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?

Tweets

“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@swissre.com
Jonathan Rake World Economic Forum
World Economic Forum www.weforum.org
Swiss Re www.swissre.com/
NRG2Perform www.nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns craig@nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns LinkedIn

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active CEO Podcast Free Your Mind

active CEO Podcast #79 Free Your Mind

active CEO Podcast Free Your Mind

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast we talk about Free Your Mind and how a clear state of mind positively affects Leadership Performance, on episode #5 of Breaking The CEO Code. It is a short podcast episode where host Craig Johns decodes a new aspect of being a high performing leader each week.

Free Your Mind

Craig talks about the how free your mind , has on a CEO or leader’s performance, including:

  1. Importance of being disciplined and attentive when it comes to your focus currency.
  2. If you don’t have the self discipline then bring someone into your proximity that provides the discipline to free your mind.
  3. Having a clear head and removing the brain fog to provide greater focus and clarity.
  4. Stress is restrictive and contageous.
  5. Creating a calm, happy and energised state of mind.
  6. Deep breathing alleviates stress and allows you the space to manage your response.
  7. Power of visualisation.
  8. Meditation involves observing thoughts, emotions and body sensations with openness and acceptance.
  9. Motion evokes emotion, and how yoga uses involves physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation.

He also takes about music, active meditation and creative pursuits help you to free your mind and lead with clarity, purpose and more energy.

Check out the newly Breaking The CEO Code whitepaper. It provides an overview of Breaking The CEO Code and showcases the 6 key phases. We also go a little deeper into the 2nd phase PERFORMANCE, where we discuss the 3 P’s of Leadership Performance.

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Craig Johns Keynote Speaker
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NRG2Perform www.nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns craig@nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns LinkedIn

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active CEO Podcast #26 Alvin Hew The Confrontation Room

Alvin Hew – Group Managing Director of Southgate Ventures Pte Ltd

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns and Ben Gathercole speak with Alvin Hew about the leadership and cultural differences between Proctor & Gamble and L’Oreal; L’Oreal’s Confrontation Room; disrupting L’Oreal’s Asian approach; and Being bestowed the award of Chevalier de l’Ordre Nationale du Merite by French President Jacques Chirac. We also discuss his roles as a Board Director, why he has taken up running and the purpose and vision for Southgate Ventures Ltd throughout ASIA.

Background

Alvin Hew is an experienced CEO and Board Director who has been instrumental in positioning products and leading teams for some of the world’s leading global companies.

Based in Singapore, he is currently the Group Managing Director of Southgate Ventures Pte Ltd, which is an Education platform company headquartered in Singapore with 11 international schools in Indonesia, Korea and India under the name of SIS Group of Schools and Singapore Global Schools. 

His 30+ years of corporate experience covers private equity at The Abraaj Group; financial advisory at H2O Capital; commercial banking at TD Bank and investment banking at Lancaster Financial Inc. in Canada; business development and marketing at P&G in Switzerland, Vietnam, Southeast Asia and Australia; and top management experience at L’Oreal where he was the Managing Director of its companies in Malaysia and Taiwan.

He currently serves on the board of Maxis Berhad (Malaysia’s No. 1 mobile telco), Petronas Dagangan Berhad (Malaysia’s national oil and gas company) and on the Global Advisory Council of Queen’s University Smith School of Business in Canada and served on the boards of the European Chamber of Commerce in Taipei and Taipei American School. He is also the President of the Queen’s University Alumni Branch in Singapore.

He holds undergraduate degrees from Queen’s University, Canada and an MBA from INSEAD France. He is certified with the Canadian Securities Institute and has attended executive programs held at IMD, Stanford, USC and UC San Francisco.O

Alvin talks about:

  • Spending his teenage years away from his Malaysian home in Winnipeg, Canada
  • The decision of studying economics and finance at Queens University Smith School of Business, and how that set him up for the business world.
  • Having the responsibility to lead Proctor & Gamble South Asia.
  • The Malaysia General Manager role running the consumer sector business with brands such as L’Oreal Paris, Garnier and Maybelline, before becoming Managing Director of the L’Oreal Group in Malaysia
  • The decision of L’Oreal to change the global language from French to English, to meet its ambition to be a truly international company.
  • Proctor & Gamble give the consumer what they want versus L’Oreal giving the consumer what they dream of.
  • His leadership style blending an innovative with process-driven.
  • Doing the homework in getting the data right and then having the guts to make the call and going for it and not being afraid to make some mistakes.
  • The difference in leadership meetings between Proctor & Gamble and L’Oreal.
  • L’Oreal’s confrontation room, where one goes to present new products, new concepts and new markets.
  • Being able to transform L’Oreal Asia through disrupting the approach from shampoo to cosmetics, hair care and skin care.
  • Being bestowed the award of Chevalier de l’Ordre Nationale du Merite by French President Jacques Chirac.
  • Creating the first ever KL Fashion week with Star Publication Group in Malaysia.
  • Transforming into a Board Director for multiple companies, not-for-profit organisations and educational institutions.
  • The purpose and vision for Southgate Ventures Ltd throughout ASIA.
  • Running the Singapore half marathon for the first time in 2018.
  • Packing a pair of running shoes provides and easy opportunity to keep fit while travelling often.
  • Would love to solve the question of, which destination will he retire with his wife Juanita.

Active CEO Wellness Tip                                                

Plan of Attack What is your plan of attack to ensure that you get some exercise in every single day? Remember ‘failure to plan is planning to fail’. CEO’s and leaders often keep track of their important dates, meetings and deadlines in an online schedule or physical diary. Some may even use a PA that keeps them on time, for them. Your exercise and fitness should be no different. Exercise is a fundamental building block to achieving peak performance as a CEO or Leader, therefore it is important to take the time, sit down and assess each week, month or year and seeing opportunities to block out regular timeslots for exercise. You should treat these time-blocks the same way you would any other meeting.

Tweets

“Doing the homework in getting the data right, and then having the guts to make the call and going for it and not being afraid to make some mistakes.” Alvin Hew explains his leadership style, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Alvin Hew LinkedIn
Proctor & Gamble
L’Oreal
Southgate Ventures Pte Ltd
The Abraaj Group
H2O Capital
TD Bank
Lancaster Financial Inc.
Maxis Berhad
Petronas Dagangan Berhad
Queen’s University Smith School of Business
European Chamber of Commerce in Taipei
Taipei American School
INSEAD
Canadian Securities Institute
IMD
Stanford
USC
UC San Francisco.
NRG2Perform www.nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns craig@nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns LinkedIn
Ben Gathercole LinkedIn
Ben Gathercole Performance Coaching www.bengathercole.com.au

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