In this podcast we speak with top performers and hear the uncut no-fluff version of their journey to the top. We learn what their superpower is, as well as their kryptonite. The goal of this podcast is to help aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders to get inspired and tap into their superpowers.
As entrepreneurs and businesspeople we search for answers, How to be successful? How to overcome challenges? How to build the right strategy? The right marketing plan? How did others accomplish what they did? We sometimes forget to look inside and ask ourselves the core questions such as Why am I doing what I’m doing ? What advantage can help me do better than anybody else? What’s special about how I do things ?
We believe there’s no such thing as overnight success, that success, although an agile term, requires being aware of your strengths and weaknesses. We believe that every person has a skill (or set of skills), a superpower. A unique capability that once acknowledged makes anything possible.
Episode 39 - Paula Davis (Founder, and CEO, the Stress & Resilience Institute)
In this episode we speak with Paula Davis, Founder, and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute, helping organizations prevent burnout, and build resilience. She’s the author of Beating Burnout At Work: why teams hold the secret to well-being and resilience. The Financial Times recently included her book in its March roundup of best business books.
Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, and many more. She’s a contributor to Forbes, Fast Company, and Psychology Today.
Her journey is one of self-awareness and empowerment.
Having experienced burnout, she left a promising law career and started exploring the topic of well-being, burnout prevention, and stress management.
She set forth on a mission to help individuals and organizations become more resilient.
She’s since trained thousands of professionals, leaders, and teams in many industries, including many of the world's largest law firms, plus work with the military training more than 40,000 soldiers and their family members.
She’s a walking testament of how when we’re attuned to ourselves we can be the best versions of ourselves and make an impact on the world while we’re at it.
• How to identify burnout
• What entrepreneurs need to be extra mindful to
• Job demands vs. job resources
• The importance of being self-aware and deep self-reflection
• The serendipitous way that led to her discovering the discipline of positive psychology and how her career shifted from that point on
• The power of learning from what we go through as individuals and teams
• Practicing resilience and building the “resilience muscle” (as opposed to just assuming resilience is an innate quality beyond our control)
• Encouraging teams to celebrate small wins
• ..and much more!
In addition to being inspired by her journey, this interview can help leaders identify burnout in their teams, and gain practical tips on how to navigate it. And if you think that providing the likes of yoga classes for your team is the way to go, this will hopefully make you revisit that notion as the solution goes way deeper than that, and entails true awareness and devotion.
We hope you enjoy your listen!
Episode 38 - Ido Safruti (Co-founder and CTO of PerimeterX)
In this episode we speak with Ido Safruti, co-founder and CTO of PerimeterX, a company that provides digital threat protection for businesses and is valued at nearly a billion dollars.
The company was named number 49 on Deloitte’s Fast 500 Ranking Highlights with an incredible 3,637% Growth in just Three Years.
• His path to founding his own startup
• The challenge of selling a solution in the realm of protection and prevention where the pain isn’t necessarily felt till it’s too late
• How they gained their first customers and the POC process they went through
• The concept of design partnerships with users as part of a validation process. “People are extremely happy to talk when you’re not trying to sell them a product, once you move over and say OK now I have a product and I want you to buy it, they’re more suspicious and care about their time. But I know for myself, if a founder calls and says ‘hey I have an idea, I want to get your perspective on it’ I’m always happy to share some time and provide feedback”
• The importance of listening to your potential clients’ needs and challenges
• The power of human relationships
• Navigating team growth
• The cost of a wrong hire
• Much more!
There’s a lot entrepreneurs and intraprenuers can learn from this guy, we hope you enjoy your listen!
Episode 37 - Vik Harrison (Charity: Water, The Branded Startup)
In this episode we speak with Vik Harrison, who’s most known as the co-creator of Charity: Water, a nonprofit that provides drinking water to people in developing nations.
Since it was founded in 2006, Charity: Water has inspired a movement of one million supporters from 100 countries and to date, they’ve helped 10 million people around the world get access to clean water.
Vik is the brains behind the charity’s design and branding, she's played a major role in its success.
She now has her own consulting firm - The Branded Startup, where she brings all her knowledge and experience to help purpose-driven entrepreneurs and nonprofits clarify their vision and tell their stories.
• The challenge of balancing family and a fulfilling career
• Procrastination and overcoming fears by having faith in yourself and by setting a clear pubic deadline (which you’ll then be accountable for)
• Choosing herself at a young age, and despite her family’s objection, leaving a promising career in the advertising world to join Charity: Water
• The power of authentic storytelling and transparency
• The importance of conveying trust, confidence and control as opposed to a desperate narrative when raising money (whether for a startup or a nonprofit) - people like to take part and invest in something successful that’s working
• Warmth and competence - the two reasons we trust brands. Consider this, does your brand have warmth, does it feel human? And do you convey to your target audience that you are capable of helping them?
• The importance of switching motives, at one point or another in life, from setting up our own life to contributing to the world in a bigger way
• The difference between fear and dread
• Not settling for vague company values and making sure to accompany values and with actionable examples that bring true meaning
• Enneagram personalities
• …and much more!
If you’ve heard of Charity: Water - you probably already know why this episode is a gem. If you haven’t - you’re about to find out. And if you manage a nonprofit - this is simply a must listen.
Episode 36 - Lisa Sweetingham (author and journalist)
Episode 36 - Lisa Sweetingham (author and journalist)
In this episode, we speak with journalist and author Lisa Sweetingham. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Parade, Spin, Time Out New York, Health Affairs, and many other publications.
Her track record includes the coverage of high-profile murder trials and Supreme Court nomination hearings for Court TV online.
She’s super total - in order to bring her first book Chemical Cowboys: The DEA's Secret Mission to Hunt Down a Notorious Ecstasy Kingpin, to life, she’s spent four years following in the footsteps of DEA agents and Ecstasy traffickers.
Among other achievements, she’s also a contributor to the New York Times bestseller Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World, which she wrote with Scott Harrison the co-founder of charity water.
• Storytelling, journalism, and the search for truth
• The power of doing work that’s meaningful to you
• How having a clear mission and vision can help make self-conscious choices, what to allocate your time and attention towards
• The danger in getting too comfortable “you stop growing”
• ...and much more!
In an era of information and content overload, she’s leading an impressive career as a peak performing creator, honing her craft and putting out content that’s truly impactful.
There’s a lot that can be learned from her outlook on life. We hope you enjoy your listen!
P.S. we had a technical issue on our end with our recording equipment, please excuse the poor sound quality from our end.
Episode 35 - Pat Dossett (Navy SEAL and co-founder, CEO of MadeFor)
In this episode, we speak with Pat Dossett.
Pat’s a former Navy Seal and Google exec who left Silicon Valley to start a business called Madefor - a company that helps people reach their greatest potential by forming positive habits through principles of Neuroscience, positive physiology, wellness, and health.
As a podcast about peak performance with a goal of inspiring people to tap into their true potential, we think this interview can not be more relevant.
Madefor believe a better world starts with a better you - what a great mission.
• What Madefor is all about, and how we actually can rewire our brain over the course of our lifetime.
• The power of small consistent steps done over time.
• Some of his insights from his challenges as a former navy seal (for example how the right mindset can make what appears to be impossible - possible).
• The correlation between peak performance and positive psychology.
• Breaking everything you do in life into small purposeful, consistent steps, and adopting a humble mindset of “crawl, walk, run”.
• The idea of a growth mindset: “when we get uncomfortable, when we find ourselves stressed or when we find that we’re having to navigate a challenging circumstance, or we’re trying to work hard to unlock problem, that feeling that we get, that resistance to the progress, isn’t a sign of us being incapable of achieving the thing we want to achieve, rather it’s a sign of ‘this is what it feels like to move towards our goal, this is what it feels like to progress, to grow stronger, to get better and if you can map that effort and that resistance and make that a positive or frame that in a positive light, very quickly you understand that it’s hard because it’s a sign you’re achieving something”.
• Focusing on process and not outcomes.
• A mission-focused mindset - evaluate everything you do under the lens of its potential contribution to the mission at hand while recognizing you’ll never have 100% certainty.
• The OODA loop - the cycle of “observe–orient–decide–act”.
• The importance of continuing to learn. “The people that have done the most, that their opinions hold a lot of weight, are the ones that never stop learning, that are always trying to figure out how ‘how can I be better? what’s different? what’s changing?’. And those that are very rigid and hold on to dogmatically ‘this is the way it’s done, it’s the way it’s always been done’, are generally people that are really dangerous to have on a team”.
• Much more!
Hopefully, this episode will help you become a better you!
Enjoy your listen!
Episode 34 - Liron Rose (the investor in Israeli unicorns)
”I like founders who are trying to solve a problem they have personally. They’re facing some kind of a challenge, they don’t find a solution, they don’t have a product that solves it, and they say - ok, I’m going to find a way to make this problem go away for myself. What usually happens later is that as soon as they do that and find a solution, they find out that there’s a product market fit. They’re not the only ones with this kind of a problem, there’s more people on the planet who are facing this same problem.”
In this episode we speak with Liron Rose, also known as the investor in Israeli unicorns.
He’s a serial entrepreneur and investor, with a few unicorns under his belt. His portfolio includes companies such as Similarweb, Kenshoo, Dynamic Yield, Fiverr and many more.
He’s the co-founder of After Download, a company he grew from 0 to 30M in revenue in 3 years. In 2013 he sold it to Iron Source for 28M.
He’s the founder and CEO of the Techstars Israel - the local branch of the prestigious global Fintech accelerator.
He does business consulting for global companies helping startups that are raising capital.
• What makes a growing startup promising from an investor’s perspective
• The importance of the team that comprises a startup
• The x-factor
• Liron’s journey to becoming a leading investor, and the unconventional career choices he made along the way
• The importance of being a pioneer
• Risk mitigation
• The endowment effect (more painful to lose something you already had than not gain it in the first place)
• Much more!
He’s very modest and there’s a lot that entrepreneurs can learn about what investors are looking for, by getting this unabridged peek inside his head.
We hope you enjoy your listen!
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