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Meet The Leader
18 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Wipro’s Thierry Delaporte: Connecting as a remote CEO during COVID-19
Starting remote as CEO during COVID-19 meant reshaping the firm’s operations -- and building trust with thousands -- mostly over Zoom. In fact, it was more than a year before Thierry Delaporte could meet many of his teams in person thanks to travel restrictions. Delaporte talked to Meet The Leader about starting in Paris as a remote CEO and Managing Director for this India-headquartered company (with staff around the world) and how he focused his communication to build connections and help simplify the company’s operations. He also explained how a favorite hobby -- sailing -- prepared him to navigate COVID's uncertainty and how those lessons could help any leader. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
Top Leaders Barack Obama, Elizabeth Wathuti and more: Habits for climate action
In this special episode inspired by the COP26 summit, Meet The Leader compiles the habits and mindsets top leaders say we’ll need to stay on track to meet climate goals, such as: accepting imperfect compromises, forging partnerships, building leadership incentives and more. This episode includes insights from top global leaders (Barack Obama, Christiana Figueres), climate activists (Elizabeth Wathuti) and top C-Suite leaders (Vattenfall’s CEO Anna Borg; Yara’s CEO Svein Holsether; Russell Reynolds’ CEO Clarke Murphy; CEO Mahendra Singhi Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited and IKEA’s CDO Barbara Martin Coppola). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
38 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Activist Jane Goodall on hope, making change happen - and climate summit COP26
Jane Goodall is one of the world's best known primatologists and activists for animal welfare and the environment. The founder of the Jane Goodall Institute shares how to advocate for change and the strategies she's used over the decades to connect with compassion. She also shares a critical message about hope -- both how it propels her and how we can use it as a tool for action as leaders gather to discuss climate change at COP26. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
38 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
How effective leaders manage change and uncertainty: AlixPartners' CEO Simon Freakley
This management consulting firm’s CEO discusses the company's research on disruption and how leaders can both anticipate change and better manage it, making decisions quickly and effectively. He also shares personal lessons learned from early roles, like his days working as an apprentice for his father’s boat building business. Classic people skills like listening with curiosity and respect can anchor any leader in ever-changing times. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Unilever’s HR Chief on the future of work - and vulnerability's role
As Unilever's Chief Human Resource Officer, Nair is the first female, first Asian and the youngest ever person to hold that post at the company. As a result, she knows a little something about pioneering and she talked to Meet The Leader about the future of work as Unilever tests new models such as 4-day work weeks and other new programs rethinking the classic 9 to 5. Our new work future will also take a mastery of soft skills - of vulnerability, transparency and the type of empathy that ensures everyone can truly have a voice and adapt their workplaces to meet the needs of the years ahead. Nair shares how she models these traits, the dramatic moment that shaped how she leads, and why mastering soft skills will be the hardest task of all. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Russell Reynolds Associates’ Clarke Murphy: How effective leaders bridge ‘say/do’ gaps for sustainability
Protecting people and the planet is the biggest challenge of our lifetime and one that will require a new type of leadership. CEO Clarke Murphy understands this more than most. His firm Russell Reynolds Associates has just released a first-of-its-kind report, digging into what the new generation of leaders will need to meet sustainability goals in the decades to come. Clarke talked to Meet The Leader about the findings, from what 'spooked' him and inspired him to what gave him pause. He also shared steps leaders can take to bridge 'say/do' divides, rethink incentives and transform company culture. His practical advice paired with the report's surprising findings help leaders better tap the most important sustainability resource already in their organization: their people. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Africa Teen Geeks' Lindiwe Matlali: True leaders seek impact, not accolades
Africa's largest computer science non-profit looks to reshape opportunity in Africa by teaching kids to code and creating a pipeline of tech leaders and entrepreneurs. Matlali built this organisation from scratch, with bootstrapping and cold calls, as she worked to transform mindsets and curriculums, and bridge equity gaps. She talks to Meet the Leader about how tech training and entrepreneurship can reshape Africa. She also discusses the power of humility in making collaboration and making change happen and the lessons she's learned from her own mentor, Google’s Marian Croak, about being present. Those lessons can help anyone be a better mentor to a new generation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Yara’s Svein Tore Holsether: Trust will power the next big climate breakthrough
After the Paris Climate agreement of 2015, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Yara shifted gears. The milestone event - held just a few months after he started at Yara - sharpened his understanding of the critical role his company could play in decarbonising food value chains. The shifts that resulted have meant new priorities and a new way of working for him and his teams at the fertiliser and food solutions company as it looks to both feed the world and protect the planet. It has also lead to an exploration of innovative ways to produce 'green ammonia' that could lead to fossil free fertiliser and help decarbonise long-range shipping. Such new solutions require collaboration and trust. That trust, says Holsether, will be play a bigger role than miracle tech in making progress for the climate. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Organisational Psychologist John Amaechi: ‘Find your inner giant’
This former NBA basketball player changed course after his athletic career to earn a PhD in psychology and found a psychological business consultancy that leverages science, research and evidence-backed insights into human behaviour. He talks to Meet The Leader about how looking inward can help top execs recognize leaders throughout an organisation and how everyday choices and commitments can shape success. He also shares how bias conversations must change in workplaces and insights from his latest leadership book: 'The Promises of Giants.' See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
John Pearson of DHL Express: Keep business – and leadership - simple
CEO John Pearson shares the strategies this shipping and logistics company uses to simplify and focus a complex business – methods that have helped it navigate major upheavals including the COVID-19 pandemic. Special training programs - including one featuring a small red passport each staffer carries – are a special source of pride and one of several important ways the company keeps communication clear and thousands of employees aligned in one of the most global companies in the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Johnson Controls’ George Oliver: Leadership 'rhythms' can drive innovation, opportunity
During the COVID-19 crisis, those in critical infrastructure joined doctors and nurses in the pandemic’s front line as temporary hospitals and isolation rooms were needed nearly overnight. Chairman and CEO George Oliver shared how practice and routine helped the company weather the crisis and how building technologies can help tackle other complex problems such as climate mitigation. Oliver also shared how routine can drive innovation and the habits this early riser depends on in his own life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
IKEA's Barbara Martin Coppola on COVID-19, the climate, and its tech and data transformation
When most of IKEA’s global retail locations closed temporarily during the pandemic, e-commerce became the cornerstone of the business. This near overnight shift was possible, in part, thanks to a digital transition that was already several years underway, one of the biggest in the company’s 78-year-history. Barbara Martin Coppola, an alum of Google and Samsung, was hired in 2018 as the company’s first-ever Chief Digital Officer to lead this transition, using data and technology to modernize everything from IKEA’s supply chains, to its stores to the way its staffers work. In this episode, Coppola shares the leadership lessons she’s learned and why she believes in resilience and “stubborn optimism.” She also shares and the experiences that have prepared her to tackle big challenges including early music studies. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
P&G's Loic Tassel on scaling planet-friendly consumer products and habits
To meet big climate goals, consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble is redesigning both products and supply chains. In this effort, P&G Europe is pioneering many sustainable products and helping consumers build better habits for the planet. P&G Europe’s president Loic Tassel shares how his teams are helping to rethink everything from how we buy our shampoo to the temperature with which we wash our laundry. He talks to Meet The Leader about the upcoming European Green Deal, how being a father of five drives him, and what he’s learned in his near 33 years at the company. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
38 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Morgan Stanley’s Audrey Choi: Leadership isn’t in titles
The Chief Sustainability Officer of Morgan Stanley hails from policy and journalism and helped invent her current role. She’ll explain why unique backgrounds are key to tackling sustainability, what drove the firm to dive into sustainable investing after the last recession and how finance can play a key role in addressing some of the biggest challenges of our day. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | May 27, 2021
Volvo’s Lars Stenqvist: 'Partnership is the new leadership'
The Chief Technology Officer of Volvo Group discusses tech’s role in transport’s decarbonisation. He’ll also explain the role creativity and accountability will play in that transition and how leaders will need to change how they interact with everyone from teams to rivals. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | May 14, 2021
Boston Consulting Group’s Rich Lesser: “We can go further than we think”
The CEO discusses leadership lessons from three decades at the firm, the signals that prompt teams to tackle big challenges - and what’s really needed to make progress on the climate. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
WorldQuant’s Igor Tulchinsky: “Obstacles are nothing more than information”
The CEO of quantitative investment firm WorldQuant talks experimentation, the principles he lives by and why he founded a not-for-profit online university to modernize talent pools and bridge opportunity gaps. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Verizon's Hans Vestberg: Focus on what's most important
The CEO of Verizon shares why he charts his time, the questions he asks world leaders and why he's dedicated his life to bridging connectivity gaps. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Leaders from IBM, Deloitte and more: Habits they can’t work without
To mark the 6-month anniversary of Meet The Leader, this compilation episode collects favourite tips, mindsets and approaches from past episodes as well as insights from World Economic Forum events like the Annual Meeting in Davos. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Signify’s Eric Rondolat: How small steps drive big changes
This global lighting company achieved carbon neutrality last fall. Its CEO will share the changes it made - and its lessons learned. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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