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Calming Philosophies for Chaotic Times — Krista Tippett

“Anger is often what pain looks like when it shows itself in public.” – Krista Tippett Krista Tippett (@KristaTippett) is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. She created and hosts the public radio program and podcast On Being and curates The Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to the differences of […]

Jerrod Carmichael – Uber-Productivity and Dangerous Comedy

“Everyone’s looking for rules to follow, and the sooner you realize there aren’t any, the better art can be.” – Jerrod Carmichael Jerrod Carmichael (@NotoriousROD) is pushing the boundaries of comedy with his groundbreaking work in stand-up, television, and film. Now just 29 years old, what this driven North Carolina native has accomplished is mind-boggling, […]

Why You Should Buy a Business (and How to Do It)

Richard S. Ruback and Royce Yudkoff, professors at Harvard Business School, spell out an overlooked career path: buying a business and running it as CEO. Purchasing a small company lets you become your own boss and reap financial rewards without the risks of founding a start-up. Show More Summary

Mr. Money Mustache — Living Beautifully on $25-27K Per Year

“You’re not supposed to optimize for money; you’re supposed to optimize for happiness.” – Mr. Money Mustache (aka Pete Adeney) Mr. Money Mustache (@mrmoneymustache — Pete Adeney in real life) grew up in Canada in a family of mostly eccentric musicians. He graduated with a degree in computer engineering in the 1990s and worked in […]

Soman Chainani — The School for Good and Evil

“I don’t like depending on my art for income, because then I start to think in a mercenary way.” – Soman Chainani Soman Chainani (@SomanChainani) is a detailed planner, filmmaker, and New York Times best selling author. Soman’s debut fiction series, The School for Good and Evil, has sold more than a million copies, has been […]

Lessons from Warren Buffett, Bobby Fischer, and Other Outliers

“Geniuses have very limited toolsets — they have a hammer, and their genius is in looking for nails.” – Adam Robinson Adam Robinson (@IAmAdamRobinson) first appeared on this podcast in the “Becoming the Best Version of You” episode (#210) alongside Josh Waitzkin (chess, jiu-jitsu, investing) and Ramit Sethi (personal finance, entrepreneurship). By popular demand, this […]

The One-Minute Workout Designed by Scientists — Dr. Martin Gibala

“Life is an interval workout.” – Dr. Martin Gibala Martin Gibala, Ph.D. (@gibalam) is a professor and chair of the kinesiology department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. His research on the physiological and health benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has attracted immense scientific attention and worldwide media coverage. Show More Summary

Arnold Schwarzenegger Part 2! Bodybuilding, Investing, and Online Battles

“Part of being successful is to give something back.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzenegger (@Schwarzenegger) told you he’d be back. In our first conversation (Episode 60), the former Mr. Olympia, Terminator, and Governator shared...Show More Summary

Escape Your Comfort Zone

Andy Molinsky, professor of organizational behavior at Brandeis International Business School, discusses practical techniques for getting outside of your comfort zone, and how that can develop new capabilities and experiences that can help your career. Show More Summary

Business Leadership Under President Trump

Larry Summers, former U.S. treasury secretary, is calling on American business leaders to stand up to President Donald Trump. Summers sharply criticizes the administration’s protectionist agenda, and he says it’s time for executives to call out how those policies undermine the economy and the country’s best interests in the long term.

Generosity Burnout

Senior leaders Brad Feld, Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Mike Ghaffary, Heidi Roizen, and John Rogers Jr. discuss burning out on giving, the techniques they use to avoid it, and how they recognize it in their employees.

Stopping and Starting With Success

Jerry Seinfeld shares his insights into innovation, self-criticism, and how to know when to quit. The U.S. comedian conquered 1990s television with his sitcom and is now finding a new audience for his online talk show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

The Return of the Money Shot

“In order for art to imitate life, you have to have a life.” – Whitney Cummings Whitney Cummings (@whitneycummings) is a Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer, and producer. She is the executive producer and, along with Michael Patrick King, co-creator of the Emmy-nominated CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls. She has headlined with comics including Sarah […]

How to Design a Life – Debbie Millman

“Hard decisions are only hard when you’re in the process of making them.” – Debbie Millman For some of you, this may be most important podcast episode you ever listen to. I don’t say that lightly. It has nothing to do with me and everything to do with my guest, who walks us through gripping stories, tactical details, […]

Voices from the January-February 2017 Issue

Roger Martin of Rotman School of Management, Paul Zak of Claremont Graduate University, Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and HBR Editor-in-Chief Adi Ignatius respectively discuss customer loyalty, the neuroscience of trust, entrepreneurship in Africa, the source of innovation, and the new, hefty magazine. Show More Summary

Collaborating Better Across Silos

Harvard Law School lecturer Heidi K. Gardner discusses how firms gain a competitive edge when specialists collaborate across functional boundaries. But it’s often difficult, expensive, and messy. The former McKinsey consultant is the author of the new book, “Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos.”

Fasting vs. Slow-Carb Diet, Top $150 Purchases, Balancing Productivity and Relaxation, and More

“People tend to abandon the good system they’ll follow in search of the perfect system that they will quit.” We’re going to kick off the year with an in-betweenisode where I answer the most popular questions you’ve submitted. If you’re wondering what you can do to ask a question that gets answered in the future, these […]

2016 – What I’ve Learned

“If you’re having trouble thinking bigger, just think stranger.” This episode is a review of the past year. Since it’s been a common request, I thought I’d run through what I do at the end of a year. For the last 6 years, I no longer write resolutions. Instead, I do a post-game analysis where […]

Restoring Sanity to the Office

Basecamp CEO Jason Fried says too many people find it difficult to get work done at the workplace. His company enforces quiet offices, fewer meetings, and different collaboration and communication practices. The goal is to give employees bigger blocks of time to be truly productive.

A.J. Jacobs: Self-Experimenter Extraordinaire

“Calling it an experiment gives you permission to fail.” – A.J. Jacobs A.J. Jacobs (@ajjacobs) is a kindred guinea pig of self-experimentation who chronicles his shenanigans in books that seem to keep winding up as New York Times best sellers. The Know-It-All was about his quest to learn everything in the world. In The Year […]

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