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Mar 30, 2016

I would normally have put up an "in-betweenisode" this week but instead offer you a taster of next week's full episode.  Next week, I converse with writer, poet, book-seller, father, husband and runner, Robert Earl Stewart.  We talk about his article in the upcoming issue of Canadian Notes and Queries (http://notesandqueries.ca/), story-telling, the media, poetry, running and lots more.  The episode will be up on April 5th.  

Mar 23, 2016

Whether it’s Volkswagen, Siemens, FIFA, or many otherorganisations, we seem to be hearing more and more aboutcorruption. Are all organisations, particularly businesses, corrupt -  and what can we do about it?  My guest today has interesting answers to these questions, and we get into this fascinating area of risk.

Alison Taylor is, amongst many other things, an expert in anti-corruption.  Alison is a Director at an organisation called Business for Social Responsibility (www.bsr.org) and has several years of experience doing consulting work and investigations in this area.  She has a unique perspective to corruption by bringing both analytical and practical lenses to it – and emphasises the important role that organisational culture (i.e.“how things are done around here”) plays. She not only knows her stuff, but explains things clearly and with plenty of interesting stories and examples. I thought it was an excellent conversation and I’m certain you’ll enjoy it. 

We covered many areas including:

  • What corruption is;
  • How and why organisations become “corrupted”;
  • Why many currently popular “compliance-led” approaches to corruption are falling short;
  • Whistleblowers and why there are so few of them out there;
  • Tell-tale signs of corruption (i.e. how to tell if you might beworking for, or with, a corrupt organisation);
  • Cross-cultural (i.e. non-Western) attitudes towardscorruption

Show notes:

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Mar 18, 2016

This is another short “in-betweenisode” in which I offer some thoughts on the relationship between resilience and self-awareness and authenticity, drawing upon one of Bruce Lee’s most famous quotes.

 

Show notes:

Bruce Lee’s water quote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJMwBwFj5nQ

Article in www.brainpickings.org on Bruce Lee and the water principle: https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/05/29/like-water-bruce-lee-artist-of-life/

Article in www.brainpickings.org on Bruce and self-actualisation: https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/12/18/bruce-lee-artist-of-life-self-esteem/

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Mar 9, 2016

In this episode, I chat with Adventurer-Athlete Tarran Kent-Hume.  Tarran is a veteran of a litany of epic adventures – chasing his dream of becoming a professional footballer in England from his native Australia, completing an Ironman triathlon, organising and competing in the world’s longest 5-a-side football match, climbing Mont Blanc, training and competing in Muay Thai in Thailand, and becoming a fitness model.  However, we spend a lot of the show talking how Tarran and his friend Olie Hunter kayaked the length of the Amazon river last year(!) – from its source in the Peruvian Andes to its mouth in Brazil – a total distance of 6,500kms.  Wrap your brain around that!

 

Beyond (or perhaps because of all this), Tarran has a beautiful approach to life that involves tackling his greatest fears.  While I don’t get inspired easily or cheaply (neither should you!), it is hard not only to be inspired by Tarran, but to take away some things from his adventures that you can apply to your own.  While his core is clearly tough-as-nails, he is very humble, introspective and funny.  We have a wide-ranging conversation, heavily anchored in his Amazonian adventure:

 

•His background from footballer to working in the City of London as a financial services headhunter (and how and why he decided to make a lifestyle change and eventually move on from that);
•Ironman triathlon and endurance events, his record-breaking 5-a-side football match, Muay Thai and fitness modelling;
•Kayaking the Amazon - and to borrow the definition of Risk provided by John Morrison in Episode 4, a number of  interesting “sh*t happens moments”:
•A Man United supporting, rifle carrying rondero in Peru;
•Being shot at
•Losing his guide;
•Being taken in countless times by families in Peru and Brazil (including the selfless provision of countless bowls of açaí);
•His reflections on what he took away from the experience
•Thoughts on fear, honest and of course, risk
 

The first I had met Tarran was to do this podcast - and I came away having felt that I had known him for a long time.  It is a great and engaging conversation.  Enjoy!

Show notes:

 You can find Tarran on social media here:

Website: http://www.tarrankenthume.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tarran.kent.hume1/?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tarran008

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tarran008/

  

What is this drink masato, that Tarran mentions?  This is it: http://bit.ly/1Fbjw0k

Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants: http://www.exploringbytheseat.com/

I butcher Timothy Leary’s famous maxim “Turn on, tune in, drop out”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn_on,_tune_in,_drop_out

The book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki: http://amzn.to/1W9AbJs

Once again, Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan: http://amzn.to/1UfpIwI

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Mar 1, 2016

In this episode, I sit down with John Morrison.  John is an economist and risk manager and currently a Director at Credit Suisse.  John is not only one of the smartest people I know, but he is also a great story teller.  He possesses the ability to explain complex phenomena in ways that make them easy to understand. 

 

We talk about:

 

-The 2007-08 Global Financial Crisis, its causes, and John’s front-line perspective;
-Whether or not the global financial system has gotten any safer;
-Where the next financial crisis may emanate;
-Whether or not it is possible to predict a financial crisis;
-”Shadow banking”
-Innovations and trends like virtual currencies, bitcoin and the blockchain technology;
-Moving to a cashless society;
-Some film recommendations – John is a film buff
 

Show notes:

We reference Michael Lewis’ books a lot:

-Flash Boys - http://amzn.to/1RgTa0C
-The Big Short - http://amzn.to/1OJQXc3
-Moneyball - http://amzn.to/1RgThcB
-Liar’s Poker - http://amzn.to/1TNsL09
 

We discuss Nassim Taleb’s book The Black Swan - http://amzn.to/1TNsU3L 

I mention the book The Hour Between Dog and Wolf - http://amzn.to/24xK0GR

John even drops a couple of film references:

•The Brand New Testament - http://bit.ly/1pmncth
•Children of Men - http://bit.ly/1QhSOcf

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