High performance team & leadership coach. Author of Is This A Question?

Welcome to the Gritty Leaders Club podcast

Asking the hard questions of leadership

Leaders are pulled in all directions. There is no rule book.  Published fortnightly Gritty Leaders Club explores the hard questions of leadership asking how founders, entrepreneurs and scale-up CEOs decide which way to turn.


Note: Show notes containing Key Ideas, Resources, Episode Timeline and Transcript are usually added a few days after episode publication and access by a link below the player.

B Corps, Better Business and Happiness with Hannah Cox

October 12, 2021

Is better business harder business? Is it better for the business itself as well as people and planet? And what are B Corps anyway?  Find our as we talk to Hannah Cox, entrepreneur and founder of sustainability impact agency BetterNotStop.

Accountability or Bust

September 21, 2021

Culture eats strategy for breakfast – especially when it’s a no/low accountability culture.

No Bullsh!t Leadership

August 31, 2021

“Pick the top few things that create value. Drop all the other sh!t and don’t worry about it.” Gritty Leaders Club interviews Martin G Moore during the run-up to publication of his new book ‘No Bullsh!t Leadership’ in which Marty lays out his essential steps to lift your leadership, and your organization, to a higher level.

The Leadership Challenge

August 24, 2021

How do you measure up against the five behaviours exhibited by the best leaders as described by researchers Kouzes and Posner in their classic book ‘The Leadership Challenge’?

Why Change Fails

August 3, 2021

Why most companies and teams fail at change (and how to succeed).

The 1to1 (Meetings miniseries part II)

July 20, 2021

How good are your 1to1s?

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (High performing teams miniseries part II)

July 6, 2021

Patrick Lencioni’s ‘The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team’ has become a classic followed by teams worldwide.  In this episode we pull the model apart, explore when and how to apply it.

Leadership: Nurture or Nature?

June 22, 2021

Are leaders born or made?  How can leaders make themselves better?

Meetings: The Good, Bad & Ugly

June 8, 2021

Our angry rants about meetings followed by what good looks like.

Nightmare Team / Dream Team (High performing teams miniseries part I)

May 25, 2021

What really counts when building a dream team?

Measure it. Measure what? (Strategy miniseries IV)

May 11, 2021

What do you measure? What do you do with the information? Part 4 of our strategy miniseries explores the good, bad and ugly of measurement.

Fear In Leadership

April 22, 2021

With guest Colin Hunter: How can a leader help her team confront fear?

Buy Customers, or Bye Bye Customers

April 6, 2021

Some companies buy then exploit customers while others attract then add value to customers. Customer Lifetime Value can be divisive.

Strategy III Execution

March 23, 2021

Strategy is Invisible.  All you can see is Execution.

Leading With Purpose with Jim Kirkwood, CEO of TTC

March 9, 2021

Jim Kirkwood, CEO of TTC of discusses scaling the business, his approach to leadership, navigating challenges and the gritty leader he most admires.

168 Hours. What do effective leaders do?

February 23, 2021

How effective leaders choose what to do to maximise the impact of each week (each 168 hours).

What Is Strategy? (Part II)

February 9, 2021

How do the elements come together to produce a strategy?

Can Sport Teach Business?

January 28, 2021

What are the differences between sport and business and what can be learned?

What is Strategy? (Part 1)

January 12, 2021

Kicking off a series exploring strategy – this episode asks ‘What is Strategy?’

Books Books Books 2020

December 30, 2020

Our top picks of the books we’ve read during 2020.

Lazy Leadership

December 17, 2020

Exploring how leaders get lazy. And the opposite: What are the qualities of effective leaders? How do they create conditions for success?

Culture Defining Moments with Luke Fisher of Mo

December 1, 2020

Ben talks about engagement, culture, investment and taking a growth company to break out and beyond with Luke Fisher, founder and CEO of London based scale-up Mo.

Dream or Dream Team?

November 17, 2020

Which is more important – A Dream, or a Dream Team?

What is Marketing? With Grant Leboff

November 3, 2020

In this guest episode Gritty Leaders Club explores marketing with Grant Leboff.

Failure Is Not An Option

October 27, 2020

How do leaders, teams and whole organisations keep unwavering faith that they will prevail while at the same time confronting the brutal truths of their situation?

Under Pressure or Naked Ambition

October 1, 2020

How do leaders generate forward motion, energy and progress?

Peacetime CEO Wartime CEO

September 15, 2020

Exploring venture capitalist Ben Horowitz’s concept of Peacetime CEO and Wartime CEO this episode gets into questions of leadership approach, diversity and whether scale-up companies are, in a sense, always at war.

Leadership Begins at the Edge of Your Comfort Zone

September 1, 2020

Exploring getting uncomfortable as a leader.

No Grit, No Pearl

July 7, 2020

Getting into the substance of what it is to be a gritty leader.

Gritty Leader?

July 3, 2020

Ben and Ian introduce themselves and ask, “What is the Gritty Leadership Club?”