Create New Futures | How Leaders Produce Breakthroughs and Transform the World through Conversation

Welcome to Create New Futures. Every episode, best-selling author and host Aviv Shahar will explore ideas and insights that can awaken and inspire you to the opportunities you have to create new futures for you, your family, your teams, and for your business. Life is too short to not be engaged in fascinating conversations that open, inspire and unleash new ways of thinking and seeing possibilities and beauty. Through Create New Futures, Aviv will engage in conversation with leaders and experts to explore practices that you can use to create and shape the future. With his guests, Aviv will put a magnifying glass on strategies and frameworks that he has applied to help senior executives and their teams achieve significant breakthroughs that lead to game changing results. Ideas, strategies, breakthroughs and practices that you can apply. With his innovative ideas and frameworks, Aviv walks you through what you need to lead and transform an organization, and redesign your life to achieve new goals. Together with his guests, Aviv will explore how to develop strategy, how to lead to enable teams to unleash their brilliance and what is the inside work leaders must engage in to develop executive presence and charisma. More than ever, humanity now needs people who are open and prepared to imagine, create, and sustain new futures. This is a time of great transformative and disruptive change. It demands our best imagination, courage, and creativity. Through this podcast, Aviv will inspire you to be tomorrow's agent by creating conversations that birth new possibilities for you and for the people in your life. Through his concept of Architecture Thinking™, Aviv walks you through what is needed to lead change, transform an organization, redesign your life to achieve new goals, serve new needs and realize new possibilities. Leaders need to consider how to bring about and enable a compound set of outcomes by concurrently integrating multiple inputs.
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Nov 16, 2022

Peter Docker is a keynote speaker, facilitator, and author of the book Leading from the Jumpseat . Through his work, Peter enables leaders to unlock their natural talents. He’s focused on leadership that engenders commitment and human connection, an approach that liberates the collective wisdom of teams to generate extraordinary outcomes. Peter served for twenty-five years as a Royal Air Force senior officer and was a Force Commander during combat flying operations across the globe. Today, Aviv and Peter engage in a rich conversation on commitment, humble confidence and leading from a place of intentionality.

  • 01:18 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Peter Docker, who speaks to what he enjoys most about the work he does in leadership and expounds on the concept of ‘Jumpseat Leadership’
  • 09:55 – Three practices of Jumpseat Leadership
  • 13:23 – Commitment, fear, and love
  • 18:58 – Humble confidence
  • 23:38 – Belonging
  • 26:45 – Why context setting is critical to leadership
  • 31:25 – Top challenges facing leaders in this time of disruptive change
  • 35:55 – What inspired Peter to join the Royal Air Force and lessons he’s brought from the military into the business world
  • :55 – How Jumpseat Leadership can help our ability to handle crises
  • 47:04 – Peter speaks to how he connected and collaborated with Simon Sinek
  • 48:31 – Advice Peter would give his twenty-five year old self and two learnings he values above all else
  • 51:11 – Final words of wisdom from Peter


Oct 17, 2022

Faiza Hughell is a go-to market leader, board member, and mentor. She was RingCentral’s Chief Customer Officer and just recently retired from RingCentral after eleven years of an extraordinary ride where her strategic oversight of sales and execution has been a critical driver for RingCentral’s growth from $23M to over $1.5B in annual recurring revenue. Today, Aviv and Faiza engage in a conversation on the power of reframing, operating in an environment of explosive growth, courageous leadership, and self-empowerment.

  • 01:15 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Faiza Hughell
  • 04:44 – Faiza reflects on her career journey and expounds on her proudest accomplishment
  • 07:30 – Faiza’s most difficult challenge to overcome and the most rewarding moment of her career
  • 10:18 – The power of reframing
  • 13:01 – Faiza’s evolution as a leader and what she has learned from other leaders
  • 19:47 – Building world-class teams
  • 23:02 – Operating in an environment of explosive growth
  • 27:05 – What Faiza learned about courageous leadership
  • 30:20 – Mentoring advice Faiza would give to young leaders
  • 33:12 – What the future holds for Faiza
  • 34:46 – Final words of wisdom from Faiza


Sep 15, 2022

Shaunak Roy is the Founder and CEO of Yellowdig, a community-driven active learning platform with a mission to transform every classroom into an active, social, and experiential learning community. Prior to founding Yellowdig, Shaunak spent a decade advising global companies on technology, strategy, and growth. Today, Aviv and Shaunak share a rich discussion on the state of institutional learning, how Yellowdig is rethinking education, and the critical role that agency, mastery and connectedness play in the learning process.

  • 01:17 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Shaunak Roy who speaks to what brings him joy from the work he does, his passion for learning and the problem that Yellowdig solves
  • 09:04 – Shaunak expounds on the broken educational system and possible solutions to fix it
  • 18:42 – How Yellowdig differentiates itself
  • 26:32 – Agency, Mastery and Connectedness
  • 33:48 – What it looks like when a group of learners and educators truly embrace the full capability of Yellowdig’s platform
  • 39:01 – Yellowdig’s business model, their expected growth, and Shaunak’s five-year vision
  • 42:54 – Shaunak reflects on key insights and learnings from building an organization
  • 45:39 – Advice Shaunak would give his twenty-five-year-old self and two learnings that Shaunak values above all else
  • 47:06 – Final words of wisdom from Shaunak


Aug 16, 2022

Eddy Badrina is the CEO of Eden Green, a vertical farming company that helps people around the world sustainably grow large amounts of food using less land, water, and energy. Eddy is a purpose-driven leader, focusing on employees, inspirational organizational culture, and the communities he serves. Today, Aviv and Eddy share in an exploration of empathetic leadership, what it means to build a ‘redemptive organization,’ and key learnings and formative moments from Eddy’s journey. 

  • 01:40 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Eddy Badrina who shares what he loves about the work he’s currently doing and the problems Eden Green is solving
  • 06:22 – Vertical farming, explained and what Eden Green does
  • 12:07 – Food Insecurity around the globe
  • 17:42 – Other key players in the vertical farming value chain
  • 21:14 – The demand for ‘organic’
  • 22:37 – Eddy’s vertical farming origin story
  • 24:08 – Building a ‘Redemptive Organization’
  • 27:09 – Eddy reflects on key learnings from working at The U.S. Department of State and The White House
  • 31:17 – The formative moment that awakened this sense of empathetic leadership in Eddy
  • 34:21 – Advice Eddy would give his twenty-five year old self and two learnings that Eddy values above all else
  • 35:26 – Final words of wisdom from Eddy 


Jul 12, 2022

John Church is a visionary leader who has had an extraordinary career at General Mills, one of the most admired companies in the world. John is an incredibly insightful Executive because he brings this rare capacity to integrate the four zones of executive leadership: the strategy, the operation, the people, and the numbers. He’s able to go deep and integrate those dimensions to play the holistic game of leadership. Today, Aviv and John explore leading through crisis, vulnerability, accountability, and the shifting paradigm of the global workplace. 

  • 01:05 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, John Church who speaks to the joys of retirement and his uncanny ability to remain calm in stressful situations 
  • 04:57 – John shares how General Mills successfully navigated the world-changing event of the pandemic 
  • 16:50 – Best practices and protocols that enabled John and his team to succeed 
  • 19:40 – Managing the human side of leadership during a crisis
  • 23:36 – A shifting paradigm 
  • 30:47 – The concept of ‘Possibilities Thinking’ 
  • 37:12 – John’s career origin story 
  • 48:13 – Vulnerability in leadership 
  • 54:33 – The key principles that guide John’s mentoring practices 
  • 56:58 – Three final inquiries from Aviv
  • 1:00:54 – Final words of wisdom from John


Jun 15, 2022

Mark Carpenter is a speaker, consultant, serial storyteller and the author of Master Storytelling: How to Turn Your Experiences into Stories that Teach, Lead, and Inspire. Mark’s passion is in helping others achieve more of their potential through perspective and guidance. Today, Aviv and Mark engage in a rich discussion on the power of storytelling and break down the three key elements of any great story. Mark provides advice and best practices for honing your storytelling skills and expounds on the stories we, as a society, must develop to highlight the human condition. 

  • 00:57 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Mark Carpenter who shares what he enjoys most about storytelling and the power of connecting through stories 
  • 06:05 – Where Mark’s passion for storytelling arose 
  • 07:23 – What we don’t understand about stories and the three biggest mistakes people make when telling stories 
  • 12:23 – Aviv and Mark engage in an exercise to provide the three major components of a story 
  • 17:35 – What an effective story and storyteller looks like 
  • 24:39 – Why adults and children listen to stories similarly 
  • 27:28 – Why Conflict is key 
  • 30:08 – Three steps of crafting and delivering a great story 
  • 35:48 – Aviv and Mark speak to the critical stories about the human condition that we must be developing 
  • 39:16 – Final words of wisdom from Mark


May 16, 2022

Russell Hudson is a strategist, economist and consultant who is passionate about learning and teaching others with the goal of simplifying the complex. Today, Aviv and Russell reflect on a series of provocative articles Russell recently published on LinkedIn. The articles touch on a variety of topics ranging from work-life balance and identity to The Great Resignation. Russell explores the journey from chasing to embracing by rethinking success and significance and the importance of reclaiming your power.  

  • 00:52 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Russell Hudson who shares what brings him energy and joy these days and reflects on what he calls ‘the noise in the silence and the silence in the noise’ 
  • 07:18 – Key insights from Russell’s research into work-life identity and the current state of The Great Resignation 
  • 15:04 – The Great Exhaustion, explained 
  • 20:01 – Reclaiming your power to choose and ‘Elizabeth’s story’ 
  • 27:20 – Russell reflects on his own journey through The Great Exhaustion 
  • 35:09 – Russell expounds on the phrase, ‘Here I stand, I can do no other’ 
  • 38:12 – Transitioning from chasing to embracing 
  • 44:21 – Rethinking success and significance 
  • 54:48 – Final words of wisdom from Russell and what he hopes to be writing about in the future


Apr 16, 2022

Ralf Specht is a visionary business leader and creator of the Soul System, a framework that aligns value-creating employee action with broader corporate strategy through shared understanding and shared purpose. He is the author of Building Corporate Soul: Powering Culture & Success with the Soul System and Beyond the Startup: Sparking Operational Innovations for Global Growth. Today, Aviv and Ralf expound on the key question that has been at the forefront of Ralf’s mind for years: How do we build and sustain a human-centric performance culture? Ralf speaks to his driving vision to make soulless companies a thing of the past. Aviv and Ralf explore the value in organizations cultivating a shared purpose and fostering a great corporate culture. If you can walk the talk and make that tangible, incredible results can be unlocked. 


  • 00:51 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Ralf Specht who shares his vision  
  • 07:37 – Core agreements that shaped the trajectory of Ralf’s company
  • 09:59 – Formative lessons Ralf learned as CEO 
  • 12:13 – Building and cultivating a shared purpose 
  • 18:43 – The Soul System, explained 
  • 25:14 – Fostering a sense of belonging through open conversations and connecting purpose, mission, and vision to the work you do every day 
  • 31:54 – How Ralf transitioned from a corporate to a consulting frame of mind 
  • 33:48 – Daring to be human again 
  • 38:12 – Advice Ralf would give to his younger self and two learnings Ralf values above all others 
  • 39:10 – Final words of wisdom from Ralf
Mar 16, 2022
Tim Coats is a former Executive at General Mills. After he retired, Tim started publishing a blog entitled, ‘Towards a Life Well Lived,’ where he reflects on the art of increasing joy, meaning and belonging in daily living. Today, Aviv and Tim explore his thoughts and reflections on work, purpose and life’s journey. Tim reflects on what it means to live a life well lived and touches on The Four Principles: Balance, Awareness, Practice and Wisdom. Tim provides his thoughts on authenticity, balancing spirituality and the power of ‘We.’ Finally, Aviv and Tim share their beliefs on the journey of self-discovery.
  • 01:02 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Tim Coats who shares his background and what brings him energy and joy these days
  • 03:02 – A closet philosopher and mystic flying under the cover of a corporate executive
  • 06:08 – Bringing philosophical tendencies to corporate America
  • 09:14 – The power of ‘We’
  • 11:08 – The inquiry that Tim initially set out to answer when he launched his blog
  • 13:54 – Defining ‘A Life Well Lived’ and the two broad categories of people
  • 16:27 – The journey of finding meaning
  • 20:23 – Three of Tim’s contemplative practices
  • 24:42 – The Four Principles: Balance, Awareness, Practice and Wisdom
  • 30:26 – Tim speaks to the idea of belonging and the Five Energies of Life
  • 37:04 – Being accepted for your own authentic self
  • 41:09 – Be the best, look both ways, help others succeed
  • 52:05 – The peace that proceeds challenge
  • 56:16 – The critical phase in every development journey
  • 1:07:03 – The God Test
Feb 16, 2022

Yair Assulin is an award-winning author and thinker who writes a weekly analytical column for one of Israel's leading newspapers, Haaretz, and hosts a radio show at the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation covering the fields of culture, business, politics, and society. In recent years, much of his public writing has focused on the development of a new political and business philosophy based on his ideas about "The Century of How," and "The End of the Age of Politics," in order to create a vivid ethos to societies and companies in this broken time of the technological revolution.

Today, Aviv and Yair engage in a meaningful dialogue centered on a major shift that is underway in humanity and consciousness, which Yair describes as living in the subjective story we tell ourselves about our reality and the world around us. Yair suggests that the story we’re telling ourselves is no longer the right story and doesn’t reflect reality. Aviv and Yair touch on this idea and how seminal events such as the Industrial Revolution, the discovery of America and the latest technological advances in our society have impacted our world and, most importantly, our story. 

  • 01:05 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Yair Assulin who shares the fundamental shift in mind and heart that he believes needs to occur in our world 
  • 08:38 – The impact the Industrial Revolution had on the rise of the ‘Nation State’ 
  • 12:28 – The Century of the ‘How’ and the Century of the ‘What’
  • 17:41 – The need to create new language and a new story in order to evolve and move forward 
  • 23:15 – Characteristics of people who are able to lead by changing consciousness 
  • 26:28 – The discovery of America metaphor 
  • 31:13 – Yair speculates on the future of the ‘State’ and trends he’s observed over the past few years 
  • 36:49 – The fundamental changes to consciousness, space, and time 
  • 41:08 – Yair reflects on his own personal journey and shares what he’s learned 
  • 47:58 – The fight for freedom and individualism 
  • 50:37 – Yair provides his thoughts on totalitarian China 
  • 56:40 – The distinction between technological and conceptual enterprise 
  • 57:14 – What the spiritual realm means to Yair 
  • 1:03:07 – What Yair hopes to be writing about five to ten years into the future 
  • 1:06:57 – Are we currently in a Revolutionary Age or a Transformation Age 


Jan 27, 2022

During a recent workshop with an executive team, Aviv brought to focus the premise that the currency of leadership is conversation. This is an unlocking idea that Aviv addresses regularly with his clients. What made this occasion different, however, was the new context that emerged. That idea was that a transformational leader must be a conversation artist. Why is framing the conversation the highest leverage for a leader? Aviv analyzes this inquiry and provides four reasons as well as seven characteristics that make up a true conversation artist. 

  • 00:54 – Aviv shares learnings and insights he gleaned about the currency of leadership
  • 02:18 – Aviv analyzes four reasons that the highest leverage for a leader is to frame the conversation   
  • 05:29 – The heavy price leaders pay when failing to embrace the mindset of conversation as the currency of leadership 
  • 07:09 – Key elements and capabilities that characterize a conversation artist   
  • 07:54 – Now it’s your turn, embark on a lifelong journey of becoming a conversation artist 


Jan 13, 2022

Mark Horoszowski is the co-founder and CEO of MovingWorlds, an award-winning social enterprise that helps businesses scale their social impact programs by engaging employees in all sorts of profound opportunities. Mark is an RSA Fellow and is a lecturer on corporate social responsibility at The University of Washington Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility. Today, Aviv and Mark engage in a meaningful conversation on social responsibility, helping others and building a sustainable and equitable future. Mark shares some of the insights he has gleaned about human nature throughout the course of his journey at MovingWorlds. Finally, Mark provides three pieces of sage advice for young people looking to make a difference in the world today.

  • 00:57 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Mark Horoszowski who shares his background in corporate social responsibility and what he enjoys most about his work 
  • 04:10 – Mark reflects on the type of learner he is 
  • 06:12 – What catalyzed Mark’s journey to MovingWorlds 
  • 14:18 – The most important lessons Mark learned during his year of travel 
  • 16:55 – The mission of MovingWorlds 
  • 22:19 – Building a sustainable and equitable economy and the role of social businesses 
  • 36:05 – Mark provides some examples of the work he and his team do at MovingWorlds 
  • 40:06 – Challenges that Mark had to overcome and what he learned from them 
  • 47:22 – The importance of the belief systems of people who get involved in systems change  
  • 53:44 – Deep insights Mark has gleaned about human nature 
  • 57:59 – What it means to Mark to be an RSA Fellow 
  • 1:01:31 – Advice Mark would give to younger people looking to make a difference in this ever-changing world


Dec 14, 2021

Steven Morris is a Brand and Culture Advisor and Speaker and the author of The Beautiful Business. He partners with business leaders to mine, articulate and activate the unique belief systems to create organizational integrity, connected cultures and evolved brands. Today, Aviv and Steven embark on a rich exploration on purpose, and the creativity of people. Steven speaks to the inspiration that guided and continues to guide his work. They dissect Steven’s long held mantra, ‘There is nothing more powerful than a united group of souls ignited in a common cause with love at the core.’ Finally, Aviv and Steven expound on the examination of life and reflect on Mary Oliver’s query, ‘What is it you intend to do with this one wild and precious life?’

  • 00:59 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Steven Morris who shares the inspiration behind his signature mantra, ‘There is nothing more powerful than a united group of souls ignited in a common cause with love at the core’
  • 08:43 – Steven defines the business he is currently in
  • 11:23 – Reframing ‘businesspeople’ as creatives
  • 15:28 – Steven talks about his book, The Beautiful Business
  • 18:26 – A sense of agency and Steven’s purpose journey
  • 27:57 – Discovering purpose and how Steven’s purpose exploration impacted how he approaches business
  • 34:52 – A critical lesson in entrepreneurship
  • 43:16 – An identity unravelling
  • 47:43 – Steven opens up about insights from his own personal discovery process
  • 52:41 – The continual examination of life
  • 58:51 – The Great Resignation
  • 1:04:15 – The globalization of our society
  • 1:07:07 – Questions Steven hopes business leaders start to ask after reading his book
  • 1:15:41 – Parting words of wisdom from Steven


Nov 15, 2021

Colin Hunter is the Chief Executive Officer of Potential Squared, an organization whose purpose is to create a global playground that disrupts the way people collaborate and lead. They teach organizations how to build a workplace culture that is less like a classroom and is more like a playground, a place filled with opportunities to take risks and test boundaries. Colin is the author of Be More Wrong: How Failure Makes You an Outstanding Leader, which uncovers the habits and practices of the Hero’s Journey together with design thinking and the blended skills of coaching and mentoring.

In this episode, Colin and Aviv engage in a rich discussion of finding your purpose, stretching for growth, and having fun along the way. Colin breaks down the Three ‘C’s from his book and explains the Hero’s Journey. Aviv and Colin also touch on the concept of building deep layers of self-insight and the personal journey that can follow. Finally, Colin speaks to the importance of discovering the playground that surrounds your purpose and allows you to have fun in your life.

  • 01:00 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Colin Hunter who shares his background, speaks to what he enjoys most about his work and explains why he considers himself a ‘work-in-progress’
  • 08:39 – Colin talks about the phenomenon of ‘Squirrelling’
  • 09:46 – The Hero’s Journey
  • 12:59 – The Three ‘C’s: Core practices from Colin’s book
  • 15:54 – Building deeper layers of self-insight
  • 20:06 – The Heathrow Airport example
  • 22:02 – Colin opens up about a breakdown he experienced when he was thirty
  • 29:20 – The important role mentors have played in Colin’s personal and professional development
  • 31:42 – Why we must create a playground atmosphere at work
  • 38:06 – Colin recalls a situation where he was compelled to exercise courage
  • 41:07 – How Colin defines a tough conversation
  • 44:12 – Advice Colin would give to his twenty-five-year-old self
  • 45:26 – The two insights Colin values above all else
  • 46:30 – Final words of wisdom from Colin


Oct 13, 2021

Tom Chiarella is the CEO and Founder of Resonance AI, an organization that identifies the building blocks of their clients’ content and tells them, simply, what worked. Tom has had a lifelong passion for technology, great product design and for building innovative businesses. Tom was also the co-founder and Chief Executive of Questra. He has since been involved with eight venture-backed startups as investor, advisor and/or board member. Before that, he led projects at companies like General Electric and Xerox.

In this episode, Tom and Aviv engage in a rich discussion on Tom’s entrepreneurial journey, artificial intelligence and lessons in leadership. Tom speaks to the incredible work he’s doing at Resonance AI and the mentors who have been critical along the way. They talk about the complex functionalities that AI is attempting and close to solving. Tom lists some of the critical insights he has gleaned as a leader, provides advice for his younger self and details the insights he values above all else.

  • 00:48 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Tom Chiarella who shares what he enjoys the most about his work and why and the problems that Resonance AI is trying to solve
  • 11:34 – Who are Resonance AI’s customers?
  • 13:41 – The three ‘Power’ scores: Drawing, Holding and Staying
  • 16:21 – Complex functionalities that AI is close to solving
  • 21:34 – Tom speaks to the incredible work they’re doing at Resonance AI
  • 25:41 – Tom’s entrepreneurial origin journey
  • 31:22 – Mentors who have impacted Tom throughout his career
  • 35:45 – The road to co-founding a company
  • 38:38 – Key lessons Tom learned from his time at Questra
  • 42:49 – Critical insights Tom has gleaned as a leader
  • 50:48 – Advice Tom would give to his twenty-five year old self
  • 52:15 – The two insights Tom values above all else
  • 53:27 – Final words of wisdom from Tom


Sep 14, 2021

Aaron Hurst is the CEO and co-founder of Imperative, a peer-coaching platform that unlocks the power of peers to support and help each other become increasingly more effective and fulfilled. Aaron is an expert on the science of purpose at work and the author of The Purpose Economy. As the founder of the Taproot Foundation, Aaron catalyzed the $15 billion pro bono service market. He has written for or been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Fast Company and was named a LinkedIn Influencer

In this episode, Aaron and Aviv engage in a dialogue on the inquiry of purpose. Aaron breaks down the different distinctions between purpose, meaning and fulfillment and shares best practices for cultivating a purpose mindset. Aviv and Aaron examine the idea that learning and thriving at work is contingent on engaging in meaningful dialogue and fostering robust relationships. Finally, Aaron speculates on the future of work and how it will change in the coming decades to give workers more autonomy and more connection opportunities.

  • 00:51 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Aaron Hurst who shares what he enjoys the most about his work and why and the inspiration to launch the Taproot Foundation
  • 08:50 – The insight that catalyzed Imperative
  • 12:09 – Core principles of Purpose Inquiry and Discovery
  • 15:08 – Purpose, meaning and fulfillment and the significance of happiness and joy
  • 20:26 – Cultivating a purpose mindset and the religious and spiritual aspects of purpose
  • 23:04 – The peer coaching process explained
  • 29:12 – Imperative’s business model
  • 31:53 – Promoting and encouraging authenticity
  • 33:01 – Aaron speaks to how he’s been changed through the experience of launching Imperative
  • 34:49 – Aaron’s entrepreneurial origin journey
  • 39:51 – Aaron’s creative process 
  • 44:11 – Aaron speculates on how the world of work will change in the coming decade
  • 46:35 – How to address gaps in purpose and connection
  • 56:08 – Advice Aaron would give to his twenty-five-year-old self
  • 56:58 – The two insights Aaron values above all else
  • 57:58 – Final words of wisdom from Aaron


Aug 30, 2021

Strategic planning is an oxymoronic term. While vision and strategy are back from the future inquiry, planning is the endeavor to move from today to the future. Though we need both approaches, they are not the same activity and they each require a different mindset. In many companies, strategic effort is not strategic at all. Rather, it is a financial-led, bottom-up planning exercise. In this episode, Aviv analyzes eight inquiries to evaluate your strategic innovation opportunities. Such inquiries explore a range of factors, including differentiated value, sustainability, exciting the imagination of your workforce and aligning with values and brand experience. Finally, Aviv provides actionable advice on how listeners can reflect on their strategic growth opportunities holistically to create the future of their business and unlock the future to which they aspire.

  • 00:50 – Aviv introduces today’s topic, 8 Key Questions for Evaluating Your Strategic Innovation Opportunities
  • 02:16 – Aviv provides best practices for engendering true strategic explorations  
  • 04:36 – Aviv lists and analyzes the eight key questions for evaluating your strategic innovation opportunities
  • 08:45 – The Ford Taurus example
  • 10:12 – Now it’s your turn, reflect on your strategic growth opportunities holistically to create the future of your business, apply the eight inquiry framework to discover which options are optimal and determine the priority investments that will unlock the future to which you aspire


Aug 16, 2021

Adam Wray is the founder and CEO of AstrumU, a Seattle-based data science startup that translates educational experiences into economic opportunity. Adam held a variety of senior leadership and founding roles at data analytics, cybersecurity, cloud, and machine learning-focused companies. He was one of the founders and the CEO of Tier 3, a public sector cloud services provider acquired by CenturyLink, one of the largest U.S. enterprise telecommunications companies.

In this episode, Adam and Aviv dive deep, explore the power of building an exceptional culture and, specifically, insights that emerged out of Adam’s experience as CEO. Adam describes his entrepreneurial journey and what inspired him to focus on education. He then reflects on the most impactful lessons he’s learned throughout his career. Finally, Adam outlines what he values above all other ideas and insights and provides sage advice to the audience on leadership and starting a business.

  • 00:44 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Adam Wray who shares his background in the humanities and what he enjoys the most about his work
  • 04:10 – The problem Adam is striving to solve at AstrumU and the Four Buckets of Universal Skills
  • 08:22 – Adam shares his perspective on how the ability to focus has been impacted by the recent technological boon
  • 14:33 – The inspiration to get involved in education and three key trends that are reshaping the space
  • 22:41 – Other significant trends Adam has observed in education
  • 26:36 – Adam’s entrepreneurial origin journey
  • 29:22 – Critical lessons Adam has learned on building highly effective teams and culture
  • 32:18 – The seven values Adam fosters in his organization
  • 39:30 – Adam’s experience working at Amazon
  • 41:28 – Adam speaks to the final two values he fosters in his organization
  • 46:06 – How Adam reinvests in himself to become a better CEO
  • 48:55 – Adam reflects on a moment in his past where he expressed courage in leadership
  • 54:09 – Advice Adam would give to his twenty-five-year-old self
  • 54:52 – The two insights Adam values above all else
  • 56:14 – Final words of wisdom from Adam


Jul 13, 2021

Jon Herlocker is the Founder and CEO of Tignis, a company that provides a physics-driven software solution for managing industrial assets, processes, and operations. Jon is a technology entrepreneur, an experienced executive with a long leadership history in big data analytics and artificial intelligence. Before building his company, he was CTO of VMware’s Cloud Management, and CTO of EMC’s Cloud Services division. Jon is a former tenured professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University.

In this episode, Jon and Aviv engage in a deep conversation about entrepreneurship, the power of setting big, hairy, audacious goals and the future of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Jon speaks to his unique ability to enable others to achieve extraordinary breakthroughs and how this trait has been a critical tool for him as a leader and CEO. Finally, Jon shares the importance of being a lifelong learner and the one insight he values above all else.

  • 00:39 – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Jon Herlocker who speaks to what he enjoys the most about his work and his experience enabling others to achieve extraordinary breakthroughs
  • 11:12 – Jon tells the story of where his fascination with giving people vision started
  • 15:38 – Jon shares the origin story of Tignis, the initial problem he set out to solve when he launched and how Tignis has evolved since then
  • 25:35 – Jon speculates on when we might have fully autonomous industrial plants
  • 27:53 – Jon explains Industry 4.0
  • 30:36 – How Jon addresses concerns that automated plants will lead to social challenges such as job loss
  • 32:54 – Aviv and Jon discuss the Overshoot Undershoot Syndrome and Jon provides an interesting Control Systems analogy
  • 36:50 – Jon expounds on common misconceptions that people have about machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • 41:25 – Jon speaks to his entrepreneurial origin story
  • 46:26 – Jon shares the top lessons he’s learned throughout his career
  • 50:36 – Core management practices that Jon established in his company
  • 53:29 – Aviv breaks down The Four Stages of Adult Learning
  • 55:38 – How Jon continues to learn and evolve as a CEO and a leader
  • 58:05 – Advice Jon would give to his twenty-five year old self
  • 1:00:31 – The one insight Jon values above all else
  • 1:01:40 – Final words of wisdom from Jon


Jun 29, 2021

What are the insights that propel the Create New Futures methodology? This was the framing question Aviv recently asked a Silicon Valley leadership team. Today, Aviv shares and reflects on two great insights that shaped his approach to creating new futures. Aviv dives deep into organizational potential energy and expounds on the concept of currency of leadership. Finally, Aviv provides the actionable advice he shared with the leadership team he worked with. He stresses that in order to unlock the greatest creativity and inspiration, it is critical to engage people in creating and shaping their own future. And to apply the currency of leadership, you must initiate a series of inquiry-based conversations designed to mobilize actions that produce results.

  • 00:46 – Aviv introduces today’s topic, The Physics of Creating a New Organizational Future
  • 01:22 – Aviv reflects on a recent project he worked on for a VP of a Silicon Valley organization
  • 03:35 – Aviv recalls the framing questions he posed during this endeavor
  • 05:07 – Aviv defines organizational potential energy
  • 06:53 – Aviv expounds on the concept of the currency of leadership
  • 09:04 – Aviv asserts three game changing points about leadership
  • 10:48 – Aviv concludes by sharing the insights he communicated to the Silicon Valley VP about unlocking creativity and inspiration and applying the currency of leadership
  • 12:14 – Now it’s your turn, use these insights to build the potential and kinetic energy of your team and create a new organizational future

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May 28, 2021

Have you been as provocative in your future explorations as you can? Today, Aviv reflects on this question and recalls the story of a three-day virtual workshop that inspired this discussion on creating slow, fast, deep work. In this episode, Aviv expounds on the Zone of Deep Work and outlines best practices that can be applied to create slow, fast, deep work. He provides examples of how the teams he worked with throughout this workshop produced three new compelling prototypes of the future and describes why this was such a game-changer. Finally, Aviv provides advice on how to imagine and bring to life a daringly novel future.

  • 00:50 – Aviv introduces today’s topic, Creating Slow Fast Deep Work
  • 01:28 – Aviv speaks to the transformative and result-produced virtual events that he’s recently produced
  • 05:01 – Aviv recalls a pivotal moment from this workshop process
  • 07:54 – Aviv expounds on the Zone of Deep Work
  • 08:45 – Aviv lists the three elements that enable breakthroughs
  • 11:38 – Now it’s your turn, invite the collective creativity and genius of your team, create a safe space for deep work and ask your team to imagine a daringly novel future and challenge them to describe how they will bring that future to life

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Apr 27, 2021

Meditative practices have helped guide Aviv through challenging events in his life. By developing these practices, Aviv hopes that listeners can discover the profound impact of these techniques and experience the many blessings and new doors of possibilities that can open for them as a result.

In this Part Three, Aviv addresses the fourth and fifth meditative practices that have helped him navigate both his personal and professional experiences. Aviv expounds on the power of prayer, repetition of affirmations and contemplative inquiries and showcases how he’s integrated these techniques in his everyday life.

  • 00:41 – Aviv introduces today’s topic, The Five Meditations – Part 3
  • 02:30 – Aviv reviews the first three meditative techniques before delving into the final two of this series
  • 05:44 – Aviv expounds on the fourth meditative technique he practices
  • 10:32 – Aviv speaks to the fifth and final meditative technique he practices
  • 14:57 – Aviv poses two final thoughts to stimulate listeners’ contemplation
  • 16:03 – Now it’s your turn, discover the meditation practices that work best for you

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Mar 30, 2021

Last month, Aviv dove into the Window of Opportunity concept and explained that how you respond to those windows determines your capacity to lead and shape outcomes. Today, this episode brings into focus a complementary idea that has helped some of Aviv’s clients unlock the awesome potential of their opportunities. Aviv poses the reflection question, ‘What is the most difficult feat in the world,’ and provides three key elements that must be present in order to accomplish these feats. By adapting and applying this idea, you will bring an advantageous urgency to your efforts.

  • 00:43 – Aviv introduces today’s topic, The Most Difficult Feat in the World
  • 01:45 – Aviv asks listeners to take a moment to reflect on the question, ‘What is the most difficult feat in the world?’
  • 04:11 – Aviv shares the answer he looks for when he poses this reflection question to his clients and others
  • 05:07 – Aviv expounds on the importance of having the three conditions: the right ingredients, the right place and the right time
  • 07:15 – Aviv explains that these three conditions are often out of your control and provides best practices for being prepared when the opportunity presents itself.
  • 08:04 – Now it’s your turn, identify where you are endeavoring to bring together the right ingredients, the right place and the right time, reflect on the dedication, courage and resilience this effort needs

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Feb 27, 2021

Historians likely will look at 2020 as the year that initiated a multi-decade long transformation. As the effects of the global pandemic continue to be felt, many wonder when life will return to pre-pandemic ‘normal.’ However, most people recognize that there is no ‘back-to-normal’ path. Instead, there are opportunities to shape and create a new and thriving normalcy. In this episode, Aviv revisits the Window of Opportunity concept and urges listeners to consider the opportunities that are in front of them. Aviv expounds on the three components of the Opportunity Window Arc and speaks to what capabilities must be cultivated to respond in full when a window of opportunity opens.

  • 00:39 – Aviv introduces today’s topic, The Window of Opportunity
  • 02:17 – Aviv expounds on the definition of resilience and the Bounce Back and Bounce Forward mental models
  • 04:40 – How Aviv discovered the Window of Opportunity insight and its game changing power
  • 08:42 – Aviv shares how this realization shaped his approach to the development of his consulting practice 
  • 09:58 – Aviv provides best practices for listeners to reflect on their own opportunity windows
  • 11:10 – Aviv analyzes the three components of the Opportunity Window Arc
  • 14:15 – Now it’s your turn, identify and embrace opportunities to allow yourself to grow and build your new futures

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Jan 29, 2021

Consider three ‘edge of the envelope’ scenarios: A Black Swan, A Perfect Storm and A Lethal Jackpot. A Black Swan is an unpredictable event that unleashes severe consequences. A Perfect Storm occurs when a rare combination of circumstances drastically and negatively aggravates an event. What is a Lethal Jackpot? It’s a convergence pattern of several conditions and irregularities that together develop into an inescapable, devastating consequence. In this episode, Aviv opens up about this surprising discovery and how it became a game-changer that saved his life on several occasions. Aviv provides best practices for identifying these Lethal Jackpot scenarios, both in life and business, in order to actively step in to stop these patterns of irregularities and risk.

  • 00:45 – Aviv introduces today’s topic, The Lethal Jackpot Updated, and recalls two tragic events from his time as a fighter pilot in the Air Force
  • 06:28 – Aviv speaks to a meta-pattern he discovered and the realization he gleaned from this pattern
  • 09:02 – Aviv provides best practices for avoiding the Lethal Jackpot by intercepting irregular factors
  • 11:42 – Aviv applies the Lethal Jackpot insight to business and life
  • 16:33 – Now it’s your turn, identify where a Lethal Jackpot may be emerging in your life or business, remember that most situations you have the power and responsibility to interrupt, intercept and avoid irrecoverable disasters

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