On our podcast this week, we’re joined by Sophie Sandor, an independent filmmaker and education expert, and Madeline Grant, Editorial Manager at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Interviewed by the IEA’s Digital Manager Darren Grimes, Sophie and Madeline take a look at state education in Britain – which currently operates in a near monopoly for all but the wealthiest. They look at why there has historically been so little room for innovation and disruption in the sector – and why educational outcomes vary greatly dependent on your household income. Finally, Sophie outlines policies which could invigorate education in Britain by promoting parental choice.
Whether preparing a meal that takes 15 minutes or 50, home cooks can be forgiven for taking a moment to applaud their own efforts after plating up. Social data from HelloFresh shows that nearly 30,000 customers paused before eating their home-cooked meals and shared photos demonstrating feelings of pride and a sense of achievement. Dr Christy Ferguson discusses how taking time to appreciate the food that we have made can be beneficial to our mental wellbeing.
Chris Dyer runs his own background and intelligence checking service in the US, and speaks and writes widely on company culture. He’s also a podcast host and a regular contributor to Forbes.com. As well as his deep interest in employee engagement, he’s also a musician. He says simply saying ‘thanks’ and showing your gratitude to a workforce in very small ways can boost morale and company confidence – but says it’s not all about the free perks at work and having a corporate Sabbuteo table!
Ronald (Ronnie) Miller is the CED at Paysend, the global card-to-card payment people. He's worked in the payments industry before with Paywizard, and in investment banking and venture capital. He originally trained in accountancy, says that once you're in post, 'you've got to get on with knowing and running the business.' He's a big music fan, likes his sport and says he's still a serial entrepreneur at heart.
Adam talks to Tracey Liv, a coach and corporate consultation on conflict resolution within relationships, businesses and even within ourselves. Tracey introduces the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument and how the different types of managing conflict can either help or hinder issues depending on the context. Tracey explains why some people avoid conflict while others typified by Donald Trump actively seek out conflict to demonstrate dominance. Tracey offers some tips about how to resolve conflicts and adapt to different personality types.
Adam talks to IEMT trainer and founder of Interesting Talks (the largest Meetup Group in London) Matt Kendall. They discuss the latest technology in dealing with trauma and anxiety and also explore the perils of the personal development industry. They highlight that many people drawn to personal development seminars are often vulnerable people with mental health issues prompted to sign up for expensive courses. They question whether the industry actually solves problems or just perpetuates a myth of success and accomplishments for financial gain.
Siddharth Shankar says he has unashamedly exploited the potential opportunities from Brexit by founding Tail’s Trading, a company opening up British SMEs to a mammoth Asian market. He realised, not far in to an engineering degree, that he’d rather work in finance and says he made the decision to ‘jump in’ (a method he heartily recommends!). He loves jazz music, reflected here in some of his musical choices, and cites Warren Buffett as a great business role model.
Adam talks to Asesh Sarkar, CEO of Salary Finance a fin-tech company that helps employees access tools to improve their financial health. They discuss research that shows that money doesn’t mean happiness as more people earning over £100k were more stressed than those earning less. They explore ways to improve financial and mental well-being that don’t necessarily mean simply earning more.
Adam talks to Mark Stephen Pooler a professional public speaker and coach who became a drug addict in his teenage years as a result of bullying throughout his childhood. Mark shares how a near death experience when he was clinically dead for a few minutes became the wake up call he needed to pursue a life on stage in the industry of professional speaking. Mark shares how people can fight through nerves and find their voice and why public speaking is an important skill for people from all backgrounds.
Alistair Gilfillan has recently been awarded the title ‘UK Young Banker Of The Year’, thanks to his innovative ideas around community banking. He works in market risk reporting for Lloyds Banking Group, having joined under the company’s graduate trainee scheme. He’s worked in youth work, guided by his strong Christian faith; he’s also had time in recruitment and almost became a K-Pop composer - something he may well have pursued had it not been for other commitments at the time! Some of his musical works have been published and that remains one of his big hobbies. He’s also a self-confessed numbers geek!