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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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July 03, 2017 12:55 AM PDT

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!

Meanwhile do stay in touch on all the socials -
Instagram (@blairelyspalmer)
Twitter (@blairepalmer)
Facebook Group (Punks in Suits)
Email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com)
Web (www.thatpeoplething.com) where you will find the newsletter sign up!

Or just cut through all that and call me!

June 25, 2017 10:40 AM PDT

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/

And please sign up to the That People Thing newsletter, first issue coming out in the autumn. Just go to www.thatpeoplething.com and scroll to the bottom of any page.

Stay in touch via twitter (@blairepalmer), instagram (@blairelyspalmer) and email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com).

And please share this podcast. We love when you do and it means more people get to hear how they can reveal more Punk underneath their suit!

June 18, 2017 02:37 PM PDT

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 blaire@thatpeoplething.com. I'd love to hear from you.

We also really value your comments and reviews so do go to iTunes and let us know what you think (especially if you liked it!!)

June 11, 2017 02:02 PM PDT

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 (blaire@thatpeoplething.com) and on our Punks in Suits facebook page.

Please remember to share this podcast and leave a review.

Thank you!

June 04, 2017 01:30 PM PDT

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.

Please stay in touch via twitter (@blairepalmer), instagram (@blairelyspalmer) and via The Punks in Suits Facebook page.

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!

May 28, 2017 02:20 PM PDT

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.

Stay in touch on instagram (@blairelyspalmer), twitter (@blairepalmer) and on our Punks in Suits Facebook page!

May 21, 2017 02:43 PM PDT

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!

May 14, 2017 10:45 PM PDT

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 you make an impact when these concepts seem to require a massive change at the heart of business?

In this episode I talk through some of the trends I've been nattering about lately and then how you, as an individual, can start to make a difference by turning your attention inward. That's where all change begins anyway.

AND - Can you find the odd man out in the photo for this week's episode? Look carefully, something or someone is hiding in there...

Stay in touch on twitter (@blairepalmer), instagram (@blairelyspalmer) or email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com). Check out our facebook page and visit us at www.thatpeoplething.com

May 07, 2017 02:40 PM PDT

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 that leaders listen and that they particularly listen to the stuff they don't want to hear. Well, in this podcast Michael shares a few of the most important questions you can ask so that you can sit back and do some listening.

In this way, by adopting a coach-approach, you move in to the role of "creating the space" rather than fixing all the problems. You're able to help others become leaders rather than having to drive everything yourself and you get to be exposed to ideas, perspectives and solutions that are new to you.

Best-selling author Michael is so easy to listen to and he's made coaching something that anyone can do...and something anyone who claims to be a leader needs to prioritise.

His new book - The Coaching Habit: Say less, ask more and change the way you lead forever - is on Amazon and available through all good book-sellers NOW!

Stay in touch on twitter (@blairepalmer) and instagram (@blairelyspalmer) and via our Punks in Suits facebook page.

And check out the new look website www.thatpeoplething.com

Thanks!

April 30, 2017 07:53 AM PDT

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. etc - that we don't really questions whether that's the only way.

This week, while visiting a client's lovely offices, I wondered why we treat work so differently to home. Why do we make our homes so relaxing, such an expression of ourselves but don't notice that our workplaces are bland, formal, highly structured and not necessarily conducive to thinking or conversation?

If our primary contribution to our company is to do a lot of activity then this might make sense. But increasingly our contribution is down to the quality of our thinking and our relationships. Why don't we think more about this when designing workplaces and designing the format of our work - when, where and how we work?

In this week's podcast I muse on some data that calls in to question how we currently work and whether it's really working for us and offer some thoughts that hopefully will spark your thinking.

Stay in touch and please share this podcast!
Twitter @blairepalmer
Instagram @blairelyspalmer
Email blaire@thatpeoplething.com
Web www.thatpeoplething.com

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