Episode 174 – Work Fuel with Colette Heneghan

Episode 174 - Work Fuel with Colette Heneghan

‘If you ask people do they have a plan for the week, do they know where they need to be, do they know the clients that they’ll be meeting, they’ve prepared for that… Then you say, “What are you going to have for lunch?” And they go, “What?”‘ Most of…

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Episode 169 – Improv and writing with Neil Mullarkey

‘Improv is always, “Let’s just start something now. We don’t know where it’s going to go, but we’ll start now. Whatever tools, whatever cast we have.” That’s what writing should be as well.’ Neil Mullarkey, founder of the Comedy Store Players and long-time sketch buddy of Mike Myers, is on…

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Episode 167 – The Learning Imperative with Mark Burns

Episode 167 - The Learning Imperative with Mark Burns

‘Think about your audience. What stones do they have in their shoes? And what possibilities do they dream of?’ And with this great advice from his editor ringing in his ears, Mark Burns and his co-writer Andy Griffith planned, wrote, rewrote, tested, revised and edited their way to their final…

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Episode 165 – Work the Future Today with Whitney Vosburgh

When we talk about ‘the future’, we’re subconsciously distancing ourselves from some indefinite, hypothetical construct. But in reality, argues Whitney Vosburgh and his co-author Charlie, we are continually co-creating the future in the present, without fully making the connection between the two.  ‘Instead of being futurists, we need to be…

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Episode 163 – All In with David Grayson

Episode 163 - All In with David Grayson

‘What is the business case for being unsustainable?’ Professor David Grayson has been involved in social enterprise before it was even a thing, and over the last few decades he has acted as the conscience of business on a range of issues from accessibility and diversity to corporate social responsibility…

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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 155 – The Amazon effect with Natalie Berg and Miya Knights

Episode 155 - The Amazon effect with Natalie Berg and Miya Knights

Amazon has revolutionised retail, and it’s showing no signs of stopping. To understand the Amazon effect, and consider what might be coming next, we need to analyse it through two lenses – retail strategy and technology. Which is why retail analyst Natalie Berg and technology journalist Miya Knights decided to…

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Episode 149 – Building out the brand with Graham Allcott

Episode 149 - Building out the brand with Graham Allcott

Graham Allcott is one of the most productive people I know. Which isn’t surprising. His book How to be a Productivity Ninja was a huge success when it was first published five years ago, and has become the cornerstone of his business, Think Productive. There’s a new edition of that…

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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 132 – Design Your Life with Ayse Birsel

‘When you’re being creative, all you’re trying to do is see the same things differently, and from that, see if you can drive new ideas, solutions and new value.’ Ayse Birsel, multi-award-winning designer, decided to try an experiment. She tried to catch herself being creative and reverse engineer exactly what…

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