Thursday, 21 July 2022

Leadership & Life Chat - Mind your language, your success depends on it

Retrain your brain and learn new ways of looking at how you speak to others, and to yourself, and how focusing on this can help build your personal success as a leader!


Thursday, 14 July 2022

Leadership & Life Chat - Motivation, passion and autonomy with ‘The Business Motivator’, Susannah Brade-Waring

Susannah is a member of the global business coaching platform, Mindshop, and back in 2021 received the coveted Value to Others award for European advisors. Mark describes her as the motivational map ‘Yoda’!


Thursday, 07 July 2022

Leadership & Life Chat - Under pressure: Know your self-care, blind spots, triggers and strengths with Paralympian coach Greg Baker

Greg lets us in on what it takes to ‘make it’ at Olympic-level sport, the process of performing under pressure, how to focus on yourself and what we can all learn from the coaches who train top level athletes.


Thursday, 30 June 2022

Leadership & Life Chat - Confidence is key! Fear of failure is bad for business

James and Mark discuss the current lack of self-confidence we have suffered as result of lockdown, and how we can reprogramme ourselves to overcome our fear of failure and rediscover our self worth, to find the positive in any situation.


Thursday, 23 June 2022

Leadership & Life Chat - What business can learn from sport, with BBC journalist Simon Mundie

James and Mark look back on some of the most interesting topics covered in their interview with renowned former BBC sports journalist, Simon Mundie. From imposter syndrome to Simon's pursuit to change exclusionary language around sport, it's not to be missed.


Thursday, 16 June 2022

Leadership & Life Chat - Human vs algorithm: Why the AI balance is key, with researcher in the philosophy of technology, Alix Rübsaam

AI is taking the world by storm and Alix Rübsaam is here to show us how to harness algorithms for good and make them work for your business, and improve your life!


Thursday, 09 June 2022

Leadership & Life Chat - Obstacle or opportunity? How to positively reframe your thinking

Do you view a problem as an obstacle or an opportunity? How you answer this question can define and set you apart as a leader, in life and business.


Thursday, 02 June 2022

Leadership & Life Chat - Positive mental health and wellbeing in business, with Louise Newby

James and Mark look back on their chat with Louise Newby, and how their conversation on mental health and wellbeing is still just as relevant now as it was back in November 2020.


Thursday, 26 May 2022

Leadership & Life Chat - The Climate Crunch: Why should you care? With net-zero expert Dr Mathew Hampshire-Waugh

Watch the latest fascinating and highly relevant Leadership & Life Chat episode, where Mark and James discuss climate change with Dr Mathew Hampshire-Waugh, who offers practical and important advice on how you and your business can do your bit towards saving the planet.


Thursday, 19 May 2022

Leadership & Life Chat - The Attitude of Gratitude: reap the rewards of appreciation

James and Mark look at how to achieve meaningful gratefulness by discussing the power of journaling; the negative impact of catastrophising; the 5,4,3,2,1 method; and, how embracing neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) can help you to reprogramme your brain and make you a better leader.


Thursday, 12 May 2022

Leadership & Life Chat - Diversity in the workplace with Andy Nicol & Sue Liburd MBE

James and Mark look back on their chat with Andy Nicol and Sue Liburd MBE, and how their conversation on diversity and inclusion is still just as relevant now as it was back in October 2020 on their Impromptu Business Chat series. It is, to date, their second most downloaded episode which further proves that this topic is still so pertinent, especially to business leaders.


Thursday, 05 May 2022

Leadership & Life Chat - Power of public speaking with Andrew Brammer

Public speaking is often cited as one of our biggest fears, feared more than death itself. But what if you can hone your skills and combat your fears? James & Mark chat to Andrew Brammer, global award-winning public speaker, who believes passionately in the power of public speaking, and the wider benefits that your new-found confidence can bring to all aspects of your life.


Thursday, 28 April 2022

NEW! Leadership & Life Chat - You've Got the Power!

Welcome to the first episode in our new series! This week, James & Mark examine our own perceptions of why things happen in our lives, whether we think we can control them, and how it informs our behaviour. With a focus on the well-known psychological theory ‘Locus of Control’ 


Friday, 17 December 2021

Lonely this Christmas - How to cope with the pressure of Christmas

How can you actually switch off, cope with burnout, and set realistic expectations? Many will be feeling the ‘pressure of Christmas’ after another challenging year, and James and Mark are here with their top tips on what you can do to manage expectations and pressure.


Friday, 10 December 2021

Leadership in the face of Omicron: Harder, better, faster, stronger!

James and Mark discuss what the new COVID variant Omicron could mean for businesses as we head into winter. They discuss how we need to lean on the skills and lessons we have learnt during the last 18 months. 


Friday, 03 December 2021

'The Sober Exec' Chris Anthony on how to navigate sobriety in corporate drinking culture

For those in the corporate world, the festive season brings with it invitations to parties with an expectation that alcohol will be freely consumed….and you will be involved! How do you navigate these events if you’re sober? Mark and James welcome the ‘Sober Exec’ Chris Anthony to chat about navigating the corporate drinks culture.


Thursday, 02 December 2021

Suffolk ProHelp: Community interest companies podcast

In this episode of Suffolk ProHelp's podcast, they talk to Larking Gowen Not for Profit director, Giles Kerkham, and manager, Glenn Matthews, about the pros and cons of becoming a CIC.


Friday, 26 November 2021

Is 2021 the year of burnout in business? Under pressure

This week, James and Mark discuss a recent UK survey which revealed that 50% of workers are secretly hoping for a ‘fire-break’ lockdown over Christmas, as they are facing burn out.  Their top 3 tips can help you to prioritise your team’s health without damaging profits. 


Friday, 19 November 2021

Climate vs Commerce: 3 Sustainability Truths Every Business Should Know

What does sustainability REALLY mean in practical terms for business, and what does the future look like? Mark breaks down what is currently happening in big business, and what still needs to be done at both corporate and SME levels. Mark asked David Attenborough to special guest on this episode. Did he get a polite yet resounding ‘No’ or will Sir David provide this week’s top tips…listen in to find out!


Friday, 12 November 2021

Does your business stand out from the crowd? Make your business advantage sustainable

James and Mark look at the myth that is having a Unique Selling Point, and instead focus on the business critical concept of Sustainable Competitive Advantage (SCA)


Friday, 05 November 2021

Interview with Paul McVeigh - the power of beliefs in business

Paul has competed in two of the most competitive industries in the world: elite sport, and performance psychology. James and Mark chat to him about growth mindset, imposter syndrome, and the power our beliefs have over us and our decisions. 


Friday, 29 October 2021

Time Management in a hybrid-working post-COVID world - The times they are a changin'

This week, James and Mark share the time management difficulties they're encountering as they return to face-to-face meetings, and the new challenges of hybrid working. 


Friday, 22 October 2021

Preparing your business for sale: fail to prepare, prepare to fail

In this weeks episode of Impromptu Business Chat, Mark and James provide 3 practical tips that business owners can implement in the lead up to a sale of their business. 


Friday, 15 October 2021

Neutral thinking for positive performance: Inspiration from the late great Trevor Moawad

IBC is back for series 6! Mark and James reflect on the recent World Mental Health Day and the work of the late great Trevor Moawad. We learn that saying something negative is up to 70x more powerful than thinking a positive thought, so we must be very careful what we say!


Friday, 08 October 2021

SPECIAL EPISODE! Celebrating 60 episodes - Impromptu Business Chats 'Diamond anniversary'

In celebration of their 60-episode Diamond anniversary, James and Mark are looking back over some highlights from the past 18 months, and yes, even some of the low points, mostly consisting of Mark’s tenuous/terrible musical links!


Tuesday, 05 October 2021

Business Insights Chat with Cambridge United Football Club CEO, Ian Mather

In this episode, Ian Fitch chats with Ian Mather, so it’s less a tale of two halves, and more the tale of two Ians! Sit back and listen to them ‘kicking around’ thoughts on what it really means to pursue a second career, as Ian, a retired solicitor and former partner at Mills & Reeve, reflects on the move to football, the game's financial future, and the last 18 months.


Friday, 24 September 2021

Interview with former RAF Fighter Pilot & Executive Officer of the Red Arrows Dan Lowes

What does it really take to work in one of the most respected and well-known military branches in the world? And what can business leaders learn from the lessons it teaches? Dan reflects on his 16 years as a fast jet pilot and qualified weapons instructor (aka Top Gun School!) and how business leaders can learn from the resilience, mistakes, lessons and discipline it takes to make it to the Red Arrows.


Friday, 17 September 2021

Attracting and retaining the best talent in a post Covid-19 lock-down world - The Great Resignation

James and Mark chat about the huge surge in vacancies across the UK and many parts of the world. They reflect on what businesses can do to help retain and attract the best talent, providing 3 top tips along the way.


Friday, 10 September 2021

Managing hybrid teams in a post furlough world - The future is hybrid!

James and Mark chat about the new challenges facing businesses emerging from furlough with a growing need to manage hybrid teams working from home and the office.


Friday, 03 September 2021

Making work more enjoyable, easier & fun - easy like Monday morning

Mark and James chat about the importance of enjoying your job and the benefits this brings to business and life. 


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