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How to Be Awesome at Your Job

If your job requires substantial thinking and collaboration, this podcast will help you flourish at work. Each week, Pete grills thought-leaders and results-getters to discover specific, actionable insights that boost work performance. These practical nuggets sharpen the universal skills every professional needs. Pete has coached world-class thinkers from 50 countries, every Ivy League university, and many elite companies to work brilliance. Now, let his VIP guests guide you to becoming a better thinker, doer, presenter, and leader. More career fun, wins, meaning, and money await. Transcripts, show notes, and handy resources available at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com.
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Oct 17, 2018

Communication expert Dr. Nick Morgan describes how the five problems of virtual communication have made the world angrier over the last decade, and what to do about it.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. The magic question that bridges much of the virtual gap
  2. How bad online behavior is leaking into face-to-face communication
  3. How video calls confuse our sixth sense and exhaust us

 

About Nick:

Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache. He has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep358

Oct 15, 2018

Miracle Morning author Hal Elrod condensed the six habits of the most successful people in history into the SAVERS acronym and describes how they changed his life—and how they can change yours, too.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. Approaches for silence that generate new ideas
  2. How NOT to do affirmations
  3. The impact of tiny amounts of exercise

 

About Hal:

He is one of the highest rated keynote speakers in America, creator of one of the fastest growing and most engaged online communities in existence and author of one of the highest rated, best-selling books in the world, The Miracle Morning—which has been translated into 27 languages, has over 2,000 five-star Amazon reviews and is practiced daily by over 500,000 people in 70+ countries.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep357

Oct 12, 2018

“King of Sales” Jeffrey Gitomer discusses his new book Truthful Living, a compilation if the wisdom of Napoleon Hill. He also hashes out his tips for persuasion and personal development.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. Why Napoleon Hill is still worth listening to 100 years later
  2. The number one thing people don’t do that will benefit them
  3. The five most important words in the English language according to Napoleon Hill

 

About Jeffrey:

Jeffrey Gitomer is the New York Times bestselling author of some 15 books on personal development, attitude, and sales, including The Sales Bible, The Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude, 21.5 Unbreakable Laws of Selling, and award-winning The Little Red Book of Selling, which has sold more than five million copies worldwide and is cited as an essential work in The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Widely known as the King of Sales, Gitomer is a dynamic keynote speaker whose social media footprint reaches millions. He is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep356

Oct 10, 2018

Columbia Business School professor Hitendra Wadhwa defines inner mastery and shows how to achieve it.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. The five pillars of inner mastery
  2. Key questions and framework for daily reflection
  3. Two strategies for redirecting your emotions positively

 

About Hitendra:

Hitendra Wadhwa is Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School and founder of the Institute for Personal Leadership (IPL).  Hitendra graduated from the University of Delhi in mathematics and received his MBA and a PhD in Management from MIT.  He has received the 2015 Executive-MBA Commitment to Excellence Award, the 2012 Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2008 Columbia Marketing Association Award for the Most Dynamic and Engaging Professor.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep355

Oct 5, 2018

Success 101 podcaster Jarrod Warren details an evening routine that will grant you a deep, restful sleep—and a successful way to tackle your day.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. How to turn stress around with your perspective
  2. Eight tips for a solid evening routine and quality sleep
  3. Why to consider taping your mouth shut, literally

 

About Jarrod:

Jarrod is the managing director of a financial planning practice and hosts the Success 101 podcast.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep354

Oct 3, 2018

Founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy Lyz Cooper explains how different sounds—or sonic vitamins—can help you relax, get energized, and/or enter a flow state.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. The types of music that energize and soothe
  2. Why it’s good to break up focused work with sound breaks
  3. How to manipulate sound to get into the zone

 

About Lyz:

Award-winning entrepreneur and author Lyz Cooper has been working in the holistic health field for 33 years and with therapeutic sound since 1994. She has developed a range of techniques which have been shown to help improve health and well-being using therapeutic sound and music and is considered to be one of the thought leaders in the field of therapeutic sound today.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep353

Oct 1, 2018

Emma-Kate Swann shares how increased awareness enables you to be a better employee and a better person.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. The four key practices for becoming more conscious
  2. Tips for becoming more secure in your identity
  3. Six ways to counter  your fear responses

 

About Emma-Kate:

Emma-Kate Swann is the Vice President of Leadership & Transformation at Healthy Companies International working alongside a team to both support and lead key client engagements. As part of her mission to bring about positive, healthy outcomes, Emma-Kate coaches executives on optimizing their performance, helps organizations navigate through change, and guides executive teams in building more productive relationships. She is also actively involved in the design and implementation of leadership development programs at all levels within client organizations.

 

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Sep 28, 2018

Learning and development programs designer Andy Storch discusses the biggest skills gaps he encounters among leaders-in-training and how to bridge them.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. Three steps for creating an effective learning program
  2. The number one problem facing new managers
  3. How to better understand customers with the ROPE framework

 

About Andy:

Andy Storch is an executive coach, consultant and facilitator specializing in helping clients turn strategy into action and results. He helps leaders accelerate and grow their success through measurable improvements in their business and careers. Just as important, he helps them become the happiest, healthiest, most fulfilled versions of themselves.

 

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Sep 26, 2018

Jake Knapp shares how to deliberately design your day around what’s important to you, and how to give yourself more energy in the process.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. A fresh definition for what makes a day successful
  2. Why and how to set the highlight of your day before it starts
  3. Approaches to clear out distractions for laser focus

 

About Jake:

Jake spent 10 years at Google and Google Ventures, where he created the Design Sprint. He has since coached teams like Slack, Uber, 23andMe, LEGO, and The New York Times on the method. Previously, Jake helped build products like Gmail, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Encarta. He is currently among the world’s tallest designers.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep350

Sep 24, 2018

Dr. Richard Shuster shows how being kind to others just because can help make you even more awesome at your job.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. The implications of being kind to others at work
  2. The two kinds of kindness and which one is better for your health
  3. The number one pro tip for being kind to your colleagues

 

About Richard: 

Dr. Richard Shuster is a licensed clinical psychologist and the host of The Daily Helping with Dr. Richard Shuster: Food for the Brain, Knowledge from the experts, Tools to Win at Life® which is regularly downloaded in over 70 countries. On his podcast, Dr. Shuster’s guests educate and inspire listeners through their stories, expertise, and passion for helping make a difference in the lives of others. His mission is to make the world a better place. His show’s growing movement strives to get a million people each day to commit acts of kindness for others and post it on their social media using #mydailyhelping®. A sought after media expert, Dr. Shuster’s clinical expertise and podcast have been featured in such publications as The Huffington Post, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Inc., Real Simple, NBCNews.com, Cosmopolitan, Glassdoor.com, Reader’s Digest, and others.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep349

Sep 21, 2018

Diana Kander unpacks the importance of curiosity and the role it plays in the success of individuals and companies.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. Why uncovering blind spots is such a rapid path to progress
  2. Four key questions to expand your curiosity
  3. The importance of failure metrics

 

About Diana:

Diana Kander is a sought-after keynote speaker who has trained many executives and Fortune 1000 companies to be more innovative and to inspire employees to think more like entrepreneurs. She’s the author of the New York Times Bestseller All In Startup, a novel outlining lessons for launching a successful business. The book has been used in over 70 colleges to teach innovation and entrepreneurship. She’s also the author of The Curiosity Muscle. Diana lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her high school sweetheart and husband, Jason, and their awesome son, True.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep348

Sep 19, 2018

Drew Dudley redefines leadership and shows what it really means to live your values.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. The gross way we make decisions when we don’t have clear values
  2. How to make leadership a practice, instead of a hobby
  3. Approaches to discovering your own deep wisdom with “the edge of the bed advice” technique

 

About Drew:

Drew Dudley is the Founder & Chief Catalyst of Day One Leadership, and has spent the last 15 years helping individuals and organizations increase their leadership capacity.

Recognized as one of the most dynamic keynote speakers in the world, Drew has spoken to over 250,000 people on 5 continents, been featured on The Huffington Post, Radio America, Forbes.com, and TED.com, where his TED talk has been voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time”. Time, Business Insider and INC. magazines have all included his talk on their lists of “speeches that will make you a better leader”.

Drew’s clients have included some of the world’s most dynamic companies and organizations, including McDonald’s, Proctor & Gamble, JP Morgan Chase, Hyatt Hotels, the United Way and over 75 colleges and universities.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep347

Sep 17, 2018

Muhammed Mekki lays out how to optimize your career opportunities.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. Why NOT to over-plan your career
  2. How to identify and capitalize on each career opportunity
  3. The nobility of management

 

About Muhammed: 

Muhammed is a Founding Partner at AstroLabs, a startup hub and training academy for tech entrepreneurs in the Middle East. AstroLabs Dubai is a specialized coworking space that hosts high potential digital technology companies, assisting founders to establish their startups and providing them with a platform to scale globally. AstroLabs Academy delivers a variety of practical training courses on topics related to digital business.

Prior to AstroLabs, Muhammed co-founded Dubai-based Namshi, now one of the largest ecommerce companies in the MENA region. He built and led the operations teams and helped raise venture capital funding to fuel the company’s growth. Muhammed is a former McKinsey & Company strategy consultant with clients across the GCC.

Muhammed received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He was selected for a full academic scholarship as a Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Fellow based on professional achievements as well as a demonstrated commitment to the development of the Arab World. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania as a member of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep346

Sep 14, 2018

Dr. Bob Nelson reveals the drivers behind disengagement--and what to do about them.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. Just how critical recognition is
  2. Key reasons managers don’t give more encouragement
  3. Five ways to reward employees at low or no cost

 

About Bob: 

Dr. Bob Nelson is a leading advocate for employee recognition and engagement worldwide and the only person who has done a PhD dissertation related to the topic. He has consulted for 80 percent of the Fortune 500 as well as presented on six continents.  He has sold 5 million books, including 1001 Ways to Reward Employees of which 1001 Ways to ENGAGE Employees is his latest. Dr. Bob has been featured extensively in the national and international media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CBS 60 Minutes, MSNBC, ABC, PBS and NPR about how best to motivate today’s employees.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep345

Sep 12, 2018

Jordan Harbinger shares mindsets and practices to boost your confidence and your results with people.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. The secret strengths of introverts
  2. Why to ask for what you don’t deserve
  3. How a post-it note can transform  your non-verbal communication skills

 

About Jordan:

Jordan Harbinger has always had an affinity for Social Influence, Interpersonal Dynamics and Social Engineering, helping private companies test the security of their communications systems and working with law enforcement agencies before he was even old enough to drive.

Jordan has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war-zones and been kidnapped -twice. He’ll tell you; the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of), just about any type of situation.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep344

Sep 10, 2018

Stacey Boyle shares the why and the how behind being more strategic at work.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. What “be more strategic” really means
  2. Why to ALWAYS establish the purpose before the method
  3. The three building blocks of smart decisions

 

About Stacey:

Stacey has led global consulting and research departments for over 20 years, during which she has built a reputation for groundbreaking work connecting investments in people to critical business outcomes. Today she runs two consulting firms that help some of the world's best companies and non-profits answer their pressing business questions about investments in people. Stacey is President and Chief People Planner for Smarter People Planning, LLC, and Chief Assayer for Assay|Edu, LLC. Stacey has a Ph.D. in Applied Behavioral Research & Evaluation.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep343

Sep 7, 2018

Thomas Heffner shares how to improve creativity, group brainstorming, and innovation.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. The seven rules for effective brainstorming
  2. How to solve the hippo in the room problem
  3. Three improv comedy tips that help you innovate

 

About Thomas: 

Tom Heffner is a design strategist at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory,  podcaster, author, speaker, and innovation expert.  His goal is to help people thrive at work and in life. Tom believes that every day, purposeful habits and practices are vital to this pursuit. He shares these ideas and learnings through his weekly podcast (Next Year Now), blog, and speaking engagements.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep342

 

Sep 5, 2018

Joe Navarro shows how to get to the bottom of body language and why observing it can better your relationships at work and at home.

 

You'll Learn: 

  1. Why it’s so hard to tell if someone’s actually lying
  2. Four key, reliable body language cues
  3. The one good mannered behavior everyone should know and use

 

About Joe:

For 25 years, Joe Navarro worked as an FBI special agent in the area of counterintelligence and behavioral assessment. Today he is one of the world's leading experts on nonverbal communications and lectures and consults with major corporations worldwide. He is an adjunct professor at Saint Leo University and frequently lectures at the Harvard Business School.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep341

Sep 3, 2018

Celebrate Labor Day by reflecting on the root cause of distractions and how you can stay focused on the work that you’re doing – and an awesome way one listener draws connections between prior episodes.

 

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Aug 31, 2018

Rick Miller outlines what power really means and the five components needed to build it.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. Where true power comes from
  2. Five ways to create insight and energy
  3. Why supporting other people’s success grows your influence

 

About Rick:

Rick Miller is an unconventional turnaround specialist, a servant leader, and a go-to Chief. He is also an experienced and trusted confidant, an author (Be Chief: It’s a Choice, Not a Title, September 4, Motivational Press), a sought-after speaker, and an expert at driving sustainable growth. For over 30 years, Rick served as a successful business executive in roles including President and/or CEO in a Fortune 10, a Fortune 30, a startup, and a nonprofit. Rick earned a bachelor’s degree from Bentley University and an MBA from Columbia. He currently lives in Morristown, NJ.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep340

Aug 29, 2018

Chris Bailey looks into how distraction affects productivity and the many ways you can prevent yourself from getting distracted ahead of time.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. Ways to hack your procrastination triggers
  2. How much time we waste on checking emails
  3. The 20-second rule and three ways to apply it to your  distractions

 

About Chris:

Chris Bailey is a productivity expert, and the international bestselling author of The Productivity Project, which has been published in eleven languages. His next book, Hyperfocus, came out yesterday. Chris writes about productivity at Alifeofproductivity.com, and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive, without hating the process.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep339

Aug 27, 2018

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:

  1. The eight different kinds of networks in your life
  2. A method for successfully pruning your network
  3. 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 http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep338

Aug 24, 2018

Matt Perman explains how to tell the difference between important tasks and urgent tasks, and how to make room for what’s important in your life and work.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. Why you should plan your day with your time, not your tasks
  2. Four tips for effective personal management
  3. Two ways to prioritize like a pro

 

About Matt:

Matt is co-founder of What’s Best Next, which he started to help people excel in doing good for the world through productive work and God-centered living. Prior to that, he served at Desiring God for 13 years in several different leadership roles, including director of strategy and director of internet ministries, and at Made to Flourish as director of marketing.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep337

Aug 22, 2018

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:

  1. What the American workforce looks for in a career and leader
  2. How to avoid power corrupting you as you rise
  3. 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 http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep336

Aug 20, 2018

Marc Effron shares his extensive research on the eight essential steps to becoming a high performer at work.

 

You'll Learn:

  1. The eight steps to high performance
  2. The difference between goals and promises
  3. How to estimate and achieve your theoretical maximum of effort

 

About Marc:

Marc Effron is the founder and President of the Talent Strategy Group and founder and publisher of Talent Quarterly magazine. He is coauthor of the book One-Page Talent Management and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Influencers in HR.

 

View transcript, show notes, and links at http://AwesomeAtYourJob.com/ep335

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