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Listen here to our recently released podcasts and visit our Podcast Playlist on Youtube to view clips of the podcasts. Don’t miss the release of new Criticaleye podcasts by following us on our Podbean channel.




Episode 5: Criticaleye Asia Podcast – Stepping Up with William Lo

In this podcast, Managing Director Charlie Wagstaff speaks with Dr William Lo, Chair of Captcha Media Ltd and a Criticaleye Board Mentor about stepping up into leadership roles, the current climate, and the importance of developing the right leadership team.

Some of the key discussion points include:

  • An overview of William's career, his time as an executive, progression up the leadership ladder and non-executive roles
  • What leaders should be doing in the current climate and the impact political and social pressures are having on organisations
  • Stepping up into a regional leadership role - what this means and William's own journey to a senior position
  • The importance of the right leadership team - how to get the right people around you and develop the next generation of leaders
  • What the new landscape of remote working and relationships means for leaders



Episode 11 of our "Leadership with New Horizons" Podcast Series

To listen in and share episode eleven of our Leadership with New Horizons series, please click here. We also have a video of the podcast on our YouTube channel, click here to view this.

Some of the key discussion points include:

  • Global leadership challenges including organisation restructure, inflation, interest rate rises and supply chain disruption
  • The appetite for risk in senior leadership teams - what opportunities are there for well-run businesses? 
  • The mindset of leaders - you've got to be comfortable with ambiguity in the current environment
  • Our research suggests a shift towards performance over strategy, but leadership teams now need to re-learn strategic debate and longer-term thinking 
  • The shift to local in global business and why this has created a huge need to invest in middle management


Episode 4: Criticaleye Asia Podcast - Managing Complexity as a Leader

We're pleased to announce we have now published the latest episode in our Asia podcast series. In this episode, our own Managing Director, Charlie Wagstaff, speaks to Min Yih Tan, SVP for Global Mobility Network at Shell, and Bhawna Gandhi, HR Director of Corporate Service for APAC at Sodexo, about managing complexity as a leader.

To listen in and share our new Asia podcast, please click here. We also have a video of the podcast on our YouTube channel, click here to view this.

Some of the key discussion points include:

  • What does it mean to be a high performing leader in APAC, what are the main challenges?
  • Customer trends, use of data and the rebirth of conscious consumerism   
  • Adapting your leadership approach between global and local leadership roles - small global vs. strong local
  • The responsibility of leadership and how to inspire those around you 
  • Dreaming big as a team, removing constraints so you and your people can outperform


Episode 10 of our "Leadership with New Horizons" Podcast Series

Offering an outlook for leadership in 2022, this podcast is part of our Leadership with New Horizons series. In this, our CEO, Matthew Blagg, and Director of Content, Marc Barber, discuss our recent HR Director Retreat, market trends, the evolving agenda for 2022 and what current political challenges mean for leaders.

Some of the key discussion points include:

  • The trend from HRDs, and other senior executives, to seek inspiration. There is a hunger to benchmark and share ideas this year
  • Long-term trends for the workforce and how leadership teams are addressing these 
  • How senior leaders are finding ways to reinforce their organisation's purpose, e.g by tying remuneration with ESG
  • The link between HR Directors and Chief People Officers with their peers, and the people agenda for 2022 
  • The current political landscape and what impact this might have for businesses in the short-term


Episode 3: Criticaleye Asia Podcast - Leadership, People and Talent

In this episode of Criticaleye's Asia podcast, we asked Susan Chen, Director & Head of People for HK & SG Game Development Studios at Riot Games, and Mukta Arya, Regional Head of HR for Asia Pacific at Société Générale, to come on the podcast and cover leadership, people and talent, following the Asia Leadership Forum in November 2021.

Some of the key discussion points include:

  • Managing people and change across a broad framework 
  • The challenges of being a global company, rather than one which has an international presence   
  • How to foster a 'speak up' culture, while also encouraging meaningful conversations rather than opinions
  • Leadership resilience and how you build it up 
  • Personal development: how do you prioritise it as a leader and what does it look like?



Episode 2: Criticaleye Asia Podcast - The Upside of Risk for a Board

Featuring Criticaleye Managing Director Charlie Wagstaff, plus Board Mentor Venkataramanan Anantharaman, this podcast was recorded following a roundtable looking at creating an effective risk management framework, including:

Some of the key discussion points include:

  • The dynamic nature of risk in the current environment, and why leaders need to shift their thinking 
  • The opportunities that risk management can present, plus how Boards and leadership teams can harness these   
  • Questions Boards and Non-executives need to be asking on risk, and what approach Exec teams need to take when putting plans in place
  • The role of the Board in defining a risk culture 
  • Data overload, how does the risk register need to shift in today's data driven environment






Episode 9 of our "Leadership with New Horizons" Podcast Series

We're really pleased to kick off our podcasts for 2022 with a new episode of our Leadership With New Horizons series. In this, our CEO, Matthew Blagg, and Director of Content, Marc Barber, analyse some of the findings from our recent CEO Research and take a look at what’s to come in the year ahead.

Some of the key discussion points include:

  • Forward trends for 2022, and how leaders need to be bold, brave and have followership in the year ahead
  • The focus on productivity, and need for a clear, simplified strategy  
  • The workforce this year, and the need for leaders to motivate and optimise as pressure continues
  • The investor landscape and how integrity of story and alignment of resources will be key
  • Opportunities over the next 12-months, and why longer-term planning needs to be a priority in the leadership team
 


Episode 8 of our "Leadership with New Horizons" Podcast Series

Offering an outlook for leadership in 2021, this podcast is part of our Leadership with New Horizons series. Featuring Criticaleye’s CEO, Matthew Blagg, and Managing Editor, Emma Carroll, it covers some of the key outtakes from our recent CFO Retreat, including:

  • A poll taken at our CFO Retreat where 65% said burnout is having a negative impact on performance
  • Why culture and people are the biggest barriers to collaboration, according the CFOs 
  • Changing business models and how they are driving new partnerships and innovation
  • The focus of shareholders going into 2022, including growth and ESG
  • The CFOs role as a leader, and importance of focusing on the longer-term strategy as we go into next year


Episode 1: Criticaleye Asia Podcast - Innovation in the Boardroom

This new podcast is the ideal opportunity to showcase Criticaleye’s global reach and the diverse range of topics we cover with leaders and senior executives. 

Some of the key discussion points include:

  • The Board's role in creating and maintaining a culture of innovation for an organisation
  • The importance of being able to have challenging conversations at Board level so innovation can thrive  
  • Whether the culture of a Board is influenced more by location or what type of organisation it oversees
  • Diversity on the Board and the impact this has on innovation


Episode 7 of our "Leadership with New Horizons" Podcast Series

Offering an outlook for leadership in 2021, this podcast is part of our Leadership with New Horizons series. Featuring Criticaleye’s CEO, Matthew Blagg, and Director of Content, Marc Barber, it covers some of the key outtakes from our recent CEO Research, including:

  • The landscape for leadership drawing upon our recent Criticaleye CEO Research 2021
  • Why agility is the top area of change for leaders - what this means in practice and how to get internal processes and teams to keep up with an agile strategy 
  • The relationship between Boards and executives, and how the drive for new tech is creating a need for a new type of leadership
  • Followership over leadership, and why this is becoming more important
  • The role of the CEO to inject energy, to give people confidence and to make sure they have the right team around them
 
 


Episode 6 of our "Leadership with New Horizons" Podcast Series

Offering an outlook for leadership in 2021, this podcast is part of our Leadership with New Horizons series. Featuring Criticaleye’s CEO, Matthew Blagg, and Director of Content, Marc Barber, it covers some of the key outtakes from our recent CEO Retreat, including:

  • Topics raised during our flagship event, including Board dynamics, customer focus, agility and purpose
  • Where the CEO and top team need to align in 2021, including hybrid working, the pace of decision-making and future strategic direction
  • What the return of greater travel and movement for executives will mean for leadership energy and motivation
  • Shifting mindsets of leaders from internal to external, and why CEOs need to be externally focused more than ever
  • The learning process for first-time CEOs and how most Boards are now exerting greater pressure on leadership teams


Episode 5 of our "Leadership with New Horizons" Podcast Series

Offering an outlook for leadership in 2021, this podcast is part of our Leadership with New Horizons series. Featuring Criticaleye’s CEO, Matthew Blagg, and Managing Editor, Emma Carroll, it covers some of the key outtakes from our recent HR Director Retreat, including:

  • Reviewing the role of the HR Director and how it has evolved as a result of the pandemic
  • The future challenges of hybrid working - how can organisations break the 'virtual-working' cycle and ensure focus on the customer
  • Relationships in the top team, including how the CEO should be leveraging the CHRO going forward
  • Are HRDs rethinking their career path after Covid-19? A poll taken at the Retreat reveals that many are
  • Visibility at Board level for HR leaders and whether a return to in-person interactions will impact on this


Episode 4 of our "Leadership with New Horizons" Podcast Series

Offering an outlook for leadership in 2021, this podcast is part of our Leadership with New Horizons series. Featuring Criticaleye’s CEO Matthew Blagg and Managing Editor Emma Carroll, it covers some of the key outtakes from our recent Growth Company, NED and Asia Leadership Forums, including:
  • At our Asia Leadership Forum, 87 percent agreed that leadership teams need to be more agile. What does this mean in practice, and what distinctions need to be made between agile working across the business and the approach of leaders?
  • Businesses talk about operating at pace - how do leaders ensure pace doesn't supersede profitability?
  • The difficulties of needing to change strategy when many leadership teams still can't come together physically
  • How local leaders are more isolated than ever, and need the right support and development, particularly access to global reference points, to be successful
  • Looking forward to our HRD Retreat at the end of April - what role does the HR Director play in today's environment? They have a core responsibility to ensure the people strategy aligns with the business strategy


Episode 3 of our "Leadership with New Horizons" Podcast Series

Offering an outlook for leadership in 2021, this podcast is part of our Leadership with New Horizons series. Featuring Criticaleye’s CEO, Matthew Blagg, and Managing Editor, Emma Carroll, it covers some of the key outtakes from our HR Director Forum 2021, including:
  • HR Director sentiment in the current climate - are HRDs more or less positive than their executive counterparts?
  • HRDs' contribution to strategy - are HRDs getting a seat in the top table and can strategy be done virtually?
  • The future of the workplace and hybrid-working
  • The role of the HRD in aligning the top team, plus those crucial relationships between HRD, CEO and CFO
  • Benchmarking and external reference points - what role will looking outside the business play in 2021?


Episode 2 of our "Leadership with New Horizons" Podcast Series

Offering an outlook for leadership in 2021, this podcast is part of our Leadership with New Horizons series. Featuring Criticaleye’s CEO, Matthew Blagg, and Director of Content, Marc Barber, it covers our CEO Research 2021, including:

  • The challenge of aligning people, strategy and culture in 2021
  • Putting strategy back on the leadership agenda and how to overcome the difficulties of strategic debate in a virtual environment 
  • Top priorities for leaders in the year ahead including sustainability and ESG
  • C-suite succession - will we see a lot of change at the top of organisations in 2021?
  • The likelihood of increased investor pressure this year and how leaders will approach key stakeholder relationships


Episode 1 of our "Leadership with New Horizons" Podcast Series

Offering an outlook for leadership in 2021, this podcast kicks off our new Leadership with New Horizons series. Featuring Criticaleye’s CEO, Matthew Blagg, and Director of Content, Marc Barber, it covers key themes for leaders and senior executives in 2021, including:

  • Customer and employee experiences in the year ahead - will lessons learned in 2020 stick? What changes will be long-term?
  • How organisational agility and the need for leaders to move at pace in 2021 will determine success 
  • Criticaleye’s CEO Research 2021, including news that sustainability has moved into CEO’s top three priorities for the first time
  • HR Director pressure as the people agenda becomes even more important in 2021
  • The need to reconnect in person and why Criticaleye has adjusted its support for the year ahead in response
  • Why balanced and impartial benchmarking will be critical this year, especially when it comes to influencing stakeholders


Leadership Reflections On 2020 - Part 1

In this 38-minute podcast, our Managing Editor, Emma Carroll, speaks to Dr William Lo, Chair of Captcha Media (plus a Criticaleye Board Mentor), Catriona Schmolke, former SVP for Operational Centres of Excellence at Jacobs, and Charlie Wagstaff, Managing Director at Criticaleye, about the business challenges of 2020.

After a year of not often getting what you want, but appreciating what you have, our leaders cover:

  • How leaders have both captured and acted upon the lessons of the year
  • Shared experiences of the early days of COVID-19
  • The increased importance of employee wellness in 2020, and how employees took on the role as trusted reference points for their teams
  • Responses from different regions - the opportunities arising in Asia as case numbers have fallen
  • The challenges for leaders of balancing honesty with positivity, and the role of purpose in 2020
  • How have we stayed close to and understood our customers in the last 12-months


Leadership Reflections On 2020 - Part 2

In this 32-minute podcast, our Managing Editor, Emma Carroll, speaks to Catriona Schmolke, former SVP for Operational Centres of Excellence at Jacobs and Charlie Wagstaff, Managing Director at Criticaleye, about the leadership challenges of 2020.

They discuss:
 

  • Have leaders questioned their ability to lead in 2020? At our CFO Retreat in November, 58% told us they had doubted their leadership
  • The importance to leaders of outstanding teams
  • Leadership isolation and how the virtual world has impacted leaders
  • Employee engagement and support - how did this play out in 2020? Did leaders get it right in terms of maximising productivity and motivation?
  • The ‘return to the workplace’ - how 2020 will transform the way we all work and interact in the future
  • What our speakers have learned about their own leadership style and what they will take into 2021


Leadership in Uncertain Times - Episode 5

Following our recent Asia Leadership Retreat (held on 26 November 2020), Criticaleye’s CEO Matthew Blagg and Director of Content Marc Barber reflect on some of the key discussion points in this 26-minute podcast, including:

  • What leaders will be focusing on in 2021, and how challenges of customer centricity and employee behaviour are universal
  • The opportunities we are likely to see in the next 12-18 months - what areas companies are likely to focus on when it comes to leadership, purpose and the people agenda?
  • The key question of purpose - why do organisations exist and how do leaders align teams behind purpose?
  • What change we will see across executive teams (are we are likely to see many executives making the move to a plural career after the changes in 2020?)
  • How has the pandemic changed consumer behaviour long-term?

 


Leadership in Uncertain Times - Episode 4

Following our recent CFO Retreat (held on 12 November 2020), Criticaleye's CEO, Matthew Blagg, and Director of Content, Marc Barber, reflect on some of the key themes, in this 28-minute podcast. 

  • How finance leaders can remain resilient, the balance between cost-cutting and investment, data, talent and digitisation, plus much more
  • In a poll taken at the Retreat, 84% said they see the current economic situation as an opportunity to accelerate operating model change
  • The role of the CFO, and how this plays out when operating in a complex and fast changing market
  • The CFO as ‘timekeeper of the current moment’ alongside the need to play an integral role in strategy and future innovation
  • What the end of 2020 will bring in terms of future planning, what opportunities there are for 2021, as well as ongoing challenges that we will see into the New Year.


Leadership in Uncertain Times - Episode 3

Following our recent CEO Retreat (held on 15 October 2020), Criticaleye's CEO, Matthew Blagg, and Director of Content, Marc Barber, reflect on some of the key themes, in this 26-minute podcast. 

  • 65% of CEOs at our CEO Retreat revealed they had doubted their ability to lead in the last six months
  • Making difficult calls as a CEO, and how the pandemic has forced all leaders to be flexible on strategy
  • The importance for leaders to stay calm and to give themselves time
  • Views on the economy in Asia and if we are seeing a return to normal activity levels
Matthew comments “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want, and there are a lot of leaders getting a lot of experience at the moment.” 


Leadership in Uncertain Times - Episode 2

In this 38-minute podcast, Criticaleye’s CEO, Matthew Blagg, and Director of Content, Marc Barber, discuss the state of leadership in the current environment, the forward agenda for CEOs and senior executives and where they need to be focusing in the coming months.

Listen to Matthew and Marc talk about 

  • Significant operating model change
  • The future of the office – reintegrating furloughed employees
  • Understanding the customer experience and how this has changed
  • Management team performance and effectiveness
  • Cost cutting – striking a balance between reduced cost and long-term opportunity
  • The challenge between economic pressures and continued pressure of Covid19 on health


Leadership in Uncertain Times - Episode 1

In this 37-minute podcast, we'll be hearing from Criticaleye's CEO, Matthew Blagg, about how senior leadership teams are responding to the events of 2020 and planning for the future. 

Drawing on our latest CEO Research 2020, Matthew talks about 

  • Understanding the short vs long-term impact of the pandemic 
  • 58% of CEOs feel isolated in their role
  • How Boards can support CEOs
  • Why CEOs need to keep calm and think big
  • The importance of downtime for senior execs this summer 
Watch a short clip of this podcast with Matthew here.


CEO Retreat Research 2018: Part 1 - How to Navigate Disruption

In this 20-minute podcast, we consider some of the key findings from our research conducted at Criticaleye’s 2018 CEO Retreat.

Criticaleye Host: Matthew Blagg, CEO

Guest: Neil Griffiths, NED at City Pub Company, StarStock and Criticaleye Board Mentor 

Listen to Matthew and Neil discuss business model disruption, strategic thinking in the top team, and how to evaluate leadership capability.