Ed McManus: Behind the scenes of childhood in Ireland to PHD qualified biochemist, leading Deliveroo in Aus, amateur bee keeper, structured exec education & being generalist


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Learn about how curiosity has driven his professional journey in Science, Retail, Pharmaceuticals, Energy & currently Last Mile Delivery leading Deliveroo in Australia. Ed shares how to transition well into a new industry, how to build strong personal relationships, how to manage up authentically, and the advantages and disadvantages of being a generalist. I was curious for Ed’s take on structured education and whether an MBA is helpful on your journey to being a leader. And stay tuned to learn about Ed’s varied interests including Bee Keeping, Archery and more!

Welcome to episode #75 w Ed McManus! Here are 5 key takeaways you will learn from this episode:

1. How parents shaped Ed and his 2 siblings

2. Curiosity leading to PHd in Biochemistry and transition to business

3. How to manage up authentically in your career

4. Should you do structured education to position yourself to become CEO

5. Advantages and disadvantages of being a generalist leader



03:08 - Ireland and Australia

04:08 - Primary and secondary carers

05:27 - Growing up in Ireland in the 80’s in a fractured country

07:30 - How parents shaped Ed and his 2 siblings

12:27 - Sporting heroes

13:57 - Curiosity driving work in science, business & more

16:44 - Doctors and nurses being high flyers for Ed’s family

19:47 - Transition from biochemist to commercial business roles

23:26 - How to build strong personal relationships

26:58 - How to figure out a new environment and where to add value

30:20 - Don’t be under pressure to come up with answers only

32:54 - Transparency, performance and managing up

37:50 - Advantages and disadvantages of being a generalist vs specialist

41:21 - Side hobby as amateur bee-keeper

43:45 - Should you do structured executive education?

46:59 - Supporting startups through capital and knowledge

Please enjoy!

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