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 guest and is well positioned to explore education, and how education may need to change to address the future needs of business (and our world!).
Kerry is a mom of four unschooled children, a writer for Natural Mother Magazine and a self-directed learning advocate who is a Board member at the non-profit Alliance for Self-Directed Education. She has a Master's degree in education policy from Harvard University and is an education writer for several national media outlets. Her writing has appeared in Forbes, NPR, and Education Next among others.
She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and writes at Whole Family Learning. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@kerry_edu).
The books she mentions in the interview are Now You See It, by Cathy Davidson, and Wounded by School, by Kirsten Olson.
Here is the blog link where you can find her book recommendations if you're interested in learning more about home education and self-directed learning - http://www.wholefamilylearning.com/2017/09/letter-to-prospective-homeschooling.html
To follow my journey with my daughter Ivy we are @abrilliantgamble on Instagram and we have a Facebook Group called A Brilliant Gamble too.
You can find out more about my work with organisations and individuals and how to book me as a speaker at www.thatpeoplething.com and follow me on twitter (@blairepalmer).
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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 of entrepreneurs - the need to connect, to co-create, to partner, to be inspired and have a place they can call home.
Iain has had a long and varied career and taken many zig-zags in his professional life, sometimes sacrificing the safety and security of big corporate to indulge his curious, wanderlust side, and other times seeking the opportunities that big business provides.
In this wide-ranging interview we talk about co-working, traveling, big business versus start-up and generally how to find a sense of peace with your career choices.
You can find out more about Tramshed Tech at www.tramshedtech.co.uk.
If you are looking for a desk or have desk space spare, check out www.desksnear.me and if you use this service, let me know how you get on!
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This week I found myself head in hands bawling my eyes out in a hotel lobby with my two business besties.
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 surprise by the huge feelings of overwhelm and confusion I was experiencing about the changes I'm making in my life and work.
So I used the opportunity, once we'd mopped up the puddle, to think about that Belly of the Whale stage in change and how to both recognise you're in it...and get out.
If you know anyone else who's in this place right now forward them the link to the podcast. It might just help!
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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 unintentionally create a whole lot of new problems that need to be addressed.
In today's episode I'm talking about how to identify little tensions and make small tweaks rather than waiting until a major change initiative is required.
There are lots of signals that something's not quite right and I identify a few of these today.
I'd love to know what tweaks you're making in your life, your organisation or your industry.
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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 term plan to add other "solutions" - like a retreat centre where leaders could come to reflect, have important conversations with each other and help me muck out the sheep - that was a long term ambition, not something I planned to initiate in the coming 12 months.
But the thing about change is that it's rarely predictable.
If you're open to what's going on around you, the opportunities and the risks, and you tune in to your intuition about what's right for you, you end up changing your goals...or at least taking a different route than you expected to get there.
Which is why I'm selling my house...but not buying a smallholding.
Instead, I'm joining the increasing number of people who operate as "digital nomads". Disrupting the status quo has meant, for my family, starting to home educate my daughter which has led to a period of "deschooling" - getting school-think out of our system - which has led to me thinking about "deworking" - wondering whether I can break the rules of work but continue to be of value to my clients. Or in fact be of MORE value to them.
I don't want to give it all away here. You'll have to listen to the show!
I asked my friend and colleague, Ginny Baillie, back to interview me and I tell all to her (and to you!).
I hope you'll enjoy the new direction we're taking as a family and in the business and what new insights this will give me to share with you as you disrupt the status quo in your industry, your organisation and your life.
And please share this podcast with anyone who you think may have a little bit of punk underneath their suit!
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 and fitness, in your relationship or something else, you will love this interview and Bryan's ideas to get unstuck.
And please stay inn touch with us!
Or just give us a ring! Go to the www.thatpeoplething.com website for more details.
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 although more and more men don't wear ties these days, people do notice your socks.
Since them the company has gone from strength to strength with celebrities like Daniel Craig and David Gandy wearing the products.
But we're not really talking socks in this interview. In my conversation with Ryan we talk about leaving coroprate life, the secrets to running an online business in the 21st century, loyalty and brand and much more more.
Whether you plan to set up on your own or are just wondering why it's hard to keep lively young people like Ryan and Dave in your big business, there's a lot for you in this show.
AND there's an offer for all Punks in Suits listeners. With Christmas coming up in makes sense to listen to the very end when I explain how you can get a major discount on London Sock Company products and subscriptions.
Stay in touch on twitter (@blairepalmer), Instagram (@abrilliantgamble) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 pin through your nose but business wear is so conservative that it's almost the last taboo. Even people who are outspoken, creative and enthusiastic about shaking things up tend to conform to the uniform. And that might be undermining their credibility as a model for change. Not to mention that hiding who you are every day takes its toll on your enthusiasm and sense of purpose.
Lisa is well known for her fun and full of energy personality and passion for helping both women & men feel & look amazing.
She firmly believes your wardrobe should work for your personality, lifestyle, body shape & budget.
Lisa’s wealth of experience and her natural ability to relate to her audience make her consultations, presentations & interviews exciting, interesting and thought provoking. I'm sure you'll agree!
You can find out more about how to work with her at www.lisatalbot.co.uk.
To stay in touch with us you can tweet (@blairepalmer), email (email@example.com), follow our personal adventures on Instagram (@abrilliantgamble) and our personal Facebook page (@abrilliantgamble). Or just pick up the phone and call. We love that!
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 outside of work.
In this week’s show I share four places where you could look to start to integrate your growing authenticity in work and your desire to be yourself in your wider life. These are highly practical suggestions that will make a difference both inside and outside of your working life.
Over the coming months I will return to these ideas with a variety of guests who will help me to explore how your growth as a leader might impact your life choices. Certainly the growth I’ve undergone professionally has brought about massive changes in my personal life too.
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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 parent or child reactions...which is very understandable since the Industrial Age workplace is designed to reinforce this dynamic.
In today's show I talk about how to recongise this in yourself and in others and what to do about it.
I'd love to hear your tips too!
Stay in touch on twitter (@blairepalmer), Instagram (@blairelyspalmer) and email (blaire@ thatpeoplething.com).
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