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”.
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!
This episode was originally shared in March 2018, and was the second ever Roots of Leadership episode.
In this show, Anthony is joined by Chantal Raineri, top-selling insurance business woman. The Italian-born wife and mother of two is living proof that you can have fun and be successful at any age in your profession. Chantal’s authenticity and tenacity guided her through both the good and bad in her life. She discusses the factors that led to her success, whilst also discussing the biggest challenges that she continually sets before herself. If her life has taught her anything, it is that past experiences do not define your future. Your future is what you make it out to be. Chantal continues to prove that her own personal brand is more valuable than any sales commission.
Alidor Gaspar – known by his stage name A Star – has overcome a lot in his life.
Growing up in the east end of London, in a community surrounded by gang violence, poverty, and crime, it may have seemed to some like Ali’s path was set for him. As he explains to us, gang violence is a cycle – an endless circle of young teens being pulled into gangs, seeing their friends get hurt and even die to protect what they feel is their identity, doing what they can to fight for the block they grew up on. A mindset passed from generation to generation. Some people make it out, many don’t – but what does it take for a person to re-write their path? To change the story people expect them to read from?
Through his passion for grime music, and the chance to express himself through music, Ali created a better life for himself and for others. Sharing his experiences with sickle cell anaemia is a big focus – recent statistics show that only 1% of black people in the UK donate blood. For someone like Ali who needs regular blood transfusions due to his illness, having blood available is life or death. Ethnicity plays a big role in precisely matching blood to patients – ‘Ro’ is a blood sub-type more common in people of African/Caribbean descent, and the need for it in transfusions has increased by 75% since 2014. However, only around 2 per cent of donors have this rare sub-type.
This is an eye opening and inspirational episode, which we know you will learn a lot from.
Originally released in May 2019, this episode talks about what it’s like to be a carer for an unwell relative, and how that turned into a powerful mission to help other carers for one amazing woman.
At 9 years old, Lindsay Jurist-Rosner became a caregiver for her mother when she was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. While caring for her mother for over 25 years, Lindsay became obsessed with the topic. 66 million Americans take care of ageing, chronically ill, or disabled loved ones, and Lindsay created a company to help take the pressure off of them. Lindsay is the CEO for Wellthy, a mission driven organisation, which provides support and expertise for caregivers and their loved ones.
While building Wellthy from the ground up, Lindsay realised sales skills were vital to the company’s success. Her best advice for entrepreneurs is to make sure they know how to sell and pitch ideas, concepts, and products. Although sales can have a negative connotation, leaders are constantly selling. Whether Lindsay is selling the concept of Wellthy to potential investors, selling products to potential customers, or selling the mission of the company to potential team members, Lindsay incorporates her passion into sales. Lindsay also encourages listeners to empathise with their audiences and think about what they are looking for and how to meet their needs.
From one caregiver to another, Lindsay shares advice for those who tend to put the weight of the world on their shoulders. It is important to put your own needs first. Do not feel like you are being selfish. Even Lindsay had to have the hard conversation with her mum about moving out of the house. Lindsay explained how her decision to move out helped her to regain the mother/daughter relationship, instead of only serving as her mum’s aide. Women tend to take on the role of caregiver, and it is important for their families to also remember to step in and help take some pressure off of them. Lindsay hopes to instil the idea of delegating tasks in order to share responsibilities with others and not carry the burden of caregiver alone.
Using the mission of the company as their driving factor, Wellthy has a built in culture and their workforce is truly one big family. Many of Wellthy’s founding team members never worked in health care, including Lindsay, but they all have a personal connection to the mission. In forming the company, they used their passion for the topic to help them research and develop a way to create a better healthcare experience. Wellthy was founded on a completely different approach from the standard health care system and was launched direct to consumer, with the position of being a family first service. Now, Wellthy services are also offered as an employee benefit to help organisations address the care-giving crisis, which has previously been widely ignored. Being a tech powered company, Wellthy is able to deliver consistent service across the country. Every day, Wellthy team members are excited to set out to develop an experience for families to provide what the family may need.
To learn more about Wellthy’s mission, products, and services, visit their website: www.wellthy.com.
Today’s ground-breaking episode involves an extremely important, yet often overlooked aspect of intimate partner violence – economic abuse. Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs is the founder and CEO of charity Surviving Economic Abuse, and we are honoured to have her on the show to talk about her incredible – and vital – work.
Domestic abuse can take many forms. Some aspects of this are well-known and recognised, such as physical violence and verbal abuse. However, a very damaging form of domestic abuse is economic abuse, where an abuser restricts how their partner acquires, uses, and maintains money and economic resources. They may prevent their partner from being in education or employment, take their pay, control their bank accounts, control how and when money is spent, or build up debt in their partner’s name.
Economic abuse is almost always carried out by a male abuser against a female victim. Economic abuse can reinforce or create economic instability. In this way, it limits women’s choices and ability to access safety. Lack of access to economic resources can result in women staying with an abusive partner for longer than they would like and experiencing more harm as a result.
The impact of economic abuse makes rebuilding lives challenging. Many women leave with nothing – having no money even for essentials – and have to start again from scratch.
In this episode, Dr Nicola talks to us about why she started Surviving Economic Abuse, the work the charity does, and the impact they have on the lives of survivors.
The importance of this episode cannot be overstated.
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this episode, please know that support is available to you. Resources, including organisations that can support you, can be found at https://survivingeconomicabuse.org/resources/.
‘At HiyaCar, we actually don’t have goals, we don’t have targets. We’ll have a direction of doing good things, but not a target’.
Often on this podcast, we’ll talk to people about the goals they set for themselves – both professionally and personally – and what about them as a person makes achieving those goals possible. Rob Larmour, and his company HiyaCar, is a different kettle of fish.
HiyaCar is a company that has no targets, no financial goals, and got its £2.2 million of financial backing from crowd-sourcing. Founded by Rob and his business partner Graeme in 2016, HiyaCar is described as the ‘Airbnb of cars’. It aims to make car ownership more economical and environmentally friendly through peer-to-peer car sharing.
Rob’s leadership style is calm and collected. He understands that having a ‘number’ to hit won’t motivate his team. He focuses on doing the right thing, over pushing people to achieve arbitrary figures.
This episode is unusual, inspiring, and thought-provoking. We can’t wait for you to hear it.
For many people, the new year bring new ideas. New beginnings. A new chance to think of what you want for your future.
In this episode from October 2018, we sat down with serial entrepreneur Barry Beck. Barry, the co-founder Bluemercury Inc., started his first business at as a child, shovelling snow in his Philadelphia neighbourhood. His entrepreneurial spirit was encouraged by his father, who told him that he could be “anything, as long as he owns it”.
Before starting Bluemercury with his wife Marla, Barry already had three successful business ventures under his belt. 20 years on, Bluemercury is credited with putting a dent in the cosmetic universe and disrupting mainstream retail! Macy’s has since acquired the company, and lends its resources to the innovative retailer.
Barry credits his personal board of directors for challenging him to strive for ‘more’. He explains that he always had a drive to succeed and thinks his leadership and entrepreneurial qualities are a mix of both nature and nurture. During this episode of the Roots of Leadership, Barry discusses the most important characteristics of a leader, when the best business decisions are made, and also shares some advice he received from Bill Gates before starting Bluemercury.
For our first episode of the new decade, we are delighted to bring you Alistair Fraser, the UK CEO for Marsh Corporate.
Alistair is a true citizen of the globe, having held positions in the UK, Singapore, and Indonesia. When asked to move across the world with 2 very young children in tow, many would have said no. Alistair, however, immediately packed his bags for adventure. As he explains in the show, ‘you can always go back home’!
This is a fascinating episode in which Alistair lays out the road map to achieving success. A big theme for this is community – how we interact with others, how we appreciate diversity of person and of thought, and the importance of knowing that you’re different – but that doesn’t mean you’re better.
Another great theme of this show is legacy. We don’t own our space in humanity or in our career. We merely rent it, and our job is make that space better for the next person. This drive for improvement and for making the world better than you found it is what makes Alistair such an inspiring leader. What an honour it was to have him on the show!