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Get more fun, wins, meaning, and money from your job! This show helps grow your skills and impact at any job that requires thinking and collaborating. Each week, Pete interviews thought-leaders and results-getters to discover specific, actionable insights that boost work performance. Their stories and advice sharpen the universal skills every professional needs to flourish at work. Boost your time/energy management, leadership, confidence, career opportunities, and fulfillment—while still getting home earlier. The show has 7,000,000 downloads and mentions in The New York Times, Forbes, and Inc. Try starting with episode 0: START HERE and listener favorite episodes we put at the beginning numbered: A, B, C, D, E, and F. Welcome!

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524: How to Build Rapport Quickly with John DiJulius

John DiJulius shares his expert tips for quickly building lasting emotional ties.

You'll Learn:

1) Four touchpoints that effectively build rapport

2) The subtle ways you’re killing the conversation

3) How to go from indifferent to curious

About John:

John is the authority on World-Class customer experience. He is an international consultant, keynote speaker, and best-selling author of five customer service books. His newest book, The Relationship Economy: Building Stronger Customer Connections in The Digital Age could not be timelier in the world we are living in. John has worked with companies such as The Ritz-Carlton, Lexus, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Nestlé, Marriott Hotels, PwC, Celebrity Cruises, Anytime Fitness, Progressive Insurance, Harley-Davidson, Chick-fil-A, and many more.

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Dec 13, 2019
523: How to Create Lasting Behavioral Change with Dr. Kyra Bobinet

Dr. Kyra Bobinet explains how to close the gap between intention and behavior to form better, lasting habits. 

You’ll Learn:

1) Powerful behaviors that build life-changing habits

2) Just how long it takes to form a habit

3) Quick ways to ease stress and anxiety at work

About Kyra:

When it comes to health engagement, Dr. Bobinet has 5 words of advice: be caring, authentic, and useful. As the CEO-founder of engagedIN, Kyra devotes her life to helping people crack the code of how, what, and especially, WHY we engage.

Kyra has founded several healthcare start-ups, spanning behavior health, population health, and mobile health. She has designed behavior change programs, big data algorithms, billion dollar products, mobile health apps, and evidence-based studies in mind-body and metabolic medicine. All of her designs, whether for at-risk teens or seniors, are rooted in the belief that true caring is our greatest value.

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Dec 11, 2019
522: How to Defeat Distraction with Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack provides noise survival tips for clear thinking.

You'll Learn:

1) Top 3 tactics for noise survival

2) The problem with multitasking and what to do instead

3) How to train yourself to say no

About Joe:

Joe McCormack 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, leadership, and focus.

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Dec 09, 2019
521: How to Generate 100 Ideas in 10 Minutes with Dr. Roger Firestien

Dr. Roger Firestien shares his simple method for generating more original ideas.

You'll Learn:

1) The four guidelines for generating ideas

2) Why silly warm ups seriously help brainstorming

3) The magic number for creative ideas

About Roger:

Dr. Roger Firestien has taught more people to lead the creative process than anyone else in the world.

By applying Roger’s work in creativity:

  • Clorox solved a 77-year-old problem in 15 minutes;
  • General Motors came up with a $1.50 solution that saved the company $50,000 a week;
  • Mead Paper developed a world-class line of products and saved $500,000 a year;

Called “The Gold Standard” of creativity training by his clients, he has presented programs in creativity

to over 600 organizations nationally and internationally.

Roger’s latest book Create in a Flash: A Leader's Recipe for Breakthrough Innovation provides techniques

to grow personal and team capacity for tackling tough challenges and recession proofing any business.

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Dec 06, 2019
520: How to Get Unstuck and Start Finishing with Charlie Gilkey

Charlie Gilkey discusses how to deal with the obstacles that derail your important projects

You'll Learn:

1) The magic number for projects

2) Signs that a project truly matters to you

3) When and how to say no to your family, friends, and bosses

About Charlie:

Charlie Gilkey is an author, entrepreneur, philosopher, Army veteran, and renowned productivity expert. Founder of Productive Flourishing, Gilkey helps professional creatives, leaders, and changemakers take meaningful action on work that matters. His new book is Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done.

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Dec 04, 2019
519: How to Have Productive Disagreements with Buster Benson

Buster Benson discusses how to conquer your fear of conflict and start disagreeing well

You'll Learn:

1) The surprising cost of avoiding conflict

2) Eight crucial steps for productive disagreement

3) What to do when you disagree with your boss

About Buster:

Buster Benson is an entrepreneur and a former product leader at Amazon, Twitter, Slack, and Patreon. He's now editor of and writer for the Better Humans publication on Medium, creator of which brings private journaling to a safe place on the web, and developer of Fruitful Zone, an online platform facilitating healthy discourse. He is also author of the Cognitive Bias cheat sheet with over one million reads.

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Dec 02, 2019
518: Why to Never Go With Your Gut with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky explains why we often make disastrous decisions—and how to make smarter ones.

You'll Learn:

1) The biggest decision-making mistake people make

2) Three handy debiasing techniques

3) Five questions to guide everyday decisions

About Gleb

Known as the Disaster Avoidance Expert, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky protects leaders from disasters by developing the most effective decision-making strategies via his consulting, coaching, and training firm Disaster Avoidance Experts. A cognitive neuroscientist and behavioral economist, Dr. Tsipursky writes for Inc., Time, and CNBC. A best-selling author, his new book, available on Amazon and in book stores everywhere, is Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters

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Nov 27, 2019
517: Doubling Your Productivity with Tim Campos

Tim Campos discusses how he doubled Facebook’s productivity—and how to double your own.

You'll Learn:

1) The secret to how Tim doubled Facebook's productivity

2) The biggest mistake people make with their calendars

3) The two kinds of time professionals have

About Tim

Tim Campos doubled productivity for Facebook while he was Chief Information Officer between 2010 and 2016. Now, Tim runs Woven. Woven is a digital calendar that helps people get the most out of their time while studying the analytics behind how we’re using our time.

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Nov 25, 2019
516: Making Difficult Conversations Easier with David Wood

David Wood shares his process for making difficult conversations more manageable.

You'll Learn:

1) What makes difficult conversations so difficult

2) The four-step blueprint for tackling difficult conversations

3) The simplest way to receive more quality feedback

About David

After life as a consulting actuary to Fortune 100 Companies, David built the world's largest coaching business, becoming #1 on Google for "life coaching."

He wants every human to play the best game they possibly can in work AND life and to have zero-regrets when they die. David coaches both high performing leaders, and soon-to-be-released prison inmates, to higher levels of Truth, Daring and Caring.

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Nov 22, 2019
515: Mastering Your Motivation with Susan Fowler

Susan Fowler explains what we get wrong about motivation and how to make the shifts to master it.

You'll Learn:

1) Major misconceptions about motivation

2) The three keys to mastering your motivation

3) An overlooked leadership practice to improve engagement

About Susan

Susan Fowler is dedicated to helping others master their motivation and achieve their highest aspirations. A sought-after speaker, consultant, and motivation coach, she has shared her message on optimal motivation and thriving together in all fifty states and over forty countries. Susan is the bestselling author of Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work... and What Does, and coauthor of Self Leadership and The One Minute Manager with Ken Blanchard. Her latest book, Master Your Motivation: Three Scientific Truths for Achieving Your Goals, released last June. Susan is also a professor in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program at the University of San Diego.

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Nov 20, 2019
514: How to Make More Winning Decisions with Alec Torelli

Professional poker player Alec Torelli shares his tips for making wise decisions during high-stakes situations.

You'll Learn:

1) How to keep emotions from overtaking logic

2) When to go with your gut

3) How to better read people and situations

About Alec:

Alec Torelli is a professional high stakes poker player turned digital entrepreneur and keynote speaker, who shares how the lessons he learned from poker can be applied to life and business.

Alec is the founder of Conscious Poker, a popular poker training platform, and after spending the last 14 years making decisions for hundreds of thousands of dollars in a single hand, he now gives talks in which he dissects the anatomy of decision making to help others hone the way they make choices.

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Nov 18, 2019
513: How to Persuade When Facts Don’t Seem to Matter with Lee Hartley Carter

Lee Hartley Carter discusses why facts alone won’t persuade others—and what does. 

You’ll Learn:

1) Why you need more than just facts

2) The foundations of compelling persuasion

3)How to craft your master narrative 


About Lee

Lee Hartley Carter is president of maslansky + partners, a language strategy firm based on the single idea that "It's not what you say, it's what they hear." As a television news personality and researcher, she doesn't rely on traditional polling for her unique insights into U.S. politics; rather, she analyzes voters' emotional responses to help understand and empathize with them on a more visceral level. The reaction matters, but the "why" behind it matters more. It was this approach that allowed her to accurately predict the results of the 2016 presidential election and primaries.

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Nov 15, 2019
512: Retraining Your Brain for More Effective Leadership with Matt Tenney

Matt Tenney discusses how mindfulness vastly improves the way we lead and relate with others.

You’ll Learn:

1) How an emphasis on goals hurts your leadership

2) A monastic practice that improves engagement

3) Why mindfulness is the ultimate success habit

About Matt 

Matt Tenney is a social entrepreneur and the author of Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a BoardroomHe is also an international keynote speaker, a trainer, and a consultant with the prestigious Perth Leadership Institute, whose clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies. He works with companies, associations, universities, and non-profits to develop highly effective leaders who achieve lasting success by focusing on serving and inspiring greatness in the people around them. Matt envisions a world where the vast majority of people realize that effectively serving others is the key to true greatness. When he’s not traveling for speaking engagements, he can often be found in Nashville, TN.

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Nov 13, 2019
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 08, 2019
511: Tiny Leaps for Your Development with Gregg Clunis (Host of the Tiny Leaps, Big Changes Podcast)

Gregg Clunis discusses the small leaps you can take to make massive changes in career and life.

You’ll Learn:

1) Why self-help is often inadequate

2) Just what you can achieve with one tiny leap

3) What to do when motivation fails you

About Gregg

Gregg Clunis is the host, author, and creator of Tiny Leaps, Big Changes, a podcast turned book and community whose goal is to help people become better versions of themselves in practical ways. A maker and entrepreneur, Gregg explores the reality behind personal development—that all big changes come from the small decisions we make every day. Using scientific and psychological research, he shows the hidden factors that drive our behavior and shares habit-forming and goal-oriented tools.

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Nov 06, 2019
510: The Science Behind Successful Teams with Dr. Janice Presser

Dr. Janice Presser discusses how to build better teams using the science of teaming.

You'll learn:

1) The 10 ways people contribute to a team

2) Three questions to resolve team friction

3) Two strategies for managing up

About Janice:

 Dr. Janice Presser spent her formative years researching how people team together, and found answers in systems theory and physics. Having written her first line of code in high school, she was positioned to architect a system to measure how people work together and develop the underlying theory and practice of Teaming Science. The author of seven books on teaming, she consults to executives and is currently working on the question of how spatial technology will impact human relationships in the future..

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Nov 04, 2019
509: How to Become The Manager Your Team Needs with FranklinCovey’s Todd Davis

Todd Davis explains why people are bad at managing—and what to do about it. 

You'll Learn:

1) Where most managers fail

2) How to overcome the fear of feedback

3) A productivity hack to keep your week from spiraling

About Todd

Todd Davis has been with FranklinCovey for more than two decades and serves as the chief people officer. As the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work, Todd has delivered keynote presentations and speeches around the globe, including at the renowned World Business Forum. Todd has been featured in Inc. magazine, Fast Company, and the Harvard Business Review. He and his family reside in Holladay, Utah.

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Oct 31, 2019
508: Becoming an Impactful and Influential Leader with Ron Price

Ron Price delivers insights on how to build your character and grow your influence to unlock your full leadership potential.

You'll Learn:

1) The four keys to landing your next promotion

2) Two approaches to getting excellent feedback

3) How to get others to listen to you

About Ron

Ron Price is an internationally recognized business advisor, executive coach, speaker, and author. Known for his creative and systematic thinking, business versatility, and practical optimism, Ron has worked in 15 countries and served in almost every level of executive management over the past 40 years.

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Oct 30, 2019
507: How to Get Exceptional Mentors and Opportunities with Alex Banayan

Alex Banayan shares unconventional approaches to creating new opportunities.

You’ll learn:

1) The ultimate cold email template to recruit mentors

2) Creative “third door” approaches that nobody takes

3) Communication secrets from Maya Angelou and Larry King

About Alex

Alex Banayan is the author of The Third Door, the result of an unprecedented seven-year journey interviewing the most innovative leaders of the past half-century, including Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Quincy Jones, and more. He has presented the Third Door framework to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Snapchat, Salesforce, and Disney. When he was 18, Alex hacked The Price is Right, won a sailboat, and sold it to fund his adventure. He was then named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.

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Oct 28, 2019
506: Finding the Joy of Missing Out with Tonya Dalton (Host of Productivity Paradox)

Tonya Dalton explains how to overcome the fear of missing out and stop wasting time on things that don’t matter.

You’ll Learn:

1) Why you should embrace JOMO

2) How to determine worthwhile opportunities

3) How to say “no” without feeling guilty

About Tonya:

Tonya Dalton is a productivity expert, author, speaker and founder of inkWELL Press Productivity Co, a company centered around productivity tools and training. She released her first book, The Joy of Missing Out, with Harper Collins this month.

Tonya’s messages about business management, productivity, and the pursuit of passion have impacted thousands and inspired her to launch her podcast, Productivity Paradox which has surpassed more than 1.5 million downloads. 

Tonya has been featured on Real Simple, Entrepreneur, Inc., Cheddar, Lauren Conrad, and Fast Company among other places. In 2019, Tonya received the Enterprising Woman of the Year Award and was named North Carolina's Female Entrepreneur to Watch by The Ladders. 

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Oct 25, 2019
505: How to Make Data Inspire Action with Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte explains how to combine data with story structures to create inspiring presentations.

You'll Learn:

1) The three-act structure of data

2) The true hero of your presentation

3) How to make magical moments for your audience

About Nancy:

Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Time Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, and on CNN. Her firm, Duarte, Inc., is the global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture. As a persuasion expert, she cracked the code for effectively incorporating story patterns into business communications. She’s written five best-selling books, four of which have won awards. She’s been ranked #1 on a list of the World’s Top 30 Communication Professionals. 

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Oct 23, 2019
504: Building a Gratitude Mindset to Increase Productivity with Karl Staib

 Karl Staib shares how gratitude leads to a more pleasant and productive work life.

You'll Learn:

1) How gratitude improves productivity

2) How to cut negativity and boost gratitude

3) How to find more energy for your goals

About Karl:

Karl Staib is an author that seeks out growth at every turn. When his father passed it was focusing on gratitude that helped him get through one of the most difficult times in his life. That's why he wants to bring more gratitude into the workplace. His work inside a fortune 500 company that regularly ranks in the top 10 for best places to work has shown him the importance of gratitude and how it increases productivity and communication. If you enjoy his writing, he encourages you to reach out to him at

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Oct 20, 2019
503: How to Get a Meeting with Anyone with Stu Heinecke

Stu Heinecke shares unorthodox approaches to win the attention of strangers.

You'll Learn:

1) The simple trick to exceeding a 100% response rate

2) Do’s and don’ts for composing your personal messages

3) How to turn executive assistants into allies

About Stu:

Dubbed by the American Marketing Association the “Father of Contact Marketing,” Stu Heinecke is a Wall Street Journal cartoonist, hall of fame-nominated marketer and the bestselling author of How to Get a Meeting with Anyone (2016) and Get the Meeting! (10-2019). Stu is also the founder of, a group of WSJ and New Yorker cartoonists who donate their art to help charities raise funds.

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Oct 18, 2019
502: How to Make Killer Pitches and Get What You Want with Oren Klaff

Oren Klaff reveals the secret behind successful pitches—and how to persuade those around you.

You’ll Learn:

1) What most people get wrong about persuasion

2) How to communicate your worth

3) The surefire way to convince anyone

About Oren:

Oren is Director of Capital Markets at investment bank Intersection Capital where he manages its capital raising platform (retail and wholesale distribution), business and product development. Oren co-developed and oversees Intersection Capital's flagship product, Velocity™. 

From 2003-2008 as he applied his pioneering approaches to raising capital and incorporating neuroscience into the capital markets programs, Oren raised over $400 million of investor capital from high net-worth individuals and financial institutions.

Oren is a member of Geyser Holding's investment committee where he has been a principal since 2006. During its growth he was responsible for sales, marketing, branding, product development, and business development. Previously, he was a venture analyst and partner at several mid-sized investment funds.

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Oct 16, 2019
501: How to Capture Your Audience’s Minds, Guts, and Hearts with Dave Decelle

Dave Decelle shares insider perspectives on how to turn insights into compelling communication.

You’ll learn:

1) Three foundational principles for capturing your audience’s attention

2) The best disposition for presentations

3) How to create engaging presentation slides

About Dave:

Dave Decelle was a Director of Consumer Insights at Netflix, focused on delivering insights that drive product innovation. Dave has over 17 years of experience in market, brand, and user experience research and consulting. While he was focused on the technology and media categories at Netflix, his past experience ranges across a variety of industries, including financial, automotive, food & beverage, retail, and general consumer goods and services.

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Oct 11, 2019
500: Building Unshakeable Self-Esteem and Confidence with Victor Cheng

Victor Cheng discusses the mindset and habits that lead to powerful self-esteem and self-confidence.

About Victor:

Victor Cheng is the founder of, the most prominent blog on the management consulting industry.  He also serves as a strategic advisor to Inc. 500 CEOs, and has been featured as a business expert in media, including Fox Business TV Network, MSNBC, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.

Victor is a former McKinsey & Company consultant and has been a senior executive in several publicly owned technology companies. He’s a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in quantitative economics, and the author of several business books.

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Oct 09, 2019
499: Key Psychological Principles for Ethical Persuasion with Brian Ahearn
Brian Ahearn breaks down the ethical way to getting people to say “yes.” You'll Learn: 1. How to quickly attract people’s attention 2. The simple secret to winning people over 3. How to get others to follow through with their tasks About Brian: Brian Ahearn is the Chief Influence Officer at Influence PEOPLE. A dynamic international keynote speaker, he specializes in applying the science of influence in everyday situations. Brian is one of only 20 individuals in the world who currently holds the Cialdini Method Certified Trainer designation. This specialization was earned directly from Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D. – the most cited living social psychologist on the science of ethical influence. Thank you Sponsors! Simple Habit. This meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions. Zapier. Save an average of 40 hours a month by automating tasks with View transcript, show notes, and links at
Oct 07, 2019
498: Nourishing the Relationships That Nourish You with Dr. John Townsend
Dr. John Townsend discusses how to build the relationships that keep you motivated and productive.   You'll Learn: The one need leaders often ignore How to engage in nourishing conversations The five relationships you need in your life—and the two to prune   About John: Dr. John Townsend is a nationally-known leadership consultant, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. John is the founder of the Townsend Institute, Leadership and Counseling, and the Townsend Leadership Program, which is a a a  nationwide system of leadership training groups. He developed the online digital platform TownsendNOW and the online assessment tool TPRAT. Dr. Townsend travels extensively for corporate consulting, speaking, and helping develop leaders, their teams and their families. John’s book: People Fuel: Fill Your Tank for Life, Love, and Leadership John’s book: How to Have a Difficult Conversation You’ve Been Avoiding: With Your Spouse, Adult Child, Boss, Coworker, Best Friend, or Someone You’re Dating with Henry Cloud John’s website: Tool: Townsend Personal and Relational Assessment Tool (TPRAT)   Resources mentioned in the show: Study: “The Mirror-Neuron System” by Giacomo Rizzolatti and Laila Craighero  TED Talk: “How great leaders inspire action” | Simon Sinek Book: The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni   Thank you Sponsors!   Four Sigmatic. Give your brain a boost with superfood mushroom coffee with half the caffeine and double the mental clarity. Save 15% at Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from     View transcript, show notes, and links at 
Oct 04, 2019
497: How to Prevent Burnout by Shifting Your Focus with Aaron Schmookler
Aaron Schmookler discusses how a service-oriented mindset keeps you from burning out.   You'll Learn: A powerful phrase for de-escalating conflict How to stop feeling so self-conscious How to make work more fulfilling   About Aaron: For over 20 years, Aaron has been striving to help people find their own intrinsic motivation, their capacity to collaborate, and the fulfillment that comes from harnessing the creative impulse in us all to serve others. In 2014 Aaron and business partner, Adam Utley, co-founded The Yes Works and developed the Adeptability Model of collaboration and leadership training and the Adeptable Culture Audit. Aaron and The Yes Works serve clients across the country and across industries including Microsoft, MOD Pizza, DiscoverOrg, Burkhart Dental Supply, SOG Knives, 9th Gear, and Textainer to make work good for people and people good for work. Aaron’s LinkedIn: Aaron Schmookler Aaron’s website: Aaron’s podcast: Mighty Good Work   Resources mentioned in the show: Product: Plantronics Voyager 5200 Wireless Bluetooth Headset Book: “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins Book: “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter” by Liz Wiseman Book: “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” by Daniel Coyle   Thank you Sponsors! FabFitFun Get $10 off your curated subscription box delivering happiness with the best in beauty, fashion, home, wellness, and tech with the promo code BEAWESOME Blinkist: Learn more, faster with book summaries you can read or listen to in 15 minutes at Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
Oct 02, 2019
496: How to Break The Habit of Distraction with Maura Nevel Thomas
Maura Nevel Thomas discusses how to take back control of your attention for more productive work days.   You'll Learn: How we sabotage our performance every 3 minutes The simple trick to stopping most office distractions How to get more satisfaction out of work   About Maura: Maura Nevel Thomas is an award-winning international speaker and trainer on individual and corporate productivity and work-life balance, and the most widely-cited authority on attention management. She is a TEDx Speaker, founder of Regain Your Time, author of three books, and was named a Top Leadership Speaker in Inc. Magazine. Maura is a contributing expert to major business outlets including Forbes, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and the Harvard Business Review. Book: Attention Management: How to Create Success and Gain Productivity—Every Day Website:    Resources mentioned in the show: Study: “The Cost of Interrupted Work: More Speed and Stress” by Gloria Mark, University of California, Irvine  Study: “Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity” by Adrian F. Ward et al., University of Texas Book: The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work by Teresa Amabile Book: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport Book: Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport   Thank you Sponsors! Simple Habit. This meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions. Babbel. Learn a new language anywhere, anytime with Policygenius helps you shop for life insurance in under two minutes. Check them out at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Sep 30, 2019
495: How to Network When You Hate Networking with Devora Zack
Devora Zack explains why you don't need to work the room to build great connections.   You'll Learn: How to smoothly start, sustain, and end conversations How to ease your pre-networking anxiety Best practices for writing amazing follow ups   About Devora: Devora Zack is CEO of Only Connect Consulting, a Washington Post bestselling author and global speaker with books in 45 language translations. Her cluents include Deloitte, Smithsonian, Delta Airlines, the FDA, Johns Hopkins, and the National Institute of Health. She has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, US News & World Report, Forbes, Cosmo, Self, Redbook, Fast Company, and many others. She is the author of Networking for People who Hate Networking, Managing for People Who Hate Managing and Singletasking. Book: Networking for People Who Hate Networking, Second Edition: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected Book: Singletasking: Get More Done One Thing at a Time Book: Managing for People Who Hate Managing: Be a Success by Being Yourself Website: Resources mentioned in the show: Study: “Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work” by Douglas Merrill  Product: Visconti, Italian pens Book: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Thank you Sponsors! EverlyWell provides easy at-home health test kits for food sensitivity, metabolism and 30 other things! Save 15% at   View links, show notes, and transcripts at
Sep 26, 2019
494: How to Train Your Brain for Maximum Growth with Dr. Tara Swart
Dr. Tara Swart explains the science behind neuroplasticity and how to train your brain to brave any challenge.   You'll Learn: How to use neuroscience to break out of your comfort zone The six approaches to problem solving Simple tricks to turn around terrible work days   About Tara: Dr. Tara Swart is a neuroscientist, medical doctor, leadership coach, and award-winning and bestselling author. She works with leaders all over the world to help them achieve mental resilience and peak brain performance, improve their ability to manage stress, regulate emotions, and retain information. She is a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management where she runs the Neuroscience for Leadership and Applied Neuroscience programs, and is an executive advisor to some of the world’s most respected leaders in media and business. Tara’s book: The Source: The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain Tara’s Twitter: @TaraSwart Tara’s Instagram: @drtaraswart Tara’s website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Research: "The Glymphatic System in CNS Health and Disease: Past, Present and Future" by Benjamin A. Plog and Maiken Nedergaard Twitter: @YouHadOneJob Book: Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility by Ellen J. Langer Book: Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson Previous episode: 273: Taking Control of your Career with Korn Ferry’s Gary Burnison   Thank you Sponsors!   Four Sigmatic.  Give your brain a boost with superfood mushroom coffee with half the caffeine and double the mental clarity. Save 15% at Babbel. Learn a new language anywhere, anytime with   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
Sep 25, 2019
493: How to Amplify Your Impact through Great Presence with Anese Cavanaugh
Anese Cavanaugh shares how to create more meaningful impact by being more present and intentional at work.   You'll Learn: The cost of contagious negative energy at work The 4 Ps to lead you away from burnout The Leadership Trifecta of impact, self-care, and, people-care   About Anese: Anese Cavanaugh is devoted to helping people show up and bring their best selves to the table in order to create significant positive impact in their lives. She is the creator of the IEP Method® (Intentional Energetic Presence®), an advisor and thinking partner to leaders and organizations around the world, and author of Contagious Culture. Her next book, Contagious You: Unlock Your Power to Influence, Lead, and Create the Impact You Want (McGraw-Hill) will be available November 2019. Book: “Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization that Thrives” Book: “Contagious You: Unlock Your Power to Influence, Lead, and Create the Impact You Want” Column: “Showing Up” Website: LinkedIn: Anese Cavanaugh Facebook: Anese Cavanaugh Twitter: @AneseCavanaugh Instagram: @anesecavanaugh   Resources mentioned in the show: App: Todoist Study: “How Behavior Spreads: The Science of Complex Contagion” Princeton University Press, 2018 Video Game: The Legend of Zelda Dog Commercial: Sara McLachlan SPCA Commercial Book: “Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity” by Hugh MacLeod Book: “The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage” by Mel Robbins Prior episode: 049: Improved Happiness, Improved Performance with Michelle Gielan Prior episode: 391: Preventing Burnout by Examining Your Emotions with Dr. Shawn C. Jones   Thank you Sponsors! iDashboards: Create gorgeously useful data visualizations with   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
Sep 23, 2019
492: Making Meetings Work with J. Elise Keith
J. Elise Keith shares what makes meetings succeed vs. fail.   You'll Learn: Signs of an ineffective meeting How the best organizations approach meetings When and how to opt out of a meeting   About J. Elise: Elise Keith is the co-founder of online meeting management platform Lucid Meetings. Known as the ‘Meeting Maven,’ Elise offers unprecedented expertise that inspires audiences, proving that meetings shouldn’t be fewer or shorter—but better and more effective. She is the author of Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization, which contains eye-opening strategies companies can use to structure beneficial meetings, create a healthy workplace culture, and propel overall team momentum. Book: “Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization” Company: Lucid Meetings Website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Poem: “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver Term: Chatham House Rule Term: Vegas Rules Study: “Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace” Harvard Business Review Book: “Time and the Art of Living” by Robert Grudin   Thank You, Sponsors! Collaborate more effectively--and beautifully--at Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from Babbel. Learn a new language anywhere, anytime with   View transcript, show notes, and links at   
Sep 20, 2019
491: How to Have Powerful Conversations that Improve Performance with Jonathan Raymond
Refound CEO Jonathan Raymond teaches how to communicate feedback that gets results. You'll Learn: What makes traditional feedback ineffective How to have more effective conversations using the 5 stages of the Accountability Dial How to articulate feedback to your team, your peers, and your seniors About Jonathan After twenty years of not being able to decide whether he was a business executive or a personal growth teacher, Jonathan stopped trying to figure it out. He’s the author of Good Authority — How to Become the Leader Your Team is Waiting For, and the Founder & CEO at Refound, a people training company that teaches people how to have human conversations at work. Refound specializes in working with people leaders at high-growth organizations and is proud to be a trusted learning partner to Fortune 100 organizations like Panasonic and McKesson, cutting edge tech firms like Niantic and Box and small businesses that are going places. He's madly in love with his wife, tries not to spoil his daughters, and will never give up on the New York Knicks. Jonathan is an experienced CEO and people manager and has thrown his heart, mind, and soul into more than a few culture change projects. He lives in Encinitas, California and is an avid, albeit mediocre, surfer. Jonathan’s Book: “Good Authority: How to Become the Leader Your Team is Waiting For” Jonathan’s Website: Resources mentioned in the show: Tool: Superhuman Tool: The Accountability Dial Podcast: Revisionist History Study: “Good genes are nice, but joy is better” The Harvard Gazette Book: “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari Prior episode: 110: Maximizing Personal-Professional Growth with Jonathan Raymond Thank you, Sponsors! Blinkist: Learn more, faster with book summaries you can read or listen to in 15 minutes at
Sep 18, 2019
490: Uncovering Your Why and Bringing it to Work with Justin Jones-Fosu
Justin Jones-Fosu explains how to lead a more enriching work life by aligning your now with your why.   You'll Learn: How to get into your “achieve more” zone 12 questions for uncovering your why How to turn any job into meaningful work   About Justin: Justin is on a mission to help professionals and workplaces to Work like they mean it!  He is a meaningful work speaker and social entrepreneur who speaks 60-70 times per year to companies, organizations and associations in the US and internationally.  His latest book Your WHY Matters NOW: How Some Achieve More and Others Don’t challenges the reader to merge their purpose and productivity to get more out of work and life.   Justin’s book: Your WHY Matters NOW: How Some Achieve More and Others Don’t Justin’s website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Tool: Situational Leadership II by Ken Blanchard Book: Getting Things done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen Book: Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy Book: Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team by Simon Sinek Book: The Progress Principle by Teresa Amabile Book: Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute Previous episode: 235: The Power of Finding Your Why with David Mead   Thank you Sponsors!   Simple Habit. This meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions. Mint Mobile. Cut your wireless bill down to $15 a month at   View transcript, show notes, and links at  
Sep 16, 2019
489: The Mindset of the Most Effective Leaders with Bob Anderson
Bob Anderson discusses the ways you’re inhibiting your leadership potential—and how to remedy them.   You'll Learn: The surprising source of highly-accurate feedback The two leadership operating systems Powerful questions for unlocking your leadership potential   About Bob: Robert J. Anderson has been a pace setter in the field of Leadership Development for over 30 years. He is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Development Officer of The Leadership Circle and the Full Circle Group, and the co-author of Scaling Leadership and Mastering Leadership. Bob created The Leadership Circle Profile, a 360° assessment used by organizations worldwide to measure the effectiveness of their leaders (individually and collectively), chart a pathway for their development, and assess their progress as they develop. The MEECO Leadership Institute awarded him the International Thought Leader of Distinction in 2018. Bob’s book: Scaling Leadership: Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most Bob’s book: Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results Bob’s website:   Thank you Sponsors! Collaborate more effectively–and beautifully–at Four Sigmatic. Give your brain a boost with superfood mushroom coffee with half the caffeine and double the mental clarity. Save 15% at
Sep 13, 2019
488: Finding The Productivity System That Works for You with Asian Efficiency’s Thanh Pham (Host of The Productivity Show)
Thanh Pham from Asian Efficiency shares his expert tips and favorite resources for optimal productivity.   You'll Learn: The biggest productivity myth How to be more productive while doing less A simple productivity tip to exponentially improve your focus   About Thanh: Thanh is the Founder and Managing Director of Asian Efficiency. He is considered one of the top thought leaders in the productivity industry and he has been featured in Fast Company,, Forbes, Huffington Post, and The Globe & Mail. On a day-to-day basis, he is responsible for executing the company’s mission and helping people become more Asian Efficient. When he’s not sharing his newest productivity wisdom, he likes to drink lots of green tea, eat eggs benedict at hotels, make video blogs, and read non-fiction books. Thanh’s podcast: The Productivity Show Thanh’s website: Asian Efficiency    Resources mentioned in the show: App: TextExpander App: OmniFocus App: BusyCal App: BusyContacts Product: Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Smart Headphones Website: Website: Focus@Will Website: Book: 30 Lessons for Living by Karl Pillemer, Ph. D. Book: The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington Book: Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy Prior episode: 339: Achieving Hyperfocus with Chris Bailey Prior episode: 421: Why Great Leaders Have No Rules with Kevin Kruse   Thank you Sponsors! BetterHelp provides affordable therapy on demand. Get 10% off your first month at with the discount code AWESOME. Babbel helps you learn a new language anywhere, anytime! Speak a new language with confidence with
Sep 11, 2019
487: Communicating Powerfully, Succinctly, and Clearly with Erica Mandy (Host of the Newsworthy podcast)
Erica Mandy shares essential--but often overlooked--keys to becoming a more successful communicator in the modern environment.   You'll Learn: How what you’re doing on Facebook can damage your credibility at work Words to purge from your communication The fundamental test to improve your communication   About Erica: Erica Mandy is an award-winning broadcast journalist and former TV news reporter who is building a new kind of media network, starting with her daily news podcast, The NewsWorthy. It provides all the day’s news in less than 10 minutes in a convenient, unbiased, and less depressing way – in what she calls “fast, fair and fun.”  Erica is one of the first podcasters to partner with Podfund, a company that invests in extraordinary emerging podcasters, and she's been named one of "50 Women Changing the World in Media & Entertainment." Erica’s Website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Study: "Almost seven-in-ten Americans have news fatigue, more among Republicans" by Jeffrey Gottfried Study: Psychology Today references the study regarding visualization  Study: Stanford & NPR talk about the study regarding students' online content literacy  Study: Science & NBC News talk about the study that found false info spreads faster Book: “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think” by Hans Rosling Book: “Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth” by Mika Brzezinski App: Boomerang Conference: Podcast Movement   Thank You, Sponsors! Simple Habit.This meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions. Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from
Sep 09, 2019
486: How to Build Powerful Relationships, Better with Dave Stachowiak (Host of the Coaching for Leaders podcast)
Dave Stachowiak shares how to develop the strongest personal and professional relationships.   You'll Learn: The productivity hack that helps you be more present The under-appreciated value of small talk What to do when you don’t like networking   About Dave: Dave Stachowiak is the host and founder of Coaching for Leaders, a top-rated leadership podcast downloaded over 10 million times. With more than 15 years of leadership at Dale Carnegie and a thriving, global leadership academy, Dave helps leaders discover practical wisdom, build meaningful relationships, and create movement for genuine results. He’s served clients including Boeing, The University of California, and the United States Air Force. Forbes named him one of the 25 Professional Networking Experts to watch. Dave’s website and podcast: Coaching for Leaders Bonni’s website and podcast: Teaching In Higher Ed   Resources mentioned in the show: Personality: Nathan Czubaj Podcast: Happen to Your Career with Scott Anthony Barlow Book: How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie Book: Getting Things Done by David Allen Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey Book: The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier Previous episode: 170: Managing Inner–and Outer–Critics with Dave Stachowiak Previous episode: 413: How to Exude Credibility with Rob Jolles   Thank you Sponsors! Backblaze. Safeguard all your files with unlimited cloud-based backup for just $6 a month with    View transcript, show notes, and links at
Sep 06, 2019
485: Learning like a Superhuman with Jonathan Levi (Host of the Superhuman Academy Podcast)
Jonathan Levi shares how speedreading and visual mnemonics can enhance your learning.   You'll Learn: The scientifically-proven method for speedreading How curiosity improves learning A simple trick to remember names and faces   About Jonathan: Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur, author, and lifehacker born and raised in Silicon Valley. He’s the author of the Become a SuperLearner series, and the host of the award-winning Superhuman Academy podcast. His passions include learning languages, musical instruments, acro yoga, weightlifting, and cooking. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel with his superwoman, Limmor. Jonathan’s book: The Only Skill That Matters Jonathan’s website: Jonathan’s social media: Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook Resources mentioned in the show: Methodology: Memory Palaces Methodology: SQ3R Term: Schultz tables People: Malcolm Knowles and Harry Lorayne Book: A Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilber Book: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Book: Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini Book: How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie Thank You, Sponsor! Policygenius helps you shop for life insurance in under two minutes. Check them out at
Sep 04, 2019
484: The Overlooked Basic Skills Essential for Career Success with Dean Karrel
Dean Karrel makes the case for mastering the basic skills that will put you above the rest.   You'll Learn: How “B students” can achieve more in their careers How to survive and thrive in office politics The secret to building unshakable confidence   About Dean: Dean Karrel is a Career and Executive Coach. He is the instructor of twelve courses with over 600,000 views available on LinkedIn Learning and has also been in senior leadership positions for more than three decades with major global publishing companies, including 22 years at Wiley. Karrel has hired and trained thousands of people at various stages of their careers, motivating them to maximize their abilities.   Dean’s Book: Mastering the Basics: Simple Lessons for Achieving Success in Business Dean’s Company: The Skyridge Group Dean’s LinkedIn: Dean Karrel Dean’s Courses: Dean Karrel Dean’s Twitter: @DeanKarrel   Resources mentioned in the show: Book: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Book: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni Book: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman Book: Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry   Thank You, Sponsors!   Mint Mobile. I saved over $17-per-minute I invested switching to Mintmobile for wireless service. Cut your wireless bill down to $15 a month at Four Sigmatic.  Give your brain a boost with superfood mushroom coffee with half the caffeine and double the mental clarity. Save 15% at  Simple Habit. This meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aug 30, 2019
483: How to Take Control of Your Attention with Nir Eyal
Nir Eyal identifies the surprising reason why we get distracted and how you can overcome it.   You'll Learn: Why mainstream productivity advice doesn’t work The four steps to becoming indistractable The real motivation for all human behavior   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,, and many others. Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. Nir’s Schedule Making Tool: Free Schedule Maker Nir’s Book: “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” Nir’s Book: “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life” Nir’s Previous Episode: 330: Becoming Indistractable with Nir Eyal    Resources mentioned in the show: Article: “How To Develop Unlimited Willpower” by Jessica Sillers Researcher: Dr. Michael Inzlicht Study: Freud’s Pleasure Principle YouTube: Play Anything by Ian Bogost, Chicago Humanities Festival Book: “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Christopher McDougall   Thank You, Sponsors! Four Sigmatic. Give your brain a boost with superfood mushroom coffee with half the caffeine and double the mental clarity. Save 15% at Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aug 28, 2019
482: David Allen Returns with the 10 Moves to Stress-Free Productivity
David Allen provides an approachable overview of his legendary Getting Things Done (GTD) system.   You'll Learn: GTD in a nutshell The saving power of an external brain Two power questions for prioritizing   About David: David Allen is an international best-selling author who is widely recognized as the world's leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He wrote the international best-seller Getting Things Done, which has been published in over 28 languages. TIME magazine heralded it as “the defining self-help business book of its time.” He and his wife Kathryn run the David Allen Company, which oversees the certification academy and quality standards for Global Partners offering Getting Things Done courses and coaching around the world. David’s Book: “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” David’s Workbook: “The Getting Things Done Workbook: 10 Moves to Stress-Free Productivity” David’s Website: David on Twitter: @gtdguy   Resources mentioned in the show: Book: “The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking” by Oliver Burkeman Pior Episode Episode 015: David Allen, The World’s Leading Authority on Productivity   Thank You, Sponsors! Collaborate more effectively--and beautifully--at Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
Aug 26, 2019
481: Easy Ways to Have More Fun at Work with Drew Tarvin
Drew Tarvin shares how to bring more humor and fun into the workplace.   You'll Learn: The power of humor on your work-life productivity How to craft good work humor that considers medium, audience, and purpose The 3 specific situations when NOT to use humor at work   About Drew: Andrew Tarvin is the world's first humor engineer, teaching people how to get better results while having more fun. Combining his background as a project manager at Procter & Gamble with his experience as a stand-up comedian, he reverse-engineers the skill of humor in a way that is practical, actionable, and gets results in the workplace. Through his company, Humor That Works, Drew has worked with more than 35,000 people at over 250 organizations, including Microsoft, the FBI, and the International Association of Canine Professionals. He is a bestselling author; has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fast Company; and his TEDx talk has been viewed more than four million times. He loves the color orange, is obsessed with chocolate, and can solve a Rubiks Cube (but it takes like 7 minutes). Drew’s Book: "Humor That Works: The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work" Drew’s Twitter: @drewtarvin Drew’s Website: Humor That Works   Resources mentioned in the show: Comedy Sketch: Key & Peele text message confusion (NSFW) Study: Candlestick Problem App: Evernote Book: “The Complete Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson   Thank you, Sponsors! Blinkist: Read or listen to summarized wisdom from thousands of nonfiction books! Free trial available at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aug 23, 2019
480: How to Become Ridiculously Likable with Vanessa Van Edwards
Researcher Vanessa Van Edwards explains what causes people to like one another and how to make great impressions.   You'll Learn: Proven ways for making a fantastic first impression What builds and what kills likability the fastest Good and bad questions to ask during first meetings   About Vanessa: Vanessa Van Edwards is a behavioral investigator at her human behavior research lab, the Science of People. She is a professional people watcher—speaking, researching and cracking the code of interesting behavior hacks for audiences around the world. She is a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine and the Huffington Post. Her popular courses on Creative Live and Udemy have over 120,000 enrolled students. She’s been featured on NPR, CNN, Forbes and USA Today, but more importantly, she’s addicted to sour patch kids, airplane coffee and puppies. Vanessa’s Book: “Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People” Vanessa’s Facial Expression Guide: Vanessa’s TED Talk: You are contagious | TEDxLondon Vanessa’s Website: Science of People Vanessa’s YouTube: Vanessa Van Edwards   Resources mentioned in the show: Book: “Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps” by Barbara and Allan Pease Researcher: Dr. Ekman Term: Expectancy effect Personality research: The Big Five Personality Test   Thank you, sponsors! BetterHelp provides affordable therapy on demand. Get 10% off your first month at with the discount code AWESOME. The Simple Habit meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aug 21, 2019
479: How to Slash Anxiety and Keep Positivity Flowing with Anne Grady
Resilience expert Anne Grady shares how to decrease anxiety and stay in a more positive, productive zone more often.   You'll Learn: How the negativity bias hijacks us--and how to fix it Quick ways to put your lizard brain back in its place How to better savor “delicious moments” and enjoy each workday more   About Anne: Resilience expert Anne Grady is an internationally recognized speaker and author. Anne shares humor, humility, refreshing honesty, and practical strategies anyone can use to triumph over adversity and master change. A two-time TEDx speaker, Anne has been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Inc., FOX Business, Entrepreneur, and more. She is the author of “Strong Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience, and Triumph.” Learn more at LinkedIn: Anne Grady Group Website: YouTube: Anne Grady Group   Resources mentioned in the show: App: Calm App: Buddhify App: Happify App: Headspace App: Simple Habit Book: “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls Author: Arianna Huffington Author: Brene Brown Researcher: Dr. Rick Hanson Author: Rachel Hollis Researcher: Shawn Achor TED Talk: Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend Neurosciences terms: Amygdala, Hippocampus, Hypothalamus, Limbic system, Noradrenaline / Norepinephrine, Prefrontal cortex Book: “Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence”  by Rick Hanson Book: “The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work” by Shawn Achor Book: “The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It” by Kelly McGonigal   Thank You, Sponsor! iDashboards: Create gorgeously useful data visualizations with   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aug 19, 2019
478: The Simple Secret To Better Trust and Culture with Randy Grieser
Randy Grieser offers actionable pointers to keep a workplace culture healthy and thriving.   You'll Learn: How trust is built in the workplace The 6 key elements of a healthy workplace culture Do's and don’ts for effective conflict management   About Randy: Randy Grieser is the founder and CEO of ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance. He is the author of The Ordinary Leader, and co-author of The Culture Question. Randy is passionate about sharing the importance of creating healthy workplace cultures, and believes leadership requires us to always be intentional about what we do and how we do it. Book: “The Culture Question: How to Create a Workplace Where People Like to Work” Company Website: Website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Book: “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink Book: “Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012: A Fortune Magazine Book” by Carol J. Loomis   Thank You, Sponsor! ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. You can try them for free at   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
Aug 16, 2019
477: Speaking Confidently and Effectively with Diane DiResta
Professional speaker Diane DiResta shares invaluable tips and tricks to level up your presentations and boost your executive presence.   You'll Learn: Why knockout presentation skills are essential to your career How to structure the most effective presentation An effective way to overcome your fear of speaking   About Diane: Diane DiResta, CSP, is Founder and CEO of DiResta Communications, Inc., a New York City consultancy that serves business leaders who deliver high-stakes presentations—whether one-to-one, in front of a crowd, or from an electronic platform. A Certified Speaking Professional, DiResta is one of only 12% of speakers to hold that designation. She was President of the New York City chapter of the National Speakers Association and former media trainer for the NBA and WNBA. Diane’s Website: DiResta Communications Inc. Diane’s YouTube Channel: Diane’s Book: Knockout Presentations: How to Deliver Your Message with Power, Punch, and Pizzazz   Resources mentioned in the show: App: LikeSo Article: “Talkaholics Sink Partnerships, Presentations—and Careers” by Joann Lublin Website: Book: The Science of Mind: The Complete Edition by Ernest Holmes   Thank you Sponsors! ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. You can try them for free at Butcher Box provides delicious, cost-effective, humanely-raised meat. Straight to your door! Get 2 free pounds of ground beef + bacon + $20 off by visiting   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
Aug 14, 2019
476: How to Create Courageous Change with Ryan Berman
Ryan Berman offers his tips and tricks for building your courage muscle to make exciting changes.   You'll Learn: The three elements of the courage equation One simple trick to boost your courage How to convince your boss to make a courageous change   About Ryan: Ryan Berman is the founder of Courageous, a change consultancy that develops Courage Brands® and trains companies how to operationalize courage through Courage Bootcamp. He has spent a career developing meaningful stories for household brands—like Caesars Entertainment, Major League Baseball, New Era, Subway, and UNICEF—and he believes that courage is the ultimate competitive advantage for any willing business, being or brand.  Ryan Berman used the courage methodology detailed in the book to launch his own Courage Brand called Sock Problems, a charitable sock company that socks different problems in the world. Ryan’s book: Return on Courage: A Business Playbook for Courageous Change Ryan’s website: Ryan’s company: Courageous Ryan’s Twitter: @RyanBerman   Resources mentioned in the show: App: Slack App: Zoom Article: Retiring Cisco CEO delivers dire prediction: 40% of companies will be dead in 10 years Book: Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger Book: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown   Thank You, Sponsors! ZipRecruiter. ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. Try them for free at Collaborate more effectively--and beautifully with   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
Aug 12, 2019
475: Achieving 50% More with 1% Effort Using the 80/20 Rule with Perry Marshall
Perry Marshall explains how the 80/20 rule can help you exponentially leverage your time to achieve massive results.   You'll Learn: What the 80/20 rule is—and how it’s misunderstood How you can achieve way more in just 5 minutes Why “procrastination demons” reveal your priorities   About Perry: Perry Marshall is endorsed in FORBES and INC Magazine and is one of the most expensive business consultants in the world.  His reinvention of the Pareto Principle is published in Harvard Business Review. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs at the California Institute of Technology uses his 80/20 Curve as a productivity tool. 80/20 Sales & Marketing is mandatory in many growing companies. Marketing maverick Dan Kennedy says, “If you don’t know who Perry Marshall is — unforgivable. Perry’s an honest man in a field rife with charlatans.” He’s consulted in over 300 industries and served as an expert witness for marketing and Google AdWords litigation. Perry has a degree in Electrical Engineering and lives in Chicago. Perry’s Book: 80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More (available for one penny plus shipping!) Perry’s Website: Perry’s Marketing DNA Test: Evolution 2.0 Prize:   Resources mentioned in the show: App: OmniFocus Term: 80/20 Rule  Researcher: Barbara McClintock Book: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield Book: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville   Thank you, Sponsors! Blinkist: Read or listen to summarized wisdom from thousands of nonfiction books! Free trial available at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aug 09, 2019
474: How to turn your boss, colleagues, and customers into Superfans with Pat Flynn
Pat Flynn discusses how to turn anyone into your superfan.   You'll Learn: How superfans transform your career How to create the moments that win superfans How your ego can kill your blossoming superfandom   About Pat: Pat Flynn is a father, husband, and entrepreneur who lives and works in San Diego, CA. He owns several successful online businesses and is a professional blogger, keynote speaker, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and host of the Smart Passive Income and AskPat podcasts, which have earned a combined total of over 55 million downloads, multiple awards, and features in publications such as The New York Times and Forbes. He is also an advisor to ConvertKit, LeadPages, Teachable, and other companies in the digital marketing arena. Pat’s book: Superfans: The Easy Way to Stand Out, Grow Your Tribe, and Build a Successful Business Pat’s website: Pat’s social media:  Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook    Resources mentioned in the show: Article: "How To Lower Your Monthly Bills" by Ramit Sethi Book: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss   Thank you, Sponsor! The Simple Habit meditation app can help you pay better attention to your emerging superfans. The first 50 listeners to sign up at get 30% off premium subscriptions.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aug 07, 2019
473: How to Increase Your Productivity by Crafting your Time with Mike Vardy
Mike Vardy discusses how to fine-tune your routine and make the most of your time through mode-based work.   You'll Learn: Why you shouldn't obsess over productivity apps How to craft your time with the 5 categories of mode-based work How to keep yourself motivated and on-track through journaling   About Mike: Mike Vardy is an author, speaker, and productivity and time management strategist (or 'productivityist') based in Victoria, BC, Canada. His company Productivityist helps people stop 'doing' productive and start 'being' productive through a variety of online and offline resources. He is the author of The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want, published by Diversion Books, and has self-published several eBooks, the most recent of which is ”The Productivityist Playbook." He currently hosts The Productivityist Podcast, a podcast that features insights and conversations surrounding productivity and workflow.  Mike’s Podcast: The Productivityist Podcast Mike’s TEDx Talk: How to Stop Time: My Talk at TEDx Victoria   Resources mentioned in the show: Tool: OmniFocus Tool: Things Tool: Todoist Tool: Trello Tool: Asana  Tool: Front Website: Lifehack Website: The Next Web Company: Baron Fig Movie: “The Pursuit of Happyness” Book: Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday Book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen Book: “The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph” by Ryan Holiday Book: “The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle” by Steven Pressfield   Thank you, Sponsor! Policygenius helps you shop for life insurance in under two minutes. Check them out at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aug 05, 2019
470: How to Give and Receive Useful Feedback Every Month: Insider Tips on Making Performance Reviews Not Suck with Dr. Craig Dowden
Craig Dowden exposes gaps in common performance review practices and presents an empowering alternative approach everybody can use--no matter where you work.   You'll Learn: Why the current performance review practice is broken The key thing NOT to do when giving feedback A different and better strategy for regular reviews   About Craig: Craig Dowden (Ph.D.) is an inspiring and thought-provoking executive coach, Forbes author and keynote speaker who partners with leaders and executives to tackle their most important personal and organizational challenges. Craig holds a Doctorate in psychology, with a concentration in business and is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach. In his role as a trusted advisor, he integrates the latest findings in the science of leadership, team, and organizational excellence into his coaching and consulting work. In 2009, Craig was recognized as one of Ottawa’s 40 under 40 business leaders by the Ottawa Business Journal.  Craig’s Book: “Do Good to Lead Well: The Science and Practice of Positive Leadership” Craig on Twitter: @craigdowden Craig’s Website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Study: Program On NegotiatIon - Harvard Law School Website: Website: Triad Consulting Group Book: "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel Pink Book: "Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In" by William Ury Book: "The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results" by Gary Keller Book: "The Power of a Positive No: Save The Deal Save The Relationship and Still Say No" by William Ury   Thank You, Sponsor!   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jul 29, 2019
468: Upgrading Your Confidence and Courage at Work with Bill Treasurer
Bill Treasurer shares practical wisdom for conquering fear, taking risks, and finding your courage.   You'll Learn: The key first step to finding courage Approaches for taking on more wise risks How to fill up each of the Three Buckets of Courage   About Bill: In the past two decades, thousands of executives across the globe have attended Bill’s keynotes and workshops. Benefiting from the concepts first introduced in Bill’s bestselling books, participants come away with stronger leadership skills, improved team performance, and more career backbone. Among others, Bill has led workshops for NASA, Accenture, Lenovo, CNN, Hugo Boss, SPANX, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bill’s insights about courage and risk-taking have been featured in over 100 newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, NY Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston Herald, and more. Bill’s Book: “Courage Goes to Work: How to Build Backbones, Boost Performance, and Get Results” Website: Website: Website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Book: “Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life” by John McCain Book: “Obedience to Authority” by Stanley Milgram   Thank You, Sponsor! Learn a new language anytime, anywhere with   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jul 24, 2019
467: Finding Internal Clarity and Purpose with Paul Durham
Paul Durham shares strategies to develop and execute your personal vision with great clarity.   You'll Learn: The wonders of guided journaling How to get your days to lead to your desired future Why you need to involve others to get to your vision   About Paul: Paul Durham’s passion for studying models of human development expresses itself in his mentoring and executive coaching. After earning a degree in Philosophy from Oberlin College and teaching in the Oakland public schools, he embarked on a career as a successful musician in Los Angeles, releasing albums on major labels, receiving widespread radio play, appearing on film and TV soundtracks, and developing a fan base that persists to this day. Always entrepreneurial, he parlayed his industry experiences into a variety of businesses including commercial music production, song licensing, and ringtones. Now 50 and the father of a teenage son, he has blended his comprehensive experiences into executive coaching and programs designed to help people find their paths and take flight. Paul’s Coaching: Paul Durham, Executive Coach Paul’s Year One Program: Paul’s Music: Black Lab   Resources mentioned in the show: Thinker: St. Augustine of Hippo Product: Bulletproof Coffee Product: FranklinCovey Paper Planners Product: Shure Beta 87A Product: The Artist’s Way Morning Pages Journal   Thank You, Sponsor! iDashboards: Create gorgeously useful data visualizations with   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jul 22, 2019
465: The Cure for Impostor Syndrome: How to Feel Less Like a Fraud and Appreciate Your Successes with Dr. Valerie Young
Valerie Young sheds light on the impostor syndrome and shows the healthy way out.   You'll Learn: Just how prevalent impostor syndrome is The 5 impostor syndrome archetypes How to strategically shift your thinking from impostor to non-impostor   About Valerie: Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-known expert on impostor syndrome and author of award-winning book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It (Crown Business/Random House), now available in five languages. Valerie’s Book: The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It Valerie’s TED Talk: Thinking your way out of impostor syndrome Valerie’s Website: Resources mentioned in the show: Researcher: Dr. Gail Matthews Term: Dunning-Krueger Effect Term: Impostor Syndrome Study: Dr. Pauline Rose Clance on Impostor Syndrome Book: "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck Prior episode: How to Form Habits the Smart Way with BJ Fogg, PhD     Thank You, Sponsor! Learn a new language anytime, anywhere with View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jul 17, 2019
464: How to Prevent Management Messes with FranklinCovey’s Scott Jeffrey Miller
Scott Jeffrey Miller talks shares powerful stories and principles for becoming the most effective leader you can be.   You'll Learn: Why making time for one-on-ones is truly worth it Three foundational principles for listening well How to flourish as a leader by practicing the Law of Harvest   About Scott: Scott J. Miller is Executive Vice President of Business Development and Chief Marketing Officer for FranklinCovey. Scott has been with the company for 20 years, and previously served as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. His role as EVP and Chief Marketing Officer caps 12 years on the front line, working with thousands of client facilitators across many markets and countries. Scott’s Book: “Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow”  Scott’s Company: FranklinCovey Scott’s Website: Scott’s LinkedIn: Scott Jeffrey Miller Twitter: @ScottMillerFC Resources mentioned in the show: Study: Dr. Deborah Tannen on Interruption in Conversation Survey: Gallup on quitting Video: “The Law of the Harvest” Book: “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter” by Liz Wiseman Book: “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t” by Jim Collins Book: “The Four Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals” by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling Thank You Sponsor! The Simple Habit meditation app can help your mind listen better. The first 50 listeners to sign up at get 30% off premium subscriptions.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jul 15, 2019
461: Tactics for Boosting Productivity and Banishing Distraction with Erik Fisher (Host of the Beyond the To Do List podcast)
Erik Fisher shares tips and tricks to optimize your productivity without going crazy.   You'll Learn: Tricks to reduce your smartphone dependency The small habits that create big results Why it’s okay to not get things done   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.   Erik’s Podcast: Beyond the To-Do List Podcast Episodes: Episode 251 – Habits: James Clear on the Power of Habits, Building Good Habits, and Breaking Bad Ones Episode 259 – Focus: Cal Newport on Digital Technology, Distraction, and Focus Episode 267 – The Meaning of Productivity: Mike Sturm on Being, Thinking, and Doing Episode 268 – Focus: Michael Hyatt on Achieving the Freedom to Focus and Eliminating Distractions Through Digital Minimalism Episode 277 – Focus: Jaime Masters on Focus, Flow, Time Tracking, and Nootropics   Resources mentioned in the show: Tool: Focus At Will Tool: Tool: Tool: Tool: Star Trek TNG Ambient Engine Noise Product: Alpha BRAIN Book: “Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport Book: “Atomic Habits” by James Clear Previous episode: 199: Supercharging Your Productivity with Erik Fisher Thank you Sponsors! iDashboards: Create gorgeously useful data visualizations with
Jul 08, 2019
459: How to Make Work More Sustainable Through Reinvention with Diana Wu David
Diana Wu David shares how to future-proof your work-life with approaches for reinvention and re-framing.   You'll Learn: Approaches for taking agency over your own career How to recognize the “treadmill of self-sacrifice” and get off it The right way to ask for what you want at work   About Diana: Diana Wu David is a strategist, innovator, entrepreneur, and the founder of Sarana Capital and Sarana Labs. Her companies transform how executives work and prepare companies for the future of work, invest in Edtech and HRtech, and support innovative education initiatives across public and private sectors. Her diverse, global career includes assisting Henry Kissinger and leading executive education initiatives for Financial Times. A superconnector of people and a sought-after speaker, Diana lives in Hong Kong with her husband and their three children.   Diana’s Book: “Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration” Diana’s TEDx Talk: The Difference Between Running and Running Free Diana’s Website:   Resources mentioned in the show: App: Zoom App: SaneBox App: SaneLater Podcast: Inside Asia Book: "The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity" by Lynda Gratton, Andrew Scott, and Mark Meadows Prior episode: 020: Strategically Spending Your 100 Years with Lynda Gratton Prior episode: 418: Separating Your Self-Worth from Your Productivity with Rahaf Harfoush   Thank you sponsors! Ziprecruiter is the smartest way to hire. Free trial available at High Brew Coffee provides delicious, portable, cold-brew energy for your next adventure. Use Promo Code 20awesomeHBC for 20% off a 12-pack at checkout.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jul 03, 2019
458: How to End Bad Behavior and Renew Your Team Amidst Change with Steve Ritter
Steve Ritter shares the fundamentals that makes teams healthy through their inevitable changes.   You'll Learn: Where teams get stuck most often How to grow and deepen over time as a team Why there's hope for disengaged team members   About Steve: Steve Ritter is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Team Excellence. He is on the faculty of the Center for Professional Excellence at Elmhurst College where he earned the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is the acclaimed author of the 2009 Amazon Top 50 Business Book: Team Clock: A Guide to Breakthrough Teams and the 2019 release: The 4 Stages of a Team: How Teams Thrive…and What to do When They Don’t. Steve’s Book: “The 4 Stages of a Team: How teams thrive…and what to do when they don’t” Steve’s previous Book: “Team Clock: A Guide to Breakthrough Teams” by Steve Ritter Steve’s Website: Team Clock   Resources mentioned in the show: App: Inner Balance Tool: Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test Tool Tool: HeartMath Book: “This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See” by Seth Godin Previous episode: 001:Communicating with Inspiration and Clarity with Mawi Asgedom Previous episode: 036:Detoxifying Teams with Steve Ritter   Thank you to our sponsor: ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jul 01, 2019
457: How to Persuade through Compelling Stories with DonorSee’s Gret Glyer
Gret Glyer discusses how you can increase your persuasion power by telling compelling stories.   You'll Learn: Why stories succeed where statistics fail What makes a story compelling How storytelling can earn you a promotion   About Gret: Gret Glyer has helped raise over a million dollars through storytelling. He is the CEO of DonorSee, the platform that shows you that your money is helping real people in need with personalized video updates. From 2013 to 2016, Glyer lived with the world’s poorest people in Malawi, Africa where he built more than 150 houses for the homeless and crowdfunded $100,000 to build a girls’ school in rural Malawi. Glyer has been featured in USA Today, National Review, HuffPo, Acton Institute and is a TEDx Speaker. He is currently fundraising for his first ever book on Kickstarter called, If The Poor Were Next Door.   Items mentioned in the show: Gret’s Organization: DonorSee Gret’s Kickstarter: “If The Poor Were Next Door” Gret’s TEDx talk: How to Wake Up Tomorrow Morning Like a Billionaire Person: Scott Harrison TV Show: Lost  TV Show: Game of Thrones TV Show: Breaking Bad Movie: A Quiet Place Movie: Les Miserables Book: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Previous episode: Episode 403: Hollywood Secrets for Effective Business Storytelling with Matthew Luhn   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 28, 2019
455: Maintaining Grace Under Pressure for Effective Speaking with Lisa Wentz
Lisa Wentz pinpoints the fundamental elements that can make anyone a great speaker.   You'll Learn: The ideal mindset for communicating with anyone and in any setting The best way to breathe for vocal power and confidence How to articulate well and why that matters   About Lisa: Lisa Wentz is the founder of the San Francisco Voice Center, a public speaking expert, accent specialist and author of Grace Under Pressure: a Masterclass in Public Speaking. Lisa has been featured as a Public Speaking expert in TIME,  The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Lisa regularly coaches speeches, presentation skills and accent reduction with TED talkers and executives and managers from Fortune 500 companies such as Adobe, Genentech, Google, Oracle, Salesforce and VMware, etc.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 24, 2019
454: Embracing Conflict as a Gift with Judy Ringer
Judy Ringer explains how the techniques and principles of aikido can turn workplace conflicts into valuable experiences.   You'll Learn: How to master yourself during conflicts Three effective mindsets for resolving conflicts How to skillfully inquire, acknowledge, and advocate   About Judy: Through interactive presentations and individual coaching, Judy Ringer helps you transform conflict by changing your relationship to it. Aikido is the metaphor she uses to become more intentional and less reactive, to communicate directly and respectfully, and to create your life and work on purpose.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 21, 2019
453: Why Generalists Succeed and How to Learn Like One with David Epstein
David Epstein explains why and how generalists tend to achieve more.   You'll Learn: How focusing on short-term improvement can undermine long-term development Pro-tips for breaking through your learning plateaus The benefits of becoming a jack-of-all-trades   About David: David Epstein is the author of the book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and the top 10 New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene. He was previously a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. His writing has been honored widely. David has his master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism, and is reasonably sure he’s the only person to have co-authored a paper in the journal of Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research while a writer at Sports Illustrated.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 19, 2019
452: Adopting the Habits of Elite Performers with Nick Hays
Former Navy SEAL Nick Hays shares practical advice on how to elevate your performance and push yourself to unlock your maximum potential.   You'll Learn: How to conquer large goals by celebrating the tiniest of victories How to find gratitude in the most unpleasant circumstances How to tune out the "yeah, but..." voice in your head   About Nick: Nick Hays is former a Navy SEAL. His operating days came to an end when he ruptured a disk while preparing for an operation in Afghanistan. Disillusioned, broken, and without means to provide for his family, Nick was left without a purpose in life. After recovery, his training kicked in, and he remembered the lessons learned from the SEAL teams and put them to the test with professional athletes. He’s helped train the Miami Heat and helped the Atlanta Falcons to a Super Bowl. Nick holds a BA from the University of Maryland, a Masters in Business from the University of San Diego, and a post-graduate degree from Harvard Business School. He now resides in California with his wife, Ivy, and their three children.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 17, 2019
451: Deploying your Mental Energy Brilliantly with Dr. Art Markman (Co-Host of The Two Guys on your Head Podcast)
Professor Art Markman shares insights from cognitive science research for us to be smarter every day at work.   You'll Learn: The secret to making a great first impression The pros and cons of high energy The role of dissatisfaction in motivating yourself   About Art: Art Markman is a Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. He got his ScB from Brown University and his PhD from the University of Illinois.  Before coming to the University of Texas, Art taught at Northwestern University and Columbia University. Art's research explores thinking. Art is also the executive editor of the journal of Cognitive Science and is a former executive officer of the Cognitive Science Society. Art has always been interested in bringing insights from Cognitive Science to a broader audience. To that end, he writes blogs for many sites including Psychology Today and Fast Company. He consults for companies interested in using Cognitive Science in their businesses.  Art is also on the scientific advisory boards for the Dr. Phil Show and the Dr. Oz Show.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 14, 2019
450: Spy Secrets of Influence from Former CIA Officer Jason Hanson
Jason Hanson shares his intelligence operation secrets to “recruiting” people and convincing them to say yes.   You'll Learn: The CIA’s SADR cycle and how it applies to the workplace Why research and authenticity are integral to successful influence How to advocate for your case at work   About Jason: Jason is a former CIA officer. After leaving the CIA, Jason became the Founder and CEO of Spy Escape & Evasion (, a company that teaches men and women how to be safe using Spy Secrets that 99% of Americans will never know. In 2014, Jason won a deal on ABC’s hit Reality Series, Shark Tank and opened, “Spy Ranch,” a 320-acre facility to teach Evasive Driving, Pistol and Rifle Shooting, Intelligence Operations, Cyber Security and more. Jason regularly appears as a Keynote Speaker at corporate events, conferences and conventions worldwide. Jason has appeared on The NBC Today Show, Dateline, Rachael Ray, Fox & Friends, and more. Jason has been interviewed by Forbes, NPR and The Huffington Post among others.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 12, 2019
449: Leaning Out with Marissa Orr
Marissa Orr shares fresh, actionable wisdom on the workplace gender gap and reframes how alleged weaknesses can actually be strengths.   You'll Learn: The problem with the ‘lean in’ mentality How power and money trigger value judgments when it comes to gender differences Why strengths depend on context   About Marissa: Marissa Orr began her Google career over 15 years ago as a founding member of Google’s Sales Operations & Strategy team, after which she worked as Vertical Marketing Manager at Facebook. She has conducted talks and workshops for thousands of people at diverse organizations across the globe. Originally from Miami, she now lives in New Jersey, with her three children.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 10, 2019
448: Rejecting Nine Common Lies About Work and Embracing Human Individuality with Ashley Goodall
Ashley Goodall debunks deeply-embedded misconceptions about work and how fostering human individuality provides valuable possible solutions.   You'll Learn: How deeply-rooted misconceptions about work lead to inefficiency Why you should focus on being “spikey” rather than well-rounded How systematizing can remove the human essence from work   About Ashley: Ashley Goodall is currently Senior Vice President of Leadership and Team Intelligence at Cisco. In this role he has built a new organization focused entirely on serving teams and team leaders—combining talent management, succession, coaching, assessment, executive talent, workforce and talent planning, research and analytics, and technology to support leaders and their teams in real time. Previously he was Director and Chief Learning Officer, Leader Development, at Deloitte. He is the co-author, with Marcus Buckingham, of “Reinventing Performance Management,” the cover story in the April 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 07, 2019
447: What Innovators Do Differently with Hal Gregersen
Hal Gregersen reveals the key skills of disruptive innovators--and how you can get them too.   You'll Learn: The core five skills required for innovation The questions disruptive innovators ask How to network for new ideas   About Hal: Hal Gregersen is the Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center and a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he pursues his vocation of executive teaching, coaching, and research by exploring how leaders in business, government, and society discover provocative new ideas, develop the human and organizational capacity to realize those ideas, and deliver positive, powerful results.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 05, 2019
446: Making Fear Your Friend with Judi Holler
Judi Holler makes the case for exercising your bravery muscle and making fear your friend—one challenge at a time.   You'll Learn: The small things we do each day that slow our long-term progress Why technology is a great servant but a terrible master How to deal with fear when it never goes away   About Judi: Judi Holler is a keynote speaker, author, and a professionally trained improviser and alumna of The Second City’s Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. Judi is a past president of Meeting Professionals International, Chicago Area Chapter, and was named one of the 40 under 40 in the meetings industry by Connect magazine in 2015 Judi’s book on Fear, titled “Fear Is My Homeboy: How to Slay Doubt, Boss Up, and Succeed on Your Own Terms”, was recently endorsed by Mel Robbins calling it: “relatable, relevant and most importantly ACTIONABLE!” Fear Is My Homeboy came out last week.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 03, 2019
445: How to Make Your Charts Awesome with Stephanie Evergreen
Stephanie Evergreen discusses the importance of effective data visualization and shares tips and tricks for creating charts that best communicate data findings.   You'll Learn: How charts can transform culture How to make use of tools you already have to make great visuals How to determine the most appropriate chart for your data   About Stephanie: Dr. Stephanie Evergreen is an internationally-recognized data visualization and design expert. She has trained future data nerds worldwide through keynote presentations and workshops, for clients including Mastercard, Adobe, Verizon, Head Start, American Institutes for Research, Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institute, and the United Nations. She writes a popular blog on data presentation at Her two books on designing high-impact graphs, slideshows, and reports both hit #1 on Amazon bestseller lists weeks before they were even released. This Spring Dr. Evergreen is publishing the second edition of one of those bestsellers and a brand new sketchbook with templates for making infographics and dashboards.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 31, 2019
443: Beating Procrastination with Petr Ludwig
Petr Ludwig shares his research-based strategies and tactics for overcoming procrastination.   You'll Learn: Petr’s recipe for finding willpower in the moment How to find your ongoing motivation Why you should rest before you get tired   About Petr Petr Ludwig is a science popularizer, entrepreneur, and consultant for Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of the bestselling book The End of Procrastination, a book dedicated to overcoming the habit of putting off tasks and responsibilities. His book has been translated into more than 10 languages and sold hundreds of thousands of copies globally. Petr is the founder and CEO of the company, which applies the latest scientific findings in neuroscience and behavioral economics to help individuals and companies in their sustainable growth. His core fields of interests are a purpose at work, value-based leadership, and critical thinking.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 24, 2019
442: How to Spend Less Time Doing Email with Dianna Booher
Dianna Booher shares invaluable advice on how to minimize your email inbox and write more effective and efficient emails.   You'll Learn: Just how much time you can save through email optimization How to reduce useless emails and optimize your inbox How to compose better emails in less time using the M-A-D-E structure   About Dianna: Dianna Booher’s lifework has centered around communication. As author of 48 books, translated into 60 foreign language editions, she has traveled the globe, talking with clients and organizations on six continents about communication challenges they face at work and at home. Her firm works with organizations to help them communicate clearly. During her more than three decades at BooherResearch Institute and earlier at Booher Consultants, she and her team have provided communication training programs, coaching, and consulting to governmental agencies and more than one third of the Fortune 500 organizations. The national media frequently interview Booher for opinions on communication issues, and she blogs regularly for Microsoft, Forbes, and The CEO Magazine.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 22, 2019
441: Understanding Fear to Overcome It with Ruth Soukup (Host of the Do It Scared podcast)
Ruth Soukup shares the seven Fear Archetypes so you can better understand and conquer your particular fear.   You'll Learn: How to identify your Fear Archetype™️ and use that knowledge to conquer your fear How to seek out honest feedback How to develop courage to take the first step past fear   About Ruth: New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup is dedicated to helping people overcome fear and create a life they love. Through her blog, Living Well Spending Less, which reaches more than 1 million people each month, she encourages her readers to follow their dreams and reach their goals. She is also the founder of the Living Well Planner® and Elite Blog Academy®, as well as the author of five bestselling books. Her practical advice has been featured in numerous publications and news programs, including Women’s Day, Redbook, Family Circle and Fox News. Her Do It Scared® podcast launched on April 30, 2018 and her next book, Do It Scared®: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Obstacles, and Create a Life You Love (Harper Collins) will be available in May 2019.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 20, 2019
440: Accomplishing More in Less Time by Building Microskills with Stever Robbins (host of the Get it Done Guy podcast)
Stever Robbins shares how to break down skills into microskills...and shares which ones are worth building.   You'll Learn: A productivity power tool to help you accomplish almost everything Why to break down learning into microskills Essential microskills that will save you years of time   About Stever: Stever Robbins is a serial entrepreneur, top podcaster, and productivity expert. He co-founded the early internet success story FTP Software, served as COO of Building Blocks Interactive, CEO of, and has been an initial team member of ten start-ups, including four IPOs and three acquisitions. He currently runs Get-it-Done Groups™, which help people make extreme progress on important projects and habits. He was project manager at Intuit. He serves as business plan judge for the Harvard Business School business plan competition, the MIT $100K competition, and several other competitions. His Get-It-Done-Guy podcast has been downloaded more than 36 million times. He’s been interviewed in numerous publications and is the author of It Takes a Lot More than Attitude…to Build a Stellar Organization and Get-it-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More. Stever holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 17, 2019
439: How to Find Opportunities Hiding in Crappy Situations with David Greene (Host of the Bigger Pockets podcast)
David Greene shares how you can identify valuable opportunities in any situation you find yourself in--even the crappy ones.   You'll Learn: How difficulties often indicate valuable opportunities Why analyzing your anxiety often yields valuable insight David’s salad story which reveals how to 8X your efficiency on certain tasks   About David: David Greene is the co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast, author of "Long Distance Real Estate Investing: How To Buy, Rehab, and Manage Out Of State Rental Property,” online blog contributor, Keller Williams Rookie of the Year, and a top producing real estate agent in Northern CA. As a former police officer who started investing in real estate in 2009, David has built a portfolio of over 30 single family homes, as well as shares in large apartment complexes, mortgage notes, and note funds. David teaches free monthly seminars on real estate investing and has been featured on numerous real estate related podcasts. He runs, a blog where he teaches others to build wealth through real estate, as well as "The David Greene Team"—and is one of the top Keller Williams agents in the East Bay.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 15, 2019
438: How to Earn Fierce Loyalty Through 3 Key Principles with Sandy Rogers
Sandy Rogers shares the three core principles required to earn the devotion of both customer and colleague.   You'll Learn: The 3 core loyalty principles of responsibility, empathy, and generosity How indifference can destroy loyalty The importance of weekly team huddles for reinforcing new behaviors   About Sandy: Sandy Rogers is the leader of FranklinCovey’s Loyalty Practice. He was previously Senior Vice President at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. During his 14 years there, Sandy managed the turnaround of the London, England operation and led the teams that developed Enterprise’s marketing strategy and system for improving customer service across all branches. Before Enterprise, Sandy worked in marketing at Apple Computer and at P&G. He is a graduate of Duke and Harvard Business School.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 13, 2019
437: Building the Resources for Resilience with Dr. Michael Ungar
Dr. Michael Ungar shares insights from his decades-long research into resilience to reveal that it’s not about your ruggedness, but rather your resources.   You'll Learn: The true key to resilience A master checklist for upgrading your resilience How to change your mood by changing your environment   About Michael: Dr. Ungar is a Family Therapist and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he holds a national Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience. Dr. Ungar has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of resilience and is the author of 15 books for mental health professionals, researchers, employers and parents. These include Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, a book for adults experiencing stress at work and at home.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 10, 2019
436: How to hack your time and motivation wisely--and when not to--with Joseph Reagle
Joseph Reagle shares handy research insights on hacking life optimally and safely.   You'll Learn: The question you need to ask when optimizing your life Why lifehacks should be taken in moderation How to use your own money  to hack your motivation   About Joseph: Joseph writes and teaches about digital communication and online communities. He’s an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. He’s also served as a fellow and faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. His doctoral dissertation was on the history and collaborative culture of Wikipedia. Joseph has appeared in media including The Economist and The New York Times.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 08, 2019
433: Giving a Daily Boost to Your Goal Motivation and Completion with Tom Ziglar
Tom Ziglar shares best practices for motivation and goal-setting (AKA problem-solving).   You'll Learn: Why and how to articulate your “why” The seven-step Ziglar goal-setting/problem-solving system How to transform a bad habit into a good one   About Tom: Tom Ziglar is the proud son of Zig Ziglar and the CEO of Ziglar, Inc. He joined the Zig Ziglar corporation in 1987 and climbed from working in the warehouse to sales, to management, and then on to leadership. Today, he speaks around the world; hosts The Ziglar Show, one of the top-ranked business podcasts; and carries on the Ziglar philosophy, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” He and his wife, have one daughter and reside in Plano, Texas.     View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 01, 2019
432: How Leaders Consistently Make Great Decisions with Greg Bustin
Greg Bustin reveals his insights on decision-making gleaned from 52 inspiring historical events.   You'll Learn: The two things you need when making a decision The Seven F’s tool that can help you decide what you want How to fight cognitive bias   About Greg: For more than two decades, Greg has been skillfully counseling a diverse roster of innovative companies. He’s a trusted advisor to savvy CEOs and key leaders—steering three executive groups and providing one-on-one coaching as a Master Chair for Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO organization. Organizations around the world invite Greg to conduct private workshops and deliver thought-provoking keynote addresses on leadership, strategy, conflict resolution and Workplace Accountability. He’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Financial Executive, and more.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 29, 2019
429: A Navy SEAL’s Surprising Key to Building Unstoppable Teams: Caring
Former NAVY SEAL platoon commander and current entrepreneur Alden Mills walks through his CARE framework for teambuilding   You'll Learn: Four key steps to leading with CARE instead of fear The distinction between caring and comforting The high stakes associated with caring   About Alden: Alden Mills is a three-time Navy SEAL platoon commander and was the CEO of Perfect Fitness. He is also a longtime entrepreneur, with over 40 patents and over 25 years of experience working on high-performance leadership, sales, and team-building.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 22, 2019
428: No Job Can Give You Meaning and Other Intriguing Insights Into Work with Ellen Ruppel Shell
Writer Ellen Ruppel Shell shares thoughtful perspectives on work and its future in a time of radical change.  You'll Learn: Why no employer can give you meaning What people actually want in a job How and why to engage in job crafting About Ellen: Ellen Ruppel Shell is a correspondent for The Atlantic, and co-directs the graduate program in Science Journalism at Boston University. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, The Smithsonian, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, O, Scientific American, and Science.   View transcript, show notes, and links at High Brew Coffee discount code (one per customer): 20awesomeHBC
Apr 19, 2019
426: How to Feel Limitless Using Career Tools by Laura Gassner Otting
Laura Gassner Otting charts how one can be limitless by freeing yourself from other people’s expectations.   You'll Learn: The danger in carrying someone else’s “scorecard” of expectations What limitlessness looks and feels like Why to view purpose more broadly   About Laura: Laura speaks with change agents, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and donors to get them past the doubt and indecision that consign their great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes. She’s had boatloads of cool experience, from being a White House presidential appointee to founding her own organizations.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 15, 2019
425: Achieving More by Constantly Embarrassing Yourself with Case Kenny
Case Kenny shares his bro-tastic approaches to building confidence, achievement, and motivation.   You'll Learn: How doing embarrassing things increases confidence How to balance striving with gratitude Two common motivational mistakes   About Case: Case Kenny is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of and the host of the iTunes top podcast New Mindset, Who Dis?   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 12, 2019
424: How to Help People Get to the Next Level with Jeremie Kubicek
Jeremie Kubicek teaches how to multiply your leadership many times over.   You'll Learn: Tools for being the best sherpa for your team, like the Support-Challenge Matrix Pro tips for better supporting and challenging yourself and others Critical expectations that need to be spelled out   About Jeremie: Jeremie Kubicek is a thought leader who specializes in transformational leader development. He is CEO of GiANT TV, and Chairman and co-founder of GiANT Worldwide, where he helps people grow through powerful content across the globe. Additionally, Jeremie is the bestselling author of Making Your Leadership Come Alive.Together with Steve Cockram, he is also the author of 5 Voices and 5 Gears.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 10, 2019
423: Becoming Free to Focus with Michael Hyatt (Host of the Lead to Win podcast)
Michael Hyatt offers useful concepts to upgrade your productivity and focus, including the  freedom compass, the zones of desire and drudgery, and more.   You'll Learn: How to do more of what you want with the “yes, no, yes” formula Three beliefs that prevent you from delegating your tasks effectively How to feel like you’re winning each day with the daily big three   About Michael: Michael Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, a leadership coaching and development firm twice listed on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing US companies. A longtime publishing executive, Michael is the former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson, now part of HarperCollins. He is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including Your Best Year Ever, Living Forward, and Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Michael is the creator of the Full Focus Planner, which combines quarterly goal-tracking and daily productivity in a proven system for personal and professional achievement. His blog and weekly podcast, Lead to Win, are go-to resources for hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, executives, and aspiring leaders. He has been featured by Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, Fast Company and Wall Street Journal. Michael and his wife of 40 years, Gail, have five daughters, three sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They live just outside of Nashville, Tenn.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 08, 2019
422: How to Make Decisions, Solve Problems, and Ask Questions Like a Leader with Carly Fiorina
Former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina, discusses how to solve problems, make decisions, and connect with other people like a leader.   You'll Learn: Why to choose a path instead of a plan Three steps for arriving at the wisest decision Key prompts to ensure you’ve considered all the angles   About Carly: Carly Fiorina is the former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard and a seasoned problem-solver. She started out as a secretary for a 9-person real-estate business and eventually became the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company. Through Carly Fiorina Enterprises and the Unlocking Potential Foundation, Carly and her team strengthen problem-solving and leadership capacity across America. Carly is also a best-selling author. Her titles include Tough Choices and Rising to the Challenge. Her third book Find Your Way releases on April 9th. She and her husband, Frank, have been happily married for 33 years. They reside in northern Virginia near their daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 05, 2019
421: Why Great Leaders Have No Rules with Kevin Kruse
Author Kevin Kruse offers wise--yet contrarian--pointers  for leaders.   You'll Learn: Arguments for closing your Open Door policy Why to set guardrails instead of rules How to be likeable without striving for being liked   About Kevin: Kevin Kruse is Founder+CEO of LEADx, the first and only AI-powered executive coach and leadership success platform built with IBM Watson. A successful entrepreneur, Kevin has won both “Inc 500” awards for fast growth and “Best Place to Work” awards for employee culture. He was previously the founder or co-founder of several companies with successful exits. Kevin is also a Forbes contributor and a New York Times bestselling author of nine books including Employee Engagement 2.0, Employee Engagement for Everyone and We: How To Increase Performance and Profit Through Full Engagement. Kevin’s next book, Great Leaders Have No Rules: Contr arian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business (Crown Publishing) will launch on April 2, 2019.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 03, 2019
420: How to Break Free from Distracting Devices with Brian Solis
Brian Solis interlinks procrastination, distraction, and device-related addiction to show how they rob us of productivity and happiness.   You'll Learn: The biochemical forces that rewire your brain when exposed to social media The key thing you must do  to reclaim your attention Why devices are often thieves of our own happiness   About Brian: Brian Solis is Principal Analyst and futurist at Altimeter, a Prophet Company, a keynote speaker and best-selling author. Brian studies disruptive technology and its impact on business and society. In his reports, articles and books, he humanizes technology and its impact on business and society to help executives gain new perspectives and insights. Brian’s research explores digital transformation, customer experience and culture 2.0 and "the future of" industries, trends and behavior.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 01, 2019
419: Aligning Your Career with Your Definition of Success with Lizette Ojeda
Dr. Lizette Ojeda shares her “Get It, Pivot It, Quit It” method for making career decisions, as well as a few exercises designed to help you be more aware of your core values and boundaries.   You'll Learn: How to defend against career  “shoulds” How to determine your core values when making career decisions Power questions for making career decisions   About Lizette: Dr. Lizette Ojeda is a career development expert, helping people achieve their career goals, have better work-life balance, and step up with confidence in their zone of brilliance. She’s a Tenured Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and Licensed Psychologist and Career Strategist who teaches career counseling, conducts research on career development, has been nationally recognized for her work and has been published in Journal of Career Development, The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology, The Handbook of Career Counseling for Women, and has helped hundreds of people achieve their career and life goals.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mar 29, 2019
418: Separating Your Self-Worth from Your Productivity with Rahaf Harfoush
Rahaf Harfoush masterfully unpacks history, psychology, philosophy, and more to discover how we got obsessed with hustling / productivity...and how that obsession often hurts our  creative output.   You'll Learn: How productivity and creativity are incompatible The reverberating negative impact of the 2008 economic recession on how we work Best practices for optimizing your limited reserve of energy   About Rahaf: Rahaf is a Digital Anthropologist, Best-Selling Author, and Speaker researching the impacts of emerging technologies on our society. She focuses on understanding the deep (and often hidden) behavioral shifts that are taking place within organizations and individuals as global digital infrastructures enable the unprecedented exchange of ideas, information, and opinions. She teaches Innovation and Disruptive Business Models at SciencePo’s Masters of Finance and Economics Program in Paris. She’s worked with organizations like Starwood Capital Group, Deutsche Bank, Estée Lauder, UNESCO, The OECD, A1, ING Direct, and  more.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mar 27, 2019
417: Managing Infinite Expectations with Laura Vanderkam
Laura Vanderkam reveals time management wisdom as presented in her charming new fable, Juliet’s School of Possibilities.   You'll Learn: A handy mantra to keep choices in perspective How  to better handle your email  inbox The most useful questions for directing your 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 Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, City 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mar 25, 2019
416: How to Find Insights Others Miss with Steven Landsburg
Economist Steven Landsburg offers key questions to push your thinking beyond the obvious to generate helpful insights.   You'll Learn: How to jog your brain out of complacent thinking A common assumption that often leads people to make poor decisions Two exercises to help expand your thinking beyond the obvious   About Steven: Steven E. Landsburg is a Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester, where students recently elected him Professor of the Year. He is the author of The Armchair Economist, Fair Play, The Big Questions, two textbooks in economics, and much more. His current research is in the area of quantum game theory. He writes the monthly “Everyday Economics” column in Slate magazine, and has written regularly for Forbes and occasionally for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He appeared as a commentator on the PBS/Turner Broadcasting series “Damn Right”, and has made over 200 appearances on radio and television broadcasts over the past few years.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mar 22, 2019
415: Pursuing Your Passion the Smart Way
Brad Stulberg explores the inherent contradiction between pursuing passion and balance...and what to do about it.   You'll Learn: The three common paradoxes of passion The dangers of rooting your identity to a passion Why self-aware imbalance is often appropriate   About Brad: Brad Stulberg researches, writes, speaks, and coaches on health and human performance. His coaching practice includes working with athletes, entrepreneurs, and executives on their mental skills and overall well-being. He is a bestselling author of the books The Passion Paradox and Peak Performance and a columnist at Outside Magazine. Brad has also written for The New York Times, New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Wired, Forbes, and The Los Angeles Times. Previously, Stulberg worked as a consultant for McKinsey and Company, where he counseled some of the world's top executives on a broad range of issues. An avid athlete and outdoor enthusiast, Stulberg lives in Northern California with his wife, son, and two cats. Follow him on Twitter @Bstulberg.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mar 20, 2019
414: How Culture Change Really Happens with Gretchen Anderson
Gretchen Anderson provides research insights on cultural shift from her work at the Katzenbach Center.   You'll Learn: The four elements critical to a work culture The role of the critical few in an organization How to leverage the behavior you already have for the better   About Gretchen: Gretchen Anderson is a director at the Katzenbach Center who has been working  with client teams across the globe for over 15 years. Gretchen has a doctorate in literature from Stanford University and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her two children, Jane and Calvin. Her new book is The Critical Few: Energize Your Company's Culture by Choosing What Really Matters.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mar 18, 2019
413: How to Exude Credibility with Rob Jolles
Rob Jolles provides practical wisdom on how to come across as more believable.   You'll Learn: The number one reason why people don’t believe you How method acting can lead you into peak presenting performance Why you should embrace your own dysfunctions   About Rob Rob Jolles is a sought-after speaker who teaches, entertains, and inspires audiences worldwide. His live programs around the world have enabled him to amass a client list of Fortune 500 companies including Toyota, Disney, GE, a dozen universities, and over 50 financial institutions. He is the best-selling author of six books, including his latest release, Why People Don't Believe You...Building Credibility from the Inside Out.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mar 15, 2019
411: The Seven Mindsets of an Effective Connector with Michelle Tillis Lederman
Michelle Tillis Lederman discusses the benefits of being a connector, the mindsets required to flourish, and how to connect well.   You'll Learn: The three reasons people connect with each other Why to become a better connector even if you don’t think you need to network Tips for easier relationship maintenance   About Michelle: Michelle Tillis Lederman, one of Forbes Top 25 Networking Experts, is the author of several books including the internationally known, The 11 Laws of Likability, and her latest The Connectors Advantage. Michelle is the founder and CEO of Executive Essentials, which provides customized communications and leadership programs. A former finance executive and NYU Professor, Michelle is a regular in the media appearing on NBC, CBS, Fox, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, CNBC, and others. She holds degrees from Lehigh University and Columbia Business School.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mar 11, 2019
408: Nourishing Creativity so It Can Nourish You with Dr. Alton Barron
Dr. Alton Barron discusses the importance of creativity, how it influences your health, and how you can resurrect creativity after it has been stamped out.   You'll Learn: The scientific link between creativity and health Why boredom is good for creativity The role of clutter in creativity   About Alton: Dr. Barron is a fellowship-trained shoulder, elbow, and hand surgeon. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedics at NYU-Langone and the Univ. of Texas Dell Medical Centers, practicing in both Austin and Manhattan. Dr. Barron has been surgeon for thousands of competitive athletes (a team doctor for Fordham University for 15 years) and professional musicians, including the NY Philharmonic and Metropolitan Operas in New York for over 20 years. He publishes and lectures extensively nationally and internationally. Founder/director of the nonprofit Musician Treatment Foundation Co-author of The Creativity Cure with wife Carrie Barron published by Scribner in 2012. Founding member, Team Continuum cancer charity   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mar 04, 2019
406: How to Sharpen the Most Critical Communication Skill: Listening with Brenda Bailey-Hughes
Brenda Bailey-Hughes shares why and how to become a better listener.   You'll Learn: The sad current state of listening How to fall in love with silence in a conversation The five focus areas of listening   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 9 LinkedIn Learning courses and specializes in communication training and coaching for Fortune 500 executives such as P&G, Samsung, Cummins, and John Deere.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Feb 27, 2019
405: How (and Why) to Daily Boost Positivity within your Team with Jon Gordon
Jon Gordon reveals best practices for building trust and rapport within a team, no matter the circumstances.   You'll Learn: Three exercises to build big rapport quickly The advantages of being an optimist How to transform challenges into opportunities   About Jon: Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 16 books including 6 best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First, The Power of Positive Leadership and The Power of a Positive Team. He is a graduate of Cornell University and hold a Masters in Teaching from Emory University.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Feb 25, 2019
403: Hollywood Secrets for Effective Business Storytelling with Matthew Luhn
Movie story consultant Matthew Luhn shares the key principles and approaches for making compelling, emotionally-resonant stories--even if you’ve got a “boring” work topic   You'll Learn: Two story elements that keep an audience hooked The three key flavors of emotion The universal six story themes   About Matthew: Matthew Luhn is a writer, story branding consultant, and keynote speaker with over 25 years’ experience at Pixar Animation Studios, with story credits including the Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. franchises, Finding Nemo, UP, Cars, and Ratatouille. Alongside his work in Hollywood, Luhn trains CEOs, marketing teams, directors, and professionals on how to craft stories for Fortune 500 companies, Academy Award-winning movies, and corporate brands grossing billions of dollars worldwide, advice he’s packed into his new book, The Best Story Wins: How to Leverage Hollywood Storytelling in Business and Beyond. To learn more, visit   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Feb 20, 2019
402: How Overachievers can Reclaim Their Joy with Christine Hassler (Host of the Over it and On with it podcast)
Christine Hassler reveals how overachievers can lose and regain their joy.   You'll Learn: The joylessness of overachieving How to stop the constant doing through exploring your why Four questions to re-evaluate your limiting beliefs   About Christine: Christine Hassler is the best-selling author of three books, most recently Expectation Hangover: Free Yourself From Your Past, Change your Present and Get What you Really Want. She left her successful job as a Hollywood agent to pursue a life she could be passionate about. For over a decade, as a keynote speaker, retreat facilitator, life coach, and host of the top-rated podcast “Over it and On With It”, she has been teaching and inspiring people around the world. She’s appeared on: The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E!, Style, and The New York Times. Christine believes once we get out of our own way, we can show up to make the meaningful impact we are here to make. Visit her online at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Feb 15, 2019
400: Making Better Decisions through Multiple Mental Models with Shane Parrish (Host of The Knowledge Project podcast)
Shane Parrish offers expert perspectives and tips for boosting your decision-making.   You'll Learn: Why we often fail to improve at decision-making Three useful mental models to serve you well The role of emotions in decision-making   About Shane: Shane Parrish invests in wonderful companies as a Partner at Partners. He’s also the mastermind behind the Farnam Street blog and the Knowledge Project podcast. Farnam Street blog is devoted to helping people develop an understanding of how the world really works, make better decisions, and live a better life. It  focuses on sharing the principles that help others become better versions of themselves and live consciously.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Feb 11, 2019
399: Maximizing Your Mental Energy with Isaiah Hankel
Isaiah Hankel highlights the importance of your mental energy, the best time to use it, and how to protect it from the people and things that drain it.   You'll Learn: The little ways we waste our limited mental energy How to tactfully deal with people who drain your mental energy How to gain more energy by closing mental loops   About Isaiah: Isaiah Hankel received his doctorate in Anatomy & Cell Biology and is an expert on mental focus, behavioral psychology, and career development. His work has been featured in The Guardian, Fast Company, and Entrepreneur Magazine. Isaiah’s previous book, Black Hole Focus, was published by Wiley & Sons and was selected as Business Book of the Month in the UK and became a business bestseller internationally. Isaiah has delivered corporate presentations to over 20,000 people, including over 300 workshops and keynotes worldwide in the past 5 years.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Feb 08, 2019
398: The Hidden Root of Much Workplace Conflict...And What to Do About It with Dr. Donna Hicks
Conflict resolution expert Dr. Donna Hicks outlines the ten elements of dignity to provide a master framework for human treatment and mistreatment. She also reveals how such treatment impacts performance.   You'll Learn: How violating another’s dignity is at the root of many conflicts Four everyday indignities people suffer at work Business reasons to honor dignity in a work environment   About Donna: Dr. Donna Hicks is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.  She facilitated dialogues in numerous unofficial diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, Libya and Syria. She was a consultant to the BBC in Northern Ireland where she co-facilitated a television series, Facing the Truth, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.   She has taught courses in conflict resolution at Harvard, Clark, and Columbia Universities and conducts training seminars in the US and abroad on dignity leadership training and on the role dignity plays in resolving conflict.  She consults to corporations, schools, churches, and non-governmental organizations. Her book, Dignity:  It’s Essential Role in Resolving Conflict, was published by Yale University Press in 2011.  Her second book, Leading with Dignity:  How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People, was published by Yale University Press in August 2018.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Feb 06, 2019
397: Making the Shifts Necessary to Grow Your Influence with John C. Maxwell
Renowned leadership author John C. Maxwell discusses how to shift yourself so you can continually grow and influence on a bigger scale. You'll Learn: 1. John’s approach to mentorship 2. How insecurity kills effective leadership 3. The ACT method to make the most out of your reflections About John: John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books in 50 languages. He has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazines. He is founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, organizations that have trained millions of leaders from almost every country of the world. The recipient of the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, Dr. Maxwell speaks each year to Fortune500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders. He can be followed at For more information about Maxwell, visit View transcript, show notes, and links at
Feb 03, 2019
396: Insights into Embracing Emotions at Work with Liz Fosslien
Writer and illustrator Liz Fosslien shares why we should listen to our emotions instead of suppressing them at work. She also reveals how to be considerate of others’ emotions while protecting our own.   You'll Learn: Why we should inspect instead of suppress our emotions Two ways to protect yourself from emotional contagion How to decode the wisdom your emotions are pointing to   About Liz: Liz is an author and illustrator whose projects have been featured by NPR, Freakonomics, The Economist, and CNN Money. Liz spent the past three years designing and facilitating workshops that empowered executives at LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, BlackRock, and Nike to build cultures of belonging. Previously, she led product and community projects at Genius and ran statistical analyses at the aptly named Analysis Group.   View transcript, show notes, and links at  
Feb 01, 2019
394: De-Stressing Work with Better Language and Requests with Andrea Goeglein
Workplace psychologist Andrea Goeglein shares how language impacts workplace stress and how to successfully ask for help from others.   You'll Learn: The key causes of workplace stress Two verbal habits that exacerbate workplace stress How to ask for help optimally   About Andrea: Often called a “Success Sherpa,” Andrea prides herself on carrying the information that nourishes her clients careers and personal success. She’s the Creator of the trademarked “Don’t Die” book series, which is licensed to the renowned publisher Hay House and served as Chairperson of Speaker Selection for TEDxUNLV. Not only does Andrea Goeglein have the scientific knowledge that helps business leaders thrive, she has owned and operated several successful companies herself, including Evening Star Holdings, a hospitality operating business with $4 million in revenue and 60+ employees. Andrea also Founded the CEO Forum in Las Vegas, a senior executive think tank and boutique consulting practice.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jan 28, 2019
392: Getting Your Dream Job by Illustrating Your Value with Austin Belcak
Austin Belcak explains how deep research, cold emailing, and solving one of your dream company’s problems upfront accelerates job hunting--while building your skills.   You'll Learn: Two common themes to successful job searches How to do cold outreach that gets responses Two ways to effectively illustrate your value   About Austin: Austin is the founder of Cultivated Culture where he teaches people how to land jobs they love without connections, without traditional experience, and without applying online. Austin's created a community of over 30,000 job seekers who have leveraged his strategies to land jobs at places like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and more.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jan 23, 2019
388: How to Not Suck at Managing with Aaron Levy
Founder of Raise the Bar, Aaron Levy, shares four key habits that improve team performance.   You'll Learn: Why must managers suck How and why to listen better Examples of powerful questions   About Aaron: Aaron is the Founder and CEO of Raise The Bar, a firm focused on helping companies address the problem of millennial turnover. Aaron is an ICF Associate Certified Coach, a Thrive Global contributor, an 1871 mentor, the Co-Director of Startup Grind Chicago and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. He has educated, coached, and consulted over 5,500 business leaders, helping them to define goals, create action plans, and achieve sustained success. Aaron is on a mission to transform the manager role – by empowering each manager with the tools, skills, and training to be leaders of people who unlock the potential of their team.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jan 11, 2019
386: How to Earn More, Spend Less, and Build Wealth with Mindy Jensen (co-host of the BiggerPockets Money podcast)
Podcaster and real estate investor Mindy Jensen shares strategies for building wealth.   You'll Learn: The number one tip for earning more at your job The power of tracking your spending Tips for optimizing big expenses   About Mindy: Mindy Jensen is the Community Manager for, and the co-host of BiggerPockets Money, a podcast for anyone who has money or wants to have more.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jan 07, 2019
385: Unlocking New Ideas by Asking Better Questions with Hal Gregersen
Hal Gregersen explores methods for asking better questions to address your biggest challenges.   You'll Learn: How to ask better questions The four-minute Question Burst method to spark new ideas How the most creative organizations use questions wisely   About Hal: Hal Gregersen is the Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center and a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he pursues his vocation of executive teaching, coaching, and research by exploring how leaders in business, government, and society discover provocative new ideas, develop the human and organizational capacity to realize those ideas, and deliver positive, powerful results.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jan 04, 2019
384: Bringing More Joy into Work with Bruce Daisley (Host of the Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat podcast)
Vice President  of Twitter Bruce Daisley shares the key differences that make the difference between work delight and drudgery.   You'll Learn: Two hacks for restoring your personal equilibrium at work The benefits of connecting with your colleagues through laughter Why working more than 40 hours a week is a bad idea   About Bruce: As European Vice-President for Twitter and host of the UK’s number one business podcast Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat he is in the centre of the debate about the way work and communication is evolving. Daisley has been one of the Evening Standard’s 1,000 Most Influential Londoners for four years and is one of Debrett’s 500 Most Influential People in Britain. Campaign magazine asserted that Daisley is ‘one of the most talented people in media.’   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jan 02, 2019
381: Building Your Career upon Dignity and Talent with Soulaima Gourani
Bestselling author and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum Soulaima Gourani discusses the importance of knowing and owning your own dignity and making the most of what you’re good at.   You'll Learn: The mother of all values Three steps for zeroing in on your true talent To clearly distinguish what you enjoy vs. what you’re good at   About Soulaima: Soulaima is a TED Talks Mentor and works with corporate clients and world leaders as a World Economic Forum expert in behavioral science and education. She is a two-time author and speaks on the topics of change management, career development, leadership, entrepreneurship, global trade, emotional intelligence and much more. Everything she does always serves a common purpose: to create more innovators, critical thinkers, and problem solvers–more peace in the world.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Dec 17, 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: The implications of pursuing personal fulfillment vs. power, wealth, or prestige The most important step to understanding what fulfills you 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Dec 05, 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: Two exercises for increasing self-awareness Four key questions to ask yourself every single day 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How Weldon went from being a dropout and convict to a star salesperson A five-step process for getting what you want from others 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Nov 28, 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: How every organization is changing the world in some way Key practices that can bring your team’s “why” to life 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The two things that enhance your perceived competence and how you can show them How to optimally manage expectations 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Nov 16, 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:  The biggest distraction drivers in the workplace Four streamlined to-do list hacks 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.   For transcript , links, and shownotes, visit  
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: How you’re likely breathing wrong and what to do about it Three ways the power of your voice is reduced 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How and why to deal with our “inner toddler” in high-stakes conversations How being persuadable makes you persuasive 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Nov 05, 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: Where overwhelm truly comes from How to craft the three components of your personal North Star 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How to figure out when you should change companies Tips to boost the trait that helps you get a pay bump 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     View transcript, show notes, and links at
Oct 29, 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: The three ways that people listen to each other Two ‘you’ phrases that will help you get what you want 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Oct 24, 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: Approaches for silence that generate new ideas How NOT to do affirmations 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Oct 15, 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: How to turn stress around with your perspective Eight tips for a solid evening routine and quality sleep 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Oct 05, 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: A fresh definition for what makes a day successful Why and how to set the highlight of your day before it starts 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Sep 26, 2018
349: The Case for Kindness at Work with Dr. Richard Shuster (Host of the Daily Helping podcast)
Dr. Richard Shuster shows how being kind to others just because can help make you even more awesome at your job.   You'll Learn: The implications of being kind to others at work The two kinds of kindness and which one is better for your health 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Why uncovering blind spots is such a rapid path to progress Four key questions to expand your curiosity 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The gross way we make decisions when we don’t have clear values How to make leadership a practice, instead of a hobby 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Sep 19, 2018
346: Seizing Career Opportunities with AstroLabs’ Muhammed Mekki
Muhammed Mekki lays out how to optimize your career opportunities.   You'll Learn: Why NOT to over-plan your career How to identify and capitalize on each career opportunity 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Just how critical recognition is Key reasons managers don’t give more encouragement 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The secret strengths of introverts Why to ask for what you don’t deserve 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: What “be more strategic” really means Why to ALWAYS establish the purpose before the method 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Sep 10, 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:  Why it’s so hard to tell if someone’s actually lying Four key, reliable body language cues 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Sep 05, 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: Ways to hack your procrastination triggers How much time we waste on checking emails 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aug 29, 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: The eight steps to high performance The difference between goals and promises 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Two exercises for discerning your direction Why you should keep a gratitude journal 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aug 17, 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: What most people get wrong about communication The danger of scapegoating 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aug 10, 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: The three biggest lacks of courage in the workplace The problem with being nice 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at  
Aug 06, 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:   What you miss when you see people as objects How seeing people as people turbocharges problem-solving 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jul 20, 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: How to decline a meeting so well, that they may just thank you for doing so Ideal alternatives to meetings 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The two key components of building trust Ninja tactics that help you read a room 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jul 13, 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: Why the Tiny Habits © Method is such a reliable pathway to behavior change The core recipe and three critical ingredients for a great habit 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jul 06, 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: How those who feel their time is “vast” spend their day How to draw more energy by acknowledging the three selves 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 Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, City 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How to identify the unique things holding you back The three things that always help achieve better results 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 25, 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: Why and how to manage your energy for performance Actionable ways to achieve high-positive energy 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Key signs that burnout is looming near How to talk to your boss about your burnout 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 15, 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: Why storytelling is key in any field of work The 2000-year-old formula for persuasion that still works today 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   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Key foods that keep your brain healthy The types and benefits of different Omega-3s 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: When and how to deliver critical feedback The detrimental effects of praise 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Key indicators that it’s time to resign. Why it matters to resign well 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The first hurdle to working in a group How to find the inspiration in your work 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."   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Why and how to avoid ‘managing on autopilot’ The central importance of regular one-on-one meetings 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 30, 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: Why you should put the music back into your speaking voice One big vocal mistake you might be making – and how to fix it 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How to prepare without over preparing The best answers to the most commonly-occurring interview questions 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How alignment is a genuine key to success Why valedictorians don’t necessarily shape the world 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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.”   View show notes, transcript, and links at
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: Pro-tips for becoming more visible to recruiters Do’s and don’ts when speaking with recruiters 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 07, 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: Why bounded autonomy produces the best creative results The right--and wrong--way to provide feedback on creative output 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How to smile more genuinely Postures for enhanced communication 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The top three evidence-based benefits of mindfulness practice How a one-minute pause can make a huge difference 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The 8 step-by-step questions that determine whether to stay or go Whether the grass is in fact greener 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 Times, Forbes, 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!   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 25, 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: Best approaches for managing first timers How to offer feedback so it’s received well 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The benefits of creating monthly intentions How to set boundaries – and stick to them 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How to optimize each stage of learning The three key stages of your learning curve 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The two major considerations for anyone who wants to be promoted Goal-setting considerations to align yourself with your boss’s needs 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 11, 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: The fifteen minutes per day that can change everything Strategies for selecting the worthiest goals 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How thinking in bets reframes your decision-making Why to distinguish between the quality and outcome of a decision 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 02, 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: The work we’re biologically hard-wired to enjoy How to rev up your aliveness using the three key triggers 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The seven key practices that outperformers do How to work less while accomplishing more 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mar 26, 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: Why no is not the end but only the beginning The prescription to overcome your fear of rejection 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mar 21, 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: Which skills predict success--and which are 200X harder to develop than others New rules of thumb on timelines that suggest “job hopping” vs “getting stale” 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at  
Mar 14, 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: The difference between inspiration and motivation The nine anti-muses that drain inspiration from your work life 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How to use the sunk cost fallacy to your advantage The definition of a forcing function and how to apply them at work 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).   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How to identify 5 key profiles of people in the workplace How to motivate different kinds of people, differently 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mar 02, 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: What a trip to the ER taught Jeff about the need for taking legit breaks How to unplug optimally 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   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: 4 simple rules to be more productive Tricks to eliminate distraction 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Feb 23, 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: How to become a conversational Sherlock Holmes Questions that spark great conversations 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Feb 16, 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: The litmus test for your passion The “nuclear option” for dealing with a difficult teammate or boss 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   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Feb 05, 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: Top reasons why people don’t tell the truth at work Common phrases that create defensiveness 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jan 31, 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: How to afford anything...but not everything Why self-care is career care 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jan 26, 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: Three simple questions to help you collaborate better The equation for powerful leadership 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jan 15, 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: Why pressure is really an honor and a gift What to do when you get stressed in low-pressure situations 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jan 10, 2018
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: The golden rule of flow How to find flow using psychological and neurobiological triggers 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The power of micro-mindfulness Pro-tips for maintaining focus and motivation 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Subtle ways to boost your likability in meetings How and why to distinguish between the two kinds of popularity: likability and status 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Why uber-busy global leaders make time for face-to-face interactions How to consciously spread positive emotion 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The most common interpersonal flaws--and how to fix them Four universally-appreciated social gifts that you can give 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Dec 06, 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: The benefits of starting with why Examples of effective and ineffective “whys” 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Nov 29, 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: How to see others more clearly A master tactic to get better feedback from your colleagues 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The real science behind the power of positivity How to halt compulsive worrying 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Nov 20, 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: How to tell if you’re a boring speaker...and what do about it. The key word that instantly makes your message more engaging 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Principles of sales that everyone can use to become more influential Two strategies to overcome the fear of rejection 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The primary filters people listen through How to develop it a powerful voice 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Nov 01, 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: Pro-tips on getting hired for your dream job The critical thing to do before sealing the deal on your new job 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The top ways to have better conversations The myths you believe about good listening 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How the Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, Five Love Languages, highly sensitive people enlighten you in their own ways How to use personality types to better your relationships 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Oct 11, 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: The two components required to become an influencer The four types of reach outs--with benchmark response rates 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How to create a campaign plan for your career The power mapping approach to smarter people decisions 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.”   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Oct 04, 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: The two requirements of imagination How to generate many new solutions via framing and reframing 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The WOOP process for figuring out if you should persist or quit How to make the switch from discovering to developing your passion 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How to amp up confidence and dial down anxiety How to psych yourself up with your own “greatest hits” 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Internal mind tricks to help you cope with jerks How to use The Benjamin Franklin Effect to win over jerks 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: Approaches to get more insight into your unique talents How to break out of your bubble and expand your perspective 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Sep 08, 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: How to manage your energy for peak productivity The power of hydration 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The first key to making more money Important benefits that you might have overlooked 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aug 25, 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: Why our brains are not built for today’s workplaces The fundamental conditions required for teammates to thrive 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aug 16, 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: How today’s labor market is superlatively favorable for good talent Why you should boldly ask your boss for your favorite opportunities 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Research revealing the 5 key things high performers have in common The dangers of being too busy 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The fundamental networking disconnect that holds us back Ivan’s all-time favorite networking strategies 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The 6 critical things people need from their work Why strengths differ from skills--and why that matters. 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: A brilliant approach to reframe fears of failure The science behind freaking out 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How setting a clear vision on tiny matters delivers huge benefits Tactics for projecting powerful composure 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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?   View notes and links at
Jul 03, 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: How to best interact with the inner critic The magic question to ask for better feedback 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 21, 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: Brad’s ultimate growth equation How to get comfortable with being uncomfortable 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   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jun 07, 2017
161: Exploring Entrepreneurship without Quitting Your Day Job with Patrick McGinnis (Host of the FOMO Sapiens podcast)
Patrick McGinnis shows how you can develop your entrepreneurship--and job skills--while keeping the stability of your day job.   You'll Learn: Why you should consider being a 10% entrepreneur Two strategies to determine where you should really focus your time and energy 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 31, 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: 7 indicators that reveal if you’re actually self-aware (most aren’t!) Why you need to be more self-aware 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 Forbes, The 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at  
May 24, 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: What a great leader sounds like Tips to get your emails read 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The three-chemical “DNA” of peak performance Three simple steps to flow 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: How to care personally while challenging directly Three important conversations that you should be having at work 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Why the Pomodoro technique’s 25 minutes of focus is indeed a magical number How you can make dramatic changes – and small tweaks – to improve your life 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: The critical benefits of taking a pause Quick tools for making each pause deliver maximum 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 17, 2017
142: Exceptional Perceptiveness for Exceptional Achievement with Isaac Lidsky
Construction entrepreneur Isaac Lidsky challenges us to take control of our lives and speaks on the impact of accountability and perception.   You'll Learn: How you misperceive yourself and your own life How to make wise choices with awareness and accountability Why there are no such things as heroes and villains   About Isaac: Isaac Lidsky is a motivational speaker, an author, and runs ODC Construction, a hugely successful construction company in Florida. He was a child star for the sitcom Saved By the Bell before being diagnosed with a rare degenerative blinding disease. That spurred Isaac to go to Harvard and graduate by the age of 19 with an honors degree in mathematics and computer science. He then returned to Harvard to study law and graduated as magna cum laude, and went on to clerk for two US Supreme Court Justices.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 12, 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: How to spot and deal with 10 personality types prone to being difficult Key rules of engagement in the workplace 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.    View transcript, show notes, and links at
Apr 05, 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: Why decision-making skills are a timeless key to being high-leverage Approaches to build a powerful tool box of mental models 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mar 08, 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: How to measure and manage trust in the workplace The benefits of a high trust workplace 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Pro-tips for wisely allocating your time and energy among all the roles you play An effective way to sustain your good habits, when you feel like quitting 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
Feb 24, 2017
118: Constructive Confrontation with Jathan Janove
Employee engagement expert/lawyer Jathan Janove shares hard-won wisdom in the management trenches. You'll Learn: How to breach difficult conversations with constructive confrontational questions The step-by-step to a win-win conversation 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: What makes some employees “unleadable” and how to lead them Why people are afraid to give feedback – and how to overcome it 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: 5 things to do if you want a promotion Why good employees leave 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
Feb 01, 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: The psychological roadblocks that hinder us from reaching beyond our skills Why it’s worth it exiting your comfort zone 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). View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jan 20, 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: How to talk about just about anything, with anyone Rules of engagement for effectively handling confrontation 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at  
Dec 23, 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: The first crucial step to negotiation How to discover your limits by practicing rejection therapy 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
Nov 16, 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 How to navigate the “hidden” job market The step-by-step of a successful informational interview 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.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
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 3 best practices that will sustain your energy all day Perspectives on when to handle email 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 View transcript, show notes, and links at
Oct 31, 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 Two big mistakes that are stopping you from advancing in your career Guidance in your search for finding and keeping mentors 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
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 The three key ingredients of a championship team. The basic two-part equation for modeling champions. 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
Oct 19, 2016
073: Leading Change with Dr. John Kotter
Professor John Kotter walks through the essential components of successful change. You’ll Learn The eight critical steps for sparking change in your organization How you can test drive ideas for your organization at a lower risk 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
Oct 17, 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 Warning signs that you’re under appreciated at your job and how to deal A simple, powerful way to highlight your progress and set yourself apart at work 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at  
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 How shifting tenses can ease tensions A huge tip from Donald Trump about speaking in 12-second periods  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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
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 How focusing on your strengths can 6X your work engagement and 3X your quality of life Approaches to discovering strengths hiding right under your nose 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at    
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 MichaelMichael 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
Sep 14, 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: When and how to make a “pivot” move in your career The three “E’s” of piloting something new in your life 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
Sep 07, 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: Why being a coach at work is a lot quicker and easier than you might think How to give less advice while getting more results 7 powerful questions for transforming your team About MichaelMichael 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: The importance of changing your metaphor for success How to find happiness in every domain of your life – particularly careers 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.   View show notes, transcript, and links at
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: Why you should always be the ‘go-to’ person The value of a good connection How to be your own champion About KateKate 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: Powerful rituals for powerful productivity A handy set of categories to zero in on ideal mind states 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. View transcript, show notes, and links at
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: Dan’s wild story of how he came to discover meditation and its benefits--including a panic attack on national television The key question to reign in sub-optimal ruminations 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 How to hook audience attention in presentations What vocal cues can unconsciously undermine how your peers see you 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.  View transcript, show notes, and links at Copyright © Optimality
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: The meaning of essentialism and why to eliminate non-essentials. How to use extreme criteria to determine priority. The power and importance of having some buffer time. About GregOriginally 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! View transcript, show notes, links, and more at
Jul 20, 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: What 35 hours of weekly meditation does to your productivity How to galvanize your daily attention using the rule of three 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: The 5 essential interview questions to boost your hiring success rate from 50% to 90% The 3 key areas that full-powered leaders master (Priorities, Who, Relationships) 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. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at Copyright © Optimality
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: The most critical ingredient for a successful transition How to accelerate your arrival at the “breakeven point” for your new role 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. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at Copyright © Optimality
Jun 27, 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 ArelArel 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. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at
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. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at
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. View show notes, transcript, and items mentioned in the show at
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: Why aiming to fail can actually increase success in the long run How to turn “no” into a positive word 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. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at  
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. Show notes, transcript, links, and more available at:
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. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at  
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. Bio: 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. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at
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: 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. 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. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at
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: How to harness the psychological action hierarchy of reflexes, habits and goals to communicate easily actionable messages. The importance of repetition, and how to use it to your advantage. 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. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at
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: The critical link between culture and workplace behavior. The right questions to ask to diffuse drama and solve a problem. 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. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at
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: How a farmer reframed the ‘dirty’ word networking into something positive. The three essential elements of a self-introduction. Several safe opening lines to use when meeting new people, anywhere. 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. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at
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. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at
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. Bio: 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. View transcript, show notes links and more at
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. Transcript, show notes, links, and more available at
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.   To view transcript, show notes, and links, visit
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 Bio: 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.” View transcript, links, and show notes at:
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 capital2) Specific watch-outs and pro tips for working with four different categories of people3) 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. Transcript, show notes, links, and more available at
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 break3) 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. Transcript, show notes, links, and bonuses available at
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 world2) How to obliterate pre-speaking jitters3) 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
F. THINKING. 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 View transcript, show notes, links, and more at
Apr 21, 2016
E. RELATIONSHIPS. 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. Mary Abbajay is the president and co-founder of Careerstone Group, LLC, a woman-owned, full service organizational and leadership development cons
Apr 21, 2016
D. COMMUNICATION. Communication Secrets from FBI Kidnapping Negotiator Chris Voss
Chris Voss shares how FBI hostage negotiation approaches enable more effective, persuasive communication, in any field. Chris Voss is CEO of the Black Swan Group and author of the national best-seller "Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Li
Apr 21, 2016
C. PRODUCTIVITY. How to Feel Less Busy With Laura Vanderkam
Laura Vanderkam gives her expert advice on feeling less busy, getting more done, and giving more value and meaning to your own time. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at
Apr 21, 2016
B. CAREER MANAGEMENT. Conquering the Five Career Derailers with Carter Cast
Carter Cast gives derailment tools to pinpoint weaknesses at work and remain consistent with your core competencies. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at
Apr 21, 2016
A. PRESENCE. 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. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at
Apr 21, 2016
0: START HERE. Welcome and Intro to How to be Awesome at Your Job
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? What are the "introductory sampler six pack" episodes A, B, C, D, E, and F?  Transcript and 
Apr 21, 2016