With small businesses spending £11.6 billion each year on litigation fees, what is the psychological and emotional cost of litigation for small businesses? In this episode, Adam Cox is joined by Olena Gulyanytska and Tom Cadman from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Together they explore the other avenues available to small businesses for settling legal disputes, which can often have much more satisfying outcomes for all parties involved.
Andy Clements is the CEO at the British Trust for Ornithology. He discusses his love of birdwatching (naturally!), an eclectic range of musical memories from many different stages of his life, and his recent foray into rowing; as well as his time spent helping to set up Natural England before joining the BTO in 2007.
Adam talks to Dario Cucci, an International Speaker and founder of the Ultimate Entrepreneur event which takes place in London on the 9th and 10th. They discuss the pressures and challenges facing modern entrepreneurs and whether its more challenging compared to previous generations. Dario explains that there are more skills for a business owner, particularly at the start up stage to learn covering areas such as accounts, marketing, PR, sales and health. Dario highlights that information isn’t enough and sometimes the quickest way to learn is to meet the people that have produced the results or have the skills required. Free tickets to the event are available here.
Alistair McQueen is head of Savings and Retirement for Aviva plc. He's been with the organisation in its various incarnations since joining the then Commercial Union as a graduate trainee. He's a self-confessed savings geek, and urges us all to start on a pension plan if we haven't already. He's happy to confess his big business bloopers in this edition (sending confidential information in 'all-staff' email by accident!). Away from the business, he's a keen singer and runner.
Adam is joined by coach and speaker Palma Palmer about how definitions of masculinity and boundaries are changing directly as a result of the MeToo movement. Palma talks candidly about her early years and her need to deal with predatory men and what lessons can be learned by those who need help to make their boundaries clear. They also discuss whether men and being confused or diluting masculinity as a result of public opinion changing.
Adam talks to Haleema Nawid, a mental health advocate who experiences severe mental health issues to the point of suicidal thoughts and clinical depression. Heleema even found herself homeless and on the receiving end of ambivalence and prejudice as a result of her mental health issues. She now campaigns to educate and inform people about their options regarding mental health and where they can find their voice.
Jose Hernandez is a specialist in crisis management and compliance, and has ‘rolled up his sleeves’ countless times to repair the reputations and business integrity of organisations around the world. He counts a former director of the FBI amongst his close friends and associates; he’s worked for top firms such as PwC; and loves to travel – for business and pleasure. Now a Netherlands national, he’s originally from El Salvador and has recently written of putting together ‘Broken Business’. Listen as he talks about how reputational damage and crisis can occur in plain sight.
Adam talks to Christopher Mayr and Heidi Teschemacher from Life Extension Europe about why so many people set health related new years resolutions. They discuss the problems of adherence and why so many people follow resolutions on social media without investigating if they are actually healthy or indeed scientifically valid. They offer tips about setting health resolutions you can stick to that actually do result in an improvement in health and well-being.
On Modern Mindset this week, Adam Cox is once again diving into the world of our mental health and well being - but with a twist! How do dogs, man's longest and most loyal companion, improve our lives? He talks to Kellie Ceccarelli a veterinary nurse and Roxy Carr a 17 year old dog owner and author about the psychological and mental health benefits of owning a pet dog. Many people will wait till they own their own house or have a family before getting a dog but Roxy persuaded her parents to allow her to own a dog at the age of 11. She took all the responsibility of walks, training and care and found many health and wellbeing advantages. She features her story with Poppy, a cockapoo in a new book called ‘A Pawfect Pair’.with Kelly and Roxy to find out what a difference dogs can really make to our lives.
David Clive Price is a leadership coach and consultant, linguist, author and international speaker. He’s a specialist in cultural intelligence, working with CEOs across the globe. He’s worked and lived all over the world, working variously as a speechwriter, strategist and olive farmer. He says many leaders sit in isolation at the top of their organisation. "I have been privileged to travel, live, and work in many countries around the globe. I’ve had a rich variety of diverse occupations from Cambridge Ph.D. and academic to wine and olive farmer in Italy, to international speechwriter and strategist (for one of the world’s largest banks at the time of the handover of Hong Kong to China), to adviser for a variety of multinationals, especially in Asia, to published novelist – one of my novels ‘Alphabet City’ was set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan – and travel writer. Much of my work over the past two decades has been coaching and mentoring CEOs and business leaders – especially in the area of Cultural intelligence (CQ) and global leadership." - he says.