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A Brilliant Gamble
Say No to the 9 - 5
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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November 19, 2017 02:32 PM PST

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.

Stay in touch on twitter (@blairepalmer), email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com) and our Punks in Suits Facebook page. And follow our "brilliant gamble" on Instagram (@abrilliantgamble) and join our A Brilliant Gamble Facebook GROUP!


November 12, 2017 02:39 PM PST

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.

Follow us on -
Instagram: @abrilliantgamble
Facebook group: A Brilliant Gamble
Twitter: @blairepalmer
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Email: blaire@thatpeoplething.com
Web: www.thatpeoplething.com

And please share this podcast with anyone who you think may have a little bit of punk underneath their suit!

November 05, 2017 08:33 AM PST

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.

You can buy Bryan's book at http://www.doadaybook.com/amazon or

And please stay inn touch with us!

Twitter @blairepalmer
Instagram @abrilliantgamble
Email blaire@thatpeoplething.com

Or just give us a ring! Go to the www.thatpeoplething.com website for more details.

Thank you!!!

October 29, 2017 09:31 AM PDT

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 (blaire@thatpeoplething.com).

Thank you!!


October 22, 2017 03:40 AM PDT

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 (blaire@thatpeoplething.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!

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!

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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!

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