As we close out a year that has been filled with unexpected and unprecedented challenges, I am chatting with Geoff McDonald, thought leader on dealing with mental health in the business world.
Geoff, a ‘Mental Health Campaigner’, shares his personal experience with mental health and how it unveiled his Purpose. Geoff works with companies to incorporate mental health as a strategic priority. After all, when employees are mentally healthy, they perform better.
If your company is still working remotely or you’re thinking of ways to welcome everyone back to the office, check out this candid conversation for some insights on the importance of normalizing sharing stories about mental health at the organizational level, and creating the psychological safety to do so. After the year 2020 brought us, we could all benefit from prioritizing C.A.N.D.O. (listen to find out what this means!).
“At a point, [purpose] occasionally becomes – do I feel comfortable looking myself in the mirror?”
Nine months ago, Italy, particularly Milan, was labeled the new epicenter of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The world was watching the dramatic impact the spread was having on the society, people, business and economy at large. In the midst, Alessio Miranda, newly appointed Country Manger and CEO of ING Bank Italia, was tasked with prioritizing the health and safety of 1,000 bank employees, all while maintaining the business. Through conviction of his purpose he lead with clarity and courage, resulting in ING Italia not only supporting its’ workforce mentally and physically, but they were named the second best bank in Italy, and are ending the year ahead of financial targets.
If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to have the courage to take the hard right and speak to hearts and minds, check out this week’s episode with Alessio.
In the holiday spirit, we’re dropping back to back episodes on the Leading from Purpose podcast (Incase you missed it – Maarten van Beek, HR Director of ING Bank dropped last Wednesday). This week, meet Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Limited and President of Unilever South Asia.
Sanjiv whose purpose is to “make heroes out of ordinary people,” shares his journey of leadership with us from turning Unilever Bangladesh from a company in shambles to the most admired, competitive company in the country to overseeing 21,000 employees in India alone through one of the strictest lockdowns due to COVID-19 in the world. The best part of conversations with Sanjiv are the rich stories he shares about growing up with parents who lived through the Partition of India and the love of history, culture and humanity they instilled in him at the dinner table.
If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to keep optimism alive as a leader in crisis and how to have an impact on the community you serve, look no further!
On this episode of the Leading from Purpose Podcast, Nick Craig is joined by one of the biggest Purpose advocates we know, Maarten van Beek, Human Resources Director for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg at ING Bank.
Purpose has become really popular these days but how you bring it to all employees is something big organizations are just beginning to think about. At ING, they started back in 2017. Overseeing over 25,000 employees in his region, Maarten and his colleagues were already committed to the organization’s Purpose, but knew that in order to have a big impact – they needed to connect each employee’s purpose with that of ING. Today, thousands of employees, from leaders to call center representatives and branch employees, have completed the company’s Purpose to Impact Program.
Listen to hear more on how ING Bank focused on aligning individual goals with the company’s purpose to create something beautiful.
In June of this year, Ben & Jerry’s statement on racism in America, “Silence is not an option,” was trending. For decades the company has been at the forefront of social and climate issues. On this week’s Leading from Purpose Podcast episode, Nick Craig is joined by CEO of Ben & Jerry’s, Matthew McCarthy, to talk about the role that Purpose plays in taking a risk to do what is right. Matthew McCarthy shares deep insights on how being a Purpose-driven leader and/or organization has helped him choose the hard right versus the easy wrong when it really matters most.A bonus? Matthew McCarthy, a musician at heart, shares some insight on the curious boy who has always lived inside him and thrives on helping others seek the joy and justice in life.