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Guest Sarah Ellis Co-founder of Amazing If, host of the Squiggly Careers podcast, and author of The Squiggly Career. amazingif.com Graham speaks with co-founder of career development company Amazing If, Sarah Ellis, about uncertainty, social media’s comparison culture, and the importance of a personal manifesto. They both share personal moments from their time in lockdown and Sarah shares her insights on company values from her time working with Sainsbury’s. Sarah has run Amazing If for six years, going from a side-project alongside her job working in corporate social responsibility for Sainsbury’s, to a full-time commitment during that period, balancing child care and looking after her own fitness and wellbeing. Graham Allcott is the founder of time management training company Think Productive. This podcast is produced by Podiant. Links The Squiggly Career: Ditch the Ladder, Discover Opportunity, Design Your Career, by Sarah Ellis Uncharted: How to Map the Future, by Margaret Heffernan Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking, by Matthew Syed The Squiggly Careers Podcast Amazing If's Redundancy Reset programme Think Productive's working-from-home resources Sign up to Graham's newsletter Subscribe to Think Productive’s monthly tips newsletter How to be a Productivity Ninja
At this time, it strikes me that we have an opportunity to look at our lives and our businesses in a new way and maybe get creative about what the future can bring.  So, I thought it would be good to talk about creativity and get some techniques and advice from my guest this week, BAFTA award-winning comedy writer and creativity expert, Tim Reid. Bio Tim Reid is a multiple award-winning comedy writer, best known for co-creating and co-writing the BAFTA winning sitcom, CAR SHARE. As well as winning the BAFTA for Best Scripted Comedy, CAR SHARE also won Best Original Programme at the Broadcast Awards, 2016; Most Popular Comedy Series at the National Television Awards, 2016; and Best TV Entertainment Programme at the Television and Radio Industries Club Awards. In addition to being a successful comedy writer, Tim is a world class innovation expert, and he’s passionate about combining these two skills to help businesses become as creative as comedians.  Tim has worked for some of the worlds most creative organisations, including global ad agencies, innovation consultancies and the BBC. He’s helped clients from beer brands to broadcasters, confectioners to condom makers reimagine the future and re-invent their businesses. Tim is quite possibly unique in the world of advertising having worked in every discipline available in an ad agency. He started his career as an adman at J Walter Thompson as a Media Planner, before moving to McCann Erickson as an Account Director, then Strategic Planner, and finally as an award-winning Copywriter. Tim’s unwillingness to be boxed in by a job title or discipline reflects his approach to creativity, and his ethos in inspiring creative thinking in others. From his unique position as both a successful innovation consultant and comedy writer, Tim has drawn together a practical guide to applying the trade secrets used by top creative professionals, comedians and writers. During the process of writing, developing, and filming a major sitcom for BBC One, Tim learned first-hand how many of the same tools and techniques of creativity and idea generation are used by writers, comedians and commercial innovators alike. As well as sharing these ‘trade secrets’ through his keynote speeches, Tim continues to coach companies in innovation and is currently working on new sitcom formats and screenplay scripts. Tim is a master at keeping audiences actively engaged and positively energised. Whether it’s getting people on their feet and playfully interacting or switching on different parts of their brains through quick mental exercises, Tim can make sure your audience is alive, alert and full of energy throughout your event. Recorded on: 1st May 2020 Links: More about Tim Reid More about Maria Franzoni Ltd Connect with Maria on Linkedin Connect with Maria on FaceBook   More about Kevin Gaskell -  https://mfl.global/speaker/tim-reid More about Maria Franzoni Ltd - https://mfl.global Connect with Maria on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-franzoni/ Connect with Maria on FaceBook - https://www.facebook.com/speakingbusiness.co To book any of the speakers featured on the Speaking Business podcast, click here  Listen here: Libsyn  Itunes  Soundcloud Stitcher Spotify  
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At the time of recording we have just heard in the UK that British Airways will be making 12,000 people redundant. Oasis, Warehouse and Carluccio’s amongst other household names have gone into liquidation.  Our country is in its second month of lockdown and many businesses find themselves unable to trade and are doing their best to just keep themselves afloat. My guest this week is an expert in leading businesses through crisis so that they not only survive but grow.  During his career he has founded start-ups, driven turnarounds and led major brands.  He has built over 3 billion pounds of shareholder value. He’s led transformational growth at 14 companies and now acts as Chairman to a number of growing businesses.  Let’s get some timely advice from this week’s business expert, Kevin Gaskell. Bio Kevin Gaskell is an extraordinary leader who led iconic brands Porsche, BMW and Lamborghini to unprecedented levels of success before creating global businesses from scratch. A corporate trailblazer, serial entrepreneur and world class team builder recognised as one of the most outstanding leaders of his generation. As a CEO, chairman, founder and investor Kevin has enjoyed success in sectors including automotive, data, technology, manufacturing, brand marketing and professional services. He has repeatedly led teams to achieve extraordinary performance in companies ranging from 7 to 7,000 employees. He believes that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results – and he has the experiences to prove it. Passionate about the development of leadership skills he is frequently sought to reinvigorate teams and companies. His firmly delivered belief it’s that success begins and ends with the people and the engagement and inspiration of every member of the organisation. Over a number of years Kevin has set the business world alight with success after success. His fin tech business Traderoot Technology was nominated as e-commerce business of the year; Achilles won the Sunday Times award for the best private equity investment of the year; ITS Technology reached the final of the World Communication Awards; Market Research platform Delvv.io won the EMEA Innovation Award; he integrated 31 companies to create EurotaxGlass’s, the world’s largest automotive data company, and his landscape gardening business has just been recognised as APL Supreme Champion. He is a man who demonstrates that the principles of outstanding leadership are transferable across business sectors. It was leading the turnaround of Porsche from close to bankruptcy to market leader that saw Kevin Gaskell, at the age of 32, recognised as one of the most capable leaders of his generation. He consolidated that recognition with 4 years as Managing Director of BMW (GB) during which he led the business to record growth and a 500% improvement in profitability. Since his roles in the automotive sector he has led businesses to massive success in the digital, technology, data, brand marketing, market research, construction, retail, professional services and manufacturing sectors. Such flexibility and adaptability has confirmed his position as an extraordinary and inspirational leader. A highly motivational and engaging speaker, he believes that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results – and he has the experiences to prove it. He has led global corporations, start-ups, private equity portfolio companies and organisations large and small to create shareholder value in excess of $5billion. He has also found the time to walk to both the north and south poles and climb the world’s highest mountains to fund the construction of a cancer treatment unit.  In January 2020, along with 4 team-mates, he set a new world record for the fastest ever Atlantic crossing by a 5 man rowing boat! Using an energetic and inclusive style he shares the tools and techniques which have enabled his teams to deliver results which even they considered impossible – until they achieved them. His approach of ‘Inspired Leadership’ at every level in the organisation has been demonstrated to achieve extraordinary success again and again. As a leader who has led established businesses and founded technology startups which have grown to global scale he is able to demonstrate the competitive opportunities from both sides of the divide. He shows that leadership is an adaptable and transferable skill and is a key enabler of successful teamwork in any situation. Drawing upon his experience and his ongoing leadership roles in growing companies Kevin shares practical lessons of how individuals in businesses from 7 to 7,000 employees can be inspired to create teamwork which transforms organisations and achieves world class performance. Kevin Gaskell is a leader who has been there and done it, and then done it again, and again. His speeches provide the inspiration, and share the tools, which enable each member of the audience to return to their role energised and informed and ready to achieve something extraordinary. And if the audience need an energiser they could always ask Kevin to play his guitar – in his spare time he plays in a rock band! Recorded on: 29th April 2020  Links: More about Kevin Gaskell More about Maria Franzoni Ltd Connect with Maria on Linkedin Connect with Maria on FaceBook To book any of the speakers featured on the Speaking Business podcast, click here Listen here: Libsyn  Itunes  Soundcloud Stitcher Spotify
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