Episode 200 – The Bicentenary Episode

Celebrate with me – The Extraordinary Business Book Club is 200 episodes young! So along with the Best Bits of the last few (absolutely brilliant) conversations, there’s some reflection on what that means, and why it matters. The bicentennial best bits are all about curiosity, experimentation, getting feedback, failing and…

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Episode 193 – People Powered with Jono Bacon

Episode 193 - People Powered with Jono Bacon

‘It’s tempting, especially when you’re a consultant, to not share anything. Because you’re worried that what you do, what you talk to your clients about, is your secret sauce… it took me about a year or so to realise that that’s completely untrue.’ Jono Bacon has written a few books…

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Episode 190 – The Best Bits

Episode 190 - The Best Bits

Writing a business book is a delicate balancing act between being fully yourself and being fully in service of your reader. How do you “do you” to the max, without tipping over into self-indulgence or over-sharing?  In the last few episodes of The Extraordinary Business Book Club we’ve explored this…

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Episode 186 – Talking Business Books with Andrew Hill

Episode 186 - Talking Business Books with Andrew Hill

‘It sometimes feels like I get to see every business book published.’ As managing editor and business book reviewer for the Financial Times, not to mention the coordinator of the annual FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year award, Andrew Hill reads probably more business books than anyone else on the…

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Episode 182 – Leadership and Language with Chris Hirst

Episode 182 - Leadership and Language with Chris Hirst

There’s a lot of hot air expended on the topic of leadership. It can seem as though ‘leadership’ is a complex, arcane concept far removed from the reality of most of our lives. Here’s the antidote: Chris Hirst’s No Bullsh*t Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why…

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Episode 180 – The Best Bits

Episode 180 - The Best Bits

The last few episodes of The Extraordinary Business Book club have included some extraordinary conversations about business and books, and one thing that’s become clear is that you need to be fuelled by passion to write a business book that makes a difference. Discover how these award-winning writers tapped into…

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Episode 177 – Powered by Change with Jonathan MacDonald

Episode 177 - Powered by Change with Jonathan MacDonald

‘The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.’ Jonathan MacDonald is extraordinary in many ways: a victim of bullying as a child who grew up to practise ‘radical forgiveness’, the youngest ever Chairman of the British Music Industries Association, the current British heavyweight jiu-jitsu champion…. Oh…

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Episode 170 – The Best Bits

Episode 170 - The Best Bits

A few of the stand-out moments from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club episodes –  this week we’re asking…. why? Why write a book, when it’s so damn hard? Here’s why. Mark Burns on the stones in the reader’s shoe Bec Evans on treating your book as a prototype…

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Episode 166 – Defining You with Fiona Murden

Episode 166 - Defining You with Fiona Murden

Self-development books are big business – but is it just navel-gazing on the hand or esoteric theory on the other?  ‘At the end of the day people want something that’s pragmatic, and they can actually do something with.’ Fiona Murden has been working with the world’s most senior leaders for…

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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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