Eat Sleep Work Repeat

Eat Sleep Work Repeat Podcast

Make work better.How can we fix work? Each week we chat to scientists and experts to improve our jobs. The book of the show - The Joy of Work is a UK top 10 bestseller: amzn.to/2zsBuR8 Hosted by @brucedaisley. Contact the show

Community 2: A Community Manager Speaks Truth
Today's episode is a further exploration of how firms will try to evolve their culture by hiring Community Managers. If you've not listened to last week's episode featuring Sarah Drinkwater pull up, back up and tuck in to that one first. Sarah said the person I should talk to is Abadesi Osunsade from Brandwatch - and so that's who we are talking to today. Abadesi's title is VP Global Community & Belonging at the 500 strong organisation.We talk about seeking to get better at Diversity & Inclusion, giving voi...

Community 1: "HR has fallen"
Sign up for the Eat Sleep Work Repeat newsletter here.New podcast today - the first of four podcasts about what’s next with work - specifically how can we make work feel like a community again, especially when you’re hunkered down under the duvet trying to survive the November chill. Over the next few weeks I’m going to be chatting to some incredible guests.Today I kick off with Sarah Drinkwater who is a supreme community builder and now works for the Atomico fund.Some links to what we discuss!I mention tha...

Burnout - understanding the other epidemic
Can't Even can be ordered nowAHP's original article in BuzzfeedAHP's newsletter is hereLast year Anne Helen Petersen’s Buzzfeed article about burnout became a viral sensation, spawning a seemingly never-ending wave of ‘Year of Burnout’ headlines. Petersen’s writing triggered such recognition because she rooted it in the ordinary, in everyday experiences that were instantly relatable. She evoked her own life where industrious professional productivity (as a writer) was combined with a weary inability to get ...


The big return 3: a closer look at data
Subscribe to the newsletterToday's interviewees: Bhushan Sethi leads PwC's workplace strategy business and Ben Waber is the CEO of workplace analytics firm, Humanyze.Read the Humanyze research about the way work has changed since lockdown. Here's the previous episode I recorded with Ben Waber.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Gary Hamel: Battling bureaucracy - the big fix for broken work
I was fortunate to speak to Gary Hamel about his forthcoming new book, Humanocracy.He believes that the single most empowering (and profitable) thing that businesses can do is eliminate their creeping bureaucracy.He talks about how increasingly organisations are paralysed with red tape and bureaucracy. The end result is that they can’t get anything done. There are some clear examples of this from the recent past. He characterises the Microsoft era under Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer as being one where opport...

Gary Hamel: Battling bureaucracy - the big fix for broken work
I was fortunate to speak to Gary Hamel about his forthcoming new book, Humanocracy. He believes that the single most empowering (and profitable) thing that businesses can do is eliminate their creeping bureaucracy.He talks about how increasingly organisations are paralysed with red tape and bureaucracy. The end result is that they can’t get anything done. There are some clear examples of this from the recent past. He characterises the Microsoft era under Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer as being one where oppor...


The big return 2: but what are other firms doing?
Subscribe to the newsletterWhat are other firms doing about returning to work? How can any of us work out the right thing to do? I chat to 4 more firms to hear their plans.Listen to conversations with Beth Marie Norbury from Babcock International, Tom Ellis from Brand Genetics, Richard from a big secret pharmaceuticals firm and Laura Pleasance from Captify. This is addition to Dan Cullen Shute last episode.Here's more on my survey I put out last week (from last week's newsletter):We’ve already heard loud an...

The big return 1: making the call on what to do next
Subscribe to the newsletterHere's Dan's tweets that started this conversation.Today's episode is first of two episodes about the big return to work. It covers themes that I've covered in the newsletter over the last few weeks. What are other firms doing? How will they make their decisions. Over the 2 episodes I've chatted to stacks of people to get their views. Firstly I talk to someone who went on the record describing his company's approach.Dan Cullen Shute is the boss of advertising agency, Creature he t...

Building resilience - understanding the human impact of work
"We think people want to be liked, but they need to be needed".A thoroughly stimulating discussion here - that I've allowed to run long because it's so interesting.I met a brilliant guy called Misha Byrne who worked for a company called NeuroPower. I was so taken with what he was talking about (applying neuroscience to work) that we arranged to meet up, and he brought Peter Burow, the founder of the company along.There's some wonderful stuff in this discussion:the important of Relatedness in teamshow we bui...


What's the value of an office?
"Tuesday and Thursday, see you there. BOOM!"A lot of us are starting to long for human contact again and the office feels like a happy place to be. But what does the office of the future look like? I chatted to the brilliant Antony Slumbers (follow him on Twitter here). Antony is regarded as a visionary thinker in the real estate market and runs a course for you to learn to be the same.Antony is incredibly incisive:"in the same way we realised we didn't need a shop to go shopping we've realised we don't nee...

Fewer predictions, more experiments - what's next with work?
Firstly a conversation with David D'Souza the membership director of CIPD (incidentally is a fantastic Twitter follow).David talks about the choices available to firms right now:do we want to be famous for the new culture that we've created?or our actions going to be defined by reactive actions to bosses' whims?If you want to follow the Twitter list I mention you'll find it here.If you're interested in workplace culture you might like my newsletter makeworkbetter.substack.com  See acast.com/privacy for pri...

Reinventing work: why you need to understand the 'self other overlap'
Subscribe to the Make Work Better mailoutI'm so excited about what is in the next few episodes. This is a short series of episodes about what we're about to lose with the end of office culture, and how we can build something new. If you like this please do share it.Today's episode has two great interviews. Later I’m going to hear from the frontline how firms are changing their use of technology by chatting to Adrienne Gormley, Head of EMEA at Dropbox.The first conversation is with Dr Emma Cohen, Associate P...


Feeling ok - understanding work & stress
Subscribe to the Make Work Better mailoutSubscribe to Your Table's Ready PodcastVaried episode today, firstly for Mental Health Awareness week, two members of West Midlands Fire Service talk about stress at work and when it's ok to say you're not ok. Then later in the show a brief discussion with April Vellacott and Jez Groom who give us a brief glimpse of how to use behavioural hacks to improve work.Buy their book Ripple here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

The world's top culture doctor: Professor Frances Frei talks Uber, WeWork & more
If you're interested in workplace culture you might like my newsletter makeworkbetter.substack.comI've been chasing this conversation for over 2 years and I'm delighted today to talk to the world’s most sought after culture doctor: Frances Frei is the Red Adair of work culture problems.If something goes wrong at WeWork, Uber or Riot Games there’s one name you call… You’ll be thrilled to hear the brilliant, thoughtful interview Frances gives.She’s very clear answering:could Uber have kept Travis Kalanick and...

Beating burnout - learning from the YouTuber experience with Arron Crascall & Elle Mills
If you're interested in workplace culture you might like my newsletter makeworkbetter.substack.comRecorded live at Vidcon 2020As we sit in a strange period of work, a slight distraction from the normal cycle with a discussion with two digital creators.Arron Crascall has almost certainly appeared in your feed on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. He started using Vine when he was working at William Hill bookmakers and his content started to develop a bigger and bigger audience when he started using strangers as...


Diversity and creative thinking - the power of rebel ideas (with Matthew Syed)
If you're interested in workplace culture you might like my newsletter makeworkbetter.substack.comThis episode is about the power of diverse thinking. Our guest is the thinker, writer, commentator Matthew Syed.Matthew represented Great Britain in table tennis at the Barcelona and Sydney Olympics. He’s since gone on to the one of the biggest, most successful business writers in the UK with his books like Bounce in 2010, Black Box Thinking in 2015, a kid’s book You Are Awesome in 2018 and Rebel Ideas: The Pow...

Work Undone: what happens now? A discussion with Prof Dan Cable
"Purpose is something that can be found but cannot be given"For this episode I talk with London Business School professor Dan Cable about what work is going to look like in the future as we contemplate the fall out of coronavirus and homeworking. Clearly a lot of firms aren't going to make it through this completely unprecedented situation and to some extent maybe these discussions might seem like first world problems. The intention is to help us understand how we can use this moment to make work better - n...

Work Undone: what happens now? A discussion with Prof Dan Cable
"Purpose is something that can be found but cannot be given"For this episode I talk with London Business School professor Dan Cable about what work is going to look like in the future as we contemplate the fall out of coronavirus and homeworking. Clearly a lot of firms aren't going to make it through this completely unprecedented situation and to some extent maybe these discussions might seem like first world problems. The intention is to help us understand how we can use this moment to make work better - n...


A career of kindness - Christie Watson on nurse's lives
You can talk about this episode - and more - on our new forum.Well what a strange time we’re living through. I don’t what I can say that hasn’t already been said. So to some extent this episode is a distraction - something interesting to listen to from a profession that is always in our highest regard in times like this but too easily forgotten in easy times.Christie Watson is a trained nurse who spent 20 years working in hospitals across London. She’s an Incredible testament to never allowing your creative...

Inside the 4 day week
Join tens of thousands of listeners by signing up for the newsletter now.Second episode on the 4 day week. We go deep with someone who made the 4 day leap, Andrew Barnes' firm Perpetual Guardian made the shift to 4 days. He explains why some workers never told their partners, why others felt it transformed their experience of work and he gives the clear way to make a 4 day experiment work at your work.If you're interested in going shorter one of the best ways seems to be to try a summer experiment - maybe f...

The 4 Day Revolution: Harder, better, faster, *shorter*
First of two new episodes on one theme. Until coronavirus swept the world the discussion of 2020 was about the future of work being based on working less to achieve more. There are two episodes on this today.Firstly former guest Alex Soojung Kim Pang talks about the research celebrating the benefits of working shorter (his book on the same subject came out this week). He spent the last 3 years going into firms that are using shorter working to build retention, productivity and creativity. He gives a clear r...


Inside Microsoft's cultural reinvention
When the biggest company in the world slipped from its throne how did a new CEO try to rescue it using culture. What did Satya Nadella do? How did it succeed, how did it fail? What can any of us do to change our company culture?Download the PDF of the episode's lessons.This episode draws on the outstanding paper by Herminia Ibarra, Aneeta Rattan and Anna Johnston from London Business School.Here's the famous cartoon about Microsoft (vs other tech firms of the time)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and op...

Why should anyone listen to you? The power of messengers
"We used to think 'the medium is the message', now we know that the messenger is the message".Stephen Martin was the co-writer of one of my favourite books, Yes! so I was thrilled when I saw he had a new book, Messengers. He agreed to come on and talk about both books. How important are superficial aspects like appearance in our credibility. What is the one thing that we should do to make people like us more?We discuss decision architecture, how any of us can influence others and the constituent parts of th...

Thinking about work - a discussion with Alain de Botton
Here he is, the philosopher king. Alain de Botton is the man that wrote philosophy books that sold like airport thrillers. He's sold millions of books reflecting on life, work and happiness.We share a wonderful discussion about what role work can fulfil in our lives, where education is going wrong and how we can use psychology to help diagnose the challenges of our problem colleagues.Alain's two new books from The School of Life are How to Get on With Your Colleagues and How to Think More EffectivelyYou can...


What next in your career?
Join tens of thousands of listeners by signing up for the newsletter now.Sarah Ellis and Helen Tupper are the creators of the Squiggly Careers podcast - and the authors of a brand new book, The Squiggly Career. If you're wondering what to do with your life Sarah and Helen might be the best person to help you find the right answers for you.This episode answers questions about what we should expect from our jobs - and the where happiness at work lives.Helen mentioned the values episode of their podcast and yo...

Let's talk about flex... flexible working
Hot topic right now. Annie Auerbach talks about her way of working flexibly and explains how all of us could be living a life we love.Annie is the author of Flex.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

What's stopping you from doing your best work ever?
What's stopping you from you doing your best work ever? That's the question that Aaron Dignan (working at his culture consultancy, The Ready) asks the companies he meets. Often the biggest barrier to us doing our best work is often our own attitude and mindset - and Dignan takes us step by step into his process. Aaron's book Brave New Work, is out now.Also mentioned in this episode:Johann Hari's TED Talk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


What's stopping you from doing your best work ever?
What's stopping you from you doing your best work ever? That's the question that Aaron Dignan (working at his culture consultancy, The Ready) asks the companies he meets. Often the biggest barrier to us doing our best work is often our own attitude and mindset - and Dignan takes us step by step into his process. Aaron's book Brave New Work, is out now.Also mentioned in this episode:Johann Hari's TED Talk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Talking teams - an interview with Pippa Grange - head of team & culture at the England football team
Recorded at the Good Day at Work event in Manchester, hosted by Robertson Cooper.During the last World Cup, as we gradually started believing in the prospects of a team whose members had surprised us with their humour, work-rate and calm demeanour there was a wonderful newspaper article that garnered lots of attention about the secrets of their transformation.The piece introduced us to one of the people responsible for overhauling the mindset of the England squad. Previously players for the national team ha...

Inside England's locker room - an exclusive interview with Pippa Grange - head of team & culture at the England football team
Recorded at the Good Day at Work event in Manchester, hosted by Robertson Cooper.During the last World Cup, as we gradually started believing in the prospects of a team whose members had surprised us with their humour, work-rate and calm demeanour there was a wonderful newspaper article that garnered lots of attention about the secrets of their transformation.The piece introduced us to one of the people responsible for overhauling the mindset of the England squad. Previously players for the national team ha...


Could Uber have won with a different culture?
Today’s episode is about Uber. Its based on a brilliant book that stacks of people have found themselves tearing through in one sitting over the last couple of weeks, It’s a book called Superpumped by Mike Isaac. If you’ve heard Mike talking about the book, this chat will be different because we’re just going to focus on the culture of Uber. The question for me was ‘would Uber ever have been as successful if their culture wasn’t so psychopathic and secondly could someone else adapt Uber’s culture a little t...

The lies we tell about work (interview with Marcus Buckingham)
If you're interested in workplace culture you might like my newsletter makeworkbetter.substack.comMarcus Buckingham is a research who has specialised in debunking some of the lies that pervade our jobs. His discoveries are eye-popping. Company culture can't be measured, 'OKRs' (goals) never work and much more. It's a compelling and entertaining listen.Get in touch to tell Bruce what you thought - or leave us a review at Apple podcasts.Eat Sleep Work Repeat is part of #PODSTRIKE.Buy 9 Lies About Work  See a...

The lies we tell about work (interview with Marcus Buckingham)
Marcus Buckingham is a research who has specialised in debunking some of the lies that pervade our jobs. His discoveries are eye-popping. Company culture can't be measured, 'OKRs' (goals) never work and much more. It's a compelling and entertaining listen.Get in touch to tell Bruce what you thought - or leave us a review at Apple podcasts.Buy 9 Lies About Work For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


How silent meetings and 'Magic Time' could change your life
On this week's pod, David Gasca and Steven Rogelberg explain how you can fix your meetings to make work less miserable.Firstly David Gasca outlines the Silent Meeting Manifesto. In the world of work we're surrounded with very little scrutiny of the norms of meetings and emails, in that context David's work helps reinvent one of the immovable pillars of work. Download the Amazon Kindle version here. Try a silent meeting and tell us how you get on.Then we spend time with the meeting doctor, Steven Rogelberg (...

Building Culture The Barcelona Way
In 2007 as Barcelona were looking to replace their manager they were faced with a difficult challenge. They decided if they were to move on with a strong sense of sustainable success they needed to think about the culture they wanted to build.They drew up a list of criteria for how they wanted to choose the manager. Interestingly most of the list didn't mention football. Damian Hughes, Professor of Organisational Psychology at Alliance Manchester Business School goes on to explain the Barcelona approach to ...

Inside the Liverpool culture of Jurgen Klopp
How did Jurgen Klopp build a culture that has caught the attention of everyone in sport. Including interviews with Klopp, Liverpool players and leading management psychologists we discover the 4 secrets of Klopp's culture at Liverpool (data, a simple plan, inclusivity, psychological safety).You’ll find episodes, transcripts and other good stuff on the website EatSleepWorkRepeat.com.Best articles to read more:BEST READ: New York Times on Liverpool and dataMelissa Reddy interviewA look at KloppHow to improve ...


Measuring the intelligence of teams
In 2015 Anita Williams Woolley and colleagues published some groundbreaking work understanding the 'collective intelligence' of teams.They asked 'can we judge the cognitive power of a certain group of people?'The answer was that yes, they could and also there were certain things that helped predict this collective intelligence.Professor Woolley explains the part that gender plays in this team intelligence and then gives you a test that you can take to help predict collective intelligence in your own teams. ...

Play: tales of success from an NHS hospital
A lot of people have asked me if I’m going to do an episode on the importance of play.One of the challenges of the word play is that its such a broad word and its associations aren’t always helpful when it comes to bringing everyone with us but today's guest I think shows what an incredible thing it can be.Heidi Edmundson is an emergency medicine consultant in the Emergency Department at the Whittington Hospital. She wrote this article in the Guardian in January: I introduced fun to the lives of A&E staff. ...

Culture and conditions under the radar - tales from the gig economy
James Bloodworth lived undercover working in Amazon warehouses, care homes and clocked up hours as an Uber driver to see the realities of modern work for millions of Brits. It makes for a fascinating glimpse at the lives of people who often get ignored from the privilege of the open plan.James' compelling book Hired is out now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Mental Health & Emotions - practical ways of fixing work
This week I talk to Josh Krichefski (CEO, Mediacom UK) and Liz Fosslien (co-author of No Hard Feelings: Emotions at Work and How They Help Us Succeed).Josh explains how they put mental health on the agenda on his firm by starting an honest, open discussion on it. Then we talk to Liz who gives us a users' guide to emotions at work. What can we do to make work a most empathetic way.The Seligman model we discuss is the '3Ps'. Personalisation, Pervasiveness and Permanence.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy an...

Gender in the workplace - breaking the glass wall
What if the way we've created work was built around the things that men prefer. Sue Unerman makes the compelling case that the workplace has evolved to serve male skills - and that this isn't good for the workplace and it isn't good for workers.Sue Unerman is the Chief Transformation Officer at Mediacom, and also the author of two widely acclaimed books. We discussed her book (written with Kathryn Jacob) The Glass WallFollow Sue on Twitter.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Jim Collins on making good culture great
Jim Collins is one of the most respected business writers in the world. With his books Good to Great and Made to Last he became the observer of great companies and what made them special.He's just published a new book which is a supplement to Good to Great (pssssst, read GTG first).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Dave Trott on beating creative blindness (live from IAB Leadership Summit)
Dave Trott is a creative director, copywriter, and author. A colossus of advertising who has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by D&AD.I chatted to him at the IAB Leadership Summit in St Albans.It's not a talk about work culture as such - just a fascinating chat with someone whose job it was to be creative for a living. Dave's latest book Creative Blindness is a riot of colourful stories and lively lessons. Follow Dave on Twitter.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Employee engagement // The secret of 'story night'
Today we’re chatting to the MD of the innovations company IDEO, Sue Siddall to hear how they bring the power of telling stories to life in their organisation. In addition we’ve got a legend of workplace study today. William Kahn was responsible for creating two of the big concepts of positive workplaces. He coined the concepts of both psychological safety and employee engagement. William Kahn is Professor of Organisational Behavior at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. He received his BA in Ps...

Could laughter be the root of good culture?
If you’ve not already subscribed there’s a weekly email that goes out with the podcast. This week's includes a brilliant article on how small teams seem to be more radical, there’s a couple of discussions about Professor Adam Grant’s work and there’s a really good article on laughter in teams.The laughter in teams article is from some research that NASA is looking at when it comes to casting their first expeditions to Mars. NASA looked at the success of different teams in isolation in Antartica. And it seem...


Free extract of The Joy of Work
Thanks to Penguin Random House here's a free extract of a couple of different parts of The Joy of Work.You can buy the full audiobook here.:  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Cal Newport preaches Digital Minimalism
This episode today is magnificent – you’re really going to be stimulated and challenged by it.Today’s episode is with someone I contacted 2 years ago to discuss his previous book. Cal Newport’s Deep Work was a simple avocation of the process of using uninterrupted concentration to get things done. He’s now back with a new book about taking the same principles beyond work into life. It's a guide for achieving happiness by being more intentional in how you use technology. Some might call it a manual. What fol...

Long hours and loneliness - fixing workplace misery
This is a podcast about making work better. You can find all of the previous episodes on the website.Here we go, two little things today to make you feel more brainy. It’s Blue Monday in the UK today - the day when we’re told it’s the most miserable day of the year - when we hate our job. By listening to these experts you’ll have some guidelines how you can make work better. They give solutions but I think once you listen to the data you’ll work out what to do yourselves.Firstly something that might not see...


Apps, algorithms and your next job
If you're looking to get a job sometime in the next decade - and that includes almost all of us - there's a very high probability that you're going to be exposed to a psychometric test. As they become enhanced by AI and made more scaleable via apps these tests are going to go everywhere. So what are the implications for what work is going to look at.This episode I'm looking into the evolving nature of recruiting and how its changing to accommodate the latest science and also innovations in technology. First...

Evidence Based Management - Rob Briner
Buy The Joy of WorkFollow Rob BrinerSign up for Eat Sleep UpdatesRob Briner is an professor of organisational behaviour at London Queen Mary’s University - he's rated the top HR thinker in the UK. This is a brilliant chat. Very much essential listening for anyone interested in HR but also worth listening for those of us who sit thinking ‘what do HR actually do?’ or what should we do to improve things round here.We talk about ‘evidence based management’ - which you can find out more about here: The Centre fo...

Ideas, innovation & work (the police episode 2)
Pre-order The Joy of WorkFollow Stevyn ColganSign up for Eat Sleep UpdatesFollowing up the discussion with Andy Rhodes this week it's a second episode about the police. My original plan was to edit both of them to get one episode about the profession but both were too good to chop up. So I want to flag that It's kind of about work culture but also kind of just a brilliant chat with a fascinating person. Consider it as a box set with the other police episode. When it gets into its flow it covers dog shows, w...


The police: decision making under pressure - life in a high stress job
Pre-order The Joy of WorkFollow Andy RhodesSign up for Eat Sleep UpdatesThis is the first of two episodes on the police this week. One on dealing with stress in 'blue light' professions, one on how to be creative in stressful environments.Andy Rhodes is the Chief Constable of Lancashire - and has responsibility for the wellbeing initiative in the UK police force. He talks through the challenges of policing under pressure. What do you do to stop police profiling people they encounter? The answer starts with ...

Adam Kay - This is Going To Hurt
Pre-order The Joy of WorkFollow AdamSign up for Eat Sleep UpdatesWe’re talking work culture in different ways for the next few episodes. The next two episodes after this are in the police force. But today’s guest is the best selling author of the year - Adam Kay. This is Going to Hurt : Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor has sold over a million copies. It’s also won the readers’ choice book of the year this year. So there’s a chance you’ve read it and if so you will love the discussion with Adam Kay because ...

How painting the walls pink changed a culture
How can painting the walls of a company change their culture? We explore with Jez Groom today's guest.An episode this week on behavioural science. It was prompted a little by discussions with Seth Godin and others. It was thinking can you change the culture in organisations by the way you engineer choices available to people - and I’m speaking to a behavioural scientist about these things.First a bit of background - we discuss a reading list in the show and I’ve included it in the show notes but it’s worth ...


Seth Godin - reinvent your culture
(sound fixed) Seth Godin has been one of the world's freshest thinkers since before the internet was on solid food.After a first career packaging books, he then rose to his own fame creating permission marketing.His blog is many people's favourite stop on the web bus route picking up a million passengers every day.We use his latest book This is Marketing as the model to bring to reinventing your workplace culture. What's the way to use his influence strategies to improve your job?The chat is brilliant and g...

Unlocking workplace creativity - Teresa Amabile
Contact the show [email protected] week's episode features the iconic Teresa Amabile - she's a professor at Harvard Business School. Originally educated and employed as a chemist, Teresa received her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University.If you're interested in her work this YouTube clip is a great start point.Before the chat with Professor Amabile we talk through the news in work culture this week. Here's the explosive article on Netflix:WSJ on NetflixWSJ on Google's walkoutsYou can ...

Alive at work - Dan Cable
Dan Cable is the author of the life affirming and brilliant Alive at Work - one of the most inspiring visions of what work could look like. The discussion covers big themes of purpose and motivation but brings simple practical tips. What are the simple things that any of us could do to our induction processes at work? How could we encourage our teams to bring their selves to work.I mention two articles. One by Sarah O'Connor in the FT and this one by Josh Hall about compulsory wellness.You can get in touch ...


Jeffrey Pfeffer: Dying for a Paycheck
Today’s guest is regarded as one of the most influential management thinkers in the world largely because he considers themes and human behaviours that others avoid discussing. Jeffrey Pfeffer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He’s author of books like Management BS, Power and most recently Dying for a Paycheck and it’s the last two books that we mainly discuss in today’s chat.Read Dying for a Paycheck and PowerJeffrey mentions this New York Time...

The Good Jobs Strategy
Read more on the Good Jobs StrategyPre-order the Joy of WorkIf you like this the easiest way to get it is to subscribe on Apple podcasts - give us a rating while you’re there.Zeynep Ton is a Professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.She studies the retail sector and the way that some firms have invested in paying more and doing more for their workers. She studied firms like QuikTrip, Trader Joes, Mercador in Spain - she found that firms that treat their workers better achieve ...

Adam Grant - Optimism about work culture
Professor Adam Grant is the most important business writer in the world - a man who says his study is focussing on how to make work suck less.Adam is author of books like Give and Take, Option B, Originals, he's also the host of a chart topping podcast on work culture called Work Life with TED.Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years - his books have told over a million copies .Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success. Originals explores how individuals ...


Testing the New Work Manifesto
Around 12 months ago myself and Sue Todd created the new work manifesto. It was an attempt to start the debate about simple things that we can change. You can find it on the podcast website eatsleepworkrepeat.fm.It's had a briliant response, research companies have asked to help validate it, different professions like doctors and police have been in touch asking if they can adapt it for their working. Lots of companies have told me they've been trying it out with their teams.One person contacted me and offe...

Bringing purpose and autonomy to work
Two practical case studies this week. Businesses who have pulled back the curtain to show how they brought Purpose and Autonomy to life. Brilliant examples of companies trying new things and having success from them.Rachel Bremer is the Communications Director at ASOS. She talks about how they re-energised 4000 young, ambitious employees to keep the business on an incredible growth path.Laurie Young is the Development Director of Thoughtbot. He explains that they made one change that allowed them to get 5 d...

Mental Health & Work - Emily Reynolds
I've wanted to do an episode on mental health for months. But to be honest I've felt really conscious of messing it up. I ended up chatting to the best journalist who writes about it and she suggested that we talk about it.Emily Reynolds is one of the sharpest writers in the UK, writing for publications like Vice, Wired, The Guardian, Stylist. Incidentally she also writes about mental health. Her book 'A Beginner's Guide to Losing Your Mind' is a very readable take on the realities of all sorts of mental he...


Making work more stimulating with side hustles - Emma Gannon
Lots of listeners have been hitting up my LinkedIn saying how can we make work better if we don't have a full-time permanent job. Emma Gannon might have the answer to their needs.Emma is a podcaster, writer, broadcaster, blogger... in fact she's the perfect example of the freelance, multi-hyphenate lives that more of us are living in 2018.A She describes how we can build careers out of freelance living and side hustles. How sometimes we can inspire ourselves and our own creativity with the things we do when...

Does Company Culture Exist? Dr Richard Claydon
Quite a brainy episode today. Dr Richard Claydon is a someone who likes to question why we claim things - he's a natural challenger. He describes himself as a Transdisciplinary Behavioural Scientist and Ironist. He writes some interesting (if a bit too long) things on Linked In that a few people sent to me. We had a brilliant chat for well over an hour but i've tried to edit it into something enlightening and digestible. Richard says something that I've been thinking a lot. We shouldn't be worrying about co...

Inside the Brain - A Neuroscientist Explains
James Doty is a neuroscientist who has spent his career trying to demystify the power of the brain. He's a Clinical Professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.If you watch his TED Talk you're going to fall in love with James, a gentle thoughtful guy. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.  See...


A Good Day at Work - Sir Cary Cooper
Sir Cary Cooper is a psychologist - 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. He founded Robertson Cooper - a business which is collection of psychologists and wellbeing experts intent on helping people have a good day at work. Everyone I've met there is just brilliantly inspiring too - which I guess shows good people hire good peoplehe's a brilliant follow on Twitter too @ProfCaryCooper  See acast.com/privacy for privacy...

Being More Pirate
Sam Conniff Allende has spent his career building a youth marketing agency. Now he's concluded that the way to inspire younger workers is to channel the energy of the Golden Age of Piracy. In a fun discussion of pirates old and new Sam explains how the world would be a better place if we all tried to be a bit more pirate.Sam's book Be More Pirate is published on 3rd May 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @SamConniff and @BeMorePirate  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Bad bosses: what makes a good leader?
Dr Amanda Goodall is a Senior Lecturer in Management at Cass Business school. I don't normally do stuff on leaders. There's enough leader lit out there. So I actually came upon Dr Amanda Goodall's work when I was looking at something else. I encountered her work when I was reading about the effect of our bosses on us. Bad bosses are the worst thing at work. Amanda's research says we'll ask twice as much money to work someone who we can't stand. It's way more important than anything else. When someone resign...


Thought Leaders 2: Chris Barez Brown
Who's Elvis round here? There was a time when answering that question would have earned you a nice cheque from the National Enquirer.The second part of a spotlight on Thought Leaders - the gurus who are challenging the status quo.Chris Barez-Brown is a best selling author, speaker and culture change consultant. …….He says: "We train businesses to manage change"As he describes, Chris provides immerse experiences to improve the culture of leadership teams. These things don't come cheaply - one company told me...

Thought Leaders 1: Tom Goodwin
Two episodes here listening to some of the people who are challenging, provoking and questioning the status quo.Tom Goodwin Exec VP at the media agency Zenith in New York. He's the head of innovation down there. But on the web is where Tom is a player. He is Linked In's number 1 influencer in the marketing field. That accolade will set you back 560,000 followers. How did he end up there? Well Tom wrote a tweet (or series of tweets) that developed a life of their own. https://techcrunch.com/2015/03/03/in-the...

Laughter - how to bring the LOLs back to the office
A brilliant live discussion from Ad Week Europe on the scientific value of laughter - and how to bring it back to work.Featuring Professor Sophie Scott, broadcaster Geoff Lloyd and sitcom writer Paul Coleman. Hosted by Bruce Daisley and Sue Todd.All episodes are live at EatSleepWorkRepeat.fm. Please like and subscribe.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Rituals, Emotions and food
Inside the rituals of two happy businesses. Over the last couple of months a few people have come up to me to tell me stories about things their companies do. Firstly Andy Puleston - a Radio 1 alumni - came up to me and chatted to me about some of the things they did during the Andy Parfitt reinvention. Pizza meetings, heroic leaving speeches and lots of private offices filled with eclectic music and chat. I've let this run on because I found it fascinating. Ask me one time how I applied to get a job at Rad...

The Culture Code - the best culture book of 2018
The Culture Code is the best book on work culture likely to be published this year. From Daniel Coyle author of the Talent Code, an international bestseller that cracked the formula of individual success. In the subsequent 5 years he's immersed himself in the best teams in the world - Navy SEALS, sports teams and some of the most creative companies in the world (including Pixar and IDEO).Now he's ready to share the remarkable output of his work. Coyle's book gives clear guidance of what anyone who runs a te...

Cracking the secret of when - Daniel Pink
When is your most creative time of the working day? When should you schedule your concentrated deep work? What the heck is a 'nappuccino' and what will it do for you? Daniel Pink explains how we can use timing to help improve our working environment.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


#MeToo & Work
As becoming increasingly clear the single biggest issue of work culture in the last 10 years has been the Me Too movement.Louise Ridley and Kirstie Brewer, freelance journalists and founders of Second Source discuss their involvement in the campaign to remove toxic sexual behaviour.Second Source is a group of women journalists trying to tackle sexual harassment in the media industry.Find details here: http://www.thesecondsource.co.uk or follow them on TwitterEmily Reynolds' blog post can be found here.The V...

The New Work Manifesto
Over the last 35 episodes we've discussed improvements to work, now we bring them all together.In discussion with Sue Todd, CEO of Magnetic, we discuss the New Work Manifesto. The manifesto is an 8 point plan, designed to help us improve work and get more from our time at our desks.The manifesto can be found at www.newworkmanifesto.org. Send us your thoughts and suggestions.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

The Year in Work Culture with Andre Spicer
The dramas at Uber, the reckoning of the #MeToo movement, the BBC pay gap, Bruce is joined by Andre Spicer to debate the biggest work culture issues of the year. Along the way we also discuss Andre's global fame as a lemonade stand pirate.Andre also talks about his two new books this year: Business Bullshit and Desperately Seeking Self Improvement.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Are the robots taking over? Matthew Taylor on the future of work
EAT SLEEP SHORT: Are the robots coming for your job? This year Matthew Taylor delivered a report to the Prime Minister looking at the future of work in the UK. Here he explains his outlook on the future of work and how work can set about being a force to increase happiness.Matthew Taylor is the CEO of the RSA. He was previously a political strategist working with Tony Blair.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Building teams with grit
Angela Duckworth's Grit was one of the most impactful business books of 2016.Here in an Eat Sleep short Angela talks about building resilient culture and the thing to look for when hiring someone with a gritty tenacity.In her late twenties, Angela left a demanding job as a management consultant to teach maths to seventh graders in the New York City state schools. Angela is a MacArthur “genius” grant winner, researcher and CEO of Character Lab.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Culture as the secret ingredient - Richard Reed and the Innocent story
Richard Reed was one the founders of Innocent - the most unlikely David taking on the Goliaths of the soft drinks business. With little more than a perky brand, unbounded optimism and a winning culture they're become the biggest juice brand in the UK.So how did Richard build this exceptional culture? What was the Innocent version of 'Don't Be Evil'? Richard shares special techniques like 'learn one, do one, teach one' that helped share a climate of humble learning.Richard talks about his new book 'If I Coul...


Beating Burnout - Managing Energy in the Email Age
VOLUME FIXEDDavid McClements is the founder of Whitewater international training & consultancy” (whitewaterint.com) . He works training and developing top performers. I saw David speak recently and was struck with his willingness to challenge some of the best established ideas.His discussion about Chris Hoy and energy management is fascinating.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Bjarke Ingels - Cultural Architect
Bjarke Ingels is the number 1 architect in the world. His buildings are taking the world by storm with their fearless disregard for the conventions and norms of our dull cities. Bjarke's buildings are both fun and immensely practical.By when the greatest in his field is thinking about the future of work how does he design it? Bjarke explains how he is building innovative workspaces - both for others and for his own company.Bjarke talks both about the cutting edge buildings that he is creating and references...

Data on how offices work
Ben Waber is the CEO of Humanyze, a firm that spun pioneering work from MIT into the world's leading people analytics business. Their technology can track how your office is working.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Remote: Control?
Jason Fried - at Basecamp - and Deborah Rippol - at Buffer - are writing the future. Exemplars of a new world of working where our offices are less important than our intellects. Both champion working remotely and letting our workplaces being secondary to our home lives.Jason is the author of books like Rework and Remote. Deborah is the People Success Manager at Buffer.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Alive at work - making work better with emotion
Dan Cable is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. His forthcoming book Alive at Work is visionary for helping us understand how to improve the sense of engagement in the workplace.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Work culture: happiness first then success
Emma Seppala is a happiness expert. She's spent her life studying how we can be happier in life and has all the evidence to prove it. Emma gives a life affirming reminder that happiness at work isn't a luxury, it's a prerequisite for success and creativity. Emma's book The Happiness Track is superb.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Biz Stone - designing great culture
Biz Stone is a founder of Twitter - famously returning to the company in 2017. We talk about design, about his first start-up where the culture got corrupted and then intentionally inventing a culture to be more effective.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Is Deep Work the solution?
Cal Newport is convinced that in 10 years we'll laugh at the way we're working today. We need a production line-like innovation to fix work... Enter Deep Work.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Daniel Pink on the secret of drive
Dan Pink is the most important researcher for understanding workplace motivation.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


The Science of Being Happier at Work
Full notes and transcript at www.EatSleepWorkRepeat.fm Tweet us @eatsleepwkrpt  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Obliquity - achieving happiness indirectly
In 2010 John Kay wrote an article for the FT called Obliquity. It proved so popular that it became a best selling book. Obliquity is the concept that to achieve what we want to do we should aim for other things - we achieve our goals obliquely. Tweet us your feedback @eatsleepwkrpt  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Improving work with play
Joi Ito runs the Media Lab at MIT. In his new book Whiplash he gives an account of how the only way we can improve work is if we build cultures that are set to innovate and experiment.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Honey I hacked my job
Hear from 5 people who have tried to change their work routines - with mixed results. Guests include Jenny Biggam and Zoe Basri from media agency The 7 Stars, David Wilding from Twitter, Laura Archer who turned her lunch break into 6 weeks extra holiday and Andy Oakes who has learned to work in bursts. Laura's book Gone For Lunch is a truly fun way to inspire yourself to do more with your time: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gone-Lunch-Archer-Laura/dp/1849499918  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out i...

Reboot your career
Get inspiration from three people who started again. Martin Morales left his life in the music industry to open the restaurant he always dreamed. Paul Coleman created a life that combines innovation consultancy with writing Car Share for Peter Kay. Lisa Unwin set up She's Back to empower women's return to work after having children.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

The way we're working isn't working
Tony Schwartz is an incredibly successful writer, journalist and speaker. 15 years ago he set about changing the way we work. Seeing the growing exhaustion of people around him he's helped us understand why we're overwhelmed and what we need to do to push back. Listen to Tony and you'll have the perfect reason to decline that extra meeting to go for a walk. Let's all commit to #TakeBackOurLunch please. I'll meet you in the park.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


The surprising secret of workplace creativity
If most people knew the enjoyable secret of workplace creativity they'd probably feel liberated from the judgement of their peers. In this episode we hear inspiration from the ideas of Lucy Kellaway (FT journalist) and scientific evidence from Professor Sandy Pentland. Professor Pentland explains the single activity that characterises creative workplace - and it's probably something that you love doing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Rest - work less to do more
Rest is the fascinating new book by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. It outlines how a combination of sleep, rest, vacation and exercise can help us achieve more. Late nights spent glugging coffee achieve exactly the opposite of what we think - as Alex explains.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

The Results Only Work Environment
Dan Pink has called ROWE the future of work. ROWE is the Results Only Work Environment. It's the idea that we don't worry about what people do at work as long as the job gets done. That means they don't have to come in at 9. Or 10. Or 11. Or go home at 4. If they do the job, that's what we asked them to do... Jody Thompson is the co-creator of the ROWE system. With Calli Ressler she wrote 'Work Sucks'  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


"If we're not changing anything, what was the point of the internet?"
Rory Sutherland is the Vice Chairman of advertising group Ogilvy. Through his 30 years in the media industry he has become renowned for championing the use of behavioural economics. Rory is an author and regularly writes for The Spectactor.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

The Culture of Teams - the Boat Race and Camp Bastion
Mark De Rond is an ethnographer who embeds himself with teams under pressure. What's the culture like in a field hospital in Camp Bastion, in the boat race crew? Mark's latest book 'Doctors at War' - a first hand account of the culture in Camp Bastion's hospital - is out this week.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

How Harry Styles Can Solve Diversity in Tech
Sacha Judd tells us how an online conspiracy about two members of One Direction led her to understand how we're failing to attract women into tech roles. Sacha is Managing Director at Hoku Group. She can be found at @szechuan  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Uber - When Cultures Go Bad?
Brad Stone has written behind the scenes studies of some of the most well known tech firms in the world. By spending time with the leaders of Uber, Amazon and Airbnb Brad has gained a deep understanding of what culture these firms create - whether via accident or design. Brad's latest book is The Upstarts - about Uber and Airbnb.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Why Your Open Plan Office is a Mistake
Andre Spicer is a professor in organisational behaviour at Cass Business School. He's written about the disfunction of world places and the advent of 'organisational stupidity'. He's provocative and insightful. Tweet your views to @eatsleepwkrpt  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Time To Get Radically Honest
Kim Scott is the co-Founder of Candor, Inc and the author of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity which is out in March 2017. Kim's view is that we spend too long at work not speaking frankly to each other. She's convinced that straight talking could solve a lot of problems. Follow Kim @kimballscott  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Finding happiness through breaks
Paul Dolan is the author of Happiness By Design - a guide to making the decisions that lead you to being happier. Joining me to discuss is John Owen - CEO of the Decision Practice. http://decisionpractice.com/ Subscribe on iTunes. Tweet us @EatSleepWkRpt  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Lean in - 3 perspectives
Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In is the best selling book about work culture for the last 5 years. We talk to three women to get their view on the book - and of feminism in the world place. Dawn Foster is a Guardian journalist and the writer of Lean Out. Melissa Barnes leads Twitter's relations with the biggest brands in the world. Sue Todd is the CEO of Magnetic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

The Netflix Culture Document "We're Not a Family"
The "Netflix culture document" is one of the best known works on company culture. For a company that is beloved of millions for it's shows and service, their published document is a spiky explanation of the realities of working there. Patty McCord is one of the brains behind it. She explains why the brutal honesty of the document is such a contrast to what we normally hear from firms.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Diversity Deception
Featuring Dan Lyons (realDanLyons) - author of Disrupted - and Dara Nasr (@daranasr, UK MD of Twitter) Dan Lyons - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-up Bubble is available now. We're all busy, so I enjoyed the audiobook version. You can revisit the Secret Diary of Steve Jobs here: http://www.fakesteve.net/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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