40 episodes

Would you like to fulfil your potential to be the curious, creative, and imaginative star that you are, or would like to be? Join Simon Banks and John Rice every fortnight in a not so serious business podcast on staying curious, creative, asking those really great questions (and leading a most interesting life in the process).
You already know in your bones that you are a creative beast, but maybe you just don't quite know how to unleash it – perhaps it’s an ignored talent in writing, leading innovation at work or simply underwater basket weaving.
Every fortnight, John, a mild-mannered, middle-aged British man with a love of curiosity and philosophy, and a slightly louder, middle-aged Australian surfer man, artist and published author on creativity chat with guests drawn from many walks of life who have woven creativity, curiosity and play into their everyday lives - and thrived in the process.
So, if you would like to listen to a businessy type podcast that’s not too boring), then this is the podcast you have been waiting for all your life. Well, maybe not all your life, but for a while…

The Occupational Philosophers - A not-so-serious business podcast to spark Creativity, Imagination and Curiosity The Occupational Philosophers

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Would you like to fulfil your potential to be the curious, creative, and imaginative star that you are, or would like to be? Join Simon Banks and John Rice every fortnight in a not so serious business podcast on staying curious, creative, asking those really great questions (and leading a most interesting life in the process).
You already know in your bones that you are a creative beast, but maybe you just don't quite know how to unleash it – perhaps it’s an ignored talent in writing, leading innovation at work or simply underwater basket weaving.
Every fortnight, John, a mild-mannered, middle-aged British man with a love of curiosity and philosophy, and a slightly louder, middle-aged Australian surfer man, artist and published author on creativity chat with guests drawn from many walks of life who have woven creativity, curiosity and play into their everyday lives - and thrived in the process.
So, if you would like to listen to a businessy type podcast that’s not too boring), then this is the podcast you have been waiting for all your life. Well, maybe not all your life, but for a while…

    Ep.40 Inbetweeners: Curiosity Tour Flavas and Intersections

    Ep.40 Inbetweeners: Curiosity Tour Flavas and Intersections

    Have you ever been on a curiosity tour? John and Simon jump into some insights around what can happen when you tour all five of your senses and they pull the metaphorical golf balls from Simon's mind after his NYC sojourn. 

    Amongst other things, they explore: 

    What we can learn from public space and how it can influence workplace culture in making everyone feel welcome 
    What happens when we create serendipitous cross overs or people and ideas 
    How life changes when we look at the world in a different angle 
    Does it really feel a little more woo-woo at intersections? (and can you measure it?)

    We hope you enjoy the show AND we hope you join us for another year of a not-so-serious business podcast. And as The Occupational Philosophers always say: stay curious, make stuff, play more, have fun and date life.

    FYI: The Inbetweeners episodes are just that - smaller episodes 'in between' the longer format episodes designed to give a little kickstart to enable you to be the most curious, creative and imaginative cat you can be - and have some fun in the process.


    Say Hello

    www.occupationalphilosophers.com


    Their day jobs

    JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/

    SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au

    SIMON SHOWREEL: https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg

     

     

     

     

    • 12 min
    Ep.39: Did you say Thought Experiments? Ohhh, yes please......

    Ep.39: Did you say Thought Experiments? Ohhh, yes please......

    In episode 39, The Occupational Philosophers honour their Philosopher forefathers and foremothers and unleash their Northern Hemisphere summer solstice Thought Experiment extravaganza! 

    Or in language with more brevity.....revisit some of their favourite thought experiments with their guests over the last year. 

    These include: 

    Famous love parents with Tamara Campbell 
    Is this a real job? with Ash Perrin
    What's in the box? with Neil Mullarkey
    Curious garden of delights Jez Rose 
    Tweddle or twaddle? with author Eleanor Tweddle 
    Guess the source of my pain? with Dr Brock Bastian
    Moonshot or Moonshite? with Mike Parsons 

    These are a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy them as much as we did 'running' the experiments. 

    We hope you enjoy the show AND we hope you join us for another great year of a not-so-serious business podcast. And as The Occupational Philosophers always say: stay curious, make stuff, play more, have fun and date life.

     

    Say Hello

    www.occupationalphilosophers.com


    Their day jobs

    JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/

    SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au

    SIMON SHOWREEL: https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg

     

    • 51 min
    Ep. 38 - Inbetweeners: Are you asking purposeful questions?

    Ep. 38 - Inbetweeners: Are you asking purposeful questions?

    As John and Simon traverse the northern hemisphere summer, John takes on a little walk into the world of Purposeful Questions.  

    Questions which:


    Ask for clarity on their thoughts 
    Ask to challenge proposals 
    Ask to examine ideas
    Ask to draw out someone's perspective
    Ask to understand the impact of an idea
    Ask to find out what are the right questions to ask!

    Key Things to Remember: 




    Ask with a curious mind and tone
    Be careful with language ...Asking 'Why' can feel confrontational
    Use questions to have people 'raise their gaze' or 'delve in deep'
    Ask yourself 'What's the right question to ask?'
    Think about the order of your questions 
    If your question draws blank looks, then reframe it
    Declare the intent of your question 'Hey, I am curious about the impact of this idea?

    So whilst it's a short episode, there is LOADS of goodness. 



    As a side note, whilst the Occupational Philosophers have been steadily improving as Podcast hosts, today's show makes us realise that they still have a long way to go......

     

     

    We hope you enjoy the show AND we hope you join us for another great year of a not-so-serious business podcast. And as The Occupational Philosophers always say: stay curious, make stuff, play more, have fun and date life.

    FYI: The Inbetweeners episodes are just that - smaller episodes 'in between' the longer format episodes designed to give a little kickstart to enable you to be the most curious, creative and imaginative cat you can be - and have some fun in the process.


    Say Hello

    www.occupationalphilosophers.com


    Their day jobs

    JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/

    SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au

    SIMON SHOWREEL: https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg

     

     

     

    • 10 min
    Episode 37: Guest episode with the amazing Tim Vaughan-Hughes (and did we mention Monty Python?)

    Episode 37: Guest episode with the amazing Tim Vaughan-Hughes (and did we mention Monty Python?)

    In episode 37, The Occupational Philosophers chat with highly engaging, world class storyteller and very funny Tim Vaughan-Hughes. 

    Tim is one interesting cat! 

    He began his career with the stage management team at Glyndebourne Opera, and trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has subsequently performed extensively in all media. He joined the Monty Python production team for their feature films Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

    He now acts as a mentor and 'enabler' to senior management and executives in the areas of creating impact, change, confidence building, presentation skills and personal development. His clients include Sony, HSBC, PwC, Cisco Systems, BT, Lloyds Bank, DHL and HBOS to name a few. 

    He is also one of the most entertaining keynote speakers and after dinner speakers going around! 

    His training skills and personal development include media coaching, Presentation Polishing and script writing for Business executives. He helps individual clients with finishing touches to their speeches, rehearsing and prepares them for camera or conference appearances.

    As well as working with business executives privately or in a group, he runs open classes, and regularly presents a popular master-class to help people create impact in both their business and private lives (with the course being delivered across the globe). 



    In this episode, they explore: 

    What we can learn from the principles of stage management 
    How we can find more confidence from finding our inner alter ego 
    Why it’s important to recognise the difference between nerves and fear 
    Why all great performers practice, practice, practice and get loads of help 
    How the right to fail is a god-given right - it should be in your team charter
    How if you're not nervous you are either drunk or you died yesterday (one of our favourite lines ever)
    John also struggles to even get out a basic sentence then looks blame others....

    As always, there are some great thought experiments.

    This time it's "Whose speech is it anyway?" 

    You can connect directly with Tim on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-vaughan-hughes-927930a/

     

    We hope you enjoy the show! 

     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep.36 - Inbetweeners: Oooh Yeah....Navigating tensions

    Ep.36 - Inbetweeners: Oooh Yeah....Navigating tensions

    In ep.36, The Occupational Philosophers explore the idea of tensions. Mmmm, what does the mean? 

    Que music...."Tensions here, tensions there, tensions everywhere, yeah, yeah, yeah..."  Whilst this lyric may never win a grammy (but lets not put boundaries on what's possible), tensions are everywhere

    i.e. 

    Working harder to achieve success v.s taking that little bit of extra time off to look after yourself 
    The tension of breathing in v.s breathing out. Both are essential and one is not more important than the other - or are they? 
    The tension of being a man child vs. not doing things that will break your ankle
    The tension between John and Simon. John thinks Simon is an idiot bogan from Australia and Simon thinks John is and old posh grey head. 

    So, tensions are everywhere and there is a real excitement in managing and navigating this. 

     

    We hope you enjoy the show AND we hope you join us for another great year of a not-so-serious business podcast. 

    And as The Occupational Philosophers always say: stay curious, make stuff, play more, have fun and date life. 

    FYI: The Inbetweeners episodes are just that - smaller episodes 'in between' the longer format episodes designed to give a little kickstart to enable you to be the most curious, creative and imaginative cat you can be - and have some fun in the process. 

     

    Say Hello

    www.occupationalphilosophers.com 

     

    Their day jobs

    JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/ 

    SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au 

    SIMON SHOWREEL: https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg 

    • 9 min
    Ep.35 - Inbetweeners:The half baked idea.....

    Ep.35 - Inbetweeners:The half baked idea.....

    In their 1st birthday anniversary show spectacular most amazing achievement podcast (yes, they made it to 1 year old - we are surprised as you are), the Occupational Philosophers explore the concept of the half baked idea and most importantly, how we need to create an environment where these 'half-baked ideas' thrive. 

    Half baked ideas and overcoming our addiction to perfection is at the heart of a culture of innovation. 

    You will also why bears can make great electricians (loosely) and John and Simon have a moment of enlightenment when they share two half-baked ideas to form something even better. 

    We hope you enjoy the show AND we hope you join us for another great year of a not-so-serious business podcast. 

    And as The Occupational Philosophers always say: stay curious, make stuff, play more, have fun and date life. 

    FYI: The Inbetweeners episodes are just that - smaller episodes 'in between' the longer format episodes designed to give a little kickstart to enable you to be the most curious, creative and imaginative cat you can be - and have some fun in the process. 

     

    Say Hello

    www.occupationalphilosophers.com 

     

    Their day jobs

    JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/ 

    SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au 

    SIMON SHOWREEL: https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg 

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

kareny1 ,

Refreshing and entertaining

A really enjoyable, easy to listen to podcast. Funny, thought provoking and inspiring. I loved the Peter Lovett ep. As a middle aged dance deprived woman (made worse by covid) I found the idea of moving first, thinking later very refreshing. Have found myself singing/dancing in the car with the window down. Looking forward to hearing more from John and Simon.

pooiygdseuib.)$ ,

Fun, business, creativity. I like it

I have just gotten into this. We all need more creativity and curiosity in our lives and our work life and there is no harm in having some fun on the way. Always great insights I can apply straight away and it leaves me with a smile.

georgek73 ,

Fun and inspiring…

Creativity is always needed at home and at work. Thanks Philosophers John and Simon for the inspiration and entertainment.

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