The Culture of Things

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June 27, 2022 01:06:10
78. One Mind, Many Matters (Strength & Resilience)

78. One Mind, Many Matters (Strength & Resilience)

Barnaby Howarth has faced more than his share of tragic experiences in life. From being diagnosed with diabetes at 14, to suffering a torn cerebral artery in a gang fight (and having a stroke 7 days later) to losing his first wife to breast cancer shortly after their honeymoon, to choosing to have his finger amputated because it was hindering his daily life, Barnaby has not had it easy.  But as he tells it, being an everyday “Joe Bag O’Doughnuts” IS enough, doing the best you can day to day IS enough.  Being a regular person who tries to put “small good” out in the world is all you have to do to live your best life. As a former AFL player for the Sydney Swans, the host of the “Everyday Greatness” podcast, and sought-after public speaker, Barnaby doesn’t just TELL an interesting story – he is living one. Discussion Points Why and how do you use the term “Joe Bag O’Doughnuts”? Some of Barnaby’s early stories around the AFL The gang fight and his friends– and subsequent stroke The tiny exercises that seemed ridiculous - moving paper clips and clenching buns The challenges Barnaby has to live with forever because of the stroke Good things/bad things happening to people has no logic Losing his first wife Angela to breast cancer How to move on after the loss What’s the buzz you get from public speaking? ...

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June 13, 2022 00:53:15
77. The New Rules of Marketing & PR

77. The New Rules of Marketing & PR

If you think you see patterns in the universe that no one else is seeing, it may be your time to write that book or start that company - according to David Meerman Scott. David is a marketing strategist, entrepreneur, investor, and advisor to emerging companies, and bestselling author of 12 books, including "Fanocracy" and now in its eighth edition, "The New Rules of Marketing & PR." David has had a fascinating path to his current success.  From being a “gaijin” (foreign) male model in Tokyo to being the last person to photograph Bob Marley in concert, David is big into surfing, seeing live rock shows (he has kept a spreadsheet since age 15!), and NASA.   As a professional coach and speaker, he teaches people how to use new real-time strategies to spread ideas, influence minds, and build businesses.  In this episode, I’ll talk with David about his theories and beliefs around passion, connection, and intensity, and his latest views on digital marketing.  From the first social network created by the Grateful Dead to the transparent marketing strategies of businesses like Grain Surfboards and NASA moon travel, David has a lot to say about marketing your business and how it has changed through the years. Discussion Points David’s early years How David came to be in marketing Seeing patterns in the universe that no one else saw Holding on to your passion and convictions Grain surfboards, the Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, and NASA These marketing strategies can be in any industry ...

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May 29, 2022 00:59:25
76. Growing the Greatness Within

76. Growing the Greatness Within

When I saw some of Danyal Diallo’s public speaking and stand-up comedy, I knew I wanted to have him on the show.  Danyal Diallo is an inspiring young man. He is currently a public speaking and leadership coach and focuses his life on nurturing and “growing his greatness” so he can have a big impact and make a difference in the world.  Danyal has youthful energy, initiative, and self-confidence. He started a business when he was 16, developed his public speaking skills to become a Platinum Speaker, he's done a TEDx presentation titled 'Breaking the Stereotypes', been a Youth Leader and Mentor for African youth, and has now moved from Melbourne to Canberra to take up an opportunity to work within a government sector. In our interview, we’ll talk about his cousin pushing him off a roof when he was only three, leaving him with a limp.  He talks about the subsequent bullying and struggles during his formative years at school that led to his journey to working on his confidence and public speaking.  Remember the name Danyal Diallo - considering he is only 19, I've got a feeling we'll be hearing about him for years to come. Discussion Points Why did you move to Canberra? Where does your adventurous side come from? Danyal is not Brendan’s typical guest  People that inspire Danyal  “Enjoy the Journey” - why is that part of your LinkedIn profile? Looking back and not regretting life The impact Danyal would like to ...

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May 16, 2022 01:21:48
75. Technology Leadership with Geoff Quattromani

75. Technology Leadership with Geoff Quattromani

Geoff Quattromani has a standout summary on his LinkedIn profile: “My goal is to lead an IT department to be a trusted business partner by providing innovative solutions and technologies along with superior services that help organisations satisfy customers' needs in a consistent manner.” When you hear Johnson & Johnson, you might immediately think of baby powder and tear-free baby shampoo, but there are actually three major divisions: consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices/tech.  Think joint replacement implants and the surrounding medical technology, and that’s where Geoff does his work. As the Digital Transformation Manager for Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Technology division in Sydney, Geoff works toward his LinkedIn summary daily.  I’ll talk with Geoff about his work at J&J, his side-hustle as a technology commentator for radio/tv/magazines, his podcast, “Technology Uncorked,” his family life, and more in this episode. Discussion Points Who is Geoff Quattromani, and what do you do at J&J? Geoff’s early days, Malta, and his path to J&J What is digital transformation, to you? Geoff’s work in a small four-person team leading the Asia Pacific Region Is it difficult to get your work done without any direct reports to delegate to? Can you give us an example of things not going well, and how you dealt with it? Simply having coffee with coworkers and colleagues (no work talk) is an invaluable way to build trust and relationships Some of your biggest challenges in the last 7 years ...

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May 02, 2022 01:10:19
74. Leading Yourself from Addiction to Sobriety

74. Leading Yourself from Addiction to Sobriety

Ethan Holland got to a desperate point in his addiction and said to himself, “I’m either going to kill myself… or ask for help.” Fortunately, he chose the latter. Ethan started his recovery by asking his mom for help, and a few days later he was working toward sobriety at The Glen Centre, where he later became a valued staff member.  Just a few days before our interview, Ethan was ready for the next stage in his life and left The Glen Centre to become a Community Impact Manager at The Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF.) Running and physical activity underpin all IMF programs and they are committed to providing social, inclusive, and fun environments for people to adopt active and healthy lifestyles.  The IMF is a program within the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) - established in 2009 by world marathon champion, Rob de Castella, and in 2010 four Indigenous Australians created history as the first to run in the world’s biggest marathon – the New York City Marathon. The continual growth and expansion of the IMP led to the establishment of the IMF in 2015 which covers four core programs: The Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) Indigenous Communities for Activity and Nutrition (I-CAN) FrontRunners (a Graduate specific program) IMF Running and Walking Australia (IMF RAW) Our talk today is an inspiring look back at Ethan’s journey from a ten-year addiction cycle, to being a proud representative and advocate for others, and ultimately becoming a marathon runner himself. Discussion Points Ethan’s early teen experiences drinking and ...

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April 17, 2022 01:44:52
73. How to show up, speak up and inspire action

73. How to show up, speak up and inspire action

Have you ever been in a meeting and not spoken up because you thought your idea wasn’t good enough? Maybe you wanted to share something with a family member, friend, or partner and didn’t? You’ve MUTED yourself. Today’s guest is Heather Hansen - author, TedX speaker, coach, and multi-cultural expert - Heather helps top global professionals show up, speak up, and inspire action in a changing world. She is on a mission to empower global voices to contribute to conversations that matter in business, politics, and life.  You live your values through your big life choices. Think back to the major crossroads in your life– deciding what school to attend, moving to a new country, or even getting divorced – the choices you made at those times were when you were truly “living your values.” I talk with Heather (for an extensive interview) about that and more in today’s episode. From the high achieving culture of “you can be anything!” in the US, to Jante Law in Danish culture, to the cringe-worthy reverence for white westerners in Singapore’s residual colonialism, we’ll dig in to Heather’s journey, and find out about her fascinating new book “Unmuted.” Can the world afford NOT to hear YOUR voice? Discussion Points Where did your passion for communication come from? The book “Unmuted” came about during the pandemic The Venn diagram – Conscious/Connected/Confident Some of Heather’s personal cultural challenges – Danish Jante Law, Singapore’s colonialism Heather and her Danish husband’s personal cultural challenges Is there a ...

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