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December 27, 2021 01:07:26
66. Championing Courage to Drive Meaningful Change

66. Championing Courage to Drive Meaningful Change

Martin Stark has earned the title of “champion” in a multitude of fields including boxing, human rights, and gay rights. He is courageous and speaks up for what is good and fair. In today’s episode, I get a bit of a peek behind the curtain of the immense pressures and fears that people in the LGBTIQ+ community face in simple everyday life experiences. Martin is an eloquent speaker and speaks openly about the difficulties he faced as a gay teenager in a world where gay slandering and “homophobia” were the norm.  Martin is passionate about opening the eyes of sporting authorities around the racism, sexism, and homophobia that exist in their systems, and to that end, he is organizing the World Gay Boxing Championships, scheduled to take place in Sydney Australia in February 2023.  Martin is an inspirational human who makes it his mission to change the world, one speaking opportunity at a time because he believes that helping people understand each other is the key to ending hatred.  Discussion Points Introducing Martin Stark Making connections with people Martin’s tattoos Martin’s health struggles and courage Life before coming out as gay What is “homophobic”? How can we make a difference as heterosexuals? The people around Martin  Why boxing? The important skills Martin uses to advance discussions about discrimination  What does LGBTIQ+ stand for? The importance of ...

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December 13, 2021 01:05:44
65. Inside the Mind of a Goalkeeper

65. Inside the Mind of a Goalkeeper

Mark Birighitti is a professional footballer and plays goalkeeper for the Central Coast Mariners. He has had a great career in football, playing for clubs all over the world. He thrives on that pressure of being the only one responsible for his team’s win or loss often in the final moments of a game and exactly how he pushes through to be successful and often even perceived as cocky!  He shares some of the thoughts that go through the mind of a goalkeeper on and off the field, how he has learned to cope in difficult moments and to recover quickly from setbacks and disappointments. Mark shares his insights into, now, leading this team of younger players as the captain and what he expects from these players when he retires one day. He opens up about what it takes to be a father and husband (sweetly gushing about his wife more than once) while being a professional football player in such a competitive environment.  Mark is as down-to-earth as you get and I have really enjoyed chatting with this football legend today. He makes a few predictions about how he thinks the football season will go - listen to the end of the episode to find out if he was right...   Discussion Points A bit of Mark’s background Things that Mark has done to strengthen his mindset Mark’s 2015 serious injury and reflecting on returning to play earlier than he should have Mark as team captain - leading a young team Being a Goalkeeper ...

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November 29, 2021 01:08:52
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64. The Importance of Listening Skills

Oscar Trimboli is on a quest to create 100 million deep listeners in the world. He is an author and host of the Apple-award-winning podcast, “Deep Listening”. He is passionate about using the gift of listening to bring positive change in workplaces. He consults with large organizations and shares the transformational impact it can have when leaders listen beyond words. Oscar is based in Sydney, Australia where he contributes to helping first-time runners and ocean swimmers conquer their fears and contributes to the cure of cancer through his support of the Cancer research foundation, Can Too. In today’s episode, Oscar has me do some introspection on my own listening skills and we delve deeper into what actually makes a great listener. I really enjoyed my conversation with Oscar and I hope you will take away from it as much as I have.    Discussion Points An introduction to Oscar Listening and Culture The difference between listening and hearing The 5 Levels of Listening The 125/900 Rule The impact of listening leaders The Listening Quiz Types of listeners Hacks to help you improve your listening Tips for asking questions What makes a great listener? The person who made the biggest impact on Oscar The story about the Figure 8   Resources Brendan Rogers Website Brendan Rogers LinkedIn ...

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November 15, 2021 01:25:36
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63. Leadership Observed and Actioned

My guest in today’s episode is Michael Crutcher - he’s the founder and CEO of a company called 55 comms. The focus of 55 comms has been to help clients tell their stories in a rapidly changing world. In the 8 years since starting the business, Michael and the 55 comms team have helped many companies, non-profits, and government departments to communicate better and achieve their goals.    Michael was also appointed the editor of the Courier Mail -  Queensland’s largest news and information source. His role as a respected journalist has offered him many opportunities to mix and mingle with legendary leaders both in sport and in politics making him privy to seeing leadership actioned in many different ways. An avid rugby league fan and outside of 55 comms Michael is also the director of the Norths Devils Rugby league football club.  I am privileged to have grown up with Michael and I was excited to catch up with him and learn more about his interesting career journey. He shares with me, his thoughts on what he believes it means to be a good leader based on what he has seen from some of the very best leaders in the world.   Discussion Points Michael Crutcher introduction Michael and Brendan’s childhood Leaders Michael has worked with and learned from Differences between sporting and political leaders Leaders Michael admired Michael’s thoughts on male leaders vs female leaders Top three observations by Michael of good leaders ...

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October 31, 2021 01:10:43
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62. The Culture of Reality TV

Mike Goldman is a well-known Australian personality. He’s an actor, voice-over artist, and presenter. He is most widely known as the host of and voice of BigBrother in the popular reality TV show, BigBrother Australia. He has many years of experience in the entertainment industry and has all the inside scoop around what it takes to work in television production and more specifically, reality television. He shares some of his highs and lows of being part of a big production, the pressure, the excitement, and the “never knowing what to expect” - all included in the live production package.  We also chat about his evolution in how he has offered his services to be able to continue to work during the pandemic. Mike is an all-around great guy, hilarious, and full of positive energy -  I have really enjoyed picking his brain on some of these questions around the culture of his industry. Mike has so many channels available to connect with him so take some time to get to know Mike Goldman today - starting with this episode.   Discussion Points Getting to know Mike Mike’s perspective on reality TV What makes a great producer Mike’s thoughts on the success of BigBrother worldwide  Talking about streaming services Mike’s favorite type of team to work with Mike’s work environment challenges How bad work environments filter through to ratings Reality TV show Q&A Comparing BigBrother show to ...

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October 18, 2021 01:14:46
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61. The Art of Persuasion (Persuasion Mechanic)

In today’s episode, I have an incredibly informative and interesting conversation with Dr. Dan French - a rhetoric specialist. He’s a bit of a chameleon in his career in that he has two Emmy nominations for late-night comedy writing and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric. He has become an expert in linguistics and using words to influence and persuade - ethically. He believes that a better understanding of rhetoric would make a great deal of difference in the craziness we are seeing in the world right now.    Dan is passionate about sharing his knowledge about rhetoric and does so in his book The 21 Coliseums of Persuasion as well as in today’s episode. I have enjoyed learning about the way he thinks and the level of consideration he puts into his words - it’s been eye-opening for me and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Discussion Points Dr. French’s Bio What is rhetoric? How Dan uses Rhetoric in everyday life What is Dr. French looking to achieve with his work? Rhetoric and persuasion in business and relationships The difference between rhetoric and influence How Dan uses rhetoric to teach leaders in business to influence The 21 Coliseums of Persuasion - where to start? Arguments  Common persuasion flaws and false equivalency  Resources Brendan Rogers Website Brendan Rogers LinkedIn ...

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