91 episodes

Would you like to unlock the creative, imaginative and innovative potential in your team or organisation…BUT…don’t want to listen to another serious podcast which offers 7 steps, 5 habits, 3 mantras, and a hard sell in a pear tree?

Then join ‘The Occupational Philosophers’, a ‘not-so-serious’ podcast with Simon Banks (middle-aged Australian surfer man, artist and published author) and John Rice (middle-aged British man with a love of curiosity and philosophy) as they chat with a ‘clowder’ (great word!) of curious cats from the fields of Comedy, Academia, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Psychology, Design, Marketing, and Business, to explore how you, your team, and your organisation, can develop your curiosity, spark your creativity, and free your imagination, so you can grow your business and your people….sounds great huh?!

But don’t just take our word for it, read what our listeners think:

“Worth a listen, one of them has a strange Australian accent”
“They’re not philosophers, they’re idiots”
“If you like business, philosophy, humour, creativity, and imagination, then have a listen - if not, then I would leave well alone”

http://www.occupationalphilosophers.com

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

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    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Would you like to unlock the creative, imaginative and innovative potential in your team or organisation…BUT…don’t want to listen to another serious podcast which offers 7 steps, 5 habits, 3 mantras, and a hard sell in a pear tree?

Then join ‘The Occupational Philosophers’, a ‘not-so-serious’ podcast with Simon Banks (middle-aged Australian surfer man, artist and published author) and John Rice (middle-aged British man with a love of curiosity and philosophy) as they chat with a ‘clowder’ (great word!) of curious cats from the fields of Comedy, Academia, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Psychology, Design, Marketing, and Business, to explore how you, your team, and your organisation, can develop your curiosity, spark your creativity, and free your imagination, so you can grow your business and your people….sounds great huh?!

But don’t just take our word for it, read what our listeners think:

“Worth a listen, one of them has a strange Australian accent”
“They’re not philosophers, they’re idiots”
“If you like business, philosophy, humour, creativity, and imagination, then have a listen - if not, then I would leave well alone”

http://www.occupationalphilosophers.com

    Ep.92 - Guest episode with Dr Diane Hamilton: Speaker, 5 x Author, Behavioural Expert and creator of the Curiosity Code

    Ep.92 - Guest episode with Dr Diane Hamilton: Speaker, 5 x Author, Behavioural Expert and creator of the Curiosity Code

    Behavioral Expert, Author, Speaker and Curiosity Guru! 
    Dr Diane Hamilton is an expert in curiosity, perception, emotional intelligence, and behavioural science with nearly four decades of real-world experience and creator of the Curiosity Code Index®, the Perception Power Index, and the author of five books sold worldwide.
    She is a thought leader in the fields of leadership, sales, marketing, management, engagement, personality, curiosity, perception, and motivation and is known for increasing engagement, improving productivity and reducing conflict. 
    Thinkers50 Radar, considered the Academy Awards for Leadership, chose her as one of the top minds in management and leadership. She was named to Global Leaders Today’s list of top leaders along with Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Sheryl Sandberg. LeadersHum included her on their list of 200 Biggest Voices in Leadership and in the Top 10 Most Powerful Women Leaders in HR.
    (Pretty impressive hey...) 
    In this episode they explore 
    How curiosity is the spark to creativity, motivation, innovation and just about everything
    Why fear, assumptions, technology and the environment we operate in are the factors which inhibit our curiosity 
    What organisations can do to foster a culture of curiosity
    How curiosity breaks down ‘status quo’ thinking
    Why curiosity is the foundation of empathy
    Why making sure you are not the smartest person in the room will accelerate your learning and curiosity
    What will unlock curiosity in your teams 
    How to ensure you don’t suffer the same FATE as Kodak
    Just how much Diane loves history…..!
    Learn more about Dr Diane
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdianehamilton/
    https://drdianehamilton.com/
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cracking-Curiosity-Code-Unlocking-Potential/dp/164237346X
    References and show notes 
    https://time.com/6837166/iris-apfel-dead-age-102-fashion-icon
    https://ian-leslie.com/curious
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/elon-musk/walter-isaacson/9781398527492
    https://variety.com/2024/digital/news/george-carlin-ai-generated-comedy-special-1235868315/#!
    https://www.charitywater.org/uk/about/scott-harrison-story
    https://davidepstein.com/range/
     
    Say Hello to the Occupational Philosophers
    www.occupationalphilosophers.com
    Their day jobs:
    JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/
    SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au
    SIMON SHOWREEL: https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep.91 Guest episode with Dr Anthony Simcoe: Actor and multi-hyphenate, creative polymath!

    Ep.91 Guest episode with Dr Anthony Simcoe: Actor and multi-hyphenate, creative polymath!

    In Episode 91, The Occupational Philosophers chat with Dr. Anthony Simcoe, a multi-hyphenate, creative polymath! He is as comfortable on stage as he is in infrastructure projects in leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, and organisational culture.
    He is an Australian actor, a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney and has appeared in over 20 TV shows and films including everything from A Country Practice to The Inbetweeners Movie 2…!
    He is widely adored for his portrayal of Steve Kerrigan in the 1997 film The Castle and Ka D'Argo in the science fiction television series Farscape  He was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series in 2002 for his work on the show. 
    He holds a MFA specialising in Actor Training and has taught for NIDA, as well as teaching and directing at various other institutions including QUT. 
    But that’s not all! 
    He has a doctorate in creative industries, organisational storytelling and knowledge management, which enables him to create engaging, lively, and dynamic learning spaces where adults are challenged and inspired.
    As a multi-hyphenate, with over 15 years of experience in training and coaching, Anthony is the company owner of a Consulting firm that links human potential to outstanding business results. 
    Anthony has a global track record of success in assisting his partners to win work in the billions of dollars through his bid coaching services. He has also coached and facilitated top executives, leaders, and teams in various industries and sectors, helping them to improve their communication, influence, and leadership skills. 
    Unsurprisingly, our guest leverages his background in the arts, to bring creativity, innovation, and pragmatism to his work.
    In this episode, they explore:
    How AI is changing the creative industry right here, right now!
    What can you accomplish at the limit of your talent?
    What Anthony discovered through his Doctorate in Creative Industries
    How storytelling accelerates learning and knowledge transfer
    Why great stories help you walk in someone else’s shoes
    The art of leadership as demonstrated by Jodie Foster!
    The advantages of being a polymath
    What is the critical success factor when it comes to curiosity in teams 
    Why you can’t ‘out body language, terrible content’! What a hashtag!
    What will help you be a leader who inspires your organisation (Hint.. build a bridge to your audience)
    Whether you should imagine your audience are naked when giving a presentation…
    Why you should ‘Be like Bowie’ Another hashtag!
    And as ever, enjoy the Thought Experiments …this time it’s: 
    Film plot in 6 words or less!
    Learn more about Anthony
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Simcoe 
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/anthony-simcoe-consulting-asc/
    https://www.anthonysimcoeconsulting.com/ 
     
    References
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-11/discrimination-ruling-mona-ladies-lounge-when-is-exclusion-ok/103690878
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-68384657
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-coming-wave/mustafa-suleyman/michael-bhaskar/9781847927484
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/leonardo-da-vinci/walter-isaacson/9781471166785
     
    Say Hello to the Occupational Philosophers
    www.occupationalphilosophers.com
    Their day jobs:
    JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/
    SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au
    SIMON SHOWREEL: https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg
     

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Ep. 90 Inbetweeners - Humility v Hubris v Brumble

    Ep. 90 Inbetweeners - Humility v Hubris v Brumble

    In this short, sharp inbetweener episode The Occupational Philosophers explore Humility, and it's Sith brother, Hubris...
    Amongst other things, they discuss:
    How curiosity needs to be wedded to humility
    What the Greeks made of humility and why hubris was a crime
    Why you should listen to your father (Heads up Icarus!)
    What is an 'Idea Baby' and why you need to let your baby be called ugly
    How humility fuels learning and listening
    What's a 'brumble'? And why is Linkedin full of them?
    And finally, Simon and John are shocked, awed and humbled to be hosting a Top 10 (%) podcast....
    The Occupational Philosophers hope you enjoy the show! 
    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
    Get in touch 
    letschat@simonbanks.com.au 

    • 11 min
    Ep. 89 Inbetweeners: Are we living in a VUCA, TUNA or a TURD environment?

    Ep. 89 Inbetweeners: Are we living in a VUCA, TUNA or a TURD environment?

    Have you been at a business event and someone, with a very serious face, stands on the stage and talks about a VUCA environment? If so, there is help! (and if not, still read on!)
    In this short, sharp inbetweener episode The Occupational Philosophers dive into the world of acronyms used to describe the current business environment/s we are in. 
    Amongst other things, they explore: 
    What does VUCA mean? 
    Why are all VUCA speakers so serious? 
    What happens if you are VUCA'd? 
    Why do people who speak about a TUNA environment seem happier? 
    Will a TURD environment ever catch on? 
    And seriously, (yes there was a moment), is it time to be a little more positive in the way we look at the world? 
    What the acronym for the best and worst days may look and sound like 
    The Occupational Philosophers hope you enjoy the show! 
    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
    Get in touch 
    letschat@simonbanks.com.au 
     
     

    • 12 min
    Ep.88: Guest episode with Friska Wirya - Top 50 Change Management Thought Leader | TEDx Speaker | #1 Best-Selling Author

    Ep.88: Guest episode with Friska Wirya - Top 50 Change Management Thought Leader | TEDx Speaker | #1 Best-Selling Author

    In episode 88, The Occupational Philosophers chat with Friska Wirya: Top 50 Change Management Thought Leader | TEDx Speaker | #1 Best-Selling Author "The Future Fit Organisation"
    Friska is a change and transformation expert for nearly a decade, obsessed with all things organisational change. She’s led change programs influencing up to 23,000 people across 6 of the seven continents having worked for some of the biggest names in mining, engineering and technology.
    She has appeared in Sydney Morning Herald, SmartCompany, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, GRAZIA, AICD, Women's Agenda, Digital Transformation Live, Wonder Women Tech, Future of Mining, Women in Construction & Engineering, Women in Mining & Energy Indonesia
    She is the founder of Fresh by Friska  Building the change intelligence of global organisations so change is an advantage, not an Achilles heel.
    In this episode, they explore: 
    The importance of turning contempt into curiosity 
    Why you need both a great tech stack and a people stack 
    Why the opposite of play is disengagement 
    The importance of change in our physical surroundings 
    Swift-Onomics and hearing the words cock blocked and Swift-Onomics in the same sentence 
    Why understanding your personal dress style may be more important than you think 
    How to know when a digital transformation has actually worked - speed, adoption and proficiency
    If you're not getting the right info, ask! 
    Why we need to watch out for one bed/ten dreams 
    Action creates motivation 
    What a future fit mindset looks and feel like
    Equestrian riding whilst wearing mankinis 
    As always, there are some great thought experiments. This episode it's "Do you have any change?". Friska is also gracious enough to answer some listeners' questions. 
    Friska is an absolute delight with a great sense of humour and The Occupational Philosophers hope you enjoy the show 
    Meet Friska
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/friska/
    https://www.freshbyfriska.com/
    Book 
    https://www.amazon.com.au/Future-Fit-Organisation-Leaders-Transformation/dp/1923007246
     
     
     
    Say Hello to the Occupational Philosophers
    www.occupationalphilosophers.com
    Their day jobs:
    JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/
    SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au
    SIMON SHOWREEL: https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg
     
     
     
     

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep.87 - Reboot Guest episode with Dr Brock Bastian

    Ep.87 - Reboot Guest episode with Dr Brock Bastian

    In this reboot episode from 2021, The Occupational Philosophers chat with Dr. Brock Bastian - Professor, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne. Brock is a social psychologist whose research focuses on pain, happiness, and morality. 
    His book, The Other Side of Happiness, was published in January 2018. 
    Brock completed his PhD in 2007 and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters since then. 
    His work has been featured in outlets such as The Economist, The New Yorker, TIME, New Scientist, Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, and The Huffington Post, among many others.
    He has delivered popular talks, such as at TEDx StKilda, The Ethics Centre Sydney, and Effective Altruism Australia; and appeared on radio shows such as The Minefield. 
    In this episode, they explore:
    Why pain is good for us
    How believing in the role luck plays in life allows you to take more risks
    How being curious is really important in managing our emotional world
    Why leaders need to share their failures more often
    What helps teams build trust
    How to lead organisations through tough times
    As always, there are some great thought experiments such as:
    Guess the source of my pain
    Defend, Live, Party! What hybrid animal would you choose?
    Links
    http://www.brockbastian.com
    http://www.brockbastian.com/book/the-other-side-of-happiness
    https://www.lego.com/en-gb/aboutus/news/2021/september/lego-rebuild-the-world-2021
    https://tim.blog/2021/09/08/henry-shukman/ 
    What Human Animal Hybrid would you rather fight/hang out with/have at home? Read his article https://theconversation.com/wary-of-human-animal-hybrids-its-probably-just-your-own-moral-superiority-72720 
    https://www.adamgrant.net/book/think-again 
     
    Say Hello to The Occupational Philosophers
    www.occupationalphilosophers.com
     
    Their day jobs:
    JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/
    SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au
    SIMON SHOWREEL: https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg

    • 1 hr 13 min

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14 Ratings

arnolg ,

Paradigm shifters

Simon and John should be applauded for not just their creativity innovation, but for their sheer determination and hard work to keep putting great content front and centre. These cool cats are in sync and are a dynamic free styling duo on a mission to have fun, but more importantly help us make positive change. I feel challenged and inspired to continually think about what i do as an individuals at home and in the workforce. Thanks chaps, jolly good show!

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Flavoursome curiosity with crunchy humour bites!

Don’t miss this series. You’ll laugh while learning and wish for an invite to dinner! Love this.

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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.

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