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Great podcasts you should listen to | Issue #222

Top business podcasts of 2022

Last week I shared my favourite books of this year. Today, I bring you some amazing podcasts. I love podcasts. They challenge me to think differently by bringing fresh perspectives and insights. Here are some of the best I’ve listened to this year (in no particular order).


[Rebroadcast] The Jobs Only the CEO Should Do, with Anthony Rose

If your business is struggling to innovate, or is in fact resisting innovation all together, then don’t miss Anthony Rose, founder and CEO of SeedLegals on this week’s episode of The Melting Pot. 

Widely known as “The man behind BBC iPlayer”, Anthony ran the iPlayer and other BBC services from 2007 to 2010, taking the iPlayer from pre-launch to a major success story. 

In this episode, Anthony talks about the jobs that only the CEO should do, including the CEO’s role in innovation, building company culture, getting to product market fit, and why, when you’ve got product market fit, the most important job of a CEO is to then manage culture. 

This is a truly insightful episode and a must listen for all leaders of startups looking to grow and build their companies. 

The World of Business

Insights into the business world – featuring content from BBC Radio 4’s In Business programme, and also Global Business from the BBC World Service.

To Retain Your Best Employees, Invest in Your Best Managers

There’s no doubt that this is a difficult time to be a manager. But as Gallup reminds us, “Managers — more than any other factor — influence team engagement and performance…70% of the variance in team engagement is determined solely by the manager.” It’s time for companies to invest in their managers by giving them the skills and support they need to connect with their teams.

Man fired for failing to be ‘fun’ at work wins compensation lawsuit

If you have core values, you need to use them to hire, promote and fire, or they aren’t core values. If you value fun, then you need to fire those who work against you having fun at work. I don’t see compulsory excessive drinking as fun. Excessive drinking should always be voluntary, and being forced to share a room with a colleague while traveling is just cheap.

Practicing strategy in an uncertain world

Strategy should bring clarity to the uniqueness, direction, and activities of an organization. It should certainly generate more than short-term profits. Vijay Govindarajan of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College says that “we need to restore purpose as a central tenet for strategy.” This, he argues, should result “in optimized profits and optimized value for various stakeholders.”

Conscious Capitalism

Even the best decision doesn’t yield the best outcome every time. There’s always an element of luck that you can’t control, and there is always information that is hidden from view. So the key to long-term success (and avoiding worrying yourself to death) is to think in bets: How sure am I? What are the possible ways things could turn out? What decision has the highest odds of success? Did I land in the unlucky 10% on the strategy that works 90% of the time? Or is my success attributable to dumb luck rather than great decision-making? Annie Duke, a former World Series of Poker champion turned business consultant, draws on examples from business, sports, politics, and (of course) poker to share tools anyone can use to embrace uncertainty and make better decisions.

Quote of the week

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”

Harvey S. Firestone

Dominic Monkhouse

Dominic offers business coaching and management development, strategy planning and organisational change, using tried and tested methods to launch your organisation onto an unparalleled growth trajectory. His programme is a function of his broad experience, his deep expertise and a proven process used by over 2,700 firms worldwide.

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