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The Agility Mindset Podcast

The Agile Future Forum, the alliance of UK Chief Executives - including past Chamber President Ian Greenaway - has announced the return of the successful business podcast ‘The Agility Mindset’, which explores the topic of agile working for businesses and their staff, with thoughts from leading industry and business experts.

Series two of the podcast will once again be hosted by Fiona Cannon OBE, Director of the Agile Future Forum and Director of Responsible Business, Sustainability and Inclusion at Lloyds Banking Group. Business journalist Maggie Pagano also returns to discuss the issues alongside Fiona.

The podcast, supported by Lloyds Banking Group, explores the merits and practicalities of agile working opportunities across a range of business areas and looks at how the most common barriers preventing their introduction can be broken down.

With the support of experts, The Agility Mindset will look at lessons that can be learned by businesses, from multi-nationals to start-up firms, and how changing modern consumers and technology can play a key role in introducing agile working opportunities.

Industry figures and experts interviewed for the series are:

  • Jodie Eastwood, Chief Executive of the Knowledge Quarter – Jodie discusses how connecting organisations together develops collaboration, ideas, innovation and productivity
  • Dr Nicola Millard, Principal Innovation Partner at BT – Nicola identifies how changes to consumer habits and the role of new technology will impact the future of work
  • Ian Greenaway, Managing Director at MTM Products – Ian looks at how working patterns and demands in manufacturing environments differ from other industries and how a new generation of workers are influencing change in the manufacturing sector
  • Kate Jeremiah and Louise Wykeham-Martin, Heads of People Partnering at Lloyds Banking Group – Kate and Louise discuss how agile working can be addressed from the hiring process onwards and tackle some misconceptions about how this can impact career progression

Fiona Cannon OBE, whose book ‘The Agility Mindset’ looks at the five golden rules of agile working and inspired the creation of the podcast, said: “It’s wonderful to be hosting this podcast again, given the encouraging feedback and success we had with the first series.

"Business leaders still need to do more to embrace agile working practices and understand the positive impact this can have on their productivity and bottom line – as well as the wider economy.

"With this second set of talks we aim to break down these barriers of understanding and tackle the practical implementation of agile working. With the help of our expert contributors and support from across industry and academia, the topics raise fascinating insights into the workplace of the future and how it can be changed for the better.”

The Agility Mindset Podcast is available on SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes, Entale and Stitcher to listen, download and subscribe to.