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The Evolving Leader Podcast is a show set in the context of the world’s ‘great transition’ – technological, environmental and societal upheaval – that requires deeper, more committed leadership to confront the world’s biggest challenges. Hosts, Jean Gomes (a New York Times best selling author) and Scott Allender (an award winning leadership development specialist working in the creative industries) approach complex topics with an urgency that matches the speed of change. This show will give ...
 
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This week on the Evolving Leader, co-hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes talk to RJ Cordes. RJ is a research fellow at (American think tank) the Atlantic Council, and his research includes work around the fields of sensemaking and knowledge management. However, it feels like we may have just scratched the surface during our hour with polymath RJ Co…
 
This week, co-hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender are in conversation with Dr Todd Kashdan, one of the world’s leading experts in the psychology of well-being, curiosity, metal flexibility and social relationships. In addition to having written more than 200 published scientific articles, Todd has also written three books, the most recent being ‘Th…
 
In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, co-host Jean Gomes talks to Will Page, former chief economist at both Spotify and PRS for Music, visiting fellow at London School of Economics and author of the recently published ‘Tarzan Economics: Eight principles for pivoting through disruption’. 0’00 Introduction 0.43 Background to your career and…
 
In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes talk to Dr Tim Lomas. Tim is one of the world’s leading researchers in positive psychology. He has published numerous papers on meditation, Buddhism and masculinity and has written several books including his most recent publication ‘Happiness - Found in Translat…
 
In this episode our guest is Senior Maverick at Wired Magazine, Kevin Kelly. Kevin co-founded Wired in 1993 and served as its executive editor until 1999. He is also editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website and is the former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Review. Kevin Kelly has written several bestselling books including ‘New Rules for …
 
Welcome to Season 3 of the Evolving Leader podcast. In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender are joined by innovation expert Rita McGrath. Rita is an author, professor of management at the Columbia Business School, keynote speaker, founder of the innovation platform ‘Valize’ and in September 2021 was short…
 
Welcome back to part two of our exploration into the Evolving Leader vulnerability interview archive. If you’ve not listened to part one, then you could well be wondering what these two vulnerability episodes are all about. Where time permits, after we’ve finished recording an episode with our fabulous guests we also record them answering a series …
 
Both this and the next episode of the Evolving Leader podcast are going to be a little different to our usual format. Where time permits, after we’ve finished recording an episode with our fabulous guests we also record them answering a series of rapid fire questions. We refer to this as the Evolving Leader Vulnerability Interview. You’ll hear that…
 
In this episode of the Evolving Leader, co-hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes share some of their highlights from season 2. It’s been an incredible season comprising 26 episodes where Jean and Scott have spoken to a fascinating array of guests. If you’ve been an Evolving Leader subscriber since the start of season 2, then we hope you enjoy revisit…
 
This week on the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes talk to Sam Gilbert, expert in data-driven marketing, entrepreneur and researcher. Sam was employee number one and Chief Marketing Officer at Bought By Many, the multi-award winning fintech ranked No. 13 in The Sunday Times TechTrack100 and prior to that held the posit…
 
This week on the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender talk to transformation consultant, keynote speaker, author, host of the Innovation Show and retired internal rugby player Aidan McCullen about how he transformed himself from unpromising athlete into successful international rugby player, and then into a digital busine…
 
If you could, would you want to live to 200? This week our co-hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes talk to longevity investor, author and visionary Sergey Young whose lifelong mission is to ‘help people live long, healthy and happy lives’. Sergey Young is the founder of the $100M Longevity Vision fund and also innovation board member at the XPRIZE f…
 
Sit back and listen as hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender talk to Jonas Ridderstråle, one of the world’s most exciting business thinkers, speaker and author. Hear his reflections on Covid and how leaders can avoid being paralyzed by data as things change – how to combine decisive action with emotional conviction. Social: Instagram @evolvingleader …
 
This week our guest on the Evolving Leader is multi-award winning global diversity, equity and inclusion leader, keynote speaker and author Sheree Atcheson. Working in organisations across the globe, Sheree Atcheson helps leaders create accountability driven inclusive cultures and is also the author of the best seller Demanding More (Kogan Page). S…
 
Robert Swan is a polar environmentalist, author and founder of 2041, a company that is dedicated to the preservation of Antarctica. The year 2041 is hugely important as it marks the end of a 50 year treaty that was signed by almost every nation designating Antarctica as ‘a natural reserve land for science and peace’ as well as placing a ban on mini…
 
This week, Evolving Leader hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes speak to Eric Berger, space journalist and author of Lift Off (HarperCollins, 2021). Eric Berger has had exclusive access to many of the past and present members of the SpaceX team, so sit back and listen as he gives us a thrilling account of how Elon Musk took SpaceX from shaky start-u…
 
In this episode of the Evolving Leader, co-hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender talk to John Kay, one of the world’s leading economists, whose life’s work is focused on the relationship between economics and businesses. Together with Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England, he wrote Radical Uncertainty about the impoverished approach man…
 
During this bonus episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, guest Emma Sinclair talks to Jean Gomes about her current focus, understanding how teams work (and don't work) and her goal which is to help teams thrive. During this study, Emma has identified several core components that are required for effective teaming, and describes active listening as…
 
This week we talk to performance advisor, author and researcher Don Schmincke who believes that most management ideas fail because of human biology. Listen as Don shares the findings from his research and his belief that while many well respected books, theories and tools that leaders take into their organisations may well have a positive impact on…
 
This week, Evolving Leader co-hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes talk to aerospace engineer and entrepreneur Ilham Said. Leaving university less than a year ago having completed a masters in aeronautical engineering, IIham Said is the co-founder of the start-up E2E, a global digital community created to allow other young engineers to help one anot…
 
How can we see the world more clearly? In what seems to be an era of rising polarization, what is real and true versus what is being driven by motivated reasoning, self-deception and illusion? This week on the Evolving Leader, co-hosts Jean and Scott talk to perceptual neuroscientist and author Dr Beau Lotto who opens our eyes and minds to the fact…
 
This week on the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes talk to author and neurologist Dr Robert A Burton. As leaders face greater uncertainty, the consequences of their judgement and decisions become ever more significant. A profound insight from Burton’s work, is that certainty is not a rational process, but in fact a fee…
 
This week, the Evolving Leader podcast talks to one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, Mark Solms. Most widely known for his discovery of the brain mechanisms of dreaming and his psychoanalytic methods in contemporary neuroscience, Solms’ research has taken him and his teams to a surprising source – not the evolved part of our brain responsibl…
 
This week, co-hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender talk to author and innovation consultant Elvin Turner. How prepared are our leaders to drive innovation efforts within their organisations? Elvin highlights how for many leaders their experience is grounded in maintaining the status quo, their focus is on running faster after the same thing, driving…
 
This week on the Evolving Leader, our co-hosts Jean and Scott talk to Holley Kholi-Murchison. Author, social practice artist, education producer and entrepreneur, Holley shares how you can tell others about yourself in a way that helps you to strengthen your sense of self and make powerful connections. Hear Holley describe the 6-step process “desig…
 
During this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes get a masterclass in self-awareness from Ian Morgan Cron. Ian is an expert in the Enneagram, an ancient personality typing system that identifies nine types of people, and how they relate to one another and to the world. He is an experienced psychotherapist w…
 
During this episode, co-hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender talk to one of the world’s leading researchers in stress. Professor Neil Greenberg is a specialist in the understanding and management of psychological trauma, occupational mental ill-health and post traumatic stress disorder. For 23 years, he served in the UK Armed Forces in a number of h…
 
During this episode, co-hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes talk to Cath Bishop, former world champion and Olympic silver medal winning rower, and conflict diplomat who worked in some of the world’s most challenging regions including Bosnia and Iraq. In October 2020, Cath's first book "The Long Win: The Search for a Better Way to Succeed" was publi…
 
In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, Jean and Scott talk to futurist, strategist, and author Scott Smith. Scott flips some of the notions of prediction, pushing back at the idea of the future that we can describe as some shiny idea, to how we think about, eliminate and quantify risk. He gives us many fascinating takeaways about how to re…
 
In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender are joined by Ed Lu, astronaut, pioneer engineer and potentially future savior of planet Earth. Ed tells us about his experiences on two space shuttle missions, his time on the international space station following the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia, h…
 
In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender talk to Wimbledon CEO, Sally Bolton. Sally shares some of the leadership challenges that she has faced during her first 12 months as CEO of one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events, a year in which she had to take the decision to cancel the tournament …
 
What would it be like to be thrust, in a matter of days, from the relative anonymity of being an executive in a large organisation, to being on the front line of solving the world’s No1 health, social and economic crisis? In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes talk to Ben Osborn, MD of Pfizer UK, who …
 
In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Scott Allender and Jean Gomes talk to Jeremy Cowart, a distinctive artist whose work you’ve likely seen either online or in some glossy magazine. Jeremy Cowart is an award winning photographer, artist and entrepreneur, and in 2014 was named as the most influential photographer on the internet…
 
In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender talk to Vollebak co-founder Steve Tidball. Since 2015, Steve and his (co-founder) brother Nick have been “using science and technology to create clothing that no-one else can or will”, they create (award winning) clothes from the future. So, what might a collecti…
 
Where do you plan to become more radically self aware in 2021? How are you going to close the knowing/doing gap? In this short bonus episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, Scott Allender addresses these questions and reveals that the for him, the answer lies in his own mindset. Social: Instagram @evolvingleader LinkedIn The Evolving Leader Podcast…
 
In this episode of the Evolving Leader podcast, co-hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender bring together three very different digitally focussed leaders. Annemie Ress, Finbarr Joy and Carlos Nasillo join us to discuss the leadership challenges of embracing technology to unlock business model innovation. Social: Instagram @evolvingleader LinkedIn The E…
 
In this first episode of season two, Scott and Jean talk to neuroscientist Stuart Firestein, about his counter-intuitive thinking on ignorance and failure as propelling forces in problem solving and innovation. Stuart is the Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences, and is dedicated to promoting the accessibility of science …
 
In this final episode of season one, Scott and Jean reflect on the journey that has been season one of the Evolving Leader podcast, and address the question 'What lessons from 2020 are important for us to take forward into the future? '. The episode also includes previously unheard recordings where a selection of guests from season one* answer a se…
 
This episode is part two of a two part conversation that Jean and Scott had with neuroscientist, Dr Lisa Feldman Barrett. University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, and Chief Science Officer for the Center for Law, Brain and Behaviour at Harvard, Lisa Feldman Barrett is profoundly changing our understanding of the …
 
This episode is part one of a two part conversation that Jean and Scott had with neuroscientist, Dr Lisa Feldman Barrett. University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, and Chief Science Officer for the Center for Law, Brain and Behaviour at Harvard, Lisa Feldman Barrett, is profoundly changing our understanding of the…
 
This is the second part of a conversation between Jean and tennis coach, Leon Smith. For the last decade, Leon has been the Great Britain Davis Cup captain and in 2015 he led the team to becoming world champions for the first time in 79 years. In this episode, Leon talks to Jean about the leadership challenges that he faces working at the highest l…
 
This is the first of a two part conversation that Jean has with tennis coach, Leon Smith. For the last decade, Leon has been the Great Britain Davis Cup captain and in 2015 he led the team to becoming world champions for the first time in 79 years. In the first of these two episodes, Leon talks to Jean about what he's learned about leadership since…
 
In this episode, co-hosts Scott and Jean talk to polymath Ashley Bradford – tech entrepreneur and philosopher - who brings a riveting perspective about leadership. The conversation explores sense making tools to help teams navigate uncertainty, lowering barriers to ensure everyone can have access to the best education and the ethics around the risi…
 
In this episode co-hosts Jean and Scott talk to Chris Hirst, who runs one of the world’s largest creative networks and is the author of No Bullsh*t Leadership (winner of Business Book of the Year Award 2020: Leadership for the future). In the book, Chris seeks to overturn what he calls the leadership industrial complex that over complicates what le…
 
What’s shaping the world view, values and priorities for our future leaders? In this episode, co-hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender talk to entrepreneur Talia Grantham about her experiences working in start-ups and the things that truly matter to her in her life and work. Social: Instagram @evolvingleader LinkedIn The Evolving Leader Podcast…
 
In this episode, Scott and Jean are joined by Andy Billings, Electronic Arts’ VP of Profitable Creativity and the co-founder of EA University. Andy has a diverse and fascinating background and range of interests. However during this disussion, the main focus is his experiences of leadership during EA’s incredibly turbulent time from a position of d…
 
In this second (and final) part of our exploration into the nine types of fear, Jean and Scott look at the five remaining types of fear. What can the evolving leader do to recognise them in themselves (and others) and grow past a reactive relationship towards them? Where are the opportunities for growth and better judgement? Social: Instagram @evol…
 
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