Living with Cancer


Interviewing Andy Nobbs was an honour. Andy and I worked together, and I always enjoyed his management style. Down to earth, a very active person, a family man and full of life. I am not only saying this. He used to go sailing and running, and his whole family was involved. On the other hand we went for long media lunches, had fun in Cannes and at dmexco. He was razor sharp from a business perspective, the prize always in mind. We had so much in common, and we still do, and shared so many experiences.
 
Please note, due to some technical challenges, we had some audio problems in this recording. It gets better as we go along. Please accept my apologies for that, but I don’t think it takes anything away from the actual story.
 

Today, Andy has a life-limiting condition, and recognises that he will die sooner than he should. This is his story, and I am glad he shared it with me, so I can share it with you. It is a powerful story about life, and death. About perspective, personal choice and success. 
 
One day in 2016 I came back to the office after a client meeting and Andy was gone. He collapsed in the office earlier, and everyone thought he’d had a heart attack. He was taken to hospital and the doctors found out that he had a brain tumour. Totally unexpected. It was, as he said, as if ‘someone hit me over the head with a baseball bat’.
 
In this podcast he talks to us about his experience, and how this has changed his life and his outlook on life. The definition of success has changed massively for him. Unfortunately, many people don’t want to talk about cancer, so I am more than grateful for Andy to do so, and share the awareness of what it means to discover one has cancer, and how quickly it can change your life.
 
Andy is both a mentor and a friend of mine. At 53, still young, his life changed. The cancer came back, he had a relapse and got a virus of the brain. He survived all that.  In late October his latest brain scan showed the tumour had not returned.  Another few months till the next check up. What does that mean for someone? 
 
The question is not if he will die, and I suppose we all do, but when.
 
It might be next year, or in 6 months or in a few years time. He was told that the cancer will return, It changes a man, any person, when you think your time might be up tomorrow.
 
Andy was a work-driven person, going to the US a lot on early morning flights, back and forth, and I have known him as very hard working. Goal driven, successful. For him that has changed of course; from a career person to surviving, setting himself shorter term goals. Holidays he enjoyed in the past, like going to Vietnam or sailing, living an active life, are just not possible anymore. Things he does are different now. He doesn’t have to achieve things anymore, so he says.
 
His balance is very poor, so he struggles to walk, let alone go skiing. It’s about making the most of your life, seeing your kids more often, and spending quality time with them. The way success is defined in Western culture is bizarre, he thinks. The radical change in his life makes him philosophical, reflective. He became a better person because of it, as the cancer put things into perspective. From every bad comes good. Even with his condition he shows a strong will to survive and achieve things, never giving up! Andy is truly remarkable.
 

He respects what he has and wants to enjoy the time he has left on earth. It is about every moment, bringing quality to every bit of his life. Andy believes his condition is down to life’s lottery. He praises his wife and started to bring his house in order. He has prepared his funeral, transferred his assets, ready to go any minute. Yet Andy still has plans, and enjoys seeing his kids grow up. He worries about them, and what the future holds for mankind. Climate change, politics. 
 
Andy praises the NHS, the doctor for their support and kindness.
 
I can logically understand what Andy said but emotionally I am very detached from what he is talking about. This is his story, but it hits my empathy.  I guess I cannot relate to it, I have never been in the situation before; however, we can only imagine what he and his family are going through. My thoughts are with you, Andy, and of course your wife and kids.
 
If you want to get in touch, please reach out to Andy via Linkedin.
 
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This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners), a trusted advisor and business consultant. Volker wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter. He launched his new book Principles for Success, based on the interviews on this podcast, in 2019. 
If you are interested in working with Volker Ballueder as an advisor, coach or consultant, please reach out to him via email (volker@ballueder.com).
 
From January, he offers mindfulness courses for the workplace too, so please be in touch!

 

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Success through Health


This week’s episode is of a different kind, but I am confident that you will enjoy it. I certainly learned a ton about healthcare, personal care and had huge take aways. I am sure you will too.
 
The conversation is with Payal Mehta who was a GP for over 9 years! She has now founded her own business, a health clinic, called Nirmana Life. She is guiding her patients in understanding the root causes of chronic illnesses. This conversation is not all about ‘business success’ but about success and looking at it in a more holistic way of health.
 
Payal is using the soft skills that she developed when dealing with her patients – counselling, communication, advice giving, mentoring, guidance and the ability to equip those same patients with the capability to look after themselves. That’s where she overlaps with the work I do in coaching and mindfulness, as she is also acting as a life coach and looks at the spiritual side of life.
 
Some might call her a healer, but the conversation is about stepping into authenticity, which is one of the key principles of success I defined in my book Principles for Success
 
When looking at holistic health and wellbeing, the three areas to focus on are mental, physical and spiritual health. Traditionally she looked at the physical health, given her ‘Western medicinal background’. That’s where her up-skilling is coming in, as her true purpose is about helping people in all areas of life.
 
We discuss how she got into medicine and what makes her tick; plus the emotional part and empathy for people, which according to Payal might be missing sometimes within the NHS and the pressure they are under. She also explains that more younger people have multiple chronic illnesses, despite us living longer and spending on healthcare has increased. A fascinating discussing about age and longevity.  
 
Whilst Western medicine is treating acute illnesses, and we are very good at that, the long term and chronic illnesses are better treated with traditional medicine like Chinese medicine. And the reason we get more of those illnesses is based on changing lifestyles, e.g. less sleep, less exercise, different food from what we were originally designed to eat – and instead of treating those chronic illnesses with the right medicine, e.g. a holistic approach, we are using the wrong medicine, Western medicine. 
 
This really made me think about how we are treating our bodies and whether we live the right lifestyle for how our bodies are built? Hence, in my opinion, we cannot continue the way we are working and living throughout the 21st century without ruining our bodies, mental health and of course our productivity. Again, this is where the work I do on mindfulness and productivity comes in, looking at the long term effectiveness of teams, helping them to cope with stress and soft skills to perform better under the ‘new pressures’. 
 
How do we stay healthy? Payal suggests it is all about three areas of genetics, lifestyle and environment. We discuss how walking, and particularly walking in nature, is beneficial for all mental health conditions and also works as an anti-inflammatory. Genetics is about 5-10% of influence, whilst 90% is down to lifestyle and environmental factors. That is huge.
 
To have a healthy lifestyle, we need to look at the following 5 areas:
  • Food: how and what we eat
  • Movement: how much we move, and what we do to exercise
  • Sleep: how we sleep and what we do before sleep
  • Stress: how we manage stress and mental health
  • Love: purpose of life and social interaction
Balancing all this and looking after yourself will result in a successful life. And we discuss that on the podcast, on how much of those 5 areas I look after. Am I on track? Are you on track?
 
Payal also explains another principle called Psycho Neuroendo Immunology. The lifestyle medicine is working from one side whilst coaching works from the other side. So by looking at the influence of psychology, e.g. how your thoughts influence your brain and chemistry, you start looking at its influences on your hormone production and changes in your cellular level; this then influences you on a physical health level. Most of the thoughts are on a subconscious level, and research is in its infancy; however, we agree the concept isn’t new, ‘we are who we think’, which is what Buddha said many years ago 😉 Another topic I could have spend a whole podcast on to be honest. I am fascinated by so many things I don’t know yet!
 
We close with her main advice which is to manage stress and hire a coach. I couldn’t agree more on either, offering both coaching and mindfulness or a combination thereof. 
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners), a trusted advisor and business consultant. Volker wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter. He launched his new book Principles for Success, based on the interviews on this podcast, in 2019.
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How to win clients on LinkedIn as a coach


I hardly laughed as much as with Catherine B. Roy in my latest episode of Stories of Success. She is just so much fun, I think I need to have her back for another chat sometime very soon. So we started with a great laugh (literally, if you tune in).
 
We start the conversation around her IQ which is over 156, and she is a MENSA member; I actually did a test on the back of it. My result was less, still within the top 9% of people. She is a personal growth and business growth coach and developed a system for emotional and intellectual development, living from your heart and mind. Catherine describes her talents that she can learn quicker, accept differences easier and has a longer memory; her system is about tapping into 2% of the brain that helps you to raise your game as an individual to become better at what you do.
 
Without controlling her talent, she can get overwhelmed, as she has high attention to detail. Her system looks at Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and IQ at the same time. We are both experienced in EQ and realised that unfortunately a lot of senior and successful people don’t have a high EQ at all. 
 
Catherine differentiates between feelings and emotions which leads us to a conversation about mindset and alignment of mind and real life. Her system is about balancing your mindset and tapping into your inner self, looking at 10 areas of life like relationships, problem-solving, overcoming obstacles, love, etc.; and she goes into detail of her love algorithm. 
 
We then go on and discuss her social media strategies, including how to get traction on LinkedIn; her huge amount of followers came after Bryan McGill, from the Human Potential Leadership community, endorsed her. However, whilst the numbers are big, it is all about the core audience, and maintaining the right message to the right people, and keep engaging on a daily basis.
 
Catherine gives me a great lesson on how to build a social media strategy, and you will find that helpful as well. She loves LinkedIn and that’s where most of her clients are coming from. One of her tips is to make LinkedIn more of a landing page than a CV, which a summary that explains what you are doing and which value you add to your clients. The strategy is to give video content up to 2.5 minutes with value add for your audience.
 
We also discuss the importance of Twitter and whether Instagram is the right channel, and if so, for whom. You can learn a ton from her how to use social media in the right way. 
 
Success for her is not about material success but all about fulfillment in every part of life: reaching the level of joy in life when you are able to live an extraordinary life, within and outside of yourself.
 
Before we finish, Catherine reveals a life-changing experience for her, which lead her to be the person she is today and which gave her so much energy. We are getting philosophical about life, death and the time we have left. A powerful story that shifted her life, and made her create her own life!
 
I am confident you find this episode super useful and find a lot of takeaways for your life; how to live your life fulfilled, and what kind of outlook in life helps you to be successful.
 
If you would like to find out more about Catherine, you can find her homepage here: https://catherinebroy.com/, where you can request a free ebook sample, and also check out her LinkedIn Profile and other social media, feeds you find via her website.
 
The Link to her Book Live from your Heart and Mind: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1687644802/
 
Volker Ballueder is an executive and productivity coach, and works with executives, boards, and leadership teams in order to evaluate strategies and positioning, improving performance and get the most out of their people. For more information please visit Ballueder Partners’ website, or contact him on Linkedin. He hosts this podcast about success and published a best selling book on Principles for Success. Volker is a qualified meditation and mindfulness trainer.

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I am a hard working executive coach – lessons for CEOs


Stephen Gribben joined me in this podcast episode to discuss his career of over 30 years as an executive coach. He has coached numerous C-Level executives and explains how, as a new coach, you can win new clients; how do you position yourself and of course, how do you become more successful as a person and C-Level executive. He has a background in psychology and Emotional Intelligence. His two main fascinations are people and business. One of his revelations was that when coaching, he got paid for doing something he enjoyed, which made him passionate about executive coaching. 
 
Stephen defines success as being who you are, and doing what you want. He says that’s the stage when you do things on purpose and you find a drive and motivation that he describes as success. He uses an analogy that there are weddings and marriages. Weddings are events, but the long term goal are the marriages. We discuss whether money means success, and he says that money is never enough for people who earn more and more, and it is a by-product of achievement.
 
Whenever coaching someone, you must find out how their client is defining their success, from a coaching session or in life. He describes how clients light up, and I have to agree, when speaking to C-Level executives, and their eyes light up and you can see their passion, you know you are doing a good job. 
 
As a bestselling author of Key Coaching Principles, over 24,000 hours of professional coaching, Stephen doesn’t define himself as an author but a hard working coach who also is an author. He discusses his struggles to write the book until he defined the right reasons, the right why, and he then finished it very quickly. This is a story of success in itself.
 
Talking about his upbringing from a broken home, he describes one of his many models he developed over the years: You have return on investment (ROI) on the vertical axis and self-confidence on the horizontal one; denial is the bottom box, then moving into fight; the third box is the ‘use’ box, where he started believing that he will be successful because of what happened to him in the past. So instead of resisting experience, you are channeling it, reframing it and using it for success. This in itself is a free coaching session for executive, non executives and CEOs, so listen in how he explains that transition. It is a great model, defining a positive purpose.
 
Emotional Intelligence, EQ, for Stephen is a constant, something that is always there. Right emotions, right situation, towards the desired outcome. We discuss Conversational Intelligence, and again, it is all about connecting to your C-Level first, before you can influence. I enjoyed Stephen being very practical and down to earth in terms of the basics of coaching. The conversation leads to us discussing a lot of tools we can use with our executive clients.
 
We then discuss how to build a coaching business with the challenge that nowadays there are many people who are qualified to be coaches, yet they don’t have the experience to do it well. People are buying and committing to you being their coach, when you inspire them and listen to them; that decision is made face to face, not face too many. On the back of my recent videos we speak about the best practise for marketing for coaches, and it is all about meeting with the right people, and discussing the ‘end in mind’, defining the goal!
 
I also ask Stephen how to motivate a football team of 10 year olds. His advice was brilliant, and it did work! He defines being an expert means to consistently producing good results, researching your topic, being a role model; you approach things from a coaching perspective and you live and breathe it. And making a living from coaching leads it to be a profession.
 
I absolutely enjoyed the conversation with Stephen which was super great, and I am confident you will enjoy the chat too; but also the advice on becoming a coach. He is launching his own academy soon, and you can find out more about him on his website or email him at coach@stephengribben.com 
 
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Volker Ballueder is an executive and productivity coach, and works with executives, C-Level, boards, and leadership teams in order to evaluate strategies, improve performance and get the most out of their people. For more information please visit Ballueder Partners’ website, or contact him on Linkedin. He hosts this podcast about success and published a best selling book on Principles for Success. Volker is a also qualified meditation and mindfulness trainer.

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

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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” 
 
Sign up for updates on her websites to stay in touch:
 
 
 
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.
If you are interested in being coached by Volker Ballueder or you are interested in discussing mindfulness trainings or consulting work, please reach out to him via email (mailto:volker@ballueder.com).

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

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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
@Dr_MacKinnon
 
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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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