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The Thriving in the Age of Disruption Podcast is dedicated to helping you get more of what you want out of your personal and professional life. Every 2 weeks, host Dr. Ramesh will share her experience from over 30 years in business and thousands of hours coaching entrepreneurs.

Join Dr. Ramesh and her network of Changemakers as they discuss the essential mindset and skills needed to survive and thrive in today’s age of disruption through a series of Asia-centric interviews, compelling stories, tips, and ideas focused on key themes  including entrepreneurial mindset, communication, collaborative management, crisis resilience, family businesses, women in leadership and decision making, and on a more personal level, spirituality and living the simple life.

How I Persisted In Starting My Own Business Despite Tons Of Naysayers: Mr. Anil Dagia (India)

23 November 2022 Season: 01 Episode: 26

For Mr. Anil Dagia, starting his own business was the opportunity to contribute to others and live life on his own terms.

Many around Anil did not mince their words when he told them he was quitting his cushy and high-paying successful IT career to start his own business in training and coaching.

Yet Anil persisted, driven by the clarity that he simply needed to deliver value on what his clients truly wanted and needed. He soon found that not only is it fulfilling to succeed as an entrepreneur, it’s also possible to earn a good living whilst deeply connecting with and touching the lives of tens of thousands of people.

Anil has since become a leading Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) trainer. In his conversation with Dr. Ramesh, he generously shares his insights, wrapped in interesting analogies, around what it takes to make that big jump into entrepreneurship. He also talks about how to to lead, manage crisis and leverage the structure of thinking, creating real shifts to become more effective in life.

To learn more about the entrepreneurial mindset with Dr. Ramesh, get your copy of The Big Jump into Entrepreneurship 2.0 on Amazon.com or www.Dr-Ramesh.com.

Host: Dr. Ramesh Ramachandra, Author, Podcast Host and Founder of Talent Leadership Crucible

Guest Speaker: Mr. Anil Dagia, NLP Trainer, ICF Accredited Course Master Trainer, CxO Coach, Life & Business Coach, 5th Element

Quitting My Corporate Job to Pursue My Entrepreneurial Dream: Ms. Nguyen Thi Minh Giang (Vietnam)

NOVEMBER 08, 2022  SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 25

Ms. Nguyen Thi Minh Giang left her high-flying corporate job in Human Resources to pursue her life’s purpose and embark upon her entrepreneurial journey.

Join Dr. Ramesh as she explores with Minh Giang her entrepreneurial passion, personal growth experiences and how she’s left her thriving corporate career and taken that leap of faith to create her own business. To learn more about the entrepreneurial mindset with Dr. Ramesh, get your copy of The Big Jump into Entrepreneurship (back link to Amazon book link)

Guest Speaker: Ms. Nguyen Thi Minh Giang (back link to her LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/nguyen-thi-minh-giang-902ab18/?originalSubdomain=vn), Co-Founder & Partner of Leaders and Culture, Newing; Executive Board Member of Strategy and Membership Committee, Ho Chi Minh City Association for Women Executives & Entrepreneurs (HAWEE)

Mindset for Success – There is No Problem in the World that Cannot Be Solved: Prof. Inderjit Singh

CTOBER 26, 2022 SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 24

Dr. Ramesh meets with Prof. Inderjit Singh Dhaliwal, who brings his varied experience as a multinational company leader, a serial entrepreneur, a policymaker, an educator, and an author to this conversation.

An avid champion for entrepreneurship, Prof. Inderjit certainly walks the talk, having started multiple companies and being involved in social, political and educational initiatives to support entrepreneurship.

In this episode, Dr. Ramesh dives into Prof. Inderjit’s mindset for success, especially his belief that there’s no problem in the world that cannot be solved. Prof. Inderjit also shares about his book The Art and Science of Entrepreneurship, which details his entrepreneurial journey and translates his practical experience and insights into theory, to provide useful lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs.

To learn more about the entrepreneurial mindset, get your copy of The Art and Science of Entrepreneurship by Prof. Inderjit Singh on Amazon.com, and The Big Jump into Entrepreneurship 2.0 by Dr. Ramesh at www.Dr-Ramesh.com.

Host: Dr. Ramesh Ramachandra, Author, Podcast Host and Founder of Talent Leadership Crucible
Guest Speaker: Prof. Inderjit Singh Dhaliwal, President at WBAF Global Startup Committee, Founder & CEO of Solstar International Pte Ltd

Dynamic Mother Daughter Duo Share Entrepreneurial Mindset & Infinite Possibilities: Ms. Susan Lay & Ms. Cartin Ong (Australia)

October 10, 2022 |  Season: 1 Episode: 23

Join Dr. Ramesh as she chats with dynamic mother and daughter duo, Ms. Susan Lay and Ms. Cartin Ong, who make for really interesting listening due to their diverse viewpoints from seasoned business executive to ambitious young Changemaker.

Susan and Cartin demonstrate the type of easy mother-daughter relationship where you can just sense the deep mutual respect and support underlying their friendly banter.

They talk about the entrepreneurial mindset, overcoming challenges and having the courage to take action, and give you an intimate glimpse into their lives and their drive to thrive, living a life of infinite possibilities.

To learn more about the entrepreneurial mindset with Dr. Ramesh, get your copy of The Big Jump into Entrepreneurship 2.0 on Amazon.com or www.Dr-Ramesh.com.

Host: Dr. Ramesh Ramachandra, Author, Podcast Host and Founder of Talent Leadership Crucible
Guest Speakers:
Ms. Susan Lay, Chair and Non-Executive Director of QTG Limited; Board Advisor to Arvensys Group (AGL)
Ms. Cartin Ong, Founder of TeenMeets; Delegate at UN Youth Australia; High School Student

Venturing Out – Lessons From My Entrepreneurial Journey: Mr. Rajiv Dalmia (United Arab Emirates)

September 26, 2022 |  Season: 1 Episode: 22

Description – Starting a business from scratch is one of the hardest things a person can do. It’s also one of the most rewarding. The ability to take calculated risks is surely one of the defining characteristics that separates successful entrepreneurs like Mr. Rajiv Dalmia, Founder and Chairman of Data Direct Group, from those who just dream about it.

Rajiv shares with Dr. Ramesh how he left the safety of the family business, to strike out on his own to build a successful life and business, in a new country and a new industry.

Don’t miss Dr. Ramesh’s conversation with Rajiv as he shares practical advice and insights from his tech entrepreneurship journey.

To learn more about the entrepreneurial mindset with Dr. Ramesh, get your copy of The Big Jump into Entrepreneurship 2.0 on Amazon.com or www.Dr-Ramesh.com.

Host: Dr. Ramesh Ramachandra, Author, Podcast Host and Founder of Talent Leadership Crucible

Guest Speaker: Mr. Rajiv Dalmia, Founder & Chairman, Data Direct Group

 Winning One of the World’s Toughest Triathlons, Swiss Ultra Deca Ultratriathlon World Championship 2022: Ms Thanh Vu (Vietnam)

September 13, 2022 |  Season: 1 Episode: 21

First she crosses four of the world’s harshest deserts. Then she wins one of the world’s toughest sports tournaments.

Meet Ms. Thanh Vu, Vietnam’s first woman ultra-marathoner. And newly-crowned World Champion of the Swiss Ultra Deca Ultratriathlon 2022 in Switzerland.

Join Dr. Ramesh as she chats with Thanh to understand what motivates her to overcome incredible athletic challenges, set impossible goals, and experience the thrill of reaching her dreams.

Share Thanh’s journey with Dr. Ramesh and gain inspiration too – To strive, to thrive and to become the best version of ourselves.

To learn more about the entrepreneurial mindset with Dr. Ramesh, get your copy of The Big Jump into Entrepreneurship 2.0 on Amazon.com or www.Dr-Ramesh.com.

Host: Dr. Ramesh Ramachandra, Author, Podcast Host and Founder of Talent Leadership Crucible

Guest Speaker: Ms. Thanh Vu, Ultra Triathlete; Number 1 Brand Ambassador, Tan Hiep Phat (THP)

Beyond Millionaire Dreams – Finding Peace and Purpose: Mrs. Tassinee Vajarasthira

August 18, 2022 |  Season: 1 Episode: 19

Mrs. Tassinee Vajarasthira (informally known as Khun Waew) is the founder of one of Thailand’s leading food ingredients company. She shares her story with Dr. Ramesh about going beyond business success to finding her purpose in life.

Inspired by her mother’s spiritual transformation, Khun Waew found a strong calling to learn to live with wisdom, compassion and inner peace every day. Come listen to her personal story where she journeys from ‘zero’ to exceeding her millionaire dream, and now towards spiritual fulfilment by embarking on a trans-generational project to build a ‘Wonder of the World’ in Thailand. This life mission, in turn, spurs her on to achieve ever greater and sustainable success for her business and her people.

Click through if you’re interested to find out more about the Sihanakhon temple complex under construction at Wat Phu Man Fah in Thailand.

To learn more about Entrepreneurship with Dr. Ramesh, get your copy of The Big Jump into Entrepreneurship 2.0 on Amazon.com or www.Dr-Ramesh.com.

Host: Dr. Ramesh Ramachandra, Author, Podcast Host and Founder of Talent Leadership Crucible

Guest Speaker: Mrs. Tassinee Vajarasthira, Founder & Chairman, Abbra Group

Creating Circles of Life with The Gentle Warrior: Mrs. Ivy Singh

August 08, 2022 |  Season: 1 Episode: 18

Mrs. Ivy Singh-Lim is possibly one of the best-known larger-than-life personalities in Singapore. She champions various causes and walks the talk in living a purposeful life. Join Dr. Ramesh as she catches up with Singapore’s infamous firebrand and Gentle Warrior in the lush, green paradise of BollyWood Farms, an organic farm Ivy co-founded with her husband Lim Ho Seng.

While there are many who do not agree with Ivy’s views, which she expresses in straight and colourful terms, we hope you’ll be able to hear the deeper message that lies beneath her tough talk and provocative views.

You’re guaranteed a spirited, no holds barred discussion on entrepreneurship, women and leadership, spirituality, and creating a Circle of Life. With characteristic authenticity and raw honesty, hear how Ivy cares deeply and fights for Singapore her country, her people, and for humanity.

To rejuvenate your senses and enjoy some amazing farm-to-table really fresh food, you’re welcome to visit BollyWood Farms and the surrounding Kranji Countryside.

To learn more about Entrepreneurship with Dr. Ramesh, get your copy of The Big Jump into Entrepreneurship 2.0 on Amazon.com or www.Dr-Ramesh.com.

Host: Dr. Ramesh Ramachandra, Author, Podcast Host and Founder of Talent Leadership Crucible

The Power of Vision and Intention: Mr. Chris Freund

July 22, 2022 |  Season: 1 Episode: 17

Listen to Dr. Ramesh’s conversation with groundbreaking entrepreneur, Mr. Chris Freund, Founder of Mekong Capital, the first hands-on Private Equity firm in Vietnam. Chris grew up in Chicago (US) but was inexorably drawn to Asia, finally settling down in Vietnam at age 29.

Find out how Chris expresses his love for Vietnam in his pioneering role in the development of the country’s nascent private sector, whilst adding value to the company’s investment portfolios, investee companies and employees.

You’ll learn from this seasoned entrepreneur how his commitment to transformation led to him turning around his business, as well as fulfilling his life’s purpose, living in balance and thriving.

To learn more about Entrepreneurship with Dr. Ramesh, get your copy of The Big Jump into Entrepreneurship 2.0 on Amazon.com or www.Dr-Ramesh.com.

Also read Chris’ book Crab Hotpot, a story about a bunch of crabs who found themselves stuck in a boiling pot, and how they chose to transform themselves to be able to achieve their shared objectives, cllck here to buy on Amazon (English) and Tiki (Vietnamese).

Host: Dr. Ramesh Ramachandra, Author, Podcast Host and Founder of Talent Leadership Crucible

Guest Speaker: Mr. Chris Freund, Founder & Partner, Mekong Capital

Finding the Right Mentor for Personal Success: Dr. Jessica Leong

June 24, 2022 |  1 EPISODE: 15

Having the right mentor can change lives and set one on the path to accomplishing something beyond what we can imagine is possible.
Dr. Jessica Leong is a pioneer and leader in the field of Transactional Analysis in Singapore. Besides her thriving private practice in psychotherapy, she is also a founding director and CEO of a leading academy for executive counselling and training in Singapore called ECTA.

In this podcast, Dr. Leong shares how, with the support of her former boss and mentor, she overcame self-doubt to realise her lifelong dream of entrepreneurship and helping those less fortunate than herself.

Dr. Ramesh was a student leader when she first met Dr. Leong, who was then a student counsellor staff at a tertiary institute. Subsequently, Dr. Leong became one of Dr.Ramesh’s earliest mentors.

Join us in this episode where Dr. Ramesh and Dr. Leong share how to create a powerful mentor-mentee relationship and practical insights on how to thrive in life.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jessica Leong, Founding Director, CEO/Clinical & Academic Director, Executive Counselling and Training Academy (ECTA)
PhD, Counselling Psychology, MA in Counselling and Msc in TA Psychotherapy

Taking Technology Solutions from Lab to Market: Dr. Krishna Kumar Nallur

JUNE 10, 2022 |  1 EPISODE: 14

“I’ve got an idea. It’s going to change everything.”

Enter Krish’s world of technopreneurship, where it’s all about taking an idea in the Lab and having the business, technical and operational focus and savvy to develop and launch technology solutions into the market successfully. The key is to deliver value to users and in the process, one might just transform industries and the way we work.

Dr. Ramesh also explores with Krish his personal challenges to find that elusive balance in work, play and life. As Krish’s favourite quote goes, “The wisdom of life lies in the elimination of the non-essentials”, he shares the key question we must ask ourselves, in pursuit of a simple life and realising our true potential in order to truly thrive.

Join us so you don’t miss the diverse views on #entrepreneurship discussed in this episode.

Host: Dr. Ramesh Ramachandra, Author, Podcast Host and Founder of Talent Leadership Crucible

Guest Speaker: Dr. Krishna Kumar Nallur, CEO, SPEEDCARGO Technologies

Meet the Woman Who Taught Me About Life and Empowerment – My Mother Jaya Ramachandra

May 26, 2022 Thursday |  SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 13

I’m so proud of my mother, Jaya Baleswari Ramachandra and her new book Homeland Memories Newland Adventures. My mother, Jaya is my inspiration and role model. She’s the reason why I’m fiercely independent and fully engaged as an entrepreneur focused on empowering others to find their growth pathways.

This book records Jaya’s memories of her family in Jaffna to growing up in Colombo, and her thoughts on the ethnic tensions in Ceylon from the 1950s to the end of civil war in 2009. Having lived in Singapore since the 1970s, Jaya reflects on life in the Lion City, her challenges and joys as a woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and a lifelong learner. An energetic, creative and curious individual, Jaya also shares her journey into entrepreneurship, volunteerism and inspires with her passion for adventure and life.

My mom’s raw honesty makes me proud to share her book with everyone. Do pick up your copy at Amazon. Enjoy!

Applying Psychology to Astrology for Personal Fulfilment in Life: Ms. May Sim

May 11, 2022 |  SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 12

Join Dr. Ramesh as she brings you a fresh and alternative perspective with Ms. May Sim, Asia’s premier psychological astrologer and founder of her own unique business, Selfstrology Academy. May is known for her practical, no-nonsense and structured approach to applying astrology towards achieving one’s personal purpose and fulfilment.

In this episode, May shares her personal entrepreneurship journey on how she moved away from the straight and narrow career path as a financially successful general manager at the age of only 24, to take the courageous dive into her passion to build an unusual profession in Astrology.

Engaging Businesses To Go Beyond Profitability To Greater Value Creation: Mr. Paul Tan

April 27, 2022 |  SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 11

We believe in the power of business to make a positive impact on environment, society and governance, at all levels of scale.

Are you pushing beyond profitability, to be ahead of the sustainability curve in your mindset and business practices, to create greater value? Join Dr. Ramesh and Mr. Paul Tan, a professional services expert, as they explore Paul’s personal story on how being people-oriented and god-fearing have empowered him to build loyal teams, serve long term clients and profitable businesses sustainably.

Unleashing Entrepreneurial Talent into Social Enterprises to Help Marginalised Women: Ms. Shelley Siu

APRIL 13, 2022 |  SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 10

Social enterprises, or businesses that are looking to solve social problems, are usually started by someone who has a personal motivation, passion, or connection to the issue.

Come join Dr. Ramesh and Ms. Shelley Siu, who is a woman on a mission – The mission to help marginalised women and give them the skills and support needed to start a small business. Despite being the privileged daughter of the President of a bank, Shelley has an unquenchable fire to give back. Follow the colourful life story of the maven behind the iconic Singapore Shawl, as she unleashes her entrepreneurial talent into social enterprises that give hope and empower women to build a livelihood.

Keys to Building a Successful Network – Social Capital and Relationship Planning: Dr. Nisha Abu Bakar

APRIL 01, 2022 |  SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 9

Making the right connections can open doors to new opportunities, wider perspectives and a better life. How do you find your way to success and happiness? Who are the people you need in your network to make it happen?

Come join uber-networker and one of LinkedIn Singapore’s 2022 Top 10 Voices in Gender Equity, Dr. Nisha Abu Bakar as she shares with Dr. Ramesh her insights on strategic relationship planning and social capital as key elements for career advancement and life fulfilment

If you are interested to unlock your potential and nurture your growth and development towards the next level of effective leadership in your business, community, and society, check out the Asian Women Leadership Program designed by Dr. Ramesh, Dr. Nisha and Poorani Thanusha.

Vietnam’s Leading Beverage Maker, Deputy CEO Phuong Uyen Tran of THP Shares Her Personal Success Factors

March 22, 2022 |  SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 8

When you are trying to start your own journey of success, it can be very difficult to know where to start. What do successful leaders do differently? How do they overcome challenges?

We had the chance to explore these issues with Ms. Phuong Uyen Tran, Deputy CEO of Vietnam’s leading beverage manufacturer Tan Hiep Phat Group, and we’re excited to share her riveting stories and personal success factors with you.

Champion for Women and the Underprivileged: Dr. Anamah Tan

MARCH 11, 2022  |  SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 7

Dr. Anamah Tan shares a fascinating view into her growing up years in patriarchal postwar Singapore from the 1940s, where “men were making all the arrangements” for her life, to becoming truly a pioneering woman leader of her time – A dedicated family lawyer and champion for the rights of women and the underprivileged.

Celebrating International Women’s Day? Let’s Listen to An Uplifting Podcast

FEBRUARY 28, 2022  |  SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 6

It’s surprising how many people have no idea what International Women’s Day is, let alone what the day stands for. In this special podcast series of Asian Women Changemakers, we’ll get inspired, uplifted and motivated to find our tribe, dream big and go on a journey to make positive changes in the world together.

New Book Launch! The Big Jump into Entrepreneurship 2.0: Dr. Ramesh Ramachandra

FEBRUARY 21, 2022  |  SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 5

Come join Dr. Ramesh as she personally gives you the insider’s view on what her new book is all about and how nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset can give us valuable life skills that will help us solve everyday problems, adapt to changes, manage risks, and create value in our work and our lives.
If you’re interested in becoming a successful entrepreneur or tapping into the value of developing an entrepreneurial mindset, this practical how-to book is a must-read.

The 3Cs to Overcome Crises in Our Lives: Mr. Subba Vaidyanathan

FEBRUARY 07, 2022 | SEASON 1 EPISODE 4

Learn to develop a crisis-ready mindset with Dr. Ramesh and mindfulness expert Subba, also known to friends as ‘wise teacher’. Subba has weathered multiple crises in life, from losing his father and sole breadwinner at the tender age of thirteen, to surviving meltdown as a high-profile banker in the global financial crisis. He is now a changemaker who helps others unlock new ways of thinking and escape from being trapped in a state of stress, insecurity and fear.

An Entrepreneurial Mindset for Success: Dr. Kevin Cheong (Part 1)

DECEMBER 24, 2021  | SEASON 1 EPISODE 1

Facing mortality as a teenager needing life-saving brain surgeries after a biking accident and surviving cancer in his beloved wife, Kevin shares his journey to becoming an industry leader in tourism and destination development across Asia, in addition to mentoring the third generation in the family business, founding a successful tourism and destination consultancy and shaping tourism education and Covid-19 recovery in Singapore. Be it succeeding at a corporate career, engaging teams or starting businesses, Kevin shows you how an entrepreneurial mindset coupled with crisis resilience empowers him to adapt and thrive in his many roles, despite the surprises that life throws his way.

Introduction – Thriving with Dr. Ramesh

DECEMBER 20, 2021 |  SEASON 1 CURTAINRAISER

The Thriving in the Age of Disruption Podcast is dedicated to helping you get more of what you want out of your personal and professional life. Every 2 weeks, host Dr. Ramesh will share her experience from over 30 years in business and thousands of hours coaching entrepreneurs.

Growing the Family Business Pie: Dr. Kevin Cheong (Part 2)

JANUARY 07, 2022 | SEASON 1 EPISODE 2

Kevin shares tension points in trans-generational legacy in the succession planning for the third generation to grow the family business. “How do you ensure the new emperors and kings of their own little kingdoms are not complacent” but hungry to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills and mindset to “develop trophies for themselves”? We’ll also get personal with Kevin in our conversation about what spirituality means to him.

The Big Reset – Moving Home to the US amidst the Covid Pandemic: Ms. Christy Davis

JANUARY 21, 2022 | DAVIS SEASON 1 EPISODE 3

Christy has just made the big reset of uprooting her whole life after living the last 30 years in Asia, to return to the US, in the chaos of the Covid pandemic, to look after her elderly mother. Join us to hear Christy’s story and to explore how entrepreneurship in a corporate setting, or intrapreneurship, works with the launch of a social enterprise supported by the organisation that Christy was working for, and the challenges and struggles of managing a social enterprise, especially in terms of funding and long-term viability. We’ll also learn how Christy has built resilience early in life, which has supported her in transitioning from being a successful woman leader in corporate, to humanitarian work and to founding a social enterprise.

Join the extensive network of fellow entrepreneurs, thought leaders, academics and inspiring women leaders in Asia to take deliberate steps towards  meaningful and powerful living.

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