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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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(Ep. 43) Jeff Kavanaugh: Creating a virtuous cycle in work and life

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(Ep. 87) Tessa West: Handling jerks at work
IN THIS EPISODE:  Chances are you've dealt with a jerk or two at work. But there's an even stronger possibility you've gone about it the wrong way -- and possibly made a bad situation worse. In Episode 87, Tessa West deconstructs jerky behavior and helps us place it into a larger context. You'll learn how to identify different jerk profiles (they come in different shapes and sizes), how to gather helpful intel and allies, and how to resolve problems with losing your standing or sanity. This is a great conversation for anyone dealing with those tricky interpersonal dynamics at work and may even shed some light on our own subtle tendencies to play the part of the jerk without realizing it. After listening to Tessa, you'll have a whole new set of strategies for handling jerks at work. ABOUT TESSA WEST:  Tessa West is an Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University and a leading expert in the science of interpersonal communication. Her work has appeared numerous outlets in the popular press, including Scientific American, the New York Times, ABC World News, TIME, The Guardian, Bloomberg, Strategy and Business, and was even cited before the US Supreme Court. She's a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and is the author of Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What To Do About Them. Website  |  Twitter
14:14
June 29, 2022
(Ep. 86) Vanessa Bohns: Your hidden influence
IN EPISODE 86: We tend to believe that influence belongs only to the most visible or powerful people in the room. But as Vanessa Bohns explains, we have more influence than we think. In Episode 86, we explore the reason people doubt their power to persuade, how we undermine our own influence, and the surprising (and even outrageous) things we can get people to do on our behalf. There's a ton of practical takeaway value here for leaders at all levels, so don't miss this great conversation! ABOUT VANESSA BOHNS: Dr. Vanessa Bohns is a social psychologist and a tenured professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University. Her research and writing have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and Harvard Business Review. Vanessa is the author of You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate our Power of Persuasion, and Why It Matters. LINKS: Website Twitter Book
12:38
June 21, 2022
(Ep. 85) Josh Linkner: Creativity is for everyone
IN THIS EPISODE: Creativity isn't a hidden talent that belongs to a select few -- it's a native force that resides in all of us, and it's a discipline that can practiced and learned. In this episode, Josh Linkner shows us how to become everyday innovators and develop a creative capacity for making gains in every aspect of our lives. Josh breaks down the beliefs and behaviors that lead to creative breakthroughs, how to develop big ideas through testing and experimentation, how leaders can foster creativity within their organizations, and when we should move on from ideas that aren't working. ABOUT JOSH: Josh Linkner is a Creative Troublemaker. He passionately believes that all human beings have incredible creative capacity, and he’s on a mission to unlock inventive thinking and creative problem solving to help leaders, individuals, and communities soar. Josh has been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million and is the author of four books including the New York Times Bestsellers, Disciplined Dreaming and The Road to Reinvention. He has invested in and/or mentored over 100 startups and is the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners. Today, Josh serves as Chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs, an innovation research, training, and consulting firm. He has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is the recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award. RESOURCES: Book: Big Little Breakthroughs Website Twitter Mudita Venture Partners
10:15
June 14, 2022
(Ep. 84) Ned Johnson: Struggle towards success
IN EPISODE 84: Whether it's how kids fare at school or the way adults perform at work, we've developed a disabling attitude towards achievement. Too much grooming, not enough patience and an unhealthy outlook on the value of struggling have gotten in the way of progress. It turns out that if you want to build emotionally strong, determined and ambitious adults, the best thing to do is get out of the way. This episode is a must-listen for parents, coaches and anyone who wants to raise a successful adult  - or help employees become their most successful selves. ABOUT NED JOHNSON: Ned Johnson is an author, speaker, and the founder of PrepMatters, an educational company providing academic tutoring, educational planning and standardized test prep. A professional “tutor-geek” since 1993, Ned has spent more than 40,000 one-on-one hours helping students conquer an alphabet of standardized tests and honing his insights on communicating with students and parents. A battle-tested veteran in the fields of test preparation, anxiety management, and student performance, Ned coaches kids how to manage their stress while simultaneously motivating and empowering them to reach their full potential. Ned has written for the New York Times, The Telegraph, U.S. News & World Report & The Washington Post and co-authored three books, including the national best-seller The Self-Driven Child.
11:35
June 08, 2022
(Ep. 83) Amy Herman: Be a better noticer
IN EPISODE 83: Have you ever looked at something only to discover that you haven't really seen it? Bestselling author and visual intelligence expert Amy Herman knows why. In this episode, Amy explores the impact of engaging deeply with our surroundings, how to fight distraction, and the benefits of bringing a heightened awareness to our everyday interactions and transactions. * * * ABOUT AMY HERMAN: Amy Herman is the bestselling author of Visual Intelligence and is the president and founder of The Art of Perception, which uses works of art to sharpen observation, analysis and communication skills. Amy has trained members of the NYPD, the FBI, the French National Police, the Department of Defense, Interpol, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies -- as well as medical students, first responders, and even fundraisers and New York City doormen -- to see their work from a whole new angle. Her latest book is Fixed: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem Solving. SHOW LINKS: The Art of Perception Visual intelligence test
13:06
June 01, 2022
(Ep. 82) Alan Stein Jr.: Sustain your game
IN EPISODE 82:  It's one thing to achieve peak performance. It's another to sustain it. In Episode 82, Alan Stein Jr. shows us how to manage stress, avoid stagnation and beat burnout by fine-tuning the body's performance drivers and drags. You'll learn how beliefs and behaviors influence performance, how to stay energized by aligning your goals and values, and how top performers like Kobe Bryant never got bored with the basics. What's easy in principle isn't simple in practice - but after listening to Alan, you'll know what it takes to perform, pivot and prevail at the highest levels.  ABOUT ALAN STEIN JR.: Alan Stein Jr. is a performance coach, speaker and author. He spent nearly two decades helping elite athletes elevate their performance skills and habits, including NBA superstars like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry and has showed companies like Pepsi, Charles Schwab, American Express and Starbucks how to increase their organizational effectiveness. His latest book is Sustain Your Game: Manage Stress, Avoid Stagnation and beat Burnout.
15:11
May 24, 2022
(Ep. 81) Jeff Sanders: Make a productivity plan
IN EPISODE 81:  Why do we always feel like we're working so hard and yet have so little to show for it? We might be busy, but we're hardly productive - but that can change when we've got the right plan. In this episode, Jeff Sanders shows us how to develop deep focus by getting our priorities in place. From choosing the right tasks to setting the right environment, you'll learn how to develop effective habits and routines to feel more personally and professionally accomplished at the end of each day.  ABOUT JEFF SANDERS: Jeff Sanders is a keynote speaker, productivity coach, author of The 5 AM Miracle, The Free-Time Formula, and founder of The Rockin’ Productivity Academy. He also hosts The 5 AM Miracle Podcast, which has ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts in the Self-Improvement and Business categories and has been nominated for 7 Podcast Awards. 
13:48
May 17, 2022
(Ep. 80) Kelli Thompson: Grow sideways in your career
IN EPISODE 80: We're told that professional success follows a series of upward steps. But what if our career ladders are pointing in the wrong direction? In this episode, Kelli Thompson challenges us to rethink our assumptions about career growth and shares a career alignment tool to help us know if we're pointed in the right direction.  ABOUT KELLI THOMPSON: Kelli Thompson is a women’s leadership coach and speaker who helps women advance to the rooms where decisions are made. She's the founder of the Clarity & Confidence Women's Leadership Program and has coached and trained hundreds of women to trust themselves, lead with more confidence, and create careers they love. Kelli's work has appeared in Forbes, MarketWatch, Parents Magazine, HuffPost, and Working Mother. She's the author of the forthcoming book, Closing The Confidence Gap: Boost Your Peace, Your Potential & Your Paycheck, releasing in Fall 2022.  LINKS: Website: www.kelliraethompson.com Book: closingtheconfidencegap.com/book Instagram: @kelliraethompson Linkedin: in/kelliraethompson
12:07
May 11, 2022
(Ep. 79) Todd Henry: Don't wait to motivate
IN EPISODE 79:  Why do we do what we do? It turns out the traditional view of motivation - a system of rewards and repercussions - doesn't account for the highly nuanced, deeply ingrained factors that drive our behaviors and beliefs. To understand motivation, we need to crack the code - and that's exactly what Todd Henry does for us in Episode 79. Drawing on decades of research and interviews with over 100,000 people, Henry shows that motivation is hardly one size fits all: Some people are energized by a race against the clock while others put in extra effort only when they feel part of a team. For still others, nothing is as motivating as the possibility of public recognition. Henry shows, in fact, that there are twenty-seven “motivational themes,” each with its own unique DNA. After hearing this episode, you'll have a better understand of what makes people tick - including yourself. ABOUT TODD HENRY: Todd Henry is founder of Accidental Creative and has worked with some of the world's biggest brands and companies on developing creativity, leadership and a passion for work. As a speaker and trainer, Todd teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He host the Accidental Creative podcast and is the author the bestselling author of five books, most recently The Motivation Code: Discover the Hidden Forces That Drives Your Best Work.
14:17
May 03, 2022
(Ep. 78) Christine Porath: Turn workplaces into communities
IN EPISODE 78: If we're more reachable than ever before, why do so many people feel isolated? And is the modern workplace increasing our happiness and belonging, or making us lonelier and more disconnected? Christine Porath has a message for our moment: Work needs to be a community where individuals share concern for one another. Through uniting people and sharing information, unleashing them with autonomy, creating a respectful environment, practicing radical candor, providing a sense of meaning, and boosting personal well-being, anyone can help a community truly flourish. ABOUT CHRISTINE PORATH: Dr. Christine Porath is a tenured professor of management at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Her work and research has been featured in Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other major media outlets. Christine is a two-time TED speaker, has worked with Google, the UN, the World Bank, Microsoft, and the Cleveland Clinic. Her latest book is Mastering Community: The Surprising Ways Coming Together Moves Us from Surviving to Thriving. RESOURCES: Website Books LinkedIn Twitter
12:58
April 27, 2022
(Ep. 77) Pamela Slim: Build together, not alone
IN EPISODE 77: To build a business or an organization, you need an ensemble. And the best way to do that is to identify your ideal customers and partners, then build together. In Episode 77, Pamela Slim shows us how creating the "widest net" helps us operate within the right ecosystems, forge strategic partnerships with the right people, and nurture relationships the right way.  ABOUT PAMELA SLIM: Pamela Slim is an award-winner author, speaker and business coach who works with small business owners ready to scale their businesses and IP. She's advised thousands of entrepreneurs as well as companies serving the small business market such as Keap, Progressive Insurance, Constant Contact and Prezi. Together with Susan Cain, Pam has  helped build and launch the Quiet Revolution that's changed the whole conversation on what it means to be an introvert. She is the co-founder with her husband Darryl of the Main Street Learning Lab in Mesa, Arizona, a grassroots, community-based think tank for small business economic acceleration, and is the author of three books, most recently, The Widest Net: Unlock Untapped Markets and Discover Customers Right in Front of You. LINKS: Website: https://pamelaslim.com Book, The Widest Net: https://pamelaslim.com/the-widest-net Main Street Learning Lab: https://pamelaslim.com/ke
13:49
April 19, 2022
(Ep. 76) Derek Irvine: The power of thanks
IN EPISODE 76:  Expressing thanks isn't just a nice way to let others know you appreciate them. It's a powerful driver of business success. From boosting employee engagement and inclusion to deepening connections within teams, recognition plays a crucial role in improving our work and well-being. In Episode 76, Derek Irvine explores the benefits of expressing thanks authentically and often -- and it's more relevant now than ever.  ABOUT DEREK IRVINE: Derek Irvine is senior vice president for client strategy and consulting at Workhuman. He's one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition, engagement and continuous performance management, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their company culture. Derek is the co-author of three books, most recently, Making Work Human: How Human-Centered Companies are Changing the Future of Work and the World. NOTES: Register  for WorkhumanLive and save 15% with code WHL22-SPKRS: https://www.workhumanlive.com/register
10:47
April 12, 2022
(Ep. 75) Chris Lovett: Don't confuse less with loss
Is the key to having more...having less? In Episode 75, Chris Lovett shows how a minimalist mindset gives us more room to reach our highest aspirations. Decluttering the personal and professional junk from our lives frees us to understand that we what we let go isn't as important as what we let in. ABOUT CHRIS LOVETT: Chris Lovett is a TEDx speaker and the author of Discovery of Less: How I Found Everything I Wanted Underneath Everything I Owned.  
09:41
April 05, 2022
(Ep. 74) Jonah Berger: Perfect your persuasion skills
IN EPISODE 74: The key to changing someone's mind isn't to push harder, but to push aside hard issues. In this episode, Jonah Berger explores the science and skills of persuasion and why the most convincing people help others convince themselves. Berger offers practical ways to put people in control of their decision-making while still guiding them to a desired outcome, help others let go of legacy thinking and behaviors, and create a menu of choices to increase adoption rates. After listening to this episode, you'll change your view of how persuasion works. ABOUT JONAH BERGER: Dr. Jonah Berger is a world-renowned expert on change, word of mouth, influence, consumer behavior, and how products, ideas, and behaviors catch on. He's a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the internationally bestselling author of Contagious, Invisible Influence, and The Catalyst. Popular accounts of his research have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review, and he's consulted for organizations like Apple, Google, Nike, Amazon, GE, 3M, and The Gates Foundation. LINKS: Website BOOK: The Catalyst VIDEO: The smoking kid
12:01
March 29, 2022
(Ep. 73) Beth Wonson: Leaders should self-manage
IN EPISODE 73: Leaders spend a lot of time checking up on others, but do they spend enough time checking in with themselves? Ultimately, leaders are the ones responsible for the energy in the room -- and unless they self-manage, they could be draining morale and motivation. In this episode, Beth Wonson offers great tips to help leaders get feedback, build self-awareness, and stay grounded. Great managers make time to manage themselves. ABOUT BETH WONSON: Beth Wonson is a communication expert and founder of Navigating Challenging Dialogue®. Through the lens of emotional self-management and self-awareness, Beth supports leaders to change the work cultures where toxic communication is endemic. She is the author of Mastering Feedback - Everything You've Never Been Told About Giving Feedback. RESOURCES: Website: www.ncdsolution.com Book: https://ncdsolution.com/mastering LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bethwonson/ Tips and tools: https://ncdsolution.com/subscribe
12:48
March 22, 2022
(Ep. 72) Grant Baldwin: Everyone has a story
IN THIS EPISODE:  Our story matters more than we think. You may not have climbed Everest or survived a plane crash, but every story matters and can make immeasurable impact on the lives of others. In this episode, Grant Baldwin explores the power of a personal narrative, how to overcome self-limiting beliefs, tips for dealing with performance fears and why it pays to put yourself out there to your audience. Whether you're pitching an idea, closing a deal, or sharing from the stage, make sue you package your personal narrative.  ABOUT GRANT BALDWIN: Grant Baldwin is founder and CEO of The Speaker Lab, which has helped speakers in all 50 states and in 45 countries around the world build successful and sustainable speaking businesses. He's been featured in the Inc. 5000, Forbes, and Entrepreneur; is the author of The Successful Speaker;  and hosts The Speaker Lab podcast, one of the top-rated shows in its category. He lives in Nashville with his wife and their three daughters.  LINKS: The Speaker Lab Podcast: The Speaker Lab Podcast: Generate hot leads with cold email Book: The Successful Speaker
12:42
March 15, 2022
(Ep. 71) Josh Linkner: Creativity is everyone's business
IN THIS EPISODE: Creativity isn't a hidden talent that belongs to a select few -- it's a native force that resides in all of us, and it's a discipline that can practiced and learned. In this episode, Josh Linkner shows us how to become everyday innovators and develop a creative capacity for making gains in every aspect of our lives. Josh breaks down the beliefs and behaviors that lead to creative breakthroughs, how to develop big ideas through testing and experimentation, how leaders can foster creativity within their organizations, and when we should move on from ideas that aren't working.  ABOUT JOSH: Josh Linkner is a Creative Troublemaker. He passionately believes that all human beings have incredible creative capacity, and he’s on a mission to unlock inventive thinking and creative problem solving to help leaders, individuals, and communities soar. Josh has been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million and is the author of four books including the New York Times Bestsellers, Disciplined Dreaming and The Road to Reinvention. He has invested in and/or mentored over 100 startups and is the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners. Today, Josh serves as Chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs, an innovation research, training, and consulting firm. He has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is the recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award. RESOURCES: Book: Big Little Breakthroughs Website Twitter Mudita Venture Partners
10:15
March 09, 2022
(Ep. 70) Liane Davey: Make your workplace less toxic
The toxic workplace - every employee's worst nightmare. From difficult bosses to annoying coworkers and outrageous clients, workplace toxins drain our energy, inhibit our work, crush our spirits and diminish our productivity. In today's episode, Dr. Liane Davey offers powerful and straightforward techniques for taking control of those toxins and creating healthier conditions that allow us to do and feel our best. If you're struggling with your boss, your coworkers, your customers or even yourself, you'll find great suggestions here to make your workplace -- and your work life -- less toxic.  ABOUT LIANE DAVEY: For the past 25 years, Dr. Liane Davey has researched and advised teams on how to achieve high performance. As the co-founder of leadership advisory 3Coze, she’s worked with hundreds of organizations, including 26 global Fortune 500 companies (and counting), to develop solutions that help teams thrive. Beyond her work in the boardroom, Liane is a New York Times bestselling author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done and The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Organization Back on Track. She is also a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and has been sought by several media outlets, including CNN, NPR, USA Today, The Globe & Mail and Forbes, for her expertise on increasing productivity, enhancing engagement, and developing leaders. Website Book: The Good Fight LinkedIn
16:22
March 01, 2022
(Ep. 69) Jordan Harbinger: Return on relationships
People loathe networking. It reeks of superficiality and can even make us feel dirty (quite literally, according to one study). But when we change our mindset and method around relationship-building, we can generate stronger returns for ourselves and others. In today's episode, Jordan Harbinger shares a more sensible and seamless approach to networking that you'll be able to adopt and even enjoy. You'll learn his simple tips for strengthening weak ties, extending your network's range and reach, and adding value through generosity. After listening to Jordan, you'll realize that anyone can do this - and you'll be happy you did! ABOUT JORDAN: Jordan Harbinger hosts The Jordan Harbinger Show, which was named a "Best of the Year" podcast by Apple and receives 15 million downloads each month. Jordan consults for law enforcement, military, and security companies and is the father of two children. LINKS: The Jordan Harbinger Show 6-minute networking (free course)
14:45
February 22, 2022
(Ep. 68) Carolyn McChesney: Making work more joyful
Work can be hard, but it doesn't have to be soul-crushing. To find more joy in work, start by eliminating the joy killers, says Carolyn McChesney -- bad meetings, email overload, too much distraction and not enough energy. In this episode, Carolyn shares "joy hacks" to help us work smarter -- and more joyously.  ABOUT CAROLYN: Carolyn McChesney is an Engagement Leader with Stop Meeting Like This, a professional services firm that partners with forward-looking companies to transform how work gets done. She brings deep experience in leadership development and organizational strategy across a wide range of sectors. Working closely with each client’s unique set of circumstances and goals, Carolyn empowers organizations to transform daily work experiences and drive business outcomes. Carolyn is passionate about helping leaders and teams realize their true potential and make lasting impact with their work. When Carolyn’s not working, she’s traveling, mentoring, reading, spending time on Chicago's lakefront trail, and discovering new podcasts — usually not all at the same time.
12:00
February 16, 2022
(Ep. 67) Mark Bowden: Become a more followable leader
The best communicators understand that how they speak matters just as much -- if not more -- than what they say. And to become truly followable, leaders need to communicate with consistency to earn trust. In this episode, world-renowned body language expert Mark Bowden demonstrates how to become a more followable leader in both word and action and offers tips for anyone trying to become more followable in their field.  ABOUT  MARK BOWDEN: Mark Bowden is a world-renowned body language expert, keynote speaker, and bestselling author. Voted Global Gurus’ #1 Body Language Professional in the world, Mark’s unique GesturePlane system of nonverbal communication helps audiences maximize the power of using their own body language to stand out, win trust, and gain credibility every time they communicate. Founder of communication training company TRUTHPLANE®, Mark’s live and virtual keynote speeches and training prove invaluable to business leaders and teams from major companies across the world including Zoom, Shopify, Toyota, KPMG, American Express, the US Army and NATO; and prime ministers of G7 nations. Mark has years of experience training business and political leaders across the globe on how to use their body language both live and over digital media most effectively for superior communication. His bestselling books on body language and human behavior, translated into multiple languages, are: Winning Body Language; Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals; Tame the Primitive Brain; and Truth & Lies, What People are Really Thinking. Mark is a popular instructor for Canada’s #1-ranked EMBA program at Kellogg-Schulich School of Business, and he is President of the National Communication Coach Association of Canada. Mark’s highly acclaimed TEDx talk “The Importance of Being In-Authentic” continues to reach millions of people, as does his own YouTube Channel and the weekly YouTube sensation “The Behavior Panel,” as recently featured on The Dr. Phil Show. He is a go-to media commentator on the body language of politicians, celebrities and public figures, appearing regularly on CNN, CBS, and Global News, and he is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and GQ Magazine.
12:43
February 08, 2022
(Ep. 66) Deborah Riegel: Not all help is helpful
Not all help is helpful, says Deborah Riegel. The real measure of helpfulness isn't our intention, but our impact. In this episode, Deborah shows us how to make genuine offers of help, shift our thinking about asking for help, and determine who we should be asking for help in the first place. Whether you're on the giving or receiving end, this episode will help you help others...and yourself! ABOUT DEBORAH RIEGEL: Deborah Riegel 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. WEBSITE: www.deborahgraysonriegel.com BOOK: Go to help: 31 strategies to ask for, offer and accept help  BOOK: Overcoming overthinking: 36 ways to tame anxiety for work, school and life
11:44
February 02, 2022
(Ep. 65) Phil Brown: Learning by doing together
In this episode, Phil Brown takes us into the world of adventure learning -- the cycle of experience, reflection and application -- and how it translates into deeper connections and more meaningful work. We blow past some misconceptions about adventure learning (you don't need to jump off cliffs or swim in shark-infested waters) and identify the conditions in which real learning occurs (hint: get outside your comfort zone). Whether you're managing training for your team or teaching new lessons to your students, this episode will help you achieve better outcomes through shared learning experiences.  ABOUT PHIL BROWN: Phil is a trainer at High Five Adventure, which uses adventure education as a driver for leadership development, team connections and positive change. He's the co-author of “Tinker: Building Purposeful Experiences from Classic Adventure Activities” and is the producer/host of “Vertical Playpen,” a podcast all about adventure and experiential education. LINKS: https://www.instagram.com/verticalplaypen/ Book | Tinker: Building Purposeful Experiences from Classic Adventure Activities
12:21
January 25, 2022
(Ep. 64) Nate Zinsser: Find your confidence
Confidence is a skill that can be taught, improved, and applied by anyone to enhance nearly every aspect of our lives and careers. So what's getting in our way? In this episode, Dr. Nate Zinsser shares principles he's used to help West Point cadets and elite pro athletes develop a "confident mind" -- and his cognitive tools and techniques can help you stay composed and succeed in the face of distraction and setbacks.  ABOUT NATE ZINSSER: Dr. Nate Zinsser is the director of West Point’s Performance Psychology Program, a position he has held for three decades. He's served as a consultant for the FBI Academy, the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, and the Fire Department of New York. Nate has also mentored numerous elite athletes, including the Philadelphia Flyers and two-time Super Bowl MVP Eil Manning. His latest book is The Confident Mind: A Battle-Tested Guide to Unshakable Performance.
13:57
January 19, 2022
(Ep. 63) Leigh Thompson: How to negotiate the sweet spot
To get the most out of our negotiations, we need to optimize, not compromise. In today's episode, Leigh Thompson describes a more effective approach to finding the "sweet spot" in every negotiation and outlines practical steps we can take to maximize the value of our position. ABOUT LEIGH: Dr. Leigh Thompson is a distinguished professor at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. Her work and research on negotiation, creativity and teamwork has appeared in popular outlets like Business Insider, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal. Her most recent book is Negotiating the Sweet Spot: The Art of Leaving Nothing on the Table. LINKS: Book: Negotiating the Sweet Spot LinkedIn Should you negotiate your job offer (in a pandemic)? Should I make the opening offer or let them talk first? The art & science of the perfect counter-offer No BATNA? Think again! How to respond when they ask you about your BATNA? The IDEAL opening offer? Point offer or range offer at the negotiation table?
12:37
January 11, 2022
(Ep. 62) Rebecca Zucker: How to overturn overwhelm
Feeling overwhelmed or know someone who is? Then you need to listen to my conversation with Rebecca Zucker, an executive coach and founding partner at Next Step Partners. In this episode, Rebecca discusses preventative strategies for managing overwhelm and shares practices that leaders can take to restore calm and control in the workplace. We have more agency than we think to overturn overwhelm! ABOUT REBECCA: As an expert in both leadership development and career transition, Rebecca Zucker has coached leaders across the globe, from high-potential managers to CEOs. Rebecca has worked with Genentech, Google, eBay, Expedia, First Republic Bank, Nielsen, Quizlet, The Hewlett Foundation, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Wharton School, among other organizations. She has conducted hundreds of workshops in the United States and abroad on leadership and career development, is a contributor to Harvard Business review and Forbes.com, and is frequently quoted in the press on career issues. Rebecca graduated as valedictorian from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU and later received her MBA from Stanford. Prior to founding Next Step Partners, she  worked as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs in New York and held leadership positions at Disney EMEA in Paris and at Robertson Stephens. Twitter: @rszucker  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-zucker-nsp/ Read more: https://hbr.org/2019/10/how-to-deal-with-constantly-feeling-overwhelmed
09:00
January 05, 2022
(Ep. 61) Countdown 2021: Candor, courage and culture
If this past year taught us anything, it’s that we rarely get better on our own. We need a mix of candor and courage to help us identify where and how to improve. And when those forces come together, we can get high performing cultures where everyone thrives. In the third installment of our Countdown 2021 series, we focus on candor and courage - the hallmarks of great cultures.  Featuring clips from Jim Haskel (episode 27), Amy Edmondson (episode 21), and Jim Detert (episode 45). 
06:46
December 28, 2021
(Ep. 60) Countdown 2021: Rising together
This past year tested our resolve and resilience. Just when it looked like things were turning the corner, we suddenly found ourselves…turned around. But 2021 didn’t just challenge us to stand up for ourselves – it caused us to stand by others. In the second installment of our Countdown series, we explore the power of rising together. Featuring clips from Deborah Riegel (episode 29), Andy Lopata (episode 55), Craig Kramer (episode 39), and Kelly Greenwood (episode 36).
09:07
December 22, 2021
(Ep. 59) Countdown 2021: Lost signals
In the first of a special Countdown series, we explore the what's lost when we don't listen - and how to make sure our message and meaning gets received. 
06:55
December 21, 2021
(Ep. 58) Liz Wiseman: How to become an impact player
Leadership isn't a title - it's a behavior. And when we give ourselves permission to lead, we don't just make a contribution - we make an impact. In today's episode, Liz Wiseman explains five ways impact players differentiate themselves from everyday contributors, how they amplify their voice and presence , and what they do to maximize their impact instead of undermining it.   ABOUT LIZ: Liz Wiseman is the CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm, and the bestselling author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, and  Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work. She's been ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the top leadership thinkers in the world. Her latest book is Impact Players.
15:28
December 15, 2021
(VAULT) 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 2021, 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.
09:20
December 08, 2021
(Ep. 57) Amy Herman: Become a better noticer
Have you ever looked at something only to discover that you haven't really seen it? Bestselling author and visual intelligence expert Amy Herman knows why. In this episode, Amy explores the impact of engaging deeply with our surroundings, how to fight distraction, and the benefits of bringing a heightened awareness to our everyday interactions and transactions.  * * * ABOUT AMY: Amy Herman is the bestselling author of Visual Intelligence and is the president and founder of The Art of Perception, which uses works of art to sharpen observation, analysis and communication skills. Amy has trained members of the NYPD, the FBI, the French National Police, the Department of Defense, Interpol, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies -- as well as medical students, first responders, and even fundraisers and New York City doormen -- to see their work from a whole new angle. Her latest book is Fixed: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem Solving. SHOW LINKS: The Art of Perception Visual intelligence test ____
13:06
December 01, 2021
(Ep. 56) Patti Sanchez: Making powerful virtual presentations
Virtual presentations aren't going away anytime soon. In order to connect and communicate with online audiences, we need a plan - and thanks to today's guest, we've got one. As Chief Strategy Officer at Duarte, a leading communications firm, Patti Sanchez knows a thing or two about making powerful presentations. In today's episode, we explore ways to communicate online with impact, including: - How to make your audience the hero of the story with "sparklines." - How to distance your audience from distraction and keep them engaged. - How to maximize your message with dynamic "human" tech - your voice, pitch and expressions. ABOUT PATTI:  Patti Sanchez is the Chief Strategy Officer at Duarte, a leading communication firm whose clients include almost half of the top 50 brands, notable experts, respected causes, and global consulting firms. Patti is the co-author of Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols, and her latest book is Presenting Virtually: Communicate and Connect With Online Audiences. 
08:55
November 23, 2021
(Ep. 55) Andy Lopata: Your vulnerability advantage
Leaders don't need to have the all the answers -- they just need to answer the call of vulnerability. In this episode, Andy Lopata explores the power of vulnerability to earn trust, deepen relationships and set a course for empathic leadership.  ABOUT ANDY: Andy Lopata  is a professional relationships strategist and the author of 5 books, most recently "Just Ask: Why seeking support is your greatest strength." Financial Times has called Andy ‘one of Europe’s leading business networking strategists’ and he hosts the Connected Leadership podcast.
10:21
November 17, 2021
(VAULT) Alisa Cohn: From start up to grown up
FROM THE VAULT: (Replay of Episode 24) 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: Alisa Cohn is an executive coach who helps start-up founders develop into world-class CEOs. She was named #1 Start-Up Coach in the World at the Thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith Global Coaching Awards. She writes for Harvard Business Review, Inc. and Forbes, and has been featured in The New York Times and on the BBC and Bloomberg. She is also a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, MIT, Cornell University, and Henley Business School. 
12:24
November 10, 2021
(Ep. 54) Robbie Samuels: Build and get out of the way
Why do some idea and initiatives sizzle while others stall? It may have less to do with the concept and more to do with the method, says Robbie Samuels, author of "Small List, Big Results" and an industry leader in networking and digital event design. In this episode, Robbie explains why so many launch strategies are backward, why we need to build support before bringing a solution, and how the process of co-creation can lead to better ideas and results. Whether you're an entrepreneur or intrapreneur, this episode will help you convince and convert -- and will provide a roadmap to help you work your network.     * * * ABOUT ROBBIE:  Robbie Samuels is an author, speaker, and business growth strategy coach recognized as a networking expert by Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Lifehacker, and Inc. He is also a virtual event design consultant and executive Zoom producer recognized as an industry expert in the field of digital event design by JDC Events. Robbie is the author, most recently, of "Small List, Big Results: Launch a Successful Offer No Matter the Size of Your Email List" as well as "Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences" and  He is a Harvard Business Review contributor. His clients include thought leaders, entrepreneurial women, associations, national, and statewide advocacy organizations, women’s leadership summits, including Feeding America, California WIC Association, and AmeriCorps. Robbie hosts the On the Schmooze podcast and #NoMoreBadZoom Virtual Happy Hours. LINKS: Big Results toolkit Website LinkedIn Twitter
09:23
November 03, 2021
(Ep. 53) Allison Shapira: Public speaking is a learnable skill
Whether you're speaking to crowds or presenting to colleagues, public speaking is a skill, not just a talent -- one that can be learned and honed, says Allison Shapira, founder and CEO of Global Public Speaking. In this episode, Allison shares ways we can overcome public speaking barriers, offers three tips for crafting the right talk, and explains why speaking should focus on "searchlights" and not "spotlights." * * * ABOUT ALLISON: Allison Shapira is the Founder/CEO of Global Public Speaking LLC, a communication training firm that helps people speak clearly, concisely, and confidently. She teaches public speaking at the Harvard Kennedy School and has spent the last 18 years working with Fortune 50 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations around the world. She is the author of Speak with Impact: How to Command the Room and Influence Others (HarperCollins Leadership) which was a Washington Post best-seller. 
09:03
October 27, 2021
(Ep. 52) John Baldoni: Leading with grace
Good leaders don't just bring people together for common cause -- they serve as a catalysts for the greater good. In this episode, John Baldoni explores ways that leaders can demonstrate "other-directed" behaviors that create more engaged and involved workforces.  * * * ABOUT JOHN: John Baldoni is a globally recognized leadership educator, certified Master Corporate Executive Coach, and author of 15 books that have been translated into ten languages. John’s books include Grace Notes: Leading in an Upside-Down World, GRACE: A Leader’s Guide to a Better Us, MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership, Lead with Purpose, Lead Your Boss and The Leader’s Pocket Guide. In 2021, the International Federation of Learning and Development named John a World-Class Mentor and named him to its Hall of Fame. Also in 2021, Global Gurus ranked John a Top 20 global leadership expert, a list he has been on since 2007. In 2018 Inc.com named John a Top 100 speaker and Trust Across America honored John with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Trust. In 2014 Inc.com listed John as a Top 50 leadership expert.
07:28
October 20, 2021
(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.
11:09
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. 
11:16
October 05, 2021
(VAULT) Rob Cross: 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.
11:45
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.
09:18
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.
13:43
September 09, 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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dralisonhorstmeyer/ USC Center for Third Space Thinking: https://uscthirdspace.com/team-member/alison-horstmeyer/
11:12
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: https://www.hawksagency.com/ Twitter: @greg_hawks
07:39
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."
12:35
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: https://jimdetert.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-detert-785464b7/
11:53
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. 
08:04
August 04, 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: https://jeffkavanaugh.net/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffkavanaugh/
09:29
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.
05:50
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
08:26
June 08, 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.
11:02
June 02, 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
09:06
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. 
10:25
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.
09:06
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.
08:04
May 05, 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.
10:08
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!
07:43
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, Oprah.com, The Atlantic.com, 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.
09:01
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)
11:08
April 07, 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. 
10:54
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
11:26
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
11:31
March 10, 2021
(Ep. 29) Deborah 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 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
12:43
March 02, 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
09:38
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.
11:31
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
08:19
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"
10:32
February 02, 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)
11:02
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
13:03
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
05:52
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. 
10:14
January 05, 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
09:17
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
07:17
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"
05:50
December 09, 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
10:34
December 01, 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. 
06:28
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
09:26
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
11:35
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
09:41
November 04, 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
12:41
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
07:20
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
10:15
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
08:11
October 06, 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
08:18
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" | 
09:08
September 23, 2020
(Ep. 6) Tracy Cote: Making remote work...work
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
06:43
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: https://www.robcross.org For more ways to communicate and lead with impact: www.joehirsch.me
10:34
September 08, 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: www.joehirsch.me
07:04
September 01, 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: www.joehirsch.me
08:55
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: https://youtu.be/EXZQdPoCijA For more resources on how to learn and lead, visit www.joehirsch.me.
07:46
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: www.smartthinkingbook.com/ For more resources on how to learn and lead, visit www.joehirsch.me. 
09:18
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 | www.joehirsch.me
01:38
August 06, 2020