Self-proclaimed “northern pirate”, Michelle Minnikin is a Chartered Psychologist and Co-Captain of Work Pirates. “We’re like the A-Team, but for organisations”, says Michelle. The business is every bit as cheeky and rebellious as Michelle herself and her heart is clearly in it. Pirates don’t do ‘rules’ but they do have ‘a code’ and so does Work Pirates. Happiness at work, life/work balance (in that order), loving work and helping organisations to help themselves – these are some of things that Michelle and ‘her crew’ are fighting for. Pirate analogies aside, Michelle speaks with a candour and an honesty about herself that is refreshing many will resonate with. Inspired by the book; Be More Pirate by Sam Connie Allende; “I loved every word”, Michelle not only adopted its principle but tracked down the author “I dragged him up to my house in Newcastle” she smiles and received his blessing to start putting his principles into practice. Michelle has that rare and wonderful knack of being able to simplify everything into a language that all can understand. Her superpowers? “I am able to put myself in others shoes and understand what makes them tick. And “I’m not afraid to have difficult conversations”. Coaching, psychology and laughter abound as well as a quite brilliant and insightful history of pirates (did you know that pirates invented cocktails?!) in this swashbuckling episode!

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