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Leaders Talk - Better Leadership. Better Organizations. Better World

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Leaders Talk is an interview podcast in English and German to portrait leaders from various fields who are committed to better leadership, better organizations and a better world. Our guests are business and thought-leaders, social entrepreneurs and politicians. We talk about their personal stories … read more


Ep. 24: Gerrit McGowan, what is the difference between hard work and smart work?

Leaders Talk - with Gerrit McGowan. 

He is an entrepreneur, community-builder, researcher, investor and founder of the Syntegrity Group,, Effectuate Apps, ICELab Innovation Center and more than a few short-lived ventures. Today he is also Managing Director of WHU Entrepreneurship Center and WHU accelerator as well as founder and host of The Most Awesome Founder Podcast and researcher of flow in individuals, teams and entire organizations.

In the podcast he talks about his life journey with Leadership Choices' Managing Partner Karsten Drath. McGowan reflects on his achievements, on the ups but also the downs. He explains why the most impact one can have is on an individual level, why the most valuable resource is time and why the magic lies not in the what and when but in the why.

The topics of the Podcast with Gerrit McGowan:

- They talk about the fascination of podcasting (6:46)
- Gerrit McGowan tells his life story (8:06)
- He tells us about looking for inspiration in nature (10:08)
- He explains how his visit in Africa changed how he saw the world (12:20)
- He describes how and why he began to question the development work (16:15)

- He tells us why the most impact he ever had has been on an individual level (19:40)

- He describes how it was having a Burn-Out (24:55)
- Gerrit tells us how he moved into the mountains – reconnecting with his purpose (27:32)

- Gerrit tells us what he would like to pass on to his son (30:12)
- He describes how he built a technology company without technology experience (36:00)

- Gerrit tells what he has learned with getting older (43:50)

- He is talking about Flow and how to inspire it (51:06)

- He is talking about the future (58:10)
- He is telling us what he is passionate about (1:02:06)

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What are your reflections? Feel free to write us your thoughts. We also welcome your suggestions for inspiring guests at Leaders Talk. 

Guest: Gerrit McGowan
Host: Karsten Drath
Producers & Editors: Hannah Jandl & Manuel Boskamp

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