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A globally popular business and lifestyle podcast covering real stories of leadership and inspiration. Funny, sad, thought-provoking, intelligent... something for all aspects of life
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Nestled in the heart of the British countryside, The Big Cat Sanctuary is home to a variety of wild cat species, from the smallest in the world to the most endangered - and everything in between. The Big Cat Sanctuary’s conservation work is helping protect a dwindling number of big cats.  Its welfare team strives to provide the most fulfilled life in captivity for all its cat residents, stimulating them mentally and physically.  In 2020, The Big Cat Sanctuary’s royal patron HRH Princess Eugenie opened a breeding Jaguar centre.It is also building a new Animal Resource Centre (ARC) to include a state-of-the-art vet room, food storage room, and staff facilities. There will be an educational hub for external visits to the Sanctuary. In this episode of Thought and Leaders, Jonathan Gabay takes a ‘walk on the wildlife’, meeting amazing senior cat carers and coming face-to-face with some of the Sanctuary’s best-loved residents.If you can support The Big Cat Sanctuary’s vital work, please contact: enquiries@thebigcatsanctuary.org(Listening time: 37 minutes)
Rabbi Michael Perice is the Senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai of Cinnaminson located in New Jersey. In 2015, Rabbi Perice was named one of the top 20 emerging leaders in the Southern New Jersey region for his rabbinic work. He is also a noted orator and public speaker.Prior to Temple Sinai, Rabbi Perice completed a unit of clinical pastoral education at Einstein Medical Center, where he served as Hospital chaplain during the Covid-19 pandemic.Rabbi Perice is known nationally for his advocacy work on addiction and mental health. He publicly shared his own story of recovery from opioid addiction in 2021. He is committed to ending the stigma of addiction in the United States.This is a gripping special Rosh Hashanah / Yom Kippur episode of Thought and Leaders that will take you to a world of murder, drugs and ultimate redemption.If you would like to sponsor Thought and Leaders, please  DM us or email ask@thoughtandleaders.comShanah Tovah!(52 minutes listening time)
In late 2002, Florian heard that psychologist Daniel Kahneman had been awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. That set him off on a journey that saw him writing The Social Swan, a Ph.D. paper turned into a book, fusing theory from behavioural biology, economics, and cognitive psychology.Florian has a particular interest in the economic analysis of law.  He has a Master of Business Studies, a Master of Arts in Communication Psychology, a PhD in Legal Philosophy, and a Ph.D. in Evolutionary and Behavioral Economics.He advises on the theories of human behaviour and evolutionary game theory.Florian works mainly from Switzerland, Germany, and Liechtenstein.  In the first part of this episode of Thought and Leaders, Florian discusses some key cognitive biases and their implications on business and life. In the second part, he tackles some fascinating, questions about social behaviours, including a theory related to primates and penises!This is a highly original and eye-opening episode of THOUGHT AND LEADERS.Put on your ear-pods, tune in, and get ready for a fascinating adventure of wonder.(52 minutes listening time)If you are interested in award-winning content or are looking for a cost-effective way to reach a highly discerning global audience, please DM or email: ask@thoughtandleaders.comwww.thoughtandleaders.comFor more on psychology please see:  https://v.gd/M8AQjx
Beverley Brooks launched the first recruitment agency in Newcastle for people with convictions.The Recruitment Junction is a not-for-profit enterprise with a social heart, on a commercial mission.  It helps people with convictions re-discover purpose through work and by becoming role models who drive positive generational impact. The Recruitment Junction tackles skills shortages for employers across the northeast of England.  In doing so, it combats persistent regional unemployment and contributes to a national reduction in re-offending, as the economy gets moving again.The Recruitment Junction’s vision is to see people with convictions:Re-discover a sense of purpose through work.Become role models who drive positive generational impact across their families.Our vision is for employers to:See their skills shortages met through our resourceful, resilient workersThe Recruitment Junction’s vision in the North East is to:Push back on persistent regional unemployment.Play its part in getting the economy moving again.In this special episode of Thought and Leaders, Beverley and one of the many people she has helped talks to Jonathan Gabay about life inside prison and prospects within communities.If you would like to sponsor Thought and Leaders, or are interested in award-winning coaching and training for your company, please contact: ask@thoughtandleaders.com
 TORY grandee Sir Richard Needham who served in Government under Margaret Thatcher and John Major,  speaks candidly to Thought and Leaders about his career and highly controversial views on Dominic Cummings, Matt Hancock, Boris Johnson, the NHS and of course the 'Iron Lady'.Sir Richard was a Conservative MP for 18 years between 1979 and 1997, serving as Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Minister of State for Trade. Referring to Boris Johnson, Sir Richard tells Jonathan Gabay, "we've got a government, which is unbelievably incompetent.   How on earth it manages to maintain its lead in the polls is utterly beyond me. I cannot believe this government is as bad as it is. "This is a groundbreaking episode of Thought and Leaders.  Sir Richard is candid, fascinating, authentic, insightful, and funny.Whatever your political stance, you are going to LOVE this episode.(44 minutes listening time).Thought and Leaders is a global podcast.   It features leaders from all walks of life.  Thanks to its cutting-edge content,  Thought and Leaders is often featured in the media and press.  If you are interested in ensuring your brand is heard, by sponsoring the show, please get in touch: ask@thoughtandleaders.com
Doug Stephens is one of the world’s foremost retail industry futurists. His thinking has influenced many of the world’s best-known retailers, agencies and brands, including Walmart, Google, Home Depot, Disney, BMW, Coca Cola and Intel. Doug is also listed as one of the industry’s top 5 global influencers by Vend.com.Before founding Retail Prophet, Doug spent over 20 years in the retail industry, holding senior international roles, including the leadership of one of New York City’s most historic retail chains.He is the author of three ground-breaking books, The Retail Revival: Re-Imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism, Reengineering Retail: The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World and Resurrecting Retail: The Future of Business in a Post-Pandemic World, which asks what if Covid-19 is not a cataclysm, but a catalyst for retailers? Doug’s perspectives on retailing, business and consumer behaviour are regularly featured by media outlets including The New York Times, The BBC, Bloomberg Business News, TechCrunch, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company.Doug regularly speaks to major brands and organizations across North and South America, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and Australia.In this compelling episode of Thought and Leaders, Doug talks candidly to Jonathan Gabay about ‘IR’ (Integrated Retail and the rise of the ‘Metaverse Merchandiser’.  The broadcast is highly recommended for any retailer looking to secure a brand that can succeed post-2020.Thought and Leaders is heard around the planet.  If you want a cost-effective way to reach a highly influential audience of decision-makers, why not sponsor the series?   We provide everything you need to ensure your support for the show is converted into solid sales.DM us or email: ask@thoughtsandleaders.com https://www..thoughtandleaders.com(Listening time - 33 minutes). 
Rudolph Walker CBE is a British national treasure.He was one of the first black actors seen regularly on British television.His earliest television role was in 1965 as a policeman in The Wednesday Play. Walker appeared in the first episode of On the Buses.He is known for his comedic roles in Love Thy Neighbour, The Thin Blue Line, which starred Rowan Atkinson, and Ali G Indahouse.  Walker also appeared in Doctor Who, the 1969 serial The War Games, and the first episode of Mr Bean. Other notable roles include barrister Larry Scott in the BBC series Black Silk.Since 2001, Walker has played Patrick Trueman in the BBC television soap opera EastEnders. In 2010 he appeared in the Internet spin-off series EastEnders: E20. He also starred in a BBC sitcom called The Crouches.Whilst much of his work has been on television, Walker has appeared in several movies, including 10 Rillington Place, King Ralph, and Let Him Have It. On the stage, he appeared in the first production of Mustapha Matura's Play Mas at the Royal Court Theatre and has played in stage productions of Shakespeare's Othello and The Tempest directed by Jonathan Miller. Walker lent his voice to the British children's television series Teletubbies.He was appointed Officer of the British Empire (OBE) Order in the 2006 Birthday Honours for services to drama. In 2018, Walker was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards.In 2021, he was awarded the honour of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to drama and charity.  His investiture, the first major investiture ceremony since Covid-19 began, was held at St James’ Palace and hosted by the Prince of Wales.In this highly entertaining episode of Thought and Leaders, Walker talks to Jonathan Gabay about his life, career, and exceptional work for young adults at the Rudolph Walker Foundation.Thought and Leaders is a Gabay production.  It is heard around the planet.  Why not sponsor the show.  Your brand will reach a highly sought after audience of respected influencers at the top of their profession. www.thoughtandleaders.comYou can also discover more about award-winning content, academically approved coaching or other digital creative services by emailing ask@thoughtandleaders.com
Jonny Benjamin is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger . In the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honours List, Jonny was warded an MBE for his services to mental health and suicide prevention.Aged 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have since been watched by hundreds of thousands of people.Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma.He works with a range of outstanding charities including:Time to change.MindJamiCalmSamaritansPostcard productionsBeyondRethink mental illnessIn this candid interview with Jonathan Gabay of Thought and Leaders, Jonny discusses the new global pandemic - mental health with is robbing the young of hope as well as elders of respect.Thought and Leaders is a production of Gabay.  Why not sponsor the series?  Your brand will be heard around the planet by serious influencers and decision makers.Find out more.  ask@thoughtandleaders.com
We live in a world of corrupt politicians, fraudsters and cons.How much more of the double-talk are we willing to put up with?What can YOU do to recognize fraud in business and life?In this fascinating episode of Thought and Leaders, Jonathan Gabay talks to the internationally renowned financial risks specialist, Gerald Ashley about the history of fraudsters and why the world simply cannot help but fall for scams.Thought and Leaders is a Gabay production.  If you would like to sponsor the show, or are looking for award-winning content, marketing training, and strategy, please DM us or email: ask@thoughtandleaders.com(43 minutes listening time).
Matthew Cooper is the co-founder of Silicon Valley fintech start-up EarnUp. In August of 2020, EarnUp was managing more than $10 billion in loans. After being CEO for six years, Cooper made news when he stepped down to focus on his mental health.“For a long time, I covered up mental health issues with other mental health issues. For example, I would manage my anxiety disorders with compulsive eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia,” “When I focused on those, I was able to continue to work in a pretty intense way. So that was the tool for sort of hiding in plain sight,” he says.“I worked in management consulting and then had finance careers where [in] my opinion is,  some people don’t have the healthiest relationship to their bodies; they sometimes become super-anxious or collapse.In this honest and courageous interview with Jonathan Gabay, Matthew explains the pressures of CEOs, especially after COVID.He offers advice as well as hope to those suffering from anxiety.Thought and Leaders is a global podcast reaching a world of intelligent guests and listeners whose stories are remarkable, joyous, sad, inspirational… reflecting all aspects of leadership and life.We need your support to keep broadcasting.  If you would like to sponsor the show or have a suggestion for a future episode, please DM or email:ask@thoughtandleaders.com This episode deals with issues that may act as triggers for someone in distress.(NB, due to technical issues, the beginning of the podcast has minor sound issues). If you are in the USA/Canada and need help, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24/7, for confidential support at 1-800-273-8255. For hotlines in other countries, click here. You can also call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI, or in a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741.(Episode length: 41 minutes).
Beneath perceptions, who you?A husband?  A wife?  Lover? Son?  Daughter?  Parent?  Boss? Employee?At different stages of life, we assume different identities and responsibilities.Circumstance changes - along with how we address them.Jamie Hull has been a police officer, a SAS trooper trainee pilot and more…Each experience added to his life journey.…Until in a flash, his life went up in flames.By all accounts, he should have died.Even if he survived, with over 63% third and fourth-degree burns and only a 5% chance of survival, would life be worth living?Listen to the remarkable story of a man who became a different person by becoming the man he always was beneath his skin.His story will take to you to the furthest extremes of human endurance and endeavour.  It may just help you become a better version of YOU. (Not suitable for younger listeners).Thought and Leaders is a global podcast featuring stories of remarkable people.Our audience comprises genuine Influencers and leaders in their own right who make a difference, listen and want to learn more.We want to keep on broadcasting but can’t without YOUR generosity. If you would like to sponsor the show, we can put your brand in front of an audience who wants to feel part of a trusted and authentic experience.  Fees are very reasonable, and ROI is virtually guaranteed.We can even create special edition podcasts based on YOUR brand story.To get in touch, please DM or email reinvent@me.com Or visit our funding page at Just GivingThank you.Episode length: 41 minutes.    
Brad Yates was in the renowned American series Days of Our Lives. He became involved with movie projects, including Chaplin.  After his second child, Brad developed personal improvement work, including hypnotherapy.  He met Gary Craig, the founder of EFT and concluded that the then little-known process could genuinely help people cope with stress and trauma.Brad has become one of the pioneers in making EFT tapping therapy available online.  He has over one thousand videos freely available on YouTube. Brad helps people from all walks of life including, CEOs, athletes, actors, the homeless, addicts, attorneys, and even psychiatrists, untap emotions through the simple action of tapping.In this fascinating episode of Thought and Leaders, host Jonathan Gabay challenges Brad to justify EFT – with unexpected results.A must-listen episode for anyone facing anxiety and uncertainty in our post lockdown world, where the new normal has turned out to be just another version of the old normal for so many -  but now with added pressures.We want to keep broadcasting Thought and Leaders.  We need YOUR support to do so.  If you would be interested in sponsoring the show that reaches an intelligent global audience, please DM reinvent@me.com  Or visit www.thoughtandleaders.com 
(34 minutes listening time)The Netflix documentary, ‘Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel’ features an interview with musician and film-maker Pablo Camilo Vergara, aka Morbid.Morbid, a death metal musician, was falsely accused by amateur internet sleuths as being responsible for the death of 21-year-old Elisa Lam at the notorious Cecil Hotel, Los Angeles - despite evidence that he was in a completely different country (Mexico) at the time. Accusations were based on his gothic appearance and having visited the Cecil Hotel previously.Relentless allegations led to Morbid’s social media and financial accounts suspension, countless death threats, and eventually attempting to take his own life.In this candid interview with Jonathan Gabay of Thought and Leaders, Morbid discusses how people are quick to make assumptions in our web-connected world. Sometimes, such beliefs can lead to horrendous consequences.Pablo (Morbid) has since created multi-award-winning films, including Necromurder.About Cyberbullying  Facebook and YouTube have over 1 billion users. Examples of abuse can go viral quickly. These trigger a mob-like pursuit of victims.  Perpetrators use anonymity. Cyberbullying is a global contagion.  Irish children experienced one of the highest rates of cyberbullying in Europe during the Covid-19, followed by Germany and Italy.The highest instance of cyberbullying in the world occurs in India, where 37 per cent of parents report their child encountering online bullying.  1/5 of young people in the UK have been victims.Many assume Cyber-bullying is aimed only at children.  It affects people of all ages, races, and faiths. (UK Gov and BBC figures).   Its forms include:Fraping - Accessing social media accounts and impersonating victims to be ‘funny’ or ruin reputations. Dissing – Sharing or posting cruel information online to ruin reputations and relationships.Trolling - Online insults and offensive criticism to provoke a response. Catfishing – Stealing an online identity to re-create social networking profiles for deceptive purposes. Phishing - Manipulating the target into revealing personal and financial information. Stalking – Using personal information on social media to gain access to private home addresses and more. Blackmail – Anonymous extortion by e-mails, phone calls and text.Photographs & video - Threats to publicly share private media.Sexting – Divulging sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone.Thought and Leaders global podcast explores real stories of genuine leadership from all walks of life.  We want to continue broadcasting.  We need your help.  If you can sponsor the show or be interested in world-class content or strategy, please DM or email: ask@thoughtandleaders.com.
Grief is an inevitable part of life.  It affects leaders from heads of organisations, COOs, CFOs, CMO… as well as individual families and friends.Grief over mourning, purpose, meaning, divorce, identity, family, love, business and home is crippling.  It holds people hostage.In this frank discussion, one of the world’s most respected clinical psychologists, George Kohlrieser, discusses the kind of losses that inevitably, we all must face – and importantly – how to cope and survive.George is a Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour at the Institute of Management Development Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a best-selling, award-winning author, hostage negotiator, organisational and clinical psychologist, media spokesperson, consultant and international keynote speaker.(43 compelling minutes of listening).Thought and Leaders global podcast explores real stories of genuine leadership from all walks of life.  We want to continue broadcasting.  We need your help.  If you can sponsor the show or be interested in world-class content or strategy, please DM or email: ask@thoughtandleaders.com.
Linda Cruse is a remarkable frontline humanitarian, leadership expert, author and inspirational speaker. After a period of extreme stress, Linda suffered temporary blindness.  The experience prompted her to reassess her life, sell up, and fulfil her dream of becoming an international humanitarian.  To this day, she only owns the content of one suitcase. Her work has taken her to some of the most extreme places on earth.  She is committed to supporting communities following disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, and typhoons.  She also works with survivors in refugee camps and war zones.  Her work has won global leaders' admiration, including Sir Richard Branson, HRH The Prince of Wales and HH The Dalai Lama.  Her ethos is defined by creating innovative high impact programmes, including RACE4GOOD and COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP. In this absorbing interview with Jonathan Gabay of Thought and Leaders, Linda discusses her life and how talented students and business leaders can work together to solve some of our planet’s most critical humanities issues.  Her story is guaranteed to make you consider your own greater meaning and purpose. Thought and Leaders is a global podcast.  It is produced by GABAY.  If you are interested in helping us keep broadcasting or want to find out more about award-winning content, training, and creative strategy for a post-COVID world, please DM us or email: ask@thoughtandleaders.com (43 minutes listening time).
Mark Borkowski is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the industry’s recent history. He has consistently delivered successful publicity, communications and crisis management campaigns for over 30 years.According to Richard Bailey, editor of PR Place: “Borkowski has done more than anyone to rehabilitate and celebrate the craft of the publicist by recognising the sophisticated use of psychology and visual communication.”   Mark has been named in every edition of PR Week’s Power Book, including in the inaugural 2020 list of the industry’s top crisis and reputation managers, as well as being named as one of Spears Magazine’s top reputation managers of 2021 and one of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 2019.In this episode of the global podcast, Thought and Leaders, Mark talks to Jonathan Gabay about his career,  views on PR trends and how organisations have used the media circus  to address the COVID pandemic and vaccination programmeA fascinating -must-hear programme that reveals the inner workings of the PR machine (34 minutes listening time)Thought and Leaders needs your help to keep broadcasting.  If you are looking for award-winning content, please contact: ask@thoughtandleaders.com
Julie Morrison is a loving mum.Her story of loss, hope and courage is so staggering that it reached the attention of the world’s press.From that experience emerged the charity Baby Loss Retreat.It aims to alleviate emotional and psychological suffering to parents, individuals and families who have suffered a bereavement following a stillborn, neonatal death, miscarriage, IVF or medical termination.This is a very hard-hitting episode of Thought and Leaders. (Listener discretion is advised).Thought and Leaders is a global podcast that highlights the inspirational stories of people from all walks of life.If you are interested in world-class content for your brand or can support us to continue producing the show, please contact ask@thoughtandleaders.com.   (29 minutes listening time).
Rishi Sunak has delivered his budget to lift business back onto its feet post-COVID.  The spin doctors at the UK’s Treasury Office have trumpeted Rishi Sunak’s 'ode to redemption' as a “£6bn tax cut for businesses".A six-month extension period has been announced where rates will be two-thirds of the normal charge, up to a maximum of £2m for closed businesses.But are such measures too little, too late?As digital leaves in deepest ever footprint, is the traditional high-street- as we once knew it pre-pandemic - finally dead?GDP growth forecast for 2021 has been downgraded to 4% (from 5.5%).Unemployment is expected to peak at 6.5%By 2023/24, debt is set to crest at 97% of GDP, with government borrowing reaching  £335bn in 2021/21.  (The highest level since WW2).Where once stood titan high-street brands, now rest ghosts of shopping empires long-past.Against this backdrop, can a hybrid of digital and bricks & mortar be a practical solution?Will ‘experiential’ shopping prove to be the equivalent of a miraculous Pfizer shot in the retail’s arm?‘On-the-shop-floor’ is  a special Thought and Leaders panel discussion of respected retail experts:Paul Brooks -   the man who creates “moments of beauty” for world-renowned brands.Martin Newman -  customer service guru, author and former head of  Multichannel operations of some of the world's leading brands.Susannah Streeter -  a highly respected BBC News broadcaster and financial commentator.  (Currently Senior Investment and Markets Analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown).Jonathan Sands - Founder, Co-Owner/Operator of one of London's only privately owned independent Museum's, producing and maintaining the 'Bond in Motion' Exhibition ….Co-Owner/Operator of acclaimed multi-million global entertainment merchandise retail stores.Tune into what could be 2021's most compelling retail debate to date. (42 minutes listening time).Subscribe to Thought and Leaders on your favourite podcast platform today.Thought and Leaders in a Gabay production. To sponsor the show or if you are interested in award-winning content, including digital content training for your organisation, please DMor email:  ask@thoughtandleaders.com
The UK’s roadmap to returning to normal has started its journey.  Yet, globally there is an odoriferous vaccine apartheid that allegedly involves bullying and demands.  In this revealing Thought and Leaders expose, the award-winning investigative journalist Madlen Davies uncovers what happens behind the scenes in order for Western governments to protect their citizens - and so preserve an electable image of care and kindness.Madlen Davies’ stories and documentaries have appeared in the Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, CNN, Al Jazeera, Sky News, Channel 4's Dispatches, The Lancet, The British Medical Journal and are widely syndicated abroad. Madlen won the Association of British Science Writers award for the best investigative journalism in science in 2019, the Press Gazette British Journalism award for best food and farming journalism in 2018 and has previously won the Medical Journalist Association’s Young Journalist of the Year award. Madlen was asked to host the US Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s event on superbugs at the United Nations General Assembly meetings in 2017 and 2018. Thought and Leaders is a Gabay production.  You can subscribe via your favourite podcast platform. If you are looking for award-winning content that puts your brand in the mind of audiences worldwide or would like to sponsor the show, please DM or email: ask@thoughtandleaders.com (29 minutes listening time).
From humble beginnings on the streets of Nepal to winning the nation’s hearts on Masterchef: The Professionals, chef Santosh Shah has put Nepalese cuisine firmly on the map.Starting work aged 14, Santosh worked tremendously hard, rising through the hospitality ranks in India, and eventually moving to the UK.Once in London, Santosh worked at some of the most renowned Indian kitchens, holding positions at Michelin-starred Benares restaurant and super-trendy Dishoom, before becoming a Sous Chef at The Cinnamon Club and eventually Head Chef at its sister restaurant, Cinnamon Kitchen.Santosh aims to open a Michelin star,  Nepalese restaurant in London.In this inspirational episode of Thought and Leaders, Santosh talks candidly to Jonathan Gabay from Thought and Leaders about his life, Nepalese cuisine and future.  Plus he offers  excellent recipes for listeners to try at home.If you want to feel galvanized, you are going to adore this episode with a remarkable man.(31 minutes listening time),Thought and Leaders is available on all major podcast platforms.  If you are interested in award-winning content or reaching a global audience for your brand, please DM us about sponsorship opportunities. 
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