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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Feb 27, 2017

Adam Hansen identifies eight inherent cognitive biases, how they developed, and what we can do to overcome them.


You'll Learn:

  1. When you can still trust the wisdom of your instincts
  2. The massive power of taking six extra seconds to breathe and think
  3. How to apply the “for-ness” mindset to overcome negativity bias


About Adam:

Adam Hansen is VP of Innovation/Innovation Process Consultant at Ideas To Go and a career-long innovation leader, student and devotee. He received his MBA in product management at Indiana University. He has served on the board of the Product Development and Management Association and as an innovation and strategy expert with select causes in education and public health care.

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Feb 24, 2017

Fellow podcaster Eric Zimmer shares how you can nourish your “good wolf” to help you reach optimal performance at work.

You'll Learn:

  1. Pro-tips for wisely allocating your time and energy among all the roles you play
  2. An effective way to sustain your good habits, when you feel like quitting
  3. How being more yourself at work can help you be more awesome at your job


About Eric

Eric Zimmer is the host of a podcast called The One You Feed. It was named a Best of 2014 podcast by iTunes and has gotten over a million and a half downloads to date. He’s been helping build startup companies for 15 years, been involved in technology for longer than that. Recently he has been doing e-commerce consulting for Fortune 500 companies. He started a solar energy company, Tipping Point.

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Feb 22, 2017

Dr. Nicole Lipkin outlines the factors that derail you from optimal performance at the workplace and the mindset to overcome them.

You'll Learn:

  1. Three common emotional derail-ers of success
  2. How technology is hurting your wellbeing
  3. Approaches to cultivating the growth mindset

About Nicole

Dr. Nicole Lipkin is an organizational psychologist, coach and keynote speaker. She is the CEO of Equilibria Leadership ConsultingNicole is the author of What Keeps Leaders Up At Night and the co-author of Y in the Workplace: Managing the “Me First” Generation. Nicole is a regular contributor to the broadcast community and has been featured on NPR, NBC, CBS, Fox Business News, New York Times Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Forbes, and numerous other media outlets both nationally and internationally.

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Feb 20, 2017

Happy President's Day!

Pete reflects on presidential lies, division, and our own confirmation bias.

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Feb 17, 2017

Dr. Beatrice Chestnut discusses how using the Enneagram can help build an understanding yourself and the personality types of people you work with.

You'll Learn:

  1. What is the Enneagram and how it aids in understanding people
  2. Why 9 is the Enneagram’s key number
  3. Key practices for developing emotional intelligence

About Beatrice

Beatrice Chestnut, PhD MA is a licensed psychotherapist, coach, and business consultant based in San Francisco. She has a PhD in communication studies, and an MA in clinical psychology. She is the author of the books, The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge, and The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st century Workplace and was President of the International Enneagram Association from 2006-2007. She offers trainings on the Enneagram internationally, focusing on using it as a tool for personal transformation.

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Feb 15, 2017

Linda Kaplan-Thaler shares how you can turn up your GRIT factor to better put in the hard work needed to achieve success.

You'll Learn:

  1. Why hard work trumps genius
  2. The GRIT framework for reaching success
  3. The research-based 30-minute rule that gritty winners follow

About Linda

Advertising Hall of Famer Linda Kaplan Thaler is responsible for some of America’ s most famous and award-winning advertising campaigns, including the Aflac duck and the hilarious “Yes, Yes, Yes” commercials for Clairol Herbal Essences. She has composed jingles that are among the industry's gold standard, including “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, I’m a Toys ‘ R’ Us Kid,” and “Kodak Moments." 

Today, Linda is a renowned motivational speaker and is President of Kaplan Thaler Productions. Linda is also a nationally acclaimed author and, together with Robin Koval, their newest bestseller, "GRIT to GREAT," was ranked one of the top business books for 2015.

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Feb 13, 2017

Employee engagement expert/lawyer Jathan Janove shares hard-won wisdom in the management trenches.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to breach difficult conversations with constructive confrontational questions
  2. The step-by-step to a win-win conversation
  3. The MIDAS touch method to making golden apologies

About Jathan

Having previously spent 25 years litigating workplace relationships that turned toxic, Jathan now works with employers as an organization development consultant, executive coach and trainer to improve leadership, trust, accountability, retention and employee engagement. He’s also an award-winning, internationally published author whose latest book is Hard-Won Wisdom: True Stories From The Management Trenches.

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Feb 10, 2017

Career advisor  Liz Ryan explores how the workplace has gone off the rails, how to connect with employers with a pain letter, and give your resume a human voice.

You'll Learn:

  1. Roadblocks that get in between creative people and their goals
  2. Why you should throw that performance review framework out of the window
  3. What’s a pain letter and why it will help you land your next job

About Liz

Liz Ryan is among the world’s most widely- read career advisors and CEO/Founder of Human Workplace, a think tank and publishing firm whose mission is to reinvent work for people.

Liz was SVP of HR for U.S. Robotics during its rise from $15M to $2.5B in annual sales. Liz was also CEO and Founder of WorldWIT, the world’s largest online community for professional women, before founding Human Workplace in 2012 to reinvent work for people. Liz writes for, LinkedIn and many other publications and is a sought after international keynote speaker.

Her new book is called Reinvention Roadmap: Break the Rules to Get the Job You Want and the Career You Deserve.

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Feb 8, 2017

Rice University Professor Scott Sonenshein proposes a change in mindset when it comes to constraints and stretching resources and getting more with less.

You'll Learn:

  1. Principles behind the “Myth of More” and the “Power of Less”
  2. Why experts are over-rated
  3. The four keys of an effective stretching mindset

About Scott

Scott Sonenshein is the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice University. His award winning research, teaching, and consulting has helped Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals in a variety of industries. He holds a PhD in management and organizations from the University of Michigan, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a BA from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a strategy consultant for companies such as AT&T and Microsoft and lived the rise and fall of the dotcom boom while working at a Silicon Valley startup.

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Feb 6, 2017

Geoff Blades lays down the framework and mindset for achieving success in your career and in life.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to convert difficult questions into a process towards answering them
  2. Dos and don’ts to discovering what “awesome at your job” TRULY means for you
  3. 5 principles for winning at your career

(Also, apologies on my sound quality. I apparently failed to switch to my good microphone. 1st time out of 115 episodes that happened.)

About Geoff

Geoff is a former investment banker at Goldman Sachs and investor at the Carlyle Group. He is an author and advisor to senior Wall Street executives, CEOs, and other leaders on all topics related to getting what they want in their businesses, careers, and lives.

In addition to working one-on-one and with groups, through newsletters, books, and videos he strives to serve more and more people in doing what they want. He’s the author of Do What You Want: A Career Guide for Professionals Serious About Winning.

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Feb 3, 2017

Alan Willett discusses optimal approaches to giving feedback and other means of making powerful improvements in your team.

You'll Learn:

  1. What makes some employees “unleadable” and how to lead them
  2. Why people are afraid to give feedback – and how to overcome it
  3. How a two minute conversation can transform everything

About Alan

Alan Willett is of the rare species who is an expert international consultant, speaker, and author. He has worked with companies ranging from 1 person to some of the giants such as Microsoft and NASA. Alan says that his passion is helping people and organizations transform their friction points into profit points.

What is a friction point? It is the space where the business needs Meet the implementation reality — in that space there is always heat generated! Alan is the expert who transforms that heat to innovation and  results for the business and the people.

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Feb 1, 2017

Fellow career podcaster Jamie Newman describes what a great manager looks like, how to get top performers to stay, and how employees and managers can work together to achieve professional and personal goals together.

You'll Learn:

  1. 5 things to do if you want a promotion
  2. Why good employees leave
  3. How meaningful goal-setting builds tremendous loyalty

About Jamie

Jamie Newman is a management professional, trainer, and coach through which is an online resource designed to help top performers become managers and help first-time managers learn how to build and lead effective teams. Prior to Your Best Manager, Jamie spent 8 years with a major recruiting & consulting firm where he had the opportunity to work with hundreds of companies from mid-market firms through Fortune 100 companies. He’s advised business leaders, from front-line supervisors to senior executives, on who to hire, how to hire and how to manage performance. It’s through this experience that he’s been exposed to a variety of management styles and uncovered what works… and what doesn’t, when it comes to leading people. Jamie also hosts the Your Best Manager podcast where he interviews leadership experts and provides practical advice for first-time managers.

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