The World of Work Podcast

Join James and Jane on their mission to improve the world of work

Are you passionate about the role good work plays in creating a happy life for yourself and those around you? Join Jane and James in exploring topics that will help you develop yourself, your team and your organization. Whether you are a seasoned leader, new manager or even in your first job, this podcast is an essential listen for a fulfilling career.

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All Episodes

Jane joins James in listening to his conversation with Lior Locher to discuss certainty and ambiguity. The conversation explores the structures and scaffolding that shapes our understanding of what is certain and how we can be better at thriving with ambiguity in our careers and work. 

Nov 29

46 min 14 sec

James is joined by Kevin Monroe to speak about gratitude and the power of gratitude in our work an in our lives. The conversation explores what gratitude is, how gratitude can change how we think and feel and how we can create habits that help us bring more gratitude into our lives. Kevin also shares some thoughts on how gratitude can be brought into the workplace.

Nov 22

51 min 39 sec

James is joined by Kaumudi Goda from Singapore to talk about the role that cognitive biases play in our lives. The conversation explores what cognitive biases are, how they may appear and how they affect what we do. To bring the subject to live, Kaumudi explores how biases affect our views and actions in relation to climate change and sustainability.

Nov 1

51 min 7 sec

James is joined by Mark Gilroy for an exploration of introversion and extraversion. The conversation covers what these different terms mean, the different preferences different people can have and why understanding your own and others preferences could be helpful. A super fun conversation with lots to learn in it!

Oct 25

53 min 46 sec

James is joined by friend of the show, Jeff Weigh, to talk about the role of personal values in improving happiness and fulfillment in the workplace. The conversation explores some of the great content in Jeff's new book, "Suck! Now What?", including some ways that individuals can identify their own personal values.

Oct 4

51 min 40 sec

James and Jane have a conversation about Psychological Safety. It explores that psych safety is, why it matters and some of the things you can do to increase it in your teams as a leader and manager. It's a topic we think is really important, so have a listen!

Sep 27

58 min 47 sec

James and Jane are joined by Chris Jones, CEO of England Athletics, to talk about leadership in the world of sport. The conversation explores what leadership is like in athletics and sport, the importance of being people focused and the lessons Chris has learned over his career. It's a warm and thought provoking exploration of leading.

Sep 6

53 min 8 sec

James and Jane are joined by author and speaker Dr. Tina Hallis from Positive Edge to talk about positive thinking and psychology. The conversation explore what positive thinking is, the benefits of being a more positive thinker and the steps you can take to increase positivity for yourself, your team or your organization.

Aug 30

48 min 7 sec

James and Jane are joined again by friend of the show, author and founder of PTHR to talk about "reinvention labs". The conversation explores some of the current challenges with learning and development in teams, and explains how a more "lab" based approach can help teams effectively grow and develop in relation to specific, important topics.

Aug 23

35 min 50 sec

James and Jane are joined by good friend of the show, Dr. Oli Mival, a user experience, Director of User  Research at Skyscanner and Principal Research Fellow at the Center for Interaction Design at Napier University. The conversation explores how organizations use research, some of the challenges of leading research in organizations and what makes "good" research.

Aug 16

57 min 21 sec

James and Jane are joined by Billy Kramer, Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska, to talk about virtual teams. The conversation explores what virtual teams are, and the different factors that affect their performance and the experiences of their members. The discussion also looks at some of the things leaders and managers can do to improve the performance and experiences of these teams and their members.

Aug 2

54 min 48 sec

James and Jane are joined by Dr. Edie Goldberg to talk about the ideas in her book, "The Inside Gig". The conversation explores what organizations can do to improve their approach to talent management and the experiences of their employees by learning from the gig economy.

Jul 26

47 min 59 sec

James and Jane are joined by Dr Joe Allen (Psychology at University of Utah Health and Director the Center for Meeting Effectiveness) to speak about virtual meetings. The conversation explores what makes a good meeting as well the additional challenges of virtual meetings and how to overcome them. In addition, we explore hybrid meetings and share tips on how to make them effective.

Jul 19

43 min 37 sec

James and Jane are joined by Dr. Kelsey Medeiros, Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska, to discuss the leadership lessons we can learn from women currently holding global leadership positions. The conversation explores what women in these positions do that sets them apart, as well as reflecting on practical advice that each of use in the workplaces.

Jul 12

43 min 5 sec

James and Jane are joined by Professor Richard Shell, chair of the Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department at the Wharton School, to talk about his book "The Conscience Code". The conversation explores the types of ethical and core values challenges people face in the modern world of work, and how they can navigate these challenge effectively and in line with their conscience.   

Jul 5

1 hr 1 min

James is joined by Jamie Mitchell, founder of All Together, to talk about all things responsible business in 2021. In this episode we explore what responsible business is, why it matters right now and the great steps many organizations are taking towards becoming more responsible. The conversation also looks at at the pro-bono CEO mentoring that All Together provide.

Jun 21

51 min 26 sec

James and Jane are joined by friend of the show, Joanne Gray, to talk about hybrid working, and how we can be better at working in, managing and leading hybrid teams. The conversation explores what hybrid teams are, how they differ from face to face teams and what we can do to create more inclusive working environments in them.

Jun 14

41 min 54 sec

James and Jane are joined by Tom Calvard, from the University of Edinburgh's Business School, to talk about some of the thoughts behind his book, "Critical Perspectives on Diversity in Organizations". The conversation explores how organizations approach diversity and inclusion, and how we might all be a bit better at doing so. To learn more, you can also listen to Tom's own podcast where he explores each chapter of his book in more detail.

Jun 7

53 min 53 sec

James and Jane are joined by Stephen Mather to speak about high control groups, and what it's like to transition out of them. The conversation focuses on experiences in cult-like organizations, and and how individuals leaving them may experience moving on, and particularly their experiences of entering the workplace.

May 31

53 min 15 sec

James and Jane are joined by Dale Whelehan, a behavioural science research from Trinity College, Dublin to talk about sleep, fatigue and regenerative activities. The conversation explores Dale's research in this area and covers the impacts of these factors on performance, as well as shedding great insight into recovery and regeneration.

May 24

51 min 56 sec

James and Jane are joined by Kiran Kachela from CIProjects.co.uk to talk about continuous improvement. The conversation explores what continuous improvement is, why it matters and what leaders and managers can do to help their teams or organizations develop. In addition, Kiran shares some of the approaches used in Lean.

May 3

46 min 19 sec

James and Jane are joined by Bob Merberg from Jozito LLC to speak about all things employee wellbeing. The conversation explores what wellbeing is and why it matters, as well as what organizations are doing (or not) that helps improve it.

Apr 26

52 min 50 sec

James and Jane are joined by Joseph Workman, who brings a hugely varied work experience to the conversation. The podcast explores dignity and pleasure in the workplace, and the different motivations and rewards we get from the work that we do. Joseph brings a great passion for work, and helps celebrate all the good things it provides in our lives.

Apr 19

40 min 42 sec

James and Jane are joined by Paul and Shimrit to discuss their book, "The Nature of Work". The conversation explores our relationship with work, how we think about work and the need for new, systemic, connected, responsible and healthy ways to describe the role that work plays in our lives and in wider society. As ever, there's a mix of theory and practice, and some interesting ideas and reflections.

Apr 12

49 min 44 sec

James and Jane are joined by Sath to speak about all things agile. The conversation explores what Agile is, where it comes from and some of the practices used in Agile teams. As well as considering practical aspects of Agile, the conversation also focuses on culture.

Apr 5

50 min 44 sec

James and Jane discuss evidence-based management with Dr. Rob Briner, a Professor of Organizational Psychology and Scientific Director at the Center for Evidence-Based Management. The conversation explores what evidence-based management is, processes to support it, sources of evidence and the benefits it brings. It also dives a bit more deeply into some of the factors that seem to make it hard for us to be more scientific in the social sphere, and what we might do about that.

Mar 29

52 min 6 sec

James and Jane are joined by Ben, CEO of Charlie HR, to speak about organizational cultures. The conversation explores what cultures are, what shapes them, key levers we can use to influence them and how we need to think about them when working remotely. As ever, the discussion combines theory with practical advice for those in the world of work.

Mar 22

50 min 51 sec

James and Jane are joined again by friend of the show, Dr. Richard MacKinnon to talk about Psychological Flexibility. The conversation explores the ways our mind can work against us, and the tools we can develop to increase our psychological flexibility, and be at our emotional and thinking best more often.

Mar 15

49 min 51 sec

James and Jane are joined by Dr. Sam Evans to speak about the role that class plays in our experiences of work. In this episode Sam shares her thoughts and the findings of her PHD work in this area, and considers implications for teams and leaders across other sectors.

Mar 8

46 min 1 sec

James and Jane are joined by Karen Jaw-Madson, author of "Culture Your Culture" and instructor at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies programme, to discuss organizational cultures. As well as exploring what cultures are, Karen shares her approach to understanding and changing cultures in your organization. The episode brings a great mix of theory and practice, as well as Karen's warmth and enthusiasm for the topic!

Mar 1

56 min 15 sec

James and James have an introductory conversation about power in the workplace. They discuss what power is, and some of the things that people can have in the workplace, that lend them power. The core anchor for this episode is French and Raven's bases of power.

Feb 22

45 min 3 sec

James and Jane are joined by professor Alison Koslowski to discuss parental leave and the role that it plays in gender equality. The conversation explores the current state of parental leave, as well as things that individual, leaders and policy makers can to to help increase equality within access to, and use of, parental leave.

Feb 8

44 min 23 sec

James and Jane are joined by Mike and Ed from the Shackleton Group for a conversation about leadership and organizational development. The conversation is anchored in Mike and ed's experiences as leaders in the US Marines, where they were both aviators. The discussion explores lessons from the Marines, and how to bring some of these effective ways of working, values and behaviors to life in civilian organizations.

Feb 1

1 hr 17 min

James and Jane are joined by Rob Baker, author of Personalization at Work, to talk about Job Crafting. The conversation explores what it is, the benefits it brings to people and organizations, and some simple things you can do to start to personalize your role, or the roles of individuals in your team.

Jan 25

43 min 31 sec

James and Jane are joined by former Olympian and Diplomat, Cath Bishop, to explore our concepts of winning, how they shape our organizations and how we can improve our cultures. The conversation explores Cath's book, "The Long Win", and focuses on the idea that it's often better to aim for longer term wins, instead of short term ones.

Jan 18

41 min 54 sec

James and Jane are joined by Daan Van Rossum, Chief Experience Officer at Dreamplex, to talk about employee experience. The conversation explores what employee experience is, and focuses specifically on the increasingly important role that choice plays in shaping positive employee experiences.

Jan 11

50 min 18 sec

James and Jane are joined by Jonathan Kaufman to talk about what dignified work is like, and how work can bring dignity to our lived experiences. The conversation also explore how our experiences in work affect our relationships with our family, friends, neighbors and communities.

Jan 4

48 min 39 sec

James and Jane are joined by Karilen Mays, who spent 7 years as a partner at HolacracyOne, to talk about Holacracy. The conversation explores what hierarchy and holacracy are, the benefits of holacracy, and what teams can do to learn more about and potentially implement these ways of working.

Dec 2020

48 min 24 sec

James and Jane are joined again by Dr. Richard MacKinnon, this time for a conversation about anxiety. In it we explore what anxiety is, how it works, some things we can do about it and how it relates to the world of work. It's fair to say all three of us have felt increased anxiety this year, and hope this podcast helps you if you have too.

Dec 2020

42 min 46 sec

James and Jane are joined by Galen from ShiftYes for a conversation about organizational culture. The discussion covers what culture is, and practical steps you can take to change cultures in your organizations.

Nov 2020

1 hr 5 min

James and Jane are joined by Anna Fowlie, CEO of The Scottish Council of Voluntary Organizations (SCVO) to explore what organizational impact is, and how organizations of all kinds can create better impacts. The conversation explores what responsibility is, how organizations can be more responsible, and how leaders can lead for increased responsibility.

Nov 2020

48 min 29 sec

James and Jane each reflect briefly on three episodes from the that they've chosen from among the first hundred episodes of the World of Work podcast. They share why they've chose each episode, what their take-aways are from it and what they think listeners get from it.    

Nov 2020

35 min 11 sec

After putting it off for far too long, James and Jane finally explore procrastination (Sorry!). In this episode they are joined by the excellent Dr. Richard Mackinnon to explore what procrastination is and the impacts it can have on us and on others. The conversation also addresses some of the things we might be able to do to overcome our procrastination, or help others who may procrastinate at times.

Nov 2020

45 min 28 sec

James and Jane are joined by Roni Reiter-Palmon for for their third and final conversation from the summer of 2020 on creativity and innovation. This episode focuses on the role of cognitive process in improving individual and team innovation.

Nov 2020

32 min 25 sec

James and Jane are joined by guest Jane Booth to speak about boundaries. The conversation explores what personal and relationship boundaries are and why they matter. It also covers thoughts on understanding your own boundaries, and the role of boundaries in the world of work.

Oct 2020

47 min 8 sec

This is the second of three podcasts in which James and Jane speak to Roni Reiter-Palmon about creativity and innovation. This episode focuses on the role of diversity and conflict in the process of innovation.

Oct 2020

32 min 59 sec

James and Jane are joined by Laura Wyness, PhD, to speak about nutrition. The conversation explores what good nutrition is, the things we should look out for and how nutrition can contribute to our experiences and performance in the world of work. 

Oct 2020

45 min 12 sec

James and Jane are joined by Roni Reiter-Palmon from the University of Nebraska in the first of three episodes exploring creativity and innovation. This podcast specifically focuses on the role of failure in innovation, our relationship with failure and how psychological safety can enable increased innovation.

Sep 2020

34 min 54 sec

James and Jane are joined by Teresa Leyman and Stephanie Wheeler to speak about playfulness and laughter. The conversation explores what playfulness and laughter are, how they affect us as people, how they affect teams and specifically how they affect creativity in work.

Sep 2020

1 hr 1 min

Jane leads this conversation with long time friend of the podcast, Volunteer Management Consultant and recently qualified counsellor, Laura Hamilton. In it they discuss the lessons that leaders and managers can learn from counselling skills.

Sep 2020

38 min 37 sec