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Kim Powell of ghSMART shares research insights from her book, The CEO Next Door, and misconceptions, patterns, and best practices in improving your odds of ascent.   You'll Learn: Where likability can help you--and hurt you. The 4 critical behaviors linked to successful CEOs Brilliant CEO tactics to accelerate your decision-making   About Kim: Kim Powell is a Principal at ghSMART. She serves leading Fortune 500 senior executives, private equity firms and non-profit leaders in the areas of management assessment, leadership coaching and organizational change. She co-leads ghSMART’s research on first time CEOs and is passionate about supporting leaders in accelerating their effectiveness in new roles.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jacqueline Carter reveals the three qualities of a good leader’s mind and how to build good foundations for those qualities in yourself.   You'll Learn: What the American workforce looks for in a career and leader How to avoid power corrupting you as you rise The distinction between compassion and empathy--and which one is more helpful   About Jacqueline: With a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior and over 20 years of experience supporting organizations through large scale change, Jacqueline has held a wide range of leadership and consulting roles across a range of industries including transportation, oil and gas, insurance and government. Jacqueline has many years of personal experience with mind training and over the past 10 years has focused on embedding mindfulness practices into daily corporate life.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Treehouse founder and CEO Ryan Carson shares lessons learned from helping thousands of professionals pick up new skills. We talk about the proper mental state, being realistic about your calendar, and how new confidence emerges.   You'll Learn: The number one thing that stops people from learning How to embrace the discomfort that comes from learning Just how long it takes to learn coding, anyhow   About Ryan Ryan Carson is the CEO and Founder of Treehouse, where their mission is to bring effective, valuable and accessible technology education to everyone so they can change their lives and change the world.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Adrian Gostick talks about what the best teams today are doing differently.   You'll Learn: The differing forces that motivate each generation How to encourage your leaders to initiate regular career discussions The best ways to disagree without causing offense   About Adrian: Adrian Gostick is a global workplace expert and thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, teamwork, and engagement. He is founder of the training company The Culture Works and author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers All In and The Carrot Principle. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold 1.5 million copies around the world.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Reflecting on Veterans Day with gratitude and how veterans have a lot to teach us when it comes to being awesome at our jobs.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Professional speaking guru Grant Baldwin shares lessons learned for becoming a better public speaker.   You'll Learn: The one thing that distinguishes professional speakers from the rest Top things NOT to do when presenting Helpful ways to make a huge upgrade to your presentation skills   About Grant: Grant is a veteran speaker who started his public speaking career as a youth pastor. Since then, he has given thousands of presentations in conferences, assemblies, conventions, and other events.  He is the host of The Speaker Lab, a podcast that helps other speakers start, build, and grow their business.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Ash Seddeek outlines the key leadership behaviors that inspire teams.   You'll Learn: Ten key leadership behaviors that inspire followers One mistake that quickly kills a team’s creativity How to manage your bias like a pro   About Ash: Ash develops leadership, executive communications and strategic sales programs. He currently works with Cisco's innovation startup teams to help them craft compelling value proposition narratives. Ash is also a mentor to entrepreneurs and a communications expert at the American Management Association. He’s the bestselling author of the books Meaning, Start with a Vision, and The Road to Success.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
PowerPoint gurus Heather and Alan Ackmann share perspectives on how to take full advantage of PowerPoint for more impactful presentations.   You'll Learn: When, why and how you should PowerPoint – and when you shouldn’t The three fundamental factors to consider when designing your slides When to use emotionally-driven graphics   About Heather and Alan: Alan Ackmann is the professional writing  for business coordinator in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse department at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. His teaching specialties include professional and technical writing and the rhetoric of slideware and presentations. He has led professional development seminars for teachers on the local, state, and national level. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, as well as jogging, reading, and singing (though not always in that order). Heather Ackmann is an author, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and Microsoft MVP. Since 2006, she has designed, authored, and narrated over 300 hours of video-based training for a variety of public and private entities. In 2016, she cofounded AHA Learning Solutions to provide high-quality learning materials to educational institutions and businesses nationally. She is an active member of the presentation community and a proud member of the Presentation Guild. You may find her sharing advice and Microsoft Office news on Twitter: @heatherackmann.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Jodi Glickman lays the foundation for becoming great on the job through better communications.   You'll Learn: The GIFT framework for better communication How to master the hello and goodbye Pro-tips for managing expectations   About Jodi Jodi Glickman is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, consultant, and all-around expert in training people how to be great on the job. She is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and the author of the critically acclaimed Great on the Job: What to Say, How to Say It. The Secrets of Getting Ahead.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Eduardo Briceño discusses how to cultivate a growth mindset and maximize your learning.   You'll Learn: The tremendous impact of growth vs. fixed mindsets Common misconceptions about improving your skills The best practices for operating at peak performance   About Eduardo: Eduardo is the Co-Founder & CEO of Mindset Works, the leading provider of growth mindset training services and programs.  He started it in 2007 with Carol Dweck and others to help organizations develop learning-oriented cultures and systems. Eduardo regularly speaks at conferences and trainings for professionals and leaders.  His TEDx talks have been viewed by millions of people. He studied engineering, business and education at Penn and Stanford, but most importantly, he continues to enjoy lifelong learning every day.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Business communication guru Casey Hawley shares tips and tricks for delicate conversations around the office. You’ll learn: How to deal with your ‘dragons’ Key words and phrases for dealing with a bad boss How to enroll others in mentoring you and championing your ideas About Casey Casey Hawley teaches at Georgia State University and has consulted clients such as the NFL, Department of the Interior, and over a dozen Fortune 500 corporations on communication. She conducts workshops on writing and speaking for professionals. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at Copyright © Optimality
Hollywood psychotherapist Barry Michels talks about dealing with failure and how to bounce back even stronger.   You'll Learn: How to identify and defeat your inner saboteur An approach to getting over energy speed bumps How to bounce back faster from failures   About Barry: Barry Michels has a B.A. from Harvard, a law degree from University of California, Berkeley, and an MSW from the University of Southern California.  He has been in private practice as a psychotherapist in Los Angeles since 1986.  He’s referred to as one of “the most sought-after shrinks in Hollywood.” His client list boasts top writers, actors, producers, CEOs, and other creatives. In his books and public events, he shares the same Tools they use behind closed doors with their clients.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Pam Fox Rollin helps new leaders settle into their role in the office.   You'll Learn:   Critical actions to take during your first weeks as a new leader How to conduct “unmissable” meetings How to best respond to feedback as a leader   About Pam: Pam Fox Rollin coaches executives and top teams in the San Francisco Bay Area and globally. Her clients are stepping up from rockstars in their functions to lead more broadly at the VP and C-levels. Pam’s company, IdeaShape, also facilitates culture development, strategy sessions, innovation retreats, conflict resolution, leadership development cohorts, executive onboarding, and team building, often with Myers-Briggs or Enneagram. Pam works most often with technology and healthcare/pharma, including Cisco, Genentech/Roche, LinkedIn, Stanford Health Care, and many fast-growth companies. A Stanford MBA alum, she frequently returns to the Stanford Graduate School of Business to facilitate leadership programs and coach executive education. Her book, 42 Rules for Your New Leadership Role: The Manual They Didn’t Hand You When You Became VP, Director, or Manager, gives you practical ways to lead effectively right from the start.   View transcript, show notes, and links at  
Michael Dolan shows us the way to deeper development as truly productive professionals. You'll Learn: Pitfalls to look out for that hinder a deeper development What’s a “positive no” how to deliver one Tips and tricks to upgrade your workflow process About Michael Before he found his calling as an executive coach, Michael spent 15 years in corporate management, leading teams in the advertising, consumer marketing, and design industries, where he gained deep appreciation for the intense personal and organizational demands that successful executives must meet everyday. Michael has five years of experience as a Senior Coach and Director of Business Development for Coaching Services at The David Allen Company. View transcript, show notes, and links at
Educational entrepreneur Simon T. Bailey shares tactics to take control of the steering wheel of your career.   You'll Learn: Key habits that get influential colleagues talking you up Why to take the projects no one else wants Five questions to help you bounce back from any setback   About Simon: Simon T. Bailey is the CEO of Simon T. Bailey International, a premium education company specializing in creating learning and development content. He has worked with over 1,500 organizations and has impacted more than 2 million people through his presentations and seminars in 45 countries worldwide. Some of his clients include AT&T, IBM, MasterCard, Microsoft, and Toyota. Prior to founding his company, Simon worked in the hospitality and tourism industry for 20 years and was sales director and new business development director for the world-renowned Disney Institute based at Walt Disney World Resort.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mother and daughter team Lisa and Elizabeth McLeod share their mindset of taking the reins and leading yourself towards meaningful success at work.   You'll Learn: Key questions to ask yourself for better self-assessment A mindset that will make you enjoy your job more Why to view your peers as colleagues instead of competitors   About Lisa & Elizabeth: Lisa McLeod is a keynote speaker, author, and consultant who espouses the "noble purpose" approach. She has served clients ranging from Apple to Peterbilt Trucks. She is the author of four books on leadership, sales, and personal development. She is also the sales leadership expert for, and she has appeared on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show,, and Good Morning America. Elizabeth McLeod is the vice president of client services at McLeod & More, Inc. Elizabeth manages projects for clients like Google and Hootsuite.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Plasticity Labs co-founder Jennifer Moss shares how to build psychological fitness to deal with workplace challenges.   You'll Learn: Research insights into what impacts happiness at work The critical ingredient called the “granddaddy” of happiness Two minute exercises that slash stress and enhance effectiveness   About Jennifer: Honored as the 2016 Canadian Business Innovator of the Year, Jennifer Moss and her groundbreaking work on the power of happiness are transforming hundreds of schools and companies. Moss is the Cofounder of Plasticity Labs, a tech company that provides organizations with the tools to tap into employee sentiment and increase workplace happiness. Moss is the author of Unlocking Happiness at Work and also the Cofounder of The HERO Generation, a non-profit that is implementing Moss’ gratitude-based HERO model in schools with the aim of decreasing teacher and student stress and increasing well-being and performance.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Health entrepreneur Cate Stillman shares wisdom on how you can inject more energy in your day to day to become more productive.   You'll Learn: A small tweak in your eating habits that makes you feel much better the next day Why and how to deliver a self-massage How reducing stimulation leads to increasing energy   About Cate: Cate empowers thrive-seekers to uplevel their health, their careers, and their lives in real time. She also teaches wellness pros to grow their impact and their income. Cate created in 2001 and has since helped thousands of people thrive in their health, their families, and their communities. Cate splits her time between the Teton Valley and Punta Mita, Mexico, so she can enjoy mountain biking in the summer and paddleboarding and surfing in the winter.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Communications consultant Sharon Steed delves into how you can develop more empathy in communication and why it is needed in the workplace.   You'll Learn: Why people aren’t listening anymore Pro-tips for being empathetic even with people you don’t like Three ways to tackle difficult conversations   About Sharon: Sharon is an international keynote speaker and consultant focusing on improving communication through empathy. A life-long stutterer, Sharon users her speech impediment to teach what empathy is and how to use it as a foundation for positive and effective communication. She's spoken about this at conferences both nationally and internationally; at companies; and various events spanning multiple industries.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Bradley R. Staats discusses the essentials of dynamic learning, the best practices of a compelling learner, and the value of mistakes and asking questions.   You'll Learn: The 4 elements of dynamic learning How we are our own worst enemy when learning How to reframe how you think about mistakes   About Bradley: Bradley R. Staats is the author of Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive, and is an associate professor of operations at the University of North Carolina's Kenan Flagler Business School. His research examines how individuals, teams, and organizations can learn to improve their operational performance to build a competitive advantage, integrating work in operations management and organizational behavior to clarify how and under what conditions individuals, teams, and organizations can learn at their best.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Pete lists some of his favorite things this year for people who want to be more awesome at their jobs.   View links at
Michelle Tillis Lederman shares approaches to finding what’s likable in yourself to convey that to others. You'll Learn: How to form your self-perception to guide other’s perception of you The power of opening yourself up to feedback How to use curiosity for creating connections in conversation About Michelle Michelle Tillis Lederman is known for her energetic, engaging, and authentic presentations. An expert on workplace communications and relationships, Michelle’s mission is to help people communicate and lead with confidence, clarity, and connection. She is an accomplished speaker, trainer, coach, and author of three books including The 11 Laws of Likability, Heroes Get Hired and Nail The Interview – Land The Job, and named by Forbes as one of the 25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch. View transcript, show notes, and links at
Chris McGoff discusses universal patterns in human behavior and offers his take on what integrity really means. You'll Learn: Approaches to building powerful alliances What the word “integrity” truly means – and how to solidify it in your team Fatal patterns to watch out for in the workplace About Chris Chris McGoff is the founder of The Clearing, Inc., where he guides organizations to tackle their most complex and high-stake problems. Using his book, "The PRIMES: How Any Group Can Solve Any Problem "(Wiley; 2012), McGoff gives leaders clarity to see the resources they already have available.He is a business leader and consultant with over 30 years of experience, helping leaders achieve their desired outcomes during the most uncertain times. From mergers and acquisitions to change in leadership, McGoff is passionate about serving the needs of enterprises across the globe. View transcript, show notes, and links at
Glenna Crooks illustrates the eight different kinds of networks everyone has and why you should make sure these work for you while you work for them.   You'll Learn: The eight different kinds of networks in your life A method for successfully pruning your network The maximum number of connections each person can sustain   About Glenna: Glenna Crooks is a strategist, innovator and trusted counsel to leaders globally.  She was a Reagan appointee, global vice-president of Merck’s Vaccine Business and founder of a global strategy firm solving tough health care problems. She is active in academia, on boards, writes books and blogs, is a sought-after speaker and was recently named A Disruptive Woman to Watch. She is also a Zen artist and donates her paintings to support children with special needs.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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
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Apr 21st, 2016
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