In Episode #14, I spoke with Nicolai Chen Nielsen, Co-author of Return on Ambition about what ambition is, how to be intentional with your ambition, how to see yourself as an investment, the dark side of our strengths (in his book he calls them the 7 Frenemies) and how wellbeing and growth are inextricably linked to achievement.
Nicolai is the director of transformation services at Peakon/Workday, where he provides cutting-edge talent analytics and employee engagement tools to empower employees. He is also a Partner at the Supertrends Institute, where he focuses on the intersection of the latest trends and their implications on leaders and organisations. He is also a co-author of Leadership At Scale.
04:08 - What led Nicolai to write his book
08:30 - The analogy of the tripod (Achievement, Growth, Well-being)
13:04 - The disconnect between ambition and struggle
19:10 - 7 frenemies that need our attention
27:36 - Nicolai’s best return on investment
29:21 - Key leadership qualities
34:32 - The changing nature of organisations
38:36 - What Nicolai learned from writing his book
40:41 - What Nicolai thinks of failure
45:30 - What advice would Nicolai give his younger self?
NICOLAI CHEN NIELSEN
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RETURN ON AMBITION
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