All Posts by AlisonJones

The Extraordinary Business Book Club Summer Reading List!

The summer is a great time to catch up with some reading, but put the chick-lit and the crime thrillers down (at least for a while) and pick up some really nourishing brainfood. I’m delighted to introduce the inaugural Extraordinary Business Book Club Summer Reading List! These are the books I’ll be taking in my suitcase […]

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100 episodes young!

*cue fanfare and firework noises* This week is the 100th episode of The Extraordinary Business Book Club! I’ve seen this coming for a while – obviously – and have been beating my brain over what to do about it. After all, every week I have extraordinary, top-drawer guests on the show: should I try to find […]

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The Extraordinary Business Book Newsletter No.1

So blogging every day was a fascinating experiment, but by the end I was ready for a slower-paced, more thoughtful and purposeful way of putting stuff out into the world. May I introduce the very first Extraordinary Business Book Newsletter? Here’s an extract from this week’s. I’m sure it’ll change over time, but if I’ve […]

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The reinvention of storytelling

Today’s blog is over at BookMachine, and was inspired by my podcast interview with Matt Locke, founder of Storythings and The Story Conference. ‘Thousands of years ago, we told stories to each other. The best stories were those that could be repeated over and over again, changing little, those that embodied tribal memory, with strong, […]

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Flourishing

You see? I stop with the having-to-post-every-day thing and suddenly I don’t post for a month! But here’s a wonderful reason for a blog: I took a trip down the M4 last night to be with Fabienne Vailes, author of The Flourishing Student, at her launch event at Bristol University. She gave a talk on […]

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The Good Stuff

Yesterday I promised you a post about all the GOOD things that came out of my 365-day running streak. Yesterday it was raining, and I was still a bit poorly and cross at having had to run while feeling so rubbish. Today it’s still raining, but I’m better, which means everything looks more positive. So […]

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The 365-day experiment

On 11 September 2016, I accidentally committed to running and blogging every day, with no end date. (You can read how it happened here, but basically, it was all Seth Godin’s fault.) Yesterday, I completed a full year of running and blogging every day. It wasn’t a very good run, to be honest: I’ve had […]

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Surfing the (Design)Crowd

Although I had the cover for This Book Means Business designed some time ago, once I’d finished the book I couldn’t help feeling it wasn’t quite right. The book has ended up with more attitude than I’d expected, it’s got personality. As I wrote it, I found myself writing more confidently, more in my own […]

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Mickey and Minnie – for real

I’ve just discovered something that pleases me enormously. Apparently Wayne Anthony Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse for 32 years, was actually married to Russi Taylor, voice of Minnie. They married in 1991 and lived happily ever after – or more accurately, until Allwine died in 2009. Disney is all about illusion and fantasy, so […]

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Literacy – the currency of the knowledge economy

It’s International Literacy Day today, as it has been every 8 September since UNESCO established it in 1965. We’ve come a long way since then, but still today, as UNESCO’s website reminds us: ‘Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; […]

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