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Leadership Development from a Brand Perspective

Stories of Success Podcast

Release Date: 02/18/2021

Ben Legg - Portfolio Professionals show art Ben Legg - Portfolio Professionals

Stories of Success Podcast

This is a very exciting episode with Ben Legg. Ben was the former COO of Google Europe and turned to being a successful portfolio professional. I actually met Ben a few years ago in Cannes, talking digital marketing. In his portfolio career, Ben focuses on supporting founders and investors in the startup and scale-up ecosystem. He is also CEO and co-founder of The Portfolio Collective, a global community of thousands of portfolio professionals, which is why I asked him to join me as an expert on the topic of interim and fractional leadership. So in this podcast we will learn not just from...

Selling a proportion of your brain - Adrian Cockle show art Selling a proportion of your brain - Adrian Cockle

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Today's episode is with Adrian Cockle. Adrian and I met through Leapers which is a community and support group for freelancers. With our own slack channel we have a great community spirit and I encourage anyone going on their own to join! Adrian is a freelance digital strategy consultant and fractional head of digital - an interim and fractional CDO. Freelance on and off since 2016, previously spent 9 years as head of digital for WWF-UK and WWF International. He has  been doing digital in various forms since working in the UK’s second Internet cafe back in 1995! Currently working with...

Get out there and engage - Fractional CTO Damien D'Souza show art Get out there and engage - Fractional CTO Damien D'Souza

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I welcome Damien D‘Souza on this episode who is a business and technology transformation leader. His CV states COO, CIO and CCO experience, yet he markets himself as an interim and fractional ‚CTO‘. With his vast years of experience across multiple industries, he has worked in his portfolio career since 2019.   Things we discussed: Whilst he started his portfolio career in 2019, he started working for himself in 2012 He left the corporate world after 30 years after taking redundancy and money for a runway to try 'self-employment' Work is all about what you want to do, not why...

Interim and Fractional CEO and Consultant - Peter Weichsel show art Interim and Fractional CEO and Consultant - Peter Weichsel

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Peter and I first met when he dealt with various digital marketing start-ups at Deutsche Post many years ago. Most recently, we discussed joint business development but also had a chat about my podcast, as Peter had quite some experience in interim and fractional C-level roles. I am in particular interested to share his experience with start-ups, large corporate and consulting roles. At time of recording Peter assumes an interim Management role within the Vodafone group which he has now left.   Things we discussed: Roles of senior executives His role in the top 5 consultancies ...

Be Confident with Uncertainty - Lena Andican - Fractional CMO show art Be Confident with Uncertainty - Lena Andican - Fractional CMO

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Today I welcome Lena Andican who is one of the partners at Kurve - Kurve being the performance marketing agency my guest Oren Greenberg founded. Additionally, similar to Oren, she works as an interim and fractional CMO, advising companies on all things marketing.   Things we discussed:   Working with scale-ups B2B marketing and sales Positioning, marketing strategy and execution Transition from in-house to interim The need and want for flexibility and variety Confidence needed to be interim and leaping into a business venture Learning curve Advantages for companies to...

Michel Quazza - Be Ready to Learn Something New! show art Michel Quazza - Be Ready to Learn Something New!

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Michel Quazza and I met a few months ago discussing investment and collaboration on projects. He is a seasoned international CEO and has worked as much in Silicon Valley as he has worked across Europe. Michel is scaling his interim work through advisory service, packaging up C-Levels under the ‘Corporate Development as a Service’.   Things we talked about: Difference in portfolio, consulting and ‘Corporate Development as a Service’ companies Scaling interim and fractional work Engineering, CPO and CEO Michel’s experience in Silicon Valley, the influence from the US on...

Stephen Morris - Fractional and Interim CTO show art Stephen Morris - Fractional and Interim CTO

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This episode is with Stephen Morris. Steve is a fractional CTO with a passion for software development and cyber security.  He directs IT strategies, advises on product and technology and helps other CTOs to go to market too.   Things we discussed: Companies not needing or being able to afford a full time CTO Helping aspiring CTOs Interim and fractional being a career progression from a full time engagement How he got bored when doing only one job, and the challenges were the same year on year The need for companies to have a CTO Bailey & Associates - a company that helps...

Paul Edwards - Interim CRO: 'Importance of Networking' show art Paul Edwards - Interim CRO: 'Importance of Networking'

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I welcome Paul Edwards today who is an interim Chief Revenue Officer. With many years experience in the IT and Telecoms sector, he empowers organisations and teams to win complex high value sales within competitive markets. He is also a mentor to businesses for exit.   Paul and I discussed the following: Moving from a corporate career to a portfolio/interim/fractional career Experience in the IT/Cloud/Telecoms sectors Co-founding a business How to build a healthy pipeline and sales business Building a start-up to a functional company Importance of networking How consultants...

Experience as an asset - Oren Greenberg show art Experience as an asset - Oren Greenberg

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Oren is the founder of Kurve, a London based, growth marketing consultancy working with corporates and scale-ups for the past 20 years. As an interim and fractional leader, Oren’s digital strategy and commercial expertise are instrumental in the growth of SaaS & Fintech brands. Brands he worked with include Lenovo, Canon, Investec Bank, Wonga, Peakon & Nutmeg.   Things we discussed: Part time and interim scalability and positioning Pricing and how you best price your work (very interesting insights!) Kurve and how this fits in with fractional and interim work The Kurve...

Taking the risk - Interim CDO Ben Rickard show art Taking the risk - Interim CDO Ben Rickard

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I welcome Ben Rickard to my podcast. Ben is an experienced interim and fractional CDO, a NED and advisor with an expert domain knowledge in marketing, digital, data and tech. Ben and I have been discussing the interim and fractional space for a while, and I am glad he found the time to record his ideas around this exciting and growing space.   Things we discussed: CDO: data or digital officer Ben being a NED to parliament (not the government) Teams with different super powers His urge to get involved and do things Launching on his own during the pandemic Value proposition ...

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In this week’s episode I  welcome Cheryl Smith to my podcast. Cheryl leads talent management for Xerox, a public company with over 25,000 employees globally. She is a seasoned talent professional with over 25 years of success in talent assessment, succession planning, leadership development, employee engagement, organisational surveys and change programs for world-class, global organisations including Gartner, Legrand, Diageo, MetLife and AIG.
Cheryl has a Ph.D. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from New York University and a B.A. in Psychology from Yale. She lives in Fairfield County, CT with her three daughters.
She had to move around the house, avoiding the cleaners, so please accept our apologies for additional background noise at the beginning of the recording - Christmas cleaning, as we recorded this episode just before the holidays.
Topics we touched on:
  • Leadership development
  • How leadership development did or didn’t change since she started in HR 25 years ago
  • Mentoring programmes, using Mentorcliq - www.mentorcliq.com
  • Virtual Presence course pre Covid delivered via Ariel - www.Arielgroup.com
  • Challenges for Xerox giving the Covid situation
  • How Covid has accelerated changes for businesses and high streets
  • Business reinventing themselves
  • Attrition/Retention rates
  • Internal branding
  • Female Leadership
  • Diversity and their programme called Ascent
  • Internal training and balancing investment in development
  • Gender pay gap
  • How to hold the right data about diversity in an HR system, legally and unbiased
  • How to capture sexual orientation voluntarily without discriminating
  • Cheryl’s most difficult decisions
  • Mindfulness at the workplace and how it improves resilience
  • Student debts and social good, and how we like to do great things for others


Volker is a sales, strategy and leadership consultant. With a passion for coaching and mindfulness, helping individuals and companies to achieve more. In his podcast he interviews high achievers, entrepreneurs, consultants, visionaries, coaches, and mentors about their secrets and experience. Learn from the best! Find out more on his website or subscribe to his newsletter.

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