Leadership insights from successful leaders

Perspectives from the Top Podcast

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.

Chris Roebuck, Leadership Speaker

Latest Podcast Guest

From Civil Service to Cyber Security

Ciaran founded the UK’s world-leading National Cyber Security Centre and headed it for the first four years of its existence. The International Telecommunications Union now ranks the UK as the #1 country for cybersecurity because of the NCSC’s work. Ciaran is also a 23-year veteran of the UK Government, working directly with five Prime Ministers having held senior positions at HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office as well as GCHQ.

In 2020 he was appointed CB, a senior recognition award, by Her Majesty The Queen and has received a range of awards domestically and internationally in recognition of his cybersecurity work. Ciaran is Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, advises several private sector organisations on cybersecurity strategies and is one of the leading global authorities in the field of cyber security.

About Perspectives from the Top

Guests include current and former global CEOs, top public service leaders, from mass transit to cyber security, Nobel Prize winners, Prime Ministers, global investors, entrepreneurs & founders, senior military officers, leading media figures, athletes and world record holders, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Archbishop of Canterbury amongst others.

Perspectives has listeners in over 60 countries and is highly ranked, being in the top 20 podcasts for career development in countries as diverse as UK, Oman, Italy, Switzerland and India. It is also 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. There is a guest every 2 weeks and my short summary “Reflections” on the previous guests insights the week after.

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Defeating the Personal Debt Trap

Asesh Sarkar is the Global CEO and Co-founder of Salary Finance, a fast growing FinTech which enables employees of more than a fifth of companies in the FTSE-100 to receive wage advances to help them pay off their debts faster and save towards their financial goals. Asesh leads both the UK and US businesses. It has been featured twice by Forbes, as one of the leading socially responsible startups, and as one of five fast growing businesses to watch. Its has also become a Harvard Case Study.

Salary Finance’s offering is especially important at a time when the pandemic has blighted the finances and mental health of many families. Here in the UK, its clients also include a quarter of NHS Trusts and police forces and eight of the UK’s ten largest supermarket chains and non-food retailers. Across the UK and the US, its platform is used by 500 employers and available to four million people.

Prior to Co-Founding Salary Finance, Asesh was a Partner at PA Consulting, where he advised a range of financial institutions on their strategic programmes. He holds a BSc degree in Computer and Business Studies from the University of Warwick Business School and also studied at London Business School.

Leadership Lessons from a Global Journey

Spriha Srivastava is the London Bureau Chief and the International Executive Editor for Insider, overseeing over 100 journalists across the UK and Singapore newsrooms delivering leading news service covering business, politics and life.

Prior to joining Insider, Spriha was the Deputy Digital News Editor for CNBC International in London. She helped manage a team of reporters for CNBC.com and regularly wrote and edited market-moving, fast-paced business news stories. Previously Spriha worked at the Financial Times’ Money Management magazine covering personal finance, where she won an award for her work and at Thomson Reuters where she was one of the moderators for Global Markets Forum, a 24×7 live forum for traders and market professionals.

Spriha has won a number of awards for her work. In 2015 she was  a runner up in newcomer of the year category in Santander Media Awards. In July 2020, Spriha won Women Economic Forum’s “Iconic Women Creating A Better Tomorrow” award, September 2020 was also shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Award in media category. She was recently also included as one of the Top 50 leaders in the UK recognized for kindness in leadership.

The Success Factor

Ruth started her career in University Residency management at NY State and Cornell and, after a brief period in international banking, moved into academic medical administration leading the transformation of learning and development for thousands of student doctors over 26 years at Weill Cornell. During this period Ruth gained her PhD in Education from Columbia and focused on finding out what made people high performing and successful to help others achieve the same.

Ruth researched the most successful people, including Nobel laureates, astronauts, CEOs and Olympic champions, in order to learn about their habits and practices so that we may optimize our own success. She reveals what she found out in our interview and in her book The Success Factor – Developing the Mindset and Skillset for Peak Performance. In 2021, Ruth was one of 30 people worldwide to be named to the Thinkers50 Radar List, dubbed the Oscars of management thinking and is a semi-finalist for the Forbes 50 Over 50 list. She regularly publishes in such journals as Nature, Scientific American, Academic Medicine, Psychology Today, Forbes and Harvard Business Review.

Public Service and Entrepreneurial Thinking

Great thoughts on how to get the best from people and much more from Hon David Burt, Premier of Bermuda. David is the youngest Prime Minister in Bermudas history, his role in leading Bermuda and as a digital entrepreneur prior to this gives him a unique perspective on leadership, business, and government.

He is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Finance and Information Systems. He was awarded The George Washington University Presidential Administrative Fellowship and received his Master of Science degree in Information Systems Development in 2003.

An entrepreneur, Premier Burt started GMD Consulting Limited, an IT consulting company focusing on project management. He served as President since its inception until 2016 when he stepped down upon being appointed Leader of the Opposition. Premier Burt co-founded HITCH Limited and was the lead developer for the award winning HITCH Mobile App enabling Bermuda Residents to hail taxis.

Collaboration, Conviction, and Caring

Justin Welby gives his perspectives on leadership gained in his career which includes working in the oil industry for 11 years, 5 in Elf and becoming Group Treasurer to Enterprise Oils Exploration business focused on development of West African and North Sea fields. Justin then changed career to become a curate in the Church of England and his progression to Archbishop of Canterbury and leading the Anglican Church of 80m+ globally.

His insights into business and its approach to ethics and society are frequently sought by Governments, professional bodies and major organisations. His deep personal experience of the tougher end of the world of business in the oil industry gives him a perspective few others in such theological roles have.

You Don’t Need Bosses, You Need Coaches

One of Garry’s first challenges in business while saving his local radio station in Australia from failure, in doing so he ended up having his own Sunday radio show. Garry joined WD-40 Company in Australia and in 1987 he became head of WD-40 Company for Asia and Australia, in 1994 he took over International Development and in 1997 became CEO. He’s been with WD-40 Company for an amazing 34 years, 25 of them as CEO. That’s an achievement but not only that – he’s expanded the company globally not just in terms of WD-40 Company itself but also in broadening the product range and in building an organisation that is still true to the founding values from 69 years ago.

His success has been proven not only by the business results but by the fact that WD-40 Company has an employee engagement rate of 93%, compared to most organisations who languish in the mid 20%. In addition, he’s written several books on leadership, one with the global leadership guru Ken Blanchard. Garry is also Adjunct Professor of Leadership at University of San Diego. He’s also an executive coach and through his advice over the years has helped literally thousands of organisations and their leaders be more successful.

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