Happy Podcastary! It came as a surprise this morning to realise that The Maverick Paradox Podcast is 4 years old today! It is currently ranked as being a global top 5% most popular podcast, and number 12 of the Best UK leadership podcasts to follow in 2021.
How did it get to be here?
Well, 4 years ago, I was sitting at home lamenting the fact that I wasn’t having enough conversations with Mavericks (who I have defined as wilfully independent people) and pondering how I could change that. My book (The Maverick Paradox: The Secret Power Behind Successful Leaders) had been published months earlier and I was wondering how I could make more people aware that Maverick Leadership existed everywhere. That it didn’t just reside as a leadership concept, it was present within all walks of life; and all types of people. Not just Mavericks by personality.
Contemplating on this, back in 2017, led me to decide to start a podcast where I could explore Maverick Leadership with my guests. I feel that I’ve just scraped the surface with the 166 episodes that I currently have published. (Even though the episode list says there has been 165 episodes, there has been 166 episodes, I accidently missed an episode awhile ago, so I have two episodes with the same episode number … oops).
The Maverick Paradox Podcast started as a bi-weekly show with every third episode an ‘Alone with Judith’ episode, where I spoke straight to the mic without any guests. I abandoned that format in March 2020 (just before the WHO declared the coronavirus a pandemic), when I decided to make the podcast weekly.
This was a decision that I was grateful for as it as it gave me something to focus on, in those early few months of the pandemic (along with my magazine, The Maverick Paradox Magazine which was officially launched in January of that year). It wasn’t until September (after the launch of my radio show, The Maverick Paradox @ KLDR Online Leadership Development Radio), that I decided to take the podcast to a twice weekly show.
The guests have been phenomenal, and have truly made the podcast a fun and insightful listening experience. The guests have been solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, professional executives and millionaires – with one thing in common … to share something to challenge your thinking and make you see yourself, business, leadership or organisation in a different way.
Over the next few months I will be highlighting these wonderful guests so that more people can learn from their insights and have their thinking challenged.
You can see the available episodes here.
Do you have a favourite episode?