Knowledge is power

When I grow up, I want to be an authoritative voice on a podcast.

Not an expert. That’s a terribly loaded word these days – we have had enough of experts, after all.

No, what I want is to be considered knowledgeable and pioneering in my field of interest (I almost typed expertise, there). To talk passionately to the host(s) of that podcast in order to share, to highlight and to – potentially – help others in a similar position.

Podcasts have been a great help to me in recent years. You could argue that I wouldn’t have taken my next role on were it not for listening to Rachel Murphy, my new Managing Director, talk on Mark Chillingworth’s Horizon CIO Network podcast, about Making Public Sector procurement agile.

That podcast led to an event that I attended at the National Archives. This in turn introduced me to other members of the Difrent Team – but, more importantly, a fresh outlook on how to approach work. Something I clearly needed at the time.

Then there is the WB40 Podcast, which provides a succinct, weekly appraisal of technology via the human side to the technology industry. A side that is all too often forgotten when signing off another business case to buy the digital answer to all our problems.

The hosts, Chris Weston and Matt Ballantine, ask the important questions of how we will work in the future, not just where and as slaves to which buzzword your CEO/Directors may want to explore this week. They do it in an approachable way that could be any of us reading a memo at work and rolling our eyes before we reach the end.

The other mainstay of my exploratory commute is Eat Sleep Work Repeat with Bruce Daisley, the VP EMEA of Twitter. Listening to this podcast has made me evaluate or reevaluate what it is I want from work, in terms of my personal development and understanding of the people around me.

It’s not all work, work, work – though looking through my new releases list of the excellent CIO UK Podcast, Tech Tent and More or Less: Behind the Stats, suggest there is definitely a theme – leadership and information; how we get it and what we should do with it.

There’s also a healthy mix of comedy, science, history, music and wine; with more wine now that I saw a Fiona Beckett Guardian column on which wine podcasts to follow last night.

For me, podcasts were initially seen as an escape. A chance to hear the latest music or laugh as I walked to work. Now you could argue that I use podcasts, not to escape, but to move on to something new. Harnessing the views of those I listen to, compare their thoughts with my own and to challenge myself to take on their advice and do something with it.

So one day, maybe I’ll be on a podcast even you will listen to. Let’s just hope it doesn’t end with me telling Melvyn Bragg to stop contradicting the notes I have shared.

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