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We are all extraordinary. Some of us just haven't figured out how yet! In this leadership podcast, you hear from people at the very forefront in their fields and also those who have overcome great challenges. I bring you powerful and probing interviews with business leaders, entrepreneurs, world-leading coaches, scientists, athletes and performers from around the world. We get under the skin of who they really are, what inspired them in developing as leaders, and their recipe for success in a world of change and uncertainty. Subscribe and you'll never miss an episode!

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My name’s Dr Gary Crotaz and I’m a coach, speaker and author of ‘The IDEA Mindset’, an award-winning book about how to figure out what you want and how to get it. The Unlock Moment is that flash of remarkable clarity when you suddenly know the right path ahead. When I’m in conversation with my coaching clients, these are the breakthroughs that are so profound that they remember vividly where they were, who they were with, what they were thinking when their Unlock Moment happened.

In this podcast, I’ll be meeting and learning about people who have accomplished great things or brought about significant change in their life. And you’ll be meeting them with me! We’ll be finding out what inspired them, how they got through the hard times and what they learned along the way that they can share with you.

Thank you for joining me on this podcast to hear all about another Unlock Moment!

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The Unlock Moment leadership podcast: find your purpose for leadership and life Dr Gary Crotaz PhD

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We are all extraordinary. Some of us just haven't figured out how yet! In this leadership podcast, you hear from people at the very forefront in their fields and also those who have overcome great challenges. I bring you powerful and probing interviews with business leaders, entrepreneurs, world-leading coaches, scientists, athletes and performers from around the world. We get under the skin of who they really are, what inspired them in developing as leaders, and their recipe for success in a world of change and uncertainty. Subscribe and you'll never miss an episode!

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My name’s Dr Gary Crotaz and I’m a coach, speaker and author of ‘The IDEA Mindset’, an award-winning book about how to figure out what you want and how to get it. The Unlock Moment is that flash of remarkable clarity when you suddenly know the right path ahead. When I’m in conversation with my coaching clients, these are the breakthroughs that are so profound that they remember vividly where they were, who they were with, what they were thinking when their Unlock Moment happened.

In this podcast, I’ll be meeting and learning about people who have accomplished great things or brought about significant change in their life. And you’ll be meeting them with me! We’ll be finding out what inspired them, how they got through the hard times and what they learned along the way that they can share with you.

Thank you for joining me on this podcast to hear all about another Unlock Moment!

Downloaded in over 100 countries around the world.

    145 Dr Francoise Orlov: Coaching in Neurodiversity - The Art of Great Listening

    145 Dr Francoise Orlov: Coaching in Neurodiversity - The Art of Great Listening

    I met today’s guest last year, a world-leading coach and the kind of deep thinker that I love to spend time in conversation with. I know you will enjoy hearing from her too.
    Dr Francoise Orlov, who holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Strasbourg in France, is an accredited Master Coach, Mentor, and Coaching Supervisor. She is a published author and a member of Marshall Goldsmith's 100 Coaches. As an advocate of the professionalisation of coaching, she actively contributes to the advancement of best practices through her collaborations with major coaching bodies.
    Prior to this, Dr Francoise has held leadership positions across various industries, including global corporations and international organisations. Her hallmark is a trustworthy focus on pushing boundaries and driving excellence – both for herself and those she supports – fostering sustainable personal and organisational growth. Her clients value her pragmatic style which allows for diverse interpretations of the world.
    And when she’s not doing all that, in her spare time, she enjoys treasure hunting, riding her motorbike or snorkelling in the Asia seas.
    I’m looking forward to hearing how Francoise thinks about the power of difference, and how we can unlock our unique talents to become authentic leaders, and of course those Unlock Moments of remarkable clarity that helped her to figure out the path ahead.

    • 31 min
    144 Jenny Fernandez: How The Desire To Play In A Bigger Game Inspired The Columbia Professor

    144 Jenny Fernandez: How The Desire To Play In A Bigger Game Inspired The Columbia Professor

    Today we are meeting a top marketing executive, a leadership and branding coach and a top business school professor – the many-hatted Jenny Fernandez.
    Jenny is an award-winning executive and team coach, Columbia and NYU faculty, and brand strategist. She works with senior leaders and their teams to maximise their impact by becoming more curious, collaborative, and resilient. Her work spans Fortune 500 companies, startups, and higher education. Jenny has been recognized by Thinkers50 Radar as one of the Top 30 Management Thinkers to Watch, and a Top 30 Global Guru.
    Like me she is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches Agency and is a contributing author at Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company and featured by The Washington Post and HuffPost.
    She is a keynote speaker, moderator, and panelist in leadership, and the new world of work. Her book, Zig-Zag to Top – How to Master the Habits, Behaviors, and Mindset to Succeed, comes out in 2025.
    Well that’s all well and good, but as my regular listeners will know, I’m deeply curious about the people behind the accolades, and I can’t wait to hear more about the Unlock Moments that shaped Jenny’s journey from growing up in the Dominican Republic to the life she leads today.

    • 49 min
    143 Jess Kaur & Krupa Pattani: The Post Office Horizon IT Scandal and "Mr Bates Vs The Post Office"

    143 Jess Kaur & Krupa Pattani: The Post Office Horizon IT Scandal and "Mr Bates Vs The Post Office"

    The Post Office Horizon IT Scandal represents the biggest single series of wrongful convictions in British legal history. Brought to life in the hit ITV series "Mr Bates vs. The Post Office", the story hit the headlines in early 2024 and at the time of publication is the subject of a major public inquiry.
    Faulty equipment and computer software made it look as though money was missing from post office branch accounts and the sub-postmasters’ contracts held them personally liable. More than 900 were prosecuted, many went to prison and many others were financially ruined.
    In this very special episode, I am privileged to be joined by one of the subpostmasters affected, Jess Kaur, whose story was told in the ITV drama. We are also joined by TV actress Krupa Pattani who played Jess on screen as 'Sam Kaur'.
    If you've watched the series, you'll not be able to forget the scene when Sam's husband walks in to find her bleeding with a knife in her hand. We'll talk about that, how Jess talked to her children about what she went through and how Krupa prepared for such an important scene.
    It's been a harrowing road for Jess and she has been very brave to come on and tell her story. I am deeply grateful.
    The TV series has prompted a renewed sense of urgency for action, but most victims of the scandal remain without an apology and without compensation for what they have experienced. I hope that interviews like this will help to raise awareness of the personal toll that the scandal took on those affected, and will support those in power to ensure that justice is done.

    • 46 min
    142 The Unlock Moment Box of Keys #25: There Are Always Multiple Paths

    142 The Unlock Moment Box of Keys #25: There Are Always Multiple Paths

    The other day it was my huge honour to deliver the commencement address at the University College London (UCL) MBA Graduation.
    Sitting in the front row and wearing my university robes for the first time in 20 years, I was humbled to hear from the graduating students how much they had sacrificed to complete their studies over four years alongside busy day jobs. And the common threads in each person's story were the human connections that they had made through the programme.
    I talked about how my deepest underlying sense of purpose is about finding freedom to choose, and helping others to find their own freedom. Here is a little of what I said:

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    "𝘔𝘺 𝙐𝙣𝙡𝙤𝙘𝙠 𝙈𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳. 𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯.
    𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯.

    𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘦.
    𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦.
    𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥.
    𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴.
    𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘭 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘶𝘳𝘦.

    Society makes us feel that some paths are better than others. Doctor, lawyer, engineer, professor, CEO.
    But here, in simplicity, is the truth.

    𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝘮𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘴.
    𝘖𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶."
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    When I spoke to people afterwards, the message that resonated the most was how we need to find time to pause and reflect, and through reflection we can find our own control and freedom.
    Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed and out of control, find a pause, even a short one, so you can be more intentional about choosing the path ahead that’s exactly right for you.
    Have a good week!

    • 3 min
    141 Topaz Adizes: The Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Searching For Home

    141 Topaz Adizes: The Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Searching For Home

    Enjoy this remarkable extended podcast episode with Emmy Award-winner Topaz Adizes, in which he chronicles the search for home, his exploration of questions and his pursuit of the transformative power of deeper human connection.

    We’ve had many wonderful guests and today is no exception – a master in the art of powerful storytelling.

    Topaz Adizes is a writer, a director and an experience design architect. His work has been selected for prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Sundance and SXSW, and featured in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and the New York Times. As well as an Emmy for new approaches to documentary, he has won two World Press Photo awards for immersive storytelling and interactive documentary.

    Topaz is the founder and executive director of experience design studio The Skin Deep, with almost a million followers on YouTube. Their first project, ‘THE AND’, was an instant hit, now experienced by over 150 million people, and winning an Emmy. Over almost a decade they have filmed thousands of honest and authentic conversations, documenting human connection in all its forms.

    So in the pursuit of connection, really there is no-one else with the unique experience and insight of Topaz Adizes. I can’t wait to hear his take on how we build connection and how an exploration of his own Unlock Moments will help us to understand who he really is and how this work serves his own vision and purpose.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    140 The Unlock Moment Box of Keys #24: We Have No Time To Stand And Stare

    140 The Unlock Moment Box of Keys #24: We Have No Time To Stand And Stare

    Many years ago, when I was studying medicine and going through some challenging times, I took solace in poetry. I had never been the kind of person to study literature when I was growing up, but I set myself the challenge of learning some poems and I would go out for evening walks and recite the poetry to myself.

    I can’t recite them from memory any more, but I remember one that always made me reflect. It’s by the Welsh poet William Henry Davies and it’s called “Leisure”.

    Years on, I think this poem still has resonance for me, and I hope for you too.

    Have a good week!

    • 2 min

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Great conversation

I found the balance of conversation between Gary and his guest to be really good. Gary isn’t just asking questions and following up, he’s giving his own views and experience too, so it’s more of a conversation than an interview.

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