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Conversations about workplace culture, psychology and life with millions and millions of listens
As we wrestle with a world of hybrid working Bruce Daisley brings inspiration and imagination as he asks 'how can we make work better?' and 'why do we behave that way?'
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    Community: how a table changed a culture

    Community: how a table changed a culture

    A wonderful discussion that I think has got immense to richness to it. I chat to the boss of St John's Ambulance Martin Houghton-Brown (Martin on Twitter). I was struck with the power of the lessons about connection and identity - we often find ourselves throwing these terms around casually but Martin's testimony brings it vividly to life.

    Find out more about St John's Ambulance - become a volunteerDonate to St John's AmbulanceParkrun research: volunteers see a bigger health uplift than the runners
    Pre-order Fortitude and get a workplace culture course for free (before 8th July 2022)
    The book is about resilience - how we get it wrong, and where it really lies. There are a lot of mistakes made about resilience and increasingly our teams are getting fed up hearing us talk about it. Fortitude explores where resilience really lives.
    The early reviews on the book are sensational.
    Steven Bartlett said:
    ‘This is a truly refreshing, captivating and important book that shifted my perception on a topic I thought I knew! A must read.’
    Gary Lineker said:
    ‘A book that confirms what I've always believed, that we can't be resilient on our own. In fact resilience is about all of us being stronger than any of us.’
    Oliver Burkeman said:
    ‘An important and well-timed book. A fascinating and important pushback against the narrow, 
    joy-eroding version of 'resilience' that would leave us to sink or swim alone, Fortitude is an 
    indispensable guide to a more energising, human, and effective approach to working and 
    thriving in a post-pandemic world’
    Noreena Hertz, author of The Lonely Century said:
     'A thought provoking exploration of what it takes to get through tough times and a compelling 
    endorsement of the power of others to hold us up’.
    Nadiya Hussain said:
    'A much needed book that unfolds the surprising secrets of resilience. Something I never knew i needed to read but I'm so glad I did, it’s opened up a whole angle of thinking'
    Alastair Campbell said:
    ‘A fascinating analysis of resilience - what it is, what is isn’t and why, when we develop it together, it becomes something better and more important, fortitude. It seems that resilience is a team game.’
    Photo by Jorge De Jorge on Unsplash

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    • 46 min
    Fortitude, Winning Workplace Culture and the Future Forum

    Fortitude, Winning Workplace Culture and the Future Forum

    Two things on the podcast today - at the end of the episode there is a discussion with former guest, Brian Elliott from Slack's Future Forum.
    Ahead of that I want to make an announcement about what I've been working on - with my new book Fortitude.
    Fortitude is an investigation into the elusive idea of resilience, a book that discovers that resilience is a area filled with mistakes, misdirection and over-promise. The book finds the true secrets of resilience.
    You can find out all of about the book here or you can receive my workplace culture course for free if you pre-order it now.
    The Future Forum book 'How the Future Works' is available now.

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    Are we in denial? is Work From Anywhere our destiny?

    Are we in denial? is Work From Anywhere our destiny?

    “There are two kinds of companies: One is going to embrace work-from-anywhere, and the second is in denial — I feel those companies will lose their workforce. You have to make a choice, as a leader, what kind of company you want to lead” (source)
    The words of today's guest have stayed with me for the last few months. I'm so delighted to talk to Professor Raj Choudhury from Harvard Business School who will possibly wake you up from a self-created illusion.
    He'll explain:
    why WFA is inevitablethe role that top talent have in redefining work for everyonewhy 25% is a magic amount of timewhy WFA presents a win-win-win solution for usI was so looking forward to this and it doesn't disappoint.
    Read Professor Choudhury's HBR cover article.
    Here is the audio clip I mentioned.


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    • 39 min
    Dan Coyle can fix your culture

    Dan Coyle can fix your culture

    If you find yourself becoming interested in the magic of workplace culture one of the go to authors of the subject is today's guest, Dan Coyle.
    Dan's 2018 book The Culture Code allowed him to go deep with some of the most successful cultures in the world - in the arenas of business, sport and even the military. He's returning after the blazing success of the Culture Code with a book that gives more of the energy of that title but drawn into a workbook, The Culture Playbook - imagine something like a journal with prompts of what to write.
    He joined me for a discussion where we reflect on the challenges of the last 2 years and what any organisation should be thinking about as they set about creating a winning, forward-looking culture.
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    The world's WFH expert is confident for offices

    The world's WFH expert is confident for offices

    We're going deeper into the evidence today with two brilliant guests. Anne Raimondi is COO of Asana who were smart enough to have started a major piece of research into how work is evolving just before the world turned upside down. We're also joined by the most in demand brain in the world right now, Professor Nick Bloom. Nick is Professor WFH, an economist from Stanford University who has been researching remote working for over a decade.
    Along the way we talk about how the biggest innovations in remote working are yet to come - and are coming from mindblowing places. We talk the changing expectations of Gen Z workers, why Nick doesn't believe we should be giving up our office just yet. We hear where the sweetspot of hybrid working is right now and why a little less freedom and a little more co-ordination is the order of the day.
    I was desperately trying to get Nick on the podcast and to land Anne Raimondi at the same time is a wonderful stroke of luck.
    Asana's Anatomy of Work Report 2022 is available here. You can access Nick's work here.
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    More from Nick

    A brilliant listen.
    Some key findings from the Asana report:

    37% of workers say that they don’t have a clear start or finish time to their working day – rising to 53% for Gen Z employeesManagers spend the most time everyday on work coordination (62%)As an organisation grows so does work about work. Employees at medium and large companies spend 59% of their day on it. That’s 5% more time than small businesses Compared to one year ago:
    42% are spending more time on email 40% are spending more time on video calls 52% are multitasking more during virtual meetings 56% feel they need to respond immediately to notifications Despite nearly half of employees (47%) finding it easier to concentrate at home, 41% feel more isolated when working remotely 
     

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    • 41 min
    Understanding the status game of work

    Understanding the status game of work

    Status is a fundamental need for humans.
    Such a fascinating discussion today. I recently read Will Storr's brilliant book The Status Game and was so taken with it I invited him on the podcast.
    He quotes Professor Brian Boyd when he says that we:
    ‘naturally pursue status with ferocity: we all relentlessly, if unconsciously, try to raise our own standing by impressing peers, and naturally if unconsciously, evaluate others in terms of their standing’.
    In study after study it is found that our wellbeing depends on the degree that we feel respected by other people. One study found that the attainment off status of its loss was ‘the strongest predictor of long-term positive and negative feelings’ in subjects.
    I wanted to pick Will's brains to hear more of this - but also to understand how these mechanisms impact us at work. If you're interested in psychology or just a bit of people watching you'll love the reframing that this discussion provides for us. Along the way Will gives us the definitive take on why Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Nagem33 ,

Informative and so helpful

With all the changes in the world and the combination of personalities and situations at work your podcast has been so helpful. Thanks 🙏🏼 the 45 min drive to work each day has been made all the more interesting.
Stay safe and keep the podcasts coming 🌈

gatasm ,

Fan from the beginning

My brother introduced me to the podcast over a year ago. Topics are great, guest speakers are top notch and Bruce has a lovely energy. I’m sad when you take a break...keep those episodes coming.

CultureNut! ,

Excellent topics, guests and host

I've listened to a good 5-6 episodes now and am really enjoying working these Podcasts into my morning routine. Always energising listening to Bruce who is obviously incredibly passionate, curious and challenging with his commentary and line of questioning.
Guests are top notch and topics are perfect for the here and now. Keep up the great work.

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