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May 10th, 2024

John Wolpert: Embracing Change with The 'Two But' Rule

  1. John Wolpert: Embracing Change with The 'Two But' Rule Phillip Bogolub 49:13

In this thought-provoking episode, John Wolpert, a true “Forrest Gump of technology,” takes us on a captivating journey through his serendipitous career path. From theater directing to artificial intelligence, John shares invaluable insights on navigating change and embracing diverse experiences in today’s rapidly evolving tech landscape. Join us as we explore the challenges and importance of humor in the workplace, the transformative nature of meaningful travel experiences, and the essence of conscious communication through expressing your “thinking thoughts.” 

About John Wolpert:

John Wolpert is an esteemed speaker, writer, and thinker in technology and business innovation. As a CEO, product executive, and advisor, he’s been at the vanguard of technological breakthroughs from the early days of the Web to the rise of artificial intelligence. John is known for founding Flywheel, a pioneer in the ride-hailing industry. His work at IBM made him a key figure in the evolution of open-source software, blockchain, and AI. He’s co-founded global R&D consortia and industry standards bodies, and his thought leadership on Open Innovation has been showcased in the Harvard Business Review. John has led countless new venture workshops and spoken before the European Union and the Australian Parliament in his mission to help organizations work together to solve hard problems.

Topics for today’s show:

  • Overcoming Negativity
  • Momentum Thinking and The Two But Rule
  • Innovation over Compromise
  • John’s serendipitous journey from theater directing to artificial intelligence 
  • The power of diverse educational backgrounds and proactive mindsets 
  • Overcoming negativity and focusing on solutions in technology 
  • The importance of constructive criticism and collaboration 
  • Modern leadership and the art of empowering teams

Key Takeaways:

  • Insights on navigating change in the tech industry and pioneering ride-hailing with Flywheel
  • The importance of a diverse educational background and proactive mindset in a rapidly evolving technological landscape
  • Discussing career pivots and the concept of pivoting in startups and product development
  • Viewing life changes as spiritually guided detours that provide opportunities for learning and growth
  • Overcoming negativity when working with technology and focusing on what works rather than what’s broken
  • “The Two But Rule” teaches how to maintain innovative momentum by countering negative thinking with positive outcomes
  • The pitfalls of a ‘no buts’ society and the crucial role of negativity in refining ideas and fostering effective innovation

“Today, in the age of AI, if you’re a person that’s sitting around waiting for somebody to tell you what to do because you have some set of skills and you’re a “what do you want done” kind of person, you’re in trouble. You need to be a “this is what we ought to do” kind of person.“ – John Wolpert

Grab John’s Book, “The Two But Rule”



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Phillip Bogolub Mentor of the Mind

Hello, my name is Phillip Bogolub. I have created a podcast show called, "Conscious Communication". The show was created from several experiences in my life but one central experience. I was an engineer traveling around the world supporting a medical device for over 25 years. During my travels I learned more about myself then I realized. Within this context I have pivoted in becoming and creating a philosophy called, "AJANOI" and out of that philosophy my "Conscious Communication" Podcast Show was born! I know you are asking, how do you say the word, "AJANOI" and what the heck does it mean? On that note, check out my podcast show, and I believe you will find the answers you seek. Empowering others empowers ourselves, that is what life is all about!

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