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Mind Your P's: The Purposeful Leader's Guide

Caroline McKenna is a business leader whose journey has taken twists and turns from profit-focused corporate finance to purpose-driven social enterprise.  In her new podcast she explores her passion for purpose, people, planet, philanthropy, positivity (we could go on) as she speaks to successful leaders from different backgrounds to find out exactly how they put people and purpose at the core of everything they do. You’ll hear advice, top tips, and warts-and-all stories from leaders in global corporations, high growth start-ups, family run businesses, and non-profit organisations.If you’re looking to build a more purposeful business, this one’s for you.Artwork by Alice Bellini Music by Cameron Rickards See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Season 1 Wrap: The Highlights

And that's a wrap! As we finish up our very first season, Caroline looks over some of the best bits, and gives her thoughts on what our guests had to say about purposeful leadership. We've discussed the highs and lows of leadership, what purpose looks like in practice, and dropped the P-bomb in more ways than we can count! Listen to hear some of the advice our guests had, and the things that really made us think. Never miss a beat: make sure to subscribe to our podcast updates at socialgoodconnect.org/podcasts.Please like, subscribe, share, and review - your feedback is so important to us, and we want to deliver the kind of content that can help shape the business world into a more purposeful, kinder place. So let us know what you want to hear more of at info@socialgoodconnect.org. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


24 Jun 2021

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14: James Taylor - Keynote Speaker on unlocking creativity

A music manager turned keynote speaker, James draws from his artistic and business experience to educate people on how they can unlock their creative potential. He's travelled globally, addressing some of the world's biggest organisations on the barriers that stand between us and our true capacity to innovate. He shares his story with us, leading us from show business to corporate business, Bali to Bombay. Listen as he tells us about achieving a flow state between a team, and the hidden benefits of diversity you might have never have thought of before. Show notes at: https://socialgoodconnect.org/podcasts/james-taylor-keynote-speaker See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


19 May 2021

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13: Fanchea Kelly - CEO of Blackwood Homes

Fanchea Kelly is the CEO of Blackwood Homes, and has led her team for 7 years. With over 1,500 homes in Scotland, Blackwood Homes provides accessible homes for people with assisted needs that are as beautiful as they are functional. Fanchea tells us about Blackwood's mission to help their customers live independently and how she goes above and beyond to deliver that purpose, with their customer at the heart of every decision they make. They chat about asking your employees for help, plus, Fanchea and Caroline chew the fat over their favourite P of all: Prosecco. They discuss their love for fizz and get interrupted by a mischievous cat. Show notes at: https://socialgoodconnect.org/podcasts/fanchea-kelly-blackwood-homesIf you liked this episode, subscribe, leave a rating & review, and listen to our other brilliant guests. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


14 May 2021

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12: Josh Littlejohn - Co-founder and CEO of Social Bite

Josh Littlejohn, MBE, is the co-founder and CEO of Social Bite Group, a social business dedicated towards helping to end homelessness in Scotland. Josh tells us about how his purpose came to him by chance, as it all started when a young man dealing with homelessness walked into his cafe and asked for a job. Josh and Social Bite have a chain of cafes in Scotland that employ people from homeless backgrounds and a village of pre-fab homes for people struggling with homelessness. Listen to hear about how he was awarded an MBE, his big plans to expand and provide more homes, and how Social Bite used their philanthropic might to help the needy during the pandemic. Show notes and resources at: https://socialgoodconnect.org/podcasts/josh-littlejohn-social-bite See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


12 May 2021

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11: Edel Harris - CEO of Mencap

Edel Harris is the CEO of Mencap, the leading voice for people with learning disabilities in the UK. She took up the reigns in 2020, a mere 8 weeks before the pandemic hit the UK. Edel joined the charity at a time when people with learning disabilities were experiencing disproportionately high rates of death from Covid. Mencap successfully lobbied to include people affected into high-priority groups, and since then Edel has continued to champion equity and support for people with learning disabilities. She discusses how her people-first purpose is a guiding light through tough times and how approachability is central to how she leads her 9000-strong team. Edel gives her advice on how important it is for employers to recruit inclusively, and what they can do to support people with learning disabilities in their team. Transcription & show notes at: https://socialgoodconnect.org/podcasts/edel-harris-mencap/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


7 May 2021

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10: Joy Lewis - Founder and CEO of AAI EmployAbility

Joy Lewis is the founder and CEO of AAI EmployAbility, the award-winning not-for-profit that is tackling inclusivity and diversity issues in the recruitment market head-on. She witnessed first hand the inequalities that unpaid internships presented for graduates entering the job market, and in 2009 Joy founded AAI (formerly Adopt An Intern) to create accessible job opportunities to people from low-income families. 12 years on and AAI has grown to create opportunities and promote gender and racial diversity within the workplace. Joy shares with us her advice for attracting diverse applicants, the bottom-line benefits of inclusion, and how to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Show notes at: https://socialgoodconnect.org/podcasts/joy-lewis-aai/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


5 May 2021

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9: Celia Hodson - Founder of Hey Girls

Sitting around the table with her two daughters, Celia reflected on how hard it was for her raising three kids as a single mum on benefits. Determined to do something to help end period poverty, the three contemplated how they could make an impact. And so Hey Girls was born. In 2018, Celia and her daughters launched their social enterprise selling period products on a 'buy one, give one' donation model. 3 years on, and nearly 15 million products have been donated to families in need in the UK. We talk to Celia about how her purpose is her guiding light, the trials and tribulations of going up against sanitary-giants like Tampax, and how she says Hey Girls do it better. Plus, we got the low-down on how to create a work environment for your team to encourage positive challenges and better working. Show notes at: https://socialgoodconnect.org/podcasts/celia-hodson-hey-girls/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


30 Apr 2021

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8: Alan Mahon - Founder of Brewgooder

After being hospitalised in Nepal from drinking unclean water, Alan realised the value of safe, accessible drinking water. His passion for this combined with his love of craft beer led him to found Brewgooder - a brewery with a difference. With 100% of profits donated to clean-water projects, Brewgooder have already impacted the lives of over 150,000 people in Malawi.From introducing a pay-it-forward scheme to provide NHS frontline workers with beer, to supporting theatres throughout the cancelled panto season, and their mission to bring safe water to 1 million people, Brewgooder's impact is felt at home and abroad. Alan tells us about how about purpose and how his values give employees the freedom to learn from mistakes. Plus, the two discuss diversity issues in the brewing industry and the concept of authenticity around purpose.Show notes at: https://socialgoodconnect.org/podcasts/alan-mahon-brewgooder/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


28 Apr 2021

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7: Lisa Thomson - Founder and CEO of Purpose HR

Lisa is the founder and CEO of Purpose HR, a specialist consultancy that provides HR services to start-ups and high-growth businesses. Lisa's a pro at building a people-first culture, she and her team help businesses hone in on how they can create an inclusive environment at a key stage in their development. She tells us how to attract the right talent, overcome knock-backs and how she gives back through mentoring and volunteering. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


23 Apr 2021

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6: Craig Nicol - Managing Partner of Thorntons Law

Craig Nicol says he realised Thorntons Law LLP's potential when he first joined in 2003. Since taking up the reigns as Managing Partner, he tells us how he was able to realise that potential by cultivating a culture of ambition. 10 years on, Craig shares with us what he's learned about leading his team of 500 throughout a pandemic without making a single redundancy, and how purpose helped him to make decisions that were right for Thorntons' people. Listen to hear how he doubled the size of the business in 5 years and how he believes the best things in life can't be rushed. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


21 Apr 2021

Rank #10