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For this podcast;Volker Ballueder interviews business leaders and people that are classified as being successful. The focus is on leaders that are either in Europe or from Europe. This podcast is for anyone interested to learn how to be successful and likes to learn from success habits, decisions others made and grow as a person.

For this podcast;Volker Ballueder interviews business leaders and people that are classified as being successful. The focus is on leaders that are either in Europe or from Europe. This podcast is for anyone interested to learn how to be successful and likes to learn from success habits, decisions others made and grow as a person.
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For this podcast;Volker Ballueder interviews business leaders and people that are classified as being successful. The focus is on leaders that are either in Europe or from Europe. This podcast is for anyone interested to learn how to be successful and likes to learn from success habits, decisions others made and grow as a person.






340 marathons blind - and counting

I met Paul Watts when running my first marathon last November. He is an inspiration. He is blind and has run 340 marathons when we recorded the podcast end of last year. He also carried the Olympic torch in 2012. So this is a story of personal success. It is for runners and anyone interested in running or is looking for an inspiration and motivation to run a bit more than you currently do. For most of the population a marathon is a stretch, and Paul has done 340 being blind. What an amazing...


Only Action Counts - Entrepreneur Lara Morgan

This is so far my the most energetic podcast of 2019. I interviewed Lara Morgan last year, and her motto is ‘only actions count’ - I love jumping into these ‘cold’ conversation and see how those go. And this one was just purely amazing. At the end of the podcast I found out that Lara had actually written a book about her experience, something that I hadn’t been aware of. I now have a copy (thank you again) and her story of building a multi million business from scratch with hard work is...


Digital Nomad living a simplified life - Conni Biesalski

This week’s guest is Connie Biesalki who at time of recording was just launching her new website and brand It was before I ran my marathon last year too. We both left Germany some time ago, and she also left a ‘conventional way of living’, but we both are still connected to Germany somehow, discussing the greater German unconsciousness; so besides us exploring the meaning of success, happiness and a simplified life, we are also drifting a bit in some interesting chats. I loved...


How to successfully scale businesses to 9 figures!

Shane Spiers is a coach, mentor, consultant and facilitator. We have a fantastic chat about all things business this week. His career track record is dominated by leading and scaling 7, 8 & 9-figure rapid growth companies. He definitely knows a thing or two about success! We speak about growing companies from the start-up to the grown up stage and discuss leadership styles, giving back and goal setting. The latter leads us into productivity habits we discover we both have. GTD, goal...


Leaders are Readers! Career Advice for 2019 and beyond!

The first episode of the year is with a career coach and executive search consultant or recruiter Andrew MacAskill. Since I went through redundancy and career choices last year, I thought it would be great to kick off 2019 with some advice on career and job hunts. Given it is January, some of the listeners might consider a change in career this year, and this might just give you the right pointers where to start. If you are not looking, this is still relevant, as we discuss how the job...


Stories of Success - Getting ready for 2019!

This is a 12 minutes episode about my thoughts on 2018, 2019 and my podcast as well as life in general; the principles of success, mind hacking and how I want to go deeper and have more focus in 2019. It’s about ultimate balance, mind and body, thoughts and approach to life. Isn’t life just exciting? The book recommendations can be found here. The Principles Of Success can be downloaded here. My productivity book is available here. Let me know who you want me to interview in...


Take Life by the Throat - Nicki Ryan

The last episode of the year features Nicki Ryan who works for Cisco. She started her career as a stewardess and moved into sales and from there she has been super successful with now leading a global team at Cisco being responsible for not only revenue but a lot of people. We speak about work ethics, family, and how to switch off. But we also discuss the corporate responsibility and how mentoring is important to her and how she gives back. From there we touch on gender equality or...


Gurman Hundal - Co-Founder of MiQ about simply being a successful entrepreneur

This episode with Gurman Hundal, co-founder of MiQ, is a bit shorter and has some audio challenges at the beginning (apologies, it gets better throughout the episode) but the content is a must listen for any entrepreneur. Gurman gives advice on building a successful start-up culture, about empowering people and having trust; working hard, yet having a work life balance and being content, and happy. An episode close to my heart as I met both Gurman and his co-founder Lee in 2010. They have...


Dominic Powers on success in Asia

Another great chat this week. Dominic Powers, CEO of Ctrl/Shift and I speak about the adtech industry but quickly venture out on a few tangent. A conversation that leads you to understand how to be successful in Asia, which leadership style works and how to stay in a company for over 14 years. We speak about the sitting order in a Japanese taxi, the Ocean Clean up and how Dominic’s upbringing in the UK, and his work ethics got him where he is today. A successful business leader with lots of...


Don't stop until you finish - Emma Loisel

This week’s episode features Emma Loisel, currently an investor in Volcano Coffee Works . I met her back in 2013 when she was already very successful as founding member and COO of The Exchange Lab. We discuss her story of success as a Kiwi in the UK, cultural differences and whether a commute from New Zealand to London is the same as Brighton to London. For her success is about choice and not about money. Her motivation is about problem solving, and she makes the business she works for her...


Is Success boring? A view from a high performance coach!

This episode is one of my favourite ones. Folkert wonders if success is boring? Really? I recorded it a while back but it is all about what success means, and what we can achieve based on our own capabilities. Folkert Behrends has a similar passion to myself: helping and motivating people. Folkert supports individuals, teams and companies in finding unused personality, leadership and communication potentials. He develops strategies which translate into future skills, having worked with big...


Gavin Stirrat - Say yes to everything

I recorded the episode with Gavin Stirrat over a few Brewdog beers. A lovely chat with a man I have known for many years, with a similar history to myself and similar experience. We of course discuss success but also speak a lot about the importance of family, and how to make big decisions, taking risks and which habits he has. Gavin tells a good story, including one about being hands on with toilet brushes, and almost meeting Gary V. Yet he doesn’t have heroes or reads personal...


Ikigai - a topical podcast - ‘to live the realisation one hopes for’

This is a new format I want to try out, a topical podcast, so please give me some feedback. I read Philip Perry’s article on Ikigai a few months back. Ikigai is a Japanese concept about what you love, what you and the world needs and what you are good at. It translates into your passion, mission, vocation and profession. And the overlap is Ikigai, which translates as ‘to live the realisation one hopes for’. As an expert on the topic I invited Philip to tell us about Ikigai and what it...


Begin with the end in mind and more productivity tips from Kate Lavender

This week I interview Kate Lavender, a superstar I wanted to interview for a long time, and we finally found some time in both of our diaries. She seems to be a mega-juggler, between family and a successful career, and we discuss work life balance, productivity and get a little bit philosophical around life in general. Kate and I chat about success and happiness, having this undisturbed time to being able to let go and enjoy the moment. Her mantra is ‘begin with the end in mind’ (Stephen...


Season 2 kick off with entrepreneurial learning from native advertising!

We are starting season two with a recording of a conversation with two guests over beers, so it’s a bit longer than the usual one. We kick it off with Dale Lovell and Francis Turner from AdYouLike. So we talk a lot about native advertising and have a lot of fun. Whilst we joke and chat a lot, we also go deep into the entrepreneurial spirit of launching a startup, growing it and joining forces with another company, managing cultures, people, job titles and growing pains. For any entrepreneur...


Success from Poland to the world, scaling an influencer network

This week's episode is with Barbara Soltysinska. She is the CEO of indaHash and whilst living in Poland she has international experience of scaling businesses across Europe and globally. For her, success is about the satisfaction one gains from doing what one is doing on a daily basis. It is a personal thing and something we should all enjoy. Barbara works with a coach for many years and has very high standards and values, something we find in a lot of successful entrepreneurs; she deeply...


James Booth - Stories of a technical entrepreneur

James and I met many moons ago when he ran a company called Tangozebra which was acquired by DoubleClick as it went into Google; the soft toy zebra has been with me ever since. He is a true technical entrepreneur and one of the original rich media people in the industry. His interest in audio lead his career from music to the internet via a dial up connection to running a programmatic tech company called Scoota. Throughout his successes, James has stayed humble and follows his mantra of...


Stephen Robertson - See it, Do it!

Today’s episode is with the CEO of the Big Issue Foundation, Stephen Robertson. We speak about the serendipity on how he got into charity work and he tells us the story of success from his point of view. We touch on social inequality and discuss how the Big Issue gives homeless people a new perspective. Stephen’s contribution to tackle homelessness are immense. I enjoyed speaking to him, and this episode is showing the need for charities in this country but also touch on his own system to...


Suki Thompson - Be Fearless

Suki Thompson is an amazing woman, to the extend I was actually nervous interviewing her. But she made me feel at ease so quickly and we touched on so many interesting topics as we sat down and tuned in. These include her building the Oystercatchers and sell it to Centaur Media, whilst juggling two children and family. We discussed gender equality and her upbringing in Cornwall. Whilst doing all that she used to do triathlons which she now tuned down a bit due her history of having cancer....


Tim Drake - Generation Cherry

Today I welcome Tim Drake on the podcast. Tim used to run a successful business he sold years ago. For various reason, the sale did not give him enough to live on in comfort for the next thirty or forty years. There was no way he wanted to go into conventional work in an organisation, so he created multiple – independent – income streams. He founded Think Tanks for Chief Executives, did selective consultancy work, and wrote books on his experiences. His latest book is called ‘Generation...