My name’s Dr Gary Crotaz and I’m a coach, speaker and author of ‘The IDEA Mindset’, an award-winning book about how to figure out what you want and how to get it. The Unlock Moment is that flash of remarkable clarity when you suddenly know the right path ahead. When I’m in conversation with my coaching clients, these are the breakthroughs that are so profound that they remember vividly where they were, who they were with, what they were thinking when their Unlock Moment happened.
In this podcast, I’ll be meeting and learning about people who have accomplished great things or brought about significant change in their life. And you’ll be meeting them with me! We’ll be finding out what inspired them, how they got through the hard times and what they learned along the way that they can share with you.
Thank you for joining me on this podcast to hear all about another Unlock Moment!
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The Unlock Micro-Moment: Morag Barrett - Creating a Powerful Culture in the Workplace
My name’s Dr Gary Crotaz, award-winning author of ‘The IDEA Mindset’. In this Unlock Micro-Moment, you’re hearing a short extract from one of my top guests on The Unlock Moment podcast. Morag Barrett is a member of the prestigious Marshall Goldsmith 100 group of leading coaches and author of multiple books on leadership and culture. In this short extract she talks about the critical relationship dynamics you need to recognise in the workplace. Enjoy this Unlock Micro-Moment with Morag Barrett!
Marc Kramer - 'What Are The Chances?' - Leaning Into Luck in Making the Impossible Possible
From off-the-charts low scores in his school exams to raising $3 billion, Marc Kramer's story is an extraordinary one of defying expectations and making his own way in the world. As he puts it with his characteristic dry wit, "So I think people always want to say, "No, that can't happen." And yet they overlook the fact that if somebody puts themselves out there and tries it, that there's a reasonably good chance that that might work. After all, it's all a matter of trying. I always tell my kids 50% of life is just showing up." Marc is now the executive director of the Private Investors Forum and has worked with over 1,500 companies from all over the world making introductions to angel investors. He is also the host of the hit podcast, 'The Best Business Minds'. This is an inspirational journey and a reminder that you should never write anyone off just because they didn't pass the conventional hurdles.
The Unlock Micro-Moment: Professor Nathan Furr - The Upside of Uncertainty
My name’s Dr Gary Crotaz, award-winning author of ‘The IDEA Mindset’. In this Unlock Micro-Moment, you’re hearing a short extract from one of my top guests on The Unlock Moment podcast. Nathan Furr is a Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, France’s leading business school, and author of The Upside of Uncertainty. In this short extract he talks about how to manage, navigate and overcome uncertainty in your working life. Enjoy this Unlock Micro-Moment with Nathan Furr!
Paul Epstein - Playing Offense, Unlocking Leadership in the World of Sports
My guest today comes from the world of the NBA and the NFL. I’m looking forward to hearing about what he’s learned along the way in a fascinating career in the world of sport, business and leadership.
A 15-year pro sports business executive, Paul Epstein became the go-to fixer for NBA teams, NFL franchises, and league executive offices. He was the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He recognizes that victory comes from the inside, and requires an All-In culture empowered by a growth mindset and a belief that we all have unlimited potential – when we double down on our strengths, gifts, talents, and passions.
The author of "The Power of Playing Offense", leadership coach, and the host of the Playmakers podcast, Paul is on a mission to inspire purpose and transform leadership as we know it.
He’s got a great story and is an inspiring speaker, but I really want to find out how he got here and what makes him tick. What were those Unlock Moments of remarkable clarity when he figured out the path ahead?
Alex Budak - Becoming a Changemaker, Discovering Your Potential to Lead Positive Change
The remarkable clarity that you experience in an Unlock Moment can trigger significant change in your life – a change of perspective, a change of priorities, maybe a change of location or career. When you suddenly let go of what’s been holding you back, the opportunities that appear ahead can be extraordinary.
My guest today is an expert in making change happen, and he’s lived that experience himself. Alex Budak is on the faculty at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. He’s a social entrepreneur, and the author of the new book, “Becoming a Changemaker”. He believes everyone has the potential to lead positive change, and he dedicates his life to helping people from all walks of life become changemakers.
Budak co-founded StartSomeGood.com, a platform that breaks down the barriers that prevent people from enacting change. StartSomeGood.com has now helped over 1,000 changemakers in 50 countries raise over $12 million to catalyze new initiatives. He previously ran Sweden’s leading social innovation incubator, Reach for Change, and worked at Change.org.
Alex has given lectures on changemaking, entrepreneurship, and leadership in venues ranging from the Ukraine to Cambodia, Los Angeles to the Arctic Circle, and at the White House and UN agencies.
“Becoming a Changemaker.” is his first book and is just out. Drawing from his UC Berkeley courses, the book gives readers the tools and confidence required to become changemakers.
I’m looking forward to hearing about the Unlock Moment when Alex realized that not only could he be a changemaker – but that, more importantly, every single person can be a changemaker. He describes it as a moment that catalyzed his career and became the red thread connecting his work as a social entrepreneur and academic.
I love people who love change and I can’t wait to find out more.
Kevin Sullivan - Transitioning from Military to Civilian with the Military Career Coach
I always find it fascinating talking with veterans about the transition from the command and control structure of the military to the leadership and cultural conventions of the civilian world. We know that veterans can be some of the most inspiring and effective leaders in the workplace, but that’s no accident. It takes time to transition, assisted by personal development, mentoring, coaching. All designed to find that true, authentic leader that can bring their best self to the workplace. My guest on this episode of The Unlock Moment is a deep expert in unlocking the potential in veterans.
After graduating from the University of San Francisco, Kevin Sullivan, Lieutenant Colonel US Army (retired) served 20 years as an aviation officer with the United States Army. Throughout his military career as a Blackhawk pilot, Kevin served in numerous leadership positions, culminating with service as the Director of Aviation for the US Army Pacific Command. He is a proven leader with over 30 years of senior leadership, international business development and marketing experience. He’s worked in many sectors, including significant work supporting veterans, and is the Founder and President of Leading Points Corporation, a company that builds and implements comprehensive military programs for businesses interested in establishing themselves within the military and government markets. He’s launched military programs for companies as diverse as CostCo, Golf Channel, Vail Resorts, Untuckit and many more.
And now as we move into a new era where coaching is becoming available in the palm of your hand, Kevin and his team are working together with me and my colleagues at pioneering digital coach company KultraLab on a fascinating idea to support hundreds of thousands of veterans across the US using the power of digital coaching. We’ll come to that later in the conversation.
I’m keen to learn more about Kevin’s own experience of the military to civilian transition, and the Unlock Moments of remarkable clarity that helped him to figure out the path ahead. I’m also hoping to learn more about what drives his passion to continue to serve veterans and his vision for the future.
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Dr. Gary Crotaz has the ability to immediately recognize and delve into the important questions. His ability to see well into people’s lives and their authenticity gives a whole different layer of depth I rarely encounter. The conversations bring discovery and AHA moments to the listeners and also the people he interviews. So impactful!