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Stories of Success Podcast

Release Date: 01/07/2021

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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,

More Episodes

In this first episode of 2021, it took me a while to understand what Csaba Toth was talking about. However, once I understood his ‘Uncommon Sense’ approach, I was sold!

It makes so much sense! Csaba has a similar journey to myself, and we live very close to each other too; so we have met again, deepened my understanding and see what we can do to educate the world on uncommon sense. Since recording the episode, I already did the test, read part of the book and got some valuable insights. Thanks, Csaba!

And when I talked about my results in my newsletter, there were a few curious questions.
His book offers a unique take on the often misunderstood concept of growth mindset as it addresses the root cause of why so many opportunities, time and energy are lost. They are either friction with people who think and behave differently or friction with our own saboteur inside of us. Positive thinking and affirmations are not going to fix it, but the science of uncommon sense can.
Note, this is not just a random idea. His concept has already been used by Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and entrepreneurs globally whose success depends on how much they understand themselves and others.
What we talked about
  • Uncommon Sense and Coaching
  • Growth Mindset
  • Global Disc Personality profile
  • Different challenges by generations
  • Culture groups
  • Cross Culture dialogue
  • Cognitive diversity
  • Culture is not who we are but what we are used to
  • Personality determines how you want to behave
  • Culture determines how you should / have to behave
  • What is natural vs. what is normal around you
  • Stereotypes and intercultural models
  • Questions to ask your HR about cultural integrity
  • Intercultural = Interpersonal
  • Missing of cultural intelligence on DISC profiles
  • Overlapping part of personal development theories
  • NLP, EQ
  • How to approach people from a different cultural backgrounds
  • Accurate thinking vs. Positive thinking
  • Friction with people and understanding why it exists
  • Friction with ourselves
  • We trust people that are like us
  • You can change your behaviour anytime but not your personality, resulting in you wasting your energy, not reflecting your values and not meeting your needs
  • Similarities inside but differences on the outside
  • Hierarchy of pain
  • Challenges during Covid
  • What we can influence in life and during Covid
  • Individual vs. Group Mindset isn’t about culture or origin
  • Diversity, inclusion and self-inclusion
  • Information doesn’t lead to transformation, it’s about experiencing it
  • Intellectual hamster syndrome
  • How we avoid things we aren’t welcome (which sounds common sense but could be ‘uncommon sense’)
  • How productivity in companies is increased through uncommon mindset
  • Growth mindset is about running faster, and uncommon mindset is about getting rid of your baggage
  • Meet Csaba on LinkedIn


Volker is a sales, strategy and leadership consultant. With a passion for coaching and mindfulness, helping 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 or subscribe to his newsletter.

His latest release: Leadership Training for 2021 and beyond.