Choosing Leadership

with Sumit Gupta

A podcast for people who know deep inside that there is more.

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Why Choosing Leadership?

This podcast is called “choosing leadership” – because that is what leadership is – a choice.

The choice to step into the unknown. The choice to see fear as a friend. The choice to take courageous action rather than waiting for readiness. The choice to see how powerful you are.

I choose leadership every time I record this podcast, as I have procrastinated on it for more than a year.

My invitation to you is the same – to “choose” leadership and to step up a leader in an area of life that matters to you – be it work, passion, health, impact in society, or something else.

I will be starting (and stopping) multiple series from time to time. All of them will focus on leadership – but they will look at it from multiple angles and perspectives.

This is what I do most naturally – to lovingly and gently provoke you to help you see your own light – to help you see what you are already capable of.

Show Format – Multiple Series

Leadership Journeys

In this series, I am celebrating leaders for the choices they have made, which are not always easy and comfortable, to get to where they are today. So that all of us can learn from their journey.

Can't Stay Silent

This series is about the courage to speak our truth and live authentically. For most of my life, I have kept my voice hidden beneath layers of fear and insecurity. In this series, I will express myself fully from the heart.

Humble Inquiries

In each episode of Humble Inquiries, we deliberately put ourselves in the uncomfortable space of not knowing the answer and humbly inquiring about these challenges – with the aim to provoke new thoughts, actions, and practices.

Recent Episodes

Leadership Journeys [161] – Vaibhav Mittal – “Music keeps me stable, it keeps me sane, it gives me creativity”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

In this engaging interview with Vaibhav Mittal, a dynamic entrepreneur hailing from Punjab, India, we delve into the intriguing world of family business, entrepreneurship, and the delicate balance between passion and responsibility. 

Vaibhav shares captivating anecdotes from his journey, from counting cash at the family business to studying entrepreneurship at Babson College in the US. 

His insights dispel misconceptions about the easy life of a business heir, emphasizing the daily hustle and the need for continuous growth. 

Discover how his love for music influences both his personal and professional life, offering unique lessons in teamwork and patience. 

Join us for a candid conversation that uncovers the challenges of leadership, the importance of empathy, and the powerful role of passion in shaping a fulfilling career. 

You can find Vaibhav Mittal at the below links

In the interview, Vaibhav Mittal shares

  • “Being in the family business is like fun because you get to hear about the business problems on the dinner table or on the breakfast table, and you keep getting exposed from a very young age.”
  • “In the late nineties, a gentleman confronted me while counting cash behind the counter, implying that sitting there with a lot of cash wasn’t suitable for someone my age. I clarified it was a responsibility given to me by my father, not just a means to feel wealthy.”
  • “You’re fortunate to be born into a family business, but you have to work hard every single day. If you don’t, someone will take over all the wealth, and it will deplete. Every day is a hustle; you have to learn and grow as a person and professional.”
  • “Studying at Babson College, the world’s top entrepreneurship school, instilled the feeling of being an entrepreneur. However, the real journey made me question the glamour of startups, emphasizing the importance of profitability over just being a founder.”
  • “The next 10 years are uncertain, but my fundamental job is to justify whatever work I do, learn and grow, and ensure that each business venture is not only profitable but also able to sustain and grow.”
  • “Passionate about music and organic/natural products, my dream is to explore these areas in business. Music, for me, is not just a hobby; it keeps me stable, sane, and creative, offering valuable lessons in teamwork and patience.”
  • “Music has taught me to work with different styles of people, similar to the diverse backgrounds of those in my workplace. It’s an ecosystem that connects people toward a common goal of productivity.”
  • “Challenges include getting the best out of people from diverse backgrounds, empathizing with their struggles, and keeping them motivated despite life problems. Impatience among the younger workforce is a common hurdle.”
  • “The dark side of wanting others to succeed is often misunderstood; people may perceive it as selfishness. Empathy and strong leadership sometimes lead to negative perceptions.”
  • “To tackle overwhelming situations, I introspect after a failure, motivating myself to learn and improve. If external circumstances lead to negative outcomes despite sincere efforts, I move on, staying clear and passionate about my work.”

Leadership Journeys [160] – Anirudh Pareek – “You cannot learn anything by studying it. You can only learn by experiencing it.”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Embark on an inspiring journey with Anirudh Pareek, Chief Technology Officer at Vamani Overseas, as he shares his incredible career story on our latest podcast episode. 

From facing setbacks in his early days to leading technology and business operations, Anirudh’s resilience shines through. 

Gain valuable insights as he discusses the pivotal role of self-belief, the importance of aligning technological ideas with business growth, and the unique challenges of transitioning from a technologist to a business leader. 

Join us as Anirudh unveils the secrets to building a process-dependent company and successfully expanding operations globally. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or aspiring to be one, this episode promises wisdom, relatability, and a sprinkle of creativity from Anirudh’s poetic side. 

Don’t miss out on this empowering conversation that blends tech, business, and the art of leadership! 

You can find Anirudh Pareek at the below links

In the interview, Anirudh shares

  • “My career journey started with a turbulent twist – a company shutting down after six months, leaving us jobless. Little did I know then that this setback would shape my resilient path to success.”
  • “In 2007, paying a bank guarantee of 75,000 rupees as a fresher was a big deal. Fast forward, the experience taught me that challenges are not roadblocks but opportunities for growth.”
  • “The golden years of my learning curve were spent building a startup from scratch. Navigating the world of technology and business operations during the startup boom of 2012 was both challenging and enlightening.”
  • “Transitioning from an engineer to a tech leader, my biggest takeaway was aligning technological ideas with business growth. It’s not just about code; it’s about contributing to the company’s revenue and success.”
  • “Self-belief was my greatest transformation. Learning to keep my cool during setbacks and having situation awareness became pivotal. Experience taught me more than textbooks ever could.”
  • “Beyond the code, I found solace in poetry during the challenging times of the pandemic. Writing became not just a creative outlet but a source of confidence, proving that one can excel in multiple facets of life.”
  • “In the journey from zero to one and now aiming for a hundred, we’ve evolved into a process-dependent company. Building and improving processes have become paramount for seamless expansion.”
  • “Transitioning from technology to business, I learned that technology is a means to aid business goals. The real value lies in aligning technological ideas with the company’s growth and revenue.”
  • “As we expand globally, the challenge lies in combining technology and processes to fuel business growth. Success came when we seamlessly implemented processes in the UK without setting foot there.”
  • “Supporting leaders in a growing team involves understanding their challenges at the ground level. Involving everyone in decision-making, taking customer feedback first, and building solutions collaboratively has become our unique approach.”

Leadership Journeys [159] – Tanushree – “If you worship your work, everything else is a byproduct.”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Embark on an inspiring journey with Tanushree, the Co-founder and CEO of Global Garner Sales Services Limited, as she shares her remarkable transition from a 15-year career at the State Bank of India to becoming an ambitious entrepreneur. 

In this candid interview, Tanushree delves into the motivations that fueled her shift, highlighting the challenges faced, including a pivotal moment when a major corporate partner attempted to reshape their business dynamics. 

Discover the invaluable lessons Tanushree learned about leadership, team dynamics, and resilience, providing practical insights for fellow entrepreneurs navigating their own professional paths. 

Join us for a conversation that goes beyond the success story, offering relatable anecdotes and empowering advice for those ready to take risks and build their own business empires.

You can find Tanushree at the below links

In the interview, Tanushree shares

  • “Leaving a government job in India is no easy decision, but driven by ambition and the desire to be together, my husband and I transitioned from banking and insurance careers to co-found Global Garner Sales Services Limited.”
  • “Our journey from a corporate job to entrepreneurship was fueled by a desire to live together amidst transferable jobs. This decision, born out of ambition and a commitment to each other, led us to build something greater for society.”
  • “In the face of challenges, we chose not to abandon our core team, even when a major corporate partner sought to change the terms. Our refusal sparked two tough years, but unwavering dedication and belief in a higher power helped us overcome those trying times.”
  • “Leadership, for me, is about creating more leaders. Learning from experiences, especially my husband’s insights from high-profile corporate positions, has shaped my leadership style to focus on identifying and nurturing the strengths of my team.”
  • “The vision for Global Garner is not just to be a company but the world’s biggest organization by empowering people. Our mission involves creating a vast network of entrepreneurs and digitally empowered vendors, generating sustainable jobs and benefitting generations to come.”
  • “Facing the challenge of finding leaders in our journey, we’re expanding our recruitment drive to build a strong team for Global Garner’s ambitious goals. Identifying individuals who are not only ready to work but also ready to lead remains a significant challenge.”
  • “Dealing with the pressures of entrepreneurship requires self-reflection and spending quality time with family. Recognizing that I am my own best friend, I find solace in moments of solitude, allowing me to recharge and tackle challenges with renewed vigor.”
  • “To empower our team, we focus on creating strong bonds within our organization. Daily huddles, team outings, and fostering empathy help in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each team member, laying the foundation for a collaborative and supportive work culture.”
  • “As we venture into the FinTech space, the biggest opportunity lies in the growing industry in India. Leveraging my background in banking and finance, Global Garner aims to capitalize on the potential of FinTech to further enhance our offerings.”
  • “If I could wake up with a new skill, it would be the ability to make Global Garner a household name, like Amazon or Flipkart. Understanding human psychology is crucial, and my goal is to connect with people on a deeper level to make our brand universally recognized.”

Leadership Journeys [158] – Jacqueline Samira – “Growing a company involves finding the right leaders early on”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Embark on an inspiring journey with Jacqueline Samira, the dynamic founder and CEO of Howdy.com, as she shares her entrepreneurial saga in this insightful interview. 

From navigating the aftermath of the 2008 housing crisis to spearheading a tech-driven revolution connecting Latin America with US opportunities, Jacqueline’s story is a testament to resilience and innovation. 

Uncover the secrets behind her unconventional path into sales, a skill she now credits as the backbone of her entrepreneurial success. 

Dive into the intricacies of building a startup, the invaluable lessons learned through Y Combinator, and the transformative power of strategic sales. 

With candid reflections on the highs and lows of leadership, Jacqueline’s wisdom resonates, offering a fresh perspective for leaders seeking authentic guidance in their own journeys.

You can find Jacqueline Samira at the below links

In the interview, Jacqueline Samira shares

  • “What I want to be able to do is help connect people with opportunities. That is like my lifelong dream because I struggled so hard for it myself for a year and a half after college.”
  • “The first step is talking to people and communicating with potential customers and prospects. Through those early pre-sales activities, I had a really clear picture of the pain points and the solution that people would be happy with.”
  • “We ended up spending close to 800,000, which is an insane amount of money in reflection on digital campaigns, on digital marketing. While it did give us customers, it’s just not the path I want to go down.”
  • “There has been a problem with separating the fact that I’m still the CEO and I’m still the boss. Sometimes I have to unfortunately remind people, and that’s not a really fun conversation for me to have.”
  • “I always see solutions. So if there are problems presented, the first thing I’m doing is solutioning. I think a lot of my sales acumen taught me how to think that way.”
  • “I personally had 400 in my checking account. Here I am about to give birth, which babies are very expensive. Everything around that is very expensive. And it was just like this spark came in and they were shooting. Something told me, Jacqueline, go find the hidden money, go find the hidden money from yourself.”
  • “Frank is the first person I call anytime I’m frustrated, or if we leave the meeting or if I leave the meeting, so that I don’t react to the teammates. I use him as my sounding board.”
  • “If it doesn’t feel easy, and I think about that expression, when I think about all things, when I think about colleagues that I work with, if the relationship is not instantly working, if you don’t feel inspired and you’re both being lifted up, then it’s probably not right.”
  • “Because I’m friendly and welcoming and vulnerable, there has been a problem with separating the fact that I’m still the CEO and I’m still the boss. And sometimes I have to unfortunately remind people, and that’s not a really fun conversation for me to have.”
  • “I think that the most powerful thing you could do is unlock the world’s information in every single language to be able to understand every perspective.”

Leadership Journeys [157] – Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh – “I’ve always been and will always be willing to show vulnerability”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Join us in this insightful interview with Oliver, CEO of two thriving companies in the cybersecurity space. 

Oliver shares his journey of transforming a struggling business from eight million to an impressive 11 million in revenue, emphasizing his passion for simplifying and innovating in the cybersecurity industry. 

Discover how he and his chairman, a seasoned entrepreneur, maintained a positive company culture through rapid growth, and hear valuable insights on the challenges of fundraising and building relationships in the business world. 

With a candid approach, Oliver discusses the balance of being a tech enthusiast turned CEO and how vulnerability can be a strength in leadership. 

Tune in for a dose of inspiration and practical advice for navigating the complex landscape of cybersecurity and business growth. 

You can find Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh at the below links

In the interview, Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh shares

  • “I’ve spent the last six years growing those companies, and the real focus has been taking Bulletproof, especially from eight and decaying revenue to now 11 million in revenue and three million EBITDA.”
  • “My real focus and passion are around helping organizations to improve their cybersecurity.”
  • “We really wanted to build something that was different; it wasn’t about growing a company to being a huge revenue generator, but about solving problems for people, simplifying, and innovating.”
  • “Our chairman is a serial entrepreneur. He’s built many businesses from the ground up. I learned a lot from Mark around just the general business day-to-day and how to grow and scale the businesses.”
  • “It’s always about pushing that positivity, promoting it in your values.”
  • “Helping them to understand that it’s just good business is part and parcel of the job.”
  • “We’ve gone from 30 people like six years ago to now 150 people across the world, a relatively quick growth for a business of our size.”
  • “One of the things we really focused on was positivity because, like you say, it’s very negative.”
  • “I’m the type of CEO that prefers to roll my sleeves up and lead from the front.”
  • “I would say that I definitely, I think the one thing I’ve always been and will always be is that person that is also willing to show vulnerability, to say, ‘Look, I’m bad at this as well, but we can face this thing together.'”

Leadership Journeys [156] – Ram Iyer – “I just find it economically very lucrative to trust people by default”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

In this captivating interview, Ram Iyer, CEO and founder of Vayana, takes us on a fascinating journey through three decades of entrepreneurship. 

From the birth of Vayana, where the name itself signifies weaving seamless connections in B2B trade financing, to the unconventional approach of running a 450-people company with no HR or appraisals. 

Ram shares insights on the evolution of his leadership style, emphasizing the importance of a ‘live and let live’ philosophy. 

Discover the unique analogy of running a company like steering a train, with defined tracks, individual compartments, and a delicate balance of trust and policies. 

Get ready for an enriching conversation that not only delves into business strategies but also explores the personal principles that drive Ram’s curiosity, kindness, and authenticity, forming the cultural backbone of Vayana. 

You can find Ram Iyer at the below links

In the interview, Ram shares

  • “Vayana, in Sanskrit, means weaving – reflecting our role in B2B trade financing, seamlessly connecting businesses for efficient and cost-effective transactions.”
  • “Embarking on entrepreneurship in ’94, my journey from consulting to founding CashTech, and now Vayana, highlights the organic evolution of startups.”
  • “Reflecting on my 30-year journey, I’ve shifted from emotional ties to a more dispassionate view, embracing a ‘live and let live’ philosophy in leadership.”
  • “In the startup world, 450 employees, no HR, and no appraisals? Exploring unconventional organizational structures and the philosophy behind it.”
  • “Running Vayana is like steering a train – defined tracks, unique compartments, and a balance between a common direction and individual cultures.”
  • “Challenges in running a unique culture: questions about tracks, compartments wanting AC, and the constant tension between trust and the need for policies.”
  • “Creativity flourishes within constraints – the balance of innovation in financial services while adhering to regulations and building trust.”
  • “Trust as a foundation: Defaulting to trust is not just about being a ‘greater human being’; it’s economically lucrative and fosters responsible behavior.”
  • “Shifting the salary mindset: Paying for future promises rather than past performance, aligning with annual targets and team contributions.”
  • “Beyond the business, my joy and energy come from curiosity, niceness, and authenticity – principles that define me and form the cultural backbone of Vayana.”

Leadership Journeys [155] – Bernard Chong – “It’s always about the people”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Embark on a captivating journey with Bernard Chong, an illustrious angel investor and entrepreneur, as he shares his remarkable evolution from the family shoe business to pioneering ventures in animation studios, coffee brands, and tech platforms. 

In this insightful interview, Chong delves into the invaluable lessons he gleaned growing up in a family-run enterprise, where keen observation and interpersonal skills became his secret weapons. 

Uncover the pivotal role of salesmanship in his transition from selling shoes to strategic investing, and how this unconventional path shaped his unique perspective on business. 

Join us as we explore the wisdom gained from Chong’s diverse experiences, offering a treasure trove of inspiration for leaders facing their own entrepreneurial challenges. 

You can find Bernard Chong at the below links

In the interview, Bernard shares

  • “In the bustling business landscape of Manila, I, Bernard Chong, navigate as an angel investor with ventures in animation studios, coffee brands, and tech platforms.”
  • “With 53 branches across the Philippines, I’ve ventured beyond the family shoe business, delving into the realms of technology, currency exchange, and the restaurant industry.”
  • “Growing up in a family business was a unique training ground, exposing me to every aspect—from manufacturing shoes to managing our own stores.”
  • “Observation was key; my father always emphasized the importance of understanding people’s talk, thought processes, and actions. This skill proved invaluable in both guarding our shoe store and designing shoes in the factory.”
  • “My journey from selling shoes to investing in various businesses began when I realized I could make more impact and earn more by capitalizing on my connections rather than starting as a fresh engineering graduate.”
  • “Salesmanship paved the way for independence. Even when applying for jobs, my proficiency in sales led me to invest capital rather than work for others.”
  • “Transitioning from the family business, I invested in animation studios, radio stations, and restaurants, guided by a people-centric approach. It’s always about building connections with those you work with.”
  • “Currently, my focus is on supporting education through a coffee shop venture called ‘Mental Coffee’ in California, while also investing in small projects and movies, nurturing relationships with people I can grow old with.”
  • “My daily routine involves managing appointments, schedules, and meetings in California, where every interaction becomes a discovery of new businesses and opportunities.”
  • “Reflecting on challenges, I’ve learned that seeking advice from knowledgeable mentors is crucial. Surrounding myself with professionals, like lawyers for legal matters, ensures a well-rounded support system.”

Leadership Journeys [154] – Allyson Zimmermann – “Leadership is about making the complex simple.”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Embark on a transformative leadership journey with Allyson Zimmerman, the dynamic CEO of the LEAD Network. 

In this insightful interview, Allyson shares her unconventional path into championing diversity and inclusion after a pivotal experience in the male-dominated financial industry. 

From conquering fears to achieving gender parity, she unravels the threads of her courageous leadership style, emphasizing the power of admitting vulnerability. 

Dive into her wisdom on effective communication, the role of women in the workplace, and the essential art of creating a psychologically safe environment. 

Allyson’s candid reflections and practical advice offer a refreshing perspective for leaders navigating the complexities of today’s professional landscape.

You can find Allyson Zimmermann at the below links

In the interview, Allyson shares

  • “The LEAD Network focuses on advancing women in the consumer goods and retail industry through education, leadership, and development.” 
  • “My journey into diversity, equity, and inclusion wasn’t intentional; it stemmed from a desire to do good in the world after a challenging experience in the financial industry.” 
  • “I believe many of us are not conscious of the biases we hold. Gender is not a good predictor of leadership; it’s about skills. The vision is to reach gender parity, a tide that lifts all ships.” 
  • “Courage is essential in leadership. Tackling fears and developing oneself can lead to profound personal and professional growth.” 
  • “Leadership is about leading from the middle, empowering others, and admitting when you don’t have all the answers. It’s okay to be uncomfortable; that’s where growth happens.” 
  • “Communication is key to effective leadership. Creating clarity, engaging stakeholders, and leading by example are crucial aspects of driving progress.”
  • “The role of women in the workplace is about progress for everyone. It’s not just about women; it’s about reaching gender parity at all levels for a more inclusive future.” 
  • “Reflecting on one’s leadership journey and admitting mistakes are crucial for personal and organizational growth. Being comfortable with being uncomfortable is a sign of growth.” 
  • “Leadership is about making the complex simple, creating clarity, and fostering trust. It’s about walking the talk and creating a psychologically safe space for feedback.”
  • “Finding breathing space for rest and reflection is essential for effective leadership. It’s a constant negotiation with oneself to prioritize well-being and maintain balance.” 

Leadership Journeys [153] – Rachel O Connell – “We can’t spend our lives thinking somebody else should do something.”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Dive into an inspiring conversation with Dr. Rachel O’Connell, Founder and CEO of TrustElevate, as she unveils the journey of solving the seemingly unsolvable challenges of online safety. 

In this engaging interview, Dr. O’Connell shares her experiences from the mid-nineties, delving into the world of forensic psychology, analyzing pedophile activity on the internet. 

Discover the pivotal moments that led her to establish the first UK internet safety program and her subsequent role in a tech startup acquired by AOL. 

Driven by a purpose-led mission, she discusses the intricacies of being a female entrepreneur, facing a mere 2 percent investment rate, and offers valuable advice for those navigating the entrepreneurial landscape. 

Gain insights into the evolving landscape of internet safety, the power of collective action, and the personal challenges faced on the road to creating positive impact. 

You can find Dr Rachel O’Connell at the below links

In the interview, Dr Rachel shares

  • “We solve the unsolvable problem online of knowing who is a child, who’s a parent, who’s an adult, who is a teen.” 
  • “The next era of the internet is age-aware and consent-driven.” 
  • “There’s a whole generation that has grown up now, experiencing firsthand the harms of the internet. They are now a very vocal voice in activism to put pressure on for change.” 
  • “You have to go all the way back to the mid to late nineties to understand the sheer scale of risks and harms to children’s wellbeing online.” 
  • “I want a percentage of our profits to go back into community efforts to protect kids, addressing the huge deficit in support for children harmed online.” 
  • “Being a female founder, only 2 percent get investment. It’s a shocking statistic, but it fuels my determination to succeed against the odds.” 
  • “Believe in yourself, believe in your mission. Every knockback is an opportunity to learn and grow stronger.” 
  • “There’s power in the collective when diverse backgrounds, from social work to technologists, come together to address the impact on children globally.” 
  • “To lead effectively, it’s essential to lead on the basis of what’s best for your team, creating a corporate culture of respect and support.”
  • “Surround yourself with advisors, smart people willing to help. It’s crucial to have perspective and patience; success takes time.” 

Leadership Journeys [152] – Sampo Hietanen – “Mobility represents freedom; we have to preserve the freedom of movement.”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Join us in an engaging interview with Sampo Hietanen, the visionary founder and CEO of MassGlobal, renowned for the innovative Mobility as a Service concept. 

Sampo’s journey from a civil engineer to a disruptor in the mobility industry is not just a success story but a roadmap for anyone facing leadership challenges. 

Learn how he navigates the complex landscape of the mobility industry, breaking through the ego-centric mindset to create a true ecosystem. 

Discover the secrets of his leadership style, emphasizing trust, a user-centric approach, and the delicate balance between dreaming big and achieving practical milestones. 

Whether you’re in the mobility sector or any leadership role, Sampo’s insights offer valuable lessons for creating a vision, fostering collaboration, and steering your team toward success.

 

You can find Sampo Hietanen at the below links

In the interview, Sampo shares

  • “Mobility represents something much larger in our minds – it’s freedom. We have to preserve the freedom of movement, and make sure people can go just about anywhere, easily and without overengineering the process.”
  • “In the world of Mobility as a Service, our goal is to provide people with the feeling of freedom without the burdens of car ownership. It’s about creating a dream of freedom without the troubles embedded in owning a vehicle.”
  • “To create a successful mobility ecosystem, we need to focus on the user case. By making the user experience appealing and showing the value users gain, we can pave the way for the future of mobility.”
  • “In the short term, our priority is to make access to all forms of mobility extremely easy. The vision is simple – a one-click solution where users can access everything from e-scooters to taxis, car shares, rentals, and public transport seamlessly.”
  • “The challenge in the mobility industry is the ego system versus ecosystem dilemma. Breaking through the traditional mindset of each player considering themselves the center of the universe is essential for progress.”
  • “Leadership in the mobility industry requires a vision that inspires, coupled with a focus on achievable steps. Balancing big goals with practical, incremental progress is crucial for sustainable growth.”
  • “Trust is the foundation of effective leadership. As a leader, it’s vital to show trust in your team’s decisions and capabilities. Trusting your team empowers them to become leaders in their own right.”
  • “The biggest struggles in the mobility industry come from the industry’s size and fragmented nature. Integrating various players and overcoming their ego-centric views is a constant challenge.”
  • “In leadership, it’s not just about setting the vision but also guiding the team on the next steps. Focusing on achievable milestones is crucial to keep the momentum and avoid spreading efforts too thin.”
  • “While disrupting the industry, acknowledging failures and adapting the next steps is the harder part of leadership. It’s about asking, ‘What do we do next?’ and inspiring the team to move forward despite setbacks.”

Leadership Journeys [151] – Dr. Seth Dobrin – “Leadership is pulling people along with you, not pushing them. “

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Dive into the fascinating world of AI with Dr. Seth Dobrin, founder of Quantum AI and former global chief AI officer at IBM. 

In this insightful interview, Dr. Dobrin shares his transformative journey from human geneticist to AI leader, shedding light on the pivotal role of generative AI, such as Chat GPT, in revolutionizing leadership. 

Discover how embracing AI not only increases productivity but also frees up time for creative, high-value tasks. 

Uncover leadership lessons learned through years of experience, and explore the pressing issues of bias, the digital divide, and the socioeconomic gap in AI development. 

Join us for a conversation that blends expertise, real-world insights, and a touch of humor, making AI accessible and relevant for leaders facing today’s challenges.

 

You can find Dr. Seth Dobrin at the below links

In the interview, Dr. Seth shares

  • “I’m Dr. Seth Dobrin, the founder and CEO of Quantum AI, dedicated to increasing AI IQ for non-tech professionals through my nonprofit, AIIQ.”
  • “As IBM’s first global chief AI officer, I advised Fortune 1000 companies on implementing and executing AI strategies.”
  • “During my time at Monsanto, I led data and AI transformation, generating over $20 billion in new value and cost savings.”
  • “In my advocacy work, I collaborate with organizations like the International Association of Privacy Professionals to promote diversity and inclusivity in tech.”
  • “My journey from human geneticist to AI expert began during the Human Genome Project, marking the start of the big data era in genetics and astrophysics.”
  • “I transitioned from using machine learning in genomics to applying it in business at Monsanto, solving both scientific and business problems.”
  • “Leadership lesson: I learned more about leadership during a year with no direct reports, understanding the power of influence over authority.”
  • “Generative AI, like Chat GPT, has revolutionized leadership by increasing productivity and freeing up time for high-value, creative tasks.”
  • “The Harvard Business School and BCG’s experiment proved that embracing generative AI can increase productivity and output value by almost 20%.”
  • “The challenges of bias, the digital divide, and the socioeconomic gap underscore the need for inclusive AI development to prevent social strife and backlash.”

Leadership Journeys [150] – Jeremy Duvall – “Your product as a services firm is every human being that works on your client projects.”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Join us in a captivating conversation with Jeremy, the dynamic founder of Seven Factor Software, as he shares his extraordinary journey from a small rural town to leading a thriving software engineering consulting business. 

Delve into Jeremy’s non-traditional path to computer science, marked by resilience and the transformative power of failure. 

Gain insights into his unique leadership philosophy, distinguishing between peacetime and wartime CEO roles, and discover how Seven Factor Software navigated challenges to redefine success. 

Jeremy’s genuine approach to business, coupled with the Seven Factor Force Multiplier Program, offers inspiration for leaders seeking innovative solutions and authentic connections in the competitive world of software engineering. 

Tune in to explore the intersection of personal growth, leadership challenges, and creating a positive impact.

 

You can find Jeremy Duvall at the below links

In the interview, Jeremy shares

  • “At Seven Factor Software, we’re not just a team of developers; we’re a force of problem solvers creating value for Fortune 500 companies.”
  • “In the world of software engineering, failure is a powerful teacher. I firmly believe people learn more through failure than success.”
  • “Georgia native turned tech entrepreneur, I learned the ropes of coding, problem-solving, and teamwork at Young Harris College and Georgia Tech.”
  • “From bagging groceries to leading a multimillion-dollar company, my journey includes a pivotal failure at Georgia Tech, teaching me resilience and determination.”
  • “Our journey to success at Seven Factor is marked by innovation and a commitment to genuine connections, not just transactions.”
  • “In a world of commoditized development, we stand against the tide, valuing the curiosity, problem-solving, and business understanding of our engineers.”
  • “Being a wartime CEO requires a shift from cultivating potential energy to focusing on kinetic energy, pushing the team to deliver and execute effectively.”
  • “Our biggest challenge? Finding partners who believe in us and understand the true value we bring to the table, beyond just a transaction.”
  • “The Seven Factor Force Multiplier Program: where our engineers work with nonprofits and startups, creating a win-win situation for everyone involved.”
  • “Success for us is not just hitting revenue milestones; it’s about building good human beings, fostering genuine connections, and creating a positive impact in the world.”

Leadership Journeys [149] – Sharat Potharaju – “Micromanage the process, not the person”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Dive into the dynamic world of entrepreneurship and leadership with Sharat Potharaju, co-founder and CEO of BeaconStack, in this insightful podcast episode. 

Sharat shares his incredible journey from growing up in South India to becoming an investment banker in New York and finally venturing into entrepreneurship. 

Gain valuable insights into the art of long-term thinking versus short-term action, the significance of prioritization in a growth-stage company, and the delicate balance between strategic and tactical decision-making. 

Discover how BeaconStack is revolutionizing customer engagement across physical and digital realms, and uncover Sharat’s personal tips for staying grounded and dreamy amidst the challenges of building a global software product company. 

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or a seasoned leader, this interview is packed with wisdom to fuel your own leadership journey.

 

You can find Sharat Potharaju at the below links

In the interview, Sharat shares

  • “BeaconStack, a SaaS company, is in the business of building customer engagement across physical and digital realms.” 
  • “Our journey is about creating a global software product company, starting from India and expanding across the world.” 
  • “Entrepreneurship and technology came naturally; the idea of creating impact was deep-rooted for me.” 
  • “Long-term thinking is nice to say on a podcast, but implementing it is a lot harder. Act short term, dream in detail.”
  • “In a growth stage company, prioritization is a superpower. Decide the first three most important things to tackle.” 
  • “Eat the frog first—tackle the most difficult, impactful tasks early in the morning.” 
  • “Culture should stay the same; implementation evolves. Each leader adds their flavor, personality, and character to it.” 
  • “Over-communicate when scaling; the challenge is keeping the original ethos as new hires outnumber the founding team.” 
  • “Success requires tremendous timing; it’s not just about product-market fit but founder-timing fit.”
  • “Dream about the problem you’re solving and choose the right co-founder; it makes the entrepreneurial journey worthwhile.”

Leadership Journeys [148] – Caroline Diehl – “Take a deep breath, remember what you’re there for, and go for it”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Dive into an inspiring conversation with Caroline Diehl, a dynamic leader and founder who defied societal norms to create impactful change. 

From her roots in Argentina and America to founding the UK-wide charity, the Media Trust, Caroline shares her journey of giving a voice to the unheard. 

Now at the helm of the Social Founder Network, she reveals the joys and challenges of starting anew at her stage in life. 

Learn how she conquered the fears of networking, navigated the balance between focus and scale, and why she believes in the three I’s: inspiration, income, and impact. 

Join us for an engaging discussion that promises valuable insights for leaders and founders facing similar hurdles.

 

You can find Caroline Diehl at the below links

In the interview, Caroline shares

  • “I now have set up a new organization called the Social Founder Network, which is a support organization for founders of social impact organizations.”
  • “So it’s great fun starting again at my age. I think I am loving the energy that being a founder can bring.”
  • “I fought against the societal expectations placed on me and my cultural background, which dictated that as a woman, I shouldn’t work.”
  • “I wanted to harness the creative skills of the media industry in the UK and put them to good use in the charity sector.”
  • “Being a founder is a rollercoaster; you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen. It was the best thing I ever did.”
  • “The challenge is starting again. My gut feeling is that I will quite quickly hire someone to run it for me, and I will be like the chairwoman.”
  • “One of the challenges was learning to delegate well as the organization grew and widened.”
  • “I’ve made the decision to grow it big, raised a big contract, and am now hiring staff. We have an office space now rather than me just doing it from my home office.”
  • “Networking gives you authority, energy, inspiration, and more than anything, it gives you a network, which is crucial for leadership.”
  • “Overcoming the fear of networking involves taking a deep breath, being authentic, and having a little story that inspires and connects with the person you’re approaching.”

Leadership Journeys [147] – Kurt Uhlir – “I’ve been a serial and parallel entrepreneur since I was 13”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Meet Kurt, a seasoned entrepreneur who embarked on his business journey at the tender age of 13. With a knack for operations and systems thinking, Kurt has been a part of over 60 acquisitions, wearing different hats as an investor, buyer, and seller in the technology space. 

Recently, he wrapped up a three-year stint with the largest real estate company globally, a company that didn’t even exist 15 years ago. In a candid interview, Kurt shares the story of his early LLC ventures prompted by his dad’s wisdom about taxes, leadership lessons learned from letting people fail, and his unconventional approach to sales – emphasizing cold calling and genuine conversations.

Reflecting on his evolution, Kurt delves into his experience scaling a company from $85 million to $1.44 billion, highlighting the common pitfalls in assumptions about hiring key positions. 

He emphasizes the importance of hiring individuals with a bias towards action, strong opinions held loosely, and a belief in healthy conflict. Kurt’s leadership philosophy centers on transparency, acknowledging mistakes, and fostering an environment where micro-contributions are valued as much as major milestones.

In a world dominated by knowledge work, Kurt’s story is a refreshing reminder of the importance of balance and tangible, hands-on pursuits in personal and professional growth.

 

You can find Kurt Uhlir at the below links

In the interview, Kurt shares

  • “I formed two LLCs at 14, not realizing I was starting a path where I’d learn I’m really good at operations and systems thinking.”
  • “Being part of 60+ acquisitions taught me valuable lessons, sometimes as an investor, sometimes buying, sometimes selling, but always in technology.”
  • “Stepping out of a three-year role with the largest real estate company that didn’t exist 15 years ago was my second hypergrowth experience.”
  • “I started my first business at 13—a lawn care service. Selling was easy; finding others who could understand the business, not so much.”
  • “My dad’s wisdom about taxes was the catalyst for forming an LLC at 14. He watched, shepherded me through, but the problem became my responsibility to solve.”
  • “Leadership, to me, is letting people fail. Not everyone likes it, but it’s a crucial aspect of cultivating growth and innovation.”
  • “Cold calling is my sales mantra. Founders should spend time on it, seeking to understand potential clients and not outsourcing that crucial initial interaction.”
  • “Sales success comes from believing your product isn’t always the best fit. I’ll tell you if we’re not the right match, even if you want to write a check.”
  • “Scaling is my passion. Going zero to one is what founders do, and I love advising and helping in that phase, but day-to-day scaling is my sweet spot.”
  • “Healthy confrontation, strong opinions held loosely, and a bias towards action – traits I seek in my team to foster transparency, growth, and a thriving culture.”

Leadership Journeys [146] – Sanjay Srivastava – ”It’s always a series of small moments which end up making a big difference”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Dive into a compelling conversation with Sanjay Shrivastava, a seasoned business leader with over 25 years of experience in building, scaling, and transforming businesses. 

In this insightful interview, Sanjay shares the pivotal moments that shaped his journey—from his early exposure to banking in agriculture to navigating the telecom revolution and spearheading ‘Make in India’ initiatives. 

Discover how he seamlessly transitioned across industries, learning valuable lessons along the way. 

Gain unique insights into the importance of empathy in leadership, the power of reflective conversations, and the art of leaving a significant and sustainable impact on businesses. 

Join us for an enriching dialogue that transcends typical career anecdotes and offers practical wisdom for anyone facing leadership challenges in today’s dynamic business landscape.

 

You can find Sanjay Srivastava at the below links

In the interview, Sanjay shares

  • “I specialize in building, scaling, and transforming businesses, a journey that spans over 25 years and different industries.”
  • “My early exposure to banking, especially in agriculture, ignited a spark to always seek the next big wave and work on it.” 
  • “Combining my computer science engineering background with management gave me the grounding to see opportunities for growing businesses in and out of India.” 
  • “In a new business, real insights come when you roll up your sleeves, do the groundwork, and interact with customers.” 
  • “I come from an era where logging into international servers at 10 pm was the norm, and that experience shaped my understanding of technology’s impact on customer lifecycle.” 
  • “From the telecom revolution to ‘Make in India,’ each wave brought unique challenges in creating solutions that make a difference to customers and their businesses.”
  • “Taking a sabbatical is crucial for senior leaders to step back, evaluate capabilities, and connect the dots for the next wave in a new domain.” 
  • “To move to the next wave, a leader’s core skill set should include the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn, requiring dedicated time for reflection.” 
  • “Empathy with customers, industry, and teams is the key to gaining insights not normally available, fostering genuine connections.”
  • “Ultimately, satisfaction comes from leaving a significant and sustainable impact on business, contributing to India’s growth, GDP, and employment generation.”

Leadership Journeys [145] – Rajashree Rao – “Empowerment begins within ourselves”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Uncover the inspiring journey of Rajshree Rao, a corporate veteran with 21 years of industry experience, on this episode!

From leading AI innovations at Rolls Royce to founding the Mythistical Foundation and Tech With Spa Consulting, Rajshree shares insights on empowerment, knowledge, and the transformative power of facing fears.

Discover her unique approach to bridging the gap between knowledge and technology for true empowerment.

Join us as she delves into her experiences in leadership, entrepreneurship, and the role of spirituality in building fearless leaders. Tune in for a candid conversation that promises valuable takeaways for your leadership challenges!

You can find Rajashree Rao at the below links

In the interview, Rajashree shares

  • “Empowerment has to begin from roots; it’s not just about sitting somewhere else and wanting to transform the world.”
  • “In the journey of empowerment, understanding what we need to do and what we have to undo is crucial.”
  • “Knowledge plays a critical role and becomes the foundation of empowerment – it’s the source of true transformation.”
  • “Application of knowledge through experiential learning is integral; it’s not just about what you know but how you use it.”
  • “Mythistical Foundation focuses on knowledge enablement through experiential learning for holistic living.”
  • “Technology enablement and knowledge must go hand in hand for true empowerment in the digital era.”
  • “Success is not just about money, name, fame, or power; it’s about excelling and working towards becoming great.”
  • “Facing fears head-on is the key to achieving freedom from them – it’s about doing what you think you can’t.”
  • “In the world of entrepreneurship, don’t be afraid to take the road not taken; it’s about transcending societal norms.”
  • “Discipline and consistency are crucial; success comes from learning, applying knowledge, and maintaining discipline.”

Leadership Journeys [144] – Catherine Boule – “Success is about being part of something extraordinary.”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

In this captivating interview, Catherine Boule, a molecular biologist turned VC investor, shares her journey from the lab to the world of entrepreneurship.

She delves into the valuable lessons she learned during her MBA and the eye-opening experiences that helped her bridge the gap between science and business.

Catherine discusses the unique dynamics and values that drive her investments in early-stage startups, emphasizing the importance of transparency and respect in building successful partnerships.

She also reveals how she navigates the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, offering insights on managing success, setbacks, and the evolving leadership required at different stages of a company’s growth.

This interview is a must-read for anyone looking to gain valuable wisdom and inspiration from a seasoned investor and leader in the healthcare and med tech industry.’

You can find Catherine at the below links

In the interview, Catherine shares

  • “I started in a lab, but the experience wasn’t great for me. So, I pursued an MBA and entered the world of entrepreneurship, joining an incubator during the early days of startups in France.”
  • “Karista, an independent VC firm based in Paris, invests in early-stage startups, particularly in healthcare, digital, and deep tech companies. I’ve been leading the healthcare practice at Karista for many years.”
  • “From my academic background at Paris Institute Curie to an MBA dedicated to biotech, I discovered the vast difference between the scientific lab and the business world, meeting creators, inventors, and scientists wanting to start their own ventures.”
  • “The early days of tech transfer were challenging, but the advice to pursue an MBA opened doors. I joined an incubator and found it energizing, connecting with passionate entrepreneurs from various fields.”
  • “Working with entrepreneurs, I’ve learned that visionary leaders with resilience are crucial. They are driven by passion, even if sometimes they’re wrong. It’s impressive to witness their dedication to breakthrough innovations that can save lives.”
  • “At Karista, we invest in people and maintain a long-term commitment. Confidence, transparency, and respect are values we hold dear, creating a unique dynamic in our relationships with entrepreneurs.”
  • “Success and setbacks bring unique challenges. We actively engage with management, identifying pain points, offering support, and leveraging our network to address issues related to scaling up, production, and organizational structure.”
  • “Leadership evolves at different stages. Some companies, like Nanobiotics, undergo changes in management, while others, founded by physicians, seek our support in structuring and organizing the company for growth.”
  • “Dealing with difficult conversations requires maturity. Identifying entrepreneurs aware of their weaknesses is crucial. Our position is not to invest if dealing with egos poses too much risk to the company.”
  • “The journey to success in the startup world is often glamorized, but true success involves creating innovative products and selling the company at a high price. It’s a challenging, long-term process that only a few startups achieve.”

Leadership Journeys [143] – Priska Burkard – “Nobody has the same path as you”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

In this insightful interview, we sat down with Priska, the co-founder of Techface, a pioneering company in Switzerland dedicated to fostering diversity within the tech industry.

Priska’s journey from the corporate world to entrepreneurship is a story of courage and transformation, and her passion for creating change in the tech landscape is truly inspiring.

She shares how she discovered the importance of being authentic and sticking to her principles, even in a male-dominated tech environment.

Her vision for a more inclusive tech industry not only benefits companies but also empowers individuals to bring innovation and positive change to society.

Join us as we delve into Priska’s experiences and leadership insights, offering valuable guidance for anyone facing challenges in their own journey to make a difference.

In the interview, Priska shares

  • “I realized that working in a corporate environment meant I had to do what the corporate wanted, and it was a limitation of freedom and decision.”
  • “It’s more than just going to the office from nine to five; I was looking for something that gives me more pleasure and purpose in my daily work.”
  • “Don’t go into entrepreneurship with no money because it’s going to be tough in the beginning.”
  • “My vision is to build an environment that allows everyone to feel part of it, specifically in the tech industry.”
  • “I feel like I’m not moving forward fast enough, but I must see much more coming out of it than I do right now.”
  • “Sometimes you feel that touching just one person can have a ripple effect and influence and inspire other people.”
  • “I don’t want to bend for everything and everyone because I want to stick to my principles. It makes you more authentic.”
  • “For me, it’s very important that everybody is aware of what I stand for and what I want to achieve.”
  • “I think besides work, what I love to do is going out into the nature. It’s very meditative to walk up a mountain, to hike up a mountain because you get lost in your thoughts, but in a good way.”
  • “Being authentic and knowing who you are and what you want is much more important than trying to fit in or comparing yourself to others, especially in a male-dominated tech environment.”

Leadership Journeys [142] – Jacqueline van den Ende – “The bigger the problem you solve, the more value you create.”

This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

In this captivating interview, we dive into the world of climate investment with an adventurous entrepreneur who’s been building companies in diverse corners of the globe. 

Discover how growing up as a global citizen shaped their perspective and how it fuels their mission to address climate change. 

Gain valuable insights into the power of a global perspective when tackling today’s climate challenges, and learn how adventure and entrepreneurship intertwine in their career. 

Get ready to explore how they’ve harnessed the roller coaster of entrepreneurship and how they believe that the bigger the climate problem they solve, the greater the value they create – both financially and planetarily. 

Join us in this engaging conversation that promises to inspire and empower leaders facing their own challenges on the path to positive change.

 

You can find Jacqueline van den Ende at the below links

In the interview, Jacqueline shares

  • “I’m one of the co-founders of Carbon Equity, which is a climate investment platform.”
  • “We’re trying to mobilize private capital at scale to fund the climate solutions we need for a net-zero future.”
  • “Entrepreneurship and adventuring are more or less the same because you go through this roller coaster ride of an experience.”
  • “Having a global perspective is super important when thinking about climate challenges on a global scale.”
  • “The bigger the problem you solve, the more value you create both planetary and financially.”
  • “In your 20s, learn everything, build up your skill base. In your 30s, double down on what you’re particularly good at.”
  • “Build a strong feedback culture in the organization, be super open and transparent with feedback.”
  • “I am much more introverted than people think. I’m very shy.”
  • “I wake up early in the morning around five to have two hours before the day starts to think about things.”
  • “After social events, I really need to gift myself the time to recharge.”