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Encore Episode: The 3 Forces That Shape Character [Podcast]

In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the importance of character and the forces that shape it. Charisma may be useful in attracting a following, but it is largely useless when it comes to achieving a long-term, positive impact on the people and organizations we lead. For this, we need character. Effective leadership is […]

Power Corrupts, But It Doesn’t Have To

Authority changes us all. Stanford’s Dacher Keltner, author of the HBR article “Don’t Let Power Corrupt You” and the book “The Power Paradox” explains how to avoid succumbing to power’s negative effects.

The Return of Drunk Dialing

“The people I view as heroes in my life have forced me to have uncomfortable conversations and do uncomfortable things.” Thanks to the gin I had tonight, this is a special episode. It is a drunk-dialing Q&A with you guys — like we did around this time last year to celebrate the 100th episode. In […]

Encore Episode: What if the Barriers Were Only in Your Head? [Podcast]

Defeating Limiting Beliefs in the 3 Major Areas of Life. In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discussed how to defeat the beliefs that are holding you back. Most of the things that hold us back are not external. They’re inside our heads and hearts, the limiting beliefs that keep us from making meaningful progress toward […]

When Not to Trust the Algorithm

Cathy O’Neil, author of “Weapons of Math Destruction” on how data can lead us astray–from HR to Wall Street.

The Art and Science of Learning Anything Faster

“If effectiveness is doing the right things, efficiency is doing things right.” This is a special episode because it doesn’t focus on the lessons of one particular person. Instead, I explore the tips, tricks, and framework I’ve used to learn just about any skill. This is the meta-skill of meta-learning, or learning how to learn. […]

Encore Episode: How to Safeguard Your Most Important Asset [Podcast]

4 Heart-Defending Disciplines. In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discussed the most important asset for leaders and how to safeguard it. It affects our perspective and purpose. It impacts how we interact with our teams, potential clients, and customers. What is this critical leadership asset? It’s our heart. […]

Matt Mullenweg: Characteristics and Practices of Successful Entrepreneurs

“If someone has those four things — work ethic, taste, integrity, and curiosity — I believe that you can learn anything in the world.” – Matt Mullenweg Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) is most associated with a tool that powers more than 25% of the entire Web: WordPress. He’s also the CEO of Automattic, which is a multi-billion […]

Macromanagement Is Just as Bad as Micromanagement

Tanya Menon, associate professor at Fisher College of Management, Ohio State University, explains how to recognize if your management style is too hands off. She’s the co-author of “Stop Spending, Start Managing: Strategies to Transform Wasteful Habits.”

Shay Carl on Wealth, Parenting, and the Future of Video

“Money was never the goal; it was freedom. I just wanted to be able to not go to work.” – Shay Carl This is another special in-betweenisode. It’s a little shorter than the normal long-form episodes, and it features a Q&A with Shay Carl (@shaycarl). If you missed our first interview, Shay’s story is incredible. He […]

What to Do with Difficult Clients [Podcast S08E13]

(And How to Attract Better Ones). Welcome to Season 8, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss what to do with difficult clients. If you’ve ever been in a service-oriented business, you have likely dealt with the “high maintenance client.” This is the person who has unreasonable expectations and is often […]

Dom D’Agostino on Disease Prevention, Cancer, and Living Longer

“The pursuit of size and strength really contradicts what we want to go after for longevity.” – Dominic D’Agostino Dr. Dominic “Dom” D’Agostino (@DominicDAgosti2) is one of my most popular guests, and I’m happy to have him rejoin the show for the third time. (You can listen to Dom’s first appearance here, and his second appearance […]

Building Emotional Agility

Susan David, author of “Emotional Agility” and psychologist at Harvard Medical School, on learning to unhook from strong feelings.

Jocko Willink on Discipline, Leadership, and Overcoming Doubt

“Don’t count on motivation; count on discipline.” – Jocko Willink Jocko Willink (@jockowillink) is one of the scariest human beings imaginable. Jocko did his first interview with me (find it here), and it took the Internet by storm. Now he joins us for round two to answer the questions you’ve been asking. Jocko is a lean […]

Tony Robbins on How to Resolve Internal Conflict

“You can’t be grateful and angry simultaneously.” – Tony Robbins The last time Tony Robbins (@tonyrobbins) was on the show, so many listeners found one of his exercises so helpful that they suggested I feature it on its own. This guided meditation from Tony is designed to help you overcome stress in a way that’s […]

Excessive Collaboration

Rob Cross, professor at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, explains how work became an exhausting marathon of group projects. He’s the coauthor of the HBR article “Collaborative Overload.”

Practicing What You Preach

“Prove your words by your deeds.” – Seneca the Younger My job is usually to deconstruct world-class performers and tease out their routines and habits you can use. But in this in-betweenisode, I present some short nuggets of practical, tactical philosophy about practicing what you preach. This is a letter from Stoic heavyweight Seneca the […]

Making the Toughest Calls

Joseph Badaracco, Harvard Business School professor, explains what to do when no decision feels like a good decision. He is the author of “Managing in the Gray: Five Timeless Questions for Resolving Your Toughest Problems at Work.”

Shep Gordon – The King Maker on His Best PR Stunts, Hugest Failures, and Practical Philosophies

“My philosophy was that you didn’t have to wait for history; you could create history.” – Shep Gordon Shep Gordon (@SupermenschShep) has been named one of the “100 most influential people” by Rolling Stone magazine. He is the man behind some of the biggest names you’ve ever heard. If you like the storytelling and lessons […]

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