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The Ideas Into Action podcast reverse-engineers the careers of accomplished high performers. Each interview explores the tactics, routines, habits, and mindsets which continue to influence their success. We’ll learn how they manage and optimize their time, energy, and attention. Across these dialogues, we’ll discover patterns and ultimately arrive at a formula for succeeding in this time of great change and uncertainty. Whether you’re starting a new project, new career, or new chapter in life, the stories you’ll hear will inspire you to transform your own ideas into action. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support

Ideas Into Action Hamza Khan

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    • 4.3 • 3 Ratings

The Ideas Into Action podcast reverse-engineers the careers of accomplished high performers. Each interview explores the tactics, routines, habits, and mindsets which continue to influence their success. We’ll learn how they manage and optimize their time, energy, and attention. Across these dialogues, we’ll discover patterns and ultimately arrive at a formula for succeeding in this time of great change and uncertainty. Whether you’re starting a new project, new career, or new chapter in life, the stories you’ll hear will inspire you to transform your own ideas into action. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support

    #28 - James Benham

    #28 - James Benham

    James Benham is a bootstrapped serial entrepreneur, corporate innovator, and investor focused on technology that transforms the world’s oldest industries. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of JBKnowledge, a multinational technology and consulting company founded in 2001 that develops industry-leading software for the largest insurance companies across the globe. He is also the Co-Founder of two insurance tech products: SmartCompliance and Terra.

    Prior to being focused solely on insurance, James built multiple technology products for the construction industry. His most successful, SmartBid, became the leading construction bidding software for general contractors worldwide, culminating in a multi-million dollar acquisition in 2018. With over 9,500 followers on LinkedIn, James is a sought-after consultant and speaker at the forefront of innovation, technology, sales, and business leadership. He is the host of The InsureTech Geek Podcast and has spoken at over 400 conferences in the last 15 years. His first book, Be Your Own VC: 10 Bootstrapping Principles to Generate Cash and Keep Control, is set to release this fall.

    James's first book: Be Your Own VC: 10 Bootstrapping Principles to Generate Cash and Keep Control, is set to release this Fall.

    In this episode we talked about the pain vs. control, entrepreneurship, persisting through overwhelming fear, compassionate leadership, the power of checklists, and the discipline and focus it takes to land planes—metaphorically, and literally.

    Connect with James here:

    Website: https://jamesbenham.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jbenham/
    Twitter: @jamesmbenham
    Instagram: @jamesmbenham


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    • 57 min
    #27 - Courtney Watts

    #27 - Courtney Watts

    Courtney Watts is a human-centred design strategist at CGI, bringing human-centred systems thinking and mindfulness together to help design teams and global enterprises alike solve complex problems. She completed her masters in international business at Hult International Business School in 2014, splitting her time in the program between Cambridge, and Shanghai. She's spent most of the last 8 years in global IT consulting enterprises and startups, including a glorious few years in Toronto. She returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and joined CGI back in October 2020. In addition to her work at CGI, she works with students at Carnegie Mellon University.

    The universe truly aligned for this conversation to take place. In this conversation, Courtney and Hamza talk about the love of language. They pick apart the concept of love and how that relates to fear. Are you team love or team fear? They talked about identity, the importance of healing and mindfulness at work. Courtney and Hamza touched upon things like stress and burnout and the importance of creating human-centred systems. With notes on Formula 1 racing and spirituality, it was a conversation everyone should hear at least once!

    Connect with Courtney here:

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wattscourtney/


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    • 51 min
    #26 - Hamza Khan

    #26 - Hamza Khan

    Hamza Khan is a Democratic Strategist & political activist based in the Washington Metro Region's Maryland suburbs. He is also a frequent guest on national & international news stations to provide analysis & commentary on topics ranging from the environment to immigration & developing markets. Hamza is the founder of The Pluralism Project, an organization working to empower everyday Americans hailing from diverse narratives in our political process. He has previously consulted members of Congress & the US Senate on outreach strategies to immigrant populations & minority voters. He is a keynote speaker who has spoken at dozens of social & political events across the country. Hamza also has a background in speech-writing, with clients including ambassadors, political candidates, religious leaders & Fortune 500 executives.

    In this conversation, Hamza Khan and Hamza Khan discussed how their path crossed and what it is like to share the same name. They talked about an array of subjects such as Ms.Marvel, social justice, South-Asain identities, burnout, and believe it or not,  infiltrating FoxNews. Ultimately ending on a very poignant note about the importance of creating empathy and how your life can change, just one breakfast at a time.

    Follow Hamza here:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hamzapolitics/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/hamzaskhan
    Newsletter: https://www.hamzakhan.me/subscribe
    More: https://linktr.ee/HamzaSKhan


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    #25 - Herbert Lui

    #25 - Herbert Lui

    Herbert Lui is an editorial director and author. He has been writing since he was 15. His work has appeared in publications like Fast Company, Hypebeast, and Quartz, and he later joined Lifehacker as a staff writer. His company Wonder Shuttle has advised teams at organizations such as the City of Toronto, Shopify, and Skillshare on their writing and publications.

    In this conversation, went deep into his latest book, Creative Doing and the impact it has had on both our journeys since the last time we spoke on the podcast. We also talked about generational trauma, death anxiety and what it means to have a “purpose” in life. It also wouldn’t be a conversation with Herbert if there wasn’t a little Kanye West in there as well.

    Follow Herbert here:

    Blog: https://herbertlui.net/
    Newsletter: https://herbertlui.net/best-of-books
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/herbertlui
    Medium: https://herbertlui.medium.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/herbertlui


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    [NARRATION] 2019 UTSC Convocation Address ("Talk Yourself Into It")

    [NARRATION] 2019 UTSC Convocation Address ("Talk Yourself Into It")

    Earlier this year, I had the immense privilege of delivering a convocation address to the 2019 graduates of the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) in Toronto, Ontario.  Inspired by The Toronto Raptors' crowning as 2019 NBA Champions, I urged graduates to contend with imposter syndrome and talk themselves into greatness. Here's the full audio for your listening pleasure. Links to the video and transcript are below.

    Remember: Be great. Talk yourself into it.

    FULL VIDEO: http://bit.ly/2J2eMme
    FULL TRANSCRIPT: http://bit.ly/2x9gXze


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    • 12 min
    #24 - David Ip Yam

    #24 - David Ip Yam

    David Ip Yam is the Project Director of Student Service Excellence at York University. He’s also the Co-Founder of Relationship Zen. By day, he’s an award-winning higher education practitioner and scholar with 10+ years of actively learning, facilitating, an co-creating personal, community, and professional mastery. And by night, he’s a martial artist and relationship strategist. He’s in many ways the perfect synthesis of all of the themes we’ve covered in the show thus far: multi-potentiality, self-awareness, confidence, perseverance, resilience, and discipline.

    In this conversation we talked about being intentional in relationships, the hidden power of martial arts, and cultivating a beginner’s mindset. We also talked about knowing when to stop, managing energy to adequately show up, and staying locked on the end goal.

    It was the perfect conversation to end this season, and I’m so glad you’re here for it.

    NOTE: I know, I know—the audio quality for our last three intros is awful. Kwaku and I are working on a fix and will announce on the @iia_podcast Twitter account once it's been fixed. Thanks for your patience!


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    • 1 hr 13 min

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