It's that time of year again – Wimbledon, arguably the best tennis tournament in the world, starts next week. Assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost dust off their picnic blankets, pack the strawberries and cream and talk tennis with British pro – and plucky underdog – Marcus Willis, who has been ranked as high as 209th in the world. We look at the state of the game in Britain and why more youngsters are heading to the US, including 19 year-old Paul Jubb, a Wimbledon wildcard entry who may have to reject his £45,000 cheque. We discuss life after Andy and the true financial cost of training a child up to become a top tennis player – and the physical and mental cost to boot. Marcus also reveals all about his truly remarkable run in Wimbledon in 2016 in which he played Roger Federer on centre court – and managed to lob the best tennis player in history. He also reveals how much money that summer made him and how bonkers life became after he was thrust in the spotlight.
It's been an interesting last couple of decades for Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club to say the least. They fell to the basement division, had plenty of stadium drama and now find themselves an established Premier League team. In this week's This is Moneyball podcast, assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost are joined by the Seagulls chief executive Paul Barber, who previously worked with the FA and Tottenham Hotspur. He's been at the club since 2012 and gives the rundown of his day-to-day job and how the role has evolved. There is insight as to why the club has been 'scouting' managers for years, before recently appointing Graham Potter, who has a master's degree in leadership and emotional intelligence. He also gives his views on money in the game and why it is a good thing, the 'fit and proper' persons test for chairmen – and how his ingenious plan to give away replica shirts to seven year-old fans is reaping dividends as the Seaside-club goes global.
Adam talks to Ullis Karlsson a soul coach and spiritual healer about the impact that stress and burnout can have in modern day living. Ullis explains that Sweden like many western countries have long working hours and high levels of stress which can lead to self destructive behaviour such as alcohol and drug dependency. Ullis explains that by using techniques that utilise the breathe and breathing styles it can create a sense of wellbeing. Ullis talks about psychological, physical and emotional stress and how using yoga as a therapeutic approach can create massive changes to energy levels, stress levels and overall health and happiness.
Bruce Morton is head of strategy at Allegis, a global recruiter, and has worked with the likes of Paypal, ebBay, Amazon and many other global and regional companies on building their workforces. Before his time with Allegis, he worked in sales – and before that, was a butcher! He’s keen on music and sport and thinks the workplace of 10 years in the future will be unrecognisable and that more companies are focusing less on ‘talent’ and more on ‘getting work done’. His thoughts on workplace change are available in his new book, ‘Redesigning The Way Work Works’.
Adam talks to Jenny Lynne Sessions known also as Jennix, about her journey from a life threatening car crash to becoming a healer. Jennix talks about her experiences working with shamans and healers from different cultures to enable her to help people create change at a spiritual level. Jennix talks on stages to seasoned business people and explains that those in business are remarkably open minded about non-western approaches to changing energy to access resourceful states that can help anyone move from a trauma to find their own treasure.
New research from the Mental Health Foundation has revealed that millions of teenagers in Britain worry about their body image. Friends and social media seem to be causing teenagers to worry or feel ashamed about their bodies; leading more than a third to develop a negative relationship with food. In this episode, Adam Cox talks to Dr Antonis Kousoulis, Director at The Mental Health Foundation, and Frances Shillito, an eating disorders advisor, to find out more - and to find out what it is that parents and schools should be doing to help.
Adam talks to Dr. Magdalena Baciu about how to unlock the resourceful state of the super consciousness. Magdalena explains the difference between the conscious mind, the unconscious and the super-conscious. Many people have experienced the super-conscious in the form of intuition, inspiration or a “Eureka” moment; but often as a by-product of other thoughts, rather than through deliberate effort. Magdalena explains that perspective is required to create the mental space needed for the super-conscious to do what it does best, and offers tips on how to activate more of your super-conscious mind. She also touches on alchemy and how we can take negative experiences and turn them into something valuable.
In this new edition of Track Record, Sue Dougan talks to Richard Buchanan. He founded “The Clearing” ten years ago – an award-winning brand consultancy working with diverse household names such as Hugo Boss, HSBC, and Tesco. In his younger days, he studied art, then went on to join Newell & Sorrell – infamous for the ill-fated ethnic BA tailfins. That business became Interbrand, where he rose to director level. Here, he rebranded Barclays Bank, Opel /GM, British Red Cross and Orange. Richard joins Sue to talk about his journey, to fill in the gaps, and to share some life lessons along the way.
Adam Cox is joined by speaker, trainer and self-confessed warrior, Harriet Bratt. She discusses how it’s possible to draw strength from the darkest of times, revealing that her experiences of being abused led her to embark on a journey of finding “the warrior within”. She explains that while pain is inevitable, suffering is a choice – and you can choose to let the bad times can either destroy or define you. Harriet shares what being a warrior means to her, and why challenge and struggle is essential to cultivating inner strength and resilience.
Is “the kindness of strangers” becoming an old-fashioned concept?
Research by the British Red Cross has revealed 3 out of 4 of us in the UK feel we could be doing more to be kinder to others, and that preventing another person from feeling lonely is widely considered the most important act of kindness. Vicky Sayers is joined by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Sarah Davidson, to find out how one small act of kindness a day really can make all the difference.