Episode 350 – What Matters

Episode 350 - What Matters

It’s easy to get caught up in the fluff – in work and life. Whether it’s focusing on the font family rather than the purpose behind the brand, the endless social media scroll rather than the deep thinking we know we’d rather be doing, or the drive to answer just…

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Episode 344 – STOP with Sarah Sparks

Episode 344 - STOP with Sarah Sparks

‘We are designed for acute episodes of stress, but what we’re not designed for is chronic episodes of stress. That’s stress after stress after stress, and that’s what most people are living with, day in day out.’ Looking back, Sarah Sparks can see that her body was trying to tell…

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Episode 338 – Crafting Connection with Felicity Dwyer

Episode 338 - Crafting Connection with Felicity Dwyer

‘It’s important to think about connecting with ourself first [because] whatever kind of interpersonal communication we are involved with, we are always there.’ In her 3D model of communication, Felicity Dwyer starts by inviting us to consider how we communicate with ourselves. It’s a profound and often moving process, but…

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Episode 324 – Energize with Simon Alexander Ong

Episode 324 - Energize with Simon Alexander Ong

‘The process of writing, the process of reflecting on where we are right now and what must happen for us to move forward towards where we want to be, this is a process of living with greater intention.’ What’s your most precious resource? Time? Money? Or is it, in fact,…

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Episode 308 – The Future of Time with Helen Beedham

Episode 308 - The Future of Time with Helen Beedham

‘I delighted in writing it. That doesn’t mean I found it easy.’ Time management has been seen as an issue for individuals for too long: Helen Beedham argues that the real issue is systemic. The way that organisations manage and value time, she says, is broken. And it’s not just…

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Episode 299 – A Twixtmas meditation

Episode 299 - A Twixtmas meditation

‘We’re designed as cyclical creatures, from the most basic microcycle of breathing in and out to the annual cycle of the seasons, and if the New Year to come is our time for resolutions and purposeful action, the days before it, these Twixtmas days, are a time for gathering our…

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Episode 287 – Writing and happiness with Megan Hayes

Episode 287 - Writing and happiness with Megan Hayes

‘The individual is a research project, every time we try something new we’re being a kind of scientist in our own life.’ Megan Hayes studied the links between writing and happiness, and the first thing she discovered is that it’s both more powerful and more complex than we think. Yes,…

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Episode 281 – Mental fitness with Jodie Rogers

Episode 281 - Mental fitness with Jodie Rogers

‘There’s something about the writing process, the words on the page, just holding you accountable in some way to your thinking.’ Jodie Rogers has identified the real competitive advantage for today’s organisations: the mental fitness of the people working there. But as she points out, it takes more than an…

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Episode 276 – The thousand-day lessons

Episode 276 - The thousand-day lessons

Earlier this year, I passed the 1,000-day mark in my #goldenyear running streak. In this week’s episode, I reflect on what I’ve learned from building that habit, and what it’s taught me about writing, resilience and when NOT to wear shorts.  A short episode this week, but I hope you’ll…

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Episode 264 – Toxic with Clive Lewis

Episode 264 - Toxic with Clive Lewis

‘The hardest part is getting started, getting that first paragraph on the page. And once I’ve been able to do that, generally for me, my writing then flows from that.’ Clive Lewis has written 17 books, so he’s learned a bit about organizing and communicating his ideas. He writes about…

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