Meaningful Work

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 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 110. Phil Mirvis: Enrich Employees' Lives via Social Innovation

Ep 110. Phil Mirvis: Enrich Employees' Lives via Social Innovation

Phil Mirvis is Senior Research Fellow at both the Global Network on Corporate Citizenship and the Babson Social Innovation Lab. He has authored or edited twelve books, including the acclaimed study of the national mood, The Cynical Americans, and a study of corporate human resource investments, Building the Competitive Workforce. His latest work, with Brad Googins, is The New Business of Business: Innovation for a Better World. Stew and Phil talk about the increasing importance of social innovation in today’s workplace for energizing employees and boosting business results…[Click for more]

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Ep 107. Paul Rupert: Respectful Exits

Ep 107. Paul Rupert: Respectful Exits

Paul Rupert is the Founder and CEO of Rupert Organizational Design as well as CEO of the advocacy start-up Respectful Exits, a company promoting the rights of aging workers by improving retirement options including online guidance and training for all forms of flexible work, including Phased Retirement…[Click for more]

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Ep 106. Marc Freedman: The Power and Beauty of Intergenerational Connections

Ep 106. Marc Freedman: The Power and Beauty of Intergenerational Connections

Marc Freedman is the President and CEO of Encore.org; one of the nation’s leading experts on the longevity revolution; member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel and the author of several books including Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life and The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife. Freedman co-founded, with AARP, Experience Corps to mobilize people over 50 to improve the school performance and prospects of low-income elementary school students; spearheaded the creation of the Encore Fellowships program, a one-year internship for grownups as well as the Purpose Prize (now run by AARP). Marc and Stew talk about his latest book, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations…[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 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 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 85. Morra Aarons-Mele: Hermit Entrepreneur

Ep 85. Morra Aarons-Mele: Hermit Entrepreneur

Morra Aarons-Mele is founder of the award-winning social impact agency Women Online and The Mission List, a social change influencer database. She has worked on the online campaigns of Hillary Clinton, President Obama and the UN and many others. She and Stew discuss her book, Hiding in the Bathroom, the narrow view of success in our society…[click 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 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 81. Keith Ferrazzi: Serve and Grow

Ep 81. Keith Ferrazzi: Serve and Grow

Keith Ferrazzi is a New York Times best-selling author of Never Eat Alone, entrepreneur, and master networker. His research and consulting firm, Ferrazzi Greenlight, helps companies manage networks and relationships in order to reach strategic goals. Keith and Stew talk about the importance of relationships in all parts of life. [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 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 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 57. Joanna Barsh: Grow Wherever You Work

Ep 57. Joanna Barsh: Grow Wherever You Work

Joanna Barsh is a director emerita at McKinsey & Company and President of the Centered Leadership Project.  She is the bestselling author of How Remarkable Women Lead and Centered Leadership. And her latest book is Grow Wherever You Work: Straight Talk to Help with Your Toughest Challenges. Stew and Joanna talk about how you actually do this.  They discuss what happens if things don’t go the way you want them to and should you stay or should you go?...[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 40. Dorie Clark: Helping Leaders Stand Out

Ep 40. Dorie Clark: Helping Leaders Stand Out

Dorie Clark, author of Stand Out talks with Stew Friedman about her powerful framework for creating a distinct personal brand. Dorie helps people figure out how to distinguish themselves by becoming thought leaders in their organizations or professional communities. She walks Stew and listeners through the process of building a network, then an audience, and...[Click for Show Notes, Links, 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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