One aspect of business that I take very seriously with myself and my team is a continual focus on personal development. Not just for in work, but also for their personal lives, future goals and aspirations, and their own performance. It's crucial that you set yourself goals in life and work if you want to get anywhere, and achieving those goals and objectives will be hard work without investing any time in your own development. I encourage my staff to focus on developing themselves in work time, and out of work time. One of our current team objectives is reading the same book, and talking through a chapter with each other at our weekly team meetings.

This aside, my point is simple, start investing in yourself outside of your job if you want to get anywhere. For many of you, I understand your busy, and it's hard to get the time and structure to focus on much once you are home. With this in mind, we pulled together 5 of our favourite podcasts that we believe will be an investment in your personal, and professional lives.

Tony Robbins Podcast

1. The Tony Robbins Podcast

Tony Robbins, the #1 Life and Business Strategist, has helped over 50 million people from 100 countries create real and lasting change in their lives. In his podcast, he shares proven strategies and tactics that can achieve massive results in your business, relationships, health and finances. In addition to excerpts from his events and other, Tony and his team also conduct deeply insightful interviews with the most prominent masterminds and experts on the global stage, including many business global business leaders and entrepreneurs.

The Growth Show Podcast

2. The Growth Show

Each week, HubSpot sits down with one of today's top executives to unpack how they've been able to grow and build a world-class business. The Growth Show guests have included Warby Parker CEO Neil Blumenthal, Slack CMO Bill Macaitis, Tough Mudder CEO Will Dean, and theSkimm Founders Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin.

EntreLeadership Podcast

3. EntreLeadership

If you're an avid reader of business books, especially those related to building a business and subsequent management practices, you've probably heard of Dave Ramsey. He wrote a book in 2011 and now has a podcast that discusses the dynamics of what he termed as EntreLeadership.

Today, Ramsey reflects on the lessons he highlighted in the book through his podcasts, where he also shares important tricks and tips from business leaders like Simon Sinek, Seth Godin and Mark Cuban. Along the way, he discusses management procedures and practices critical to building and sustaining a successful business empire.

TEDTalks Business

4. TEDTalks Business

This example needs no further explanation. TEDTalks are incredible. Instead of having to sit in front of your computer to watch a TEDTalk, you can take it with you and listen on the go. Just make sure you have your notepad ready because the insights you'll uncover are brilliant. 


5. HBR IdeaCast

According to its website, "The HBR IdeaCast is our weekly audio podcast, bringing you the analysis and advice of the leading minds in management." The Harvard Business Review has long been known as a leading resource for business news and research, and this weekly podcast doesn’t disappoint: past guests include Eric Schmidt from Google, Harvard professors, biologists, and more. Even though their site requires a membership fee to read some articles, their podcast is currently free.