23 episodes

The Work Pirates Unf*cking Work podcast is for people who want to unf*ck the workplace. Whether you’re a People Professional, a Business Owner or Leader or you’re simply looking to make work a better place to be, then, the Unfucking Work podcast is for you.

Hosted by James Eves and Michelle Minnikin of Work Pirates.

Climb aboard and join us on our mission to unfuck work for all.

Unf*cking Work Work Pirates

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    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

The Work Pirates Unf*cking Work podcast is for people who want to unf*ck the workplace. Whether you’re a People Professional, a Business Owner or Leader or you’re simply looking to make work a better place to be, then, the Unfucking Work podcast is for you.

Hosted by James Eves and Michelle Minnikin of Work Pirates.

Climb aboard and join us on our mission to unfuck work for all.

    Alexandra Couzens - Unf*cking Work

    Alexandra Couzens - Unf*cking Work

    In this episode of the Unfucking Work Podcast, Michelle Minnikin and James interview Alex, who shares insights into their journey of realising the flaws in the traditional approach to work and life. Alex discusses the importance of living intentionally and mindfully, rather than on autopilot, and reflects on the pivotal moments in their life that led to this realisation. She also explores the concept of post-traumatic growth and how personal tragedies can accelerate our journeys towards self-discovery and fulfilment.
    Alex shares her perspective on finding a balance between work and personal life, as well as her upcoming venture into coaching. She emphasises the importance of authenticity and self-awareness in personal and professional development, encouraging listeners to reflect on their desires and strengths.
    Key Points:
    Realising the flaws in the traditional approach to work and life. Embracing intentional living and mindfulness over autopilot. Exploring the concept of post-traumatic growth and its impact on personal development. Finding balance between work and personal life. Venturing into coaching and helping others unlock their potential. The significance of authenticity and self-awareness in personal and professional growth. Reflecting on individual desires and strengths to guide decision-making. Using analogies like houseplants to illustrate the importance of environment and support systems in personal growth. Tips for Listeners:
    Take time to reflect on what you enjoy doing and what makes you happy. Consider seeking coaching or mentorship to explore personal and professional growth opportunities. Focus on authenticity and self-awareness in decision-making and goal-setting.  
    Find Alex:
    Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandra-couzens/ 
    Website - https://www.alexandracouzenscoaching.co.uk/ 
     
    About Work Pirates:
    The Work Pirates Unf*cking Work podcast is for people who want to unf*ck the workplace. Whether you’re a People Professional, a Business Owner or Leader or you’re simply looking to make work a better place to be, then, the Unfucking Work podcast is for you.
    Hosted by James Eves and Michelle Minnikin of Work Pirates.
    Climb aboard and join us on our mission to unfuck work for all.

    • 35 min
    #21 Jon Alexander and Sam Conniff

    #21 Jon Alexander and Sam Conniff

    In this podcast, we managed to get the authors of some amazing books in the same place, at the same time, after much wrangling! Jon Alexander and Sam Conniff join James Eves and Michelle Minnikin.
    We talk about:
    Realising the limitations of power and influence in creating positive change. Consumerism, disillusionment, and finding a new story.  Embracing uncertainty and collaboration in leadership. Ideas, teapots, and democratising workplace innovation. Jon Alexander is the author of CITIZENS: Why the Key to Fixing Everything is All of Us - a book that seeks to reframe the moment in time we're living in as one of huge civic opportunity, not just crisis and collapse, and in doing so opens up a world of possibility for organisations and leaders across sectors and across the world.
    He also co-founded the New Citizenship Project, a strategy and innovation consultancy that aims to shift the dominant story of the individual in society from Consumer to Citizen. 
    Jon’s Links -
    https://www.jonalexander.net/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jon-alexander-11b66345/
     
    Sam Conniff is the author of Be More Pirate and co-author of How to be more Pirate.
    His current passion is his social experiment - Uncertainty Experts. His work revolves around:
    Turning Uncertainty into Opportunity Inspiring Innovative Leadership And Navigating Change; Making & Breaking Rules Sam’s Links -
    https://www.samconniff.com/links
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/samconniff 
    We've also bagged a 15% off discount code for our community with the code UFWPOD -Unf*cking Work x Uncertainty Experts
     
    You can also watch this podcast on Youtube - Watch this on youtube - https://youtu.be/EZFB8Cg4Nck
     
    Find out more about us at www.workpirates.com 

    • 59 min
    Rebecca Cullum - Unf*cking Work

    Rebecca Cullum - Unf*cking Work

    Rebecca Cullum is a consultant working with leaders and teams to rewrite and build innovative and future-focused team culture. Her heart is for courageous, human, and creative leaders with engaged and thriving teams.
    Rebecca has two decades of experience in industry-leading tech and telecoms organisations. Her experience ranges from managing high-profile projects, supporting executive teams, building leadership teams, and leading culture change.
    For the last 8 years, she has worked directly with leadership teams on building culture, engagement, and performance. Her experience has given her a passion to re-imagine our ways of working, challenge expectations and disrupt the status quo.
    Being both strategic and action-orientated in her approach, she has a track record of turning workplace challenges into specific, achievable goals. As a trained counsellor she also brings a valuable level of insight into her client work. She is a unique mix of energy, passion, challenge, determination and compassion.
    Rebecca brings an entrepreneurial spirit into her consultancy work. Before her corporate career, she was the co-founder of a coffee shop at the age of 22. She successfully bid for funding, managed a building re-fit and established the coffee shop as a hub in the community.
     
    We talk about:
    The need to future-proof teams by focusing on building behaviors and mindsets, rather than just technical skills.
    Why building a learning culture is crucial for future-proofing teams.
    How creating an environment where failure is celebrated rather than punished fosters a culture of experimentation and continuous improvement.



    Find out more about Rebecca:
    https://www.rebeccacullum.co.uk/ or on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-cullum/ 
     
    Remember, if you want to hire a Work Pirate, get started at https://www.workpirates.com or follow us @WorkPirates.
    Find out more about Good Girl Deprogramming at https://www.michelleminnikin.com/ and the book is available to buy now in all major book retailers.
     

    • 40 min
    #19 - Paula Gardner - Unf*cking Work

    #19 - Paula Gardner - Unf*cking Work

    Paula Gardner of Scarlet Thinking is a business psychologist, Human Givens psychotherapist and executive coach working with businesses and their employees around visibility, stress, overwhelm and getting needs met in the workplace. With a background of previously running her own PrRand marketing company, Paula advises and consults around creating businesses where everyone feels visible, vital and valued. 
    We talk about:
    The importance of recognising and addressing human needs in the workplace
    The nine key human needs and the significance of understanding and fulfilling these needs for employee well-being and engagement
    Creating a fulfilling and productive work environment
     
    Find Paula
    On her website - https://www.scarletthinking.com/human-givens-consultancy/

     
    Remember, if you want to hire a Work Pirate, get started at https://www.workpirates.com or follow us @WorkPirates
     

    • 36 min
    Alex Barker - Unf*cking Work

    Alex Barker - Unf*cking Work

    #18 Alex Barker Alex Barker is a speaker, facilitator, writer and community builder. And a Pirate Captain. 
    She’s the Co-Author of How to Be More Pirate, the sequel book to Be More Pirate,  and Captain of the ever-growing community.
    She’s also an advocate of helping women find their voice, to become more influential, powerful and effective speakers, negotiators and decision-makers. 
    We talk about:
    How she advocates for empowering women to enhance their influence, power, and effectiveness in various roles, including as speakers, negotiators, and decision-makers.
    Disconnection between an organisation's stated values and true motives often leads to organisational gaslighting.
    The significance of rest as an initial step when facing workplace challenges, as taking a break can help individuals gather their thoughts and energy.
    Find Alex
    On her website - https://alexbarker.co.uk/
    On Be More Pirate - https://www.bemorepirate.com/ 
    On Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-barker-46745471 
    On Twitter - https://twitter.com/AlexandraBarke1 



    Remember, if you want to hire a Work Pirate, get started at https://www.workpirates.com or follow us @WorkPirates
     

    • 38 min
    Vanessa Raath - Unf*cking Work

    Vanessa Raath - Unf*cking Work

    #17 - Vanessa Raath - Unf*cking Work
    This month James and Michelle speak to Vanessa Raath about unf*cking work.
    Vanessa is globally renowned for her contributions to the international Sourcing Community. She has delivered Keynotes across three continents and has trained teams based from Auckland to Seattle. 
    Vanessa launched her Talent Sourcing Training business in early 2019 and has not looked back. She is a qualified teacher with experience in both agency recruiting and internal talent acquisition (she loved both roles!). She now gets to combine her love of empowering others to do better, with her passion for recruiting through her own Online Academy. 
    She loves it when her training delegates experience that ‘light bulb’ moment as she knows that she has just changed someone’s career, for the better. 
    When Vanessa is not doing research for her training, recording content or delivering a Keynote, you can find her at the Beach or in the South African Bushveld, taking photographs.
     
    In this episode we talk about:
    The need for companies to consider individual preferences and circumstances when determining work arrangements.
    Why managers should possess the skills to effectively manage remote teams.
    The need to embrace and learn how to use AI tools rather than fearing their impact on job security
     
    Find Vanessa
    On LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessaraath/
    On Twitter - https://twitter.com/Van_Raath
    On Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/van_raath/
    On YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@Van_Raath
    On Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/vanessa.raath.3/
    On her website - https://academy.vanessaraath.com/
    Read Vanessa's Guest Blog - https://www.workpirates.com/post/unfucking-work-with-vanessa-raath 
    Remember, if you want to hire a Work Pirate, get started at https://www.workpirates.com or follow us @WorkPirates
     
     

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Miss_cmr ,

A fascinating and much-needed take on the world of work!

It’s great to hear Michelle and James back to podcasting, and their Work Pirates approach is both interesting and very much needed by so many in the corporate world and beyond!

juliestarb ,

A new approach for your workplace

Experienced podcasters sharing their insights on a different, creative, more inclusive - and maybe a bit mischievous - approach to work. Listen….you won’t be disappointed

BeHeardJames ,

Love these guys

Been waiting for a podcast like this - love the ethos and look forward to more!

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