A Geek Leader Podcast - inspiring technical and creative leaders around the world

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AGL 359: AI Doctor with Dr. Ronald Razmi
Apr 5 2024
AGL 359: AI Doctor with Dr. Ronald Razmi
About Dr. Ronald Razmi Dr. Ronald Razmi, is known as "The Digital Health Decoder," and is a transformative force in the $4 trillion U.S. healthcare industry, providing clarity in the complex landscape and translating science, digital apps, and data into pathways for improved lives. Dr. Razmi's journey began at the Mayo Clinic over two decades ago, where he became a global leading expert in cardiac patient care. Notably, he has treated current and future Hall of Famers, award-winning actors, heads of state, and world leaders, a testament to his exceptional skills and reputation. Afterwards, he built the software system, cardiovascularmri.com, to serve as a platform for education and training of cardiologists in using MRI in managing their patients. He is a co-author of "Handbook of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging." As a McKinsey consultant, Ron worked with the world's top life sciences companies in strategy, M&A, and product development. In 2011, he founded Acupera, a population health management software company that enables healthcare organizations to use data, care pathways, and AI to industrialize care delivery and patient management. Ron is the author of the upcoming book, "AI Doctor: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare" that offers relevant insights into AI's transformative potential, bridging the gap between technology and health. Today We Talked About Ron's background AI Medicine Digital Data Sharing Data in the same language Short-term, Mid-term, Long-term outlooks The future Challenges of AI in healthcare Connect with Ron LinkedIn Website Book Leave me a tip $ Click here to Donate to the show I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!
AGL 357: Alex Natskovich
Mar 22 2024
AGL 357: Alex Natskovich
About Alex He is a seasoned engineering leader and CEO. Born in Belarus, he harbored a lifelong dream of becoming an engineer. After graduating from university, he moved to the USA. During the initial years, he resided in New York, working as a software engineer in various companies. One of the most notable was the startup Conductor, where he joined as the 5th employee. It has now evolved into the leading global SEO and content intelligence platform. During his tenure there, Alex was responsible for building and maintaining an industry-leading link-building system. Simultaneously, he embarked on building his own company, MEV (named after the mega-electron-volt) - a strategic software development partner for fast-growing companies. Afterward, he decided to settle in the Bay Area. While at the helm of his company, he assisted esteemed companies such as Cartier, Novo Nordisk, Daiichi Sankyo, and Avadel in overcoming complex business challenges through software solutions. Additionally, he aided numerous startups in developing stable and scalable digital products, making them attractive for acquisition. Alex is passionate about empowering businesses with the right technology. He firmly believes in the power of teams. Building a high-performing team, in his view, necessitates being open-minded and always striving to thoroughly understand the team's objectives and needs for success. This solution-oriented mindset and team focus form the cornerstone of his company. Today We Talked About Alex's background Software Development Master Purpose Autonomy Motivation 3.0 Values Empathy In-house and Outsourced Teams Full integration Aligned autonomy Culture of Ownership Eliminate Toxic Cultures Ukraine vs. Russia War Focus on what you can control Take Connect with Alex LinkedIn Website Leave me a tip $ Click here to Donate to the show I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!
AGL 356: John Fisher
Mar 15 2024
AGL 356: John Fisher
About John John has worked for a wide variety of companies including BPP, GP Strategies (on the HSBC contract), Training 2000 Ltd, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions and BAe Systems designing and delivering leadership and personal Development interventions, coaching and Project Management. He is experienced at operating at all organizational levels providing, not only development training but also coaching and Boost Growth business consultancy Background John designs, develops and facilitates learning in a highly interactive environment, based on participants own experience. His sessions involve group activities and facilitate discussion to elicit key points. This is to allow participants to gain a thorough working knowledge, with constructive feedback, in a safe environment. John is an experienced coach and trained counsellor who works from a Constructivist perspective that encourages individuals to explore their own solutions. Today We Talked About John's background Soft Skills Coaching IF/THEN "Leadership is what you lack when you don't know what to do." George Kelly Change Curve Fear, Threats, Anxiety Change is hard Make Windows from Walls Managing The Horizon Timeline Therapy Hypnotherapy   Connect with John Website LinkedIn Leave me a tip $ Click here to Donate to the show I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!
AGL 354: Hannah Ryu and Veronica Shelton
Mar 1 2024
AGL 354: Hannah Ryu and Veronica Shelton
About Hannah and Veronica Hannah Ryu is the Co-Founder of Oak Theory alongside her other half, Veronica Shelton. Oak Theory is a design studio specializing in UX/UI, web and application design. Their resumés have names on them like Disney, HBO, Salesforce, Estée Lauder, Oprah, Unilever, Sephora, Subaru, and MAC cosmetics, where Oak Theory now currently works with industry giants like Google and the University of California.  Leading with a human-centered yet deeply analytical approach, Hannah’s strategic know-how shapes Oak Theory’s mission to transform diverse perspectives into robust digital designs. Growing Oak Theory as one of the 0.1% of agencies founded by women of color posed its own challenges, but in just 3 years Hannah, alongside Veronica, has built a team that delivers exceptional, inclusive, and human-centered design. “Our cultural backgrounds and unique perspectives as a collective of diverse creatives help our clients show up in a more authentic, impactful, and purposeful way. It’s been a joy to enable that transformation for them.” Hannah’s career trajectory has been anything but ordinary. Starting out in a nonprofit, she then took on the role of a magazine assistant (think “Devil Wears Prada”), and ultimately ascended to a product manager position in a tech company. Her journey has given her perspective and clarity, making her uniquely equipped her to shape a workspace that prioritizes psychological safety, and promotes a culture that combines open-ended curiosity with solution-driven thinking. To put it simply, Veronica’s brain is literally built for design. Being a neurodivergent person, she has a knack for capturing complex concepts and ideas with visuals that anyone can relate to. Over the past 10+ years, she has partnered with brands of every size, from startups to Fortune 500 conglomerates, using her abilites to build impactful experiences across every medium, from print, to social media, to entire rebrands for top organizations. Her work is more than a profession; it’s a reflection of her life. Whether she’s exploring new technologies, mastering programming languages, or indulging in her gaming life with Apex Legends, Veronica’s hobbies are a testament to her dedication to her craft. A true globetrotter at heart, she eagerly anticipates the opportunity to draw fresh inspiration from her travels. The inception of Oak Theory, co-founded with Hannah during the pandemic, marked a pivotal moment in her career. Their mission: to forge a space where inclusivity is not just a goal, but the cornerstone of design philosophy. This endeavor is about more than creating sharp visuals and frustration-free navigation; it’s about making every user feel seen and accounted for. Parallel to her role at Oak Theory, Veronica is the driving force behind ChunkyBones, a mobile game development company. Here, her focus is on infusing mobile puzzle games with a feminine flair and bringing better representation to women of color in emerging media. Whether it’s through game development or her broader design work, Veronica’s vision is clear: to create experiences that resonate universally, transcending audience differences and showcasing the power of inclusive design. In everything she does, Veronica embodies the essence of a designer who not only captures complex concepts with ease but also paves the way for greater diversity and representation in the world of design and beyond.” Today We Talked About Hannah's background Veronica's background AI Diversity in Design Leadership Creativity Solving Problems Showing up Data-Driven UI/UX UI/UX Ecosphere Connect with Hannah LinkedIn - Hannah LinkedIn - Veronica Website Leave me a tip $ Click here to Donate to the show I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe and leave me a rating and review,
AGL 351: Lisa Nestor
Feb 9 2024
AGL 351: Lisa Nestor
About Lisa Lisa Nestor, a seasoned strategist in the financial services industry, is the Chief of Strategy at Airtm, an innovative online platform that provides financial services to people around the world. With her guidance, Airtm has facilitated over 26M transactions and helped hundreds of thousands of individuals access financial markets. Passionate about building solutions that empower individuals by improving their financial capabilities, Lisa believes that everyone should have access to the tools they need to manage their finances effectively and participate in the global economy. Lisa has a strong background in digital assets, payments, and ecosystem development. An early employee of the Stellar Development Foundation, she led partnerships and ecosystem strategy from 2016 – 2020. She has played a crucial role in Airtm's success and has been instrumental in creating a platform that offers low fees and quick transaction times for users. Lisa Nestor's dedication to empowering individuals and improving financial markets has helped to make Airtm a leader in the online financial services space, and her insights and expertise will undoubtedly continue to shape the industry. Today We Talked About Lisa's background Micro Finance Blockchain Stellar Blockchain Connect with Lisa LinkedIn Website Leave me a tip $ Click here to Donate to the show I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!
AGL 349: Debbie Levitt from Delta CX
Jan 26 2024
AGL 349: Debbie Levitt from Delta CX
About Debbie Debbie Levitt, MBA, is the CXO of Delta CX, and since the mid-1990s has been a CX and UX consultant focused on strategy, research, training, and Human-Centered Design/User-Centered Design. She’s a change agent and business design consultant focused on helping companies of all sizes transform towards customer-centricity while using principles of Agile and Lean. She has worked in various CX and UX leadership and individual contributor roles at companies including Wells Fargo, Macy’s, StepStone, Sony Mobile, and Constant Contact. In the 2010s, San Francisco UX and marketing agencies had Debbie on speed dial. She completed projects for Traction, Fjord, LIFT, Rauxa, ROI·DNA, and Fiddlehead. Clients have given her the nickname, “Mary Poppins,” because she flies in, improves everything she can, sings a few songs, and flies away to her next adventure. Her new book, “Customers Know You Suck,” (2022) is the customer-centricity how-to manual. Start investigating what’s holding you back from improving customer-centricity. Learn how to be value-led: how much value we can frequently create for potential and current customers. In 2016, she became an O’Reilly author, but has since chosen to self-publish, and now has her own publishing imprint, Delta CX Media. Outside of CX work, and sometimes during CX work, Debbie enjoys singing symphonic prog goth metal, opera, and New Wave. You can also catch her on the Delta CX YouTube channel. Today We Talk About Delta CX Debbie's Background Being a Geek Guessing Lasagna Agile Assumptions Start with Research Focus on Quality and Value Research Experience Fake Empathy Accountability Tie customer experience to business metrics Connect with Debbie YouTube LinkedIn Website Book Leave me a tip $ Click here to Donate to the show I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!
AGL 348: Tom Bairstow
Jan 19 2024
AGL 348: Tom Bairstow
About Tom Tom Bairstow is a Creative Director, Designer & Founder of NorthHouse, a multi-award-winning creative studio focused on video & digital design for music, brands and live shows. NorthHouse are globally recognized as a leading studio within the music and live events industry, working with the likes of Coldplay, Beyoncé, Adele, Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes, Lewis Capaldi, Ferrari, GQ, BAFTA, The NFL SuperBowl Half-time Show, The UEFA Euro's, The Rugby World Cup, and many more. Most recently they projection mapped Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Jubilee and are currently working on shows globally. Tom grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire, attending Bradford Grammar School, Bradford Art College and Leeds Metropolitan Uni, graduating in 2008 with a BA Hons in Graphic Art & Design where he specialized in moving-image. He pursued a career in music, playing in touring bands between 2006 - 2009 whilst developing a portfolio as a freelance video director and designer, creating live music visuals, music videos and event films. In 2010, he moved to London to continue his freelance video work, which gradually progressed into Tom founding NorthHouse in 2012. NorthHouse have gradually grown as a team over the years, beginning with just one employee in a tiny South London studio beneath a railway arch, into the global creative studio it is today with its UK studio in the heart of London Bridge. Tom is passionate about creative business and helping people to find a path within the creative industry. He is a creative mentor, the ambassador for media at Big Creative Education College, London and gives talks to schools and Universities around the UK. Today We Talk About Tom's background Live Shows Technologies roles in design AI in design Projection Mapping VR and AR 360 videos Growth mindset Playing to your strengths time blocking Connect with Tom LinkedIn Website Leave me a tip $ Click here to Donate to the show I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!
AGL 345: Jim Bishop
Dec 29 2023
AGL 345: Jim Bishop
About Jim With over two decades of immersive experience in executive development, corporate leadership and human performance, Jim Bishop stands as a beacon of transformative leadership through his business, Conjunction Leadership. Jim's journey has taken him across the globe, coaching executives, diverse teams and orchestrating the modernization of leadership systems for transforming business units. Having collaborated with industry giants like Eli Lilly, Roche, and Elanco, Jim recognized the pivotal role of a visionary leader willing to first work on themselves while revitalizing their culture. This catalyzed the birth of Conjunction Leadership in 2020, where Jim provides executive coaching and team development solutions. As a certified coach by the International Coaching Federation and a Certified Leadership Facilitator with Blanchard, Jim's methods are a blend of science and art. He empowers executives through executive coaching, corporate culture consulting, and team effectiveness programs, focusing on holistic development within volatile contexts. At Conjunction Leadership, transformation starts within. The exclusive DISRUPT, BRIDGE, and GROW process guides leaders on a journey of self-discovery, mindset shifts, and measurable growth. Today We Talked About Jim's background Leadership Remote Leadership Watercooler talk... remotely how the pandemic affected leadership Disruption Phase Bridging Phase Growth Phase One-on-ones Definition of Leadership People Show up differently. Worklife balance... Worklife integration Connect with Jim Website LinkedIn X Leave me a tip $ Click here to Donate to the show I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!
AGL 344: AI with Robert Plotkin
Dec 22 2023
AGL 344: AI with Robert Plotkin
About Robert Robert Plotkin is a leading expert in leveraging Al to maximize creativity and innovation. His book, The Genie in the Machine, was the first (and still the only) work to address the impact of generative Al on innovation and the patent system. Recognized as a thought leader in human-Al collaboration, Robert empowers individuals with the essential skills they need to harness Al to supercharge their creative abilities. He addresses the common fear of Al replacement by illustrating how embracing Al allows creatives to concentrate on high-level ideation, strategy, and problem-solving, while relegating the routine details to Al. Having a rare, combined expertise as an MIT-educated computer scientist, an educator, and a seasoned patent attorney, Robert boasts over 25 years of specialized experience in guiding leading tech companies in securing intellectual property protection for their cutting-edge Al innovations. Robert is also an adept communicator, hosting nearly 100 podcast episodes and being a frequent podcast guest on the topic of Al-fueled innovation. Today We Talked About Robert's Background AI Legal Concerns How AI is automating innovation and the implications of this for the patent system Skills that we (especially knowledge workers) need to develop to leverage avoid and avoid being replaced by AI Patent law How to use AI What to be concerned about Accuracy Checking Biases AI for Creative professionals Connect with Robert LinkedIn Website Book X Leave me a tip $ Click here to Donate to the show I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!
AGL 343: Tech Talks with Oscar Santolalla
Dec 15 2023
AGL 343: Tech Talks with Oscar Santolalla
About Oscar After a decade and a half in the technology arena, Oscar Santolalla embarked on a mission to help people in technology companies present better, inspire others, and sell more. He is author of "Rock the Tech Stage" (Apress, 2020) and "Create and Deliver a Killer Product Demo" (Apress, 2018). Oscar helps professionals in the technology industry rediscover the power of sharing their best ideas onstage. Since 2014, Oscar hosts Time to Shine, the pioneer podcast show in public speaking. He works as a Senior Sales Engineer at Ubisecure, in which he hosts the podcast "Let's Talk About Digital Identity" and leads the company's product training program. He has also contributed as speaking coach in several TEDx events. Oscar lives in Helsinki, Finland. Today We Talked About Oscar's background Giving Talks Why? Mistakes that are made Put your ideas into a format (but don't start with powerpoint). Make an outline Don't be too abstract Don't use too many acronyms or buzzwords Practice Keeping your talk tight... short timeline Records yourself (at least Audio) Passion for your topic "An Audience is not given to you, it something you fight for." Speak only on topics you are passionate about.  You can't fake it. Stories Interaction is important when giving talks (especially with virtual conferences) Connect with Oscar Website LinkedIn Book X Time to Shine - Podcast   Leave me a tip $ Click here to Donate to the show I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!
AGL 342: Jon Freeman
Dec 8 2023
AGL 342: Jon Freeman
About Jon Jon studied Human Sciences at Oxford University, then stepped sideways into business where he worked in information systems as an applications architect, becoming European IT Director for a market-leading multinational.    This career continued with consultant program leadership roles in major UK companies such as British Airways, BAA, Vodafone and O2.   In parallel he continued to study science and human systems, publishing well-regarded and ground-breaking books "The Science of Possibility" and "Reinventing Capitalism". Jon is a generalist in an age of specialists, an out-of-the-box thinker, an expert in mindsets, emotional and spiritual intelligence, systemic perspectives and living-systems approaches.   Now, blending his experience across human behavior and business organizations, he is regarded as a world-class trainer and leader in the socio-psychological development theory known as Spiral Dynamics integral.  He is a Director of the leading-edge organizational development consultancy Future Considerations, working recently with Philips, Arup and Shell.   He is also a leadership and personal development coach and mentor, and an accredited SQ21 spiritual intelligence coach.  Jon has published books on science and spirituality (The Science of Possibility) on our money systems and relationships with money (Reinventing Capitalism) and a spiral-inspired book "7-stage parenting".  For many years he has also been on the Trustee board of a charity providing care and education, officially rated "outstanding", to young people with special needs. Today We Talked About Jon's background Leadership from the bottom up The Future of Organizational Change Listening Flow Teamwork Empathy Business Partnerships Transparency Self Managing Organizations   Connect with Jon www.jonfreeman.co.uk www.spiralfutures.com LinkedIn X Leave me a tip $ Click here to Donate to the show I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!