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A leadership podcast for a changing world. Host Gautam Mukunda explores what it takes to lead through times of change and crisis — featuring unexpected conversations with global leaders across different fields and industries.

World Reimagined Nasdaq

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    • 4.8 • 106 Ratings

A leadership podcast for a changing world. Host Gautam Mukunda explores what it takes to lead through times of change and crisis — featuring unexpected conversations with global leaders across different fields and industries.

    Using Your Power for Good with Ginni Rometty

    Using Your Power for Good with Ginni Rometty

    Meet Ginni:
     
    Fifty years ago, Ginni Rometty’s father walked out of her life, leaving behind her mother and her younger siblings to fend for themselves. As Ginni watched her mom slowly move up in the workforce, she learned the difference between access and aptitude - a lesson she has taken with her through her incredible career.
     
    Three years ago, Ginni retired as IBM's president, chairman, and CEO. Today, she co-chairs OneTen foundation, an organization that aims to close the opportunity gap for Black talent and others who do not have a four-year degree. At one point in her life, she was the most powerful person at one of the world’s largest companies. At another, she was almost powerless. That life story has made her think deeply about the dynamics in the world around her. She has even written a book about them called Good Power, which takes the reader through who has clout, who needs it, and perhaps most importantly, how to do the most good with it. 
     
    In this episode, host Gautam Mukunda speaks with Ginni about what “good power” looks like in action, the power of a good attitude, listening with the intent to learn and the value in finding what you are in service of.
     
    Timestamps:
     
    [:30] You define who you are 
    [3:30] Good power
    [8:00] Attitude
    [13:40] Being prepared gave me confidence
    [17:10] Appealing to the heart and mind
     
    Good Power: Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World, by Ginni Rometty
     
    Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong, by Eric Barker
     
    Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success, by Adam Grant
     
    Follow @GMukunda on Twitter or email us at WorldReimagined@nasdaq.com.
     
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    • 19 min
    How to Out-behave the Competition with Dov Seidman

    How to Out-behave the Competition with Dov Seidman

    It once wasn’t uncommon to hear a boss tell their employees “just get it done. I don’t care how.” However, in the last decade, organizations have evolved. Now, we often hear leaders priding themselves on encouraging their employees to speak up. 
     
    But, what if leaders created environments and cultures in which it didn’t take an act of courage for employees to speak their minds?  In this episode, we explore how leaders can create a framework and playbook for moral leadership at their organizations that allows employees to out-behave and consequently out-perform the competition. 
     
    Meet Dov:
     
    Dov Seidman is the founder and chairman of LRN, an ethics compliance training firm, as well as the founder and chairman of The HOW Institute for Society, which is dedicated to infusing ethics into corporate culture. He is also the author of the bestselling book “HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything.”
     
    In this episode, host Gautam Mukunda speaks with Dov about the framework for moral leadership and why organizations benefit from building a do-it-right culture. 
     
    Timestamps:
     
    [1:05] Business is Human Endeavor
     
    [6:00] Employees Want Moral Leadership
     
    [10:30] Your Reputation Precedes You
     
    [14:20] Showing up 
     
    Resources Referenced:
     
    HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything, by Dov Seidman
     
    Follow @GMukunda on Twitter or email us at WorldReimagined@nasdaq.com.
     
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    • 17 min
    Becoming a Better (and Happier) Leader with Bozoma Saint John

    Becoming a Better (and Happier) Leader with Bozoma Saint John

    Meet Bozoma:
     
    Bozoma Saint John is no stranger to loss. In college, she lost her boyfriend; later in life she dealt with the loss of a premature baby and most recently, she lost her husband to cancer. Through these experiences, Bozoma has learned the importance of actively looking for joy, whether that be in the workplace or in life.
     
    She is a Hall of Fame-inducted marketer, entrepreneur, and author of The Urgent Life and has held leadership roles at some of the most defining companies of our generation, such as Netflix, Uber and Apple. 
     
    In this episode, host Gautam Mukunda speaks with Bozoma about how she builds teams that embrace peoples’ differences, her approach to marketing household names, and how she actively finds joy even in the darkest of times.
     
    Timestamps:
     
    [0:30] How differences make better executives
     
    [5:10] The key to marketing household names
     
    [11:00] Joy is an action
     
    [16:00] Finding excitement to help you through your days
     
    Resources Referenced:
     
    The Urgent Life: My Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Bozoma Saint John
     
    Follow @GMukunda on Twitter or email us at WorldReimagined@nasdaq.com.
     
    For more information on this episode’s guest please visit:
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    • 19 min
    Why Mentorship Matters with Lisa Utzschneider

    Why Mentorship Matters with Lisa Utzschneider

    Mentor-mentee relationships can be extremely beneficial. For a mentee, having someone more senior advocating on your behalf can accelerate your career forward. For a mentor, building a connection with someone junior can ensure your stamp on the company doesn’t retire when you do. While figuring out how to build this relationship can be tricky, Integral Ad Sciences CEO Lisa Utzschneider has become an expert in the craft.
     
    Meet Lisa:
    Lisa Utzschneider has held high leadership positions across the tech industry, such as Yahoo, Amazon and Microsoft. As an East Coaster at companies that were predominantly based in the West Coast, Lisa got used to not only being the only female voice, but also being the only person joining the meeting remotely. Through her experiences, she learned the importance of having someone with a seat at the table willing to advocate for you.
    In this episode, host Gautam Mukunda speaks with Lisa about the value of mentor-mentee relationships, how to initiate building this bond and how to ensure everyone gets the most out of it. 
     
    Time Stamps:
     
    1:43 The mentor-mentee relationship
     
    3:54 Being mindful of your team makeup
     
    8:26 Check your ego at the door
     
    12:22 Getting a the seat at the table
     
    14:45 Lead with a recommendation or idea

    • 15 min
    Navigating Choice with Sheena Iyengar

    Navigating Choice with Sheena Iyengar

    Choice is the foundation of self-determination. But, what if too much choice leads to the inability to act or move forward? The most successful leaders are the ones who prioritize their time, minimizing the number of choices they make on a daily basis.
     
    Meet Sheena:
     
    After losing her vision as a teenager, Sheena Iyengar became very accustomed to hearing the phrase “it’s not possible.” Due to her own circumstances, she became fascinated with the concept of choice.
     
    In this episode, host Gautam Mukunda speaks with Sheena, an author and Columbia Business Professor, about what can happen when people have too much choice, and how the best leaders approach the art of choosing.
     
    Timestamps:
     
    [4:29] Three to Five Most Important Choices
     
    [7:22] Choice Explosion in the Marketplace
     
    [9:45] Self-determination
     
    [14:57] Choice ≠ Importance
     
    Resources Referenced:
     
    The Art of Choosing, by Sheena Iyengar 
    Think Bigger: How to Innovate, by Sheena Iyengar
     
    Follow @GMukunda on Twitter or email us at WorldReimagined@nasdaq.com
     
    For more information on this episode’s guest please visit:
    Nasdaq.com/world-reimagined-podcast

    • 19 min
    Leading Through Extraordinary Circumstances with Yusra Mardini

    Leading Through Extraordinary Circumstances with Yusra Mardini

    Meet Yusra Mardini: 
    When the Syrian civil war broke out, Yusra Mardini and her sister fled. Eventually finding refuge in Germany, Yusra reignited her passion for swimming, joining the newly formed Olympic Refugee Team. Now, she’s at the helm of the Yusra Mardini Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing access to sports and education for refugee communities around the world.  
     
    In this episode, host Gautam Mukunda speaks with Yusra about how she navigates challenges, leads by example and builds organizations that last. 
       
    Notable Timestamps 
     
    2:40 Olympics  
     
    5:20 Leading for others 
     
    9:40 Having your leadership tested 
     
    13:45 Building organizations that last 
     
    Resources Referenced  
     
    Epstein, D. J. (2019). Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. New York, Riverhead Books.   
    Follow @GMukunda on Twitter or email us at WorldReimagined@nasdaq.com  
    For more information on this episode’s guest please visit:  
    Nasdaq.com/world-reimagined-podcast  
     

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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106 Ratings

106 Ratings

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Mukunda continues to enthrall me with his canny ability to get people from different backgrounds to compose new visions of leadership. His is a unique podcast which is a must for anyone interested in innovative leadership.

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