Welcome to Create New Futures. Every episode, best-selling author and host Aviv Shahar will explore ideas and insights that can awaken and inspire you to the opportunities you have to create new futures for you, your family, your teams, and for your business.
Life is too short to not be engaged in fascinating conversations that open, inspire and unleash new ways of thinking and seeing possibilities and beauty. Through Create New Futures, Aviv will engage in conversation with leaders and experts to explore practices that you can use to create and shape the future. With his guests, Aviv will put a magnifying glass on strategies and frameworks that he has applied to help senior executives and their teams achieve significant breakthroughs that lead to game changing results. Ideas, strategies, breakthroughs and practices that you can apply.
With his innovative ideas and frameworks, Aviv walks you through what you need to lead and transform an organization, and redesign your life to achieve new goals. Together with his guests, Aviv will explore how to develop strategy, how to lead to enable teams to unleash their brilliance and what is the inside work leaders must engage in to develop executive presence and charisma.
More than ever, humanity now needs people who are open and prepared to imagine, create, and sustain new futures. This is a time of great transformative and disruptive change. It demands our best imagination, courage, and creativity. Through this podcast, Aviv will inspire you to be tomorrow's agent by creating conversations that birth new possibilities for you and for the people in your life.
095 Kelly Waldher - Trust the Journey
Kelly Waldher is the Vice President of Marketing for G-Suite at Google. Prior to Google, he was the Executive Vice President and General Manager at Qualtrics. Prior to that, Kelly spent fourteen years at Microsoft where he was the General Manager of Office 365 and held a variety of corporate marketing roles, including the Global Product Marketing Lead for the commercial and consumer portfolio of products.
In this episode, Aviv and Kelly explore Kelly’s wealth of experience working for large software platform companies such as Microsoft and Google. Kelly analyzes and breaks down his personal three-legged stool of success: working with the right people, building a great product and making a lasting impact. Finally, Kelly reflects on the lessons he’s learned throughout his career and speculates on future technology trends.
00:40 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Kelly Waldher who speaks to his experience at Qualtrics, Microsoft and Google and what he enjoys most about the work he does 08:00 – Kelly breaks down his ‘three-legged stool’ and recalls the decision to transition from chemical engineering to marketing 15:00 – How Kelly developed and evolved his marketing career at Microsoft 20:58 – Kelly shares his thoughts on his unique experience as General Manager of Office 365, top lessons he gleaned in this capacity and why some great product ideas fail 28:09 – Kelly provides an example of what a great product launch looks like 32:10 – Kelly speculates on technology trends that may transform our lives and society over the next ten years 36:35 – Kelly addresses the concerns that cynics may have about these changes in technology 39:44 – Misconceptions people have about large software platform companies like Microsoft and Google 41:38 – Advice Kelly would give to his 25-year-old self and a moment in Kelly’s career where he expressed courage 44:54 – Two learnings Kelly values above all others and parting words of wisdom from Kelly FULL SHOW NOTES: https://www.avivconsulting.com/cnf95
094 - The Five Meditations – Part 1
Meditation practices have guided Aviv through challenging events, where he simply was not sure how he would find the courage or strength to pull off the demanding tests he faced. By applying these practices, Aviv hopes that listeners can become more centered, improve mental and overall health, and guide personal and professional endeavors to achieve extraordinary results.
In this episode, Aviv expounds on the first two meditation practices – Mindfulness and Interior Printing – and provides actionable advice on how to implement both into your daily lives. By following these processes Aviv argues that listeners can achieve extraordinary results and shape the futures to which they aspire.
00:48 – Aviv introduces Part One of a series entitled, The Five Meditations 04:46 – Aviv analyzes the first meditation practice, Mindfulness 08:18 – Aviv pivots to the second meditation practice, Interior Printing 12:43 – Now it’s your turn, identify and name thoughts, pictures, and feelings to become present and mindfully aware, and apply interior printing to catalyze a desired condition and experience and to shape the future to which you aspire Full show notes: http://www.avivconsulting.com/cnf94
093 Catherine Sherlock - Higher Mindfulness
Catherine Sherlock is an expert in leadership actualization, intuition, and emotional intelligence. Catherine works with leaders who see the bigger picture, where leadership is about becoming and showing up as your best self to ignite the best in others. She believes that higher mindfulness is about creating a more profound connection inside your ecosystem to unlock possibilities and empower higher levels of performance from a place of wholeness and inner peace. In this episode, Catherine and Aviv expound on the roles of energy, emotions, and inner peace play in leadership. Finally, they analyze in depth the importance of peak experiences.
00:37 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Catherine Sherlock who shares what she enjoys most about her work with leaders, and the roles that emotions, energy, and inner peace play in leadership 07:37 – Catherine expounds on some of the methodologies she employs in her work with leaders, including the importance of meditation 14:04 – Catherine differentiates between mindfulness and higher mindfulness and shares her thoughts on servant leadership 24:51 – Catherine speaks to the importance of filling up your own cup first and how she helps leaders connect to their inner wisdom and intuition 32:38 – Aviv and Catherine delve deep into the concept of peak experiences 46:14 – Aviv expounds on the bull and bear market principle 52:29 – Advice Catherine would give to her younger self 54:47 – Final words of wisdom from Catherine FULL SHOW NOTES: https://www.avivconsulting.com/cnf93
092 - Collective Intelligence #4 – The Five Altitudes of Business Conversations
There are two fast ways to ruin a great company and run a business into the ground. The first is to let lawyers run the company. The second is to let the financial controller run the business. Aviv calls on his experience as a military pilot to identify and explain the five altitudes of business conversations.
In this episode, Aviv continues his discussion on collective intelligence by expounding on the different levels, or altitudes, of business conversations. Specifically, Aviv provides best practices for identifying situations that are prone to collective stupidity, encouraging inquiries about conversations’ altitudes and finding new and creative ways to unleash the collective intelligence of your team
00:45 – Aviv breaks down the fourth collective intelligence, focusing on the five altitudes of business conversations 04:16 – Aviv expounds on the definition and some causes of collective stupidity 06:06 – Aviv analyzes the five altitudes of business conversations 12:29 – Aviv recaps and reiterates the value of each individual altitude 14:32 – Aviv poses five critical questions that must be answered as we look to frame and choreograph the conversation flow 16:25 – Now it’s your turn, identify situations that are prone to collective stupidity, reframe opportunities by encouraging an emergent inquiry about the conversation’s altitude and find creative ways to unleash the collective intelligence of your team Full show notes: http://www.avivconsulting.com/cnf92
091 Jeff Cates - Leading with Compassion and Conviction
Jeff Cates is the CEO and President of Achievers, an industry-leading employee voice and recognition solution that accelerates a culture of performance. Prior to his time at Achievers, Jeff was the CEO and President of Intuit Canada, during which time the company was named a top great place to work in Canada year after year and was also recognized as a top employer for women and millennials. Jeff’s impressive background also includes roles with industry leaders Apple and Hewlett-Packard. In this episode, Jeff and Aviv expound on the democratization of employee engagement, the value of innovation and the role that passion plays in leadership. Finally, Jeff shares his insights on the importance of wanting to do good, give back and truly connect with people as a leader.
00:46 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Jeff Cates who shares what he enjoys most about his work at Achievers and the work they are doing to hear the voices of their employees 07:24 – Jeff expounds on employee engagement and the philosophy that shapes his approach 14:07 – Jeff speaks to where his passion for leadership and helping people came from 17:08 – Formative moments from Jeff’s early career with Apple and Hewlett-Packard 24:08 – Jeff reflects on the importance that innovation has played throughout his career 30:07 – Jeff details the guiding principles that are critical for building high functioning leadership teams 32:56 – A moment where Jeff showed courage as a leader 35:18 – Jeff highlights the different challenges posed from working in a large and a small organization as well as insights he has gleaned from sitting on different boards 38:40 – Where Jeff sees himself in five to seven years 39:25 – Advice Jeff would give to his younger self 42:31 – Two learnings Jeff values above all others and final words of wisdom from Jeff FULL SHOW NOTES: https://www.avivconsulting.com/cnf91
090 - Collective Intelligence 3 - Mapping the Intelligence Terrain
How can we map the intelligence terrain to capitalize on the different capacities and sources of intelligence? Throughout his lifetime, Aviv has endeavored to answer these questions through his work with teachers, entrepreneurs, business executives, coaches, healers, and futurists.
In this episode, Aviv continues his discussion by expounding on the idea of intelligence as a capacity and as a source. Specifically, Aviv analyzes the metabolic process of intelligence as a capacity. He then describes the manifestation of intelligence both as a stream and as an ecosystem. Finally, Aviv poses a thought experiment to the audience on how they can approach the collective intelligence inquiry wisely.
00:47 – Aviv continues to break down the critical need to facilitate the emergence of collective intelligence 04:30 – Aviv analyzes the idea of intelligence as a capacity 08:11 – Aviv pivots to the idea of intelligence as a source, specifically how an intelligence source can manifest as a stream and as an ecosystem 15:55 – Aviv reiterates the importance of facilitating the broad natural realms of collective intelligence Full show notes: http://www.avivconsulting.com/cnf90