Episode 415 – Strategy and writing with Henry Mintzberg

Episode 415 - Strategy and writing with Henry Mintzberg

Henry Mintzberg is quite simply a legend, and my personal business thinking hero. When I was studying his writings for my MBA I could only have dreamed that one day I’d be chatting about writing to him on my podcast – and sometimes when dreams come true, the reality is…

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Episode 414 – CEO Secrets with Dougal Shaw

Ep 414 - CEO Secrets with Dougal Shaw

Journalism is changing, which means journalists have to change too. And a great example of this is the way that BBC reporter Dougal Shaw has reinvented his own role from pure video journalism, transforming what started as corridor conversations with business leaders who happened to be visiting the BBC into…

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Episode 409 – First-Time CEO with David Roche

Episode 409 - First-Time CEO with David Roche

‘So they go, “Hang on, I’ve got to look confident… I have to have all the answers,” which is the worst place to come from.’ Becoming a first-time CEO is a lonely experience, and David Roche (who’s got that particular t-shirt himself) believes every new CEO should be assigned a…

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Episode 408 – Higher Ground with Alison Taylor

Episode 408 - Higher Ground with Alison Taylor

‘We basically treated legal compliance as a proxy for ethics, which has never really been a particularly good fit.’ I think we can all agree the world is ready for some fresh perspectives on the ethical obligations of the business world: Alison Taylor is here to provide them.  All too…

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Episode 407 – Languishing less with Corey Keyes

“Do what you can in the circumstances you are given right now. And don’t wait for the systems in the world around you to change in order to get some life into your life.” Most of us are only too familiar with ‘languishing’ – the opposite of flourishing. It was…

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Episode 404 – LinkedIn mastery with Louise Brogan

Episode 404 - LinkedIn mastery with Louise Brogan

Louise Brogan helps entrepreneurs and professionals elevate their LinkedIn game. In this week’s conversation she explains why LinkedIn is so important for businesses and why most people are so dreadful at it. From fundamental mindset to the most effective tactics right now, it’s a masterclass in maximising your profile on…

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Episode 403 – Disrupting HR with Lucy Adams

Episode 403 - Disrupting HR with Lucy Adams

“It was fantastic, just as a sheer exercise in putting something out there and being brave and saying, these are my thoughts, what does everyone else think?” Lucy Adams spends her days helping HR leaders reimagine their profession, and her classic work HR Disrupted and its sequel, The HR Change…

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Episode 402 – The BRAVE Leader with David McQueen

Episode 402 - The BRAVE Leader with David McQueen

‘The beautiful part of it, which is also the hardest and the most painful part, is the editing… [if] you put a book out into the world which will be around longer than you, you might as well put in the effort to get it right.’ David McQueen has never…

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Episode 401 – Pushing through discomfort

Following last week’s quadricentennial episode, a slightly belated but still brilliant best bits episode, showcasing the shiniest gems from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club conversations.  The theme is pushing through discomfort, and it brings together extraordinary stories, illuminating insights and gloves-down challenges from:  Errol Doebler on emotional regulation…

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Episode 400 – Ask me anything!

Episode 400 - Ask me anything!

How can I start running when I absolutely hate running? What’s your one big, albeit lesser known, tip for writing your first book? Have you tried smoked chili peanut butter yet? When I put out the call for questions for this quadricentennial episode, I could never have imagined the response.…

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