Transforming Workplaces: Embracing Change with “Punks in Suits”

‘A crisply written account of the big themes leaders need to consider about our modern workplaces, transformed forever by Covid, remote working and new tech like artificial intelligence. A thought provoking primer for business leaders looking to get the most out of a modern workforce by moving beyond the tired, old strategies designed for Industrial-Age management.’
— Dougal Shaw, BBC Journalist and Author of “CEO Secrets”

In a world where workplaces seem caught in a time warp, Blaire Palmer’s latest book, “Punks in Suits,” is a rallying cry for a much-needed revolution. Drawing from Gallup’s 2023 Workplace Report, which revealed that over half of employees are disengaged or simply going through the motions, Palmer shines a light on the urgent need for change.

A seasoned advocate for shaking up the traditional corporate landscape, Palmer brings her 24 years of experience as a leadership consultant and keynote speaker to the forefront. “Punks in Suits” challenges leaders to question outdated norms and embrace a new era of work, one that values humanity, trust, and adaptability.

Through insightful analysis and real-world examples, Palmer identifies six key areas ripe for transformation: embracing humanity, fostering trust, dismantling hierarchy, redefining leadership, embracing change, and prioritizing purpose-driven business. Each chapter is enriched with interviews from industry leaders, offering practical insights and inspiration for readers.

Palmer’s message is clear: the time for change is now. Just as the industrial revolution reshaped society, the digital age demands a fundamental shift in how we approach work. The pandemic has only accelerated this need for adaptation. Leaders must embrace curiosity, challenge the status quo, and prioritize human connection to ensure their teams and organizations thrive in the years to come.

“Punks in Suits” is more than a book; it’s a call to arms for leaders ready to make a lasting impact. By embracing change and prioritizing the well-being of their teams, leaders can build a legacy that leaves the workplace—and the world—better than they found it.

Launch on Amazon: 10th April 2024 


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Back in the 90s, Blaire Palmer was a BBC news journalist, working for flagship Radio 4 programmes like Today and Woman’s Hour. She became fascinated with the new field of leadership coaching and became one of the first professional certified coaches in Europe having left the BBC in 2000. Since then, she’s been coaching, provoking and challenging senior leaders and their teams to help them figure out how to lead their organisations in these fast changing times. Currently, Blaire speaks internationally at conferences and events, calling on audiences of senior leaders to rethink what leadership means in the twenty-first century. She draws on her experience, all of those private and highly personal conversations, the breakthroughs she’s seen extraordinary leaders make and the mistakes she’s seen less enlightened leaders make (largely when their egos got in the way of them hearing what they were being told). Increasingly from the stage she’s imploring audiences (with, she hopes, a sense of humour and an appreciation of just how hard it is to do what she’s asking) to get out of the way of their people and stop being the barrier to those people doing their best work.

By Women's Business Club

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