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: January, 2017
Jan 30, 2017

Dr. Jenny Brockis examines how the brain works and develops and shares how you can boost your brain to higher performance.

You'll Learn:

  1. Characteristics of the high-performance brain
  2. Why you should give your brain permission to wander
  3. Key habits for optimal brain performance

About Jenny

As a medical doctor, speaker and author, Dr. Jenny Brockis is passionate about all things 'brain'. Her mission is to become the Jamie Oliver of cognitive health, empowering others to create their own high performance brain that is optimised to help them work at their best.

She works with those who seek to thrive in our increasingly complex world, by translating the complexities of neuroscience into easily understood strategies that can be readily integrated into our busy lives.

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Jan 27, 2017

Veteran career coach Marc Miller gives pro-tips to understanding your core talents to find more fulfillment at work.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to find career fulfillment by discovering your core talents
  2. Big open-ended questions to ask at your next job interview
  3. Generational echoes and how to better understand each other

About Marc

Marc Miller’s career journey included 22 years at IBM, several thriving tech startups, a painful stint as a high school teacher, a gig raising funds for the Jewish Community Association of Austin and a near fatal bicycle accident that changed his perspective forever.

An active member of the Launch Pad Job Club, Marc found himself counseling friends and associates on their career journeys and finally realized he’d found his vocation. He would use his extensive training experience to help others—especially Baby Boomers—find careers that they could grow into for the decades that lie ahead.

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Jan 25, 2017

Refound CEO and author Jonathan Raymond explains how personal and professional growth are one thing, not two.

You'll Learn:

  1. How you can become the leader your team is waiting for
  2. The makings of a perfect conversation
  3. Approaches to receiving feedback constructively

About Jonathan

After twenty years of not being able to decide whether he was a business development guy or a personal growth teacher, Jonathan stopped trying to figure it out. He’s the owner of Refound, an online training startup that offers Good Authority training programs for owners, executives, and managers. He’s madly in love with his wife, tries not to spoil his daughter, and will never give up on the New York Knicks. Jonathan is the former CEO and Chief Brand Officer of EMyth, where he led the transformation of a global coaching brand and has worked in tech, clean tech, and the nonprofit world after graduating law school in 1998. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, a lovely town that’s too far away from a warm ocean.

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Jan 23, 2017

Celebrated business coach Toku McCree shares curated wisdom gleaned from his coaching clients and years of zen monastery reflection on his career spanning over 30 jobs.

You'll Learn:

  1. Why you should find your 4% edge and lean on it
  2. What is mindfulness and how to apply it in the office
  3. Three keys to growth

About Toku

Toku works with brilliant leaders who are obsessed with greatness and helps them understand that ‘success’ is just the beginning of an amazing life and not the destination.

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Jan 20, 2017

Brandeis Professor Andy Molinsky lays out a powerful framework for reaching beyond your current capabilities.

You'll Learn:

  1. The psychological roadblocks that hinder us from reaching beyond our skills
  2. Why it’s worth it exiting your comfort zone
  3. Andy’s research-based three Cs for stepping outside your comfort zone

About Andy

Andy Molinsky is a Professor of International Management and Organizational Behavior at the Brandeis International Business School. He is the author of Global Dexterity (HBR Press, 2013) and the forthcoming book Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge, and Build Confidence (Penguin/Random House, 2017).

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Jan 18, 2017

Dr. Beverly Kaye discusses how to get great employees to stick around with “stay interviews” and more… whether the great employee is you or your direct reports!

You'll Learn:

  1. Why should conduct a stay interview instead of an exit interview
  2. How to ask your manager for what you really need to stay
  3. The top reasons employees stay or go

About Beverly

Founder and Chairwoman of Career International, Dr. Beverly Kaye is an international bestselling author and a leading authority in the world of modern workplace performance. She has dedicated her life’s work to helping individuals and organizations grow in a workplace that fosters greater commitment, fulfillment, and humanity.

Beverly Kaye and the CSI team provide cutting-edge and award-winning talent development solutions primarily to Fortune 1000 companies. Her work and research are distinguished and widely recognized for helping others discover greater meaning in their work and gain greater control over their career destinies. Dr. Kaye completed her graduate work at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and holds her doctorate from UCLA.

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Jan 16, 2017

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Pete recalls Dr. Nick Morgan’s advice to hone your speaking skills and use your pitch to embody both passion and authority, with one of the best speeches of all time – Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream.

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Jan 13, 2017

2U Vice President of IT Artie Jordan talks software and soft skills and how they can be applied to any workplace.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to keep your team agile
  2. Common pitfalls in communication
  3. The most important soft skill that your team should practice now

About Artie

Artie is a member of 2U's tech leadership team, former member of the Obama for America team, and founding board member of CSTUY, a non-profit dedicated to bringing opportunities in computer science and technology to middle and high school students. Also a fellow University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alum. He's very active in the NY tech meet-up scene and an advocate for professional development and soft-skills training for technical workers. 

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Jan 11, 2017

Business Improv Founder Bob Kulhan reveals how improv techniques can be applied to the workplace.

You'll Learn:

  1. How improv’s “Yes, and…” philosophy can enrich many facets of work
  2. Improv’s wisdom on conducting better meetings
  3. How to reframe difficult conversations with “Yes, and…”

About Bob

Bob Kulhan is the Founder, President and CEO of Business Improv®, and a world-class leader in creating experiential training and development programs for corporations of all scopes and sizes. Based in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, Business Improv serves a large international roster of blue-chip firms such as Google, PepsiCo, American Express, Capital One, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ford Motor Company, Hilton Hotels Worldwide and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Kulhan’s consulting and teaching work with these clients emphasizes the use of improvisational techniques in developing leadership, improving managerial structure, honing team skills, fostering a collaborative corporate culture, busting blocks to creativity, facilitating conflict management, connecting Millennials, and encouraging creative and adaptive problem solving. His latest book is Getting to “Yes, and.”

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Jan 9, 2017

R. Michael Anderson talks about identifying self-limiting beliefs and how to overcome them.


You'll Learn:

  1. How anxiety offers helpful clues for your personal development
  2. Best practices in overcoming limiting beliefs
  3. A simple way to deal with stress

About Michael

Michael Anderson is founder of The Executive JOY Institute. He specializes in teaching organizations, leaders, and individuals how to become even more successful through psychology, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness.

His unique background of real-life experience mixed with his world-class education allows his audiences to both learn and be entertained. Michael has taught leaders around the world, from Panama to the Philippines to Australia and Mexico, and has worked with a broad range of clients, including Microsoft, SAP, Stanford University, Vistage, Young Presidents Organization, and Entrepreneurs Organization.

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Jan 6, 2017

Chris McGoff discusses universal patterns in human behavior and offers his take on what integrity really means.

You'll Learn:

  1. Approaches to building powerful alliances
  2. What the word “integrity” truly means – and how to solidify it in your team
  3. Fatal patterns to watch out for in the workplace

About Chris

Chris McGoff is the founder of The Clearing, Inc., where he guides organizations to tackle their most complex and high-stake problems. Using his book, "The PRIMES: How Any Group Can Solve Any Problem "(Wiley; 2012), McGoff gives leaders clarity to see the resources they already have available.
He is a business leader and consultant with over 30 years of experience, helping leaders achieve their desired outcomes during the most uncertain times. From mergers and acquisitions to change in leadership, McGoff is passionate about serving the needs of enterprises across the globe.

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Jan 4, 2017

Andrew discusses how collecting letters and business cards from CEOs contributed to his quick rise to Executive Vice-President.

You'll Learn:

  1. Key lessons repeated among 500 letters from CEOs
  2. How to change “I don’t know” from a negative to a positive
  3. Effective approaches for mentor relationship building

About Andrew
Andrew is a founding member of 2U and head of university partnership and corporate development. He is uniquely good at relationship management and has had the quirky hobby of writing letters to CEO's and collecting business cards since childhood. In fact, it was through that hobby that he got his first job at 2U - as an undergraduate college student. His personal motto is #Hustle. 

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Jan 2, 2017

Pat McDaniel shares some of his wisest insights about decision-making fallacies and victories.

You'll Learn:

  1. A 5-step process to better decision making
  2. Unexpected hidden influences that affect your decision making
  3. How to maintain an openness to contrary information

About Pat
Pat McDaniel is the founder of a website dedicated to helping motivated but weary people keep moving forward by finding the smartest path toward their success.  Pat is passionate about sharing his story about how he kept hitting the wall, got mad, and was eventually ready to change how he made decisions, so that he could be on the right path. 
Pat has a highly diverse background. He has been a long-time student (made it through the 19th grade) a CPA, a pastor and church planter,  a sales manager, a search engine marketing strategist working in a marketing agency, an entrepreneur who started his own business from scratch, and an author of the Ebook: 5 Step Process to Making Better More Successful Decisions.

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