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.

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.

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 ‘Intent.’

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.

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?”

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.

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