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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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 And I wonder how many business books are going to feel out of date.’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 265 – Struggling with Grace Marshall

Episode 265 - Struggling with Grace Marshall

‘Productivity isn’t just about efficiency.’ As a Productivity Ninja, Grace Marshall was used to helping people who were struggling – with overloaded inboxes, poor time management, any number of everyday productivity pits. But she noticed that in many cases there was a different kind of struggle going on, one that…

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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 258 – Launching While Female with Susanne Althoff

Episode 258 - Launching While Female with Susanne Althoff

‘In a way you have to be really cocky and bold to say I’m going to write a business book and it’s going to be worthwhile and lots of people will want to read it. You have to be overflowing with confidence. And I saw in my interviews with women…

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Episode 257 – Happy Ever After with the $7 Millionaire

Episode 257 - Happy Ever After with the $7 Millionaire

For most of the guests on this show, writing a business book is part of building a personal and professional brand. This week I talk to someone who has no interest in having his name on the book he’s written: he just wants to get the concept out there. When…

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Episode 252 – Leadership and love with Yetunde Hofmann

Episode 252 - Leadership and love with Yetunde Hofmann

“Organizations, not government… hold the key to change in the world, and therefore when we write, we’ve got to write with the business, the organizational leader in mind.” We talk a lot about engagement, empathy, psychological safety in the workplace. But what we’re really talking about, claims Yetunde Hofmann, is…

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