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Coaches On The Couch

Rachel Birchmore and Louise Rodgers

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Coaches On The Couch is the podcast from the coaches behind Step Up (stepuplondon.com) the leadership development programme for architects and built environment consultancies. Co-hosts Rachel Birchmore and Louise Rodgers bring their experience and knowledge of the sector and coaching insights to explore the world of work and progressive leadership through conversations with special guests. Our publication 'Learning from Lockdown' marking 12 months of the podcast is available at http://www.st ...
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Invincible S2 improves upon its first season in a myriad of ways. But was it worth the wait? Ryan and Joe determine the answer on this week's Close Up! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.com/s…
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NOTE: This track has been updated to fix an audio issue from the first release Join Ryan and Joe while they recount the highs and lows of Close Up's first 100 episodes! Hear behind-the-scenes accounts of the podcast's origin, and growing pains-- also discussions of the podcast's future. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226…
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Louise and Rachel are joined by Tom Larsson, of developer Grow Places. Tom established Grow Places in 2023 and in this conversation he reflects on the drivers behind this, and what he wants to do differently. https://growplaces.comCoaches On The Couch is co-hosted by Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore who are exec and leadership coaches. They desi…
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The Star Wars prequels have been unfairly hated for the last 25 years. Ryan and Joe unabashedly love these films and are sick of the slander. Because the Prequels are some of the most inventive and imaginative films ever made. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thou…
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Ryan and Joe casually discuss whatever media they've consumed lately, including: Yellowstone, The Flash, Quentin Tarantino films, Oscar movies, and Heat. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.com…
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Louise Wyman of CBRE joins Rachel and Louise to talk about how she developed her ‘career of many hats’ across the public and private sectors, and the importance of leading with authenticity. https://cbre.com Coaches On The Couch is co-hosted by Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore who are exec and leadership coaches. They design and deliver bespoke …
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Dune Part 2 is an exceptional piece of cinema, which somehow succeeds its first instalment! This is a film which MUST be seen in the biggest available formats. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tikt…
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Adaptations are consistently tricky. How do you translate a story from one medium to another? And what pitfalls do creatives face in the switch? Ryan and Joe discuss these issues on this episode of Close Up! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoug…
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Avatar: The Last Airbender is a solid fantasy series on Netflix. Just don't compare it too much with the original. Then its flaws grow more apparent. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.com/sea…
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Louise and Rachel explore regenerative leadership and how this impacts on Human Nature and the places it is seeking to create. https://humannature-places.com Coaches On The Couch is co-hosted by Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore who are exec and leadership coaches. They design and deliver bespoke leadership development programmes and coaching for…
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Joe has never watched Sons of Anarchy. Can Ryan convince you or him to give it a try? Find out on this week's Close Up. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.com/search?q=ryanwalkerofficial&t=164…
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Ryan and Joe count down their favourite couples in fiction! Joe goes a bit overboard but, then again, he loves love. And Ryan hates Valentine's Day. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.com/sear…
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Dinah Bornat of ZCD Architects joins Rachel and Louise to talk about what she has learned about building trust and connection with young people from running wild camping adventures in the countryside with young people.https://zcdarchitects.co.ukCoaches On The Couch is co-hosted by Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore who are exec and leadership coac…
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Ryan and Joe perform a fantasy league draft of Marvel heroes, then pit them head to head in a grand improvised battle. It's the old school yard discussion: "Who would win in a fight?" except it's two grown nerds who want to entertain you. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: http…
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Ryan and Joe break down the Oscars 2024 nominations, pick their favourites, and offer their predictions for what'll actually win the trophy! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.com/search?q=rya…
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Rachel and Louise delve into the world of Generative Design and AI with Keir Regan-Alexander of Arka Works. https://arka.works Coaches On The Couch is co-hosted by Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore who are exec and leadership coaches. They design and deliver bespoke leadership development programmes and coaching for architects, engineers and othe…
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Christopher Reeve vs Henry Cavill; Richard Donner vs Zack Snyder; Superman vs The Man of Steel! Which film captures the character best, or provides the most interesting perspective on the Man of Tomorrow? Ryan and Joe debate the question on this week's Close Up. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.t…
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Ryan and Joe casually discuss whatever media they've consumed lately, including: The Wolf of Wall Street, DC Comic Books, Superman: The Movie, and The Simpsons FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tikt…
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A totally joyous conversation about a successful transition. Louise and Rachel kick off the New Year with a conversation with, and between, Leanne Tritton, founder of ING Media, and her successor as MD, Damian Wild. https://ing-media.com Coaches On The Couch is co-hosted by Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore who are exec and leadership coaches. Th…
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Neither Ryan nor Joe care about professional wrestling. But The Iron Claw is incredible nonetheless! This is one of the most tragic stories we've ever seen. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.…
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Ryan and Joe reveal their lists for the Top 10 entertainment of 2023 (movies, TV, and games combined). Join us for a celebration of last year's best on this episode of Close Up! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDI…
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Jennifer De Vere-Hopkins and Ben Marston of Jestico + Whiles, discuss some of the initiatives the practice is taking to support the next generation of architects and designers. https://jesticowhiles.com Coaches On The Couch is co-hosted by Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore who are exec and leadership coaches. They design and deliver bespoke leade…
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Movie theatres were long since predicted to be obsolete-- especially in the age of streaming. Yet they hold strong. Is it because they're the most ideal way to view movies, or are they just a remnant of a declining tradition? FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE:…
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Ryan once tried to explain Invincible to Joe. His explanation proved enticing! Joe finally watched Invincible, but what did he think? Find out on this episode of Close Up! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA http…
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Napoleon is one of history's most grand and controversial figures. Did Ridley Scott's new film live up to that legacy? Find out on this week's Close Up. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.com/…
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Holly Lewis, co-founder of We Made That, joins Louise and Rachel to talk about the studio’s experience of becoming a Certified B Corporation and the impact of that on projects, practice, people and leadership. https://wemadethat.co.uk Coaches On The Couch is co-hosted by Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore who are exec and leadership coaches. They …
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Ryan has never watched Doctor Who. Can Joe convince you or him to give it a try? Find out on this week's Close Up. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.com/search?q=ryanwalkerofficial&t=16450866…
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Loki season 2 is the best Marvel product we've seen in years! It's genuine quality television. See? We're not just blind haters. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.com/search?q=ryanwalkerofficial&t=164508667987…
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Ryan, Joe, and Justin (in his Close Up debut) break down their 3 short films of 2023: A Blue Star Apart, Crying Over Milk, and Battle 4 Blood. Plus Behind-the-Scenes stories! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.…
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Ryan and Joe debate the use of Artificial Intelligence softwares in the film industry. Will the machines take the jobs of artists, and turn entertainment into a cookie-cutter enterprise? Or will the technologies usher in a new era for creativity? FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSI…
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Ryan and Joe watched different movies this week. Oops. Joe's fault. But that won't stop them from giving their thoughts! This episode: Ryan reviews Killers of the Flower Moon, and Joe discusses The Creator. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S …
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Rachel and Louise share their summer reading list and bring you insightful chat about four of the books that have inspired, provoked and even irritated them over the last few months. https://stepuplondon.com Coaches On The Couch is co-hosted by Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore who are exec and leadership coaches. They design and deliver bespoke …
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Ryan and Joe casually discuss whatever media they've consumed lately, including: Wolf 359, Interstellar, Silver Age comic books, and The Witcher 3 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.com/search?q=ryanwalkeroffic…
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Ahsoka was meant to "save the Star Wars franchise", but did it? And could it? Short answer: no, but we still had a good time. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.com/search?q=ryanwalkerofficial&t=1645086679872 h…
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Franchise entertainment dominates our media landscape. But the longer-running the property, the more problems said property faces throughout its lifetime. Ryan and Joe break down these problems and discuss the franchises which weathered them for better or worse. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thought…
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars was an integral part of our childhoods. And with the new Ahsoka show, streaming now, we want to revisit the series for a good ole nostalgia trip. If YOU don't have nostalgia for Clone Wars... we pity you. But we hope you'll enjoy this episode anyway. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tikto…
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Ryan and Joe needed a challenge. So they decided to take a big swing: defend one of their least favourite trilogies... for fun. Can we defend Star Wars 7-9 without being TOO passive aggressive? Find out on this episode of Close Up! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www…
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Coaches On The Couch is co-hosted by Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore who are exec and leadership coaches. They design and deliver bespoke leadership development programmes and coaching for architects, engineers and other consultancies across the built environment. For more information, please visit www.StepUpLondon.com Louise, Rachel and Emma K…
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Ryan and Joe count down their Top 10 film franchises. There were definitely some upsets! Find out what we chose on this episode of Close Up! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.com/search?q=rya…
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The Captain America trilogy is arguably Marvel's most solid. Ryan and Joe debate which entry reigns supreme (spoilers: it isn't Civil War). Hear our arguments on this episode of Close Up! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S S…
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Blue Beetle comes in at the tail end of DC's failed cinematic universe. But is it worth your time? Find out on this episode of Close Up! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.tiktok.com/search?q=ryanwal…
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The Witcher S3 is definitely a step down from prior seasons. And Henry Cavill's departure looms large over the show. But is it still worth your time? Find out on this week's Close Up! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIA…
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Were any of you actually excited for Secret Invasion? We kinda were. But the series failed to live up to its potential. It's not all bad though. Listen to us discuss the show on this week's Close Up. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.…
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Hollywood is in a tailspin. Its actors and writers are on strike, public goodwill towards its films have eroded, and its revenue streams are in disarray. Ryan and Joe break down the causes of this chaos and offer their solutions, on this episode of Close Up. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085031226698 TIKTOK: https://www.tikto…
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Oppenheimer blew us away! Leave it to Christopher Nolan to craft the most epic biopic we've ever seen... Hear our thoughts about it on this episode of Close Up. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.tiktok.com/search?q=…
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Tina Norden, partner and principal at Conran and Partners, joins Rachel and Louise on the virtual couch to talk about the legacy of Sir Terence Conran and the challenges and opportunities of leading business hubs in London and Hong Kong. https://conranandpartners.com Coaches On The Couch is co-hosted by Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore who are e…
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Ryan and Joe casually discuss whatever media they've consumed lately, including: Mission Impossible 7, Barry, Better Call Saul S6, and Jedi: Survivor. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplane.ca/ RYAN'S SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.tiktok.com/search?q=ryanwalker…
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The Hollywood action film shocked and awed audiences for the past 100 years. It still does... sometimes. How does old action stack up to new? And how did it evolve over the decades? Find out on this episode of Close Up! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtPlane TIKTOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@thoughtplanemedia WEBSITE: https://www.thoughtplan…
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Louise and Rachel are joined by Linda Thiel, Partner of White Arkitekter and Director of the London Studio, about the challenges of leadership in a flat, non-hierarchical, structure; and the cultural impact of White’s Scandinavian heritage. https://whitearkitekter.com Coaches On The Couch is co-hosted by Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore who are …
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