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 277 – Making Workshops Work with Penny Pullan

Episode 277 - Making Workshops Work with Penny Pullan

Penny Pullan was talking about virtual leadership and running virtual events long before it was fashionable – now that the rest of the world has caught up, she’s leading the way in making virtual and hybrid events (which are surely the future) not just possible, but powerful. Most people at…

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Episode 269 – Own Your Day with Diana Marsland and Julie Nerney

Episode 269 - Own Your Day with Diana Marsland and Julie Nerney

‘This experience has taught me, like a lot of the work I do in life, that where you start isn’t necessarily where you’ll end up… the book we’ve written is much more practical and purposeful for our readers as a result of us really listening to [their feedback] and not…

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Episode 267 – The Family Business with Keel Hunt

In our fascination with tech start-ups and big corporates, we might be tempted to overlook the family business. Keel Hunt describes Ingram as ‘the quiet company’ – 50 years young, still family owned, and still quietly partnering with all the other players in the book supply chain to innovate and…

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Episode 266 – Ahead of her time with Judy Piatkus

Episode 266 - Ahead of her time with Judy Piatkus

‘I think we’re going to have another watershed moment… there’s going to be business pre-pandemic and business post-pandemic. And I wonder how many business books are going to feel out of date.’ As a woman founder in publishing, Judy Piatkus is one of my heroes. Working from home long before…

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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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Episode 262 – No Filter with Sarah Frier

Instagram has had a massive impacting in shaping our culture over the last decade – it’s redefined our measures of success and celebrity. It’s easy now to see it as somehow inevitable, but in No Filter, winner of the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2020, Sarah Frier uncovers the…

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Episode 260 – The Best Bits: Finding courage

Episode 260 - The Best Bits: Finding courage

Writing a business book is a particularly visible form of leadership – how do you find the courage for that? In this week’s look back through my most recent Extraordinary Business Book Club conversations, I uncover the principles, tactics and Jedi mind tricks that enabled these authors to find the…

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Episode 256 – Make Your Own Map with Kathryn Bishop

Episode 256 - Make Your Own Map with Kathryn Bishop

‘By the way, do you have a strategy for you? Because if you don’t, you should.’ That throwaway line in a top-level strategic meeting was a game-changer for Kathryn Bishop. As a high-flying professional and academic, she had an astonishing array of strategic models at her disposal for evaluating options…

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