Episode 116 – Collaborative Advantage with Paul Skinner

Episode 116 - Collaborative Advantage with Paul Skinner

We’ve been stuck on the idea of competitive advantage as the key to strategy for a long time now. Paul Skinner thinks it’s had its day. ‘Where competitive advantage assumes that the way to succeed is by being better than others, I believe the way to succeed is by supporting…

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Episode 115 – After the Awards with Campbell Macpherson

Episode 115 - After the Awards with Campbell Macpherson

Campbell Macpherson hasn’t really stopped grinning since March, when I handed him the Business Book of the Year trophy at the Business Book Awards ceremony. In this week’s show we talk about the impact of winning such a prestigious award (or even just being shortlisted), and how your book can…

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Episode 114 – High-Fidelity Publishing with Barbara Gray

Episode 114 - High-Fidelity Publishing with Barbara Gray

“I don’t want people to buy my book.” That’s a sentence I honestly don’t think I’ve heard an author say before, ever. But Barbara Gray’s vision for her second book, Secrets of the Amazon, was very different to that of most authors. It’s part of what she calls high fidelity,…

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Episode 113 – Friend of a Friend with David Burkus

Episode 113 - Friend of a Friend with David Burkus

Networking is (quite literally, it turns out) a ‘dirty word’, but Dr David Burkus brings together studies and stories that show how we’ve got it wrong: we don’t ‘do networking’, we ARE a network. This is invaluable for anyone in business, but David also describes in detail how he gets…

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Episode 112 – Apology-free Writing with Denise Duffield-Thomas

Episode 112 - Apology-free writing with Denise Duffield-Thomas

“People feel like, if they haven’t been ‘chosen’, then ‘Who am I to write a book?’… I just think: don’t wait to be chosen. If this is something you want to do, just do it.” Denise Duffield-Thomas, author of Lucky Bitch, helps women overcome their hang-ups about money. In this…

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Episode 111 – Unsafe Thinking with Jonah Sachs

Episode 111 - Unsafe Thinking with Jonah Sachs

“There’s this comfortable way of thinking that we’re programmed by evolution to enjoy, which is thinking in patterns. That makes life so much easier and so much more approachable, when we rely on lessons we’ve learned in the past, when we observe other people and we do the things that…

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Episode 110 – The Best Bits!

Episode 110 - The Best Bits!

Another helping of best bits from recent episodes: we’re talking about ‘fast books’ and ‘slow books’, writing with a co-author, and how doodling can help you come sideways at a book. Tune in, sit back, and listen to insights and inspiration from these superb writers: Steve Scott on how he’s…

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Episode 109 – Books and business models with Steve Scott

Steve Scott started writing and publishing to build his business, but pretty soon his business became writing and publishing books: he now has more than 70 to his name, all focused on helping internet entrepreneurs succeed. In this week’s podcast this multi-bestselling author reflects on what he’s learned about the…

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Episode 108 – The story behind This Book Means Business with Alison Jones

Episode 108 - The story behind This Book Means Business with Alison Jones

Something a bit different this week: I interview myself to pull out some of the learnings from the process of writing This Book Means Business, a book about writing a book to build your business written to build my business. Meta, huh? Discover how and why The Extraordinary Business Book…

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Episode 107 – Playful publishing with Jurgen Appelo

Episode 107 - Playful publishing with Jurgen Appelo

Leadership expert Jurgen Appelo’s advice to first-time authors is simple: ‘Iterate.’ He goes on to explain: ‘You need a feedback cycle. You need to know as soon as possible whether it is making sense, what you’re writing. People have to read it.’ Jurgen walks the talk, building his community as…

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