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I Wish They Knew

I Wish They Knew

By Joe Hirsch
Short conversations with business and educational leaders about a tip, insight or practice that deserves more attention. Hosted by Joe Hirsch.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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