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: July, 2017
Jul 31, 2017

Professor Clint Longenecker shares his research-based insights on career performance improvement.


You'll Learn:

  1. Research revealing the 5 key things high performers have in common
  2. The dangers of being too busy
  3. The power of a strategic S.T.O.P.


About Clint:

Clinton Oliver Longenecker, is an award winning educator, is one of “America’s leaders in the area of rapid performance improvement” and is a Distinguished University Professor and the Director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in The College of Business and Innovation at The University of Toledo.


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Jul 28, 2017

Communications consultants Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss swap stories about the BS we encounter in the workplace and best practices to avoid it.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to spot BS in the workplace and cut through it
  2. How to survive the office version of Game of Thrones
  3. Two quick tricks to communicate better at work


About Jennifer and Michael:

Jennifer Rock and her coauthor, Michael Voss, have a shared passion for storytelling that goes back – way back – to when Jennifer published haikus in her first-grade newsletter, and Mike entertained other kids on the school bus with his creative fiction.

Their jones for crafting a tale fueled their individual career paths, where they held roles in journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing and corporate communications. They had the good fortune to work for and with companies that spanned industries and impact – from privately held start-ups to Fortune 50 powerhouses to, now, their own communications agency.


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Jul 26, 2017

BNI Founder Ivan Misner shares the lowdown on the why and how of relationship-building.


You'll Learn:

  1. The fundamental networking disconnect that holds us back
  2. Ivan’s all-time favorite networking strategies
  3. How to wow prospective employers via a “working interview”


About Ivan:

Dr. Ivan Misner, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on business networking. He is the Founder of, the largest business networking organization and has written several top business books including three New York Times Bestsellers, two Amazon Bestsellers and one Wall Street Journal Bestseller. Titles include, “Avoiding the Networking Disconnect,” “Business Networking and Sex” and “Networking Like A Pro”. Ivan holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and as the Co-Founder of the BNI Charitable Foundation, he was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by The Red Cross.


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Jul 24, 2017

Psychologist Dr. Paul White shows why and how to offer effective appreciation to work colleagues.


You'll Learn:

  1. The studies proving the superlative importance of appreciation in the workplace
  2. How to make your appreciation authentic--instead of phony
  3. 5 Languages to show appreciation in the workplace


About Paul:

Dr. Paul White is a psychologist, author, speaker, and consultant who makes work relationships work. He has written articles for and been interviewed by Bloomberg’s Business Week, CNN/,, Fast Company,, Huffington Post LIVE, U.S. News and World Report, and Yahoo! Finance.


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Jul 21, 2017

Communications consultant Sharon Steed delves into how you can develop more empathy in communication and why it is needed in the workplace.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why people aren’t listening anymore
  2. Pro-tips for being empathetic even with people you don’t like
  3. Three ways to tackle difficult conversations


About Sharon:

Sharon is an international keynote speaker and consultant focusing on improving communication through empathy. A life-long stutterer, Sharon users her speech impediment to teach what empathy is and how to use it as a foundation for positive and effective communication. She's spoken about this at conferences both nationally and internationally; at companies; and various events spanning multiple industries.


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Jul 19, 2017

Fellow careers podcaster Scott Barlow shares how to zero in on the essential things we need at work and bring our strengths to bear there.


You'll Learn:

  1. The 6 critical things people need from their work
  2. Why strengths differ from skills--and why that matters.
  3. How identifying your “anti-strengths” can skyrocket your self-awareness


About Scott

Scott Anthony Barlow is the Founder of Happen to Your Career, a company that helps you stop doing work that doesn’t fit, figuring out what does and then teaching you to make it happen! He has been helping people develop their careers and businesses for over 10 years as a Human Resources Leader, Business Development Expert, and Career Coach. With over 2000 interviews worth of experience from his HR career, Scott interviews others telling their story of finding work they love on the Happen to Your Career Podcast.  Scott and his wife Alyssa have 3 children and live in Moses Lake, Washington.


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Jul 17, 2017

Counselor Joe Sanok shares ways to tackle fears, manage stress, and stay in the growth zone.


You'll Learn:

  1. A brilliant approach to reframe fears of failure
  2. The science behind freaking out
  3. How to combat stress triggers and relax in seconds


About Joe:

Joe Sanok is a speaker, mental health counselor, business consultant, and podcaster. Joe has the #1 podcast for counselors, The Practice of the Practice Podcast. With interviews with Pat Flynn, John Lee Dumas, Chris Ducker, Rob Bell, Glennon Doyle Melton, and Lewis Howes, Joe is a rising star in the speaking world! Joe is a writer for PsychCentral, has been featured on the Huffington Post, Forbes, GOOD Magazine, Reader's Digest, Bustle, and Yahoo News. He is a keynote speaker, author of five books, and is a top-consultant.


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Jul 14, 2017

Dr. Allan Mink shares his experiences in making career pivots and best practices on adapting to radical change.


You'll Learn:

  1. The argument for radical career changes
  2. The importance of personal relationships in making a successful pivot
  3. How to effectively manage your skill gaps when you pivot


About Allan

Dr. Allan Mink teaches Management, Information, and Systems as an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Kogod Graduate School of Business. Dr. Mink is the Managing Director for Systems Spirit, a boutique consulting team influential in connecting technology firms with the needs of the Department of Defense. Dr. Mink previously served as the business growth lead for SRA International's largest business unit; Vice President, Defense and Intelligence for Unisys Corporation; and COO/CTO of the Systems and Software Consortium. Al retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel and decorated combat pilot. His final assignment was at Headquarters Air Force, leading the USAF's portfolio of thirteen IT Initiatives for what's now the A6/CIO. He is an Advisory Board Member of the MIT Enterprise Forum, which informs, advises, and coaches technology entrepreneurs to start and grow firms with world-changing impact.


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Jul 12, 2017

Talent builder Dodie Gomer shares best practices for leading people to results--when you’re not in charge.


You'll Learn:

  1. How setting a clear vision on tiny matters delivers huge benefits
  2. Tactics for projecting powerful composure
  3. The value of using “strong words” and eliminating “weak words” in your communications


About Dodie:

Dodie Gomer believes far beyond technical potential. She is known as a talent builder. Dodie has 25+ years of corporate HR leadership. She inspires individuals to tap into their unique talent to go beyond their technical expertise and develop as leaders – even if they never plan to be a manager. Whether it is a keynote address, leadership workshop or as a succession planning consultant, Dodie will provide the right tools to build leadership for both individuals and organizations.


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Jul 10, 2017

Moe Carrick discusses discovering and creating the right fit in the workplace, its significance to us, and the elements that contribute to it.


You'll Learn:

  1. The meaning and importance of work fit
  2. The critical 6 elements that comprise work fit
  3. What to do when something does not fit in your workplace


About Moe:

Moe Carrick is Principal and Founder of Moementum, Inc. a Certified BCorp and consulting firm dedicated to the vision of creating a world that works for everyone using business as a force for good. Her diverse client portfolio includes Prudential, REI, Nike, The Nature Conservancy, TechSoft3D, Hydroflask, amongst others.

A frequent blogger and contributor to Conscious Company,, and the Work Smart Blog, Moe is also a frequent and in demand speaker and facilitator. She has shared her insights and energetic style with TEDx’s and numerous universities, professional organizations, corporations, and trade groups.


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Jul 7, 2017

Bryce Hoffman shares how the military’s Red Teaming thinking tools can help professionals make optimal decisions.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to confront lies in your organizations and the lies you tell yourself
  2. A quick way to check critical assumptions
  3. One question that will help you make better decisions in under 15 minutes


About Bryce

Bryce G. Hoffman is a bestselling author, speaker and consultant who helps companies around the world plan better and global leaders lead better by applying innovative systems from the worlds of business and the military. He is the author of the 2012 bestseller, American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company, which has become a manual for CEOs looking to transform their corporate cultures. Before launching his international consulting practice in 2014, Hoffman was an award-winning financial journalist who spent 22 years covering the global automotive, high-tech and biotech industries for newspapers in Michigan and California. He writes a regular column on leadership and culture for and regularly appears on television and radio shows in the United States and internationally. For more information, please visit:


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Jul 5, 2017

Sara Canaday gives insights that offer clarity on blind spots at work and overcoming them to advance in your career.


You'll Learn:

  1. Key blind spots that frequently hold back careers
  2. Why the personal touch matters at work
  3. Approaches to identifying your own blind spots


About Sara

Sara Canaday (Leadership Development Expert, Speaker and Author) is a recognized expert and author in leadership and strategic personal branding. Specifically, she is known for her ability to help high potentials identify the elusive blind spots that are preventing them from taking their careers (and their companies) to the next level.


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Jul 3, 2017

Happy (almost) 4th of July!

In this special episode, Pete helps you declare independence from making sub-optimal decisions with two key questions that will help you approach decision-making better:

1. What must be true for this decision to be a good one?

2. How can I test that?


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