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Beyond Busy

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Graham Allcott is the founder of Think Productive and author of the international bestseller How to be a Productivity Ninja.

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Leadership Lessons from a Life at NIKE with Greg Hoffman

May 26, 2022 06:30 - 57 minutes - 131 MB

My guest in this episode is Greg Hoffman. Greg spent many years in one of the coolest jobs in the world as Chief Marketing Officer for Nike. He's also the author of a new book about his experiences ‘Emotion by Design: Creative Leadership Lessons from a Life at Nike’. In this episode, we talk about some of the marketing campaigns that took Nike to another level, the importance of emotion and empathy in business and why diversity increases productivity. Greg also talks about his experience of...

The way of the Intelligent Rebel with Olivier Roland

May 12, 2022 06:00 - 1 hour - 139 MB

In this episode, we meet Olivier Roland, a French blogger and entrepreneur and the author of ‘The Way of the Intelligent Rebel’. The book has been a huge hit in France, and now the new English language translation brings his ideas to a wider audience. Oliver and I get geeky around learning how to develop your willpower and productivity to design a lifestyle to get you beyond busy, how to change your relationship with the news and lots more. ✔ Links: Buy The Way of the Intelligent Rebel: ...

Full Out with Monica Aldama

April 28, 2022 03:30 - 58 minutes - 134 MB

This week, my guest is Monica Aldama, the star of the hit Netflix show “Cheer”. Monica is the multi championship-winning cheerleading coach for Nevara College in Corsicana, Texas. She's now put some of her brilliant leadership mantras from the series into a really wise and interesting leadership book. So in this episode, I talk to Monica about what it's been like to suddenly find herself in the centre of attention. We talk about her book “Full Out” as well as family humility and more. There...

Ethical Business with Dave Linton

April 14, 2022 04:00 - 56 minutes - 78.3 MB

My guest today is Dave Linton. Dave is a former youth worker turned entrepreneur who started Madlug in 2015 with less than 500 quid, and the company has won hearts and wallets with its cool backpacks. Each product sold allows the company to donate a similar item to a young person in the foster care system. In this episode, Dave explains why it's so important for kids in care to receive these bags. We talk about kindness, leadership, and meeting Richard Branson. Listen to the full episode t...

How to be a Calm Parent with Sarah Ockwell-Smith

March 31, 2022 03:00 - 54 minutes - 62.4 MB

My guest today is Sarah Ockwell-Smith, one of the world's leading parenting experts, having written 13 books and sold half a million copies. Her philosophy of gentle parenting is hugely influential in the motherhood WhatsApp groups of Great Britain and her latest book ‘How To Be a Calm Parent’ has as much to tell us about how to look after ourselves, as it does about how to look after our kids. In this episode we talk about how to be calm, self-kindness and why being a busy parent isn't ac...

Man Down with Matt Rudd

March 17, 2022 05:00 - 1 hour - 69.1 MB

My guest today is Matt Rudd. Matt is a writer, columnist and deputy editor of The Sunday Times Magazine. He's also the author of several books, his latest being ‘Man Down: Why Men Are Unhappy and What We Can Do About It’. In this episode, we talk about mental health, shared parental leave and taking paternity leave more seriously. We talk about the trap of busyness and why you're better off with a bronze medal than a silver one and much more. Matt's book 'Man Down' is entertaining and thoug...

Design Matters with Debbie Millman

March 03, 2022 04:12 - 55 minutes - 128 MB

My guest today is Debbie Millman. Debbie was described by Fast Company as one of the most creative people working in business. She's the founder of the hugely influential podcast Design Matters. From 1995 to 2016, Debbie worked in leadership roles for Sterling Brands, leading influential projects for the likes of Burger King, Star Wars, 7up, and Campbell Soup. Her new book ‘Why Design Matters' taps into the brains of Tim Ferris, Brené Brown, Esther Perel and Malcolm Gladwell amongst many ot...

Deep Purpose with Ranjay Gulati

February 17, 2022 04:00 - 51 minutes - 117 MB

My guest today is Ranjay Gulati. Ranjay is a professor at Harvard Business School and the author of ‘Deep Purpose: The Heart and Soul of High-Performance Companies’. In this episode, we talk about how to harness a sense of purpose to create a great team and the power of good storytelling. Ranjay also offers some leadership lessons from the Seattle Seahawks NFL team and Howard Schultz at Starbucks, and stay tuned at the end for a great story about Ranjay's mum as well. We discussed if peopl...

Using Design to Solve Your Problems with Sarah Stein Greenberg

February 03, 2022 04:00 - 57 minutes - 65.6 MB

My guest today is Sarah Stein Greenberg, the executive director of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, better known as Sarah has built her career on helping companies unlock innovation and creativity. She's also the author of a new book ‘Creative Acts For Curious People’. In this episode, we talk about how boredom helps you to be creative, the questions to ask instead of making small talk, how design can help you reframe your problems, ways to develop em...

Mental Health at Work with James Routledge

January 20, 2022 04:00 - 54 minutes - 62.4 MB

My guest today is James Routledge. James is a mental health advocate and author of the book ‘Mental Health at Work’. After burning out when his first business failed at the age of 24, he founded Sanctus who are on a mission to help companies invest in the mental health of their employees.  In this episode, James talks openly about his personal experiences. We also cover some of the myths of mental health: how to manage boundaries, how to question some of the conventional narratives on menta...

Leading an Army with General Stanley McChrystal

January 06, 2022 04:00 - 52 minutes - 107 MB

My guest today is General Stanley McChrystal. General McChrystal led a stellar military career culminating in becoming the commander of US and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan. Since leaving the US military, he's founded the McChrystal group and has also written several books. His latest book is called ‘Risk: A User's Guide’. In this episode, we talk about different ways to think about risk, how he led an information-sharing revolution in the American Secret Se...

Telling Your Story with Sarah Archer

December 16, 2021 04:00 - 52 minutes - 104 MB

My guest today is Sarah Archer. Sarah is a speaking and marketing coach, as well as a playwright and comedy performer. Her podcast ‘The Speaking Club’ helps people to increase their confidence around public speaking and she has written a couple of books on the subject too! In this episode, we talk about authenticity, overcoming fear, how to measure your success and much more. Sarah spoke about how she learnt to deal with putting yourself out there: Detachment is something that I'm still ...

Social Legacy with Emily Chang

November 25, 2021 09:56 - 49 minutes - 101 MB

My guest today is Emily Chang. Emily is the CEO of the McCann Worldgroup, China a 400 plus marketing agency based in Shanghai. She's held senior roles at Apple and Starbucks, and she is also the author of The Spare Room. In this episode, we talk about her making the move to work in China. She tells us the story of opening up her spare room to strangers, and why social legacy and living an intentional life really matter. She also shares stories about the kind leaders who've inspired her alon...

Cycling Without Age with Ole Kassow

November 11, 2021 05:00 - 54 minutes - 111 MB

My guest today is Ole Kassow. Ole is a social entrepreneur based in Denmark and the founder of Cycling Without Age, a global movement that brings together volunteers to provide outdoor cycle rides to older people who would otherwise be stuck inside. Ole has also spent a lifetime experimenting with different ways to bring kindness into the world of work. In this episode, we talk about his journey creating Cycling Without Age and growing it to become a truly global organization. We also talk ...

How to Be Happy with Nic Marks

November 04, 2021 04:00 - 57 minutes - 114 MB

My guest today is Nic Marks. Nic is one of the world's leading experts on happiness and the founder of Friday Pulse, a tool to help organizations find out how happy their people are at work. Nic also created the Happy Planet Index to show which countries have the happiest people, and he spent years thinking about how to be happy and the relationship between happiness and success. So in this episode, we talk about how to be happy. Nic talks about his mentor, a Chilean economist who changed h...

Black Founders Hub with Denise Nurse

October 13, 2021 17:32 - 1 hour - 120 MB

My guest today is Denise Nurse. Denise is the co-founder of the Black Founders Hub, a network for black entrepreneurs that started here in the UK but is now increasingly global. She is also a lawyer and entrepreneur, having started and then sold a really unusual law firm. Denise has also worked as a TV presenter for Sky Travel and on BBC's Escape to the Country and Watchdog. In this episode, we talk about race and how to encourage black entrepreneurs. The journey from starting and growing, ...

How to Deal With a Fast Changing World with Azeem Azhar

September 29, 2021 03:00 - 57 minutes - 117 MB

My guest today is Azeem Azhar. Azeem is a serial entrepreneur, a journalist, startup investor, technologist and is the founder of Exponential View, a weekly email with 200,000 subscribers including many of the leading lights in tech. His new book ‘Exponential’ is a fascinating look at how humans can learn to thrive in an age of accelerating technology. It really is a must-read for all of us right now. If we want to keep pace with the rapid changes happening right now and perhaps even more i...

How to succeed as a workparent, with Daisy Dowling

September 16, 2021 06:53 - 55 minutes - 113 MB

My guest today is Daisy Dowling. Daisy has worked in senior leadership roles on Wall Street and has now left that behind to start workparent helping companies to best support working parents. She's also the author of ‘Workparent: Thrive in your career while raising happy children’. So, if you have kids or you're thinking of having kids this episode and Daisy's book are for you. We talk about how to support working parents, which organizations do it well, what to do if your boss isn't so unde...

Ready for Anything with Dr Samantha Boardman

September 02, 2021 08:46 - 57 minutes - 132 MB

This week on the Beyond Busy podcast we welcome Dr Samantha Boardman. Samantha is a clinical psychiatrist and she has a Master's in positive psychology, so her work joins the dots between all those different fields. She combines years of training in medical school and psychiatry with studies in the field of positive psychology. Samantha is also the founder of ‘Positive Prescription', and the author of a new book called ‘Ready for Anything'. In this episode, we talk about resilience being on...

The First 100 Days as CEO with Ndidi Okezie

July 22, 2021 05:30 - 1 hour - 141 MB

This week on Beyond Busy podcast we welcome Ndidi Okezie. Ndidi is a rising star in the charity World, the CEO of UK Youth and a board member of three boards, including Centrepoint. In this wide-ranging episode, we chat about having courageous conversations, kindness and much more.   The conversation starts off with Ndidi's current plans and the mission of UK Youth:   'So UK Youth is a leading charity with a vision that all young people are equipped to thrive and empower to contribute to...

How to Raise Entrepreneurial Kids with Jodie Cook

July 15, 2021 06:52 - 56 minutes - 129 MB

This week on the Beyond Busy podcast we welcome Jodie Cook. Jodie is an entrepreneur, a powerlifter, and a writer. She writes regularly for Forbes and is also an author of a number of books including ‘How to Raise Entrepreneurial Kids'.  We caught her in a quite interesting moment in her life - she just sold her business JC Social Media. In this episode, we talk about this and her experience of leading the team through the pandemic. She also tells us why she's determined not to make plans j...

A World Without Email with Cal Newport

July 08, 2021 06:28 - 1 hour - 143 MB

This week on the Beyond Busy podcast we welcome Cal Newport.     Cal is the author of ‘Deep Work' and ‘Digital Minimalism' and this is his second time on Beyond Busy. Last time we discussed the evolution of knowledge work, how social media compulsion has shifted in recent years and lots of other things. In this episode, we talk about his new book ‘A World Without Email' and why it is so hard to make time and space for deep work. Cal also shares his own strategies on how to beat it.  The c...

Creating Positive Change with Phoebe Benta

July 01, 2021 06:45 - 58 minutes - 40.1 MB

Phoebe Benta is the guest of this week's episode of Beyond Busy. Phoebe is the national president of JCI (Junior Chamber International). She's also the founder of North West Charity Awards and she also has a day job! Phoebe is a Global Digital Events Manager at Atos Medical. The conversation starts with Phoebe's background experience and JCI. 'JCI – Junior Chamber International. We're a global nonprofit membership organization for young people, 18 to 40. And we have approximately 200,000 ...

The Power of Young Leaders with Perry Maddox

June 24, 2021 05:00 - 1 hour - 42.1 MB

Welcome Perry Maddox, the guest of this week's episode of Beyond Busy podcast. Perry is the CEO of Restless Development, an international development charity that puts young people at the heart of change. His passion is helping other leaders to create change in this world. Over the years, he has led teams in more than 20 countries across 5 continents, and interviewed thousands of people for jobs, developed hundreds of senior leaders, and supported tens of thousands of diverse leaders to ...

Alien Thinking with Cyril Bouquet

June 17, 2021 05:00 - 1 hour - 43 MB

This week's guest on Beyond Busy is Cyril Bouquet. Cyril is a co-author of the book called ‘Alien Thinking: The Unconventional Path to Breakthrough Ideas’. He is also a professor of Strategy and Innovation at the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. Cyril has worked with a lot of big companies, e.g. UEFA, which welcomes the European Cup 2020 this year in 10 different countries. In this episode, we talk about productivity, how we can use our imagination in the working process and ...

The Conversation with Dr Robert Livingston

June 10, 2021 05:00 - 1 hour - 49.2 MB

This week on Beyond Busy we are happy to e-meet Dr Robert Livingston, author of the book "The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth about Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations". Dr Robert Livingston is a social psychologist, based at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is one of the World's leading experts on science underlying bias and racism. In this episode, Graham talks with Robert about biases, what we can learn from the #blm movement, and what YOU can d...

Changing Confidence with Lauren Currie

June 03, 2021 15:02 - 1 hour - 47.3 MB

The guest of the new episode of Beyond Busy weekly podcast is Lauren Currie. Lauren is a serial entrepreneur with a background in service design and she is the CEO and founder of Upfront. An organization that’s helping women to tackle issues about confidence. She is one of the most interesting and articulate speakers on subjects of gender, race and diversity. In this episode we talk about empathy, curiosity, and what it meant to her to be awarded an OBE. The episode starts with the des...

Start Up Life with Jon Smith

May 27, 2021 05:50 - 55 minutes - 38.1 MB

Jon Smith, CEO of Pobble is this week’s Beyond Busy episode guest. Pobble is an Edtech startup platform for teachers and students to improve speed, confidence, and enjoyment in writing. The platform won the Bett award for the Best Classroom Aid for Learning, Teaching and Assessment and the GESS award for Best Paid ICT Product. Graham and Jon start off by talking about how Jon’s decision to move to Cornwall from London helped his work with Pobble within the startup tech scene. 'A lot of ...

Two Beats Ahead with Michael Hendrix and Panos Panay

May 20, 2021 05:00 - 1 hour - 46.8 MB

This week we welcome Panos A. Panay and R. Michael Hendrix, the authors of the book "Two Beats Ahead", who are both leading figures in the legendary Berklee College of Music. Panos Panay is the Senior Vice President, Global Strategy & Innovation at Berklee College of Music. He is credited for spotting and capitalizing early on three emerging trends in the music business: the shift to online marketing; the emergence of an “artistic middle class”; and the shift to a consumer/brand-funded mus...

Managing in the Middle with Julie Nerney

May 12, 2021 23:00 - 1 hour - 45.6 MB

Julie Nerney is one of the co-authors of “Own Your Day: New light on the mastery of managing in the middle". She’s worked at the heart of government and played a key leadership role in the London 2012 Olympics. Graham and Julie start off the conversation by talking about how they met through Sussex Lions, the Aston Villa fanclub in Sussex. Graham then asks Julie how she would summarise her very diverse background. 'It is the common thread, through all the different types of roles and se...

How to Fix Meetings with Hayley Watts

May 05, 2021 23:00 - 58 minutes - 40.2 MB

Graham Allcott’s co-author for the new book “How To Fix Meetings”, Hayley Watts, is this week's Beyond Busy episode guest. Hayley is a mum, a coach, and she also has a background as a leader in the charity sector, where she gained a lot of experience with meetings - both good and bad. Graham and Hayley start off by talking about how Hayley got into the whole productivity business which led her to join Think Productive as a Productivity Ninja, and how she helps people change their work ha...

Rules of Online Meetings with Jackie Weaver

April 29, 2021 05:00 - 54 minutes - 37.6 MB

Overnight online sensation, Jackie Weaver, talks about meeting etiquette, workplace respect, standing orders and more in this latest Beyond Busy episode. Graham and Jackie start the podcast by talking about why the public was so fascinated by the online video that made Jackie famous. 'My take on it is that I think there’s something inherent in us that makes us want to see fairness. I think if you think about all the injustices you've seen, somebody cutting in front of you in traffic, We’r...

How to Build Exceptional Connections with David Bradford and Carole Robin

April 22, 2021 04:55 - 1 hour - 43.2 MB

David Bradford and Carole Robins from the Stanford Graduate School of Business course Interpersonal Dynamics, talk about improving existing relationships, building new connections and more in this latest episode. They are also the authors of the book 'Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues'. Graham, David and Carole start the podcast by talking about the legendary 'Touchy-Feely' program in the Stanford Graduate School of Business course Interperson...

The 3 Dimensional Definition of Productivity with Tim Ringo

April 15, 2021 04:00 - 58 minutes - 40.1 MB

Award-winning human resources conference speaker and author of "Solving the Productivity Puzzle – How People Engagement, Innovation and Performance Will Transform Work", Tim Ringo talks about the 3-dimensional definition of productivity, making the future of work more fun, how humans interact with machines and how to encourage more productivity at work. Graham and Tim open the conversation with an insight into the productivity paradox. 'What we're seeing now, and this is what I found in m...

The OMG Effect with Rev. Chris Lee

April 08, 2021 04:00 - 1 hour - 43.5 MB

With over 100k followers on Instagram and YouTube, Rev. Chris Lee is on Beyond Busy to talk about enriching people’s lives on social media, how identity is one of today’s main sickness and accepting that we are loved. He also talks about his new book “The OMG Effect”. Graham and Chris start the podcast by talking about how he became viral on social media. 'I started this thing called “60 second sermons” and then the 60 second sermons just hit a note with many people and suddenly it had it...

Finding Meaning in the Future of Work with James Reed

April 01, 2021 04:00 - 59 minutes - 40.7 MB

Acing interviews, managing recruitment websites and creating happiness at work with James Reed, Chairman of REED – Britain’s biggest and best-known recruitment brand and the largest family-owned recruitment company in the world. He is also the author of the book “Why You?: 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again”. Graham and James start the podcast by giving a bit of a background on what the company, REED, is all about and what the company focus is. James then shares a brilliant st...

Getting Through Life's Sh!tty Moments with Grace Marshall

March 25, 2021 05:00 - 1 hour - 43.8 MB

Productivity Ninja, Grace Marshall is back on Beyond Busy to talk about life's sh!tty moments, overcoming trauma, and how difficult times inspired her new book "Struggle". Graham welcomes Grace and asks her about where she got her inspiration for her newest book "Struggle". 'Sometimes, the fact that we're struggling with something doesn't mean that we're in the wrong place. Sometimes it means we're absolutely in the right place. And so, I felt like there was this thing around struggle tha...

Freelancer Survival Skills with Sarah Townsend

March 18, 2021 05:00 - 1 hour - 48.5 MB

FreelanceHER100 ambassador and mentor, and author of the book ‘Survival Skills for Freelancers’, Sarah Townsend talks about the Pomodoro technique, how freelancing has changed over the years, curbing perfection and how important community is over competition. Graham and Sarah first talk about her 20 years of freelancing and what her freelancing journey has been like. 'I wanted to achieve that perfect sort of idyllic balance that we all think about when we think about going freelance, the ...

Winning in Life by Thinking Big with Dr. Grace Lordan

March 11, 2021 05:00 - 1 hour - 50.3 MB

Founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative, Associate Professor in Behavioural Science at LSE, Dr. Grace Lordan shares her views on diversity, cultivating a growth mindset and why people succeed. She is the author of “Think Big”, a book about giving tips to people who want to achieve their goals in life. Graham and Grace start the podcast by talking about issues on diversity and taking risks in career advancement. 'If you have skills, talents, and ability, even if they don’t match the ...

How to be More Pirate with Alex Barker

March 04, 2021 04:30 - 1 hour - 50.7 MB

Chief Pirate and co-author of the book “How to Be More Pirate”, Alex Barker, discusses the fine points of how adapting to the “Pirate” code gave her true freedom, saved her from burnout and how the Be More Pirate movement continues to inspire and motivate a community of “pirates” all over the world. Alex and Graham start out by discussing how Alex came to be the Chief Pirate and co-author of the book “How to Be More Pirate” with Sam Conniff Allende. Alex mentions how being burnt out at w...

Overcoming your Fear of Public Speaking with Nick Gold

February 25, 2021 04:00 - 1 hour - 48.1 MB

The challenges of public speaking, glossophobia (the fear of public speaking) and what it takes to become an in-demand thought leader and public speaker with the Managing Director of Speaker’s Corner, Nick Gold. His book is called "Speaking with Confidence". Nick starts by telling Graham how he got into the business of public speaking and the rise of TED talks and speakers. 'Everyone had their smartphones and people were watching the 17-minute speeches of TED speakers came to the realizat...

Being "On the Hook" with Seth Godin

February 18, 2021 05:00 - 48 minutes - 33 MB

In this episode, we talk to author and marketing legend, Seth Godin. His latest book, "The Practice: Shipping Creative Work", is just chock full of brilliant stuff and is a must-read for everyone who wants to get "unstuck" and move forward with their goals in life. 'I think that we are way happier when the work we do becomes our dream, not the other way around.' Seth also talks about what being *on the hook* means and why it is important to commit to doing your best work at all times. 'Th...

Making effective feedback your superpower, with Therese Huston

February 11, 2021 00:00 - 1 hour - 28.8 MB

Giving people feedback that is honest, appreciative and that offers guidance, with cognitive scientist Therese Huston. Therese's book is Let’s Talk: Make Effective Feedback Your Superpower. Graham and Therese started by discussing music and sport, then transition into Therese’s experience of being given professional feedback in a less-than-professional setting. '37% of managers dread giving feedback, but 67% of employees want more feedback.' Centering on the US study cited in Therese’s...

How to work without losing your mind, with Cate Sevilla

February 05, 2021 00:00 - 1 hour - 28.7 MB

Former BuzzFeed UK Managing Editor and author of How to Work Without Losing Your Mind, Cate Sevilla, discusses work identity, resilience, happiness and success. 'To be honest, it felt more like the majority of British media just hated our guts.' After discussing working-from-home and audiobook recording, Cate talks openly about her time at the very beginning of BuzzFeed UK, before transitioning into founding the online women’s magazine BitchBuzz, which closed in 2013. 'This was not my fau...

Free Lunch Thinking, with Tom Bergin

January 28, 2021 00:00 - 1 hour - 33.7 MB

As a journalist for Reuters, Tom has worked in a number of hostile environments. His conversation with Graham begins with travel hacks and preparedness. 'I got the job at Reuters because nobody else wanted to do it.' Before the market crash in 2006, Tom worked as an energy broker and a funds manager before making a change in his 30s, moving to London and pursuing a new career in journalism, where he wrote about credit derivatives. 'Just because it feels intuitive doesn’t actually mean i...

Beyond Busy #100 Part 3: Happiness and success

January 25, 2021 00:00 - 1 hour - 36.2 MB

Our three-part celebration of 100 Beyond Busy episodes concludes with motivation. In this episode: * Setting goals, with Ben and Jodie Cook * Olympic ambition, with Heather Moyse * Losing it all, with Gerald Ratner * Money and negotiation, with Natalie Reynolds * Family and reciprocity, with Abudu Sallam Waiswa * Legacy, with Marie Forleo * Making space, with Carl Honoré * Enjoying the moment, with Jessica Fostekew Graham Allcott is the founder of time management training...

Beyond Busy #100 Part 2: Balance

January 23, 2021 00:00 - 1 hour - 35.6 MB

Our three-part celebration of 100 Beyond Busy episodes continues, with a focus on work-life balance. In this episode: * Boundaries, and the quest for acceptance, with Lorraine Pascale * Achieving work-life balance, with Seyi Obakin * Life hacks, with Katie Thistleton * Learning from success, with Simon Woodroffe * Criticism and writer’s block, with Grace Petrie * Putting your heart and soul into the world, with Josie Long * Toxic people, with Jonathan MacDonald * Powerful ...

Beyond Busy #100 Part 1: Productivity

January 21, 2021 00:00 - 1 hour - 48.8 MB

We celebrate one hundred episodes of the Beyond Busy podcast, with a three-part episode highlighting some of the fascinating conversations Graham has had with entrepreneurs, writers, speakers and leaders. In this episode: * Minimalism and attention, with Cal Newport * Storytelling, with Chester Osbourn * Going solo at a young age, with Eman Ismail * Navigating uncharted territories Erling Kagge * Leadership and dividing up work, L David Marquet * Speaking truth to power, with D...

The Commando Mindset, with Ben Williams

January 14, 2021 00:00 - 1 hour - 34.4 MB

Ben and Graham discuss the events of 24th August 2011, which was towards the end of Ben’s seventh month tour of Afghanistan, in which Ben escaped serious injury at the hands of an improvised explosive device which had been set by Taliban forces in the area they were entering. 'War is 90% boredom, 10% action.' Ben draws comparisons between the downtime in Afghanistan to the UK’s current lockdown, dispels the popular myth of warfare as being a constant stream of action, and explains how he u...

How to stop trying to do everything, with Oliver Burkeman

January 07, 2021 00:00 - 1 hour - 31.6 MB

Oliver is the author of Help! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done, and has been writing his Guardian column about self-help literature, This Column Will Change Your Life since 2006, so he and Graham begin by discussing the origins of the column, and how it has evolved. 'There’s always too much to do.' Oliver lays out one of the first core principles in his book, and states that we don’t have to be resigned to the fact we’ll never get everything done, but instead pivot to...


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