The Connected Leadership Podcast






August 2021
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Andy Lopata talks to Adam Harris, Executive Coach and informal mentor in this edition of The Connected Leadership Podcast. They discuss Frank and Frearless Leadership; asking the question, 'can leaders be vulnerable?'  Leaders need to have the right conversations, at the right time with the right person.  Great leaders evolve all the time but many are in denial, not recognising the need to change and not recognising their blind spots. Leaders should be self-reflective and vulnerable enough to ask for feedback. Getting out of the comfort zone: see Jehari Window


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Andy Lopata is delighted to welcome Professor Dorie Clark as his guest on the 100th edition of The Connected Leadership Podcast. Dorie is a highly respected executive coach, author, speaker and professor in the US. They discuss the professional relationships, good and not so good, that had the most impact on her career. Pointing out the danger of underestimating the value of casual relationships, Dorie emphasises the importance of dropping preconceptions and just building relationships; this led to her rule of 'no asks for a year'. Finally, she recommends her favourite resources; details in the show notes.

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Andy Lopata's guest for the 99th and 100th edition of the Connected Leadership Podcast is Dorie Clark, recognised as one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and as the #1 Communication Coach by the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards. She teaches executive education at Duke University‚Äôs Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School, and is the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, Dorie is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review.,  Her new book, THE LONG GAME How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World, is being published next month.
This fascinating conversation covers the benefits of a long-term strategy in business relationships. In organisations changing attitudes can be a challenge, while small businesses can effectively be long-term driven. Switching to long-term thinking can be a balancing act of persuasion. The art is in attracting patient investors who are willing to bide their time with you. Andy and Dorie also talk about being bad at something - deliberately.

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A man of many talents, Rob Gardner's most impactful relationships are now long term, positive friendships. His boss early in his career became his life long friend and they founded two companies together. Other significant relationships vital to his career development included Redington's first client and Rob's wife who he met professionally at work. For Rob it was bosses who can impact a career and involve help and support, rather than clients. But, there are also lessons to be learned from bad bosses; as he put it, the good, the bad and the ugly! If a professional relationship is breaking down it is easy to jump to conclusions. A better way is make the effort to understand, maintain or repair. Rob shared his favourite resources.

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Andy Lopata's guest this week on the Connected Leadership Podcast is Rob Gardner. Currently Rob is Chairman of Investments at St James' Place but has had a varied career and has many charitable interests as well as having written a successful children's book based on earning money, keeping money, growing money. Andy and Rob discuss the significance of meeting new people and then judging the book by its cover.  Rob encourages avoiding stereotypes when meeting people and using curiosity rather than making assumptions that are often untrue. 'Do your homework' before the conversation is the best advice in developing relationships. Also, knowing your purpose and being clear on the best way to invest your time.


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Professional relationships from the start of his career, influenced how Brian Murphy deals with his own team as a leader. The Head of Global Learning at AstraZeneka, Brian recalls how the right leader can transform and open up opportunities for their team by having belief, listening and trusting. His most positive relationships have come from both his bosses and from his teams. When professional relationships are not as positive it is important to think about other people's views; they are not necessarily wrong, they are different. Brian shares his favourite resources with Andy.

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In today's podcast, Andy Lopata talks to Brian Murphy, Head of Global Learning at AstraZeneka about the future of leadership. Topics covered include the roles of control and trust; leaders stepping away and creating the conditions for people to excel and how the vaccine development has impacted the culture across AstraZeneca. Andy and Brian also discuss how ways of working have changed giving leaders the challenge of how to support their team and to navigate that change. It's harder to support people working remotely, how have the leaders adapted to the new normal?  Finally, has the last year changed how we like to learn?

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In a change this month from answering your questions, Andy Lopata talks about Rishi Sunak's article in the Times, "Go back to the office if you want to get on". What are we missing by not being together in the workplace and how are we going to adapt to changes brought about by the pandemic? The Chancellor emphasised the problems for young people at the outset of their career needing to build their networks and find the mentors to support them in their career. With hybrid working patterns, how do we include people working remotely? In the US leadership attitudes are much tougher, but companies are going to need to adapt and find a balance in new, flexible ways of working.

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In this month's regular podcast with Ruth Gotian, Andy and Ruth share their experiences with Olympians and other high achievers. People in both sport and business working towards a goal, had to adjust during the pandemic to maintain control. For Olympians it is important to always have the next goal in mind, something bigger, to be the best. High achievers have to make sacrifices and maintaining relationships, being surrounded by good people from different backgrounds, who will keep you grounded, is paramount. A balance has to found between competition and collaboration and individuals work together as a team in the Olympics. This balance also occurs in business. For Paralympians, it is finding people with the same purpose, the same goals, who support each other.

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