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The Secrets, Tactics, and Creative Processes of High Performers and Achievers — Debbie Millman

“No amount of money, no amount of security is ever going to give you the sense that this is the right time.” – Debbie Millman This is round two for Debbie Millman, whose first interview on this show quickly became one of the most downloaded episodes of all time (listen to it here). Graphic Design […]

The Rise of Corporate Inequality

Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom discusses the research he’s conducted showing what’s really driving the growth of income inequality: a widening gap between the most successful companies and the rest, across industries. In other words, inequality has less to do with what you do for work, and more to do with which specific company you work for. Show More Summary

Ricardo Semler — The Seven-Day Weekend and How to Break the Rules

“If you are giving back, it’s because you’ve taken too much.” – Ricardo Semler Ricardo Semler (@ricardosemler) is the former CEO of Semco Partners, a Brazilian company best known perhaps for its radical form of industrial democracy and corporate re-engineering. During his leadership, Semco grew from four million in 1982 to two hundred and twelve […]

Break Out of Your Managerial Bubble

Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center at Sloan School of Management, says too many CEOs and executives are in a bubble, one that shields them from the reality of what’s happening in the world and in their businesses. Show More Summary

The Lion of Olympic Weightlifting, 62-Year-Old Jerzy Gregorek (Also Featuring: Naval Ravikant)

“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” – Jerzy Gregorek Jerzy Gregorek (@TheHappyBody) immigrated from Poland to the United States with his wife, Aniela, in 1986 as political refugees. He subsequently won four World Weightlifting Championships and established one world record. In 2000, Jerzy and Aniela founded UCLA’s weightlifting team. As co-creator of The […]

Conquering Fear and Reducing Anxiety – Caroline Paul

“Tragedies are the result of a series of small forks in the road.” – Caroline Paul Caroline Paul (@carowriter) returns to the podcast by popular demand for a round 2 Q&A. (You can catch her first appearance here.) Caroline is the author of four published books. Her latest is the New York Times bestseller The Gutsy […]

Making Intel More Diverse

Danielle Brown, Intel Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, talks about the corporation’s $300 million initiative to increase diversity, the largest such investment yet by a technology company. The goal is to make Intel’s U.S. workforce mirror the talent available in the country by 2020. Show More Summary

How to Not Be Evil – Dr. Phil Zimbardo

“The future is always modifiable by our actions.” – Dr. Phil Zimbardo Dr. Philip Zimbardo (@PhilZimbardo) is one of the most distinguished psychologists in the world and a professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is arguably best known for his 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, in which students were turned into mock prisoners and guards for […]

Globalization: Myth and Reality

Michael Mankins, Bain & Company partner and head of the firm’s Organization practice, explains how organizations unintentionally fail to manage their employees’ time and energy. He also lays out what managers can do to reduce what he calls organizational drag. Show More Summary

John Crowley — The Real-Life Captain America and Bruce Banner (Seriously)

This is an incredibly powerful episode of the podcast. John F. Crowley is the Chairman and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics, a publicly traded biotechnology company, which he helped to found in 2005 and is now a 300+ person company in 22 countries. John’s involvement with biotechnology stems from the 1998 diagnosis of two of his […]

John Crowley — The Real-Life Captain America and Bruce Banner (Seriously)

“Little people (children) can teach us big people an awful lot if we just listen.” – John F. Crowley John F. Crowley is the Chairman and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics, a publicly traded biotechnology company, which he helped to found in 2005 and is now a 300+ person company in 22 countries. John’s involvement with […]

The Random Show – Drinking Urine, Exploring Japan, and Figuring Out Life

Coming to you from a late night in rural Japan, this is a special edition of The Random Show. Per usual for The Random Show, I am joined by Kevin Rose (@KevinRose), serial entrepreneur, world-class investor, and all around wild and crazy guy. We discuss Japan and how to do it cheaply, building apps, urine […]

Globalization: Myth and Reality

Pankaj Ghemawat, professor at NYU Stern and IESE business schools, debunks common misconceptions about the current state and extent of globalization. (Hint: the world is not nearly as globalized as people think.) He also discusses how popular reactions in Europe and the U.S. Show More Summary

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

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