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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Future guests are welcome to contact me with your big idea and include the subject line 'POE idea', your chosen topic and a brief biography. 

November 8th 2022
160: The Politics of Shyness - Kaley Chu
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Shyness is something we rarely talk about let alone elevate in our loud, often brash, TikTok-fuelled all singing and dancing world.

Meet Melbourne-based Kaley Chu, the founder of 100 Lunches with Strangers, a movement she founded off the back of her best-selling book of the same name where Kaley shared her journey from a shy immigrant to a confident TEDx Speaker in just 2 years by getting out of her comfort zone and arranging 100 lunches with complete strangers.

When COVID hit she turned virtual and has arranged over 350 lunches with strangers (ranging from CEOs, billionaires and even celebrities like Shane Jacobson), and now works with others to help build their confidence, grow their network and unleash their potential.

Kaley has spoken at over 200 events, both in-person and virtual, over the last 3 years to spread positive energy and help others grow and connect. She's also created two strong communities with over 4,000 members combined, with weekly events to help people connect and grow. (One targeted at personal development and the other supporting Asians in Australia). Kaley is in her 30's, happily married and a proud mum of two boys.

Kaley shares in this podcast her responses to:

  1. Shyness is the tendency to feel awkward, worried, or tense during social encounters, especially with unfamiliar people. Is it a superpower because it can help us get prepared in a way, or something that we need to "fix" to succeed in careers, business and personally? Explain with some examples.
  2. Do you think shyness is cultural or in our DNA somehow? Share your view and why.
  3. For someone shy how do you convince yourself to meet 100 strangers for lunch? What did that teach you?
  4. Has your experiment meant you are now longer shy?
  5. Take away: What is your final takeaway message for us on The Politics of Shyness?


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November 1st 2022
159: The Politics of Workplace Wellbeing - Sally McGrath
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Workplace wellbeing matters more than ever, as people from all sectors are making health-led decisions that are more valuable perhaps than power, money and status.

Having experienced her own life-changing burnout, Sally describes herself as a Burnout Survivor now Thriver, her own journey to recovery inspired her health coaching practice, Health that Heals. Sally McGrath has not one experience with burnout but three. She beat each round and remains so far.

Sally has a lifelong passion for health and wellbeing and has guided and supported individuals and teams to treat burnout and prevent burning out, sharing resources that empower the individual to identify what needs to change to reduce the risk of burnout. Sally also shares strategies that support "mental health hygiene", something that can be ignored when a person is experiencing the spiral into burnout. 

Sally has combined her 30-plus years of managing and training teams with her preventative health beliefs & expertise to deliver sustainable workplace wellbeing programs that engage and empower individuals. Sally also coaches burnt-out self-employed and professional women, to restore their joy, energy, and focus for work and life. Sally is a published author of the book Health that Heals, Transform Your Life Before It's Too Late and is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, in New York.

Sally's joy comes from empowering individuals and teams to create what she terms "work and life in synergy".

We cover off:

  1. Burnout treatment and prevention is what you talk a lot about on social media and in your work. How much is burnout about our workplace vs our greater lives outside what we do for money?
  2. I like your email signature that says:" Experiencing Burnout isn't a reflection of your personal worthiness. It's a culture that encourages people to put work ahead of their personal needs. What has been your experience with managing your wellbeing long term as a businesswoman?
  3. Workplace wellbeing has changed a lot over the years. Staff post-Covid restrictions, many seem to have empowered themselves more than ever - through quite quitting and resigning from workplaces they aren't happy in or determining hybrid work arrangements before the boss offers them. How has that been facilitated do you think and will it last? Explain your view.
  4. What types of modern workplaces doing well overall when it comes to managing stress, fatigue, burnout and unhealthy habits, and are there a few examples of truly innovative workplaces that have made wellbeing #1 goal, and how. Must be more than leaving work early on a Friday or free yoga classes at lunch!
  5. Takeaway: What is your final takeaway message for us on The Politics of Workplace Wellbeing?


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October 25th 2022
158: The Politics of Comfort Zones - Tel K. Ganesan
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Tel K. Ganesan is a self-made serial entrepreneur, engaging public speaker, philanthropist, mentor, film producer, and world traveller with a globally recognized reputation across multiple industries. He currently serves as Founder/CEO of multiple thriving enterprises, including Kyyba, Inc. - a Michigan-headquartered global IT company with over 700 employees and millions in annual revenue - Kyyba Films, Kyyba Wellness, Kyyba Innovations, Kyyba Fashions, and Kyyba Music. Infectious enthusiasm and courageous determination power his drive to do what others are afraid to do as he blazes a trail for the next generation of entrepreneurs with a simple secret to success: do what makes you happy.

Ganesan earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Wayne State University before getting his start at the Chrysler Corporation. Over 13 years, he earned multiple awards and promotions in manufacturing and product development. The desire to make a bigger impact and build something of his own then took Ganesan in the direction of entrepreneurship with the establishment of Kyyba, Inc.

Ganesan is fuelled by a belief that entrepreneurs make the world a better place for everyone, founding TiECon Detroit - the largest entrepreneurial conference in Michigan. Today, TiE boasts over 56 chapters in at least 13 countries, with a specific focus on supporting women in male-dominated industries such as manufacturing, automotive, and financial services. Additionally, the Kyyba Kidz Foundation uplifts underprivileged women and orphans, providing vital education, skills, and on-the-job training opportunities.

Over a 30-year career, Ganesan's ground-breaking work has earned him consistent national recognition, including: Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year finalist (2012, 2013, 2014) and a place among D Business Magazine's "Detroit 500" most powerful business leaders.

On any given weekday morning, Ganesan can be found in deep meditation and yoga poses before heading into his business ventures. He actively "levels up his comfort zone" with tennis, kayaking, and traveling to new places. After everything he has worked hard to achieve, Ganesan is still convinced that his biggest potential is yet to be realized, and he works hard daily to push the limits of what's possible synonymous with the tagline of Kyyba, make impossible, possible.

We discuss:

  1. The term 'comfort zone' is firmly embedded in our everyday cultural discourse - say the metaphor of 'leaving one's comfort zone' became popular in the 1990s, coined by management thinker Judith Bardwick in her 1991 work Danger in the Comfort Zone: How do you define a comfort zone and surely it varies depending on your risk appetite? Please explain your view and why.
  2. Within the comfort zone, there isn't much incentive for people to reach new heights of performance. It's here that people go about routines devoid of risk, causing their progress to plateau. Is that always a bad thing?
  1. Can you enhance your own sense of comfort zones and how do you push that beyond your basic level of comfort?
  2. How can we make the impossible seem possible and still remain balanced in how we live our lives and not say burnout?
  3. Take away: What is your final takeaway message for us on The Politics of Comfort Zones?


Connect via @TelKGanesan

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