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This week, I sit down with Roberto Martinez, co-founder of the software company Nearsoft.

As a follower of famous business radical Ricardo Semler, Roberto built a company culture based on:
- No formal hierarchy
- Meaning and belonging as foundations
- Transparency and decentralisation

The number one message from Roberto that I took away from our conversation is that if you want a vibrant, humane culture, you've got to find ways to have everyone participate.

We talk:
- Cooking for the team
- High participation *and* fast decisions
- Handling transparency in larger organisations
- Letting go of hierarchical mental models

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This week, I sit down with Mick Spiers, long-time executive in the world of urban mobility and author of the new book You're a Leader, Now What?
We know that only 16% of people genuinely love their job and like their boss. People spend up to 1/3 of their lives in jobs and workplaces where they struggle to find meaning and purpose.
Mick sees the way to change this as being through building competent, inspiring leaders. He's focused on helping leaders early in their careers. If you're a new leader, this episode could be the one for you.
We talk:
- Building your own leadership model
- The five factors humans need to thrive
- The perils of using "actually"
- Going beyond active listening
- Leader as the architect of rituals

Links:
Mick's Website - https://www.mickspiers.com/

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Author Gary Hamel is consistently rated one of the most influential business thinkers today, in this his latest tome, Gary argues that we should be creating organisations as awesome as the people in them.

Tom and I explore the five ‘m’s of Hamel’s blueprint for humanocracies:
- motivation - to bust bureaucracies
- models for profitability in this new paradigm
- mindsets to escape industrial age thinking
- mobilization to hack outmoded systems
- migration to a new organisational DNA.

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This week, I sit down with Meike Bartels, Professor in Genetics and Wellbeing at the Department of Biological Psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She's also the president of the International Positive Psychology Association.

Professor Bartels is one of the world's leading scholars of the science of well-being. She looks at what aspects of well-being are innate, what we can train and what's outside our control. 

We talk:
- What we mean by well-being
- The top external factors affecting our happiness
- Habits for well-being
- What we get wrong with well-being programmes
- Bringing well-being awareness to your leadership

Links:
International Positive Psychology Association - https://www.ippanetwork.org/

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This week, I sit down with Rebecca Ward, author of The Paper Tiger Syndrome.

Can you remember a time when you felt genuinely fearless? When you knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that your world was safe? For the average person, consistently experiencing that kind of freedom sounds like wishful thinking. But what if that weren't the case? What if most fears and anxieties were just paper tigers?

Rebecca and I discuss how to deal with our pager tigers, including:
- Why we hide our emotional pain
- Grieving past injuries
- Connecting to our Vegas nerve
- The soul in the body
- A new 'voo'

Links:
The Paper Tiger Syndrome - The Book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paper-Tiger-Syndrome-Liberate-Yourself-ebook/dp/B0B36PJQMV/
Rebecca's Website - https://irisinstitute.com/

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Taking her inspiration from the 'moonshot' programmes which successfully co-ordinated public and private sectors on a massive scale, Mariana Mazzucato calls for the same level of boldness and experimentation to be applied to the biggest problems of our time. We must, she argues, rethink the capacities and role of government within the economy and society, and above all recover a sense of public purpose.

Tom and I critique Mazzcuato's views on how we might re-imagine the State. With Richard more skeptical of State-sponsored solutions and Tom with more social-democratic leanings, it makes for a fantastic conversation.

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This week, I sit down with Diane Dreher, author of The Tao of Inner Peace.

Translated more often than any other book except the Bible, the Tao Te Ching has been a spiritual guide for centuries, helping millions find peace within themselves, with each other, and with the natural world around them.

Diane's The Tao of Inner Peace adapts the principles of Tao to today's world, showing us how to integrate the many facets of our everyday lives to create a balanced, dynamic, harmonious whole.

We talk:
- The power of savouring
- Healing society's divisions
- Overcoming chronic stress
- The abundance of nature
- 15 minutes in the forest

Links:
Diane's Website - https://www.dianedreher.com/

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The study of psychological safety has become a major theme in business since Google first discovered that it was the determining factor in team performance through their famed Project Aristotle study.

Tom and I look at this book from Amy C. Edmondson, the pioneer of the field and explore how her findings can be applied in any team.

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This week, I sit down with Kath Blackham, CEO of the revolutionary Australian digital transformation agency VERSA.

She has used VERSA as a platform to move the needle on the things she's most passionate about—mental health in the workplace, diversity, flexibility and using technology for good. She famously instituted a four-day week, anathema within the crazy-hours digital agency sector. By creating a swathe of people-first rituals in her business, retention has gone up, sick days and mental health issues are down, and profit has spiked.

We talk:
- The experiments that failed
- Happiness first
- Mindful check-ins
- Three o'clock walkies
- Building culture remote-first

Links:
VERSA - www.versa.agency

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This week, I sit down with Federico Zuppa and Jorge Silva, the founders of the Argentinian self-managing software company 10Pines.

10Pines is a company with a horizontal organisational structure, where nobody is above anyone else. They make decisions based on consent, not consensus or voting, meaning that a proposer of a change must address everyone's fears and concerns before moving forward.

We talk:
- Developing citizens, not leaders
- Choosing your own salary 
- Getting things done when all work is voluntary
- The hard parts of being self-managed 
- The temptations of being a boss

Links:
10Pines' culture page - https://cultura.10pines.com/

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This week, I sit down with fellow podcaster and YouTuber Simon Caron, aka Uneducated Economist.

Although never having taken an economics class, he takes complex economic issues and breaks them down so anyone can understand and have a conversation about them.

We talk:
- Economics 101
- Debt as an addiction
- Prospects for the dollar
- What's happening with inflation
- Quitting alcohol

Links:
Simon's Website - https://uneducatedeconomist.com/
Simon's YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkB8eF4ATHl4Jm1BeCZgQ9A

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This week, I sit down with leadership and change consultant Dr Sharon Varney. She recently published 'Leadership in Complexity and Change: For a World in Constant Motion.'
Sharon is adept at making complexity science accessible and has a wealth of experience applying it in business.

We talk:
- How starlings demonstrate complexity
- Increasing your 'complexity aperture'
- Change management vs managing in change
- The importance of slowness
- Ethics in a complex world 

Links:
Sharon's Website - space for learning - https://spaceforlearning.com/who-we-are/

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This week, I sit down with Shanghai-based coach and author Jamie Dixon. As well as being a great storyteller himself, Jamie is also someone who helps others share their own stories.

Our conversation is one of two halves: at first, we look at productivity and how he managed to write his latest book in 24 hours flat. In the second, we explore the habits of great storytelling and how you can use them to engage and influence others.

We talk:
- Getting things done without willpower
- How to say no to the boss
- How experiments fuel productivity
- The art of relating
- How to use story habits to influence others

Links:
Jamie's Website - https://www.shapingpaths.com/
Jamie's Books - https://www.amazon.com/Jamie-Dixon/e/B07NJQ5KZG%3F

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This week's guest is former medical doctor, corporate retiree, and spiritual adept Kevin Krenitsky. Seven years ago, he left life as a successful executive to devote himself entirely to going within. He recently released The Still Point: The Simplicity of Spiritual Enlightenment.

According to Kevin, we are amidst the most significant wave of awakening or self-realisation this planet has ever seen. Our unconscious living has not only created stress, anxiety, wars, and famine; our choices have brought us to the edge of mass destruction. He believes there's a better way, one in which we can live our lives in alignment with our true selves. 

We talk:
- Following the Direct Path
- Our addiction to experience
- How we can't solve the mind with the mind
- Decoupling thoughts and feelings
- The 'journey' trap

Links:
The Still Point - The Book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Still-Point-Simplicity-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/B09PMF26PS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1QH43LGVKYHPD
Kevin's Website - https://authorkevinkrenitsky.com/

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Tom and I review arguably most of the influential books of the last decade: Frederick Laloux’s Reinventing Organisations.

Laloux makes the case not that we need more enlightened leaders, but that “we need something more: enlightened organizational structures and practices.”

He asks whether a shift in consciousness can help us “invent a radically more soulful and purposeful way to run our businesses and nonprofits, schools and hospitals?”

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This week we see the return of a former guest to the podcast, Professor of Complexity and Management at The University of Hertfordshire Chris Mowles. He's back on the podcast to talk about his new book, Complexity: A Key Idea for Business and Society.

Drawing on the natural and social sciences, he describes how complexity models are helpful but insufficient for our understanding of complex reality. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, he explains how, whenever humans are involved, it will be 'predictably unpredictable' whether we like it or not. But rather than this being a cause for despair, Chris emphasises how understanding complexity can give us more options for action.

We talk:
 - Handling the discomfort of uncertainty
 - Ethics in complexity
 - Sources of group resilience
 - Unstable stability
 - There is no system!

Links:
Complexity: A Key Idea for Business and Society - The Book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Complexity-Business-Society-Ideas-Management/dp/0367425688/
Chris' University of Hertfordshire Page - https://researchprofiles.herts.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/christopher-mowles(ade31620-c1c3-49a8-8315-1aa8a45b71f1).html

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Why is there more chance we'll believe something if it's in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking.

This iconic book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical). Tom and I explore this book has helped us in business and life.

Thinking: Fast and Slow is a book that has simultaneously made an enormous impact in the fields of both psychology and economics. The research it covers helped earn co-author Kahneman a Noble prize.

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This week we're releasing a talk I did with friend of the show Tom van der Lubbe at the Forward Summit, a conference dedicated to redefining leadership and management to create happier people and successful organizations.

 We talk:
- Applying The Golden Rule in business
- Why being small is beautiful
- Leading through your frustrations

Links:
Management 3.0 - https://management30.com/

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This week's episode is very special to me, Bob Chapman, a man who's been a personal inspiration for many years. Bob is the award-winning CEO of Barry-Wehmiller and author of the critically acclaimed book Everybody Matters.

Bob's life changed after a friend asked him what dream he most feared taking to his grave. This conversation led him to ditch his traditional management approach to start treating his team members as if they were each his own precious child.

We talk:
- Leadership as listening
- Validating people's dignity
- Better financial metrics than Buffet
- Human wealth, not economic wealth
- Flipping the frame

Links:
Everybody Matters - The Book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everybody-Matters-Extraordinary-Caring-People/dp/0241975417/
The Privilege of Leadership - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5jmSZFyWQk

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This week I speak with Henry Shukman, author and current Spiritual Director of The Mountain Cloud Zen Center. He teaches mindfulness and awakening practices to a wide range of students from all traditions and walks of life.

Henry is a man who seems to have led several lives: author, singer and now Zen adept. His battles with severe eczema at an early age, coupled with the break-up on his parents' marriage, led him on a life-long quest to find relief from his suffering. 

After a spontaneous spiritual awakening at the age of 19, followed by a difficult few years, he embarked on a long journey of healing and awakening. His Zen quest ultimately led to the international abbot of Sanbo Zen appointing him a teacher in 2010.

We talk:
- The Zen atheist
- Trauma release and spirituality
- Childrearing for awakening
- The arduous path

Links:
Mountain Cloud Zen Center - https://www.mountaincloud.org/
Henry's Books - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Henry-Shukman/e/B001HQ1D1G

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This week I speak with Dr. Steven MacGregor, the founder of The Leadership Academy of Barcelona, Honorary Professor of Health and Wellbeing at the Glasgow School of Art, and External Advisor for McKinsey & Company.

After completing his first degree, Steven continued his education, and athletic pursuits whilst his friends took corporate jobs. He watched his own wellbeing sore as his friends' nosedived. Seeing these companies squashing the vitality of his colleagues set him on a mission to change things.  

Steven is also a former international-level duathlete currently racing for FC Barcelona and has trained with Olympic athletes, Tour de France cyclists and Ironman champions.

We talk:
- wellbeing as a function of habit
- nutrition and movement
- stealth exercise

Links:
Dr. MacGregor's books - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Steven-P-MacGregor/e/B00J02SVGE
The Daily Reset - https://www.dailyreset.me/

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This week I speak with an extraordinary woman, Dr. Ruby Gibson, the developer or the technique called Somatic Archaeology, a transgenerational approach to wellness and reclaiming memory.

For the past 35 years, Dr. Gibson has been dedicated to the craft and science of Historical Trauma recovery internationally and among Native Peoples. As a mixed­-blood woman, Dr. Gibson's life experience and ceremonial life guided her to develop these healing techniques. She has learned how to simplify the complexity of trauma recovery through the inspiration of her spiritual grandmothers and the four worlds of creation. 

We talk:

- The 5 archaeological steps
- Learning from the natural world
- 7 generations in each direction
- Healing her family history of alcoholism and abandonment
- The power of the indigenous medicine wheel

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My extraordinary guest this week has dedicated his life to connecting to nature, out there as well as inside. ‘Uncle’ Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq is a shaman, traditional healer, storyteller and carrier of the Qilaut (winddrum), whose family belongs to the traditional healers of the Far North from Kalaallit Nunaat, Greenland. 

We talk the importance of smelling each other (yes), melting the ice, meeting Mandela, and the simple acts of connection that can restore our humanity. 

Links:
Ice Wisdom - https://icewisdom.com/

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Our guest this week is psychotherapist and executive coach Dr. Tom Cotton.

He's a man who stands for the power of deep work. So much so that he invites people to spend three days with him in an abandoned village in the Haut-Languedoc mountains to get beneath their surface thinking. 
 
We talk about exploring deep work for connection, creativity, and shared mission. Tom also shares the principles of his approach to deep work for those unable to join his fantastic retreats.

Links:
Dr. Cotton's retreats - https://mindenvironment.co.uk/
Sue Prideaux - I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Am-Dynamite-Life-Friedrich-Nietzsche/dp/0571336213/ref=sr_1_1?crid=BDIZYD88C5WX

Just hit 5000 subscribers on YouTube for the Being Human podcast.

Thank you to all of you who helped me get started with this.

Charlotte Eimer and Tim Lake for the early support, Andrei Morosanu for stepping in to do a fantastic job in producing the show. All of the guests and the tips for guests.

Here's to another 5000 subscribers and the next 200 shows.

Onwards!

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