Stories of the Brave - Podcast Series

What’s better than reading someone’s story?  Hearing their story!

In our podcast series, listen to individuals share about navigating their Self unLimited adventures with Helen Palmer (Creator of Self unLimited) or with special friends of Self unLimited.

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Episode Collection

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E47: Stuart French about learning journeys and personal knowledge management
Stuart riffs with Helen about taking a personal approach to knowledge management in their workscapes. There are shared stories about gaining knowledge from the experiences and interactions with others, and insights on the value of sharing knowledge to learn and resolve challenges. As well as interesting tangents taken in curiosity, including emotional aspects of knowing, learning, creating and sharing. (An example of the potential in networking relationships!)
[1 hour, 19 min; released Aug 2023]

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E46: Elisa Dominique Rivera about creative writing alongside a very different day job
Elisa shares how her creative writing fuels her day-job and her day-job fuels her creative writing in symbiotic relationship even though they are not strongly related. Her writing is an important part of her voice and well-being so she’s made it an intentional part of her broader workscape. She shares about what that involves and how she makes it work. Read one of her published short stories here. Elisa recommends these places for creative writing support: Writers HQ and Writers Centre
[39 min; released July 2023]

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E45: Rhys Paddick on a mission shared with a creative collaborator
Rhys is a man with a mission – mixing being an educator, artist and entrepreneur on business ventures with a creative collaborator. He’s using his talents to stimulate conversations (aka yarns) and new customs at the intersection of culture and organisations in Australia. He shares with Helen about how he’s not been following a plan – his path has been organic as he follows what he loves and where he believes he can have a positive impact. Learn more about AcknowledgeThis! training.
[42 min; released June 2023]

E44: Kate Harvey on treating her workscape as a series of experiments
Kate decided to shift to the perspective of her workscape (ska her career) being a series of experiments. This liberated her from an unhelpful perspective of failing, to give more room to her emotions and to expressing a more authentic self. She shares with Helen about her year of fun and the learnings that had unexpected flows in and through her workscape.
[32 min; released May 2023]

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E43: Will Snow about employment law for individuals shaping their workscape
Will, an employment lawyer, provides an enlightening perspective on employment law and employee-employer relations. He explains how employment law plays a role in shaping an individual’s workscape, and what you can do to influence your workscape experience for mutual benefit. He also shares useful thoughts about the nuanced aspects of shaping a workscape, that benefit from an approach that isn’t always legally-driven or legally-led.
[43 min; released Apr 2023]

E42: Rebecca Gordon on limitations and gaining new perspectives
Rebecca’s workscape included tangling with a major medical situation. This had her reflecting on limitations and directions. With such a challenge, she found herself using techniques learnt at work to nimbly navigate a way forward without having all the answers to her questions. She shares with Helen wisdom gained across her whole (and long) workscape.
[44 min; released Mar 2023]
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E41: Theresa Moulton shares advice for people joining entreprenuerial ventures
Theresa is a serial entrepreneur. She’s had the opportunity to recruit and work with many people in her entrepreneurial ventures. She’s observed and learnt about the mindsets and skills that are necessary for people to thrive when working in a start-up. She talks with Helen about these things so budding entrepreneurs can prepare and check for themselves if this is a path they might want to take.
[33 min; released Feb 2023]
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E40: Ket Patel about shaping a workscape with things outside employment
Ket Patel loves cultivating communities. It’s this desire to connect people and possibilities that led him to behave entrepreneurially – to create value for others regardless of whether he was employed to do so. The way he thinks and acts is very Self unLimited and he was doing this long before he heard of Self unLimited. His workscape is rich with stories of what he’s done, and dreams for what he’ll do next as he leads himself while being an employee.
[40 min; released Dec 2022]
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E39: Jasmine Malki about activating strengths through a portfolio career
Jasmine Malki doesn’t have a singular career path, she’s mixing it up in a portfolio career where she’s consciously attending to and activating her strengths. She’s on an ongoing journey to test out possibilities, explore the nuances of what gives her joy and fulfillment in work, and live her life to align with these. This gives her great energy and enables her to be effective, productive and valuable wherever she contributes her talent and experience. It just so happens she once did that working part-time in two different disciplinary areas in two different organisations. She’s an example of what’s possible when there’s open eyes and open conversations with your employers. [47 min; released Nov 2022]
E38: Jen Holder about how value exchange influenced her decision making
Jen Holder was re-evaluating what was happening in her workscape, and what she wanted to do about it. She choose to use the Value Exchange Ledger activity to help her figure out what questions to explore, and what answers made sense. She was literally e-valu-ating what value was important and getting attention. She started with herself, and expanded this evaluation to hold important conversations with two organisations in her workscape. It was a game-changer for her. [40 min; released Oct 2022]
E37: Michelle Fotheringham explains about Werkling for the gig economy
Michelle Fotheringham ‘escaped’ from corporate life to work in the professional gig economy. She also created the means for others to join together in doing such work, providing an alternative pathway for organisations to access great talent. She explains about her creation, Werkling and shares advice for individuals who might take their own path to becoming a Werkling. It’s a very Self unLimited way of working!
[32 min; released Sep 2022]
E36: Jacqui Williamson about an intentional break in her workscape
Jacqui Williamson took an intentional break as she finished one gig in her workscape, and contemplated what next. She explains why she did this, what she did and what steps she’s taken previously in her workscape to make such break-taking possible. She challenges the status quo about having ’empty’ spaces in her ‘resume’.
[29 min; released Jul 2022]
E35: Neville Christie shares how at 80 he’s getting ready for a new future of work
Neville Christie is 80 years young, and he’s not retired. He’s currently on a sabbatical as he readies himself for the next chapter in his workscape in a radically evolving future of work. He proposes bold ideas and predicts big changes for his workscape and yours. Listen out for the seven sources of income, and great advice for the young starting out and the brave ready to reset.
[43 min; released Jun 2022]
E34: Michael Amsoms about pottery intersecting with his working life
Michael Amsoms has added pottery making into his workscape. It is enriching his day-to-day job with insights about craft, mistakes and creativity. He shares with Helen how this came about and what he’s been learning about himself as he crafts pottery artefacts and his professional practice. Check out his creative output and follow on Instagram.
[38 min; released Apr 2022]
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E33: Vincenzo and Bronté about supportive professional relationships
Vincenzo Danilo Esposito and Bronté Jackson are Helen’s special colleagues-from-another-organisation. During the pandemic, they created a space (virtual, social, temporal) to support each other through challenges in their individual workscapes. The nature and purpose of this space emerged over time. It gave them all some ‘wind beneath our wings’ to explore thoughts, feelings and potential resolutions. They reflect on how it came about and what it meant to each of them. (Hear first from Vincenzo; then from Bronté.)
[62 min; released Mar 2022]
E32: Anetta Pizag about smart-choices for developing personal work style
Anetta Pizag has been shaping her workscape with conscious decisions about when, where and how she works so that she can be productive and work smarter not harder. With her experience and insights, fuelled by a healthy dose of research, she’s collated practical advice for 35 Smart Choices in her new book, so others can be their best self each day by developing their unique work style. She guides Helen in addressing four genuine challenges in Helen’s workscape.
[39 min; released Jan 2022]

E31: Cassie Goodman about self-fidelity 

Helen talks with Cassie Goodman about self-fidelity and what it means to her. She’s been on a journey to explore and shape a practice of being true to self, and restore faith in the very best version of self. It’s an idea that stands out in a world when there are many voices that attempt to influence who we are or who we should be. Cassie advocates for clarifying one’s own strengths and recommends starting with the VIA Strengths tool. She’s written a book about self-fidelity, for a deeper dive of personal exploration.

[35 min; released Dec 2021]

E30: Dani Sirotic about creativity 
Helen and Dani Sirotic muse about creativity and what it means to them. They explore ideas of showing up, trying things, keeping eyes open to find new connections, placing self in different situations both to restore self and to find new things. In their everyday lives there are different things they do that are creative. [Dani recommends this TED Talk with Ethan Hawke, and Helen recommends this list of creativity personality traits.]
[53 min; released Nov 2021]
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E29: Catherine Grenfell about discoverment (not retirement)
Helen talks with Catherine Grenfell about her recent action to leave the world of ‘normal’ work and move to a state of retirement. Well, not retiring as you might expect … she says it’s a state of discoverment. She’s got many things on the go that tap into and grow her abilities and interests. One project is mixing her love of books and travel in videos published on YouTube.
[28 min; released Oct 2021]
E28: Julien Leyre about unconventional independent work choices
Helen and Julien Leyre talk about unconventional lives and independent work choices. This includes what Julien does, who he works with and what value he seek from his work away from the mainstream. His decisions are partly based on a conscious understanding with his partner about lifestyle choices that connect to work choices. There’s a deeper philosophy at play in the reign of Julien unLimited!
[43 min; released Sep 2021]
E27: Natasha Redman about (not having) Imposter Syndrome
Helen and Natasha Redman riff on the subject of Imposter Syndrome – something they don’t experience. They reflect on what they Do experience, choose to do and who they listen to as they step into situations of not knowing, and growing.
[45 min; released Aug 2021]
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E26: María Recaman on creating a workscape in a foreign country
Helen talks with María Recaman in a second conversation about the challenges in finding a job and creating a workscape in a foreign country. María moved to Australia from Columbia and has navigated general cultural, as well as professional cultural changes.
[32 min; released Jul 2021]
E25: Ali Farajala on what graduates want from working life
Helen talks with Ali Farajala, originally from Sudan, now living and working in Australia. Ali shares key moments in his journey and advice he’d give his younger self. He shares his reflections on what graduates want, and how Self unLimited thinking helped him change his perspective on work and working life.
[32 min; released Jun 2021]
E24: Steph Clark on having new experiences to gain skills
Helen and Steph Clark riff on what is work, and ways to actively create varied opportunities for having new experiences and gaining new skills. They explore being intentional, experimental and taking break periods as part of a contemporary working life.
[48 min; released Jun 2021]
E23: Joanne Hansen about value and what’s valuable in work
Helen talks with Joanne Hansen about value and what’s valuable to Joanne personally. It’s a mix of enduring, and things that change because of context. Together they riff on different notions of finding value in work, tapping into Joanne’s HR/OD perspective.
[36 min; released May 2021]
E22: Blair Morgan on how music enriches his workscape
Helen talks with Blair Morgan about how his interest and skill in music are enriching his workscape, both when he’s employed and when he’s on a work break. And he’s not the only one benefiting from the musical experiences.
[26 min; released May 2021]
E21: Wendy Grimston on reflections of a 40-year workscape
Helen talks with Wendy Grimston about how much change she’s seen, and the changes she’s personally made, as she celebrates 40 years in her workscape. She’s had core values as her guiding light through a diversity of opportunities, and commitment to learning.
[29 min; released Apr 2021]
E20: Lizzie Webb on mixing volunteer and paid work
Helen talks with Lizzie Webb who works to improve the lives of those around her, creating a world of which she can be proud. In her very diverse workscape, she’s mixing volunteer and paid work where she can align what she does with her values. She has great advice for others ready to contribute through volunteering.
[16 min; released Mar 2021]
E19: Shelliah Bagayana on working in a not-for-profit organisation
Helen talks with Sheillah Bagayana from Uganda to get a view of the current workscape of a young bio-medical engineer working in a NFP organisation (Fre02). Sheillah is passionate about the work she does and has a resilient learning mindset with which she navigates challenges.
[16 min; released Mar 2021]
E18: María Recaman on being in a limbo state seeking work
Helen talks with María Recaman about her experience of being in a ‘limbo state’ in her workscape. She had moved to a new country and sought to find work. Two things that are challenging under normal circumstances, but she had to also contend with the early phase of the COVID pandemic. She shares about her emotions and strategies for coping and finding a way through.
[27 min; released Feb 2021]

E17: Samantha Garrett and Mike Reading on intrapreneurial work
Helen talks with Samantha (Sam) Garrett who’s venturing inside her organisation, Using Technology Better.  She’s tapping into her creative energy for personal flow, and to create new value for the small enterprise of 20 and its clients. Also in the conversation is Mike Reading, her boss, who’s supporting and backing such emergent activity with useful guardrails from strong core values that Mike’s set for all team members. One of Sam’s ventures is the LearnBytes podcast.
[36 min; released Nov 2020]

E16: Prateek Kapur on relationships and cultivating connections
Helen talks with Prateek Kapur about relationships and the nitty gritty in establishing and cultivating connections, with an open mindset to what value might be created. Prateek came to Australia two years ago as a post-grad student from India. So there’s a cross-cultural flavour to his relationships too as he shapes a new chapter in his workscape after completing his studies.
[38 min; released Oct 2020]

E15: Helen Palmer on creating the Self unLimited idea
Helen becomes the subject of the podcast, rather than the interviewer! The microphone is turned around so Dani Sirotic, good friend of Self unLimited asks Helen the questions. Dani probes to learn more about Helen’s past workscape and what shaped her thinking in creating the Self unLimited idea. Spoiler alert – there’s a recurring theme about possibilities!
[72 min; released Sep 2020]

E14: Maire Ruane about challenging health situation and work 
Helen talks with Maire Ruane about the challenging health situation she experienced and how she’s found ways to use this experience to help her thrive. She connected to her strengths in relationships, learning and sharing; and has got a buzz from purposeful activity to help others, and to save lives.
[33 min; released Aug 2020]

E13: Matt Mulrine on adventures in running his own business
Helen talks with Matt Mulrine about his adventures in passionately choosing to run his own business, and what he’s learnt from the challenges in this choice. Mindset is an important part! There are risks and rewards should you decide this is the life style you want.
[47 min; released Jul 2020]

E12: Ruari Wood-Freeman on taking a break from employment to explore
Helen talks with Ruari Wood-Freeman about his decision to create space with a temporary break from employment with a large corporate organisation, to creatively explore a different workscape. A bold decision for a young person so early in their working life!
[20 min; released Nov 2019]

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E11: Nisha and Patrik Mihailescu on interconnected work journeys
Helen talks with Nisha Leena Sinha Roy and her husband Patrik Mihailescu about their mutual Self unLimited journeys and exploring Value in their workscapes. The journey’s are not the same, yet they have powerful intersections that have shaped both their workscapes and their family life.
[45 min; released Oct 2019]

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E10: Eric Chan on choices that go against the status quo
Helen talks with Eric Chan about making career choices that go against the status quo. He shares about the influences, the challenges and the results for his choices. While in his early 30s, he’s got daring advice for people of all ages.
[59 min; released Jul 2019]
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E09: Helen Blunden on a creative side-gig to learn not earn
Helen talks with Helen Blunden about her side-gig: Reporting for CNT News Channel. It’s got nothing to do with money, and everything to do with learning, being creative and having fun. It’s also having positive flow-on effects to other parts of her life. She offers advice for those who are inspired to try something different.
[23 min; released Apr 2019]

E08: Eliza Lim on taking big leap to create her own business
Eliza Lim talks with guest interviewer Dani Sirotic about how she took the big leap to create her own retail business. She knew she was unhappy in the corporate world and had to make a change. She shares openly about the ups and downs of such change.
[31 min; released Nov 2018]

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E07: Kim Ballestrin on personal choices negotiated with employer
Helen and Kim Ballestrin talk about the choices Kim makes for herself, and in negotiation with her employer, that enables her to work in a Self unLimited manner.
[21 min; released Sep 2018]

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E06: Jason Leong on SU for personal and team development
Helen and Jason Leong talk about how the Self unLimited program was utilised in personal and professional development of his team. Jason also reflects on his own Self unLimited journey.
[32 min; released Jul 2018]

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E05: Angela Nielson on a simple idea to extend her network
Helen and Angela Nielson talk about how Angela extends her Relationships to bring diverse people from her network together in an informal awesome gathering.
[11 min; released Jun 2018]

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E04: Nisha Leena Sinha Roy about the shape of her Scenario 2 workscape
Helen and Nisha Leena Sinha Roy chat about what Nisha’s been exploring as different ways she does ‘extra-curricular’ activity in her Scenario 2 workscape. One of those is volunteer work with Girl Guides (Australia).
[36 min; released Apr 2018]

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E03: Brad Adriaanse on shaping up a personal workscape through wandering
Helen and Brad Adriaanse chat about how Brad unLimited is shaping up since he had some Self unLimited coaching. He’s been shifting across multiple Self unLimited Scenarios, and has insights and advice for people exploring and wandering like him.
[35 min; released Apr 2018]

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E02: Lisa Weber on the evolving shape of Lisa unLimited
Helen and Lisa Weber chat about how Lisa unLimited is shaping up since she attended a virtual class. She’s working Scenario 2 (employee with extra-curricular activities) in a large multi-national organisation, and has useful advice for people in a workscape like her.
[14 min; released Feb 2018]

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E01: Emma Smart on lessons learnt running her own creative business Helen and Emma Smart chat about how Emma unLimited is shaping up since we read her story in the Self unLimited book. She shares what lessons she’s learning as she runs her own creative business in her early 30s.
[21 min; released Jan 2018]

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