your leadership;The beauty of the ‘reset’, and how discovering and using your ‘reset function’ can help you in re-evaluating and ‘course correcting’ your leadership as you go along.The importance of having a support network who act as ‘thinking partners’ to help you stay ‘on course’. Meera’s three key encouragements for leaders:1.  At times when you feel stuck, there’s something very valuable about taking stock and weighing up whether you are holding onto an old narrative that was once very valuable but over time has become less relevant and is no longer serving you well 2.  Be true to yourself and recognise that careers do not need to be linear and that it’s never too late to change direction and build new dreams3.  Creating space and being brave and exploratory can often lead to the most amazing opportunities.A huge thanks to Meera for sharing so much of herself, her  thoughts, insights and experiences.To find out more about Meera and Next Brave Move, find, follow and contact her at: LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/meeracraston/WEBSITEwww.nextbravemove.com EMAILmeera@nextbravemove.com To contact me Anni Townend, do email me on anni@annitownend.comABOUT MEERAMeera is a deeply purpose-driven senior leader and executive coach, and co-founder of Next Brave Move. She is committed to supporting individuals, teams and organisations to thrive, demonstrate their impact and bring about positive change. Having worked as an evaluation, impact and policy design specialist for two decades, she is a strong advocate of evidence-based (and pragmatic) decision making, who understands the challenges of leadership, consultancy and making sense of complexity.Her recent experience includes leading the UK Evaluation Society as its inaugural Executive Director, and prior to this, co-leading Ipsos UK's Policy and Evaluation Unit. This involved strategic, operational & commercial responsibilities, and leading the people, talent development, and cultural aspects of the Unit.Looking forwards, her evolving portfolio of work brings together her leadership, consulting, and evaluation experience, and her longstanding interest in re-imagining the dynamics of work-life, effectively navigating transitions, and exploring the intricate evolution of mission and identity.
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging - Small Practical Steps, Big Impactful Strides - a conversation with Martin Glover, HR Director for Morton Fraser
Nov 28 2023
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging - Small Practical Steps, Big Impactful Strides - a conversation with Martin Glover, HR Director for Morton Fraser
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence, care and courage in your leadership.I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their personal inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you!About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Martin Glover, HR Director for Morton Fraser - Martin is an advocate for fairness, equity and leadership development…..Together we delve into:What he really cares about, his values and beliefs, his passion and purpose - who, what and where have shaped him -  and how he lives these through his leadership : Why as leaders of organisations we should be prioritising Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging;Why targets in Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging aren't helping us get to where we need to be in organisationsAnd ask - Does improving diversity mean that inclusion and belonging will follow?Martin’s three key encouragements for people looking to develop their leadership, and to lead intentionally and deliberately for diversity, inclusion and belonging.Think about the experience you are trying to create in your organisation - what do you want people to think and feel about your business Hire for the why (the Vision) this ensures people are aligned to what your organisation is trying to achieve Develop your own curiosity for difference in people and think about the value broadened outlooks like this can add to what you are trying to achieveTo find out about more about Martin, about the firm, find and follow him on: www.morton-fraser.comLinkedIn: Martin GloverTo listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, anni@annitownend.comA big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production.To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn.  I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.About MartinI first met Martin when he worked for a different organisation, and was thrilled when he contacted me at his next company to talk about leadership, and then when he moved to Morton-Fraser I moved with him! I think of myself very much as a Leadership Partner, and Martin is a true partner, a fantastic builder of relationships, he is passionate about inclusivity and diversity, and about community.
The challenges and satisfactions of leading in the public sector - a conversation with Justin Russell, Former Chief Inspector of Probation
Nov 6 2023
The challenges and satisfactions of leading in the public sector - a conversation with Justin Russell, Former Chief Inspector of Probation
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence, care and courage your leadership.I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you!About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Justin Russell, Former Chief Inspector of Probation, a role that he finished in the Autumn of 2023 on the challenges and satisfactions of leading in the public sector.Together we delve into:His experience of Senior leadership in the Civil Service – the challenges and satisfactions of sharing the vision setting space with politicians and other parts of governmentOperational versus Policy leadership in the Public Sector - why most top civil service jobs go to policy specialists and why intellectual leadership is prioritised over emotional leadership in Whitehall.Justin’s personal career challenge - as someone who loves policy detail and evidence - of getting the balance right between being ‘Hands off and hands on’, of being on the balcony versus being on the dance floor. The challenge of engaging colleagues in an era of hybrid working – and how does remote working make leadership more or less easy / more or less satisfying? Justin’s three key encouragements for leaders, whatever the sector they are working and leading in:Pay attention to your impact! Don’t underestimate the shadow you cast  - or the difference it can make…………Say yes when people ask for help with career advice or mentoring – and don’t be afraid to ask the people you admire for their help too. What goes around always comes around.Always keep yourself anchored by asking yourself first what is the right - fair and just -  thing to do when faced with a leadership or policy challenge – but don’t beat yourself up too much if that can’t be fully delivered. Leaders have to be pragmatists as well as idealists.About JustinJustin is the former Chief Inspector of Probation, a role that he finished in the Autumn of 2023. I had the privilege of partnering with him and his leadership team over a short period of time during 2023. Together we introduced the Future-Engage-Deliver approach to leadership, created by Steve Radcliffe to help the team get clear on their shared future, build bigger relationships with each other, and to deliver more now and later through others. His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation’s mission is to deliver ‘High quality probation and youth justice services that change people’s lives for the better’, their focus is on how the probation does things and on how probation makes a real life difference in the lives of the people they work with – something that has been a passion for Justin throughout his career.Contact Justin via LInkedIn, on Justin Russell, where he posts regularly.
Hone your personal style for success! - a conversation with Jane Mather, Make-up Artist and Personal Stylist
Oct 9 2023
Hone your personal style for success! - a conversation with Jane Mather, Make-up Artist and Personal Stylist
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage in your leadership.I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life - the people, places and experiences that have shaped them and made them the leader that they are today.Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do.They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you!About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Jane Mather, Make-up Artist and Personal StylistWe delve together into: 1How truly understanding our ‘uniqueness’, and our ‘values’, can help us shape our personal style and achieve our goals2How translating our ‘values’ and defining our non-verbal communication skills helps us hone our personal style for success3 The importance of showing compassion to and being empowering of others.Three Key Encouragements1. The first step in honing your personal style is to identify your ‘core values’ - really knowing what’s important to you.The second step is understanding your impact and personal presence - addressing any concerns about your personal style to help you achieve your goals.  The third step is taking a ‘leap of faith’ in and for yourself and in others!  You never know what opportunity might present itself or what you might discover!Learn more about Jane through her website:  www.janemather.co.uk, where you can also subscribe to her newsletter.Or follow Jane on Instagram: @janemather_makeupstyleTo listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.comA big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production.
On Hope and Optimism – a conversation with Beto Funari Board Member, Venture Capital Founder, Former Chief Executive
Sep 18 2023
On Hope and Optimism – a conversation with Beto Funari Board Member, Venture Capital Founder, Former Chief Executive
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence, care and courage in your leadership.I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational personal leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already - please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you!About This EpisodeIn this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Beto Funari. Together we delve into: Acting as a humanist leader: Why human leadership matters to people feeling valued, enabled and motivated to contribute and create a better future, to learn and develop their potential; and how to do this through leading with empathy, actively listening, fostering diversity and inclusion Balancing Profit and Purpose: How balancing purpose and profit is at the heart of building a compassionate and prosperous business whilst financial success is essential it should not come at the expense of human well-being or ethical principles. Adopting a Customer-Centric Approach: How adopting a Customer-Centric Approach helps in understanding and meeting customer’s needs, through building trust and loyalty and through delivering high-quality products or services. Three Key EncouragementsWhat are your three key encouragements for leaders looking to build hope and optimism?Cultivate Empathy and Deep Listening in your own leadership, be a role model to others and encourage them to cultivate empathy and deep listening, and open communication;Prioritise People through continuous learning and development;Balance Profit, Purpose, People and (Ethical) Principles, commercial success is essential however never at the expense of People and ethical Principles, have a Purpose that is bigger than Profit and includes People this will ensure sustainable successTo contact Beto, do so through LinkedIn, Roberto Funari.To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.comTo contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn.  I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.
On Creating a Safe Environment and Asking for Impact Feedback
Aug 29 2023
On Creating a Safe Environment and Asking for Impact Feedback
Welcome to Anni in Conversation. In this episode I delve into my thoughts and insights into the importance of leaders asking for feedback on their impact felt, and how to create a safe environment in which to have these conversations. Many years ago, my friend and colleague Steve Radcliffe suggested to me that the two most important questions a leader can ask are...-  how good am I at creating a safe environment for people? - And what is your experience of me? Creating a safe environment in which people can be open and honest through practising curiosity, care and courage in their leadership is at the heart of the Collaboration Equation™, a unique framework co created by myself and Lucy kid that encourages and guides leaders in creating cultures of care and connection, in which inclusive dialogue and diversity of thought and feeling are welcomed. Finding out what people's experience of us is essential to developing greater self awareness. We remember how we feel around people. In any one situation, how people feel around us will vary. So gathering this invaluable data on how different people feel, can help us to ensure that our behaviour is aligned with how we would like people to feel around us. My own aspiration is to have people feel seen, heard and understood. It's an aspiration. The only way I can find out whether that's how people experience me is to share with them that that's my aspiration, and to ask them: -  How you feel around me? -  When do you feel that way? So do invite a conversation with people you know, and you would like to build a relationship with and from whom you can get this invaluable impact felt feedback.Thank you for listening.