88: Career Advice from Graduates 10 years out of University With Paul Murphy

My guest in this episode is Paul Murphy, author of 1000 Years of Career Advice, based on interviews with 100 graduates about their work experiences in the 10 years following university. Paul has over 10 years of experience working in various finance roles for multinational firms. He qualified as an accountant (ACA) while working with a big 4 professional services firm in their advisory department. He is also a qualified project manager (Prince 2), programme manager (Managing Special...


87: How to lead with emotional courage - with Peter Bregman

If You’re Willing to Feel Everything, You Can Do Anything! This week’s guest is bestselling author and one of Inc. Magazine Top 100 Leadership Speakers, Peter Bregman. Peter unlocks the secrets of highly successful leaders in his most recent book, Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work, which describes an overlooked and essential skill of leading at the highest levels: Emotional Courage. After...


74: Which career books to pack in your suitcase this summer holiday

It can be overwhelming to look in the career section of a bookshop and try and work out which career book to take away with you if you want to take the time over the summer to reconsider your career. So I want to make that choice easier for you by picking out my top 2 choices for summer 2017. One is (of course!) the book I co-authored called Taking Charge of Your Career, published in January 2017. I make no apologies for this as the book covers pretty much everything Camilla and I know about...


65: Managing professional relationships - How to spot a ‘Taker' and why 'Giving' wins (but only if you avoid the pitfalls)

Okay, I admit it. I have a bad Amazon habit. I buy books and (most of the time!) read them - but often I don't properly reflect on what I've learned. I zealously highlight passages that I want to reflect on, and I might remember some of the key themes, but generally the learning points get crushed under the weight of another book being added to my groaning bookshelf. So I thought I would address this by actually writing down some of the key things I have learned when the reading books I...


62: How we'll work, live and learn in the future - David Price, author of 'Open'

David Price is a learning futurist who explores how digital technologies are impacting the ways we live and learn in the 21st century.  David has a portfolio career and is involved in lecturing, training and speaking. He works with companies to help them create a learning culture that will appeal to a younger generation who want to work for purpose driven organisations and continually develop themselves. We discuss how there is a government led obsession with standardised testing in education...


MDE 54: Book Review of 'Start Something That Matters' by Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS

TOMS is one of those companies that have come up with a unique business model which is inspiring other entrepreneurs who are motivated by more than just money. From my generation The Body Shop showed the world how products could make a difference, and as soon as I heard about TOMS (which was many years ago now) I was excited as I knew this was a new kind of business model, one that was simple to understand and effective. For those of you are not familiar with the company, TOMS was originally...


My favourite motivational book of 2013, what’s yours?

What does it take to be really successful? A young girl asked Richard St John this on a plane and he realized although he had achieved considerable success himself, he didn't know the answer to her question. So he set out upon a ten-year quest to find the answer.  His book ‘The 8 traits successful people have in common, 8 to be great’ distills the research over those ten years into the principle 8 main areas, which leads to success. Richard completed 500 face-to-face interviews with...


Focus - what distinguishes experts from amateurs and stars from average performers

I admit I find it hard to focus.  I know I am not alone in this struggle and in the last couple of years smart phones have made staying focused even harder. So when I was sent this YouTube video from a friend who works at IMD, it served as a timely reminder as my thoughts start to turn to what I want to achieve next year on how I need to redouble my efforts to focus. Daniel Goleman is an expert in emotional intelligence and his recent book Focus, the hidden driver of excellence combines...


If not now, when?

My colleague and I were laughing recently about how in our recruitment days we would smirk over cheesy headlines in job ads such as ‘New Year, New Job?’ or ‘New Year, Time for a Change? Jokes aside both summer holidays and the more obvious New Year often makes us reflect on how things are and what changes we need to make both in our personal lives and in our work. There are other life events that make us take stock too, significant birthdays and the death of someone close.  As a career...


Know what you’re getting into with private equity

My thoughts on ‘In my shoes, a memoir’ by Tamara Mellon, co-founder of global brand Jimmy Choo. With a reported exit of £135 million, Tamara takes you on her roller-coaster journey from washed out media executive to becoming one of the biggest names in retail.  Her memoir is a riveting account of how she built the famous international luxury brand Jimmy Choo. She literally ‘tells all’; the family back stabbing, the private equity nightmares from start up to exit, and how she is...