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Episode 6 : Richard and Holly Branson: On Being 100% Human

November 22, 2021 | [wpv-post-taxonomy-iterator taxonomy="season" field="views|shortcode|single|wpv-taxonomy-title"][wpv-taxonomy-title][/wpv-post-taxonomy-iterator] | 36:08

Richard Branson is known around the world as a fearless entrepreneur willing to risk life and limb—and sometimes even his reputation—to pursue professional challenges and purposeful play. It might surprise you to learn that he grew up shy and dyslexic. In the eyes of his loved ones, he is first and foremost a family man.

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When Branson and his wife first got married and raised their young family—daughter Holly and son Sam—the CEO of the expanding Virgin empire lived on a cramped houseboat in London’s Little Venice. Holly was born on the houseboat. The small square footage ensured that business inevitably mixed with family: deals were conducted in the same room where the kids were playing or watching TV. But Richard never asked them to turn the volume down.


As Holly recalls, “It was always family first.”


That sense of reimagining the workplace had a lasting effect on Richard, who has long encouraged work-life balance. But now a Virgin initiative, incubated in partnership with The B Team, is leading a much deeper dive to make the modern workplace more human.


The initiative, 100% Human at Work, is a consortium of companies—500 at latest count—that are exploring and sharing new ways to support people in achieving their highest potential.


And in a poetic full circle, the torch has been passed to Holly. “100% Human is my passion,” she says, “making sure that all of our people can be 100% themselves at work, 100% of the time.”


In this episode of 10x Bolder, you’ll also hear about Richard’s admiration for failures, including his own launch of Virgin Cola; how he was a climate skeptic until Al Gore showed up at his London flat for an impromptu breakfast lecture; and why Richard’s unquenchable belief that there is a solution for every problem—and his inability to turn people down—led to his Virgin Group nickname, “Dr. Yes.”


More Resources:

Branson Family Blog

New York Times: Richard and Holly Branson: A Father-Daughter Conversation

Entrepreneur: What Richard Branson Learned from His Seven Biggest Failures

100% Human at Work


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Richard Branson

Holly Branson

Episode 6: Richard and Holly Branson: On Being 100% Human

November 22, 2021 | Season 1 | 36:08

Richard Branson is known around the world as a fearless entrepreneur willing to risk life and limb—and sometimes even his reputation—to pursue professional challenges and purposeful play. It might surprise you to learn that he grew up shy and dyslexic. In the eyes of his loved ones, he is first and foremost a family man.

Read More

When Branson and his wife first got married and raised their young family—daughter Holly and son Sam—the CEO of the expanding Virgin empire lived on a cramped houseboat in London’s Little Venice. Holly was born on the houseboat. The small square footage ensured that business inevitably mixed with family: deals were conducted in the same room where the kids were playing or watching TV. But Richard never asked them to turn the volume down.


As Holly recalls, “It was always family first.”


That sense of reimagining the workplace had a lasting effect on Richard, who has long encouraged work-life balance. But now a Virgin initiative, incubated in partnership with The B Team, is leading a much deeper dive to make the modern workplace more human.


The initiative, 100% Human at Work, is a consortium of companies—500 at latest count—that are exploring and sharing new ways to support people in achieving their highest potential.


And in a poetic full circle, the torch has been passed to Holly. “100% Human is my passion,” she says, “making sure that all of our people can be 100% themselves at work, 100% of the time.”


In this episode of 10x Bolder, you’ll also hear about Richard’s admiration for failures, including his own launch of Virgin Cola; how he was a climate skeptic until Al Gore showed up at his London flat for an impromptu breakfast lecture; and why Richard’s unquenchable belief that there is a solution for every problem—and his inability to turn people down—led to his Virgin Group nickname, “Dr. Yes.”


More Resources:

Branson Family Blog

New York Times: Richard and Holly Branson: A Father-Daughter Conversation

Entrepreneur: What Richard Branson Learned from His Seven Biggest Failures

100% Human at Work


GUESTS

Richard Branson

Holly Branson

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