We cover G = Growth from a Personal & Business perspective, as it is a fascinating and compelling topic to share stories and experiences, and T = Technology, something that is everywhere and is firmly here to stay...asking the questions about what does it mean, is it for good, how do we harness it and ensure it helps our future.
So, in the G&T Sessions Podcast, we are speaking directly to ourselves, when we were younger, not as wise as we are today, how could we know how transformative that Technology would affect the world .... And know how getting your personal growth and mindset in order, is a key building block and enabler to any organisation or business idea you want to scale.
We're going to try to take you, the audience, on a journey through the stories and lessons of gifted and talented people who have written their own personal growth stories, dealt with amazing peaks and character building valleys, but have learned and carved their own path to making their own history and future.
Given Tech now integrates into so many areas of our life and many people see this as their new path for opportunity, we will also discuss Tech with our guests who are growing, advising, supporting, coaching and innovating in and around technology and so the founders, co-founders, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, leadership teams of tomorrow will know how to realise their dreams, find and unleash their own ideas to become unicorns, build new markets, new businesses & disrupt the world for the greater good.
John Lee Dumas, Founder & Host of EOF & Author, The Common Path to Uncommon Success
John came up with the idea to launch a daily podcast interviewing today’s most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs when he realised no one else was doing it. All of his favourite podcasts – ones that shared interviews with individuals who were doing amazing things and leading inspiring lives – were once per week, and some of them only once every other week. As a Commercial Real Estate Broker, John found himself in the car every single day driving back and forth to appointments wishing there was more motivational content available to him on-demand. That’s when he had his own AH-HA moment and decided that he would be the one to create that content. The name EOFire, short for “Entrepreneurs On Fire”, was inspired by the late, great Stuart Scott, who was famous not only for being an incredible sportscaster, but also for a phrase he loved and used often: “HE’S ON FIRE!” Scott would use the term in reference to a player who was on such a roll that he couldn’t be stopped. When John heard Scott use the phrase during the 2012 playoffs, he knew it was a perfect fit for his podcast that would share the journeys of entrepreneurs who couldn’t be stopped.
In September 2012. John Lee Dumas launched Entrepreneurs On Fire with zero podcasting or radio experience and zero online presence. Entrepreneurs On Fire gets over 1 million listens every single month from over 145 countries. Over 3000+ interviews published to date. John signed his first book deal with HarperCollins Leadership, 2021 release: The Common Path to Uncommon Success now released in USA 23rd March 2021 and UK on 29th April 2021.
USA Today: Becoming a person of value: The common path to uncommon success, March 2021
Podcast Magazine Cover: Inside the mind of a podcaster on fire, September 2020
Huffington Post: Finding Your Entrepreneurial Moment With John Lee Dumas, January 2016
Wall Street Journal: Small Businesses Use Audio to Build Their Brands, November 2015
Entrepreneur: 4 Strategies the ‘Entrepreneur on Fire’ Used to Build a $250K a Month Podcast, September 2015
Forbes: How To Podcast For Profit ($2M Sales In Year 2) With Entrepreneur On Fire John Dumas, July 2014
The shortest episode to date for The G&T Sessions but oodles of value and guidance from JLD. Enjoy!
Anna Faelten, Author & Partner at EY Corporate Finance & TMT
Anna Faelten is a Partner at EY, and Head of TMT corporate finance team in the UK. Anna is originally from Sweden, but has spent a number of years working in and around the City of London with time in Academia at Cass Business School, but her real passion is data, tech and deals. She describes herself as a Tech Banker, and is a published Author Why Deals Fail and How to Rescue Them : M&A lessons for business success. Anna is also the #EY sponsoring partner for Diversity and Inclusion which involves leading how the organisation truly celebrates and supports the development of the gifts, talents and superpowers of all the people, internally as well as her clients. Very enjoyable episode and thank you to Anna.
Why Deals Fail and How to Rescue Them: M&A lessons for business success https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1781254532/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_6HCA07F1C194WTHY6BHX
Samuel P N Cook, Co-Founder & CEO of Sanitydesk
Samuel P.N. Cook graduated from West Point in 2000. He went on to become a U.S. Armoured Cavalry Officer where he served as the Regimental Adjutant for Colonel H.R. McMaster in the Battle of Tal Afar in 2005-2006 that was cited by President Bush as a turning point in the war. With a front row seat to history, Sam was responsible for the media messaging and writing the history of this campaign. In 2007, Sam returned to Iraq as the commander of Crazyhorse Troop, 1st Squadron, 3d Armoured Cavalry Regiment where he was cited in the Washington Post and Tom Rick’s best-selling book on Iraq for his novel counterinsurgency strategy that combined tribal negotiations and police trained parole system for a mass surrender. When he returned from Iraq in 2008, Sam went on to get a Masters in Russian and Ukrainian history at New York University’s Jordan Center for Slavic Studies. He then went on to teach history at West Point from 2010-2013. Sam founded James Cook Media in 2013 after leaving the army. The company is a storytelling marketing agency that focuses on growing then brands of authors and experts around the world. Here he created the StoryMatters mini-course with over 100,000 subscribers as well as the StoryMatters Podcast. in 2019, he founded SanityDesk, a full-stack software solution for experts and small service businesses to launch and manage their business online. SanityDesk is funded by Angel investors and is rapidly becoming an innovative solution for savvy marketing professionals who help small business owners grow their brand online. Great episode with Sam and know you will enjoy!
Learn more about Story Matters https://StoryMattersacademy.com/stda-sf-2
Learn about SanityDesk https://SanityDesk.com
Maria Axente, Responsible AI and AI for Good Lead, PwC UK
Everyone is now starting to realise the implications of AI on our daily lives. Maria knows more than anyone, in her role as Responsible AI and AI for Good Lead at PwC. She is based in London, but working globally leading the implementation of ethics in AI for the firm while partnering with industry, academia, governments, NGO and civil society, to harness the power of AI in an ethical and responsible manner. Maria acknowledges the benefits and risks in many walks of life for organisations and citizens. She has played a crucial part in the development and set-up of PwC’s UK AI Center of Excellence, the firm’s AI strategy and most recently the development of PwC’s Responsible AI toolkit, firms methodology for embedding ethics in AI. Maria is a globally recognised AI ethics expert, a Advisory Board member of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, member of BSI/ISO & IEEE AI standard groups, a Fellow of the RSA and an advocate for gender diversity, children and youth rights in the age of AI. Enjoy this journey into AI and hope you learn something that helps you. Thank you Maria for joining the show.
Tendayi Viki Author, Pirates in the Navy & Associate Partner, Strategyzer
Tendayi Viki is an author and corporate innovation expert. As Associate Partner at Strategyzer, he helps companies innovate for the future while managing their core business. He has written three books; Pirates In The Navy, The Corporate Startup and The Lean Product Lifecycle. He previously served as Director of Product Lifecycle at Pearson, where he co-developed an innovation framework that won the Best Innovation Program 2015 at the Corporate Entrepreneur Awards in New York. Tendayi has been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Innovation Award and was named on the Thinkers50 2018 Radar List for emerging management thinkers to watch. He is also a regular contributor at Forbes. This was our first Episode from Africa as Tendayi is currently in Zimbabwe, and hope you enjoy !!
Understanding more about Tendayi
Ismail Amla, Innovation : revenge of the incumbents & Chief Growth Officer Capita
Ismail has decades of experience in helping Fortune 500 companies through his work with IBM, Accenture, Capco and Capita. Ismail is currently chief growth officer at Capita, a non exec board member for UK Sports and on the board of governors at the University of London. He recently released his first book..’from incremental to Exponential’. Ismail and I had a great time on this episode given our Northern roots and great to hear the journey and advice to help people on their journey. Enjoy !
Link to Ismail's First Book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Incremental-Exponential-Vivek-Wadhwa/dp/1523089563/