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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.


“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

active CEO Podcast #17 Patrick Kidd OBE Invictus Games Healing Power of Purpose

Patrick Kidd OBE – CEO Invictus Games

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Patrick Kidd OBE about his approach to being driven by service and purpose; empowering your team members; balancing boundaries with the freedom to operate; knowing when to seek advice; the art of planning; and finding the clarity of your strategy. He gives us an in-depth insight into the tight connection and bond developed in the armed forces; the challenges veterans have when transitioning back into society; leadership being driven by context; the purpose of the Invictus Games; the healing power of sport; and how he leads an active CEO lifestyle.


Patrick Kidd OBE is a highly experienced, meticulous and humble leader who has successfully transitioned from serving in the Armed Services to becoming an impressive CEO on debut.

He has a lifelong love of learning and professional development with a Masters of Arts at the Cranfield School of Management, MBA at the Open University, Diploma inSecurity Services at Deakin University and completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Directors Course.

He served in the British Army for 20 years and the Australian Defence Force for 10 years before transitioning into a principal consultant role at Deloitte Australia in 2015. His impressive leadership has been recognised, with a Queen’s Commendation in 2000 and an OBE in 2005.

Joining Deloitte Australia in 2015, he focused on strategy and operations consulting to Defence and the Defence Industry. He led the Deloitte team responsible for the Invictus Games Sydney pro-bono effort, which resulted in being appointed as the CEO of the 2018 Invictus Games Sydney.

Patrick talks about:

  • Bringing together an amazing collection of people who come together because they are trying to make a difference for the good.
  • Creating that atmosphere when things go wrong, the team will come around and support them.
  • The act of planning is everything
  • Balancing leading the team and the individual.
  • Understanding what it is that you are trying to do and why you are trying to do it.
  • A time when he made a mistake when leading in the Armed Services and the strategies he employed to resurrect the situation.
  • Respecting the world in which you live and the people that you are dealing with.
  • Failing to back his Deputy while in Iraq.
  • The biggest challenges he faced when transitioning from the Armed Services into his role at Deloitte Australia.
  • Former Wallaby Australian Rugby Captain, Stephen Moore, being the catalyst to Australia commencing its bid, in 2014, for theSydney Invictus Games.
  • The Invictus games giving a greater purpose to the staff of Deloitte Australia.
  • Why the Invictus Games is so important to those who have served and the families who have supported them.
  •  The Invictus Games being about those individuals that are going to get the most out of the experience.
  • Prince Harry being the inspiration behind the Invictus Games.
  • The “whats next?” The legacy of the Invictus Games.
  • Veterans Sports Australia’s role to bring together the community of people who have served and give them pathways to connect.
  • People often over-analyse problems and situations, when actually sometimes all you need to do is, do something.
  • Learning to ask for help.
  • Switching off and being ready to move into another setting, is an incredibly hard thing to do.
  • The effect that his wife and Sir Winston Churchill have had on his career

Active CEO Wellness Tip

Ben and Craig discuss – Apologise to Me! How comfortable are you in saying sorry? We naturally value our ego more than our relationships and therefore it takes strength and courage to be able to say ‘I’m sorry’. Emotional intelligence helps you to comprehend that by saying sorry you demonstrate humility and by apologising it doesn’t always mean that you are wrong. Humility is an important quality that improves relationships and naturally draws others to you. 


“Our young need to believe in something, they need to recognise that life has a purpose and it’s not just about them.” The importance of defining your purpose with Patrick Kidd OBE on the active CEO Podcast.

“It is your job to bring a team together, give the team purpose and to help them along the way so they can do great work. “Patrick Kidd OBE on leading teams on the active CEO Podcast.

“Unless you have got a really clear view as to what the objective is and what you are trying to do, you are never going to get there.” Achieving goals with Patrick Kidd OBE on the active CEO Podcast.

“It is not about who you are and what you did yesterday, it is what you are going to be.” Where you focus should be with Patrick Kidd OBE on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Thank you to Peppers Gallery Hotel, Canberra for hosting the interview.
Patrick Kidd LinkedIn 
Invictus Games www.invictusgames2018.org
Deloitte Australia link
Australian Defence Force www.defence.gov.au
British Army www.army.mod.uk
Kingston University www.kingston.ac.uk
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst link
Cranfield School of Management www.cranfield.ac.uk
Deakin University www.deakin.edu.au
Australian institute of Company Directors link
The Open University www.open.edu.au
Craig Johns LinkedIn
Ben Gathercole LinkedIn
Ben Gathercole Performance Coaching www.bengathercole.com.au

Recommended Reading:

Better Than Winning – Ben’s best selling book Purchase Now

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