After several positions and experiences I have become fascinated with the question: how can leaders start out on the right foot? In order to getting closer to answering this question, I set up the podcast series “inspire me!”. On each episode I interview leaders that have had and continue to have a great impact on society and have, directly or indirectly, inspired me and influenced my personal and professional choices.
While we discuss the main topic of leadership, on each episode we’ll focus on subtopics, such as self-awareness, emotional intelligence, compassion, integrity, and persistence, to mention a few. My vision is to tap into the experience of these leaders and ultimately provide young and emerging leaders a compass for maximizing the impact we have in the world while being uncompromisingly ethical.
On adaptability and cooperation with director and CEO Piero Carninci
During this episode we talk about adaptability, cooperation, and respect for the unfamiliar. Dr. Piero Carninci is joining us from Yokohama, Japan. He is CEO of TranSINE and Director of the Division of Genomic Technologies at RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies, one of the most prestigious scientific institutions in Japan and the world.
On sustainability, entrepreneurship, and vision with Sustainable Business Chair CB Bhattacharya
Professor CB Bhattacharya is the Pietro Ferrero Chair in Sustainability and the Director of the Center for Sustainable Business at ESMT European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany. He is an international expert in business strategy innovation aimed at increasing both business and social value. His research and teaching focuses specifically on how companies can use underleveraged “intangible assets” such as corporate identity and reputation, membership and brand communities, and corporate social responsibility and sustainability to strengthen stakeholder relationships. He is also an author who has almost 19,000 citations per Google Scholar.
On resilience, risk taking, and wealth with serial entrepreneur Nigel Fleming
His deepest passion is starting highly innovative companies especially in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals sectors. Ultimately he aims to make a difference in healthcare and in the world.
An example of his many entrepreneurial successes is Athena Diagnostics that sold for 740 M USD. He’s served on several boards, both of his own companies, and as an independent board member; serving with some of the leading figures including the founders and senior executives of Teva Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, Merck, DuPont, Novartis, JP Morgan, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
He has also done a lot of business in Taiwan, Japan, and China;
One advice he has for aspiring entrepreneurs?
“Give up the trodden path, and if you survive, you are unlikely ever to go back!”
On self-awareness and happiness with former Microsoft Europe Chairman Jan Mühlfeit
Jan Mühlfeit is currently travelling the world to coach leaders, mentor executives and professional athletes. He is also promoting his most recent book on leadership “The Positive Leader”. He is former Chairman of Microsoft Europe, and has been a speaker at Harvard, INSEAD, Cambridge, ESMT to mention of few schools. In addition, he has been interviewed by CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Financial Times, New York Times and WSJ.
On goal-setting and fulfillment with Oscar nominee Chris Palmer
Chris Palmer is a producer of almost 70 documentaries, winner of many awards, including two Emmys and an Oscar nomination, author, teacher, student, comedian, traveller, father, grandfather, and mentor!
He has swum with dolphins and whales, come face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, and waded hip-deep through Everglade swamps…