Giant Thinkers Podcast
Giant Thinkers Podcast
Ram Castillo
A podcast focused on learning from top experts of various industries to help listeners become better designers, creatives and giant thinkers.
Patrick Mouratoglou, tennis coach of Serena Williams on coaching, innovation and NFT’s
Welcome to episode #93. Today’s guest is heavily in the tennis world and whether you’re a tennis fan or not, this gentleman needs little introduction. He is the Founder, Chairman & CEO of the Mouratoglou Academy and CEO of UTS (Ultimate Tennis Showdown), which is a revolutionary tennis league aiming to modernise the tennis industry. Our guest today is one of the most recognised figures in tennis, with 10 Grand Slam titles, 2 Gold Medals, and 31 coaching singles titles. He is known for his innovative and disruptive vision. Having started his tennis academy in 1996. He’s been coaching and mentoring for more than 25 years, including legends such as Serena Wiliams and rising stars like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Coco Gauff.   He’s also consulted for the largest sport media on the planet, published his own books, founded a foundation supporting the future stars of tennis, even featured in a Netflix documentary titled ‘The Playbook’, and opened tennis centres in the world’s most stunning locations. Affectionately nicknamed the “Mastermind”, our guest is rewriting tennis’ legacy in every way possible.   Some of the topics we spoke about include: What we need to look for when hiring a coach What he as a coach looks out for when coaching someone that wants to work with him His view on the 'coachability' of a person How to get the most out of someone when coaching And then we swung the conversation to all things Web 3 and NFT’s including his project and involvement in that space.   So if you’re someone that’s interested in world class practices around coaching, being coached – and, the innovation that's happening with the melding of tennis and Web 3 and NFTs, then this episode is for you. Now a quick note, if we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker.   Alright, let’s dive in. I present to you … the highly strategic, charismatic and results-driven tennis coach ... Patrick Mouratoglou!     More on Patrick can be found via the links below: https://thecoachnft.io https://www.mouratoglou.com https://www.instagram.com/patrickmouratoglou https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-mouratoglou-49364132 https://utslive.tv Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.     Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress? It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier. It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed. It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal
Apr 3, 2022
47 min
How to use creativity as a tool to make massive impact
Welcome to episode #92. I’ve really enjoyed releasing these weekly solo episodes throughout this January 2022 in the hope of providing some practical strategic direction and actionable tactics. The start of any year can sometimes be overwhelming, especially with the expectations we set on ourselves, one way to manage this is to zoom out with a far broader perspective than our current view point. Which is why this particular episode is so special. I’ll be sharing how to use creativity as a tool to make massive impact.   If we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker. Alright, let’s get dive in!     More on Ram Castillo can be found via the links below: https://ramcastillo.com https://www.instagram.com/thegiantthinker https://www.linkedin.com/in/ram-castillo-39a39923 https://twitter.com/thegiantthinker https://www.clubhouse.com/@thegiantthinker Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.     Want to know the all-in-one web dev platform specifically for businesses, entrepreneurs and creatives? It's Wix. They're the leading website creation platform that’s got all the tools you need to create, manage and grow your brand. Whether you’re starting your online business or you’ve got a side hustle, you can design a site to showcase your brand that’ll look great on any device. Join over 200 million people already using Wix’s wide range of solutions to enhance their businesses. Like ultra-smart SEO tools designed to get you found on search engines, faster loading times to create outstanding user experiences and payment solutions to help you boost your revenue. Plus, with enterprise grade security built into every site, you know you're in safe hands. You can manage everything from one dashboard on desktop and mobile so you can be available anywhere at any time: in the office, at home or on the go. I encourage you to take a look for yourself. I'm quietly confident, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Head over to Wix.com and create a website you're truly proud of today.
Jan 26, 2022
34 min
How to use the law of singularity to increase effectiveness in your health, wealth and business
Welcome to episode #91. I hope you’ve been enjoying this mini-series of weekly solo episodes from me. Audio-keynotes throughout this January 2022 to give you practical strategic direction and actionable tactics. In this particular episode I’ll be sharing how to use the law of singularity to increase effectiveness in your health, wealth and business.   If we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker. Alright, let’s get dive in!     More on Ram Castillo can be found via the links below: https://ramcastillo.com https://www.instagram.com/thegiantthinker https://www.linkedin.com/in/ram-castillo-39a39923 https://twitter.com/thegiantthinker https://www.clubhouse.com/@thegiantthinker Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.     Want to know the all-in-one web dev platform specifically for businesses, entrepreneurs and creatives? It's Wix. They're the leading website creation platform that’s got all the tools you need to create, manage and grow your brand. Whether you’re starting your online business or you’ve got a side hustle, you can design a site to showcase your brand that’ll look great on any device. Join over 200 million people already using Wix’s wide range of solutions to enhance their businesses. Like ultra-smart SEO tools designed to get you found on search engines, faster loading times to create outstanding user experiences and payment solutions to help you boost your revenue. Plus, with enterprise grade security built into every site, you know you're in safe hands. You can manage everything from one dashboard on desktop and mobile so you can be available anywhere at any time: in the office, at home or on the go. I encourage you to take a look for yourself. I'm quietly confident, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Head over to Wix.com and create a website you're truly proud of today.
Jan 18, 2022
35 min
How to use design thinking as a problem solving tool
Welcome to episode #90. I hope your 2022 is off to a productive and purposeful start. In this particular episode I’ll be sharing how to use design thinking as a problem solving tool.   If we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker. Alright, let’s get dive in!     More on Ram Castillo can be found via the links below: https://ramcastillo.com https://www.instagram.com/thegiantthinker https://www.linkedin.com/in/ram-castillo-39a39923 https://twitter.com/thegiantthinker https://www.clubhouse.com/@thegiantthinker Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.     Want to know the all-in-one web dev platform specifically for businesses, entrepreneurs and creatives? It's Wix. They're the leading website creation platform that’s got all the tools you need to create, manage and grow your brand. Whether you’re starting your online business or you’ve got a side hustle, you can design a site to showcase your brand that’ll look great on any device. Join over 200 million people already using Wix’s wide range of solutions to enhance their businesses. Like ultra-smart SEO tools designed to get you found on search engines, faster loading times to create outstanding user experiences and payment solutions to help you boost your revenue. Plus, with enterprise grade security built into every site, you know you're in safe hands. You can manage everything from one dashboard on desktop and mobile so you can be available anywhere at any time: in the office, at home or on the go. I encourage you to take a look for yourself. I'm quietly confident, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Head over to Wix.com and create a website you're truly proud of today.
Jan 11, 2022
49 min
How to get unstuck in 4 steps
Welcome to episode #89. Of course, happy new year wherever in the world you're listening! I wanted to release a few solo episodes to kick off 2022. In this particular episode I’ll be sharing how to get unstuck in 4 steps.   If we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker. Alright, let’s get dive in!     More on Ram Castillo can be found via the links below: https://ramcastillo.com https://www.instagram.com/thegiantthinker https://www.linkedin.com/in/ram-castillo-39a39923 https://twitter.com/thegiantthinker https://www.clubhouse.com/@thegiantthinker Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.     Want to know the all-in-one web dev platform specifically for businesses, entrepreneurs and creatives? It's Wix. They're the leading website creation platform that’s got all the tools you need to create, manage and grow your brand. Whether you’re starting your online business or you’ve got a side hustle, you can design a site to showcase your brand that’ll look great on any device. Join over 200 million people already using Wix’s wide range of solutions to enhance their businesses. Like ultra-smart SEO tools designed to get you found on search engines, faster loading times to create outstanding user experiences and payment solutions to help you boost your revenue. Plus, with enterprise grade security built into every site, you know you're in safe hands. You can manage everything from one dashboard on desktop and mobile so you can be available anywhere at any time: in the office, at home or on the go. I encourage you to take a look for yourself. I'm quietly confident, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Head over to Wix.com and create a website you're truly proud of today.
Jan 4, 2022
34 min
Tim Hale, former Fossil Group Global Senior VP of Design & Marketing on longevity, differentiation and problem-solving
This is episode #88 – today’s guest is the former Global Senior Vice-President of Design and Marketing at Fossil Group. Fossil Group offers its products under its proprietary brands, such as Fossil, Skagen, Misfit, Michele, Relic, and Zodiac; and under the licensed brands, that include Armani Exchange, Diesel, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Puma, Tory Burch, Skechers and BMW. Now here’s an incredible fact, he was actually the first full-time designer hired for Fossil Group in 1987 and continued on for a whopping 30 years.   During his 30-year tenure, the company grew from $5M to $3B in sales. At its apex, he managed a multi-disciplined, creative team of 108, that included capabilities for all brand communications, marketing packaging design, photography, pre-press and web authoring for 4 owned brands and 13 licensed brands.   Some of the topics we spoke about include: His secret to longevity Energy drainers and energy givers What makes a brand special and different Non-negotiables when hiring the right person How to get the best out of your team Insights to problem solving and plenty more.   So if you’re someone that’s interested in self enquiry, self reflection and developing qualities within yourself for longevity as a creative and entrepreneur, then this episode is for you. Now a quick note, if we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker.   Alright, let’s dive in. I present to you … the highly pragmatic, down to earth and kind-hearted … Tim Hale!     More on Tim can be found via the links below: Linkedin.com/in/tim-hale-4090921 Newliferanch.com Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.     Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress? It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier. It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed. It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal
Nov 5, 2021
1 hr 16 min
Arlene Dickinson, Dragons‘ Den Investor and CEO of Venturepark on reaching hard and high
Welcome to episode #87 – today’s guest is is widely recognised for her role as a Dragon and Venture Capitalist for 13 seasons on the multi-award-winning TV series, Dragons' Den. She is the General Partner of District Ventures Capital, a $100M venture capital fund focused on helping market, fund and grow entrepreneurs and their companies, in the food and health space. She’s launched, operated and managed businesses for 35 years. Her strategies and business savviness are highly sought after, and she has helped businesses succeed from early stage startups, to multi billion corporations. She’s also a three-time best-selling author and accomplished public speaker.     To make mention of some of her recognition, voted Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine’s Top 100 Women Business Owners. She’s a Marketing Hall of Legends inductee and a proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award. She’s even served as an Honourary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy. On top of that, she’s a mother of four and a grandmother of 5.   Some of the topics we spoke about include: How to navigate the ups and downs Characteristics of a great entrepreneur How to assess risk How to prove or disprove a market need What world class marketing look like What makes a standout pitch and so much more.   So if you’re someone that’s interested in reaching hard and reaching high as an entrepreneur, then this episode is for you. Now a quick note, if we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker.   Alright, let’s dive in. I present to you … the courageously transparent, kind and thoughtful … Arlene Dickinson!     More on Arlene can be found via the links below: Instagram.com/arlenedickinson Linkedin.com/in/arlenedickinson ArleneDickinson.com VenturePark.ca Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.     Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress? It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier. It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed. It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal
Oct 28, 2021
59 min
Chris Do, Founder of The Futur on building and positioning a thriving creative business
Welcome to episode #86 – today’s guest is an Emmy award-winning designer, director, CEO and Chief Strategist of Blind and the founder of The Futur — an online education platform with the mission of teaching 1 billion people how to make a living doing what they love.   He currently serves as the chairman of the board for the SPJA, and as an advisor to Saleshood. He has also served as: advisory board member for AIGA/LA, Emmys Motion & Title Design Peer Group, Otis Board of Governors, Santa Monica College and Woodbury University. He’s given talks and conducted workshops on a range of subjects, including: Sales, Negotiations, Value Based Pricing, Mindset, Branding, Graphic & Motion Design, Social Media Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Business Management, and Client Relations.   Some of the topics we spoke about include: How to bring your personal brand to life How to validate a feasible and viable idea – and a potential audience Objection handling Building confidence as a public speaker and speaking to clients And what scares him most.   So if you’re someone that’s interested in building, creating and positioning a creative business, then this episode is for you. Now a quick note, if we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker.   Alright, let’s dive in. I present to you … the Loud Introvert with a big mission … Chris Do!     More on Chris can be found via the links below: Instagram.com/thechrisdo Linkedin.com/in/thechrisdo Thefutur.com Blind.com Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.     Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress? It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier. It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed. It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal
Oct 22, 2021
59 min
Hans Hulsbosch on reimagining and redesigning Australia’s most iconic brands
Welcome to episode #85 – today’s guest is an Australian brand designer and branding icon, responsible for the development of many of Australia's leading identities including Qantas, Woolworths, Virgin Australia, Rebel, Taronga Zoo, Caltex, P&O Cruises, Foxtel and hundreds more. In 1982, he pioneered the concept of combining brand, brand strategy and product development.     Some of the topics we spoke about include: What life was like as a designer in the Netherlands in the 70s before bouncing to NZ then migrating to Sydney, Australia How he scored his first client which was Qantas His biggest learnings after reimagining, repositioning and redesigning some of the world’s most iconic brands And the harsh reality of being a leader, a business owner and a designer that’s always striving for better.   So if you’re someone that’s interested in lifting the hood and hearing the heart, mind and wisdom of an Australian branding and identity pioneer, then this episode is for you. Now a quick note, if we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker.   Alright, without further ado. I present to you … the Insightful, intelligent and modest … Hans Hulsbosch!     More on Hans can be found via the links below: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hans-hulsbosch-8426bb21 Hulsbosch.com.au Instagram.com/hulsbosch_brand_design Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.     Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress? It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier. It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed. It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal
Oct 14, 2021
1 hr 2 min
Celia Pacquola, Australian Comedian, Writer, TV and movie Actor on forging your own creative path
Giants, this is episode #84 – today’s guest is an Australian Comedian, Writer, TV and movie Actor – and Dancing With The Stars Australia – 2020 winner. Winning the mirrorball trophy and $50,000 for her charity, the Safe Steps Family Violence and Support Centre. She is in fact the first Comedian I've interviewed on the show. And has brought so much joy and laughter to millions of households.   She won the Best Supporting Actress at the AACTA awards (The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) for her role as Dolly Faraday in the acclaimed ABC1 drama ‘The Beautiful Lie’. She’s also starred in the award-winning TV series ‘Laid’, Logie Award winning drama ‘Offspring’ and in all five seasons of Working Dog's show ‘Utopia’, for which she won another AACTA Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy in 2015. Comedy audiences would also know her from her appearances on Spicks and Specks, The Project and is a regular on the hilarious show; ‘Have You Been Paying Attention?’ one of my favourites. Internationally, she’s been a guest on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Chelsea Lately and The Rob Brydon Show. In 2016 she also co-created, co-wrote and starred in the smash hit comedy Rosehaven with Luke McGregor, for which she won the 2017 award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy at the AACTAs, has been nominated twice for Most Popular Actress at the Logies, as well as two nominations for her writing at the AWGIEs (Australian Writers Guild). Season five of Rosehaven by the way, is out now – definitely give it a watch, it is brilliant.   Some of the topics we spoke about include: How she grew up, including her big break Her creative writing process How she manages the different hats (on and off the stage) And very candidly and vulnerably, shares some of her experiences with anxiety, depression and all things mental health and wellness from her vantage point..   So if you’re someone that’s interested in unpacking the journey of a high-performing, multi-faceted creative professional, in a way that might help you forge your own creative identity – and want to listen to something both funny and real, then this episode is for you. Now a quick note, if we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker.   Alright, on with the show. I present to you … the quick-witted, courageous and insanely talented ... Celia Pacquola!     More on Celia can be found via the links below: https://www.instagram.com/celia_pacquola https://twitter.com/celiapacquola Celia on IMDB Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.     Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress? It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier. It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed. It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal
Oct 5, 2021
1 hr 4 min
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