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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May 31, 2017

Patrick McGinnis shows how you can develop your entrepreneurship--and job skills--while keeping the stability of your day job.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why you should consider being a 10% entrepreneur
  2. Two strategies to determine where you should really focus your time and energy
  3. Tried and tested ways to see if your big idea will work out


About Patrick:

Patrick J. McGinnis is a venture capitalist and private equity investor who founded Dirigo Advisors, after a decade on Wall Street, to provide strategic advice to investors, entrepreneurs, and fast growing businesses. In this capacity, he has worked in a range of settings, from building startups from the ground up in Silicon Valley to acting as an expert consultant to the World Bank in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

He is the author of the book The 10% Entrepreneur. He has also written articles for well-known publications such as Fortune, Business Insider, and Forbes.

Patrick is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Georgetown University and lives in New York City.


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May 29, 2017

On this day of remembering, I talk about an often-forgotten lesson when it comes to being awesome at your job.

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May 26, 2017

Paul Szyarto talks about his templates for overhauling businesses, the root of common business problems, and how to identify improvement opportunities. 

You'll Learn:

  1. How to assess root problems quickly
  2. Why identifying current facts is more accurate than relying on history
  3. The underlying source of tremendous confidence

About Paul:

Paul Szyarto is a renowned business transformation expert. He is currently the CEO of Campana & Schott Inc., controlling all operations throughout the United States. He holds numerous degrees and certifications, including an MBA from Oxford. He is also a Lecturer at Rutgers University Continuing Education and The Wharton School, a member of the Advisory Board for Argus-Soft and DELCON Construction, and a practicing martial artist. He also teaches Krav Maga and tactical training as “The Combat CEO” at his VMMA franchise locations.

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May 24, 2017

Tasha Eurich shares insights on self-awareness, how we can benefit from it, and how to strengthen our self-awareness. 


You'll Learn:

  1. 7 indicators that reveal if you’re actually self-aware (most aren’t!)
  2. Why you need to be more self-aware
  3. What you’re doing wrong when it comes to introspection


About Tasha:

Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times bestselling author (Bankable Leadership). With a PhD in organizational psychology, she is also the founder of The Eurich Group, where she’s helped thousands of leaders and teams improve their effectiveness through greater self-awareness. Dr. Eurich has contributed to Entrepreneur,, and The Huffington Post, and has been featured in outlets such as ForbesThe New York Times, Fast Company, and Inc. She’s been named one of Denver Business Journal’s ”40 Under 40” as well as a “Top 100 Thought Leader” by Trust Across America, and in 2015 she was named a “Leader to Watch” by the American Management Association. Her TEDx talk has been viewed more than a million times.


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May 22, 2017

Michael Papanek talks collective resilience, group breakthroughs, and the action learning model.


You'll Learn:

  1. The keys to building resilient work relationships
  2. How to use  the Heat Curve to achieve collective resilience and innovative breakthroughs
  3. Ignored, overlooked, and CRITICAL ground rules for meetings

About Michael:

Michael Papanek specializes in leadership consultancy and providing strategies, tools and skills to enact change. He is the Principal Consultant and Founder of Michael Papanek Consulting, and has advised leaders from top companies including Google, Microsoft, and Apple. Prior to that, he worked in Interaction Associates as a General Manager and was a systems engineer at Electronic Data Systems.


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May 19, 2017

Linda Swindling shares how to boldly ask for — and receive — more.


You'll Learn:

  1. The right way to think about asking for more
  2. The drivers of asking discomfort—and practice approaches for overcoming them
  3. The main factors that drive whether   a “yes” or “no”


About Linda:

From the courtroom to the boardroom, Linda knows firsthand about influencing decision makers and asking outrageously. She practiced law for 10 years and is now a “recovering” attorney, popular speaker, executive coach and strategic consultant. She recently presented at TEDxSMU on the topic, “Why the World Needs You to Ask Outrageously,” and her newest book, Ask Outrageously! The Secret to Getting What You Really Want, will be released by Berrett-Koehler in June 2017.


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May 17, 2017

Journalist Cheryl Strauss Einhorn shares a robust approach to complex decision-making via the AREA perspective-taking method.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to make complex decisions with the AREA Method
  2. Why you should document your decision problems
  3. How to slow down to speed up your decision-making


About Cheryl

Cheryl Einhorn is the creator of the AREA Method, a decision making system for individuals and companies to solve complex problems. Cheryl is the founder of CSE Consulting and the author of the book Problem Solved, a Powerful System for Making Complex Decisions with Confidence & Conviction. Cheryl teaches as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and has won several journalism awards for her investigative stories about international political, business and economic topics.


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May 15, 2017

Jim Tamm shares how managing defensiveness ensures collaborations remain cool and effective. 

You'll Learn:

  1. Why managing your defensiveness is a hidden key to effective collaborations
  2. The 3 biggest drivers of defensiveness
  3. How to stay curious – instead of furious

About Jim:

For 25 years Jim was a judge dealing with collective bargaining disputes. He has mediated more school district labor strikes than any other person in the United States. Now he teaches collaboration skills in the Talent Development Program at Harvard, the International Management Program at the Stockholm School of Economics and the Leadership Academy of the University of California. His book Radical Collaboration has been on Amazon’s top seller lists for collaboration, negotiations, and organizational psychology books for 11 years. 

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May 12, 2017

Tristan White shares his experiences in building an award-winning work environment from top to bottom.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why Tristan quit his dream of working with elite athletes
  2. The one key question you need to ask before committing to anything
  3. The power of noticing alone


About Tristan:

Tristan White is the CEO and Founder of The Physio Co., providing over 200,000 physiotherapy consultations for seniors every year. For eight consecutive years, The Physio Co. has ranked as one of Australia’s 50 Best Places to work, and was named the winner of BRW’s Best Place to Work in Australia in 2014. Tristan also runs a blog, and regularly speaks at conferences and company meetings.


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May 10, 2017

Brothers / coaches / adventurers Guy and Ilan Ferdman tackle personal development and living the life you love.


You'll Learn:

  1. How perception creates meaning and motivation
  2. The 22 minutes that can change your life
  3. Questions that boost your confidence


About Guy & Ilan:

Guy and Ilan Ferdman are brothers and co-founders of SatoriPrime, a personal development company on a mission to help people reach a 10 out of 10 in every area of their lives. Previously, they were head coaches with Landmark Education and executives in finance and real estate.


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May 8, 2017

Dianna Booher shows how you can conduct more effective meetings and make a greater impact with subtle tweaks to your communication approach.


You'll Learn:

  1. What a great leader sounds like
  2. Tips to get your emails read
  3. Quick tricks for better meetings


About Dianna:

As founder and CEO of Booher Research Institute, Dianna Booher works with organizations to help them communicate clearly and with leaders to expand their influence by a strong executive presence. She has provided communication programs and coaching to some of the largest Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies, such as IBM, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Siemens, NASA, and the U.S. Navy. National media outlets frequently interview Booher for opinions on critical communication issues: Good Morning America, USA Today,, Wall Street Journal,, Success, Entrepreneur, Investor’s Business Daily, Fox, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, NPR, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.


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May 5, 2017

Dr. Hans Hagemann talks about the biochemical ingredients needed to get into the groove of “flow” and optimally engage your brain for peak performance.


You'll Learn:

  1. The three-chemical “DNA” of peak performance
  2. Three simple steps to flow
  3. The benefits of intuitive decision making in a team


About Hans:

Hans W. Hagemann, Ph.D., is managing partner/co-founder at the global leadership consultancy firm Munich Leadership Group, and he is a global expert on leadership and innovation who has led seminars, coaching sessions and in-depth workshops with top executives in more than 40 countries.


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May 3, 2017

Kim Scott shows how “radical candor” can be used in the workplace to give better feedback and meaningful praise and criticism.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to care personally while challenging directly
  2. Three important conversations that you should be having at work
  3. An approach to giving better feedback to your boss


About Kim:

Kim Scott is the author of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity, a NYT and WSJ bestseller, published by St Martin’s Press. Kim is also the co-founder and CEO of Candor, Inc., which builds tools to make it easier to follow the advice she offers in the book. She is also the author of three novels.

Prior to founding Candor, Inc., Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other Silicon Valley companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University, developing the course “Managing at Apple,” and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google. Previously, Kim was the co-founder and CEO of Juice Software, and led business development at two other start-ups . Kim received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Princeton University. Kim and her husband Andy Scott are parents of twins and live in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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May 1, 2017

Veteran culture consultant S. Chris Edmonds shares his philosophy and processes associated with intentionally creating an uplifting culture. 

You'll Learn:

  1. The oft-forgotten half of the manager’s job
  2. How to identify the top citizens in your team
  3. Quick tips for identifying and listing values within your team


About Chris:

Chris Edmonds is a sought-after speaker, author, and executive consultant who is the founder and CEO of The Purposeful Culture Group. After a 15-year executive career leading high performing teams, Chris began his consulting company in 1990. He has also served as a senior consultant with The Ken Blanchard Companies since 1995. Chris is one of Inc. Magazine’s 100 Great Leadership Speakers and was a featured presenter at SXSW 2015.

Chris is the author of the Amazon best seller The Culture Engine, the best seller Leading At A Higher Level with Ken Blanchard, and five other books. Chris' blog, podcasts, research, and videos can be found at Driving Results Through Culture. Thousands of followers enjoy his daily quotes on organizational culture, servant leadership, and workplace inspiration on Twitter at @scedmonds. Visit his website at


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