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Stories of Success Podcast

The podcast is a listening experience for your personal development.

I regularly interview high achievers, entrepreneurs, consultants, visionaries, coaches, and mentors about their secrets and experience. Learn from the best and enjoy!

Sep 24, 2020

In this episode of season 4 I welcome Marcel Daane. I am super excited to welcome Marcel as he has been prominent on my social media feeds for a long time. I admire the work he does as an executive and leadership coach, and his concept about body mind connection in a business world.
Marcel and I actually recorded a live video cast and this podcast is a transcript of it - the audio form essentially. A fascinating conversation about mind body leadership, how we learn and how executives can get unstuck.
Being a leadership coach myself, working with teams to improve mental health, mindfulness and well being, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to speak with Marcel and learn from the best.
As a form of an intro, Marcel suffered with a mental illness that almost cost his life as a young adult. However, through Martial Arts, Mindfulness and Selflessness, he overcame his struggles and learned how to thrive despite his challenges.
30 years on, and Marcel is an award winning executive coach with a Masters Degree in Neuroscience and Leadership, author of the highly acclaimed book 'Headstrong Performance’, and he is considered one of the world’s pioneers in Mind-Body Leadership.
Now if he doesn’t work, he spends time with his wife and daughter.
Below are bullet points of the topics we cover in the podcast and links to Marcel’s work.
  • How mindfulness makes you more resilient
  • Marcel’s journey of becoming an award winning executive coach
  • Why and how Marcel looks different at the world
  • Marcel’s upbringing and how it influenced his path in life
  • His drive to make people better and add value to society 
  • Bruce Lee’s influence and martial arts
  • The change of the work environment, hustling all day vs. resting and recuperating and being able to perform better
  • His research during his Masters in Neuroscience about energy capacity in the brain
  • Work Life Balance, Life Life Balance, and how Covid19 is teaching us how we should be structuring our balance
  • Life in silos
  • Struggles of executives around their identity and how we overvalue work vs. who we are as a human being
  • As a graduate we worry about who we become; later in our career we worry about who we are
  • Teaching your children (how) to ask questions
  • Dealing with layoffs and redundancies
  • Questioning and finding your value and purpose
  • Influence of historic events on our upbringing, decision making and how we define work, and how this is changing with the younger generation and Covid19
  • The age of boosterism 
  • How to become more resilient
  • How children improve resilience through sports
  • Children’s stress level going up, beyond working adults’ levels
  • How we learn now vs. when we were a child
  • Mindfulness isn’t the answer to everything but a tool that will help us alongside other tools
  • Different stages of learning, and how this impacts leadership and decision making
  • Our map of the world
  • Communicating with body language and energy
  • Loss of gut feeling and intuition
  • Importance of listening, and how mindfulness and body-mind connection can help
  • Mindfulness giving you a power of choice when applying to every part of life
  • George Mumford’s book the Mindful Athlete, and Victor Frankl’s Stimulus and Response theory
  • Separating Ying from Young, Action from Inaction
  • Getting unstuck as a leader - default operating mode 
  • Creating a place of curiosity to improve knowledge and innovation


Volker is a career and leadership coach, and also works as a sales and strategy consultant. With a passion for mindfulness and personal development, he helps individuals and companies to achieve more. In his podcast he interviews high achievers, entrepreneurs, consultants, visionaries, coaches, and mentors about their secrets and experience. Learn from the best! Find out more on his website.