80 episodes

Welcome to the new series from Impromptu Business Chat’s James Lay and Mark Curtis.

Leadership and Life Chat will look at what makes a great leader and offer tips to help improve your leadership skills and wellbeing in general.

In each episode, they will discuss a different topic, possibly one you may never have considered impacts your life, and provide their now infamous top 3 tips on how to implement these into your everyday routines to boost your health, wealth and self!

Along the way, there will be their trademark musical links too – it’s worth tuning in just to find out if Mark can find a way to crowbar a heavy metal reference in…

Each month, they will also feature a very special guest at the top of their field, with subjects ranging from climate change to psychology. Our intrepid hosts will be picking their guests’ brains to uncover their key messages, understand what it took for them to get to the top, and how this can be applied to our own lives and successes.

James and Mark have a combined 40 years of leadership experience and are trained business advisors, Motivational Map practitioners, NLP practitioners, Mental Health First Aiders and qualified accountants! They have a passion for all things mindfulness, wellbeing and personal development, which they apply to both their personal and professional lives and have first-hand experience of how instrumental these are in the pursuit of success in life and business.

Get in touch on podcasts@larking-gowen.co.uk, or leave us a voice note, quick and easy, just visit https://telb.ee/LLC

Thank you to our sponsors Larking Gowen, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors
www.larking-gowen.co.uk

(c) Larking Gowen LLP

Leadership & Life Chat Mark Curtis and James Lay

    • Business

Welcome to the new series from Impromptu Business Chat’s James Lay and Mark Curtis.

Leadership and Life Chat will look at what makes a great leader and offer tips to help improve your leadership skills and wellbeing in general.

In each episode, they will discuss a different topic, possibly one you may never have considered impacts your life, and provide their now infamous top 3 tips on how to implement these into your everyday routines to boost your health, wealth and self!

Along the way, there will be their trademark musical links too – it’s worth tuning in just to find out if Mark can find a way to crowbar a heavy metal reference in…

Each month, they will also feature a very special guest at the top of their field, with subjects ranging from climate change to psychology. Our intrepid hosts will be picking their guests’ brains to uncover their key messages, understand what it took for them to get to the top, and how this can be applied to our own lives and successes.

James and Mark have a combined 40 years of leadership experience and are trained business advisors, Motivational Map practitioners, NLP practitioners, Mental Health First Aiders and qualified accountants! They have a passion for all things mindfulness, wellbeing and personal development, which they apply to both their personal and professional lives and have first-hand experience of how instrumental these are in the pursuit of success in life and business.

Get in touch on podcasts@larking-gowen.co.uk, or leave us a voice note, quick and easy, just visit https://telb.ee/LLC

Thank you to our sponsors Larking Gowen, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors
www.larking-gowen.co.uk

(c) Larking Gowen LLP

    9. BITESIZE - What business can learn from sport, with BBC journalist Simon Mundie

    9. BITESIZE - What business can learn from sport, with BBC journalist Simon Mundie

    The team were thrilled to welcome renowned former BBC sports journalist, Simon Mundie, to the pod back in early 2021. Simon has interviewed hundreds of elite and world-famous sports stars, and in this episode they discussed how the lessons those stars have learnt can be applied to success in business.
    In this bitesize clip of that interview, they discuss imposter syndrome, as well as Simon’s personal journey to try to change the exclusionary language around sport, and how this prompted the creation of his hit podcast, Don’t Tell Me the Score. There’s also a great story about rugby’s Jamie Peacock, not to be missed!
    You can listen back to the full episode here.
    You can also listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, or wherever else you get your podcasts.
    GET IN TOUCH! Leave us a voice note here, we would love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode, and you might even feature in our next episode!
    You can also email us on podcasts@larking-gowen.co.uk
    Thank you to our sponsors Larking Gowen, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors – check out their website to see how they could help your business www.larking-gowen.co.uk
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    • 21 min
    Human vs algorithm: Why the AI balance is key, with researcher in the philosophy of technology, Alix Rübsaam

    Human vs algorithm: Why the AI balance is key, with researcher in the philosophy of technology, Alix Rübsaam

    Whether it’s putting adverts into your Facebook feed for items you recently Google searched, or helping to filter out applicants for a job you’re advertising, based on the key words in their CV, algorithms are everywhere. They affect us all, sometimes even when we least expect it! The trick is to arm yourself with knowledge; learn more about how they work, why they can be forces for good, not just bad, and how they can be good for business.
    Alix is Head of Curriculum and Expertise at Singularity Education Group, and lets us in on how brand reputation can easily be harmed by bad algorithms. She shares how businesses need to look for blind spots within the system and consider all variables, case studying recruitment in particular. 
    They discuss Data Feminism; the impact of GDPR legislation on marketing and sales; why complacency with tech evolution is dangerous; and the importance of keeping a human eye on the process of developing new AI.
    Alix is a great example of how curiosity can get you a long way – and how that’s enough to get you where you want to be. Go where the friction is; that’s where the interesting things are happening.
    Her insight into the future of AI and her predications for a Ready Player One style world are fascinating. Her passions and career have been diverse, and she blasts onto the podcast with the force of the Terminator itself! It’s not to be missed. 
    GET IN TOUCH! Leave us a voice note here, we would love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode, and you might even feature in our next episode!
    You can also email us on podcasts@larking-gowen.co.uk
    You can also watch us now on YouTube too! Click here to watch this week’s episode.
    Thank you to our sponsors Larking Gowen, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors – check out their website to see how they could help your business www.larking-gowen.co.uk

    Show notes:
    Alix on LinkedIn
    Singularity Group 
    DuckDuckGo 
    Ecosia 
    Damian Horner Impromptu Business Chat 
    Sue Liburd and Andy Nicol Impromptu Business Chat 

    Books:
    Data Feminism - Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein
    Race After Technology – Ruha Benjamin
    Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm - Christian Madsbjerg
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Obstacle or opportunity? How to positively reframe your thinking

    Obstacle or opportunity? How to positively reframe your thinking

    Do you view a problem as an obstacle or an opportunity? How you answer this question can define and set you apart as a leader, in life and business.
    Inspired by Ryan Holiday’s book The Obstacle is the Way, James and Mark dive into how fear can equal disaster in business, and how our state of mind can be reprogrammed to find the positives.
    There will always be problems, but how we handle them can make us stronger. We can relearn how to handle tough situations, increase motivation (which is not the same as discipline!) and avoid catastrophe.
    Some things are immovable and unchangeable, therefore out of our control. James and Mark take us through their personal experiences of dealing with barriers, and the steps we can all take to achieve a healthy state of mind, which is good for business, and good for relationships.
    Show notes:
    BOOKS
    Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway: How to Turn Your Fear and Indecision into Confidence and Action by Susan Jeffers
    The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker  
    Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
    The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
     
    GET IN TOUCH! Leave us a voice note here, we’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode, and you might even feature in our next episode!
    You can also email us on podcasts@larking-gowen.co.uk
    Thank you to our sponsors, Larking Gowen, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors. Check out their website to see how they could help your business www.larking-gowen.co.uk
    You can now watch us on YouTube! Click here to watch this week’s episode
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    • 43 min
    BITESIZE – Positive mental health and wellbeing in business, with Louise Newby

    BITESIZE – Positive mental health and wellbeing in business, with Louise Newby

    This week, James and Mark look back on their chat with Louise Newby, and how their conversation on mental health and wellbeing is still just as relevant now as it was back in November 2020, on their Impromptu Business Chat series.
    They also reflect on how this episode inspired them to put together their own Men’s Mental Health Special, in July 2021. 

    We pull out and reflect on some highlights from the original episodes and discuss how they are relevant now when considering how to improve our leadership skills. In the clips they discuss the potential wider impact of remote working on our mental health. Whilst these insights were very much influenced by COVID, the benefit of hindsight now, and the fuller picture of the future of how we will work mean that Louise’s insights were very perceptive and relevant, moving forwards.
    She also discusses Parkinson’s Law, proactive Employee Assistance Programmes in businesses, and the power of positive affirmation. 
    James and Mark also reflect on their Men’s Mental Health Special, and the positive influence of their mentor Dr Chris Mason (also a previous Impromptu Business Chat guest) on their wellbeing, and encourage men to seek help where possible, even if it’s not in a professional capacity. 
    Louise is an experienced educator, and expert in the world of mental health, with a Master’s degree from Cambridge, and now works with Three Eggs, a mental health training provider.

    TRIGGER WARNING – this episode contains mention of suicide
    Show notes:
    Find out more about Three Eggs here

    Listen to the full, original chat with Louise here 

    Listen to the Men’s Mental Health episode here 

    Listen to their chat with Dr Chris Mason, on leadership success, here 
    GET IN TOUCH! Leave us a voice note here, we would love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode, and you might even feature in our next episode! 

    You can also email us on podcasts@larking-gowen.co.uk

    Thank you to our sponsors Larking Gowen, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors – check out their website to see how they could help your business www.larking-gowen.co.uk

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    • 24 min
    The Climate Crunch: Why should you care? With net-zero expert Dr Mathew Hampshire-Waugh

    The Climate Crunch: Why should you care? With net-zero expert Dr Mathew Hampshire-Waugh

    Dr Mathew Hampshire-Waugh is the author of Climate change and the road to net zero but doesn’t describe himself as an environmentalist; the self-confessed ‘city boy’ simply wants to give the climate change low-down to those people not already sold on it. His book has been described as; “Blowing away the entrenched idea that solving climate change is a trade-off between the economy and environment to reveal why a twenty-year transition to NET-ZERO is a win-win for all on planet Earth”. Mathew has a science background, which led to a varied career where he worked on improving building energy efficiency, and later with technology trend companies within the investment banking sector. His book describes how energy usage has affected civilisation over the centuries, the problem economists are now facing, and the impact inaction will have on our future. He chats to James and Mark about the path forward including how we need to adapt our personal and business lives, without compromising on quality, and the cost implications. The team discuss everything from the impact of fossil fuels and what transition plans businesses need to put in place, to the investment opportunities available for businesses. Mathew offers up alternatives and ‘swaps’ that we can all make in our personal lives, and the personal actions we can all take, including buying green, and investing in renewables. He deep dives into how businesses need to lead from the front, and how the UK, as one of the world’s richest economies, needs to take responsibility and act.
    There is something for everyone in this episode, whether you’re in the know on climate change, or on the fence. Mathew even has an invaluable tip for how you use your boiler, which is not to be missed!
    Show notes:
    Mathew’s website - www.net-zero.blog
    Mathew’s LinkedIn
    Podcast - Cleaning Up – Leadership in an age of climate change
    #ENERGYTWITTER –- follow the hashtag to get academic research, news items etc. which are cultivated into streams, and you can gauge the conversation from right and left
    Jim Collins – The Hedgehog Concept
    Books:
    Climate change and the road to net zero – Mathew Hampshire-Waugh
    Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction – Dan Gardner & Philip E Tetlock
    GET IN TOUCH! Leave us a voice note here, we would love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode, and you might even feature in our next episode!
    You can also email us on podcasts@larking-gowen.co.uk
    You can also watch us now on YouTube too! Click here to watch this week’s episode.
    Thank you to our sponsors Larking Gowen, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors – check out their website to see how they could help your business www.larking-gowen.co.uk
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    4. The Attitude of Gratitude: reap the rewards of appreciation

    4. The Attitude of Gratitude: reap the rewards of appreciation

    One of the best ways to re-focus our personal resilience is completely free: practice gratitude! The impact of gratitude on our physical and mental wellbeing can never be underestimated. Both dopamine and serotonin are brain chemicals that bring proven benefits to our overall health. Experts across the globe agree that being content with what you have and aiming to ‘be better’ is the first step to success in all areas of life. James and Mark look at how to achieve meaningful gratefulness by discussing the power of journaling; the negative impact of catastrophising; the 5,4,3,2,1 method; and how embracing neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) can help you to reprogramme your brain and make you a better leader. Lizzie chimes in again, as the team reflects on how expressing gratitude reaps great personal rewards.

    GET IN TOUCH! Leave us a voice note here, we’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode, and you might even feature in our next episode!
     
    You can also email us on podcasts@larking-gowen.co.uk.

    Thank you to our sponsors, Larking Gowen, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors. Check out their website to see how they could help your business www.larking-gowen.co.uk
    You can also watch us on YouTube! Click here to watch this week’s episode 

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    Show notes:
    • Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert Emmons 
    • The Huberman Lab – podcast
    • drchatterjee.com
    • Getting to Neutral: How to Conquer Negativity and Thrive in a Chaotic World by Trevor Moawad
    • Tony Robbins

    • 33 min

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