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Lessons from War, Tribal Societies, and a Non-Fiction Life (Sebastian Junger)

“The point of journalism is to tell the truth. It is not to improve society. There are facts and truths that feel regressive, but that doesn’t matter. The point of journalism isn’t to make everything better; it’s to give people accurate information about how things are.” – Sebastian Junger “Who would you die for? What ideas would you die […]

Be a Work/Life-Friendly Boss

Managers play a huge role in their employees’ personal lives, which in turn affects productivity, morale, and turnover at work. Professor Scott Behson, author of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide, gives practical tips for being a leader who is flexible, fair, and effective.

Assessing Risk and Living Without a Rope – Lessons from Alex Honnold

“You take a dump into free space, and it just completely disappears.” – Alex Honnold Alex Honnold (@alexhonnold, Facebook: /alexhonnold) is a professional adventure rock climber whose audacious free-solo (no ropes, no partner) ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. Honnold is distinguished […]

How to Optimize Creative Output — Jarvis versus Ferriss

“Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.” – W. H. Auden This episode is a conversation/debate/trading of ideas between Chase Jarvis (@ChaseJarvis) and yours truly. We discuss a little bit of everything, including: Optimizing...Show More Summary

Make Better Decisions

Therese Huston, Ph.D. and author of “How Women Decide,” offers research-based tips for both men and women on how to make high quality, defensible decisions — and sell them to your team.

The Secrets of Gymnastic Strength Training

“If the best in the world are stretching their ass off in order to get strong, why aren’t you?” – Christopher Sommer If you loved the Pavel, Poliquin, or Dom D’Agostino episodes, you’ll love this one. My guest this episode is Christopher Sommer (GymnasticBodies on Instagram/Facebook), former US national team gymnastics coach. He is also the founder of GymnasticBodies, a […]

Season 7, Episode 13: 10 Reasons Every Leader Needs a Blog [Podcast]

(And How to Get Started). Welcome to Season 7, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss why we think blogging is an absolute must for leaders today. If you’re a leader and you don’t have a blog, then you are missing out on one of the greatest leadership tools ever invented. […]

Let Employees Be People

Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey, both of Harvard, discuss what they’ve learned from studying radically transparent organizations where people at all levels of the hierarchy get candid feedback, show vulnerability, and grow on the job. Their book is “An Everyone Culture.”

The Importance of Being Dirty: Lessons from Mike Rowe

“Just because you love something doesn’t mean you can’t suck at it.” – Mike Rowe Mike Rowe (@mikeroweworks) is perhaps the best storyteller and pitchman I’ve ever had on the show. You might have been introduced to Mike during his 8 seasons as host of Dirty Jobs, but that’s only a small piece of his story. Mike Rowe […]

Joshua Skenes — Playing with Fire

“The answer is either yes or no. If it’s ‘no,’ then I have to start over.” – Joshua Skenes Joshua Skenes (IG: @jskenes) has become famous for his use of fire. As chef-owner of Saison in San Francisco (three Michelin stars), he has classical training and loves his high-end Japanese Nenohi knives, but nothing captures his imagination […]

Isabel Allende on Fiction and Feminism

The bestselling author describes her creative process and explains why she was always determined to have a career.

On Zero-to-Hero Transformations

  In this episode, we don’t have any special guests, unless you count the multiple personalities in my own head. We are not talking to Arnold Schwarzenegger, black-market chemists, Josh Waitzkin, Jamie Foxx or anyone else per our regular interviews. Today, I’ll be responding to questions you upvoted on Reddit. Show More Summary

Season 7, Episode 11: 5 Ways to Build Trust with Your Tribe [Podcast]

How to Quickly Gain Rapport. Welcome to Season 7, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the importance of building trust with those you serve. If you’re going to develop your leadership, you have to get people to buy into you before they buy into your message. You have to show […]

The Habits of a Master — Paulo Coelho, Author of The Alchemist

“A successful writing day is the day that I suffer in the morning, and I have fun in the evening.” -Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) has long been one of my writing inspirations. His books, of near universal appeal, span from The Alchemist to the most recent Adultery and have been translated into more than 70 languages. […]

Season 7, Episode 10: How To Frustrate Those You Lead [Podcast]

13 Mistakes Every Leader Should Avoid. Welcome to Season 7, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss some of the most annoying mistakes made by leaders today. If I asked you to think of someone who does a poor job as a leader, most of you could come up with somebody fairly […]

Understanding Agile Management

Darrell Rigby of Bain and Jeff Sutherland of Scrum explain the rise of lean, iterative management tactics, and how to implement them yourself.

The Man Who Studied 1,000 Deaths to Learn How to Live

“The small things ain’t so small.” – BJ Miller At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? And how can knowing this help you live better lives now? BJ Miller (@zenhospice), MD, knows. BJ is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, where he thinks deeply about how to create […]

On Philosophy and Riches

“Riches have shut off many a man from the attainment of wisdom.” – Seneca Whenever I succumb to social pressure to treat time as less valuable than income, that’s when I turn to stoicism. In this special episode of the podcast, I’m sharing one of my favorite letters from Seneca, “On Philosophy and Riches.” This is […]

Smart Managers Don’t Compare People to the “Average”

Todd Rose, the Director of the Mind, Brain, & Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the author of “The End of Average: How to Succeed in a World That Values Sameness,” explains why we should stop using averages to understand individuals.

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