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Podcast Season Two


Welcome to the Propelling Performance Podcast, an in-depth interview series with top business experts and leaders from across the globe. In conversation with host, Rob Nankervis, each guest shares their insights and experiences to help founders, owners and leaders drive the performance, growth and valuation of their mid-tier businesses.

Your Propelling Performance Podcast host, Rob Nankervis is a business coach, speaker and author. One of Australia’s most respected Scaling Up coaches, Rob draws on over 30 years’ experience across a range of sectors, organisation sizes, ownership structures, and lifecycle stages to offer strategic growth programs, 1:1 executive coaching sessions, public Scaling Up Workshops and Masterclasses. Rob’s first business book, Propelling Performance, was published in February 2021.

The fifth decision – scaling your leadership

In Episode Nine of the Propelling Performance Podcast, Rob speaks with Bill Gallagher, Scaling Up Expert, CEO, Serial Entrepreneur, Advisor, Keynote Speaker, Podcast Host, Strategic Planning and Growth Coach. Bill shares his wealth of experience working with business leaders to lean into leadership, and that in order for leaders to create change, they need to change themselves. He takes us through application of the Flywheel concept to leadership – inspire, engage, plan and coach. Bill also explains the ‘fifth decision’ in Scaling Up methodology, after People, Strategy, Execution and Cash – what kind of leader do you want to become?


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Applying a game plan to your business

In Episode Eight of the Propelling Performance Podcast, Rob speaks with Andy Gowers, Business Development Manager, Cranage Financial Group. After a successful career as an elite AFL player with Hawthorn and Brisbane Football Clubs, and a mentor and Director with Hawthorn, Andy successfully transitioned from sportsperson to entrepreneur. Using real life case studies from his sporting career and learnings in business, Andy draws parallels between elite sport and business performance, discusses the benefits of applying a scoreboard approach, and how every leader can look to elite sport for high performance inspiration.


How to make your employees your greatest asset

In Episode Seven of the Propelling Performance Podcast, Rob speaks with Natasha Hawker, Managing Director of Employee Matters. Natasha shares her insights into the impact of the COVID pandemic on workplaces; what businesses are doing right and what need to be done better; the common mistakes leaders are making with employee engagement; key points on amplifying your culture and how to retain and look after your people as we navigate a COVID normal world. Natasha also shares an excellent HR tool for leaders, Employee Matters’ Employee Commitment Model.


How to use financial transparency to engage your employees

In Episode Six of the Propelling Performance Podcast, Rob speaks with Rich Armstrong, President, The Great Game of Business. Rich shares strategies to introduce financial literacy into your business; explains principles including financial huddles, scoreboard and mini games; discusses common mistakes he sees from leaders; how to build engagement in your organisation and examples of how to get started by creating and using a mini-game.


Navigating the challenges of family business

In Episode Five of the Propelling Performance Podcast, Rob speaks with David Werdiger, director of Nathanson Pearson. David shares his wealth of experience as a second-generation family business member and discusses the challenge of expectations surrounding subsequent generations in a family business, the critical importance of communication, shared vision and aspirations and a mindset change from ownership to stewardship.


Lessons in leadership

In Episode Four of the Propelling Performance Podcast, Rob speaks with strategic leader and Executive General Manager, Home Care & Retirement Living, IRT Group, Ross Gallagher. Listen to Ross’ insights on his leadership journey and the lessons he has learned; his hallmarks for great leadership; advice for young and emerging leaders; some of the most common mistakes leaders make and how Ross led his team successfully through the challenges of the COVID pandemic.


Function to Founder – a leadership journey

In Episode Three of the Propelling Performance Podcast, Rob speaks with former school teacher turned CEO and strategic leadership coach, Andrew Smith. Andrew offers valuable insights on his journey from functional expert to CEO and leader of a multi-million dollar, IASX listed company and beyond. Interspersed with his triumphs and challenges on the leadership journey, Andrew shares what he would have done differently with hindsight; the transformation of 3P Learning’s performance and culture after the appointment of a strengths-based team; the four areas of focus for growth and change; how membership of an advisory board fundamentally changed his business and why he believes in fostering a culture of learning and living your values.


The Accountability Advantage

In Episode Two of the Propelling Performance Podcast, Rob speaks with ‘The Accountability Guy®’ Darren Finkelstein about how to make accountability your super power and get it working for you. Darren outlines the seven barriers to accountability success and some simple actions you can use to move ahead; questions leaders can ask to help teams with accountability; how fear of failure and overwhelm stops progress; the power of an accountability buddy and the efficacy of old vs new tech accountability tools. He also shares some real-life accountability success stories.

Darren Finkelstein is an Accountability Coach, Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker. Well-known as ‘The Accountability Guy®’, he delivers measurable results to high-performing individuals and teams. Darren has lived an extensive entrepreneurial journey filled with highs, lows, great achievements and success. He worked with Apple for 10 years before a literal sea change to the marine industry. He has since published three books, attained a media profile and earned the title Entrepreneur of the Year. With more than 30 years’ experience in the corporate world and small business, he brings solid skills and an informed perspective to the table, as someone who walks the talk.


How to map an employee wellbeing strategy that works

As we begin Season Two of the Propelling Performance Podcast, Tom Bosna shares timely insights into the need for leaders to focus on wellbeing in the workplace. He talks us through some of the common mistakes and misunderstandings around wellbeing programs, the questions leaders should be asking of themselves and their teams and how to take the first steps to develop your own effective wellbeing strategy. Tom says there’s no better time to ‘show up and show leadership in this space’ and offers examples of two successful wellbeing programs in action.



“I strongly believe trust is earned. It is generated through consistent demonstration of both great character and competence. Rob has oodles of both! Rob Nankervis is a rock star… and more importantly, a valued and trusted friend.”
Nick Beckett
Consultant & Strategic Advisor, ex-CEO of Dimple
“Rob is one of those people who will go the extra mile and bring his knowledge, experience and network to the table, adding massive value to his clients and colleagues. As a fellow Business Coach I recommend Rob as a great source of guidance and wisdom.”
Andres Zylberberg
Business Growth Coach and Scaling Up Certified Coach
“Rob has helped our Management Team focus on strategic planning and establishing more rigorous goal setting processes through quarterly workshops. His personality and skill sets have made this an enjoyable journey and the outcomes are flowing through to our day to day business.”
Daniel Crawford
General Manager Hallam Truck Centre