The 91 Untold Change Project is an original podcast series that investigates change in our natural environment through a succession of captivating interviews with industry thought leaders across a variety of social and commercial sectors. The Change Project provides a collaborative knowledge base for individuals and organisations to gain a better understanding of why change is an integral part of life, how we can be more receptive to new ideas and learning to become effective change agents. Join us on our mission to explore the landscape of change and dissect its impact in life and at work.
Episode 10: Absence of the Deity - With Susan Quilliam
Digging further into the landscape of change, we have decided to ask an expert of human relationships, Susan Quilliam, to contribute some of her wisdom to the project.
Susan has had a very successful career as an author of twenty-two books in the relationship field. She is also a coach, facilitator, agony aunt and, ultimately, a long-standing muse of ours here at 91 Untold.
During this episode, Quilliam educates us on how our attitudes towards romantic relationships have shifted and, in some ways, intensified, since much of the western world’s movement towards a post-Christian society. Neil and Sue also draw the parallel between our attitude towards relationships and our attitude towards organisations. Are we looking for divine fulfilment within our job roles too, or is this just a substitute from a lack of religion in our culture?
Episode #9: The Memes of Transformation - With John Seymour
This week’s episode of the 91 Untold Change Project podcast features an interview between Neil and our very own John Seymour. If you don’t know John he is regarded as one of the UK’s foremost experts on NLP (having co-authored the million copy best-seller Introducing NLP and having founded the hugely successful JSNLP training school – now a part of 91 Untold).
John is a radical thinker capable of conceptualising change at multiple levels and weaving modalities such as NLP, applied psychology, memetics and system’s thinking to take our understanding of change to a deeper level. It was typical of him, for instance, when asked the question ‘how does change happen?’, to respond “But what is change anyway?”.
John loves to play with paradox and mind-melting complexities, such as, “How do you harness unconscious skills, giving that they’re unconscious?”, in a way that never ceases to intrigue us.
In this podcast, John explores how to build momentum in change projects, particularly for larger scale changes. He breaks down ways you can look beyond the often-misleading surface structure of an organisation, and how to untangle some of the most difficult of problems that can arise within large teams. We are guided through Richard Hawkins’ Meme Theory, with John explaining why it’s is so relevant in the changing world around us today.
Episode #8: Breaking the Vase - With Marcus Harris
One of the themes that’s emerged so far within the 91 Untold Change Project is how vitally important disruption is to facilitate real and lasting positive change and growth. Most of what we’ve talked about so far has focussed on disruption in the context of the workplace or to facilitate radical social change. But what about personal change? How can we as individuals reinvent ourselves to embrace opportunities and avoid falling behind.
In this episode we talk to Marcus Harris about how to put yourself in the way of opportunity in these changing times and embrace change and transformation with an excitement and verve that frees you to reinvent yourself in ways you’ve never previously imagined.
Marcus introduces us to his concept of “breaking the vase” - a metaphor for throwing aside the tight barriers we tend to build around us. Marcus explains that from breaking this vase comes true adaptability, unlocking the opportunity for regrowth, regeneration, and perhaps even intergalactic domination. He suggests that defining ourselves by either our pasts, or indeed our futures is limiting. Instead he calls for us to create completely new problems to release new energy. We hope you enjoy the show.
Episode #7: Change Needs Leaders - With David Smith Collins
This weeks podcast features David Collins, whose strong reputation as an innovative change leader stems from his days in the police service - where he rose to the rank of acting Deputy Chief Constable. David is now a successful leadership consultant and executive coach based in Bahrain. David draws on all of these experiences to consider how organisations can become more future proof and how leaders can maintain agency and resilience to inspire successful change. The podcast explores many of the practical challenges – personal and organisational – that often get in the way of the effective delivery of change projects. It also touches on David’s experience of swimming against the cultural tide and the importance of turning structures on their heads to take everyone with you towards a goal. David is an authentic leader with the experience of leading 1000’s of staff through change processes, and it is this experience that Neil is determined to tease out to inform the 91 Untold Change Project.
Episode #6: Start with a Crisis - With Sophie Livingstone
In Episode #4 of the Change Project Giles Gibbons suggested that the separate nomenclature of ‘charity’ and ‘business’ is potentially becoming ever more irrelevant. What is more important are the values that are brought to bear and the impact an organisation has. In today’s podcast Neil Almond interviews Sophie Livingstone, Managing Director of Trustees Unlimited with the aim of exploring some of these ideas further.Sophie has great experience as a social change activist and is perhaps best known for her leadership of the pioneering youth charity City Year, where, with her team, she took it from start-up to a hugely successful organisation with three regional bases. Sophie has always cherry-picked the best of business and blended it with leading thinking from the charity and social sectors.This podcast explores how to help people coalesce around a central vision for change by developing a sense of urgency and alignment around a ‘crisis’. Sophie explores how to lead through change and how to maintain consistency of values and culture as you grow. She also shares some of her learnings around how to measure success and get funders eating out of your hand.
Episode #5: Pivot to Purpose - With Rachel Higham & Neil Almond
To be honest, we went into today’s podcast knowing we’d be wowed by our guest, Rachel Higham, Managing Director of IT at the communications colossus BT. After all, Neil consistently regales us with stories that paint her as one the most inspirational leaders he’s ever worked with. But truth be told, we were expecting dirt; David and Goliath stories about her fight with the corporate machine, epic battles of her efforts to wrestle BT kicking and screaming into a modern world. We couldn’t have been more wrong. Rachel was still brilliant, of course, but the story she shared gave real insight into how organisations can embrace massive change whatever their size. The conversation became a rich case study of how to place your purpose at the heart of change in order to remain relevant to customers, talent and stakeholders whilst simultaneously harnessing the organisation's energy to positively impact society.This podcast is a frank discussion between host Neil Almond and Rachel about the importance of a socially-rooted purpose and how to avoid the platitudes of green-washing so many organisations resort to. Together, they explored how to attract and keep the best talent and how vital this is becoming, given the changing employment landscape. Rachel gives templates for energising and inspiring change projects within organisations, and explains how Human-Centred Design is driving innovation and allowing her tech teams to place people at the heart of development.As usual, Neil also asks Rachel to also consider the workplace skills that will be needed to thrive in the years ahead. As someone at the very heart of technological advances in Artificial Intelligence, chat-bots and automation, her answers have a heightened poignancy.
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Extremely eye opening and inspirational. Definitely made my last week of commuting to work entertaining! Can’t wait for episode 3 - Keep up the good work guys
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It's refreshing to see their progressive thoughts on how organisations should change in the future. I will definitely be tuning in every week!