How to Be Awesome at Your Job: A Podcast for People who Love Learning Improvement Tools for Happier Work | Career | Employment

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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Oct 28, 2016

We got “meta” with Podcasting Hall of Famer Rob Walch who shares principles of successful podcasters that apply to the workplace

You’ll Learn:

  1. Pro-tips on nailing your presentations
  2. How to bolster your communication by forgetting yourself
  3. Why you should start your own podcast right now

About Rob
Rob Walch was inducted into the Podcasting Hall of Fame in 2016. Rob Walch saved his life, marriage, and career with podcasting. Rob is the Vice President of Podcaster Relations for Libsyn (LSYN). Prior to joining Libsyn in 2007, he was President and founder of podCast411, Inc. Rob is co-author of the book Tricks of the Podcasting Masters an editors pick as a Top 10 Reference book by Rob was listed as the 5th most influential person in podcasting according to the book “Podcasting for Dummies”.  

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Oct 26, 2016

Ambassador of Happiness Maura Sweeney paves the way to more productive outcomes in the workplace by creating a happier environment.

You'll Learn

  1. Effective remedies for stress addiction
  2. Methods to countering a negative environment
  3. How to turn your adversaries into allies by challenging while advocating

About Maura
Podcasterinternational speakerHuffington Post contributor and creator of the Foundations of Happiness eCourse, Maura Sweeney guides others on the path of “Living Happy – Inside Out.” Armed with decades of experience as a law school “escapee”, a corporate manager and a home schooling mom, Maura launched out at midlife to pursue her dream vocation. A world traveler and trademarked Ambassador of Happiness®, Maura is a popular media guest sharing unifying “good news” perspectives with the world.

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Oct 24, 2016

Comparably co-founder and CEO Jason Nazar shines a light on employer and employee best practices.

You'll Learn

  1. Two big mistakes that are stopping you from advancing in your career
  2. Guidance in your search for finding and keeping mentors
  3. Two transformational questions that you should ask yourself everyday

About Jason
Jason Nazar is one of the most active tech entrepreneurs and investors in southern California, and is a popular contributor for Wall Street Journal, Forbes, INC, and Business Insider. He’s founder/CEO of Comparably, an online platform that makes workplace compensation and culture dramatically more transparent. Prior to Comparably, he founded Docstoc -- the largest small business content site with over 50 million members -- before he sold it to Intuit in 2013 for a reported $50M. Named one of the most admired CEOs by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Jason is currently Entrepreneur in Residence for the City of Los Angeles, appointed by Mayor Garcetti.

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Oct 21, 2016

Intuition expert Lynn Robinson shows how to access the wisdom of your gut.

You'll Learn

  1. Scientific discoveries about neurons in your stomach and why they matter
  2. Ways to stop intuition-killers when brainstorming in a group
  3. Checks and balances so you’re not going astray with intuition

About Lynn
Lynn Robinson is one of America's leading experts on the topic of intuition and has been sought out internationally for her advice on the topic. She’s the author of Put Your Intuition to Work. She's a popular and widely recognized author and speaker who works with businesses and individuals as a trusted advisor, offering valuable insights into goals, decisions and strategies. 
Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She's been featured in the Boston Globe, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune, and has been a guest on many national radio and television programs, including ABC and Fox News. 

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Oct 19, 2016

Inspiring team-builder Thomas Mangum shares what it REALLY takes to have a championship team.

You'll Learn

  1. The three key ingredients of a championship team.
  2. The basic two-part equation for modeling champions.
  3. How to turn breakdowns into breakthroughs.

About Thomas
Thomas draws on over 30 years of experience helping leading companies build championship teams that win.
His client roster includes Boeing, Cisco, Oracle, Sony, Shell, DuPont, Northrop Grumman, Liberty Mutual, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen, Bose and many more.
As a​ dynamic speaker, a memorable facilitator, and provocative coach, he draws on diverse experiences as an entrepreneur, military interrogator, and radio show host.
Thomas is known for his team-building training that he brings to world-class brands across the globe.

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Oct 17, 2016

Professor John Kotter walks through the essential components of successful change.

You’ll Learn

  1. The eight critical steps for sparking change in your organization

  2. How you can test drive ideas for your organization at a lower risk

  3. How you can find inspiring mentors

About John
Regarded by many as the worldwide authority on leadership and change, Dr. John Kotter is a New York Times best-selling author, award winning business and management thought leader, business entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and Harvard Professor. His ideas and books, as well as the company he founded, Kotter International, have helped mobilize people around the world to better lead organizations and their own lives, in an era of increasingly rapid change.

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Oct 14, 2016

Lisa Bodell shares pro-tips on how to declutter our work lives to better focus on what truly matters.

You'll Learn

  1. Tools to eliminate unnecessary complexity in the workplace
  2. A methodology to reclaim 50% of your time spent in meetings
  3. The optimal attitude that gets your bosses to notice and value you

About Lisa
Lisa Bodell serves as a global council member of the World Economic Forum; and has helped thousands of senior leaders ignite innovation at Bloomberg, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, and many others. She has been rated as a top speaker at Google’s client events and is the author of the best-selling book Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, which won the 2014 Axiom Best Business Book Award and was voted Best Business Book by USA Book News and Booz & Co. Her new book, Why Simple Wins, releases October 2016. Lisa is an advisor on the boards of the Association of Professional Futurists; and Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel, Switzerland. Among her many academic activities, Lisa has taught innovation and creativity at both American and Fordham Universities.

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Oct 12, 2016

Career coach Angela Copeland shows how to take charge and proactively, intentionally manage your career.

You'll learn

  1. Warning signs that you’re under appreciated at your job and how to deal
  2. A simple, powerful way to highlight your progress and set yourself apart at work
  3. Effective interview tactics

About Angela
Angela Copeland is a career coach and CEO at her firm, Copeland Coaching. She is host of the Copeland Coaching Podcast, columnist for the Career Corner newspaper column, and author of career e-book Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job. Angela’s personal career background gives her the breadth to help job seekers with a variety of different needs, including finding the right job, interviewing, and offer negotiation.

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Oct 10, 2016

This Columbus Day, Pete helps listeners discover some wisdom from older guests and one another. And help other discover some wisdom via leaving a voicemail with a quick tip for being awesome at your job via

Oct 7, 2016

Author Rebecca Morgan share how you can provide the best service to your customers – internal and external.

You'll Learn

  1. Overlooked tactics to better serve your customers
  2. The step-by-step of calming upset customers
  3. How to deal with workplace conflict

About Rebecca

Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC, is an international speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in creating innovative solutions for workplace effectiveness challenges. She's appeared on 60 Minutes, Oprah, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and USA Today as well as international media. 
Rebecca is the bestselling author of 26 books, including "Calming Upset Customers," "Grow Your Key Talent," "Remarkable Customer Service … and Disservice” and her just-released book, "Extraordinary Leadership Lessons from Everyday People."
She partners with clients to accomplish high ROI on their key-talent development projects. Since 1980 she's transformed executives, managers, salespeople and customer support staff into much more effective workplace contributors.

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Oct 5, 2016

Bestselling rhetorician Jay Heinrichs shows just how powerful and fun this ancient art can be.

You'll learn

  1. How shifting tenses can ease tensions
  2. A huge tip from Donald Trump about speaking in 12-second periods 
  3. The essential steps of making a persuasive argument

About Jay

Jay Heinrichs is the author of the bestselling book, Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion. His most recent book, Word Hero, teaches how to craft memorable content. Combining tested tools of classical rhetoric with modern neuroscience, Jay has given presentations, workshops, and consults around the world.
Jay has served clients including Southwest Airlines, NASA, the Pentagon, Walmart, Ogilvy UK, Mindshare, the National Association of Realtors, Harvard, Dartmouth, University of Virginia, Beachbody, and Kaiser Permanente.
He maintains one of the leading language websites,, along with more than 30 years in publishing as a writer, editor, and executive, Jay has written for several dozen publications, from The New York Times Magazine to Reader’s Digest.

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Oct 3, 2016

Molly Fletcher, the sports agent known as “the female Jerry Maguire,” shares key ingredients to stardom gleaned from her experience working with superstar athletes and business folk.

You'll learn

  1. Two key practices Molly sees in all her star athletes that make them great
  2. The critical trait needed to maintaining strong workplace relationships
  3. A simple trick to use in negotiations to make them less nerve-wracking and more successful

About Molly

Dubbed by CNN "the female Jerry Maguire," Fletcher rose to the top of a male-dominated field to become a leading ($500 million lifetime contracts) sports agent with unique access to hundreds of successful athletes, coaches, and broadcasters across the sports of baseball, basketball, football, and more. Whether at the contract negotiation table with a team's top brass or behind the scenes with her players, Fletcher is keenly positioned to spot patterns in peak performers. She’s the author of three books, founder of the Betterment institute, and a sought-after speaker.

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Sep 30, 2016

Blogger Joanna Jast shares best practices for boosting your brain’s performance.

You'll learn

  1. The optimal surroundings for optimal productivity
  2. Quick hacks for improving your focus
  3. How our brains are wired to absorb information

About Joanna

Joanna Jast is the author of Laser-Sharp Focus and a top mental performance seeker. She uses her medical background and low-tolerance for fluff to find proven ways of accelerating learning and personal growth. Her mission is to help people achieve professional and educational success faster.

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Sep 28, 2016

“Chief Galvanizer” Patrick Galvin offers philosophies and pro-tips for building a powerful network.

You'll learn

  1. Approaches to asking great questions for relationship building
  2. An overlooked social media tool that can epicly enrich your network
  3. The benefits of developing a “methodology of gratitude”

About Patrick

Patrick Galvin, chief galvanizer of The Galvanizing Group, is a dynamic speaker and business coach who galvanizes audiences and inspires people to achieve big goals. He has received accolades for his speaking presentations to companies and associations in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe covering a variety of marketing-related topics.

He is the author of The Connector’s Way: A Story About Building Business One Relationship at a Time. Patrick teaches business professionals how to succeed using simple yet effective ways to cultivate relationships in the real world and online.

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Sep 26, 2016

Strengths sleuth Lisa Cummings shows us how we can better leverage our strengths at work.

You'll learn

  1. How focusing on your strengths can 6X your work engagement and 3X your quality of life
  2. Approaches to discovering strengths hiding right under your nose
  3. A clever trick to trade tasks and boost fun

About Lisa

Lisa Cummings is the Founder of Lead Through Strengths, brings 20 years of experience (and experiments) into this practice. She lives to help people find and leverage their strengths at work.

Lisa has experience building strengths-based cultures both as a corporate executive and also from the academic side. She has an MBA and is a Certified Strengths Performance Coach with Gallup, Inc., the biggest catalysts for and analysts of the strengths revolution. She’s the host of the Lead Through Strengths podcast. Her top three talent themes are: Strategic | Maximizer | Positivity.

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Sep 23, 2016

Executive coach MJ Ryan shows how to use mantras to retrain the brain to establish better habits and responses.

You’ll learn:
1. How to identify unconscious behaviors and what to do to overcome them
2. The worst mental habit in the workplace to break right away
3. An approach to developing your own game-changing personal mantras


About MJ
MJ Ryan is an executive coach to senior executives and entrepreneurs around the world. She combines a practical approach with methodologies from neuroscience, positive psychology and asset-focused learnings to help clients and readers more easily meet their goals. She is a partner with the Levo League career network and the lead venture coach at SheEO, an organization offering a new funding and support model for female entrepreneurs. She’s the founder of Conari Press, creator of the New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series, and author of many books including her latest Habit Changers: 81 Game-Changing Mantras to Mindfully Realize Your Goals. View transcript, show notes, and links at

Sep 21, 2016

Dr. Michael Breus fills us in on all things sleep and identifies the optimal time of day for each and every thing we do.

You’ll learn:

1. How to tell what your chronotype is – and how it determines the best time to do everything
2. The optimal time to send emails, brainstorm, drink coffee, have meetings, and more
3. How to make the most of your power nap

About Michael
Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. With a specialty in Sleep Disorders, Dr. Breus is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Among his numerous national media appearances, Dr. Breus has been interviewed on CNN, Oprah, The View, Anderson, and The Doctors. He also appears regularly on The Dr. OZ Show and Sirius XM Radio. Dr Breus is dedicated to raising awareness of both medically diagnosed sleep disorders and the importance of quality sleep for all. He has become a widely recognized leader in the ever-evolving field of sleep medicine. View transcript, show notes, and links at

Sep 19, 2016

Dr. Michelle Reina discusses how to build trust among team members and why it’s so important that we do so.

You’ll Learn:

  1. The three key components that define trust
  2. What trusting and untrusting behaviors look like in practice
  3. What you can do to identify trusting relationships and develop ones lacking in trust

About Michelle

Dr. Michelle Reina and Dr. Dennis Reina, cofounders of The Reina Trust Building Institute, are leading authorities on helping leaders build, rebuild and sustain trust to produce business results. Over the last 17 years, their research and consulting practice has supported such organizations as American Express, Boeing, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Toyota, Walt Disney World, US Army Chaplaincy, US Dept of Education, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Harvard & Yale Universities, and many others. Their bestselling work, Trust & Betrayal in the Workplace won the 2007 Nautilus Book Award and the 2008 Axiom Book Award. Rebuilding Trust in the Workplace was awarded the 2011 Axiom Book Award.

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Sep 16, 2016

Coach Craig Ballantyne shares how you can plan the perfect day that will enhance your productivity at work without letting your job take over your daily life.

Craig Ballantyne is a Productivity & Success Transformation Coach from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. He has been contributing to Men's Health magazine since 2000, and in 2001, Craig created the popular home workout program, Turbulence Training.
On his journey to success, Craig had to overcome crippling anxiety attacks, and he beat them with his 5 Pillars of Transformation. Today Craig shows men and women how to use the 5 Pillars to lose weight, make more money, and achieve other goals.
You can read his daily essays on success, productivity, and fitness at

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Sep 14, 2016

Pam Fox Rollin helps new leaders settle into their role in the office.

Pam Fox Rollin coaches executives and top teams in the San Francisco Bay Area and globally. Her clients are stepping up from rockstars in their functions to lead more broadly at the VP and C-levels. Pam’s company, IdeaShape, also facilitates culture development, strategy sessions, innovation retreats, conflict resolution, leadership development cohorts, executive onboarding, and team building, often with Myers-Briggs or Enneagram. Pam works most often with technology and healthcare/pharma, including Cisco, Genentech/Roche, LinkedIn, Stanford Health Care, and many fast-growth companies.

A Stanford MBA alum, she frequently returns to the Stanford Graduate School of Business to facilitate leadership programs and coach executive education. Her book, 42 Rules for Your New Leadership Role: The Manual They Didn't Hand You When You Became VP, Director, or Manager, gives you practical ways to lead effectively right from the start.

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Sep 12, 2016

Director of Landscape Services at Ole Miss (and author), Jeff McManus offers fresh insights on “growing people."

You’ll Learn

  1. A powerful storytelling approach to connect your team to a larger purpose
  2. How to massively stretch the impact of your learning & development dollar
  3. Why you might not want to fire that underperformer just yet

About Jeff
Jeff McManus grows things.  As the Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi, he grows plants….he grows people….he grows ideas.  Taking his grounds staff, affectionately known as “weeders”, and developing them into “leaders” has been a joyous challenge that reaped acres of rewards in the form of national recognition by the Princeton Review, PGMS, Newsweek and every faculty, staff, student and visitor who has walked onto the Ole Miss Campus.  Building on that momentum, Jeff has designed a professional development plan for his Weeders called Landscape University – a replicable training program that promotes the individual’s innate ability to GROW.

Jeff has spoken at Caterpillar Inc, the Biltmore Estates, Leadercast, SRAPPA, Trent Lott Leadership Institute as well as the SEC Ole Miss Athletics.  He has also worked with Memphis University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Georgia and private firms in developing their own training programs.

Sep 9, 2016

Meeting enthusiast and Engineering Program Manager John Poelstra shares how to give your meetings a needed boost.

You’ll learn:

  1. When you do vs. don’t need a meeting
  2. How to “blame the agenda” to advance your agenda
  3. The CAT and WOOT frameworks for developing excellent meeting agendas

John Poelstra is a Manager on the Engineering Program team at Red Hat, Inc., the world’s most successful open source software company. John is passionate about facilitating the best project meetings and he wants to help you do the same. He gets great satisfaction from bringing order to chaos and clarity to confusion so that owners can thrive. John achieves this using tools from a variety of disciplines including a current favorite, Trello.

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Sep 7, 2016

Career strategist Jenny Blake shares insights about the when, why, and how of career pivoting.

You’ll learn:

  1. When and how to make a “pivot” move in your career
  2. The three “E’s” of piloting something new in your life
  3. How to reinvent your role--right where you are

About Jenny

Jenny Blake is a career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people move beyond burnout and create sustainable careers they love. She is the co-creator of Google’s Career Guru Program, host of the Pivot Podcast, and author of the book Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One, which released yesterday.

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Sep 5, 2016

This Labor Day, Pete shares some quick perspectives on resting from labors. He discusses:

  • Precisely just how much breaking time is necessary
  • The American Psychological Association's science on what to do in order to ease stress optimally
  • Pete's favorite gear for "napping hard"


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Sep 2, 2016

Recovering procrastinator and professional speaker Rita Emmett lays out a handy framework for overcoming procrastination in the heat of the moment.

You’ll learn:

  1. How to tackle the fears that breed procrastination
  2. Approaches to turn procrastination into prioritization
  3. The 5-step STING method to overcoming procrastination

About Rita
Rita Emmett was once The World's Greatest Procrastinator. Then she converted and is now a "Recovering Procrastinator".

She is also a professional speaker, and author of: The Procrastinator’s Handbook, The Clutter-Busting Handbook, and Manage Your Time To Reduce Your Stress. The books have sold over 300K copies in 42 countries, garnering Rita hundreds of media appearances, including Katie Couric.

Rita’s customized presentations cover Procrastination, Clutter, Customer Loyalty, Burn-out, and Communication Skills have helped hundreds of organizations improve their performance, productivity and profitability, and head off burnout before it starts. Her clients include AT&T, Kraft Food, Mercedes Benz, Met Life, and The National Kidney Foundation.

She emails a free monthly “ANTICRASTINATION Tip Sheet” available at with tips and ideas to help people blast away the procrastination habit.

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