Episode 104 – Collaboration & design with Edgar Papke & Thomas Lockwood

Ep 104 - Collaboration & design with Edgar Papke & Thomas Lockwood

Have you ever thought of business as art? Edgar Papke and Thomas Lockwood, experts in organizational culture and design respectively, wanted to encourage leaders to design their businesses consciously for innovation and collaboration with their book Innovation by Design. And what better way than to write collaboratively? This is a…

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Episode 103 – Writing down the music with Elaine Gould

Episode 103 - Writing down the music with Elaine Gould

Music notation may seem a world away from business books, but the parallels are striking: when music editor Elaine Gould wrote what was to become the classic reference work Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation, her focus was relentlessly on the musicians who had to use those marks…

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Episode 102 – Pre-suasion with Robert Cialdini

Episode 102 - Pre-suasion with Robert Cialdini

We like to think of ourselves as rational beings. But over the last 30 years or so behavioural science and psychological research has conclusively proved otherwise: the bit of our brain that makes decisions does so mostly on the basis of stimuli and associations, and pretty much all the meaningful…

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Episode 98 – Doughnut Economics with Kate Raworth

Episode 98 - Doughnut Economics with Kate Raworth

‘If five years ago somebody had said to me, “So you know, Kate, are you ever going to write a book?” I would have said, “No, no, no, no, no. I don’t write books. I draw pictures.”‘ But when Kate Raworth doodled a doughnut shape to capture her vision of…

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Episode 97 – Publishing from all sides with David Roche

Episode 97: Publishing from all sides with David Roche

David Roche has seen publishing from pretty much every angle: publisher, bookseller, author, reader, mentor, consultant and industry maven. He’s been on the boards of HarperCollins, Waterstones and HMV, was CEO of Borders and Books Etc, he’s the chair of New Writing North, non-exec chair of the London Book Fair, and…

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Episode 96 – Turning talks into books with Miranda West

Episode 96 - Turning talks into books with Miranda West

How do you turn a great talk into a great book? It’s not as easy as you might think. Miranda West is the founder of Do Books, which originated with the Do Lectures in Wales, focused on smart working and slow living. But as she explains, taking a message from…

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Episode 93 – Christmas Special 2017

Episode 93 - Christmas Special 2017

Pour a glass of sherry, munch on a mince pie, and put your feet up with a few of my absolute favourite moments EVER from the Extraordinary Business Book Club. On happiness – Andy Cope’s epiphany in the queue in Tesco’s on Christmas Eve. On messiness – Tim Harford explains…

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Episode 92 – Trusted with Lyn Bromley & Donna Whitbrook

The launch of Trusted was a very special occasion. When one of my authors has a book launch it’s ALWAYS a special occasion, of course, but this one was exceptional for a number of reasons: It was two authors, not one, both of whom had written every word of the…

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Episode 90 – The Best Bits

Episode 90 - The Best Bits

Another satisfying helping of the choicest morsels of practical inspiration served up by recent guests. Listen to: Dr Lynda Shaw (business neuroscientist) on what stories do to our brains and why that’s good for business Matt Locke (Storythings and The Story conference) on the craft of storytelling Nigel Wilcockson (Random House Business Books) on what…

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