Episode 182 – Leadership and Language with Chris Hirst

Episode 182 - Leadership and Language with Chris Hirst

There’s a lot of hot air expended on the topic of leadership. It can seem as though ‘leadership’ is a complex, arcane concept far removed from the reality of most of our lives. Here’s the antidote: Chris Hirst’s No Bullsh*t Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why…

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Episode 180 – The Best Bits

Episode 180 - The Best Bits

The last few episodes of The Extraordinary Business Book club have included some extraordinary conversations about business and books, and one thing that’s become clear is that you need to be fuelled by passion to write a business book that makes a difference. Discover how these award-winning writers tapped into…

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Episode 177 – Powered by Change with Jonathan MacDonald

Episode 177 - Powered by Change with Jonathan MacDonald

‘The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.’ Jonathan MacDonald is extraordinary in many ways: a victim of bullying as a child who grew up to practise ‘radical forgiveness’, the youngest ever Chairman of the British Music Industries Association, the current British heavyweight jiu-jitsu champion…. Oh…

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Episode 170 – The Best Bits

Episode 170 - The Best Bits

A few of the stand-out moments from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club episodes –  this week we’re asking…. why? Why write a book, when it’s so damn hard? Here’s why. Mark Burns on the stones in the reader’s shoe Bec Evans on treating your book as a prototype…

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Episode 166 – Defining You with Fiona Murden

Episode 166 - Defining You with Fiona Murden

Self-development books are big business – but is it just navel-gazing on the hand or esoteric theory on the other?  ‘At the end of the day people want something that’s pragmatic, and they can actually do something with.’ Fiona Murden has been working with the world’s most senior leaders for…

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Episode 163 – All In with David Grayson

Episode 163 - All In with David Grayson

‘What is the business case for being unsustainable?’ Professor David Grayson has been involved in social enterprise before it was even a thing, and over the last few decades he has acted as the conscience of business on a range of issues from accessibility and diversity to corporate social responsibility…

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Episode 161 – Mindfulness for Leaders with Dr Audrey Tang

Episode 161 - Mindfulness for Leaders with Dr Audrey Tang

‘Mindfulness is… all about recognising where we’re coming from, and who we are, and how we like to think, and where we’re going with all that information.’ Dr Audrey Tang is in the business of ‘applied mindfulness’ – how can it help us be better leaders, smarter learners, and happier…

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Episode 159 – PR for Humans with Mike Sergeant

Episode 159 -PR for Humans with Mike Sergeant

As a journalist, Mike Sergeant’s job was to communicate complex issues clearly and quickly. He had to find within huge geopolitical issues the human stories that listeners could connect with. Today he uses that experience to help business leaders communicate more powerfully.  Mike believes that PR is simply storytelling –…

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Episode 148 – Disrupting Yourself with Whitney Johnson

‘We are learning machines. It’s the biology of who we are.’ We’re used to thinking about disruption as a force that shapes industries, products and services. But have you ever thought about disrupting yourself? Whitney Johnson recommends that you jump to a new learning curve every five years or so,…

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