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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Mar 23, 2018

Fascinating achiever Danny Dover shares how we can unlock achievements in our own careers and lives.


You'll Learn:

  1. How and why to set binary goals with zero wiggle room
  2. How to eliminate distractions, ruthlessly yet tactfully
  3. Approaches to rediscover your motivation


About Danny:

In 2010, Danny Dover assigned a deadline of May 25, 2017, to his life. He was tired of hearing about other people’s exciting lives and decided to jump-start his own by taking steps to actually live as if the end was in sight. He tattooed his deadline on his butt and made the sole purpose of his life to complete his Life List (a list of more than 150 life goals). While pursuing his list, he inadvertently became a minimalist in order to gain the necessary focus to create a more meaningful life. This seemingly small change in mindset (which he later detailed in the book The Minimalist Mindset) dramatically changed his life for the better.

As of 2017, Dover has completed his entire Life List (which included living alone in the wilderness for a month, traveling to nearly 100 countries, mountain climbing in Antarctica, becoming a best-selling author, etc.)


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Mar 21, 2018

Alex Grodnik shares why he loves hearing no, how to respond rejection, and what to do when being ghosted.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why no is not the end but only the beginning
  2. The prescription to overcome your fear of rejection
  3. How to reframe a no


About Alex:

Alex began his career as an analyst at JPMorgan Private Bank. After completing the program, he moved into investment banking at Houlihan Lokey in their restructuring group. Alex went on to work at a pioneering digital media firm before getting his MBA at UCLA Anderson. Alex grew up in Park City, Utah and loves to ski and golf.


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Mar 19, 2018

Mary Abbajay shares how to manage up, understand who your boss is, and adapt to different personality types.


You'll Learn:

  1. One tiny, yet powerful, thing you can do to differentiate yourself from 99% of employees
  2. Obstacles to managing up
  3. Strategies for dealing with difficult bosses


About Mary:

Mary Abbajay is the president and co-founder of Careerstone Group, LLC, a woman-owned, full service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development solutions to the public and private sectors. She currently serves on the regional Market President’s Board of BB&T Bank. She was Chairman of the Board for Leadership Greater Washington where she led the adult Signature program, the Youth Leadership Program and the Rising Leaders Program.


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Mar 16, 2018

Chris Edmonds returns to talk about crafting a culture of civility in the workplace.


You'll Learn:

  1. Troubling research pointing to incivility on the rise
  2. The 3 Ds that destroy civility
  3. A reframe on blame


About Chris:

Chris Edmonds is a sought-after speaker, author, and executive consultant who is the founder and CEO of The Purposeful Culture Group. After a 15-year executive career leading high performing teams, Chris began his consulting company in 1990. He has also served as a senior consultant with The Ken Blanchard Companies since 1995. Chris is one of Inc. Magazine’s 100 Great Leadership Speakers and was a featured presenter at SXSW 2015.

Chris is the author of the The Culture Engine, the best seller Leading At A Higher Level with Ken Blanchard, and five other books. Chris' blog, podcasts, research, and videos can be found at Driving Results Through Culture. Thousands of followers enjoy his daily quotes on organizational culture, servant leadership, and workplace inspiration on Twitter at @scedmonds. Visit his website at


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Mar 14, 2018

Korn Ferry’s CEO Gary Burnison talks about the importance of learning agility and areas to consider when evaluating a potential job offer.


You'll Learn:

  1. Which skills predict success--and which are 200X harder to develop than others
  2. New rules of thumb on timelines that suggest “job hopping” vs “getting stale”
  3. Why happiness is central to your career strategy


About Gary:

Gary D. Burnison is the Chief Executive Officer of Korn Ferry, the preeminent global people, and organizational advisory firm. Korn Ferry helps leaders, organizations, and societies succeed by releasing the full power and potential of people. Its nearly 7,000 colleagues deliver services through Korn Ferry and its Hay Group and Futurestep divisions. Mr. Burnison is also a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors.


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Mar 12, 2018

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:

  1. The number one thing that stops people from learning
  2. How to embrace the discomfort that comes from learning
  3. 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.


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Mar 9, 2018

Jason Treu shows how to encourage strong and meaningful connections.


You'll Learn:

  1. Easy ways to facilitate more meaningful connections at work
  2. How to address your blindspots more quickly
  3. Questions to cultivate empathy


About Jason:

Jason is a top business and executive coach. He's a leading expert on human behavior, influence, sales, networking and leadership. At the heart of his strategy is the understanding that people and your relationships are your true "wealth." Everything we accomplish in life is with or through other people.


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Mar 7, 2018

Scott Mautz introduces the nine anti-muses and provides strategies for regaining inspiration at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. The difference between inspiration and motivation
  2. The nine anti-muses that drain inspiration from your work life
  3. Five ways to reframe the fear of failure


About Scott:

Scott Mautz is a popular keynote speaker and author of "Find the Fire: Ignite Your Inspiration and Make Work Exciting Again". He's a Procter & Gamble veteran who successfully ran several of the company’s largest multi-billion dollar businesses. He's the CEO of Profound Performance LLC (a keynote, coaching, and training company), teaches at Indiana University, and has been named a "Top 50 Leadership Innovator" by Inc., where he also writes a weekly column for the national publication. He’s appeared in Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, and many other national publications and podcasts.


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Mar 5, 2018

#1 Medium writer Benjamin Hardy makes the case for why and how to shape our environments to support success.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to use the sunk cost fallacy to your advantage
  2. The definition of a forcing function and how to apply them at work
  3. Why pen and paper beats digital journaling


About Benjamin:

Since late 2015, Benjamin has been the #1 writer on Ben’s writing focuses on self-improvement, motivation, and entrepreneurship. His writing is fueled by personal experiences, self-directed education, and formal education. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Clemson University. His research focuses on the psychological differences of wannabe entrepreneurs and actual entrepreneurs (dreamers vs. doers).


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Mar 2, 2018

Former undercover detective and Big Brother winner Derrick Levasseur teaches you how to make use of his detective undercover skills in workplace environments to succeed in your job or profession and win life’s game.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to identify 5 key profiles of people in the workplace
  2. How to motivate different kinds of people, differently
  3. How to use silence to extract additional information


About Derrick:

Derrick Levasseur is an investigator, author, speaker, and TV personality, with a demonstrated history of working in law enforcement and the entertainment industry. Derrick is a former undercover detective and the winner of his season of the TV series Big Brother.   He’s been called one of the best to have ever played the game. Derrick specializes in using and sharing undercover techniques in real-world applications.


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Feb 28, 2018

Tara Mohr offers deep insight into how our fears and inner critic operate--and how to optimally respond.


You'll Learn:

  1. The key drivers behind fear and self-doubt
  2. A handy Hebrew distinction for thinking about fear
  3. How to consult your inner critic--and inner mentor--wisely


About Tara:

Tara Mohr is an expert on leadership and well-being. She helps people play bigger in sharing their voices and bringing forward their ideas in work and in life. Tara is the author of Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead, named a best book of the year by Apple’s iBooks and now in paperback. In the book, she shares her pioneering model for making the journey from playing small–being held back by fear and self-doubt–to playing big, taking bold action to pursue what you see as your callings.


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Feb 26, 2018

Fellow podcaster Jeff Sanders discusses what really makes up your time, how to avoid burning out while remaining productive, and how to prioritize tasks without sacrificing your goals.


You'll Learn:

  1. What a trip to the ER taught Jeff about the need for taking legit breaks
  2. How to unplug optimally
  3. Steps to define your top priorities


About Jeff:

Jeff Sanders is a keynote speaker, author of The Free-Time Formula, The 5 AM Miracle, and founder of The Rockin' Productivity Academy. Jeff is also the host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast, which has ranked #1 in iTunes in the Self-Help and Business categories, been nominated for 5 Podcast Awards, and exceeded 5 million downloads. He is a plant-based marathon runner and personal development junkie. Every week you can find Jeff writing and speaking at


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Feb 23, 2018

Peter Shankman walks through his unique take on productivity and lessons learned from ADHD that anyone can apply.


You'll Learn:

  1. 4 simple rules to be more productive
  2. Tricks to eliminate distraction
  3. Why you should always ask for a deadline


About Peter:

Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage. An author, entrepreneur and corporate keynote speaker, this “worldwide connector” is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about customer service, social media, PR, marketing, advertising, and ADHD. He founded Help A Reporter Out, ShankMinds: Breakthrough, Geek Factory, and more.


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Feb 21, 2018

Ron Carucci shares his groundbreaking research on the patterns of successful--unsuccessful--rises to greater organizational power.


You'll Learn:

  1. How resumes and interviews routinely mislead
  2. How to minimize alienation
  3. The four patterns of successful leaders


About Ron:

Ron is a seasoned consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with CEOs and senior executives of organizations ranging from Fortune 50s to start-ups in pursuit of transformational change. His consulting has taken him to more than 20 different countries on four continents. He has consulted to some of the world’s most influential CEOs and executives on issues ranging from strategy to organization to leadership. He has worked extensively in the health sciences, biotech, and healthcare provider sectors and in the technology, consumer products, and retail food and beverage industries.


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Feb 19, 2018

Pete talks about some of our most honest leaders, lists habits to avoid when you want to talk “honestly”, and comes clean about his own unintentional dishonesty.


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Feb 16, 2018

Scott Gerber discusses the “superconnector” approach to build meaningful human relationships and go beyond networking.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to become a conversational Sherlock Holmes
  2. Questions that spark great conversations
  3. How to introduce yourself with impact


About Scott:

Scott Gerber is Founder and CEO of CommunityCo and founder of YEC and Forbes Councils. He is an industry leader in building and managing personalized, invitation-only communities for world-class executives, entrepreneurs and professionals. Scott is an expert on youth entrepreneurship, community building, youth unemployment in America, recent college grad unemployment and small business.


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Feb 14, 2018

Kellogg professor Carter Cast provides his research on career derailment--and how to prevent it!


You'll Learn:

  1. Two questions to ask yourself to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses
  2. Frequently-occurring risk factors to watch out for
  3. The two critical things that put you in the 98 percentile of your company


About Carter:

Carter Cast is a clinical professor at the Kellogg School of Management. Previously he’s played a pivotal role in building numerous iconic consumer brands including Tostitos Scoops and The Sims. He served as CEO of, growing it to the third largest online retailer in the world. Carter is also a venture partner for Pritzker Group Venture Capital, where he assesses potential investments and advises portfolio companies.


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Feb 12, 2018

PowerPoint gurus Heather and Alan Ackmann share perspectives on how to take full advantage of PowerPoint for more impactful presentations.


You'll Learn:

  1. When, why and how you should PowerPoint – and when you shouldn’t
  2. The three fundamental factors to consider when designing your slides
  3. 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.


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Feb 9, 2018

Dean Lindsay shows how to achieve “PHAT” (Pretty, Hot And Tempting) goals by committing to them, strengthening reasons, and building true conviction.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why it’s better to have real commitment rather than a good plan
  2. What it mean to be truly convicted of a goal’s value
  3. Dean’s six P’s of Progress


About Dean:

Dean Lindsay is hailed as an ‘Outstanding Thought Leader on Building Priceless Business Relationships’ by Sales and Marketing Executives International as well as a ‘Sales-and-Networking Guru’ by the Dallas Business Journal. His books, How to Achieve Big PHAT Goals, THE PROGRESS CHALLENGE: Working & Winning in a World of Change, and CRACKING THE NETWORKING CODE: 4 Steps to Priceless Business Relationships have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Korean, Spanish and Greek.


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Feb 7, 2018

Adrian Gostick talks about what the best teams today are doing differently.


You'll Learn:

  1. The differing forces that motivate each generation
  2. How to encourage your leaders to initiate regular career discussions
  3. 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.


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Feb 5, 2018

Broadcaster Ken Coleman guides us in discovering what we’re created to do… and how to see that dream become a reality.


You'll Learn:

  1. The litmus test for your passion
  2. The “nuclear option” for dealing with a difficult teammate or boss
  3. What to do when you’re burnt out at work but can’t leave just yet


About Ken:

Ken Coleman is host of The Ken Coleman Show and EntreLeadership Podcast, and author of One Question: Life-Changing Answers from Today’s Leading Voices. Ken is an acclaimed interviewer and broadcaster who equips, encourages and entertains listeners through thought-provoking interviews, helping them grow their businesses, pursue their passions, and move toward a fulfilled purpose. You can follow him on Twitter at @KenColeman, on Instagram at @KenWColeman, and online at or


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Feb 2, 2018

Turi McKinley talks intuitive design thinking as an alternative approach to problem solving.


You'll Learn:

  1. The importance of human empathy in problem solving
  2. Three keys to apply the design thinking process in your organization
  3. Pro-tips for getting brilliant ideas flowing when you collaborate


About Turi:

Turi McKinley is the Executive Director of Org Activation at frog design.

Turi’s 15+ years in design encompasses design research, interaction and service design, and currently focuses on driving change within innovative teams and organizations. Turi leads frog’s capability building and process design practice across frog’s global studios, and with frog’s clients.  With clients, she had led transformation efforts for GE as they developed a user centered software capability; for health insurance companies seeking to develop new customer relationships; and CPG firms developing ways of working faster and more iteratively.


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Jan 31, 2018

Author & trainer Mark Murphy explores the intersections of diplomacy, truthfulness, and difficult conversations at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. Top reasons why people don’t tell the truth at work
  2. Common phrases that create defensiveness
  3. Why having a difficult conversation is better than just fixing the problem yourself


About Mark:

Mark Murphy is a New York Times bestselling author, weekly contributor to Forbes, ranked as a Top 30 Leadership Guru and the Founder of Leadership IQ. He’s trained leaders at the United Nations, Harvard Business School, the Clinton Foundation, Microsoft, MasterCard, SHRM, and hundreds more organizations. He has written several award-winning books on leadership and been featured in many premiere media outlets.


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Jan 29, 2018

Tradecraft founder Russ Klusas discusses optimal decision-making amid life goals, recognizing avoidable failures, and learning from the successes and failures of Silicon Valley.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to understand and use bounded rationality
  2. How to identify avoidable failures
  3. The good and the bad from Silicon Valley


About Russ:

Russell Klusas is the Founder of Tradecraft, a full time, in-person immersive training program for people who want to work in startups. He was also previously the CEO of Big Lobby, and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence of Founder Institute. He attended the University of Illinois.


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Jan 26, 2018

Fellow podcaster Paula Pant shares her expertise on mastering your personal finances, caring for your career, and making wise decisions.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to afford anything...but not everything
  2. Why self-care is career care
  3. How to successfully prep for newer and bigger obstacles


About Paula:

Paula Pant is the founder of the award-winning website and a writer and speaker specializing in money, business and real estate investing.

She has been featured more than four dozen times in major publications, including Forbes, Fortune,, AOL DailyFinance, Marketplace Money, Kiplinger, Bloomberg Business, Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, and many more.


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