Episode #29: How leading change makers seize opportunities

09 April 2019

Mallen Baker Podcast

This episode is a little different to what we’ve done so far. We’re at episode number 29, and bearing in mind we launched the first three episodes all at once, that brings us just about to the half year point since the podcast was launched.

It seemed like the perfect time to look back on the great insights we’ve heard so far from some of the world-leading change makers I’ve had the privilege to talk to.

I also use this episode to launch my new Patreon page, which you can find at https://www.patreon.com/mallenbaker. 

I’ve decided with this episode to launch a Patreon account, to encourage listeners and or viewers who want to support this work to sign up to a monthly pledge for a small or medium sized monthly donation.

The mission of all of this content is to explore what works and what doesn’t in making a lasting change on the world. The aim is to be engaging, interesting, to look at the issues in ways that will inform your own work as someone who wants to be successful whilst also making a positive impact.

If you would like to support that work at whatever level you can afford, I would be flattered, honoured and forever grateful. Helping me to cover the costs of producing this content will help ensure it can continue, and over time become more and more useful and hopefully reach wider audiences of people who are hungry to make a difference, but keen to understand how.

Show notes

How Jim Collins talks about level 5 leadership, and its role in helping companies go from Good to Great. (5:00) 

Mike Barry, on how he started moving Marks and Spencer on its first steps towards Plan A (7:22)

Solitaire Townsend on how the crisis curve provides the opportunity for change (12:18)

Dame Julia Cleverdon on how one personal dilemma led her to target Blackpool for focus from a host of powerful change makers (18:14)

John O'Brien on how he took the opportunity of a special moment to create a massive mobilisation of volunteers (21:30)

Caroline Casey on how an initial chorus of rejections from companies on disability issues pushed her to take the opportunity she saw to change attitudes (26:00)

Paul Polman - the importance of including the commitment to sustainability as a key definition of leadership (29:17)