Business strategy and insights

This podcast explores the tricky business of team creation and discusses the role of evolving technology, the importance of communication patterns and shared values, and how all of these aspects contribute to building the best team.
In the podcast we speak to Gareth Jones, a leadership expert and executive teacher, who advocates thinking carefully about the groundwork of a team and the importance of defining the tasks that a team is being asked to address. We also speak to Jonny Gifford, research adviser at the CIPD, who puts emphasis on the diversity of thought and skills within a team and how this divergence can help push boundaries, although Jonny argues it’s vital that team leaders are able to manage any conflict that arises. Alistair Shepherd, Founder and President of Saberr (a people analytics company who offer a team optimisation tool) echoes this, saying it’s not just a matter of similarity and like, it’s about shared values and communication patterns, and gives us an insight into the use of data and analytics in creating the perfect team. Research shows that having the right team from the beginning can be vital to the success of a startup business and so we also speak to Ryan Notz, founder and CEO of MyBuilder, about his experience of the impact that building a highly effective team can have on business success.
Date: 04 Aug 2014 | Duration: 00:24:02

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While your business is small, the founder can personally interact with the employees and convey the core vision that they have for the organisation. As the organisation expands, this is increasingly difficult, and the founder has to rely on others to ‘sell the dream’. In this episode, we speak to Alex Saint, co-founder and CEO of Secret Escapes, about the process of ‘stepping back’ as his company has expanded and opened offices abroad.
We also speak to Ksenia Zheltoukhova, Research Associate at the CIPD, who discusses recent CIPD research findings, which highlight the importance of finding a way to formalise your values as your business grows.
To hear how DUO have formalised their values with the help of employees from across the business, we speak to Claire Alexander, HR and Talent Development Manager at DUO.
We also speak to Ben Saunders, Head of HR at IMarEST, the professional body for marine professionals, about the vision and values challenges faced by a membership body, and how they’ve used technology to ensure that their offices abroad keep close to their UK headquarters.
Date: 01 Jul 2014 | Duration: 00:19:39

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In this podcast Gareth Jones visiting Professor at the IE Business School, Madrid, and a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School outlines the six point plan of an authentic organisation - arranged in an acronym DREAMS.
Date: 16 Dec 2013 | Duration: 00:19:40

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