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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 www.anemoneventures.com
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