How to Be Awesome at Your Job: A Podcast for People who Love Learning Improvement Tools for Happier Work, Career & Achieving

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
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How to Be Awesome at Your Job: A Podcast for People who Love Learning Improvement Tools for Happier Work, Career & Achieving



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Jul 16, 2018

Mamie Stewart shares her expertise in planning (and declining!) meetings, substitutes to the traditional meetings, and making meetings more beneficial and productive for everyone.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to decline a meeting so well, that they may just thank you for doing so
  2. Ideal alternatives to meetings
  3. Best practices for achieving your expected outcome in meetings


About Mamie:

Mamie Kanfer Stewart is the author of Momentum: Creating Effective, Engaging, and Enjoyable Meetings. Her company, Meeteor, helps teams and organizations build healthy meeting culture. As a coach, speaker, writer, and trainer, Mamie has helped thousands of people improve their meetings and how they collaborate. Mamie has been featured in Forbes, Inc, and Fast Company. She is a regular contributor on The Price of Business and is the host of The Modern Manager podcast.


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Jul 13, 2018

Anne Sugar shares how she’s helped high potential individuals command executive presence.


You'll Learn:

  1. The two key components of building trust
  2. Ninja tactics that help you read a room
  3. Power questions that provoke solutions


About Anne:

Anne Sugar is an executive coach and speaker who has advised top leaders at companies including TripAdvisor, Sanofi Genzyme, and Havas. Anne serves as an executive coach for Harvard Business School Executive Education and has guest lectured at MIT.


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Jul 11, 2018

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:

  1. The 4 elements of dynamic learning
  2. How we are our own worst enemy when learning
  3. 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.


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Jul 9, 2018

Megan Lyons, from The Lyons’ Share Wellness, cuts through the clutter of health and nutrition advice to offer simple, powerful solutions to feeling more brilliantly energized everyday.


You'll Learn:

  1. Surprising insights that come from keeping a food journal
  2. The difference proper hydration makes – and how much water you should actually be drinking daily
  3. How to prepare energizing meals with minimal kitchen time


About Megan:

Founder and owner of The Lyons’ Share Wellness, Megan Lyons is deeply passionate about inspiring others to feel their healthiest and happiest. Megan is the author of “Start Here: 7 Easy, Diet-Free Steps to Achieve Your Ultimate Health and Happiness,” a Top 10 Amazon Bestseller in Nutrition. Megan holds degrees and certifications from Harvard University, Northwestern University, and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and is a candidate for a Masters in Holistic Nutrition. She lectures widely at hospitals, corporations, and organizations. When she’s not health coaching, you can find her working out, teaching fitness classes, cooking, reading, traveling, and cheering on the Dallas Mavericks.


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Jul 6, 2018

Stanford behavior scientist Dr. BJ Fogg shares his evidence-based insights into forming “tiny habits” and other powerful tools for transforming behavior.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why the Tiny Habits © Method is such a reliable pathway to behavior change
  2. The core recipe and three critical ingredients for a great habit
  3. How--and why--to celebrate repeatedly


About BJ

Dr. BJ Fogg is a behavior scientist, with deep experience in innovation and teaching. At Stanford University, he runs a research lab. He also teaches his models and methods in graduate seminars.

On the industry side, BJ trains innovators to use his work so they can create solutions that influence behavior.  The focus areas include health, financial wellbeing, learning, productivity, and more.


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Jul 4, 2018

Pete reviews some previous mindfulness episodes and talks about freeing yourself from being crabby.


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Jul 2, 2018

Eduardo Briceño discusses how to cultivate a growth mindset and maximize your learning.


You'll Learn:

  1. The tremendous impact of growth vs. fixed mindsets
  2. Common misconceptions about improving your skills
  3. 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.


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Jun 29, 2018

Alan Willett shows how to lead with speed by measuring and tracking yourself, working smarter rather than longer, and having purpose. All the things that are need to stay competitive.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to work faster and smarter rather than longer
  2. Approaches to accelerate the decision making progress
  3. Why and how to let people “add an egg”


About Alan:

Alan Willett is of the rare species who is an expert international consultant, speaker, and author. He has worked with companies ranging from 1 person to some of the giants such as Microsoft and NASA. Alan says that his passion is helping people and organizations transform their friction points into profit points. Alan defines a friction point as “the space where the business needs and the implementation reality collides.” There is always heat generated! Alan is the expert who transforms organizational friction points to produce positive results for the business and the people.


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Jun 27, 2018

Laura Vanderkam gives her expert advice on feeling less busy, getting more done, and giving more value and meaning to your own time.


You'll Learn:

  1. How those who feel their time is “vast” spend their day
  2. How to draw more energy by acknowledging the three selves
  3. How to stretch your experience of time


About Laura:

Laura is the author of several time management and productivity books, like Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done, I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. Laura’s work has appeared in publications including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalUSA TodayCity Journal, Fortune, and Fast Company. She has appeared on numerous television programs, radio segments, and has spoken about time and productivity to audiences of all sizes. Her TED talk, “How to gain control of your free time,” has been viewed more than 5 million times. She is the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds.


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Jun 25, 2018

Thom Singer breaks open the Paradox of Potential to highlight where potential doesn’t equal results and what to do about it.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to identify the unique things holding you back
  2. The three things that always help achieve better results
  3. How to bring back purpose when it’s most needed


About Thom:

As the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast, Thom interviews business leaders, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and others who possess an extra dose of the entrepreneurial spirit. The information compiled from these compelling interviews is shared with his clients, as he challenges people to be more engaged and enthusiastic in all their actions. He has authored twelve books on the power of business relationships, sales, networking, presentation skills and entrepreneurship, and regularly speaks to corporate, law firm and convention audiences. He sets the tone for better engagement at industry events as the opening keynote speaker or the Master of Ceremonies. His Conference Catalyst Program has become a “meeting planners” favorite in how it transforms the conference attendee experience.


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Jun 22, 2018

Vince Molinaro diagnoses recurring problems in leaders today, the mindset of a great leader, and what it really takes to deliver accountable and  transformative leadership.


You'll Learn:

  1. The four key terms of the leadership contract
  2. Why having tough conversations is so important
  3. Steps to being an accountable leader who gets the best out of people


About Vince:

Vince Molinaro experienced a defining moment early in his career when he saw a respected colleague and mentor succumb to a cancer she believed was the byproduct of a stressful, toxic work environment. As a result, Vince vowed to teach business leaders how to build successful organizations by increasing the accountability of their leaders. He's a leadership adviser, speaker and an author of The Leadership Contract (Wiley), a New York Times and USA Today bestseller now in its third edition, and The Leadership Contract Field Guide, published in January 2018.


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Jun 20, 2018

Chris Voss shares how FBI hostage negotiation approaches enable more effective, persuasive communication, in any field.


You'll Learn:

  1. The FBI 8 negotiation skills you can use at work
  2. Why yes is the last thing you want to hear
  3. The two words that immediately transform a negotiation


About Chris:

Chris Voss is CEO of the Black Swan Group and author of the national best-seller "Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It," which was named one of the seven best books on negotiation. A 24-year veteran of the FBI, Chris retired as the lead international kidnapping negotiator. Drawing on his experience in high-stakes negotiations, his company specializes in solving business communication problems using hostage negotiation solutions. Their negotiation methodology focuses on discovering the “Black Swans,” small pieces of information that have a huge effect on an outcome. Chris and his team have helped companies secure and close better deals, save money, and solve internal communication problems.


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Jun 18, 2018

Tony Schwartz delves into principles of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy expenditure and renewal for optimal performance.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why and how to manage your energy for performance
  2. Actionable ways to achieve high-positive energy
  3. Why you should work in 90-minute sprints


About Tony:

Tony Schwartz is the CEO and founder of The Energy Project, a consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations solve intractable problems and add more value in the world by widening their world view. His clients include Google, Whole Foods, the National Security Agency, and the Los Angeles Police Department. Tony is considered one of the world’s thought leaders around sustainable high performance and building more human workplaces. He began his career as a journalist and has been a reporter for the New York Times, a writer for Newsweek, and a contributor to publications such as New York, Esquire, Vanity Fair, and Fast Company. His book The Power of Full Engagement spent 28 weeks on the New York Times best-seller List.


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Jun 15, 2018

PwC employees Karlo Siriban and Anne Donovan share their story of preventing burnout within themselves and transforming a whole work environment to prevent it for others.


You'll Learn:

  1. Key signs that burnout is looming near
  2. How to talk to your boss about your burnout
  3. How PwC rolled out a broad flexibility initiative and saw retention soar


About Karlo & Anne

Karlo Siriban transforms businesses. He understand companies' missions and develop strategies to achieve and frameworks to execute their visions successfully. He is a strategic, creative thinker, not afraid to challenge the status quo to achieve more effective and efficient results.

Anne Donovan is the U.S. People Innovation Leader at PwC. She’s responsible for strategy and innovation around culture change. She has a strong background in operational effectiveness and in engaging and supporting the firm and its people in leading positive change, including a variety of initiatives related to the work environment, workforce demographics and business model change.


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Jun 13, 2018

Software founder and CEO Allen Gannett shares the critical components of successful ideas--and how to create more of them.


You'll Learn:

  1. The two fundamental human desires that come together in winning innovations
  2. Little things to tweak to make your offering a smashing success
  3. The four laws of the creative curve


About Allen:

Allen Gannett is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a marketing analytics platform whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot, Aetna, Honda, and GE. He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes. He is a contributor for and author of The Creative Curve, on how anyone can achieve moments of creative genius, from Currency, a division of Penguin Random House. He was also once a very pitiful runner-up on Wheel of Fortune.


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Jun 11, 2018

Carmine Gallo discusses the ancient power of persuasion and shows how it can make you irresistible and irreplaceable in the workplace today.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why storytelling is key in any field of work
  2. The 2000-year-old formula for persuasion that still works today
  3. The brain hack that Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Picasso used to unlock their best ideas


About Carmine:

Carmine Gallo is an influential communications expert, Harvard instructor, and bestselling author of  Talk Like TED  The Storyteller's Secret, and his new book Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great. As a popular keynote speaker, Gallo teaches CEOs and leaders to deliver dynamic presentations and share inspiring stories that sell products, grow brands and inspire change. He writes regularly for and


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Jun 8, 2018

Dr. Mike Dow speaks on how to keep your brain healthy and continuously improve its functionality.


You'll Learn:

  1. Key foods that keep your brain healthy
  2. The types and benefits of different Omega-3s
  3. How and why to practice mindfulness every day


About Mike:

Dr. Mike Dow is a psychotherapist, bestselling author, brain health expert and television personality. Inspired by his brother who suffered a massive stroke when he was just 10 years old, Dr. Mike made it his personal mission to help others in their quest for health and happiness. In his new book,

Heal Your Drained Brain: Naturally Relieve Anxiety, Combat Insomnia, and Balance Your Brain in Just 14 Days (Hay House), he shares information, actionable steps and guidance to naturally relieve anxiety, combat insomnia, and balance your brain in just 14 days. Dr. Mike has hosted series on TLC, E!, VH1 and Investigation Discovery. He is a recurring guest co-host on The Doctors, one of The Dr. Oz Show core experts and makes regular appearances on Today, Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, The Talk and more. Dr. Mike holds a Master of Science degree in marriage and family therapy and a doctorate in psychology. Other bestselling books include The Brain Fog Fix and Healing the Broken Brain.


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Jun 6, 2018

Student Maid’s Kristen Hadeed shares her numerous leadership mistakes, how to learn fast, and inspire employees so much they clean toilets with a smile.


You'll Learn:

  1. When and how to deliver critical feedback
  2. The detrimental effects of praise
  3. The power of vulnerability to grow an inspired workforce


About Kristen:

Kristen is the Founder and CEO of Student Maid, a student-powered cleaning company in Florida. She helps organizations make a lasting, meaningful impact on people by creating environments in which they thrive. Her first book, “Permission To Screw Up,” tells the stories of her biggest mistakes in leadership. She hopes to inspire other leaders to share their “perfectly imperfect” stories of success to empower people with the knowledge that even if they screw up, they can still make it. Kristen and Student Maid have been featured in news outlets including PBS, FOX Inc., NBC, TIME and Forbes. Her first TED Talk has received nearly three million hits on YouTube.


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Jun 4, 2018

Joseph Liu gives practical tips and guidelines for career transitioning, dealing with counteroffers, and avoiding burning professional bridges.


You'll Learn:

  1. Key indicators that it’s time to resign.
  2. Why it matters to resign well
  3. Numerous reasons why NOT to accept a counteroffer


About Joseph:

Joseph Liu is a career change consultant, certified coach, and host of the Career Relaunch podcast, featured as a top business podcast for entrepreneurs in Forbes, the “best podcast for transitioning to a new career” in Glassdoor, and a top podcast to "help you find a job” in Business Insider. The podcast has listeners in over 100 countries and has received unanimous 5-star ratings, and has ranked as a Top 30 career podcast in the US & UK on Apple Podcasts. Tapping into my 10 years’ international corporate branding experience at Fortune 500 companies like Clorox & General Mills, Joseph now coaches professionals to change careers and relaunch their personal brands. He’s served as a speaker for various conferences and organisations including TEDx, MarketingWeek Live, London Business School, Cambridge Business School, Oxford Business School, and General Assembly. Joseph has also been featured in publications like Forbes, HuffPost, Fast Company, The Muse, Monster, SUCCESS Magazine, Credit Sesame, CEO Blog Nation, and Career Builder.


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Jun 1, 2018

Fred Kofman shares how to unlock the power of purpose to strengthen your team and drive better performance.


You'll Learn:

  1. The first hurdle to working in a group
  2. How to find the inspiration in your work
  3. How to solve the problem of disinformation


About Fred:

Fred Kofman is a Leadership Advisor at Google and former vice president of executive development and leadership philosopher at LinkedIn, where he worked with the top CEO's and executives around the world. Born in Argentina, Kofman came to the United States as a graduate student, where he earned his PhD in advanced economic theory at U.C. Berkeley. He taught management accounting and finance at MIT for six years before forming his own consulting company, Axialent, and teaching leadership workshops for corporations such as General Motors, Chrysler, Shell, Microsoft, and Citibank. At its height, his company had 150 people and created and taught programs to more than 15,000 executives. Sheryl Sandberg writes about him in her book Lean In, claiming Kofman "will transform the way you live and work."


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May 30, 2018

Bruce Tulgan makes the case for why it’s good to be the boss and the massive business costs of under-management. He also reveals the true definition of micromanagement and empowerment.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why and how to avoid ‘managing on autopilot’
  2. The central importance of regular one-on-one meetings
  3. How to use the ‘Manager’s Landscape’ tool


About Bruce:

Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer.

Bruce has spent decades working with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart to the U.S. Army.

Bruce has received Toastmasters International’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. He’s written numerous books and his writing has also appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers such as the Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, HR Magazine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.


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May 28, 2018

Pete reflects on humility, weaknesses, and strengths that might become problematic when taken too far.

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May 25, 2018

David Okuniev shares his knowledge in getting the right input from respondents, and gives tips on dealing with data collection and analysis.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to get the best possible input from your respondents
  2. Three questions to gain good insight from users
  3. Smart moves when drawing analysis from responses


About David:

David Okuniev is the co-founder & joint CEO @ Typeform and a Product designer. His specialties include expertise in User Interface Design, User Experience Design, Graphic Design, Creative & technical direction.


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May 23, 2018

Pam Fox Rollin helps new leaders settle into their role in the office.


You'll Learn:


  1. Critical actions to take during your first weeks as a new leader
  2. How to conduct “unmissable” meetings
  3. 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.


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May 21, 2018

Celebrity voice coach Roger Love shares the keys that make your voice sound more engaging, authentic, confident, and powerful.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why you should put the music back into your speaking voice
  2. One big vocal mistake you might be making – and how to fix it
  3. How to modulate your voice to bring across a clearer message


About Roger:

Roger Love is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on voice. No other vocal coach in history has been more commercially successful in both the speaking and singing fields. Roger has vocally produced more than 150 million CD sales worldwide and written four top-selling books. Roger coaches singers such as Gwen Stefani, John Mayer, and Selena Gomez, as well as speakers like Anthony Robbins, and Simon Sinek. He also coaches screen personalities such as Bradley Cooper, Will Ferrell, Reese Witherspoon, Jeff Bridges, Angelina Jolie, and Joaquin Phoenix. Roger was the vocal coach to the mega-hit TV show GLEE, and vocal coached the Academy Award winning films, Walk The Line and Crazy Heart. Roger is the President of Voiceplace, an interactive media company that specializes in voice-related content for educational and entertainment purposes.


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