Episode 160 – The Best Bits

Episode 160 - The best Bits

A few of the stand-out moments from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club episodes – there’s a celebratory feel as it marks the fifth birthday of Practical Inspiration, and this week we’re focused on finding inspiration in the uncomfortable and owning your ideas. Niki Schafer on submerging yourself in things…

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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 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 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 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 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 140 – The Best Bits

Episode 140 - The Best Bits

A few of my favourite moments from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club episodes, and this time it’s all about grit – which seems to be an inevitable ingredient in the writing of a business book. Ayse Birsel on optimism and finding the best answers in the worst places Elaine Halligan,…

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Episode 137 – Making the Boat Go Faster with Ben Hunt-Davis

Episode 137 - Making the Boat Go Faster with Ben Hunt-Davis

‘While we’re doing one thing, let’s just do it as well as we can and make sure we are spending our time, of which we have so little, let’s spend it wisely.’ Ben Hunt-Davis knows a bit about focus. As part of the ‘Sydney 8’, who revolutionised the approach to…

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