CEOs

Ep 109. Aron Ain: Inspired Work

Ep 109. Aron Ain: Inspired Work

Aron Ain is Chairman and CEO of Kronos, named by Fortune and Great Place to Work as one of the 20 best places to work in technology for the second year in a row, and author of Work Inspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work. Aron was the inaugural recipient of the “Ray Stata Leadership and Innovation Award” from the Massachusetts High Technology Council, and was recognized as “CEO of the Year” by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, and as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young. He has been profiled by The New York Times about “The Incalculable Value of a Good Boss” and was featured in Harvard Business Review and the HBR IdeaCast. Stew and Aron discuss the importance, and the ripple effects, of trusting employees…[Click for more]

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Ep 108. Bob Glazer: Building the Healthy and High-Performing Company

Ep 108. Bob Glazer: Building the Healthy and High-Performing Company

Bob Glazer is the CEO of Acceleration Partners, a global performance marketing agency, and the Founder and Chairman of Brandcycle. Under Bob’s leadership, Acceleration Partners has received numerous industry and company culture awards, including Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards, Ad Age’s Best Place to Work, Entrepreneur’s Top Company Culture, Inc. Magazine’s Best Place to Work, Great Place to Work, Fortune’s Best Small & Medium Workplaces, and Boston Globe’s Top Workplaces. And Bob was also ranked #2 in Glassdoor’s list of Top CEOs of Small and Medium Companies in the US. Bob and Stew discuss the creative methods Bob and Acceleration Partners have used to attract, retain, and engage employees and honor their lives outside of work…[Click for more]

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Ep 99. Tom Gardner: For the Long Run

Ep 99. Tom Gardner: For the Long Run

Tom Gardner is CEO of The Motley Fool, twice ranked the #1 place to work by Glassdoor. Tom discusses the keys to success in investing as well as how The Motley Fool strives to help all its stakeholders feel cared for, in the long run, and achieve real autonomy so they can thrive…[Click for more]

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Ep 98. Jason Fried: It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

Ep 98. Jason Fried: It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

Jason is Co-Founder and CEO of Basecamp, a Chicago-based software company known for its innovative approach to work. He and Stew talk about his just released his third business book, It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work and how to have a profitable company without having employees work more than 8-hour days, nights or weekends, and without their taking “fakations” during which work interrupts…[Click for more]

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Ep 95. Ben Feder: Working to Live or Living to Work

Ep 95. Ben Feder: Working to Live or Living to Work

Ben Feder is President of International Partnerships for the U. S. for Tencent, the Chinese internet titan that owns WeChat. Previously, Ben was CEO of Take Two Interactive, publisher of Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto. He’s the author of Take Off Your Shoes: One Man’s Journey from the Boardroom to Bali and Back. Stew and Ben talk about priorities in our lives and how to keep them foremost in our minds…[Click for more]

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Ep 90. Nigel Travis: The Challenge Culture

Ep 90. Nigel Travis: The Challenge Culture

Nigel Travis is Executive Chairman of Dunkin' Brands.  His new book is The Challenge Culture: Why the Most Successful Organizations Run on Pushback. Prior to Dunkin Brands, Nigel served as President and COO at Blockbuster, and President and CEO at Papa John’s. He and Stew discuss how organizations and employees can thrive in today’s hyper-competitive world when there’s a culture that supports questioning everything without disrespecting anyone…[Click for more]

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Ep 86. Guy Spier: A Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment

Ep 86. Guy Spier: A Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment

Guy Spier is an investor based in Zurich and author of The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom and Enlightenment. Guy and Stew talk about finding the courage to be honest at work and in one’s life, the real story of failures and achievements... [Click here for more]

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Ep 83. Neil Blumenthal: Sacred Time

Ep 83. Neil Blumenthal: Sacred Time

Neil Blumenthal is co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker, a lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a low price with a focus on being socially conscious. Fast Company named Warby Parker the most innovative company in the world. Stew and Neil have a wide-ranging talk about his time at Wharton, the importance of honest conversations to build trust, why continual learning by employees is essential to a thriving company, and the ways in which parenthood changes our relationship to time and work… [Click for more]

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Ep 77. Dan Calista: Vynamic's Health Culture

Ep 77. Dan Calista: Vynamic's Health Culture

Dan Calista is founder and CEO of Vynamic, named #1 boutique consulting firm, as well as Best Small Firm and Best Places to Work. Vynamic is the Philadelphia area’s largest management consulting firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry. Dan talks with Stew about creating a work culture that emphasizes the happiness and health of his team members as well as his clients...[Click for more]

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Ep 69. Stephen Klasko: The Emotional Intelligence of Doctors

Ep 69. Stephen Klasko: The Emotional Intelligence of Doctors

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA is President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Healthcare Transformation, author of The Phantom Stethoscope: A Field Manual for an Optimistic Future in Medicine. In this conversation, Stew and Stephen talk about innovation in healthcare. Stephen is convinced that doctors need to transform the way they interact with patients in order to transform medicine...[Click here for more]

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Ep 66. Jordan Bookey: Chief Mom at Zoobean

Ep 66. Jordan Bookey: Chief Mom at Zoobean

Jordan Lloyd Bookey is an alum of the Wharton MBA program, a former student of Stew’s, and Chief Mom and Co-Founder of Zoobean, a service that helps families discover children’s books and apps at home or their local library. She was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and won $250,000 from Mark Cuban, and she was named one of Wharton’s 40 Under 40.  Jordan talks with Stew about how she and her husband, her co-founder, work together at home and at work. Learn how millennial entrepreneurs manage work and family...[Click for more]

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Ep 56. Brett Hurt: Linking the World's Data for Good

Ep 56. Brett Hurt: Linking the World's Data for Good

Brett Hurt is the CEO and co-founder of data.world, his sixth startup, a Public Benefit Corporation and Certified B Corporation® focused on building the most meaningful, abundant, and collaborative data resource in the world. Brett also founded and led Bazaarvoice and Coremetrics and is on the Board of Conscious Capitalism. He and Stew talk about how to build a humane, compassionate workplace...[Click for more]

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Ep 55. David Thomas: Overcoming Unconscious Bias

Ep 55. David Thomas: Overcoming Unconscious Bias

David Thomas was recently named as the new president of Morehouse College. Previously he was a Professor at Harvard Business School and Dean at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Stew and David talk about his powerful, award-winning book, Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America...[Click for more]

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Ep 54. Jeff Pfeffer: Leadership B. S.

Ep 54. Jeff Pfeffer: Leadership B. S.

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business  and author or co-author of 14 books and more than 150 articles and book chapters. Professor Pfeffer has won numerous awards for his scholarly research. He spoke with Stew about his latest book,... [Click here for more]

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Ep 46. Mike Bontrager and Luke Zubrod: Maximizing Trust not Profit

Ep 46. Mike Bontrager and Luke Zubrod: Maximizing Trust not Profit

Michael Bontrager founded Chatham Financial in 1991 and continues to serve as CEO. Luke Zubrod is Director of Strategic Initiatives; he works on ways to advance Chatham’s market impact and organizational culture, including initiatives that strengthen civil discourse within the firm. Stew, Mike, and Luke discuss what’s called a “multiple bottom line” or “triple bottom line” approach to business—focused not just on making money but on what social and environmental impact an organization can have. Mike and Luke  explain what they’re doing differently at Chatham by treating each employee interaction and each client engagement as an opportunity to build trust...[Click 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 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 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 19. Sam Calagione: Founder of Dogfish Head Brewery

Ep 19. Sam Calagione: Founder of Dogfish Head Brewery

Sam Calagione is the Founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and author of Off Centered LeadershipFast Company named Sam one of The 100 Most Creative People in Business and The Wall Street Journal calls him “a pioneer of bizarre brews”. Stew and Sam discuss the unique culture he created at Dogfish emphasizing non-conformity, collaboration, and creativity...[Click for Show Notes, Links, more]

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