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.
Buy or Bye Bye Customers
Where to draw the line between exploiting or growing customers.
What Is Strategy (Part 3) : Execution
Strategy is Invisible. All you can see is Execution.
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.
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.
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.’
Can Sport Teach Business?
What are the differences between sport and business and what can be learned?
What Is Strategy?
Kicking off a series of episodes exploring strategy Ben and Ian discuss, ‘What is Strategy?’
Books, Books, Books!
Ian and Ben reveal their top books of 2020.
Exploring how leaders get lazy and looking at the opposite to identify the qualities of effective leaders and how they create conditions for success.
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.
Dream, or Dream Team?
Which is more important – A Dream, or a Dream Team?
Marketing – What Is It? With Grant Leboff
In this guest episode, Gritty Leaders Club explores marketing with Grant Leboff.
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?
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.
Leadership Begins At The Edge of Your Comfort Zone
Ben and Ian explore getting uncomfortable as a leader
No Grit No Pearl
Ian and Ben get into the substance of what it is to be a 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?”