A Brilliant Gamble

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Episode 80: Sarah Jackson OBE, CEO of Working Families

July 10th, 2018


Do you find it harder and harder to balance having a family with having a job? According to the 2018 Modern Families Index, when UK parents were asked how
they felt about their employer in terms of work-life balance, …

Episode 79: The Career Contessa - Lauren McGoodwin

July 2nd, 2018


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 …

Episode 78: Eff the Office!

June 25th, 2018


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 …

Episode 77: I Can, with Richard McCann

June 18th, 2018


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 …

Episode 76: Being Boss with Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon

June 11th, 2018


Remember the advert where the guy turns to his wife and announces "I'm going it alone. Tarquin's with me. Hugo's with me"? (I've made up my own names since I don't recall exactly who was with him but I know it was the …

Episode 75: Knowing What You Don't Want is Fine!

June 4th, 2018


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 …

Episode 74: Everyone's Got Their Reason Not To!

May 28th, 2018


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 …

Episode 73: You Won't Know Until You Go!

May 14th, 2018


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 …

Episode 72: What's a business for?

May 8th, 2018


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 …

Episode 71: From Forcing to Flowing

April 23rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 70: Uncovering the Protestant Work Ethic

April 16th, 2018


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 …

Episode 69: The Sweet Smell of Stress

April 10th, 2018


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 …

Episode 68: Start with the hair!

April 2nd, 2018


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 …

Episode 67: Lessons from the road - The Devil You Know

March 26th, 2018


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 …

Episode 66: Running Towards Joy with guest Ali Soleil

March 19th, 2018


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 …

Episode 65: Worldtowning: With guests Will and Jessica Sueiro

March 12th, 2018


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 …

Episode 64: Is this the last Punks in Suits Podcast?

February 26th, 2018


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 …

Episode 63: The Future of Leadership Development, with Prof Peter Hawkins

February 19th, 2018


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 …

Episode 62: Every Yes is a No

February 12th, 2018


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 …

Episode 61: Emotional Readiness Mismatch

February 5th, 2018


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 …

Episode 60: Does Busy = Success?

January 28th, 2018


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 …

Episode 59: You're So Brave!

January 21st, 2018


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 …

Episode 58: Taking money off the table

January 15th, 2018


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 …

Episode 57: Unwork!

January 7th, 2018


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 …

Episode 56: Breaking Cultural Laws with Sally McCutchion

December 30th, 2017


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 …

Episode 55: From the Archives - The Art of Stillness with Leandra Ashton

December 26th, 2017


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 …

Episode 54: Not Away From or Towards...

December 17th, 2017


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 …

Episode 53: Re-Thinking Education

December 10th, 2017


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 …

Episode 52: Tramshed - An interview with Iain Tweedale

December 3rd, 2017


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 …

Episode 51: The Belly of the Whale

November 26th, 2017


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 …

Episode 50: Tweaks not Overhauls

November 19th, 2017


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 …

Episode 49: A Brilliant Gamble - Why I'm selling my house and buying a van

November 12th, 2017


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 …

Episode 48: Do A Day - An Interview with Bryan Falchuk

November 5th, 2017


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 …

Episode 47: Socking it to 'em. An Interview with Ryan Palmer

October 29th, 2017


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 …

Episode 46: Punk Outside the Suit

October 22nd, 2017


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 …

Episode 45: Release the Punk!

October 15th, 2017


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 …

Episode 44: Parent-Child Dynamics

October 8th, 2017


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 …

Episode 43: What's Around The Corner?

October 1st, 2017


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 …

Episode 42: When the problem is your boss...

September 24th, 2017


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 …

Episode 41: Dreaded Delegation

September 16th, 2017


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 …

Episode 40: Why Do We Work?

September 10th, 2017


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, …

Episode 39: How Integrated is your life?

September 3rd, 2017


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 …

Episode 38: Listen Up!

July 23rd, 2017


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 …

Episode 37: Reinventing Organisations, with Charlie Efford

July 17th, 2017


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 …

Episode 36: Feedback isn't for wimps!

July 9th, 2017


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 …

Episode 35 - What if, what if, what if?

July 3rd, 2017


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 …

Episode 34: Being Boss - With Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon

June 25th, 2017


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 …

Episode 33: Secret Source - An Interview with Tom Nixon

June 18th, 2017


Tom Nixon was one of the founders of NixonMcInnes, Europe's first dedicated social business consultancy, working with a number of big name global …

Episode 32: 5 Ideas That Change Your Perspective

June 11th, 2017


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 …

Episode 31: Other People Are So Annoying!

June 4th, 2017


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 …

Episode 30: Naps, Breaks and Reflection

May 28th, 2017


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 …

Episode 29: The Good Life Project with Jez Rose

May 21st, 2017


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 …

Episode 28: Finding Yourself Within the Big Trends

May 15th, 2017


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 …

Episode 27: The Coaching Habit - with guest Michael Bungay Stanier

May 7th, 2017


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 …

Episode 26: Why isn't work more like home?

April 30th, 2017


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. …

Episode 25: Escape Velocity - An Interview with Lee Feldman

April 23rd, 2017


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 …

Episode 24: If you stopped battling reality...

April 16th, 2017


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 …

Episode 23: Presenting Made Easy

April 2nd, 2017


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 …

Episode 22: Agile Leadership Before Agile Organisation

March 26th, 2017


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 …

Episode 21: Renting your job, or owning it? With guest, Mark Fritz

March 19th, 2017


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 …

Episode 20: Punkify your Mind, with guest Joel Vos

March 12th, 2017


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 …

Episode 19: Shoulda. Woulda. Coulda.

March 5th, 2017


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 …

Episode 18: Exposing the Hidden Curriculum - Yehudi Meshchaninov

February 26th, 2017


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 …

Episode 17: Inner Work and Big Questions - The Future of Leadership Development

February 19th, 2017


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 …

Episode 16: What's on the agenda in 2017?

February 12th, 2017


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 …

Episode 15: Intimacy has a better tensile strength than logic

February 5th, 2017


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 …

Episode 14: Trust and Distrust - The Responsibility of Business

January 29th, 2017


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 …

Episode 13: Can Business Be Happy? An interview with Laurence McCahill

January 22nd, 2017


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 …

Episode 12: Re-Thinking Influence

January 15th, 2017


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 …

Episode 11: What if there is no such thing as leadership development?

January 8th, 2017


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 …

Episode 10: My Inspirations from 2016 Shared

December 11th, 2016


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 …

Episode 9: Breaking Cultural Laws...with guest Sally McCutchion

December 4th, 2016


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 …

Episode 8: The Journey to Self-Management via the Journey to Self

November 27th, 2016


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 …

Episode 7: What should you focus on?

November 20th, 2016


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 …

Episode 6: Pop-up Leadership and Giving Away Power

November 12th, 2016


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 …

Episode 5: Leandra Ashton and the Art of Stillness

November 6th, 2016


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 …

Episode 4: Needs, Values and Purpose - do they matter?

October 30th, 2016


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 …

Episode 3: Beliefs, assumptions and biases will trip you up!

October 23rd, 2016


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 …

Episode 2: The Punks in Suits Podcast - Helping Leaders Work Out How to Lead in Fast Changing Times

October 17th, 2016


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 …

Episode 1: The Punks in Suits Podcast - Helping Leaders Work Out How to Lead in Fast Changing Times

October 7th, 2016


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 …

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