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The World of Work has transformed tremendously over the past decades, and more so for the rest of us since 2020. From being based in the office, to remote and now hybrid, we are all doing our best to make things work. We will be inviting guests and experts from across the workplace industry to join us in our episodes as we discuss all things work related, and how we can make it better. Join us every fortnight at A Better World of Work podcast and follow us on Veldhoen + Company LinkedIn page ...
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The Happy Entrepreneur

The Happy Startup School

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This podcast is a collection of stories and experiences to help entrepreneurs trying to navigate a new way of entrepreneurship. It isn’t just about the tactics and the strategies but also about the inner experience of being in business. I’m not here to give you any answers but to provoke you to look harder for the answers yourself. By sharing new insights and ideas with you we hope you’ll be inspired to look inside yourself to find out what’s really getting in the way. While you have the kno ...
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This show and everything else we Unbossers do is created to help professionals elevate corporate cultures. Our approach is immensely pragmatic. Our content is influenced and inspired by a collective of seasoned executives and experts with real experiences, successes and failures in: building meaningful organizations, making ‘doing good’ the constant with strong, responsible teams, delivering on their promises that focus on the customer Embrace transparency and inclusiveness in the workplace ...
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Zebra Talk

Zebra Project

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We’re excited to launch Zebra Talk, a series of conversations exploring the emerging business and leadership themes of our time. Hosted by Mishcon de Reya's Board Member and Partner, Matt Meyer, it brings together those who are shaping the future world of work, for a series of insightful, focused conversations to help businesses think quickly and clearly about what they have to do next to thrive in the future. In a relaxed interview style, Matt chats with innovative leaders who are rethinkin ...
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To be an entrepreneur you have to be a little bit of a Rebel. You have to do things differently, you have to take risks other people aren't willing to take and you need to be brave enough to take action. For years Alan Donegan has battled against the traditional plan that the world has for us: When Alan went for help from the British Government to start a business. They told him to write a business plan; get a load of debt and did more to put him off starting than they did to help. Alan spen ...
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This episode is a thought-provoking discussion with Olga Potaptseva, CCXP, CCX and Nick Van Langendonck. They dive into effective communication strategies, the flipped pyramid concept, and the sacrifices required to become customer-centric.By Nick the Unbosser
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John Parkin knows a good idea when he sees one. As a formed Creative Director of one of the most innovative and exciting advertising agencies of the 1990s, he knows a thing or two about coming up with ideas. He's helped create big ideas for big brands, and he's also had one big idea of his own that has transformed his world. His big idea? F**k It. …
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When Laurence started out in business, he was a company of one. For 5 years he found his own clients, did sales and marketing, managed his finances. It didn’t even occur to him to ask for help. Then one day he realised it wasn’t much fun anymore, and he could only go so far with his own skillset. Thankfully a project came in that meant he had to as…
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What if you were unapologetically you? What impact would that have on your work, life and relationships? Unfortunately, too many of us aren’t prepared to bring our whole selves to work… or even life. We either create a mask or hold back on what’s really wanting to be seen. When we’re not prepared to show our full selves, it means we may not allow o…
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In this episode, we delve into a compelling conversation with Klaas Ariaans, the Director of Consumer Clients at ABN AMRO. At the helm of the 3.500 employee office organization within the bank, Klaas oversees a division undergoing rapid evolution. He spearheaded two pivotal transformations: firstly, through Personal Banking, digital interactions ha…
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Our previous episode covered the theory along with Laurence, Carlos and Lana’s own stories of change, both small and large. On this episode, we invite some of our now 120-strong Vision 20/20 alumni – aka the Vision Tribe – to share their stories. These 3 amazing humans have been living their excite strategy by working out loud. Others have connecte…
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The master storyteller. One of the most valuable things we’ve learned from him is about stories of change and how stories can motivate our own action and mobilise others. Story of Self, Story of Us, Story of Now. This approach to stories is a way to activate change in the world that is aligned to who we (entrepreneurial changemakers) are and what w…
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Episode Summary This is the magic goal setting process to help you come up with ideas, start to take action and brings your dreams into reality. The extraordinary Belongs to those that create it! Katie and Alan emphasize the importance of setting goals while still being happy with one's current life. They encourage finding joy in the journey and no…
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“Everything has a time to burn because it invites new life.” During his talk at Summercamp 2022, Ben Johnson shared his thoughts on the importance of creative destruction. Whether you’re talking about corporate innovation, the eventual demise of capitalism, or the maintenance of an ecological system, old things need to die in order for new things t…
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In this episode, we're inspired by the journey of Beetroot, a Swedish-Ukrainian company founded by students Andreas Flodström and Gustav Henman in 2012. From a humble backpack startup, Beetroot grew into a global tech ecosystem, all while staying true to its roots as a social enterprise. But their story doesn't end there. Amidst conflict in their h…
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At Summercamp 2020, coach David Papa gave a personal, entertaining and vulnerable talk about how to be scared. He believes that the only thing that can stop you living the life you love is not the fear, it’s believing the fear. Fear is just a thought and a sensation in the body. But when you add belief to it, then it’s energy that controls your lif…
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In a complex fast paced world it’s all too easy to think that we’re unable make any impact. But this isn’t true. At Happy Startup Summercamp 2022, Liana Fricker, founder of Inspiration Space, gave an empowering talk about turning apathy into action. Liana believes that if we harness our inspiration we can inspire others and these small ripples can …
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When Ayse Birsel gave her talk at our Happy Startup Summercamp she was shocked that she only had 20 minutes to speak. Not only that, we told her that she should be sharing stories and not lessons. Ironically her talk is about lessons; lessons she’s learned from doing extensive research about older people and their attitude to life. She compiled the…
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By mid-January most people have already quit their new years resolutions and stopped making progress. Is that you? Or do you want to work to make 2024 your best year yet? In this episode, Alan Donegan talks to Laura Romero, a member of the Rebel Business School Colombia team, about how to set and achieve your goals for 2024. Alan shares his insight…
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For the past ten years Stuart has been working with investment and legal firms on a new framework for sustainable Total Stakeholder Value creation. In this episode, we discuss Responsible Capitalism and the relation between tangible business value outcomes like PnL or shareholder value and investments in well-being, environment, safety, trust, dive…
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Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst are the cofounders of Hoxby, a community and social enterprise that provides companies with the best talent and helps people work in a way that best aligns with their chosen lifestyle. They're both advocates of what they call Workstyle, and have just published a book called Workstyle: A revolution for wellbeing, producti…
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“We are all part of this massive wood wide web. We are all connected, we are all entwined.” Life is full of changes, some are unexpected and traumatic and others can be intentional and nourishing. Coach and Vision 20/20 mentor Lana Jelenjev would like you to help you navigate change by thinking of your life as a tree – whether ripped from the soil …
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"When you’re writing something about your business. Anything. If it could be used – intact and just as coherently – by any of your competitors. It’s not good enough. Say something that only you can say, instead." Mychael Owen is an enigma. He started his first business at university, won a few awards and by 25 was advising other people how to start…
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When Carlos was a teenager, he never thought he could be an entrepreneur. He had very specific beliefs around what it mean to be an entrepreneur or businessman – the entrepreneur type was loud, flamboyant and risk taking. The businessman type was sober, stern and hard-nosed. He didn’t identify with either of those types. These days, though, we’ve b…
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In this episode, we delve into the extraordinary story of how a single LinkedIn post paved the way for raising 2 million euros and the establishment of a transparent booking platform poised to challenge the dubious practices prevalent in the realm of booking.com. Links mentioned during the conversation Steward-ownership Patagonia: https://medium.co…
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One of the core models shared with participants of the Vision 20/20 programme is the Story of Change. Based on the Satir Change Model developed by Virginia Satir (family therapist and author), the Happy Startup School uses it to describe the transformation they wish for others. Rather than build products and services that they hope people will buy,…
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Mood is a mobile app that lets users track their mood with one tap a day. It was invented by Gareth Dauncey, a Welsh architect specialising in low-impact design and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Gareth created Mood after years of spreading himself too thin. Things hadn’t felt right for a while so he started recording how he felt each day wi…
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Updated Episode: New release. First time the audio failed and you could only hear Alan. SORRY! Now updated and working with all audio! Enjoy! In this episode of the Rebel Entrepreneur Podcast (possibly the shortest I have ever recorded), join host Alan Donegan as he embarks on a coaching session with listener Toni, who's ready to dive into the worl…
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If you’re like Laurence and Carlos, following a squiggly life isn’t just a matter of circumstance, it’s in your nature. Sarah Ellis, cofounder of AmazingIf, says in her TED talk with her cofounder Helen Tupper “The legacy of the ladder is all around us.” That’s the career ladder; the linear view of life where work is all about straight line progres…
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In this episode of The Rebel Entrepreneur podcast, you will learn from Stephen Peyton, the founder of Mmosis, an online accountancy firm that helps entrepreneurs with their finances. Stephen shares his journey of starting his business from scratch, overcoming challenges, finding clients, and scaling up. He also gives valuable tips and advice on how…
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One of the most powerful ways we've found to connect with our followers is through our newsletter. But how do you do it so that it's energising and not exhausting, particularly when you're just starting out? For this episode, Carlos is joined by Lyndsay Lucero, founder of Baxley Goods. She's passionate about making exceptional goods that also help …
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In this episode of Rebel Entrepreneur, we talk to Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst, the authors of Workstyle, a book that shows how to create a digital-age system that combines work with the life you want to live. We discuss the benefits of workstyle, the challenges of breaking free from the 9-5 system, and the practical steps to achieve workstyle. What…
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Anniki Summerville is a broadcaster, author, journalist, and speaker specialising in telling positive and authentic narratives about women in their forties and beyond. This is about the "shoulds" and how when we reach midlife a lot of us start questioning them. The invitation is to do that a lot sooner, and lose the comparisonitis that can follow u…
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Prepare for a special episode of the Rebel Entrepreneur as Alan Donegan dives deep into the art of powerful presentations. But here's the kicker – we've got a colossal offer waiting for you at the end of the episode! Join Alan Donegan in this special episode where he'll unravel the secrets to crafting compelling messages, structuring your content f…
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The Rebel Entrepreneur Podcast: How to Run Mini Experiments and Sell Before You Create Are you a creative who wants to make money from your work? Do you struggle with finding your audience, validating your ideas, and launching your products? In this episode, Alan talks to Sarah, an American writer who lives in Tokyo. Sarah shares how she used mini …
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How do we have to be to create a new world that sidesteps the mistakes of the old?What do we need to learn about relating differently and more compassionately with ourselves, and others, in order to create a different social and cultural reality?And what does a new world business designed to help people practise this look and feel like, and how do …
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To support the launch of our Impact report, we had the pleasure of talking to key figures in the impact space in a series of podcasts hosted by Kieran John.In this episode we spoke to Mark Mann Co-founder of Divine Ox and Founder of Mark Mann OÜ, head of Social and Impact Investment at Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, ACA.Read more about Impact Investme…
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Kindness, compassion, and playfulness can create positive ripples in the world. This episode’s guest, Bernadette Russell, has a daily intentional practice of kindness that not only brings her a sense of hope and joy, but has also opened doors to new opportunities and experiences. By embracing our childlike wonder and bringing it into our adult live…
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Join host Alan Donegan on a riveting episode of the Rebel Entrepreneur podcast as he sits down with the remarkable Stu Massengill, a renowned expert in unleashing potential and breaking through barriers. Are you feeling stuck, unable to reach your true potential? This episode is your key to transformation. Stu Massengill, known for his powerful ins…
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There’s never enough time, and the work is never done. On this episode, author and journalist Oliver Burkeman shares his insights on how we can better manage our time, but not get bogged down in productivity. If you’re felt overwhelmed, stressed or unfulfilled, Oliver’s book, Four Thousand Weeks, offers a valuable reframe: pushing against the endle…
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To support the launch of our Impact report, we had the pleasure of talking to key figures in the impact space in a series of podcasts hosted by Kieran John.In this episode we spoke to Dama Sathianathan, Partner at Bethnal Green Ventures - investing in tech for good.Read more about Impact Investment, Intentionality and Innovation here 👇https://www.t…
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To cultivate creativity and authenticity, we have to be be willing to take risks and face the fear of rejection. James Victore is a designer and author whose podcast and course help people cultivate creativity and courage. He believes in authenticity, self-awareness, and the importance of understanding one's creative voice in order to put meaningfu…
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What's the best way to predict the future? Create it! Alan's favourite expression is "the extraordinary belongs to those that create it!" If you want extraordinary you have to build it and to do that you need to start to think how you want the future to be. What is your mission? What are you creating? If I was to wave a magic wand and give you ever…
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In this episode, we have the pleasure of being joined by Delia Mensitieri, a distinguished clinical psychologist and a leading expert in the realm of diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Join us as we delve into insightful discussions on fostering a more inclusive and diverse work environment. You'll gain valuable perspectives and learn ho…
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One of the things Laurence and Carlos are really passionate about at the Happy Startup School is helping entrepreneurs build businesses that are aligned to who they really are. Most people they work with are experienced professionals or seasoned business owners who are looking for a different work path: a path that feels less effortful and alive. U…
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For those of us born in the West today, living to 100 will be the norm, not the exception. Living longer is clearly a gift, but the simple truth is these extra 25-30 years of life did not exist before. This new horizon is as important and exciting as the invention of motion pictures, cars or even space travel.When a change this big happens, innovat…
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Join our host, Alan Donegan and our special guests KatieDonegan and Simon Paine as they discuss the first steps to taking control of your money. As founders of the Rebel Finance School, The Donegans are grilled by Simon as they help us all to get better at a game we all have to play: the game of money. It all comes down to the size of your gap. For…
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Welcome to "The Rebel Podcast," where Alan Donegan and Harry Paine bring you bold and unconventional advice to help you achieve financial independence and live life on your own terms. In this special episode, titled "From Rags to Riches: Becoming a Millionaire and Mastering the Art of Investing," Alan and Harry take on a unique twist as they embrac…
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Do you ever feel like you are just going through the motions? You work hard, you pull everything together but it isn't rewarding? Join Alan as we meet William Wadsworth from Exam Study Expert home - how to study like never beforeand talk about the reality of business, your passion and dealing with the tough parts of business life. We all go through…
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We believe that money is a law of nature and is as real as the metal or paper it’s made of. We give it power and even say it makes the world go round. And this is where we can get unstuck. We give money more power than we need to. But money is really neutral screen on which we project our fantasies, desires, and insecurities. In this episode, Carlo…
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For the last 7 years Joshua Coombes has been a man on a mission. In 2015, while working at a London hair salon and feeling a little disillusioned, he took to the streets with his scissors to build relationships and offer haircuts to men and women experiencing homelessness in the capital. He began posting transformative images on social media to amp…
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Link to Rebel Plus: Rebel+ – Creating your own path to success (therebelschool.com) Have you ever thought about your customer's experience? From the very start when they firstlearn about you online or from a flyer. All the way to after they have purchased, when they are using yourproduct and what they do with it when they are done? Join Halima from…
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Laurence has been a big fan of Tim Frenneaux's work since he first discovered Gather Outdoors, a blog and online store he launched back in 2015. He's still got a couple of their sweatshirts. Tim launched Gather shortly after he turned 40. Around this time he lost his dad and realised he wasn't living the adventurous life he dreamt of as a kid. More…
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We all know it is possible to build and monestize a blog but how? You have to build the blog, create the content, build and gain an audience and that is before you have even monetised. Blog's don't really lend themselves to the normal Rebel methodology of sell first, create second as if you don't have a blog how can you get people to read it or buy…
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