Asking the hard questions of leadership...
There is no rule book.
Leaders are pulled in all directions. In the podcast, Ian and co-host, Ben Wales, explore a tension or paradox of leadership and ask how founders, entrepreneurs and scale-up CEOs decide which way to turn.
26: Why Change Fails
Why most companies and teams fail at change (and how to succeed).
25: The 1to1 (Meetings miniseries #2)
How good are your 1to1s? Part 2 of our meetings miniseries examines the 1to1.
24: The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team – Lencioni’s Classic
Patrick Lencioni’s ‘The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team’ has become a classic followed by teams worldwide. Ben and Ian explore the model and when and how to apply it.
23: Leadership: Nurture or Nature?
Are leaders born or made? How can leaders make themselves better?
22: Meetings: The Good, Bad & Ugly
Our angry rants about meetings followed by what good looks like.
21: Nightmare Team / Dream Team
What really counts when building a dream team?
20: Measure It. Measure What? (Strategy IV)
Death by numbers vs knowing we’re in the right place, healthy and ready to be successful.
19: Fear In Leadership
With guest Colin Hunter: How can a leader help her team confront fear?
18: Buy Customers, or Bye Bye Customers?
Where to draw the line between exploiting or growing customers.
What is Strategy: part 3
What Is Strategy (Part 3) : Execution Strategy is Invisible. All you can see is Execution.
17: Strategy III Execution
Strategy is Invisible. All you can see is Execution.
16: Leading With Purpose with Jim Kirkwood of TTC
Jim Kirkwood, CEO of TTC of discusses scaling the business, his approach to leadership, navigating challenges and the gritty leader he most admires.
15: 168 Hours. What effective leaders do.
Ben and Ian explore how effective leaders choose what to do to maximise the impact of each week. Each 168 hours.
14: What Is Strategy? Part 2
How do the elements come together to produce a strategy? Also, Ben talks about Reni Eddo-Lodge’s book, ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race’, and Ian discusses
13: Can Sport Teach Business?
What are the differences between sport and business and what can be learned?
12: What is Strategy?
Kicking off a series of episodes exploring strategy Ben and Ian discuss, ‘What is Strategy?’
11: Books Books Books 2020
Ian and Ben reveal their top books of 2020
10: Lazy Leadership
Exploring how leaders get lazy and looking at the opposite to identify the qualities of effective leaders and how they create conditions for success.
9: Culture Defining Moments with Luke Fisher of Mo
Ben talks with Luke Fisher, founder and CEO of London based software company Mo, about engagement, culture, investment and taking a growth company to break out and beyond.
8: Dream or Dream Team?
Which is more important – A Dream, or a Dream Team?
7: Marketing – What Is It? With Grant Leboff
In this guest episode Gritty Leaders Club explores marketing with Grant Leboff.
6: Failure Is Not An Option
How do leaders, teams and whole organisations keep unwavering faith that they will prevail while at the same time confronting the brutal truths of their situation?
5: Under Pressure or Naked Ambition
Ben and Ian explore how leaders generate forward motion, energy and progress in the business. Touching on how SMART goals do not work and exploring engagement and important questions, “What’s
4: Peacetime CEO Wartime CEO
Exploring venture capitalist Ben Horowitz’s concept of Peacetime CEO and Wartime CEO this episode gets into questions of leadership approach, diversity in the senior team and whether or not start-up,