“Perspectives from the Top” podcast – leadership insights from successful leaders to help you grow

“Perspectives from the Top” is a 1 year “leadership insights” podcast interview programme to help any leader or potential leader gain deeper insights into successful leadership to enable them develop their skills and be more successful.

It is already being used by 2 global MBA programmes to help students via “background listening” and classroom discussion. Some in C suite have not only used it as a personal resource but also a means for all leaders in their organisation to listen and develop common ideas for action. The Perspectives website is “Perspectives from the Top”

These are the guests who have already joined the Perspectives team to date, more are joining all the time. Some are live already and some will be in due course. The series will last at least until November 2022, with a new guest every 2 weeks and my short summary “Reflections” on the previous guests insights the week after.

Latest guest published

Amanda Russell : Amandas career started in sport as a runner where she achieved Olympic level performance, developing her own brand then founding one of the first You Tube fitness subscription channels, subsequently helping other businesses build their brands via a digital production company. The expertise she developed here, becoming an expert in “influence” as well as having been an “influencer” enabled her to help others seeking insight into this critical area. She is now Professor of Marketing at both Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and The University of Texas at Austin , a Harvard Case Study author, an advisor to Lamborghini and many other leading brands, womens leadership activist, and author of the best selling book “The Influencer Code” https://bit.ly/39orvAy Listen to Amanda

Future guests

In approximate order of future publication

Mathias Imbach – Mathias started his journey with his degree at St Gallen University in Switzerland, where his involvement with the International Symposium let to growing contacts in India that started his career developing there. He spent time in India with Tata, completed his MSc at London School of Economics and Duke, and then with Bain & Company where he led advisory projects for Private Equity Funds, Family Offices and Technology companies. Mathias then returned to Tata as General Manager at RNT Associates, Mr. Ratan N. Tata’s personal investment platform, where he led multiple venture capital and private equity investments and participated in Blockchain related equity deals globally. In May 2018 he became CEO of Sygnum Bank, the first digital bank in the world. He also holds a PhD from the University of St. Gallen.

Elizabeth Burstein is CEO and Co-Founder of Neura Health. She founded Neura Health based on her personal journey with chronic pain, which exposed her to the key challenges of specialist access and care quality that patients face when navigating chronic neurological conditions. Elizabeth has previously led product development teams at digital health companies such as Maven Clinic and Zocdoc, and holds dual degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy from Stanford University.

Marwan Al Sarkal : Marwan is the former Executive Chairman of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shuooq, which is the body responsible for the development of the Emirate of Sharjah, UAE, through inwards investment of $bn to deliver infrastructure, retail and tourist destinations to transform the economy and take Sharjah into the future. He also Founder of Al Mur Investments and Chairman of Qatra Water. Marwan is frequently quoted as one of UAEs inspiring young leaders with his focus on developing talent, in particular women, and giving opportunity. He is ranked as the #56 most powerful person in the Arab World and also used to regularly play football for the Shurooq team.  

Admiral Sandy Stosz – Sandy started out in the US Coast Guard as an ensign serving on polar icebreakers, conducting national security missions from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Her forty-year career is filled with leadership lessons gleaned while breaking ice and breaking glass as the first woman to command an icebreaker on the Great Lakes and to lead a US armed forces service academy. Along the way, Sandy served for 12 years at sea, commanding two ships, and led large Coast Guard organizations during times of crisis and complexity. She finished her career as the first woman assigned as Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, directing one of the Coast Guard’s largest enterprises. She has lectured widely on leadership, and has been featured on CSPAN and other media outlets. In 2012, Newsweek’s “The Daily Beast” named Sandy to their list of 150 Women who Shake the World.

Anita McBride : Anita served in the Whitehouse over 20 years for 3 presidents serving as director of White House Personnel under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush then as assistant to President George W. Bush and chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush from 2005 to 2009.  She co-founded the RAND African First Ladies Initiative and Fellowship program and continues to serve as an advisor to the Laura W Bush Women’s Initiative. She is also a member of the US-Afghan Women’s Council.

Muquadessa Yourish : was educated in USA and India. She was human resources director of the Municipality of Kabul before serving as a commissioner in the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission of Afghanistan and then being appointed as Deputy Commerce and Industry Minister for trade for Afghanistan. She has also served as deputy head of the Association of Fulbrighters of Afghanistan.

Published guests

In order of publication with most recent first

Marshall Goldsmith : Marshall has so many accolades I don’t have space to cover them all, for business, leadership and executive coaching amongst them, top ranked global business thinker for 10+ years, No 1 global executive coach, Harvard Institute of Coaching Life Time award plus the author of numerous best selling books, each helping people get the best out of themselves, their work and their lives. Marshalls first degree was in Mathematical Economics but he moved into studying people via his PhD and onto being Professor of Management Practice at Dartmouth Tuck. He then moved into the world of executive education starting his own brand. He works with numerous top global corporate and government leaders and has helped literally millions of people be better in someway. His new book “The Earned Life” really pulls all this together, based on his Buddhist philosophy, showing readers how to be better fulfilled and have fewer regrets. Listen to Marshall

Mr. Jaime Blaustein is Co-Founder and CEO of Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center. After battling addiction for several years in his late teens and early 20s — and going in and out of seven addiction treatment facilities before finally getting clean — Jaime Blaustein is now leading a team of health professionals helping others through their tough times. After recovering Jaime gained his MBA and, after time in Wells Fargo and Lord Abbot, a mutual fund manager, he became an investment banker at Credit Suisse in its Global Industrials coverage group in New York City. Here he was responsible for advising clients in the basic materials sector on strategic matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, restructurings and various debt and equity financings. In September 2021 he decided to give up his investment banking career to found the center for those with mental health challenges seeking support. Listen to Jaime

Lt General Reynold Hoover: has unique  experience in military, business and government, he practised as a lawyer before joining the military, primarily working in bomb disposal. After a number of roles he commanded the Alabama Army National Guard, and served in Iraq and Afghanistan but he also served in Government as Chief of Staff at FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, served in the CIA as Deputy Director of Public Affairs; was Special Assistant to President George Bush for Homeland Security and then commanded Northern Strategic Air Command. He is now a Partner at Donovan Capital which invests in aerospace, defence and government service organisations. He however still finds time to teach future Generals at Westpoint and serve on boards of service charities. Listen to Reynold

Emily Chang : Emily began her career in Procter & Gamble, then in Apple, where she led Retail Marketing across APAC, as the brand entered China before becoming Chief Commercial Officer InterContinental Hotels Group, Greater China, where she was responsible for all commercial functions across 320+ hotels, six hotel brands, three loyalty programs, and a Sales & Marketing team of 5,200. Emily then became Chief Marketing Officer for Starbucks China, where she led customer engagement and the digital ecosystem. She is now CEO of McCann Worldwide, the Marketing Agency, for China leading a team of 400 launching McCanns new China presence. But Emily also found time to write an great book – “The Spare Room” – which looks at how we optimise our social legacy by identifying what we offer in resources, experience and capability and what inspires us. Its woven around Emilys own legacy of caring for 17 disadvantaged children in her spare room over 22 years, as well as stories of others in different stories of others in different walks of life. Listen to Emily

Lord Stephen Green : started his career in UK Governments Overseas Trade Dept, moving to McKinsey before joining HSBC. Here Stephen worked across the world for the bank in different roles becoming CEO of the Investment Bank, then Group CEO in 2003 finally Chairman of HSBC Group in 2006, by then one of the biggest banks in the world with over 240,000 employees in over 100 countries. In 2010 he then joined UK Government as a Trade Minister serving until 2013 and is now Chairman of UKs national Natural History Museum and sits in the Upper House of the UK Parliament, the House of Lords. Stephen is also an ordained minister in the Anglican Church and an author.  Listen to Stephen

Jamie Price : Jamie gives listeners some great insights and ideas for action based on his varied career in large corporates such as Prudential, UBS but also leading a start up 1-800-Doctors before becoming CEO of Advisor Group, US largest group of independent financial advisors supporting over 11,000 businesses across USA. A combination of insights he gained from Prudential, his work on the Group Managing Board during the creation of UBS, now a Harvard Case Study, and those from leading a start up have enabled him to take Advisor Group to new levels of success such that he was voted CEO of the Year for 2021 in the Wealth Managements industry large organisation category. Listen to Jamie

Lak Ananth : Lak is a corporate entrepreneur leveraging industry change & disruption opportunities, at Cisco Systems he enabled acquisitions in excess of $4.5bn then moving to Hewlett Packard to lead their Pathfinder organisation, bringing together innovation strategy, venture investments, acquisitions and partnerships. Lak now heads Siemens Next47 corporate venturing unit, funding intrapreneurs across Siemens and is recognised as being one of the top 30 Global Corporate Venturing leaders globally. He is also an author with a book on corporate failures which should never have happened – Anticipate Failure. Listen to Lak

Claire Mann : Planned to go into Customer Service Heathrow Express but ended up as a train driver ! Now CEO of one of UKs biggest train companies with both high density commuter and long distance lines delivering 200m + journeys a year, previously CEO for Londons 11,000+ bus operation with 2.3m passengers a day. Listen to Claire

Peter Wuffli : CEO of UBS by age of 44, where the transformation he led to create a new global bank is now a Harvard Case Study. He also worked for McKinsey, and is now supporting developing nations entrepreneurs through his Elea Foundation, was on the Board of Partners Holding Group, one of the largest global Private Equity investors, is on the board of Sygnum Bank the first digital asset bank, Honorary Chairman of IMD Business School having been Chairman for many years, Vice Chairman Zurich Opera. He is also author of “Inclusive Leadership” and “Elea – A learning journey towards sustainable impact.” Beating poverty via entrepreneurial impact. Listen to Peter

Lisa Gable : CEO for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), turned organisation round from financial crisis. Worked in Regan Whitehouse, troubleshooter for Intel CEO, advised Bush Administration, Defense Department, US Ambassador to World Expo, US Delegate to UN on Status of Women, head of public policy for PepsiCo. Listen to Lisa

Andy Byford : former head of New Yorks Metropolitan Transport Authority, revitalising the network, Toronto and Sydney mass transit systems and now Transport Commissioner for London, leading the service which 5m Londoners a day use. Listen to Andy

Sylvia Acevedo : Entrepreneur, scientist, tech leader and former CEO of US Girl Scouts. Sylvia worked on Voyager 2 as a rocket scientist, worked in IBM, Dell, ran Apples Asia – Pacific operations, set up 2 tech businesses, on Forbes list of “Top 50 women in Tech”, Fast Companys “Top 100 most creative people in business” and an author writing her autobiography “Path to the Stars”.  Listen to Sylvia  

Peter Maurer : President of the International Committee of the Red Cross who leads 20,000 professionals around the world supporting people in areas of conflict and violence and trying to bring an end to those conflicts. He also annually reminds global leaders of their duty to observe humanitarian law at the UN General assembly; former head of Swiss Diplomatic Service. Listen to Peter

Paul Epstein : C suite sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, global agencies, and the NFL league office. Transformed NBA teams from bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. Broken records on revenue in Super Bowl as NFL’s sales leader, opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy. Listen to Paul

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