Episode 08

From Mandela to Mars: Lessons From Isolation

“Mandela’s comrades, like the astronauts created a routine and a potent cocktail of realism and optimism to navigate long periods of adversity and isolation.”

Returning to our normal lives still feels like a long way off for many of us facing lockdown extensions. So how can we learn from those who have coped in true isolation? Jeremy reflects over his conversations with anti-apartheid campaigners Ahmed Kathrada and Denis Goldberg, who were imprisoned alongside Nelson Mandela for over 20 years. We also hear key insights from Professor Gro Sandal, an expert in the psychology extreme environments such as the International Space Station and mindset needed for an 18-month round trip to Mars.

Balancing realism and optimism is essential to navigating challenging times and as we continue the Covid-19 lockdown, these compelling insights foster our inner resilience and hope.

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“The future is not only uncertain but unknowable so we need to have to have an open mind and a fluid strategy to be successful after lockdown.”

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Episode 09

Leadership After The Lockdown

As we’re entering the next phase of reintegration, leaders are facing a whole set of new challenges and opportunities. Jeremy showcases insights from The Winning Mindset for Leaders Programme to show how we can manage our own mindset and get comfortable with uncertainty. Hear how the All Blacks handle expectation,...


55 min