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A colleague of mine once said this about learning: "When you're ripe you're rotting, when you're green you're growing." My guest today, leadership and learning expert, Liz Wiseman and I are talking about the importance of the learner mindset and its role in doing your best work . . .to do work that matters.

We'll be discussing Liz's distinction of rookie smarts and why it's not just for newbies at work, but for all of us—new and experienced. What's more, we'll discuss how a rookie mindset can help us shift into higher performance.

If you're a seasoned professional or new in the world of work, you'll want to listen to Liz's insights, especially if you're interested in performing at your peak.

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

If you enjoy Work That Matters, please rate the podcast.

For show suggestions, please email Shawn Murphy at shawn@switchandshift.com.

Direct download: 95_Why_Rookie_Smarts_Is_Key_in_the_New_Game_of_Work_with_LizWiseman.mp3
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One of my favorite companies doing great work that ignites human potential and is profitable in doing so is Luck Companies. Helping lead the way with this incredibly altruistic and yet practical transformation is Mark Fernandes. Mark and Luck Companies focus on this shift through Values-Based leadership ideology and model.

How we lead is rooted in what is important to us. What’s important to us is rooted in our values. Unfortunately many of us don't make the time to identify and know what our personal values are. Going one step further, we don't take the time to integrate our values into our leadership actions.

In this episode, Mark Fernandes and I discuss how values-based leadership can ignite human potential and generate business value.

Direct download: 94_Ignite_Human_Potential_with_MarkSFernandes.mp3
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It's popular belief that we can find equilibrium in our personal and professional lives. The demands on our time just don't allow for this to be possible. There has to be a better choice.

In this episode, I interview Wharton Business School professor Stew Friedman. We explore concepts that will help you better navigate an integrated life and avoid the misleading belief that balance can be found between work and life.

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

If you enjoy Work That Matters, please rate the podcast.

For show suggestions, please email Shawn Murphy at shawn@switchandshift.com.

Direct download: 93_A_Better_Choice_to_Work_Life_Balance_with_StewFriedman.mp3
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"We can be deceived by false signals sent from our brain," claims leadership expert Tanveer Naseer. These false signals when it's related to our leadership lead us to believe one thing, but those thoughts aren't based in reality. This is leadership vertigo. And it happens all too often, misleading well-intentioned leaders astray.

In this episode, you'll learn how to minimize the likelihood of leadership vertigo, the principles to address it when it occurs.

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

If you enjoy Work That Matters, please rate the podcast.

For show suggestions, please email Shawn Murphy at shawn@switchandshift.com.

Direct download: 92_Overcoming_Leadership_Vertigo_with_TanveerNaseer.mp3
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As the cliche; goes, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. This can be said about how we view the role of management in organizations. We want to change how we manage or lead, but I don't believe the pace of needed changes is keeping up with what employees, or stakeholders, want and expect. We can't continue to rely on 20th century management practices in the 21st century and expect the workplace to improve.

In this episode Chuck Blakeman author of Why Employees Are Always a Bad Idea: and Other Business Diseases of the Industrial guides us through where we need to shift our practices to be in line with what he calls the Participation Age.

This is a fascinating interview that’s sure to challenge some of your beliefs about business today.

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

If you enjoy Work That Matters, please rate the podcast.

For show suggestions, please email Shawn Murphy at shawn@switchandshift.com.

Direct download: 91_Get_Rid_of_Employees_and_Do_Good_in_Business_with_ChuckBlakeman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

The pursuit of a rich, fulfilling life and work needs to be meaningful to you. Yet the day-to-day responsibilities can distract you from living a life you love.

This episodes guest, is with author, event producer, and life changer Ben Arment. Ben's book, Dream Year, is a must read for anyone who wants to live a life of purpose.

In this interview Ben and I talk about scaling barriers to asking for a life you love, doing work that matters, and other topics designed to inspire you to be in action towards leaping from a job you hate to a life you love.

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

If you enjoy Work That Matters, please rate the podcast.

For show suggestions, please email Shawn Murphy at shawn@switchandshift.com.

Direct download: 90_Make_the_Leap_to_a_Life_You_Love_with_BenArment.mp3
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Being a manager, or boss, is not easy. Managers need to balance their workload and inspire their team to do their best work. It takes patience, tenacity, grit, even humor to juggle the demands of being the boss.

So, I thought it was important to take time to look at what makes a great boss. I invited author and consultant Gary Magenta, VP of Root. Root is a boutique consultancy that focuses on “strategy execution through people.”® They do phenomenal work in helping organizations set strategy through highly engaging practices.

In this interview, Gary and I use his book The Unbossy Boss to explore the elements to being a better boss that unlocks the potential in people.

We’ll discuss the key secret to being a great boss. Be sure to listen for the secret. We unveil it at the beginning of the interview. 

Share your questions or suggestions for future guests by emailing Shawn at shawn [at] switchandshift [dot] com.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a rating and comment. 

On to the show.

Direct download: 89_Gary_Magenta__The_Secret_to_Being_a_Better_Boss.mp3
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Growth as a leader is a continuous process. You never arrive as a leader fully informed and done with your development. The most influential leaders, in the long run, are those who continually position themselves to learn.

This pursuit of results is marked by a constant inquiry of who we are, who we need to become and who we need to stop being.

With this in mind, I asked executive coach, Bill Bliss to join the show. Bill has a new book out Success in the C-Suite: Top Seven Strategies for Extraordinary Achievement.

Share your questions or suggestions for future guests by emailing Shawn at shawn [at] switchandshift [dot] com. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a rating and comment.

On to the show.

Direct download: 88_Bill_Bliss__Strategies_for_Extraordinary_Achievement.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

Happiness in the workplace is a hot topic right now. In large part because businesses have not created the conditions to help employees do their best work.

While happiness, or other positive states, is important, it's only part of the equation for success. Psychologist and scientist Todd Kashdan has researched the benefits of the dark sides of our moods and personalities. Todd believes we need to tap into both our positive and dark side to drive success and achieve greater fulfillment.

We've got a great interview lined up. Grab something to take notes. More great wisdom coming your way.

Share your questions or suggestions for future guests by emailing Shawn at shawn [at] switchandshift [dot] com.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a rating and comment.

On to the show.


How much time do you spend working? How much time is left to do other things important to you besides work? In America, we are notorious for working more and taking less vacation. Yet in today's world where we are constantly connected, more people and organizations are sharing research that the impact on us is not positive.

If you're overworked and want to do something about changing that, then be sure to listen to what my guest has to say.

In this episode, I interview Dr. Greg Marcus who is a recovering workaholic. Dr. Greg Marcus has written a timely book called Busting Your Corporate Idol. Greg helps people get control of their overworked lives.

Share your questions or suggestions for future guests by emailing Shawn at shawn [at] switchandshift [dot] com.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a rating and comment.

On to the show.

Direct download: 86_Dr._Greg_Marcus__Help_for_the_Chronically_Overworked.mp3
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