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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Jun 28, 2017

Email expert Leslie O'Flahavan shares the do's and don'ts of writing clear emails that build rapport.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to use the BLUF technique to get more opens, reads, and replies
  2. How to use formatting optimally in emails
  3. The method for writing a strong subject line


About Leslie: 

Leslie O’Flahavan is a get-to-the point writer and an experienced, versatile writing instructor.  As E-WRITE owner since 1996, Leslie has been writing content and teaching customized writing courses for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Leslie can help the most stubborn, inexperienced, or word-phobic employees at your organization improve their writing skills, so they can do their jobs better.


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Jun 26, 2017

Passionpreneur Moustafa Hamwi defines true passion and shares keys to pursuing it wisely.


You'll Learn:

  1. Moustafa’s four-fold definition of passion
  2. A billion-dollar question that you should ask yourself right now
  3. Why you should build your passion tribe


About Moustafa

Moustafa is known globally as The Passion Guy due to his amazing success in launching platforms that are empowering people to work & live passionately including a series of Passion Talks; and Passion Sundays the leading online passion & happiness talk show.


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Jun 23, 2017

Marketing executive Joe McCormack addressed declining attention spans with actionable ways to "be better; be brief."


You'll Learn:

  1. How being brief helps you focus
  2. How to trim down information to what is essential
  3. 3 common mistakes when it comes to being brief


About Joe:

Joe McCormack is on a mission to help organizations master the art of the short story. An experienced marketing executive, successful entrepreneur and author, Joe is recognized for his work in narrative messaging and corporate storytelling. His book, Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less (Wiley & Sons, 2014) tackles the timeliness of the “less is more” mandate.

He founded and serves as managing director and president of The Sheffield Company, an award-winning boutique agency.

A passionate leader, he started The BRIEF Lab, a subsidiary of Sheffield, in 2013 after years dedicated to developing and delivering a unique curriculum on strategic narratives for U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He speaks at diverse industry and client forums on the topics of messaging, storytelling, change and leadership.


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Jun 21, 2017

Fellow careers podcaster Dave Stachowiak shares wisdom on dealing with the inner critic, getting great feedback, and more


You'll Learn:

  1. How to best interact with the inner critic
  2. The magic question to ask for better feedback
  3. How much feedback is too much feedback


About Dave:

Dave is a Senior Vice President with Dale Carnegie of Southern Los Angeles and has led training programs for top organizations like the Northrop Grumman Corporation, The United States Air Force, the Boeing Company, and the University of California system. Dave founded Coaching for Leaders in 2011 and was named in Forbes as one of the 25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch in 2015.


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Jun 19, 2017

Gayle Van Gils talks about ways to transform your interactions and work culture from a place of fear to one of love, kindness, and humanity.


You'll Learn:

  1. The effects of a toxic workplace and how to counteract them with love
  2. Core practices to deepen your capacity for kindness
  3. A handy ritual to stop negative reactions


About Gayle:

Gayle Van Gils is an author, leadership consultant and life coach, who opens the minds and hearts of her clients.  As a senior mindfulness teacher, with an MBA from UCLA, Gayle combines her extensive meditation practice with her business background to help clients integrate mindfulness and compassion into their work environment.

Gayle is the author of Happier at Work: The Power of Love to Transform the Workplace, a practical guide for developing the powers of attention, stress reduction, communication and collaboration  - for enhanced performance in work and life.


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Jun 16, 2017

VINA CEO and co-founder Olivia June Poole takes us into her tech world and speaks on the importance of personal relationships, the gender dynamics in networking, and how to make good connections.


You'll Learn:

  1. The key difference in successful network building between men  and women
  2. A critical overlooked consideration when building your network
  3. How to make new connections stronger


About Olivia:

Olivia June Poole is the CEO and Co-Founder of VINA, a company that creates tech products to connect, celebrate, and empower women, including the Hey! VINA app. She also worked in marketing for General, RocketSpace, and others. She is an expert in user acquisition, community building, and driving consumer online-offline engagement.


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Jun 14, 2017

Entrepreneur Nick Campbell explores how you can turn your interests into a career--and then make the most of those opportunities.


You'll Learn:

  1. A process to find the connection between what you love and what pays
  2. How to sidestep all the requirements that job boards claim you need
  3. Why it’s ideal to be the the worst in the room


About Nick:

Nick grew up in Detroit, the oldest son of a fireman and a rollerskating teacher. He lived a curious life trying to figure out how things worked. He’s been lucky always have jobs doing things he loved including selling magic tricks, performing yo-yo tricks, DJing parties, Photography, Motion Graphics, 3D Animation, Software Development, Design, Blogger, and Educator. Today, Nick makes software and training to help make the world easier and more fun. He works and lives in the Midwest where he goes on road trips, drinks craft beer, plays pinball, and listens to a lot of podcasts.


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Jun 12, 2017

Worldwide storytelling authority Bernadette Jiwa shares how to tap into hunches to uncover your next great idea.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to begin trusting your gut
  2. The three qualities that cultivate good ideas
  3. The skill of selling your ideas through storytelling


About Bernadette:

Bernadette Jiwa hails from Ireland, presently lives in Australia, and is a global authority on the role of story in business, innovation and marketing. She is also an advisor to business leaders and entrepreneurs, a regular keynote speaker, and the author of five #1 Amazon Bestsellers. Her website,, regularly tops blog awards in Australia. Her latest book, Hunch, released last week.


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Jun 9, 2017

Reos Partners cofounder Adam Kahane shares his expertise in dealing with conflicts and effectively collaborating with the enemy.

You'll Learn:

  1. Why conventional collaboration does not work anymore
  2. The three stretches required from collaboration
  3. What to do when you can’t collaborate

About Adam:

Adam Kahane is a Director of Reos Partners, an international social
enterprise that helps people move forward together on their most important
and intractable issues.
Adam is the author of four books on solving tough problems. His latest is
Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree
With or Like or Trust.

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Jun 7, 2017

Human performance guru Brad Stulberg illuminates the essential ingredients that lead to peak physical, emotional, and mental states.


You'll Learn:

  1. Brad’s ultimate growth equation
  2. How to get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  3. The huge difference that making a difference makes


About Brad:

Brad Stulberg researches, writes, speaks, and coaches on health and the science of human performance. He is a coauthor of the new book Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success, and is a columnist for New York and Outside magazines. Follow Brad on Twitter @Bstulberg and learn more on his website


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Jun 5, 2017

Professor Ellen Ensher shares her expertise in instigating and developing mentor and protégé relationships.


You'll Learn:

  1. How Ellen applied mentorship wisdom to double her income in one day
  2. The real meaning of mentorship
  3. The two valuable things every protege can provide even the most senior mentor


About Eve:

Ellen A. Ensher, Ph.D is a Professor of Management at Loyola Marymount University (LMU)  in Los Angeles, California and in 2017 received the LMU award for Distinguished Teaching.  Ellen is the co-author of Power Mentoring: How Mentors and Protégés Get the Most out of Their Relationships. Dr. Ensher has published over 50 articles/book chapters and consulted to a number of of organizations both domestically and abroad such as Kraft Foods, Legg Mason, Notre Dame University, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and United States Navy. Recently awarded the Fulbright Specialist award, Ellen will be conducting research in Finland in 2017. Ellen is a LinkedIn Learning Author of two courses on mentoring. Please visit for mentoring resources and to subscribe to her blog: Discussions on Media, Management, and Mentoring at


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Jun 2, 2017

Prolific trainer Chris Croft helps to figure out what you should do really well and what you should do well enough to get the most out of your work and life.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to identify squeezable tasks
  2. A 4-step process to saying no and negotiating
  3. Optimal systems for organizing the stuff of work and life


About Chris:

Chris Croft has an Engineering Degree from Cambridge and an MBA, worked as a senior manager in manufacturing for 10 years and then as a university lecturer for five years before starting his own training company in 1995. Since then he has trained over 80,000 people, and his free email tips are sent to 20,000 people ( Chris runs training courses in Project Management, Time Management and similar subjects almost every day, mostly in the UK, and has also produced a range of books which are available on amazon kindle, a project management rap which can be found on youtube, and phone apps called JobsToDo, Management Cards, and “Daily Happiness Tips”.  He is featured on and where he presents courses on project management, assertiveness, negotiation, problem solving, and happiness. His Project Management course has had over a million views.


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May 31, 2017

Patrick McGinnis shows how you can develop your entrepreneurship--and job skills--while keeping the stability of your day job.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why you should consider being a 10% entrepreneur
  2. Two strategies to determine where you should really focus your time and energy
  3. Tried and tested ways to see if your big idea will work out


About Patrick:

Patrick J. McGinnis is a venture capitalist and private equity investor who founded Dirigo Advisors, after a decade on Wall Street, to provide strategic advice to investors, entrepreneurs, and fast growing businesses. In this capacity, he has worked in a range of settings, from building startups from the ground up in Silicon Valley to acting as an expert consultant to the World Bank in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

He is the author of the book The 10% Entrepreneur. He has also written articles for well-known publications such as Fortune, Business Insider, and Forbes.

Patrick is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Georgetown University and lives in New York City.


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May 26, 2017

Paul Szyarto talks about his templates for overhauling businesses, the root of common business problems, and how to identify improvement opportunities. 

You'll Learn:

  1. How to assess root problems quickly
  2. Why identifying current facts is more accurate than relying on history
  3. The underlying source of tremendous confidence

About Paul:

Paul Szyarto is a renowned business transformation expert. He is currently the CEO of Campana & Schott Inc., controlling all operations throughout the United States. He holds numerous degrees and certifications, including an MBA from Oxford. He is also a Lecturer at Rutgers University Continuing Education and The Wharton School, a member of the Advisory Board for Argus-Soft and DELCON Construction, and a practicing martial artist. He also teaches Krav Maga and tactical training as “The Combat CEO” at his VMMA franchise locations.

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May 24, 2017

Tasha Eurich shares insights on self-awareness, how we can benefit from it, and how 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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May 22, 2017

Michael Papanek talks collective resilience, group breakthroughs, and the action learning model.


You'll Learn:

  1. The keys to building resilient work relationships
  2. How to use  the Heat Curve to achieve collective resilience and innovative breakthroughs
  3. Ignored, overlooked, and CRITICAL ground rules for meetings

About Michael:

Michael Papanek specializes in leadership consultancy and providing strategies, tools and skills to enact change. He is the Principal Consultant and Founder of Michael Papanek Consulting, and has advised leaders from top companies including Google, Microsoft, and Apple. Prior to that, he worked in Interaction Associates as a General Manager and was a systems engineer at Electronic Data Systems.


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May 19, 2017

Linda Swindling shares how to boldly ask for — and receive — more.


You'll Learn:

  1. The right way to think about asking for more
  2. The drivers of asking discomfort—and practice approaches for overcoming them
  3. The main factors that drive whether   a “yes” or “no”


About Linda:

From the courtroom to the boardroom, Linda knows firsthand about influencing decision makers and asking outrageously. She practiced law for 10 years and is now a “recovering” attorney, popular speaker, executive coach and strategic consultant. She recently presented at TEDxSMU on the topic, “Why the World Needs You to Ask Outrageously,” and her newest book, Ask Outrageously! The Secret to Getting What You Really Want, will be released by Berrett-Koehler in June 2017.


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May 17, 2017

Journalist Cheryl Strauss Einhorn shares a robust approach to complex decision-making via the AREA perspective-taking method.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to make complex decisions with the AREA Method
  2. Why you should document your decision problems
  3. How to slow down to speed up your decision-making


About Cheryl

Cheryl Einhorn is the creator of the AREA Method, a decision making system for individuals and companies to solve complex problems. Cheryl is the founder of CSE Consulting and the author of the book Problem Solved, a Powerful System for Making Complex Decisions with Confidence & Conviction. Cheryl teaches as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and has won several journalism awards for her investigative stories about international political, business and economic topics.


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May 15, 2017

Jim Tamm shares how managing defensiveness ensures collaborations remain cool and effective. 

You'll Learn:

  1. Why managing your defensiveness is a hidden key to effective collaborations
  2. The 3 biggest drivers of defensiveness
  3. How to stay curious – instead of furious

About Jim:

For 25 years Jim was a judge dealing with collective bargaining disputes. He has mediated more school district labor strikes than any other person in the United States. Now he teaches collaboration skills in the Talent Development Program at Harvard, the International Management Program at the Stockholm School of Economics and the Leadership Academy of the University of California. His book Radical Collaboration has been on Amazon’s top seller lists for collaboration, negotiations, and organizational psychology books for 11 years. 

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May 12, 2017

Tristan White shares his experiences in building an award-winning work environment from top to bottom.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why Tristan quit his dream of working with elite athletes
  2. The one key question you need to ask before committing to anything
  3. The power of noticing alone


About Tristan:

Tristan White is the CEO and Founder of The Physio Co., providing over 200,000 physiotherapy consultations for seniors every year. For eight consecutive years, The Physio Co. has ranked as one of Australia’s 50 Best Places to work, and was named the winner of BRW’s Best Place to Work in Australia in 2014. Tristan also runs a blog, and regularly speaks at conferences and company meetings.


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May 10, 2017

Brothers / coaches / adventurers Guy and Ilan Ferdman tackle personal development and living the life you love.


You'll Learn:

  1. How perception creates meaning and motivation
  2. The 22 minutes that can change your life
  3. Questions that boost your confidence


About Guy & Ilan:

Guy and Ilan Ferdman are brothers and co-founders of SatoriPrime, a personal development company on a mission to help people reach a 10 out of 10 in every area of their lives. Previously, they were head coaches with Landmark Education and executives in finance and real estate.


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May 8, 2017

Dianna Booher shows how you can conduct more effective meetings and make a greater impact with subtle tweaks to your communication approach.


You'll Learn:

  1. What a great leader sounds like
  2. Tips to get your emails read
  3. Quick tricks for better meetings


About Dianna:

As founder and CEO of Booher Research Institute, Dianna Booher works with organizations to help them communicate clearly and with leaders to expand their influence by a strong executive presence. She has provided communication programs and coaching to some of the largest Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies, such as IBM, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Siemens, NASA, and the U.S. Navy. National media outlets frequently interview Booher for opinions on critical communication issues: Good Morning America, USA Today,, Wall Street Journal,, Success, Entrepreneur, Investor’s Business Daily, Fox, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, NPR, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.


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May 5, 2017

Dr. Hans Hagemann talks about the biochemical ingredients needed to get into the groove of “flow” and optimally engage your brain for peak performance.


You'll Learn:

  1. The three-chemical “DNA” of peak performance
  2. Three simple steps to flow
  3. The benefits of intuitive decision making in a team


About Hans:

Hans W. Hagemann, Ph.D., is managing partner/co-founder at the global leadership consultancy firm Munich Leadership Group, and he is a global expert on leadership and innovation who has led seminars, coaching sessions and in-depth workshops with top executives in more than 40 countries.


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May 3, 2017

Kim Scott shows how “radical candor” can be used in the workplace to give better feedback and meaningful praise and criticism.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to care personally while challenging directly
  2. Three important conversations that you should be having at work
  3. An approach to giving better feedback to your boss


About Kim:

Kim Scott is the author of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity, a NYT and WSJ bestseller, published by St Martin’s Press. Kim is also the co-founder and CEO of Candor, Inc., which builds tools to make it easier to follow the advice she offers in the book. She is also the author of three novels.

Prior to founding Candor, Inc., Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other Silicon Valley companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University, developing the course “Managing at Apple,” and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google. Previously, Kim was the co-founder and CEO of Juice Software, and led business development at two other start-ups . Kim received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Princeton University. Kim and her husband Andy Scott are parents of twins and live in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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