Don’t let your assumptions define you. Be driven by choices that provide experience and teach you. When you set out to discover what you really care for by identifying your purpose and living from that space, you have access to Gaurav’s podcast, “The xMonks Drive”. It’s about beginning the journey to be your best self and live what you really care for! Hear Gaurav’s personal selection of his interviews with thought-leaders, social change makers, masterful coaches, spiritual gurus, entrepreneurs as well as business giants, who are doing something meaningful in their life. With this extensive selection of episodes featuring insightful lessons, you can learn a great deal while listening to the podcast when you are in between activities or a daily workout. Get started today by choosing an episode that helps illuminate your path to identify your purpose and live from that space!
Ep 40 - Kara Goldin - Being A Credible Leader
The only thing that keeps a leader from achieving is their own fears. Pursuit of inhibitions drives a leader, Listen to Kara and her definition of being Undaunted and above Doubts in her leadership journey.
Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., best known for its award-winning Hint® water, the leading unsweetened flavored water. She has been named one of InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Fortune's Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink, and EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Kara has successfully navigated the world of large companies and startups in many industries including media, tech, and consumer products. In addition, she understands retail and direct to consumer well. She is an active speaker & writer and hosts the podcast The Kara Goldin Show where she interviews founders, entrepreneurs, and other disruptors across various industries. Kara’s first book, Undaunted, published by Harper Leadership, was released in October 2020. She lives in the Bay Area.
Ep 39 - Raj De Datta - Humanity and Digital Experience
The winner of any strategy is the ability of a leader to bring everyone towards a center. As vast as digital experiences have become, the center is the people. In this episode, we will discuss how digital and real have permeated.
Raj De Datta is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bloomreach, the leading digital experience platform for e-commerce that powers 25% of retail e-commerce in the United States and the United Kingdom. Before creating Bloomreach, he worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Mohr-Davidow Ventures, as Cisco's head of product marketing, and as a member of the founding team of telecom business FirstMark Communications. He also worked at Lazard Freres in technology investment banking. Raj is a Founder Partner at seed-stage venture capital firm Founder Collective and an individual investor in over 20 Silicon Valley startups. He also serves on the US Tennis Association's Council for Player Development.
Raj is the author of the upcoming book from Columbia University Press, “The Digital Seeker” which is a guide for digital teams to build winning experiences. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering with a certificate in Public Policy and International affairs from Princeton University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Ep 38 - David Clutterbuck - Reflections on Life & Coaching
Meet the team coaching genius and a man of true coaching essence, David Clutterbuck on The xMonks Drive podcast. Learn the definition of coaching, vision, and more in this new episode.
Professor David Clutterbuck is credited with introducing sponsored mentorship to Europe in the early 1980s. He combines a wealth of research-based knowledge and experience to deliver a pragmatic, evidence-based approach to coaching, mentoring, and talent management as an EMCC Master Practitioner (EIA, ESIA, and IPMA).
David is the author or co-author of almost 70 books. He is a visiting professor in four universities’ departments of coaching and mentoring – Henley Business School, Oxford Brookes, Sheffield Hallam, and York St John – as well as a visiting lecturer at a number of overseas universities. David is a practice lead at Coaching and Mentoring International Limited, a global network of researchers, trainers, and consultants specializing in coaching and mentoring in over 100 countries.
David’s current research interests include coach maturity transitions, the role of artificial intelligence in coaching, the ripple impact of mentoring, and the democratization/decolonization of coaching. Among his numerous humanitarian endeavors is the goal of establishing five million coaches and mentors for children in elementary school.
Outside of work, David’s hobbies include the use of humor for social and emotional well-being, authoring children’s books, ice skating, and traveling to distant regions of the world. Each year, he sets a new learning objective for himself.
Ep 37 - Andrew Scheffer - Spirituality in the Business World
Andrew Scheffer has the unique distinction of being born in New York, educated at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, and has traveled the world training with leading self-help teachers over the course of 30+ years of his life, including (over 10,000 hours) in silent intensive meditation retreats.
But Andrew didn't leave his practice in the retreat centers. He took what he learned there and applied it to the high-pressure work environments and family situations that most of us experience daily at work and at home in relationships and while parenting.
Since 2001, he has coached executives, entrepreneurs, health care workers, students, and even spouses seeking a higher level solution for anxiety, stress, and the frustration of everyday struggles that we all face in today's world. Andrew helps people develop their own strengths of mind to find the answers they need within themselves.
Ep 36 - Dan Newby - Time to Strengthen Relationship with Emotions
Most of us are in conflict about whether to let our emotions show or not. Leaders face this problem mainly. But emotions are gifts as Dan Newby says. Here is to understanding emotional expression and making our relationship better with emotions.
Dan Newby is the founder and leader of School of Emotions, working with partners worldwide to elevate emotional literacy, and offering courses for coaches, leaders, and parents to build a foundational understanding of emotions.
Dan is driven by his personal experience of the impact emotional literacy and learning can have as well as its profound importance in professional activities. All human beings are emotional beings which make emotional mastery an essential competence for anyone working to improve services and collaboration.
He is the author of ‘The Unopened Gift: A Primer in Emotional Literacy’ and ‘The Field Guide to Emotions’ as well as co-creator of Emoli™ Emotion Cards, a tool for facilitation and teaching emotional literacy. His background includes training as an educator and twenty years as an ontological coach. He has been CEO of Newfield Network, considered one of the premier coaching schools globally, and has been a business leader for many years.
Ep 35 - Fiona Macaulay - Breeding Optimism to stir Change
Fiona Macaulay works at the intersection of innovation, leadership, and global development.
She’s a serial social entrepreneur, educator, and field-builder committed to helping strong leaders become even stronger, and great organizations become event greater.
Fiona founded WILD - the Women Innovators and Leaders Development Network- to support global development sector leaders to scale their impact, and thrive.
WILD convenes the annual Women in Global Development Leadership Forum. The first its kind, this event is at the hub of a movement to increase women's leadership, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our sector.
In the academic world, Fiona is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where she also runs a leadership clinic for MBA students and serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to mentor and coach social innovators and leaders across campus.
Fiona is an active member of the Board of Governors for Junior Achievement Worldwide and past Board Chair for CAMFED USA Foundation.