Episode 156 – Funny Business with Brendan Barns

‘Our events are a bit like a business book; a business book should give you new ideas, cutting edge content, stuff that you haven’t thought about before. But great business books can do it in a way that makes learning fun, that is entertaining to read, that also inspires the…

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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 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 137 – Making the Boat Go Faster with Ben Hunt-Davis

Episode 137 - Making the Boat Go Faster with Ben Hunt-Davis

‘While we’re doing one thing, let’s just do it as well as we can and make sure we are spending our time, of which we have so little, let’s spend it wisely.’ Ben Hunt-Davis knows a bit about focus. As part of the ‘Sydney 8’, who revolutionised the approach to…

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Episode 130 – The Best Bits!

Episode 130 - The Best Bits!

A hand-picked selection of treasures from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club episodes, with the focus on other people – how can they help you write a better book, faster, what impact will your book have on them, and how can you make them care enough to read it…

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Episode 128 – Writing and speaking with Hugh Culver

Episode 128 - Writing and speaking with Hugh Culver

Hugh Culver has done a lot of stuff in his life – from leading adventure holidays in the Antarctic to giving keynote speeches to companies and conferences all over the world. For him, writing his book Give Me a Break was an opportunity to reenergise and deepen his thinking, to…

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Episode 107 – Playful publishing with Jurgen Appelo

Episode 107 - Playful publishing with Jurgen Appelo

Leadership expert Jurgen Appelo’s advice to first-time authors is simple: ‘Iterate.’ He goes on to explain: ‘You need a feedback cycle. You need to know as soon as possible whether it is making sense, what you’re writing. People have to read it.’ Jurgen walks the talk, building his community as…

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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 61 – Messy is Good with Tim Harford

You’ve heard the mantra: ‘Focus!’ You know you need to niche. You understand that multi-tasking is inefficient, and you curse yourself every time your attention wanders from the one thing you know you should be working on. You’re trying to put in place systems and processes to optimise how you work,…

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Episode 59 – Reinventing Publishing with Lou Rosenfeld

Episode 59 - Reinventing Publishing with Lou Rosenfeld

Lou Rosenfeld is in the ideas business. He’s a writer himself, and a speaker and trainer, and now he’s created a distinctive approach to publishing that’s based around ideas – and the community engaged with them – rather than books per se. The publishing company he created – Rosenfeld Media – supports the…

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