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Our Non-Linear, Messy Lives. A Conversation with Gregg Robins

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Gregg Robins and I met in the late 1990's when I was directing a series of videos for Citibank on Y2K and the Euro. At the time, Gregg was an executive with The Private Banking Group at Citibank, based in Geneva, Switzerland, (where he currently lives), and in addition to being incredibly smart, Gregg is terrific on-camera and was Citi's go-to talking head for interviews on CNN, the BBC, and all the European TV networks. So Citi made sure we connected, and Gregg and I worked together on a series of documentary style videos for both internal use, and Citibank's wealthiest clients.

Welcome to a Career Strategy Channel Podcast on TotalPicture. I'm your host, Peter Clayton. My guest today is my good friend: Gregg Robins. Gregg is a senior wealth advisor based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Gregg is also a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and has been a guest previously on Totalpicture to talk about his music. You'll find links to those interviews in the sidebar .

 Y2K was one of those global events that never lived up to the hype. Basically, (for those of you too young to remember), there was a fear that when the clocks struck midnight on December 31, 1999, and rolled over to 2000, computers would turn into Sponge Bob Square Pants, go into kernel panic; resulting in commerce, industry, and the global banking system simply stopping dead in its tracks. Many of the countries in the eurozone had the added 'bonus' of converting to a brand new currency at the same time.

Fast forward to today. Gregg was asked to write an article for Fypster, (a European LinkedIn for millennials), based on a speech he made to a group of millennials he titled Live Messy Lives. I thought his open, candid reflection on life's challenges and opportunities would make for a terrific podcast. Enjoy.

Talking Points:

What led you to write Live Messy Lives?

Tell us about Fypster

At one point in your career, you were running a large asset management company in New York City, and had what could be described as a Bernie Madoff experience. Tell us about that and how that changed your life.

A couple of things Gregg and I share -- we both have three fantastic daughters -- and we both have gone through, (messy is a nice way of describing it), divorces. Gregg, your divorce was far more contentious, expensive and drawn out than mine. What coping mechanisms did you use to keep it together for so long -- even when you were restricted from seeing your kids?

Another part of Gregg's story -- in addition to his business acumen, he's an accomplished musician, writing and performing his music. In fact you'll find links on his show page to a couple of interviews we've done talking about his music -- his first album titled "Everything That Matters" is highly personal. I would guess your music helped to keep you sane during the darkest periods of your life?

I recently published a podcast with Jay Golden, author of Retellable, How Your Essential Stories Unlock Power and Purpose. In essence, that is what Live Messy Lives does, and why we're recording this podcast -- because your story is retellable. I'm wondering if this introspection has inspired you to write more?

Gregg, when you and I were growing up we didn't have the pressure of social media to deal with. What advice do you have for millennials just starting their careers regarding the use of social platforms?

In your article you emphasize "life is not in the lines but in the dots." Can you expand on this concept?

What didn't I ask that you would like to share?
Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.


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