Beth A. Miller – Don’t Treat Employees Like Mushrooms

Speaking from the USA, Beth A. Miller joins us on The Roots of Leadership. Founder and CEO of Executive Velocity, an accomplished author and speaker, Beth’s business acumen is one to be admired.

Beginning her career in financial management, Beth founded Executive Velocity in 2006. It has proven a fantastic outlet for her enthusiasm and energy as she assists clients in helping their people thrive. Speaking about her time in executive coaching, Beth tells us about her overall coaching process while explaining the importance of never letting ego get in the way, and always remaining humble throughout life’s journey.

Perhaps one of the most notable points from this interview is Beth’s principle of being a ‘lifetime learner’. Despite her extensive experience and knowledge, she is always on a journey of learning. It’s clear to see how this belief has enabled her to go from strength to strength, helping countless clients, and building a fantastic career along the way.

Beth’s passion for leadership development and succession planning is evident throughout this episode, as she highlights the importance of communication as the ‘cornerstone of leadership’ and the many techniques she uses when coaching clients. She explains that leaders who leave a legacy are those that leave other leaders, creating a culture that develops the people around them.

This episode will leave you motivated, self-aware and ready to learn – don’t miss it.

Ryan Berman – Patiently Relentless

In today’s episode, Ryan Berman, motivational keynote speaker, author and founder of ‘Courageous’, joins us from San Diego.

In 2019, Ryan founded ‘Courageous’, a movement geared towards reinventing businesses and inspiring leaders. Since then, Ryan has gone from strength to strength and has delivered talks at Google and Snapchat to name just a couple, as well as speaking all over the USA to Csuite, marketing and professional services audiences.

During this episode, Ryan explains his belief that he is doing exactly what he should be doing at this moment in time. Alongside consulting companies to reinvent their tomorrow, and being a ‘digital handyman’, he also finds time to write his books and is already the author of best-seller ‘Return On Courage’.

It doesn’t stop there, as if he’s not busy enough, Ryan is also the founder of ‘Sock Problems’ – an altruistic sock company that strives to “sock” world problems. Each sock design targets a different issue going on in the world and donates 25% of every sale to charity. Ryan’s passion and determination for courageous change is displayed throughout his work and businesses.

This show will inspire you to look within and challenge your beliefs on driving change within your own life. If you’re willing, you’re open.

Michelle Sims – Don’t Let Your Past Define You

On today’s episode, Michelle Sims, business leader at Marsh Commercial, joins us to share her story on how to be leaders in all aspects of life, including family.

At 29 years old and preparing for her 30th birthday celebrations, Michelle was in her own words, a ‘chick about town’. Living in a two-bedroom apartment and driving a two-seater sports car, she couldn’t have been further removed from being a parent at that stage in her life. However, when Michelle’s niece and nephew were placed into the care system aged five and seven, she made the courageous decision to adopt them, and became a mum overnight.

As Michelle recalls the various hoops she had to jump through and hurdles she faced, the emotion is palpable. Fourteen years on from their ‘moving in day’, Michelle talks us through the lessons learned and the way her personal and professional leadership has grown and developed. Her dedication to coaching, supporting and nurturing others is clear, as are the experiences that enabled her to be an honest and open leader in all aspects of her life.

Emotional, empowering and inspirational, this episode is not one to miss.

Áine Kerr – The Only Constant is Change

Áine Kerr, teacher-turned-entrepreneur, coach, speaker, advisor and broadcaster, joins us on the Roots of Leadership podcast for an insightful and impactful episode – this is not one to be missed!

Previously the leader of global journalism partnerships at Facebook, Áine wanted to focus on a new form of journalism, and is now the CO-Founder and COO of Kinzen. Kinzen is an organisation that offers content moderation and content engagement solutions with one clear mission – to ensure every individual has confidence in the quality and transparency of the information they consume every day.

Throughout her fantastic career, the common thread is clear, Áine wants to play her part in building sustainable journalism, and journalism that will thrive, for people to understand the world around them and make decisions in their everyday lives. On Kinzen and its ideology, Áine explains the importance of taking a step back and thinking about what she and her business partner would do if they could ‘start again’ knowing what they know now.

While we live through a global pandemic, this episode provides some valuable takeaways. In a fitting sentiment, Áine explains her belief that the only constant in life is change, and the importance of knowing your ‘why’ and purpose. As you listen to this conversation, you’ll ask yourselves powerful questions, thinking about what life you want, and how you might ensure you live a fulfilling one.

James Dawes – Being Fearless and Going First

In this episode, we’re joined by entrepreneur, James Dawes. Once a frontline police officer in central London, James is now the CEO of Dawes Highway Safety, a company with the safety of vulnerable road users at its heart.

During a heroic 15 year career, James attended multiple road traffic collisions and quickly spotted a glaring gap in the market. He’s now the successful CEO of a company that focuses on making vulnerable road users safe, working alongside former public servicemen and women to serve the community.

James’ dedication and determination for his job and life are reflected in the success he’s achieved. He teaches us the importance of resilience and ensuring you’re able to adapt to your surroundings and circumstances. The lessons he’s learned have enabled him to create a flexible working environment for his workforce which welcomes a positive work-life balance.  This includes parents being able to bring their children into work should they need to, working from home, and much more.

This episode will encourage you to be fearless and listen to your instincts; you don’t want to miss it!

Peter Wilcock – Facing Fear

In this episode, we sit down for an insightful discussion with former Virgin Media COO, Peter Wilcock.

A successful mentor, author and podcast host, Peter believes that the key to leading people is good communication, and explains how this belief led to the use of analogies throughout his career and eventually within his book, ‘Camel in the Tent’. These analogies lend themselves to be used as a way to understand certain situations or circumstances, and how these can be overcome or viewed with a different perspective.

A father of two girls, Peter’s mission is to teach them not to react to judgement and not to seek approval. This sentiment is something that he carries through his daily life and career, whether it be mentoring or writing, Peter’s beliefs are clear – ‘you are who you are’.

This episode is a fantastic session that proves being out of your comfort zone and facing fear head on, can lead to amazing results.

Tackling Life – Tahir Whitehead (re-broadcast)

Originally broadcast in June 2019, this episode highlights the inspirational story of NFL linebacker, Tahir Whitehead. As he entered his eighth year in the NFL, Tahir joined us to discuss the obstacles he’d overcome to become the person he is today.

Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, Tahir was determined not to let his surroundings define him. Motivated and driven, he realised that with the right opportunity he could become the first person in his family to go to college. Attending Temple University, Tahir worked hard to ensure he didn’t become another statistic, tackling important lessons on and off the field.

An Oakland Raiders player when this episode originally aired, Tahir has always been focused on giving back, and was chosen as the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee for his contributions to the community of Oakland in 2019. Alongside this, he’s delivered toys to local hospitals, hosted a 5k to support homeless veterans, and hosted a free youth football camp for five years in his home town, just to name a few.

Now playing for the Carolina Panthers, Tahir is an example of how you can achieve greatness through hard work and determination.

Cara-Jane Lynch – Stop Shutting Yourself Up

Today on the Roots of Leadership, we bring you Cara-Jane Lynch… from our homes to yours!
Cara-Jane is a life and progress coach. She helps women to re-write negative self-talk, move on from their limiting beliefs, and find their purpose in life… alongside delivering transformational and inspiring workshops to young women.
 
She believes strongly in the power of choice – you are not at the mercy of your mind or of your life. You are able to choose your friends, your career, your achievements, even your feelings!
 
In this episode we talk about how to listen to your inner self instead of shutting it up, and how to live a life that makes you happy and fulfilled. We also talk about the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement through Cara-Jane’s lived experience as a mixed race woman, and the different ways she has seen family members be treated due solely to the colour of their skin.
 
This is an incredibly inspiring episode, which will encourage all who listen to it to harness their own power.
 
If you are interesting in Cara-Jane’s 1-2-1 coaching, please visit https://www.carajanecoaching.com/

Sarah Keen Post – Transformation and Leadership (re-broadcast)

This episode, originally broadcast in May 2018, tells the incredible transformation story of Sarah Keen Post.

A journey from weighing 200lbs to becoming a fitness professional would be a big undertaking for many people – let alone a mother of five. But Sarah is not ‘many people’, and her drive knows no bounds.

Overhauling her mental and physical state, she knew that simply ‘wanting’ to change would not be enough. It would be hard, demanding a great deal of time. She also needed to surround herself with people who supported her mission.

In 2018 we spoke to Sarah about her new venture – a project with MMA to promote a new wellness and nutrition model, The Keen Model of Transformational Evolution (KMTE).

Listen closely to how her transformation and evolution was based on leadership, and began just by adding an “extra step”.

Tracey Smolinski – The Queen of Networking

Tracey and Anthony discuss network tactics

On today’s episode of The Roots of Leadership, we are delighted to have the Queen of networking herself, Tracey Smolinski.

Tracey Smolinski is an entrepreneur, investor, and founder of award-winning global business network Introbiz. Introbiz works with a compelling vision – to make an impact on the business community by placing businesses with their target audiences at five-star events and locations. The business network is now one of the most respected in the UK, hosting weekly networking events as well as Wales’ national business exhibition every autumn.

Despite her love for meeting and talking to new people, networking didn’t initially come easy for Tracey. Used to the pushy world of sales, Tracey went to her first networking event with a game plan – introduce herself to as many people as possible, and tell them what she and the business she worked for sold.

It didn’t work.

With the help of constructive feedback, Tracey learned the difference between sales and networking, and came up with a new game plan. Get them to know you, to like you, to trust you… the business will follow.

In this episode, Tracey lays out a framework for efficient networking, based on her experiences creating Introbiz. Grab a pen and paper for this one!