17 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
How do leadership and culture contribute to corporate sustainability?
Earlier this year, JMJ and The Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge released a study titled, Sustainability: Corporate culture and leadership perspectives. The research asked global business leaders across a range of sectors to share attitudes, barriers, and enablers of successful corporate sustainability strategies from a leadership and culture standpoint. In the latest edition of JMJ’s Culture Transformation Consulting podcast, Jeff Williams, CEO of JMJ and the Bennett Institute’s Prof. Diane Coyle discuss the study’s purpose, methodology and key findings including: How organizations define corporate sustainability and ESG The internal and external pressures that make corporate sustainability a business imperative Challenges to successful implementation How people at different levels of organizations perceive the role of leadership and culture in driving sustainability transformation Advice for leaders setting out on a sustainability transformation journey This is the first in a series of podcasts looking at the different aspects of sustainability. Be sure to tune in for future broadcasts when Jeff will focus on the findings from the perspectives of: Culture; stakeholders and drivers; leadership and people.
24 minutes | May 1, 2022
Construction industry interview with the former CEO of Jacobs Engineering
In conversation with Jay Greenspan, Craig Martin talks about the construction company's safety journey and shares some of the inspirational stories that have shaped his lifelong commitment to an Incident and Injury-Free™ workplace.
40 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Catastrophe: 5. Blame
In this episode, Gill Kernick and Matthew Price look at our obsession with blame and blame-avoidance and how that cements our inability to learn. They speak to the former government advisor Salma Shah and Times Radio correspondent Charlotte Ivers about the relationship between politicians and the media and how blame plays a central role. They also speak to Christopher Hood Emeritus Professor of Government at All Souls Oxford and author of The Blame Game - Spin, Bureaucracy, and Self Preservation in Government. He describes how finger-pointing and mutual buck passing is a familiar feature of politics and that blame avoidance pervades government and public organisations at every level. They explore the likelihood of this blame obsession changing and look at the role of consequences in enabling change and learning.
35 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Catastrophe: 6. Hope
TRIGGER WARNING: THERE IS A SHORT CLIP OF HANAN WAHABI GIVING EVIDENCE AT THE GRENFELL INQUIRY AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS PODCAST. In this episode, Gill Kernick and Matthew Price go back to the start, to the Grenfell Tower fire to look for where hope for change might emerge. Joined by Hanan Wahabi, a former resident and survivor of the fire, they explore grief and where hope can be found in the aftermath of disasters. Hanan’s brother Abdul Aziz and his family died on the 21st floor at Grenfell. They also speak to Julian McCrae from Engage Britain - a new charity which hopes to drive change through bringing different and diverse people together to influence policy and change. If we listen to, and engage with diversity of thought, might our collective wisdom be the way to prevent catastrophes? Might compassion and humanity be as important as regulations?
45 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Catastrophe: 4. Disease
In this episode, Gill Kernick and Matthew Price look at why we weren't more prepared for the pandemic... We knew it was coming. The World Health Organisation published its first pandemic plan in 1999. The UK had also planned for it. What on earth happened? And what does that story tell us more broadly about why we fail to prevent catastrophe? Gill and Matthew speak to two front-line workers, Chidera Ota and Louise Curtis to find out how they adapted to a fast-moving emergency situation. They also speak to David Alexander who is a professor of risk reduction at UCL, and Jill Rutter a senior research fellow at UK in a Changing Europe about the underlying systemic problems that meant the UK was never equipped to deal with a pandemic. And they explore something new. What is the role of empathy in preventing catastrophe?
38 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Catastrophe: 3. Water
In this episode, Gill Kernick and Matthew Price look at the Costa Concordia disaster - the ship that hit rocks and capsized off the coast of Italy. Despite being so close to land, 33 people lost their lives. A subsequent investigation focused on the shortcomings in the procedures followed by the Costa Concordia’s crew and the actions of her captain Francesco Schettino. He was later jailed for 16 years. But while the fingers were pointed at a rogue captain in order to explain this disaster, Gill and Matthew explore what this accident tells us about leadership, and about how companies must create a culture in which safety is paramount. They are joined by Rose Mecalf, a dancer who was on board the Costa Concordia as it was sinking - who has a deep understanding of what actually went wrong. They also speak to Andy Brown, CEO of the Portuguese Energy Company Galp about what makes a good leader, and how a good leader creates safety.
36 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Catastrophe: 1. Fire
TRIGGER WARNING: THERE IS A VERY SHORT CLIP OF THE FIRST EMERGENCY CALL AND SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT NEAR THE BEGINNING OF THIS PODCAST In this first episode, Gill Kernick and Matthew Price go back to June 2017 when Gill witnessed the terrible fire at Grenfell that killed 72 people. As she watched the fire rip through the building she felt helpless. She knew, as a consultant advising high hazard industries on how to prevent disasters, that this should never have happened. With the help of Guillermo Rein, who is a professor of Fire Science at Imperial College London and Diane Coyle who is an economist and co-director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at Cambridge University, Gill and Matthew examine the complexities of building safety and look at the myth that regulations keep us safe.
44 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Catastrophe: 2. Air
In this episode, Gill Kernick and Matthew Price examine what went wrong with the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Why did 346 people lose their lives? With the help of the consulting editor at Flight Global, David Learmount, Gill and Matthew look at the culture of Boeing at the time of the accident, and find out why not even the pilots of the new plane knew about MCAS - a new technology that led to the disasters. They speak to retired NASA Astronaut Jim Wetherbee and domestic airline pilot Laura Einsetler about the importance of listening to the front line and how if bad news is well received we stand a better chance of avoiding catastrophe.
12 minutes | May 27, 2021
JMJ Associates Jeff Williams, CEO and Master Consultant, Gill Kernick discuss how Gill’s experience writing her Book Catastrophe and Systemic Change: Learning from the Grenfell Tower Fire and Other Disasters has impacted her professionally as she works with clients in high-risk industries and what her hope for the future is. About the podcast: The fire colored the night sky a brutal orange. Thick black smoke rose from the building. From her living room in a neighboring tower block, Gill Kernick watched in horror as the Grenfell tower burned. 72 people lost their lives. Gill had lived on Grenfell’s 21st floor for three years. She loved the place, the people and the views of London. Now it was gone. As a master consultant advising high-hazard industries on how to prevent disaster, Gill felt helpless. This should never have happened. And yet, she thought, we always say that after a disaster. And still they do happen. Why? This podcast and the book it accompanies is the result of a vow Gill made after the fire to do something to honor the lives of those lost. In this series, Catastrophe, Gill Kernick and journalist Matthew Price, who she met while he was covering the Grenfell tower fire, examine how we create disasters. How our established ways of thinking and working contribute to catastrophe. They examine previous catastrophes and explore how and why we rarely learn. And they discover that if we are to stop the next catastrophe we need to tear up the established ways of doing things and start along a new road. Catastrophe the podcast is sponsored by JMJ consultants and is a Mother Come Quickly Production. It runs alongside the book by Gill Kernick - Catastrophe and Systemic Change