Podcast #15 How sportsmanship is reflected in leadership and business with Liz Johnson

In this podcast, Kevin Hague speaks with Liz Johnson, a Paralympic swimmer and founder of The Ability People. Tune into learn how sportsmanship is reflected in leadership and business, and the challenges businesses face when adapting to become more inclusive for people with disabilities

You’ll Learn:

  • How to normalise disabilities and create inclusion in the workplace
  • How to use a sportsmanship mindset to better yourself as a leader
  • Why and how to spark your motivation
  • Why leadership is about helping people understand the value of who they are

About Liz:

Elizabeth Johnson is a British swimmer who has won gold medals in the Paralympic Games and International Paralympic Committee world championships. She has cerebral palsy, placing her in the S6 classification. In 2018, Johnson launched “The Ability People”, a recruitment organisation that empowers people with disabilities by helping companies enhance processes and adapt cultures, transforming professional lives and building better brands. Liz is a Paralympian, media commentator, public speaker, business leader, athlete mentor and community ambassador.


The Ability People:

In August 2018, Johnson became Founder and Managing Director of “The Ability People”, a recruitment agency and consultancy advisory set up that is staffed entirely by people with disabilities or barriers to conventional working environments, which aims to help other people from other minority demographics find work. They have a completely remote team, who work from all over the UK, and people work the hours that suit them. The company is called The Ability People  – they empower people with disability or impairments by helping companies enhance processes and adapt cultures, transforming professional lives and building better brands. The Ability People (TAP) is a ‘for profit’, social enterprise dedicated to empowering the skilled global disability population. They do that via their ‘consultancy’ group that advise, educate, empower and support positive change and specialist teams in ‘talent sourcing’ who recruit for household names companies and SME’s on both a permanent & contract basis. All of their consultants have overcome barriers to do incredible things in the worlds of sport, industry, community and education. This gives them a unique perspective on success and helps them source the very best talent across the UK


The Ability People: https://www.theabilitypeople.com

Liz Johnson: https://www.linkedin.com/in/liz-johnson-tap/

Aarsleff’s Podcast: Voices in Ground Engineering

The Aarsleff podcast “Voices in Engineering” invites you to listen to real stories shared by industry experts, uncovering successes, challenges and their thoughts and ideas on key engineering topics from design to delivery. New episodes are available every 2 weeks, but you can also download our previous episodes on our website Podcast Player – Aarsleff

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A leading UK ground engineering specialist, focusing on multi-discipline excellence and value engineering. We design and deliver some of the UK’s largest ground engineering projects.

Our vision is to bring confidence to those constructing the landscape of tomorrow .

1947. Central Jutland, Denmark. Per Aarsleff borrowed 10,000 Danish Kroner from his father’s life insurance, bought an excavator, and founded Northern Europe’s leading contracting company.

Our biggest asset, our team is composed of the leading experts in ground engineering. Working with collaboration and cohesion at the core of our business, we can guarantee a quick and founded answer to all your questions.

We recruit and reward our people based on our ‘Step into the Blue’ company culture, where we embrace the core values of Life and Health, Trust, and Responsibility.

We do everything to ensure our team and yours work safely on our sites. With our core value of Life & Health, we see safety as a cultural pillar.

Our ISO accreditations are an assurance to you that we take governance seriously. Read our policies to discover more.

The projects that keep society running. Bridges, buildings, transit and rail facilities, embankment support, marine and offshore facilities, mines, airports, and water projects.

Keeping things turning. Sewage Treatment Works, Waste Water Treatment Works, Wind Farms and Wind Turbines, Biomass Plants, and Power stations.

Meeting society’s needs. Nursing and care homes, MOD buildings, Schools and Universities, and small or large-sized residential developments.

Staying on the move. Remediation, bridges, and foundation work are integral to keeping the industry running smoothly.

The landscape of the marketplace. Mega-retail sheds, distribution warehouses, University accommodation, and major supermarket and household name units.

Keeping things afloat. Ports and harbours, coastal defences, river embankments and inland waterways.

Technically trained estimators and a dedicated, in-house design team means we consider value-engineering at every stage of your project.

More than just a model, Visual Design & Construction is a tool to encourage collaboration and improve quality across all facets of a scheme.

From large commercial sheds to small residential plots, piling could be the foundation solution you need to support your project.

Issues around collapse, slipping or erosion? Our experts in retaining solutions have a broad portfolio of techniques designed to fix even the most nuanced of sites.

Tricky ground conditions or requirements? Aarsleff’s ground engineering team work on stabilisation through a varied range of techniques, bespoke to the properties of your site ground.

Our plant workshop offers a range of services designed to ensure your plant works for you. Whether it’s manufacturing and fabrication of equipment for long-term needs or hire so you can complete something specific.