The Outliers Inn

The Outliers Inn

The Outliers Inn is a place where people from all businesses and roles within business can examine goings-ons from different and hopefully humourous perspectives. It’s a place where we can be a lot less serious about ourselves, what we do, what our businesses do, and the manner in which they do it. Whether you are in finanance, sales, logistics, production. operations, human resources. facilities management. information technology – whatever your role might be – business people are always taking themselves too seriously – or are taken too seriously by others. All that ends here. It’s a place where respectful irrevernce and self-deprecating humor is the order of the day. We release a new podcast at least once a month though when during the month that is varies based on everyone’s schedule. Please consider subscribing to the podcast so as not to miss an episode.... Show More

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September 22, 2020

Recorded: August 3, 2020

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Topic: One of our regular guests, Don Burshnick, stands-in for Antlerboy and takes his place behind the bar - somewhere at which he is all too familiar and steps right into the roll.

We start the evening off with a discussion about SpaceX and the successful completion of their manned mission to the International Space Station marked by the safe return to Earth of the astro...

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Recorded:
July 14, 2020

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Topic: Okay, the notion was noble, but the presentation might have been better.  If this was an episode of Master Chef with Antlerboy and JP being the wanna-be cooks, we would certainly have presented a repulsive-looking dish, but it tasted darn good.

So here’s the story;  Antlerboy and JP had noticed that all of the guests at The Outliers Inn have been men.  Certainly, the ...

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Recorded: June 3, 2020

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Topic: We find Antlerboy in much better spirits and more positive. He has been a bit beat down due to being locked-down. But is finding working in his London garden - replete with a cherry tree, recently Amazon-delivered pond weed, potatoes and onions - is very therapeutic. JP is happy for Antlerboy, but wonders; just how big is this garden in London?

JP is itching to get back in...

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Recorded: June 3, 2020

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Topic: Antlerboy and JP welcome the first-ever, all male and exclusively British guest roster. It's a veritible sausage fest, except its more like Bangers. Come give a listen as we mash it up (see what I did there?).

The episode starts with Antlerboy not being his usual joyful self, some would say "hacked-off", "fed up", or just "down in the dumps". And ...

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Topic: Antlerboy and JP celebrate the 50th episode of The Outliers Inn.  The theme of today’s show is “coming out of COVID-19” and we will be talking about our plans for re-entering society after government-imposed lockdowns.  JP, being blessed with abundant hair even with his years, shares that his first thing will be to get a haircut and to resupply on cigars which he has been without for some time.

Oli from Germany is our fir...

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Topic: With everyone in the world being locked-down, bored  rigid with nothing much better to do and in desperate need of speaking with someone other than their significant other or dog, it’s a full-house at The Outliers Inn with guests who hail from the States, the UK, Germany, and Iceland being represented.  The episode is long, but the conversation is fun and lively.

Standing in for co-host Benjamin “Antlerboy” Taylor is a re...

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Topic: The episode starts off rather professional (read dry) with Antlerboy sharing some rather serious endeavors he is launching.  He introduces two new podcasts; “Joy in Work; The public service transformation” and “Transduction; the systems complexity and cybernetics” – neither of which pose any competition to The Outliers Inn (not even close).  And he also shares another project; Requisite Agility managing change and uncertaint...

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Topic:  In this episode of The Outliers Inn, we talk about the risks involved in falling iguana’s, long-flights and sore bums, speculating on government numbers, eating bats, and preparing for retirement (or semi-retirement).

Antlerboy and JP start-off by sharing their experiences on recent travels with Antlerboy going to Southeast Asia and JP going to Florida.  We share some of our travel habits but the one we have in common is th...

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Topic:  We do another theme-based episode, this time on “New Year’s Resolutions”.  It doesn't matter whether they are funny or serious ones, but it does matter that your word and resolve is so useless that you can't keep a promise to yourself.  In that case, you might not even have any resolutions.  But if you do, you will probably find that no one other than yourself will follow up on them.  As the immortal Shakespeare onc...

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Topic:  In this episode of The Outliers Inn, we try something new – having a “theme” for the show.  As we approach the end of another year in time and space, we (ought to) become reflective of things said and done, failures and successes, fulfillments and hopes yet to fulfill themselves.  Like the Irish man who thought about the evils of drinking in the New Year – then he gave up thinking.  So we decided the theme for this show sho...

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Topic:  JP shares his challenges with a recent move of premises.  Many of the frustrations involve the discarding of waste in Germany; the myriad of bins and methods of discarding and the confusions that go with their use is but one of the challenges.  The biggest challenge, besides JP holding the opinion that his landlords were assholes and all that entails, was discarding larger items.  Since it is so difficult to shed yourself ...

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Topic: Antlerboy (aka Benjamin Taylor) continues to be plagued by substandard internet, although right in the middle of London and across the street to MI-6, yet can only get ADSL service to his office.  How can that be in 2019?  Broadcasting from home is not possible because Antlerboy is too “afraid” to tell his wife to be quiet as a mouse for an hour whilst we are recording.  Not to be undone, JP laments about his “high-tech hou...

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Topic: An eclectic bunch of visitors visited The Outliers Inn sharing a myriad of challenges.

It was another successful Open Mic Night at The Outliers Inn.  Word is spreading of the new format of having random call-in guests is taking hold with the guests being greater in number and in energy.

We start with Antlerboy and JP talking about attending and participating in conferences and whether they are worth it.  Generally speaking, ...

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Topic: Business Owners get the leftovers and – unrelated – how it sucks to get old and looking for a job.

The issue has been settled.  The Outliers Inn will no longer take reservations, but rely solely on walk-ins.  From this day forth, we will rely on the eccentricity of our audience and their eclectic interests, ideas, and opinions.

Antlerboy and RedQuadrant reached a milestone – 10yrs in business.  Congratulations are in order i...

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Topic: Another “Open Mic Night” at The Outliers Inn.  Listen in on Antlerboy and JP as they discuss the Women’s World Cup; Renowned Transdisciplinary Behavioural Strategist, Organisational Misbehaviourist, and Ironist, Richard Claydon; and data privacy in the context of cyber security. We start with the discussion of soccer and the recent win of the Women’s World Cup by the American team.  We ponder (well, mostly JP wonders), why t...

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Topic: This episode finds us short of guests, but the show must go on.!  So, in an act of desperation and in search of fresh meat, we look inward and bring Chas – our podcast technician extraordinaire – from behind the curtain and into the spotlight.  Little did we know we were going to enter “Dr Whoopee’s Wayback Machine” and go back in time to discuss the earliest in personal computer technology.  Names like “Sinclair” and “Apple...

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Topic: Although fraught with great peril, our intrepid hosts open-up the podcast to call-ins.  What can go wrong?  Well, everything can go wrong.  But in spite of the incredible odds, our first call-in episode went rather well.  So well, in fact, that the call-in format will be our new standard format for the show. In this first call-in episode, we will discuss the challenges faced when authority to effect transformation does not e...

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Topic: It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to hoover it. What can improv and performing comedy tell us about learning and collaboration?  After discovering several contacts in common, JP and Benjamin are joined by the Public Service Transformation Academy's  Paul Conneely to talk insights from his past forays into improv and comedy and their applicability to the developing collaborate and innovate teams

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Topic: Joining AntlerBoy and JP today at the Outliers Inn is Michael Webb, President of Sales Performance Consultants.  Michael will share the wisdom he has gained working in sales; from his start at Borroughs Corporation, and Rockwell Automation before founding his firm in 2002.  Most people believe there are two types of sales forecasts; wrong ones and lucky ones.  But Michael believes this is wrong – even lazy.  That there are w...

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Topic: We welcome Don Burshnick, President of Alpha-1 Technologies LLC to “The Outliers Inn”, where we will learn of the importance of preventative maintenance and the conflict that exists between maintaining equipment so that it runs in an optimal state and a company’s reluctance to invest in the proper maintenance of their equipment and being satisfied with keeping their machines running, even if they are producing crap.  An we w...

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