PODCAST

Blue Door Podcast

O2 Business

Welcome to the Blue Door Podcast, brought to you by O2 Business, where we discuss technology that can help organisations be their best. We're focused on discussing market trends, culture and mindset, technologies that make a difference, and the lessons that can be learned from experts and market leaders from different industries. We interview senior leaders from some of the largest organisations across the globe. So open that door, come on in and let's begin.

Ep31 - The Future of office spaces (pt 2 of 2)
In Episode 31 of the Blue Door Podcast, we continue our conversation about office space - focusing on the consideration of employees and their needs. We also follow up the group discussion with some thoughts around virtual environments with Chris Early from Virgin Media O2. This week’s guests: Nick Giraudeau, a partner at Cushman & Wakefield before becoming HSBC’s global head of corporate real estate, now at Flexible office provider WeWork - their first head of sales for the financial services industry Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/nick-giraudeau-8a43992 Dave Cairns, Senior Vice President - Office Leasing at CBRE. He’s also an ex-professional poker player, and the founder of the CBRE Forward program – that helps CBRE and corporate real estate strategize and plan for the future of work in Canada. Linkedin: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/dave-cairns-5644a233 Chris Early, from Virgin Media O2, who looks after building acquisition through to disposal, office design and fit-out, as well as estates, space management and some FM in between. He has a particular interest in new ways of working, as a tool to improve the world of work more widely. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chearly Want more? Download our Future of Work survey report: 'Creating a dynamic workforce: empowering employees for productivity and growth' https://www.o2.co.uk/business/why-o2/insights/dynamic-workingFind our most recent thought leadership materials here: https://www.o2.co.uk/business/why-o2/insightsView all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2elvLolPKfz1cgGuasaGjA
08-12-2021
37 mins
Ep30 - The Future of office spaces (pt 1 of 2)
In Episode 30 of the Blue Door Podcast, we bring together a panel of speakers from CBRE, WeWork and VirginMediaO2 as we look at the future of workspaces, and how organisations are considering the way they've traditionally operated and what they need for the future. This week’s guests: Nick Giraudeau, a partner at Cushman & Wakefield before becoming HSBC’s global head of corporate real estate, now at Flexible office provider WeWork - their first head of sales for the financial services industry Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/nick-giraudeau-8a43992 Dave Cairns, Senior Vice President - Office Leasing at CBRE. He’s also an ex-professional poker player, and the founder of the CBRE Forward program – that helps CBRE and corporate real estate strategize and plan for the future of work in Canada. Linkedin: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/dave-cairns-5644a233 Chris Early, from Virgin Media O2, who looks after building acquisition through to disposal, office design and fit-out, as well as estates, space management and some FM in between. He has a particular interest in new ways of working, as a tool to improve the world of work more widely. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chearly Want more? Download our Future of Work survey report: 'Creating a dynamic workforce: empowering employees for productivity and growth' https://www.o2.co.uk/business/why-o2/insights/dynamic-workingFind our most recent thought leadership materials here: https://www.o2.co.uk/business/why-o2/insightsView all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2elvLolPKfz1cgGuasaGjA
01-12-2021
30 mins
Ep29 - Climate Action with GSMAEp28 - Innovation: from concept to adoptionEp27 - COP26 special: the environmental benefits of connected transportationEp26 - The future of work: what next for field based workers?Ep25 - Lessons for leaders series: diversity and inclusivityEp24 - Highlights 2: A look back at season one.
As season one of the podcast draws to a close, we’ve been looking back at some of the highlights from the interviews and discussions we have had over the past six months. In a super-sized episode we have timecodes and topics listed below for those that want to jump around the episode: Strategic partnerships [00:02:03]The return to the office [00:12:43]The Goal of Net Zero [00:22:00]Smart City Reality [00:31:22]Cyber Security [00:42:29]Women in Tech [00:52:23] And that's a wrap on this first Season of the Blue Door Podcast brought to you by O2 Business. We'll be back everywhere you find good podcasts from September - so subscribe and be notified as soon as new episodes become available.   More detail about this episode: 00:02:03: Back in Episode 4, we considered the value of strategic partnerships - when our CEO Mark Evans met up with Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald’s UK and Ireland. Mark asked Paul what these past months have been like for McDonalds. 00:12:43: In Episode 6, we discussed the workplace of the future with my colleague Chris Early, Estates and Development Manager at Telefónica. I asked Chris what he thought were the key areas that every business should be considering as many of us start to return to the office. 00:22:00: In Episode 10 I discussed Climate Change, and the goal of Net Zero. I started by asking Tracey Herald, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at O2, what Nert Zero actually means. 00:31:22: In Episode 12 we turned our attention to Smart Cities - and eavesdropped onto a panel discussion from Blue Door Expo in October 2020. The panel included: Robert Franks, Managing Director of West Midlands 5GSteve Rose, Executive Partner at Bell Labs ConsultingAlastair McMahon, Commercial Director – Smart Cities, Health and Mobility at O2Laila Takeh, Digital Strategy and Innovation Senior Manager at 5prinG. 00:42:29: For Episode 14, we turned our attention to Cyber Security - and joined another panel discussion from Blue Door Expo. This time our panel included: Phil Donnelly, Detective Chief Inspector, Derbyshire PoliceNick Dawson, Global Head of B2B Solutions, SamsungMarcel Van Der Heijden, Lead Partner Deep Tech, Speed InvestPatricia Nicola, Head of Venture Development and Partnerships, Wayra 00:52:23: In Episode 22, we focused on Women in Tech. I was delighted to meet up with Jo Wimble-Groves a couple of weeks ago. As well as being the co-founder of Active Digital, she’s also a Mum, blogger, supporter of women in leadership and technology, and focused on helping young girls get involved in a STEM syllabus. I asked Jo about how Active Digital was planning to adapt their working culture now that many are starting to return to the office. Want even more? Access our Future of Work series whitepapers here: People: Freedom, flexibility and fulfilment: Re-imaging work in the age of the dynamic workforcePlaces: Talent, tools and space: New workplace strategies for a dynamic working worldTechnology: AI, automation and collaboration: Why tomorrow’s talent is human + digital Our market research on The Future of Work: Dynamic working: the research View all our Blue Door Insight content on YouTube here Blue Door Awards - register your interest
30-06-2021
1 hr 2 mins
Ep23 - Highlights 1: The Future of Work
23-06-2021
52 mins
Ep22 - Women in tech: defining change. Meet Jo Wimble-Groves
This week I have a conversation with Jo Wimble-Groves - mum, company founder, director, supporter of women in leadership and technology, and focused on helping young girls get involved in a STEM syllabus. With a genuine take on realising her own faults, we'll look at how she's used that to ensure the well-being of her staff, and looking at what lessons she likes to share to open up discussions around topics that sometimes are thought to be a little awkward. The lessons for business well-being from the world of sportA new approach to teams and teamwork in a post COVID workplaceWhat will ‘work life balance’ really mean from now on?Being an ambassador for STEMThe value of having a creative output So open that door, come on in and let's begin to take a closer look at how talking about feeling like a guilty mum has let Jo talk about topics that have helped in her work and family life. This week's guest: Jo Wimble-Groves, co-founder, Active Digital Twitter: @jowimblegroves and @active_digitalLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jo-wimble-groves-20098813/Instagram: @guiltymother and @active_digitalWebsites: www.guiltymother.co.uk and www.activedigital.co.ukRise of the Girl can be pre-ordered now here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rise-Girl-Empowering-Conversations-Daughter/dp/0241506840/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=rise+of+the+girl&qid=1623174944&sr=8-1   Want more? Three core areas to enable a dynamic workforce: People: Freedom, flexibility and fulfilment: Re-imaging work in the age of the dynamic workforcePlaces: Talent, tools and space: New workplace strategies for a dynamic working worldTechnology: AI, automation and collaboration: Why tomorrow’s talent is human + digital Our market research on The Future of Work: Dynamic working: the research View all our Blue Door Insights video content on YouTube here
16-06-2021
32 mins
Ep21 - Smart cities: when 1+1 = 3, the value of data analyticsEp20 - Evolving your workplace cultureEp19 - The Future of Work: Technology, supporting the employee experienceEp18 - The Future of Work: People. Unlocking the potential of your biggest asset.Ep17 - The Future of Work: Places. As office doors re-open where do we really want to be working from?Ep16 - Smart investments - Technologies for a greener, connected and sustainable future: with Costa Coffee, RSPB, Hubbub and O2Ep15 - Data driven insights - finding the algorithm within: with Sainsbury's, Experian, Highways England and AEG.
28-04-2021
47 mins
Ep14 - Cyber-security: Protection at what cost? With Derbyshire Police, Samsung, Speed Invest, Wayra
21-04-2021
37 mins
Ep13 - As offices reopen, what do employees and senior leaders really want?Ep12 - Smart cities: what they mean for you - with Bell Labs, West Midlands 5G, 5prinG and O2