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The Linklaters Ideas Foundry

Welcome to the Linklaters Ideas Foundry — the podcast in which we explore the tips and tricks required to thrive in an ever more complex and changing work environment. From creativity to collaboration, from leading others to looking after ourselves, join us each month as we unpick the art of working together in the 21st century organisation.

Episode 5

Out of office

Speakers: David Pearl (an innovator in business, the arts & social change and the founder of Street Wisdom) and Ian Rodwell

Hybrid, agile, blended — new and exciting ways of working have proliferated over the last two years. And this change has gone hand-in-hand with fevered discussions about the future of the office and how best we connect, communicate and create. In this chat with the ever-fascinating David Pearl, we explore the fate of the humble meeting, ways to create connections at a distance — and how walking away from the screen and into the world outside can spark inspiration and life-changing ideas.

Key sources for this episode include:

  • David Pearl – Wanderful and Will there be donuts?
  • Street Wisdom

Episode 4

Getting creative — thinking off the leash

Speakers: Ali McBurney and Ian Rodwell

Do you ever think that you’re just not creative enough? That being creative is a skill that only a few are blessed with? If so, join us as we debunk a few myths. In this episode, we discuss how creativity is for everyone — whatever your job or role. If you can find ways to do things better, faster and more elegantly, then you’re being creative. We’ll explore what stops us being creative (and how we can sidestep those barriers), look at ways to spark our imagination and explain why thinking like a tortoise may not be such a bad thing.

Key sources for this episode include:

Episode 3

Go slow to go fast — leading in complexity and change

Speakers: Dr Sharon Varney and Ian Rodwell

We often say we live in a ‘complex’ world. But what does that really mean — and how can an understanding of the intriguing world of complexity theory help you lead and perform in a world where change is the only constant? In this episode with Dr Sharon Varney (author of Leadership in complexity and change), we unpack what complexity is (and isn’t), share some practical advice on thriving in a complex world and reveal why, strange though it sounds, going slow can really help you go fast…Curious to learn more? Then take a listen.

Key sources for this episode include:

Episode 2

The art of cross-cultural working

Speakers: Wenying Li and Ian Rodwell

Anyone working in global organisations, or with clients, suppliers and partners around the world, will know about the challenges and rewards of operating across different cultures. In this episode, we discuss why cross-cultural competence is important and how it can help you in your career. We also explore the key research on cultural dimensions and leave you with some practical ideas that you can immediately put to work.

Key sources for this episode include:

  • Erin Meyer – The culture map: breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business
  • Geert Hofstede – Cultures and organizations: software of the mind

Episode 1

Digital wellbeing — or how to be ‘smart’ with your smartphone

Speakers: Nicola Raw and Ian Rodwell

Is your phone the first and last thing you check every day? Do you find yourself constantly reaching for your phone, or worse still, feel uncomfortable when you’re without it? If so, this is the episode for you. Join us as we explore what digital wellbeing is and why it is so crucial to both our work and non-work lives. We delve into the effects of social media on our cognitive processing and look at some practical ways to ensure we are in control of our devices — and not the other way around.

Key sources for this episode include:

  • Matthew Walker – Why We Sleep
  • Catherine Price – How to break up with your phone
  • Ward et al. (2017) ‘Brain drain: The mere presence of one’s own smartphone reduces available cognitive capacity’, Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, 2(2).

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