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Have you ever wondered if the worlds’s leading entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and business people construct their day differently to you? How I Work delves into the working days of some of the world’s most successful innovators. We discuss tactics, rituals and tricks they use to achieve so much more than the average person, despite having the same number of hours in the day.

How I Work Amantha Imber

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Have you ever wondered if the worlds’s leading entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and business people construct their day differently to you? How I Work delves into the working days of some of the world’s most successful innovators. We discuss tactics, rituals and tricks they use to achieve so much more than the average person, despite having the same number of hours in the day.

    BEST OF: Marcus Buckingham on the four questions he asks himself every week

    BEST OF: Marcus Buckingham on the four questions he asks himself every week

    **BEST OF 2019**


    My guest today is Marcus Buckingham. Marcus is the author of a stack of best-selling books, including First, Break All the Rules, Now, Discover Your Strengths, The One Thing You Need to Know, and Stand Out, to name a few. His latest book, Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World (Harvard Business Publishing, 2019) takes an in-depth look at the lies that pervade our workplaces and the core truths that will help us change it for the better.


    Marcus has appeared on “Larry King Live,” “The Today Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and now leads People + Performance research at the ADP Research Institute and remains CEO The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC).


    I was keen to get Marcus on the show as he is someone who challenges the status quo of how organisations operate, and I was keen to see how he had applied his advice in his own life.


    In our chat, we cover:
    - The four questions Marcus asks himself every week
    - Why "do what you love" is bad advice
    - Why “work-life balance” is an unhelpful concept
    - How Marcus has reduced the amount of work he loathes and increased the amount of work he loves
    - How Marcus reframed how he thinks about networking and mingling to find it more enjoyable
    - How Marcus made firing people a less awful task
    - Marcus’s process for creating great keynote presentations
    - How Marcus thinks about the opening of his speeches
    - Why the annual planning process organisations use is broken - and how to fix it
    - Why Marcus thinks about work as a collection of projects


    Find out more about Marcus via his website, get your hands on his most recent book Nine Lies About Work, and sign up to the Freethinking Leader Coalition.


    Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.


    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au


    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 36 min
    BEST OF: Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson on productive procrastination, imposter syndrome, and how a dog changed her headspace.

    BEST OF: Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson on productive procrastination, imposter syndrome, and how a dog changed her headspace.

    **BEST OF 2019**


    My guest on today's show is Abbi Jacobson. Abbi is a co-creator, writer, director, executive producer and star of the critically-acclaimed Comedy Central show Broad City, with Ilana Glazer. And that’s how I first became familiar with her work. I am a hard core fan of Broad City and would go so far to say I think it’s the funniest show on TV right now (although it recently wrapped it’s fifth and final season). Seriously, if you have not watched Broad City or have no idea what I am talking about check it out.


    Aside from Broad City, Abbi has done a stack of things ranging from voicing the character “Bean” in Netflix’s series Disenchantment by Matt Groenig, hosting the podcast A Piece of Work with WNYC and MoMA, in which she discusses modern and contemporary art.


    Oh and she has also written and illustrated a stack of NYT best-selling books, ranging from, I Might Regret This (a memoir style collection of essays), her illustrated book, Carry This Book, and two coloring books called: Color This Book: New York City and Color This Book: San Francisco.


    We cover:
    - Her strategies for keeping herself accountable and meeting deadlines
    - Abbi’s form of productive procrastination
    - How Abbi tricks herself into getting work done
    - Abbi’s strategies for overcoming writer’s block
    - Abbi’s preference for going analogue rather than digital
    - How getting a dog has helped Abbi get out of her head
    - Abbi’s love-hate relationship with social media
    - Why Abbi still transitions in and out of Imposter Syndrome
    - Why Abbi and Ilana would shake hands before filming big scenes for Broad City
    - How Abbi manages her nerves before big events and moments


    Find out more about Abbi via her books (I Might Regret This, Carry This Book, Colour This Book), watch her shows (Broad City, Disenchantment), listen to her podcast A Piece of Work, and you can follow Abbi on Instagram.


    Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.


    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au


    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 32 min
    BEST OF: Envato co-Founder Cyan Ta'eed on spending just 15 minutes a day on her phone

    BEST OF: Envato co-Founder Cyan Ta'eed on spending just 15 minutes a day on her phone

    **BEST OF 2019**


    My guest today is Cyan Ta’eed. Cy is one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, having co-founded Envato in 2006 and growing it to being valued at over $1 billion. Last year she tried her hand at chocolate (why not?!) and Hey Tiger is now one of Australia’s fastest growing purpose-driven brands. Oh, and in her spare time, she recently launched Milkshake.app, which allows users to make a free website for their Instagram profile all on their phone, instantly.


    In this chat, we cover:
    - How Cy went from spending four hours a day on her phone to just 15 minutes
    - How Cy changed her mobile phone to make it less addictive
    - The game that Cy’s family play on January 1, every year
    - The five minute activity that Cy does every morning to set herself up for the day
    - How Cy manages her energy levels as a self-described introvert who presents as an extravert.
    - Cy’s approach to constant learning and development
    - How and where Cy has found great people to work in her businesses.
    - Cy’s strategies for overcoming Imposter Syndrome
    - How Cy mentally prepares herself for stressful events
    - Why Cy had an app on her phone that reminded her she is going to die 5 x per day
    - Cy’s go-to apps and gadgets
    - What happened when Cy had an eyesight-threatening ulcer and had to rest in darkness for several weeks.
    - Balancing sprints with periods of rest


    Find Cy on Instagram at @cyantaeed, check out her amazing chocolate social enterprise Hey Tiger and her most recent business Milkshake that allows users to create a webpage from their Instagram account.


    Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.


    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au


    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 54 min
    My Favourite Tip: Chris Guillebeau on how perfectionism gets in the way of success.

    My Favourite Tip: Chris Guillebeau on how perfectionism gets in the way of success.

    My favourite tip from my chat with Chris Guillebeau was on how perfectionism gets in the way of success.


    You can find the full interview here.


    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co


    Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.


    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au
    For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 7 min
    My Favourite Tip: Award-winning magician Simon Coronel on paying people to criticise him

    My Favourite Tip: Award-winning magician Simon Coronel on paying people to criticise him

    My favourite tip from my chat with award-winning magician Simon Coronel was on how he pays people to give him negative feedback.


    You can find the full interview here.


    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co


    Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.


    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au
    For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 9 min
    Dropbox executive Dean Swan on why the modern way of working is broken

    Dropbox executive Dean Swan on why the modern way of working is broken

    My guest on today’s show is Dean Swan. Dean is the Country Manager of Dropbox, where he oversees Dropbox's business operations across Australia and New Zealand. And in case you haven’t heard of Dropbox, it’s one of Silicon Valley’s unicorns, which is a company valued at over $1 billion. Dropbox provides file hosting and I’ve been a customer of Dropbox for many years.


    I got connected with Dean as Dropbox Australia have been experimenting with how they work and challenging a lot of the working norms that exist. This has resulted in the launch of Dropbox's ‘Enlightened Summer’, which is a summer-long initiative encouraging workplaces across Australia to reimagine a more enlightened way of working.


    In my chat with Dean, we start by talking about how Dropboxers have changed their approach to work, and we then delve into how Dean has adapted his own working behaviours too. And if you like the sound of what Dropbox is doing, I finish my chat with Dean talking about advice he has for listeners who are trying to influence their boss on changing the working norms. So on that note, over to Dean to hear about how he works.


    We cover:
    Dropbox’s Enlightened Summer campaignHow Hack Week’s work at DropboxThe range of productivity techniques that Dropbox Australia have been triallingWhy Dean moved the Dropbox office to the Bondi Surf Life Saving club for a dayWhy Dean had to unlearn everything he learned in his corporate life at Microsoft when he moved to being a start-up founderHow being a chef helped Dean think about how he manages his energy during the dayHow Dean uses his runs for problem solvingHow Dean combined Manager and Maker time when he moved to Dropbox as head of sales for Asia-PacDean’s ideal weekly scheduleHow Dean uses walking meetings to change energy levelsThe importance of retrospectives at DropboxTips on how to convince your boss that the current way of working is broken and that change needs to happen.

    Find out more about Dropbox’s Enlightened Summer campaign and download the toolkit.


    Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.


    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au


    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co
    For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

cathydj ,

Favourite podcast

I am listening to lots of different podcasts at the moment, and currently yours are my favourite. Particularly enjoyed the one with Cal Newport and the one with your mum!

Kitgee ,

Motivating for all ages!

Absolutely love this podcast!! I’m a University student so probably not the typical audience but still find the interviews fascinating! Thankyou Amantha, you are challenging me to establish productive work habits I can use throughout uni and carrying into my working life!

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