Engagement

Ep 120. Gretchen Spreitzer: Thriving at Work

Ep 120. Gretchen Spreitzer: Thriving at Work

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]

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Ep 119. Kevin Kruse: Great Leaders Have No Rule

Ep 119. Kevin Kruse: Great Leaders Have No Rule

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]

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Ep 112. Rebecca Henderson: Reimagining Capitalism

Ep 112. Rebecca Henderson: Reimagining Capitalism

Rebecca Henderson is the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University, where she has a joint appointment at the Harvard Business School. Her research explores the degree to which the private sector can play a major role in building a more sustainable economy, focusing particularly on the relationships between organizational purpose and innovation and productivity in high performance organizations. She teaches Reimagining Capitalism: Business & the Big Problems at Harvard, a course that has grown from 28 students to over 300, and is under contract for a book tentatively titled “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire.” Why is she hopeful…[Click for more]

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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 100. Dan Schawbel: Back to Human

Ep 100. Dan Schawbel: Back to Human

Dan Schawbel is a partner and research director at Future Workplace, an HR advisory and research firm, and the Founder of both Millennial Branding and WorkplaceTrends.com. Stew and Dan discuss his third business book is Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation and the use and abuse of technology. They explore how technology’s promise as a vehicle for connectivity hasn’t been fully realized because it paradoxically produces loneliness…[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 91. Francesca Gino: Rebel Talent

Ep 91. Francesca Gino: Rebel Talent

Francesca Gino is a behavioral scientist and the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. She’s the author of Sidetracked and the new Rebel Talent. Francesca and Stew discuss the importance of being a rebel, the five key talents of rebels, common misconceptions about rebels, how to cultivate rebelliousness…[Click for more]

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Ep 89. Amy Edmondson: Creating the Fearless Organization

Ep 89. Amy Edmondson:  Creating the Fearless Organization

Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School. Her work on teaming, psychological safety, and leadership influences corporate and academic audiences around the world. In November Wiley will publish her latest book, which is called The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace For Learning, Innovation and Growth. Stew and Amy discuss how to increase psychological safety at work…[Click for more]

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Ep 82. Susan Ashford: Thriving in Gig World

Ep 82. Susan Ashford: Thriving in Gig World

Susan Ashford is Chair of the Management and Organizations Group at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Her passion is using her teaching and research to help people be maximally effective in their work settings. Sue and Stew discuss how to make the gig economy work for you by cultivating connections to people as well as to place, establishing routines, and focusing on purpose…[Click for more]

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Ep 80. Yuri Kruman: What Millennials Want

Ep 80. Yuri Kruman: What Millennials Want

Yuri Kruman is an experienced executive and management consultant for Fortune 500 companies. He has a book coming out soon -- What Millennials Really Want from Work and Life. Yuri and Stew talk about how the trajectory of careers has changed; the pros and cons of career switching; and the effects of mobility for individuals, families, organizations, and society…[Click for more]

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Ep 71. David Burkus: Friend of a Friend

Ep 71. David Burkus: Friend of a Friend

David Burkus is a best-selling author and associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. His latest book, Friend of a Friend: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career, offers a new perspective on how to grow networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. To learn about why mixers are not the best networking tool and what you can do instead…[Click for more]

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Ep 70. Whitney Johnson: Keep Everyone Learning

Ep 70. Whitney Johnson: Keep Everyone Learning

Whitney Johnson is author of the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work and Dare, Dream Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream. Her new book, Build an 'A'-Team: Play To Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve, builds on her work and research with teams and disruption. Whitney talks with Stew about climbing up the S-shaped learning curve and why it’s useful to have the right mix on your team at work…[Click for more]

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Ep 67. Morten Hansen: Do Less, Achieve More

Ep 67. Morten Hansen: Do Less, Achieve More

Morten Hansen is a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His academic research has won several prestigious awards and (like Stew) he is ranked as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. He has written Great by Choice and Collaboration. Stew and Morten discuss his latest book Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More, which reports results and practical implications for action of a large-scale study. They talk about how time spent on work is not the best indicator of productivity or satisfaction...[Click for more]

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Ep 60. Barry Schwartz: Making Work Meaningful

Ep 60. Barry Schwartz: Making Work Meaningful

Barry Schwartz, the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action  (Emeritus) has been at Swarthmore College since receiving his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971.  He’s author of 10 books and 100s of articles and is well known for both his scholarship and his ability to bring complex sociological and psychological research to bear on the practical matters we all face in our daily lives at...[Click here for more]

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Ep 59. Lisa Buckingham: It's Your Career Dammit!

Ep 59. Lisa Buckingham: It's Your Career Dammit!

Lisa Buckingham is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Lincoln Financial Group. She is also responsible for overseeing the corporation’s brand and enterprise communications, consumer insights and corporate social responsibility activities. In October 2017, she was named HR Executive of the Year by HR Executive Magazine. Stew and Lisa talk about the changes and challenges facing today’s Human Resources leaders, the importance of active listening, counseling people out of the wrong job...[Click for more]

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Ep 58. Kim Malone Scott: Radical Candor

Ep 58. Kim Malone Scott: Radical Candor

Kim Malone Scott is author of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing Your Humanity. She led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google and then joined Apple. These experiences informed her theories on what makes a kickass boss! Stew and Kim discuss how to give constructive feedback and avoid manipulative insincerity, ruinous empathy, and obnoxious aggression. They explain how to practice and its importance as well as the dangers of feedback debt.Listen to learn more about effective, constructive feedback...[Click for more]

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Ep 53. Amy Wryzesniewski: Job Crafting

Ep 53. Amy Wryzesniewski: Job Crafting

Amy Wryzesniewski  is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management. She studies how people make meaning of their work. In addition to being published in top academic journals, her work is cited in best-selling books by Daniel Pink, Shawn Achor, Martin Seligman, and the Dalai Lama. Stew and Amy talk about the different ways people construe their work -- either as a job, a career, or a calling. To find out how to make your job more meaningful...[Click for more]

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Ep 50. Tony Schwartz: Energy for Success

Ep 50. Tony Schwartz: Energy for Success

Tony Schwartz is the founder and CEO of the  and author of several books, including The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time (with Jim Loehr), The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, and with Donald Trump, of The Art of the Deal.  Stew and Tony talk about the importance of re-energizing and re-focusing in order to foster sustainable workplaces that allow employees to be productive. For more on how one's feelings have an impact on performance and productivity... [Click here]

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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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