March 21, 2022 / 44:43 min

Episode Description

We’re excited to share this week’s featured guest Jonathan Reed – the Managing Director for UK-based privately-owned coffee company Paddy & Scott’s.

An authentic, honest and down-to-earth leader, Jonathan along with Paddy & Scott are on a mission to revolutionise how coffee is traded around the world, and using coffee as a vehicle for change.

Jonathan and I had a really interesting chat – starting with his journey in food and drink and how his entrepreneurial spirit led him to Paddy & Scott’s. We discussed the traits and attributes that have helped him along the way and the importance of making teams feel like they’re part of a community.

Jonathan is really open and honest with us, even giving us a little personal story about losing 11 stone in 12 months. We touch upon Paddy & Scott’s incredible social initiatives, how they do business differently and its impact on attracting and retaining the best talent.

Join us as we discuss what good leadership looks like to Jonathan, his top book recommendations, his future ambitions and the importance of adding a personal touch – be it in recruitment or customer service.

Here are some key topics we discussed through the episode:

02:15 Jonathan’s journey in Food and Drink 09:57 Traits and attributes that helped him succeed 15:18 History and background of Paddy & Scott’s 29:05 What does good leadership look like 36:05 Skills and attributes that aspiring leaders should develop

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