Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #165 Simon Severino Business Resilience With Strategy Sprints

Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #165 Simon Severino Business Resilience With Strategy Sprints

Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #165 Simon Severino Business Resilience With Strategy Sprints

Business Resilience With Strategy Sprints

On this episode of the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Simon Severino about business resilience with strategy sprints, entrepreneurs are forces of nature, developing reliable revenue systems and the future of blockchain technology. 

We also dive into ways to accelerate growth for an agile business, closing B2B business in 14 days, transferring what he learnt in triathlons to business dashboards, developing an avatar of high energy clients and what would the best father do at this time in the moment? 

Simon Severino – Business Resilience With Strategy Sprints 

Simon Severino is the CEO of Strategy Sprints, where they help entrepreneurs scale their online business to secure business resilience and repeatable revenues. He is the host of the Strategy Sprints podcast, a keynote speaker in agile strategy and sales, TEDx speaker and leader of a global team of coaches. 

From Rome, Italy he has studied Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Vienna and innovation of products and services at MIT Sloan School of Management. Simon is the author of Strategy Sprints and Habits of Success, writes for Forbes and Entrepreneur magazines about scaling digital businesses, and is a member of Silicon Valley Blockchain Society. 

Simon talks about: 

  • Entrepreneurs are forces of nature. 
  • Creativeness of entrepreneurship is part science & part art. 
  • Wanting to be a crazy explorer and adventurer. 
  • Fascination with AI, robotics and blockchain. 
  • The impact of Socrates, Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan on his life. 
  • From management consultant to expert at go to market strategy plan.  
  • Developing reliable revenue systems. 
  • Increase frequency by shortening the sales process to 3-6 weeks.  
  • Closing faster online with awareness to closing in 14 days. 
  • Relationship building sequence and business resilience. 
  • Daily and monthly business reflections 
  • Are we moving in the right direction at the right time?  
  • Setting criteria to establish successful high value clients  
  • A filter system between marketing & sales department. 
  • The importance of being genuinely curious about the person.  
  • From listening to intentionally commercial teaching.  
  • Blockchain technology is the most relevant thing happening on the planet right now.  
  • Good regulation will bring order and health into the Blockchain system. 
  • Launch of his new book Strategy Sprints 


“Entrepreneurs are forces of nature. They create something out of nothing. They find problems in the world. They are frustrated by something. Why do I have to wait so long for something?” The uniqueness of entrepreneurs, with Simon Severino, on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast. 

Resources Mentioned in this show: 

Strategy Sprints 
Simon Severino Twitter 
Simon Severino LinkedIn 
Simon Severino Facebook 
Strategy Sprints Instagram 
Speakers Institute Corporate 
Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast
Craig Johns 
Craig Johns 
Craig Johns LinkedIn 

Recommended Reading: 

Strategy Sprints: 12 Ways to Accelerate Growth for an Agile Book
Habits of Success: What Top Entrepreneurs Routinely Do in Business and in Life Book

Dane Jensen The Power Of Pressure Inspiring Great Leaders

Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #163 Dane Jensen The Power Of Pressure

Dane Jensen The Power Of Pressure Inspiring Great Leaders


On this episode of the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Dane Jensen about The Power of Pressure, why pressure isn’t the problem it’s the solution, high stakes pressure moments and being pressure ambidextrous. 

We also delve into leading ourselves before others, how to navigate pressure for the long-haul, what happens when pressure builds, the discipline of active awareness of pressure and the unconscious competency of being in a flow state. 

Dane Jensen – The Power Of Pressure 

Dane Jensen is the CEO of Third Factor, where they study the science of performance from the sports field to the Board room and help leaders be more effective, creative and resilient under pressure. Dane loves disarming your biggest pressures, is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, and a former Monitor Deloitte employee who lives in Toronto Canada with his wife and three children 

He is an instructor at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and is affiliate faculty with the UNC Executive Development at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his work at Third Factor he has had exposure to thousands of high performers—from Olympic gold medallists to Navy SEALs, politicians, executives and busy parents, which has led to his newly released book, The Power of Pressure. 

Dane talks about: 

  • The high-pressure parent moment that made his heart stop. 
  • Why pressure isn’t the problem it’s the solution. 
  • The pressure equation and how to use them for a positive outcome.  
  • Is pressure just an internal thing? 
  • Pressure is in the response to a situation. 
  • What happens to our body under pressure? 
  • The Power Of Pressure.
  • Differences in short term peak pressure vs long-term pressure. 
  • Flow and unconscious competence. 
  • The differences in pressure between business leaders, NAVY Seals and Olympic athletes in how they utilise pressure to increase their performance. 
  • Pressure follows patterns and develops in predictable ways. 
  • How we can power through “peak pressure moments”? 
  • Nailing the peak pressure moments that can make or break a big sale, a crucial meeting, or define a career. 
  • The importance of collaboration and communication in successful leadership.
  • The ability to be less like a thermometer and more like a thermostat. 


“We don’t get performance without pressure.” Talking about The Power Of Pressure with Dane Jensen on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast. 

“The amount of uncertainty we can tolerate is related to the importance we place on something.” Dane Jensen talks about the Power of Pressure, on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.  

Resources Mentioned in this show: 

Dane Jensen  
Dane Jensen LinkedIn  
Dane Jensen Twitter  
Third Factor  
Inspiring Gr”eat Leaders Podcast
Speakers Institute Corporate 
Craig Johns 
Craig Johns 
Craig Johns LinkedIn 

Recommended Viewing: 

The Power of Pressure Book

active CEO Podcast #154 Michelle Gibbings I've Got A Bad Boss

active CEO Podcast #154 Michelle Gibbings I’ve Got A Bad Boss

active CEO Podcast #154 Michelle Gibbings I've Got A Bad Boss

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Michelle Gibbings about I’ve got a bad boss, building strong relationships, learning the language of business and stepping into conversations you need to have.

We also delve into influencing other people’s behaviours through our own behaviour, future proofing your career and finding the courage you need to have the real conversations.

Michelle Gibbings – I’ve Got A Bad Boss

Michelle is a workplace expert, global keynote speaker on leadership, and bestselling author of Bad Boss, step up, career leap and get career fit. She is the founder and managing director at Change Meridian, certified dare to lead facilitator, curious about bad bosses and famous for getting you ready for tomorrow, today.

Her education includes a Bachelor of Business Communications, PR and Government from Queensland University of Technology, Diploma of Management from Swinbourne University Technology, and a Masters of International Trade in Diplomacy from Monash University. Our guest has an esteemed career including Press Secretary and Public Policy Advisor for Federal Member of Parliament, Communications Manager at Mt Isa Mines, various senior management roles at ANZ and NAB Banks, and transformation management office and change director at AMP.

Michelle talks about

  • Stepping into other person’s shoes.
  • If people didn’t like me, it didn’t matter.
  • A relentless drive and energy.
  • Don’t listen to what other people say about you.
  • Coping with cultural changes in a company.
  • People not stepping into the conversations that they need to have.
  • Creating an environment your team will thrive in.
  • We all influence others by what we do.
  • The courage you need to have a conversation.
  • You cant future proof your job, but you can future proof your career.
  • What you can do to reshape your career.
  • You can’t divorce your career from your personal life.
  • How to fix the relationship dynamic.
  • What to do when I’ve Got A Bad Boss.
  • Creating psychological safety so people speak up.
  • Let my team know my weaknesses are.
  • What am I going to do to close the gap?
  • The unwillingness to listen to people to people they disagree with.
  • I need to be free to be me.


“Why do I think they are behaving like that? What’s the pressure that they are experiencing, what is happening in the organisational system that could be challenging them, could be prompting them to think, process and act in a certain way?” Michelle Gibbings talks about improving leadership and managing Bad Bosses, on the active CEO Podcast.

“No one is going to remember the work that you did, the only thing they will remember is how you made them feel and what you’ve done to help them progress in their career.” The real impact you have as a leader with Michelle Gibbings, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Michelle Gibbings
Michelle Gibbings LinkedIn
Michelle Gibbings Facebook
Michelle Gibbings Instagram
Michelle Gibbings YouTube
Speakers Institute Corporate
Craig Johns
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn

Recommended Reading:

Bad Boss Book
Get Career Fit Book
Career Leap Book
Step Up Book