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Meetings are where productivity goes to die. We hop on our hamster wheel and run from meeting to meeting, getting little to nothing accomplished for our time invested. It's an unsustainable business practice that sucks joy out of the workplace.

My guests today are two people whom I've admired for years - Dick and Emily Axelrod. In this episode we're going to explore how to revolutionize meetings and save yourself and others from hellish meetings.

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

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

Direct download: 75_Dick_and_Emily_Axelrod__Save_Yourself_from_Meeting_Hell.mp3
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It's not every day we get the opportunity to learn how the world sees us. Imagine the opportunities this insight would provide. Well, now you have the opportunity with what Sally Hogshead calls the Fascination Advantage. It's an assessment that reveals how the world sees you. In this interview Sally and I explore the positive influence understanding the outcomes of the Fascination Advantage provides. Take the assessment for free—a benefit just for Work That Matters listeners. Visit www.HowtheWorldSeesYou.com/You. Enter the code SandS. This offer is good only through August 20, 2014.

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

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Direct download: 74_Sally_Hogshead__Learn_How_Fascinating_You_Are.mp3
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In a global, 24/7 market place, the demands on businesses are significant. How executives guide a company through the business complexities differentiates the winners from the mediocre performers.

On Work That Matters we like to explore how managers can make a difference in their organizations and for their employees. In this episode we'll look at some of the ingredients necessary to flawlessly execute ideas in today's complex business world. My guest is James Kerr.

James is a management consultant, organizational behaviorist and partner at Blum Shapiro — a regional accounting, tax and business consulting firm based in New England. There James specializes in strategic planning, corporate transformation and project & program development.

He is the author of four books, including The Executive Checklist, the book we'll explore today.

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

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Direct download: 73_James_Kerr__The_Executive_Checklist_for_Setting_Business_Direction.mp3
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CEO David Hassell of 15Five believes his company's why is to help businesses and their people realize their highest potential. We explore how 15Five helps businesses and employees accomplish such an aspirational outcome. Work is more than a place; it's what you do.

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

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Direct download: 72_David_Hassell__Helping_a_Business_Realize_Its_Highest_Potential.mp3
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What would happen if you looked at your job as a way of doing good? What if you looked beyond the activities you do and focus on the impact they have?

These are actions of someone who does great work. My guest,David Sturt, author of Great Work, is going to help us dig into what great work is and what it looks like.

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

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Direct download: 71_David_Sturt__How_to_Make_a_Difference_People_Love.mp3
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The dominant storyline in business has focused on matters such as profits, costs, competition, efficiencies, logistics. These are critical matters to manage for businesses to thrive. They are not, however, the only matters that require management attention, and only part of the equation for a thriving organization.

My guest today, Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes and "Innovation Rules" columnist, positions that the soft edge items, like trust, story, teams, need management attention to get ahead in today's business environment.

Rich has a new book out titled The Soft Edge.

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

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Direct download: 70_Rich_Karlgaard__Why_The_Soft_Edge_Matters_to_Your_Business_Growth.mp3
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We want more than a 9-5 job. We want work to be meaningful and directed by purpose. What does it take to create a work environment rooted in purpose? This is a leadership challenge for today's leader. And it's the focus of this episode of Work That Matters.

I talk with Christoph Lueneburger, author of Culture of Purpose and lead Egon Zehnder's global Private Equity Practice, having previously founded and scaled the firm's sustainability practice.

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

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Direct download: 69_Christoph_Lueneburger__A_Culture_of_Purpose.mp3
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Professor and writer Zeynep Ton (coolest name ever!) is passionate about helping businesses understand how to create a good job strategy. These are jobs that help the business grow through investing in employees. It's a people first approach. We use Zeynep’s book The Good Job Strategy to inform this fascinating discussion.

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Direct download: 68_Zeynep_Ton__Why_Businesses_Need_to_Have_a_Good_Job_Strategy.mp3
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Professional coach Nan Watts is passionate about helping people come alive to make a dent in the world. Nan and I talk through the invaluable journey of deepening and expanding our own self-awareness to have a more meaningful impact as a leader.

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

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Direct download: 67_Nan_Watts__How_Do_You_Show_Up_As_a_Leader_.mp3
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According to business owner, designer and author Brian Sooy, a business must know what it stands for to make a difference. In this episode of Work That Matters, I explore with Brian what the elements are to be a business that is clear on what it stands for—what its cause is. We dip into Brian's book Raise Your Voice to guide the conversation.

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

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Direct download: 66_Brian_Sooy__Businesses_that_Stand_Up_for_What_They_Believe.mp3
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