Episode 287 – Writing and happiness with Megan Hayes

Episode 287 - Writing and happiness with Megan Hayes

‘The individual is a research project, every time we try something new we’re being a kind of scientist in our own life.’ Megan Hayes studied the links between writing and happiness, and the first thing she discovered is that it’s both more powerful and more complex than we think. Yes,…

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Episode 281 – Mental fitness with Jodie Rogers

Episode 281 - Mental fitness with Jodie Rogers

‘There’s something about the writing process, the words on the page, just holding you accountable in some way to your thinking.’ Jodie Rogers has identified the real competitive advantage for today’s organisations: the mental fitness of the people working there. But as she points out, it takes more than an…

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Episode 276 – The thousand-day lessons

Episode 276 - The thousand-day lessons

Earlier this year, I passed the 1,000-day mark in my #goldenyear running streak. In this week’s episode, I reflect on what I’ve learned from building that habit, and what it’s taught me about writing, resilience and when NOT to wear shorts.  A short episode this week, but I hope you’ll…

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Episode 264 – Toxic with Clive Lewis

Episode 264 - Toxic with Clive Lewis

‘The hardest part is getting started, getting that first paragraph on the page. And once I’ve been able to do that, generally for me, my writing then flows from that.’ Clive Lewis has written 17 books, so he’s learned a bit about organizing and communicating his ideas. He writes about…

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Episode 228 – Busy@Home with Tony Crabbe

Episode 228 - Busy@Home with Tony Crabbe

In a crisis, we often discover that we can do things we’d never imaged we could. In this pandemic, companies that have told staff for years that they can’t make working at home work have discovered that in fact, they can. Tony Crabbe discovered that he could write a book…

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Episode 174 – Work Fuel with Colette Heneghan

Episode 174 - Work Fuel with Colette Heneghan

‘If you ask people do they have a plan for the week, do they know where they need to be, do they know the clients that they’ll be meeting, they’ve prepared for that… Then you say, “What are you going to have for lunch?” And they go, “What?”‘ Most of…

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Episode 151 – Design, creativity and joy with Niki Schafer

Episode 151 - Design, creativity and joy with Niki Schafer

Designers look at life differently, and writers can learn a lot from their approach. Niki Schafer’s aim as an interior designer is to design happiness into her clients’ homes. And while she was writing her book on ‘dwellbeing’, she discovered how to capture the joyful state of creative flow kinaesthetically,…

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