active CEO Podcast Revital Golan Entrepreneur State Of Mind

active CEO Podcast #82 Revital Golan Entrepreneur State Of Mind

active CEO Podcast Revital Golan Entrepreneur State Of Mind
Managing Director Anemone Ventures

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Revital Golan about an Entrepreneur State Of Mind, mentoring female leaders, how Anemone Ventures supports tech startups in Asia and why Taiwan offers a unique opportunity of a business friendly environment.

We also delve into growing up in a Kibbutz and serving in the Israeli military, pushing the human limits, failure is a part of learning, living your own life and balancing adapting and influencing.

Revital Golan – Entrepreneur State Of Mind

Revital is fascinated with technology start-ups, aspiring future female leaders and being an active CEO. Known as a tenacious and determined leader, who loves the great outdoors, cycling big mountains and embodying diversity. She studied a MA Finance from the City University of New York, an Executive Master of Science in Finance from Zicklin School of Business and a BA Economics & Business Development from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College.

After a career in the Israel Defence Forces, she moved with her family to Asia. Her roles included Project Manager & Assistant to Commercial and Defence Attache at the Embassy of Israel in Singapore; Country Manager Korea, Taiwan, HK Business Development Asia for Berlitz International; and Sales Director Asia for MassiveImpact. She founded Anemone Ventures in 2009 to help tech start-ups and SME’s establish in Asia.  With a huge passion in supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and women business leaders she is the Women Professor Rank technical Expert at Providence University, Asia Pacific Desk Chief Representative for the University of Haifa Israel, and Chair of the Women in Business Programme for the British Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.

Revital talks about:

  • Military taught her discipline, decision making under pressure, teamwork and hardship.
  • Difference in leadership between Asia and Israel.
  • Having an entrepreneur state of mind.
  • How Asia taught her to be humble, be a better listener and observer.
  • Having a team that you can trust and build a team you can work closely with.
  • Her passion to bring start-ups and innovations into Asia.
  • Opening a company during the global financial crisis in 2009.
  • Why being an entrepreneur is a journey.
  • Now corporations are starting to encourage their employees to think as entrepreneurs.
  • Proven that companies that have diversity achieve better bottom lines and profit.
  • Being passionate about women in business and promoting more in senior positions.
  • Live your life, don’t live your kids life, husbands life or parents life.
  • Inspiring and empowering women in business across Taiwan.
  • Coping with low emotional times as an athlete or entrepreneur
  • Becoming a vegetarian at age of 16.
  • My continuous passion and will to challenge myself physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • Growing gap between the rich and poor, educated and uneducated.

Active CEO Performance Tip

Free Your Mind – We need to be very disciplined and attentive with our focus currency. It has become challenging to remain focused, be present and be attentive with globalization and technology driving constant contact 24/7. We can easily be bombarded with attention grabbing information, which can provide stressful emotions and be challenging to filter. Our workplaces have become custom-built to destroy both individual and team focus. We are exposed to constant chatter and noise in collaborative working and open plan workspaces. Ever growing number of scheduled meetings and internal emails can lead to overwhelm and scrambling to get “real work” completed before and after work, as well as the weekends. How temping is the lure of social media and social networking streams, status updates and instant gratification? It is important that you actively free your mind each day. This can be through exercise, meditation, walking in nature, listening to music, spending time with your children, breathing patterns, visualising positive and relaxing thoughts and for others it can be a walk in nature. How are you going to free your mind today?

Tweets

“Learn how to be your own cheerleader. Nobody is going to give you a tap on the shoulder, oh my gosh, you did a great job. You have to do it by yourself, you have to find your own mentors, you have to be very determined for what you do and have to know how to adapt and change to the circumstances.” Celebrating the small wins in entrepreneurship with Revital Golan, on the active CEO Podcast.

“Don’t think that you are sacrificing anything for anybody else.  Your kids never ask you to sacrifice anything for them. When they become 18 you can’t say that you sacrificed your career for them.” Revital Golan explains why it’s important to do it for yourself, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Revital Golan LinkedIn
Revital Golan Facebook
Anemone Ventures www.anemoneventures.com
NRG2Perform www.nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns craig@nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns LinkedIn

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4 Ways To Overcome CEO Loneliness

4 Ways To Overcome CEO Loneliness In 2020

Photo Credit – Jack Hunter (Unsplash)

CEO loneliness is a real problem affecting our society. Have you ever felt lonely, isolated and there is no one you can speak to, as a leader? Well, you are not alone!

Harvard Business Review reported that 61% of CEO’s feel that loneliness hinders their job performance. The higher you move up the ladder the greater the responsibility, pressure to deliver results, expectation to remain calm and the level of confidentiality, increases. Has CEO loneliness invaded your life?

CEO’s may find it difficult to speak about their biggest challenges, complex problems or strongest fears with their boards, senior executives or colleagues. They also struggle to confide in their friends outside of the organization as they feel they don’t have the depth and breadth of understanding the challenges that they face. There is also the risk of sharing information and doubts as it could catalyse rumours. 

The lack of privacy that has occurred, as a result of technology, has opened the door to greater public and media scrutiny, and therefore a grey area of what is and isn’t private and public life. To compound this, there are also developing expectations that CEO’s should increase their transparency, vulnerability and openness to become a better leader.

 “With great power comes great responsibility”. SPIDERMAN

As a result, CEO’s quite often experience social isolation as the number of people they can confide in shrinks. Sometimes the number of people CEO’s confide in reduces to a level where they don’t feel comfortable speaking with anyone about the important topics, things that keep them up at night and the tough decisions that need to be made. This occurs because they find it difficult to make it relatable to people who are not experiencing the same challenges and also the risk of confidentiality being breached.

When pressure comes on and issues arise, many CEO’s will try and fix them without reaching out for help, both internally and externally. Poor decisions and escalated problems can occur, and it is at these times when you need to depend on people you have built trust and relationships over a number of years.

According to a study completed by the University of Chicago, social isolation affects human behavior and how the brain operates. fMRI scans showed there is a decrease in the activity of the parts of the brain associated with rewards and a seeing things from other peoples perspectives in lonely people versus non-lonely people. The research suggested that loneliness might be accentuated as lonely individuals may seek to “find relative comfort in nonsocial rewards”. (Cacioppo et al. 2009)

In the PNAS Journal in 2015, research by Cole et al, identified how flight-or-fight responses triggered by perceived social isolation (PSI) and loneliness can lead to illness and premature death. PSI and loneliness can adversely affect sleep patterns, stress hormones, inflammation in the body, production of white blood cells, and executive function, learning and memory (Bergland, 2015).

As a CEO, it is critical that you learn how to overcome the feelings of loneliness to improve your health, home-life and work productivity. It is important to proactively build and develop emotional connections with a broad range of people, as it leads to increased collective positive emotions and well being.

The important question is – Who can you speak with when the going gets tough and the challenges become overwhelming?

Here are 4 Ways To Overcome CEO Loneliness:

1. Build a Team of Mentors

These are the people whom you can consult with when faced with challenges and problems where the answer may not be clear. They are people who are curious, like to ask questions, be prepared to listen and at times make you feel uncomfortable by challenging you to consider other approaches. It is valuable to have a diverse range of mentors, who aren’t just like you. You want people who you trust their advice and opinions, but most importantly will provide the hard truths and perspectives from a different angle. Personally I ensure that my mentors come from different industries, cultures and age ranges. Having a mentor who is younger than you is just as powerful as having someone older with lots of wisdom. Who are the 4 to 8 people you need in your life that give you the confidence, clarity and perspective you need.

2. Create Work-Life Integration

Successful people are congruent with their values and character whether they are at home or in the workspace. Work is part of life, so the theory of work-life balance may not be the best approach. Work-Life Integration is all about understanding that work is part of life and we need to effectively manage the boundaries between when we are working and we are doing other components of our life. Your body and mind needs the space to recharge, rejuvenate and reimagine. Having space in your life for relationships, exercise, freeing your mind and other passions is important in providing opportunities for an outlet, growth, success and diversifying your perspective. It also can provide motivation and inspiration not only to yourself, but other people when you have a passion or two outside the workplace. The relationships; whether family, social or work-related, in your life are important. If you have a partner and/or children then it maybe useful to leave the office before dark and create a cue to ensure you are present when spending valuable time with them. What changes will you make in 2020 to ensure that you have an outlet and focus outside of work?

3. Join a Support Group

Having a support group or mastermind is different to a team of mentors who you are likely to consult and confide in individually. Support groups meet on a regular basis, whether that is weekly, monthly, quarterly or even yearly. It’s a group that is likely to be diverse in nature and provides the psychological safety to discuss, brainstorm and challenge solutions to problems, ideas or challenges that people in the group face. These groups provide a sense of belonging; an honest feedback mechanism where they act as a nurturer, mirror or provider of truth; and can also function as celebrator, motivator and inspirer. They enable you to find clarity and most importantly perspective. An extra bonus is that support groups allow you to form connections that help alleviate stress, anxiety and improve mental health. What mastermind or support group will help you go to the next level in 2020?

4. Embrace the Inclusivity of Courage and Vulnerability

In the past vulnerability maybe seen as a weakness, when in fact it is actually a strength. We grow through adversity, changing our environment and challenging the status quo. Courage and vulnerability are inclusive. Without vulnerability we cannot be courageous and without courage we cannot find the strength to speak up and be vulnerable. As a CEO it is ok to say you don’t have an answer, that you were wrong, are feeling a lack in confidence and that other peoples answers are better. Having vulnerable discussions helps to build psychological safety within your team or between stakeholders. Vulnerability cultivates trust and respect from others, while creating the space for others to speak up about problems, issues or feelings they have. It fosters discussion about key problems and allows people with different perspectives to provide solutions that may not have surfaced before. As a CEO you need to lead by example by taking the first step to showcasing that vulnerability is positive and a key pillar to growth in your organization and life. How will you let your guard down, put your ego to the side and create a space for vulnerability and courage to flourish in your work environment?

It is important to remember that we do not succeed on our own. There is no instant solution or cure to CEO loneliness, and it requires patience and time to create a strong support network and environment. It is important to that as an influential leader that you identify and build strong team of mentors and support group for valuable guidance when there is uncertainty, difficulty confronts us and we need to celebrate successes in life. Take the time to reflect and then recognize how the 4 Ways To Overcome CEO Loneliness can you help you rise up and become a better leader in 2020.   

References:

  1. Cacioppo et al. (2009) What Are the Brain Mechanisms on Which Psychological Processes Are Based? Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2009; 4 (1): 10 Link
  2. Bergland, C. (2015) Loneliness: Perceived Social Isolation Is Public Enemy No. 1 Psychology Today, 23rd November 2015. Link
  3. Comerford, C. (2018) Loneliness: The Executive Challenge No One Talks About. Forbes, 7th July 2018. Link
Diana Rau Board Of Mentors Veterati active CEO Podcast

active CEO Podcast #56 Diana Rau Board Of Mentors

Diana Rau – Founder Veterati

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Diana Rau about Board Of Mentors, the remarkable backstory of Veterati, her better every day framework and striving for high performance. We also talk about lessons learnt at Georgetown University, her grand entry into the American Chamber of Commerce and how her time as VP of Growth and Innovation at Double Dutch was a game-changer for her husband Daniel Rau.

Diana Rau – Board of Mentors

Diana Rau is a young, creative and powerful leader who was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 Social Impact Entrepreneur and Top 25 Military Influencers in 2018. She is a game changer for Defence veterans, an innovation leader who is dedicated to solving social challenges and a connector who loves building tribes.

Living in New York, her education has included a BA International Political Economy and International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Diana began her career as a journalist for the American Chamber of Commerce before taking on roles as CEO of BUNDSHOP, Director of Creative Social Strategy for BluBlocker China, and was a founding partner of League X, an independent storytelling and narrative design agency.

In 2015, she cofounded Veterati, which is the #1 mentoring platform for the military, and is now the CEO. Our guest was the VP of Growth and Innovation at Double Dutch, which powers business and social movements through its award-winning live events platform, before it was acquired in June 2019.

Diana talks about:

  • Being a high-energy child who loved reading books and being involved with music.
  • Studying politics at Georgetown University
  • How Professor Mark Bush challenged her in international business diplomacy.
  • The power of YES.
  • Why every 10 minutes of her life at school was planned.
  • The reasons why Georgetown alumni’s James Wiseman and Carl Wegner are still her mentors.
  • Why are Veterans not getting their dream job when they come back from service?
  • One in Three Americans has never had a conversation with a Veteran.
  • Veterans dynamically evolving so fast so need different mentors as they transition and grow.
  • On average the Veterans have 3.7 mentors.
  • Why the Board Of Mentors matters and removing barriers in the mentoring process.
  • What environment makes you thrive and makes you really joyful.
  • Bravery is really valuable in founders to be able to hold to their value system.
  • One thing better every day.
  • Better Every Day Framework.
  • Best memories are transformational activities.
  • Love the movements of extreme complex and difficulty in the start-up world.
  • Most interesting conversations are when you are co-creating with someone.

Active CEO Performance Tip

Childs Play – Sit back and enjoy the feeling of just playing rather than just being so focused and diligent on specific tasks. Try things, play things, do things a little bit out of the norm. Test it and be a little bit creative. Be like a child, play, have fun and allow your creative juices to flow.

Tweets

“80% of jobs come through personal networks according to the Department of Labour.” Talking about Veterans re-engaging with the workforce, on the active CEO Podcast.

“An on-Demand digital mentoring platform for veterans and military spouses to be able to secure their dream jobs.” Diana Rau talks about Veterati, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Veterati www.veterati.com
Diana Rau LinkedIn
Diana Rau Twitter
Forbes Profile Diana Rau
NRG2Perform www.nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns craig@nrg2perform.com
Craig Johns LinkedIn