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“We can’t be of service to the world without truly knowing ourselves” – Yarrow Kraner

Yarrow Kraner is the Founder of HATCH and, is an Aspen Institute Fellow, RSA Fellow, a member of Catalyst 2030, and named 2015 top 100 creatives in the U.S. by Origins. He’s directed projects with Richard Branson, The Rock, P Diddy, and more.

In the podcast episode, Yarrow opened up about his childhood and shares how he was bullied at school where he was the only white boy. He speaks about how this experience allowed him to build empathy later on and understand his own privilege as a white man. He shared how this led him to start an organisation looking to find the superhero in every person, and how it continues to shape his leadership.

Find the full audio interview and show notes here

“Success to me is being the person you want to be and, to look in the mirror and just be good with it.” – Bojana Duovski

Bojana Duovski is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of YourNextStory, Concierge Amsterdam, and Dutch Uncle, and she is gifted to recognise and acknowledge talent and connect worlds that are too far apart.

What stood out during my interview with Bojana was how she dedicates time for her “Walk and talk”, which is, in her own words, “a gift of her presence that she voluntarily gives others”. She has done over 400 of these in the last few years, where she would walk and talk in the woods or in a park in Amsterdam with the other person.

Find the full audio interview and show notes here

Related Finds

Why we should break the safety walls around us?

The 5 Levels of Leadership from John Maxwell

The power of walking in another person’s shoes

The Promise of a Pencil – review and summary of Adam Braun’s wonderful book

Notes from one of the best books about taking care of employees – Everybody Matters

How can you contribute?

Choosing Leadership is a podcast for people who know deep inside that there is more. My invitation to you is to “choose” leadership and to step up as a leader.

Subscribe to the Choosing Leadership podcast on Spotify, Google, or Amazon Music. We are also live on Apple Itunes.

I am interviewing leaders to learn from their stories – of how they came to be where they are today. These are the stories peers and friends don’t usually know, and my attempt is to bring them out. Find out what has shaped them to be the person and leader they are today.

Our journeys might not look alike. They might resemble more of a roller-coaster ride than a race track, and that is what makes each one of us special and unique in our own ways. I am deeply touched when someone takes the time to share their story with me.

If you would like to recommend someone else who I should interview, feel free to recommend them. You can send me a message on LinkedIn or send me an email at

Until the next week, keep Choosing Leadership.

With gratitude,