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May 29, 2019

This week, Mark continues to reframe failure as something that deeply affirms our values and leads to greater meaning and contentment. In part 2, he thinks about how we step back, withdraw from the fight and change tack, drawing on a philosophy of pessimism. This views challenge as a psychological necessity that makes us feel more fully alive, rather constantly looking forward to a time when there will be no suffering or being nostalgic for a lost time before our challenges began. Academic life is fully of rejections, but this episode will help you transform your view of failure to become more resilient. 

May 29, 2019

This week, Mark explores how you can reframe the failures and rejections that are part of everyday academic life as something that deeply affirms our values and leads to greater meaning and contentment. In part 1, he focuses on how we pick our battles and choose to do things that are high risk but high reward in terms of expressing our values, and how to know when to stop fighting a losing battle in line with our values.

Read the some of the tweets quoted at the start of the episode here

May 16, 2019
This week the podcast showcases a personalised approach to impact training being pioneered by Universities of Salford and Warwick. Find out how researcher development and impact teams can co-produce training to meeting key skills gaps on impact as part of a long-term personalised approach to training that enables researchers to build capacity systematically through a three year training plan including targeted workshops and one-to-one coaching. 
Find out more about Davina Whitnalll’s books at
May 1, 2019
This week Mark interviews Jane Mills and Jasmine Black from CCRI at University of Gloucestershire about how they are using social media to generate research impact. They discuss how to build stories and engagement throughout the research process (including before findings are available), how to break into stakeholder networks on Twitter and how to use case studies to evaluate, communicate and build impact online. 
Read their paper: Mills, J, Reed, M, Skaalsveen, K and Ingram, J  The use of Twitter for sustainable soil management knowledge exchange 
Apr 24, 2019

This week Mark considers how we can harness creativity in the research process to derive original insights, and shows how some of the best new ideas arise from the greatest personal and professional challenges. He outlines five practical methods for finding new depths of creativity by embracing and exploring the places we tend to avoid.

Apr 4, 2019

In this second part, Mark discusses a range of practical methods for managing power in meetings and workshops, including methods for opening up the discussion and exploring, methods for analysing and methods for closing down discussion and making decisions

Mar 27, 2019

How to make meetings and workshops with stakeholder and colleagues safe, fun and productive. This week, Mark explains how you can identify and manage power discrepancies in a group to successful manage difficult individuals and situations using subtle cues and three simple techniques. 

Mar 20, 2019

This week, Mark interviews Saskia Walcott, an independent impact expert who has helped researchers generate and evaluate their impact for over 15 years. In this interview, she talks about her research on perceptions of impact and the power of attitudes to shape how we respond to the impact agenda.

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Mar 11, 2019

This week, Mark gives us an insight into two days of his working week, to illustrate how he puts the lessons from his book, The Productive Researcher, into practice. He illustrates practically how he prioritises based on his values and builds mental health resilience into his working week.

Feb 28, 2019

This week Mark shares three ways to overcome imposter syndrome, based on his own experience battling feelings of inadequacy as a researcher. The first solution is to re-calibrate how you judge yourself to reframe your worth based on your values. The second solution is to re-balance your internal, invisible power with the external, visible power that is given to you by the world. The third solution draws on the previous two to create equally credible, evidence-based alternative narratives to your imposter syndrome narrative.