Episodes

Jennifer Thamm on Managing Leadership Stress

July 1, 2022

How can companies manage the risks posed by the stress their senior leaders face? THat’s what Says Life, the company founded by my guest on this episode, Jennifer Thamm, is looking to solve. Says Life helps companies mit…

Jamie Bartlett on The Missing Cryptoqueen

June 23, 2022

What happens when a journalist investigates one of the biggest scams in history? My guest on this episode, Jamie Bartlett is the author of ‘The Missing Cryptoqueen’, which tells the tale of his multi-year investigation into …

Dan McCrum on Wirecard

June 17, 2022

How did a journalist with a relentless appetite for the truth, bring down a $30bn German tech company? The company in question is Wirecard and the journalist is my guest on this episode, FT reporter Dan McCrum. He’s just r…

Fotini Iconomopoulos on Negotiation

June 12, 2022

How can we be better at negotiating and why does it matter? When we think of negotiation, we tend to think of formal situations like buying a house, sealing a business deal or getting a hostage released. But it also appl…

James Victore on Creative Courage

June 4, 2022

What is Creative Courage & why do we need it? On this special episode of the show — which I’m releasing between the normal schedule — my guest James Victore helps me to explore why being creative is a matter of courage an…

Geoff White on The Lazarus Heist

June 2, 2022

Why did a group of hackers with links to North Korea launch a cyber attack on Sony Pictures in 2014? That’s what journalist Geoff White set to find out. In doing so, over a period of several years, he uncovered a trail of c…

Alison Taylor on Environmental, Social & Governance

May 29, 2022

What is ESG and why might it lead to poor decision-making? You probably know it’s short for Environmental, Social, and Governance; an acronym that covers three topics of interest to investors. In simple terms, three thin…

Professor J S Nelson on What Everyone Needs To Know About Business Ethics

May 24, 2022

How can we manage the ethical challenges faced in business? On this special episode of the show, I’m speaking to Professor Josephine Nelson, the co-author of a brand new book called ‘Business Ethics: What Everyone Needs T…

Heather Watson, Dan Bennett & Paolo Mercado on BeSci in Large Organisations

May 21, 2022

How can we implement Behavioural Science in larger organisations? On this episode, I’m doing a deep dive into practical Behavioural Science with three practitioners from across the globe, who talk about some of the project…

Wiebe Wakker on Sustainable Adventures

May 14, 2022

How can we travel adventurously while still being sustainable? I’m a huge fan of exploring, but I’m also very conscious of my environmental footprint. On this episode, I’m speaking to Sustainable Adventurer Wiebe Wakker.…

Maddie Croucher on Behavioural Science for Fundraising

May 7, 2022

How can charities use Behavioural Science to be more effective at fundraising? It’s a question a number of listeners have asked me to explore; either because they work for charities or because they want to help their favou…

David Loseby on Behavioural Procurement

April 30, 2022

What does behaviour have to do with procurement? On the face of it, not much. But as my guest on this episode David Loseby explains, behind every procurement and supply chain operation, there are human beings involved in th…

Professor Don Moore on Decision Leadership

April 23, 2022

What makes a good leader? When we think of leaders, we often imagine lone, inspirational figures lauded for their behaviours, attributes, and personal decisions. However, leaders also have an impact on the way people around…

Wendy Lambourne on Legitimate Leadership

April 15, 2022

What distinguishes a good leader from a bad one? My guest on this episode, Wendy Lambourne is a proponent of Legitimate Leadership — the idea that to have real power, leaders need to have legitimacy. Not by dint of being…

Sam Tatam on Evolutionary Ideas

April 8, 2022

When we need to solve problems, we often think we need to develop new ideas. But what if that were wrong? On this episode, I’m joined by Behavioural Science practitioner Sam Tatam whose new book Evolutionary Ideas shows …

Professors Melissa Rorie & Benjamin van Rooij on Measuring Compliance

April 2, 2022

How do we measure the effectiveness of Compliance programs? It sounds like a simple question, but it is actually hard to answer. And it's not just a challenge facing Compliance Officers. If you work in Ethics, Risk or e…

Michael Bartlett on Dark Patterns

March 26, 2022

Ever had a terrible customer experience? Of course, you have. They’re very common. But why? My guest Michael Bartlett has just written a book on the dark side of customer experience - in other words, the processes that comp…

Jessie Singer on Why There Are No Accidents

March 19, 2022

Why might an innocuous-sounding word we all use, result in a social injustice? The answer is: when that word is ‘accident’. It’s something we hear all the time. “Sorry, it was just an accident” or “there’s been a traffic ac…

Professor Todd Kashdan on The Art of Insubordination

March 12, 2022

Why might insubordination be a good thing? Normally when we use that word, it’s seen as a negative. 
But there’s an alternative interpretation, where insubordination is seen as a positive, constructive challenge to tradition…

Daniel Ross talks a load of BS

March 10, 2022

What should you listen to when you’ve heard the entire Human Risk podcast back catalogue? I'm glad you asked. Because one of the aims of the show is to explore ideas, stories and people that can help to inspire us to think …

Dr Joe Zammit-Lucia on The Politics of Business

March 3, 2022

Why should businesses get involved in politics? Traditionally companies have tried to avoid getting involved in political issues, because remaining apolitical, means you avoid offending anyone. But in the 21st century, the…

Nicole Smith-Ludvik on Skydiving & Stunts

Feb. 26, 2022

What drives people to follow careers that involve dangerous activities like skydiving & stunts? My guest is Nicole Smith-Ludvik, a professional skydiver and stuntwoman. Last year, Nicole starred in two incredible advertisem…

Ben Knowles on Risk Compensation in Cycling

Feb. 22, 2022

Why would a bicycle delivery company ban its riders from wearing helmets? Depending on where you're reading this, you'll either think it's normal — hello, for example, to my Netherland's based listeners 🇳🇱 — or irresponsibl…

Jared Bibler on Iceland's Secret

Feb. 18, 2022

Why is something that happened in Iceland in 2008 still of relevance today? The answer is revealed by my guest Jared Bibler. He's the author of a book called 'Iceland's Secret: The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Con'. …