Ep 39. Frank Dobbin: Why Diversity Programs Fail

Ep 39. Frank Dobbin: Why Diversity Programs Fail

Frank Dobbin is a Professor of Sociology at Harvard, where he studies organizations, inequality, economic behavior and public policy.  He is also Chair of Harvard’s Organizational Behavior PhD Program. His 2009 book, Inventing Equal Opportunity...[Click here for more] 

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Ep 38. Gretchen Rubin: The Four Tendencies

Ep 38. Gretchen Rubin: The Four Tendencies

Gretchen Rubin is a best-selling author of several books on human nature.  Her first bestsellers -- The Happiness Project and Happier at Home -- both sparked powerful conversations about the human search for happiness.  Stew and Gretchen discuss her latest,  The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too)... [Click here for more] 

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Ep 37. Bob Sutton: The Asshole Survival Guide

Ep 37. Bob Sutton: The Asshole Survival Guide

Bob Sutton is Professor of Management Science, Engineering, and Organizational Behavior at Stanford. He studies organizational change, leadership, innovation, and workplace dynamics. Bob authored several bestselling books including The No Asshole Rule,...[Click here for more]

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Ep 36. Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to Raise an Adult

Ep 36. Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to Raise an Adult

Julie Lythcott-Haims served as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen for a decade. She received the Dinkelspiel Award for her contributions to the undergraduate experience. She’s a mother of two teenagers and has spoken and written widely on the phenomenon of helicopter parenting. She is also the author of the book...[Click here for more]

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Ep 35. David Flink: Empowering Those Who Learn Differently

Ep 35. David Flink: Empowering Those Who Learn Differently

David Flink is Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer at Eye to Eye, a non-profit that empowers young people with learning disabilities by giving them a mentor who shares that experience.  He is the author of Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities. In this conversation, David tells the story of how he developed not just acceptance but pride in his identity as someone who learns and processes information differently...[Click here fore more]

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Ep 34. Mick Batyske: DJ to the Stars, Dad to Myles

Ep 34. Mick Batyske: DJ to the Stars, Dad to Myles

Mick Batyske is one of the most in-demand DJs in the world, style influencer, tech investor, music curator, and brand consultant.  He collaborates with artists including Beyonce and Adele. And he’s a new dad. Stew and Mick talk about Mick’s first re-branding; transforming himself from a marching band nerd in high school to a turntable spinning DJ in college, and ultimately spinning at private parties for celebrities like Kayne West and Jay-Z...[Click here fore more]

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Ep 33. Nilofer Merchant: Take a Stand Where No One Else Can

Ep 33. Nilofer Merchant: Take a Stand Where No One Else Can

Nilofer Merchant  is a master at turning seemingly “wild” ideas into new realities and showing the rest of us how we can too. She has personally launched more than 100 products, netting $18B in sales, for companies ranging from Apple to Autodesk. Nilofer was awarded the Future Thinker Award from Thinkers50...[Click here for more]

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Ep 32. Sydney Finkelstein: Be a Superboss

Ep 32. Sydney Finkelstein: Be a Superboss

Sydney Finkelstein is the the Steven Roth Professor of Management and Associate Dean for Executive Education at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He is author of Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent. Stew and Sydney discuss what separates bad bosses, good bosses, and...[Click here for more]

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Ep 31. Stephanie Abbuhl: Game-Changer for Women in Medicine

Ep 31. Stephanie Abbuhl: Game-Changer for Women in Medicine

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD, is Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs in the department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.  Since 2001, she has been Executive Director of FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, which works for the advancement of women...[Click here for more]

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Ep 30. Eric Barker: Debunking Myths about Work and Life

Ep 30. Eric Barker: Debunking Myths about Work and Life

In his new book, Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Eric Barker casts a critical eye on common misconceptions. Using the skills of the screenwriter he once was, he uses wit and a most engaging writing style to bring to life what otherwise might be a  boring and dry review of the research.  Eric and Stew discuss how to best understand yourself and find the right environment in which you can thrive... [Click here for more]

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Ep 29. Bill Taylor: Simply Brilliant, Brilliantly Simple

Ep 29. Bill Taylor: Simply Brilliant, Brilliantly Simple

Bill Taylor is co-founder and founding editor of Fast Company and has written three important books on leadership and change including Mavericks at Work. We discuss his new book,  Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways. Special bonus: As a fellow Springsteen fanatic, Bill gives his take on how The Boss personifies the essential traits of successful managers...[Click here for more]

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Ep 28. Jonelle Lesniak: Embrace Failure to Curb Unhealthy Competition

Ep 28. Jonelle Lesniak: Embrace Failure to Curb Unhealthy Competition

Jonelle Lesniak is Wharton alum and a senior analyst at the management consulting firm THRUUE, seeking to create change in organizations culture. She  coaches young professionals by helping them to consider important questions that lead to self-knowledge they can put into action. In this episode Stew and Jonelle discuss solutions addressing this problem by normalizing imperfection... [Click here for more]

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Ep 27. Jason Fried: Signal vs. Noise -- Less Work, More Production

Ep 27. Jason Fried: Signal vs. Noise -- Less Work, More Production

Jason Fried is Co-Founder and CEO of Basecamp, a leading project management tool that has helped over 2.5 million users improve their organizational skills. Basecamp was founded in 1999 and today it has over 2.5 million users (including, full disclosure, the Work and Life podcast team). Stew and Jason discuss the importance of being mindful and strategic about choosing how to invest your attention as a leader...[Click here for more]

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Ep 26. Sim Sitkin: Duke's Coach K Professor on Building Trust

Ep 26. Sim Sitkin: Duke's Coach K Professor on Building Trust

Sim Sitkin is Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor of Leadership, Founding Faculty Director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at the Fuqua School of Business, and Director of the Behavioral Science and Policy Center at Duke University. This episode focuses on trust, leadership, and building our capacity to create positive change in the world and Sim’s mega-HBR article The Stretch Goal Paradox...[Click here for more]

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Ep 25. Monica Worline: Awakening Compassion at Work

Ep 25. Monica Worline: Awakening Compassion at Work

Monica Worline is the founder and CEO of EnlivenWork, an organization that teaches businesses how to use compassionate leadership to enliven, or humanize and energize, the work they do. We spoke about the new book she co-authored with Jane Dutton, Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power that Elevates People and Organizations...[Click here for more]

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Ep 24. Joan Williams: What Elites Don't Get about the White Working Class

Ep 24. Joan Williams: What Elites Don't Get about the White Working Class

Joan Williams is a Distinguished Law Professor at the University of California Hastings and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law, which promotes gender and racial equality in the workplace. She’s written extensively on gender and work. We discuss her just released book, White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America...[Click here for more]

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Ep 23. Erin Bagwell: Director of the Inspirational Film Dream, Girl

Ep 23. Erin Bagwell: Director of the Inspirational Film Dream, Girl

Erin Bagwell is founder of the Feminist Wednesday blog and producer of the film Dream, Girl which was screened at the White House, and named the # 1 feminist documentary by The Huffington Post. Erin was named one of Oprah's SuperSoul100. We discuss female entrepreneurs...[Click here for more]

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Ep 22. Marci Alboher: Encore Careers

Ep 22. Marci Alboher: Encore Careers

Marci Alboher is Vice President at Encore.org, a nonprofit making it easier for millions of older people to pursue second acts in their career. She is the author of The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life...[Click here for more]

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Ep 21. Matt Schneider: Pioneering Stay-at-Home Dad

Ep 21. Matt Schneider: Pioneering Stay-at-Home Dad

Matt Schneider is a stay-at-home dad and Wharton alumnus who founded City Dads Group, a diverse community of more than 8,000 fathers in 26 cities across the United States who are supporting each other and redefining what it means to be a dad in the 21st century.  Matt works with reporters, commercial brands, and...[Click for Show Notes, Links, more]

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Ep 20. Catherine Steiner-Adair: Family Relationships in the Digital Age

Ep 20. Catherine Steiner-Adair: Family Relationships in the Digital Age

Catherine Steiner-Adair wants to ameliorate the negative effects of social media and technology on family life. She is a clinical psychologist at Harvard Medical School and author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age...[Click for Show Notes, Links, more]

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