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Author: Klara Jagosova

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This podcast discusses various topics around - sports, business, technology, mindset, health, fitness, and tips for growth. Topics range from what sports have taught us and how we transitioned from a singular focus and pursuit of our athletic goals and dreams to the decision to end our sports careers and move into the next phase of our lives. My guests share how they found their passion and purpose, tips for maximizing potential - holistically - physically and mentally, how they transitioned from one chapter of their lives to the next, and how to drive success in sport, business, technology, and personal life.

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Thank you all for tuning in. I share some reflections on the past almost 1.5 years of creating content and releasing episodes on a weekly basis, as well as announcements of what's next.I would appreciate it if you could share some feedback with me as I think through how to iterate on this podcast. Send me an email to share your feedback: klara@grandslamjourney.comOr submit it on my website: https://www.grandslamjourney.com/feedbackIf you are unsure what to share, here are some sample question...
Step into the dynamic world of visionary leadership and strategic innovation with Dr. Nicole Wieberneit, the Managing Director of Sales Strategy and Business Architecture Cross Solutions at Microsoft, whose journey from competitive skiing to global leadership is nothing short of inspiring. Our latest episode reveals how Nicole integrates Key Performance Indicators into her leadership style and the significance of celebrating team milestones. Her tales, from the snowy slopes of the Germa...
Discover the intertwined worlds of professional sports and corporate strategy as we sit down with business and tech titan George Mulhern, the former CEO of Cradlepoint. George shares his unique perspective on how the competitive drive and quick decision-making honed on the tennis courts served as the perfect training ground for his meteoric rise in the business world. From his early aspirations of professional tennis to leading Cradlepoint to a billion-dollar acquisition by Ericsson, George's...
Embark on a journey with Dan Gluck, a former competitive tennis player who's aced his way into the investment world as the co-founder and managing partner at Ground Force Capital. Join us as we explore the unique parallels between the discipline of sports and the dynamism of finance and entrepreneurship. Dan's narrative is a testament to the transformative power of a sports mindset in the boardroom, underscoring the vital role of physical well-being in achieving professional excellence. His t...
Embark on a journey with us as we unravel the mysteries of psychedelics with the inimitable Paul F. Austin, founder of Third Wave. From the shackles of guilt and shame to a world of liberation and insight, Paul shares his extraordinary path, guiding us through the wilderness where ancient wisdom meets scientific inquiry. Together, we traverse the landscape of personal transformation, where psychedelics illuminate the canvas of our deepest selves, enabling us to sculpt the life we've always im...
Unlock the secrets to unwavering commitment in your physical and professional pursuits as strength and conditioning sage James de Lacey joins us on a compelling odyssey through consistent performance. Let James, armed with a wealth of experience, unravel the myth that perfection trumps persistence. Together, we dismantle some of the fitness industry's most stubborn myths, providing clear-cut guidance for those on a quest to amplify their muscle mass and bolster their strength.Witness the tran...
Embark on an inspiring journey with Mona Pretorius de Lacey, the karate world champion turned Olympic weightlifting powerhouse. She shares the mental fortitude that propelled her to the pinnacle of three sports: Karate, Olympic weightlifting, and CrossFit. Her candid revelations about tackling the psychological hurdles of Olympic weightlifting and the versatility needed to switch disciplines serve as a masterclass in mental resilience. Mona's narrative is a testament to the indomitable spirit...
As I weave through the cherished memories of my grandmother's 91-year long life, a poignant tapestry of love, strength, and wisdom unfurls. Her time as a telegraph operator, her exceptional marriage, and the life lessons she embedded in the fabric of our family's history are stories I hold close to my heart. In this intimate episode, I invite you into our family circle to celebrate her legacy, sharing how she transformed the scarcity of her youth into a life rich with abundance and leadership...
Embarking on a leadership journey fraught with challenges and triumphs, I had the pleasure of engaging in an intimate conversation with Jeanette Irekvist, President of Ericsson Canada. From her modest beginnings in a small Swedish town to steering a tech giant, Jeanette's narrative is a beacon of inspiration, highlighting the necessity of delivering exceptional work and navigating professional disagreements with grace. Tune in to uncover how embracing cultural diversity has been pivotal in fo...
When Mandy Marquardt wheels into the spotlight, her story unfolds with more twists and turns than a high-velocity velodrome. Mandy is a Professional Track Sprint Cyclist living and racing with type 1 diabetes for the USA Cycling National Team and Team Novo Nordisk, the world's first all-diabetes professional cycling team. In this episode, the 27-time US National Champion, 5-time American Record Holder, 2-time Pan American Games Medalist, and Olympic hopeful shares an empowering narrative...
Ever pondered the intersection of technology and human creativity? Join me as I sit with Eve Psalti, a luminary from Microsoft Azure AI and ex-Google Cloud guru who passionately advocates for women's ascent in tech leadership. Our spirited exchange traverses the landscape of self-advocacy and confidence for women, distinguishing the finesse of networking for career upliftment from the simple joys of friendship-building. With Eve's remarkable insight drawn from her roles and serving on the WE ...
When words cross paths with destiny, they can ignite a journey beyond our wildest imaginations. Join me alongside the multi-industry maestro John Neville as we share tales of transformation and the profound influence tennis, business, and technology have had on our lives. From a serendipitous elevator pitch that catapulted my career into a new orbit at Ericsson to the woven intricacies of trust and positive reinforcement, our dialogue is a testament to the power of communication. We celebrate...
Unlock the secrets of mental toughness as Lee Zohlman, Chief Commercial Officer for Juncos Hollinger Racing, joins me on a riveting exploration of endurance sports and high-stakes motorsports. In our chat, we unearth the fascinating parallels between the resilience of athletes and the strategic savvy needed in the fast-paced world of racing. Discover how the relentless pursuit of incremental gains and unwavering attention to detail are shared traits that transcend the track and trail, offerin...
As the racquet meets the ball, there's more at play than just a game of tennis; there's a world of strategy, resilience, and adaptability that mirrors the high-stakes realm of tech entrepreneurship. That's something Cole Crawford, the tech entrepreneur and former tennis pro, knows all too well. Join us on an exhilarating journey where we trace Cole's footsteps from the baseline of the court to the frontline of cutting-edge technology. We cover the inception of Vapor IO and how it's redefining...
When Andrew McConnell steps up to the mic, you know you're in for a tour de force of entrepreneurial wisdom woven with personal anecdotes that hit close to the bone. A former competitive long-distance swimmer turned lawyer, consultant, and business creator, Andrew lays bare the transformative journey from defining oneself by titles to embracing a life led by true passion. The birth of his daughter and growing love for writing emerge as turning points, alongside his embrace of stoicism and a c...
Unlock the mysteries of your mind with Loretta Breuning Ph.D. as we explore the biological roots of unhappiness and the societal structures that sway our emotions. Our riveting chat strips away the veneer of societal expectations to reveal how our primal instincts for protection and social hierarchy affect our feelings and actions. Loretta Breuning, with her profound insights from "Why You're Unhappy: Biology vs Politics," challenges the misconception that feeling down is a disorder, en...
Unlock the secrets of peak performance with Albert Matheny, the ingenious founder of PROMIX, as he unravels the intricate relationship between athlete nutrition and the U.S. food industry's shortcomings. This episode isn't just a deep dive; it's a full-scale expedition into the personal transformation of an endurance athlete turned visionary CEO, revealing the flawed one-size-fits-all dietary standards and how small, consistent changes can revolutionize athletic prowess. Join us for a j...
Ever wondered how the discipline from your morning jog could be the secret sauce behind your work achievements? Waqar Shaikh, an accomplished tech executive and endurance athlete, joins us from Karachi's bustling streets to the innovative corridors of T-Mobile, Google Cloud, and Accenture, unraveling this intricate web. His story is a testament to how applying sports principles to professional life can inspire growth, instilling vital traits such as persistence and meticulous attention to det...
As we wave goodbye to the year gone by, we're not just making resolutions; we're dissecting the intricate dance of technology and lifestyle that keeps us on our toes. Jump right in with us as we reflect on the wireless community's ingenuity and ponder what 2024 may bring in the telecommunications space, specifically private networks. Trevor McLaughlin joins the conversation, bringing a splash of cold reality to the hot debate on health fads like cold plunging. And while we're at it, we send a...
Are you ready to redefine your perception of leadership, relationships, and holistic health? We prepared a power-packed conversation with fitness and nutrition coach, army veteran, and entrepreneur Ben Smith. Having transitioned from a decorated military life to becoming an Integrated Wellness Coach, Ben brings a wealth of knowledge and an inspiring personal journey that encapsulates the essence of health, both mental and physical. Ben opens up about his identity crisis and how he found solac...
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