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I Wish They Knew

By Joe Hirsch
Joe Hirsch hosts small conversations about big ideas that deserve more attention -- in about the time to takes to enjoy a cup of coffee.
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(VAULT) Amy Edmondson: Why fear fails in the modern workplace
In the modern workplace, fear fails. Renowned researcher and author Amy Edmondson explain why today's interdependent teams need psychological safety to survive - and thrive. Originally aired, Episode #21, January 5, 2021.
October 13, 2021
(Ep. 51) Dorie Clark: Playing the long game
There's no shortcut to success. To play the long game, we don't need big splashes - just small steps, repeated diligently over time, even when they seem pointless, boring or hard. In this episode, bestselling author and business educator Dorie Clark shares tips from her new book, "The Long Game" and offers practical steps on how we can  right-size and bite-size our prospects and potential. *  * * ABOUT DORIE:  Dorie Clark has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50. She is a keynote speaker and teaches for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School. She is also the author of The Long Game, Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of the year by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she writes frequently for Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and other major outlets. 
October 5, 2021
VAULT: Build a better network
When it comes to building our personal networks, is bigger really better? Not according to Rob Cross. Rob is the Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Leadership at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and the co-founder and director of the Connected Commons, a consortium of over 100 leading organizations accelerating network research and practice. His newest book is "Beyond Collaboration Overload: How to Work Smarter, Get Ahead and Restore Your Well-Being." The big idea: People should pay attention to the strength and structure of their networks, not just their size.
September 20, 2021
(Ep. 50) Deborah Gilboa: From stressed to strength
Stress doesn't have to be a toxin. It can be a tool. In this episode, family physician and resilience expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa explores ways we can make stress a strength -- and how leaders can help others navigate the stress of change by providing greater compassion, clarity and control. ABOUT DEBORAH: Deborah Gilboa, MD, (aka “Dr. G”) works with families, educators, executives, and businesses to identify the mindset and strategies to turn stress to an advantage. She is a leading media personality seen regularly on TODAY, Good Morning America and is the Resilience Expert for The Doctors. She is also featured frequently in the Washington Post, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and countless other digital and print outlets. Dr. G is board certified attending family physician and is fluent in American Sign Language. She lives in Pittsburgh with her four boys.
September 14, 2021
(Ep. 49) John Ruhlin: Earning a higher return on relationships
We spent a lot of time thinking about return on investment, but what about earning a higher return on relationships? In this episode, John Ruhlin, founder of Giftology Group and author of Giftology, debunks popular myths of gift-giving and explores how "radical generosity" can produce deeper and higher-yield relationships with our customers and even our loved ones. ABOUT JOHN: John Ruhlin is the founder of the Giftology Group, which has created gift packages for some of the largest companies and pro sports teams in the world, as well as mid-sized and privately owned businesses. John is the author of Giftology, which explores the art and science of giving gifts to increase referrals and strengthen retention.
September 9, 2021
(Ep. 48) Alison Horstmeyer: Cultivating curiosity at work
Conformity weakens our tolerance for change. Curiosity strengthens it. In this episode, Dr. Alison Horstmeyer makes the case for curiosity and its impact on how we think, learn, lead and work. She shares great tips for how to foster a culture of curiosity and the steps leaders can take to help others tap into their natural creative states of mind and being.  * * * ABOUT ALISON HORSTMEYER Alison Horstmeyer is the Managing Principal at Intrinsic Curiosity and is a research Fellow at USC's Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking and an adjunct  professor at USC Marshall School for Executive Business Education. Her work on the impact of curiosity in the workplace has appeared in leading academic and leadership publications.  LinkedIn: USC Center for Third Space Thinking:
August 31, 2021
(Ep. 47) Greg Hawks: Embrace your weakness
When it comes to your weakness, don't give up. Give in. In this episode, corporate culture strategist Greg Hawks shares why acknowledging a weakness isn't an act of surrender, but a show of strength. * * *  ABOUT GREG: Greg Hawks is a corporate culture specialist and the owner of the Hawkes Agency, which helps organizations shape environments where everyone gets to contribute their best daily. The Hawks Agency: Twitter: @greg_hawks
August 25, 2021
(Ep. 46) Ruth Gotian: Learning to be a high achiever
High achievers don't just have potential - they have a plan. And the path to achievement can be learned and optimized, says Dr. Ruth Gotian. In this episode, Ruth outlines four dimensions of high achievers (passion, purpose, practice and perspective) and the role that mentors at all levels can play in turning our talents into transformational results.  * * * ABOUT RUTH GOTIAN: Dr. Ruth Gotian is Chief Learning Officer at Weill Cornell Medicine, and former assistant dean for mentoring and executive director of its Mentoring Academy. Her work on optimizing success has appeared in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Psychology Today and other major outlets. She's the author of the forthcoming book, "The Success Factor."
August 18, 2021
(Ep. 45) Jim Detert: Courage is a matter of choice, not chance
We marvel at historic and contemporary figures who have demonstrated acts of courage in their lives and wonder, "how did they do it?" In today's episode, author and researcher Jim Detert shares why "competent courage" - the skillful and deliberate decision to do what's risky, because it's right - is not an innate quality possessed by only a few, but a calculated choice that can be developed by all. Jim highlights the qualities of courageous individuals and outlines an effective sequence for taking action.  ABOUT JIM: Jim Detert is the John L. Colley Professor of Business Administration in the Leadership and Organizational Behavior area at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and a Professor of Public Policy at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Jim's research focuses on workplace courage, improvement-oriented voice (why people speak up or stay silent at work), ethical decision-making and behavior, and other leadership-related topics. He is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, and is the author of Choosing Courage: The Everyday Guide to Being Brave at Work, published by Harvard Business Review Press. Website: LinkedIn:
August 11, 2021
(Ep. 44) Halelly Azulay: Good leaders compel, not repel
Are good leader born or made? In today's episode, leadership development strategist Halelly Azulay makes the case for learned leadership -- the set of skills, behaviors and beliefs that separate bad bosses from inspirational leaders. She explores the essential leadership competencies that can be nurtured over time and how workplaces can develop structured support to bring out the best capabilities of current and aspiring leaders.  * * * ABOUT HALELLY: Halelly Azulay is an author, speaker, facilitator, and leadership development strategist and an expert in leadership, communication skills, and emotional intelligence. She is the author of two books, Employee Development on a Shoestring and Strength to Strength: How Working from Your Strengths Can Help You Lead a More Fulfilling Life. Her books, workshops and retreats build on her 20+ years of professional experience in communication and leadership development in corporate, government, nonprofit and academic organizations. In 2006, Halelly founded TalentGrow LLC, a consulting company focused on developing leaders and teams, especially for enterprises experiencing explosive growth or expansion that want a more proactive, strategic approach to leadership development. TalentGrow specializes in growing leadership capabilities, improving communication skills, building stronger teams, and upgrading emotional intelligence. TalentGrow develops leaders across all organizational levels, including C-level leaders, frontline managers, emerging leaders, and individual contributors. Halelly is a sought after speaker at conferences and meetings and is a contributing author to numerous books, articles and blogs. She was described as a “Leadership Development Guru” by TD Magazine. 
August 4, 2021
(Ep. 43) Jeff Kavanaugh: Creating a virtuous cycle in work and life
We can't control life's outcomes, but we certainly tilt them in our favor. Today's wish comes from Jeff Kavanaugh, vice president at Infosys and the global head of the Infosys Knowledge Institute. In this episode, Jeff shares the five elements of a "virtuous cycle" that's driven by service, selflessness and strategic decision-making.  * * * ABOUT JEFF: Jeff is a vice president at Infosys and the global head of the Infosys Knowledge Institute, the company’s research and thought leadership arm focused on personal and professional development. He's a professor at UTD and the bestselling author of Consulting Essentials. His most recent book is The Live Enterprise: Create a Continuously Learning and Evolving Organization. Website: LinkedIn:
July 27, 2021
BONUS: Giving feedback when you can't give it in person
In this bonus episode, we explore three practices to take the fear and friction out of feedback - especially when it can't be delivered in person.
June 30, 2021
(Ep. 42) Scott Anthony: Innovation is a discipline
There's nothing magic about innovation, but when organizations apply a disciplined approach, it can bring magical results, says Scott Anthony. In this episode, Scott describes how small-scale innovation can unleash larger shifts in the way teams think, design and execute big ideas, and how an organization's next breakthrough may be closer than they think.  * * *  ABOUT SCOTT: Scott Anthony is a Senior Partner in Innosight’s Singapore office, where he helps leaders design new growth strategies, build innovation capabilities, navigate disruptive innovation, and manage strategic transformation. Scott has written eight books, including most recently Eat, Sleep, Innovate (2020) and Dual Transformation (2017), which describe how forward-thinking organizations can navigate disruptive change and own the future. In 2019 Thinkers50 named him one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers. In his spare time, he is an avid reader, a competitive amateur Whack-a-Mole player and a proud father of four wonderful children. LINKS: Book: Eat, Sleep, Innovate Resources: Eat, Sleep, Innovate Innosight
June 8, 2021
(Ep. 41) Ethan Becker: You need a communication strategy
Good leaders don't just communicate to inform but to inspire, says Dr. Ethan Becker. In this episode, Ethan shares ways that leaders can develop an effective communication strategy that validates others and gets results. From high-stakes announcements to everyday conversation, Ethan offers practical tips to help leaders better understand their own internal communication signals and styles while crafting a message that resonates with different audiences.  ABOUT ETHAN: Dr. Ethan Becker, President, is a second-generation speech coach and trainer with The Speech Improvement Company, the oldest speech coaching firm in the United States. He's the bestselling author of "Mastering Communication at Work: How to Lead, Manage, and Influence" and holds a doctorate in psychology, PhD, from the Harold Able School of social behavior and sciences at Capella University, with a focus on industry and organizations; a second doctorate in humane letters, DHL, from Fitchburg State University; a Masters of Business Administration, MBA, from the school of business and technology at Capella University with a dual focus on International Business Communication and Leadership; and a BS in mass communication. He has coached leaders around the world on ways to communicate with impact.
June 2, 2021
(Ep. 40) Melody Wilding: Your sensitivity is a strength
Sensitivity isn't a flaw. It's a superpower. In this episode, Melody explores how "sensitive strivers" -- high achievers who are highly reflective and emotionally earnest -- can impact the workplace and how leaders can set the conditions for people to disclose, rather than disguise, these sensitive strengths. *  *  * ABOUT MELODY: Melody Wilding, LMSW is an executive coach for smart, sensitive high-achievers and author of TRUST YOURSELF: STOP OVERTHINKING AND CHANNEL YOUR EMOTIONS FOR SUCCESS AT WORK. Recently named one of Business Insider’s Most Innovative Coaches for her groundbreaking work on “Sensitive Strivers”, her clients include CEOs, C-level executives, and managers at top Fortune 500 companies such as Google, HP, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, IBM, Citibank, JP Morgan, and others. Melody has been featured on The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine, NBC News, and spoken at Stanford University, Walmart, Adweek, Burberry and more. She’s here to help you break free from self-doubt and imposter syndrome so you can use your sensitivity as the superpower that it is. Melody is a licensed social worker with a Masters degree from Columbia University, and a former researcher at Rutgers University. She is a professor of Human Behavior at Hunter College and is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, and Business Insider. LINKS:  Book: Trust Yourself Website LinkedIn
May 26, 2021
(Ep. 39) Craig Kramer: Tell your story
Part 4 of our spotlight series on mental health: Craig Kramer, chair of Johnson & Johnson's global mental health awareness campaign, explores why your best employees may very well be the ones who struggle with some form of mental illness -- and why organizations should make it possible for them to tell their story. 
May 20, 2021
(Ep. 38) Adam Neuman: Athletes struggle with mental health (just like you)
Whether you're on the court or on the sidelines, mental health can affect your game -- and your wellbeing. Part 3 of our spotlight series on mental health: Adam Neuman, Chief of Staff for Strategy and Operations and Deputy General Counsel for the Big 10, shares how mental health is taking center stage in the world of college sports.
May 11, 2021
(Ep. 37) Joseph Gorordo: Recovering our best selves
Second in a four-part series on mental health and wellbeing. Today's wish comes from Joseph Gorordo. In this episode, he explores how doing disciplined "inner work" - identifying cracks, asking for help and turning personal weaknesses into strengths -- allows others to recover the best part of themselves. Joseph shares the unique approach of Recovery  Unplugged and lessons other organizations can apply in their own industries.  ABOUT JOSEPH: Joseph is VP of Business Development for Recovery Unplugged, a national addiction treatment organization that integrates music into every aspect of its care. He's a member of the Texas state board of Addiction Professionals and is the father of three.
May 5, 2021
(Ep. 36) Kelly Greenwood: Supporting mental health at work
First in a four-part spotlight series on mental health.  Today's wish comes from Kelly Greenwood. In this episode, Kelly explores the widespread impact of mental health in the workplace and how leaders can serve as allies and advocates for their employees' health and wellbeing.  ABOUT KELLY Kelly Greenwood is the Founder & CEO of Mind Share Partners, a nonprofit that is changing the culture of workplace mental health so that both employees and organizations can thrive. Kelly is a nationally recognized advocate and speaker for mental health. She has written for Harvard Business Review, is a Forbes contributor, and has spoken at Gap Inc., Pandora, Pinterest, SHRM and others. ​She has a cross-sector background that includes corporate, nonprofit and foundation roles. Prior to Mind Share Partners, she served as the Chief Growth & Strategy Officer of Techbridge Girls and was a Principal on the Portfolio Team at the Skoll Foundation. Previously, she worked as a management consultant at Accenture, A.T. Kearney and the Bridgespan Group, the nonprofit spin-off of Bain & Company. ​Kelly holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish.
April 27, 2021
(Ep. 35) BONUS: Listening is learning
If we really want to achieve better results in our work, our relationships – even our character – we need to do a lot less telling and selling and a lot more listening and learning. In this episode, Joe explores the high costs of reactive leadership and how being a reflective listener - not a reflexive listener - can raise the volume on life's most important communications. (It might have saved NASA $193 million.) Listen for an important announcement about the future of "I Wish They Knew" at the end of the episode!
April 21, 2021
(Ep. 34) Alexandra Samuel: Remote work is a refresh, not a rewind
For many organizations, the future of work is hybrid, but that doesn't mean a return to the office should bring back old assumptions about how work gets done. Managing a work-from-anywhere world requires a more strategic plan, says Dr. Alexandra Samuel. In this episode, Alexandra shares tips on how leaders can adopt a team-based approach to managing remote schedules, optimize tasks for the home and office, and develop opportunities for "punctuated collaboration" that supports work flow and people's strengths. * * * ABOUT ALEXANDRA: Dr. Alexandra Samuel is a speaker, data journalist and tech writer. She is the co-author (with Robert Pozen) of Remote, Inc: How To Thrive at Work….Wherever You Are. She is regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Business Review, Medium’s Forge and JSTOR Daily, and has written for many other outlets, including Macworld,, The, The Toronto Star  and CBC Radio.  In addition to her data-driven stories for media outlets, Alexandra works with customer experience giant Sprinklr as the data journalist on the annual Forbes report on The World’s Most Influential CMOs.
April 13, 2021
(Ep. 33) Christopher Littlefield: Developing a Valued-Employee Mindset
The best recognition programs are built on a set of beliefs, not behaviors, says Christopher Littlefield. In this episode, he shares ways that leaders can develop a "valued-employee" mindset that uses "reflective recognition" as a tool for boosting engagement, increasing trust and strengthening relationships -- no matter where employees do their work. *   *   * ABOUT CHRISTOPHER Christopher is the founder of Beyond Thank You, which provides businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations with the skills and tools necessary to increase employee engagement, performance, and enhance organizational culture. He's also an international keynote and TEDx speaker, a contributor to Forbes and Harvard Business Review, and the author of "75+ Team-Building Activities for Remote Teams."  LINKS Beyond Thank You LinkedIn What do you want to be acknowledged for? (TEDxBeirut)
April 7, 2021
(Ep. 32) Sunil Mundra: Complex isn't complicated
Not all problems are created equal, says Sunil Mundra, Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks and author of Enterprise Agility. In this episode, Sunil explores the fundamental difference between "complex" and "complicated" problems (think hand surgery vs. changing a tire) and offers tips on how to shorten feedback cycles and expand risk tolerance given today's uncertainties. 
March 24, 2021
(Ep. 31) Jessica Lahey: Success is a winding road
Whether we treat failure as a setback or a starting point determines our short-term steps and long-term satisfaction, says Jessica Lahey. In this episode, we explore the winding road to success, the upside of falling down, and how to turn failure into fuel for growth and learning.  * * * Jessica is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Gift of Failure" and the forthcoming "The Addiction Inoculation." A veteran educator, she's a contributing writer for the New York Times, The Atlantic and the Washington Post.   About Jessica: Website The Gift of Failure The Addiction Inoculation
March 17, 2021
(Ep. 30) Bill Flynn: Stay close to your constituents
Why do nearly half of all business close within five years? If founders and leaders stayed closer to their two most important constituents -- their employees and their clients -- they might actually learn how to adapt and thrive, says Bill Flynn. In this episode, Bill explores the reasons too many leaders act like "a genius with 1,000 helpers" and offers practical tips on how to better connect with, listen to and recognize your organization's most important people.  More about Bill:  Website  Book: Further, Faster Twitter LinkedIn
March 10, 2021
(Ep. 29) Deborah Grayson Riegel: Overcoming overthinking
Stress and anxiety are on the rise at work, but there are steps that we can take to restore control and wholeness, says Deborah Grayson Riegel. In this episode, she explores how small shifts in our mindset, behaviors and outreach can make a big difference in how we work and feel.  * * * Deborah is a keynote speaker and consultant who teaches leadership communication for Wharton Business School and Columbia Business School. She is a regular contributor for Harvard Business Review, Inc., Psychology Today, Forbes, and Fast Company. The author of “Overcoming Overthinking: 36 Ways to Tame Anxiety for Work, School, and Life,” she consults and speaks for clients including Amazon, BlackRock, KraftHeinz, and The United States Army. Her work has been featured in worldwide media, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Oprah Magazine, and The New York Times. More about Deborah | Get the book: Overcoming overthinking
March 2, 2021
(Ep. 28) Lisa McGregor: The purpose of place (and why the office isn't dead)
The office isn't dead...but it will look a lot different in the future, says Lisa McGregor. Lisa is the Global Lead for Space Strategies & People and Places Solutions at Jacobs, one of the world's largest construction management, consulting and advisory firms. In this episode, Lisa explores the purpose of place -- how offices of the future will serve as cultural hubs for knowledge sharing, co-creation, ideation and innovation, with the goal of delivering more organizational value, not just savings.  About Lisa | About Jacobs | Read: The Purpose of Place: Redefining the Future of Work
February 24, 2021
(Ep. 27) Jim Haskel: Trust starts with truth
Feedback shouldn’t be soul crushing, but it doesn’t have to be sugar coated, either. The strongest feedback cultures operate with a mix of candor and caring, says Jim Haskel, senior portfolio strategist at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s premier asset management fund. In this episode, Jim shares what it’s like to live inside Bridgewater’s culture of radical transparency and idea meritocracy – including the time he called out Ray Dalio, the firm’s cofounder and CIO.
February 17, 2021
(Ep. 26) Erica Keswin: The Power of Rituals
We often think about developing good habits or routines, but according to Erica Keswin - bestselling author of "Bring Your Human to Work" and the new book, "Rituals Roadmap" - we need to pay even more attention to rituals. In this episode, Erica shares the difference between a ritual and a habit, the benefits of incorporating rituals in our work and personal lives, and ways leaders can use rituals to drive employee experience and company values. More about Erica | Rituals Roadmap
February 10, 2021
(Ep. 25) Scott Miller: Repair your personal brand with feedback
Character growth requires uncharacteristic humility, says Scott Miller, former CMO at Franklin Covey, bestselling author and host of the #1 leadership podcast, "On Leadership." To be successful with others, we need to study ourselves. In this episode, you'll learn how to declare your intentions, evaluate the feedback you receive and devise a plan for follow-up.  About Scott | Podcast: "On Leadership"
February 2, 2021
(Ep. 24) Alisa Cohn: The work is in you
Whether you're running a scrappy start-up or managing within a mature organization, there are beliefs and behaviors that guide our success, says Alisa Cohn -- executive coach, speaker and author of "From Start Up to Grown Up." In this episode, Alisa explores ways we can improve our own leadership and secure better results for our team -- starting with a realization that "the work is in you."  About Alisa | "The work is in you" (video)
January 26, 2021
(Ep. 23) Dorothy Leonard: Distributing your organization's "deep smarts"
For organizations to level up, they need a system to pass knowledge down. That's when knowledge increases its life-span, says Dorothy Leonard, professor emerita at Harvard Business School and chief advisor at the Leonard Barton Group. In this episode, she shares practical advice on how to create a structure and system that allows every organization's "deep smarts" to transfer and thrive. Leonard Barton Group | More about Dorothy
January 19, 2021
(Ep. 22) Laurie Ruettimann: Bet on yourself
Could the key to achieving greater sanity and success be...more slacking? We get ahead when we give ourselves permission to pull back, argues Laurie Ruettimann, speaker, podcaster and author of the new book, "Betting on You."  Learn more about Laurie | Get the book
January 12, 2021
(Ep. 21) Amy Edmondson: Why fear fails in the modern workplace
In the modern workplace, fear fails. Renowned Harvard psychologist Amy Edmondson explains why today's interdependent teams need psychological safety to thrive. 
January 5, 2021
(Ep. 20) Kelsey Carroll: Your Past Is Your Potential
In a year when the pandemic dealt a blow to many small businesses, many entrepreneurs found a way to bounce back -- changed, but resilient. In this year-end episode, Kelsey Carroll, co-founder of Stand Up Stations, shares her journey from running live events to making customizable hand sanitizing stations -- and how our past can shape our potential.  Stand Up Stations
December 23, 2020
(Ep. 19) David Burkus: The power of progress
The best way to motivate others -- or even yourself -- is through the power of progress. In this episode, bestselling author and speaker David Burkus explores ways to systematically track and look back on individual and team achievements to help us see how far we've come.  More about David | More ways to lead and communicate with impact
December 16, 2020
(Ep. 18) Stefanie Johnson: Your organization needs uniqueness
A truly inclusive workplace doesn’t just stress belonging – it celebrates uniqueness. Stefanie Johnson, management professor and author of “Inclusify,” makes a business case for creating diverse organizations where opposing views and backgrounds thrive. More about Stefanie | Get "Inclusify"
December 9, 2020
(Ep. 17) Cy Wakeman: Edit your story
In this episode, Cy Wakeman, founder of Reality-Based Leadership, explains why pain -- not suffering -- is a choice, and how we can gain control over our emotions, perceptions and choices by learning to "edit our stories" and co-create a different life narrative.   * * * More about Cy and Reality-Based Leadership | Watch the full conversation | Lead with impact
December 1, 2020
(Ep. 16) BONUS: My wish for you
In this personal episode, I share a wish of my own: That more people think of feedback as a cause for joy, not fear. 
November 25, 2020
(Ep. 15) Debra Hotaling: Pivot with purpose
During the worst moments of this pandemic, we’ve witnessed people at their best. In this special episode, Debra Hotaling of Ford Motors shares the auto maker's pandemic pivot from making cars to producing life-saving devices and equipment -- and the lessons we can all learn about collaborating in times of crisis. More about Debra | Ford's pandemic pivot
November 18, 2020
(Ep. 14 ) Ned Johnson: Struggling towards success
Whether it's how kids fare at school or the way adults perform at work, we've developed a disabling attitude towards achievement.  Today's wish comes from Ned Johnson, the founder of PrepMatters, an international test prep company. Ned hosts the PrepTalks podcast and is the co-author of “Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Teens Overcome the Pressure and Succeed” & “The Self-Driven Child."  On Episode 14, Ned shares why we should change our outlook on struggle and success.  Watch full conversation  // More about Ned: PrepMatters | The Self-Driven Child
November 10, 2020
(Ep. 13) Amy Gallo: Getting comfortable with conflict
Not all conflicts are created equal, and according to Amy Gallo, a contributing editor at Harvard Business Review and the author of HBR's "Guide to Dealing With Conflict," we need more conflict at work -- the good kind. Healthy conflict brings a host of benefits, from stronger relationships to boosts in creativity and better work outcomes. In this episode, Amy shares tips on how to turn conflict into a competitive advantage.  More about Amy | HBR's Guide To Dealing With Conflict
November 4, 2020
(Ep. 12) Sabina Nawaz: Have more doing less
What if the secret to having more is actually doing less? It seems counterintuitive, but according to internationally acclaimed executive coach Sabina Nawaz, the most productive people have learned to do exactly that. In this episode, we explore the traps that prevent us from maximizing our potential and outline steps to reclaim our sanity, wellbeing and success. About Sabina | Watch full conversation
October 28, 2020
(Ep. 11) Leslie Scharfe: Inner work drives outer results
Inner work leads to emotional results. That's the key to staying connected even we're apart, says Leslie Scharfe, the director of leadership and professional development at First Interstate Bank. Learn how small gestures can drive emotional engagement in Episode 11. Watch full conversation | More about Leslie | About First Interstate Bank
October 20, 2020
(Ep. 10) Ron Carucci: Becoming an honest organization
What does it take to become an honest organization? It's a team sport, says Ron Carucci, co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, a leading training company. Learn how organizations can develop the three planks of honesty and go beyond good intentions in this episode of "I Wish They Knew." Watch the full conversation | More about Ron | Navelent
October 14, 2020
(Ep. 9) Sarah Gershman: Becoming a "generous" public speaker
Do you get anxious before speaking in public? Focus on the "audience of one" and shift your mindset from stardom to service, says Sarah Gershman, CEO of Green Room Speakers and a professor of communication at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. Learn more about Sarah | Watch the full conversation
October 6, 2020
(Ep. 8) Steve Browne: Helping new employees with nuance
How are you helping your new employees adjust to life in your organization? According to HR leader and author Steve Browne, it all comes down to nuance -- the cultural and structural signposts that guide life within the company.  Watch the full conversation | Learn more about Steve
September 29, 2020
(Ep. 7) Laura Gassner Otting: Achieving our limitless potential
How do we achieve our fullest potential? Laura Gassner Otting, the author of "Limitless," offer a road map for personal and professional satisfaction. Watch the full conversation | More about Laura | Get Laura's book, "Limitless" | 
September 23, 2020
(Ep. 6) Tracy Cote: Making remote
The work-from-home movement is in full swing and doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. Tracy Cote, Chief People Officer at Zenefits, offers tips for making the most of flex work -- starting with how managers trust their teams.  SHOW NOTES: Watch the full conversation |  Learn more about Tracy | Zenefits - WORKEST | Zenefits - Twitter | COMMUNICATE WITH IMPACT: Explore more of Joe's work and research
September 16, 2020
(Ep. 5) Rob Cross: Creating a more efficient personal network
When it comes to building our personal networks, is bigger really better?  Not according to Rob Cross. Rob is the Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Leadership at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and the co-founder and director of the Connected Commons, a consortium of over 100 leading organizations accelerating network research and practice. His wish: That people pay attention to the strength and structure of their networks, not just their size. Learn more about Rob: For more ways to communicate and lead with impact:
September 8, 2020
(Ep. 4) Kelly Leonard: The upside of imperfection
Today's wish comes from Kelly Leonard, the creative genius behind The Second City, the world's premier comedy club, comedy theater, and school of improvisation. His wish: That more people saw imperfection as a gateway to authenticity, empathy and growth.  Learn more:
September 1, 2020
(Ep. 3) Sally Helgesen: Women redefine the way we work
Today's wish comes from Sally Helgesen, rated by Forbes as the #1 authority on women's leadership, and the co-author, most recently, of "How Women Rise."  Her wish: That more people understood how women have redefined the way we work.  Learn more:
August 25, 2020
(Ep. 2) Mo Katibeh: 5G is about experiences, not just speed
Mo Katibeh, EVP and Chief Product and Platform Officer at AT&T Business, explains how 5G is about more than just a faster smartphone.  Listen to the episode here, or catch the video version here: For more resources on how to learn and lead, visit
August 18, 2020
(Ep. 1) Art Markman: Better to be resilient than right
Art Markman is a professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin, and the author, most recently, of Bring Your Brain To Work. He explains why it's better to be resilient than right. In this episode, he explains why it's better to be resilient than right.  Learn more about Art: For more resources on how to learn and lead, visit 
August 10, 2020
Trailer: I Wish They Knew
Introducing "I Wish They Knew" -- a show where business and educational leaders share a quick tip, practice or insight they wish others knew more about. Hosted by Joe Hirsch |
August 6, 2020