A Brilliant Gamble

A Brilliant Gamble

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Do you struggle with work life balance? Are you excited to get out of bed and work on something you truly love, that feeds your creativity and passions and that allows you to make an impact? Or do you feel success in one area of your life requires sacrifice in another? Well, work doesn’t have to be this way. What if you didn’t have to sell your soul, compromise your values or forgo professional success to achieve work life balance? Join former BBC journalist, best-selling author and digital nomad Blaire Palmer and her guests as they share inspirational, honest and real conversations. A Brilliant Gamble is a great resource for those seeking real-life advice and insight based on the actual experiences of people just like you who are re-thinking how to balance work, life and self. Learn practical strategies that will help you design a blended life - integrating work, family and self - to create a work life you love. You’ll hear inspiring interviews with entrepreneurs, creatives, leaders and others embracin

Make Money from Podcasting, with Debbie Arcangeles
Jun 18 • 56 min
This week I’m talking to podcaster and digital nomad, Debbie Arcangeles. Debbie makes money from podcasting even though she doesn’t have a huge audience and she’s found a business model that allows her to live wherever she likes for as long as she likes.
Being Fierce, with Eleanor Beaton
Jun 11 • 56 min
In this episode I talk to Eleanor Beaton, an award winning Leadership expert for women entrepreneurs. A former journalist at CBC and the Globe and Mail in Canada, she helps women create globally recognised, profitable businesses. Our conversation is…
Get the money in first, with Blaire Palmer
Jun 4 • 24 min
There are lots of things to keep yourself busy when you run a business and many of them are important. But unless you set aside time to do the activities that get the money in you’re going to find yourself back in a 9-5 job. I learnt these lessons the…
Driven Woman, with Miisa Mink
May 28 • 46 min
This week’s guest is Miisa Mink, Founder and Chief Doer at DrivenWoman – an accountability club for women who want to achieve their goals and dreams - and the creator of Festival Of Doers. Miisa has worked with hundreds of women who want to change their…
122 Are you really ready to quit your corporate job?
May 21 • 33 min
On this week’s show I’m sharing 10 good reasons to leave your corporate job. I’ve identified 10 really good reasons to quit the rat race. How many of them apply to you?
121 Funny Business, with Marc Hogan
May 14 • 72 min
Marc Hogan, took a £1 bet that he couldn’t put on a one hour show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival within 12 months. This was 10 years ago and on today’s show Marc explains how this changed everything for him.
120 Flexible working, with Ursula Tavender
May 7 • 64 min
Today’s guest, Ursula Tavender, couldn’t find a job that that suited how she wanted to live her life as a parent—certainly not without making sacrifices she didn’t want to make! So she set up her own business, helping change that story for other women.
119 Living from the inside out, with Talita Ferreira
Apr 30 • 57 min
Talita Ferreira was Chief Finance Officer and Chief HR Officer of BMW UK and BMW Financial Services until about 2 years ago. The next step, if she had decided to stay on her career trajectory, would have been CEO. But instead she decided to go it alone.
118 Finding your starving crowd, with Tim Tavender
Apr 16 • 68 min
Tim Tavender runs courses helping people create online courses but he started professional life as a PE teacher. Since then he’s pulled together pieces of experience from all over his personal and professional life to become, first a digital marketer and…
117 Resilience, with Nicki Bass
Apr 9 • 56 min
In this interview we talk about Nicki’s own journey, her army career and her decision to leave after 17 years and set up her own business. AND we talk about this concept of resilience, and how to grow and become stronger as a result of the experiences…
116 Business Models
Apr 2 • 32 min
It’s all very well knowing you don’t want to carry on working and living the way you do right now. But it’s not always clear what you should do instead. If you’re unsure what to do when you escape the rat race one place to start is to think, not about…
115 Talking money, with Andy Hill
Mar 26 • 47 min
Andy Hill is a podcaster and author who is passionate about creating an incredible life for his family by being financially intelligent. He and his wife managed to pay off $50,000 of personal debt and their whole mortgage within 5 years and increased…
114 Putting Yourself Out There, with Janet Murray
Mar 19 • 73 min
Putting yourself out there doesn’t come naturally to most of us but it’s a vital part of being in business and, in some ways, it’s never been so complicated. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin not to mention blogging, podcasting and, email marketing……
113 How to create a worst case scenario plan
Mar 12 • 20 min
When you stand on the precipice of a big decision all the fears come bubbling to the surface. But they swill around in your brain in a mess of half finished thoughts and cause you to feel paralysed. Even if you take action steps despite these fears you…
112 Slow Living, with Brooke McAlary
Mar 5 • 50 min
So many of us want to change our lives because we want more space for things we love, as well as a job we love. But life often seems too hectic to find that space, sense of peace or a feeling that we’re really able to enjoy what we have worked so hard to…
111 Go Hunt Life with Todd Nevins
Feb 26 • 54 min
Just because living life on your own terms might feel like a gamble, doesn’t mean you don’t try to minimise the risk! Todd Nevins is a Digital Nomad who travels full time with his wife and their dog, encouraging other people to do the same. In fact, he’s…
110 Looking For Your Passion, with Dav Piper
Feb 19 • 46 min
I wonder how many of us fall in to a career, and then make a real success at it before we realise that it’s not working for us. Of course, that creates a whole new problem. What are you going to do next? Well, that’s the story for my guest today. Dav…
109 Writing for a Living, with Joanna Penn
Feb 12 • 60 min
Joanna Penn left the corporate world a decade ago to write full time. Since then she’s become an an award winning entrepreneur, a hugely successful fiction and non fiction author, podcaster and teacher of other people who want to write for a living.
108 What’s Your Excuse with Maxwell Ivey
Feb 5 • 52 min
Maxwell Ivey describes himself as the Blind Blogger. Born in to a carnival family, he became blind in his teens but has never let it stop him doing what he wanted to do. He’s now not only a successful businessman but an inspirational speaker, coach and…
107 Thinking of starting a business? With Phyllis Smith
Jan 29 • 61 min
It’s all very well imagining yourself running your own business as a way to escape the rat race. But what’s the reality? What skills will you need beyond the technical skills you’ve been mastering for the last 20 or 30 years? That’s why I wanted to talk…
106 The Princess of 42nd Street
Jan 22 • 62 min
Can you imagine seeing porn stars having sex in your backyard, or watching a topless waitress breastfeeding a kitten at one of your parent’s parties? Well, today’s guest lived that life. Romola Hodas was the eldest daughter of Marty (Martin) Hodas, aka…
105 Grit Girl, with Sunday Burquest
Jan 15 • 52 min
In 2012. Sunday Burquest was diagnosed with breast cancer. After multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and a bout with depression she discovered she was much stronger than she imagined and decided to follow her dream and ended up on the 33rd season…
104 Confessions of a Menopausal Woman with Andrea McLean
Jan 8 • 52 min
I’m so excited to bring you my conversation with TV presenter and journalist, Andrea McLean, because there couldn’t be a better way to start the year. Not only is Andrea a huge presence on TV as co-host of Loose Women but she’s also the author of a new…
103 Mike Robbins - Bring Your Whole Self to Work
Dec 18, 2018 • 63 min
Today’s guest is Mike Robbins, thought leader, sought after speaker, and the author of four books including Bring Your Whole Self to Work. In this conversation we talk about how personal development is becoming more acceptable within the work environment,…
102 Building Family in to Your Business Plan with Madeleine Lambert
Dec 11, 2018 • 53 min
It seems to me that most change isn’t initiated by us but thrust upon us or dropped in to our path. If you’ve had an interesting life up to this point and want that to continue, you’re probably someone who grabs those unplanned opportunities and runs with…
101 Putting People First with Mark Williams
Dec 4, 2018 • 50 min
I spend much of my time inside big business. As a keynote speaker and coach for leaders I’m very familiar with the ways large organisations operate and the universal challenges that they face against a backdrop of a world changing faster than ever before.…
100 Help Me, with Marianne Power
Nov 27, 2018 • 57 min
Do we ever really change? I’ve spent 20 years attempting to help individuals and companies to grow and develop so the concept that people are capable of change sits right at the heart of that. If we don’t ever change, what have I been doing all this time?!
99 Escape Velocity, with Lee Feldman
Nov 20, 2018 • 77 min
I loved talking to Lee - partly because he thinks so differently to many people in the corporate world. Yet, everything he talks about - and the way he sees the challenges and opportunities facing business - are practical and compelling. You don’t have to…
98 Renting Your Job or Owning It, with Mark Fritz
Nov 13, 2018 • 55 min
Most of us work with people and it tends to be the people stuff that makes work brilliant and awful. If you’re having problems at work most likely they are people problems. This is why, of course, so many people are looking to change their job or change…
97 Running towards Joy with Ali Soleil
Nov 6, 2018 • 55 min
In this conversation we talk about living out of your car, finding the adventure that’s waiting for you and letting go
96 Do A Day – An interview with Bryan Falchuk
Oct 30, 2018 • 66 min
Today’s show is another archive show – my interview with Bryan Falchuk. Bryan is the author of a wonderful book called “Do A Day” in which he explores why we get stuck in bad habits and how to break those habit…for good!
95 The Good Life Project, with Jez Rose
Oct 23, 2018 • 66 min
There’s a lot of talk in business about engagement and employee satisfaction and “leaders” spend a great deal of time (and money on leadership development courses) trying to work out how to get a more “turned on” workforce. Join me this week for a great…
94 Pressing Pause
Oct 16, 2018 • 19 min
Our story continues, as all stories do. We are in! We moved into our new smallholding last week and are starting to get used to being settled after so many months on the road. It’s very strange to put things in a cupboard knowing you won’t have to take it…
93 Big Bangs and Daily Bangs
Oct 9, 2018 • 29 min
Some changes are easy to make. There will be adjustments you want to make to your life – big or small – that seem GIGANTIC to other people. However, to you, they’re a walk in the park. But what about other changes? Boy! These ones are tough! I’ve been…
92 The Third Act Belongs to You, with Suzy Walker
Oct 2, 2018 • 63 min
In our interview we talk about changing your name mid-life, returning to a “proper job” having worked for yourself, and our beliefs around money… and we end up making a pact together to change our attitudes towards financial security.
91 Stress - My Unfinished Business
Sep 25, 2018 • 24 min
There’s rarely an opportunity to reflect between the end of one project, adventure or experience and the next. So when the opportunity arises we should take it!
90 Smallholding, with Libby Syddall
Sep 18, 2018 • 60 min
I have a wonderful conversation with Libby Syddall who owns the smallholding we’ve been staying at for the last 2 weeks. She gives me a lot of very useful advice and shares her own story of leaving her job to run her smallholding full time, and the…
89 Anger is our shadow but it’s also our power with Clare Russell
Sep 11, 2018 • 51 min
Every journey has its call to return. Our hero must return to normal life (or life starts feeling normal again) and bring home the lessons he or she has learnt, ready to embark on the next adventure with a new level of awareness and courage.
88 Reinventing and Pivoting with Sweet Billy Pilgrim
Sep 4, 2018 • 78 min
Today’s podcast guests have put music right at the centre of their lives. Jana Carpenter and Tim Elsenburg, AKA the band Sweet Billy Pilgrim, have been making music most of their lives, most recently together. They’ve usually had to combine music with…
87 Lessons from the Big Trip
Aug 28, 2018 • 21 min
As you know, I’m spending this year as a digital nomad, travelling around Europe. As we enter our 6th month of, what we like to call, The Big Trip, I’ve started to reflect on what this trip has taught me so far. It has not been an easy lifestyle choice.…
86 Worldtowning: with guests Will and Jessica Sueiro
Aug 21, 2018 • 62 min
Life moves quickly. If we are not careful, time slips by, and before long, we may realize we never pursued our dreams. That’s why Will and Jessica Sueiro created WorldTowning – a slow-traveling way of life for the curious and adventuresome, for lovers of…
85 So You Want to Write? with Tom McLaughlin, Illustrator & Author
Aug 14, 2018 • 56 min
I remember telling the careers advisor at school that I wanted to be a journalist… she laughed and said, “You’d better have something to fall back on!” How many of us have dreamt of being a professional artiste? Writer, painter, poet, photographer,…
84 Putting on Your Big Girl Pants with Elizabeth Dunne, Co-Founder of Two Desks Limited
Aug 7, 2018 • 66 min
When you make a change, especially a big disruptive one, everything that kept you stable and safe is thrown in to the air! This can be hugely liberating. What held you back is gone and the future is full of adventure, opportunities and new stories to…
83 An Epic Education with Jason Jenkins
Jul 31, 2018 • 61 min
Sometimes you need the support of other people, strangers even, to make your dreams a reality. Other people who’ve gone before you, who know the pitfalls and who have sage advice to help you on your way. What does work life balance look life when it has…
82 Forgetting the Rules with Susan Gafsen, Co-Founder and Director of Pep & Lekker
Jul 24, 2018 • 51 min
Many people talk about leaving their corporate job to start their own business. This idea is very appealing, of course. Imagine it - no boss to tell you what to do. No working hours dictated by the employer. No office politics. No commute. But when you’ve…
81 Getting Organised in a Chaotic World with Mike Smutka, CEO of Buckets.co
Jul 17, 2018 • 56 min
Why is there never enough TIME?! I was positive that changing our lifestyle would mean I’d create more time each day. WRONG. In my search for more work life balance, I’m willing to try anything - which is why I was so keen to talk to today’s guest, Mike…
80 Sarah Jackson OBE, CEO of Working Families
Jul 10, 2018 • 47 min
In today’s show, I interview Sarah Jackson OBE, the CEO of Working Families. Sarah has campaigned for a better balance between work and life for over 20 years. Sarah is incredibly optimistic and I felt really excited talking to her about what might be…
79 The Career Contessa - Lauren McGoodwin
Jul 2, 2018 • 55 min
Making the right career decisions - which company, what salary, how many hours, remote or office based, climb the ladder or do a job that isn’t too demanding - and ensuring that it fits with everything else that matters to you in life is COMPLICATED! And…
78 Being digital nomads with Eff the Office!
Jun 25, 2018 • 55 min
Do you ever dream of ditching the commute, selling your house and everything in it and spending your life working from the most glamorous and fascinating cities in the world? Well, the ladies behind Eff the Office did just that. Four years ago Erin and…
77 I Can, with Richard McCann
Jun 18, 2018 • 55 min
Richard McCann is an author and keynote speaker. He’s also the son of the first victim of the notorious Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Suttcliff. In 1975 Sutcliffe attacked and killed Richard’s mum - Richard was 5 years old at the time. Eventually Sutcliffe was…
76 Being Boss with Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
Jun 11, 2018 • 67 min
What’s it actually like to work for yourself? These ladies know! The presenters of Being Boss both run their own creative businesses, they create resources and networks for other people who either want to or are already running their own show.
Episode 75: Knowing What You Don’t Want is Fine!
Jun 4, 2018 • 22 min
Over the last few weeks I’ve been having conversations with the wonderful people who are going to be part of the upcoming pilot for the A Brilliant Gamble Coaching Programme. It’s been inspiring to hear what they want to do with their lives and how they…
Episode 74: Everyone’s Got Their Reason Not To!
May 28, 2018 • 17 min
I am often asked how I manage to run a business, homeschool and travel as a single mum. To be honest it’s something I wouldn’t think about much except for the fact that people ask me! That’s just our life. But what’s interesting is how we all use aspects…
Episode 73: You Won’t Know Until You Go!
May 14, 2018 • 20 min
I’m hearing a lot about “pivoting” at the moment. In a business context it means shifting the focus or emphasis of the company. In life it means taking a left or right turn away from the direction you’d set off in and adjusting course based on what you’ve…
Episode 72: What’s a business for?
May 8, 2018 • 18 min
This last week has been tough for us. While we love our little Yorkshire AirBnB, we have no wifi or phone signal there and have had to rent an office (no windows, no natural light, smells a bit) a few hours a day so I can continue to serve my clients.…
Episode 71: From Forcing to Flowing
Apr 23, 2018 • 19 min
Just because you sell your house, put your worldly belongings in a storage container and travel around Europe in a campervan for a year doesn’t mean you feel any different than you did when you lived in a normal house in a normal town. Last week I…
Episode 70: Uncovering the Protestant Work Ethic
Apr 16, 2018 • 19 min
I’ve been revisting one of the set texts from my degree (I read it nearly 30 years ago!) - Max Weber’s Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism - recently. I do this for you, by the way! I’m becoming increasingly aware of the deeply hardwired beliefs…
Episode 69: The Sweet Smell of Stress
Apr 10, 2018 • 26 min
Stress! A gift that never stops giving…even when you’ve disrupted your life with the specific intent of leaving it behind. Today’s show is about the 4 triggers or potential triggers for stress and how I’m handling each one. I really want to return from…
Episode 68: Start with the hair!
Apr 2, 2018 • 21 min
In today’s podcast I reflect on the lessons I learnt from letting my hair go grey! I didn’t realise it at the time but this attempt to become more authentic opened the door to other, bolder decisions and maybe even our big trip! When you’re at a…
Episode 67: Lessons from the road - The Devil You Know
Mar 26, 2018 • 16 min
We are now a week and a half in to our trip and it’s already been, um, eventful! Snow, a broken awning and a breakdown in Snowdonia National Park have taught me one lesson already - things are not going to go exactly as planned. This week’s show is about…
Episode 66: Running Towards Joy with guest Ali Soleil
Mar 19, 2018 • 57 min
Four nights in a campervan in the snow has taught me a lesson already. When you embark on an adventure don’t be too attached to how you expected things to be…be ready to roll with what the universe has in store for you! On this week’s show I’m talking to…
Episode 65: Worldtowning: With guests Will and Jessica Sueiro
Mar 12, 2018 • 59 min
Welcome to A Brilliant Gamble! This is the 65th episode of this show but the first with our new name. A Brilliant Gamble is all about betting on the the world of work changing and taking the risk of saying No to the 9-5. Work isn’t working as it is,…
Episode 64: Is this the last Punks in Suits Podcast?
Feb 26, 2018 • 18 min
Well, yes and no! In two week’s time this podcast will be back with a new name to reflect its new focus. And in today’s show I explain more about what that’s going to be and why it’s going to be fabulous! Today I’m also talking about down-days and what to…
Episode 63: The Future of Leadership Development, with Prof Peter Hawkins
Feb 19, 2018 • 68 min
It’s all very exciting at the moment with our trip just 4 weeks away. But my fascination with leadership and leadership development hasn’t gone away! This week I’m off to Switzerland to work with a team there on their leadership and I will continue to do…
Episode 62: Every Yes is a No
Feb 12, 2018 • 19 min
I think of myself as a yes person! This is what we’re all encouraged to be, isn’t it? But I’ve noticed that some easy “yeses” then lead to some hard “nos” later on. If you’re bringing about change in your life in order to have more alignment and a more…
Episode 61: Emotional Readiness Mismatch
Feb 5, 2018 • 20 min
Ah, if only change was a lovely straight line where you made a decision that felt right to you and then just took the actions as specified in the Gantt chart. But no, it’s a rollercoaster ride of emotions and actions and sometimes the to do list says…
Episode 60: Does Busy = Success?
Jan 28, 2018 • 18 min
I’ve noticed that when someone asks how you are, the answer is often “Busy” or some related variant. When did being busy become the right answer to that question? We live at a time when work dominates life - it defines who we are, our worth, what we think…
Episode 59: You’re So Brave!
Jan 21, 2018 • 19 min
Everyone’s got an opinion about what you’re doing. Of course, their opinion often doesn’t matter and more often shouldn’t matter but that doesn’t mean you’re always able to shrug it off when people pass comment on your plans. In today’s show I share some…
Episode 58: Taking money off the table
Jan 14, 2018 • 28 min
This is a tough one for me. I’ve always struggled with the concept of “Financial Abundance”. I believe it’s true that what you put out there in to the world in your beliefs comes back to you in your reality. But I’ve always had a hard time believing that…
Episode 57: Unwork!
Jan 7, 2018 • 33 min
I’m so excited about today’s podcast. The ideas I talk about today have been brewing for weeks! I would go so far as to say that I’ve never met anyone working in business or the public sector who feels fully integrated in their work. By which I mean,…
Episode 56: Breaking Cultural Laws with Sally McCutchion
Dec 30, 2017 • 55 min
Happy New Year! Is this the year when you decide enough is enough? You still want to make a difference - you haven’t given up on your ambitions. But maybe you can’t do it in your current role or in your current organisation. Maybe there’s another way that…
Episode 55: From the Archives - The Art of Stillness with Leandra Ashton
Dec 26, 2017 • 62 min
I must admit that I was pretty desperate for the Christmas Holidays. 2017 has been a year of big life changing decisions and no small amount of overwhelm! So it was with that in mind that I thought I would re-share my interview with actress and…
Episode 54: Not Away From or Towards…
Dec 17, 2017 • 24 min
There’s a theory - a very established one - that people are either “away from” motivated or “towards” motivated. You’re either someone who typically moves away from pain or towards a goal or vision. This has always been problematic to me, especially as so…
Episode 53: Re-Thinking Education
Dec 10, 2017 • 45 min
This week’s podcast is a topic very close to my heart - education. With a child who is currently home educated I’ve become more and more interested in how children actually learn and what they learn from different forms of education. Kerry McDonald is my…
Episode 52: Tramshed - An interview with Iain Tweedale
Dec 3, 2017 • 52 min
A few weeks ago I gave a presentation at Tramshed Tech in Cardiff, one of the new breed of co-working spaces popping up all over the world. These facilities are more than just places to park yourself when you need a desk. They cater for the broader needs…
Episode 51: The Belly of the Whale
Nov 26, 2017 • 23 min
This week I found myself head in hands bawling my eyes out in a hotel lobby with my two business besties. It happens. Change is emotional, not logical, as I’m always saying, But despite the fact I know so much about the process of change, I was takenn by…
Episode 50: Tweaks not Overhauls
Nov 19, 2017 • 19 min
We tend to ignore “tensions” until so many have accumulated that a massive amount of change is required to set things right. Of course, every time you address a tension you risk creating another one so when you undertake a massive overhaul you often…
Episode 49: A Brilliant Gamble - Why I’m selling my house and buying a van
Nov 12, 2017 • 41 min
It’s a year (and a bit) since I started this podcast. A year ago my plan was to sell my house and buy a smallholding and, other than that, keep my life pretty much as it was. My business was doing fine, I was enjoying my work and although I had a long…
Episode 48: Do A Day - An Interview with Bryan Falchuk
Nov 5, 2017 • 66 min
Today’s show is an interview with Bryan Falchuk. Bryan in the author of a new book called “Do A Day” in which he explores why we get stuck in bad habits and how to break those habit…for good! Whether you’re stuck in a rut in your work, with your health…
Episode 47: Socking it to ‘em. An Interview with Ryan Palmer
Oct 29, 2017 • 49 min
I’m not the only Palmer to have turned their back on coroprate life to run a business of their own. Ryan Palmer and his friend Dave Pickard are the co-founders of The London Sock Company, an online store started in 2013 based on the observation that…
Episode 46: Punk Outside the Suit
Oct 22, 2017 • 57 min
So excited about today’s podcast! I’m talking to Lisa Talbot, Award Winning Personal & Fashion Stylist about how to shake up your professional “look” and reveal more of the real you underneath. No one’s saying you have to get a mohawk and wear a safety…
Episode 45: Release the Punk!
Oct 15, 2017 • 18 min
How do you release the Punk inside you? On this podcast we normally talk about the “work you” - how to be a leader in your work, how to bring about change in your organisation. But inevitably re-thinking yourself at work leads to changes in your life…
Episode 44: Parent-Child Dynamics
Oct 8, 2017 • 33 min
A listener has asked me to do a show about Parent-Child Dynamics. So here it is! I see Parent-Child relationships and a Parent-Child culture in many organisations. In so many other ways people are fully formed adults but occasionaly they slip in to either…
Episode 43: What’s Around The Corner?
Oct 1, 2017 • 23 min
Behind all of my work with clients is a kind of screensaver - a story or image of the working future we can all look forward to. Bots and AI taking their place alongside human workers, small companies of primarily freelance workers, a possible shortage of…
Episode 42: When the problem is your boss…
Sep 24, 2017 • 22 min
You’d think the tricky bit of having a team would be the people on that team. But in my experience the really tricky relationship is with your boss! I use that term advisedly. I don’t mean the relationship you have with a true leader. I do mean the…
Episode 41: Dreaded Delegation
Sep 16, 2017 • 17 min
I don’t really like the term delegation. Or empowerment. Or any of those other cliches for describing how loosely or tightly managers hold on to work they’ve distributed to others. But in the current system we have, you may well be in the position of…
Episode 40: Why Do We Work?
Sep 10, 2017 • 25 min
Sounds like an obvious question with an obvious answer, right? But maybe it’s worth really thinking about it. Because we pay a huge price for our work in terms of our health, our freedom, our time, our priorities. Yes, work is an enabler for other things.…
Episode 39: How Integrated is your life?
Sep 3, 2017 • 27 min
We are back! Series 2 of the Punks in Suits podcast is here. Over the summer I’ve been reading and making connections between what I’ve been learning about and leadership. I’ve had a few a ha moments! Today’s topic is Integration, specifically, how…
Episode 38: Listen Up!
Jul 23, 2017 • 17 min
This week’s podcast is all about listening! But before you switch off, thinking we’re talking about Active Listening, listen again! In today’s show I’m exploring the least common type of listening. I don’t want to spoil it for you but it’s this kind of…
Episode 37: Reinventing Organisations, with Charlie Efford
Jul 17, 2017 • 76 min
One of the most influential books for me of the last couple of years is Frederic Laloux’s Reinventing Organisations which reinforced many of the ideas I had been having independently about what is not working any more about big business. I’ve been wanting…
Episode 36: Feedback isn’t for wimps!
Jul 9, 2017 • 26 min
I really don’t like getting feedback. I don’t naturally respond well! So I’ve had to learn some techniques for receiving it, given that I think it’s actually really important to know what people think and how your messages (intended and unintended) are…
Episode 35 - What if, what if, what if?
Jul 3, 2017 • 19 min
Hi! In this week’s episode of the Punks in Suits podcast I share some exciting personal news and the 3 beliefs I’ve had to let go of in order to make this personal life choice. I often say how important it is to reflect - to think before you make a…
Episode 34: Being Boss - With Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
Jun 25, 2017 • 70 min
Today’s show is a conversation with Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon of Being Boss Podcast fame. These two are real leaders - their podcast has become huge partly, I think, due to their down-to-earth yet fiesty and authentic approach to their work and…
Episode 33: Secret Source - An Interview with Tom Nixon
Jun 18, 2017 • 59 min
Tom Nixon was one of the founders of NixonMcInnes, Europe’s first dedicated social business consultancy, working with a number of big name global brands. He’s now an adviser to Founders helping them to grow businesses with purpose that they can be proud…
Episode 32: 5 Ideas That Change Your Perspective
Jun 11, 2017 • 21 min
There are some basic beliefs that I hold which I frequently share with clients. So much so that I wanted to share them with you too! I’m not necessarily “right”. But no coach is completely neutral and so it makes sense for a coach to be upfront about the…
Episode 31: Other People Are So Annoying!
Jun 4, 2017 • 33 min
What can you do when it’s everyone else’s fault?! It’s all very well looking inside for the answers and adjusting your own behaviour and outlook but maybe the problem is other people and their behaviour and outlook, right? In this episode I share a…
Episode 30: Naps, Breaks and Reflection
May 28, 2017 • 19 min
Hi! Big news - I took a nap! And the world didn’t crumble. In this week’s episode I muse on napping, the science behind taking breaks and the real purpose of reflection. We are so hard wired to work long hours, to fear looking or feeling lazy, to be…
Episode 29: The Good Life Project with Jez Rose
May 21, 2017 • 68 min
This week I’m talking to behaviourist Jez Rose about his new project - The Good Life Project. There’s a lot of talk in business about engagement and employee satisfaction and “leaders” spend a great deal of time (and money on leadership development…
Episode 28: Finding Yourself Within the Big Trends
May 15, 2017 • 24 min
I’m a leadership futurist which means I’m looking for business trends and how they will impact how we need to be to lead. But often the trends seem really BIG. Yes, you like the idea of Agile or Teal or AI but how can you make an impact when these…
Episode 27: The Coaching Habit - with guest Michael Bungay Stanier
May 7, 2017 • 48 min
Author, speaker and Canada’s first Coach of the Year, Michael Bungay Stanier, is my guest today on the show. And we’re talking Coaching! I always say that leaders listen and that they particularly listen to the stuff they don’t want to hear. Well, in this…
Episode 26: Why isn’t work more like home?
Apr 30, 2017 • 16 min
We’re so used to working the way we work - specific hours, sitting behind a desk, holding meetings in a meeting room, having lunch at lunchtime etc. etc - that we don’t really questions whether that’s the only way. This week, while visiting a client’s…
Episode 25: Escape Velocity - An Interview with Lee Feldman
Apr 23, 2017 • 75 min
Lee is a force of nature. Down to earth, humble and funny, he’s also a guy who thinks and acts BIG. He was pivotal in revolutionizing how major companies used their websites back in the late 1990s, is more recently the founder of THNK Vancouver, and his…
Episode 24: If you stopped battling reality…
Apr 16, 2017 • 14 min
Certain behaviour just drives you nuts, doesn’t it? When things don’t go the way you want, when people don’t behave the way you expect them to, when life doesn’t go as planned it causes stress and frustration. But when we fight reality we aren’t able to…
Episode 23: Presenting Made Easy
Apr 2, 2017 • 32 min
Hi folks! People sometimes come up to me after a presentation and say they could never speak like that. Well, if they knew a few simple tips - things that I’ve learnt along the way that make the difference and that can easily be copied - they would be…
Episode 22: Agile Leadership Before Agile Organisation
Mar 26, 2017 • 28 min
This week I’m speaking at the inaugural Agile Working Event in London. I’m anticipating a lot of talk about technology, processes and systems all of which are important to support an agile culture. But the culture bit comes first. Companies that expect…
Episode 21: Renting your job, or owning it? With guest, Mark Fritz
Mar 19, 2017 • 54 min
Wherever I go, senior people tell me they wish their people would step up and take ownership of their job. So in this week’s episode I talk to Mark Fritz who is all about ownership! I his keynote speeches and workshops he explores how to create a sense of…
Episode 20: Punkify your Mind, with guest Joel Vos
Mar 12, 2017 • 31 min
I’m delighted to introduce you to real-life punk, Joel Vos. Psychologist,Vos, AKA the Punk Professor, talks to me about Meaning, Mental Health and Punk. He’s hugely knowledgeable and I love his academic but also very practical approach to the topic. I…
Episode 19: Shoulda. Woulda. Coulda.
Mar 5, 2017 • 14 min
Should I do this? Shouldn’t I be doing better than this? Shouldn’t they listen to me? Shouldn’t I have done something differently? This episode is all about shoulds and shouldn’ts. We look at 4 different kinds of shoulds and how to deal with them. From a…
Episode 18: Exposing the Hidden Curriculum - Yehudi Meshchaninov
Feb 26, 2017 • 48 min
I’m so excited to introduce you to my guest this week. Yehudi is a fascinating guy, a team coach and org design specialist who asks some pretty big questions in his work, questions we would all do well to ask. In my solo shows I tend to focus on the inner…
Episode 17: Inner Work and Big Questions - The Future of Leadership Development
Feb 19, 2017 • 35 min
Earlier this year I shared my view that there really isn’t such a thing as “leadership development”. But this doesn’t mean you can’t grow in to leadership or grow as a leader. The best leaders are endlessly curious and endlessly evolving. In this episode…
Episode 16: What’s on the agenda in 2017?
Feb 12, 2017 • 23 min
Over the last few years I’ve made predictions about what’s going to be in the agenda in the year ahead. This year it’s taken me a few weeks because the start of the year was dominated by other stories. But now I’m sharing my 4 themes for the year. These…
Episode 15: Intimacy has a better tensile strength than logic
Feb 5, 2017 • 37 min
I’ve been writing about, and consequently thinking about, feelings all week. The chapter of the new book, Punks in Suits, about Trust looks at the part emotions play in business and how important our ability to bring feelings in to the conversation is.…
Episode 14: Trust and Distrust - The Responsibility of Business
Jan 29, 2017 • 20 min
In this episode of the Punks in Suits podcast I reflect on the concept of Trust, in the light of the publication of the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer (an annual, global survey of levels of trust in the 4 major institutions of goverment, media, business and…
Episode 13: Can Business Be Happy? An interview with Laurence McCahill
Jan 22, 2017 • 53 min
This week I’m talking to the co-founder of Happy Start Up, a business school with a difference. Happiness - not the smiley-all-time kind but deep-sense-of-fulfilment kind - lies at the heart of their business philosophy. What if business could meet your…
Episode 12: Re-Thinking Influence
Jan 15, 2017 • 24 min
Do we need to re-think what we mean by “influence”? Often “influencing techniques” are tricks we use to get people to take us seriously, to do what we say, to get people to do what we want them to do. But what if influence really begins far before you…
Episode 11: What if there is no such thing as leadership development?
Jan 8, 2017 • 19 min
Welcome back to the first episode of 2017! In this show I talk about leadership not as a profession (like being a lawyer or doctor) but more as a way of being, more like being a citizen or a friend. When we attempt to professionailse leadership we end up…
Episode 10: My Inspirations from 2016 Shared
Dec 11, 2016 • 20 min
In this, the final episode of the Punks in Suits podcast for 2016, I share the 10 books, podcasts and concepts that have inspired me the most during 2016. You may even get a few gift ideas from it! I’m back on 9th Janurary 2017 but meantime do stay in…
Episode 9: Breaking Cultural Laws…with guest Sally McCutchion
Dec 4, 2016 • 51 min
What does it feel like to walk away from the security of a management job in a big company to start your own business, when you don’t know what business you want to start? How does it feel when you start breaking unwritten “cultural laws” because of the…
Episode 8: The Journey to Self-Management via the Journey to Self
Nov 27, 2016 • 70 min
I’m not saying that self-management is the future but it certainly represents an alternative to many of the baked-in issues of the hierarchical organisational structure. In this episode of The Punks in Suits podcast I talk to Alexander Maier, a Managing…
Episode 7: What should you focus on?
Nov 20, 2016 • 31 min
We are all so busy, right? There’s never enough time to do everything. But what if 90% of what we spend our time on isn’t making much of a difference? What if we could be spending our time on activity that really moved the dial, that really made an impact…
Episode 6: Pop-up Leadership and Giving Away Power
Nov 12, 2016 • 16 min
I’m often asked why people won’t step up and take ownership even when the bosses in the organisation tell them they’re empowered. But people can only be empowered to the same extent that you are willing to give away your power. In this episode I talk…
Episode 5: Leandra Ashton and the Art of Stillness
Nov 6, 2016 • 58 min
I’m delighted that actress, producer and playwright Leandra Ashton was able to talk to me this week. Leandra has always been someone I’ve admired for her calm, centred approach to life, her massive creativity and her down-to-earth nature alongside her…
Episode 4: Needs, Values and Purpose - do they matter?
Oct 30, 2016 • 30 min
In this week’s Punks in Suits, I start by talking a bit about how the book is coming along (it’s tough!) and what it’s about. While writing I’ve changed my mind about the purpose of Purpose. So in this podcast I reveal my current thinking - the relevance…
Episode 3: Beliefs, assumptions and biases will trip you up!
Oct 23, 2016 • 22 min
In Episode 3 of the Punks in Suits Podcast we talk Assumptions! Assumptions will get in the way of your true authenticity, they will limit your creativity, they will cloud your best, intuitive decision-making and make it tough for you to bring about…
Episode 2: The Punks in Suits Podcast - Helping Leaders Work Out How to Lead in Fast Changing Times
Oct 17, 2016 • 19 min
In Episode 2 of the Punks in Suits Podcast I talk about leadership as something temporary, where you sometimes lead and sometimes make way for others to lead, I bust a few myths about the myriad qualities people assume you need in order to qualify as a…
Episode 1: The Punks in Suits Podcast - Helping Leaders Work Out How to Lead in Fast Changing Times
Oct 7, 2016 • 41 min
In Episode 1 of the Punks in Suits Podcast I introduce myself and some of the themes of the podcast to come. The world is changing and we’re not in the Industrial Age anymore. That means how we see leadership has to change too. But most models of…