The Beautiful Business Podcast - Powered by The Wow Company

Beautiful Business - Powered by The Wow Company

Welcome to the Beautiful Business Podcast, where we believe that success and sustainability go hand in hand.

In each episode, we delve into the strategies, tools, and connections that can transform your business into a force for good. Our expert guests, ranging from agencies and consultancies to tech trailblazers and entrepreneurs, share their insights and experiences, offering you actionable advice that can drive both profitability and purpose.

Whether you're an established leader or an aspiring entrepreneur, this podcast aims to empower you with the knowledge, inspiration, and connections necessary to drive positive change in your organisation and beyond.

Each episode is designed to provide you with practical takeaways that can be applied immediately, helping you unlock your full potential as a leader and create a thriving business that makes a lasting difference.

So, whether you're seeking fresh ideas or new perspectives tune in to the Beautiful Business Podcast and embark on a transformative journey towards sustainable success. Let's build a beautiful future together.

The podcast is powered by The Wow Company and if you're dedicated to building a Beautiful Business you can also check out wowco.uk/beautifulbusiness

read less
BusinessBusiness

Episodes

Embracing future-facing leadership in the age of AI
04-06-2024
Embracing future-facing leadership in the age of AI
In this episode of the Beautiful Business podcast, host Chloe interviews Nikki Gatenby, a leading figure in the agency world known for delivering outstanding results. Nikki shares her insights on building successful businesses that balance purpose, positioning, people, product, planet, and platforms.Drawing from her experience transforming Propellernet into a global marketing organisation and SAAS provider, Nikki discusses the key elements of creating a thriving workplace culture that prioritises well-being and innovation. She also explores her passion for AI and its potential impact on the creative industry, addressing both its opportunities and challenges.As a Non-Executive Director and Cognitive Behavioural Coach, Nikki brings energy, ideas, and execution expertise to help marketing, media, and tech businesses create impact. She works with ambitious founders, board directors, and leaders to develop strategies, realise ideas, and achieve business goals.Throughout the conversation, Nikki highlights the need for future-focused leadership, urging leaders to take responsibility for their global impact and leave a positive legacy. She advocates for profits to stem from solving the world's problems, not creating them, and stresses the importance of prioritising action over inertia.Chloe and Nikki also discuss the significance of collaboration between humans and machines, and the need for responsible and ethical use of AI in the workplace. This episode is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the intersection of culture, innovation, and AI in business, and how leaders can build unstoppable forces for good.TakeawaysCulture and engagement are crucial for creating a positive and productive work environment.Embracing well-being and innovation can lead to better work outcomes and employee satisfaction.Non-executive directors and cognitive behavioural coaches can provide valuable guidance and support to agency founders and leaders.Future-facing leadership involves being proactive and adaptable in the face of rapid technological advancements, such as AI. AI has the potential to enhance creativity and innovation in the creative industry.Collaboration between humans and AI is crucial for maximising the benefits of AI.
Balancing profit and purpose: An agency approach with Gavin Willis, Founder & CEO of Search Seven
29-02-2024
Balancing profit and purpose: An agency approach with Gavin Willis, Founder & CEO of Search Seven
In this episode of the Beautiful Business Podcast, host Yiuwin Tsang and guest, Gavin Willis, Founder of Search Seven, discuss the intricacies and benefits of balancing profit with purpose in business, particularly through charity partnerships and fundraising. Gavin shares insights and experiences from his journey, offering valuable perspectives on integrating social impact into a business model.Gavin discusses the evolution of the company's charity initiatives, moving from a profit-based approach to dedicating a minimum percentage of profits to charitable causes. He touches upon the practical aspects of managing events and communities within a marketing agency, including the significance of passion, commitment, and structure in driving social impact initiatives. He shares success stories from past charity events, illustrating how such activities not only contribute to valuable causes but also foster a sense of purpose and unity among team members.Listen to the episode now to learn more about:-How to integrate charity partnerships and fundraising efforts strategically into your business model-How to achieve a balance between profitability and social impact-How to gain a genuine commitment to social impact from within your organisation-How to foster team engagement in a remote-first environment through charity initiatives-How prioritising CSR and charitable work can help attract clients aligned with your values, and foster long-term client retention.About Gavin WillisGavin set up Search Seven in 2011 with a real passion for disrupting traditional search and client services. Gavin sees the company as a vehicle to make a difference, with a vision of giving back at least 7% of profits to charities and community projects every year.Search Seven specialise in Paid Media and data driven SEO and work with clients and agencies throughout the UK, Europe and Globally to understand their business objectives and put together great search strategies that successfully engage with their target audience on the right channels, and with the right messaging, that leads to great results.
From vision to reality: Building and scaling an international agency with Ritam Gandhi, Founder of Studio Graphene
21-02-2024
From vision to reality: Building and scaling an international agency with Ritam Gandhi, Founder of Studio Graphene
In this podcast episode, Ritam Gandhi, the founder of Studio Graphene, a digital product agency with a unique hybrid model of in-house and outsourced teams, shares his decade-long journey of growing an international agency. The discussion covers various aspects of entrepreneurship, leadership, and team building. Hosted by Yiuwin Tsang, the episode provides valuable insights into the process of building and scaling an international agency and how you might go about navigating challenges and fostering a culture of innovation and excellence.Listen to the episode now to learn more about:  - The importance of alignment, passion, and face-to-face interactions in a global work environment - The significance of human connection in fostering creativity and building effective working relationships - Why making leaders available for impromptu conversations is crucial for maintaining a sense of togetherness and empathy among team members - How to build a leadership team and trust others to handle tasks - The importance of hiring for attitude and alignment with company values over skill set - The importance of creating a sense of belonging among team members across different locationsAbout Ritam GandhiFor a decade, Ritam worked as a consultant for the likes of Accenture and Bank of America and Merrill Lynch before, in 2014, going on to found Studio Graphene – an agency that specialises in developing blank canvas tech products. Working with many startups alongside some more established companies, the London-based agency plans, designs and builds amazing tech products for its clients. What’s more, Ritam and the team also use their experience and expertise to help leaders grow their businesses.
The Now and Future Leader with Stephen Moffitt, We Are Atmosphere
14-02-2024
The Now and Future Leader with Stephen Moffitt, We Are Atmosphere
In our second podcast episode with Stephen Moffitt from We Are Atmosphere,  we look at how to create visionary leadership amidst global uncertainty. Our host, Yiuwin Tsang, and Stephen talk about the critical skills of leaders which include being able to adapt to uncertainty and guide senior teams through the process of envisioning the future and embracing any necessary personal changes. Stephen emphasises the delicate balance between visionary and relational leadership during times of change, stressing the significance of shared vision and collaboration among senior leadership teams. Furthermore, he explores the importance of incorporating generational perspectives into business leadership, advocating for the involvement of younger generations in shaping the future of work. Listen to this podcast to learn more about: - The leadership mindset and adapting to uncertainty with a clear vision - How to create open and adaptive business models - How to balance visionary and relational leadership - Why future scenarios and generational perspectives in business leadership are so important - Why leaders should develop humility and curiosity to effectively navigate change - Why leaders should prioritise building rapport and gaining insights by talking to people around themAbout Stephen MoffittStephen describes himself as an "intrapreneur" and strategic advisor working with companies pivoting toward delivering digital or data products and services. He has experience in starting new digital ventures for both private and public sector organisations across a range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, media and publishing. He also consults on digital transformation strategies to create adaptive businesses that can thrive in uncertainty.Stephen has a BA in communications from Temple University and a PhD in Law from Birkbeck, where his research was on developing a paradigmatic framework to analyse the disruptions taking place in copyright law. In addition to his academic publications, he has published articles on transformation and data, as well as given talks in North America, Europe and the Caribbean. He is also a published poet and author and his science fiction novel, Sea of Dreams, imagined a future Data Age.
Leading Yourself Before You Can Lead Others with Dene Stuart, Founder of The Exceptional Leader Academy
07-02-2024
Leading Yourself Before You Can Lead Others with Dene Stuart, Founder of The Exceptional Leader Academy
On the podcast this week we bring you the second part of our conversation with Dene Stuart, founder of The Exceptional Leader Academy. Hosted by Yiuwin Tsang, this episode looks at how learning to lead before leading others is essential because it lays the foundation for effective leadership. Leadership involves guiding and inspiring others, which requires a deep understanding of oneself, including strengths, weaknesses, values, and goals. Leading oneself first enables leaders to set a positive example, make sound decisions, and effectively navigate challenges, ultimately earning the trust and respect necessary to lead others successfully.Dene’s career and experiences make for fascinating and insightful listening. Tune in now to learn more about: - Leadership development and effective decision-making - Managing pressure in leadership roles - Effective communication and leadership - Leadership skills and delegation for business growth - Intentional leadership developmentAbout Dene StuartDene Stuart has over 30 years of commercial, leadership, and management experience, having held director roles within major national and regional media companies.Managing large teams in multi-site offices gave Dene the broadest possible range of employment, team, motivational, and performance issues to deal with and was the key to his interest in personal development and performance. Dene is a licensed behavioural analyst and has a BSc in Management Science from The University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology. He is the author of various books including ResourcefulMe and The Thinking Revolution.
Creating a B Corp culture in a global agency with Ritam Gandhi, Founder of Studio Graphene
31-01-2024
Creating a B Corp culture in a global agency with Ritam Gandhi, Founder of Studio Graphene
In this week's podcast, join Yiuwin Tsang and Ritam Gandhi, founder of Studio Graphene,  in this enlightening conversation that unravels the layers of B Corp certification, sustainability in digital product development, and the pivotal role they play in shaping the culture of a global agency. Listen to this episode to learn more about: - B Corp certification and its impact on a global agency's culture - B Corp certification and sustainability in digital product development - The motivation for pursuing B Corp certification as a force for good  - The certification journey and the added complexity of being an international business with multiple locations - How the process has refined their mission and values through external validation, leading to clearer definition and alignment - How the leadership team's education and openness on sustainability issues has driven employee passion and alignment - How to drive business growth through sustainability and purposeAbout Ritam GandhiFor a decade, Ritam worked as a consultant for the likes of Accenture and Bank of America and Merrill Lynch before, in 2014, going on to found Studio Graphene – an agency that specialises in developing blank canvas tech products. Working with many startups alongside some more established companies, the London-based agency plans, designs and builds amazing tech products for its clients. What’s more, Ritam and the team also use their experience and expertise to help leaders grow their businesses.
Navigating tomorrow: Building adaptable businesses in an era of change with Stephen Moffitt, We Are Atmosphere
24-01-2024
Navigating tomorrow: Building adaptable businesses in an era of change with Stephen Moffitt, We Are Atmosphere
In this week’s podcast host Yiuwin Tsang talks to Stephen Moffitt from We Are Atmosphere about building adaptable businesses, overcoming fear of change, and the practical steps you need to take for success.They discuss the great shift happening in society, driven by technological, climate, economic, and geopolitical changes and how Stephen believes this shift will lead to a very different future than the present, with unpredictable outcomes and challenges for businesses and society as a whole.This is a wide-ranging episode that covers:The long-term impacts of climate change and migration on businessesThe future of online advertising and privacy concernsAdapting business strategies for an uncertain futureOvercoming fear of change in business - the importance of being creative, communicating better and being explicit about what businesses are doing in response to changeAbout Stephen MoffittStephen describes himself as an "intrapreneur" and strategic advisor working with companies pivoting toward delivering digital or data products and services. He has experience in starting new digital ventures for both private and public sector organisations across a range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, media and publishing. He also consults on digital transformation strategies to create adaptive businesses that can thrive in uncertainty.Stephen has a BA in communications from Temple University and a PhD in Law from Birkbeck, where his research was on developing a paradigmatic framework to analyse the disruptions taking place in copyright law. In addition to his academic publications, he has published articles on transformation and data, as well as given talks in North America, Europe and the Caribbean. He is also a published poet and author and his science fiction novel, Sea of Dreams, imagined a future Data Age.
Leveraging time as a leader with Dene Stuart, Founder of The Exceptional Leader Academy
17-01-2024
Leveraging time as a leader with Dene Stuart, Founder of The Exceptional Leader Academy
In this week’s podcast, our host Yiuwin Tsang was joined by the founder of The Exceptional Leader Academy, Dene Stuart. Dene has a wealth of experience in helping leaders to achieve their full potential and in this podcast shares insights on how to embrace vulnerability, cultivate essential soft skills, and leverage time for sustained success in business. He also emphasises the necessity for leaders to develop self-awareness to navigate uncertainty effectively.Dene also highlights the often undervalued soft skills in business, stressing their impact on reducing costs and enhancing productivity. The episode examines the challenges of managing and measuring these skills, urging leaders to recognise their tangible impact on businesses of any size.Listen to the podcast to learn more about: How to embrace vulnerability in your leadership developmentHow to develop emotional intelligence and self-awareness and set yourself apart from the majority who don't lead wellHow to better leverage your own time, and delegate tasks for business successHow to build emotional resilience through mindfulness and self-reflection About Dene StuartDene Stuart has over 30 years of commercial, leadership, and management experience, having held director roles within major national and regional media companies.Managing large teams in multi-site offices gave Dene the broadest possible range of employment, team, motivational, and performance issues to deal with and was the key to his interest in personal development and performance. Dene is a licensed behavioural analyst and has a BSc in Management Science from The University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology. He is the author of various books including ResourcefulMe and The Thinking Revolution.
Embracing diversity: How agencies can navigate multicultural marketing and collaboration, with Tomasz Dyl, Founder and Managing Director of GottaBe! Marketing
11-01-2024
Embracing diversity: How agencies can navigate multicultural marketing and collaboration, with Tomasz Dyl, Founder and Managing Director of GottaBe! Marketing
In this, the second episode with Tomasz Dyl of GottaBe! Marketing, Yiuwin Tsang tackles the issue of diversity and how agencies need to better understand and connect with their multicultural audiences. They discuss the strategies needed to build authentic connections with ethnic communities through immersion and understanding nuances, traditions, and challenges. This in turn can provide insights that are crucial for effective marketing.Listen to this episode of The Beautiful Business Podcast to learn more about: Building relationships and audience focusExploring ethnic nuances in communication: Post-Covid and BLMMarketing to ethnic minorities for better ROI: Insights and recommendationsMulticultural ethnic marketing strategies and collaborationThe future of multicultural ethnic marketingAbout Tomasz DylTomasz founded GottaBe! Marketing, in 2008 and over the years has established it into a leading marketing agency, specialising in providing innovative and tailored marketing solutions to clients in various industries.In 2022, Tomasz was awarded the ‘Business Leader Award’ at the 2022 South Coast Business Awards, presented to leaders who elevated their business or supported the local community. GottaBe! were also nominated for a further two awards: Small Business of the Year and Business Leader of the Year and in 2023 won ‘Independent Agency of the Year’ at the GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards.
Disruption in the consultancy industry with Chris Shaw, Partner, We Are Atmosphere
03-01-2024
Disruption in the consultancy industry with Chris Shaw, Partner, We Are Atmosphere
In this episode of the Beautiful Business podcast, our host Yiuwin Tsang and Chris Shaw from We Are Atmosphere talk about creating disruption in the consultancy world and overcoming challenges in a saturated market. Chris Shaw highlights the challenges faced by consultancy businesses in the current economic climate, including standing out and identifying pressure points in clients' businesses. Chris and Yiuwin look at ways in which consultancies can develop strategies for business success as well as future-proofing the business through adaptability and creativity.Listen to the podcast now to learn more about: The growing importance of sustainability in business, with a focus on purpose-driven approaches and authenticityFuture-proofing businesses by analysing four areas: society, technology, planet, and ways of workingCreating scenarios to help businesses adapt to rapid change and recognise opportunities, even if change is too fast to predictThe importance of adaptability in business, particularly in the face of existential threats like climate change, economic instability, and geopolitical tensionsThe challenges of disruptive change in business, including a lack of time and energy to focus on the future, and a tendency to prioritise short-term goals over long-term planningHow consultancy leaders should focus on adaptability and being open to new ways of thinking, rather than getting stuck in traditional methodsThe importance of creativity and adaptability in business to stay ahead of new developments and meet sustainability challengesAbout Chris ShawChris is a creative at heart, having spent the last 20 years helping business leaders around the world maximise growth and achieve the results they really want, all against the backdrop of change. During his career, he has built an extensive playbook containing more than 200 unique tools, frameworks and insights all designed to simplify the complex nature of business and facilitate creative thinking.Having successfully built and exited both a management consultancy and a creative agency in the last 10 years, Chris has used his blend of commercial experience and academic insight to accelerate the growth of organisations in a wide range of sectors including SaaS, Finance, Security, Media, Manufacture, Education, Logistics, Marketing, Travel and Professional Services.He has recently ventured into the realm of horror fiction having signed a five-book publishing deal in the young adult space.
Starting an agency at just 17! With Tomasz Dyl, Founder and Managing Director of GottaBe! Marketing
21-12-2023
Starting an agency at just 17! With Tomasz Dyl, Founder and Managing Director of GottaBe! Marketing
In this week’s episode of The Beautiful Business Podcast we were delighted to welcome Tomasz Dyl, Founder and Managing Director of GottaBe! Marketing to talk about his experiences of starting an agency at just 17 years of age! Our host Yiuwin Tsang talks to Tomasz about his experiences in starting out very young, taking risks and learning from mistakes, which has helped build a strong and resilient business today. They discuss how the drive to overcome obstacles and see results kept Thomas going as he tried to bridge the gap between Polish and UK communities and offer unique services in a niche market.  Listen to the podcast to hear more about: The importance of inclusivity in marketing, particularly in reaching ethnic minority communities in the UKThe benefits of being an "upstart" brand, open to new ideas and able to adapt to changeThe importance of finding the right people for the right roles in a growing business, especially those who can empathise with the target marketThe importance of being part of the EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) movement and making a difference in people's livesAbout Tomasz DylTomasz founded GottaBe! Marketing, in 2008 and over the years has established it into a leading marketing agency, specialising in providing innovative and tailored marketing solutions to clients in various industries.In 2022, Tomasz was awarded the ‘Business Leader Award’ at the 2022 South Coast Business Awards, presented to leaders who elevated their business or supported the local community. GottaBe! were also nominated for a further two awards: Small Business of the Year and Business Leader of the Year and in 2023 won ‘Independent Agency of the Year’ at the GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards.
The Agency Journey - Growing from 0-8 with Nikki Lindgren, Managing Partner of Pennock
13-12-2023
The Agency Journey - Growing from 0-8 with Nikki Lindgren, Managing Partner of Pennock
In this week’s podcast, Yiuwin Tsang talks once again to Nikki Lindgren and discusses the path of growth her agency Pennock has taken, seeing them grow from 0 to 8 people. Nikki shares her early experiences as well as her learnings from creating successful business growth and team culture. Listen to the podcast to learn:How to scale direct-to-consumer businesses Starting an agency by identifying gaps for clients that aren’t already being fulfilled How to create a culture of curiosity in marketing teamsHow to successfully structure a team in a digital marketing agencyBuilding a high-performing team in a fast-paced agency environmentRemote work culture and flexible scheduling.Prioritising team well-being in business growthAbout Nikki LindgrenNikki Lindgren is a leader in scaling DTC businesses to grow their customer acquisition and revenue through marketing strategies that combine talent, automation, and tools to drive upwards of +65% month-over-month growth for her clients.As the founder and managing partner of Pennock, Nikki has managed over $100 million in digital media ranging from high-growth tech startups to established household brands. She advises her clients on how to utilize their strategic advantages to drive marketing initiatives that generate impressive ROAS.Her experience spans search engine marketing, pay-per-click, paid social, display advertising, remarketing/intent-based marketing programs, performance marketing, mobile/video marketing, organic search, app store optimisation, native advertising, and influencer/blogger relationships.
Leadership In An Uncertain World with Chris Shaw, Partner, We Are Atmosphere
06-12-2023
Leadership In An Uncertain World with Chris Shaw, Partner, We Are Atmosphere
In this episode of The Beautiful Business Podcast host Yiuwin Tsang and Chris Shaw from We Are Atmosphere discuss the dynamics of leadership in today's world, reflecting on the importance of inspiration and authenticity in leading teams. They also explore the challenges leaders face in embracing adaptability. From enthusiastic champions to hesitant neutrals and resistant detractors, Chris sheds light on the spectrum of responses to the urgent need for change in leadership. The urgency, as Chris points out, often gets lost amid the multitude of priorities businesses face, making it essential to effectively communicate the imminent need for adaptation.The episode also touches on the importance of diversity, and the need for more trailblazers in leadership from under-represented communities. Chris advocates for leaders to continuously revisit and reassess their strategies, using tools like SWOT analysis not as one-off exercises but as living, breathing documents that evolve with the business.Chris also emphasises the need for leaders to break free from legacy thinking and embrace creativity, fostering environments that encourage thinking beyond quarterly results. The episode concludes with a vision for future business leaders – a vision that includes more diversity, authenticity, and purpose-driven leadership to create truly beautiful businesses. About Chris ShawChris is a creative at heart, having spent the last 20 years helping business leaders around the world maximise growth and achieve the results they really want, all against the backdrop of change. During his career, he has built an extensive playbook containing more than 200 unique tools, frameworks and insights all designed to simplify the complex nature of business and facilitate creative thinking.Having successfully built and exited both a management consultancy and a creative agency in the last 10 years, Chris has used his blend of commercial experience and academic insight to accelerate the growth of organisations in a wide range of sectors including SaaS, Finance, Security, Media, Manufacture, Education, Logistics, Marketing, Travel and Professional Services.He has recently ventured into the realm of horror fiction having signed a five-book publishing deal in the young adult space.
How To Succeed as a Female Founder in Agency Land with Nikki Lindgren, Managing Partner of Pennock
01-12-2023
How To Succeed as a Female Founder in Agency Land with Nikki Lindgren, Managing Partner of Pennock
Join host Yiuwin Tsang and Nikki Lindgren, the founder of Pennock, a female-led agency specialising in helping direct-to-consumer brands in the beauty and lifestyle space, as they discuss Nikki’s journey from the corporate world to launching her own boutique agency.  Nikki describes the unique challenges and advantages of being a female-led agency, especially in an industry where male-led organisations still dominate the landscape. Nikki discusses how Pennock's focus on beauty and lifestyle aligns with the predominantly female demographic of their target audience, creating a natural connection and understanding of client needs.The episode also explores Nikki's leadership style and the shift towards more collaborative, reflective decision-making. The importance of calculated and considerate leadership is discussed, drawing from Nikki's experiences in allowing her team the space to self-discover and contribute to the agency's direction. Nikki reveals how Pennock's decision-making SOPs and reflection plays a crucial role in strategic choices, aligning with the agency's ethos of making clients' lives as easy as possible.Tune in to gain valuable insights into the world of agency leadership, the nuances of being a female leader, and the power of collaborative and reflective decision-making.About Nikki LindgrenNikki Lindgren is a leader in scaling DTC businesses to grow their customer acquisition and revenue through marketing strategies that combine talent, automation, and tools to drive upwards of +65% month-over-month growth for her clients.As the founder and managing partner of Pennock, Nikki has managed over $100 million in digital media ranging from high-growth tech startups to established household brands. She advises her clients on how to utilize their strategic advantages to drive marketing initiatives that generate impressive ROAS.Her experience spans search engine marketing, pay-per-click, paid social, display advertising, remarketing/intent-based marketing programs, performance marketing, mobile/video marketing, organic search, app store optimisation, native advertising, and influencer/blogger relationships. The Beautiful Business Podcast is bought to you in partnership with:Krystal Hosting - the UK's premium sustainable web hosting provider
Balancing Profit with Purpose: Building Beautiful Businesses for a Better Tomorrow with Professor Alex Edmans, London Business School
15-11-2023
Balancing Profit with Purpose: Building Beautiful Businesses for a Better Tomorrow with Professor Alex Edmans, London Business School
In this thought-provoking episode, Peter Czapp speaks with renowned finance professor Alex Edmans from London Business School on the intersection of profit and purpose in businesses. The discussion kicks off with the central question: How can businesses maximise profit while remaining purposeful? Professor Edmans explains the idea that businesses guided by purpose not only contribute positively to society but also make sound economic decisions. Professor Edmans emphasises the importance of defining a focused and targeted purpose for businesses, debunking the myth of solving all the world's problems. The conversation offers practical guidance on how businesses can authentically define and measure their purpose, with a focus on meaningful key performance indicators. The discussion also explains the role of individuals within businesses, showcasing the power of every individual to create positive change.The episode deep dives into the relationship between purpose and profit, challenging the traditional mindset that views them as conflicting objectives. Professor Edmans shares compelling research findings that highlight how purpose-driven companies outperform their peers in long-term shareholder returns. The conversation underscores the need for a holistic shift in mindset and metrics, encouraging businesses to integrate purpose seamlessly into their operations.Listeners will gain valuable insights into how businesses can embark on the journey towards purpose as well as a reflection on the future, envisioning a world where purpose and sustainability become so ingrained in business practices that they no longer require distinct labels.About Alex EdmansAlex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School.  Alex graduated from Oxford University and then worked for Morgan Stanley in investment banking (London) and fixed income sales and trading (New York).  After a PhD in Finance from MIT Sloan as a Fulbright Scholar, he joined Wharton in 2007 and was tenured in 2013 shortly before moving to LBS.Alex’s research interests are in corporate finance, responsible business and behavioural finance.  He is a Director of the American Finance Association, Vice President-Elect of the Western Finance Association, a Fellow of the Financial Management Association, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. From 2017-2022 he was Managing Editor of the Review of Finance, the leading academic finance journal in Europe. The Beautiful Business Podcast is bought to you in partnership with:Krystal Hosting - the UK's premium sustainable web hosting provider
Collaborating for a Sustainable Future: Bridging the Gap Between Corporates and NGOs with Helen Neal, founder of HN Communications
08-11-2023
Collaborating for a Sustainable Future: Bridging the Gap Between Corporates and NGOs with Helen Neal, founder of HN Communications
In this episode of the Beautiful Business Podcast, host Yiuwin Tsang sits down with Helen Neal, the founder of HN Communications. Helen shares her extensive background in working with large organisations and offers invaluable insights into her journey from corporate roles to establishing her agency.Helen spent years working for global giants like Virgin Atlantic and Nissan, where she was closely involved in government relations, policy, and campaigns. Throughout her career, she found herself drawn to sustainability and climate-related issue. Six years ago, Helen took a bold step and founded HN Communications. What prompted this change in her career trajectory? Helen delves into the perfect storm of factors, including her desire to balance her career and motherhood, as well as the realisation that it was time for a change.As Helen reflects on her journey, she highlights the unique position her agency holds, not having followed the traditional agency mold. This freedom allows them to adapt and create a unique agency tailored to the needs of their clients.Helen discusses her agency's approach to working with large corporations, emphasising the importance of understanding that even large organisations are composed of small teams. Being small can be a superpower, providing agility and creativity that corporations often desire. She encourages agencies to focus on becoming a seamless part of their clients' team and supporting them in every way possible.Helen also discusses the power of collaboration between corporations and NGOs and the valuable lessons learned from the transparency and authenticity of the NGO world.The episode concludes with a discussion on the future of sustainability and the vital role of collaboration between businesses and NGOs in driving meaningful change. Helen's belief in positive progress and the need for accountability will resonate with many of our listeners.About Helen NealHelen Neal is the founder of HN Communications which has been operating since 2017. She has 2- years experience in policy, transport and sustainability. Helen is an advocate of collaboration and kindness in business and is on a mission to help businesses do more good in the world.HN Communications is an award-wining specialist agency that helps Global businesses and NGOs tell their story, what they believe in and stand for. Helen and her team work on global campaigns for international brands in food and drink, automotive, engineering, climate action and business transformation. They are at their happiest when they are helping people and their organisation to do good things in the world. The Beautiful Business Podcast is bought to you in partnership with:Krystal Hosting - the UK's premium sustainable web hosting provider
Getting real about collaboration with Megan Taylor, Managing Director of Rise Beyond
01-11-2023
Getting real about collaboration with Megan Taylor, Managing Director of Rise Beyond
In this thought-provoking podcast episode, host Yiuwin Tsang discusses the essence of collaboration with special guest Megan Taylor, Managing Director of Rise Beyond. They explore the complex nature of collaboration, shedding light on the misconceptions and challenges often associated with this buzzword.Megan Taylor emphasizes the importance of revisiting the true meaning of collaboration, highlighting that it's not just about using fancy technologies or working in a harmonious environment. Instead, it's a dynamic, human social process that involves people working together to achieve shared goals. Collaboration can be messy, frustrating, and ever-changing, but it's also immensely rewarding.The conversation examines the challenges leaders and organisations face when trying to foster effective collaboration. Megan and Yiuwin discuss the need for self-awareness, the impact of power dynamics, and the importance of creating brave spaces for open dialogue. They share insights on how embracing differences, cultivating trust, and navigating conflict are essential for successful collaboration.Furthermore, the episode explores how these collaboration principles extend beyond internal team dynamics. Megan and Yiuwin discuss how they apply to external collaborations, offering valuable advice for businesses working with clients or partnering with other organisations.Listeners will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of collaboration and walk away with practical insights on how to foster a more effective collaborative environment in their workplaces and partnerships. Learn how to unpack the layers of collaboration and discover the keys to navigating the messy, yet creatively fulfilling world of working together.About Megan TaylorMegan joined the founding of RISE in 2015 to develop and run the operations of the start-up consultancy alongside working with key initial clients. Since then she has been instrumental in building the growing business and Community of Practice, and in 2023 took over as Managing Director.Before RISE, Megan was a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer, setting up and growing a personal & professional development community for dancers in London. It was in this "laboratory" she honed her coaching, facilitation and programme design skills, alongside learning all about founding and growing a community.Megan brings an energy for moving things forwards, helping groups to not only work to understand what is going on in more depth, but guiding them to try and experiment with new ways of doing things in order to make change happen. The Beautiful Business Podcast is bought to you in partnership with:Krystal Hosting - the UK's premium sustainable web hosting provider
Befriending Chaos: Embracing Creativity and Connection with Nila Matthews from Awakening Flow
25-10-2023
Befriending Chaos: Embracing Creativity and Connection with Nila Matthews from Awakening Flow
In this podcast episode, host Yiuwin Tsang and guest Nila Matthews from Awakening Flow dive deep into the topic of embracing chaos and how it relates to creativity, impostor syndrome, and building authentic connections.They share personal experiences and practical strategies for managing stress, fostering vulnerability, and navigating challenging situations.This insightful conversation provides valuable insights for leaders, managers, and individuals looking to unlock their creative potential and develop meaningful relationships in both their personal and professional lives.About Nila MatthewsNila Matthews is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of award-winning product experience, having worked with renowned companies such as Yahoo! and Sky. Her expertise lies in helping businesses understand the intricacies of customer decision-making processes to enhance user experiences and prioritise customer solutions effectively.Nila's approach extends beyond traditional methods, as she strives to tap into the intuition and divergent thinking of staff members, fostering disruptive innovation and creativity. She employs a unique blend of both new and ancient techniques, designed to engage the mind and promote flow. Her methods aim to unlock the individuality, intrinsic motivation, and confidence of team members.Nila has a commitment to demystifying complex scientific and ancient wisdom, making it accessible and applicable to businesses and corporates. Her focus is on uncovering the underlying drivers of behaviour and energy systems, allowing for communication with the unconscious brain and heart, which often guides decisions before the conscious mind even registers them.The Beautiful Business Podcast is bought to you in partnership with:Krystal Hosting - the UK's premium sustainable web hosting provider
Navigating Transparency and Progress in Sustainability Communication with Helen Neal of HN Communications
18-10-2023
Navigating Transparency and Progress in Sustainability Communication with Helen Neal of HN Communications
Join host Yiuwin Tsang and special guest Helen Neal from HN Communications as they delve into the world of sustainability in the communication industry. HN Communications, a dynamic sustainability-focused strategic communications agency, has been on an inspiring journey of rapid growth over the last few years. They discuss the reasons behind this growth, which is primarily attributed to businesses realising that sustainability is no longer an add-on but a core component of their strategies, transcending all aspects of their operations.Helen highlights how sustainability is no longer just a part of a company's mission but an integral aspect of how they communicate, whether it's with consumers or within the business,  and how effective communication about sustainability plays a pivotal role in this shifting paradigm. They also touch upon the influential role of consumers, particularly the younger generation, in driving sustainability and positive change. Helen shares insights from her recent experience at Climate Week in New York and how these younger voices are pushing businesses to be more accountable.The discussion reveals the importance of embracing transparency in sustainability communication. Helen discusses how HN Communications manages its own sustainability, from reducing travel and offsetting carbon emissions to partnering with organisations that align with their values. The episode highlights the importance of making progress over seeking perfection and outlines the tools and practices that can help businesses become more sustainable and transparent in their communication efforts.Tune in to explore the world of sustainable communication and learn how businesses can navigate progress and transparency while making a positive impact on the planet and society.About Helen NealHelen Neal is the founder of HN Communications which has been operating since 2017. She has 2- years experience in policy, transport and sustainability. Helen is an advocate of collaboration and kindness in business and is on a mission to help businesses do more good in the world.HN Communications is an award-wining specialist agency that helps Global businesses and NGOs tell their story, what they believe in and stand for. Helen and her team work on global campaigns for international brands in food and drink, automotive, engineering, climate action and business transformation. They are at their happiest when they are helping people and their organisation to do good things in the world. The Beautiful Business Podcast is bought to you in partnership with:Krystal Hosting - the UK's premium sustainable web hosting provider
Transitioning to leadership: Embracing change and owning the future with Megan Taylor, Managing Director of Rise Beyond
11-10-2023
Transitioning to leadership: Embracing change and owning the future with Megan Taylor, Managing Director of Rise Beyond
In this episode of The Beautiful Business Podcast, host Yiuwin Tsang sits down with Megan Taylor, Managing Director of Rise Beyond, to explore her incredible journey from a career in professional dance to a leadership role in the business world. Megan shares her experiences and insights on the challenges and opportunities that come with transitioning to leadership, particularly as a young woman in a predominantly male-dominated field.Megan's story is both inspiring and relatable as she discusses her initial struggle with imposter syndrome. She candidly shares how she overcame these challenges, discovered her unique strengths, and learned to embrace her differences.The conversation covers the importance of self-reflection, self-development, and being present in leadership roles. Megan highlights the significance of listening, letting go of rigid agendas, and allowing conversations to unfold naturally to foster trust and meaningful connections.Yiuwin and Megan explore the dynamics of female leadership teams and how this shift can bring positive changes to organisations. They also touch on the evolving landscape of leadership in a diverse and inclusive world, emphasising the need for authenticity and embracing differences.Megan concludes with her vision of the future of business and leadership, where diversity, inclusivity, and meaningful conversations are at the forefront. She highlights the role of consultancies like Rise Beyond in driving these positive changes and the importance of owning one's unique qualities in leadership.About Megan TaylorMegan joined the founding of RISE in 2015 to develop and run the operations of the start-up consultancy alongside working with key initial clients. Since then she has been instrumental in building the growing business and Community of Practice, and in 2023 took over as Managing Director. Before RISE, Megan was a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer, setting up and growing a personal & professional development community for dancers in London. It was in this "laboratory" she honed her coaching, facilitation and programme design skills, alongside learning all about founding and growing a community.Megan brings an energy for moving things forwards, helping groups to not only work to understand what is going on in more depth, but guiding them to try and experiment with new ways of doing things in order to make change happen. The Beautiful Business Podcast is bought to you in partnership with:Krystal Hosting - the UK's premium sustainable web hosting provider