August 8, 2019
In this episode we head into the depths of a Kenyan slum with Susan Saleeba. Susan is one of the most selfless people we have come across. She gave up her lifestyle to start Nakuru Hope's Orphanage in the slums of Kaptembwa, Nakuru, Kenya. She now has integrated an orphanage, school and farm to bring education, hope and a life to hundreds of kids…. who previously were literally living on piles of rubbish.
She left behind her idyllic lifestyle in Australia to pursue her purpose - or what our previous guest Greg Wallace has called – ‘following your bliss’.
This is an amazing story. Of joy and frustration and sadness. Of loss but also gain.
Life I feel tends to move quickly the older I get, or is it that I endeavour to pack so much in, as there is still so much to do?- Susan
And boys- Susan is single!!!!
Get involved in this great cause. Make a difference.
Music as always by.... The Externals.
August 5, 2019
There's plenty in this RV. Ben and Tim reflect on the episodes with Phil HSC and Sans Tattoo; as well as hearing from Phil HSC on Sans Tattoo! Then musings on the Cynefin framework and why hindsight isn't as great as people think it is!!
We then detour to LAX and meet Ben and Tim in the lounge discussing their trip to Alaska and Alaskan real estate deals!
Then what was taught in recent junior leadership workshops. Plus what about emotional contagion, imposter syndrome, Tim's thinking on micro leadership ..... and much more.
* Our question posed to all is: "What would you do today, if you knew you couldn't fail?"
* Who reads show notes anyway!?!?
As always Music from The Externals.
August 1, 2019
This episode is a fire side chat. Literally! Marc Wohling discovered surfing, music and martial arts early in life. These three things gave him a pattern for life; but also a structure for loss. Working in remote communities and with underprivileged youth, Marc has been using techniques drawn from surfing, music and martial arts to teach, coach and mentor.
And Messr Sans Tattoo joins our chat by the fire.
In this episode we discuss Marc’s eclectic background and adventures. From West Timor, to the red dust of outback Australian aboriginal communities through to the best guitar rifts and then into the boxing ring. This is another great yarn.
And we conclude with a song from Marc’s band Handsome Frank ….
Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)
Website & Contact
Marc’s Blog: https://movementisastory.com
Music by Handsome Frank (‘On Me’)
July 17, 2019
From bouncer to the boardroom. ‘Sans Tattoo’ is an ex-soldier and former bouncer who designed the fighting system that was taught to Nelson Mandela’s personal bodyguard.
But that’s the short version of a longer story.
In order to get there Sans dealt with months of rejection. He was out of money, but not out of belief, when he seized on one small opportunity. His fighting system has been used by many police and military units including the US FBI and 22 SAS (UK).
This interview is full of philosophical goodness. San’s recounts his interactions with President Mandela, and how he uses his knowledge, skills and experiences as a bouncer in his current career as a highly regarded professional speaker.
And unlike a lot of ex-Bouncers, Sans has studied post-graduate law and taught conflict resolution strategies to executives on five continents. Sans has shared the speaking stage with major identities that include former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Olympic Gold Medallist Lauren Burns, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Sans blends humour, hard facts and practical tools anyone can apply to reduce conflict and build trust. He also shares his resilience model with us that provides a toolkit on how to deal with the everyday stressors that we all confront in the ‘age of outrage’.
‘The common thread of successful people is discipline’- Sans Tattoo
Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)
- 2:30- Which is more difficult- being on a nightclub door or speaking to a corporate audience ?
- 4:05- Sans’ endearing memories of Africa
- 7:11- Dealing with rejection… and overcoming it
- 10:12- ‘Entrepreneur’ by another name (in 1994)
- 14:20- Being receptive to ritual dissent
- 16:30- An anecdote about Nelson Mandela
- 19:05- San’s first meeting with Nelson Mandela
- 7 things you don’t know about Nelson Mandela (via BBC): https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-22006386
- 21:50- Nelson Mandela’s advice on what a child owes a parent
- 23:45- On stoicism
- 28:10- Using combat techniques to deal with fear
- 30:45- Sans outlines his ritual recitation before each keynote
- 32:20- The importance of narrative and storytelling for leaders.
- 34:26- Aesops Fable on video for kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFv0qs60KQ4
- 35:55- What are the secrets to communicating a good message?
- 41:10- Education v Entertainment… which do you need?
- 45:10- The evolution of the human species into a goldfish (our decreasing attention span)
- Time Magazine Article on Attention Span: https://time.com/3858309/attention-spans-goldfish/
- 49:05- The Goldfish Series of Questions (Quick Questions/ Quick Answers)
- 51:45- San’s Resilience Model (….. get your pens out!)
- 1:00:20- Is Sans Tattoo really Sans Tattoo?
Website & Contact
Music by The Externals available on Spotify
July 4, 2019
This episode is for anyone who dreams big …. And then wants to build that dream from scratch. It’s for anyone wanting to tenaciously solve a problem. This episode is for entrepreneurs and start-ups ….. and anyone working in a café wearing a hoodie!
Phil Hayes- St Clair (HSC) is a career entrepreneur. With a shortened first career in the military, Phil has made his career turning kitchen table ideas into reality. Mentoring dozens or entrepreneurs himself, Phil also teaches entrepreneurship to MBA candidates at Australia’s leading business school, the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW.
With a Bachelor of Science (Microbiology) from QUT and an MBA from AGSM, today Phil is CEO & Co-Founder of DROP Bio, a direct-to-consumer biotechnology venture. He is a Member of the Board of Directors at Sangui Bio and an Advisor at the BlueChilli HealthTech Accelerator for Southeast Asia.
Here's to start-ups! And here's how!
Seize your moment. Latch onto that chance!
Fill your Unforgiving Minute!
Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)
- 02:45: The Early Years – Phil at Ben go to School.
- 05:15: How Tim gets amused.
- 08:15: How and why Phil got started as an entrepreneur … and why he didn’t give up when he failed the first time.
- 11:00: About failing and moving on.
- 15:15: The #Entrepreneur hashtag… isn’t it just #SmallBusiness?
- 16:35: What you need to start! And scaling.
- 19:30: What the motivation and enticement for being an entrepreneur?
- 21:35: The critical importance on wanting to solve big problems.
- 24:59: Why failure is necessary.
- 28:00: Enticing capital into your start-up
- 30:21: What new industries, sector or disciplines are investors looking to?
- 31:45: Venture capital in the US versus Australia
- 35:15: Making good entrepreneurs and celebrating successes (even if small)
- 40:20: Phil tests Ben and Tim on their entrepreneurial skills inside the Unforgiving60 podcast:
- Have you set yourselves up to learn quickly?
- How would you rate yourselves on marketing and distribution?
- Have you built a community around the U60 podcast brand?
- 47:40: Tim (and Ben) throw down the challenge to Hamish and Andy!
- 48:19: Having fun! ‘Humour is a free circuit breaker’- Phil HSC
- 52:15: Quick Questions/ Quick Answers to Phil
- What do you do for fun?
- What’s your definition of success?
- Definition of happiness?
- Any sources of inspiration?
- How does one become mentored by Phil HSC?
- Why are you running in a weight vest?
- What sort of writing does Phil do?
- How can I give a shout out of encouragement to someone?
- 57:45: Wider ramblings and other nonsense
- What it’s like to meet Tim (from Ben)
- The challenge (redux)
Website & Blog
Podcast: Founder to Founder
Music by The Externals
** Opening Comments the Podcast by Lucy (age 13)
June 28, 2019
Welcome to RV8!
Reflections on Jess Dane, 'Motorsports IS for Girls' .... and about authentic leadership as it trades off to the 'theatre of leadership'.
Greg Wallace, building 'More than Just a Surfboard'. Generosity of spirit and energy.
Then Ben's reflection on his favourite guest- himself! .... As he is interviewed by Andrew Leigh, MP.
And Tim begs forgiveness in using the audio of Ben's band playing on operations. Wider reflections on music and Ben recording a song in the bathroom of one of Saddam Hussein's palaces in Iraq.
Lastly, some discussions on art and therapy.
* Music by The Externals.
June 20, 2019
This episode is a reciprocal interview where Ben is interviewed by Andrew Leigh, MP on his podcast The Good Life. You will will remember Andrew from our episode: 'The Tale of Two Andrews'.
Ben talks with Andrew about entering the Army, SAS Selection Course and broader life in the Unit as well as fitness and a slice of business. And of course, why specialisation is for insects. Also some beautiful reflections by Ben on what is important in life.
AND! In some Bonus Material: Tim also shares some audio from the battlefields of the Middle East that is relevant to Ben. Listen until the end of the episode.
June 14, 2019
How do you know when you are at your very lowest? Well, Greg Wallace has probably been lower. As a troubled youth, he realised that his journey was full of evil energy which would likely lead him either to jail ….. or death.
Greg tells us the story of how he rebuilt himself with purpose from this point. And how he committed to be the best person that he could be. Greg discovered his passion was building surfboards. But not any surfboard ..... wooden surfboards- that perform better in the water than their fibreglass alternatives. He also realised that in teaching people to make surfboards he could apply philosophies that he believed in and loved. But in turn, those people building boards with him, also realised that the surfboard was only a small part of the journey.
Incredibly well read, Greg also shares insights in life, balance and outlook. There is plenty of reflection.
There is no true happiness without struggle. And this episode certainly has that.
Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)
Bodhi Tree Surf: https://www.bodhitreesurf.com.au
Bodhi Tree Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bodhitreesurf/
Coming Soon: Connected By: www.connectedby.org
** As always music by ‘The Externals’, Birds of a Feather – The Externals music is available on Spotify.
*** Thanks to Drew for the connection to Greg. You had to prompt and prod us .... and we thank you for your persistence!
June 7, 2019
Jessica Danes is a force for women in Motor Sports. A granddaughter of one of the founding members of the British SAS and daughter of Roland Dane, Jess is forging her own career and ignoring all doubters and critics.
Her first foray into motorsports was working in the Triple Eight Race Engineering Team gear box shop as a sub-assembly mechanic! She was acutely aware that she was building the brakes that would need to make a V8 supercar stop on a dime. Enjoying being out of her comfort zone, Jess then moved into a marketing, media and PR role in the Red Bull Holden Racing Team/ Triple 8 Race Engineering. She talks how she managed negativity on social media.
Jess talks about the business of motorsports and her commercial role. The franchise, the team and its leadership. She gives fascinating insights into the role of drivers and other technical experts in the ‘team’s leadership’.
Jess talks about gender disparity - and why it exists in motor sports - and more broadly - and indeed what she says makes great practical sense. Parents and teachers take note!
Not being content with her current commercial role in Triple Eight she is also the Chairperson of the Australian Women in Motor Sport Commission, which has been designed to provide a voice for women in motorsport. And not being content with all that- Jess is also studying law!
An amazing human being- Jess is breaking all stereotypes and ignoring everything except high performance – Jess’s insights in this episode are inspiring. She coins a phrase when asked about her myriad of challenges- ‘I don’t think there was ever anything I thought I couldn’t do’.
And we will simply leave you with that!
Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)
About Red Bull Holden Racing: http://www.redbullholdenracing.com/team/
- From 08:20- About Jess’s Grandfathers:
- 11:00- Operation Bulbasket by Paul McCue: https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-au/books/paul-mccue/sas-operation-bulbasket/GOR003586916?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI76PK5rfU4gIVQYqPCh22zACxEAQYASABEgI-V_D_BwE
- From 16:00- About Roland Dane (RD): http://www.redbullholdenracing.com/department/roland-dane/
- 19:25. Jess talks about the toilet wall of social media….
- 25:20. On women drivers and women in motorsports.
- 27: 10. Jess speaks about judging on ‘performance’.
- 30:58. Onto the business of motorsports and the V8 Supercar franchise.
- 33:30. Motorsports and TV and entertainment…. the future of media, vision and how motorsports fans want to be engaged.
- 35:50. The structure and vision of Triple Eight Race Engineering.
- 39:10. Leadership in the Red Bull Holden Racing Team. How to fuse drivers and garage functions with analysts and commercial ends.
- 41:50. On losing and learning.
- 43:20. How much do the drivers lead the team. Their influence.
- 46:00. Jess on gender relationships and gender disparity
- 48:00. Jess’ goals as Chair of the Australian Women in Motorsport Commission, and her views of how we realise greater inclusion.
- 51:16. On Fitness. About Ben’s professional Crossfit career. And Jess on the importance of staying fit.
- 53:25. Jess’s most liked and disliked Crossfit workouts.
- From 54:03. Jess on ‘IF’ and what books and poems she reaches for….
- Music by The Externals
June 5, 2019
Welcome to the RV!
In this RV we reflect on the episode with Matt Hall, Ex RAAF F18 Fighter Pilot and now Red Bull Air Race Pilot.
We discuss feedback we have received about the episode on 'the 2nd Battlefield' (of Business!) And the application of the Principles of War on the battlefields of business.
Then, some more information on Richard Thaler and Supposedly Irrelevant Factors (SIFs).....eg: Why we continue to eat dessert when we are not hungry!? ..... And why we travel to buy running shoes but not a car!?
Why we should avoiding simplification and also be comfortable with being imprecise.
Lastly, we talk recent travel to Washington DC (Ben) and Ho Chi Minh City (Tim). What's going on in those places.
AND, music from the Externals to finish.
Don't forget to fill you unforgiving minute today!
Thanks for listening!