Leadership Luminaries

Corporate Leaders and Thought Leaders share their personal stories of challenge and success and bring their particular areas of wisdom and knowledge to bear on what’s relevant now.

In this podcast series PeopleSmart is proud to provide a platform for Corporate Leaders and Thought Leaders who are able to inspire, encourage and provide insights to you by bringing their particular areas of wisdom, knowledge and personal experiences to bear on what’s relevant now!

PeopleSmart provides innovative learning solutions to organizations in many countries, cultures and languages, focusing on leadership and people development in the context of digital transformation, change management, culture change and the increasing need for Emotional Intelligence.

Episode 9:

What is a 'Personal Brand' and why is it so important?

Guest: Sonal Bahl
In a year in which so many peoples’ jobs and career trajectories have been adversely affected Sonal Bahl explains how to distinguish yourself in an increasingly crowded job marketplace and how to supercharge your career! Her career boosting strategies give people the competitive edge to land their dream job, get promoted and lead a richer, happier & more purposeful life.

In this lively conversation Sonal shares her practical advice and tips for how to build your reputation using social media, especially LinkedIn. She says that personal branding is "the art of effectively differentiating yourself". She explains how to do this and why it leads to people being attracted to you rather than you trying to impress to get a new job or a pay raise.

Sonal is an experienced HR Director and Founder of SuperCharge, a career strategy and coaching firm with clients In North & South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. She speaks English, Spanish, French, Hindi and basic Dutch.

In a career spanning nearly two decades in senior HR positions, Sonal has lived and worked in Chile, Belgium, France, India and Uruguay. Screening over 250,000 resumes and conducting over 5000 interviews in 3 continents - she has helped recruit, build and evolve highly talented teams for large companies like GE & PwC, midsize family owned firms and startups.

Sonal holds an MBA from INSEAD and also serves on the Belgium Steering Committee member of INSEAD Women in Business. Sonal is recognised as a “Sheroes Champion”, one of just 150 selected globally for this role. Sheroes is a women only platform to inspire future leaders, with over 15 million women as members.

Episode 7:

How do you develop and lead a high-performing team in a virtual world?

Guest: Sabine Weishaupt
How do you create a close knit high performance team and a micro culture that supports it in these very challenging times? Sabine Weishaupt has been leading a global virtual team for the past five years and has broad and deep experience of what it takes to do this successfully. In this interview Sabine shares her best practices for how to lead virtual teams in the extremely different business environment of 2020 and beyond.

Sabine Weishaupt heads up Deutsche Telekom’s global team of internal leadership development, learning and transformation consultants. With her team - a diverse and international group spread over 10 countries - she develops large scale development programs as well as short learning interventions with an experimental and progressive approach whilst pushing the digitization strategy of the company. The team’s mission is all about accelerating a human centered digital transformation.
Episode 6:

Female Leaders are better at handling Crises so why aren't there more of them?!

Guest: Sylvia Smetana
In this fascinating interview Sylvia Smetana talks about the qualities that enable women to deal with crises so well whether as Prime Minister or as corporate leader. Female leaders seem to do a better job of leading in critical times so what are the values and behaviors they apply to their leadership? Sylvia explains clearly why women often find it so hard to get to the top and the very practical steps that can be taken to get more women on to Boards and into C level roles.

Sylvia Smetana is a Co-Founder of Divershefy and a Partner at Angaros Group.

For more than 25 years Sylvia has held leading roles such as entrepreneur, CFO and board member in organizations in Europe and the US. She has worked with value driven CEOs and business owners to build diverse high performing business cultures and empower women to reach the top.

With an MBA from the University of Vienna (Austria), started her career with KPMG and has many years of experience as a Change Leadership expert.

Sylvia’s passion for helping women to become top leaders and enabling more diversity in leadership lead her to co-found Divershefy in 2018 with the mission of bringing women into Board rooms and C-suites.
Episode 5:

Speak Like a Leader – in a virtual world!

Guest: Esther Stanhope
Sit back and listen to this high energy, funny and fascinating interview with Esther Stanhope. Enjoy her stories of working with people like George Clooney, Noel Gallagher and Joanna Lumley, and learn from Esther’s many quirky tips on how to speak like a leader in any scenario!

Her book – Goodbye Glossophobia – banish your fear of public speaking has just won the highly commended award at the British Business Book Awards 2020.

All her tips apply to speaking on camera and on Zoom and are ideal for anyone who wants to improve their presence, charisma and impact!

Esther is an international speaker, ‘personal impact’ expert and former senior BBC producer who’s helped Hollywood stars, politicians and business leaders radiate charisma live on air.

She now helps professionals to Speak like a leader from ….FTSE 100 Firms (Barclays, JPMorgan and Deloitte) as well as MPs at the House of Commons.
Episode 4:

Pivoting from Fear to Confidence; your KOKODA

Guest: Carrie Benedet
In this episode Australian Carrie Benedet tells the story, in graphic detail, of how she walked the Kokoda Trail, a “mammoth” and gruelling military trek 152kms from Owen’s Corner, across Owen Stanley Ranges up the Imita Ridge 2,190 metres (7,185 ft) to Kokoda. This heroic journey and its many life challenges and lessons was the catalyst for starting her business ‘Thriving Matters’

Carries believes we all have our ‘everyday’ Kokodas, our daily challenges, especially during this time of Covid 19. She shares with great passion and energy her wise advice for dealing with these challenges as she digs into such relevant topics as Resilience, Choice, Emotional Intelligence, Gratitude, Community and most important, Love!

Nowadays Carrie takes groups of leaders to stay with ingenious tribes or ‘first people’ like the Yoingu in Arnhem Land where they learn how to bring their hearts to the table and provide ‘conscious leadership’ to the communities in which they find themselves.

Carrie Benedet has 24 years of industry experience in creating and leading leadership experiences, programs and courses. She ‘walks the talk’ by hosting transformative global leadership experiences through the lens of purpose, culture, performance and growth. Carrie has a global conference presence and a podcast series called Thriving Matters. She is an Education Specialist who focuses on personal and professional growth mindset with aspiring and experienced Leaders and Teams in Education Systems, Government and Business. Carrie is a global leadership coach, dynamic facilitator and Keynote speaker with a passion for developing future leaders.
Episode 3:

The Power and Practice of Purposeful Leadership

Guest: Zach Mercurio, Ph.D.
To survive, we need a will to survive, a reason for being. That "will" is your purpose - the contribution you and your organization makes through what you do. Research finds that focusing on your contribution is linked to increased resilience, motivation, and sustainable organizational thriving. In this lively, high energy and stimulating episode, researcher and bestselling author Zach Mercurio, Ph.D. provides practical insight into how leaders can put purpose into practice.

Dr Zach Mercurio is the bestselling author of "The Invisible Leader: Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose." He specializes in purposeful leadership, meaningful work, and designing positive organizational cultures. Zach advises leaders in global companies, non-profits, K-12 schools, and universities around the world. His work has been featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post. Zach is currently an instructor, researcher, and honorary fellow of psychology in the Center for Meaning and Purpose at Colorado State University, USA.
Episode 2:

Leadership for a chaotic future

Guest: Professor David Clutterbuck
The Covid 19 virus is forcing leaders and HR professionals to rethink what they do and why. Our assumptions about the roles of leaders and HR will not work in a possible CV world Leadership is too important to be left to leaders, talent management and HR. Professor Clutterbuck explores the opportunities now arising to take advantage of the new understanding of how to survive and thrive inn a VUCA environment.

Professor David Clutterbuck is the Co-Founder and Special Ambassador of the EMCC (European Mentoring & Coaching Council). He is a prolific author (over 50 books) and visiting professor at four UK universities. David is also a distinguished Fellow at the Conference Board. He specialises in mentoring and coaching, and currently has a strong focus on team coaching.
Episode 1:

Reframe Your Mindset for 2020 (and self isolation!)

Guest: Paul Corke
In the context of finding ourselves in a world of pandemic coronavirus, self-Isolation, and uncertainty about the future, Paul talks about how we can reframe our mindset for greater success. He discusses how you can use this period of time as an opportunity to reframe your mindset to see things in new ways, become more agile, discover coping mechanisms, and help you build emotional resilience at this difficult time. Paul also shares his 'Mindset Equation' from his latest book 'Reframe Your Mindset: Redefine Your Success' and the four elements in his 'Resilience Backpack'. And Paul also finds time to talk about how the experiences of being at the Hillsborough disaster and his father's funeral both influenced the work he does today.

Paul is a Leadership & Mindset expert who builds leadership capability to enhance the culture and productivity of organizations. He is also an engaging and inspirational speaker delivering keynotes and facilitation on leadership and mindset for events, conferences and organizations. Paul previously worked in the financial industry for over twenty years developing leaders in such companies as Lloyds Bank and MBNA. Paul has published three books on mindset with the latest being his best-selling 'Reframe Your Mindset: Redefine Your Success'.
Michael Banks

Our Leadership Luminaries podcast series is hosted by Michael Banks
leadership coach, writer, story teller, podcaster and Principal Consultant @PeopleSmart

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