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 30, 2017

Dr. Bill Schiemann paves the way to finding fulfillment now and where you want to be in future.


You'll Learn:

  1. Three factors essential for career fulfillment
  2. How to find fulfillment within your current situation
  3. Processes to map out your goal fulfillment


About Bill:

Bill Schiemann is Principal and CEO of Metrus Group, specializing in strategic performance measurement, organizational alignment and talent optimization. He’s authored numerous books and articles on talent management and has served as the Chairman of the Society for Human Resources Management Foundation.


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Jun 28, 2017

Email expert Leslie O'Flahavan shares the do's and don'ts of writing clear emails that build rapport.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to use the BLUF technique to get more opens, reads, and replies
  2. How to use formatting optimally in emails
  3. The method for writing a strong subject line


About Leslie: 

Leslie O’Flahavan is a get-to-the point writer and an experienced, versatile writing instructor.  As E-WRITE owner since 1996, Leslie has been writing content and teaching customized writing courses for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Leslie can help the most stubborn, inexperienced, or word-phobic employees at your organization improve their writing skills, so they can do their jobs better.


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Jun 26, 2017

Passionpreneur Moustafa Hamwi defines true passion and shares keys to pursuing it wisely.


You'll Learn:

  1. Moustafa’s four-fold definition of passion
  2. A billion-dollar question that you should ask yourself right now
  3. Why you should build your passion tribe


About Moustafa

Moustafa is known globally as The Passion Guy due to his amazing success in launching platforms that are empowering people to work & live passionately including a series of Passion Talks; and Passion Sundays the leading online passion & happiness talk show.


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Jun 23, 2017

Marketing executive Joe McCormack addressed declining attention spans with actionable ways to "be better; be brief."


You'll Learn:

  1. How being brief helps you focus
  2. How to trim down information to what is essential
  3. 3 common mistakes when it comes to being brief


About Joe:

Joe McCormack is on a mission to help organizations master the art of the short story. An experienced marketing executive, successful entrepreneur and author, Joe is recognized for his work in narrative messaging and corporate storytelling. His book, Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less (Wiley & Sons, 2014) tackles the timeliness of the “less is more” mandate.

He founded and serves as managing director and president of The Sheffield Company, an award-winning boutique agency.

A passionate leader, he started The BRIEF Lab, a subsidiary of Sheffield, in 2013 after years dedicated to developing and delivering a unique curriculum on strategic narratives for U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He speaks at diverse industry and client forums on the topics of messaging, storytelling, change and leadership.


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Jun 21, 2017

Fellow careers podcaster Dave Stachowiak shares wisdom on dealing with the inner critic, getting great feedback, and more


You'll Learn:

  1. How to best interact with the inner critic
  2. The magic question to ask for better feedback
  3. How much feedback is too much feedback


About Dave:

Dave is a Senior Vice President with Dale Carnegie of Southern Los Angeles and has led training programs for top organizations like the Northrop Grumman Corporation, The United States Air Force, the Boeing Company, and the University of California system. Dave founded Coaching for Leaders in 2011 and was named in Forbes as one of the 25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch in 2015.


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Jun 19, 2017

Gayle Van Gils talks about ways to transform your interactions and work culture from a place of fear to one of love, kindness, and humanity.


You'll Learn:

  1. The effects of a toxic workplace and how to counteract them with love
  2. Core practices to deepen your capacity for kindness
  3. A handy ritual to stop negative reactions


About Gayle:

Gayle Van Gils is an author, leadership consultant and life coach, who opens the minds and hearts of her clients.  As a senior mindfulness teacher, with an MBA from UCLA, Gayle combines her extensive meditation practice with her business background to help clients integrate mindfulness and compassion into their work environment.

Gayle is the author of Happier at Work: The Power of Love to Transform the Workplace, a practical guide for developing the powers of attention, stress reduction, communication and collaboration  - for enhanced performance in work and life.


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Jun 16, 2017

VINA CEO and co-founder Olivia June Poole takes us into her tech world and speaks on the importance of personal relationships, the gender dynamics in networking, and how to make good connections.


You'll Learn:

  1. The key difference in successful network building between men  and women
  2. A critical overlooked consideration when building your network
  3. How to make new connections stronger


About Olivia:

Olivia June Poole is the CEO and Co-Founder of VINA, a company that creates tech products to connect, celebrate, and empower women, including the Hey! VINA app. She also worked in marketing for General, RocketSpace, and others. She is an expert in user acquisition, community building, and driving consumer online-offline engagement.


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Jun 14, 2017

Entrepreneur Nick Campbell explores how you can turn your interests into a career--and then make the most of those opportunities.


You'll Learn:

  1. A process to find the connection between what you love and what pays
  2. How to sidestep all the requirements that job boards claim you need
  3. Why it’s ideal to be the the worst in the room


About Nick:

Nick grew up in Detroit, the oldest son of a fireman and a rollerskating teacher. He lived a curious life trying to figure out how things worked. He’s been lucky always have jobs doing things he loved including selling magic tricks, performing yo-yo tricks, DJing parties, Photography, Motion Graphics, 3D Animation, Software Development, Design, Blogger, and Educator. Today, Nick makes software and training to help make the world easier and more fun. He works and lives in the Midwest where he goes on road trips, drinks craft beer, plays pinball, and listens to a lot of podcasts.


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Jun 12, 2017

Worldwide storytelling authority Bernadette Jiwa shares how to tap into hunches to uncover your next great idea.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to begin trusting your gut
  2. The three qualities that cultivate good ideas
  3. The skill of selling your ideas through storytelling


About Bernadette:

Bernadette Jiwa hails from Ireland, presently lives in Australia, and is a global authority on the role of story in business, innovation and marketing. She is also an advisor to business leaders and entrepreneurs, a regular keynote speaker, and the author of five #1 Amazon Bestsellers. Her website,, regularly tops blog awards in Australia. Her latest book, Hunch, released last week.


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Jun 9, 2017

Reos Partners cofounder Adam Kahane shares his expertise in dealing with conflicts and effectively collaborating with the enemy.

You'll Learn:

  1. Why conventional collaboration does not work anymore
  2. The three stretches required from collaboration
  3. What to do when you can’t collaborate

About Adam:

Adam Kahane is a Director of Reos Partners, an international social
enterprise that helps people move forward together on their most important
and intractable issues.
Adam is the author of four books on solving tough problems. His latest is
Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree
With or Like or Trust.

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Jun 7, 2017

Human performance guru Brad Stulberg illuminates the essential ingredients that lead to peak physical, emotional, and mental states.


You'll Learn:

  1. Brad’s ultimate growth equation
  2. How to get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  3. The huge difference that making a difference makes


About Brad:

Brad Stulberg researches, writes, speaks, and coaches on health and the science of human performance. He is a coauthor of the new book Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success, and is a columnist for New York and Outside magazines. Follow Brad on Twitter @Bstulberg and learn more on his website


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Jun 5, 2017

Professor Ellen Ensher shares her expertise in instigating and developing mentor and protégé relationships.


You'll Learn:

  1. How Ellen applied mentorship wisdom to double her income in one day
  2. The real meaning of mentorship
  3. The two valuable things every protege can provide even the most senior mentor


About Eve:

Ellen A. Ensher, Ph.D is a Professor of Management at Loyola Marymount University (LMU)  in Los Angeles, California and in 2017 received the LMU award for Distinguished Teaching.  Ellen is the co-author of Power Mentoring: How Mentors and Protégés Get the Most out of Their Relationships. Dr. Ensher has published over 50 articles/book chapters and consulted to a number of of organizations both domestically and abroad such as Kraft Foods, Legg Mason, Notre Dame University, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and United States Navy. Recently awarded the Fulbright Specialist award, Ellen will be conducting research in Finland in 2017. Ellen is a LinkedIn Learning Author of two courses on mentoring. Please visit for mentoring resources and to subscribe to her blog: Discussions on Media, Management, and Mentoring at


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Jun 2, 2017

Prolific trainer Chris Croft helps to figure out what you should do really well and what you should do well enough to get the most out of your work and life.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to identify squeezable tasks
  2. A 4-step process to saying no and negotiating
  3. Optimal systems for organizing the stuff of work and life


About Chris:

Chris Croft has an Engineering Degree from Cambridge and an MBA, worked as a senior manager in manufacturing for 10 years and then as a university lecturer for five years before starting his own training company in 1995. Since then he has trained over 80,000 people, and his free email tips are sent to 20,000 people ( Chris runs training courses in Project Management, Time Management and similar subjects almost every day, mostly in the UK, and has also produced a range of books which are available on amazon kindle, a project management rap which can be found on youtube, and phone apps called JobsToDo, Management Cards, and “Daily Happiness Tips”.  He is featured on and where he presents courses on project management, assertiveness, negotiation, problem solving, and happiness. His Project Management course has had over a million views.


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