leadership

120. Robert Thirsk: From medicine to Mars – Insights from over 200 days in space

In this guest-hosted episode Clive Steeper from episode 1 talks to engineer, physician, and former astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk about the preparation and training needed for astronauts to operate effectively on space missions, and how these skills are also relevant for leadership more generally. Robert reflects on training for astronauts, non-technical skills in space missions,…

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101. Mike Robinson: Collaborating for climate solutions

In this podcast Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society talks to host, Sue Stockdale, about his adventurous and philanthropic background, and how experience on an expedition to Borneo inspired him to give back to the environment, and gain self-confidence. Mike outlines his work at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, its function…

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Playlist – Leadership Insights

Insights about leadership from a variety of guests: 90. Dr James Kisia – Using mentorship to cultivate leadership in Africa 88. Nic Parmaksizian – How to create an environment that encourages innovation 73. Manuela Gil – Engaging others through purposeful leadership 74. Thomas Luther – Sisu: leading the Finnish way 64. Lisa Marie Platske –…

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94. Faisal Hoque: Bringing mindfulness to work and life

Faisal Hoque talks to host, Sue Stockdale about how mindfulness has helped him in his life and work by enabling him to be present, patient and accepting the different circumstances he has found himself in. Whether it was at university where he had to work several jobs whilst studying, being let go by the investors that…

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90. Dr. James Kisia: Using mentorship to cultivate leadership in Africa

In the first of our series of guest-hosted episodes Racheal Wanjiku Kigame, Country Director, Help a Child Africa, who was a guest on episode 12 talks to her mentor Dr. James Kisia about using mentorship to cultivate leadership in Africa. He explains why leaders must listen, be curious and ‘walk their talk’ if they want…

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Preview of Series 12

Sue Stockdale previews the guest-hosted episodes that will be featured in Series 12.  They are: Dr. James Kisia: Using mentorship to cultivate leadership in Africa – Guest host Racheal Wanjiku Kigame from episode 12 Pierre Heistein: Recording the story of the Atuel River – Guest host Brendan Davis from episode 58 Cori Myka: Helping non-swimmers overcome fear…

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88. Nic Parmaksizian: How to create an environment that encourages innovation

Nic Parmaksizian talks to Sue Stockdale about his role as Global CEO of Designit and why he is passionate about creativity and innovation.  He outlines how leaders can create environments that encourage innovation, and why ambidexterity is needed to be able to focus on both profitability today and tomorrow. An accomplished global business executive, Nic…

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74. Thomas Luther: Sisu – leading the Finnish way

Sue Stockdale talks to Thomas Luther, CEO of Nevel, a green infrastructure company in Finland. He explains the concept of Sisu – the Finnish way of being and explains in the conversation how he embodies this approach in the way he leads the company. Thomas was born in Finland and is happy father of five…

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69. Sanzar Kakar: Trading is key to the Afghan spirit

Sue Stockdale talks to Sanzar Kakar about his life as an entrepreneur in Afghanistan, how he measures success, and how the company pivoted to support the recent humanitarian crisis in the country. Sanzar Kakar is the Chairman of Afghanistan Holding Group, a 13-year-old private firm with 350 Afghan team members that has served over 700…

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64. Lisa Marie Platske: Courageous leadership

Sue Stockdale talks to Lisa Marie Platske, President/CEO, Upside Thinking, Inc. about what courageous leadership means and how she found courage to move on after she was impacted by 9/11.  The conversation touches on how vulnerability, forgiveness and the willingness to step out of one’s comfort zone can help leaders be of greater service to…

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