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The Mindful Banker

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We interview people in financial services who balance being successful in their careers and looking after their wellbeing. The purpose is to promote positive role models who challenge the stereotype of long hours, high stress, being aggressive and living a life of excess.You'll hear examples of how people manage their time, sleep, exercise, relationships and management style. The show is presented by performance coach Andy Hix.

Latest Episodes

#10 Smashing the stigma: mental health campaigner Rob Stephenson

Rob Stephenson used to run his own financial services recruitment company, Maven, but is now a full time mental health campaigner, CEO and entrepreneur. His mission is to smash the stigma around mental health, which he's doing through several different fantastic projects. I felt really inspired in this conversation by his vulnerability - everyday he posts his wellbeing score out ten and what's contributing to that. It's evolved into a tool called FormScore that improves mental health in our workplaces and communities by means of self reflection and support for one another. He set up Inside Out, a list of business leaders who are willing to talk about mental health and he consults with organisations to help them create healthy workplace cultures. He's also Chief Catalysts at BetterSpace, a platform that helps people find what is most likely to help their mental health with a live database of interventions that improve one’s state of mind, from exercise clubs to mindfulness apps to life coaches. We talk about his experience of bipolar, depression, anxiety and attempting suicide, what he does to improve his own wellbeing and what leaders can do to champion mental health.

66 MINMAY 22
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#10 Smashing the stigma: mental health campaigner Rob Stephenson

#9 How to be successful whilst staying true to your values: Sidd Bhatt

In this episode I speak to Sidd Bhatt, who used to work in sales for Citibank and now runs a vegan lunch van. Before he got into finance he was working for a solar start up fuel sustainable development in India. But while studying for his MBA, the people he met made him think he would enjoy the challenge of working in finance. He did, and was so successful he managed to increase his total compensation by a factor of 10, during his seven years at CitiBank. What I find particularly inspiring is that he did that whilst staying true to his values. One of his biggest deals was financing the largest wind farm in the world. It was also great to hear that other than his drive and curiosity, looking after his wellbeing and being himself were key to his success. We also discussed: - Why he left a solar start up to enter finance with no training or experience - The lifestyle that nearly broke him and how he turned it around. - What did he do to dramatically improve his performance at work - Why it wasn't worth his time to learn golf - Why 'fake it till you make it' is bullshit - Why he left banking at the peak of his career to set up a vegan lunch company - His advice for people who haven't found their purpose

58 MINMAR 13
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#9 How to be successful whilst staying true to your values: Sidd Bhatt

#8 The challenge of being yourself in banking: Nick Edwards

Nick Edwards was a top-ranked analyst at the world's largest independent investment bank, Lazard, and subsequently worked at two London-based Hedge Funds. Almost two years ago, he left the finance industry to co-found archForm, a business set up to enable more musicians to make a living from what they do. They are about to launch Feed, a platform that helps artists reach more people and grow a sustainable audience. We talk about: - What it took for him to become a top-ranked analyst, and why he left, despite his success he difficulty in being yourself in certain work environments - The sacrifices he's made to start his own business - What advice he would give someone entering investment banking now - Escaping the treadmill of life - Finding happiness and meaning

34 MINJAN 27
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#8 The challenge of being yourself in banking: Nick Edwards

#7 The Yogi Banker: Scott Robinson

Scott Robinson, otherwise known as The Yogi Banker is Head of Regulatory Policy at Deutshce Bank. In this episode we discuss: Is new financial regulation making another crisis more or less likely? How Scott finds purpose in his work Whether he thinks bankers are worth the money How he's changed since practising yoga How yoga helps in meetings Whether he believes a banker needs to be aggressive The qualities of people who make it the top Why it's beneficial to be an ethical banker The link between high performance and feeling good Top tips if you're really stressed at work

56 MIN2019 DEC 2
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#7 The Yogi Banker: Scott Robinson

Meditation: Effortless Meditation for Calm & Focus

A ten minute guided breathing meditation, to help you feel calm, focused and present.

10 MIN2019 SEP 18
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Meditation: Effortless Meditation for Calm & Focus

Meditation: Everything's OK

In this meditation we practise accepting whatever is going on in the mind, body and emotions. Whatever you notices is not good or bad, it's OK. This can be particularly helpful if you find yourself wishing you felt differently to how you feel right now.

12 MIN2019 SEP 18
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Meditation: Everything's OK

Meditation: How to de-stress in 1 minute

A short, simple breathing exercise which will help you to calm the fight or flight response.

2 MIN2019 SEP 17
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Meditation: How to de-stress in 1 minute

#6 Humans in Finance - Zahra Husain and Sarah Laitung

Banker bashing is so last year... In this episode of The Mindful Banker, I interview Zahra Husain and Sarah Laitung. Zahra and Sarah started their careers in finance, at Merill Lynch and J. P. Morgan respectively. They subsequently began a journey to find out about innovations in the financial services industry, aimed at having a greater social or environmental impact, and met some really interesting people along the way. They thought others might find these peoples' stories interesting too. Inspired by the Instagram account Humans of New York, they created Human in Finance, which celebrates the inspirational people in finance who are working to make the world a better place. They share the stories on Instagram of these awesome people and hope to motivate others through them. They believe people in finance should be able to use their valuable skillset in a way that benefits society and our planet. They want people to be able to proudly say “I work in finance”. In this episode of T...

37 MIN2019 AUG 16
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#6 Humans in Finance - Zahra Husain and Sarah Laitung

#5 From investment to banker to Buddhist: Johan de Mulder's story

As a young man living in Belgium, Johan de Mulder was inspired by investment bankers in London earning their fortunes. He bought a book called ‘How to become an investment banker’ and worked his way into his dream job as an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein. Johan was very good at his job, often being quoted in the FT and being recognised by colleagues and clients as a high performer. However, he found the reality of daily life rather stressful. His day started at 6am and he wouldn’t be home until 9pm. He called the Nespresso machine on his desk his ‘life support’. When the company restructured and let him go, he took the opportunity to explore life in a different way, experimenting with teaching, Fintech startups and joined a Buddhist community. In this interview we explore: - How he found his way into investment banking - What his lifestyle was like - How swimming helped him work less and improve his performance - How meditation benefits you at work and as an investor - The imp...

58 MIN2019 MAY 7
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#5 From investment to banker to Buddhist: Johan de Mulder's story

#4 How to make Partner at KPMG - Mostyn Wilson

Mostyn Wilson is a partner at KPMG where he has worked for 18 years. KPMG is one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY), and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The firm employs 189,000 people and has three lines of services: financial audit, tax, and advisory. In this interview he talks about: What it takes to make partner at the firm What he does for his wellbeing What success means to him How he helps his team deal with stress How he creates a work/life balance How he gets things around back-to-back meetings

20 MIN2019 MAR 29
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#4 How to make Partner at KPMG - Mostyn Wilson

Latest Episodes

#10 Smashing the stigma: mental health campaigner Rob Stephenson

Rob Stephenson used to run his own financial services recruitment company, Maven, but is now a full time mental health campaigner, CEO and entrepreneur. His mission is to smash the stigma around mental health, which he's doing through several different fantastic projects. I felt really inspired in this conversation by his vulnerability - everyday he posts his wellbeing score out ten and what's contributing to that. It's evolved into a tool called FormScore that improves mental health in our workplaces and communities by means of self reflection and support for one another. He set up Inside Out, a list of business leaders who are willing to talk about mental health and he consults with organisations to help them create healthy workplace cultures. He's also Chief Catalysts at BetterSpace, a platform that helps people find what is most likely to help their mental health with a live database of interventions that improve one’s state of mind, from exercise clubs to mindfulness apps to life coaches. We talk about his experience of bipolar, depression, anxiety and attempting suicide, what he does to improve his own wellbeing and what leaders can do to champion mental health.

66 MINMAY 22
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#10 Smashing the stigma: mental health campaigner Rob Stephenson

#9 How to be successful whilst staying true to your values: Sidd Bhatt

In this episode I speak to Sidd Bhatt, who used to work in sales for Citibank and now runs a vegan lunch van. Before he got into finance he was working for a solar start up fuel sustainable development in India. But while studying for his MBA, the people he met made him think he would enjoy the challenge of working in finance. He did, and was so successful he managed to increase his total compensation by a factor of 10, during his seven years at CitiBank. What I find particularly inspiring is that he did that whilst staying true to his values. One of his biggest deals was financing the largest wind farm in the world. It was also great to hear that other than his drive and curiosity, looking after his wellbeing and being himself were key to his success. We also discussed: - Why he left a solar start up to enter finance with no training or experience - The lifestyle that nearly broke him and how he turned it around. - What did he do to dramatically improve his performance at work - Why it wasn't worth his time to learn golf - Why 'fake it till you make it' is bullshit - Why he left banking at the peak of his career to set up a vegan lunch company - His advice for people who haven't found their purpose

58 MINMAR 13
Comments
#9 How to be successful whilst staying true to your values: Sidd Bhatt

#8 The challenge of being yourself in banking: Nick Edwards

Nick Edwards was a top-ranked analyst at the world's largest independent investment bank, Lazard, and subsequently worked at two London-based Hedge Funds. Almost two years ago, he left the finance industry to co-found archForm, a business set up to enable more musicians to make a living from what they do. They are about to launch Feed, a platform that helps artists reach more people and grow a sustainable audience. We talk about: - What it took for him to become a top-ranked analyst, and why he left, despite his success he difficulty in being yourself in certain work environments - The sacrifices he's made to start his own business - What advice he would give someone entering investment banking now - Escaping the treadmill of life - Finding happiness and meaning

34 MINJAN 27
Comments
#8 The challenge of being yourself in banking: Nick Edwards

#7 The Yogi Banker: Scott Robinson

Scott Robinson, otherwise known as The Yogi Banker is Head of Regulatory Policy at Deutshce Bank. In this episode we discuss: Is new financial regulation making another crisis more or less likely? How Scott finds purpose in his work Whether he thinks bankers are worth the money How he's changed since practising yoga How yoga helps in meetings Whether he believes a banker needs to be aggressive The qualities of people who make it the top Why it's beneficial to be an ethical banker The link between high performance and feeling good Top tips if you're really stressed at work

56 MIN2019 DEC 2
Comments
#7 The Yogi Banker: Scott Robinson

Meditation: Effortless Meditation for Calm & Focus

A ten minute guided breathing meditation, to help you feel calm, focused and present.

10 MIN2019 SEP 18
Comments
Meditation: Effortless Meditation for Calm & Focus

Meditation: Everything's OK

In this meditation we practise accepting whatever is going on in the mind, body and emotions. Whatever you notices is not good or bad, it's OK. This can be particularly helpful if you find yourself wishing you felt differently to how you feel right now.

12 MIN2019 SEP 18
Comments
Meditation: Everything's OK

Meditation: How to de-stress in 1 minute

A short, simple breathing exercise which will help you to calm the fight or flight response.

2 MIN2019 SEP 17
Comments
Meditation: How to de-stress in 1 minute

#6 Humans in Finance - Zahra Husain and Sarah Laitung

Banker bashing is so last year... In this episode of The Mindful Banker, I interview Zahra Husain and Sarah Laitung. Zahra and Sarah started their careers in finance, at Merill Lynch and J. P. Morgan respectively. They subsequently began a journey to find out about innovations in the financial services industry, aimed at having a greater social or environmental impact, and met some really interesting people along the way. They thought others might find these peoples' stories interesting too. Inspired by the Instagram account Humans of New York, they created Human in Finance, which celebrates the inspirational people in finance who are working to make the world a better place. They share the stories on Instagram of these awesome people and hope to motivate others through them. They believe people in finance should be able to use their valuable skillset in a way that benefits society and our planet. They want people to be able to proudly say “I work in finance”. In this episode of T...

37 MIN2019 AUG 16
Comments
#6 Humans in Finance - Zahra Husain and Sarah Laitung

#5 From investment to banker to Buddhist: Johan de Mulder's story

As a young man living in Belgium, Johan de Mulder was inspired by investment bankers in London earning their fortunes. He bought a book called ‘How to become an investment banker’ and worked his way into his dream job as an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein. Johan was very good at his job, often being quoted in the FT and being recognised by colleagues and clients as a high performer. However, he found the reality of daily life rather stressful. His day started at 6am and he wouldn’t be home until 9pm. He called the Nespresso machine on his desk his ‘life support’. When the company restructured and let him go, he took the opportunity to explore life in a different way, experimenting with teaching, Fintech startups and joined a Buddhist community. In this interview we explore: - How he found his way into investment banking - What his lifestyle was like - How swimming helped him work less and improve his performance - How meditation benefits you at work and as an investor - The imp...

58 MIN2019 MAY 7
Comments
#5 From investment to banker to Buddhist: Johan de Mulder's story

#4 How to make Partner at KPMG - Mostyn Wilson

Mostyn Wilson is a partner at KPMG where he has worked for 18 years. KPMG is one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY), and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The firm employs 189,000 people and has three lines of services: financial audit, tax, and advisory. In this interview he talks about: What it takes to make partner at the firm What he does for his wellbeing What success means to him How he helps his team deal with stress How he creates a work/life balance How he gets things around back-to-back meetings

20 MIN2019 MAR 29
Comments
#4 How to make Partner at KPMG - Mostyn Wilson
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