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A Brilliant Gamble
Say No to the 9 - 5
Category: Self-Help
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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April 16, 2018 08:21 AM PDT

I've been revisting one of the set texts from my degree (I read it nearly 30 years ago!) - Max Weber's Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism - recently. I do this for you, by the way!

I'm becoming increasingly aware of the deeply hardwired beliefs we have about work - work is what makes us valuable human beings, work is Godly, hard, mundane work has the greatest virtue. If skill comes too easily or if you enjoy your work too much it must not have as much value as work which is painful and hard fought for.

In this week's podcast I explore the routes of these beliefs and question whether they have as much relevance today as they did in the Industrial Age.

I'd love to know what you think too!

Stay in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter (@brilliantgamble) and check out the new website www.abrilliantgamble.com!

April 10, 2018 06:20 AM PDT

Stress! A gift that never stops giving...even when you've disrupted your life with the specific intent of leaving it behind.

Today's show is about the 4 triggers or potential triggers for stress and how I'm handling each one. I really want to return from this year long adventure having got a grip on my stress, something which gives me sleepless nights and distracts me from enjoying the moment. Frankly, it's a waste of energy and time...but I seem to be an addict.

I hope you find today's episode useful as you navigate the stresses in your own life. And please share your stress-busting strategies on our social media!

Instagram @brilliantgamble
Twitter @brilliantgamble
Or visit our website and sign up for yuor free Gramble Guide at www.abrilliantgamble.com

Thank you!


April 02, 2018 01:35 PM PDT

In today's podcast I reflect on the lessons I learnt from letting my hair go grey!

I didn't realise it at the time but this attempt to become more authentic opened the door to other, bolder decisions and maybe even our big trip!

When you're at a crossroads in your life taking really big decisions about what to do next might be a step too far.

But a small decision in the right direction emboldens you for a bigger adventure and opens up new opportunities you weren't aware of.

I hope you enjoy today's show. Please stay in touch.

We are @brilliantgamble on Twitter and Instagram. And you can sign up to the newsletter at www.abrilliantgamble.com and receive my 3-part Gamble Guide!

Thank you!

March 26, 2018 02:57 PM PDT

We are now a week and a half in to our trip and it's already been, um, eventful!

Snow, a broken awning and a breakdown in Snowdonia National Park have taught me one lesson already - things are not going to go exactly as planned.

This week's show is about this first lesson and the muscle I'm going to be developing as a result this year.

We build so many safety nets around ourselves that we often forget how good we are at getting out of scrapes. And because we forget how good we are at getting out of scrapes we don't have the confidence to put ourselves in to situations that might require us using that muscle...and having an adventure along the way.

I hope you enjoy the show this week.

Remember you can get in touch on instagram, twitter, via the website (www.abrilliantgamble.com) and on the A Brilliant Gamble facebook page!

And please leave a review and star rating on iTunes as we really want people to be able to find the show and get the confidence to re-think their work, escape the 9-5 and take Brilliant Gambles of their own!

March 19, 2018 03:06 PM PDT

Four nights in a campervan in the snow has taught me a lesson already.

When you embark on an adventure don't be too attached to how you expected things to be...be ready to roll with what the universe has in store for you!

On this week's show I'm talking to award winning Women's Advocate and Empowerment Coach, Ali Soleil, about embarking on adventures in your 40s and 50s.

Ali is the host of the F Years Podcast and helps women in mid-life to go from fed up to fabulous.

In this conversation we talk about living out of your car, finding the adventure that's waiting for you and letting go.

If you're ready to run towards joy, you'll love Ali and her infectious enthusiasm for life.

Check out The F Years Podcast for yourself on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-f-years-podcast/id1320450539?mt=2

And to stay in touch with us visit www.abrilliantgamble.com, follow us on Instagram and twitter @brilliantgamble and on our A Brilliant Gamble Facebook page!

You can see where we are, what we've been up to on our big trip and read my latest blogs.

Feel free to share this podcast and leave a rating and review as it helps people find us and start taking a Brilliant Gamble of their own!

March 12, 2018 02:00 PM PDT

Welcome to A Brilliant Gamble!

This is the 65th episode of this show but the first with our new name.

A Brilliant Gamble is all about betting on the the world of work changing and taking the risk of saying No to the 9-5. Work isn't working as it is, that's for sure. And more and more people, myself included, are asking whether it has to be this way? Can we configure a life where work integrates seamlessly rather than requiring us to make sacrifices to succeed?

It was with this in mind that I wanted to speak to today's guests.

Will and Jessica travel the world with their children, and hamster called Sunshine, in an RV and have been living in other countries like locals for more than 3 years.

They left their jobs in Boston to take this adventure and now they help others who want to do the same thing through their business, Worldtowning.

Their story is fascinating, honest, funny and inspiring. It's partly because of them that I am taking my daughter and dogs on our big trip, starting later this week (!).

I'm sure you'll enjoy listening to them.

If you want to know more about Worldtowning you can find them at www.worldtowning.com and on YouTube and Instagram.

To stay in touch with US here at A Brilliant Gamble, check out the new website www.abrilliantgamble.com and our instagram and twitter feeds (@brilliantgamble).

Looking forward to your feedback, to your star ratings on iTunes and to hearing about your Brilliant Gambles!

Blaire x

February 26, 2018 10:37 AM PST

Well, yes and no!

In two week's time this podcast will be back with a new name to reflect its new focus. And in today's show I explain more about what that's going to be and why it's going to be fabulous!

Today I'm also talking about down-days and what to do when you're not feeling so aligned...like when you're packing boxes before leaving all your worldly goods in a storage container and going off for a year and it all hits home.

I hope you'll find the new focus of the show inspiring, relevant, practical and motivating. No show next week while we finish the new website and get everything ready for the relaunch.

See you on the other side!

Please continue to stay in touch on instagram (@punksinsuits), email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com) and on our Punks in Suits Facebook page!


February 19, 2018 12:04 AM PST

It's all very exciting at the moment with our trip just 4 weeks away. But my fascination with leadership and leadership development hasn't gone away!

This week I'm off to Switzerland to work with a team there on their leadership and I will continue to do this kind of work even when we're on the road.

There's a need for leadership in our world greater than maybe at any time in the past, and a significant leadership vacuum. But how do we help people become better leaders? Is what we are doing today working?

Not according to today's guest, Professor Peter Hawkins. Part-time Executive Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School, where he is researching next generation leadership and leadership development, Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bath and Oxford Brookes and founder and Emeritus Chairman of Bath Consultancy Group and Renewal Associates, he is also the author of numerous books and a groundbreaking report called Tomorrow’s Leadership and the Necessary Revolution in Today’s Leadership Development.


If you're in HR this report and today's interview should be required research! But even if you're not there's plenty here about the future world we are going to be living in and how we rethink assumptions and habits of the past.

Please stay in touch on Instagram, twitter, facebook and by email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com) with your thoughts and ideas on this subject or anything else related to leadership and integrating your work and your life!

February 12, 2018 02:26 AM PST

I think of myself as a yes person! This is what we're all encouraged to be, isn't it? But I've noticed that some easy "yeses" then lead to some hard "nos" later on.

If you're bringing about change in your life in order to have more alignment and a more integrated feeling within you'll sometimes have to choose between priority 1 in your life and priority 2.

Sounds obvious, but how often have we said something is important to us (kids, self-care, taking a day off) but then neglected that priority for something we've said is less important (work, social media, cleaning the kitchen)?

In thisweek's episode I am talking about what happens when you have a tough decision - two almost equal priorities and how to avoid an easy yes and a hard no later on.

Stay in touch in Instagram (@punksinsuits), email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com) and on our Punks in Suits facebook page OR our Brilliant Gamble Group. There will be more info about what's happening with this podcast and with the business in the coming weeks so stay tuned!!

Thank you!

February 05, 2018 01:50 AM PST

Ah, if only change was a lovely straight line where you made a decision that felt right to you and then just took the actions as specified in the Gantt chart.

But no, it's a rollercoaster ride of emotions and actions and sometimes the to do list says "today" when they heart says "Can I put this off until tomorrow?".

This week's podcast is all about that - when there's a mismatch between your readiness for action and the actions happening.

It's a stage I'd pretty much forgotten about, which is why I'm doing this upcoming adventure - to remind me about the subtle aspects of change that you forget about as soon as they pass.

Please stay in touch in Instagram (@punksinsuits), our Punks in Suits Facebook page, our Brilliant Gamble Facebook group and email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com)!

AND the website is www.thatpeoplething.com

Thank you for listening!


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