NEWTON TALKS

Newton Talks is a refreshingly different interview show that meets the people behind the ideas inspiring us here at Newton.

Series 4

Mario Moussa

Mario Moussa joins People & Change Director, Brad Jennings, to discuss
workplace culture and its links to anthropology.

About Mario Moussa

Mario Moussa is the management consultant turned award-winning author.

 

His latest book, The Culture Puzzle, is a culmination of over 75 years’ worth of expertise on a business anthropological approach to workplace culture. Mario has taught at the world's leading academic institutions, with work published in the Journal of Business Anthropology.

Mario Moussa

Mario Moussa

Workplace culture & the importance of anthropology

In this first episode of the new series, Mario Moussa sits down with Brad Jennings (at times beside a virtual campfire) to tackle the question, what is anthropology? And why should we care about it at work in the first place?

 

Exploring organisational types, the two delve into insightful discussions about the way cultures are formed and the impact that can have depending on your working environment.

 

FURTHER READING: OUR WORKPLACE CULTURE RESEARCH

 

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Eliza Filby

Generational dynamics expert, Dr Eliza Filby and Newton Strategy Partner, Darra Singh OBE talk ageing and multigenerational dynamics in the workplace.

About Eliza Filby

Dr Eliza Filby is an academic, author, podcast host and visiting lecturer at King’s College London.

 

As a consultant and Doctor of British History, Eliza is a ‘historian of contemporary values and generational dynamics’ and specialises in ‘Generational Intelligence’.


In 2022 she was awarded the Europa Forum’s 2022 Millennial Leaders Award.

Eliza Filby

Eliza Filby

In this episode Darra and Eliza look at the ways ageing and cultural shifts in the workplace present both points of tension and opportunity for businesses in the twenty-first century. Are older workers considered the future of their organisation, as much as millennials and Gen Z?

 

FURTHER READING: OUR WORKPLACE CULTURE RESEARCH

 

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Geffrye Parsons

Geffrye Parsons, the CEO - or Chief Empathy Officer - of The Inclusion Imperative talks to Newton People & Change Director, Kate Haddon, about the importance of creating a 'culture of care' in the workplace.

About Geffrye Parsons

Geffrye Parsons has enjoyed a successful career working as a front office executive in financial services, and more recently as a Managing Director for Macquarie Group, where he took the organisation from outside the top 300 to #1 in Stonewall’s annual Workplace Equality Index for 2022.


Now founder of The Inclusion Imperative, Geffrye is creating future generations of inclusive leaders and helping businesses to harness the power of inclusion in the workplace.

Geffrye Parsons

Geffrye Parsons

Looking at the role of inclusion, psychological safety, adjustments and allyship, Geffrye and Kate unpack the many layers of a culture of care. Reminding us that it's not just a matter of creating diverse teams, but creating inclusive environments where people have a sense of belonging and feel empowered to share their perspective.

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Series 3

Mo Gawdat

In this episode, Mo sits down with Justin Geldof, Newton’s Technology Director, to discuss AI in the modern world.

About Mo Gawdat

Mo Gawdat is an entrepreneur and best-selling author, most famously known for his books Solve for Happy and Scary Smart. After an illustrious career of nearly 30 years in tech, which included a stint as Chief Business Officer at GoogleX, Mo turned his focus to the business of happiness, not a business at all but a fundamental feature of human life.

Mo Gawdat

Mo Gawdat

In this episode, Mo sits down with Justin Geldof, Newton’s Technology Director, to discuss AI in the modern world, pushing us to think about our role in its evolution.

 

Mo argues that instead of thinking of AI as simply technology we should be thinking of it as the newest form of sentient life. Life that we are responsible for raising.

 

In addressing the question of whether AI will develop to have humanity’s best interest in mind, Justin and Mo discuss ethics, our role in nurturing ‘good’ AI, and happiness as a social mission.

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Amanda Kirby

Amanda Kirby talks to Newton’s Disability Network co-founder Ed Bailey about neurodiversity in the workplace.

About Amanda Kirby

Professor Amanda Kirby is an academic, professor, author, medical practitioner, and the CEO / co-founder of Do-IT Solutions. Having authored nine books and published over one-hundred academic research papers, Professor Kirby is a leading expert in the field of neurodiversity.

Amanda Kirby

Amanda Kirby

In this episode of Newton Talks, Professor Kirby sits down with Newton’s very own Ed Bailey, Business Manager across Local and Central Government and co-founder of Newton’s Disability Network, to unpack what neurodiversity really means.

 

They discuss moving beyond the neurodivergent-neurotypical divide, to an understanding that all human minds are different in their own way.

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Ari Wallach

Ari Wallach joins Newton Partner Julie Leonard to discuss futures thinking and becoming great ancestors!

About Ari Wallach

Ari Wallach is a social systems strategist and the Founder and Executive Director of Longpath Labs, an organisation which works to bring long-term thinking and coordinated behaviour to individuals and their organisations. He is also the author of Longpath: Becoming the Great Ancestors Our Future Needs – An Antidote for Short-Termism

Ari Wallach

Ari Wallach

In this third episode, Ari explores how futures thinking, transgenerational empathy, and purpose come together to create this idea of “Longpath”, an applied mindset for future conscious thinking and behaviour. They both explore how we should think about the future beyond our own tenure, with future generations in mind.

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John Amaechi

John Amaechi OBE chats to Business Manager Shyam Radia about team mentality in front of a live audience!

About John Amaechi

Professor John Amaechi OBE, is a respected organisational psychologist, award-winning and bestselling author, and former NBA sportsman.

He is one of HR’s most influential thinkers, and founder of APS Intelligence Ltd. - an organisation of thought leaders in inclusive leadership that builds high performing teams.

John Amaechi

John Amaechi

In this exclusive episode, filmed and recorded in front of over 400 Newton employees, Shyam Radia, one of Newton’s Business Managers, invites respected organisational psychologist, Professor John Amaechi OBE, to sit down with him for a thought-provoking discussion on leadership in the modern world, the importance of seeking (and giving) feedback, and the necessity of agility and adaptability in the workplace.

 

Join John and Shyam as they discuss what makes a good leader, what it really means to be a part of a ‘team’, and how individuals can push their own progression, no matter their age or seniority. We also gave our live audience the chance to ask John some of their own questions and got their unfiltered reactions to John’s advice.

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Series 2

Patrice Gordon

In the first episode of series twoPatrice Gordon talks to Newton Founder Andy Hawes about why Reverse Mentoring must be scary to work!

About Patrice Gordon

Patrice is an Executive Coach and Personal Development advocate specializing in Inclusive Leadership, Reverse Mentoring and Women’s Development Programs. Driven by a passion for helping people realise their potential, Patrice’s efforts focus on building an inclusive environment for all.

Patrice Gordon

Patrice Gordon

Patrice Gordon is a reverse mentoring guru, whose efforts to build an inclusive environment at Virgin Atlantic have been recognised by her boss Richard Branson, and internationally by the TED Talk leadership community. 

 

In this episode, Newton co-founder Andy Hawes sits down with Patrice to talk about what it takes to excel at reverse mentoring. 

 

How can Andy, who found the process both illuminating and challenging, ensure that reverse mentoring is truly successful? What does ‘good’ really look like? Should the experience, as Andy asks, be scary to actually work? And, ultimately, does the success of reverse mentoring lie in how vulnerable leaders really allow themselves to be?

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Doug Gurr

Doug Gurr chats to Newton Partner Toby Ashong about igniting a data-led mindset within a heritage organisation.

About Doug Gurr

Former boss of Amazon UK, Doug Gurr has now turned his hand to leading the Natural History Museum into the digital age. With the aim of increasing the exhibitions audience through access via the virtual world, Doug hopes to bring some algorithmic magic to the famous Victorian institution.

Doug Gurr

Doug Gurr

Doug Gurr is Director at The National History Museum, previously Country Manager at Amazon UK and President at Amazon China. Not only that, he is also a former Scottish international triathlete, 12 times Ironman and keen ski mountaineer with over 20 first ascents.

 

In this episode, Newton’s Toby Ashong chats with Doug about his impressive personal and professional achievements and why the secret to successful digital transformation is not technology, but people.

 

The two discuss the importance of leadership in galvanising people behind a shared vision, the role of storytelling amid company-wide change, the taxonomy of decision-making as well as three key lessons Doug has learned from a lifetime of deploying digital and data technology effectively.

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Derek Gaunt

Derek Gaunt and Newton Business Manager Katie Quarmby talk why thinking like a hostage negotiator can help you have better conversations.

About Derek Gaunt

Derek Gaunt is a negotiations coach for the Black Swan Group and author of Ego, Authority, Failure©.  Having turned his skills to hostage negotiation in 1997, Derek now instructs businesses on how to apply hostage negotiation practices to the working world, increasing performance by changing the way organisations think about communicating one person to another.

Derek Gaunt

Derek Gaunt

Derek Gaunt is a lecturer, author and trainer with over 20 years’ experience in law enforcement as a leader and commander of hostage negotiation teams in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. As a member of the Black Swan Group, he now works as a trainer and personal coach, instructing businesses on how to apply hostage negotiation practices and principles in their work.

 

In this episode, Newton’s Katie Quamby talks with Derek to explore how effective negotiation is less about conversational hardball but in fact requires empathy, listening, and understanding.

 

Together they discuss some of the negotiation tactics that can help you have better, more valuable, conversations as a leader; and how techniques such as accusations audits and the five stages of listening can foster more candid conversations. Plus, why leading with curiosity can drive true resolution in the face of a challenging conversation.

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Series 1

Matthew Syed

In this debut episode of Newton Talks, Matthew sits down with Brad Jennings, Newton’s “Change Guru”, to dig even deeper into cognitive diversity, the subject of his book, Rebel Ideas.

About Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed is the acclaimed author of six-best selling books on high performance, including his celebrated Black Box Thinking and more recent Rebel Ideas - both of which are some of the best-thumbed books on the Newton bookshelf.

Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed

In this debut episode of Newton Talks, Matthew sits down with Brad Jennings, Newton’s “Change Guru”, to dig even deeper into cognitive diversity, the subject of his book, Rebel Ideas. He argues that once we start to see conflict and disagreement as a contribution to the dynamism of a team, the sooner we can break free from group echo chambers and aid the benefits of cognitive diversity in solving complex problems.

 

Possibly one of the world’s most famous mindset experts, Matthew brings insights from psychology, anthropology and data science, as he reveals his pick of the world’s best meeting hacks, explains how to work out if your office is an echo chamber and uncovers the best-kept secrets of the world's most successful teams.

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Kim Scott

In this episode, Kim explains how to introduce radical candour as a navigational framework into your organisation.

About Kim Scott

Kim Scott is the author of ‘Just Work: Get Sh*t Done Fast and Fair’ and Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want By Saying What you Mean’. Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics and Twitter plus a faculty member at Apple University and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and DoubleClick teams at Google.

Kim Scott

Kim Scott

In this episode, Kim explains how to introduce radical candour as a navigational framework into your organisation; how to create a shared vocabulary so that people are comfortable differentiating between radical candour and obnoxious aggression; the struggles around being radically candid when working remotely; and how radical candour can help you and your team bring your whole selves to work.

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Sara Sanford

In this episode of Newton Talks, Sara speaks to Newton’s Camilla Wigmore about how companies can do more than make pledges to address gender equity

About Sara Sanford

Sara Sanford’s TED talk “Designing gender bias out of the workplace” has been watched over 2 million times. Sara’s groundbreaking research at GEN (Gender Equity Now) has identified over 200 cultural levers within an organisation that can foster or counter the impact of gender in the workplace.

Sara Sanford

Sara Sanford

In this episode of Newton Talks, Sara speaks to Newton’s Camilla Wigmore about how companies can do more than make pledges to address gender equity, and use data to drive meaningful action to tackle gender bias, why over-representation is the real problem we should be talking about, and in turn create positive commercial impact.

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