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A show that explores clever solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss the business of making the world a better place with guests from far and wide.

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A show that explores clever solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss the business of making the world a better place with guests from far and wide.

    On art and ecology with Eva Bubla

    On art and ecology with Eva Bubla

    Ecological artist and activist Eva Bubla shares how art can challenge us to see the wood for the trees when it comes to our impact on the planet. She takes the Problem Busters on a fascinating tour of eco-clever projects spanning multiple countries. If you have ever wondered if your creativity could get people thinking in a positive way, then this episode is for you.
    About the show:
    Problem Busters is a show that highlights people with ideas to solve the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide.
    About our guest:
    Eva Bubla is a Hungarian artist who deals with environmental and ecological issues. Her insightful and thought-provoking projects have both an activism and education element and have been widely recognised. Eva has participated in a range of projects and artist collectives, including Green Root Lab and PAD. Eva is currently based in Budapest.
    http://evabubla.art/ (Eva's website)
    Show mentions:
    01:50 Art has always been in my mind. Ever since being a child.
    My current practice is rooted in Indonesia, because that is where I started dealing with environmental issues. I studied there and stayed longer, those experiences pushed me in this direction. Wanting to deal with environmental issues both as a person and as a citizen.
    03:00 What sparked the interest in the environment specifically? 2011-13 I was at University, we had a task to form groups and experiment using art. I used to study painting before (a solitary process), but this working with a group, on location at the beach, was exciting. We were asked to use materials we found on the spot.
    Using material on-site was one of the sparks in taking me in this direction.
    Because the materials included a lot of rubbish on the beach - it was obvious to use that, and one of the experiences that started my journey.
    This was 9 years ago and my perspective has changed a lot.
    I would not now use rubbish as a material (I find it contradictory), but at the time it was a moment that got me starting thinking about the environment.
    06:00 The question of visibility. We have services that take rubbish away, so it is not visible how much rubbish we create.
    Governments such as the UK government pay for rubbish to be exported to other countries. Many just put it to landfill, it's important to follow the chain and have visibility of it.
    https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/ (Greenpeace UK) as an important group in raising awareness here.
    https://www.cnex.tw/plasticchina (Documentary: Plastic China). A movie about family businesses that process plastic, horrible waste, which was imported into China from other countries. It's a must-see for all of us.
    Regulations are already changing, a lot of countries are already saying no to waste that is exported to them from other countries.
    Making art from things that have been found can really shock people.
    In that project - we built the shape of a nautilus shell, but the material related to this human habit of generating waste.
    I no longer want to create artworks from waste because it has the risk of making waste look aesthetic.
    11:00 Earliest memory of being interested in art - kindergarten! My first memory that comes to mind is sitting at a small table in kindergarten and drawing a tale for children.
    12:30 http://evabubla.art/designated-breathing-zone/ (Project: Designated Breathing Zone). The first version came out of a residency with HONF foundation (art and engineers - makers).
    My process: I have an initial idea but decide a topic to explore only once I am on the spot. The place is important for the people, the materials I work with.
    I got sick in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, related to air pollution I think. This is a global issue (not related to a specific country).
    Certain green areas where I used to ride my bike disappeared, so I started to dig into it and read into local regulations, how much green area the city is...

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    Avoiding burnout with Daryl Woodhouse

    Avoiding burnout with Daryl Woodhouse

    We talk to Daryl Woodhouse about burnout and how to avoid it. A timely episode for many who have survived lockdown by working (even harder) from home. As we step out into the world again, some will be in balance and looking to keep it that way, while others will have lost sight of the outdoors and be in need of a rethink.
    Daryl shares his story from corporate to start-up, the experience of running a coaching and training business during lockdown, and what he has learned along the way.
    Plenty of tips are shared in a bite-sized and easy to apply way.
    This episode will get you thinking, and will likely cause you to reclaim a bit of your precious daily time for spending what you love most.
    About the show:
    Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide.
    About our guest:
    Daryl Woodhouse is a speaker, coach and founder who helps leaders and their teams grow performance and maximise life-work balance. He has a long track record of working with businesses ranging from Fortune 500 to plucky startups. His most recent program The Life Work Effect has just hit the market to help people achieve balance.
    The Life Work Effect site
    Daryl's https://www.linkedin.com/in/daryl-woodhouse-keynote-speaker/ (LinkedIn)
    Daryl's https://darylwoodhouse.com/ (website)
    Show mentions:
    Two halves of career to date: Corporate leadership up to a FTSE Top 10 level, and lucky enough to benefit from a leadership development program that got me where I am today. Then in 2012, I started my first business.
    Starting a business and there being a lot to learn to do so (and how to beat the odds and not fail).
    Advanced Business Partnerships scaled up to 7 figure revenues in the first few years in the areas of leadership, coaching, mentoring and non-executive leadership training.
    2016 coming away from that business and getting involved in several technology companies and a few exits, and getting into lecturing in business, then keynote speaking.
    05:00 Having a major burnout was the result. Something that was a long time coming as a workaholic who put work before life for too long.
    A personal tragedy finally brought everything out and showed that life happens and if burnout is not dealt with, then health problems result and relationships are the result.
    Coming back from burnout and moving to a 4 day week, seeing work life improving as a result, means I've realised that less is sometimes more.
    Less is sometimes more, I've realised there is a better way than the traditional rat race many corporates and entrepreneurs just accept.
    07:20 It should be life work balance, not the other way around. Sustained success comes with planning life first, then fitting work around it.
    08:00 Signs of burnout? A number of things came up for me. Things like working long hours, always being too busy, too rushed and regularly late for meetings (even just a few minutes), they love work and see it as a hobby, but it can be a very unhealthy one.
    For overachievers, it is a natural habit to try to pack too much into the day. Being aware of being too reactive to time gremlins and to be proactive in how we spend our time (and the boundaries we set) is the key to overcoming them.
    10:00 Tips for putting life first? Do exercise at the start of the day, not at the end. Make time for lunch.
    Garmin watches as a way to track stress during the day and as a trigger to have down periods during the day.
    14:30 Research proves that when overworking, less is actually more. There are a range of benefits that come from more balance, and being happier. A study from Oxford University showed that people who were happier in their work and what they were doing, were 13% more productive.
    15:20 Tips as a team to make yourself a little bit happier during the day. Notice your energy levels during the day and when they dip (or are lower)....

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    Becoming a product company with Jason Knight

    Becoming a product company with Jason Knight

    Jason Knight takes the Problem Busters through the ins and outs of Product. What is Product as a function and why is it so important? What do businesses stand to gain from becoming "Product companies" and why does doing it your way matter so much?
    This episode answers the "what is Product anyway?" question and will leave you with a solid understanding of the product-driven mindset that permeates modern companies and has resulted in the products you love, and the apps you use every day.
    Jason is a straight-talking Product leader who hosts the One Knight in Product podcast, and we talk about how to start a podcast, what is involved in podcasting and why we all love it so much.
    About the show:
    Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide.
    About our guest:
    Jason Knight is a Product Leader, Podcaster and speaker. He is Product Director at RegTech startup DueDil, and is host of the popular One Knight in Product podcast. Jason lives with his family near London.
    Jason's podcast: https://www.oneknightinproduct.com/ (One Knight in Product)
    Contact Jason on https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-knight/ (Linkedin)
    Follow Jason on Twitter
    Show mentions:
    Starting out with 19 years in big corporate, from research, to analytics, to product management and now product leadership
    Transitioning to a Fintech startup
    02:15 Doubling down on the growth journey and ensuring you don't go stale by keeping learning and getting to understand things you didn't understand before.
    Podcasting as an interesting ride - and a way to talk to interesting people. A way to talk to up and coming product leaders
    Podcast: https://www.oneknightinproduct.com/ (One Knight in Product)
    03:00 Anyone could start a podcast. Anyone can! As with most things, just go for it, try it and get started.
    Apply the Lean startup terms to learning podcasting - test and learn. Just get started with a cheap mic, plugged into your laptop. You will meet some really interesting people.
    Book: Lean Startup
    There are now well over a million podcasts out there in the world.
    07:45 It being easy to set up a podcast means that many people have. That also means there are many - and it's hard to get attention of people who you want to have tune in. It can be an emotional rollercoaster
    YouTube as the second largest search engine on the planet and a great place to get into podcast promotion and discovery
    09:00 One Knight in Product as a podcast focused on Product Management themes
    Inclusion and Diversity as important topics in our world today
    Themes in Product, things people are struggling with and focusing on.
    10:00 Aspirations of becoming a Product company don't always match with reality of a business. Need to find your own way.
    11:30 Top down, setting of culture is vital for becoming a product company. Having the correct mindset and alignment is absolutely critical.
    Enabling the culture and the cross-functionality and the teams that are needed to have discussions and make difficult prioritisation decisions.
    12:30 What is a product? Something that solves and important problem in a scalable way, for as many people as possible, in a profitable way.
    16:40 What is a product company vs. what is a professional service company?
    A product is something you can buy in a standard way, a professional service is a service that is customised for you.
    As a product person, you will be asked to do a lot of things and many times you will have to say no
    You cannot rely on your customers to identify the biggest most important problems in your market - because they only care about their own problems.
    19:30 The difference between a large corporate and a plucky startup in culture and being product-led.
    Starting with a simple piece of technology and backfilling with human effort is a valid first step, a valid business model. But you...

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    Invest in yourself first with Heather Rooke

    Invest in yourself first with Heather Rooke

    How do we make the most of this new normal? How do we break out of habits we no longer need? Growth and Mindset coach Heather Rooke of https://instagram.com/stalbansholistictherapies?igshid=k4ct4plsqhb5 (St Albans Holistic Therapies) takes a practical and straight-talking approach with the Problem Busters - encouraging us to investing in ourselves, dispelling common myths along the way.
    Heather has a no-nonsense, down to earth way to explaining phrases and terms we hear often, but may not understand (such as Mindset, Therapy, Meditation, Yoga, or the concept of Perception vs. Reality).
    We look at the current situation many of us find ourselves in, as we emerge from consecutive lockdowns, and uncover a healthy list of practical advice that can be applied to many areas of life right now.
    About the show:
    Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide.
    About our guest:
    Heather Rooke is a Growth and Mindset Coach, an NLP Practitioner; a Psychodynamic Counsellor and a Holistic Therapist. Heather believes that we all have an innate ability to achieve our dreams and grow far beyond our perceived potential and in listening to her explain so many of life's realities, we fully agree.
    St Albans Holistic Therapies on https://instagram.com/stalbansholistictherapies?igshid=k4ct4plsqhb5 (Instagram)
    Contact Heather on https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather~rooke/ (LinkedIn)
    Show mentions:
    What is a Multi-hyphenate? A person with several sets of skills, several strands to their career.
    What is a Holistic therapist? Someone who works with different therapies that support the mind, body and soul
    03:20 Have we lost touch with ourselves as a society? We have tech, we are connected, but some of these tools have disconnected us from ourselves and others. So we have an opportunity to reconnect.
    04:00 90s babies that can't even have a meal without watching something. Jonathan growing up with screens all around him.
    So how do we help people who have grown up with screens all around them to get to know themselves?
    05:20 I work with people to help them listen, to their mind, body and soul, so they can optimise their lives. By truly listening, people come to identify who they really are and what they really want.
    Mind, body and soul? What does that mean?
    How do we differentiate between them?
    The Mind is our thoughts and our reasoning. The soul is far more intuitive, the emotion and how we feel within ourselves. The part that knows whether we are feeling joy or not.
    Mindset and coaching people to help them change it.
    08:00 It starts with learning to listen, to emotions, to your body, to your thoughts and to pay attention to what is happening. This leads to understand ourselves and to think about how they want to be.
    Heather's passion: to support people in investing in themselves and helping them to optimise their lives.
    Things to try: Meditation, journalling and focusing on your general healthy
    09:30 The different types of councelling and psychodynamic councelling as a way to understand the present.
    12:00 Councelling looks at the past and impact on the present, holistic therapies around about living the best life in the present and coaching is looking at the future.
    What is self-care and what tips could people apply to their daily lives?
    13:00 Self care is about more than downtime. It goes a lot deeper to really focusing on ourselves internally.
    Book: Miracle mornings by Hal Elrod
    13:30 Savers: Silences (e.g. meditation), Affirmations (positive thoughts, songs that lift you), visualisation (dreaming about what you want), exercising (needed daily), reading and scribing (journaling your thoughts).
    Drawing is a form of meditation as you are focusing and stilling the mind.
    Teaching a friend to draw as if it is tai-chi! Drawing as a similar type of meditation, as the...

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    Movement and healing with Eszter Ivan

    Movement and healing with Eszter Ivan

    Dance movement Psychotherapist Eszter Ivan talks movement, breathing and how we all need to take time to reconnect with ourselves. This is a far-ranging episode and covers a lot of interesting and helpful ground including mindfulness, meditation, many types of therapy and of course - the joy and value of a jolly good dance.
    Eszter is straight-talking, genuine and both Jonathan and Ollie left this episode glowing (while holding their Buzz Lightyear power poses). Over stunningly varied career, Eszter has learned a great deal and is kind enough to share a lot of practical wisdom in this episode.
    At this moment in time, after a year of lockdown for many of us, Eszter's message of the need to pause, to rest and to shake your arms and legs to the beat if it takes you has never been more vital. May this episode warm you up and get you smiling.
    About the show:
    Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide.
    About our guest:
    Eszter Ivan is a Dance movement Psychotherapist, student councellor and Somatic coach. Eszter's wide-ranging career has centred around the themes of movement and therapy. More recently, she became a transformational coach at the Animas Centre for Coaching. She is currently Head of People for https://georgianhousehotel.co.uk/ (Gregorian House Hotel), a student councellor for https://www.iriedancetheatre.org/ (Irie Dance Theatre company) and is currently building her own practice.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/eszter-ivan-7221a150/ (Eszter's LinkedIn)
    Show mentions:
    02:00 https://admp.org.uk/ (Dance movement psychotherapy) as a dream career, combining the two passions of psychology and dance.
    Dance as something in my life that helped me to deal with many problems and conflicts in a positive way.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatics (Somatic coaching) as a way to deal with conflict in the workplace
    Somatic coaching believes that body and mind are connected. I see the person as a whole, body and mind.
    03:22 There are always observations of the posture and body that when awareness is raised, clients can notice, initiate change on a body level and this can help both behaviour and emotional level.
    If a client shares an experience, and I notice they don't breathe, if I raise this to their attention, just starting to breathe can help let go of tension and have positive downstream effects.
    This goes for muscle tension and many other areas of life
    By picking up on the physical signs of clients (or indeed anyone around us), we can learn more about their state of being, can share it as feedback and they will improve things for themselves.
    06:30 Clients once they realise what they are doing in their body, can use this understanding as a way to regulate their emotions and their reactions to situations, for example a stressful moment with their manager.
    08:50 If someone comes to me that they are always tired and really exhausted, I help them to see the signs the body is showing, so they can notice and prevent their suffering.
    Reconnecting with our body's wisdom as a concept - learning to listen to the signs, to where I feel tension and this helps to better understand our state and to be able to do something about it.
    My field is more about non-verbal communication.
    10:30 wanting to use non-verbal communication led me to Somatic coaching, but dance was always there for me.
    11:30 Applying a somatic approach to grief recovery. This helps when clients need help with self-regulation (perhaps getting up in the morning or managing at work due to grief).
    13:00 Self-regulation relates to the need to regulate the reactions of our nervous system. Our nervous system responds to the world around us but we can take action, such as touching our own skin or regulating the way you walk.
    13:30 Lying on the ground can give you so much benefit, to feel the support...

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    Learning to lead with Dave Martin

    Learning to lead with Dave Martin

    Dave Martin of Right to Left and the Problem Busters talk leadership and how to do it right. Whether you are a first-time leader or an old hand at it, there is plenty to learn here from Dave's experiences as a Software Engineer, Product Leader and eventually, as an Executive coach.
    Dave shares plenty of practical advice for remote working, running effective meetings, the styles of leadership and of course his own model for Product leadership: The Product Leader Map.
    About the show:
    Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide.
    About our guest:
    Dave Martin is an Executive coach with a background in Engineering, Product and as an Executive himself. Dave coaches leaders to grow SaaS companies with Product Led Growth, via his Consultancy Right to left.
    Dave's Consultancy: https://www.righttoleft.io/ (Right to left)
    Show mentions:
    Starting as a Software engineer in the days of C++
    A couple of decades in Product leadership, even before it was called product
    15 years in roles of transformation from the old world to becoming product-led (and unlocking product growth)
    Tes global (Times Education Supplement) and time spent helping Tes transition to a subscription-based revenue model.
    03:00 Moving Tes global from a transaction-based business to a subscription-based business.
    04:20 The decision to move into Executive coaching - as the thing I enjoyed the most.
    The first job, at 16, teaching windsurfing and sailing - and loving that the most.
    05:00 enjoying watching individuals grow and prosper. Learning a new skill and controlling a boat on their own. Teaching people and helping people grow and reach their ambition being the biggest kick.
    07:00 Today we develop our skills and are measured individually. As you become an expert, the journey to leadership eventually emerges as the way to grow your income and your impact. ------
    08:00 Having to relearn your job when you become a leader. To delegate and yet still be responsible -----
    09:30 The key mistakes many make when moving from doing to leading ----
    It's hard when your message isn't landing, that you aren't communicating well and that folks haven't heard what you said.
    There is too much pressure on the word "great" and being a "great leader". We are not all going to be charismatic leaders who will change the world, but we can all help people achieve their goals and the business along with them.
    11:00 Give yourself permission to not be the very, very best. Be open to don't knowing everything. To being vulnerable and accepting you'll get some things wrong.
    The best leaders don't protect their teams like some sort of military leader.
    Empowering teams to fill the gaps you leave with your own ability and limited time.
    12:00 You are not a leader just because people have to follow you. That's a Manager. If people choose to follow you, then you are a leader.
    What makes a competent leader? What about a competent coach?
    14:30 Leaders of leaders and the Situational leadership model. The first box is about telling. Be clear when you have to tell non-negotiable things to your team (quality, core principles, contractuals). The next box is supporting. Supporting is helping individuals with their tasks, their problem to solve. Helping, showing, and knowing when to stop supporting. Coaching is guiding them to work it out for themselves. Finally delegating is sharing a task, making it clear and stepping back to let them do it.
    Coaching in it's truest form is questioning and helping people work it out for themselves. Guiding, but not telling or supporting.
    19:00 As a leader the key is to know when you need to step in, or step back and which situation needs which type of leadership.
    Too often the more immature leader gets stuck in a box and forget to switch style when necessary.
    20:00 What is the goal for a

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