Meaningful Work, Meaningful Life Podcast
#33 You Are Never Too Small to Change Anything with Dr Jess Wade

#33 You Are Never Too Small to Change Anything with Dr Jess Wade

September 18, 2019

Welcome to season 4 of Meaningful Work, Meaningful Life podcast. In this season, I am breaking things down more specifically and featuring guests who are giving you practical techniques and tools to live a more meaningful life. My aim is to bring a very practical dimension to our conversation around the 3 Ms (meaning, Money and Movement) and decrypt the science of achieving happiness in life.

Some people read a book, enjoy it and hopefully take some notes to improve their business or their life. Most people simply forget what they’ve read after a while. But a few are so impacted by what they’ve read that they decide to stand up and do something to change their life. This was the case with Dr Jess Wade, a physicist at Imperial College London turned into a prolific Wikipedia editor. Her life has changed over the last few years thanks to the book ‘Inferior’ by Angela Saini.

“For a long time, I felt I was too small and insignificant to do anything that was impactful,” she says.

Jess is now called a ‘one-woman powerhouse’! She is a scientist on a mission. She wants every woman who has achieved something impressive in science to get the prominence and recognition they deserve – starting with a Wikipedia entry.

Listen to my fascinating conversation with Dr Jess Wade to find out:

  • How she struggled with maths before ending up being a top scientist
  • What a day in her life looks like
  • How to become a Wikipedia editor
  • What to do about the lack of support that affect the confidence of women to pick science subjects
  • How she combats the impostor syndrome to reach higher goals
  • How to build the case to get powerful people in the conversation to support diversity

And much more...

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#32 Bonus Episode Season 3 Leading a Movement with Francine Beleyi

#32 Bonus Episode Season 3 Leading a Movement with Francine Beleyi

August 18, 2019

This bonus episode includes some highlights of the season 3 of Meaningful Work, Meaningful Life podcast, the show that empower you to redefine the life you want and live your best life now!

I really loved the Season 3 where I featured amazing women and men who are leading fabulous movements in Europe, in Africa, in US and across the world 

  • Parminder Vir, former ceo of Tony Elumely foundation, shares how she rose as a girl from rural Penjab to lead the most ambitious African entrepreneurship in episode 22
  • Episode 29, Kwame Christian shares how his personal struggles earlier in life with difficult conversations led him to study psychology, human behavior and wants to start a revolution of confident communicators
  • Episode 30, Hildy Gotlieb the co-founder at Creating the Future, who justly said that we don’t necessarily have to build a new movement, but we can all be part of one that already exists. 
  • Dr Bruce Lloyd in episode 27 gave us great food for thought to create a better future through more wisdom.
  • Francesca Uriri, head of communication at Uber for East and West Africa, episode 31 - Leading Ladies Africa wants showcase the diversity of women in Africa to bring to the forefront not just the elite.
  • Hodan Nalayeh in episode 23, changed the identity of her Nation, Somalia, through Storytelling. Sadly, she was killed whilst doing what she loved, reporting on positive stories. Her message: ‘Never give up on your dream’.

Many other guests also shared their experience and perspective in this season 3, and see leading a movement or being part of one that you care about as a key component of living a meaningful life.

 

Go and listen or re-listen to all these episodes of the Season 3 but also the seasons 1 and 2 whilst I am taking a break for the summer to recharge my battery. I will be back in Autumn with a brand-new season 4 of Meaningful Work, Meaningful Life.

The show notes are available at https://www.francinebeleyi.com/podcast/

#31 Bringing the Full Spectrum of Diversity in the Conversation with Francesca Uriri

#31 Bringing the Full Spectrum of Diversity in the Conversation with Francesca Uriri

August 5, 2019

Are you tired of hearing discourse about diversity but finds that the same people stay in the limelight and don’t represent the full spectrum of a society? Well, you are not alone.

My guest in today’s episode, Francesca Uriri, Head of Communications at Uber East & West Africa decided to change that representation and showcase the variety of women in Africa. “While it's great to see the woman with the pearls on the cover of the magazine, it's also important to see the woman who is in the market, who's selling tomatoes, who is bringing her produce from villages to the towns," she says.

Leading Lading Africa was born and has 77,800 followers today on Instagram…

The full show notes are available at www.francinebeleyi.com/podcast 

#30 Creating a Collective Enough-ness with Hildy Gotlieb

#30 Creating a Collective Enough-ness with Hildy Gotlieb

July 29, 2019

Are you frustrated by your willingness and enthusiasm to make change happen in your life, in your organisation or in the society but seems to go nowhere? If so, you are not alone! There is a great explanation why you are not seeing the change you want to make.

My guest in today’s episode, Hildy Gotlieb, a social scientist and asker of powerful questions had an aha moment when she realised that to see the world change, we need to change the questions we ask. Discover the three set of questions you can ask in any situation to see real change happen and much more…

#29 Starting a Revolution of Confident Communicators with Kwame Christian

#29 Starting a Revolution of Confident Communicators with Kwame Christian

July 22, 2019

Discover how a people-pleaser became a top expert in negotiation and conflict management.

Today, I have the great pleasure to have on the show, Kwame Christian, a lawyer and expert in negotiation and conflict management. He is the Director of the American Negotiation Institute and a professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, the top ranked dispute resolution program in the country, and Otterbein University’s MBA program.

He is the author of the best-selling book Nobody Will Play With Me: How to Use Compassionate Curiosity to Find Confidence in Conflict. Kwame also hosts the top negotiation podcast, ‘Negotiate Anything’.

Kwame’s shares his personal struggles earlier in life with difficult conversations; which led him find a way to better deal with that by exploring psychology, human behavior and how the thoughts and beliefs influence our behavior and the way that people think.

“When it comes to these difficult conversations, it's not a question of whether or not we do it, it's a question of whether or not we do it well,” he says.

People often default to an avoiding strategy to avoid conflict. But he encourages us to be proactive when it comes to solving these problems and mending the relationship.

He explains the Compassionate Curiosity framework, a simple 3-step process to negotiate anything.

Kwame believes that with every conversation, there's an opportunity to learn, to make things better and to communicate at a higher level.

 

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#28 Caring Relationships for a Meaningful Society with Dr Bruce Lloyd

#28 Caring Relationships for a Meaningful Society with Dr Bruce Lloyd

July 15, 2019

This is the part two of my interview with Dr Bruce Lloyd, Emeritus Professor in Strategic Management, London South Bank University. In last week’s episode, Bruce shared great insights on leadership, wisdom, knowledge, management and organisation as well as the choice of his career, the relationship between quality of conversation and good decision making.

In today’s episode, we are going deep and more personal as he shares how he tried to escape a controlling mum, on being book alcoholic and having a curious mind, his long search for meaning, true meaning of love, his unfulfilled desire of being a philanthropist and much more.

Other subjects we discussed include:

  • The paradox of education and how to reduce information stress
  • Power vs responsibility
  • Why values, organisation, conversation skills ought to be embedded in school curriculum
  • How to keep ahead of the robots
  • Why a meaningful life is not about making more money
  • Why companionship is as valuable as love
  • The rise of a lucrative industry: Geriatric backpacking
  • How getting involved in many activities prevent you from aging
  • Why we should eliminate the taboo of discussing the planned end of life

 

If you haven’t listened to the first part episode 27, go and listen to that too as it will give you some more context to what we are discussing in today’s episode. Now let’s dive in.

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#27 Creating a Better Future Through More Wisdom with Dr Bruce Lloyd

#27 Creating a Better Future Through More Wisdom with Dr Bruce Lloyd

July 9, 2019

Discover how a kid who dreamt of being a motor racing driver became an academic, helping PhD students to develop a broader view of life whilst researching their subjects.

Dr Bruce Lloyd, Emeritus Professor in Strategic Management, London South Bank University has spent over 20 years in industry and finance before joining the academic world to help establish the Management Centre at what is now London South Bank University.

Bruce has written extensively on a wide range of strategy and futures-related issues. He was also the UK coordinator for 'The Millennium Project' 1999-2005 and has been active in the 'Futures industry'.

In true academic, Bruce has been so generous in sharing his wisdom during our interview that I am creating two episodes from our conversation. This first part is almost a masterclass in strategy and how to think about the Future as well as some great personal insights.

In our conversation, Bruce shares how he unexpectedly landed in the academic world as a professor of strategy and supervising PhDs and how he got involved in Future Studies. He explains the relationship as well as the difference between Strategy and Futures Studies and why we are better off with forecasting even if it’s not an exact science.

He tells how teaching in academic world was the most rewarding part of his whole career but also how the administrative side can feel very pressurised as he now enjoys his semi-retirement and doing what he wants rather than following other people’s agenda!

Bruce reveals the connection between leadership, wisdom, knowledge, management and organisation performance as well as how he finds himself studying wisdom. He also shares why values are becoming increasingly important in this world and explains the logical link between data, information, knowledge and wisdom.

He tells us how the quality of conversation in organisations is critical in determining the quality of the decisions taken and why we should be okay to take decision based on imperfect information.

Bruce also explains why we should rehabilitate the word ‘leadership’ and not use it interchangeably for psychopathic, megalomaniacs and dictators. He highlights the distinction between authenticity and empathy and why it’s crucial to make that distinction and enlightens us about the danger of authenticity without values. He reveals how lack of trust in our society comes from people perceiving that there is a lack of fairness in the process of decision making.

Bruce believes that in the face of actual rapid changes, it’s important to have effective learning processes to make sure that change equal progress.

Listen to this rich conversation now. The show notes and references of the show are available go to www.francinebeleyi.com/podcast 

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#26 Changing Lives Through Digital Inclusion with Helen Milner OBE

#26 Changing Lives Through Digital Inclusion with Helen Milner OBE

July 1, 2019

Find out how a girl who was dreaming of becoming Prime Minister ended up leading a digital and social inclusion movement in the UK and beyond.

Helen Milner OBE is the Chief Executive at Good Things Foundation, a social change charity that is driving social and digital inclusion. They support excluded people to become digitally able and active and apply their knowledge in all aspects of their lives, including health, getting a job and growing financial resilience. She was named by the Digital Hall of Fame as one of the 20 people who had achieved great things in Britain using digital.

Helen as a real tech evangelist thinks that technology has huge benefits for people's lives and can be transformative. Her career has been around, digital, education and helping people to learn new skills and she is passionate about giving a second-chance to adults with learning.  

In this thought-provoking conversation, Helen explains where her passion for Digital Inclusion come from and why she had always been driven to achieve impact and been ambitious but for the greater good. She also shed some light on the overlap between digital and social exclusion.

She explains how she marries big picture thinking with being very practical and why we need a laser focus to get things done. Being so driven to achieve her mission meant that Helen struggled to fit it all into a working week and worked seven days a week for several years until she finally learnt the life-saving skills of delegation.

She also offers great advice to get paid more in a job you love and not undervalue yourself.

Determined to drive the movement of digital and social inclusion in the UK, her organisation is expanding in Australia and in Kenya, focusing on socially excluded people.

Having helped almost three million people with thousands of partners, Helen believes that we need to bring people in to help us achieve our goal rather than trying to do it alone!

Listen to this rich conversation now. The show notes and references of the show are available go to www.francinebeleyi.com/podcast 

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#25 Changing The Perception of Science and Engineering With Roma Agrawal

#25 Changing The Perception of Science and Engineering With Roma Agrawal

June 24, 2019

Discover how a nerdy girl from India became one of the senior engineers who designed The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe.

Roma Agrawal MBE is a structural engineer who works with signature architects, designing footbridge towers and sculptures including six years as a senior structural engineer on The Shard in London.

She is a multiple award winner both for her technical prowess and her contribution to raising awareness of engineering as a career. She actively promotes engineering, scientific and technical careers to young people and particularly to underrepresented groups.

In our conversation Roma explains why she became an engineer and how she found herself working on the gigantic project of The Shard just after she graduated. She also gives us a glimpse into her daily life working on such an ambitious project.

She tells why engineering may have a bad press and her passion to inspire young people to consider an engineering profession, especially women and people from minority background.

Roma is not your typical girl who raves about flowers instead she tells how her now husband won her heart using an unusually geeky strategy!

Being driven and always on the go had positive aspects for Roma but she reveals how going through multiple rounds of IVF to get pregnant was a big calling point in her life.

Her top advice: create a support network and don't be afraid to ask for help. You don't have to achieve everything here and now.

Roma believes that you should break free of stereotypes that might be holding you back

 

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#24 The Power of Your Story to Influence and Impact Others with Celinne Da Costa

#24 The Power of Your Story to Influence and Impact Others with Celinne Da Costa

June 17, 2019

Discover how a little Italian girl with a Brazilian mum, turned her back to the American dream to travel the world to find her purpose in life and is now impacting thousands of people to share their stories.

Celinne Da Costa is a Life design and brand story coach, who work with visionary leaders, entrepreneurs, founders, to help them leverage the power of storytelling. Celinne’s work has been featured in major publications around the world, including Forbes, HuffPost, and Business Insider. She’s visited 50+ countries and travels full-time while running her business. She has a loyal community of 50,000+ fans following her adventures around the world.

In this riveting conversation, Celinne opens up about her journey from deep frustration, being somebody who didn’t belong in her environment, always wanting to break free to explore the world to being able to impact thousands of followers today.

She explains how she felt an immense amount of pressure to perform in the past and feeling like all the rules were laid out for her to follow.

Consistently questioning her purpose, a life-changing trip in Cambodia triggered her desire of change. She decided to make the most difficult decision to quit her corporate job and travel the world to do a social experiment: “traveling and sleeping in the homes of strangers.”

Celinne believes that we all have a story to tell, and something about our story will inspire and impact someone else if not hundreds, thousands and millions of people.

 

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