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In The Company Podcast Kemi Nekvapil The Gift of Asking

In this podcast episode of In The Company we talk with coach, speaker and author Kemi Nekvapil. From starting her career as an actor on British TV, Kemi leapt to becoming a yogi and baker in Indonesia, to pioneering the raw food movement in Australia. She now coaches women to nourish themselves beyond the food they eat, to live empowered, fulfilling lives by embracing more than their dress, their age and their appearance. Kemi is the author of Raw Beauty, and her latest book is The Gift of Asking. We talk with Kemi about how she learned the gift of asking, and how we can ask for what we want with more confidence. Read more…

Rachel Service The Happiness Conceirge In The Company Podcast

In this podcast episode, we’re In The Company of Rachel Service. Rachel is the Founder of Happiness Concierge: a kick ass training company that helps people ace their work and lives.

After suffering anxiety, depression and burnout in her 20s, she realised work was killing her and created Happiness Concierge to help other people be more impactful at work. Her training helps individuals in organisations learn tactical ways to make a bigger impact at work. Read more…

In The Company Podcast Carolyn Tate The Purpose Project

In this podcast episode, we’re In The Company of Carolyn Tate, author, business school founder and conscious capitalist. Here we talk with Carolyn about her latest book, The Purpose Project and the impeative a working on purpose with purpose.
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In The Company Podcast Insights on Humanising Work with Kylie Lewis Of Kin

Welcome to In The Company

I’m thrilled to bring you the latest offering from the Of Kin studio – a podcast about humanising work, and understanding how we work from the inside out. For quite a while I’ve wanted to lift words off a screen and make them into soundwaves but I wasn’t completely sure what I wanted to talk about and with who. But when I dug into the things I care about most in my life, it’s really helping others (and myself) understand what makes us thrive, and bounce after a fall. Because let’s face it, no one gets through this life without face down moments. Read more…

You may have once been asked a question, ‘What would you do if you only had a month to live?’ What might your answer be? Ponder that. Now, let’s take it one step further, and ask, what might you do if you were diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma, were in hospital and given a week to live? Would you be thinking about starting a business? My guess is most people would say no. Which is what makes Kere Baker, founder of LoobyLou candles, a remarkable leap taker. Read more…

I’ve only ever once shouted to a man across an isle, ‘hey, nice balls!’ and that was when I saw Sam Davy’s edgy, graphic-designed soccer balls on show at a boutique trade fair earlier this year. But the design of Sam’s soccer balls was only the beginning of his story. Turns out, Sam’s company PARK Social Soccer Co. is a socially conscious soccer brand focused on helping disadvantaged kids through a sport they love. Read more…

Earlier this year Polly Shanahan quit her day job in a very public facing customer service role, and retreated to the solitude of her workshop to put to use the woodworking skills her handyman father taught her. The result is Wah Works, an online store selling wooden objects handmade by Polly, from reclaimed and sustainable materials. She also recently started accepting commissions. Read more…

When Natasha Morgan drove to Daylesford in regional Victoria dreaming of purchasing a weekender for her young family, her life paradoxically both fell apart and fell into place.

Natasha is trained as both an architect and landscape architect, and pulling up the driveway of Oak and Monkey Puzzle with its wide spaces, colonial plantings and historic homestead she was beckoned to claim it as her own – not as a weekender but as her main residence. It was a clarion call after a few years wandering the ether of new motherhood, juggling professional roles, and experiencing unprecedented anxiety (a common byproduct of caring for babies who won’t sleep). As a designer of ‘space’, Natasha could suddenly envision a unique, creatively crafted life that would allow her to combine her professional training and personal curiosities in ways she couldn’t in her city and corporate spaces. Read more…

Wise words on vulnerability

Over the last few years several people have mentioned the work of Irish poet David Whyte. But only in the last few weeks have his words found their way to me, and finally landed with impact. David is a rare find, straddling both poetry and business. He is the author of several poetry books and is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. For over 20 years he has championed conversational leadership, specifically focussing first on the conversations leaders have with themselves.
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Nice. Normal. Comfortable. Safe. Our desire to fit in, stabilise, predict and control is both our social conditioning and biological programming. It’s what we strive for. And yet my coaching experience shows me that when we hold that up as the gold standard for our entire lives, we can lose ourselves in the process.

In the last month I’ve heard people at the peak of their careers, or owners in their own business, or creatives trapped in non-creative roles say things like: ‘Is this it? Is this all I’ll ever do?’, ‘I can’t go through another year doing the same thing’, and ‘There’s not enough valium in the world to get me through another 30 years of this.’ One of the most profound things a leaping client said to me is ‘I have so much grief for doing the thing that wasn’t right for me for so long.’
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