Business development is part art, part science. A really good business developer is an alchemist…
A question we get asked most often: Where do you take your inspiration from?
It’s a part of a bigger set of questions: How do you develop an eye for something that cannot be easily quantified with data? How do you become a better judge of trends, ideologies and plans? How do you make the “right” decisions in a world of endless possibilities?
The simplest answer is to never stop learning. You’re either busy being born or busy dying, learning is a way to constantly reinvent yourself. Superior taste comes with experience. Mirror the successes of others and make them your own and better. Sometimes the greatest inspiration comes from the most unexpected place. (think: shower)
Mo of MoBerries compiled a list of podcasts which are not only inspirational but also filled with pragmatic advice on business development. Part science. Part magic.
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Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
Mo’s Comment: I especially love this podcast because it’s real stories by real founders, who want to give you the unfiltered perspectives on what it takes; their personal and spiritual journeys to success. Sara Blakely is one of my heroes in business.
Personal favourites: Airbnb, VICE media, Wayfair and Instagram.
Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live.
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights — or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace.
Mo’s Comment: Cool history lesson in how to compete in business and how businesses stand up to the task – surviving, winning and constantly innovating.
How do companies grow from zero to a gazillion? Legendary Silicon Valley investor / entrepreneur Reid Hoffman tests his theories with famous founders. Guests include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg, Netflix’s Reed Hastings, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Spanx’s Sara Blakely. With original music and hilariously honest stories, the show sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard. Masters of Scale is a WaitWhat original series in association with Stitcher.
Mo’s Comment: Takes on a philosophical approach. Finds commonalities in people’s passions – what ties industries together from both a pragmatic and a mission driven perspective.
4. Hidden Brain
Mo’s Comment: Understanding human psychology improves your ability to relate to people. Good sales people become obsessed with behaviours of buyers and look for clues in psychology – it is a basic in your toolbox.
Mo’s Comment: Bloomberg brings psychological and business approaches to explain economic trends and phenomena. Barry, a seasoned investment expert, does a great job of peeling back the curtains to some of the most interesting subjects & occurrences in business. He knows what makes experts tick but also what are the situational factors which affect outcomes and decisions.
6. In our time
Mo’s Comment: I believe history is cyclical – knowing your history means knowing your future. Encompasses events, arts, technology iconic people and science. This podcast breaks down complex principles with experts. It’s a great resource for building your narrative inventory – stories to draw from. Worst case scenario, if you’re looking for a soothing British voice, they got you.
7. Planet Money
The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, ‘Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.’ Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening.
Mo’s Comment: I love Planet Money because it always feels like you’re in a bar with very smart people. Personal favourite: price fixing the chicken market in the US, history of the used car salesman stigma and many others.
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