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 email@example.com. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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!
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!
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!
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...
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
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.
Lee is a force of nature. Down to earth, humble and funny, he's also a guy who thinks and acts BIG.
He was pivotal in revolutionizing how major companies used their websites back in the late 1990s, is more recently the founder of THNK Vancouver, and his latest project is to create Bicycle Mayors in every major city in the world in order to turn the bike, a 200 year old invention, in to the transportation mode of the future.
I loved talking to Lee partly because he thinks so differently to much of the corporate world. Yet everything he talks about and the way he sees the challenges and opportunities facing business are practical and compelling. You don't have to run a small, funky tech company to be inspired by his approach - big business can get it too.
We cover everything from his co-creation of Blast Radius, a web developer that played a massive part in changing how we use and understand the power of the web, to two personal tragedies that changed the direction of his life. We talk about THNK, take a peek inside the mind of a thought-leader and inspirational thinker, question a bunch of myths about business, climate change and what kind of leaders the world needs now and explore the power of simple pleasures.
There is so much in this hour with Lee that I'm sure you'll take a lot away from it.
Stay in touch with me via twitter (@blairepalmer), instagram (@blairelyspalmer) and email (email@example.com). And check out the new look website where you can find all the podcasts, plus articles and information about working with That People Thing. www.thatpeoplething.com
Certain behaviour just drives you nuts, doesn't it? When things don't go the way you want, when people don't behave the way you expect them to, when life doesn't go as planned it causes stress and frustration.
But when we fight reality we aren't able to resolve "what is" and instead we use all of our energy trying to make things how we want them or expect them to be.
In this episode I talk about the battle with reality and how to notice and expose it so that you can disrupt the true reality. That's leadership.