The Gritty Leaders Club

There is no rule book

At every turn, leaders are pulled in all directions.

Beginning with ‘No Grit No Pearl,’ each episode of Gritty Leaders Club explores a tension or paradox of leadership…asking how founders, entrepreneurs and scale-up CEOs decide which way to turn.

Gritty Leader?

Ben Wales and I have teamed up to bring you a new podcast in which we ask the hard questions about leadership. In this opener, we ask, “What is the Gritty Leadership Club?”

No Grit No Pearl

Ian and Ben get into the substance of what it is to be a gritty leader.

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, scale-up and growth companies are, in a sense, always at war.  Ben and Ian also explore how Formula 1 has reinvented itself during pandemic and how IKEA, a world class operational excellence business, shows additional strengths.

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 possible?” and “How are we going to do that?”

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?

Marketing – What Is It? With Grant Leboff

In this guest episode, Gritty Leaders Club explores marketing with Grant Leboff.

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.

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