Welcome to our podcast series where we explore transformation through the eyes of a diverse group of people, from the worlds of business, the arts and academia.
Throughout the series, our esteemed guest speakers talk to host and Strategy& partner David Lancefield about their transformation stories, learnings and practical advice on developing strong strategies, more effective leadership, personal resilience, healthier cultures in organisations and more!
You can find the latest episodes below and we’ll be adding new episodes on a regular basis.
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In this episode, Strategy& Partner David Lancefield is joined by Paul Polman, who was the chief executive of Unilever for 10 years until January 2019. In this episode we talk about how Paul transformed Unilever for the good of society through pioneering a new, longer-term approach to shareholder value with sustainability at its core. That included the sourcing of raw materials and packaging of goods, developing new relationships with suppliers and producing healthier products. We find out more about Paul's purpose, leadership and passion, and he also gives his top tips to CEOs.
In this episode, Strategy& Partner David Lancefield is joined by Xavier Rolet, CEO of the global investment management firm CQS, who talks about his tenure as CEO of the London Stock Exchange. During his leadership, he scaled up the organisation from £800m to £14 billion in market capitalisation, through a complete reorganisation, which included acquisitions, new technology and hiring a new leadership team. In this podcast we find out about Rolet's strategy, leadership style and mindset, and why it is essential to put the customer first.
In this episode, Strategy& Partner David Lancefield is joined by Lynda Gratton and Bhushan Sethi, who share their views around the forward-thinking 'social pioneers' - as opposed to organisations - being the ones who will take the lead in the transition to the future of work.
David Lancefield, Partner in PwC’s Strategy& speaks with Dame Moya Greene, former Chief Executive of Royal Mail. Moya shares her insights on how to approach a complex transformation, drawing on her own experience involving multiple different stakeholders such as unions, government and regulators. She also tells us how, as a non-executive director, it pays to recognise the intellectual and emotional “smarts” of your company’s executive team.
Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President of techUK shares her transformation stories, talking about how startups and large organisations can learn from each other when pursuing transformation, what it takes for boards to work well and the critical role diversity plays in creating high performing teams.
David Lancefield, Partner in PwC’s Strategy& is joined by Tim Davie CBE, CEO of BBC Studios, a global content company and a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Tim shares his practical advice with his ‘how to’ style. Covering how to tackle scepticism, how to help people see change as an opportunity, how to make transformation meaningful at every layer, and so much more.
Kathleen Saxton, founder of The Lighthouse Company, and Psyched Global, and David Lancefield, Partner in PwC’s Strategy& talk about the psychology of leadership and in particular in the context of transformations.
David Lancefield, Partner in PwC’s Strategy&, speaks with Sir Mark Elder, CH, CBE, Music Director of the Manchester-based Hallé Orchestra, about how he transformed the artistic fortunes of one of Britain’s oldest symphony orchestras.
Dan Cable, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School, argues that while managers need an element of control to get results, there's a real need for empowerment of employees as well, even allowing for creativity and - yes - play. David Lancefield, Partner in PwC’s Strategy&, finds out more.