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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May 6, 2016

School has never been this much fun. Comedian and creative teacher Esteban Gast shows us how to bring creativity into our every day life, while having a lot of laughs along the way.

 You’ll learn:

 1) The most important factor behind great creative ideas.

2) Easy steps you can take to spark creativity in your daily life.

3) Tried and tested tools to help you come up with better ideas, faster.

Esteban Gast is a comedian, teacher, and entrepreneur living in Chicago. He teaches creativity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has co-authored two books and is currently developing an online class on creativity. When he’s not teaching and writing, he’s traveling as a stand up comedian, speaking at TEDx conferences, and making short films. He has also started two small social businesses and was co-director of the iVenture Accelerator - a startup that was just awarded the Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award.

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May 4, 2016

What does Machiavelli have to teach us about management skills? How can the works of Carl Jung make us better employees?

Jocelyn Davis dusts off 2,5000 years of literature to show us that the classics aren’t just for history buffs, but can help with personal improvement in today’s workplace.

You’ll learn:

1) What a famed psychologist would do with today’s standard personality tests.

2) A tyrant’s surprising tips on being a great boss.

3) What Frankenstein can teach us about leadership.


Jocelyn Davis is an author and consultant with decades of experience in the corporate learning industry. Before founding her company, Seven Learning, she was head of R&D for The Forum Corporation, a global leadership development firm. In addition to her most recent book, The Greats on Leadership: Classic Wisdom for Modern Managers,she is co-author of Strategic Speed: Mobilize People, Accelerate Execution and has published widely on leadership, strategy execution, and workplace learning.She holds an M.A. in philosophy and is currently working on a master’s degree in Eastern classics. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and daughter.

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May 2, 2016

Arthur demonstrated his epic expertise when it comes to finding purpose at work. He provided a fantastic framework, robust assessment tools, and set of pro-tips for finding more purpose in your career.

Some of my favorite takeaways were:

  • The three essential places where purpose is found in work
  • Keys to finding that greener grass, right where you are
  • How to access a free tool to diagnose your personal purpose-drivers

Arthur Woods (@ArthurWoods) is the Co-founder of Imperative, a company reshaping the way we hire and support a purpose-driven workplace. He is a writer, speaker and advisor to leading brands on the future of work. Arthur previously led operations for YouTube’s Education division and oversaw YouTube for Schools. Arthur co-founded the Compass Fellowship, the largest collegiate social enterprise training program and Out in Tech, the leading global LGBTQ technology community.  He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a New York Venture Fellow and sits on the Boards of the Georgetown Technology Alliance, Compass Partners and Out in Tech.

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Apr 29, 2016

Chris dropped numerous quotable tidbits (go figure?!) about enhancing your persuasive appeals. Specifically he laid out:

1) The critical acid test you should use while communicating

2) How to dial into the right size of a request

3) The key thing you need to prove to others in order for them to invest in your assumptions.

Chris Westfall is the US National Elevator Pitch Champion, and his strategies have created multi-million dollar results for entrepreneurial companies on four continents. His clients have appeared on Shark Tank, Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank-Australia. He's the publisher of seven books, including The NEW Elevator Pitch and BulletProof Branding.


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Apr 27, 2016

Gina Marotta turned the tables a bit as she asked me numerous questions to uncover my areas of "genius," the zone where I naturally shine. She shows you how to do the same.

You'll learn:
1) The value hiding in frustrating encounters with people.
2) How to stay in your genius groove when other forces might knock you off.
3) The benefits of play

Gina Marotta loves work and wants you to as well. She is a thought-leader & strategic guide around what she believes is the most essential element for work to be fun, fulfilling, and fruitful: knowing and expressing one’s own inner genius. She spends her days writing, speaking, and counseling around genius to help people uncover and step into their most natural talents and the work they were born to do. She is lovingly known as “The Genius Guru.”

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Apr 24, 2016

Victor shared some wise perspectives from his book Lead Inside the Box. Working through his 2x2 leadership framework, we got some insight on how to engage work different categories of people differently.

By doing so, you can get optimal results from everyone—from the “slacker” to the “exemplar.” Specifically, you’ll learn:
1) The potential life-threatening implications of not managing your leadership capital
2) Specific watch-outs and pro tips for working with four different categories of people
3) How to deliver tricky feedback to the folks who need to hear it

Victor Prince is the Managing Director of DiscoveredLOGIC, a strategy consulting and training firm that serves clients in the US and overseas. He has 20+ years of experience in corporate and government leadership positions. As a Bain & Company consultant, he led strategy engagements with clients in the US, UK, France and Spain. As an executive at Capital One, he managed internet marketing strategy. As a member of Washington DC Mayor Fenty's cabinet, he led the CapStat performance accountability program. As the Chief Operating Officer of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he helped build a new federal regulatory agency and led a division of 300-plus people.

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Apr 24, 2016

Arla shared some powerful insights on identifying and pursuing career advancement opportunity. If you’re currently eyeing a new move, you’ll want to hear her take. Specifically, you’ll learn:
1) How to do your homework to snag the next advancement
2) The importance of proactively chasing the big break
3) Lessons learned from serving as Chief of Staff for two separate CEOs

Arla Lach is a Partner in Audit Services in the Chicago office of Grant Thornton. She has more than 16 years of experience in public accounting, serving companies with revenues from $4 million to $1 billion. From 2008 through 2010, she served as chief of staff to the CEO of Grant Thornton LLP. In 2011, Lach received a “Women to Watch” award in the emerging leader category from the Illinois CPA Society. She’s passionate about helping women rise into and succeed in leadership roles.

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Apr 21, 2016

Mawi Asgedom shared some brilliant perspectives when it comes to speaking and writing with clarity. Specifically you’ll hear:

1) The surprisingly essential habits for the best speakers in the world
2) How to obliterate pre-speaking jitters
3) Keys to maintaining rhythm, interest, and engagement in writing

Mawi Asgedom is the founder and CEO of Mawi Learning. He has an inspiring story going from Ethiopian refugee to Harvard graduate & commencement speaker. He’s garnered many accolades as speaker, author, and educational entrepreneur. He’s published eight leadership books. He’s spoken to over 1,000,000 people at over 1,000 schools and educator conferences worldwide. His online courses have world-class completion rates and have earned his firm an illustrious CODiE award in education technology. Oprah has called him one of her Top 20 moments.

Apr 21, 2016

In this introductory episode, Pete addresses basic questions such as:

  • Who is this podcast for?
  • What kinds of skills and jobs does it aid?
  • What’s the format ant timing of the show?
  • What sorts of guests are joining?
  • Who is Pete Mockaitis and why should we listen to anything he says?


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