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The Connection Between Speed and Charisma

Bill von Hippel, professor at the University of Queensland, on how the ability to think and respond quickly makes someone seem more charismatic.

Jason Nemer – Inside the Magic of AcroYoga

“If I had to prescribe two things to improve health and happiness in the world, it’s movement and play.” – Jason Nemer My guest on this episode of the podcast is Jason Nemer (@jasonnemer), co-founder of AcroYoga. Jason is an incredible character, who travels the world with next to nothing. He introduced me to my […]

How to ‘Waste Money’ To Improve the Quality of Your Life

This episode is not going to deconstruct a world-class performer, per usual. This is a short, but very actionable and practical episode about the inner workings of my business. I was asked recently how I choose my projects. I’ve riffed on this topic, and shared many thoughts on delegating tasks, future projects, and my current […]

How Work Changed Love

Moira Weigel explains how the changing nature of work has reshaped the way we meet, date, and fall in love. She’s the author of “Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating” and is completing a Ph.D. at Yale University.

The Secrets of Gymnastic Strength Training, Part Two — Home Equipment, Weighted Stretches, and Muscle-Ups

“Achieving the extraordinary is not a linear process.” – Christopher Sommer This is another jam-packed episode with Coach Chris Sommer (GymnasticBodies on Instagram/Facebook), the former US national team gymnastics coach and founder of GymnasticBodies. Show More Summary

What’s Important to You?

“If you don’t know how much you need, the default easily becomes ‘more.'” – Ryan Holiday My job is usually to deconstruct world-class performers from business, military, entertainment, politics, or athletics, and then to tease out the routines and habits you can use. But in this in-betweenisode, Ryan Holiday, author of the book Ego Is the […]

How to Lead in the Face of Criticism [Podcast S08E08]

(And Why Being Offended Is a Choice). Welcome to Season 8, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to lead in the face of criticism. Criticism is inevitable, especially as your success and business grow. In today’s episode, we give you four foundational truths to remember so you can remain grounded […]

How to Be a Storm-Proof Leader [Podcast S08E04]

5 Survival Secrets for Tough Times. Welcome to Season 8, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can become a storm-proof leader. Change and conflict aren’t new. Tough times WILL come—it’s a guarantee. For that reason, you and I need to learn how we’re going to respond before the storm […]

Do You Want to Wow Your Customers? [Podcast S08E07]

5 Questions That Make It Easy. Welcome to Season 8, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to wow your customers. Today’s marketplace is more noisy and competitive than it’s ever been. If you want to capture—and keep—your audience’s attention, wow needs to be a part of your business plan. In […]

Negotiating with a Liar

Leslie John, Harvard Business School professor, explains why you shouldn’t waste time trying to detect your counterpart’s lies; instead, use tactics drawn from psychology to get them to divulge the truth. She’s the author of the HBR article “How to Negotiate with a Liar.”

Tony Robbins – On Achievement Versus Fulfillment

“I love quotes…but, in the end, knowledge has to be converted to action or it’s worthless.” – Tony Robbins I’m very pleased to welcome Tony Robbins (@tonyrobbins) back to the show. (You can check out our previous in-depth conversations here: Part 1 and Part 2). For those of you that aren’t familiar, Tony Robbins is […]

Seth Godin on How to Think Small to Go Big

“The lessons we remember are the lessons we learn the hard way.” – Seth Godin Seth Godin (@thisissethsblog) is the author of 17 bestselling books that have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the way ideas spread, marketing, strategic quitting, leadership, and — most of all — challenging the status quo […]

Season 8, Episode 7: Do You Want to Wow Your Customers? [Podcast]

5 Questions That Make It Easy. Welcome to Season 8, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to wow your customers. Today’s marketplace is more noisy and competitive than it’s ever been. If you want to capture—and keep—your audience’s attention, wow needs to be a part of your business plan. In […]

The Zappos Holacracy Experiment

Ethan Bernstein, Harvard Business School professor, and John Bunch, holacracy implementation lead at Zappos, discuss the online retailer’s transition to a flat, self-managed organization. They are the coauthors of the HBR article “Beyond the Holacracy Hype.”

Mike Birbiglia, The Sleepwalking Comedy Giant

“Art is socialism, but life is capitalism.” – Mike Birbiglia Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) is one of the best-known and busiest working comedians in the world, both behind and in front of the camera. His standup blends elements of theater, film, storytelling, and comedy. Mike has been deliberate in studying many crafts and tying them together, […]

How to Cage the Monkey Mind

This episode is a little different. I visited the Googleplex — the Mountain View-based headquarters of Google — and had a public chat. I was interviewed and made sure that we covered some ground that has not been discussed before. There were questions such as: What has been the most important Stoic teaching that I’ve […]

The Era of Agile Talent

More of us are working in organizations employing a mix of freelancers, contractors, consultants, and full-timers, explains Jonathan Younger, coauthor with Norm Smallwood of “Agile Talent: How to Source and Manage Outside Experts.” Download this podcast

The One-Handed Concert Pianist, Nicholas McCarthy

“I don’t really want to play scales; I want to play music!” – Nicholas McCarthy Nicholas McCarthy (@NMcCarthyPiano) was born in 1989 without his right hand and only started to play the piano at the age of 14. He was told he would never succeed as a concert pianist. Fortunately, the doubters were wrong. His […]

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