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We’re helping a new breed of entrepreneur to realise their dreams. Startups that put people first and measure success in happiness, as well as profits. Expect conversations around purposeful entrepreneurship, the future of work and interviews with thought leaders.

The Happy Startup School The Happy Startup School

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We’re helping a new breed of entrepreneur to realise their dreams. Startups that put people first and measure success in happiness, as well as profits. Expect conversations around purposeful entrepreneurship, the future of work and interviews with thought leaders.

    Productivity during a pandemic with Graham Allcott

    Productivity during a pandemic with Graham Allcott

    If you’ve written down 7 top priorities you’ve got no priorities which means you’re going to find it hard to be productive. According to Graham Allcott, founder of Think Productive and author of Productivity Ninja, productivity is ultimately about making space for what matters. This means creating clear intentions and focussing your attention on what you need to do.

    During this episode Graham shares the different things that can affect our productivity and what we can do about it. This conversation is also within the context of a global pandemic and only just starting to come out of lockdown in the UK.

    Whilst we may have had all the best intentions of using our lockdown time more productively Graham also reminds us that we’re only human. The challenging emotions caused by the uncertainty we’re facing means we can’t be as productive as we’d like. And that it’s ok.

    There are some wonderful nuggets of wisdom in this episode as well as pointers to some really useful materials to help you with your productivity such as Graham’s weekly checklist and Think Productive’s working from home pack of resources.

    The weekly review - https://thinkproductive.co.uk/the-weekly-checklist-the-key-to-ninja-productivity/

    Working from home resources - https://thinkproductive.com/wfh/

    • 1h 18 min
    Closing Well with Tom Nixon

    Closing Well with Tom Nixon

    When Laurence and I closed our digital agency it seemed like the natural thing to do. At the time we had a beautiful studio, a talented team and clients with ongoing projects but we’d lost the creative energy to keep it going. We weren’t clear about its future and we were being drawn to grow the Happy Startup School. While it wasn't plain sailing closing Spook Studio was a lot less traumatic experience than what many other founders have had to go through.

    In this episode of the podcast, we’re joined for our Friday Fireside by Tom Nixon, author, coach and founder of Maptio (a tool to help develop self-managing organisations). He's on a mission to support founders and research what it takes to create (and close) impactful companies.

    Tom shares his story of entrepreneurship, how he closed his company and why some businesses have a natural shelf-life, and that’s fine.

    We talk about the taboo connected with closing a company and how we’ve lost sight of the creativity and humanity at the core of business. Businesses may be legal entities in themselves but in reality they’re just a collection of people brought together by the creative energy of the founder. When we forget this we can easily become imprisoned by the structures we’ve created.

    If you’re a founder thinking about closing your company or at the beginning of a startup journey we hope that this conversation will give you a new and more energising perspective on what it means to be an entrepreneur.

    • 1h 15 min
    More than ever we need empathy with Christine Raine

    More than ever we need empathy with Christine Raine

    In this episode of the podcast Laurence and I were given a masterclass in empathy. As part of our Friday Fireside series of webinars we were joined by Christine Raine, empathic coach, entrepreneur and founder of Conversable, a transformational movement on a mission to share how empathy can transform human relationships, and therefore the world.

    It was a very timely conversation given how the world seems to have turned upside down over the past few weeks. Fear, division and blame are driving behaviours more and more. And so we explored how can use empathy in our lives and work to be able to address the challenges we face and the inequality that exists.

    According to Christine empathy starts by being fully present with people; serving as a mirror to what they’re saying and feeling; and reflecting what their feelings and needs may be to help then connect with their own inner wisdom. It’s about helping people move from a head-centred approach to communicating to a more heart-centred one.

    At the centre of Christine’s work is teaching Non-Violent Communication and she teaches us what it’s about and where it comes from.

    I found this an incredibly empowering conversation that touched on empathy and privilege and how we can use our deeper understanding of both to contribute to the changes that need to be made in society to make it more equitable for all.

    • 1h 16 min
    3 songs 3 stories with Peter Krishnan

    3 songs 3 stories with Peter Krishnan

    This episode is a departure from our normal format and is an experiment suggested by one of our longest-standing members and a big advocate of our work, Peter Krishnan. Peter has been to every Summercamp and is also the leader of our Happy Startup London group. During this episode, Peter shares his story of a startup along with 3 music tracks that have been important to his journey.

    • 46 min
    Say f**k it and feel the fear with John Parkin

    Say f**k it and feel the fear with John Parkin

    In this episode of the podcast we’re in conversation with John Parkin the author of F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way.

    We hear about his journey of self healing and how saying f**k it was core to it. It’s about not holding on so tightly to ideas and concepts and being more aware of the unfair expectations we place on ourselves, situations or events.

    When it comes to saying f**k it to fear John talks about accepting the feelings rather than pushing them away.

    He says “we’re scared of sadness, pain, vulnerability and grief… in normal times we’re all too busy and we don’t experience significant pain or joy and so the nervous system is almost frozen. But when you allow people to be more vulnerable and relaxed the ice starts to melt and they get to feel that pain and joy again.”

    There are so many gems in this episode and so if you struggle with dealing with the high and lows of the entrepreneurial journey then listen on and learn how the f**k it way can show you the path forward.

    • 1h 13 min
    Inspired action during times of crisis with Elizabeth Lovius

    Inspired action during times of crisis with Elizabeth Lovius

    When faced with a crisis how do you respond? When your mind is filled with anxious thoughts and worries it’s impossible to find the right answer. But if you let your mind settle and be at peace then that’s when insight arrives.

    In this episode of the podcast we’re joined by Elizabeth Lovius, entrepreneur, leadership coach and wisdom teacher. She shares her own insight about where inspired action comes from and how we can find it within us. We relate this to our own experience of handling a crisis when we discovered just 3 weeks before our annual signature event that we didn’t have a venue.

    According to Elizabeth, no matter what we might be experiencing on the outside, inside we are safe and we can claim the peace we need at any time. This is our spiritual side, the side of us that we need to be using more in business, particularly now.

    • 1h 5 min

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