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Mind Body Leadership

Stories of Success Podcast

Release Date: 09/24/2020

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Stories of Success Podcast

I welcome Damien D‘Souza on this episode who is a business and technology transformation leader. His CV states COO, CIO and CCO experience, yet he markets himself as an interim and fractional ‚CTO‘. With his vast years of experience across multiple industries, he has worked in his portfolio career since 2019.   Things we discussed: Whilst he started his portfolio career in 2019, he started working for himself in 2012 He left the corporate world after 30 years after taking redundancy and money for a runway to try 'self-employment' Work is all about what you want to do, not why...

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Peter and I first met when he dealt with various digital marketing start-ups at Deutsche Post many years ago. Most recently, we discussed joint business development but also had a chat about my podcast, as Peter had quite some experience in interim and fractional C-level roles. I am in particular interested to share his experience with start-ups, large corporate and consulting roles. At time of recording Peter assumes an interim Management role within the Vodafone group which he has now left.   Things we discussed: Roles of senior executives His role in the top 5 consultancies ...

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Today I welcome Lena Andican who is one of the partners at Kurve - Kurve being the performance marketing agency my guest Oren Greenberg founded. Additionally, similar to Oren, she works as an interim and fractional CMO, advising companies on all things marketing.   Things we discussed:   Working with scale-ups B2B marketing and sales Positioning, marketing strategy and execution Transition from in-house to interim The need and want for flexibility and variety Confidence needed to be interim and leaping into a business venture Learning curve Advantages for companies to...

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Michel Quazza and I met a few months ago discussing investment and collaboration on projects. He is a seasoned international CEO and has worked as much in Silicon Valley as he has worked across Europe. Michel is scaling his interim work through advisory service, packaging up C-Levels under the ‘Corporate Development as a Service’.   Things we talked about: Difference in portfolio, consulting and ‘Corporate Development as a Service’ companies Scaling interim and fractional work Engineering, CPO and CEO Michel’s experience in Silicon Valley, the influence from the US on...

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This episode is with Stephen Morris. Steve is a fractional CTO with a passion for software development and cyber security.  He directs IT strategies, advises on product and technology and helps other CTOs to go to market too.   Things we discussed: Companies not needing or being able to afford a full time CTO Helping aspiring CTOs Interim and fractional being a career progression from a full time engagement How he got bored when doing only one job, and the challenges were the same year on year The need for companies to have a CTO Bailey & Associates - a company that helps...

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I welcome Paul Edwards today who is an interim Chief Revenue Officer. With many years experience in the IT and Telecoms sector, he empowers organisations and teams to win complex high value sales within competitive markets. He is also a mentor to businesses for exit.   Paul and I discussed the following: Moving from a corporate career to a portfolio/interim/fractional career Experience in the IT/Cloud/Telecoms sectors Co-founding a business How to build a healthy pipeline and sales business Building a start-up to a functional company Importance of networking How consultants...

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Oren is the founder of Kurve, a London based, growth marketing consultancy working with corporates and scale-ups for the past 20 years. As an interim and fractional leader, Oren’s digital strategy and commercial expertise are instrumental in the growth of SaaS & Fintech brands. Brands he worked with include Lenovo, Canon, Investec Bank, Wonga, Peakon & Nutmeg.   Things we discussed: Part time and interim scalability and positioning Pricing and how you best price your work (very interesting insights!) Kurve and how this fits in with fractional and interim work The Kurve...

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I welcome Ben Rickard to my podcast. Ben is an experienced interim and fractional CDO, a NED and advisor with an expert domain knowledge in marketing, digital, data and tech. Ben and I have been discussing the interim and fractional space for a while, and I am glad he found the time to record his ideas around this exciting and growing space.   Things we discussed: CDO: data or digital officer Ben being a NED to parliament (not the government) Teams with different super powers His urge to get involved and do things Launching on his own during the pandemic Value proposition ...

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My new season, season 5, is all about Stories of Success in interim and fractional CxO roles. I am excited to bring you top CxOs in the field discussing their style, pricing, approach and how they started off in their current role. A learning curve for me, but also a learning for anyone aspiring to become a freelance consultant, start a portfolio career or build a business as an interim or fractional leader.   Episode one and season starter is with Victoria Rusnac!   She is an interim Chief Marketing Officer. Her speciality is in startup growth marketing strategies, including...

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Hi all,

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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.
Marcel and I actually recorded a live video cast and this podcast is a transcript of it - the audio form essentially. A fascinating conversation about mind body leadership, how we learn and how executives can get unstuck.
Being a leadership coach myself, working with teams to improve mental health, mindfulness and well being, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to speak with Marcel and learn from the best.
As a form of an intro, Marcel suffered with a mental illness that almost cost his life as a young adult. However, through Martial Arts, Mindfulness and Selflessness, he overcame his struggles and learned how to thrive despite his challenges.
30 years on, and Marcel is an award winning executive coach with a Masters Degree in Neuroscience and Leadership, author of the highly acclaimed book 'Headstrong Performance’, and he is considered one of the world’s pioneers in Mind-Body Leadership.
Now if he doesn’t work, he spends time with his wife and daughter.
Below are bullet points of the topics we cover in the podcast and links to Marcel’s work.
  • How mindfulness makes you more resilient
  • Marcel’s journey of becoming an award winning executive coach
  • Why and how Marcel looks different at the world
  • Marcel’s upbringing and how it influenced his path in life
  • His drive to make people better and add value to society 
  • Bruce Lee’s influence and martial arts
  • The change of the work environment, hustling all day vs. resting and recuperating and being able to perform better
  • His research during his Masters in Neuroscience about energy capacity in the brain
  • Work Life Balance, Life Life Balance, and how Covid19 is teaching us how we should be structuring our balance
  • Life in silos
  • Struggles of executives around their identity and how we overvalue work vs. who we are as a human being
  • As a graduate we worry about who we become; later in our career we worry about who we are
  • Teaching your children (how) to ask questions
  • Dealing with layoffs and redundancies
  • Questioning and finding your value and purpose
  • Influence of historic events on our upbringing, decision making and how we define work, and how this is changing with the younger generation and Covid19
  • The age of boosterism 
  • How to become more resilient
  • How children improve resilience through sports
  • Children’s stress level going up, beyond working adults’ levels
  • How we learn now vs. when we were a child
  • Mindfulness isn’t the answer to everything but a tool that will help us alongside other tools
  • Different stages of learning, and how this impacts leadership and decision making
  • Our map of the world
  • Communicating with body language and energy
  • Loss of gut feeling and intuition
  • Importance of listening, and how mindfulness and body-mind connection can help
  • Mindfulness giving you a power of choice when applying to every part of life
  • George Mumford’s book the Mindful Athlete, and Victor Frankl’s Stimulus and Response theory
  • Separating Ying from Young, Action from Inaction
  • Getting unstuck as a leader - default operating mode 
  • Creating a place of curiosity to improve knowledge and innovation


Volker is a career and leadership coach, and also works as a sales and strategy consultant. With a passion for mindfulness and personal development, he helps individuals and companies to achieve more. In his podcast he interviews high achievers, entrepreneurs, consultants, visionaries, coaches, and mentors about their secrets and experience. Learn from the best! Find out more on his website.