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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.






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...


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...


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...


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...


Emily Penn - Ocean Advocate

This is an episode close to my heart. Emily Penn is an ocean advocate, skipper and campaigner. She is on a mission to get us all to save our oceans and understand the impact of plastic pollution on particularly female health. So whilst we speak about success, there have been few routines in Emily’s life, but ambitious goals to make this world a better and cleaner place. Her journey is amazing and what I took away from this episode is even more awareness on how many plastic bags we use, how...


Stories of Success - Jana Schuberth Peak Performance Coach

This week’s episode features Peak Performance Coach Jana Schuberth. She specialises in fulfilment psychology for male execs and business owners in the 30s and 40s helping them create a deeper sense of meaning, freedom and wealth in their lives. As a native German, a world traveller and living in the US, Jana’s perspective in life is amazing and very deep. She has a lot of take aways as we discuss NLP techniques, parts integration and what quality of life really means. And I learned a lot...


Spencer Gallagher - Serial Entrepreneur & Mentor

Spencer Gallagher who runs Cactus is a serial entrepreneur, successfully sold companies and has been very successful; however he comes from humble beginnings and continues to be conscious about what he does in order to not loose all he has achieved. A fascinating conversation with an optimistic and outgoing person! He has been my mentor for many years, and we both love Jim Rohn, who already said: practise things daily. Spencer has lots of take aways like keeping a journal, help others and...


Stories of Success - Sophie Newton on success and gender equality

This week’s podcast is with Sophie Newton, the COO of Brainlabs. It was a quicker than usual conversation, mainly because Sophie is super smart, quick to the point and knows what she is talking about. We discuss a lot of personal development and routines, and really touch on values, how contribution to society matters and gender equality; for the latter Sophie won awards. A selection of her endless book list can be seen on my recommendations page.


Stories of Success with Jim Brigden

Interviewing Jim Brigden was an absolute pleasure. We drifted a bit into politics, spoke about success, family and being at the right time, right place to maximise one’s opportunity. He told me loads I didn't know, and explained how he had a few exits so far; he made me think and hope you can take a ton away from this conversation. Success is more about happiness than cash, and wealth, so Jim, cannot be measured in cash. He is a man of strong values and an "Entrepreneurial GM". I hope you...


Stories of Success - Katie Ledger

Interviewing Katie Ledger for my podcast was amazing. After a career as a TV news journalist and her reinventing herself a couple of times, Katie is now developing leaders and teams to inspirational performance. Her approach to life seems simple, yet very profound. I enjoyed every minute of our conversation about coaching, morning routines, and what life has in stock for us. We didn’t drift too much into the philosophical side of things, but discovered a lot around success, discussed...