Episode 44

Learning to Pray

With James Martin SJ
Episode 44

Learning to Pray

With James Martin SJ

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Being a Changemaker | Building a Principled World

With Magda Wierzycka, Among “Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women”

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2021
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The Art of Personality: A Sufi Perspective

With Shaikh-al-Mashaik Mahmood Khan Youskine, Legendary Sufi Teacher

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

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How Our Shared Identities Can Propel Us to Greatness – or Self-Destruction

with Jay Van Bavel

Award-winning Professor and Researcher, and Co-Author of ‘The Power of Us’

2 June, 2022 | 10 AM ET
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How Our Shared Identities Can Propel Us to Greatness – or Self-Destruction

with Jay Van Bavel

Award-winning Professor and Researcher, and Co-Author of ‘The Power of Us’

2 June, 2022 | 10 AM ET
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How to Build Character

With Angela Duckworth, Pioneering Psychologist and Bestselling Author of GRIT

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021
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How to Build Character

With Angela Duckworth, Pioneering Psychologist and Bestselling Author of GRIT

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021
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How to Build Character

With Angela Duckworth, Pioneering Psychologist and Bestselling Author of GRIT

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I have been watching your programs most Thursdays. Your inspiring messages have helped to sustain me and many others through these tough times. Your willingness to share your personal story and vulnerabilities are especially remarkable and uplifting.

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What does it take to rise from humble beginnings and ascend to great heights of business success? What should one do when one has deep love for one’s community, and yet finds it ridden with critical ethical and social problems? And how can one be a changemaker and seek to build a more principled world in a time of increasing uncertainty and polarization?

Join Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in a conversation with Magda Wierzycka, self-made billionaire, changemaker, and among “Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women,” live on Intersections this Thursday, October 7 (11 am ET | 8 am PT | 5 pm CET | 8.30 pm IST).

Magda’s story is a powerful testament to the indomitable spirit that resides within each of us. Her rise from her humble beginnings to the highest echelons of African business, and then her transformation into a trailblazing reformer of business and society, is the stuff that legends are made of.

Born in Poland, Magda and her family escaped the country during the collapse of its communist regime, spent months in Austrian refugee camps, and eventually immigrated to South Africa, when she was only 12, with limited resources, and little understanding of the local language or culture. Persevering through years of social and political uncertainty, Magda went on from being a product development and investments actuary at Southern Life, launching a venture capital business, to becoming the Founder and Executive Chairman of Sygnia, one of the largest financial services companies in the country. She is also a leading anti-corruption activist, speaking out against exploitation, bribery, and fraud—or as she refers to it, “being on the right side of the equation.” In 2020, Forbes magazine listed her among “Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women.”

Join us live on Intersections where you will learn about:

  1. Magda’s entrepreneurial journey, fraught with personal sacrifices, unprecedented risks, and surprising twists
  2. Managing our internal dialogue and integrating opposing viewpoints to lead change and reform our businesses and society

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What human qualities do we really seek in our colleagues, friends, family, and even more so, in our own selves? Could personality-building be the purest art form, and if so, what human qualities represent its essence? How can we engage in personality-building and learn to fully express all dimensions of our personality in our everyday thoughts, speech and actions? This webcast offers a soul-stirring escape into the world of Indian Sufism (also known as Universal Sufism), as taught by the legendary Hazrat Inayat Khan, who started "The Sufi Order in the West" in the early part of the 20th century.

Join Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in a conversation with Shaikh-al-Mashaik Mahmood Khan Youskine, legendary Sufi teacher, live on Intersections on Thursday, September 2 (11 am ET | 8 am PT | 5 pm CET | 8.30 pm IST).

Shaikh-al-Mashaik Mahmood Khan Youskine is a descendant of an ancient family of Sufi saints, poets and musicians. Through his father, Shaikh-ul-Mashaik M.P. Maheboob Khan and Uncle, Pir-o-Murshid Jagirdar Muhammed Ali Khan, brother and cousin-brother respectively of the famous Hazrat Inayat Khan, Mahmood learned Indian Sufism from within, both in theory and practice. Since then, Mahmood has fully devoted himself to the preservation and enhancement of the Indian, mystical and musical tradition of his Father and Uncles, thus becoming profoundly involved in Sufi mysticism and culture—and the general question of the spiritual dimension in modern life, its observance and particular requirements. In 2018, on behalf of the King of the Netherlands, Mahmood was granted the rank of a knight-officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau for his services to Sufism.

Mahmood deeply values and seeks to promote the memory of his first cousin Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, the World War II heroine and famous British spy, whom he knew well and of whom he preserves fond recollections. For a century short of seven years of involvement in Inayatian Indian Sufism, “Arch Shaikh” Mahmood Khan may be regarded as having an exceptional position within the Sufi world. He is the only as yet living family member who has personally and very intensely worked with the Hazrat Inayat Khan’s brothers and his Inayatide cousins, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the current Sufi leader and his American nephew, Pir Zia Inayat Khan Maulabakhsh.

It is the continual inclination to produce beauty which helps one to develop art in the personality…[How] readily man is inclined to learn outer refinement, and how slow many souls are to develop that art inwardly…[Outer] manner is meaningless if it is not prompted by the inner impulse towards beauty.” — Hazrat Inayat Khan

Join us live on Intersections on and walk away with key insights on:

  1. The 11 building blocks of personality-building, as taught in Indian Sufism
  2. How to refine and thoughtfully express our personality in our everyday thoughts, speech and actions
  3. The luminous life of Hazrat Inayat Khan and the heroic personal journey of Noor Inayat Khan

What fundamental differences separate high-performance cultures from the rest? What molds and keeps such groups together, even through the most unfavorable conditions? Where does trust building really start, and how can teams be harmonized and kept fully aligned with their core purpose at every step?

Listen to some powerful, actionable ideas from celebrated author Daniel Coyle in a stimulating conversation with Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa, exclusively on Intersections.

Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Culture Code, which was named Best Business Book of the Year by Bloomberg, BookPal, and Business Insider. Coyle has served as an advisor to many high-performing organizations, including the Navy SEALs, Microsoft, Google, and the Cleveland Guardians. His other books include The Talent Code, The Secret Race, The Little Book of Talent, and Hardball: A Season in the Projects, which was made into a movie starring Keanu Reeves. In his latest book, The Culture Playbook, Daniel distills everything he has learned into sixty concrete, actionable tips and exercises that will help your team build a cohesive, positive culture.

Solving hard problems with people you admire is a very special experience in life.”—Daniel Coyle

In this Intersections episode, Daniel reveals:

  1. The fundamental difference between average and high-performance cultures
  2. One word that hold high-performing groups together and amplifies its performance
  3. A new path to building trust and navigating complex landscapes together
  4. Why command and control leads to epic failures and what organizations can do to avoid them
  5. Why the culture-fit mantra is counterproductive to building great cultures
  6. Three effective ways to keep your team harmonized around your core purpose and maximize long-term success
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In this Intersections episode, Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa and Dr. Raghu Krishnamoorthy offer critical insights on:

  1. How we’re moving from a “find it out” world to a “figure it out” world
  2. What it takes to advance leadership from being business-centered to human-centered
  3. Moving beyond outer metrics to ground leadership in inner metrics
  4. How empathy and compassion can drive organizational performance
  5. Moving from “getting the most out” to “bringing the best out” of employees

In the post-pandemic era, trends such as the “Great Resignation,” hybrid work and employee well-being are creating a paradigm shift in organizational culture. These trends require us to go back to the basics to redefine the model of what it means to be an exceptional leader. The way we lead today needs to evolve to embrace the new future of work, workers and the workplace.

Based on Dr. Wadhwa’s recently published book, Inner Mastery, Outer Impact, we examine how Inner Mastery could provide the foundation on which leaders can tackle these shifts for their organizations — as they manage people and drive performance, equip their managers with new skills and tools to tackle the accompanying challenges, and help employees operate in an ever-changing landscape of continued disruption.

Raghu Krishnamoorthy is a seasoned global executive with 35+ years of experience in driving business outcomes as a Human Resources professional. He retired from General Electric (GE) as the CHRO in early 2019, after 25 years with the company — doing work that spanned three continents, several multi-billion-dollar lines of business, and exciting corporate leadership roles. At Mentora, Raghu serves as an Executive Director and Senior Faculty, driving pragmatic, application-oriented solutions for Mentora clients in learning and transformational change.

Raghu is often sought out to share his expertise at leading universities and forums including Harvard, MIT, Yale, Columbia, the Economist and the Milken Institute. He has recently taken on the role of Director of the “Chief Learning Officer Executive Doctoral Program” at the University of Pennsylvania. His research has won the best paper award at the Academy of Business Research August conference. He was also named one of the top 50 Asian Americans in the world of business in 2009.

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How to Fulfill Life’s Greatest Desires

What is the true nature of our identity, and how does it shape our thoughts, beliefs and actions? What do we gain from dissolving the boundaries created by our social identities? How can today’s managers, leaders, and changemakers use the language of identity to eliminate negative stereotypes, false beliefs and deep-seated racial biases in their teams, organizations and communities—and also create the potential for more cohesion, collaboration and peak performance?

Listen to some powerful scientific insights and real-life stories on how to harness our shared identities for personal and collective success from Jay Van Bavel, in an exclusive conversation with Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa, on Intersections Podcast.

Jay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology & Neural Science at New York University, an affiliate at the Stern School of Business, and Director of the Social Identity & Morality Lab. He is the co-author of The Power of Us: Harnessing Our Shared Identities for Personal and Collective Success. From neurons to social networks, Jay’s research examines how collective concerns—group identities, moral values, and political beliefs—shape the mind, brain, and behavior. His work addresses issues of group identity, social motivation, cooperation, implicit bias, moral judgment, decision-making, and social media. An award-winning researcher, Jay’s work has been featured in leading platforms including the New York Times, BBC, Scientific American, Wall Street Journal, US Supreme Court and Senate, TEDx, United Nations, European Union, and the World Health Organization. 

In this Intersections episode, Jay reveals:

  1. The true nature of our identity, how it governs our thoughts, beliefs and actions, and what role our life’s experiences and external forces play in shaping it
  2. How to eliminate negative stereotypes, false beliefs and deep-seated racial biases, and create the potential for more cohesion, collaboration and peak performance
  3. A compelling story of how ‘identity’ divided an entire town based on the shoes the townsfolk wore [Hint: It involves two of the biggest sportswear brands]
  4. Why identity is a double-edged sword that serves to manifest not just our best, but also our worst
  5. And a powerful form of identity that can enable us to transcend its limitations, foster inclusivity, and help us express our best in service of humanity
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Mysteries of the Brain and Secrets of the Heart - Part II

Does the heart have an intelligence of its own, and if so, how can we learn to harness it? What does it truly mean to lead with an open heart, and what do we stand to gain from it? What are some ordinary practices we can inculcate today that can potentially bring extraordinary impact, both in our own lives and that of others?

In this Intersections episode, Dr. Doty reveals:

  1. The latest scientific insights on how the heart plays a pivotal role in shaping our journey to our full potential
  2. Inspiring stories from his life journey that illuminates the power of compassion in our daily lives
  3. A powerful method to tap into the intelligence of our hearts (and minds), in the service of our greatest aspirations in life and leadership

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