Episode 414 – CEO Secrets with Dougal Shaw

Ep 414 - CEO Secrets with Dougal Shaw

Journalism is changing, which means journalists have to change too. And a great example of this is the way that BBC reporter Dougal Shaw has reinvented his own role from pure video journalism, transforming what started as corridor conversations with business leaders who happened to be visiting the BBC into…

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Episode 406 – Talking business books with Meredith Norwich

Episode 406 - Talking business books with Meredith Norwich

‘For an academic book, you are looking to demonstrate that you stand on the shoulders of giants. For a practitioner book, you ARE the giant… But you’re not the first giant.’ Meredith Norwich is a senior acquisitions editor at Routledge, part of Taylor and Francis Publishing, and she has seen…

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Episode 401 – Pushing through discomfort

Following last week’s quadricentennial episode, a slightly belated but still brilliant best bits episode, showcasing the shiniest gems from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club conversations.  The theme is pushing through discomfort, and it brings together extraordinary stories, illuminating insights and gloves-down challenges from:  Errol Doebler on emotional regulation…

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Episode 400 – Ask me anything!

Episode 400 - Ask me anything!

How can I start running when I absolutely hate running? What’s your one big, albeit lesser known, tip for writing your first book? Have you tried smoked chili peanut butter yet? When I put out the call for questions for this quadricentennial episode, I could never have imagined the response.…

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Episode 395 – Bright sparks & damp squibs with Sir John Tusa

Episode 395 - Bright sparks & damp squibs with Sir John Tusa

‘It’s the stories we respond to in life. It’s people’s stories we respond to, and then… you can tease out the lessons. You don’t go for the theory head on.’ There are many, many books about creativity: what it is, how to do it, what steps to follow. When journalist…

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Episode 391 – Publishing for Business with Naren Aryal

Episode 391 - Publishing for Business with Naren Aryal

‘That book that’s for everyone is for no one, right?’ Naren Aryal is laser-focused on the business of publishing for business. In this week’s episode he talks to me about how Amplify Publishing Group developed from a single title to one of the world’s leading business imprints, the unique goals…

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Episode 390 – Writing = Business

Episode 390 - Writing = Business

“Business books are unique because they are in that sweet spot between business activity and creative endeavour, that’s why I love them so much, that’s why I do this podcast, that’s why you’re here. It’s a beautiful thing.” Too often, people see writing a business book as something comletely different…

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Episode 376 – Do Deal with Richard Hoare

Episode 376 - Do Deal with Richard Hoare

“When we’re talking about Do Deal, we’re really talking about the verb of how you deal with people… as an ongoing kind of living thing.” Richard Hoare didn’t set out to become an expert on negotiation. In fact his first attempt at negotiation, when he was offered a poorly paid…

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Episode 373 – Rethinking creativity with Dennis Sherwood

Episode 373 - Rethinking creativity with Dennis Sherwood

“What’s important about creativity is not novelty, but difference. I want something different from what is happening now, and difference is much easier to discover because difference means different from now.” There’s a lot of mystique around creativity, but for practical people – people like scientists and engineers – being…

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Episode 358 – Staying the Distance with Catherine Baker

Episode 358 - Staying the Distance with Catherine Baker

‘We’ve all been missing a trick, because sport has been showing us day in, day out, not just how to improve, perform and achieve, but how to do so on a sustained basis, in a way that ensures that we can consistently deliver results when it matters.’ Catherine Baker qualified…

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