Follow My Lead: Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow with John Eades

Every week on the Follow My Lead podcast, John Eades interviews exceptional leaders to extract their secrets and best practices to transfer knowledge to the leaders of tomorrow. The show focuses on helping modern professionals be better prepared to lead themselves and lead others. Popular topics include: Leadership, Management, and Motivation
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Apr 26, 2016

Roderic Yapp ( is the founder of Leadership Forces - a specialist leadership development organization that supports fast growing companies in London, UK.  

He is a former Royal Marines Commando Officer who has served on operations across the world. Highlights include leading Marines in Afghanistan in 2007 and evacuating civilians from Libya during the Arab Spring in 2011. A specialist in boarding operations, he completed two counter-piracy tours off the coast of Somalia - which included leading the recapture of the MV Montecristo from pirate control.

He spent two years coaching leaders in the nuclear industry giving him a wealth of experience in sectors where leaders simply cannot afford to underperform. He now works with private equity/venture capital backed companies that are growing rapidly - helping them to develop high performance cultures by developing their leaders.

We covered a ton of ground in our discussion, some highlights include:

- Why it’s important to figure out what your passionate about in order improve your current situation

- How to be more productive everyday

- Why it’s important to create a plan for yourself not for someone else

- How meditation helps us

- Is meditation and prayer the same?

- How meditation is much like leadership

- What is a Performance Center (centre if your in England)?

- How to create win-win's

- Why having a vision is so important

- Where is your business going to be in 5 years?

- Why self-development is so important

- Why it’s important to remove your phone from your bedroom at night?

- How to stop wasting your precious time

- How to stand out as a potential leader

- Why building your personal brand is so important

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Apr 19, 2016

Today's guest is none other than Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. For those of you who aren’t big football fans, McDermott is in his fifth season as the Panthers' defensive coordinator, leading a unit that has developed into one of the best in the NFL. Under McDermott's guidance, Carolina is one of just three teams in the NFL to rank in the top 10 in defense each of the last three seasons. He works with and helps develop players such as Luke Keuchly, Thomas Davis, and Josh Norman.   He helped the Panthers reach Super Bowl 50 in which the team took a heartbreaking defeat to the Payton Manning led Denver Broncos.

We cover a ton of ground in this episode ranging how he looks at leadership, whats the most important thing a leader should care about, what makes up great team, and motivational quotes the panthers use to keep energy and focus through the season.

Additional content includes:

- Why building relationship is an enormous key to leadership

- What’s the difference in coach and leader?

- Whats the difference in leading millennials vs other generations

- How to build relationships with young professionals?

- What can professionals do to build trust with their leaders

- Results driven business require trust

- What makes up a great team

- How to develop a leadership pipeline

- What losing the Super Bowl taught him

- How you can focus on the process not the results

- What Playoff Caliber and Defend Your Dirt Mean

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Apr 12, 2016

Ted Williams (@ted_williams) is the cofounder of the Charlotte Agenda. His story is a fascinating one and his out of the box ideas will help a young professional to a seasoned CEO.  

We covered a lot of topics in our conversation including: 

- Is the millennial turnover problem a good or bad thing?

- Why the return on investing in people will always be beneficial

- Why it’s important to have people smarter than you around

- Why looking at the downside of risk is important 

- What companies are looking for in potential employees

- Is it possible to add value regardless of what company you work for?

-Why everyone needs to be able to sell

-His fascination with why companies keep doing things that don't work

-What the big keys are to leadership

-Why having goals is so important

-Why execution is #1 

-How to increase your learning cycles

-The things young professionals can’t screw up

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Apr 5, 2016

Asterios Satrazemi is the CEO of BlueLine Rental ( The fastest, safest and most reliable provider of construction rental equipment. BlueLine operates a network of 140 branches across North America with the support of over 2,000 employees. Asterios has a depth of industry experience, most recently serving as President of Aggreko Rental Solutions, with operations in North America, United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia Pacific operating across 19 countries, with more than 2,500 employees, 130 branches, and more than $900 million in revenue. Before joining Aggreko in 2008, Asterios worked for 10 years at United Rentals in a range of business development and senior management positions.

In the conversation we cover a lot of ground, including:

- Why you can't intellectualize experience

- Think about the individual first regardless of role

- How to materialize your full capabilities

- Why it's important to focus on the process not the results 

- The key to your image is creating relationships

- Questions to ask to build a personal connection to be looked at in a positive way

- Why the little things matter a great deal

- How to listen and retain more effectively

- The risk of not being present is true of any generation

- Why mentoring has to come naturally

- How to handle an adversary as a leader

- How you know when people are onboard with your leadership vision

- The three parts of executive leadership

- How to stand out as a young professional

- Are you in an environment where innovation and brainstorming is encouraged?

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