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 Interviews With Experts 

 Highly informative interviews with leading subject specialists, who share their favourite tips & tricks to help you improve, both in and outside of work  
I was lucky enough to get a few moments with Brian and Robina to talk about their book Delivering Benefit: Technical Leadership Capabilities. Prof Brian Sutton has over 40 years’ management and leadership experience. He has developed comprehensive information systems (IS) strategies, conducted large-scale re-engineering initiatives and led major organisational change. His career has taken him from engineering d...
Hello Melanie, thank you for stopping by Activia’s Expert Insights section. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself for our readers?

I am a clinical psychologist and life/executive coach with a practice in Mill Valley, California, just north of the Golden Gate bridge.

I am also the author of a new book called The Stress-Proof Brain and a blog on Psychology Today called The Mindful Self-Exp...
I was very fortunate to get a few minutes of Ben's time to talk about his book Will It Make The Boat Go Faster.  Ben Hunt-Davis is an experienced performance coach, facilitator and keynote speaker. He is also an author having co-written “Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?”, the story of how the men’s eight crew that he was in won the Olympic Gold medal at the Sydney Olympics.

Ben has spent the last 16 year...
This month we interviewed Roger Mavity, who originally started his career in advertising, where he ran his own advertising agency, Mavity Gilmore Jaume, for ten years. Clients of the agency included Burberry, Nestle, Minolta, Olivetti, and Honda.

He then sold his business and joined Granada Group where he was Chief Executive of the Leisure Division and then Chief Executive of the Technology ...
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Cy Wakeman is a dynamic international keynote speaker, drama researcher, New York Times best-selling author and trainer who has spent more than 20 years cultivating a revolutionary approach to leadership. Grounded in reality, Wakeman’s philosophy teaches people how to turn excuses in...
I was lucky enough to get a few moments of time with Professor Scott E. Page to talk about his book The Diversity Bonus: How Great teams pay off in the knowledge economy. Scott E Page’s research focuses on complexity theory and diversity in social systems.  His most recent book, The...
In this months interview we got to speak to Dave Crenshaw, a productive expert from the USA. He is a master of building productive leaders and has transformed hundreds of thousands of business leaders worldwide. He has appeared in TIME magazine, USA Today, FastCompany, and the BBC News...
We were lucky enough to get a few minutes with Jim and Ray to talk about their upcoming book The Art of Learning and Self Development: Your Competitive Edge.

Jim Stovall has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, the President of the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Ne...
Andrew Jenkins is a skilled facilitator of leadership, management and sales teams, a qualified corporate and executive coach, mentor, trainer and senior people development specialist as well as being an experienced business analyst, project manager and business consultant. As if this w...
An experienced business change professional who's passionate about the benefits that business change management can bring to organisations and staff going through change, Nicola Busby is here to teach the business world not to fear change!

Her latest book, The Shape of Change: A Gui...
Patricia McLagan is a global business executive, scholar and author. Founder and CEO of McLagan International, Inc., a strategy execution consulting firm, she is an expert on leadership and human behaviour.

Patricia’s greatest goal in life is to encourage an innovative world-wide...
Nat Greene is a business leader, author, and problem-solving champion. He helps smart people make radically better decisions.

In 2001, aged 28, Nat co-founded Stroud International, a professional services firm that specialises in driving breakthrough improvement in operations and c...
Mofoluwaso Ilevbare is a confidence and peak performance coach who works with corporate executives, authors, speakers, and entrepreneurs seeking excellence at work without compromising on faith, family, and legacy. She is a member of the John Maxwell Team and Cherie Blair Mentor. Her s...
Jack Llewellyn, Ph.D., is a world-renowned sports psychology consultant, author, professor, business coach and motivational speaker. He is the founder of The Center for Winning Performance - a “mental training’ organisation dedicated to helping athletes and other high performers d...
Jim Stovall has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, the President of the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network, and a highly sought-after author and platform speaker. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Ultimate Gift, which is now a major motion picture....
Stephen C. Young is the founder and principle coach of Proactive Persuasion, a leading UK training consultancy specialising in the delivery of unique immersion-style seminars about persuasion. He is a professionally qualified career and management coach and has twenty five years of exp...
Jathan Janove is a lawyer, consultant, speaker and the Principal of ​Janove Organization Solutions​. In his work, Jathan draws lessons from his 25 years of experience litigating the remains of workplace relationships that began win-win and ended toxic lose-lose. However, his object...
Paul Colaianni is a personal empowerment coach and host of The Overwhelmed Brain; a top-rated personal growth and development podcast with over 2.5 million downloads to date!

The podcast shares practical, down-to-earth advice to help people honour their personal boundaries, raise th...
Hi Amy, thank you for joining us on Activia’s Expert Insights. Could you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I am a lawyer and an art historian and I started a company called The Art of Perception. In a nutshell, I teach leaders in medicine, law enforcement, the intell...
After twenty years of not being able to decide whether he was a “seasoned executive” or a personal growth teacher, Jonathan stopped trying to figure it out.

He’s the owner of Refound, an advisory firm that offers leadership training and coaching for owners, executives and manag...
Kerri Garbis is an expert in business etiquette, presentation skills, storytelling and emotional intelligence. She is also president and co-founder of Ovation Communication, a communication skills consulting firm, and has trained hundreds of executives internationally.

McGraw-Hill ...
Ian McDermott is a thought leader in the field of leadership, innovation and collaboration, and has dedicated his life to giving people the tools to deal with the challenges they face, and the skills to create their own solutions so that they can realise their dreams.

Ian is the fou...
Dr. Kriger has been Professor of Strategic Leadership at the Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway since 1995. He has a Doctorate from Harvard University in Business Administration, as well as Master's degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy from UC Berkeley and the Massachusetts ...
With the richness of his 30 years of negotiation and reading body language experience, Greg Williams is an accomplished author, speaker and trainer recognized worldwide for his knowledge and insight on those subjects. He’s often requested to appear on TV to critique the meaning and d...
Stephanie Wachman was born in Montreal, Canada where she attended McGill University. She is the author of Own Your Time: Professional Time Management Strategies for a Profitable and Balanced Life.

Stephanie is a certified executive coach, author, speaker and trainer specializing in h...

Dr. Jason Selk is considered one of the premier performance coaches in the United States. He helps numerous well-known professional and Olympic athletes, as well as Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 executives and organisations to develop the mental toughness necessary for high-leve...
Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former teacher and principal, who now runs workshops and provides keynotes focusing on collaborative leadership, fostering inclusive school climates, and connected learning. He works for many different organisations as a visible learning trainer, instructiona...
Lee Bartlett has enjoyed a highly successful sales career working for a variety of tier 1 institutions. He has held roles in large US, UK and European-based corporations, and sold extensively across most countries in these regions, as well as in Asia.

With extensive experience sellin...
Vishal Pandey was born in Lucknow, India. After completing post graduation in management, he joined the corporate world, only to realise that it was not the path for him. His decade-old passion for self development lead him to the world of writing and creation of his blog - www.selfact...
Alan Pennington has many assignments in the field of Customer Experience under his belt. He is a customer experience consultant, and co-founder of Spectrumcx, the first Customer Experience education provider. Alan has worked across the world and in many different client companies, ope...
Anthony Iannarino is an international speaker, author, entrepreneur, and the Managing Director of B2B Sales Coach & Consultancy. He also owns part of his family’s staffing business, a company he has grown from 3M to 45M with a small sales force of 6 people. Anthony teaches Profes...
Shawn Hunter is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, speaker, and currently Founder and President of Mindscaling, a company dedicated to creating beautiful, and intelligent online learning products.

Until July, 2015 Shawn was Executive Producer & Vice President for Leade...
Before his work as a consultant, Alan Willett spent 20 years building and delivering superior integrated software-hardware products to the marketplace. Originally a software engineer, he quickly took on management positions as a result of his strong organizational skills and commit...
Martin Bailey is an unashamed geek. His passion for technology started aged 11 when he bought a Sinclair ZX81, and quickly learnt basic programming before migrating to a ZX Spectrum, BB C Micro and then onto PCs in the early 1990s.

His career has mainly been in sales and marketing, ...
Dana Byers is a successful blogger and productivity coach, and has been everything from a stay-at-home mom to a speaker at leadership events in Ireland, England, and South Africa. Along with her family, Dana has lived in a variety of states and countries, paid off debt, and fulfilled t...
Paul Smith is one of the world’s leading experts on organizational storytelling. He’s a keynote speaker, storytelling coach, and best-selling author of the books Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives that Captivate, Convince, and Inspire and Parenting with a St...
Bruce Turkel has been helping to create some of the world’s most compelling brands for over 25 years, and has worked with brands such as Nike, American Express, Discovery Networks, Bacardi and many, many more.

A captivating speaker and author, Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx...
Edie Lush is a journalist and communication skills coach. She is the Execu­tive Editor of Hub Culture and regularly interviews CEOs, entrepreneurs and politicians, and chairs events around the world.

As a journalist, she has worked for Bloomberg TV, the BBC, The Spectator, Prospect,...
Jennifer Moss is a writer, entrepreneur, and the co-founder of technology startup Plasticity Labs, a software designed to help leaders and managers  measure their existing organizational culture and improve employee happiness at work.

She is also a Harvard Business Review and Huffin...
With 15 years of speaking, selling and coaching experience, Michael offers a unique perspective. He shares the message that effective communication is not based on title, tenure or position. It’s for everyone, and it can have a profound and positive impact on your life.

Michael is ...
Rob Kendall is a leading expert on the dynamics of effective conversation. His award-winning first book Blamestorming was published in 2014, and next month sees the publication of Workstorming: Why Conversations at Work Go Wrong and How to Fix Them.

Over the last 25 years Rob has wo...
Jonathan Schwabish is a Senior Research Associate at The Urban Institute’s Income and Benefits Policy Center. He is also a member of the institute’s Communication team where he specialises in data visualization and presentation design.

Prior to his time at Urban, he spent the pre...
D.A. (Debra) Benton has been an executive coach helping leaders and organizations improve for more than 40 years. She is the president of Benton Management Resources, Inc. and the author of ten award-winning and best-selling business books, including CEO Material, The Virtual Executive...
Thomas has consulted and marketed for over 20 years, in 14 industries, in 45 countries. Each year, he gives more than 40 keynote speeches and workshops for companies, industry associations, and universities. His clients include many of the world’s most prominent companies, including ...
Elizabeth Kuhnke is a Positive Impact Coach and the managing director and founder of Kuhnke Communication. Elizabeth and her team provide services from business development to vocal impact programmes, with clients from a wide range of industries seeking Elizabeth’s help them perform ...
Today's guest is Patrick Maes, founder and Managing Director of CPI Commercial Performance Improvement.

He studied commercial science, marketing and distribution. He started his career as a banker, switched to advertising and found his vocation as an international business and perfor...
Today's guest is Victor Lipman, who is here to talk about his latest book, The Type B Manager: Leading Successfully in a Type A World, as well as some of the most common issues managers face today.

After retiring from the corporate world with over two decades of front-line and execut...
Today I had the pleasure of chatting to Alan Barker, who is a communication skills specialist, training coach and author, with a number of successful books under his belt.

He gave us some thought provoking insights into different styles of communication, the importance of soft skills...
Today's guest is Michael McQueen, an Australian-born speaker, social researcher and bestselling author. He comes from a background in research and marketing and has spent much of his career tracking the dominant trends that have shaped society, business and culture.

You may be fa...
David Cottrell is an award winning leadership expert with over 30 years of experience in the field. He is also internationally known speaker, business executive and best-selling author - we were lucky enough to have a moment of his time to discuss leadership and his upcoming book, The ...
Today, I am bringing you an expert interview with the wonderful Gregg Ward. Gregg is a speaker, author, consultant, facilitator, trainer, executive coach, and CEO of The Gregg Ward Group - a professional consulting, training and coaching firm.

For over 25 years, his focus has been on...
Today's guest is author Laura Vanderkam, who's here to talk about her book, 168 Hours: You Have More Time to Think, as well as overcoming procrastination and achieving that perfect work / life balance.

Laura is the author of several time management and productivity books, including I...
This morning, I'm joined by social entrepreneur, author, and time management expert Robert Ashton, who's here to talk about his latest book, "Time Management in a Week: How To Manage Your Time in Seven Simple Steps", as well as mastering time management and creating a more productive w...
Today I'm talking to author and productivity guru Ronel van Tonder about her latest book, "How to Become a Productivity Guru", as well as what to look for in a time management tool or app, and how to deal with interruptions.

Ronel is a science fiction author from South Africa, curren...
Today I'm talking to author and leadership coach Rosalie Chamberlain about her latest book, "Conscious Leadership in the Workplace", as well as the importance of employee development and what makes an effective team.

Rosalie Chamberlain is the Owner of Denver, CO-based Rosalie Chambe...
This morning, I'm chatting with author, filmmaker, and productivity expert Diane M. Dresback about her latest book, "Your Action, Your Success: Motivating Yourself to Get Things Done", as well as some of the most common time management mistakes and how to overcome procrastinati...
For our first expert interview, I talked to author and time management expert Helene Segura and asked her about her upcoming book "The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer", as well as some of her must-have productivity tools and techniques...

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