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The weekly podcast about happiness, creativity, and the human condition. It's us, Ali and Taimur Abdaal, occasionally joined by guests, talking about things to help us think, do, and be better. Things like social interaction, lifestyle design, mental models... Things that are hard to examine, but important to explore. And hopefully, things that make for a fun and interesting chat every week. We'd love for you to join us.
 
In the Strategic Financial Leadership podcast, finance expert and former CFO, Steve Coughran, covers the latest in business strategy, corporate finance, and economics. This weekly podcast is a forum for candid conversations with leading voices to discuss the trends, approaches, and innovations shaping the future of business and the finance function. Increasingly, CFOs are mired in detail and complexity at the risk of neglecting true value creation activities – analysis and strategic improvem ...
 
At Makerpad we teach people how to build software solutions without writing code. In this podcast, we will be talking to the founders of the no-code tools themselves, people like Vlad from Webflow Emmanuel from Bubble, and the founders and makers, professionals who are using tools and no-code solutions in their business to automate workflows, set up processes, and increase their productivity to allow themselves to be more creative at work. The no-code movement is so much more than building a ...
 
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Life is becoming a lot less predictable, meaning businesses need to start evolving their preparation for the future by turning unforeseen circumstances into something they already saw coming. However, with Excel spreadsheets really requiring a master of both the program and finance to undertake such a project, many are deterred away from including …
 
We hear it time and time again: having the right attitude will take you far. Definitely an easy lesson to roll your eyes at when times get tough, but when you find yourself starting a new business or looking for a new career or job, having the right mindset is what sets apart the successful from the missed opportunities. Our guest today, Bryan Cres…
 
In this episode, Taimur shares his continuing woes about his calendar. We discuss the zen, peaceful nature of Benjamin Franklin’s calendar, and Ali attempts to coach Taimur through finding more peace in his life. Enjoy! Leave us a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, we'd love for you to leave us a review on iTunes / Apple Podcasts. Here's…
 
Unlike 30 years ago, business today doesn’t take place behind closed doors. Or at least it shouldn’t. As the workplace becomes more of a community rather than a monetized entity, your team and customers are becoming your most important attributes as a leader. Our guest today, Jeff Cobourn, tells us how the company he works with, Gusto, takes this i…
 
In this episode, we discuss the philosophy of “cringe”, and opine about the shrinking of the “cringe” overton window, especially amongst the youth of today. Enjoy! Leave us a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, we'd love for you to leave us a review on iTunes / Apple Podcasts. Here's a link that works even if you're not on an iPhone :) Se…
 
Technology and business over the past 20 years have seen such a quantum leap in innovation, that it’s about time we changed our strategies to match the present and future. No longer can we just focus on mastering one discipline, but rather find a way to weave topics like technology, science and finance, together. Dr. Vinay Nair discusses with us to…
 
We get back from a low optionality trip to Croatia and talk about how it went. This leads us to talk about why we’re doing what we’re doing with our lives. Leave us a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, we'd love for you to leave us a review on iTunes / Apple Podcasts. Here's a link that works even if you're not on an iPhone :) Send us an…
 
One could argue that entrepreneurship is the purest form of business: Building the idea, team and strategy from the ground up, all while having the freedom of being your own boss and setting your own expectations. But this freedom doesn’t come without major roadblocks. The odds of a start up getting past the early stages is slim, and maneuvering ar…
 
We are all given 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But when it comes to leadership, how we prioritize that time is what separates the innovative from the disoriented. With each decision triggering a domino effect, everyone, from your team behind you, all the way to your customers, feels the aftershocks. Our guest today, Aaron Sallade, tells us how by …
 
Be it the cost of living continuing to climb while salaries remain stagnant, or the hope of owning a house and retiring becoming more far fetched, managing our personal finances feels like an incredibly daunting task. We are told we need to prepare for the future with its abundance of confusing options while trying to also account for unforeseen ci…
 
Nothing in life is strictly black and white, and the same goes for the world of business. No more are profits just ‘good’ and loss is ‘bad’, or does higher salary equal a happy employee. Our guest today, Ragu Bhargava, explains how success can reach a higher magnitude in your organization AND personal life by practicing empathy and balancing your f…
 
In the past 10 years, the work place and expected ‘work ethic’ has seen many alterations from what our parents had ingrained in them. No more is it the norm to grin and bear it in an unhealthy work environment in order to rack up the years, nor is it acceptable for leadership to cut corners. With Millennials and Generation Z entering the workforce,…
 
In this episode, we discuss Ali’s new move to the big city of London, and Taimur shares some thoughts on how to setup the optimum social life. We also end up talking about the power of calendars and Ali’s recent journey of self-acceptance and self-discovery. Enjoy! Leave us a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, we'd love for you to leave …
 
For the first time in the history of the podcast we have a six people on this episode - a new record for Not Overthinking. Given that we're on a group holiday in the Cotswolds, we discuss the purpose of group holidays, why they're different to socialising in everyday life as well as whether we should be doing work in these settings and how this mig…
 
Brand isn't just a catchy name and a pretty looking logo. In fact, those two aspects should be positioned at the back of the list when coming up with a brand strategy. Going deeper than just aesthetics, your brand needs to be defined both internally with your staff as well as externally to your customers what you stand for and how you plan to accom…
 
When it comes to building a strategy for our organization, we tend to base it off of the fact that history repeats itself. But stopping there can still leave many of us blindsided. Because let’s face it, if we’ve learned anything from this past year, it's that planning for the totally unexpected is what separates the ill-prepared from the truly inn…
 
After discussing why we've become consistently inconsistent in publishing episodes (sorry, not sorry), we spend the rest of this episode discussing the Enneagram - a model of the human psyche made up of nine interconnected personality types. Ali is fairly certain of his own type and so we move onto to trying to figure out which type best describes …
 
I think it’s safe to say that a lot of us, when asked about our ideal career, would say it is one where our efforts play into a grander cause, giving back to society while also paying the bills. Seeing the news roll in everyday with reports and footage of injustice and inequality around the world, we want to do something about it, beyond throwing m…
 
If there was ever a year that had us asking those overarching, existential questions at an accelerated rate, it was 2020. But over the past 20 years, the answers to those questions have seemingly become more complicated. As the paradigm of modern society shifts rapidly with the introduction of technology and new ideas, life here in the Western Hemi…
 
Reputation is everything, seemingly now more than ever. With cancel culture in full swing, your brand, personal and professional, needs constant care and direction. Be it fact or even just speculation, one wrong turn can have you backed up against the wall when trying to further you and your business’s goals. This is where Lida Citroen comes in. As…
 
In the past year, the stock market has made headlines with its unexpected ebbs and flows, signaling to people who otherwise had their money elsewhere to try their hand at investing, while setting off alarms of panic in others. With the feeling of so much riding on each decision you make with your money, ‘weathering the storm’ that is the stock mark…
 
We're back into our weekly schedule and in this episode, after diving into why Taimur has signed up to do a triathlon and why Ali suddenly wants a dog, we discuss thoughts on autonomy sparked by an interesting article by Simon Sarris which describes why agency is the most precious resource. Enjoy :) Links The Most Precious Resource is Agency Leave …
 
A few months ago Steve was researching the topic of bias in the workplace when he came across an incredible TED Talk -- “How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias”. Not only was it well delivered, but it also inspired him to look deep within himself and to take action to become a more empathetic person. Although Steve is far from perfect, and will …
 
In this episode of the podcast, after Ali explains the revelations he’s had about his business, we take a trip down memory lane. Following a family trip to the area where we grew up, we reflect on our emotional experience of revisiting the sites of our early childhood as well as the memories we have of that time. From lying on the floor to kiss cha…
 
When it comes to managing one’s money, it is easy to fall into a myopic approach based on returns and growth, without considering the broader view of life. Of course, there is a balance in all things and this is true with wealth management—live recklessly without saving for the future and there may be major consequences or pinch every penny and del…
 
We have enjoyed having 24 wonderful guests on the show, ranging from senior advisors, faculty at the nation’s top universities, national TED speakers, authors, and c-suite level executives. Tune in this week to hear our host, Steve Coughran, discuss his own personal experiences (good and bad) as a strategic financial leader. Steve Coughran is found…
 
After a short sabbatical from recording, we’re back once again. In this episode, we catch up with what’s been going on in our lives over the past few weeks before discussing why certain tweets end up becoming more contentious than intended and how identities can be revealed through how people respond to certain tweets. We also debate some of Taimur…
 
ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) initiatives and metrics are fast becoming a business imperative as the majority of leaders and investors believe that companies pursuing these things have better opportunities for long-term returns than companies that do not. Ashish Arora is one of the leading experts on the topic of common purp…
 
Most leaders today understand the value of their company, products, or services appearing front and center on internet search engines. However, too many organizations pursue flawed strategies and waste a lot of money trying to position their companies at the top of these search engines. Traditionally, marketing teams and strategists will seek out t…
 
After a few weeks away, we’re back with another episode that dives into Ali’s dating life and explores more theories and ideas around children and parenting. We first discuss the etiquettes and expectations of texting on dating apps and what’s considered a ‘normal’ amount of interaction before asking someone out for a coffee or a meal. We then shif…
 
Beyond the health impacts of COVID-19, the pandemic sent shockwaves across global financial markets and disrupted business models across all industries. The emerging trends and shifts in consumer behavior promise to reshape the way companies compete, pursue growth, and foster their talent. To seize the opportunities that exist both now and, in the …
 
Have you ever worked really hard, sacrificed so much, and dedicated a ton of resources to achieve something—only to realize that once you accomplished your objective, it may have not been the thing you were really seeking? That is why it is so important to be purposeful and intentional with the precious time we have been granted in this life. But e…
 
One of the biggest barriers to a business getting to the next level of success is the leader’s mindset. Instead of focusing on leading the company strategically, struggling leaders get caught in the day-to-day operations of the business. This creates a bottleneck on growth. To build a truly elite organization, leaders need to adopt a strategic mind…
 
What if it was possible to harness large exchanges of data and use it to make informed decisions at every level of the organization? The future of a successful company strategy is founded upon effective management and interpretation of key business analytics. This week, Steve had the pleasure of interviewing a true expert and brilliant mind in the …
 
This week we’re joined by returning guest to the podcast, Lucia, to talk about her charity work. We discuss her reasons for starting her charity, LEEP, her experiences since it was formed and the impact that it’s had. We talk about what motivates us to pursue different causes and where we can have the most impact and then finally, at the end of the…
 
Cactus is a risk-taking leader focused on fixed income automation. He is the author of the B2B data analytics book "Price: Maximizing Customer Loyalty Through Personalized Pricing." Currently, Cactus is co-managing an automated bond market making business at Exos after founding, and funding a FinTech startup, Elefant. Cactus has more than 35 years …
 
After a couple of weeks away, we’re back with updates on what we’ve been up to since our last recorded episode. From Taimur’s live rendition of Brown Eyed Girl to Ali’s discovery of WeWork to a conversation on the value of business coaches, we cover a lot of ground in this typically wide-ranging episode. Enjoy :) Join our Membership Community Thing…
 
The days of the compliance and transaction-driven financial leader are quickly being replaced by the modern CFO who is focused on strategy and analysis. These leaders are not only responsible for transforming their role, but also upskilling and providing the resources necessary for their finance teams to thrive. One such tool may include technology…
 
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