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The One-Eyed Man with Mike Stopforth

Author: Mike Stopforth | Solid Gold Podcasts #BeHeard

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It's a messy, complicated world out there. We need better solutions to the problems around us, and better leaders to drive them. No one person has it all figured out, but in a quest to discover a more impactful brand of leadership, I'm having conversations with people who have at least some part of it figured out, and specifically in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, impact and technology.



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Turning attitude into altitude — How to innovate in the face of disruption and unpredictability Gidon Novick (Entrepreneur) In this episode I talk to Gidon Novick about his decision to launch a new airline in the midst of a global pandemic. Gidon is a well known entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, and in his own words, a big believer in the potential of South Africa. He is interested in creating businesses that are both profitable and impactful, and we speak about how the last year has informed his thinking in this regard. Gidon on Twitter https://twitter.com/gidonnovick?lang=en Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
Is podcasting a bubble or a business? — Digging deeper into the inner workings of the podcasting industry Jeff Large (Comealivecreative.com | Founder) In this episode I talk to Jeff Large, purveyor and producer of profitable podcasts (my title, not his) about the burgeoning business of podcasting, and whether it's a viable marketing and sales strategy, or just hype. Jeff Large helps individuals and businesses establish trust, authority, and relationships with their customers through podcasting. His advice was invaluable in my planning around this show, and has been a valuable sounding board as it has evolved. If you are an individual or representative of a brand considering podcasting as a communication channel, this show will be a helpful primer to the opportunities and challenges of the platform. Jeff Large's personal website https://www.jefflarge.com/ Jeff's full-service podcast solution agency for corporate brands https://comealivecreative.com/ Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
The trouble with having an open mind — Fixing the world and breaking echo chambers Bronwyn Williams (Flux Trends | Partner) In this episode, my friend and speaking colleague Bronwyn Williams and I finally get around to solving all the world's problems, and in only 45 minutes or so. Bronwyn is a futurist, economist and trends analyst with over a decade’s experience in strategic management and foresight. She holds tertiary qualifications in Marketing Management (UJ), Economics (University of London), Foresight (University of Manchester), and Future Studies (University of Stellenbosch). She is currently completing a Master's in Applied Economics from the University of Bath. We both have ideas about how to address some of the world's most complicated problems, but they're seldom the same ideas. This has produced many interesting debates and rich conversations, and I hope this show is one of them. Bronwyn's website https://whatthefuturenow.com/ The Flux Trends website https://www.fluxtrends.com/about-bronwyn-williams/ Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
How big is Big Enough? — The alternative approach to success and lifestyle design Lee LeFever (CommonCraft.com | Co-founder) In this episode I talk to Lee LeFever, co-founder of Common Craft and author of the freshly released book Big Enough. I've been following Lee since my earliest social media (ad)ventures, and deeply respect the quality of Sachi (Lee's wife and partner) and his work, their articulation of purpose, and their deliberate commitment to designing a business that perfectly enables their quality of life. We talk about the process of writing this important and timely book, Lee and Sachi's partnership, the dangers of success without direction, and much more. Common Craft is known for being pioneers in the field of ""explainer"" videos, having inspired the explainer video genre in 2007 with their ""in Plain English"" series of videos. The business has grown into a membership service used in over 50 countries today. Membership provides access to online libraries of original videos and downloadable visuals. In 2012, Common Craft founder Lee LeFever published The Art of Explanation (Wiley). It has been translated into 7 languages. Common Craft also operates the Explainer Academy, which teaches explanation and animated video production skills via online courses. The Common Craft website. www.commoncraft.com Big Enough: Building a Business that Scales with Your Lifestyle page on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Big-Enough-Building-Business-Lifestyle/dp/1989603181 Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
How to change a million lives — A conversation with one of SA's most impactful social entrepreneurs Dr Louise van Rhyn (Symphonia | Founder) In this final episode of season 2 of The One-Eyed Man podcast, I talk to Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder of Symphonia.net and the visionary behind the wildly successful and impactful Partners for Possibility programme. Louise holds a doctoral degree in organisational change, has 25 years' experience as a change practitioner with a focus on large scale change in complex social systems, and has worked with diverse local and global organisations, across all sectors, in many countries. She is an inspiration to any South African who believes and is invested in the future of our country. The Partners for Possibility programme https://www.pfp4sa.org/ Louise van Rhyn on Twitter https://twitter.com/louisevanrhyn?s=20 Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
Mentorship as a catalyst for change — From beauty queen to mentorship and transformation advocate Ntsiki Mkhize (MentHer | Founder) In this episode I talk to Ntsiki Mkhize about her journey to social entrepreneurship and her passion for mentorship and the role it plays in uplifting and empowering young women in South Africa. Ntsiki previously achieved success as a finalist in the Miss South Africa pageant, and as a published author(My Hall of Mentors), and has used her platform and influence to inspire thousands of young women across the nation. Ntsiki on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/ntsiki-mkhize-8b0a8b21/?originalSubdomain=za Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
Misinformation, media, and the metaphysics of race — The role of philosophy in a time of crisis Phila Msimang (University of Stellenbosch | Lecturer) In this episode I talk to Phila Msimang about misinformation and fake news, the need for trustworthy, reliable institutions, and then we veer into a conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement and the importance of having difficult conversations if we are to advance society. I met Phila at a workshop hosted by the University of Stellenbosch late last year. He is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and the Convenor of the Socratic Society at Stellenbosch University. His research interests include the philosophy of science, the metaphysics of race, biosemiotics, and theories of minimal cognition. He is part of an inter-university research group that focuses on issues concerning race, the knowledge project, and society. His current areas of research are topics in the metaphysics of race and minimal cognition. Mr Phila Msimang's profile on the University of Stellenbosch's website https://www0.sun.ac.za/philosophy/staff/phila-msimang/ Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
The importance of training naked — Mindfulness, consciousness and spirituality in the midst of uncertainty Pierre du Plessis (Speaker and Author) In this episode I talk to author, speaker and self-proclaimed 'dissident preacher' Pierre du Plessis about his book Train Naked, his work as a speaker, facilitator and coach, and the power of belief. Pierre recently launched a new project called Palaestra - a community of practice that encourages its members to train to become better human beings and do work that matters. Pierre du Plessis's website https://thisispierreduplessis.com/ Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
Building platform businesses that drive social change — How SweepSouth has baked impact into its DNA Dr Aisha Pandor (SweepSouth | Co-founder) In this episode I speak to Aisha Pandor about the tech start-up and funding ecosystem in South Africa, about the unique challenges of running highly scalable platform businesses, and about how her partners and team have navigated some of the unpredictability of the last 6 months. Aisha holds a PhD in Human Genetics from UCT, is the co-founder of the incredibly successful start-up SweepSouth, and a remarkable example of what can be achieved with passion, partnership and relentless execution. Visit the SweepSouth website https://sweepsouth.com Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
Exporting African innovation to solve global challenges — Solutions that work in Africa can, and should, work everywhere else Duke Malan (Africa Works Ventures | Partner) In this episode I talk to Duke Malan about his broad ranging experience in the South African corporate world, his decision to move to Hong Kong, and the lessons he's learned along the way. We cover his worldview around innovation and social impact, the power and importance of mentorship, his vision for ed tech, finding a way to reignite the SA tourism sector, and how to take South African (and African) innovations global. Africa Works Ventures website https://africaworksventures.com/ Duke Malan on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/dukemalan/ Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
Bridging the continent's digital divide — Accelerating transformation in agencies and companies with digital skills Gavin Weale (Digify Africa | Founder and CEO) I speak to Gavin Weale about how critical practical experience is in fast-tracking new digital talent into the workplace, and how they've solved this massive challenge with Digify Africa and its partners. Digify Africa has its roots in publishing and has always been known for giving disenfranchised youth a voice. As the organisation has evolved over the years they have adapted to the digital revolution with aplomb, and have trained tens of thousands of young Africans up in the process. Digify Africa on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DigifyAfrica/ Gavin Weale on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/gavin-weale-9366189/ Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
Cultivating Africa's most promising young leaders — A peek into the remarkable African Leadership Academy and its programmes Karidas Tshintsholo (Khula! | CEO) and Josh Adler (ALA | VP) In this episode I talk to Karidas and Josh about the importance of nurturing entrepreneurial and leadership talent on the African continent as early as possible. Josh Adler is the Vice President of Growth and Entrepreneurship at the African Leadership Academy. One of the ALA's more successful programmes is the Anzisha Fellowship and Prize, which identifies and develops Africa's most promising Very Young Entrepreneurs in a world class bootcamp environment. Khula! marketplace for fresh produce and the #1 agricultural solution as awarded at the MTN App of the Year Awards. http://www.khula.co.za/ The ALA website https://www.africanleadershipacademy.org/ The Anzisha Prize and research report https://anzishaprize.org/ Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
Amplifying impact through focus and mindfulness — A broad conversation about impact and inequality in the global South Max Pichulik (Impact Amplifier | Co-founder) In this episode I talk to impact pioneer, mindfulness expert and social entrepreneurship thought leader Maximilian Pichulik. Max has decades worth of experience navigating the scale and complexity of the social impact space in South Africa and beyond our borders. He has a thoughtful, balanced view of the challenges and opportunities facing social entrepreneurs and other actors in the impact ecosystem. We covered some of his childhood experience, universal basic income (UBI), capital and deal flow, the geographical handicaps certain markets suffer from, and more. Max's personal website https://www.maxpichulik.com/about-max Impact Amplifier website https://www.impactamplifier.co.za/ Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
Hacking finance and capital to build better businesses — How do we redesign venture capital models to amplify start-up impact? Aunnie Patton Power (Intelligent Impact | Founder) I talk to Aunnie Patton Power about innovative and creative ways to redesign finance - and specifically venture capital - to improve access to funding, build more sustainable organisations, and deliver better impact. Aunnie was one of the stand out lecturers from my Masters programme at LSE in her course on Exponential Technology for Social Impact. She is one of the world's leading thinkers in this space, and is currently working on a highly anticipated book that will be a collection of her research and best thinking. Aunnie on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/aunniepatton/ Aunnie's recent ImpactAlpha article on redesigning venture finance for inclusivity https://impactalpha.com/10-ways-to-redesign-venture-finance-for-a-more-inclusive-post-covid-world/ See Aunnie in conversation with ex-Investec CEO Stephen Koseff, on the topic of Impact Investing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOwq9pmXsRs Aunnie's free Coursera programme on innovative finance https://www.coursera.org/learn/innovative-finance Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
Moving purpose beyond a branding exercise — Can you shift business leaders to more conscious behaviours? Tom Fels (Animarem | CEO) I talk to Tom Fels, branding expert and conscious capitalism advocate about his mission to create a new movement of business leadership in South Africa and beyond. Tom is the founder and CEO of Animarem, a boutique impact advisory that powers visionary, purpose-driven growth for their corporate clients. Tom is an old colleague from the advertising industry, has worked in conservation, and now leads the charge on helping leaders redefine their approach to value creation. We also touch on the B Corp movement and its progress on the African continent. Animarem's website https://www.animarem.com/ More information on B-Corporations https://bcorporation.net/ Tom Fels' LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-fels-a3201252/ Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
Pivoting the publishing industry toward purpose — A fresh take on an ancient industry — how to innovate in publishing Arthur Attwell (Electric Book Works | MD) I talk to entrepreneur and innovator Arthur Attwell about the publishing industry and the social impact of better access to information, lessons learned from the successes and failures of his entrepreneurship journey, and a range of other topics. Arthur is the co-founder and managing director of Electric Book Works, an agency that turns ordinary publications into engaging websites, ebooks, and printed editions. He co-founded healthcare publisher Bettercare; children’s book publisher Book Dash; and Paperight, an award-winning experiment in distributed print-on-demand. He worked for two multinational publishers before starting EBW in 2006. He's presented and contributed to publishing resources around the world, including writing Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'ebook' entry. He's a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. Arthur Attwell's personal website https://arthurattwell.com/ The Electric Book Works website https://electricbookworks.com/ Book Dash gathers creative professionals who volunteer to create new, African storybooks that anyone can freely translate, print and distribute https://bookdash.org/ Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
In this episode I speak to Professor Vasti Roodt about a theory of justice (fairness) that might be the key to building a better world for everyone, regardless of their social standing or resources. Vasti is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch, and the Head of the Unit for Social and Political Ethics in the Centre for Applied Ethics. She holds an MA and DPhil (Philosophy) from USB. Her research focuses on moral and political philosophy. In November last year I had the opportunity to attend a leadership retreat on the beautiful Boschendal wine estate hosted by Vasti and her colleagues. The retreat was aimed at introducing the fundamental tenets of the philosophical endeavour to business executives who wanted to take a more conscious, considered look at value creation in today's complex world. She presented a model for justice based on John Rawls' A Theory of Justice (1971) which I found deeply intriguing and challenging. It wasn't my first introduction to Rawls' work, but one of the more accessible explorations of his fascinating thought experiment and proposal for a more fair society. I really enjoyed the retreat and have stayed in touch with the faculty since. Key quote: 'What could ever be the justification for suggesting that one person deserves to be more free than another?' -- Prof Vasti Roodt A video introduction to John Rawls' Theory of Justice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-JQ17X6VNg Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
In this episode I talk to Dean McCoubrey about how to be a better parent to digitally connected children. Dean is a successful media entrepreneur and the founder of MySociaLife (www.mysocialife.com), an education company that examines the invisible physiological, emotional, mental and neurological influences of working on smart devices and in social media, and equips caregivers and educators with the tools to empower children for smarter internet usage. We discuss the story of his personal journey from professional burnout into therapy and the discovery of new purpose in helping young people navigate their digital decision-making with more intention and responsibility. We also discuss some practical tips for parents looking to improve their relationship with their teenagers, and specifically in regards to their online activity. Key quote: 'This profound well of experience that sits inside you will respond to all sorts of stimuli and make you behave in a certain way, and that can get you intro trouble. So you need to understand partly yourself, and partly the stimulus.' -- Dean McCoubrey The MySociaLife website https://www.mysocialife.com/ Dean McCoubrey on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/deanmccoubrey/ Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
Can you tell from the title of this episode that I've been watching a LOT of Frozen 2 while on lock down? In this episode I talk to Andrew Blades, an uncertainty navigator and polymath, about how to lead in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world. Andrew is based out of Melbourne, Australia, and serves as the risk and and compliance manager in the state of Victoria's EPA (Environment Protection Authority). He started his professional career in the intelligence section of the Australian Air Force, focusing on planning the Force's response to ""low probability, high impact"" events, lectured in university, spent time in the private sector, and today holds four Master's degrees together with a range of certifications that match his substantial experience. Andrew has a truly remarkable intellect and his views on the current global COVID-19 crisis (both from a health and economic perspective) were insightful and helpful, particularly from a leadership perspective. Key quote: 'This (pandemic) is a systemic risk to all humans, and we're not used to thinking in terms of systemic risk - we're used to thinking in a much smaller level of risk ... I think there's a possibility ... that what we start to see out of this is people start think in a much broader (way)' -- Andrew Blades The Harvard Business Review article on Dave Snowden's Cynefin framework for strategic decision making in uncertainty and complexity https://hbr.org/2007/11/a-leaders-framework-for-decision-making Margaret Heffernan's new book, 'Uncharted' https://www.mheffernan.com/#modal-close Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
In this episode I talk to Rapelang Rabana about the education and edtech revolution, digital transformation, and how crises can be an opportunity to radically re-calibrate corporate vision and strategy. Rapelang is the founder and chair at Rekindle Learning, a tech entrepreneur, and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. We discuss in detail her start-up journey (fresh out of university), her experience of consulting to corporate clients on innovation and disruption, and the book she is currently working on. Key quote: 'The sting of trauma forces our minds to step out of the movie we have been living, to sit and observe for a while; it forces us to separate ourselves from what we thought was true and constant, what we perceived to be a part of our being, and question everything.'"" -- Rapelang Rabana. Rapelang's personal website. http://rapelang.com/ Rapelang's innovative "micro-learning" edtech business. https://rekindlelearning.com/ Music : Mike Morse | Perfect Teamwork Engage with Mike https://mikestopforth.com/ Connect with Mike on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikestopforth/ Follow Mike on Twitter https://twitter.com/mikestopforth When you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
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