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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Episode 133 – Ghostwriting and Frankendrafts with Derek Lewis

Episode 133 - Ghostwriting and Frankendrafts with Derek Lewis

‘The first draft of the manuscript is just ugly. There are pieces, and parts, and this part doesn’t match that part. It looks like a Frankenstein monster. And that’s why I call it Frankendraft. It sets that expectation low, that this will be an ugly, ghoulish creation with parts and…

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Episode 130 – The Best Bits!

Episode 130 - The Best Bits!

A hand-picked selection of treasures from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club episodes, with the focus on other people – how can they help you write a better book, faster, what impact will your book have on them, and how can you make them care enough to read it…

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