Episode 320 – We can do hard things

Episode 320 - We can do hard things

In 1907, pioneering psychologist William James wrote this: ‘The human individual lives usually far within his limits; he possesses powers of various sorts which he habitually fails to use. He energizes below his maximum, and he behaves below his optimum.’ That insight reflects the message of my guests on this podcast…

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Episode 317 – Supercharge Me with Eric Lonergan and Corinne Sawers

Episode 317 - Supercharge Me with Eric Lonergan and Corinne Sawers

‘We don’t compromise rigour and intellectual honesty, but we try to make it as accessible as possible.’ I don’t know what you and your life partner achieved in lockdown. Eric Lonergan and Corinne Sawyers wrote a book.  They brought their complementary skillsets – Eric in economics and monetary policy, Corinne…

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Episode 313 – PR on a Beermat with Louise Third

Episode 313 - PR on a Beermat with Louise Third

‘You cannot go into PR without building relationships.’ Louise Third has embraced this principle in the planning and writing of her book PR on a Beermat, first by partnering with the originators of the beermat idea to develop it for PR, by writing collaboratively with partners, and by involving journalists…

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Episode 311 – Accountability with Brian Moran and Michael Lennington

Episode 311 - Accountability with Brian Moran and Michael Lennington

‘Accountability is… probably the most empowering concept you have to live the life you want to live, when you understand it.’ When we speak about accountability in business, very often the context is negative. It’s about consequences and blame. But if we see accountability as ownership, it’s a radically different,…

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Episode 305 – Things that authors learn (around the campfire)

Episode 305 - Things that authors learn (around the campfire)

Anyone can have an idea for a book. Writing, publishing and marketing it? That means becoming an author, and that involves a whole lot of learning. In this week’s podcast I chat around the virtual campfire to seven members of the Extraordinary Business Book Club – some have just begun…

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Episode 303 – Writing a handbook with David Grayson

Episode 303 - Writing a handbook with David Grayson

“We knew that a handbook had to be incredibly practical… we tried to help people to really work through the stages that you need to think about.” There could hardly be a more important topic for businesses to engage with today than sustainability, and yet most businesses are still at…

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Episode 271 – You Lead with Minter Dial

Episode 271 - You Lead with Minter Dial

‘What elements of your imperfection are you going to bring to the table?’ That’s the powerful question that strategist and storyteller Minter Dial poses about writing, but it could equally well be applied to leadership. Having all the answers is no longer what we need from our leaders: in a…

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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 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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