Dr Libby Sander is a leading expert on understanding the future of work, and how we can reimagine work to live more meaningful and creative lives. She is an Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Bond University, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the founder and director of the Future of Work Project and Rethink, and an Agenda Contributor at the World Economic Forum. 

Libby is regularly featured on radio and in national and international media including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, BBC, The Guardian, and is a feature writer for The Conversation, where she comments on issues related to work, the workplace, society and future trends in organisations. 


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02:26 Libby’s background

03:33 Why organizational behavior is an important discipline

05:45 What are some of the interventions or behavioral principles that Libby uses? 

07:52 The ideas or findings from organizational behavior research that can be used to better understand a business’s culture

10:20 A potential correlation between a diverse country and diverse teams in organizations

11:30 The idea of a gap analysis during the hiring process

13:38 How does organizational behavior help in understanding that complex area of personality?

16:15 Despite the amount of research on the area, is our understanding of leadership still a bit hazy? 

18:09 Libby’s own ‘aha moment’ when it comes to how we work

19:12 The ReThink project and its mission

21:16 Are we at the edge of an exciting transformation?

23:34 How effective are ‘perks’ at work?

26:58 The trend of ‘quiet quitting’

29:58 Setting healthy boundaries with your work

33:05 The role of emotional intelligence in the workplace

37:01 Why the physical space we work in is important 

40:10 How can organizations discover the ideal physical workplace that aligns with their employees, which also reflects their values and culture? 

44:32 Top advice for good office design

46:46 The future for the freelance and digital nomad movement

49:52 Tips on an individual day-to-day level to improve productivity in the workplace

52:47 On the anti-work movement

59:57 Wellness initiatives that many corporations introduced 

01:02:17 Advice on how to be more motivated at work

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A native New Yorker, Des Bishop moved from Queens to Ireland in his mid-teens in 1990. He first came to prominence with his TV series ‘The Des Bishop Work Experience’ (2004), where he lived on minimum wage in a series of different jobs in Ireland. Mixing this documentary footage with stand-up, the series became one of the most talked-about of the year, and propelled Des into national stardom. He followed with further TV successes ‘Joy in the Hood’, ‘In the Name of the Fada’, and ‘Breaking China’. 

His standup career has similarly thrived. Following on from a critically revered special and memoir about his late father in 2011, Des’s latest show ‘Mia Mamma’ deals with the loss of his mother in 2019. The show sees Des masterfully and hilariously explore the complexity of life and the lack of easy finishes.


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02:51 Upbringing in America and moving to Ireland

07:58 Des’s first experience of stand-up

12:35 Having ‘early-validation’ people

14:18 Moving from a past-time to a full-time career in stand-up

19:38 The impact of audience interaction on his work material

25:16 Des’s process from idea to the final material on stage

33:40 The storytelling approach to telling jokes

39:20 Building confidence that you can guide an audience and take control of the room

42:48 What’s it like to ‘bomb’ on stage?

45:26 Societal messages and commentary through comedy

49:51 Learning Mandarin

52:41 The role of comedy in Des’s personal life

56:09 What is next for Des

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That’s a wrap! Season 12 of the One Percent Podcast is now on all podcast platforms.

We pulled together a recap episode for you this week, featuring short clips from some of the great moments in the podcast’s twelfth season. We were fortunate to have incredible leaders from across industries, disciplines, and fields share their stories and perspectives – and we wanted to share them with you as we wrap up Season 12 and look ahead to the next season.

Here are some of the guests featured in this wrap-up episode:

We’re hard at work planning Season 13, and as always we would love your feedback and perspective.


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Dr Matt Kaeberlein is a Professor of Pathology, Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences, and Adjunct Professor of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Washington. His research is focused on the basic mechanisms of aging in order to facilitate translational interventions that promote healthspan and improve quality of life. 

Dr. Kaeberlein is also a co-director of the Dog Aging Project, in Washington, which is investigating the use of rapamycin as an intervention to enhance canine longevity.


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03:11 What drew Matt to studying the science of aging

05:26 Understanding healthspan

12:07 How much is known about the aging process?

15:47 How can people learn what is best for them in relation to their aging process?

25:30 The correlation between calorie restriction and healthspan

28:37 Are there reliable biomarkers to monitor the consequences of aging?

34:03 Are there any leading prescriptions or supplements that can help with aging?

42:13 What is rapamycin?

55:23 The Dog Aging Project

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Matt Johnson is a speaker, researcher, and writer specializing in the application of psychology and neuroscience to marketing. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Princeton University. His work explores the science behind brand loyalty, experiential marketing, and consumer decision making. He is the author of the best-selling consumer psychology book ‘Blindsight: The (mostly) hidden ways marketing reshapes our brains’, and the upcoming ‘Branding That Means Business’, coming out in fall 2022. 

Matt is a contributor to major news outlets including Psychology Today, Forbes, and BBC, and he regularly provides expert opinion and thought leadership on a range of topics related to the human side of business. He is also the co-founder of the neuromarketing firm Pop Neuro, and he consults with a wide array of organizations. Matt currently resides in Boston, MA, where he is a Professor of Psychology of Marketing at Hult International Business School, and an instructor at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education. 


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02:47 What drew Matt to consumer and brand psychology

05:05 Matt’s experience of living and working in China

07:14 Deconstructing consumer behaviour

12:43 How branding has shifted from a focus on brand value to a focus on brand meaning and identity

17:16 How do people interact with digitization in the art world?

21:36 Is there such a thing as the psychology of bookshops and how people interact with them?

25:02 The study around the taste of Coca-Cola compared to Pepsi

32:55 The future of neuromarketing

39:02 What part does motivation play in consumer behaviour, and how do marketers use consumer motivation to create demand? 

44:33 How much control do we have on our decisions?

48:22 How a brand can ensure that they’re being authentic and that the brand is adapting with the times

55:21 Can psychology and new forms of marketing help the perception of green products make them extra appealing?

58:16 The loneliness economy

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Prof Deirdre O’Shea is Associate Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology at the University of Limerick, a Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland and Chartered Work and Organizational Psychologist (I/O Psychologist). Her research focuses on work motivation and occupational health psychology. 

Her expertise is in the design and evaluation of psychological resource-based interventions, but her work also covers self-regulation, emotions and emotion regulation, and proactive behaviour, amongst others. 

She has published her research in top academic journals and is a regular contributor to national and international media outlets. In 2018, she was featured in the RTE documentary ‘Stressed’.


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02:23 The role and work of an Organisational Psychologist

04:16 Deidre’s focus on the individual level

05:27 The different types of motivation in the workplace

08:24 Are some people more intrinsically motivated than others?

10:42 The problems with personality tests

15:15 Identifying motivational triggers 

18:07 Where does the drive for achievement come from?

20:41 The role of incentives in goal achievement 

24:50 How long can motivation last?

29:10 Is the self-determination theory more prevalent in the post-covid workplace?

32:36 The relationship between goals and performance

37:46 How to ensure that your emotions are not sabotaging your motivation

43:02 Is autonomy at work more important than ever?

46:00 The role of positive reinforcement

47:04 How leaders can improve their transformational leadership skills

49:29 Hiring for cultural fit

54:17 How our lives outside of work impacts our wellbeing at work

58:56 What are the common signs of burnout?

01:02:50 How being in nature helps people on a psychological level

01:08:00 Being proactive versus reactive

01:12:22 Finding purpose in the work that you do

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Carl Honoré is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, TED speaker, Ageism Disruptor, and voice of the global Slow Movement. Carl travels the world to deliver powerful keynotes that put time and tempo in a whole new light. His counter-intuitive message is simple but game-changing: to thrive in a fast world, you have to slow down. 

Carl has written four books: ‘In Praise of Slow’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘The Slow Fix’, and ‘Bolder: Making the Most Of Our Longer Lives’. He lives in London but is originally from Canada. He is also an advisor to Jack Media and has presented on a variety of television series.


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02:45 Carl’s ‘aha moment’ with slowing down

07:56 At what age do we start to ‘speed up’?

09:02 The stigma around slowing down

13:35 How to disentangle ourselves from speed culture

17:33 Can we learn from other cultures about slowing down?

22:14 The benefits of slowing down

27:59 The pace of the Slow Movement Revolution

32:41 The gaps formed from slowing down

39:16 Are there signs that the world is slowing down?

43:49 The difference between mindfulness and the slow movement

46:22 Minimalism

52:36 Is slowing down a privilege?

56:18 The addiction to quick fixes

59:38 Ageism in society

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Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer is an American business theorist, university professor, social scientist, and author. Described as one of the most “influential management thinkers”, Jeffrey is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He has been teaching at Stanford since 1979 and is the author of 16 books – with the arrival of his latest publication, which we’ll explore in this episode.

His previous books include ‘Dying for a Paycheck’, ‘Leadership BS’, ‘What Were They Thinking’, and ‘Power’ – which provides a really good summary of Jeffrey’s focus over the years. His latest book is called the ‘7 Rules of Power’ and is gathering plenty of praise. The book identifies seven research-based, reality-revealing rules for hierarchical success and provides lots of practical steps, insights, and examples to demonstrate how these rules can help to ensure both career development and personal growth.


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04:15 Jeffrey’s Stanford course ‘Discover the Paths to Power’

05:57 The definition of power

08:30 On the term ‘Authentic Leadership’

12:02 Why Jeffrey wrote another book on power

14:06 On the consolidation and concentration of power and wealth both in business and politics

16:34 The connection between power and career success

17:31 Power’s link between health and happiness

18:58 Why people perceive power as something negative

21:26 Signals of power from Donald Trump

23:55 Power being used as a force for good

25:36 Rule #1: Get out of your own way

28:08 Breaking rules in order to make progress

29:16 Showing up in a powerful way

31:33 Creating a powerful personal brand

33:12 The power of networking

36:06 Networking advice for introverted people

46:01 Is there a shelf-life for forgiveness?

49:21 How the ‘7 Rules of Power’ can help under-represented minorities

52:08 How to continue practicing power

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That’s a wrap! Season 11 Highlights of The 1% Podcast are now on all podcast platforms and here. 

We pulled together a recap episode for you this week, featuring short clips from some of the great moments in the podcast’s eleventh season. We were fortunate to have incredible leaders from across industries, disciplines, and fields share their stories and perspectives – and we wanted to share them with you as we wrap up Season 10 and look ahead to the next season.

Here are some of the guests featured in this wrap-up episode:


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Our guest on today’s episode is someone that has undertaken some really interesting and quite unique work, culminating in his latest book ‘The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Transform Your Life’. David Robson hails from a background in scientific research and writing, but through two very different books he has delved into how expectations and our experiences in life generally are being unconsciously shaped by our brain. 

He describes how our own expectations and beliefs – however irrational – influence our health, happiness and our survival. He also speaks about how to revolutionise your thinking and make wiser decisions.

Drawing on the latest behavioral science and historical examples from Socrates to Benjamin Franklin, David demonstrates how we can apply our intelligence more wisely, identify bias and enhance our rationality.


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03:00 Why David wrote his latest book ‘The Expectation Effect’

04:34 The backstory to ‘The Expectation Effect’

09:26 The difference between the placebo effect and the nocebo effect

12:02 Why the nocebo effect hasn’t been researched as much as the placebo effect

17:19 What is the Expectation Effect?

20:40 What happens when the mind makes physiological changes in our body

23:54 The role of the prediction process in our brains

28:09 The link between conspiracy beliefs and the Expectation Effect

30:58 Is there a difference in brain activity between an experience that is real versus perceived?

32:54 The link between the Expectation Effect and people’s supernatural belief systems

38:03 Cognitive reframing

42:57 The impact of feeling more grounded when combatting stress

48:07 How to embrace winter

51:04 Strategies for practicing the Expectation Effect

56:48 On the pursuit of happiness

01:00:34 Our relationship with diet and nutrition

01:05:03 What inspired David to write ‘The Intelligence Trap’

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Today’s guest has undertaken some interesting and unique work in organisational leadership. Jeremy Blain is the Chief Executive of PerformanceWorks International – an organisation that accelerates business and workforce transformation through award-winning training, hands-on consultation and executive coaching. 

Jeremy is the author of The Inner CEO – Unleashing Leaders At All Levels. It is an excellent piece of work which focuses entirely on developing leaders right across an organisation; not just at senior levels of management. 

Jeremy challenges leaders to define and implement strategies around digital and human capital change within businesses, and – more than anything else – make sure they are fit and ready to be the right kind of leader for their organisation.


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02:40 Workplace practices and culture were due a big change

03:50 Jeremy’s background

06:51 Some common traits Jeremy sees in the leadership landscape

09:12 On writing ‘The Inner CEO: Unleashing Leaders at All Levels’

14:55 Why gig economy workers should be more networked in organisations

18:42 Henry Mintzberg’s idea of emergent strategy

23:10 What makes great leadership

26:12 How Jeremy’s insights can help company’s retain great talent

30:40 How to ensure high performance through a supportive role

36:19 How public service frontline organisations can embrace performance support

42:02 Mindset shifts needed for traditional CEOs

46:01 On authentic leadership

50:14 The opportunities of working with multiple generations

55:42 The most important traits and skills for leaders

01:01:09 Representation amongst the workforce

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Steve Kotler is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance. He is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is the author of ten bestsellers, including ‘The Art of Impossible’, ‘The Future is Faster Than You Think’, ‘Stealing Fire’, and ‘Abundance’. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, translated into over 50 languages, and has appeared in over 100 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, TIME, and the Harvard Business Review.

A lifelong environmentalist and animal rights advocate, Steve is the cofounder of Planet Home, a conference, concert, and innovation accelerator focused on solving critical environmental challenges, and the cofounder of The Forest + Fire Collective, a network of individuals, organizations and institutions dedicated to ending catastrophic wildfire and restoring forest health to the American West. Alongside his wife, Joy Nicholson, he is also the co-founder of Rancho de Chihuahua, a hospice care and special needs dog sanctuary.


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02:37 How Steve got into performance and flow

06:22 What makes a person become interested in becoming extraordinary?

09:08 Training the flow state

20:25 Why starting is the hardest part on the path to mastery

23:49 The role of grit

29:00 What is the flow state?

31:07 What skills does flow amplify?

36:03 The connection between flow and peak performance in terms of deep focus

39:19 How to get in a flow state

46:21 The role of unfocused attention and daydreaming

49:28 What is macro flow?

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