In this very special episode, Aviv switches roles and becomes the interviewee as Bill Fox asks poignant questions on leadership, vision, and innovation. Aviv lists the seven evolutionary developmental blockages that we as a society have overcome. He talks about the importance of conversation and the impact they can ultimately have on creating new and exciting futures. Finally, Aviv urges the audience to appreciate how precious life is and challenges them to seize every opportunity life has to offer.
In this episode, Aviv provides his insights on the mastery journey as we close the loop on the two-episode series on mastery. In a recent episode, entitled ‘How to Reach Mastery,’ we looked at what the best CEOs do to lead their teams along the three-legged journey to reach mastery. In this part, we further the reflection on this topic by dissecting the five fuels that power and propel individuals into their mastery journey. We discover that, individually, these fuels aren’t enough. We need to combine a multitude of these drivers in order to achieve mastery. Finally, Aviv asserts that working to build critical readiness for mastery is a fantastically rewarding and meaningful journey.
Rebecca Kehat is an entrepreneur, strategic consultant, global marketing expert, public speaker and mentor for startups. She previously held senior management positions at Google, Bank Hapoalim and Procter & Gamble. Today, she is the CEO of Unicorp, a consulting firm specializing in innovation and offering platform monetization and global marketing and advertising strategies and solutions. In 2012, she was chosen by the prestigious Israeli business magazine, The Marker, as one of forty top Israeli talents under forty.
In this episode, Aviv and Rebecca discuss her career trajectory, from serving in the Israeli Army and working at Google, to the mentorship program she participates in today. Rebecca shares how she discovered her strengths and core competencies and how the term ‘Rebecca Power’ originated. She talks about the importance of balance in life and reveals her triangle theory of balance. Rebecca leaves the audience with two key pieces of advice that have helped her tremendously throughout her career. She urges them to be aware and intentional. Finally, Aviv stresses the importance of building transferable skills, being intentional about your career, and growing and expanding a network of trustworthy people.
In this episode, Aviv discusses the anatomy of flow and bringing focus to the aerobic zone of productivity. Aviv views himself as a conduit of service. He recalls a recent conversation he had about his secret to productivity. The realization was that there is no secret. Productivity is a product of developing readiness and building a capacity to act. This occurs best in a state of creative flow.
Aviv breaks down three broad opportunity fields. Field A involves serving creative opportunities. Field B is centered on serving close family, friends, and others that Aviv cares about. Lastly, Field C focuses on serving others who do not fall under the category of Field B. These include clients and organizations that Aviv serves.
Aviv talks about the importance of seizing opportunity, finding new capabilities and creating innovative solutions. Finally, Aviv challenges listeners to identify their opportunity fields, discover their creative aerobic zone, and remove obstacles and resistance in order to enter the flow.
Suzanne Bates is the CEO of Bates, a firm founded with a mission to help leaders influence the world. Suzanne and her team assist global companies by bringing differentiated experience to leadership development and providing groundbreaking strategies to help leaders make an impact. She is a five-time best-selling author with works that include Speak Like a CEO, Motivate Like a CEO, Discover Your CEO Brand, and All the Leader You Can Be. Prior to launching her consulting firm, Suzanne led a successful career as a television journalist. Her years as an on-air personality with major market television stations put her at the center of major news stories and afforded her the opportunity to interview thousands of political leaders, CEOs, businesspeople, authors and celebrities. As an expert in business and leadership, Suzanne has grown her entrepreneurial portfolio to include consulting, writing, coaching and public speaking. She is insightful, witty, and possesses a practical approach in all of her business ventures.
In this episode, Suzanne and Aviv talk about Suzanne’s background in journalism, business, and leadership. As a journalist for twenty years prior to branching out as an entrepreneur, Suzanne identifies the key transferable skills that aided in her business success. As a leadership consultant, Suzanne shares how she works with clients to help them develop executive presence. She defines executive presence as the behaviors and qualities of leaders that engage, align, inspire and move people to act. When you engage others and provide them the opportunity and the reason to give more of themselves, you fortify them with meaning and purpose. Suzanne and Aviv also talk about the importance of maintaining focus in order to be a truly impactful leader. It is vital for leaders to know when to effectively delegate, when to delete, and when to delay. Finally, Suzanne discusses the value she places on cultivating and practicing gratitude. By celebrating and appreciating the small victories, Suzanne is better able to accomplish the bigger moments of success. These include overcoming challenge and exploring for new learnings beyond what you already know.
In this episode, Aviv discusses the concept of greatness and, more specifically, how to avoid eroding the potential for greatness. In order to accomplish this, Aviv poses three questions to define what greatness is, how it can be eroded and what actions can prevent that outcome. Aviv identifies the three behaviors that erode the potential for greatness and provides practical antidotes to help avoid these. Aviv also shares the three octaves that converge in order to manifest greatness: the person, the platform and the purpose. When these three factors resonate with one another and produce a steady flow, the conditions for greatness are in place. Greatness requires focus, consistency, devotion to purpose, care and forbearance. Greatness can be found in sports teams, Broadway casts, organizational and professional teams, and a myriad of other areas. In these examples, a cohesive effort brings everyone together in a sense of unity and a shared purpose that allows individuals to transcend their egos and galvanizes them towards achieving that goal. Finally, Aviv challenges leaders to unlock the potential for greatness by celebrating the diversity of talent and by facilitating organizational alignment.
In this episode, Aviv talks with Harry Duran, founder and CEO at Fullcast, a podcasting production company that helps prospective podcasters develop and cultivate their shows. Aviv starts off the episode by discussing the three value propositions that he provides in both his book Create New Futures as well as his podcast of the same name. Aviv delves deep into the metaphysical theory of the Three Big Bangs and provides insight as to how the Internet is serving and enabling the third Big Bang. Aviv explains the four levels of conversation and the inherent differences between them. Low-level conversations lead to more conflict, strife and misunderstanding, whereas other conversations provide the appropriate framework necessary to enable broader and more enlightened consciousness. Aviv provides insights into his personal background, including two formative influences that changed the way Aviv lived life. Aviv shares the profound lesson he learned while working in leadership development. Finally, Aviv discusses the enjoyment he gets from the discovery journey that has enabled him to meet and learn from fascinating people.
In this episode, Aviv discusses the topics of Leadership and Quantum Entanglement. At its core, quantum entanglement states that our world and universe are interconnected and there is an immediate and undeniable connectedness between all things. Aviv provides a thought experiment to help internalize this phenomenon and visualize how it can be linked to leadership. He then describes the threefold quantum entanglement imperative for leaders. Finally, Aviv urges listeners to embrace the co-creative learning loop of a connected world and feel empowered to take action.
Mark Levy is the founder of Levy Innovation, a position and strategy firm that helps organizations and thought leaders differentiate by using a “big sexy idea.” Mark’s field of expertise is in that of positioning, meaning he works to position individuals, brands and organizations in places where they can make their greatest impact. Mark also has extensive consulting experience, having consulted with CEOs of major brands, The History Channel, and Netflix. Beside his positioning work, Mark is a co-creator of the hit New York City show Chamber Magic, which has run for eighteen years with over 5,000 performances to half a million people.
In this episode, Aviv and Mark discuss the process of differentiation, from understanding conventional ideas to discovering the big idea that leads your work. Mark gives his definition of what constitutes a “big, sexy idea,” and describes his “27th Idea” strategy, which challenges organizations to cycle through a multitude of ideas before arriving at a solution. Aviv and Mark also highlight the importance of authenticity and congruency as it relates to shaping success. Finally, Mark discusses the importance of divergent thinking and breaking away from societal norms and standard routines in order to reach business epiphanies.
In this episode, Aviv discusses the means by which mastery can be achieved. The journey into mastery consists of three legs: awareness of a need, development practice and elevation mastery. In order to break down this journey, Aviv encourages the you to follow along as he draws a diagram image to serve as a journey visual. Aviv shows how each leg of the journey is meticulously interconnected and can have a great impact on your critical readiness. That critical readiness is the point where elevation to mastery occurs. Aviv demonstrates that mastery is not limited to business, entertainment or sport. Mastery can encompass the full range of endeavors, including teaching, coaching, leading, gardening, cooking, listening, caring and loving. Finally, Aviv urges listeners to focus on the need that drives you to embark on the development practice and patiently work toward readiness.