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Spend any time on the internet or watching the news, and you'll get the sense that the world is falling apart. Is that true? The answer might surprise you. Humanity is doing a lot better than we think. It's just that we're not hearing much about it.
Optimized is a podcast that explores why intelligent optimism is an essential leadership quality in times of great uncertainty. Cynics might sound smart, but in reality are taking the easy way out. By contrast, optimistic leaders look beyond the events in front of them, prioritize solutions over problems and guide people through the current crisis. Optimists move the world forward – they always have. 
In this podcast, Future Crunch's Rebecca Maklad explores why intelligent optimism is a must-have for anyone hoping to drive change in today's world. She interviews respected, purpose-driven leaders, entrepreneurs and changemakers from around the planet to understand how to attract and retain talent, ignite innovation, amplify adaptability and transform the world's biggest problems into opportunities. 

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Spend any time on the internet or watching the news, and you'll get the sense that the world is falling apart. Is that true? The answer might surprise you. Humanity is doing a lot better than we think. It's just that we're not hearing much about it.
Optimized is a podcast that explores why intelligent optimism is an essential leadership quality in times of great uncertainty. Cynics might sound smart, but in reality are taking the easy way out. By contrast, optimistic leaders look beyond the events in front of them, prioritize solutions over problems and guide people through the current crisis. Optimists move the world forward – they always have. 
In this podcast, Future Crunch's Rebecca Maklad explores why intelligent optimism is a must-have for anyone hoping to drive change in today's world. She interviews respected, purpose-driven leaders, entrepreneurs and changemakers from around the planet to understand how to attract and retain talent, ignite innovation, amplify adaptability and transform the world's biggest problems into opportunities. 

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    Julie Masters: Your Voice Is Everything - The Art Of Radical Influence

    Julie Masters: Your Voice Is Everything - The Art Of Radical Influence

    One of the most powerful questions we can ask ourselves is this: Who do you think you are?
    Who are you to step onto that stage, lead that conversation, and implement that idea that will change the world? Who do you think you are? Take a moment to answer that question; chances are you may uncover the story holding you back from your higher potential. And then, once you have done that, tune into today's Optimized episode. 
    Why? Because today I have the privilege of interviewing Julie Masters. A woman of Influence, absolutely, but also a woman who has made it her business to dissect, decode, deconstruct and reinvent the very essence of Influence. 
    As a leading authority in the speaking world, Julie has earned a reputation for launching and advising some of the globe's most respected thought leaders. She is the Founder and CEO of Influence Nation, working with business leaders and organizations to become the voice of authority in their space. Julie also hosts the iTunes Top 100 podcast Inside Influence, interviewing global thought leaders on the tools and strategies to owning your voice and using it to drive an industry, a conversation, a movement or a nation.
    Some of the themes we explored include:

    What it is to break through your upper limit as a leader. How do we feel fear without the freeze? What does your version of world-class look like, and how do you get there?How do we break through stories that are keeping us small? We unlock the power of the alter ego in Influence. Why trust is intrinsically connected to a person's intention and so much more! 
    So if you seek to own your voice to optimize your power to create positive change in your world or the world at large, then strap in. Get ready to get INSIDE INFLUENCE with Julie Masters. 
    https://juliemasters.com/
    Download The Influencer Code: https://juliemasters.com/influencer-code-ebook/

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Jon Yeo: The Cutting Edge Of Technology, Influence & Ideas Worth Spreading

    Jon Yeo: The Cutting Edge Of Technology, Influence & Ideas Worth Spreading

    Today I am excited to chat with a friend, a colleague and one of the most highly regarded authorities in the world of business influence and communication. His name is Jon Yeo, and he is an Executive Communications Coach and Licensee of TEDxMelbourne. He is also someone I would consider to be a translator of the space between business influence and emerging technologies revolutionising thought leadership. 
    In working with leaders of all kinds, Jon focuses on building trust, empathy and engagement using an analytics approach to speaking and mastering influence online, onstage, and in life. He describes himself as a Radical inclusionist, and I can attest that everything he does is 100% focused on igniting human progress. 
    Before today's interview, I had the pleasure of working with Jon as a part of the Tedx community and our work together as facilitators for the Speakers Institute and every time I have met him…I have had a deep curiosity to want to learn more about his perspectives on business and, more broadly, about the world. 
    As an optimized leader, he exudes a calm and quiet influence. With Jon, I always feel I am in the presence of a wise sage. He has done the work and mastered his art through deep research, observation and execution. Integrity is at the foundation of not only who he is but also how he shows up in the world. Jon has a rare ability as a leader to hold space not to speak -  but to be in a deep conversation with an audience. A transfer of energy that transforms every person in a room. And today, he shares with us exactly how he does that….which is so essential….because when we understand this, we know the gravity we have to lead the very change we seek. The kind of change the world needs today more so than ever before. 
    Welcome to the podcast Jon Yeo.
    Jon Yeo: https://www.brightstar.net.au/
    Tedx Melbourne: https://www.tedxmelbourne.com/

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Tim Duggan: Killer Thinking & How To Create Ideas That Positively Shape The World.

    Tim Duggan: Killer Thinking & How To Create Ideas That Positively Shape The World.

    Today's guest Tim Duggan and he is a successful author, advisor, self-confessed optimist, and one of the nicest humans I have had the pleasure of interviewing. In fact, this is the second time I have interviewed Tim, and both times he wowed me with his charisma and quick and witty intellect. 
    Tim has co-founded several digital media ventures, most notably Junkee Media, the leading digital publisher for young Australians. His first book, Cult Status: How To Build A Business People Adore, was named the Best Entrepreneurship and Small Business Book at the 2021 Australian Business Book Awards. If you would like to learn more, listen to our first episode: (https://futurecrun.ch/podcastblog/tim-duggan-cult-status-the-brands-that-pioneer-with-purpose).
    His second book on creativity in the workplace is Killer Thinking: How To Turn Good Ideas Into Brilliant Ones.
    Tim is also the Chairman of the Digital Publishers Alliance, a group representing over 100 titles from the leading independent publishers in the country, as well as working with a range of businesses he's passionate about.
    Now in hearing Tim's bio, it is evident that his achievements are mind-blowing, but there is a reason I wanted to talk to Tim for the first episode of this new look and feel podcast. Tim embodies what I call the OPTIMIZED leadership trinity. He is purposeful, a person of influence and an intelligent optimist. He is also driven by the belief that business and business leaders have the power to create the solutions the world needs.
    There is so much to take away from this podcast.

    Why optimism as a mindset leads to solutions focussed thinking. Why Killer Thinking is the ultimate guide to creating, developing and recognising incredible ideas that will revolutionise the way you work. We demystify creativity, explore the art of surfing the next big trend or rising tide, and we unpack a vast array of leadership mindset tools. We explore creativity, adaptability and what Tim refers to as leading from the middle.  
    Quite simply, this episode is jam-packed with tools and tips for you to become an OPTIMIZED leader! 
    I also want to give a shout-out to our beautiful creative director Amy Davron Rose, who joined me for a natter in the studio with Tim. You will hear a beautiful voice and wise questions during the interview. Amy, the evolution of this podcast would not have been possible without you, and you will always be in the fabric of Optimized. 
    Regardless of whether you are driving, chilling out at home, or plugged into your headphones in the office, get ready to dive into the mindset of an incredible human being who has made it his business to ignite the kind of killer thinking that will change the world in the best kind of way. 

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Optimized: The Evolution Of The DNA Of Purpose

    Optimized: The Evolution Of The DNA Of Purpose

    It has been a while since I have dropped an episode. And in that time, I discovered something interesting.I talked about one core theme for 108 episodes of The DNA Of Purpose. That purpose is an energy in motion, and that our purpose evolves just as we do. What I didn't factor into that conversation was that sometimes something needs to die to evolve. Sometimes that something is a story, a belief or a pattern of behaviour. In other cases, it might be a project, a job or a business. The Great Resignation is a testament to the fact that there are chapters in our life where we rethink everything we thought we knew or everything we are currently doing. When I released the last episode of DNA Of Purpose in April off this year, I had no idea it would be the final episode of that iteration of the podcast. Quite simply, what happened was that my life was evolving faster than the podcast - and that evolution was fundamentally changing me.  Professionally it has been an exciting year of levelling up as a speaker, with the excitement of once again being on stage and connecting with real human beings. Yet, personally, it has also been a year of great loss with family members and friends passing. I also turned 40 - and somehow realized that I was staring at an hourglass, watching time pass me by, showing with purpose, but somehow inside of me I knew there was more. That there was something else. Since then I have followed the breadcrumbs...Essentially, I knew I wanted to play a bigger game. One that incorporated a more integrated version of me, fusing my passion for purpose alongside my professional experience as an authority in the world of business influence and as an advocate for the power of intelligent optimism. I just knew that when the trinity of purpose, optimism and influence come together in a leadership capacity, we empower people not only to be the change the world needs....but to lead it. Welcome To The New Age of Optimization. Optimized - A podcast for leaders who believe that the future belongs to optimistsSpend any time on the internet or watching the news, and you'll get the sense that the world is falling apart. Is that true? The answer might surprise you. Humanity is doing a lot better than we think. It's just that we're not hearing much about it.Optimized is a podcast that explores why intelligent optimism is an essential leadership quality in times of great uncertainty. Cynics might sound smart, but in reality are taking the easy way out. By contrast, optimistic leaders look beyond the events in front of them, prioritize solutions over problems and guide people through the current crisis. Optimists move the world forward – they always have.In this podcast, we explore why intelligent optimism is a must-have for anyone hoping to drive change in today's world. I will be interviewing respected, purpose-driven leaders, entrepreneurs and changemakers from around the planet to understand how to attract and retain talent, ignite innovation, amplify adaptability and transform the world's biggest problems into opportunities.
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    • 10 min
    Luke Briscoe: Indigi Business - A New Age For Indigenous Influence and Impact

    Luke Briscoe: Indigi Business - A New Age For Indigenous Influence and Impact

    So often we associate science and technology as something we design today, that creates the future we hope to exist in tomorrow. We automatically envision lab coats, and microscopes, or the Elon Musk’s of the world in factories controlled by robots with the common narrative being that we must invent, innovate and iterate to land on the solutions we need to create a better world.


    On the flip side, we see cultural art, music and creative expression as something that holds the ropes of history, rather than the threads of the future. We see images of indigenous paintings, we buy boomerangs in our tourist shops, and occasionally hear the rumble of the didgeridoo at an event. We celebrate culture, but maybe not venerate it as a vital part of moulding our collective future.


    What if our ancient cultures and first nations people all over the world had key insights into science, technology and harnessing creativity to build a better future before we were even thinking about it? As leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners if we considered these cultures, as our business consultants how would we build, design and deploy our offerings in a different way?


    Today's guest is Luke Briscoe. He is CEO of Indigi Lab and a proud Kuku-Yalanji man from Daintree in Far Northern Australia. For the past twenty years, he has been leading cultural change and organisational transformation across numerous sectors. His vision for a sustainable world is one that places First Nations Science and Innovation at the forefront of providing positive solutions to the vast Environmental, Cultural, and Social issues facing Humanity.


    Indigi Lab supports research enabling communities to develop cultural enterprises and provides science and cultural consultancy around sustainable solutions, especially around the SDGs. The Indigi Lab framework and principles into researching and project planning is guided by the United Nation Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and The Seventh Generation Principle, and support real sustainable approaches to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advancement in sciences and technology.


    In addition to his work in the science and technology space, Luke is also the co-founder of Earth Kin which he has started with his daughter Phoenix. ​​EARTHKIN is an initiative started by the KIN global music collective and the brains trust of INDIGI LAB with the aim of ensuring First Nations Youth artists, fashion designers, startups and the broader community have access and tools to create their own fashion labels.


    Get ready for a journey through indigenous culture, the importance of indigenous thinking and perspective in business, science, technology, art and social change. Welcome to the DNA Of Purpose Podcast.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Courage Collection - Breathing Into Bravery With Global Experts On Courage

    The Courage Collection - Breathing Into Bravery With Global Experts On Courage

    Welcome to the DNA Of Purpose. An episode where we will be zeroing in on one core theme. The role of COURAGE. Today we will be showcasing the guests who I believe have provided the insights, the tools, and the wisdom to help us better understand what it means to be brave. Because right now the world is asking for a new kind of courage. Let's explore why.


    Collectively we have been asked to embody the courage to accept a new normal that feels nothing like normal. We have needed courage to face natural disasters, and war, regardless of how sad we feel about the events.


    Within corporations we have been asked to courageously adapt, and to accept that while there are known unknowns, the unknown unknowns seem to be coming through the door with more frequency than ever before. In Fact the only plan we can make is in addressing how to become more intentional about courage.


    And as individuals with a tornado of change spinning around us, we must also have the courage to address the tornado of change within us. Our internal crises. And when we deal with crises often we feel like a tree that’s lost a limb, where we are left with a scar that we must learn to grow around. These events change who we are, and the only way we can create meaning despite the challenges we face is by choosing courage.


    Infact, in nearly every story of human purpose I have come across whether it be through this podcast, or else where it is courage that defines us before anything else. And we will be decoding it with snippets from some of the most courageous people I know.


    Ryan Berman has spent more than 20 years in the courageous ideas space. He is the author of Return On Courage: A Business Playbook For Change.


    Linda Cruse, based on her extensive frontline experience, runs the Race4Good high impact programme series Courageous Leadership. She is an international leadership expert, humanitarian, international speaker, and author.


    Josh Stinton is a Charity Adventurer supporting one children's charity at a time by taking on some of the biggest challenges around the world. Challenges that require the courage to cross country ski in Sweden despite never having skied or learning to unicycle in a few months time then taking on a 14km downhill mountain unicycle as two examples.


    Cam Merchant is most famously known for marrying his wife Jules in Married at First Sight. One could call that an act of courage and for those two it worked out, but today we will talk about the most terrifying moment in Cam's life was when he was separated from his parents during the 2014 Boxing Day earthquake and tsunami in Thailand.


    And finally we have the incredible Kaila Colbin. Kaila is a co-founder of Boma Global and the CEO of Boma New Zealand. After training with Brené Brown, Kaila became a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, and has worked with hundreds of people to increase courage as a core skill.

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    • 41 min

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Decorating purpose

Can’t wait each week to listen to Rebecca’s interviews with amazing guests. She is a unique interactive interviewer. She brings to light amazing stories filled with insights around living life to the fullest. Decoding purpose is a unique podcast as it brings many perspectives around personal and business aspects in our lives reflecting on turning points that many of us can relate to. Thank you Rebecca Tapp.

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So insightful for anyone on their own purpose journey or looking to infuse purpose and meaning into their job role or career!

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