active CEO Podcast #102 Scott Leggo An Eye For Detail

active CEO Podcast #102 Scott Leggo An Eye For Detail

active CEO Podcast #102 Scott Leggo An Eye For Detail Craig Johns Breaking The CEO Code
Scott Leggo – Founder Scott Leggo Gallery

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Scott Leggo about an eye for detail, lessons from the back seat of an F18 Hornet in the Royal Australian Air Force, dealing with imposter syndrome with some of the world’s top CEO’s and leaders, and stepping back to gain perspective.

We also talk about finding a period of evaluation and internal retrospection, why he became a landscape photographer and opening Scott Leggo Gallery, importance of a personal debrief, and why he is giving back through the Canberra Business Chamber.

Scott Leggo – An Eye For Detail

Scott Leggo is a passionate leader, management consultant and trusted business adviser who has an affinity for the outdoors, has an eye for detail, thrives in leading strategy and teams, and giving back to the business community .He is a former Australian diplomat, who is a meticulous planner, travel extraordinaire and loves optimising performance, Scott Leggo.

His education includes a Graduate Diploma International Relations from Deakin University, Bachelor of Arts, Politics, Information Systems from the University of NSW, and Advanced Diploma Personnel & Operations Management, Diploma Government (Management), Advanced Diploma Administration from the Royal Australian Air Force College.

After spending 9 years as an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force he went onto being Executive Officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Senior Manager – Strategy& (Formerly Booz & Company) & PwC, and Principle Head of Strategy of the Helmsman International Group. He now has turned his focus to his multi-award-winning Australian landscape photography business as Managing Director of Scott Leggo Gallery, and has recently become a Director of the Canberra Business Chamber.

Scott talks about:

  • Having a spirit for adventure and the great outdoors.
  • Being a cadet in charge of 170 people in the Royal Australian Air Force Academy.
  • Becoming the subject matter expert in instructor on weapons and tactics.
  • Get respect, then build trust and you can have impact from there.
  • Lessons from sitting in the backseat of an F18 hornet.
  • Pushing the boundaries and put people into uncomfortable positions.
  • Task saturation and having the extra capacity for brain to deal with it.
  • Working on Defence and National security related issues in South East Asia.
  • As leaders we can forget some of the foundations we have.
  • Everyone has self-doubt and self-critique, have to make sure I deliver value and step up.
  • Keep it simple and realising what you say no to and having the discipline to palm off distractions.
  • Some of the highest performing CEO’s are those who have structure and routine.
  • Wouldn’t it be awesome if you just travelled around Australia taking landscape photography?
  • Having an eye for detail.
  • Ultimate point in life where you realise you have something to offer other people.
  • How do we create the world to be a more sustainable place?

Active CEO Performance Tip

People Support What They Create – How often do you come up with a great idea, share it with your team, they agree, but they quickly lose interest?People will support what they create. If they aren’t involved in the development of a project, strategy or even a hire, then there is very little emotional connection to it and less likely to find the motivation to make it happen. Here are 3 ways to get employee or stakeholder buy in:1. Involve your team early, during the creation of an idea, project or strategy. 2. Position the idea so that it feels like your team came up with it. 3. Invite the team to determine the best way to solve a problem and deliver the outcome.


“Encourage everyone no matter where they are in their life. How can they improve their performance and the performance of those around them.” Scott Leggo talks about performance, on the active CEO Podcast.

“Step back from this, take a break, change the setting and come back to it. Sometimes you do have to step away or have outside perspective on it.” Scott Leggo an eye for detail, on the active CEO Podcast.

“Some of the biggest companies in the world are as big as they are and as successful as they are because they have managed to go through that process and distill it down to just a couple of core capabilities that they are truly going to differentiate on and excel at and are not going to get distracted by all these other little popups.” Discussing the importance of simplicity with Scott Leggo, on the active CEO Podcast.

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active CEO Podcast How To Raise Your Energy Bar With CEO Periodization

active CEO Podcast #85 Raise Your Energy Bar With CEO Periodization

active CEO Podcast How To Raise Your Energy Bar With CEO Periodization

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast we talk about how to raise your energy bar through CEO Periodization, on episode #8 of Breaking The CEO Code. It is a short podcast episode where host Craig Johns decodes a new aspect of being a high performing leader each week.

CEO Periodization

Craig talks about CEO Periodization, the first P of the 3P’s of the Leadership Performance Formula. CEO PERIODIZATION allows you to proactively plan your rest and recovery from a daily to career basis.

Periodization originated from cataloguing books based on periods of time and in sport it is used to segment a block of training into periods workload and rest.

Craig discusses:

  • You can’t go full throttle for 11-12 months, every year, without expecting to get sick, fatigued and “crash and burn”, so to speak.
  • Using the 3:1 PERIODIZATION work-to-rest ratio, you can take a year and create FOUR 3 month blocks, where you can assign one key project followed by a period of scheduled recovery time.
  • Breaking a 3 month block into 4 week blocks, where you have 3 weeks which can be more intense, have higher levels of stress, travel regularly, and then one week, where you schedule no meetings, no travel, work less hours and spend time with your children and those most important to you.
  • Plan your recovery throughout the week, just like the Four Day Week, 6 hour day and tradies playing golf on Wednesdays concepts so that you can have higher levels of energy and performance.
  • You can only effectively concentrate and hold high levels of productivity for 45-90 minutes at one time before requiring a 15 to 30 minute break – 3:1 ratio – to reset your mental energy and focus so that you can maintain productivity and performance throughout an entire day.

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