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Boris Brott – Making Beautiful Music

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Our guest this week is an internationally renowned Symphony and Opera Conductor.

He has held posts as Principal Conductor of the BBC Welsh National Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the Royal Ballet Covent Garden in the UK.

He has also held Music Director positions developing no less than seven orchestras in his native Canada and guest conducted principal orchestras throughout the world including concerts at the Vatican for two popes John Paul II and Pope Francis.

He uses his experience as a builder of orchestras to create useful analogies for corporations. His main topics are creativity, teamwork and leadership.

Please welcome my guest, Boris Brott.

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Boris Brott is one of the most internationally recognised Canadian conductors.  He holds major posts as music director in both Canada and the United States. Boris enjoys an international career as guest conductor, educator, motivational speaker and cultural ambassador.

Currently, Boris is Conductor and Music Director of the New West Symphony in California, the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal, Canada, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Center of Canada.

In addition to his conducting career, Boris is a motivational speaker, presenting more than 35 talks annually around the world for Fortune 500 companies. Besides numerous film and radio commitments, he has conducted, produced, and hosted over 100 television programs on both sides of the Atlantic. He has recorded for CBC, Septre-Mace, Mercury, Pro-Arte Records and Sony Classical where CDs with the late Glenn Gould have been released.

In 1988, Boris was awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civic honour. That same year, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law at McMaster University. Two years later, he was made a Knight of Malta. In 1992, he was selected International Man of the Year by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England. Later in 1996, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of Great Britain. Then in 2006, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario.

Recorded on: 25th May 2021

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Justin Hughes – The Business of Excellence

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My guest this week works as an adviser to senior leadership teams on strategy, risk and performance.  As a former Red Arrows pilot, management consultant and senior manager in a global corporate, he is not a speaker who pontificates from the side lines, but has spent significant time on the pitch, in some of the most demanding of high-performance environments.  He has masters’ degrees from Cambridge and London Business School, and is the author of The Business of Excellence.  Currently he helping to launch a green technology company.

Please welcome my guest, Justin Hughes.

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As a former fighter pilot and Executive Officer of the Red Arrows, Justin Hughes know exactly how you plan, execute and adapt in situations characterised by ambiguity, imperfect information, speed of change and pressure to deliver.

Justin Hughes has worked as a consultant on organisational performance to clients including Microsoft, the United Nations and Mercedes F1. And he has walked his own talk during the Covid-19 crisis, in a corporate role as L3Harris’ Director Integrated Airline Services. In one of the hardest hit sectors, Justin managed a major change programme in a fast-moving environment, while also sitting on the global business continuity team.

Prior to his current roles, Justin Hughes was an RAF fighter pilot.  He graduated as top cadet of his officer training and went on to fly the Tornado F3 air defence fighter.  He subsequently served for 3 years on the Red Arrows performing over 250 displays worldwide including 3 international tours.  Justin has an MBA with Distinction from London Business School and is currently studying International Relations at the University of Cambridge.

Justin Hughes is the author of The Business of Excellence (Bloomsbury, 2016), has been profiled in the London Standard, Director and the Daily Telegraph), and interviewed for BBC World ‘Talking Business’ and BBC Breakfast.

Recorded on: 18th May 2021

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Leon Lloyd – The Sweet and Sour of High Performance

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My guest is a former England international rugby player, who has played at the highest level and against elite players such as Jonah Lomu, (and survived!). He won 11 trophies whilst playing with the English and European Champions, Leicester Tigers. Since retiring from playing the sport, he has gained a first-class honours degree in Leadership and Management, followed by an MBA receiving a Distinction. He has gone on to work with other elite organisations that include the SAS and the Premier League.

His years of playing elite rugby and working with elite organisations, have given him remarkable insights into the entire life cycle of high performing teams. He has a deep understanding of how high performing teams are made, how they, or individual players can be crushed, and then rebuilt, and how they can go on to develop a sustainable winning mindset and culture. He is passionate about the importance of attitude and culture when it comes to achieving high performance. You cannot buy a culture. Together you have to create collective behaviours that have momentum.

Please welcome Leon Lloyd.

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Leon Lloyd is a former England international rugby player, who has played at the highest level and against elite players such as Jonah Lomu, (and survived!). He won 11 trophies whilst playing with the English and European Champions, Leicester Tigers. Since retiring from playing the sport, he has gained a first-class honours degree in Leadership and Management, followed by an MBA receiving a Distinction. He has gone on to work with other elite organisations that include the SAS and the Premier League.

His years of playing elite rugby and working with elite organisations, have given him remarkable insights into the entire life cycle of high performing teams. He has a deep understanding of how high performing teams are made, how they, or individual players can be crushed, and then rebuilt, and how they can go on to develop a sustainable winning mindset and culture. He is passionate about the importance of attitude and culture when it comes to achieving high performance. You cannot buy a culture. Together you have to create collective behaviours that have momentum.

He shares with his client’s innumerable insights, stories, practical tools, tips and techniques and his 5- point steps to building a winning team provides a practical framework for success. He also shares how you can go from the highest of the highs to the lowest of the lows, and then come back stronger.

Leon grew up in Coventry and still maintains a dream to score the winning goal in an FA Cup Final for Coventry City. As the eldest of four children Leon left school at 16 to pursue a professional sports career and has benefitted from lots of support and guidance along his journey. As result of this, giving back to others less fortunate is high on his personal agenda and has been an Ambassador and Business Mentor for the Princes Trust since 2004 as well as being a Patron for Action Deafness. He is a co-founder of the Switch the Play Foundation, the first and only UK charity that assists professional sports people transition away from their sport. Having been the CEO that successfully led that organisation he stepped down in 2021 to pursue some of his other passions but remains an active Ambassador.

Recorded on: 11th May 2021

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Dr. Christian Busch – Harnessing Serendipity to Navigate Uncertainty

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My guest this week is a world-leading expert on innovation, purpose-driven leadership, and cultivating serendipity. He teaches at New York University, where he directs the CGA Global Economy Program, as well as at the London School of Economics.  Previously, he co-directed the LSE’s Innovation and Co-Creation Lab.

He is co-founder of Sandbox Network, a global community of young innovators; and co-founder of Leaders on Purpose, an organisation convening leading CEOs and empowering them to integrate profit and purpose.

His latest book, The Serendipity Mindset, has been highlighted as a “wise, exciting, and life-changing book” and a “bracing and hopeful antidote to a world addicted to efficiency and control”.

Please welcome my guest, Dr Christian Busch

Bio

Dr. Christian Busch is a world-leading expert on innovation, purpose-driven leadership, and cultivating serendipity. He teaches at New York University (NYU), where he directs the CGA Global Economy Program, as well as at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Previously, he co-directed the LSE’s Innovation and Co-Creation Lab. Christian is co-founder of Sandbox Network, a global community of young innovators; and co-founder of Leaders on Purpose, an organisation convening leading CEOs and empowering them to integrate profit and purpose.

He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Expert Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and among Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Influencers”, JCI London’s “Ten Outstanding Persons of the World”, and the Thinkers50 Radar list of 30 management thinkers “most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.”

Christian’s new book, The Serendipity Mindset (Penguin Random House), has been highlighted as a “wise, exciting, and life-changing book” (Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post); a “bracing and hopeful antidote to a world addicted to efficiency and control” (Daniel Pink, Bestselling author of Drive); “highly recommended” (Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder, LinkedIn); and offering “excellent practical guidance for all” (Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever).

His work has been published in world-leading journals such as the Strategic Management Journal and was featured in outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Forbes, BBC, among others. He regularly speaks at conferences such as TEDx, World Economic Forum, and Financial Times Sustainability Summit. Christian received his PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE).

Recorded on: 4th May 2021

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Paul Boross – The Serious Business of Comedy at Work

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My guest this week is a business Psychologist and Humourologist who packs a punchline.

In the world of elite speakers, how many people have a background as a performer, comedian, TV psychologist, pop star and business guru? Not many!

Having had considerable success in all those areas, my guest is now the host of the award-winning Humourology Podcast where he interviews a glittering line-up of guests from the worlds of business, sport, politics and entertainment.

His mission is to show leaders how to drive the success of their business through the scientific application of humour.

Paul Boross – welcome to the show.

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Paul Boross is an inspirational business psychologist and humourologist who packs a punchline.

Paul has refined the art of making corporate audiences laugh while they learn, communicating the most vital messages at an emotional level that stays with people, long after the event comes to a close.

Drawing on a career that has taken him from primetime TV, music and stand-up comedy to business, consultancy and motivational psychology, he trains celebrities and executives in the art and craft of communication.

Paul’s frontline experience of performance at London’s legendary Comedy Store and strong commercial instincts enable him to deliver focused and effective training to clients from across the industry spectrum, from the BBC to Barclays via Google, Nestlé, WPP, Virgin and MTV.

Paul is a much in demand international keynote speaker and his four bestselling books continue to sit high in the Amazon charts. Later this year, his fifth book Humourology – The Serious Business of Comedy at Work, will be released with contributions by some of the world’s most renowned business leaders and comedians.

Recorded on: 27th April 2021

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Jeremy Schwartz – Everyone’s a Leader Now

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My guest this week is a multinational CEO having led The Body Shop, Pandora and Conival PLC.  He is also the former Managing Director for L’Oréal UK and Marketing Director for Coca-Cola and Sainsbury’s supermarkets.  With experience covering diverse cultures, channels and products he has a unique perspective and insight on leadership.

He gives business leaders concrete tools to make the extraordinary happen with new ways to lead individuals and teams and create consumer first companies that make more money and most importantly Save Tomorrow’s Planet.

Please welcome my guest, Jeremy Schwartz.

 

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Jeremy Schwartz is a multinational CEO having led The Body Shop, Pandora and Conival PLC, been Managing Director for L’Oréal UK and Marketing Director for Coca-Cola and Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

His experience covers a diversity of cultures, channels and products which gives him a unique perspective and insight on leadership for C Suite, country leadership teams and investors worldwide.

Specifically, Jeremy has overseen operations in North and South America, throughout China and Asia, Greater Europe and the Middle East. He has driven e-commerce and omnichannel global expansion and overseen, owned and franchised direct-to-consumer retailing across 3500 stores in 90 countries. Jeremy has overseen a number of multi-million dollar product and business transformations and is a senior advisor to McKinsey in this field.

Jeremy is an expert speaker and consultant on the “New Rules of Leadership for a Post Pandemic World.” These give business leaders concrete tools to make the extraordinary happen and to create and operationalise: An inspiring purpose, a transformation in e-commerce & sustainability, new ways to lead individuals and teams and be a consumer first company. All to make more money every day and at the same time Save Tomorrows Planet.

Recorded on: 13th April 2021

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Mark Schaefer – Unstoppable Momentum

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My guest is a globally recognised author, speaker, podcaster, and business consultant. He is a prolific writer and speaker whose work sits at the intersection of marketing, technology, and humanity. He has advanced degrees in marketing and organisational development… holds seven patents… and is a faculty member of the graduate studies program at Rutgers University.

He is the best-selling author of nine popular books… including the very first book on influence marketing.

His blog, GROW, and podcast “The Marketing Companion” are ranked among the top rated publications in the marketing field.

All the way from Tennessee… where his very own bees make honey that wins blue ribbons at the State Fair… Please help me welcome… Mark Schaefer!

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Mark Schaefer is a globally-recognised keynote speaker, educator, business consultant, and author. His blog {grow} is hailed as one of the top marketing blogs in the world.

Mark has worked in global sales, PR, and marketing positions for more than 30 years and provides consulting services as Executive Director of Schaefer Marketing Solutions.

He has advanced degrees in marketing and organisational development; holds seven patents; and is a faculty member of the graduate studies program at Rutgers University. For three years, Mark studied under the late Peter Drucker (a world-renowned consultant and author, hailed as the founder of modern management).

Customised for every audience, Mark’s programs specialise in marketing strategies for content marketing, digital marketing, social media, and personal branding. His clients range from successful start-ups to global brands such as Adidas, Johnson & Johnson, Dell, Pfizer, The U.S. Air Force, and the UK Government.

Mark is the author of six best-selling marketing books: KNOWN, Social Media Explained, Return on Influence, Born to Blog, The Content Code, and The Tao of Twitter – named the best-selling book on Twitter in the world. Return on Influence was named to the elite list of top academic titles of the year by the American Library Association, which declared it an “essential” and “pathfinding” book. The Content Code was named one of the top five marketing books of 2015 by INC. Magazine. Mark’s books are used as textbooks at more than 50 universities, have been translated into 12 languages, and can be found in more than 750 libraries worldwide.

He is the co-host of The Marketing Companion, one of the top 10 marketing podcasts on iTunes.

Mark is also a popular and entertaining commentator and has appeared on many national television shows and periodicals including the Wall Street Journal, Wired, The New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, CNBC, the BBC and the CBS NEWS. He is a regular contributing columnist to The Harvard Business Review.

Recorded on: 23rd March 2021

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Nayla Al Khaja – Becoming the 1st Female Film Director in the UAE

 

My guest is the first female film Director/Producer in the United Arab Emirates. She has written and directed both for film and television.

As a working professional, her accolades include being ranked among the Top 50 most powerful personalities in Arab Cinema, and 100 most powerful Arabs under 40 by Arabian Business Magazine. She’s been awarded the Visionary of the Year Award at the Arabian Business Awards and has been Brand Ambassador for Canon Middle East since 2011. She was recently received the Black Swan Award for Women Empowerment – Asia One 2019, and Businesswoman of the Year Award – in the Gulf Business Awards 2020.

Please welcome my guest, film producer Nayla Al Khaja.

 

 

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Nayla Al Khaja is the first female film Director/Producer in the United Arab Emirates and is CEO of Nayla Al Khaja Films (previously D-Seven Motion Pictures). In 2007 Nayla also founded The Scene Club, Dubai’s first film club, which now counts over 22,000 registered members.  She has written and directed several films, all presented and awarded in international film festivals. She is currently developing her first feature film, Animal.

In 2006, she was awarded the title of Best Emirati Filmmaker during the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). She then shot three short films: Once (2009), Malal (2010) and The Neighbor (2013). Malal received the Muhr Emirati Award at DIFF 2010 and The Neighbor was awarded Best Emirati Film at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival. In 2016, she shot the pilot of her first feature film, Animal, nominated for the Muhr Emirati Awards at DIFF 2016. The short film received the Jury’s Special Prize for Best Short Fiction at the Italian Movie Award in Pompeii, Italy, in September 2017.

Al Khaja’s accolades include being ranked among the Top 50 most powerful personalities in Arab Cinema, and 100 most powerful Arabs under 40 by Arabian Business Magazine. She’s also been awarded the Visionary of the Year Award at the Arabian Business Awards, and she is Brand Ambassador for Canon Middle East since 2011. She was recently declared Entrepreneur of the Year during the Gulf Business Awards 2017.

Her topics range from Women Empowerment in the Middle East to Women Entrepreneurs. She can also discuss how to combat fear and chase one’s dreams, based on her extraordinary true-life story being the first female filmmaker in the UAE. She has also tackled taboo topics, such as breaking down the Arab Woman stereotype and how to stand out in a male dominated industry.

Over the years, Al Khaja’s dedication to develop the UAE’s film industry and her advocacy for Women in Cinema, helped her reputation of trustworthy professional grow. Today, she keeps supporting and mentoring local talents, and is considered a reference in the Middle East.

Recorded on: 16th March 2021

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Bill Caskey & Bryan Neale – Counter-intuitive Selling

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My guests today co-host a podcast called The Advanced Selling Podcast.

They started this podcast 14 years ago and have over 800 episodes up — and boast a LinkedIn following of 12,000 group members.

They each have their own sales coaching practice and team up every week to deliver tips strategies and attitudes for today’s professional salesperson.

Please welcome Bill Caskey and Bryan Neale.

 

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Bill Caskey

Bill Caskey is a sales development leader and experimenter who has been improving B2B sales teams and executives since 1990. His philosophies and strategies have fuelled explosive growth in sales and profits for his clients. Bill is passionate about sharing his ideas about selling, business life, money and meaning.

But his work expands beyond business-to-business and individual training and coaching. He is the author of Same Game New Rules, Rewire The Sales Mind, The Sales Playbook and Email It!

He also co-hosts with Bryan Neale, The Advanced Selling Podcast (iTunes), a weekly podcast counselling sales forces and leaders all over the globe, who seek to improve their business. The program is the top sales podcasts with downloads of over 150,000/ month with 7,500,000 downloads in 13 years. He also blogs extensively at www.billcaskey.com.

Bryan Neale  

Bryan Neale grew up in a small town on the border of Indiana and Kentucky (He speaks fluent hillbilly). He went to Indiana University (he co-founded the IU Dance Marathon in 1991- now one of the largest student-led fund raisers in the country).

He sold, managed people, trained people at one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies headquartered in Cincinnati, OH that sounds like “Shocked Her and Ramble” (but shall remain nameless). He won a refrigerator on The Price is Right in 1995.

He’s a self-taught pianist, drummer and guitarist and writes movies for fun. He owned a Harley when he was 25. He hosts The Advanced Selling Podcast with my friend Bill Caskey.

Bryan trains, coaches and advises salespeople, sales managers and CEOs on anything to do with the sales function in their company. He has a passion for keynote speaking.

Recorded on: 1st March 2021

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Brunello Rosa – Making Sense of This World

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My guest is a leading macroeconomist and recognised as a top-100 financial-services influencer. He is a member of several international think tanks, with a wealth of policy experience working in the private sector and academia and advising market participants, fortune 100 corporations, policy makers and institutions. He worked at the Bank of England, in the Bank’s Markets and Financial Stability divisions and its Centre for Central Banking Studies. He co-founded the independent macro-financial and geo-political advisory firm, Rosa and Roubini Associates with the renowned economist Nouriel Roubini.

Please welcome my guest, Brunello Rosa.

 

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Brunello Rosa is a leading macroeconomist, included in the list of the top-100 financial-services influencers in the world by Onalytica, with a wealth of policy experience working in the private sector and academia and advising market participants, fortune 100 corporations, policy makers and institutions. He is a member of the Chief Economists Advisory Board of the European Investment Bank and of the Advisory Board of the Ambassador of Italy to the UK. He travels extensively for business-related, academic and policy reasons in Europe, North America, and Asia.

He co-founded, together with the renowned economist Nouriel Roubini, Rosa & Roubini Associates, an independent macro-financial and geo-political advisory firm. He is also an active member of several leading think tanks, such as the Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), the UK’s Institute of Directors, the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) and the Bretton Woods Committee. Brunello Rosa joined Nouriel Roubini coming from the Bank of England, where he had mainly worked in Markets, in the division that implements monetary policy and provides liquidity insurance. He also briefly served in the Bank’s Financial Stability area and its Centre for Central Banking Studies.

Brunello Rosa holds a number of academic positions. He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of Bocconi University (Italy), a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of International Politics and a Research fellow of the City Political Economy Research Centre at City, University of London. He is a Research Associate of the Systemic Risk Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he is a practitioner lecturer in finance for MSc students and in macroeconomics for professionals undertaking executive education. He is a Guest Speaker at the MSc in Central Banking and Financial Regulation co-organised by the Warwick University Business School and the Bank of England, within the module on Behavioural Finance.

He is author of several publications in leading periodicals and is regularly and widely quoted in the most relevant media outlets. He is often invited as a guest in tv and radio programs to comment the current geopolitical and macro-financial events.

Recorded on: 4th February 2021

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Tim Gard – Humour Connects Us

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My guest this week is a pioneer in humour-based training. He has spoken at over 2500 main stage events from Texas to Tasmania.  He is also the author of 4 books and markets his own line of stress buster products worldwide. He is a tears-in-your-eyes, laugh out loud speaker. He teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm through the use of humour.

Please welcome to our virtual stage, from his intergalactic headquarters in Portland Oregon, Tim Gard.

 

Bio

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE is a tears-in-your-eyes-laugh-out-loud speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm.

Talented, innovative and memorable, Tim provides amazing take-home value delivered with his one-of-a-kind presentation style Tim “walks his talk” as a successful business owner himself for more than 20 years.

Before starting his business, he worked in the Sales Industry, as well as State and Federal Government in Human Services, as a fraud investigator and is a navy veteran. Recognised as a pioneer in humour-based training.

Tim is a certified speaking professional (CSP) & a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, an elite honour held by fewer than 150 speakers worldwide.

The author or co-author of Just Plane Funny, My Policy Manual, Motivational Leaders, and Humour Me, Tim humorously delivers messages as universal as his audiences are diverse.

Recorded on: 14th December 2020

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Marie Oakes – Setting Boundaries to Prevent Burnout

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My guest today is a fashion industry and retail expert having designed for Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, M&S and Topshop. Her high flying, high pressure career, of global travel, enormous responsibility, crazy deadlines, mixing with high profile people, appeared glamorous and successful on the outside. However, underneath she was crumbling. She maxed out and she burnt out.

Today she’s going to share her story of burnout and recovery and how she’s now helping businesses and people to excel without burnout.

Please welcome my guest, Marie Oakes.

 

Bio

Marie Oakes is a fashion industry and retail expert having designed for Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, and M&S. Her high flying, high pressure career, of global travel, enormous responsibility, crazy deadlines, mixing with high profile people, appeared glamorous and successful on the outside. However, underneath she was crumbling. She maxed out and burned out.

She went on a journey of self-recovery and learnt how to rewire her brain, regain control of her life and was able to reconnect with her true self. As part of that process, she undertook extensive research into resilience and positive psychology and developed her wellbeing, self-care and resilience toolkit which she now uses to help leaders and teams excel without burning out, and live and work in a more sustainable way.

Her resilience toolkit is brilliant in that it helps people to stop burn out from starting in the first place, and fully recover from it if the damage has already been done.

As an acclaimed wellbeing specialist, resiliency coach, and leadership burn out expert, Marie’s highly motivational, interactive talks and masterclasses deliver like no other. Human Sustainability is her speciality and drawing upon extensive research and personal experience, Marie arms you with life-changing tools empowering you to achieve and sustain the results you need to adopt change and flourish in all that you do.

Marie’s talks and masterclasses have been enjoyed and valued by senior leaders through to teams across different industries from fashion to government, to healthcare and retail. These companies and organisations have trusted Marie to inspire their people to achieve more: Hyve Group plc, NHS, and Hackney Council.

Recorded on: 25th February 2021

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