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Building Better Cultures

Hosted by Scott McInnes, founder of Inspiring Change, we talk to guests about how really good internal comms, engagement and leadership all contribute to 'Building Better Cultures'. We tend to shy away from theory and focus more on really practical advice, great stories and best-practice.

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Aug 12, 2019

"Don’t fall in love with your wins – positively seek out what might kill you next"

​If you want to hear from someone with a varied, wide-ranging and interesting career, you need to look no further than Gavin Bate. He's travelled thousands of miles around the world, summited the seven highest summits on the planet, walked across the Sahara (solo!), driven aid trucks in Africa and taught in Kenya's slum schools. And that's only the half of it!

Today, Gavin is an International Mountain Leader, runs Adventure Alternative, which he started in 1991, and is the founder of Moving Mountains Trust, an international charity working with disadvantaged children and communities primarily in Kenya, Tanzania and Nepal. He is also an experienced speaker and lecturer on leadership and leadership psychology, much of the context for which he takes from his experiences in the mountains.

Show Notes:

2.40 - A bit about Gavin – 6.30 – Leadership through climbing – 8.45 - Mindfulness, mental health and getting off the grid – 11.50 – What makes a great leader – ‘know thyself’ – 15.10 – The changing focus on Mountain Guide training – 17.40 – Managing the psychology of men and women and optimal compromise – 19.05 – Transformational leadership and leading from the middle – 21.20 – Hierarchy kills progress – 24.40 – The danger of generational stereotypes – 26.50 – A leader’s role in change – IQ vs EQ vs AQ (adaptability) - 29.00 – Adaptability – ‘What if’ scenario planning - 31.20 – The power of unlearning and heuristic traps – 35.35 – Exploration vs exploitation 38.50 – Silos get in the way of transparency and communication. – 42.20 – Gavin’s advice for himself – ‘Get off your high horse!’