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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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January 29, 2017 10:06 AM PST

In this episode of the Punks in Suits podcast I reflect on the concept of Trust, in the light of the publication of the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer (an annual, global survey of levels of trust in the 4 major institutions of goverment, media, business and NGOs) and the first week of President Trump.

Trust is in crisis. 67% of Trump voters describe themselves as "fearful". The pace of innovation, globalisation, corruption and erosion of social values are cited as some of the main reasons people feel distrust. And all attention for fixing this is turned on government and the media.

But business shares some responsiblity for creating the mess and therefore some of the responsibility to clear it up. How people feel about their work (if they even have work), and the behaviour of senior leaders, CEOs and Boards affects how trusting they are generally. Business cannot simply promote innovation and disregard the impact this has on those that get left behind. Business cannot simply treat people like disposable cogs in a wheel and then claim it's not their business when people feel social values are eroding.

I have also written a short piece about this on LinkedIn if you follow me there.

Please feel free to share this podcast, comment, review and start a conversation. What is the part business plays in repairing the state of trust?

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

January 22, 2017 01:54 PM PST

This week I'm talking to the co-founder of Happy Start Up, a business school with a difference.

Happiness - not the smiley-all-time kind but deep-sense-of-fulfilment kind - lies at the heart of their business philosophy. What if business could meet your personal needs, be an expression of your values and, by the way, do good in the world (even in some small way)?

Laurence talks to me about the Happy Start Up Canvas - a 7 part, one-page business plan template that helps budding entrepreneurs think through the foundations of their business idea. However, after 17 years in business I found it useful to test my business model against these 7 areas too. What would your answers be if you ran your function, role, or company through the same template?

If you run your own company, or are thinking of starting, you'll get lots of food for thought from Laurence.

But if you work for an established, big business, I think you'll enjoy this insight in to the mind of the funky, start-uppy world that the disrupters come from.

To share your views tweet (@blairepalmer), instagram (@blairelyspalmer) or email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com). And please share this podcast and comment on iTunes! We're growing and we want more and more people to hear these ideas!

January 15, 2017 11:22 AM PST

Do we need to re-think what we mean by "influence"? Often "influencing techniques" are tricks we use to get people to take us seriously, to do what we say, to get people to do what we want them to do.
But what if influence really begins far before you actually have to change anyone's mind? What if it starts with you, your ability to connect with others and YOUR ability to change YOUR mind?
That's what we're talking about in this episode. And we'd love your thoughts - twitter: @blairepalmer, instagram: @blairelyspalmer, email: blaire@thatpeoplething.com

January 08, 2017 07:31 AM PST

Welcome back to the first episode of 2017!

In this show I talk about leadership not as a profession (like being a lawyer or doctor) but more as a way of being, more like being a citizen or a friend.

When we attempt to professionailse leadership we end up with complex, theoretical approaches and the need to "teach" people how to do it. It becomes an academic endeavour.

But if we see it as a way of being, learning to be a great leader is more like learning to be a great member of society. It is self-directed and self-determined.

I'd love to know what you think of this idea!

Also, if you are curious about how work might look in future we have a special promotional code that gives you access to a special price for tickets to the first "Agile Working Event" conference in London on March 29th, 2017. Listen to the show more for information.

Please stay in touch via twitter (@blairepalmer), instagram (@blairelyspalmer) or email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com). We love hearing from you!

December 11, 2016 10:26 AM PST

In this, the final episode of the Punks in Suits podcast for 2016, I share the 10 books, podcasts and concepts that have inspired me the most during 2016.

You may even get a few gift ideas from it!

I'm back on 9th Janurary 2017 but meantime do stay in touch on instagram (@blairelyspalmer), twitter (@blairepalmer) and on the Punks in Suits Facebook page.

Have a wonderful festive season and a happy New Year!

December 04, 2016 01:50 PM PST

What does it feel like to walk away from the security of a management job in a big company to start your own business, when you don't know what business you want to start?

How does it feel when you start breaking unwritten "cultural laws" because of the way you've chosen to work, the philosophy that guides your life and the decisions you make about how you live?

In this interview with Sally McCutchion, one of the UK's only Holacracy facilitators, we hear what her experience has been of all of this.

Whether you're curious about alternatives to the hierarchical structure or whether you're asking yourself deeper questions about how you live and what's authentic to you, there's lots to inspire you in this interview.

To contact me email blaire@thatpeoplething or you can follow me on instragram (@blairelyspalmer) or twitter (@blairepalmer) or join our new faceboo page, Punks in Suits. I'd love to read you comments and hear about your experiences.

November 27, 2016 12:23 PM PST

I'm not saying that self-management is the future but it certainly represents an alternative to many of the baked-in issues of the hierarchical organisational structure.

In this episode of The Punks in Suits podcast I talk to Alexander Maier, a Managing Director with Saint Gobain who is guiding his organisation towards self-management...putting himself out of the job in the process.

He talks about what self-management looks like, some of the questions he and his colleagues are faced with and the personal journey that brought him to this point.

A fascinating insight in to the mind of a forward-looking MD that raises lots of interesting questions about how we create organisations that allow people and their ideas to thrive.

November 20, 2016 02:22 PM PST

We are all so busy, right? There's never enough time to do everything. But what if 90% of what we spend our time on isn't making much of a difference? What if we could be spending our time on activity that really moved the dial, that really made an impact in terms of the purpose of our organisation and in terms of what we value in our lives?

While this episode doesn't attempt to entirely address that challenge with one simple tool, I do introduce a tool I've developed recently to help me decide what to focus on. You can adapt it to your needs so easily.

The upshot is, though, that leadership isn't about making the best of what you've got but about making tough decisions...often about what NOT to do.

Please comment and review this podcast, share it with friends and come and see me on instagram (@blairelyspalmer) or talk to me on twitter (@blairepalmer). Thank you and enjoy!

November 12, 2016 10:53 AM PST

I'm often asked why people won't step up and take ownership even when the bosses in the organisation tell them they're empowered.

But people can only be empowered to the same extent that you are willing to give away your power.

In this episode I talk about standing in different positions in the organisation to see the world a different way, and inviting people in your company to stand where you stand and see what you see.

Please contact me on social media with your experiences of leadership and your thoughts about the practices I am talking about. Instagram @blairelyspalmer, twitter @blairepalmer or email blaire@thatpeoplething.com

November 06, 2016 03:11 PM PST

I'm delighted that actress, producer and playwright Leandra Ashton was able to talk to me this week.

Leandra has always been someone I've admired for her calm, centred approach to life, her massive creativity and her down-to-earth nature alongside her very great talent.

In this episode we talk about the moment that Leandra realised she needed to slow her life right, right down and what the past few months have been like as she's explored what true balance actually looks like.

This episode is perfect if you, like me, are often fueled by adrenaline, bring huge energy to your work and life and rarely take the opportunity to recover.

Leandra speaks about her re-discovery of yoga and about her new philosophy. And she reminds us of something it's easy to forget in this hectic world - the tortoise won the race.

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