Join me in exploring the scientific principles of success in life and leadership. I'm Hitendra Wadhwa, Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School and Founder at Mentora Institute. I strive to bring a mathematician’s rigor and a truth-seeker’s spirit to some of today’s most vexing questions about authenticity, success, leadership and human potential. Intersections podcast operates at the intersection of science and spirituality, profit and purpose, East and West, our inner world and outer world, and business success and social impact.
Mick Ebeling on How to Achieve the Impossible — and Make the World Happier
Listen to this episode of Intersections with Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in conversation with Mick Ebeling, renowned social change maker, and CEO of Not Impossible Labs—a multiple award-winning social innovation lab and production company, founded on the premise that nothing is impossible. Mick Ebeling has been named as One of the Top 50 World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award, and listed as One of the World’s Most Influential Creative People by The Creativity 50’s. They discuss what limits some of us from pursuing goals very dear to our hearts that others may consider impossible.
Noa Kageyama on Thriving Under Pressure and Becoming a Bulletproof Performer
Listen to this episode of Intersections with Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in conversation with Noa Kageyama, an eminent performance psychologist and coach, widely known as the 'Bulletproof Musician', to learn what it takes to stay calm under pressure, deliver your best, and become a Bulletproof Performer. Noa specializes in teaching performing artists how to utilize sports psychology principles to more consistently demonstrate their full abilities under pressure. They discuss what elite performers do differently to achieve excellence.
Apolo Ohno on Pursuing Excellence and How to Reinvent Yourself
Listen to this episode of Intersections with Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in conversation with Apolo Ohno, America's most decorated athlete from the Winter Olympics. Apolo is an eight-time medalist (two gold, two silver, four bronze) in short track speed skating, and was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2019. Since his retirement from sports, Apolo has been an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the winner of the television series, Dancing with the Stars, the second most popular series on U.S. television. They discuss how we can pursue excellence in everything that we do.
VR Ferose on How Life Is Our Greatest Leadership Instructor
Listen to this episode of Intersections with Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in conversation with VR Ferose, head of SAP Academy of Engineering, and an acclaimed leader and world changer. Ferose has founded SAP’s award-winning “Autism at Work” program, designed to broaden awareness and provide employment opportunities for individuals within the autism spectrum which, has been adapted by 150+ companies and translated into a Harvard Case Study. Ferose shares his compelling personal journey as a young executive at SAP, a parent and a social impact leader - and insights he has on how to learn from today's crisis.
The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson on Thriving Through Change and Uncertainty
Listen to this episode of Intersections with Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in conversation with The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson, Priest-in-Charge and Vicar of the Trinity Church Wall Street in New York, to understand how our core beliefs, our faith, and our relationship with God can guide us, inspire us, and strengthen us so we can thrive in times of radical change and uncertainty. They also discuss Rev. Jackson’s perspectives on Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, mystic and social activist who wrote extensively on how spirituality can guide and inspire our professional life and personal life.
Josh Davis on Managing Your Time During a Global Pandemic
Listen to this episode of Intersections with Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in conversation with Dr. Josh Davis (Columbia Psychology/Neuroscience Ph.D., Author of Two Awesome Hours) to discover practical insights on how to manage the many demands on your time so you can do your best work in these pandemic times. You will discover practical insights from neuroscience, C-suite experiences, and studies of great leaders on how you can consistently do your best work and avoid common time-wasting-traps.