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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.
Latest Episode1/20/2022

Mental Health at Work with James Routledge

Ep. 136
My guest today is James Routledge. James is a mental health advocate and author of the book ‘Mental Health at Work’. After burning out when his first business failed at the age of 24, he founded Sanctus who are on a mission to help companies invest in the mental health of their employees. In this episode, James talks openly about his personal experiences. We also cover some of the myths of mental health: how to manage boundaries, how to question some of the conventional narratives on mental health and more. I asked James what the motivation was to be very open about his own mental health: Well, I didn't for so long. I definitely didn't grow up being open about how I felt or articulating my emotions. I suppose for me now I've experienced the power and the transformational change of taking the time to become aware of how I'm feeling, articulate it and share it with others… …and I've seen the benefit of that. It's changed the course of my life and taken my life in directions that I would never have expected. I would never have expected to have written a book on mental health! That was never on my radar. James explained why some people find it so hard to share their emotions with others: The reason we don't open up is because we don't feel safe or we don't feel comfortable. Often that is through the fear of judgment or fear of dismissal. And when I say dismissal, I don't just mean being dismissed from your job. That's one way. I mean just dismissal. You know, you are saying something that’s really important for you to someone and it just goes completely over their head.I really enjoyed this important conversation about mental health at work and would like to say a special thanks to Penguin Business for connecting me with James.✔ Links:James Routledge:https://jamesroutledge.co/James Routledge on Twitter:https://twitter.com/jd_routledgeMental Health at Work:https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/146158/james-routledge.htmlSubscribe to Graham's Newsletter:https://www.grahamallcott.com/sign-upOur Show Sponsors: Think Productive - Time Management Training:http://www.thinkproductive.com​​Useful links:https://www.grahamallcott.com/linksEdited by Pavel Novikov:https://www.linkedin.com/in/pavelnovikovf/
1/20/2022

Mental Health at Work with James Routledge

Ep. 136
My guest today is James Routledge. James is a mental health advocate and author of the book ‘Mental Health at Work’. After burning out when his first business failed at the age of 24, he founded Sanctus who are on a mission to help companies invest in the mental health of their employees. In this episode, James talks openly about his personal experiences. We also cover some of the myths of mental health: how to manage boundaries, how to question some of the conventional narratives on mental health and more. I asked James what the motivation was to be very open about his own mental health: Well, I didn't for so long. I definitely didn't grow up being open about how I felt or articulating my emotions. I suppose for me now I've experienced the power and the transformational change of taking the time to become aware of how I'm feeling, articulate it and share it with others… …and I've seen the benefit of that. It's changed the course of my life and taken my life in directions that I would never have expected. I would never have expected to have written a book on mental health! That was never on my radar. James explained why some people find it so hard to share their emotions with others: The reason we don't open up is because we don't feel safe or we don't feel comfortable. Often that is through the fear of judgment or fear of dismissal. And when I say dismissal, I don't just mean being dismissed from your job. That's one way. I mean just dismissal. You know, you are saying something that’s really important for you to someone and it just goes completely over their head.I really enjoyed this important conversation about mental health at work and would like to say a special thanks to Penguin Business for connecting me with James.✔ Links:James Routledge:https://jamesroutledge.co/James Routledge on Twitter:https://twitter.com/jd_routledgeMental Health at Work:https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/146158/james-routledge.htmlSubscribe to Graham's Newsletter:https://www.grahamallcott.com/sign-upOur Show Sponsors: Think Productive - Time Management Training:http://www.thinkproductive.com​​Useful links:https://www.grahamallcott.com/linksEdited by Pavel Novikov:https://www.linkedin.com/in/pavelnovikovf/
12/16/2021

Telling Your Story with Sarah Archer

Ep. 134
My guest today is Sarah Archer. Sarah is a speaking and marketing coach, as well as a playwright and comedy performer. Her podcast ‘The Speaking Club’ helps people to increase their confidence around public speaking and she has written a couple of books on the subject too! In this episode, we talk about authenticity, overcoming fear, how to measure your success and much more.Sarah spoke about how she learnt to deal with putting yourself out there:Detachment is something that I'm still learning about. I think the issue is around expectations. If you've got to manage your expectations and do it for the love of it, which is what I, you know, truly do it for the love of it.But you know, there's these sort of rags to riches stories about Edinburgh and it’s trying so hard not to take it personally when someone says something about your work, it's what we always do as human beings. We ignore all the positives and we just focus on those negatives.We need to sort of balance that out or just detach from it and it's not making it mean anything about us. It's still hard to detach you from the work you do and that's why people, certainly I've seen in the corporate world before, getting your identity mixed up with what you do. It is dangerous because we need to keep those two things separate as much as possible.✔ Links:Sarah Archer:https://www.sarah-archer.co.uk/home28404204Sarah Archer on Twitter:https://twitter.com/SarahArcher15Sarah Archer on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SarahArcherSpeak/The Speaking Club Podcast:https://thespeakingclub.com/Subscribe to Graham's Newsletter:https://www.grahamallcott.com/sign-upOur Show Sponsors: Think Productive - Time Management Training:http://www.thinkproductive.com​​Useful links:https://www.grahamallcott.com/links
11/25/2021

Social Legacy with Emily Chang

Ep. 133
My guest today is Emily Chang. Emily is the CEO of the McCann Worldgroup, China a 400 plus marketing agency based in Shanghai. She's held senior roles at Apple and Starbucks, and she is also the author of The Spare Room.In this episode, we talk about her making the move to work in China. She tells us the story of opening up her spare room to strangers, and why social legacy and living an intentional life really matter. She also shares stories about the kind leaders who've inspired her along the way and what makes her tick. And honestly, I could listen to her all day. It was such a treat to do this one.And, of course, we talk about what the spare room actually is:First of all, it's a euphemism. It's a euphemism for the thing that we each have to offer, you know, not everybody would love to open their spare room up and invite vulnerable young children, bring babies in and take care of them for the long term. For us, that's become an offer.It started off when I was single later, my husband and I, as a young couple brought in young people. And now with my 13-year-old daughter, we have our 17th kid in our spare room right now over the last 22 years.✔ Links:Social Legacy:https://social-legacy.com/Emily Chang on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/thespareroom_emilychang/Emily on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/thespareroombookSubscribe to Graham's Newsletter:https://www.grahamallcott.com/sign-upOur Show Sponsors: Think Productive - Time Management Training:http://www.thinkproductive.com​​Useful links:https://www.grahamallcott.com/links
11/11/2021

Cycling Without Age with Ole Kassow

Ep. 132
My guest today is Ole Kassow. Ole is a social entrepreneur based in Denmark and the founder of Cycling Without Age, a global movement that brings together volunteers to provide outdoor cycle rides to older people who would otherwise be stuck inside. Ole has also spent a lifetime experimenting with different ways to bring kindness into the world of work.In this episode, we talk about his journey creating Cycling Without Age and growing it to become a truly global organization. We also talk about the importance of intergenerational conversations, his experiments in slowness, why kindness is good for business and how his dad inspired his playful spirit. I think you're gonna love this one.Ole starts by telling us how Cycling Without Age was created:So I come out of a family with a dad who suffered from MS. He was very quick in a wheelchair. Actually, I know firsthand how lack of mobility can cause social isolation, loneliness and depression.There was one particular guy who just caught my attention and spurred me into action and that was a man who later really changed my life. I offered bike rides to him. It just brought me an amazing insight into a different generation. It gave me a lot of joy to be able to take this man back on a bike and get him back into his neighbourhood and meet his old friends, see the old places and listen to stories and so on. I felt it was a really wonderful two-way thing where I was able to offer my companionship and he was able to offer me a lot of stories and a lot of insights and wisdom from his age.And then continued on from that with the city of Copenhagen getting involved and sponsoring some wonderful three-wheel bikes with a double seat in front. Then it just grew from there, it grew to all the care homes and activity centres in Copenhagen and beyond, and has since spread to most corners of the world as well.✔ Links:Cycling Without Age:https://cyclingwithoutage.org/Ole Kassow on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/olekassow/Ole Kassow on Twitter:https://twitter.com/OleKassowSubscribe to Graham's Newsletter:https://www.grahamallcott.com/sign-upOur Show Sponsors: Think Productive - Time Management Training:http://www.thinkproductive.com​​Useful links:https://www.grahamallcott.com/links
11/4/2021

How to Be Happy with Nic Marks

Ep. 131
My guest today is Nic Marks. Nic is one of the world's leading experts on happiness and the founder of Friday Pulse, a tool to help organizations find out how happy their people are at work. Nic also created the Happy Planet Index to show which countries have the happiest people, and he spent years thinking about how to be happy and the relationship between happiness and success.So in this episode, we talk about how to be happy. Nic talks about his mentor, a Chilean economist who changed his life, his five ways to wellbeing and much more.Nic starts off by explaining what Friday Pulse is for:And so I'm a statistician by trade. So I'm looking to create a measure that is useful for organisations and basically, our measure is happy weeks, which is “have people had a good week?”. That builds up into a metric for an organisation that allows them to track how every team, how the whole organisation is and it's very, very responsive. I mean, most organizations don't have a responsive people metric. Most of their people metrics are quite lagging. So they would obviously look at things like retention and things like that, they might look at engagement and tend to do that in a once a year survey, maybe once a quarter. I want to create something very at the moment......So by measuring it weekly, you start to get into that it's very fluid and that's what I really like about it. And, we create useful data for team leaders and organizations to understand their happiness and their organization.✔ Links:Nic Marks:https://nicmarks.org/Nic Marks on Twitter:https://twitter.com/iamnicmarksNic Marks on TED Talk:https://www.ted.com/talks/nic_marks_the_happy_planet_indexFriday Pulse:https://fridaypulse.com/?__cf_chl_captcha_tk__=pmd_dtjkDJiY_9ZitGC0Z7d4mEl0paXU.DmSXB.ozjsQWD4-1634373516-0-gqNtZGzNAyWjcnBszQpRHappy Planet Index:http://happyplanetindex.org/Subscribe to Graham's Newsletter:https://www.grahamallcott.com/sign-upOur Show Sponsors: Think Productive - Time Management Training:http://www.thinkproductive.com​​Useful links:https://www.grahamallcott.com/links
10/13/2021

Black Founders Hub with Denise Nurse

Ep. 130
My guest today is Denise Nurse. Denise is the co-founder of the Black Founders Hub, a network for black entrepreneurs that started here in the UK but is now increasingly global. She is also a lawyer and entrepreneur, having started and then sold a really unusual law firm. Denise has also worked as a TV presenter for Sky Travel and on BBC's Escape to the Country and Watchdog.In this episode, we talk about race and how to encourage black entrepreneurs. The journey from starting and growing, to sell a business. And I think you're going to really learn a lot from Denise's outlook and energy. So let's get straight into it.Denise explains to us why is the Black Founders Hub:I am a black founder. My goal is to help support others in business and to find ways of creating success. So that's kind of why because instead of us all being on our own, if we come together as a collective, we know that peer networking works.There's something called the old boys club. That was the thing for a reason. So I just want to create that for black founders. That safe space. That space to be yourself and that space to connect and to do business. The key thing with that, what we're doing, it's for business at a higher level.And I ask Dennise “What is kindness in leadership and why it is important?”:Firstly, kindness to oneself. I think great leaders who ever learned or who practice the art of being kind to themselves, have the ability to be kind to others.If you are running yourself to the ground, if you are not saying very nice things to yourself, if you're being your own worst enemy, it's hard actually to offer kindness to others truly because it will come from a not good place. So there's that basic skill of listening which I think is truly kind, truly.✔ Links:Black Founders Hub:https://www.blackfoundershub.com/Subscribe to Graham's Newsletter:https://www.grahamallcott.com/sign-upOur Show Sponsors: Think Productive - Time Management Training:http://www.thinkproductive.com​​Useful links:https://www.grahamallcott.com/linksEdited by Pavel Novikov:https://www.linkedin.com/in/pavelnovikovf/