November 13, 2019
Matt Tenney discusses how mindfulness vastly improves the way we lead and relate with others.
November 8, 2019
Author Jay Papasan helps to zero in on that one thing that matters most.
November 6, 2019
Gregg Clunis discusses the small leaps you can take to make massive changes in career and life.
November 4, 2019
Dr. Janice Presser discusses how to build better teams using the science of teaming.
October 31, 2019
Todd Davis explains why people are bad at managing—and what to do about it.
October 30, 2019
Ron Price delivers insights on how to build your character and grow your influence to unlock your full leadership potential.
October 28, 2019
Alex Banayan shares unconventional approaches to creating new opportunities.
October 25, 2019
Tonya Dalton explains how to overcome the fear of missing out and stop wasting time on things that don’t matter.
October 23, 2019
Nancy Duarte explains how to combine data with story structures to create inspiring presentations. You'll Learn: 1) The three-act structure of data 2) The true hero of your presentation 3) How to make magical moments for your audience About Nancy: Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Time Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, and on CNN. Her firm, Duarte, Inc., is the global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture. As a persuasion expert, she cracked the code for effectively incorporating story patterns into business communications. She’s written five best-selling books, four of which have won awards. She’s been ranked #1 on a list of the World’s Top 30 Communication Professionals. Nancy’s book: DataStory: Explain Data and Inspire Action Through StoryNancy’s book: slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great PresentationsNancy’s LinkedIn: Nancy DuarteNancy’s Twitter: @NancyDuarteNancy’s TED Talk: The secret structure of great talksNancy’s company Twitter: @duarteNancy’s website: www.duarte.comTerm: Slidedocs Resources mentioned in the show:App: PocketTalk: Steve Jobs introduces the iPhoneTalk: PopTech 2009: Michael PollanBook: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert CialdiniBook: The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher VoglerBook: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim CollinsBook: Ownership Thinking: How to End Entitlement and Create a Culture of Accountability, Purpose, and Profit by Brad Harris Thank you Sponsors!Blinkist. Learn more, faster with book summaries you can read or listen to in 15 minutes at Save time on the admin of your business so you can do more of what you love. Get 50% off your first year at View transcript, show notes, and links at
October 20, 2019
Karl Staib shares how gratitude leads to a more pleasant and productive work life. You'll Learn: 1) How gratitude improves productivity 2) How to cut negativity and boost gratitude 3) How to find more energy for your goals About Karl: Karl Staib is an author that seeks out growth at every turn. When his father passed it was focusing on gratitude that helped him get through one of the most difficult times in his life. That's why he wants to bring more gratitude into the workplace. His work inside a fortune 500 company that regularly ranks in the top 10 for best places to work has shown him the importance of gratitude and how it increases productivity and communication. If you enjoy his writing, he encourages you to reach out to him at’s book: Bring Gratitude: Feel Joyful Again With Bite-Sized Mindset PracticesKarl’s website: Resources mentioned in the show:Study: The Science Of Gratitude: How Being Thankful Makes Us Happier – David DeStenoBook: Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation by Edward L. Deci and Richard FlasteBook: The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn AchorBook: Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride by David DeStenoBook: Siddhartha by Herman HessPrevious episode: 317: How to Form Habits the Smart Way with BJ Fogg, PhDPrevious episode: 357: The Six Morning Habits of High Performers with Hal Elrod Thank you Sponsors!ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. You can try them for free at Save an average of 40 hours a month by automating tasks with View transcript, show notes, and links at
October 18, 2019
Stu Heinecke shares unorthodox approaches to win the attention of strangers. You'll Learn: 1) The simple trick to exceeding a 100% response rate 2) Do’s and don’ts for composing your personal messages 3) How to turn executive assistants into allies About Stu: Dubbed by the American Marketing Association the “Father of Contact Marketing,” Stu Heinecke is a Wall Street Journal cartoonist, hall of fame-nominated marketer and the bestselling author of How to Get a Meeting with Anyone (2016) and Get the Meeting! (10-2019). Stu is also the founder of, a group of WSJ and New Yorker cartoonists who donate their art to help charities raise funds.Stu’s book: Get the Meeting!: An Illustrative Contact Marketing PlaybookStu’s book: How to Get a Meeting with Anyone: The Untapped Selling Power of Contact MarketingStu’s LinkedIn: Stu HeineckeStu’s editorial cartoon: “Roland! You’re acting like a Democrat!”Stu’s website: StuHeinecke.comStu’s podcast: How to Get a Meeting with Anyone  Resources mentioned in the show:Study: Koko (gorilla)Website: Seamless.AISoftware: x.aiSoftware: ZoomSoftware: Spiro.aiBook: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues: A Novel by Tom RobbinsBook: Innovators Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton Christensen Thank you Sponsors!ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. Try them for free at Mobile. Cut your wireless bill down to $15 a month at View transcript, show notes, and links at
October 16, 2019
Oren Klaff reveals the secret behind successful pitches—and how to persuade those around you.
October 11, 2019
Dave Decelle shares insider perspectives on how to turn insights into compelling communication.
October 9, 2019
Victor Cheng discusses the mindset and habits that lead to powerful self-esteem and self-confidence.
October 7, 2019
Brian Ahearn breaks down the ethical way to getting people to say “yes.” You'll Learn: 1. How to quickly attract people’s attention 2. The simple secret to winning people over 3. How to get others to follow through with their tasks About Brian: Brian Ahearn is the Chief Influence Officer at Influence PEOPLE. A dynamic international keynote speaker, he specializes in applying the science of influence in everyday situations. Brian is one of only 20 individuals in the world who currently holds the Cialdini Method Certified Trainer designation. This specialization was earned directly from Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D. – the most cited living social psychologist on the science of ethical influence. Thank you Sponsors! Simple Habit. This meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions. Zapier. Save an average of 40 hours a month by automating tasks with View transcript, show notes, and links at
October 4, 2019
Dr. John Townsend discusses how to build the relationships that keep you motivated and productive.   You'll Learn: The one need leaders often ignore How to engage in nourishing conversations The five relationships you need in your life—and the two to prune   About John: Dr. John Townsend is a nationally-known leadership consultant, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. John is the founder of the Townsend Institute, Leadership and Counseling, and the Townsend Leadership Program, which is a a a  nationwide system of leadership training groups. He developed the online digital platform TownsendNOW and the online assessment tool TPRAT. Dr. Townsend travels extensively for corporate consulting, speaking, and helping develop leaders, their teams and their families. John’s book: People Fuel: Fill Your Tank for Life, Love, and Leadership John’s book: How to Have a Difficult Conversation You’ve Been Avoiding: With Your Spouse, Adult Child, Boss, Coworker, Best Friend, or Someone You’re Dating with Henry Cloud John’s website: Tool: Townsend Personal and Relational Assessment Tool (TPRAT)   Resources mentioned in the show: Study: “The Mirror-Neuron System” by Giacomo Rizzolatti and Laila Craighero  TED Talk: “How great leaders inspire action” | Simon Sinek Book: The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni   Thank you Sponsors!   Four Sigmatic. Give your brain a boost with superfood mushroom coffee with half the caffeine and double the mental clarity. Save 15% at Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from     View transcript, show notes, and links at 
October 2, 2019
Aaron Schmookler discusses how a service-oriented mindset keeps you from burning out.   You'll Learn: A powerful phrase for de-escalating conflict How to stop feeling so self-conscious How to make work more fulfilling   About Aaron: For over 20 years, Aaron has been striving to help people find their own intrinsic motivation, their capacity to collaborate, and the fulfillment that comes from harnessing the creative impulse in us all to serve others. In 2014 Aaron and business partner, Adam Utley, co-founded The Yes Works and developed the Adeptability Model of collaboration and leadership training and the Adeptable Culture Audit. Aaron and The Yes Works serve clients across the country and across industries including Microsoft, MOD Pizza, DiscoverOrg, Burkhart Dental Supply, SOG Knives, 9th Gear, and Textainer to make work good for people and people good for work. Aaron’s LinkedIn: Aaron Schmookler Aaron’s website: Aaron’s podcast: Mighty Good Work   Resources mentioned in the show: Product: Plantronics Voyager 5200 Wireless Bluetooth Headset Book: “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins Book: “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter” by Liz Wiseman Book: “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” by Daniel Coyle   Thank you Sponsors! FabFitFun Get $10 off your curated subscription box delivering happiness with the best in beauty, fashion, home, wellness, and tech with the promo code BEAWESOME Blinkist: Learn more, faster with book summaries you can read or listen to in 15 minutes at Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
September 30, 2019
Maura Nevel Thomas discusses how to take back control of your attention for more productive work days.   You'll Learn: How we sabotage our performance every 3 minutes The simple trick to stopping most office distractions How to get more satisfaction out of work   About Maura: Maura Nevel Thomas is an award-winning international speaker and trainer on individual and corporate productivity and work-life balance, and the most widely-cited authority on attention management. She is a TEDx Speaker, founder of Regain Your Time, author of three books, and was named a Top Leadership Speaker in Inc. Magazine. Maura is a contributing expert to major business outlets including Forbes, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and the Harvard Business Review. Book: Attention Management: How to Create Success and Gain Productivity—Every Day Website:    Resources mentioned in the show: Study: “The Cost of Interrupted Work: More Speed and Stress” by Gloria Mark, University of California, Irvine  Study: “Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity” by Adrian F. Ward et al., University of Texas Book: The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work by Teresa Amabile Book: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport Book: Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport   Thank you Sponsors! Simple Habit. This meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions. Babbel. Learn a new language anywhere, anytime with Policygenius helps you shop for life insurance in under two minutes. Check them out at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
September 26, 2019
Devora Zack explains why you don't need to work the room to build great connections.   You'll Learn: How to smoothly start, sustain, and end conversations How to ease your pre-networking anxiety Best practices for writing amazing follow ups   About Devora: Devora Zack is CEO of Only Connect Consulting, a Washington Post bestselling author and global speaker with books in 45 language translations. Her cluents include Deloitte, Smithsonian, Delta Airlines, the FDA, Johns Hopkins, and the National Institute of Health. She has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, US News & World Report, Forbes, Cosmo, Self, Redbook, Fast Company, and many others. She is the author of Networking for People who Hate Networking, Managing for People Who Hate Managing and Singletasking.   View links, show notes, and transcripts at
September 25, 2019
Dr. Tara Swart explains the science behind neuroplasticity and how to train your brain to brave any challenge.   You'll Learn: How to use neuroscience to break out of your comfort zone The six approaches to problem solving Simple tricks to turn around terrible work days   About Tara: Dr. Tara Swart is a neuroscientist, medical doctor, leadership coach, and award-winning and bestselling author. She works with leaders all over the world to help them achieve mental resilience and peak brain performance, improve their ability to manage stress, regulate emotions, and retain information. She is a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management where she runs the Neuroscience for Leadership and Applied Neuroscience programs, and is an executive advisor to some of the world’s most respected leaders in media and business. Tara’s book: The Source: The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain Tara’s Twitter: @TaraSwart Tara’s Instagram: @drtaraswart Tara’s website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Research: "The Glymphatic System in CNS Health and Disease: Past, Present and Future" by Benjamin A. Plog and Maiken Nedergaard Twitter: @YouHadOneJob Book: Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility by Ellen J. Langer Book: Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson Previous episode: 273: Taking Control of your Career with Korn Ferry’s Gary Burnison   Thank you Sponsors!   Four Sigmatic.  Give your brain a boost with superfood mushroom coffee with half the caffeine and double the mental clarity. Save 15% at Babbel. Learn a new language anywhere, anytime with   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
September 23, 2019
Anese Cavanaugh shares how to create more meaningful impact by being more present and intentional at work.   You'll Learn: The cost of contagious negative energy at work The 4 Ps to lead you away from burnout The Leadership Trifecta of impact, self-care, and, people-care   About Anese: Anese Cavanaugh is devoted to helping people show up and bring their best selves to the table in order to create significant positive impact in their lives. She is the creator of the IEP Method® (Intentional Energetic Presence®), an advisor and thinking partner to leaders and organizations around the world, and author of Contagious Culture. Her next book, Contagious You: Unlock Your Power to Influence, Lead, and Create the Impact You Want (McGraw-Hill) will be available November 2019. Book: “Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization that Thrives” Book: “Contagious You: Unlock Your Power to Influence, Lead, and Create the Impact You Want” Column: “Showing Up” Website: LinkedIn: Anese Cavanaugh Facebook: Anese Cavanaugh Twitter: @AneseCavanaugh Instagram: @anesecavanaugh   Resources mentioned in the show: App: Todoist Study: “How Behavior Spreads: The Science of Complex Contagion” Princeton University Press, 2018 Video Game: The Legend of Zelda Dog Commercial: Sara McLachlan SPCA Commercial Book: “Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity” by Hugh MacLeod Book: “The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage” by Mel Robbins Prior episode: 049: Improved Happiness, Improved Performance with Michelle Gielan Prior episode: 391: Preventing Burnout by Examining Your Emotions with Dr. Shawn C. Jones   Thank you Sponsors! iDashboards: Create gorgeously useful data visualizations with   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
September 20, 2019
J. Elise Keith shares what makes meetings succeed vs. fail.   You'll Learn: Signs of an ineffective meeting How the best organizations approach meetings When and how to opt out of a meeting   About J. Elise: Elise Keith is the co-founder of online meeting management platform Lucid Meetings. Known as the ‘Meeting Maven,’ Elise offers unprecedented expertise that inspires audiences, proving that meetings shouldn’t be fewer or shorter—but better and more effective. She is the author of Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization, which contains eye-opening strategies companies can use to structure beneficial meetings, create a healthy workplace culture, and propel overall team momentum. Book: “Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization” Company: Lucid Meetings Website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Poem: “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver Term: Chatham House Rule Term: Vegas Rules Study: “Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace” Harvard Business Review Book: “Time and the Art of Living” by Robert Grudin   Thank You, Sponsors! Collaborate more effectively--and beautifully--at Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from Babbel. Learn a new language anywhere, anytime with   View transcript, show notes, and links at   
September 18, 2019
Refound CEO Jonathan Raymond teaches how to communicate feedback that gets results. You'll Learn: What makes traditional feedback ineffective How to have more effective conversations using the 5 stages of the Accountability Dial How to articulate feedback to your team, your peers, and your seniors About Jonathan After twenty years of not being able to decide whether he was a business executive or a personal growth teacher, Jonathan stopped trying to figure it out. He’s the author of Good Authority — How to Become the Leader Your Team is Waiting For, and the Founder & CEO at Refound, a people training company that teaches people how to have human conversations at work. Refound specializes in working with people leaders at high-growth organizations and is proud to be a trusted learning partner to Fortune 100 organizations like Panasonic and McKesson, cutting edge tech firms like Niantic and Box and small businesses that are going places. He's madly in love with his wife, tries not to spoil his daughters, and will never give up on the New York Knicks. Jonathan is an experienced CEO and people manager and has thrown his heart, mind, and soul into more than a few culture change projects. He lives in Encinitas, California and is an avid, albeit mediocre, surfer. Jonathan’s Book: “Good Authority: How to Become the Leader Your Team is Waiting For” Jonathan’s Website: Resources mentioned in the show: Tool: Superhuman Tool: The Accountability Dial Podcast: Revisionist History Study: “Good genes are nice, but joy is better” The Harvard Gazette Book: “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari Prior episode: 110: Maximizing Personal-Professional Growth with Jonathan Raymond Thank you, Sponsors! Blinkist: Learn more, faster with book summaries you can read or listen to in 15 minutes at
September 16, 2019
Justin Jones-Fosu explains how to lead a more enriching work life by aligning your now with your why.   You'll Learn: How to get into your “achieve more” zone 12 questions for uncovering your why How to turn any job into meaningful work   About Justin: Justin is on a mission to help professionals and workplaces to Work like they mean it!  He is a meaningful work speaker and social entrepreneur who speaks 60-70 times per year to companies, organizations and associations in the US and internationally.  His latest book Your WHY Matters NOW: How Some Achieve More and Others Don’t challenges the reader to merge their purpose and productivity to get more out of work and life.   Justin’s book: Your WHY Matters NOW: How Some Achieve More and Others Don’t Justin’s website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Tool: Situational Leadership II by Ken Blanchard Book: Getting Things done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen Book: Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy Book: Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team by Simon Sinek Book: The Progress Principle by Teresa Amabile Book: Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute Previous episode: 235: The Power of Finding Your Why with David Mead   Thank you Sponsors!   Simple Habit. This meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions. Mint Mobile. Cut your wireless bill down to $15 a month at   View transcript, show notes, and links at  
September 13, 2019
Bob Anderson discusses the ways you’re inhibiting your leadership potential—and how to remedy them.   You'll Learn: The surprising source of highly-accurate feedback The two leadership operating systems Powerful questions for unlocking your leadership potential   About Bob: Robert J. Anderson has been a pace setter in the field of Leadership Development for over 30 years. He is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Development Officer of The Leadership Circle and the Full Circle Group, and the co-author of Scaling Leadership and Mastering Leadership. Bob created The Leadership Circle Profile, a 360° assessment used by organizations worldwide to measure the effectiveness of their leaders (individually and collectively), chart a pathway for their development, and assess their progress as they develop. The MEECO Leadership Institute awarded him the International Thought Leader of Distinction in 2018. Bob’s book: Scaling Leadership: Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most Bob’s book: Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results Bob’s website:   Thank you Sponsors! Collaborate more effectively–and beautifully–at Four Sigmatic. Give your brain a boost with superfood mushroom coffee with half the caffeine and double the mental clarity. Save 15% at
September 11, 2019
Thanh Pham from Asian Efficiency shares his expert tips and favorite resources for optimal productivity.   You'll Learn: The biggest productivity myth How to be more productive while doing less A simple productivity tip to exponentially improve your focus   About Thanh: Thanh is the Founder and Managing Director of Asian Efficiency. He is considered one of the top thought leaders in the productivity industry and he has been featured in Fast Company,, Forbes, Huffington Post, and The Globe & Mail. On a day-to-day basis, he is responsible for executing the company’s mission and helping people become more Asian Efficient. When he’s not sharing his newest productivity wisdom, he likes to drink lots of green tea, eat eggs benedict at hotels, make video blogs, and read non-fiction books. Thanh’s podcast: The Productivity Show Thanh’s website: Asian Efficiency    Resources mentioned in the show: App: TextExpander App: OmniFocus App: BusyCal App: BusyContacts Product: Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Smart Headphones Website: Website: Focus@Will Website: Book: 30 Lessons for Living by Karl Pillemer, Ph. D. Book: The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington Book: Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy Prior episode: 339: Achieving Hyperfocus with Chris Bailey Prior episode: 421: Why Great Leaders Have No Rules with Kevin Kruse   Thank you Sponsors! BetterHelp provides affordable therapy on demand. Get 10% off your first month at with the discount code AWESOME. Babbel helps you learn a new language anywhere, anytime! Speak a new language with confidence with
September 9, 2019
Erica Mandy shares essential--but often overlooked--keys to becoming a more successful communicator in the modern environment.   You'll Learn: How what you’re doing on Facebook can damage your credibility at work Words to purge from your communication The fundamental test to improve your communication   About Erica: Erica Mandy is an award-winning broadcast journalist and former TV news reporter who is building a new kind of media network, starting with her daily news podcast, The NewsWorthy. It provides all the day’s news in less than 10 minutes in a convenient, unbiased, and less depressing way – in what she calls “fast, fair and fun.”  Erica is one of the first podcasters to partner with Podfund, a company that invests in extraordinary emerging podcasters, and she's been named one of "50 Women Changing the World in Media & Entertainment." Erica’s Website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Study: "Almost seven-in-ten Americans have news fatigue, more among Republicans" by Jeffrey Gottfried Study: Psychology Today references the study regarding visualization  Study: Stanford & NPR talk about the study regarding students' online content literacy  Study: Science & NBC News talk about the study that found false info spreads faster Book: “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think” by Hans Rosling Book: “Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth” by Mika Brzezinski App: Boomerang Conference: Podcast Movement   Thank You, Sponsors! Simple Habit.This meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions. Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from
September 6, 2019
Dave Stachowiak shares how to develop the strongest personal and professional relationships.   You'll Learn: The productivity hack that helps you be more present The under-appreciated value of small talk What to do when you don’t like networking   About Dave: Dave Stachowiak is the host and founder of Coaching for Leaders, a top-rated leadership podcast downloaded over 10 million times. With more than 15 years of leadership at Dale Carnegie and a thriving, global leadership academy, Dave helps leaders discover practical wisdom, build meaningful relationships, and create movement for genuine results. He’s served clients including Boeing, The University of California, and the United States Air Force. Forbes named him one of the 25 Professional Networking Experts to watch. Dave’s website and podcast: Coaching for Leaders Bonni’s website and podcast: Teaching In Higher Ed   Resources mentioned in the show: Personality: Nathan Czubaj Podcast: Happen to Your Career with Scott Anthony Barlow Book: How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie Book: Getting Things Done by David Allen Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey Book: The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier Previous episode: 170: Managing Inner–and Outer–Critics with Dave Stachowiak Previous episode: 413: How to Exude Credibility with Rob Jolles   Thank you Sponsors! Backblaze. Safeguard all your files with unlimited cloud-based backup for just $6 a month with    View transcript, show notes, and links at
September 4, 2019
Jonathan Levi shares how speedreading and visual mnemonics can enhance your learning.   You'll Learn: The scientifically-proven method for speedreading How curiosity improves learning A simple trick to remember names and faces   About Jonathan: Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur, author, and lifehacker born and raised in Silicon Valley. He’s the author of the Become a SuperLearner series, and the host of the award-winning Superhuman Academy podcast. His passions include learning languages, musical instruments, acro yoga, weightlifting, and cooking. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel with his superwoman, Limmor. Jonathan’s book: The Only Skill That Matters Jonathan’s website: Jonathan’s social media: Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook Resources mentioned in the show: Methodology: Memory Palaces Methodology: SQ3R Term: Schultz tables People: Malcolm Knowles and Harry Lorayne Book: A Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilber Book: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Book: Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini Book: How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie Thank You, Sponsor! Policygenius helps you shop for life insurance in under two minutes. Check them out at
August 30, 2019
Dean Karrel makes the case for mastering the basic skills that will put you above the rest.   You'll Learn: How “B students” can achieve more in their careers How to survive and thrive in office politics The secret to building unshakable confidence   About Dean: Dean Karrel is a Career and Executive Coach. He is the instructor of twelve courses with over 600,000 views available on LinkedIn Learning and has also been in senior leadership positions for more than three decades with major global publishing companies, including 22 years at Wiley. Karrel has hired and trained thousands of people at various stages of their careers, motivating them to maximize their abilities.   Dean’s Book: Mastering the Basics: Simple Lessons for Achieving Success in Business Dean’s Company: The Skyridge Group Dean’s LinkedIn: Dean Karrel Dean’s Courses: Dean Karrel Dean’s Twitter: @DeanKarrel   Resources mentioned in the show: Book: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Book: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni Book: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman Book: Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry   Thank You, Sponsors!   Mint Mobile. I saved over $17-per-minute I invested switching to Mintmobile for wireless service. Cut your wireless bill down to $15 a month at Four Sigmatic.  Give your brain a boost with superfood mushroom coffee with half the caffeine and double the mental clarity. Save 15% at  Simple Habit. This meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
August 28, 2019
Nir Eyal identifies the surprising reason why we get distracted and how you can overcome it.   You'll Learn: Why mainstream productivity advice doesn’t work The four steps to becoming indistractable The real motivation for all human behavior   About Nir: Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: (acquired by LinkedIn), Worklife (acquired by Cisco), Eventbrite,, and many others. Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. Nir’s Schedule Making Tool: Free Schedule Maker Nir’s Book: “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” Nir’s Book: “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life” Nir’s Previous Episode: 330: Becoming Indistractable with Nir Eyal    Resources mentioned in the show: Article: “How To Develop Unlimited Willpower” by Jessica Sillers Researcher: Dr. Michael Inzlicht Study: Freud’s Pleasure Principle YouTube: Play Anything by Ian Bogost, Chicago Humanities Festival Book: “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Christopher McDougall   Thank You, Sponsors! Four Sigmatic. Give your brain a boost with superfood mushroom coffee with half the caffeine and double the mental clarity. Save 15% at Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from   View transcript, show notes, and links at
August 26, 2019
David Allen provides an approachable overview of his legendary Getting Things Done (GTD) system.   You'll Learn: GTD in a nutshell The saving power of an external brain Two power questions for prioritizing   About David: David Allen is an international best-selling author who is widely recognized as the world's leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He wrote the international best-seller Getting Things Done, which has been published in over 28 languages. TIME magazine heralded it as “the defining self-help business book of its time.” He and his wife Kathryn run the David Allen Company, which oversees the certification academy and quality standards for Global Partners offering Getting Things Done courses and coaching around the world. David’s Book: “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” David’s Workbook: “The Getting Things Done Workbook: 10 Moves to Stress-Free Productivity” David’s Website: David on Twitter: @gtdguy   Resources mentioned in the show: Book: “The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking” by Oliver Burkeman Pior Episode Episode 015: David Allen, The World’s Leading Authority on Productivity   Thank You, Sponsors! Collaborate more effectively--and beautifully--at Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
August 23, 2019
Drew Tarvin shares how to bring more humor and fun into the workplace.   You'll Learn: The power of humor on your work-life productivity How to craft good work humor that considers medium, audience, and purpose The 3 specific situations when NOT to use humor at work   About Drew: Andrew Tarvin is the world's first humor engineer, teaching people how to get better results while having more fun. Combining his background as a project manager at Procter & Gamble with his experience as a stand-up comedian, he reverse-engineers the skill of humor in a way that is practical, actionable, and gets results in the workplace. Through his company, Humor That Works, Drew has worked with more than 35,000 people at over 250 organizations, including Microsoft, the FBI, and the International Association of Canine Professionals. He is a bestselling author; has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fast Company; and his TEDx talk has been viewed more than four million times. He loves the color orange, is obsessed with chocolate, and can solve a Rubiks Cube (but it takes like 7 minutes). Drew’s Book: "Humor That Works: The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work" Drew’s Twitter: @drewtarvin Drew’s Website: Humor That Works   Resources mentioned in the show: Comedy Sketch: Key & Peele text message confusion (NSFW) Study: Candlestick Problem App: Evernote Book: “The Complete Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson   Thank you, Sponsors! Blinkist: Read or listen to summarized wisdom from thousands of nonfiction books! Free trial available at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
August 21, 2019
Researcher Vanessa Van Edwards explains what causes people to like one another and how to make great impressions.   You'll Learn: Proven ways for making a fantastic first impression What builds and what kills likability the fastest Good and bad questions to ask during first meetings   About Vanessa: Vanessa Van Edwards is a behavioral investigator at her human behavior research lab, the Science of People. She is a professional people watcher—speaking, researching and cracking the code of interesting behavior hacks for audiences around the world. She is a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine and the Huffington Post. Her popular courses on Creative Live and Udemy have over 120,000 enrolled students. She’s been featured on NPR, CNN, Forbes and USA Today, but more importantly, she’s addicted to sour patch kids, airplane coffee and puppies. Vanessa’s Book: “Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People” Vanessa’s Facial Expression Guide: Vanessa’s TED Talk: You are contagious | TEDxLondon Vanessa’s Website: Science of People Vanessa’s YouTube: Vanessa Van Edwards   Resources mentioned in the show: Book: “Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps” by Barbara and Allan Pease Researcher: Dr. Ekman Term: Expectancy effect Personality research: The Big Five Personality Test   Thank you, sponsors! BetterHelp provides affordable therapy on demand. Get 10% off your first month at with the discount code AWESOME. The Simple Habit meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
August 19, 2019
Resilience expert Anne Grady shares how to decrease anxiety and stay in a more positive, productive zone more often.   You'll Learn: How the negativity bias hijacks us--and how to fix it Quick ways to put your lizard brain back in its place How to better savor “delicious moments” and enjoy each workday more   About Anne: Resilience expert Anne Grady is an internationally recognized speaker and author. Anne shares humor, humility, refreshing honesty, and practical strategies anyone can use to triumph over adversity and master change. A two-time TEDx speaker, Anne has been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Inc., FOX Business, Entrepreneur, and more. She is the author of “Strong Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience, and Triumph.” Learn more at LinkedIn: Anne Grady Group Website: YouTube: Anne Grady Group   Resources mentioned in the show: App: Calm App: Buddhify App: Happify App: Headspace App: Simple Habit Book: “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls Author: Arianna Huffington Author: Brene Brown Researcher: Dr. Rick Hanson Author: Rachel Hollis Researcher: Shawn Achor TED Talk: Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend Neurosciences terms: Amygdala, Hippocampus, Hypothalamus, Limbic system, Noradrenaline / Norepinephrine, Prefrontal cortex Book: “Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence”  by Rick Hanson Book: “The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work” by Shawn Achor Book: “The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It” by Kelly McGonigal   Thank You, Sponsor! iDashboards: Create gorgeously useful data visualizations with   View transcript, show notes, and links at
August 16, 2019
Randy Grieser offers actionable pointers to keep a workplace culture healthy and thriving.   You'll Learn: How trust is built in the workplace The 6 key elements of a healthy workplace culture Do's and don’ts for effective conflict management   About Randy: Randy Grieser is the founder and CEO of ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance. He is the author of The Ordinary Leader, and co-author of The Culture Question. Randy is passionate about sharing the importance of creating healthy workplace cultures, and believes leadership requires us to always be intentional about what we do and how we do it. Book: “The Culture Question: How to Create a Workplace Where People Like to Work” Company Website: Website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Book: “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink Book: “Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012: A Fortune Magazine Book” by Carol J. Loomis   Thank You, Sponsor! ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. You can try them for free at   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
August 14, 2019
Professional speaker Diane DiResta shares invaluable tips and tricks to level up your presentations and boost your executive presence.   You'll Learn: Why knockout presentation skills are essential to your career How to structure the most effective presentation An effective way to overcome your fear of speaking   About Diane: Diane DiResta, CSP, is Founder and CEO of DiResta Communications, Inc., a New York City consultancy that serves business leaders who deliver high-stakes presentations—whether one-to-one, in front of a crowd, or from an electronic platform. A Certified Speaking Professional, DiResta is one of only 12% of speakers to hold that designation. She was President of the New York City chapter of the National Speakers Association and former media trainer for the NBA and WNBA. Diane’s Website: DiResta Communications Inc. Diane’s YouTube Channel: Diane’s Book: Knockout Presentations: How to Deliver Your Message with Power, Punch, and Pizzazz   Resources mentioned in the show: App: LikeSo Article: “Talkaholics Sink Partnerships, Presentations—and Careers” by Joann Lublin Website: Book: The Science of Mind: The Complete Edition by Ernest Holmes   Thank you Sponsors! ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. You can try them for free at Butcher Box provides delicious, cost-effective, humanely-raised meat. Straight to your door! Get 2 free pounds of ground beef + bacon + $20 off by visiting   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
August 12, 2019
Ryan Berman offers his tips and tricks for building your courage muscle to make exciting changes.   You'll Learn: The three elements of the courage equation One simple trick to boost your courage How to convince your boss to make a courageous change   About Ryan: Ryan Berman is the founder of Courageous, a change consultancy that develops Courage Brands® and trains companies how to operationalize courage through Courage Bootcamp. He has spent a career developing meaningful stories for household brands—like Caesars Entertainment, Major League Baseball, New Era, Subway, and UNICEF—and he believes that courage is the ultimate competitive advantage for any willing business, being or brand.  Ryan Berman used the courage methodology detailed in the book to launch his own Courage Brand called Sock Problems, a charitable sock company that socks different problems in the world. Ryan’s book: Return on Courage: A Business Playbook for Courageous Change Ryan’s website: Ryan’s company: Courageous Ryan’s Twitter: @RyanBerman   Resources mentioned in the show: App: Slack App: Zoom Article: Retiring Cisco CEO delivers dire prediction: 40% of companies will be dead in 10 years Book: Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger Book: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown   Thank You, Sponsors! ZipRecruiter. ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. Try them for free at Collaborate more effectively--and beautifully with   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
August 9, 2019
Perry Marshall explains how the 80/20 rule can help you exponentially leverage your time to achieve massive results.   You'll Learn: What the 80/20 rule is—and how it’s misunderstood How you can achieve way more in just 5 minutes Why “procrastination demons” reveal your priorities   About Perry: Perry Marshall is endorsed in FORBES and INC Magazine and is one of the most expensive business consultants in the world.  His reinvention of the Pareto Principle is published in Harvard Business Review. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs at the California Institute of Technology uses his 80/20 Curve as a productivity tool. 80/20 Sales & Marketing is mandatory in many growing companies. Marketing maverick Dan Kennedy says, “If you don’t know who Perry Marshall is — unforgivable. Perry’s an honest man in a field rife with charlatans.” He’s consulted in over 300 industries and served as an expert witness for marketing and Google AdWords litigation. Perry has a degree in Electrical Engineering and lives in Chicago. Perry’s Book: 80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More (available for one penny plus shipping!) Perry’s Website: Perry’s Marketing DNA Test: Evolution 2.0 Prize:   Resources mentioned in the show: App: OmniFocus Term: 80/20 Rule  Researcher: Barbara McClintock Book: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield Book: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville   Thank you, Sponsors! Blinkist: Read or listen to summarized wisdom from thousands of nonfiction books! Free trial available at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
August 7, 2019
Pat Flynn discusses how to turn anyone into your superfan.   You'll Learn: How superfans transform your career How to create the moments that win superfans How your ego can kill your blossoming superfandom   About Pat: Pat Flynn is a father, husband, and entrepreneur who lives and works in San Diego, CA. He owns several successful online businesses and is a professional blogger, keynote speaker, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and host of the Smart Passive Income and AskPat podcasts, which have earned a combined total of over 55 million downloads, multiple awards, and features in publications such as The New York Times and Forbes. He is also an advisor to ConvertKit, LeadPages, Teachable, and other companies in the digital marketing arena. Pat’s book: Superfans: The Easy Way to Stand Out, Grow Your Tribe, and Build a Successful Business Pat’s website: Pat’s social media:  Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook    Resources mentioned in the show: Article: "How To Lower Your Monthly Bills" by Ramit Sethi Book: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss   Thank you, Sponsor! The Simple Habit meditation app can help you pay better attention to your emerging superfans. The first 50 listeners to sign up at get 30% off premium subscriptions.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
August 5, 2019
Mike Vardy discusses how to fine-tune your routine and make the most of your time through mode-based work.   You'll Learn: Why you shouldn't obsess over productivity apps How to craft your time with the 5 categories of mode-based work How to keep yourself motivated and on-track through journaling   About Mike: Mike Vardy is an author, speaker, and productivity and time management strategist (or 'productivityist') based in Victoria, BC, Canada. His company Productivityist helps people stop 'doing' productive and start 'being' productive through a variety of online and offline resources. He is the author of The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want, published by Diversion Books, and has self-published several eBooks, the most recent of which is ”The Productivityist Playbook." He currently hosts The Productivityist Podcast, a podcast that features insights and conversations surrounding productivity and workflow.  Mike’s Podcast: The Productivityist Podcast Mike’s TEDx Talk: How to Stop Time: My Talk at TEDx Victoria   Resources mentioned in the show: Tool: OmniFocus Tool: Things Tool: Todoist Tool: Trello Tool: Asana  Tool: Front Website: Lifehack Website: The Next Web Company: Baron Fig Movie: “The Pursuit of Happyness” Book: Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday Book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen Book: “The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph” by Ryan Holiday Book: “The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle” by Steven Pressfield   Thank you, Sponsor! Policygenius helps you shop for life insurance in under two minutes. Check them out at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
August 2, 2019
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July 31, 2019
Scott Young shares innovative methods to learn new skills more efficiently and effectively.   You'll Learn: Foundational principles for mastering skills more effectively The importance of “meta-learning” The Feynman Technique and other approaches to accelerate learning   About Scott: Scott is a writer, programmer, traveler and an avid reader of interesting things. For the last ten years he’s been experimenting to find out how to learn and think better. He doesn’t promise he has all the answers, just a place to start. Scott’s Book: "Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career" Scott’s MIT Challenge Scott’s email: Scott’s website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Online Class: MIT OpenCourseWare Technique: Feynman Technique Study: Retrieval Practice Produces More Learning than Elaborative Studying with Concept Mapping Book: "The Enigma of Reason" by Hugo Mercier   Thank you Sponsor! The Simple Habit meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. The first 50 listeners to sign up at get 30% off premium subscriptions.
July 29, 2019
Craig Dowden exposes gaps in common performance review practices and presents an empowering alternative approach everybody can use--no matter where you work.   You'll Learn: Why the current performance review practice is broken The key thing NOT to do when giving feedback A different and better strategy for regular reviews   About Craig: Craig Dowden (Ph.D.) is an inspiring and thought-provoking executive coach, Forbes author and keynote speaker who partners with leaders and executives to tackle their most important personal and organizational challenges. Craig holds a Doctorate in psychology, with a concentration in business and is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach. In his role as a trusted advisor, he integrates the latest findings in the science of leadership, team, and organizational excellence into his coaching and consulting work. In 2009, Craig was recognized as one of Ottawa’s 40 under 40 business leaders by the Ottawa Business Journal.  Craig’s Book: “Do Good to Lead Well: The Science and Practice of Positive Leadership” Craig on Twitter: @craigdowden Craig’s Website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Study: Program On NegotiatIon - Harvard Law School Website: Website: Triad Consulting Group Book: "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel Pink Book: "Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In" by William Ury Book: "The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results" by Gary Keller Book: "The Power of a Positive No: Save The Deal Save The Relationship and Still Say No" by William Ury   Thank You, Sponsor!   View transcript, show notes, and links at
July 26, 2019
Futurist Alexandra Levit explains what the “robot takeover” will really look like and how you can stay relevant despite it.   You'll Learn: The problem with how organizations automate Honest predictions about the future of the human workforce The essentials skills that make you future-proof   About Alexandra: Alexandra Levit has conducted proprietary research on the future of work, technology adoption, the millennial generation, gender differences and bias, and the skills gap. She also served as a member of Business Roundtable’s Springboard Project, which advised the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Defense on current employment issues. Levit also consults and writes on leadership development, human resources, technology adoption, entrepreneurship, innovation, career and workplace trends on behalf of Fortune 500 companies.  She is a frequent national media spokesperson and is regularly featured in outlets including USA Today, National Public Radio, CNN, ABC News, CNBC, Forbes, the Associated Press, and Glamour. Levit was named an American Management Association Top Leader for two years in a row and has also been Money Magazine’s Online Career Expert of the Year and the author of one of Forbes’ best websites for women.    Alexandra’s book: Humanity Works: Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future (Kogan Page Inspire)  Alexandra’s book: They Don't Teach Corporate in College, 3rd Edition: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World Alexandra’s Website:     Resources mentioned in the show: Software: QuickBooks Software: iDashboards Research: McKinsey: Jobs lost, jobs gained: What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages Study: Bystander Effect Study: Harry F. Harlow, Monkey Love Experiments Dale Carnegie Course: Powerful People Skills Online Course Provider: Data Analytics Course: IBM Analytics Learning Services Online Course Provider: Coursera Online Course Provider: edX Online Course Provider: Udemy Magazine: Fast Company Book: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey Book: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand   Thank you, Sponsors! Ziprecruiter is the smartest way to hire. Free trial available at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
July 24, 2019
Bill Treasurer shares practical wisdom for conquering fear, taking risks, and finding your courage.   You'll Learn: The key first step to finding courage Approaches for taking on more wise risks How to fill up each of the Three Buckets of Courage   About Bill: In the past two decades, thousands of executives across the globe have attended Bill’s keynotes and workshops. Benefiting from the concepts first introduced in Bill’s bestselling books, participants come away with stronger leadership skills, improved team performance, and more career backbone. Among others, Bill has led workshops for NASA, Accenture, Lenovo, CNN, Hugo Boss, SPANX, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bill’s insights about courage and risk-taking have been featured in over 100 newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, NY Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston Herald, and more. Bill’s Book: “Courage Goes to Work: How to Build Backbones, Boost Performance, and Get Results” Website: Website: Website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Book: “Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life” by John McCain Book: “Obedience to Authority” by Stanley Milgram   Thank You, Sponsor! Learn a new language anytime, anywhere with   View transcript, show notes, and links at
July 22, 2019
Paul Durham shares strategies to develop and execute your personal vision with great clarity.   You'll Learn: The wonders of guided journaling How to get your days to lead to your desired future Why you need to involve others to get to your vision   About Paul: Paul Durham’s passion for studying models of human development expresses itself in his mentoring and executive coaching. After earning a degree in Philosophy from Oberlin College and teaching in the Oakland public schools, he embarked on a career as a successful musician in Los Angeles, releasing albums on major labels, receiving widespread radio play, appearing on film and TV soundtracks, and developing a fan base that persists to this day. Always entrepreneurial, he parlayed his industry experiences into a variety of businesses including commercial music production, song licensing, and ringtones. Now 50 and the father of a teenage son, he has blended his comprehensive experiences into executive coaching and programs designed to help people find their paths and take flight. Paul’s Coaching: Paul Durham, Executive Coach Paul’s Year One Program: Paul’s Music: Black Lab   Resources mentioned in the show: Thinker: St. Augustine of Hippo Product: Bulletproof Coffee Product: FranklinCovey Paper Planners Product: Shure Beta 87A Product: The Artist’s Way Morning Pages Journal   Thank You, Sponsor! iDashboards: Create gorgeously useful data visualizations with   View transcript, show notes, and links at
July 19, 2019
Wade Foster shares super-simple mindsets, tools and tricks to automate repetitive work  tasks and liberate extra time.   You'll Learn: Just how much time you can save through automation Where automation works, and where it doesn’t The latest low-cost software tools to optimize your workflow   About Wade: Wade Foster is the co-founder and CEO of San-Francisco-based Zapier, a company offering a service that makes it easy to move data among web apps to automate tedious tasks. He, along with co-founder Mike Knoop, was featured on Forbes’ 30 under 30: for Enterprise Tech. Wade’s company: Zapier Wade’s Twitter: @wadefoster Wade’s email:   Resources mentioned in the show: Tool: Todoist Tool: Omnifocus Tool: Workona Tool: Calendly Tool: Slack Tool: Tool: Asana Tool: Trello Tool: Jira Tool: Google Sheets Tool: Airtable Tool: Coda Tool: Typeform Tool: Wufoo Tool: Superhuman Tool: Twilio Website: Book: “The Elements of Eloquence” by Mark Forsyth Previous episode: Episode 456: Finding Enrichment Through Side Hustles with Nick Loper   View transcript, show notes, and links at
July 17, 2019
Valerie Young sheds light on the impostor syndrome and shows the healthy way out.   You'll Learn: Just how prevalent impostor syndrome is The 5 impostor syndrome archetypes How to strategically shift your thinking from impostor to non-impostor   About Valerie: Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-known expert on impostor syndrome and author of award-winning book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It (Crown Business/Random House), now available in five languages. Valerie’s Book: The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It Valerie’s TED Talk: Thinking your way out of impostor syndrome Valerie’s Website: Resources mentioned in the show: Researcher: Dr. Gail Matthews Term: Dunning-Krueger Effect Term: Impostor Syndrome Study: Dr. Pauline Rose Clance on Impostor Syndrome Book: "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck Prior episode: How to Form Habits the Smart Way with BJ Fogg, PhD     Thank You, Sponsor! Learn a new language anytime, anywhere with View transcript, show notes, and links at
July 15, 2019
Scott Jeffrey Miller talks shares powerful stories and principles for becoming the most effective leader you can be.   You'll Learn: Why making time for one-on-ones is truly worth it Three foundational principles for listening well How to flourish as a leader by practicing the Law of Harvest   About Scott: Scott J. Miller is Executive Vice President of Business Development and Chief Marketing Officer for FranklinCovey. Scott has been with the company for 20 years, and previously served as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. His role as EVP and Chief Marketing Officer caps 12 years on the front line, working with thousands of client facilitators across many markets and countries. Scott’s Book: “Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow”  Scott’s Company: FranklinCovey Scott’s Website: Scott’s LinkedIn: Scott Jeffrey Miller Twitter: @ScottMillerFC Resources mentioned in the show: Study: Dr. Deborah Tannen on Interruption in Conversation Survey: Gallup on quitting Video: “The Law of the Harvest” Book: “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter” by Liz Wiseman Book: “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t” by Jim Collins Book: “The Four Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals” by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling Thank You Sponsor! The Simple Habit meditation app can help your mind listen better. The first 50 listeners to sign up at get 30% off premium subscriptions.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
July 12, 2019
Brian Kurtz shares his insider perspectives on persuasion and overdelivering from his legendary career at Boardroom and beyond.   You'll Learn: Why knowing your audience is the biggest key to persuasion The 4 pillars of being extraordinary How to overdeliver at work without burning out   About Brian: Brian Kurtz has been a serial direct marketer for almost 40 years and never met a medium he didn't like.  Brian left his beloved Boardroom in January of 2015. Over 34 years he was responsible for the mailing of close to 2 billion pieces of direct mail in his career. He worked with many of the most legendary copywriters and consultants who have ever lived. Under Brian's marketing leadership and during his tenure, Boardroom’s revenues went from approximately $5 million (in 1981) to a high of over $150 million (in 2006). Brian writes and speaks regularly; recent content can be found at and His first book, The Advertising Solution, was released in October of 2017. His second book, Overdeliver: Build a Business for a Lifetime Playing the Long Game in Direct Response Marketing was released in April of 2019. Brian also loves being a Little League Baseball Umpire. Brian’s book: “Overdeliver” Brian’s prior Book: “The Advertising Solution: Influence Prospects, Multiply Sales, and Promote Your Brand” by Brian Kurtz Brian’s former Company: Boardroom Inc. Resources mentioned in the show: Book: “The Origin of Illness: Psychological, Physical and Social” by Norberto Keppe Book: “Breakthrough Advertising” by Eugene Schwartz & Martin Edelston Book: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho Book: “Give and Take” by Adam Grant Thank you, Sponsor! Get affordable therapy on demand with   View transcript, show notes, and links at
July 10, 2019
Pamela McLean reveals how your inner landscape helps and hinders your leadership capabilities.   You'll Learn: The most common obstacle to developing your leadership potential How to address self-limiting beliefs The most critical internal areas to develop   About Pamela: Pamela McLean is the CEO and cofounder of the Hudson Institute of Coaching, which provides consulting to organizations worldwide. Working in the arenas of clinical and organizational psychology, and leadership coaching and development, Pam has worked with hundreds of organizational leaders and seasoned professionals inside organizations and in solo practice to deepen and strengthen their coaching skills. Pam is the author and co-author of several books, articles and whitepapers focused on coaching, human development and transformational learning. Her titles include: The Completely Revised Handbook of Coaching and LifeForward, Charting the Journey Ahead. Pam’s book: Self as Coach, Self as Leader: Developing the Best in You to Develop the Best in Others Pam’s organization:   Resources mentioned in the show: App: Calm App: InsightTimer App: Simple Habit Movie: Inside Out (2015) Book: INSIGHT by Tasha Eurich Book: Leadership Embodiment: How the Way We Sit and Stand Can Change the Way We Think and Speak by Wendy Palmer & James Crawford Book: Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey by James Hollis    Thank You Sponsors! Get insurance the quick, easy, and affordable way with Learn a new language anytime, anywhere with   View transcript, show notes, and links at
July 8, 2019
Erik Fisher shares tips and tricks to optimize your productivity without going crazy.   You'll Learn: Tricks to reduce your smartphone dependency The small habits that create big results Why it’s okay to not get things done   About Erik: Erik is a Productivity Author, Podcaster, Speaker, and Coach. He talks with real people who practically implement productivity strategies in their professional and personal lives. You’ll be refreshed and inspired after hearing how others fail and succeed at daily productivity and continue to lead successful and meaningful lives.   Erik’s Podcast: Beyond the To-Do List Podcast Episodes: Episode 251 – Habits: James Clear on the Power of Habits, Building Good Habits, and Breaking Bad Ones Episode 259 – Focus: Cal Newport on Digital Technology, Distraction, and Focus Episode 267 – The Meaning of Productivity: Mike Sturm on Being, Thinking, and Doing Episode 268 – Focus: Michael Hyatt on Achieving the Freedom to Focus and Eliminating Distractions Through Digital Minimalism Episode 277 – Focus: Jaime Masters on Focus, Flow, Time Tracking, and Nootropics   Resources mentioned in the show: Tool: Focus At Will Tool: Tool: Tool: Tool: Star Trek TNG Ambient Engine Noise Product: Alpha BRAIN Book: “Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport Book: “Atomic Habits” by James Clear Previous episode: 199: Supercharging Your Productivity with Erik Fisher Thank you Sponsors! iDashboards: Create gorgeously useful data visualizations with
July 5, 2019
David Komlos teaches ways to dramatically shorten the process of solving your organization’s most complex challenges.   You'll Learn: The 3 types of challenges and how to approach them The 10-step process to tackle challenges faster and more effectively How to structure a problem-solving meetings to get the best results   About David: David Komlos, CEO of Syntegrity, is an entrepreneur, early-stage investor and speaker who has helped change the way many global leaders approach their top challenges. From Fortune 100 transformation to international aid, content creation in sports and entertainment to improving access to life-saving products, David advises top leaders and enterprises on how to dramatically accelerate solutions and execution on their defining challenges. He frequently speaks on topics related to complexity, fast problem-solving and mobilization, and scaling talent. He lives with his family in Toronto. David’s Book: “Cracking Complexity: The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast”  David’s website: Website:   Resources Mentioned in the Show: Tool: Cynefin framework Tool: Requisite variety Book: “Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers” by Geoffrey A. Moore Book: “Good to Great” by Jim Collins   Thank You Sponsors! The Simple Habit meditation app has offers has enriching variety for everyone. The first 50 listeners to sign up at get 30% off premium subscriptions. ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. You can try them for free at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
July 3, 2019
Diana Wu David shares how to future-proof your work-life with approaches for reinvention and re-framing.   You'll Learn: Approaches for taking agency over your own career How to recognize the “treadmill of self-sacrifice” and get off it The right way to ask for what you want at work   About Diana: Diana Wu David is a strategist, innovator, entrepreneur, and the founder of Sarana Capital and Sarana Labs. Her companies transform how executives work and prepare companies for the future of work, invest in Edtech and HRtech, and support innovative education initiatives across public and private sectors. Her diverse, global career includes assisting Henry Kissinger and leading executive education initiatives for Financial Times. A superconnector of people and a sought-after speaker, Diana lives in Hong Kong with her husband and their three children.   Diana’s Book: “Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration” Diana’s TEDx Talk: The Difference Between Running and Running Free Diana’s Website:   Resources mentioned in the show: App: Zoom App: SaneBox App: SaneLater Podcast: Inside Asia Book: "The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity" by Lynda Gratton, Andrew Scott, and Mark Meadows Prior episode: 020: Strategically Spending Your 100 Years with Lynda Gratton Prior episode: 418: Separating Your Self-Worth from Your Productivity with Rahaf Harfoush   Thank you sponsors! Ziprecruiter is the smartest way to hire. Free trial available at High Brew Coffee provides delicious, portable, cold-brew energy for your next adventure. Use Promo Code 20awesomeHBC for 20% off a 12-pack at checkout.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
July 1, 2019
Steve Ritter shares the fundamentals that makes teams healthy through their inevitable changes.   You'll Learn: Where teams get stuck most often How to grow and deepen over time as a team Why there's hope for disengaged team members   About Steve: Steve Ritter is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Team Excellence. He is on the faculty of the Center for Professional Excellence at Elmhurst College where he earned the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is the acclaimed author of the 2009 Amazon Top 50 Business Book: Team Clock: A Guide to Breakthrough Teams and the 2019 release: The 4 Stages of a Team: How Teams Thrive…and What to do When They Don’t. Steve’s Book: “The 4 Stages of a Team: How teams thrive…and what to do when they don’t” Steve’s previous Book: “Team Clock: A Guide to Breakthrough Teams” by Steve Ritter Steve’s Website: Team Clock   Resources mentioned in the show: App: Inner Balance Tool: Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test Tool Tool: HeartMath Book: “This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See” by Seth Godin Previous episode: 001:Communicating with Inspiration and Clarity with Mawi Asgedom Previous episode: 036:Detoxifying Teams with Steve Ritter   Thank you to our sponsor: ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire   View transcript, show notes, and links at
June 28, 2019
Gret Glyer discusses how you can increase your persuasion power by telling compelling stories.   You'll Learn: Why stories succeed where statistics fail What makes a story compelling How storytelling can earn you a promotion   About Gret: Gret Glyer has helped raise over a million dollars through storytelling. He is the CEO of DonorSee, the platform that shows you that your money is helping real people in need with personalized video updates. From 2013 to 2016, Glyer lived with the world’s poorest people in Malawi, Africa where he built more than 150 houses for the homeless and crowdfunded $100,000 to build a girls’ school in rural Malawi. Glyer has been featured in USA Today, National Review, HuffPo, Acton Institute and is a TEDx Speaker. He is currently fundraising for his first ever book on Kickstarter called, If The Poor Were Next Door.   Items mentioned in the show: Gret’s Organization: DonorSee Gret’s Kickstarter: “If The Poor Were Next Door” Gret’s TEDx talk: How to Wake Up Tomorrow Morning Like a Billionaire Person: Scott Harrison TV Show: Lost  TV Show: Game of Thrones TV Show: Breaking Bad Movie: A Quiet Place Movie: Les Miserables Book: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Previous episode: Episode 403: Hollywood Secrets for Effective Business Storytelling with Matthew Luhn   View transcript, show notes, and links at
June 26, 2019
Nick Loper discusses the many benefits to having a side hustle—and how to start yours.   You'll Learn: How side hustles can empower you as a professional How to turn your ideas into low-risk side hustles When to turn a side hustle into your main hustle   About Nick: Nick is an author, entrepreneur, and a lifelong student in the game of business. His latest role is as Chief Side Hustler at He's been making his living online since before it was cool. Along the way he's picked up a thing or two about small business, marketing, and outsourcing—and is happy to share the experience with those working hard to make their side hustle dreams a reality. As the host of the top-rated Side Hustle Show podcast, Nick explores a different business idea each week and helps listeners discover the path to income streams.   Items Mentioned in this Show: Nick’s podcast: The Side Hustle Show Nick’s website: Side Hustle Nation  Nick’s email: Website: Website:  Services: Podcast Fast Track Services: Zen WP Services: Liberty HealthShare Services: Medi-Share App: TextExpander App: LastPass Book: The Go-Giver by Bob Burg View transcript, show notes, and links at
June 24, 2019
Lisa Wentz pinpoints the fundamental elements that can make anyone a great speaker.   You'll Learn: The ideal mindset for communicating with anyone and in any setting The best way to breathe for vocal power and confidence How to articulate well and why that matters   About Lisa: Lisa Wentz is the founder of the San Francisco Voice Center, a public speaking expert, accent specialist and author of Grace Under Pressure: a Masterclass in Public Speaking. Lisa has been featured as a Public Speaking expert in TIME,  The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Lisa regularly coaches speeches, presentation skills and accent reduction with TED talkers and executives and managers from Fortune 500 companies such as Adobe, Genentech, Google, Oracle, Salesforce and VMware, etc.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
June 21, 2019
Judy Ringer explains how the techniques and principles of aikido can turn workplace conflicts into valuable experiences.   You'll Learn: How to master yourself during conflicts Three effective mindsets for resolving conflicts How to skillfully inquire, acknowledge, and advocate   About Judy: Through interactive presentations and individual coaching, Judy Ringer helps you transform conflict by changing your relationship to it. Aikido is the metaphor she uses to become more intentional and less reactive, to communicate directly and respectfully, and to create your life and work on purpose.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
June 19, 2019
David Epstein explains why and how generalists tend to achieve more.   You'll Learn: How focusing on short-term improvement can undermine long-term development Pro-tips for breaking through your learning plateaus The benefits of becoming a jack-of-all-trades   About David: David Epstein is the author of the book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and the top 10 New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene. He was previously a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. His writing has been honored widely. David has his master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism, and is reasonably sure he’s the only person to have co-authored a paper in the journal of Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research while a writer at Sports Illustrated.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
June 17, 2019
Former Navy SEAL Nick Hays shares practical advice on how to elevate your performance and push yourself to unlock your maximum potential.   You'll Learn: How to conquer large goals by celebrating the tiniest of victories How to find gratitude in the most unpleasant circumstances How to tune out the "yeah, but..." voice in your head   About Nick: Nick Hays is former a Navy SEAL. His operating days came to an end when he ruptured a disk while preparing for an operation in Afghanistan. Disillusioned, broken, and without means to provide for his family, Nick was left without a purpose in life. After recovery, his training kicked in, and he remembered the lessons learned from the SEAL teams and put them to the test with professional athletes. He’s helped train the Miami Heat and helped the Atlanta Falcons to a Super Bowl. Nick holds a BA from the University of Maryland, a Masters in Business from the University of San Diego, and a post-graduate degree from Harvard Business School. He now resides in California with his wife, Ivy, and their three children.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
June 14, 2019
Professor Art Markman shares insights from cognitive science research for us to be smarter every day at work.   You'll Learn: The secret to making a great first impression The pros and cons of high energy The role of dissatisfaction in motivating yourself   About Art: Art Markman is a Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. He got his ScB from Brown University and his PhD from the University of Illinois.  Before coming to the University of Texas, Art taught at Northwestern University and Columbia University. Art's research explores thinking. Art is also the executive editor of the journal of Cognitive Science and is a former executive officer of the Cognitive Science Society. Art has always been interested in bringing insights from Cognitive Science to a broader audience. To that end, he writes blogs for many sites including Psychology Today and Fast Company. He consults for companies interested in using Cognitive Science in their businesses.  Art is also on the scientific advisory boards for the Dr. Phil Show and the Dr. Oz Show.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
June 12, 2019
Jason Hanson shares his intelligence operation secrets to “recruiting” people and convincing them to say yes.   You'll Learn: The CIA’s SADR cycle and how it applies to the workplace Why research and authenticity are integral to successful influence How to advocate for your case at work   About Jason: Jason is a former CIA officer. After leaving the CIA, Jason became the Founder and CEO of Spy Escape & Evasion (, a company that teaches men and women how to be safe using Spy Secrets that 99% of Americans will never know. In 2014, Jason won a deal on ABC’s hit Reality Series, Shark Tank and opened, “Spy Ranch,” a 320-acre facility to teach Evasive Driving, Pistol and Rifle Shooting, Intelligence Operations, Cyber Security and more. Jason regularly appears as a Keynote Speaker at corporate events, conferences and conventions worldwide. Jason has appeared on The NBC Today Show, Dateline, Rachael Ray, Fox & Friends, and more. Jason has been interviewed by Forbes, NPR and The Huffington Post among others.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
June 10, 2019
Marissa Orr shares fresh, actionable wisdom on the workplace gender gap and reframes how alleged weaknesses can actually be strengths.   You'll Learn: The problem with the ‘lean in’ mentality How power and money trigger value judgments when it comes to gender differences Why strengths depend on context   About Marissa: Marissa Orr began her Google career over 15 years ago as a founding member of Google’s Sales Operations & Strategy team, after which she worked as Vertical Marketing Manager at Facebook. She has conducted talks and workshops for thousands of people at diverse organizations across the globe. Originally from Miami, she now lives in New Jersey, with her three children.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
June 7, 2019
Ashley Goodall debunks deeply-embedded misconceptions about work and how fostering human individuality provides valuable possible solutions.   You'll Learn: How deeply-rooted misconceptions about work lead to inefficiency Why you should focus on being “spikey” rather than well-rounded How systematizing can remove the human essence from work   About Ashley: Ashley Goodall is currently Senior Vice President of Leadership and Team Intelligence at Cisco. In this role he has built a new organization focused entirely on serving teams and team leaders—combining talent management, succession, coaching, assessment, executive talent, workforce and talent planning, research and analytics, and technology to support leaders and their teams in real time. Previously he was Director and Chief Learning Officer, Leader Development, at Deloitte. He is the co-author, with Marcus Buckingham, of “Reinventing Performance Management,” the cover story in the April 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
June 5, 2019
Hal Gregersen reveals the key skills of disruptive innovators--and how you can get them too.   You'll Learn: The core five skills required for innovation The questions disruptive innovators ask How to network for new ideas   About Hal: Hal Gregersen is the Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center and a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he pursues his vocation of executive teaching, coaching, and research by exploring how leaders in business, government, and society discover provocative new ideas, develop the human and organizational capacity to realize those ideas, and deliver positive, powerful results.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
June 3, 2019
Judi Holler makes the case for exercising your bravery muscle and making fear your friend—one challenge at a time.   You'll Learn: The small things we do each day that slow our long-term progress Why technology is a great servant but a terrible master How to deal with fear when it never goes away   About Judi: Judi Holler is a keynote speaker, author, and a professionally trained improviser and alumna of The Second City’s Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. Judi is a past president of Meeting Professionals International, Chicago Area Chapter, and was named one of the 40 under 40 in the meetings industry by Connect magazine in 2015 Judi’s book on Fear, titled “Fear Is My Homeboy: How to Slay Doubt, Boss Up, and Succeed on Your Own Terms”, was recently endorsed by Mel Robbins calling it: “relatable, relevant and most importantly ACTIONABLE!” Fear Is My Homeboy came out last week.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 31, 2019
Stephanie Evergreen discusses the importance of effective data visualization and shares tips and tricks for creating charts that best communicate data findings.   You'll Learn: How charts can transform culture How to make use of tools you already have to make great visuals How to determine the most appropriate chart for your data   About Stephanie: Dr. Stephanie Evergreen is an internationally-recognized data visualization and design expert. She has trained future data nerds worldwide through keynote presentations and workshops, for clients including Mastercard, Adobe, Verizon, Head Start, American Institutes for Research, Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institute, and the United Nations. She writes a popular blog on data presentation at Her two books on designing high-impact graphs, slideshows, and reports both hit #1 on Amazon bestseller lists weeks before they were even released. This Spring Dr. Evergreen is publishing the second edition of one of those bestsellers and a brand new sketchbook with templates for making infographics and dashboards.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 29, 2019
Stacey Engle offers pro-tips for engaging in more meaningful conversations at work. You'll Learn: 1. Why pointless conversations are at the root of many business problems 2. How to have more efficient team meetings 3. How to handle strong emotions when communicating About Stacey: As President of Fierce Inc., a global leadership development and training company, Stacey Engle is obsessed with helping Fierce clients stay ahead of the curve. A strong innovator, she’s always connected—to clients, emerging trends and new opportunities. Stacey’s forward-thinking approach to sales and marketing reflects Fierce’s commitment to enriching lives and creating community, one conversation at a time. She relishes her role in bringing people together to have the conversations they most need to have. View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 27, 2019
Happy Memorial Day! Here are some of what we've learned about genuine, actual caring and sacrifice from former podcast guests.   Items mentioned in the show: Previous episode: 429: A Navy SEAL’s Surprising Key to Building Unstoppable Teams: Caring Previous episode: 430: How to Reach the Unreachable: Lessons Learned from Master Teachers with Jeff Gargas Take our listener survey at:
May 24, 2019
Petr Ludwig shares his research-based strategies and tactics for overcoming procrastination.   You'll Learn: Petr’s recipe for finding willpower in the moment How to find your ongoing motivation Why you should rest before you get tired   About Petr Petr Ludwig is a science popularizer, entrepreneur, and consultant for Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of the bestselling book The End of Procrastination, a book dedicated to overcoming the habit of putting off tasks and responsibilities. His book has been translated into more than 10 languages and sold hundreds of thousands of copies globally. Petr is the founder and CEO of the company, which applies the latest scientific findings in neuroscience and behavioral economics to help individuals and companies in their sustainable growth. His core fields of interests are a purpose at work, value-based leadership, and critical thinking.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 22, 2019
Dianna Booher shares invaluable advice on how to minimize your email inbox and write more effective and efficient emails.   You'll Learn: Just how much time you can save through email optimization How to reduce useless emails and optimize your inbox How to compose better emails in less time using the M-A-D-E structure   About Dianna: Dianna Booher’s lifework has centered around communication. As author of 48 books, translated into 60 foreign language editions, she has traveled the globe, talking with clients and organizations on six continents about communication challenges they face at work and at home. Her firm works with organizations to help them communicate clearly. During her more than three decades at BooherResearch Institute and earlier at Booher Consultants, she and her team have provided communication training programs, coaching, and consulting to governmental agencies and more than one third of the Fortune 500 organizations. The national media frequently interview Booher for opinions on communication issues, and she blogs regularly for Microsoft, Forbes, and The CEO Magazine.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 20, 2019
Ruth Soukup shares the seven Fear Archetypes so you can better understand and conquer your particular fear.   You'll Learn: How to identify your Fear Archetype™️ and use that knowledge to conquer your fear How to seek out honest feedback How to develop courage to take the first step past fear   About Ruth: New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup is dedicated to helping people overcome fear and create a life they love. Through her blog, Living Well Spending Less, which reaches more than 1 million people each month, she encourages her readers to follow their dreams and reach their goals. She is also the founder of the Living Well Planner® and Elite Blog Academy®, as well as the author of five bestselling books. Her practical advice has been featured in numerous publications and news programs, including Women’s Day, Redbook, Family Circle and Fox News. Her Do It Scared® podcast launched on April 30, 2018 and her next book, Do It Scared®: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Obstacles, and Create a Life You Love (Harper Collins) will be available in May 2019.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 17, 2019
Stever Robbins shares how to break down skills into microskills...and shares which ones are worth building.   You'll Learn: A productivity power tool to help you accomplish almost everything Why to break down learning into microskills Essential microskills that will save you years of time   About Stever: Stever Robbins is a serial entrepreneur, top podcaster, and productivity expert. He co-founded the early internet success story FTP Software, served as COO of Building Blocks Interactive, CEO of, and has been an initial team member of ten start-ups, including four IPOs and three acquisitions. He currently runs Get-it-Done Groups™, which help people make extreme progress on important projects and habits. He was project manager at Intuit. He serves as business plan judge for the Harvard Business School business plan competition, the MIT $100K competition, and several other competitions. His Get-It-Done-Guy podcast has been downloaded more than 36 million times. He’s been interviewed in numerous publications and is the author of It Takes a Lot More than Attitude…to Build a Stellar Organization and Get-it-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More. Stever holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 15, 2019
David Greene shares how you can identify valuable opportunities in any situation you find yourself in--even the crappy ones.   You'll Learn: How difficulties often indicate valuable opportunities Why analyzing your anxiety often yields valuable insight David’s salad story which reveals how to 8X your efficiency on certain tasks   About David: David Greene is the co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast, author of "Long Distance Real Estate Investing: How To Buy, Rehab, and Manage Out Of State Rental Property,” online blog contributor, Keller Williams Rookie of the Year, and a top producing real estate agent in Northern CA. As a former police officer who started investing in real estate in 2009, David has built a portfolio of over 30 single family homes, as well as shares in large apartment complexes, mortgage notes, and note funds. David teaches free monthly seminars on real estate investing and has been featured on numerous real estate related podcasts. He runs, a blog where he teaches others to build wealth through real estate, as well as "The David Greene Team"—and is one of the top Keller Williams agents in the East Bay.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 13, 2019
Sandy Rogers shares the three core principles required to earn the devotion of both customer and colleague.   You'll Learn: The 3 core loyalty principles of responsibility, empathy, and generosity How indifference can destroy loyalty The importance of weekly team huddles for reinforcing new behaviors   About Sandy: Sandy Rogers is the leader of FranklinCovey’s Loyalty Practice. He was previously Senior Vice President at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. During his 14 years there, Sandy managed the turnaround of the London, England operation and led the teams that developed Enterprise’s marketing strategy and system for improving customer service across all branches. Before Enterprise, Sandy worked in marketing at Apple Computer and at P&G. He is a graduate of Duke and Harvard Business School.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 10, 2019
Dr. Michael Ungar shares insights from his decades-long research into resilience to reveal that it’s not about your ruggedness, but rather your resources.   You'll Learn: The true key to resilience A master checklist for upgrading your resilience How to change your mood by changing your environment   About Michael: Dr. Ungar is a Family Therapist and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he holds a national Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience. Dr. Ungar has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of resilience and is the author of 15 books for mental health professionals, researchers, employers and parents. These include Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, a book for adults experiencing stress at work and at home.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 8, 2019
Joseph Reagle shares handy research insights on hacking life optimally and safely.   You'll Learn: The question you need to ask when optimizing your life Why lifehacks should be taken in moderation How to use your own money  to hack your motivation   About Joseph: Joseph writes and teaches about digital communication and online communities. He’s an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. He’s also served as a fellow and faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. His doctoral dissertation was on the history and collaborative culture of Wikipedia. Joseph has appeared in media including The Economist and The New York Times.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 6, 2019
Legendary soccer player Kristine Lilly and researcher Dr. John Gillis share the 13 tactics of a powerhouse team, whether in sports or business.   You'll Learn: The 13 tactics that make a powerhouse team The most common mistakes teams make How to build trust in a team   About Kristine Kristine Lilly is an expert on effective teamwork. She consults with organizations, providing lessons gleaned from her remarkable career as a professional athlete. Lilly played midfielder for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team for over twenty-three years. This included five FIFA World Cups and three Olympic Games. She was inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame in 2012 and the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014. Before that, she won four national championships at The University of North Carolina. Kristine lives outside Boston with her husband, David Heavey, a Brookline firefighter. They “team together” to raise two amazing daughters, Sidney and Jordan.   About John Dr. John Gillis, Jr. facilitates executive leadership development using a dynamic business simulation for LeadershipX. As a management consultant, he has worked for IBM, Accenture, Center for Creative Leadership, and The Conference Board. He did his doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and Wharton Business School. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Lynette and their four children: Jack, Rylan, Caroline, and Mary Claire.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
May 1, 2019
Tom Ziglar shares best practices for motivation and goal-setting (AKA problem-solving).   You'll Learn: Why and how to articulate your “why” The seven-step Ziglar goal-setting/problem-solving system How to transform a bad habit into a good one   About Tom: Tom Ziglar is the proud son of Zig Ziglar and the CEO of Ziglar, Inc. He joined the Zig Ziglar corporation in 1987 and climbed from working in the warehouse to sales, to management, and then on to leadership. Today, he speaks around the world; hosts The Ziglar Show, one of the top-ranked business podcasts; and carries on the Ziglar philosophy, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” He and his wife, have one daughter and reside in Plano, Texas.     View transcript, show notes, and links at
April 29, 2019
Greg Bustin reveals his insights on decision-making gleaned from 52 inspiring historical events.   You'll Learn: The two things you need when making a decision The Seven F’s tool that can help you decide what you want How to fight cognitive bias   About Greg: For more than two decades, Greg has been skillfully counseling a diverse roster of innovative companies. He’s a trusted advisor to savvy CEOs and key leaders—steering three executive groups and providing one-on-one coaching as a Master Chair for Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO organization. Organizations around the world invite Greg to conduct private workshops and deliver thought-provoking keynote addresses on leadership, strategy, conflict resolution and Workplace Accountability. He’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Financial Executive, and more.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
April 26, 2019
Sara Canaday highlights key places where conventional leadership wisdom needs to be replaced.   You'll Learn: A common leadership practice you should replace Why we should value soft intelligence as much as we value hard data How the bias for action can get in the way of progress   About Sara: Sara Canaday is a leadership expert, keynote speaker, and author.  She works with leaders and high-potential professionals from organizations around the world to expand their capacity to innovate, influence, engage, and perform. Her new book, Leadership Unchained: Defy Conventional Wisdom for Breakthrough Performance, is now available on Amazon. For more information, please visit   View transcript, show notes, and links at
April 24, 2019
Jeff Gargas shares best practices from teaching that every professional can use.   You'll Learn: Three links between classroom management and organizational management How to return to caring when you’re not feeling it How to reach the unreachable   About Jeff: Jeff Gargas is the COO and co-founder of the Teach Better Team (Creators of, The Grid Method, and Teach Further). He works with educators to increase student engagement and improve student success. Prior to co-founding Teach Better, Jeff was the owner of ENI Multimedia, an online marketing firm, where he worked with entrepreneurs and small businesses, assisting them with web design, social media, content marketing, and brand awareness. Prior to all of this, Jeff was an adjunctive professor at Kent State University and spent 10+ years in the music industry. He has spoken at conferences around the country, and has successfully promoted more than 500 events and launched 7 businesses in a variety of industries.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
April 22, 2019
Former NAVY SEAL platoon commander and current entrepreneur Alden Mills walks through his CARE framework for teambuilding   You'll Learn: Four key steps to leading with CARE instead of fear The distinction between caring and comforting The high stakes associated with caring   About Alden: Alden Mills is a three-time Navy SEAL platoon commander and was the CEO of Perfect Fitness. He is also a longtime entrepreneur, with over 40 patents and over 25 years of experience working on high-performance leadership, sales, and team-building.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
April 19, 2019
Writer Ellen Ruppel Shell shares thoughtful perspectives on work and its future in a time of radical change.  You'll Learn: Why no employer can give you meaning What people actually want in a job How and why to engage in job crafting About Ellen: Ellen Ruppel Shell is a correspondent for The Atlantic, and co-directs the graduate program in Science Journalism at Boston University. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, The Smithsonian, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, O, Scientific American, and Science.   View transcript, show notes, and links at High Brew Coffee discount code (one per customer): 20awesomeHBC
April 17, 2019
Tamara Loehr shares her perspective on work-live blending.   You'll Learn: Three steps for getting to the root of guilt Why you should go on an acquaintance diet How to optimally divide your time amongst competing priorities   About Tamara: Tamara Loehr is an Australian native, wife, and mother of two, who started her first business at the age of 19 after graduating college with a Bachelor of Visual Arts. Her ‘sweat equity’ model led her to winning a range of global awards. Loehr has become globally known as a leading wellness entrepreneur, growing her first business from under $1M annual turnover to over $10M in less than two years with no capital investment. She is proud to use her platform to share how people can have ‘blended’ lives without compromises.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
April 15, 2019
Laura Gassner Otting charts how one can be limitless by freeing yourself from other people’s expectations.   You'll Learn: The danger in carrying someone else’s “scorecard” of expectations What limitlessness looks and feels like Why to view purpose more broadly   About Laura: Laura speaks with change agents, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and donors to get them past the doubt and indecision that consign their great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes. She’s had boatloads of cool experience, from being a White House presidential appointee to founding her own organizations.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
April 12, 2019
Case Kenny shares his bro-tastic approaches to building confidence, achievement, and motivation.   You'll Learn: How doing embarrassing things increases confidence How to balance striving with gratitude Two common motivational mistakes   About Case: Case Kenny is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of and the host of the iTunes top podcast New Mindset, Who Dis?   View transcript, show notes, and links at
April 10, 2019
Jeremie Kubicek teaches how to multiply your leadership many times over.   You'll Learn: Tools for being the best sherpa for your team, like the Support-Challenge Matrix Pro tips for better supporting and challenging yourself and others Critical expectations that need to be spelled out   About Jeremie: Jeremie Kubicek is a thought leader who specializes in transformational leader development. He is CEO of GiANT TV, and Chairman and co-founder of GiANT Worldwide, where he helps people grow through powerful content across the globe. Additionally, Jeremie is the bestselling author of Making Your Leadership Come Alive.Together with Steve Cockram, he is also the author of 5 Voices and 5 Gears.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
April 8, 2019
Michael Hyatt offers useful concepts to upgrade your productivity and focus, including the  freedom compass, the zones of desire and drudgery, and more.   You'll Learn: How to do more of what you want with the “yes, no, yes” formula Three beliefs that prevent you from delegating your tasks effectively How to feel like you’re winning each day with the daily big three   About Michael: Michael Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, a leadership coaching and development firm twice listed on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing US companies. A longtime publishing executive, Michael is the former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson, now part of HarperCollins. He is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including Your Best Year Ever, Living Forward, and Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Michael is the creator of the Full Focus Planner, which combines quarterly goal-tracking and daily productivity in a proven system for personal and professional achievement. His blog and weekly podcast, Lead to Win, are go-to resources for hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, executives, and aspiring leaders. He has been featured by Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, Fast Company and Wall Street Journal. Michael and his wife of 40 years, Gail, have five daughters, three sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They live just outside of Nashville, Tenn.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
April 5, 2019
Former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina, discusses how to solve problems, make decisions, and connect with other people like a leader.   You'll Learn: Why to choose a path instead of a plan Three steps for arriving at the wisest decision Key prompts to ensure you’ve considered all the angles   About Carly: Carly Fiorina is the former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard and a seasoned problem-solver. She started out as a secretary for a 9-person real-estate business and eventually became the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company. Through Carly Fiorina Enterprises and the Unlocking Potential Foundation, Carly and her team strengthen problem-solving and leadership capacity across America. Carly is also a best-selling author. Her titles include Tough Choices and Rising to the Challenge. Her third book Find Your Way releases on April 9th. She and her husband, Frank, have been happily married for 33 years. They reside in northern Virginia near their daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
April 3, 2019
Author Kevin Kruse offers wise--yet contrarian--pointers  for leaders.   You'll Learn: Arguments for closing your Open Door policy Why to set guardrails instead of rules How to be likeable without striving for being liked   About Kevin: Kevin Kruse is Founder+CEO of LEADx, the first and only AI-powered executive coach and leadership success platform built with IBM Watson. A successful entrepreneur, Kevin has won both “Inc 500” awards for fast growth and “Best Place to Work” awards for employee culture. He was previously the founder or co-founder of several companies with successful exits. Kevin is also a Forbes contributor and a New York Times bestselling author of nine books including Employee Engagement 2.0, Employee Engagement for Everyone and We: How To Increase Performance and Profit Through Full Engagement. Kevin’s next book, Great Leaders Have No Rules: Contr arian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business (Crown Publishing) will launch on April 2, 2019.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
April 1, 2019
Brian Solis interlinks procrastination, distraction, and device-related addiction to show how they rob us of productivity and happiness.   You'll Learn: The biochemical forces that rewire your brain when exposed to social media The key thing you must do  to reclaim your attention Why devices are often thieves of our own happiness   About Brian: Brian Solis is Principal Analyst and futurist at Altimeter, a Prophet Company, a keynote speaker and best-selling author. Brian studies disruptive technology and its impact on business and society. In his reports, articles and books, he humanizes technology and its impact on business and society to help executives gain new perspectives and insights. Brian’s research explores digital transformation, customer experience and culture 2.0 and "the future of" industries, trends and behavior.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
March 29, 2019
Dr. Lizette Ojeda shares her “Get It, Pivot It, Quit It” method for making career decisions, as well as a few exercises designed to help you be more aware of your core values and boundaries.   You'll Learn: How to defend against career  “shoulds” How to determine your core values when making career decisions Power questions for making career decisions   About Lizette: Dr. Lizette Ojeda is a career development expert, helping people achieve their career goals, have better work-life balance, and step up with confidence in their zone of brilliance. She’s a Tenured Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and Licensed Psychologist and Career Strategist who teaches career counseling, conducts research on career development, has been nationally recognized for her work and has been published in Journal of Career Development, The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology, The Handbook of Career Counseling for Women, and has helped hundreds of people achieve their career and life goals.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
March 27, 2019
Rahaf Harfoush masterfully unpacks history, psychology, philosophy, and more to discover how we got obsessed with hustling / productivity...and how that obsession often hurts our  creative output.   You'll Learn: How productivity and creativity are incompatible The reverberating negative impact of the 2008 economic recession on how we work Best practices for optimizing your limited reserve of energy   About Rahaf: Rahaf is a Digital Anthropologist, Best-Selling Author, and Speaker researching the impacts of emerging technologies on our society. She focuses on understanding the deep (and often hidden) behavioral shifts that are taking place within organizations and individuals as global digital infrastructures enable the unprecedented exchange of ideas, information, and opinions. She teaches Innovation and Disruptive Business Models at SciencePo’s Masters of Finance and Economics Program in Paris. She’s worked with organizations like Starwood Capital Group, Deutsche Bank, Estée Lauder, UNESCO, The OECD, A1, ING Direct, and  more.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
March 25, 2019
Laura Vanderkam reveals time management wisdom as presented in her charming new fable, Juliet’s School of Possibilities.   You'll Learn: A handy mantra to keep choices in perspective How  to better handle your email  inbox The most useful questions for directing your time   About Laura: Laura is the author of several time management and productivity books, like Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done, I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. Laura’s work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, City Journal, Fortune, and Fast Company. She has appeared on numerous television programs, radio segments, and has spoken about time and productivity to audiences of all sizes. Her TED talk, “How to gain control of your free time,” has been viewed more than 5 million times. She is the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
March 22, 2019
Economist Steven Landsburg offers key questions to push your thinking beyond the obvious to generate helpful insights.   You'll Learn: How to jog your brain out of complacent thinking A common assumption that often leads people to make poor decisions Two exercises to help expand your thinking beyond the obvious   About Steven: Steven E. Landsburg is a Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester, where students recently elected him Professor of the Year. He is the author of The Armchair Economist, Fair Play, The Big Questions, two textbooks in economics, and much more. His current research is in the area of quantum game theory. He writes the monthly “Everyday Economics” column in Slate magazine, and has written regularly for Forbes and occasionally for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He appeared as a commentator on the PBS/Turner Broadcasting series “Damn Right”, and has made over 200 appearances on radio and television broadcasts over the past few years.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
March 20, 2019
Brad Stulberg explores the inherent contradiction between pursuing passion and balance...and what to do about it.   You'll Learn: The three common paradoxes of passion The dangers of rooting your identity to a passion Why self-aware imbalance is often appropriate   About Brad: Brad Stulberg researches, writes, speaks, and coaches on health and human performance. His coaching practice includes working with athletes, entrepreneurs, and executives on their mental skills and overall well-being. He is a bestselling author of the books The Passion Paradox and Peak Performance and a columnist at Outside Magazine. Brad has also written for The New York Times, New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Wired, Forbes, and The Los Angeles Times. Previously, Stulberg worked as a consultant for McKinsey and Company, where he counseled some of the world's top executives on a broad range of issues. An avid athlete and outdoor enthusiast, Stulberg lives in Northern California with his wife, son, and two cats. Follow him on Twitter @Bstulberg.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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