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Are you ready to transform life's challenges into stepping stones for growth?Welcome to 'It's an Inside Job,' your Monday destination for mastering resilience and well-being. Our podcast transcends ordinary discussions, offering a unique blend of personal narratives and expert insights into the art and science of resilience. It's a journey of personal and professional empowerment, redefining resilience by embracing challenges as opportunities. Join our community of growth-seekers as we navigate life's hurdles together. 

It's an Inside Job Jason Birkevold Liem

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    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Are you ready to transform life's challenges into stepping stones for growth?Welcome to 'It's an Inside Job,' your Monday destination for mastering resilience and well-being. Our podcast transcends ordinary discussions, offering a unique blend of personal narratives and expert insights into the art and science of resilience. It's a journey of personal and professional empowerment, redefining resilience by embracing challenges as opportunities. Join our community of growth-seekers as we navigate life's hurdles together. 

    Leading with Diversity: Kimiya Sajjadi's Vision for Inclusive Workplaces.

    Leading with Diversity: Kimiya Sajjadi's Vision for Inclusive Workplaces.

    In this week's episode, we delve into the complexities of diversity and inclusion with Kimiya Sajjadi from Big Enough Global. We discuss the challenges of achieving diversity in organisations. Sajadi emphasizes the critical role of top management and the need for tailored strategies, referencing a Harvard study on diversity. We talk about practical steps for implementing diversity in midsize corporations and the importance of integrating it into the organization's culture.
    Our conversation covers strategies for fostering inclusion, balancing team dynamics, and the careful use of language to avoid divisiveness. We also explore how to address racist perspectives respectfully and the role of both majority and minority in creating an inclusive environment. I conclude the episode by underscoring the importance of embracing diversity for a better future.

    Kimiya Sajjadi
    Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimiya-sajjadi/overlay/contact-info/
    Website:  https://www.bigenoughglobal.com/

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    episode, Inside Job, challenges, strategies, fostering diversity, inclusion, organizations, top management involvement, setting goals, integrating diversity, organization's culture, safe spaces, dialogue, microaggressions, promoting inclusion, teams, respectful conversations, racist perspectives, embracing diversity, seeking support, better future
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    • 45 min
    The Power of Cultural Intelligence in Today's Workplace with Loren Rosario Maldonado.

    The Power of Cultural Intelligence in Today's Workplace with Loren Rosario Maldonado.

    In this episode, we explore the power of cultural intelligence with guest Loren Rosario Maldonado. Discover how cultural intelligence goes beyond race and ethnicity, encompassing curiosity, understanding, and connection. Gain insights into its importance for leaders in creating inclusive environments and fostering collaboration. Learn practical strategies and the significance of taking action for personal and professional growth. Don't miss this enlightening conversation on embracing discomfort as a pathway to understanding.

    Loren's journey spans 25 years as a global People Strategist, refining expertise in HR, leadership coaching, and change management. Her passion for cultivating high-performing teams and human-centered experiences defines her career. As a respected thought leader, she sets standards for excellence across industries, yet felt a missing link in her connections until discovering the transformative power of cultural intelligence.
    In her latest book, "Becoming the Change: The Power of Cultural Intelligence," Loren delves into how embracing cultural understanding fuels self-discovery. With a wealth of multicultural experiences and thorough research, she offers a profound perspective on unlocking personal growth and global comprehension. Loren's narratives resonate universally, inviting others to join her on this extraordinary odyssey through her book, speaking engagements, or coaching, fostering empathy and deep connections.

    Connect with Loren
    Web:  https://www.lorenrosario.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorenrosariomaldonado/
    Twitter/X:  https://twitter.com/lorenrosariom?s=11
    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/loren.maldonado/


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    • 55 min
    Building Multicultural Teams: Insights and Strategies with Dr. Catherine Wu.

    Building Multicultural Teams: Insights and Strategies with Dr. Catherine Wu.

    In this episode, we delve into the significance of cultural intelligence for bridging divides and fostering resilience in societies. Joining me is Dr. Catherine Wu, a seasoned expert in cultural intelligence, who shares invaluable insights on navigating multicultural environments.
    Our discussion starts by challenging the traditional approach to understanding culture, highlighting its dynamic nature and the inadequacy of mere cultural knowledge. We explore how cultural intelligence reshapes perceptions, encouraging individuals to see beyond stereotypes and acknowledge the uniqueness of each person.


    We then explore the research-backed pillars of cultural intelligence: cognition, behavior, and motivation. I stress the importance of ongoing training to combat biases and establish inclusive team dynamics in multicultural settings.


    Dr. Wu underscores the necessity of intentional norm creation within multicultural teams, emphasizing the pitfalls of aligning norms solely with dominant members. We share examples, such as contrasting decision-making styles between Norwegian and Japanese engineers, to illustrate the impact of cultural differences.


    Addressing the question of minority adaptation, we acknowledge power imbalances and advocate for inclusive environments, while recognizing contextual nuances where adaptation might be expected.


    Finally, we highlight the advantages of cultural intelligence, including heightened creativity and cognitive complexity. Our conversation underscores the value of openness, acceptance, and a willingness to embrace diverse perspectives in today's interconnected world.


    Dr. Catherine Wu is a teacher, speaker, and cultural intelligence evangelist.
    A passionate advocate for cultural diversity, Catherine is currently working towards telling 10 million people about cultural intelligence through speaking, writing, and creating social media content. In 2022, she launched The Cultural Quotient podcast, the first podcast to grow cultural intelligence at work and in life.

    As a speaker, Catherine frequently gives talks and conducts workshops on cultural intelligence for public and private organisations.

    Catherine holds a PhD in Leadership and Cultural Intelligence from the Center for Leadership and Cultural Intelligence in Singapore. She is French and has lived in Asia for the past 18 years. She lives in Singapore with her Taiwanese American husband and 3 third-culture kids.

    Dr. Catherine Wu's contact info:
    Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/drcatherinewu/
    Website:  https://open.spotify.com/episode/7j4sv0KIw4rIyxOc3IUqz8

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    • 58 min
    Rewriting Your Story: A Deep Dive into 'Slingshot' with Author Moustafa Hamwi

    Rewriting Your Story: A Deep Dive into 'Slingshot' with Author Moustafa Hamwi

    In this episode, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Moustafa Hamwi, the insightful author behind "Slingshot." Our discussion centers on the compelling theme of the book: taking the reins of your destiny and employing practical tools to surmount life’s challenges.

    During our conversation, Moustafa shares the concept of "Slingshot" as a metaphor. It represents using one's past struggles as a springboard to a more promising future. We delve into Moustafa's own life experiences, exploring the personal hurdles he faced and how the process of writing this book served as a therapeutic journey for him.

    An essential part of our discussion focuses on the critical role of mindset in overcoming obstacles. We talk about the importance of healing from past traumas, the necessity of continuous personal growth, and how physical cues can play a significant role in ensuring enduring change.

    Moustafa emphasizes the value of simplifying life, the profound impact our mindset has on our behavior, and shares effective strategies for letting go of emotional burdens. This includes the transformative process of rewriting one's own story. We also discuss the often difficult task of releasing emotional attachments, particularly when ego and long-held self-identities are involved.

    To conclude, Moustafa champions the ideals of generosity, service, and maintaining a strong belief in oneself. Wrapping up the episode, I reflect on the powerful insights from "Slingshot," encouraging my listeners to apply these principles in their own lives to foster personal development and resilience.
    Connect with Moustafa Hamwi:
    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/moustafa.hamwi/
    LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/moustafahamwi/
    X:  https://twitter.com/moustafahamwi
    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/moustafahamwi/
    Website: https://moustafa.com/
    FREE BONUS MATERIAL:  https://moustafa.com/slingshot/
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    Moustafa Hamwi's Bio
    Moustafa is a multi-bestselling author, international speaker, and mindset coach.
    His background spans diverse disciplines — from executive coaching, hypnotherapy, yoga, and meditation to adventure sports and nature healing.

    Moustafa’s unique lifestyle as an executive nomad has him traversing the globe, often spending months living out of a campervan, immersing himself in diverse cultures and forging a deep connection with nature.

    His quest for self-discovery leads him to learning and meditation centres worldwide, exploring the intricacies of mind, body, and soul. His life journey and extensive research have culminated in unparalleled knowledge and insight. He's globally recognised as a foremost expert and thought leader in reigniting passion within organisations and teams.

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    #Mindset #Author #Slingshot #Healing #PersonalGrowth #EmotionalBaggage #PersonalDevelopment #Resilience  #OvercomingObstacles #EmotionalHealing  #LettingGo #SelfBelief  


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Cultivating Courage and Resilience: Wisdom from Atle Vårvik.

    Cultivating Courage and Resilience: Wisdom from Atle Vårvik.

    In this episode of the It's an Inside Job podcast, our special guest Atle Vårvik, the founder of MOT, shares his journey and the importance of resilience in our lives. Atle started MOT in 1994 with the aim of strengthening the resilience of youth and creating inclusive school cultures. He emphasizes the significance of surroundings and taking care of one's own talent, drawing from personal experiences that shaped his motivation. Atle's new book, "The Power of Resilience," explores the 12 characteristics of resilient individuals, including a positive attitude, the ability to deal with adversity, commitment, self-efficacy, and more.

    Atle Vårvik is the Founder and creator of MOT. When he stepped down both as MOT’s leader and entrepreneur, MOT was one of Norway’s most important and beneficial brands and spread to four continents.

    Atle is a former elite athlete in speed skating. He is Norwegian champion and Olympian – and in 1994, he was ranked among the 8 best speed skaters in the world.

    In 2015, Atle received the Honorary Award from the Norwegian Confederation of Sports for spreading values in the society and for his work with MOT, and in 2014, he got one of Norway’s greatest leadership and value awards – the Reitan Group’s “Årets Ladejarl”.

    Atle is an entrepreneur, brand builder, leader developer and interim leader with years of experience at making people, leaders, team spirit, cultures and businesses grow. Today, he runs his own business and helps other businesses strengthen long term added value, sustainability and competitiveness.

    Atle Vårvik's contact info:
    Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/atle-v%C3%A5rvik
    Website:  https://atlevarvik.no/

    Chapters
    0:00:09 Introducing the It's an Inside Job podcas
    0:06:43 Atle's new book on resilience and its positive outcomes
    0:09:52 The difference between negative and positive life outcomes
    0:12:36 Applying Moot's philosophy to leadership and organizational culture
    0:15:11 Resilience and Courage: Building Blocks for Solid Leadership
    0:16:28 Resilience and courage are interconnected, influenced by others.
    0:19:28 Teaching children to make their day wonderful for themselves and others.
    0:22:18 Celebrate small victories and cultivate a positive mindset.
    0:25:14 Sharing stories of transformation and personal growth inspire others.
    0:28:59 A Catalyst for Change: Shifting Life Trajectories
    0:30:02 Introduction to the concept of robustness and resilience
    0:32:16 Frustration with Leaders' Lack of Accountability
    0:32:25 Son's Perspective on Character vs Grades
    0:33:52 The Importance of Goals and Resilience in Leadership
    0:44:53 The Importance of Building Courage and Resilience
    0:47:10 Importance of Building Solid Cultures in Organizations
    0:49:57 Personal Responsibility and Advice for Success in Life
    0:53:09 A Magical Moment with Erik Haydn
    0:55:39 The Power of Inspiration and Creating Change
    0:58:30 Advice for Leaders: Balance and Positive Energy
    1:00:16 Atla Vordvik: From Speed Skating Champion to Entrepreneurship
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Performance Advantage: A Conversation with Agnes Cserhati.

    The Performance Advantage: A Conversation with Agnes Cserhati.

    In this episode,  I have the privilege of welcoming Agnes Cserhati,
    the author of the upcoming book "Performance Advantage," launching on January 25th, 2024. Together, we delve into the book's key concepts, Agnes' personal journey, and topics like resilience and unlearning.

    Agnes opens up about her motivations for writing the book, her journey of unlearning, and the power of vulnerability in storytelling. She reflects on the challenges of distilling years of experience into a readable format while staying true to her identity. She credits her grandparents' unwavering belief in her for shaping her confidence and discusses the responsibility and impact of her words as an author.

    We also explore how writing a book can unearth dormant emotions and thoughts, leading to cathartic breakthroughs. We emphasize the importance of vulnerability and the connection between author and reader, as well as the deeper learning that comes from sharing personal experiences. I also share my journey, hoping to inspire others.

    As we wrap up, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Agnes' book for its valuable insights. I thank Agnes for joining me and sharing her inspiring story.

    Chapters
    0:02:48 Agnes' New Book: The Performance Advantage
    0:04:36 Defining Performance in the Context of the Book
    0:04:51 Performance as a Process vs. Achievement
    0:07:03 Enhancing Performance through Practice and Marginal Gains
    0:10:28 The Importance of Self-Leadership in High Performance
    0:12:55 Shifting Gears and Redefining Performance Based on Self-Awareness
    0:15:24 Motivation behind Writing the Book: Not an Ego Journey
    0:18:00 Unlearning and Letting Go: The Challenge of Writing
    0:20:27 The Challenge of Condensing a Lifetime of Wisdom
    0:27:12 The Power of Writing and Self-Connection
    0:32:44 Reading with a Deeper Learning and Connection
    0:35:30 Next Adventure: Responsible Author and Interviewing Leaders
    0:37:07 Book available in various formats and platforms worldwide
    0:38:42 Introducing Agnes Chiharty and her book, Performance Advantage
    Agnes Cserhati's contact info:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/agnescserhati/
    X:  https://twitter.com/AgnesCserhati
    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/acpowercoaching/
    Web:  https://www.ac-powercoaching.com/
    Book: The Performance Advantage

    Bio
    Agnes Cserhati is an internationally recognised speaker, leadership expert, and a sought-after performance and executive coach. Her innovative methodologies and profound insights have been instrumental in steering high-calibre leaders, teams, and organisations toward peak performance in both the private and public sectors for decades

    Her personal motto is: "share to inspire", which has been the driving force behind her work and a lifetime of dedication to pushing beyond the ordinary while consistently delivering high performance and maximising potential.

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    • 40 min

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