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?


“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
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn

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Mike DeNoma (KBZ Bank) Part #1 – Your Strengths are What Energise You

active CEO Podcast #8 Mike DeNoma Your Strengths Are What Energise You

PCB Vol 8- Mike DeNoma
Mike DeNoma – CEO KBZ Bank

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns and Ben Gathercole speak with Mike DeNoma, getting a fascinating insight into a driven leader, someone with a huge amount of resilience who is inspired to take on the world’s toughest endurance challenges to raise funds for very important charities. We delve into ambition, flying a plane through clouds, the difference between a written and a presentation culture, leading in different cultures, creating a higher purpose, understanding that your strengths are what energise you, and what drives Mike DeNoma to get out of bed every day.

Mike DeNoma

We have the pleasure of bringing you a highly motivated, exceptionally organised and a passionate leader. Mike DeNoma has held senior executive roles across the globe, including managing multinational teams across North America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Over the past 20 years he has led large teams in the emerging markets banking sector with CEO and Leadership roles in CitiBank Singapore, Taiwan’s Chinatrust Commercial Bank, Standard Chartered Bank Singapore, and his current role at KBZ Bank in Myanmar. Awarded Global Retail Banker of the Year in 2008, he has also held senior roles in well-respected companies such as GLH Hotels, PepsiCo, Proctor and Gamble, and Asia Foods Limited. It is a highly entertaining, thought-provoking and insightful chat. Enjoy listening to the show.

Mike talks about:

  • Writing a letter that led to working in the Amazon jungle with Billionaire Daniel Ludwig
  • Having three careers at Proctor & Gamble
  • Taking a leave of absence from the Wharton Business School
  • Ambition – “the spark that makes you challenge your destiny at any point in your life”
  • Why he thought business world was like altitude when he first started
  • The differences between the working cultures at Proctor & Gamble and Pepsi Co.
  • The pro’s and con’s of a written versus a presentation culture.
  • A brilliant concept during a performance review at Pepsi Co.
  • Most employees are much tougher on their own performance than you are as a CEO
  • Cultures are more similar, than different, across the world
  • The need to work for a company that has a heart, that I believe in and generally has good intentions.
  • Making Grandma dance at Standard Chartered bank
  • The dynamics of transformation when working with wealthy family owned businesses.
  • Once the organisation has transformed, then you need to realise that the family is the CEO.
  • Why Mike likes to mobilise thousands of people
  • Why sponsoring the Singapore Marathon and Ironman events was important
  • Your strengths are what energise you
  • The power of the Gallup Cliftonstrengths finder to mobilise your team, understand what each others strengths are, and how they compliment each other and determine where the gaps are.
  • Powerful way to use it, is to take the team and you do the profile of all the strengths and then figure out where are the gaps
  • What Mike’s strengths are and how he uses them to lead every day
  • Why Mike likes challenges that require 10,000 people to step to the left and create an earthquake


“I like challenges that require 10,000 people to step to the left and create an earthquake.” with Mike DeNoma. You can listen here

“Ambition, the spark that makes you challenge your destiny at any point in your life”. Listen to Mike DeNoma on the active CEO Podcast

“Your strengths are what energise you”. Leadership by strengths, with Mike DeNoma on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Mike DeNoma LinkedIn

Recommended Reading:

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#4 – Rene Zondag (PBI) – People Are Our Greatest Asset link
#3 – Anne Gripper (NSW Office of Sport) – 6 C’s of Leadership link 
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#1 – active CEO Intro (NRG2Perform) Part 1 link