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A reflection with friends on the global pandemic

Stories of Success Podcast

Release Date: 10/15/2020

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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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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. An episode going deep.

We are connecting more now, more intensely, and have less in-room tensions and emotions, going from one video call to another. Are we making the right connection? And what are we taking away from it, and how do we avoid the negative impact his pandemic and lockdown has on our our children for years to come.

Points from the discussion around the situation around Covid19 and the lockdown:

  • The rat race stopped for a while
  • We put things in perspective
  • Reflecting on our career & situation
  • Supporting each other
  • Being shaken up to find a direction more lead by our soul rather than outside pressure
  • Review the information you received from the news, and evaluate them
  • We do not know what’s ahead of us, we are like entrepreneurs, dealing with uncertainty all the time
  • People are stressed of being stressed
  • The emotional cost of Covid isn’t known yet
  • We have more time with our families, resulting in more fulfillment
  • Not knowing what comes next lead to personal development
  • We have the power to use the situation in our own way
  • Things work differently, we need to diversify our services but also our emotions
  • Collaboration taking over from competition
  • People are more heart centred than before
  • Our children will change and their mindset has been influenced through Covid19
  • Lockdown was an opportunity, and people worked even harder
  • Managing emotions to get through the crisis
  • Keeping the balance of what information we let in to build and keep resilience
  • The lockdown allowed us to live inside ourselves, focusing on creating our world and connecting to our world
  • We have to put our wellbeing first
  • We go back to a question of choice, and can make decisions to create, and navigate our life in a way we want to do it
  • Connecting to ourselves, and reflecting
  • What can we do to make ourselves more energetic
  • Lockdown allowed for more personal care, including personal habits and stress management
  • Companies are opening up to mental health and wellness issues
  • Teaching our kids that it is ok to choose and not to constantly chase the materialistic values, e.g. self worth comes from inside
  • Education should also focus on handling emotions and being more empathetic
  • Parents have a big role on what our children learn too
  • Resilience comes from recognising who we are, and accepting who we are
  • Will the change last, or do we go back to what used to be normal, both in terms of our approach to life but also our attitude to personal development?
  • Will we learn from the situation?
  • How can we tap into the system to change the system to support the individual change?
  • Leadership needs to step up for the well being of their employees
  • It’s not only about whether we care, but how we get other people to care too
  • How do we connect people through values?
  • How do we allow empathy for ourselves?

Guest for this episode:

Catherine B. Roy is an internationally recognised Business and Personal Growth Coach and Bestselling Author. She is a MENSA member with an IQ>156 which qualifies her to be in the less than 1% of the human population. Catherine has won loads of awards and is also an experienced business entrepreneur & IT expert. Catherine is certified in the fields of positive psychology, assertive behaviour, emotional behaviour and emotional intelligence (EQ). Catherine has only one mission: To help you do what you love and make your dream business flourish.



Davida Ginter is the Co-founder and CEO of Enkindle Global, and the author of the book "Burning Out Won't Get You There". She specializes in Participatory Leadership processes, and operates on a global scale to support leaders and organizations in preventing burnout, cultivating wellbeing, and developing emotional resilience.

Author of Burning Out Won't Get You There

Founder, Be the Change 

Co-founder and CEO, Enkindle Global



Stephanie Schaffner looks back at a career working for international companies in sales and business development. However, she became a certified trainer for stress management and a coach for burnout prevention due to her own experience and the need for change in the corporate world.



Barbara Vercruysse is a mentor, business coach, thought leader and public speaker. After facing several challenges in life and surviving a stage 4 skin cancer at the age of 32, she decided to live her second life at the fullest.





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.