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The All Things Risk Podcast


The All Things Risk podcast explores the themes of risk, uncertainty, randomness and resilience as applied to sports, the arts, current affairs and just about any other domain. We feature long-form conversations with interesting, authentic guests who speak honestly and openly, and have loads of fascinating stories, tips and tools.

The All Things Risk podcast explores the themes of risk, uncertainty, randomness and resilience as applied to sports, the arts, current affairs and just about any other domain. We feature long-form conversations with interesting, authentic guests who speak honestly and openly, and have loads of fascinating stories, tips and tools.


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The All Things Risk podcast explores the themes of risk, uncertainty, randomness and resilience as applied to sports, the arts, current affairs and just about any other domain. We feature long-form conversations with interesting, authentic guests who speak honestly and openly, and have loads of fascinating stories, tips and tools.






Ep. 159: Jen Ables - Creativity as an Anchor During Uncertainty

Today, we talk about creativity, joy and passion – and how a sense of values can serve as an anchor during uncertain times. My guest is Jen Ables. Jen is someone who has worn many hats in her life. One of her first hats was as an insurance underwriter – so we start there, but it gets much more interesting! We go on a trip in this conversation with Jen that includes the difference between success and happiness, uncertainty and resilience, Jen’s journey to becoming a dance instructor and...


Ep. 158: Nick Bradley - Purpose and Mindset in Business and Life

Today we meet Nick Bradley. Nick is a world-renowned business growth and scale-up specialist. He hosts his own podcast, the popular Scale Up Your Business podcast and is the co-founder of The Fielding Group, a growth accelerator that helps companies improve their business performance. Nick has an interesting background in that he worked for what some might call the dark side of business, private equity. He led turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions and scale-ups before deciding that he...


Ep. 157: Annie Duke - How to Decide

As human beings, there are many ways in which we tend not to make great decisions, particularly when risk is involved. So, what does great decision-making under uncertainty look like? This episode is jam-packed with plenty of insight, useful techniques and fascinating research. Making her second appearance on the All Things Risk podcast is Annie Duke. Annie is a former World Series of Poker champion (she’s won ~$4 million in the game before retiring in 2012) and is now a speaker, consultant...


Ep. 156: Rory Douglas - Wealth, Purpose and Why Success is "Found in a Pile of Mistakes"

Today, we welcome Rory Douglas to the show. Rory is a financial educator, a high-performance coach, author and the CEO of Aqua Financial Centre. As you will hear, Rory spent a lot of time working with clients in the music industry and those with a significant amount of material wealth. So, we get into the world of wealth management and what wealth actually means. Beyond this, this is a conversation about how finding a sense of purpose and meaning can (as we’ve explored before on the show)...


Ep. 155: Steve LeClair - Embracing Uncertainty

Today, we welcome fellow podcaster Steve LeClair to the show. Steve is an acclaimed wealth management professional in the USA. Beyond that, Steve is a bit of a kindred spirit in many ways because last year, he started a podcast called “Embracing Uncertainty” in which Steve interviews successful entrepreneurs about how they manage uncertainty. Obviously, given the past year, there are plenty of lessons. Steve is also – like most interesting people – someone who has had a non-linear career...


Ep. 154: Jeff Harry - Why and How to Rediscover Play

How often do you play? How often do you allow yourself to be silly, to do something just because it’s fun, with no particular objective in mind? As you will hear, most adults don’t play enough, something that may be an even bigger problem during this pandemic. “Play” is another way of saying “embrace uncertainty”. Remember when “uncertainty” wasn’t referred to as negatively as it currently is? We need to rediscover play. Enter, Stage Right, Jeff Harry. Jeff’s mission is to show individuals...


Ep. 153: "The Best" of 2020

Once again, we take a look back at some of our most memorable, popular, and relevant clips from our episodes of the past year. And, when we say “best of” this is always in quotation marks because we couldn’t include everything, and each episode may provide something special to every listener – this is all highly subjective! 2020 was of course, a challenging year and 2021 looks like it may be equally challenging. However, one of the things we have been reminded of in the past year is that...


Ep. 152 : Daniel Wagner - "Reflecting Forward" on the Big Picture in 2021

For the past three years, Daniel Wagner has joined the podcast at this time of year to “reflect forwards” on the past year and into the next. This is that episode for 2020-2021 and there is a lot to discuss from Covid, to the USA, China, Brexit, the Middle East to some reflections on what the craziest year in recent memory means for our thinking about risk and uncertainty. Show notes: Like what you heard? Subscribe and/or leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts:...


Ep. 151: Robert FitzPatrick - How "Ponzinomics" Explains the Big Lie Behind Multi-Level Marketing

Imagine a fantasy world in which there is endless abundance, a world in which risk and uncertainty don’t exist and a world in which all you have to do is think positive thoughts, do what you’re told, and – provided you do it – all your dreams will come true. You might be surprised to hear that millions of grown adults believe or have believed in this fantasy world – and in the process have lost fortunes, friends, marriages and in some cases, even their own lives as the fantasy crumbles and...


Ep. 150: Jonny Miller - Emotional Resilience in Leadership

How are you? This is a question we all regularly ask and answer on a daily basis. And in doing so, we rarely, if ever, expect or deliver a genuine response. As we are finding out – this is a huge problem, particularly amongst so-called high achievers – leaders in organisations, entrepreneurs, and others. The coronavirus pandemic seems to have only exacerbated that. This is something that frustrated my guest and his collaborator so much that he decided to look deeply into it. Jonny Miller –...


Ep. 149: Lan and Harlan Cao - Family in Six Tones

This is our first-ever mother and daughter guest combination on the podcast. I am delighted to bring you this conversation with Lan Cao and her daughter Harlan Cao, co-authors of an amazing book entitled Family in Six Tones. Lan Cao is an acclaimed author who was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1961, a turbulent time in that country’s history – which would only get more turbulent. During this time, she found solace in books and stories. In 1975, as South Vietnam fell to North Vietnam, Lan was...


Ep. 148: Paul Orlando - On Unintended Consequences

Today, we talk about unintended consequences, which seems very appropriate for 2020. My guest is Paul Orlando. Paul is a specialist in helping startups succeed, teaches business at the University of Southern California and for the purposes of this episode, is an accomplished thinker and writer on unintended consequences or so-called “second order effects”. He runs a blog by that name and his insightful articles have appeared in a range or publications. Paul has written over 80 articles on...


Ep. 147: Daniel Wagner - Biden Wins! What Now? What's Next?

With the results of the US election now in and a Biden presidency forthcoming, what does it all mean? What is Trump’s legacy? What challenges does the Biden administration face? How does it deal with Covid 19? What about foreign affairs and the rest of the world? Daniel Wagner returns to the show to discuss these and related topics. Daniel’s latest book – The America-China Divide: The Race to Control the World in Amazon and in Amazon’s UK site Daniel on Twitter:...


Ep. 146: Toby Kent - Reflections from Australia's First Chief Resilience Officer

As we’ve either learned or have been reminded in 2020, the world is filled with uncertainty. Wouldn’t it be a good idea if more of us, and more of our institutions and ways of living embedded more resilience - ways to withstand and even thrive in the midst of stressors and shocks? Has any of this been done before? Well, here’s some good news – it has, at least in a few places. One of those places is Melbourne, Australia, one of the world’s most liveable cities and a city that has received...


Ep. 145 - Chris Lampitt - Purpose, Wellness and an Effort to Help the NHS

It has been a few weeks but we are back! Today's conversation is about purpose, loss, wellness and entrepreneurship. My guest is Chris Lampitt. Chris is a London-based entrepreneur who started his career and spent several years in the banking industry. That is, until an incident caused him to question his purpose and his physical and mental health. Since then, Chris dedicated himself to health and wellness and made a career out of this - even starting his own company called FIT20:20 last...


Ep. 144: Saray Khumalo - Decision-Making, Diversity and Mount Everest

Today, we discuss diversity, purpose, mountains, setbacks, and success. Our guest on this episode is Saray Khumalo, the first Black African woman to have summited Mount Everest and to reach the South Pole. Saray is an award-winning mountaineer, a speaker, an entrepreneur, and a philanthropist. She is South Africa, born in Zambia and of Rwandan descent. Last year, after three previous failed attempts, Saray reached the summit of Mount Everest, to much acclaim and fanfare, including from...


Ep. 143: Steven Hassan - On Mind Control and the Cult of Trump

Today, we talk cults, mind control, and Donald Trump. My guest is Steven Hassan, one of the world’s foremost authorities on cults and mind control. Steven has made this his life’s work since the 1970s when he left the cult of the Unification Church (a.k.a. “The Moonies” after its leader Sun Myung Moon). As you will hear, Steven left the cult and deconstructed how his recruitment involved the use of unethical and powerful psychological influence techniques. Since 1976, he has helped...


Ep. 142: Daniel Wagner - The Chinese Vortex

Today we welcome back several-time guest and friend of the show, Daniel Wagner. As you may know, Daniel and I have been doing a series on Covid19. This time however, we talk China and specifically, the focus of Daniel’s latest book The Chinese Vortex – The Belt and Road Initiative and Its Impact on the World. As you will hear the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a set of large infrastructure projects that China has been using to extend its influence on the world. It is an extension of...


Ep. 141 - Dr. Todd Boyd - The Notorious PhD on Race, Sport and Popular Culture

Today, we have a fascinating conversation about race and popular culture, particularly around what’s happened recently in the United States following the murder of George Floyd and the protests and uprisings that have followed. As you will hear, this event follows an unfortunate pattern and history that sadly, spans decades. I wanted to explore them within some historical and cultural context. So, I invited Dr. Todd Boyd, aka “The Notorious PhD” onto the podcast – and he graciously...


Ep. 140: Jamie Woodhouse - On Sentientism, Science, and A Bit of Blade Runner

This episode takes on a topic we’ve not tackled before – sentientism. My guest is Jamie Woodhouse. Jamie is an advisor, campaigner and a former colleague of mine (he was a partner at Accenture). For the purposes of this episode however, he is a sentientist. Sentientism is an ethical philosophy that uses reason and evidence to consider all sentient beings – that is, beings that can experience suffering or flourishing. Jamie runs a website on the topic, campaigns and provides thought...