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Leadership Development At Netflix With Kenny Temowo

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It was clear that one podcast episode wouldn’t be enough to cover everything we wanted to so Kenny’s back to unpack what leadership development at Netflix means and what it’s there to achieve. This conversation is both revealing and inspiring. 


  • There are universal leadership principles that apply to any industry. However, each leadership role is still different.
  • Context is crucial in developing effective leaders.
  • First, understand the business impact solving the problem is going to have.
  • Discovery is essential. Without it, the understanding of the problem is not deep enough. Fall in love with the problem.
  • Netflix uses powerful stories or cases to exemplify key issues in the business.
  • Using a one-and-done solution is only going to have a limited impact. 
  • It is continuous learning and embedding learning that will be transformative.
  • Simulations that engage people emotionally and sometimes physically are incredibly impactful.
  • Start with the why. Next look for quick wins, the simpler the better.


'I've seen the power of being part of a team where you can be honest, you're cared about, you're loved.'

'If you want to change something, you've got to understand the problem.'

'You need to design for the terrain and not actually do something idealised.'

Kenny Temowo Bio

Kenny Temowo leads Talent Management and Leadership Development for Netflix UK. He’s spent almost two decades in learning and education, working as a consultant with clients such as the BBC, Vodafone, and Rolls-Royce, as well as leading in-house L&D teams.


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David has been a People Development professional for more than 20 years, most notably as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. 

As well as being the Chief Learning Officer at 360Learning, David is a prominent writer and speaker on topics around modern and digital L&D. 


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