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I used to imagine what it would be like to explore alien planets. I would daydream about discovering alien life forms. I wanted to be an astronaut. So it was quite a delight for me to interview astronaut Ron Garan.

Ron and I talk about lessons he learned about collaboration working with the Russians when building the International Space Station. We talk about themes from his book Orbital Perspective spanning human nature and business.

Get ready to take notes, more great wisdom coming your way.


Relationships thrive on great communication. When it breaks down, relationships suffer. I interview Dean Brenner, communication consultant and CEO of the Latimer Group, about the key elements of art to communicating persuasively.

Dean breaks down the components of being a good storyteller. The place humility plays in sharing big news in organizations. We also explore executive presence and the difference between influence and authority.

Get ready to take notes, more great wisdom coming your way.

Direct download: 124_The_Art_of_Being_a_Great_Communicator_with_Dean_Brenner.mp3
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I've been studying for a short while the phenomenal business Ari Weinzweig and his team built at Zingerman's. It's a family of businesses made up of coffee shops, training, and a restaurant to name a few. Zingerman's is a shining example of positive businesses: They do right by their employees and treat their customers as if they are family.

Ari and I explore some of his company's philosophies: vision setting, sevant leadership, and what we can learn about the workplace from anarchists!

Get ready to take notes, more great wisdom coming your way.


Conversations about millennials in the workplace can resort to mundane insights and stereotypes. What I enjoyed about this interview with Jon Mertz is he transcends the ubiquity of millennial observations. Instead Jon explores with me deeper insights about millennials. In our conversation we explore why it's important for the Gen Y to know its leadership roots and ways to align with them.

We also explore the importance of developing connection as a leader. Though the wisdom in Jon’s message is directed to younger leaders, there is great wisdom for everyone.

Get ready to take notes, more great wisdom coming your way.

Direct download: 122_Leadership_Wisdom_for_Millennial_Leaders_with_Jon_Mertz.mp3
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How High Achieving Women Get Ahead with Bonnie Marcus The workplace can be a source of frustration. Add gender disparity to the mix and it can be down right infuriating even disheartening. Author Bonnie Marcus has written an insightful book, The Politics of Promotion, that can help women get and stay ahead in the workplace. We explore tactics to leverage politics in a favorable manner. We even talk about how self-promotion can be effective. Listen to the interview for a chance to win a copy of the book. Get ready to take notes, more great wisdom coming your way.

Direct download: 121_How_High_Achieving_Women_Get_Ahead_with_Bonnie_Marcus.mp3
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How do you capture people’s attention in a world that offers an overwhelming amount of choices? If you do any type of work that needs to captivate people's attention then this is an interview for you!

I'm speaking with Ben Parr, former co-editor of Mashable and Managing Partner of DominateFund, an early-stage VC fund. Together Ben and I explore the three stages of attention: ignition, kindling, and bonfire.

Get ready to take notes, more great wisdom coming your way.

Direct download: 120_How_to_Captivate_People_s_Attention_with_BenParr.mp3
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This episode's guest is Fred Kiel. In his new book, Return on Character, he writes, "Being cynical is easy when it comes to the topic of character's role in business leadership." Kiel makes a point many feel: Today's leaders seem out of touch with the humanity needed to motivate, inspire and move employees or peers to do their best work.

I talk with Kiel about the importance of character and its many dimensions and influence on people's behaviors, influence, and ultimately their effectiveness.

Get ready to take notes, more great wisdom coming your way.

Direct download: 119_Why_a_Leader_s_Character_Matters_with_Fred_Kiel.mp3
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"Life is too short not to do something that matters," artist Huge McLeod once said. This quote brilliantly tees up the focus of this episode. I talk with New York Times best selling author Tom Rath about how to infuse your life and work with meaning. We explore the three keys to energize your work and life with meaning, quality interactions (relationships) and having the energy to live a fulfilling life. It's an inspiring conversation. Get ready to take notes, more great wisdom coming your way.

Direct download: 118_The_3_Keys_to_Energizing_Your_Work_and_Life_with_Tom_Rath.mp3
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This isn't about office romance. It's a different type of romance. It's the kind of romance that evokes a passion for the work that people are head over heels crazy about what they're doing.

Who couldn't use more mystery in their work? Why not more emotion over reason or curiosity and intrigue in your work?

Author and executive Tim Leberecht unveils a compelling argument for a renaissance of business romantics.

Listen in as Tim and I explore the intriguing notion of business romantics and their powerful influence today.

Get ready to take notes, more great wisdom coming your way.

Direct download: 117_Why_You_Need_Business_Romantics_in_Your_Company_with_Tim_Leberecht.mp3
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The military is traditionally bureaucratic and driven by hierarchy. So what happens when a Captain in the Navy turns such tradition on its head? It's an amazing turnaround. In this episode of Work That Matters, I talk with David Marquet. David is the author of bestseller Turn the Ship Around.

We talk about actionable ideas that can help you turn followers into leaders. Whether it be giving up control in a way that doesn't lead to chaos or using organizational legacy to create clarity, there are plenty of actionable ideas.

Get ready to take notes. More great wisdom coming your way.

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Direct download: 116_Turn_Followers_into_Leaders_with_David_Marquet.mp3
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