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 listening that's required if you are intending to drive any kind of change, that involves people, through your organisation.
I will be taking a break from the podcast for August to rest and come up with a fresh lot of ideas for you.
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I'm back in September. I wish you a fantastic month and look forward to talking to you again in the Autumn!
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 to share these ideas with you and found the perfect opportunity when I met Charlie Efford, who shares my enthusiasm for these concepts.
In our conversation on this week's podcast we talk about Charlie's professional history and the unusual route he took to the work he does today. Then we go through the main ideas in Reinventing Organisations. And finally we discuss what comes after "Teal". All will be revealed as you listen!
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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 being received.
In this week's podcast I talk through some practical ways to react to feedback even when it isn't given in the most skilled manner.
I'd love to know how you have learnt to respond better to feedback and what you take on board (versus what you decide not to take on board).
If you like this podcast please rate it and leave a review as that pushes it up the ranking and means more people get to know about it.
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 decision and to question the assumptions that are keeping you stuck but also to think after you make a decision about what you've let go of.
Often when you let go of a belief in one scenario you realise taht belief also kept you stuck in a variety of other scenarios. Letting it go means a number of possibilities in your life open up! Fun stuff!
I've started a blog called What Do You Do All Day? (http://whatdoyoudoalldayblog.blogspot.co.uk/) about this personal adventure. Feel free to check out post 1!
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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 their lives.
In their show they help creative entrepreneurs grow their businesses and improve their lives but here they offer a fascinating insight in to how they think and what drives them as creative entrepreneurs themselves.
This show is ideal if you run your own company or are thinking of doing so. But it's also important if you work for big business to understand the mindset of people who would probably never work for anyone but themselves. Numbers of business owners are rising, particularly in the over 55 category, and not only does that mean your talent is attracted to such a lifestyle but they could be setting themselves up in competition to you. They don't need your global infrastructure to make a big impact, as Emily and Kathleen show.
For more about them go to https://beingboss.club/
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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 of.
I interviewed Tom before I had started doing a podcast. I recorded it so I would have it for reference and I thought at the time that I would provide the whole interview as added collateral for anyone who read the book (which I still haven't written!).
But I thought it was time to dig it back out and share it with you because it's so good!
You don't have to be a founder to get a lot of ideas from listening to Tom. And, if you work in big business, you probably don't get to meet people like Tom very often. He's exactly the breed of next stage leadership thinker that we need to be listening to if big business is going to have any relevance in future.
Check him out at www.tomnixon.co.uk and have a look for his latest project, Maptio.com, a mapping tool for self-managing organisations. The site isn't live yet but you can sign up to get updates as the project progresses.
To stay in touch with me, or find out how you can work with me and bring more of these ideas and ways of thinking in to your business check out the website at www.thatpeoplething.com or just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear from you.
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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 way they see the world. Clients can use this as a jumping off point - I don't agree...so what do I believe? Or they can see the world through the eyes of the coach and notice something different. Or they can simply observe that there is more than one way to see things. There is no right answer.
Today I'm talking about why I believe in Being Here Now, why I think most people are NOT idiots and that work doesn't have to be painful. And more!
I'd love your thoughts via twitter (@blairepalmer), instagram (@blairelyspalmer) or email (email@example.com) and on our Punks in Suits facebook page.
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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 brilliant process called The Work, created by the wonderful Byron Katie. If you want to know more you MUST go to her website and download the Judge Your Neighbour Worksheet and follow her more detailed instructions (www.thework.com).
However I wanted to share the way I use this process with clients and with myself.
It is, for me, a great way to look at other people (and yourself) in a new way, and give yourself new options as to how to deal with struggles that appear to be outside your influence.
I'd love to know how you get on.
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You can find out more about how I work with clients by visiting www.thatpeoplething.com or by giving me a call. The number is on our site.
I'd love to hear from you!
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 actively in production that we ignore all the signs that human beings aren't built to operate that way.
These thoughts are taking me to some radical conclusions...but more of that in future episodes.
For now I'm focusing on breaking the cycle and finding a way to get just as much accomplished without doing so much.
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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 courses) trying to work out how to get a more "turned on" workforce.
But what if it really isn't that complicated? What if the answer doesn't lie in fancy techniques and sophisticated models? What if we just need to feel connected with the natural world?
In this interview with Jez Rose we talk about his research (and other research carried out over many decades) which shows that when we connect with nature our motivation, our wellbeing and our productivity all improve. Sounds crazy right? But it makes sense when you think about how even an image of nature can change your perspective on life.
I hope you enjoy the episode!
If you want more information about Jez's work go to www.thegoodlifeproject.info
For the free wildflower seeds we talk about in the episode, go to www.freebeeseeds.co.uk
You can follow Jez on Instagram @thebehaviourexpert and you can follow the Good Life Project on instagram @thegoodlifeprojectfarm.
Stay in touch with me on instagram @blairelyspalmer, twitter @blairepalmer, via our website www.thatpeoplething.com and by commenting wherever you listen to this podcast! Thanks for all your support. It is so appreciated!