Episode 289 – Medium, message and meaning with Jeremy Kourdi

Episode 289 - Medium, message and meaning with Jeremy Kourdi

‘Why would you write 28 books? To get good at some of the stuff that you’re writing about.’ As well as writing those 28 books, Jeremy Kourdi has experience of senior leadership at The Economist, Duke University and the CMI. It’s fair to say he has an all-round perspective on…

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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 283 – Exponential with Azeem Azhar

Episode 283 - Exponential with Azeem Azhar

Humans don’t easily ‘get’ exponential growth – we’ve evolved in a linear world, and the pace of change we’re facing now can leave us wrong-footed and disoriented. But Azeem Azhar argues that we need to get to grips with it, and fast, if we’re to thrive in the modern world.…

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Episode 282 – Author-speakers with Bobbie Carlton

Episode 282 - Author-speakers with Bobbie Carlton

‘Author-speakers… are often people who are true thought leaders, on a mission to share their knowledge. And yes, there are people who blog and there are people who post on social media and there are people who do podcasts. But… to really achieve that thought leadership, visionary status, there’s got…

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Episode 280 – The Best Bits: The joy of business books

Episode 280 - The Best Bits: The joy of business books

We talk a lot on this show about the grind of writing business books, and indeed of business in general, but there’s a lot of joy to be found in the process too. This Best Bits episode celebrates all those moments, from the creative peace of the early morning start…

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Episode 279 – Wot the Book! with Leanne Hamley

Episode 279 - Wot the Book! with Leanne Hamley

‘We wanted to explore how books, which seem to be a real missing link in the corporate world, could be brought in and really used to enhance people’s development… If I could step away from everything and invest in myself, what does that look like?’ If there’s one experience common…

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Episode 273 – Work on your Game with Dre Baldwin

Episode 273 - Work on your Game with Dre Baldwin

“I don’t care how big of a following you have, who your publisher is, what kind of marketing plan you put together, how big of an influencer you are: if you don’t sit down and write, then there will be no book.” This is the game people, and this is…

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Episode 272 – Three Peaks Leadership with Philip Levinson

Episode 272 - Three Peaks Leadership with Philip Levinson

‘Taking an all-seeing, all-knowing, conquering, dictatorial approach to managing people is going to land you in a world of pain.’ Philip Levinson always dreamed of becoming a CEO, and thought he was ready. But when he got there he realised the truth: nothing can prepare you for this.  In Three…

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Episode 270 – The Best Bits: Writing what you need to learn

Episode 270 - The Best Bits: Writing what you need to learn

It’s one of the great paradoxes of business books that they’re written by experts, but the process of writing them is itself what builds expertise. In this Best Bits episode nine recent guests reflect on how writing their book changed them – often in unexpected ways.  Judy Piatkus on the…

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Episode 268 – Effortless with Greg McKeown

‘One of the first principles to make progress in writing is to have the courage to be rubbish because all writing, literally absolutely all of it, starts rubbish.’ If his first book, Essentialism, was about prioritization, Greg McKeown’s second book, Effortless, is about simplification. And this is no theoretical treatise:…

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