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Build Your Talent Stack

Author: Yishan Chan

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I started my career feeling like I needed to fit in, and now I shape my own career opportunities. Together with my guests, we share how we challenge the status quo in how we learn, connect with an aligned tribe who gets us, and shape our own jobs - and in many cases these are jobs that didn’t exist before.

Get ready to be inspired to explore creative ways to learn, future-proof your talent stack and forge your own path in the future work in a way that brings out your zone of genius. Hosted by Yishan Chan.
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Today’s episode is inspired by one of our listeners all the way from Ankara in Turkey, and she shared this question as part of the Listening Tour we did in May."Digital skills - I know they’re important to have, but where do I start?"If you look up digital skills on Google, you’ll find various lists out there ranging from top 10 skills to some other websites that encourage learning as many as 60 digital trends.Instead of feeling like you need to cross every single skill on these lists.. we should start with asking ourselves:How can we create better outcomes for people and society by considering a digital approach to solving problems?Which of the digital trends are you most curious about to learn that will achieve this outcome?In todays episode I’m going to share 3 quick examples:Digital upskilling to pivot / grow your careerDigital upskilling to augment your client experience & gain a competitive advantage for your businessBecome familiar with how digital trends are shaping our worldThe most important thing is to learn at your own pace, in a way that suits your style. and practice applying what you’ve learned.It may feel overwhelming at first, but the more you ask “wouldn’t it be amazing if" instead of looking at what’s been done before, the more you'll enjoy learning it your way and at your own pace.For more talent stack resources visit ☆ Build Your Talent Stack ☆
How can I build leadership experience in the new normal?In this episode, Julia van Graas and Steph Clarke from Spiique share how you can start by leading yourself, curating your leadership learning playlist, and become more courageous in realising your leadership potential - especially so in the new normal.Julia gets leadership teams collaborating and delivering results in challenging situations. Globally experienced, Julia is a sought-after advisor whose people-centred approach is heavily influenced by her experiences of achieving improbable results in turnaround and crisis situations. Trained as a Chartered Accountant, she subsequently studied psychology, is a qualified Organisational Coach, and a Certified Dare to LeadTM Facilitator.Steph helps teams be better teams.  As an accountant-turned-facilitator, she realised that changes don’t happen through spreadsheets, but they can happen through post-it notes.  She loves the creativity of designing new experiences for teams to have the conversations they need to, build trust, tame the elephants in the room, and come out strongerTopics covered:What it means to lead yourselfBuilding your own leadership learning playlistHow to overcome self-doubt in your leadership potentialIntrapreneurial approach to career developmentLinksSteph Clarke - LInkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/steph-clarke/Steph’s Business Bookshelf podcast https://www.stephsbusinessbookshelf.com/ Julia van Graas - LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliavangraas/ Spiique Blue Paper - Work Post Covid Activityhttps://www.linkedin.com/posts/spiique_spiique-bluepaper-work-post-covid-activity-6657896406323466240-_IeaLearn more about Spiique - www.spiique.com It’s great to have Steph back on the podcast again. Find out how Steph pivoted from accountant to leadership coach in episode 13.https://www.buildyourtalentstack.co/podcast/episode/2283a4c7/13-accountant-to-leadership-coach-steph-clarke-on-leaping-with-her-talent-stackFor more talent stack resources visit ☆ Build Your Talent Stack ☆
To me, play-based learning to children are what “learning sand pits” are to adults.A learning sand pit is an avenue to discover, experiment, create, iterate and imagine in a way that is driven by your intrinsic motivation.I learn better by doing rather than over-thinking it.  I learn best when there is skin in the game.  Learning is a whole lot more fun when I get to experiment ideas outside of work without the red tape.What motivates me to build a learning sand pit?I’m a big believer in maximising opportunities around you to learn new skills.  The biggest reason of all is that I find that when I apply skills across different situations, that's actually what makes me learn more effectively and makes me enjoy the learning process as well.In this episode, I share how I multiplied what I learned with my learning sand pits, built adaptability, agility and skills that are now part of my personal brand.For more talent stack resources visit ☆ Build Your Talent Stack ☆
When it comes to the future of work, one thing that we can be certain about, is that by being adaptable, we will be able to embrace challenges better, become a better leader and always be relevant.In this episode, I invite one of Asia’s leading tech executives, Carolyn Chin-Parry, to share ideas on how you can power your adaptability, and why it’s important to have a holistic approach to how you learn and add value.Carolyn Chin-Parry is the current Women of the Year from the Women in IT Asia Awards. She is a Managing Director and Digital Innovation Leader at PwC Singapore and also leads PwC's Asia Pacific Digital Upskilling Initiative. Carolyn is an active contributor of PwC Singapore's Diversity & Inclusion Committee and provides pro bono digital upskilling for charities, NGOs and social enterprises. She is a Board Director for a charity, the Digital Industry Vice Chair for the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, and sits on the Advisory Boards for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Shes Loves Data (non-profit) and EGN.Carolyn has led some of the largest transformation projects in Asia Pacific for multiple industries. She has been previously featured by The Economist, CIO Magazine, Standard Chartered Bank, Microsoft, IBM and many more. Carolyn is a shortlisted finalist for the upcoming Women of the Future Awards 2020 (Mentor category) and Women in IT Asia Awards 2020 (Business Role Model of the Year) (results to be announced in late 2020). In her free time, Carolyn enjoys time with her young family and actively researches on technology to help under-represented communities. In the podcast, Carolyn discusses PwC's Digital Fitness app which has been recently made available to the community. You can find more details here: https://www.pwc.com/us/en/products/digital-fitness.htmlLinks discussed in this episodeAccelerating Organisation Culture Change by Dr Jacklyn Lee Leadership by Algorithm (Who Leads and Who Follows in the AI Era) by David De Cremer Mathinson HR Platform https://www.linkedin.com/company/mathison-io/For more talent stack resources visit ☆ Build Your Talent Stack ☆
Stop worrying about the "what if.."Instead, ask more of "wouldn't it be amazing if..." and what struggle or sacrifice you're willing to tolerate in order to solve the problems you care most about.Your competitive advantage lies in your ability to find a problem you care about, addressing the things you asked yourself - “wouldn’t it be amazing if” and solving these problems in a way that you want to be remembered for.Don’t forget to check out episode 60 - where I share my favourite formula for getting the ball rolling on a big ticket goal, called the 24-7-1 approach.Source: https://markmanson.net/life-purposeFor more talent stack resources visit ☆ Build Your Talent Stack ☆
Have you ever felt that your quiet nature is holding you back from being recognised for having what it takes to be a leader?In this episode, I invited Megumi Miki to join us here today to explore how your quiet nature is your hidden leadership strength, and how organisations can benefit from harnessing their hidden talent and uplifting their leaders’ effectiveness by using quieter approaches.Megumi is an author, speaker and consultant in leadership and culture, and the author of Quietly Powerful: How your quiet nature is your hidden leadership strength.In the uncertain, changing, global and inter-connected world, Megumi believes that the ‘alpha’ or ‘hero’ leadership style alone is outdated and inadequate. Quietly Powerful expands the definition of what good leadership looks, sounds and feels like and empowers quieter professionals and those outside majority groups to fulfil their leadership potential. https://www.linkedin.com/in/megumimiki/https://www.megumimiki.com/For more talent stack resources visit ☆ Build Your Talent Stack ☆
I started my podcast with a vision to share career stories usually shared over coffee about owning your future of work.Interesting stories about how people learn new skills to adapt their careers.Real stories about how people build portfolio careers alongside a 9-5.But I'd love to know if these topics are what you actually want?What would you like to hear more of from me?What kind of guests would you like to see more of on the show & what questions do you have for them?For a limited time only (as I have a 9-5 after all), you can book a 20 minute virtual coffee with me via Zoom to share what you're currently facing & what support you need from us in helping you own your future work.Look forward to seeing you soon!https://www.yishanchan.co/listeningtour
In today’s episode, Leanne shares how you can also add facilitation to your talent stack, and her journey in branching out in shaping a portfolio career as a facilitator.Leanne is an international corporate trainer, facilitator, speaker and coach who loves creating unpredictable workshop experiences, that predictably work.She combines her experience in Marketing, with her education in Human Resources and Psychology, to help leaders create engaging everyday experiences - that are so contagious they scale across teams, functions and regions.Leanne has facilitated leadership, onboarding and team-development workshops across Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Mongolia and Singapore and believes in a strengths-centred approach to learning and development.She has over 13 years’ of experience across a range of industries including mining, government and tourism sectors.She’s the host of the First Time Facilitator podcast and was a finalist in the 2018 Australian Learning Impact awards for Learning Professional of the Year.https://www.leannehughes.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/leannehughes/For more talent stack resources visit ☆ Build Your Talent Stack ☆
Much like a music or podcast playlist, you're in the driver seat for curating your own learning playlist.Let your curiosity guide the pace at which you explore what interests you. See where your learning playlist takes you - to new discoversations, new conversations, and maybe even new opportunities.Follow me on LinkedIn to see what's on my learning playlist.https://www.linkedin.com/in/yishan/detail/recent-activity/shares/
What weird and wonderful questions have you been asked or like asking in a job interview? Design expert Karen Leong shares her favourite questions that paint a picture of how well the candidate has thought about their fit for the role. Karen Leong is an experience design leader who’s known for her pragmatic approach in leading organisations to be more empathetic, creative and design led. She originally published this piece as part of her tech and design blog at Sportsbet. Connect with Karen Leong on LinkedInFor more talent stack resources visit ☆ Build Your Talent Stack ☆
Once upon a time, before Instagram existed, I ran a blog about lipsticks for 5 years. Yep, that’s right - you heard me. Lipstick!! It was called Beauty Swatch, and my tag line was “helping you find your way through the lipstick jungle”.When I started, I went from not knowing a single thing about blogging let alone how to create a media release or work with PR. I started blogging because I wanted to learn about social media and how it can be used to influence consumer purchasing decisions.Fast forward 5 years later, my blog won awards in the beauty journalism industry (back in the day when blogging actually involved writing rather than a pretty Instagram feed), it was featured on Forbes.com, fashion magazines like InStyle USA and I won an award for best blogger collaboration with Clinique and Mecca Maxima - an iconic beauty retailer in Australia. It will be 10 years ago since I started the blog, and it's for the same reason I'm podcasting now - as a way to build skills to add to my talent stack.If you’re curious to find out more about what I’ve learned about building a brand online, then join me as I share a trip down memory lane and how I now approach branding differently.Topics covered:Mass market vs. nicheBranding goals as a blogger vs. podcasterFollowing vs. communityBuilding trust onlineStrategic offersFor more talent stack resources visit http://bit.ly/talentstacklinks
In today’s episode, we’re going to explore the topic of career sponsorship, and how a sponsor can make a difference to your career. So what’s career sponsorship and how does it work? To answer this question, I invited Dr. Jovina Ang, who is an expert in communication, a global speaker, consultant and author of The game Plan of Successful Career Sponsorship. Jovina has over 20 years of experience in Leadership, Marketing, Strategy, Operations and Communication. She has transformed businesses, reinvented organizational culture, built world-class high performing teams, elevated employee engagement, and enhanced corporate reputation in market leading multinationals such as Microsoft, Dell, and Cisco Systems. Alongside consulting and mentoring, Jovina also teaches at Singapore Management University, where she teaches the success factors for driving digital transformation. So if you’re in Singapore and want to learn how to lead a successful digital transformation journey, check out the course below and connect with Jovina on LinkedIn. Success Factors for Leading Digital Transformation (Singapore Management University) https://academy.smu.edu.sg/lead-digital-transformationConnect with Jovina on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jovinaang/ For more talent stack resources visit http://bit.ly/talentstacklinks
Amelia Novakovic is a proud Gen-Y marketing professional with 10 years of experience across a range of industries. She is currently a consultant for Vanguard Investments Australia, a global investments fund manager, and has previously worked for the ANZ Bank, Avon Cosmetics and the Royal Far West Children’s Charity. Originally from Sydney, Amelia and her husband have called Melbourne home for the past 4 and half years… with plans to tread further abroad in 2020. In today’s episode, Amelia shares how she navigates big decisions in her career, how creative writing and podcasting has helped her career and personal brand, and how to leverage your creative passion to shape opportunities. Amelia Novakovic https://www.linkedin.com/in/amelia-novakovic/ For more talent stack resources visit http://bit.ly/talentstacklinks
Until now I’ve featured many stories on this podcast from people who are shaping their career. Today I wanted to change things up a bit, and share with you a story of someone who - after 30 years in her career, has re-invented herself yet again to discover new beginnings. Her name is Christine Burton, and she’s a dear friend and mentor. With over 30 years experience in financial services and more recently in higher education, Christine was known as a ‘customer focused solution design expert’ strong on team leadership and project delivery. Then one day, major life challenges came along. Faced with some big decisions, Christine ended up making a dramatic pivot to the creative textile industry where she is currently teaching, designing and producing traditional pieces of hand embroidery in her one woman business called ‘A Crewel Beginning’. Topics covered:How Christine pivoted across her career chaptersHer latest pivot - launching a creative career in retirementRedefining success in each career chapterIf today’s topic resonates with where you’re at in your journey, Christine and I would love to hear from you via LinkedIn. Christine Burton - LinkedIn & Instagram https://www.linkedin.com/in/christineburton/ https://www.instagram.com/a_crewel_beginning/ For more talent stack resources visit http://bit.ly/talentstacklinks
60. 24-7-1

60. 24-7-1

2020-03-1305:21

Welcome back to another minisode - where I feature a quick tip to help you reframe something you might be stuck with and inspire you to discover new possibilities. Today I wanted to talk to you about my favourite formula for getting the ball rolling on a big ticket goal. It’s called the 24-7-1 approach shared by Holly Ransom who is widely recognized as one of the world’s top female keynote speakers. This is Ransom’s blueprint for building minimum viable habits; something she says can be just as useful for teams as it for individuals, in work or life in general. Source: https://hollyransom.com/a-practical-approach-to-change-management/ For more talent stack resources visit http://bit.ly/talentstacklinks
Kathy Borys Siddiqui was born in Poland and has lived in 4 countries. Growing up as an immigrant and a cross-cultural kid she was able to discover a multicultural world that shaped her into the person she is today. As an adult she experienced life as a re-pat as well as an expat and she is not a stranger to the challenges and opportunities that life abroad offers. Just when she least expected it, she met her Danish husband and once again packed her life in boxes and set off to live in Denmark. Over the span of 10 years Kathy has combined her academic background in Cultural studies, her love for facilitation and her passion for helping internationals to create her own career in Denmark as an intercultural trainer through her business called Active Action. In this episode Kathy shares how she reframed her talent stack to build a new career in a new country, the challenges of being a global citizen and how she helps other global citizens like her to adapt to living in a new country. Connect with Kathy on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathybsiddiqui/ For more talent stack resources visit http://bit.ly/talentstacklinks
In today's episode, I invite my friend Meryl to take over the podcast hot seat and ask me questions that help you get to know me better! Topics covered:My origin storyWhat's something people may not know about me · How to build a personal brandOutrageous goals for the podcastRapid fire questions - just for fun! Connect with Meryl on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/merylfernandes/ For more talent stack resources visit http://bit.ly/talentstacklinks
When it comes to communicating our value, it can be easier to focus on the story we want to tell, rather than listening to uncover new possibilities in the dialogue. Oscar Trimboli shares what it means to be a deep listener, with inspiring stories on how powerful deep listening can be in driving change and creating new possibilities. ---- Oscar Trimboli is on a quest to create 100 million Deep Listeners in the world. He is an author, Host of the Apple Award Winning podcast - Deep Listening, and a sought-after keynote speaker. He is passionate about using the gift of listening to bring positive change in homes, workplaces and the world. Through his work with chairs, boards of directors and executive teams in local, regional and global organisations, Oscar has experienced firsthand the transformational impact leaders and organisations can have when they listen beyond the words. He consults to organisations including Cisco, Google, HSBC, News Corp, Paypal, Qantas, TripAdvisor, helping executives and their teams listen to what’s unsaid by the customers and employees. LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/oscartrimboli/ Website - https://www.oscartrimboli.com/ For more talent stack resources visit http://bit.ly/talentstacklinks
How to be more effective with the way you connect with people to build your tribe who can help you create confidence, foster learning and explore new directions in your career or a new idea. Topics covered: · Know your desired outcome but focus on building relationships first · Be clear on what you'd like to cover · Don't be afraid to ask the "why" and show your value · Follow up within the next day or so For more talent stack resources visit ☆ Build Your Talent Stack ☆
Today’s episode is hosted by one of our listeners in the United States! Her name is Anitra Butler-Ngugi, and she is Associate Professor at Prince George's Community College in Washington DC. Anitra presents the most frequently asked questions from her students with the hopes of encouraging her learners to build their talent stacks while cultivating evergreen skills. Topics covered: · Planning your career · How to overcome imposter syndrome · Resume tips: should I leave small jobs off my resume or keep them on? · How to discover your zone of genius · How do you continuously learn Sources mentioned: Talent Stack (Scott Adams) - https://www.scottadamssays.com/2016/12/27/the-kristina-talent-stack/ The Big Leap (Gay Hendricks) - https://amzn.to/2v3D9wN LinkedIn (Anitra Butler-Ngugi) https://www.linkedin.com/in/anitra-butler-ngugi-6338627/ Linkedin (Yishan Chan) https://www.linkedin.com/in/yishan/ Instagram http://instagram.com/buildyourtalentstack For more talent stack resources visit http://bit.ly/talentstacklinks
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Sienna Rodriguez

Listening to Yishan's podcast has helped me understand the importance of connecting with people. As someone who finds it easy to stay in their shell, I've noticed a difference when I started reaching to people I trust who can help refine my thinking. I now feel more confident turning my ideas and goals into a reality. I recommend this podcast to anyone wanting to shape their career!!

Nov 8th
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orange orange

I don't normally write public comments but just want to say thanks for creating this podcast and sharing all this information! I love it! so keep it up! Im a few years into my career and so still figuring out what to do so take online courses/classes in random things. I never thought about it as a "stack" just felt like a talent "splat";) not in a negative way though. I love learning, not just for career but just for fun as well so its very interesting to hear you and other people's approaches to learning things and how you've leveraged your talent stack. The interviews are inspiring and its so nice for you sharing your thoughts, its insightful. And ep37 is like an insider extension of your challenge 24 haha. ~Peggy

Sep 24th
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Maryanne Vorreiter

Have just listened to your podcasts with Helen Babb and Emily Edgeley. I have been out of work for a few years and have been trying to find the things I am passionate about in my career and trying some things out. Helen made some points about experiencing self doubt and healthy risk taking that reasonated with me. I have also done a lot of presenting in the past and have recently started doing some presenting again. I really like the bit about knowing the point of your presentation and the importance of storytelling.

Sep 2nd
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Meryl Fernandes

That was fun listening to Yishan and Adeline chat after a few cocktails and wines hahaha!!! I definitely need to connect with Adeline to plan for 18 months on.

Jun 1st
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Meryl Fernandes

Loved listening to Olivia's take on Improv #lifeisimprov #innerchild

May 4th
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Meryl Fernandes

Go Yishan - you inspire me to Play Big xo

May 4th
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Meryl Fernandes

May The Fourth be with you Yishan. Living vicariously through you. I hope more people hear your message about writing their new chapter.

May 4th
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Meryl Fernandes

Hahaha #girlinthereddress

May 4th
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sonia Yadav

Love this..so much info in one podcast..its a workshop in itself

Feb 3rd
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Meryl Fernandes

Wow ! This episode is communication GOLD. Full disclosure, I am a little biased as I have done Vinh's workshop in Adelaide in Jan 2019 and taken imperfect action to perform Improv to a live audience in March 2019.

Feb 3rd
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orange orange

This is really good

Dec 12th
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Peter Chuang

Great podcast yishan! Clear and concise and your voice is lovely! Keep it up

Dec 9th
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Meryl Fernandes

I loved listening to Emily speak about how psychological safety is key to building a high performing team. It really reasonated with me as I have been bringing this up in my catch-ups with leaders in the last few month to guage if they realize it's really the secret sauce to turning their team into raving fans...

Dec 9th
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Meryl Fernandes

Loved hearing the details behind your speed to launch your podcast in a month. And, ofcourse you referenced my three of my favorites Vinh Giang's STAGE, Amy Porterfield and Alex Banayan...

Dec 9th
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Meryl Fernandes

Great podcast with clear actions #lookforthegold

Nov 22nd
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Meryl Fernandes

Excited to learn more about Digital Learners !!!

Oct 14th
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