Episode 269 – Own Your Day with Diana Marsland and Julie Nerney

Episode 269 - Own Your Day with Diana Marsland and Julie Nerney

‘This experience has taught me, like a lot of the work I do in life, that where you start isn’t necessarily where you’ll end up… the book we’ve written is much more practical and purposeful for our readers as a result of us really listening to [their feedback] and not…

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Episode 267 – The Family Business with Keel Hunt

In our fascination with tech start-ups and big corporates, we might be tempted to overlook the family business. Keel Hunt describes Ingram as ‘the quiet company’ – 50 years young, still family owned, and still quietly partnering with all the other players in the book supply chain to innovate and…

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Episode 266 – Ahead of her time with Judy Piatkus

Episode 266 - Ahead of her time with Judy Piatkus

‘I think we’re going to have another watershed moment… there’s going to be business pre-pandemic and business post-pandemic. And I wonder how many business books are going to feel out of date.’ As a woman founder in publishing, Judy Piatkus is one of my heroes. Working from home long before…

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Episode 264 – Toxic with Clive Lewis

Episode 264 - Toxic with Clive Lewis

‘The hardest part is getting started, getting that first paragraph on the page. And once I’ve been able to do that, generally for me, my writing then flows from that.’ Clive Lewis has written 17 books, so he’s learned a bit about organizing and communicating his ideas. He writes about…

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Episode 262 – No Filter with Sarah Frier

Instagram has had a massive impacting in shaping our culture over the last decade – it’s redefined our measures of success and celebrity. It’s easy now to see it as somehow inevitable, but in No Filter, winner of the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2020, Sarah Frier uncovers the…

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Episode 260 – The Best Bits: Finding courage

Episode 260 - The Best Bits: Finding courage

Writing a business book is a particularly visible form of leadership – how do you find the courage for that? In this week’s look back through my most recent Extraordinary Business Book Club conversations, I uncover the principles, tactics and Jedi mind tricks that enabled these authors to find the…

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Episode 256 – Make Your Own Map with Kathryn Bishop

Episode 256 - Make Your Own Map with Kathryn Bishop

‘By the way, do you have a strategy for you? Because if you don’t, you should.’ That throwaway line in a top-level strategic meeting was a game-changer for Kathryn Bishop. As a high-flying professional and academic, she had an astonishing array of strategic models at her disposal for evaluating options…

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Episode 252 – Leadership and love with Yetunde Hofmann

Episode 252 - Leadership and love with Yetunde Hofmann

“Organizations, not government… hold the key to change in the world, and therefore when we write, we’ve got to write with the business, the organizational leader in mind.” We talk a lot about engagement, empathy, psychological safety in the workplace. But what we’re really talking about, claims Yetunde Hofmann, is…

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Episode 251 – Project Future with Rob Kerr

Episode 251 - Project Future with Rob Kerr

As a project manager, Rob Kerr was accustomed to evaluating options and allocating scarce resources for maximum impact. The magic happened, however, when he started taking those tools out of the office and applying them to life: ‘We were making better decisions as a family. We were being a bit…

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Episode 250 – The Best Bits: Questions & answers

Episode 250 - The Best Bits: Questions & answers

We often say that something raises more questions than answers as if that’s a bad thing – but perhaps it’s a more dangerous state of affairs when we have more answers than questions.  Many of the recent conversations in the Club have focused on the power of writing to identify…

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