If you can’t fully recover, you cannot fully adapt.


Claire Higgins joined me over the summer for a discussion on coaching and consulting, and looking at her work on positive psychology as well as martial arts. At time of recording, she was studying for a Masters in Exercise and Sport Psychology. She was raised in the UAE and worked across the Middle East in the humanitarian sector for 12 years, focusing on the protection of people affected by armed conflict.
 
Influenced by Jean Claude Van Damme, watching his videos as a 12-year old in the 80’s, she took up karate and twenty five years later, started teaching self-defence. Concerning for her and me is that there is an increased interest in how to defend oneself from knife attacks. 
 
Claire’s definition about success is about being able to build a life that brings her closer to her family and being healthy; she believes that the rat race of going up and up and up a career ladder, will eventually lead to burnout if it lacks meaning, and things might suddenly change; we discuss her view on the classic career and how subjective the view on success really is.
 
Leading from positive change, we discuss hedonic well being and the pursuit of a meaningful life as we are getting older; and, as life gets more complex, we aren’t able to control our environment, which means we are forced to look inwards to re-arrange the pieces. What’s driving us on? 
 
I enjoyed the conversation with Claire, and her take on life and success. Claire developed Inner Athletics as a research lab and consultancy for performance, stress and recovery. This evolved from her executive coaching practice in Dubai which she ran for 4 years, focusing on performance, communications, leadership, conflict resolution and resilience. 
 
Before registering it in the UK, she studied for a diploma in Positive Organisational Psychology and began researching strengths, motivation, leadership, teamwork and positive emotions. From there, she began building bridges between Positive Psychology and coaching through her Inner Strength program.
 
We move on to discuss difference of coaching vs. consulting, and how the relationship changes pending on client expectations; the better you know the client, one could fall into the trap to help them with some shortcuts. It is all about destiny and faith, as well as being at the right time, environment and having the right motivation.
 
She recommends to read Martin Seligman’s book Flourish and her mantra is “If you can’t fully recover, you cannot fully adapt”; if you would like to reach out to her, please contact her via LinkedIn.
 
Your host, Volker Ballueder, is a trusted advisor to businesses, boards as well as an executive coach, and works with leadership teams in order to evaluate strategies, improve performance and get the most out of their people. Delivering happiness, ROI and winning strategies for your business and life.
 
For more information please visit Ballueder Partners’ website, or contact him on Linkedin. He hosts a podcast about success and published a best selling book  Principles for Success. Volker is a qualified meditation and mindfulness trainer.

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Find your why in life, and laugh along the way!


I have known James Briscoe for many years, and I am delighted he joined me for this episode. We recorded this episode at the height of summer, and it turned into an amazing fun chat with a friend; which I am certain brings value and joy to you as you listen along.
 
At time of recording, James is sitting in a cafe at the seaside, so apologies for the occasional dog bark and some wind noises. He manages to split his time between London and Dorset with focus on work or the family respectively. After studying tropical medicine, he ended up in media, predominately on the agency side; he later was a founding member of Unique Digital which was sold to Syzygy and Syzygy was sold to WPP, at that time at a size of several hundred people. 
 
Since then he has focused on investing in a few companies. Having a portfolio career, he tries to keep both a helicopter view and a hands on approach at the same time; he follows the rule to only work with people who are the best in their field,  and he enjoys working with. It’s thinking about the opportunity rather than the money.
 
James defines success as being a balance between long days working in London and then being able to connect with nature, exercise and spending time with family and friends. 
 
One of his ambitions is to do more deep work, and being able to take time to think, reflect and decompress. We discuss how a 4 day week is good for people, and work being result driven, rather than measured by time spent in the office. The workplace and how you communicate with people has changed, and I mention my example of having had most of my recent discussions and interviews via the phone and internet rather than face to face.
 
Similar to other guests, James speaks about visualising the outcome of meetings, incantation (the word I couldn’t pronounce 🙂 ), and actually preparing properly for meetings which makes them more successful. He also suggests that meeting people is still key to business, particularly in, but not exclusive, the digital and media industry.
 
We further discuss remote team working, common purpose of teams, selling techniques, trust, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), changing dynamics for media lunches and industry culture; further we discuss the increased use of technology, virtual reality, productivity principles, emails, meditation, sleep and exercise. Also, the amount of information we produce and how we filter through them, which takes time to digest. In summary a great discussion about the industry, life and beyond.
 
His biggest life learning is to have fun and laugh along the way; it is about supporting people and be kind, without any expectations of any benefits for oneself. Look after yourself, your mental, emotional and physical health. Find your why in life!
 
If you would like to get in touch with James please feel free to reach out to him via LinkedIn.
 
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners), an executive and productivity coach and growth consultant. Volker also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter. He just launched his new book Principles for Success, based on the interviews on this podcast.
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Life is change – change is constant – growth is optional


In this week’s episode I welcome Karin Volo. She is known as a chief joy bringer and CEO and is the founder of Evoloshen. Based in Stockholm Sweden she helps companies transforming cultures and delivering high performance. 
 
Karin has been recognised as a global leader and employee engagement expert on the Engagement 101 list and recently named in the Top 30 HR Influencers and the 15 Most Influential Women in HR lists. 
 
She talks about her three words: Inspiration, Joy and Evolution – she recommends the listener to find out their three words too. Her definition of success is a ‘personal question’ – moments of joy, creating amazing memories. We discuss happiness and success, which is also addressed in my book Principles of Success, based on the conversations I had on this podcast.
 
Her life changed unexpectedly when she got tapped on the shoulders when trying to leave the US and was subsequently put into jail. She writes about her story in the book 1352 days, describing her experience how life changed from having a fantastic time in business and life, to being arrested without hadn’t done anything wrong; having 2 small children at the time which couldn’t visit her. This flipped her life upside down. One thing she learned  was to play a mental movie to herself over and over again to be freed; the visualisation and mental work helped her to stay sane, but also it became true. 
 
Her life changed from there, and she wrote a book called Engage which lead to the work she is doing now. Karin focuses on bringing joy to the workplace. She says, trust is the basis of a good work culture, and she has a strong desire for people to learn trust and the positive impact it has on the workplace; it leads us to discuss the 4 days work week, and how happiness is key to the workplace. We are discussing mindfulness and positive psychology.
 
She is also a Certified C-IQ™ Coach and that’s where I first heard about conversational intelligence, and again this is something we speak about it in depth. Since the recording I incorporate aspects of that into my executive and productivity coaching too. 
 
For Karin it is important that we all understand the power we have inside ourselves, and her mantra is “Life is change – change is constant – growth is optional” 
 
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This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners), an executive and productivity coach and growth consultant. Volker also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter. He just launched his new book Principles for Success, based on the interviews in this podcast.
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Season 3 starter: Hossein Houssaini – Success in adtech


On a hot July day, Hossein Houssaini and I recorded this episode as a starter for season 3. A week before DMEXCO, we talk about the adtech and digital industry, and of course about success. Hossein recently launched his own consultancy and advisory company which can be found at www.houssaini.com – so the timing is right for him to tell us all about what success for him and in digital looks like, and if you want to meet with him at DMEXCO, please get in touch.
 
Ho/Pe Advisory helps brands to understand the digital data-driven marketing landscape better by simplifying complex subjects to ease decision making in programmatic advertising, strategy, business processes and implementation and offer services in consulting, workshops and keynotes around the digital transformation and marketing automation.
 
He left Havas this year, where he was responsible for the Global Programmatic Strategy of the group and he also managed subjects like GDPR, transformation and education. Previous jobs include Doubleclick, Google, IPG and brands like L’Oreal and IBM. 
 
We address the challenge of the uptake of consultants in our industry. Hossein focuses on digital, anything from a media and creative perspective but also beyond that; I, on the other hand, also launched my own executive and productivity coaching business which is more industry independent, whilst I still work in the industry as a consultant.
 
I confronted Hossein on his opinions, which I personally like. He challenges the industry, and sometimes in a very confident way. He suggests that failure is part of the success journey, and thinks that you can still join a more prominent company later in your career; it’s opposite to what my guests said before, and this leads to an interesting discussion on what success means, and how things have evolved from our parents generation’s viewpoint on a success path compared to our generation and future generations. 
 
We discuss family, and how Work-Life Balance is key to all of our endeavours, plus how our children see the future differently, growing up with technology at a much earlier stage. Also, we discuss his upbringing and his view of success; his family would have had high expectations and that lead to him becoming very competitive. And this of course had an impact on his private life too. So success for him turns into being able to spend time with his children, and to be present with them, and to start a company of his own based on his values and beliefs; as we get mature, we refocus on our values, understanding that our main job is to have a family and look after it. For Hossein success and happiness are closely linked, and further closely linked to culture and values. 
 
From an adtech perspective, we review the meaning of advertising, and what is essential for a consumer? We get quite into the weeds. What does really work in advertising? How do we measure advertising successfully? Why does re-targeting still work without a proper frequency capping? How could companies still not understand why they should connect their online and offline data? This and other questions were what we discussed prior to the biggest European trade show coming up, DMEXCO in Germany next week. Somehow we lost the story telling in advertising, didn’t we?
 
You can find out more about Hossein or get in touch via any of the following links:
 
Instagram: @hopeadvisory | @hosseinhoussaini
Facebook: @Hosseinhoussaini | @hopeadvisory
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners), an executive and productivity coach and growth consultant. Volker also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter. Next week he will publish his second book based on his successful podcast Stories of Success, so stay tuned. 
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Be Fair – Be Firm. Another story of success.


We made it through another season. From September 2019, we launch season 3, which will focus more on personal development than before. Of course, we still have some adtech and digital stars lined up, but with Ballueder Partners focus shifting towards more coaching work, things will change ever so slightly.

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On our last show before the summer break, amazingly episode 40 overall, I welcome Martin Vinter who I met when we both freelanced and worked in digital consulting a few years ago. I rate him very highly. He is a humble and fair person, living the motto of ‘be fair, be firm’.

We talk about the industry to begin with, about in-housing, consulting and how the world of advertising is evolving. This is a fun conversation about self awareness, roles of people in organisations and within careers. Being a nice person is sometimes hard, but one of the key principles for Martin.

On the other hand we discuss our daily grind, the challenge of balancing work, life and interests. How EQ becomes more and more important, and how bad managers can influence your life. For him there isn’t much reading, he often prefers Netflix over a book, and a 5 am routine is definitely out of question. He likes to serve people and be a good person, very humble and determined. 

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This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners), an executive and productivity coach, positioning consultant and company growth expert – he also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter. In 2019 he will publish another book based on his successful podcast Stories of Success.

If you are interested in being coached by Volker Ballueder or you are interested in discussing consulting work, please reach out to him via email (mailto:volker@ballueder.com)!

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Take it from a coach: Success and living in the here and now!


This podcast came about after I was listening to Richard MacKinnon’s podcast ‘My Pocket Psych‘  which resonates 100% with me. We met and discussed coaching and how one wants to live one’s life passion. He set up his own company 5 years ago, Worklifepsych and hasn’t  looked back.
 
I am setting up my own coaching and consulting business, Ballueder Partners, as my main occupation. Being a coach based on 15+ years experience gives you credibility in terms of what you do, and we further discuss, how this helps others to become successful and achieve their dreams. That’s what life is all about.
 
I was particularly impressed when we discussed what it means to be successful for Richard. We went deep into psychology and motivational theories around values, avoiding discomfort and how to live in the here and now, rather than being too future focused. 
 
We even get some time at the end discussing productivity tools, and below is a link to a blogpost he wrote on how to choose a task management app.
 
For me this was a great discussion, just at the right time as I start formalising my coaching business and taking on first clients to be coached. Thank you Richard for being my guest, and if you want to find out more about him, please follow any of the links below.
 
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@WorkLifePsych
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This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners), a coach, consultant and growth expert – he also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter. In 2019 he will publish another book based on his successful podcast Stories of Success, so stay tuned. 
 
If you are interested in being coached by Volker Ballueder or you are interested in discussing consulting work, please reach out to him via email!
 

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Become a successful paid speaker


I don’t believe this was the first podcast Chris Baldwin recorded. I feel honoured. A successful TED Speaker, entrepreneur and digital agency owner. He made millions, gave loads of money away, lives minimalistically and just launched a new venture called 10x speaker which helps others to be successful as a speaker. We hopefully bring that concept to London soon, so stay tuned!
 
We had so much to talk about and spend a good deal on how to become a great speaker, earn money as a speaker and he is the proof: the fastest growing speaker in 2018 and number 1 top 10 speaker list in 2019 in the Netherlands. There is so much to come, including a book about the principles he reveals in this podcast.
 
Success for him is about making others successful. He makes his life all about helping others, and we discuss success, thoughts on what others think, and how essentially we are all chasing the dream of seeking freedom to choose. Towards the end he also reveals his top 3 principles he lives his life by. 
 
For him it is all about being more efficient, and to worry less and focus on the essentials, in order to be more successful. He speaks about his new book about the seven mindsets to become the best speaker you can be, and potentially make money with that too. His decision making framework is based on those rules.
 
You will love listening to this podcast, and you cannot stop taking notes. Such a rich experience full of advice. I probably have him back soon to go deeper on some of the topics we discussed! His book recommendations can be found on my page
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners), a coach, consultant and growth expert – he also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.

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The first time I understood that I work with humans


Interviewing Dr. Heidger Marx from SAP was just awesome and eye opening! He is a mindfulness trainer at SAP.
 
I first came across his profile, when Daniel Rieber interviewed him on his German podcast Im Hier und Jetzt, and I just had to speak to him. Actually, we didn’t start speaking about success for the first half of the podcast, but more about the ‘fluffy stuff’ which is meditation in a German Software Company.
 
Heidger is a scientist, photographer become mindfulness trainer, and the conversation was absolutely eye opening. The benefits mindfulness practise brings to oneself and organisations is immense. One of his mentees said ‘This is the first time I understood that I work with humans’ – now if that isn’t a statement for a modern organisations? But what does mindfulness in organisations look like?
 
For Heidger, success is all about aligning one’s values with what one is doing, e.g. loving what you do. His daily practises, of course, include meditation but also journaling. 
 
If anyone wants to find out more about him, or connect to him to find out about the SAP training which is offered to external companies as well, please connect with Heidger on Linkedin.
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.
 

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Successful with Data


Ana Milicevic is originally from Serbia but describes herself as a European New Yorker. She has been named by Business Insider as one of top 23 people who fix advertising and runs her own consultancy with her sister in the data space called Sparrow Advisers! 
 
Ana is an entrepreneur, media executive and digital data innovator. She and her team of strategic consultants work with companies across adtech, martech, ecommerce, and media on strategy, product, go-to-market positioning, new market launches, innovation, services and global field enablement. Earlier in her career she has held key leadership roles across product, strategy, technology, and services in early stage startups, high growth scale-ups, and established global companies like Adobe, SAS, and even included a stint at the United Nations.
 

There was a lot of serendipity involved in her career she admits, and we speaking about how she helped bring the radio to the internet, scaling start ups, work with her sister, and we talk data.
 
That’s something we both have in common, we love data! We also discuss the volatility of the industry, successful and not so successful exits and how she defines success.
 
A great episode recorded on a night before a big parliamentary decision on Brexit in January, yet we talk cultures and what it means to have lived in different places.
 
Ana reveals some successful habits, and one of it is scheduling thinking time. I have since adopted that, creating more space to think.
If you would like to be in touch, please add her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter @aexm.
 

 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.
 

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Spend time to focus


A fantastic conversation this week with Paul Frampton Calero, an industry friend I have known for many years; we speak about career choices and how he ended up at disruptive technology start-up Tink Labs now hi Inc and how he is building a successful culture there.
 
Success and his business are both about improving people’s life, creating a success culture. The life/life balance which is important, and how one should find her/his ‘Why’ and purpose in life. But we also speak about leadership, women in business and how we still measure performance based on time and not on output. 
 
Paul calls himself a ‘Manbassador‘ and recommends a tons of books – please see my recommendation page for details. 
 
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