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My name’s Dr Gary Crotaz, I’m an international speaker, an executive coach, and I coined the term The Unlock Moment.
An Unlock Moment is that flash of remarkable clarity when you suddenly know the right path ahead. Unlock Moments define us. They teach us about ourselves. And we remember them decades later.
In exploring Unlock Moments on this podcast and in my speaking and coaching work, I’ve discovered how we can see ourselves through a new lens, how we can make new and powerful connections, and how we can get right to the heart of our deepest underlying sense of purpose.
In these intimate and curious conversations I explore how people find fulfilment, happiness and balance. From ordinary people with extraordinary stories, to some of the most successful people on the planet, you’ll hear them reflect on those pivotal life and career moments, when they suddenly knew something they didn’t know before.
And as you listen, maybe you’ll be inspired to explore your own Unlock Moment.
I’m so happy you’re here. Sit back and open your mind. Welcome to The Unlock Moment!
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In these most volatile of times, it feels as though the only certainty in business and life is that change is the new normal. So today I’m delighted to welcome a world-leading thinker and author on transformation and change to The Unlock Moment.Faisal Hoque is an accomplished entrepreneur, a noted thought leader, technology innovator and advisor to CEOs and the US federal government. He is the founder of SHADOKA and NextChapter, and he serves as a strategic partner and an innovation leader for CACI whose technology and expertise plays a vital role in US national security. He has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Technology and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, the Financial Times as well as on Fox and CBS. He was shortlisted in 2023 for the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Award at an event dubbed the Oscars of Management Thinking.Faisal is the author of 10 award-winning books on humanity, business and technology, including Lift and Everything Connects, and his most recent book, a #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller no less, is called REINVENT: Navigating Business Transformation in a Hyperdigital Era. In it Faisal makes the argument for reinvention to help position organisations and their leaders to reap the benefits of business and digital transformation.That’s all well and good, but of course I’m also curious about the person behind the pen, so we’ll be digging into Faisal’s own story and the Unlock Moments of remarkable clarity that helped him to figure out the path ahead.--Faisal Hoque: https://faisalhoque.comReinvent: Navigating Business Transformation in a Hyperdigital Era: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reinvent-Navigating-Business-Transformation-Hyperdigital-ebook/dp/B0BWSD8HPK --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
I met today’s guest last year, a world-leading coach and the kind of deep thinker that I love to spend time in conversation with. I know you will enjoy hearing from her too.Dr Francoise Orlov, who holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Strasbourg in France, is an accredited Master Coach, Mentor, and Coaching Supervisor. She is a published author and a member of Marshall Goldsmith's 100 Coaches. As an advocate of the professionalisation of coaching, she actively contributes to the advancement of best practices through her collaborations with major coaching bodies.Prior to this, Dr Francoise has held leadership positions across various industries, including global corporations and international organisations. Her hallmark is a trustworthy focus on pushing boundaries and driving excellence – both for herself and those she supports – fostering sustainable personal and organisational growth. Her clients value her pragmatic style which allows for diverse interpretations of the world.And when she’s not doing all that, in her spare time, she enjoys treasure hunting, riding her motorbike or snorkelling in the Asia seas.  I’m looking forward to hearing how Francoise thinks about the power of difference, and how we can unlock our unique talents to become authentic leaders, and of course those Unlock Moments of remarkable clarity that helped her to figure out the path ahead.--Francoise Orlov on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-francoise-orlov/ --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
Today we are meeting a top marketing executive, a leadership and branding coach and a top business school professor – the many-hatted Jenny Fernandez.Jenny is an award-winning executive and team coach, Columbia and NYU faculty, and brand strategist. She works with senior leaders and their teams to maximise their impact by becoming more curious, collaborative, and resilient. Her work spans Fortune 500 companies, startups, and higher education. Jenny has been recognized by Thinkers50 Radar as one of the Top 30 Management Thinkers to Watch, and a Top 30 Global Guru.Like me she is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches Agency and is a contributing author at Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company and featured by The Washington Post and HuffPost.She is a keynote speaker, moderator, and panelist in leadership, and the new world of work. Her book, Zig-Zag to Top – How to Master the Habits, Behaviors, and Mindset to Succeed, comes out in 2025.Well that’s all well and good, but as my regular listeners will know, I’m deeply curious about the people behind the accolades, and I can’t wait to hear more about the Unlock Moments that shaped Jenny’s journey from growing up in the Dominican Republic to the life she leads today.--Jenny Fernandez: https://jennyfernandez.com/ --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
The Post Office Horizon IT Scandal represents the biggest single series of wrongful convictions in British legal history. Brought to life in the hit ITV series "Mr Bates vs. The Post Office", the story hit the headlines in early 2024 and at the time of publication is the subject of a major public inquiry.Faulty equipment and computer software made it look as though money was missing from post office branch accounts and the sub-postmasters’ contracts held them personally liable. More than 900 were prosecuted, many went to prison and many others were financially ruined.In this very special episode, I am privileged to be joined by one of the subpostmasters affected, Jess Kaur, whose story was told in the ITV drama. We are also joined by TV actress Krupa Pattani who played Jess on screen as 'Sam Kaur'.If you've watched the series, you'll not be able to forget the scene when Sam's husband walks in to find her bleeding with a knife in her hand. We'll talk about that, how Jess talked to her children about what she went through and how Krupa prepared for such an important scene.It's been a harrowing road for Jess and she has been very brave to come on and tell her story. I am deeply grateful.The TV series has prompted a renewed sense of urgency for action, but most victims of the scandal remain without an apology and without compensation for what they have experienced. I hope that interviews like this will help to raise awareness of the personal toll that the scandal took on those affected, and will support those in power to ensure that justice is done.--Mr Bates vs. The Post Office: https://www.itv.com/watch/mr-bates-vs-the-post-office/10a0469/10a0469a0001Mr Bates vs. The Post Office on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr_Bates_vs_The_Post_OfficeJess Kaur on Good Morning Britain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mBvCZOD4LM --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
The other day it was my huge honour to deliver the commencement address at the University College London (UCL) MBA Graduation.Sitting in the front row and wearing my university robes for the first time in 20 years, I was humbled to hear from the graduating students how much they had sacrificed to complete their studies over four years alongside busy day jobs. And the common threads in each person's story were the human connections that they had made through the programme.I talked about how my deepest underlying sense of purpose is about finding freedom to choose, and helping others to find their own freedom. Here is a little of what I said: -- "𝘔𝘺 𝙐𝙣𝙡𝙤𝙘𝙠 𝙈𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳. 𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯.𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘦.𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦.𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥.𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴.𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘭 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘶𝘳𝘦. Society makes us feel that some paths are better than others. Doctor, lawyer, engineer, professor, CEO.But here, in simplicity, is the truth. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝘮𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘴.𝘖𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶."--When I spoke to people afterwards, the message that resonated the most was how we need to find time to pause and reflect, and through reflection we can find our own control and freedom.Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed and out of control, find a pause, even a short one, so you can be more intentional about choosing the path ahead that’s exactly right for you.Have a good week! --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
Enjoy this remarkable extended podcast episode with Emmy Award-winner Topaz Adizes, in which he chronicles the search for home, his exploration of questions and his pursuit of the transformative power of deeper human connection.We’ve had many wonderful guests and today is no exception – a master in the art of powerful storytelling.Topaz Adizes is a writer, a director and an experience design architect. His work has been selected for prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Sundance and SXSW, and featured in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and the New York Times. As well as an Emmy for new approaches to documentary, he has won two World Press Photo awards for immersive storytelling and interactive documentary.Topaz is the founder and executive director of experience design studio The Skin Deep, with almost a million followers on YouTube. Their first project, ‘THE AND’, was an instant hit, now experienced by over 150 million people, and winning an Emmy. Over almost a decade they have filmed thousands of honest and authentic conversations, documenting human connection in all its forms.So in the pursuit of connection, really there is no-one else with the unique experience and insight of Topaz Adizes. I can’t wait to hear his take on how we build connection and how an exploration of his own Unlock Moments will help us to understand who he really is and how this work serves his own vision and purpose.--Topaz Adizes: https://www.topazadizes.com/The Skin Deep: https://theskindeep.com/THE AND on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheSkinDeep --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
Many years ago, when I was studying medicine and going through some challenging times, I took solace in poetry. I had never been the kind of person to study literature when I was growing up, but I set myself the challenge of learning some poems and I would go out for evening walks and recite the poetry to myself.I can’t recite them from memory any more, but I remember one that always made me reflect. It’s by the Welsh poet William Henry Davies and it’s called “Leisure”.Years on, I think this poem still has resonance for me, and I hope for you too.Have a good week!--The Nation's Favourite Poems: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nations-Favourite-Poems-Griff-Jones/dp/0563387823 --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
When your guest has over 300,000 LinkedIn followers, you know that they've got something incredibly valuable to share. This powerful interview with the inspirational Dorie Clark is a classic and I'm delighted to bring it to you here on The Unlock Moment!These days I’m working with more and more leaders in different countries, cultures and contexts who share one thing in common. They’ve reached a stage in their careers where they have built a lot of stuff – the basic skills and experience required to do the job well, a track record of achievement and impact, the confidence and competence to show up at work and be generally successful. In some ways all that stuff gives you a freedom, to choose who you are and what impact you want to have as a leader. But these people are also very often completely overwhelmed and feel stuck. Running on the hamster wheel. No time for big thinking on questions like -  what makes you happy and fulfilled? where are you truly at your best? who really are you as a leader? What is your leadership brand? How do you get your ideas heard?Well today I’m absolutely privileged to be welcoming a world-leading speaker, business thinker, coach and best-selling author to the podcast. Dorie Clark helps individuals and companies get their best ideas heard in a crowded, noisy world. She has been named three times as one of the Top 50 business thinkers by Thinkers50, and was honored as the #1 Communication Coach in the world at the Marshall Goldsmith Coaching Awards. She teaches for Columbia Business School in New York and is the author of The Long Game, Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out. She has well over 300,000 followers on LinkedIn.A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, Dorie has been described by the New York Times as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.” She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and consults and speaks for clients such as Google, Yale University, and the World Bank. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, a producer of a multiple Grammy-winning jazz album, and a Broadway investor. Truly multi-faceted!I think we’re in a year where reinvention is a hot topic for both emerging and established leaders. I can’t wait to hear Dorie’s take and of course to explore the Unlock Moments that shaped her as the person she is today.--Dorie Clark: https://dorieclark.com/Dorie Clark on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doriec/ --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
Usually at this point I say - welcome to another episode of ‘The Unlock Moment’ podcast. But today is really exciting because I’m joined by hit podcaster Aoife O’Brien and we’re bringing together two great leadership and careers podcasts into one, as The Unlock Moment and Happier at Work come together for us to talk about really how to find work and career purpose, happiness and fulfilment.You'll hear our take on career success, finding your own authentic leadership, using your talents and strengths and how knowing your Unlock Moment helps you to find a deeper sense of purpose at work.Discover Aoife O'Brien's hit podcast, "Happier At Work", at https://happieratwork.ie and on all major podcast platforms --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
There are an estimated 1 billion meetings held every day somewhere on this planet.And yet so often when it comes to connecting in the workplace, so many people say “I hate meetings!” – and that includes the people organising them as well as those forced to attend! So how do we meet better, connect better, build relationships and get things done, so that our workplace meetings are a pleasure and the fuel to our growth, rather than a chore?Dr Steven Rogelberg, an organisational psychologist, holds the title of Chancellor’s Professor at UNC Charlotte.He is an award-winning teacher, has over 200 publications and has been cited well-over 10,000 times in the academic literature.  Adam Grant has called Steven the “worlds leading expert on how to fix meetings”.Steven’s previous book, "The Surprising Science of Meetings," has been recognized by the Washington Post as the #1 leadership book to watch out for,  His new book, "Glad We Met: The Art and Science of 1:1 Meetings," came out in January and has been gathering rave reviews.  Steven has been featured on major TV broadcasts, CBS, CNN, BBC World), on radio, in most major newspapers and magazines, and on leading podcasts including Freakonomics, HBR IdeaCast and now here on The Unlock Moment. He’s delivered keynotes on how to have great meetings at Google, Facebook, Amazon, Pfizer, Cisco, The United Nations, the list goes on. And in 2022 Steven was invited to testify to the US Congress on the topic of being successful and engaging others in very difficult working environments.I can’t wait to hear more.--Steven Rogelberg: https://www.stevenrogelberg.com/Glad We Met - The Art and Science of 1:1 Meetings: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Glad-We-Met-Science-Meetings/dp/0197641873 --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
A brilliant storyteller, Madelyn Blair's powerful and personal story about how she dealt with her daughter's brain tumour diagnosis is a model of resilience in action.Madelyn is all about helping you navigate life's twists and turns with resilience and grace. She’s host of Unlocked on YouTube, e360tv and LinkedIn, where she gives out tips for embracing the unexpected. She’s an executive coach, a former Columbia University faculty member, a bestselling author, a blogger, and a puzzle enthusiast.Resilience isn't just a buzzword to her; it's been her guiding light through some tough stuff, from facing her child's brain tumour to steering through major organisational shake-ups. Resilience isn't just about bouncing back; it's about that gutsy decision to leap forward, even when the ground feels shaky. It’s tapping into the resilient leader that each of us has within us.Madelyn’s book “Unlocked – Discover how to embrace the unexpected”, came out in 2019 and explores the practices that build the capabilities of resilient people.--Madelyn Blair: https://www.madelynblair.com/Madelyn Blair on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madelynblair/ --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
One of the most remarkable episodes we have ever recorded on The Unlock Moment, Megan Gluth-Bohan's journey from a difficult childhood through addiction to becoming one of the most successful female CEOs in the US is a powerful one. She's a brilliantly vulnerable storyteller and, if you're like me, you'll be drawn in to the vivid pictures she paints.As owner and CEO of a major multinational corporation, Megan Gluth-Bohan is a picture of success. But the path there was not easy, and her struggles have taught her the critical importance of compassion, empathy, and resilience in leadership. No matter who—or where—you are, Megan is living proof that now is always the best time to take the first step forward.Megan leads Catalynt Solutions, a major US-based chemical distributor that makes raw materials for a huge range of industries and is one of the largest certified women-owned suppliers in North America.Megan was one of five owners honoured as the Business Journal’s Middle Market Fast 50 Leaders of 2023. She is also a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023.But today we’re talking about Megan’s journey that made her the leader she is today. My regular listeners will know that I’m deeply curious about people, and in particular those Unlock Moments of remarkable clarity in your life or career that stick with you for decades and give you foundation and purpose. I’m fascinated to hear about a singular act of kindness that changed Megan’s life forever.--Megan Gluth-Bohan: https://www.megangluthbohan.com/ --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
In this very special episode, Adam Pacifico of The Leadership Enigma podcast got together with Dr Gary to talk all things The Unlock Moment. We talked about Gary's personal journey and how he discovered purpose in coaching, speaking and podcasting. And we discovered a powerful Unlock Moment in Adam's own journey, the day he dropped his daughter off at rehab for addiction and tuned into his own vulnerability as a parent.Adam Pacifico is a partner at global leadership and recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles. A qualified lawyer, he prosecuted and defended in the criminal courts and took 6 years from the Bar to become a serving police officer with the Metropolitan Police. Adam has personally trained over 50,000 people nationally and internationally as a global educator, keynote speaker and conference chair. He is a fully qualified barrister and member of Red Lion Chambers and Inner Temple.--Adam Pacifico: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adampacifico/The Leadership Enigma podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-QgWo_6C-dQzQasZpJ-pFQ --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
This episode is a fascinating journey of deep discovery with top leadership coach Andy Martiniello, which had us landing on the idea of 'Accountability Untethered'. Join us on this wonderful exploration of a true Unlock Moment.Andy Martiniello is an accomplished Executive Coach with over 25 years of business development and team leadership, bringing a wealth of lived experience to his coaching practice. His recent role as the global Head of Growth for Strategyzer, a leading Swiss innovation consultancy, immersed him in a world of strategy and innovation tools, which he regularly incorporates into his coaching approach.Andy is part of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches community, in common with many esteemed past guests here on The Unlock Moment, and he is also on the International Coaching Federation Toronto Board as the Director of Corporate Outreach. He knows what it takes to lead, and to coach leaders, at the top table of high-performing businesses.--Contact Andy at: andy@declareit.caand find him on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andymartiniello/ --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
Hi, it’s Gary here. Welcome to a very special episode of The Unlock Moment. This is something we’ve been planning for a long time, and at the same time it’s something we didn’t plan at all. Something quite remarkable that gets right to the heart of The Unlock Moment.Back in October 2022 I was joined by Maika Leibbrandt in Episode 42 of The Unlock Moment. She’s one of the world’s very best and highest profile strengths coaches, having spent many years at the Gallup Organisation developing and leading much of their work on talents and strengths. When we spoke she’d just left her role to set up as an independent coach and we talked about her journey of Finding Freedom.That episode with Maika has been the most downloaded of all time here on The Unlock Moment. I invited her back to explore what she knows now that she didn’t know then. I thought we would be talking about personal growth and business growth. And then we found something much more powerful. A new perspective on the true essence of The Unlock Moment.And that wasn’t easy to find. As you’ll hear, we recorded this episode and we thought we were done. And then Maika reached out to say “I just unlocked my Unlock Moment, we need to record again.”Sometimes you just need to allow a conversation to go where it needs to go and run for as long as it needs to run. Trust in the journey. Trust in the process.Welcome. Join Maika and myself on this very special exploration of The Unlock Moment.--Maika Leibbrandt: https://hellomaika.com --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
A coach, a mentor and an expert in strategic insight, Febronia Ruocco’s career has taken her around the world. A career history that includes such world-leading brands as McDonalds, Heineken, GSK and Twinings Tea, she’s an expert in knowing what’s going on in the market and how to find out if you don’t know.So in our quest to navigate uncertainty in our own lives and careers, I can’t wait to hear how she’s translating that curious mindset into a new strand in executive coaching.--Febronia Ruocco on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/febroniaruocco/ --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
Back in 2019/2020 when I started on this journey of coaching, speaking, podcasting and writing, I had the great privilege of training on the Henley Business School coaching programme here in the UK. My guest today is an esteemed Professor at Henley and I was fascinated by her recent choice to trade places and become a student on the same programme that I’d trained. We’ll talk about that! But her personal journey is also frankly pretty inspiring – how she beat the odds to ascend the academic ladder and become a business school professor.  Professor Rebecca Jones PhD is a Professor in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School, a Chartered Psychologist and Co-Founder of the Inclusive Leadership Company. Her research interests lie in examining the factors that influence coaching effectiveness and her consultancy practice focuses on working with organisations to create diverse and inclusive workplaces using coaching and psychological theory and research to achieve sustained behaviour change. Rebecca is the author of the book ‘Coaching with Research in Mind’, host of ‘Coaching@Henley’ and ‘The Coaching Academic’ podcasts and has published her research in globally renowned journals.I’m looking forward to hearing more of her personal journey and also to get her take on how we can turn intent into action and establish effective new habits in work and in life that help us to be at our very best.--Prof Rebecca Jones: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-jones-35ab8526/Coaching at Henley Business School: https://www.henley.ac.uk/coaching-at-henleyThe Inclusive Leadership Company: https://inclusiveleadershipcompany.com/ --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
Today’s guest is one of the very top coaches in the world. Michael Bungay Stanier grew up in Australia, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and now lives in Toronto. His work centres around coaching and curiosity, the challenges of change at an individual and organisational level, and how to stay focused on work that matters.In 2023 Michael was awarded the prestigious Thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith Award for Coaching and Mentoring at a gala dinner considered the Oscars of management thinking. His 2016 book ‘The Coaching Habit, Say Less, Ask More’ has sold more than a million copies and has been translated into 20 languages – the bestselling book on coaching this century. His TEDx talk, “Tame Your Advice Monster”, has been viewed well over a million times. He’s also written books including The Advice Trap, How to Begin and Do More Great Work. His most recent book is entitled How to Work with (Almost) Anyone: Five Questions for Building The Best Possible Relationships.It's been a tough year in 2023 and a lot of people I’m working with at the moment are figuring out how they can work on building stronger relationships at work and in life. For all that AI might be taking over, one thing I’m sure of is that person and professional success in 2024 is going to be built on people and conversations. I’m looking forward to hearing Michael’s take on the power of a curious mindset and of course I’m looking forward to indulging my own curiosity in discovering more about the Unlock Moments of remarkable clarity that shaped his own life’s path.--Michael Bungay Stanier: https://www.mbs.works/How To Work With Almost Anyone: https://www.mbs.works/how-to-work-with-almost-anyone-book/ --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
Last year it was my great pleasure to speak at Carfest, a huge summer festival here in the UK where the health and wellbeing zone Spafest brought together many leading lights in the areas of holistic wellbeing, mindfulness and the general pursuit of happiness.And twas there that I met the force of nature that is Donna Easton. Donna is a Joyologist, a performer, a presenter and the creator of Joyology. A highly sought after speaker, Donna’s work can be found on TV, radio and she has written for national press including Hello! magazine, Stylist and The Express newspaper. Donna helps individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses re-frame mindsets and shift how we show up each day to re-connect with the real 'us'. Donna has hosted stages and delivered talks at events across the UK, including Car Fest, Camp Bestival, Mind Body Spirit Festival, Latitude and MOVE IT and has delivered keynotes for organisations such as Google, MARS and Holland & Barrett. She helps people re-connect with themselves, find their joy and maximise success in their lives and career.Donna's challenging personal journey puts her life's mission in context. Childhood bullying, an eating disorder and overnight hair loss gave her a deep appreciation of what really matters in life. And this is manifest throughout her life and work as a parent and as a coach.After a pretty challenging 2023, I think we all need a bit more joy in our lives and I’m looking forward to hearing Donna’s take on how to reconnect with our best selves through the power of Joyology. And of course I’m curious to learn about the Unlock Moments of remarkable clarity that shaped her own life’s journey.--Donna Easton: https://mylifeshines.com/Donna Easton on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mylifeshines/ --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
My regular listeners will know that The Unlock Moment is a podcast about leadership, but more importantly a podcast about purpose. By diving into the moments of remarkable clarity when we suddenly figured out the path ahead, we unlock new connections and understanding of those deepest drivers of our fundamental purpose. It’s been fascinating to travel with my guests as they explore those new connections live in the conversation – it’s powerful stuff.So given our focus on purpose, today’s guest is someone I’ve been keen to get on the podcast for a long time.Davin Salvagno is an inspirational speaker and recognised as one of the top voices on purpose in the world. He is the Founder of PurposePoint and The Purpose Summit, and the Bestselling Author of “Finding Purpose at Work.” He’s an esteemed member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches and his work spans coaching, leadership and organisational development.Through The Purpose Summit, Davin curates the wisdom and experience of some of the most forward-thinking leaders and coaches on finding purpose in work and in life. I’m looking forward to hearing his take on how to unlock purpose in yourself and in those around you. And of course I’m curious to learn about the Unlock Moments of remarkable clarity that shaped his own life’s journey.--Davin Salvagno: https://www.davinsalvagno.com/The Purpose Summit: https://www.thepurposesummit.com/ --The Unlock Moment podcast is brought to you by Dr Gary Crotaz, PhD. Downloaded in over 110 countries. Sign up to The Unlock Moment newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/ywhdaazp Find out more at https://garycrotaz.com and https://theunlockmoment.com
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