Dame Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best known classicists. She’s Cambridge Emerita Professor and Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. She’s also a trustee of the British Museum and classics editor of the TLS, where for 20 years she has been writing a blog, “A Don’s Life”. Her bestselling books include SPQR: A History of […]
Podcast - The Art of Work
How do we find fulfilment as we pay the bills?
How do we find fulfilment as we pay the bills? In her podcast Work Interrupted, Christina Patterson talked to people from a range of working backgrounds - business, journalism, the arts, healthcare, music, books, broadcasting, academia - to find out how their work was changing in the light of the pandemic. In The Art of Work she focuses on how we can all build a work life that brings some meaning, fun and even joy.
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Sir Ken Olisa is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London. After a career in tech, with IBM and then Wang Labs, Sir Ken is now Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners, a boutique technology merchant bank. He has chaired and been on many boards, including Thomson Reuters, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and […]
Nicola Williams is a judge, ombudsman and novelist. Called to the bar in 1985, she has been a part-time Crown Court Judge since 2009. She has been Commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Complaints Commissioner for the Cayman Islands and the first ever Service Complaints Ombudsman for the UK Armed Forces. She has served on […]
Sharath Jeevan is one of the world’s leading experts on motivation. After starting off in strategy consulting, Sharath started Ebay’s charity arm and then Teaching Leaders, an organisation that helps school leaders raise life chances for the most disadvantaged children. In 2022, he was awarded an OBE for starting and running STIR Education, which has […]
One of Britain’s leading coaches and coach trainers, Colin Brett has been described as a “gentle bulldozer”. He has worked as a Transactional Analyst and a counsellor as well as an executive coach, helping individuals, leaders and teams flourish, both at work and in their personal lives. He has four masters’ degrees, including one in […]
Theresa Beattie started her career as Education and Community Manager at Sadler’s Wells and has worked as a curator at Southbank Centre, Dance Umbrella, and the Royal Opera House. She was Director of Artist Development at The Place for a decade and has done several stints at Arts Council England, including one as Director of […]
Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author. A former UK slam champion, Joelle founded SLAMbassadors, the UK’s youth slam championships in 2001 and was its Artistic Director and National Coach until 2018. She’s host and and co-curator of Out-Spoken, the UK’s premier poetry and music club, currently resident at the Southbank Centre. Her […]
Steven Isserlis is an internationally renowned cellist and music educator. He appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, devises chamber music programmes and performs around the world as a soloist. He has won many awards for his work, including a CBE, and is one of only two living cellists featured in Gramophone‘s Hall of Fame. […]
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Kathryn Mannix started her medical career in cancer care before working as a palliative care consultant in hospices, hospitals and patients’ homes. She started the UK’s first CBT clinic for palliative care patients and now teaches communication skills to healthcare professionals. She’s the bestselling author of With the End in Mind and Listen: How to Find the Words […]
Bruce Daisley is a writer, consultant, expert in workplace culture and host of the chart-topping podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat. A former European Vice-President for Twitter, he’s the bestselling author of The Joy of Work and, now, of Fortitude: Unlocking the Secrets of Inner Strength. In this podcast, he discusses toxic myths about resilience, the importance of laughter and […]
Gabriella Braun is the Director of Working Well, a specialist consultancy firm that uses psychoanalytic and systemic thinking to help leaders and teams understand the hidden truths of their behaviour at work. She has worked with organisations ranging from the British Library and Cambridge University to NHS trusts and the Tate. She has just published […]
Daniel Pink is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Drive, To Sell is Human and When. His books have sold millions of copies, have been translated into 42 languages and won multiple awards. His new book, The Power of Regret, draws on research in psychology, neuroscience, economics and biology to explode many of […]
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Joe Hildebrand is Managing Director, European Leadership & Culture Lead at Accenture. Joe has held senior leadership positions at BT, has been a management consultant at Accenture and Deloitte and was a Managing Director at ?WhatIf! Innovation before taking on his current role. He has helped to develop leadership and culture in companies across different […]
Johann Hari is the internationally bestselling author of Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections. His books have appeared in 38 languages and his TED talks on addiction and depression have been viewed more than 80 million times. Chasing the Scream was made into an Academy-Award nominated film and an eight-part TV series presented by Samuel […]
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Jan Lucassen is one of the world’s top experts on the history of work. His recent book The Story of Work is the first truly global history of work, from the age of the hunter-gatherer to the present day. Jan Lucassen is Emeritus Professor at the free University of Amsterdam and an honorary fellow at […]
Arifa Akbar is chief theatre critic of The Guardian and author of a memoir, Consumed, which has just been shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award. Arifa has been arts correspondent and literary editor of The Independent. She has written for newspapers and magazines ranging from The Observer to the FT and is a trustee of the […]
Christina Pagel is a mathematician, a member of Independent Sage and Professor of Operational Research at University College, London. The first female director of the Clinical Operational Research Unit at UCL and an honorary researcher at Great Ormond Street Hospital, she has been one of the most prominent scientists in the media during the pandemic. […]
Chris Barez-Brown is an entrepreneur, author and founder of Upping Your Elvis, a business that aims to help people find more energy and fun at work. He has worked with companies ranging from Coca-Cola to Citibank and Nike. His books include How to Have Kick-Ass Ideas, Shine: How to Survive and Thrive at Work, and […]
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How can we build a work life that brings some meaning, fun and even joy? In this preview of The Art of Work, Christina offers highlights from the two seasons of Work Interrupted. Tech entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan talks about how she livened up a boring project with live rabbits. Artistic Director of English National Ballet […]
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“We’re all freelancers now. It’s just that sometimes you’re freelancing for an organisation and sometimes you’re freelancing as an individual.” Sarah Churchwell talks about the changing face of academia and how to fight falsehood and fascism in a pandemic.
“Whether you want to have a personal brand or not, you have one. And quite often it’s not created by you.” Writer, broadcaster and coach Harriet Minter talks about building a career – and brand – you love while you work from home, the horrors and joys of a “call to action” on LinkedIn, and how to work out what you really want – and get it.
“I was literally hanging upside down with my ass hanging out when this man comes running into the studio yelling ‘We’re going into lockdown’.” Ayesha Hazarika talks about going feral during lockdown, Zoom gin tastings and the terror and joy of stand up comedy.
“It only counts as being brave if you’re scared. I’m really, really scared.” Daisy Buchanan talks about sexual desire, being broke, envy and how to own your ambition.
“The trick is to make your boring side of the table the best side of the table”. David Bodanis talks about how to write a bestseller, how to spot a toxic workplace and how nice guys (and girls) can win.
“What kind of shit sandwich do you do want to eat?” Viv Groskop talks about money, power, the shock of a blank diary and finding fun at work, even in a pandemic.
Sarah Connolly talks about rejection, what she learnt about power from playing men’s roles and the “balls of steel” she developed in her childhood.
Guy talks about his journey from wannabe Gordon Gekko to reflective “value investor” via Jungian analysis and some big bumps in the road
Phil talks about his brush with mortality after Covid, broadcasting during a pandemic and fighting the culture wars
Adam talks about an accidental career, dramatic changes in direction and his attempts to help us find a vaccine
Jackie talks about her own emotional struggles during the pandemic, Black Lives Matter and how poetry can help all of us.
In this podcast, she talks about switching medicine to Zoom, Black Lives Matter and what it was like to take part in those Downing Street briefings.
In this podcast, she talks about culture wars, clicktivism, the future of journalism – and how she’s sick of public school lefties telling us all what to think.
In this podcast, she talks about the joy of nursing, the heroism of care workers during Covid, the creativity of academics and how an art exhibition in Stockholm inspired a new vision for the future of care.
In this podcast, he talks about the power of diverse thinking, what immigrants can teach us, adapting to a semi-virtual world – and the joy of putting on a suit and going on the Tube.
In this podcast, she talks about how to cope with losing a job, how to keep hope alive during a pandemic, the joy of kickboxing – and what to do about the “shitty committee”.
In this podcast, he talks about dark money, the future of fashion in a pandemic, life without parties – and why we should all join a union.
In this podcast, she talks about the importance of ambition, the healing power of baking and how the arts can help us deal with AI.
In this podcast, he talks about the myth of authenticity at work, the challenges and rewards of freelance life, and what we’re all learning about ourselves and our values in a pandemic.