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“I believe we live in a world where the pressures of life take us away from our purpose as individuals.” with Ian Khan and Chaya Weiner

Purpose. I believe we live in a world where the pressures of life take us away from our purpose as individuals. There have been countless books written on this. But think about it, people have been burdened with things they don’t want to do, work that has no meaning and lives that are not happy. […]


Purpose. I believe we live in a world where the pressures of life take us away from our purpose as individuals. There have been countless books written on this. But think about it, people have been burdened with things they don’t want to do, work that has no meaning and lives that are not happy. Moreover the purpose of the organization is mostly different from that of the people that work within organizations and hence the unhappiness.

As a part of my series about about how leaders can create a “fantastic work culture”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ian Khan.Ian Khan is a CNN featured Technology Futurist, 3 times TEDx Speaker, Director of highly acclaimed documentary “Blockchain City”, Bestselling author of “7 Axioms of Value Creation”, and contributor to many publications including McGraw Hill and Forbes. One of the most widely quoted experts on Blockchain, Ian is on a mission to “Unlock Human Potential” by helping understand how technology can help us become more Efficient, Happy and more Human. Ian has spoken at industry conferences including Microsoft Worldwide Conference, World Government Summit, Money2020, SWIFT and helped hundreds of organizations with their digital transformation journey.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Over the past 20 years I have worked across continents and seen many industry succeed as well as suffer because of wrong decisions. Over the last few years, well lets say a decade plus, technology began to change the way we work, create value and interact with the world around us. This also changed the nature of business and got me interested in helping others get where they wanted to be, hence the start of my journey.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?

I failed many times. That is the most interesting thing that happened to me. I worked on assignments for companies within the partner ecosystems for companies such as SAP and Microsoft. What surprised me that despite the success these large companies had, many others were failing despite the access to knowledge, expertise and funding. What was going wrong was puzzling. These failures helped me learn more and improve everyday.

Are you working on any exciting projects now? How do you think that will help people?

My body of work is based on my book and management methodology of “The 7 Axioms of Value Creation”. This is a framework I created to help companies succeed in any industry and any environment. The methodology solves the problem of not having a clear focus and the lack of direction to create sustainable success.

Ok, lets jump to the main part of our interview. According to this study cited in Forbes, more than half of the US workforce is unhappy. Why do you think that number is so high?

Purpose. I believe we live in a world where the pressures of life take us away from our purpose as individuals. There have been countless books written on this. But think about it, people have been burdened with things they don’t want to do, work that has no meaning and lives that are not happy. Moreover the purpose of the organization is mostly different from that of the people that work within organizations and hence the unhappiness.

Based on your experience or research, how do you think an unhappy workforce will impact a) company productivity b) company profitability c) and employee health and wellbeing?

The implications are tremendous. All of these points are genuine. When you have people who are not driven they do not perform well leading to wasted time, inefficiency and loss of productivity. Company profits tank and even though you may be making a profit, you are underperforming. Lastly on employee health and wellbeing, it lowers morale, affecting people’s mindset and in tune their physical health.

Can you share 5 things that managers and executives should be doing to improve their company work culture? Can you give a personal story or example for each?

Here we go

– Before you engage outside, create engagement inside. Focus on what works in bringing people together so that they can tackle the bigger goal together. Then build engagement with customers by becoming a trusted advisor.

– Educate yourself more than you think you should know. This is the era of fast changing technologies and our level of knowledge is fast getting out of date,

– Utilize Rewards and Recognition to Unlock Propels Potential. People need motivation to thrive and recognition does wonders.

– Collaborate to create better outcomes. Do not create a silo within your organization.

– Always experiment with something new. Conduct a Pilot with a client, do a trial, get something going to keep people engaged and to test your capabilities.

– Think as a Value Creator rather than being only Money Minded. Embed this into the DNA of your organization.

– Actualize your goals and leave a Legacy by focusing on Execution. Unless you do not hold yourself acountable to create 10X results, you will have a tough time reaching your goals. Think Big, Think Loud !

It’s very nice to suggest ideas, but it seems like we have to “change the culture regarding work culture”. What can we do as a society to make a broader change in the US workforce’s work culture?

How would you describe your leadership or management style? Can you give us a few examples?

I am an open communicator who believes that everyone at the end of the day wants a better life and live happier, healthier and content. We do however need to take responsibility for our success and developing ourselves to the point where we can make this happen. We also must be fully accountable with our actions. When organizations embody these principles, you are sure to succeed.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I have been very influenced by the works of people such as Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Jim Rohn, Wayne Dyer and others. These people have created tremendous bodies of work through their books, speeches and training seminars. I would attribute a lot of who I am to their teachings.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

My goal is to support 50 underprivileged and war affected kids every year by helping them with education and supporting their basic needs. I am working on making this happen right now.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Jim Rohn once said that “You become what you think about”. This resonates with my everyday thinking. And I use this to focus on anything that I am doing. Life at the end of the day is 90% mindset and 10percent execution and I try my best to get the mindset in the best place that I can. This has helped me immensely with my writing, my projects including my documentary film and upcoming initiatives.

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Without acting on your dreams, they will never happen and if they don’t, you will never know what you were capable of becoming. Execute every day and you will be surprised about yourself more often than you would think.

Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you continued success!

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