Battling with Business

In this podcast, Gareth Tennant, a former Royal Marines Officer, and Chris Kitchener, a veteran of the software development world, explore ideas and concepts around teams and teamwork, leaders and leadership, and all things in between. It’s a discussion between a former military commander and a business manager, comparing and contrasting their experiences as they attempt to work out what makes teams, leaders, and businesses tick.

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5 hours ago

Chris and Gareth introduce games that they have each run with corporate participants.  Both games are quite different and as a result, engender different experiences, emotional responses, and lessons. Over the course of the episode, they discuss the specifics of the workshops they've run using these games as well as the wider value of games and these sorts of events.  

Wednesday Sep 20, 2023

Gareth and Chris are delighted to be joined by Pia Wendelbo an experienced mentor and business coach from 'Scandinavian Change Agents'.   Between them, they explore the value of having external advisors within organizations, especially within the C-Suite. Begging the question 'who mentors the people at the top? The conversation also covers change and transformation programs and the need to shift the culture as well as the goals.   One of the key discussions revolves around the difference between coaching and management consultancy.  

Wednesday Sep 13, 2023

Once again we deep dive into the life of an individual who has changed the way we think about the world.  Col John Boyd is the creator of the infamous 'OODA loop' as well as many other concepts that have changed our perceptions of strategy.  In the discussion, we try to untangle myth from reality, tackle misconceptions of the OODA loop, and chat about the links between mechanics and human dynamics in systems.

Wednesday Sep 06, 2023

Chris and Gareth explore the difficult subject of Mis, Dis, and Mal information. trying to work out when, if ever, it's appropriate for a leader to mislead people or hide things.  They also discuss the difference between honesty and transparency, how to capture the narrative, and how to lead people in an ever more polarised world. 

Wednesday Aug 30, 2023

Having just come back from a screening of the Christopher Nolan film, Oppenheimer, Chris and Gareth discuss what we might learn from such a profound and important moment in our collective history.  From project management, through to leading teams on morally difficult tasks.  Gareth discusses leading teams in Combat and they both try to understand what led to General Groves and Dr Oppenheimer ultimately being successful in the pursuit of such an audacious, complex, and wholly unprecedented goal.      

Wednesday Aug 23, 2023

In this episode we are joined by Ian Pegg, a senior manager in his own right, but also a historian who has focused on the role of the Chaplain during the Second World War.  We talk about the surprising role chaplains have on Unit cohesion and explore the need for soft skills in Leadership that they often fulfill.  Is this a gap in the civilian workplace?

Saturday Aug 19, 2023

In the second of our bonus episodes Gareth has recorded an essay  he wrote for Karve International on the lesson we can learn from the current conflict in Ukraine on the role of Human Machine Teaming and the future of military collaboration.

Wednesday Aug 16, 2023

There are few people who achieve greatness and leave a lasting impression on the world after they die.  To do it twice in two completely unrelated fields is truly remarkable.  Leonard Cheshire, a decorated pilot, commander, philanthropist, and charity worker.  In the second of our Influencers series, we try to unpack the extraordinary life of Leonard Cheshire and try to understand what made him so successful in such a diverse range of undertakings.

Thursday Aug 10, 2023

In the second of our chats with Douglas, we discuss the difference between the visionary leaders that change the world and the mavericks that break things and people.  We discuss the Ocean Gate disaster and examples from our own career where arrogance and exceptionalism have led to poor outcomes.

Thursday Aug 03, 2023

In this episode, we chat with Douglas Waterfall about the concept of technical debt and why software engineers may have a different perspective from project managers. We explore why some teams can build shared consciousness and cohesion whilst others don't and what this can mean for strategy.


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