Adam Ashton, What You Will Learn – InnovaBuzz 187

Adam Ashton

Adam Ashton, What You Will Learn

In this episode, I’m really excited to have on the InnovaBuzz podcast as my guest, Adam Ashton, one of the co-hosts of the What You Will Learn Podcast. Together with his co-host, Adam Jones, they read a new book each week and share the biggest lessons and best takeaways from those books on their podcast.

In our discussion, Adam talked to me about

  • Starting a podcast as a way to learn for himself and his business partner and to hold them accountable to read
  • “The Laws of Human Nature” by Robert Greene, with key lessons about building an awareness of our self-sabotaging behaviours in relation to others
  • “The Excellence Dividend” Tom Peters, with his message of people first – to grow a thriving, and health organisation.

Steve Glaveski on episode 175  introduced us to Adam.

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Team culture is so important. One apple could spoil the whole barrel. Adam Ashton of @WYWLPodcast on #InnovaBuzz podcast Share on X

Show Notes from this episode with Adam Ashton, co-host of the What You Will Learn Podcast

Key points and take-aways from this episode include:

  • There are so many good books out there. We will never run out of good books.
  • Envy is such a powerful driver of what we do. It comes from having to admit that somebody else is a little bit better than us. Instead of turning away from that person and trying to degrade them, you should try to emulate them. Take some of the good things they have done and apply it to yourself as you go. 
  • It all boils down to having good people and having a great culture. 
  • MBWA (Management by Walking Around) – as a leader, it means having a lot of unstructured time to get out and talk to people. It is all about being visible in all of the different areas of the business.
  • Don’t summon people to come to your office because that’s a scary thing. Instead, go to their office because it is way less intimidating and it makes you seem approachable. 
  • Be seen to be seen. 
  • Team culture is so important. One apple could spoil the whole barrel.
  • There are so many talented people out there, so don’t hire jerks. There are so many people who are competent and can do the job effectively. There is no one who is going to be an order of magnitude better and is worth putting up with their bad behaviour if they are being a jerk.
  • Technical skill is one thing. People skill is another thing.
  • Podcasting is a networking hack of sorts. There are so many ways you could take it. 
Be seen to be seen. – Adam Ashton of @WYWLPodcast on #InnovaBuzz podcast Share on X

The Buzz – Our Innovation Round

Here are Adam’s answers to the questions of our Innovation round. Listen to the interview to get the full scoop.

  1. #1 thing to be more innovative – Be open to new ideas. Be open to potentially a different way of doing things. The core of innovation is doing something a little bit different and in order to be different, you have to be open to thinking differently.
  2. Best thing for new ideas – Try stuff. Try things, test it, and tweak it as you go.
  3. Favourite tool for innovation –  Goodreads
  4. Keep project / client on track – Write a physical list. 
  5. Differentiate – Read the book “Originals” by Adam Grant. To get better is actually just to do a lot more. Pick a lot of things and do a lot of different things.

To Be a Leader

Being a leader is more than just the technical side of it. Do what you can to be a good person. Small things that change the way you view yourself and the way that you view other people could add up to a big shift over time. 

Reach Out

You can reach out and thank Adam through their website and email

Suggested Guest

Adam suggested I interview Adam Murray of the Subtle Disruptor podcast and Dr. Amantha Imber of Inventium. So Adam and Amantha, keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation from us to the InnovaBuzz podcast, courtesy of Adam Ashton.


Check out What You Will Learn’s favourite and most impactful books that they’ve read! Get access to the Top 50 Best Books of All Time

Books mentioned in the podcast

Cool things about Adam

  • He wrote the book “MHS Entrepreneurs“, which details the entrepreneurial journey of 7 Melbourne High School old boys.
  • He is the Chief Podcast Editor of Podcast Creations.
  • He was always a bit of nerdy kid when he was young. 
Small things that change the way you view yourself and the way that you view other people could add up to a big shift over time.  – Adam Ashton of @WYWLPodcast on #InnovaBuzz podcast Share on X

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Jürgen Strauss

Dr. Jürgen Strauss is The World's Best Human-Centred Podcasting Coach and the only Podcast Innovator with the signature bright yellow headphones, who masterfully crafts human connection for high-impact achievers in a vibrant community. You can find Jürgen on LinkedIn, The InnovaBuzz Podcast, The Flywheel Nation Community as well as on Innovabiz' InstagramTwitter, Facebook pages and his personal Photography website.  

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