Episode 316 – The Crux with Richard Rumelt

Episode 316 - The Crux with Richard Rumelt

‘The basic failure of strategy work is a failure to define the challenge that you’re trying to meet.’ Richard Rumelt is one of the world’s leading authorities on strategy. He’s also a keen rock-climber, and it was climbing that gave him the inspiration for his new book: The Crux.  In…

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Episode 315 – Because I Can with Tim Bradshaw

Episode 315 - Because I Can with Tim Bradshaw

“Because I Can… is about: ‘How do I find a way to make something work?’ ‘How do I be a part of the solution?’” Do you make a difference? Or do you make excuses?  Tim Bradshaw has done many remarkable things in his life, from military training to endurance events,…

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Episode 314 – Just Ask! with Graham Eisner

Episode 314 - Just Ask! with Graham Eisner

“We all want to grow our business. And we often do that by spending quite a lot of money… But the reality is in front of us, we have all the new clients we need.” Graham Eisner perfected his technique for asking clients for referrals without embarrassment on either side…

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Episode 313 – PR on a Beermat with Louise Third

Episode 313 - PR on a Beermat with Louise Third

‘You cannot go into PR without building relationships.’ Louise Third has embraced this principle in the planning and writing of her book PR on a Beermat, first by partnering with the originators of the beermat idea to develop it for PR, by writing collaboratively with partners, and by involving journalists…

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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 310 – Where do you get your ideas?

Episode 310 - Where do you get your ideas?

Put an author in front of schoolchildren and you can guarantee that before too long, one of them will ask: ‘Where do you get your ideas?’ It’s a good question, and one that’s just as important for business book writers. In this week’s ‘best bits’ episode we look back over…

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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 307 – Invisible Work with John Howkins

Episode 307 - Invisible Work with John Howkins

‘Expressing an idea and getting it out there is a very skilful process… the principle is to get the other people as interested in the idea you are.’ Creative work is to a large extent invisible – which makes it tricky for managers to manage. It also means that we’re…

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Episode 306 – In/Action with Jinny Uppal

Episode 306 - In/Action with Jinny Uppal

In a world that screams ‘Just Do It!’, inaction has a bad reputation.  But sometimes, strategic inaction is exactly what the situation demands – and much more productive in the long run than the rush to do something, anything. In this week’s conversation I talk to Jinny Uppal about how…

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