Beyond Busy

Beyond Busy
Chatting productivity, work/life balance and happiness

Rob Wilson
Aug 20 • 75 min
Graham shares a beer with the chief toaster at social enterprise Toast Ale, to talk empathy, social entrepreneurship, and mindfulness.
Jonathan MacDonald
Aug 7 • 62 min
Graham talks to speaker, author, and jiujitsu champion Jonathan MacDonald about change, purpose, mentorship and dealing with toxicity.
Freya Wynn-Jones
Jul 24 • 66 min
Graham talks with opera singer and director, Freya Wynn-Jones about creativity, balancing personal and professional identities, and advocacy for classical music.
Alastair Humphreys
Jul 10 • 60 min
Graham is joined by is professional adventurer Alastair Humphreys. to discuss finding adventure in the most unlikely places, balancing adventuring with parenthood, and how we spend our out-of-work hours.
Greg Jackson
Jun 26 • 78 min
Graham talks to founder and CEO of Octopus Energy, Greg Jackson. They discuss market disruption and consolidation, honesty, and decision fatigue.
Sophie Devonshire
Jun 12 • 70 min
Graham talks to CEO of the Caffeine Partnership, Sophie Devonshire, about nurturing employees’ energy, embracing laziness, and how Winston Churchill fought against complicated language.
Yann Toutant
May 29 • 66 min
Graham talks to startup founder, CEO and remote-working advocate, Yann Toutant. They discuss self-driving cars, creating a space where it’s OK to make mistakes, the joy of missing out and organising your agenda by cognitive load.
Jessica Fostekew
May 15 • 87 min
Graham talks to standup comedian, writer and actor Jessica Fostekew, about life before, during and after the Edinburgh Fringe, working effectively on what you want to do vs playing it safe, professional jealousy, and combatting polemics. Jessica also…
Cal Newport
Apr 10 • 58 min
Graham talks with Deep Work author Cal Newport, about the evolution of knowledge work, how social media compulsion has shifted in recent years, and balancing multiple careers.
Helen Tupper
Mar 27 • 67 min
Graham talks to co-founder of Amazing If, Helen Tupper, about flexible working, embracing possibilities and exploring a squiggly career.
Colette Heneghan
Mar 13 • 70 min
Graham talks to wellbeing and performance coach Colette Heneghan about Work Fuel: the Productivity Ninja Guide to Nutrition, the book she and Graham co-authored. Graham Allcott is the founder of time management training company Think Productive. This…
Mollie West Duffy
Feb 27 • 56 min
Graham talks down-the-line to organisational designer Mollie West Duffy from Ideo, and the author of No Hard Feelings: Emotions at Work and How They Help Us Succeed. They discuss devices at work, creating barriers against bad habits, working the room, and…
Paul Jarvis
Feb 13 • 72 min
Graham talks down-the-line with author Paul Jarvis, about his book *Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing for Business*.
Benjamin Spall
Jan 30 • 61 min
Graham talks with Benjamin Spall of My Morning Routine, who shares what he’s learned from the many successful people he’s interviewed for his blog and book. They walk through some highlights from the book (including the four star US General who…
Tony Danker
Dec 19, 2018 • 58 min
Graham talks to Tony Danker from Be the Business, about improving the productivity of UK businesses, forming good teams and constructively rowing within them. Join Graham on Monday 21st January at Action for Happiness, for a talk on getting beyond busy.…
Mark Dodgson & David Gann
Dec 5, 2018 • 35 min
Graham talks to Professors Mark Dodgson and David Gann, authors of the book The Playful Entrepreneur. They discuss learning and innovation, problematic depictions of entrepreneurship in popular media, and the importance of experimentation in work. Join…
Grace Petrie
Nov 21, 2018 • 53 min
Graham talks to singer-songwriter Grace Petrie about gigging, protest singers, gender identity and acceptance. Grace’s new album, Queer as Folk is available on her Bandcamp site, and on Spotify. Graham Allcott is the founder of time management training…
Sally-Anne Airey
Nov 7, 2018 • 67 min
Graham has a frank and fascinating discussion with leadership coach Sally-Anne Airey, touching on identity, mindfulness, leadership in the Royal Navy, and parenting.
Sam Conniff Allende
Oct 24, 2018 • 71 min
In the first of a new season of Beyond Busy, Graham talks with serial social entrepreneur Sam Conniff Allende about ethical marketing, disruptive advertising and settling the score as to who would win between a pirate and a ninja. Graham Allcott is the…
Derek Snook
May 16, 2018 • 66 min
Graham talks to entrepreneur and author Derek Snook about faith, living among the homeless, living with purpose, social media and the search for validation.
Marie Benton
May 2, 2018 • 59 min
Graham talks to founder and Director of the Choir with No Name, Marie Benton.
Mikael Krogerus & Roman Tschäppeler
Apr 18, 2018 • 55 min
Graham talks to authors Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler about unicorns, England being rubbish at penalty shoot-outs, paralysis through analysis and some of the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica story.
Matthew Brown
Apr 4, 2018 • 72 min
In this quirky and enlightening episode, Graham speaks with Productivity Ninja Matthew Brown about culture, working with teams, eschewing technology when appropriate, and working with one’s hands. Join Graham and Beat Bühlmann for an evening of…
Eugenie Teasley
Mar 21, 2018 • 74 min
Graham is on the Brighton marina speaking with Eugenie Teasley, Chief Executive of the Goodall Foundation and charity founder. Eugenie shares her successes and failures within the charity world, her perspective on parenting and “shiny squirrels”. Join…
Peter Smith
Mar 7, 2018 • 59 min
Graham is in Sydney with corporate trainer and facilitator Peter Smith, talking about living a full and vital life, what a productive day really feels like, and Peter’s 40/20/40 split as it relates to training.
Graham talks at Action for Happiness
Feb 21, 2018 • 58 min
This is a recording of a recent talk Graham gave at Action for Happiness, in which he reveals his three Ps for productivity: projects, phones and procrastination.
The Happy Startup School
Feb 7, 2018 • 84 min
Graham is at Platform 9 in Brighton, talking to Laurence McCahill and Carlos Saba of the Happy Startup School.They discuss networking for people who hate networking, the stigma around lifestyle businesses and conquering the stereotype of the “hustler”.
Mark Williamson
Dec 13, 2017 • 78 min
Graham talks to Mark Williamson, the Director of Action for Happiness, about the relationship between wealth, mental health and happiness, how to make people more at peace with themselves, and the danger of comparing our real lives to the…
Persephone Pearl
Nov 29, 2017 • 57 min
On the Remembrance Day for Lost Species, Graham talks to the event’s co-founder Persephone Pearl. They discuss the pressure around objects of remembrance, the idea of ritual in teams, and listening rather than proselytising.
Beat Bühlmann
Nov 19, 2017 • 45 min
Graham talks to Beat Buhlmann, General Manager of Evernote in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Evernote has more than 200 million users worldwide, and employs around 350 people. They discuss virtual teams, collaboration, digital communication hygiene and…
Laura Willis
Sep 20, 2017 • 75 min
Graham talks to Laura Willis about mindfulness and fixing the relationships we have with our smartphones. Laura runs Shine Offline, a company that aims to help people break negative habits around smartphone use and the always-on lifestyle.
Josie Long
Aug 30, 2017 • 63 min
Graham talks to standup comedian Josie Long about empowering young people, surviving trolls, and balancing public and personal life. (This episode contains very strong language.) Hope in the…
Abudu Sallam Waiswa
Aug 16, 2017 • 87 min
Graham talks to Ugandan lawyer Abudu Sallam Waiswa about integrity, deal-making and going toe-to-toe with a pop superstar.
Lorraine Pascale
Jul 26, 2017 • 63 min
Graham talks to TV chef Lorraine Pascale about positivity, productivity and boundary-pushing.
Professor Jon Dron
Jul 12, 2017 • 73 min
Graham discusses people and systems with Athabasca University professor Jon Dron.
Marianne Cantwell
Jun 28, 2017 • 73 min
Graham talks to “free-range human” Marianne Cantwell about burnout, liminality, conformism, groupthink and identity.
Stephen Brobst
Jun 14, 2017 • 49 min
Graham talks to Teradata’s CTO, Stephen Brobst, named one of the top four CTOs in the US, about Big Data, advising the Obama administration, and the freedom of not being tied down by “stuff”.
Mike Bandar
May 24, 2017 • 84 min
Graham talks to serial entrepreneur Mike Bandar about contentment, ambition, success and challenging oneself.
Asher Jacobsberg
May 10, 2017 • 67 min
Graham talks to Asher Jacobsberg about small-p politics, separating politics and democracy. empowering and engaging a local community, and giving oneself permission to spend some personal time.
Rachel Parris
Apr 27, 2017 • 63 min
Graham talks to standup performer Rachel Parris about writer’s block, procrastination and imposter syndrome.
Chester Osbourn
Apr 12, 2017 • 82 min
Graham is in Adelaide talking to Chester Osbourn, chief wine maker at family-owned vineyard d’Arenberg. They discussed the making of wine, what running a multigenerational business means, and Chester’s upcoming clothing label, specialising in loud shirts.…
Nick Jenkins
Mar 30, 2017 • 62 min
Graham talks to Moonpig founder Nick Jenkins, about his time in the greeting card business, what it’s like to be a dragon on BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den and knowing when to politely say “no” to new opportunities.…
Liz Peters
Mar 15, 2017 • 80 min
Graham talks to improviser Liz Peters, Artistic Director of the Maydays. They share practical tips for dealing with nerves, improv and body language. Liz’s website The Maydays’ website The…
Rob Geraghty
Mar 2, 2017 • 69 min
Graham talks to presentation coach Rob Geraghty. They discuss Rob’s “Vision 35”: his plan to retire by the age of 35, spending money to avoid wasting time, and the myths around passive income. Find Rob on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter Rich Dad Poor…
Carl Honoré
Feb 16, 2017 • 67 min
Graham talks to award-winning author, speaker and journalist Carl Honoré. They discuss “the multiple page-turn technique” of bedtime storytelling, slowing down in a period of fast-paced living, changing ingrained cultures, Brexit and slowing down…
Claire Fox
Feb 1, 2017 • 78 min
Graham talks to Claire Fox, global HR Director and Child Safeguarding Director at Save the Children, as well as author. They discuss leaving work at the door, finding ways to spend time with family, running marathons and running in sack races. Go further…
Gerald Ratner
Jan 19, 2017 • 93 min
Graham talks to legendary businessman Gerald Ratner, the former CEO of Ratner’s and H Samuel, whose infamous speech to the Institute of Directors led to him losing everything almost overnight. They discuss his book, some of his famous friends and…
Simon Woodroffe
Nov 10, 2016 • 51 min
Graham talks to entrepreneur, founder of Yo! Sushi and original dragon on Dragons’ Den , Simon Woodroffe. They discuss his story from counting every penny to depositing millions in his current account, and are joined by a special guest, a professional…
Grace Marshall
Oct 21, 2016 • 86 min
Graham chats with one of Think Productive’s Productivity Ninjas, Grace Marshall. They discuss FOMO, the word “busy” itself, and taming the lizard brain. They also swap their personal productivity confessions. Go further Grace’s website – be sure to sign…
Norman Baker
Oct 3, 2016 • 77 min
Graham speaks to a man David Cameron described as “the most annoying man in politics“, Norman Baker. Norman is formerly an MP for Lewes and minister in the Home Office, and was a part of the coalition government as a member of the Liberal Democrats. They…
Ayanna Coleman
Aug 4, 2016 • 69 min
Graham talks to literary agent and founder of Quill Shift, Ayanna Coleman, about diversity in publishing, balancing a day-job with a side-project, and time management. Go further Quill Shift literary agency Follow Ayanna on LinkedIn Tanglewood Press:…
Ben & Jodie Cook
Jul 21, 2016 • 89 min
Graham talks to husband and wife Ben and Jodie Cook. Ben is a personal trainer and former model with a degree in economics. Jodie is a social media manager, five years into running an award-winning business with local and international clients. On top of…
Lisa Luxx
Jul 7, 2016 • 101 min
Graham talks to writer, editor and speaker, Lisa Luxx. Lisa runs Prowl Magazine, writes for the Telegraph and performs poetry and other spoken word. In this podcast, Graham also discusses three strategies for dealing with change, in the wake of Brexit. Go…
Amy Lee
Jun 20, 2016 • 90 min
Graham talks to professional clown and actor, Amy Lee. Amy is the fiancé of last week’s guest, Matt Burt, and an award-winning performer. Go further Richard Pochinko – Pochinko clowning Sacha Baron Cohen on WTF with Marc Maron Morro & Jasp’s website Eat…
Matt Burt
Jun 17, 2016 • 71 min
Graham talks to musician and podcaster Matt Burt, about a crucial crossroads in his working life. Go further Songs in Seven – Matt’s podcast The proposal episode of Matt’s podcast: very funny and extremely sweet Follow Matt on Twitter Follow Graham on…
Heather Moyse
May 12, 2016 • 75 min
Graham talks to two-time Olympic gold medalist, bob-sleigher, athlete and Rugby player, Heather Moyse. Go further Heather’s website Graham mentioned Gary Vaynerchuk Follow Heather on Twitter Follow Graham on Twitter Jim Carrey talks about “asking the…
Dr Chris O’Connor
Apr 28, 2016 • 64 min
Graham is in Canada, talking to founder and President of Think Research, Dr Chris O’Connor about clinical care, switching off from technology, productivity hacks and more. Go further The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande In…
Heather Urquhart
Apr 14, 2016 • 70 min
In this episode, Graham talks to improv actor, musician and author Heather Urquhart, of the Maydays and Showstoppers. They discussed when to say “yes” to things and when to say “no”, making time for friends and family, and learning how to play. Go further…
Seyi Obakin
Mar 31, 2016 • 70 min
In this episode, Graham talks to the Chief Executive of Centrepoint. They discussed the state of charities and the funding around them, working to change young people’s lives and the dichotomy of charity and commerciality. Our sponsor for this week…
Natalie Reynolds
Mar 14, 2016 • 61 min
In this first episode, Graham talks to the CEO of Advantage Spring and author of We Have a Deal, expert negotiator Natalie Reynolds about unconscious bias, gender, money management, work/life balance and the art of procrastination. Our sponsor for this…
Introducing Beyond Busy, with Graham Allcott
Feb 11, 2016 • 13 min
Join Graham in his shed, as he runs through his plans for the Beyond Busy podcast, and what that means for his upcoming book. Graham is the founder of time management training company Think Productive.