How to Be Awesome at Your Job

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If your job requires substantial thinking and collaboration, this podcast will help you flourish at work. Each week, Pete grills thought-leaders and results-getters to discover specific, actionable insights that boost work performance. These practical nuggets sharpen the universal skills every professional needs. Pete has coached world-class thinkers from 50 countries, every Ivy League university, and many elite companies to work brilliance. Now, let his VIP guests guide you to becoming a better thinker, doer, presenter, and leader. More career fun, wins, meaning, and money await. Transcripts, show notes, and handy resources available at

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380: The Five Routes to Personal Change with Jane Ransom

Trainer, author, and master hypnotist Jane Ransom discusses how you can remap the brain’s neural pathways toward what you want using self-intelligence and self-hypnosis.


You'll Learn:

  1. Scientific proof for the effectiveness of hypnosis
  2. How to strengthen the neural pathways to achieve behavioral change
  3. The interconnectedness of self-discipline and self-forgiveness


About Jane:

Jane Ransom is a coach, speaker, trainer, master hypnotist, dedicated optimist and an incurable science nerd. The international publisher Quarto Group recently released her book Self-Intelligence: The New Science-Based Approach to Reaching Your True Potential. She helps individuals transform their lives and works with organizations to improve leadership and strengthen employee engagement.


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Dec 14, 2018
379: The Four Steps to Creating Chemistry with Others with Barney Feinberg

Veteran life coach Barney Feinberg shares how appreciating your many values can help you better connect with others and facilitate chemistry for smooth working relationships.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to identify your values from your life’s peak moments
  2. Approaches for discovering the values of others from what they say
  3. How we end up settling in our relationships


About Barney:

Barney Feinberg began his career as a CPA learning the language of business. At the age of twenty-five, his career journey took him to live in Asia for seven years, where he was COO for a large clothing conglomerate. There he learned how to assimilate into a multitude of cultures, always with the purpose of building strong relationships at work. His career in executive placement began in 1994 and in 2002, he became a certified coach with the Coaches Training Institute. Over the past 25 years he has worked with thousands of executives, coaching them on how to strengthen their chemistry factor for greater success.


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Dec 12, 2018
378: How to Tackle Uncertainty--and Enjoy It with Josh Kaufman

Josh Kaufman shares his research regarding tackling uncertainty, the value of persistence in new skill acquisition, and best practices for self-directed learning.



You’ll Learn:

  1. The PICS formula for assessing your goals
  2. The five parts of every business mental model
  3. How and Why to pre-commit to learning a new skill



About Josh

Josh’s research focuses on business, skill acquisition, productivity, creativity, applied psychology, and practical wisdom. His unique, multidisciplinary approach to business mastery and rapid skill acquisition has helped millions of readers around the world learn essential concepts and skills on their own terms.

Josh’s research has been featured by The New York Times, The BBC, The Wall Street JournalTimeBusinessWeek, Wired, Fast Company, Financial Times, Lifehacker, CNN, and many others.

Josh has been a featured speaker at Stanford University, World Domination Summit, Pioneer Google, and many others. was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs” and his TEDx talk was viewed over 12 million times.


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Dec 10, 2018
377: How to Disarm the Energy Vampires at Work with Dr. Judith Orloff

New York Times bestselling author and psychiatrist Dr. Judith Orloff shines on light on highly sensitive people, how to connect with them, and how to defend against forces that drain your energy.


You’ll Learn:

  1. The difference between ordinary empathy, highly sensitive people, and empaths
  2. Two ways to avoid absorbing the emotions of your environment
  3. The important skills the rest of us can learn from highly sensitive people


About Judith

Dr. Judith Orloff is a New York Times bestselling author who specializes in treating sensitive people in her Los Angeles based private practice. Dr. Orloff is on the psychiatric clinical faculty at UCLA. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, PBS, and in USA Today and The Oprah Magazine, and the Los Angeles times.


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Dec 07, 2018
376: How to Become the Success Nobody Saw Coming: Research Insights into “Dark Horses” from Harvard’s Todd Rose

Bestselling author and Harvard professor Todd Rose dissects how Dark Horses became successful and how you can apply their secret to live a reliably fulfilling career and live


You'll Learn:

  1. The implications of pursuing personal fulfillment vs. power, wealth, or prestige
  2. The most important step to understanding what fulfills you
  3. Why fulfillment isn’t just for the rich


About Todd:

Todd Rose was a high school dropout with D- grades and a GPA of 0.9.  He caused a ruckus in class and was suspended several times. He married his teenage girlfriend and by the age of 21, was trying to support a wife and two sons on welfare and minimum wage jobs.

In less than a decade, Rose was able to turn his life around from a dead-end factory job to the most influential spheres of American academia. Today he’s the director of the Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and cofounder of Populace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming how we learn, work, and live. His previous book, The End of Average, was a best seller and his talks have been featured at TedX, the Aspen Ideas Festival, SXSW, Google, Microsoft, Pixar, Costco, JP Morgan, Chevron, and Colin Powell’s America’s Promise.


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Dec 05, 2018
375: How and Why to Communicate Mindfully with Oren Jay Sofer

Meditation practitioner and author Oren Jay Sofer hashes out the tenets of mindful and non-violent communication to help get ot the heart of every interaction.


You’ll Learn:

  1. Key steps for getting what you want without causing defensiveness in others
  2. Two points of subtext to listen for when someone speaks
  3. How to gain emotional agility


About Oren

Oren Jay Sofer leads retreats and workshops on mindful communication throughout the United States. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in comparative religion from columbia University and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication. Oren also creates mindfulness training programs for apps and organizations. He lives in Richmond, California.


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Dec 03, 2018
374: Future-Proofing Your Career through Three Key Skills with Stephen Warley

Stephen Warley shares the critical skills that keep you valuable in a changing work landscape.


You'll Learn:

  1. Two exercises for increasing self-awareness
  2. Four key questions to ask yourself every single day
  3. Why--and how--to embrace discomfort better


About Stephen:

Stephen Warley has been self-employed for more than a decade, and he shares how to build the life skills that matter for the new nature of work. Stephen helps people build self-awareness  and other skills through his writing and coaching work at Life Skills That Matter.


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Nov 30, 2018
373: Getting Consistently Good Results from Yourself and Others with Weldon Long

Weldon Long explains how his FEAR framework helped turn him from three-time ex-convict to a New York Times bestselling author and top sales expert.


You'll Learn:

  1. How Weldon went from being a dropout and convict to a star salesperson
  2. A five-step process for getting what you want from others
  3. Achieving more consistent results through the FEAR framework


About Weldon:

Weldon Long is a high school dropout who spent 13 years in prison for robbery, money laundering, and mail fraud. While in prison, Weldon started studying; earning his GED, BS in Law, and MBA in Management. Then, at 39 years old, Weldon was released. While living in a homeless shelter, Weldon landed a commission-only sales position and quickly became the company's top sales leader. In 2004 he opened his own heating and cooling business and grew it into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. He now trains the sales teams at major Fortune 500 corporations including FedEx, Farmers, and Home Depot.


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Nov 28, 2018
372: How to Take the Work out of Networking with Karen Wickre

Karen Wickre shares ways both introverts and extroverts can grow their networks without that transactional feeling.


You'll Learn:

  1. A pro-tip for how to build up your network despite social anxiety
  2. How to farm for contacts instead of hunting for them
  3. The strength of weak ties


About Karen:

Karen Wickre is the former Editorial Director at Twitter, where she landed after a decade-long career at Google. She is a member of the Board of Visitors for the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, and serves on the boards of the International Center for Journalists, the News Literacy Project, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has been a featured columnist for and is a cofounder of Newsgeist, an annual gathering conference fostering new approaches to news and information. She is the author of Taking the Work Out of Networking and lives in San Francisco.


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Nov 26, 2018
Black Friday 2018

Here are a few of our favorite things when it comes to productivity at work and at home.

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Nov 23, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving 2018

We talk about gratitude's power for your capacity to be awesome at your job and more.


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Nov 21, 2018
371: The Keys That Make a Great Team with Don Yaeger

Nationally acclaimed speaker and long-time Sports Illustrated editor Don Yaeger highlights the key differences that make a great team.


You'll Learn:

  1. How every organization is changing the world in some way
  2. Key practices that can bring your team’s “why” to life
  3. How great teams address dysfunction


About Don:

Don Yaeger is a nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker, longtime Associate Editor of Sports Illustrated, and author of over 30 books, eleven of which have become New York Times Best-sellers. His messages focus on achieving greatness. He began his career at the San Antonio Light in Texas, and also worked at the Dallas Morning News and the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville before going to work for Sports Illustrated.


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Nov 19, 2018
370: Increasing Your Perceived Competence with Jack Nasher

Professor and mentalist Jack Nasher shares compelling research revealing how conveying additional confidence perceived competence. 


You'll Learn:

  1. The two things that enhance your perceived competence and how you can show them
  2. How to optimally manage expectations
  3. How likability and attractiveness play into perceived competence


About Jack:

Jack Nasher is on the faculty of Stanford University and the widest read business psychologist in continental Europe. An Oxford graduate, he has worked with the UN, the European Court of Justices, and Skadden. He is the founder of the NASHER Negotiation Institute and is a leading expert on reading and influencing people. A member of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology and a principle practitioner with the Association of Business Psychologists, he has spoken at TEDx and he also performs as a mentalist at the world-renowned Magic Castle in Hollywood.


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Nov 16, 2018
369: Avoiding The Perils of Workplace Technology with Dan Schawbel

New York Times bestselling author Dan Schawbel discusses appropriate uses of technology and how to find fulfillment in your career.


You’ll Learn:

  1. How to set career expectations
  2. Three tips for increasing productivity and improving work relationships
  3. How (and when!) to use technology to improve relationships


About Dan

Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author, Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, and the Founder of both Millennial Branding and Through his companies, he’s conducted dozens of research studies and worked with major brands including American Express, GE, Microsoft, Virgin, IBM, Coca Cola and Oracle. Dan has interviewed over 2,000 of the world’s most successful people, including Warren Buffett, Anthony Bourdain, Jessica Alba, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and me! He is the host of “5 Questions with Dan Schawbel”, a podcast where he interviews a variety of world-class humans by asking them 5 questions in less than 15 minutes. In addition, he has written countless articles for Forbes, Fortune, TIME, The Economist, The Harvard Business Review, and others that have combined generated over 15 million views. Schawbel has been profiled or quoted in over 2,000 media outlets. He has been recognized on several lists including Inc. & Forbes Magazines “30 Under 30.”


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Nov 14, 2018
Happy Veterans Day 2018

Reflecting on Veterans Day with gratitude and how veterans have a lot to teach us when it comes to being awesome at our jobs.


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Nov 12, 2018
368: Upgrading Your Productivity through Accountability with Focusmate’s Taylor Jacobson

Focusmate founder and CEO Taylor Jacobson breaks down how tribal psychology and accountability work partners can do wonders for your work and life.


You'll Learn:

  1.  The biggest distraction drivers in the workplace
  2. Four streamlined to-do list hacks
  3. Why NOT to rely on willpower


About Taylor:

Taylor is the founder and CEO of Focusmate building productivity software that works when nothing else will. He's a trained executive coach with clients like Yale, Cornell, and Wharton, a wannabe adventurer and a recovering pizza addict turned holistic  health aspirant.


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Nov 09, 2018
367: How to Project Vocal Confidence with Allison Shapira

Speech coach and ex-opera singer Allison Shapira teaches tips and tricks for better projecting your voice.


You'll Learn:

  1. How you’re likely breathing wrong and what to do about it
  2. Three ways the power of your voice is reduced
  3. The key things most people neglect when preparing for a speech


About Allison:

Allison is the CEO/Founder of Global Public Speaking LLC. A former opera singer and TEDx speaker, she teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School and offers keynote speeches, workshops, and executive coaching for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofits around the world.

Allison works with global brands as a highly-rated speaker, trainer, and executive coach. She also travels around the world teaching leadership communication to help women leaders grow their business, run for office, or launch a nonprofit. She holds a master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, is a member of the National Speakers Association, and is an internationally-renowned singer/songwriter who uses music as a way to help others find their voice and their courage to speak. She speaks Italian and Hebrew and has studied 8 other languages.


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Nov 07, 2018
366: Mastering Conversations through Compassionate Curiosity with Kwame Christian

Negotiate Anything podcast host Kwame Christian lays out the compassionate curiosity framework and how to apply it to negotiations with others and with yourself for any aspect of your life.


You'll Learn:

  1. How and why to deal with our “inner toddler” in high-stakes conversations
  2. How being persuadable makes you persuasive
  3. Two key phrases for when you don’t know what to say


About Kwame:

Kwame is a corporate attorney with a passion for using negotiation and the psychology of persuasion to help clients get the best deals possible. HisTEDx Talk, Finding Confidence in Conflict, was viewed over 24,000 times in 24 hours and Kwame also hosts the top negotiation podcast in the country, Negotiate Anything. The show has been downloaded over 250,000 times and is a resource for business professionals in over 140 different countries.


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Nov 05, 2018
365: How to Switch to a Completely Different Career with Dr. Dawn Graham

Wharton Career Director and Author of Switchers Dr. Dawn Graham shows how to make yourself an attractive candidate during a career switch.


You'll Learn:

  1. The number one advantage of being a switcher
  2. Three tips for rebranding yourself on LinkedIn
  3. How to answer the “Why do you want this job?” question


About Dawn:

Dr. Dawn Graham is a career switch coach, Wharton Lecturer & EMBA Career Director, author, licensed psychologist, Forbes contributor, and Sirius XM Radio Host of the popular "Career Talk" show. She combines her experience as an Expert Career Coach, Licensed Psychologist, and Former Recruiter to give career switchers the strategies they need to break through obstacles and land the job they want.


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Nov 02, 2018
364: Overcoming Overwhelm with Tonya Dalton (Host of the Productivity Paradox podcast)

inkWELL Press Founder & CEO Tonya Dalton gives her take on being more productive daily by figuring out and focusing on your passions instead of on other people’s fires.


You'll Learn:

  1. Where overwhelm truly comes from
  2. How to craft the three components of your personal North Star
  3. Approaches for doing a brain dump that boosts productivity


About Tonya:

Tonya Dalton is a highly sought-after productivity expert and successful entrepreneur. Tonya started her current business, inkWELL Press, in 2014 and quickly built it into a seven-figure company providing organizational tools & education to thousands of people around the globe. Her goal is to help you use the power of productivity to achieve your dreams and find fulfillment in all aspects of your life. She’s also the host of   Productivity Paradox.


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Oct 31, 2018
363: Three Ways to Increase Your Pay (and Make it Go Farther) with Andy Hill (Host of the Marriage, Kids, and Money Podcast)

Andy Hill shares how he got his pay bumped in three different ways...and how to keep that money from flowing out.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to figure out when you should change companies
  2. Tips to boost the trait that helps you get a pay bump
  3. The best mental trick for saving money


About Andy:

Andy Hill is award-winning corporate event marketing professional that has managed programs for luxury brands such as Gulfstream, Bentley and Audi of America. During his 15-year career, he's grown from entry level to Director level by exceeding his client's and his management's expectations each year. 

Andy also hosts a podcast called Marriage, Kids and Money that helps young families grow their wealth. The podcast was nominated by Plutus as "Best New Personal Finance Podcast" in 2017. He has partnered with brands such as Quicken Loans, Credit Sesame and Tomorrow to spread a message of financial wellness and security. 

His podcast and blog can be found at and you can connect with Andy professionally on LinkedIn at  

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Oct 29, 2018
362 : Taking Control of Your Interactions with Maryann Karinch

Maryann Karinch shares how to give information-rich responses and make connections that will steer conversations and interactions in your favor.


You'll Learn:

  1. The difference between answering vs. responding
  2. Three ways to use keywords for memorability
  3. Body language tips for forming a connection


About Maryann:

Maryann Karinch has written numerous books on human behavior and health, including eight with Gregory Hartley that feature insights into reading and using body language. She uses this expertise in coaching business executives, law enforcement personnel, and other professionals in detecting deceit, defusing tense situations, and negotiating with both friendly and hostile sources.


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Oct 26, 2018
361: Communicating In the Language of Leadership with Chris Westfall

Communications expert and pitch champion Chris Westfall illustrates how leadership is a language of the heart and how to achieve it through a perspective change.


You'll Learn:

  1. The three ways that people listen to each other
  2. Two ‘you’ phrases that will help you get what you want
  3. The thought that makes the impossible possible


About Chris:

Chris is national pitch champion and an award-winning MBA instructor at a top-20 program, He’s the official ‘pitch coach’ at the fifth-largest university in the USA – where his strategies have helped raise over $30 million for student start ups. Originally from Chicago, Chris resides in Houston, TX with his wife and two daughters, and is an avid supporter of the performing and visual arts.


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Oct 24, 2018
360: Five Principles for Accelerating Your Career with G2 Crowd’s Ryan Bonnici

G2 Crowd Chief Marketing Officer Ryan Bonnici shares his five steps for figuring out and advancing along your career path.


You'll Learn:

  1. Two core principles for mastering your craft
  2. How to get good at giving and receiving feedback
  3. Two LinkedIn tricks that make all the difference


About Ryan:

Ryan Bonnici is the Chief Marketing Officer of G2 Crowd, where he's driving growth of the world's leading B2B technology review platform that's helping more than 1.5 million business professionals make informed purchasing decisions every single month. Prior to G2 Crowd, Ryan held several leadership roles in some of the most well-recognized companies in the tech industry. He served as the senior director of global marketing at HubSpot, where his efforts led to triple-digit growth for the company's marketing related sales.


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Oct 22, 2018
359: Overcoming the Fear of Speaking Up with Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt discusses how the fear of speaking up hampers organizational growth and what you can do about it.


You'll Learn:

  1. Three steps for overcoming the fear of speaking up
  2. Approaches to encourage others speak up using the only UGLY framework
  3. The primary way we dampen the willingness of others to speak up


About Karin:

Karin has over two decades of experience in customer service, sales, and human resources. She’s the award-winning author of two books: Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss.

A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin transformed customer service outsourcing (96M calls/year) to reach parity in quality with internal centers and developed a leading sales team that won the President’s Award for Customer Growth.


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Oct 19, 2018
358: Solving the Five Problems of Virtual Communication with Dr. Nick Morgan

Communication expert Dr. Nick Morgan describes how the five problems of virtual communication have made the world angrier over the last decade, and what to do about it.


You'll Learn:

  1. The magic question that bridges much of the virtual gap
  2. How bad online behavior is leaking into face-to-face communication
  3. How video calls confuse our sixth sense and exhaust us


About Nick:

Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache. He has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world.


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Oct 17, 2018
357: The Six Morning Habits of High Performers with Hal Elrod (Host of Achieve Your Goals podcast)

Miracle Morning author Hal Elrod condensed the six habits of the most successful people in history into the SAVERS acronym and describes how they changed his life—and how they can change yours, too.


You'll Learn:

  1. Approaches for silence that generate new ideas
  2. How NOT to do affirmations
  3. The impact of tiny amounts of exercise


About Hal:

He is one of the highest rated keynote speakers in America, creator of one of the fastest growing and most engaged online communities in existence and author of one of the highest rated, best-selling books in the world, The Miracle Morning—which has been translated into 27 languages, has over 2,000 five-star Amazon reviews and is practiced daily by over 500,000 people in 70+ countries.


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Oct 15, 2018
356: Living Out the Wisdom of Napoleon Hill with Jeffrey Gitomer (Host of the Sell or Die podcast)

“King of Sales” Jeffrey Gitomer discusses his new book Truthful Living, a compilation if the wisdom of Napoleon Hill. He also hashes out his tips for persuasion and personal development.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why Napoleon Hill is still worth listening to 100 years later
  2. The number one thing people don’t do that will benefit them
  3. The five most important words in the English language according to Napoleon Hill


About Jeffrey:

Jeffrey Gitomer is the New York Times bestselling author of some 15 books on personal development, attitude, and sales, including The Sales Bible, The Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude, 21.5 Unbreakable Laws of Selling, and award-winning The Little Red Book of Selling, which has sold more than five million copies worldwide and is cited as an essential work in The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Widely known as the King of Sales, Gitomer is a dynamic keynote speaker whose social media footprint reaches millions. He is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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Oct 12, 2018
355: Channeling Emotions Productively with Hitendra Wadhwa

Columbia Business School professor Hitendra Wadhwa defines inner mastery and shows how to achieve it.


You'll Learn:

  1. The five pillars of inner mastery
  2. Key questions and framework for daily reflection
  3. Two strategies for redirecting your emotions positively


About Hitendra:

Hitendra Wadhwa is Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School and founder of the Institute for Personal Leadership (IPL).  Hitendra graduated from the University of Delhi in mathematics and received his MBA and a PhD in Management from MIT.  He has received the 2015 Executive-MBA Commitment to Excellence Award, the 2012 Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2008 Columbia Marketing Association Award for the Most Dynamic and Engaging Professor.


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Oct 10, 2018
354: Establishing Evening Routines to Optimize the Day Ahead with Jarrod Warren

Success 101 podcaster Jarrod Warren details an evening routine that will grant you a deep, restful sleep—and a successful way to tackle your day.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to turn stress around with your perspective
  2. Eight tips for a solid evening routine and quality sleep
  3. Why to consider taping your mouth shut, literally


About Jarrod:

Jarrod is the managing director of a financial planning practice and hosts the Success 101 podcast.


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Oct 05, 2018
353: Optimizing Your Mood and Productivity through “Sonic Vitamins” with Lyz Cooper

Founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy Lyz Cooper explains how different sounds—or sonic vitamins—can help you relax, get energized, and/or enter a flow state.


You'll Learn:

  1. The types of music that energize and soothe
  2. Why it’s good to break up focused work with sound breaks
  3. How to manipulate sound to get into the zone


About Lyz:

Award-winning entrepreneur and author Lyz Cooper has been working in the holistic health field for 33 years and with therapeutic sound since 1994. She has developed a range of techniques which have been shown to help improve health and well-being using therapeutic sound and music and is considered to be one of the thought leaders in the field of therapeutic sound today.


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Oct 03, 2018
352: Conquering Fear and Expanding Awareness with Emma-Kate Swann

Emma-Kate Swann shares how increased awareness enables you to be a better employee and a better person.


You'll Learn:

  1. The four key practices for becoming more conscious
  2. Tips for becoming more secure in your identity
  3. Six ways to counter  your fear responses


About Emma-Kate:

Emma-Kate Swann is the Vice President of Leadership & Transformation at Healthy Companies International working alongside a team to both support and lead key client engagements. As part of her mission to bring about positive, healthy outcomes, Emma-Kate coaches executives on optimizing their performance, helps organizations navigate through change, and guides executive teams in building more productive relationships. She is also actively involved in the design and implementation of leadership development programs at all levels within client organizations.


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Oct 01, 2018
351: Bridging Skill Gaps through Strategic Learning with Andy Storch (Host of the Talent Development Hotseat and Entrepreneur Hotseat podcasts)

Learning and development programs designer Andy Storch discusses the biggest skills gaps he encounters among leaders-in-training and how to bridge them.


You'll Learn:

  1. Three steps for creating an effective learning program
  2. The number one problem facing new managers
  3. How to better understand customers with the ROPE framework


About Andy:

Andy Storch is an executive coach, consultant and facilitator specializing in helping clients turn strategy into action and results. He helps leaders accelerate and grow their success through measurable improvements in their business and careers. Just as important, he helps them become the happiest, healthiest, most fulfilled versions of themselves.


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Sep 28, 2018
350: Productivity Principles to Make Time for What’s Important with Jake Knapp

Jake Knapp shares how to deliberately design your day around what’s important to you, and how to give yourself more energy in the process.


You'll Learn:

  1. A fresh definition for what makes a day successful
  2. Why and how to set the highlight of your day before it starts
  3. Approaches to clear out distractions for laser focus


About Jake:

Jake spent 10 years at Google and Google Ventures, where he created the Design Sprint. He has since coached teams like Slack, Uber, 23andMe, LEGO, and The New York Times on the method. Previously, Jake helped build products like Gmail, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Encarta. He is currently among the world’s tallest designers.


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Sep 26, 2018
349: The Case for Kindness at Work with Dr. Richard Shuster

Dr. Richard Shuster shows how being kind to others just because can help make you even more awesome at your job.


You'll Learn:

  1. The implications of being kind to others at work
  2. The two kinds of kindness and which one is better for your health
  3. The number one pro tip for being kind to your colleagues


About Richard: 

Dr. Richard Shuster is a licensed clinical psychologist and the host of The Daily Helping with Dr. Richard Shuster: Food for the Brain, Knowledge from the experts, Tools to Win at Life® which is regularly downloaded in over 70 countries. On his podcast, Dr. Shuster’s guests educate and inspire listeners through their stories, expertise, and passion for helping make a difference in the lives of others. His mission is to make the world a better place. His show’s growing movement strives to get a million people each day to commit acts of kindness for others and post it on their social media using #mydailyhelping®. A sought after media expert, Dr. Shuster’s clinical expertise and podcast have been featured in such publications as The Huffington Post, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Inc., Real Simple,, Cosmopolitan,, Reader’s Digest, and others.


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Sep 24, 2018
348: How Getting Curious Helps You Achieve Everything with Diana Kander

Diana Kander unpacks the importance of curiosity and the role it plays in the success of individuals and companies.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why uncovering blind spots is such a rapid path to progress
  2. Four key questions to expand your curiosity
  3. The importance of failure metrics


About Diana:

Diana Kander is a sought-after keynote speaker who has trained many executives and Fortune 1000 companies to be more innovative and to inspire employees to think more like entrepreneurs. She’s the author of the New York Times Bestseller All In Startup, a novel outlining lessons for launching a successful business. The book has been used in over 70 colleges to teach innovation and entrepreneurship. She’s also the author of The Curiosity Muscle. Diana lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her high school sweetheart and husband, Jason, and their awesome son, True.


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Sep 21, 2018
347: The Power of Truly Living Your Values Daily with Drew Dudley (creator of TED Talks “Everyday Leadership” and “The Leadership Game”)

Drew Dudley redefines leadership and shows what it really means to live your values.


You'll Learn:

  1. The gross way we make decisions when we don’t have clear values
  2. How to make leadership a practice, instead of a hobby
  3. Approaches to discovering your own deep wisdom with “the edge of the bed advice” technique


About Drew:

Drew Dudley is the Founder & Chief Catalyst of Day One Leadership, and has spent the last 15 years helping individuals and organizations increase their leadership capacity.

Recognized as one of the most dynamic keynote speakers in the world, Drew has spoken to over 250,000 people on 5 continents, been featured on The Huffington Post, Radio America,, and, where his TED talk has been voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time”. Time, Business Insider and INC. magazines have all included his talk on their lists of “speeches that will make you a better leader”.

Drew’s clients have included some of the world’s most dynamic companies and organizations, including McDonald’s, Proctor & Gamble, JP Morgan Chase, Hyatt Hotels, the United Way and over 75 colleges and universities.


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Sep 19, 2018
346: Seizing Career Opportunities with AstroLabs’ Muhammed Mekki

Muhammed Mekki lays out how to optimize your career opportunities.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why NOT to over-plan your career
  2. How to identify and capitalize on each career opportunity
  3. The nobility of management


About Muhammed: 

Muhammed is a Founding Partner at AstroLabs, a startup hub and training academy for tech entrepreneurs in the Middle East. AstroLabs Dubai is a specialized coworking space that hosts high potential digital technology companies, assisting founders to establish their startups and providing them with a platform to scale globally. AstroLabs Academy delivers a variety of practical training courses on topics related to digital business.

Prior to AstroLabs, Muhammed co-founded Dubai-based Namshi, now one of the largest ecommerce companies in the MENA region. He built and led the operations teams and helped raise venture capital funding to fuel the company’s growth. Muhammed is a former McKinsey & Company strategy consultant with clients across the GCC.

Muhammed received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He was selected for a full academic scholarship as a Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Fellow based on professional achievements as well as a demonstrated commitment to the development of the Arab World. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania as a member of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business.


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Sep 17, 2018
345: The Simple Solution to Disengagement with Dr. Bob Nelson

Dr. Bob Nelson reveals the drivers behind disengagement--and what to do about them.


You'll Learn:

  1. Just how critical recognition is
  2. Key reasons managers don’t give more encouragement
  3. Five ways to reward employees at low or no cost


About Bob: 

Dr. Bob Nelson is a leading advocate for employee recognition and engagement worldwide and the only person who has done a PhD dissertation related to the topic. He has consulted for 80 percent of the Fortune 500 as well as presented on six continents.  He has sold 5 million books, including 1001 Ways to Reward Employees of which 1001 Ways to ENGAGE Employees is his latest. Dr. Bob has been featured extensively in the national and international media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CBS 60 Minutes, MSNBC, ABC, PBS and NPR about how best to motivate today’s employees.


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Sep 14, 2018
344: Confidence-Forming Habits with Jordan Harbinger

Jordan Harbinger shares mindsets and practices to boost your confidence and your results with people.


You'll Learn:

  1. The secret strengths of introverts
  2. Why to ask for what you don’t deserve
  3. How a post-it note can transform  your non-verbal communication skills


About Jordan:

Jordan Harbinger has always had an affinity for Social Influence, Interpersonal Dynamics and Social Engineering, helping private companies test the security of their communications systems and working with law enforcement agencies before he was even old enough to drive.

Jordan has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war-zones and been kidnapped -twice. He’ll tell you; the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of), just about any type of situation.


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Sep 12, 2018
343: How to Be More Strategic in Six Steps with Stacey Boyle

Stacey Boyle shares the why and the how behind being more strategic at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. What “be more strategic” really means
  2. Why to ALWAYS establish the purpose before the method
  3. The three building blocks of smart decisions


About Stacey:

Stacey has led global consulting and research departments for over 20 years, during which she has built a reputation for groundbreaking work connecting investments in people to critical business outcomes. Today she runs two consulting firms that help some of the world's best companies and non-profits answer their pressing business questions about investments in people. Stacey is President and Chief People Planner for Smarter People Planning, LLC, and Chief Assayer for Assay|Edu, LLC. Stacey has a Ph.D. in Applied Behavioral Research & Evaluation.


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Sep 10, 2018
342: Getting Creativity to Work with Thomas Heffner (Host of the Next Year Now podcast)

Thomas Heffner shares how to improve creativity, group brainstorming, and innovation.


You'll Learn:

  1. The seven rules for effective brainstorming
  2. How to solve the hippo in the room problem
  3. Three improv comedy tips that help you innovate


About Thomas: 

Tom Heffner is a design strategist at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory,  podcaster, author, speaker, and innovation expert.  His goal is to help people thrive at work and in life. Tom believes that every day, purposeful habits and practices are vital to this pursuit. He shares these ideas and learnings through his weekly podcast (Next Year Now), blog, and speaking engagements.


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Sep 07, 2018
341: Decoding Body Language with ex-FBI Special Agent Joe Navarro

Joe Navarro shows how to get to the bottom of body language and why observing it can better your relationships at work and at home.


You'll Learn: 

  1. Why it’s so hard to tell if someone’s actually lying
  2. Four key, reliable body language cues
  3. The one good mannered behavior everyone should know and use


About Joe:

For 25 years, Joe Navarro worked as an FBI special agent in the area of counterintelligence and behavioral assessment. Today he is one of the world's leading experts on nonverbal communications and lectures and consults with major corporations worldwide. He is an adjunct professor at Saint Leo University and frequently lectures at the Harvard Business School.


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Sep 05, 2018
Happy Labor Day!

Celebrate Labor Day by reflecting on the root cause of distractions and how you can stay focused on the work that you’re doing – and an awesome way one listener draws connections between prior episodes.


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Sep 03, 2018
340: How to Be a Chief Even without a Title with Rick Miller

Rick Miller outlines what power really means and the five components needed to build it.


You'll Learn:

  1. Where true power comes from
  2. Five ways to create insight and energy
  3. Why supporting other people’s success grows your influence


About Rick:

Rick Miller is an unconventional turnaround specialist, a servant leader, and a go-to Chief. He is also an experienced and trusted confidant, an author (Be Chief: It’s a Choice, Not a Title, September 4, Motivational Press), a sought-after speaker, and an expert at driving sustainable growth. For over 30 years, Rick served as a successful business executive in roles including President and/or CEO in a Fortune 10, a Fortune 30, a startup, and a nonprofit. Rick earned a bachelor’s degree from Bentley University and an MBA from Columbia. He currently lives in Morristown, NJ.


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Aug 31, 2018
339: Achieving Hyperfocus with Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey looks into how distraction affects productivity and the many ways you can prevent yourself from getting distracted ahead of time.


You'll Learn:

  1. Ways to hack your procrastination triggers
  2. How much time we waste on checking emails
  3. The 20-second rule and three ways to apply it to your  distractions


About Chris:

Chris Bailey is a productivity expert, and the international bestselling author of The Productivity Project, which has been published in eleven languages. His next book, Hyperfocus, came out yesterday. Chris writes about productivity at, and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive, without hating the process.


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Aug 29, 2018
338: Keeping Your Networks in Good Working Order with Glenna Crooks

Glenna Crooks illustrates the eight different kinds of networks everyone has and why you should make sure these work for you while you work for them.


You'll Learn:

  1. The eight different kinds of networks in your life
  2. A method for successfully pruning your network
  3. The maximum number of connections each person can sustain


About Glenna:

Glenna Crooks is a strategist, innovator and trusted counsel to leaders globally.  She was a Reagan appointee, global vice-president of Merck’s Vaccine Business and founder of a global strategy firm solving tough health care problems. She is active in academia, on boards, writes books and blogs, is a sought-after speaker and was recently named A Disruptive Woman to Watch. She is also a Zen artist and donates her paintings to support children with special needs.


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Aug 27, 2018
337: Choosing the Important Over the Urgent with Matt Perman

Matt Perman explains how to tell the difference between important tasks and urgent tasks, and how to make room for what’s important in your life and work.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why you should plan your day with your time, not your tasks
  2. Four tips for effective personal management
  3. Two ways to prioritize like a pro


About Matt:

Matt is co-founder of What’s Best Next, which he started to help people excel in doing good for the world through productive work and God-centered living. Prior to that, he served at Desiring God for 13 years in several different leadership roles, including director of strategy and director of internet ministries, and at Made to Flourish as director of marketing.


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Aug 24, 2018
336: Building the Mind of a Leader with Jacqueline Carter

Jacqueline Carter reveals the three qualities of a good leader’s mind and how to build good foundations for those qualities in yourself.


You'll Learn:

  1. What the American workforce looks for in a career and leader
  2. How to avoid power corrupting you as you rise
  3. The distinction between compassion and empathy--and which one is more helpful


About Jacqueline:

With a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior and over 20 years of experience supporting organizations through large scale change, Jacqueline has held a wide range of leadership and consulting roles across a range of industries including transportation, oil and gas, insurance and government. Jacqueline has many years of personal experience with mind training and over the past 10 years has focused on embedding mindfulness practices into daily corporate life.


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Aug 22, 2018
335: Become a High Performer in Eight (Scientifically Proven) Steps with Marc Effron

Marc Effron shares his extensive research on the eight essential steps to becoming a high performer at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. The eight steps to high performance
  2. The difference between goals and promises
  3. How to estimate and achieve your theoretical maximum of effort


About Marc:

Marc Effron is the founder and President of the Talent Strategy Group and founder and publisher of Talent Quarterly magazine. He is coauthor of the book One-Page Talent Management and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Influencers in HR.


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Aug 20, 2018
334: How to Stop Freaking Out and Keep Moving Forward with Maxie McCoy

Maxie McCoy advises dropping the grand plan of your life in favor of simpler questions to move you forward.


You'll Learn:

  1. Two exercises for discerning your direction
  2. Why you should keep a gratitude journal
  3. Five wise questions to ask your support network


About Maxie:

Maxie McCoy is a writer and speaker obsessed with giving women the tools they need to believe in themselves. She writes weekly inspiration on, and is the host and executive producer of the live-audience show Let Her Speak. She specializes in creating meaningful offline experiences for top brands and conferences. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, Bustle, Fortune, TheSkimm, INC, Business Insider, Yahoo, Marie Claire, GlassDoor, The Huffington Post, Women's Health and many others.


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Aug 17, 2018
333: Better Negotiation with Greg Williams

Greg Williams reveals several secrets to negotiating for what you want effectively and respectfully.


You'll Learn:

  1. Three points to remember when negotiating with bullies
  2. Six common body language cues in American culture
  3. How to get productive outcomes through open communication


About Greg:

Greg Williams, The Master Negotiator and Body Language Expert, has studied and practiced negotiation tactics and strategies for more than 30 years. He’s spent over 20 years studying the way body language can affect negotiation outcomes. Greg’s education and experience come from formal negotiation settings, universities, governmental municipalities, seminars, and the school of hard knocks. He’s served on numerous corporate, business, and governmental boards.


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Aug 15, 2018
332: Making the Most of Online Higher Education with University of Phoenix’s Doris Savron

Executive Dean Doris Savron highlights appealing opportunities and best practices for enhancing your career through online education. This episode is sponsored by University of Phoenix.

You’ll Learn:

  1. The differences between certificate and degree programs
  2. Key trends on evolving fields with interesting opportunities
  3. Pro tips for finishing courses you start—and retaining the knowledge

About Doris

Doris Savron is the executive dean of the College of Health Professions, College of Education and College of Humanities and Sciences at University of Phoenix. Her career spans 20 years in healthcare, information technology and academia. Prior to joining the University, Savron spent 10 years in leadership roles in healthcare operations, rehabilitation services and information technology consulting. She holds a master of business administration from Cleveland State University and is completing her doctorate in health administration from University of Phoenix.


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Aug 13, 2018
331: Making Things Work through Context Creation and Candid Communication with Josselyne Herman Saccio

Josselyne Herman Saccio opens up about creating your own context and communicating honestly for a more productive workplace.


You'll Learn:

  1. What most people get wrong about communication
  2. The danger of scapegoating
  3. How to get productive outcomes out of your team


About Josselyne:

Josselyne Herman-Saccio is a communication expert with Landmark, a personal and professional growth, training and development company that's had more than 2.4 million people use its programs to cause breakthroughs in their personal lives as well as in their communities, generating more than 100,000 community projects around the world. In The Landmark Forum, Landmark's flagship program, people cause breakthroughs in their performance, communication, relationships and overall satisfaction in life.


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Aug 10, 2018
330: Becoming Indistractable with Nir Eyal (Host of the Nir and Far podcast)

Nir Eyal shares how habits keep users coming back and how to become indistractable in the midst of such forces.


You'll Learn:

  1. How habit-forming products win over higher quality products
  2. Four steps to becoming indistractable
  3. How to turn a distraction into traction


About Nir:

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: (acquired by LinkedIn), Worklife (acquired by Cisco), Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Kahoot!, Byte Foods,, and Symphony Commerce. Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.


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Aug 08, 2018
329: Asking Courageous Questions with Dusty Staub

Dusty Staub shares seven acts of courage and how to apply them wisely to your work.


You'll Learn:

  1. The three biggest lacks of courage in the workplace
  2. The problem with being nice
  3. Finding and liberating others’ purpose, passion, and power


About Dusty:

Robert “Dusty” Staub has worked for over 30 years with executives, families, and communities as well as with private and public companies. He has trained and coached executives and teams in creating high performance outcomes. Dusty has been a pioneer in the process of creating systemic accountability by aligning leadership and group behaviors with strategy to produce bottom-line results.


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Aug 06, 2018
328: Inspiring Actions and Movements with Jennifer Dulski

Jennifer Dulski breaks down how to rally communities around a common cause—and keep them going even without you.


You'll Learn:

  1. The three ingredients of a successful movement
  2. The keys to mobilizing people
  3. How to leverage criticism


About Jennifer:

Jennifer Dulski is the head of Groups and Community at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Jennifer served as president and COO of, a social enterprise company that empowers people everywhere to start and win campaigns for change. She was an early Yahoo! employee, rising through the ranks over her nine-year tenure to ultimately lead one of the company’s six business units as group VP and general manager of Local and Marketplaces. Jennifer left Yahoo! to become CEO of The Dealmap, a site acquired by Google in 2011, making her the first woman to sell a company to Google. Jennifer has a deep passion for making the world a better place and is a prominent thought leader in Silicon Valley.


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Aug 03, 2018
327: Unclog Your Brain through Unfocusing with Dr. Srini Pillay

Dr. Srini Pillay shares why focus is over-rated and how unfocusing yields boosts to creativity and more.


You'll Learn:

  1. The five disadvantages of focus
  2. How hobbies and whole days off re-energize your brain
  3. The types of thinking that activate your creative brain


About Srini:

Dr. Srini Pillay is a globally recognized, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, brain imaging researcher and author of Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind. As CEO of NeuroBusiness Group, he works with non-profits and Fortune 500 companies globally to help people understand how to manage risk, uncertainty, and volatility, and to harness creativity. He is an in-demand keynote speaker and has been featured on CNN, Oprah Radio, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes, and Fortune.


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Aug 01, 2018
326: Making LinkedIn Work for You with Brenda Bernstein

Brenda Bernstein enumerates the top mistakes people make when crafting their LinkedIn profiles and what you should do instead.


You'll Learn:

  1. Two keys to crafting an eye-grabbing LinkedIn profile
  2. How to grow your LinkedIn network past 500 people quickly and easily
  3. The case for making recommendations


About Brenda:

Brenda Bernstein, Founder and Senior Editor at The Essay Expert LLC, is the author of How to Write a Killer LinkedIn Profile, a book that held the #1 bestseller spot in Amazon’s business writing skills list for over two years. A sought-after speaker and award-winning businesswoman and resume writer, Brenda is a dedicated student of leadership and a trained life coach. Armed with a B.A. in English with honors from Yale and a J.D. with honors from NYU Law School, she has been partnering with job seekers and college applicants for over 15 years to create effective written application documents. Brenda practiced law for 10 years in New York City and spent a year as a J.D. Career Advisor with the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Office of Career Services. She currently works part-time as a Law School Admissions Consultant for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.


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Jul 30, 2018
Podcast Movement Update

Pete shares fun new developments for the show inspired by the Podcast Movement event.

Jul 27, 2018
325: Managing Difficult Conversations (with yourself and others) with Lauren Zander

Unabashed life coach Lauren Zander explains why you should have difficult conversations and how you can take charge of them.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to separate yourself from your recurring mental patterns
  2. The best communication approach during a worst-case scenario
  3. The ways you lie and what they cost you


About Lauren:

Lauren Handel Zander is the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group®, an international corporate consulting and life coaching company. Her coaching methodology, The Handel Method®, is taught in over 35 universities and institutes of learning around the world, including MIT, Stanford Graduate School of Business, NYU, and the New York City Public School System. Lauren is also the author of Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap, Face Your Fears, Love Your Life (Published by Hachette Book Group, April 2017), a no-nonsense, practical manual that helps readers figure out not just what they want out of life, but how to actually get there. She has spent over 20 years coaching thousands of private and corporate clients, including executives at Vogue, BASF, and AOL. Lauren has been a featured expert in The New York Times, BBC, Forbes, Women’s Health, Dr. Oz, and Marie Claire and she is a regular contributor to Businessweek and the Huffington Post.


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Jul 25, 2018
324: Strengthening Your Focusing Abilities with Adam Gazzaley

Adam Gazzaley takes a deep dive into the brain, why we don’t have the ability to do everything at the same time, and the technologies that will help how your brain functions and focuses.


You'll Learn:

  1. The strengths and limitations of the human brain
  2. Three focus levers that you can learn to control
  3. Mindfulness practices that train attention


About Adam:

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at UC San Francisco and the Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology creation and scientific research of novel brain assessment and optimization approaches. Dr. Gazzaley is co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive Labs, a company developing therapeutic video games, and co-founder and Chief Scientist of JAZZ Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance.

Additionally, he is a scientific advisor for over a dozen technology companies including Apple, GE, Magic Leap and The VOID. He has filed multiple patents, authored over 125 scientific articles, and delivered over 540 invited presentations around the world. He wrote and hosted the nationally-televised PBS special “The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley”, and co-authored the 2016 MIT Press book “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World”, winner of the 2017 PROSE Award. Dr. Gazzaley has received many awards and honors, including the 2015 Society for Neuroscience – Science Educator Award.


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Jul 23, 2018
323: The Surprising Power of Seeing People as People with Kimberly White

Kimberly White breaks down why seeing people as people dramatically increases productivity at work and in life.


You'll Learn:


  1. What you miss when you see people as objects
  2. How seeing people as people turbocharges problem-solving
  3. Three ways to change the way you perceive people



About Kimberly

Kimberly White is the perpetually amused mother of some very theatrical children, and the lucky wife of the funniest person she’s ever known. Her nine months of research for The Shift included dozens of hours working alongside nursing home employees in offices, showers, vans, patient rooms, kitchens, and one very creepy basement.

Kimberly earned a degree in philosophy, studying under C. Terry Warner and serving as his longtime research assistant. She was editor of her department’s undergraduate philosophy journal and copy editor for Epoche: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. She has also worked for the Arbinger Institute as a group instructor and as a first-draft editor of Leadership and Self-Deception.

Kimberly’s family recently moved from Harlem to the village of Pawnee, Illinois, where they have gloried in mid-western sunsets and accumulated pets at an alarming rate.


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Jul 20, 2018
322: Delivering the Most Persuasive Words with Michel Fortin

Legendary copywriter Michel Fortin shares how to be more persuasive in any environment and situation.


You'll Learn:

  1. The platinum rule for persuasion
  2. The OATH formula to better know the people you need to persuade
  3. The ‘so-that’ technique to bridge arguments and persuade people


About Michel:

Michel is currently Director of Communications at SEO TWIST, Inc., a full-service digital marketing agency that's also a Premier Google Partner, Facebook Partner, and Shopify Partner. He manages a portfolio of 47 client accounts ranging from small businesses to multinationals. He’s also President and co-owner of Supportibles, Inc. (formerly Workaholics4Hire), an outsourced customer support solutions and backoffice business process services provider.

He leads a team of three managers and 22 support staff, as well as over 200 part-time virtual assistants and remote workers. They handle an average volume of over 15,000 support cases daily with clients in a variety of industries and verticals. He’s also responsible for building the clientbase, developing strategic marketing plans, and implementing business growth campaigns.


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Jul 18, 2018
321: Making Meetings Meaningful with Mamie Kanfer Stewart (Host of the Modern Manager podcast)

Mamie Stewart shares her expertise in planning (and declining!) meetings, substitutes to the traditional meetings, and making meetings more beneficial and productive for everyone.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to decline a meeting so well, that they may just thank you for doing so
  2. Ideal alternatives to meetings
  3. Best practices for achieving your expected outcome in meetings


About Mamie:

Mamie Kanfer Stewart is the author of Momentum: Creating Effective, Engaging, and Enjoyable Meetings. Her company, Meeteor, helps teams and organizations build healthy meeting culture. As a coach, speaker, writer, and trainer, Mamie has helped thousands of people improve their meetings and how they collaborate. Mamie has been featured in Forbes, Inc, and Fast Company. She is a regular contributor on The Price of Business and is the host of The Modern Manager podcast.


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Jul 16, 2018
320: How to Exude Gravitas and Executive Presence with Anne Sugar

Anne Sugar shares how she’s helped high potential individuals command executive presence.


You'll Learn:

  1. The two key components of building trust
  2. Ninja tactics that help you read a room
  3. Power questions that provoke solutions


About Anne:

Anne Sugar is an executive coach and speaker who has advised top leaders at companies including TripAdvisor, Sanofi Genzyme, and Havas. Anne serves as an executive coach for Harvard Business School Executive Education and has guest lectured at MIT.


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Jul 13, 2018
319: How to Never Stop Learning with Bradley R. Staats

Bradley R. Staats discusses the essentials of dynamic learning, the best practices of a compelling learner, and the value of mistakes and asking questions.


You'll Learn:

  1. The 4 elements of dynamic learning
  2. How we are our own worst enemy when learning
  3. How to reframe how you think about mistakes


About Bradley:

Bradley R. Staats is the author of Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive, and is an associate professor of operations at the University of North Carolina's Kenan Flagler Business School. His research examines how individuals, teams, and organizations can learn to improve their operational performance to build a competitive advantage, integrating work in operations management and organizational behavior to clarify how and under what conditions individuals, teams, and organizations can learn at their best.


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Jul 11, 2018
318: Supercharging Your Mental Brilliance, Energy, and Health with Megan Lyons

Megan Lyons, from The Lyons’ Share Wellness, cuts through the clutter of health and nutrition advice to offer simple, powerful solutions to feeling more brilliantly energized everyday.


You'll Learn:

  1. Surprising insights that come from keeping a food journal
  2. The difference proper hydration makes – and how much water you should actually be drinking daily
  3. How to prepare energizing meals with minimal kitchen time


About Megan:

Founder and owner of The Lyons’ Share Wellness, Megan Lyons is deeply passionate about inspiring others to feel their healthiest and happiest. Megan is the author of “Start Here: 7 Easy, Diet-Free Steps to Achieve Your Ultimate Health and Happiness,” a Top 10 Amazon Bestseller in Nutrition. Megan holds degrees and certifications from Harvard University, Northwestern University, and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and is a candidate for a Masters in Holistic Nutrition. She lectures widely at hospitals, corporations, and organizations. When she’s not health coaching, you can find her working out, teaching fitness classes, cooking, reading, traveling, and cheering on the Dallas Mavericks.


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Jul 09, 2018
317: How to Form Habits the Smart Way with BJ Fogg, PhD

Stanford behavior scientist Dr. BJ Fogg shares his evidence-based insights into forming “tiny habits” and other powerful tools for transforming behavior.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why the Tiny Habits © Method is such a reliable pathway to behavior change
  2. The core recipe and three critical ingredients for a great habit
  3. How--and why--to celebrate repeatedly


About BJ

Dr. BJ Fogg is a behavior scientist, with deep experience in innovation and teaching. At Stanford University, he runs a research lab. He also teaches his models and methods in graduate seminars.

On the industry side, BJ trains innovators to use his work so they can create solutions that influence behavior.  The focus areas include health, financial wellbeing, learning, productivity, and more.


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Jul 06, 2018
Declaring independence from being crabby

Pete reviews some previous mindfulness episodes and talks about freeing yourself from being crabby.


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Jul 04, 2018
316: Maximizing your Learning and Growth with Eduardo Briceño

Eduardo Briceño discusses how to cultivate a growth mindset and maximize your learning.


You'll Learn:

  1. The tremendous impact of growth vs. fixed mindsets
  2. Common misconceptions about improving your skills
  3. The best practices for operating at peak performance


About Eduardo:

Eduardo is the Co-Founder & CEO of Mindset Works, the leading provider of growth mindset training services and programs.  He started it in 2007 with Carol Dweck and others to help organizations develop learning-oriented cultures and systems. Eduardo regularly speaks at conferences and trainings for professionals and leaders.  His TEDx talks have been viewed by millions of people. He studied engineering, business and education at Penn and Stanford, but most importantly, he continues to enjoy lifelong learning every day.


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Jul 02, 2018
315: Leading with Speed with Alan Willett

Alan Willett shows how to lead with speed by measuring and tracking yourself, working smarter rather than longer, and having purpose. All the things that are need to stay competitive.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to work faster and smarter rather than longer
  2. Approaches to accelerate the decision making progress
  3. Why and how to let people “add an egg”


About Alan:

Alan Willett is of the rare species who is an expert international consultant, speaker, and author. He has worked with companies ranging from 1 person to some of the giants such as Microsoft and NASA. Alan says that his passion is helping people and organizations transform their friction points into profit points. Alan defines a friction point as “the space where the business needs and the implementation reality collides.” There is always heat generated! Alan is the expert who transforms organizational friction points to produce positive results for the business and the people.


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Jun 29, 2018
314: How to Feel Less Busy With Laura Vanderkam (Host of the Best of Both Worlds podcast)

Laura Vanderkam gives her expert advice on feeling less busy, getting more done, and giving more value and meaning to your own time.


You'll Learn:

  1. How those who feel their time is “vast” spend their day
  2. How to draw more energy by acknowledging the three selves
  3. How to stretch your experience of time


About Laura:

Laura is the author of several time management and productivity books, like Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done, I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. Laura’s work has appeared in publications including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalUSA TodayCity Journal, Fortune, and Fast Company. She has appeared on numerous television programs, radio segments, and has spoken about time and productivity to audiences of all sizes. Her TED talk, “How to gain control of your free time,” has been viewed more than 5 million times. She is the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds.


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Jun 27, 2018
313: Closing the Gap between Potential and Results with Thom Singer (Host of the Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do podcast)

Thom Singer breaks open the Paradox of Potential to highlight where potential doesn’t equal results and what to do about it.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to identify the unique things holding you back
  2. The three things that always help achieve better results
  3. How to bring back purpose when it’s most needed


About Thom:

As the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast, Thom interviews business leaders, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and others who possess an extra dose of the entrepreneurial spirit. The information compiled from these compelling interviews is shared with his clients, as he challenges people to be more engaged and enthusiastic in all their actions. He has authored twelve books on the power of business relationships, sales, networking, presentation skills and entrepreneurship, and regularly speaks to corporate, law firm and convention audiences. He sets the tone for better engagement at industry events as the opening keynote speaker or the Master of Ceremonies. His Conference Catalyst Program has become a “meeting planners” favorite in how it transforms the conference attendee experience.


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Jun 25, 2018
312: Leadership’s Tough Questions with Vince Molinaro

Vince Molinaro diagnoses recurring problems in leaders today, the mindset of a great leader, and what it really takes to deliver accountable and  transformative leadership.


You'll Learn:

  1. The four key terms of the leadership contract
  2. Why having tough conversations is so important
  3. Steps to being an accountable leader who gets the best out of people


About Vince:

Vince Molinaro experienced a defining moment early in his career when he saw a respected colleague and mentor succumb to a cancer she believed was the byproduct of a stressful, toxic work environment. As a result, Vince vowed to teach business leaders how to build successful organizations by increasing the accountability of their leaders. He's a leadership adviser, speaker and an author of The Leadership Contract (Wiley), a New York Times and USA Today bestseller now in its third edition, and The Leadership Contract Field Guide, published in January 2018.


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Jun 22, 2018
311: Communication Secrets from FBI Kidnapping Negotiator Chris Voss

Chris Voss shares how FBI hostage negotiation approaches enable more effective, persuasive communication, in any field.


You'll Learn:

  1. The FBI 8 negotiation skills you can use at work
  2. Why yes is the last thing you want to hear
  3. The two words that immediately transform a negotiation


About Chris:

Chris Voss is CEO of the Black Swan Group and author of the national best-seller "Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It," which was named one of the seven best books on negotiation. A 24-year veteran of the FBI, Chris retired as the lead international kidnapping negotiator. Drawing on his experience in high-stakes negotiations, his company specializes in solving business communication problems using hostage negotiation solutions. Their negotiation methodology focuses on discovering the “Black Swans,” small pieces of information that have a huge effect on an outcome. Chris and his team have helped companies secure and close better deals, save money, and solve internal communication problems.


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Jun 20, 2018
310: Managing Your Energy to Perform at Your Best with Tony Schwartz

Tony Schwartz delves into principles of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy expenditure and renewal for optimal performance.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why and how to manage your energy for performance
  2. Actionable ways to achieve high-positive energy
  3. Why you should work in 90-minute sprints


About Tony:

Tony Schwartz is the CEO and founder of The Energy Project, a consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations solve intractable problems and add more value in the world by widening their world view. His clients include Google, Whole Foods, the National Security Agency, and the Los Angeles Police Department. Tony is considered one of the world’s thought leaders around sustainable high performance and building more human workplaces. He began his career as a journalist and has been a reporter for the New York Times, a writer for Newsweek, and a contributor to publications such as New York, Esquire, Vanity Fair, and Fast Company. His book The Power of Full Engagement spent 28 weeks on the New York Times best-seller List.


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Jun 18, 2018
309: Preventing Burnout in Yourself and Your Whole Organization with PwC's Karlo Siriban and Anne Donovan

PwC employees Karlo Siriban and Anne Donovan share their story of preventing burnout within themselves and transforming a whole work environment to prevent it for others.


You'll Learn:

  1. Key signs that burnout is looming near
  2. How to talk to your boss about your burnout
  3. How PwC rolled out a broad flexibility initiative and saw retention soar


About Karlo & Anne

Karlo Siriban transforms businesses. He understand companies' missions and develop strategies to achieve and frameworks to execute their visions successfully. He is a strategic, creative thinker, not afraid to challenge the status quo to achieve more effective and efficient results.

Anne Donovan is the U.S. People Innovation Leader at PwC. She’s responsible for strategy and innovation around culture change. She has a strong background in operational effectiveness and in engaging and supporting the firm and its people in leading positive change, including a variety of initiatives related to the work environment, workforce demographics and business model change.


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Jun 15, 2018
308: How to Make Creative Ideas Irresistible with Allen Gannett

Software founder and CEO Allen Gannett shares the critical components of successful ideas--and how to create more of them.


You'll Learn:

  1. The two fundamental human desires that come together in winning innovations
  2. Little things to tweak to make your offering a smashing success
  3. The four laws of the creative curve


About Allen:

Allen Gannett is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a marketing analytics platform whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot, Aetna, Honda, and GE. He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes. He is a contributor for and author of The Creative Curve, on how anyone can achieve moments of creative genius, from Currency, a division of Penguin Random House. He was also once a very pitiful runner-up on Wheel of Fortune.


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Jun 13, 2018
307: Persuasive Speaking with Carmine Gallo

Carmine Gallo discusses the ancient power of persuasion and shows how it can make you irresistible and irreplaceable in the workplace today.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why storytelling is key in any field of work
  2. The 2000-year-old formula for persuasion that still works today
  3. The brain hack that Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Picasso used to unlock their best ideas


About Carmine:

Carmine Gallo is an influential communications expert, Harvard instructor, and bestselling author of  Talk Like TED  The Storyteller's Secret, and his new book Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great. As a popular keynote speaker, Gallo teaches CEOs and leaders to deliver dynamic presentations and share inspiring stories that sell products, grow brands and inspire change. He writes regularly for and


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Jun 11, 2018
306: Taking Care of Your Brain With Dr. Mike Dow

Dr. Mike Dow speaks on how to keep your brain healthy and continuously improve its functionality.


You'll Learn:

  1. Key foods that keep your brain healthy
  2. The types and benefits of different Omega-3s
  3. How and why to practice mindfulness every day


About Mike:

Dr. Mike Dow is a psychotherapist, bestselling author, brain health expert and television personality. Inspired by his brother who suffered a massive stroke when he was just 10 years old, Dr. Mike made it his personal mission to help others in their quest for health and happiness. In his new book,

Heal Your Drained Brain: Naturally Relieve Anxiety, Combat Insomnia, and Balance Your Brain in Just 14 Days (Hay House), he shares information, actionable steps and guidance to naturally relieve anxiety, combat insomnia, and balance your brain in just 14 days. Dr. Mike has hosted series on TLC, E!, VH1 and Investigation Discovery. He is a recurring guest co-host on The Doctors, one of The Dr. Oz Show core experts and makes regular appearances on Today, Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, The Talk and more. Dr. Mike holds a Master of Science degree in marriage and family therapy and a doctorate in psychology. Other bestselling books include The Brain Fog Fix and Healing the Broken Brain.


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Jun 08, 2018
305: Screwing Up Masterfully with Kristen Hadeed

Student Maid’s Kristen Hadeed shares her numerous leadership mistakes, how to learn fast, and inspire employees so much they clean toilets with a smile.


You'll Learn:

  1. When and how to deliver critical feedback
  2. The detrimental effects of praise
  3. The power of vulnerability to grow an inspired workforce


About Kristen:

Kristen is the Founder and CEO of Student Maid, a student-powered cleaning company in Florida. She helps organizations make a lasting, meaningful impact on people by creating environments in which they thrive. Her first book, “Permission To Screw Up,” tells the stories of her biggest mistakes in leadership. She hopes to inspire other leaders to share their “perfectly imperfect” stories of success to empower people with the knowledge that even if they screw up, they can still make it. Kristen and Student Maid have been featured in news outlets including PBS, FOX Inc., NBC, TIME and Forbes. Her first TED Talk has received nearly three million hits on YouTube.


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Jun 06, 2018
304: Resigning Perfectly with Joseph Liu (Host of the Career Relaunch podcast)

Joseph Liu gives practical tips and guidelines for career transitioning, dealing with counteroffers, and avoiding burning professional bridges.


You'll Learn:

  1. Key indicators that it’s time to resign.
  2. Why it matters to resign well
  3. Numerous reasons why NOT to accept a counteroffer


About Joseph:

Joseph Liu is a career change consultant, certified coach, and host of the Career Relaunch podcast, featured as a top business podcast for entrepreneurs in Forbes, the “best podcast for transitioning to a new career” in Glassdoor, and a top podcast to "help you find a job” in Business Insider. The podcast has listeners in over 100 countries and has received unanimous 5-star ratings, and has ranked as a Top 30 career podcast in the US & UK on Apple Podcasts. Tapping into my 10 years’ international corporate branding experience at Fortune 500 companies like Clorox & General Mills, Joseph now coaches professionals to change careers and relaunch their personal brands. He’s served as a speaker for various conferences and organisations including TEDx, MarketingWeek Live, London Business School, Cambridge Business School, Oxford Business School, and General Assembly. Joseph has also been featured in publications like Forbes, HuffPost, Fast Company, The Muse, Monster, SUCCESS Magazine, Credit Sesame, CEO Blog Nation, and Career Builder.


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Jun 04, 2018
303: Inspiring Teams through Purpose with Fred Kofman

Fred Kofman shares how to unlock the power of purpose to strengthen your team and drive better performance.


You'll Learn:

  1. The first hurdle to working in a group
  2. How to find the inspiration in your work
  3. How to solve the problem of disinformation


About Fred:

Fred Kofman is a Leadership Advisor at Google and former vice president of executive development and leadership philosopher at LinkedIn, where he worked with the top CEO's and executives around the world. Born in Argentina, Kofman came to the United States as a graduate student, where he earned his PhD in advanced economic theory at U.C. Berkeley. He taught management accounting and finance at MIT for six years before forming his own consulting company, Axialent, and teaching leadership workshops for corporations such as General Motors, Chrysler, Shell, Microsoft, and Citibank. At its height, his company had 150 people and created and taught programs to more than 15,000 executives. Sheryl Sandberg writes about him in her book Lean In, claiming Kofman "will transform the way you live and work."


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Jun 01, 2018
302: Simple Manager Tools that Cure the Under-Management Epidemic with Bruce Tulgan

Bruce Tulgan makes the case for why it’s good to be the boss and the massive business costs of under-management. He also reveals the true definition of micromanagement and empowerment.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why and how to avoid ‘managing on autopilot’
  2. The central importance of regular one-on-one meetings
  3. How to use the ‘Manager’s Landscape’ tool


About Bruce:

Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer.

Bruce has spent decades working with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart to the U.S. Army.

Bruce has received Toastmasters International’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. He’s written numerous books and his writing has also appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers such as the Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, HR Magazine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.


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May 30, 2018
Remember: What About You Could Hurt You?

Pete reflects on humility, weaknesses, and strengths that might become problematic when taken too far.

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May 28, 2018
301: Asking the Right Questions the Right Way with Typeform’s David Okuniev

David Okuniev shares his knowledge in getting the right input from respondents, and gives tips on dealing with data collection and analysis.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to get the best possible input from your respondents
  2. Three questions to gain good insight from users
  3. Smart moves when drawing analysis from responses


About David:

David Okuniev is the co-founder & joint CEO @ Typeform and a Product designer. His specialties include expertise in User Interface Design, User Experience Design, Graphic Design, Creative & technical direction.


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May 25, 2018
300: How to Speak Using Your Perfect Voice with Roger Love

Celebrity voice coach Roger Love shares the keys that make your voice sound more engaging, authentic, confident, and powerful.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why you should put the music back into your speaking voice
  2. One big vocal mistake you might be making – and how to fix it
  3. How to modulate your voice to bring across a clearer message


About Roger:

Roger Love is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on voice. No other vocal coach in history has been more commercially successful in both the speaking and singing fields. Roger has vocally produced more than 150 million CD sales worldwide and written four top-selling books. Roger coaches singers such as Gwen Stefani, John Mayer, and Selena Gomez, as well as speakers like Anthony Robbins, and Simon Sinek. He also coaches screen personalities such as Bradley Cooper, Will Ferrell, Reese Witherspoon, Jeff Bridges, Angelina Jolie, and Joaquin Phoenix. Roger was the vocal coach to the mega-hit TV show GLEE, and vocal coached the Academy Award winning films, Walk The Line and Crazy Heart. Roger is the President of Voiceplace, an interactive media company that specializes in voice-related content for educational and entertainment purposes.


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May 21, 2018
299: How to Rock an Interview with Pamela Skillings

Founder of Big Interview, Pam Skillings, breaks down what makes an interview successful and how to best up your interview game.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to prepare without over preparing
  2. The best answers to the most commonly-occurring interview questions
  3. Your secret weapon for any interview


About Pam:

Pamela Skillings is an author, entrepreneur, and career coach who  specializes in helping people find success and fulfillment in their dream careers. Her company, Skillful Communications, provides career coaching and training for individuals and training and development consulting for companies and organizations. Big Interview is her online job interview training system that helps clients ace their interviews and land big job offers.

She is also the author of Escape from Corporate America: A Practical Guide to Creating the Career of Your Dreams (Random House) and has been featured as a career expert by The New York Times, Newsweek, ABC News, and other media outlets . Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at New York University and a contributing columnist for and other publications.


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May 16, 2018
298: Key Success Principles that Are Wrong (sort of) with Eric Barker

Eric Barker busts the myths and uncovers truths behind some of the most popular maxims.


You'll Learn:

  1. How alignment is a genuine key to success
  2. Why valedictorians don’t necessarily shape the world
  3. How to operate like a Navy Seal


About Eric

Eric Barker’s humorous, practical blog, "Barking Up the Wrong Tree", presents science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life. Over 320,000 people subscribe to his weekly newsletter and his content is syndicated by Time Magazine, The Week, and Business Insider. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Financial Times. Eric is also a sought-after speaker and interview subject, and has given talks at MIT, Yale, Google, United States Military Central Command (CENTCOM), NASDAQ, and the Olympic Training Center.


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May 14, 2018
297: Encouraging Insight Through More Coach-like Conversations with Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier returns to talk about become more coach-like by staying curious longer and giving advice a bit more slowly.

You'll learn:

1. Why we more naturally give advice rather than ask questions

2. The questions effective coaches ask

3. How to deal with the uncoachable

About Michael:

Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder of Box of Crayons, a company best known for teaching 10-minute coaching so that busy managers can build stronger teams and get better results. On the way to founding Box of Crayons in 2002, Michael lived in Australia, England, the United States and Canada, his current home. He has written a number of books. His latest, the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Coaching Habit, has sold over 350,000 copies. It has been praised as one of the few business books that actually makes people laugh out loud. He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year, is a Rhodes Scholar, and was recently recognized as the #3 Global Guru in coaching. Balancing out these moments of success, Michael was banned from his high school graduation for “the balloon incident,” was sued by one of his law school lecturers for defamation, and his first published piece of writing was a Harlequin romance short story called “The Male Delivery.”


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May 09, 2018
296: Working with a Recruiter 101 with Korn Ferry’s Julie Forman

Korn Ferry partner Julie Forman shares how to leverage recruiters and executive search consultants as you manage your career.


You'll Learn:

  1. Pro-tips for becoming more visible to recruiters
  2. Do’s and don’ts when speaking with recruiters
  3. When a pay bump isn’t worth it


About Julie:

Julie Forman is a Partner with Executive Search Firm, Korn Ferry International where she is a member of the Firm’s Global Industrial practice and Marketing Center of Excellence.

She joined Korn Ferry following a 15 years career with GE where she’s held senior roles on both the Industrial and Capital sides with her last position being Head of Strategic Marketing for GE in Canada.

She focuses today on recruitment and leadership consulting mandates for industrial organizations going through critical inflection points requiring upscaling of strategic capabilities, shift in focus and transformational leadership. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Change Management Coach.


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May 07, 2018
295: The Value of Awkwardness with Melissa Dahl

Melissa Dahl discusses embracing awkward moments and turning them into valuable learning experiences.


You'll Learn:

  1. When self-consciousness can be helpful
  2. A quick exercise to instantly make you feel less self-conscious
  3. How to effectively navigate an awkward conversation


About Melissa:

Melissa Dahl is a senior editor at New York Magazine's The Cut, where she leads the health and psychology coverage. In 2014, she helped launch Science of Us, NYMag's popular social science website. Her writing interests include personality, emotions, and mental health. Outside of New York Magazine, Melissa's byline has appeared in Elle, Parents, and the New York Times.


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May 04, 2018
294: Generating Greatness from Creative Workers with Todd Henry (Host of the Accidental Creative podcast)

Founder of The Accidental Creative, Todd Henry, shares lessons learned from managing creative employees AKA “herding tigers.”


You'll Learn:

  1. Why bounded autonomy produces the best creative results
  2. The right--and wrong--way to provide feedback on creative output
  3. How you may be subtly eroding trust


About Todd:

Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of four books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, and Herding Tigers) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work. His book Die Empty was named by as one of the best books of 2013. His latest book, Herding Tigers, is about what creative people need from their leader, and how to give it to them.


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May 02, 2018
293: Body Language Insights that Get You Promoted with Dr. Denise Dudley

Denise Dudley goes deep on the science and practice of optimizing your body language for making a powerful impression at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to smile more genuinely
  2. Postures for enhanced communication
  3. The powerful impact of speaking with a lower pitch


About Denise:

Denise Dudley is a professional trainer and keynote speaker, author, business consultant, and founder and former CEO of SkillPath Seminars, the largest public training company in the world, which provides 18,000 seminars per year, and has trained over 12 million people in the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Denise holds a Ph.D. in behavioral psychology, a hospital administrator's license, a preceptor for administrators-in-training license, and is licensed to provide training to medical professionals in the United States and Canada. She's also a certified AIDS educator, a licensed field therapist for individuals with agoraphobia, and a regularly featured speaker on the campuses of many universities across the US, and the author of Simon and Schuster’s best-selling audio series, “Making Relationships Last.”  Denise speaks all over the world on a variety of topics, including management and supervision skills, leadership, assertiveness, communication, personal relationships, interviewing skills, and career readiness.  Denise’s latest book, “Work it! Get in, Get noticed, Get promoted,” is currently available on, and is receiving all 5-star customer reviews.


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Apr 30, 2018
292: Enhancing Work and Life through Mindfulness with Oren Jay Sofer

Meditation teacher Oren Jay Sofer discusses the vastly positive impact of adopting a meditation practice.


You'll Learn:

  1. The top three evidence-based benefits of mindfulness practice
  2. How a one-minute pause can make a huge difference
  3. How to train your brain for greater attention


About Oren:

Oren Jay Sofer is Senior Program Developer at Mindful Schools and Founder of Next Step Dharma, offering online courses on meditation in daily life. He is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council, a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma.  His work has been featured on apps such as 10% Happier and Simple Habit. Oren holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, and is author of Say What you Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.


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Apr 27, 2018
291: Deciding Whether to Stay or Go with Pete Mockaitis

Pete inserts himself into the show format, sharing his approach to tackling your next career decision.


You'll Learn:

  1. The 8 step-by-step questions that determine whether to stay or go
  2. Whether the grass is in fact greener
  3. Pete's favorite things


About Pete:

Pete Mockaitis is an award-winning trainer and coach who helps brilliant professionals perform optimally at work.

He’s delivered 1-on-1 coaching to over 700 leaders hailing from world-class organizations (such as Google, FedEx, the United Nations, Anheuser-Buesch, and Apple), 50 countries, and every Ivy League university. His work has been featured in numerous publications including the New York TimesForbes, and Inc.

He began his career at Bain & Company and currently hosts the How to be Awesome at your Job podcast. The show receives millions of downloads from delightful people with excellent taste.

Pete lives in Chicago with his wife and new baby!


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Apr 25, 2018
290: How to Make the Impossible Happen with Steve Sims

Bluefish founder Steve Sims shares the approaches that enable him to create legendary experiences for his exclusive clientele.


You'll Learn:

  1. How Steve got the Pope to drop by and bless his client’s wedding
  2. The magic question that unleashes possibilities
  3. How relationships are like oak trees


About Steve:

Steve Sims is is the visionary founder of Bluefish: the world¹s first luxury concierge company that delivers the highest level of personalized travel, transportation, and cutting-edge entertainment services to corporate executives, celebrities, professional athletes, and other discerning individuals interested in living life to its fullest. He has been invited to speak to MBA students at Harvard (twice), has spoken at the Pentagon, and has been featured in major media all around the world: From The Sunday Times and China Post, to The Wall Street Journal. You can learn more at


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Apr 23, 2018
289: How Executives End Up in the C-Suite with Cassandra Frangos

“Executive Whisperer” Cassandra Frangos outlines what it takes to become a Chief Something Officer and how to garner needed  support along the way.


You'll Learn:

  1. When to follow—and when to disrupt— company culture
  2. One thing our listeners and most CEOs have in common
  3. How to pick up on social cues that can make or break your career


About Cassandra:

Cassandra Frangos, Ed.D., is a consultant on Spencer Stuart’s Leadership Advisory Services team. She collaborates with Fortune 500 leadership teams on executive assessments, succession planning, leadership development and top team effectiveness.Previously, Cassandra was the head of the global executive talent practice at Cisco, where she was responsible for accelerating the readiness of the talent at all levels of the organization to transform the business and culture. Through partnerships with the executive team, she deployed innovative approaches to organization design, succession planning, assessment, coaching and development programs to drive business results and innovation. She also played an integral role in the 2015 succession planning for Cisco’s CEO, one of the most respected and longest-tenured CEOs in the tech industry.


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Apr 20, 2018
288: Managing First Timers in the Workplace with Chris Deferio (Host of the Keys to the Shop podcast)

Coffee shop guru & latte art champion Chris Deferio speaks on leading people who are at their first “real job” and keys to thriving in a chaotic environment.


You'll Learn:

  1. Best approaches for managing first timers
  2. How to offer feedback so it’s received well
  3. Tips on how to keep sane and focused in a chaotic environment


About Chris:

Chris Deferio is the host and producer of the Keys to the Shop podcast. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife and son and has been in professional coffee service for 17 years. He provides training, consultations, and wisdom to owners, managers, and employees across cafes worldwide. His podcast is dedicated to the success of coffee shops and the professionals that make them work.


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Apr 18, 2018
287: Establishing Motivation, Intention, and Boundaries Like a Boss with Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon (Hosts of the Being Boss podcast)

Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon of Being Boss talk setting intentions and the importance of boundaries.


You'll Learn:

  1. The benefits of creating monthly intentions
  2. How to set boundaries – and stick to them
  3. How to have healthy dialogue with your boss


About Emily and Kathleen:

Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson, self-proclaimed “business besties” and hosts of the top-ranked podcast “Being Boss,” know what it takes to launch a business, do the work, and be boss in work and life. Both successful independent business owners, Emily and Kathleen started the podcast in January of 2015 to talk shop and share their combined expertise with other creative entrepreneurs.


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Apr 16, 2018
286: How to Optimize Learning at Work with Whitney Johnson (Host of the Disrupt Yourself podcast)

CEO advisor Whitney Johnson shares her insights into optimizing individual learning and team innovation via thoughtful smart disruption placement along a learning curve.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to optimize each stage of learning
  2. The three key stages of your learning curve
  3. The importance of ‘hiring’ the right boss


About Whitney:

CEO advisor and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Whitney Johnson, has over one million followers on Linkedin. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015). She was an award-winning Wall Street analyst and co-founded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Clayton Christensen. She is a frequent keynote speaker on disruption, and has been recognized as one of the world's most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50 and Fortune. She also hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself podcast and is an original cohort member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches.


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Apr 13, 2018
285: Upgrading Your Promotion Potential with Terra Winston

Terra Winston sheds light to the main pieces of getting promoted: learning precisely who promotes you and what they value.


You'll Learn:

  1. The two major considerations for anyone who wants to be promoted
  2. Goal-setting considerations to align yourself with your boss’s needs
  3. Why and how to promote yourself


About Terra:

Terra Winston is the Ringleader of inTerractions and Principal of inTerract Consulting.  For over 20 years she has impacted thousands of people through her leadership programs and coaching.  A life-long learner, she has channeled her passions into success in multiple arenas, from engineering to HR, from Corporate America to entrepreneurship.  Terra holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, an MBA from Stanford, coaching certification from CTI, and a not-so-secret passion for Doctor Who.


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Apr 11, 2018
284: Boosting Your Work with Mindfulness Practices with Dr. Leah Weiss

Stanford instructor Dr. Leah Weiss discusses how mindfulness training can translate to tangible results in the workplace.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to practice the intentional use of your attention
  2. Pro tips for taking productive breaks
  3. Handy tools for setting your personal purpose


About Leah:

Leah Weiss, PhD, is a researcher, professor, consultant, and author. She teaches courses on compassionate leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is principal teacher and founding faculty for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, conceived by the Dalai Lama. She also directs Compassion Education and Scholarship at HopeLab, an Omidyar Group research and development nonprofit focused on resilience. She lives in Palo Alto, California with her husband and three children.


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Apr 09, 2018
283: Subtle Shifts in Thinking for Tremendous Resilience with Charlie Harary

Charlie Harary explores how to adjust your recurring thought patterns to find your greatness, enhance emotional wellbeing, and enjoy work more everyday.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to react to the world in a more empowered way
  2. Two innate needs you must fulfill to be satisfied
  3. Approaches to growing more everyday


About Charlie:

Charlie Harary is an author and internationally known speaker sought out for his lectures, seminars and keynote addresses on business intelligence, performance management and personal empowerment. He is the Senior Director of Capital Markets at RXR Realty, a multi-billion dollar real estate company based in New York. He hosts a weekly radio show on the NSN radio network and the Unlocking Greatness podcast. Upon its launch in 2015, Unlocking Greatness made it to the Top 10 on iTunes’ New & Noteworthy Business Podcasts list. Harary is an adjunct clinical professor of management and entrepreneurship at the Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was awarded the James Kent Scholar and the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.


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Apr 06, 2018
282: How to Manage Your Attention and Your Priorities with Neen James

Neen James shares best practices for directing our attention toward meaningful priorities.


You'll Learn:

  1. The fifteen minutes per day that can change everything
  2. Strategies for selecting the worthiest goals
  3. How we often fail to pay good attention to people


About Neen:

Neen James is the author of Folding Time™ and Attention Pays™. Named one of Top 30 Leadership Speakers by Global Guru several years in a row because of her work with companies including Viacom, Comcast, and Abbot Pharmaceuticals.

Boundless energy, quick-witted with powerful strategies for paying attention to what matters, Neen shares how to get more done and create more significant moments at work, and home.


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Apr 04, 2018
281: Making Better Decisions by Thinking in Bets with Annie Duke

World Series of Poker champion Annie Duke shares her insights into making better, more informed decisions in an unpredictable world.


You'll Learn:

  1. How thinking in bets reframes your decision-making
  2. Why to distinguish between the quality and outcome of a decision
  3. Three fun rules for better decision-making groups


About Annie:

Annie Duke is a woman who has leveraged her expertise in the science of smart decision making to excel at pursuits as varied as championship poker to public speaking. For two decades, Annie was one of the top poker players in the world. In 2004, she bested a field of 234 players to win her first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. The same year, she triumphed in the $2 million winner-take-all, invitation-only WSOP Tournament of Champions. In 2010, she won the prestigious NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Prior to becoming a professional poker player, Annie was awarded the National Science Foundation Fellowship. Because of this fellowship, she studied Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Apr 02, 2018
280: How to Become the CEO Next Door with Kimberly Powell

Kim Powell of ghSMART shares research insights from her book, The CEO Next Door, and misconceptions, patterns, and best practices in improving your odds of ascent.


You'll Learn:

  1. Where likability can help you--and hurt you.
  2. The 4 critical behaviors linked to successful CEOs
  3. Brilliant CEO tactics to accelerate your decision-making


About Kim:

Kim Powell is a Principal at ghSMART. She serves leading Fortune 500 senior executives, private equity firms and non-profit leaders in the areas of management assessment, leadership coaching and organizational change. She co-leads ghSMART’s research on first time CEOs and is passionate about supporting leaders in accelerating their effectiveness in new roles.


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Mar 30, 2018
279: How to Feel More Alive at Work with Dan Cable

Award-winning professor Dan Cable shares his research insights on our “seeking systems” and how our engagement with them largely determine whether we feel alive at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. The work we’re biologically hard-wired to enjoy
  2. How to rev up your aliveness using the three key triggers
  3. A one-hour intervention that reduces attrition by over 30%


About Dan:

Dan Cable is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Dan’s areas of teaching, research, and consulting include employee engagement, leading change, organisational culture and its effects on sustained competitive advantage, leadership development and mindset, and the linkage between brands and employee behaviors.


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Mar 28, 2018
278: The Critical Factors Separating High and Low Performers with Morten Hansen

Professor Morten Hansen shares the striking results from his multi-year study that identified the seven factors that explain 66% of the difference between low- and high-performing employees.


You'll Learn:

  1. The seven key practices that outperformers do
  2. How to work less while accomplishing more
  3. How to win your colleagues over to collaborate better


About Morten:

Formerly a professor at Harvard Business School and INSEAD (France), professor Hansen holds a PhD from Stanford Business School, where he was a Fulbright scholar. His academic research has won several prestigious awards, and he is ranked as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. Morten Hansen was also a manager at the Boston Consulting Group, where he advised corporate clients worldwide. Morten travels the world to give keynotes and help companies and people become great at work.
He is the coauthor (with Jim Collins) of the New York Times bestseller Great by Choice and the author of the highly acclaimed Collaboration and Great at Work.


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Mar 26, 2018
277: Keys to Exceptional Goal Achievement with (100% Bucket List Completer!) Danny Dover

Fascinating achiever Danny Dover shares how we can unlock achievements in our own careers and lives.


You'll Learn:

  1. How and why to set binary goals with zero wiggle room
  2. How to eliminate distractions, ruthlessly yet tactfully
  3. Approaches to rediscover your motivation


About Danny:

In 2010, Danny Dover assigned a deadline of May 25, 2017, to his life. He was tired of hearing about other people’s exciting lives and decided to jump-start his own by taking steps to actually live as if the end was in sight. He tattooed his deadline on his butt and made the sole purpose of his life to complete his Life List (a list of more than 150 life goals). While pursuing his list, he inadvertently became a minimalist in order to gain the necessary focus to create a more meaningful life. This seemingly small change in mindset (which he later detailed in the book The Minimalist Mindset) dramatically changed his life for the better.

As of 2017, Dover has completed his entire Life List (which included living alone in the wilderness for a month, traveling to nearly 100 countries, mountain climbing in Antarctica, becoming a best-selling author, etc.)


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Mar 23, 2018
276: Reframing Rejection with Alex Grodnik (Host of Wall Street Oasis' Moving Up podcast)

Alex Grodnik shares why he loves hearing no, how to respond rejection, and what to do when being ghosted.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why no is not the end but only the beginning
  2. The prescription to overcome your fear of rejection
  3. How to reframe a no


About Alex:

Alex began his career as an analyst at JPMorgan Private Bank. After completing the program, he moved into investment banking at Houlihan Lokey in their restructuring group. Alex went on to work at a pioneering digital media firm before getting his MBA at UCLA Anderson. Alex grew up in Park City, Utah and loves to ski and golf.


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Mar 21, 2018
275: How to Manage Your Manager with Mary Abbajay

Mary Abbajay shares how to manage up, understand who your boss is, and adapt to different personality types.


You'll Learn:

  1. One tiny, yet powerful, thing you can do to differentiate yourself from 99% of employees
  2. Obstacles to managing up
  3. Strategies for dealing with difficult bosses


About Mary:

Mary Abbajay is the president and co-founder of Careerstone Group, LLC, a woman-owned, full service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development solutions to the public and private sectors. She currently serves on the regional Market President’s Board of BB&T Bank. She was Chairman of the Board for Leadership Greater Washington where she led the adult Signature program, the Youth Leadership Program and the Rising Leaders Program.


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Mar 19, 2018
274: Enhancing Collaborations by Improving Civility with Chris Edmonds

Chris Edmonds returns to talk about crafting a culture of civility in the workplace.


You'll Learn:

  1. Troubling research pointing to incivility on the rise
  2. The 3 Ds that destroy civility
  3. A reframe on blame


About Chris:

Chris Edmonds is a sought-after speaker, author, and executive consultant who is the founder and CEO of The Purposeful Culture Group. After a 15-year executive career leading high performing teams, Chris began his consulting company in 1990. He has also served as a senior consultant with The Ken Blanchard Companies since 1995. Chris is one of Inc. Magazine’s 100 Great Leadership Speakers and was a featured presenter at SXSW 2015.

Chris is the author of the The Culture Engine, the best seller Leading At A Higher Level with Ken Blanchard, and five other books. Chris' blog, podcasts, research, and videos can be found at Driving Results Through Culture. Thousands of followers enjoy his daily quotes on organizational culture, servant leadership, and workplace inspiration on Twitter at @scedmonds. Visit his website at


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Mar 16, 2018
273: Taking Control of your Career with Korn Ferry’s Gary Burnison

Korn Ferry’s CEO Gary Burnison talks about the importance of learning agility and areas to consider when evaluating a potential job offer.


You'll Learn:

  1. Which skills predict success--and which are 200X harder to develop than others
  2. New rules of thumb on timelines that suggest “job hopping” vs “getting stale”
  3. Why happiness is central to your career strategy


About Gary:

Gary D. Burnison is the Chief Executive Officer of Korn Ferry, the preeminent global people, and organizational advisory firm. Korn Ferry helps leaders, organizations, and societies succeed by releasing the full power and potential of people. Its nearly 7,000 colleagues deliver services through Korn Ferry and its Hay Group and Futurestep divisions. Mr. Burnison is also a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors.


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Mar 14, 2018
272: How to Learn New Skills with Treehouse’s Ryan Carson

Treehouse founder and CEO Ryan Carson shares lessons learned from helping thousands of professionals pick up new skills. We talk about the proper mental state, being realistic about your calendar, and how new confidence emerges.


You'll Learn:

  1. The number one thing that stops people from learning
  2. How to embrace the discomfort that comes from learning
  3. Just how long it takes to learn coding, anyhow


About Ryan

Ryan Carson is the CEO and Founder of Treehouse, where their mission is to bring effective, valuable and accessible technology education to everyone so they can change their lives and change the world.


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Mar 12, 2018
271: Building Social Wealth with Jason Treu

Jason Treu shows how to encourage strong and meaningful connections.


You'll Learn:

  1. Easy ways to facilitate more meaningful connections at work
  2. How to address your blindspots more quickly
  3. Questions to cultivate empathy


About Jason:

Jason is a top business and executive coach. He's a leading expert on human behavior, influence, sales, networking and leadership. At the heart of his strategy is the understanding that people and your relationships are your true "wealth." Everything we accomplish in life is with or through other people.


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Mar 09, 2018
270: Reclaiming Workplace Inspiration with Scott Mautz

Scott Mautz introduces the nine anti-muses and provides strategies for regaining inspiration at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. The difference between inspiration and motivation
  2. The nine anti-muses that drain inspiration from your work life
  3. Five ways to reframe the fear of failure


About Scott:

Scott Mautz is a popular keynote speaker and author of "Find the Fire: Ignite Your Inspiration and Make Work Exciting Again". He's a Procter & Gamble veteran who successfully ran several of the company’s largest multi-billion dollar businesses. He's the CEO of Profound Performance LLC (a keynote, coaching, and training company), teaches at Indiana University, and has been named a "Top 50 Leadership Innovator" by Inc., where he also writes a weekly column for the national publication. He’s appeared in Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, and many other national publications and podcasts.


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Mar 07, 2018
269: Why Willpower Doesn’t Work (and What Does) Benjamin Hardy

#1 Medium writer Benjamin Hardy makes the case for why and how to shape our environments to support success.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to use the sunk cost fallacy to your advantage
  2. The definition of a forcing function and how to apply them at work
  3. Why pen and paper beats digital journaling


About Benjamin:

Since late 2015, Benjamin has been the #1 writer on Ben’s writing focuses on self-improvement, motivation, and entrepreneurship. His writing is fueled by personal experiences, self-directed education, and formal education. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Clemson University. His research focuses on the psychological differences of wannabe entrepreneurs and actual entrepreneurs (dreamers vs. doers).


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Mar 05, 2018
268: Tactical People Skills Learned by Undercover Detective / Reality TV Winner Derrick Levasseur

Former undercover detective and Big Brother winner Derrick Levasseur teaches you how to make use of his detective undercover skills in workplace environments to succeed in your job or profession and win life’s game.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to identify 5 key profiles of people in the workplace
  2. How to motivate different kinds of people, differently
  3. How to use silence to extract additional information


About Derrick:

Derrick Levasseur is an investigator, author, speaker, and TV personality, with a demonstrated history of working in law enforcement and the entertainment industry. Derrick is a former undercover detective and the winner of his season of the TV series Big Brother.   He’s been called one of the best to have ever played the game. Derrick specializes in using and sharing undercover techniques in real-world applications.


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Mar 02, 2018
267: Managing Self-Doubt to Tackle Bigger Challenges with Tara Mohr

Tara Mohr offers deep insight into how our fears and inner critic operate--and how to optimally respond.


You'll Learn:

  1. The key drivers behind fear and self-doubt
  2. A handy Hebrew distinction for thinking about fear
  3. How to consult your inner critic--and inner mentor--wisely


About Tara:

Tara Mohr is an expert on leadership and well-being. She helps people play bigger in sharing their voices and bringing forward their ideas in work and in life. Tara is the author of Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead, named a best book of the year by Apple’s iBooks and now in paperback. In the book, she shares her pioneering model for making the journey from playing small–being held back by fear and self-doubt–to playing big, taking bold action to pursue what you see as your callings.


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Feb 28, 2018
266: Developing Your Free Time Formula with Jeff Sanders (Host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast)

Fellow podcaster Jeff Sanders discusses what really makes up your time, how to avoid burning out while remaining productive, and how to prioritize tasks without sacrificing your goals.

You'll Learn:

  1. What a trip to the ER taught Jeff about the need for taking legit breaks
  2. How to unplug optimally
  3. Steps to define your top priorities

About Jeff:

Jeff Sanders is a keynote speaker, author of The Free-Time Formula, The 5 AM Miracle, and founder of The Rockin' Productivity Academy. Jeff is also the host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast, which has ranked #1 in iTunes in the Self-Help and Business categories, been nominated for 5 Podcast Awards, and exceeded 5 million downloads. He is a plant-based marathon runner and personal development junkie. Every week you can find Jeff writing and speaking at


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Feb 26, 2018
265: Getting the Most Out of Each Day with Peter Shankman (Host of the Faster Than Normal podcast)

Peter Shankman walks through his unique take on productivity and lessons learned from ADHD that anyone can apply.


You'll Learn:

  1. 4 simple rules to be more productive
  2. Tricks to eliminate distraction
  3. Why you should always ask for a deadline


About Peter:

Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage. An author, entrepreneur and corporate keynote speaker, this “worldwide connector” is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about customer service, social media, PR, marketing, advertising, and ADHD. He founded Help A Reporter Out, ShankMinds: Breakthrough, Geek Factory, and more.


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Feb 23, 2018
264: Navigating the Treacherous Ascent to Leadership with Ron Carucci

Ron Carucci shares his groundbreaking research on the patterns of successful--unsuccessful--rises to greater organizational power.


You'll Learn:

  1. How resumes and interviews routinely mislead
  2. How to minimize alienation
  3. The four patterns of successful leaders


About Ron:

Ron is a seasoned consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with CEOs and senior executives of organizations ranging from Fortune 50s to start-ups in pursuit of transformational change. His consulting has taken him to more than 20 different countries on four continents. He has consulted to some of the world’s most influential CEOs and executives on issues ranging from strategy to organization to leadership. He has worked extensively in the health sciences, biotech, and healthcare provider sectors and in the technology, consumer products, and retail food and beverage industries.


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Feb 21, 2018
Are you unintentionally dishonest?

Pete talks about some of our most honest leaders, lists habits to avoid when you want to talk “honestly”, and comes clean about his own unintentional dishonesty.


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Feb 19, 2018
263: Building Relationships like a Superconnector with Scott Gerber

Scott Gerber discusses the “superconnector” approach to build meaningful human relationships and go beyond networking.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to become a conversational Sherlock Holmes
  2. Questions that spark great conversations
  3. How to introduce yourself with impact


About Scott:

Scott Gerber is Founder and CEO of CommunityCo and founder of YEC and Forbes Councils. He is an industry leader in building and managing personalized, invitation-only communities for world-class executives, entrepreneurs and professionals. Scott is an expert on youth entrepreneurship, community building, youth unemployment in America, recent college grad unemployment and small business.


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Feb 16, 2018
262: Conquering the Five Career Derailers with Carter Cast

Kellogg professor Carter Cast provides his research on career derailment--and how to prevent it!


You'll Learn:

  1. Two questions to ask yourself to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses
  2. Frequently-occurring risk factors to watch out for
  3. The two critical things that put you in the 98 percentile of your company


About Carter:

Carter Cast is a clinical professor at the Kellogg School of Management. Previously he’s played a pivotal role in building numerous iconic consumer brands including Tostitos Scoops and The Sims. He served as CEO of, growing it to the third largest online retailer in the world. Carter is also a venture partner for Pritzker Group Venture Capital, where he assesses potential investments and advises portfolio companies.


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Feb 14, 2018
260: Tools for Sticking with Your Biggest Goals with Dean Lindsay

Dean Lindsay shows how to achieve “PHAT” (Pretty, Hot And Tempting) goals by committing to them, strengthening reasons, and building true conviction.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why it’s better to have real commitment rather than a good plan
  2. What it mean to be truly convicted of a goal’s value
  3. Dean’s six P’s of Progress


About Dean:

Dean Lindsay is hailed as an ‘Outstanding Thought Leader on Building Priceless Business Relationships’ by Sales and Marketing Executives International as well as a ‘Sales-and-Networking Guru’ by the Dallas Business Journal. His books, How to Achieve Big PHAT Goals, THE PROGRESS CHALLENGE: Working & Winning in a World of Change, and CRACKING THE NETWORKING CODE: 4 Steps to Priceless Business Relationships have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Korean, Spanish and Greek.


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Feb 09, 2018
259: How the Best Teams Operate with Adrian Gostick

Adrian Gostick talks about what the best teams today are doing differently.


You'll Learn:

  1. The differing forces that motivate each generation
  2. How to encourage your leaders to initiate regular career discussions
  3. The best ways to disagree without causing offense


About Adrian:

Adrian Gostick is a global workplace expert and thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, teamwork, and engagement. He is founder of the training company The Culture Works and author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers All In and The Carrot Principle. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold 1.5 million copies around the world.


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Feb 07, 2018
258: Doing the Work You Do Best with Ken Coleman (Host of the EntreLeadership podcast)

Broadcaster Ken Coleman guides us in discovering what we’re created to do… and how to see that dream become a reality.


You'll Learn:

  1. The litmus test for your passion
  2. The “nuclear option” for dealing with a difficult teammate or boss
  3. What to do when you’re burnt out at work but can’t leave just yet


About Ken:

Ken Coleman is host of The Ken Coleman Show and EntreLeadership Podcast, and author of One Question: Life-Changing Answers from Today’s Leading Voices. Ken is an acclaimed interviewer and broadcaster who equips, encourages and entertains listeners through thought-provoking interviews, helping them grow their businesses, pursue their passions, and move toward a fulfilled purpose. You can follow him on Twitter at @KenColeman, on Instagram at @KenWColeman, and online at or


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Feb 05, 2018
257: Innovating through Empathetic Collaboration with Turi McKinley

Turi McKinley talks intuitive design thinking as an alternative approach to problem solving.


You'll Learn:

  1. The importance of human empathy in problem solving
  2. Three keys to apply the design thinking process in your organization
  3. Pro-tips for getting brilliant ideas flowing when you collaborate


About Turi:

Turi McKinley is the Executive Director of Org Activation at frog design.

Turi’s 15+ years in design encompasses design research, interaction and service design, and currently focuses on driving change within innovative teams and organizations. Turi leads frog’s capability building and process design practice across frog’s global studios, and with frog’s clients.  With clients, she had led transformation efforts for GE as they developed a user centered software capability; for health insurance companies seeking to develop new customer relationships; and CPG firms developing ways of working faster and more iteratively.


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Feb 02, 2018
256: Science-based Solutions for Delivering Tough Truth at Work with Mark Murphy

Author & trainer Mark Murphy explores the intersections of diplomacy, truthfulness, and difficult conversations at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. Top reasons why people don’t tell the truth at work
  2. Common phrases that create defensiveness
  3. Why having a difficult conversation is better than just fixing the problem yourself


About Mark:

Mark Murphy is a New York Times bestselling author, weekly contributor to Forbes, ranked as a Top 30 Leadership Guru and the Founder of Leadership IQ. He’s trained leaders at the United Nations, Harvard Business School, the Clinton Foundation, Microsoft, MasterCard, SHRM, and hundreds more organizations. He has written several award-winning books on leadership and been featured in many premiere media outlets.


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Jan 31, 2018
255: Minimizing Avoidable Failures with Russell Klusas

Tradecraft founder Russ Klusas discusses optimal decision-making amid life goals, recognizing avoidable failures, and learning from the successes and failures of Silicon Valley.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to understand and use bounded rationality
  2. How to identify avoidable failures
  3. The good and the bad from Silicon Valley


About Russ:

Russell Klusas is the Founder of Tradecraft, a full time, in-person immersive training program for people who want to work in startups. He was also previously the CEO of Big Lobby, and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence of Founder Institute. He attended the University of Illinois.


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Jan 29, 2018
254: How to Afford Anything and Care for your Career with Paula Pant

Fellow podcaster Paula Pant shares her expertise on mastering your personal finances, caring for your career, and making wise decisions.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to afford anything...but not everything
  2. Why self-care is career care
  3. How to successfully prep for newer and bigger obstacles


About Paula:

Paula Pant is the founder of the award-winning website and a writer and speaker specializing in money, business and real estate investing.

She has been featured more than four dozen times in major publications, including Forbes, Fortune,, AOL DailyFinance, Marketplace Money, Kiplinger, Bloomberg Business, Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, and many more.


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Jan 26, 2018
253: How to Speak Out...Without a Freak Out with Matthew Abrahams

Stanford instructor Matt Abrahams teaches techniques to calm speaking anxieties...from managing procrastination to cooling body temperatures, and more.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to attack both the symptoms and sources of speaking anxiety
  2. Why to envision communication as a conversation instead of a performance
  3. How long to make eye contact


About Matt:

Matt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach. He teaches Effective Virtual Communication and Essentials of Strategic Communication at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Matt is also Co-Founder and Principal at Bold Echo Communications Solutions, a presentation and communication skills company based in Silicon Valley that helps people improve their presentation skills. Matt recently published the third edition of his book Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, a book written to help the millions of people who wish to present in a more confident and compelling way.


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Jan 24, 2018
252: Creative Problem Solving through Design Thinking with Edgar Papke

Edgar Papke explores “design thinking” and best practices to foster unpredictable, creative, innovative ideas.


You'll Learn:

  1. How three distinct workplace cultures solve problems differently
  2. The process of successful curious confrontation
  3. How to choose which problems are worth pursuing


About Edgar:

Edgar Papke is an author, speaker and globally recognized expert in business alignment, leadership and organizational culture. He is the author of True Alignment: Linking Company Culture to Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results, The Elephant in the Boardroom, and numerous essays and articles on business and culture. Edgar provides coaching and consulting to CEO’s and executives, delivers keynote speeches and presentations, and works with leadership teams to improve their alignment. He was recently honored as the Impact and International Speaker of the Year by Vistage, the world’s largest organization for CEOs. Worldwide, over 20,000 executives and leaders have attended his workshops.


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Jan 22, 2018
251: Taking the Leap Into your Dream...the Smart Way with Mike Lewis (Host of the When to Jump podcast)

Mike Lewis shares his journey from professional private equity to professional squash and provides perspective on how/when/why to jump into what you really want to do.


You'll Learn:

  1. When it’s time to jump
  2. The right mindset for taking your jump
  3. Actionable ways to tune into your internal voice and deepest desires


About Mike:

Mike Lewis is the Founder and CEO of When to Jump, a global curated community featuring the individuals, stories, and ideas relating to leaving something comfortable in order to pursue a passion. Launched in 2016, the platform has attracted millions of impressions through digital and print media, in-person experiences, and collaborations with leading brands including Airbnb and Lululemon. In January 2018, his book, When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want (Henry Holt Macmillan) releases worldwide. The book features over forty case studies with insights, frameworks and guidance around when to pursue a passion.


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Jan 19, 2018
250: Powering Up Your Professional Presence with Magdalena Yesil

Technology mogul Magdalena Yesil shares how to boost your gravitas, results, and ability to be heard at the workplace.


You'll Learn:

  1. What is the professional ask and why you should do it
  2. How to access and convey greater gravitas
  3. Tips for being heard better in meetings


About Madalena:

Magdalena Yeşil is a founder, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist of many of the world’s top technology companies, including Salesforce, where she was the first investor and founding board member. Yesil is a former general partner at U.S. Venture Partners, where she oversaw investments in more than thirty early-stage companies and served on the boards of many. A technology pioneer, Yeşil founded three of the first companies dedicated to commercializing Internet access, e-commerce infrastructure, and electronic payments.


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Jan 17, 2018
249: Leading When You’re Not in Charge with Clay Scroggins

Clay Scroggins discusses how to lead without being in the top position.


You'll Learn:

  1. Three simple questions to help you collaborate better
  2. The equation for powerful leadership
  3. How to have difficult conversations with your boss


About Clay:

Clay Scroggins is the lead pastor of North Point Community Church, providing visionary and directional leadership for all the local church staff and congregation. Clay understands firsthand how to manage the tension of leading when you’re not in charge. Clay holds a degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. Clay and his wife Jenny live in Forsyth County, Georgia, with their four children.


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Jan 15, 2018
248: What Professional Speakers Do...that You Should too with Grant Baldwin (Host of The Speaker Lab podcast)

Professional speaking guru Grant Baldwin shares lessons learned for becoming a better public speaker.


You'll Learn:

  1. The one thing that distinguishes professional speakers from the rest
  2. Top things NOT to do when presenting
  3. Helpful ways to make a huge upgrade to your presentation skills


About Grant:

Grant is a veteran speaker who started his public speaking career as a youth pastor. Since then, he has given thousands of presentations in conferences, assemblies, conventions, and other events.  He is the host of The Speaker Lab, a podcast that helps other speakers start, build, and grow their business.


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Jan 12, 2018
247: Thriving in High-Pressure Situations with Eddie Davila

Professor Eddie Davila discusses how to identify, view, handle, and thrive amidst pressure at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why pressure is really an honor and a gift
  2. What to do when you get stressed in low-pressure situations
  3. How to use stress to prep for high-pressure situations


About Eddie:

Eddie Davila is a faculty member in Arizona State University’s highly ranked supply chain management program.  At ASU he teaches over 3000 students per year in person and online.  He has a 12-part intro to supply chain management series on Youtube that has over 3 million hits.  It is actually the top ranked item on youtube when you search supply chain.  And more recently he has developed multiple courses in business and stats for LinkedIn Learning.


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Jan 10, 2018
246: Doing the Most with Your To-Do List with Suzanna Kaye

Professional organizer Suzanna Kaye shares her tips on optimal to-do lists for optimal productivity.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to cope when your tasks are too overwhelming
  2. A common mistake when working the to-do lists and apps
  3. Guidelines for identifying your priorities


About Suzanna:

Suzanna Kaye is a speaker with a passion! She can be found training and speaking to audiences both locally and internationally about how to structure their lives in new ways to be more productive and organized. Suzanna is the founder of Spark! Organizing, LLC as well as a former CFO for a national corporation. She brings a creative, encouraging, and judgement-free approach to productivity and organization. Her favorite topics include Productivity, Organization and Time Management. As a LinkedIn Learning author, she really does make productivity look effortless.


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Jan 08, 2018
Holiday reflection, gratitude, and generosity

Pete reflects on the holidays and the importance of gratitude and generosity.


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Dec 25, 2017
245: Getting into Flow...Repeatedly with Steven Kotler

Author and researcher Steven Kotler lays out the pathways to the optimal state of consciousness called flow.


You'll Learn:

  1. The golden rule of flow
  2. How to find flow using psychological and neurobiological triggers
  3. How to take breaks without interrupting your flow


About Steven:

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the cofounder/director of research for the Flow Genome Project. He is one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance.


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Dec 22, 2017
244: Behavioral Science Insights on How to Have a Good Day, Everyday with Caroline Webb

Caroline Webb reveals actionable insights from the latest science behind living our best days.


You'll Learn:

  1. The power of micro-mindfulness
  2. Pro-tips for maintaining focus and motivation
  3. Best ways to keep up your energy throughout your day


About Caroline:

Caroline is CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to use insights from behavioral science to improve their working life. Her book on that topic, How To Have A Good Day, is being published in 16 languages and more than 60 countries. She is also a Senior Advisor to McKinsey, where she was previously a Partner.


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Dec 20, 2017
243: How to Be More Popular--and Why that Still Matters at Work with Mitch Prinstein

Mitch Prinstein helps us understand the different types of popularity and teaches us how to boost our popularity by working on our likability.


You'll Learn:

  1. Subtle ways to boost your likability in meetings
  2. How and why to distinguish between the two kinds of popularity: likability and status
  3. How to get people to stop looking at their phones to talk to you


About Mitch:

Mitch is a professor, scientist, university administrator, teacher, author, speaker, and an exhausted dad.  He and his research have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, Time magazine, New York magazine, Newsweek, Reuters, Family Circle, Real Simple, and elsewhere.


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Dec 18, 2017
240: Mastering the Art of Connection with Michael J. Gelb

Michael J. Gelb walks us through the power of connectedness, the importance of being aware of the people around you, and practices that can help your internal wellness.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why uber-busy global leaders make time for face-to-face interactions
  2. How to consciously spread positive emotion
  3. Practicing the opposite of stress response


About Michael:

Michael is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development and a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, executive coaching and innovative leadership. Michael co-directs the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business and is on the faculty of the Institute for Management Studies.  He brings more than 30 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and executive coach to his diverse, international clientele.


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Dec 11, 2017
238: The Ingredients of A Great First Impression with Ann Demarais

Executive coach Ann Demarais highlights ways to become more socially generous and how to make an awesome first impression.


You'll Learn:

  1. The most common interpersonal flaws--and how to fix them
  2. Four universally-appreciated social gifts that you can give
  3. How to bounce back from a bad first impression


About Ann:

Ann Demarais, the founder of First Impressions, has more than 20 years of experience in applied psychology, specializing in interpersonal communication, impression management, social skills, and executive coaching. She works with senior executives who want to enhance their leadership impact.  She was a consultant to the Social Intelligence Program at Columbia University Business School; her client list includes Verizon, Hilton Hotels, Disney, Bank of America, Xerox, CitiGroup, JPMorgan, and the FBI among many others.  Ann is co-author of First Impressions: What You Don’t Know About How Others See You, which was published by Random House and translated into 24 languages.  Ann holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from New York University.


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Dec 06, 2017
237: Crafting Memorable Stories with Dr. Carmen Simon

Dr. Carmen Simon shows how to become impossible to ignore by integrating the right components to influence our audience’s minds.


You'll Learn:

  1. The three components of a good story
  2. Why causation in a story can be both sexy and tricky at the same time
  3. Why relatable emotions are more important than strong emotions


About Carmen:

Dr. Carmen Simon is a Cognitive Neuroscientist and Founder of Memzy. She has applied the latest neuroscience research findings to deliver workshops, design, and consulting services. Carmen is a published author and a frequent keynote speaker at conferences in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. She holds doctorates in instructional technology and cognitive psychology, and uses her knowledge to offer business professionals a flashlight and a magnet: one to call attention to what’s important in a message, the other to make it stick to the audience’s brain so they can act on it. Carmen’s brain science coaching helps business professionals motivate listeners and stand out from too much sameness in the industry.


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Dec 04, 2017
235: The Power of Finding Your Why with David Mead

Author and Simon Sinek colleague David Mead shares the importance of starting with why you do what you do – and how to find that why.


You'll Learn:

  1. The benefits of starting with why
  2. Examples of effective and ineffective “whys”
  3. The process to find your why


About David:

David is committed to a world in which the vast majority of people wake up inspired to go to work, feel safe while they're there and go home at the end of the day fulfilled by the work they do. David co-authored Find Your Why, with Simon Sinek. The book provides a step-by-step, practical guide on how to discover the Why for any individual, team or organization. David has presented these simple, inspiring ideas on 5 continents to over 150 organizations in a wide range of industries.


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Nov 29, 2017
234: Sharper Critical Thinking for Better Solutions with Mike Figliuolo

Mike Figliuolo ponders on why critical thinking is becoming increasingly important and how to maximize your critical thinking skills.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why slowing down will help you better solve problems
  2. How to differentiate facts from judgments
  3. How to use the 5 “whys” and the 7 “so whats” to think more clearly about causes and effects


About Mike:

Mike Figliuolo is the Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS, a consulting and training firm that helps leaders think better. He’s authored numerous books on leadership, thinking, and communication.He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as a commissioned officer in the Army. He then joined McKinsey and Company as a management consultant. He later worked at Capital One Financial as Group Manager of Strategy & Analysis and as Director of Specialty Collections. He was responsible for ~$1B in collections, a $125MM budget and the performance of 150 employees. The initiatives his teams put in place delivered over $125MM in value.


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Nov 27, 2017
233: Best Practices for Better Relationships at Work with FranklinCovey’s Todd Davis

FranklinCovey Chief People Officer Todd Davis shares the firm’s discoveries on proven best practices for building more effective work relationships.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to see others more clearly
  2. A master tactic to get better feedback from your colleagues
  3. The most common mistakes that destroy work relationships


About Todd:

Todd Davis is the author of FranklinCovey’s Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work. With over 30 years of experience in human resources, talen t development, executive recruiting, sales, and marketing, Davis serves as FranklinCovey’s chief people officer and executive vice president, responsible for global talent development in over 40 offices reaching 160 countries.


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Nov 22, 2017
232: How to Be a Better Leader by Being More Positive with Brenda Bailey-Hughes

Professor Brenda Bailey-Hughes explores the scientific connections between positivity and being a better performer at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. The real science behind the power of positivity
  2. How to halt compulsive worrying
  3. Power words for positivity


About Brenda:

Brenda Bailey-Hughes teaches communication and leadership skills at the Kelley School of Business undergrad program. She also teaches global leadership and emerging markets for Kelley Direct, the working professionals’ MBA program.

She’s authored 8 LinkedIn Learning courses. She specializes in communication training  and coaching for Fortune 500 executives – such as P&G, Samsung, Cummins, and John Deere.


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Nov 20, 2017
231: How to Stay Motivated and On Track with Ed Latimore

Professional boxer and physics student Ed Latimore teaches how to stop caring about what other people think and stoke the fires of motivation.


You'll Learn:

  1. How human behavior is subject to the laws of momentum
  2. How to find motivation when it seems elusive
  3. Why it’s better to focus on the process rather than the outcome


About Ed:

Ed Latimore is a professional boxer, adult physics student at Duquesne University, a veteran of the United States Army National Guard, chess player, and author. Millions have learned from Ed's insights at his blog, "The Mind and Fist" at He’s also very active on Twitter @EdLatimore.


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Nov 17, 2017
229: How to Wow with Powerful Words and Presence with Frances Cole Jones

Communications consultant Frances Cole Jones shares her best strategies to address her clients’ most pressing questions.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to tell if you’re a boring speaker...and what do about it.
  2. The key word that instantly makes your message more engaging
  3. Another power word that increases listener buy-in from 60 to 94%


About Frances:

Prior to founding Cole Media Management Frances worked first as a nursery school teacher and then as an editor of commercial nonfiction in NYC. Being a teacher helped hone her negotiating skills (If you can handle 12 toddlers you can handle any CEO.). Her experience helping authors find their voices is something she uses with all her clients to ensure they sound like themselves-- themselves on their best day.


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Nov 13, 2017
227: Becoming More Persuasive with Donald Kelly (Host of the Sales Evangelist podcast)

Fellow podcaster Donald Kelly reveals keys to being more persuasive, building influence, and hustling everyday.


You'll Learn:

  1. Principles of sales that everyone can use to become more influential
  2. Two strategies to overcome the fear of rejection
  3. Approaches for making an effective cold call or email


About Donald:

Donald Kelly evangelizes effective ways for salespeople and entrepreneurs to find more qualified prospects, close more deals and make more money. He does this through motivating sales training, online courses, one-on-one coaching, workshops, seminars and dynamic keynote presentations.


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Nov 08, 2017
224: How to Sound Amazing Daily with Julian Treasure (Creator of TED talks "5 Ways to Listen Better, etc.")

Communications expert Julian Treasure shares the best practices of speaking, listening, and good sound for effective communication.


You'll Learn:

  1. The primary filters people listen through
  2. How to develop it a powerful voice
  3. The RASA framework for a more engaging conversation


About Julian:

Julian is a sound and communication expert. He travels the world training people to listen better and create healthier sound. He is author of the books How to be Heard and Sound Business. Julian’s five TED talks have been watched more than 40 million times. His latest, How to speak so that people want to listen, is in the top 10 TED talks of all time. Julian is regularly featured in the world’s media, including TIME Magazine, The Times, The Economist and the BBC.


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Nov 01, 2017
223: Becoming Happier at Work with Dr. Annie McKee

Famed executive coach Annie McKee makes the case linking increased happiness to increased work performance...and shows how to improve both at once.


You'll Learn:

  1. Best practices for more happiness at work
  2. How following your “shoulds” can undermine happiness
  3. Key clues to help discern when something’s wrong at work


About Annie:

Dr. Annie McKee is a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches and is the Director of the PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program. She is the bestselling coauthor of three successful books published by Harvard Business Review Press: Primal Leadership, with Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis (2002); Resonant Leadership, with Richard Boyatzis (2005), and Becoming a Resonant Leader, with Richard Boyatzis and Frances Johnston (2008); and is the author of Management: A Focus on Leaders (Pearson/Prentice Hall 2014). She advises leaders around the world, and is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review.


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Oct 30, 2017
222: The Quickest Ways to Earn an Extra Half Million Over Your Career with Rich Jones and Marcus Garrett (Hosts of the Paychecks and Balances Podcast)

Paychecks and Balances Podcast hosts Rich Jones and Marcus Garrett share some of their biggest money lessons learned from guests, experiences, and past mistakes.


You'll Learn:

  1. Pro-tips on getting hired for your dream job
  2. The critical thing to do before sealing the deal on your new job
  3. Why 90% of people become stagnant in their career by age 45… and how to avoid that


About Rich & Marcus:

Rich Jones, along with Marcus Garrett, co-host Paychecks & Balances, a funformative podcast covering work and money for millennials. They leverage their experiences to provide entertaining insights and helpful tips on money management, professional growth, and other topics relevant to 20 and 30-somethings trying to get ahead.


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Oct 27, 2017
221: Becoming a Great Conversationalist with Celeste Headlee

Journalist Celeste Headlee breaks down the steps towards being a better conversationalist.


You'll Learn:

  1. The top ways to have better conversations
  2. The myths you believe about good listening
  3. An eye-opening way to find out your bad habits as a conversationalist


About Celeste:

Celeste Headlee, Public Broadcast Radio Show Host, and Author of Heard Mentality and We Need To Talk.  Celeste Headlee is the host of "On Second Thought" at Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta and has been a host and correspondent for NPR and PRI since 2006. She has trained many journalists through NPR's Next Generation program. Headlee also has appeared as a guest on CNN, the BBC, and other international networks, and in 2012, she anchored presidential election coverage for PBS World.


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Oct 25, 2017
215: Expanding Self-awareness Using the Top Personality Frameworks with Anne Bogel (Host of the What Should I Read Next? podcast)

Anne Bogel provides a whirlwind tour across leading personality frameworks, providing tips on how to apply these insights along the way.


You'll Learn:

  1. How the Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, Five Love Languages, highly sensitive people enlighten you in their own ways
  2. How to use personality types to better your relationships
  3. Dangers of abusing personality frameworks


About Anne:

Anne is a resident blogger, bookworm, and big-question-asker at Modern Mrs. Darcy. She wrote Reading People, where she shares her own experience with the personality frameworks she loves the most, the ones that have made the biggest difference in her own life. She walks you through 7 different frameworks, explaining the basics in a way you can actually understand, sharing personal stories about how what she learned made a difference in her life, and showing people how it could make a difference in theirs, as well.


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Oct 11, 2017
Should You Maximize Output or Discovery?

Pete ponders learning and discovery vs. producing output.


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Oct 09, 2017
214: How to Massively Expand Your Network in 10 Minutes a Day with Molly Beck

Molly Beck shares a quick and easy formula for reaching out new people who can help you achieve your goals.


You'll Learn:

  1. The two components required to become an influencer
  2. The four types of reach outs--with benchmark response rates
  3. How to make awesome subject lines to get more email responses


About Molly:

Molly is the founder of podcast creation site Messy Bun; the creator of the lifestyle blog Smart, Pretty & Awkward; and a marketing expert who has provided digital strategies for numerous companies including Forbes, Venmo, Rice University, and Hearst. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Redbook, Parade, HuffPost, and more. She is represented by CAA.


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Oct 06, 2017
213: Surviving and Winning Office Politics with Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark outlines how to flourish amid office politics by using electoral campaign strategies.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to create a campaign plan for your career
  2. The power mapping approach to smarter people decisions
  3. A genius tactic for highlighting your achievements without sounding boastful


About Dorie:

Dorie Clark is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine, one of the Top 10 Business Books of the Year by Forbes, and was a Washington Post bestseller. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.”


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Oct 04, 2017
212: How Introverts Flourish at Work with Morra Aarons-Mele

Morra Aarons-Mele provides tips for the ambitious introvert to succeed at work and strategies on how extroverts and introverts can best work together.


You'll Learn:

  1. How introverts are fabulous secret weapons at work
  2. The false assumptions people make about introverts
  3. How extroverts and introverts can work best together


About Morra:

Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of award winning social impact agency Women Online and its database of women influencers, The Mission List.  She is an Internet marketer who has been working with women online since 1999. She helped Hillary Clinton log on for her first Internet chat, and has launched online campaigns for world leaders and organizations including the United Nations, President Obama, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


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Oct 02, 2017
210: How to Generate Many Creative Ideas with Tina Seelig (Presenter of "The little risks you can take to increase your luck" at TEDTalks Business)

Professor Tina Seelig talks about the critical components, principles, and tactics for bringing ideas into your imagination and out into the world.


You'll Learn:

  1. The two requirements of imagination
  2. How to generate many new solutions via framing and reframing
  3. The argument for brainstorming


About Tina:

Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice in Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering, and is a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She teaches courses in the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( and leads three fellowship programs in the School of Engineering that are focused on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Seelig earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford Medical School, and has been a management consultant, entrepreneur, and author of 17 books, including Insight Out (2016), inGenius (2012), and What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (2009). She is the recipient of the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the Olympus Innovation Award, and the Silicon Valley Visionary Award.


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Sep 27, 2017
209: How to Get Better at Anything with Tom Bilyeu (Host of Impact Theory)

Quest Nutrition founder Tom Bilyeu shows how to get better at anything by having crystal clear goals, a growth mindset, and powerful systems.


You'll Learn:

  1. The WOOP process for figuring out if you should persist or quit
  2. How to make the switch from discovering to developing your passion
  3. Why identity drives behavior and not the other way around


About Tom:

Tom Bilyeu is the co-founder of 2014 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition — a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion — and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory. Tom’s mission is the creation of empowering media-based IP and the acceleration of mission-based businesses. Personally driven to help people develop the skills they will need to improve themselves and the world, Tom is intent to use commerce to address the dual pandemics of physical and mental malnourishment.

Tom regularly inspires audiences of entrepreneurs, change makers, and thought leaders at some of the most prestigious conferences and seminars around the world, including Abundance 360, A-fest, and Freedom Fast Lane.


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Sep 25, 2017
207: Getting Psyched Up For High Performance with Daniel McGinn

Harvard Business Review editor Dan McGinn applies techniques from athletes, musicians, the military, and more to get yourself psyched for success.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to amp up confidence and dial down anxiety
  2. How to psych yourself up with your own “greatest hits”
  3. The best pump up music there is


About Daniel:

Daniel McGinn is a senior editor at Harvard Business Review, where he edits the IdeaWatch and How I Did It sections, manages the magazine’s annual Best Performing CEOs in the World ranking, and edits feature articles on topics including negotiation, sales, and entrepreneurship.


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Sep 20, 2017
204: How to Survive the Jerks at Work with Robert Sutton

Robert Sutton shares his expertise on confronting, coping with, and forgiving the jerks at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. Internal mind tricks to help you cope with jerks
  2. How to use The Benjamin Franklin Effect to win over jerks
  3. How and when to fight back


About Robert:

Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.  He co-founded the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (“the d school”).  He is a Fellow at IDEO, Senior Scientist at Gallup, and an advisor to McKinsey & Company.  Sutton studies organizational change, leadership, innovation, and workplace dynamics.  He has published over 150 articles and chapters and written seven books. Sutton’s latest book is The “Jerk”hole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt.

Sep 13, 2017
202: Discovering the Work You’re Built to Do with Don Hutcheson (Host of the Discover Your Talent Do What You Love podcast)

Talent guru Don Hutcheson shares how to better know yourself in order to select jobs that optimally align to your talents.


You'll Learn:

  1. Approaches to get more insight into your unique talents
  2. How to break out of your bubble and expand your perspective
  3. The seven ways people get stuck


About Don:

Don Hutcheson is a lifelong entrepreneur, inventor, author and coach. He hosts the daily podcast: “Discover Your Talent—Do What You Love,” which he created to help people find their true talents and use them to build a career of success, satisfaction and freedom. He’s never had a “boss” and has created 6 innovative companies in advertising, publishing, coaching and career planning—and now on the Internet—over the last 40 years.


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Sep 08, 2017
201: How to be Happier at Work with Jennifer Moss

Plasticity Labs co-founder Jennifer Moss shares how to build psychological fitness to deal with workplace challenges.


You'll Learn:

  1. Research insights into what impacts happiness at work
  2. The critical ingredient called the “granddaddy” of happiness
  3. Two minute exercises that slash stress and enhance effectiveness


About Jennifer:

Honored as the 2016 Canadian Business Innovator of the Year, Jennifer Moss and her groundbreaking work on the power of happiness are transforming hundreds of schools and companies. Moss is the Cofounder of Plasticity Labs, a tech company that provides organizations with the tools to tap into employee sentiment and increase workplace happiness.

Moss is the author of Unlocking Happiness at Work and also the Cofounder of The HERO Generation, a non-profit that is implementing Moss’ gratitude-based HERO model in schools with the aim of decreasing teacher and student stress and increasing well-being and performance.


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Sep 06, 2017
Happy Labor Day and Thanks a Million!

Pete thanks everyone for 1 million downloads!


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Sep 04, 2017
199: Supercharging Your Productivity with Erik Fisher (Host of the Beyond the To Do List podcast)

Productivity podcaster Erik Fisher shares how to optimally manage your energy throughout the day to improve productivity while avoiding overloads and burn-outs.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to manage your energy for peak productivity
  2. The power of hydration
  3. Why shorter to-do lists beat longer ones.


About Erik

Erik is a Productivity Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Coach. He talks with real people who practically implement productivity strategies in their professional and personal lives. You'll be refreshed and inspired after hearing how others fail and succeed at daily productivity and continue to lead successful and meaningful lives.


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Aug 30, 2017
197: Getting and Growing Mo’ Money with Joe Saul-Sehy (Host of the Stacking Benjamins show)

Personal finance podcaster Joe Saul-Sehy lets us in on the secrets to making more money, handling it properly, and watching it grow.


You'll Learn:

  1. The first key to making more money
  2. Important benefits that you might have overlooked
  3. The top money management lesson that rich people use


About Joe:

Before starting Stacking Benjamins Joe Saul-Sehy was a financial planner for 16 years and a media representative for one of nation's biggest financial companies. He leads a team of people who are located across the United States. He communicates difficult concepts in a way that makes them accessible to the average person. He also gives presentations at major companies and to large audiences. Joe is a huge fan of exceptional customer service and loves to model companies like Disney, Nordstrom and Cherry Republic.


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Aug 25, 2017
196: Exuding Influence with Impact with Stacey Hanke

Communications consultant Stacey Hanke breaks down the misconceptions on influence and how to develop your influential voice in a way that resonates.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to assess your level of influence in a room
  2. The core elements needed to command more influence
  3. How your smartphone can help you speak better


About Stacey:

Stacey Hanke equips leaders within organizations to communicate with confidence, presence and authenticity, day in and day out. Combined, her team of mentors and consultants have more than 100 years of training experience. She works with executives, managers, technicians and sales leaders across the United States and on four different continents.


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Aug 23, 2017
193: Neuroscience Insights on Survival, Belonging, and Growth at Work with Dr. Britt Andreatta

Dr. Britt Andreatta surveys how our brains are wired for optimal work and best practices for creating an environment for thriving.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why our brains are not built for today’s workplaces
  2. The fundamental conditions required for teammates to thrive
  3. Best practices for developing trust within your team


About Britt

Dr. Britt Andreatta knows how to harness human potential. Drawing on her unique background in leadership, psychology, education, and the human sciences, she has a profound understanding of how to unlock the best in people. Britt is the former Chief Learning Officer at and has over 25 years of experience consulting with Fortune 100 corporations, businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Andreatta is the author of several titles on learning and leadership. Her online courses have over 4 million views and her books are best sellers. Her latest book, Wired to Resist: The Brain Science of Why Change Fails and a New Model for Driving Success is available now and her next book on the neuroscience of teams, Wired to Connect, will be out Spring 2018.


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Aug 16, 2017
191: Writing Better with Anne Janzer

Writing coach Anne Janzer provides principles, checklists, and pro-tips for better writing at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to overcome the biggest workplace writing problems
  2. The 6 questions to ask yourself before you start writing
  3. The best ways to get your points across without offending


About Anne:

Anne Janzer is an author and writing coach who has worked with over a hundred technology businesses in her career. Anne has written three books on marketing and writing. Her latest book is called The Workplace Writer’s Process: A Guide to Getting the Job Done. It covers the things no one teaches you in writing class: how to set yourself up for success when writing on the job, how to collaborate with others on writing projects, and the secrets to creating effective content.


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Aug 11, 2017
190: Making Your Boss, Colleagues, and Clients Love You with Jodi Glickman

Jodi Glickman lays the foundation for becoming great on the job through better communications.


You'll Learn:

  1. The GIFT framework for better communication
  2. How to master the hello and goodbye
  3. Pro-tips for managing expectations


About Jodi

Jodi Glickman is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, consultant, and all-around expert in training people how to be great on the job. She is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and the author of the critically acclaimed Great on the Job: What to Say, How to Say It. The Secrets of Getting Ahead.


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Aug 09, 2017
189: Insider Recruiter Insights with Randstad’s Josh Vesely

Randstad’s SVP of Talent Solutions, Josh Vesely, discusses the state of the labor market, the benefits of working with recruiters, and necessities for today’s job hunters.


You'll Learn:

  1. How today’s labor market is superlatively favorable for good talent
  2. Why you should boldly ask your boss for your favorite opportunities
  3. How to find and leverage a recruiter in your job search


About Josh:

Joshua Vesely, MBA, is a ‘Talent Chef’ and Senior Vice President of Talent Solutions at Randstad USA. He is an energy-giving partner and a powerful negotiator. With his positive attitude he boldly develops new concepts and contributes to an innovative market approach.


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Aug 07, 2017
186: The Practices of High-Performing Employees with Dr. Clint Longenecker

Professor Clint Longenecker shares his research-based insights on career performance improvement.


You'll Learn:

  1. Research revealing the 5 key things high performers have in common
  2. The dangers of being too busy
  3. The power of a strategic S.T.O.P.


About Clint:

Clinton Oliver Longenecker, is an award winning educator, is one of “America’s leaders in the area of rapid performance improvement” and is a Distinguished University Professor and the Director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in The College of Business and Innovation at The University of Toledo.


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Jul 31, 2017
184: Building Your Network Before You Need It with Dr. Ivan Misner

BNI Founder Ivan Misner shares the lowdown on the why and how of relationship-building.


You'll Learn:

  1. The fundamental networking disconnect that holds us back
  2. Ivan’s all-time favorite networking strategies
  3. How to wow prospective employers via a “working interview”


About Ivan:

Dr. Ivan Misner, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on business networking. He is the Founder of, the largest business networking organization and has written several top business books including three New York Times Bestsellers, two Amazon Bestsellers and one Wall Street Journal Bestseller. Titles include, “Avoiding the Networking Disconnect,” “Business Networking and Sex” and “Networking Like A Pro”. Ivan holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and as the Co-Founder of the BNI Charitable Foundation, he was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by The Red Cross.


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Jul 26, 2017
181: How to Hone Your Strengths at a Job You Love with Scott Barlow (Host of the Happen to Your Career podcast)

Fellow careers podcaster Scott Barlow shares how to zero in on the essential things we need at work and bring our strengths to bear there.


You'll Learn:

  1. The 6 critical things people need from their work
  2. Why strengths differ from skills--and why that matters.
  3. How identifying your “anti-strengths” can skyrocket your self-awareness


About Scott

Scott Anthony Barlow is the Founder of Happen to Your Career, a company that helps you stop doing work that doesn’t fit, figuring out what does and then teaching you to make it happen! He has been helping people develop their careers and businesses for over 10 years as a Human Resources Leader, Business Development Expert, and Career Coach. With over 2000 interviews worth of experience from his HR career, Scott interviews others telling their story of finding work they love on the Happen to Your Career Podcast.  Scott and his wife Alyssa have 3 children and live in Moses Lake, Washington.


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Jul 19, 2017
180: How to Conquer Stress, Freak-Outs, and the Fear of Failure with Joe Sanok (Host of The Practice of the Practice podcast)

Counselor Joe Sanok shares ways to tackle fears, manage stress, and stay in the growth zone.


You'll Learn:

  1. A brilliant approach to reframe fears of failure
  2. The science behind freaking out
  3. How to combat stress triggers and relax in seconds


About Joe:

Joe Sanok is a speaker, mental health counselor, business consultant, and podcaster. Joe has the #1 podcast for counselors, The Practice of the Practice Podcast. With interviews with Pat Flynn, John Lee Dumas, Chris Ducker, Rob Bell, Glennon Doyle Melton, and Lewis Howes, Joe is a rising star in the speaking world! Joe is a writer for PsychCentral, has been featured on the Huffington Post, Forbes, GOOD Magazine, Reader's Digest, Bustle, and Yahoo News. He is a keynote speaker, author of five books, and is a top-consultant.


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Jul 17, 2017
178: How to Lead Without Authority with Dodie Gomer

Talent builder Dodie Gomer shares best practices for leading people to results--when you’re not in charge.


You'll Learn:

  1. How setting a clear vision on tiny matters delivers huge benefits
  2. Tactics for projecting powerful composure
  3. The value of using “strong words” and eliminating “weak words” in your communications


About Dodie:

Dodie Gomer believes far beyond technical potential. She is known as a talent builder. Dodie has 25+ years of corporate HR leadership. She inspires individuals to tap into their unique talent to go beyond their technical expertise and develop as leaders – even if they never plan to be a manager. Whether it is a keynote address, leadership workshop or as a succession planning consultant, Dodie will provide the right tools to build leadership for both individuals and organizations.


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Jul 12, 2017
The Two Questions that Improve Every Decision

Happy (almost) 4th of July!

In this special episode, Pete helps you declare independence from making sub-optimal decisions with two key questions that will help you approach decision-making better:

1. What must be true for this decision to be a good one?

2. How can I test that?


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Jul 03, 2017
173: Writing Better Emails with Leslie O’Flahavan

Email expert Leslie O'Flahavan shares the do's and don'ts of writing clear emails that build rapport.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to use the BLUF technique to get more opens, reads, and replies
  2. How to use formatting optimally in emails
  3. The method for writing a strong subject line


About Leslie: 

Leslie O’Flahavan is a get-to-the point writer and an experienced, versatile writing instructor.  As E-WRITE owner since 1996, Leslie has been writing content and teaching customized writing courses for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Leslie can help the most stubborn, inexperienced, or word-phobic employees at your organization improve their writing skills, so they can do their jobs better.


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Jun 28, 2017
171: Brevity = Critical with Joe McCormack

Marketing executive Joe McCormack addressed declining attention spans with actionable ways to "be better; be brief."


You'll Learn:

  1. How being brief helps you focus
  2. How to trim down information to what is essential
  3. 3 common mistakes when it comes to being brief


About Joe:

Joe McCormack is on a mission to help organizations master the art of the short story. An experienced marketing executive, successful entrepreneur and author, Joe is recognized for his work in narrative messaging and corporate storytelling. His book, Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less (Wiley & Sons, 2014) tackles the timeliness of the “less is more” mandate.

He founded and serves as managing director and president of The Sheffield Company, an award-winning boutique agency.

A passionate leader, he started The BRIEF Lab, a subsidiary of Sheffield, in 2013 after years dedicated to developing and delivering a unique curriculum on strategic narratives for U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He speaks at diverse industry and client forums on the topics of messaging, storytelling, change and leadership.


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Jun 23, 2017
170: Managing Inner--and Outer--Critics with Dave Stachowiak (host of Coaching for Leaders podcast)

Fellow careers podcaster Dave Stachowiak shares wisdom on dealing with the inner critic, getting great feedback, and more


You'll Learn:

  1. How to best interact with the inner critic
  2. The magic question to ask for better feedback
  3. How much feedback is too much feedback


About Dave:

Dave is a Senior Vice President with Dale Carnegie of Southern Los Angeles and has led training programs for top organizations like the Northrop Grumman Corporation, The United States Air Force, the Boeing Company, and the University of California system. Dave founded Coaching for Leaders in 2011 and was named in Forbes as one of the 25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch in 2015.


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Jun 21, 2017
165: How to Work with People You Dislike with Adam Kahane

Reos Partners cofounder Adam Kahane shares his expertise in dealing with conflicts and effectively collaborating with the enemy.

You'll Learn:

  1. Why conventional collaboration does not work anymore
  2. The three stretches required from collaboration
  3. What to do when you can’t collaborate

About Adam:

Adam Kahane is a Director of Reos Partners, an international social
enterprise that helps people move forward together on their most important
and intractable issues.
Adam is the author of four books on solving tough problems. His latest is
Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree
With or Like or Trust.

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Jun 09, 2017
164: Sustaining Your Peak and Avoiding Burnouts with Brad Stulberg

Human performance guru Brad Stulberg illuminates the essential ingredients that lead to peak physical, emotional, and mental states.


You'll Learn:

  1. Brad’s ultimate growth equation
  2. How to get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  3. The huge difference that making a difference makes


About Brad:

Brad Stulberg researches, writes, speaks, and coaches on health and the science of human performance. He is a coauthor of the new book Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success, and is a columnist for New York and Outside magazines. Follow Brad on Twitter @Bstulberg and learn more on his website


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Jun 07, 2017
163: Building successful mentor/protégé relationships with Dr. Ellen Ensher

Professor Ellen Ensher shares her expertise in instigating and developing mentor and protégé relationships.


You'll Learn:

  1. How Ellen applied mentorship wisdom to double her income in one day
  2. The real meaning of mentorship
  3. The two valuable things every protege can provide even the most senior mentor


About Eve:

Ellen A. Ensher, Ph.D is a Professor of Management at Loyola Marymount University (LMU)  in Los Angeles, California and in 2017 received the LMU award for Distinguished Teaching.  Ellen is the co-author of Power Mentoring: How Mentors and Protégés Get the Most out of Their Relationships. Dr. Ensher has published over 50 articles/book chapters and consulted to a number of of organizations both domestically and abroad such as Kraft Foods, Legg Mason, Notre Dame University, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and United States Navy. Recently awarded the Fulbright Specialist award, Ellen will be conducting research in Finland in 2017. Ellen is a LinkedIn Learning Author of two courses on mentoring. Please visit for mentoring resources and to subscribe to her blog: Discussions on Media, Management, and Mentoring at


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Jun 05, 2017
162: The Only 5 Ways to Get More Done with Chris Croft

Prolific trainer Chris Croft helps to figure out what you should do really well and what you should do well enough to get the most out of your work and life.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to identify squeezable tasks
  2. A 4-step process to saying no and negotiating
  3. Optimal systems for organizing the stuff of work and life


About Chris:

Chris Croft has an Engineering Degree from Cambridge and an MBA, worked as a senior manager in manufacturing for 10 years and then as a university lecturer for five years before starting his own training company in 1995. Since then he has trained over 80,000 people, and his free email tips are sent to 20,000 people ( Chris runs training courses in Project Management, Time Management and similar subjects almost every day, mostly in the UK, and has also produced a range of books which are available on amazon kindle, a project management rap which can be found on youtube, and phone apps called JobsToDo, Management Cards, and “Daily Happiness Tips”.  He is featured on and where he presents courses on project management, assertiveness, negotiation, problem solving, and happiness. His Project Management course has had over a million views.


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Jun 02, 2017
161: Exploring Entrepreneurship without Quitting Your Day Job with Patrick McGinnis

Patrick McGinnis shows how you can develop your entrepreneurship--and job skills--while keeping the stability of your day job.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why you should consider being a 10% entrepreneur
  2. Two strategies to determine where you should really focus your time and energy
  3. Tried and tested ways to see if your big idea will work out


About Patrick:

Patrick J. McGinnis is a venture capitalist and private equity investor who founded Dirigo Advisors, after a decade on Wall Street, to provide strategic advice to investors, entrepreneurs, and fast growing businesses. In this capacity, he has worked in a range of settings, from building startups from the ground up in Silicon Valley to acting as an expert consultant to the World Bank in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

He is the author of the book The 10% Entrepreneur. He has also written articles for well-known publications such as Fortune, Business Insider, and Forbes.

Patrick is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Georgetown University and lives in New York City.


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May 31, 2017
160: Sizing Up Big Picture Strategic Challenges...FAST with Paul Szyarto
May 25, 2017
159: Increasing Confidence by Increasing Self-Awareness with Dr. Tasha Eurich

Tasha Eurich shares insights on self-awareness, how we can benefit from it, and how to strengthen our self-awareness. 


You'll Learn:

  1. 7 indicators that reveal if you’re actually self-aware (most aren’t!)
  2. Why you need to be more self-aware
  3. What you’re doing wrong when it comes to introspection


About Tasha:

Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times bestselling author (Bankable Leadership). With a PhD in organizational psychology, she is also the founder of The Eurich Group, where she’s helped thousands of leaders and teams improve their effectiveness through greater self-awareness. Dr. Eurich has contributed to Entrepreneur,, and The Huffington Post, and has been featured in outlets such as ForbesThe New York Times, Fast Company, and Inc. She’s been named one of Denver Business Journal’s ”40 Under 40” as well as a “Top 100 Thought Leader” by Trust Across America, and in 2015 she was named a “Leader to Watch” by the American Management Association. Her TEDx talk has been viewed more than a million times.


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May 24, 2017
155: Managing Defensiveness for Stronger Collaborations with Jim Tamm

Jim Tamm shares how managing defensiveness ensures collaborations remain cool and effective. 

You'll Learn:

  1. Why managing your defensiveness is a hidden key to effective collaborations
  2. The 3 biggest drivers of defensiveness
  3. How to stay curious – instead of furious

About Jim:

For 25 years Jim was a judge dealing with collective bargaining disputes. He has mediated more school district labor strikes than any other person in the United States. Now he teaches collaboration skills in the Talent Development Program at Harvard, the International Management Program at the Stockholm School of Economics and the Leadership Academy of the University of California. His book Radical Collaboration has been on Amazon’s top seller lists for collaboration, negotiations, and organizational psychology books for 11 years. 

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May 15, 2017
152: Executive-style Communication with Dianna Booher

Dianna Booher shows how you can conduct more effective meetings and make a greater impact with subtle tweaks to your communication approach.


You'll Learn:

  1. What a great leader sounds like
  2. Tips to get your emails read
  3. Quick tricks for better meetings


About Dianna:

As founder and CEO of Booher Research Institute, Dianna Booher works with organizations to help them communicate clearly and with leaders to expand their influence by a strong executive presence. She has provided communication programs and coaching to some of the largest Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies, such as IBM, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Siemens, NASA, and the U.S. Navy. National media outlets frequently interview Booher for opinions on critical communication issues: Good Morning America, USA Today,, Wall Street Journal,, Success, Entrepreneur, Investor’s Business Daily, Fox, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, NPR, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.


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May 08, 2017
151: How to Get in the Zone...Every Day with Dr. Hans Hagemann

Dr. Hans Hagemann talks about the biochemical ingredients needed to get into the groove of “flow” and optimally engage your brain for peak performance.


You'll Learn:

  1. The three-chemical “DNA” of peak performance
  2. Three simple steps to flow
  3. The benefits of intuitive decision making in a team


About Hans:

Hans W. Hagemann, Ph.D., is managing partner/co-founder at the global leadership consultancy firm Munich Leadership Group, and he is a global expert on leadership and innovation who has led seminars, coaching sessions and in-depth workshops with top executives in more than 40 countries.


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May 05, 2017
150: Expressing Radical Candor with Kim Scott

Kim Scott shows how “radical candor” can be used in the workplace to give better feedback and meaningful praise and criticism.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to care personally while challenging directly
  2. Three important conversations that you should be having at work
  3. An approach to giving better feedback to your boss


About Kim:

Kim Scott is the author of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity, a NYT and WSJ bestseller, published by St Martin’s Press. Kim is also the co-founder and CEO of Candor, Inc., which builds tools to make it easier to follow the advice she offers in the book. She is also the author of three novels.

Prior to founding Candor, Inc., Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other Silicon Valley companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University, developing the course “Managing at Apple,” and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google. Previously, Kim was the co-founder and CEO of Juice Software, and led business development at two other start-ups . Kim received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Princeton University. Kim and her husband Andy Scott are parents of twins and live in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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May 03, 2017
146: Accessing Your Hidden Brain Potential with Dr. Barbara Oakley

Engineering Professor Dr. Barbara Oakley gives her best techniques for making mindshifts, whether they are dramatic changes or small tweaks.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why the Pomodoro technique’s 25 minutes of focus is indeed a magical number
  2. How you can make dramatic changes – and small tweaks – to improve your life
  3. How the imposter syndrome can actually be a strength


About Barbara

Barbara Oakley PhD., is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego; and Coursera’s inaugural “Innovation Instructor.” Her research involves bioengineering with a focus on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Together with Terrence Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute, she co-teaches Coursera’s “Learning How to Learn,” the world’s most popular massive open online course. Dr. Oakley has received many awards for her teaching, including the American Society of Engineering Education’s Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in education and the National Science Foundation New Century Scholar Award. She is the author of seven other books, including the New York Times-bestselling, A Mind For Numbers.


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Apr 21, 2017
144: Optimal Rejuvenation to Get Back to Work with Rachael O’Meara

Google executive and leadership coach Rachael O’Meara shares how to make the most of every pause from work--whether the pause last for a minute or for months.


You'll Learn:

  1. The critical benefits of taking a pause
  2. Quick tools for making each pause deliver maximum
  3. How to turn challenges into opportunities


About Rachael

Rachael O’Meara is a transformational leadership coach, assisting others to fulfill their potential. She is a sales executive at Google and also hosts authors who have meaningful messages about mindfulness and emotional intelligence for the TalksAtGoogle YouTube channel. She writes regularly for the Huffington Post and has been featured in the New York Times and on She leads workshops and speaks on the practice of pausing. She is certified in Transformational Coaching from the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential (ICF certified), and has an MBA from Fordham University.


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Apr 17, 2017
143: Tackling Problematic People & Behaviors with Dr. Janie Fritz

Communications professor Dr. Janie Fritz gives some pro-tips to enforce positive behavior in the workplace and do away with the negative.


You'll Learn:

  1. How negative behavior takes a toll on the workplace
  2. Practical ways to build better colleague relationships
  3. Tactics for dealing with bully bosses


About Janie:

Dr. Fritz is a professor of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. She studies communication in the workplace, exploring how professional civility and incivility affect productivity and relationships at work. She is the author of Professional Civility: Communicative Virtue at Work (Peter Lang, 2013) and coauthor or coeditor of several others. Her most recent work focuses on the intersection of professional civility and leadership practices.


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Apr 14, 2017
139: Dealing with “schmucks” in your office with Dr. Jody Foster

Psychiatrist Jody Foster offers handy categorizations and pro tips for handling the distinct kinds of difficult people in your workplace.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to spot and deal with 10 personality types prone to being difficult
  2. Key rules of engagement in the workplace
  3. Pro tips on how to confront someone or something in the workplace


About Jody:

Jody J. Foster, MD, MBA is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Vice Chair of Clinical Operations for the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital. She attained her masters of business administration, with a concentration in finance, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 


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Apr 05, 2017
136: How to Make Your Presentation as Compelling as a Movie with Ted Frank

Backstories Studio Principal Ted Frank shows how to apply Hollywood tools to create and give great presentations.

You'll Learn:

  1. The fundamental key to captivating people
  2. Best practices to help your audience remember the crucial points
  3. Keys to keeping it simple and real in your presentation


About Ted

Ted Frank is the principal and story strategist for Backstories Studio, with clients like Netflix, ESPN, and Twitter. He is the author of Get to the Heart, a book on how to apply movie style storytelling to presentations.


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Mar 29, 2017
135: Engaging the Zombies at Work with Andrew Sherman

Law Partner Andrew Sherman talks about the crisis of disengagement at work, along with approaches to beat apathy and disconnection in the workplace.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to use Gallup’s numbers to improve engagement in the workplace
  2. Andrew’s three Cs for teambuilding
  3. Insights from the “How was your day?” test


About Andrew

Andrew Sherman is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, an adjunct professor at both the University of Maryland and Georgetown University, and a prolific author with nearly 30 books to his name. He has also served as an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, and has been featured on CNN, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and many others.


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Mar 27, 2017
132: Delivering Outstanding Usability and Career Experiences with Shannon Clark

Shannon Clark shares the story of her rise to exceptional expertise in human factor studies, sharing lessons learned for improving product and career concepts along the way.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to become invaluable in what you love to do
  2. Ninja tactics for improving the validity of your ideas – and  career path
  3. How stress prevents you from getting to the next level


About Shannon:

Shannon Clark is the CEO of UserWise Consulting, working to promote self-sufficient usability engineering programs in companies and the development of safe, usable, and effective medical devices. Prior to starting her own company, she worked as a human factors engineer at Intuitive Surgical and Abbott Medical Optics.


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Mar 20, 2017
129: Building a Better Team with Bennett Bratt

Ben Bratt identifies critical elements of great teams to help get strategic view on how to build your team’s strengths and confront your team’s weaknesses.

You'll Learn:

  1. The 16 variables of a great team
  2. Why 80% of the teams you’re on are not effective – and what to do about it
  3. An approach to creating an open discussion of the key strengths and weaknesses of your team


About Bennett:

Bennett Bratt’s passion is engaging teams and transforming people-related systems. In his current role as the Principal and Founder of The Team Effectiveness Project, Ben's quest is to unlock the true power of teams, leaders, and communities.  His Team Elements™ approach helps teams de-mystify their team experience and take positive ownership for their current situation and path forward in truly inclusive way.

Over 20+ years, Ben gained global experience and broad leadership expertise at T-Mobile, Sun Microsystems, Ford Motor Company, and Silicon Valley start-up company Model E. He earned graduate degrees in Political Science from Tulane University and in Counseling from Michigan State University.

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Mar 13, 2017
128: Little Things that Make a Big Difference for Your Career with Jeff Kavanaugh

Infosys Senior Partner Jeff Kavanaugh talks about key skills and differentiators of winning professionals.

You'll Learn:

  1. The powerful career distinguisher of “leaning forward” with critical thinking, professionalism, and delivering “done-done” work
  2. The Pyramid Principle for communicating with impact
  3. Three concrete steps to take to level up in your field


About Jeff:

Jeff Kavanaugh is a Senior Partner at Infosys, one of the world’s largest consulting firms with over $10bn a year in revenue and a market cap in the 11-figures. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas and writes at


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Mar 10, 2017
127: Making Better Decisions with Matt Bodnar (Host of the Science of Success podcast)

Matt Bodnar shares tools and mental models to be high-leverage as possible through better decision-making.

You'll Learn:

  1. Why decision-making skills are a timeless key to being high-leverage
  2. Approaches to build a powerful tool box of mental models
  3. How to apply the 80/20 principle to life and work decisions


About Matt:

Matt Bodnar has been named to Forbes “30 Under 30”, called a “Rising Restaurateur Star” by the National Restaurant Association, and a “Strategy Pro” by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine. He’s a partner at early stage investment firm Fresh Hospitality. Bodnar joined Fresh in 2011 after several years at Goldman Sachs. He sourced and lead the firm’s investment in I Love Juice Bar, vertical farming startup Square Roots, Vui’s Kitchen, Grilled Cheeserie, and several more deals. Bodnar is a board member and works closely with a number of portfolio companies including Tazikis, I Love Juice Bar, Martins BBQ, Octane Coffee, and Fresh Technology. Bodnar is also the co-founder of Fresh Capital, which focuses on commercial real estate investing and development. He also hosts The Science of Success Podcast, which has received nearly a million downloads.

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Mar 08, 2017
126: Making Stress Work for You with Dr. Melanie Greenberg

Psychologist and executive coach Dr. Melanie Greenberg shows how to make the most of the stress work brings to the table.

You'll Learn:

  1. The key differentiators that make stress enriching vs. debilitating
  2. How meditation practices provide helpful distance between you and your thoughts
  3. The STOP and RAIN methods for bringing mindfulness into situations


About Melanie

Dr. Melanie Greenberg is a practicing psychologist and executive coach in Marin county, CA and an expert on managing stress, health, and relationships using proven techniques from neuroscience, mindfulness, positive psychology, health psychology, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. With more than 20 years of experience as a professor, author, researcher, clinician, and coach, Melanie has delivered talks and workshops to national and international audiences, businesses, nonprofits, and professional organizations like The American Psychological Association. She writes the Mindful Self-Express blog for Psychology Today which has more than 8 million page views. A popular media expert, she has been featured on CNN, Forbes, BBC radio, ABC News, Yahoo and Lifehacker, as well as in Self, Redbook, Women's Health, Men's Health, Fitness Magazine, Women's Day, Cosmopolitan and the Huffington Post. She has also been featured on radio shows and numerous podcasts. With almost 50,000 followers, Melanie was named one of the 30 Most Prominent Psychologists to follow on Twitter.

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Mar 06, 2017
124: The Science Behind Trust and High-Performance with Paul Zak

Paul Zak illuminates how the brain chemical oxytocin relates to how we can develop a higher trust, lower-stress work culture.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to measure and manage trust in the workplace
  2. The benefits of a high trust workplace
  3. Why hugs should be the new handshake


About Paul:

Paul J. Zak, PhD, is founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology, and Management at Claremont Graduate University.  He was part of the team of scientists that first made the connection between oxytocin and trust – his TED talk on the topic has received more than 1.4 million views. Paul is the author of the new book Trust Factor: The Science Of Creating High-Performance Companies. Also the author of The Moral Molecule, he has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, CNN, Fox Business, Dr. Phil, and Good Morning America.  He lives in Claremont, CA.

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Mar 01, 2017
122: Nourishing Good Habits and Attitudes with Eric Zimmer (Host of The One You Feed podcast)

Fellow podcaster Eric Zimmer shares how you can nourish your “good wolf” to help you reach optimal performance at work.

You'll Learn:

  1. Pro-tips for wisely allocating your time and energy among all the roles you play
  2. An effective way to sustain your good habits, when you feel like quitting
  3. How being more yourself at work can help you be more awesome at your job


About Eric

Eric Zimmer is the host of a podcast called The One You Feed. It was named a Best of 2014 podcast by iTunes and has gotten over a million and a half downloads to date. He’s been helping build startup companies for 15 years, been involved in technology for longer than that. Recently he has been doing e-commerce consulting for Fortune 500 companies. He started a solar energy company, Tipping Point.

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Feb 24, 2017
120: Are there 9 Types of Leaders? Exploring the Enneagram with Dr. Beatrice Chestnut

Dr. Beatrice Chestnut discusses how using the Enneagram can help build an understanding yourself and the personality types of people you work with.

You'll Learn:

  1. What is the Enneagram and how it aids in understanding people
  2. Why 9 is the Enneagram’s key number
  3. Key practices for developing emotional intelligence

About Beatrice

Beatrice Chestnut, PhD MA is a licensed psychotherapist, coach, and business consultant based in San Francisco. She has a PhD in communication studies, and an MA in clinical psychology. She is the author of the books, The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge, and The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st century Workplace and was President of the International Enneagram Association from 2006-2007. She offers trainings on the Enneagram internationally, focusing on using it as a tool for personal transformation.

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Feb 17, 2017
119: Build Your Grit, Achieve Your Goal with Linda Kaplan-Thaler

Linda Kaplan-Thaler shares how you can turn up your GRIT factor to better put in the hard work needed to achieve success.

You'll Learn:

  1. Why hard work trumps genius
  2. The GRIT framework for reaching success
  3. The research-based 30-minute rule that gritty winners follow

About Linda

Advertising Hall of Famer Linda Kaplan Thaler is responsible for some of America’ s most famous and award-winning advertising campaigns, including the Aflac duck and the hilarious “Yes, Yes, Yes” commercials for Clairol Herbal Essences. She has composed jingles that are among the industry's gold standard, including “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, I’m a Toys ‘ R’ Us Kid,” and “Kodak Moments." 

Today, Linda is a renowned motivational speaker and is President of Kaplan Thaler Productions. Linda is also a nationally acclaimed author and, together with Robin Koval, their newest bestseller, "GRIT to GREAT," was ranked one of the top business books for 2015.

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Feb 15, 2017
118: Constructive Confrontation with Jathan Janove

Employee engagement expert/lawyer Jathan Janove shares hard-won wisdom in the management trenches.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to breach difficult conversations with constructive confrontational questions
  2. The step-by-step to a win-win conversation
  3. The MIDAS touch method to making golden apologies

About Jathan

Having previously spent 25 years litigating workplace relationships that turned toxic, Jathan now works with employers as an organization development consultant, executive coach and trainer to improve leadership, trust, accountability, retention and employee engagement. He’s also an award-winning, internationally published author whose latest book is Hard-Won Wisdom: True Stories From The Management Trenches.

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Feb 13, 2017
114: Delivering Powerful Feedback for Powerful Results with Alan Willett

Alan Willett discusses optimal approaches to giving feedback and other means of making powerful improvements in your team.

You'll Learn:

  1. What makes some employees “unleadable” and how to lead them
  2. Why people are afraid to give feedback – and how to overcome it
  3. How a two minute conversation can transform everything

About Alan

Alan Willett is of the rare species who is an expert international consultant, speaker, and author. He has worked with companies ranging from 1 person to some of the giants such as Microsoft and NASA. Alan says that his passion is helping people and organizations transform their friction points into profit points.

What is a friction point? It is the space where the business needs Meet the implementation reality — in that space there is always heat generated! Alan is the expert who transforms that heat to innovation and  results for the business and the people.

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Feb 03, 2017
113: How to Get Promoted Fast AND Make Your Employees Love You with Jamie Newman

Fellow career podcaster Jamie Newman describes what a great manager looks like, how to get top performers to stay, and how employees and managers can work together to achieve professional and personal goals together.

You'll Learn:

  1. 5 things to do if you want a promotion
  2. Why good employees leave
  3. How meaningful goal-setting builds tremendous loyalty

About Jamie

Jamie Newman is a management professional, trainer, and coach through which is an online resource designed to help top performers become managers and help first-time managers learn how to build and lead effective teams. Prior to Your Best Manager, Jamie spent 8 years with a major recruiting & consulting firm where he had the opportunity to work with hundreds of companies from mid-market firms through Fortune 100 companies. He’s advised business leaders, from front-line supervisors to senior executives, on who to hire, how to hire and how to manage performance. It’s through this experience that he’s been exposed to a variety of management styles and uncovered what works… and what doesn’t, when it comes to leading people. Jamie also hosts the Your Best Manager podcast where he interviews leadership experts and provides practical advice for first-time managers.

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Feb 01, 2017
112: Keys to Your High-Performance Brain with Dr. Jenny Brockis

Dr. Jenny Brockis examines how the brain works and develops and shares how you can boost your brain to higher performance.

You'll Learn:

  1. Characteristics of the high-performance brain
  2. Why you should give your brain permission to wander
  3. Key habits for optimal brain performance

About Jenny

As a medical doctor, speaker and author, Dr. Jenny Brockis is passionate about all things 'brain'. Her mission is to become the Jamie Oliver of cognitive health, empowering others to create their own high performance brain that is optimised to help them work at their best.

She works with those who seek to thrive in our increasingly complex world, by translating the complexities of neuroscience into easily understood strategies that can be readily integrated into our busy lives.

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Jan 30, 2017
111: Finding and Understanding Your Core Talents with Marc Miller

Veteran career coach Marc Miller gives pro-tips to understanding your core talents to find more fulfillment at work.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to find career fulfillment by discovering your core talents
  2. Big open-ended questions to ask at your next job interview
  3. Generational echoes and how to better understand each other

About Marc

Marc Miller’s career journey included 22 years at IBM, several thriving tech startups, a painful stint as a high school teacher, a gig raising funds for the Jewish Community Association of Austin and a near fatal bicycle accident that changed his perspective forever.

An active member of the Launch Pad Job Club, Marc found himself counseling friends and associates on their career journeys and finally realized he’d found his vocation. He would use his extensive training experience to help others—especially Baby Boomers—find careers that they could grow into for the decades that lie ahead.

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Jan 27, 2017
109: Finding and Asking the Right Questions with Toku McCree

Celebrated business coach Toku McCree shares curated wisdom gleaned from his coaching clients and years of zen monastery reflection on his career spanning over 30 jobs.

You'll Learn:

  1. Why you should find your 4% edge and lean on it
  2. What is mindfulness and how to apply it in the office
  3. Three keys to growth

About Toku

Toku works with brilliant leaders who are obsessed with greatness and helps them understand that ‘success’ is just the beginning of an amazing life and not the destination.

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Jan 23, 2017
108: Reaching Out of your Comfort Zone with Andy Molinsky

Brandeis Professor Andy Molinsky lays out a powerful framework for reaching beyond your current capabilities.

You'll Learn:

  1. The psychological roadblocks that hinder us from reaching beyond our skills
  2. Why it’s worth it exiting your comfort zone
  3. Andy’s research-based three Cs for stepping outside your comfort zone

About Andy

Andy Molinsky is a Professor of International Management and Organizational Behavior at the Brandeis International Business School. He is the author of Global Dexterity (HBR Press, 2013) and the forthcoming book Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge, and Build Confidence (Penguin/Random House, 2017).

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Jan 20, 2017
105: “Yes, and...” approaches to improv-ing work with Bob Kulhan

Business Improv Founder Bob Kulhan reveals how improv techniques can be applied to the workplace.

You'll Learn:

  1. How improv’s “Yes, and…” philosophy can enrich many facets of work
  2. Improv’s wisdom on conducting better meetings
  3. How to reframe difficult conversations with “Yes, and…”

About Bob

Bob Kulhan is the Founder, President and CEO of Business Improv®, and a world-class leader in creating experiential training and development programs for corporations of all scopes and sizes. Based in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, Business Improv serves a large international roster of blue-chip firms such as Google, PepsiCo, American Express, Capital One, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ford Motor Company, Hilton Hotels Worldwide and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Kulhan’s consulting and teaching work with these clients emphasizes the use of improvisational techniques in developing leadership, improving managerial structure, honing team skills, fostering a collaborative corporate culture, busting blocks to creativity, facilitating conflict management, connecting Millennials, and encouraging creative and adaptive problem solving. His latest book is Getting to “Yes, and.”

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Jan 11, 2017
104: Overcoming Self-limiting Beliefs with R. Michael Anderson

R. Michael Anderson talks about identifying self-limiting beliefs and how to overcome them.


You'll Learn:

  1. How anxiety offers helpful clues for your personal development
  2. Best practices in overcoming limiting beliefs
  3. A simple way to deal with stress

About Michael

Michael Anderson is founder of The Executive JOY Institute. He specializes in teaching organizations, leaders, and individuals how to become even more successful through psychology, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness.

His unique background of real-life experience mixed with his world-class education allows his audiences to both learn and be entertained. Michael has taught leaders around the world, from Panama to the Philippines to Australia and Mexico, and has worked with a broad range of clients, including Microsoft, SAP, Stanford University, Vistage, Young Presidents Organization, and Entrepreneurs Organization.

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Jan 09, 2017
101: Optimal Decision-Making with Pat McDaniel

Pat McDaniel shares some of his wisest insights about decision-making fallacies and victories.

You'll Learn:

  1. A 5-step process to better decision making
  2. Unexpected hidden influences that affect your decision making
  3. How to maintain an openness to contrary information

About Pat
Pat McDaniel is the founder of a website dedicated to helping motivated but weary people keep moving forward by finding the smartest path toward their success.  Pat is passionate about sharing his story about how he kept hitting the wall, got mad, and was eventually ready to change how he made decisions, so that he could be on the right path. 
Pat has a highly diverse background. He has been a long-time student (made it through the 19th grade) a CPA, a pastor and church planter,  a sales manager, a search engine marketing strategist working in a marketing agency, an entrepreneur who started his own business from scratch, and an author of the Ebook: 5 Step Process to Making Better More Successful Decisions.

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Jan 02, 2017
100: “Going there” with (Uncle!) Topper Steinman

My uncle and first speaking mentor, Topper Steinman, shares his genius on how to enter into tricky conversational territory.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to talk about just about anything, with anyone
  2. Rules of engagement for effectively handling confrontation
  3. Approaches for moving from ‘what’ and ‘so what’ to ‘now what’

About Topper
Topper Steinman is a counselor and consultant from Champaign, Il. with 40 years experience in teaching, counseling, and consulting.  As a workshop facilitator and speaker, his topics cover a wide variety of interest areas with efforts aimed at bridging the adult/youth gap while creating a healthy sense of self and others. He holds a Mediation Training Certificate from CDR Associates of Boulder, Colo.  and is a certified instructor in Parent and Teacher Effectiveness and an experienced T.E.S.A. trainer.
Topper has been the recipient of the Illinois State Board of Education "Those Who Excel" award as outstanding counselor, the "Outstanding Young Educator" award, and Champaign-Urbana's "Community Builder's Award" among other honors in his tenure in education.

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Dec 23, 2016
099: Likability Principles with Michelle Tillis Lederman

Michelle Tillis Lederman shares approaches to finding what’s likable in yourself to convey that to others.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to form your self-perception to guide other’s perception of you
  2. The power of opening yourself up to feedback
  3. How to use curiosity for creating connections in conversation

About Michelle
Michelle Tillis Lederman is known for her energetic, engaging, and authentic presentations. An expert on workplace communications and relationships, Michelle’s mission is to help people communicate and lead with confidence, clarity, and connection. She is an accomplished speaker, trainer, coach, and author of three books including The 11 Laws of LikabilityHeroes Get Hired and Nail The Interview – Land The Job, and named by Forbes as one of the 25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch.

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Dec 21, 2016
094: ​Upgrading Your Professional Style with Sharon Haver

Fashion guru Sharon Haver offers perspective on how to make people look powerful and professional at work.

You’ll learn:

  1. Three key ingredients to a style upgrade that will make you look knowledgeable and professional
  2. How to find a wardrobe that fits comfortably, looks good and doesn’t break the bank
  3. Why dressing how you want to be perceived is critical

About Sharon
Sharon Haver teaches professionals to look like they’re worth it, so that they can create a relevant, authentic modern image. Halfway through her three-decade career in style, she left the lure of being a New York fashion stylist to help professionals make the most of what they’ve got. She founded in 1999. Although her impressive resume looks like a who’s who of media household names, her heart is with helping entrepreneurs refine their chic style to confidently pull their look together with ease.

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Dec 09, 2016
093: Making Each Day Count with Robert D. Smith

Robert D. Smith counts up the days and gives pro-tips on how to make each one count.

You'll Learn:

  1. Two questions to ensure you’re not wasting time
  2. A fun framework for tackling big projects
  3. How to trick yourself into feeling more excited about the task before you

About Robert
Robert D. Smith (TheRobertD) has managed and overseen the career of Andy Andrews, a three-time New York Times best-selling author. He has served as a private consultant to numerous best-selling authors, speakers, entertainers, and cutting edge organizations, educating them on the unique methods he has employed to sustain massive success and growth across multiple industries for his entire career.
Robert is the author of 20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Life Right Now, a simple guide to injecting meaning into every second you live for the rest of your life.

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Dec 07, 2016
092: Optimized Tools for Planning Anything with Stacey Dyer

Stacey Dyer shares how she applied best thinking practices to planning a kick ass wedding, and how we can use the same techniques to plan anything.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to avoid future mishaps with the time machine methodology

  2. A 5-card hand that you should have in your back pocket to spark great ideas and solutions
  3. Best practices for self-motivation

About Stacey
Stacey Dyer is currently a corporate Director of Customer Experience Design. Stacey is grateful for the mentors she's had in her career, and thus strives to provide guidance and insight that reflects professional care and expertise. Outside of work, Stacey can be found in vocal sessions within the down tempo, jazz, and EDM space (in addition to running and practicing yoga) or writing blog posts ( and books (
Prior to her current role, Stacey's previous experience runs the gamut of in-house to agency side, working with a diverse array of clients from liquor and cigars to healthcare and youth non-profits.

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Dec 05, 2016
091: ​The Path to Truly Productive Leadership with Michael Dolan

Michael Dolan shows us the way to deeper development as truly productive professionals.

You'll Learn:

  1. Pitfalls to look out for that hinder a deeper development
  2. What’s a “positive no” how to deliver one
  3. Tips and tricks to upgrade your workflow process

About Michael
Before he found his calling as an executive coach, Michael spent 15 years in corporate management, leading teams in the advertising, consumer marketing, and design industries, where he gained deep appreciation for the intense personal and organizational demands that successful executives must meet everyday.
Michael has five years of experience as a Senior Coach and Director of Business Development for Coaching Services at The David Allen Company.

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Dec 02, 2016
088: Getting Automated with Dan Caspi

Science genius Dan Caspi talks automation, software, and why we shouldn’t be afraid to learn a little code.

You'll Learn:

  1. Processes that you can automate that you didn’t know you needed to
  2. Nifty hacks to help you maximize Excel
  3. A checklist to serve your need for computer speed.

About Dan
Dan has a PhD. In Organic Chemistry and is a senior scientist at AbbVie. He is also currently serving in a hybrid Process Chemistry/Chemical Engineering position as a member of the Center for Reaction Engineering.
Dan is highly proficient with technology, programming (Perl, Python, PHP, JS, HTML) and computers, and is the computer genius behind Element 26, a boutique computer consulting company based in Evanston, Illinois.

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Nov 21, 2016
086: Honing Your Persuasive Skills with Kwame Christian

Lawyer Kwame Christian guides us through effective persuasion and negotiation in any situation.

You'll Learn:

  1. The first crucial step to negotiation
  2. How to discover your limits by practicing rejection therapy
  3. What it takes to be a confident, powerful negotiator

About Kwame
Kwame Christian is passionate about teaching business professionals how to negotiate and be more persuasive. He sees himself as a professional problem solver and works with businesses and individuals to come up with tailored negotiation solutions to improve the bottom line and resolve conflict. 
Kwame is an attorney at The Christian Law Office, specializing in business law for startups and entrepreneurs. He is a Legal Analyst at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, focusing on health disparities and the social and political structures that create and maintain them.
He is a consultant at the American Negotiation Institute and produces “Negotiation for Entrepreneurs” the top negotiation podcast on iTunes.

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Nov 16, 2016
085: Keeping the Creative Juices Flowing with Prescott Perez-Fox (Host of the Busy Creator Podcast)

Graphic designer Prescott Perez-Fox gets creative in finding solutions to getting in the zone, maintaining a smooth workflow, and more.

You'll Learn:

  1. Great habits that your future self will thank you for
  2. How small rituals will help your team power through a project
  3. What you can do to identify trusting relationships and develop ones lacking in trust

About Prescott
Prescott Perez-Fox is a New Jersey-based graphic designer and brand developer with more than 14 years of experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. Following varied experience working in-house for agencies, and as a freelancer, Prescott created his business, Starship Design, to work directly with small business and startup clients.

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Nov 14, 2016
083: Expanding Your Career Network with Mac Prichard (Host of the Find Your Dream Job podcast)

Public Relations whiz Mac Prichard shares how to grow your network by building lasting relationships and responding with generosity.

You'll Learn

  1. How to navigate the “hidden” job market
  2. The step-by-step of a successful informational interview
  3. How to grow your network with generosity

About Mac
Mac is the founder and president of Prichard Communications, a public relations agency that serves top-tier foundations, nonprofits and purpose driven brands across the country. He provides strategic counsel to Prichard’s clients and leads the agency’s crisis communications, government relations and business development work.
He speaks regularly on social change communications to national and local groups across the country.
He also publishes Mac's List, an online community where professionals find rewarding, interesting jobs and employers find the best possible candidates.


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Nov 09, 2016
080: Finding and Doing the One Thing with Jay Papasan

Author Jay Papasan helps to zero in on that one thing that matters most.

You'll Learn:

1. The key question you must ask yourself to unlock your “one thing”

About Jay

Jay Papasan is the co-author of the bestseller The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results with Gary Keller. He also worked as an editor at Harper-Collins Publishers. Jay also co-owns a successful real estate team affiliated with Keller Williams Realty with his wife Wendy in Austin, Texas.

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Nov 02, 2016
079: Intentional Scheduling with Jeff Sanders

Podcaster and speaker Jeff Sanders offers pro-tips to reaching your grandest goals, one good morning at a time.

You'll Learn

  1. 3 best practices that will sustain your energy all day
  2. Perspectives on when to handle email
  3. How to conquer your ultimate goal, one quarter at a time

About Jeff
Jeff Sanders is a keynote speaker, creator of the 47 Strategies Productivity Self-Assessment, and author of the best-selling and award-winning book on productivity, The 5 AM Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast.
Jeff is also the host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast, which has ranked #1 in iTunes in the Self-Help and Business categories, been nominated for 4 Podcast Awards, and exceeded 3 million downloads.
He is a 10-time marathon runner, personal development junkie, and passionate raw vegan. Every week you can find Jeff writing and speaking at

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Oct 31, 2016
077: Positive Responses for Positive Results with Maura Sweeney

Ambassador of Happiness Maura Sweeney paves the way to more productive outcomes in the workplace by creating a happier environment.

You'll Learn

  1. Effective remedies for stress addiction
  2. Methods to countering a negative environment
  3. How to turn your adversaries into allies by challenging while advocating

About Maura
Podcasterinternational speakerHuffington Post contributor and creator of the Foundations of Happiness eCourse, Maura Sweeney guides others on the path of “Living Happy – Inside Out.” Armed with decades of experience as a law school “escapee”, a corporate manager and a home schooling mom, Maura launched out at midlife to pursue her dream vocation. A world traveler and trademarked Ambassador of Happiness®, Maura is a popular media guest sharing unifying “good news” perspectives with the world.

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Oct 26, 2016
076: Career Acceleration with Comparably’s Jason Nazar

Comparably co-founder and CEO Jason Nazar shines a light on employer and employee best practices.

You'll Learn

  1. Two big mistakes that are stopping you from advancing in your career
  2. Guidance in your search for finding and keeping mentors
  3. Two transformational questions that you should ask yourself everyday

About Jason
Jason Nazar is one of the most active tech entrepreneurs and investors in southern California, and is a popular contributor for Wall Street Journal, Forbes, INC, and Business Insider. He’s founder/CEO of Comparably, an online platform that makes workplace compensation and culture dramatically more transparent. Prior to Comparably, he founded Docstoc -- the largest small business content site with over 50 million members -- before he sold it to Intuit in 2013 for a reported $50M. Named one of the most admired CEOs by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Jason is currently Entrepreneur in Residence for the City of Los Angeles, appointed by Mayor Garcetti.

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Oct 24, 2016
074: Building Championship Teams with Thomas Mangum

Inspiring team-builder Thomas Mangum shares what it REALLY takes to have a championship team.

You'll Learn

  1. The three key ingredients of a championship team.
  2. The basic two-part equation for modeling champions.
  3. How to turn breakdowns into breakthroughs.

About Thomas
Thomas draws on over 30 years of experience helping leading companies build championship teams that win.
His client roster includes Boeing, Cisco, Oracle, Sony, Shell, DuPont, Northrop Grumman, Liberty Mutual, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen, Bose and many more.
As a​ dynamic speaker, a memorable facilitator, and provocative coach, he draws on diverse experiences as an entrepreneur, military interrogator, and radio show host.
Thomas is known for his team-building training that he brings to world-class brands across the globe.

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Oct 19, 2016
073: Leading Change with Dr. John Kotter

Professor John Kotter walks through the essential components of successful change.

You’ll Learn

  1. The eight critical steps for sparking change in your organization

  2. How you can test drive ideas for your organization at a lower risk

  3. How you can find inspiring mentors

About John
Regarded by many as the worldwide authority on leadership and change, Dr. John Kotter is a New York Times best-selling author, award winning business and management thought leader, business entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and Harvard Professor. His ideas and books, as well as the company he founded, Kotter International, have helped mobilize people around the world to better lead organizations and their own lives, in an era of increasingly rapid change.

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Oct 17, 2016
072: Unleashing Simplicity with Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell shares pro-tips on how to declutter our work lives to better focus on what truly matters.

You'll Learn

  1. Tools to eliminate unnecessary complexity in the workplace
  2. A methodology to reclaim 50% of your time spent in meetings
  3. The optimal attitude that gets your bosses to notice and value you

About Lisa
Lisa Bodell serves as a global council member of the World Economic Forum; and has helped thousands of senior leaders ignite innovation at Bloomberg, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, and many others. She has been rated as a top speaker at Google’s client events and is the author of the best-selling book Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, which won the 2014 Axiom Best Business Book Award and was voted Best Business Book by USA Book News and Booz & Co. Her new book, Why Simple Wins, releases October 2016. Lisa is an advisor on the boards of the Association of Professional Futurists; and Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel, Switzerland. Among her many academic activities, Lisa has taught innovation and creativity at both American and Fordham Universities.

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Oct 14, 2016
071: Being the CEO of Your Own Career with Angela Copeland (Host of Copeland Coaching podcast)

Career coach Angela Copeland shows how to take charge and proactively, intentionally manage your career.

You'll learn

  1. Warning signs that you’re under appreciated at your job and how to deal
  2. A simple, powerful way to highlight your progress and set yourself apart at work
  3. Effective interview tactics

About Angela
Angela Copeland is a career coach and CEO at her firm, Copeland Coaching. She is host of the Copeland Coaching Podcast, columnist for the Career Corner newspaper column, and author of career e-book Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job. Angela’s personal career background gives her the breadth to help job seekers with a variety of different needs, including finding the right job, interviewing, and offer negotiation.

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Oct 12, 2016
069: Winning Arguments while Winning Allies with Jay Heinrichs

Bestselling rhetorician Jay Heinrichs shows just how powerful and fun this ancient art can be.

You'll learn

  1. How shifting tenses can ease tensions
  2. A huge tip from Donald Trump about speaking in 12-second periods 
  3. The essential steps of making a persuasive argument

About Jay

Jay Heinrichs is the author of the bestselling book, Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion. His most recent book, Word Hero, teaches how to craft memorable content. Combining tested tools of classical rhetoric with modern neuroscience, Jay has given presentations, workshops, and consults around the world.
Jay has served clients including Southwest Airlines, NASA, the Pentagon, Walmart, Ogilvy UK, Mindshare, the National Association of Realtors, Harvard, Dartmouth, University of Virginia, Beachbody, and Kaiser Permanente.
He maintains one of the leading language websites,, along with more than 30 years in publishing as a writer, editor, and executive, Jay has written for several dozen publications, from The New York Times Magazine to Reader’s Digest.

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Oct 05, 2016
065: Super-Sizing Your Strengths with Lisa Cummings (Host of Lead Through Strengths podcast)

Strengths sleuth Lisa Cummings shows us how we can better leverage our strengths at work.

You'll learn

  1. How focusing on your strengths can 6X your work engagement and 3X your quality of life
  2. Approaches to discovering strengths hiding right under your nose
  3. A clever trick to trade tasks and boost fun

About Lisa

Lisa Cummings is the Founder of Lead Through Strengths, brings 20 years of experience (and experiments) into this practice. She lives to help people find and leverage their strengths at work.

Lisa has experience building strengths-based cultures both as a corporate executive and also from the academic side. She has an MBA and is a Certified Strengths Performance Coach with Gallup, Inc., the biggest catalysts for and analysts of the strengths revolution. She’s the host of the Lead Through Strengths podcast. Her top three talent themes are: Strategic | Maximizer | Positivity.

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Sep 26, 2016
063: The Optimal Time For Everything with Dr. Michael Breus

Dr. Michael Breus fills us in on all things sleep and identifies the optimal time of day for each and every thing we do.

You’ll learn:

1. How to tell what your chronotype is – and how it determines the best time to do everything
2. The optimal time to send emails, brainstorm, drink coffee, have meetings, and more
3. How to make the most of your power nap

About Michael
Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. With a specialty in Sleep Disorders, Dr. Breus is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Among his numerous national media appearances, Dr. Breus has been interviewed on CNN, Oprah, The View, Anderson, and The Doctors. He also appears regularly on The Dr. OZ Show and Sirius XM Radio. Dr Breus is dedicated to raising awareness of both medically diagnosed sleep disorders and the importance of quality sleep for all. He has become a widely recognized leader in the ever-evolving field of sleep medicine. View transcript, show notes, and links at

Sep 21, 2016
060: Rules for Rising Leaders with Pam Fox Rollin

Pam Fox Rollin helps new leaders settle into their role in the office.

Pam Fox Rollin coaches executives and top teams in the San Francisco Bay Area and globally. Her clients are stepping up from rockstars in their functions to lead more broadly at the VP and C-levels. Pam’s company, IdeaShape, also facilitates culture development, strategy sessions, innovation retreats, conflict resolution, leadership development cohorts, executive onboarding, and team building, often with Myers-Briggs or Enneagram. Pam works most often with technology and healthcare/pharma, including Cisco, Genentech/Roche, LinkedIn, Stanford Health Care, and many fast-growth companies.

A Stanford MBA alum, she frequently returns to the Stanford Graduate School of Business to facilitate leadership programs and coach executive education. Her book, 42 Rules for Your New Leadership Role: The Manual They Didn't Hand You When You Became VP, Director, or Manager, gives you practical ways to lead effectively right from the start.

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Sep 14, 2016
058: Better Meetings with John Poelstra

Meeting enthusiast and Engineering Program Manager John Poelstra shares how to give your meetings a needed boost.

You’ll learn:

  1. When you do vs. don’t need a meeting
  2. How to “blame the agenda” to advance your agenda
  3. The CAT and WOOT frameworks for developing excellent meeting agendas

John Poelstra is a Manager on the Engineering Program team at Red Hat, Inc., the world’s most successful open source software company. John is passionate about facilitating the best project meetings and he wants to help you do the same. He gets great satisfaction from bringing order to chaos and clarity to confusion so that owners can thrive. John achieves this using tools from a variety of disciplines including a current favorite, Trello.

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Sep 09, 2016
057: Making a Career Pivot with Jenny Blake (Host of Pivot Podcast)

Career strategist Jenny Blake shares insights about the when, why, and how of career pivoting.

You’ll learn:

  1. When and how to make a “pivot” move in your career
  2. The three “E’s” of piloting something new in your life
  3. How to reinvent your role--right where you are

About Jenny

Jenny Blake is a career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people move beyond burnout and create sustainable careers they love. She is the co-creator of Google’s Career Guru Program, host of the Pivot Podcast, and author of the book Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One, which released yesterday.

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Sep 07, 2016
056: Conquering Procrastination with Rita Emmett

Recovering procrastinator and professional speaker Rita Emmett lays out a handy framework for overcoming procrastination in the heat of the moment.

You’ll learn:

  1. How to tackle the fears that breed procrastination
  2. Approaches to turn procrastination into prioritization
  3. The 5-step STING method to overcoming procrastination

About Rita
Rita Emmett was once The World's Greatest Procrastinator. Then she converted and is now a "Recovering Procrastinator".

She is also a professional speaker, and author of: The Procrastinator’s Handbook, The Clutter-Busting Handbook, and Manage Your Time To Reduce Your Stress. The books have sold over 300K copies in 42 countries, garnering Rita hundreds of media appearances, including Katie Couric.

Rita’s customized presentations cover Procrastination, Clutter, Customer Loyalty, Burn-out, and Communication Skills have helped hundreds of organizations improve their performance, productivity and profitability, and head off burnout before it starts. Her clients include AT&T, Kraft Food, Mercedes Benz, Met Life, and The National Kidney Foundation.

She emails a free monthly “ANTICRASTINATION Tip Sheet” available at with tips and ideas to help people blast away the procrastination habit.

Sep 02, 2016
055: Coaching Questions of Mass Instruction with Michael Bungay Stanier (Host of the Great Work podcast)

Irreverent Great Work coach Michael Bungay Stainier provides mindset and questions to inspire your teammates--10 minutes at a time.

You’ll learn:

  1. Why being a coach at work is a lot quicker and easier than you might think
  2. How to give less advice while getting more results
  3. 7 powerful questions for transforming your team

About Michael
Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps people and organizations all over the world do less Good Work and more Great Work. Michael left Australia 25 years ago to be a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He has written a number of books. His latest, The Coaching Habit, has been praised as one of the few business books that actually makes people laugh out loud. He was recently named the #2 Coaching Guru in the World, which caught him by surprise as he’s not entirely sure why.

Aug 31, 2016
054: Defining and Achieving "Success" with G. Richard Shell

Professor G. Richard Shell discusses how to find happiness in your work.

You’ll Learn:

  1. The importance of changing your metaphor for success
  2. How to find happiness in every domain of your life – particularly careers
  3. How to self-monitor progress to land in a place of achievement AND fulfilment (instead of a crisis)

About Richard

G. Richard Shell is the Thomas Gerrity Professor of Legal Studies, Business Ethics, and Management at the Wharton School of Business. There, he created and teaches the famous Success Course. His books include the best-selling Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success, the award-winning Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People and The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas. He is director of the Wharton Executive Negotiation Workshop and the Wharton Strategic Persuasion Workshop.


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Aug 29, 2016
053: Becoming CEO Before Becoming 30 with Kate Bates

President & CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Kate Bates discusses how to establish a successful career path at a young age.

You’ll Learn:

  1. Why you should always be the ‘go-to’ person
  2. The value of a good connection
  3. How to be your own champion

About Kate
Kate Bates is the President & CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, longtime friend, and Danville High School Monopoly champion. The mission of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce is to strengthen businesses and the economic environment for those who work, live and do business in Arlington.The vision of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce is to be the essential partner for business success.

Aug 26, 2016
052: Mind Management for Productivity with David Kadavy (Host of the Love Your Work podcast)

Author and fellow podcaster David Kadavy discusses how to train yourself to get into and maintain a productive mindset.

You’ll learn:

  1. Powerful rituals for powerful productivity
  2. A handy set of categories to zero in on ideal mind states
  3. Approaches for quickly shifting your mind state

About David

David Kadavy is author of the #18 Amazon best-selling book, Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty and the host of the Love Your Work podcast. Prior to writing Design for Hackers, David founded the Design departments at two Silicon Valley startups, and freelanced for clients such as oDesk, PBworks, and UserVoice. David also launched numerous other projects on his own, none of which failed hard enough to be worthy of mention here.

Aug 24, 2016
049: Improved Happiness, Improved Performance with Michelle Gielan

Positive psychology researcher (and former CBS News anchor) Michelle Gielan discusses correlation and causation between happiness and career success.

You’ll Learn:
1. How happiness truly translates into career performance
2. How to use “small shifts” to talk about solutions instead of problems
3. The “4 C’s” of delivering bad news better

About Michelle
Michelle Gielan is national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, who is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness. Michelle is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and is partnered with Arianna Huffington to study how transformative stories fuel success. She is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. Michelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her research and advice have received attention from The New York Times, Washington Post, FORBES, CNN, FOX, and Harvard Business Review.

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Aug 17, 2016
044: Calming the Voice Inside Your Head with Dan Harris (Host of 10% happier podcast)

ABC news anchor Dan Harris shares how meditation has helped him and other high-achievers accomplish even more. 

You’ll learn:

  1. Dan’s wild story of how he came to discover meditation and its benefits--including a panic attack on national television
  2. The key question to reign in sub-optimal ruminations
  3. The meditation dose required to see substantial benefits

About Dan

Dan Harris is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller 10% Happier, the co-creator of the '10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics' app, and the host of the podcast 10% Happier with Dan Harris. He is also co-anchor for ABC News’ Nightline and for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He has been at ABC News for 15 years, receiving Murrow and Emmy awards for his reporting. Prior to joining ABC, he was in local news in Boston and Maine. He grew up outside of Boston and currently lives with his wife, Bianca, and son, Alexander, in New York City. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at

Aug 03, 2016
041: Developing a Powerful Presence with Dr. Nick Morgan

Legendary speech coach Dr. Nick Morgan shares verbal and nonverbal keys to making a powerful impression.

You’ll Learn

  1. How to hook audience attention in presentations
  2. What vocal cues can unconsciously undermine how your peers see you
  3. Keys to cooperating with the adrenaline that speaking produces

About Nick

Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. He has spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world. Nick is a former Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He founded Public Words Inc, a consulting firm specializing in communications, in 1997.
Nick has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. Nick helps people find clarity in their thinking and ideas, developing thought leaders – and coaches them to deliver their ideas with panache. 

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Jul 27, 2016
038: Establishing the Essential with Greg McKeown

Author Greg McKeown expounds the idea of essentialism--the disciplined pursuit of less, but better.

You’ll Learn:

  1. The meaning of essentialism and why to eliminate non-essentials.
  2. How to use extreme criteria to determine priority.
  3. The power and importance of having some buffer time.

About Greg
Originally from London, England, Greg McKeown is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” and the founder of THIS, Inc, a company with a mission to inspire millions of people to design their essential mission in life. Their clients include Adobe, Apple, Airbnb, Cisco, Google, Facebook, Pixar,, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!

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Jul 20, 2016
037: Asking Great Questions with Dr. Michael Marquardt

Professor Michael Marquardt explains how great questions make for great leadership. 

You’ll learn:

  1. How to use questions to solve problems and build relationships
  2. What makes a question great
  3. How to avoid “dis-empowering” questions


About Mike

Dr. Michael Marquardt is a senior consultant with Aspire Consulting, Professor of Human Resource Development and International Affairs, and Program Director of Overseas Programs at George Washington University. Mike also serves as President of the World Institute for Action Learning.

He has held a number of senior management, training, and marketing positions in major organizations. Dr. Marquardt has trained more than 100,000 managers in nearly 150 countries. He’s consulted many major organizations such as Microsoft, United Nations Development Program, Samsung, Singapore Airlines, and the governments of Indonesia, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Honduras, Swaziland, and many others.

Mike is the author of 24 books and over 100 professional articles in the fields of leadership, learning, globalization, and organizational change. He has received the International Practitioner of the Year Award from the American Society for Training and Development.


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Jul 18, 2016
036: Detoxifying Teams with Steve Ritter

Old friend and Team Clock originator Steve Ritter shares his experiences on the key differentiators of toxic vs. healthy teams...and key steps for making the leap.

You’ll learn:

  1. Why strategic planning is often a monumental failure
  2. The pillars of Ritter’s “Team Clock” model for successful teaming
  3. Common behaviors that cause dysfunction in teams --and how to correct them

About Steve

Steve Ritter has served as a human resources leader, teacher, author, and consultant. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Founder and CEO of the Team Clock Institute, the Managing Director of the Midwest Institute & Center for Workplace Innovation, and the author of Team Clock: A Guide to Breakthrough Teams and Useful Pain: Why Your Relationships Need Struggle. Steve is on the faculty of the Center for Professional Excellence at Elmhurst. He is the former Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources at Leaders Bank, which won the #1 Best Place to Work in Illinois in 2006 the APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award in 2010. Steve consults organizations including Kraft Foods, Kellogg's, Advocate Health Care, the Chicago White Sox, Northwestern Mutual, the Illinois Hospital Association, and Starcom Worldwide.

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Jul 15, 2016
033: Making and Breaking Habits through Design with Victor Yocco

User Experience designer and recovering alcoholic Victor Yocco speaks about habit formation--good and bad.

You’ll Learn:

  1. Victor’s personal story and implications for forming effective habits and breaking ineffective ones
  2. The power of teaming up with others to achieve your ambitions
  3. How to use a design approach to construct and reach your career goals

About Victor

Victor is a Philadelphia-based research director, author, and speaker. He received his PhD from The Ohio State University, where he studied communication and psychology. Victor regularly writes and speaks on the application of psychology to design and addressing the design and tech culture of promoting alcohol use. He has written for A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, UX Booth, User Experience Magazine (UXPA) and many more. He is the author of Design for the Mind, a book from Manning Publications on the application of principles of psychology to design.

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Jul 08, 2016
032: Experiments in Productivity with Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey’s extreme commitment in productivity self-experimentation has yielded a boatload of insight into channeling your time, attention, and energy for maximum achievement. He shares the best of the best with us today.

You’ll learn:

  1. What 35 hours of weekly meditation does to your productivity
  2. How to galvanize your daily attention using the rule of three
  3. The power of single-tasking and claiming the missing 47% of our attention

About Chris

When Chris Bailey graduated University, he received two full-time job offers, but decided to decline them both to dedicate a full year of his life to exploring his weird passion: productivity. For a full year he did anything and everything to become more productive. His work has received national and international media attention from outlets like The New York Times, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and countless others. The prestigious TED Talks blog said that he “might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet.” Recently, Fast Company called him a "productivity mastermind." You can read Bailey’s work at Bailey is on a mission to share the lessons of his year-long journey both with his new bestselling book, The Productivity Project, and in his lectures, where he offers insights and best practices that will help everyone from college students to CEOs accomplish more. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at

Jul 06, 2016
030: Optimal Practices for Prioritizing, Hiring, and Relating with ghSMART's Randy Street

Leadership advisor Randy Street shares fascinating insights gleaned from his advisory firm’s in-depth analyses on thousands of senior leaders--the biggest database on leaders in the world. He then shares strategies and tactics for putting those insights to work.

You’ll learn:

  1. The 5 essential interview questions to boost your hiring success rate from 50% to 90%
  2. The 3 key areas that full-powered leaders master (Priorities, Who, Relationships)
  3. How to say “no” perfectly

About Randy

Randy Street is the Managing Partner of ghSMART, a leadership advisory firm whose mission is to help great leaders amplify their positive impact on the world.  In collaboration with founder Geoff Smart, Randy co-authored the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, Who: The A Method for Hiring and Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success.  Who remains the #1 book on hiring on Amazon.

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Jun 29, 2016
029: Gaining Quicker Traction in Your New Role with Dr. Michael D. Watkins

Professor, author, and consultant Michael Watkins shares best practice strategies and tactics for getting the optimal start in a new role at work.

You’ll learn:

  1. The most critical ingredient for a successful transition
  2. How to accelerate your arrival at the “breakeven point” for your new role
  3. The key questions to discover what you REALLY need to know quickly

About Michael

Dr. Michael D. Watkins is a Co-founder of Genesis Advisers and Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the IMD business school. Previously, he was on the faculty at the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Dr. Watkins wrote The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Smarter and Faster, which The Economist recognized as “the on- boarding bible.” The enduring classic has sold more than a million English copies and has been translated into 24 languages. The revised and expanded 10th Anniversary Edition released in 2013. At IMD, he is the Director of the "Transition to Business Leader" program. At Genesis Advisers, he leads a team that designs enterprise transition acceleration solutions for client organizations. Dr. Watkins is the author of numerous additional books and articles on leadership & transitions published in the Harvard Business Review and other top publications.

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Jun 27, 2016
023: The Power of Workplace Humor with Michael Kerr

Michael Kerr shows us how to see the humor in our daily work frustrations, and the benefits it brings for long-term success.

You’ll learn:

1) The critical link between humor and creativity
2) How to turn a stressful situation into something humorous with the three R’s (reframe, reward, relax)
3) Approaches to building a humor “first-aid” kit

About Michael
Michael is listed as one of Canada’s most in-demand speakers. He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), best-selling author, and one of only 22 speakers to be inducted into the Canadian Speakers’ Hall of Fame. Building on his experience as a “recovering senior manager,” Michael travels the world researching, writing, and speaking about what makes a great workplace,well…great! He is known as one of North America’s leading authorities on how to create a more positive and inspiring workplace: the kind of workplace that drives phenomenal success.

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Jun 13, 2016
022: Developing your Professional Brand with Catherine Kaputa

Former marketing VP and current speaker/author Catherine Kaputa discusses strategies for developing and communicating your personal brand at the workplace.

You’ll learn:

  • How smart elevatorconversations can catapult your career
  • Approaches to take the ‘work’ out of networking
  • Techniques to subtly communicate your value

About Catherine
Catherine Kaputa is a personal brand strategist, speaker and author of the newly released "Graduate to a Great Career: How Smart Students, New Graduates and Young Professionals Can Launch Brand You" ( She is also the author of the best-selling" You Are a Brand," now out in ten languages. She is the founder of SelfBrand ( Previously, she served as a Senior Vice President and Director of global branding/advertising on Wall 

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Jun 10, 2016
019: Increasing Likability with Arel Moodie (Host of the Art of Likability podcast)

Speaker/author and fellow career podcast host Arel Moodie teaches us the do’s and don’t’s for how to be well liked in all areas of life.

You’ll learn:

1) A quick way to craft texts or emails into more likable, powerful messages
2) The power of a smile, and the impact it can have on people remembering you
3) Easy ways to make people around you feel special every day

About Arel
Arel Moodie has given the TEDx talk on Likability and wrote the Forbes article on the subject. Arel has been quoted in The New York Times, Businessweek and USA Today. He’s given presentations to over 255,000 people in 48 states and 5 countries. Arel Moodie was named to Inc. Magazine's prestigious "30 Under 30" list. Arel Moodie was personally acknowledged by President Obama 2 years in a row for his work as a leader in America and has been a featured speaker at the White House. He’s was selected as one of the 100 world "Leaders of Tomorrow" by the St. Gallen Symposium, an international organization in Switzerland.

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Jun 03, 2016
018: Expanding Your Role with Kara Eschbach

Verily co-founder and CEO Kara Eschbach speaks about the differences between the corporate world and entrepreneurship, and what everyone can do better navigate their careers.

You’ll learn:

  • How a casual brunch transformed Kara’s career on Wall Street into founding and launching a major web publication
  • How to accelerate your career by taking on more responsibility, faster
  • Tips and tricks for building a great working relationship with your manager, regardless of your industry

About Kara
Kara is the co-founder and CEO of Verily, a women's fashion & lifestyle website focused on helping women be the best version of themselves. Kara was formerly the co-host of the nationally-broadcast radio show Catching Up with Kara and Monica on SiriusXM radio, was on the investment team for Credit Suisse’s secondary private equity fund, and developed a coaching program for recent college graduates to accelerate their career. Kara earned her B.S. with highest distinction from Purdue University, where she was a member of the varsity golf team and selected as the class commencement speaker.

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Jun 01, 2016
017: Connecting a Better Way with Thom Singer (Host of the Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do podcast)

Prolific speaker/author/Master of Ceremonies Thom Singer provides mindsets and tactics for building the best possible relationships with colleagues and new connections.

You’ll learn:

1) Why a simple hand-written note still goes a long way
2) How to apply the coffee / meal /beer rule to de-clutter your contact list
3) The art of reframing “I’m busy” into something positive

About Thom

Thom has an eclectic background working in sales, marketing and business development roles for Fortune 500 Companies, law firms, and entrepreneurial ventures. He is a professional master of ceremonies, motivational keynote speaker, and the author of eleven books on the power of business development, networking, entrepreneurship, legal marketing, and presentation skills while also serving as the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. He regularly speaks at business and association conferences around the United States and beyond – and has presented to over 600 audiences during his career as a speaker. He lives in the amazing city of Austin, Texas where he and his wife are the parents of two highly spirited daughters.

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May 27, 2016
016: Going for No with Andrea Waltz

Who would have thought failure could be fun? Andrea Waltz explains the ‘go for no’ philosophy, and how learning to fail might just be the best thing for your career.

You’ll learn:

  1. Why aiming to fail can actually increase success in the long run
  2. How to turn “no” into a positive word
  3. What you can do to put the “go for no” philosophy into practice in your life

About Andrea

Andrea Waltz is passionate about helping people overcome the fear of the word NO and feelings of failure and rejection that go along with it.  Along with her husband and business partner Richard Fenton, they share their message through books, training programs and speaking at conventions and conferences.  They are authors of Go for No! and with 300,000 copies sold it's been in the top 20 of Amazon’s “Sales” books for the last five years.

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May 25, 2016
015: David Allen, The World's Leading Authority on Productivity and Creator of Getting Things Done (GTD)

If you ever find yourself going crazy with all the “stuff” on your mind, this episode is for you. Legendary productivity expert, GTD (Getting Things Done) originator, and best-selling author David Allen shares keys to getting work and life under control.

You’ll learn:

1) Why “write it on your butt“ can be a valid system
2) The core principles, science, and practices underlying the world’s most-used personal productivity system
3) How to cultivate the space our brains to generate power and creativity

About David

David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. He’s an author, consultant, international lecturer, and Founder & Chairman of the David Allen Company, which serves over 40% of the Fortune 100. His 30 years of pioneering research, coaching, and education have earned him recognition by Forbes, Fast Company, and many others as “One of the world’s most influential thinkers” in the arena of personal productivity. PC Magazine called him one of the “Top 100 to Follow” on Twitter. His book Getting Things Done has sold about three million copies in 30 languages. His GTD system has given rise to a thriving industry of websites, blogs and software applications.

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May 23, 2016
014: Emotional Mastery with Dr. Marcia Reynolds

Dr. Marcia Reynolds provides tools for some extra self-mastery around emotions to enrich ourselves and our colleagues.

You’ll hear:

1) The story of a dramatic exchange in jail that altered Marcia’s life trajectory—and made me cry.

2) Key coaching questions that make people stop, think, and become open to change.

3) The four steps to change your emotional state at will.

About Marcia:

Dr. Marcia Reynolds coaches, teaches and presents at conferences worldwide on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal success. She is the author of 3 award-winning books, The Discomfort Zone, Wander Woman, and Outsmart Your Brain. Her doctorate is in organizational psychology with an emphasis on the challenges and needs of high-achievers in the workplace. She has overcome many roadblocks and detours in life, which makes her writing and teaching personal, practical and inspirational.

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May 20, 2016
013: Resonating through Authenticity with Dr. Todd Dewett

In today’s selfie-filtered world, people crave authenticity more than ever. Dr Todd Dewett shows us how valuable it is to be your true self, and why being a genuine  person is just as important as being a professional at work. Dr Todd Dewett shows us how valuable it is to be your true self, and why being a genuine  person is just as important as being a professional at work.

You’ll learn:

1) The importance of being real, and how to safely reveal more of your authentic self at work.

2) The power of vulnerability, and how exposing your mistakes can actually make you a better boss.

3) How to approach self improvement without it being overwhelming.


Dr. Todd Dewett is an internationally-recognized leadership and success expert and author.After beginning his career with Andersen Consulting and Ernst &Young, he earned a Ph.D.  in Management from Texas A&M University.  He now travels the world and speaks to thousands of people every year. His video

courses consistently hold a first place rating  by professionals in over 170 countries through at LinkedIn.  He’s been quoted everywhere, from the New York Times to Forbes. When not on the road, he can be found at local sports matches with his two boys, who are his greatest accomplishment.

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May 18, 2016
012: Rising Like a Star with Claire Pedersen Patel

In this episode, "Rising Star of the Consulting Profession" Claire Pedersen Patel shares insight into her rapid career rise, from the importance of finding confidence to the traits that turn employees into great leaders.

You’ll learn:

  1. How Claire’s own initiative landed her a position managing an entire associate team.
  2. What to do when you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing at work.
  3. The qualities that truly stand out on resumes.

You’ll learn:

  • How Claire’s own initiative landed her a position managing an entire associate team.
  • What to do when you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing at work.
  • The qualities that truly stand out on resumes.

Claire Pedersen Patel is a Principal and Capability Leader at Trexin Consulting.  She was recently recognized with Consulting Magazine’s “35 Under 35 Rising Stars” award.  Claire manages one fifth of Trexin’s client delivery team and remains the only non-partner managing a department at Trexin. Prior to Trexin, she was a Global IT Chief of Staff at Aon Risk Services, reporting to the CIO. She has always been passionate about building the next generation of consultants; in 2015, Claire tripled the size her team. She fundamentally changed how projects were staffed, delivering strong business growth and greater value for clients. Her team is the fastest growing part of the company and will double again in 2016.

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May 16, 2016
011: Making Messages Memorable with Dr. Carmen Simon

Being a great communicator is more than art alone. It’s also science. In this episode, Dr. Carmen Simon shows us the link between brain function and communication results, and explains the brain science behind how we absorb information and turn it into action.

You’ll learn:

  1. How to harness the psychological action hierarchy of reflexes, habits and goals to communicate easily actionable messages.
  2. The importance of repetition, and how to use it to your advantage.
  3. The one thing that the top 50 SlideShare presentations all have in common.

Dr. Carmen Simon is a renown cognitive scientist who specializes in neuroscience research. She takes a daring approach to persuasion by placing memory at the heart of all decision-making. She is the cofounder of Rexi Media, a presentation design and training firm that uses brain science to help business professionals stay on their audiences' minds long enough to make a difference. Find out more in her new book, Impossible to Ignore, which launches today.

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May 13, 2016
010: Something You Should Know to Defuse the Drama at Work with Dennis McIntee

Drama should never take priority over great work. In this episode, “Drama Free Guy” Dennis McIntee shows us how to find the underlying root cause of office drama and how to achieve positive and long lasting solutions for everyone.

 You’ll learn:

  1. The critical link between culture and workplace behavior.
  2. The right questions to ask to diffuse drama and solve a problem.
  3. The best way to encourage team members to take ownership for their actions.

Dennis McIntee, also known as the “Drama Free Guy,” is an author and speaker dedicated to helping organizations take the drama out of their teams to build environments of trust. Originally a pastor in both Europe and the U.S., he realized that his pastoral skills could be applied to helping corporate teams and businesses flourish. In 2004, he founded The Leadership Development group, and has travelled extensively giving workshops and seminars focused on teaching others how to take ownership and eliminate drama from the workplace. He is the author of The 8 Qualities of Drama Free Teams, The Power of Pursuit, People Smart and Time Mastery. He lives in South Carolina with his wife and four children.

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May 11, 2016
009: Masterful Mingling with Susan RoAne

Great communication skills are critical to success in today’s workplace. Mingling maven Susan RoAne shows us how to make the most of social events and build relationships by sharing tips and tricks learned from a lifetime of experience in the networking world.

You’ll learn:

  1. How a farmer reframed the ‘dirty’ word networking into something positive.
  2. The three essential elements of a self-introduction.
  3. Several safe opening lines to use when meeting new people, anywhere.
  4. How to keep a conversation flowing using the OAR technique.

Susan RoAne is known as the “mingling maven” and is famous for her book How to Work a Room, which has sold over a million copies across 13 countries. She’s been named by as one of the networking experts to follow in 2015. An author and in-demand international keynote speaker, she has shared her message of connection and communication with audiences worldwide, and in diverse publications including the New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.

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May 09, 2016
008: Upgrading Your Creativity with Esteban Gast

School has never been this much fun. Comedian and creative teacher Esteban Gast shows us how to bring creativity into our every day life, while having a lot of laughs along the way.

 You’ll learn:

 1) The most important factor behind great creative ideas.

2) Easy steps you can take to spark creativity in your daily life.

3) Tried and tested tools to help you come up with better ideas, faster.

Esteban Gast is a comedian, teacher, and entrepreneur living in Chicago. He teaches creativity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has co-authored two books and is currently developing an online class on creativity. When he’s not teaching and writing, he’s traveling as a stand up comedian, speaking at TEDx conferences, and making short films. He has also started two small social businesses and was co-director of the iVenture Accelerator - a startup that was just awarded the Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award.

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May 06, 2016
007: Putting the Wisdom of the Centuries to Work with Jocelyn Davis

What does Machiavelli have to teach us about management skills? How can the works of Carl Jung make us better employees?

Jocelyn Davis dusts off 2,5000 years of literature to show us that the classics aren’t just for history buffs, but can help with personal improvement in today’s workplace.

You’ll learn:

1) What a famed psychologist would do with today’s standard personality tests.

2) A tyrant’s surprising tips on being a great boss.

3) What Frankenstein can teach us about leadership.


Jocelyn Davis is an author and consultant with decades of experience in the corporate learning industry. Before founding her company, Seven Learning, she was head of R&D for The Forum Corporation, a global leadership development firm. In addition to her most recent book, The Greats on Leadership: Classic Wisdom for Modern Managers,she is co-author of Strategic Speed: Mobilize People, Accelerate Execution and has published widely on leadership, strategy execution, and workplace learning.She holds an M.A. in philosophy and is currently working on a master’s degree in Eastern classics. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and daughter.

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May 04, 2016
006: Powering up Purpose at Work with Arthur Woods

Arthur demonstrated his epic expertise when it comes to finding purpose at work. He provided a fantastic framework, robust assessment tools, and set of pro-tips for finding more purpose in your career.

Some of my favorite takeaways were:

  • The three essential places where purpose is found in work
  • Keys to finding that greener grass, right where you are
  • How to access a free tool to diagnose your personal purpose-drivers

Arthur Woods (@ArthurWoods) is the Co-founder of Imperative, a company reshaping the way we hire and support a purpose-driven workplace. He is a writer, speaker and advisor to leading brands on the future of work. Arthur previously led operations for YouTube’s Education division and oversaw YouTube for Schools. Arthur co-founded the Compass Fellowship, the largest collegiate social enterprise training program and Out in Tech, the leading global LGBTQ technology community.  He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a New York Venture Fellow and sits on the Boards of the Georgetown Technology Alliance, Compass Partners and Out in Tech.

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May 02, 2016
005: Pitching Like a Champion with Chris Westfall

Chris dropped numerous quotable tidbits (go figure?!) about enhancing your persuasive appeals. Specifically he laid out:

1) The critical acid test you should use while communicating

2) How to dial into the right size of a request

3) The key thing you need to prove to others in order for them to invest in your assumptions.

Chris Westfall is the US National Elevator Pitch Champion, and his strategies have created multi-million dollar results for entrepreneurial companies on four continents. His clients have appeared on Shark Tank, Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank-Australia. He's the publisher of seven books, including The NEW Elevator Pitch and BulletProof Branding.


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Apr 29, 2016
004: Finding and Maintaining Your Genius with Gina Marotta

Gina Marotta turned the tables a bit as she asked me numerous questions to uncover my areas of "genius," the zone where I naturally shine. She shows you how to do the same.

You'll learn:
1) The value hiding in frustrating encounters with people.
2) How to stay in your genius groove when other forces might knock you off.
3) The benefits of play

Gina Marotta loves work and wants you to as well. She is a thought-leader & strategic guide around what she believes is the most essential element for work to be fun, fulfilling, and fruitful: knowing and expressing one’s own inner genius. She spends her days writing, speaking, and counseling around genius to help people uncover and step into their most natural talents and the work they were born to do. She is lovingly known as “The Genius Guru.”

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Apr 27, 2016
003: Strategically Managing Your Leadership Capital with Victor Prince

Victor shared some wise perspectives from his book Lead Inside the Box. Working through his 2x2 leadership framework, we got some insight on how to engage work different categories of people differently.

By doing so, you can get optimal results from everyone—from the “slacker” to the “exemplar.” Specifically, you’ll learn:
1) The potential life-threatening implications of not managing your leadership capital
2) Specific watch-outs and pro tips for working with four different categories of people
3) How to deliver tricky feedback to the folks who need to hear it

Victor Prince is the Managing Director of DiscoveredLOGIC, a strategy consulting and training firm that serves clients in the US and overseas. He has 20+ years of experience in corporate and government leadership positions. As a Bain & Company consultant, he led strategy engagements with clients in the US, UK, France and Spain. As an executive at Capital One, he managed internet marketing strategy. As a member of Washington DC Mayor Fenty's cabinet, he led the CapStat performance accountability program. As the Chief Operating Officer of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he helped build a new federal regulatory agency and led a division of 300-plus people.

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Apr 24, 2016
002: Chasing Opportunity with Arla Lach

Arla shared some powerful insights on identifying and pursuing career advancement opportunity. If you’re currently eyeing a new move, you’ll want to hear her take. Specifically, you’ll learn:
1) How to do your homework to snag the next advancement
2) The importance of proactively chasing the big break
3) Lessons learned from serving as Chief of Staff for two separate CEOs

Arla Lach is a Partner in Audit Services in the Chicago office of Grant Thornton. She has more than 16 years of experience in public accounting, serving companies with revenues from $4 million to $1 billion. From 2008 through 2010, she served as chief of staff to the CEO of Grant Thornton LLP. In 2011, Lach received a “Women to Watch” award in the emerging leader category from the Illinois CPA Society. She’s passionate about helping women rise into and succeed in leadership roles.

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Apr 24, 2016
001: Communicating with Inspiration and Clarity with Mawi Asgedom

Mawi Asgedom shared some brilliant perspectives when it comes to speaking and writing with clarity. Specifically you’ll hear:

1) The surprisingly essential habits for the best speakers in the world
2) How to obliterate pre-speaking jitters
3) Keys to maintaining rhythm, interest, and engagement in writing

Mawi Asgedom is the founder and CEO of Mawi Learning. He has an inspiring story going from Ethiopian refugee to Harvard graduate & commencement speaker. He’s garnered many accolades as speaker, author, and educational entrepreneur. He’s published eight leadership books. He’s spoken to over 1,000,000 people at over 1,000 schools and educator conferences worldwide. His online courses have world-class completion rates and have earned his firm an illustrious CODiE award in education technology. Oprah has called him one of her Top 20 moments.

Apr 21, 2016
000: Introducing the How to be Awesome at your Job Podcast!

In this introductory episode, Pete addresses basic questions such as:

  • Who is this podcast for?
  • What kinds of skills and jobs does it aid?
  • What’s the format ant timing of the show?
  • What sorts of guests are joining?
  • Who is Pete Mockaitis and why should we listen to anything he says?


Apr 21, 2016