Barry Beck – Innovative Disrupter (re-broadcast)

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.

Ainsley Jane – The Child Leader Us (re-broadcast)

As we enter the festive season, this episode from August 2018 feels more and more relevant. With his 10-year-old co-host (and granddaughter!) Ainsley Jane, Anthony reminds us of the importance of play and imagination.

Through her love of Frozen and memories of building sandcastles with “Wolvie”, Ainsley’s perspective is vital to understanding not only the key leadership points that childlike wonder has to teach us, but also the importance of retaining our creativity, curiosity, and determination. How can we tap back into those childlike lessons of leadership? The ones that come so intuitively to us as kids, but that we lose sight of as we enter adulthood?

As Jim Henson once said, “the most sophisticated people I know — inside they are all children”.

Happy Holidays, and have a wonderful New Year.