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Standing on Giants

Now a top 40 business podcast in the UK! All success stories started with an idea,…an idea that was a little bit radical. In this bi-weekly podcast we learn from leaders across businesses and organisations on how to do things differently and bring exciting new ideas to life. We’re not interested in armchair gurus. These are people doing the work day in, day out, to make change and drive us towards a healthier, happier world. Past guests have included senior leaders from established businesses like Heineken, Patagonia, and Riverford, as well as founders of startups in emerging industries. read less
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Amy Polly (Mindfulness Rebel) - mental health for firefighters, myth-busting mindfulness and workplace wellbeing
17-01-2024
Amy Polly (Mindfulness Rebel) - mental health for firefighters, myth-busting mindfulness and workplace wellbeing
Amy Polly is the self-styled 'Mindfulness Rebel'. In a world of very serious, very blue, mental health information, she is a welcome shot of pink. She's the former Strategic Lead for Mental Health & Wellbeing for the Fire Service, and has since worked with organisations like Heineken, Bupa, Sweaty Betty, National Grid and many others. She's on a mission to make mindfulness more accessible and inclusive and joins us for this conversation where we discuss: Her grandfather’s addiction to alcohol and how it informed her behaviour to always try and make people smileThe importance of her supportive parents and having a support networkHow she’s embraced thinking differently as an adultHow she left a solid, 19 year career in accountancy to start working for herself in mindfulness and wellbeingThe shift she felt working for the Fire Service, contributing to a bigger picture The extreme challenges of creating wellbeing programmes in the Fire ServiceThe measures she brought in to support fire fightersThe basics of creating a mentally healthy workforce and how it’s not the things you might thinkHer connection to mindfulness and how it became a passion of hers as a proactive measure for wellbeingPersonal days and bringing the human elements to businessHow Mindfulness isn’t ‘hippy dippy stuff’, it’s brain trainingSome myth busting around MindfulnessAmy leads Rob through a mindfulness exercise Rob’s reflections after the exerciseHer advice to leaders for embedding wellbeing in their businessesHow motherhood is the hardest thing she’s ever done and her ‘Mindfulness for Mums’ programmeThe loneliness of being a mum and the taboo of talking about birth traumaRob shares a rather unfortunate parenting story and how it informed his perspective on parents in businessThe ‘return to the office’ push and the potential negative impacts for some of the workforce Follow Amy on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amypolly/ Visit: amypolly.com Follow Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Sign up the the 'A Little Bit Radical' Newsletter here: https://share.hsforms.com/1wJzfsT5RR7melJbfDfpsLw4sran
Bronwen Foster-Butler (Finisterre) - a dramatic birth, cold-water surfing, saving our seas
03-01-2024
Bronwen Foster-Butler (Finisterre) - a dramatic birth, cold-water surfing, saving our seas
Surf’s up! Often called the ‘British Patagonia’, Finisterre are one of the most respected names in sustainable fashion. Headquartered in St Agnes, Cornwall, Finisterre produce long-lasting, repairable products inspired by the sea. We’re joined by CMO Bronwen Foster Butler for this episode. She discusses: The dramatic circumstances of her birth in the Canadian wildernessThe effect of having a peculiar name and how she ‘likes to play in the edges’ of lifeHow she became a parent to a daughter during COVID and how that provided an impetus to become more radical Her experience in a previous role of being asked ‘whether she wanted a promotion, or to become a parent’Finisterre’s approach to flexibility and inclusionWorking for a boss who is a CEO and a RNLI helmsmanHer commitment to ‘how you get the job done’ not ‘when you get the job done’‘Sea Tuesdays’ - where the whole team get an hour to connect with the seaThe founding story of Finisterre and the mission to create products that serve cold-water surfers, whilst preserving the oceanThe very first product the founder, Tom, createdTheir partnership with the last Merino Wool shepherd in the U.K.How the wetsuit industry is partly responsible for ‘Cancer Alley’ in the USA, with the production of chloroprene - connected to NeopreneHow they are reinventing wetsuits, moving away from petrochemical neoprene, to YULEX rubberLaunching the world’s first YULEX wetsuit rental programmeFinisterre’s repair service - a challenge to fast fashionThe shocking reality of where most of our charity shop clothes goHer reaction to the U.K. government rolling back environmental policyDealing with Climate AnxietyHer approach to leading her team through their Pride campaign, in the face of online trolling Bronwen on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bronwen-foster-butler-73a31923/ Visit: finisterre.com Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to get in touch? Email podcast@standingongiants.com
Augusta Vivian (Higson) - fun entitlement, a trailblazing Great Aunt, unlimited holiday
20-12-2023
Augusta Vivian (Higson) - fun entitlement, a trailblazing Great Aunt, unlimited holiday
Without people you don’t have a business. Higson, are a people consultancy, working with organisations to create progressive work cultures with high productivity and high happiness. Augusta Vivian, is the founder and joins us for this interview where she discusses: How she feels we are all entitled to have fun at workHer personal values of fun, kindness, curiosity, and stubbornness and how her early life shaped thoseHow to go about defining your personal valuesHer entrepreneurial Great Aunt who broke the mould as a woman on her own in business Her experience of being told ‘what to wear to be successful’Her work at Higson to help businesses become more happy, productive workplacesThe common blindspots that businesses face when creating a positive work cultureThe real benefit of unlimited holiday vs an annual allowanceHow to create your company values and design the behaviours within your org to live up to themThe importance of practicality and pragmatism with any cultural change workWhat she’s most proud of in her Founder’s journeyHow she approaches Strategy at Higson and regularly reviews itThe importance of feedback in all directions with radical candourThe charities Higson supports with 20% of profits every year The new phase for Higson: becoming a certified Carbon Literate organisation Augusta on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/augustavivian/ Visit: https://consulthigson.com/ Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? Email podcast@standingongiants.com
Sally Pritchett (Something Big) - a secret husband, being asked to make the tea, creating comms to span 220 countries
06-12-2023
Sally Pritchett (Something Big) - a secret husband, being asked to make the tea, creating comms to span 220 countries
Sally runs Something Big, a B Corp, employee-owned agency based in Surrey that punches above its weight. Having won briefs against agency heavyweights like Ogilvy, Something Big specialises in employee communications with a particular focus on DEI initiatives. Clients include DHL, Telefonica, and IAG. In this conversation we discuss: How she’s always been the ‘odd one out’ from her school days Her experience of being the only female in a team of 24 menWhy she had to keep her relationship with her husband secret for over a decadeHow she’s embraced being uncool in an agency world of cool peopleThe significance of turning 50 for herHer work at Something Big and their specialism in employee comms, workplaces, and DEIHer personal connection to DEI through her experience as a woman in a male-dominated workplaceHow the Barbie movie signifies a huge amount of progress in gender equality, but also highlights how there’s more to doHow to run DEI programmes in a huge company that spans 220 countriesHow to build a client relationship 25 years longWhat it takes to be the world’s best workplaceThe problem with agencies who are ‘in it for themselves’ rather than for the clientWinning a brief against OgilvyThe piece of work she’s most proud of The nuts and bolts of employee ownershipBuilding psychological safety in her business by exampleDismantling a blame cultureThe potential commercial windfall from looking after people properlyHow community building could improve our society through citizen engagement Connect with Sally on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/somethingbig/ Visit: https://somethingbig.co.uk/ Connect with Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? Email podcast@standingongiants.com
Janet Leighton (Timpson) - hiring ex-offenders, the importance of employee happiness, a business with no marketing department
22-11-2023
Janet Leighton (Timpson) - hiring ex-offenders, the importance of employee happiness, a business with no marketing department
Timpson has been a fixture on our high streets since 1865 in the UK. In recent years, they've received acclaim for their approach to hiring ex-offenders. Now, 10% of their workforce have been given an opportunity after a criminal conviction. A unique 'upside-down' company, Timpson eschews many traditional business practices. For example, they don't have a marketing and communications department. In this episode we meet Janet Leighton, Director of Happiness at Timpson. She discusses: How she’s gained a reputation for being ‘bonkers’How her natural optimism gives her resilienceHow important it is to be yourself at workHow belief in people and being kind and considerate is a key to maintaining optimism in the face of challengesWhat has kept her at Timpson for 20 yearsHow Timpson functions without  a marketing and comms team How to get an email reply from James Timpson, the CEOTimpson’s unique ‘upside down management’ style Her road to the role ‘Director of Happiness’How happiness isn’t soft and fluffyTheir radical ‘in-house’ approach to everythingThe day to day of a ‘Director of Happiness’, including what Janet was dealing with on the day of recordingHow Janet deals with colleague issues from financial risk, to suicideThe importance of colleague wellbeing in business performanceHow she feels the solution to financial wellbeing is not necessarily as simple as paying people moreWhat led Timpson to pay for colleagues family funeralsTimpson’s work with offenders and their approach to recruiting ex-offendersWorkers joining the company via ‘release on temporary licence’How best to support ex-offenders entering the workforce How they don’t use CVs and are only interested in ‘what you’re doing today, and what you want to do tomorrow’The state of UK prisons Some of the success stories from the prison recruitment programmeHer offer of help to any business who’s interested in starting a programme for people with prison lived experience  Janet on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janet-leighton-8109891a/ Visit: https://www.timpson.co.uk/ Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? Email podcast@standingongiants.com
Paul Smith (JAAQ) - Transforming Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace One Question at a Time
08-11-2023
Paul Smith (JAAQ) - Transforming Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace One Question at a Time
How is your mental health right now? According to MIND, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health challenge this year. For this episode, we meet Paul Smith, MD of JAAQ at Work. JAAQ is a free online platform that provides access to experts in mental health, wellbeing, disability, diversity and many more topics. Founded by Danny Gray, the platform also features the stories of high profile celebrities, sportspeople, and music stars - opening up about their struggles with mental health.  Paul discusses: How he feels his was a ‘lazy’ child and that it was quite a surprise that he ended up being a radical thinkerHis passion for football and his burgeoning career as a professional for Reading FC and IpswichRob’s first career as a professional actor and how that compares to pursuing professional sportHow identity is tied up with our careers and the problems with thatHis career in recruitment and what led him to found his own company with two of his colleaguesThe story of JAAQ. Changing the world of mental health one question at a timeJAAQ’s founder Danny Gray and his struggles with body dysmorphiaThe offering of JAAQ at Work, improving mental health for workplacesHis struggles with transitioning from founder to employeeThe user experience of JAAQThe importance of getting the right expertise and the JAAQ advisory boardThe opportunity for businesses that prioritise wellbeingThe scale of the challenges facing HR leaders The importance of intersectionality and the importance that the platform can help people ask questions they wouldn’t ask in the workplace for fear of embarrassmentHow he feels that no one business has really smashed it out the park on mental health yetThe JAAQ video that’s made the biggest impact on his life  Paul on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/psmith0/ Visit JAAQ.org Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? podcast@standingongiants.com
Phill Kalli (FillRefill) - A mad scientist Dad, an 'almost famous' music career, and saving the planet with soap
25-10-2023
Phill Kalli (FillRefill) - A mad scientist Dad, an 'almost famous' music career, and saving the planet with soap
Is the world waking up to refillable? From local refill stores, to refill stations in supermarkets, the movement is gathering momentum. Ahead of the curve on this was Phill Kalli of FillRefill, a company committed to making cleaning products for home, hair and body that are good for you and the planet. As the name suggests, all of FillRefill’s products are refillable, making them a great example of a circular economy business.  He discusses: His Dad, a maverick chemist and manufacturer who took on ‘big soapers’How he came to reinvent the family business as a consumer facing brandHow a lot of the solutions to our waste problems existed 100 years agoHis first career in the music business, managing an up and coming band ‘Vincent Vincent and the Villains’The lessons he’s taken from the music industry into his current workTransforming an established business into a brand fit for the modern ageTough decisions he’s made, including stopping supplying Chlorine Bleach, their biggest selling product How he avoids feeling insecure about not understanding the chemistry of his businessThe difference between a FillRefill product and the mass market products in the supermarket - from factory to end consumerHis refreshing take on ‘big soap’The decision to make their formulations public and give people the opportunity to buy raw materials and make their own productsThe latest product he’s really excited aboutHow he feels the Government could do more to support the transition away from single use and support small businesses that are accelerating that  Visit: www.fillrefill.co Phill on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phillipkalli/ Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? podcast@standingongiants.com
Elena Devis (Deliveroo) - Creating the vegan category at Britain's food delivery unicorn
11-10-2023
Elena Devis (Deliveroo) - Creating the vegan category at Britain's food delivery unicorn
We order over 6 billion takeaways a year in the UK. Many of those are ordered on Deliveroo. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, and operating in 10 countries.  Our guest, Elena Devis, is former Head of Vegan Category at Deliveroo, now a consultant in the plant based space. In this conversation she discusses: Her adventurous spirit from a young age, including travelling overseas by herself at 13Her first exposure to the word ‘vegan’ and the steep learning curve from her meat and fish heavy diet in Valencia, SpainThe changes in her health she saw upon going veganHow she feels there’s ‘less ego’ in her decisions now as she’s got olderHer pragmatic approach to lifestyle change as opposed to an absolutist approachHer time at Deliveroo over 5 years of huge growth and evolutionThe importance of great leadersHow she created her own role as Head of Vegan Category at DeliverooHer approach to working with partners to adopt new ideas and new dishesHow to fight for the role and projects you want in a large business with the right data, stakeholders, and propositionHow ‘being human’ is the most important thing about being a managerHow PMS and the menstrual cycle affects women at work and how men can best support their colleaguesHow her manager’s approach to her PMS was life changing and the importance of menstrual leaveHer passion for meditation Elena on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elenadevisgimenez/ Visit: https://www.plant-futures.com/ Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? podcast@standingongiants.com
Peter Gilheany (Forster Communications) - What the PR industry can learn from Extinction Rebellion
27-09-2023
Peter Gilheany (Forster Communications) - What the PR industry can learn from Extinction Rebellion
Designing campaigns for Patagonia, Selfridges, BMW, and Penguin Books, Forster Communications is an award-winning communications agency.  Our guest today is Peter Gilheany, Board Director at Forster. An employee-owned B Corp, Forster are a great example of how to live your values. They’ve turned down lucrative briefs from companies that refuse to declare a climate emergency, and have even set sustainability goals for their existing clients in order to continue working together. He discusses: His working class Irish background and his parents ‘relaxed’ attitude to their 5 childrenHow he and his siblings have all forged their own pathsThe difference between being a ‘strategic’ or ‘tactical careerist How there is a huge need to challenge what is seen as ‘received wisdom’The narrow view of what a ‘good career’ is The story of Forster Communications and the founder Jilly Forster, former Head of Communications for the Body ShopEmployee Ownership and how it works at ForsterThe pieces of work that best embody Forster CommunicationsHow to walk the talk on tackling the climate emergency for any businessThe stringent targets they set for themselves, their community, and their clientsWhat happened when they told their clients to publicly declare a climate emergency and set net zero targetsA leap into the unknown around a social housing project that led to incredible resultsHis surprising response to being labelled a ‘lifestyle business’Who knows how to communicate about climate change better? Extinction Rebellion or the average PR agency?His take on GreenwashingHow to turn down briefs that don’t align with your valuesThe campaign he’s ashamed of and wouldn’t take todayThe pervasive hangover within business that you can either be financially successful, or morally good The evolution in the charity sector over their corporate social responsibilityThe future of the charity sector, financially unstable, but ideologically free to campaign and speak truth to power Peter on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pgilheany/ Visit: https://forster.co.uk/ Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? podcast@standingongiants.com
Wai Foong Ng (Matchable) - Rebelling against your parents to revolutionise company volunteering
13-09-2023
Wai Foong Ng (Matchable) - Rebelling against your parents to revolutionise company volunteering
*Remember to follow A Little Bit Radical to help us land more awesome guests!* Matchable volunteering is revolutionising the way companies volunteer. Far from the days of painting fences and picking up litter, Matchable finds you a perfect volunteering opportunity for your interests, skillset, and time available. Boasting clients like Primark, Lululemon and Dentsu, Matchable has created over £2m+ of impact value through volunteer partnerships. Today we're speaking to Foong, the founder, who shares her journey so far including: Her traditional asian upbringing and her 'tiger mum'Being sent to a French school in London. The only Asian kid, and the only non-French speaking kidHer mum's unique approach to pocket moneyThe discipline her childhood gave her and how that's been useful in her careerHow she 'lived someone else's idea of success' with a career in a Big 4 accountancy firmThe ultimate rebellion against her parents to become a startup founderThe genesis of Matchable and the mission to revolutionise company volunteeringHow she's motivated by helping people find their purpose through volunteeringHow she set about becoming a founder and what a founder looks like todayHer fear of public speakingThe challenges involved in being a founder and how you're expected to do EVERYTHINGHer approach to hiring and empowering people to own their area of the businessThe experience of volunteering through Matchable Reducing the volunteer matching journey from 3 months, to 3 minutesThe focus on UXThe range of organisation available on the platform - from traditional charities to more innovative impact startupsProviding more flexibility to employees around their volunteering - opportunities from 30 minutes of contribution and encompassing a range of skillsWhen the CEO of Dentsu volunteered to write a blog for one of their impact organisationsThe benefits for businesses of running a volunteering programme from ESG KPIs, to employee retention, to learning and developmentThe hidden load of emotional labour that can land on leaders Foong on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wai-foong-ng/ Visit: wearematchable.com Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? Email podcast@standingongiants.com
Kaveh Memari (Sofi Health) - Where ancient plants meet A.I. to help you sleep better
30-08-2023
Kaveh Memari (Sofi Health) - Where ancient plants meet A.I. to help you sleep better
How did you sleep last night? Would you like to sleep better? Chances are you answered that with a resounding yes! Kaveh Memari is the Founder of sofi.health, a startup combining ancient plant medicine with cutting edge A.I. to improve your sleep and state of calm. Through a tailor-made spray, Sofi responds to your ongoing needs and feedback, using machine-learning to adjust dosage and blend as you go. Kaveh discusses: His experience in 10 different schools in 4 different countries before the age of 9 The importance of being able to make friends quickly The ‘pandemics pre-pandemic’ of poor sleep and stress How he hopes he’ll ‘never become an adult’ and his approach to ‘play not work’  His team at Sofi - where everyone is a ‘one off’ How the Sofi product was developed with a group of customers ’Pioneers’  The Sofi product - using ancient plant medicine, combined with cutting edge machine learning and data, to tackle poor sleep and stress How to personalise products at scale The initial pilot with Valerian in 2022 and how they mapped 300 unique responses  The staggering results from their first trial  The potential impact if we could stop prescribing the wrong medication on a global scale The science and safeguards in place to avoid dependency and addiction on Sofi products The Sofi moonshot How he stays resolute in the face of adversity and being told his idea will never work His answer to the moral question of collecting huge amounts of health data  The power of mixing disciplines: from biochemistry to medical herbalism Find out more at sofi.heatlh Follow Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? podcast@standingongiants.com
Blair Glencorse (Accountability Lab) - Making honest politicians famous, rapping your annual strategy, and leading a global organisation focussed on anti-corruption
16-08-2023
Blair Glencorse (Accountability Lab) - Making honest politicians famous, rapping your annual strategy, and leading a global organisation focussed on anti-corruption
Blair Glencorse is the Founder and Executive Director of Accountability Lab, a global NGO focussing on empowering citizens to make changes they know are necessary in their communities. A global expert in citizen engagement and anti-corruption, Blair has a unique approach to improving governance and accountability across the world. Whether it's 'naming and faming' honest and trustworthy government officials through X Factor style 'Integrity Icon', or publishing the annual strategy in a rap song. He discusses: 'Positive deviance' - what it is and why it's been important to him since childhoodThe problem with the way we set up incentives in our societyThe 'Integrity Icon' project and how it made honest government officials famous - starting in NepalHis experience at the World Bank and how the idea for Accountability Lab came from his work with people in NepalHow most frontline issues, be it lack of education or clean water, stem from a lack of accountability in leadershipThe mission of Accountability Lab today and his roleWhy they chose to publish their strategy in hip-hop form (listen to a clip!) and the problem with most corporate strategy documentsTheir engagement with musicians, artists and technologists to amplify their ideas through cultureHow accountability will be good for business in the futureHis approach to 'radical transparency'The balance between collaboration and competition across multiple sectors, especially when it comes to anti-corruption and climate issuesThe emergence of 'Chief Integrity Officers' and the importance of balancing ethics with compliance to avoid corporate scandalsHis advice for a new Chief Integrity Officer and how to embed ethics throughout a cultureThe organisations whose example we should try and followA success story from 'Integrity Icon', increasing female representation in regional government in Pakistan His approach to leadership as a collective effort within a flat structureDefining organisational values and how to embed values-led decision making Blair on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/blairglencorse/ Accountability Lab: https://accountabilitylab.org/ Accountability Lab's annual strategy hip-hop track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnjXPevXlu4 Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? Email podcast@standingongiants.com
Sarah Jones (Full Circle Funerals) - The former vascular surgeon helping us die better
02-08-2023
Sarah Jones (Full Circle Funerals) - The former vascular surgeon helping us die better
Many of us are conscious of making better choices in life, but what about better choices in death? Our guest today is Sarah Jones, founder of Full Circle Funerals. As well as offering a wide range of funeral options to suit each individual, Sarah commissioned the first piece of independent research into the environmental impact of the funeral industry. She discusses: The impact of moving around a lot as a child, never spending longer than 2 years at any schoolThe influence of her Dad on her radical natureHer path to funeral directing through vascular surgery and social careThe importance of looking after both the person that has died and their family when it comes to funeral careThe therapeutic potential of a funeral Her rejection of a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to funeral careHow she crowdsourced funding from the industry to commission the first independent research into the environmental impact of our funerals The most and least eco-friendly funerals you can haveThe lack of regulation in the funeral industryHow to make cremation (which accounts for more than 70% of body disposal in the UK) more sustainableHer thoughts on whether we are 'good at dying' in the UKHer vision of 'death literacy' and how we could talk about death, dying and bereavement more openly How to understand grief better and show up for people experiencing it Sarah on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-jones-fullcirclefunerals/ fullcirclefunerals.co.uk Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? podcast@standingongiants.com
Alex Beasley (Patagonia) - In business to save our home planet
19-07-2023
Alex Beasley (Patagonia) - In business to save our home planet
You've probably heard of Patagonia. Their products adorn outdoor enthusiasts and conscious clothes buyers across the world. Often held up as THE responsible business, Patagonia champion progressive causes and activism across the world. Most radically, in September 2022, Patagonia's founder Yvon Chouinard, announced that he was transferring ownership of the company into a trust which would use profits to tackle the climate crisis. Alex Beasley, General Manager UK, Ireland and Nordics, joins us for this conversation. He discusses: How 'saying no' to his father was a big moment in his early lifeThe huge value of going to university beyond the subject you studyHow he still considers himself 'an engineer' after studying Civil Engineering, despite not working in that industryHow Patagonia unlocked his 'little bit radical' natureWhy he doesn't like job titlesThe importance of collaboration, listening, and amplifying each other's strengths to solve big challengesThe history of Patagonia, its mission: 'In business to save our home planet'The 'For profit, not-for-profit model'The 1% for the Planet programme and the details of how Patagonia fund hundreds of small impact projects every yearThe story of how Patagonia's energy in the UK came to be produced entirely on the roof of Streatham Tube Station in LondonHow Patagonia encourages Autonomy on both an individual and business levelHow the culture of Patagonia is implemented across the globeHow Patagonia can be put on a pedestal, and how they want to 'knock the pedestal away'The importance of curiosity to be successful Patagonia's founder Yvon Chouinard, his manifesto for work culture 'Let My People Go Surfing', and his decision to give away his business for the benefit of the planetThe moment Yvon announced this decision to the company, and where Alex was...Patagonia's vision of a circular economy and the decisions they make to champion thatThe huge campaign Patagonia supported to protect the River Vjosa from 260 dams and keep it as the last remaining free flowing river in EuropeHow he feels our economic paradigm needs to change - you can't have infinite growth on a finite planetHis criticism of the word 'consumer' and 'consumerism' Alex on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-beasley-60bb2723/ Visit: patagonia.com Rob on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? Email podcast@standingongiants.com
Donald Moore (One + All) - Running a business free from greed
05-07-2023
Donald Moore (One + All) - Running a business free from greed
One + All make children's school uniforms, brilliant quality ones too. When you dig beneath the surface at One + All though, you'll find a seemingly never ending list of 'little bit radical' changes and initiatives. 100% employee owned, certified B Corp, pay differential limits, certified carbon neutral...the list goes on and on. It wasn't always like this though, the man that sent One + All on its journey to being a more radical business is Donald Moore. In this conversation he discusses: How he's proud of 'not being very bright' as it has led him to keep things simple in businessHis distaste for traditional economics and business schoolsHow he's always viewed getting fired as inevitable The moment in the wake of the 2008 financial crash triggered a complete shift in company strategy towards a people-centred approachHow the shift increased profits five fold as well as customer and colleague satisfactionEmployee ownership and how it worksHow to prevent your business from ever being sold against your wishesHis campaigns against 'fat cats' and executive payHow they approach 'reward' at One + All, giving proportionally more benefits to the lowest paidHow supporting their team with financial wellbeing set them up to cope with the cost of living crisisHis campaigning on poverty and how misunderstood the issue is, including by B Corp companiesThe reality of poverty in the UK today, from children pretending to eat at school, to the surprise items that are the most shopliftedHow all employers should pay the real living wage, but also take an active interest in what their lowest paid are dealing with on a daily basisHow he hates the term 'HR' Donald on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donald-moore-26235521/ One + All: https://oneandall.co.uk/ Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? podcast@standingongiants.com
Sara Roberts (Healthy Nibbles) - On a mission to transform the way we snack to make us healthier and happier
21-06-2023
Sara Roberts (Healthy Nibbles) - On a mission to transform the way we snack to make us healthier and happier
We love snacks! Especially in the UK, where 97% of us snack at least once a day. Over half of us snack 5 times a day! On a mission to transform the way we snack in public spaces and workplaces, Healthy Nibbles was founded by Sara Roberts, our guest today. A fiercely impressive entrepreneur and leader, she discusses: How her early life was full of radical moments, including moving to New Zealand as a child and a tragic bullying incident which disrupted her school yearsHow she dealt with frustration and resentment in her early yearsHow she went slightly off the rails and stopped clubbing by the time most people were starting…Learning to have empathy for her bully, and leading with empathy as an adult Building a truly diverse team around values Her husband of 30 years and business partner of 20How the idea for Healthy Nibbles came to her in a hospital ward whilst her father was receiving cancer treatment The unique customer experience of buying and eating a healthy snack at a Healthy Nibbles site The exciting features of a Healthy Nibbles machineThe holistic approach to eating well at work and the need for more educationThe ‘Wellbeing Windfall’ for employers that prioritise their team sleeping well and eating wellHow to save £2,000 per annum per employee through healthy snacking How to achieve ‘High Performance’ with ‘High Safety’ Health and wellbeing as a strategic imperative Her tips for moving forward with a programme of well-being and avoiding a ‘tick box’ exercise  Sara on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saraeroberts/ Visit: https://www.healthynibbles.co.uk/ Rob on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? Email podcast@standingongiants.com
Richard Kenny (Interact/Techbuyer) - From MMA to learning how to 'un-break the internet'
07-06-2023
Richard Kenny (Interact/Techbuyer) - From MMA to learning how to 'un-break the internet'
One of the biggest emitters in our world is the internet. In this episode we speak to Richard Kenny, MD of Interact. Interact are a real David in a world of Goliaths, developing some of the most innovative approaches to reducing the energy consumption of the world's data centres. They recently beat Microsoft to the award for Energy Impact at the Data Centre Design awards. Rich is down to earth and full of great stories in this conversation. We discuss: Buying, rebuilding, and selling his first computer aged 9Becoming one of the first professional MMA fighters in the UK and how his experience influenced his later careerThe importance of 'controlling the controllable'His studies and early career in international development and poverty alleviationTechbuyer's ethos around refurbishment and the circular economyTheir breakthrough in disproving Moore's law - that computer chips do not double in performance and efficiency every two yearsThe data centre industry's blind spot for their own hardware and the efficiencies that can be created by optimising and reconfiguringHow the streaming of music hit 'Despacito' used the same energy as 4 African nationsWhether you should consume data on 4g, 3g, WiFi, and how many photos you should be takingHis optimism for the future driven by innovative technologyHis love of his home county of Yorkshire and the burgeoning tech sector that's growing thereHis wish for political change through getting more diverse people into powerHow the most important jobs are not remunerated as such in his view Follow Rich on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-kenny-6b46a250/ www.techbuyer.com Rob on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-warren/ Want to appear? podcast@standingongiants.com