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 187 – 10 top tips for reading business books

Episode 187 - 10 top tips for reading business books

At the start of 2019 I set myself the ambitious target of reading 100 business books in the year. Now we are 78% of the way through the year, and I am 60% through my list. So really, who am I to be offering reading tips?  But the fact remains…

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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 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 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 146 – The Reading and Writing Resolutions Special

Episode 146 - The Reading and Writing Resolutions Special

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Episode 91 – The business book in the arena with Raj Nair

Episode 91 - The business book in the arena with Raj Nair

Raj Nair hasn’t written a business book (yet). As Executive Vice President and President, North America of the Ford Motor Company, leading one of the world’s leading company’s in one of the world’s most disrupted, fast-moving and complex industries, it’s hard to find the time. But he DOES make time to…

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Episode 45 – Visualising ideas with Heather McGowan

If you’re struggling to write your book, here’s an idea: try drawing it instead. That’s how Heather McGowan, academic entrepreneur and futurist, gets started. ‘I don’t usually start writing anything. I start drawing a lot of things. My starting process is: how would I put this on a single page…

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