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Turning midlife crisis into honest relationships & trustworthy leadership - Martins Bicevskis, mentor at Cocoon Program

Updated: Feb 6

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It is no secret that trust is the key aspect of human connection whether we talk about business or personal relationships. It is the vulnerable nature of breaking trust and honesty that often leads to many hurtful and unnecessary arguments.

In this episode, Cocoon Program CEO Farhad Niyoz talks with Cocoon Program mentor and professional board member Martins Bicevskis. They discuss how to build trust within an organization, and how to reduce fear and tension between different levels of team members. Martins tells his story of how fast he grew as a professional working in a fast-paced, straightforward environment as well as his experience working with 30 to 40 years older professionals in government and leading them with courage, riks, and ambition mindset. He opens up about his inner work toward mid-life crisis and becoming a more honest and authentic version of himself while making tough but necessary sacrifices.

Overview of the topics: 2:21 Welcome Cocoon Program mentor, professional board member Martins Bicevskis

5:26 What value a professional board member brings to business organizations

6:45 Experiencing fast growth in a straightforward problem-solving environment

9:48 Martins journey of becoming a professional board member and startup mentor

13:22 Key differences between advising as a board member and advising as a mentor

16:06 Leading with courage, risk, and ambition

20:40 Turning biggest defeats and midlife crisis into life long lessons

24:16 Most dangerous lies people tell themselves

28:43 Feelings, emotions and conflicts in workplace

30:45 Undervalued importance of trust and how to build it within organization

37:24 How to reduce fear with mutual and clear agreements

42:24 The most powerful tool of a mentor: Understanding relationships

45:35 What are the main principles of organization from mentor perspective

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Farhad Niyoz is the CEO of Cocoon.



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