Talking Leaders
017 Leadership Development - Learn Apply Repeat

017 Leadership Development - Learn Apply Repeat

September 24, 2018

Developing yourself as a leader, like improving in almost any skill, is an ongoing, iterative process. Kurt talks about a particular book, The Leadership Pipeline, that he found helpful. He also shares the fact that even though the book provided many ideas useful to his development, it wasn’t a case of once learned never forgotten. Each situation where leadership is needed is different in its own way. Consequently, leadership development is often a case of needing to re-learn and re-apply old lessons. 4 mins 53 secs

016 Is being a leader distracting you from “your work”?

016 Is being a leader distracting you from “your work”?

September 7, 2018

You are in the middle of working on something for a tight deadline, and one of your direct reports pops in with a question. How tempted are you to put them off? Or maybe quickly problem solve and send them on their way? Understandable reactions, but it can be too easy to prioritize day-to-day leadership. Paul and Kurt share their experience of dealing with this kind of challenge. 4 mins 55 secs

015 Leadership Development - can you hack it?

015 Leadership Development - can you hack it?

August 22, 2018

There has never been more material available on the topic of leadership development. In particular, there is now a lot of advice on leadership hacks. Spoiler alert - we don't believe that there are shortcuts to significantly boosting your leadership skills. Kurt shares his realisation about what it takes to grow as a leader and how that affected his career choice. And Paul shares an example of how improvements in the specifics of managing a poor performer, helped in his long-term development. 16 mins 35 secs.

014 The wounds of change

014 The wounds of change

July 31, 2018

Even if you know that change is a part of working life and you think you are prepared for its arrival, it can still leave wounds. And sometimes it can be tough to find the route to recovery. 28 mins 06 secs

013 The interviewee from hell

013 The interviewee from hell

July 11, 2018

Paul tells the story of his most difficult interviewee ever and how just walking out might have helped. 4 mins 58 secs

012 Where does the name Voquinexus come from?

012 Where does the name Voquinexus come from?

July 5, 2018

How did the company Voquinexus get its name? It's actually a combination of three Latin words. Some aren't sure about it, but it's what we're called and we love it. 4 mins 08 secs.

011 A leadership conversation that really made a difference

011 A leadership conversation that really made a difference

June 27, 2018

Some leadership conversations can have such an impact that they can influence someone for their entire career. In this episode, we break our five-minute length rule to bring you a story of such a conversation. Two minutes was all it took, but the result has stayed with Kurt to this day. 17 mins 42 secs

010 How do you interview an introvert?

010 How do you interview an introvert?

June 19, 2018

Introverts are people who don't like talking, right? They're shy, aren't they? Think again. How do you interview an introvert? Let's ask one. Turns out it's an energy thing. 4 mins 38 secs.

009 Is intimacy a useful quality in a business podcast?

009 Is intimacy a useful quality in a business podcast?

June 13, 2018

Podcast fans often talk about how they love the "intimacy" of listening to a podcast. There certainly is a special pleasure to be had from the way a podcast can draw you into a story or give you a sense of connection with a celebrity revealing inner feelings. But is this kind of intimacy a useful quality in a business setting? Come closer and we'll tell you what we think. 4 mins 51 secs.

008 Not everyone is wild about the idea of being in a podcast

008 Not everyone is wild about the idea of being in a podcast

June 6, 2018

Sometimes you can get the impression that your interviewee would rather be having root canal surgery than be in a podcast. They know their stuff, they can become animated and passionate when talking about it, but once you turn up with your microphone reluctance even dread can take over. When this happens then it's time to chill out. Relax. Chat about anything. Ease your way to a gentle conversation about the subject of the podcast, but make sure you leave the recorder running...