‘Notes on Leadership’ is the brand-new radio show and podcast from British broadcast journalist Carrie Frais and US leadership coach Kristin Berry whose key focus is on creating authentic relationships with oneself, others and the world. ‘Notes On Leadership’ delves into how a leader’s back story becomes his or her leadership story, all told via their most powerful musical memories. Carrie and Krisitn believe that recalling impactful or transformational times by connecting leaders with music is a full-body experience.  Listening to the music that resonates with a leader who opens up to share something of the deepest importance, whether a high or a low, success or failure from their life is like looking at a snapshot of their being. It is a privilege to get to dig into leaders’ life stories with genuine admiration and curiosity.  

In recent months, as many people have had more time to self-reflect, they have also been thinking more about the memories they want to treasure and share with loved ones.

In the words of the American psychologist Howard Gardner, ‘Storytelling is the single most powerful tool in a leader’s toolkit’.

“Leaders are people first, so when I coach a leader I don’t find it feasible to only talk about their job without talking about who they are as people.  Leaders bring the formative experiences and important people from their lives with them to their role. Their beliefs and life values are the scaffolding of their leadership style.  When a leader has consciousness around the important events and learnings of their life, they are all the more inspiring to others”.

Kristin Berry
Leadership Coach



“I love how the interview mixes personal experiences, music and leadership. Carrie and Kristin are an amazing tandem. Through her thoughtful questions Carrie really got a heartfelt, honest account of my life story. Bringing the music that influenced my life was also a really powerful way for me to connect and recall the biggest moments of my life. Kristin delved deep into how my life evolved into my leadership role and how my personal life and values shows through in my leadership. A truly amazing learning experience.”

Colin Finlayson

Project Leader Castiel Consultants

“When we embrace our past we can appreciate our journey and where we are in the present. Reflecting on my life through the lens of experiential songs was an emotional and meaningful experience. It brought back powerful memories of love, hope and courage. The preparation and discussion with Carrie and Kristen was an enjoyable therapy session full of understanding and reflection. It was a gift. A gift that has connected me to important times and people of my past. A gift of appreciation for what I have become and how I can help myself be a better person in the future. Thank you!”

Rebecca Campbell

Director Hewlett Packard

“More often than not, we are asked to see ourselves in a specific light, as a business person, as a parent, as role-model etc etc, but we often forget that life is very much intertwined and interconnected. Our experiences, relationships, conversations all add and subtract from us and make us the person we are. Carrie and Kristin didn’t just ask me about my startups or how i solve a life challenge, they asked me beyond that, songs that play in my mind that I didn’t even realize were influential to me. The same way music weaves through our brains, these songs weave through my brain and my life. They have been the glue to my life journey.”

Cecilia Mosze Tham

Serial Entrepreneur

“It’s quite unusual for someone in a position of leadership to have the opportunity to look back and reflect properly on life and career. As well as being a highly enjoyable experience expertly guided by Carrie and Kristin, it has given me a greater level of self-awareness and understanding of some of the successes and challenges of my life. The addition of music really enhanced that feeling of time and place, providing a strong emotional connection with some of my most memorable occasions.”

Anthony Simon

Director of international communications Farrant Group

“Participating in Notes on Leadership was a gift of catharsis. Not to mention a lot of fun. Carrie and Kristin provoked me to introspect on my personal and professional journey, and the many influences and experiences that have shaped the way I show up in the world. Linking my life and leadership to music was a brilliant invitation to revisit memories, sensations, and emotions that have and continue to nourish me. Muchisimas gracias por esta oportunidad!”

Brandee M Butler

Deputy CEO Fund for Global Human Rights

“Taking part in Notes on Leadership was both revelatory and enjoyable. Reviewing my leadership journey through the prism of music and reflections on life experiences as well as career, was a great way to really explore, and talk about for the first time, the intertwining of my personal and professional development over the years. Thank you to Carrie and Kristin for giving me the opportunity to do that and for helping get to the heart of the matter around leadership and authenticity in a gently incisive way!”

Neil Bentley-Gockmann

CEO World Skills UK

‘An Uncomfortable Leader’ – It’s only in the last few years have I become fully aware of what it means to be a Leader, and the true responsibility of this position. It was therefore a surprise, and a delight, to be asked to talk about my thoughts on leadership and how my life has contributed to my particular ‘style’ Many thanks to the wonderful Carrie Frais who made the experience fun and enjoyable and the amazing Kristin Berry for asking the difficult questions. The responsibility for any leader is to use their influence to change things for the good, and in our industry, there is so much work we need to do. I hope therefore that one or two people who listen are inspired to learn more, particularly on the topic of Regenerative Leadership.

Jon Blasby

Organisational Lead Castiel Consultants