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Are you paralyzed by the fear and risks associated with a career change at 30, 40, 50, or even 60? If you're ready to break free from traditional career paths and master your future, you've found the right place!

Vince Chan: mastering 18 career shifts in 36 years

I am your host, Vince Chan. My life story is a testament to overcoming fears and mastering futures on my own terms. Since the age of 15, I've navigated 18 career transitions across 36 years. I've weathered six economic crises, adapted to life in over 10 cities, and overcome battles with mental illness. But I've done more than just survive—I've thrived. From managing billion-dollar funds and publishing two books to navigating the academic halls of Yale and Chicago Booth and speaking on global education technology stages, I bring you wisdom not just from my victories but from the challenges I’ve faced, each time emerging stronger.

What's in it for you?

To help you get unstuck, minimize risks, and conquer fears—so you can reshape your career on your own terms, with resilience and intelligence—I created the "Chief Change Officer" podcast.

Here, I don’t just celebrate superficial success or gloss over painful failures—I share time-tested, real-life stories of career transformation that are both lived and learnable.

The centerpiece of the podcast is the learnable career story told by real-life role models, akin to the business cases used in the HBS Case Method, a century-old educational standard still revered in top modern business schools. Each episode is crafted to deliver practical insights you can immediately apply to your own career.

Guests: credible and diverse role models

I meticulously select the most credible global figures for you to learn from. This careful curation ensures that every episode not only expands your understanding but also maximises your ability to supercharge your own incredible careers.

My guests range from the youngest Singaporean parliamentarian at 30, who shares her candid experiences overcoming ageism in politics and social media attacks, to a trailblazing LGBT tech CEO at 60, discussing her transformation from oboe musician to sales and revenue technology leader. You’ll also hear from a polyglot Russian diplomat turned energy innovator in Cincinnati at 50, who explores the self-starter skills needed to pivot industries successfully, and a Parisian lawyer who left banking at 40 to dedicate herself to building the youth economy in Senegal, offering insights into global entrepreneurship.

Bonus: No Ads, Just Pure Inspiration: An added bonus—my podcast features no ads, no political, corporate, or sales talk, ensuring authentic and uninterrupted conversations.

Join Our Community of Career Masters: Engage with @thevincechan on Linkedin and Threads. Share your career challenges and aspirations, and you could possibly feature in an episode, receiving free, personalized guidance.

Chief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of Change

  • Home to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own Terms
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JFK famously stated, “Change is the Law of life.” Yet, there's no universal playbook for navigating change.To maximize your greatness, “Make Your Laws of Change.”This invite-only podcast goes beyond mere discussion. Here, change isn't just talked about—it's lived.We gather change leaders, change-makers, and career changers from a wide array of cultures, professions, ages, and sexual orientations. Together, we delve into the complexities of effecting and maintaining change on both personal and organisational levels, blending real-world business insights with deeply personal narratives.No political, corporate, or sales talk—only authentic human conversations.Write your present and forge your future today—join our movement and follow us to start living the change you wish to see.Connect with Us (Linkedin / Threads):Vince Chan: @thevincechanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
Welcome to Chief Change Officer, where we skip the fancy frills and dive straight into what matters: real, raw stories of change. If you’re hunting for a podcast with all the bells and whistles, we might not be your jam. But if you crave something genuine, you've hit the jackpot.Inclusive? Check. Season One lines up ten amazing speakers - a balanced mix of five gals and five guys aged 30 to 60, stretching from the US through Europe to Asia. They bring you stories from all corners of life: finance, hotels, DEI, politics, academia, and even energy.Global? Absolutely. It’s like jet-setting without leaving your room, offering you views and vibes from around the world.Credible? You bet. This is an invite-only party where I personally pick the guests. I've known them long enough to promise you're getting the straight dope, no fluff.Authentic? For sure. Forget job titles; our guests are here because they've walked the walk. They’ve lived the changes they talk about and are actively shaping the future for others. Real talk from real changemakers.Unbiased? 100%. No politics, no corporate buzzwords, no sales pitches, and definitely no AI-made content. Just genuine stories from people who mean what they say.If you’re ready for something different, something that celebrates change from all angles, join us. Let’s make your laws of change together.Connect with Us (Linkedin / Threads):Vince Chan: @thevincechanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
Conquering Her Darkest Period: From Psychology Major to Parliament VictoryOn this week's episode of “Chief Change Officer,” Pei Ling Tin, the youngest elected Parliamentarian, recounts some of the darkest moments of her journey from being a psychology major to winning the general election. She discusses how facing biases related to age and gender has made her more resilient, both in terms of stamina and ability. Wondering about her secret sauce to success?Connect with Us (Linkedin):Tin Pei Ling and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
Unlock the secrets of lasting change with Pei Ling Tin in Part 2 of our “Chief Change Officer” podcast. Dive deep into transforming your life and career. What will Pei Ling's change model reveal to you? Tips: 3 stepsConnect with Us:Tin Pei Ling and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
Learn now Mary Shea harmonises "the art of leadership" and "the science of sales" to orchestrate stellar career that's truly her own.Connect with Us:Mary Shea and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
We’re back with the much-anticipated sequel in our series, where Mary delves deep into the transformative powers of AI in revolutionizing sales tech and boosting revenue like never before. Prepare for a deep dive into her top 5 predictions that are set to redefine the industry!But wait, there’s more!Ever wondered about the dynamics of sharing the helm? Mary opens up about her groundbreaking journey as a Co-CEO at Mediafly, offering a rare glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of dual leadership.And, for a twist you didn’t see coming, Mary shares a book that has profoundly impacted her worldview on humanity. It’s a revelation that’s bound to intrigue and inspire.Gear up for an episode packed with insight, innovation, and intrigue. Your next big idea might just be a play button away!Connect with Us:Mary Shea and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
Katie reveals her incredible journey of change and growth. She shares:From Small Beginnings to Big Dreams: How she made the leap from a small town to the Big Apple, navigated the transition from communism to Wall Street, and evolved from working at an established credit rating agency to leading tech innovation in the insurance sector.Risk into Opportunity: The art of leveraging her expertise in risk assessment to seize educated opportunities and drive success.Building Mental Fortitude: Strategies for developing mental toughness, enabling her to move forward and recover swiftly from setbacks.Connect with Us:Katie Curry and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
In this engaging episode, we explore the transformative impact of Gen Z in the workplace with Katie Curry, a Gen X leader who bridges the generational divide at home and at work.Katie champions the value of adapting to change, emphasizing a leadership style that pivots to embrace transparency, meritocracy, and agility. Her insights reveal the critical need for companies to evolve in response to the changing expectations of Gen Z employees, thus maintaining a competitive edge in a rapidly shifting corporate landscape.Katie's approach to leadership is deeply rooted in seeing individuals as humans first, advocating for a culture of understanding, simplicity, and humility. She highlights the necessity of leadership that can adapt and change, fostering an environment where solutions are collaboratively discovered and innovation flourishes.For Gen Z on the cusp of their careers, Katie underscores the importance of embracing change with a focus on skill development, community building, and mental resilience. She advises on finding one's strengths, diversifying personal networks, and viewing career pivots with excitement rather than fear, positioning change as an avenue for growth and opportunity rather than a barrier.Through Katie's perspective, we gain a deeper understanding of the dynamic interplay between leadership and the workforce of the future. Her narrative champions change as a fundamental element in nurturing a thriving, inclusive workplace and in guiding Gen Z towards fulfilling career paths amidst the complexities of the modern world.Katie highly recommends these insightful books to our audience, emphasizing their transformative potential for personal and professional growth:Mental Toughness by Damon Zaharadis, a guide to mastering your emotions and facing challenges with resilience.The One Thing by Gary Keller, exploring the profound impact of focus and simplicity in achieving success.Good to Great by Jim Collins, a study on the principles that propel companies from mediocrity to excellence.Connect with Us:Katie Curry and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
Would you dare to found an unproven venture during the COVID-19 pandemic?Yes, Irina bravely took that risk.Career Change Master: Irina FilippovaBorn into a family deeply rooted in science in Russia, Irina showed a keen interest in diplomacy. This led her to study international relations and secure a promising early career position at the International Peace Institute. To further enhance her business skillset and mindset, she attended Yale MBA program.Irina's true calling lay in the energy sector, prompting her move to BP in London. During her tenure there, she was involved in brand marketing, innovation, sustainability initiatives, and mergers and acquisitions. She also took on several prestigious roles: Senior Strategy Advisor at Kuwait Petroleum Corp., Executive Director at 2DegreesC in the UK, and Director of Investments at Venetos Management in Switzerland.Currently based in Cincinnati, Irina’s drive for innovation has led her to the roles of COO and co-founder at Electrada LLC, funded by BlackRock Real Assets. Electrada collaborates with fleet operators to design and build 100% tailored EV charging solutions.Episode Breakdown:3:28 — Nuclear Scientist’s Daughter to Woman Diplomat8:20 — The Self-Starter’s Edge: How curiosity fuels Irina’s career decisions.12:40 — Career Flexibility: “I’m not wedded to a specific structure of career.”14:54 — Strategic Career Opportunities: Bridging gaps and connecting dots.18:55 — Defining Change Leadership at organizational levels.22:10 — Passion About Energy Transition: Exploring the motivations behind her focus on energy solutions, the challenges she tackles, and her target beneficiaries.27:55 — Challenging Assumptions: If clients relying on Irina’s solutions for fleet energy needs, what about the risks of counterparty and concentration?32:45 — The Thrill of Entrepreneurship: “What excites me is also what scares me.”36:55 — Career advice for MBAs: “Don’t feel entitled.”Connect with Us:Irina Filippova and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
Here's a billion-dollar question for you:If you were a well-qualified legal counsel leading a global team of 50 and spearheading billion-dollar financial transactions at the world's largest banking groups, would you give all that up to deeply dive into building a developing economy in Africa?Most people would say no, because humans are risk-averse by nature.But Fatou Sagna Sow isn't most people. She is a change progressive.Career Change Master: Fatou Sagna SowFatou, born and bred in Paris, has worked as a financial lawyer at Societe Generale and BNP Paribas. After a prestigious stint, she has returned to her roots in Senegal, Africa.She moved her entire family—her husband and two children—from the glamorous and established life in Paris to the humble and untested grounds in Africa.Her mother called her "crazy." The salary is a significant downgrade. What motivated her to make such a life-changing move? How did she plan for it? How did she execute it with faith, boldness, and consistency?A former technical advisor to the President at The Economic, Social, and Environmental Council for Senegal, Fatou is currently the founder and CEO of New Deal Consulting. She is proud of driving economic well-being and technological growth in Senegal by empowering local youth alongside youth from France and other parts of Europe.Episode Breakdown:2:53 — Returning to Roots: From Parisian upbringing to embracing her African heritage in Senegal.7:48 — Planning the Pivot: The extensive preparation behind a 360-degree transformative move to a new continent.10:38 — Why Senegal? Three driving forces behind the decision for change.14:19 — Political Circles: The journey of serving as a Technical Advisor to the President of Senegal and navigating the corridors of power.18:38 — Confronting Challenges and Difficulties, but…24:09 — Creating Magic with Project Nana: Transforming banana fiber into essential products for women.26:48 — Global Connections: Strengthening Senegal’s ties with countries like Japan, France, Monaco, India, and Korea.Connect with Us:Fatou Sagna Sow and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
How do you like a free, unfiltered Berkeley Haas MBA course by Dr. Juliana Schroeder?Career Change Master: Juliana SchroederCurrently, Juliana is the Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values and Associate Professor in the Management of Organizations at Berkeley Haas. Juliana’s research examines how people make social judgments and decisions. She studies the psychological processes underlying how people think about the minds of those around them, and how their judgments then influence their decisions and interactions.Juliana has taught in all of the MBA degree programs at Haas, including the Full-time MBA program, the Evening and Weekend MBA program, and the Executive MBA program, as well as the PhD program. She teaches classes such as: Leading People, Negotiations and Conflict Resolution, and Experimental Methods in Behavioral Science. She also directs multiple executive education programs such as Communications Excellence and the CEO program.She is also a co-founder of the Psychology of Technology Institute, which supports and advances scientific research studying psychological consequences and antecedents of technological advancements. Personal websiteEpisode Breakdown:3:39 — Road to Behavioral Scientist: How she was drawn to psychology as a profession.10:42 — AI and the Perception of Power in Decision-Making: Discussing a 2020 paper published before ChatGPT—what foresights did she explore, and what are the implications for now and the future? The paper link22:28 — AI as a Strategy Tool for Executives: Exploring whether AI is the best strategist for executives in high-stake and low-stake decisions.28:50 — AI's Role in Synchronous and Asynchronous Human Communications: How AI influences different modes of communication.Connect with Us:Juliana Schroeder and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
How did managing wild complaints at a call center prepare you to lead people operations and champion DEI initiatives at one of the world's most culturally diverse wine and spirits groups?Fun fact: Part of the LVMH group, Moët Hennessy includes 26 houses, generating €6.6 billion in 2023 revenue. Renowned brands like Moët & Chandon, Krug, Veuve Clicquot, Hennessy, and Château d’Yquem epitomize prestigious origins and terroirs. This global portfolio blends heritage with innovation, authenticity with creativity in its exceptional champagnes, wines, and spirits.Career Change Master: Greg MorleyA former account manager at GM, Paris-based Greg began his HR and People Operations career at Walt Disney World, where he worked for over 15 years. His career has taken him from Paris to Hong Kong and Shanghai. Subsequently, he joined Hasbro to continue his work in talent management and HR. He was also part of the organizing team for the first Gay Games held in Hong Kong in 2022.Currently, Greg is the Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Regional HR Director for Asia Oceania at Moët Hennessy. He serves on the advisory board of Simmons University's Institute for Inclusive Leadership and is about to launch his first book, 'BOND,' which explores building a sense of belonging at work and in life.Episode Breakdown:4:06 — Greg's Odyssey: From a call center to Walt Disney and Moët Hennessy.5:44 — Leveraging Experience: How did Greg's frontline commercial role prime him for a longstanding career in HR and People functions?8:00 — Strategic Alliances: Mastering CEO partnerships as a senior HR leader or CHRO.10:01 — Transforming DEI: Rewiring systems from the inside out for local, regional, and global impact.17:52 — Navigating Complexity in Diversity: Balancing the blessings and burdens of Moët Hennessy’s diverse, multi-layered culture.25:17 — Unveiling 'Bond': Greg's upcoming book—its inspirations, its goals, and what it hopes to solve.Connect with Us:Greg Morley and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
Would you ever consider leaving a secure and high-ranking position as a CFO at IBM Europe to join a startup in Connecticut as merely the 16th employee?Josh took that exact leap, moving away from the corporate security he knew to embrace the thrills and challenges of a startup, guided by what he describes as his "gut feeling.”Career Change Master: Josh GeballeA former campaign manager for the US Representative Rosa DeLauro, New Haven-based Josh has crafted a 30-year progressive journey centered on two main themes: impact and challenge.Previously, he served as Vice President of Finance, Global Technology Services at IBM Europe, CEO of Core Informatics, Vice President and General Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Chairman of the Board at CT Paid Leave, COO at the Office of the Governor in the State of Connecticut, and the Commissioner at the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services.As the COO during Connecticut’s COVID-19 health response, Josh faced a public health crisis of unprecedented scale, the likes of which no MBA curriculum could ever anticipate or equip its students to handle. (press conf link).Currently, Josh is the Managing Director at Yale Ventures, Senior Associate Provost for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Yale University, Member of Boards at ClimateHaven, Connecticut Innovations, BioCT, AdvanceCT, and Guilford Savings Bank.Connect with Us:Josh Geballe and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
How Did Japanese Shochu Salespersons Rise to Lead the Tech Revolution for 90,000+ Japanese Hotel Operators?Career Change Master: Ryota TanozakiStarting as a salesperson at Suntory, Tokyo-based Ryota has transformed his career over 20 years.Previous: Strategy Consultant at BearingPoint, Product Manager at Hakuhodo Consulting, Director at Frontier Management, General Manager at Transcosmos, Head of Instagram, and Head of Vertical Industry at Facebook.Currently, Ryota holds the position of President and CEO at Tabist, formerly known as OYO Japan, which is headquartered in India and was a joint venture with SoftBank Japan. He also teaches part-time at Globis University. Attached is the press release from SoftBank announcing the rebranding of OYO Japan to Tabist, with Ryota appointed as the CEO and President of the company's operations in the country.How we met: Ryota and I were Executive MBA classmates at Chicago Booth from 2013 and 2015.Episode Breakdown:3:28 — Ryota's Odyssey: Journeying from Beverage Sales to Social Media and Cutting-Edge Travel Tech6:30 — Pivotal Moments: How a Consulting Gig in Rural Japan Revolutionized Ryota’s Career Path8:49 — A Strategic Pivot: Choosing an MBA at Chicago Booth After 15 Years in the Consulting Arena14:30 — Navigating the Unforeseen: Adapting Ryota’s Career Strategy Amidst Challenges16:07 — Crisis as a Catalyst: Steering Tabist Through a Rebrand as Japanese Tourism Faces COVID Challenges20:12 — Tackling Top Challenges: Pushing Tabist to New Heights Amidst Adversity25:32 — Leading by Example: Insights from Teaching at Globis University27:09 — Inspiration Unpacked: The Two Books That Fuel Ryota’s Innovative SpiritConnect with Us (Linkedin):Ryota Tanozaki and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
How Did a Commercial Pilot Rise to Global Finance in 30 Years?Career Change Master: Steve MonaghanA former commercial pilot, Tokyo-based Steve has navigated a transformative 30-year career across industries and continents. His financial acumen has revolutionized major banks and tech companies, propelling him from Australia to Tokyo and the Middle East.Previous: Chairman & CEO of Gen.Life, Chief Innovation Officer at DBS Bank, Chief Digital Officer at Riyad Bank, Regional Director at AIA, General Manager of Individual Group at Shinsei Bank, Head of Consumer Finance at OCBC, VP of E-Commerce at Citi, and Product Manager at Dell and Compaq.Currently, Steve holds positions as Independent Non-Executive Director at RAKBANK, General Partner at FinMir.ai, Limited Partner at True Global Ventures, and Investor in HolyWally, Human AI, and Pulse iD.Episode Breakdown:1:47 — Steve's odyssey: From aviation to tech titans and global banking6:05 — Driving force: A thirst for learning7:41 — Facing setbacks: Steve’s philosophy on learning from failure10:19 — Outsider insight: Fueling innovation and change11:12 — Steve's law of change: Turning 'No' into 'Now'18:04 — The edge of age in the AI era24:21 — A bold mission: Innovating real-time economy for social impact28:12 — Championing mental wellness to support founders36:04 — Building a balanced reading portfolio for continuous growthConnect with Us:Steve Monaghan and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
Would you call this bad luck or burnout—heart attack, job loss, car repossession, and home foreclosure, all happening to the same person in one year?More than ten years ago, Michael found himself in exactly this catastrophic situation.At that time, society was far less open about discussing burnout and its severe impacts on both individuals and companies. Facing these challenges head-on, Michael endured a heart attack induced by severe burnout—a modern-day epidemic equivalent to a heart attack in its sudden and profound impact.Having survived these trials, he has now shifted gears to assist people, leaders, and organisations, both large and small.Career Change Master: Michael D. LevittSan Diego's Michael began his career in the aisles of a grocery store. He has since cultivated expertise in diverse areas, including accounting, finance, IT support and operations, business development, healthcare, and insurance.Currently, Michael is the Chief Burnout Officer and Founder at Breakfast Leadership Network. Also, Michael hosts a Top 200 podcast . He is also the author of a book called Burnout Proof.Episode Breakdown:1:58 — Origin of 'Chief Burnout Officer': Inspired by a Shower3:57 — Breaking Free from Burnout: Michael's Journey Through a Life-Threatening Crisis10:55 — Burnout Unites Us: A Social Media Exchange Highlights Its Global Impact15:03 — Conquering Stigma: Strategies for High-Achieving CEOs and Professionals to Overcome Burnout21:15 — Turning Tides in Toxicity: A Success Story of Drastically Reducing Turnover24:54 — Office Politics: Sometimes You Can't Force the Horse to Drink29:17 — Victimhood in the Workplace: Understanding the Limits of Influence Over Those Who Resist Change30:17 — Burnout in Transitions: Navigating Career Changes Without Getting Burned Out35:12 — Self-Therapy Techniques: Identifying Early Signs of Burnout to Prevent Deeper Issues38:36 — Simple Solutions: Why an Old-Fashioned Alarm Clock Might Be the Antidote to BurnoutConnect with Us:Michael D. Levitt and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
Can a philosopher's heart and a commercial executive's mind coexist for the greater good?Ask César, a former DJ, MTV and Vice Media executive, and champion at the Web Summit in Lisbon.When you're enveloped in a world of bubble-like glamour, man-made fame, grand titles, and substantial paychecks, it feels too comfortable to make even the slightest move. That's a push factor.However, don't overlook the pull factor: a vision on the horizon, a voice that is uniquely yours, your own intellectual property, your legacy, your trademarks.Career Change Master: César Couto FerreiraCésar, now based in Porto, initially dazzled as a DJ and TV presenter before sculpting a prominent executive career at MTV Networks, a pillar of global youth entertainment within Viacom's portfolio. In the midst of the industry's pivotal shift from analog to digital media, he led the charge in launching operations across Portugal, Italy, and Greece, working alongside music legends such as MADONNA, COLDPLAY, R.E.M., and AMY WINEHOUSE. After his impactful tenure at MTV, César took the reins as General Manager at Vice Media in Portugal. He later took a creative leap from SABSEG to Brazil, where he co-founded Fabrica de Futuro, pioneering new frontiers in media.Currently, César is involved in business development at olio.is and Streamhub, continuing to influence the changing media landscape.Episode Breakdown:1:49 — Turning Tables: From Biotech Major to DJ at 23: Finding my rhythm in radio.3:34 — Dream Job Manifested: From MTV Enthusiast to Europe’s Youngest Programming Manager.4:48 — MTV Odyssey: A 9-Year Tour from Portugal to Greece6:21 — Rein in Digital Sovereignty: Creating and Owning Your Intellectual Property8:50 — Moment of Clarity: Amy Winehouse's Death Inspires a Jerry Maguire Moment. Insights from a career-defining realization.12:51 — The Illusion of Glamour: The Realities of Working in Media and Entertainment.14:22 — Renaissance at the Web Summit: Fueling Portugal’s Legacy with Global Talent.21:47 — Beyond the Hype: Reading Curiously in an Age of Social Media Noise.Connect with Us:César Couto Ferreira and Vince ChanChief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple300,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
Let’s travel around the world in 40 minutes, shall we?In this special episode, Vince Chan takes you on a global journey, meeting twelve incredible career change leaders. Their stories are packed with learnable insights and actionable lessons to help you master your own career transitions with resilience and intelligence.Episode Breakdown:• 2:30 — Tin Pei Ling (Singapore): From Psychology Major to Elected Parliamentarian: Facing Ageism, Sexism, and Social Media Attacks.• 6:02 — Mary Shea (US and Mediafly): Oboe Musician to Revenue Enablement Expert: Sales as a Career Growth Equalizer.• 9:31 — Katie Curry (US and Bulgaria): Small-Town Girl to Wall Street Professional: Determining Risk Tolerance in Career Changes.• 13:31 — Irina Filippova (US and Russia): Russian Polyglot Diplomat to Energy Innovator in Cincinnati: I’m Not Wedded to a Specific Structure of Career.• 17:27 — Fatou Sagna Sow (France and Senegal): From Parisian Glamour to Segenal Innovator: Is Career Change Just About Money?• 21:23 — Juliana Schroeder (US and UC Berkeley): From Chicago Booth to Berkeley Haas: Enhancing Human Communication in the AI Era.• 27:39 — Greg Morley (US and France): Complaint Handler Turned Moët Hennessy’s Change Leader: Everyone Should Be a Chief Change Officer.• 30:11 — Josh Geballe (US and Yale): Yale Student Turned Yale Ventures Leader: Innovating at Yale is the Greatest Career.• 33:05 — Ryota Tanozaki (Japan): Salesperson-Turned-Travel Tech CEO: How I Build an E-commerce Company in Japan.• 35:17 — Steve Monaghan (Japan and Australia): Pilot-Turned-AI Investor and Banking Innovator: Why I Like and How I Thrive in Career Change.• 39:03 — Michael Levitt (US): Heart Attack Survivor Turned Chief Burnout Officer: Buy an Alarm Clock, Ditch Your Smartphone.• 42:18 — César Couto Ferreira (Portugal): Media and Entertainment Mogul Turned Legacy Architect: I Build People, not Products.Join us for this enlightening 40-minute world tour and become your own Chief Change Officer.Dive deeper into each story with specific episodes, all available for free and uninterrupted by commercials.Chief Change Officer: Make Your Laws of ChangeHome to Career Mastery: Shift Your Career Gears on Your Own TermsHighest Rankings Since Launch:Business: 6 in UK || 13 in US <> AppleCareers: 1 in US || 2 in UK || 5 in SE <> Apple400,000 streams and 10,000 followers <> Apple + SpotifySubscribe. Inspire. Thrive.
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