Beyond Busy

Graham Allcott interviews people from all walks of life about productivity, work/life balance, happiness and success.

Graham Allcott is the founder of Think Productive and author of the international bestseller How to be a Productivity Ninja.You can also watch the episodes on Graham's YouTube channel.

How to be a Calm Parent with Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Ep. 141
My guest today is Sarah Ockwell-Smith, one of the world's leading parenting experts, having written 13 books and sold half a million copies. Her philosophy of gentle parenting is hugely influential in the motherhood WhatsApp groups of Great Britain and her latest book ‘How To Be a Calm Parent’ has as much to tell us about how to look after ourselves, as it does about how to look after our kids. In this episode we talk about how to be calm, self-kindness and why being a busy parent isn't actually something to be proud of. Sarah mentions seven principles of being a calm parent in her book. I asked her about the first one, which is everybody can be a calm parent or a calmer parent:The number of parents I meet who believe that you're calm or you're not, they kind of view calmness as a fixed trait. So they'll look and think, "well, other people are calm". I'm not calm. It's kind of not worth me trying. So they're very much in the fixed mindset that calmness is something you have or you don't have. And if they don't have it, then it's not really worth trying. You know, that's not how they were born.But I really and truly don't believe that's true. I believe that everybody can be calmer. There are obviously things that get in our way. So what's happening in their life at the moment, depending on the sort of certain amounts of privilege you have and whatever, we can't all be like zen-calm gurus, but we can definitely improve on where we are at the moment.✔ Links:Sarah Ockwell-Smith on Instagram: Ockwell-Smith on Twitter: Ockwell-Smith: Ockwell-Smith’s books: to Graham's Newsletter: Show Sponsors: Think Productive - Time Management Training:​​Useful links: by Pavel Novikov:

Deep Purpose with Ranjay Gulati

Ep. 138
My guest today is Ranjay Gulati. Ranjay is a professor at Harvard Business School and the author of ‘Deep Purpose: The Heart and Soul of High-Performance Companies’. In this episode, we talk about how to harness a sense of purpose to create a great team and the power of good storytelling. Ranjay also offers some leadership lessons from the Seattle Seahawks NFL team and Howard Schultz at Starbucks, and stay tuned at the end for a great story about Ranjay's mum as well. We discussed if people want to have a sense of purpose individually and also corporately: I think it's very clear that we're facing a meaning crisis in the world today. I mean you look at the data on great resignations or great reshuffle or whatever you want to call it. You look at mental health demands being placed on the mental health care system which is flooded. You know, I think people are going through a deep period of introspection. There's a lot of, kind of, all of us have been touched by death, illness and a whole range of things. And so I think rightfully people are interrogating themselves about what's my life purpose. And also what is my work purpose? How do I get more purpose out of my work? And when you ask those questions, I think it forces you to think hard about what am I doing and why am I doing it?Listen to the full episode to know more!✔ Links: Ranjay Gulati: Deep Purpose: Gulati on LinkedIn: to Graham's Newsletter: Show Sponsors: Think Productive - Time Management Training:​​Useful links: