10 episodes

Right now, there’s no rulebook. We’re just watching each other adapt, fail, learn, or thrive in real time.

Curveball is about thriving when the chips are down. How do you cope when a pandemic strikes, when your child falls ill, or when your business collapses in full public view?

Rarely do you get to glimpse what’s really going on during a company’s darkest hour. In these revealing, personal conversations with leaders, host Kellie Riordan learns how you too can tackle life's toughest moments, and come out on top.

Keep up to date with Curveball by following @_deadsetstudios.com on Twitter and @deadsetsetstudios on Instagram. Find out more about the show or suggest a guest by going to www.curveballshow.com

Wait, you said you want more? Curveball is now the home of Australia’s first LinkedIn newsletter! I know, right? More wisdom than you can handle. It's a weekly top-up of the best advice leaders have that will help set you on the right path. Subscribing is totally free, so do it now for tasty inbox goodness.

Curveball Deadset Studios

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 3.3 • 6 Ratings

Right now, there’s no rulebook. We’re just watching each other adapt, fail, learn, or thrive in real time.

Curveball is about thriving when the chips are down. How do you cope when a pandemic strikes, when your child falls ill, or when your business collapses in full public view?

Rarely do you get to glimpse what’s really going on during a company’s darkest hour. In these revealing, personal conversations with leaders, host Kellie Riordan learns how you too can tackle life's toughest moments, and come out on top.

Keep up to date with Curveball by following @_deadsetstudios.com on Twitter and @deadsetsetstudios on Instagram. Find out more about the show or suggest a guest by going to www.curveballshow.com

Wait, you said you want more? Curveball is now the home of Australia’s first LinkedIn newsletter! I know, right? More wisdom than you can handle. It's a weekly top-up of the best advice leaders have that will help set you on the right path. Subscribing is totally free, so do it now for tasty inbox goodness.

    I get knocked down, but I get up again!

    I get knocked down, but I get up again!

    “FAIL AND FAIL FAST” – it's the catch-cry currently echoing from Silicon Valley to entrepreneurial kids trying to make a buck with their latest dance routines on TikTok.
    But as the great philosophers Chumbawamba sang, if you get knocked down, you can get back up again. How do you fail, but more importantly, recover?
    Curveball’s the podcast where leaders tell you how they’ve dealt with huge challenges and crises – and you’d better believe these people have pretty impressive failure resumes!
    But there’s owning your failures, and then there’s the really tricky part. Getting past them. Moving on. And maybe even getting back on the horse.
    It’s time to learn from the leaders who’ve been through it all, how they bounced back and what they learned doing it.
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    And if you haven’t yet signed up to Curveball - Australia’s first LinkedIn newsletter, then don’t beat yourself up! Just acknowledge your mistake, then sign up and learn from it! It's a weekly top up of the best advice and stories leaders have that will set you on the right path. Subscribing is totally free, so do it now for tasty inbox goodness.
    Say g’day by leaving us a review for Curveball in your podcasting app, and if there’s a leader you think we could all learn from... get in touch! Hello@deadsetstudios.com
    Keep up to date with Curveball by following @_deadsetstudios on Twitter and @deadsetstudios on instagram. 
    We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live and work.

    • 8 min
    Mind games, set and match

    Mind games, set and match

    As a new year dawns, are you feeling ready to tackle the year head on? Want a little fresh perspective to help you get ahead? 
    If there’s one thing that sets the greatest leaders above the pack, it’s the mindset they carry through challenging times. 
    Curveball’s the podcast where you learn how to thrive when you’ve been thrown a curly one. But how exactly do you cultivate a positive mindset? How do you create that voice inside that tells you “keep going, you can do it!”?  
    The masterful leaders – the top athletes, successful artists, and the sharpest business owners – will tell you it’s a discipline. It doesn’t happen by magic, but is does create a little magic if you stick with it. 
    And guess what else? This sense of stoicism, the idea you can have courage even when facing obstacles – is an ancient philosophy that was first coined during, wait for it, a pandemic. Yup, really. For more on stoicism, I recommend both Ryan Holiday’s book The Obstacle is the Way and the Tim Ferriss podcast. 
    We’re bringing you some short tips and hacks from exceptional leaders that will help frame your 2021. So hit download on this bite-sized episode for a quick dose of energy. It's basically a short black with a dash of inspo. 
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    Wait, you say you want more? Guess what friends? Curveball is now the home of Australia’s first LinkedIn newsletter! I know, right? More wisdom than you can handle. It's a weekly top up of the best advice and stories leaders have that will help set you on the right path. Subscribing is totally free, so do it now for tasty inbox goodness. 
    Make sure you leave us a review for the Curveball podcast in your fave podcasting app, and if there’s a leader you think we could all learn from... get in touch! Hello@deadsetstudios.com 
    Keep up to date with Curveball by following @_deadsetstudios on Twitter and @deadsetstudios on instagram. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live and work. 
    This episode was produced by the stoic Rachel Fountain. 

    • 13 min
    If you didn’t pivot did you even 2020?

    If you didn’t pivot did you even 2020?

    Pivot. Adapt. Resilience. There's a reason we've heard those words so often in 2020.
    Curveball is the podcast that gives you an inside look into how top leaders cope with unexpected challenges. 
    And as we settle up the books on a year that’s brought so much risk and uncertainty, those lessons on how to deal with change have never been more welcome! 
    In this special festive season Curveball bonus episode, Smart Company Editor Eloise Keating tells you why her publication pivoted (there it is again) away from its usual ‘Smart 50’ awards and instead, singled out the country’s most resilient businesses for their annual accolades. 
    And the adaptations have been incredible.  From stage-builders who now do a mean line in flat-pack home office furniture, to workplace clinicians who turned their skills to research.  A café which used all that shut-down time to help their community stay connected, and a lolly shop that realised people needed joyful Instagram stories just as much as sugar.  
    Don't forget to subscribe to Curveball (for free!) in your favourite podcast app, so you don't miss a single hint or hack from our guests. Annnndddd Curveball also now has a LinkedIn newsletter so please sign up for useful tips and strategies the best in the biz use so you too can thrive like a MOFO in 2021! (We're generous like that).
    We’d love to hear how you’ve adapted on the fly. Use your phone to record a voice memo and email your curveball moment to hello@deadsetstudios.com   
    Keep up to date with Curveball by following @_deadsetstudios on Twitter and @deadsetstudios on instagram. Find out more about the show, and even suggest a guest by going to www.curveballshow.com   
    We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live and work. 

    • 17 min
    Start-up rollercoaster — Michael Fox on winning and then failing with women’s shoes, and re-emerging with a vegetarian VC success story

    Start-up rollercoaster — Michael Fox on winning and then failing with women’s shoes, and re-emerging with a vegetarian VC success story

    Start-up life sounds glamorous. The thrill of chasing an idea that could land you some coin, securing serious dollars from venture capitalists, and that's before you get to the office ping-pong tables and free candy.
    But behind the scenes, it's both thrilling and gut-wrenchingly scary. Entrepreneur Michael Fox took his first digital fashion start-up Shoes of Prey from humble beginnings in a lounge room to international acclaim. But when the company started tanking and it was burning through cash faster than it could scale, Michael and his business partner found themselves both dissolving their marriage and a global company at the same time.
    Michael Fox tells Curveball how his initial failure with Shoes of Prey gave him the resilience he needed to shepherd his new plant-based meat company, Fable Foods, through some choppy waters amid a global pandemic. For this founder, COVID-19 wouldn't detract from this mission to create a vegetarian meat substitute. And with celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal on board, anything's possible.
    On Curveball, leaders take you inside a company at a pivotal moment and share their tips on how to thrive in difficult times. It's honest, raw, real, and full of wisdom from the boldest and brightest leaders. 
    We’d love to hear how you’ve adapted on the fly. Use your phone to record a voice memo and email your curveball moment to hello@deadsetstudios.com   
    Keep up to date with Curveball by following @_deadsetstudios on Twitter and @deadsetstudios on instagram. Find out more about the show, and even suggest a guest by going to www.curveballshow.com   
    Sound design on this episode courtesy of Kyle Hopkins, of Canberra Podcast and Voice.
    We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which this show was made. 

    • 47 min
    School of hard knocks – Dr Briony Scott on shutting down schools and firing up online classrooms

    School of hard knocks – Dr Briony Scott on shutting down schools and firing up online classrooms

    When COVID-19 first hit Australia, many of us managed to hold it together quite well… until we were asked to sit down and explain year seven algebra.   
    Dr Briony Scott, Principal of Wenona School in Sydney, knows all about the trials and tribulations of solving an unknown value.   
    While Dr Scott was overseeing the closure of her school and helping her students, teachers and parents manage the move to online learning, she was also disseminating rapidly changing public health advice - and all under intense media scrutiny. 
    Dr Scott tells us how she led her community of five thousand through the constantly evolving crisis.  
    She also shares how her personal scare with illness shaped her outlook on life and how she’s supporting young people in a future that seems increasingly uncertain. 
    Curveball is the show where leaders are honest about their darkest moments.  
    We take you inside a company at a pivotal moment while they navigate huge challenges, and share tips with you on how to thrive in challenging times.  
    We love hearing about your curveball moments. How have you adapted on the fly? Use your phone to record a voice memo and email it to hello@deadsetstudios.com   
    Keep up to date with Curveball by following @_deadsetstudios on Twitter and @deadsetstudios on instagram. Find out more about the show, and even suggest a guest by going to www.curveballshow.com   
    We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which this show was made. 

    • 45 min
    That’s Entertainment — Comedy boss Kevin Whyte on going broke, bouncing back, and shifting the laughs from stages to zoom screens

    That’s Entertainment — Comedy boss Kevin Whyte on going broke, bouncing back, and shifting the laughs from stages to zoom screens

    Just weeks out from Australia’s biggest live comedy event of the year, the entertainment industry fell victim to the greatest showstopper of the century: a global pandemic.  
    Australia’s biggest comedy agent, Token Group and Guesswork Television boss Kevin Whyte tells you what it was like shifting comedy from stages to zoom screens in record time. 
    But this isn’t the first time Kevin’s put it all on the line. His own Mum had to sign his first venue agreement, because Kevin was barely out of high school! 
    And not long after, his company went belly up, though Kevin proudly boasts “no one turned up to the creditor’s meeting”. 
    The entertainment titan tells Curveball what’s been going on behind the curtains, while he managed empty seats, stalled productions and out-of-work performers. But it’s all gold material for the next Netflix special. 
    Curveball’s the show where leaders are honest about their trickiest times. We turn the spotlight on the brightest bosses as they navigate their biggest challenges, and share tips with you on how to survive. 
    And do share your stories with us. How have you adapted on the run to make the most of a curveball thrown at you? Use your phone to record a voice memo and email it to hello@deadsetstudios.com 

    • 1 hr 4 min

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