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A mentor in your pocket.The Creating Synergy Podcast brings to life the journey of people who are achieving success in their fields, community, business or personal lives, and it deeps dive into their process, learnings and ups and downs. Discover innovative approaches, new ideas and learn about Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Culture, Communication, Self-development, Performance, Diversity, Innovation and much more. Listen, Learn and Lead your own Transformation.

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A mentor in your pocket.The Creating Synergy Podcast brings to life the journey of people who are achieving success in their fields, community, business or personal lives, and it deeps dive into their process, learnings and ups and downs. Discover innovative approaches, new ideas and learn about Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Culture, Communication, Self-development, Performance, Diversity, Innovation and much more. Listen, Learn and Lead your own Transformation.

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#126 Darrell Jacobs, CEO of Motor Trade Association on Shifting Gears: Leadership, Innovation, and Industry Change

7/3/2024
What does it take to lead a $2.67 billion industry through rapid change and innovation? Join us as Darrell Jacobs, the dynamic CEO of the Motor Trade Association shares his insights on driving change and innovation in the automotive industry, leading a $2.67 billion sector, and empowering over 16,000 employees. If you’re curious about the complexities of leading a major industry through change, this episode is for you. This is a conversation you don't want to miss 👇 Here’s why you should listen: Key Highlights: What’s in it for You? You’ll walk away with practical, actionable insights from Darrell Jacobs, a leader who has successfully navigated the automotive industry's complexities. Whether you’re a business leader, aspiring entrepreneur, or just curious about industry dynamics, this episode is packed with valuable lessons on innovation, strategic thinking, and effective leadership. Where to find Darrel Jacobs Website Books mentioned in the episode Peak Performance By: BRAD STULBERGOpen by Andre Agassi Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:02:03:43

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#125 Anthony Kittel, CEO at REDARC on Scaling a Global Business

6/12/2024
Are you ready to discover the secrets of scaling a business from local success to a global powerhouse? Join us for an enlightening conversation with Anthony Kittel, the visionary CEO of REDARC, in this must-listen episode of the Creating Synergy Podcast. Anthony Kittel took the reins of REDARC, transforming it from an 8-person operation into a 400+ employee leader in advanced electronics. In this episode, Anthony shares his incredible journey, the pivotal moments, and the strategic decisions that propelled REDARC to international success. What You'll Learn: Innovation and Growth:Building Strong Company Culture:Strategic Diversification:Leadership Lessons:Why Listen: Whether you're an entrepreneur, business leader, or aspiring innovator, Anthony's story is packed with actionable insights and inspiration. This episode offers valuable lessons on scaling, leadership, and fostering a culture of excellence. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from from one of the industry's best! ⬇ Listen Now! TIMESTAMPS: [14:13] - Collaboration in Leadership [15:59] - Pursuing Higher Education [20:28] - Deciding to Buy Redarc [30:24] - Early Business Challenges [30:04] - Vision for Redarc [36:28] - Setting Up an R&D Team [50:52] - Moving to a New Facility [54:26] - Embracing Change [58:12] - Establishing Company Culture [59:42] - Long-Term Strategic Planning Where to find Grant Wilckens LinkedIn Books mentioned in the episode Raving fans By: Ken BlanchardGood to great By: Jim Collins Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:01:44:27

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#124 Grant Wilckens, CEO of the G'day Group on Navigating Rapid Expansion and Change

5/29/2024
This week, we have the incredible Grant Wilckens, CEO of the G'day Group, joining us to share his insights on navigating rapid expansion and change in the business world. You absolutely don't want to miss this one!have the incredible Grant Wilckens, CEO of the G'day Group, joining us to share his insights on navigating rapid expansion and change in the business world. You absolutely don't want to miss this one! Curious about how one of Australia's largest regional accommodation provider manages rapid growth and constant change? Grant spills the secrets! Grant dives deep into: 🚀 The secrets behind G'day Group's phenomenal growth. 🚀 How to steer a company through times of rapid change. 🚀 Insights on leadership and staying resilient. Whether you’re leading a team, running your own business, or just curious about the dynamics of growth and change, you’ll find something valuable here. TUNE IN NOW, subscribe, and don't forget to share this episode with your network. TIMESTAMPS: [02:15] - Grant's Early Career and Background [10:30] - Challenges in Leadership [18:45] - Importance of Mentorship [25:00] - Navigating Organizational Change [33:20] - Maintaining Work-Life Balance [41:05] - Embracing Innovation [50:15] - Building a Strong Team [58:30] - Future Trends in the Industry [1:04:00] - Leadership Strategies [1:05:30] - Professional Growth Tips Where to find Grant Wilckens LinkedIn Books mentioned in the episode Legacy, What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life By: James Kerr Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:01:48:23

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#123 Kerry Rowland, Chief Executive at Cancer Council SA on Leading with a Heart in Healthcare

5/15/2024
In this insightful episode, we sit down with Kerry Rowland, the visionary CEO of Cancer Council SA, to explore her journey through the multifaceted world of healthcare leadership. With a career marked by empathy, innovation, and resilience, Kerry shares her profound experiences and the lessons she's learned along the way. From her early days influenced by a strong and independent mother to her pivotal roles in various organisations, Kerry's story is a testament to leading with courage and a heart. Why You Can’t Miss This Episode: Discover Kerry's Leadership PhilosophyNavigating Change with ConfidenceBalancing Career and FamilyEmpowering Women in the WorkplaceThe Power of Community and Consumer Insights Join us for a deep dive into Kerry Rowland’s world, where compassion meets leadership, and purpose drives success. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a healthcare professional, or someone passionate about making a difference, this episode is for you! TIMESTAMPS: [03:24] - Introduction to Kerry Rowland [04:24] - Influence of a Strong Role Model [07:27] - Balancing Family and Career [09:57] - Breaking Gender Stereotypes [18:02] - Early Career Lessons at Kimberly Clark [27:43] - Overcoming Career Challenges [46:14] - Customer-Centered Design [55:21] - Reflections on the Ripple Effect Program [1:06:21] - Transition to Cancer Council SA Tune In and Share! Don't miss out on this enlightening conversation! Tune in and be sure to share this episode with your network and help us spread the word about the incredible work being done at Cancer Council SA. Listen and share today! Where to find Kerry Rowlands LinkedIn Books mentioned in the episode Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow By: Gabrielle Zevin Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:01:42:46

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#122 - Mark Hoffman-Davis, CEO of SYC Limited on Adapting and Thriving in Times of Change

4/30/2024
Curious How a CEO Can Influence Both Corporate Success and Community Well-being? Don't miss our latest episode of the Creating Synergy Podcast, where we explore the profound impact of leadership through the lens of Mark Hoffman-Davis, CEO of SYC Limited. Here’s why you need to tune in: From CIA Backgrounds to Global Shifts:Leadership Lessons from McDonald’s to the C-Suite:Transformative Work Ethic:Strategic Business Moves:Navigating Corporate and Community Impact:Tech Innovations in Social Services:This episode provides rare insights into the making of a leader who’s not only at the forefront of business innovation but also deeply committed to social impact. Tune in, get inspired, and maybe steal some of his secrets for yourself! Don’t forget to subscribe – you won’t want to miss this! TIMESTAMPS: [2:03] - Early Life and Move to Australia [6:21] - CIA influence from Mark's father [8:12] - Lessons in Hard Work [18:19] - Childhood Lessons [27:21] - Leadership at a Young Age [44:43] - Career Progression [50:38] - Customer-Centric Philosophy [1:04:46] - Transition to CEO of SYC [1:29:20] - Technology in Human Services [1:41:39] - Vision for the Future Where to find Mark Hoffman-Davis LinkedIn Books mentioned in the episode Start with Why by Simon Sinek Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:01:54:06

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#121 – Stacey Northover, Executive General Manager of Believe Housing Australia on Leading with Compassion: A Conversation on Affordable Housing, Change Management and Community

4/18/2024
Dive into this enlightening episode of the #CreatingSynergyPodcast where we sit down with the dynamic Stacey Northover, Executive General Manager at Believe Housing Australia. Stacey brings over 25 years of transformative leadership in the housing sector from the bustling streets of the UK to the vibrant communities of Australia. Prepare to be inspired by her dedication to changing lives and challenging norms. Why You Can’t Miss This Episode: Early Inspirations:Breaking Barriers:Embracing Change:Leadership with Empathy:The Fun Side of Change:🎧 Listen now and let Stacey’s story inspire you to think differently about community, change, and the places we call home. Available now on all major podcast platforms! TIMESTAMPS: [09:51] - Affordable Housing Crisis [14:55] - Community Housing in Australia [21:19] - Career Progression in Housing [24:52] - Breaking Stereotypes and Supporting Tenants [30:38] - Mental Health Support for Tenants [38:13] - Domestic Violence and Support Systems [48:29] - Challenges of Immigration and COVID-19 [1:04:22] - Leadership and Change Management Where to find Stacey Northover LinkedIn Books mentioned in the episode The 5 second rule by Mel Robbins Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:01:48:16

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#120 Dr. Gemma Munro, Award-winning speaker on the Courage to Embrace Change and Finding your True Purpose

3/26/2024
We are thrilled to welcome back the extraordinary Dr. Gemma Munro for an episode that promises to be a turning point in your journey towards self-discovery and transformation. Known as the Alchemist at Work, Gemma, an award-winning speaker and facilitator, has the unique ability to ignite courage and spark rapid, easeful change. In this episode, we dive deep into the essence of transformation, the power of courage, and how to turn the seemingly impossible into reality. With a PhD in performance psychology, Gemma has touched over 72,000 lives worldwide, proving that change is not only possible but within reach. Tune in now! Here's why you ABSOLUTELY can't miss this episode: 🎙️ Courage to Change: Gemma dives deep into the psychology behind our fear of stepping out of our comfort zones and how to embrace calculated risks. 🎙️ Finding your Purpose: Unravel the importance of discovering your purpose and common mistakes to avoid. 🎙️ Power of Intuition: Discover practical tips to tap into your intuition and how it can guide your life decisions. 🎙️ Transformative Strategies: Get firsthand tips from Gemma's "What Comes Next?" program, proven to guide participants towards clarity, purpose, and action. Be ready to be inspired, hopeful, and ready to take on your next challenge. Where to find Gemma Munro LinkedInWebsite Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:01:29:41

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#119 Claire Scapinello, CEO of ECH Inc. on a journey of resilience from personal trials to leading aged care innovation

3/14/2024
Ready for something truly inspiring to kick off your weekend? We’ve got something special for your ears this weekend with our latest episode of the #CreatingSynergyPodcast featuring the incredible Claire Scapinello, CEO of ECH Inc. Claire’s story is the kind of listen that’ll have you hooked from start to finish. Her journey is packed with lessons on resilience, innovation, and what it means to lead with vision and heart. Here's why: We dive deep into how she's transforming aged care, blending technology with a touch of humanity, and making real changes that matter. It’s not just about the challenges; it’s about seeing opportunities where others see obstacles. Make your day a bit more meaningful, fuel your motivation and spark new ideas and give this episode a listen! TIMESTAMP: [05:17] - Introduction to Claire's background and influences [25:02] - Claire discusses a life-changing injury in 2009 and its impact [35:25] - The moment Claire was told she might never walk again [38:11] - Exploration of stoicism and its role in Claire's recovery process [44:01] - Claire shares her experience of regaining movement and her determination [58:34] - Transitioning into Claire's career and her role as CEO of a major aged care provider [1:04:14] - The importance of customer focus and digital understanding for CEOs [1:13:12] - Discussion on change management and transforming the aged care industry [1:27:15] - The growing impact and challenges within the aged care sector [1:39:49] - Claire's appreciation for stoicism and the best advice she has received Where to find Claire Scapinello LinkedInTwitter Books discussed in the episode: Emotional Intelligence Why It Can Matter More Than IQ By: Daniel GolemanTalking to Strangers What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know By: Malcolm Gladwell Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:01:44:01

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#118 David Panter, CEO of Minda Incorporated on Embracing True Self, Leading with Purpose

2/28/2024
We're kicking off with a new episode this year as we sit down with David Panter, the inspiring CEO of Minda Incorporated, for an intimate conversation that promises to uplift, motivate, and transform your perspective on leadership and personal growth. David takes us through his remarkable life story, sharing the highs and lows, the moments of doubt, and the triumphs of courage that have defined his path. From standing firm in his identity in an unaccepting era to spearheading transformative change in healthcare and aged care sectors, David's story is a testament to the power of leading with authenticity and purpose. Why Listen? Get inspired by David's commitment to transforming the healthcare and aged care sectors for the better.Ready to see how embracing your true self can transform your approach to leadership? Then you absolutely need to tune into this episode. TIMESTAMP: [00:16:59:19] - David's Role as an AIDS Information Officer [00:22:02:15] - Princess Diana's Involvement in AIDS Activism [00:39:01:06] - Being Called In to Fix and Transform Organizations [00:42:57:02] - The Importance of Authenticity and Being True to Oneself as a Leader. [00:53:03:05] - State of Minda When David Panter Took on the Role of CEO [01:39:27:05] - Advice for Emerging Leaders Where to find David Panter LinkedInFacebook Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:01:57:41

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Synergy Shorts #4: Tobi Pearce, CEO Of EzLicence on Navigating Emotions and Leadership in building a million-dollar empire

2/15/2024
We're thrilled to bring you another episode in our Synergy Shorts series, featuring one of our most celebrated guests yet—Tobi Pearce, the dynamic CEO of EZLicence as one of our highest viewed and most downloaded episodes on the Creating Synergy Podcast. Join us as Tobi unveils the secrets behind Navigating Emotions and Leadership in Building a Million-Dollar Empire. 💡 Why You Can't Miss This Episode: Uncover the Power of Emotional Intelligence:Real Talk on Real Challenges:Blueprint for Success:🎧 Tune in now to discover how you, too, can navigate the intricate dance of emotions and leadership to build your own million-dollar empire. TIMESTAMP: [00:00:15] - The Flawed Assumption About Emotions [00:01:50] - Skill Acquisition and Emotional Control [00:02:10] - Leadership and Emotions [00:02:47] - The Goldilocks Zone of Emotions [00:03:00] - Stimulus, Response, and the Space in Between [00:05:33] - Learning Through Experience and Reflection [00:06:37] - Advisory and Coaching Insights [00:07:14] - Seeking Truth Over Knowledge [00:09:51] - The Importance of Writing Decisions Down Where to find TOBI PEARCE LinkedInInstagramFacebook Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:15:41

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Synergy Shorts #3: Vinh Giang, International Keynote Speaker on the power of Effective Communication in life, career and building a Successful Brand

2/8/2024
We are back with another exciting episode in our Synergy Shorts Series featuring our all-time favorite guest, Vinh Giang! This episode has not only stolen the spotlight as our most downloaded but has also become a fan favorite for its profound insights on effective communication. Vinh, a renowned international keynote speaker, shares his unique perspective on how communication shapes our lives, careers, and brands. Key Highlights: The Music MetaphorMastering Delivery and ContentInfluencing and PersuadingBuilding ConnectionsPractical Tips for ImprovementWhether you're aiming to inspire change, make a lasting impression, or simply connect more meaningfully with those around you, this episode with Vinh Giang offers invaluable lessons. Tune in to start transforming the way you communicate and watch as new doors open in every facet of your life. Don't miss out on this journey to finding your voice and making it heard! TIMESTAMP: [00:00:28] - Great Communication [00:01:21] - Balancing Content and Delivery [00:02:00] - Communication as Connection [00:02:17] - The Role of the Listener [00:02:59] - Empowering the Next Generation [00:03:52] - The Power of Effective Expression [00:04:15] - Self-Awareness in Communication [00:06:15] - The Impact of Lack of Self-Awareness [00:07:10] - The Importance of Review and Reflection [00:09:06] - The Influence of Personal Network [00:09:34] - Stories of Resilience and Grit [00:12:19] - Overcoming Self-Doubt Where to find VINH GIANG LinkedInInstagramYoutubeTwitterTiktokWebsite Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:11:46

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Synergy Shorts #2: David Fogarty, CEO and Founder of the Oodie and the Davie Group on Leveraging the power of Social Media in scaling a Multi-Million Dollar Business

1/30/2024
Get ready to dive headfirst into an electrifying episode of our special segment in #SynergyShorts! We're rolling out the red carpet for the highlights from our incredible chat with none other than David Fogarty, the brilliant CEO and Founder of The Oodie and The Davie Group. Imagine sitting down with a business juggernaut who's cracked the code to turning social media into a multi-million dollar megaphone for his ventures – that's exactly what you're about to experience! Whether you're a hungry entrepreneur, a savvy marketer, or a business aficionado thirsty for next-level insights, this episode is your golden ticket. Prepare to be infused with ideas that will supercharge your impact in the digital arena. Tune in, get inspired, and transform the way you see and do business in the digital world. You definitely don't want to miss this! TIMESTAMP: [00:00:15] - Importance of Continuous Learning in Business [00:01:01] - Utilizing Diverse Resources for Rapid Growth [00:01:31] - Incredible Power and Impact of Community [00:02:04] - Transition to Community-Focused Brand Building [00:03:09] - CEO Leadership and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome Where to find DAVID FOGARTY LinkedInInstagramYoutubeTwitter Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:10:24

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Synergy Shorts #1: Marc Randolph, Co-Founder of Netflix Unfiltered Advise on Fearless Entrepreneurship

1/23/2024
Welcome to this special edition of "Synergy Shorts," where we bring you compact insights from the giants of industry and innovation. In this episode, we are thrilled to feature the highlights from our most viewed podcast episode with Marc Randolph, the visionary Co-founder of Netflix, as he unravels the secrets to fearless entrepreneurship and the art of making bold moves. Marc shares invaluable lessons that are not just about building a successful business but about nurturing a mindset that dares to disrupt and redefine. In this short but impactful episode, you'll discover: Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, a seasoned business leader, or simply curious about the man behind the world's leading streaming service, Tune in NOW and empower your journey with the wisdom of Marc Randolph—because even the grandest ventures begin with the courage to take that first bold step. HIGHLIGHTS: [00:00:49] - Decision-Making in Ambiguity [00:02:05] - Evolution of Risk-Taking [00:02:53] - Persistence and Entrepreneurial Grit [00:04:19] - Importance of Culture in Success Where to find Marc Randolph LinkedInWebsiteBooks mentioned in this episode: That will never work by Marc Randolph Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:06:06

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#117 Martin Haese, Serial Entrepreneur on Mastering Leadership and Entrepreneurship

12/27/2023
Dive into an insightful episode of the #CreatingSynergyPodcast with our incredible guest, Martin Haese, former Lord Mayor of Adelaide and a trailblazer in entrepreneurship. We explore Martin's multifaceted career - from founding successful fashion ventures like Youthworks and Sole Shoes to leading significant civic and business initiatives in South Australia. Key Highlights: Building a $25 Million Fashion EmpireStrategic Leadership in Business and GovernanceContributions Beyond BusinessCommitment to SustainabilityVision for South Australia's FutureThis episode offers a unique glimpse into the mind of a leader who's consistently challenged the status quo, embraced innovation, and pursued his vision with relentless determination. It's a must-listen for those interested in entrepreneurship, leadership, and community development. TIMESTAMPS: [00:00:10] - Introduction of Martin Haese and his notable achievements. [00:04:22] - Martin's early years and his aspiration for business. [00:14:08] - The inception of Youthquake in 1993 and its journey. [00:21:07] - Emphasis on the importance of systems and reinvesting in business. [00:26:13:] - Building a strong company culture centered around values and customers. [00:32:14] - 'Freedom Fridays': Allocating time for research and future planning. [00:43:04] - Martin Haese discusses selling his business and transitioning roles. [01:03:27] - Exploring the potential for entrepreneurship in South Australia. [01:09:30] - Explaining the role and responsibilities of the Lord Mayor of Adelaide. [01:21:19] - Martin Haese's enthusiasm about South Australia's leadership in renewable energy. Where to find Martin Haese LinkedIn Books Mentioned: Moneyball The Art of Winning an Unfair Game By: Michael Lewis Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq).

Duration:01:37:41

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#116 Shaun Westcott, CEO of Mitsubishi ON Military Strategy to Corporate Empire: The Unbelievable Journey of a CEO Who Cheated Death!

12/13/2023
Dive into our lates episode of the #CreatingSynergyPodcast as we unravel the extraordinary journey of Shaun Westcott, CEO of Mitsubishi. From the challenging military ranks in South Africa to leading a global automotive powerhouse, Shaun's story is a masterclass in resilience and innovation. Discover how Shaun's early military experience shaped his formidable leadership style. Hear about his transformative role at Coca-Cola and how he revolutionized AC Whitcher amidst the 2008 Global Financial Crisis with his out-of-the-box thinking. The episode takes a personal turn with Shaun's move to South Australia following a traumatic incident, leading to pivotal changes both personally and professionally. Learn about his rapid rise to CEO at Mitsubishi, a record-breaking achievement demonstrating his exceptional strategic vision. Shaun shares insights on his leadership philosophy, the future of electric cars, and balancing a demanding CEO role with family life. 🎧 Tune in for this inspiring conversation and don't forget to like, subscribe, and share your thoughts on Shaun's remarkable journey! KEY HIGHLIGHTS: [05:04] - Shaun's Childhood on a South African Farm [06:21] - Shaun's Passion for Adventure and Adrenaline Activities [07:27] - Shaun's Ambition to Visit Antarctica [08:14] - Influence of Shawn's Entrepreneurial Parents [09:01] - Resilience and Resourcefulness Lessons from Parents [09:46] - Compulsory Military Service Experience in South Africa [10:18] - Youngest in School & Joining the Military [11:07] - Identified as a Leader in the Military [12:22] - The Importance of People and Motivation [13:47] - Reflections on Compulsory Military Service Trigger Warning: Please be advised that some parts of this episode contain discussions on sensitive topics, including personal experiences of violence and trauma. Listener discretion is advised, especially for those who may find such subjects distressing. We strive to handle these topics with respect and sensitivity, but we understand if some listeners choose to skip this content for their well-being. Where to find Shaun Westcott LinkedIn Books Mentioned: From Good to Great by Jim Collins Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq).

Duration:02:03:35

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#115 Alisa Fraser CEO & Head of Creative at al.ive body on Transforming Reality Fame into Entrepreneurial Flame

11/29/2023
Join us in this inspiring episode of the Creating Synergy Podcast as we delve into the remarkable journey of Alisa Fraser, an entrepreneurial force in the Australian business landscape. Known for her rise to fame on 'The Block', Alisa's story is a testament to the power of resilience, innovation, and unyielding ambition. From her early days in the police force to dominating the world of interior design and creating the multimillion-dollar AL.ive Body brand, Alisa's journey is filled with invaluable lessons, daring risks, and breathtaking successes. In this conversation, she shares the highs and lows of her entrepreneurial path, her approach to overcoming challenges, and the insights she's gained along the way. This episode is more than just a success story; it's a narrative of transformation, leadership, and the relentless pursuit of dreams. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, a business enthusiast, or simply love success stories, Alisa's insights and experiences are sure to motivate and enlighten. Tune in now! KEY HIGHLIGHTS: [1:55] - Age and Self-Image [4:02] - Awards and Success on "The Block" [6:18] - Childhood and Upbringing [11:10] - Importance of Sports in Life [12:31] - Duration of Mother's Business and Sibling Relationship [16:43] - Aspiration to Join the Police Force [23:22] - Applying for "The Block" [32:17] - Using Social Media for Business Growth [34:33] - Starting an Interior Design Business [1:16:09] - Winning the 40 under 40 Award Where to find Alisa Fraser LinkedInBooks Mentioned: $100M Leads How to Get Strangers to Want to Buy Your Stuff By: Alexander Hormozi$100M Offers How To Make Offers So Good People Feel Stupid Saying No By: Alex HormoziJoin the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq).

Duration:01:46:15

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#114 Brenton Cox, Managing Director of Adelaide Airport: Leadership while Navigating Lockdowns and Lift-offs

11/15/2023
Join us on the Creating Synergy Podcast for an engaging episode featuring Brenton Cox, Managing Director of Adelaide Airport, as we delve into his journey from a childhood enriched with cricket, reading, and community service to leading one of South Australia's most pivotal aviation hubs. Discover Brenton's unique leadership style, marked by calmness, humility, and a welcoming nature, which has guided him through various challenging roles in the aviation industry. This episode offers an in-depth look at his transition from law to aviation, his strategic navigation through the COVID-19 pandemic at Adelaide Airport, and the leadership philosophies that have shaped his successful career. Tune in for an inspiring conversation that highlights the essence of effective leadership and the impact of personal growth on professional success. Key Highlights: From Law to the Runway:Leadership During Crisis:Personal Philosophy & Community Ties:Strategic Vision for Adelaide Airport:Leadership Insights:Tune in to this captivating episode for a deep dive into the world of aviation leadership and the inspiring journey of Brenton Cox. TIMESTAMPS: [07:10] - Introduction of Brenton Cox and His Role at Adelaide Airport [08:24] - Brenton's Entry into the Aviation Industry and Interest in Aviation [17:50] - Impact of Brenton's Upbringing and Parental Influence [31:37] - Transition from Legal and Finance to Aviation Industry [46:12] - Brenton's Journey into the Aviation World and Finding Passion [53:24] - Brenton as Managing Director: Challenges and Experiences During COVID-19 [1:07:26] - Managing Director Role: Focus on People and Airport Projects [1:09:18] - Importance of Airport Security and Cybersecurity [1:14:09] - Future of Airports: Technological Advancements and Sustainability [1:21:57] - Brenton's Leadership Style and Philosophy: Servant Leadership and Accountability Where to find Brenton Cox LinkedInBooks Mentioned: The hard thing about hard things By: Ben HorowitzLeaders eat last By: Simon SinekJoin the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access Syn

Duration:01:57:12

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#113 - Andrew Downs, Founder of SAGE Group on: From Backyard Shed to Global Automation Powerhouse

11/1/2023
Dive into the remarkable journey of Andrew Downs, founder of SAGE Group, in this latest episode of the Creating Synergy Podcast. Discover how a small automation company from Adelaide soared to global heights, navigating through noise complaints and the brink of financial crisis to become a leading industry giant with over 700 employees and $200 million in revenue. Listen in as Andrew opens up about his early life's pivotal moments, the character-building challenges he faced, and his innate ability to forge lasting partnerships based on trust. With a blend of humor, wisdom, and candid revelations, this conversation is a trove of valuable lessons and a peek into the innovative future of SAGE Group. KEY TAKEAWAYS: This conversation isn't just a glimpse into a business magnate's mind—it's a blueprint of ambition, resilience, and visionary foresight. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: [1:09]- Budget and Revenue [6:21]- Entrepreneurial Spirit from Grandparents [7:15]- Decision to Leave School [8:50]- Apprenticeship Application [27:01]- Founding of Sage [31:20]- Long-term Employees [32:24]- Skunk Works Strategy [43:51]- Lack of Initial Business Strategy [58:41]- 2008 Recession Challenges [1:14:38]- Sage Group as a House of Brands Where to find ANDREW DOWNS LinkedInBooks Mentioned: Die With Zero Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life By: Bill PerkinsScaling Up How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't By: Verne HarnishGood to Great Why Some Companies Make the Leap... And Others Don't By: Jim CollinsZero to One Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future By: Peter Thiel, Blake MastersThe Tipping Point How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference By: Malcolm GladwellJoin the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:01:50:47

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#112 - Alfonzo Ianniello, CEO and Managing Director of CODAN on Unveiling the Human and the Visionary Leader Behind the Boardroom

10/18/2023
In this enriching episode of the #CreatingSynergyPodcast, join us as we uncover the layers of wisdom and humanity in one of the most esteemed leaders of our time, Alf Ianiello, the visionary CEO of ASX-listed powerhouse, CODAN, and the influential former CEO of the iconic South Australian enterprise, Detmold. 🌟 Episode Highlights: Respected Leadership:Origins of Excellence:Pioneering CODAN:Braving Economic Tides:Work-Life Balance:Prepare to be inspired and enlightened, as Alf Ianiello bares the heart and mind behind the leader, sharing not just strategies for success, but the essence of a life well-lived. 🎧 Listen now and immerse yourself in a narrative of leadership, empathy, and strength, and perhaps, find pieces of wisdom to weave into your own story. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: [6:27] - Influence of Parents [17:59] - Sports and Leadership [21:34] - Evolving Leadership Style [31:56] - Joining Detmold [39:12] - Customer Centricity [45:57] - Corporate Transitions [58:16] - Goal Setting Strategies [1:03:05] - Leadership Philosophy [1:15:56] - Facing Recession [1:19:52] - Work-Life Balance Where to find Alf Ianiello LinkedIn Books Mentioned: Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World By: David Epstein Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:01:36:00

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#111 - Craige Whitton, CEO of Northline on Leading Through Transformation & Triumphs

10/4/2023
Join us on a riveting journey as we unpack the success story of Craige Whitton, CEO of Northline. From his roots in Perth, the guidance of his father, to his meteoric rise in the corporate world, Craige has quite a tale to tell. Especially, as Northline celebrates its 40th anniversary, it's the perfect time to hear how he spearheaded its exponential growth while ensuring the values of culture and positive work environment remained intact. 🔑 Top 5 Key Topics Discussed: Craige's Foundations:CFO to CEO:Northline's Evolution:Culture & Change:Navigating Economic Uncertainties:if you're as intrigued as we are by Craige's story, then don't just sit there! 🎧 Tune in NOW! Feel enlightened? Elated? Eager for more? Then make sure to click on that like button, 🔄 share this episode with your mates, and 📌 subscribe to keep the synergy alive. Let's create a community where inspiration meets action! HIGHLIGHTS: 3:29: Craig's background and upbringing 13:58: Family values in the workplace 28:33: Impact of the global financial crisis 30:00: Importance of having the right people and culture 35:08: Strategic plan for growth and consolidation in the industry 45:00: Employee value proposition and high employee retention 52:01: Personalized customer service and relationship building 56:22: Managing the appetite for new technologies and focus on long-term challenges like sustainability 1:01:15: Insights from the Oxford leadership program 1:16:47: Navigating through economic crises and potential recession Where to find Craige Whitton LinkedIn Books Mentioned: A Bone of Fact By: David WalshThe Ride of a Lifetime By: Robert Iger Join the conversation on Synergy IQ on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@synergyiq). Access SynergyIQ Website to get to know more about us. Say hello to our host Daniel Franco on LinkedIn.

Duration:01:42:11