Creating useful people

Creating useful people
How does our upbringing dictate our current situation and future aspirations?How do we bottle the ingredients that create success? What are the childhood influences that really shape someone’s future? How can we raise kids to be confident, pos…

How to raise entrepreneurial kids: interview with Daniel Priestley
Jun 11 • 37 min
I’m super excited to announce the launch of a brand new book! How to raise entrepreneurial kids is a brand new book that I have written with Daniel Priestley, a friend and co-author whose work I admire. It will be released in autumn 2020. Ahead of that,…
The childhood influences of future entrepreneurs and business leaders. Season one round-up presented by Jodie Cook and Ben Cook
Apr 17 • 47 min
After recording 17 interviews with 17 amazing guests, we started to see trends between their childhood influences. Listen to this season one summary episode to find out the 6 trends that came up several times. Revisit each episode using the link…
Sara Davies, founder of Crafter’s Companion
Dec 2, 2019 • 36 min
Sara Davies MBE is the founder and creative director of Crafter’s Companion, which designs, manufactures and sells its craft-related products to customers across 40 countries and employs more than 200 people worldwide. She established Crafter’s…
Carrie Green, founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association
Oct 15, 2019 • 27 min
How to condition your mind for success
Katrina Owen, ecosystem engineer at GitHub
Jun 8, 2019 • 41 min
Decision-making frameworks for a successful career and lifestyle
Benjamin Banks, founder of SBD Apparel
Apr 14, 2019 • 39 min
The importance of attention to detail when creating a global sports brand
Andy Street CBE, mayor of the West Midlands
Mar 11, 2019 • 38 min
The making of a mayor
Charlotte Hodson, cofounder of Awesome Merch
Feb 13, 2019 • 45 min
From buying a badge-making machine to hiring 100 people.
Jeremy Walker, technology entrepreneur
Nov 6, 2018 • 44 min
From no electricity on Sundays to technology that saves lives.
Phill Jupitus, comedian and poet
Oct 1, 2018 • 49 min
How a “yeah, why not?” attitude shaped a career in TV and comedy.
Deepak Tailor, founder of
Sep 20, 2018 • 38 min
From teen eBay power-seller to a global internet entrepreneur.
Paul Faulkner, CEO of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
Sep 3, 2018 • 38 min
How changing school 6 times prepares a future CEO.Paul Faulkner is CEO of Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, former CEO of Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest football clubs and board member for organisations including Cure Leukaemia, Birmingham…
Oona Collins, CEO of Potential Plus International
Sep 1, 2018 • 37 min
The value of adversity and travel on a career developing others.Oona Collins is the CEO of Potential Plus International and an executive coach with 25 years experience of developing emotionally intelligent leaders and high performing teams. Her work has…
Graham Allcott, author & founder of Think Productive
Aug 30, 2018 • 48 min
From washing neighbours cars to becoming a bestselling authorGraham is the author of three books, including the global best-seller “How to be a Productivity Ninja“, and is the founder of Think Productive, one of the world’s leading providers of personal…
Mike Bandar, founding partner of Turn Partners
Aug 28, 2018 • 45 min
From teenage publicity stunts to multiple businesses and an honorary doctorate.Mike Bandar is a founding Partner of Turn Partners, a start up studio focused on the acquisition, turnaround and creation of digital businesses. In 2017 he received a British…
Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation
Aug 26, 2018 • 41 min
From an enterprising household to an enterprise nation.Emma Jones MBE is the founder of Enterprise Nation and small business advisor to the UK government. She received her MBE in 2012 for services to enterprise, speaks fluent Japanese and is on a…
Jordan Daykin, CEO of Gripit
Aug 24, 2018 • 37 min
Schoolboy negotiator to Dragon’s Den success storyJordan Daykin is the CEO of Gripit, a £20million business that he started with his grandad when he was 13. Jordan successfully secured investment from Deborah Meaden on Dragon’s Den when he was 19,…
Jessica Wheeler, principal of Elmhurst Ballet School
Aug 22, 2018 • 37 min
Creating ‘thinking dancers’ at world-leading dance school.Jessica Wheeler is the principal of the prestigious and world-renowned Elmhurst Ballet School, and has been since 2010. Under her leadership the school has received glowing OFSTED reports,…
Craig Donaldson, CEO of Metro Bank
Aug 20, 2018 • 39 min
From pub cellar boy to award-winning bank CEO.Craig Donaldson is the CEO of Metro Bank, a role he has held since the bank’s inception in 2009, having previously worked in many financial services roles including at BT, Barclays, HBOS and RBS Group. In…