221 episodes

Being Human is for people who want go deep on what it means to be a human making a difference.
We’ll discover how to be better humans at work and in life.
We’ll explore leadership, relationships and how to make changes in ourselves and our environments. Nothing will be off limits. Welcome.

Being Human Richard Atherton

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Being Human is for people who want go deep on what it means to be a human making a difference.
We’ll discover how to be better humans at work and in life.
We’ll explore leadership, relationships and how to make changes in ourselves and our environments. Nothing will be off limits. Welcome.

    #221 Participate! - with Roberto Martinez

    #221 Participate! - with Roberto Martinez

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    This week, I sit down with Roberto Martinez, co-founder of the software company Nearsoft.

    As a follower of famous business radical Ricardo Semler, Roberto built a company culture based on:

    No formal hierarchy
    Meaning and belonging as foundations
    Transparency and decentralisation

    The number one message from Roberto that I took away from our conversation is that if you want a vibrant, humane culture, you've got to find ways to have everyone participate. We talk:


    We talk:

    Cooking for the team
    High participation *and* fast decisions
    Handling transparency in larger organisations
    Letting go of hierarchical mental models

    • 50 min
    #220 You’re a Leader, Now What? - with Mick Spiers

    #220 You’re a Leader, Now What? - with Mick Spiers

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    This week, I sit down with Mick Spiers, long-time executive in the world of urban mobility and author of the new book You're a Leader, Now What?
     
    We know that only 16% of people genuinely love their job and like their boss. People spend up to 1/3 of their lives in jobs and workplaces where they struggle to find meaning and purpose. 
     
    Mick sees the way to change this as being through building competent, inspiring leaders. He's focused on helping leaders early in their careers. If you're a new leader, this episode could be the one for you.

    We talk:

    Building your own leadership model
    The five factors humans need to thrive
    The perils of using "actually"
    Going beyond active listening
    Leader as the architect of rituals

    Links:
    Mick's Website

    • 52 min
    #219 Well-being: born or made? - with Professor Meike Bartels

    #219 Well-being: born or made? - with Professor Meike Bartels

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    This week, I sit down with Meike Bartels, Professor in Genetics and Wellbeing at the Department of Biological Psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She's also the president of the International Positive Psychology Association.

    Professor Bartels is one of the world's leading scholars of the science of well-being. She looks at what aspects of well-being are innate, what we can train and what's outside our control. 

    We talk:

    What we mean by well-being
    The top external factors affecting our happiness
    Habits for well-being
    What we get wrong with well-being programmes
    Bringing well-being awareness to your leadership

    Links:
    International Positive Psychology Association

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #218 The Paper Tiger Syndrome - with Rebecca Ward

    #218 The Paper Tiger Syndrome - with Rebecca Ward

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    This week, I sit down with Rebecca Ward, author of The Paper Tiger Syndrome.

    Can you remember a time when you felt genuinely fearless? When you knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that your world was safe? For the average person, consistently experiencing that kind of freedom sounds like wishful thinking. But what if that weren't the case? What if most fears and anxieties were just paper tigers?

    Rebecca and I discuss how to deal with our pager tigers, including:

    Why we hide our emotional pain
    Grieving past injuries
    Connecting to our Vegas nerve
    The soul in the body
    A new 'voo'

    Links:
    The Paper Tiger Syndrome - The Book
    Rebecca's Website

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #217 The Tao Of Inner Peace - with Diane Dreher

    #217 The Tao Of Inner Peace - with Diane Dreher

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    This week, I sit down with Diane Dreher, author of The Tao of Inner Peace.

    Translated more often than any other book except the Bible, the Tao Te Ching has been a spiritual guide for centuries, helping millions find peace within themselves, with each other, and with the natural world around them.

    Diane's The Tao of Inner Peace adapts the principles of Tao to today's world, showing us how to integrate the many facets of our everyday lives to create a balanced, dynamic, harmonious whole.


    We talk:

    The power of savouring
    Healing society's divisions
    Overcoming chronic stress
    The abundance of nature
    15 minutes in the forest

    Links:
    Diane's Website

    • 1 hr 12 min
    #216 The Power of Ritual - with Kath Blackham

    #216 The Power of Ritual - with Kath Blackham

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    This week, I sit down with Kath Blackham, CEO of the revolutionary Australian digital transformation agency VERSA.

    She has used VERSA as a platform to move the needle on the things she's most passionate about—mental health in the workplace, diversity, flexibility and using technology for good. She famously instituted a four-day week, anathema within the crazy-hours digital agency sector. By creating a swathe of people-first rituals in her business, retention has gone up, sick days and mental health issues are down, and profit has spiked.


    We talk:

    The experiments that failed
    Happiness first
    Mindful check-ins
    Three o'clock walkies
    Building culture remote-first


    Links:
    VERSA

    • 1 hr 7 min

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