How I Work

How I Work Podcast

Have you ever wondered if the worlds’s leading entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and business people construct their day differently to you? How I Work delves into the working days of some of the world’s most successful innovators. We discuss tactics, rituals and tricks they use to achieve so much more than the average person, despite having the same number of hours in the day.

My Favourite Tip: Michelle Poler on the key question she asks herself to conquer her fears
My favourite tip from my chat with Michelle Poler was on the key question she asks herself to conquer her fears.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show not...

Introducing my new show: How To Date
Introducing my latest podcast, How To Date!How to Date is a show about to master the messy, complex, and downright bizarre world of dating, when you really didn't think you'd be back here again. Your hosts Dr Amantha Imber and Monique Robin speak to psychologists, dating coaches, professors, data crunchers at Bumble, and even sex workers to learn how to get better at dating.You’ll learn about how to improve your chances of finding love online, how to date during a pandemic, and the latest science on how to ...

Coca-Cola Amatil's Group Managing Director Alison Watkins on why doing great work isn't enough to get ahead in your career
My guest today is Alison Watkins. Alison joined Coca-Cola Amatil as Group Managing Director in March 2014. Prior to joining Coca-Cola Amatil Alison was the CEO of agribusiness GrainCorp and of Berri, the market leader in Australian juice, and she was also the Managing Director of Regional Banking at ANZ.  Alison also spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company and became a partner of the firm before moving to ANZ as Group General Manager Strategy.  Alison has been a non-executive director of ANZ, Woolworths and th...


Why you need to stop asking for feedback and instead, ask for advice.
This episode looks at why you need to stop asking for feedback, and instead, ask for advice.Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwor...

GitLab's Head of Remote, Darren Murph, on how to create corporate culture when no one works from the office
My guest today is Darren Murph who is GitLab’s Head of Remote. If you have never heard of GitLab, it's the world’s largest all-remote company, with over 1,300 team members in 67+ countries with no company-owned offices. Darren has spent his career leading remote teams and charting remote transformations and authored GitLab’s Remote Playbook. Darren also holds a Guinness World Record as the planet's most prolific professional blogger, having published 10 million words.In this chat, we cover:How crisis-induce...

My Favourite Tip: Google’s Executive Productivity Advisor Laura May Martin on how she manages her inbox
My favourite tip from my chat with Google’s Executive Productivity Advisor Laura May Martin was on how she manages her inbox.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for ...


Shameless' Michelle and Zara on their process for making one of the most popular podcasts in Australia
My guests on today’s show are Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald. Michelle and Zara are Melbourne-based journalists and broadcasters, aged 26. They met working as writers for Mama Mia, and in March 2018 launched Australia’s top pop-culture podcast Shameless, ‘for smart women who like dumb stuff.’ They now run Shameless Media and are the producers of three other highly popular podcasts.Shameless has been downloaded over 10 million times and was crowned Australia’s Most Popular Podcast of 2019 at the Australi...

My Favourite Tip: Finder.com co-founder Fred Schebesta identifying top talent
My favourite tip from my chat with Finder.com co-founder Fred Schebesta was on how he identifies top talent.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes f...

BEST OF: Dan Health on curing himself from procrastination, solving problems before they happen, and the ideal time to seek feedback.
In today's BEST OF episode, my guest is Dan Heath. Dan is the co-author, along with his brother Chip, of four New York Times bestsellers: Decisive, Switch, Made to Stick, and The Power of Moments. The Heath Brothers’ books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and been translated into 33 languages.Dan is a Senior Fellow at Duke University’s CASE center, which supports social entrepreneurs. I am a HUGE fan of Dan's work and we cover a lot of ground in this interview, including:The importance of trying to...


The three letter word that will dramatically improve your day
This episode looks at a simple word that will dramatically improve your day.Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co  See acast...

BEST OF: Amazon executive Paul Migliorini on banning PowerPoint decks, using frugalilty to drive innovation, and trying to always say yes.
In today's BEST OF episode, my guest is Paul Migliorini. Paul leads the Amazon Web Services business across Australia and New Zealand - a role that he has been in for the last four years. Prior to joining AWS Paul held leadership roles in Asia and Australia with BT, Motorola, Regus and Ernst & Young, most recently as the CEO for Regus ANZ and Regional Managing Director for South Asia at BT.I was keen to speak to Paul because I have heard a lot of things about Amazon’s culture and ways of working that fascin...

My Favourite Tip: Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner on scheduling time for spontaneity
My favourite tip from my chat with Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner was on scheduling time for spontaneity.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes fro...


SEEK's Managing Director, Kendra Banks, on how her leadership team make their most important decisions
My guest today is Kendra Banks, the Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand at SEEK. If you live in Australia, you have probably used SEEK at some point in your career, and for overseas listeners, SEEK is Australia's number one employment marketplace.Kendra has had an amazing career and has worked in senior marketing roles at Coles where she was General Manager, Customer Insight & Coles Brand and also in London at Tesco. Kendra holds a Masters in European Politics at the College of Europe, where she...

Kick your procrastination habit while working from home
This episode looks at three simple strategies to kick your procrastination habit while working from home.Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at h...

Inventium's CEO Michelle Le Poidevin on our secret weapon for recruitment, being a remote CEO, and working a four day week
Today's guest is Michelle (Mish) Le Poidevin. Mish has been the CEO of leading behavioural science and innovation consultancy, Inventium (the consultancy I founded and still work in) since May 2019. Mish is passionate about creating the environment and structures for people to do their best work. She has led (and learnt from!) many of Inventium's pioneering people practices such as the move to a holocracy structure, unlimited annual leave, and most recently, the four day work week and the compilation of the...


Inventium's CEO Michelle Le Poidevin on our secret weapon for recruitment, being a remote CEO, and working a four day week
Today's guest is Michelle (Mish) Le Poidevin. Mish has been the CEO of leading behavioural science and innovation consultancy, Inventium (the consultancy I founded and still work in) since May 2019. Mish is passionate about creating the environment and structures for people to do their best work. She has led (and learnt from!) many of Inventium's pioneering people practices such as the move to a holocracy structure, unlimited annual leave, and most recently, the four day work week and the compilation of the...

My Favourite Tip: Four Day Week pioneer Andrew Barnes on how to spend less time in meetings
My favourite tip from my chat with Four Day Week pioneer Andrew Barnes was on how to spend less time in meetings.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show no...

Rice University Professor Scott Sonenshein on how to clean up your meetings, decisions and inbox
My guest today is Scott Sonenshein. Scott is a New York Times Best-Selling Author and Professor of Management at Rice University. I came across Scott’s work a few months ago when I read his second book, Joy at Work. Scott wrote Joy At Work with bestselling author and Netflix star Marie Kondo, whose cleaning methods I’ve used in my own home over the years. In Joy At Work, Scott and Marie offer stories, studies, and strategies to help you eliminate clutter and make space for work that really matters.In this i...


My Favourite Tip: Bloom creator Glen Dolman’s on how to inject creativity into a writers' room
My favourite tip from my chat with Glen Dolman was about his strategies for injecting creativity into a room full of writers.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for ...

My Favourite Tip: Bloom creator Glen Dolman’s on how to inject creativity into a writers' room
My favourite tip from my chat with Glen Dolman was about his strategies for injecting creativity into a room full of writers.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for ...

Things are pretty sh*t right now in Melbourne. Here are a few strategies that might help.
In today's episode, I cover 10 science-backed strategies to boost mental health. And here is a link to Worry Time (as mentioned on the show).Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am l...


My Favourite Tip: Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman on how to stop procrastinating and get in flow
My favourite tip from my chat with Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman was on how to stop procrastinating and get in flow.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full...

Rachel Botsman on obsessing over the first few minutes of virtual presentations
My guest today is Rachel Bostman. Rachel is a world-renowned expert on technology and trust, and author of two bestselling books. Her first book was called "What’s Mine is Yours” which was all about collaborative consumption, and her second book, Who can you trust, explores how technology is transforming trust and what this means for life, work and how we do business. Rachel is a Trust Fellow at Oxford University and has been recognised as one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and as...

How to turbo-charge team collaboration in the remote working world
This episode looks at three simple strategies to improve collaboration in the remote working world.Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://...


How to turbo-charge team collaboration in the remote working world
This episode looks at three simple strategies to improve collaboration in the remote working world.Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://...

Amantha Imber on doing a hard reset on her work habits
My guest today is…me! For the second time in the history of this show, I thought I’d turn the tables and share with you how I run my own workday. It's changed quite a bit in light of some very big changes in my life in 2019. The delightful and wise Dr Jason Fox joins me on the show to sit in the interviewer chair.We cover all sorts of ground, including:* The huge changes I have experienced in my work and life over the last year and how that has impacted my productivity* Why I prefer smaller teams to bigger ...

My Favourite Tip: Ex-Google Ventures designer John Zeratsky on the calendar template he uses to plan his ideal day
My favourite tip from my chat with ex-Google Ventures designer John Zeratsky was on the calendar template he uses to plan his ideal day.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/p...


Dr Jason Fox on trialling a 7-day rhythm for work and life
My guest today is Dr Jason Fox. I’ve known Jason for the best part of a decade. Like me, he is a scientist at heart and has a bias for strategies that are grounded in research. Jason travels the world helping leaders from companies such as Microsoft, Salesforce, McDonalds, and Toyota in the area of motivation design.Jason is also the bestselling author of The Game Changer and How to Lead a Quest, and in 2016 was awarded Keynote Speaker of the Year.Check out the first time I had Jason on the show.In this cha...

My Favourite Tip: Auctioneer-extraordinaire Phillip Kingston on how to fast track getting to know someone
My favourite tip from my chat with Auctioneer-extraordinaire Phillip Kingston was on how to fast track getting to know someone.You can find the full interview here.Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings th...

Atlassian's Dom Price on dramatically improving virtual meetings
My guest today is Dom Price. Dom is the Head of Research & Development and also the resident Work Futurist at Atlassian, one of the world’s biggest and fastest growing tech companies. Dom has responsibilities spanning 5 global R&D centres, and is the in house “Team Doctor” who helps Atlassian scale by being ruthlessly effective, all while keeping one eye on the future.This is my second time having Dom on the show. I was keen to have him back to check in with how he has adapted the way he works during COVID....


My Favourite Tip: Dan Health on removing recurring irritants from your life
My favourite tip from my chat with Dan Health was on removing recurring irritants from your life.eYou can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all ep...

My Favourite Tip: Stanford behaviour change expert BJ Fogg on making habits stick
My favourite tip from my chat with Stanford behaviour change expert BJ Fogg was on making habits stick.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from a...

My Favourite Tip: Amazon executive Paul Migliorini on banning PowerPoint decks
My favourite tip from my chat with Amazon executive Paul Migliorini was on banning PowerPoint decks.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all ...


Part 2: Jake Knapp on sharing "news duty", avoiding video calls, and being a better listener
This is part 2 of my chat with Jake Knapp. If you didn’t listen to last week’s episode, Jake spent the last 10 years at Google and Google Ventures where he created the Design Sprint, which is a method for building and testing a prototype in five days. He then went on and wrote a book about the process, called Sprint, which was a New York Times bestseller. He recently wrote another book called Make Time, which I mentioned on a previous episode. I personally loved Make Time, which is all about strategies to h...

My Favourite Tip: Columbia Professor Rita McGrath on how she decides what projects to take on
My favourite tip from my chat with Columbia Professor Rita McGrath was on how she decides what projects to take on.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show ...

Part 1: Jake Knapp on why email is so addictive and how he is winning the battle against his inbox
My guest today is Jake Knapp. Jake spent the last 10 years at Google and Google Ventures where he created the Design Sprint, which is a method for building and testing a prototype in five days. He then went on and wrote a book about the process, called Sprint, which was a New York Times bestseller. He recently wrote another book called Make Time, which I mentioned on a previous episode. I personally loved Make Time, which is all about strategies to help make time for doing your most important work and reall...


My Favourite Tip: Sandra Sully on how to conduct a great interview
My favourite tip from my chat with Sandra Sully was on how to conduct a great interview.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get...

Mia Freedman on transitioning back to the office, new work rituals developed during lockdown, and the most challenging thing about running a media company during COVID.
My guest today is Mia Freedman. Mia is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of the Mamamia Women’s Media Company in Australia. Mamamia has an audience of more than five million women each month and includes the largest women’s podcast network in the world with over 67 million listens and 28 different shows. As many Australian listeners would know, Mia was the youngest editor of Australian Cosmo at 24 years old back in the mid 90s. And because I was one of many loyal Cosmo readers as a teenager, I feel ...

My Favourite Tip: Dropbox executive Dean Swan on finding the ideal structure for his day
My favourite tip from my chat with Dropbox executive Dean Swan was on finding the ideal structure for his day.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes...


My Favourite Tip: CommBank board director Wendy Stops on the best career advice she has received
My favourite tip from my chat with CommBank board director Wendy Stops was on the best career advice she has received.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full sh...

My Favourite Tip: Ultralearner Scott Young on the best ways to give and respond to feedback
My favourite tip from my chat with Scott Young was on the best ways to give and respond to feedback.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all ...

Finder.com co-founder Fred Schebesta on sleeping in segments, reminding himself he will die, and his go-to recruitment strategies
My guest today is Fred Schebesta. Fred is an award-winning business leader, best known for co-founding one of the world’s leading comparison websites, Finder.com. Finder.com was born out of a simple concept: to educate people and directly compare student credit cards. Over the years, it expanded and evolved to compare a range of products across different industries. Today, Finder.com compares virtually everything from cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets, credit cards and insurance to savings, travel, techn...


My Favourite Tip: Consumer Psychologist Adam Ferrier on how to build your own personal brand
My favourite tip from my chat with Adam Ferrier was about how he has built his own personal brand.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all ep...

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner on the most challenging thing about interviewing Trump
My guest today is Harris Faulkner. Harris is a multiple Emmy award-winning newscaster, anchor, and trailblazer in her field. Harris currently leads two daily programs on Fox News - Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner (weekdays, 1-2PM/ET) and she serves as the co-host of Outnumbered (weekdays, 12-1PM/ET). Harris joined the Fox News Channel in 2005.Throughout her career, Harris has interviewed many notable figures, including President Trump, Senator John McCain, and Bill Clinton, to name a few.We cover:...

My Favourite Tip: The Australian Financial Review's Editor-in-Chief Michael Stutchbury on how to conduct a great interview
My favourite tip from my chat with Michael Stutchbury was about how to conduct a great interview.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all epi...


Google’s Executive Productivity Advisor, Laura Mae Martin, on how she dramatically reduced the amount of time she spends in her inbox
My guest today is Laura Mae Martin. Laura is the Executive Productivity Advisor at Google. So how did this happen?Laura Mae Martin started at Google almost 10 years ago in the Ann Arbor office. Shortly after joining she started a 20% project and developed an internal training on how to manage your inbox effectively. Her continued passion for productivity has developed into a full-time role working 1:1 with Executives at Google and running the [email protected] program for all employees.We cover:How Laura ...

My Favourite Tip: David Koch on his morning and evening routines
My favourite tip from my chat with David "Kochie" Koch was about his morning and evening routines.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all ep...

Michelle Poler on how she overcame 100 fears and the key question she asked to help conquer them
My guest today is Michelle Poler. While doing her Masters in Branding back in 2015, Michelle started a project where she would conquer 100 fears in 100 days. This Masters project turned into a global movement that impacted millions of people and received coverage on The NBC Today Show, Fox News, CBS, CNN, to name a few.Since that project, Michelle now travels the world speaking to people at companies such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Netflix, Microsoft, P&G, Toyota, Coca-Cola, and many more, about getting...


Three surprising ways to foster social connections in virtual meetings
In today's mini-episode, I explore three science-backed ways to foster social connections in virtual meetings.Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that...

Ask Me Anything with Dr Amantha Imber: Working From Home
My guest today...is me! A week ago, my team mate Charlotte Rush and I hosted an Ask me Anything webinar on the topic of Working From Home. We had over 700 people join us and submit questions and we tried to get through as many as possible. This is a recording of the live event and we cover all sorts of tips for working from home, such as:the ideal home office set uphow to stay connected with co-workershow to run better virtual meetingshow to maintain motivation during this challenging timehow to keep your e...

My Favourite Tip: Envato co-Founder Cyan Ta'eed on overcoming imposter syndrome
My favourite tip from my chat with Cyan Ta'eed was on overcoming Imposter Syndrome.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in t...


Andrew Barnes on the productivity tips that make condensing a five day week into a four day week possible
My guest today is entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Barnes. What you might know Andrew for is the person behind creating the Four Day Work Week, where as the founder of Perpetual Guardian, he trialled having his 200+ staff do a four day work week - that is, fit five days worth of work into four. Andrew now consults to companies around the world, helping them do what he did at Perpetual Guardian.Andrew also wrote a book about his experience with implementing the four day work week, called, The Four Day ...

My Favourite Tip: Cal Newport on why changing your workflow, not your habits, is the key to boosting productivity
My favourite tip from my chat with Cal Newport was around how changing workflow, not habits, is the key to productivity.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full ...

Bloom creator Glen Dolman’s unusual strategies for helping to get unstuck and produce great ideas
My guest today is Glen Dolman. Glen is one of Australia’s most sought-after screenwriters. Glen most recently wrapped on the second season of his supernatural series for Stan, Bloom, which he created and executive produced. The first season was nominated for an AACTA for Best New Drama Series and the second season kicks off on April 9.Glen has written for a variety of different shows including Britain’s longest running crime drama, The Bill (ITV). He also wrote the highly acclaimed telemovie Hawke for Netwo...


Bloom creator Glen Dolman’s unusual strategies for helping to get unstuck and produce great ideas
My guest today is Glen Dolman. Glen is one of Australia’s most sought-after screenwriters. Glen most recently wrapped on the second season of his supernatural series for Stan, Bloom, which he created and executive produced. The first season was nominated for an AACTA for Best New Drama Series and the second season kicks off on April 9.Glen has written for a variety of different shows including Britain’s longest running crime drama, The Bill (ITV). He also wrote the highly acclaimed telemovie Hawke for Netwo...

(How I Work) From Home: Six apps to manage distractions when working from home
***Ask Me Anything: Working From Home***On Tuesday April 21, at 10am, I’ll be hosting an Ask Me Anything Webinar dedicated solely to the topic of working from home. I’ll be drawing on my two decades of experience as an Organisational Psychologist, tips and tricks I have picked up from my guests on the How I Work podcast, and the thousands of scientific journal articles and books I have read on productivity, connectedness, and motivation. All I need are questions to answer!I imagine we will cover topics such...

(How I Work) From Home: Six apps to manage distractions when working from home
***Ask Me Anything: Working From Home***On Tuesday April 21, at 10am, I’ll be hosting an Ask Me Anything Webinar dedicated solely to the topic of working from home. I’ll be drawing on my two decades of experience as an Organisational Psychologist, tips and tricks I have picked up from my guests on the How I Work podcast, and the thousands of scientific journal articles and books I have read on productivity, connectedness, and motivation. All I need are questions to answer!I imagine we will cover topics such...


Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman on overcoming procrastination and how to trick yourself into a flow state
Oliver Burkeman is a Guardian writer based in New York. He writes the weekly psychology-based column This Column Will Change Your Life. He is also the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking.In this interview, we cover:Oliver’s tips for parenting in the age of COVIDOliver’s personal method for time managementHow Oliver decides which projects to prioritiseOliver’s personal Kanban system to planning his timeHow to overcome procrastination using self-talkStrategies for ov...

Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman on overcoming procrastination and how to trick yourself into a flow state
Oliver Burkeman is a Guardian writer based in New York. He writes the weekly psychology-based column This Column Will Change Your Life. He is also the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking.In this interview, we cover:Oliver’s tips for parenting in the age of COVIDOliver’s personal method for time managementHow Oliver decides which projects to prioritiseOliver’s personal Kanban system to planning his timeHow to overcome procrastination using self-talkStrategies for ov...

How I Work From Home: How to Shut Down your workday
In this How I Work From Home episode, I explore the science behind how to Shut Down your work day.Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://h...


My Favourite Tip: David Koch on his morning and evening routines
My favourite tip from my chat with David "Kochie" Koch was on his morning and evening routines.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episo...

How I Work From Home: The secret to structuring your day when working from home
***Book in for Inventium's Thriving at Home program***Our most recent cohort achieved the following results in just six weeks:21% increase in productivity20% increase in job satisfaction28% increase in energy levelsOverall, the program delivered productivity increases to the value of $10,250 per participant, which represents 20x ROI on the $495 per person investment.If you are struggling with working from home and feeling your productivity plummet - or worse - that of your team - get yourself enrolled in ou...

Ex-Google Ventures designer John Zeratsky on structuring your day around a highlight, his daily reflection ritual, and the pro-human smartphone.
My guest today is John Zeratsky, otherwise known as JZ. JZ is a veteran technology designer, keynote speaker, and the bestselling author of Sprint and Make Time.JZ has worked with more than 200 of the world’s most important and innovative organizations, including Google, Harvard University, Slack, IDEO, and Netflix.For nearly 15 years, JZ was a designer for technology companies. At Google Ventures, he helped develop the Design Sprint and worked with startups like Uber, 23andMe, Flatiron Health, Blue Bottle ...


How I Work From Home: Get some greenery
In this How I Work From Home episode, I explore the impact of greenery in your home office.Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork...

My Favourite Tip: FrankBody co-founder Jess Hatzis on getting over her fear of feedback
My favourite tip from my chat with FrankBody co-founder Jess Hatzis was on how she overcame her fear of feedback.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show no...

My Favourite Tip: Nir Eyal on putting every single activity he does in his calendar
My favourite tip from my chat with Nir Eyal was about why and how he puts every single activity he does in his calendar.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full ...


Auctioneer-extraordinaire Phillip Kingston on building rapport quickly, creating urgency in the sales process, and giving yourself the best chance of success on auction day.
My guest today is Phillip Kingston. Phillip is the co-founder of one of the most successful real estate agencies in Australia, Gary Peer. I first became aware of Phillip about 15 years ago when I randomly encountered an auction he was running. And it was the most entertaining 20 minutes of my week. Phillip is hands down the best auctioneer I have ever seen - it’s like going to outdoor theatre. Over the years, Phillip has sold properties for me and I also recently bought one from him too.I wanted to have Phi...

Auctioneer-extraordinaire Phillip Kingston on building rapport quickly, creating urgency in the sales process, and giving yourself the best chance of success on auction day.
My guest today is Phillip Kingston. Phillip is the co-founder of one of the most successful real estate agencies in Australia, Gary Peer. I first became aware of Phillip about 15 years ago when I randomly encountered an auction he was running. And it was the most entertaining 20 minutes of my week. Phillip is hands down the best auctioneer I have ever seen - it’s like going to outdoor theatre. Over the years, Phillip has sold properties for me and I also recently bought one from him too.I wanted to have Phi...

My Favourite Tip: Nigel Marsh on why he responds to every single email
My favourite tip from my chat with Nigel Marsh was about why he responds to every single email he receives.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes fr...


My Favourite Tip: Nigel Marsh on why he responds to every single email
My favourite tip from my chat with Nigel Marsh was about why he responds to every single email he receives.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes fr...

Dan Heath on curing himself from procrastination, solving problems before they happen, and the ideal time to seek feedback.
My guest today is Dan Heath. Dan is the co-author, along with his brother Chip, of four New York Times bestsellers: Decisive, Switch, Made to Stick, and The Power of Moments. The Heath Brothers’ books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and been translated into 33 languages.Dan is a Senior Fellow at Duke University’s CASE center, which supports social entrepreneurs. I am a HUGE fan of Dan's work and we cover a lot of ground in this interview, including:The importance of trying to solve problems before...

Experiment 3: Minor Acts of Kindness
I am running a year-long experiment called My Year of Better. It’s my attempt to test out some science-backed strategies in my own life to become happier, more productive, more creative, and less stressed. If you would like to play along at home, join my pack of 1000+ lab rats at: https://amantha.substack.com/On today’s show, I describe Experiment 3: Minor Acts of Kindness, which has been shown to be a very effective strategy to boost happiness and relationship satisfaction. Visit https://www.amanthaimber.c...


My Favourite Tip: Nir Eyal on putting every single activity he does in his calendar
My favourite tip from my chat with Nir Eyal was how he puts every single activity in his calendar.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all ep...

My Favourite Tip: Why Adam Alter doesn’t set goals, and what he does instead
My favourite tip from my chat with NYU Marketing Professor Adam Alter was on why he doesn't believe in goal setting - and what he does instead.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimbe...

Stanford behaviour change expert, BJ Fogg, on how he decides which habits to form in his own life and how he makes them stick.
My guest today is BJ Fogg. BJ is an experimental psychologist who founded and directs the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University. If you have ever read anything about habit change, you will know that BJ is the founding father of this area. He is renowned for creating breakthrough methods for changing human behavior and has recently put them all together in a brilliant book called, “Tiny Habits.” I have followed BJ’s work for many years and he has a knack for making complex psychology on the topic of beh...


Experiment 2: Failure Resume
I am running a year-long experiment called My Year of Better. It’s my attempt to test out some science-backed strategies in my own life to become happier, more productive, more creative, and less stressed. If you would like to partake in the fun, join my pack of 1000+ lab rats at: https://amantha.substack.com/On today’s show, I describe Experiment 2: Failure Resume, which has been shown to be a very effective strategy to boost resilience. If you are playing along at home, complete the pre-experiment survey ...

Experiment 2: Failure Resume
I am running a year-long experiment called My Year of Better. It’s my attempt to test out some science-backed strategies in my own life to become happier, more productive, more creative, and less stressed. If you would like to partake in the fun, join my pack of 1000+ lab rats at: https://amantha.substack.com/On today’s show, I describe Experiment 2: Failure Resume, which has been shown to be a very effective strategy to boost resilience. If you are playing along at home, complete the pre-experiment survey ...

Columbia Professor Rita McGrath on having a personal board of directors
My guest today is Rita McGrath. Rita is a world-renowned professor at Columbia Business School, where she directs the popular Leading Strategic Growth and Change program. She is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. She has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s top ten management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking.Rita is the author of the best-selling The ...


Experiment 1: Worry Time
I am running a year-long experiment called My Year of Better. It’s my attempt to test out some science-backed strategies in my own life to become happier, more productive, more creative, and less stressed. If you would like to play along at home, join my pack of 1000+ lab rats at: https://amantha.substack.com/On today’s show, I describe Experiment 1: Worry Time, which has been shown to be a very effective strategy to significantly reduce stress. Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes...

Amazon executive Paul Migliorini on banning PowerPoint decks, using frugality to drive innovation, and trying to always say yes.
My guest today is Paul Migliorini. Paul leads the Amazon Web Services business across Australia and New Zealand - a role that he has been in for the last four years. Prior to joining AWS Paul held leadership roles in Asia and Australia with BT, Motorola, Regus and Ernst & Young, most recently as the CEO for Regus ANZ and Regional Managing Director for South Asia at BT.I was keen to speak to Paul because I have heard a lot of things about Amazon’s culture and ways of working that fascinated me. And there is ...

2020 is my year of better. And I’d love you to join me.
Today's mini-episode describes a brand new project I am launching - My Year of Better. I'd love you to be a part of it.Sign up here (it's free!).Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I ...


BEST OF: Daniel Pink on coming up with great titles for projects, how he structures his working days, and why he doesn’t believe in willpower.
**BEST OF 2019**My guest today is Dan Pink. Dan is the author of six bestselling books, including Drive, A Whole New Mind, and his latest book "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing", which has spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list. You might also be familiar with Dan through his TED talk about the surprising science of motivation, which has been viewed over 20 million times.I am a big Dan Pink fan so I was very excited to be able to chat with him. I think he has such a knack for ...

BEST OF: Marcus Buckingham on the four questions he asks himself every week
**BEST OF 2019**My guest today is Marcus Buckingham. Marcus is the author of a stack of best-selling books, including First, Break All the Rules, Now, Discover Your Strengths, The One Thing You Need to Know, and Stand Out, to name a few. His latest book, Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World (Harvard Business Publishing, 2019) takes an in-depth look at the lies that pervade our workplaces and the core truths that will help us change it for the better.Marcus has appeared on “L...

BEST OF: Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson on productive procrastination, imposter syndrome, and how a dog changed her headspace.
**BEST OF 2019**My guest today is Abbi Jacobson. Abbi is a co-creator, writer, director, executive producer and star of the critically-acclaimed Comedy Central show Broad City, with Ilana Glazer. And that’s how I first became familiar with her work. I am a hard core fan of Broad City and would go so far to say I think it’s the funniest show on TV right now (although it recently wrapped it’s fifth and final season). Seriously, if you have not watched Broad City or have no idea what I am talking about check i...


BEST OF: Envato co-Founder Cyan Ta'eed on spending just 15 minutes a day on her phone
**BEST OF 2019**My guest today is Cyan Ta’eed. Cy is one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, having co-founded Envato in 2006 and growing it to being valued at over $1 billion. Last year she tried her hand at chocolate (why not?!) and Hey Tiger is now one of Australia’s fastest growing purpose-driven brands. Oh, and in her spare time, she recently launched Milkshake.app, which allows users to make a free website for their Instagram profile all on their phone, instantly.In this chat, we cover:How C...

My Favourite Tip: Chris Guillebeau on how perfectionism gets in the way of success.
My favourite tip from my chat with Chris Guillebeau was on how perfectionism gets in the way of success.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from ...

My Favourite Tip: Award-winning magician Simon Coronel on paying people to criticise him
My favourite tip from my chat with award-winning magician Simon Coronel was on how he pays people to give him negative feedback.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast f...


Dropbox executive Dean Swan on why the modern way of working is broken
My guest on today’s show is Dean Swan. Dean is the Country Manager of Dropbox, where he oversees Dropbox's business operations across Australia and New Zealand. And in case you haven’t heard of Dropbox, it’s one of Silicon Valley’s unicorns, which is a company valued at over $1 billion. Dropbox provides file hosting and I’ve been a customer of Dropbox for many years.I got connected with Dean as Dropbox Australia have been experimenting with how they work and challenging a lot of the working norms that exist...

My Favourite Tip: Marcus Buckingham on why work-life balance is a useless concept
My favourite tip from my chat with Marcus Buckingham was about why work-life balance is a useless concept - and how we should think about it instead.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amant...

CommBank board director Wendy Stops on the biggest challenges of sitting on high profile boards
My guest today is Wendy Stops. Wendy is a Non Executive Director at the Commonwealth Bank (Australia’s largest bank), Coles Group, and Fitted for Work. Prior to her board career, she spent sixteen years with Accenture, most recently as the Senior Managing Director for Technology in Asia-Pacific.I was really keen to have Wendy on the show to understand more about what it’s like to have such high profile board positions. If you have ever wondered what it’s like to be a board director, or perhaps you are consi...


My Favourite Tip: Clinical Psychologist Dr Doris Brett on how stories can help us reframe failure
My favourite tip from my chat with Clinical Psychologist Dr Doris Brett was on how stories can help us deal with failure.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full...

My Favourite Tip: Clinical Psychologist Dr Doris Brett on how stories can help us reframe failure
My favourite tip from my chat with Clinical Psychologist Dr Doris Brett was on how stories can help us deal with failure.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full...

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Ultralearner Scott Young on how to dramatically improve the way you learn
My guest today is Scott Young. Scott is a writer who undertakes interesting self-education projects, such as attempting to learn MIT's four-year computer science curriculum in twelve months and learning four languages in one year. Both of which he did successfully.Scott is a fascinating person who has basically dedicated his adult life to hacking learning and challenging a lot of the assumptions and beliefs that are held about how best to learn something. Scott is a science nerd like me and one of the many ...


My Favourite Tip: Abbi Jacobson on why imposter syndrome can be a good thing
My favourite tip from my chat with Broad City co-creator and star Abbi Jacobson was on why imposter syndrome can be a good thing.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast ...

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My Favourite Tip: Abbi Jacobson on why imposter syndrome can be a good thing
My favourite tip from my chat with Broad City co-creator and star Abbi Jacobson was on why imposter syndrome can be a good thing.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast ...

Sandra Sully on being an efficiency nerd, her cure for insomnia, and the hardest thing about reading the news
My guest today is Sandra Sully. Sandra is one of the most recognised and respected faces on Australian television. A journalist, senior editor and presenter with Ten Eyewitness News First at Five, she has been part of the TEN News team since 1990. Since 2018, she has also been the Managing News editor at ten daily. And she recently launched a podcast called Short Black through Network Ten, where she chats to various women who have something interesting to say.We cover:How Sandra manages her calendar and why...


Sandra Sully on being an efficiency nerd, her cure for insomnia, and the hardest thing about reading the news
My guest today is Sandra Sully. Sandra is one of the most recognised and respected faces on Australian television. A journalist, senior editor and presenter with Ten Eyewitness News First at Five, she has been part of the TEN News team since 1990. Since 2018, she has also been the Managing News editor at ten daily. And she recently launched a podcast called Short Black through Network Ten, where she chats to various women who have something interesting to say.We cover:How Sandra manages her calendar and why...

My Favourite Tip: New York Times editor Tim Herrera on breaking through procrastination
My favourite tip from my chat with New York Times editor Tim Herrera was on his strategies for beating procrastination.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full s...

My Favourite Tip: New York Times editor Tim Herrera on breaking through procrastination
My favourite tip from my chat with New York Times editor Tim Herrera was on his strategies for beating procrastination.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full s...

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Consumer Psychologist Adam Ferrier on how to get clear on your own personal brand
Today’s show was recorded live in Melbourne in October at Inventium’s HQ in Melbourne. And it was with Adam Ferrier, someone who I have known for over a decade and I was very excited to have on the show. Adam is a consumer psychologist and the co-founder of Thinkerbell - an agency that fuses together marketing sciences and hard-core creativity – or as they like to put it – ‘Measured Magic’. Thinkerbell also happens to be the current 2018 Adnews' Creative Agency of the Year.Adam is also the author of 'The Ad...

Consumer Psychologist Adam Ferrier on how to get clear on your own personal brand
Today’s show was recorded live in Melbourne in October at Inventium’s HQ in Melbourne. And it was with Adam Ferrier, someone who I have known for over a decade and I was very excited to have on the show. Adam is a consumer psychologist and the co-founder of Thinkerbell - an agency that fuses together marketing sciences and hard-core creativity – or as they like to put it – ‘Measured Magic’. Thinkerbell also happens to be the current 2018 Adnews' Creative Agency of the Year.Adam is also the author of 'The Ad...

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My Favourite Tip: Elizabeth Dunn on using money to buy time (and happiness)
My favourite tip from my chat with Psychology Professor Elizabeth Dunn was on her strategies for using money to buy time (and happiness).You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/...


My Favourite Tip: Elizabeth Dunn on using money to buy time (and happiness)
My favourite tip from my chat with Psychology Professor Elizabeth Dunn was on her strategies for using money to buy time (and happiness).You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/...

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David "Kochie" Koch on Tuesday being the most overrated day of the week, what goes on behind the scenes of Sunrise, and staying off social media
David "Kochie" Koch is one of Australia’s most recognised faces, because he is on TV every morning as the co-host of Seven Network's Sunrise, a job he has had for the last 17 years. And for most of those 17 years, Sunrise has been Australia’s number one rating breakfast show. Kochie is also the Chairman of Port Adelaide and is the director of Pinstripe Media. And a Reader’s Digest survey found that Kochie is one of the top 25 most trusted people in Australia.I was keen to have Kochie on the show because I w...

Ask Me Anything with Amantha Imber
A few weeks ago, I hosted my very first Ask Me Anything webinar where I invited a whole bunch of people to ask me any question they want. Today’s episode is a recording of this session. I cover a whole range of topics, ranging from how to become unstuck, how to create a best place to work culture, looking at my own personal working rhythms, through how to start a podcast, and how I transitioned from being a manager to a maker. Enjoy!02:00 - What skills or characteristics do you look for most when hiring a n...


Ask Me Anything with Amantha Imber
A few weeks ago, I hosted my very first Ask Me Anything webinar where I invited a whole bunch of people to ask me any question they want. Today’s episode is a recording of this session. I cover a whole range of topics, ranging from how to become unstuck, how to create a best place to work culture, looking at my own personal working rhythms, through how to start a podcast, and how I transitioned from being a manager to a maker. Enjoy!02:00 - What skills or characteristics do you look for most when hiring a n...

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My Favourite Tip: Jerry Dischler on identifying top talent for Google
My favourite tip from my chat with Google VP Jerry Dischler was on his tips for identifying top talent.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from a...

My Favourite Tip: Jerry Dischler on identifying top talent for Google
My favourite tip from my chat with Google VP Jerry Dischler was on his tips for identifying top talent.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from a...

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Nir Eyal on how to become indistractable.
My guest today is Nir Eyal. Nir is an international bestselling author, former Stanford lecturer, successful tech investor, and behavioral design expert. Five years ago, Nir wrote what is widely considered to be Silicon Valley’s handbook for making technology habit-forming - a book called Hooked. This week, his latest book Indistractible is coming out, which reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices. Nir claims ...

Nir Eyal on how to become indistractable.
My guest today is Nir Eyal. Nir is an international bestselling author, former Stanford lecturer, successful tech investor, and behavioral design expert. Five years ago, Nir wrote what is widely considered to be Silicon Valley’s handbook for making technology habit-forming - a book called Hooked. This week, his latest book Indistractible is coming out, which reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices. Nir claims ...

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My Favourite Tip: Ella Bache's CEO Pippa Hallas on how to make meetings not suck
My favourite tip from my chat with Ella Bache CEO Pippa Hallas was her strategy for turbo-charging meeting effectiveness.You can find the full interview here:If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full...


My Favourite Tip: Ella Bache's CEO Pippa Hallas on how to make meetings not suck
My favourite tip from my chat with Ella Bache CEO Pippa Hallas was her strategy for turbo-charging meeting effectiveness.You can find the full interview here:If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full...

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Photographer and Creative Live CEO Chase Jarvis on overcoming creative blocks, becoming a better photographer, and morning routines.
My guest today is Chase Jarvis. Chase is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, and one of the most influential photographers of the past decade. He has created campaigns for Apple, Nike, Red Bull and others, was a contributor to the Pulitzer-winning New York Times story Snowfall, and earned an Emmy nomination for his documentary Portrait of a City. He also created Best Camera–the first photo app to share images to social networks, and is the Founder of CreativeLive, where more than 10 million students lear...

Photographer and Creative Live CEO Chase Jarvis on overcoming creative blocks, becoming a better photographer, and morning routines.
My guest today is Chase Jarvis. Chase is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, and one of the most influential photographers of the past decade. He has created campaigns for Apple, Nike, Red Bull and others, was a contributor to the Pulitzer-winning New York Times story Snowfall, and earned an Emmy nomination for his documentary Portrait of a City. He also created Best Camera–the first photo app to share images to social networks, and is the Founder of CreativeLive, where more than 10 million students lear...

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My Favourite Tip: Time Management expert Laura Vanderkam on tracking her time for the last four years
My favourite tip from my chat with time management expert Laura Vanderkam was on how she has tracked her time for four years - and what she learnt from it.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www...

BEST OF: Jake Knapp on having a distraction-free phone for six years
***Book yourself in for Inventium's Workday Reinvention program, kicking off on October 21. Enter HOWIWORK at checkout to save $75***My guest today is Jake Knapp. Jake spent the last 10 years at Google and Google Ventures where he created the Design Sprint, which is a method for building and testing a prototype in five days. He then went on and wrote a book about the process, called Sprint, which was a New York Times bestseller. He recently wrote another book called Make Time, which I mentioned on a previou...

BEST OF: Jake Knapp on having a distraction-free phone for six years
***Book yourself in for Inventium's Workday Reinvention program, kicking off on October 21. Enter HOWIWORK at checkout to save $75***My guest today is Jake Knapp. Jake spent the last 10 years at Google and Google Ventures where he created the Design Sprint, which is a method for building and testing a prototype in five days. He then went on and wrote a book about the process, called Sprint, which was a New York Times bestseller. He recently wrote another book called Make Time, which I mentioned on a previou...

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My Favourite Tip: The Chaser's Julian Morrow on how to write a joke
My favourite tip from my chat with The Chaser's Julian Morrow is on how to write a joke.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get...

My Favourite Tip: The Chaser's Julian Morrow on how to write a joke
My favourite tip from my chat with The Chaser's Julian Morrow is on how to write a joke.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get...

BEST OF: Dr Catriona Wallace on life as the Founder and CEO of an ASX-listed company, why she taught herself to be extraverted, and her unconventional approach to parenting.
***Book yourself in for Inventium's Workday Reinvention program, kicking off on October 21. Enter HOWIWORK at checkout to save $75***My guest today is Dr Catriona Wallace, who is the Founder and CEO of high-profile FinTech and ASX Listed company Flamingo. Flamingo provides a Cognitive Virtual Assistant (Artificial Intelligence) called ‘ROSIE’ that helps Financial Services companies across the world improve online sales conversion rates and the better servicing of customers.Based between NYC and Sydney, Dr C...


BEST OF: Cal Newport on why you need to change your workflow, not your habits, when it comes to boosting productivity
***Book yourself in for Inventium's Workday Reinvention program, kicking off on October 21. Enter HOWIWORK at checkout to save $75***My guest today is Cal Newport. Cal is a computer science professor at Georgetown University. Cal is the author of six books, including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. Cal’s work has been published in over 20 languages and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, Washin...

BEST OF: Cal Newport on why you need to change your workflow, not your habits, when it comes to boosting productivity
***Book yourself in for Inventium's Workday Reinvention program, kicking off on October 21. Enter HOWIWORK at checkout to save $75***My guest today is Cal Newport. Cal is a computer science professor at Georgetown University. Cal is the author of six books, including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. Cal’s work has been published in over 20 languages and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, Washin...

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My Favourite Tip: Priya Parker on the role of language in meetings
***Book yourself in for Inventium's Workday Reinvention program, kicking off on October 21. Enter HOWIWORK at checkout to save $75***My favourite tip from my chat with Priya Parker was the way she analyses language in meetings.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am...


My Favourite Tip: Priya Parker on the role of language in meetings
***Book yourself in for Inventium's Workday Reinvention program, kicking off on October 21. Enter HOWIWORK at checkout to save $75***My favourite tip from my chat with Priya Parker was the way she analyses language in meetings.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am...

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My Favourite Tip: Kevin Rose on how to thrive at events when you feel socially awkward
*** Book in for How I Work LIVE with Adam Ferrier on October 8 in Melbourne:http://bit.ly/howiworkadam ***My favourite tip from my chat with Kevin Rose were his strategies for thriving at conferences, despite being socially awkward.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets...

My Favourite Tip: Kevin Rose on how to thrive at events when you feel socially awkward
*** Book in for How I Work LIVE with Adam Ferrier on October 8 in Melbourne:http://bit.ly/howiworkadam ***My favourite tip from my chat with Kevin Rose were his strategies for thriving at conferences, despite being socially awkward.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets...

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My Favourite Tip: 1800-GOT-JUNK CEO Brian Scudamore's extreme method for staying off email
*** Book in for How I Work LIVE with Adam Ferrier on October 8 in Melbourne: http://bit.ly/howiworkadam ***My favourite tip from my chat with 1800-GOT-JUNK CEO Brian Scudamore was his extreme method for staying off email and social media during holidays.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findi...

The Australian Financial Review's Editor-in-Chief Michael Stutchbury on staying on top of the news
My guest today is Michael Stutchbury. Michael - or Stutch as he is known as - has been writing and editing on business, economics and politics for national newspapers in Australia for the past three decades, working out of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Washington DC. Since October 2011, he has been Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Financial Review. So Stutch is basically the guy the sits at the top of the most powerful business newspaper in Australia.My firm Inventium has had a long relationship with the...

How the world's most successful people switch up their work location to improve performance
***Book in for my first Ask Me Anything webinar***Join me on September 19 at 12PM where I will spend 45 minutes answering all of your questions! For free :)Nothing is off limits! And here are some example topics that I might cover:Creating an innovation cultureTrying to create the world’s best workplaceUnlimited leave - and how to do it wellMy daily habits and rituals to improve performanceAnd much, much moreBook in here (https://amanthaimber.lpages.co/ama-with-amantha/).***This episode looks at switching u...


How the world's most successful people switch up their work location to improve performance
***Book in for my first Ask Me Anything webinar***Join me on September 19 at 12PM where I will spend 45 minutes answering all of your questions! For free :)Nothing is off limits! And here are some example topics that I might cover:Creating an innovation cultureTrying to create the world’s best workplaceUnlimited leave - and how to do it wellMy daily habits and rituals to improve performanceAnd much, much moreBook in here (https://amanthaimber.lpages.co/ama-with-amantha/).***This episode looks at switching u...

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FrankBody co-founder Jess Hatzis on quitting social media for several months, overcoming her fear of feedback, and getting a sleep divorce.
My guest today is Jess Hatzis. In 2013, Jess co-founded Frank Body, which six years later has become a $20 million dollar global beauty brand, distributed through retailers like Sephora and Ulta and is sold in 141 countries. Jess was named one of Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30” and was named Woman of the Year by Cosmopolitan in 2017.Jess’s role at FrankBody now is as the Chief Marketing Officer, and as well as her role at FrankBody, she is also the co-founder of communications agency Willow and Blake.We cov...

Five ways to overhaul your meetings like the world's most successful leaders do
***Book in for my first Ask Me Anything webinar***Join me on September 19 at 12PM where I will spend 45 minutes answering all of your questions! For free :)Nothing is off limits! And here are some example topics that I might cover:Creating an innovation cultureTrying to create the world’s best workplaceUnlimited leave - and how to do it wellMy daily habits and rituals to improve performanceAnd much, much moreBook in here.***This episode looks at five simple strategies to have more productive (and less) meet...


Five ways to overhaul your meetings like the world's most successful leaders do
***Book in for my first Ask Me Anything webinar***Join me on September 19 at 12PM where I will spend 45 minutes answering all of your questions! For free :)Nothing is off limits! And here are some example topics that I might cover:Creating an innovation cultureTrying to create the world’s best workplaceUnlimited leave - and how to do it wellMy daily habits and rituals to improve performanceAnd much, much moreBook in here.***This episode looks at five simple strategies to have more productive (and less) meet...

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Award-winning magician Simon Coronel on paying people to give him negative feedback
My guest today is Simon Coronel. Simon was originally an IT consultant working at Accenture in Melbourne. But he quit his day job several years ago to become a full-time magician. Simon is now based in Los Angeles and is the winner of more than a dozen international awards, including two separate prizes at the FISM World Championships of Magic and Illusion (which is like the Olympics of Magic) and has appeared on Penn & Teller's TV show Fool Us, where he did in fact manage to fool Penn & Teller. Simon is al...

My Favourite Tip: Naomi Simson's daily and weekly rituals
My favourite tip from my chat with Red Balloon founder and Shark Tank shark Naomi Simson is on her daily and weekly rituals.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for f...


Envato co-Founder Cyan Ta'eed on spending just 15 minutes a day on her phone
My guest today is Cyan Ta’eed. Cy is one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, having co-founded Envato in 2006 and growing it to being valued at over $1 billion. Last year she tried her hand at chocolate (why not?!) and Hey Tiger is now one of Australia’s fastest growing purpose-driven brands. Oh, and in her spare time, she recently launched Milkshake.app, which allows users to make a free website for their Instagram profile all on their phone, instantly.In this chat, we cover:How Cy went from spen...

My Favourite Tip: New York Times journalist Nellie Bowles' tips for being a better writer
My favourite tip from my chat with New York Times journalist Nellie Bowles is on her strategies for becoming a better writer.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for ...

Nigel Marsh on why you shouldn't take his advice - or anyone else's.
My guest today is Nigel Marsh. Nigel is the host of the internationally acclaimed podcast Five of My Life, the author of three books – Fat, Forty and Fired, Overworked and Underlaid and Fit, Fifty and Fired-Up and he is also the co-founder of Earth Hour and the founder of the Sydney Skinny. His TED speech on work/life balance remains the most viewed ever given outside of America with well over four million hits.And outside of all that, Nigel spent many years in some very senior corporate roles. And that is ...


My Favourite Tip: Catriona Wallace on how to build connections quickly
My favourite tip from my chat with Dr Catriona Wallace, Founder and CEO of high-profile FinTech and ASX Listed company Flamingo, is on her strategies for building connections quickly.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http:/...

Dr Doris Brett on being on the other side of the therapist's couch, asking great questions, and constructing great stories.
My guest today is Doris Brett, also known as Doris Imber - my mum! As well as being my mum, Doris Brett has practised as a clinical psychologist for nearly four decades, and is also a multi-award-winning poet and critically acclaimed memoirist and writer. Her books range through various genres, including therapeutic stories for children, fiction, memoir and poetry. She even wrote a bread baking book back in the 80s.Doris' latest book is The Sunday Story Club, co-written with Kerry Cue, about conversation be...

My Favourite Tip: Jake Knapp on the magic word that will give you more control over your work schedule
My favourite tip from my chat with Jake Knapp was on the magic word he uses to get more control over his schedule.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show n...


Chris Guillebeau on why perfectionism gets in the way of success
My guest today is Chris Guillebeau. Chris is a New York Times bestselling author and modern-day explorer, having visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. You might have come across Chris’s work into side hustles because he is the author of The $100 Startup, Side Hustle and most recently, 100 Side Hustles. And his daily podcast Side Hustle School is downloaded more than 2 million times a month.In this chat, we cover:* Why Chris starts his day with email* Why Chris has final...

My Favourite Tip: Carolyn Creswell on her annual self-improvement routine
My favourite tip from my chat with Carman's Museli founder Carolyn Creswell was her annual self-improvement routine.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show...

Marcus Buckingham on the four questions he asks himself every week
My guest today is Marcus Buckingham. Marcus is the author of a stack of best-selling books, including First, Break All the Rules, Now, Discover Your Strengths, The One Thing You Need to Know, and Stand Out, to name a few. His latest book, Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World (Harvard Business Publishing, 2019) takes an in-depth look at the lies that pervade our workplaces and the core truths that will help us change it for the better.Marcus has appeared on “Larry King Live,”...


The best types of breaks to take at work (that improve your health)
**Book your ticket for How I Work LIVE with Cyan Ta'eed on July 31, Melbourne**This episode looks at the best types of breaks to take at work, according to science.Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings th...

How to make unlimited paid leave work
**Book yourself in for Inventium's Workday Reinvention program, kicking off on July 22. Enter HOWIWORK at checkout to save $100**This episode looks at unlimited paid leave - and how to make it work for your business.To assess your Chronotype, check out the Morningness-Eveningness questionnaire.Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter...

A simple hack that will make all other productivity advice work better
**Book yourself in for Inventium's Workday Reinvention program, kicking off on July 22. Enter HOWIWORK at checkout to save $100**This episode looks at a simple hack for making all productivity advice work better.To assess your Chronotype, check out the Morningness-Eveningness questionnaire.Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter tha...


My Favourite Tip: Nancy Duarte on her process for creating and delivering presentations
My favourite tip from my chat with global authority on storytelling and presentations, Nancy Duarte, on her own process for creating and delivering presentations.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit http...

My Favourite Tip: Eddie Perfect on how to cope with negative feedback
My favourite tip from my chat with singer/actor/writer Eddie Perfect was his strategies for coping with negative feedback.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for ful...

Broad City's Abbi Jacobson on productive procrastination, imposter syndrome, and how a dog changed her headspace.
My guest today is Abbi Jacobson. Abbi is a co-creator, writer, director, executive producer and star of the critically-acclaimed Comedy Central show Broad City, with Ilana Glazer. And that’s how I first became familiar with her work. I am a hard core fan of Broad City and would go so far to say I think it’s the funniest show on TV right now (although it recently wrapped it’s fifth and final season). Seriously, if you have not watched Broad City or have no idea what I am talking about check it out.Aside from...


My Favourite Tip: Ex-Pinterest President Tim Kendall on using your clothing as a communication tool
My favourite tip from my chat with ex-President of Pinterest (and now CEO of Moment) Tim Kendall on using your clothes as a communication tool.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit https://www.amanthaimbe...

Adam Alter on how to kick mobile phone addiction, how to overcome stuck points, and why he doesn't set goals.
My guest today is Adam Alter. Adam is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business.Adam is the New York Times bestselling author of two books: Irresistible, which considers why so many people today are addicted to so many behaviors, from incessant smart phone and internet use to video game playing and online shopping, and Drunk Tank Pink, which investigates how hidden forces in the world around us shape our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.Adam has also written for ...

How to have better conversations - and why it matters.
***Book in for the Workday Reinvention program here (http://bit.ly/howiworkprogram). The program starts on July 22 and is accessible from anywhere in the world. Enter code HOWIWORK at checkout to get $100 off.***This episode looks at how to have deep conversations, why this matters, and a book, The Sunday Book Club, that will help.Here are some discussion questions to try out yourself:What people, events or things in your life have you been certain about, only to be proved wrong? What impact has this had on...


How Tim Herrera went from dreading writing to being a writer and editor for the New York Times
My guest today is Tim Herrera. Tim is the founding editor of Smarter Living for the New York Times, where he edits and reports stories about living a better, more fulfilling life. Before coming to The Times, he was a reporter and editor at The Washington Post, where he wrote about digital culture.I am a regular subscriber to Smarter Living and I thought that surely the person editing this section of the times must have some awesome practices in his own life for living smarter. And Tim totally did. He has th...

My Favourite Tip: Mia Freedman on overcoming procrastination
My favourite tip from my chat with Mamamia co-founder Mia Freedman are her strategies for overcoming procrastination.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from...

TED2019 Interview Series: Goodreads co-founder Elizabeth Khuri Chandler on how she plans for unstructured time and spontaneity
My guest today is Elizabeth Khuri Chandler. Elizabeth is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Goodreads, a website that helps people find and share books they love. Goodreads has over 90 million members and was acquired by Amazon in 2013.Elizabeth is also the host of the podcast Books of Your Life with Elizabeth, in which she interviews some of the most creative people in the world about books that have had an impact on their life.In this interview, we cover:How Elizabeth uses calendars to organise her lif...


How to turn your FOMO into JOMO (the joy of missing out)
This episode looks at four science-backed strategies for turning your FOMO into JOMO - the joy of missing out.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://h...

Happiness Professor Elizabeth Dunn on how to buy happiness
My guest today is Dr. Elizabeth Dunn. Elizabeth is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Elizabeth’s research looks at how time, money, and technology shape human happiness. She is the co-author of “Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending” with Dr. Michael Norton. Her research has been featured in hundreds of media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The London Times, Maclean’s, Time, and CNN.I connected with Elizabeth...

My Favourite Tip: Rachel Botsman on how she prepares for a presentation
Rachel Botsman is a world renowned expert on technology and trust, and the author of bestselling books “Who Can You Trust?” and “What’s Mine Is Yours”. Rachel also happens to have delivered a couple of TED talks that have been viewed by literally millions of people.In this My Favourite Tip episode, I ask Rachel about how she goes about preparing for a talk.Listen to the full interview with Rachel here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that conta...


TED2019 Interview Series: Kevin Rose on managing social awkwardness at conferences, kicking technology addiction, and getting a great night's sleep.
My guest today is Kevin Rose. Kevin founded the social news site Digg, and was a General Partner at Google Ventures, where he invested in companies like Ripple, Blue Bottle, Medium, and NextDoor. Prior to that, Kevin began his investing career as an Angel investor in Twitter, Facebook, and Square.Kevin also hosts the podcast The Kevin Rose Show where he dissects how high performers like Tony Robbins, Tim Ferris, and Elon Musk have achieved such great performance.In this interview, we cover:Why Kevin has bee...

My Favourite Tip: Dan Pink on how he structures his work day
My favourite tip from my chat with best-selling author Dan Pink on his science-backed strategy for structuring his workdays.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show not...

TED2019 Interview Series: 1800-GOT-JUNK Founder/CEO Brian Scudamore's extreme method for avoiding email on weekends and holidays
My guest today is Brian Scudamore. Brian is the founder and CEO of O2E Brands (a $400 million business) which is the umbrella company for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine.Brian's companies have been featured on ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, CNN, The Today Show, Oprah, and CNBC. Brian’s story has been featured in Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and he contributes regularly to Forbes, among other publications.He ...


Three science-backed strategies to get a great night's sleep
This episode looks at three science-backed strategies for having a great night’s sleep.If you are a Sydney or Melbourne listener, sign up for our Workday Reinvention Program. Register for the Sydney program here and Melbourne here. Enter the code HOWIWORK at checkout.Are you the parent of a little person? Check out my sleep school blog here.Grab yourself an Oura ring to track your sleep.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are lo...

TED2019 Interview Series: Penguin Random House's Adrian Zackheim on how he decides what to publish
Have you ever wanted to write a book and get it published? Or maybe you have already done so? If you have any interest in this field, I think you’ll like today’s interview which is with Adrian Zackheim. Adrian is the founder and publisher of Portfolio, a business book imprint at Penguin Random House.At Portfolio, Adrian has published bestselling books, such as Purple Cow by Seth Godin, Start With Why by Simon Sinek, and The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. More recently, he publ...

My Favourite Tip: Pamela Meyer's Index Card solution for planning the day
My favourite tip from my interview with lie-spotting expert Pamela Meyer was her strategy for organising her day on index cards.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show...


TED2019 interview series: Google VP Jerry Dischler on balancing Maker and Manager time, identifying top talent, and using OKRs in his family life.
My guest today is Jerry Dischler. Jerry is the VP of Product Management at Google, where he leads the product team for Google's search ads business, the product and engineering teams for YouTube advertising, and the product and engineering teams for Google's home-grown sales and support tools.We cover a lot of ground in this interview, including:How Jerry balances Maker and Manager timeWhere Jerry’s best ideas come fromJerry’s approach to managing his inboxJerry’s morning ritualWhat Jerry’s annual, quarterl...

Seven lesser-known apps that make me more productive at work
In this episode, I talk about seven (lesser-known) apps that make me more productive at work. Check them out at:SuperhumanWovenPocketSend from GmailFreedomOvercastContactOutVisit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings throu...

TED2019 interview series: Priya Parker on how to create amazing gatherings
I recently attended TED2019 in Vancouver and recorded a bunch of interviews with some very inspiring speakers and attendees while I was over there.My first interview in this series is with Priya Parker.Priya Parker teaches people to gather better at home, work, school and in our communities. She is the bestselling author of The Art of Gathering and is also a strategic facilitator with a background in conflict-resolution. Her company Thrive Labs has worked with organisations as varied as MoMA, the World Econ...


Three ways to make behaviour change easy - no willpower required
This episode looks at three strategies for effortlessly changing your behaviour - no willpower required.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwor...

My Favourite Tip: Dr Jason Fox on how to identify fulfilment factors
My favourite tip from my interview with Dr Jason Fox was on how he identifies fulfilment factors - critical things that need to be present in our lives for us to feel happy, energised and fulfilled.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for ...

My Favourite Tip: Baratunde Thurston on Sunday afternoon reflections
My favourite tip from my interview with comedian/writer/performer/producer Baratunde Thurston was hearing about his Sunday reflection ritual.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit amanthaimber.com/podcast ...


My Favourite Tip: Jocelyn K Glei on how she tamed her inbox
Jocelyn literally wrote the book on good email habits - it’s called Unsubscribe. So my favourite tip from this interview was hearing about Jocelyn’s own email habits, especially after writing that book.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up ...

Cal Newport on why you need to change your workflow, not your habits, when it comes to boosting productivity
My guest today is Cal Newport. Cal is a computer science professor at Georgetown University. Cal is the author of six books, including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. Cal’s work has been published in over 20 languages and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, Washington Post, and the Economist.It’s probably an understatement to say I was excited for this chat because I am a complete and utter fan...

My Favourite Tip: Writer/Director Natasha Pincus on using location and wardrobe to delineate her day
My favourite tip from my chat with award-winning writer/director Natasha Pincus, in which she talks about how she uses location and clothing to delineate the different parts of her day and get in the “zone".You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sig...


Time Management expert Laura Vanderkam on how to use your time wisely
My guest today is Laura Vanderkam. Laura is a global expert on time management, and helps people spend more time on what matters, and less on what doesn’t. She is the author of a bunch of bestselling books, ranging from Off the Clock, 168 Hours, What the Most Successful People do Before Breakfast, and her latest book, Juliet’s School of Possibilities.Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune, and Fast Company. And her TED talk, “How to gain control of your free...

How to create change: three magic words that will help
This episode looks at three very simple words that psychologists have found create huge change.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co  Se...

Ella Bache's CEO Pippa Hallas on how to find a great mentor, overcoming imposter syndrome, and making meetings not suck
My guest today is Pippa Hallas. Pippa was just 33 when she became the CEO of Ella Bache. Ella Bache is one of the leading skincare brands in Australia, has over 150 salons. When Pippa is not busy being CEO, she is the mum of two young boys aged 3 and 6 and has also just released her first book called "Bold Moves: How to stand up, step out and make your next bold move".I first met Pippa maybe 7 or 8 years ago when my company Inventium worked with Ella Bache on an innovation project. We talk about a bunch of ...


My favourite tip: Netflix's Patty McCord on how to be radically honest at work
My favourite tip from my chat with Netflix’s ex Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord was her advice about how to be radically honest at work and why this is so critical.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit ...

The Chaser's Julian Morrow on how to write comedy
My guest today is Julian Morrow. Julian is co-founder of The Chaser and Giant Dwarf. He has been the executive producer, writer and performer on various shows including The Chaser's War on Everything, Hamster Wheel, and the The Checkout.I was keen to have Jules on the podcast to unpack his approach to writing comedy. Jules is a master of this and we talk about a number of different topics in this episode. We spend the first little bit talking about what The Chaser are probably most well known for, which was...

My Favourite Tip: Scott D Anthony on finding and killing zombies at work
My favourite tip from my chat with innovation guru Scott D Anthony was his advice around finding and killing zombies at work.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show no...


Naomi Simson on why she unpublished 500 of her blog posts
My guest today is Naomi Simson. Naomi is one of Australia’s most well known entrepreneurs. She is the founder of RedBalloon and co-founder of the Big Red Group, which turns over more than $100m. Naomi is also the shark that wears red on Shark Tank, and happens to be the most followed Australian on LinkedIn, with over 2.7 million followers.I caught up with Naomi at her office in Sydney to chat about her approach to work, which she clearly has thought a lot about. One of the things that I loved about her phil...

My favourite tip: Adam Grant on how meetings kill productivity - and what to do about it
My favourite tip from my chat with Adam Grant came about when I asked him what was his favourite research study into productivity. Turns out it’s one to do with meetings, and how to improve them.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for tha...

My Favourite Tip: How WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg tunes out digital distractions
My favourite tip from my chat with Matt Mullenweg where he talks about some really practical strategies for tuning out digital distractions and creating healthy tech habits.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.c...


Why New York Times reporter Nellie Bowles doesn't write her stories at a desk
My guest today is journalist Nellie Bowles. Nellie covers tech and internet culture for The New York Times. Before joining The Times, she was a correspondent for “VICE News Tonight.” She has written for Recode, The Guardian, and started her writing career at the San Francisco Chronicle.I met Nellie because she interviewed me for a story a couple of months ago and I thought it would be fascinating to hear about how a NYT journalist actually spends their days. We cover lots of topics in this interview, includ...

Why we need to redesign our workdays
This episode looks at challenging the standard 9-5 default that most businesses run by, and instead, using neuroscience to guide how we structure our workdays.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets ...

Dr Catriona Wallace on life as the Founder and CEO of an ASX-listed company, why she taught herself to be extraverted, and her unconventional approach to parenting.
My guest today is Dr Catriona Wallace, who is the Founder and CEO of high-profile FinTech and ASX Listed company Flamingo. Flamingo provides a Cognitive Virtual Assistant (Artificial Intelligence) called ‘ROSIE’ that helps Financial Services companies across the world improve online sales conversion rates and the better servicing of customers.Based between NYC and Sydney, Dr Catriona Wallace is one of the world’s most cited experts on the Future of Customer Experience, Artificial Intelligence and Bot Strate...


Why it's more important for staff to review their own performance
This episode looks at performance reviews, and why it’s more important to have your team review their own performance.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at ...

Daniel Pink on coming up with great titles for projects, how he structures his working days, and why he doesn't believe in willpower.
My guest today is Dan Pink. Dan is the author of six bestselling books, including Drive, A Whole New Mind, and his latest book "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing", which has spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list. You might also be familiar with Dan through his TED talk about the surprising science of motivation, which has been viewed over 20 million times.I am a big Dan Pink fan so I was very excited to be able to chat with him. I think he has such a knack for dissecting compl...

My Favourite Tip: Janine Allis on how she structures her work week
My favourite tip from my chat with Janine Allis was how she structures her working week with some very interesting rules.You can find the full interview here: https://www.amanthaimber.com/blog/janine-allis-on-her-rules-for-the-work-week-her-trick-for-making-emailIf you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am ...


Dr Jason Fox on daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly rituals
My guest today is Dr Jason Fox. I’ve known Jason for the best part of a decade. Like me, he is a scientist at heart and has a bias for strategies that are grounded in research. Jason travels the world helping leaders from companies such as Microsoft, Salesforce, McDonalds, and Toyota in the area of motivation design. Jason is also the bestselling author of The Game Changer and How to Lead a Quest, and in 2016 was awarded Keynote Speaker of the Year.Something I really like about how Jason organises his worki...

My favourite tip: Amanda Palmer on her three check-in rituals
My favourite tip from my chat with Amanda Palmer was how she has three basic benchmarks or rituals that she uses to check in with herself about how she is going.You can find the full interview here.If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coVisit amant...

Microproductivity - how leaders can make small changes to create huge leaps in performance
This episode looks at three simple changes managers can make to help their team’s productivity skyrocket.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected] you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwo...


Jake Knapp on having a distraction-free phone for six years
My guest today is Jake Knapp. Jake spent the last 10 years at Google and Google Ventures where he created the Design Sprint, which is a method for building and testing a prototype in five days. He then went on and wrote a book about the process, called Sprint, which was a New York Times bestseller. He recently wrote another book called Make Time, which I mentioned on a previous episode. I personally loved Make Time, which is all about strategies to help make time for doing your most important work and reall...

My favourite tip: Atlassian's Dom Price on how he dramatically reduced the number of meetings in his diary
My favourite tip from my chat with Dom Price was the strategy he used to eliminate a tonne of meetings from his diary.You can find the full interview here: https://www.amanthaimber.com/blog/atlassian-s-dom-price-on-how-he-uses-imposter-syndrome-to-his-advantageIf you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am lo...


Eddie Perfect - behind the scenes of writing two broadway musicals at the same time
My guest today is Eddie Perfect. Eddie is a singer-songwriter, an actor, a comedian, and currently has not one, but two shows on Broadway - King Kong and Beetlejuice. Australian listeners might know Eddie from playing Mick Holland in Offspring, and theatre-goers might be familiar with some of Eddie’s work such as Shane Warne the Musical and Vivid White.When Eddie and I spoke, King Kong had literally just launched on Broadway and he was deep in re-writes for Beetlejuice. This interview really deep dives into...

BEST OF: Carolyn Creswell's annual self-reflection ritual, her favourite productivity hacks, and why she never eats lunch at her desk.
How I Work: Summer SeriesMy guest today is Carolyn Creswell. As Australian listeners probably know, Carolyn is the founder of Carman’s muesli, which is in pretty much every supermarket in Australia and is exported to 32 countries around the world. Over the last 25 years, Carolyn has built Carman’s into a $100 million dollar business.But there is so much more to Carolyn that just delicious tasting muesli. She has given so much thought to the way she works and this interview is full of really practical gems. ...


BEST OF: Rachel Botsman's tips for saying no, making a productive start to the day, and her one-minute mindfulness routine.
How I Work: Summer SeriesRachel Botsman is a world renowned expert on technology and trust, and the author of bestselling books “Who Can You Trust?” and “What’s Mine Is Yours”.Rachel is a lecturer at Oxford University and has been recognised as one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and as one of the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world.We cover a lot of ground in this conversation, including:Why Rachel never sleeps near her phone“Big stride days” and how to have oneHo...

BEST OF: Mia Freedman on how she overcomes procrastination, her daily rituals for keeping mentally fit, and why her productivity peaks after 9pm
How I Work: Summer SeriesMia Freedman is the co-founder and creative director of the Mamamia Women’s Network, Australia’s largest digital women’s media company. They reach 4 million women per month and also have the world’s largest women’s podcast network, with eight shows that reach millions of women.As many Australian listeners would know, Mia was the youngest editor of Australian Cosmo at 24 years old back in the mid 90s. And because I was one of many loyal Cosmo readers as a teenager, I feel like I grew...

Adam Grant on how to turbo-charge productivity and motivation
How I Work: Summer SeriesOn today’s show, I speak to organizational psychologist, best-selling author and Wharton’s highest-rated professor, Adam Grant.His books Give and Take, Originals, and Option B have sold over one million copies and have been translated into 35 languages. Adam has been recognized as one of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers, was named one of Fortune’s 40 under 40, and he also happens to be the host of one of my favourite podcasts, WorkLife which is a TED original podc...


Jocelyn K Glei on how to refresh your mind, not letting email take over your life, and finding sparks of creativity
Jocelyn K. Glei is a writer who is obsessed with how we can find more creativity and meaning in our daily work. She is the author of several books and was formerly the editor in chief of 99U. She also hosts the podcast Hurry Slowly, which is about how you can be more productive, creative, and resilient through the simple act of slowing down.Not surprisingly, Jocelyn thinks very deeply about how she works. And she is very deliberate about how she structures her day.In this episode, we cover:* Jocelyn’s numbe...

Dr Amantha Imber on deliberately designing your work day
My guest today is…me! I thought I’d turn the tables and share with you how I run my own workday. The delightful and wise Dr Jason Fox joins me on the show to sit in the interviewer chair. We cover all sorts of ground, including:My morning routineMy system for to-do listsHow I try to minimise morning decisionsHow I fit both Deep Work and Shallow work in my lifeMy Deep Work “rituals"Why I left Facebook and InstagramMy favourite go-to productivity and time management appsHow I transition from Deep Work to Shal...


Adam Grant, Rachel Botsman, Matt Mullenweg and others on how they get focused work done in a world of digital distractions.
Staying focused on work that matters and resisting digital distractions can be a big challenge for the best of us. In this mix-tape episode, you’ll get to hear several guests’ strategies for how they maintain focus in a world full of digital temptations.This episode covers:* Why bestselling author and Wharton Professor Adam Grant doesn’t recommend going cold turkey on social media and other “distractions"* Adam Grant’s “rules" for checking social media* Why Rachel Botsman, the world’s leading authority on t...

Janine Allis on her "rules" for the work week, her trick for making email fun, and why she doesn't come into the office before 11am.
My guest today is Janine Allis. Janine is the founder of Boost Juice, which now has over 500 stores globally. You might also know Janine as an investor on the TV show Shark Tank. Janine has received a tonne of awards including the Telstra Business Women of the Year. She is also a mother of four kids. Needless to say, she is a very busy person.We cover a heap of different topics in this chat, including:How Janine structures her week to maximise productivityWhy Janine doesn’t believe in work-life balanceWhy J...


How the former president of Pinterest, Tim Kendall, tamed unhealthy mobile phone habits
Today’s guest is Tim Kendall. Tim is the former President of Pinterest, where he led global sales, marketing and product development. Prior to Pinterest, Tim was Facebook’s Director of Monetization, where he led the development of Facebook’s advertising business.During his last year at Pinterest, Tim began noticing his own “bad” phone habits, not to mention the poor habits of everyone around him. Tim is now the CEO of Moment, a mobile app that helps you to use your phone in a healthy way, giving you back ti...

Why a shorter Christmas break will make you happier than a long one
With Christmas holidays nearly upon us, this mini-episode reveals five science-backed (and counterintuitive) ways to create the perfect break.Warning: after listening to this episode, you might want to change your Christmas holidays plans.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected]  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Netflix's ex Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord on how to be radically honest at work.
My guest today is Patty McCord. Patty McCord served as chief talent officer of Netflix for 14 years and helped create the Netflix Culture Deck, which has been viewed on Slideshare over 15 million times (Sheryl Sandberg has referred to this deck as “ the most important document ever to come out of the Valley.”). She is also the author of "Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility". In this episode, we talk about:How Patty uses her time on planesHow her life is different post-NetflixHow Patty...

Five ways to make time for what matters
I thought I’d try something different this week and share some cool stuff I learnt from a book I just read this weekend. It’s called "Make Time” (https://maketimebook.com/) by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky. These are the guys that wrote Spring and used to work at Google Ventures.The book was awesome and has inspired me to try a bunch of experiments to improve my own working days. I outline five of those experiments in this episode.One of those experiments involves Freedom - so here is the link if you are cur...


How Adam Grant, Mia Freedman, Rachel Botsman, and others decide what to say no to.
How do you decide what to say "yes" to and what to say “no" to? And how do you say “no" in a way that doesn’t offend?Guests on the How I Work podcast struggle with like the rest of us. They literally get hundreds of requests on their time and can’t possibly say yes to everyone. So they develop methods to make the decision-making process easier, and have specific strategies for saying no nicely.This episode covers the following:Adam Grant’s strategy for prioritising requestsThe two types of requests Adam Gra...

Why splitting your to-do list into four separate lists will turbo charge productivity
I love to-do lists. But the problem with most to-do lists is that they don’t discriminate between the type of thinking different tasks require and the fact that our brain is suited to different types of thinking depending on the time of day. This episode will teach you how to re-think your to-do list.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes.Get in touch at [email protected]  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

BEST OF: WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg On How Small Changes To Behaviour Can Create Big Differences
Today's episode is a blast from the past (and by that, we mean one from a few months ago because Amantha is on holidays right now!).This episode features Matt Mullenweg. Matt is kind of like internet royalty because he is a founding developer of WordPress, which is the Open Source software used by over 31% of the web. He also founded Automattic which now employs around 700 people. Matt has been named one of PC World's Top 50 People on the Web and Business Week's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.In this...


The best time of day to check your email
Email gets a bad rap. People complain that email is the biggest drain on their productivity. But it’s only bad because of the mindless way most people approach their inbox. Instead of checking email willy-nilly throughout the day, there is actually an optimal time of the day to be dipping into your inbox.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes.Get in touch at [email protected]  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

BEST OF: Amanda Palmer On How She Writes Songs, Created Her World-Famous TED Talk, And More.
Today's episode is a blast from the past (and by that, we mean one from a few months ago because Amantha is on holidays right now!).Amanda Palmer is a singer-songwriter, rule-breaker, disruptor, and all round rockstar.You might know Amanda from being one half of the Dresden Dolls. Or you might know her, as I did, through her TED talk "The art of asking" which has been viewed by over 10 million people. Amanda is a total innovator in the world of music, and raised $1.2 million on a kickstarter campaign severa...


Natasha Pincus on how she created Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know video clip
My guest today is Natasha Pincus. Natasha is a Writer and Director who is probably most well known for her very distinctive music videos that she has created for artists including Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, and Powderfinger. Where you are probably most familiar with her work though is through her video for Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, which has been viewed over 1 billion times on YouTube and was awarded the first of Natasha’s back-to-back ARIAs for Best Music Video, and nominated for the MTV awar...

The four tasks you need to do to create the perfect end to your workday
Most of us don’t think very much about how we end our workday. We simply close our laptop, run to catch our train, go home and have some dinner, and often, re-open our laptop again while watching Netflix. By not having a proper “end” to our day, we are missing out on a big opportunity to boost our happiness and engagement in our work. This mini-episode describes four quick tasks that you can do to finish your workday on a high.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes.Get in touch at [email protected]

Scott D Anthony on how he removed 70% of recurring meetings from his diary, balancing manager time with maker time, and his go-to locations for doing focused work.
My guest today is Scott D Anthony. Scott is global authority on innovation and the former managing partner of Innosight, the innovation and strategy consulting firm co-founded by Clayton Christensen. Scott has written several bestselling books and writes regularly for Harvard Business Review. Last year, Scott was awarded the Thinkers50 Innovation Award, which recognises the world’s leading thinkers on innovation.I’ve known Scott for a little while now because our innovation consultancies are starting to par...


Why meetings are killing innovation
I am yet to meet a person who loves attending meetings. Most people hate them, yet they are seen as a necessarily evil of corporate life. But while meetings may often be dull and sometimes yield few tangible results, they may be causing more harm than you think.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes.Get in touch at [email protected]  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Atlassian's Dom Price on how he uses Imposter Syndrome to his advantage
My guest today is Dom Price. Dom is the Head of Research & Development and also the resident Work Futurist at Atlassian, one of the world’s biggest and fastest growing tech companies. Dom has responsibilities spanning 5 global R&D centres, and is the in house “Team Doctor” who helps Atlassian scale by being ruthlessly effective, all while keeping one eye on the future.I’ve known Dom for a few years now and one of the things I like most about Dom is that he is so contrarian in his views and he is not afraid ...

Why you need to stop taking notes on your laptop
Do you take notes in meetings and presentations on your laptop or in a notepad? I definitely fell into the former category until I discovered research that made me want to go out and buy a Moleskin. This mini-episode might convince you to do the same thing.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes.Get in touch at [email protected]  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


HBR's Executive Editor Sarah Green Carmichael on how to be a better writer
My guest today is Sarah Green Carmichael. Sarah is an executive editor at Harvard Business Review where she works out what to publish on the site and edits the articles that you may have read there. Sarah is also the host of HBR’s IdeaCast podcast which gets over one million downloads every month.I was very excited to speak to Sarah as I am a voracious HBR reader and given the amount of ideas and tips she is exposed to on a daily basis given her role, I was very keen to explore what she had applied in her o...

How to kick your email habit
Are you addicted to email? Are you guilty of doing a “just check” of your inbox every 10-15 minutes? Is checking email getting in the way of you doing deep, focused work? This mini-episode gives you three research-backed strategies for kicking your email habit for good.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes.Get in touch at [email protected]  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Carolyn Creswell's annual self-reflection ritual, her favourite productivity hacks, and why she never eats lunch at her desk.
My guest today is Carolyn Creswell. As Australian listeners probably know, Carolyn is the founder of Carman’s muesli, which is in pretty much every supermarket in Australia and is exported to 32 countries around the world. Over the last 25 years, Carolyn has built Carman’s into a $100 million dollar business.But there is so much more to Carolyn that just delicious tasting muesli. She has given so much thought to the way she works and this interview is full of really practical gems. We talk about:Her morning...


Why the open plan office is killing your productivity
Do you work in an open plan office? It turns out they are not all fun and games and collaboration. This episode reveals research into the dark side of the open plan office and why it might be killing your productivity.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes.Get in touch at [email protected]  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Baratunde Thurston on the most difficult performance role he has ever taken on.
My guest today is Baratunde Thurston. Baratunde is a particularly hilarious comedian, he wrote the bestselling book How to be Black as well as many feature articles for places like Fast Company and Medium. He helped to re-launch the Daily Show with Trevor Noah through building the digital expansion team. And he used to write for the Onion and has been nominated for an Emmy award.This conversation is a little different in that we deep dive into a very specific work project of Baratunde’s and it was one that ...


Pamela Meyer's counter-intuitive strategy for time management
My guest today is Pamela Meyer. You might know Pamela from her very famous TED talk about How To Spot a Liar, which has been viewed by 20 million people. She also wrote the bestselling book Liespotting: Proven techniques to detect deception. Pamela is also the founder and CEO of Calibrate, a leading training company that teaches people how to spot lies.Pamela is someone who thinks a lot about how to get the most out of each day, and I particularly liked hearing about her rather counter intuitive strategy fo...

Why You Are Losing 10 IQ Points Every Time This Happens
Almost every one of us has experienced a 10 point drop in IQ from something that happens many times a day. And if you are wondering: is 10 IQ points a lot to lose? The answer is most definitely yes - it’s the equivalent of losing a night’s sleep. This mini-episode explains how to never experience this drop in IQ again.Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes.Get in touch at [email protected]  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Mia Freedman on how she overcomes procrastination, her daily rituals for keeping mentally fit, and why her productivity peaks after 9pm
Mia Freedman is the co-founder and creative director of the Mamamia Women’s Network, Australia’s largest digital women’s media company. They reach 4 million women per month and also have the world’s largest women’s podcast network, with eight shows that reach millions of women.As many Australian listeners would know, Mia was the youngest editor of Australian Cosmo at 24 years old back in the mid 90s. And because I was one of many loyal Cosmo readers as a teenager, I feel like I grew up with Mia. I’ve also l...


Extend Your Year by 30 Days by Making One Simple Change
How would you like to add 30 extra days to your year? Imagine all the things you can achieve. Today’s mini-episode shows you how to do just that. All it takes is one simple change.Click here for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at [email protected]  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Nancy Duarte, global expert on presentations, on how she prepares for her own presentations.
Nancy Duarte is the world expert on designing and delivering presentations. Nancy’s firm Duarte, is the largest design firm in Silicon Valley. They help very big and famous companies and people, from Apple through to Al Gore, design and deliver great presentations.Nancy has also written several books about storytelling and presentations, including the Harvard Business Review guide to creating persuasive presentations.I’ve been a fan of Nancy’s work for a long time so I was very excited to chat with her. We ...

The Magic Word: Adding this one word to your vocab doubles your chance of breaking a bad habit.
Do you have a behaviour (or maybe several) that you are trying hard to change? Today’s mini-sode will reveal some fascinating research on a single word that you can use that doubles the chance of creating real behaviour change.Check out the research study cited in this episode right here.For comprehensive show notes and a transcript of this episode, click here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Rachel Botsman's tips for saying no, making a productive start to the day, and her one-minute mindfulness routine.
Rachel Botsman is a world renowned expert on technology and trust, and the author of bestselling books “Who Can You Trust?” and “What’s Mine Is Yours".Rachel is a lecturer at Oxford University and has been recognised as one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and as one of the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world.We cover a lot of ground in this conversation, including:Why Rachel never sleeps near her phone“Big stride days” and how to have oneHow the weather effects her...

Amanda Palmer On How She Writes Songs, Created Her TED Talk, And More.
Amanda Palmer is a singer-songwriter, rule-breaker, disruptor, and all round rockstar.You might know Amanda from being one half of the Dresden Dolls. Or you might know her, as I did, through her TED talk "The art of asking" which has been viewed by over 10 million people. Amanda is a total innovator in the world of music, and raised $1.2 million on a kickstarter campaign several years ago to be able to produce her own solo album, independent from a record label.One of the things I loved most about this chat...

WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg On How Small Changes To Behaviour Can Create Big Differences
On today's show, I speak to Matt Mullenweg. I feel like Matt is kind of like internet royalty because he is a founding developer of WordPress, which is the Open Source software used by over 31% of the web. He also founded Automattic which now employs around 700 people. Matt has been named one of PC World's Top 50 People on the Web and Business Week's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.In this conversation, we cover a whole bunch of topics such as:Matt's innovative approach to consuming booksHow Matt stay...


Adam Grant On How To Turbo-charge Productivity And Motivation
On today's show, I speak to organizational psychologist, best-selling author and Wharton's highest-rated professor, Adam Grant.His books Give and Take, Originals, and Option B have sold over one million copies and have been translated into 35 languages. Adam has been recognized as one of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers, was named one of Fortune's 40 under 40, and he also happens to be the host of one of my favourite podcasts, WorkLife which is a TED original podcast.In this conversation,...

A Sneak Peek At How I Work
Welcome to a sneak peek of How I Work, a show about the tactics used by leading innovators to get so much out of their day. It's hosted by Dr Amantha Imber, who is an organisational psychologist, contributor to HBR, Entrepreneur and Fast Company, and is the CEO of Inventium. Guests include Adam Grant, Amanda Palmer, Matt Mullenweg, Nancy Duarte, Rachel Botsman and many others.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....