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 154 – Upskilling with Chris Watson

Episode 154 - Upskilling with Chris Watson

‘Wouldn’t it be helpful if somehow you could anticipate the key skills that would be needed in the future to support people’s professional growth?’ And that was the question that eventually led Chris Watson to write his first book: Upskill: 21 Keys to Professional Growth. In this conversation we explore the steps…

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Episode 152 – Blinkist – finding books with Niklas Jansen

Episode 152 - Blinkist and discoverability with Niklas Jansen

‘We have trailers and teasers about a movie. So why shouldn’t there be a teaser or trailer for a book?’ When Niklas Jansen graduated he knew he wanted to start a business, but he didn’t know much about running a business. And he also realised that suddenly he didn’t have…

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Episode 151 – Design, creativity and joy with Niki Schafer

Episode 151 - Design, creativity and joy with Niki Schafer

Designers look at life differently, and writers can learn a lot from their approach. Niki Schafer’s aim as an interior designer is to design happiness into her clients’ homes. And while she was writing her book on ‘dwellbeing’, she discovered how to capture the joyful state of creative flow kinaesthetically,…

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Episode 150 – The Sesquicentennial Best Bits

Episode 150 - The Sesquicentennial Best Bits

There aren’t many opportunities to slip the word ‘sesquicentennial’ into conversation, so make the most of this one by recommending it, casual-like, to all your friends. A few of my favourite moments from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club episodes, with the focus today on serendipity. (There’s another great word…

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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 148 – Disrupting Yourself with Whitney Johnson

‘We are learning machines. It’s the biology of who we are.’ We’re used to thinking about disruption as a force that shapes industries, products and services. But have you ever thought about disrupting yourself? Whitney Johnson recommends that you jump to a new learning curve every five years or so,…

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Episode 145 – The Mother of All Jobs with Christine Armstrong

Episode 145 - The Mother of All Jobs with Christine Armstrong

If you’re a working parent, you won’t need telling that this isn’t really working. You might not, however, be aware that it’s not working for pretty much everybody. In her research for The Mother of All Jobs, Christine Armstrong uncovered a conspiracy of silence that means every working mother feels…

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Episode 144 – The Post-Truth Business with Sean Pillot de Chenecey

Episode 144 - The Post-Truth Business with Sean Pillot de Chenecey

Oxford University Press identified ‘post-truth’ as its Word of 2016, in the wake of both Trump and Brexit campaigns, and we’ve all been quietly adjusting to that new reality in politics ever since. But it’s not just a political issue: if, as Sean Pillot de Chenecy contends, ‘Consumer trust is…

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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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