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

Stories of Success Podcast

Release Date: 10/03/2019

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I am very honoured to have Pascal Finette back for a second round. Pascal and I got introduced when I first launched my podcast in early 2018, and we recorded an episode then, which has been downloaded almost 300 times. He since has launched more things, became more famous, and I feel honoured he took some time to answer more of my questions.

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I interviewed Andy last year, just before Christmas 2019. He openly spoke to me about his illness, and his life limiting cancer.

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This week’s podcast is a panel discussion with four former guests. We took a long time to manage all our diaries and I was glad when we finally got together to discuss Covid19, personal development, and how it seems the positive things that came from lock down. A episode going deep.

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In this episode of season 4 I welcome Marcel Daane. I am super excited to welcome Marcel as he has been prominent on my social media feeds for a long time. I admire the work he does as an executive and leadership coach, and his concept about body mind connection in a business world.

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This season is all about personal development, and about how you can improve as a person. I have some amazing guests lined up.

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For the last but not least episode of season 3 of my podcast, I welcome Lisa Ryan who is the Chief Appreciation Strategist at Grategy. As a Certified Speaking Professional, a Certified Virtual Speaker and the best-selling author of ten books including “The Upside of Down Times: Discovering the Power of Gratitude”, she shares a lot of information on how to become a professional speaker and what gratitude means in day to day life.

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Chris is a tech entrepreneur that believes technology can be used for good and can dramatically impact the world in a positive way. He is lucky enough that his personal vision matches up with his company's vision at The Happiness Index.

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This week’s podcast is with Lizzy Hodcroft. She is an inspiration to talk to, on how to overcome mental health issues and becoming successful, selling a business and now launching a new business called Myndr.

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This week’s podcast is with a fellow German coach Stephanie Schaffner. After a corporate career in sales and business development, she changed direction to become a trainer for stress management and a coach for burnout prevention.

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On this episode I welcome Marek Zmysłowski. Marek is a Polish-born entrepreneur and executive, focused on online businesses in Frontier and Emerging Markets. 

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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).