Fixing The Broken World Of Work With Briony Gunson

Briony Gunson – Mindset Coach, Meditation Trainer & Breathwork Facilitator

Briony and I have known each other for over a decade, I was lucky enough to know Briony in her previous career and it has been amazing to see Briony’s work helping so many people.

This was one of my favourite conversations of the last twelve months, not just for the podcast but as a conversation in general. We spoke for a long time post podcast and I predict Briony and I may have to do a few follow up’s.
Watch this space.

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Why Listen?

Briony is an inspiration, from recovering from anxiety and stress to becoming a mindset coach, a meditation trainer and a breathwork facilitator.

This is one of the most personal and open conversations on the fixing the broken world of work podcast series and it was a great privilege to be able to share so much with Briony and you.

Briony takes us on a journey of:

  • Mental health and why it is so important to be aware of
  • How mental health is evolving
  • How your mental health can help to transform physical health
  • Why early morning open air swims have been so important
  • Therapy and therapists role in peoples lives
  • Why breathwork is so important
  • Why our bodies are driven by our breath and controlling our breath
  • Why Yoga is vital to so many of us
  • Personal development starts with you
  • Everyone is facing similar challenges – it’s how you find the best course of action
  • Why retreats are going to so popular and a necessary part of life and work
  • You are the expert of yourself – why starting to listen to yourself and your body is so important

Connect with Briony on:
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Briony’s Key Quote

Having real curiosity about what your emotions are showing you and I can’t help, but think about this through the lens of digital marketing and or anything to do with technology these days, we’re obsessed with data and we want good quality, first party data, and in which to make decisions with you have your own first party data, which is your body sensations and your thoughts.

And so if we can have a greater awareness of our emotional landscape, and what feelings are here, they’ll be showing you things. So I would say my first tip is get to know your emotions in our culture, this may not be the same for everyone, but often, particularly in the world of work, we can strip away emotions in the name of professionalism, but all this is for me is actually just rejecting a huge part of human nature.

All we allow, quote-unquote good emotions. So people are allowed to be happy, like proud of their work, joyful with each other. Maybe you can be a bit stressed, so therefore maybe a bit angry or frustrated, but that’s it, we don’t really allow space or time for other emotions.

So I would say embrace your emotional self. We all experience emotions. It’s whether you’re expressing or not you know, to say you’re not an emotional person is to say, like, you’re not a breathing person. You will have emotions. So be curious about your emotions.

Breathwork Teaser

Show Notes & Links

Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy

Something Briony and I didn’t get to discuss was psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, if you are looking for someone to explore this fascinating area with definitely speak to Briony.

Briony Gunson Full Bio:

Briony Gunson: business + mindset coach, meditation teacher + trauma-informed breathwork trainer.

Based in Manchester, UK, Briony works with businesses and private clients all across the world. Running courses, workshops and training to support wellbeing and mental health, she is passionate about exploring human potential using holistic modalities of the mind and body.

Remember To Connect with Briony:
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Leaders Letter Newsletter

Leaders Letter 65 – The Unspoken Costs Of Being A Business Leader 

Dear leaders, 

This week I wanted to offer up a personal story that has been reinforced a number of times whilst speaking to different leaders over the last three years. 

There are many unspoken costs of being a business leader. 

  • The sleepless nights 
  • The restless weekends 
  • The fight that no one sees, the fight inside the board room to protect your team and the team members who have worked their tales off 
  • The constant exhaustion you feel 
  • The continued burden of another politically fuelled discussion taking more time away from completing your actual work 
  • The fight to find five minutes to yourself to get your thoughts together 
  • The way you may struggle with relationships outside of the work 
  • The fear and paranoia you feel around the business and your role 
  • The feeling of being alone in your role and not having someone to really have your back 
  • The number of days you eat badly because you are in a rush and then the days you rely on caffeine-based drinks to get you through 
  • And lastly: The three days it takes to relax while you are on holiday/vacation and then the day of dread worrying about what has happened, even if you check emails and slacks.  

Fixing The Broken World Of Work Podcasts

Welcome to the podcast series fixing the broken world of work, it has been a mission of Focus to deliver the best content to business leaders and managers so they can make their workplaces better and help to develop their teams and departments.

Season 1 is action-packed with brilliant stories, tips and actionable advice.

Each Fixing The Broken World Of Work Podcast is broken down below with why listen and the important topics we discussed, this should help you decide which podcast to start with.

Listen to the podcasts below and don’t forget to follow on your podcast app of choice:

Quick Links To Listen To:

Briony Gunson

Briony Gunson – Mindset Coach, Meditation Trainer & Breathwork Facilitator

Why Listen: Briony talks about her incredible transition from Marketer to facilitator and coach. Briony tells her very personal story and journey, from her own struggles with mental health to helping so many with breathwork, meditation and the future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

Briony and I discuss:

  • Mental health and why it is so important to be aware of
  • How mental health is evolving How your mental health can help to transform physical health
  • Why early morning open-air swims have been so important to Briony and her journey
  • Why Therapy and therapists role in peoples lives are so important, hint it’s more than the therapy sessions
  • Why breathwork is so important to tackling anxiety and stresses
  • Why our bodies are driven by our breath and controlling our breath
  • Why Personal development starts with you
  • Everyone is facing similar challenges – it’s how you find the best course of action 
  • Why retreats are going to be so popular and a necessary part of life and work

Read the full breakdown of the podcast with Briony

Connected with Briony on:

On Her Website

Sharon Aneja

Sharon Aneja – Founder @ Humanity Works Consultancy

Why Listen: Sharon takes us on her incredible journey and why being a Positive Psychology coach is so important to her and for any workforce. Sharon shares a couple of brilliant frameworks and practices to improve any business.

What Sharon and I discuss:

  • The importance of mental health and wellbeing
  • Why psychological flexibility is so important
  • Why command and control management fails their people and their business
  • Why businesses and managers wait for people to get stressed and burnt out rather than proactively addressing such important topics
  • The awakening businesses require
  • Why gamification can be negative
  •  the opportunity to be able to partner with organizations who are courageous enough to want to get to the heart of issues
  • How a routine operation changed Sharon’s life completely
  • And why every “leader” should have therapy

Connected with Sharon on:

Read Sharon’s recommendations, full transcript and links

Jo Twisleton

Jo Twistleton – Director @ Twist Consultants

Why Listen: Jo has over twenty years in helping to transform businesses and business leaders. Listen to hear how to help shape organisations and make businesses more successful.

What Jo and I discuss:

  • Why a client that actually want to do change better are the best clients
  • Why coaching and mentoring is invaluable
  • Why the next phase of return to the office is so important to set company culture
  • What leaders need to remember – leveraging other people’s skills when they are better at things than they are
  • Why there is rarely a stupid question
  • Time management & reducing meeting culture
  • If you nail collaboration you win business
  • When team responses are so important

Connect with Jo On: 

Read Jo’s recommendations and full transcription

Andy Reid

Andy Reid – Founder @ Genius Box

Why Listen: Having helped some of the biggest names in business Andy will help you understand that business is about people and why workshops are so powerful for businesses that want to succeed.

What Andy and I discuss:

  • Leadership and the challenges of leadership
  • The lack of joy in work and bringing it back
  • The science of how the mind works
  • The power of storytelling
  • The art of running brilliant workshops for executives
  • Facilitating the right environment for the best ideas to flourish
  • Creating voices for everyone not just the HiPPO
  • Why leaders has to inspire

Connect With Andy On:

Read Andy’s recommendations and full transcript

Matt Roberts

Matt Roberts – CEO @ Zokri

Why Listen: As a multi-time business builder, Matt provides unique insights into how his leadership in the software space can help to improve conversations and goal setting not just through software but a combination between software and people.

What Matt and I discuss:

  • The power of the conversation
  • Importance of communications and priorities
  • Setting people up to have the right conversation with the right frameworks
  • Structured conversations having better organisation outcomes
  • Building software to empower teams to have the most important conversations and the resistance when software tells you what you should prioritize
  • Workplace safety “where people feel in a safe place to say what needs to be said to share their ideas, to disagree, to, problem solve, to innovate, to share ideas”
  • The best managers and teachers lead with trust
  • Why transparency should build confidence

Connect with Matt on:

Read Matt’s full recommendations and full transcript

Luke Kyte

Luke Kyte – Head of Culture @ Reddico.

Why Listen: Luke has helped to transform his agency Reddico company culture from struggling to hire to becoming one of the best places to work in the UK and why company culture and self-management is so important.

What Luke and I discuss:

  • How company culture should be shaped
  • Why self management system can and does improve agencies and businesses
  • What it took to get to a world class 96 NPS score
  • Empowering individual’s to do a really amazing job is a key factor to success
  • Why circles (like SWARM’s) helps to get the best work done
  • Company culture is the marketing tool, not a PR tool
  • How word of mouth can be the best hiring tool
  • How to win the Hybrid workplace

Connect with Luke On:

Read Luke’s recommendations and full transcript

Peter Hopwood

Peter Hopwood – Speaker & TEDX Coach

Why Listen? Peter is helping shape leaders and TEDX coaches to improve their leadership and delivery on essential messaging. If you are a leader of a startup to a large business this is a podcast for you.

What Peter and I discuss:

  • How to step up as a leader
  • Why leadership is often the smaller unspoken steps we take, such as mental nods, gestures and the tone we use when speaking
  • Why storytelling is more than a buzzword and will take leaders up many steps
  • Bias – how we can overcome bias in our teams minds
  • How to rebuild trust when may have lost trust from your team
  • How to tackle remote and hybrid work leadership differently

Connect with Peter On

Read Peter’s full transcription, recommendations and insights

Colin Newlyn

Colin Newlyn is on a mission to de-crapify work.

Why Listen? Colin has started his journey to help others address modern-day work and help to reshape people’s workday and careers.

What Colin and I discuss:

  • The tips to de-crap-ify work 
  • How leadership is about leading 
  • Why we all should be more pirate and vote in and out our leaders
  • The work week schedule can be rethought and disrupted
  • Why the commute should come under review
  • Why proximity still dictate success – but should not

Connect With Colin:

Read Colin’s full transcription, recommendations and insights

Binge Listen To All Of The Podcasts

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Fixing The Broken World Of Work With Matt Roberts From Zokri

Matt Roberts – CEO @ Zokri

Matt is the CEO of Zokri, a software that is helping to shape goal setting and improve managers. Matt and I have known each other for over a decade and our careers have overlapped on a number of projects.

When Matt and I recently caught up and discussed goals and OKR’s and the power of conversations I knew he was a must listen for the Fixing the broken world of work podcast series.

Matt and I dive into the importance of setting the right goals, why management teams aren’t always set up to succeed and why your business and career can be improved by the right feedback and the right software.

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Fixing The Broken World Of Work With Andy Reid

Andy Reid – Founder @ Genius Box

Andy Reid is one of those people you work with once and you collaborate again and again.

Andy’s style is one of a kind, he and his team help to facilitate change within businesses from global household brands to brands that are looking to innovate or change the direction of their company. Andy and I dive into a number of brilliant topics, including why leadership is more than just being the person at the front barking orders, why storytelling works and why we have to bring joy back when fixing the broken world of work.

Andy drops some brilliantly nostalgic references so get ready to laugh, nod along and take numerous notes to help improve your workplace.

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Fixing The Broken World Of Work With Jo Twiselton

Jo Twistleton – Director @ Twist Consultants

I was introduced to Jo through a work project earlier this year and Jo and I hit it off instantly.

The work Jo has rolled out over the last two decades really stood out. Not only does Jo help businesses to improve company culture, but she also coaches leadership teams and helps to collaborate when businesses are merging and being acquired some of the most challenging and difficult times for businesses to communicate and connect their teams.

Jo shares some of her learnings from her career and helping leaders to actually lead and many of these tips will help you in your role and develop your own business.

The Podcast:

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Fixing The Broken World Of Work With Luke Kyte

Luke Kyte – Head of Culture @ Reddico.

Luke and I have been connected since 2020 and the work he and Reddico are doing to place culture and performance at the heart of everything their agency does really has enabled them to become one of the best places to work in the UK and win company culture awards.

Luke has helped to move Reddico to a self-management model and they have made it work which is a huge feat. This is a must-listen if you are looking to transform your business, help to improve your company culture and think more clearly around how performance and company culture works together.

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Focus News Podcast

Introducing The Fixing The Broken World Of Work Podcast

Brand New Podcast From Focus:
Fixing The Broken World Of Work Podcast

I set myself an annual target, it’s a mission really, I challenge myself to speak to as many leaders as possible. 

It has been something I have done for the last five years and it was something I undertook for personal development. 

But when I created Focus, I wanted to open up the conversation, the plan was to invite leaders to write for leaders letters, to interview leaders on company culture, on the future of work, on leadership and on important topics such as well-being and mental health. 

I wanted to help develop leaders and help to grow people who manage to managers to actual leaders and build a better generation of leaders through high-quality content packed with useful tips and takeaways while offering frameworks, coaching courses, management coaching and executive mentorship programmes.

My long term plan was to interview in person (yes, in real life) and ask for Q&A from the audience and build a network of leaders who would support the next generation. 

Unfortunately due to covid, this has not been possible to build, so for the first step towards offering a way to fix the broken world of work, I took my conversations and recorded a podcast series “Fixing The Broken World Of Work”. 

I am extremely proud of the first season, it is packed full of brilliant stories, tips and actionable advice for execs, managers who want to transition to leaders and those wanting to make positive change at work.

It is deliberately binge-able and be able to be downloaded all at once, with no waiting from week to week!  

I want leaders on whatever stage of their journey to be inspired to listen, make numerous notes and share the podcast season with their teams and their managers around them. 

It’s a podcast series that is deliberately different. 

Focus News

Announcing The Future State Of Podcast

The Future State of podcast is a series of conversations between Nick Walter, the CEO of an extended reality* company Vortic and I.  

Nick and I have known each other for over ten years and often have numerous phone calls and long message threads about the state of an industry and how we think and how we would tackle that industry moving forward.

Nick and I have worked in bootstrapped businesses, successful startups and large organisations we have a good perspective on what’s happening and where the industry is and potentially should go.

The Podcast Explained

Nick and I deep dive into important and up-and-coming business areas, we discuss the current state of that particular business area, we debate what the important areas are, the opportunity in the market and then we provide our hot takes and the future state of that industry.

The podcast is weekly and typically goes live on Thursday’s.

Research & Insights Driven

We take a number of hours each week to research and talk to business minds within the space to be able to tackle rich and immersive topics.

The Future State podcast was built to provide more than just what is happening in the news or what you can read with a quick Google search, we break down each episode with our full notes not just show notes and we share our notes and insights via email so you never have to take too many notes and never miss an episode.

Why Listen?

Nick and I don’t hold back on opinions and potential actions so it’s not just another bland business podcast without personality or qualified opinion.

The First Three Episodes Cover:

  1. The future state of brand endorsements and brand partnerships.
    Why Anthony Joshua and Revolut might just be another Instagram deal
  2. The future state of football.
    Why the business side of the European Super League is so important and overlooked
  3. The future state of conferences
    Why large conferences might have died and why going niche might just be the answer for the organisers, the attendees and the speakers.

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Friday Focus

Friday Focus – 2nd April

This week, here are five podcasts from the brilliant leader and researcher Brene Brown.

Here are the five best Brene Brown podcast – Dare to lead. Grab your phone, put in your headphones and take a walk and enjoy these powerful podcasts.

Brene with former President Barack Obama

Armoured Leadership & The Power Of The Right Questions

Adam Grant & Brene Talk The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

Dr. Sarah Lewis & The Uncontrolling Power of “Failure”

The Heart of Hard Conversations