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Welcome to ‘Leadership Bites’, with your host Guy Bloom. I have conversations with amazing people who impact on the world around them . Always about leadership and hopefully in such a way as to reinforce the good you do and to bring challenge to the things you might be able to calibrate. All links for Guy: www.livingbrave.com

Welcome to ‘Leadership Bites’, with your host Guy Bloom. I have conversations with amazing people who impact on the world around them . Always about leadership and hopefully in such a way as to reinforce the good you do and to bring challenge to the things you might be able to calibrate. All links for Guy: www.livingbrave.com


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Welcome to ‘Leadership Bites’, with your host Guy Bloom. I have conversations with amazing people who impact on the world around them . Always about leadership and hopefully in such a way as to reinforce the good you do and to bring challenge to the things you might be able to calibrate. All links for Guy: www.livingbrave.com






Professor Rob Briner, Organizational Psychology at Queen Mary University

Professor Rob Briner does research, lectures, write, speaks and consults in a number of areas including organizational, work psychology, HR and evidence-based practice/management. Over the past 20 years his interests in practice have focused on finding ways of improving the use of evidence of various types to enhance individual and organizational decision-making. He has been named by HR Magazine as a ‘most influential UK HR Thinker’ and received the British Psychological Society, Division...


Professor Joe O'Mahoney, Professor of Consulting at Cardiff University

Professor Joe O'Maloney is passionate about helping consultants and consultancies grow. He is a Professor of Consulting at Cardiff University and CEO of Consulting Mastered, a company which helps ambitious consultancies grow profits through evidence-based advice. Joe has also provided consultancy for many of the large firms, including McKinsey & Co., IBM, Deloitte and Bain & Co, and trained and coached over 2000 consulting executives and MBA students. He has delivered projects for all the...


Michael Solomon, Game Changer: How to Be 10x in the Talent Economy

Michael Solomon is an established entrepreneur with a strong desire to help people, a sharp eye for business, and a desire to make a difference. The four organizations he’s helped found — for-profit and nonprofit alike — share a common goal of improving people’s lives. He began his career working with Jon Landau Management on several Bruce Springsteen tours, followed by a three year stint at Epic Records and Sony Music. Then at age 25, his entrepreneurial spirit took over and he’s never...


Thomas Frey, Google’s top-rated futurist speaker

Over the past decade, Futurist Thomas Frey has built an enormous following around the world based on his ability to develop accurate visions of the future and describe the opportunities ahead. Having started seventeen businesses himself and assisting on the development of hundreds more, the understanding he brings to his audiences is a rare blend of reality-based thinking coupled with a clear-headed visualization of the world ahead. His book Epiphany Z: Eight Radical Visions for...


ENTITLEMENT & EXPLOITATION. With Professor David Pendleton & Master Coach Guy Bloom

In this episode we discuss the balance between 'Entitlement and Exploitation'. I was catalysed by the heading: "Stop moaning about hours, City chief tells junior bankers on £70,000: Young mothers work just as hard, rages Xavier Rolet - who rose from sink estate" The sub heading was: Xavier Rolet, the former boss of the London Stock Exchange, who built his career in banking, said graduates had no right to complain about working 80 hours a week because 'that's the business' and 'no one is...


Wayne Matthews, Major Texas Rangers

Wayne Matthews is a Major in the Texas Rangers, he is part of the executive leadership team of the Texas Ranger Division, and manages operations in an assigned region of Texas. The Texas Rangers date back almost 200 years. As a Division of the Texas DPS, Rangers oversee and conduct major case investigations, field corruption allegations, perform border security operations, and collaborate with local law enforcement. Wayne started his career in 1994 as a deputy sheriff in Uvalde Texas. We...


Rachele Focardi, Future of Work Strategist

Rachele Focardi is a leading expert on Generational Diversity and best-selling author of “Reframing Generational Stereotypes”. She is this weeks guest on the Leadership Bites Podcast. She is a thought-leader and Public Speaker on Multigenerational Workforce Dynamics, Future of Work and Employer Branding, and an expert on the Asian Talent Market. Born and raised in Italy, she spent her professional life between Europe, U.S.A and Asia. Since 2003, she has spearheaded the Employer Branding...


Craig Fenton, Director of Strategy & Operations, Google, UKI

Craig Fenton, is the Director of Strategy & Operations at Google, UKI. He is in essence a business person and entrepreneur, having worked in technology for 20 years. Craig is an investor, mentor and supporter of a range of businesses including several start-ups, where he finds great inspiration for his own personal and professional ventures. Making connections has always been important to Crai and he tries to meet 2-3 new people each week, often finding himself in front of inspiring people...


Nina Aouilk, A survivors story of arranged marriage and abuse

Nina Aouilk having survived childhood trauma, different kinds of abuse, and domestic violence, has found a way to work around her past, use them to live her best life now, and encourage others to be brave by sharing her life’s greatest hurts. Surviving systemic abuse and an arranged marriage forced upon her, Nina escaped then experienced being homeless after escaping from the repeated attempts of her ex-partner to end her life. She managed to escape together with her youngest son, but she...


The Great Post Office Scandal, Nick Wallis, Investigative Journalist

Nick Wallis is a TV, radio and online journalist. His main area of expertise is the Post Office Horizon scandal. He recently fronted a ten-part series for BBC Radio 4, a BBC Panorama documentary and I co-wrote a Private Eye Special. And runs the website Post Office Trial. The British Post Office scandal is a major British business, legal, ethical and political scandal involving the prosecution by the Post Office of hundreds of sub-postmasters for alleged theft, false accounting and/or...


Cheryl Stokes, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Partner at Heidrick & Struggles

Cheryl Stokes is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York office and a member of Heidrick Consulting. For more than 25 years she has helped leaders effectively address challenges in the global business environment. She has designed and delivered numerous senior level programs, facilitating face-to-face and virtually in the areas of leadership, strategy, inclusion, productive dialogue, systemic thinking, and other organizational learning disciplines. "Today in her role at Heidrick, Cheryl...


Rich Diviney, Naval SEAL Commander (Rtd), The Attributes: 25 Drivers of Optimal Performance

Rich Diviney is a 20 year veteran Navy SEAL commander. He completed more than 13 overseas deployments, 11 of which were to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the author of The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance. As the officer in charge of training for a specialized command, he spearheaded the creation of a directorate that fused physical, mental, and emotional disciplines. He led his small team to create the first-ever “Mind Gym” that helped special operators train their brains...


Michele Graglia, Male Model to Ultra Marathon Runner

In 2007 at the age of 24, Michele Graglia moved to Miami Beach from Italy in order to expand his family’s floral business in the United States, but, within a week of his arrival, a modeling agent discovered him on the street and convinced him to pursue a career in modeling. Enriched but unsatisfied by the profession, Michele walked off of the runway in 2012, shortly after stumbling upon a book about ultra-running – a book that dramatically changed his life. Michele Graglia is a model,...


Don Schmincke, Strategic Performance Advisor & High Altitude Leadership

Don Schmincke, began his career as a scientist and engineer. After graduating from MIT and Johns Hopkins University he became fascinated with how people organize and perform in groups, and even more intrigued by the high failure rate of management consulting and leadership theories. With more than two decades of research using anthropology and evolutionary genetics, he discovered that most management theories fail during implementation due to biological factors. Schmincke is the author of...


Craig 'Sawman' Sawyer, Veterans For Child Rescue & Contraland the movie

Craig founded Veterans For Child Rescue (V4CR), a nonprofit organization in April 2017 to help raise awareness of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and create a non-permissive environment for child exploitation in the United States. Through his efforts with V4CR Sawyer began production on Contraland a documentary feature-length film to highlight the challenges of NGOs and of law enforcement in the fight to end the exploitation of children. Craig Randall "Sawman" Sawyer (born October 5, 1963)...


Sheriff Chris Swanson, Walking the Talk & George Floyd protests

On May 30, 2020, during the George Floyd protests in Flint, Swanson received national attention when he removed his riot gear and marched with the protesters. However, Chris is much much more than a moment in time, he is embodiment of a life that is dedicated to service. Chris is a three-time author, including a recent children's book that highlights memories from his own childhood. In addition, Swanson has authored Tinman to Ironman and Blood, Guts, and Things That Drive You Nuts. He has...


Amy Edmondson, Professor Leadership & Management at Harvard

Amy C. Edmondson is an American scholar of leadership, teaming, and organizational learning. She is currently the Novartis Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School. Amy is the author of seven books and more than 75 articles and case studies. She is best known for her pioneering work on psychological safety, which has helped spawn a large body of academic research in management, healthcare and education over the past 15 years. Her books include “The Fearless Organization,...


Afghanistan. HOW?

In this episode The Professor & The Coach look at Afghanistan. It's one heck of a topic right now and can be hard to watch. How have things gone so badly wrong? This is not about whether the decision to be there or to leave is the right one, that's someone elses podcast. This is about the human issues and how it could be so wrong for those in such vulnerable positions. Is it a lack of: Or an oft repeated situation of good people not being a team and so bad decisions get left too long...


Dan Norenberg, Executive Ownershift

Dan Norenberg develops leaders and within that process executive teams. I connected with Dan and straight away saw a like minded thinker and straight shooter. On this episode we discuss Dan's thinking and how he works with senior leaders. We discuss among other things: Dan's book, Executive Ownershift, is a great starting place to get insight into this thinking: "When leadership teams do not perform at their best, everyone suffers. Low employee engagement levels, failure to meet...


RARIFIED AIR. With Professor David Pendleton & Master Coach Guy Bloom

How do you stay connected to the people in your organisation when the reality is you have climbed so high up the hierarchy that you in truth don't have a finger on the pulse? Join myself and David Pendleton DPhil Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School. They say the queen thinks the world smells of paint as there is someone 3 metres in front of her making sure she thinks the world is perfect. Of course it's a metaphor, however its one that rings true for many of us. Consider how...