Robin P. Zander is an entrepreneur, strategist and bestselling author. With 15 years of experience in everything from management consulting to the circus, he has devoted his life and career to working with individuals and companies to improve and accelerate performance.
The common thread across all of his endeavors is the love of learning. Through the podcast, Robin sits down with creatives, storytellers, and executives to understand the creative process at work.
The Future of Work Needs to Invest in Itself with Allison Baum Gates, General Partner at SemperVirens Venture Capital
My guest today is Allison Baum Gates, a General Partner at SemperVirens Venture Capital and a lecturer at the Business School at Columbia University and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Allison got her start working in finance and investing, but quickly saw that technology was changing everything about her work and our world.
So Allison decided to go into technology, and to focus on investing in the technology that would be doing the disrupting in 5 or 10 years. She spends her days talking to startup founders and cultivating SemperVirens’ ecosystem of forward-thinking startups. Allison is making an incredible impact with the companies in her portfolio, and her passion for people and growth is clearly a guiding force in her work. It was a real pleasure to hear about how Allison is trying to make the future of work a reality.
Everything Communicates, Everything Influences with Graham North
My guest today is Graham North, creator and head of Brand Camp at the iconic ad agency of Goodby, Silverstein, and Partners, the team behind Got Milk and many memorable campaigns. Graham just won “Strategic Planner of the Year,” and Jeff Goodby has said, “Graham is spearheading a new way of thinking and approach to clients’ problems.”
But what excites me the most about talking with Graham is how he can bring a group of people together to focus on the present moment. He cares deeply about holding space and real human connection. He’s taken that passion for connection and created not just an incredible career for himself, but a novel and inspiring way of thinking about how we make meaning.
Graham has two interwoven projects we talk about today, Brand Camp and Real Talk. Brand Camp is an intensive program for companies to find their “North Star” and shift operations to focus on the tangible, results-oriented core of their business. Real Talk is a card game about getting to the heart of things, whether that’s in a team at work or a group of folks at a party. While these projects might seem lighthearted, there’s a brilliant core of meaning and depth. I hope you enjoy this conversation with my friend Graham North.
The Joy of Learning: Robin Gets Interviewed!
This podcast is a little bit different. As part of a rebranding exercise for this website, my YouTube channel, and RPZ overall, I recently sat down with Jonathan Kofahl, my dear friend and producer/director at Zander Media, for an interview...with me!
Jonathan and I have known each other since 2017 when he filmed the Rework CEO Summit, which I put on in Boulder, Colorado. We’ve been in collaboration ever since, and since the earliest days of Zander Media, he has been my go-to for “how to create a video business” questions.
So often, as the CEO of Zander Media, my job is having one-on-ones with my team - Jonathan included - about what business is like for them and what Zander Media can be doing better. This was a fun and deeply personal turning of the tables with Jonathan asking me about business and personal philosophy instead. I hope you enjoy!
Community and Joy with Nate Floyd
As part of the updates to this website and across the RPZ brand, I’ve recently sat down for a half dozen interviews with close friends. And instead of the typical “Robin conducts an interview”, I have asked them to interview me.
Today’s interview is with my dear friend, Nate Floyd. Nate and I have known each other for several years as members of SF Movement Practice. Beyond our shared physical practice, Nate is a salesman and a plant medicine guide, and over the years has become a close and valued friend.
In this interview, he asks me a wide variety of questions about life, meaning, and my personal approach to happiness. I hope you enjoy!
Gayle Karen Young Whyte, former head of People and Culture at Wikimedia, on Immediacy and Resilience
My guest today is Gayle Karen Young Whyte, former head of People and Culture at Wikimedia (the parent company behind Wikipedia). These days Gayle is very politically active and consulting with a select group of executives on organizational and culture change.
I’ve known Gayle since she spoke at the first Responsive Conference in San Francisco in 2016, and have followed her work ever since.
In this conversation, recorded in late 2020, we talk about resilience, inquiry, the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we can all do to rise to the challenges of these times. Gayle brings wisdom, simplicity, and kindness to the questions of how to continue learning, growing, and thriving as new opportunities arise in our lives.
Dr. Emily Anhalt, Founder of Coa, on the mental health revolution
Hello and welcome to the Robin Zander Show. My guest today is Dr. Emily Anhalt, a clinical psychologist and the co-founder of Coa, a startup building virtual and in-person centers to practice and improve mental health and resilience.
Emily spoke at a Responsive Conference event that I hosted on Mental Health in San Francisco in November 2019, and I was so impressed with her presentation on stage that I’ve been wanting to sit down with her ever since to talk about mental health.
Now, more than ever, this conversation is needed and I’m delighted that Emily is leading the way and sharing tools to improve wellbeing. Her research into the psychological components of leadership is fascinating, and I learn a lot every time I listen to Emily.
I hope you enjoy this conversation!
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My favorite podcast! The episodes aren’t super long (which I love) but filled with great information and action steps to make a difference in your life! Every mom needs to hear her messages.
This podcast is a must for anyone trying to help make their company a better place to work. Robin's warm style and his sharp questions unearth tangible take-aways for your toolkit. Many of my Northwestern grad school classmates listen regularly and it's easy to see why!
I've been digging the Robin Zander Show. The format is wonderful, the content Robin and his guests talk about is enlightening, and the guests are on point. I highly recommend listening.