3 Podcasts for Busy High Performers

Back in February, we wrote an article called ‘5 Sports Books for Business Leaders’ highlighting some excellent books written with a focus on sport but with valuable lessons for the corporate world. However, there are many other means for self-development.

One of those is listening to podcasts.

The UK is forecast to have 14.6 million podcast listeners in 2021, a 44% increase in just 2 years. I’d imagine that the popularity of podcasts comes from easy access via smart phones and the increasingly busy lives of people who want to learn or entertain themselves while commuting or exercising.

There’s also been a rise in the number of podcasts available since the start of the pandemic with Musicians, Comedians and Actors keeping themselves busy by podcasting whilst their usual gigs had disappeared in a big Covid-sized puff of smoke.

Below are 4 excellent podcasts can help you with various aspects of your working life including team building & management, motivation, time management by sharing the knowledge and experience of highly successful people from Business, Sport and the Arts.

The High Performance Podcast

Hosted by Jake Humphrey and leading organisational psychologist Damian Hughes. Jake is currently BT Sport’s Premier League anchor and former lead presenter of BBC’s Formula One coverage. Damian is an author and professor who continues to work with leading sports organisations to create a high-performing culture.

Recommended Episodes:

General Lord Richard Dannatt
Evelyn Glennie
Jo Malone
Robin Van Persie

Don’t Tell Me The Score

Don’t Tell Me The Score is the podcast that uses sport to explore life’s bigger questions. Each week Simon Mundie sits down with an expert, from the biggest sporting names in the world to former Buddhist monks, neuroscientists, psychologists and philosophers. They discuss a theme that tells us something insightful about life and how best to live it, from the importance of self-acceptance, to facing addiction and developing resilience – right through to getting your circadian rhythms in sync and how to sleep better.

This podcast was originally produced for BBC Radio 4. However, Mundie recently moved it to an independent platform. His back catalogue of episodes is still accessible through BBC Sounds.

Recommended Episodes:

Nigel Pearson
John McAvoy
Tim Don
Nigel Adkins

WorkLife with Adam Grant

You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! Organisational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. From learning how to love your rivals to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again.

Recommended Episodes:

Why it Pays to Raise Pay
Navigating Career Turbulence
Reinventing the Job Interview
The Real Reason You Procrastinate