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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Now displaying: December, 2016
Dec 26, 2016

Pete reflects on questions from two guests that have resonated with him throughout the year:

  • What are you pretending not to know?
  • Why are you not doing the things that you know you should be doing?
    (Jason Nazar of Comparably)
  • What’s the one thing I can do, such that by doing it, everything will be easier or unnecessary?
    (Jay Papasan, The ONE Thing)

Wishing you all a productive 2017!

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Dec 23, 2016

My uncle and first speaking mentor, Topper Steinman, shares his genius on how to enter into tricky conversational territory.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to talk about just about anything, with anyone
  2. Rules of engagement for effectively handling confrontation
  3. Approaches for moving from ‘what’ and ‘so what’ to ‘now what’

About Topper
Topper Steinman is a counselor and consultant from Champaign, Il. with 40 years experience in teaching, counseling, and consulting.  As a workshop facilitator and speaker, his topics cover a wide variety of interest areas with efforts aimed at bridging the adult/youth gap while creating a healthy sense of self and others. He holds a Mediation Training Certificate from CDR Associates of Boulder, Colo.  and is a certified instructor in Parent and Teacher Effectiveness and an experienced T.E.S.A. trainer.
Topper has been the recipient of the Illinois State Board of Education "Those Who Excel" award as outstanding counselor, the "Outstanding Young Educator" award, and Champaign-Urbana's "Community Builder's Award" among other honors in his tenure in education.

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Dec 21, 2016

Michelle Tillis Lederman shares approaches to finding what’s likable in yourself to convey that to others.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to form your self-perception to guide other’s perception of you
  2. The power of opening yourself up to feedback
  3. How to use curiosity for creating connections in conversation

About Michelle
Michelle Tillis Lederman is known for her energetic, engaging, and authentic presentations. An expert on workplace communications and relationships, Michelle’s mission is to help people communicate and lead with confidence, clarity, and connection. She is an accomplished speaker, trainer, coach, and author of three books including The 11 Laws of LikabilityHeroes Get Hired and Nail The Interview – Land The Job, and named by Forbes as one of the 25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch.

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Dec 19, 2016

Master resilience trainer and former drill instructor Sean Douglas shares lessons on overcoming a self-defeating mindset and growing in the midst of adversity.

You'll Learn

  1. Why you should develop a gratitude habit
  2. How to get over self-defeating behavior
  3. Approaches for sustaining your energy throughout the day

About Sean
Sean Douglas was born in Detroit, MI, July 23, 1983. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a Certified Master Resilience Trainer, and a professional Inspirational Speaker. Sean spent four years as a Drill Instructor in Air Force Basic Training where he developed over 500 young men and women into military leaders. Not surprisingly, he is energetic and passionate about inspiring others to succeed. Sean’s interactive training develops the participants’ skill in the mental, physical, social, and spiritual domains of resilience, and leaves people better equipped to manage change effectively.

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Dec 16, 2016

ActiveInbox founder Andy Mitchell shares insights gleaned from years of collaborating with the many diverse users of his email and task management software product.

You’ll Learn:

  1. Why email won’t die for a while...and what to do in the meantime
  2. Why we experience euphoria at an empty inbox, and how to get there more often
  3. How to avoid the productivity death spiral triggered by working late

About Andy
Andy Mitchell is the founder of ActiveInbox for Gmail, an email tool and task manager combined into one. He maintains an ethos of 'leaving more in the world than I take out of it.’ Day to day, he’s trying to ensure the team is all pulling in the same direction to craft the best product they can. Prior to ActiveInbox, he worked in a number of high-tech roles at LocallyCompared, ProductiveFirefox, Dakin Flathers, and MeeCard.

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Dec 14, 2016

Colonel Jill Morgenthaler draws from her vast experiences to combine broad wisdom principles with tactical tips that are valuable both on the battlefield and in the workforce.

You'll Learn:

  1. What it takes to stare down Saddam Hussein
  2. The effects of radiating confidence – and how to do it
  3. How to succeed in any project with several courses of action

About Colonel Jill
Colonel Jill Morgenthaler was one of the first women to enter an experimental class for women in the US Army ROTC and train as an equal with men. She was the first woman Battalion Commander in the 88th Regional Support Command Division and the first Brigade Commander in the 84th Division. She was also the first woman to be put in charge of Homeland Security for the state of Illinois. She received the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit for her leadership. During her military career, Colonel Jill led hundreds of men and women around the world in war and peace. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and author of the book The Courage to Take Command: Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer.

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Dec 12, 2016

Eliot Wagonheim deconstructs how to achieve goals and offers a useful mindset to adopt in order advance in the right direction. 

You'll Learn:

  1. Why you should switch to the Fire, Aim… Ready mindset
  2. Why you should rethink doing your yearly evaluation
  3. An innovative way for sketching out expectations

About Eliot
Eliot Wagonheim is a speaker, strategist, author, educator and business lawyer with thirty years experience helping clients embrace, rather than inhibit, innovation. Through his Outlawyer platform, Eliot serves as a confidante, mentor, strategist and sounding board for guiding entrepreneurs and organizational leaders for companies of every size across diverse industries, and brings humor, real world experience and an entrepreneurial spirit to everything he does.

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Dec 9, 2016

Fashion guru Sharon Haver offers perspective on how to make people look powerful and professional at work.

You’ll learn:

  1. Three key ingredients to a style upgrade that will make you look knowledgeable and professional
  2. How to find a wardrobe that fits comfortably, looks good and doesn’t break the bank
  3. Why dressing how you want to be perceived is critical

About Sharon
Sharon Haver teaches professionals to look like they’re worth it, so that they can create a relevant, authentic modern image. Halfway through her three-decade career in style, she left the lure of being a New York fashion stylist to help professionals make the most of what they’ve got. She founded in 1999. Although her impressive resume looks like a who’s who of media household names, her heart is with helping entrepreneurs refine their chic style to confidently pull their look together with ease.

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Dec 7, 2016

Robert D. Smith counts up the days and gives pro-tips on how to make each one count.

You'll Learn:

  1. Two questions to ensure you’re not wasting time
  2. A fun framework for tackling big projects
  3. How to trick yourself into feeling more excited about the task before you

About Robert
Robert D. Smith (TheRobertD) has managed and overseen the career of Andy Andrews, a three-time New York Times best-selling author. He has served as a private consultant to numerous best-selling authors, speakers, entertainers, and cutting edge organizations, educating them on the unique methods he has employed to sustain massive success and growth across multiple industries for his entire career.
Robert is the author of 20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Life Right Now, a simple guide to injecting meaning into every second you live for the rest of your life.

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Dec 5, 2016

Stacey Dyer shares how she applied best thinking practices to planning a kick ass wedding, and how we can use the same techniques to plan anything.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to avoid future mishaps with the time machine methodology

  2. A 5-card hand that you should have in your back pocket to spark great ideas and solutions
  3. Best practices for self-motivation

About Stacey
Stacey Dyer is currently a corporate Director of Customer Experience Design. Stacey is grateful for the mentors she's had in her career, and thus strives to provide guidance and insight that reflects professional care and expertise. Outside of work, Stacey can be found in vocal sessions within the down tempo, jazz, and EDM space (in addition to running and practicing yoga) or writing blog posts ( and books (
Prior to her current role, Stacey's previous experience runs the gamut of in-house to agency side, working with a diverse array of clients from liquor and cigars to healthcare and youth non-profits.

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Dec 2, 2016

Michael Dolan shows us the way to deeper development as truly productive professionals.

You'll Learn:

  1. Pitfalls to look out for that hinder a deeper development
  2. What’s a “positive no” how to deliver one
  3. Tips and tricks to upgrade your workflow process

About Michael
Before he found his calling as an executive coach, Michael spent 15 years in corporate management, leading teams in the advertising, consumer marketing, and design industries, where he gained deep appreciation for the intense personal and organizational demands that successful executives must meet everyday.
Michael has five years of experience as a Senior Coach and Director of Business Development for Coaching Services at The David Allen Company.

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