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12 Geniuses Podcast

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The difference between average and greatness might be one or two well executed things. 12 Geniuses explores the highly successful people in business, athletics, and music so we can all learn how to perform at our highest level.

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The difference between average and greatness might be one or two well executed things. 12 Geniuses explores the highly successful people in business, athletics, and music so we can all learn how to perform at our highest level.

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By Hire ROI for Higher ROI - Apr 11 2019
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Don does a fabulous job in bringing amazing thought leaders with engaging topics. Worth a listen!

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By Hire ROI for Higher ROI - Apr 11 2019
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Don does a fabulous job in bringing amazing thought leaders with engaging topics. Worth a listen!

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59 Ratings
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By Hire ROI for Higher ROI - Apr 11 2019
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Don does a fabulous job in bringing amazing thought leaders with engaging topics. Worth a listen!

Resource Options Int'l

By Hire ROI for Higher ROI - Apr 11 2019
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Don does a fabulous job in bringing amazing thought leaders with engaging topics. Worth a listen!
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12 Geniuses Podcast

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The difference between average and greatness might be one or two well executed things. 12 Geniuses explores the highly successful people in business, athletics, and music so we can all learn how to perform at our highest level.

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Rank #1: Leadership Moment - Leaders at Home

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This week’s Leadership Moment - Leaders at Home

Dark, dusty, and dangerous. Those are the words that could have described the Soudan Iron Mine in Northern Minnesota during its operation. Each day, workers would take elevators thousands of feet below the surface of the earth to roam the 54 miles of tunnels and mine its rich veins. My grandfather was one of those workers.

When she was an adult, and after my grandfather had retired, my mom toured the mine. At one point, the tour guide extinguished his light putting Mom and the other tour members in complete darkness…

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Jun 24 2019
3 mins
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Rank #2: Leadership Moment - Stanislav Petrov

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This week’s Leadership Moment - Stanislav Petrov - Decision Making

This is the story of the man who saved the world. The year was 1983. The cold war between the Soviet Union and United States was heightened. Nuclear missiles were aimed at Moscow and other high value targets, while Soviet nuclear subs prowled the American east coast around the clock.

On the morning of September 26th in a Soviet bunker, alarms were triggered, sirens howled, while electronic screens indicated the Americans had just launched five missiles toward the USSR.

Estimated time to detonation: just 25 minutes…

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Jun 17 2019
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Rank #3: Leadership Moment - Clara Lemlich

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What are you willing to sacrifice for a cause you believe in? There are millions of people around the world who give their time and energy. Some are even willing to risk their lives. This is the story of one of those people.

A century before the Me Too movement, there was another movement that made life for women safer and better in countless ways. At the turn of the 20th century, women were  the primary employees in the garment industry. They worked long hours in unsafe conditions. They were constantly subjected to sexual harassment by male supervisors and owners. Wages were low and an employee could lose her job at any moment for any reason.

A central figure in this labor movement was Clara Lemlich. At the age of 23, Clara led multiple strikes to unionize the garment industry. This required incredible bravery. The owners were ruthless. One ownership group identified Clara as an agitator. Three men, including a bare knuckle boxer, were deployed to send a message…

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Jun 10 2019
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Rank #4: Leadership Moment - General Theodore Roosevelt Jr.

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Overlord is perhaps the greatest military operation ever attempted. You know it as D-Day. Even though it happened 75 years ago, you can still imagine the gravity of a failure. The fate of the world literally depended on its success.

Tens of thousands of Allied troops were air dropped into France, shipped onto beaches, and flew bombing missions. One group of Americans was led by General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. – the son of the 26th US President.

When Roosevelt and his men hit the beaches in Normandy, they found themselves over a mile off course…

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Jun 06 2019
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Rank #5: The Transgender Champion - An Interview with Team USA's Chris Mosier

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One of the most dramatic societal changes over the last few years has been the advancement of transgender rights. While the 1.4 million Americans who identify as transgender have yet to reach equality, it is efforts from people like this episode’s guest Chris Mosier who are making these human rights advancements possible. 

In this interview, pioneering transgender athlete Chris Mosier shares the importance of athletics in his life, his journey to defining his gender identity, and how our world is changing to be more inclusive and understanding through policy and social change. Chris also provides outstanding insight and advice for those (and their families, friends, and co-workers) who are questioning, curious, or looking to better understand transgender identity. 

Chris has been heavily involved in athletics since he was four years old, becoming a trailblazing athlete in his 20s as an All-American Duathlete and six-time member of Team USA. In 2015 he made history as the first known transgender man to make a US Men’s National Team, challenging Olympic policy and opening doors for future transgender athletes. As an advocate for the transgender community, Chris established transathlete.com, the go-to source on transgender athletic policy. He also mentors young athletes and speaks to organizations about how to create more inclusive policies for their institutions.

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Jun 03 2019
52 mins
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Rank #6: Cashing in on Climate Change - An Interview with Andrew Winston

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The greatest change the international community faces in the 21st century is the warming planet. Whole countries are threatened, coastal cities could disappear, and every community around the world will see the impact of floods, fires, hotter weather, droughts, storms, and other weather-related events. The way we live will change and so will the way we work. This will create incredible disruption. It also presents unprecedented economic opportunity for organizations that dream up innovative solutions to the dangers of climate change.

In this interview, climate change guru Andrew Winston shares how his career path intersected with environmental issues, the state of the climate today, and how businesses are adopting sustainable practices and attracting climate-conscious consumers in the process. Andrew also discusses how small and mid-sized businesses can use sustainability to be more competitive while attracting top talent to work for them.

Andrew studied Economics at Princeton, later earning an MBA from Columbia and a MA of Environmental Management from Yale. He began his career advising companies in strategy and marketing before turning to his passion for the environment. An author of three books including Green Recovery, Green to Gold, and The Big Pivot, Andrew is an expert on how we all can do our part to save the environment and still prosper.

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May 14 2019
36 mins
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Rank #7: Changing Cultures and a Quest to Cure Cancer - Genentech’s Sara Kenkare-Mitra

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The world is better than ever. People are living longer, healthier lives. Diseases like cancer are no longer a death sentence. New treatments and potential cures are entering development and trials each day. To make these medical advances possible, there is an army of scientists dedicating their lives to finding cures. These scientists are supported by inspiring leaders committed to employee development and the creation of visions of the future. One of these leaders is Sara Kenkare-Mitra.

Nearly three decades ago, Sara made a life altering decision to follow her passion for medical sciences. She left India and moved to Austin, Texas to attend pharmacology school. Upon completion of her PhD, she was offered a job with Genentech where over the years she pursued roles in designing cancer treatments becoming a leader in her field. Now, Sara oversees dozens of drugs in development and helps determine the viability of new treatments.

In this interview, Sara describes the long journey required for drug approval, the importance of celebrating failure along the way, and how her leadership has developed over the course of her career.

Sara received her PhD in Biopharmaceutical Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco, where she also stayed on as a Post Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Pharmacology before joining Genentech. Sara has worked for Genentech for 21 years, creating drugs that save lives and make the world a better place.

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May 01 2019
37 mins
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Rank #8: Demystifying the Cannabis Industry - Giadha Aguirre de Carcer CEO of New Frontier Data

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The world is changing quickly and it isn’t just technology innovation that is changing it. Public opinion on certain taboo topics is shifting too. A perfect example of that is the acceptance of legal cannabis. Investment in cannabis companies is booming, jobs in the industry are plentiful, states and countries are loosening regulations, and companies around the world are finding creative uses for the cannabis plant.

Five years ago, Giadha Aguirre de Carcer, an expert in emerging markets, noticed the potential boom in the global cannabis market. At the time there were no industry reports on cannabis, so she seized the opportunity and founded New Frontier Data. Now, she and her team are providing data on the cannabis industry to investors, growers, and regulators to enable them to make informed decisions about its potential.

In this interview, Giadha draws on data to discuss the vast potential of the cannabis market. She talks about the shift in opinion on cannabis products, user profiles, and future uses of CBD for medical treatments. Giadha also defines the demand for cannabis on the global market and investment opportunities in legal cannabis.

Over the course of her career, Giadha has worked in banking, the intelligence community, and founded and run multiple businesses. She was born in Rome, speaks five languages, and offices in Washington D.C.

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Apr 17 2019
34 mins
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Rank #9: First Quarter Review - Joey Torkildson Interviews 12 Geniuses CEO Don MacPherson

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Joey Torkildson, host of The Grind Podcast, interviews 12 Geniuses CEO Don MacPherson about the first quarter of 2019. They discuss what 12 Geniuses followed, where Don traveled over the last three months, what was learned, who was interviewed, and what Q2 of 2019 will look like.

The two friends cover technology advancements in the areas of AI, robotics, wearables, and virtual reality. They discuss the limitations government has when it comes to climate change and the importance of innovation in solving the world’s biggest problems. Don shares his experience speaking and meeting students at Yale University and the challenges of traveling to France with two young children.

Finally, Joey and Don discuss what is ahead for the 12 Geniuses podcast. New interviews on the topics of the cannabis industry, climate change and corporate sustainability, and creativity and innovation are coming soon. They also talk about the upcoming “12 Geniuses Leadership Moments” - three minute profiles of historic leaders - that will be released as mini-podcasts over the summer.

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Apr 02 2019
21 mins
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Rank #10: A Story of Self-Disruption and Reinvention - Catherine Carr of Doctors Without Borders

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The world is better than ever. We have access to life-saving medical technology, sanitation, and technological advancements in energy and other resources. Despite these developments, there are still parts of the world challenged by natural disasters, diseases, and war. Fortunately for many of the people facing these challenges, there are organizations like Doctors Without Borders (also known as Médecins Sans Frontières) that provide assistance and heroes who leave the comfort of their careers, families, and the lives they have created in order to save lives and give hope to strangers a world away.

Nearly a decade ago, Catherine Carr had the nagging feeling there was more to life than the way she was living. It’s a feeling many people have after a couple decades of adulthood and work experience. Most people don’t heed it though. Catherine is not most people. She wanted more meaning in her work and Doctors Without Borders was the answer. She applied, was hired, and sent to Kenya on a six-month assignment.

That one-time assignment turned into more than nine years with Catherine being stationed in 13 countries. In this interview, she shares her experience working for Doctors Without Borders and the lessons she learned in the field that can be applied in business. Catherine also talks about overcoming the fear she felt as she embarked on her personal reinvention.

Anyone interested in cultural adaptation, expanding their own comfort zone, and pursuing a greater sense of meaning at work will find this interview with Catherine Carr fascinating.

Catherine is currently on a four-month assignment in South Sudan.

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Mar 18 2019
36 mins
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