Our ‘Think Big' series delivers top recommendations from podcasts and books to inspiring talks and inspiring people, all in the name of nurturing a community looking to improve their professional skills, career goals, work life and business knowledge.
Read on to discover our picks of the best podcasts filled with life hacks, knowledge, motivation and professional expertise.
The Freakonomics story began in 2005 with a bestselling book by journalist Stephen J. Dubner and economist Steven D. Levitt, which was quickly followed by several follow-up books. The pair went on to launch the Freakonomics podcast in 2010 with the same mission as their sensation-causing books: to unpick ‘the hidden side of everything.’ Gossip, violence, exercise, social trends, people and theories are explored from an economic perspective as Dubner and Levitt uncover some of the Western world’s strangest socioeconomics. With titles including ‘What Does a CEO Actually Do?’ and ‘The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money,’ the podcast offers a goldmine of personal finance and business expertise.
Author of bestselling autobiography #GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso, takes on the trendiest medium right now, interviewing women that have smashed the glass ceiling to make their mark in the working world. Amourso balances the line between oft-hilarious hosting and extracting solid, helpful advice from the women that have been there, done that.
Comedian turned broadcaster Marc Maron makes extraordinary use of one of the most basic formats – the humble interview - in his twice-weekly podcast WTF. Extracting the life stories from guests including the late Robin Williams and Barack Obama, and revealing some very unexpected revelations about success on the way, Maron provides his listeners with some surprising life stories and heaps of reassuringly warm, and often-humorous, listening.
Back to Work
If you consider yourself a bit of a productivity nerd, or aspire to be one, Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin’s Back to Work is the podcast for you. The award-winning show is an entertaining listen with the hosting duo filling the 40 minutes with warm humour, as they cover topics including productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools and a whole lot more. Both writers and entrepreneurs themselves, Mann and Benjamin have tips, tricks and hacks in their plenty, making for one hell of a beneficial listen.
The Tim Ferriss Show
Bestselling author of 4-Hour Work Week, 4-Hour Body and 4-Hour Chef, Tim Ferriss, knows exactly how to unlock the tools, advice and tricks to big success, via some of the world’s most successful success stories. We hear first-hand from world-class performers, entrepreneurs, and athletes including billionaire investor Peter Thiel, Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull and neuroscientist Sam Harriss, to name but a few. Episodes are full of helpful books, morning routines, exercise habits, and time-management tricks just waiting to be put into practice, as well as helpful conversations on leadership, managing procrastination and setting goals – living up to its ranking as the #1 business podcast on iTunes.
Bite-sized, 15-minute episodes exploring the world of design, from high heels to airport layouts: 99% Invisible is the coolest podcast to date. Host Roman Mars will completely transform the way you look at the world, honing your ability to recognise and understand the fine details that surround you. You will hear how a fish canon is used to keep fish populations thriving and why some urban architecture is intentionally hostile to homeless people. You don’t necessarily need an interest in design, in fact, the most compelling elements of the show use design as a lens to look at the thought processes behind the many structures in our lives.
Women at Work
A brand new podcast on the scene, Women at Work, was launched as a six-episode series by the Harvard Business Review. The show is hosted by HBR editors Amy Bernstein, Sarah Green Carmichael, and Nicole Torres and lives up to its promises to “untangle some of the knottiest issues around being a woman in the workplace.” Addressing issues such as finding “authentic” female leadership, and the changing landscape of sexual harassment, Women at Work is packed with expert opinions, advice and the latest research.