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Conversations about workplace culture, psychology and life with millions and millions of listens
As we wrestle with a world of hybrid working Bruce Daisley brings inspiration and imagination as he asks 'how can we make work better?' and 'why do we behave that way?'
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    "Men have no friends and women bear the burden”

    "Men have no friends and women bear the burden”

    Lots of my favourite podcasts have gone on summer break, so I wanted to keep putting some episodes out.
    But maybe you don't want something that is too work related in the midst of the summer, so this is an episode that is more psychology and life than workplace culture. It's a lovely discussion with Max Dickins author of 'Billy No Mates'.
    I got so much from the book - and from the discussion. Max reflects on the geezerish persona he adopts with workmen in his house and wonders if it's a performance and if it is a performance is it by him, or the workman or both of them. He considers how for many men adult life becomes a process of refusing to demonstrate - and then refusing to experience - joy. As someone asked of him, 'what happened to these men'?
    The article that the episode is titled after is here - we discuss it in the show: “Men have no friends and women carry the burden”
    Max's book is available now.

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    • 37 min
    Abandoning offices - not so fast!

    Abandoning offices - not so fast!

    To find out more about the workplace culture course go to the website or the book page.
    After recent episodes have made a case that the office might be on the way out, today is a voice who dares to say otherwise. Tom Goodwin is an active voice in media - operating somewhere between provocateur and consultant. He has been voted a top 10 voice in Marketing by LinkedIn, one of 30 people to follow on Twitter by Business Insider, and a 'must follow' by Fast Company. 
    In the conversation we discuss how there's a danger that we might be turning our backs on something special in the office, 'dog mode' and how the best technology is the technology that we have available to us now.
    Tom's new book is a total rewrite of his first book Digital Darwinism.

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    • 52 min
    The internet's favourite chart makers get emotional

    The internet's favourite chart makers get emotional

    If you're a user of social media, whether Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn you'll have seen the work of today's guest.
    Sign up for the free Winning Workplace Culture course here if you prefer Fortitude.
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    Liz Fosslien is half of Liz and Mollie whose perceptive dissections of contemporary anxieties have won hundreds of thousands of fans. Liz talks through her process of creating these atoms of insight and how the response from viewers inspired them to write a new book about how to cope with the major emotions in our lives.
    A lovely warm summer conversation. You can follow Liz and Mollie on social media - or buy their new book Big Feelings here
    Norrie Norrie Norrie


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    • 38 min
    Community: how a table changed a culture

    Community: how a table changed a culture

    A wonderful discussion that I think has got immense to richness to it. I chat to the boss of St John's Ambulance Martin Houghton-Brown (Martin on Twitter). I was struck with the power of the lessons about connection and identity - we often find ourselves throwing these terms around casually but Martin's testimony brings it vividly to life.

    Find out more about St John's Ambulance - become a volunteerDonate to St John's AmbulanceParkrun research: volunteers see a bigger health uplift than the runners
    Pre-order Fortitude and get a workplace culture course for free (before 8th July 2022)
    The book is about resilience - how we get it wrong, and where it really lies. There are a lot of mistakes made about resilience and increasingly our teams are getting fed up hearing us talk about it. Fortitude explores where resilience really lives.
    The early reviews on the book are sensational.
    Steven Bartlett said:
    ‘This is a truly refreshing, captivating and important book that shifted my perception on a topic I thought I knew! A must read.’
    Gary Lineker said:
    ‘A book that confirms what I've always believed, that we can't be resilient on our own. In fact resilience is about all of us being stronger than any of us.’
    Oliver Burkeman said:
    ‘An important and well-timed book. A fascinating and important pushback against the narrow, 
    joy-eroding version of 'resilience' that would leave us to sink or swim alone, Fortitude is an 
    indispensable guide to a more energising, human, and effective approach to working and 
    thriving in a post-pandemic world’
    Noreena Hertz, author of The Lonely Century said:
     'A thought provoking exploration of what it takes to get through tough times and a compelling 
    endorsement of the power of others to hold us up’.
    Nadiya Hussain said:
    'A much needed book that unfolds the surprising secrets of resilience. Something I never knew i needed to read but I'm so glad I did, it’s opened up a whole angle of thinking'
    Alastair Campbell said:
    ‘A fascinating analysis of resilience - what it is, what is isn’t and why, when we develop it together, it becomes something better and more important, fortitude. It seems that resilience is a team game.’
    Photo by Jorge De Jorge on Unsplash

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    • 46 min
    Fortitude, Winning Workplace Culture and the Future Forum

    Fortitude, Winning Workplace Culture and the Future Forum

    Two things on the podcast today - at the end of the episode there is a discussion with former guest, Brian Elliott from Slack's Future Forum.
    Ahead of that I want to make an announcement about what I've been working on - with my new book Fortitude.
    Fortitude is an investigation into the elusive idea of resilience, a book that discovers that resilience is a area filled with mistakes, misdirection and over-promise. The book finds the true secrets of resilience.
    You can find out all of about the book here or you can receive my workplace culture course for free if you pre-order it now.
    The Future Forum book 'How the Future Works' is available now.

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    • 43 min
    Are we in denial? is Work From Anywhere our destiny?

    Are we in denial? is Work From Anywhere our destiny?

    “There are two kinds of companies: One is going to embrace work-from-anywhere, and the second is in denial — I feel those companies will lose their workforce. You have to make a choice, as a leader, what kind of company you want to lead” (source)
    The words of today's guest have stayed with me for the last few months. I'm so delighted to talk to Professor Raj Choudhury from Harvard Business School who will possibly wake you up from a self-created illusion.
    He'll explain:
    why WFA is inevitablethe role that top talent have in redefining work for everyonewhy 25% is a magic amount of timewhy WFA presents a win-win-win solution for usI was so looking forward to this and it doesn't disappoint.
    Read Professor Choudhury's HBR cover article.
    Here is the audio clip I mentioned.


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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
305 Ratings

305 Ratings

CJ Vickers ,

Great Show!

Great shows with Rory S and many others, terrific stuff!

yup nub ,

Excellent pod

The episode on Jürgen Klopp got me hooked and blew me away. Great podcast!

Timmins Luvah ,

The best culture podcast

The best host in career podcasts. He has an opinion, asks real questions, knows his subject and has excellent guests.

This is easily the best podcast on creating culture, team, and company happiness (which results in productivity and profit).

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