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Guests in September: Bruce Daisley, Author of Fortitude, and more

3 October 2022

In September’s Change Makers episodes, Michael Hayman is joined by Duncan Goodhew MBE, Olympic Champion; Eric Collins, CEO & Co-Founder, ImpactX Capital; and Bruce Daisley, Author, Fortitude.


Resilience and inner strength: how to build it – Bruce Daisley, Author, Fortitude

“Never in the history of resilience, has someone become more resilient by being told to be more resilient.”

After 12 years running Twitter in Europe and YouTube in the UK, Bruce turned to writing and speaking about one of the topics of our time, the modern workplace. His first book, The Joy of Work, was the Sunday Times number one business best seller and draws on the experiences of psychologists, neuroscientists, and workplace experts to understand how we can improve our jobs. It was to go on to inspire the creation of his podcast, Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat. 

Now, his attention is on the topic of resilience in fortitude, and unlocking the secrets of inner strength. Bruce seeks to disprove the myth that only extraordinary people are successful, and demonstrate how we can draw on those around us to empower ourselves and build our inner strength.

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Thinking bigger: you don’t need permission – Eric Collins, CEO & Co-Founder, ImpactX Capital

“Black economic empowerment relies on thinking bigger than you may have ever imagined before. Much bigger.”

These are the words of Michael’s guest today, Eric Collins, and are contained in his new book, We Don’t Need Permission. It’s a clarion call to change the world for good, and it’s far more than the words of an author; because this is the story of an economic activist.

Eric’s career highlights include successfully building the value of companies including AOL, Time Warner and SwiftKey; working on President Obama’s Small Business Administration Council for underserved communities; as well as being named by Powerlist as one of the most influential black people in Britain and by the Financial Times in the UK’s Top 100 BAME leaders.

Now CEO of the London based venture firm Impact X, Eric has built a business with a double bottom line mission to advance progress and social mobility for underrepresented founders, and to generate returns for investors by funding the undiscovered and creating the extraordinary.

If you’re looking for the story of business as a force for good, this is it. 

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Going for gold: how to work through your worst days – Duncan Goodhew MBE, Olympic Champion

It’s 10 years since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. To celebrate, Change Makers is delighted to welcome one of our greatest ever Olympians, who many say is one of the trailblazers that paved the way for the world class athletes representing Team GB today.

Duncan scored gold in the 100 metre breaststroke in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, in a dramatic nail biting finish that went down to the wire. It marked a remarkable transformation for a young man who described himself as “drowning” during his time at school, struggling with the challenges of dyslexia.

In a story of resilience and ambition, Duncan overcame the odds to become one of the most recognisable British sporting figures of the past 50 years, and lives by the motto, you’re only as good as your worst day.

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