David Goldsmith, How Leaders Can Redefine the Future and Create More Impact – InnovaBuzz 361

David Goldsmith

David Goldsmith, Paid to Think

In this episode, I’m really excited to have as my guest, David Goldsmith, who is the President and Co-Founder of the Goldsmith Organization, a consulting firm solving big challenges while servicing executive clients globally.

David is a serial entrepreneur and investor and is the recipient of the Hollywood Producers’ first Global Visionary Disruptor Award for his work with the Project Moon Hut Foundation. Together, David and Lorrie Goldsmith earned a Literary Achievement Award for their book, “Paid to Think: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future”. David also earned New York University’s Excellence in Teaching Award during his 12 years as a professor. He has received accolades and recognition for his business achievements and was named by Meetings Magazine as one of its 26 Hottest Speakers.

In our discussion, David talked to me about:

  • Taking a truly global perspective in all that we do
  • How to anticipate the future better
  • How we can all impact the world with our voice

Roger Salam in episode 313 introduced us to David.

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We have to be cognizant to the fact that we are humans with a lot of diversity within us and have different reactions to everything. @Goldsmith on #InnovaBuzz podcast Click To Tweet

Show Notes from this episode with David Goldsmith, author of Paid to Think

Key points and takeaways from this episode include:

  • Always speak to an audience of one. 
  • Create a relationship with the person you are speaking with. Look for the person you want to connect to. Create a conversation around meeting that amazing person and learn from them.
  • Think globally. Just because you have lived at some place, doesn’t mean you understood it.
  • One of the values of being a leader is having the ability to understand other people’s cultures.
  • Governance is key to solving challenges.
  • It’s difficult to make value-based decisions when you don’t really understand different cultures.
  • Always start with the frame of 7.5 billion people. 
  • Being too concentric around our own lifestyle and approach jeopardizes the solutions.
  • We put on a mask to protect others. People wear masks as a courtesy to you and not because they are afraid of you. (Covid)
  • The more that we can understand and come from a perspective of 7.5 billion people, the better we can make decisions about how to help and change this world that we live in.
  • We need to honor and respect that individuals have different reactions. There are so many variables that affect how we react – our gender, race, religion, creed, and upbringing. We have to be cognizant of the fact that we are humans with a lot of diversity within us and have different reactions to everything.
  • Evil is relative.
  • The judgments we make are very situational and it’s difficult to comprehend where everybody is coming from. And yet, there are huge consequences to the actions that we are taking today. We should all aim to improve how we live on earth for all species.
  • You have a lot of influence. You are not just local.
  • The 12 activities that every leader is involved in:
    1. Planning
    2. Creating new products and services
    3. Creating alliances
    4. Leveraging technology
    5. Understanding competition
    6. Being globally aware
    7. Active leadership
    8. Empowering people
    9. Innovation
    10. Selling
    11. Forecasting
  • The 6 Forms of Alliances – ad hoc, consortiums, project joint venture, joint venture, merger, and acquisition.
  • There are guarantees to a large degree. We can predict a lot of things.
  • Be a future-oriented person. Turn on your high beams to anticipate better and see further ahead. When you can adjust your beams to see further ahead into the future, it allows you to react smoother.
  • The six mega challenges of the planet are climate change, massive extinction, resource depletion, social displacement, political unrest, and exponential imbalance.
  • Project Moon Hut Foundation’s mission is to solve the six mega challenges of the planet by using space to space technology and paradigm-shifting to cause those changes on earth.
  • You can impact the world. You are doing it every day. You can forecast, and you can be stronger at it. You can influence in places you’ve never thought about. You have a voice, and you have a choice to make that voice be heard or to hide.
  • Use “challenge” instead of “problems”. A problem means tough. A challenge inspires. 
  • Be careful about what you tell yourself in order to be innovative and solve challenges.
  • Being a great leader and having a great program or initiative should always be AIMED – Aspirational, Inspirational, Motivational, Educational, Directional. 
You can influence in places you've never thought about. You have a voice, and you have a choice to make that voice be heard or to hide. @Goldsmith on #InnovaBuzz podcast Click To Tweet

The Buzz – Our Innovation Round

Here are David’s answers to the questions of our innovation round. Listen to the conversation to get the full scoop.

  1. #1 thing to be more innovative – Cross the threshold very quickly and dig deeper. Innovation comes from the ability to go further than just asking questions with surface answers. The amazing discoveries that come along with it are part of being an innovator. 
  2. Best thing for new ideas – Think inside the box. Create more life experiences. The more experiences you have and the more you learn from other people, the more innovative you become. These experiences add richness to your life and give you the ability to address challenges in a way that you’ve never thought of before. Live in the moment and share those experiences. 
  3. Favourite tool for innovation – Meeting people. 
  4. Keep project/client on track – Create plans not concepts. Be in the moment. 
  5. Differentiate – Find those people who are brilliant and explore what they see in you. Be more careful,  prudent, diligent, and insightful when taking in information. 

Reach Out

You can reach out and thank David through their website

Suggested Guest

David suggested we have a conversation with Peter Williams, author of Productive Accidents – a playbook for personal and professional adventureSo Peter, keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation from us to the InnovaBuzz podcast, courtesy of David Goldsmith.



Cool Things About David

  • He’s known for being the “Thought Leaders’ Thought Leader”.
  • He has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
  • He loves to dance, design, and build his own furniture, ski, draw, paint, and sculpt. 
Think inside the box. Create more life experiences. These experiences add richness to your life and give you the ability to address challenges in a way that you've never thought of before. @Goldsmith on #InnovaBuzz podcast Click To Tweet

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Dr. Jürgen Strauss is The World's Best Human-Centred Podcasting Coach and the only Podcast Innovator with the signature bright yellow headphones, who masterfully crafts human connection for high-impact achievers in a vibrant community. You can find Jürgen on LinkedIn, The InnovaBuzz Podcast, The Flywheel Nation Community as well as on Innovabiz' InstagramTwitter, Facebook pages and his personal Photography website.  

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