Avoiding Burnout – Davida Ginter


My episode this week is a conversation with Davida Ginter, who I met on a LinkedIn Group about personal development. We recorded the podcast early mornings after my exercise routine and before I was heading to work. She is based in Israel, lived in Sweden and has a keen interest to support others in preventing burnout. Her mantra is based on Jane Goodall: Everyday we make a difference and it is up to us, what kind of difference we want to make. 
 
One of her take aways she posted shortly after on LinkedIn, was that ‘even if it will take much longer for organisations to make the transition towards a holistic system that nurtures their people’s wellbeing, that doesn’t mean that the few, who already know that, can’t start today.’
 
Our conversation is all about life life balance, and how leadership, professional change makers and personal journeys need to focus on the well being of people in a holistic way. The price we pay for not looking after people and ourselves, is burnout, a topic Davida is passionate about and is publishing a book on this too.
 
In order to avoid burnout, one valuable way it to increase connection to real people, in person. We discuss being in the presence, and being fully in the now, while carefully managing the influence of social media. 
 
Her idea of success is to be the best version of herself, having a positive impact on others, helping others. Also, as of above, her best advice is to connect to real people, and treat others the way you want to be treated. It is about developing a changing mindset to be open about failure. Another advice is to take long walks, or empathy walks, or to exercise, in order to reduce stress and take care of oneself, she calls it the empathy walk.
 
We also speak about her event  Enkindle which takes place in Sweden from 19th-21st May.
 

All book recommendations, including Tony Schwartz’s book the ‘Energy Project’, can be found can be found here.

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

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340 marathons blind – and counting


I met Paul Watts when running my first marathon last November. He is an inspiration. He is blind and has run 340 marathons when we recorded the podcast end of last year. He also carried the Olympic torch in 2012.
So this is a story of personal success. It is for runners and anyone interested in running or is looking for an inspiration and motivation to run a bit more than you currently do. For most of the population a marathon is a stretch, and Paul has done 340 being blind. What an amazing achievement.
We speak about our running experience, share a good story and get some advice on how to stay fit; he tells us about how he finished an Ultra Marathon with a broken wrist and how it works having a ‘guided runner’. 
Enjoy this episode, a different angle, but a bigger inspiration than most!
His motto is ‘never say never” – if you say you can’t, then you talk yourself into that you can’t. “I wanted to do one marathon and I am still going.”
 
All book recommendations can be found here.

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

 

 

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Only Action Counts – Entrepreneur Lara Morgan


This is so far my the most energetic podcast of 2019. I interviewed Lara Morgan last year, and her motto is ‘only actions count‘ – I love jumping into these ‘cold’ conversation and see how those go. And this one was just purely amazing. 
 
At the end of the podcast I found out that Lara had actually written a book about her experience, something that I hadn’t been aware of. I now have a copy (thank you again) and her story of building a multi million business from scratch with hard work is utterly mind bobbling. For her success is all about choice and making money to create choice, wanting to be an example for her children.
 
As a sales and negotiation expert, she has a ton of drive to succeed. She lives by her high standards in business and private life, being very disciplined and an early riser, prioritising things recklessly. Her ambition is to live to 120 years of age, but she couldn’t master that or her ‘work-life-challenge’ without staying fit and having a supporting husband; plus she emphasises the need for a strong mind. 
 
“Be more self-disciplined” is her advice at the end. Only action counts. 
 
Projects she is involved in:
 
Books she recommends are of course her own “More Balls than most” and “Lynda Gratton – The 100 Year Life” – more on my recommendations page
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.

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Digital Nomad living a simplified life – Conni Biesalski


This week’s guest is Connie Biesalki who at time of recording was just launching her new website and brand Conni.me It was before I ran my marathon last year too. 
 
We both left Germany some time ago, and she also left a ‘conventional way of living’, but we both are still connected to Germany somehow, discussing the greater German unconsciousness; so besides us exploring the meaning of success, happiness and a simplified life, we are also drifting a bit in some interesting chats. I loved recording this episode!
 
For her, success is all about helping others and improving other people’s life. Meditation is one of her daily practises, an hour rather than my little 15 minutes, water fasting (and I have completed a fast since we spoke), and we talked about how the bigger purpose, the why, gives you the push you need. Her content on Conni.me is amazing and her podcast is a great listen. She has ramped up her website and content a lot since we spoke and I highly recommend you checking it out!
 
As she says, we must invest in our inner work to move forward and embrace our potentials and gifts. We should stop chasing fame and money, ignore the ‘what if’ approach and live in the moment. 
 
I absolutely loved my conversation with Conni, and her motto of ‘do something small every day!’
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.

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How to successfully scale businesses to 9 figures!


Shane Spiers is a coach, mentor, consultant and facilitator. We have a fantastic chat about all things business this week. His career track record is dominated by leading and scaling 7, 8 & 9-figure rapid growth companies. He definitely knows a thing or two about success!
 
We speak about growing companies from the start-up to the grown up stage and discuss leadership styles, giving back and goal setting. The latter leads us into productivity habits we discover we both have. GTD, goal setting, helicopter view and licenses as well as entrepreneurship and productivity.
 
These days Shane’s thing is “Summit SCALEĀ®: The 7 to 8-Figure Business Growth Model” a blended learning program that equips successful business owners to transition from entrepreneurial to a managed growth.
 
Enjoy this week!
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.

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Leaders are Readers! Career Advice for 2019 and beyond!


The first episode of the year is with a career coach and executive search consultant or recruiter Andrew MacAskill. Since I went through redundancy and career choices last year, I thought it would be great to kick off 2019 with some advice on career and job hunts.
 
Given it is January, some of the listeners might consider a change in career this year, and this might just give you the right pointers where to start. If you are not looking, this is still relevant, as we discuss how the job market has changed, and how executive careers are different to where they were in the past.
 
Is there still job security? Are we all consultants? I wrote about that in the past in a publication. Those are the questions we are trying to answer and how to attract the right position, incentivise CEOs for the long term game.
 
We speak about Principles of Success and about how entrepreneurs are motivated. Andrew points out that mindset is key for success and it is a journey, not a goal, re-iterating what we found out in last year’s podcast journey.
 
You can find out more about him on his LinkedIn profile and on the EO website.
He has fantastic advice on reading material and great advice as a career coach overall. Leaders are readers, Andrew concludes. 
 
Enjoy this episode!
 
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.
 

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Stories of Success – Getting ready for 2019!


This is a 12 minutes episode about my thoughts on 2018, 2019 and my podcast as well as life in general; the principles of success, mind hacking and how I want to go deeper and have more focus in 2019.
It’s about ultimate balance, mind and body, thoughts and approach to life. Isn’t life just exciting?

 

The book recommendations can be found here.

The Principles Of Success can be downloaded here.

My productivity book is available here.

 

Let me know who you want me to interview in 2019 and let me know your thoughts of the podcast so far! We got a pretty epic line up for Q1, diverse and really powerful. Enjoy!

 

 

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Take Life by the Throat – Nicki Ryan


The last episode of the year features Nicki Ryan who works for Cisco. She started her career as a stewardess and moved into sales and from there she has been super successful with now leading a global team at Cisco being responsible for not only revenue but a lot of people. We speak about work ethics, family, and how to switch off. But we also discuss the corporate responsibility and how mentoring is important to her and how she gives back. From there we touch on gender equality or inequality and how to tackle those challenges. Her motto is to take life by the throat. Enjoy and have a good Christmas.
Feel free to reach out to her on LinkedIn.

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Gurman Hundal – Co-Founder of MiQ about simply being a successful entrepreneur


This episode with Gurman Hundal, co-founder of MiQ, is a bit shorter and has some audio challenges at the beginning (apologies, it gets better throughout the episode) but the content is a must listen for any entrepreneur. Gurman gives advice on building a successful start-up culture, about empowering people and having trust; working hard, yet having a work life balance and being content, and happy.
An episode close to my heart as I met both Gurman and his co-founder Lee in 2010. They have made it in our industry and they are not done yet!
I am delighted that Gurman made some time in his busy diary to meet and speak with me about his journey. He launched the now global company MiQ in London with partner Lee Puri after recognising a clear unaddressed need for data-driven insight in an otherwise thriving ad-tech economy. Seeing both opportunity and demand for more transparent models in real-time advertising, MiQ was born and has maintained a 95% employee retention rate. I’d love to know the secret of that culture!
In 2017, Gurman won a Gold StevieĀ® Award in the Executive of the Year in the Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations category. I am sure this is just one of many.

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Dominic Powers on success in Asia


Another great chat this week. Dominic Powers, CEO of Ctrl/Shift  and I speak about the adtech industry but quickly venture out on a few tangent. A conversation that leads you to understand how to be successful in Asia, which leadership style works and how to stay in a company for over 14 years. We speak about the sitting order in a Japanese taxi, the Ocean Clean up  and how Dominic’s upbringing in the UK, and his work ethics got him where he is today. A successful business leader with lots of advice on how to bring focus back into one’s life, how to live a digital detox and educate our children to look after the planet. 
His (and my) book recommendation is the City of Devils which you can find alongside Homo Deus or Sapients on my recommendation page.
If you want to know more about Dominic or get in touch, please check out his website or LinkedIn profile.

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