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That People Thing: Punks in Suits - Personalised Leadership in a Bossless World
Leadership | Authenticity | Business | Coaching
Category: Management & Marketing
Location: WIltshire
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As the CEO of That People Thing, I've spent more than 10,000 hours in board meetings and I've learnt what works and what doesn'...


by Blaire Palmer
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October 15, 2017 03:49 AM PDT

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.

Please stay in touch via twitter (@blairepalmer), instagram (we have a new name on instagram which is @abrilliantgamble because my account is not only about my work but about our family adventures as homeschoolers, animal lovers, music makers and everything else we get up to) or email blaire@thatpeoplething.com. And if you go to our website www.thatpeoplething.com you can sign up to our newsletter and get a free 5 part series covering the basics of the Punks in Suits concept and irregular news, insights, tips and thought provoking questions.

October 08, 2017 07:48 AM PDT

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).

And please sign up to the newsletter for show notes on this episode and a free 5-part series covering the fundamentals of the Punks in Suits philosophy! Just go to www.thatpeoplething.com and fill in the pop-up sign up form.

October 01, 2017 01:30 PM PDT

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 jobs and need for a universal living wage, a diverse multi-generational workforce...I could go on.

And in this episode I do! This week I share with you some of the elements of my screensaver. And whenever I'm having a conversation with a client, no matter how practical or immediate the topic, at some level I'm also connected with this screensaver, asking myself "How does this scenario relate to the future world I can see in my mind's eye? And what kind of leader can this person be TODAY whilst being congruent with the world of tomorrow?".

I'm always thinking about how today's decisions either prepare the ground well for what's coming or prepare the ground badly for what's coming. And the guidance I give today always has that perspective built in.

I hope you find today's thoughts interesting.

Please stay in touch and share your own ideas on Instagram (@blairelyspalmer), Twitter (@blairepalmer) or email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com.

And please, please, please write a review for iTunes as it helps people find us.

September 24, 2017 02:28 AM PDT

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 relationship you have with your manager when your manager embodies a "boss" mentality to get you to get stuff done.

Not everything I suggest in this podcast is going to work for you. Every situation is unique.

But you will notice that I put the responsibility for re-thinking how you approach this relationship on you.

That's not because you're the problem! But it is because you are listening to this podcast, it's you I'm able to talk to and it's you who is highly motivated to change something.

If you change how you see this relationship at least 50% of the dynamic is changed...and that might be enough.

If it isn't you may have to consider a more radical course of action.

I hope you enjoy listening and find the ideas provoke some thoughts of your own. Please feel free to share your feedback, stories and tips on twitter (@blairepalmer), instagram (@blairelyspalmer) and email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com).

And please leave a review on iTunes as it really, really helps other listeners find us. Maybe your boss will tune in and that will help you!

(Picture credit @benhughesart)

September 16, 2017 09:39 AM PDT

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 having to divvy up work amongst your team and then make sure they do it.

How do you do that in a way that is as close to empowering as you can get and makes the most of the incredible talent you have around you? And why don't people always grasp the opportunity to step up even when they've asked for it?

That's today's podcast topic!

Feel free to share your thoughts on Twitter (@blairepalmer), Instagram (@blairelyspalmer) or email me (blaire@thatpeoplething.com.

And please rate and review this podcast on iTunes as it helps more people find us!

Thank you!

September 10, 2017 01:38 PM PDT

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. It give us the money to make choices. And we may really enjoy the work itself.

But what if the price is too high? How can you find the right place for work in your life alongside everything else that matters to you?

In this episode I muse on the purpose of work in our fast changing world.

Please do share your thoughts and stories with me on our Punks in Suits Facebook page, via twitter (@blairepalmer), Instagram (@blairelyspalmer) or by email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com).

And please review this podcast on iTunes as it helps us move up the ranking and allows more people to find us.

Thanks!

September 03, 2017 11:08 AM PDT

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 integrated the different parts of your life are.

If your life is out of whack in one area, e.g. work dominating, no amount of coaching, therapy or meditation will give you a sense of peace.

If you want to share your experiences of blending the boundaries between work and the rest of your life or the challenges you are having trying to do that (no one said it was going to be easy), we'd love to hear from you!

Twitter: @blairepalmer
Instagram: @blairelyspalmer
Email: blaire@thatpeoplething.com

And please rate this podcast on iTunes as that pushes it up the rankings and we get more people listening! Thank you!

July 23, 2017 10:25 AM PDT

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.

You can still stay in touch via instagram (@blairelyspalmer), twitter (@blairepalmer), email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com) or our Punks in Suits Facebook page.

And do sign up for the new newsletter. Just go to www.thatpeoplething.com and scroll to the bottom of any page.

I'm back in September. I wish you a fantastic month and look forward to talking to you again in the Autumn!

July 17, 2017 02:48 AM PDT

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!

Please stay in touch via twitter (@blairepalmer), instagram (@blairelyspalmer) or email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com).

And please remember to review the podcast on itunes as it really helps more people know about it!

Thank you!!

July 09, 2017 01:43 PM PDT

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).

Stay in touch via instagram (@blairelyspalmer), twitter (@blairepalmer), email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com) and don't forget to sign up to the newsletter on our website (www.thatpeoplething.com).

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.

Thanks!

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