How To Be Extraordinary: In Conversation with Dr. Kiko Thiel
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Welcome to the Areni Global podcast. Today’s episode is entitled “How To Be Extraordinary”. Host Pauline Vicard speaks with Dr. Kiko Thiel to discuss her search on the extraordinary and what makes people do extraordinary things. Her research distinguishes between excellence and the extraordinary, and between incremental innovation vs. the outer reaches of radical innovation - paradigm creation. Dr. Thiel focuses in particular on the mindsets and behaviors that enable the creation of the extraordinary, the creation of new paradigms and outliers that challenge our notion of reality, or our notion of what's possible. But how can this notion of excellence vs. the extraordinary be applied to the world of Fine Wine? To find out, tune in!

More about today’s guest Dr. Kiko Thiel:

Kiko Thiel researches, writes and speaks about the difference between excellence and the extraordinary, and the journey individuals undergo when they depart from the status quo to create a new paradigm. She brings to her academic research over 25 years of experience consulting to major corporations in Europe, Japan, Africa, and the Middle East, spanning insurance, mining, oil and gas, high tech, and the fashion and cosmetics industries. She specialised in leadership and organizational change at McKinsey and Accenture, and in Blue Ocean Strategy innovation with Insead professors Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. Kiko has a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, an MBA from Insead, BA History from Yale, speaks English, Japanese, and French, and has lived half of her life in Europe, and the other half in Japan and the US. 

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More about today’s host: 

Pauline Vicard is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Areni Global. She was born and raised into a winemaking family in Burgundy, and she has been working in the wine sector for the last 15 years both in Europe and Internationally, in the market research department of the Burgundy wine office and the French Embassy, before creating her own corporate wine events and education company in Lille, France. She moved to London in 2015 to spearhead the Wine Library of the unique and acclaimed Clerkenwell London, a multi-space design destination, before developing the concept of Fine Minds 4 Fine Wines with Nicole Rolet that led to the creation of Areni Global.

Pauline now directs all Areni’s activities, when she is not studying for the Master of Wine exam or playing ultimate frisbee.

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