The politics of everything that matters to mankind in the 20th century

The Politics of Everything

Hosted by Amber Daines, The Politics of Everything launched in May 2017 as a weekly podcast series asking newsworthy experts and leaders the tricky questions about the politics of everything that matters to mankind in the 21st century. 

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June 29th 2021
97: The Politics of Equality - Mark Nielsen
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To discuss The Politics of Equality I am interviewing Mark Nielsen. He is the Global Chief Executive Officer of Talent International and a pioneering leader with over 25 years of experience.  Over the course of his career, Mark has held C-level roles across start-ups, turnarounds, and multinational corporations. This experience spans organizations in Australia, South Africa, China, the United Kingdom, and the USA, and across the recruitment, technology, resources, retail and medical device sectors. Throughout his career, he has held executive and non-executive director positions on listed and unlisted company boards.

Mark is often referred to as a "new age" or "next-generation" leader who truly understands the multiple benefits of a fully engaged and committed team. He is particularly proud of having built an open, respectful, and unique culture at Talent.  Mark aims to ensure that each member of the team champions Talent's core tenets of progressive and innovative thinking, passion for technological advancement and digital transformation, and customer-centered service.  Mark's current role is managing Talent's $750m+ business, driving both Talent's global expansion and its cultural and digital transformations. He is also the co-founder and board member of Talent's foundation Talent RISE, which addresses youth unemployment through the mentoring and placement of young people into technology-related roles.

In 2018, Mark was named Australian CEO of the Year (CEO Magazine), Professional Services Executive of the Year (CEO Magazine), and Recruitment Leader of the Year - Australia (SEEK SARA Awards). In 2020, he was on the Deliotte 50 Outstanding LGBTI+ leaders list.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town is a graduate of The Wharton School's Executive Development Program and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Mark is highly regarded for his ability to lead and build high-performance organizations with compassion at their core. He is outcome-focused, a long-term thinker and therefore passionate about building strong organizational cultures.

Questions we cover with Mark:

  1. Can you share your career ambitions - so what you thought you'd do for a living when you were a kid growing up? And did that happen? Your early career story please!

  2. How do you define equality and moreover inequality?

  3. Is the notion we are all born equal even realistic let alone what we can do to even out the equality divide that permeates everything such as our income status, education, where we live, and of course gender?

  4. Is equality above leveling the playfield or compensating when the situation is clearly not equal or fair? E.g. I think of things like superannuation being paid for women who take career breaks for family reasons. Some employers will top it up while they are on maternity leave.

  5. You grew up in South Africa which, at the time, was a very conservative country and you say you really struggled to express his identity as a gay man. Still to this day, there are a lot of people who struggle with this and don't have the courage to be themselves. I know you want to change that. As a white male living a fairly comfortable life as far as we know, do you think you have an obligation - maybe more than most - to address equality more than others who may be perceived as less privileged? Why and how do you do that in your work/daily life?

  1. The rise of "cancel culture" and the idea of canceling someone coincides with a familiar pattern: A celebrity or other public figure does or says something offensive. A public backlash, often fuelled by politically progressive social media, ensues. Then come the calls to cancel the person - that is, to effectively end their career or revoke their cultural cachet, whether through boycotts of their work or disciplinary action from an employer. Is this recent focus on cancel culture a "mob mentality" on steroids, or a long-overdue way of speaking truth to old forms of power? How can it help balance the power the higher profile people have over us long term or not?

  1. What role does business and government play in improving equality in modern society? Share an example or two of how this can be done better or has been done overseas even.

  2. Who have been your greatest mentors (1 or 2) and what did they teach you?

  3. If you could choose a favorite book, song or film what would it be and why? (Can be serious or quirky!).

  4. Take away: What your final takeaway message for us on addressing The Politics of Equality?

June 22nd 2021
96: The Politics of Connections - Rachel Bourke
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Connection is key for relationships to succeed, in business, in love, in friendships.


For bankable sales success, it is critical to know how to master connections. Enter the role of today's guest, Rachel Bourke, a Master Sales Trainer. One that understands sales is a service and that confidence comes from clarity. With over 25 years of experience as a business owner, Rachel knows what it takes to succeed. Like a lot of us business people, she knows the tough decisions, exciting highs, and financial pressures.


She says, winging it in sales simply won't cut it, and there is a structure that works. You must know exactly what to say and when to say it. Rachel is renowned for her practical, inspirational, and no-nonsense style. Utilizing the Neuroscience of Influence, an advanced application of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Neuro-Semantics, and the SalesSPACE Buyer's Coach? Methodology, she continues to attract clients that are determined to be best.


Her client portfolio includes The NSW Business Chamber, leading small to medium enterprises, prominent influencers, trainers, and educators. Rachel worked internationally for several years teaching advanced skills of influence to senior executives of global banks such as The Royal Bank of Scotland and Morgan Stanley, the general manager of L'Oréal Paris, and many more.   


In this podcast, you can learn:


  1. How do you help make sales less 'salesy'?
  2. What does a lasting connection mean in business and even in life?
  3. How can a connection lead to action in your customer experience journey?
  4. Connections are sometimes seasonal - is it about a pipeline of networking or about just finding the right tribe at the right time that matters?
  5. The 24/7 digital world has been us seemingly more connected, even globally now, say through Facebook or LinkedIn, but also more disengaged with real people, real conversations - yes or no?
  6. Take away: What your final takeaway message for us on The Politics of Connection?


For more connections with Rachel go to: Rachel Bourke | LinkedIn



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June 15th 2021
95: The Politics of Ambition - Amanda Rose
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I have been watching Amanda Rose's star rise for a number of years and she is definitely an ambitious woman who gets lots of stuff done fast.

Amanda wears a number of impressive hats including being the Founder of Small Business Women Australia, Publisher of Business Woman Media and Founding Director of Western Sydney Women, Western Sydney Executive Women & Managing Partner of Western Sydney Advisory.

As one of the most influential people on LinkedIn, Amanda Rose (#BossLady) is quoted as an "internet winning blogger" by and contributes regularly to ABC The Drum and has a weekly #BossLady Careers Column in the Daily Telegraph.

A passionate keynote speaker, Amanda Rose has worked with organizations such as The Australian Defence Force, CPA Australia, Law Institute, UBER, ANZ, and Western Sydney University on the areas of confident leadership, conflict resolution & relationship building via connection.

Amanda has a degree in Business majoring in Marketing & Psychology from Macquarie University, a Masters of Communications Management from UTS & Post Graduate qualification in Educational Leadership from Macquarie University. She is the non-executive director at Excelsia College and on the NSW Government's Council for Women's Economic Opportunity.

If the word ambition had a moniker surely Amanda Rose would be it. Welcome to the podcast, Amanda.

Hear from Amanda on:

  1. How she relates to the idea of being ambitious and why for many it so hard to say out loud?
  2. Describe how your ambition has changed over your career and business journey?
  3. Do you have a view on setting quotas for women to hold senior board roles or corporate positions as well as in public office?
  4. Career and business ambition are important but what about other life ambitions? Like fitness goals or even hobbies - how do you view that in your own life?
  5. Takeaway: How would you sum up The Politics of Ambition?

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