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Naked Ambition Podcast
Interviewing leaders in enterprise innovation.
Feb 7, 2021
How to build a product people love (and a company people love working for!)
Dom Pym Dom is an entrepreneur and technologist who launched Up (up.com.au), a next-generation Australian digital bank delivering super powered banking. Up allows you to easily organise your money and simplify your life, giving you the freedom to do the things you love. Dom has been involved in software, web and mobile development for over 20 years from start-ups to global enterprises in Australia, the UK, the USA and throughout Asia. Amidst a growing neobank scene, Up was the first to launch in Australia in October 2018 and they have already amassed 280K+ very happy customers. Co-founder Dom Pym is happy to provide comment on a range of topics related to banking and finance. Anson Parker Anson is a digital expert and Head of Product at Up (up.com.au), a next-generation Australian digital bank delivering super powered banking. Up is a clever way to organise your money and simplify your life, giving you the freedom to do the things you love. Amidst a growing neobank scene, Up were the first to launch in Australia in October 2018 and have already amassed 250K+ very happy customers. Anson is the product visionary behind Up. Anson is passionate about the intersection between creativity and technology, and is a strong advocate for a customer-first approach to product design. Combining an instinctive creative ability with a deep technical and strategic understanding, Anson has a long track record in delivering exceptional products, most recently working with technology start-ups in Australia and San Francisco after earlier stints at News Limited and Optus. Anson is a popular presenter amongst millennials and tech audiences, and is happy to provide comment on a range of topics.
1 hr 1 min
Dec 16, 2020
Damien Mu, CEO on Transforming AIA and what it really means to be a purpose-led org
Damien Mu is one of the most genuine (and genuinely charismatic) leaders you will come across. Over the years I’ve witnessed him give many-a-rousing speech at AIA and the awe and admiration he inspires from their people is something else. Damien has been in the CEO seat at AIA Australia and NZ for the last 6 years and in that time has led one of the sectors most ambitious acquisitions and integrations, as well as introducing the market-leading Vitality offer. In this candid conversation Damien speaks about what it really means to be purpose-led (beyond rhetoric), how the events of 2020 gave him a new personal clarity and saw him connect more deeply to the needs of AIA’s people. He also shares how this translates to making a difference for the AIA customer (like no other insurer) plus, what all this means for their transformation journey. Damien Mu has more than 20 years’ experience in the Australian financial services industry, with management experience spanning operations, claims and underwriting, superannuation, investments, distribution, product, pricing and marketing. On 1 August 2014, Damien was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Damien is married to Simone and has two children, Bailey and Kai. He is passionate about people and leading an organisation whose purpose is “Making a Difference in People’s Lives”.
Nov 25, 2020
Fred Etiemble on How companies can explore new opportunities (while maximising the current business)
Fred is an executive advisor on strategy and innovation. Fred works with senior leaders on how to develop an innovation culture, explore new growth engines and transform their business. He has been working with or in large organisations for more than 20 years and knows their challenges from the inside. Fred is the co-author with Alex Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur and Alan Smith of The Invincible Company, a guide to make innovation more manageable and help executives build resilience in their organisation.
Oct 13, 2020
Mads Grummet on Building Companies, Teams and Cultures
Madeleine Grummet is an award-winning education technology entrepreneur, startup mentor, 2020 Amazon Web Services Scout, Angel Investor, Board Director (MAICD), and Founder of leading career education and employability skills platform Future Amp. She is also the Founder and CEO of girledworld, which has connected 100’s of global industry mentors with 30,000+ female high school students to upskill them for the future of work. Mads is qualified in Design Thinking and Innovation with Stanford University and holds a Master of Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Executive Scholarship. She is the winner of the University of Melbourne 2020 Leadership Award for her work across the startup ecosystem. Mads is also a regular media contributor, cohost of the Human Cogs podcast and an ex-journalist who remains incurably curious. A writer at heart, she is pretty much always on the sniff for a good story. But her greatest learning moments are always led by her four daughters.
1 hr 16 min
Sep 8, 2020
Lisa Gray - VFMC CEO on doing strategy in changing times and how to build a culture of innovation
Lisa Gray is the CEO of VFMC – the Victorian fund management corporation. Her career spans over 25 years predominantly in financial services having held various executive roles at NAB, MLC and Axa. Lisa is a winner of the Telstra Business Women’s Award for medium-sized enterprises and prestigious Rupert Murdoch Fellowship for Leadership and Management. This conversation covered so much of Lisa’s vast knowledge in leading for strong cultures and innovation including: • Her ‘on the couch’ technique of sharing teams backstories to create more connection while the team is distributed • Challenges and some success in creating an innovation culture (especially in financial services) an shares some ways leaders encourage creativity in their teams • Why she is re-thinking how they approach strategy at VFMC now – replacing the detailed roadmap with an agile strategic agenda (20 mins) • Beliefs about large scale transparency in organisations – offering everyone access to the same information (24 mins) and how we can make better decisions with limited information Lisa holds a Bachelor of Town & Regional Planning with Honours (University of Melbourne), Graduate Diploma in Management (RMIT), MBA (University of Melbourne / Columbia University) and AMP (INSEAD).
Aug 24, 2020
Amy Childs from Momentum Energy - How To Lead Through A Crisis
If you are a leader (or aspiring to be) you do not want to miss this episode. Amy Child’s – award-winning Managing Director at Momentum Energy shares deeply and highly practical advice, and candid perspectives on how she had dealt with and led through the challenges of recent months. If you want no-nonsense advice on how to lead with courage and humanity - this is the episode of you. Amy shares: - Reflections on the empathic leadership style we need to see more of right now and what it means to relinquish control in times of major upheaval - How an unconventional childhood growing up in Chile, plus family tragedy, shaped her beliefs around equality that influence many of her decisions today - Her dedication and vision for workplace wellness and how she has managed to put this first at Momentum – plus details of the three initiatives the team have implemented to keep their people physically and mentally well. Amy Child’s is the Managing Director of Momentum Energy. In just 4 years at Momentum, Amy has grown the customer base by a third and driven a major digital transformation to improve the customer experience and create efficiencies in the business. She's also established new, flexible ways of working with the fit-out of an environmentally friendly activity-based workplace - which recently won Gold at the Melbourne Design Awards.
Aug 4, 2020
Jasmine Smith from Swisse Wellness on developing people, new leadership & not doubting yourself
Jasmine Smith is the Director of People and Culture at Swisse. Jasmine Smith, Director, People and Culture, at Swisse Wellness, is a passionate people development professional who has extensive experience in leading and developing engaged and high performing teams. Over her years of working with many innovative and successful brands (Lush Handmade Cosmetics, Mecca Cosmetica, T2 Tea), Jasmine has learnt that people are always an organisation’s most powerful differentiator. In this episode Jasmine shares: - How recent events call for new models of leadership and what they look like - Lessons learned over the last few months and how Swisse is changing how they work - Her beliefs about the ‘whole person’ approach to thriving at work, and how her past experiences have guide today We hope you enjoy!
Jul 28, 2020
Space + Work: How this relationship is changing with Claudette Leeming from Australia Post
Claudette Leeming is the Head of Workspaces at Australia Post. She has spent her career in the property industry, with specialisation in Workplace Strategy, where she brings together technology and people & culture to positively influence workplace experience and effectiveness. Claudette is constantly challenging how we operate to evolve the workplace to best enable the business - which has never been more relevant than right now. In this episode we dive into: - The big decisions leaders are making about their future workplaces and Claudette's thoughts on why you may not rush this - Why you may not go to the office to 'work' in the future - How to find the right working rhythms for you We hope you enjoy this as much as we did !
Jun 15, 2020
How to bring creativity into every area of your life with Mykel Dixon
In the latest episode of the Naked Ambition podcast, we speak with award winning speaker, author and musician Mykel Dixon. In our chat, Mykel shared his views and expert insights on: Why he believes creativity is the #1 driver for personal fulfilment and professional success. - The messy relationship between creativity, business and us. - What it means to be an everyday creative (right now in the world) how he has navigated this - And his practical advice for you how you can too.
1 hr 1 min
May 27, 2020
How to have conversations that matter with Daniel Stillman
In this episode of the podcast we speak with Daniel Stillman the author of Good Talk and host of The Conversation Factory. Daniel shared his views and expert insights on: - Why you need to get good at having conversations with yourself before others - The patterns present in every conversation - A simple model for leaders to have better conversations - and how good conversations became his calling We hope you enjoy !
1 hr 9 min
May 15, 2020
Pushing boundaries, making time for work that matters with IBM's Lee Duncan
Tune for the next episode of the Naked Ambition Podcast with Lee Duncan. Lee Duncan is an Enterprise Design Sprint Leader at IBM. How he has challenged normal models of the way we work throughout his career, how he made design sprints mainstream at IBM and how they are using them to solve for AI and Blockchain challenges. He also shares his best productivity hacks to stay on track and do the work that matters most. Over his 20 year career he's helped support an experimental Model Office that reimagined default ways of working, such as scaling virtual design sprints. Lee has also designed solutions in Security, Acquisitions, Analytics and Blockchain—providing an enduring impact to company success. This October he was recognized with an International Stevie Award in Vienna, Austria for his work with Miracle (non-profit), Chainyard, and IT People Corporation that created new Blockchain Technology for Disaster Relief. Lee's most recent work has helped launch an Enterprise Design Sp…
1 hr 1 min
May 6, 2020
Building culture, collaboration and designing new futures at Google
In this episode we speak with Kai Haley Head of Design Relations at Google, which supports design excellence for designers and developers building on Google's platforms. Kai was also one of the founders and leads of the Google Sprint Master Academy, where she has trained over 800 Sprint Masters to drive innovation across Google’s diverse product areas. We cover: - How Google use design sprints to explore 'Moonshot' ideas - Cultivating an experimentation mindset and what she looks for in new hires - Collaborating with designers and developers across Google platforms - How Kai and her team have trained over 800 people in the design sprint methodology - Plus the trends we should be watching
Apr 22, 2020
The Block Model: Revolutionising university education with Trish McCluskey
Join us as we speak to Trish McCluskey, the Pro Vice Chancellor of Victoria University and award winning educator and leader. Trish was instrumental in the design and development of the VU Block Model, a radical reconceptualization of the traditional university curriculum.
Apr 22, 2020
How to run virtual design sprints with Robert Skrobe
Join Fiona from Naked Ambition in uncovering tools, techniques and all that there is to know about Virtual Design Sprints from the Design Sprint master himself, Robert Skrobe. Robert is the owner of Dallas Design Sprints, and the authority on the virtual design sprint process and the organizer of the Global Virtual Design Sprint and the Referral Network for facilitators, designers, developers and researchers.
May 1, 2018
The Intersection of Design Thinking and Lean Start Up for Innovation with Humphrey Laubscher
Humphrey Laubscher is a Product Innovation Coach at Apply Lean and has previously worked in innovation roles within Aus Post and Nab Labs. In this episode Humphrey shares his perspective on working in some of the Australia's most high profile innovation teams + what works and what doesn't when it comes to enterprise innovation. He also gets specific about what tools and techniques you can employ to build capability in your own team. As the Founder of Apply Lean Humphrey helps corporates and startups apply Lean Startup, Design Thinking and Agile methodologies to build innovative products. Most recently Humphrey was helping to drive Australia Posts new digital innovation strategy by leading a cross functional team in identifying, validating and experimenting new digital businesses that target their enterprise and government customers within his role as Lead Emerging Products Manager. Prior to joining AusPost, Humphrey was the FinTech Innovation Manager at National Australia Banks’ I…
1 hr 1 min
May 1, 2018
Keeping it Customer-Centered at Medibank with Olga Cuesta
Olga is currently the Head of Customer Experience and Design at Medibank, a position she has held since April 2017. Prior to this role she was Human Centred Design practice manager at Nab Labs. In this episode Olga gives a deep and unique insight into how she has built her team and cemented their key role in the business (after the design team was disbanded a few years ago), how Medibank use multiple sources of 'live' data to drive better customer experience and deliver value for members, and her advice for driving grass-roots innovation. Olga passionate about the people side of innovation and on top of her in-house experience she brings an impressive list of qualifications includes an MBA from the London Business School, a Degree from London School of Economics and Political Science, she’s an NLP Practioner, an Agile scrum master, and has studied Design Thinking for Innovation at University of Virginia.
May 1, 2018
How Cisco Leads Cross Industry Innovation with Kate O'Keeffe
Kate O'Keeffe the Senior Director and one of the founders of Cisco Hyperinnovation Living Labs – also known as CHILL. CHILL condenses up to two years of normal innovation into just two days by bringing together a handful of Cisco’s customers—along with entrepreneurs, hackers, and end users—in a 48-hour lab focused on a particular industry challenge. They collaborate, build prototypes, test them with users, then iterate up to 12 times before making a pitch for on-the-spot investment. CHILL is the culmination of Kate’s vision that today’s hyperinnovation era requires both specific muscles and the capability to involve customers and startups in new and exciting ways. Since CHILL’s inception, a full 75% of projects have progressed to further stages, including to CHILL-X, a process that creates startups from scratch. In this episode Kate talks us through how CHILL works, some of the success they have had and some of the lessons they've learned along the way. She also exp…
1 hr 10 min
May 1, 2018
Building A Culture of Innovation at CBA with Heath Brown
Heath Brown is an Executive Director in CommBank’s Innovation Labs, responsible for developing strategies and programs to make innovation accessible for bank staff, business clients and the broader community. These programs are aimed at building out world class innovation capabilities and innovation culture within CommBank, and then to share these assets (eg IP, programming, content, learnings, business plans, centre of excellence expertise) with the broader business community. In this episode we talk about Heath's experience with the innovation lab model - success and lessons, how to build innovation capability at scale and the role of mindset in the process. Heath’s background spans across roles in Go To Market & Strategy, Sales Leadership, Sales Strategy and institutional advisory and consulting before focussing on the groups innovation strategy in 2016 to now. Outside of corporate, Heath is an elite sporting coach, and his passion is driving greater participation and equali…