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Ep 34: Ash Atalla - In 5

A five minute highlight of our full conversation.

Duration: 00:05:59

Ep 34: Ash Atalla

Ash is one of the UK’s best known comedy producers, responsible for, The Office and the IT Crowd. He has won five BAFTAs and a Golden Globe. In 2007, he co-founded the independent production company, Roughcut TV with Tim Sealey and over the last decade the company has established itself on both sides of the Atlantic with deals with the BBC, NBC and HBO.

Duration: 00:30:23

Ep 33: Tom Goodwin - In 5

A five minute highlight from our full conversation.

Duration: 00:05:44

EP 33: Tom Goodwin

Tom Goodwin is the definition of a disruptive thinker. He was recently named one of LinkedIn’s most influential contributors and brings to any conversation a natural unwillingness to accept the status quo. I talked to Tom about the importance of embracing difference in others, about the power of trust and about the freedom of being wrong.

Duration: 00:52:08

Ep 32: What's Next For Fearless

“My hope, as this podcast begins its own journey, is that Fearless will become a place where the people that are best at unlocking creativity in their business, and in themselves - leaders I’ve known for some time, and leaders that I’ve never met before - will come and share their stories, their hopes and their fears. My goal is to have them tell us what inspires them, what they’ve learned and what gets in the way.” Back in May when I launched Fearless, I laid this out as my ambition. To...

Duration: 00:02:16

Ep 31: Michael Kassan / Medialink

Michael Kassan is perhaps the best connected person in the creative industries. As the founder Chairman and CEO of Medialink, he creates and unlocks relationships at the intersection of advertising, entertainment, technology and finance. Put another way he connects Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue, Hollywood and Wall Street. I talked to Michael about the criteria he looks for in people he wants to interact with, about what he’s learned about doing deals on the back of a napkin and about...

Duration: 01:01:21

Ep 30: Neil Tardio

Neil Tardio is a hall of fame film director, responsible for some of the most iconic advertising ever created. His 1977 Xerox commercial, "Brother Dominic", is part of any list of the greatest Super Bowl commercials of all time. I talked to Neil about working with some of the most legendary creative figures of the last fifty years, about the challenges of marrying art and commerce in one of the most pressurized environments, the film set, and about the lasting power of creating simple...

Duration: 00:53:20

Ep 29 - Colleen DeCourcy / W+K

The most meaningful and actionable definitions of success are your own. The ones that you are self-aware, intentioned and brave enough to establish for yourself. These personal KPI’s are the ones that drive Fearless leaders when the rubber hits the road. For those leaders, the ability to look themselves in the eye and know that they held themselves to their own standards is the most meaningful definition of success. For those leaders, the future is built on two words that begin with i....

Duration: 01:12:10

Ep 28 - Gerry Laybourne / Nickelodeon

Gerry Laybourne has spent her life unlocking the creativity of others. From her early beginnings as a teacher and film-maker, she created not one but two game-changing networks. First, Nickelodeon, which placed the care and nurturing of children at the heart of its DNA. And then the Oxygen network, a revolutionary and innovative commitment to the voice and needs of women. Along the way, she was named the most influential woman in the entertainment industry and one of the 25 most...

Duration: 01:07:03

Ep 27 - Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs / Food52

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs are the co-founders of Their goal was to create the first crowd sourced, online cook book. As you will see if you visit the site, they have already achieved much, much more than that - a fully realized food, cooking and lifestyle community and ecommerce destination. I talked to Amanda and Merrill about the birth and evolution of their partnership, about why they spent 5 years testing 1400 recipes and about the existential challenge of...

Duration: 01:01:55

Ep 26 - Rosemarie Ryan

Rosemarie Ryan has been leading creativity most of her life. She has helped to build some of the most famous and effective creative companies of their time, leaving behind her a wake of improved businesses and more thoughtful people. Today, she is the co-founder of CO Collective, a strategy and innovation company based in New York. I talked to Rose about the role her family played in unlocking her leadership at a very early age, about the importance of hard conversations when you’re the...

Duration: 01:09:26

Ep 25 - Elizabeth Kiehner / IBM

Technology is increasingly the platform on which fearless creative leadership sits. The challenge of this is twofold. First, we need the capability to get the answers to the questions that we know. How do I solve these known problems, and what role does technology play in that? And second, we need the courage to ask questions that until now have been unimaginable or inconceivable. Today, like never before, real-world technology can take us to places that used to be the stuff of fantasy -...

Duration: 00:51:37

Ep 24: Nils Leonard / Uncommon

Over time and with experience, the best leaders are able to quiet the internal noise. The voice in their head becomes less critical and more confident - more certain and more consistent. That’s when things really start to happen. When it really gets interesting. For them. And for the people around them. It requires a willingness to look within. To ask the questions and face the answers.That ’s where the journey towards being a Fearless Creative leader begins. Where it finishes is up to...

Duration: 01:13:50

Ep 23: Faith Popcorn

Faith Popcorn has spent almost half a century living in the future. She has predicted everything from the inevitable to the unbelievable. Her company, Faith Popcorn’s Brain Reserve has been instrumental in unlocking what comes next for many the world’s largest companies and most iconic brands. I met Faith in her townhouse in Manhattan and she talked about the importance of conflict…about why companies hate change…..and about the future of the human race. For more information:...

Duration: 00:59:26

Ep 22: Adam Bryant / The New York Times

Adam Bryant is the creator of ‘The Corner Office’, a weekly feature of The New York Times in which he interviews business leaders from diverse industries. The Corner Office has been around since 2008, and if you haven’t come across it, I encourage you to go and explore the library of knowledge and insights it provides. I talked to Adam about what he’s learned from interviewing hundred of business leaders, about a new description of the most meaningful influences over a company’s culture...

Duration: 01:00:55

Ep 21: WendyClark / DDB

Today’s guest is Wendy Clark, the CEO of DDB, North America. She has been the President of Strategic Marketing at Coca-Cola and the SVP of Global Marketing at AT&T. She was named Ad Age’s Executive of the Year for 2017 and she is rewriting the rules of the advertising industry. She is also is a wife, the mother of three and one of the most respected and warmly held leaders in today’s creative industries. And, she will ‘crush’ you if you underestimate her. I talked to Wendy about growing...

Duration: 01:08:43

EP 20: "The Story So Far - 1"

Welcome to the twentieth episode of Fearless. After four months, nineteen interviews and roughly two hundred thousand spoken words, I thought this was a good time to take stock. And so this episode is called… “The Story so Far.” What makes a Fearless Creative Leader in today’s moving at the speed of thought world? Based on conversations with companies as diverse as: Hearst Anomaly, Calvin Klein, Google, Refinery29, Panera Bread and W+K, one - perhaps surprising - theme stands out...

Duration: 00:36:09

Ep 19: Lisa Gersh - Oxygen

Lisa Gersh is a lawyer by training and a leader by instinct. After a career practicing law, she became the co-founder of the Oxygen network, before becoming the CEO of Martha Stewart omni-media and then the CEO of Gwyneth Paltrow’s company, Goop. Along the way, she has proven over and over again, her willingness to listen, to learn and to lead. I talked to Lisa about the childhood event that changed her focus, about learning how to nod and about the biggest mistake she ever made.

Duration: 01:02:14

Ep 18: Torrence Boone & Lars Bastholm - Google

"We're trying to figure out how do we get vaccines delivered to places that have no physical addresses." Torrence Boone and Lars Bastholm work at Google. Their jobs are multi-faceted but fundamentally they share a responsibility for helping others to unlock the business and societal potential of Google’s capacity for original thinking. Being a leader at Google demands reaching for the stars while figuring out how to pay the bills. It requires you consider the impossible and the...

Duration: 00:52:49

Ep 17: Emma Cookson - You & Mr Jones

Emma Cookson has been able to filter the noise for brands and businesses throughout her career. She is regarded as one of the world's foremost brand strategists, taking over the role of Global Head of Strategic Planning at BBH before becoming CEO and then Chairman of BBH, New York. Today she is a partner at You and Mr Jones, the disruptive company designed to build brands by combining marketing and technology expertise. I talked to Emma about how she turned an Oxford university english...

Duration: 01:07:35

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