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Wavelength Making Waves Podcasts

Welcome to Making Waves - the podcasts series from Wavelength dedicated to all things leadership. Join us as we dive into fascinating conversations with first-class business leaders and practitioners from around the world, covering some of the hottest topics in leadership.

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Episode 12: Conscious Inclusion: How to ‘do’ EDI one decision at time, with Catherine Garrod

In this podcast we hear from Catherine Garrod, founder of Compelling Culture and author of Conscious Inclusion: How to ‘do’ EDI one decision at time.


Catherine lives by this quote “Unless you’re consciously including people, you’re almost certainly unconsciously excluding people.” She believes when employees can be themselves and influence how things are done, their lives are better, they're more creative and better problem solvers. And when consumers are authentically represented in media, products and services, organisations and the communities they serve thrive.

Rather than top-down change initiatives involving huge teams, Catherine advocates for combining skill and will to guide people in their everyday thinking.

Episode 9: Leadership insights & stories with Adrian Simpson

In this podcast we hear from our very own Adrian Simpson, co-founder and chief connector at Wavelength.

In this deeply personal and insightful podcast interview, Adrian shares how he and his fellow co-founder Jessica Stack came to create Wavelength, of the challenges of running your own business. of the importance of surrounding yourself with great people and a strong, supportive network. Adrian talks about Wavelength's purpose of making the world better through business, by profoundly improving the quality of leadership education.

Episode 6: Leadership Insights with Fred Reid

In this podcast we hear from Fred Reid. A serial leader, Fred was Founding CEO at Virgin America, President at Lufthansa and President at Delta Airlines. Fred has also worked alongside Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb for 5 years, with Larry Page, the Co-Founder of Google, as well as Richard Branson. Fred's track record is unique. 


Listen as he tells Wavelength of his "accidental career, with no business training", and how he's a person with ethics, compassion and who cares about people. Find out more as Fred shares his leadership insights and his deep identification with servant leadership.

Episode 3: Inside Service Excellence - Southwest Airlines

In this episode Elizabeth Bryant, Senior Vice President People, Learning and Development, Southwest Airlines, provides invaluable, practical insights into what it takes to create and maintain such a special culture in one of the toughest, most regulated and unionised sectors.


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Episode 11: Three keys trends for 2023 with David Mattin

In this podcast we hear from world-renowned trends expert, David Mattin, founder of New World Same Humans.


Together, we explore trends. What is a trend. How does David identify them. What are the implications of these trends on societies, on businesses, on marketers. 


David shares three big trends that he is seeing right now.

1) Generative AI; 2) The quest for greater personal control and local resilience; 3) Transparency and the drive for responsible business transformation.

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Episode 8: The Power of Purpose with Tim Munden

In this podcast we hear from Tim Munden who has over 20 years experience in developing effective leaders, teams and organisations, in a business and not-for-profit context. As an award-winning Chief Learning Officer at Unilever, Tim was responsible for developing the leadership capability to enable ongoing business growth and transformation, and the realisation of Unilever’s purpose, including working with the most senior leadership teams in the business.


Tim launched Unilever’s own discover your purpose workshops, which over 56,000 Unilever employees have completed, deeply embedding purpose in the culture. 

Episode 5: Everyone is an entrepreneur of their own life

In this podcast Alan Webber gives us a deep and personal insight into what it really takes to reimagine and reinvent yourself.


Moving from HBR to Fast Company, political speech writing to City Mayor, Alan takes us through his experience of learning and unlearning, getting rid of fear, redefining purpose and the Rules of Thumb to follow as an entrepreneur of your own life. A provocative and practical guide to personal change.

Episode 2 Mission Change - Leading Through Crisis

In this podcast Stuart Tootal, Former Commander of 3PARA in Afghanistan, shares his lessons from the frontline, the day to day learnings and insights on what it takes to lead through a crisis, to stay resilient, and deliver impact. 


Episode 10: The Personal Boardroom with Amanda Scott

In this podcast we hear from Amanda Scott of Personal Boardroom.


We explore The Personal Boardroom - a highly practical tool that will help you build a more effective network to help propel you forward in your career - and examine the potential inspiration and trend verification already sitting in your contact list.


The Personal Boardroom encourages you to look at personal leadership and consider who’s in your personal boardroom and ask yourself, do you have access to a powerful, external network of people to help advise, connect and support you? 

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Episode 7: Leadership lessons with Terri Kelly

In this podcast we hear from Terri Kelly. During her 13-year tenure as president and CEO of W. L. Gore & Associates, Terri oversaw the multibillion-dollar enterprise that employs approximately 10,000 associates in 45 plants around the world.

Terri led W.L Gore through a huge transformation journey that completely transformed the way it innovated (leading to the development of a Silicon Valley based innovation centre and its first ever partnership with start-ups) and transformed it into a more data led, agile organisation.

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Episode 4: How to Innovate Like Lego

LEGO is one of the world’s most popular brands with a legendary reputation for innovation. Key to this was the establishment of their Future Group - set up ‘to invent the future of play'.


In this podcast David Gram, former senior innovation and marketing director and Head of Ventures distils the role, remit and secrets behind the success of this unit which helped LEGO move well beyond the brick!


Episode 1: How To Lead A Virtual Organisation

Wavelength Co-founder, Adrian Simpson, talks with Barbie Brewer, a Silicon Valley-based Chief People Officer with unparalleled experience of what it takes to lead a fully virtual organisation.


Wavelength guest appearances on podcasts with leading industry experts

Wavelength are often invited to join podcasts with leading experts to share our knowledge and experience on all things leadership, culture, and leadership development.

Take a look at the sessions that our Co-Founder and Chief Connector Adrian Simpson joined in 2022.


If you would like to invite Adrian to join your podcast, please email Claire with details of your podcast and suggested themes.

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Dov Baron's Leadership & Loyalty Podcast: How to be a high-performing organisation in a talent desert

In this, the first of two episodes, we hear from Adrian Simpson, as a special guest on Dov Baron's podcast - the top podcast channel for Fortune 500 leaders.

Post-pandemic leaders have faced the Great Resignation, followed quickly by the phenomena known as Quiet Quitting. How, with all this going on, can we become high-performing organizations during, what appears to be, a talent desert?

Rebecca Jenkins' Lead To Succeed Podcast: Leadership insights from the world's most admired organisations, with Adrian Simpson

Adrian Simpson shares hugely valuable leadership insights from the world's most successful companies. Over the last 20 years, Adrian has taken leaders into the boardrooms and shop floors of globally revered, successful, and innovative companies, to understand what makes them successful and learn from their strategies, techniques, and approach. These companies include Netflix, Apple, Tesla, LEGO, to name a few.

Dov Baron's Leadership & Loyalty Podcast: How to be a high-performing organisation in a talent desert

In this, the first of two episodes, we hear from Adrian Simpson, as a special guest on Dov Baron's podcast - the top podcast channel for Fortune 500 leaders.

Post-pandemic leaders have faced the Great Resignation, followed quickly by the phenomena known as Quiet Quitting. How, with all this going on, can we become high-performing organizations during, what appears to be, a talent desert?

Dov Baron's Leadership & Loyalty Podcast: Opening your talent pipeline into a syfy reality 

In this, the second episode, Adrian and Dov discuss how the everyday syfy reality of China is a wake-up call for Silicon Valley. They discuss TikTok, Alibaba, Shein, and NIO smart - high-performance, electric vehicles. How AI Doctors are already here. Getting out of the echo chamber you don't know you are in. How to open your talent pipeline. The Future of Work. Why the hybrid model isn't working, and what will. And finally, building hubs of connection.

Steve Rush's The Leadership Hacker Podcast: Leaders learn best from leaders, with Adrian Simpson

In this podcast, Adrian and Steve discuss what makes a great leader. Why leaders learn best from leaders. How great leaders talk candidly about failure. The secrets behind some global transformative cultures.

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