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The Switch by Ife Taiwo

The Switch by Ife Taiwo

By Ifeoluwa Taiwo
This is the place where we lay everything bare, where we discuss the thin line between success and failure. We look at people who have failed and then succeeded. No gimmicks, No fine words, No perspire to acquire. We are here to unlearn-learn-relearn.
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#029 Carolina Gutierrez: Prioritizing Mental Awareness Amongst Founders
Carolina is a serial entrepreneur that prioritizes and advocates for mental wellness in business. She speaks on and delivers solutions that contribute to the peace and well-being of entrepreneurs. Being a business owner is not for the faint of heart. Nothing properly prepares you for the ups and downs entrepreneurship brings. 72% of entrepreneurs suffer directly or indirectly from mental health challenges. 💣 They have a 3-4X higher likely hood of suicide than the general population. 💣 62% report feeling depressed at least once per week. So why isn’t this spoken about more? Where are the warnings before embarking on this journey? We actively look for help in all other aspects of our business except to address the emotional and social toll it has on our lives. This needs to change today. Carolina and i speak on the issue of mental wellness amongst entrepreneurs, she spoke about how there is a lot of burnout amongst founders and what we can do to find a balance. How founders can also find the balance between drive and passion and the people they work it. We speak about how men need to speak up and find some help when they notice them slipping. Carolina can be reached here:
July 04, 2022
#028 Alvin Narsey: Visibility, Cash and Profit
Alvin is an Entrepreneur and Business Coach. His uniqueness is sharing the skills that business owners need to increase their income, provide value to their clients and customers, and live a life of massive personal freedom.  Trained as a Pharmacist in Melbourne, Australia, I bought my first business as a partnership a few years after I graduated from the University. Now, he has sold his businesses and focuses on travelling the world and helping other Retail  Business Owners In this episode, we speak about the difference between cash and profit and how you should approach both. We also speak about how you should delegate and not be the entrepreneur doing everything all at once. We spoke about balance, how to set KPIs and metrics for your business and how you should document everything. You can catch Alvin at 
June 28, 2022
#027 Mark A Herschberg: Be Intentional About Your Career
Mark is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually.  In this episode, we talk about the existing skills gap after leaving school and starting your career and how graduates have to be intentional about your filling those gaps to help improve their career trajectory. having a plan and also how to network. We talk about how to network internally and externally. How to navigate the tricky office politics scenario and how to do networking right. We also spoke about his book: 
June 23, 2022
#026 Kathleen Donnelly Israel: Forgivenes, Inner Peace and Pilgrimage
Come with me on this journey of Forgiveness, Inner Peace and ForgivenessPilgrimage. My guest today is 72-year-old Kathleen Donnelly Israel. Kathleen took care of her disabled husband for 17 years. She studied online with many enlightened thought leaders and healers during that time. She developed some spiritual philosophies and she shared them with those I met on the Camino Frances from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago, Spain. In this episode, we spoke about her growing up, how she met her husband and what she felt during those years she was taking care of him.  She is also the author of "Wisdom on the Camino: A Spiritual Journey Sharing Forgiveness and Possibilities to Inspire the Rest of Your Life." Link Below
June 20, 2022
#025 William Attaway: Leading to Make a Difference
William Attaway is a Leadership Coach for Catalytic Leadership, LLC, a company he founded to help leaders to INTENTIONALLY grow and thrive. He has served in local church ministry for nearly 25 years, and as a pastor, author, and speaker, he is passionate about communicating the unchanging truths of the Bible in relevant and practical ways that people can understand and apply. He is the Lead Pastor of Southview Community Church, a church in Herndon, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.) where he has served for over seventeen years. In this episode, we discussed how he transitioned from corporate America to church leadership. we looked into how leading in a church or NGO isn't totally different from leading in a corporate setting and how you can track metrics for evaluation. we spoke about why you should be intentional in your leadership journey and the importance of a coach.   You can get Williams book on Amazon
June 16, 2022
#010 Ezekiel Yusuf: Harnessing the Power of the Mind.
In this Episode, we talked about the different aspects of the mind )subconscious,preconscious and conscious. We also looked at the how positive affirmations affect our lives and how parent can help their children become better..
June 13, 2022
#024 Peter Ayeni: From Almost Doctor to Software Engineer
In this episode, Peter speaks about the journey so far from the days of high school in ilorin to how he almost became a medical doctor, but life had other things in store for him. We spoke about his many jamb trials and how he eventually decided to teach himself how to code. We talked about his first laptop, his first coding gig, and all other firsts. we speak about family and how he can now call London Home.
June 03, 2022
#023 Transitioning into Tech & The Unboxd Story
In this episode, I speak to the guys from Unboxd( Gloria Agboifoh,Tolu Adeshina and Ridwan Egbeyemi) We talked about the different options of transitioning into the tech industry and how you don’t have to be an engineer or developer before you can transition. We looked at the role of harnessing your passion and use that energy and zeal to make the switch. We looked at the Unboxd story, how it all started and how the journey has been so far, the ups and down and what we should we expect from Unboxd. We rounded off with how each one of us should give back to the community and not just support from afar, either by volunteering,coaching or mentoring.
March 02, 2022
#022 Emily Sander: Mentoring,Coaching and Leadership
Emily is a Certified Professional Coach. She is an experienced professional with over a decade of experience across Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures with a focus on turnaround, operational, and customer experience restructuring. She is currently the "Chief of staff" at fusionZONE Automotive, LLC. Emily is the author of "Hacking Executive Leadership", a book that helps you to build your confidence as a leader and navigate the murky waters of corporate leadership. In this episode, we spoke about her role as the "Chief of Staff" and how she helps hold the executive leadership team together as a team. We also spoke about how leaders should be able to identify and nurture the individuals that have been the opportunity to lead. We also spoke about the effectiveness of coaching and mentoring, and how a good coach can help to fine-tune not just your leadership skills but also your life skills that are useful outside the workspace.
February 09, 2022
#021 Melina Palmer: Understanding Your Customers.
Melina Palmer is the founder and CEO of The Brainy Business, which provides behavioral economics consulting to businesses of all sizes from around the world. Her podcast, The Brainy Business, has downloads in over 160 countries. Melina worked in corporate marketing and brand strategy for over a decade before earning her master’s in behavioral economics. In this episode, Melina explained the meaning of behavioural economics, and how her adventure into the field started. We also talked about her first book, "What Your Customer Wants and Can’t Tell You". She broke some of the concepts in her book and how business owners can use those concepts to shape consumer buying behavior.
February 01, 2022
#020 Carissa Karban: Leadership Of The Future
Carissa is a leadership coach who has had a taste of corporate America. In this episode, we talked about how the understanding ones self can be a major contributor to leadership improvement both in the personal and corporate space. we also talked about the need  for a coach and how to sieve and find the right coach to help achieve ones life journey. we also speak about the need to have conversations with ourselves and that each individual is in the drivers seat of his/her life. Bio: Carissa is a leadership coach who helps corporate leaders achieve career  mastery through introspection and impact. She specializes in helping  you become the leader of your own life so you can serve and lead more  powerfully. She also loves hiking, dogs, and traveling the world. Feel free to reach out and let her know what resonated with you about this conversation! Website: Evolve Leadership Retreat link: LinkedIn: Instagram: @carissakarban
November 03, 2021
#019 Adewale Gbadeyan: From Engineering to Data Analytics
Wale started out his career as an Engineer, then when Covid hit, he had to upskill. He is now a data analyst and also shares his knowledge and passion with everyone who crates to listen. In this episode we talked about how he started and where he is now, he shared tips on how you can start out as an entry level data analysts and tools needed to succeed in the profession. For those that need data to practice, you can go to Wales YouTube Channel;
October 29, 2021
#018 Jessica Bronzert: Understanding The Concept Of Vertical Theory Of Leadership Development
In this episode, Jessica spoke about how organizations are designed to align with horizontal development patterns. we looked at the difference between vertical and horizontal leadership development theories and their critical differences. We also looked at the different human development ladders and how much of the adult population is located in the different spectrums. We finally looked at how to assess oneself and what to do next after assessment: Assessment Template: About Jessica: Jessica is an Executive Coach and a leadership development expert. She is also the CEO of the Sparks Group, whose focus is on Executive Coaching & Transformational Change for Organizations, Teams, and Individuals seeking change that makes a difference to them and in the world. 
October 25, 2021
#017 Gbemi Ilesanmi: Transitioning Between Careers.
In this episode Gbemi and I talked about how she started off as a customer service agent, moved through content management in an e-commerce firm and is now trying her hands on UX design. We also spoke about how changing careers is not always linear and it’s not usually a one size fit all.
October 22, 2021
#016 Ian Moyse: Managing And Motivating Remote Teams
In this episode, myself and ian looked at how we have silently moved to remote working and how isolated it can be. We also looked at how we can do better as leaders to be engaged in the life of our remote team members and not leave them to just office calls and meetings.
October 18, 2021
#015 Jacob Fohtung: Market Creating Innovations
In this episode, jacob breaks down the concept of market creating innovations and the difference other types of innovations. We looked at why this concept isn’t mainstream yet, and the role the Clayton Christensen institute is playing to take these ideas mainstream . We also spoke about the role of government in innovation..
October 09, 2021
#014 Sensei the Odogwu: From Microbiology to Professional Photography
David shared how he started, from using his tab to buying his first photography gear. We also talked about his inspiration, and the genre of photography he would like to do in the future.
October 05, 2021
#013 Oyesola Odejinmi: AbokiFx,crypto, China and Evergrande Crisis
Oyesola gives shares his thoughts on the recent AbokiFx saga and how the CBN should create a monitoring tool for the BDCs, we also spoke about China and The Evergrande Crisis and what it means if Nigeria should follow that path.
October 03, 2021
#012 Ikechukwu Madu: From IT Support to Senior Software Engineer.
In this episode, we speak to a Ik who started his career as an IT support analyst and is now a Senior Developer at one of the leading Fintechs in Nigeria.He talks about how he taught himself to code and the experience. We also talked about the lack of talent in the Nigerian tech and space and a little about crypto..
October 01, 2021
#011 Mowunmi Akeju: 7 Knows of Investing
Mowunmi is a seasoned banker with experience in corporate and investment banking. In this episode ,we looked at the 7 things you should know when you’re looking to deploy your hand earned funds.
September 19, 2021
#009 Dipo Ajayi: Escaping the Quagmire of our Economic Situation.
In this episode, we look into where we are as a nation, and the way forward, we also looked at the eNaira, inflation, Forex and recent CBN policies
September 08, 2021
#008 Demola Adebayo: Understanding the Concept Of Identity
In this Episode, we looked at the difference between Purpose and Identity, how peer pressure is no respecter of age or culture and how to stay sane in an ever changing world.
September 08, 2021
#007 Rotimi Ojamamoye: The Future of Real Estate
Rotimi talks about the future of real estate, how to add value to to your customers and not looking to sell a product. We also spoke about crowdfunding your projects and the housing deficit
September 06, 2021
#006 Banji Opaleye: Fashion and Digital media, how it all started
We have a conversation with Banji. Banji is the founder of Banopal (a fashion outfit) and a partner at Dotts Media ( a digital ad agency). We talk about how it all started, where they are and challenges along the way.
August 28, 2021
#005 Intentional Living: Going through life one step at a time.
In this Episode, I had a chat with Adeola, someone who is passionate about living your best life. She shares with us some hard truths about going though life, and how it’s okay not to have everything figured out. Helping us understand that life is a process and a journey
August 22, 2021
#004 The Switch:Interview with Busayo Opaleye, MD/CEO of Lifewalk Travels
In this episode, Busayo shares her entrepreneurship journey, the ups and downs and how her firm survived the pandemic..
April 13, 2021
#003 Matters of the Mind
So here we talk a little bit about mental health and how we as individuals and business owners can make a difference. You’re valued and you matter
January 16, 2021
#002 New Year Resolutions...
Do we still have a list of things we want to achieve every year.. and we find that it's been abandoned by the end of January.. Let's learn how to set smart goals and run a disciplined and mot motivated life.. 
January 07, 2021
#001 Welcome to the Switch
This is an insight into what we will be talking about on the switch. This intro talks about what the switch is about and what you should expect in subsequent episodes
December 31, 2020