40: Founding and Scaling an international professional services business with culture and people at its heart, with Ben Bradford CEO of BB7

In this episode Ben Bradford, CEO of BB7, a fire and facade advisory firm, reveals how he founded and developed his now million pound business from a bootstrap startup. Today Ben and his team are trusted with projects nationally and internationally. The firm was founded on seven galvanizing leadership principles. In today’s conversation we explore how workplace values can inform a business’s direction and how these can be incorporated to truly scale a business and create a positive culture. Get …

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39: Scaling a Leisure Business with Dom Gaynor

In this episode Dom Gaynor, CEO of TeamSport, shares how he helped grow a small go-karting business from three small UK sites to an international business focusing on leisure and team building. Dom imparts his expertise with regards to growing and scaling the business via online marketing, new sales tactics and external investment. In today’s conversation we learn how to retain core values whilst growing a business and why culture is key for sustainable growth.

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast, Gen Z and The Big Yak with business turnaround leader Emma Simpson

In this episode Emma Simpson shares her experience of becoming an ‘accidental leader’. At the age of 30, Emma was given the opportunity to salvage a problematic business. Through smart recruitment and corporate culture building, Emma was able to make the necessary changes to help her business thrive. Today Emma is a management coach and mentor to some of the leading brands in her field. In today’s conversation we learn how to introduce practical team building exercises as well as …

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Shorts: Being a Facilitator of Learning

In these ‘Shorts’ episodes of the Gritty Leaders Podcast, we select our standout moments from previous episodes. This one comes from episode 37 where we discuss Ben’s key insights from his Master’s research on the psychology of coaching behaviour change. Tune in to this clip as we explore how the fastest learner wins. Listen to the full episode here: https://www.grittyleaders.live/episode/heres-to-the-crazy-ones

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Leadership in the Jungle

In the world we live in today, continuous learning is more than ever our route to success and leadership, both in life and in work. Those with a fixed mindset are not just leading a dull life but are less likely to create a success of it and become fulfilled in their area. We are never too old or too young to learn new things and apply them.

37: Ask strategically. How important are questions?

Ben shares some key insights from his Henley Business School Master’s research on the psychology of coaching and behaviour change. What stood out was the power of asking good questions – and that they should arise naturally, not from a rigid framework or book. Tune in as we unpack more about Ben’s ‘aha moments’ from his thesis, the symbiotic relationship between coach and manager, the role of facilitative questions, getting comfortable with silence – and the lowlights of writing 20,000 …

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Shorts: Hiring For Strengths

In these ‘Shorts’ episodes of the Gritty Leaders Club Podcast, we select our standout moments from previous episodes. This one comes from episode 31 where we sat down to talk about getting the right people in and keeping the wrong people out. Tune in to this clip as we delve into the differences between hiring for strengths versus the absence of weaknesses – and what larger organisations can learn from startups when it comes to this.

36: Ian’s Ironman 70.3: Rising to the mental and physical challenges of an 8 hour endurance race

In this week’s episode, Ian opens up about his battle with prostate cancer, which ultimately led to taking part in a gruelling half Iron Man. During training Ian quickly discovered his inner strength, as well as realising that he is a ‘starter-finisher’ when it comes to substantial challenges. Some of the key takeaways in this conversation are the importance of preparation, and the benefits of taking a risk.

Shorts: Master Your 1-to-1 Meetings

In these ‘Shorts’ episodes of the Gritty Leaders Club Podcast, we select our standout moments from previous episodes. This one comes from episode 25 where we reviewed the art of 1to1 meetings. Tune in to this clip as we explore giving regular feedback and how to create the space to discuss the most important things. Listen to the full episode here: https://the-gritty-leaders-podcast.captivate.fm/episode/the-five-dysfunctions-of-a-team-lencionis-classic

35: Here’s To The Crazy Ones

“The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do” – this comes from Steve Jobs’ iconic Think Different Apple campaign. The message still rings true today about creating radically different futures for businesses when we think beyond the status quo. We explore attitudes towards risk-taking, asking “what if?” questions, building a culture of playing to win versus to lose, the role of playing devil’s advocate, and a visioning exercise that …

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