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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Into the Storm

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, the Coast Guard Academy she graduated from. 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.

People + Principles = Sustainable Success

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.

The Race to Influence – The Power of Emotion

Amanda’s 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.”

Bringing Buddhism to Business

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.

Action First

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.

Trust Others, Free Yourself

Reynold 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.

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