Episodes

Rob Chesnut on how companies can help their employees to work with Integrity

Sept. 29, 2020

How can organizations ensure they are ethical? We all understand the principle, but what does it mean in practice? As Ethics becomes a more significant factor in how employees, customers and regulators view companies, ther…

Christian Hunt on what COVID has taught us about Human Behaviour

Sept. 26, 2020

What, if anything, have we learned about human behaviour from COVID? That's what I'm exploring in this episode. Six months ago, my friend Mark Heywood invited me onto the first episode of Behind The Spine (BTS); a brand new …

Jérôme Tagger on Preventable Surprises - effecting change through influence

Sept. 24, 2020

Why are there so many entirely preventable financial disasters? And why don't the people behind the companies that suffer them, prevent them from happening? That's what my guest Jérôme Tagger and I explore on this episode. …

Dr Johannes Lohse on Active vs Passive Risk: how doing nothing can also cause risk.

Sept. 17, 2020

When we think of risk, it is usually in the context of 'risk-taking'; in other words, an active decision to do something. But it is equally possible to take risk by doing nothing; passive risk. What differentiates the two …

Dr Andrew Ishak on Communication in High-Pressure Situations

Sept. 9, 2020

As academic establishments continue to adjust from face to face teaching to being primarily online experiences, how are academics adjusting? That's the start point for my discussion in this episode with Dr Andrew Ishak. …

Travis Waugh on delivering more effective training

Sept. 4, 2020

What do you think of when you read the phrase 'Compliance Training'? Something dull that you're either forced to give (if you're in Compliance) or endure (if you're not)? If so, you're not alone. But it doesn't have to be …

Professor Olivier Sibony on Why we all make Mistakes and how to avoid them.

Sept. 1, 2020

Why do even the smartest and most savvy business people make mistakes? It's not because they're stupid. Instead, it's because of the way our brains work. That's what Professor Olivier Sibony, my guest on this episode, explor…

Barbara Freese on Denial - how large companies undermine social trust in Science & Democracy

Aug. 26, 2020

On this episode, I explore the concept of denial; something we know is bad on an individual level. But what happens when denial takes place on an industrial scale? That's literally what my guest on this episode Barbara Free…

Kelly Peters on Bringing Scientific Thinking to Business

Aug. 24, 2020

How can we use creativity to solve complex business problems? That's what Kelly Peters, my guest on this episode does. Kelly is the CEO and co-founder of BEWorks, a purpose-driven company whose goal is to transform society…

Paul Orlando on Unintended Consequences or why we sometimes don't think things through

Aug. 21, 2020

Why do things often not turn out the way we planned them? That's what my guest, Paul Orlando is interested in discovering. In his blog 👉https://unintendedconsequenc.es/ Paul explores Unintended Consequences and what he cal…

Radio Host Iain Dale on Radio, Politics & Polarization

Aug. 19, 2020

"Why Can't We All Just Get Along?" is a question that we've probably all asked at some point in recent times. And it's one that my guest on this episode, Iain Dale, seeks to answer in his brand new book which has that as it…

Dan Kaszeta on 'No Go Zones', Internet Trolls & Nerve Agents

Aug. 13, 2020

What would you do if someone made false allegations online about your home city? Would you go into battle on social media? You would if you're my guest on this episode. Dan Kaszeta was so annoyed by the suggestions that his…

Neil Clark on Managing Human Factors in Safety-critical industries

Aug. 11, 2020

In industries where human error can be the difference between life & death, how can we manage Human Risk? The answer is Human Factors, a specialism that blends Behavioural Science & Psychology into operating processes, to e…

Hanna Thomas Uose on why video calls don't give us Zoom Fatigue, but rather Zoom Trauma

Aug. 8, 2020

You’ve heard of Zoom Fatigue. But what about Zoom Trauma? It sounds extreme, but an article by my guest on this episode Hanna Thomas Uose suggests that this is precisely what we’re experiencing. I was so intrigued by what…

Dr Todd Haugh on the Behavioral Aspects of Ethics & Compliance

Aug. 6, 2020

As the risks of failing to comply with regulations & ethical standards increase, how can we ensure that employees do what we want them to? This question underpins my whole Human Risk mission; if we see it as an exercise in …

Raphael Honigstein on the Psychology of Football

Aug. 3, 2020

What can we learn about Human Risk from Football? Or Soccer for my US listeners? On this episode, I speak with Raphael Honigstein. Rapha is a sports journalist who covers football (soccer for US listeners) for several medi…

Andrew Blackie on the Human Risk lessons from Aviation Safety

July 28, 2020

What can we learn about Human Risk from industries, like aviation, where the consequences of errors are matters of life & death. That's a question my guest this time, Andrew Blackie, is more than qualified to answer. He's a…

Benoît de Fleurian on preventing anti-social behaviour

July 26, 2020

How can we stop people from engaging in anti-social behaviour? That's not usually a question you'd ask someone from a marketing agency. But it's precisely the kind of problem that Benoît de Fleurian, my guest on this episo…

Aline Holzwarth on Digital Healthcare

July 24, 2020

How can Behavioural Science help get better healthcare outcomes? That's the topic I'm exploring with my guest Aline Holzwarth. She's a Behavioral Scientist working in digital healthcare. Aline is also the founder of Beh…

Dr Grace Lordan on Privilege & Cognitive Diversity

July 16, 2020

What is Privilege? It's a word that's being used very frequently, but what is it, why is it undesirable and what can we do about it? All questions that my guest on this episode, Grace Lordan, helps me answer. We also explo…

Michael Kuckein on managing local customs & practices that clash with global rules

July 14, 2020

What happens when a global organization has policies & procedures that clash with local customs & norms? The answer is that you risk non-compliance. Which is where Cultural Compliance comes in and it's the topic of my conv…

Matt Edwards on Creative Risk & Marketing

July 11, 2020

On this episode, I speak to Matt Edwards an expert in marketing. Matt has over 25 years of experience in the industry, having begun his career as a graduate at Saatchi & Saatchi and then becoming CEO of Creative Agency WCRS…

Sexologist Dr Jill McDevitt on what preventing HIV can teach us about preventing COVID

July 8, 2020

Very often, when we're trying to solve a problem, we can find the answer in a previous one. So as we try to get people to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID, what might we learn from the techniques used to prevent th…

Professor Anu Bradford on The 'Brussels Effect' & Regulating The Internet

July 7, 2020

On this episode, I speak with Professor Anu Bradford of Columbia Law School about the subject of her new book, The Brussels Effect. This is the idea that the EU wields far more influence on global affairs than might first s…