Episode 270 – The Best Bits: Writing what you need to learn

Episode 270 - The Best Bits: Writing what you need to learn

It’s one of the great paradoxes of business books that they’re written by experts, but the process of writing them is itself what builds expertise. In this Best Bits episode nine recent guests reflect on how writing their book changed them – often in unexpected ways.  Judy Piatkus on the…

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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 And I wonder how many business books are going to feel out of date.’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 263 – Lead Beyond the Edge with Frederique Murphy

Episode 263 - Lead Beyond the Edge with Frederique Murphy

‘The reason why I was able to write it in 12 weeks is that I mapped out my entire book, sticky note by sticky note… And then I was relentless. I just went one word per sticky note and built the whole thing.’ For someone who comes alive on the…

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Episode 217 – The Master Plan with Chris Wilson

Episode 217 - The Master Plan with Chris Wilson

Just occasionally, you have a conversation that rocks you to your core. One of those conversations that shows you how little you really know of life, how blind you are to your own privilege, and how feeble your excuses are. This is one of those conversations.  Chris Wilson was facing…

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Episode 176 – Future Fit with Andrea Clarke

Episode 176 - Future Fit with Andrea Clarke

‘The discovery process is everything. It’s the whole project.’ Andrea Clarke describes the three months she spent writing her book as being in ‘a pure content vortex… I felt like I was on a natural high.’ Discover why, and maybe catch some of her energy and enthusiasm to reignite your…

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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 42 – The Naked Leader with David Taylor

Perhaps the most powerful thing you can do as the writer of a business book is to cut through the fluff and change people’s lives. Many of us feel uncomfortable making grand claims for our ideas. We hedge them around with qualifiers and we’re anxious to cover off all the…

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