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Episode Info: Andrew Barnes – Founder 4 Day WeekOn this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Andrew Barnes about Perpetual Guardian’s 4 Day Week, changing the way people work, improving the wellbeing and productivity of businesses, and the fourth industrial revolution. We also speak about global financial crisis, customer service, empowered workforces and the more important benefits of the 4 Day Week. Andrew Barnes – 4 Day Week Andrew Barnes is an incredible leader who is an innovator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and absolute human resource disrupter. He is the catalyst behind the 4 day week, saved the historic 1904 built classic racing yacht Ariki, and proud host of the 3 day weekend. Andrew completed a MA in Law and archaeology at the University of Cambridge, attended the Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK). His financial services career commenced in the UK before holding senior executive roles at Macquarie Bank, Citi, Tower, County NatWest and was Chairman at Australasian Wealth Investments. Our special guest then became a director of Bestinvest, acquired and purchased Perpetual Trust, founded Complectus and made the game-changing move of creating Perpetual Guardian. He is currently the Chairman of Regional; Facilities Auckland, Paysauce and Perpetual Trust. Andrew talks about: Thinking carefully about what our industry is going to look like in years to come. A simultaneous arrest of eleven ships spread across the globe, Why an arts background allowed him to look at it from a different shape and pattern. The cultural adjustment to Australia after the 1987 stock market crash. Two core lessons in finance that create repeated financial crisis. Why the military is still one of the best leadership schools. How his time at Citi was the point where his leadership evolved. People are only productive two and a half hours a day. Productivity and profitability improving after the eight week trial of the 4 Day Week. Lots of scepticism not only at the Board level but also at the leadership level of the company. The 100-80-100 rule. How the Perpetual Guardian staff were empowered to design the 4 Day Week Ensuring that customer service standards did not drop. New Zealand society’s response to the 4 Day Week. People want to work for an innovative business that’s trying different things. The stress and mental health epidemic sweeping the workforce across the world. We are setting up a couple of foundations whose purpose is to fund research. Creating a network of consultants around the world to deliver the 4 Day Week. Why the hell the work practices are the right way, had asked the question why? My peak point of creativity is usually after a point of high stress Active CEO Performance Tip Leaders Develop Leaders – Leaders don’t just lead people, they develop leaders. Learning how to recognize and most importantly develop potential and emergin...
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