Episode 143 – The future of work with Alexandra Levit

Episode 143 - The future of work with Alexandra Levit

The days of getting one degree and working your way up the ranks with one employer are long gone, says Alexandra Levit. In the future of work: ‘You have to be comfortable branding yourself, selling yourself, and you have to be comfortable with constant reinvention, and change, because nothing is…

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Episode 142 – The Crucible’s Gift with James Kelley

Episode 142 - The Crucible's Gift with James Kelley

Why does adversity make some leaders and break others? Dr James Kelley stumbled across the answer – he thought he was going to write a book on corporate wellness, but what emerged from his conversations with over 100 CEOs was a pattern of how effective leaders choosing to redefine a…

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Episode 141 – Lead Like a Coach with Karen Morley

Episode 141 - Lead Like a Coach with Karen Morley

Karen Morley knew there’d be no problem writing about the principles of leading like a coach, and she found it relatively easy to structure her ideas and practice into a methodology. But how to bring that alive for a reader? The answer of course was to use stories, and Karen…

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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 139 – Being the champion of your book with Pete Williams

Episode 139 - Being the champion of your book with Pete Williams

Writing a great book is a good start. But it’s only a start. After that comes the marketing, which is every bit as important as the writing. ‘If you’re not going to be the biggest champion for your book, who is?’ asks Pete Williams. The author of several best-selling books…

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Episode 138 – Talking out the book with Elaine Halligan

Episode 138 - Talking out the book with Elaine Halligan

Elaine Halligan has an extraordinary story. Her journey to becoming one of the world’s leading parenting experts began with her own son’s difficulties at school and her determination to do whatever it took to allow the amazing potential she saw in him to flourish. But when it came to writing…

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Episode 136 – The Leadership Lab with Pippa Malmgren

Episode 136

‘A 20th-century leader was very analytical, it’s all about the drill-down into detail and numbers. But frankly, that did not serve us very well, and that’s partly what led to everybody being blindsided by populism. So we say, in the 21st century, you can do analytical, but you have to…

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Episode 135 – Be More Pirate with Sam Conniff Allende

‘You’ve got to ask yourself what is more important. Is it selling books, or starting a movement?’ Sam Conniff Allende is in the business of movement-making. A young entrepreneur himself, he’s since inspired a generation of young entrepreneurs and hustlers, and when he decided it was time to write a…

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Episode 134 – Real Confidence with Michelle Sales

Episode 134 - Real Confidence with Michelle Sales

‘Now, I look at work and life and what I know in a different way, it’s almost like I’m attuned to looking for opportunities to bring my thinking together and get it out there by way of a book.’ Michelle Sales never thought of herself as a writer. She didn’t even…

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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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