51 episodes

How do we find fulfilment as we pay the bills? In this podcast, which grew out of her previous podcast Work Interrupted, Christina Patterson talks to inspirational guests – writers, entrepreneurs, artists, doctors, comedians, scientists – about how they have managed to build a work life that brings some meaning, fun and even joy.

The Art of Work Christina Patterson

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 59 Ratings

How do we find fulfilment as we pay the bills? In this podcast, which grew out of her previous podcast Work Interrupted, Christina Patterson talks to inspirational guests – writers, entrepreneurs, artists, doctors, comedians, scientists – about how they have managed to build a work life that brings some meaning, fun and even joy.

    Classicist and bestselling writer Dame Mary Beard on what she has learnt about power

    Classicist and bestselling writer Dame Mary Beard on what she has learnt about power

    Dame Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best known classicists. She’s Cambridge Emerita Professor and Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. She’s a trustee of the British Museum and classics editor of the TLS, where for 20 years she has been writing a blog, “A Don’s Life”. Her bestselling books include SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, the Wolfson-prize-winning Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town, Confronting the Classics and Women & Power. She has presented highly acclaimed TV series including Meet the Romans and BBC arts shows including Inside Culture and the landmark series Civilizations. She has been awarded an OBE and a DBE for services to classical scholarship. In this podcast, she shares what she has learnt about power.

    • 40 min
    Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Ken Olisa on the thrill of the entrepreneurial life

    Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Ken Olisa on the thrill of the entrepreneurial life

    Sir Ken Olisa is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London. After a career in tech, with IBM and then Wang Labs, Ken is now Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners, a boutique technology merchant bank. He has chaired and been on many boards, including Thomson Reuters, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and the charities Shaw Trust and Thames Reach. He has been awarded an OBE and a Knight Bachelor for services to business and philanthropy. In this podcast, he talks about the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial life and the thrill of helping others.

    • 52 min
    Judge and novelist Nicola Williams on ambition and the joy of justice

    Judge and novelist Nicola Williams on ambition and the joy of justice

    Nicola Williams is a judge, ombudsman and novelist. Called to the bar in 1985, she has been a part-time Crown Court Judge since 2009. She has been Commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Complaints Commissioner for the Cayman Islands and the first ever Service Complaints Ombudsman for the UK Armed Forces. She has served on many boards, won a Cosmopolitan magazine Woman of Achievement Award and been listed as one of the 100 most influential Black people in the UK. She’s the author of a legal thriller, Without Prejudice, which was reissued in a series curated by Bernardine Evaristo in 2020. Her second novel, Until Proven Innocent, will be published in March 2023. In this podcast, Nicola talks about ambition and the joy of justice.

    • 55 min
    Motivational expert Sharath Jeevan OBE on how to reignite your inner drive

    Motivational expert Sharath Jeevan OBE on how to reignite your inner drive

    Sharath Jeevan is one of the world’s leading experts on motivation. After starting off in strategy consulting, Sharath started Ebay’s charity arm and then Teaching Leaders, an organisation that helps school leaders raise life chances for the most disadvantaged children. In 2022, he was awarded an OBE for starting and running STIR Education, which has helped hundreds of thousands of teachers fall back in love with teaching. As Executive Chairman of Intrinsic Labs, he now helps leaders build motivating cultures. He’s the author of Intrinsic and is currently writing a book on intrinsic leadership. In this podcast, he tells us how we can all reignite our inner drive.

    • 51 min
    Coach and coach trainer Colin Brett on "useful conversations" and our hunger for meaning

    Coach and coach trainer Colin Brett on "useful conversations" and our hunger for meaning

    One of Britain’s leading coaches and coach trainers, Colin Brett has been described as a "gentle bulldozer". He has worked as a Transactional Analyst and a counsellor as well as an executive coach, helping individuals, leaders and teams flourish, both at work and in their personal lives. He has four masters’ degrees, including one in Organisational Analysis, one in Coaching Psychology and one in Positive Psychology. He is the founder of a coaching training company, Coaching Development, and has also recently been ordained as an interfaith minister.”. In this podcast, he talks about the life-changing power of a “useful conversation” and our hunger for meaning.

    • 58 min
    Dance consultant Theresa Beattie OBE on the importance of curiosity, mastery - and cheek

    Dance consultant Theresa Beattie OBE on the importance of curiosity, mastery - and cheek

    Theresa Beattie started her career at Sadler’s Wells and has worked as a curator at Southbank Centre, Dance Umbrella, and the Royal Opera House. She was Director of Artist Development at The Place for a decade and has done several stints at Arts Council England, including one as Director of Dance. In 2006, she set up a consultancy providing organisational development and recruitment services. Clients have included One Dance UK, Dance City, Dance East and ZfinMalta National Dance Company. She also mentors Artistic Directors, CEOs and Executive Directors, is a Trustee of Hofesh Schechter Company and a Governor of Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Last year, she was awarded an OBE for services to dance. In this podcast, she talks about the importance of curiosity, mastery – and cheek. 

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

smithy-24 ,

A brilliant podcast, informative and full of interesting information and insights

This has to be one of the best podcasts there is, they are full of interesting information delivered in a style where you are listening into two people sharing stories which are gems of information. One of the podcasts gave me the confidence and courage to change jobs.

17&18 ,

Brilliant

The Art of Work is one of my favourite podcasts. Christina is an expert and charming interviewer and each episode is both fascinating and entertaining. Thank you Christina for such a treat.

aphra jones ,

Absorbing

I’ve listened to Christina’s podcasts with Julie Bindel and with Arifa Akbar. Both were so good I’ve downloaded their books. Christina is a brilliant interviewer. I look forward to the others.

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