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 26, 2018

Fellow podcaster Jeff Sanders discusses what really makes up your time, how to avoid burning out while remaining productive, and how to prioritize tasks without sacrificing your goals.


You'll Learn:

  1. What a trip to the ER taught Jeff about the need for taking legit breaks
  2. How to unplug optimally
  3. Steps to define your top priorities


About Jeff:

Jeff Sanders is a keynote speaker, author of The Free-Time Formula, The 5 AM Miracle, and founder of The Rockin' Productivity Academy. Jeff is also the host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast, which has ranked #1 in iTunes in the Self-Help and Business categories, been nominated for 5 Podcast Awards, and exceeded 5 million downloads. He is a plant-based marathon runner and personal development junkie. Every week you can find Jeff writing and speaking at


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Feb 23, 2018

Peter Shankman walks through his unique take on productivity and lessons learned from ADHD that anyone can apply.


You'll Learn:

  1. 4 simple rules to be more productive
  2. Tricks to eliminate distraction
  3. Why you should always ask for a deadline


About Peter:

Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage. An author, entrepreneur and corporate keynote speaker, this “worldwide connector” is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about customer service, social media, PR, marketing, advertising, and ADHD. He founded Help A Reporter Out, ShankMinds: Breakthrough, Geek Factory, and more.


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Feb 21, 2018

Ron Carucci shares his groundbreaking research on the patterns of successful--unsuccessful--rises to greater organizational power.


You'll Learn:

  1. How resumes and interviews routinely mislead
  2. How to minimize alienation
  3. The four patterns of successful leaders


About Ron:

Ron is a seasoned consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with CEOs and senior executives of organizations ranging from Fortune 50s to start-ups in pursuit of transformational change. His consulting has taken him to more than 20 different countries on four continents. He has consulted to some of the world’s most influential CEOs and executives on issues ranging from strategy to organization to leadership. He has worked extensively in the health sciences, biotech, and healthcare provider sectors and in the technology, consumer products, and retail food and beverage industries.


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Feb 19, 2018

Pete talks about some of our most honest leaders, lists habits to avoid when you want to talk “honestly”, and comes clean about his own unintentional dishonesty.


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Feb 16, 2018

Scott Gerber discusses the “superconnector” approach to build meaningful human relationships and go beyond networking.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to become a conversational Sherlock Holmes
  2. Questions that spark great conversations
  3. How to introduce yourself with impact


About Scott:

Scott Gerber is Founder and CEO of CommunityCo and founder of YEC and Forbes Councils. He is an industry leader in building and managing personalized, invitation-only communities for world-class executives, entrepreneurs and professionals. Scott is an expert on youth entrepreneurship, community building, youth unemployment in America, recent college grad unemployment and small business.


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Feb 14, 2018

Kellogg professor Carter Cast provides his research on career derailment--and how to prevent it!


You'll Learn:

  1. Two questions to ask yourself to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses
  2. Frequently-occurring risk factors to watch out for
  3. The two critical things that put you in the 98 percentile of your company


About Carter:

Carter Cast is a clinical professor at the Kellogg School of Management. Previously he’s played a pivotal role in building numerous iconic consumer brands including Tostitos Scoops and The Sims. He served as CEO of, growing it to the third largest online retailer in the world. Carter is also a venture partner for Pritzker Group Venture Capital, where he assesses potential investments and advises portfolio companies.


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Feb 12, 2018

PowerPoint gurus Heather and Alan Ackmann share perspectives on how to take full advantage of PowerPoint for more impactful presentations.


You'll Learn:

  1. When, why and how you should PowerPoint – and when you shouldn’t
  2. The three fundamental factors to consider when designing your slides
  3. When to use emotionally-driven graphics


About Heather and Alan:

Alan Ackmann is the professional writing  for business coordinator in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse department at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. His teaching specialties include professional and technical writing and the rhetoric of slideware and presentations. He has led professional development seminars for teachers on the local, state, and national level. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, as well as jogging, reading, and singing (though not always in that order).

Heather Ackmann is an author, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and Microsoft MVP. Since 2006, she has designed, authored, and narrated over 300 hours of video-based training for a variety of public and private entities. In 2016, she cofounded AHA Learning Solutions to provide high-quality learning materials to educational institutions and businesses nationally. She is an active member of the presentation community and a proud member of the Presentation Guild. You may find her sharing advice and Microsoft Office news on Twitter: @heatherackmann.


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Feb 9, 2018

Dean Lindsay shows how to achieve “PHAT” (Pretty, Hot And Tempting) goals by committing to them, strengthening reasons, and building true conviction.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why it’s better to have real commitment rather than a good plan
  2. What it mean to be truly convicted of a goal’s value
  3. Dean’s six P’s of Progress


About Dean:

Dean Lindsay is hailed as an ‘Outstanding Thought Leader on Building Priceless Business Relationships’ by Sales and Marketing Executives International as well as a ‘Sales-and-Networking Guru’ by the Dallas Business Journal. His books, How to Achieve Big PHAT Goals, THE PROGRESS CHALLENGE: Working & Winning in a World of Change, and CRACKING THE NETWORKING CODE: 4 Steps to Priceless Business Relationships have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Korean, Spanish and Greek.


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Feb 7, 2018

Adrian Gostick talks about what the best teams today are doing differently.


You'll Learn:

  1. The differing forces that motivate each generation
  2. How to encourage your leaders to initiate regular career discussions
  3. The best ways to disagree without causing offense


About Adrian:

Adrian Gostick is a global workplace expert and thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, teamwork, and engagement. He is founder of the training company The Culture Works and author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers All In and The Carrot Principle. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold 1.5 million copies around the world.


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Feb 5, 2018

Broadcaster Ken Coleman guides us in discovering what we’re created to do… and how to see that dream become a reality.


You'll Learn:

  1. The litmus test for your passion
  2. The “nuclear option” for dealing with a difficult teammate or boss
  3. What to do when you’re burnt out at work but can’t leave just yet


About Ken:

Ken Coleman is host of The Ken Coleman Show and EntreLeadership Podcast, and author of One Question: Life-Changing Answers from Today’s Leading Voices. Ken is an acclaimed interviewer and broadcaster who equips, encourages and entertains listeners through thought-provoking interviews, helping them grow their businesses, pursue their passions, and move toward a fulfilled purpose. You can follow him on Twitter at @KenColeman, on Instagram at @KenWColeman, and online at or


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Feb 2, 2018

Turi McKinley talks intuitive design thinking as an alternative approach to problem solving.


You'll Learn:

  1. The importance of human empathy in problem solving
  2. Three keys to apply the design thinking process in your organization
  3. Pro-tips for getting brilliant ideas flowing when you collaborate


About Turi:

Turi McKinley is the Executive Director of Org Activation at frog design.

Turi’s 15+ years in design encompasses design research, interaction and service design, and currently focuses on driving change within innovative teams and organizations. Turi leads frog’s capability building and process design practice across frog’s global studios, and with frog’s clients.  With clients, she had led transformation efforts for GE as they developed a user centered software capability; for health insurance companies seeking to develop new customer relationships; and CPG firms developing ways of working faster and more iteratively.


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Jan 31, 2018

Author & trainer Mark Murphy explores the intersections of diplomacy, truthfulness, and difficult conversations at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. Top reasons why people don’t tell the truth at work
  2. Common phrases that create defensiveness
  3. Why having a difficult conversation is better than just fixing the problem yourself


About Mark:

Mark Murphy is a New York Times bestselling author, weekly contributor to Forbes, ranked as a Top 30 Leadership Guru and the Founder of Leadership IQ. He’s trained leaders at the United Nations, Harvard Business School, the Clinton Foundation, Microsoft, MasterCard, SHRM, and hundreds more organizations. He has written several award-winning books on leadership and been featured in many premiere media outlets.


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Jan 29, 2018

Tradecraft founder Russ Klusas discusses optimal decision-making amid life goals, recognizing avoidable failures, and learning from the successes and failures of Silicon Valley.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to understand and use bounded rationality
  2. How to identify avoidable failures
  3. The good and the bad from Silicon Valley


About Russ:

Russell Klusas is the Founder of Tradecraft, a full time, in-person immersive training program for people who want to work in startups. He was also previously the CEO of Big Lobby, and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence of Founder Institute. He attended the University of Illinois.


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Jan 26, 2018

Fellow podcaster Paula Pant shares her expertise on mastering your personal finances, caring for your career, and making wise decisions.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to afford anything...but not everything
  2. Why self-care is career care
  3. How to successfully prep for newer and bigger obstacles


About Paula:

Paula Pant is the founder of the award-winning website and a writer and speaker specializing in money, business and real estate investing.

She has been featured more than four dozen times in major publications, including Forbes, Fortune,, AOL DailyFinance, Marketplace Money, Kiplinger, Bloomberg Business, Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, and many more.


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Jan 24, 2018

Stanford instructor Matt Abrahams teaches techniques to calm speaking anxieties...from managing procrastination to cooling body temperatures, and more.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to attack both the symptoms and sources of speaking anxiety
  2. Why to envision communication as a conversation instead of a performance
  3. How long to make eye contact


About Matt:

Matt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach. He teaches Effective Virtual Communication and Essentials of Strategic Communication at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Matt is also Co-Founder and Principal at Bold Echo Communications Solutions, a presentation and communication skills company based in Silicon Valley that helps people improve their presentation skills. Matt recently published the third edition of his book Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, a book written to help the millions of people who wish to present in a more confident and compelling way.


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Jan 22, 2018

Edgar Papke explores “design thinking” and best practices to foster unpredictable, creative, innovative ideas.


You'll Learn:

  1. How three distinct workplace cultures solve problems differently
  2. The process of successful curious confrontation
  3. How to choose which problems are worth pursuing


About Edgar:

Edgar Papke is an author, speaker and globally recognized expert in business alignment, leadership and organizational culture. He is the author of True Alignment: Linking Company Culture to Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results, The Elephant in the Boardroom, and numerous essays and articles on business and culture. Edgar provides coaching and consulting to CEO’s and executives, delivers keynote speeches and presentations, and works with leadership teams to improve their alignment. He was recently honored as the Impact and International Speaker of the Year by Vistage, the world’s largest organization for CEOs. Worldwide, over 20,000 executives and leaders have attended his workshops.


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Jan 19, 2018

Mike Lewis shares his journey from professional private equity to professional squash and provides perspective on how/when/why to jump into what you really want to do.


You'll Learn:

  1. When it’s time to jump
  2. The right mindset for taking your jump
  3. Actionable ways to tune into your internal voice and deepest desires


About Mike:

Mike Lewis is the Founder and CEO of When to Jump, a global curated community featuring the individuals, stories, and ideas relating to leaving something comfortable in order to pursue a passion. Launched in 2016, the platform has attracted millions of impressions through digital and print media, in-person experiences, and collaborations with leading brands including Airbnb and Lululemon. In January 2018, his book, When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want (Henry Holt Macmillan) releases worldwide. The book features over forty case studies with insights, frameworks and guidance around when to pursue a passion.


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Jan 17, 2018

Technology mogul Magdalena Yesil shares how to boost your gravitas, results, and ability to be heard at the workplace.


You'll Learn:

  1. What is the professional ask and why you should do it
  2. How to access and convey greater gravitas
  3. Tips for being heard better in meetings


About Madalena:

Magdalena Yeşil is a founder, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist of many of the world’s top technology companies, including Salesforce, where she was the first investor and founding board member. Yesil is a former general partner at U.S. Venture Partners, where she oversaw investments in more than thirty early-stage companies and served on the boards of many. A technology pioneer, Yeşil founded three of the first companies dedicated to commercializing Internet access, e-commerce infrastructure, and electronic payments.


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Jan 15, 2018

Clay Scroggins discusses how to lead without being in the top position.


You'll Learn:

  1. Three simple questions to help you collaborate better
  2. The equation for powerful leadership
  3. How to have difficult conversations with your boss


About Clay:

Clay Scroggins is the lead pastor of North Point Community Church, providing visionary and directional leadership for all the local church staff and congregation. Clay understands firsthand how to manage the tension of leading when you’re not in charge. Clay holds a degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. Clay and his wife Jenny live in Forsyth County, Georgia, with their four children.


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Jan 12, 2018

Professional speaking guru Grant Baldwin shares lessons learned for becoming a better public speaker.


You'll Learn:

  1. The one thing that distinguishes professional speakers from the rest
  2. Top things NOT to do when presenting
  3. Helpful ways to make a huge upgrade to your presentation skills


About Grant:

Grant is a veteran speaker who started his public speaking career as a youth pastor. Since then, he has given thousands of presentations in conferences, assemblies, conventions, and other events.  He is the host of The Speaker Lab, a podcast that helps other speakers start, build, and grow their business.


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Jan 10, 2018

Professor Eddie Davila discusses how to identify, view, handle, and thrive amidst pressure at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why pressure is really an honor and a gift
  2. What to do when you get stressed in low-pressure situations
  3. How to use stress to prep for high-pressure situations


About Eddie:

Eddie Davila is a faculty member in Arizona State University’s highly ranked supply chain management program.  At ASU he teaches over 3000 students per year in person and online.  He has a 12-part intro to supply chain management series on Youtube that has over 3 million hits.  It is actually the top ranked item on youtube when you search supply chain.  And more recently he has developed multiple courses in business and stats for LinkedIn Learning.


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Jan 8, 2018

Professional organizer Suzanna Kaye shares her tips on optimal to-do lists for optimal productivity.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to cope when your tasks are too overwhelming
  2. A common mistake when working the to-do lists and apps
  3. Guidelines for identifying your priorities


About Suzanna:

Suzanna Kaye is a speaker with a passion! She can be found training and speaking to audiences both locally and internationally about how to structure their lives in new ways to be more productive and organized. Suzanna is the founder of Spark! Organizing, LLC as well as a former CFO for a national corporation. She brings a creative, encouraging, and judgement-free approach to productivity and organization. Her favorite topics include Productivity, Organization and Time Management. As a LinkedIn Learning author, she really does make productivity look effortless.


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Jan 5, 2018

In this 2017 greatest hit, 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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Jan 3, 2018

In this 2017 greatest hit, 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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Jan 1, 2018

Pete reviews 2017's greatest hits, starting with Increasing Confidence by Increasing Self-Awareness with Dr. Tasha Eurich.

In this episode, Tasha shares insights on self-awareness, what we can benefit from it, and what to do 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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