Episode 156 – Funny Business with Brendan Barns

‘Our events are a bit like a business book; a business book should give you new ideas, cutting edge content, stuff that you haven’t thought about before. But great business books can do it in a way that makes learning fun, that is entertaining to read, that also inspires the…

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Episode 155 – The Amazon effect with Natalie Berg and Miya Knights

Episode 155 - The Amazon effect with Natalie Berg and Miya Knights

Amazon has revolutionised retail, and it’s showing no signs of stopping. To understand the Amazon effect, and consider what might be coming next, we need to analyse it through two lenses – retail strategy and technology. Which is why retail analyst Natalie Berg and technology journalist Miya Knights decided to…

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Episode 154 – Upskilling with Chris Watson

Episode 154 - Upskilling with Chris Watson

‘Wouldn’t it be helpful if somehow you could anticipate the key skills that would be needed in the future to support people’s professional growth?’ And that was the question that eventually led Chris Watson to write his first book: Upskill: 21 Keys to Professional Growth. In this conversation we explore the steps…

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Episode 153 – New narratives with Anjali Ramachandran

Episode 153 - New narratives with Anjali Ramachandran

‘Constantly trying to be open to knowing about things that we’re not that comfortable with, I think that’s important.’ Most of us live inside a bubble of our own making: we read and talk about things that we know, we filter our feeds and our network to the voices that…

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Episode 152 – Blinkist – finding books with Niklas Jansen

Episode 152 - Blinkist and discoverability with Niklas Jansen

‘We have trailers and teasers about a movie. So why shouldn’t there be a teaser or trailer for a book?’ When Niklas Jansen graduated he knew he wanted to start a business, but he didn’t know much about running a business. And he also realised that suddenly he didn’t have…

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Episode 151 – Design, creativity and joy with Niki Schafer

Episode 151 - Design, creativity and joy with Niki Schafer

Designers look at life differently, and writers can learn a lot from their approach. Niki Schafer’s aim as an interior designer is to design happiness into her clients’ homes. And while she was writing her book on ‘dwellbeing’, she discovered how to capture the joyful state of creative flow kinaesthetically,…

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Episode 150 – The Sesquicentennial Best Bits

Episode 150 - The Sesquicentennial Best Bits

There aren’t many opportunities to slip the word ‘sesquicentennial’ into conversation, so make the most of this one by recommending it, casual-like, to all your friends. A few of my favourite moments from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club episodes, with the focus today on serendipity. (There’s another great word…

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Episode 149 – Building out the brand with Graham Allcott

Episode 149 - Building out the brand with Graham Allcott

Graham Allcott is one of the most productive people I know. Which isn’t surprising. His book How to be a Productivity Ninja was a huge success when it was first published five years ago, and has become the cornerstone of his business, Think Productive. There’s a new edition of that…

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Episode 148 – Disrupting Yourself with Whitney Johnson

‘We are learning machines. It’s the biology of who we are.’ We’re used to thinking about disruption as a force that shapes industries, products and services. But have you ever thought about disrupting yourself? Whitney Johnson recommends that you jump to a new learning curve every five years or so,…

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Episode 147 – The Children’s Fire with Mac Macartney

In a world facing unprecedented social and ecological challenges, Mac Macartney has a challenge for businesses: ‘There is no organisation in this world better designed, resourced or equipped to create change in the world than businesses. They’re designed to make stuff happen… We talk a lot about innovation and creativity.…

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