CurrencyFair Blog New CurrencyFair Business Webinar announced
In the coming weeks CurrencyFair will launch the first in a series of webinars and podcasts focusing on the stories of innovative and inspiring business leaders across a diverse cross-section of international regions and industry sectors.
Teasing out the best of their stories will be moderator, Aidan McCullen whose work as the producer and presenter of The Global Innovation Show has brought him to the attention of global business leaders such as Bill Gates. It has also seen him develop a reputation as a curious and consistent champion of incisive and insightful storytelling. The Innovation Show has many thousands of loyal listeners and attracts some of the finest minds in their fields as guests.
We spoke with Aidan ahead of the imminent launch of the CurrencyFair Business Webinar, which focuses on three remarkable business leaders and their journeys in the complex and dynamic world of Asian business culture.
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After a decade working in digital transformation, I worked as Head of Innovation in RTE (Ireland’s national broadcaster). That role was full of challenges and I didn't stay long, but it afforded me another gift, that is when I started the Innovation Show. This has led to a wide range of opportunities and my forthcoming book "Undisruptable: A Mindset of Permanent Reinvention for Individuals, Organisations and Life".
Humans are wired for story. I believe the role of the host is to create a comfortable environment for the guest to tell stories. If the host can run a thread throughout the stories and bring the listener on a journey, the job is done. I work as an executive coach and the word comes from stagecoach.
"A stagecoach brings passengers from point A to point B. I see the role of host and coach as the same thing."
I like to hone in on the humanity of the guest. Everyone has scar tissue, there is some pain behind the success. I think that is important to share because it makes their stories relatable. Being clear about the challenges of any endeavour and letting others know about them can empower them.
The CurrencyFair Story is a great one for example. Most innovation comes from developing a solution for some pain or problem. I also like that Paul Byrne (CEO, CurrencyFair) joined because he liked the product and was himself a customer, he liked the story and he had the skills to scale the business.
"Paul shared the importance of understanding the local Singaporean culture from a sales and partnership perspective."
Cathal Gaffney (Managing Director, Brown Bag Films/COO 9 Story Media Group) has a wonderful story, but once again he focussed on the subtleties of his success.
"Culture is a huge factor behind that success and expansion into Indonesia."
Finally, Emma Gregory's (MD & Gemologist at Spokes Jewelry) story is a great example of the opportunity that comes from crisis.
"It is an inspiration for all entrepreneurs to understand and harness local Asian culture, specifically in Thailand."
As part of our exploration into business culture in Asia, we will also be launching an accompanying podcast series in which four renowned business executives, including the President and CEO of Coca Cola Beverages Philippines, will discuss their experience in Asia in depth. Signup below to make sure you don’t miss out.