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There are podcasts of every conceivable genre, and among them are expert perspectives on business, tech, innovation and organisational management that can prove great sources of knowledge to CIOs.

The perfect accompaniment to your morning commute, here are some of the best podcasts for CIOs and business leaders. 

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Leadership and management 


Appropriately serious with droplets of humour and the tangential, this monthly podcast from yours truly delivers interviews with top UK tech leaders, and extensive discussion of all the issues most relevant to CIOs in the UK.

Hosted by CIO UK Editor, Edward Qualtrough, recent episodes feature interviews with Alison Davis, CIO of the Francis Crick Institute and Sharon Cooper, CDO at BMJ.

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Dose of Leadership

Dose of Leadership is a business podcast which offers advice and interviews on leadership.

Hosted by certified leadership coach and speaker, Richard Rierson, and featuring interviews with business leaders and executives on how they developed their leadership skills as well as throwing in plenty of personal anecdotes about his own successful trajectory.

What Great Bosses Know

What Great Bosses Know is a leadership and communication podcast by Jill Geisler, author of Work happy: What great bosses know.

These short podcast episodes are packed with useful advice on management skills to help make you a better leader. Although not currently releasing episodes, there is an extensive backlog for you to mine for the most relevant pieces of insight. 

Manager Tools

This podcast can help you get out of any sticky management situation with the help of practical advice delivered by entertaining hosts, Michael Auzenne and Mark Horstman.

Listen to Manager Tools here.  

Engaging Leader

Engaging Leader is a weekly podcast which focuses on delivering change in a team.

This podcast promotes communication, engagement and leadership amongst teams by sharing management advice to business leaders. 

Highlights including 'Building a High-Performing and Health-Drive Culture' and 'Multiplier – How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter' focus on how the leader and their employees can ensure effective business management.

Read to Lead

Read to Lead is a leading management podcast aimed at all business models.

It primarily focuses on leadership, productivity and personal development, and helping leaders to transform their management style.

Secret Leaders

Secret Leaders is a weekly podcast which showcases interviews from the most inspiring figures in the UK tech and creative scenes, hosted by Dan Murray and Rich Martell. It has featured recent interviews from the co-founder of Just Eat and co-founder of Songkick.

The show is jargon-heavy provides detailed insight into entrepreneurship and business.

Digital transformation

Outside In

Outside In, hosted by Charles Trevail, provides insight into some the world's biggest customer-centric brands and details their digital transformation journeys every step of the way.

With a selection of episode categories such as communication and messaging, customer experience, customer strategy and product and service development, the episodes tend to feature business leaders discussing how consumers are changing and more.

Listen here.


Gartner’s podcast channel Thinkcast features conversations combining business and technology, and offers expert insight into how business leaders can develop successful organisations in the digital era.

Listen here.

Business and Entrepreneurs

How I Built This

This is yet another impressive podcast from the inimitable NPR. It features successful entrepreneurs - in the league of Instagram, Airbnb and Ben and Jerry's - discussing how they built their business from ground up. It will provide interest and inspiration for anyone in the business world.

Listen to How I Built This here.  


In a similar vein to How I built this, Mixergy also features success stories from some of the world's best known entrepreneurs and how they overcame various challenges in their personal lives. 

Listen to Mixergy here.  

HBR Idea Cast

From the Harvard Business Review, this podcast features interviews with academic heavyweights on all things work-related, hosted by HBR editor, Sarah Green.  

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CIO Talk Network

Formerly known as CIO Talk Radio, CIO Talk Network is a monthly podcast discussing technology leadership and innovation and management techniques used by global IT leaders.

This free podcast lets you create a playlist, categorise podcasts, and gain an insight into upcoming episodes.

Highlights include 'Learning as a Leader', 'Acing the 4 Critical Behaviours for Leadership Success' and 'Value Your Customer Above All Else'.


CIPD is a UK podcast which focuses on business development.

It offers in-depth interviews with leading executives who communicate and share their experiences and tackles challenging topics in episodes such as 'Coaching: It's a culture thing', 'Ethics: a leadership imperative' and 'Boardroom diversity'.

CIPD is ideal for IT professionals and starting CIOs wanting to move their career forward, seek advice and keep up with the pace of change in business management.



Hosted by crypto/blockchain journalist Laura Shin, Unchained is a podcast that focuses on all things blockchain and how the emerging tech could transform "every trust-based interaction" that you can think of.

Listeners can tune into talks about everything from early adopters in financial services, healthcare, and government to future use cases and other potential opportunities to be had with blockchain.

Listen here.

This week in Machine learning & AI

Machine learning and artificial intelligence can be tough topics to get your head around, let alone keeping abreast of all the latest updates in the field or separating the snake oil from the actual innovation. TWiMI & AI provides updates on upcoming conferences and events for listeners to attend, and frequently feature AI experts as guest contributors to go over the fine details of various AI/ML use cases.

Listen here.

Reply All 

Reply All is a quirky show examining the weirdest bits of tech ephemera littering the internet. Stories are unravelled in a pleasing, narrative fashion by hosts, PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman. Relevant to any tech heads after a good mystery. 

Listen here.

WSJ The Future of Everything 

Examining pertinent topics hailing from the near to distant future, this podcast from the Wall Street Journal unsurprisingly handles a lot of tech related themes. Listen to these short episodes and you're sure to arrive at work feeling a little smarter. 

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