active CEO Podcast 74 Lucy Bennett Baggs Just Challenge Global Impact

active CEO Podcast #74 Lucy Bennett Baggs Just Challenge Global Impact

active CEO Podcast 74 Lucy Bennett Baggs Just Challenge Global Impact
Lucy Bennett Baggs – Founder Just Challenge

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Lucy Bennett Baggs about Just Challenge Global Impact, fundraising over US$1.5 million for charities including WaterAid, partnering with Laureus Sport For Good and Putting on very meaningful events to make a difference in the world. We also delve into working at HSBC, the world of sponsorship and events, taking companies to some of the remote places in the world, and A life creating challenges for people all around the globe.

Lucy Bennett Baggs – Just Challenge Global Impact

Lucy is a young, determined and entrepreneurial leader who knows the true meaning of being comfortable with the uncomfortable, loves taking teams to incredible locations across the globe, and has led fundraising efforts of over US$1.5 Million for charities around the world, including WaterAid and Laureus Sport for Good. A leader who is passionate about philanthropy, sport, entrepreneurship and bringing out the best in people.

She has a 1st Class Honors in a Marketing BSc from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, and was the winner of Women Leading Change in Asia, in 2018. Her career includes working at HSBC as part of the Undergraduate Management and Executive Schemes, and in Marketing, Sponsorship and Events.  In 2017 she founded Just Challenge an agency designed to use sport and adventure as a platform to respond to business’ objectives – including CSR, employee engagement, client relationships and leadership development.

Lucy talks about:

  • Looking for ways that I could think outside the box & how I could push other people.
  • Being on a great graduate program at HSBC.
  • Knocking on the head of sponsorship & events door desperately begging him for a job.
  • Voluntarily organising two major charity challenges for HSBC, in the Sahara & Gobi Deserts.
  • Differentiating yourself in a corporate culture of the survival of the fittest.
  • Raising $250,000 for WaterAid on the first HSBC expedition.
  • The importance partnerships & collaborations in sponsorship.
  • How HSBC put rugby into schools with the Hong Kong 7’s grass roots sponsorship program.
  • Constantly looking at ways to get corporates to have a voice.
  • Switching from a life with a high level of certainty at HSBC to starting Just Challenge.
  • Just Challenge Global Impact
  • Why Oman, Great Wall of China, Himalayan Mountains, Mongolia & South Africa provide incredible destinations for Just Challenge.
  • Taking people off the beaten track that is somewhere that people would go normally.
  • Creating expeditions that are sustainable & environmentally friendly.
  • Funding & investing in sustainable water pumps for Vietnam villages.
  • Creating global policies to reduce and offset our carbon footprint
  • Scaling Just Challenge.
  • Joining Michael Johnson and Sean Fitzpatrick on the 2020 Just challenge in New Zealand.
  • Pressure to demonstrate health & wellbeing both physically & mentally.
  • Surround yourself with brilliant people & that will take you where you need to be.
  • #inthistogether and going to places that you would never imagine you could get to.

Active CEO Performance Tip

Leaders Speak Last – How often do you go into a meeting and the lead person talks, talks and talks some more? The people in the room begin to switch off and when time comes to action following the meeting, no one really buys into it. High Performing Leaders always speak last. They may open the meeting and provide context, before allowing everyone else in the room to speak. They wait until right at the end of the meeting to wrap up what has been said and identify steps forward. This ensures everyone has an opportunity to speak, new ideas can surface and the team makes the decision. In a 30minute meeting, a high performing leader may only speak for 1-2 minutes.

Tweets

“People want meaningful experiences and there are so many beautiful places around the world that I think that brands can engage their people whether it is clients, employees or leaders.” Lucy Bennett Baggs talking about meaningful experiences, on the active CEO Podcast.

“Conversations we have when your phones are off, you have got no signal, you are having real conversations with people for the first time in a very long time, you are not walking, you are not in the rat race, your meeting new people and asking questions. Its amazing what comes out on these challenges and what they are going through.” Benefits of going off the grid with Lucy Bennett Baggs, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Lucy Bennett-Baggs LinkedIn
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lucybennettbaggs
Just Challenge www.just-challenge.com
Just Challenge Twitter
NRG2Perform www.nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns craig@nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns LinkedIn

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active CEO Podcast Deepthi Bopaiah India's Next olympic Gold GoSports Foundation
Deepthi Bopaiah – CEO GoSports Foundation

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Deepthi Bopaiah – India’s Next Olympic Gold

Deepthi Bopaiah is a highly determined and visionary young leader from India, who is making waves on the sub-continent with GoSports Foundation, creating an enriched sporting ecosystem, sport for all, and is determined to put India on the sporting map and win Olympic Gold Medals. She is an actor, travel junkie and dog lover, who managed to sweet-talk her way into the Rio Paralympic Games village, and was a fine athlete in her own right, representing Karnataka State in Basketball and Tennis.

She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Mont Carmel College and a MBA Finance & Marketing Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies. Her career has included Assistant Manager, Assistant Vice President Training & Development and Vice President of HSBC in Bangalore. Since 2012, She started out working at GoSports Foundation as a Communications Director and Marketing Director, and since 2016, is the Executive Director.

Deepthi talks about:

  • Growing up in Bangalore and living in a country of 1.3 Billion people.
  • Having a dream that has impact, where you could influence change.
  • Why Steffi Graf was her role model as a child.
  • The rise of the female athlete in India and sport teaching you life lessons.
  • Taking the initiative to approach Walt Disney India for an internship
  • The biggest lesson learnt while working at HSBC.
  • You can only get people to invest if they see that you are doing it.
  • The catalyst and focus for GoSport Foundation
  • Rahul Dravid mentoring program to help athletes transitioning to elite level.
  • Pullela Gopichand focuses on coaching eco-system model.
  • India’s Next Olympic Gold
  • Breaking the logic of India and women in sport in India.
  • India’s challenges to finding the next Indian Olympic and Paralympic Gold Medalist.
  • Corporate India embracing Sport in their CSR programs.
  • The participation catalyst of four medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
  • Fit India movement and people talking about being more healthy.
  • The value of collaborative leadership.
  • How tennis, pilates and chanting help her bring her A-Game.
  • If you want to get fit do a 10k, if you want to change your life do a marathon.

Active CEO Performance Tip

CEO Companionship – CEO loneliness is a real problem affecting our society. Have you ever felt lonely, isolated and there is no one you can speak to, as a leader? Well, you are not alone! Harvard Business Review reported that 61% of CEO’s feel that loneliness hinders their job performance. The higher you move up the ladder the greater the responsibility, pressure to deliver results, expectation to remain calm and the level of confidentiality, increases. Here are 4 Ways To Overcome CEO Loneliness: Build a Team of Mentors, Create Work-Life Integration, Join a Support Group and Embrace the Inclusivity of Courage and Vulnerability. Take the time to reflect and then recognize how the 4 Ways To Overcome CEO Loneliness can you help you rise up and become a better leader in 2020.  

Tweets

“You can only get people to invest if they see that you are doing it.” Talking about change and leadership with Deepthi Bopaiah, on the active CEO Podcast.

“When you support a young athlete you support one of them, where f you support a coach you can support a hundred athletes through that one sport.” Deepthi Bopaiah talks about Pullela Gopichand, India National Badminton Coach, approach to coach ecosystems, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Deepthi Bopaiah LinkedIn
Deepthi Bopaiah Twitter
Deepthi Bopaiah Instagram
Go Sports Foundation India www.gosportsfoundation.in
NRG2Perform www.nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns craig@nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns LinkedIn

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