Welcome to Work and Life with Stew Friedman, international speaker, best-selling author, and award-winning professor at The Wharton School who founded its Work/Life Integration Project and the Total Leadership approach.
On this podcast Stew talks with experts about how to cultivate harmony between work and the rest of your life -- your family, community, and private self (mind, body, and spirit). These conversations were broadcast on the Work and Life show on SiriusXM 132, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School, which airs on Tuesdays at 7 PM Eastern.
Reem Kassis, a Wharton alum and former McKinsey consultant, is a Palestinian writer and her debut book, The Palestinian Table, was nominated for a James Beard award, short-listed for the Andre Simon Award and the Edward Stanford Award, and won The Guild of Food Writers First Book Award, received rave reviews from Anthony Bourdain and Michael Solomonov, and was named one of NPR’s best books of 2017. Reem is using the power of food and storytelling to share the Palestinian narrative with the world. Stew and Reem discuss the courage that it takes to step off the standard track and to realize the power of taking small steps…[Click for more]
Adam Alter is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Psychology at New York University’s Stern School of Business and a New York Times bestselling author of two books on addictive behavior, Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked and Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave. Stew and Adam discuss the insidious, incredibly powerful ways by which new technologies have created, perhaps in an unintended way, behavioral addictions that negatively impact our social lives, of inner lives, our finances…[Click for more]
Julia King Pool is on the faculty, of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program and she is Founder and CEO of Burn-In Mindset. Julia worked in urban education for a decade. And she has received numerous awards including the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award from Teach For America and 2013 DC Teacher of the Year. Stew and Julia discuss the extraordinary stress and strain experienced by teachers in K- 12 that too often results in exhaustion, and unnecessary, expensive turnover. They explore the ways in which positive psychology can help teachers to remain strong, healthy, resilient and engaged…[Click for more]
Gretchen Spreitzer is the Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on employee empowerment and leadership development, particularly within a context of organizational change and decline. Her recent research examines how organizations can enable thriving. Gretchen co-authored How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact with Jane Dutton. Stew and Gretchen discuss the ways in which we have more control and discretion than we believe we have in order to make small, meaningful changes in our work, no matter what work we do and no matter where we fall in an organizational hierarchy…[Click for more]
Kevin Kruse is the Founder and CEO of LEADx and a New York Times best selling author. His latest book is Great Leaders Have No Rules: Contrarian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business. Stew and Kevin talk about Kevin’s somewhat unorthodox views on leadership -- including a closed and not an open-door policy, the importance of picking favorites, and having “no rules” …[Click for more]
Chip Conley is the founder Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author of Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder. After transforming an inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America and running his company as CEO for 24 years, he went on to help the founders of Airbnb transform their start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Stew and Chip discuss the future of work, how organizations can capitalize on the loyalty and wisdom of the mature employee…[Click for more]
Dr. Michelle Still Mehta, who holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School, is the author of Silent Sacrifice on the Homefront: Military Spouses Share their Quests to Fit Career with Marriage, Motherhood, and Military Life. Dr. Mehta is a researcher, management consultant, and executive coach. Stew and Michelle discuss the psychological and financial impact of the military culture of frequent relocations…[Click for more]
Meredith Bodgas is the Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother Magazine and Workingmother.com. She talks with Stew about the culture change afoot in American companies as they strive to do the right thing by all their employees -- working mothers and fathers, LGBT employees, those with disabilities, both visible and invisible, and our military employees. They discuss the new Culture@Work initiative and the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)…[Click for more]
Michele Gelfand is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. As a cross-cultural psychologist, Michele uses field, experimental, computational, and neuroscience methods to understand the evolution of culture and its consequences. Michele wants to help us understand the mindsets of those around us at work, at home, and in our communities to help increase self-awareness as well as an understanding of others’ perspectives…[Click for more]
Brigid Schulte is director of The Better Life Lab at New America which offers ways to restructure our workplaces and social policy using original research and policy analysis. Brigid was an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and part of the team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Her book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time, was a New York Times bestseller. For details on what we can do to reduce the toll they take on our lives... [Click for more]