The Occupational Philosophers

A not so serious business podcast to spark imagination, creativity and curiosity

The Occupational Philosophers

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Ep.92 – Guest episode with Dr Diane Hamilton: Speaker, 5 x Author, Behavioural Expert and creator of the Curiosity Code

By Simon Banks | June 18, 2024 | 0 Comments

Behavioral Expert, Author, Speaker and Curiosity Guru!  Dr Diane Hamilton is an expert in curiosity, perception, emotional intelligence, and behavioural science with nearly four decades of real-world experience and creator of the Curiosity Code Index®,…

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What’s the show about?

Would you like to fulfill your potential to be the curious, creative, and imaginative star that you are, or would like to be? You already know in your bones that you are a creative beast, but maybe you just don't quite know how to unleash it – perhaps it’s an ignored talent in writing, leading innovation at work or simply underwater basket weaving.

Every fortnight, John, a mild-mannered, middle-aged British man with a love of curiosity and philosophy, and a slightly louder, middle-aged Australian surfer man, artist and published author on creativity chat with guests drawn from many walks of life who have woven creativity, curiosity and play into their everyday lives - and thrived personally and professionally in the process.

So, if you would like to listen to a “not so serious business podcast” and would like some thoughts, tools, and tips on staying curious, creative and asking those really great questions (and leading a most interesting life in the process) then this is the podcast you have been waiting for all your life. Well, maybe not all your life, but for a while…

And why a ‘not so serious business’ podcast’? Whilst your business (and ours) is a serious business, we felt that after the year of 2020 there is enough seriousness in the world without us adding any more. And we have tried it (being serious) and it just didn’t work.


Ep.72 – How to cultivate moments of Serendipity

By Simon Banks | August 17, 2023

In this short-ish Inbetweener episode, The Occupational Philosophers dive into and muse on the idea of Serendipity. Between them they explore:  Actually, what is Serendipity? (you will have to listen)  Why dumb luck isn’t a…

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Ep.71: Guest episode with Author, Award Winning Speaker, Media Commentator and Global Communication Guru, Dr Louise Mahler

By Simon Banks | August 2, 2023

In this guest episode, The Occupational Philosophers chat with Dr Louise Mahler.  Dr Louise is the polymath’s polymath and is recognised as a Top 30 Global Guru in both Body Language and Communication. She was…

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Episode 70 Inbetweeners – Shit power points

By Simon Banks | July 20, 2023

In this inbetweener episode, The Occupational Philosophers explore the seven deadly sins of power point presentations – we’ve all been there…you face an avalanche of slides, information overload, the back of someone’s head as they…

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Ep.69 – Inbetweeners: If your job add is looking for a workplace Ninja, do they need throwing stars?

By Simon Banks | July 3, 2023

In this inbetweener episode, The Occupational Philosophers dive into the world of job advertisements – the good, the not so good and the inbetween (ers). Mmmm, did you see what they did there…? When you…

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Guest episode with Chris Barez Brown: 9 x author, founder of Upping Your Elvis, eternal innovator & energy guru

Ep. 68 Guest episode with Chris Barez Brown, founder of Upping Your Elvis, eternal innovator and energy guru

By Simon Banks | June 27, 2023

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Ep. 67 – Inbetweeners: Bias, filters, perceptions – how are yours?

By Simon Banks | June 19, 2023

In episode 67, The Occupational Philosophers dive into the world of personal biases, filters and perceptions or the way we take in information.  And what did they discover? We ALL take in information differently –…

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Ep.66 – Inbetweeners: Blue Poles, Time Travel, Long Socks for Business and Outrage

By Simon Banks | June 8, 2023

In this short, sharp inbetweener episode, The Occupational Philosophers do a little bit of time travel and in the process explore:  What an abstract artwork can teach us about how we react to something out…

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Ep.65: Guest episode with the Dr Jason Fox – Rogue Scholar, Best Selling Author and Wizard Philosopher

By Simon Banks | May 30, 2023

In Episode 65, The Occupational Philosophers chat with Dr Jason Fox a wizard-philosopher masquerading as a leadership advisor. His clients include the senior leadership teams of Fortune 500 companies around the world including Microsoft, Toyota,…

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Ep.64: Inbetweeners –

By Simon Banks | May 17, 2023

In this short sharp in-betweener episode, the Occupational Philosophers explore the habits of creative door kickers and kick-arse inventors and ponder, “What can we learn from these curious cats?” As it happens, we can learn…

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"We always make sure we listen to Simon and John - they have something almost as interesting as us to say about life, creativity and taking care of woven felt hairpieces"

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- Aristotle and Socrates

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