Episode 106 – The Business Book Awards with Lucy McCarraher

On 16 March 2018, the inaugural Business Book Awards ceremony took place in London. It was an extraordinary occasion, bringing together the top names in books and business in the UK and beyond, and with shortlists including books from the biggest traditional publishers to the smallest independent presses and even…

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Episode 105 – Report from the frontline of independent publishing

Episode 105 - Report from the frontline of independent publishing

Something a little different this week: a report from the bleeding edge of the publishing industry, also known as the IPG Spring Conference. This is one of the most exciting and diverse events of the publishing calendar, bringing together publishers from all genres of publishing and from all sizes of…

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Episode 104 – Collaboration & design with Edgar Papke & Thomas Lockwood

Ep 104 - Collaboration & design with Edgar Papke & Thomas Lockwood

Have you ever thought of business as art? Edgar Papke and Thomas Lockwood, experts in organizational culture and design respectively, wanted to encourage leaders to design their businesses consciously for innovation and collaboration with their book Innovation by Design. And what better way than to write collaboratively? This is a…

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Episode 103 – Writing down the music with Elaine Gould

Episode 103 - Writing down the music with Elaine Gould

Music notation may seem a world away from business books, but the parallels are striking: when music editor Elaine Gould wrote what was to become the classic reference work Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation, her focus was relentlessly on the musicians who had to use those marks…

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Episode 102 – Pre-suasion with Robert Cialdini

Episode 102 - Pre-suasion with Robert Cialdini

We like to think of ourselves as rational beings. But over the last 30 years or so behavioural science and psychological research has conclusively proved otherwise: the bit of our brain that makes decisions does so mostly on the basis of stimuli and associations, and pretty much all the meaningful…

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Episode 101 – Hiding in the Bathroom with Morra Aarons-Mele

‘I always wanted to write a book… but it was never my time. My husband wrote a book, my father passed away, I have three little kids, I mean, I have a business, you know, life gets in the way… And then finally, one day… I thought: I want to…

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Episode 99 – The Culture Code with Daniel Coyle

Episode 99 - The Culture Code with Daniel Coyle

‘We’re all continually learning. Learning is a kind of scaffolding. To me, that’s the most beautiful metaphor for writing a book and for learning in life, that you’re continually building scaffolding. That scaffolding is expanding your capacity.’ Daniel Coyle is a New York Times bestselling author, and in this interview…

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Episode 98 – Doughnut Economics with Kate Raworth

Episode 98 - Doughnut Economics with Kate Raworth

‘If five years ago somebody had said to me, “So you know, Kate, are you ever going to write a book?” I would have said, “No, no, no, no, no. I don’t write books. I draw pictures.”‘ But when Kate Raworth doodled a doughnut shape to capture her vision of…

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Episode 97 – Publishing from all sides with David Roche

Episode 97: Publishing from all sides with David Roche

David Roche has seen publishing from pretty much every angle: publisher, bookseller, author, reader, mentor, consultant and industry maven. He’s been on the boards of HarperCollins, Waterstones and HMV, was CEO of Borders and Books Etc, he’s the chair of New Writing North, non-exec chair of the London Book Fair, and…

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