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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Jun 29, 2016

Leadership advisor Randy Street shares fascinating insights gleaned from his advisory firm’s in-depth analyses on thousands of senior leaders--the biggest database on leaders in the world. He then shares strategies and tactics for putting those insights to work.

You’ll learn:

  1. The 5 essential interview questions to boost your hiring success rate from 50% to 90%
  2. The 3 key areas that full-powered leaders master (Priorities, Who, Relationships)
  3. How to say “no” perfectly

About Randy

Randy Street is the Managing Partner of ghSMART, a leadership advisory firm whose mission is to help great leaders amplify their positive impact on the world.  In collaboration with founder Geoff Smart, Randy co-authored the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, Who: The A Method for Hiring and Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success.  Who remains the #1 book on hiring on Amazon.

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Jun 27, 2016

Professor, author, and consultant Michael Watkins shares best practice strategies and tactics for getting the optimal start in a new role at work.

You’ll learn:

  1. The most critical ingredient for a successful transition
  2. How to accelerate your arrival at the “breakeven point” for your new role
  3. The key questions to discover what you REALLY need to know quickly

About Michael

Dr. Michael D. Watkins is a Co-founder of Genesis Advisers and Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the IMD business school. Previously, he was on the faculty at the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Dr. Watkins wrote The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Smarter and Faster, which The Economist recognized as “the on- boarding bible.” The enduring classic has sold more than a million English copies and has been translated into 24 languages. The revised and expanded 10th Anniversary Edition released in 2013. At IMD, he is the Director of the "Transition to Business Leader" program. At Genesis Advisers, he leads a team that designs enterprise transition acceleration solutions for client organizations. Dr. Watkins is the author of numerous additional books and articles on leadership & transitions published in the Harvard Business Review and other top publications.

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Jun 24, 2016

Human Resources uber-guru Rita Trehan shares anecdotes from her years of experience helping HR professionals grow and succeed, and talks about how we can maximize our full potential at work.

You’ll learn

1) The positive benefits of acknowledging the ‘elephant in the room’

2) Tips for giving effective and constructive feedback to others

3) The truth about what goes on in the HR department at the office

About Rita

Ranked among the Top 100 Human Resources Officers, Rita has helped improve performance at organizations such as Honeywell, AES Corporation, Coca-Cola and the World Bank. She’s a regular contributor to the Washington Post and numerous journals including Forbes magazine. She recently authored the book Unleashing Capacity: The Hidden Human Resources.

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Jun 22, 2016

Author and consultant James Sudakow takes a sledgehammer of silliness to corporate jargon to help boost your credibility and relatability in corporate communications.

You’ll learn:
1) Why do we do this jargon in the first place?
2) How the use of such jargon can actually damage our credibility and make people take us less seriously
3) Some key phrases to avoid right away--and what to use in their place

James Sudakow is author of Picking the Low-Hanging Fruit… and Other Stupid Stuff We Say in the Corporate World (Purple Squirrel Media, February 2016). He serves as the principal of CH Consulting, Inc., a boutique management and organizational effectiveness consulting practice he founded in 2010. Sudakow specializes in helping companies manage organizational transformation, create talent management strategies and programs that maximize employee capabilities and improve business performance. Before starting his own consultancy, James held leadership roles in several global multibillion-dollar organizations across the technology and health care industries.

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Jun 20, 2016

Master facilitator Tim Hurson shares some of his favorite insights and approaches for creativity and problem-solving.

You’ll learn:
1) The know-wonder and GPS tools for sparking additional creative ideas
2) The mighty benefits of the “third third” when coming up with creative ideas
3) A wonderfully obvious secret of productivity

Tim Hurson is a founding partner of thinkx intellectual capital (, a firm that provides global corporations with training, facilitation, and consultation in productive thinking and innovation. He's both a faculty member and Trustee of the Creative Education Foundation, and a founding director of Facilitators Without Borders.

Tim thinks the phrase “out of the box thinking” should be put back in the box and buried in a deep hole.

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Jun 17, 2016

“Competition” within an organization is often frowned upon, but “workplace provocateur” Dan Rust discusses the benefits and tactics associated with competition, politics and more.

 You’ll learn:

  • When internal competitiveness can be positive for an organization
  • A secret tip for crushing your next yearly performance review
  • The massive benefits of bringing just a little bit more energy to each work day

About Dan
Dan Rust is the founder of Frontline Learning, an international publisher of corporate training resources. His award-winning keynote speeches and workshops focus on employee engagement, productivity, and career management. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s the author of Workplace Poker: Are You Playing the Game, or Just Getting Played?

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Jun 15, 2016

Entrepreneur and app developer Anshul Bhagi introduces Ummo, a powerful app for public speakers, and the lessons learned along the process of making it.

You’ll learn:

  1. How the new speech-coaching appUmmo can enhance your speaking
  2. When the use of filler words is helpful
  3. What is “upspeak” and its implications on how you’re perceived

About Anshul

Anshul Bhagi is a 2017 Harvard MBA with an undergrad and Masters in Computer Science from MIT. Previously, Anshul did PM and development at Microsoft / Apple / Google, spent two years at McKinsey & Company, and founded education startup CampK12 to teach kids in India to code. Together with his Harvard / MIT classmates Yasmin, Andrea, Sam, Damola, and Sinchan, he is building Ummo, a personalized speech coaching app (available for download here).

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Jun 13, 2016

Michael Kerr shows us how to see the humor in our daily work frustrations, and the benefits it brings for long-term success.

You’ll learn:

1) The critical link between humor and creativity
2) How to turn a stressful situation into something humorous with the three R’s (reframe, reward, relax)
3) Approaches to building a humor “first-aid” kit

About Michael
Michael is listed as one of Canada’s most in-demand speakers. He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), best-selling author, and one of only 22 speakers to be inducted into the Canadian Speakers’ Hall of Fame. Building on his experience as a “recovering senior manager,” Michael travels the world researching, writing, and speaking about what makes a great workplace,well…great! He is known as one of North America’s leading authorities on how to create a more positive and inspiring workplace: the kind of workplace that drives phenomenal success.

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Jun 10, 2016

Former marketing VP and current speaker/author Catherine Kaputa discusses strategies for developing and communicating your personal brand at the workplace.

You’ll learn:

  • How smart elevatorconversations can catapult your career
  • Approaches to take the ‘work’ out of networking
  • Techniques to subtly communicate your value

About Catherine
Catherine Kaputa is a personal brand strategist, speaker and author of the newly released "Graduate to a Great Career: How Smart Students, New Graduates and Young Professionals Can Launch Brand You" ( She is also the author of the best-selling" You Are a Brand," now out in ten languages. She is the founder of SelfBrand ( Previously, she served as a Senior Vice President and Director of global branding/advertising on Wall 

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Jun 8, 2016

How do you make an email stand out amid overflowing inboxes? Chief Marketing Sumo and email expert Alex Berman teaches how to craft effective emails that get responses.

You’ll learn:

  1. How to send cold emails, without being a spammer
  2. How to zero in on a recipient’s email address
  3. Best practices in customization, subject lines, and openers to ensure your email gets read

About Alex

Alex Berman is the Chief Marketing Sumo for InspireBeats and is responsible for generating over $20 million dollars in B2B leads this year. He and the team at InspireBeats have sent over 1 million cold emails to funded startups and software as a service companies in the last two years.

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Jun 6, 2016

Living for a century will soon become the norm. Psychologist Lynda Gratton explains how this new found longevity will alter the stages of life, and what this means for your career.

 You’ll learn:

1)The massive implications a 100-year life has on your career strategy

2) The importance of spending time with people at different ages

3) An easy tool that allows you to step back and ‘audit’ your own intangible assets, at any point in your career

About Lynda
Lynda is a Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she directs the world’s leading program on human resources. Her eight books cover topics related to the impact of a changing world on employment and work. In 2012 her book The Shift received the business book of the year award in Japan and has been translated into more than 15 languages. Lynda has been named one of the top 50 management thinkers in the world.

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Jun 3, 2016

Speaker/author and fellow career podcast host Arel Moodie teaches us the do’s and don’t’s for how to be well liked in all areas of life.

You’ll learn:

1) A quick way to craft texts or emails into more likable, powerful messages
2) The power of a smile, and the impact it can have on people remembering you
3) Easy ways to make people around you feel special every day

About Arel
Arel Moodie has given the TEDx talk on Likability and wrote the Forbes article on the subject. Arel has been quoted in The New York Times, Businessweek and USA Today. He’s given presentations to over 255,000 people in 48 states and 5 countries. Arel Moodie was named to Inc. Magazine's prestigious "30 Under 30" list. Arel Moodie was personally acknowledged by President Obama 2 years in a row for his work as a leader in America and has been a featured speaker at the White House. He’s was selected as one of the 100 world "Leaders of Tomorrow" by the St. Gallen Symposium, an international organization in Switzerland.

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Jun 1, 2016

Verily co-founder and CEO Kara Eschbach speaks about the differences between the corporate world and entrepreneurship, and what everyone can do better navigate their careers.

You’ll learn:

  • How a casual brunch transformed Kara’s career on Wall Street into founding and launching a major web publication
  • How to accelerate your career by taking on more responsibility, faster
  • Tips and tricks for building a great working relationship with your manager, regardless of your industry

About Kara
Kara is the co-founder and CEO of Verily, a women's fashion & lifestyle website focused on helping women be the best version of themselves. Kara was formerly the co-host of the nationally-broadcast radio show Catching Up with Kara and Monica on SiriusXM radio, was on the investment team for Credit Suisse’s secondary private equity fund, and developed a coaching program for recent college graduates to accelerate their career. Kara earned her B.S. with highest distinction from Purdue University, where she was a member of the varsity golf team and selected as the class commencement speaker.

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