active CEO Podcast #80 Jonathan Rake Launchpad To Go Beyond Borders

active CEO Podcast #80 Jonathan Rake Launchpad To Go Beyond Borders

active CEO Podcast #80 Jonathan Rake Launchpad To Go Beyond Borders
Jonathan Rake – CEO Swiss Re Asia Pacific

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Jonathan Rake, about his Launchpad to go beyond borders, the World Economic Forum shaping your thinking as a leader, leaders are hired to make judgement calls and performance leadership as CEO at Swiss Re Asia Pacific.

We also delve into the global water crisis, running marathons with Mina Guli the CEO of Thirst, the importance of balancing ones mind, protecting the asset, and amazing human beings doing incredible things.

Jonathan Rake – Launchpad To Go Beyond Borders

Jonathan is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Advisory Board member, a passionate leader who is dedicated to CSR and community initiatives, and is involved in a project called Global Ledger. Jonathan is a phenomenal global leader, who loves running and has a deep passion for solving the global water crisis.

He studied a Bachelor Commerce Economics, Accountancy, Business and Law from Stellenbosch University. His career has involved working at ABN Amro Bank; and roles in Corporate Business, Business Development and Country CEO of Singapore at Zurich Financial Services. In 2016 he joined Swiss Re as their CEO of Singapore and in 2017 became the CEO of Asia Pacific.

Jonathan talks about:

  • Nelson Mandela’s influence during the transition from Apartheid.
  • His Launchpad to go beyond borders.
  • Culture difference between Zurich Financial Services & ABN Amro Bank.
  • Why judgement is super critical in a CEO and leadership role.
  • Swiss Re focus on clients, but also making the world more resilient.
  • Mitigating all the trends that are disrupting lives and industries.
  • Why the global water crisis is the world’s greatest risk in the future.
  • Chasing the goal, fighting hard & taking yourself into a difficult place.
  • You can’t stay in your peak performance state of mind all the time.
  • Stop take 3 breaths, step away & realise how good you have it.
  • Calming down & getting some rest & starting the day with exercise.
  • Learning that you must not pile your passions into one area.
  • We should be judged by not what we create, but what we leave behind.

Active CEO Performance Tip

To Diet or Not To Diet – People are often looking for the quick fix, when it comes to food. Many people jump on the bandwagon of the thousands of fad-style, celebrity endorsed and marketing designed diets, which have no research into the long-term effects on the body, mind and soul. Science compared every diet and the winner is real food. The only diet that has been implemented and remains over a long period of time is that established 10,000’s of years ago. It is a predominantly plant-based diet with no processed foods and only included the occasional meat when they were quick enough to catch it. Those living by the sea would catch fish and seafood. Why would you incorporate the middle-person in the diet, so to speak, when you can go straight to the source an eat it. What do I mean by this? Land animals generally eat plant-based diets including fruit, vegetables and grains, which are the stable of all nutritious diets. So why do we need to eat red meat, when it is just the by-product of the plant based foods we need anyway? What diet should you eat?


“You are only doing long-term damage if you are running on the edge and stress is building and you are not taking care of yourself. ” Discussing stress and recovery with Jonathan Rake, on the active CEO Podcast.

“When you are travelling and out of your normal environment you don’t get into your level 3 and 4 deep sleep where you are doing the body repair than helps us function. You need to be alert and aware in your environment.” Travel and sleep dysfunction with Jonathan Rake on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Jonathan Rake LinkedIn
Jonathan Rake Facebook
Jonathan Rake Email
Jonathan Rake World Economic Forum
World Economic Forum
Swiss Re
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn

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