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Black Dragon Podcasts: Interviews with Interesting People
58 minutes | Jan 2, 2021
Conquering Leadership & Aaron Clippinger
Why is it important to innovate in your business?In this show we meet Aaron Clippinger, the #CEO of Vujade #Software, an innovative organization servicing the #signage industry across the USA.In an old and established #industry Aaron and his team have pivoted, pioneered and progressed through an era bookended by the 2008 Great #Depression to the current COVID #pandemic.How do you create profitability in a depression era?What do you do to recover from internal fraud?Why are the by-products of "failures" essential to the innovative process?Learn the answer to these questions and more in Conquering Leadership with Aaron Clippinger.
49 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
Conquering Leadership & James Holder
Why is democratic management important to clinical leadership?James Holder is a veterinary surgeon, with more than twenty years experience in animal wellbeing.Providing insights into the purpose of animals in our lives and how the treatment of animals has evolved, James is well positioned to share knowledge on the roles of veterinarians in a wellbeing industry that is often perceived as an illness industry. From mentoring idealists, through combating sedentary life, to the poplulation of camels in Australia, this show is a rich repertoire of rhetoric.What should you expect when you enter the veterinary world?Where does antiviral research provide opportunity for collaboration between industries?What drives people to enter veterinary practice and how does that impact their human experiences?Discover the answers to these questions and more in Conquering Leadership with James Holder.
62 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Conquering Leadership & Mike Friday
Why do we need to understand diversity to create inclusion?Well, it is awesome to have a special Christmas show and, learn why with Mike Friday, the Head Coach of the USA Mens' Olympic rugby team.Mike truly walks the walk on leadership ability, value sets and has started an "American Revolution" of his own kind spearheading innovation and a significant improvement in rugby in the U.S. through the sevens game. Having also coached England and then Kenya, as well as delivering series wins over New Zealand, Mike is extremely well equipped to understand human traits and instincts and is generous enough to share with us here.Why do we need to know our own Achilles' heel in our intentional learning cycles?How do we adapt our worst experiences to become our best experiences?What happens when your underdog team beats the #1 recognised rugby leader?Why is it important to listen to the wisdom of moms?The answers and more are all here, in Conquering Leadership, with Mike Friday.
70 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Conquering Leadership & Andy Bentote
Why is E.Q. edging out I.Q. as an essential requirement for Executive Leadership roles?Well, Andy, the Regional Managing Director of Michael Page Greater China is walking the walk on all things relative to the essentials of talent development. Andy's journey takes him from the U.K. through Germany into China and now he plys his trade in Hong Kong which in recent times has endured challenges to its legal democracy as well as the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Why is intentional learning critical in the development of good leaders?Why is looking after your own wellbeing important to the relative wellbeing of your team?How do you map and evolve your own E.Q.?Take a listen to this episode of Conquering Leadership to find out the answers to this question and more.
69 minutes | Dec 12, 2020
Conquering Leadership & Michael Jackson.
Why are reluctant leaders critical to business transformation? Well Michael Jackson - Calway, (yes, I know what the title says, ... ;) ) like his "namesake" is a prodigy. In this case of leadership.He started minding the family store at age 15, back in Australia and, fast forward to now, is instrumental in the transition of executive leadership.With a strong history in the retail and hotel sectors, Michael, currently in Macao, has worked in Australia, Indonesia, China, Africa and the UK where he has tackled the esoteric world of leadership enabling businesses to better perform within their scope of operations.This episode is more than just a podcast, it's an actual lesson on leadership development. What is luxury leadership?Why is culture the leader, not the person? Find out here in Conquering Leadership.
57 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
Conquering Leadership and Conrad Singh (Tennis)
Why is tennis the sport of executive leaders?Well tennis is tough, a high functioning sport that develops more than physical skills; it develops independence of thought, courage, decision making processes, tenacity and efficiency. Conrad Singh is the COO of Center Courts Tennis in New Jersey. He is also a pioneer - a "tennis-preneur, " an early adopter of biomechanics studies in sport & influencer in the evolution of talent.An absolute advocate of coach education & intentional learning, Conrad has owned tennis academies as well as coached some of the best upcoming talent in Australia, China and the U.S.What does a leader of leaders have to do to stay relevant?What is tennis doing to pivot in the COVID world?How do you sustain your own good health in a world where excellence is the standard?Get your answers here on Conquering Leadership and Conrad Singh.
51 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Conquering Leadership & James Hoxworth (part 2)
Why do we need this show?Leadership needs integrity not perfection; it is personal not programmed; this show is real value content by the likes of James the Padre, for those on their own journey. In part 2 of James' program we dig deeper into the necessity & value of spiritual leadership in our personal, professional & communal lives."Pastors are not immune to moral failure and, pastors can also not pursue God." Pastoral roles are some of the loneliest jobs on the planet and like a modern Executives comprise similar challenges. Pastors, however, are probably more open to nourishment of the soul. Why is servant leadership open to corruption?How can spiritual leaders manage executive stresses?What is true tolerance beyond the confines of a gratuitous society?Find it all here in Conquering Leadership with James Hoxworth.
30 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Conquering Leadership & James Hoxworth "The Padre"
Why do we need the Church and #spirituality?Why go to Church?Why is the man knocking at the door of the brothel, actually searching for God?Well, meet James "the Padre," orator, philosopher and master of #divinity, and learn the answers to this questions and more. (This show was recorded on November 11 - Armistice Day.)"Theologians and historians speak about Christendom ... " today in America we see a "de-churching movement" and broadly speaking many churches are ageing & dying with their congregations.Pain is God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world; #COVID has revealed a massive #cultural fear of death & an idolatry of #wealth and #health as guarantees by society; it has pulled back the curtain on how freakishly afraid our #culture is of losing #control and blown our senses of #security to bits.In this context, arguably, the Church and spiritual leadership are as important today than ever before.Whether or not you believe yourself to be a follower of #religions, take time to listen to James. He is a most compelling speaker and in part one of this show, I promise you will discover something about spirituality in your own life.
68 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Conquering Leadership & Evan Stratton (full episode).
Many of us watch action movies for a visceral thrill - whether you like Stallone, Statham or Schwarzenegger, you would do well to listen to Stratton. "We get hung up looking for big wins and big gratification ... we should learn to value and give ourselves grace and reward for the small wins."This is the full interview with Evan Stratton, U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran, transatlantic rower and world record holder.How do we manage vulnerability in the workplace?Why does an "open door policy" no longer "cut the mustard"?What does "walking the walking" actually look like? Conversations cost very little and with Evan we explore the ingredients in his leadership layer cake with open discussions around personal development, working in the civilain world and common attributes in good leaders.
22 minutes | Nov 8, 2020
Conquering Leadership & Evan Stratton (PTSD pullout)
Conquering Leadership & Evan C. Stratton (PTSD Pullout).Healthier and happier employees have a postive impact on our bottom line.At 19 years old, when many are celebrating high school, Evan's best friend died in his arms in Iraq. Today Evan, a decorated war hero, #worldrecordholder & family guy, works in the world of people development.On this day of #rememberance, we take another step understanding #mentalhealth issues. "Sometimes getting out of bed, taking a shower and showing up, is the big win."This episode is not egregious, it is an effort to elucidate and educate on some of the challenges our people face today.What can you do to help?What is a "neural scar" and how can you repair it?How do we identify who is struggling today? #intentionallearning #normalcy #rugby #wellbeing #stress #wellness #coaching #generation #depression #development #respect
61 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
Conquering Leadership & Richard Lamondin
Our guest on this episode of Conquering Leadership is the CEO and Founder of Ecosystems, a water and energy conservation firm, recognized by Inc. magazine as the fastest growing company of its kind in the U.S. "In a few years with current infrastructure, more than 30% of U.S. households will not be able to afford water utilites."Richard Lamondin grew up in culturally diverse Miami, in an environment that made him acutely aware of ecological fragility. Today he and is brother are tackling, at a granular level, the preservation and conservation of water and energy.An empathetic extrovert, Richard is wise beyond his years. He has been recognized by Forbes, the Miami Herald & Multifamily Executive magazine, for his industry and selected as Endeavor Miami's Entrepreneur of the Year 2019. How do you respond when the U.S. President takes a potshot at your business?How do you prove the positive impact of environmental protection on the bottom line?How do you manage the boundaries of professionalism & toilet humor? It's all here in Conquering #Leadership.
61 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Conquering Leadership & Gale Skinner
Guests on the Black Dragon podcasts are authentic & real & none more so than Gale Skinner, Director of Talent Acquisition and Retention at Dietrich Partners ."Leadership is like Dodgeball...."The Business approach to managing human resource capital takes many forms and today in the very "gucci & glamorous" world of talent acquisition Gale offers up insights in to how to get the best out of your people.Why does good health & happiness have a positive impact on your bottom line?How do women executives compare with special forces leadership?What's the cost of better mental health awareness & how do we adapt to the COVID - 19 reality?Gale really is a super human being, a leader of people, and a leader of leaders in modern business.In this show, discover the ingredients in her leadership layer cake and get the skinny on inspirational impact and why women are some of the best Executives.
66 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
Conquering Leadership & John Dyke
Conquering Leadership & John Dyke"... making the pay grade, doesn't necessarily mean you're a good leader." - "... we watch millionaires play football ... (and) they tend to come from working class families." - "... football speaks any language in any culture." Manchester is famous for many things, Fashion, Music, Education and of course Football. One of the most famous Mancuninans & man of the people is our guest John, the Academy Director at Goals Soccer Centres, part of the Manchester City Football Club. All the ingredients you need to bake your leadership layer cake are in this show.Sports, technologies, diversity & cultural intelligence, personalities & controversies. We learn about leading without micromanagement, the origins of inspiration & creating vision.What's it take to stay at the top of your game?Why is change essential ?What's the impact of controversial leadership decisions?How do we make decisions in the 60 mph football game ? #football #leadershipdevelopment #coaching #rugby #soccer #sportmanagement #intentionallearning #sport #premierleague #growth #culture #diversity
62 minutes | Oct 10, 2020
Conquering Leadership & Otis McGregor (2)
Conquering Leadership & Otis McGregor. "... time is our most precious asset, which we can never get back ... woe be unto the person who steals my time." Optimism is the essence of good leadership but is it spiritual, a program or a process? And, drinking 1000 cups of coffee helps you learn the secrets of business (put the kettle on now). In part two of this podcast we continue with Otis McGregor, retired Green Beret Lt. Colonel, owner of LTO Enterprises & co-host of the Cam & Otis show. Philosophically we dive deep on leaders versus managers & on the way through debate servant leadership as a fallacious concept & not a real construct. Looking at all aspects of life, love & labor we determine whether or not there is such a thing as work life balance or just life. Enjoy all of these subjects and more in Conquering Leadership & Otis McGregor Available on Podbean, Stitcher, Amazon / Audible, Google Podcasts, Spotify &TuneIn
53 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Conquering Leadership & Otis McGregor
Conquering Leadership & Otis McGregor. Why is family so important to support your leadership journey? This podcast comes in two parts. In part one, we meet Otis McGregor, retired Green Beret Lt. Colonel, owner of LTO Enterprises & co-host of the Cam & Otis show. Otis explains leadership in guerilla warfare & what determines success in enabling sustainable secure environments. We explore leadership in mixed culture theatres & discuss how to engage different types of people to achieve common aims. What is the "Trust Triad" ? Who inspires this Special Forces leader? How do pig purchasing negotiations enable the success of others? Well find out here at Conquering Leadership & Otis McGregor Available on Podbean, Stitcher, Amazon / Audible, Google Podcasts, Spotify &TuneIn
68 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Conquering Leadership & Sue Ossman
Is Leadership art or science?We rarely look under the hood at the inner workings of leadership or, take the time to understand how we better create effective leaders in our professional & personal lives. In this episode we meet Sue Ossman, Director of Workplace Experience at Endurance Group.We discuss the power of mentorship, discover essential skills for good leadership and find out how she manages her role, navigating the waters between the corporate executive & facilities operations staff.We also take a look at the new era of COVID and some of the challenges we might expect to face in dislocated environments & the possible ramifications for mental health challenges.
51 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
Rugby World Cup Management & Governance with Ross Young
What's it take to manage a Rugby World Cup? How does the US achieve that goal of hosting a World Cup?What is Sports governance all about? Find out here with Ross Young, CEO of USA Rugby.
40 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
Rugby, Transatlantic Rowing, World Cup Management & Governance
In part 1 of Episode 3, we meet guests Ross Young, CEO of USA Rugby & Evan Stratton, transatlantic rower & world record breaker. In this part, we focus on Evan, his experiences mid-ocean and motivations to join the Fight or Die rowing team raising awareness of mental health issues and PTSD management.
48 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
Rugby & the relationship with the military 2
Part 2 of the Rugby relationship with the military services. Hear about military strategy in the game of rugby, the business of rugby start ups & Major League Rugby and how to create "raving fans" of the game.
31 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
Rugby & the relationship with the military 1
The first half of episode 2 explores the relationship between rugby and the military services. Insights into the US World Class Athlete Program, where rugby and military values and characteristics overlap and how a military mind would prepare for 6 nations games.
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