How Leaders Can Trust & Inspire with Stephen M. R. Covey #57

Trust & Inspire to unleash great future leaders!  Nick Day speaks to Stephen M. R. Covey, the New York Times bestselling author of the book “The Speed of Trust”, which successfully sold over 2 million copies worldwide and was rated by 100 Top CEOs on Glassdoor as the #1 book everyone should read, to discuss his latest book Trust & Inspire, How Truly Great Leaders unleash Greatness In Others”.  This newest book builds on Speed of Trust principles to focus on the leadership skills required to prosper in a new world of work, to provide a thought-provoking, expansive, visionary, and inviting guide to the future of leadership.

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome in Leadership with Michele Molitor #54

Michele Molitor is an internationally recognized speaker, certified executive confidence coach, Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) practitioner, and Founder of Nectar Consulting Incorporation.  She is also co-author of the best-selling book “Breakthrough Healing” and she is renowned for her work which involves enhancing the capacity of leaders, to build high-performing teams and exponentially increase bottom-line results.  In this episode, Michelle tells us about her unique approach to removing subconscious fear, self-doubt & blocks that are created by “imposter syndrome”.

Kate Upcraft

Celebrating a Career in Payroll with Kate Upcraft #75

Celebrating a Career in Payroll: with Kate Upcraft #75

Kate Upcraft

Probably the UK’s most prominent payroll expert, Kate Upcraft of has decided to retire on 31st March 2022.

Kate spent 20 years plus at M&S latterly as Legislation Manager for the payroll function, where she supported a payroll of over 65,000 employees.  Since then Kat has gone on to forge a hugely successful career Managing, coaching, and mentoring others in the world of payroll.

Kate has created Policy and Research Functions and she had also been actively involved in high-level government lobbying to benefit and improve the payroll profession.

Recently, Kate was the recipient of the ‘Accounting Excellence Award’ for her outstanding contributions to the world of payroll awarded by the AccountingWeb.  Kate was also bestowed with the “Payroll Consultant of the Year Award” from the Global Payroll Association (GPA).

Kate is a renowned payroll character, influencer, speaker, lecturer, technical writer, consultant and in my view, just a great personality who has given everything to the profession and will leave a big hole in the payroll community when she finally hangs up her payroll boots at the end of March.

In her interview with host, Nick Day of JGA Recruitment, This is Kate’s story – the highs, lows, memories, achievements, and the payroll friends she has made along the way.

We discover

    • What the word payroll means to KAte
    • How Kate began her payroll career
    • How Kate has seen the industry change
    • What excited and frustrated Kate about payroll
    • Kate’s greatest achievements and memories
    • What will Kate miss the most?
    • Why retire now?
    • Kate’s greatest learning outcomes that she has discovered along the way?
    • The guiding principle and behaviour Kate has seen in every great leader she has worked with.
    • What does the future of payroll look like?
    • What’s next for Kate Upcraft?

“This is one payroll podcast every payroll professional should listen to!” – Nick Day

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The Payroll Podcast was the first payroll-specific podcast produced exclusively for the UK and broader global payroll communities. 

Nick Day meets payroll experts to discuss complex payroll issues, International payroll legislation, technology, systems, processes, and compliance. My aim is to support the payroll industry and the hardworking payroll professionals within it to prepare and embrace the future of payroll.  

We live in a competitive world with dynamic workforces. Let’s develop strategies together to raise the profile of payroll worldwide forever!

If you want to be on the show, or if you need support with a payroll recruitment requirement, please do reach out to me. Tel: 01727 800 377 | Email

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Thanks for listening!

The Speed of Trust & HR Leadership with Stephen M. R. Covey #35

Nick Day asks the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “The Speed of Trust” (which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide), Mr Stephen M. R Covey, questions related to how HR Leaders can truly develop trust! Significantly, once trust has is established, we explore how it can positively impact and improve engagement and productivity. Is trust a learnable skill? Discover why Trust is the “One Thing That Changes Everything!”.

Stephen is also the co-author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Smart Trust. A Harvard MBA, Stephen also co-founded and currently leads Franklin Covey’s Global Speed of Trust Practice.

Investing & Integrating HR Tech with Robert Hicks #34

Robert Hicks, Group Human Resources Director at Reward Gateway joins Nick on the HR L&D Podcast to talk about HR tech, employee wellbeing, reward programmes and Diversity and Inclusion.  Listen to this episode to discover why all firms should be considering investing in HR innovation and technology – not just the big brands!

HR, Performance, & Attention to Detail with Chris Denny #33

Reduce mistakes, improve task accuracy, and improve overall productivity. Chris Denny is a researcher, trainer, author and consultant who specialises in working with individuals and organizations to become more detail-oriented. Following over 6 years of research, Chris has developed a system that can improve performance with attention to detail. Listen in to find out more.

Why Aligning HR with Marketing is Critical with Neil Bedwell #32

Aligning HR with Marketing is Critical which is why Neil wants to inspire HR practitioners to think and work like marketers to build belief, fuel adoption, and create opportunities for all employees to become owners of change. Why? Because the future of work depends on it.

Recruiting in the Age of Googlization with Ira Wolfe #31

Ira Wolfe, President and Chief Googlization Officer of Success Performance Solutions is ranked by Thinkers360 as the #1Global Thought Leaders and Influencers in Future of Work category, #3 in HR, and top 20 for Leadership. He has been described as a “Millennial trapped in a Baby Boomer body and the world’s first Chief Googlization Officer.  We discuss recruitment in the age of Googlization!

employee burnout

Employee Burnout & Performance Management with David Shar #30

Employee Burnout & Performance Management with David Shar #30

Nick Day is joined on The HR L&D Podcast sofa by David Shar, founder of Illuminate PMC to discuss how we can prevent employee burnout and improve performance management.

David is a sought after keynote speaker, consultant, and trainer and in this podcast, he examines how organisations can improve their leadership and culture, combat burnout, and design meaningful work.  David combines decades of leadership experience with the latest psychological research to help you discover how you can prevent burnout to attract, retain, and motivate top talent.

David holds his bachelor’s in human resource management from Colorado State University and his master’s in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Maryland – College Park. He is a current doctoral candidate in business psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he is studying the interaction between meaningful work and burnout.

David is NOT your typical academic – as a scientist/practitioner translator, David makes leadership theory & business psychology accessible, implementable, and fun through the use of humor, stories, and ‘real-world’ examples.

In this “Employee Burnout & Performance Management” episode with David Shar on The HR L&D Podcast, we also explore:

  1. Employee burnout – what is it? What causes it? How can an organization fix it?
  2. How do I know if my company has a burnout problem?
  3. If I discover that my employees are burned out, what is the first thing step I can take to fix it?
  4. How are people supposed to find meaning in their work? What if I have a mundane job?
  5. How did you get into this line of work and where did you develop a passion for work?
  6. What long-term effects will COVID-19 have on the world of work?
  7. Why is diversity useless without inclusion?
  8. What have been your findings from studying the interaction between meaningful work and burnout?
  9. Where can we find out more about you David?

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Of course, if you are an HR or L&D Leader listening to this podcast and you have an HR-related vacancy that you would love some specialist human resources recruitment support with – please also get in touch with me!  I would love to help show you what a great HR recruitment experience feels like!  You can reach out to me directly at or give me a call – 01727800377

Thanks for listening folks – I look forward to bringing you the next episode of the HR L&D Podcast real soon