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The Mojo Sessions features interesting conversations with the world's most interesting people. Hosted by Gary Bertwistle, who has collected a catalogue of over three hundred interviews with some of the world's most interesting minds, The Mojo Sessions podcast series takes a minimalist approach that focuses on the guest and brings you valuable and memorable conversations.
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US Navy SEAL sniper JP Dinnell was awarded a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with Valor and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for his leadership and courage under fire, serving in Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated Special Operations unit of the Iraq War. Today, he's the Director of Experiential Leadership at Echelon Front, the world's premier leadership training company, working with Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. He brings his exceptional experience and unique perspective of frontline leadership, learnt from years in from combat, to show us how we could commit fully to a winning mindset in the battle of life.   When JP left the military after a great career of service he hit hard times. How bad was his situation? Jocko Willink and Leif Babin approached JP to do some work for Echolon Front. What does he remember about that period? What was his internal dialogue through this period? The amount of work he put in to learn Leif's speech in order to hopefully get a job with Echelon Front. JP runs a typical day working construction, pizzas at night, ju jitsu, learning, family? Commitment. How hard was it mentally for JP to suck up his identity as a SEAL to be a pizza delivery guy? How did he navigate the changing of identity through that period? How did Jocko instil belief into JP? SEALs are taught not to run from the hard stuff. What, even today, does he find himself wanting to run from? Plato taught Aristotle " the first and best victory is to conquer self." What has JP not conquered about himself? Discipline is rooted in the truth you tell yourself. JP struggles with brain issues & being able to focus. Where is he at today? JP can hit a target at 500 yards, a target 2 1/2 inches, yet still has challenges with focus. Did the way he saw his brother and sister have an impact of how he saw himself, his identity? How did Commander Seth A. Stone impact his life and his mindset. What's JP's superpower? What is commitment not? 1000 rounds at 3 to 5 rounds at a time, why? What does this teach us in our day to day life?   LINKS   JP Dinnell website JPDinnell.com   JP at Echelon Front https://echelonfront.com/jp-dinnell/   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.  
Logan Gelbrich, author of Going Right: A Logical Justification for Pursuing Your Dreams, owns Deuce gyms in LA, a unique group of gyms that teaches leadership and a higher standard of performance in a gym environment incorporating strength training, strongman, gymnastics, wellness, fitness, performance and group fitness. His book is a great metaphor if you want to grow, hold higher standards, make a mark and be uncommon. It is a philosophical journey, a logical justification to chase our dreams. How does Logan see the paradox of life? How would I know I have gone right and achieved my peak expression? Are there sign posts? Why do we find it so hard to commit to something, to go chips in? Logan has a morbid attraction to adversity. When did this start? Plato to Aristotle "the first and best victory is to conquer self." What has Logan not conquered about himself? How to take agency over our story? What’s our most empowering default inner dialogue, our inner voice, when Going Right? Is it hard to hold the standard when everyone is looking to him as the Going Right guy? An important question to ask is what are you becoming. What is Logan becoming? What's Logan's superpower? Logan's parents created a home environment where he believed he could do anything. Why did he believe that was actually true?   LINKS   Deuce Gym website http://www.deucegym.com   Going Right The Book https://www.amazon.com/Going-Right-Logical-Justification-Pursuing-ebook/dp/B07P5GQ6WL   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.  
Rohit Bhargava is on a mission to help the world be more open-minded and assist us to see the non-obvious ideas. A Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Rohit's insights into upcoming trends are used globally by businesses such as the World Bank, NASA, Intel, Disney, Colgate, Coca-Cola, Under Armour, and NBC Universal, to discover what's next and set themselves up to win the future. Rohit spent 15 years in leadership with agencies Leo Burnett & Ogilvy and founded of the Non-Obvious Company to highlight future trends & innovations. What's not a trend, but we think or say it is? Trends are about the human, not the thing like a technology. Rohit explains. How does Rohit deal with the identity of being the non-obvious guy when an idea seems too obvious? What lesson did Rohit learn from the great David Ogilvy? What's his filter for curation? What's the Hay Stack method? How should we catagorise or qualify our ideas in the Hay Stack model? Why have we become what Rohit calls "observationally lazy?" We are suffering 'infobesity'. Is there a process or system we can use to be more intentional? What’s Rohit's internal narrative when he is out and about? Annie Liebovitz said we need to "learn to look." Would Rohit agree and how would he suggest we train for that? How does Rohit store his ideas for easy recall some years later? What's the process for speed understanding? Are writing skills something that we should consider improving? Is there an important trend Rohit is following that he thinks is critically important that is being ignored? Why does Rohit love the Olympics? How could we foster observation and creativity in our children as they grow? What's the author trying to say with the Non Obvious brand? What's his prediction for the future trend in podcasting? What's the Strategic Downgrade?   LINKS   Website for Rohit https://www.rohitbhargava.com   The Non Obvious Company website https://www.nonobvious.com   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.
Learners are earners. Sam Thomas Davies has a simple mission - he strives to publish the best free book summaries on the planet. True to his mission, Sam has created a fabulous resource sharing his top 100 book summaries... coded by category. In this conversation I discuss with Sam his process for learning, discerning important take outs, recording and storing those ideas and then being able to create a system to retrieve and use his learnings. We outline the best rituals and routines to maximise your learning. "Reading helps you understand why you do what you do." What has it helped Sam work out? We discuss Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill which is one of Sam's favourite reads. Why... if you want to live a good life, you need to commit to lifelong learning? Is this a side hustle for Sam or has he managed to build a business out of it? Changing our identity to become a reader. How does Sam describe his identity when it comes to learning? Sam's view on quitting a book mid-way through?  Was Sam a curious kid? Did he grow up in an environment of readers and questioners? Sam explains his system for reading and creating a summary? How does Sam arrange his learnings so he can access them easily? The rituals and routines for learning?  Should there be a place for reading fiction vs non fiction? Does Sam have a system or process for going back through learnings over the passage of time to enhance his learning? The most profound learning Sam has taken from a book in the last 30 days?   LINKS   Sam Thomas Davies website https://www.samuelthomasdavies.com   Book summaries Sam T Davies 100+ Good Book Summaries Organized by Category.   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.
Dr Jeff Spencer is cornerman to some of our greatest achievers. A former Olympian, Jeff's client list boasts names such as Tiger Woods, U2, Nike, Richard Branson, as well as Tour de France winners, so it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about becoming a world class performer!  Jeff specialises in helping would-be high achievers who currently feel over committed, over extended and overwhelmed find clarity on why they’re stuck, get un-stuck and go from ‘over it’ to ‘killing it’. Why the corner man? What makes a great corner man? What are the things a great corner man doesn't do? When Jeff worked with U2 what was the problem he was called to solve for the world's greatest rock band? Jeff apprenticed to a 70 yr old glass master who would play him classic music. What's the impact of music coupled with art?  Jeff's parents language impacted him. What was the language he heard or did not hear? What Jeff missed out on after his Dad died homeless on the streets. Was Jeff's dream was to become an Olympian or win an Olympic medal? That day at the 1972 Summer Olympics Munich At 9 yrs old Jeff faced the boogie man. Who is that, and what would he say to him? Being a gold medal dad What was the promise he made to his daughter? How did he go about changing the mindset and beliefs of his daughter? "It's the best I can do, I've given it my best". How we set limits for ourselves by how we perceive our best Champions find a way to prevail Is perfection used as an excuse? How rituals and routines play a role when people face fear or are scared? How do we make our performance predictable and repeatable? Where does identity fit in Jeff's model?   LINKS   Website https://www.drjeffspencer.com   White Paper "Before you win paper by Jeff https://beforeyouwin.com   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.
Jay Samit has an incredible resume. He's created disruptive ideas for Adobe, American Express, AT&T, Best Buy, Clinique, Coca Cola, Disney, Ford, GE, IBM, Intel, LinkedIn, McDonalds, Microsoft, Starbucks, Unilever, Visa and more. Jay held senior roles at EMI & Sony where he pioneered breakthrough advancements in video, ebooks & digital music that are used by billions of consumers every day and worked closely with guys like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Reid Hoffman. When Jay walks into a room with a President or the Pope, what is he there for? What is tethering us and holding us back from our future possibilities? How does someone actually track back to uncover the story that is holding them back? How did Jay's parents enhance or detract from his own confidence and identity as a child. Jay suffered from dyslexia. How have labels influenced his career and the way he saw himself? Growing up Jay was categorised as a mudhen. What was the impact it had on his beliefs? What does Jay remember about Hearst castle? Why are Superpowers important for us and how do we capitalise on finding and fostering our own Superpower? What is Jay's Superpower? Plato taught Aristotle " the first and best victory is to conquer self." What has Jay not conquered about himself? When his Mom lied about his age when he was a kid to get him into school, how did that affect his identity? What's Jay's kryptonite? When painting with watercolours, time stands still for Jay. What does that feel like or look like? Did Jay see himself differently once he was asked to present his art in a gallery as an artist? Why did Jay wait a long time to get a mentor? If Jay had a student in their last year of high school wanting to study at university or college, what would he advise them to study? How does Jay frame or reframe problems? What is the best mindset change Jay has made that has enabled him to still have a strong relationship with his muse, wife and best friend today?   LINKS   Jay Samit website http://jaysamit.com   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.
Annie Duke is a former professional poker player who won more than $4 million in poker tournaments, holds a prestigious World Series of Poker gold bracelet and was the leading money winner among women in World Series Of Poker history. A best selling author, her new book 'How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices' teaches us the true science of decision making, helping to explain how we can make better decisions, every day. Many of us can trace our greatest successes back to a good decision, or conversely a bad decision, and in this conversation Annie explores why that is. When people ask Annie what she does, how does she like to reply? When Annie works with clients, how do they know they need her? What are the signs? Could it be that some leaders are seeing success but have really poor decision making processes? Is there a robust methodology to categorise decisions, those that require a more robust approach and those that don't?> How do we understand the correct cadence for decision making? What's Annie's favourite question? Work in bets. Would you bet on that? There is a chapter note in the book about Annie's adventures in a Chinese restaurant. The story of probability. Why might I be wrong? The greatest lesson Eric Seidel taught Annie? How did Eric change her identity? Annie's parents held a very high standard, they expected Annie to go to Harvard or Stanford. What was the impact? How luck and skill play their part. How would Annie approach the critical decisions during her divorce differently, knowing what she now knows? Good decision makers don't do what?    LINKS   Annie Duke website https://www.annieduke.com   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.
Adam M. Lowenstein, author of Reframe the Day, is a former U.S. Senate speechwriter who left the nonstop, striving-obsessed world of American politics and discovered that with some simple tweaks to the way in which he approached each day he could resist the allure of 'busyness' and find more meaning in his day and his life. In Reframe the Day, Adam writes about practical systems we can use to nudge our days in a more fulfilling direction as opposed to an endless series of “what’s nexts” — what’s the next meeting, task, obligation, goal, achievement? When people ask Adam what he does, how does he like to reply? How does Adam see himself today, his identity? How would Erin, his wife, say he has reframed how he sees himself? We don't discuss the cost of identity? What's the cost? How Adam sold himself the self-image and identity of an unfeeling workaholic, using 'busyness' to mask vulnerabilities. What are the most important habits that Adam has in his day that backs up his identity? The book is Reframe the Day. What has Adam reframed in the last 100 days that has had a profound impact on his world? Our lives feel like an endless series of “what’s nexts.” How has Adam reframed this feeling? Why everyone else’s 'busyness' seems more productive and useful than our own? Discover who you are by figuring out who you are not. Tara Brach talks about “mental noting”. How does Adam use mental noting to reframe his day? “Tuesdays to write” - how does that work? "And you can take pride in what you’re doing. As writer Joshua Wolf Shenk recounts, during the Civil War, a Union general asked President Abraham Lincoln “Act well your part,” Lincoln told the general. “There all the honor lies.” Abraham Lincoln took to heart not just the power of the written word, but the power of actually writing the words. How does Adam cultivate or curate his learnings?   LINKS Adam M. Lowenstein on Medium https://medium.com/@adamlowenstein   Adam M. Lowenstein blog www.adaml.blog.   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   If you like what you hear, we'd be grateful for a review on iTunes -  click here. Happy listening!   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.   Any products or companies discussed in the show are not paid endorsements. I am not sponsored by, nor do I have any professional or affiliate relationships of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show. It’s just stuff I like, that I think is cool, that I want to share, and that I believe may be of interest to you as part of the Mojo crew.
Brendon Watt is proof that anyone can reinvent themselves and get their mojo back. A self-confessed “complete loser” ten years ago, Brendon found himself broke, miserable and living in a spare room in his mother’s house with his 5-year-old son. He then made a huge decision, to change his life... and he has!  Today he writes and speaks about the decisions and steps he took that moved an unhappy Brendon as a struggling tradesman to a rich life he loves? Brendon was a struggling tradesman. He said his life was a pile of crap? Why? Why was it so crap? Brendon was at the bottom in his career and he said he created it. What were the choices he made that sent him to the bottom? Why had he not made better choices earlier? "People say I know about choice, choice is choice" What is it that we don't know about choice that can have a profound impact on a person? Do we almost need a self audit to step away from ourselves and say "what are my options, what are my choices?" Why is it that 'Every time we judge ourselves we create a separation between us and us"? Stop choosing what is right for everyone else!  Brendon wanted to be different, but different was seen or considered to be a curse - he explains why Can Brendon track how his identity has changed? Is there a space between making the choice and actually executing your plan? Why you don’t have to “be” anything other than happy. Growing up Brendon's Dad was an abusive man... how exactly did he abuse Brendon? When Brendon thinks about that 6 year old kid today, if he could walk up and put your arm around that kid, what would he say? How should we feel when we make a decision? Everything starts with a question. What is Brendon favourite question?   LINKS   Brendon Watt website https://www.brendonwatt.com   Access Consciousness website https://www.accessconsciousness.com   Check Brendon out: http://www.brendonwatt.com https://www.facebook.com/brendomwattc https://www.instagram.com/accessbrend   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   If you like what you hear, we'd be grateful for a review on iTunes -  click here. Happy listening!   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.   Any products or companies discussed in the show are not paid endorsements. I am not sponsored by, nor do I have any professional or affiliate relationships of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show. It’s just stuff I like, that I think is cool, that I want to share, and that I believe may be of interest to you as part of the Mojo crew.
Dr. Jenny Brockis is a medical practitioner and board-certified lifestyle medicine physician, specialising in brain health and mental performance. With 30 years experience Jenny has practical, science-based strategies to overcome many of life's challenges like loneliness, stress, relationship breakdowns, loss of social connection and mental health issues and the means to create well habits to help avoid these sorts of issues. When people ask Jenny what she does, how does she like to reply? When Jenny left medical practice to write and speak, how did her identity change and why did she feel guilt? When Jenny burnt out, what did that feel like? How did Jenny know she was burnt out and not just really tired? Was there a period where burnout became her norm? Jenny explains chronic stress and what the long term effect is that having on us, particularly our brain? Overweight, chronic stress, poor sleep, no rest, no recovery, always on… Is all this having an effect on the heart? Workaholics feel compelled to keep on working, and why it can be an unhealthy obsession. How do I know my brain is fit? Was there a time in Jenny's career when she personally found she was not aligned with her own mission with the work she was doing? What's the chemistry that alters when you going from doing into being.  How has Jenny's identity changed in the 4 years between our conversations? What's the most natural way for us to boost the neuropeptide oxytocin. There was a point when Jenny believed she was not a good doctor, an imposter. What was the moment that changed her thinking? What's Jenny trying to to say in this new book?   LINKS   Dr Jenny Brockis website https://www.drjennybrockis.com   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   If you like what you hear, we'd be grateful for a review on iTunes -  click here. Happy listening!   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.   Any products or companies discussed in the show are not paid endorsements. I am not sponsored by, nor do I have any professional or affiliate relationships of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show. It’s just stuff I like, that I think is cool, that I want to share, and that I believe may be of interest to you as part of the Mojo crew.
Statistician Nic Marks, a fellow of the New Economics Foundation in London, asks why we measure success by productivity instead of by happiness & well-being. He developed The Happy Planet Index, a statistical method to measure, analyse and interpret happiness and then apply evidence to business, education, sustainability, healthcare and economics. He believes that our quality of life is measurable, and that true contentment comes not from the accumulation of material wealth but from our connection to others. How do we know what we are measuring in happiness is actually true? What is the best question to ask someone to get beyond the barriers to really know if they are happy? Is happiness the right metric? Is happiness the right measure or is there an argument that fulfilment is a better gauge?  Some of your research I heard has a 22% improvement in happiness why 22% not 23% or 21%? What is the association between productivity and happiness at work? Is the measure of productivity getting in the way of our genuine happiness at work? Where do happiness and wellness intersect? In Nic's first marriage he was very unhappy at home but happy at work. In hindsight what would he do differently? Nic overlooked red signals. What were the red signals and what should he have done in hindsight? Is Nic now happy? How does he know? Statistics keep Nic grounded. What personal statistics does he keep that allows him to stay grounded? As a kid Nic had a fascination with the power of two. Was that something that his Dad influenced? Nic was a self described very serious young man. How does he see himself today? As a statistician what has Nic discovered about being a man? How Manfred Max-Neef thrilled Nic with the idea that most people don't ask big enough questions. Does Nic see people setting rituals and routines to enable them to stay the course of this feeling of happiness?   LINKS   Nic Marks website https://nicmarks.org   Nic Marks TED Talk https://www.ted.com/talks/nic_marks_the_happy_planet_index   Friday Pulse https://fridaypulse.com   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   If you like what you hear, we'd be grateful for a review on iTunes -  click here. Happy listening!   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.   Any products or companies discussed in the show are not paid endorsements. I am not sponsored by, nor do I have any professional or affiliate relationships of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show. It’s just stuff I like, that I think is cool, that I want to share, and that I believe may be of interest to you as part of the Mojo crew.
Nicolas Aidoud is the Founder and Managing Partner of HumAIn Capital where he advises Fortune 500 companies on artificial intelligence and deep tech for positive human impact. Nicolas is very positive and pragmatic about the future impact of artificial intelligence and his approach helps us truly understand, access and make sense of AI and the technologies that are both around and in front of us, and how they will impact our future. When did Nicolas decide he had a passion for artificial intelligence & deep tech and how that can impact humans? "AI could be a poison for humans or a cure to eliminate all the outs…burnout, bore out and brown outs." What does this sentence mean? The palette of information that paints the image of AI is pessimistic and often threatening. How does Nicolas see it today? How much has AI progressed in the last 12 months? Moore's Law states that the number of transistors on a microchip doubles about every two years, though the cost of computers is halved. Where are we today? What's the affirmative action we can take here - for a worker, our children, ourselves, what's the proactive attack? Is it every industry that will be impacted? Are there any industries exempt from the influence of AI, VR, AR…? AI machines see above and beyond human capacity. Could it be they can see too far? At what point will we longer know what is real and what is fabricated by technology? How far away is that point? John S Couch who wrote The Art of Creative Rebellion said that creativity is the currency of the future in the face of AI. How does Nicolas see that? For a business leader who has done nothing to date, what is their first step today? How has Nicolas adapted his own life to incorporate and integrate AI or new tech into his world? What is Nicolas' view of the ideal company that has mastered every facet of AI? Could Nicolas see a time where the values of the company, typically adopted by the people, are shared with machines?   LINKS   HumAIn Capital  https://humaincapital.com   HumAIn the Book https://humainthebook.com   Singularity University  https://su.org   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   If you like what you hear, we'd be grateful for a review on iTunes -  click here. Happy listening!   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.   Any products or companies discussed in the show are not paid endorsements. I am not sponsored by, nor do I have any professional or affiliate relationships of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show. It’s just stuff I like, that I think is cool, that I want to share, and that I believe may be of interest to you as part of the Mojo crew.
An estimated 55 million meetings happen across the USA every day and 9 out of 10 employees admit to daydreaming during meetings. Forty seven percent said attending too many meetings is the No. 1 time waster. Dr Steven Rogelberg, author of The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance provides direction, smart tactics and a how-to guide to change your working life. Steven is the world’s leading expert on fixing meetings to stop wasting time and perform with better efficiency. The book's title is 'The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance'. What is peak performance? Why the science of, why not the research of? What does science tell us that research doesn’t? What does evidence tell us about the effectiveness of meetings today vs say 5 years ago? When we have meetings that are not fulfilling or empowering, how does that impact the company or team engagement? Have we gotten to a point where bad meetings are the expectation? Is it a self perpetuating thing? What's the residue following a bad or unproductive meeting? What would Steven put in a course on running meetings? Good stewards are committed to selfless service. Where does ego sit in a productive meeting? Should how we run a great meeting almost be part of the identity of a great leader? Steven has said he has seen himself as a scholar. How does that influence how he sees his work in the corporate landscape? Steven's best friend's dad once spoke with his father and that conversation taught him a valuable lesson. What lesson did he learn? There is a space between stimulus and response. In that space what would Steven hear? Many attendees if not the actual leader are late for meetings. What is the effect of lateness on the effectiveness of meetings? The DRI Directly Responsible Individual is something Apple uses after each meeting. Why does it work? How should a meeting debrief be done? Using daily huddles and super brief meetings that last no longer than ten minutes. In Steven's research how important is to have true dissension in a productive meeting? How should dissension be managed? Does Steven like notetaking via digital or paper?   LINKS   Dr Steven Rogelberg website https://www.stevenrogelberg.com   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/     If you like what you hear, we'd be grateful for a review on iTunes -  click here. Happy listening!   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.   Any products or companies discussed in the show are not paid endorsements. I am not sponsored by, nor do I have any professional or affiliate relationships of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show. It’s just stuff I like, that I think is cool, that I want to share, and that I believe may be of interest to you as part of the Mojo crew.
Major Matina Jewell joined the Army at age 17.  After 15 years of service, 5 missions, 9 war medals and being badly wounded in combat as a Peace Keeper for the UN in Lebanon, Matina shares her views on courageous decision making and values-based leadership to empower teams. Having served in some of the toughest environments on earth Matina provides a life-changing perspective from the front-line of leadership, resilience and change. What exactly does a Peace Keeper in Lebanon do? When promoted to captain of the HMAS Kanimbla the largest warship in the Australian Navy Fleet, how did Matina's identity change? As a leader was there ever a time when Matina tried too hard to earn trust from her team?  How do you earn trust? When Matina joined the military, her parents said her language changed. How did it change? How did Matina handle her insecurities as a leader? Doubt and fear show us where the edges are. Did Matina ever find the edge? What’s your internal dialogue when you leave the helicopter on a fast rope and you are ripping towards your target down below with no safety harness? In difficult times that's when your training kicks in. How do you actually know your training will kick in? A moment of crisis that Matina carries with her even today? The day when Matina is thrown into a bullet-proof windscreen which broke her back in five places. What does Matina remember about that day? While in hospital in Cyprus Matina got the news. There was a direct hit in Khiam where 4 team mates were killed in action. What happened?  Does Matina carry survivors guilt? Did Matina ever think to herself "I wish that had of been me.. I wish I could have replaced one of the four and it was me?" What would Matina say to those men in a quiet moment? Why did Matina have the feeling that she had been let down by the people who had sent her to do that mission? After getting home Matina struggled, it got kinda dark. What was the pivotal moment? What is the greatest limitation Matina placed on herself and how did she work through that? Matina had a strong background in compliance through her career. Is Matina a compliant person through and through? When a brigadier recently presented Matina with her 9th War Medal in front of her piers, who did she think of immediately? What was Matina's greatest attribute as a leader?   LINKS   Matina Jewell website https://www.matinajewell.com   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   If you like what you hear, we'd be grateful for a review on iTunes -  click here. Happy listening!   © 2021 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.   Any products or companies discussed in the show are not paid endorsements. I am not sponsored by, nor do I have any professional or affiliate relationships of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show. It’s just stuff I like, that I think is cool, that I want to share, and that I believe may be of interest to you as part of the Mojo crew.
Rock legend Suzi Quatro has sold over 55 million records and influenced generations of female artists who have followed the path she created. This iconic American female bass playing vocalist has a wonderful new Christmas single, a track written in a COVID period. I caught up for a conversation with Suzi from her studio in Europe to talk about the creative process, alter ego's, removing negative voices, setting standards, and a little about Christmas.   There’s Little Suzie from Detroit and then there is the alter ego of Suzie Quatro. Who wrote the lyrics to this new song? What’s the story Suzi is telling through this lyric and melody? Does Suzi have any lyrics sitting in journals or stored in the back of her mind that may have found their way to this track? On stage Suzi can feel an audience. Did she see, hear or get a feeling for the lyric with My Heart and Soul? Does Suzi enjoy her own company and silence? Is silence a part of her creative process? Does Suzi go through the second guessing of herself and questioning of her ability to deliver again when writing? What’s Christmas Eve like for Suzi Quatro? What would Suzi's mum Helen say is her greatest virtue, that which has led to her continued success? The performer part of Suzi she gets from her Dad. What is the greatest attribute she inherited from her Dad on stage? Does her poetry make her a better song writer? The song or poem that best sums up Suzi Quatro?   LINKS   Suzie Quatro official website http://www.suziquatro.com   Suzie Quatro new single    "My Heart And Soul (I Need You Home For Christmas)" available on all digital platforms.   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   If you like what you hear, we'd be grateful for a review on iTunes -  click here. Happy listening!   © 2020 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.   Any products or companies discussed in the show are not paid endorsements. I am not sponsored by, nor do I have any professional or affiliate relationships of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show. It’s just stuff I like, that I think is cool, that I want to share, and that I believe may be of interest to you as part of the Mojo crew.
Preethaji, one of the world’s leading female philosophers, founded O&O Academy, a philosophy and meditation school with her husband Krishnaji. She believes that you can live, as many do, a mediocre life with a purpose that is contrived, but a great life, career or relationship can only happen with an authentic purpose. Preethaji works with corporate leaders to discover purpose, connection and how to live in a beautiful state. Preethaji leads us to a whole new way of discovering love, passion, and our creativity.   Many people are lost… why? What are they not able to find that has them lost? Could it be that some people are lost but don't actually know they are lost? In the opening of her book The Four Sacred Secrets, Preethaji said "Yet no matter how hard we work, we find ourselves disappointed with the results, trapped by the limitations and weaknesses we have placed on ourselves.” Why do we seem to be never fulfilled? Is there a connection between our identity, how you we see ourself and a beautiful state? The root cause of all suffering is obsessive, self-centric thinking. What does that sound like, what does it feel like? Does Preethaji remember a time where she really struggled with her identity growing up? "It’s easy when you are in a temple, it’s much harder when you’re sitting in traffic. “ Where does Preethaji struggle the most to remain in a beautiful state? What is the dialogue Preethaji will run in her mind to put herself back on track and back into a beautiful state? What could we do to build the connection part of the brain, the medial prefrontal cortex that mediates decision making? Is there a case for having a clear vision for our inner world, how we want our inner self to be or become? When we have no purpose and are lacking a mission Preethaji believes this is because we are disconnected. How do we go about finding the appropriate connection?  At a young age Preethaji found she was able to connect with people deeply. How did Preethaji know? Is there a risk that we are passing this same disconnect onto our children… for their future? Is it important for parents to be spiritual? What’s it mean to be a spiritual parent? What would I be saying doing feeling and demonstrating for my children? What’s a Seeker? How Preethaji influenced the sound of The Mojo Sessions.   LINKS   PK Consciousness Website: https://www.pkconsciousness.com/   The Four Sacred Secrets: For Love and Prosperity, a Guide to Living in a Beautiful State on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/s?k=The+Four+Sacred+Secrets&ref=nb_sb_noss   Where to find Preethaji • Twitter: @pkconsciousness • Instagram: @pkconsciousness • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pkconsciousness/ • Website: https://www.pkconsciousness.com/ • Book: The Four Sacred Secrets   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   © 2020 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.   Any products or companies discussed in the show are not paid endorsements. I am not sponsored by, nor do I have any professional or affiliate relationships of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show. It’s just stuff I like, that I think is cool, that I want to share, and that I believe may be of interest to you as part of the Mojo crew.
Iris Gardner spent her childhood off the grid, an ideal life in the woods for a kid, totally off grid, heading out on horse back, confronting mountain lions, reading books, growing and hunting their food..until the day a sexual predator moved into the house, a family friend who would throw the life of a young 5 year old child into unspeakable darkness. Hear a remarkable story from a truly remarkable lady who has emerged from that darkness with a message that will change how we view life and the life of our children.   When people ask Iris what she does, how does she like to reply? “Why this cult of wilderness?..because we like the taste of freedom; because we like the smell of danger.” —Edward Abbey. How much of Iris is in this quote? From a young age Iris was drawn to the wild. What did nature bring to Iris? Why did Iris credit nature a lot for her resilience. What character traits have their kids taken from Iris, and what character traits have they adopted from Jason? Iris does not fret about what might happen. What was her mindset to cope? The day before her 10th birthday, there was a serious family incident. What happened? That night, with her sister….emotionally what was the impact? Many would hide from her story, let alone share… why is Iris sharing her story? Iris has actual physical scars from where in the following years she started to self harm. When Iris feels or looks at these scars today, what emotions does she feel? "It’s your darkness that has shown you your light, your damage is something you use" … does Iris feel damaged?  Has Iris forgiven her predator? Iris dated a 30-year-old man when 15 because he paid Iris attention. What can we take from that? Iris said to Jocko...“you have to teach yourself to think and feel, to have the RIGHT feelings about things” How has Iris done that specifically? Does Iris still experience Imposter syndrome and have to deal with that inner voice? Iris has always dreamed of horses. How far back can she remember the dream of being with a horse?   LINKS   Iris Gardner on Instagram @allthewildplaces   Iris on Twitter @onlyirisgardner   Iris on youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgZSczIGM2aPu5seYCs93rg   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   © 2020 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.   Any products or companies discussed in the show are not paid endorsements. I am not sponsored by, nor do I have any professional or affiliate relationships of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show. It’s just stuff I like, that I think is cool, that I want to share, and that I believe may be of interest to you as part of the Mojo crew.
Widely recognised as one of todays great creative minds, John S. Couch is a prolific artist, designer and VP Product Design at streaming service Hulu. John started at Wired Magazine where he developed his love for technology and design before taking on leadership roles at The Museum of Contemporary Art, CBS, eBay and now Hulu. With a Japanese mum and a dad from Texas he's described as part Sumurai, part Cowboy. John has a unique view on living a rebellious life to express our true creative soul. Early in his career John said he lacked confidence around his creativity. When did he believe he could do it? How does John use his creative focus in the face of his creative fear? A big part of who you are as a designer is to look at things and say, why is it like that, and not like this? Has John ever seen himself as a character or an alter ego to step past his own perceived barriers? John shares his important ceremonies or rituals to move from the state of doing to the state of being? How important is the “where" in creativity? How does John embrace Wabi Sabi in his life? What influence has his mum and his Japanese heritage had on him as a man? Does a creative leader today actually need Two Mind… now and then, what is and what could be? John refers to his wife JC as his creative collaborator. Is it intentional? What’s behind it? How does the content of the book Extreme Ownership resonate with John for leading creativity? John’s view on the Japanese samurai warrior practice called "dying before going into battle."  What does it mean to be rebellious? How would I know I was creatively rebellious?   LINKS   John S Couch website https://www.john-couch.com/about   The book - The Art of Creative Rebellion by John S Couch  https://www.john-couch.com/the-art-of-creative-rebellion   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   © 2020 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.   Any products or companies discussed in the show are not paid endorsements. I am not sponsored by, nor do I have any professional or affiliate relationships of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show. It’s just stuff I like, that I think is cool, that I want to share, and that I believe may be of interest to you as part of the Mojo crew.
Luis Navia smuggled over 300 tons of cocaine for the biggest Colombian & Mexican cartels including Pablo Escobar’s Medellín Cartel. The book Pure Narco is the true life story of Luis Navia, also known as 'El Senador' (The Senator).⁣ ⁣In this fascinating conversation we hear from the man who smuggled over $10 billion worth of product for the worlds biggest cartels and lived to tell his story. We discuss with Luis his lifestyle as a smuggler, the logistics of these huge operations, working for Pablo, his drive to make his father proud, his sacrifice for the thrill of more, and then his ultimate international capture in Operation Journey.    When people ask Luis what he does today how does he like to reply? Why Luis felt uncomfortable being called a Narco, yet the book title is Pure Narco? When a drug trafficker turns government informant they either end up in prison or dead. Why does Luis believe he is here? The most fatal of attractions. How Luis fell in with the Medellín Cartel, the most violent criminal organisation in the world through a beautiful woman. There were few men who influenced Luis heavily. One was a killer named Poli. Probably the most famous name Luis worked for was Pablo Escobar. Why did he never feel he would ever be a target to Pablo? What impact did the affluent surroundings growing up as a kid have on his character, beliefs and values? Was dressing well a character trait Luis used as a symbol of acknowledgement to his Father? Did his Father ever tell him he was proud of him or that he loved Luis? His father was such a strong figure in his life but he felt he betrayed his values by entering a life of crime. What regrets does he carry? The theme though the book is Luis chasing deals to prove something. What was he looking to prove? How did his Mother influence his character? Luis believes his parents should have applied heavy braces on him, and they didn’t. Would that have worked? The inner struggle of the law-abiding American citizen or South American bandido. The tightrope knowing he could go to prison and not see his children but wanting to smuggle and live that life of the Bandido. The day Luis came face-to-face with Robert Harley, the man who’d been looking for him for nigh on a decade. Does he still look over his shoulder or watch the door in a  restaurant for fear of retribution?  Did writing the book help Luis understand his journey? Why did Luis trust Jesse to tell his story? Why was now the right time for Luis to do the book?   LINKS   Pure Narco on Amazon https://www.amazon.com.au/Pure-Narco-Jesse-Fink-ebook/dp/B084WM66ZN   Pure Narco by Penguin https://www.penguin.com.au/books/pure-narco-9780143796275   Jesse Fink- the Pure Narco website https://jessefinkbooks.com/pure-narco   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   © 2020 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.   Any products or companies discussed in the show are not paid endorsements. I am not sponsored by, nor do I have any professional or affiliate relationships of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show. It’s just stuff I like, that I think is cool, that I want to share, and that I believe may be of interest to you as part of the Mojo crew.
Jesse Fink in his book Pure Narco, shares the true story of Luis Navia known as 'El Senador' (The Senator) who smuggled over 300 tons of cocaine for the biggest Colombia & Mexico cartels including Pablo Escobar’s Medellín Cartel.⁣ Jesse spent years with Luis to understand the logistics of these huge operations, the dichotomy of a guy driven to make his father proud, what he was willing to sacrifice for the next big shipment, as well as the moment relentless USA law-enforcement officials finally took him down. It’s a white-powdered, white-knuckle ride you’ll never forget.   Jesse explains his take on his new book. What gave Jesse a true sense of who Luis Navia is and just the magnitude of his life and his deals? Luis had his own motivations for telling his story. Why? Why now? How did Jesse build the trust with a guy who is always looking over his shoulder, to have the trust to share his story? Luis almost took exception to being labelled a Narco… even the title took some discussion. How did he see his identity, how did he see himself? Did the telling of his story draw out any remorse or regret in his mind about the life Luis led? Did the story of Luis Navia have an effect on Jesse and his own life as a man? Can Jesse see any of himself in Luis? Luis was driven by a desire to prove himself to his father. Did Jesse feel as though in some way Luis failed to make his father proud? The book is a tale about money, what it means to be “rich”, and knowing when enough is enough. What’s’ the dichotomy of Luis? Jesse explains the different sides he found in Luis. Where does Jesse’s curious thirst for a story come from?  OCD is sometimes called the ‘doubter’s disease’. When Jesse is so heavily involved in a book, does a distortion start to infiltrate his thinking based on his own OCD? Did Jesse ever find himself looking over his shoulder, consciously or unconsciously wondering if he was being watched or followed? “The Narco world is more complicated that you think.” What did Jesse learn about Narco operations that can be applied to business operation?   LINKS   Pure Narco on Amazon https://www.amazon.com.au/Pure-Narco-Jesse-Fink-ebook/dp/B084WM66ZN   Pure Narco by Penguin https://www.penguin.com.au/books/pure-narco-9780143796275   Jesse Fink- the Pure Narco website https://jessefinkbooks.com/pure-narco   The Mojo Sessions website https://www.themojosessions.com   The Mojo Sessions on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TheMojoSessions?fan_landing=true   The Mojo Sessions on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoSessions/   Gary on Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-bertwistle-helping-unlock-great-ideas-b5182011/   Gary on Twitter https://twitter.com/GaryBertwistle   The Mojo Sessions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themojosessions/   © 2020 Gary Bertwistle.  All Rights Reserved.   Any products or companies discussed in the show are not paid endorsements. I am not sponsored by, nor do I have any professional or affiliate relationships of any kind with any of the companies or products highlighted in the show. It’s just stuff I like, that I think is cool, that I want to share, and that I believe may be of interest to you as part of the Mojo crew.
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