Career & Education

#40: Camilla Sløk: The hard things they don’t teach you in leadership courses

I gotta be honest: it is much easier getting top grades at university in leadership and consulting, than actually practicing it! Anybody else got that experience? 

I thought I had a good take on leadership after studying a master’s degree on the subject. But becoming a leader definitely humbled me. Especially when facing the dilemmas where being responsible for the greater good of the organisation and not only the individuals, that I cared about. Taking the time to listen to employees, care for their development and moving a startup fast enough to get the next funding. All aspects that seem simple in theory but much harder in practice. I am no longer in a startup with extreme uncertainty but I still struggle with being the manager and leader I aspire to be and what I actually am.  

I therefore had an honest talk with Camilla Sløk who has a Master from Princeton and PhD from University of Copenhagen, has published several books, is currently working as an Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School. And then she also just published a new book on leadership “Magt og omsorg i det eksistentielle lederskab” translated to “Power and care in the existential leadership.

We talked about the hard things in leadership which are normally not focused on in the classic leadership literature. An example is how you as a leader navigate difficult times that also challenges your own values. Something that is even more relevant now with the coronavirus where leaders have to make tough decisions.

 

 

Shownotes:

01:10 – Camilla’s studies in theology 

01:46 – Introduction to Camilla’s new book “Magt og omsorg i det eksistentielle lederskab”

06:53 – Balance between power and care

11:05 – Thoughts on how to handle a situation with a vulnerable employee

14:54 – Thoughts on freedom and leadership

18:45 – Humbleness and leadership 

20:50 – Balance between manager and a human being 

23:50 – The use of the term “family” within companies 

28:30 – Leaders and vulnerability towards employees 

31:23 – Leadership, responsibility and stress    

42:24 – How to get in touch with Camilla 

 

Connect with Camilla Sløk

 

Link to Camilla’s book: 

 

CONNECT WITH MADS MISIAK FRIIS

 

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#38: Life Lessons From a Successful Entrepreneur and How to Use Business as a Force For Good

I got to interview one of my personal inspirations :) Martin Bjerregaard is a big inspiration for me not only because he has been extremely successful in his professional life but more importantly because he is an amazing human being.

Martin is one of the strongest advocates in Denmark for changing the world with compassion by being present in the moment, kind, and loving. Something I believe we need to see more off and that I hope to be a small part of. 

Martins impressive bio includes starting the company factory “Rainmaking” where he helped build more than 30 companies and accelerate over 700 companies all over the world. He mentors and assists founders, change-makers, and pioneers. Martin is also the author of Winning Without Losing; a best seller book, and also the author of How to Be a Leader; published by School of Life. 

Martin shares some of his life lessons and how to use business as a force for good.

This episode produced in collaboration with KRING.

Show notes

  • Learn how Martin’s foundational childhood experience helped ignite his entrepreneurship fire. 2:49 
  • Two insightful lessons that Martin has learned about the correlation of Happiness and Success 4:38
  • Martin discusses changing the world with compassion and detaching from the outcome. 7:22
  • We discuss the concept of “giving it the best” 11:09
  • Find out one of the main contributing factor that got Martin to where he is today 12:58 
  • Learn how Martin re-invests and aligns himself. 17:41
  • Why Martin thinks planning is not paramount and what we need to do instead to achieve amazing results. 19:27 
  • The importance of a North Star and optimizing on what excites us. 21.28
  • Humility as the better option 26.36
  • Acknowledging our ego. 27.09
  • Advice for start-up founders when they feel out of sync. 35:44
  • Martin’s thoughts on healing organizations 41:34
  • Martin advice on how to deal with worries.  43:12
  • Martin explores impactful investment. 49:19 

Final recommendations from Martin:

  • Try to live a life without attachments
  • We should be very aware of what kind of stories we internalize

Links to selected resources

Connect with Martin Bjerregaard 

Books 

 

 

 

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#14: Danni Liljekrans – Five steps to give better feedback

Danni Liljekrans is a feedback expert and coach. He started a consultancy called “Bedre Feedback” (Better Feedback) where he helps companies get better at giving feedback. Danni shares some of his strategies and tips for giving and receiving feedback.

Show notes:

1.30: How Danni got into feedback

3.10: Why feedback is important

6.50: How to give good feedback

8.08: What happens in the brain when we receive feedback

9.15: The Burger Model and whether to use it or not

11.10: The model Danni use for giving feedback

12.20: Why it can be so hard to receive feedback

12.42: How to receive feedback

13.50: Why you should not get feedback from everyone

14.54: The 3 different ways we reject feedback

17.30: The five steps when giving feedback

19.00: Giving feedback to emotional people

25.00: Receiving feedback in a good manner

25.50: The 3 buckets of feedback

27.10: Giving feedback in a difficult co-founder relationship

29.48: How to give a boss feedback

31.15: What to do when you ask for feedback and don´t receive it

33.00: How to give your spouse good feedback

36.50: Who Danni gets inspired by

37.50: How to get help with feedback

 

Final recommendations from Danni:

More than half of us believe we are better than average which is theoretically impossible. We have a tendency to overestimate our self. When doing personal development: Ask what is one thing I don´t know about myself. Ask people around yourself about feedback on that subject. Be curious about yourself.

 

Links to selected resources:

https://stoneandheen.com/

https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_listening_to_shame/transcript

 

Links to Danni:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dannililjekrans/

https://bedrefeedback.nu/

 

#11: Dr. Imran Rashid – How to live in a highly digital polluted world and get the most out of technology

Imran Rashid is a medical doctor with a specialization in Family Medicine. He is also a IT entrepreneur. And bestselling author now out with the new book “Offline”. He is currently one of the most sought after speakers in Denmark when it comes to healthy use of technology. Imran shares how to stay away from digital pollution and get the most out of technology.

Show notes:

1.06: How Imran went from being a Medical Doctor to an IT entrepreneur

3.45: Being pro-technology and pro-human

6.05: What you do when your young daughter ask to get a smartphone

8.05: Is social media good or bad for you?

11.24: Understanding stress

14.00: How often do you think about your work after you leave work?

14.45: Why screen time is not the right thing to focus on

15.43: Digital pollution

18.03: How our brain is changing with the use of technology

21.02: Exercise you should try at home

27.03: How much screen time the founder of Snapchat allow his kids

28.30: Acknowledging that we have limited control over our brain

30.01: Digital self-defense

31.40: Imran’s background screen on his phone

32.30: How to change behavior

38.01: How Imran gives his kids veto to get his attention

38.30: How Imrans kid got introduced to using a smartphone and how he got smartphone restrictions on his daughter’s school

40.02: Friday apps

42.31: Imran’s rule for posting on social media

45.02: Do the ones you love know or do they feel they are loved

53.01: Why long hugs can make a difference

54.26: The WE hormone and ME hormone

 

Final recommendations from Imran:

Deep and meaningful relationship is key to happiness

 

Links to selected resources:

https://www.amazon.com/Offline-Smartphone-Social-Media-Stress/dp/0857087932

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Kahneman

https://humansbeforetech.com/

 

Links to Imran:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/imranrashid/

https://drimranrashid.com/en/

#10 Kartik Sreenivasan, Ph.D – The newest research on neuroscience and how you can use that in your life

Kartik Sreenivasan is an expert in psychology and neuroscience. He has a bachelor in psychology from Yale University and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been aResearch Assistant at Yale University, guest lecture at the University of Pennsylvania, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and now works as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University Abu Dhabi. Kartik shares insight from the newest research on neuroscience and how you can use that in your life.

Show notes:

1.07: Kartiks way into psychology and neuroscience

2.04: What neuroscience is

2.46: Difference between short term and long term memory

5.13: Executive function and short term memory

6.50: How much data you can keep in your mind

8.02: How to remember more things

9.04: The memory palace technique

12.08: The connection between the microbiome and brain  

16.26: How to use the new knowledge about the brain

17.52: How our view of the view is very limited

20.10: How our long term memories are distorted

21.30: The problem with eyewitness testimony

22.02: How we can manipulate with memories

23.04: Why it is a good thing we can change our memories

25.36: New research on consciousness

34.01: The importance of being social for your brain health

 

Final recommendations from Kartik:

  • Find something you do that gets you so excited you can get other people excited about it.
  • When you start to feel really comfortable professionally it is time to move on to keep challenging yourself   

 

Links to Kartik:

http://sites.nyuad.nyu.edu/faculty/sreenivasan/

Twitter: @sreenivasanlab

#9 Espen Hjalmby – Quantum Living: Setting goals aligned with your Soul’s expression to optimise the function of body, mind, and spirit

Espen Hjalmby is many things. A Doctor of Chiropractic. A health expert. A Ninja Warrior. An entrepreneur. And an internationally recognized personal development expert. He is a fantastic and positive inspiration despite encountering many difficulties throughout his life; such as losing his brother when he was 8 years old, his sister being born paralyzed and breaking both his legs in an accident and then contracting an infection at the hospital which nearly cost him his life. Espen shares how he has gone through difficulties and resurfaced stronger than ever. And how you can as well!

 

 

Shownotes:
2.21: Understanding movement
4.01: Espen’s story of near death and turning his life around
5.45: Interpreting life events
7.56: Almost dying in hospital
8.32: Being a victim or seeing the growth in situations
11.02: Becoming free in situations of challenge
13.10: Modern medicine and other forms of medicine
13.55: Quantum living
20.45: How to live with an open heart
21.46: How to let go of guilt and shame
23.37: Letting go of the past
25.54: The important influence of friends, role models, and coaches  
27.23: Finding a mentor that you resonate with
29.10: Empowering yourself
32.01: What epigenetics is and what it means for you
33.12: Placebo or the power of the body to heal itself
37.56: History of epigenetics  
43.19: The Wheel of Life

 

Links to people mentioned:

Preston Smiles: http://prestonsmiles.com/main.php

Tony Robbins: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/

Marianne Williamson: https://marianne.com/

Louise Hay: https://www.louisehay.com/

Bruce Lipton: https://www.brucelipton.com/

 

Links to selected resources:

https://www.drespen.com/programs/7-days-to-ninja-your-life/

 

Final recommendations from Espen:

Ask yourself: When you are at the end of your life, at your deathbed and you place both hands on your heart and you ask: Did I do everything I could, with everything I had? Then what do you then need to do right now to be able to answer yes?

 

Links to Espen:

https://www.drespen.com/about-dr-espen/

https://www.instagram.com/dr_espen/

https://www.facebook.com/drespenhjalmby/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb2-JHEU23noJo-ZB9GymTQ

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-espen-hjalmby-356aab37/

#7: Michael Auchenberg & Johannes Hoseth – 3 simple tricks on how to break habits which are backed by science

Michael Auchenberg is a health entrepreneur and Human Physiologist and Johannes Hoseth is a Design Psychologist. Michael co-founded Tiba which helps people break habits and Johannes works with the behavioral design in Tiba to help individuals break habits. They share very concrete and easy implementable techniques on how to break and build habits.  

 

Shownotes:

  • 1.40: Why habits are important  
  • 3.30: What habits consist of
  • 6.00: How to work with habits
  • 6.48: Simple way to break a habit or craving
  • 7.35: Easy trick to eat less
  • 9.00: The importance to stop and notice feelings when habits occur
  • 10.54: The Marshmallow experiment
  • 11.03: Is willpower a limited resource or not
  • 14.30: One way to build habits
  • 15:00: Building one or many habits at the same time
  • 17.15: How long does it take to build a habit
  • 19.00: Implementation strategies for habits
  • 21.38: The power of reminders and ques for habits
  • 23.00: Trick to watch less Television
  • 27.10: The story behind Tiba. and how it works
  • 32.00: How you can get involved in a habit study with Tiba.
  • 34.05: Earlier study results from Tiba.

 

Links to selected resources:

 

Final recommendations from Michael og Johannes:

  • Be curiously aware, take time to notice and experiment

 

Links to Michael and Johannes:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mauchenberg/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/johanneshoseth/

http://tibalife.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Tibalife/

info@tibalife.com

#5: Martin Kremmer – How to use biohacking to avoid jetlag and burnout

Martin Kremmer is a biohacker and founder of Biohacker Center Denmark. He works as a Digital Architect at EY Global where he travels 100+ days a year and has found a way to do so without getting jet lag. He shares his story of being close to burnout and how biohacking has gotten him back on a healthy track again. How he uses biohacking to stay at the top of his game and how he mitigate a gene mutation that he and 25% of the world has. Read More

#4: Sarah Hammeken – What to ask yourself to figure out what you really want to do

Sarah Hammeken is a mind, performance and success coach. She helps professionals to find their vision & reach their full potential. Her background is Management Consulting in Deloitte and HR in different companies. Sarah shares her story of the “perfect” life that felt very imperfect. She tells how she is now pursuing her dream and some of the tools she uses to help others pursue their dream and find optimal performance. THIS EPISODE IS IN DANISH – all future episodes will be in English. Read More