30 episodes

I’m Dan Kirby and I’ve been an entrepreneur since 2001, but in 2017 it all went wrong. I blew up the business. I can laugh about it now but it was no joke at the time, check the trailer. Shame, humiliation, terror. The lot.

My business is back on track but I don’t want to blow it up again. So I’m interviewing top entrepreneurs to discover how they’ve turned adversity & failure into growth & success. I’m on a mission to help other business owners – like you – avoid my self-inflicted-sabotage.

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Honey, I Blew Up The Business Dan Kirby

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 52 Ratings

I’m Dan Kirby and I’ve been an entrepreneur since 2001, but in 2017 it all went wrong. I blew up the business. I can laugh about it now but it was no joke at the time, check the trailer. Shame, humiliation, terror. The lot.

My business is back on track but I don’t want to blow it up again. So I’m interviewing top entrepreneurs to discover how they’ve turned adversity & failure into growth & success. I’m on a mission to help other business owners – like you – avoid my self-inflicted-sabotage.

Sign up to get each podcast’s best bits emailed to your inbox: honeyiblewupthebusiness.com.

Big up to my business The Tech Dept for sponsoring all of this...

    The Rebel CEO with Helen O’Donnell

    The Rebel CEO with Helen O’Donnell

    Helen O’Donnell is the CEO and Director of Partnerships at Children’s University Trust: “the largest university in the UK after the Open University”. A strong, feisty, outspoken woman who has “never gone about things the way that most normal people would go about things”. A midlife crisis prompted an unexpected career change that horrified Helen’s parents. Turning her back against the status quo, was Helen’s pursuit for social justice worth giving up stability for?

    In this episode, you’ll learn to take a step out of your comfort zone, outside of which countless opportunities lie. How to just go ahead and do the things you want to do, ignoring the imposter syndrome that can sabotage you. The importance of finding a work-life balance so you don’t miss out on the seemingly mundane but beautiful experiences that make up life.

    • 54 min
    Breaking Through To The Real You with Katy Howell

    Breaking Through To The Real You with Katy Howell

    Katy Howell is CEO of Immediate Future, “one of the UK’s most respected social media agencies”. She was named the fourth most influential social media marketing expert by The Drum, PRovoke’s Innovator 25 EMEA in 2020, and is amongst the Top 100 Asian Tech Entrepreneurs in the UK. After an epic crash during the 2008 financial crisis she experienced a period of rapid growth. But rather than creating a dream business she ended up living a nightmare. A toxic brew of bad hires and weak leadership created what Katy called “a gilded cage”. Just how did she break out? Listen and find out!

    In this episode you’ll learn you don’t “have to do everything” and “bend yourself severely out of shape” - simply focus on what you’re good at. Find out the importance of strong leadership and clear roles, and how the lack of each sows confusion and chaos. How to simultaneously make a million, then lose it (not a good idea btw). Just how did Katy turn around her business, so today it is both joyful and empowering? It involves overcoming ego and embracing the real you - in all your quirky glory.

    • 50 min
    My Minor Meltdown with Lisa Leighton

    My Minor Meltdown with Lisa Leighton

    Lisa Leighton is a Joint Managing Partner at BHP, one of the UK’s largest independent Accounting firms and ranked the second-best firm to work for. But Lisa is the opposite of the accountant stereotype - she’s fun, creative and joyful. Coming from solidly working class roots she navigated an early personal trauma which could have hobbled her career before it began. But the work ethic which took her to the top had a dark side…creating a “minor meltdown” which forced a major rethink of how to approach work, and life...

    In this episode you will learn the “art of resilience” which Lisa applies to herself and her team. Discover how to quickly put things in perspective, get over your professional persona and practical ways to separate work and life. The power of a supportive parent and how sometimes you just need to “have a good cry”...or go for a run. This episode is a great down-to-earth examination of how to create more balance in your entrepreneurial life.

    • 49 min
    Why Mindset Matters with Georgia Kirke

    Why Mindset Matters with Georgia Kirke

    Georgia Kirke is the founder of Write Business Results, author, podcaster, public speaker, and winner of The Ultimate Entrepreneur 2021. While we all had a ‘bump’ in 2020, Georgia got the proper job. In January that year she fell off a rock-climbing wall with her foot stuck in it. Resulting in a gruesome - life changing - injury. Stuck immobile in a hospital bed, in severe pain, she was facing the meltdown of her business. But that was the least of it. A consultant told her: get a grip on your mindset...or you’ll never make it out of here. Then the pandemic hit.

    Less than two years later Georgia’s business is exceeding her plans from even before the accident. But how can that be? Find out in this episode! Learn the power of extreme ownership and unshakeable commitment. How negative self-talk - from deep in your past - can undermine your potential today. And how mindset management can turn that around. The necessity for speed when the time is right, while surrendering what isn’t important. Georgia found that a lack of focus can become a life threatening risk, so listen and learn how to better channel yours.

    • 46 min
    Embracing Your Battle Scars with Jo Dalton

    Embracing Your Battle Scars with Jo Dalton

    Jo Dalton is a founder, investor and trusted advisor to europe’s most exciting startups (aka those fabled “unicorns”). Frustrated by industry ethics during her early career as a headhunter, she decided to take the executive search industry “and blow it up a bit”. But she was a single mother with no office and limited resources - early days she describes as “really dark”. This was while working in the rapidly changing tech sector PLUS trying to disrupt her own industry. How did Jo cope? Tune in and find out...

    In this episode, you’ll discover the business secrets that Jo only shares with top tech CEOs. Like the importance of battle scars, why your values must be aligned with your work...and the damage of inauthenticity. Jo shares how to unlock your leadership potential with better self awareness. Why to build a team that supports your weaknesses and the secret ingredient of a great top team. Choose great colleagues with “the 8 hour test” and find out why you should never say “I’m gonna”.

    • 44 min
    A Problem Shared... with Alex Myers

    A Problem Shared... with Alex Myers

    Alex Myers is the Founder and CEO of Manifest Group, “the world’s first global small agency”. Manifest has won International Agency Of The Year two years in a row and in 2020 Alex was named Global PR Professional Of The Year. He was a key part of the team that helped Brewdog become a global brand. But one time - at a Simon Sinek talk - Alex bumped into Dan and let slip he’d narrowly missed a business disaster. But what was that disaster? Dan always wondered…and on this podcast we find out.

    In this episode you’ll learn that “there are people that are always fine, and then people that tell the truth”. How even if your business is growing fast - and is profitable - you can still fail. The importance of systems and the emotional trauma of letting go of friends. Discover why Manifest hires misfits which break their culture and understand that “everyone makes this shit up as they go along”. Listen in on two guys sharing their darkest moments for your entertainment!

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Madebymi ,

Inspirational

Great podcast, honest great advice for anyone even if not wanting to start up a business.
Good for anyone who needs a motivational boost - Ians honest tips are worth listening to!!

Temporary Noble ,

Good British business podcast

This is great, some interesting conversations so far, great questions from Dan, nice to have a good U.K. based podcast in this format :)

JoeMalone65 ,

Grounded

I’ve really enjoyed this series from Dan Kirby. Authentic, real and grounded. More please Dan!

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