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1453 – Channeling Creativity To Make an Impact with Faisal Hoque
28th January 2023 • The Thoughtful Entrepreneur • Josh Elledge of
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In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks with the Best-Selling Author, Founder and Chair of NextChapter, Faisal Hoque.


Faisal briefly talks about his best-selling book, Everything Connects, and gives the main takeaways readers should look for. He emphasizes the importance of understanding how humanity, science and technology, and how this understanding can help leaders to be more creative and make a bigger impact.

Faisal believes that the secret to making a lasting impact as an entrepreneur is rooted in self-kindness and empathy. He emphasizes the importance of taking care of oneself both physically and emotionally and being attuned to the needs of the world and to those they are trying to serve. By doing so, leaders can not only avoid burnout but also be better equipped to handle the pressures and responsibilities of being a leader.


Key points from the Episode:

  • Overview on Faisal Hoque’s Work of Expertise
  • KeyTakeaways on Faisal’s best selling book “Everything Connects”
  • How to Stay in Your Zone of Genius as Leaders
  • Tips on How to Stay in the Zone of Genius as Leaders


About Faisal Hoque: Faisal  is an accomplished entrepreneur, noted thought leader, technology innovator, advisor to CEOs, BODs, and the US federal government, and an author with more than 25 years of cross-industry success. He is the founder of SHADOKA, NextChapter, and other companies. They focus on enabling sustainable and transformational changes. He is a 3 times winning Founder and CEO of Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ awards.

Throughout his career, he has developed over 20 commercial business and technology platforms and worked with public and private sector giants such as US Department of Defense (DoD), GE, MasterCard, American Express, Northrop Grumman, CACI, PepsiCo, IBM, Home Depot, Netscape, Infosys, French Social Security Services, Gartner, Cambridge Technology Partners, JP Morgan Chase, CSC, and others. What sets Faisal apart is the unique position and perspective he has always maintained, which is grounded in hardcore technology with deep roots in leading-edge management science.

His broad areas of expertise include innovation, leadership, management, sustainable growth, transformation, strategy, governance, M&A, frameworks, and digital platforms. He holds a strong belief that it is through knowledge sharing that we may provide the greatest clarity on how to improve our collective future. As a globetrotter, he is passionate about nature, people, culture, music, and design, and he loves to cook.


About NextChapter: NextChapter is a research organization that focuses on sustainable and transformational changes. The organization brings together experts from a variety of disciplines to collaborate on research projects aimed at creating a more sustainable future. The organization's multidisciplinary approach allows it to address complex issues from multiple perspectives, and its focus on sustainable and transformational changes means that it is dedicated to finding solutions that not only address immediate problems, but also create long-term positive change.

About Shadoka: The Bengali word ‘SHADOKA‘ is derived from the sanskrit word sādhaka. A sādhaka is a practitioner of a particular sādhanā. A sādhaka, or practitioner, is one who skillfully applies… mind and intelligence in practice towards a goal. Sanskrit word sādhanā, literally translates to “a means of accomplishing something”.

Their ultimate goal is to generate various fresh ideas, dynamic breakthroughs, long-term prospects, and techniques for monitoring them. As a result, their clients' financial success is a byproduct of what they do.


Tweetable Moments:

6:03 - “Accept the change and the adversity that comes along with doing the work that you love, try to make an impact, and be patient with whatever you're trying to do.”

12:50 - “Because when people are struggling with work or life, often enough, it's not because they want to know how to solve the problem. They want to know that there is a shoulder they can lean on and that the person they're talking to is with them.”


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