Episode 125 – Getting Social with Michelle Carvill

For many CEOs, ‘doing’ social media is terrifying. Much easier to hire a millennial to do it for you. But in a world in which trust in corporates is at an all-time low, Michelle Carvill argues the best way to address that is to ‘step outside of the boardroom and…

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Episode 124 – Finding your story with Martin Norbury

Episode 124 - Finding your Story with Martin Norbury

Most business book authors aren’t professional writers. Martin Norbury failed his English O-level twice, but he knew that he had a story to tell that mattered. In this week’s conversation he reveals how he went about turning the stuff in his head into a brilliantly readable book – from interviews…

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Episode 122 – The Paula Principle with Tom Schuller

Episode 122 - The Paula Principle with Tom Schuller

In the 1960s, Professor Laurence Peter articulated the famous Peter Principle: that an employee in a hierarchy tends to be promoted to ‘his level of incompetence’. As he looked at the evidence of women outperforming men throughout education and into the workplace, in the face of the ongoing gender pay…

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Episode 121 – Reaching Out with Molly Beck

Episode 121 - Reaching Out with Molly Beck

‘The more people you know, the more stuff you get done. It’s as simple as that.’ But reaching out is an art: targeting the right people, approaching them in the right way, getting over yourself in the first place. In Reach Out, Molly Beck shares her simple, brilliant system for…

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Episode 117 – Creativity and collaboration with Roger Mavity

Episode 117 - Creativity and collaboration with Roger Mavity

Former ad man, CEO of both the Granada and Conran Groups and Chairman of Citigate, Roger Mavity is also a renowned author, artist and photographer. In this conversation we explore the twin struggles of creativity and specifically of writing: the private struggle to articulate the idea, and the public struggle…

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Episode 116 – Collaborative Advantage with Paul Skinner

Episode 116 - Collaborative Advantage with Paul Skinner

We’ve been stuck on the idea of competitive advantage as the key to strategy for a long time now. Paul Skinner thinks it’s had its day. ‘Where competitive advantage assumes that the way to succeed is by being better than others, I believe the way to succeed is by supporting…

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Episode 114 – High-Fidelity Publishing with Barbara Gray

Episode 114 - High-Fidelity Publishing with Barbara Gray

“I don’t want people to buy my book.” That’s a sentence I honestly don’t think I’ve heard an author say before, ever. But Barbara Gray’s vision for her second book, Secrets of the Amazon, was very different to that of most authors. It’s part of what she calls high fidelity,…

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Episode 113 – Friend of a Friend with David Burkus

Episode 113 - Friend of a Friend with David Burkus

Networking is (quite literally, it turns out) a ‘dirty word’, but Dr David Burkus brings together studies and stories that show how we’ve got it wrong: we don’t ‘do networking’, we ARE a network. This is invaluable for anyone in business, but David also describes in detail how he gets…

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Episode 110 – The Best Bits!

Episode 110 - The Best Bits!

Another helping of best bits from recent episodes: we’re talking about ‘fast books’ and ‘slow books’, writing with a co-author, and how doodling can help you come sideways at a book. Tune in, sit back, and listen to insights and inspiration from these superb writers: Steve Scott on how he’s…

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