Holidays Special of How to be the Difference – Part 2, Ep25

The working environment is undergoing a rapid and exhilarating change and you do not want to be left behind.

On How to be the Difference, we help you navigate in and around the intricacies of this new and exciting era, providing the latest career advice from leading industry experts. As the demand for tech-savvy professionals rapidly increases, “the world is your oyster…” has never rang truer, from remote teams and online working platforms to task automation.

If you are looking to begin your career, secure that promotion, find the right role to suit your family’s needs or identify better ways to attract and retain top talent for your company, look no further as we tackle the ever-evolving nature of the working environment, and its future.

Hosted by Talanta’s very own, our Co-founder and Head of Impact, Johanna Molina and Head of Experience, Paul Lynskey.

Another selection of the best How to be the Difference podcast moments

In this episode of How to be the Difference, hosts Johanna Molina and Paul Lynskey selected another 7 clips of the most interesting and exciting interviews that were presented this last season. In this special edition, insights were included from experts working in very different industries and sectors: from venture capital and financial development to podcasting and leadership.

As a first selection, we revisited the conversation with Dr. Mandeep Rai, an international best-selling author that wrote The Values Compass: What 101 Countries Teach Us About Purpose, Life, and Leadership. Mandeep has an impressive track record having traveled to more than 150 countries, completed a PhD in Global Values, built a career at JP Morgan, and reported as a journalist for BBC World Service and Reuters. She does a deep dive on how she became a global authority on values, and on how to create your own personal values compass.

Secondly, the podcast hosts selected the interview with Andres Barreto, a serial entrepreneur, investor and the Managing Director of Techstars Boulder Accelerator Program. In this conversation, Andrés shared with us his first entrepreneurial endeavors and what it was like being a minority founder in the US. Andres also discusses the reason behind starting Coderise, non-profit organization that teaches code in an inclusive environment and the power of mentorships.

On the third place, we go back to Eder Holguin’s interview, where he talks about how his perspective on success changed as he got older and why he considers himself a professional problem solver. Eder is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, and a digital sales and marketing expert in the US. He also shares with us the basic principles of marketing and sales and how certain skills were vital to helping him move forward in life. 

Next, we revisited the conversation with Irene Arias Hofman, CEO of IDB Lab, to talk about her +25 years of experience working for multilateral organizations–including 20 years at the World Bank Group. Irene talks about how, having been exposed to different realities and cultures from a young age, she always knew she wanted to pursue a career in which she would be making a social impact. That’s how she found her calling working for organizations that focused on promoting financial development in emerging markets through tech innovation. She also believes that the private and public sectors can work together to foster disruptive innovation with the right foundation.

Fifth comes the episode where the podcast hosts sat down with Robbie J. Frye, a self-proclaimed professional inceptionist and host of The Frye Show podcast. Johanna and Paul talked to Robbie about the lessons he’s learned from his varied work experiences, and how after moving to Colombia in 2012, Robbie immersed himself in the local creativity and innovation space and eventually launched The Frye Show podcast where he has engaging conversations about creativity, innovation, design, productivity, and success with incredible guests. Robbie also gives us a lesson on how to implement innovation and creativity into your life.

Then, we revisited the interview with David Reimer, CEO of the ExCo Group (formerly Merryck & Co), a global firm of experienced CEOs, independent directors, and global business leaders providing C-suite mentoring for organizations. Johanna and Paul talk to David about what it means to step forward as a leader during times of crisis and what he thinks we should look for in a mentor. 

And last, we selected the best clips from Enzo Cavalie’s interview. Enzo works as an Investment Associate at Reach Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage tech tools, applications, content, and services to improve access to educational opportunities. He is also the founder and editor of Startupeable, a platform dedicated to creating educational content in Spanish about startups and venture capital in Latin America. Enzo shares his vision about what are some of the values and skills you need to succeed in this 21st century. 

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Outline of this episode:

  • [01:25]-Dr. Mandeep Rai
    • [02:17] – Becoming a global authority on values
    • [06:00] – On identifying core values
  • [11:24]-Andres Barreto
    • [11:55] – Andres’ entrepreneurial journey
  • [22:15]-Eder Holguin
    • [23:06] – Common principles of marketing and sales
    • [25:51] – How to polish your sales skills
  • [28:10]-Irene Arias Hofman
    • [29:00] – An interest in development
    • [32:40] – Public versus private sector
  • [35:30]-Robbie J Frye
    • [35:59] – Innovation and creativity
    • [38:48] – A forced jump versus ignorant jump
  • [42:00]-David Reimer
    • [42:55] – The importance of mentorship
    • [44:41] – Criteria for bringing on a CEO
    • [46:41] – On finding a mentor
  • [49:47]-Enzo Cavalie
    • [50:24] – Enzo’s non-negotiable
    • [51:51] – Skills to succeed in the 21st century

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