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30 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
Gus Worland: Creating Connections through Gotcha4Life
Many of us are trying to find our way, or our direction. Many of us want to make a difference, many of us want to make an impact, many of us want to feel like we are contributing. Well, in this episode you will hear from a man who in mind is doing all of these things. You will hear my conversation with Gus Worland, who I could describe as a presenter, radio host, a broadcaster on the Triple M radio station in Australia. I could say he is the Founder of the Mental Fitness Foundation Gotcha4life, but these are all titles, and as you will hear in this conversation, Gus is so much more than that.I really enjoyed this conversation and I took a lot from it so I hope you do too. The whole point of these conversations is to share thought provoking stories and to realise that we all have something to offer others. That when we truly connect, we can make a massive impact, even if sometimes it doesn’t always feel like it, or we don’t realise it. This is not about comparisons, it really is about connections. So thanks again to Gus Worland for sharing his time, his stories and his perspective on things. I recommend that you check out his new podcast “Not an Overnight Success” and go and take a look at the Gotcha4Life foundation at gotcha4life.org and see the remarkable work they are doing there. I also want to say a big thanks to you for taking the time to listen to some infinite pie thinking and my one ask is that if you know of anyone who would benefit from this episode, then hit the share button and send It to them. I would love to know what you took from the conversation, so you can reach out to me via - the website - infinitepie.co.uk, on instagram - @infinitepiethinking and @al_fawcettor LinkedIn with Al Fawcett , or of course you can email using email@example.com. It would be great to hear from you.
51 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
Charlie Sampson: Coaching with Curiosity
Charlie Sampson is an Executive Coach, Co-Founder of several other leadership and development businesses, author of the business book 'Even Better If' and as you will hear, so much more. Charlie shares his thoughts and perspective on Leadership, Management, Coaching and Communication and where they overlap and where they differ. We explore how the lessons from his own background and experience, coupled with all his research and the working with others, has helped him to shape his passion and enthusiasm for supporting others to make an impact.I loved our conversation around the value of being interested in others and their views, and the ability to explore and understand it, and about the importance of staying curious. Of course there was also the discussion around the quality of your questions; how coaching and leadership is ultimately about communication; how you should look to work with people holistically as they are more than just their job title; about the power of responsibility and ownership and how that will make you stand apart; and how it is not about using time as an excuse, but learning how to use it effectively and to invest it wisely by having the right conversations at the right times. So a big thanks to Charlie Sampson for sharing his perspective on coaching with curiosity. If you want to know more about Charlie than head over to sampsoncoaching.co.uk or the Business Coaching Academy and you will see a lot more about many of the topics we discussed today.I would love to hear what you think and the action that you have taken, so reach out to me on Linkedin, or instagram or via infinitepie.co.uk . I would love to hear your stories.
65 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
Alan & Emily Braithwaite; Standing Out with Yellow Tuxedo
Alan and Emily Braithwaite are the husband and wife, co- founder team behind Yellow Tuxedo, the Digital Visibility specialists.In this conversation with Al Fawcett they share the origin story behind the Yellow Tuxedo name, their guiding principles and how this applies to the business, the different skills and outlooks they bring to the party and how they communicate, collaborate and compliment one another. That and their love for watching Cobra Kai in their downtime. If you want to know more about Yellow Tuxedo then you can head over to their website yellowtuxedo.co.uk or follow them on instagram @yellowtuxedo and the various other social media platforms.If you want to know more about the Gift of Story then you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org For more infinite pie thinking stories and podcasts, then find us infinitepie.co.uk or follow us on instagram @infinitepiethinking
79 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: The Disruptive Innovation Co-Founders
For the first episode of 2022, I am excited to complete another 'first' and host two guests on the podcast. Two remarkable people who have impacted my life in a variety of ways and I am now pleased to be able to call them friends. I first met Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula a number of years ago when I was invited to New York to visit them as they hosted the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, an event they had Co-Founded. This event and the meeting certainly had a profound effect on me and started me on a path of curiosity, exploration and a desire to want to know more. So, whilst in this conversation we start off discussing the concept of the whole co-founder relationship, you will soon see how this chat takes us off in a variety of directions, with lessons and ideas sprinkled throughout.Take a listen and let me know what you think If you want to see more about what we do at infinite pie and explore more podcast episodes, then you can head over to infinitepie.co.uk and take a look around.
5 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
Slice of PIE: Zak Brown on Leadership, Teamwork & Culture
Zak Brown is the CEO of McLaren Racing and of course this means that he is constantly focused on high performance and performance improvement. In this Slice of PIE, I go back to episode 36, in which I spoke with Zak about what it would take to turn things around at McLaren to see them achieving the results that their history and their fans expected.In this 5 minutes Zak summarises the power of getting things right when it comes to Leadership, Teamwork and Culture, and of course the impact of getting it wrong. From clear lines of leadership, clarity on roles, responsibilities, goals and how they will be measure, Zak outlines what was needed to help course correct. I hope this gives you something to think about and remember, you can always go back and listen to this or any of the full episodes, in which you will hear more about the mindset and mental side of performance improvement. I will posting these short slice of pie episodes regularly, so maybe it will help you explore your perspective and thinking each day, and these clips can help you to find ways to continue to improve your performance in whatever area you are focused on at the moment. Of course if you want any help or support with leadership, teamwork or culture, get in touch and I will be happy to discuss it with you. Or if you want to share your key take aways from previous episodes then you can also reach out to me on via infinitepie.co.uk, or Al Fawcett on LinkedIn, or follows us @infintiepiethinking on instagram. It would be great to hear from you. In the meantime, remember if you improve your thinking, you can improve your performance
6 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
Slice of PIE: Emily Chang shares her perspective on Feedback
Welcome to another quick episode focusing on a key learning point from a conversation with one of the remarkable guests on the infinite pie thinking podcast with me, Al Fawcett. Today I go back to episode 33 with Emily Chang. Emily has more than 20 years experience, holding senior executive positions focused on customer experience, busies strategy, change management and brand building for organisations such as P&G, Apple, IHG, Starbucks and now the CEO China of McCann Worldgroup. So I loved it when I asked Emily about the value of feedback. I hope this gave you something to think about and of course if you want to hear more from Emily, you can always go back and listen to the whole episode. I will posting these short slice of pie episodes regularly, so maybe it will help you explore your perspective and thinking each day, and they can help you to find ways to continue to improve your performance in whatever area you are focused on at the moment. If you want to learn more about how to give and get effective feedback, then why not head over to infinitepie.co.uk and see how we can help with this, and a variety of other performance improvement skills and topics. Of course you can also reach out to me via LinkedIn, or follows us, @infinitepiethinking on instagram, where we post content to make you think. You can let me know your key takeaways from the infinite pie thinking podcast and I will look to share them in the future. In the meantime, remember improve your thinking, improve your performance.
4 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
Slice of PIE: Chris Brindley MBE on Leadership and Collaboration Culture
Chris Brindley MBE joined me in episode 5 of the Infinite Pie Thinking podcast and shared his wealth of knowledge and experience on leadership, teamwork and culture. Chris worked in the banking industry for years, working his way up to senior leadership and Director roles, finishing as the Managing Director of Metro Bank and being voted Britain's Best Boss (amongst other awards). Chris now applies his skills and knowledge in the sports industry and is currently the Chairperson of the Rugby League World Cup Board and works to deliver sports and physical activity to the population of the North West of England. As a result he was aware and MBE in 2018 for his service to sport.In this quick take away from the original conversation, Chris shares his perspective eon leadership and how we can create a collaboration culture in which everyone understands their role, and rather than just follow a process blindly, take responsibility and accountability for the part the play within it. I hope this gives you something to think about and of course if you want to hear more from Chris, you can always go back and listen to the whole episode. I will posting these short slice of pie episodes regularly, so maybe they will help you explore your perspective and thinking each day, and can help you to find ways to continue to improve your performance in whatever area you are focused on at the moment. I also hope you will feel free to reach out to me on over at infinitepie.co.uk, or connect with me, Al Fawcett on LinkedIn, or follow @infintiepiethinking on instagram, and let me know your key takeaways from the infinite pie thinking podcast and I will look to share them in the future.
70 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Damian Hughes: Lessons from High Performance
Professor Damian Hughes specialises in creating high performing cultures within sports teams, businesses and organisations, is a best selling author and is the cohost of the very successful High Performing Podcast with Jake Humphrey. Damian is now also the first returning guest to the infinite pie thinking podcast. In our original conversation we explored a number of fascinating topics that relate to the mindset and mental side of performance improvement, so I was excited to get Damian back on, to dive deeper into areas like 'commitment culture', what it means to 'do the work in the shadows', how to develop 'feedback loops' and why they are important, and to actually understand how he defines 'high performance'. However, I was also keen to explore what he has learned about himself since we last spoke. There really is a lot to take from this one so I hope you enjoy listening to Damian Hughes share lessons from high performance.If you would like to reach out and let Damian know what you have taken from this conversation you can find him on instagram @liquidthinker or via his website liquidthinker.com.If you are working on your own goals and performance improvement and want to explore how our coaching support, workshops and seminars could help, then you can always reach out to us at infinitepie.co.uk, find us on LinkedIn, or instagram @infinitepiethinking (and if you share this episode use #infinitepiethinking as I would love to join the conversation).
53 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
Julian Dowe on building Football 4 Football
Julian Dowe started his career as a professional footballer. As he was breaking junior goal scoring records in the Salford leagues he was playing in he became highly coveted by the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Leeds United. After a brief spell at United, he signed as schoolboy for Everton, then went onto Manchester City where he started training and playing with first team squad at 15. After a period playing for Wigan, he became the youngest British player to sign professional contract in Spain at age 18. There were a few more moves but a persistent knee injury saw him retiring from the game at 26. But it is not just his time spent ‘in’ football that we are discussing today, but the time he has spent ‘for’ football. As Julian shares how he came up with idea and has developed the resource platform Football4Football.com that supports players of all levels on what he calls the four pillars of the game. I think this is a fascinating story and I am sure that you agree, so I want to thank Julian for sharing it with me. It wasn’t a matter of everything he touches turns to gold, there are lessons from success and from failure. There is spotting opportunities, and facing and overcoming challenges. There is learning from your own experiences and there is surrounding yourself with people who can provide their experiences knowledge, talent and skills. But most of all there is doing the work. So thanks to Julian Dowe for taking the time to walk through his story, insights and perspective and the lessons that he has learned on how to continue to get better. Make sure you head over to Football4Football.com to check out what he is talking about.There is a lot of lessons in this one, so take a listen and let me know what you think.Of course if you are working on your own goals and performance improvement and want to explore how our coaching, workshops and seminars could help, you can always find more information, resources or just reach out to me over at infinitepie.co.uk, and on the various various social media platforms. In the meantime, remember ‘improve your thinking, improve your performance’
54 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
Leidy Klotz: Subtraction as part of your decision making
So today I am speaking with Leidy Klotz, Professor at University of Virginia and author of the book Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less. Leidy focuses on removing barriers between design and behaviourial science and we dive into what that means and how we can apply these principles into our daily lives, both on a personal and professional basis. It is amazing to explore the research that shows how many of us do not include the option of subtraction into our decision making process and the impact it may have if we did. I want to say big thanks to Leidy for sharing his research and insights and it has really made me think about how often I am exploring how I can use subtraction in my decision making framework. It really is so easy to default into just adding things in all the time. I am sure that you will also agree that there is so much more to this than just taking things away, and as we discuss, it is actually the work involved in taking the complex and simplifying it, to gain real clarity on what you are actually trying to achieve before defining and deciding the appropriate solution and course of action. So, if you want to know more about all of this, I highly recommend that you go and check Leidy's book - Subtract; The Untapped Science of Less.There are lots of ideas and lessons in this one, so take a listen and let me know what you think.Of course if you are working on your own goals and performance improvement and want to explore how coaching could help, you can always find more information, resources or just reach out to me over at infinitepie.co.uk, and various social media platforms.
55 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Tom Sears on Sports Leadership
Tom Sears is a senior sports industry leader with over 20 years’ global experience in senior roles with National Governing Bodies, provincial associations, professional clubs and government funded agencies. His experience includes Chief Executive and leadership positions worldwide and this background gives him a unique insight into the sector and the requirements for both executive and non-executive positions in this rapidly growing and influential industry. In 2017 he established leading sports industry executive search and leadership development specialists Kinsey Sears and in 2020 he founded the Professional Body of Sports Leadership. During his career Tom has led major sports organisations through successful restructure and growth, developed new products and markets, negotiated major commercial contracts and international broadcast rights and experienced elite level competition at several World Cups, international, regional and domestic tournaments. He has extensive experience of leadership development and recruitment in the sector and has successfully worked with a huge range of sports organisations internationally including leadership teams and Boards in Australasia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe as well as the UK. Whether you run a business, lead a team or aspire to, or you are keen to see what organisations look for in their leadership, there is all of that and more in this conversation. So take a listen and let me know what you think. Hi, I'm Al Fawcett and this is Infinite Pie Thinking. So what can you expect from infinite pie thinking? Well, we share stories and lessons from people who have been there and done that. We explore the infinite performance improvement experiences that each of them have gone through and what you may be able to take from. I hope it inspires, informs, educates and motivates you to take time to see where you want to and can improve your performance. Whether it is goal setting, self awareness and evaluation, decision making, team building, succession planning, or the importance of taking action, in these conversations, I speak with world champions, elite athletes and coaches, psychologists, award winning entrepreneurs and business leaders, entertainers, and creatives about their past, their present and their future, and what they do to ensure that they continue to get better.Of course if you are working on your own goals and performance improvement and want to explore how our coaching could help, you can reach out to me over at infinitepie.co.uk. In the meantime, keep doing stuff that matters, with people who count.
46 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Darius Boyd on Achieving a Childhood Dream
Darius Boyd is a man who set out with the childhood dream to play one game for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL. After making his debut for the club at the age of 18, and winning a premiership in his first season, he went on to spend 15 years playing at the top level of the game. Darius achieved almost every accolade that rugby league could offer, playing and winning honours with his clubs, State and Country before retiring after the 2020 season. You will hear Darius share how as an elite athlete, he learned about the importance of teamwork; the power of great coaches and coaching; and surrounding yourself with quality people and quality information, on and off the field. Rest assured that his journey in sports was much more than that. In 2014, Darius attracted national media attention when he walked away from the game to seek help for his mental health. He returned the following year to restart his career, earning the title of best player for the Queensland Maroons in 2016. Darius now applies the lessons that he has learned and experienced and the strategies both lived and studied to help others achieve the best from their teams through a focus on positive mental health. From goal setting to the importance of hard work; the value a coach and mentor can have; learning from experience; feeling valued and feeling heard; your role in creating the right environment to inspire and support you; how leadership comes in many styles and approaches; how caring about the individual is the foundation of building a successful team; as well as helping those around to you to get better, to be better and to do better, were just some of the things I took away from this conversation. They say there is no ‘I’ in team, but Darius Boyd has a slightly different spin on it, and you can head over to theiinteam.com.au to find out a lot more. I would also recommend that you check out his book “Battling the Blues” if you get the chance. I also suggest you read the original post that Darius posted on LinkedIn that inspired me to reach out to him in the first place. You can find it here - Five Reasons For Maroons Origins Success So a big thank you to Darius and to you for taking some time to check it out and give this a listen. If you enjoyed it, let me know what you took from it and I would love it if you shared it with someone else that you feel will get something from it. Of course if you are working on your own goals and performance improvement and want to explore how our coaching could help, you can reach out to me over at infinitepie.co.uk. In the meantime, keep doing stuff that matters, with people who count.
31 minutes | May 27, 2021
Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing
Zak Brown is the CEO of McLaren Racing. It’s a role that gives him the overall responsibility for the McLaren Racing organisation, including the strategic direction, operational performance, marketing and commercial development of the McLaren Formula 1 and IndyCar programmes. Zak’s road to becoming a leader in the racing industry started as a professional driver, racing in the USA and Europe. It was in 1995 that Zak then focused on the business side, founding the agency JMI, which grew to become the largest motorsport marketing agency in the world and was acquired by Chime Communications PLC in 2013 as part of its sports marketing division, CSM. Zac was appointed the company's Chief Executive Officer before joining McLaren. With a huge history in F1, a legacy of success, a fantastic fan base, and one of the most popular driver line ups, I was keen to understand when you join and lead a brand like McLaren, what do you do and where do you start?
55 minutes | May 20, 2021
Jeremy Holt on High Performing Team Identity
Whether you lead a team or a member of a team, whether that team is large or small, personal or professional, there are key elements that create its identity and can influence its performance.Jeremy Holt BA (Hons) MSc CPschol specialises in team performance and high performing teams. Jeremy is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with 30 years’ experience of consultancy, coaching and training and has a degree in Social Psychology and an MSc in Occupational Psychology. He also founded the Centre for Team Excellence more than 20 years ago and it helps to train and coach teams and leaders to improve performance, resilience and satisfaction by applying an in-depth understanding of the psychology of team dynamics. In 2013 he also began a collaboration with Sussex University to research the psychology of team performance, which has resulted in his TRIBE model based on an extensive body of research evidence. Jeremy has worked with world leading organisations in variety of industries including corporate, the public sector, sports and the military such as the finance and banking; pharmaceutical; Formula 1; English cricket; International rugby; the British Army; Royal Navy; Royal Marines; Royal Airforce and various security services amongst others. He provides leadership development and leading high performance teams training focused on improving the performance of teams and leaders. So, today we are going to tap into this a little bit and explore what it means to be a high performing team, create an identity, the importance of engagement the need to feel part of something and why. If you want to know more about and talk with Jeremy Holt on High Performing Team Identity, then head over to the website for the Centre for team Excellence at www.cfte.co.uk
54 minutes | May 10, 2021
Jeremy Blain on Unlocking the Inner CEO
Jeremy Blain is passionate about Learning and Development. Jeremy is also passionate about how to apply it. Through both his research and experience, Jeremy helps leaders and managers to define strategies to implement digital and human transformations for the modern workplace.Jeremy is the Chief executive of PerformanceWorks International (PWI), a company that helps organisations, executive boards, leaders and teams succeed in the digital climate amidst disruption, opportunity and uncertainty. Jeremy combines his leadership know-how as an international CEO and executive board officer in the UK and Asia with his experience as a learning and human capital professional of over 20 years.In his new book "The Inner CEO: unleashing leaders at all levels", Jeremy provides a practical, how-to book on how to bring in a true age of empowerment within our organisations. It shares the context, best practice examples, interviews, new models and comes complete with a 90-day starter roadmap – at both organisation and individual level focused .After researching and writing 30 industry white papers, Jeremy wrote the book as he felt there was a gap for those looking to understand how to unleash the Inner CEO within our people and create the conditions where everyone has the opportunity to contribute beyond their job role, more strategically across the broader organisation.To learn more about Jeremy Blain and his work -Jeremy Blain on LinkedInJeremy Blain on TwitterPerformanceWorks.global and to check out his book - Inner CEO via Amazon UKInner CEO via Amazon USA
46 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Emily Chang on Social Legacy
Today I am speaking with Emily Chang and I highly recommend that you get a pen and paper ready as Emily has an amazing outlook on both business and life in general. Emily has more than 20 years‘ experience, holding senior executive positions focused on Customer Experience, Business Strategy, Cross-Cultural Team Leadership, Change Management as well as Brand Building. After spending 11 years at P&G, Emily moved Apple to establish the face of the brand in China, and was promoted to Head of Retail Marketing, Asia. Emily then joined the Intercontinental Hotels Group - IHG Greater China - as Chief Commercial Officer to lead Organisational Renewal, create a High Performing Organisation, and shape the Sales & Marketing Strategy. With a core focus invested in people & culture development, there was an increase Employee Satisfaction of nearly 40%, and a material improvement in Guest Satisfaction. Emily moved to Starbucks in 2017 to look after the branded customer experience, first as Chief Marketing Officer of China, then as Senior Vice President Marketing based in Seattle. Now Emily is back in Shanghai as CEO China for the McCann Worldgroup, and we discuss her current focus and approach to leading the business. Now, If that wasn’t enough, Emily has also gone on to write a book sharing her own experience and those of others based on her concept of The Spare Room. Emily believes that we all must lead with authenticity and purpose, understanding that it’s tough to lead a socially responsible business if we aren’t socially purposeful leaders. The title of the book comes from the fact that her family's spare bedroom has become a way to serve the community in which she lives, where over the last two decades, she and her family have cared for sixteen hurt or vulnerable children and young people. A fact that they have come to see as their Social Legacy. I truly appreciate Emily's openness and authenticity as she highlighted the importance of feedback, working as a team, listening to the people around you, and finding that intersection of what offends you and what you have to offer. It really hit me, as we discussed this concept, how often I see and experience conversations in which people, including myself, can be happy to point out what we see or feel is wrong, but not explore what we can bring to the party to work on being the change we are hoping for. Of course, as we discuss, this is not about being perfect. Far from it. It's about observing what's going on around you. It is about working out how you can be part of a solution, about taking action, and about creating change. It's about making a difference. I'm sure that you agree that I could have taken this conversation in so many directions and explored each of different elements further, as whole episodes in themselves, which I believe is a great testament to who Emily is. So, if you want to know more about Emily Chang and how she is making a difference, then you can follow her on LinkedIn and you can also head to social-legacy.com where there are some cool videos of her talks, great blogposts and of course information about her new book The Spare Room. I took a lot from this conversation and it's made me think about what I do, how I help and where I can make a difference. I'd love to hear what you took from it. And don’t forget, If you want to hear more great stories from remarkable people, or find out more about our coaching, consultancy or new audio services and how they can help you to improve your performance and make a difference both individually and organisationally, then head over to infinitepie.co.uk and get in touch.
50 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Paul Trainor on Mental Toughness
Today's conversation is with Paul Trainor founder of Positive Synergy limited, a consultancy that works with individuals and organisations within sports business and education to help improve performance. Paul shares his background, role models and mentors and his personal experience, including signing on for his boyhood rugby league club, the Salford Red Devils, before realising that his future lay elsewhere. Turning to education and teaching, Paul held senior leadership roles in 4 different schools across the North West of England. Whilst still involved in the education, Paul provides support to the sector via his consultancy Positive Synergy limited. Paul Trainor works to support performance development of both individuals and the organisations as a whole, focusing in on areas such as mental toughness, ownership and responsibility, building a winning and success mindset and mentality, and characteristics, beliefs and behaviours in excellence. Oh and you will also hear how he has now come full circle and back at the Salford Red Devils but this time as a Director. If you want to know more about Paul Trainor you can find him on Linkedin or via Twitter.And don’t forget, If you want to hear more great stories from remarkable people, or find out more about our coaching, consultancy or new audio services and how they can help you to improve your performance both individually and organisationally, then head over to infinitepie.co.uk and get in touch or arrange a quick discovery call to discuss and explore it further. You can also follow us on -LinkedIn - Al Fawcett or Infinite Pie Twitter - @infinitepie It is always great to hear from you.
53 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Doc Ruben Perczek the High Performance Strategist
Doc Ruben Perczek is a High Performance Strategist who specialises in supporting his clients to create success and make a sustainable impact through the development of top talent. He describes the people he and his team serve as "co-creators of change" and "conscious high performers." "Co-creators" because they know that sustainable positive change in high performance occurs through shared collaboration to find solutions that generate success, and "conscious" because they are aware that the path to success in high performance requires a constant openness to learning. This desire to help others followed his own involvement and achievements in sports. 5 national championships, and a ranking in the world youth top 5 before his 15th birthday, Doc Ruben competed on the professional tennis circuit as a member of the Colombian Davis Cup team. His training in high-performance sports led him to discover his purpose. He looked to focus on and explore how to uncap the highest potential of high performers in sports and public life. As a result he decided to train academically to increase his impact. His work at the University of California at Irvine led him to specialise at the Stanford School of Medicine where he began to develop his own methodology which he went on to eventually define as "The 7 Roots of Potential". Based on framework and his strategic discipline and approach, he helps public leaders and professional sports institutions. His focus and intention is top evolve high performing cultures, guiding the alignment within leadership teams and the development of their top talent, without killing spirit and passion along the way. In the last 20 years, Dr. Ruben Perczek has worked to support and develop high performance cultures and leaders in organisations across various sectors and industries, including the sports and public service industries. His experience as a strategic advisor includes his work with The Oxford Leadership Academy, Governments of Canada and Mexico, Shambhala Institute of Authentic Leadership, International Forum for Environmental Sustainability - Government of Iceland, adidas NA and LATAM, The Office of the Mayor in Miami, Florida, ShopRite, Department of Athletics at the University of Miami, and head coaches and professional athletes in diverse Olympic and professional sports. In this conversation we discuss what we mean by high performance, the difference between problem solving and possibility discovery, the idea of getting back to a blank slate and the concept of being ok with not knowing. We talk about the fact that we don’t have to always feel like we have all the answers. That if we move from constantly problem solving and looking to provide the answers and solutions, and move towards discovering possibilities and starting to ask more questions, and exploring more opportunities, then we can achieve great things. Why not head over to docruben.com and you can find out more about Dr Ruben Perczek Ph.D and his work. Of course if you want to hear more great stories from remarkable people, or find out more about our coaching, consultancy or new audio services and how they can help you to improve your performance both individually and organizationally, then head over to infinitepie.co.uk. Get in touch or arrange a quick discovery call to discuss and explore it further. It will be great to hear from you.
73 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Sean Conway the Endurance Adventurer
In this episode I am speaking with Endurance Adventurer, Sean Conway. Sean has set out and achieved some incredible challenges, and of course along the way has seen his fair share of set backs as well. His adventures include (amongst many others) running from Conwy Castle in North Wales to Castle Conway in West Ireland; an across Europe cycle ride - a 3890 mile route from Portugal to Russia, that he achieved in 24 days, 18 hours and 39 minutes; a 4200 mile triathlon around the coast of Britain, attempting the feat completely self supported and setting a world record by completing it in 85 days; kayaking down the Thames for 7 days, starting Boxing Dox, setting a world record by sailing the length of Britain, completing the 700 miles in 83 hours and 53 minutes; a Round world cycling challenge During the conversation you will hear the motivation behind the adventures, how Sean went from chasing the money to chasing his goals, and the core principle of having no "Plan B". He shares his insights and perspective on personal responsibility and self awareness. The importance on really taking time to reflect, and to know and understand yourself. Optimising your performance can come through listening to your body, but of course, I also believe it is important to review your thinking. If you want to follow or find out more about Sean, then you can follow him on instagram using @seanconwayadventure or you can head to his website seanconway.com where you can learn more about what he has done, what is doing or find his books and other information. I also mentioned during my conversation with Sean that I capture stories for future generations. This has been something we have added to what we offer at infinite pie, in addition to coaching, consultancy and providing facilitated audio narrative services for businesses and business leaders. If you would be interested in talking through any of these, then head over to infinitepie.co.uk and get in touch or arrange a quick discovery call to discuss and explore it further. It will be great to hear from you.
65 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Mark Eglinton on Creative Collaboration
Today I am speaking with author and co-writer, Mark Eglinton. Mark has written many books including Blindsided with Rugby World Cup Winner (and previous guest on this show) Michael Lynagh, Heavy Duty - Days and Night in Judas Priest - with musician K.K. Downing Reboot: My Life My time - with professional Footballer, Michael Owen. In this conversation, you will hear about the lessons that Mark learned early on in his career as he tried to shortcut the system through the family business. Mark shares how he quickly learned what he was good at and what he wasn’t, and more importantly, not to waste time trying to do the stuff he wasn’t good at. He shares how his experience as a caddie on the Old Course at St Andrews, was a great testing ground for developing relationships, asking great questions and getting to know people. And of course we will explore and discuss topics like effective collaboration, overcoming procrastination, creating structure and approach, getting to know your subject, finding the voice and doing the work. There is advice all the way through this conversation.
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