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Leaders in Conversation with Anni Townend

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Leaders in Conversation gives you an intimate glimpse into the real lives of business leaders. This series of candid conversations delves into a deeper side of leadership. Each intimate conversation is hosted by Anni Townend, a leadership partner, executive coach and author who has worked with thousands of business leaders throughout her career and who skilfully connects with her guests to share these inspiring life and leadership stories with you to help build confidence and courage in your own leadership journey. Connect and collaborate with Anni at www.annitownend.com

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United Kingdom

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Leaders in Conversation gives you an intimate glimpse into the real lives of business leaders. This series of candid conversations delves into a deeper side of leadership. Each intimate conversation is hosted by Anni Townend, a leadership partner, executive coach and author who has worked with thousands of business leaders throughout her career and who skilfully connects with her guests to share these inspiring life and leadership stories with you to help build confidence and courage in your own leadership journey. Connect and collaborate with Anni at www.annitownend.com

Language:

English


Episodes

Slaying the Monster of Poverty in Africa – a conversation with Moses Tai Founder and CEO of African Development Choices (ADC), Author of ‘There Is Shade’ and Speaker

2/12/2024
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life - the people, places and experiences that have shaped them and made them the leader that they are today. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Moses Tai Founder and CEO African Development Choices (ADC), Author of ‘There Is Shade’ and Speaker. We delve together into the working culture of African Development Choices, in particular how they encourage community and reflect who they are in what they do: Moses’ Three Key Encouragements to Leaders Develop a strong vision Recruit and retain talented people Build well structured teams Connect with Moses Tai, and find out more about African Development Choices www.linkedin.com/in/mosestai https://mybook.to/TISHADE https://africandevelopmentchoices.org/ To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.com A big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production. To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening. About Moses My mission with the podcast is to be in conversation with people who have a passion and purpose (no matter how small or large), and, who want to make a difference through their leadership, and to give them a way of sharing their story to inspire, confidence, care and courage in you the listener - far and wide. So when Taryn Weeks of Sparks Marketing suggested that Moses would be a great guest I contacted him, and bought a copy of his book ‘There Is Shade’. Moses is an inspiring leader, a passionate voice for sustainable change.

Duration:00:33:31

Leadership, Love and Landscape – a conversation with Roger Mortlock, CEO, CPRE, the countryside charity

1/29/2024
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence, care and courage in your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational personal leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life - the people, places and experiences that have shaped them and made them the leader that they are today. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Roger Mortlock, Chief Executive Officer, CPRE, the countryside charity. Together we delve into what it means to lead: ROGER’S THREE ENCOURAGEMENTS TO LEADERS To contact Roger LinkedIn: Roger Mortlock Website: www.cpre.org.uk About Roger Mortlock I first met Roger some twenty years ago and have had the privilege of partnering with him, and the teams he has led and been part of over the years. To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.com A big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production. To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.

Duration:00:30:56

Feedback: Give it Kindly, Receive it with Grace – a conversation with Febronia Ruocco, Strategic Insights Professional, Executive Coach and Mentor

1/8/2024
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life - the people, places and experiences that have shaped them and made them the leader that they are today. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Febronia Ruocco, Strategic Insights Professional, Executive Coach and Mentor We delve and explore together leadership values and skills, and the importance of these in Febronia’s life, leadership, insights and mentoring work. In particular the values of: Febronia’s three encouragement to leaders: How to contact Febronia LinkedIn: Febronia Ruocco About Febronia I first met Febronia through LinkedIn - she not only liked my podcast, but also commented, and messaged me personally. Febronia has her own podcast weekly roundup of the best listens, and it is a huge honour to have been chosen by her more than once! She is a Strategic Insights Professional and Executive Coach. And she is also a Leadership and Career Mentor for Undergraduates at Durham and Lancaster University. After several exchanges via LinkedIn we arranged a call and discovered that we shared similar passions, and had some shared experiences. I am delighted that she agreed to be my guest, and to share her leadership story. To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website: www.annitownend.com/podcast A big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production. To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.

Duration:00:36:00

Burnout, Thriving and Everything In Between – a conversation with Meera Craston, experienced senior leader, executive coach and co-founder of Next Brave Move

12/11/2023
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow your confidence and courage as a leader. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already, please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Meera Craston, a highly experienced senior leader and executive coach; and co-founder of Next Brave Move. Meera is committed to supporting individuals, teams and organisations to thrive, demonstrate their impact and bring about positive change. Together we delve into: Meera’s three key encouragements for leaders: 1. At times when you feel stuck, there’s something very valuable about taking stock and weighing up whether you are holding onto an old narrative that was once very valuable but over time has become less relevant and is no longer serving you well 2. Be true to yourself and recognise that careers do not need to be linear and that it’s never too late to change direction and build new dreams 3. Creating space and being brave and exploratory can often lead to the most amazing opportunities. A huge thanks to Meera for sharing so much of herself, her thoughts, insights and experiences. To find out more about Meera and Next Brave Move, find, follow and contact her at: LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/meeracraston/WEBSITE www.nextbravemove.comEMAIL meera@nextbravemove.comTo contact me Anni Townend, do email me on anni@annitownend.com ABOUT MEERA Meera is a deeply purpose-driven senior leader and executive coach, and co-founder of Next Brave Move. She is committed to supporting individuals, teams and organisations to thrive, demonstrate their impact and bring about positive change. Having worked as an evaluation, impact and policy design specialist for two decades, she is a strong advocate of evidence-based (and pragmatic) decision making, who understands the challenges of leadership, consultancy and making sense of complexity. Her recent experience includes leading the UK Evaluation Society as its inaugural Executive Director, and prior to this, co-leading Ipsos UK's Policy and Evaluation Unit. This involved strategic, operational & commercial responsibilities, and leading the people, talent development, and cultural aspects of the Unit. Looking forwards, her evolving portfolio of work brings together her leadership, consulting, and evaluation experience, and her longstanding interest in re-imagining the dynamics of work-life, effectively navigating transitions, and exploring the intricate evolution of mission and identity.

Duration:00:28:10

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging - Small Practical Steps, Big Impactful Strides - a conversation with Martin Glover, HR Director for Morton Fraser

11/27/2023
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence, care and courage in your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their personal inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Martin Glover, HR Director for Morton Fraser - Martin is an advocate for fairness, equity and leadership development….. Together we delve into: Martin’s three key encouragements for people looking to develop their leadership, and to lead intentionally and deliberately for diversity, inclusion and belonging. Think about the experience you are trying to create in your organisation - what do you want people to think and feel about your business Hire for the why (the Vision) this ensures people are aligned to what your organisation is trying to achieve Develop your own curiosity for difference in people and think about the value broadened outlooks like this can add to what you are trying to achieveTo find out about more about Martin, about the firm, find and follow him on: www.morton-fraser.com LinkedIn: Martin Glover To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, anni@annitownend.com A big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production. To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening. About Martin I first met Martin when he worked for a different organisation, and was thrilled when he contacted me at his next company to talk about leadership, and then when he moved to Morton-Fraser I moved with him! I think of myself very much as a Leadership Partner, and Martin is a true partner, a fantastic builder of relationships, he is passionate about inclusivity and diversity, and about community.

Duration:00:35:38

The challenges and satisfactions of leading in the public sector - a conversation with Justin Russell, Former Chief Inspector of Probation

11/5/2023
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence, care and courage your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Justin Russell, Former Chief Inspector of Probation, a role that he finished in the Autumn of 2023 on the challenges and satisfactions of leading in the public sector. Together we delve into: Justin’s three key encouragements for leaders, whatever the sector they are working and leading in: About Justin Justin is the former Chief Inspector of Probation, a role that he finished in the Autumn of 2023. I had the privilege of partnering with him and his leadership team over a short period of time during 2023. Together we introduced the Future-Engage-Deliver approach to leadership, created by Steve Radcliffe to help the team get clear on their shared future, build bigger relationships with each other, and to deliver more now and later through others. His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation’s mission is to deliver ‘High quality probation and youth justice services that change people’s lives for the better’, their focus is on how the probation does things and on how probation makes a real life difference in the lives of the people they work with – something that has been a passion for Justin throughout his career. Contact Justin via LInkedIn, on Justin Russell, where he posts regularly.

Duration:00:40:11

Hone your personal style for success! - a conversation with Jane Mather, Make-up Artist and Personal Stylist

10/9/2023
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage in your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life - the people, places and experiences that have shaped them and made them the leader that they are today. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Jane Mather, Make-up Artist and Personal Stylist We delve together into: 1How truly understanding our ‘uniqueness’, and our ‘values’, can help us shape our personal style and achieve our goals 2How translating our ‘values’ and defining our non-verbal communication skills helps us hone our personal style for success 3 The importance of showing compassion to and being empowering of others. Three Key Encouragements Learn more about Jane through her website: www.janemather.co.uk, where you can also subscribe to her newsletter. Or follow Jane on Instagram: @janemather_makeupstyle To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.com A big thank you to my support team at the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production.

Duration:00:30:29

On Hope and Optimism – a conversation with Beto Funari Board Member, Venture Capital Founder, Former Chief Executive

9/18/2023
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence, care and courage in your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational personal leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already - please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Beto Funari. Together we delve into: and how to do this through leading with empathy, actively listening, fostering diversity and inclusion financial success is essential it should not come at the expense of human well-being or ethical principles. through building trust and loyalty and through delivering high-quality products or services. Three Key Encouragements What are your three key encouragements for leaders looking to build hope and optimism? To contact Beto, do so through LinkedIn, Roberto Funari. To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.com To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.

Duration:00:38:02

On Creating a Safe Environment and Asking for Impact Feedback

8/29/2023
Welcome to Anni in Conversation. In this episode I delve into my thoughts and insights into the importance of leaders asking for feedback on their impact felt, and how to create a safe environment in which to have these conversations. Many years ago, my friend and colleague Steve Radcliffe suggested to me that the two most important questions a leader can ask are... - how good am I at creating a safe environment for people? - And what is your experience of me? Creating a safe environment in which people can be open and honest through practising curiosity, care and courage in their leadership is at the heart of the Collaboration Equation™, a unique framework co created by myself and Lucy kid that encourages and guides leaders in creating cultures of care and connection, in which inclusive dialogue and diversity of thought and feeling are welcomed. Finding out what people's experience of us is essential to developing greater self awareness. We remember how we feel around people. In any one situation, how people feel around us will vary. So gathering this invaluable data on how different people feel, can help us to ensure that our behaviour is aligned with how we would like people to feel around us. My own aspiration is to have people feel seen, heard and understood. It's an aspiration. The only way I can find out whether that's how people experience me is to share with them that that's my aspiration, and to ask them: - How you feel around me? - When do you feel that way? So do invite a conversation with people you know, and you would like to build a relationship with and from whom you can get this invaluable impact felt feedback. Thank you for listening.

Duration:00:02:43

Powering the Planet through Renewables and Bold Leadership – a conversation with Steen Broust Nielsen Senior Vice President Sales at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

8/27/2023
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational personal leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Steen Broust Nielsen Senior Vice President Sales at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables We delve together into: 1 Trust – as a foundation for cohesive and high performing teams 2 (Com)passion – caring is at the core of authentic leadership 3 Meaning – fuels us all and gives us purpose 4 Humility and resilience – knowing it is never about you - and that’s ok Three key encouragements What are your three encouragements that you would give to leaders? 1. Be real – leaders are people too 2. Be bold – if it matters to you it matters to others 3. Be consistent – trust is earned with our teams as well as with our peers To find out more about Steen and to get in touch with him do connect with him on LinkedIn, where he posts regularly . To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.com A big thank you to my support team at The Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production. To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.

Duration:00:28:59

On coming home to our true nature – a conversation with Cassandra Ogier, Founder of The Reflective Horse

8/7/2023
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage in your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Cassandra Ogier. Together we delve into: 1. The power of presence 2. Embodied leadership 3. Deep listening/communicating from self-regulation 4. Trusting the unfolding of life Cassy’s Three key encouragements, guiding principles for leaders to help them come home to their true nature…. 1. Be guided by your passion. What you love. 2. Trust in yourself as a part of the whole experience of life. 3. Life is happening for you, not to you To find out more about Cassy and to get in touch with her do follow her on Instagram @thereflectivehorse and go to her website, www.thereflectivehorse.com A big thank you to my support team at The Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production. To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening. About Cassandra Ogier Cassandra is the Founder & Director of The Reflective Horse®, providing embodied leadership experiences through partnering with horses. She is the pioneer of equine-guided programming with free-roaming horses. She created The Reflective Horse® in 2011 in the US, and has expanded her practice through The Reflective Horse® Mastery Program, teaching Practitioners, and widening the potential for free beings - horses and humans - coming together to experience a shift in perspective through somatic practices and Insight-Based mentorship. She is passionate about creating and collaborating on inspiring programming to support clients in reconnecting with their innate wisdom, and liberation from the conditioned mind. Originally from East Sussex, Cassandra moved to California with her family in 2007 where she actualized her dharma. She is the Mother of three incredible sons, of whom she is most proud and honoured to be sharing this life. She currently teaches in North and Central America and in Europe. To learn more about Cassandra visit her website, thereflectivehorse.com/about

Duration:00:30:06

On Being Significantly Insignificant - a conversation with Ellie Norman, Chief Communications Officer, Manchester United Football Club

7/17/2023
Welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Ellie Norman, Chief Communications Officer, Manchester United Football Club. Together we delve into: Ellie’s Three Guiding Principles to have people feel seen and validated 1) Bring the light. So be able to bring the light and to shine that light on every individual you meet. Think about ‘How do you leave every person feeling good about themselves? ‘ 2) Challenge the status quo. So to ask ‘what if?’. 3) Recognise just how fortunate we are, so find that zest that fun and that energy, and to be able to bring that. About Ellie Norman I first met Ellie on the Marketing Leaders Programme, when she came to speak to the group of marketing leaders. I was inspired by her passion and commitment to people, by her energy and enthusiasm to connect with people, and to put them at ease helping them to be their very best through learning. I love her passion for having everyone feel validated no matter where they are, or who they are or where they have come from. Recognised as customer-obsessed and target-driven, with demonstrable critical thinking skills and an ability to disrupt the status quo to achieve category beating growth. A broad, curious, perceptive thinker who combines creative and problem-solving skills to find new opportunities. Inspires teams to work with excellence, curiosity, and a ‘can do’ attitude to deliver the business growth. Leads by example, able to embrace change and find a path through ambiguity, maintaining a sense of calm confidence, optimism, whilst balancing focus on long-term strategy. To find out more about Ellie and to get in touch with her do follow her on LinkedIn, where she posts regularly. To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.com A big thank you to my support team to the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production. To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.

Duration:00:26:05

On Being Seen, Heard & Understood

6/28/2023
Welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni in Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage your leadership. In today's episode, I share my thoughts on Being, Seen, Heard and Understood. I delve into: My Three Key Encouragements to ensure your team feel Seen, Heard and Understood: 1. Meet people where they are at 2. Listen to learn and understand 3. Be curious and ask questions, especially when you have a different point of view To contact me, Anni Townend, do email me on anni@annitownend.com or visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my bi-monthly newsletter or follow me on LinkedIn to discover more leadership insights. I look forward to connecting with you. Thank you for listening.

Duration:00:02:53

On Being Your Own Data Bank – a conversation with Rachel Eyre Chief Customer and Marketing Officer at Morrisons

6/26/2023
Welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Rachel Eyre, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer at Morrisons. We delve together into: - How influencing starts with self-awareness, you are your own data bank - use it; - How leading with pride, courage, and conviction and not being a ‘paranoid overachiever’ matter in leadership; - The importance of building your career around your strengths, whilst plugging the gaps; - The importance of being nice, and remembering we are all human beings. Rachel’s Three Key Encouragements to Leaders and Marketing Leaders: About Rachel Eyre I first met Rachel on the Marketing Leaders Programme and immediately warmed to her, was inspired and committed to her success. I have followed her leadership journey ever since and was thrilled in March 2023 to see Rachel listed as one of the top ten most powerful women in the supermarket industry! Her being included in and on this list was not a surprise, and look forward to seeing where her leadership takes her! To find out more about Rachel and to get in touch with her do follow her on LinkedIn, where she posts regularly. To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.

Duration:00:28:51

On Leading with Velocity and Acting with Audacity - a conversation with Sophie Devonshire, Global Chief Executive Officer, The Marketing Society, Bestselling Author and Entrepreneur

6/5/2023
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! Together Sophie and I delve into: 1) Pacesetting and the principles for positivity, and how velocity can speed up success. 2) How leadership is an iterative process - and how to be the editor of your leadership, constantly creating, testing and revising. 3) Why marketing matters - now - more than ever Sophie’s Three Key Encouragements: 1) Manage your pace 2) Only Connect 3) Act with Audacity About Sophie In addition to being the Global Chief Executive of The Marketing Society since 2020, Sophie is the author of ‘Superfast: Lead at Speed’ shortlisted for Business Book of The Year and co-author with Ben Renshaw of LoveWork: The Seven Steps to Thrive at Work. This is a book about growing your relationship with your work, and how to have a more positive relationship with it. Sophie is an acclaimed keynote speaker and a successful entrepreneur. You can read Superfast in hardback, paperback and audio through this link - https://tinyurl.com/ya5xeq9b You can order LoveWork: The Seven Steps to Thrive at Work which explores how to discover or recover a better relationship with work through this link - https://amzn.to/3qOQpjx To find out more about Sophie and to get in touch, follow her on LinkedIn or visit The Marketing Society website www.marketingsociety.com to find out more about this wonderful community of marketers that Sophie’s leads together with her amazing team. A big thank you to my support team at The Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production. To contact me Anni Townend, do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening

Duration:00:28:04

Making Working Lives Better - a conversation with Nina Holdaway, Managing Director at Accenture Song

5/14/2023
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Nina Holdaway, Managing Director at Accenture Song. Together we delve into: 1. The energy flywheel, and how managing your energy is key to feeling inspiring and inspiring others 2. Playing to strengths as part of being your best and helping others to be their best 3. Being your authentic self and understanding human leadership and why this is more important than ever 4. How life and leadership are about the journey, not the destination, and making this journey and adventure Key Encouragements What are your three or four key encouragements for leaders looking to Making Working Lives Better through their leadership. 1. Look after yourself as a leader so you can bring your best every day 2. Provide clarity and direction - paint a picture of an exciting future ahead 3. Create belonging: be there for people - physically & in spirit … positive role modelling goes a long way 4. Be flexible, what & how Thank you, Nina To find out more about Nina and to get in touch with her do follow her on LinkedIn where Nina posts regularly. To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.com A big thank you to my support team, the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with the marketing of the podcast, and to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production. To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening.

Duration:00:31:58

Being You - a conversation with Henrietta Norton, founder of Wild Nutrition

4/24/2023
Welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Henrietta Norton, Founder of Wild Nutrition Together we delve into: Three Key Encouragements What are your three key encouragements for leaders looking to be more than do, and to lead sustainably with purpose. To find out more about Henrietta Norton, and Wild Nutrition, to get in touch with them do go to their website wildnutrition.com and follow on Instagram. To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.com A big thank you to my support team Taryn Weeks of Sparkz Marketing and the Conscious Marketing Group for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production. To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening/ About Henrietta Henrietta is Co-Founder and Formulator of leading Food-Grown Supplement Brand Wild Nutrition.Wild Nutrition is an expert voice in Women's health, offering Award-Winning formulations for women at every stage of their health journey, from puberty to menopause, energy to stress and sleep. Henrietta is also the published author of Take Control of Your Endometriosis and Your Pregnancy Nutrition Guide. To find out more go to www.wildnutrition.com or find them on instagram at @wildnutritionltd.

Duration:00:32:26

Anni in Conversation, Team Working: On Checking In & Checking Out

4/23/2023
Help transform your meetings from the transactional into the relational, through checking in with each other at the start of the meeting and at the end of a meeting - be the meeting in person or online. Indeed checking in when we are meeting online matters more, not less, to make sure that everyone feels they have a voice, and that they will be listened to. I truly believe that we could make our meetings more effective through making time to give people space to think, and to speak, and to be listened to and to know that we are listening to each other - through looking at each other, and giving each other 'focused attention'. Making time for people to arrive in the meeting, to take a moment to think 'How am I' and then to share a few words helps everyone to 'meet each other where they are at' ahead of getting into the content of the meeting. Through doing this check in people feel welcomed, they know that they matter and their contribution matters both in their listening to others, but also in their speaking with others. Checking out is of equal importance, thanking people for their participation, and encouraging everyone to say one thing about their experience of the meeting reminds us why meetings matter, and how important acknowledging our human to human connection is.

Duration:00:02:58

On Being Kind, and Being Direct – a conversation with Raj Kumar Interim CMO, Silicon Valley Bank

4/10/2023
Welcome and welcome back to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast that helps you to grow confidence and courage your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Raj Kumar Interim CMO, SVB (Silicon Valley Bank) UK. We delve together into: - What being kind and being direct really means - How Raj’s leadership has been shaped through being an explorer - Why Diversity, Equality and Inclusion matter, and Raj’s personal experience of navigating these - What Marketing is, and why leadership and marketing go hand in hand. Three Top Tips - What are your three top tips for leaders looking to be kind, and to be direct in their leadership? To find out more about Raj and to get in touch with him do follow him on LinkedIn, Raj Kumar, where he posts regularly and re-shares posts to spark your interest and curiosity. To listen to other Leaders in Conversation with me Anni Townend go to my website, www.annitownend.com A big thank you to my support team from the Conscious Marketing Group, for helping me with all the marketing of the podcast, to Coco O’Brien for the wonderful intro and outro music, for the lovely design, and for the excellent editing and sound production. To contact me Anni Townend do email me on anni@annitownend.com visit my website www.annitownend.com, subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you, thank you for listening. About Raj I first met Raj on the Marketing Leaders Programme some years ago and admired his commitment from the outset to his own learning and development and that of others. The programme is a one year programme, made up of residential modules and coaching groups in between. Raj contributed wholeheartedly to everyone so much so that we regularly ask him to return as a speaker to delegates, inspiring them with his passion and purpose, his insightful questioning of and straightforward approach to marketing leadership. Raj is an award-winning marketing executive who has grown and transformed major global brands across sectors and geographies. His focus is on building an inclusive, open and curiosity driven culture that does not accept the status quo. Raj has delivered best in class results by combining the art of the creative together with a data driven commercial mindset. He was included as one of Campaigns Power 100 marketers, Top 100 most effective marketers by Marketing Week and voted Financial Services Forum marketer of the year 2020. He is a Fellow of the Marketing Society and is an active mentor for aspiring marketers from ethnic minority backgrounds. Raj is a dad, husband, son as well as a brilliant colleague and friend to many.

Duration:00:37:00

On Why Every Moment is a Choice – a conversation with Erika Behl, leader and builder of courageous teams, key-note speaker and storyteller

3/27/2023
Hello and Welcome to Leaders in Conversation with me, Anni Townend, the podcast in which leaders share their personal leadership stories weaving together the threads of their life to encourage you to grow confidence and courage in your leadership. I created this series of candid conversations for leaders to share their inspirational leadership stories, weaving together the threads of their life. Together we delve into what they really care about, their values and beliefs, their passion and purpose and how they live and weave these through their leadership every day, in all that they do. They offer valuable insights and rich experience to help and inspire you on your own unique leadership journey. If you are not already please do subscribe to the podcast, review and share it. Thank you! About This Episode In this episode I am delighted to be in conversation with Erika Behl, leader and builder of courageous teams, key-note speaker and storyteller We delve together into: - Why every moment is a choice - How leadership burnout really does exist and what what we can do to navigate the leaders sometimes treacherous journey - How leaders can become more courageous so that their team can be more courageous Welcome Erika! Erika I would like to start by asking you about you, about who you are – your values and beliefs, passion and purpose - who are the people, places and experiences that have shaped you and made you who you are today? Tell me more about why every moment is a choice, and what this means especially when sometimes we don’t feel like we have a choice. What makes leaders' journeys so treacherous with the dangers of real burnout and how can we navigate this? How have you become more courageous, what and who has helped you and how do you help teams to be more courageous? Three Top Tips What are your three top tips for leaders looking to build courageous teams, and to make every moment a conscious choice? ABOUT ERIKA Erika is a powerful and courageous leader who I had the privilege of meeting on a leadership program some years ago. She stood out as a leader with huge potential to go far, and I remember sharing this with her over dinner one evening. Since then I have had the privilege of working with Erika, and following her leadership journey which as she says of others has not always been easy, and at times treacherous. Not only does she embody great courage in her leadership but also curiosity. She is keen to learn and develop new ways of being and staying humble. She is passionate about sharing her learning of Customer Success journeys in the healthcare space engaging patients in their own health journeys whilst providing measurable outcomes for healthcare providers. She loves paddle boarding, is growing to love and believe in public speaking and storytelling, has two wonderful children and lives in Singapore.

Duration:00:27:00