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 389 – Social media strategies with Luan Wise

“I started where I think a good marketer should start, by asking some people to read the book and give me their feedback.” Luan Wise, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing with over 20 years of experience in B2B and B2C sectors, is an expert on all things…

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Episode 380 – All about the Voice

Episode 380 - All about the Voice

In a sense writing a business book – any book, really – is quintessentially about finding and using your voice. You’re talking across time and space to a reader for a conversation that lasts for hours; admittedly a bit of a one-sided conversation, but it’s not possible to talk to…

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Episode 353 – When the Dust Settles with Lucy Easthope

Episode 353 - When the Dust Settles with Lucy Easthope

‘Seeing somebody need you, seeing somebody in pain, is not necessarily traumatizing: not being able to help them is a moral injury that is traumatizing. So I also wanted to challenge ideas of what hurts.’ Most of us run away from disaster. Similarly, we try to avoid painful emotions.  For…

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Episode 347 – Slow journalism with Rob Orchard

Episode 347 - Slow journalism with Rob Orchard

‘Slow journalism for us was just a way of encapsulating that feeling that when you take your time, you can do something more quality.’ In a media landscape dominated by the white-hot, reactive world of social media and rolling news, it can be hard to keep a sense of perspective.…

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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 309 – Fearless writing with Robert Kelsey

Episode 309 - Fearless writing with Robert Kelsey

‘[Writing] is a craft. It’s no different to knitting or painting by numbers or whatever, you just have to learn the craft. It might take practice and it might take learning a few rules, but, you know, they’re not that scary.’ For Robert Kelsey, writing is an essential business skill…

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Episode 304 – Things that editors love

Episode 304 - Things that editors love

Back in episode 286, I set out a list of things that editors hate and how to avoid them. Apparently that was very helpful, but lots of people have suggested that I needed to do a more positively focused companion episode, so here it is: what makes editors’ hearts sing?…

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Episode 295 – Book production secrets with Jo Bottrill

Episode 295 - Book production secrets with Jo Bottrill

What’s the magic by which the Word document you’ve been working on for so many weeks and months is transformed into a book? Jo Bottrill, head of Newgen UK, is a book production expert who’s worked with thousands of authors to perform exactly that magic, and in this conversation he…

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