The Life and Leadership Podcast

Mary Eniolu

The Life and Leadership Podcast brings you candid conversations with leaders from across the globe with guests sharing frankly and openly about the trials, triumphs and lessons learnt along their leadership journey, leaving you with powerful insights and practical takeaways to help you grow in your leadership.Whether you are a seasoned, new or aspiring leader, you will be inspired by these conversations.

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E023 Empathetic Leadership with Ben Scott
4d ago
E023 Empathetic Leadership with Ben Scott
Get ready to be inspired as we reflect on the critical role of empathy in leadership and its profound impact on team dynamics and performance with Scott Brown, UK Director of Sales at Melia Hotels International.  From his humble beginnings at Marriott Hotels in Manchester to being part of a team managing large-scale events like the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth, Scott's storytelling provides a captivating look at the experiences that have shaped his professional growth and leadership style.In this episode, Scott shares the inspirational journey of his 22-year career in hospitality, offering invaluable insights into the importance of empathy, the power of diverse skill sets within a team, and the principle of believing in what you sell. Scott emphasizes that true leadership involves understanding and leveraging each team member's unique strengths and motivations. This approach not only creates a cohesive, high-performing team but also fosters a culture of trust and mutual respect.  Subscribe here to be notified of new episodesScott Brown is a 22-year veteran of hospitality whose career started with Marriott Hotels in operational roles before a transition to Sales early in his career and a rapid rise through the ranks of the company. Leaving as UK Account Manager for Marriott’s National Sales team, Scott took the challenge as Director of Sales at Manchester’s first 5* Hotel, The Lowry Hotel, before moving to Melia Hotels in 2020 to set up their UK North area. In late 2022 Scott added 3 London Hotels to the existing UK North hotels as he was handed the reigns of the UK Sales Team with circa £70m Turnover and a multi-location team of 25. Support the Show.EPISODE TRANSCRIPT LET'S STAY CONNECTED:Follow Mary Eniolu https://linktr.ee/maryeniolu Follow Scott Brown https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-brown-a99a0215/ Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE before you leave Can Do Academy is committed to making ordinary people extraordinary leaders. Find out more about our work here Have any questions about this episode or know a leader that should be on it? Reach out to us here
E023 - People Centric Leadership with Ben Steel (Pt 2)
29-03-2024
E023 - People Centric Leadership with Ben Steel (Pt 2)
In part 2 of our insightful conversation with Ben Steel, Global Head of HR Operations at FTSE100 company Informa, Ben shares his framework for decision-making, highlighting that stagnation is often worse than making the wrong choice and emphasising the importance of embracing mistakes as learning opportunities.  The conversation then shifts to the significance of cultivating an engaging organizational culture, with Ben sharing his perspective on the importance of communication, trust, integrity, humility, and passion in igniting a dynamic team environment and how having a clear vision and goals, allows room for creativity and innovation while maintaining alignment with the organization's objectives.Subscribe here to be notified of new episodesBen Steel is the Global Head of HR Operations including Payroll at Informa, a FTSE100 company with headquarters in London.  His early days saw him working across finance roles with companies like Ford Motors and Pitney Bowes, before moving into wider scope and more senior roles at Maersk Containerised Shipping. His passion is to create the culture, space, and engagement for people to develop and grow. Support the Show.EPISODE TRANSCRIPT LET'S STAY CONNECTED:Follow Mary Eniolu https://linktr.ee/maryeniolu Follow Scott Brown https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-brown-a99a0215/ Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE before you leave Can Do Academy is committed to making ordinary people extraordinary leaders. Find out more about our work here Have any questions about this episode or know a leader that should be on it? Reach out to us here
E022 People Centric Leadership With Ben Steel (Pt 1)
15-03-2024
E022 People Centric Leadership With Ben Steel (Pt 1)
In this episode of the Life and Leadership podcast with Ben Steel we explore keys to building trust within your team, the critical role of effective communication and integrity in fostering trust, as well as what genuine communication entails. Ben also delves into the advantages of empowering your team to leverage their strengths and unleash their creativity and the significance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance for leaders. Tune in for a dose of inspiration and practical wisdom!Subscribe here to be notified of new episodesBen Steel is the Global Head of HR Operations including Payroll at Informa, a FTSE100 company with headquarters in London.  His early days saw him working across finance roles with companies like Ford Motors and Pitney Bowes, before moving into wider scope and more senior roles at Maersk Containerised Shipping.  With over 25 years of international experience leading operations across various domains, Ben is a senior executive with a proven growth mindset and genuine people centricity. His passion is to create the culture, space, and engagement for people to develop and grow.  Alongside work Ben has always maintained a healthy balance of community-based involvement. He was once a retained firefighter, has been involved in mentoring students, is a Trustee at a Schools Trust and a Non-Executive Director for a regional Hospice. Support the Show.EPISODE TRANSCRIPT LET'S STAY CONNECTED:Follow Mary Eniolu https://linktr.ee/maryeniolu Follow Scott Brown https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-brown-a99a0215/ Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE before you leave Can Do Academy is committed to making ordinary people extraordinary leaders. Find out more about our work here Have any questions about this episode or know a leader that should be on it? Reach out to us here
E021 Courageous Leadership with Kellie Rixon (Pt 2)
01-03-2024
E021 Courageous Leadership with Kellie Rixon (Pt 2)
In the second part of our enthralling conversation, Kellie Rixon shares insights into the enduring impact of the tragic accident that forever altered her son's life, shedding light on the unexpected ways it continues to influence her leadership journey.We also delve into the essence of courageous leadership, unravel some of the reasons many individuals struggle in their first leadership positions and explore actionable strategies that organisations can implement to better support employees in their first leadership roles. Join us for the concluding segment of this enlightening and empowering conversation!  Subscribe here to be notified of new episodesKellie Rixon is the founder and CEO of Rixon Associates. She is a culture specialist and helps organisations facilitate change through their people. Kellie has been in the hospitality industry her whole career and has done every job in the sector from running pubs, bars and restaurants to regional management and training roles before moving into HR. She has sat on boards of DeVere Hotels, Macdonald Hotels and Cirrus Inns, is a fellow of the institute of hospitality, has been on the board of the Institute for the past 5 years and is in her 4th year as Chair of the board.In 2012, Kellie was awarded an MBE for services to hospitality for the ground-breaking work of the DeVere Academy of Hospitality which saw almost 13,000 young people train and build their skills and knowledge to succeed in hospitality.Support the Show.EPISODE TRANSCRIPT LET'S STAY CONNECTED:Follow Mary Eniolu https://linktr.ee/maryeniolu Follow Scott Brown https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-brown-a99a0215/ Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE before you leave Can Do Academy is committed to making ordinary people extraordinary leaders. Find out more about our work here Have any questions about this episode or know a leader that should be on it? Reach out to us here
E020 Courageous Leadership with Kellie Rixon (Pt 1)
16-02-2024
E020 Courageous Leadership with Kellie Rixon (Pt 1)
In this captivating podcast episode, we delve into Kellie Rixon's remarkable journey. From her upbringing in a council estate in Liverpool in the UK, to her current role as Chair of the Institute of Hospitality, holding numerous directorship positions along the way, receiving an MBE, and establishing her own successful consultancy business. Kellie candidly discusses her experiences with imposter syndrome and how she navigated the profound challenges posed by a hit-and-run accident that significantly altered her son's life. Tune in for an enlightening and empowering conversation, filled with invaluable insights and inspiration!Subscribe here to be notified of new episodesKellie Rixon is the founder and CEO of Rixon Associates. She is a culture specialist and helps organisations facilitate change through their people. Kellie has been in the hospitality industry her whole career and has done every job in the sector from running pubs, bars and restaurants to regional management and training roles before moving into HR. She has sat on boards of DeVere Hotels, Macdonald Hotels and Cirrus Inns, is a fellow of the institute of hospitality, has been on the board of the Institute for the past 5 years and is in her 4th year as Chair of the board.In 2012, Kellie was awarded an MBE for services to hospitality for the ground-breaking work of the DeVere Academy of Hospitality which saw almost 13,000 young people train and build their skills and knowledge to succeed in hospitality.Support the Show.EPISODE TRANSCRIPT LET'S STAY CONNECTED:Follow Mary Eniolu https://linktr.ee/maryeniolu Follow Scott Brown https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-brown-a99a0215/ Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE before you leave Can Do Academy is committed to making ordinary people extraordinary leaders. Find out more about our work here Have any questions about this episode or know a leader that should be on it? Reach out to us here
E018 Leading With Clarity with James McComas (Pt 1)
12-01-2024
E018 Leading With Clarity with James McComas (Pt 1)
In this compelling conversation, James McComas offers profound insights drawn from his leadership journey, illuminating the correlation between possessing and effectively communicating a clear vision and fostering robust leadership. Delving into the crucial dynamics of the relationship between leaders and team members, James emphasizes the pivotal role of trust, providing practical strategies for overcoming the common fear of 'what if things go wrong', that could hinder trust, effective delegation and use of initiative within the team.Subscribe here to be notified of new episodesJames McComas is General Manager at Champneys Eastwell Manor Hotel and Spa in Kent, UK. James   started his career in Hospitality at the age of 15 following work experience at a local Best Western. He fell in love with the comradery of being part of a team and decided to try and make a career of it. He studied International Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey and was lucky enough to spend a year living and working in Colorado, USA at a mountainside 5-star resort, before being recruited by Accor and moving to New Zealand on graduation. He spent 5 years in supervisory and junior management roles before returning to the UK and discovering Country House hotels at Eynsham Hall. He spent 7 years with Malmaison and Hotel du Vin and in June 2020 moved over to Ashford to take over Champneys Eastwell Manor, leading the property and team out of the pandemic, and establishing their vision for the future.He considers himself lucky to be married to a very understanding wife, and together, they have two children, Noah and Ivy-Mae.Support the Show.EPISODE TRANSCRIPT LET'S STAY CONNECTED:Follow Mary Eniolu https://linktr.ee/maryeniolu Follow Scott Brown https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-brown-a99a0215/ Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE before you leave Can Do Academy is committed to making ordinary people extraordinary leaders. Find out more about our work here Have any questions about this episode or know a leader that should be on it? Reach out to us here
E017 Entrepreneurial Leadership with Chuks Uwaechia
29-12-2023
E017 Entrepreneurial Leadership with Chuks Uwaechia
Chuks Uwaechia delves into the compelling narrative of his unexpected journey into entrepreneurship after a well-intentioned plan to garner support from his employers took an unforeseen turn. He shares his challenges forging an entrepreneurial mindset, navigating the dissolution of a 6-year business partnership, and rising to the occasion when thrust into a leadership role. He also candidly reflects on grappling with significant business failures and the invaluable lessons derived from those experiences.Our conversation explores the dichotomy between abundance and scarcity mindsets, turning to the influence of purpose in sustaining persistence and resilience amid external pressures.  Chuks sheds light on the guiding principles that propel him forward even in the face of adversity, the pivotal role of relationships within his circle and how leveraging them has been instrumental in overcoming obstacles.We also discuss the transformative impact of role models and mentoring and the significance of servant leadership and leading by example. Plus, we delve into the art of saying 'no' to achieve harmony between work and life.Tune in for a truly insightful dialogue that offers a nuanced perspective on entrepreneurship, leadership, and the unwavering determination required to navigate the ever-evolving business landscape. Subscribe here to be notified of new episodesChuks Uwaechia is the CEO of Kent Housing UK, a company driven by a passion for providing top-tier housing solutions and with a vision to redefine the real estate industry, creating innovative, sustainable, and community-focused housing options. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Chuk's professional journey began with a strong educational foundation in business and finance and armed with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Kent, he honed his skills and expertise through years of hands-on experience in the real estate sector, from property management to investment strategies. Chuks is a strong advocate for community development, and believes that strong, supportive communities are the backbone of a thriving society. A Trustee of the Gillingham S.T.R.E.E.T Angels, he actively engages with local organizations and initiatives aimed at improving the well-being of Kent's residents.  Chuks is also the founder of Gloves for Africa, an NGO focusing on young individuals in Africa who lack access to basic equipment that could enable them maximize their potential through the sport of boxing.Support the Show.EPISODE TRANSCRIPT LET'S STAY CONNECTED:Follow Mary Eniolu https://linktr.ee/maryeniolu Follow Scott Brown https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-brown-a99a0215/ Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE before you leave Can Do Academy is committed to making ordinary people extraordinary leaders. Find out more about our work here Have any questions about this episode or know a leader that should be on it? Reach out to us here
E016 The Power In Putting Your Hand Up with Jo Wimble-Groves
17-11-2023
E016 The Power In Putting Your Hand Up with Jo Wimble-Groves
Jo Wimble-Groves shares her story of how she dropped out of sixth form to start a business with her brother, aged just 16, why it is important to embrace failure, the power in putting your hand up and seizing opportunities that come your way, and some great tips on how to achieve work-life harmony and staff buy-in. Subscribe here to be notified of new episodesJo Wimble-Groves is the co-owner of Active Digital, an award-winning mobile telecommunications company. A self-confessed ‘accidental entrepreneur’, Jo put her hand up and took an opportunity to run a business with her brother at just sixteen years old, dropping out of sixth form college at the same time. Since then, the company has grown to become a multimillion business, one of the leading partners of Virgin Media O2 across the whole of UK and Ireland and one of only 9 Apple partners across the UK.Jo regularly spends time visiting schools and universities to share her story, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of female entrepreneurs. In March 2019, Jo was one of 100 women to be invited to No.10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister on International Women’s Day. Joe is the creator of the Guilty Mother blog, a parenting and lifestyle blog now followed by over 50,000 people worldwide, and the author of Rise of the Girl - Seven Empowering Conversations to have with your Daughter.” Jo is passionate about creating a world where we can achieve great things.Support the Show.EPISODE TRANSCRIPT LET'S STAY CONNECTED:Follow Mary Eniolu https://linktr.ee/maryeniolu Follow Scott Brown https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-brown-a99a0215/ Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE before you leave Can Do Academy is committed to making ordinary people extraordinary leaders. Find out more about our work here Have any questions about this episode or know a leader that should be on it? Reach out to us here
E015 Inspiring Inclusive Leadership with Robert Richardson
18-08-2023
E015 Inspiring Inclusive Leadership with Robert Richardson
Robert Richardson shares his inspiring career journey with us and talks about the power of Inclusive Leadership, the importance of working collaboratively with staff, the place of mentorship in career development and why he adopts the motto of "one impossible thing at a time"  Subscribe here to be notified of new episodesRobert Richardson FIH MI is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Hospitality (IoH), the award-winning, global, professional body of almost 15,000 hospitality professionals worldwide. A long-time member of the Institute, Robert built his career in the hospitality industry, working his way up through the ranks from hotel floor staff to hotel General Manager, and now as CEO of Institute. Prior to joining IoH, Robert served in senior management positions at major hotel chains including Hilton Worldwide, IHG and Ramada Jarvis and for the last 12 years, has served as General Manager across two independent, luxury properties, including a luxury boutique hotel and golf resort in the Kentish countryside, and a grade 2 listed coastal heritage property.   A true people champion, Robert believes that for organisations to succeed and thrive, people must feel they belong regardless of background or position. He has been recognised as “one of the top 25 hoteliers operating in Great Britain”, an “Industry Titan”, and “one of the top 50 inspirational and influential hospitality professionals operating in the world today”, to name a few Support the Show.EPISODE TRANSCRIPT LET'S STAY CONNECTED:Follow Mary Eniolu https://linktr.ee/maryeniolu Follow Scott Brown https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-brown-a99a0215/ Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE before you leave Can Do Academy is committed to making ordinary people extraordinary leaders. Find out more about our work here Have any questions about this episode or know a leader that should be on it? Reach out to us here
E014 Embracing values Based Leadership With Sarah Powell
04-08-2023
E014 Embracing values Based Leadership With Sarah Powell
Sarah Powell talks about how embracing values based leadership not only helped Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons  successfully navigate the challenges presented by the covid 19 pandemic, but continues to help the business overcome the continuing challenges of staff shortage, flexible and remote working. She also shares some secrets of her success and how a trip made to Reunion Island in Mauritius over 20 years ago continues to impact on her life and leadership today.Subscribe here to be notified of new episodesSarah Powell is HR Director for Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and alongside that, Interim Area Director of HR for Northern Europe and Africa for Belmond, a hospitality and leisure company that operates luxury hotels, train services and river cruises worldwide.  Sarah has spent her entire career within hospitality starting as a graduate trainee with Hilton, working in both the UK and France over the 5 years she spent with them. During her time with Hilton Sarah realised that her true focus was the people and so shortly after leaving Hilton moved into HR and L&D roles for various companies including Crowne Plaza and Luxury Family Hotels. Prior to her current role Sarah worked for Soho House and led the People and Development teams for Babington House. Support the showSupport the Show.EPISODE TRANSCRIPT LET'S STAY CONNECTED:Follow Mary Eniolu https://linktr.ee/maryeniolu Follow Scott Brown https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-brown-a99a0215/ Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE before you leave Can Do Academy is committed to making ordinary people extraordinary leaders. Find out more about our work here Have any questions about this episode or know a leader that should be on it? Reach out to us here
E009 How To Get Staff Buy In with Dr Anthony Idigbe (Pt 2)
05-05-2023
E009 How To Get Staff Buy In with Dr Anthony Idigbe (Pt 2)
Dr Anthony Idigbe shares tips on how he has managed to build a law firm with a global presence that is not reliant on his physical presence and continues to operate effectively in his absence.Subscribe here to be notified of new episodesDr Tony is the Senior Partner at PUNUKA Attorneys & Solicitors, a law firm based in Nigeria. He holds a doctorate in cross-border insolvency, is a Notary Public and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, with over 39 years of experience in corporate governance, insolvency, business restructuring, arbitration, dispute resolution, privatization, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, and oil and gas.He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Association of Nigerian Lawyers, chairs the Board of Trustees of Dominican University in Ibadan, Nigeria, and is a fellow of several organisations including the Institute of Directors Nigeria, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN) and the International Bar Association (IBA).An experienced corporate director knowledgeable in global capital market operations and business restructuring, Dr Tony chaired Capital Hotel in Nigeria from 2017 to 2022, and currently chairs Ikeja Hotel and The Tourist Company of Nigeria, all listed on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX).He is the founder of the Capital Market Solicitors Association and as a consultant to the Bureau of Public Enterprises, co drafted the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Bill now an Act relating to anti-trust and competition law in Nigeria. His book, the Legal Issues in Capital Market Operation in Nigeria, 2nd edition, Distinct Universal Limited, Lagos, 2015 ISBN 978-33791-8-3, is a reference material for training and practice of corporate governance and capital market operations in Nigeria. Dr Tony is an active facilitator for the Institute of Directors on members' training, drafted the institutes charter bill and was a member of the Institutes committee pursuing the promulgation of the law and in December 2022, he won the Institute Anofi Guobadia Award for Leadership and Excellence in directorship.Now based in Canada, he runs the firm’s Canadian affiliate, PUNUKA Consulting Inc Support the Show.EPISODE TRANSCRIPT LET'S STAY CONNECTED:Follow Mary Eniolu https://linktr.ee/maryeniolu Follow Scott Brown https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-brown-a99a0215/ Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE before you leave Can Do Academy is committed to making ordinary people extraordinary leaders. Find out more about our work here Have any questions about this episode or know a leader that should be on it? Reach out to us here
E008 How To Get Staff Buy In with Dr Anthony Idigbe (Pt 1)
10-04-2023
E008 How To Get Staff Buy In with Dr Anthony Idigbe (Pt 1)
Dr Anthony Idigbe talks about how in spite of the little expectation family and friends had of him, he went on to build a law firm with a global presence and shares some of the strategies he employed that have helped him successfully keep staff committed and sold out on the vision of the practice.Subscribe here to be notified of new episodes Dr Tony is the Senior Partner at PUNUKA Attorneys & Solicitors, a law firm based in Nigeria. He holds a doctorate in cross-border insolvency, is a Notary Public and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, with over 39 years of experience in corporate governance, insolvency, business restructuring, arbitration, dispute resolution, privatization, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, and oil and gas. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Association of Nigerian Lawyers, chairs the Board of Trustees of Dominican University in Ibadan, Nigeria, and is a fellow of several organisations including the Institute of Directors Nigeria, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN) and the International Bar Association (IBA). An experienced corporate director knowledgeable in global capital market operations and business restructuring, Dr Tony chaired Capital Hotel in Nigeria from 2017 to 2022, and currently chairs Ikeja Hotel and The Tourist Company of Nigeria, all listed on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX). He is the founder of the Capital Market Solicitors Association and as a consultant to the Bureau of Public Enterprises, co drafted the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Bill now an Act relating to anti-trust and competition law in Nigeria. His book, the Legal Issues in Capital Market Operation in Nigeria, 2nd edition, Distinct Universal Limited, Lagos, 2015 ISBN 978-33791-8-3, is a reference material for training and practice of corporate governance and capital market operations in Nigeria. Dr Tony is an active facilitator for the Institute of Directors on members' training, drafted the institutes charter bill and was a member of the Institutes committee pursuing the promulgation of the law and in December 2022, he won the Institute Anofi Guobadia Award for Leadership and Excellence in directorship.Now based in Canada, he runs the firm’s Canadian affiliate, PUNUKA Consulting Inc Support the Show.EPISODE TRANSCRIPT LET'S STAY CONNECTED:Follow Mary Eniolu https://linktr.ee/maryeniolu Follow Scott Brown https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-brown-a99a0215/ Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE before you leave Can Do Academy is committed to making ordinary people extraordinary leaders. Find out more about our work here Have any questions about this episode or know a leader that should be on it? Reach out to us here