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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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Jul 4, 2016

In this mini-episode, Pete shares a quick tip to declare independence from sub-optimal meetings.

Jul 1, 2016

Executive coach Julia Atkinson shares her experiences coaching teams across three different continents, and provides insight into how to thrive when cultures collide.

You’ll learn:

  1. The differences between Eastern and Western styles of communication
  2. A quick rundown of the four different Myers-Briggs preferences, from ENFJ to ISTP
  3. What is “Guanxi”? A Chinese word that has worldview implications worldwide

About Julia

Julia Atkinson is an Executive Coach with more than 8 years experience of living and working in China before taking her business to the US, Chicago. 10 years of leading teams in Multinationals in IT and Telecommunication give her first hand corporate know-how. Julia uses an interactive coaching process to help clients attain awareness of deeply rooted beliefs and values and related behaviors. From that awareness, she helps them identify and implement shifts that will effect lasting change where they want it. View transcript, show notes, links, and more at

Jun 29, 2016

Leadership advisor Randy Street shares fascinating insights gleaned from his advisory firm’s in-depth analyses on thousands of senior leaders--the biggest database on leaders in the world. He then shares strategies and tactics for putting those insights to work.

You’ll learn:

  1. The 5 essential interview questions to boost your hiring success rate from 50% to 90%
  2. The 3 key areas that full-powered leaders master (Priorities, Who, Relationships)
  3. How to say “no” perfectly

About Randy

Randy Street is the Managing Partner of ghSMART, a leadership advisory firm whose mission is to help great leaders amplify their positive impact on the world.  In collaboration with founder Geoff Smart, Randy co-authored the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, Who: The A Method for Hiring and Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success.  Who remains the #1 book on hiring on Amazon.

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Jun 27, 2016

Professor, author, and consultant Michael Watkins shares best practice strategies and tactics for getting the optimal start in a new role at work.

You’ll learn:

  1. The most critical ingredient for a successful transition
  2. How to accelerate your arrival at the “breakeven point” for your new role
  3. The key questions to discover what you REALLY need to know quickly

About Michael

Dr. Michael D. Watkins is a Co-founder of Genesis Advisers and Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the IMD business school. Previously, he was on the faculty at the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Dr. Watkins wrote The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Smarter and Faster, which The Economist recognized as “the on- boarding bible.” The enduring classic has sold more than a million English copies and has been translated into 24 languages. The revised and expanded 10th Anniversary Edition released in 2013. At IMD, he is the Director of the "Transition to Business Leader" program. At Genesis Advisers, he leads a team that designs enterprise transition acceleration solutions for client organizations. Dr. Watkins is the author of numerous additional books and articles on leadership & transitions published in the Harvard Business Review and other top publications.

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Jun 24, 2016

Human Resources uber-guru Rita Trehan shares anecdotes from her years of experience helping HR professionals grow and succeed, and talks about how we can maximize our full potential at work.

You’ll learn

1) The positive benefits of acknowledging the ‘elephant in the room’

2) Tips for giving effective and constructive feedback to others

3) The truth about what goes on in the HR department at the office

About Rita

Ranked among the Top 100 Human Resources Officers, Rita has helped improve performance at organizations such as Honeywell, AES Corporation, Coca-Cola and the World Bank. She’s a regular contributor to the Washington Post and numerous journals including Forbes magazine. She recently authored the book Unleashing Capacity: The Hidden Human Resources.

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Jun 22, 2016

Author and consultant James Sudakow takes a sledgehammer of silliness to corporate jargon to help boost your credibility and relatability in corporate communications.

You’ll learn:
1) Why do we do this jargon in the first place?
2) How the use of such jargon can actually damage our credibility and make people take us less seriously
3) Some key phrases to avoid right away--and what to use in their place

James Sudakow is author of Picking the Low-Hanging Fruit… and Other Stupid Stuff We Say in the Corporate World (Purple Squirrel Media, February 2016). He serves as the principal of CH Consulting, Inc., a boutique management and organizational effectiveness consulting practice he founded in 2010. Sudakow specializes in helping companies manage organizational transformation, create talent management strategies and programs that maximize employee capabilities and improve business performance. Before starting his own consultancy, James held leadership roles in several global multibillion-dollar organizations across the technology and health care industries.

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Jun 20, 2016

Master facilitator Tim Hurson shares some of his favorite insights and approaches for creativity and problem-solving.

You’ll learn:
1) The know-wonder and GPS tools for sparking additional creative ideas
2) The mighty benefits of the “third third” when coming up with creative ideas
3) A wonderfully obvious secret of productivity

Tim Hurson is a founding partner of thinkx intellectual capital (, a firm that provides global corporations with training, facilitation, and consultation in productive thinking and innovation. He's both a faculty member and Trustee of the Creative Education Foundation, and a founding director of Facilitators Without Borders.

Tim thinks the phrase “out of the box thinking” should be put back in the box and buried in a deep hole.

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Jun 17, 2016

“Competition” within an organization is often frowned upon, but “workplace provocateur” Dan Rust discusses the benefits and tactics associated with competition, politics and more.

 You’ll learn:

  • When internal competitiveness can be positive for an organization
  • A secret tip for crushing your next yearly performance review
  • The massive benefits of bringing just a little bit more energy to each work day

About Dan
Dan Rust is the founder of Frontline Learning, an international publisher of corporate training resources. His award-winning keynote speeches and workshops focus on employee engagement, productivity, and career management. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s the author of Workplace Poker: Are You Playing the Game, or Just Getting Played?

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Jun 15, 2016

Entrepreneur and app developer Anshul Bhagi introduces Ummo, a powerful app for public speakers, and the lessons learned along the process of making it.

You’ll learn:

  1. How the new speech-coaching appUmmo can enhance your speaking
  2. When the use of filler words is helpful
  3. What is “upspeak” and its implications on how you’re perceived

About Anshul

Anshul Bhagi is a 2017 Harvard MBA with an undergrad and Masters in Computer Science from MIT. Previously, Anshul did PM and development at Microsoft / Apple / Google, spent two years at McKinsey & Company, and founded education startup CampK12 to teach kids in India to code. Together with his Harvard / MIT classmates Yasmin, Andrea, Sam, Damola, and Sinchan, he is building Ummo, a personalized speech coaching app (available for download here).

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Jun 13, 2016

Michael Kerr shows us how to see the humor in our daily work frustrations, and the benefits it brings for long-term success.

You’ll learn:

1) The critical link between humor and creativity
2) How to turn a stressful situation into something humorous with the three R’s (reframe, reward, relax)
3) Approaches to building a humor “first-aid” kit

About Michael
Michael is listed as one of Canada’s most in-demand speakers. He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), best-selling author, and one of only 22 speakers to be inducted into the Canadian Speakers’ Hall of Fame. Building on his experience as a “recovering senior manager,” Michael travels the world researching, writing, and speaking about what makes a great workplace,well…great! He is known as one of North America’s leading authorities on how to create a more positive and inspiring workplace: the kind of workplace that drives phenomenal success.

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Jun 10, 2016

Former marketing VP and current speaker/author Catherine Kaputa discusses strategies for developing and communicating your personal brand at the workplace.

You’ll learn:

  • How smart elevatorconversations can catapult your career
  • Approaches to take the ‘work’ out of networking
  • Techniques to subtly communicate your value

About Catherine
Catherine Kaputa is a personal brand strategist, speaker and author of the newly released "Graduate to a Great Career: How Smart Students, New Graduates and Young Professionals Can Launch Brand You" ( She is also the author of the best-selling" You Are a Brand," now out in ten languages. She is the founder of SelfBrand ( Previously, she served as a Senior Vice President and Director of global branding/advertising on Wall 

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Jun 8, 2016

How do you make an email stand out amid overflowing inboxes? Chief Marketing Sumo and email expert Alex Berman teaches how to craft effective emails that get responses.

You’ll learn:

  1. How to send cold emails, without being a spammer
  2. How to zero in on a recipient’s email address
  3. Best practices in customization, subject lines, and openers to ensure your email gets read

About Alex

Alex Berman is the Chief Marketing Sumo for InspireBeats and is responsible for generating over $20 million dollars in B2B leads this year. He and the team at InspireBeats have sent over 1 million cold emails to funded startups and software as a service companies in the last two years.

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Jun 6, 2016

Living for a century will soon become the norm. Psychologist Lynda Gratton explains how this new found longevity will alter the stages of life, and what this means for your career.

 You’ll learn:

1)The massive implications a 100-year life has on your career strategy

2) The importance of spending time with people at different ages

3) An easy tool that allows you to step back and ‘audit’ your own intangible assets, at any point in your career

About Lynda
Lynda is a Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she directs the world’s leading program on human resources. Her eight books cover topics related to the impact of a changing world on employment and work. In 2012 her book The Shift received the business book of the year award in Japan and has been translated into more than 15 languages. Lynda has been named one of the top 50 management thinkers in the world.

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Jun 3, 2016

Speaker/author and fellow career podcast host Arel Moodie teaches us the do’s and don’t’s for how to be well liked in all areas of life.

You’ll learn:

1) A quick way to craft texts or emails into more likable, powerful messages
2) The power of a smile, and the impact it can have on people remembering you
3) Easy ways to make people around you feel special every day

About Arel
Arel Moodie has given the TEDx talk on Likability and wrote the Forbes article on the subject. Arel has been quoted in The New York Times, Businessweek and USA Today. He’s given presentations to over 255,000 people in 48 states and 5 countries. Arel Moodie was named to Inc. Magazine's prestigious "30 Under 30" list. Arel Moodie was personally acknowledged by President Obama 2 years in a row for his work as a leader in America and has been a featured speaker at the White House. He’s was selected as one of the 100 world "Leaders of Tomorrow" by the St. Gallen Symposium, an international organization in Switzerland.

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Jun 1, 2016

Verily co-founder and CEO Kara Eschbach speaks about the differences between the corporate world and entrepreneurship, and what everyone can do better navigate their careers.

You’ll learn:

  • How a casual brunch transformed Kara’s career on Wall Street into founding and launching a major web publication
  • How to accelerate your career by taking on more responsibility, faster
  • Tips and tricks for building a great working relationship with your manager, regardless of your industry

About Kara
Kara is the co-founder and CEO of Verily, a women's fashion & lifestyle website focused on helping women be the best version of themselves. Kara was formerly the co-host of the nationally-broadcast radio show Catching Up with Kara and Monica on SiriusXM radio, was on the investment team for Credit Suisse’s secondary private equity fund, and developed a coaching program for recent college graduates to accelerate their career. Kara earned her B.S. with highest distinction from Purdue University, where she was a member of the varsity golf team and selected as the class commencement speaker.

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May 30, 2016

In this Memorial Day mini-episode, Pete shares a quick memory tip for remembering names from the book Remember Every Name Every Time by Benjamin Levy.

May 27, 2016

Prolific speaker/author/Master of Ceremonies Thom Singer provides mindsets and tactics for building the best possible relationships with colleagues and new connections.

You’ll learn:

1) Why a simple hand-written note still goes a long way
2) How to apply the coffee / meal /beer rule to de-clutter your contact list
3) The art of reframing “I’m busy” into something positive

About Thom

Thom has an eclectic background working in sales, marketing and business development roles for Fortune 500 Companies, law firms, and entrepreneurial ventures. He is a professional master of ceremonies, motivational keynote speaker, and the author of eleven books on the power of business development, networking, entrepreneurship, legal marketing, and presentation skills while also serving as the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. He regularly speaks at business and association conferences around the United States and beyond – and has presented to over 600 audiences during his career as a speaker. He lives in the amazing city of Austin, Texas where he and his wife are the parents of two highly spirited daughters.

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May 25, 2016

Who would have thought failure could be fun? Andrea Waltz explains the ‘go for no’ philosophy, and how learning to fail might just be the best thing for your career.

You’ll learn:

  1. Why aiming to fail can actually increase success in the long run
  2. How to turn “no” into a positive word
  3. What you can do to put the “go for no” philosophy into practice in your life

About Andrea

Andrea Waltz is passionate about helping people overcome the fear of the word NO and feelings of failure and rejection that go along with it.  Along with her husband and business partner Richard Fenton, they share their message through books, training programs and speaking at conventions and conferences.  They are authors of Go for No! and with 300,000 copies sold it's been in the top 20 of Amazon’s “Sales” books for the last five years.

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May 23, 2016

If you ever find yourself going crazy with all the “stuff” on your mind, this episode is for you. Legendary productivity expert, GTD (Getting Things Done) originator, and best-selling author David Allen shares keys to getting work and life under control.

You’ll learn:

1) Why “write it on your butt“ can be a valid system
2) The core principles, science, and practices underlying the world’s most-used personal productivity system
3) How to cultivate the space our brains to generate power and creativity

About David

David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. He’s an author, consultant, international lecturer, and Founder & Chairman of the David Allen Company, which serves over 40% of the Fortune 100. His 30 years of pioneering research, coaching, and education have earned him recognition by Forbes, Fast Company, and many others as “One of the world’s most influential thinkers” in the arena of personal productivity. PC Magazine called him one of the “Top 100 to Follow” on Twitter. His book Getting Things Done has sold about three million copies in 30 languages. His GTD system has given rise to a thriving industry of websites, blogs and software applications.

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May 20, 2016

Dr. Marcia Reynolds provides tools for some extra self-mastery around emotions to enrich ourselves and our colleagues.

You’ll hear:

1) The story of a dramatic exchange in jail that altered Marcia’s life trajectory—and made me cry.

2) Key coaching questions that make people stop, think, and become open to change.

3) The four steps to change your emotional state at will.

About Marcia:

Dr. Marcia Reynolds coaches, teaches and presents at conferences worldwide on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal success. She is the author of 3 award-winning books, The Discomfort Zone, Wander Woman, and Outsmart Your Brain. Her doctorate is in organizational psychology with an emphasis on the challenges and needs of high-achievers in the workplace. She has overcome many roadblocks and detours in life, which makes her writing and teaching personal, practical and inspirational.

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May 18, 2016

In today’s selfie-filtered world, people crave authenticity more than ever. Dr Todd Dewett shows us how valuable it is to be your true self, and why being a genuine  person is just as important as being a professional at work. Dr Todd Dewett shows us how valuable it is to be your true self, and why being a genuine  person is just as important as being a professional at work.

You’ll learn:

1) The importance of being real, and how to safely reveal more of your authentic self at work.

2) The power of vulnerability, and how exposing your mistakes can actually make you a better boss.

3) How to approach self improvement without it being overwhelming.


Dr. Todd Dewett is an internationally-recognized leadership and success expert and author.After beginning his career with Andersen Consulting and Ernst &Young, he earned a Ph.D.  in Management from Texas A&M University.  He now travels the world and speaks to thousands of people every year. His video

courses consistently hold a first place rating  by professionals in over 170 countries through at LinkedIn.  He’s been quoted everywhere, from the New York Times to Forbes. When not on the road, he can be found at local sports matches with his two boys, who are his greatest accomplishment.

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May 16, 2016

In this episode, "Rising Star of the Consulting Profession" Claire Pedersen Patel shares insight into her rapid career rise, from the importance of finding confidence to the traits that turn employees into great leaders.

You’ll learn:

  1. How Claire’s own initiative landed her a position managing an entire associate team.
  2. What to do when you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing at work.
  3. The qualities that truly stand out on resumes.

You’ll learn:

  • How Claire’s own initiative landed her a position managing an entire associate team.
  • What to do when you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing at work.
  • The qualities that truly stand out on resumes.

Claire Pedersen Patel is a Principal and Capability Leader at Trexin Consulting.  She was recently recognized with Consulting Magazine’s “35 Under 35 Rising Stars” award.  Claire manages one fifth of Trexin’s client delivery team and remains the only non-partner managing a department at Trexin. Prior to Trexin, she was a Global IT Chief of Staff at Aon Risk Services, reporting to the CIO. She has always been passionate about building the next generation of consultants; in 2015, Claire tripled the size her team. She fundamentally changed how projects were staffed, delivering strong business growth and greater value for clients. Her team is the fastest growing part of the company and will double again in 2016.

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May 13, 2016

Being a great communicator is more than art alone. It’s also science. In this episode, Dr. Carmen Simon shows us the link between brain function and communication results, and explains the brain science behind how we absorb information and turn it into action.

You’ll learn:

  1. How to harness the psychological action hierarchy of reflexes, habits and goals to communicate easily actionable messages.
  2. The importance of repetition, and how to use it to your advantage.
  3. The one thing that the top 50 SlideShare presentations all have in common.

Dr. Carmen Simon is a renown cognitive scientist who specializes in neuroscience research. She takes a daring approach to persuasion by placing memory at the heart of all decision-making. She is the cofounder of Rexi Media, a presentation design and training firm that uses brain science to help business professionals stay on their audiences' minds long enough to make a difference. Find out more in her new book, Impossible to Ignore, which launches today.

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May 11, 2016

Drama should never take priority over great work. In this episode, “Drama Free Guy” Dennis McIntee shows us how to find the underlying root cause of office drama and how to achieve positive and long lasting solutions for everyone.

 You’ll learn:

  1. The critical link between culture and workplace behavior.
  2. The right questions to ask to diffuse drama and solve a problem.
  3. The best way to encourage team members to take ownership for their actions.

Dennis McIntee, also known as the “Drama Free Guy,” is an author and speaker dedicated to helping organizations take the drama out of their teams to build environments of trust. Originally a pastor in both Europe and the U.S., he realized that his pastoral skills could be applied to helping corporate teams and businesses flourish. In 2004, he founded The Leadership Development group, and has travelled extensively giving workshops and seminars focused on teaching others how to take ownership and eliminate drama from the workplace. He is the author of The 8 Qualities of Drama Free Teams, The Power of Pursuit, People Smart and Time Mastery. He lives in South Carolina with his wife and four children.

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May 9, 2016

Great communication skills are critical to success in today’s workplace. Mingling maven Susan RoAne shows us how to make the most of social events and build relationships by sharing tips and tricks learned from a lifetime of experience in the networking world.

You’ll learn:

  1. How a farmer reframed the ‘dirty’ word networking into something positive.
  2. The three essential elements of a self-introduction.
  3. Several safe opening lines to use when meeting new people, anywhere.
  4. How to keep a conversation flowing using the OAR technique.

Susan RoAne is known as the “mingling maven” and is famous for her book How to Work a Room, which has sold over a million copies across 13 countries. She’s been named by as one of the networking experts to follow in 2015. An author and in-demand international keynote speaker, she has shared her message of connection and communication with audiences worldwide, and in diverse publications including the New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.

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