The Business of Being Brilliant
By Helen Beedham
The Business of Being BrilliantMay 21, 2023
S6 E10 'Collective wisdom'
Collective wisdom on balancing today with tomorrow.
To wrap up this series you get to hear a little bit from all of my guests on the question of how we enjoy today whilst keeping an eye out for tomorrow. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S6 E9 'Collecting adventures' with Helen Beurier
I talk with Helen Beurier, HR leader and author-to-be of a new book (working title: Peoplematics) about what we all want from work, why she’s made some bold career choices and how a bit of thrill seeking is the key to a healthy, happy life. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S6 E8 'Levelling the playing field' with Sophie Hulm
I talk with Sophie Hulm, CEO of Progress Together, about the class barriers preventing people from getting to top roles in financial services, the cost to employers of wasted talent and the quirky games we used to play as children. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S6 E7 'Understanding our social brain' with Professor Robin Dunbar
I talk with Professor Robin Dunbar of Oxford University, originator of ‘Dunbar’s number’ and a leading expert in the psychology of high-performing groups. We chat about optimimum group sizes for different tasks and why investing in social time at work yields the greatest returns. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S6 E6 'Harnessing collective intelligence' with Pippa Begg & Jennifer Sundberg
On the pod this week I talk with Pippa Begg and Jennifer Sundberg about being co-CEO’s at Board Intelligence, how to tap into the combined brainpower of your employees, and their new book ‘Collective Intelligence: how to build a business that’s smarter than you’. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S6 E5 'Cutting through the noise' with Sandra Burley
I talk with Sandra Burley, marketing and communications leader, about avoiding tunnel vision, managing information overload and why she loves the 4 day work week. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S6 E4 'Superscaling your business' with Sam Smith
I talk with Sam Smith, former finnCAP Group CEO now entrepreneur, NED and scale-up adviser, about how to encourage entrepreneurship in children, get your team to buy into your vision and turbocharge your business with empathetic leadership. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S6 E3 'Making tomorrow better today' with Hal Hershfield
I talk with Hal Hershfield, Professor of Marketing, Behavioural Decision Making and Psychology at UCLA's Anderson School of Management, about how mental time travel can help us to procrastinate less, make better decisions and become the person we want to be. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S6 E2 ‘Persuading midlife women to stay’, with Dr Lucy Ryan
I talk with Dr Lucy Ryan about why so many women are exiting the world of work at midlife, those ‘midlife myths’ that don’t stack up, and how employers can hang on to this valuable talent pool better. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S6 E1 'Believing in the extraordinary' with Kate Adams
I talk with Kate Adams, Director at The Forward Institute, about what drives her career choices, what ‘leading responsibly’ means and how she aims to enjoy today to the full. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S5 E8 Collective wisdom for 'Making the most of summer'
Here are nuggets of wisdom from all my guests in series 5, along with questions to prompt some summer insights. Think of it as a carefully selected ‘pick and mix’ to brighten your day and inspire your work. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S5 E7 'Introducing meeting-free days' with Professor Vijay Pereira
I talk with Professor Vijay Pereira of NEOMA Business School, France, about the astonishing impact on productivity, wellbeing, engagement and performance that results from introducing company-wide meeting-free days. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
1m 3s my news update
5m 44s conversation with Vijay starts
S5 E6 'Attending to the invisible' with Dr Ajit Menon
I speak with Dr Ajit Menon, Head of People & Organisation at Investec plc, about looking beneath the surface of organisational life and how they’ve established a strong and unique work culture based on dialogue, empathy and trust. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
1m 4s - my weekly news and offers
6m - conversation with Ajit starts
S5 E5 'Climbing career mountains' with Joy Burnford
I talk with Joy Burnford, gender equality expert and author of ‘Don’t Fix Women’, about how organisations can dismantle the structural barriers holding women – and men - back in their careers. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S5 E4 'Exploring opportunities' with Kevin Hogarth
I talk with Kevin Hogarth, Non-Executive Director, former Chief People Officer and award-winning Diversity & Inclusion advocate, about how to keep our career options open and how to increase social mobility in organisations. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S5 E3 'Recruiting brilliant people' with Deborah Gray
I talk with Deborah Gray, co-founder and Director of Totum Partners about how to successfully bring in the executive level talent you really want. Find out how our world of work is evolving, what experienced candidates and hiring employers are prioritising today, and what persuades good people to stay. Transcript and show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S5 E2 'Shaping better working lives' with Beth Stallwood
This week’s conversation is all about crafting a job or career that we love. HR, Talent and L&D consultant Beth Stallwood, author of WorkJoy, explains what to do when we find ourselves stuck in ‘work gloom’ and how to actively pursue a more joyful, rewarding work life. Transcript and show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S5 E1 'Thriving as a working parent' with Yael Schonbrun PhD
Welcome back to the podcast and this week I’m thrilled to be talking with Yael Schonbrun PhD, clinical psychologist, author and Brown University assistant professor about how to thrive as a working parent. Finding the work/home juggle exhausting? Pulled in too many different directions at once? Yael explains how we can adopt some proven psychological strategies to solve these and many other challenges of working parenthood. I just wish I’d had this conversation 11 years ago! Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
Series 5 preview
S4 E10 Collective wisdom on staying motivated at work
What are the best ways to stay motivated at work and help others to do the same?
For this series 4 wrap-up episode, I've picked out some highlights from my conversations with all my brilliant guests over the last few weeks. Discover how our motivations at work generally have evolved since the pandemic and how to build team of people who love what they do. Find out how workplace collaborations can affect our motivation, how to overcome setbacks positively and how to weigh up 'stick or quit' decisions.
Season 5 will be back in May; see you then!
Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com.
S4 E9 'Shining a light on successes' with Eileen Burbidge
I talk with Eileen Burbidge MBE, tech venture capitalist and CEO of Fertifa, the reproductive and hormonal wellbeing provider for employers, about what gives her the confidence to start something new, how employee wellbeing support is evolving and how to grow a new venture – or a whole industry - successfully. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S4 E8 'Working fewer hours' with Joe O'Connor
I talk with Joe O’Connor, co-founder of the world's first Centre of Excellence in Work Time Reduction and former CEO of 4 Day Week Global, about the recent UK pilot and how to adopt a shorter working week in a way that feels fair and beneficial to everyone. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast. Got a question you'd like answered? Tweet it to @helenbeedham.
S4 E7 'Unpicking Diversity & Inclusion' with Natasha Whitehurst and Dr Julie Humphreys
This week I’m getting the lowdown from D&I leaders Julie Humphreys and Natasha Whitehurst on how Diversity & Inclusion is evolving, how to prove its value to the business and how they’re opening up uncomfortable conversations on their podcast D&I Spy: Inclusion Uncovered. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S4 E6 'Building a mindful business' with Jonathan Bond
I talk with Jonathan Bond, Global HR & Learning Director at international law firm Pinsent Masons about how they are creating - with their clients - new and better ways of managing their work, their time and their wellbeing. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com.
S4 E5 'Cultivating patience'
To mark the halfway point in this series I’m sharing 5 interesting developments in our world of work and 5 brilliant business books that argue persuasively for cultivating patience in one form or another. So grab a cuppa or the dog lead and tune in! Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com.
S4 E4 'Harnessing the power of exploratory writing' with Alison Jones
I talk with Alison Jones, founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing and author of ‘Exploratory Writing’, about how putting pen to paper for just 6 minutes can help us think, communicate, innovate and collaborate better. Grab your pen and paper and tune in! Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S4 E3 'Growing a customer-focused culture' with Alastair Douglas
I talk with Alastair Douglas, CEO of TotallyMoney, the fintech business that is helping people to move on up. We chat about the 5 organisational themes he focuses on to build a business where people really care about the customer. And how to have a hit single! Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S4 E2 'Choosing courage' with Jim Detert
I talk with Jim Detert, Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the University of Virginia and the author of ‘Choosing Courage: the everyday guide to being brave at work’. We discuss his extensive research into acts of workplace courage, why superheros don’t exist and how we can be more ‘competently courageous’ in our own work lives. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S4 E1 Unpacking the black box of collaboration
I talk with Dr. Debra Mashek, social psychologist, expert on the science of close relationships and author of Collabor(h)ate: how to build incredibly collaborative relationships at work even if you'd rather work alone. Collaboration might sound a familiar concept but in practice it can be at best a mystery and at worst a minefield that trips us and our businesses up with costly and lasting consequences. Here’s how to get it right.
Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
Series 4 trailer
Series 4 of The Business of Being Brilliant kicks off later this month and my brilliant guests include Deb Mashek, Dr Julie Humphreys, Natasha Whitehurst, Alastair Douglas, Eileen Burbidge, Alison Jones and more! To whet your appetite, here's a short clip where I put 3 questions to social psychologist Deb Mashek about workplace collaboration and her wisdom-packed new book 'Collabor(h)ate', launching on 23 Jan. Enjoy 🥳
S3 E10 Collective wisdom: 8 things that make people want to stay
What are the critical things people need in order to want to stay in their organisation? For this final podcast episode of series 3, my guests share 8 wise answers to this question. Use them to reflect on your own career, or if you’re leading a business, these could make the difference between a retention strategy that works and one that doesn’t. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com.
S3 E9 'Thriving through change' with Victoria Livingstone
I talk with Victoria Livingstone, EMEA Chief People Officer for Dentsu International, about growing a commercially-focused HR career and leading business transformations. Victoria explains why there’s no such thing as a bad career move and how to make sure your change programme doesn’t fail. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
1m 3 weekly news
6m 30s conversation with Victoria starts
S3 E8 'Dealing with distractions' with Rob Hatch
I talk with Rob Hatch, coach to business owners and author of Attention! the power of simple decisions in a distracted world. He explains how we can slow down our brains, regain control over our attention and focus more on the important work. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com.
1m 4s weekly news
6m 32s conversation with Rob starts
S3 E7 'Changing the system' with Geraldine Gallacher
I talk with Geraldine Gallacher, CEO of the Executive Coaching Consultancy, about her own career, her new book Coaching Women: Changing the system not the person, and how our outdated office cultures need to catch up with today’s workplace policies. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com.
1m 3s weekly news
6m 4s conversation with Geraldine starts
S3 E6 Six book recommendations
To mark the half way point, instead of chatting to a guest I’m sharing six book recommendations from my 2022 reading challenge Reclaim Time To Read, comprising three business or other non-fiction books and three novels. Show notes are at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
4m 53s - Book 1, The Lonely Century by Noreena Hertz
8m 29s - Book 2, The Culture Code: the secrets of highly successful groups by Daniel Coyle
11m 42s - Book 3, Four Seconds by Peter Bregman
18m 5s - Book 4, Machines like me, by Ian McEwan
20m 11s - Book 5, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
24m 8s - Book 6, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré
S3 E5 'Going far together' with Jacqueline Taiwo
I talk with Jacqueline Taiwo, private equity lawyer and Chair/CEO of Black Women in Asset Management, about taking the uncomfortable path, creating community and helping others succeed. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
1m 4s weekly news
6m 20s conversation with Jackie starts
S3 E4 'Getting the best out of people' with Jane van Zyl
I talk with Jane van Zyl, CEO of the national charity Working Families, about National Work Life Week, how workplace flexibility is evolving and what forward-thinking employers are doing post-pandemic to help employees work at their best. Show notes are at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
1m 5s weekly update
5m 56s conversation with Jane starts
S3 E3 'Tuning in to the bigger picture' with Ariel White-Tsimikalis
I talk with Ariel White-Tsimikalis, corporate finance lawyer, ESG specialist and partner at the global law firm Goodwin Proctor. We talk about how to find your passion within a corporate role and how to use our inner dialogue to help us develop a sustainable, rewarding career. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
1m 4s weekly update
5m 14s guest interview
S3 E2 'Collaborating within boundaries' with Susan Room
I talk with Susan Room, former business leader and now a voice and executive coach, about her path onto the Executive Committee, her mid-career transition and how to ‘move mountains’ at work whilst managing our own boundaries. Audio, video and show notes are at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
1m3s weekly update
5m34s guest interview
S3 E1 'All about culture' with Randall Peterson
I talk with Dr Randall S.Peterson, Professor of Or ganisational Behaviour at London Business School and founding Director of the School's Leadership Institute, about how to ‘create the magic’ at work so people want to stay and how to prevent corporate disasters from happening. Find the show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
1m 3s – latest news
5m 45s – interview starts
S2 E9 Collective wisdom
It’s the season finale, where we hear some nuggets of collective wisdom from all my guests on series 2 about how we can help our colleagues to be brilliant. Transcript and show notes are at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S2 E8 'Unblocking productivity' with Jennifer Halliday
I talk with Jennifer Halliday, Finance Director of CF Fertilisers and chair of the Northwest Productivity Forum, about trusting people to deliver and why productivity is about much more than just the numbers. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S2 E7 'Evolving the culture' with Andrew Wallace
I talk with Andrew Wallace, co-founder and Managing Partner at Leathwaite, executive search and leadership talent specialists, about building a successful people business and embracing the new without losing sight of your core values. Show notes at helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S2 E6 'Staying curious' with Ben Higgins
I talk with Ben Higgins, Managing Director and UK Head of Human Resources at Société Générale about becoming an HR leader, making best use of our time and staying close to teams. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S2 E5 Celebrating milestones
This week I’m sharing a few nuggets from the series so far to inspire your work and your thinking. I’m also doing a deeper dive into my 2022 Reading Challenge and picking out 3 business books and 3 novels to whet your reading appetite. Shownotes are at helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S2 E4 'Focusing on the end goal' with Patricia Galloway
I talk with Patricia Galloway, global HR leader, Non-Executive Director and executive coach, about building credibility quickly, getting a seat at the table and focusing on the end goal. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S2 E3 'Creating reasons to stay' with Leonard Ng
I talk with Leonard Ng, one of the City’s most influential lawyers, about saying yes to opportunities, drawing your boundaries and being more than a number. Show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S2 E2 'Finding the connection' with Janie van Hool
I talk with communication expert, author and executive coach Janie van Hool about tuning in, unravelling problems and creating a listening culture. Find the show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S2 E1 'Putting relationships first' with Ama Ocansey
In this first episode of series 2, I chat with Ama Ocansey, UK Head of Diversity and Inclusion for BNP Paribas about how she made the shift from corporate lawyer to D&I leader, how to be talked about for all the right reasons, and why it pays to put relationships first. Find the show notes at www.helenbeedham.com/podcast.
S1 E8 Collective Wisdom
Collective wisdom from my guests in series 1 about how they manage their time at work. This is the finale of series 1.