Liam co-founded Wavelength in 2008 prior to which he had a 15 year CEO career, latterly with the Jamie Oliver Group. In January 2018 he created As We Please with the goal of "finding interesting and useful things to do in the world with people we like and respect."
He advises and sits on the investment committees of two impact funds providing courage and capital to a wide range of entrepreneurs with social and environmental purposes.
PART 10: As a social entrepreneur, you need to be a bit of a maniac to think your unreasonable ideas will succeed. Just as vital, though, is an “inner minder”, who can tend to the boring but vital stuff – and tell the maniac to slow down sometimes.
PART 9: Leadership can be deeply fulfilling – but if the buck stops with you, you’re on your own. The key is knowing that bouts of intense isolation and loneliness don’t make you a bad leader. And if you expect it, you can find ways to deal with it.
PART 8: How do you handle a workplace drenched in sexism? Liam Black – who is himself still “unlearning the misogyny” that shaped his formative years – shares strategies taken by some of his female mentees. Plus: why men need to step up.
PART 7: If you're a purpose-driven leader, you're likely to face resistance from people with a very different agenda to yours. From bullying bosses to game-playing business partners: how do you avoid getting drawn into the drama?
PART 6: “He said, she said” arguments, an interfering chair, and colleagues like a “bag of ferrets” – long-time mentor Liam Black has seen it all. So do the work to know who you are as a leader, and how you want to exercise your authority – or expect trouble.
PART 5: “This should be one of the highlights of my career... but I'm hating it.” Liam Black recalls what it took to walk away from a top job with Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant – and explains why finding the right “platform” for your purpose is vital.
PART 4: If you want to change the world through your business, at some point you'll need the courage to jump into the unknown – even when there are “bloody good reasons not to do so”. Imposter syndrome should not be one of those reasons.
PART 3: The world is full of “charlatans, greenwashers and Instagram lifestylers” keen for social change – as long as they themselves don't have to change. If you think you can solve the world’s problems, be brutally honest about your ‘why’.
PART 2: Shallow self-knowledge about what's driving you will crumble quickly when you face resistance. So: why you? Why do you care? Tough questions from the gloves-off mentor for aspiring social entrepreneurs.