Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #187 Roxanne Calder Employable In The Future

Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #187 Roxanne Calder Employable In The Future

Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #187 Roxanne Calder Employable In The Future

Employable In The Future

On this episode of the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Roxanne Calder about Employable In The Future, human resources, and balancing recruitment and redundancies.

We also dive deeper into the attributes to assure your working future, verbal and non-verbal communication in leadership, and HR issues affecting the modern workforce.

Roxanne Calder – Employable In The Future

Roxanne Calder is a recruitment specialist and the Founder and Managing Director of EST10. With a BA in HR from Monash University and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, Roxanne brings a unique blend of expertise to the table. Her journey has been nothing short of thrilling, starting from her early days in hospitality and learning Japanese in the vibrant country itself. From there, she found her calling working with the renowned recruiter, Julia Ross, before eventually establishing her own groundbreaking company, EST10.

Besides her passion for recruitment and entrepreneurship, she dreams of one day owning a mini farm filled with Clydesdale horses, fainting goats, and even a Giant Eagle! Yes, you heard that right – her vision knows no bounds.

Roxanne talks about:

  • Living in Scotland, Southern Africa, Japan and Melbourne.
  • Building resilience and being exposed to a lot of different cultures from a young age
  • Learning different languages – Russian, Japanese, French –  and an interest in linguistics
  • The work ethics and working situations in Asia, Australia, and the UK
  • AI and the concerns in employment and human resources
  • Employable, –Seven Attributes to Assure Your Working Future
  • The advancement of AI and its role in employment and education
  • Importance of adapting to technological changes and upskilling
  • Having a growth mindset
  • Momentum in jobs and careers
  • Pace of change in skills
  • Handling redundancies, human resources and recruitment
  • Longevity with roles from a business perspective
  • Loyalty, reflection, and different perspectives in the modern workforce
  • Developing a high level of self-awareness
  • What makes you truly employable in today’s competitive job marketplace


“I think also this is why managers, leaders have to be genuine, authentic, real because when you acknowledge you’re giving off the message subtly of something that’s in conflict with what you’re saying and people will pick up on that even if they don’t realize it at the moment, they will go away with some level of feeling or intuition.” Roxanne Calder talks about the importance of nonverbal cues in the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast. 

“I understand why people are scared there or fearful or worried about it. It’s our next big thing. It’s as big as the Internet. So I understand why people might be concerned, but I think they should take a different view on it. They should be embracing it, getting ahead of it, getting on top of it.” AI and human resources with Roxanne Calder on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast. 

“It’s always about learning and refining and applying. What you’ve learned doesn’t have to be just about the job. It can be about yourself. And it’s probably even more powerful if you can learn more about yourself.” Reflections from past and current jobs with Roxanne Calder on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast. 

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Roxanne Calder
Roxanne Calder LinkedIn
Craig Johns
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn
Craig Johns Facebook
Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast

Recommended Reading:

Employable 7 Attributes to Assure Your Working Future Book

Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #164 Unmish Parthasarathi Power of Storytelling in Sport

Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #164 Unmish Parthasarathi Power of Storytelling in Sport

Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #164 Unmish Parthasarathi Power of Storytelling in Sport

Power of Storytelling in Sport

On this episode of the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Unmish Parthasarathi about the Power of Storytelling in Sport, bridging the communication gap, the crossroads of decision making in life, and how cricket can impact, influence and inform a corporate dynamic. 

We also delve into fan inclusion as the future of fan engagement, imposter syndrome, the world of media, the changing tide of innovation and turning a lemon into a best-seller. 

Unmish Parthasarathi – Power Of Storytelling In Sport 

Unmish Parthasarathi is a storyteller, change agent, digital media expert and start-up innovator in emerging markets. Unmish brings a rare mix of competencies that includes multi-media content creation, video-based product development, strategy & sales coupled with a deep understanding of partnership development and cross-cultural collaboration in Asia & Europe. A passionate cricket fan, travel enthusiast, cross-cultural enabler, and loves harnessing the power of listening in storytelling, 

He has lived in Delhi, Johannesburg, New York, London and Singapore, helping enable diverse organisations grow their relevance, reach or revenue by helping tell a better story. Unmish has a Bachelors Degree in History from St Stephens College; a Masters International Relations from the University of Cambridge; an MBA Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the London Business School and an MBA Entertainment, Media & Technology on Exchange at NYU Stern School of Business.  

His career has included roles as a TV Reporter for Star News in India where he interviewed cricket superstars Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar; digital media roles at IMG Media, Press Association, World Sailing League, BBC, ESPN STAR Sports and NewsCorp; Global Head of Digital Sales at ICC; and is currently the Founder of Picture Board Partners, Mentor Sport Tech Tokyo and Steering Committee Member for GoSports Foundation.  

Unmish talks about: 

  • Playing competitive cricket in Delhi, India. 
  • Gratitude, humility and reflection being the greatest story of 2021. 
  • Fragility of life has been very humbling. 
  • The sandbox you play in. 
  • Finding his space in the world of media. 
  • The crossroads of decision making in life. 
  • Why his cricket coach was a big father-figure and mentor. 
  • Humans are hard-wired for story.  
  • Power of Storytelling in Sport 
  • The relationship between story and trust.  
  • There is a lot of noise and imposter syndrome in the world.  
  • Gender equality, race and mental health have become an important part of athletes. 
  • Athletes letting fans into their backyards. 
  • Innovation is culturally situated and doesn’t need to be a big bang. 
  • Imran Khan and Martin Crowe being inspiring great leaders beyond sport. 
  • Start-up nation of Israel, Singapore and New Zealand.  


“It’s an instinct, it’s an emotion and it’s a muscle which is inculcated by someone you trust, which is a parent, a grandparent or somebody else. You almost associate the verbal gymnastics, the painting of pictures with a very positive, trusted and assured experience. And I don’t think it ever leaves us.” Talking about the power of story on trust with Unmish Parthasarathi on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast. 

Resources Mentioned in this show: 

Picture Board  
Speakers Institute Corporate 
Craig Johns 
Craig Johns 
Craig Johns LinkedIn 

active CEO Podcast #96 Christian Boucousis Leading Out Of The Danger Zone

active CEO Podcast #96 Christian Boucousis Leading Out Of The Danger Zone

active CEO Podcast #96 Christian Boucousis Leading Out Of The Danger Zone
Christian Boucousis – High Performance Coach and Speaker

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Christian Boucousis about Leading Out Of The Danger Zone, fighter pilot emotions, the Afterburner FLEX flawless execution method, and  how leaders can execute like a fighter pilot.

We also deep dive into high performing teams, why the debrief is more important than the mission, optimising the peak stress curve and why people aren’t the best versions of ourselves.

Christian Boucousis – Leading Out Of The Danger Zone

Christian Boucousis is a high performing leader, who was born to fly fighter jets, thrives on highly complex and demanding environments, and is the co-author of “On Time On Target”. He is a high achiever who focuses on flawless execution, successfully transferred high-level skills of flying at over 1500km/hr to the business world and is a thriving entrepreneur.

His career started as a fighter pilot for the Royal Australian Air Force; before founding the Christian Thomas Group, which provides humanitarian support to developing nations; and directing W E Johns & sons. His current roles include founder and CEO of Mode Developments property company, Publisher of Australian Aviation, and High Performance Coach & Speaker of Afterburner Australia and New Zealand.

Christian talks about:

  • A lifetime obsession with being a fighter pilot.
  • Why a fighter pilot execution rate is about 98%
  • A high performing team is about individual accountability
  • How to get into a battle “execution” rhythm.
  • Situational awareness is the clarity that allows you to make better decisions.
  • Using the Uder loop from the top gun academy.
  • Maneuvering ourselves into another position to take advantage of it
  • Utilizing the peak stress curve to optimize performance.
  • Plan – Brief – Execute – Debrief
  • Leading out of the danger zone.
  • Why fighter pilots are the most emotionless robots on the planet.
  • Preventing burnout and stress as a fighter pilot.
  • The huge potential of the debrief for teams and organisations
  • Taking accountability for our own actions while leading teams.
  • Why humans as highly complex individuals and go off on a tangent.
  • You are always investigating, you are doing your analysis on the run.
  • Analysis and decision making is in perpetual motion
  • Why people spend little time debriefing a goal and the 3 simple questions of a debrief
  • What’s one thing you can say that can enable hundreds of people to do their job?
  • The habits and routines he does every day that allow him to execute flawlessly

Active CEO Performance Tip

Create A Ripple Effect With PURPOSE – Have you become too focused on yourself and you don’t feel fulfilled. Focus on something bigger than just yourself. Determine what your companies or your own real purpose is in life. Your why or your companies why? What work can you do to serve that purpose and leave a positive mark or dent on the world? 3 questions to ask yourself – 1. What makes you come alive? 2. What are your innate strengths? 3. Where do you add greatest value? NOW IF YOU ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO IDENTIFY YOUR WHY here are 3 more questions to ask yourself: 1. What do people come to ask for help on and thank you for? 2. What would do you love doing that you would do everyday without a paycheck? 3. If you found out that you only had one year left, what would you imagine yourself doing? Its time for you to do some self reflection and find clarity on your why!


“80% of what we did is mapped out, whereas the 20% we had to make decisions, we were able to do that, because the basics were all looked after.” The precision of a fighter pilot with Christian Boucousis, on the active CEO Podcast.

“Everyday we don’t come together as a team, we are diverging away from that goal.” Christian Boucousis talks about team alignment, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Christian Boucousis LinkedIn
Christian Boucousis Facebook
Christian Boucousis Twitter
Craig Johns
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn

Recommended Reading:

BOOK – On Time On Target Christian Boucousis

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active CEO Podcast Andrew Barnes 4 Day Week

active CEO Podcast #58 Andrew Barnes 4 Day Week

active CEO Podcast Andrew Barnes 4 Day Week
Andrew Barnes – Founder 4 Day Week

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Andrew Barnes about Perpetual Guardian’s 4 Day Week, changing the way people work, improving the wellbeing and productivity of businesses, and the fourth industrial revolution. We also speak about global financial crisis, customer service, empowered workforces and the more important benefits of the 4 Day Week.

Andrew Barnes – 4 Day Week

Andrew Barnes is an incredible leader who is an innovator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and absolute human resource disrupter. He is the catalyst behind the 4 day week, saved the historic 1904 built classic racing yacht Ariki, and proud host of the 3 day weekend.

Andrew completed a MA in Law and archaeology at the University of Cambridge, attended the Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK).

His financial services career commenced in the UK before holding senior executive roles at Macquarie Bank, Citi, Tower, County NatWest and was Chairman at Australasian Wealth Investments.

Our special guest then became a director of Bestinvest, acquired and purchased Perpetual Trust, founded Complectus and made the game-changing move of creating Perpetual Guardian. He is currently the Chairman of Regional; Facilities Auckland, Paysauce and Perpetual Trust.

Andrew talks about:

  • Thinking carefully about what our industry is going to look like in years to come.
  • A simultaneous arrest of eleven ships spread across the globe,
  • Why an arts background allowed him to look at it from a different shape and pattern.
  • The cultural adjustment to Australia after the 1987 stock market crash.
  • Two core lessons in finance that create repeated financial crisis.
  • Why the military is still one of the best leadership schools.
  • How his time at Citi was the point where his leadership evolved.
  • People are only productive two and a half hours a day.
  • Productivity and profitability improving after the eight week trial of the 4 Day Week.
  • Lots of scepticism not only at the Board level but also at the leadership level of the company.
  • The 100-80-100 rule.
  • How the Perpetual Guardian staff were empowered to design the 4 Day Week
  • Ensuring that customer service standards did not drop.
  • New Zealand society’s response to the 4 Day Week.
  • People want to work for an innovative business that’s trying different things.
  • The stress and mental health epidemic sweeping the workforce across the world.
  • We are setting up a couple of foundations whose purpose is to fund research.
  • Creating a network of consultants around the world to deliver the 4 Day Week.
  • Why the hell the work practices are the right way, had asked the question why?
  • My peak point of creativity is usually after a point of high stress

Active CEO Performance Tip

Leaders Develop Leaders – Leaders don’t just lead people, they develop leaders. Learning how to recognize and most importantly develop potential and emerging leaders is important for the growth and succession of a company, organization group or team. Being able to identify behaviors, attitudes and habits are more important than job-related skills when it comes to leadership. Facilitating growth, supporting leadership behaviours and providing challenges to enhance your people’s skills should be your number one priority and people buy people not products.


“I didn’t think the 4 day week was high risk, but if you are sitting where somebody else is it necessary doesn’t come across the same way.” Andrew Barnes talks about analysing the risk of the 4 Day Week, on the active CEO Podcast.

“I didn’t inform the board. I merely announced the 4 day week on national television.” Andrew Barnes launching the 4 Day Week at Perpetual Guardian, on the active CEO Podcast.

“What we got was a more enthusiastic workforce, workforce that was refreshed, a workforce that was more empowered.” Employee outcomes of the 4 Day Week with Andrew Barnes on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Andrew Barnes Wikipedia
Andrew Barnes TEDx Auckland
4 Day Week
4 Day Week LinkedIn
4 Day Week Facebook
4 Day Week Twitter
Perpetual Guardian
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn