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Ultra Running & Business
A random mix of running, people, performance and business content.
Oct 26, 2022
Exploring the data behind the theory that Runners Make Better Leaders
In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ I had the privilege of feature as a guest. I discuss with fellow trail running enthusiast Anthony Gay my take on how running, especially long-distance, and leadership can go hand-in-hand and how I have already worked on research into this very field. Using the testing platform High Potential Trait indicator, and working with experts at Thomas International to apply it to leaders who run as well as investigating my own theory that runners make better leaders. And if you hang on to the end you'll enrich your life with my secret recipe for that perfect high octane morning fuel.
Jul 13, 2022
The Great Resignation. A panel discussion from Commodity Trading Week in London
A recording from a live stage discussion during Commodity Trading Week. We examine the aspects around the McKinsey report 'The Great Resignation'. We talk talent attrition and attraction, associated causes, threats and opportunities. As usual I try and lean on my panelists for solutions and concrete hacks they have seen work in their own environments. The challenges associated with creating the work places of the future with the ultimate aim to retain talent and bright minds.
Feb 22, 2022
The coffee market, leaders, dreams and building legacy.
A spontaneous meeting in Geneva with Dave Behrends of Sucafina on why he still loves the coffee industry but also on his wider beliefs around finding a company that will help you to build your dreams and leave a lasting legacy. We touch on themes of sustainability and AgTech, but also on the friends that Dave has made along the way, whether that be farmers, colleagues or mentors.
Nov 24, 2021
War for talent. Global shipping. We get the inside track from Norden CEO Jan Rindbo
Our latest podcast is taken from a recent meeting I had with Jan Rindbo, CEO since 2015 of international shipping company, NORDEN. We had discussed how NORDEN is disrupting the old-school image of the shipping industry, establishing itself as an employer that welcomes a diverse talent pool and forward-thinking employees. We tackle people questions such as: * Who’s responsible for building the culture. * Feel the values. Not just something on the wall. * Unlocking value inside the teams * War for talent in the global shipping arena.
Nov 15, 2021
Garden chat: Data Science, Diversity, Psychometrics, Talent and Leadership.
Diversity is not just a LinkedIn post. It's an active strategy. This episode is from a recent interview I carried out with Jan Voetmann, Head of Analytics at Orsted. I had originally interviewed Jan just as he had walked in the door at his new employer. Now, a year later, I wanted to pick up with him and see among other things how those plans of diversity hiring were shaping up and where psychometric testing can help both with hiring and retaining talent
Nov 6, 2021
Romantic running, goal setting, data and forming habits to sustain a good thing. We are joined by Polar and Team GB Coach Nick Anderson.
This is about running. If that's not your thing then maybe give this episode a miss. My guest is Polar/Team GB Endurance Coach Nick Anderson. The session is based on a LinkedIn live event we had recently where we covered a whole host of topics such as * Performance optimisation * Forming habits * Concrete techniques on how to sustain a good thing (ie running) * Self motivation * Goal setting and mindset * Return on investment * Performance and Recovery * Data from your wrist watch and how to benefit from it.
Sep 22, 2021
Addressing the 🐘 in the room: Women in commodities. Tamara Weinert joins us for a chat.
Addressing the 🐘 in the room: Women in commodities as well as a whole raft of other topics around culture, loyalty and leadership. Recent guest and long-standing friend of the house, Tamara Weinert gives an honest account of her own experiences, both as current President and CEO America at Outokumpu as well as in her previous leadership roles at Vattenfall. She has gathered plenty of experience and personal anecdotes on all of the above.
Aug 25, 2021
Culture Builders | Part2: Danske Commodites - insights from the founder and his HR chief
In this second helping of a recent get together with Henrik Lind and Dion Sorensen we get into the role and place of feedback in a performance culture. We also cover a somewhat provocative take on the value in business of the MBA and how do you know when it's time to hand the reins of your business over to a new CEO?
Jul 20, 2021
Culture Builders | Part1: Danske Commodities - insights from the founder and his HR chief
For those who like to listen on the run – our massively popular series of interviews with Danske Commodities founder, Henrik Lind, and business psychologist, Dion Sorensen has been converted into an air pod-friendly podcast. In this, the first part of the two-part series, they share their ideas on how cultures and visions are formed and what defines good leadership. They also give their honest view on the challenges of creating a diverse workforce
May 27, 2021
Having skin in the game. The CEO perspective.
What are the gains and pitfalls of leading a company full of entrepreneurs? MFT Energy’s CEO, Torben Nordal Clausen, gave me some of his time to share some insights from his company that runs a shareholder model based on the belief that a sense of ownership brings out the best in people.
May 5, 2021
33 Fuel CEO and Founder talks ultra running and business with Jakob Bloch
In this episode, 33Fuel CEO and Founder, Warren Pole, talks to Jakob Bloch about running, balancing ultras with his business life, as well as using running as an antidote to jet lag, for energy management, creativity, and for processing complex challenges. And yes, then there is the concept of the ‘stopover ultra’. Grab a 33Fuel bar, go for your favourite run, fire up the treadmill or simply settle back to listen to these gents talk running for about an hour.
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Apr 27, 2021
The World for Sale. Meet the authors
In the latest podcast of the series, I speak with the authors of the recent bestseller, ‘The World For Sale’, about their drivers for writing this tour de force of a book and their views on all sorts of topics, having now had the privilege of speaking to a huge number of commodity traders as part of their research. Many thanks to Javier Blas and Jack Farchy who, despite being the talk of the town at the moment, found time to sit down with me as part of our Linkedin Live session, the highlights of which you can listen to here.
Apr 21, 2021
Trailer - Ultra Running & Business
Mar 19, 2021
Learnings to take into '21
Panel discussion* with business leaders on work practices that came through necessity but could possibly become a permanent fixture. Our guests include Laura Laudi, COO Global Energy Management Italy/Engie, Chris Gribben, Group Head of HR/Socar Trading, Domenico de Luca, CEO/ Axpo Solutions and Markus Brokhof, COO-Integrated Energy/AGL Energy. *a discussion I chaired at the last Energy Trading Week
Mar 9, 2021
Big data is sexy so what's your company's pulling power?
In the latest podcast in the series, I speak with Jan Voetmann from Orsted about data scientists, that elusive group of people holding what ‘Harvard Business Review’ famously called the “Sexiest job of the 21st Century”. Jan gives his view on where to find data scientists, how to hire them and how to make the most of their unique skill-set once they are on the team.
Jan 23, 2021
Endurance Running, Performance, Mindset and Leadership.
Business Psychologist, Dion Sorensen, puts CEO and Ultra Runner, Jakob Bloch, in the hot seat to understand more about the correlations between his love for trail running and his role as a leader and headhunter. An honest and personal account on how Jakob has identified, explored and harvested the by-products from endurance running and has discovered how these can also benefit work and life in general.