Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #171 Grant Herbert The People Builder

Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #171 Grant Herbert The People Builder

The People Builder

On this episode of the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Grant Herbert about The People Builder, emotional intelligence, parenthood and leadership, authenticity and living in a super VUCA world. 

We also delve into the power of vulnerability, neuroscience, a journey of imperfection, developing as a leader, emotional and social intelligence, and the performance trap.

Grant Herbert – The People Builder

Grant Herbert is an Emotional Intelligence Expert known as the People Builder, Executive Leadership Coach and Founder of People Builders Institute. He is a genuine down to earth human being with 5 amazing children, who loves helping people be their best authentic self.

With a background in neuroscience, positive psychology and social and emotional intelligence, he has a focus is on empowering today’s great technical managers to become exceptional leaders in a VUCA world. His career includes roles in the Australian Army, National Hire Group (Now Coates Hire) and Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration before becoming self employed in the Professional Development industry.  

Grant Herbert talked about:

  • How do we allow the past to shape the future
  • Lessons from parenthood into leadership
  • A super VUCA world
  • The power of vulnerability
  • Being left on a doorstep as a baby
  • The story we make up inside our head
  • The compounding effect of give meaning to life 
  • Unconditional love
  • The people builder
  • The performance trap
  • Work on your own identity
  • Start with self approval 
  • What could I do differently moving forward?
  • Reprogramming your mini me
  • Leaning into the voice inside your head
  • Getting leadership right is difficult
  • Emotional intelligence and social intelligence
  • Perform out of a position of self approval


“Performing is what you do. Your identity is who you believe you are and who you believe you aren’t.” Grant Herbert talks about identity on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

“Expose yourself and make mistakes. Mistakes can be your greatest teacher if you filter through your own self approval.” Turning mistakes into lessons with Grant Herbert on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

“Manage your response to it and manage your behavior, rather than manage your emotions.” Emotional and Social Intelligence with Grant Herbert on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

“Who I am didn’t change. What I do didn’t change. How I did it changed.” Gran Herbert on dealing with change on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Grant Herbert
Grant Herbert LinkedIn
Grant Herbert YouTube
Grant Herbert Instagram
The People Builder Podcast
People Builders
People Builders Institute
Speakers Institute Corporate
Craig Johns
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn
Craig Johns Facebook
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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