Workplace Evolution Podcast


Season #1 - Join The Evolution

This episode introduces the Workplace Evolution podcast and its host - Chartered Business Psychologist Michael Costello - who wants to do a deal with you!


If you would like to be on the podcast and have great business insights to share get in touch at admin@workplaceevolution. Thank-you for listening!

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Season #1 Episode #1 - Sales & Marketing Guru to Cadburys and Home Shopping Channels Tony Camp!

What lessons can businesses learn from bigger brands such as Cadbury's to help sell and market their products? Why on earth did Cadbury's think recording a gorrila playing the drums was a good idea to generate sales? What was the Cadbury's workplace culture like and has this changed since the take-over by Kraft? Will this take-over impact the brand?  What makes a great sales person on a home shopping channel & how do they sell the more unusual items! What are critical success factors that contribute to a successul product launch? Click Here for the podcast:

Season #1 Episode #2 The Legend of Belbin / Developing High Performing Team / Boris Johnson, J K Rowling & Gordan Ramsey's Team Role

Workplace Evolution  speaks with Jo Keeler from Belbin - the world leading experts on team theory and developing high performing teams. The episode explores the story of Belbin and how the world famous "Belbin Team Roles" were created (you can see a link to the 9 Team Roles that are evident in high performing teams below as well as the resources available).  The discussion explores individuals from the public eye, what key skills leaders need to perfect to develop a high performing team as well as how to drive "Psychological Safety" in teams - a term developed as a result of research by Google ("Project Aristotle").  We explore the topic of organisational culture and team roles in relation to the NHS as well as the usual listener's questions 

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#3 Business Etiquette Survival- Mistakes in Japan, Chinese Gift Giving, Did Michelle Obama Get It Wrong With The Queen?

We take a world tour with Julia Esteve Boyd a Business & Social Etiquette Consultant! We covered so much in this podcast such as big mistakes in Japan,  the importance of patience in Mexico, ordering food correctly in India, surviving gift giving and dining in China, world class handshakes and…did Michelle Obama get it wrong with the Queen?! This episode also explores the concept that etiquette could well be the key differentiator for your business as we become more global in our work. Also, how much it pays to do your research up front before travelling to different cultures…and being flexible to different cultural preferences. 

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#4 Talent Development at Fulham FC, Mohammad Al Fyed's Leadership Style, "Retail Theatre" at Harrods

Episode #4 meets with Robert Ordever HR Expert and Managing Director of O C Tanner Europe.  Chartered Fellow with the CIPD, Robert draws on his vast experience and expertise in Human Resources to talk about  - His approach to developing talent at Fulham FC - His take on Mohammad Al Fyed's Leadership style - How Harrods and Fulham FC developed a world class reputation for service The podcast will explore new ways in which you can - Keep your team (in this case we discussed highly paid footballers) motivated, happy and engaged - Maintain the organisational values of your organisation whilst remaining competitive - Create a reputation for your business rather than having to compete on cost! We also test Robert's knowledge on Fulham FC and Harrods via our quiz

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#5 Emotional Intelligence in Donald Trump, EI Predicts Big Brother Winner & NASA's Mission to Mars!

Episode #5 Here we meet with Dr Steve Stein, one of the first Psychologists to not just research emotional intelligence but to believe in it when other's didn't. He is the author of EI for Dummies and Psychologist for reality TV shows such as Big Brother. 

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Episode #6 Sir Chris Bonington Everest's Death Zone, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Brexit & the Environment

During this episode we meet with Britain's favourite mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington - who was not only the first to scale the South West face of Everest but also the Old Man of Hoy at the age of 80! The interview explores where Chris's motivation and drive comes from - as well as his thoughts on ageism in the workplace. If you think that its "Game Over" for you in middle age then this is the podcast for you -  keep in mind he is now 85 and does not let age become a barrier! We also explore leadership on Everest - remaining calm under the pressure of Everest's "Death Zone"! Sir Chris also provides an honest critique of one of the worlds greatest explorers Sir Ranulph Fiennes! Lastly....he provides a direct message to politicians on brexit and the environment!

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Episode #8 Exposing The Contreprenurs - Mike Winnet invests 500k to reveal an industry built on sand & dreams

Welcome to episode #8 with Mike Winnet - Banned Amazon Best Seller and the UK's #1 Demotivational Speaker.  Supported by well known online influencers like Gary Vaynerchuk in his adventure, Mike is investing £500,000.00 of his own money in to the the many "Get Rich Quick" investments and marketing schemes shared online. Chartered Business Psychologist Michael Costello discusses the following:

- His experience of putting down 500k across various investment schemes

- How to spot a "Contrepreneur"

- The powerful, subtle and manipulative techniques of contrepreneurs

- The "Fall-Out" or impact of contrepreneurs

- Should the industry be regulated or does education play its part?

- The Wild West of Social Media...Is "Data is as valuable as oil"

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Episode #9 - Lessons from a CEO - Marty Moore (Former CS Energy CEO & "No Bullsh*t Leadership Podcast")

Episode #9 with Marty Moore Former CS Energy CEO & Presenter on the "No Bullsh*t Leadership Podcast". Marty has a vast amount of experience as CEO and turned CS Energy from earnings of $18 million to $441 million. This podcast explores his route to becoming a CEO and many of the challenges that come with the territory. Specifically: 
- His Journey & Career as well as the stigma of dropping out of Univeristy
- What is "Bullsh*t Leadership" and does Marty do it himself?
- The importance of not believing your own hype and interpreting business performance
- Challenging under-performance and driving a new workplace culture
- Being a CEO rather than liked / Social Media and the need to be liked
- Dealing with an ineffective board / Integrating Vision Mission & Values in the workforce

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Episode #10 - The Evolution of "Big Tech" & the Silcon Valley Culture with Onica CEO Stephen Garden

Welcome to the Workplace Evolution podcast episode #10 with Onica CEO Stephen Garden. A very warm, sandy and sunny welcome to this podcast where we are given an incredible insight in to what is happening right now in the field of big tech in silicon valley and how the sector is shaping our world.  Chartered Business Psychologist Michael Costello discusses with Stephen the following:

  • What is big tech and cloud computing?

  • How big tech is shaping our world

  • The responsibility of the sector to our planet and society

  • US Government influence / the US Election

  • The "Fear of missing out" culture in silicon valley

  • The challenges the secotr faces 

  • Diring a high performing team in the US and being able to "Switch off" in executive roles 

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Episode #11 - Does Hard Work Really Pay Off For Our Career & Well-Being? Hans Frankort - Cass Business School Research

Welcome to episode #11. We know you have all been working hard up until the end of the yeat so sit down and relax.  

This podcast explores the research of Hans Frankort and Argyro Avgoustaki to answer whether the hard work really pays off for us in terms of career outcomes and our well-being.  Also - why is it we have this worrying trend of 50% of employees working in their free time to meet work demands? Is the UK lagging behind other countries in terms of competitiveness because of a greater prevalence of overtime and work intensity in Europe? Lastly, what the threats are to our own well-being and also which countries are getting it right? This podcast comes with a warning though – it challenges the old mental models of the workplace which some listeners may find uncomfortable. 

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Episode #12 -  "How To Lead Smart People" with Best Selling Author Mike Mister (Moller Institute & Profile Books)

This episode highlights the work of Mike Mister and Sir Arun Singh OBE and their new book "How To Lead Smart People". The episode is rich in advice and guidance on current and common workplace challenges such as How to lead in an organisation that is rich in jealousy and rivals Managing the Impostor Syndrome & Winning the War on Hidden Talent Communicating with teams working remotely Contending with "Mood Hoovers" by being an "Energy Radiator"! What leaders in politics should be aware of in terms of authenticity and trust Navigating politics / Using Political Intelligence Strategic Alignment when leading Smart People! The book focuses on the rise knowledge workers and experts in the workplace and the challenges leaders face in running this type of organisation (e.g. architecture, lawyers, accountants, professional services). Mike Mister was formerly the Global Director for Executive Development at EY Global and is now based at the Møller Institute at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. He works in supporting the development of leadership and change management capability in large organisations.  

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Episode #13 -  The Myers Briggs Personality Guide: What Your Personality Really Wants This Christmas! (Plus Santa, Scrooge, Parties, Diets & Playing Host!)

Welcome to the Workplace Evolution podcast #13 - a special Christmas Bonus Podcast! During this episode Michael Costello meets with John Hackston  - Occupational Psychologist at the Myers Briggs Group.  We covered:

  • What is Personality and Why is it Important?

  • What is the MBTI Personality Framework?

  • Who Enjoys Christmas the most?

  • How Do Some Personalities Navigate Christmas? 

  • How does Personality it impact our planning in the run up to Christmas?

  • Well-Being and Mindfulness at Christmas

  • What is Santa & Scrooge's Personality?

  • How does goal setting in the New Year relate to our Personality? 

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Episode #14 -  Original Jamaican Bobsleigh Team Member On Adapting To Change, Unconscious Bias & Cool Runnings

What an amazing way to start off 2020 - sun, sand, tropical weather and errr...ICE! Such a relaxing, heart warming and inspiring conversation... The year ahead is likely to bring change and challenges in new and different forms for all of us. If you have challenging goals and ambitions you are likely to face ambiguity and the unknown - this can be difficult to contend with.   Our first guest for 2020 - Devon Harris is a 3 time olympian and founding member of the Jamaican bobsleigh team who has had his fair share of change over the years - as well as contending with bias and stereotypes. We didn't shy away from the difficulties he faced in his career, the impact of the Disney film "Cool Runnings" and his views on sport today.  Here are the big questions we explored:   Did the Jamaican bobsleigh team experience Unconscious Bias & did the film Cool Runings help support stereo-types of Jamaica? How did the team combat any stereo types about Jamaica?  What did he learn about the change mind-set, the pursuit of dreams and dealing with his greatest fears?  We discuss clean Russian athletes being at risk of bias as well as the British bobsleigh team belatedly given bronze due other teams cheating   How to manage the expectations of the "Microwave Generation"  who want their dreams now and expect to get it!  If you enjoyed the podcast please share like and share the podcast - we also welcome feedback and any questions you might have for our future guests.  

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Workplace Evolution Interviews...

Edward de Bono - Creativity Master!
Workplace Evolution Interviews Edward de Bono
Want to know more about creativity in the workplace? Workplace Evolution interviews creative thinking expert Edward de Bono. 
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Stephen Covey 7 Habits Legend!
Workplace Evolution Interviews Stephen Covey 
Want to improve your personal performance in life and in work?  Habit of a Lifetime: Workplace Evolution interviews leadership and management legend Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People). 
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Workplace Evolution Interviews Danial Goleman
Want to know more about Emotional Intelligence? Emotional & Ecological Intelligence: Michael Costello interviews EI guru Daniel Goleman (Why Emotional Intelligence Matters More Than IQ). 
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Workplace Evolution Interviews Meredith Belbin 
Want to know how to develop a high performing team? Workplace Evolution interviews Meredith Belbin on Team Role THeory and develoing High Performing Teams.
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