Episode 32 - Gian Power - TLC Lions

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“There’s always a barrier in the way, There’s never a perfect time. So just go and do it”

Today’s guest is Gian Power. Gian is the Founder of TLC Lions and Unwind London.

Having started out in Consulting, Gian’s life was turned upside down in 2015 when his father was murdered while on a business trip to India.

Following the 3 month investigation to find out what happened to his father, a period that Gian says was ‘the most difficult time of his life’ he returned to Consulting but found it just wasn’t the same for him. That’s when he set out to do something different and that decision ultimately led him to found TLC Lions.

Since launching TLC Lions, A collection of motivational speakers who share their inspiring stories to help organisations improve employee engagement and well-being, the business has gone from strength to strength, working with clients such as Deloitte, BDO, Amazon and Just Eat to name but a few.

We cover some really interesting topics in this interview, a number of which I haven’t discussed with any other guests before including:

The story of how Gian founded TLC Lions and his advice to others thinking of launching their own business outside of Consulting.

Why being busy is just an excuse and what you should be asking yourself instead.

How Gian makes decisions and the importance of trusting your gut when deciding whether something’s right for you.

The importance of mental health or wellbeing as Gian calls it and Gian advice for both individuals and corporates on ensuring their wellbeing or that of their employees is as good as it can be.

and much much more!

I really enjoyed speaking with Gian and hearing how he’s managed to come back from such a terrible tragedy to create a successful business and happy life for himself and I’m sure you’ll get a lot from what he has to say!

You can find out more about Gian on his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/giansinghpower/

If you want to find out more about TLC Lions and Unwind you can do so at the links below:

TLC Lions - https://www.tlclions.com/

Unwind London - https://www.unwindlondon.com/

Specific things we discuss in the show:

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss - http://amzn.eu/d/ftLXivO

Derek Sivers - https://sivers.org/

Anything You Wnat by Derek Sivers - http://amzn.eu/d/9YZqQiD

Paul Obershnider - https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-oberschneider-61694a59

Dr Kamel Hothi OBE - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamel_Hothi

Calm app - https://www.calm.com/

Mo Gawdat - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo_Gawdat

Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat - http://amzn.eu/d/2NMXTVf

Mental Health First Aid Course - https://mhfaengland.org/

What we talk about:

00:02:00 - Why busy is an excuse and what you should really be thinking about when you say you’re too busy.

00:03:30 - Gian’s background and how he got to where he is today.

00:08:05 - What led Gian to found TLC Lions and take the step out of Consulting so soon after coming back to work following his father’s death.

00:11:20 - How Gian was able to set up a business in an industry he had very little experience in and the advice he gives to others looking to take a step out of Consulting.

00:16:10 - How Gian makes key business decisions and the importance of trusting your gut.

00:19:00 - How Gian selected his Lions and the critical factors that Gian considered when deciding whether someone was right for TLC Lions or not.

00:22:45 - How Gian was able to secure his first Lions and persuade them to join him when he was just starting out.

00:25:51 - Gian’s mental health journey, how he overcame the death of his father and his advice for others dealing with mental health challenges.

00:33:01 - Gian’s advice for assessing your own mental health and the one question we should all be asking ourselves.

00:38:51 - What Consultancies should be doing to support their employees wellbeing and how they can act early to support those who are struggling with mental health challenges.

00:43:20 - Gian’s book recommendations

00:50:45 - Gian’s closing advice for you whether you’re just starting out in Consulting, In the middle grades or approaching Partner level.

00:55:40 - How to get in touch with Gian.