Be Present, Be A Leader

On this episode of Cocktail Leadership, your host, Kevin Withane talks to Matt Meyer.  Matt is a law firm CEO, Chairman, organisational strategist and executive coach. He is also the host of the popular Zebra Talk series in conversation with leaders about the soft infrastructure of successful organisations. In 2019 he was identified by the FT as one of Europe’s most innovative lawyers and has been recognised by MPF for strategic leadership in professional services. Prior to embarking on his leadership career, Matt was an international technology lawyer and has worked with entrepreneurial and Fortune 500 companies alike. Matt is a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society and a qualified pilot.

On this episode, Matt and Kevin they explore diversity and inclusion in the law, the importance of purpose, and the difference between profits and purpose.

You can reach Matt on LinkedIn. You can find out more about the Zebra Project and the Zebra Talk here.

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The Cocktail

For this episode I have made the Matt Meyer Clear Negroni.  I couldn’t quite recreate Matt’s favourite cocktail (though it is something to try to learn how to make over time).  This one is clean, simple, and yet complex at the same time.


Serve in a chilled coupe glass.


  • 1 ounce Gin (I used Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin, though a simple dry gin works well too) Reserve)
  • A few dashes of Almond bitter
  • 1 ounce Dolin Blan vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Cocchi Americano
  • 1/2 Suze
  • lemon twist for garnish


Combine the gin, Dolin, Cocchi Americano, Suze, and bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice.  Stir until well chilled.  Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with the lemon twist.  Sit back, relax, and think as you sip on the drink, think about how intentional you are in your leadership.

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