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A show that explores clever solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss the business of making the world a better place with guests from far and wide.
May 28, 2021
Avoiding burnout with Daryl Woodhouse
We talk to Daryl Woodhouse about burnout and how to avoid it. A timely episode for many who have survived lockdown by working (even harder) from home. As we step out into the world again, some will be in balance and looking to keep it that way, while others will have lost sight of the outdoors and be in need of a rethink. Daryl shares his story from corporate to start-up, the experience of running a coaching and training business during lockdown, and what he has learned along the way. Plenty of tips are shared in a bite-sized and easy to apply way. This episode will get you thinking, and will likely cause you to reclaim a bit of your precious daily time for spending what you love most. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Daryl Woodhouse is a speaker, coach and founder who helps leaders and their teams grow performance and maximise life-work balance. He has a long track record of working with businesses ranging from Fortune 500 to plucky startups. His most recent program The Life Work Effect has just hit the market to help people achieve balance. The Life Work Effect site Daryl's https://www.linkedin.com/in/daryl-woodhouse-keynote-speaker/ (LinkedIn) Daryl's https://darylwoodhouse.com/ (website) Show mentions: Two halves of career to date: Corporate leadership up to a FTSE Top 10 level, and lucky enough to benefit from a leadership development program that got me where I am today. Then in 2012, I started my first business. Starting a business and there being a lot to learn to do so (and how to beat the odds and not fail). Advanced Business Partnerships scaled up to 7 figure revenues in the first few years in the areas of leadership, coaching, mentoring and non-executive leadership training. 2016 coming away from that business and getting involved in several technology companies and a few exits, and getting into lecturing in business, then keynote speaking. 05:00 Having a major burnout was the result. Something that was a long time coming as a workaholic who put work before life for too long. A personal tragedy finally brought everything out and showed that life happens and if burnout is not dealt with, then health problems result and relationships are the result. Coming back from burnout and moving to a 4 day week, seeing work life improving as a result, means I've realised that less is sometimes more. Less is sometimes more, I've realised there is a better way than the traditional rat race many corporates and entrepreneurs just accept. 07:20 It should be life work balance, not the other way around. Sustained success comes with planning life first, then fitting work around it. 08:00 Signs of burnout? A number of things came up for me. Things like working long hours, always being too busy, too rushed and regularly late for meetings (even just a few minutes), they love work and see it as a hobby, but it can be a very unhealthy one. For overachievers, it is a natural habit to try to pack too much into the day. Being aware of being too reactive to time gremlins and to be proactive in how we spend our time (and the boundaries we set) is the key to overcoming them. 10:00 Tips for putting life first? Do exercise at the start of the day, not at the end. Make time for lunch. Garmin watches as a way to track stress during the day and as a trigger to have down periods during the day. 14:30 Research proves that when overworking, less is actually more. There are a range of benefits that come from more balance, and being happier. A study from Oxford University showed that people who were happier in their work and what they were doing, were 13% more productive. 15:20 Tips as a team to make yourself a little bit happier during the day. Notice your energy levels during the day and when they dip (or are lower)....
1 hr 8 min
May 15, 2021
Becoming a product company with Jason Knight
Jason Knight takes the Problem Busters through the ins and outs of Product. What is Product as a function and why is it so important? What do businesses stand to gain from becoming "Product companies" and why does doing it your way matter so much? This episode answers the "what is Product anyway?" question and will leave you with a solid understanding of the product-driven mindset that permeates modern companies and has resulted in the products you love, and the apps you use every day. Jason is a straight-talking Product leader who hosts the One Knight in Product podcast, and we talk about how to start a podcast, what is involved in podcasting and why we all love it so much. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Jason Knight is a Product Leader, Podcaster and speaker. He is Product Director at RegTech startup DueDil, and is host of the popular One Knight in Product podcast. Jason lives with his family near London. Jason's podcast: https://www.oneknightinproduct.com/ (One Knight in Product) Contact Jason on https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-knight/ (Linkedin) Follow Jason on Twitter Show mentions: Starting out with 19 years in big corporate, from research, to analytics, to product management and now product leadership Transitioning to a Fintech startup 02:15 Doubling down on the growth journey and ensuring you don't go stale by keeping learning and getting to understand things you didn't understand before. Podcasting as an interesting ride - and a way to talk to interesting people. A way to talk to up and coming product leaders Podcast: https://www.oneknightinproduct.com/ (One Knight in Product) 03:00 Anyone could start a podcast. Anyone can! As with most things, just go for it, try it and get started. Apply the Lean startup terms to learning podcasting - test and learn. Just get started with a cheap mic, plugged into your laptop. You will meet some really interesting people. Book: Lean Startup There are now well over a million podcasts out there in the world. 07:45 It being easy to set up a podcast means that many people have. That also means there are many - and it's hard to get attention of people who you want to have tune in. It can be an emotional rollercoaster YouTube as the second largest search engine on the planet and a great place to get into podcast promotion and discovery 09:00 One Knight in Product as a podcast focused on Product Management themes Inclusion and Diversity as important topics in our world today Themes in Product, things people are struggling with and focusing on. 10:00 Aspirations of becoming a Product company don't always match with reality of a business. Need to find your own way. 11:30 Top down, setting of culture is vital for becoming a product company. Having the correct mindset and alignment is absolutely critical. Enabling the culture and the cross-functionality and the teams that are needed to have discussions and make difficult prioritisation decisions. 12:30 What is a product? Something that solves and important problem in a scalable way, for as many people as possible, in a profitable way. 16:40 What is a product company vs. what is a professional service company? A product is something you can buy in a standard way, a professional service is a service that is customised for you. As a product person, you will be asked to do a lot of things and many times you will have to say no You cannot rely on your customers to identify the biggest most important problems in your market - because they only care about their own problems. 19:30 The difference between a large corporate and a plucky startup in culture and being product-led. Starting with a simple piece of technology and backfilling with human effort is a valid first step, a valid business model. But you...
May 8, 2021
Invest in yourself first with Heather Rooke
How do we make the most of this new normal? How do we break out of habits we no longer need? Growth and Mindset coach Heather Rooke of https://instagram.com/stalbansholistictherapies?igshid=k4ct4plsqhb5 (St Albans Holistic Therapies) takes a practical and straight-talking approach with the Problem Busters - encouraging us to investing in ourselves, dispelling common myths along the way. Heather has a no-nonsense, down to earth way to explaining phrases and terms we hear often, but may not understand (such as Mindset, Therapy, Meditation, Yoga, or the concept of Perception vs. Reality). We look at the current situation many of us find ourselves in, as we emerge from consecutive lockdowns, and uncover a healthy list of practical advice that can be applied to many areas of life right now. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Heather Rooke is a Growth and Mindset Coach, an NLP Practitioner; a Psychodynamic Counsellor and a Holistic Therapist. Heather believes that we all have an innate ability to achieve our dreams and grow far beyond our perceived potential and in listening to her explain so many of life's realities, we fully agree. St Albans Holistic Therapies on https://instagram.com/stalbansholistictherapies?igshid=k4ct4plsqhb5 (Instagram) Contact Heather on https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather~rooke/ (LinkedIn) Show mentions: What is a Multi-hyphenate? A person with several sets of skills, several strands to their career. What is a Holistic therapist? Someone who works with different therapies that support the mind, body and soul 03:20 Have we lost touch with ourselves as a society? We have tech, we are connected, but some of these tools have disconnected us from ourselves and others. So we have an opportunity to reconnect. 04:00 90s babies that can't even have a meal without watching something. Jonathan growing up with screens all around him. So how do we help people who have grown up with screens all around them to get to know themselves? 05:20 I work with people to help them listen, to their mind, body and soul, so they can optimise their lives. By truly listening, people come to identify who they really are and what they really want. Mind, body and soul? What does that mean? How do we differentiate between them? The Mind is our thoughts and our reasoning. The soul is far more intuitive, the emotion and how we feel within ourselves. The part that knows whether we are feeling joy or not. Mindset and coaching people to help them change it. 08:00 It starts with learning to listen, to emotions, to your body, to your thoughts and to pay attention to what is happening. This leads to understand ourselves and to think about how they want to be. Heather's passion: to support people in investing in themselves and helping them to optimise their lives. Things to try: Meditation, journalling and focusing on your general healthy 09:30 The different types of councelling and psychodynamic councelling as a way to understand the present. 12:00 Councelling looks at the past and impact on the present, holistic therapies around about living the best life in the present and coaching is looking at the future. What is self-care and what tips could people apply to their daily lives? 13:00 Self care is about more than downtime. It goes a lot deeper to really focusing on ourselves internally. Book: Miracle mornings by Hal Elrod 13:30 Savers: Silences (e.g. meditation), Affirmations (positive thoughts, songs that lift you), visualisation (dreaming about what you want), exercising (needed daily), reading and scribing (journaling your thoughts). Drawing is a form of meditation as you are focusing and stilling the mind. Teaching a friend to draw as if it is tai-chi! Drawing as a similar type of meditation, as the movement...
May 1, 2021
Movement and healing with Eszter Ivan
Dance movement Psychotherapist Eszter Ivan talks movement, breathing and how we all need to take time to reconnect with ourselves. This is a far-ranging episode and covers a lot of interesting and helpful ground including mindfulness, meditation, many types of therapy and of course - the joy and value of a jolly good dance. Eszter is straight-talking, genuine and both Jonathan and Ollie left this episode glowing (while holding their Buzz Lightyear power poses). Over stunningly varied career, Eszter has learned a great deal and is kind enough to share a lot of practical wisdom in this episode. At this moment in time, after a year of lockdown for many of us, Eszter's message of the need to pause, to rest and to shake your arms and legs to the beat if it takes you has never been more vital. May this episode warm you up and get you smiling. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Eszter Ivan is a Dance movement Psychotherapist, student councellor and Somatic coach. Eszter's wide-ranging career has centred around the themes of movement and therapy. More recently, she became a transformational coach at the Animas Centre for Coaching. She is currently Head of People for https://georgianhousehotel.co.uk/ (Gregorian House Hotel), a student councellor for https://www.iriedancetheatre.org/ (Irie Dance Theatre company) and is currently building her own practice. https://www.linkedin.com/in/eszter-ivan-7221a150/ (Eszter's LinkedIn) Show mentions: 02:00 https://admp.org.uk/ (Dance movement psychotherapy) as a dream career, combining the two passions of psychology and dance. Dance as something in my life that helped me to deal with many problems and conflicts in a positive way. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatics (Somatic coaching) as a way to deal with conflict in the workplace Somatic coaching believes that body and mind are connected. I see the person as a whole, body and mind. 03:22 There are always observations of the posture and body that when awareness is raised, clients can notice, initiate change on a body level and this can help both behaviour and emotional level. If a client shares an experience, and I notice they don't breathe, if I raise this to their attention, just starting to breathe can help let go of tension and have positive downstream effects. This goes for muscle tension and many other areas of life By picking up on the physical signs of clients (or indeed anyone around us), we can learn more about their state of being, can share it as feedback and they will improve things for themselves. 06:30 Clients once they realise what they are doing in their body, can use this understanding as a way to regulate their emotions and their reactions to situations, for example a stressful moment with their manager. 08:50 If someone comes to me that they are always tired and really exhausted, I help them to see the signs the body is showing, so they can notice and prevent their suffering. Reconnecting with our body's wisdom as a concept - learning to listen to the signs, to where I feel tension and this helps to better understand our state and to be able to do something about it. My field is more about non-verbal communication. 10:30 wanting to use non-verbal communication led me to Somatic coaching, but dance was always there for me. 11:30 Applying a somatic approach to grief recovery. This helps when clients need help with self-regulation (perhaps getting up in the morning or managing at work due to grief). 13:00 Self-regulation relates to the need to regulate the reactions of our nervous system. Our nervous system responds to the world around us but we can take action, such as touching our own skin or regulating the way you walk. 13:30 Lying on the ground can give you so much benefit, to feel the support of...
Apr 18, 2021
Learning to lead with Dave Martin
Dave Martin of Right to Left and the Problem Busters talk leadership and how to do it right. Whether you are a first-time leader or an old hand at it, there is plenty to learn here from Dave's experiences as a Software Engineer, Product Leader and eventually, as an Executive coach. Dave shares plenty of practical advice for remote working, running effective meetings, the styles of leadership and of course his own model for Product leadership: The Product Leader Map. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Dave Martin is an Executive coach with a background in Engineering, Product and as an Executive himself. Dave coaches leaders to grow SaaS companies with Product Led Growth, via his Consultancy Right to left. Dave's Consultancy: https://www.righttoleft.io/ (Right to left) Show mentions: Starting as a Software engineer in the days of C++ A couple of decades in Product leadership, even before it was called product 15 years in roles of transformation from the old world to becoming product-led (and unlocking product growth) Tes global (Times Education Supplement) and time spent helping Tes transition to a subscription-based revenue model. 03:00 Moving Tes global from a transaction-based business to a subscription-based business. 04:20 The decision to move into Executive coaching - as the thing I enjoyed the most. The first job, at 16, teaching windsurfing and sailing - and loving that the most. 05:00 enjoying watching individuals grow and prosper. Learning a new skill and controlling a boat on their own. Teaching people and helping people grow and reach their ambition being the biggest kick. 07:00 Today we develop our skills and are measured individually. As you become an expert, the journey to leadership eventually emerges as the way to grow your income and your impact. <------ 08:00 Having to relearn your job when you become a leader. To delegate and yet still be responsible <----- 09:30 The key mistakes many make when moving from doing to leading <---- It's hard when your message isn't landing, that you aren't communicating well and that folks haven't heard what you said. There is too much pressure on the word "great" and being a "great leader". We are not all going to be charismatic leaders who will change the world, but we can all help people achieve their goals and the business along with them. 11:00 Give yourself permission to not be the very, very best. Be open to don't knowing everything. To being vulnerable and accepting you'll get some things wrong. The best leaders don't protect their teams like some sort of military leader. Empowering teams to fill the gaps you leave with your own ability and limited time. 12:00 You are not a leader just because people have to follow you. That's a Manager. If people choose to follow you, then you are a leader. What makes a competent leader? What about a competent coach? 14:30 Leaders of leaders and the Situational leadership model. The first box is about telling. Be clear when you have to tell non-negotiable things to your team (quality, core principles, contractuals). The next box is supporting. Supporting is helping individuals with their tasks, their problem to solve. Helping, showing, and knowing when to stop supporting. Coaching is guiding them to work it out for themselves. Finally delegating is sharing a task, making it clear and stepping back to let them do it. Coaching in it's truest form is questioning and helping people work it out for themselves. Guiding, but not telling or supporting. 19:00 As a leader the key is to know when you need to step in, or step back and which situation needs which type of leadership. Too often the more immature leader gets stuck in a box and forget to switch style when necessary. 20:00 What is the goal for a
1 hr 8 min
Apr 7, 2021
Taking charge of your career with Rick Veronese
Career Coach Rick Veronese shares his story from Italy to England, from pre-career to UX Designer to Career Coach. Most importantly, he and the Problem Busters discuss how all of us can reframe our views on our careers and having identified what matters to us, take charge of our careers and next steps. We also talk tech, FIRE (Financially Independent retire early) and how keeping expenses low can shave years off your working life (and how retirement for many is not stopping, merely starting to do only what you love, for the love of it). About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Rick Veronese is a Career Coach currently based in Valencia, Spain. He built a successful career of his own in UX (User Experience) Design in the thriving Bristol startup scene and is now taking all he has learned, adding a healthy dose of living within your means, and helping others take control of their careers. Rick's LnkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickveronese/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickveronese/) Show mentions: Growing up in a small town in Italy, and realising that travel was the passion Moving to the UK, to Bristol and studying design After 7 years working in Design for Fintech in Bristol, moving to Valencia Spain 03:42 making a life change based on google search - to Bristol London not being the only tech hub in the UK, Brighton, Bristol and others now included in the mix. 05:45 Self-taught design and how getting on google helped to understand the fundamentals of design, online resources etc. 06:30 Why Design? Wanting a creative career and just simply searching for jobs that you could do on a computer Web design with Adobe PhotoShop and Adobe Fireworks Moving into HTML and CSS Then moving into a pure play Design role and into UX, then into research and strategy UX and going into the rabbit hole with learning more about design. 09:00 the journey from google search into web design 09:30 What is UX? User Experience. And why should we and our organisations care about it? <----- Good UX and Bad UX and how UX has emerged from Design over the years. 11:45 What is the role of the Designer and the Design team in a digital business? The Designer as a connector of sorts, between the product and how it should work, and the business objectives of the company. Designers connecting different elements of the company The sociology and psychology behind exploring the human psychy. 15:00 The career problem - and realising that life is short and not wanting to go on spending it in a job doing something they don't like. The fulfillment question - are we entitled, unique snowflakes who expect too much from our careers and wanting it all right now? Or do we all deserve to be fulfilled and to have a choice? 17:00 The fulfillment gap and there being a stressed out, burned out state for so many people (and wanting to help them find their place). 18:45 The unrest that comes from a misalignment between what I want to do and what I am doing, leading to stress. Career coaching as a way to help people find their way to their own path 20:30 Summing up the concept: The person comes before the professional. Career growth as a by-product of growth as a person. When I focused on my career, I didn't see career growth, when I focused on me as a person, the career grew. <---- The painful realisation when understanding that for there to be growth, there needs to first be a period of non-growth. Of stagnation. 22:00 Career progress as similar to the creative process. You struggle but you know after this will some kind of epiphany, eventually. Lay-offs and lockdown creating a period of stagnation and struggle for many people. The role of guilt in realising that a well paid job may not be what you love to do, especially if you have it all...
Mar 20, 2021
Making remote work for you with Zoltan Vass
The Problem Busters talk remote work and how to do it well with expert Zoltan Vass of London Tech Advocates. What do teams and individuals need to focus on in order to do remote working right? And does remote work hold more promise that simply a way to get through consecutive lockdowns? Are geographically-diverse teams the way to driving business growth and diversity of knowledge? From his London home, Zoltan reflects on his Serbian background and pan-european experience of over 20 years building and running highly-functioning remote teams across multiple geographies. He brings a unique perspective to the concept of remote work and how to do it well. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Zoltan Vass is a remote delivery and innovation consultant with over 20 years experience in sourcing and growing remote teams. His background in project delivery brings a unique perspective to the logistics of effective management in a remote setting. Zoltan is a co-founder and active member of https://www.techlondonadvocates.org.uk/working-groups/remote-working-initiative/ (Tech London Advocates) (TLA), a unique collection of tech leaders, experts and investors who form a combined strength of opinion in tech. Zoltan believes strongly in the potential globally-distributed teams offer to both economic growth and diversity. Zoltan's http://www.zoltanvass.com/ (Website) Zoltan on https://www.linkedin.com/in/zvass/ (LinkedIn) Join the free Tech London Advocates group https://www.linkedin.com/company/tech-london-advocates-limited/ (on LinkedIn) Show mentions: Many companies think that remote working is just sitting with a computer at a desk, but there is a lot more to remote working than that. 04:32 It's important to realise that remote working is the future and is underlined by issues including cyber security, work life balance and more. Most companies have been forced to work remotely and this is why the experience to many are not as expected. It wasn't planned. Once people know how to operate in a digital space, they can connect with talent outside their home market 05:45 Remote working and digital collaboration is crucial for the UK economy Studies indicate a large number of CEOs see a proportion of their workforce continuing to work remotely after the pandemic. 07:45 Advice for moving towards remote working and recognising that people need greater flexibility - leading to some companies offering a more hybrid environment There are companies that will offer great flexibility post-pandemic and that will attract more talent The hybrid environment we are likely to see will be a bridging state to a future, more fully remote working environment The effect of remote working on people and businesses depends on the business and their working culture. I see that if remote work is done carefully, then productivity can increase significantly. Survey with Loughborough university and collaborating on research around remote working challenges We are seeing remote leadership emerge as one of the key issues with running remote teams 12:00 The Zoltan Vass framework to help understand the remote working. You need dedicated space to work. You need dedicated space to work, a desk, lighting and this is the bare minimum. Need to look at body and soul - as employees as humans. Mental fitness, physical fitness are so important for productivity. If productivity drops for someone, it could be due to many factors at home as well as at work in this new working world. The hard pillars of need the basic technology standard, cybersecurity and policies and procedures Soft pillars of ownership and collaboration. 14:30 The future of work. Diversity is critical to innovation. If we bring in people who have different perspectives, it helps...
Feb 13, 2021
Work, health and everything else with Ben Musio
The Problem Busters explore how to stay healthy while working from home with Ben Musio, health advocate and as with many of us right now, a work from home employee. We discuss how Covid-19 has affected our mental and physical health, the highs and lows of working from home and share the tech and gear we simply wouldn't be without in this new home office environment. We talk home gyms, the importance of getting outside, how JustEat has become Ben's best friend and how the little things are now so important after a year of working from home. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Ben Musio is a husband, father to be and a Tax Advisor. A lifelong learner, Ben is interested in keeping fit both in body and in mind. He lives with his wife in the South East of England. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-musio-143886174/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-musio-143886174/) Show mentions: Office for national statistics reports that in the UK in Jan, adults staying at home or only leaving for work, exercise, essential shopping or medical needs continued to increase, to 65% of adults this week; the highest proportion since May 2020. Lockdown has been harder for some, and easier for others. Especially more introverted folks Just Eat as your best friend 05:50 Because I didn't have to present in a suit, it was easy to let myself go while working from home and to transition to put on a "winter coat" Sport is good for introducing structure into your life, but when that is taken away, it's important to get yourself back into a fitness regime Walking the dog as a way to have companionship and also to get you out of the house Kids not going in to school is difficult enough in terms of home schooling, but the communication was lax via the school, we found out over the news! 12:30 mental health connected to physical health Intermittent fasting as a way to control grazing on food Making time to exercise is an important part of the day 13:40 Mental health being as if not more important than physical health The ability to say how are you, are you finding this difficult like I am? Has been so important Supporting each other as the way through this. Workmates were the only people you really get to see during the day, even outside of lockdown. 15:25 there has been a positive shift in discussing mental health becoming a normal topic of conversation Intermittent fasting being where there is a window during the day where you can eat, and outside of that time window you drink mostly water. This being a way to extend the period of burning fuel (fat) that you normally get between meals or while sleeping. Flexitarianism is growing (as is being vegan) during the pandemic. People are eating less meat. 22:00 There is no magic bullet to losing weight, if you eat too many calories and don't exercise, you will like me, gain weight <------- When we are hungry, are we hungry or are we just thirsty? You lose weight in the kitchen and build muscle in the gym Weightlifting and compound movements as an enjoyable way to exercise. Building up a very minimal home gym as a long-term investment Winter swimming as a way to get exercise and a worldwide boom in it as time has gone on in the pandemic The cold shower in the morning as a way to boost immunity The pandemic as something that has accelerated the trend towards mental health becoming something that is now OK to talk about 29:00 Mental health has entered the mainstream and is now OK to talk about There is an awareness about the need for mental health and it is vital that people feel OK to talk about it. 31:40 There has been a stigma about feeling unwell mentally and not telling people about it. Now it is becoming a lot more acceptable. <------- Asking about wellbeing in your...
1 hr 23 min
Jan 26, 2021
Teach the world to code with Alice Lieutier
Alice Lieutier of Makers Academy discusses the issue of retraining with the Problem Busters, and explains how teaching the world to code (in perfect harmony) is so important right now. As Head of Coaching, Alice describes the boot camp model for learning to become a software developer and contrasts semester length courses with the traditional route of 3 years at university. She shares what she has discovered about the process of teaching, talks diversity and we discuss how we need more women in tech. Finally we discover how anyone can learn to code and break down perceived barriers to "becoming a software engineer". . About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Alice Lieutier is a software engineer who after a career including a role at Facebook and time spent as Chief Technical Officer at a start up, turned her attention to being a software coach at Makers. She now leads the coaching team and lives in London UK. Show notes: maths and it leading to an interest in problem solving, then engineering and finally software engineering coaching as a way to do something completely new, but related to engineering 03:30 Winning a hackathon at Facebook and then joining their team Facebook and the Women in tech hackathon The role of a good pain au chocolat as a way to entice new potential staff Burn out and the need to rebalance your life SheCanCode as a women-run business The shortage of women in technology Why are there so few women in technology? 09:30 The experience of being a co-founder and the difficulty in solving a problem for users Trying to grow a business as a life lesson in business and diversity 11:00 The problem: the tech industry needs more people and more diverse people at that 13:37: The core of the problem: the idea that you need a computer science degree and if you didn't have it early in life, it's too late The problem of representation in technology Makers.tech as a training option for people wanting to learn to code. 14:00 The role of Makers and making a career change a reality for people wanting to get into tech The fact that there are self-taught developers, unlike doctors! Coding bootcamps as a way to learn in a year, what might take 4-5 years via the computer science degree alternative Mental health and maintaining balance in your life as key to the successful software engineering career An alumni community and a Slack workspace as a way to support people in their new career 23:00 Learning so much about education and how people learn since becoming a coach <---- Moving beyond teaching and beyond the idea of knowledge transfer 24:00 The learning concept: That people build their knowledge based on their own experiences Modelling as a method of observational learning Coding challenges as a method of experiential learning Pairing as a method of team work, of two people working on a problem together. 26:30: Pairing as a way to get more done, to do your best work and a way to learn together 99% of bugs as a beginner developer are going to be typos. They are hard to find when you are new, so pairing is a great way to avoid them. Powerpoint and death by powerpoint as something to avoid in the learning process 31:30 As a developer you have to learn throughout your life, learning about new technologies is a constant thing. So learning to learn is the key. 34:00 The levels of mastery of a concept in software development The need for people to complete their studies and to feel ready to work. To have the skills they need to start work immediately, and not be full of abstract knowledge. You can learn so much on the job 40:30 The idea of Makers: to get people to the level they can get their first job, be productive from day one and know how to solve a problem, along with the context to
1 hr 15 min
Dec 13, 2020
Educate for the climate with Hakim Evans
In 2016 teenager Hakim Evans was one of a handful of young people to witness the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in New York City. Hakim shares with the Problem Busters how hurricane Sandy inspired his becoming a climate advocate and tells the story of how he came to rub shoulders with world leaders on that auspicious day. We chart the rise and fall of Trump, the subsequent exit from the Paris Climate Agreement and Hakim describes how this shift in policy away from the environment during from 2016-2020 helped fuel the growth of the youth climate movement globally. Climate change is one of the defining problems of our age and yet we don't yet understand as a population what is driving so many young people to take a stand for what they see happening around them. Hakim's account is refreshingly honest, raw and logical and via describing why he joined the movement, he shares in simple terms why now is the time and how we all have a part to play in helping solve this global problem. His approach is inclusive, understanding and seeks to educate the people around him, people from all walks of life, to the need to clean up our act. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Hakim Evans is a Youth Ambassador for climate change and through his involvement in ACE (Alliance for Climate Education), is a member of the Your Advisory Board in New York City. Inspired by President Barack Obama for his leadership on climate change, Hakim decided to pursue his interest in climate leadership by joining the ACE Action Fellowship. Hakim has a deep interest in public health, and the intersections of climate change and environmental justice. Hakim played a role in NYC Climate Week, joining Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other world leaders at UN Headquarters in New York City for the UN Paris Climate Change Agreement Ratification Ceremony. Show mentions: https://acespace.org/ (ACE: Alliance for Climate Education) The climate crisis and how it impacts communities Hurricane Sandy in 2012, a highly-politicised climate event 04:00 hurricane sandy and the impacts on NYC and far occaway the water reservoir crisis in London and a ban on hose pipes snow in colorado and wildfires in california at the same time 08:20 the climate crisis and specifically, how we get involved <---- Lower income communities being affected more heavily by health, pollution and climate change 09:30 what climate change actually means - extreme events <---- 12:00 the most affected people by climate change are those with no power climate racism 13:40 civic engagement and how to not just educate, but get people engaged holding elected officials accountable and changing who represents them Obama and personal experience of the climate crisis as the genesis of getting involved 15:00 climate change disrupting your flow and getting educated about how to get involved. John Carey and Leonardo Di Caprio Jamie Patel, Greta Thunberg and people working to help us reclaim our future 17:30 people speaking out, taking back control and getting involved 19:00 Trump's poplulist approach to climate change vs Biden on the left and a more centrist approach to climate action, due to pressure groups 20:30 Biden's route to office being aided by environmental groups applying pressure and being heard 22:00 Environmental groups continuing to lobby as the final vote counting continues, ahead of the 1 January final election result 25:00 How ACE works, what they do and why. The just and equitable transition to a more renewable world that they seek. A just and equitable transition to renewable energy without disparaging anyone else. 25:00 there is no climate justice without justice for women, justice for youth, justice for race. 26:30 the blame game as a comfortable approach
1 hr 3 min
Nov 14, 2020
Left-handed champ with Sophia and Earl Wilson
Author Sophia Wilson and Illustrator Earl Wilson help the Problem Busters see the world through the eyes of a little left-handed boy in a right-handed world. We discuss differences including handedness, race and gender and are inspired by how Sophia helped her son overcome his challenges. This discussion turns to parenting more generally, to how society's views of left-handedness have changed in the last hundred years since Ollie's grandmother was at school as a leftie in London. Problem Busters podcast is about highlighting people solving problems and this episode soon turns from left-handedness to discuss race and equality. The team then move on to how Sophia's journey with the book has given her the chance to share so much with so many parents and to help them with their parenting of their little superheroes. Left-handed champ is an inspiring and beautifully illustrated story about a boy named Callum who overcomes challenges and achieves his dreams by using his imagination and belie…
Oct 31, 2020
The Brexit survival guide with Nik Haidar
Nik Haidar of Consultancy Four23 takes the Problem Busters through the Brexit issue and explains what it really means to businesses both in the UK and in European nations trading with the UK. He then outlines a Brexit survival guide for both businesses and indviduals and finally explains how to make the best of this moment of great change and opportunity. The UK has now officially "Brexited", yet the year of grace that began at the start of 2020 draws to a close on 1 Jan 2021 - this is the date we will really feel Brexit for the first time. What does Brexit mean for your business? How will it affect our lives as the effects of a hard Brexit are felt? And what do businesses need to do to prepare themselves for the years ahead? Nik covers this and more in a surprisingly positive episode about making the most of a difficult situation (and how we can get through this together). . About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems.…
Oct 17, 2020
A low carbon emission diet with Edward Fenech
In the first episode, Edward Fenech takes the Problem Busters on a tour of why we all need a low carb diet in order to tackle climate change. And he's not talking about carbs as we know them, rather our personal carbon emission footprint and a simple solution to this being too high for each individual. If Edward's CARBZ carbon emission trading scheme, as proposed in his paper "https://tinyurl.com/yxzy32pn (Clean New World)" was adopted, we could all bring the climate crisis under control, together. His market-led approach to developing a Citizen’s Carbon Credit Currency (CARBZ) is exactly the kind of thinking we need to leverage to survive and thrive in the 21st century and beyond. . About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. . Show mentions: Clean New World (Carbz) paper: https://tinyurl.com/yxzy32pn (https…
Oct 14, 2020
Trailer: And so it begins
A trailer for something new: The Problem Busters podcast. A show that explores simple solutions to complex problems, sharing the ideas of people who are improving the world around them. Join hosts Jonathan Goodwin (of http://bouyonboys.com/ (Bouyon Boys)) and Oliver Happy (of https://oldfoxyoungfox.com (Old Fox Young Fox) and https://goneworkabout.com (Gone Workabout)) on this journey of discovery which is at times slapdash, sometimes humorous but always focused on making the world a better place. We believe in ideas worth sharing and in inspiring others to do their part. Problem Busters is our way of giving back, by sharing these ideas to inspire others. So join us on this adventure and trace our journey to getting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk (Elon Musk) to appear on the show!! Show mentions: Why Problem Busters and why now? Show concept and goals Our dream - to have Elon Musk guest on the show Artwork photo by https://unsplash.com/@olegixanovpht?utm_source=unsplash&utm_me…