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Challenging the status quo

Challenging the status quo

By Digital Savages
Tune in to 'challenging the status quo' podcast if you want to hear world-class entrepreneurs and their inspiring stories where obstacles and how they cope with them are the main focus. Everything revolves around what they do in their lives to challenge the status quo and overthrow it — intriguing stories about failure and success and how they got where they are right now.
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Your opinion matters with Emir Biser
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast season two with Emir Biser, an enterprise architect at GE Healthcare. Challenge the status quo, stay curious and stick to your guns. 'Your opinion matters!'
28:23
November 21, 2020
Success evolves with Ergin Borova
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast season two with Ergin Borova, co-founder Peddy, entrepreneur and innovator! Your unexecuted dreams and ideas are most hurtful, so don't put them on hold! 'Your definition of success evolves as you mature!'
40:49
November 14, 2020
Don't listen to any advice with Alexander Wipf
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast season two with Alexander Wipf, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Clear Deutschland. You have to live through enough to have difficult questions! 'Use the wrong tools, ask the right questions and meet the right people!'
50:52
November 7, 2020
Daily life inspiration with Julijus Rebic
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast season two with Julijus Rebic, Group Creative Director Digital at Grabarz & Partner. He is always interested in the real story behind the things he observes in daily life. 'Stay true to yourself, because that is the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with!'
47:30
October 31, 2020
Don't give up with Xavier Lopez Sanchez
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast season two with Xavier Lopez Sanchez, the executive design consultant at CGI. Always get inspired by people and try to inspire them as well. 'Don't give up; if you give up you never can change things!'
46:14
October 24, 2020
Make ideas happen with Jouri Schoemaker
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast season two with Jouri Schoemaker, founder of Pieter Pot, a company paving the path to sustainability by abolishing plastic food packaging. If you don't have time, you don't have priorities. 'Take time to make ideas happen, and always validate!'
34:27
October 16, 2020
Multi axial balance with Goran Barbir
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast season two with Goran Barbir, International School Science Coordinator & International Junior High Science Teacher at Nanwai Kings College School Wuxi. It's not enough to be balanced in one way, there are soo many different axes and dimensions, and you have to balance them all. Multy axial balance is the key to a happy and fulfilled life!'
39:52
October 9, 2020
Goal setting with Melvin Tjoe Nij
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast season two with Melvin Tjoe Nij, owner of The Other Network and Young Global People. For him, success is the balance between business, family and health! 'Being healthy is the key to being successful!'
39:58
October 2, 2020
Reserve some time to think with Damir Mitric
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Damir Mitric, he focusses on transformation in learning and teaching and curriculum innovation at La Trobe University. With a deep belief that theory has to connect to the real-world experiences! 'Don't be scared to challenge the established systems!'
52:23
September 25, 2020
Changing your mind is okay with Samir Pekaz
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Samir Pekaz, founder of MyHomeLovely an on-demand home service booking platform but also a new InsureTech startup. Samir studies law but made a career switch to technology and engineering! Find out how he did this and how he turned his career around.  'Don't judge yourself too much; it is perfectly fine to change your mind!'
35:11
September 18, 2020
Go and get a new perspective with Mathew Donald
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Mathew Donald, Founder at Dr Mat and author of the book "Leading and Managing Change in the Age of Disruption and Artificial Intelligence. 'Try to understand people with other views and a different perspective, this is how you lead change! '
48:06
September 11, 2020
Adjust yourself for the change with Josia Nakash
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Josia Nakash, the founder at Good Vibe Agency. There was nog grand plan for the career journey, but life without expectations followed by hard work and belief in good energy.    'Everything is changing for the better, and we need to adjust ourselves for the change!'
39:21
September 4, 2020
Stay emotionally connected with Sven Lauch
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Sven Lauch, director of Eyes Up Training Limited. He believes in staying emotionally connected with yourself no matter the circumstances, and he educates leaders of tomorrow on how to grow their EQ! 'Unpleasant emotions are a call for action to defend your core values and not a sign of defeat!'
57:14
August 28, 2020
Choose your emotional reaction with Teresa Quinlan
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Teresa Quinlan, Founder of IQ+EQ=TQ and Co-Host of TNT ESQ. Always curious and expending her perspective by looking inwards while challenging her views. 'Your job as a leader is to model authenticity, transparency, safety, compassion, vulnerability, and when you do that, leadership almost becomes easy!'
38:10
August 21, 2020
Human-centred technology with Mark van Rijmenam
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Mark van Rijmenam, a speaker, strategist, author of the book 'Future of Work' and founder at Mavin. Using technology for the betterment of human beings and making workplaces and organisations more humane. 'Customer centricity is fundamental, and data-driven organisations have a huge responsibility fulfilling that need!'
38:26
August 14, 2020
Humanizing the workplace with Vivian Acquah
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Vivian Acquah, a Workplace Wellness Advocate, and she does this at Viva la Vive, International WELL Building Institute. But also through her podcast Go2Thrive! 'Treat everyone as you would like to be treated, not only in the workplace but in general!'
39:55
August 7, 2020
Intuition is your compass with Karim Hashem
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Karim Hashem, a Management Consultant at Rijskconsultants and motivational speaker at Karim Peptalks. 'Let your intuition guide you and use it as your internal compass!'
46:36
August 1, 2020
Enjoy experiences, not material goods with Borislav Tadic
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Borislav Tadic, Senior Vice President Regional Office North at Deutsche Telekom. Spend time travelling and experiencing the world speaking with people and learning! 'Stay active physically and mentally, go out of the comfort zone, exactly when you hit the sweet spot of comfort, you should move yourself to a new spot!'
55:52
July 24, 2020
Thinking about customer needs with Chantal van den Berg
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Chantal van den Berg, Expert in Neuroscience & Neuromarketing, Professional Speaker at SprekerChantal and Bestselling Author. Thinking in needs instead of getting lost in the details, always validating how does the message make you feel. 'We are more driven by everything around us than we know!'
49:57
July 17, 2020
Invite yourself to the world with Danijela Colic
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Danijela Colic, Investor, Fundraiser, CEO Picaro World, Founder EdTech Lobby, Co-Founder ELT Songs, Director EdTech Press & ReadSmart. 'Invite yourself to the world because it is not going to do that for you! And don't forget to bring your folding chair!'
1:17:04
July 10, 2020
Live a purposeful life with Jeroen Brugman
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Jeroen Brugman, founder at Ikigai Coffee by day and photographer and media producer by night. There are so many things that still have to be discovered, and with his neverending curiosity, he is taking that challenge by the head. 'Live a purposeful life and stop pleasing your ego!'
37:52
July 3, 2020
Growing together with Dennis Sanchez
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Dennis Sanchez, trainer at Unleash, Cofounder at Divergent Agency and Creative Strategist at T-Mobile! It does not matter where you are from or what you have been through in life; happiness and success come from within you!  'Build positive thoughts, affirming the fact anything is possible as long as you truly believe it with all your heart!'
58:15
June 26, 2020
Design your life with Jan de Jong
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Jan de Jong, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Webpower Adria, investor and serial entrepreneur. His entrepreneurial mindset let him from the Netherlands to Croatia and set-up a call-centre business for the local and foreign market. 'The true meaning of success is having the freedom to choose your involvement following your passion and drive!'
32:40
June 19, 2020
Never bet against yourself with Ivan Skoric
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Ivan Skoric, Global Digital Client lead at Walk the Wheel and founder at SCHOPP a social media platform for local businesses. His live motto is 'never bet against yourself' 75 trillion cells in your body, and you breathe without even thinking about it. You are infinite and a miracle of nature! 'You've got to learn to love yourself first, so you can literally love everybody else !'
1:15:51
June 12, 2020
Stay young, stay foolish with Christian Kromme
Digital Savages proudly presents the new episode of 'Challenging the Status Quo' podcast with Christian Kromme, International Keynote Speaker, Conscious Futurist, Filmmaker, Visionair and Best Selling Author. 'Stay close to who you truly are, listen to your heart and follow it in everything you do!'
45:10
June 6, 2020
Having an impact with your idea is success with Erna Sosevic
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Erna Sosevic, CEO and founder at Bizbook.ba. She decided to quit a well-paid job at a nameworthy company to do things differently and realise her dream! 'Don't do things alone! Talk about your ideas, and don't keep them for yourself!'
38:27
May 29, 2020
Passion over Safety with Daniël van der Waals
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Daniël van der Waals, CEO and founder at Xplane VR. He has set out to challenge the status quo of the event industry! The hardest thing about running a company is getting it off the ground!  'Don't get discouraged when you are something new, and people don't get what you are doing!' #entrepreneurship #virtualreality #trends #future #digitalevents #technology #innovation
37:32
May 23, 2020
Find your calling with Muamer Babajic
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Muamer Babajic, CEO at Masterwerk GmbH.  He started his business during the recession of 2009! Not a lot of people thought it was a smart idea, but he did it anyway. Conventional wisdom is almost always wrong! 'Road to success is always under construction!'
38:33
May 15, 2020
Explore while you can with Tim Herglotz
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Tim Herglotz, Dealmaker, Strategic Pursuits at DXC Technology.  'Explore while you can and don't get absorbed by the school system that tells you what you should do for the rest of your natural life!' #entrepreneurship #artificialintelligence #technology #podcast #innovation #publicspeaker #culture #inspiration #motivation #passion #lifestyle #life #leadership #challengingstatusquo #νεφελοβάτης
1:18:11
May 9, 2020
Keep trying and never ever give up with Kacper Bazyliński
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Kacper Bazyliński, AI Team Leader at Neoteric. Reading books and challenging his way of thinking paved the path to his success. 'Keep trying and never ever give up!'
35:28
May 2, 2020
Be remembered for what you have done with Tobias Disse
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Tobias Disse, Co-founder and CEO of Kryha. Although nothing is impossible, stay realistic while being an entrepreneur. 'I want to be remembered for what we have done!'
36:33
April 24, 2020
Action is key for change with Bart Jenezon
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Bart Jenezon, Founder and CEO of 1nspiring.  'Entrepreneurial life is the way to change the future!'
40:50
April 17, 2020
Continuously upgrade yourself with Jovan Stojanovic
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Jovan Stojanovic, Founder at Serbian AI Society and CEO of WonderlandAI Summit.  'Be more confident with unknown things!'
40:37
April 11, 2020
Less talking more doing with Sanin Saracevic
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Sanin Saracevic, Founder and CEO at Maestral Solutions. Don't tell me why you could not do it, tell me that you did it.   'Many small steps lead you into the direction where you need to be.'
51:16
April 3, 2020
From purpose economy to the love economy with Ynzo van Zanten
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Ynzo van Zanten, Chief Evangelist at Tony's Cholonley. Status quo for him is a part of business or society that stands still and does not change.  'From purpose economy to the love economy.'
40:00
March 28, 2020
Live your life to your fullest potential with Arnon Barnes
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Arnon Barnes, International Speaker and Peak Performance Trainer. If you want to achieve something in life, there are three words you need to remember 'action, action and action'! 'Live your life to your fullest potential.'
46:39
March 21, 2020
Be kind with Lennard Hulsbos
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Lennard Hulsbos,  founder at C.UBI and managing partner Netherlands at Manyone.  
41:32
March 14, 2020
Life is love with Elzeta Sabirovic
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring the CEO of Sabirovic inc. Her name is Elzeta Sabirovic, and she is my mother and Telecommunication Engineer.  Today is the international women's day, for this special occasion I have invited my mother to tell her story. She shares her story but not in English; we dove into the language of the magical country that does not exist anymore, Yugoslavian.  'Life is love, and you have to enjoy all the moments that pass!'  To all women around the world, happy women's day!
49:12
March 8, 2020
You are enough with Jonathan MacDonald
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Jonathan MacDonald. Thought leader, private advisor, keynote speaker and author of the award-winning, Sunday Times Bestselling book Powered by Change! He has always been at the forefront of change, and it is his childhood, upbringing, methodologies and his mindset that has enabled him to use this change as one great learning experience. And this saves him from being unhappy or concerned, scared or anxious because things might not work out. After all, his version of things not working out is being dead.  'You are enough'!
1:04:49
February 29, 2020
Focus is everything with Jeroen Jonkers
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Jeroen Jonkers, owner of Mr Jonkers. He is the James Bond of UX & UI, creating the most impressive designs for the high-tech world. Companies invite Jeroen to challenge their status quo! Take the big frighting step; afterwards, it seems a lot smaller than you thought! 'Dream a lot, out loud'!
29:03
February 22, 2020
It is all about being open for opportunities with Claus Kjeldsen
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Claus Kjeldsen, CEO of Heimdall Institue for Future Studies. He believes the future studies ar of immense importance for all, and it is all about being open for opportunities, as person and business.  'The plan was, there was no plan!'
49:11
February 15, 2020
Engineering with a lot of unknowns saved me with John Tillema
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring John Tillema, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at TWTG. He made a lot of mistakes, and even if he could, he wouldn't change anything because his mistakes led him to the big discoveries. 'Definition of success is when you go to your work with a big smile, enjoy what you are doing, and it feels like a playground!'
31:43
February 9, 2020
Be unique and have your own signature in the world with Tatjana Vucic
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Tatjana Vucic, director of Bit Alliance and Chairman of the Board at Bosnia & Herzegovina Futures Foundation. Her motto is to do everything to challenge the status quo daily.  'Succes is an infinite game, something that never ends!'
54:42
February 1, 2020
Don't do things alone with Zoran Puljic
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Zoran Puljic, director of Mozaik Foundation! Stop listening to people saying what can't be done is his motto! 'We have to invent new approaches which will give hope back to the people'!
48:22
January 26, 2020
Just ask for help with Adna Pekmezovic
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Adna Pekmezovic, finance expert and investor from Big Apple!  'When you have no other options, you will achieve what you have been set out to do!'
36:55
January 18, 2020
Always have the mind of a toddler with Afzal Mangal
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Afzal Mangal, IoT, Bullshit Eliminator, Junior Growth Hacker and Head of Embedded Technologies at Deutsche Telecom IoT! 'Challange everything you are doing, being a toddler gives you the possibility to see the world without limitations!'
37:10
January 10, 2020
Work with people which share your values with Andrej Kaurin
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Andrej Kaurin, CTO at JSGuru and philanthropist always in search how to help people.     'If you are not changing someone's life for the better you are wasting your time on the planet!'
36:14
January 3, 2020
Ordinary people are so extraordinary with Azra Hromadžić
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring Azra Hromadžić, author of the book 'Citizens of an empty nation' and associate professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University, New York. 'Never lose the sight of these small intimate things, the beauty is in the mundane!'
39:52
December 27, 2019
If you have an idea, just do it with Jeroen Mol
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring a serial believer in people and technology, Jeroen Mol is a serial entrepreneur, a pioneer in Augmented and Virtual Reality.  'If you have an idea, do it! But also run it in in your network for feasibility and potential!'
51:08
December 20, 2019
Never miss an opportunity to ask for feedback with Frans Reichardt
The new episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast is out featuring the customer whistler, whisperer. I mean customer listener, Frans Reichardt, marketing thought-leader who fell in love with the way the companies interact with their customers directly and holds to this romance since 1984. 'Never miss an opportunity to ask for feedback and ask for help from your customers, colleagues and your superiors! Get away from the ego and from the fear of being damaged!'
54:01
December 13, 2019
Always value honesty and speak from the hearth with Faris & Rešad Začina
The artistic twins Faris Začina & Rešad Začina, from breakdancing, second basketball league, anchoring, designing they developed one of the fastest-growing companies in the Western Balkans, Ministry of Programming.  The specialisation is for insects, and everybody has much more potential than doing one thing alone. Open up to new horizons, try different things, combine different skills is the way to go! Get out the comfort zone and break habits!  'Businesses are built around people, and if you know how to work with people, business is always going to be easy!' 
59:59
December 7, 2019
Always stay true to yourself with Mascha Mooy
Mascha had a very successful career in the financial industry, but she left this to chase her passion! Become a queen of Bye Bye Burnout and put these thoughts on paper! She helps employers and employees on a global scale recognise and understand the symptoms of burnout at an early stage. She is also an organisational coach and consultant for both companies and employees dealing with burnout. 
30:17
November 30, 2019
Always trust your gut in everything you do, but also question it analytically with Damir Perkic
As a twelve-year-old boy, Damir had a dream of having an Empire; he wants to achieve this while giving back to nature and society!  With his company BE O bottle, he is changing the world one product at a time. The bottle made from biological plastic from residual material of sugarcane, and 100% recyclable is just the beginning. The goal is to have a diversified line of products but also develop new raw bio-plastic materials and composites. 
33:58
November 23, 2019
Leadership boils down to simple answers and not complex theories with Mirjam Boxen
Leadership boils down to simple answers and not complex theories!  Stay away from internal politics and processes and dare to look outside! Step away from the known boundaries and paths! Challenge your self and your people!  
33:30
November 15, 2019
Believe in yourself and do what you love and the money will follow with Nick Teunissen
Are you in love? How about falling in love with your partners country?  We are talking about challenging the status quo! So how about leaving a perfectly organised and well-financed job for this second love of your life! Nick Teunissen did that and moved from the Netherlands to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina! This is his journey! It is fantastic to be vulnerable; it is the most beautiful thing there is! Don't be insecure and always believe in yourself!
36:06
November 8, 2019
Focus on your idea and never stop as an entrepreneur with Christian Binde
Are you wondering how you become an entrepreneur while you do not know anything about it?! Well, listen to Christians story and get inspired. From playing a Classical French Horn in an orchestra to getting a patent for his invention and just doing it without any regret! If you have an idea, focus where you want to go, and never stop, just go for it! And arm yourself with people who want you to succeed!
41:20
November 2, 2019
Aiming for the Moon while developing future strategies and business models with Leonard Bukenya
'Life is great when you are trying to get where you want to be, but never getting there' That is the quote and motto of  Leonard Bukenya, partner at Aim for the Moon and our guest in this episode of challenging the status quo. Running a company is different from doing business and Leonard is all about doing business! Please tune in to hear his business story and his learning!
40:13
October 25, 2019
Making investments in startups possible for everyone with Ralf Heine
The third episode of 'Challenging the status quo ' brings you, Ralf Heine. In his past, he managed global corporates but eventually found his passion for assisting and coaching startups.  While his own company StartMark makes it possible for everyone to invest in promising startups! We are talking about the tokenization of assets. 
22:56
October 19, 2019
Applying technology with thought and cognition at the core with Nick Shackleton-Jones
In this episode of 'Challenging the status quo' we have the philosopher, psychologists and author of the book How People Learn, Nick Shackleton Jones.  If you want to apply the technology you should first figure out the thought and nature of cognition. Tune in and discover the story behind the first general theory of learning, which is emotion-based.  
26:50
October 12, 2019
Challenging the status quo by empowering others with Eddie Custovic
For the 1st episode of 'Challenging the status quo' podcast, we have a great challenger in business and life, Eddie (Edhem) Custovic. From Tuzla to Melbourn, he strives to empower others to do amazing things in life. Eddie was supposed to live a linear scientific life, but fate rolled the dice for him, throwing him into a life of hustle, entrepreneurship and academics. Tune in and learn how he is doing awesome things while enjoying life! 
25:55
September 24, 2019