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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Episode 146 – The Reading and Writing Resolutions Special

Episode 146 - The Reading and Writing Resolutions Special

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Episode 145 – The Mother of All Jobs with Christine Armstrong

Episode 145 - The Mother of All Jobs with Christine Armstrong

If you’re a working parent, you won’t need telling that this isn’t really working. You might not, however, be aware that it’s not working for pretty much everybody. In her research for The Mother of All Jobs, Christine Armstrong uncovered a conspiracy of silence that means every working mother feels…

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Episode 144 – The Post-Truth Business with Sean Pillot de Chenecey

Episode 144 - The Post-Truth Business with Sean Pillot de Chenecey

Oxford University Press identified ‘post-truth’ as its Word of 2016, in the wake of both Trump and Brexit campaigns, and we’ve all been quietly adjusting to that new reality in politics ever since. But it’s not just a political issue: if, as Sean Pillot de Chenecy contends, ‘Consumer trust is…

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Episode 143 – The future of work with Alexandra Levit

Episode 143 - The future of work with Alexandra Levit

The days of getting one degree and working your way up the ranks with one employer are long gone, says Alexandra Levit. In the future of work: ‘You have to be comfortable branding yourself, selling yourself, and you have to be comfortable with constant reinvention, and change, because nothing is…

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Episode 142 – The Crucible’s Gift with James Kelley

Episode 142 - The Crucible's Gift with James Kelley

Why does adversity make some leaders and break others? Dr James Kelley stumbled across the answer – he thought he was going to write a book on corporate wellness, but what emerged from his conversations with over 100 CEOs was a pattern of how effective leaders choosing to redefine a…

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