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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Oct 4, 2022

How much time are you wasting scrolling down social media that you would be using to be productive elsewhere in your business? If you want to be productive in your business and achieve your goals, you must develop healthy habits that include less social media, and more time off, to come up with creative ideas. 

In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Raman Sehgal, an entrepreneur, and Ramarketing’s Global President. Raman is an International best-selling Author, Keynote speaker, Blogger, Guest lecturer, and Forbes Agency Council Member. He is also Co-Founder of Lead Candidate, a Specialist Talent Acquisition Partner, for the Pharma and Biotech Outsourcing Space, and the Host of an Industry-Leading Pharmaceutical Podcast - Molecule to Market, where he takes listeners inside the outsourcing space of the drug development and manufacturing ecosystem.  

Listen in to learn the power of journaling, to help you appreciate the little things in life, and come up with creative ideas for your business. You will also learn how to set the right tone as a Leader, by not behaving or doing things you wouldn’t expect your Team to do. 



This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of Leadership and Professional Development programs, unlike any online training you’ve experienced before. 

Key Takeaways:

  • How to build healthy and productive social media habits, that don’t negatively affect your work. 
  • How to take time off to think, journal, and come up with creative ideas. 
  • The importance of developing a certain amount of selfishness to achieve your goals. 
  • How to set the right tone for your Team, by doing things you would expect them to do. 

Episode timeline:

  • [1:13] Intro
  • [7:39] Raman, on running his many businesses, life as a family man, plus his move to Boston.  
  • [13:11] How his family navigated the pandemic in isolation, plus his experience writing his book. 
  • [19:26] Raman explains how he has mastered the art of being an effective social media user. 
  • [22:30] Raman, on the motives behind writing his book, The Floundering Founder, and the impact it’s had on people.
  • [27:50] He describes the avatar he was targeting with his book, plus the dedication he put into it. 
  • [41:12] Tips on how to develop healthy habits, that keep you happy in business and life. 
  • [54:46] Learn to be selfish with your goals and don’t push yourself beyond what you can accomplish. 
  • [1:01:28] Raman describes his goals, plus the importance of having goals to guide most aspects of your life. 
  • [1:07:04] How Raman has evolved as a Leader from being impulsive to engaging his team. 
  • [1:14:17] Leadership skills you need to develop to become the Leader who leads with the right tone. 


  • “You’ve got to think about how you connect with people, and if you just throw at them what you know and you have always done, it might not make the difference in their learning, growth, or your connection.”- Cathleen Merkel [27:34]
  • “Whatever goals you set for yourself; you’re going to have to be a bit selfish about them; no successful people get there without being a little self-centred.”- Raman Sehgal [55:18]
  • “You have to set the right tone; you cannot expect your team to behave in a way or do things you don’t do yourself.”- Raman Sehgal [1:11:31]




Find | Raman Sehgal

Business Website: 

Lead Candidate:

Raman’s Book: The Floundering Founder by Raman Sehgal 

Recommended Book: Digital Minimalist by Cal Newport

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Bio: Having founded several niche companies, Raman has grown ramarketing (headquartered in Newcastle with a presence in Boston) to a $multi-million, PE-backed, international marketing agency, with over 60 employees, supporting clients in the Life Science space.

Today, alongside being an entrepreneur and ramarketing’s Global President, Raman is an International Best-selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Blogger, Guest Lecturer, and Forbes Agency Council Member. He is also co-founder of Lead Candidate, a specialist Talent Acquisition Partner for the outsourcing space, and the host of pharmaceutical podcast - Molecule to Market where he takes listeners inside the drug development outsourcing space.  

Having recently written a no.1 best-selling book about business lessons from a founder's perspective it would be great to discuss my career journey and my experience of being an entrepreneur. I've made heaps of mistakes and I'm very candid about them and like to share them so others can learn.

ramarketing is ambitious and growing. The agency has grown from being a side-hustle I started in my flat in Gateshead, to an international business servicing the life science and pharma space with 100s of clients and 65+ employees - so there's plenty to chat about!

I recently secured private equity investment for ramarketing and learned more about business during the 18-month process than in the last 18 years! So, it would be good to chat about that and how I'm now more rounded as a businessperson.

Finally, I get to interview c-suite leaders on a weekly basis from some of the biggest names in pharma and life science for my podcast. I have learned so much from them as people and professionals and some of the habits they have shared have filtered into my own work and personal life over the years and shaped me as a leader.

About Cathleen O’Sullivan (Merkel):  

As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, worn-out women create a more content & balanced life, without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple six step framework, Cathleen helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU! 

Cathleen focuses on women who have lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a ‘hamster wheel,’ trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised, and clear about their future.  

With over 15 years of Leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a Female Leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various Leadership Development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations. 

Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ – was Cathleen able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!


Find | Cathleen Merkel

On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel
On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching
On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel


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