An informal look at the human condition, with people who are fascinated by psychology, neuroscience and all things curious about people
You would think we would know better by now... "you dumb ass..."!
Mar 18 2022
1 hr 1 min
You would think we would know better by now... "you dumb ass..."!
This for me was a fun conversation about a very serious topic, it touches on the current war and therefore I want people to be aware of that before you listen to the podcast.Lucija Popovska is... and I have said this to her face.... a crazy, energetic, outrageous lady who swears like a trouper and doesnt care what people think. This is a quieter more thoughtful side to her that I hope you like. But maybe next time we get wine and you all get to find out about her wild side :)Lucija spent several decades in international development, focusing on human rights, specifically the right to housing, housing finance and the way it may (or may not) marry microfinance, and the role of technology in it. She has been lucky to have lived for shorter and not so very short periods in 11 countries on 3 continents. Her major achievement in life is that she managed to enjoy all of them. Lucija believes she is a good cook (and is sometimes right), loves her wine (always), sails small boats (whenever she can) and enjoys learning languages (everywhere). Sometimes the four interfere. She helps manage a software company. Despite that, the company is doing very well.
Mar 18 2022
1 hr 1 min
A conversation with Kalin Radev "Supporting Financial Inclusion" and beyond!
I have enjoyed my conversations with Kalin for many years now and finally I get to introduce him to you, with a conversation that starts by understanding his passion for helping others and providing access to financial inclusion and transitions to give you an understanding of the way he views the world and people based on his travels and how "Ploff" changed his perspective on life. An interesting conversation with a fascinating man.Kalin Radev, Chief Executive OfficerKalin brings more than 25 years of professional experience in IT, over 20 of which in financial inclusion, banking and microfinance. He has extensive international experience leading strategic projects in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. His expertise has been crucial for carrying out more than 100 projects around the globe, focused on developing IT strategies and designing solutions that accelerate financial inclusion and enhance efficiency. Kalin is Chairman of the Indian-Bulgarian Business Chamber and co-Chairman of Endeavor Bulgaria.https://www.softwaregroup.com/about-us
Feb 15 2022
Barbrah Naserian Kimong'o the "Maasai Warrior Queen"
The title the "Masai Warrior Queen" is one that truly describes the personality and energy of this young lady who has challenged both herself and her culture to do what is right for her and what will make her happy. When Stella and I first met Naserian it didn’t take long to see that her passion for wildlife and the work that she is doing at Emboo River Camp is more than just a job. She is someone who looks at any challenge in life as an opportunity to grow and develop and she can teach us all about what is truly important for finding happiness. This podcast is the first of a series that will be recorded “on the road” so please bear with some of the audio challenges as we will work through these over the coming months. To find out more about Emboo River Camp, check out their website here. https://www.emboo.camp/
Feb 6 2022
Meet my Mentor!
In this episode I get to talk to the man who has had the biggest impact on my life, someone who has helped me in so many ways, especially when I needed it.And now I get the chance to share him with you!Mr James Graves B.E.M has been my mentor for over 28 years and has guided, challenged, and cajoled me into being the man I am today. He has also helped many others and continues to help people at the grand “young” age of 78, with his work with MAST. I just don’t know where he gets his energy from.Hopefully in this podcast you get a little insight into his world and his history and why he does what he does, and why I want to follow in his footsteps.
Oct 18 2021
The tables are turned... for once its my story!
This time it’s my turn, Carol Martin interviews me for my own podcast. This must have been one of the most nerve-wracking situations I have been in, but for those who are interested Carol gets me to tell my story and how I came to where I am today.https://koap.co.uk/
Sep 3 2021
An artist inspires!
This is another one of those conversations with someone who inspires me. Chantelle Louise is a self-trained artist who grew up struggling with her self-image and others’ opinions, but she didn’t let them beat her. In fact, she has used that negative energy to fuel a very positive future, which we discuss in our conversation. I met Chantelle Louise through another organisation we are proud to work with, Merseyside Community Training (MCT). They are a not-for-profit social enterprise that cares about the Liverpool City Region and is ambitious for its future. MCT is based in Birkenhead and was originally established in 2016 with the primary intent to help the most disadvantaged people from the Wirral community. https://merseysidect.co.uk/ Chantelle, has been part of this initiative and has thrived from their support. You can find her work at the links below, and she is taking commissions if you are interested in something special for your home or loved ones.LinkedIn: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://uk.linkedin.com/in/chantelle-louise-mcdermott-563b40159&ved=2ahUKEwiynILIhoTyAhWMQUEAHSzuDMwQjjh6BAgFEAE&usg=AOvVaw10IqfcImAq7otkJlNA0swZInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/chantellelouise_artistry/https://www.instagram.com/clsfxmua/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chantellelouiseartistry/https://www.facebook.com/clsfxmua/
Jul 27 2021
Transitions...A leap of Faith...
A conversation with Dan Hixenbaugh about leaving the security of the corporate world to be self employed, at a time when the world is in flux!Dan has almost three decades of experience in executive sales, product development, and senior business development leadership roles in the healthcare software and technology fields. He has a proven track record of sales and business development leadership that includes a mastery of negotiation, executive presentations, personnel development, team leadership, and cross-enterprise integrations. His background has varied from very large U.S. based corporations to small start-up companies that spur on innovation. He has married his experience with a graduate certificate in executive coaching from Duquesne University, earning a Professional Coach certification. He has a unique combination of grit from many years of experience in business development coupled with a humble inquisitive nature that he has honed into the practice of coaching. His experience has led him to a successful transition into the fields of mentor, sales, and executive coaching. Dan is passionate about fostering collaboration within a client’s ecosystem with a keen understanding that this brings about a high performing culture of inclusion and accountability.His website is : https://scopeara.com/His lInked in address : https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-hixenbaugh-2818766/
Jul 27 2021
An Interview with the Author Tom Beakbane about his new book "How to Understand Everything. Consilience: A new Way to See the World"
This is a first for me, having a recorded conversation with somebody I have just met. I will say however Tom's book is incredibly interesting and challenging in many ways. He takes an alternative look at everything we think is right in the world and challenges some of the traditional ways we think about ourselves and others. It is a challenging read that will make you think but is not that the point. When I first had the call with Tom, I had only managed to get two thirds of the way through the book, and so I am not sure I have done him the justice he deserves, especially now I have completed It. So, I am hoping that I can persuade him to come back for a second conversation.For now if you wish to contact Tom directly please see the links below.Order the book on Amazon: https://mybook.to/Understand_Everything How to Understand Everything website. https://howtounderstandeverything.beakbane.com/ What is Consilience? https://youtu.be/p4DeBJEmGiw LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/beakbane-publishing/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HowToUnderstandEverything Twitter: @TomBeakbaneClubhouse discussions WTF Consilience? https://www.joinclubhouse.com/club/wtf-is-consilience
Apr 19 2021
Are organisations sacrificing adult learning for the sake of online learning and the economy of self-directed learning?
In this episode I get to talk to Katherine Handin who is the CEO of the Global Coaching Alliance, who are as their website says "an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm dedicated to helping organizational leaders inspire the best in others and passionately pursue business objectives with vigour, insight and precision." I have known Katherine for almost ten years now through our work with global clients, and like me she has a clear idea of how adult learning is being challenged by the economies of digital learning, and how cost benefits don’t outweigh the lack of "stickiness" and ultimate change in behaviour. In this discussion we look at both sides of the argument and provide our joint knowledge and experience to hopefully give organisations a better understanding of how self-directed learning and supported learning can live symbiotically to best serve the individual’s development, and ultimately the organisations goals. email@example.com.GlobalCoachingAlliance.com
Mar 22 2021
A conversation with the Behaviour Analyst
This was a fun conversation for me, with my tutor Aaron Garner. Aaron is a Director at Paul Eckman International and EIA in the UK and Programme Leader of the MSc in Communication, Behaviour and Credibility Analysis course, working in collaborative partnership with MMU. He has many years experience in this field and has become, in a very short time, someone who I admire and respect for his knowledge and experience. So this was a great opportunity for me to ask the questions I couldnt ask in the classroom and hopefully give you guys the opportunity to get a better insight into the world I love to study.To find out more about Aaron here are some contact details for him.http://linkedin.com/in/aaron-garner-frsa-msc-26776910EIA Grouphome page link for EIA (https://www.eiagroup.com) https://www.ekmaninternational.com/partners/ekman-associates/
Mar 22 2021
The Happiness Consultant
In this episode we continue my look at inclusion and diversity as I discuss happiness, or rather being happy with the wonderful Shavonne Reed, who says, and I steal happily from her website:- “I will empower your audiences with stories about overcoming life's obstacles and teach a philosophy on how to live a life of love, laughter and legacy.”An infectious smile and a warm personality surround a history that one could say has been challenged, but she does not. I hope you enjoy our talk and if you want to know more about Shavonne then here are her contact links.https://www.espeakers.com/marketplace/profile/42981/simplewww.opuatechnologies.com
Feb 23 2021
"I just want to be accepted for being myself.."
This is a personal conversation with my nephew Nathaniel extending my understanding of disability in the community.In this episode I talk to Nathanial about his personal perspective of inclusion and I think his statement “… think more about the person than the disability.” sums up his passion for bringing people together. He is very open about his life experiences and its fascinating to talk to about his life and how he has adapted to the world and drawn people to him. He also shares his passion for righting the wrongs of society.
Feb 2 2021
"The Emperor’s New Clothes” or are your team telling you the truth?
In this episode I have the great pleasure to debate with Carol Martin how Senior Leadership has to change as we move into the “new norm”. Her metaphor of the “Emperor’s New Clothes” is an interesting way of looking at Senior leadership and the challenges we face when everyone is afraid to tell you the truth! Can this approach survive in a changing commercial landscape?
Feb 1 2021
A personal conversation to help me understand my "white privilege!"
In this episode I have the pleasure of engaging in a conversation with my nephew about white privilege and how as a white man in a mixed-race family I do not understand what my wife and son have experienced. It is a personal conversation, and the language may offend some people, but it has helped me understand a difficult topic and may give you some something to think about.
Jan 21 2021
Ideas for helping organisations understand "Inclusion"
In this episode I talk to Anna Jakielaszek an independent facilitator I have had the pleasure of working with for many years. She brings her own insights, ideas and methods for supporting a diverse workforce.
Jan 19 2021
Covid, Organisational Design and Inclusivity in the workplace.
In this episode I talk to Jonathan Potter of Astra Zeneca about how organisations are adapting to the changes brought about by the current pandemic and the impact an inclusive mindset can have on the working environment.
Jan 18 2021
Using Micro Expressions in Private Investigation and The Office
In this episode I talk to Xavier Zeilinga a Consultant and Private Investigator who studies facial expressions to identify when someone is lying. How useful is this in the business world and why would you use it?
Nov 30 2020
"Suck It Up Buttercup"
This is my most enjoyable episodes so far! In this episode I get to talk to Linda Hoopes about how to become more resilient in a world that is changing daily. Linda is an American Psychologist who has writes and speaks on the challenges of being more resilient. She has such an infectious passion for the subject I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did. The title "Suck it Up Buttercup" refers to her belief that there is a balance between the stoic aproach to the world being a challenge so just get on with it, and the positive psychology approach that we should all be nice to each other.
Nov 30 2020
The Future of Marketing in a Post Covid World
This is our first podcast, and in it we discuss with Greg Trausch about how marketing products in the Business to Business world is blurring the lines between sales and marketing and challenging who actually sells to customers. With data analytics and targeted marketing there is an argument that says we may not need salespeople in the future as customers will make their own minds up about what they buy and how they buy it. Has covid accelerated that process?
Nov 30 2020