Episode 8 - Ross Hall

Ross has over 20 years experieince of building organisations across the globe.  He has a passion for educaction and learning: creating education environments to nurture the skills our society needs for the future, and building learning organisations that are capable of "Turning the camera back on themsleves" to gain new perspectives and insights.

All of this work led Ross to set up The Weaving Lab focussing on how we can weave all the different strands together to create wellness, to encourage collaboration and to bring about better systems.

For more information on The Weaving Lab, visit their website here.

Episode 7 - Richard Barrett

Richard has an unrivalled pedigree, having spent a significant chunk of his early career with the World Bank which included investigating the Bank's values as part of his work in their Environmentally Sustainable Development programme.

He left the World Bank in 1997 to set up his own consultancy - which subsequently evolved into the Barrett Values Centre - and the following year he published Liberating the Corporate Soul - Building a Visionary Organisation in which he predicted, "In the 21st Century the soft stuff is destined to become the hard stuff."  He also outlined his Seven Levels of Consiousness model and how it applies to individuals and organisations.

Richard's many subsequent books have included Building a Values-driven Organisation: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation in 2006 and The New Leadership Paradigm in 2011.

To find out more about the work of Richard and the Barrett Values Centre, vist their website here.

And here are links to a selection of Richard's books:

Liberating the Corporate Soul - Building a Visionary Organisation - Routledge, 1998

The New Leadership Paradigm - Lulu Publishing, 2011

What My Soul Told Me - Lulu Publishing, 2012

Evolutionary Coaching: A Values-Based Approach to Unleashing Human Potential - Lulu Publishing, 2014

Building a Values-driven Organisation: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation - Routledge, 2016

Worldview Dynamics and the Well-Being of Nations - Lulu Publishing, 2020


Episode 6 - Paul Lindley, Ella's Kitchen Founder

During this incredibly wide-ranging conversation Paul gives us his perspectives on trust, technology and transforming society.

He outlines how he believes leadership in the 21st Century will become more diverse and inclusive, leading to better outcomes for all stakeholders. And it all starts with purpose.

Paul founded Ella's Kitchen in 2006 and in just six years built it to a £100m brand. Since selling the business he has been directing his passion into social change, chairing Robert F Kennedy Human Rights UK and the Mayor of London's Obesity Taskforce.

Here is the link to Paul's book: Little Wins: The Huge Power of Thinking Like a Toddler.


Episode 5 - David Rooke & Jennifer Garvey Berger

David Rooke has been at the forefront of leadership development for over 30 years, and co-wrote (with Bill Torbert) the highly influential Harvard Business Review paper The Seven Transformations of Leadership which outlined the concept of the Leadership Development Framework.

Jennifer's business is called Cultivating Leadership, which 'does what it says on on the tin'.  She has authored and co-authored several books, most recently Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps - How to Thrive in Complexity.

In this episode we look at some of the factors that can inhibit us from 'thriving in complexity', and also delve into the idea that Leadership is a journey, not a destination.

Seven Transformations of Leadership by David Rooke and Bill Torbert is available on the Harvard Business Review website.  And you can find out more about David and his work at Harthill.co.uk.

And here are the links to Jennifer's books:

Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps: How to Thrive in Complexity

Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World


Episode 4 - Future of Work with Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor chaired the Government's review into the Future of Work, so he has a deep understanding of the significance of work in our lives and what it will mean to do 'good work' in the future.

Here he discusses the ideas behind the concept of 'good work'; summarises some of the Report's key recommendations to the Government; and tells what it was like working on the review.

Matthew is CEO of the RSA - short for the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures. It was founded in 1754 by business philanthropists who recognised the importance of enabling people to live a rich and fulfilled life. Their current strap-line is 21st Century Enlightenment.

Here's a link to the full "Taylor Review" report: https://www.thersa.org/good-work-taylor-review.pdf

And a link for futher info about the RSA's Future Work Centre: https://www.thersa.org/

Episode 3 - John Knights & Danielle Grant

In the 21st century we are entering a new stage of human development that needs us to adapt and move on from some of our traditional leadership behaviours.  In a hyper-connected world where our actions can have far-reaching and unintended consequences, we have to be able to set aside our egos and make decisions based on big picture thinking.

John Knights and Danielle Grant are co-authors (along with Greg Young) of the book Leading Beyond the Ego and have been working to develop transpersonal leadership skills with their clients for more than a decade.  They are both Directors of LeaderShape Global.

In this podcast we discuss some of these issues and John and Danielle share their thoughts on how we can integrate a more eco-centric approach into our leadership practice.

You can buy a copy of their book here: Leading Beyond the Ego - How to Become a Transpersonal Leader by John Knights, Danielle Grant and Greg Young

For details of their Transpersonal Leadership programmes: https://www.leadershapeglobal.com/tlc-programme

Special Episode - Tom van der Lubbe

Tom's controvertial Corporate Rebels blog post It's About Solidarity Stupid (Why Avoiding Layoffs Makes Sense) asks some searching questions about how we relate to our organisations and the importance of aligning them with our own human needs.

I was delighted to be able to record a conversation with Tom as part of the 21st Century Leadership podcast, as looking at fresh pespectives is so vital if we are to design organisations that are fit for the future - and the present, too!

Tom is a co-founder of Dutch financial services firm Viisi, which was established around 10 years ago using the principles of self-organisation, so he's able to offer some fascinating perspectives.

You can read Tom's Corporate Rebels blog here.

And here's a link to the Viisi organisation chart we refer to during our discussion.

Episode 2 - Kevin Ellis, PwC UK Chair

Kevin Ellis, PwC's Chair of UK and Middle East operations, outlines some of the many initiatives they have taken to actively engage with their young workforce of 22,000 employees.

Our conversation ranges from technology and the 4th Industrial Revolution to diversity and mental well-being at work, as well as looking at how leadership needs to adapt its engagement style to keep with the times.

With an average employee age of just 28, PwC are firmly committed to being at the forefront of new ways of working.

Kevin's relaxed personal style shines through in this in-depth yet fun discussion on what it takes to create a successful work culture in the 21st Century.

Episode 1 - Dr Pippa Malmgren & Chris Lewis

Former White House advisor to the Obama administration Dr Pippa Malmgren, and international creative agency head Chris Lewis share some of the key leadership trends unfolding in the 21st Century.