active CEO Podcast Azran Osman Rani Power Of The Human Mind

active CEO Podcast #72 Azran Osman Rani Power Of The Human Mind

active CEO Podcast #72 Azran Osman Rani Power Of The Human Mind

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Azran Osman Rani about the power of the human mind, four pillars to decision making as CEO of Air Asia X, founding health tech startup Naluri, and his new book 30 Days and 30 Years. We also delve into balancing innovation with building high performing teams, being the crazy kid who rocks the boat, not being intimidated by the big challenge, the power of reflection and being a high performing leader.

Azran Osman Rani – Power Of The Human Mind

Azran is a phenomenal leader, who disrupted the airline industry, is making a difference to the health and lives of people around the world, is focused on the power of the human mind and loves taking on a challenge of racing some of the worlds toughest Ironman Triathlon events. He is a family man who is a former ultimate Frisbee champion, courageous triathlete, self confessed crazy guy, passionate about taking things apart, and author of the recently published book 30 Days and 30 Years

His education includes a BSc Electrical Engineering and a MSc Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, and has completed a Specialisation in Executive Data Science Courser at The St Johns Hopkins University.

Azran’s career has included partner and senior management roles at Booz Allen Hamilton, McKinsey & Company, Bursa Malaysia and Astro All Asia Network. In 2007 he became a pioneer in the low-cost long-haul commercial aviation as he became the CEO of AirAsia X growing the business from start-up to grossing more than US$1 Billion per year. He is now involved as an investor and advisory roles at iflix Malaysia and MoneyMatch, and has developed a ground-breaking health tech start-up called Naluri.

Azran talks about:

  • Articulating & expressing his ideas with Professors, as a child in Malaysia.
  • Stanford University, the ticket to escape Malaysia & explore the world.
  • Working with Booz Allen Hamilton, management consultants in Asia.
  • Principle of obligation to dissent.
  • A conversation with Tony Fernandes, led to the first CEO of Air Asia X.
  • Helping Astro with speed of execution.
  • The importance of defining principles & values, to make decisions.
  • The power of the human mind.
  • Being comfortable in the uncomfortable.
  • “The Airline Industry is a really serious business, human lives are at stake!”
  • Creating a real compass that guides you on how you make decisions.
  • How to achieve the Air Asia X slogan of “Now everyone can fly”.
  • Why 8 years ago losing his father to diabetes & cancer, led to Naluri.
  • Number one & two causes of stress is workplace stress and money.
  • What 30 Days and 30 Years means
  • Speed alone without direction is a headless chicken
  • Not being intimidated by the big challenge of triathlon.
  • Losing his dream of competing at the Ironman 70.3 World Champs.
  • When was the last time you changed your point of view?
  • Early detection of suicide. Can we get better at detecting it?
  • “Taking time regularly to reflect, why I am doing certain things, can I do things differently.”

Active CEO Performance Tip

How Big In 2020? – What action are you going to take in 2020 that is different from 2019? First distinguish what you reflected on and learnt from 2019. Understand what the big goals are. REMEMBER: If you don’t set that bar high, you will only jump low. Be that mature person who rises above the noises go inside your head and go for the really BIG Goals. It’s time for you to take the big leap!


“Running organisations that are at a faster 30 day sprint cycles, but at the same time thinking about 30 years.” Creating agile organisations with Azran Osman Rani, on the active CEO Podcast.

“There is also a role for crazy people like me to challenge why things are being done a certain way and other different ways of looking at the current situation.” Azran Osman Rani finding his place at iFlix, on the active CEO Podcast.

“I wrote a user guide on how to work with Azran. I learned I am not the easiest person to work with. So, if I could shortcut the process the process of learning how to work with me, by specifying this is how I think, this is how I make decisions, so if you can adapt to me we can have a better relationship and I think that allows that to scale faster.” Azran Osman Rani talks about creating shortcuts for his staff at Naluri, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Azran Osman Rani
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Azran Osman Rani Wikipedia
Craig Johns
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