Leading Healthy Sustainable Systems

active CEO Podcast #78 Hilary Poole Leading Healthy Sustainable Systems

Leading Healthy Sustainable Systems
Hilary Poole – Deputy Chair High Performance Sport New Zealand

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Hilary Poole about leading healthy sustainable systems; working with outstanding leaders Teresa Gattung CNZM and Jack Welch; the privilege of leading Hockey NZ and Netball NZ; building a team of trusted relationships, and her four pillars of governance.

We also discuss the differences between governance and operations, working through the CEO, understanding the key priorities, the importance of being an active CEO, and why whom you select as your partner is the most important decision of your life.

Hilary Poole – Leading Healthy Sustainable Systems

Hilary is an awarded sports professional who has 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership and governance roles within the sport, finance, food, education, and not for profit sectors in New Zealand, Australia and London. She is a leader who thrives on a changing environment, loves being active with Yoga, skiing, Stand up paddle boarding and golf, and can be found pottering around the garden.

She has completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Economics, and a Bachelor of Physical Education majoring in Sociology of Sport and Leisure from Otago University, leadership and executive studies at the London Business School and is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Her career commenced at the Bank of New Zealand and including numerous executive roles including head of Marketing and Distribution. She moved to London as the Strategic Marketing Manager for GE Capital, before spending a decade advising CEO’s and Boards through her business Poole + Associates. Between 2009 and 2016 she successfully led Hockey New Zealand and Netball New Zealand as their Chief Executive. Since 2006 she has giving back in numerous governance and Chair roles at Prolife Foods, Diocesan School for Girls, Just Life Group Ltd., Martin Jenkins Ltd, The Clubhouse NZ, Sport New Zealand and is the Deputy Chair of High Performance Sport New Zealand.

Hilary talks about:

  • Leading healthy sustainable systems.
  • Why her mum, a PE teacher, has been her greatest teacher.
  • Teresa Gattung being an incredible leader, bringing talented people together, at BNZ.
  • Joining BNZ after the NZ stockmarket crash in 1988.
  • Differences between BNZ and GE Capital culture.
  • Working with Fortune magazine’s “Manager of the Century”, Jack Welch at GE Capital.
  • Her desire to become an advisor and consultant to CEO’s and Boards with Poole + Associates.
  • Building a career to work with lifestyle and needs of family.
  • Advising the CEO of the NZ Lotteries Commission, on strategy.
  • Why the Chief Executive role at Hockey New Zealand was her steepest learning curve.
  • Creating assets that you can sell for commercial gain.
  • Incredible privilege of leading NZ’s largest female participation sport, netball.
  • Being a guardian and filling a stewardship role as CEO of a national sport organisation.
  • Understanding what your players and participants need to thrive.
  • Being in Board roles of Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand.
  • The fundamental shift for sports over the next 30-50 years.
  • Understanding priorities, practicing yoga and meditating daily.

Active CEO Performance Tip

Dedicate Time To CEO Exercise – Why should a CEO dedicate time in their busy schedule to incorporate exercise into their daily routine? A CEO with low energy poses a big problem for a company, as they create a stress environment each day. Creativeness, decision-making and attention suffer as a consequence. Family relationships and social life will be impaired, as they will take longer to complete tasks and will have less energy, than a fit CEO, to use after work has finished for the day. For CEO’s and leaders to maintain high levels of integrity, think strategically about the future, have clarity when making decisions, be energetic and have the confidence to lead a high performing team, they need to be healthy. This means they need to be attentive to regular exercise, fuelling their body with the right food, freeing their mind and recovering with purpose.

Tweets

“It sometimes may feel lonely, but you are not walking alone.” The intense media pressure as CEO of Netball NZ with Hilary Poole, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Hilary Poole LinkedIn
Hilary Poole Instagram
High Performance Sport New Zealand www.hpsnz.org.nz
Sport New Zealand www.sportnz.org.nz
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active CEO Podcast #70 Miles Stewart A Lifetime Chasing Results

active CEO Podcast Miles Stewart A Lifetime Chasing Results
Miles Stewart – CEO Triathlon Australia

On this episode of the Sportspeople Recruitment active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Miles Stewart about a lifetime of chasing results, winning an ITU World Triathlon Championship, the challenge of transitioning out of sport, lessons learnt in managing people and being CEO of Triathlon Australia.

We also delve into the detrimental side of corporate life, when a competitive instinct can become destructive, why the MEMOS Masters Degree has taken him out of his comfort zone, and designing a wellness structure to support high performance.

Miles Stewart – A Lifetime Chasing Results

Miles Stewart is a highly focused and determined leader who is an Olympic Triathlete, two times world triathlon champion and ITU World Triathlon Hall of Fame member. He is regarded as one of Australia’s all time best triathletes, a multiple national speedskating champion, MEMOS Masters Degree student and has the rare privilege of winning a world title in his home town.

His career has included Leasing Executive roles at McConaghy Properties, Colonial First State Property Management and Head of Retail Leasing at Charter Hall. Miles has also filled governance roles on the Triathlon Australia Board and High Performance Committee, and is currently the CEO of Triathlon Australia.

Miles talks about:

  • A lifetime being coached by a dad who produced world champions in three different sports.
  • Having an environment of very influential people at school.
  • Finishing 4th at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Avignon, France, as an 18 year old.
  • Growing up racing with Spot Anderson, Brad Bevan, Greg Welch & Nic Croft.
  • The Big 5 in triathlon, Mark Allen, Scott Molina, Dave Scott, Scott Tinley & Mike Pigg.
  • A watershed moment in equal prizemoney & equality in the sport.
  • Winning the 1991 ITU World Triathlon Champs, on the Gold Coast.
  • The deafening noise of finishing 6th at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
  • Coping with the transition of stepping out of sport.
  • A lifetime chasing results.
  • The Four D’s of people leaving sport.
  • Realising that it is really hard to live a normal life.
  • Having to learn the impact of my behaviour on other people.
  • The detrimental side of leading a high flying corporate role.
  • Staff retention and happiness being a key driver.
  • The changing landscape of managing sport
  • The challenges of being an Olympic level coach.
  • Keeping perspective is important as a human being.
  • Why not reach outside my comfort zone.
  • Taking a long time after sport to be happy

Active CEO Performance Tip

CEO Legacy – Having a purpose in life and aligning it to the work that you do is important if you wish to enjoy what you do, be productive and perform at a high level. Some people have a desire to go beyond the world they work in and leave a legacy for future generations to benefit from. CEO Legacy is all about finding a greater purpose through a project or movement that creates a ripple effect across an area, industry or the world. What mark do you want to leave on the world?

Tweets

“When I talk to people leaving sport now. The hardest past is to de-tune from being an athlete. Realising that a lot of the skills that made you a great athlete may not suit you in workplace environment or may not be the best skills in that space. Its very hard when peoples success comes from a certain pattern.” Miles Stewart discusses the challenge of transitioning out of sport, on the Sportspeople Recruitment active CEO Podcast.

“Being an ex-athlete I have this mentality that I cant let things slide or I have to get to the finish and deal with them. I have had to learn to get a lot better at relaxing and recovering myself. I have never been great at making myself a priority. I normally put a lot of things in front of me. Pulling that back is something that I had to consider.  Carving out some time to do something that I need to do is good for me as well.” Being an active CEO with Miles Stewart, on the Sportspeople Recruitment active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Triathlon Australia www.triathlon.org.au
Miles Stewart LinkedIn
Miles Stewart Wikipedia
NRG2Perform www.nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns craig@nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns LinkedIn

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