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Squiggly Careers is a weekly podcast that will help you take control of your career development. Hosted by the founders of Amazing If (https://www.amazingif.com/), Sarah Ellis and Helen Tupper, together they cover all things work: from how to manage stress and overcome your confidence gremlins to micro-aggressions and discovering your strengths. Each episode is full of ideas, actions, hints and tips that you can put into practise straight away. Once a month they take a break from talking to ...
 
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This week Helen and Sarah get super-practical about self-awareness. They talk about what self-awareness really means and the actions you can take to increase your internal and external self-awareness. To join You Coach You Live in London (19/01) or Manchester (31/01) head here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/events/2021/squiggly-careers-live.html To dow…
 
Are you a more or a thinker or a doer at work? Both have positives and pitfalls and this week Sarah (the Thinker) and Helen (the Doer) explore both. They share lots of ideas for action to help you to flex your mode so they you can adapt, have more empathy for other people's approaches and increase your impact. To download the PodSheet for this epis…
 
Networking is a career development activity that often makes people feel awkward even though we all know how important it is for our progression. In this episode Helen and Sarah talk about the 'weak ties' in your network - what they are and how you can work your weak ties to increase the value of your career community. They cover lots of practical …
 
This week Helen and Sarah talk about practical way to learn, unlean and relearn at work. They share lots of ideas for action including getting opposite experiences, creating learn-as-you-grow logs and strengths solving. To download the PodSheet for this episode, head to https://www.amazingif.com/listen/ To sign-up for PodMail, our weekly summary of…
 
In the final episode of this series of Ask The Expert, Helen and Sarah talks to entrepreneurs and authors Bianca Miller Cole and Byron Cole. In the conversation they discuss how to think about and approach success at work and how mindset and motivation have enabled them to succeed in their career. This Ask the Expert series is supported by the Unce…
 
This week Sarah talks with world leading expert on all things storytelling Bobette Buster, author of 'Do Story: How to tell your story so the world listens'. In the conversation they discuss the skills we all need to be an effective storyteller, and why becoming one is important in the world of work. This Ask the Expert series is supported by the U…
 
This week, Helen and Sarah talk to world renowned leadership expert René Carayol about how we can all develop and demonstrate leadership skills in our day-to-day role. They discuss myths people often make about leadership and how to increase your impact as a leader. This Ask the Expert series is supported by the Uncertainty Experts. You can find ou…
 
In this episode, Helen talks to lecturer, psychologist and author, Connson Chou Locke about Influence. Together they discuss influence issues and assumptions, whether you can fake it, if you don't feel it and the most effective things you can do to improve how you think, feel and act with influence. This Ask the Expert series is supported by the Un…
 
In this episode Sarah talks with journalist and author of Four Thousand Weeks, time and how to use it, Oliver Burkeman. Together they discuss why we need to redefine our relationship with time, and what makes this so hard. They discuss why some obvious answers to improving how you spend your time don't work and what we can try instead. This Ask the…
 
We start our fourth Ask the Expert series with Sarah talking to writer and all round creator Sam Conniff and scientist Katherine Templar Lewis about Uncertainty. Together they discuss what makes uncertainty so hard for our brains to process and how the unknown stunts our creativity and stalls our progress. Sam and Katherine share the early results …
 
In squiggly careers we increase everyone's impact when we have teams of people that can all play the role of leader and follower. This flexibility helps people play to their strengths, overcome obstacles and maintain momentum. But, it's not easy. You have to be able to put your ego aside and be self-aware enough to know when to move from one mode t…
 
Collaboration at work has become increasingly complex as we navigate a world where the norm is for people to be working in different places at different times. Intentional collaboration has been shown to be 3 x more effective than expecting good collaboration to just 'happen' when we might want it to. In this week's episode, Helen and Sarah talk th…
 
In this special episode of the Squiggly Careers x Changemakers podcast, Sarah is in conversation with Sonya Barlow who is leading change in gender equality. Sonya is an award-winning entrepreneur, founder of the Like Minded Females network (@LMFnetwork), diversity business coach, BBC radio host (everyday side hustle) and author (unprepared to entre…
 
In this special episode of the Squiggly Careers x Changemakers podcast, Sarah talks to Neil Laybourn who is leading change in mental health. Neil co-founded the charity Beyond Shame, Beyond Stigma, a mental health charity supporting young people. Neil is also an ambassador for Mental Health UK. Together Sarah and Neil talk about the pivotal moment …
 
In this special episode of the Squiggly Careers x Changemakers podcast, Helen is in conversation with Andrew Macaskill. Andrew specialises in providing support for job seeekers and describes himself as 'on a mission to end job search misery.' Together Helen and Andrew chat about the challenges of creating change, the role models who've helped him a…
 
In this special episode of the Squiggly Careers x Changemakers podcast Sarah talks to Dr. Leyla Acaroglu a sustainability provocateur and cultural protagonist. Leyla challenges people to think differently about how the world works and is the founder of Disrupt Design, the Unschool and the CO Project Farm. Her TED talk 'Paper beats plastic? How to r…
 
In this special episode of the Squiggly Careers x Changemakers podcast Helen talks to Martyn Sibley who is leading change in disability equality. Martyn is co-founder of Purple Goat agency and his goal is to help companies connect with the needs of the disability community to transform the way everyone lives, works and contributes. Martyn describes…
 
In this special episode of the Squiggly Careers x Changemakers podcast Sarah talks to Phyll Opoku-Gyimah who is leading change in LGBTQ+ equality. Phyll is the executive director of Kaleidoscope Trust, the charity working to uphold the human rights of LGBT+ people across the Commonwealth. She is also the co-founder and executive director of UK Blac…
 
In this weeks episode Sarah and Helen discuss how to make change happen. Together they talk through a 5 stage change framework, inspired by Helen's work as a trustee for the charity Working Families, to support anyone who wants to be a catalyst for change in the work that they do. Sarah and Helen share key insights about what's worked well and lots…
 
This episode is the second part of a conversation about race and identity in research careers which we recorded in June 2021. Alexandria Mitchell, a PhD student at King's College London (KCL) and co-chair of the KCL Race Equality Network (www.kcl.ac.uk/hr/diversity/get-involved/networks/race-equality-network) talks with Mary Okesola who is also a P…
 
This week Helen and Sarah talk about how to find your work/life fit when you are juggling multiple things and your priorities might be competing with each other. Helen and Sarah share their own experiences and practical ideas for action to find your best fit. Learn more..... 1. Download our PodSheet to help you apply the insights from this epsiode …
 
This episode is the first part of a conversation about race and identity in research careers. Alexandria Mitchell, a PhD student at King's College London (KCL) and co-chair of the KCL Race Equality Network (www.kcl.ac.uk/hr/diversity/get-involved/networks/race-equality-network) talks with Mary Okesola who is also a PhD student at KCL and Dr. Bernad…
 
As people start to rethink the role of the office, there are new questions about when and why people come together. On the Squiggly Careers podcast this week, Helen talks to psychologist Dr. Tomas Chamorro Premuzic about how the adoption of hybrid working practices can help people to be their best at work. They discuss how to make teams work effect…
 
In this episode we wanted to explore what’s happening with recruitment to roles in academia and in sectors outside academia, which PhDs and Research Staff are typically attracted to. To do this, we spoke with Rebecca Oakey, a King’s Professor of Epigenetics and Dean for Doctoral Studies and Andrew Wright, Head of Employer Engagement in King’s Caree…
 
This week Helen and Sarah talk about how to proactively solve problems at work. Problem solving is a transferable talent that can help you navigate uncertainty at work and increase your impact. In this episode, Helen and Sarah share 6 different ideas for action to help you with inevitable changes and challenges of squiggly careers. Learn more..... …
 
In this weeks episode Sarah is in conversation with ex FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss. Together they discuss how having the right mindset impacts our negotiations and the difference between positive and negative emotions. Chris then shares negotiation techniques we can all try out including how to move from wandering to knowing, calibrated quest…
 
Dr Jason Myers is a Data Scientist with Faculty AI. Prior to this, he completed his PhD with the 'Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Non-Equilibrium Systems' (CANES) Centre for Doctoral Training at King's College London. Jason joins us on Careers In Your Ears to talk about his (not always easy) experience finding work after the doctorate. He also sha…
 
Summer is a great time to kickstart your development with lots of small actions to support your career. There are lots of low effort actions you can tale to invest in your impact, develop your network and explore your future. In this episode Helen and Sarah talk through lots of quick and effective ideas that you can get started with straight away. …
 
Dr. Hilary Jones is a former post-doctoral researcher who has worked in careers and employability, started her own business, is in training to be a psychotherapist and is now working for a non-profit organisation. In this episode she tells us her career story so far and gives us her insight into her varied career path. King's PhDs and Research Staf…
 
This week, Helen and Sarah tackle the tricky topic of ego at work. What it is, how it shows up and holds us back and how to respond to it. They share a survey to support your self-reflection and lots of ideas for action to manage your own ego and protect yourself from the impact of other people's. If you'd like to learn more..... Download the Squig…
 
Bethan Cornell is a final year PhD student at King’s College London’s Physics Department and she’s also a Policy Officer in the Higher Education Unit in the UK’s Department for Education. We discuss taking on other opportunities during the PhD, the value of connecting with people who share your interests, and we ask Bethan how a Physics PhD prepare…
 
This week, Helen talks to author and speaker Dorie Clark about the practicalities of reshaping your role. Whether you're looking for new ways to develop in your existing job or interested in exploring alternative opportunities, this conversation has lots of practical ideas and insights to help you take action! For more insights on Dorie's work and …
 
We explore why Mohamed decided to do his PhD (which is around differences in neurodevelopment in children with different diseases). Listen to this episode, to find out more about finding (or even creating) the right PhD for you, applying to a PhD, how it's different from a Masters, and how helpful Google can be. He also talks about his side project…
 
One of the great things about squiggly careers is that you can develop in different directions and promotion isn't the only option. However, progression can feel hard when it's not always clear where we could go and how we can get there. This week, Helen and Sarah talk about exploring your progression possibilities and share practical ideas and app…
 
Dr. Fawzi Abou-Chihane is a former science researcher who now runs his own careers consulting business. He has a background in sustainable technologies and sensor development. In this episode he talks about his decision to pursue opportunities outside academic life and his new career. If you would like a transcript of this episode, please contact u…
 
This week, Helen and Sarah discuss the importance of role models in our careers. Role models are people you admire and find inspiring. They help you to boost your belief and activate your ambition. Sarah and Helen talk about why basing your role models around what you're missing, reflecting on anti role models and investing time in a role model moo…
 
Vicki is a part-time PhD student with extensive work experience in international banking and science policy, doing a PhD in Policy and Bioethics, incorporating publications. Join us as we explore career transition and the benefits and importance of establishing a flexible career, tips for managing a part-time PhD and a fascinating insight into the …
 
This week, Helen and Sarah are talking about why rituals matter and how to make them work for you. This discuss the difference between rituals and routines, how to create collective and individuals rituals and share 5 ideas for action to inspire you to create rituals at work. This episode is sponsorted by Union hand-roasted coffee, a company on a m…
 
In our final episode of our Ask The Expert series, Helen speaks to author Sophie Williams about progression at work. Sophie is the author of two books; Anti-Racist Ally: An Introduction to Action and Activism and Millennial Black which looks at how Black women’s intersectional identities shape their experiences of work. Her career has included work…
 
Asking great questions is an invaluable career skill. It helps to accelerate your learning and build better relationships, but it's not always easy. This week Helen and Sarah talk about the skill of asking questions. They explore different techniques and approaches and reflect on how different people and places require you to adapt your style to ge…
 
This week on the Squiggly Careers podcast, Helen talks to economist and author Sylvia Ann Hewlett about sponsorship. Sylvia is the author of 'Forget a mentor, find a sponsor' and 'The Sponsor Effect' and has a huge amount of insight and expertise on the topic. Together they talk about the difference between sponsorship and mentoring, the importance…
 
In Squiggly Careers, there is no one size fits all version of success. We can develop in different directions and success means different things to different people. However, it can be helpful to have some support in defining our of version of success and in this week's episode Sarah and Helen talk about how to do that. They share lots of different…
 
This week the Squiggly Careers podcast is back with another expert guest. Sarah talks to Dan Cable, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Dan is the author of Alive at Work and Change to Strange and his work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, the Economist and the Financial Times. Together they talk about Purpo…
 
Many of us feel like we've been living our working days on repeat for the last 12 months. A lack of variety and an overwhelm of virtual meetings have resulted in lots of people feeling far more tired by work than they do inspired by work. This week, Helen and Sarah talk about how to rediscover your inspiration and share 4 practical ideas for action…
 
Feedback is a topic many people struggle with and this week in the next episode of our Ask the Expert series, Sarah talks to Kim Scott and Trier Bryant about how to put 'radical candor' into action at work. Kim Scott is the author of Just Work: Get *t Done Fast and Fair as well as Radical Candor. Together, Kim and Trier Bryant co-founded Just Work …
 
Mentoring is one of the ways we can support other people with their career development. Anyone can be a mentor. It's not a role reserved for 'senior' people or people who have years and years of experience. We can all share our insights and perspectives with other people to help them learn about themselves and their career. This week, Helen and Sar…
 
Happiness can seem like a complex topic. This week, Helen talks to entrepreneur and author Mo Gawdat who has created an equation for happiness, that bring clarity to the complexity. He's taken his personal experiences, his engineering expertise and insights from his own career to make happiness predictable and available to everyone. This week, Hele…
 
In this week's episode Helen and Sarah discuss how to explore your potential. They discuss how stretching your strengths, understanding your risk readiness and curating your own (potential) curriculum are all practical ways to start taking action towards exploring your potential today. Stay in touch with Helen and Sarah @amazingif on instagram or v…
 
In this week’s Ask the Expert interview, Sarah talks to author, radio host and TED speaker Celeste Headlee about how to have better conversations at work. Together they discuss why most of us focus too much on what we’re going to say rather than what we can learn from conversations. Celeste suggests practical ideas to improve the quality of our con…
 
The ups and downs of squiggly careers can take their toll and affect how we respond to challenging situations. Emotional agility is the skill of being able to manage our emotions at work so that they help us rather than hinder us. It's not about being robotic and having no emotions, instead it means being aware rather than acting on auto-pilot. As …
 
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