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The Ambition Podcast
42 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Practices and strategies to engage a remote workforce
Over the past 18 months, the world has moved into an unforeseen phase of remote, hybrid, and flexible working.Chris Dyer, Founder of People G2, was ahead of his time when he pivoted his organisation to be fully remote back in 2009 and is now seen as an expert in remote working.On this episode of The AMBITION Podcast, Chris speaks about his experiences in enabling organisations to work remotely, as well as delving into some of the key themes from his new book, Remote Work: Redesign Processes, Practices and Strategies to Engage a Remote Workforce – which looks set to be the playbook for remote working.
30 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
How do you get the most out of your team?
Are you getting the most out of your team or are you struggling to create a culture of trust, autonomy, and ownership?In this week’s episode of The AMBITION Podcast, John Saunders, Founder at Forward Advisory Solutions shares his experience creating a team that allows for innovations to be generated and communicated. He gives some great examples of how he has used these techniques himself to create successful teams. John also gives exclusive insight from his new book, The Optimizer.
30 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Shark diving and entrepreneurship are basically the same things, right?
Shark diving and entrepreneurship are basically the same things, right?Entrepreneur Rune Sovndahl thinks so. After Rune realised the cleaning industry needed transforming, he set up Fantastic Services alongside his business partner. Rune’s organisation has enjoyed great success using a franchise model and in a relatively short space of time, has been named the seventh best franchise according to Franchise Direct.On this episode of the Association of MBA’s, The AMBITION Podcast, Rune spoke about starting his business, managing a global organisation during a pandemic, and… diving with sharks.
25 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Why do two thirds of digital strategies fail?
We’re all familiar with the term ‘digital transformation’; but this well-known idea is proving a challenge to some of our leaders and organisations with a recent study showing that nearly two thirds of digital strategies are failing. To investigate why this is the case and what can be done about it, The AMBITION Podcast spoke to Robin Speculand. Robin’s pioneering work has been featured in media worldwide including BBC World and Forbes. He is a TEDx speaker and an educator for Duke CE, IMD, and an adjunct member of Singapore Management University and National University of Singapore. His new book World’s Best Bank: A Strategic Guide to Digital Transformation is number one in the leadership category on Amazon. In his book and in this interview, Robin details the successful digital transformation at the Singaporean bank DBS – and puts practical points in place as to how other organisations can put world-class strategies in place to thrive in the digital age.
29 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Is the customer always right in the digital age?
Is the customer always right in the digital age? To answer this question and others, we speak to Professor Steven van Belleghem, author of The Offer You Can’t Refuse. Steven is widely regarded as one of Europe’s thought-leaders in the field of customer experience, having helped organisations including Google, Microsoft, and Disney. Steven gave us advice on how to play a role in your customers life journey and how to create a culture of customer centricity.
27 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
The pitfalls of fast-paced start-up culture
'Slow and steady wins the race', is a well-known saying, but does it apply when growing your business? Patrick Flesner warns against the fast-paced tech start-up culture which has arisen and is wary about investors pushing for this rapid growth. He gave advice from his new book, FastScaling: The Smart Path to Building Massively Valuable Businesses, on how start-ups should aim for sustainable high growth.
18 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
How do you fail and keep a positive mindset?
The past 18 months have been hard on everyone – but especially job seekers. In this episode of The AMBITION Podcast, we talk to Cel Amade and ask her how students leaving their universities can stay motivated when they are perhaps feeling forgotten by their institution after not being allowed on campus and now are facing a tough job market. Cel provides us with motivational advice on how to fail and how to keep a positive mindset.
28 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Is being a force for good the real purpose of a business?
Today we are delighted to be joined by Paul Hargreaves, CEO of fine foods wholesaler, Cotswold Fayre Ltd.His organisation became one of the founding B Corporations or B Corps, which are companies which meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance and are known as the voice for business of the future, as businesses come to realise that their real purpose is to be a force for good.In this episode, we speak about Paul’s new book, The Fourth Bottom Line: Flourishing in the era of compassionate leadership and discuss the connection between compassion and purpose, and their roles in the new normal of business.
19 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Transferring skills and values from sport into the business world
Mark Roberts has an impressive 15 years as a professional footballer under his belt playing for teams such as Stevenage, Fleetwood Town, Cambridge United, Forest Green Rovers and Warrington Town, and he is using the skills he gained on the field to coach others. The AMBITION Podcast caught up with Mark to discuss how skills and values from sport can be cultivated for success in the business world.
20 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Is "agility" just a buzzword? What does it actually mean?
Agility is a buzz word which is thrown around in professional circles but what does it mean?Simon Hayward joins the AMBITION Podcast to tell us more about what being agile means to him. Simon gives some useful tips from his book, The Agile Leader: How to Create an Agile Business in the Digital Age, on how to increase your own and your team’s agility, as well as insights into collaboration and leadership.
33 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
How do you become a practical activist?
At some point in our lives, we have all felt anger at a social issue but not known how to react, or felt powerless in the face of it. Our speaker, Steve Davis describes this as being ‘outraged to the point of paralysis’. Steve introduces some practical ways for everyone to be an activist, and shares some of the key themes of his new book, Undercurrents: Channelling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism.
30 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
How do we prepare for jobs when they haven't been invented yet?
According to the Institute for the Future (IFTF), 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven't even been invented yet. How do we prepare for these jobs when we don’t know what they are?To find out Michelle Weise, author of Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don't Even Exist Yet joined the AMBITION Podcast to investigate how we can successfully build a workforce which can thrive in these future jobs.
27 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
What will jobs of the future look like?
It is estimated that in the next decade, 70% of business and institutions will be powered by AI. We spoke to Sudhi Sinha, author of Reimagining Businesses with AI, to find out what the jobs of the future might look like, how to prepare for them, and how AI will impact our day to day lives.
21 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Why is a customer-led approach not part of the mainstream? Pt.2
In part two of our interview with Seán Meehan, author of The Customer Copernicus, he explains how being customer centric feeds into the ethics and sustainability of an organisation. We also ask, why organisations which were customer centric, would ever move away from this model?
20 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Why is a customer-led approach not part of the mainstream? Pt.1
Recent research shows only 24% of senior executives adopt a customer-led approach to running their business. Why is this approach not mainstream? We ask exactly that to Seán Meehan, who has written a book on The Customer Copernicus – How to be Customer-Led.In part one of this two-part podcast, we ask Seán to give some best practice examples of customer-led organisations.
32 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
How to create inclusive workplaces
On this week's episode of The AMBITION Podcast, we were joined by Amber Cabral, who is the author of Allies and Advocates: Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Culture.We have a frank discussion with Amber, addressing issues such as privilege, safe spaces, performative allyship and much more.This podcast is packed with actionable tips on how to create inclusive workplaces and how to be a better ally and advocate.
32 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
How to spot workplace toxicity
100% of high performers, 75% of women and 35% of men will have toxic leaders in their career.So how can individuals spot this toxicity and how can they cope with it? More importantly, how can organisations ensure the right leaders are reaching management positions?Berta Aldrich author of, Winning the Talent Shift, offers advice to both individuals and organisations for what to do if their workplace is toxic.
28 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
How can quantum physics increase happiness and employee engagement?
If you think that quantum physics and leadership theory have very little in common, then this episode is essential listening. Clive Hyland discusses how they are, in fact, intertwined and essential for increasing employee engagement.Clive, who is author of the book The Quantum Way, guides the discussion, showing how physics and science can increase happiness and employee engagement.
28 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
What makes a leader impactful?
What makes a leader impactful? And an even trickier question: what makes a leader impactful when they are leading online? We asked these difficult questions to our podcast guest Steffen Giessner. During the episode, he was able to explain the power of presence and how it can play a role in successful management. Additionally, Steffen spoke to us about his new book, which he cowrote with Antonie Knoppers and Milly Obdine, Leading with Presence: Fundamental tools and insight for Impactful, Engaging Leadership. Finally, he gave us some tips on how leaders could make use of this elusive notion of presence, especially when it comes to leading online.
21 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Can SMEs expand on a global scale?
Sandy Damm is a long-time AMBA member but, also excitingly, a new author. Sandy’s first book entitled, SME Globalisation, dispels the belief that going global is only for large well-established organisations. In this podcast Sandy takes us through some of the steps SME’s can take to expand on a global scale, while considering ethics and different cultures. He discusses some of the unique challenges that small organisations might face when going global and how to overcome them. Sandy also shares his experiences of being an AMBA member.
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