Jemma McCarthy – Kindness is Key

Today, business leader and courageous thinker, Jemma McCarthy joins the show as she tells us about some of the incredible things she has achieved in her lifetime.

As a gifted athlete, professional photographer and community worker (alongside her full time job), it’s a wonder that Jemma finds the time to juggle all that she does. However, as her story unfolds, it’s clear that Jemma believes you have to grab what life has to offer with both hands as she talks about her experiences and how she came to that conclusion.

Following a car accident in 2018, Jemma was recovering at home from a carotid artery dissection, which caused some loss of vision. Not wanting to give up her beloved exercise, her main goal was to get back on her bike. She persevered and when out on her first outside cycle, she was involved in an accident with a van. Some may wonder how Jemma overcame such scary experiences in such a short space of time, but when listening to her talk, it’s clear. Her mindset and self-belief is the key.

When explaining why she’s so positive, Jemma talks about wanting to be a person that helps to make others’ days brighter. She’s a firm believer of being kind, and never forgetting when others have been kind to you. Jemma’s experiences have helped her gain a positive and strong mindset that she shares and passes onto others, to lift them up.

This episode will have you hooked from the offset, and refresh your outlook on life. Get ready for your ‘can-do’ attitude to have a complete overhaul!

Dave Adams – Against All Odds

Today you’ll hear from Dave Adams, business leader, military veteran, and an individual who made an inspiring comeback when the odds were against him.

Speaking about his time in the military, Dave explains the various forms of leadership he was exposed to during his time in position, and on the battlefield. Understanding, adaptation and overcoming challenges, are all things Dave has harnessed, enabling him to become a successful leader in all areas of his life.

Dave’s experience in the military wasn’t without its challenges, perhaps provoking one of the hardest things for him to confront – his mental health. Speaking candidly with Anthony, Dave takes us through an experience in 2014, when he tragically lost an aircraft and five people, along with it. The emotion surrounding this experience is palpable, and Dave’s honesty around his battles with mental health illness following this incident, even after returning home, is testament to how far he’s come.

The journey on a new career path has been Dave’s opportunity to use the experiences gained from his hardships, to lead and help others. Aged just 16 when he joined the military, a new career may have seemed impossible for some, but in true Dave fashion, he’s made a home for himself in the world of insurance. Alongside this, he was the driving force behind a military resource group within Marsh, a space for people to learn from, and support each other.

This episode is emotional, thought provoking and above all, inspiring. Dave’s strength and resilience in the face of adversity serves as a reminder of the power within all of us.

Ellie Harrison – Finding Opportunities

On this episode, developing leader, Ellie Harrison joins us for an honest discussion around leadership, learning, and the challenges young professionals will face as they climb the career ladder.

Growing up with three brothers, Ellie experienced leadership from a young age. Whether it was fighting for the rights to the TV, or practising sharp negotiation skills, she had the fundamentals of a successful leader engrained, from the get go.

Starting her career as a graduate, Ellie explains the fascination she felt around leadership. That fascination quickly turned to passion for guiding others, being on the front foot, and developing her ideas. During the episode, Ellie discusses various experiences and lessons learned outside of the comfort zone, something she knows well and promotes.

When the organisation Ellie worked within joined the Marsh family, she was told to look at this as a ‘village of opportunity’, and that she did. Describing the ‘Colleague Resource Groups’ available to her as a ‘map’ of the business, Ellie was keen to get involved in these to grow her network and help others.

This episode is a hub of advice and inspiration for people of all ages. Whether you’re a young professional getting started in your career, or you’re established within your sector, Ellie gives a refreshing and important view on growth and leadership. You’ll also hear an optimistic spin on the current situation the world faces, and the ways we can use it to our advantage.

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.