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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Oct 23, 2017

Hollywood psychotherapist Barry Michels talks about dealing with failure and how to bounce back even stronger.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to identify and defeat your inner saboteur
  2. An approach to getting over energy speed bumps
  3. How to bounce back faster from failures


About Barry:

Barry Michels has a B.A. from Harvard, a law degree from University of California, Berkeley, and an MSW from the University of Southern California.  He has been in private practice as a psychotherapist in Los Angeles since 1986.  He’s referred to as one of “the most sought-after shrinks in Hollywood.” His client list boasts top writers, actors, producers, CEOs, and other creatives. In his books and public events, he shares the same Tools they use behind closed doors with their clients.


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Oct 20, 2017

Marlene Chism shares how to master resentment and frustration...along with best practices for channeling the the energy of anger.


You'll Learn:

  1. How feelings of resentment and frustration indicate a lack of clarity
  2. The valuable message and energy embedded within anger
  3. The “Release Resistance” process to better handle anger


About Marlene:

Marlene Chism is a consultant and international speaker whose personal passion is to help people discover, develop and deliver their gifts to the world She’s the author of “No Drama Leadership,” "Stop Workplace Drama” and more. Marlene delivers her message on stopping drama and creating enlightened leaders through corporate retreats and client work, as well as at association meetings, universities, and other speaking engagements.


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Oct 18, 2017

Positive psychologist Louisa Jewell discusses ways to become more confident and eliminate self-doubt to be able to pursue bigger goals.


You'll Learn:

  1. How self-doubt holds us back
  2. The mindset that prevents failures from impacting your self-esteem
  3. Best practices for boosting your self-confidence


About Louisa:

Louisa Jewell is a speaker, author, and Canada's leading expert on the topic of positive psychology who has facilitated thousands of people towards greater flourishing, both at work and in their personal lives. In 2012 Louisa founded the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, an organization that brings together leading-edge researchers and practitioners from across Canada to disseminate the knowledge of positive psychology to improve the psychological health of all Canadians.


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Oct 16, 2017

Kristen Berndt acquired the job she’s wanted for a decade--United Airline’s Manager of Baggage Planning--and shares her unorthodox approach to getting it.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to let the world know what you want...and keep in touch with the critical contacts
  2. A mindset that will give you back a third of your day
  3. How to nail interviews with the classic STAR framework


About Kristen:

Kristen Berndt is the Manager of Baggage Planning at United Airlines. When Kristen was 19 years old, she determined that she wanted to work in operations for United Airlines, and made it her life goal. She believes that confidence and persistence are the keys to achieving one’s dreams. She encourages others to network and build connections in order to be successful. Kristen lives and works in Chicago.


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Oct 13, 2017

Nate Regier shows how to tap into the positive powers of conflict and openness to effectively deal with drama.


You'll Learn:

  1. A useful, low-intensity definition of conflict
  2. The four-step ORPO formula for productive conflicts
  3. How upfront openness about motives can change  everything


About Nate:

Nate Regier, Ph.D., is CEO and cofounding owner of Next Element, a global leadership training and certification firm specializing in communication and conflict skills. He’s an expert in social-emotional intelligence and leadership, positive conflict, neuropsychology, group dynamics, interpersonal and leadership communication, executive assessment, and coaching. Regier is a co developer of Next Element’s Leading Out of Drama® training and coaching system, an LOD® master trainer, and Process Communication Model® certifying master trainer. He is co-author of Beyond Drama: Transcending Energy Vampires. He’s an enthusiastic dad and husband.


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Oct 11, 2017

Anne Bogel provides a whirlwind tour across leading personality frameworks, providing tips on how to apply these insights along the way.


You'll Learn:

  1. How the Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, Five Love Languages, highly sensitive people enlighten you in their own ways
  2. How to use personality types to better your relationships
  3. Dangers of abusing personality frameworks


About Anne:

Anne is a resident blogger, bookworm, and big-question-asker at Modern Mrs. Darcy. She wrote Reading People, where she shares her own experience with the personality frameworks she loves the most, the ones that have made the biggest difference in her own life. She walks you through 7 different frameworks, explaining the basics in a way you can actually understand, sharing personal stories about how what she learned made a difference in her life, and showing people how it could make a difference in theirs, as well.


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Oct 9, 2017

Pete ponders learning and discovery vs. producing output.


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Oct 6, 2017

Molly Beck shares a quick and easy formula for reaching out new people who can help you achieve your goals.


You'll Learn:

  1. The two components required to become an influencer
  2. The four types of reach outs--with benchmark response rates
  3. How to make awesome subject lines to get more email responses


About Molly:

Molly is the founder of podcast creation site Messy Bun; the creator of the lifestyle blog Smart, Pretty & Awkward; and a marketing expert who has provided digital strategies for numerous companies including Forbes, Venmo, Rice University, and Hearst. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Redbook, Parade, HuffPost, and more. She is represented by CAA.


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Oct 4, 2017

Dorie Clark outlines how to flourish amid office politics by using electoral campaign strategies.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to create a campaign plan for your career
  2. The power mapping approach to smarter people decisions
  3. A genius tactic for highlighting your achievements without sounding boastful


About Dorie:

Dorie Clark is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine, one of the Top 10 Business Books of the Year by Forbes, and was a Washington Post bestseller. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.”


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Oct 2, 2017

Morra Aarons-Mele provides tips for the ambitious introvert to succeed at work and strategies on how extroverts and introverts can best work together.


You'll Learn:

  1. How introverts are fabulous secret weapons at work
  2. The false assumptions people make about introverts
  3. How extroverts and introverts can work best together


About Morra:

Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of award winning social impact agency Women Online and its database of women influencers, The Mission List.  She is an Internet marketer who has been working with women online since 1999. She helped Hillary Clinton log on for her first Internet chat, and has launched online campaigns for world leaders and organizations including the United Nations, President Obama, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


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Sep 29, 2017

Jennifer Riel illustrates how successful thinkers can create great choices rather than tolerate unacceptable trade-offs via her practical methodology for implementing integrated thinking.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why you should fall in love with opposing approaches to solving a problem
  2. How to hold two approaches in tension to discover optimal solutions
  3. The three questions to creating better answers


About Jennifer:

Jennifer Riel is an adjunct professor at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, specializing in creative problem solving. Her focus is on helping everyone, from undergraduate students to business executives, to create better choices, more of the time.

An award-winning teacher, Jennifer leads training on integrative thinking, strategy and innovation, both at the Rotman School and at organizations of all types, from small non-profits to some of the largest companies in the world.


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Sep 27, 2017

Professor Tina Seelig talks about the critical components, principles, and tactics for bringing ideas into your imagination and out into the world.


You'll Learn:

  1. The two requirements of imagination
  2. How to generate many new solutions via framing and reframing
  3. The argument for brainstorming


About Tina:

Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice in Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering, and is a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She teaches courses in the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( and leads three fellowship programs in the School of Engineering that are focused on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Seelig earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford Medical School, and has been a management consultant, entrepreneur, and author of 17 books, including Insight Out (2016), inGenius (2012), and What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (2009). She is the recipient of the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the Olympus Innovation Award, and the Silicon Valley Visionary Award.


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Sep 25, 2017

Quest Nutrition founder Tom Bilyeu shows how to get better at anything by having crystal clear goals, a growth mindset, and powerful systems.


You'll Learn:

  1. The WOOP process for figuring out if you should persist or quit
  2. How to make the switch from discovering to developing your passion
  3. Why identity drives behavior and not the other way around


About Tom:

Tom Bilyeu is the co-founder of 2014 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition — a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion — and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory. Tom’s mission is the creation of empowering media-based IP and the acceleration of mission-based businesses. Personally driven to help people develop the skills they will need to improve themselves and the world, Tom is intent to use commerce to address the dual pandemics of physical and mental malnourishment.

Tom regularly inspires audiences of entrepreneurs, change makers, and thought leaders at some of the most prestigious conferences and seminars around the world, including Abundance 360, A-fest, and Freedom Fast Lane.


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Sep 22, 2017

Award-winning filmmaker Vern Oakley shares his wisdom for connecting more sincerely whether you’re speaking on video or live.


You'll Learn:

  1. How breathing helps you release fear
  2. The optimal mindset for delivering a presentation
  3. The essential question to answer when designing your communication


About Vern:

A veteran filmmaker, teacher, speaker, and industry thought leader, Vern Oakley has been helping institutions and leaders connect with and mobilize their tribes through soul expression and communication. His mission to humanize leadership is achieved by crafting great stories that appeal to and impact the people who matter most.


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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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