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Stories of Success Podcast

Release Date: 11/12/2020

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On this final episode of season 4, all my theories come together by speaking to Dr. Matt , Mateusz Grzesiak. Dr. Matt is a lecturer, therapist, and consultant. He holds several masters degrees, including in psychology and law, as well as degrees in management.

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This episode was recorded back in January with Paul Rowlett. A British entrepreneur who thought he would lose his multi-million pound business, when we all went into the first lockdown in 2020.

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I got introduced to Andy Lee through Cheryl from Xerox who has been on my podcast previously. When we spoke for the first time, we hit it off on the topic of mindfulness and stress reduction.

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Case Lane is a global writer, entrepreneur, podcaster, blogger, and the founder of Ready Entrepreneur, a business that prepares aspiring entrepreneurs to start an online business. She has been a former diplomat, consultant and corporate executive.

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Chala Dincoy, founder of Repositioning Expert and author of Gentle Marketing and How To Win Friends The Way Apple Wins Customers had been an award-winning marketer with a number of Fortune 500 companies including Pepsi, Frito-Lay, and Playtex, before moving on to found Repositioning Expert. 

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Michael Brennan co-founded tootoot in 2013 with a core mission of supporting the psychological safety and wellbeing of individuals by making it easier for individuals to talk about anything that was making them feel unhappy or unsafe.

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This week's podcast is with Francis Cholle. A global leader in creating social innovation for a sustainable future. For him it is all about unleashing untapped potential, key to achieving a competitive advantage by using intuitive intelligence.

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In this week’s episode I  welcome Cheryl Smith to my podcast. Cheryl leads talent management for Xerox, a public company with over 25,000 employees globally. She is a seasoned talent professional with over 25 years of success in talent assessment, succession planning, leadership development, employee engagement, organisational surveys and change programs for world-class, global organisations including Gartner, Legrand, Diageo, MetLife and AIG.

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For 20 years, Tim Spiker, founder of The Aperio and writer of The Only Leaders Worth Following has been helping individuals and organisations lead better, and find better leaders. He delivers keynote speeches and creates customised learning experiences to change the way people look at leadership, and he guides long-term developmental journeys as well.

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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.

We ended up with an amazing chat over Zoom, and we jump straight into the episode, not worrying about the intro. A great conversation which I truly enjoyed, and lots of takeaways for my listeners.

My most vivid memory of the first podcast was that he said, ‘you have to focus on the brights sparks in life’, not the failures, and that he measures success by the lives he influences.

His latest intro reads as him being the Co-Founder at be radical, EY’s wavespace Advisory Board Chair, Singularity U’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation, VC at BOLD Capital Partners. Previously he held leadership positions at Google.org, Mozilla, and eBay, built technology startups, launched a Venture Capital firm. He is the posse leader at TheHeretic.org, and is a general upstart when it comes to creating meaningful change.

What we spoke about:

  • Dunning Krueger Effect
  • How you get bored when you become an expert
  • Innovation and breakthroughs are happening at the intersection of disciplines, which makes it harder
  • Reading
  • The Overstory, the fiction book I am reading
  • No Filters, the inside story of Instagram
  • The right stuff (space race)
  • His move from Silicon Valley to Boulder, Colorado
  • Being at the right place at the right time
  • Be radical, and how it transforms companies
  • Humanity
  • The Social Dilemma (Movie)
  • Facebook and Social Media
  • Attention Span when watching movies
  • A Hidden Life (Movie)
  • 1917 (Movie)
  • How long it will take us in lock down, and roll out a vaccine
  • Remote working
  • Giving employees a planning horizon
  • “On-site Offices” with teams by default working from home
  • How video meetings make our work day more intense
  • How do we structure our day, and how we enjoy taking ‘normal phone calls’
  • Lunch time naps
  • Home schooling, and working from home with kids
  • How I invented Facebook and Twitter back in the days
  • And how I never asked the right questions :-)
  • Pregnancy tests, IBM and Doom
  • Youtube
  • Silicon Valley
  • Online networking
  • How much closer the world got and what it could do for innovation
  • Networking in times of Covid
  • How can we help people out of university to build their network remotely
  • Mindfulness
  • Energy flow
  • How it takes longer to present virtually rather than in person because it is less dimensional
  • Habits and routines, and how they changed since our last conversation
  • Power naps
  • How we define ourselves over our jobs vs. our hobbies
  • Marathons
  • Ponies


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.