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Replay 075 – Conflict is essential to collaboration

The barriers that women face hold all of us back. Listen to hear how Dr Alice Stewart overcame all sorts of obstacles to find a correlation between x-raying pregnant women and childhood cancer.

Mar 8, 2022

142 – Million-dollar bathroom basin

Customer service is everything. Listen to hear how one salesperson lost their business a $1.5 million contract.

Feb 22, 2022

141 – Rocket science propelling librarians

When you build a workplace culture that allows mistakes to be discussed, you ensure they won’t be repeated. Listen to hear how a jet propulsion laboratory owns its failures and fosters a learning culture.

Feb 16, 2022

140 – When you desperately need your plan B

Have a plan B and keep it top of mind. Listen to hear how a desperate cry for help saved a man’s life just last month.

Feb 8, 2022

139 – Contract bondage no good by George

You don’t have to follow the path people expect you to take. Listen to hear why an Australian actor refused to sign a contract worth more than one million pounds.

Feb 1, 2022

138 – Scurvy sailors served sauerkraut

Pushing ideas and actions on people will only lead to resistance. Listen to hear how Captain James Cook used a pull strategy to save his crew from scurvy.

Jan 25, 2022

137 – Journeys of heroes and Beatles

A team philosophy will help soothe your colleagues’ concerns in stressful situations. Listen to hear why the Beatles reminded each other that “something will happen” when tensions rose.

Jan 17, 2022

136 – It’s like riding a new bike

Suggestion and argument alone don’t change minds, but experiences do. Listen to hear how one husband finally persuaded his wife to buy herself a new and improved bike.

Dec 21, 2021

135 – Noticing the cut versus feeling the pain

Empathy will help you help other people. Listen to hear how a woman stopped a child’s crying by showing that she could really understand how they were feeling.

Dec 15, 2021

134 – Look for the good and trust in the work

You don’t know what other people are going through. Listen to hear why Hugh van Cuylenburg will never stop pushing his organisation’s (The Resilience Project) message.

Dec 7, 2021

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