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Punks in Suits - Because Work shouldn't feel like a Job!
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 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.


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.


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!

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