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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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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May 18, 2018

Positive psychology researcher (and former CBS News anchor) Michelle Gielan discusses correlation and causation between happiness and career success.

You’ll Learn:
1. How happiness truly translates into career performance
2. How to use “small shifts” to talk about solutions instead of problems
3. The “4 C’s” of delivering bad news better

About Michelle
Michelle Gielan is national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, who is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness. Michelle is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and is partnered with Arianna Huffington to study how transformative stories fuel success. She is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. Michelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her research and advice have received attention from The New York Times, Washington Post, FORBES, CNN, FOX, and Harvard Business Review.

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May 16, 2018

Founder of Big Interview, Pam Skillings, breaks down what makes an interview successful and how to best up your interview game.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to prepare without over preparing
  2. The best answers to the most commonly-occurring interview questions
  3. Your secret weapon for any interview


About Pam:

Pamela Skillings is an author, entrepreneur, and career coach who  specializes in helping people find success and fulfillment in their dream careers. Her company, Skillful Communications, provides career coaching and training for individuals and training and development consulting for companies and organizations. Big Interview is her online job interview training system that helps clients ace their interviews and land big job offers.

She is also the author of Escape from Corporate America: A Practical Guide to Creating the Career of Your Dreams (Random House) and has been featured as a career expert by The New York Times, Newsweek, ABC News, and other media outlets . Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at New York University and a contributing columnist for and other publications.


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May 14, 2018

Eric Barker busts the myths and uncovers truths behind some of the most popular maxims.


You'll Learn:

  1. How alignment is a genuine key to success
  2. Why valedictorians don’t necessarily shape the world
  3. How to operate like a Navy Seal


About Eric

Eric Barker’s humorous, practical blog, "Barking Up the Wrong Tree", presents science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life. Over 320,000 people subscribe to his weekly newsletter and his content is syndicated by Time Magazine, The Week, and Business Insider. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Financial Times. Eric is also a sought-after speaker and interview subject, and has given talks at MIT, Yale, Google, United States Military Central Command (CENTCOM), NASDAQ, and the Olympic Training Center.


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May 11, 2018

Who would have thought failure could be fun? Andrea Waltz explains the ‘go for no’ philosophy, and how learning to fail might just be the best thing for your career.

You’ll learn:

  1. Why aiming to fail can actually increase success in the long run
  2. How to turn “no” into a positive word
  3. What you can do to put the “go for no” philosophy into practice in your life

About Andrea

Andrea Waltz is passionate about helping people overcome the fear of the word NO and feelings of failure and rejection that go along with it.  Along with her husband and business partner Richard Fenton, they share their message through books, training programs and speaking at conventions and conferences.  They are authors of Go for No! and with 300,000 copies sold it’s been in the top 20 of Amazon’s “Sales” books for the last five years.


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May 9, 2018

Michael Bungay Stanier returns to talk about become more coach-like by staying curious longer and giving advice a bit more slowly.

You'll learn:

1. Why we more naturally give advice rather than ask questions

2. The questions effective coaches ask

3. How to deal with the uncoachable

About Michael:

Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder of Box of Crayons, a company best known for teaching 10-minute coaching so that busy managers can build stronger teams and get better results. On the way to founding Box of Crayons in 2002, Michael lived in Australia, England, the United States and Canada, his current home. He has written a number of books. His latest, the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Coaching Habit, has sold over 350,000 copies. It has been praised as one of the few business books that actually makes people laugh out loud. He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year, is a Rhodes Scholar, and was recently recognized as the #3 Global Guru in coaching. Balancing out these moments of success, Michael was banned from his high school graduation for “the balloon incident,” was sued by one of his law school lecturers for defamation, and his first published piece of writing was a Harlequin romance short story called “The Male Delivery.”


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May 7, 2018

Korn Ferry partner Julie Forman shares how to leverage recruiters and executive search consultants as you manage your career.


You'll Learn:

  1. Pro-tips for becoming more visible to recruiters
  2. Do’s and don’ts when speaking with recruiters
  3. When a pay bump isn’t worth it


About Julie:

Julie Forman is a Partner with Executive Search Firm, Korn Ferry International where she is a member of the Firm’s Global Industrial practice and Marketing Center of Excellence.

She joined Korn Ferry following a 15 years career with GE where she’s held senior roles on both the Industrial and Capital sides with her last position being Head of Strategic Marketing for GE in Canada.

She focuses today on recruitment and leadership consulting mandates for industrial organizations going through critical inflection points requiring upscaling of strategic capabilities, shift in focus and transformational leadership. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Change Management Coach.


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May 4, 2018

Melissa Dahl discusses embracing awkward moments and turning them into valuable learning experiences.


You'll Learn:

  1. When self-consciousness can be helpful
  2. A quick exercise to instantly make you feel less self-conscious
  3. How to effectively navigate an awkward conversation


About Melissa:

Melissa Dahl is a senior editor at New York Magazine's The Cut, where she leads the health and psychology coverage. In 2014, she helped launch Science of Us, NYMag's popular social science website. Her writing interests include personality, emotions, and mental health. Outside of New York Magazine, Melissa's byline has appeared in Elle, Parents, and the New York Times.


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May 2, 2018

Founder of The Accidental Creative, Todd Henry, shares lessons learned from managing creative employees AKA “herding tigers.”


You'll Learn:

  1. Why bounded autonomy produces the best creative results
  2. The right--and wrong--way to provide feedback on creative output
  3. How you may be subtly eroding trust


About Todd:

Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of four books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, and Herding Tigers) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work. His book Die Empty was named by as one of the best books of 2013. His latest book, Herding Tigers, is about what creative people need from their leader, and how to give it to them.


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Apr 30, 2018

Denise Dudley goes deep on the science and practice of optimizing your body language for making a powerful impression at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to smile more genuinely
  2. Postures for enhanced communication
  3. The powerful impact of speaking with a lower pitch


About Denise:

Denise Dudley is a professional trainer and keynote speaker, author, business consultant, and founder and former CEO of SkillPath Seminars, the largest public training company in the world, which provides 18,000 seminars per year, and has trained over 12 million people in the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Denise holds a Ph.D. in behavioral psychology, a hospital administrator's license, a preceptor for administrators-in-training license, and is licensed to provide training to medical professionals in the United States and Canada. She's also a certified AIDS educator, a licensed field therapist for individuals with agoraphobia, and a regularly featured speaker on the campuses of many universities across the US, and the author of Simon and Schuster’s best-selling audio series, “Making Relationships Last.”  Denise speaks all over the world on a variety of topics, including management and supervision skills, leadership, assertiveness, communication, personal relationships, interviewing skills, and career readiness.  Denise’s latest book, “Work it! Get in, Get noticed, Get promoted,” is currently available on, and is receiving all 5-star customer reviews.


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Apr 27, 2018

Meditation teacher Oren Jay Sofer discusses the vastly positive impact of adopting a meditation practice.


You'll Learn:

  1. The top three evidence-based benefits of mindfulness practice
  2. How a one-minute pause can make a huge difference
  3. How to train your brain for greater attention


About Oren:

Oren Jay Sofer is Senior Program Developer at Mindful Schools and Founder of Next Step Dharma, offering online courses on meditation in daily life. He is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council, a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma.  His work has been featured on apps such as 10% Happier and Simple Habit. Oren holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, and is author of Say What you Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.


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Apr 25, 2018

Pete inserts himself into the show format, sharing his approach to tackling your next career decision.


You'll Learn:

  1. The 8 step-by-step questions that determine whether to stay or go
  2. Whether the grass is in fact greener
  3. Pete's favorite things


About Pete:

Pete Mockaitis is an award-winning trainer and coach who helps brilliant professionals perform optimally at work.

He’s delivered 1-on-1 coaching to over 700 leaders hailing from world-class organizations (such as Google, FedEx, the United Nations, Anheuser-Buesch, and Apple), 50 countries, and every Ivy League university. His work has been featured in numerous publications including the New York TimesForbes, and Inc.

He began his career at Bain & Company and currently hosts the How to be Awesome at your Job podcast. The show receives millions of downloads from delightful people with excellent taste.

Pete lives in Chicago with his wife and new baby!


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Apr 23, 2018

Bluefish founder Steve Sims shares the approaches that enable him to create legendary experiences for his exclusive clientele.


You'll Learn:

  1. How Steve got the Pope to drop by and bless his client’s wedding
  2. The magic question that unleashes possibilities
  3. How relationships are like oak trees


About Steve:

Steve Sims is is the visionary founder of Bluefish: the world¹s first luxury concierge company that delivers the highest level of personalized travel, transportation, and cutting-edge entertainment services to corporate executives, celebrities, professional athletes, and other discerning individuals interested in living life to its fullest. He has been invited to speak to MBA students at Harvard (twice), has spoken at the Pentagon, and has been featured in major media all around the world: From The Sunday Times and China Post, to The Wall Street Journal. You can learn more at


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Apr 20, 2018

“Executive Whisperer” Cassandra Frangos outlines what it takes to become a Chief Something Officer and how to garner needed  support along the way.


You'll Learn:

  1. When to follow—and when to disrupt— company culture
  2. One thing our listeners and most CEOs have in common
  3. How to pick up on social cues that can make or break your career


About Cassandra:

Cassandra Frangos, Ed.D., is a consultant on Spencer Stuart’s Leadership Advisory Services team. She collaborates with Fortune 500 leadership teams on executive assessments, succession planning, leadership development and top team effectiveness.Previously, Cassandra was the head of the global executive talent practice at Cisco, where she was responsible for accelerating the readiness of the talent at all levels of the organization to transform the business and culture. Through partnerships with the executive team, she deployed innovative approaches to organization design, succession planning, assessment, coaching and development programs to drive business results and innovation. She also played an integral role in the 2015 succession planning for Cisco’s CEO, one of the most respected and longest-tenured CEOs in the tech industry.


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Apr 18, 2018

Coffee shop guru & latte art champion Chris Deferio speaks on leading people who are at their first “real job” and keys to thriving in a chaotic environment.


You'll Learn:

  1. Best approaches for managing first timers
  2. How to offer feedback so it’s received well
  3. Tips on how to keep sane and focused in a chaotic environment


About Chris:

Chris Deferio is the host and producer of the Keys to the Shop podcast. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife and son and has been in professional coffee service for 17 years. He provides training, consultations, and wisdom to owners, managers, and employees across cafes worldwide. His podcast is dedicated to the success of coffee shops and the professionals that make them work.


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Apr 16, 2018

Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon of Being Boss talk setting intentions and the importance of boundaries.


You'll Learn:

  1. The benefits of creating monthly intentions
  2. How to set boundaries – and stick to them
  3. How to have healthy dialogue with your boss


About Emily and Kathleen:

Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson, self-proclaimed “business besties” and hosts of the top-ranked podcast “Being Boss,” know what it takes to launch a business, do the work, and be boss in work and life. Both successful independent business owners, Emily and Kathleen started the podcast in January of 2015 to talk shop and share their combined expertise with other creative entrepreneurs.


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Apr 13, 2018

CEO advisor Whitney Johnson shares her insights into optimizing individual learning and team innovation via thoughtful smart disruption placement along a learning curve.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to optimize each stage of learning
  2. The three key stages of your learning curve
  3. The importance of ‘hiring’ the right boss


About Whitney:

CEO advisor and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Whitney Johnson, has over one million followers on Linkedin. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015). She was an award-winning Wall Street analyst and co-founded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Clayton Christensen. She is a frequent keynote speaker on disruption, and has been recognized as one of the world's most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50 and Fortune. She also hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself podcast and is an original cohort member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches.


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Apr 11, 2018

Terra Winston sheds light to the main pieces of getting promoted: learning precisely who promotes you and what they value.


You'll Learn:

  1. The two major considerations for anyone who wants to be promoted
  2. Goal-setting considerations to align yourself with your boss’s needs
  3. Why and how to promote yourself


About Terra:

Terra Winston is the Ringleader of inTerractions and Principal of inTerract Consulting.  For over 20 years she has impacted thousands of people through her leadership programs and coaching.  A life-long learner, she has channeled her passions into success in multiple arenas, from engineering to HR, from Corporate America to entrepreneurship.  Terra holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, an MBA from Stanford, coaching certification from CTI, and a not-so-secret passion for Doctor Who.


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Apr 9, 2018

Stanford instructor Dr. Leah Weiss discusses how mindfulness training can translate to tangible results in the workplace.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to practice the intentional use of your attention
  2. Pro tips for taking productive breaks
  3. Handy tools for setting your personal purpose


About Leah:

Leah Weiss, PhD, is a researcher, professor, consultant, and author. She teaches courses on compassionate leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is principal teacher and founding faculty for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, conceived by the Dalai Lama. She also directs Compassion Education and Scholarship at HopeLab, an Omidyar Group research and development nonprofit focused on resilience. She lives in Palo Alto, California with her husband and three children.


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Apr 6, 2018

Charlie Harary explores how to adjust your recurring thought patterns to find your greatness, enhance emotional wellbeing, and enjoy work more everyday.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to react to the world in a more empowered way
  2. Two innate needs you must fulfill to be satisfied
  3. Approaches to growing more everyday


About Charlie:

Charlie Harary is an author and internationally known speaker sought out for his lectures, seminars and keynote addresses on business intelligence, performance management and personal empowerment. He is the Senior Director of Capital Markets at RXR Realty, a multi-billion dollar real estate company based in New York. He hosts a weekly radio show on the NSN radio network and the Unlocking Greatness podcast. Upon its launch in 2015, Unlocking Greatness made it to the Top 10 on iTunes’ New & Noteworthy Business Podcasts list. Harary is an adjunct clinical professor of management and entrepreneurship at the Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was awarded the James Kent Scholar and the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.


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Apr 4, 2018

Neen James shares best practices for directing our attention toward meaningful priorities.


You'll Learn:

  1. The fifteen minutes per day that can change everything
  2. Strategies for selecting the worthiest goals
  3. How we often fail to pay good attention to people


About Neen:

Neen James is the author of Folding Time™ and Attention Pays™. Named one of Top 30 Leadership Speakers by Global Guru several years in a row because of her work with companies including Viacom, Comcast, and Abbot Pharmaceuticals.

Boundless energy, quick-witted with powerful strategies for paying attention to what matters, Neen shares how to get more done and create more significant moments at work, and home.


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Apr 2, 2018

World Series of Poker champion Annie Duke shares her insights into making better, more informed decisions in an unpredictable world.


You'll Learn:

  1. How thinking in bets reframes your decision-making
  2. Why to distinguish between the quality and outcome of a decision
  3. Three fun rules for better decision-making groups


About Annie:

Annie Duke is a woman who has leveraged her expertise in the science of smart decision making to excel at pursuits as varied as championship poker to public speaking. For two decades, Annie was one of the top poker players in the world. In 2004, she bested a field of 234 players to win her first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. The same year, she triumphed in the $2 million winner-take-all, invitation-only WSOP Tournament of Champions. In 2010, she won the prestigious NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Prior to becoming a professional poker player, Annie was awarded the National Science Foundation Fellowship. Because of this fellowship, she studied Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Mar 30, 2018

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:

  1. Where likability can help you--and hurt you.
  2. The 4 critical behaviors linked to successful CEOs
  3. 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.


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Mar 28, 2018

Award-winning professor Dan Cable shares his research insights on our “seeking systems” and how our engagement with them largely determine whether we feel alive at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. The work we’re biologically hard-wired to enjoy
  2. How to rev up your aliveness using the three key triggers
  3. A one-hour intervention that reduces attrition by over 30%


About Dan:

Dan Cable is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Dan’s areas of teaching, research, and consulting include employee engagement, leading change, organisational culture and its effects on sustained competitive advantage, leadership development and mindset, and the linkage between brands and employee behaviors.


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