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Wavelength 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.

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.


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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!


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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, a multi-billion dollar privately-held global Enterprise, Terri Kelly 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.

Gore is as well know for its highly progressive management philosophies and culture – which includes peer-based salaries, extensive mentoring systems and decentralised decision-making processes. Gore was cited as ‘the worlds’ most innovative company’ by Fast Company magazine, and is known for its multitude of innovative products such as Gore-Tex and Elixir guitar strings.

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 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.

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Episode 8: The Power of Purpose with Tim Munden

In this podcast we hear from Tim Munden.

Tim has over 20 years experience of 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. Randomised control trials demonstrated that the workshops improve willingness to go the extra mile, work and life fulfilment, psychological safety and sense of control to prioritise competing demands.

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.


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.

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