The Hack Podcast
By Leon McQuade Paul Longley Dean Bulfield
The Hack Podcast, straight-talk smart tech.
Leon McQuade, Paul Longely bring a leader’s eye over technology drivers shaping the world back to Hull East Yorkshire. We now live in a dazzling world of screens that continues to revolutionise how we live, work and play. The futures arriving faster than ever before, it's time to Think Different.
We talk transformation and change focusing on People, Process and Technology. The Hack Podcast was originally Inspired By Pete Lindsay and Mark Bawden's Book “Pig Wrestling” The Brilliantly Simple Way to Solve Any Problem and create the change you need.
Leon McQuade, Paul Longely bring a leader’s eye over technology drivers shaping the world back to Hull East Yorkshire. We now live in a dazzling world of screens that continues to revolutionise how we live, work and play. The futures arriving faster than ever before, it's time to Think Different.
We talk transformation and change focusing on People, Process and Technology. The Hack Podcast was originally Inspired By Pete Lindsay and Mark Bawden's Book “Pig Wrestling” The Brilliantly Simple Way to Solve Any Problem and create the change you need.
Multiplying Magic - How to Effectively Identify, Communicate, And Multiply Key Skills To Your Team.
In this episode of the 100x Leader podcast, Leon, Dean, and Paul discuss identifying and multiplying what you do well for your team. They explore strategies for identifying key skill sets and multiplying them effectively so everyone on the team can benefit. They also discuss the importance of recognizing any underlying assumptions we may have as leaders that might not be benefiting the team. As a leader, you know that your experience and expertise can be invaluable in helping those on your team succeed. You may have built up many skills and perspectives over the years, but it's not always easy to pass them on to others. As a Sherpa, you are the one going ahead of your people and preparing the way – In this episode, the boys explore how you can leverage your experience to develop your team and ensure they have the skills and knowledge to do their job well. What is your "Super Power"? The skills, perspectives and techniques you have gained over the years are what have helped you to succeed. These "Super Powers" are invaluable and can be used to support your team to reach their full potential. But before you can make the magic happen, you need to effectively identify, Communicate, And then Multiply those Key Skills! We all have skills, habits and behaviours we are competent at but unaware of. You do it without thinking. Unconsciously competent learners have learned to carry out a task without consciously thinking about it. They can do the job quickly and accurately, but if asked to explain the steps they take to complete the task, they cannot articulate them. An excellent example of this is driving a car. After going for a while, you no longer have to think about the steps required to complete the task. You can do it without thinking.
November 25, 2022
Problem Solving, and Creating Value - Azam Jaafri, Entrepreneur
PROBLEM-SOLVING AND CREATING VALUE Our hosts, Leon and Dean, are joined by Azam Jaafri, a seasoned entrepreneur with decades of skin in the game across multiple sectors, food manufacturing, retail, health and wellness, e-commerce, real estate, leisure, and Web3, to name but a few! Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. It takes a special kind of person to be able to take an idea and turn it into a successful business. Azam is one of those people and a confessed problem solver who is always looking for ways to improve people's lives. His genuine interest in people's needs and wants has led him to build thriving businesses. In this show, he shares his tips and tricks for success as an entrepreneur. These tips are sure to inspire anyone looking to start their own business. If you're feeling stuck or need motivation, read on to learn more about Azam's story. You might find inspiration to take your business to the next level. Problem-Solving and Creating Value Azam now lives in Dubai but was born and raised in Yorkshire. He started his journey as an entrepreneur in the property business, buying and renovating houses, then started larger-scale brownfield developments. Through that process, he discovered that building products were wordy, and people started buying things on the internet. He decided to try and sell stone products online. He felt It just made a lot of sense. It could be easier to shop for on the internet and make it more affordable; "everyone laughed at me and said, who would buy anything on the internet? And I said, well, I'm assuming they will. And so that was my first e-commerce business back in 2004." Since then, Azam has built various other businesses across dental, mental health, and web 3 with different purposes and goals. One of his most recent ventures is within the health and fitness space called Graftism. The first of many is a London-based gym that helps people achieve fitness goals, social aspirations, and personal needs. Azam has yet again used his knowledge acquired over the years to understand what his consumers want and need to create added value for them.
October 19, 2022
Evolve by Defining and Accomplishing Your Goals - Dan Scott IT Nation Community Director
In our latest podcast, our hosts Leon and Paul are joined by Dan Scott, Director of IT Nation Community - EMEA at ConnectWise. Dan has over 15 years of experience in the UK technology community and knows a thing or two about leadership. A recent study shows that people who report to positive leaders are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs and less likely to leave their companies. But what does it mean to be an effective leader and accomplish your goals? What’s discussed? A Fish Stinks from the Head Down We all know the saying, "A fish stinks from the head down." meaning that when something is wrong with an organisation, it's typically because of poor leadership. But what does it takes to be a great leader? Dan believes that “people who don't feel as though they've got a vision, mission, strategy, appreciation, recognition, encouragement and someone who believes in them and challenges them, and it makes them far more of a flight risk.” He says, “We must focus on the people, then we focus on the services we build, then we focus on the clients, and the pounds will take care of themselves.” Positive leaders believe in their team's ability to do great things. They know that every team member has the potential to contribute in a meaningful way, and they work to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be nurtured to grow, be supported and appreciated. Go to Think Cloud for the full blog.
September 12, 2022
Don’t Be The Smartest Person In The Room - Setting Clear Expectations
As a leader, setting clear expectations is crucial to your success. If you set unrealistic expectations, you will quickly lose the trust and respect of your team. On the other hand, if you set clear, realistic expectations, you will empower and motivate your team to reach new heights. In this podcast, Leon, Dean and Paul are back discussing the importance of setting effective expectations and how to do it effectively to motivate and inspire people to create a 100X culture. They also look at the different types of expectations and how they impact team performance. So, how can you set clear expectations that will empower your team? First, you need to understand the different types of expectations. There are four main types of expectation setting: - Outcome Expectations: These are what we expect people to achieve, and they should be specific, measurable, and time-bound. - Process Expectations: These are the expectations we set for how people do their work, and they should be clear, attainable, and aligned with our values. - Behavioural Expectations: These are the expectations we set for how people behave, and they should be positive, respectful, and consistent with our culture. - Attitude Expectations: These are the expectations we set for how people think and feel about their work. They should be realistic, positive, and aligned with our mission and values. Learning to set Effective Expectations: The Expectation Scale The expectations we set for people can either empower or inhibit them. Learning to set effective expectations is a crucial leadership skill, and it will empower your team to achieve more than they ever thought possible. When setting expectations, Learning to set clear, realistic, and effective expectations is crucial to motivating and bringing out the best in everyone. Remember the different expectations you can set: outcome, process, behavioural and attitude. If we do not, we will limit our people, burn them out, or create confusion that inhibits our culture and performance. Understand the learning path: Unconsciously Incompetent Consciously Incompetent I Do You Watch You Do I Help You Do I Watch Read full Blog at Think Cloud
September 08, 2022
How to Use Emotional Mind Management to Get the Better Out of Yourself - Glenn Mead
Do you sometimes feel like you're not in control of your emotions? If so, you're not alone. Emotional mind management is a term used to describe the process of understanding and managing emotions. In this week's episode of The Hack, Our hosts Leon and Paul, along with guest host Sam Cawley are joined by Glenn Mead - a coaching psychologist who specialises in the neuroscience of decision making. Glenn explains how emotional mind management can help us get the better out of ourselves and other people and talks about the importance of accepting our emotions. EMOTIONAL MIND MANAGEMENT Glenn Mead is currently a Coaching Psychologist and Director of Face Value Performance Psychology Limited. He specialises in individual and organisational performance at all levels, using techniques and approaches grounded in neuroscience and occupational psychology. With services ranging from individual executive coaching, and small group facilitation to masterclass workshops and keynote talks, he aims to help clients to improve effectiveness and efficiency through team engagement and retention, reduced stress, and increased resilience, communication and leadership. Glenn has previously worked with Steve Peter's company Chimp Management Limited as the Director of Corporate Programmes. His role was to help improve performance and change organisational settings for big companies, Supermarkets, NHS etc., by explaining how to use emotional mind management to get the better out of yourself and other people. Building on the “Chimp paradox” developed by Prof Steve Peters in “The Mind Management”, Glenn compares the independent emotions of our “inner chimp” generated within the limbic system of the brain that leads to an initial uncontrolled emotion or reaction with the executive, logical and learned responses that come from the frontal cortex. It is essential to recognise, know and “reflect” on your “natural” CHIMP, what triggers it, know your reaction and be prepared to articulate and control it. He knows how to communicate with employees and, during the podcast, explains that "it's normal to have emotions. If you can understand where they're gonna come from and what the triggers are, then you can work out your options. When you're in a calm mind, you'll be better off when the moment does happen. And it's important to accept it and accept that's the way we are; we are human beings-We do get emotional." To get the better out of ourselves, we need to understand and manage our emotions; this is where emotional mind management comes in. Emotional mind management is a process that helps us to understand our emotions and how they affect us so that we can control them instead of them controlling us. Full Blog - Think Cloud
August 18, 2022
100X INVESTING TIME
Investing Formal vs Informal Time with Your Team: What Matters Most? As part of The Hack's 100x Leader Challenge, our hosts Leon McQuade, Paul Longley, and Dean Buffield are back to discuss the latest developments in technology and business processes. Today, they're talking about how to be a better leader by consciously investing both informal and formal time into your people. What’s discussed? As a leader, investing your time in the right ways is important. Some time is more valuable than others, and it's essential to understand the difference between formal and informal investing. Formal investing happens in a structured setting, while informal investing happens spontaneously. Your team needs both kinds of investing to be productive and grow. This mini-podcast will explore the importance of investing formal and informal time with your team. How we spend our time matters to those we lead But not all time is the same. To improve as a leader, you must consciously invest informal and formal time in your team. The skills and relational dynamics that each sort of investment fosters are essential. It’s a bit like walking a tight- rope, but both have benefits to productivity and growth; On one side, we've got: - formal and structured time. On the other - informal and spontaneous time This balancing act is not an exact science but an art form. Leaders must intentionally provide a balance of both to their people, helping them get to 100% and multiply that with others. Read the Full Blog over at Think Cloud!
August 10, 2022
Accepting the Challenge of Change - Dr Chris Westoby
Do you ever feel like the world is just too much? That you can't keep up with the demands of everyday life? If so, you're not alone. In today's podcast, Leon, Paul and Jo chat with Dr Christopher Westoby, Programme Director of MA Creative Writing at the University of Hull. They discuss the value of mindfulness and other creative pathways to becoming more focused and content and accepting the challenge of change to cope with our hectic world. In this episode, Chris tells us that his first book, The Fear Talking: The True Story of a Young Man and Anxiety (2020), is a true story of how his mental condition collided with his early adulthood. He now applies the same research techniques found in Creative Writing to other subjects, including gender inequality in higher education institutions and social media’s effect in the aftermath of a suicide. Chris believes that educating others about his experiences is critical and assisting others in the process helps him just as much. What's Discussed? Mindfulness The team discuss how mindfulness is being aware of the present moment and not getting caught up in thoughts about the past or the future. It can help us focus on our actions and be more present in our lives. Chris explains how he tries to bring mindfulness into his everyday life by paying attention to the simple things he does, like walking or hugging someone. The point is to focus on the sensations you're experiencing in the present moment rather than letting your mind wander off. The books that most greatly influenced his life includes “wherever you go, there you are.” and “Full catastrophe living”, both by Jon Kabat-Zinn's which are based on his renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program. Chris explains how his "mind is too trapped in catastrophising and thinking of different scenarios that he is afraid of. Mindfulness is a way to try and pay more attention to the surroundings and hence kind of like snap out of whatever it is I'm thinking about, even if it's just for a second." These two particular books are about learning mindfulness and meditation practices but being aware of the lives that we live in and what and how that might take shape. Practice is key to meditation and it's important to be consistent with mindfulness. It takes time to make a change in your life. You have to keep at it; eventually, it becomes second nature. Read full blog - Think Cloud
July 27, 2022
100x - The Responsive Leader
In this week's podcast, Leon, Dean, and Paul discuss how the responsive leader understands the importance of people within the organisation and works to ensure their success. They delve into how this type of leader recognises that each person has unique needs and strengths and how to work to create an environment where everyone can thrive. Responsive leaders can create a positive culture within the organisation, they know how to build relationships and trust, and they work to create an environment where everyone can feel valued. This type of leader understands the importance of communication and collaboration, and they use these skills to bring people together to achieve success. Imposter Syndrome The guys talk about how Imposter syndrome may affect you as a leader, especially if you are a first-time leader. Imposter syndrome plagues many people in leadership positions, and it's the feeling that you're not really supposed to be there and that sooner or later, someone will figure it out. They talk about how important it is to be confident in your abilities and trust yourself, even if you feel like a fraud. Leadership is hard. But being a responsive leader can help you overcome some of the role's challenges. Sometimes insecurities can come across as ignorance or a general lack of confidence. It can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, where you believe you're not good enough and so you don't try or give up too quickly. You may even become a Resistant leader, someone who doesn't know their worth. Resistant leaders do not recognise that they have influence and do not understand what it truly means to be a leader. Resistant leadership of self and team will create pride, arrogance, and insecurity, all of which undermine productivity, effective growth, and communication. To read The full Blog visit Think Cloud
July 13, 2022
Building Resilience To Navigate Change - John Hotowka
We're back and have the wonderful John Hotowka joining Leon, Paul and Dean in the studio. John is a motivational speaker who enables individuals and teams to build resilience and manage change to become even more productive and effective. How? He talks about life experiences, shares proven practical insights and tools that can be applied immediately bringing comedy and magic into his talks so people can learn through relatable fun! What's Discussed? Audiences love John’s unique ability to make them laugh while delivering powerful messages that resonate long after his talks are over. He doesn’t just motivate people – he equips them with the mindset, skillset and toolset they need to navigate change. John’s talks are based on his life experiences and proven practical insights from the University of life! John talks about how change can be challenging, but we all must go through it. He shares some tips on how to deal with change, how to stay positive when things get tough, and the importance of having a support network. The guys talk about focus; if we have a challenge or a problem we're often focusing on, we need to change that thinking to focus on the solution. We all have challenges in life. John describes how the majority of his challenges have been self-made because of how he thought. We often know this, we know what we need to do, but do we put it into action? "One of the greatest talents we have as human beings is forgetting." The one book that started everything for John was Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz; it was the very first, first help book he read. And it was brilliant because it talks about visualisation and the power of the mind. And that's when he realised that for us humans, "it's what goes on between our ears", which makes the difference. The Power of the Mastermind After a crisis in confidence, John explains how he realised he needed a team of people around him, a support group of some sort. He read the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, which talks about the power of the mastermind and subsequently formed a group that meets every six to eight weeks. Members each bring issues, challenges, and opportunities that they might have and need to discuss and put into perspective. It is easy to focus on the negative when things are not going our way, and the brain is looking for threats and trying to protect us. But if we take the time to focus on what is going right in our lives, we will be much happier and more productive overall. Surrounding yourself with a group of people who will challenge you in a supportive way often gives you the reality check you need. Check Out The Full Blog at Think Cloud
June 30, 2022
100x How to Develop Others Effectively
Is it easier to just do it yourself? On this week's straight-talking smart tech podcast, The Hack hosts Leon, Paul, and Dean talk about 100x Leader Developing others. They examine the subject of developing others within teams and how to overcome the challenges and manage the process effectively when delegating to different kinds of people. "It takes hard work to develop others, but it doesn't have to be difficult." What's discussed? The first step in becoming an effective leader is developing a clear understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. Once you have a good sense of your capabilities, you can begin to identify the areas in which you need to develop others. One of the most important aspects of effective leadership is the ability to help others reach their potential. Dean quotes, "Sometimes you don't necessarily feel like you are leading and developing others effectively. It’s not just skills; we focus on developing people based on skills and past experiences." The five levels of leadership! A book which has inspired Leon recently by John C Maxwell-The 5 Levels of Leadership, has a great quote where John says: “nobody achieves anything great by giving the minimum, no teams win championships without making sacrifices and giving the best.” We often have to give more than the minimum to develop others effectively. We have to be willing to sacrifice our time, energy, and resources to help others reach their potential. Doing so can create a legacy of greatness that will outlast our lives. Maxwell's book shows you how to go from being a boss to becoming a genuine leader, get people to follow you without relying on your position, and create a legacy that will endure the test of time. To read The full Blog visit Think Cloud
June 23, 2022
Silence is Golden and Powerful-Embrace the Quiet and the Now?? - With Faz Balouchi
This week, we are joined on The Hack by Faz, a great friend of Leon who has just emigrated to Canada. But before he left, we got him to do a quick Podcast with us... Join Leon and Paul with guest Faz (Faisal) Balouchi talking about how their love for rugby created a friendship and bond that will last a lifetime. What is Discussed? Paul was Leon and Faz’s rugby coach when they were both youngsters, and over the years, the pair grew to become more than teammates but also good friends. Faz was among the first people who helped Leon get Andy Mans Club off the ground after an inspirational discussion in the pub! Faz admits he struggled with mental health in the past. He had a high flying job and had some fantastic experiences. But when he returned from the Middle East, it broke him. He had confided in his close friend Leon, which hurt his ego. He still bears the scars from that experience, but he is a much stronger person now. Faz has shown that it is possible to come out the other side and rebuild your life. Silence is Golden when it comes to Listening. Faz found talking things through in a safe environment hugely beneficial and is now trying to master the art of being a good listener. Listening is an important skill and isn’t always easy when trying to help solve a problem; you need to be more conscious and in the moment. Silence is golden and powerful… If you want to be a great listener, you must learn to be silent. This way, you can hear what is being said! It can be challenging to keep quiet, especially if you’re eager to offer your opinion or share your own experiences. Taking the time to listen to someone indeed shows that you respect them and value what they say. Read the full Blog at Think Cloud Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
June 07, 2022
How To Stay At The Top Of Your Game? With Noel Parkinson
In this week's Podcast, Leon and Paul host the show with guest Noel David Parkinson, ex-footballer, businessman and mentor. Noel can tell you one thing for sure: it's not easy to make it as a professional football player. Noel was born in Hull in 1959 and is a former English footballer who played in the Football League as a midfielder, beginning his career at Ipswich Town, but he had to retire from football earlier than he would have liked due to injury. However, he didn't let this stop him from achieving future success. After retiring from the game, he became a radio sports reporter in Humberside and a photocopier salesperson. Following this, he was employed in car sales and became a director of e-commerce. He was made redundant from his job in 2004, but he used his redundancy money to start wewillbuyyourcar.com, a nationwide vehicle-purchasing website, which now ???? turns over more than £20 million per year. So how did Noel go from a football player to a successful businessman? We sat down with him to find out as Noel shared his insights on staying "on top of your game" and "earning your right to play!" These days he supports other entrepreneurs with their business growth through mentoring and assisting with research and development. He sees himself as a project gamekeeper specialising in business operations and sales. Noel attributes much of his success to his positive attitude, determination and "hates to lose." You've got to want it more than anyone else; You've to be prepared to put the hours in and make the sacrifices. For him, football is like life. "Everything that goes on in football happens in day-to-day life." Earn your right to play During the podcast, Noel talks about the two inspiring quotes his football coach Sir Bobby Robson used to say, "don't forget; earn your right to play, which Noel explains; "you need to get on top of it, doing everything right yourself and on top of your opponent so that you can then go on to express yourself." "So if you think about that in any terms, that's where you want to be. You want to be on top of your own game, doing the things that you do well and right and getting on top of what might be your competition. That way, you'll reap the rewards," Noel feels he has done all along. The top two inches are everything His second favourite quote from Robson is that "the top two inches are everything", which refers to the top two inches of your head. Noel explains this means "you're tactically astute. You're mentally attuned. Your competitive spirit is there, and you want to win, and then you piece it clinically all together while you're playing, then you are flying!" The top 2 inches are the difference between success and failure-referring to mental strength and are vital to success, particularly in sports, as it often separates the good from the very best. Noel talks about the lessons he has learnt from failures, how he went through a divorce, learned to take stock and understands he had a part to play in that and that the losses can teach you a lot about yourself; he recognised he was working too much with too longer hours which added to the breakdown. "You learn as you get older, you are going to lose at times, things are not going to go right, you are going to get beat." Head over to Think Cloud for the Full Blog
May 26, 2022
The Truth About Limiting Beliefs - A Pathway Through The Jungle.
We all have limiting beliefs of some sort. They can be about our abilities, worth, or what's possible for us. And these beliefs can keep us from achieving our goals and living the life we want to live. It doesn't have to be that way. We can overcome our limiting beliefs by identifying them, understanding their origins, and creating new, more empowering beliefs. So, what exactly are limiting beliefs? They are simply ideas or thoughts that we have about ourselves that hold us back somehow. Maybe you believe you're not good enough or don't deserve success. Perhaps you think you can't achieve your dreams or that it's impossible for you to be happy and fulfilled. These are all examples of limiting beliefs, which can significantly impact our lives if we let them. Limiting beliefs can keep us from going after our dreams, trying new things, or taking risks. They can make us feel stuck and like we're not in control of our lives. But here's the good news: we can change our limiting beliefs. Just because we have them doesn't mean we're stuck with them forever. We can choose to believe something different. We can create new, empowering beliefs that will help us achieve our goals and live the life we want to live. I'm a huge fan of Bob Proctor and his definition of a limiting belief or paradigm. He better describes the software we have unknowingly installed in our heads that keeps us from achieving our full potential. Bob explains a belief is only a thought that we keep thinking about, and a paradigm is a set of those beliefs. When we change the paradigms in our heads, we change our lives. It's not easy to do, but it's worth it. I challenge you to look at your own life and see where you might be holding yourself back with some self-limiting beliefs. Then, change those beliefs and watch your life change for the better. You'll be glad you did! What Is A Paradigm? When we think about a paradigm, it's like installing software in our subconscious. A mental program with almost exclusive control over what you do habitual behaviour-wise! Stop and think about it. Virtually everything we do is habitual. Even things that you might not consider habitual, like getting out of bed to head off to work on time to go to sleep at night, are routines that you follow daily. And the way you eat, exercise, work, and relax are all habits you've developed over time. Even the time you wake up and go to sleep is usually based on habits you've formed. So when you think about it, virtually all of your behaviour is habitual. And while some habits might be more challenging to break than others, the fact is that all habits can be changed if you're willing to put in the effort. Now, let’s look at other aspects of your life that your paradigm has enormous influence over. Your paradigm controls many aspects of your life, like how you feel about yourself and others. It also controls your… Use of time Perception Creativity Productivity Ability to earn money Effectiveness Logic The box that is your mind can be tough to break out of, but there are no limits once you do. Read More of the blog on our webpage: Think Cloud
May 12, 2022
100x We Had A Fight - Storming Forming Norming and Performing With The Secret We Learned From The Red Arrows !
100X Leader We Had A Fight - Storming Forming Norming and Performing With The Secret We Learned From The Red Arrows! Welcome to the hack podcast! In this episode, Dean, Leon and Paul are sharing how they dealt with conflict in our team using 4 simple lists. Plus, we share the secrets we learned after spending the day with the red arrows. Team leaders can learn a lot from the Red Arrows about how to deliver feedback. The Red Arrows have a very clear process for dealing with communication and feedback as there believe there is never such thing as a perfect flight! When it comes to conflict, the Red Arrows handle it in a very constructive way. They understand that conflict is a normal and necessary part of a healthy team's development.The Red Arrows have a very clear process for dealing with communication and feedback as there believe there is never such thing as a perfect flight! This process can be applied to any team in order to help them resolve conflicts and improve communication. If you're having conflict with your team, try to see it as an opportunity to grow and learn together. And if you're a team leader, don't be afraid to step in and help guide (share this podcast with your team) through the 4 natural phases we share in this video. Remember, this is a normal and necessary part of a healthy team's development!👊❤️🌍🚀
April 21, 2022
New Ways To Lead Business And Marketing - with Laura Greenwood
The Hack podcast is back once more, and this time hosts Leon, Paul and Jo talk to their special guest, Laura Greenwood. This particular show aims to discuss new ways to lead business and marketing. There is an emphasis on the timid amongst us and how people with this trait can still thrive within these settings. The podcast draws on some of Laura’s own real-life experiences within this environment. The team look at how literature can influence business practices, and Laura discusses three books that she feels greatly informs those practices. She mentions the influence that Pam Featherston has had regarding personal coaching. Another notable shoutout was Carol Dweck’s work on the mindset used much more generally to prepare oneself for everyday life. One highlight of the podcast is the quartet’s discussion on the power of intention and what this can do, especially for parents. It stresses the importance of setting yourself clear intentions because if not, what are you ever going to look for or work towards. The example used in the podcast is to look for a green car or a cow on the way to work. It sounds simple here, but these skills can be developed and transferred to a marketing background. Throughout the podcast, Laura looks back on her career. She highlights the importance of looking back and being able to say that she went for various opportunities and challenged herself. Laura talks about how intention can be applied to this. She intends to look out for opportunities and continue to attempt them throughout her career. It’s more admirable than drifting along without a specific purpose. The podcast also looks at the importance of building a team and how to achieve this effect. An honourable mention from Greenwood is Chet Holmes’s 12 key strategies to create a sales orientated team. One tactic applied in workshops is to get a team to note down a practical list of what a tenant doesn’t know about a business. This list is put into a folder, and each week, the sales team examines this list and decides how they can hone in on making these features and turn them into a strength. Tune in to learn more about how to improve market practices today! Laura and her company, Your Lead Generation, work in your sales funnel and support you to get your world to generate leads at the level your business needs, either on a one-off project or retained monthly work. Your Lead Generation offers comprehensive and transparent telemarketing and outreach package. Some clients need the telemarketing work as part of a very smooth, systemised and automated journey which they have already worked out. Other companies reach out for telemarketing and fuller support to get their world in order and create the prospect journey and lead generation system – every scenario is different. Laura would love people to follow her on LinkedIn as she uses the platform everyday https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauragreenwoodleadgeneration/ Sign up to my email tribe https://bit.ly/2OyC5Ye Website - https://yourleadgeneration.co.uk/ Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
April 13, 2022
From Crowns to Robins! How stepping into a moment changed the clubs future!
On this week's straight-talking smart tech Brand new podcast, The Hack hosts Leon, Paul and Jo are joined by Craig Frankin, Head of Marketing at Hull KR. Being More Inclusive This week's The Hack episode, hosted by Leon, Paul and Jo, features Hull KR Head of Marketing Craig Franklin, discussing his role at the professional rugby league club which competes in the Super League. In this episode, Craig explains how fans across all sports are changing how they consume content in the digital age and that competition for fans’ attention and interest has never been greater. Craig was involved in a two-year process to redesign the club crest evolving it to a format that would maximise their exposure on digital platforms broadcast media and provide better commercial opportunities to secure the sport’s future whilst ensuring it kept the club’s strong identity and respected its history, inspiring a new generation of supporters to carry their rich tradition forward. Be Bold to Drive Change Craig identified that change was needed, and a world-class identity was the reason underpinning the period of transformation the club needed to go through to rebrand and find a fresh new look. During the initial research phase, fans were keen to ensure this was a natural evolution rather than an overhaul. They recognised the club needed to evolve to move forward in the digital world. After numerous variations involving the input from supporters aged 4 to 75 get engaged alongside key partners, former players, and club historians, the final design received overwhelming approval from the sounding fan board. Everyone at the club is now focused on moving forward and building for the next 140 years of club history. The new badge merges the original concepts or the crown and the robin with a simple modern appeal, and changing for the digital future has enabled the club to tell their story in an 8mm x 8mm digital space! We need to Rebrand Mental Health. Similarly, the team discuss how we need to rebrand mental health. ‘Mental’ does not have the right connotation for health for a start. Clinical and medical environments can be daunting and feel unnatural. Often the best support can come from those around us, people we know and trust who we can open up and be honest around in day to day life. Buddie schemes and learning to talk naturally by being around people we can trust to listen without offering to fix things. This is especially important for younger people. Therefore, changing the culture early on is essential, so it becomes a natural part of what we do! Likewise, in the rugby word-despite being Rugby rivals. Hull FC and Rovers have a lot they can learn from and give each other, their community and their city. The clubs will always benefit by being there to help each other out. You have to put the work in before getting the results. Planning and preparation are essential for success. If you want to succeed, you have to work hard. Like the athletes, you dedicate time to practice. Both during training sessions and on your own, prepare yourself for the task ahead. The day you wake up and dread going into work is the day you should quit! If you’re not happy, either fix it or solve it. If you find yourself in a situation where you’re not enjoying it anymore, take a step back and determine why. Sometimes you need to work through conflicts, plan, be ready, commit and don’t look back! It can be challenging to walk away, but we have one chance at life and need to be happy. Change doesn’t always have to be a bad thing; It can be the thing that propels you to new heights. Remember, good things take time, take more fulfilment from your experience and embrace change!
March 17, 2022
Looking into the future of business!
This week's The Hack episode, hosted by Leon, Paul and Jo, features the brilliant guest Andrew Grill to discuss his career as an actionable futurist, what that entails and how technology is transforming the world around us. Looking into the future professionally. In this fascinating episode, Andrew Grill discusses his career as a futurist and what it takes to look into the future and predict what might happen. He takes the team back to when he started in Adelaide, Australia, writing an essay for his degree on the future and a brave new world and how this led him towards actionable futurism. He describes how he has to stay months, rather than decades, ahead of his clients and how near term futurism can be more practical and useful than flying cars. Transformative technology. The team discuss recent innovations in the technology sector, like Facebook's new Metaverse, NFTs and office communication tools like slack. They also talk about the challenges that come with a rapidly expanding tech sector, the new skills we have to learn and how hard it can be trying to keep up. They also talk about the huge way technology can improve lives and make things easier, with online video calls instead of flights across the world, but also the joy of finally getting back on stage. As always, the recent pandemic has shifted communication online more than ever before and it has also brought a range of challenges for people as they rethink their careers. A collaborative workspace. Talking about the power of collaboration, the way technology enables this and how to work out loud, they look at how businesses can communicate better. They also think about the leaders of the future, whose first phone was an iPhone and how they might use technology to open communication throughout organisations. They talk about having the right IT support in place to handle the recent surge in online communication, from cyber security measures to cloud platforms. Learning from experience. Whether working with major companies like IBM, Telstra and Optus to helping young startups, Andrew Grill shares his unique experiences and insights and how we can all try and embrace the future together. Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
February 24, 2022
Making resolutions or finding solutions?
Join your regular hosts, Leon and Paul, talking to life coaches Gemma Gibson and James Ash in a brand new The Hack podcast-the straight-talking smart tech podcast, where we discuss the ever-changing world we live in. It's time to start thinking differently as Hull and East Yorkshire’s very own digital tech experts talk transformation and change, focusing on people, process and technology. For their first podcast of the year, they were catching up on where they left off from their 90-day challenge that turned into 183 days and still going, where they see 2022 professionally and personally. They talk about what they will be taking into 2022, from what they learned in 2021—learning from mistakes and deciding whether it is best to make a new year's resolution or just to find better solutions? Gemma says, 'A breakdown happens before a breakthrough.' So this year, she will help the men smash through that wall of inconsistency. What happens is people go hard and give themself challenges but then burn themselves out, so never continue. It's about doing one thing or small things consistently, rather than lots of big things inconsistently. Trying to find solutions rather than setting resolutions is essential It's good to have something in life that you want to achieve; 90 days is an excellent way of ticking things off your list and making progress. It challenges people with weight loss, fitness, bad habits or even just with business goals and aspirations. It is long enough for people to see results, but it's not too far away, so they are still driven and are good for people to start with if they don't have many ideas or just starting out. While 90 days isn't too long, it is about giving yourself a starting point, and then what happens is when you've reached 90 days, you'll be thinking, "I'm nearly there," and that will push you on! This year, Leon and Pauls aim to keep consistent, living by the 80/20 rule. 20% fitness and 80% in the kitchen. They explain how 80 per cent of your happiness comes from 20 per cent of your activities and that 80 per cent of your results come from 20 per cent of things you do. The 80-20 rule principle is to identify an entity's best assets and use them efficiently to create maximum value. (Pareto principle - Wikipedia by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto) Eating well is the highest on their list as they feel they have a good balance of fitness. It's about working out what you are most likely to succeed at and what's most important, sometimes this can be something as simple as making more time for yourself! Leon and Paul have even upped their game by joining a fancy new gym (Nuffield Health). They realise that there is value in paying a little more for something that will be more worthwhile and will pay off by helping them achieve their goals while improving their physical and mental health too!
February 10, 2022
Christmas Special - What will next year hold for you?
Goal setting for 2022 This week, in a Christmas special, hosts Leon, Paul and Dean discuss goal setting for the next year and how to shift your mindset to be able to achieve the goals you set yourself. Christmas is a time of year for reflecting, so they talk about what they have achieved this year and where they want to take that next year. From mental health, fitness, and growing your technology business, you will be able to use this advice to further yourself going into the new year. What’s discussed? Goal Setting Mindset The hosts talk about the tendency to reflect, without stopping to look at how far we have come. An important part of goal setting is being able to recognise your achievements, and to get rid of the negative voice inside your head that will hold you back, instead of thinking “I can’t do this”, saying “I will do this”. Goal setting technique In order to set goals effectively, they speak about a three-column process. The first is a list of things you want to experience, from being a better leader in business to spending more time with your family. The second lists what you need to achieve to have the experiences you want in column one. This could be training in marketing or cyber security, creating a healthier routine for yourself or delegating from a leadership position. The third is to list what you want to give back after having achieved everything in column two and experiencing everything in column one. This could be giving back to people in your community, family or a charity. How to set achievable goals The hosts stress the importance of being specific when setting yourself a goal. They discuss ten questions you can use to make sure your goal is quantifiable and will help you grow. They talk about how this year has been the hardest but also the most rewarding, and how to push out of your comfort zone. 👊❤🌍🚀 #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
December 23, 2021
100x Maximising Influence- Relationship Before Opportunity
In this episode of The Hack Podcast on IT from Hull, Leon, Paul and Dean take a look at how to maximise influence, by looking at the subject of relationship before opportunity. They consider the importance of taking time to build relationships both at work and at home as well as who has had the most influence on them in their lives and how to be vulnerable to grow connections. Prioritising relationships In this honest podcast, the team discusses how important it is to build up trust and relationships slowly over time. They consider different ways that people can become a leader through building relationships, from IT support to encouragement to lowering walls and letting people in. They talk about how important it is to have a collaborative culture and how remote working has changed the way we maintain relationships with our colleagues. Appreciating influencers By diving deeper into what influence is and how relationships impact us, the podcast looks at how we can learn from those who have influenced us. In this personal episode, they discuss who influenced them the most and what they have learned from them, from wise lessons from Dad to football management techniques. They also think about appreciating the influential people in their lives and making sure they know what impact they have had. Leadership qualities When it comes to leadership, relationships are so crucial, as are the personality traits that can help with building these. They consider how important it is to be a people person as a leader and how to work on understanding other people. They talk about the importance of being competent and credible in order to be trusted by those you are trying to influence. By prioritising relationships, it can become easier to have people follow you as they have that connection already. #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport powered by Think Cloud
December 16, 2021
100x Over Coming Self-Preservation
Welcome back to another episode of The Hack. This week, the guys reflect on the recent training they have received on self-preservation and explore tips on overcoming self-preservation. Nothing is off-limits in this week's podcast as the hosts discuss the topic of self-preservation in terms of grief (reflecting on the loss of their fathers), conflict in the workplace and redundancy. One of our hosts explains his own experience with being made redundant and how this impacted his personal self-preservation. The podcast kicks off with a fact that may surprise some listeners: humans are born with only two fears, the fear of loud noises and falling. Everything else is a learned behaviour. This information can put other fears, such as the fear of failure, into a unique perspective and explains why many people default to self-preserving tendencies. The hosts discuss overcoming self-preservation, which calls out your own behaviour and holds you accountable. To be effective, the questions must be answered with total honesty. In addition to reflecting on overcoming self-preservation, The Hack podcast hosts offer advice based on their own experiences working in IT support, suggesting one of the most effective ways to overcome self-preservation is to stay in your own lane, learn from your own mistakes, and focus on yourself rather than making frequent comparisons to others. Listen to the full podcast here for more detail or get in touch with The Hack team for more information on cyber security and IT Hull. 👊❤🌍🚀 #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
December 09, 2021
Fill a void with positivity!
This week's podcast was recorded after hosts Leon and Paul attended Ant Middleton's tour, 'Mind of over muscle'. Ant Middleton rose to fame in 2015 when his show 'SAS: Who dares wins' first aired on Channel 4. He continued to be the primary host and instructor of the show until 2021, when he was terminated from the position due to his controversial behaviour on social media and reports of misconduct towards members of the crew on set. Middleton has landed on his feet despite this controversy and has found success by touring motivational speeches based on his books. Leon and Paul discuss on the podcast how they were both struck with Middleton's ideas on mindsets and how many of us operate in a negative mindset, whether in our personal or professional lives, without realising it. Instead of being indulged, negative voids must be filled with positivity. Both Leon and Paul share personal experiences with loss and explore this subject about negative mindsets. The hosts note that the talk's timing was particularly poignant as Middleton presented an analogy about World War 2, exploring how the British public was forced to adapt, adjust and build due to the war; this is particularly relevant due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although pandemic restrictions may be out of our control, both men agree we've got to get on with it, and we've got to make the best out of it. In addition to sharing what Paul and Leon believe to be the best advice given by Middleton, such as 'change starts with you' and 'there's no growth in comfort, they share their own experiences such as the fear of committing to change and the fear of failure. Listen now to learn more about overcoming the fear of failure and the importance of having a positive mindset when running or starting a business in a pandemic. Alternatively, for more information on cyber security and IT support, contact Think Cloud Inc for IT Hull based. #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
December 02, 2021
One giant leap into digital technology- with Phylip Morgan!
During this edition of The Hack, with Leon and Paul, the guys sit down with special guest Phylip Morgan and dish on leadership and all things tech. They aim to wake listeners up to what life would be like without the tech in our lives – especially in the healthcare sector, without specific cancer treatments and MRI scanners, etc. Also, they discuss how technology has shifted these days from NASA sending a man to space in 1961 to how Elon Musk is decarbonising his Tesla vehicles in 2021, etc. This blog post aims to capture the standout moments from this podcast – giving you three reasons to listen in. The importance of switching off! Throughout this podcast episode, all three talk about the importance of reaching into your bag or pocket and switching off your phone. It can be empowering to put this to the back of your mind and focus on your work or what you enjoy. However, they acknowledge how complicated this process can be. What if I miss out on something important? It's an acknowledgement of the grip that technology can have over our minds. How technology saves time! Around the midpoint of the podcast, induction to chargers is made. Usually, one is kept in the car, the other in Leon’s person. This is a note on how technology is used to save us time. By placing our phones on induction chargers, we’re still free to carry on with whatever we are doing. We’re saving ourselves time as we’re no longer chaining ourselves to desks or having to take time out whilst waiting for our tech to recharge. However, we pay money for this, and it’s a rather interesting notion that we pay more for technology that saves us time. The importance of technology to businesses! Throughout the podcast, one point is that knowing all there is to know about repairing a particular brand’s motorbike is a lot easier than doing business out of it. This is because of the technological knowledge that people have to have on administrative processes before they can even think about becoming leaders in that area. #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
November 25, 2021
100X How to Build Trust and Maximise Influence
The Hack hosts Leon, Paul and Dean are back this weeks for the 100x Leader episode 13 – exploring people, processes, and technology in more depth. How to build trust and maximise influence In this episode, Leon, Paul and Dean focus on how to build trust and maximise influence – whether it be in a team or individual context. In particular, the hosts talk about the impact of character and credibility on people’s ability to influence others and inspire them—understanding how morals and values can affect leadership to owning your processes. What’s discussed? For this instalment, the team examine how character, chemistry, credibility, and credibility – the four C’s if you will – are essential when it comes to building trust and maximising influence. First, the team discuss the importance of leading by example rather than for positional power in inspiring others and building trust. By setting an example through strong morals and principles, you’re able to filter these values down your team and foster a positive work culture. For Leon, Paul and Dean, trust isn’t earned through pestering others to comply with your view, but rather channelling your views into how you operate as a leader. The Hack hosts discuss the role that character and chemistry play in one’s ability to influence others. Who is this person? What do they stand for? What are their values? These preliminary questions help determine whether someone is a good cultural fit. If the characteristics fit the team, you can build on their skills and competency. The team talks about competency and credibility and how these skills easily translate into strength and power. With competency, you must establish transparent processes and own them. When someone critiques these processes, it’s crucial that you listen and don’t take it personally. You want to show your ability to adapt and get the most out of your interactions with other team members. Once you have all these characteristics in check, you’re on the road to creating a collaborative team that trusts your opinion and values your influence. This episode of 100X Leader is worth a listen. You can learn more about how to motivate others through your characteristics and set clear examples for those looking to follow in your footsteps. Give it a listen today! #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
November 18, 2021
Active listening and the communication code - 100x Leader Ep 12
The 100X Leader podcast is back, and this time, Leon, Paul and Dean are talking about a range of communication techniques to help you better engage with people and boost your leadership skills. From stages in the communication process to developing your skills and applying them in the workplace, this episode of 100X Leader is a must-listen. First, the team discusses the 5Cs of communication. By going through each step - critique, collaborate, clarify, care and celebrate - you can wrap communication up into a much broader plan of action for your company. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail, and being unable to communicate your goals to staff members is only likely to cause even more issues for your company's long term success. Communication is a skill that you can build over time, and the practical implementation of solid communication skills can support your company's process for years to come. Later in the podcast, the hosts discuss nonverbal communication. In any workplace, getting your ideas across through body language and the way you act has subtle benefits in putting you ahead of your rivals. You can better understand the wants and needs, the effect you have on them and the best way forward for you to make the most of future interactions. Learning from verbal communication is essential, but non-verbal communication conveys a story that your client may be too shy to tell deliberately. Finally, listen to a deep dive into the topic of two-way communication. Whilst listening skills are excellent for helping you to absorb information, and strong communication skills can help you convey a message to others, finding a perfect balance between the two in two-way conversations is key. This allows you to understand conversations as they develop, establish the direction in which they are going and interpret what is being said correctly before responding appropriately. If you feel like you struggle with communication in the workplace and need to improve, this episode of 100X Leader offers you the tools needed to take your communication skills to the next level without resorting to technology. Be sure to give it a listen today! Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
November 11, 2021
Digital Revo-Hull-tion with Antonio Tombanane
The straight-talking smart tech podcast is back, and in this episode, your hosts are joined by Antonio Tombanane. Who has recently been welcomed onto the Forbes Business Council, a growing networking organisation based around some of the most successful business leaders. He has been named one of the 50 most prominent black voices in the UK tech space, and we were honoured to have him in the studio to share some of his wisdom. The gang started with our typical question surrounding the books that have shaped and guided the life of our guests. One of Antonio's answers, Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, offered an exciting insight into the mind and behaviour of an entrepreneur, discussing the management of wealth and how to look after what you've made for yourself. His other responses make for fascinating listening before he and the guys delve into the very nature of influence and ask, "What does it mean to be influenced?". We also talk to our guests about social media. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all have such outstanding impacts on our lives. Our discussion with Antonio about how it helps and hinders our ability to see and understand mental health issues offers a lot to think about. Compassion and understanding since the start of the pandemic are crucial to getting through difficult days. So being able to understand better the way that technology is impacting our ability to emphasise can help us relate to others better. Finally, our hosts discuss self-care and physical health with Antonio. By focusing on dance and being himself, Antonio has lived a healthy and happy lifestyle without needing to drink or rely on things like alcohol for instant gratification. By focusing on eating well and going to the gym, Antonio has developed a lifestyle that he enjoys without putting undue stress on himself. If you're interested in learning more about Antonio Tombanane, his achievements and the way he lives his life, make sure you listen to the latest episode of The Hack. Sponsored by: Talk suicide powered by Think Cloud #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
November 04, 2021
Check In With Yourself: For Emotional Wellness 100x
In this week's episode of The Hack podcast, your regular hosts, Leon and Paul, talk to Gemma and James. From catching up about each others' lives after months of being apart to in-depth discussions about mental health conditions, learning difficulties and the processes used to get through them, this is a jam-packed episode. The gang also talk about the role of emails and the ways that we communicate in the workplace. With email increasingly becoming a core aspect of our day to day lives, the role of technology in our work is evolving all the time. Topics include whether an email is simply being used as a tool for people to push their agendas or if it has the potential to amplify the voices of those in leadership roles, empowering them to work from a position of greater communication. In addition, the team talk about broader purpose. The group theorise about what the true meaning of life is, the importance of saving a life, and whether the real point of life is to leave a powerful legacy behind that people can be proud of. If you are affected in any way by the topics discussed in the podcast, check out Andy's Man Club. The Hack is proud to support Andy's Man Club, a men's mental health organisation set up to discuss and resolve men's mental health issues in a safe and secure environment. If you have any concerns about your mental health or that of someone you know, it's important you (or the person you know) get the help and support you need. Stick the kettle on and settle into another fascinating episode of The Hack today.
October 28, 2021
Changing your mindset with a burst of dopamin - with Andrew & Teresa of Dopamin Media over in LA.
Leon McQuade and Paul Longley are back to host yet another edition of The hack, the smart-talking tech podcast that isn't afraid to dive into a range of issues. In this episode, the team from Dopamin drops in to discuss their work, society, and what social media can mean for the average person going forward. Firstly, the conversation delved into what Dopamin does. A Los Angeles based media company, Dopamin offers free photoshoots to the black and LGBT communities, attempting to level the playing field. This has webbed out to include video work thanks to one of the founder's experiences in sound design, and the company has grown ever since. In a returning regular segment, we get to find out what the founders of Dopamin have been reading. This week we learned about a book centred around a man that pushes himself to the very limit of both physical and mental endurance, offering readers a significant change in perspective for anyone interested. If you want to find out what book inspired our guests, listen to the episode and you may just find your own mindset shifting. Later on in the podcast, our guests discuss failure and the role that it can take in our day to day lives. We all deal with failure at some point in our lives, and the founders of Dopamin are no different. We learned all about how they use failure as a learning opportunity, and a chance to ask questions and grow from the experiences they've faced. As always, The Hack is proud to support Andy's Man Club, a men's mental health charity that is there to listen when you need someone to talk to. They offer mental health support groups every Monday all across the country and can help you in your time of need. Check out Dopamin Media: Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
October 21, 2021
How to break from the 'follower' mindset to become a leader?
The Hack, hosted by Leon, Paul and Dean are back, and this time, their focus is leadership. The hosts delve into the ‘5 gear action plan’ and the benefits of challenges. For any entrepreneurs, this is a podcast you don’t want to miss out on. The group begin by recapping their last episode, which focused on the 5 gear action plan, which is the different gears you need to be in at different times of the day to succeed, which include: Gear 1: The recharge: when you need it, take time off to recharge and recover from a stressful time. Gear 2: Connect mode: get connected again with the people who matter the most to you, like your family and friends. Gear 3: Social mode: being present with people, such as your workforce. Gear 4: Task mode: focus on the processes and tasks you need to complete, and multitask when necessary. Gear 5: Focused mode: get fully centred on the task at hand so that you can succeed. By mapping out your daily routine into these different gears, you can designate the right amount of time to each, which Leon, Paul and Jo all say has improved their productivity. The Hack hosts further go on to talk about the importance of challenging others when you are a leader. What challenges do your employees need in order to improve and succeed the most? What support can you give them? How can you further challenge your own work to find ways of improving at every turn? Challenging ourselves and others can help us to develop, innovate and grow successfully, but we also need to take the time to appreciate each other's hard work and understand how all of us support each other. Whether you are looking for ways to support your staff more at the office, learn how to manage your time and get more productive, or just want to hear expert advice on technology from business professionals, make sure that you catch up with The Hack podcast today to learn more. Leadership is about finding out what is your best use and then working together with your team. Supporting and challenging each other. If you would like to look at the great platform GiANT use the following link for a free trial. https://www.giant.tv/thinkcloud #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport Powered by Think Cloud Sponsored by Talk Suicide
October 14, 2021
Embrace life, don't fear it! with Gail Acaster
Some people embrace change and some resist it? The Hack is back again with hosts Leon McQuade, Paul Longley, and Jo Kent. This time, The Hack is joined by guest Gale Acaster. In this episode, we open discussion on the books that have greatly influenced or changed our lives - to quote Gail who quotes Francis Bacon, knowledge is power, after all. We then move on to looking at the positive side of life following all of the negativity that more than a year of COVID-19 has brought us. We also begin by talking a little about how our pasts have shaped us, whether that be for better or for worse. However, it's important to remember that our pasts do not necessarily define us in the present or even in our future selves. How schools have changed in recent years and how we can learn from these changes is also a big part of this conversation. Video games, violence, natural aggressions and more all make an appearance. Spreading love and kindness in the modern world is something our hosts and guests also discuss, alongside daily mantras, meditation, and gratitude journals. So, yeah, quite a bit of contrast in the topics talked about. Much of this episode's discourse is led by the idea of the chimp paradox, based on the book of the same name by Professor Steve Peters. The chimp paradox is a mind management model that allows you to understand and take care of your own emotions, overriding the primitive response of fight, flight, or freeze. Stepping back from the complexities of the modern world is something that our team today has learnt with age, whether that be by going for a walk or listening to music. We finish off the episode talking about who in history we would like to talk to about modern society. Einstein and Princess Diana are two of the prominent names featured. Take a list to this week's podcast with our brilliant guest Gail Acaster, Personal development (putting you on your path in life, work, personal and professional. Providing the tools to succeed.) Why not check Gail on her social platforms: https://www.facebook.com/GARecruitment/ http://linkedin.com/in/gail-acaster-0868b2b2 www.gailacaster.co.uk Gail Acaster on Twitter GA recruitment on Instagram
October 07, 2021
The Answers We Seek Are Already Within Us ! Mini Hack With Evie Blake & Leon McQuade
The Answers We Seek Are Already Within Us ! I've really loved having Evie and Blake on this weeks Podcast what amazing answers to questions that often have many of us stumped about life ! When it comes to living life to the fullest, for me kids are the real gurus of happiness. They truly understand life better than most of us adults do! Evie and Blake have a way of teaching me the most essential things about life that I've sometimes forgotten as I've grown older. I thought as I write this (dictate to Siri) what are six things I've learned about life from Evie & Blake: #1 Honesty is pure. Keep it that way. #2 Every day is a new day. #3 Stop worrying about tomorrow #4 Stop and smell the roses. #5 Even when you fail, it is always important to try again. #6 Always remember to have fun let me know what you think #happiness #motivation #leadershiplessons
September 30, 2021
No Holding Back - Murphy Lee
Join our hosts Leon, Paul and Guest host Dean this Thursday on The Hack. All the way from the USA, none other than Grammy Award Winning Rapper Murphy Lee, best known as a member of the hip hop group St. Lunatics. CEO of his own label, U C Me Entertainment. #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
September 23, 2021
From the Grind to the Grammys - Etcetera The multi-award winning recording artist, writer and film music supervisor.
Do not fear, The Hack is here and we're going worldwide! Leon McQuade, Paul Longley and guest host Dean Bulfield are joined by Brooklyn native and hip hop superstar Etcetera. Etcetera has gone from "The grind to the Grammys" and his appearance on the show provides the hosts with a wide range of interesting topics to discuss. This episode is the first in which Leon and Paul have Dean at their side, and what an episode to welcome him to the show with! Etcetera has been lucky enough to share the stage and the studio with some of the biggest names in the business, from Busta Rhymes to Kanye West, and is currently gearing up to release his sophomore album 'Sagittarius'. Etcetera's career has seen him produce as well as perform and even narrowly miss out on Oscars contention with his song 'Brawler' from the film 'Bare Knuckle Brawler' starring Danny Trejo. As always, our hosts are on hand to provide thought-provoking questions as we seek to peer behind the curtain and into the man. What are the three books that changed his life? What's been the driver behind his career? As ever on the show, there is a focus on people, processes and technology and while the New York rap game seems a world away from the North of England, Etcetera's appearance on the show provides yet another area uncovered until now as we learn more about the music industry, the roots of rap and even the luxury of Lamborghinis! Etcetera's career has been one of highs and lows and he is quick to point out that self-belief has been key in him achieving what he has to date. 'From the grind to the Grammys' isn't just a catchy line but one that reminds him where he's come from. So listen now to another episode of The Hack - you won't want to miss it! Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
September 16, 2021
I felt comfort in suicide - Luke Scott
The Hack is back, this episode with special guest Luke Scott. Luke's visit to the podcast was all-encompassing and jumped across a range of fascinating topics, leaving it as an episode that you won't want to miss. The guys start by talking in-depth about some of the things Luke is passionate about. From the music that gets him pumped up and ready to take on the day, to the books that he's read and the topics that truly grab him, this podcast offers you a much deeper insight into the mindset of a business winner, and how listening to Adele can be one of the best things to do in a difficult time. The main point of discussion on this week's episode was surrounding mental health. As we all know mental health is something that affects all of us on a day to day basis. The guys talk about an issue that has affected many people recently, and that is the way that lockdown has had an impact on all of us. From difficulties in staying as active as we were before the pandemic to the support networks that we all need when we're struggling, this episode hits a lot of important notes that any of us need to hear in difficult times. There is also a thorough discussion surrounding Andy's Man Club. Andy's Man Club is a mental health support network set up following the unexpected passing of the founder's close friend. It's a place that men can go to find support and help, allowing people to reach out and talk about the problems they've faced. The Hack is proud to support Andy's Man Club and will continue to do so in order to support those that need mental health support in modern society. If you find yourself affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, don't be afraid to reach out and get the help you need. Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
September 08, 2021
Biohacking: How biohackers are trying to upgrade their brains, and their bodies - with Gemma Gibson 100x Leader
The newest episode of The Hack has been released, with your hosts Leon McQuade, James Ash and Paul Longley, as well as guest Gemma Gibson, all making the most of their time on the air for you. This episode offers everything from nutritional diet discussion to digital distraction, and what we can do to keep our productivity high in today’s technical landscape. The discussion opens up on diet, lifestyle, and what a positive change can mean for both your physical and mental health. James’ visits to a health coach are the centre of discussion, and he teaches the guys a few things about habit changing, and how adjusting your behaviour over long periods of time to become healthier can be more difficult than short, sharp changes in your day to day routine. From here, the discussion turns to the idea of a healthy balance in your life, and what the introduction of social media and the necessity of phones might mean for you. Social media has had such a fundamental impact on everyone’s lives, and we hear first-hand stories from a schoolteacher around the impact phones have on something as simple as eating lunch. The conversation, as usual, returns to business, and how we can apply a step by step ideology to improving our lives. Another idea we explore in this episode is the concept that where you can find a business solution, you can often find a life solution and vice versa. As always, The Hack is proud to support Andy’s Man Club, a men’s mental health charity that seeks to ensure that men up and down the company have a safe space they can visit to discuss their thoughts, feelings, and to spend time with others. If you have any concerns about your mental health and wellbeing, visit an Andy's Man Club session near you and get involved. #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
September 02, 2021
5 gears to drive your life 100x Leader ep11
As part of The Hack's 100x Leader Challenge, our hosts Leon McQuade, Paul Longley, and Dean Buffield are back to discuss the latest developments in technology and business processes. Today, they're talking about the five gears and how they can be used to balance work and life for busy professionals juggling career and family. The five gears are distinct energy modes: recharge mode, connect mode, social mode, task mode, and focus mode. In this podcast, we discuss the difference between the five gears and how important it is to understand which mode you're operating in at any time. Even when you're just on recharge mode, it's so important to switch off, disconnect, and make sure your time is spent away from screens to make the most of this gear shift - so that you're ready to launch into focus mode when you need to. Leon, Paul, and Dean get into the details of the five gears, discussing which ones they identify working in the most and how people, colleagues, and family members working in different gears must work together and practise shifting gears to align themselves with others when needed. Understanding the five gears and how they can be used as a template to understand and control your working patterns is key to efficiency and productivity in busy modern workplaces. Suppose you're trying to understand your working processes, and you're looking for tips on how to recharge or improve your focus and collaborative skills at work. In that case, this podcast is full of advice that can help you control switching gears and make the most of your free time and your focus time. Listen to The Hack today to hear exclusive insights, as well as work and social hacks that can transform your day-to-day life. Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
August 26, 2021
State Of Fear - Psychological Independence 100x Leader ep10
The Hack is back for the big one! It's Series 10 of the 100x Leader Challenge, our popular mini-series. Hosts Leon McQuade and Paul Longley are once again joined by Dean Bulfield, as our presenters discuss leadership, technology and their personal usage of social media platforms. The 100X Leader series podcast sees our presenters invite listeners and guests with them on a journey to establish just what exactly leadership is, how you can spot it, and a range of attributes you need to excel in the world of business leadership. In this episode, our hosts take a deep dive into a range of subjects, including a topical look into the marketing of COVID 19 vaccines and how these give us lessons on how to present our products and the role of choice in modern markets. Behavioural science also plays a major role in this episode as Leon, Paul and Dean discuss the science behind refusing to go to bed as a child and how it relates to "decision fatigue", an issue that we all face in our day to day lives. Making decisions is at the heart of management and leadership, after all, working out how and why particular decisions are made can be key to making the most of leadership roles. If you'd like to learn about all facets of leadership, from networking to communication to decision making, there's no better resource than this episode of the 100X Leader Series. The Hack and 100X Leader series strives to promote the great work done by Andy's Man Club, a non-profit mental health organisation focused on getting men the support they need to resolve issues and improve their mental health. Listen to The Hack today for more insight that you can't hear anywhere else. Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
August 19, 2021
Discovering Your Leadership Voice. The 5C's Of Communication. 100x Leaders ep 9
Returning for another episode of The Hack, the ninth instalment of our 100X Leader series is now available. It features our hosts Leon McQuade and Paul Longley, who have once more been joined by the dulcet tones of Dean Bulfield. As always, the guys take a meander along the path of leadership, exploring new ideas and leadership concepts along the way. Early in the podcast, your hosts dive headfirst into a discussion around failure and rejection, what that can mean for your self-confidence, and how an effective leader can move past these issues. Converting failure into success is one of the most important things a leader can try to do. That's why striving to make the most of every failure sets poor leaders apart from the pack. Your hosts also delve into a discussion around development and the role of production evolution in modern markets. Technology is moving faster than anyone could have anticipated, which can be worrying for companies that feel somewhat stuck or have a set product that doesn't evolve. Aside from product development, the lads discuss personal development. Leadership courses and personal attributes play a vital role in the world of management today, and if you're not able to develop as either a manager or an employee, you'll get left behind. Focusing on growing as a leader and improving your workplace attributes can put you ahead of the field, something we explore in much greater depth in the episode. The Hack, and the 100X Leader mini-series alike, are proud to support Andy's Man Club, a mental health charity based in the north of England, focusing on ensuring that men get the support they need to live a happy and fulfilling life. You can improve your leadership prospects and even simply have a good time by listening to The Hack today. Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
August 12, 2021
Self-discipline - How do effective leaders develop self-discipline? With Lee Radford
The Hack is back and what a show we have in store for you this week as your hosts Leon, Paul and Jo are joined by none other than Hull rugby legend Lee Radford. Lee is a former England international rugby player who spent most of his career representing Hull. He had a hugely successful spell at the Bradford Bulls sandwiched in the middle, going on to coach the club he represented on over 190 occasions. Lee is now set to become head coach of the Castleford Tigers, where he will look to add to the honours he won as a player. Lee's career provides a perspective not yet covered on the show and one especially poignant with regards to the 100x Leadership challenge which our hosts are also doing on our spin-off series, 100x Leader. To have a leader in elite sport on the show provides a wide range of thought-provoking topics to discuss, including effective leadership, building a team and developing potential. As always, The Hack focuses on people, processes and technology and it's especially interesting to learn the process that goes on at a top-level sporting institution. With Lee set to start a new role as head coach of Castleford Tigers next year, this episode provides an insight into the man himself as our hosts try to discover what makes him tick. From books that have changed his life to small purchases with a positive impact, we're able to learn more about Lee than just his rugby exploits. With his role with the Tigers looming large in his mind, we're able to get a sneak peek into what the club might look like under his stewardship, his plans for the team and his ambition to align the club with the local community. The Hack continues to support the fantastic work of Andy's Man Club, a non-profit organisation in the North of England seeking to provide a welcoming environment for men struggling with mental health issues. All this and more make for another fascinating episode of The Hack that you will not want to miss! Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
August 05, 2021
Two Digital Supervillains 100x ep8
Supervillain today for us and everyone listening, whether you're an entrepreneur, a parent or a high achiever, is a digital distraction. Think of social media, count up how many messaging platform alerts and app updates you get in one 24hr period. Then look at all of the dopamine hits our brains are subjected to as a result of this. Do you know how many times the average person opens up, let’s say Instagram? It’s 150 times. Even if you open it less, that still means some are opening it up a whole lot more! We only have to stop and think, why is it we do this? The answer is super simple to understand ……… It's because it's by design! We get this dopamine flood into our brain that drives our habits or addiction for one of a better word. These tendencies form our patterns, influence our actions which have consequences and shape our reality. If you want to jump-start your brain in the morning routine or evening routine, we all want to be more, do more, and get more, which comes from looking at our daily habits.
July 29, 2021
The superpower of effective communication? 100x Leader Episode 7
We're back once again like the renegade master! This week sees us bring you the seventh instalment of The Hack's spin-off mini-series 100X Leader. This week we have a new host joining the team, as Dean Bulfield joins our regular masters of ceremonies, Leon McQuade and Paul Longley, on their journey learning leadership and life skills from the Giant Platform 100x Leader. 100x Leader is a leadership platform developed by GIANT and introduced to Leon and Paul by former guest Steve Cockram. The mini-series of the same name has seen our hosts invite the listener along on the journey with them as they explore and evaluate a wide range of topics and discover what it means to be a successful leader. This latest episode is no different as the hosts dig into the difference between the definition of a boss and a leader, direct and indirect leadership, and how the internet impacts knowledge and intelligence. As always, people, processes and technology are at the heart of the discussion, and this series has seen us get to know our hosts a little better. This extended episode sees Dean join the pair to contribute to the discussion around the program as the trio work to evaluate how we, as individuals, can improve and improve as part of a team. Later on in the show, the lads discuss challenges to personal growth, what might help someone struggling with self-belief and the role of confidence in developing your personal and professional life. As always, The Hack and the 100X Leader mini-series promote the fantastic work of Andy's Man Club, a non-profit organisation in the North of England seeking to provide support and solidarity for men struggling with mental health issues. Listen now to another thought-provoking episode of The Hack. Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
July 22, 2021
Who Says You Can't? 100x Leader Episode 6
It’s that time again people! Your hosts Leon McQuade and Paul Longley return for another thought-provoking episode of The Hack’s sassy side series 100X Leader, a mini-series devoted to the Giant platform the boys are learning life and leadership skills from. As always people, processes and technology are the centre of conversation as the hosts continue their exploration of the platform they were introduced to by former guest Steve Cockram. This mini-series has seen our hosts challenge themselves, and the listeners, to go on a journey of self-improvement and reflect upon their own personal and professional experiences to become even more effective leaders. This episode focuses on prohibition and inhibition - who says you can’t? Our hosts explore the idea of being prohibited and inhibited what that means professionally and institutionally. There are things that outside factors prohibit us from doing but our own inhibitions often prevent us from doing things too, this episode explores this to try and work out how we can be uninhibited. Our hosts have enabled us further insight into their lives across this series and this episode is no different as the 100X Leader Challenge allows opportunities to reflect upon their personal and professional relationships. As the hosts explore what it means to be an effective leader, it’s evident the platform is starting to create more questions and opportunities for development in their respective lives. As always, The Hack and this 100X Leader mini-series work to promote the amazing work of Andy’s Man Club, an organisation both Leon and Paul have helped to develop, focusing on promoting positive mental health in men and a supportive environment to discuss their issues. #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
July 15, 2021
Why Forest Bathing is the Perfect Digital Detox - Dr Andrew Steel
The street talking, smart tech podcast is back! The Hack is here with an all-new episode. This time around, your hosts Leon McQuade and Paul Longley are joined by none other than Dr. Andrew Steel of the Plant A Tree Today Foundation. PATT was formed in 2006 in Thailand after a mini-bus trip to the village of Sangklaburi where they carried out their first tree planting project. Now the foundation continues to honour its name by planting trees every day, so many in fact they've planted over 3 million trees already! Naturally, given Andrew's appearance on the show, this presents the opportunity for discussion around the environment, how we can protect it and what donating to the PATT foundation will allow them to do. As always, our hosts are on hand to lead the thoughtful discussion and try to find out what helps Andrew tick, from books that have changed his life to that amp up a song that gets him raring for the day. Andrew opens up on his founding of the PATT foundation, his family and even his sporting pedigree after competing in the first-ever rugby league game on Asian soil. The insight into the Plant A Tree Today foundation provides a reminder of the importance of nature on planet earth. The foundation has 10-15 dedicated team members ensuring over 3,000 trees are planted per day and they want that number to keep growing! Andrew explains how technology is vital to the process of planting trees and the foundation's mission. The Hack, as a podcast, focuses on business, mental health and online working and always endeavours to promote the amazing work of Andy's Man Club, a mental health organisation based in the North of England seeking to promote better mental health in men. Please pay the PATT Foundation a visit at www.patt.org and support the wonderful work Dr. Andrew Steel and his team are doing to help keep our planet alive and healthy.
July 08, 2021
Know Yourself To Lead Yourself. - 100X Leader Episode 5
It's that time again, folks, another new episode of The Hack's new mini-series 100X Leader as our hosts Leon McQuade and Paul Longley discuss and discover the new life skills they are learning from the Giant platform former guest Steve Cockram introduced to them. As always, conversation centres around people, processes and technology as Leon and Paul ponder what life might start to look like now regulations are easing and what we, as people and organisations, can do to grow and prosper in the wake of the pandemic. This mini-series has seen our hosts explore their professional and personal development as they seek to understand leadership better. The show focuses on the important topic of self-improvement and the opportunity to get to know the hosts a little better. This episode is no different; 100x Leader has asked the listener to come along on the journey and reflect on ways to improve. As the episode continues, the hosts discuss working effectively as a team, leading to successful leadership and managing an effective cohort. There's also a focus on how technology can aid our leadership abilities and our team's strength in reaching their goals. Thoughtful discussion continues around the five challenges to face leading in a digital post-covid world and how leaders need to adapt and change in response to the coronavirus pandemic. All this and more makes this another episode you won't want to miss! The team at The Hack are dedicated to promoting the amazing work of Andy's Man Club, an organisation both Paul and Leon have helped to develop in the North of England promoting positive mental health in men.
July 01, 2021
Circles of Influence. - 100X Leader Episode 4
This week sees your hosts Leon and Paul bring you another thought-provoking episode of The Hack's sassy sister series, 100x Leader. In this episode, your hosts further examine the new Giant platform through which they are gaining new life and leadership skills. This time around, our hosts discuss circles of influence, the difference between intentional and accidental, and the power of being a liberated leader. The mini-series has provided a new insight into the lives of our hosts and this week's instalment is no different, Leon and Paul provide heartwarming tales and thoughtful reflection upon some of life's issues that we all face. The 100X Leader series has asked the listener to join along for the ride and perhaps reflect and apply some of these skills and techniques to your own life. They consider how these personal experiences and techniques can be applied to the wider world, for example in business and career environments or social situations. They talk about the different types of self-care and how to keep the balance with what's expected of us and what we need to do to look after ourselves. Other discussion focuses on talent, skill and practice, and the differences between those things. How much of what we're good at is talent vs. skill? Whilst always at the heart of every episode of The Hack, this latest episode sees special attention paid to the wonderful work of Andy's Man Club and how it came to be. Leon and Paul's experiences and endorsement of the organisation continue as they discuss the positive work that the organisation does. Listen now to this week's thought-provoking episode of The Hack's 100X Leader mini-series.👊❤🌍🚀 #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
June 24, 2021
Supporting and Challenging ourselves. - 100X Leader Episode 3
The latest instalment of The Hack's new mini-series, 100x Leader, sees your hosts Leon McQuade and Paul Longley explore further the Giant Platform that's giving them new life and leadership skills. This episode sees our hosts tackle how we support and challenge ourselves and what we can do to improve rather than 'reinventing the wheel'. The lads talk about how we as humans operate and what it is that makes us tick. They discuss personality testing and the intricacies of human psychology. The Giant Platform 100x Leader, which is the focus of this new mini-series, was introduced by the previous guest Steve Cockram. As our hosts go along this journey, you are invited to explore the platform for yourself and develop your own leadership and life skills along the way. The platform has provided an opportunity for the listener to get to know the hosts a little better and this week is no different as Leon and Paul delve into people, processes and technology as they reflect further upon their personal and professional relationship. This sees the duo not only reflect on their experiences as a pair but also individually, providing an honest insight into their own lives and mental health. Listen now to our latest fresh and insightful episode. 👊❤🌍🚀 #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
June 17, 2021
Leading Jordan’s Legacy -Steve Phillip Founder of The Jordan Legacy CIC
This week The Hack is back to business with people, process and technology at the forefront of yet another fascinating episode. Your hosts Leon, Paul and Jo, are joined by Steve Phillip, founder of The Jordan Legacy CIC. Prior to founding the charity, Steve was a successful business owner providing social media training and consultancy. However, Steve's life tragically changed when his son Jordan decided to take his own life at the age of 34. Following Jordan's death, Steve decided he must focus all his energy on preventing suicide. As a result, he founded The Jordan Legacy CIC and now works with Champion Health as Head Of Mission - helping to deliver personal health assessments, bespoke action plans, company reports and mental health training programmes with the goal of saving lives. What does The Jordan Legacy CIC do? Steve and his amazing team provide support to people who are struggling with their mental health or considering suicide. They raise awareness through the ‘Zero Suicide Community Strategy’ to empower businesses, individuals and families to help prevent suicide. What can businesses do? Introducing workplace wellbeing initiatives is vital for any business. The environment and culture you create for your staff can have a significant impact on their mental wellbeing, recovery or willingness to be vulnerable and share when they’re struggling. As you know, The Hack is all about promoting positive mental health and breaking down the barriers of everyday life. Steve's appearance on the show is particularly poignant, with his professional and personal experience providing a wide range of subjects for the group to discuss. As always, the hosts are on hand with inquisitive discussion and thought-provoking questions; what are the three books that changed your life? What small purchase under £50 has improved your life the most? Interestingly with technology always at the forefront of the show, it's the first time an App has answered that question—another example of the ever-changing and developing role of technology in our lives. This and more make this another episode of the street talking smart tech podcast that you won't want to miss. The Hack works to promote the work of Andy's Men's Club, a non-profit organisation in the North of England seeking to create friendships and a healthy discussion about mental health. We would also ask our listeners to please look into The Jordan Legacy and the #Hope4Life events to support Steve's fantastic work in raising awareness. Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
June 10, 2021
Is your tendency to Protect, Liberate, Abdicate or Dominate? - 100X Leader Episode 2
In this second episode of The Hack's new mini-series '100X Leader Challenge', your hosts Leon McQuade and Paul Longley dig further into what makes a successful leader, questioning whether your tendency is to protect, liberate, abdicate or dominate. This series focuses on the 100X Leader program, a new Giant Platform offering leadership and life skills. In the last episode, Leon and Paul took on the Peace Index, examining the points which make up their percentage. This episode continues that exploration with the duo contemplating their own leadership styles and areas in which they would like to develop. As we further explore people, processes and technology, this mini-series provides an opportunity for the hosts to take listeners on a journey too, seeking to educate and explore alternative methods for self-improvement. In Episode 2, Leon and Paul discuss elements of their friendship, reflecting on the past and planning for the future - something we should all do with people we care about. They provide a refreshingly honest promotion for men's mental health issues. Conversation centres on the subject of mistakes, and how we pick ourselves up after one. They provide personal anecdotes from their careers and sporting lives. With this new mini-series focused on the 100X Leader platform, rather than a guest appearance, we're able to learn more about our hosts and the way they tick. Inspired by former guests and challenges, the duo's journey allows the listener to develop an understanding of the men behind the microphone and ponder what techniques could help in our own lives. As always The Hack seeks to promote the wonderful work of Andy's Man Club, an organisation both Leon and Paul work with to promote positive mental health in men. Sponsored by: Talk suicide #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
June 03, 2021
The 5 P's of Performance - 100X Leader Episode 1
We've got something new for you this week as your hosts from The Hack, Leon McQuade and Paul Longley, begin their new mini-series, 100x Leader. The duo digs further into people, processes and technology as well as the Giant Platform they are learning life and leadership skills from. 100x Leader is a leadership training platform based around The 5 Ps of Performance. Over the course of the episode, Leon and Paul dig into what the program means, how you can apply it to your life and the infinite loop of continual improvement. The hosts go through the Peace index and offer the opportunity for the listeners to engage and go along on the journey with them. The 100X Challenge is focused on spreading knowledge and positivity with the 100 referring to your percentage health and happiness and the X being the intention to multiply into others. This Giant leadership program offers a framework for personal self-improvement and provides a useful tracking tool. The Peace Index specifically can be a useful way to digest and reflect with the goal of self-improvement, something often difficult for mental health sufferers. As the show goes on Leon and Paul get the chance to open up on their relationship with the program and how we can plug in and charge up to 100% in our own lives. The thoughtful conversation provides useful techniques we can all apply to our own lives and provides a bit more insight into our hosts' background. With this mini-series, we invite you to join us along the journey to reach your very own 100% and be the best you that you can be! As always, the podcast aims to promote the wonderful work of Andy's Man Club and this show is no different, with the hosts touching upon their experiences with the organisation. #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
May 27, 2021
The Massive MYTH of Productivity! - Jack Foster
Once again, The Hack is back and here to attack with more thought-provoking discussion around people, process and technology. This week your hosts Leon and Jo are joined by digital marketing expert Jack Foster, Head of Brand at 43 Clicks North, a digital marketing agency based in Hull. Founded three years ago, 43 Clicks provides international clients with unparalleled service from its base in Northeast England. Aiming to help companies achieve digital success online and beyond, Jack's role in the company is developing branding. He provides valuable insight into what 43 Clicks could do for your company. Jack's appearance on the show allows the hosts to delve into a variety of wide-reaching subject matter. His expertise in marketing provides a fresh and honest take on the role of social media and the benefits from an institutional, as well as individual, perspective. Plus, the group continues to talk about the role of social media in our lives, maintaining a healthy relationship with your phone and using technology for self-improvement. Discussion continues to centre around the effectiveness of work, motivation and process, with Jack providing some thoughtful insight into the world of digital media and how companies are targeting consumers. Throughout the show, there remains an emphasis on how we learn; how we as humans process the information in front of us. This is a topic which perhaps has been complicated by our ever-evolving relationship with technology. As ever, the show aims to promote better mental health by opening the floor to honest discussions. In examining and dissecting the growing role of technology in our lives, the group are able to provide some compelling personal stories of their own. With each of the groups offering some insight into which techniques they use, there are valuable tips and tricks that we can apply to our own personal relationship with our phone and social media, something often overlooked in our day to day lives. One thing that is for sure - your phone is good for listening to this week's thought-provoking episode of The Hack! Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
May 20, 2021
Separate your emotions from thinking!
On this week’s The Hack podcast: Separate your emotions from thinking! Join our hosts Leon & Paul this Thursday talking about the great podcast 'Unlocking your hidden superpowers!' with Steve Cockram #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
May 13, 2021
Unlocking your hidden superpowers! with Steve Cockram Part 2
Creating an emotionally intelligent business culture The Hack is back with more of the same and a slightly longer episode today, so we have made it into two parts. Your hosts Leon, Paul and Jo, are joined by Steve Cockram, co-founder of GIANT Worldwide and an international speaker, author and business consultant. Steve is an expert in personality and wiring, organisational leadership, emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication. Steve has also co-authored two books, 5 Gears and 5 Voices, and developed a leadership and management model utilised worldwide. Oh, and a brilliant TEDx Talk. Watch the TEDx Talk What’s discussed? As always, people, process and technology are at the centre of discussion as the group talk about recovering from failure and the mental blocks to success in business. Our hosts are on hand to deliver some challenging questions as we learn a little about what makes Steve tick. Steve "changes people's lives forever", so what books changed his? What music helps to motivate him? What little purchases have positively improved his life? Perhaps the most interesting debate in this week's show centres on honesty and responsibility. A refreshingly honest insight into the lives of the hosts as they're given the opportunity to reflect on their relationship with themselves and each other. Steve's expertise in leadership enables discussion around the creation of culture in business and the power of reinforcement. Steve's past in America enables interesting discussion around the cultural differences across the pond, with the gang also pondering what it is to be British and the power of communication. Britishness has often been at the forefront of discussion over the last couple of years during the Brexit process. But as the dust has now settled, a conversation separate from politics delivers a genuinely fascinating insight into the British psyche and how it differs from the American one. Find yourself a comfy spot, stick your kettle on and settle into another fascinating episode of The Hack. Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
May 06, 2021
Unlocking your hidden superpowers! with Steve Cockram Part 1
Creating an emotionally intelligent business culture. The Hack is back with more of the same and a slightly longer episode today, so we have made it into two parts. Your hosts Leon, Paul and Jo, are joined by Steve Cockram, co-founder of GIANT Worldwide and an international speaker, author and business consultant. Steve is an expert in personality and wiring, organisational leadership, emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication. Steve has also co-authored two books, 5 Gears and 5 Voices, and developed a leadership and management model utilised worldwide. Oh, and a brilliant TEDx Talk. Watch the TEDx Talk What’s discussed? As always, people, process and technology are at the centre of discussion as the group talk about recovering from failure and the mental blocks to success in business. Our hosts are on hand to deliver some challenging questions as we learn a little about what makes Steve tick. Steve "changes people's lives forever", so what books changed his? What music helps to motivate him? What little purchases have positively improved his life? Perhaps the most interesting debate in this week's show centres on honesty and responsibility. A refreshingly honest insight into the lives of the hosts as they're given the opportunity to reflect on their relationship with themselves and each other. Steve's expertise in leadership enables discussion around the creation of culture in business and the power of reinforcement. Steve's past in America enables interesting discussion around the cultural differences across the pond, with the gang also pondering what it is to be British and the power of communication. Britishness has often been at the forefront of discussion over the last couple of years during the Brexit process. But as the dust has now settled, a conversation separate from politics delivers a genuinely fascinating insight into the British psyche and how it differs from the American one. Find yourself a comfy spot, stick your kettle on and settle into another fascinating episode of The Hack. Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
April 29, 2021
The Fifth Industrial Revolution and how it will change work life and play!
On this week’s The Hack podcast: The Fifth Industrial Revolution and how it will change work life and play! Join our hosts Leon & Paul this Thursday talking about the great podcast 'How to embrace masculine energy, life and business?' With Jason Rickaby. Learning about his journey through business, life and wellbeing. #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
April 22, 2021
How to embrace masculine energy, life and business? - Jason Rickaby
On this week's straight-talking smart tech podcast, The Hack hosts Leon, Paul and Jo are joined by none other than Jason Rickaby. Jason is Co-Founder at HMN24. Host of the Live on Form podcast. Investor. Co-Founder and ex CEO PhD Nutrition. Jason formed PhD in 2006 with Mark Bowering and set about taking on the big boys of the industry with a refreshingly honest approach, helping to create a "brand that cuts through the BS". That's certainly something we all need when it comes to nutrition! As always, The Hack team is here to dive into the important topics with an emphasis on people, process and technology. With this episode's focus on sport and nutrition, we delve into the mind and body benefits of looking after your physical fitness. What’s discussed? Having an industry expert like Jason on this week's show presents an opportunity to discuss the link between the body and mental health, as well as masculinity and the very nature of being a man. Jason talks us through his favourite books, his routine, and recovering from failure - something we can all relate to. Jason's journey to the top isn't your typical story. Having started PhD at 28 and working hard to get it to where it is today, he has some wise words to impart to our hosts and our audience. Now in his 40s, Jason is keen to reflect on his journey to becoming the man and the business person he is today. Being at the forefront of a nutrition company in the fitness field means Jason has a fascinating insight into the connection between physical and mental exercise. Jason's experience suggests that finding comfort in your body can transmit comfort to your brain, allowing you to recover from the stresses of day-to-day life, let alone the last year of uncertainty. It might not be a magical cure-all, but there are definitely benefits to be found in exercise and nutrition. All this and much more make for another episode of The Hack. It’s not one to miss. Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
April 15, 2021
How do you appreciate accomplishments?
On this week’s The Hack podcast: Our hosts Leon, Paul & Jo, take a look back at the brilliant James Ash podcast from last week. What did you learn from it? Take a listen to what the host take home from the podcast was! #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport
April 08, 2021
Start, run and grow the secrets they don't tell you as an entrepreneur - Jame Ash
When you think of corporate life and entrepreneurship, you don't necessarily think of mental wellbeing right away. It's still not recognised and discussed as much as it could be in many organisations. However, it's exactly what we're here to talk about today. James Ash is a successful entrepreneur who has intentionally prioritised his own mental wellbeing. As you can imagine, this has had a positive effect not only on his inspiration, health and happiness – but on his work, too. James shares valuable insight into his challenges and discusses how he was able to harness his own ADHD to become a success. What is discussed? James' story; from working in mental health to navigating the fashion media marketing world Top tips for business & wellbeing success How to enable effective communication Overcoming mental health challenges Lockdown has led to more mental health challenges for many, and the ever-increasing presence of social media and technology in our lives doesn’t always help. In a time when our freedoms have been limited, it can be hard to access the necessary support and safe spaces required to feel revitalised. For example, not travelling to see loved ones, exploring new places or just not being able to have a holiday somewhere sunny can feel suffocating for those who struggle with their mental health. This, in turn, can lead to a lack of motivation and inspiration at work. Our temporary solution is to daydream together – where will we go when all this is over? What do we want to do next year that we couldn't do this year? James and our team found comfort in focussing on what the future holds, and dreamt up everything from holidays to interviewees and fundraising projects. If you want to join our conversation about mental wellbeing, entrepreneurship and James' dog Dorothy (who just had ELEVEN puppies!), then don't miss this episode of The Hack. As always, The Hack seeks to support and promote the work of Andy's Man Club, a UK-based institution promoting better mental health within men, allowing them to speak and find a community of supportive, friendly ears. Take a listen to this week's podcast. Sponsored by: Talk Suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
April 01, 2021
The surprising truth of how we learn! - With Host Leon, Paul & Jo.
This week on The Hack, host’s Leon, Paul & Jo look back at Martin Johnson founder of Trans2 Performance podcast. Discussing the surprising truth of how we learn as humans. Take a listen to this week's Podcast. #wellbeing #productivity #networking #mentalhealth #itsupport Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
March 25, 2021
How digital transformation impacts culture - Martin Johnson Founder of Trans2 Performance
On this week's episode of The Hack, host Leon McQuade is joined by Martin Johnson CEO of Hull's Trans 2Performance, a consultancy specialising in delivering coaching around leadership, management and customer service with an underlying psychological understanding. T2Performance aims to process human behaviour to enable increased productivity. The pair discuss a wide range of topics including the difficulty in utilizing communication and collaboration, the impact of the pandemic on online working, technology and business. Technology is at the heart of this episode as the pair consider what the future may look like in organisations and ponder the possibility of automation, as well as reflecting upon the challenges of an ever-changing workforce. As CEO of T2Performance, Martin's position in the industry has enabled him to speak intelligently on a wide range of subjects and this episode is no different. By using his industry knowledge, he offers a fascinating take on a variety of subjects. Martin's passion for his company comes across, but more so does his passion for understanding the human being. The thought-provoking discussion continues throughout as the pair ponder a variety of technological advancements with psychological implications. Whether a high tech future sounds like a dystopia or utopia, it's important to think about these topics now. Martin asks us to consider that "you're not going to use your phones in 20 years, you're going to be thinking a thought. And through artificial intelligence, it's going to appear on your phone or on your screen" This episode provides a remarkable insight with regard to mental health as the pair focus on the idea of challenging behaviours as an organisation and an individual. Through healthy debate, out-of-the-box thinking, and an exploration of ideas, this episode offers some lockdown friendly entertainment. This is an episode of The Hack you won't want to miss. Listen now. Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
March 18, 2021
Digital Distribution - With Ben Rainey
Ben Rainey is a house DJ and producer. A self-described "mental health facilitator", Ben is quickly developing a reputation with his live stream mixes across the internet. His YouTube mixes are growing in popularity and are sure to perk up the dull lockdown days. During this episode, Ben and host Leon McQuade discuss a wide variety of subjects including mental health, social media and business. They ask, what role does social media have to play in maintaining our mental health? As an online creative entrepreneur, Ben's DJ work has seen him carve a unique career path for himself and hold a position of influence, so he reflects upon his position as a positive influencer, sharing honest updates about his life with his followers rather than sapping constant holiday snaps. This becomes a key focus of the chat, as the pair discuss Ben's work to shine a light on men's mental health issues and the amazing work being done by Andy's Man Club to get men talking to each other about their mental health. Over the course of the podcast, Ben and Leon discuss their own mental health, business and what lessons they've learned recently. The pair discuss and listen to some of Ben's music, with him revealing his favourite work to be a cover of Stonebridge 'put em high', saying "the reason that's my proudest is that it was the beginning of lockdown... it was the point when I was the most anxious and down. All of a sudden, I've got this track and it's breaking multi-millions history." The perfect way to bust those lockdown blues, we explore Ben's music and work as well as bringing you some light-hearted chat. Covering all of this and more, tune in to the latest episode of "The Hack" now. Sponsored by: Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
March 11, 2021
Disruptive Mental Health
At first glance, new year's resolutions can seem like a wholly positive endeavour, especially for someone struggling with their mental health. It's an opportunity to create a whole new me' - a fresh start or a new look. With millions volunteering to give that glass of wine the boot for dry January or attempting to get more sleep, it can feel like a massive personal attack the moment you realise you've failed. But is a black and white resolution the only way to make a positive change going into the new year? On the first Pig Wrestling Podcast of 2021, our host’s Leon, Paul and Jo discuss the positives and negatives of new year's resolutions when it comes to mental health, and suggest some alternative strategies that have worked for them in the past. With COVID restrictions ever-tightening across the UK, and the uncertainty reaching an all-time high, a lot more people are concerned about their own mental health or that of their friends and family. This is a particular problem for men, who have the highest suicide rates in the UK. In this episode, the hosts talk about the launch of the new online service Qwell, designed to help men with mental health issues who often struggle to seek help, as well as their own positive exercise habits in lockdown and how to avoid the pitfalls of technology and social media. Later in the podcast, they compare their daily routines for a positive day in lockdown and look back at what worked well for them in 2020 that we can learn valuable lessons from to take into the new year. If you're looking for some reassurance or ideas for how to start 2021 in the most positive way you can, make sure you give this episode a listen. It might just help you with that fresh perspective, even if you've already given up on your new year's resolution. Learn all about Leon’s 7 steps challenge and how the technology he uses help’s him be more organised. Sponsored by:Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
March 04, 2021
What advice would Angus Young give his 18-year-old self?
Angus Young recently had a guest appearance on the Pig Wrestling Podcast, in which the Gateshead-born journalist talked through some of his past experiences with us. He answered our regular ten questions in enlightening detail. One fascinating answer that Angus offered was the advice that he’d give his former self, and it applies to millions of young people today. Angus’ advice was to have confidence in yourself, and not take no for an answer. Although the first part of this advice may seem to be reasonably straightforward, it’s genuinely enhanced by not taking no for an answer. One famous phrase says “You can get in anywhere with a clipboard and a hi-vis”, the same applies for taking every day with confidence and the belief that you can be anywhere. You’ll look like you fit in, and this confidence can bring you opportunities that you wouldn’t have otherwise. In today’s world, it can feel almost impossible to get ahead, so putting yourself out there more can only work to your advantage as you set yourself apart from the pack. Young also discussed some advice that he shouldn’t have taken when he was younger. When he was younger, his dad suggested that he avoid a role in the police. Instead, Angus took what was seen as the “second worst” option as a journalist. These are both jobs that lead to something of a work-life balance problem, as Angus says when he talks about it being “difficult to switch off at times”. The job could always come calling, so you need to make sure you’re doing what you love and not just following someone else’s suggestions. Otherwise, you could lose your best years to an exhausting job, not living the life that you’d always planned out for yourself. If you’d like to hear more from Angus Young’s appearance on the Pig Wrestling Podcast, give his episode a listen. Covering topics from West Yorkshire crime novels to Victorian architects and Guild Halls, Angus’ arrival is not one to be missed for the avid listener, or anyone with even a passing interest in journalism.
December 10, 2020
Who would Sally Wray like to interview?
Sally Wray is a customer-focused businesswoman that looks to improve her hometown of Hull wherever possible. Having started in a position of little business knowledge, Sally has quickly developed into a prominent businesswoman in the area. The learning never stops, and as long as you can keep growing yourself, Wray thinks a perfect world is one in which you can do what you genuinely enjoy. As one of the Pig Wrestling Podcast’s regular features, we asked Sally who she would most like to interview, whether they’re from the past or the present. Her response, in her own words, was “a bit of a cliche” with David Attenborough coming out on top. The amount of the world he’s seen, his travels are indeed a fascinating subject for anyone to listen to. The offer of such a deep dive into the life of a national treasure is too good to pass up. The environmentalist’s vast range of experience and people that he’s met would be a fascinating discussion to have any day of the week. With the amount the world has changed in his lifetime, there’s no end to the talks you can have. Just one of many questions we asked Sally on her appearance, but one we didn’t get round to was asking about her future ambitions. Her drive summed up well, as she stated that “it feels like there’s someone’s hand on my back, just pushing me along”, and having just recently bought a company in Grimsby there’s no sign of slowing down for one of Hull’s most driven businesspeople. Her drive is truly something to be admired, and who knows, maybe an Attenborough meeting could be on the horizon. If you’d like to hear more of Sally’s story, be sure to listen to her appearance on the Pig Wrestling Podcast. Attenborough is just one of the vast range of topics in an interview that touches on personal health and “shiny syndrome”. If you’d like to know what makes Sally Wray tick, be sure to give this episode of the podcast a listen. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
December 03, 2020
Making a Difference! Liam Woods
Liam Woods has a vision for HU6, centred around making the area a great place to live. As the Project Manager for Unity in Community, the goal is to bring the local community together to build somewhere that people want to live, rather than happen to live. Working in such an inspiring role means he must have some powerful quotes in his back pocket, so we asked his favourite quote on the Pig Wrestling Podcast. Liam’s response was one passed on to him by his dad, being that “If there’s a will, there’s a way”. The idea that if you want something, or need something to happen, you can plug away at it and keep on pushing yourself to make it work eventually. One or two simple barriers can’t be allowed to stop you from completing your goals and reaching your dreams. The idea of if you feel down, you get back up again, is undoubtedly an inspiring one, and one which is somewhat representative of the work that Unity in Community is doing in Hull when attempting to revolutionise the area. Another quote mentioned by Woods was a great Wayne Gretzky quote, “100% of the shots you don’t take don’t go in”. Somewhat similar to the first quote, but it emphasises the idea that if you want to try something, go for it. It’s better to have a chance of succeeding by doing something than having no chance at all because you didn’t try. At the heart of Liam Woods’ ethos, and a combination of drive and willingness to try anything means that his successes are often and wide-ranging. If you’d like to find out more about Unity in Community’s work in Hull or just more about Liam himself, be sure to give his recent appearance on the Pig Wrestling Podcast a listen. In a conversation including both local projects in Hull and the excellency of Wayne Gretzky’s career, you can learn a lot about Liam Woods and how he’s achieved the success he has so far in his life. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
November 26, 2020
What new habit positively impacted Roger Grannon?
Roger Grannon is a major figure in Hull’s construction scene. Currently the Chief Operations Officer at KWL, Roger started his career at Hull City Council as an electrician before gradually climbing the ladder to where he is today. His constant search for positive change in his life has led to a positive outlook on life, and by combining this with adding new habits to daily life, Roger is always taking significant steps forward in his life. Because of this, he found our question about what habit has had a positive influence effortless. Roger picked up the habit of reading books on holiday, and always found himself thinking “I should write something down”. This thought developed into a writing habit, he most commonly writes about his life in the way that he saw it, and although he’s not yet shared his work with anyone else, he looks forward to the day he can let people take a look, otherwise “those memories are just going to vanish”. This led nicely into the next question surrounding “What advice would you give to yourself?”, which was resoundingly answered by Roger in a way that suits his habits, being always to take any opportunity that comes to you. Roger started writing as an impulse that stemmed from reading plenty of books, and that’s taken him a long way in putting together a memoir. By taking as many opportunities as you can, you’re putting yourself in a better position for success in the future. Trying everything you can gives you a new level of confidence that makes you more likely to succeed, and makes you happier whilst you do it. If you’d like to learn some more about Roger Grannon and his story, listen to his appearance on the Pig Wrestling Podcast. Roger’s experience makes him a profoundly thoughtful person with some great stories to tell, so don’t miss out and listen to this life-changing podcast as soon as possible. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
November 19, 2020
Try anything once - Jerome Whittingham, Photographer, writer, and podcast producer
Jerome Whittingham is a renowned freelance photographer, writer and podcast producer, commissioned by a wide range of organisations and enterprises to tell their stories. Such a background in storytelling gives a natural interest in books and writing, so learning about Jerome's most impactful books was an intriguing part of his appearance on the Pig Wrestling Podcast. The first thing noted by Jerome was that the majority of the work he reads is non-fiction, whether that's reports, academic books or books about journalism. This makes some sense, as someone so integrated into the world of journalism and non-fiction writing is likely to find themselves fascinated by whatever work comes from that same world of telling real-life stories. This also shows the passion with which Whittingham views his profession, as something to be engrossed in as often as possible rather than just a meaningless job that he can switch off from at 5 pm on a weeknight. One author that Jerome was sure to mention was Hans Rosling, a statistician with a passion for presenting data in interesting and entertaining ways. One study that Jerome specifically talked about of Rosling's was one in which he asked chimpanzees and people of a range of demographics a similar series of questions, resulting in not a single group scoring higher than the chimpanzees because of their natural biases. This made Jerome feel better about his role as a journalist, as it was demonstrative that people were negative to the job because it's "our biases that are making us feel this way". Rosling's work has been revolutionary in the world of statistics, and it's easy to see why a non-fiction writer would feel so drawn towards these intriguing representations of the very world that we all live in. If you'd like to learn more about Jerome Whittingham, his profession, and exactly how he sees the world, listen to his appearance on the Pig Wrestling Podcast. He goes into depth in a wide variety of fascinating topics, making this episode a must-listen for anyone seeking to broaden their horizons or expand their method of thinking. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
November 12, 2020
Accept the things that you can't change - Laura Jarvis
Laura Jarvis recently appeared on the Pig Wrestling Podcast, where she talked all about her time as a senior chartered manager working for the Charity Alcohol and Drug Service. She has a high level of expertise in dealing with these issues and has had in-depth discussions with hundreds of people. However, there are plenty of people that Laura hasn't had the chance to interview yet, so we asked Laura who her dream interview subject would be. Laura's response was a powerful one, saying that her dream subject would be Martin Luther King Jr. She admired the way that he was a "fascinating person" in his time and wondered exactly what sort of impact MLK would have had in today's world, given the extended reach of so many campaigns stemming from the growth of social media. In addition to this, Jarvis wondered just what King would think of the last few months in America. With very similar race protests arising in a tumultuous time, she would ask for his thoughts on just how much of an impact King believes he has had on the world and if the decades following his famous protests have gone the way that he had imagined. Laura's first answer was somewhat more off the cuff and less impactful. Her first suggestion was a member of the popular musical group Take That! However, she almost immediately backtracked from this response as she thought it was a bit of a cop-out. Instead, she chose MLK, who is in all likelihood a more intriguing interview subject to really dig into and truly get to know the mindset of. If you're interested in learning more about Laura Jarvis and hearing her answer a range of questions, from advice to her 18-year-old self to lessons she's learned from past failure, listen to her appearance on the Pig Wrestling Podcast. By listening to this discussion of just under an hour you can start to understand the mindset behind one of Hull's most successful business people, and take her advice to drive yourself forward in both the world of business and wider life. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
November 05, 2020
Have the courage to change - Darren Peacock - MD & Founder Peacock Finance
Darren Peacock is your typical working-class boy turned businessman story. Having started his life as a borrow boy at the Fruit Market on Humber Street, he has gradually built a business that employs 102 employees, and when he exited the firm it was worth more than £10 million. Now a finance broker, Peacock has made the most of his lot in life. However, he does have some advice he would like to give his 18-year-old self, to make the most of what he missed. Peacock started by mentioning how a lot of advice comes from the wrong place. People, when they offer advice to others, tend to discuss situations and offer guidance based on how they personally see the world rather than from a perspective that's helpful to the person seeking advice. Unless the person that's giving the advice truly and deeply understands the position the person is in, they should probably take it with a pinch of salt. Darren did give one piece of advice that he considered to be universal in business, that was quite simply "Don't be a dick". He went on to discuss how you can't "win" in business because it's not a game that has an end, and nobody necessarily has to lose. Business can be win-win in all cases, and you don't need to try and force all you can out of someone you're making a deal with to profit. If there's a way to make everyone happy, you should strive for it. There was one final piece of advice Darren had to offer his past self, and this was more about life than business. He said that "life's about creating memories, not collecting things", and that it's more important to enjoy yourself than simply be wealthy in your old age and have nothing to show for it. If you'd like to hear more from Darren Peacock, listen to his appearance on the Pig Wrestling Podcast. His appearance was full of nuggets of wisdom and is a wonderful listen for anyone seeking guidance from someone with a wealth of life experience. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
October 29, 2020
Calling Dr Kate! Dr Kate Yorke – Associate Director of Psychology
Doctor Kate Yorke initially came to Hull to go to university and train in psychology but ended up staying. She now lives locally with her partner and dog and is hunting for more wisdom that might be brought on with age. After all, she acknowledges that she might be actively going through a midlife crisis. She brought that wisdom to bear on her recent appearance on the Pig Wrestling Podcast. When asked what one to three books really had an impact on the way she lives her life, Kate first discussed northern author Millie Johnson. She writes with around four characters per book with primarily female characters at the core of her stories, which centre around various different phases of her life. By doing so, the stories are able to humorously explore intricate concepts such as coercive control in relationships and other issues you might come across in day to day life. Dr Yorke also discussed a book entitled "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine". The book centres around a girl who was raised in care, went on to experience an abusive relationship before becoming a lonely character with no friends and only an annual social worker's visit. This allowed the author to explore concepts around loneliness and personal development. Of course, as a psychologist, Kate was able to find a significant amount of interest in this book, and although it explores dark themes, it is one that you can learn a lot from. This all relates to Dr Yorke's deep interest in people, which has been an avid fascination of hers for years now. Keeping an eye on how people tick and what makes people work has been of interest to Kate since her youth and was one of the reasons she took up a career in psychology and loves the books that she does. If you're interested in finding out more about Dr Kate Yorke and the wisdom she brought with her to the Pig Wrestling Podcast, listen to her recent appearance. For an hour of easy listening jam-packed with wisdom, give the Pig Wrestling Podcast a listen today. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
October 22, 2020
If you don't shoot, you don't score - Chiedu Oraka
In his recent visit to the Pig Wrestling Podcast, Hull composer Chiedu Oraka talked through a range of subjects, from his best recent purchase to habits that have changed his life. One interesting answer was his response to how he feels he has learned from failure in his life. Chiedu discussed how he spent some time in HMP, which “made me [Chiedu] the person I am”. It was in jail that Oraka decided to turn his life around, and three years after his short stint in the clink he got a degree in sports development and coaching. Chiedu views this as a “massive success story”, and it’s fair to say. Many people who spend time in prison will often find themselves without support on the outside, and slip back into old habits and potentially criminal tendencies. However, the young composer found himself needing a change and forged himself a new path (difficult for someone that sees himself as “not an academic person at all”). As someone who never saw himself following the academic path, Chiedu sees this as his “proudest moment”, which came from his time and development when he was in prison. He went on to discuss the responsibility of being a composer that people feel able to look up to, and the fact that many people view him as a role model puts him in the unique position to use his past when guiding people and giving life advice, rather than avoiding his past. As he said in the interview, “I understand the responsibility because of where I come from, because there’s no one that made it in the genre of music that I have”. As a trailblazer, Chiedu aims to do what he can to improve the lives of young people, whether that’s taking a picture with a fan or replying to everyone on social media. He aims to make a positive impact in any way he can, because there’s “no better feeling” than helping someone through a tough time. You can hear the rest of Chiedu’s open and honest interview on the Pig Wrestling Podcast, and get to learn the Yorkshire musician and poet’s story.raka Musical Artist want to know more about Chiedu Oraka check out his facebook page https://www.facebook.com/chieduorakaofficial/
October 15, 2020
Andrew Horncastle on the habits and beliefs that have changed his life
Andrew Horncastle on the habits and beliefs that have changed his life Andrew Horncastle, a recent guest on The Pig Wrestling podcast, is a highly successful property entrepreneur, and his unique insights and views on running a business have positioned him perfectly for business growth and prominence. He has a record of delivering many projects affordably and often ahead of time, with his business ideology powering him on to the precise requirements provided by a demanding clientele. As the High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire, you need a certain level of discipline. Andrew's achievements have also driven him to an MBE, and as a founding member of For Entrepreneurs Only, there is no end to his achievements in sight. In Andrew's recent appearance on the podcast, he was very candid about what habits he has adopted to change the way he works for the better. The first of these was avoiding the news. Andrew said he is "definitely a happier person" without watching the news, partially because of the nature of the 24-hour news cycle. He discussed getting engulfed in the news and the fact that most of it can tend to be negative. Of course, the bad news is what sells, so you can find yourself struggling to live in the moment because of the deeply negative way the world is presented. Another habit that Horncastle picked up is "being more careful with my [Andrew's] diet" following bowel issues. With a proper personal trainer, Andrew was able to focus on getting his body into the best possible condition, and of course, a healthy body means a healthy mind. This, along with making sure "you can fit into your life what you need to fit into your life", gives you the ideal combination of productive work life and happy home life. Getting in the best physical and mental space possible opened up a world of opportunities that would have been missed had this not become a focus. You can hear more about this topic and many more by listening to Andrew Hardcastle's recent appearance on The Pig Wrestling Podcast. Andrew has an inspiring story, and his advice could be life-changing. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
October 08, 2020
You miss all the shots, you don't take! Ben Milhench Partner at Keith Harris & Partners
On this week's Pig Wrestling podcast we are joined by Ben Milhench. Ben offers his unique insights into the sporting world, as he played both professional ice hockey and golf before beginning a flourishing career in professional sport. A self-confessed highly motivated, intelligent and enthusiastic person, Ben sets high standards for himself, whether that's playing sport, studying sports companies or raising his 16-month old, Freddy. For over 6 years Ben has lived with Freddy and his wife Charlotte in Beverly. To his name, Ben has a series of awards and accolades, including England and Great Britain International Ice Hockey Player, Assistant Captain Great Britain under 18’s Ice Hockey Team, East Riding and Yorkshire Golf Team member, member of the Grey Goose Gateway and Hooters tour and former member of the Professional Golfers Association. Despite this list of achievements, Ben has a self-deprecating view of his sporting career. He confesses on our podcast, "I was an ice hockey player turned professional golfer. Turns out I was shit at both, and then started working in professional sport and have done ever since." When Ben's time as a professional golfer ended, he did not view the end of his professional golfing career as a loss. Rather, he saw it as an opportunity. "I've believed throughout my career is as soon as one door closes, another one opens." For Ben, another door did well and truly open as he began a successful career in the business side of professional sport. He reveals on our podcast a quote he has always lived by is "you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take." He continues to use this phrase to inspire his life and encourages our listeners to "take, take. Don't be afraid to throw yourself out there." Many people don't shoot their shot due to fear of rejection, but Ben takes a unique view of this. "I was always scared of the word no. And evidently, that's the best word in the world. Because if somebody says, no, you don't have to waste your time on them anymore." Listen to this week's podcast with Ben Milhench as we cover everything from the importance of following your gut to the cheap purchase that keeps his toddler endlessly entertained. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
October 01, 2020
When your WHY is big enough you will find your HOW ! Think Cloud - PODCAST TAKEOVER!!!!
17 Years - Think Cloud - Once we were seventeen years old, our story got told......... We celebrate our 17th anniversary of being in business this month. To commemorate this outstanding achievement, co-founding directors Scott Clark, Leon McQuade and Chief of Operations Dean Bulfield have sat down together to record a podcast covering the trials and tribulations Think Cloud has faced during its 17 years in business. Think Clouds success is built on earned knowledge acquired over the past 17 years helping Local Government, Education, Ministry Of Defence Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Engineering, Financial, and Charity sectors, succeed through digital technology. Think Cloud started small as a Hull IT Support company. 'Scott had a desk.' Dean recalls, 'and I think the day I started, I had a laptop, pen and paper.' The room itself they began working in was similarly bare, as the team remembered 'no windows, no nothing'. In today's economic market, being in business for 17 years is no easy feat. In the past 17 years, Think Cloud has successfully navigated the double-dip recession and are now facing the 2020 COVID-19 recession. On their success, Scott confirms that 'Yeah, we always do our best by the customer.' It is this dedication to their customers that have allowed Think Cloud to grow into the company it is today. Scott explains their company ethos in more detail, stating 'we'll always want to be the best, but we also want to be the best for the customer, we want to be their partner, we want to move the customer forward. We want to see a customer grow; we want them to be a success.' Leon describes his and Scott's first encounters, telling the story of what it was like to be a customer of the, then Virtual Networking. Recalling a time he refused to accept Scotts advise when he wanted to use G Suite to digitally transform a company founded way back in the 1940s. Scott adding " he wanted me to migrate him to Google G Suite and Xero and to add he told me a week before Christmas. Back then, we were Microsoft; it was what we know and what everyone was using, not GSuite." Leon Admitting he needed to call upon Scott and Dean to rescue him when he took it upon himself to migrate the business anyway. Admitting "moving to the Cloud, I got it wrong. It was chaos. But what I would say is, you've always had my back, and you sorted everything out in the background, and you got everything I lost back up, and you got it working. The technology-enabled us to communicate quicker, improve on costs and productivity, make decisions quicker. Which resulted in an eight-figure growth and allowed expansion with an international reach that stretched as far as Europe, America and the UAE" It is not just the company ethos that has made the company what it is today, and it is the relationship, dedication and passion of the Think Cloud team. Dean admits that recruitment was of vital importance to Think Cloud. From their early days, revealing 'I think it just takes one bad employee within an organisation to disrupt the full team…and that for me is the culture [of Think Cloud], the team, we're all there to help each other grow, and we want to be winners. That's what I love about working for Think Cloud'. Scott echoes this sentiment on this week's special anniversary podcast, stating 'we always have each other's back as customers and obviously as friends.' Learn more about Think Cloud's 17-year journey by listening to the full podcast now! Powered By: Think Cloud
September 24, 2020
Owning her failures - Jess Clark PR Consultant at Divine Clark PR
For over 23 years, Jess Clark has been immersed in the PR industry, working in-house and with agencies for various sectors, including oil, fish and charities. In 2009, Jess began to truly dominate the world of PR, by opening her own PR company, Divine Clark PR Limited. Jess joins us for this week's podcast and discusses everything from owning her failures to what she has learnt from the COVID-19 lockdown. Since 1997, the PR industry has changed wildly, due to the introduction of social media and the widespread adoption of innovative technology. Instead of resisting change, Jess embraced industry advancements and created Divine Clark PR to utilise social media to create exciting PR campaigns. Jess explains on our podcast, "I've got a PR company based in Hull called divine club PR, and I work together with my husband. We're both business partners, and we've got two children, Ruby and Casper." It hasn't always been the easiest journey for Jess, but she reveals that one of her biggest life lessons has been "not to be ashamed of my failures". From a young age, Jess recalls being ashamed of her failures. She explains, "The biggest thing that stuck with me for quite a long time was that I failed my GCSEs, and I never used to tell anybody what my grades were because I was so embarrassed about it and ashamed." Rather than letting this fear and shame hold her back, Jess looked to the teaching of Marisa Peer, particularly her 'I am enough' message. 'I am enough' is a quote Jess has lived by for all of her adult life. She explains this in detail on our podcast, expressing, "you can apply it to absolutely any area of your life or any negative thoughts…whether that's school grades, your body image or your family situation or friends. Whatever it is, it's enough, you're doing enough, you are enough." Unlike many of us, Jess refrained from making any extravagant purchases during lockdown but admits to indulging in plant purchases. "I didn't really buy anything through lockdown apart from food obviously… and plants, I just went mad on buying plants." Plants are not the only thing Jess has taken from lockdown, she also recognised how infrequently she was allowing herself to take a break and now plans to give herself mandatory 6 weeks holiday throughout the year, no matter Take a listen to this week's Podcast. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
September 17, 2020
Radical Honesty- Phil Veivers Ex-Rugby player & Coach, Keynote Speaker.
Phil is a husband and father of 4. He was educated at Marist Brothers College Ashgrove Brisbane. Phil is from a very sporting family; his father Jack played for Souths and Queensland. His cousin Mick played for Australia, and another cousin Tom played Test Cricket for Australia. He's also the brother of Greg Veivers, who captained Australia in rugby league. Growing up, he spent two years living with his sister and husband, Wayne Bennett. Who also was a Rugby coach, and his coaching was second to none. Wayne read many books; Autobiography mainly got Phil into reading. The first book that he read was by Bill Walsh, an American football coach, called Finding the Winning Edge. Phil says “This had a major impact on how I looked after people—looking after my players when I was coaching them”. Phil moved to England in 1984, Where he started his Rugby career. Starting at St.Helens with a player, you might remember Mal Meninga, in the rugby league Hall of Fame. Mal returned home, and Phil Stayed here to have a sterling career. He was going on to Play for Huddersfield and Swinton in the UK and South in Australia. He also represented Scotland in 1997 against France; he was able to play for Scotland as his Grandfather was born there but later emigrated to Australia. He was also part of the coaching set-up for the Exiles. Phil not only played Rugby but went on to coach at Huddersfield, Bradford, Wigan, Salford, and Workington. After rugby & Coaching, Phil has continued to achieve great success. Now as an NVQ Assessor & Tutor, State of Mind ambassador, Assistant manager at FIT UK, Director of Inspire Talks Match, and on the review panel for the RFL, to name a few. Phil is now a Keynote Speaker at the company PJ VEIVERS Ltd. He has over 20 years of leading, coaching, managing and motivating people for common goals to gain success.
September 10, 2020
Not your average Lord Mayor: Steve Wilson
We are joined by Steven Wilson, humanist, socialist, Lord mayor, and Grandad on this week's podcast. Born in Hessle in 1960, Steve Wilson was the son of a trawlerman and attended Penshurst County Primary and then Hessle High. He left school with an A level in History and began his career in a bank. Although the bank was a stable career, it was not a job role that ignited any passion in Steve. For this reason, after a few painstakingly long years working at the bank, he left to form a business partnership with his brother-in-law. The business was often slow, so Steve found a part-time job working as the cashier at Hull City Council. Steve accepted the position at Hull City Council due to desperation, not knowing this was the first step in a flourishing political career. Steve progressed from a cashier to the city treasury, eventually finding himself in the housing department in 1988. And so began his life-long career in social housing. On our podcast, Steve admits one of his most significant flaws is impatience and expecting too much of others. He explains, "I think my biggest problem with myself is I'm impatient. And I also expect that every job I do wherever it's been, or wherever it is, is that everyone feels as enthusiastic and committed to it as I am." During his time working in social housing, Steve worked as a Young Persons Support team member with the Homelessness Team, as a hostel site manager and in a housing association for Pickering Homes. One quote Steve has always chosen to live by is 'Be nice to people on the way up because you might have to meet them on the way down.' This has no doubt shaped Steve's compassion for working with the homeless. After ten years with Pickering Homes, Steve continued to grow and expand his career, working as the director of Dock House, Hull's emergency night shelter and as a hostel manager for asylum seekers at the Philanthropic Society in Lincoln. Finally, in 2003, Steve joined the Hull Resettlement Project and is still there today, providing hostel bed spaces for the homeless. On our podcast, Steve reveals that if he could give one piece of advice to his younger self, it would be to "listen to people trying to give you advice from experience." Steve has had an entire career and shares his career advice and experiences in more detail. In 1992, Steve became a Hull City councillor and was chair of the social services department. In 2014, he won his seat as the Labour Party chair in North Hull. Steve's political career did not end here, though. In 2016, Steve married his husband Karl and eventually became Lord Mayor in 2019, with Karl as his consort.
September 10, 2020
This too will pass - Pam Medhurst - Independent Celebrant, Yoga Teacher & Workshop Facilitator
Pam Medhurst is now an Independent Celebrant having had an incredibly varied career, including being self-employed for the past 10 years. She was married with two children in her early 20s. Pam enjoys spending time with her family and friends and walking her dog on the beach in her spare time. She also loves to read. We asked Pam about some of the books that have influenced her life. She said, “anything by Brenda Brown.” She continued, “I love her writing, particularly on vulnerability and being authentic. Showing your true self, and not hiding behind that façade that I think lots of us have.” Pam initially worked in hospitality before attending university as a mature student once her children had started school. Having continued working at the university working with other mature students, she gained a PhD from writing about their success stories. 10 years later, Pam ran a successful pregnancy yoga business that is also for GPs, midwives and nurses. She continues to teach yoga for a local cancer charity, as well as for the Limbless Association. Pam became a Celebrant following a health scare, where she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. One of Pam’s favourite quotes is “this too will pass.” She continued, “going through cancer or going through chemo, by remembering this too will pass, we’ll get through it.” Recognising that she may need to cut back physically, she began using her brain more. She now offers bespoke ceremonies for weddings, funerals and naming celebrations. In many ways, Pam believes that her previous work was training her for this role. She said, “A lot of it has trended over the years to get to where I am. And it is knowing that I can do it, which is really important. It takes practice, but it’s also using my yoga training. I’ll be found somewhere underneath a tree doing some breathing exercises beforehand, so I’m absolutely in the right headspace. This is my job today and I need to perform to the best of my ability for this family here and now. And that’s what I do. Tune in to this week’s must-listen podcast with Pam Medhurst. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
September 03, 2020
Living His Dream - Max Leo - Singer & Songwriter
Max Leo is an up and coming singer, songwriter and recording artist from Patna, East Yorkshire. Aside from his passion for music, Max enjoys the benefits of being a season ticket holder at Leeds United FC. Max has been surrounded by music for the majority of his life, having begun performing and writing music at the impressively young age of nine, with Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Frank Ocean being some of his primary inspirations. He said, “I was surrounded by music all the time with my parents. “My mum was very much into her acoustic music. “Whereas my dad was into his bands like Oasis and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I feel like I got a perfect balance between the two.” In the following few years, he started by gaining a following within his hometown and became an integral part of its music scene. Later, Max went to University, which he regrets – “I was listening to people around me too much. “My advice would be to do what your gut says.” Around five years ago, Max moved to London to pursue his music career further. He has recently been recording in Spain and has spent the past year working on his debut project. We asked what the glitz and glamour of the music scene are like. Max says, “I think the thing people don’t see is the struggle of getting to where you’d like to be. And it’s quite a lonely job. If you work in an office or retail, you’re constantly surrounded by people, but as a musician, unless you’re on stage, you’re on your writing songs.” The one thing Max has learned from a book is to not care about other people’s opinions. He said, “When someone says something negative about you, it doesn’t affect anything; nothing happens other than you caring about it. If you can release that care, it can never impact you. That book taught me to not give a damn about anything.” This week’s podcast is a must-listen, so tune in to hear and come to artist Max Leo. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
August 27, 2020
Strictly Fitness & Wellbeing - Heidi Dodson - Health and Wellbeing Service, Personal Development Counselling /Coaching
Heidi Dobson is a Life Coach with a Counselling Fitness Mental Health Wellbeing Service, offering one to one in an attempt to encourage people to invest in themselves and their organisations. Outside of her work as a life coach, she is a national league ballroom dancer and has been doing the sport for 8 years, starting strictly. learning to dance for Dove House Hospice. She also used to do gymnastics, but at age 13 she scored 1 on the bars and gave up. Reminiscing, she said: “I got on top of the bars and instead of swinging around underneath, I went straight over the top.” Heidi is now a mum of three. At work, Heidi helps people deal with stressful situations such as relationship and career issues by improving health, fitness, positivity and confidence. “I wasted so many years fearing doing stuff and I don’t want to do that anymore. And that’s what I like to teach other people – don’t let fear stop you from doing things in your life.” Heidi is transparent about her own experiences of life’s difficulties, hoping that this will encourage people to talk. Heidi believes that going digital due to the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that more people are coming forward to tell their stories. She said, “I just think it’s great that going digital is helping more people come forward. She continues, “I actually just think anybody who’s come to see me is so brave.” Heidi’s favourite quote that she would share with everyone in the world is “It’s good to talk.” Because, as we point out, talking saves lives. We asked which book has influenced Heidi’s life significantly and positively, and her response was A Man’s Search by psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. She says: “He found hope from really horrendous situations. So, for instance, if somebody died and he got a pair of shoes, that was a good thing that happened. So I just absolutely love the fact that he found positives in such a horrendous situation.” Tune in to this week’s podcast to hear Heidi’s inspirational backstory and the incredible work she has done since. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
August 20, 2020
Becoming Independent - Joe Bvumburai - Architect & Experienced Housing Development Professional
Joe Bvumburai works as an architect at Eznat Architects in Hull but was born in Zambia during colonial times. Joe is now married to his wife Marion and has two daughters. Joe remembers Zambia before it became independent in 1964 when the division between white and black people was extremely prevalent. Joe says: “When I was young, I just thought, well, that’s how life is. Once you get a little older, you begin to question why things are the way they are.” With parents that always instilled the importance of education, Joe aimed to study hard throughout his life. Surprisingly, this mindset taught him the benefits of architecture and encouraged him to thrive in the industry later in life. Finding it hard to concentrate at home, Joe’s parents had a builder add an extension onto the house to be used for his studies. This was the first time Joe saw the value of extra space. He says, “In a way, I am where I am today because of that little extension that had a lasting impact on me.” When talking about his own extensions in Hull, Joe recognises that “the change in people’s lives is absolutely phenomenal.” Wanting to study something close to architecture, Joe joined the Zambia Institute of Technology. However, he knew that if he ever wanted his own practice, he needed to become a legitimate architect. Having written to architectural schools all over the world, Joe was eventually accepted to the School of Architecture in Hull in 1982, where sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Agency allowed him to embark on his dream of becoming an architect. He says, “I couldn’t believe my luck at the time.” When asked which quotes he would like to share with the world, Joe said, “Never give up. If you’re going to do anything, do it to your very best. I think if everybody can just follow these two things they can’t go wrong in life. No matter how bad things look, if you keep going you’ll come to the good things.” Tune in to this week’s podcast to hear Joe’s amazing and inspirational backstory! Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
August 13, 2020
Decisions, Failures & learning! - Rob Daysley - Owner & Managing Director, Designs Signage Solutions
Rob Daysley is a highly successful Managing Director from Hull who focuses on service to clients in Europe and nationwide. Aside from business, he is a Hull KR fan, and his favourite sport is rugby league. Daysley’s favourite song is the Rocky theme tune: “It gets you off your seat and pumped up!” Daysley believes that running has had a profound effect on his life in the past five years. “It gives me that time when I’m not thinking about anything. All I’m thinking about is breathing. I feel 100 times better for it.” After launching Designs in 1993, Daysley’s business has grown and developed. By appropriately investing in staff and technology, he has impressively established Designs as a market leader in vehicle livery, signage and digital prints. The initial business was a sole trader operation with just 30 employees. This year, the company is celebrating its 25th year and doing business from a 10,000 square foot purpose-built workshop on Innovation Drive. After winning a contract to install all graphics and signage at the KCOM Stadium in 2003, Daysley saw an opportunity to expand and move into stadium branding and therefore created Sports ID. With Daysley’s second business taking off just as successfully, his clients now include Premier League and European football clubs, rugby league and union sides, and indoor competitions such as snooker championships and world darts. Both of Daysley’s businesses are now operating under the Designs name. By bringing the two teams together, his clients are offered more support. Daysley said: “Our Sports ID customers will continue to work with the same contacts and benefit from dealing with a larger organisation with more people. This is a very positive move for Designs and comes as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the company this year.” Being such a successful man, we were interested to know Daysley’s opinions on failure. He said: “I always believe that if you never make a decision and never fail at anything, you’ll never learn. If one door closes, another door opens. Over the time I’ve been in business, I cottoned on to that very quickly. When you’re chasing a deal, if you don’t win, it’s not the end of the world.” Tune in for an exciting and inspiring conversation with Rob Daysley on this week’s podcast! Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
August 06, 2020
Failure as Feedback - Nathan Freer - Head of Youth Strength and Conditioning at Hull FC
Nathan Freer (born 21 May 1989) is a former professional rugby league player with a passion for sport, having been involved with it for most of his life. He is now Head of Youth Strength and Conditioning at Hull FC, and has two daughters with his wife, Amie. Aside from his sporting life, Nathan enjoys listening to '80s music, especially when he’s cooking: “We have a bit of special time on a Friday night and the '80s go on and I’m loving it!” Before his professional rugby career began, Nathan attended the University of Hull and Bishop Burton College, where he would later go on to be a lecturer specialising in Sports Performance. Nathan played professional rugby for Hull FC, York and Featherstone. He is now involved with England Academy where he oversees the strength and conditioning, having previously worked for England Youth. He also looks after all the programmes for the young players at Hull FC with a specific focus on strength and conditioning. Nathan is invested in improving conditioning and strength in young athletes. One of the first books he read was Michael Boyle Functional Strength Coach, which he believes may have started him out on certain career paths. Nathan says: “That’s fantastic. And that’s probably one of the first books I read. And in terms of SMC, it started me on that path.” Having learnt from his career, when faced with a failure, Nathan always tries to find the positives. “I’m pretty positive I think for anything. I can’t remember his name but I was listening to a podcast with a guy the other day. And he was just taking failure as feedback. Thinking, 'what is this trying to teach me', is a game-changer in terms of your mindset." Knowing the optimum training techniques can be difficult as a young athlete. Speaking with Nathan on this, we asked: “So knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to yourself at 18? And what advice should you have ignored?” Nathan says: “Looking back, it’d be to eat more protein. And probably don’t spend as much on supplements. And don’t put people on a pedestal. Don’t sit back, and just do it. You’re good enough.” This is a must-listen, so tune in to the successful and inspiring Nathan on this week’s podcast! Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
July 30, 2020
A Woman's World - Rebecca Jenkins - MD RJEN Leadership, Strategy & Growth Advisor
Rebecca is from the southwest of Bristol, she lives with her husband Marcus Rebecca says: we've been together for a very long long time! They have two children together, a son 24 and daughter 19. She loves to keep fit. “I love Chocolate as well. So I have to exercise to enjoy chocolate”. Rebecca has a true love and passion for business. At the age 32. She started in the transport business, when she trained for her Heavy Goods Vehicle licence. Working for her father's company (Lane Group). After a period working as a driver in grocery distribution, she joined the sales force. The Business grew from 7 Million in new business in just 12 months & went on to employ 1000 members of staff. Rebecca's dreams started back in her early 20s after reading the book by Tony Robbins and it's called ‘Awaken the giant within’. Rebecca says: “That book amazed me because it made me realise that you Don't have to be the cleverest person in the world to be successful. And that was a relief to me because I came out of school with a number of GCSEs. I didn't go to university. But made me realise that I had the power within me to achieve my dreams. And I had to set my dreams, right. So that book was really impactful”. Being a woman in the business world isn't easy. Speaking with rebecca on this: ”I did a survey on LinkedIn asking female managers, what is the biggest challenge to their role? And it was three simple questions. But the results were that the biggest challenge is having the support and recognition to take their role to the next level, which is really surprising. And they all felt that they were highly effective in their roles. So what is stopping them from getting to that next stage? You know, I think it's just, it still baffles me. So I'm highly supportive of encouraging women to kind of go for the bigger opportunities. Support them as much as I can to achieve that. Take a listen to the inspiring Rebecca, on this week's podcast! Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
July 23, 2020
ADVENTURES - Damian Browne - Extreme Adventurer/ Public Speaker
Damian Browne (born 17 May 1980) is an Irish former professional rugby union player. Browne has been capped by Ireland at U-21 level. He has played for Connacht, Northampton Saints, Brive, Leinster and Oyonnax.Damian began his career with Galwegians before getting contact with Connacht in 2001 and going on to sign for Northampton Saints. Browne then signed for Leinster in May 2011. Damian is from a rugby family, with his younger brother, Andrew playing for Connacht also. Having many years of professional rugby under his belt, Damian set himself some massive goals, by taking up adventures in extreme environments, to test his physical and mental capabilities. Trekking through the Sahara Desert on a 257 km marathon, He then went on to be an extreme adventurer. In 2017 Browne completed the Atlantic Challenge solo after 63 days, six hours and 25 minutes at sea. Damian decided to take it up a notch. From July 2018 until May 2020, Damian planned to scale the highest peaks of all seven continents. This was put on hold because of the current pandemic the world is going through. We doubt that this will hold him back and we know as soon as he is able Damian will be back to reach his goal. Damian has spent the majority of his adult life, pushing himself to his full limits. He learned that once you realise the rewards that come with pushing yourself, you become more autonomous. “Being able to push yourself into these states of struggle or stress and coming out the other side, finding a way through it and learning about your mind and your body and how it all works. That, to me, is fascinating and that is why I keep delving further and further into it. It’s why I search out these challenges and endeavours because rugby is finished for me now and you have to have some sort of avenue or channel to do this. I use the world and its extreme environments.” This is a must listen to podcast, full of excitement and none stop adventure. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
July 16, 2020
The Endurance - Danny Ward London Broncos Head Coach, England-Assistant Coach & EX- Rugby League Player
Danny Ward (born 15 June 1980) in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. English former professional rugby league player. As Danny's Father, David Ward also played for Great Britain And Leeds Rhinos, coming from a rugby family. Danny played for Great Britain, Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers, Hull Kingston Rovers, and Harlequins. He is even scoring a try against our Hull FC in the 2005 Challenge cup finals. Danny is currently Andrew Henderson's assistant coach at the London Broncos since 2015 and previously head coach of the u19s. Speaking of the first book he loved, 'A Kestrel for a Knave' (which the great film Kes was created from), Danny says: "is absolute classic". But it was a great Teacher of his, Mr Butler, that helped him in his school years. Having a great teacher like him helped him through his English language and literature GCSEs. Being a young kid, he wasn't bothered about the school, but having a fantastic teacher helped change his outlook of school life, which Mr Butler did just that. Danny talks about the failures he's had in his life: "I don't try to dwell on the losses too much or look at it, but throughout my life and playing career, being an adult, there have been lots of lots of failures. I think you can't dwell on them. Learning to move on from your losses is just as important. When it can be challenging and not probably something, I've learned. As I've got older, I wished I got a grasp of it as a young kid. You spend so much time worrying about what's up and any mistakes you've made. It's just about moving on from it and learning best you can". Take a listen to this week's Brilliant Podcast with Danny Ward. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
July 09, 2020
New Zealand Legend- Motu Tony ex-Rugby Player/General Manager of high performance at the New Zealand rugby league
Motu was born in New Zealand; he is married with five children. He studied at De La Salle College, Auckland; then, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in The Open Polytechnic Of New Zealand. He also attended the University of Huddersfield, studying for a Master of Business Administration when he was over in the UK. He started playing rugby for Marist Saints in the Auckland Rugby League Competition. Before being signed for New Zealand Warriors. He has played professional rugby league for New Zealand Warriors, Brisbane Broncos, Castleford Tigers, Hull FC, Wakefield Wildcats, making 177 appearances, scoring 52 tries. The big one notably for Hull FC in the 2005 Challenge Cup Final against Leeds Rhinos. Motu also played for the New Zealand national team on numerous occasions. Once Motu finished playing, he became the General Manager at Hull FC, where he was a massive influence, not only on the pitch but off it too. Motu loved his time in Hull, saying, "I enjoyed playing for the club and working at the club—being in the city with the people, seeing how genuine they were. How much they cared for their rugby team. That sort of struck a chord with myself and my family straight away. That's why we stayed in Hull for so long." Another love apart from his family and rugby is reading. Motu says, " I love a good book. So reading is probably one of my favourite hobbies. I've got a bit of a career journey mapped out. When I finish sports administration, I'd love to be a food critic, and I'd like to get paid to read books, so you know those are my pipe dreams." One of the first books he recalls reading is 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley'. "It taught me just how you've got to stand up for what you believe! As a young boy, I got that from that book quite early." His second book was by an American entrepreneur named Russell Simmons. "He preached just to be yourself and be authentic and operate respectfully, never lose sight of who you are." Motu has carried this throughout his Rugby career. Now Motu is back in his native New Zealand as General Manager of high performance at the New Zealand rugby league. Very similar to the job that he held at Hull FC. To develop the next lot of senior Kiwis or Kiwi ferns (the female senior team in New Zealand). His role is to ensure that the young players who pick up a rugby ball can go to the top, whether it's professional or international. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
July 02, 2020
Who Run The World’ GIRLS - Hayley Williamson-Escreet is a Perinatal Project worker for Mind.
Hayley is a wife and mum to four children. Hayley lived with depression and anxiety, feeling something wasn't quite right when she was 21, after just having her first baby. During her fourth pregnancy in 2018, when her mental health difficulties reached a crisis point, Hayley accessed the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Services. Throughout her recovery, she raised awareness of perinatal mental health difficulties. She is helping to shape and develop the local perinatal mental health services through engagement work. Hayley now has things that help her, "My moods can be easily affected, if I watch the news and it's quite stressful or sad, that can affect my mood. But it is helpful knowing that works the other way as well. So if I listen to uplifting music, that helps make me happy. So I've recently got a radio which is now in the kitchen. We're spending so much more time in the house now. I'm making the most of having music on all the time." Learning in lockdown, what things she will carry on doing. "In the future, I'll certainly be planning less. Everything was a massive struggle; just being upright was an enormous struggle. It was a coping mechanism to prepare something to do for the next day. Even if it was a tiny thing, like, get up and unload the dishwasher, that was my thing, We've got a wall planner, and I started planning the days on there, so I think that's how I got into it. I suppose now; I don't need to hold on to that anymore. So now I can let that go a little bit and be more relaxed about not having things to do. So I'm certainly not going to be over planning." Take a listen to this week's New Piglet Podcast with Hayley. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
June 25, 2020
Make Your Dream a Reality - Shane Fisher Owner of Eagle fish media
Originally from Hull, Shane has lived in Majorca for the last 20 years. Shane attended Malet lambert High School Hull, then moved to Wilberforce college studying Business Travel and Tourism. Shane says, "If I'm honest, I left college because I got disillusioned. I didn't have a clue about what I was going to do. I then got myself a part-time job at McDonald's on St. Andrews Quay. It then became a full-time job very quickly." He went on a lads holiday back in 1999 to Magaluf for two weeks. After getting offered a job entirely randomly, life changed from there. He took the job and still lives on the island now. He was Managing bars and nightclubs. I worked in the same club for 11 years, working my way up from barman, promotions manager, and general manager and running the club. He then moved on to a different bar just down the street called the Midline for two years. After returning to Hull for a short time, he started to consider a career change. Shane says:" It was a big problem for me to be fair. I loved what I was doing but knew I wasn't going to do that forever. There's no way you're going to be standing outside a nightclub at 45 or not for me anyway". Coming back to Hull, he opened his eyes to the world of Marketing. He was working with Alex Hall at the time and our very own Leon McQuade. They all shared an interest in personal development and training. I was attending The Wolf of Wall Street and Tony Robbins seminars. Knowing when he came back to England, it wasn't for him. Shane said: "I've been away for that long. I didn't feel like it was right for me. I knew I was always meant to come back here." So Shane went back to Magaluf, taking what he had learned and ready for the next chapter. With a new mindset, instead of just thinking he would run a bar, he knew there was something bigger he could do. "There's a big online world out there, which will help me work all year round. So I started to work and study on that". He was learning all the different tools that he needed. Shane now has his own company, Eagle Fish Media, which he set up from his apartment in Magaluf. He offers consultancy and training, helping tourism-based businesses attract more clients and customers. By showing them how to make use of online marketing. Working from home, nothing much has changed for Shane's working life throughout lockdown. He's tried to keep a daily routine to help with his mental health and not lose focus. Take a listen to this week's Podcast with Shane Fisher. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
June 18, 2020
Mind,Body,Soul & Lockdown - Sarah Winn, Owner of Fitsista
This week's podcast is a little different, with some new questions. We are calling it our 'Piglet Podcast'. On our first Piglet, we are joined by the excellent Sarah Winn, owner of Fitsista. Sarah has a great passion for Health and Fitness. FitSista was established in 2010 after going through her own Health and Fitness journey.- "I was once overweight and unfit myself!" Now in her 40s and feeling fit and fantastic. She truly believes that leading a Fit and Healthy Lifestyle brings so many excellent physical and mental benefits. Sarah loves her job as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor as it enables her to Motivate and Inspire other people. She is helping them embrace this type of lifestyle too. Sarah says, "I provide Motivation, Inspiration, Support and Expertise – not just from my own experience (I have been there myself!) but from working with many different types of clients. I am finding out what works and what doesn't for each individual". I am talking about the challenges she has faced with her business in lockdown and how she has managed to keep her business going. "The main challenge I've had to face was switching my business almost overnight. To do everything online. I've not got great IT skills at all. It's not something that interests me. It's one of those things I never get around to doing. Due to the situation, I've had to muddle through and Learn more. All Last minute to keep my business going! So that's been a pretty big challenge for me, but I'm quite proud of myself." Take a listen to this week's Piglet Podcast. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
June 11, 2020
One Hull of a Festival - Ed Faulkner - Festival Director, Founder of Tribfest
Ed (54) was born in Darlington but considered himself a Hull lad after moving here aged four. Husband to Jo, to whom he has been married for 30 years. Father to Dempsey. He attended Bransholme High School and then furthered his studies at Hull University. He founded 'Ed Entertainments Ltd' back in October 2006. Ed has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment business, from organising events and performing with bands and as a solo artist. Ed's original idea to create a Glastonbury style music festival for tribute bands began with Tribfest, launched in 2007. Ed ran Tribfest for several years while trying to hold down his day job as a qualified social worker. Managing and organising events is now his full-time job. He came up with the idea for Tribfest while touring with his own tribute band 'The Beautiful Couch' in honour of The Beautiful South. "We played to 10,000 at the Mathew Street festival in Liverpool, and I wanted to create a small festival in East Yorkshire". The first Tribfest was a year of floods with lots of tragic but (now) funny stories! Floating air beds, trench foot, crying in the middle of the wet field! Tribfest The Worlds Biggest Tribute Band Festival. The event was Held at Sledmere House, East Yorkshire. Talking about failure and learning from it, Ed says, "We had a designer kids clothes shop in Beverley, called it Snap, we owned it for about five years, designing clothes for kids. Getting all footballers in and stuff like that! All these shops sort of suddenly appeared wanting to offer the same. So, we had a good year, about 18 months. It started to slide. I completely lost interest in it. Consequently, we closed that". Ed tells us how he learnt from his past failure: "I think if I had become more focused on it a little more, we could have maybe continued. So a big lesson for me with the Tribfest in that first year was that I did some reading and research about business failure. I started writing things down. Writing things down was a big thing for me. That kept me focused if you just had it in your head. I get up now to write things down. So, it's about staying focused, but within that focus keeping, refreshing and looking for new ideas all the time, which we have to do in a festival." Tribfest is the summer's biggest tribute band music festival. Voted 'Best Entertainment/Leisure Venue' in East Yorkshire in the Best Bar None Awards 2018-2020 Take a listen to this week's fantastic Podcast with Ed. Learn more about the 'Man behind the Festival'. Please, can you like and drop a review within whichever platform you are listening to us. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
May 28, 2020
BE YOU - Andy Train, NHS Nurse, First aid Trainer, Team member of Hull Pride
Andy is a local lad from the great City of Hull. Starting his younger years at Bricknell Junior School and Hull Grammar School, then studied to become a Nurse at the University of Hull and went on to a full-time career in the Accident & Emergency unit at Hull Royal Infirmary. Having a passion for first aid training set him on a journey to be self-employed. Helping to save lives with his unique style. This Helped Andy to find time to build his love of performing arts. A highlight was the Edinburgh Fringe Festival showcasing his talents. Which includes stand up comedy and street theatre. Creating' The Gold Man,' he became synonymous with the City of Culture Hull 2017 bid. Growing up in a "traditional family" with the church built a perception of society, which put a lid on Andy being his true authentic self. Andy says about finally coming out, "I suppose I could sit in the closet forever. My sexuality is a bit complex. People say that I'm a gay guy as it's easy to wrap your head around. I'm more what's called pansexual. Now, I don't know whether or not that's something that everybody gets. It's a bit more complicated than being bisexual. Because I've had relationships with women, men and also connections with trans guys". It lifted the lid on him if you like, then that's when the performance side, the more colourful side, the rainbow side of Andy came out. Having Suicidal thoughts, Andy struggled to go to a point where he didn't quite understand—feeling a bit more miserable each day. Being the 80s, there weren't many people or places for Andy to turn to. Andy started to help out on the Samaritan's helpline as he knew how hard it was. Andy says, "Organisations like this existed. But You need people with either that experience or to have more insider knowledge". He thought it was shameful that they were sending people out of town. To get the help, you'd need to contact somebody in either London, Brighton, or Manchester, where there was a higher concentration of LGBTQ. So they brought in organisations like masma, "they need to set up specific services that will cater to people. There is a massive gap in the market for supporting people questioning their sexual orientation around the whole thing about same-sex relationships". Andy is a big advocate in helping the LGBTQ+ community. He is one of the many amazing people who run Hulls Pride. It runs every year in Hull's city centre. It just gets bigger and bigger. Andy says, "we've got such a fantastic team of people when an event gets that big and important you need that around you. Hull is currently a Euro pride, 2023 candidate". Hull is competing with many other cities in these wonderfully weird and scary times that we're in. Listen to this fantastic podcast and hear more about Andy's story. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
May 21, 2020
Tackling Player Performance during lockdown - Danny Wilson Hull FC Academy Director
Danny is a big family man. He loves to make memories with his wife Rachel and children Louie, Neave & Nancy. He has a passion for Rugby. He is starting young, playing for Skirlaugh. His Professional career came at Gateshead thunder & York City Knights. Starting his employment at Hull FC in 2010. His first role at Hull FC was in the club's Foundation. Moving into the player performance department, alongside Andy Last. Danny became Head of Youth in 2013 when Andy became Assistant coach to Lee Radford. When the City of Hull formed in 2015, Danny became Academy Director. They were producing players to go on and play 1st team for Hull FC and Hull KR, representing their country. The academy reached outstanding status year on year. Danny was due to Tour Australia this Summer ( August / September ) with England Academy under 18s before Covid-19. His personal development started around five years ago. Learning from some of his favourite books, one was Above the line. This Helps him not just in his professional career but in his everyday life. What it takes to give you the best outcome. Having habits helps him stay focused, always looking for improvements, not perfection, with no significant failures, just some big mistakes. If one road is closed, his lesson is just focus and find a new direction. Instead of dwelling on the situation, just keep motivated. Take a listen to this week's Podcast. Learn more about the man behind Rugby. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
May 14, 2020
Running at life - Rob Nickolay - Hull FC Academy Manager
Firstly We would like to introduce our guest co-presenter Jo Kent to the PWP team. On this week's show, we have Rob. He is currently Hull FC Academy Manager, Married to Alexandra and has a Son called Finley & Daughter Pippa. He Played Rugby for Cottingham Tigers but was also a good footballer. Rob has a long list of achievements. Hull City Tigers Trust Primary Sports Coordinator, Youth Development Coach for Hull City AFC Development Officer HKR, to name just a few. We learn what books Rob likes to read in his spare time, from Tim Ferriss' Tribe of Mentors to his daily read of Daily Stoik, reading a page a day to help reflect on life. He motivates his youth team by helping through any struggles they may face and setting weekly goals to help drive the young lads. Rob is also involved with England Youth. He works closely with Steve McCormack with the community Lions. He was also featured in Men's Health magazine. Take a listen to this week's Podcast. Please, can you like and drop a review within whichever platform you are listening to us. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen, Talk suicide Powered By: Think Cloud
May 07, 2020
Lessons from Down Under with Nigel Moore - Entrepreneur from Australia
This week we have gone international, with our fantastic Guest Nigel Moore who is severely addicted to helping people start, run and grow fun and profitable businesses. Nigel is a father, husband and entrepreneur. He is currently part of Teeth Capital which he founded in 2016 and The Tech Tribe. Formerly running a successful managed IT Services business. In 2016, he successfully sold his IT business and now focuses on one of his core passions - helping other entrepreneurs and business owners better run their Technology / IT businesses. Living on the beachfront just outside of Sydney, Australia. Spending time with my family or in the water he loves to surf, swim, snorkelling, scuba diving anything else to do with the water. Take a listen to this week's Podcast, definitely not one to miss. Sponsored by: Moodbeam, Hopen Powered By: Think Cloud
April 30, 2020
Part 2, Walking on fire - Martin Baltazar Partner at BRC Wealth Management
Well, here we are back for part 2 of Martin's podcast, Martin shares his wisdom and lessons in life. “If you don't believe in anything, you will fall for everything.” A great book Martin has learned from is Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins, teaching him what's going on with him and his experiences, isn't necessarily what is happening and to change your life map. Martin is a great follower of Tony Robbins and took part in many of his workshops, doing the ultimate task of firewalking, which you have to change your mindset. He is talking about all things that have helped him and he loves, down to his favourite song by van Morrison “on Hyndford street”, which transports him back to when he was young and spending time with his grandparents in Portugal, To finding his love for snorkelling with his wife in Sharm el sheikh. Take a listen to this week's second part of Martins podcast. Show Sponsors - Think Cloud, Hopen, Moodbeam.
April 23, 2020
It was that good we made it into two parts... Martin Baltazar Partner at BRC Wealth Management
WOW, what a podcast, it was so fantastic we have had to make it into our first 2 part episode. This week we cover all things Financial, Martin runs his company which is based in Beverley, Yorkshire. BRC Wealth Management provides a wide range of services as a Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management. They have financial experience spanning over 30 years, provide personal, face-to-face advice designed to ensure that they build, grow and protect your wealth. In the current situation, the world is currently experiencing. Martin gives tips and advice on how to help move forward from life insurance, saving money and life in general. Take a listen to this week's Podcast and check back in next week for part 2, when Martin answers them all-important Pig Wrestling 10 commandments. PS. Please, can you like and drop a review within whichever platform you are listening to us. Show Sponsors -Think Cloud, Hopen, Moodbeam.
April 16, 2020
Running at the Big Stuff - James Green Rugby League Player and Financial Advisor
Rugby player, who played for clubs like Hull KR, Leigh Centurions, Castleford Tigers, Bradford Bull, to name a few. Now on a new path in a whole new career. James currently works at A&L Financial Solutions and is Sundays Time's top-rated mortgage and protection. He knew rugby wouldn't last forever, so he found a new path to follow. Reading one of his favourite books, Rich Dad Poor Dad, helped him find his interest in the property and, after buying his first home with his wife, gained a love to help others accept their new home and reach their dreams. After going through his mental health issues, James lives by the quote. "Don't Chase Money, Chase Happiness." Talking and getting things off his chest is very important and hit home after watching the documentary by Rio and Kate, and so they open up about the issues with which they had to deal with. James started to find things hard when moving to a new big city with his wife to play for Leigh Rugby club. After just three months of being at the club, he got picked to play less and less. The final blow was not getting selected to play against Catalan dragons. At the same time, his wife had already purchased tickets to go along. James decided to not go instead of buying himself a ticket to Belfast. Where he would be alone with his thoughts for a few days, upon telling his wife, she then had an anxiety attack which shook James. This was when he knew something had to be done, as this was now affecting the people he loved. Getting help from the Charity RFL Sporting chance set up by Tony Adams in helping sportsmen and women deal with their mental health. Please listen to this week's compelling podcast and learn that it is ok to talk.
April 09, 2020
A Beam of light - Christina Colmer McHugh Co-Founder of Moodbeam
Christina is the director and Co-Founder of Moodbeam, a groundbreaking company whose aim is to turn the world of emotional development upside down. Her creation allows an entirely new way of showing how we feel and see how they think. She was working out of the C4DI building. Christina's experience of her daughter inspired Moodbeam, then seven, to be bullied. Concerned about the mood changes this cyberbullying created, she was desperate to make sure she could track her daughter's mental wellbeing and prevent any adverse effects. She subsequently partnered with Hull-born Gadget Shop and Red5 entrepreneur Jonathan Elvidge to develop the Moodbeam wearable device, to help other parents do the same. The project has taken off with interest from potential future users in fields like industry, education and health. They have just taken delivery of their first 1,000 manufactured units. Encouraging businesses and individuals to take them away, trial them and share their experiences to spread the word. Before her invention, She spent the last 20 years as an experienced journalist and freelance public relations specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the design industry. From Down High Grammar School with a BA Hons Degree from Surry Institute of Art and Design. T ake a listen to this week's podcast with Christina, Powerful.
April 02, 2020
Managing Positivity - JOI COLE Co-founder of 444 Management Group
Joi Cole Lives in Downtown LA, Co-founder of 444 Management Group. One of 3 business partners, Joi's mentor, who came up with the idea, he used to be signed to Motown Records, a vocal artist, is how he got started in the industry. He also made the theme tune to The Addams Family Tv Show, to which he went on to sell the rights. Joi's other business partner was signed to and produced for Quincy Jones sons Label. They were producing for great artists like Missy Elliott and many others. Joi was already managing before joining her team at 444 management group; She works at Derrty Deja Blu, who DJs for Nelly in Las Vegas. The 3 of them are a force together helping new artists come through and shine, sitting on the board for the not-for-profit charity NEST, providing advice and support for young artists. Joi has Met people like Michael Jackson & Will Smith, but found the most important meeting was with Will Smith saying, "He was great, his energy that fills a room." Listen to Joi answering the week's Pig Wrestling Questions: Powerful and Positive.
March 26, 2020
Arriving on the Humber - Finbarr Dowling
Finbarr Dowling was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1963. Following secondary school at Astron comprehensive core, an 18-year-old Finbarr spent a year travelling the breadth of the USA before returning to Ireland in 1982. He began working as a production planner. This role started his love for engineering. Finbarr was then appointed Project Director to develop and construct the harbour blade manufacturing and service facility at Alexandra doc home. This development will establish the largest wind turbine production facility in the UK, to be operational in early 2016. The Alexander dock project has a combined investment of 310 million pounds and aims to create 1000 new jobs. It's the most significant single investment that Siemens is making globally. Finbarr is passionate about Mental Health within the workplace. They have their health scheme, "Talk to me", where staff members can access mental and physical health help. He's also fallen in love with the Great city of Hull, seeing everything the area has to offer and all the old history. Helping the city of culture grow in the town. Listen to this week's Podcast, and learn more about Finbarr.
March 19, 2020
Diving Deep into the life of Freya Cross - The Deep’s head of business and corporate
Freya is a mum of 2 boys, now 35 & 36 and a loving wife to Graham, who moved over to Hull when the boys were young to follow her husband's career in the pig farming industry, where she ended up being her husband's boss. Freya, Is TheDeep'ss head of business and corporate. Twenty years ago, when The deep and the business centre opened their doors, Freya was there for the entire journey. The Deep, Which is the biggest success story of the National Lottery Funding, is one ofHull'ss most significant landmarks bringing in people worldwide. An estimated 3700 people a day in the February school holidays was recorded. She also leads on promoting facilities at The Deep for corporate events and special occasions ranging from weddings to the Olympic Torch Relay, the Queen's Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games and the draw live on BBC TV for the Third Round of the FA Cup. On the broader Hull and East Yorkshire business community, Freya took the lead in setting up a group of business centres to share best practices in the industry and encourage people to work together. Take a listen to this week's Podcast.
March 12, 2020
Flying Through Life - Francis Rawson Head of Occupational Safety for EasyJet
Francis is a Hull-born lad whose career has taken him down south to London. He travels worldwide with his job as Head of Occupational Safety for EasyJet. His career has taken him to jobs within Health & Safety and the Environmental sector, being a manager at Jet2.com in Leeds 2011 until 2018. Why does he do the job of Health and Safety Manager - for the People? That's what it's all about. Through group and personal coaching, he also specialises in behavioural safety and mindset change. He has an excellent track record of changing mindsets and culture to reflect safety positively with proven business benefits. Listen to him talk about the mindset, the books he loves and the person he would like to speak to most, His Grandad and ask all about his stories of World War 2.
March 05, 2020
On The Ropes with Sonny Taylor Boxer - Cruiserweight
Local Lad Sonny age just 24, is an up and coming boxer, in Cruiserweight. With four fights, four wins under his belt. Debuting March 2019, now getting ready to do his 5th fight at the Bonus Arena Hull on 29th February. Boxing is his passion, and he takes his training very seriously, although he doesn't like to train, he knows to be the best he has to. Talking about his Sparring with the rugby league legend Paul Gallen. “He’s so tough and strong, like oak.” Hull is known for its great boxers with the likes of Luke Campbell and the recently retired Tommy Coyle. These guys have paved the way for the likes of Sonny to come through, showing Hull is firmly on the Map as a great boxing city. Get behind Sonny this weekend for his 5th fight - 29th February 2020 Sponsors: Vulcan Learning, PHD Nutrition, My PAD Take a listen to this week's podcast and learn more about the man behind the boxer. #productivity #business #PersonalDevelopment #mentalhealth #technology
February 27, 2020