Kaisa Hietala on changing the oil industry

My guest for this episode is Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President of Renewable Products at Neste. Neste currently makes half of its profits from renewable products and the shift towards this state has happened in the the last 10 years.

We talk about changing the oil industry from the inside out. What have been the most important lessons Kaisa has learned during her years at Neste? What has the journey of developing a renewable product line been like? Has the transformation to using renewable products been hard?

Kaisa also reveals that 20 years ago she could have become a researcher in climate change. What made her to join an oil company instead?

This is the last episode of Boss Level Podcast before summer break. Season 7 starts on September.

If you want to enjoy the podcast during summer break, just tune again in to your favorite episodes. You’re most likely to find some new thoughts and ideas, that you’ve missed the first time. Or just start the whole show from beginning 😉

We wish a great summer to all the listeners of Boss Level Podcast!

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Leyla Acaroglu on designing a sustainable future

My guest for this episode is Leyla Acaroglu, who calls herself sustainability provocateur and cultural protagonist. She has developed the Disruptive Design Method, an approach to design-led social change.

In Boss Level Podcast, we’ve often talked about systems thinking, but mostly in the context of organizations. With Leyla, we’re going to take a look at systems on a much bigger scale: we talk about the systems that sustain life on earth and how we can use design to make our life on earth more sustainable.

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Troy Hunt and Have i Been Pwned

My guest for this episode is Troy Hunt, well known security expert and creator of haveibeenpwned.com. It’s a service which allows you to check, whether your email has been leaked as a part of a data breach.

We talk about online security, including securing your accounts and using a password manager. We also discuss about privacy and compare our thoughts on social media platforms, messaging applications and encryption. What kind of trade-offs people should make to be more private? What is a pragmatic standpoint on privacy? What is the balance between convenience and privacy?

Listen to the episode, tell us what you think! Also remember to check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach.

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David Allen and Getting Things Done

Today’s topic is personal productivity and my guest is David Allen, author of Getting Things Done.

Getting Things Done – often referred to as GTD – is a time management method, described in a book of the same title. It helps you capture all the stuff floating around in your brain, process it into your next actions and projects and then just get them done. The method has significantly improved productivity of probably millions of people.

I read the book roughly 10 years ago and have since applied it pretty much every day. It has helped me to get stuff done and to feel less stressed about stuff.

In this episode, we walk through some of David’s history and talk about how he came up with the ideas and models behind Getting Things Done method. We also cover the basics of the method itself and give some tips on how to get better at it.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Getting Things Done method, I strongly urge you to find the book and read it.

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Björn Wahlroos on leading organizations

My guest for this episode is Björn Wahlroos, one of the most influential businessman in Finland. He’s currently the chairman of the board at Sampo Group, Nordea and UPM-Kymmene.

We talk about Björn’s background in academia, his defining moments, his current roles, sleepless nights, self confidence and leadership.

Björn is known to have pretty strong opinions, and he doesn’t exactly hold back in expressing them. Listen to the episode and tell us what you think!

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Joshua Kerievsky and Modern Agile

My guest today is Joshua Kerievsky, the CEO of Industrial Logic, a Modern Agile consultancy. He has also started the Modern Agile community and has been a prominent figure in the agile community since the early days. His background is in software, but through his experience in agile methods, he has worked on a much broader range than just the software.

We walk through some of Joshua’s history and talk a bit about how that came out in the form of Modern Agile community. We’ll finish with a topic of curiosity, which – according to Joshua – is a superpower.

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Annu Nieminen and The Upright Project

My guest for this episode is Annu Nieminen, the CEO and founder of The Upright Project. We talk about Annu’s work history at McKinsey and Kasvuryhmä and about Annu’s newest project, The Upright Project.

Currently we measure companies using mainly financial indicators and, obviously, that’s just one piece of the pie. The Upright Project is trying to fix that and is working on building ways to measure the impact of companies more holistically. Basically they’re hoping to create a set of metrics for the companies impact on the environment, on knowledge, on society and on the health of its employees.

I met Annu some years ago and I really enjoy having discussions with her since she is sharp as a knife and very passionate about her work. Hope you enjoy this episode too!

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Christopher Avery and The Responsibility Process

For this episode, my guest is Christopher Avery, the man behind The Responsibility Process. The Responsibility Process is a model to help you recognize unproductive mental states and help you take responsibility.

I learned about The Responsibility Process from Christopher roughly 7 years ago and it has stayed with me since. It’s one of my go-to tools personally and I often use it with teams.

We discussed about how one can learn to use The Responsibility Process and how it is useful model for both individuals and teams.

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Teemu Arina on biohacking

My first guest for the season is Teemu Arina. Teemu is a biohacker, a technologist, an entrepreneur and he was recently selected as Public Speaker of the Year in Finland.

We talk about biohacking and the science behind it. And we talk about how biohacking strives for balance instead of maximising performance in all areas of life.

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Markku Kulmala on earth systems

My guest is Markku Kulmala. Markku is one of the most prominent scientists in the world in the field of atmospheric and earth system sciences. At University of Helsinki, he leads a research group that has more than 35 published papers in journals Nature and Science. Markku is the person you want to learn from on the topic of climate change research.

We talk about how they do their research, what their initial results show and how they’re hoping the results help humankind fight climate change.

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