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Episode 37: Guest episode with the amazing Tim Vaughan-Hughes (and did we mention Monty Python?)

Episode 37: Guest episode with the amazing Tim Vaughan-Hughes (and did we mention Monty Python?)

June 23, 2022

In episode 37, The Occupational Philosophers chat with highly engaging, world class storyteller and very funny Tim Vaughan-Hughes. 

Tim is one interesting cat! 

He began his career with the stage management team at Glyndebourne Opera, and trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has subsequently performed extensively in all media. He joined the Monty Python production team for their feature films Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

He now acts as a mentor and 'enabler' to senior management and executives in the areas of creating impact, change, confidence building, presentation skills and personal development. His clients include Sony, HSBC, PwC, Cisco Systems, BT, Lloyds Bank, DHL and HBOS to name a few. 

He is also one of the most entertaining keynote speakers and after dinner speakers going around! 

His training skills and personal development include media coaching, Presentation Polishing and script writing for Business executives. He helps individual clients with finishing touches to their speeches, rehearsing and prepares them for camera or conference appearances.

As well as working with business executives privately or in a group, he runs open classes, and regularly presents a popular master-class to help people create impact in both their business and private lives (with the course being delivered across the globe). 

In this episode, they explore: 

  • What we can learn from the principles of stage management 
  • How we can find more confidence from finding our inner alter ego 
  • Why it’s important to recognise the difference between nerves and fear 
  • Why all great performers practice, practice, practice and get loads of help 
  • How the right to fail is a god-given right - it should be in your team charter
  • How if you're not nervous you are either drunk or you died yesterday (one of our favourite lines ever)
  • John also struggles to even get out a basic sentence then looks blame others....

As always, there are some great thought experiments.

This time it's "Whose speech is it anyway?" 

You can connect directly with Tim on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-vaughan-hughes-927930a/

 

We hope you enjoy the show! 

 

Ep.36 - Inbetweeners: Oooh Yeah….Navigating tensions

Ep.36 - Inbetweeners: Oooh Yeah….Navigating tensions

June 14, 2022

In ep.36, The Occupational Philosophers explore the idea of tensions. Mmmm, what does the mean? 

Que music...."Tensions here, tensions there, tensions everywhere, yeah, yeah, yeah..."  Whilst this lyric may never win a grammy (but lets not put boundaries on what's possible), tensions are everywhere

i.e. 

  • Working harder to achieve success v.s taking that little bit of extra time off to look after yourself 
  • The tension of breathing in v.s breathing out. Both are essential and one is not more important than the other - or are they? 
  • The tension of being a man child vs. not doing things that will break your ankle
  • The tension between John and Simon. John thinks Simon is an idiot bogan from Australia and Simon thinks John is and old posh grey head. 

So, tensions are everywhere and there is a real excitement in managing and navigating this. 

 

We hope you enjoy the show AND we hope you join us for another great year of a not-so-serious business podcast. 

And as The Occupational Philosophers always say: stay curious, make stuff, play more, have fun and date life. 

FYI: The Inbetweeners episodes are just that - smaller episodes 'in between' the longer format episodes designed to give a little kickstart to enable you to be the most curious, creative and imaginative cat you can be - and have some fun in the process. 

 

Say Hello

www.occupationalphilosophers.com 

 

Their day jobs

JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/ 

SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au 

SIMON SHOWREEL: https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg 

Ep.35 - Inbetweeners:The half baked idea…..

Ep.35 - Inbetweeners:The half baked idea…..

June 6, 2022

In their 1st birthday anniversary show spectacular most amazing achievement podcast (yes, they made it to 1 year old - we are surprised as you are), the Occupational Philosophers explore the concept of the half baked idea and most importantly, how we need to create an environment where these 'half-baked ideas' thrive. 

Half baked ideas and overcoming our addiction to perfection is at the heart of a culture of innovation. 

You will also why bears can make great electricians (loosely) and John and Simon have a moment of enlightenment when they share two half-baked ideas to form something even better. 

We hope you enjoy the show AND we hope you join us for another great year of a not-so-serious business podcast. 

And as The Occupational Philosophers always say: stay curious, make stuff, play more, have fun and date life. 

FYI: The Inbetweeners episodes are just that - smaller episodes 'in between' the longer format episodes designed to give a little kickstart to enable you to be the most curious, creative and imaginative cat you can be - and have some fun in the process. 

 

Say Hello

www.occupationalphilosophers.com 

 

Their day jobs

JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/ 

SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au 

SIMON SHOWREEL: https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg 

Ep.34 - I am like a cat, I can play all day….

Ep.34 - I am like a cat, I can play all day….

May 30, 2022

In Episode 34, The Occupational Philosophers explore the topic of play and ponder the crucial question “Why does any game of Monopoly always end in a fist fight?

In this episode, they discuss:

  • What happens to our brains when we play?
  • Why unstructured play is key to our development as children (and adults!)
  • How play improves our cognitive skills so we can problem solve, create and learn more effectively
  • Who said ‘play is the highest form of research’?
  • How play enables us to produce our best work in whatever form that takes 
  • How there is an actual national institute of play (true fact) 
  • Why playing like a cat is at the heart of art and creativity 

As always, there are original thought experiments and this time they ask:

  • To play or to play?

We hope you enjoy the episode as much as The Occupational Philosophers enjoyed making it.

You can learn more about the show at www.occupationalphilosophers.com

Remember, if you like the show (or found it mildly tolerable) tell your friends and leave a review and rating …we mean a positive review not as a warning to others….

References

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/feb/06/ai-weiwei-i-am-like-a-cat-cats-can-play-for-a-whole-day?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

https://www.nifplay.org

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/17/the-guardian-view-on-lego-for-adults-play-is-a-serious-business

 

Ep.33 - Inbetweeners: Looking at the world with Travellers Eyes

Ep.33 - Inbetweeners: Looking at the world with Travellers Eyes

May 17, 2022

In episode 33, The Occupational Philosophers explore the idea of looking at the world with travellers' eyes. Mmmm, what do you mean by that? Great question! 

Think back to one of those great trips you have been on.....Just think about how curious you were about everything that you saw around you. It was eyes wide open taking in as much as possible. 

Imagine.....What would things be like (at work or otherwise) if we spent more time looking at the world with travellers' eyes? 

Imagine, what would be possible? What would we see? 

Tune in to go on a great travel adventure and get your eyes wide open. 

We hope you enjoy the show

And as The Occupational Philosophers always say: stay curious, make stuff, play more, have fun and date life. 

FYI: The Inbetweeners episodes are just that - smaller episodes 'in between' our longer format episodes designed to give a little kickstart to enable you to be the most curious, creative and imaginative cat you can be - and have some fun in the process. 

 

Say Hello

www.occupationalphilosophers.com 

 

Their day jobs

JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/ 

SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au 

SIMON SHOWREEL: https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg 

Ep.32 - Guest episode with the amazing Dr. Jen Frahm

Ep.32 - Guest episode with the amazing Dr. Jen Frahm

May 9, 2022

In Episode 32, The Occupational Philosophers chat with Dr Jen Frahm…a tamer of ambiguity, speaker of truths and a solver of problems. She is a global expert in change and organisational transformation.

She is the author of two books, with the most recent being “Change.Leader” which offers 33 areas in which leaders can make small but intentional personal changes in the way they lead that will result in being able to navigate disruption better.

Jen lectured and developed university-level curriculum for over 8 years and is known for her ability to bust silos, empower big ideas to come to life and is more agile than a leaping gazelle on steroids.

In this episode, they explore:

  • How curiosity, creativity and imagination are the fuel for transformative change
  • When the drive for resilience within organisations masks the real problems in the system
  • What the agile mindset and methodology can offer as we navigate change
  • How teams need to stress test their team charter before embarking on a change initiative
  • Why great digital transformation is really about risk 
  • How to tell if the lint filter in your washing machine needs changing 

As always, there are some original thought experiments and this time they have:

  • Wand of Change 
  • Listener questions

 

Learn more about Jen

https://drjenfrahm.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferfrahm

Find Jen on Twitter - @jenfrahm 

 

References

Wim Hof

https://www.wimhofmethod.com/

Change. Leader 

https://drjenfrahm.com/change-leader/

Agile Manifesto

https://agilemanifesto.org/

Agile Change Leadership Institute

https://aclinstitute.com/

Kanban Canvas

https://canvanizer.com/new/kanban-canvas

 

 

Ep.31 - Inbetweeners: Jez Rose’s lost garden of curious delights

Ep.31 - Inbetweeners: Jez Rose’s lost garden of curious delights

May 2, 2022

In Episode 31, The Occupational Philosophers reconnect with the amazing Jez Rose as they design a garden of creativity, curiosity and imagination. They loved this piece so much that it needed its own episode. 

With Jez's love of nature, he became a landscape gardener as he designed his own garden of creativity, curiosity and imagination. 

You will hear about what's needed for: 

  • The soil, providing nutrients, foundations and roots
  • Flowers, providing sensory stimuli, sights, sounds, sense and touch 
  • Fauna providing......

Jez is a wonderful storyteller and you will not be disappointed as we journey into his imagination. 

Simon also makes a pledge to bring this garden to life via an artwork as well! (watch this space) 

 

We hope you enjoy the show. 

And as The Occupational Philosophers always say: stay curious, make stuff, play more, have fun and date life. 

FYI: The Inbetweeners episodes are just that - smaller episodes in between our longer format episodes designed to give a little kickstart to enable you to be the most curious, creative and imaginative cat you can be - and have some fun in the process. 

 

Say Hello

www.occupationalphilosophers.com 

 

Their day jobs

JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/ 

SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au 

SIMON SHOWREEL: https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg 

 

 

 

Ep.30 - Inbetweeners: Need some inspiration? We have the answer!

Ep.30 - Inbetweeners: Need some inspiration? We have the answer!

April 19, 2022

Would you like to have better ideas? Do you sometimes need more inspiration? Would you like an easy way to achieve both of these? If so, read on (and listen to this episode) 

In episode 30, The Occupational Philosophers explore a really simple technique to create a bunch of new ideas, seek inspiration and have an enjoyable time in the process. 

Importantly, it's easy, free and anyone can do it. 

We hope you enjoy the show. 

And as The Occupational Philosophers always say: stay curious, make stuff, play more, have fun and date life. 

 

www.occupationalphilosophers.com 

JOHN: https://www.bowlandconsulting.com/ 

SIMON: www.simonbanks.com.au 

 

FYI: The Inbetweeners episodes are just that - smaller episodes in between our longer format episodes designed to give a little kickstart to enable you to be the most curious, creative and imaginative cat you can be - and have some fun in the process. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ep.29 - Is technology killing our creativity?

Ep.29 - Is technology killing our creativity?

April 12, 2022

In episode 29, the Occupational Philosophers ask the very important question of "Is technology killing our creativity?" 

Fulfilling John's high school dreams of a career in law they take a for and against argument and explore both sides of the argument. 

In this episode, they discuss: 

  • The different types of curiosity and how technology drives each of them 
  • How technology both fuels and diminishes empathy 
  • Why it's important to consider the spaces and places we create for curiosity and creativity
  • How travelling pre-mobile phone may have been a very different experience 
  • Why we need to create online and offline spaces for creativity 
  • How interrupting your flow can drop your IQ (watch out!) 
  • Why our humanness is more important than ever 
  • Can robots create art (or is it just craft?) 
  • Why data is nothing without.....

As always, (and in the tradition of the great philosophers of the past - not the John and Simon count themselves in that space by any means - John is in training, however), there are some great thought experiments.

For episode 29, the thought experiment is: 

  • App or Crap? 

We hope you enjoy the episode as much as The Occupational Philosophers enjoyed making it. 

You can learn more about the show at www.occupationalphilosophers.com 

Remember, if you like the show (fingers crossed...) tell your friends and leave a review and rating and you will be showered with 10,000,001 blessings. 

 

Show Links 

AI, robots and painting

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/apr/04/mind-blowing-ai-da-becomes-first-robot-to-paint-like-an-artist?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

 

 

Ep.28 - Inbetweeners: Priming the pump for curiosity

Ep.28 - Inbetweeners: Priming the pump for curiosity

April 4, 2022

In this short, sharp episode of starting your week goodness, The Occupational Philosophers explore the idea of priming the pump for creativity and curiosity, and why it's important. 

Think of it like this..... Imagine if someone at work said, "the whole company is going to run a marathon, it will be great for company morale, raise money and we are going to do it RIGHT NOW!

It just wouldn't work. You don't go and run a marathon without doing some warming up, stretching and practice and it's the same for creativity and curiosity. We need to prime the pump. 

Tune in for seven minutes as The Occupational Philosophers explore a great way to do that with a team and get the curiosity firing. 

They hope you enjoy the show. 

Check us out at www.occupationalphilosophers.com 

If you haven't checked out Simon's showreel, you can do that right here https://youtu.be/YZQdJI6qGvg (yes, it's a little plug) 

 

 

 

 

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