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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Mar 31, 2017

Professional sports coach Tom Hanson lets us in on the secrets of top-performing athletes also help reach optimal performance at work.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to work out the “yips” in corporate performance like a pro athlete
  2. An easy ABC framework for overcoming anxiety
  3. Why promises are so often broken… and how to do it better


About Tom:

Tom Hanson, Ph.D. CEO of Heads-Up Performance, Inc., Tom is a certified professional coach with 17 years experience coaching, speaking and training. He’s worked with the Rangers, Yankees, and numerous other professional teams. He has a doctorate in sport psychology from the University of Virginia and uses his expertise in human performance to evoke excellence in professional athletes, CEOs and other corporate performers. Formerly a tenured professor at Skidmore College (NY), Hanson co-authored the book “Heads-up Baseball: Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time,” “Who Will do What By When” and more.


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Mar 29, 2017

Backstories Studio Principal Ted Frank shows how to apply Hollywood tools to create and give great presentations.

You'll Learn:

  1. The fundamental key to captivating people
  2. Best practices to help your audience remember the crucial points
  3. Keys to keeping it simple and real in your presentation


About Ted

Ted Frank is the principal and story strategist for Backstories Studio, with clients like Netflix, ESPN, and Twitter. He is the author of Get to the Heart, a book on how to apply movie style storytelling to presentations.


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Mar 27, 2017

Law Partner Andrew Sherman talks about the crisis of disengagement at work, along with approaches to beat apathy and disconnection in the workplace.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to use Gallup’s numbers to improve engagement in the workplace
  2. Andrew’s three Cs for teambuilding
  3. Insights from the “How was your day?” test


About Andrew

Andrew Sherman is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, an adjunct professor at both the University of Maryland and Georgetown University, and a prolific author with nearly 30 books to his name. He has also served as an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, and has been featured on CNN, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and many others.


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Mar 24, 2017

Machines are quickly taking over many of our everyday tasks, but Bhoopathi Rapolu shares how to survive and why you might still find your dream job.

You'll Learn:

  1. The implications of improving artificial intelligence on your current job
  2. A rule of thumb to know if you can be replaced by a machine – and how to deal
  3. A killer way to make a great interview impression


About Bhoopathi:

Bhoopathi is an international speaker, blogger and bestselling author of The Race for Work. He helps working professionals find their career fulfilment by exploiting the fast growing disruptive technologies. Visit for more details and additional resources.


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Mar 22, 2017

Lee Caraher returns to talk about why it’s unrealistic to expect employees to stay for long stretches and the mutual benefits by “boomeranging.”

You'll Learn:

  1. A fresh definition of lifelong loyalty for the changing times
  2. How to make a graceful exit for both employees and employers
  3. How to tell if you’re boomerang ready


About Lee:

Lee is the founder and CEO of a highly sought after communications firm known for producing great results with its innovative approach to traditional, digital and experiential programs. She has a long history of leading high-performing, multi-generational teams that enjoy working together. Lee is a champion for creating a positive workplace culture that fully supports its talent, even when they choose to move on. She takes the long view to support employees building their own personal brands that balance loyalties to themselves and their employers. Lee believes that companies able to inspire lifetime loyalty from employees — currently or formerly employed — are the companies that are best suited to thrive. She has long recognized that people will leave employers and understands the real problems this causes for companies.


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Mar 20, 2017

Shannon Clark shares the story of her rise to exceptional expertise in human factor studies, sharing lessons learned for improving product and career concepts along the way.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to become invaluable in what you love to do
  2. Ninja tactics for improving the validity of your ideas – and  career path
  3. How stress prevents you from getting to the next level


About Shannon:

Shannon Clark is the CEO of UserWise Consulting, working to promote self-sufficient usability engineering programs in companies and the development of safe, usable, and effective medical devices. Prior to starting her own company, she worked as a human factors engineer at Intuitive Surgical and Abbott Medical Optics.


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Mar 17, 2017

Dr. Ray Hull discusses how you can develop your skills in public speaking to make more memorable presentations – and we go “meta” comparing speaking rates - Ray/Pete/Walter Cronkite/TED Talkers/YOU – how we stack up?

You'll Learn:

  1. How to overcome public speaking jitters
  2. Approaches to starting and ending a speech strong
  3. Perspective on the optimal rate of speech


About Ray:

Ray H. Hull, PhD is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders/Neuroscience, College of Health Professions at Wichita State University. He is CEO/President of Communication Solutions, Inc. He has authored 14 books on the art of communication and disorders of communication, over 600 presentations on communication-the art of at conferences in the U.S., Europe, Canada and South America, and over 70 professional articles, with numerous national awards for his professional service including the Public Health Service Award for service on behalf of persons with communicative disorders, Fellowship of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Distinguished Scholar at both the University of Colorado and Wichita State University, Who’s Who Among America’s Educators, The Red River Award, Winnipeg, Man., and many others.


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Mar 15, 2017

Mark Babbitt serves up a double portion of insight on the topics of working with interns and working your personal brand.

You'll Learn:

  1. How internships can be more mutually beneficial than you think
  2. A step by step guide to building high-quality internships
  3. Two simple questions for accelerating your career


About Mark:

Mark Babbitt is a career and leadership mentor, and the CEO and founder of YouTern, a community for young talents looking for internships, mentorships, and actionable advice. He is also the President of Switch & Shift, a consultancy firm looking to bring leaders to the Social Media age. He has written for the likes of the Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and the Harvard Business Review. He has published two books, The Ultimate Guide to Internships and A World Gone Social.

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Mar 13, 2017

Ben Bratt identifies critical elements of great teams to help get strategic view on how to build your team’s strengths and confront your team’s weaknesses.

You'll Learn:

  1. The 16 variables of a great team
  2. Why 80% of the teams you’re on are not effective – and what to do about it
  3. An approach to creating an open discussion of the key strengths and weaknesses of your team


About Bennett:

Bennett Bratt’s passion is engaging teams and transforming people-related systems. In his current role as the Principal and Founder of The Team Effectiveness Project, Ben's quest is to unlock the true power of teams, leaders, and communities.  His Team Elements™ approach helps teams de-mystify their team experience and take positive ownership for their current situation and path forward in truly inclusive way.

Over 20+ years, Ben gained global experience and broad leadership expertise at T-Mobile, Sun Microsystems, Ford Motor Company, and Silicon Valley start-up company Model E. He earned graduate degrees in Political Science from Tulane University and in Counseling from Michigan State University.

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Mar 10, 2017

Infosys Senior Partner Jeff Kavanaugh talks about key skills and differentiators of winning professionals.

You'll Learn:

  1. The powerful career distinguisher of “leaning forward” with critical thinking, professionalism, and delivering “done-done” work
  2. The Pyramid Principle for communicating with impact
  3. Three concrete steps to take to level up in your field


About Jeff:

Jeff Kavanaugh is a Senior Partner at Infosys, one of the world’s largest consulting firms with over $10bn a year in revenue and a market cap in the 11-figures. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas and writes at


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Mar 8, 2017

Matt Bodnar shares tools and mental models to be high-leverage as possible through better decision-making.

You'll Learn:

  1. Why decision-making skills are a timeless key to being high-leverage
  2. Approaches to build a powerful tool box of mental models
  3. How to apply the 80/20 principle to life and work decisions


About Matt:

Matt Bodnar has been named to Forbes “30 Under 30”, called a “Rising Restaurateur Star” by the National Restaurant Association, and a “Strategy Pro” by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine. He’s a partner at early stage investment firm Fresh Hospitality. Bodnar joined Fresh in 2011 after several years at Goldman Sachs. He sourced and lead the firm’s investment in I Love Juice Bar, vertical farming startup Square Roots, Vui’s Kitchen, Grilled Cheeserie, and several more deals. Bodnar is a board member and works closely with a number of portfolio companies including Tazikis, I Love Juice Bar, Martins BBQ, Octane Coffee, and Fresh Technology. Bodnar is also the co-founder of Fresh Capital, which focuses on commercial real estate investing and development. He also hosts The Science of Success Podcast, which has received nearly a million downloads.

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Mar 6, 2017

Psychologist and executive coach Dr. Melanie Greenberg shows how to make the most of the stress work brings to the table.

You'll Learn:

  1. The key differentiators that make stress enriching vs. debilitating
  2. How meditation practices provide helpful distance between you and your thoughts
  3. The STOP and RAIN methods for bringing mindfulness into situations


About Melanie

Dr. Melanie Greenberg is a practicing psychologist and executive coach in Marin county, CA and an expert on managing stress, health, and relationships using proven techniques from neuroscience, mindfulness, positive psychology, health psychology, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. With more than 20 years of experience as a professor, author, researcher, clinician, and coach, Melanie has delivered talks and workshops to national and international audiences, businesses, nonprofits, and professional organizations like The American Psychological Association. She writes the Mindful Self-Express blog for Psychology Today which has more than 8 million page views. A popular media expert, she has been featured on CNN, Forbes, BBC radio, ABC News, Yahoo and Lifehacker, as well as in Self, Redbook, Women's Health, Men's Health, Fitness Magazine, Women's Day, Cosmopolitan and the Huffington Post. She has also been featured on radio shows and numerous podcasts. With almost 50,000 followers, Melanie was named one of the 30 Most Prominent Psychologists to follow on Twitter.

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Mar 3, 2017

AdoptTogether founder Hank Fortener provides tools to celebrate your team members and create a workplace conducive to reaching optimal performance.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to create a culture of celebrating each other in the workplace
  2. A quick approach to accelerate team camaraderie
  3. How regular questions direct what teammates think about


About Hank:

AdoptTogether founder Hank Fortener understands both the harsh realities and sweet victories that are part of the adoption process. After seeing 36 foster kids move in and out of his parent’s home in Waynesville, Ohio, Hank saw the transformational power of adoption when his parents gave forever homes to eight kids from five different countries.

AdoptTogether is a non-profit, crowdfunding platform that bridges the gap between families who want to adopt and the children who need loving homes.

Hank is also a popular speaker who shares his leadership lessons learned along the path of creating AdoptTogether with clients such as Sony and Cardinal Health.


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Mar 1, 2017

Paul Zak illuminates how the brain chemical oxytocin relates to how we can develop a higher trust, lower-stress work culture.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to measure and manage trust in the workplace
  2. The benefits of a high trust workplace
  3. Why hugs should be the new handshake


About Paul:

Paul J. Zak, PhD, is founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology, and Management at Claremont Graduate University.  He was part of the team of scientists that first made the connection between oxytocin and trust – his TED talk on the topic has received more than 1.4 million views. Paul is the author of the new book Trust Factor: The Science Of Creating High-Performance Companies. Also the author of The Moral Molecule, he has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, CNN, Fox Business, Dr. Phil, and Good Morning America.  He lives in Claremont, CA.

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Feb 27, 2017

Adam Hansen identifies eight inherent cognitive biases, how they developed, and what we can do to overcome them.


You'll Learn:

  1. When you can still trust the wisdom of your instincts
  2. The massive power of taking six extra seconds to breathe and think
  3. How to apply the “for-ness” mindset to overcome negativity bias


About Adam:

Adam Hansen is VP of Innovation/Innovation Process Consultant at Ideas To Go and a career-long innovation leader, student and devotee. He received his MBA in product management at Indiana University. He has served on the board of the Product Development and Management Association and as an innovation and strategy expert with select causes in education and public health care.

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Feb 24, 2017

Fellow podcaster Eric Zimmer shares how you can nourish your “good wolf” to help you reach optimal performance at work.

You'll Learn:

  1. Pro-tips for wisely allocating your time and energy among all the roles you play
  2. An effective way to sustain your good habits, when you feel like quitting
  3. How being more yourself at work can help you be more awesome at your job


About Eric

Eric Zimmer is the host of a podcast called The One You Feed. It was named a Best of 2014 podcast by iTunes and has gotten over a million and a half downloads to date. He’s been helping build startup companies for 15 years, been involved in technology for longer than that. Recently he has been doing e-commerce consulting for Fortune 500 companies. He started a solar energy company, Tipping Point.

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Feb 22, 2017

Dr. Nicole Lipkin outlines the factors that derail you from optimal performance at the workplace and the mindset to overcome them.

You'll Learn:

  1. Three common emotional derail-ers of success
  2. How technology is hurting your wellbeing
  3. Approaches to cultivating the growth mindset

About Nicole

Dr. Nicole Lipkin is an organizational psychologist, coach and keynote speaker. She is the CEO of Equilibria Leadership ConsultingNicole is the author of What Keeps Leaders Up At Night and the co-author of Y in the Workplace: Managing the “Me First” Generation. Nicole is a regular contributor to the broadcast community and has been featured on NPR, NBC, CBS, Fox Business News, New York Times Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Forbes, and numerous other media outlets both nationally and internationally.

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Feb 20, 2017

Happy President's Day!

Pete reflects on presidential lies, division, and our own confirmation bias.

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Feb 17, 2017

Dr. Beatrice Chestnut discusses how using the Enneagram can help build an understanding yourself and the personality types of people you work with.

You'll Learn:

  1. What is the Enneagram and how it aids in understanding people
  2. Why 9 is the Enneagram’s key number
  3. Key practices for developing emotional intelligence

About Beatrice

Beatrice Chestnut, PhD MA is a licensed psychotherapist, coach, and business consultant based in San Francisco. She has a PhD in communication studies, and an MA in clinical psychology. She is the author of the books, The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge, and The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st century Workplace and was President of the International Enneagram Association from 2006-2007. She offers trainings on the Enneagram internationally, focusing on using it as a tool for personal transformation.

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Feb 15, 2017

Linda Kaplan-Thaler shares how you can turn up your GRIT factor to better put in the hard work needed to achieve success.

You'll Learn:

  1. Why hard work trumps genius
  2. The GRIT framework for reaching success
  3. The research-based 30-minute rule that gritty winners follow

About Linda

Advertising Hall of Famer Linda Kaplan Thaler is responsible for some of America’ s most famous and award-winning advertising campaigns, including the Aflac duck and the hilarious “Yes, Yes, Yes” commercials for Clairol Herbal Essences. She has composed jingles that are among the industry's gold standard, including “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, I’m a Toys ‘ R’ Us Kid,” and “Kodak Moments." 

Today, Linda is a renowned motivational speaker and is President of Kaplan Thaler Productions. Linda is also a nationally acclaimed author and, together with Robin Koval, their newest bestseller, "GRIT to GREAT," was ranked one of the top business books for 2015.

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Feb 13, 2017

Employee engagement expert/lawyer Jathan Janove shares hard-won wisdom in the management trenches.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to breach difficult conversations with constructive confrontational questions
  2. The step-by-step to a win-win conversation
  3. The MIDAS touch method to making golden apologies

About Jathan

Having previously spent 25 years litigating workplace relationships that turned toxic, Jathan now works with employers as an organization development consultant, executive coach and trainer to improve leadership, trust, accountability, retention and employee engagement. He’s also an award-winning, internationally published author whose latest book is Hard-Won Wisdom: True Stories From The Management Trenches.

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Feb 10, 2017

Career advisor  Liz Ryan explores how the workplace has gone off the rails, how to connect with employers with a pain letter, and give your resume a human voice.

You'll Learn:

  1. Roadblocks that get in between creative people and their goals
  2. Why you should throw that performance review framework out of the window
  3. What’s a pain letter and why it will help you land your next job

About Liz

Liz Ryan is among the world’s most widely- read career advisors and CEO/Founder of Human Workplace, a think tank and publishing firm whose mission is to reinvent work for people.

Liz was SVP of HR for U.S. Robotics during its rise from $15M to $2.5B in annual sales. Liz was also CEO and Founder of WorldWIT, the world’s largest online community for professional women, before founding Human Workplace in 2012 to reinvent work for people. Liz writes for, LinkedIn and many other publications and is a sought after international keynote speaker.

Her new book is called Reinvention Roadmap: Break the Rules to Get the Job You Want and the Career You Deserve.

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Feb 8, 2017

Rice University Professor Scott Sonenshein proposes a change in mindset when it comes to constraints and stretching resources and getting more with less.

You'll Learn:

  1. Principles behind the “Myth of More” and the “Power of Less”
  2. Why experts are over-rated
  3. The four keys of an effective stretching mindset

About Scott

Scott Sonenshein is the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice University. His award winning research, teaching, and consulting has helped Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals in a variety of industries. He holds a PhD in management and organizations from the University of Michigan, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a BA from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a strategy consultant for companies such as AT&T and Microsoft and lived the rise and fall of the dotcom boom while working at a Silicon Valley startup.

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Feb 6, 2017

Geoff Blades lays down the framework and mindset for achieving success in your career and in life.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to convert difficult questions into a process towards answering them
  2. Dos and don’ts to discovering what “awesome at your job” TRULY means for you
  3. 5 principles for winning at your career

(Also, apologies on my sound quality. I apparently failed to switch to my good microphone. 1st time out of 115 episodes that happened.)

About Geoff

Geoff is a former investment banker at Goldman Sachs and investor at the Carlyle Group. He is an author and advisor to senior Wall Street executives, CEOs, and other leaders on all topics related to getting what they want in their businesses, careers, and lives.

In addition to working one-on-one and with groups, through newsletters, books, and videos he strives to serve more and more people in doing what they want. He’s the author of Do What You Want: A Career Guide for Professionals Serious About Winning.

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Feb 3, 2017

Alan Willett discusses optimal approaches to giving feedback and other means of making powerful improvements in your team.

You'll Learn:

  1. What makes some employees “unleadable” and how to lead them
  2. Why people are afraid to give feedback – and how to overcome it
  3. How a two minute conversation can transform everything

About Alan

Alan Willett is of the rare species who is an expert international consultant, speaker, and author. He has worked with companies ranging from 1 person to some of the giants such as Microsoft and NASA. Alan says that his passion is helping people and organizations transform their friction points into profit points.

What is a friction point? It is the space where the business needs Meet the implementation reality — in that space there is always heat generated! Alan is the expert who transforms that heat to innovation and  results for the business and the people.

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