Executive coach and mentor to rising executives and leaders. Ex-Army, Sandhurst instructor, 20 x Ironman finisher and GB triathlete.
In this episode we jump straight to the end, or nearly. Mark Smith was dead for a few minutes before he was revived and went onto thrive as a competitive bodybuilder, strongman and latterly footballer. Standing in front of an audience in nothing but your Speedos takes some doing, but when you understand that it was all part of Mark’s recovery from a freak accident, it becomes a powerful metaphor for change and courage. Mark describes the circumstances around the accident in vivid, often humorous detail and the struggles he has conquered as an amputee since. This is an honest and emotional account of his journey to recovery and the people that have made it possible. But what next for this incredible person? Well, with a story like his and a mission to serve as many people as possible, adding the title of published author seems like the logical next step for this man who is now conquering every challenge put his way!
Reflecting on a lifetime of leadership, Ryan Ramsey, ex-submariner, corporate leader and consultant takes us through what it is to lead in today’s pandemic and beyond. Not unlike being submerged for extended periods of time, the parallels between good leadership onboard a nuclear submarine and today’s complex business environment may surprise you. In this episode, we discuss the simple principles that are the hallmark of great leadership at any level. Constantly learning and reflecting on his experience, Ryan also discusses his thoughts from 24 years as a Submariner that he has taken forward into his work on oil rigs, National Rail and latterly as a business consultant. We consider the loneliness of command; how to identify those that will make the grade for submarine command and how to manage the inner game of high performance during stressful situations. If you’re fascinated by the complexities of leadership and want an idea of how to boil it down to its fundamentals, this episode will give you much to think about!
If there’s any guarantees as you launch yourself into a bobsleigh with your brake man it’s that one way or another you’re going to make it to the end! Hurtling down the icy track at speeds that would get you a fine on a UK motorway takes 100% commitment, focus and nerve. Something that this episode’s guest has in spades. Sergeant Adam Baird of the Royal Marines joins me to discuss his ambitions for making the Great Britain 2-Man bobsleigh team for the 2022 Beijing and 2026 Milan Olympic games. Splitting his training between his home gym and the facilities at Bath University, the current pandemic has done nothing to help in his preparations. Coupled with having to raise money to fund his expenses and equipment costs, there’s a lot that stands in his way to realise his dream. But there’s no whinging or whining from this guest. Adam views these as mere obstacles in the way and as many top class athletes discover, he can only control the controllables! Committed, passionate and with a lifetime of sporting prowess behind him, I get the sense that no matter what the trials along the way, we’ll be cheering Adam on at the Olympics very soon!
Dave O’Brien is an entrepreneur, ultra-runner and professional engineer with a passion for adventure and testing himself to the limit. Dave and I met back in 1992 when we entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and then went on to complete our commando training with the Royal Marines. In this episode we explore why he is putting his energy (pardon the pun) into his new nutritional range whilst simultaneously holding down a day job and also the ways in which he squeezes every ounce of value from the 24 hours we are given. We also explore how preparing for the expected and in particular the hardships and obstacles that life can throw at us has allowed him to push the boundaries of what many would consider beyond them. A veteran of the Marathon de Sables, a multi-day endurance event over the Sahara Desert, Dave and I go pretty deep on the philosophical aspects of running and how endurance events are life in microcosm. Not bad for a couple of old sweats used to getting by on just a water bottle and a Mars bar!
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Dec 6th, 1970
Andover, England, United Kingdom
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11 hours, 13 minutes
Podchaser Creator ID logo 658256