117 episodes

Being Human is for people who want go deep on what it means to be a human making a difference.We'll discover how to be better humans at work and in life. We’ll explore leadership, relationships and how to make changes in ourselves and our environments. Nothing will be off limits.Welcome.

Being Human Richard Atherton

    • Business
    • 4.9, 7 Ratings

Being Human is for people who want go deep on what it means to be a human making a difference.We'll discover how to be better humans at work and in life. We’ll explore leadership, relationships and how to make changes in ourselves and our environments. Nothing will be off limits.Welcome.

    #117 Chasing Black Unicorns - Marek Zmyslowski

    #117 Chasing Black Unicorns - Marek Zmyslowski

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    On 14 January 2018, as he attempted to board a flight to London, my guest this week, Marek Zmyslowski, felt a hand on his shoulder from the Polish customs agents. His business partner in Nigeria had bribed the local police to get him placed on Interpol's Most Wanted List.
    This is just one of many extraordinary incidents during his adventures in building start-ups in Poland and Africa, including co-founding 'The Amazon of Africa' Jumia.
    We talk:
    - Defending accusations of being a 'white saviour'
    - His fight with the Nigerian justice system
    - His lessons building software teams
    - How to stay resilient
    - How we must reform capitalism

    Enjoy!

    To your humanity,
    Richard

    Links:
    Chasing Black Unicorns - The Book

    • 59 min
    #116 The Ostrich Paradox - Robert Meyer

    #116 The Ostrich Paradox - Robert Meyer

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    A conversation with Wharton scholar Robert Meyer on his book 'The Ostrich Paradox'.
    In this episode, we talk:
    - Why we fail to learn from past disasters
    - The biases that stop us making investments for the long term
    - How we can use herding and other biases in our favour
    - How we must change our approach to managing risk
    - The truth about ostriches

    Enjoy!

    To your humanity,
    Richard

    Links:
    The Ostrich Paradox
    Robert's profile at Wharton

    • 57 min
    #115 Sanity Correspondent - with Tanmoy Goswami

    #115 Sanity Correspondent - with Tanmoy Goswami

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    My guest this week on Being Human is Tanmoy Goswami, who holds that rare distinction of being the world's only 'Sanity Correspondent' for, well, The Correspondent.
    He is a passionate advocate for us talking more openly about mental health.
    He first got on my radar with his article "From the myth of meritocracy to the rise of b******t jobs – it's time we admit work doesn't make us happy" in which he lays out how our workplaces can not only make us unhappy but send us to an early grave.
    Yes, things must change.
    We talk:
    - Moving away from the language of war in business
    - Living with depression and anxiety
    - What we really mean by recovery
    - What we must change about our workplaces
    - The dark side of mainstreaming the mental health conversation
    Enjoy!
    To our humanity,
    Richard 
    Links:
    Tanmoy's profile on The Correspondent
    Tanmoy's Twitter

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #114 Emerging from a Trauma World - with Daniela Sieff

    #114 Emerging from a Trauma World - with Daniela Sieff

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    Author and speaker Daniela Sieff is a former student of evolution under Richard Dawkins. She has turned her attention to trauma and its impacts. She brilliantly articulates the way adverse events and conditions shape our lives and how we can emerge from a Trauma World.
    In this highly personal conversation, we cover:
    - The definition of trauma
    - Daniela's own turning point in her facing her past 
    - Healing versus curing trauma
    - How society ignores the magnitude of child abuse, neglect and its effects
    - How we can heal and why therapy works
    Enjoy!
    To our humanity,
    Richard
    Links:
    Daniela's website
    Daniela's mailing list

    • 1 hr 48 min
    #113 Liberating Collective Wisdom - with Phil Driver

    #113 Liberating Collective Wisdom - with Phil Driver

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    This episode is with Phil Driver, author of 'From Woe to Flow: Validating and Implementing Strategies'. In it, he sets a way that anyone can think about strategy based on decades of work with a wide range of organisations.
    Let Phil take you through a fresh way to think about strategy from his cabin in rural New Zealand.
    We talk:
    - Living the permaculture life
    - The art of strategising 'right to left'
    - How to get three hundred people to agree on a way forward
    - The common issue with 'Open Space' meetings and how to fix them
    - How emerging from Covid-19 is not about returning to normal
    Enjoy!
    To your humanity,
    Richard

    • 55 min
    #112 What If da Vinci Built Companies? - with Michael J. Gelb

    #112 What If da Vinci Built Companies? - with Michael J. Gelb

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    This episode's guest, Michael J. Gelb, has published 17 books, including 'How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci' and 'The Healing Organization', which he co-authored with recent guest Raj Sisodia. He takes the view that our intellects are highly malleable, even into later life, and by using specific exercises, we can better integrate our left and right brains to enhance our reasoning and creative powers. 
     
    In this conversation, we take a tour through three of his books, from 'How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci', the 'The Art of Connection', landing at 'The Healing Organization'. The underlying theme is one of embracing all of our humanity, as individuals and in our organisations. 
    We talk:
    - How to think like Leonardo da Vinci
    - The power of curiosity for unlocking creative potential
    - The Indra's Net metaphor for consciousness
    - The need for 'whole-brain thinking' in economics and in life
    - Why "Healing Organizations" are part of the megatrend for capitalism
    Enjoy and have a great weekend!
    To your humanity,
    Richard

    • 1 hr 14 min

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adamwk ,

Great content but need better audio

Really like this - great interview style, strong guests, always interesting. However, the audio is quite poor, especially the host. Both unclear and very quiet. I miss a lot of this even at top volume when I’m on the tube.

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