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The Robin Zander Show
8 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
A Student of Ido Portal and Moshe Feldenkrais: Movement Practice
I’ve had intensive physical practice - a movement practice - from quite a young age. But in almost 3 decades of maintaining a rigorous movement practice, I have struggled to define myself and what I do. Classical ballet, surfing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, juggling, trapeze, Capoeira, gymnastics - I have done all of these and more, but no term fits or encompasses me fully. In today’s episode, I share about two practices, The Feldenkrais Method and the teachings and community of Ido Portal, which form the basis of my movement practice today.
36 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
The Future of Work Needs to Invest in Itself with Allison Baum Gates, General Partner at SemperVirens Venture Capital
My guest today is Allison Baum Gates, a General Partner at SemperVirens Venture Capital and a lecturer at the Business School at Columbia University and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Allison got her start working in finance and investing, but quickly saw that technology was changing everything about her work and our world. So Allison decided to go into technology, and to focus on investing in the technology that would be doing the disrupting in 5 or 10 years. She spends her days talking to startup founders and cultivating SemperVirens’ ecosystem of forward-thinking startups. Allison is making an incredible impact with the companies in her portfolio, and her passion for people and growth is clearly a guiding force in her work. It was a real pleasure to hear about how Allison is trying to make the future of work a reality.
41 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Everything Communicates, Everything Influences with Graham North
My guest today is Graham North, creator and head of Brand Camp at the iconic ad agency of Goodby, Silverstein, and Partners, the team behind Got Milk and many memorable campaigns. Graham just won “Strategic Planner of the Year,” and Jeff Goodby has said, “Graham is spearheading a new way of thinking and approach to clients’ problems.” But what excites me the most about talking with Graham is how he can bring a group of people together to focus on the present moment. He cares deeply about holding space and real human connection. He’s taken that passion for connection and created not just an incredible career for himself, but a novel and inspiring way of thinking about how we make meaning. Graham has two interwoven projects we talk about today, Brand Camp and Real Talk. Brand Camp is an intensive program for companies to find their “North Star” and shift operations to focus on the tangible, results-oriented core of their business. Real Talk is a card game about getting to the heart of things, whether that’s in a team at work or a group of folks at a party. While these projects might seem lighthearted, there’s a brilliant core of meaning and depth. I hope you enjoy this conversation with my friend Graham North.
21 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
The Joy of Learning: Robin Gets Interviewed!
This podcast is a little bit different. As part of a rebranding exercise for this website, my YouTube channel, and RPZ overall, I recently sat down with Jonathan Kofahl, my dear friend and producer/director at Zander Media, for an interview...with me! Jonathan and I have known each other since 2017 when he filmed the Rework CEO Summit, which I put on in Boulder, Colorado. We’ve been in collaboration ever since, and since the earliest days of Zander Media, he has been my go-to for “how to create a video business” questions. So often, as the CEO of Zander Media, my job is having one-on-ones with my team - Jonathan included - about what business is like for them and what Zander Media can be doing better. This was a fun and deeply personal turning of the tables with Jonathan asking me about business and personal philosophy instead. I hope you enjoy!
17 minutes | May 7, 2021
Community and Joy with Nate Floyd
As part of the updates to this website and across the RPZ brand, I’ve recently sat down for a half dozen interviews with close friends. And instead of the typical “Robin conducts an interview”, I have asked them to interview me. Today’s interview is with my dear friend, Nate Floyd. Nate and I have known each other for several years as members of SF Movement Practice. Beyond our shared physical practice, Nate is a salesman and a plant medicine guide, and over the years has become a close and valued friend. In this interview, he asks me a wide variety of questions about life, meaning, and my personal approach to happiness. I hope you enjoy!
41 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Gayle Karen Young Whyte, former head of People and Culture at Wikimedia, on Immediacy and Resilience
My guest today is Gayle Karen Young Whyte, former head of People and Culture at Wikimedia (the parent company behind Wikipedia). These days Gayle is very politically active and consulting with a select group of executives on organizational and culture change. I’ve known Gayle since she spoke at the first Responsive Conference in San Francisco in 2016, and have followed her work ever since. In this conversation, recorded in late 2020, we talk about resilience, inquiry, the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we can all do to rise to the challenges of these times. Gayle brings wisdom, simplicity, and kindness to the questions of how to continue learning, growing, and thriving as new opportunities arise in our lives.
40 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Dr. Emily Anhalt, Founder of Coa, on the mental health revolution
Hello and welcome to the Robin Zander Show. My guest today is Dr. Emily Anhalt, a clinical psychologist and the co-founder of Coa, a startup building virtual and in-person centers to practice and improve mental health and resilience. Emily spoke at a Responsive Conference event that I hosted on Mental Health in San Francisco in November 2019, and I was so impressed with her presentation on stage that I’ve been wanting to sit down with her ever since to talk about mental health. Now, more than ever, this conversation is needed and I’m delighted that Emily is leading the way and sharing tools to improve wellbeing. Her research into the psychological components of leadership is fascinating, and I learn a lot every time I listen to Emily. I hope you enjoy this conversation!
52 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
Finding inner peace through 24 years of solitary confinement with Eldra Jackson III of Inside Circle
Welcome back to the Robin Zander Show. My guest today is Eldra Jackson III. Eldra is a TED mainstage speaker and the co-executive director of Inside Circle, a non-profit which works to end cycles of incarceration and recidivism. Eldra was incarcerated for 24 years, with several years of that time spent in solitary confinement. Eldra now spends most of his time sitting with people inside and outside the prison system, helping them uncover their own truths to find greater internal peace. I first met Eldra through a Zander Media client, The Trium Group, where Eldra serves as a strategic advisor. I have since come to call him a friend. With their focus that “not all prisons have walls,” Inside Circle does transformative work to address the trauma and other wounds that create cycles of incarceration. Any time spent with Eldra is time well spent. I’m also pleased to share that Zander Media now produces The Inside Circle Podcast with Eldra Jackson III, with guests including Byron Katie, founder of The Work, Soren Gordhamer, founder of Wisdom 2.0, and many more. I hope you enjoy this wide ranging conversation with my friend, Eldra Jackson III!
51 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Mark Brand, Food Activism and A Better Life Foundation
Welcome back to the Robin Zander Show. I first met Mark Brand through his talk at Responsive Conference 2017. The conversation in today’s episode is broad in scope, but the central thread is Mark’s tireless effort towards improving equality for all people. In Mark's world, that is predominantly through getting people fed. As a former restaurateur myself, I’m blown away by what Mark has accomplished, the millions and millions of people he has fed and his own personal triumphs. He’s gone from being unhoused to being a successful serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. Anyone who wants to really have an impact on the world can learn a lot from Mark Brand’s approach and philosophies. Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with my friend, Mark Brand.
51 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Jude Gomila, Golden, and Mapping Human Knowledge
Welcome back to the Robin Zander Show! For today’s episode, I sat down with Jude Gomila to talk about his journey as an entrepreneur and his start-up Golden. I first met Jude, and learned about Golden, when Zander Media was hired to create an explainer video about the company. We had 10 days to get up to speed on this company, craft a script, and put together this short video: https://vimeo.com/390117170 I was really looking forward to a more leisurely interview with Jude, but this conversation dramatically exceeded my expectations. Jude is a quirky, charismatic leader, who has invested in over 200 startups and is out to build the world’s first self-constructing knowledge database. Learn more about Golden at golden.com. Jude is a fellow circus performer and a polymath with interests ranging from robotics, space, and the learning process. He, and his company Golden, are on a quest to map all of human knowledge. I hope you enjoy this interview!
55 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
Achieving Radical Alignment with Alex Jamieson & Bob Gower
Welcome back to another episode of the Robin Zander Show! My guests today are Alex Jamieson and Bob Gower, co-authors of the new book, Radical Alignment. This book is designed to help people achieve more joy and less drama - at work and in daily life. Bob Gower is an organizational design consultant. He supported my curation leading up to the first Responsive Conference, where he gave a talk on "How Not To Join a Cult." Alex Jamieson was the co-producer and co-star of the academy award nominated documentary, Super Size Me. She is a leadership coach, radio show host, and nutrition consultant. In their new book, Radical Alignment, they teach a simple process for individuals and teams to establish clear boundaries with less drama and more joy.
55 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
How to Organize During Crisis with Chris Fussell
I'm really pleased to share my live conversation with Chris Fussell, former Navy SEAL and Chief of Staff to General Stan McChrystal. who was himself in charge of Special Operations during the Iraq War. Chris is now the President of the McChrystal Group and spoke onstage at Responsive Conference 2016. Chris is the first person I look to about how we can respond to crisis and we spent this webinar discussing how people around the world can (and should) organize amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic. I hope you find this useful!
35 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
David Hanrahan, CHRO of Eventbrite, on Remote Work, Parenting, and Mental Health in the times of Coronavirus
Welcome back to the Robin Zander Show, and an entirely different world. The Coronavirus Pandemic has the entire world in an uproar. In today's podcast, I have a conversation with David Hanrahan, CHRO of Eventbrite, about taking a large company entirely remote in under 2 weeks, parenting tactics when so many of us are working from home, changes to the events business, and maintaining mental health. We keep our conversation short and tactical sharing specific tools and practices that can help you at home. Enjoy!
49 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
"Master Your Code" with Darren Gold of The Trium Group
Welcome back to the show! I'm your host, Robin Zander. I meet with a lot of people exploring the edges of both personal and professional performance, but rarely find folks combining these disciplines skillfully within large organizations. The Trium Group is an exception. In this interview, I sit down with Darren Gold, managing partner of The Trium Group, to discuss peak performance, his very unusual and challenged background, and his new book "Master Your Code." Enjoy!
33 minutes | Jan 22, 2020
An Interview about Culture Culture, Talent Development, and the Circus with Greg Russell
A few weeks ago I sat down with Greg Russel, VP of Talent at Snapdocs to talk about talent development. The conversation ended up covering a great deal more including company culture, special needs, human development, and my own eclectic background. I hope you enjoy!
9 minutes | Dec 29, 2019
25 Days in Ghana with my Mother
This fall I spent 3.5 weeks traveling with my mother in Ghana, Africa. The relationship between me and my mom is complicated. She frequently drives me crazy, so traveling in close quarters for several weeks in a foreign country was a bold test for our rel
8 minutes | Jul 25, 2019
Behavior Change - Zander Media Strategy Sessions
A few weeks ago in NYC, I led a strategy workshop for an exclusive group of CEOs and founders who are building companies designed to thrive in the Future of Work. Every organization is tasked with issues that seem insurmountable. Often, the process to accomplishing a huge goal can be so overwhelming that we never get started. Behavior change can help make seemingly impossible goals feel smaller and more attainable. What we want to accomplish is not going to happen in a single day. Instead, break the large goal down into the smallest steps possible, steps so small that they are almost ridiculously easy. When you succeed at accomplishing that tiny step, you will be encouraged to continue. This is how we build new habits and behavior changes that eventually create monumental differences in our organizations and lives. -- Robin Peter Zander is a best-selling author, strategist, and performance coach. With a diverse background ranging from management consulting to the circus, he has spent his life working with individuals and organizations to maximize potential. Robin partners with leaders to solve their most difficult problems. He is the founder of Zander Media, an agency which works with individuals and teams to improve performance. He is the founder of the Responsive Conference, which convenes annually to explore the future of work. In addition, Robin is the author of the new book “Responsive: What It Takes To Create A Thriving Organization.” Through his podcast, The Robin Zander Show, he interviews exceptional performers from areas as diverse as the arts, technology, and healthcare to understand how individuals and organizations can accelerate performance. -- Follow Me Online: Instagram: http://instagram.com/robinpzander Facebook: http://facebook.com/robinpzander LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robinpzander Twitter: http://twitter.com/robinpzander Medium: http://medium.com/@robinpzander Zander Media: http://www.zandermedia.com
6 minutes | Jul 25, 2019
Be More Loving with Sales - Zander Media Strategy Sessions
Recently while in NYC, I led a strategy workshop for an exclusive group of CEOs and founders who are building companies designed to thrive in the modern world. Here, we discuss how to have more authenticity in our sales. Respecting others' time and double checking that they are still available and willing to speak gives you initial buy in to the conversation. You are much more likely to have a connection that will result in the long-term outcome you desire if you put the other person's needs at the forefront. Focus on how you would like to show up for the conversation, because you are more likely to be successful if you sell lovingly than if you sell aggressively. Being present and considerate will amplify what you already do and who you really are. -- Robin Peter Zander is a best-selling author, strategist, and performance coach. With a diverse background ranging from management consulting to the circus, he has spent his life working with individuals and organizations to maximize potential. Robin partners with leaders to solve their most difficult problems. He is the founder of Zander Media, an agency which works with individuals and teams to improve performance. He is the founder of the Responsive Conference, which convenes annually to explore the future of work. In addition, Robin is the author of the new book “Responsive: What It Takes To Create A Thriving Organization.” Through his podcast, The Robin Zander Show, he interviews exceptional performers from areas as diverse as the arts, technology, and healthcare to understand how individuals and organizations can accelerate performance. Learn more at http://robinpzander.com/ -- Follow Me Online: Instagram: http://instagram.com/robinpzander Facebook: http://facebook.com/robinpzander LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robinpzander Twitter: http://twitter.com/robinpzander Medium: http://medium.com/@robinpzander Podcast: http://robinpzander.com/show Zander Media: http://www.zandermedia.com
34 minutes | Jul 18, 2019
Building Responsive Organizations with President of Pepsi, Simon Lowden
My guest today is the President of Pepsi Global Foods, Simon Lowden. Simon has been the driving force over the last 10 years at turning Pepsi into a forward-thinking and self-iterating company. He is incredibly thoughtful when it comes to marketing and Responsive organizations, and in today’s conversation, we dive deep into some of the philosophies that he has implemented over the span of his career. He offers tactical advice on how to work well with teams and build a future focused organization. I hope you enjoy! Podcast Notes 3:00 How Simon found Responsive 5:00 Building a team 7:45 Why Pepsico brought Simon on 10:45 How Simon stays current in marketing 12:45 Balancing the internal politics of the organization with staying fresh with consumer attention 15:45 Marketing platforms on the rise 18:15 Plastics Project 21:15 Three local rules of the Plastics Project 25:30 Simon mentions: If by Rudyard Kipling 26:00 Simon’s thoughts to the Responsive community 28:00 Steps towards being plastic-free 31:30 Begin with trust
52 minutes | Jun 3, 2019
How to Create an Amazing Brand with Michael Roderick
A few weeks ago, I sat down with Michael Roderick to discuss brand strategy and his work around creating “referrable brands.” This conversation covers a wide range of topics related to brand strategy, including his AIM model which stands for Accessibility, Influence, and Memory. We apply this framework to a variety of business examples, including my own efforts at Zander Media. I hope you enjoy! Podcast Notes: 3:30 Michael’s background Robin refers to: Made To Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath Influence by Robert B. Cialdini 6:30 How Michael and Robin know each other Responsive Conference Responsive Org Manifesto 10:30 Teaching and learning 15:30 Transitioning from teaching to starting a business Michael mentions: Linchpin by Seth Godin 18:15 Michael’s talk at Disrupt HR 20:45 Referrable brands: Accessibility, Influence, and Memory 24:00 Michael’s podcast 26:30 Applying AIM to Zander Media 30:15 Influence 34:00 Memory 40:00 Lin Manuel Miranda, Geico, and Apple 46:15 Find more about Michael: Small Pond Enterprises LinkedIn 47:45 Find more about Robin: Zander Media Responsive Conference Robin Zander Show Podcast Newsletter - Personal Newsletter - Responsive
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