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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Sep 20, 2017

Harvard Business Review editor Dan McGinn applies techniques from athletes, musicians, the military, and more to get yourself psyched for success.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to amp up confidence and dial down anxiety
  2. How to psych yourself up with your own “greatest hits”
  3. The best pump up music there is


About Daniel:

Daniel McGinn is a senior editor at Harvard Business Review, where he edits the IdeaWatch and How I Did It sections, manages the magazine’s annual Best Performing CEOs in the World ranking, and edits feature articles on topics including negotiation, sales, and entrepreneurship.


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Sep 18, 2017

Mother and daughter team Lisa and Elizabeth McLeod share their mindset of taking the reins and leading yourself towards meaningful success at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. Key questions to ask yourself for better self-assessment
  2. A mindset that will make you enjoy your job more
  3. Why to view your peers as colleagues instead of competitors


About Lisa & Elizabeth:

Lisa McLeod is a keynote speaker, author, and consultant who espouses the "noble purpose" approach. She has served clients ranging from Apple to Peterbilt Trucks. She is the author of four books on leadership, sales, and personal development. She is also the sales leadership expert for, and she has appeared on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show,, and Good Morning America.

Elizabeth McLeod is the vice president of client services at McLeod & More, Inc. Elizabeth manages projects for clients like Google and Hootsuite.


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Sep 15, 2017

Craig Ross explains what is required in order to do big things and how teams can attain epic impact.


You'll Learn:

  1. The 3 decisions required in order to do big things
  2. The 3 enemies of fulfillment
  3. How to guide the energy of your team toward achieving big things


About Craig:

Craig W. Ross is a facilitator, coach, author, speaker and CEO of Verus Global. For 20 years Craig has partnered with c-suite executives and leadership teams across numerous industries in global organizations, such as P&G, Alcon, Oceaneering, Cigna, Nestle, Universal, Ford, and other Fortune 100 companies. Combining a passion for uniting people and a conviction that organizations achieve extraordinary things through teams, Craig delivers practical and real-world expertise to those he serves.


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Sep 13, 2017

Robert Sutton shares his expertise on confronting, coping with, and forgiving the jerks at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. Internal mind tricks to help you cope with jerks
  2. How to use The Benjamin Franklin Effect to win over jerks
  3. How and when to fight back


About Robert:

Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.  He co-founded the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (“the d school”).  He is a Fellow at IDEO, Senior Scientist at Gallup, and an advisor to McKinsey & Company.  Sutton studies organizational change, leadership, innovation, and workplace dynamics.  He has published over 150 articles and chapters and written seven books. Sutton’s latest book is The “Jerk”hole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt.

Sep 11, 2017

Educational entrepreneur Simon T. Bailey shares tactics to take control of the steering wheel of your career.


You'll Learn:

  1. Key habits that get influential colleagues talking you up
  2. Why to take the projects no one else wants
  3. Five questions to help you bounce back from any setback


About Simon:
Simon T. Bailey is the CEO of Simon T. Bailey International, a premium education company specializing in creating learning and development content. He has worked with over 1,500 organizations and has impacted more than 2 million people through his presentations and seminars in 45 countries worldwide. Some of his clients include AT&T, IBM, MasterCard, Microsoft, and Toyota. Prior to founding his company, Simon worked in the hospitality and tourism industry for 20 years and was sales director and new business development director for the world-renowned Disney Institute based at Walt Disney World Resort.


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Sep 8, 2017

Talent guru Don Hutcheson shares how to better know yourself in order to select jobs that optimally align to your talents.


You'll Learn:

  1. Approaches to get more insight into your unique talents
  2. How to break out of your bubble and expand your perspective
  3. The seven ways people get stuck


About Don:

Don Hutcheson is a lifelong entrepreneur, inventor, author and coach. He hosts the daily podcast: “Discover Your Talent—Do What You Love,” which he created to help people find their true talents and use them to build a career of success, satisfaction and freedom. He’s never had a “boss” and has created 6 innovative companies in advertising, publishing, coaching and career planning—and now on the Internet—over the last 40 years.


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Sep 6, 2017

Plasticity Labs co-founder Jennifer Moss shares how to build psychological fitness to deal with workplace challenges.


You'll Learn:

  1. Research insights into what impacts happiness at work
  2. The critical ingredient called the “granddaddy” of happiness
  3. Two minute exercises that slash stress and enhance effectiveness


About Jennifer:

Honored as the 2016 Canadian Business Innovator of the Year, Jennifer Moss and her groundbreaking work on the power of happiness are transforming hundreds of schools and companies. Moss is the Cofounder of Plasticity Labs, a tech company that provides organizations with the tools to tap into employee sentiment and increase workplace happiness.

Moss is the author of Unlocking Happiness at Work and also the Cofounder of The HERO Generation, a non-profit that is implementing Moss’ gratitude-based HERO model in schools with the aim of decreasing teacher and student stress and increasing well-being and performance.


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Sep 4, 2017

Pete thanks everyone for 1 million downloads!


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Sep 1, 2017

Venture capitalist Anthony Tjan makes the performance case for character and values--revealing how to identify and cultivate more at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. The benefits of cultivating goodness
  2. How to discern someone’s character and values upfront
  3. Approaches to check yourself on the cultivation of your character and values


About Anthony:

Anthony Tjan has been at the forefront of transformational change across organizations he has either built or advised, as well as a strategic counsellor to several leaders and public personalities. He is a New York Times bestselling author and serves as CEO of the Cue Ball Group – a people-first venture investment firm and is also the co-founder and chairman of MiniLuxe, a retail services brand looking to revolutionize the nail salon industry.


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Aug 30, 2017

Productivity podcaster Erik Fisher shares how to optimally manage your energy throughout the day to improve productivity while avoiding overloads and burn-outs.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to manage your energy for peak productivity
  2. The power of hydration
  3. Why shorter to-do lists beat longer ones.


About Erik

Erik is a Productivity Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Coach. He talks with real people who practically implement productivity strategies in their professional and personal lives. You'll be refreshed and inspired after hearing how others fail and succeed at daily productivity and continue to lead successful and meaningful lives.


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Aug 28, 2017

BedJet inventor Mark Aramli talks about the essential next steps to turn an aha moment into real-world success.


You'll Learn:

  1. The best time to work on your big ideas
  2. The “two pizza” rule for great collaborations
  3. A key strategy for convincing executives to buy-in


About Mark:

Mark Aramli is the inventor and principal engineer for the patent-pending BedJet CCS. Mark's first engineering role was at United Technologies, builder of the space suit for NASA. His engineering responsibilities included the space suit primary life support system (PLSS), specifically elements relating to heating, cooling and climactic comfort of the interior space suit environment for the astronauts.  


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Aug 25, 2017

Personal finance podcaster Joe Saul-Sehy lets us in on the secrets to making more money, handling it properly, and watching it grow.


You'll Learn:

  1. The first key to making more money
  2. Important benefits that you might have overlooked
  3. The top money management lesson that rich people use


About Joe:

Before starting Stacking Benjamins Joe Saul-Sehy was a financial planner for 16 years and a media representative for one of nation's biggest financial companies. He leads a team of people who are located across the United States. He communicates difficult concepts in a way that makes them accessible to the average person. He also gives presentations at major companies and to large audiences. Joe is a huge fan of exceptional customer service and loves to model companies like Disney, Nordstrom and Cherry Republic.


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Aug 23, 2017

Communications consultant Stacey Hanke breaks down the misconceptions on influence and how to develop your influential voice in a way that resonates.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to assess your level of influence in a room
  2. The core elements needed to command more influence
  3. How your smartphone can help you speak better


About Stacey:

Stacey Hanke equips leaders within organizations to communicate with confidence, presence and authenticity, day in and day out. Combined, her team of mentors and consultants have more than 100 years of training experience. She works with executives, managers, technicians and sales leaders across the United States and on four different continents.


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Aug 21, 2017

Award-winning thinker Michael Nicholas addresses the changes and challenges of modern decision-making--and how to enhance your decisions every day.


You'll Learn:

  1. The tremendous power of continually making the optimal decision
  2. The science behind how we make decisions
  3. Keys to improving your decision-making


About Michael:

An award-winning professional speaker and leadership coach, Michael Nicholas helps people improve their performance by challenging them to revolutionize their thinking and behavior. His insightful, results-oriented training is grounded in 30 years of real-world experience gained through working with leaders from a wide variety of industries, holding senior business positions, and serving on active duty as a military officer. He specializes in decision-making, emotional intelligence, and employee engagement.


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Aug 18, 2017

Elaine Bennett shares how to write better business messages with greater clarity and personality.


You'll Learn:

  1. Two essential pieces of information you need to be a more effective writer
  2. How you can make a bigger impact with storytelling
  3. Winning ways to turn straight thinking into straight writing


About Elaine:

Elaine Bennett had a baptism by fire as a speechwriter. Less than two years after she signed on to write for the CEO of Salomon Brothers, scandal forced the executive to resign. In stepped investor Warren Buffett. Since working with Mr. Buffett, Elaine Bennett has continued putting words in the mouths of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and leading nonprofits. She unearths the stories behind business data and helps executives shape those stories into memorable messages. She also coaches individual professionals looking to develop executive-caliber communication skills.


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Aug 16, 2017

Dr. Britt Andreatta surveys how our brains are wired for optimal work and best practices for creating an environment for thriving.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why our brains are not built for today’s workplaces
  2. The fundamental conditions required for teammates to thrive
  3. Best practices for developing trust within your team


About Britt

Dr. Britt Andreatta knows how to harness human potential. Drawing on her unique background in leadership, psychology, education, and the human sciences, she has a profound understanding of how to unlock the best in people. Britt is the former Chief Learning Officer at and has over 25 years of experience consulting with Fortune 100 corporations, businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Andreatta is the author of several titles on learning and leadership. Her online courses have over 4 million views and her books are best sellers. Her latest book, Wired to Resist: The Brain Science of Why Change Fails and a New Model for Driving Success is available now and her next book on the neuroscience of teams, Wired to Connect, will be out Spring 2018.


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Aug 14, 2017

Innovator Mark Henson explains how to discover and activate ordinary superpowers.


You'll Learn:

  1. Innovator Mark Henson explains how to discover and activate ordinary superpowers.
  2. The 6 questions to help  discover your ordinary superpowers
  3. Key steps to activate and enhance  your ordinary superpowers


About Mark:

Mark Henson is a lifelong entrepreneur and the founder of sparkspace -- a unique and exceptional business retreat center in Columbus, Ohio. Mark's Ordinary superpowers are exploring new ideas and spaces, simplifying things and sharing ideas through writing and speaking. In addition to leading his team at sparkspace, Mark writes books, conducts retreats, speaks at conferences and coaches people who want to get more fully engaged with life and work.


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Aug 11, 2017

Writing coach Anne Janzer provides principles, checklists, and pro-tips for better writing at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to overcome the biggest workplace writing problems
  2. The 6 questions to ask yourself before you start writing
  3. The best ways to get your points across without offending


About Anne:

Anne Janzer is an author and writing coach who has worked with over a hundred technology businesses in her career. Anne has written three books on marketing and writing. Her latest book is called The Workplace Writer’s Process: A Guide to Getting the Job Done. It covers the things no one teaches you in writing class: how to set yourself up for success when writing on the job, how to collaborate with others on writing projects, and the secrets to creating effective content.


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Aug 9, 2017

Jodi Glickman lays the foundation for becoming great on the job through better communications.


You'll Learn:

  1. The GIFT framework for better communication
  2. How to master the hello and goodbye
  3. Pro-tips for managing expectations


About Jodi

Jodi Glickman is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, consultant, and all-around expert in training people how to be great on the job. She is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and the author of the critically acclaimed Great on the Job: What to Say, How to Say It. The Secrets of Getting Ahead.


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Aug 7, 2017

Randstad’s SVP of Talent Solutions, Josh Vesely, discusses the state of the labor market, the benefits of working with recruiters, and necessities for today’s job hunters.


You'll Learn:

  1. How today’s labor market is superlatively favorable for good talent
  2. Why you should boldly ask your boss for your favorite opportunities
  3. How to find and leverage a recruiter in your job search


About Josh:

Joshua Vesely, MBA, is a ‘Talent Chef’ and Senior Vice President of Talent Solutions at Randstad USA. He is an energy-giving partner and a powerful negotiator. With his positive attitude he boldly develops new concepts and contributes to an innovative market approach.


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Aug 4, 2017

Musician and humorist Justin Locke talks about the culture of smart vs stupid, the benefits of being unprepared, and the secrets to succeeding via applied stupidity.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why you shouldn’t be scared of looking stupid
  2. How to use the Irregardless effect to your advantage
  3. Stupid approaches to find brilliant solutions


About Justin:

Justin Locke spent 18 seasons playing bass in the Boston Pops.  He then shifted focus to being an author, playwright, orchestra manager, and media producer.  

His Pops memoir, “Real Men Don’t Rehearse,” has sold over 12,000 copies, and his musical plays for family audiences are performed all over the world.  

Justin often appears as a humorous guest speaker, sharing his favorite gig disaster stories, as well as first- hand insight into what conductors (great and not so great) actually do.  

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Aug 2, 2017

Professor Drew Boyd invites us to think inside the box and to put constraints around our minds in order to be more creative and awesome at our jobs.


You'll Learn:

  1. The 5 patterns responsible for the majority of innovation
  2. Why brainstorming is sub-optimal
  3. Why it’s better to think inside the box than outside the box


About Drew

Drew Boyd is a global leader in creativity and innovation, international public speaker, award-winning author and innovation blogger, and professor at the University of Cincinnati. He teaches teams, businesses and governments how to solve tough problems to create a culture of innovation and a flowing pipeline. Drew reframes the innovation process in a way that makes people more creative.


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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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