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The All Things Risk Podcast

The All Things Risk podcast explores the themes of risk, uncertainty and resilience as applied to sports, the arts, current affairs and just about any other domain. We feature long-form conversations with interesting guests who have loads of fascinating stories, tips and tools.
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Sep 25, 2017

We have had many conversations here about successful risk-taking and effective decision-making. Now imagine having to make tough decisions within split seconds, when not only are the highest stakes possible on the line, but you are affected by the immense G forces that come with flying combat aircraft. What is involved in all that and what lessons can this provide to other areas?

Meet Tim Davies, my guest in episode 61. Tim is a fighter pilot, squadron leader for the Royal Air Force (RAF) here in the UK and a flying instructor.  He is also a coach and runs a site called www.fastjetperformance.com. Tim brings a very interesting perspective and this is a conversation about loads more than flying airplanes. It’s actually quite wide-ranging. Nonetheless, Tim’s fascinating perspectives have been moulded in the moments of truth that only preparing for and flying combat aircraft can provide. That he applies these lenses to phenomena outside the cockpit makes him a very engaging guest for the All Things Risk podcast.

Tim and I discuss:

  • His background and how he got into flying aircraft;
  • Risk-taking and fighter pilots;
  • A typical day in a fighter pilot’s job;
  • Willpower and associative conditioning;
  • Decision-making, including making snap decisions;
  • Making mistakes, honesty and having an open culture in an organisation;
  • Mental and emotional states when flying aircraft;
  • Resilience;
  • Loads more!

Show notes:

Tim’s site – www.fastjetperformance.com

Tim on Twitter - https://twitter.com/fastjetperform

On Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fastjetperformance/?ref=bookmarks

On YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/MaestroDoggman/videos

Chris Hadfield

Malcolm Gladwell on Cockpit Culture and Safety

Solving difficult problems with the “Inversion Technique”

Headspace App

The All Things Risk Podcast Ep. 53 with Alex Sidorenko

Tim Ferriss

James Clear

Books discussed:

The Obstacle is the Way  by Ryan Holiday

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf by John Coates

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink

Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal

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Sep 10, 2017

Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is a critical element of effective risk-taking. This is true for many pursuits, from physical challenges, career decisions through to personal relationships. It is also a crucial component in negotiation.

My guest in this episode is Linda Swindling. Linda is a negotiation expert, speaker, author and self-professed “recovering attorney”. Her latest book is entitled Ask Outrageously – The Secret to Getting What You Really Want.  Among the things we discuss is the importance of making your true interests bold and clear when getting involved with negotiations of all kinds. This is a conversation that is not only engaging but is filled with practical tips and advice. In it, we cover:

  • Linda’s background, which includes some important career advice;
  • Working with so-called “high performers” – CEOs and the like;
  • How to deal with complainers;
  • How to approach difficult conversations;
  • How to approach negotiations;
  • The principles behind “asking outrageously” which includes Linda’s own story involving popular America comedian Jay Leno;
  • Lots more

I am sure you will find this extremely useful. Get asking!

Show notes:

Lindaswindling.com 

Linda on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JourneyOnLindaSwindling

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaSwindling 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindaswindling/ 

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/LindaSwindling 

Linda's book Ask Outrageously 

http://www.stopcomplainers.com/ 

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Sep 3, 2017

This week, we talk mountains. My guest is Cathy O’Dowd. Cathy is an adventurer, speaker and author. She was the first woman to have summited Mount Everest from both the North and South sides. In addition to the Himalayas, Cathy has climbed mountains in Central and Southern Africa, the Alps, and South America. She also completed a dog sled expedition across the Norwegian Arctic.

Cathy speaks and consults to businesses and other organisations. As soon as you start to listen to this episode, you will soon find out why. Cathy’s experiences in mountaineering and adventures provide a number of incredible insights applicable to many other aspects of life.

As soon as I finished speaking with Cathy a few weeks ago, I could not wait to bring this conversation to you! We get into a variety of things, including: 

  • Cathy’s background growing up in South Africa;
  • Her first expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro;
  • Her first Everest expeditions;
  • Teamwork;
  • Decision-making and risk-taking under conditions of acute ambiguity – and in which getting it wrong can mean paying the ultimate price;
  • Achievement and performance;
  • Failure;
  • Leadership;
  • Tackling the unknown
  • Much more!

I loved every minute of this and hope you do as well. 

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