The Food & Drink Podcast Ep14: Leadership lessons with seasoned FMGC CEO Hamish Thomson

Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to Hamish Thomson, author of "It's not always right to be right, and other hard-won leadership lessons" on leadership in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector. 


Formerly with Mars, Hamish has built a solid career of leadership within FMCG organisations, distilling his knowledge into a book that provides practical steps and whiteboard tools to help others learn from his experiences. His discussion with Kim covers topics including practical leadership, dealing with volatility, creating trust and assigning responsibility.

Hamish and Kim also cover difficult issues such as dealing with downsizing, management vs leadership, taking on risk and extending beyond the comfort zone. Hamish also talks about the importance of life/work balance and recognising the cues that identify when you are losing the balance.

We wrap up the episode with effective decision making, re-energising a career and what's next for Hamish now that his book is completed.



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MC: Grant McHerron
Host: Kim Berry
Producer: Steve Visscher

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