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This Podcast is created and curated by Deepak Jayaraman (an Executive Coach and a Leadership Advisor). He lives in Mumbai and works with successful Senior Executives by helping them play to their unique potential but with a sharp focus on transitions (business or career). Just like businesses need to think about "where to play" and "how to win", leaders need to be coherent about "where to go" and "how to grow" in their journeys. Deepak works with them during pivotal moments to help them with ...
 
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GUEST Bruce Feiler is an American writer and television personality. He is the author of 15 books, including Council of Dads, a book that describes how he responded to a diagnosis of a rare cancer by asking a group of men to be present in the lives of his young daughters. His latest work explores the power of life stories. Drawing on interviews wit…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Bruce speaks about how he was leading a reasonably successful and predictable life till his 40s where he experienced multiple events that shook his world. He was diagnosed with an adult onset pediatric cancer (a 9-inch tumor in his femur), his father tried to take his life 6 times in 12 weeks, his father’s family business almost beca…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Bruce speaks about how families can learn from the Agile Development process and ensure that there is a ritual and a space for having a meaningful conversation around what is important to each member and find a way of addressing the issues given the ever changing context. GUEST Bruce Feiler is an American writer and television person…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Bruce speaks about how our stories often take different twists and turns that we don’t really anticipate beforehand. He speaks about how non-linear our lives have become and how life transitions are a skill that we all must master to go through this effectively. GUEST Bruce Feiler is an American writer and television personality. He …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Bruce speaks about how his research led him to identifying 52 different disruptors that could change our life context across 5 categories – Relationships, Identity, Beliefs, Work and Body. He speaks about how his research suggests that we might go through a disruptor every 12-18 months and how one in 10 ends up being a lifequake. He …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Bruce speaks about the notion that transitions happen to us all the time and not at a particular stage of life. He specifically talks about the limitations of the transition model espoused by Gail Sheehy who suggests that mid-life transitions often occur around late 30s and early 40s. He goes onto say that voluntary or involuntary tr…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Bruce speaks about the criticality of not jumping too early into the process of meaning-making when we go through lifequakes. He says that only when we have completed the processs of transition and when the wounds have dried up are we in a position to weave a narrative through what we have been through. GUEST Bruce Feiler is an Ameri…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Bruce speaks about how resilience as a term originates from the Industrial age where our lives where shaped by manufacturing and the paradigms around it. He says that it implies that we sprint back to the earlier status quo. He goes on to say that life and transitions are complex and we rarely go back to the old (as we have seen with…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Bruce speaks about the three stages of a transition (the long goodbye, the messy middle and the new beginning). He goes onto say that each one of us has a super-power in one of these three and are likely to be good at coping with that stage of the transition. GUEST Bruce Feiler is an American writer and television personality. He is …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Bruce speaks about the criticality of taking the plunge after shedding our past to explore new possibilities. He links it to what we see in some of the greatest stories that have been told across religions. He goes onto say that growth actually occurs when we feel the discomfort when we go through change, much like how we build muscl…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Bruce speaks about how we live in world today where there is an opportunity for us to architect a life that is resonant with what matters to us. He urges to be more open about taking cuts in compensation in the short run for us to pursue what we really love. GUEST Bruce Feiler is an American writer and television personality. He is t…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Bruce speaks about the role of a Coach/Sounding Board/Therapist in helping people through a transition. He speaks about how Coaches often help by participating in the process of co-narration (a term that comes from the world of social sciences). GUEST Bruce Feiler is an American writer and television personality. He is the author of …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Bruce speaks about how we all need to recognize that there are no linear paths to success or glory or happiness. He urges us to deal with the wolf/ogre/wilderness to get past it and get to a meaningful place. He speaks about how we may not be able to reach our potential unless we become the hero of our own story. GUEST Bruce Feiler i…
 
GUEST Ramesh is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, and a leader in the Pharmaceutical and Organization practices. He is the Global Dean of the Bower Forum, McKinsey's program for CEO learning. He is a member of McKinsey's Global Social Responsibility Council, and sits on a few non-profit Boards in the Education sector in India. He also has bee…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ramesh speaks about how CEOs of companies have had to focus on 4 elements during this crisis over the last few months. 1) Using the opportunity to set even bolder aspirations 2) Focusing on their To-Be list, not just the To-Do list 3) Embracing the notion of stakeholder capitalism 4) Harnessing the full power of their peer networks. …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ramesh speaks about the construct of the Bower Forum – McKinsey’s program for CEO learning. He speaks about some of the themes that come up in the Bower Forum and specifically speaks about the notion of discerning the mandate and how leaders from within or from the outside can do this in a thoughtful way. GUEST Ramesh is a Senior Par…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ramesh speaks about the notion of Being versus Doing. He speaks about what it takes to create a safe space, and bringing down the anxiety level to establish a deep authentic connection with the leader you are working with. He speaks about how it has become critical for leaders to be authentic in these times. GUEST Ramesh is a Senior …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ramesh speaks about how the Consulting model has evolved over the last several years. He specifically talks about how the teams have evolved from being 2-3 people to a much larger group of diverse people from across domains (designers, data specialists etc.) GUEST Ramesh is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, and a leader in the …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ramesh speaks about how he has stayed relevant over the 26 years in the Firm and how he has taken on different responsibilities to align his professional pursuits with his personal passion. GUEST Ramesh is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, and a leader in the Pharmaceutical and Organization practices. He is the Global Dean of t…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ramesh shares his perspectives around why he has chosen to stay with McKinsey. He also speaks about an informal Board of advisors/mentors that he has architected to stay relevant and to stay interested and interesting in the world. GUEST Ramesh is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, and a leader in the Pharmaceutical and Organiza…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ramesh speaks about how he and his wife Charuta dealt with the trauma after losing two of their children to cancer. Their daughter Shruti was 9 when she passed away in 2009 and their son Aditya was almost 12 when he passed away in 2015. He speaks about how they dealt with the shocks and how they found meaning and purpose post that to…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ramesh speaks about how he ended up getting involved with Education. He speaks about how his meeting with Shaheen Mistri galvanized his wife Charuta and him to involve themselves with Akanksha Foundation, Teach For India and Peepul. He urges us to pick a topic that we are passionate about and stick with it for a long period of time t…
 
GUEST Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is the president and CEO of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2020, Priyadarshi released his book "Running Toward Mystery: The Adventure of an Unconventional Life”. In the book, he speaks about his walking away from his school at the a…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi speaks about how we can sometimes get trapped in all kinds of labels around us. He speaks about how he has been guided by his curiosity and his quest for spirituality without getting pigeonholed into some box. GUEST Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is the president and CEO of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi speaks about how he took the call to walk out his home into the unknown when he was 10. He speaks about the limitations of the rational mind and how we all tend to take actions and then often subsequently justify our decision using logic. He also speaks about the criticality of parents getting out of the …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi speaks about how he has shaped his path and has made choices along the way. He speaks about how he has handled the various pulls and pressures to move in a certain direction to stay true to his purpose. GUEST Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is the president and CEO of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Tra…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi speaks about how a lot of people have tried to make the practice of spirituality into a hack. He specifically speaks about how several people have tried to create apps for meditation and how that often goes against the grain of how one is supposed to pursue meditation without any addiction of sorts. GUEST…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi speaks about the notion of curiosity and how we can all be truly aware of what is unfolding in front of us. He speaks about how we all need to embrace effortful meditation and practice it for a period of time before it becomes effortless for us. He also speaks about spiritual discipline as something that …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi speaks about how we sometimes limit the learning opportunities by trying to look “within the box”. He suggests us to surrender to the teacher/coach/guide/mentor and the process to derive the value from it. GUEST Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is the president and CEO of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi makes the link between pursuing self-awareness and building non-transactional relationships. He also speaks about the need for all of us to have virtuous friends (we may not go to the movies with them but they might provide perspectives that might open up new vistas). GUEST Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi speaks about how Covid-19, in some ways, is like a time out that Mother Nature has given human beings so that we could go back to our rooms/homes and reflect on what our priorities in life should be. He shares his perspectives around how could reclaim the fundamental sense of being human rooted in a sense…
 
GUEST Dr. Ashley Whillans is an Assistant Professor in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit, teaching Negotiations and Motivation and Incentives courses to MBA students and Executives. Her first book "Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time & Live a Happier Life" was published in October 2020 by Harvard Business Publishing. In both 2015 and 2…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ashley speaks about the notion of Time Poverty and how it is structural and psychological. She goes on to say that while have more time for leisure now than in 1950s, we still “feel” time poor. She speaks about the role of technology in exacerbating this further. GUEST Dr. Ashley Whillans is an Assistant Professor in the Negotiation,…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ashley speaks about research that suggests that above USD 60,000 money does not necessarily buy more happiness. She goes on to say that above USD 100,000, people might start to feel worse off because they start comparing themselves with a different economic stratum. She speaks about how the pursuit of wealth for the sake of it being …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ashley speaks about two broad archetypes in the world – Morgans (people who prioritize money) and Taylors (people who prioritize time). She speaks about how this impacts some of our daily choices and some of our macro choices. She goes onto say that interestingly enough Taylors often end up making more money than Morgans. She links i…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ashley speaks about implication of valuing time (as a Taylor) or money (as a Morgan) on how we make career choices. She speaks about how it is all the important for us to self-select ourselves into a career that we are intrinsically passionate about given that the paradigm is shifting from driving on a highway to navigating a maze. G…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ashley speaks about how having a number attached to a unit of time can sometimes lead us to optimize for money thereby leading to us solving for the short term while missing out on some of the elements required us for us to be effective and happy in the long run. GUEST Dr. Ashley Whillans is an Assistant Professor in the Negotiation,…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ashley discusses how our approach towards getting the “best deal” in a situation can actually accentuate time poverty. She says that we end up finessing on getting the best deal but miss out on savouring the experience (called life!). To borrow from John Lennon, she says something to the effect of “Life is what happens when you are b…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ashley speaks about the notion of how we should outsource the task of staying productive to tools and apps that are out there and not leave it to the vagaries of our will power. She also speaks about how we should have a conversation with ourselves on why we might be reaching out to technology whenever we have a few residual moments …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ashley speaks about how we should think about bringing time affluence in our lives. She speaks about the notion of time being a collective resource and therefore the need for us to engage our friends, our family members and our colleagues at our workplaces to move from cognition to behavioural change. GUEST Dr. Ashley Whillans is an …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Ashley speaks about how the current context around COVID has really made it that much harder for us to switch off. People are feeling more and more overwhelmed despite having more time at their disposal given commute has been taken out of the equation. GUEST Dr. Ashley Whillans is an Assistant Professor in the Negotiation, Organizati…
 
GUEST Vinay Sitapati returns to the Play to Potential Podcast on the back of his recently published book - Jugalbandi - The BJP before Modi. The book begins with the creation of Hindu nationalism as a response to British-induced elections in the 1920s and moves on to the formation of the BJP in 1980 and ends with its first national government, from…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Vinay puts the Vajpayee – Advani relationship in perspective. He speaks about how they had two occasions where the power equation flipped completely. He shares other examples to illustrate how special this dynamic is when you compare it to most other relationships at the top across disciplines. GUEST Vinay Sitapati returns to the Pla…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Vinay speaks about how the two phases of transition played out when the power shifted between Vajpayee and Advani. He speaks about the how the transitions were not sudden and how the two leaders handled themselves in the situation. GUEST Vinay Sitapati returns to the Play to Potential Podcast on the back of his recently published boo…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Vinay speaks about how RSS has been able to create a tight bond amongst its members. He attributes it to the requirement of the RSS pracharaks to be Brahmacharyas (stay single) while their emphasis on family-like values in the organization. He speaks about how this has helped them attract talented people into the organization and avo…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Vinay speaks about how RSS wires up its members in a certain way through the various things it does as an organization. He likens it to McKinsey, the Consulting firm in the way the firm installs a certain Operating System which often endures (I can vouch for it as an alumnus) in the way we think and act long after we have left the or…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Vinay speaks about how the RSS and BJP use the interpretation of history to create a certain purpose for the institution which is beyond the individual. He also speaks about some of the institutional norms that ensure that the organization stays cohesive and there isn’t unnecessary “chatter”. He also uses the term “sulking on mute” t…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Vinay speaks about the many layers of Vajpayee and how he had several contradictions within. He goes on to speak about great leaders and how we have to study them in a non-linear fashion for us to make sense of them. GUEST Vinay Sitapati returns to the Play to Potential Podcast on the back of his recently published book - Jugalbandi …
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Vinay speaks about some of the nuances involved in the way Advani and Vajpayee handled their personal and professional relationship. He speaks about how they often put the Hindu Nationalist agenda (as cultivated given their formative years in the RSS) might have acted as a glue that might have held them together over the long term de…
 
NUGGET CONTEXT Vinay speaks about how tactful politicians like Vajpayee understand the notion of an “Overton Window”, a skill that CEOs need more and more as the levels of complexity compound in the world we live in. GUEST Vinay Sitapati returns to the Play to Potential Podcast on the back of his recently published book - Jugalbandi - The BJP befor…
 
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