26 episodes

Whether by choice or circumstance, as a freelancer or a company employee working from home, more of us are becoming solo workers than ever before. But once you've made the leap, how do you actually work well in isolation? And how can you thrive while working alone?
Introducing The Solo Collective, a brand-new podcast hosted by Rebecca Seal, the bestselling author of 'Solo - How to Work Alone and Not Lose Your Mind'.
Picking up where the freelancer bibles stop, The Solo Collective is a podcast series designed to bring interesting and engaging stories from experts into the ears of workers across the world to help them become happy and successful in managing their careers.
In this 12-part series, Rebecca speaks to experts and well-known solo workers to find the secret to thriving while working alone. Guests include Dr Laurie Santos (host of The Happiness Lab podcast), Emma Gannon (host of Ctrl-Alt-Delete podcast) and Henry Holland (Fashion Designer).

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Whether by choice or circumstance, as a freelancer or a company employee working from home, more of us are becoming solo workers than ever before. But once you've made the leap, how do you actually work well in isolation? And how can you thrive while working alone?
Introducing The Solo Collective, a brand-new podcast hosted by Rebecca Seal, the bestselling author of 'Solo - How to Work Alone and Not Lose Your Mind'.
Picking up where the freelancer bibles stop, The Solo Collective is a podcast series designed to bring interesting and engaging stories from experts into the ears of workers across the world to help them become happy and successful in managing their careers.
In this 12-part series, Rebecca speaks to experts and well-known solo workers to find the secret to thriving while working alone. Guests include Dr Laurie Santos (host of The Happiness Lab podcast), Emma Gannon (host of Ctrl-Alt-Delete podcast) and Henry Holland (Fashion Designer).

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    RESILIENCE: The Misdirection of Resilience

    RESILIENCE: The Misdirection of Resilience

    Bruce Daisleyis one of Europe’s most influential voices when it comes to fixing the workplace. His Sunday Times Bestseller, Joy of Work, distilled years of academic research into practical advice while his celebrated business podcast, Eat Work Sleep Repeat, championed bringing joy to our jobs agains. Recently he’s turned his attention to breaking down the concept of resilience in the workplace - a buzzword that has been thrown around for the last few years but what does it really mean? In this final episode of series two of The Solo Collective, Bruce joins Rebecca to discuss the roots of resilience from the US Army to Simone Biles’ Olympic gold medals and what overcoming adversity really means for the rest of us.


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    • 29 min
    FRIENDSHIPS: Who's Giving and Who's Taking?

    FRIENDSHIPS: Who's Giving and Who's Taking?

    As humans, we all have a deep need for belonging and community. It's not surprising then that when we move into the professional world, we often turn to colleagues for friendship. This week Amy Gallo, author of the forthcoming book Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People) and Contributing Editor at Harvard Biz, joins Rebecca to discuss the benefits of work and professional relationships. She explains the importance of setting boundaries but also argues that retaining a level of openness could lead to more meaningful relationships.
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    • 23 min
    PARENTING: It’s Just Really Hard

    PARENTING: It’s Just Really Hard

    As we all look for autonomy over our own time, how can we move to a place where work can fit around our lives rather than dictate them? This week Frankie Tortora, host of award-winning podcast Doing It For The Kids, joins Rebecca to wade into the discussion of flexi-working. Frankie shares her experiences of balancing solo working while also juggling parental responsibilities. She also reflects on the highs and lows of being in a flexible freelancing role despite still working in a society that fundamentally isn’t.
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    • 24 min
    EMOTIONS: Netflix of Unhappiness

    EMOTIONS: Netflix of Unhappiness

    Mo Gawdat has made happiness his primary topic of research, diving deeply into literature and conversing on the topic with some of the wisest people in the world. In this episode, Rebecca discusses the importance of managing and keeping our emotions in check when we work alone. Using the techniques that Mo has created and brought together from different disciplines we explore how to ensure that you don’t have the Netflix of unhappiness on repeat.
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    • 34 min
    PROGRESSION: Does your career give you your time back?

    PROGRESSION: Does your career give you your time back?

    For solo workers, it can seem as if there is no clear path to career progression. For people in more traditional roles, progress is marked by a promotion, a bonus or a corner office. So do we need to start thinking about this differently? This week's guest James Mitra, founder of JBM (a values-driven executive search firm) and the host of the 40 Minute Mentor podcast, is here to help us change up our thinking. He advocates for thinking less about titles and salaries and more about ways to spend time with loved ones and the things that bring you joy.
    The 6th series of 40 Minute Mentor is available to listen to now.

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    • 33 min
    TECH: Turn off your read receipts

    TECH: Turn off your read receipts

    Working from home can make it all too easy to blur the boundaries between personal and professional lives. Tech can complicate that line even more with endless Zoom calls and constant pings from colleagues and clients on everything from Teams to Slack. This week’s guest Charlotte Jee, a tech writer for MIT Technology Review, has been working remotely for the last three years. She also writes a daily newsletter about emerging technology called The Download. Charlotte is all for not allowing tech to run your life so consider this your permission slip to turn off your read receipts on your phone.  
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    • 34 min

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Jesshshaver ,

So relevant and so helpful

I’m not exactly the solo operative this podcast is for, but it is SO valuable to me.

Content is relevant, discussed clearly and kindly, as well as having LOTS of actionable nuggets of wisdom.

Thank you Rebecca!

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