Psychology

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 115. Michele Gelfand: Rule Makers, Rule Breakers

Ep 115. Michele Gelfand: Rule Makers, Rule Breakers

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]

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Ep 113. Ashley Whillans: Combating Time Poverty

Ep 113. Ashley Whillans: Combating Time Poverty

Ashley Whillans is an assistant professor at Harvard Business School in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit. She studies how people navigate trade-offs between time and money and whether intangible incentives, such as experiential and time-saving rewards, affect employee motivation and well-being. Stew and Ashley discuss “time poverty,” “happiness dollars,” and “time confetti” …[Click for more]

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Ep 105. Daniel Goleman: Meditation Changes the World

Ep 105. Daniel Goleman: Meditation Changes the World

Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist, author of the worldwide bestseller Emotional Intelligence, and more recently he is co-author of Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body. Daniel and Stew talk about the many ways in which meditation reaps benefits in all aspects of our lives and the ripple effects beyond ourselves for the greater good…[Click for more]

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Ep 104. Katherine Milkman: Exercising Your Self Control

Ep 104. Katherine Milkman: Exercising Your Self Control

Katherine Milkman is the Evan C. Thompson Endowed Term Chair for Excellence in Teaching and Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a secondary appointment in the Perelman School of Medicine. And she is the co-director of the Behavior Change for Good Initiative. Katy explains how we can limit temptation, tie tasks together, and use the calendar to bolster our self-control…[Click for more]

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Ep 101: James Pawelski and Suzann Pileggi Pawelski: Happy Together

Ep 101: James Pawelski and Suzann Pileggi Pawelski: Happy Together

Professor James Pawelski and his wife Suzann Pileggi Pawelski are co-authors of Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts. He is Professor of Practice and Director of Education in the Positive Psychology Center at UPENN. James and Suzie talk with Stew about how to make relationships last by focusing on one’s own strengths and one’s partners’ strengths…[Click for more]

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Ep 75. Maurice Schweitzer: When to Compete, When to Cooperate

Ep 75. Maurice Schweitzer: When to Compete, When to Cooperate

Maurice Schweitzer is the Cecilia Yen Koo Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on emotions, ethical decision-making, and the negotiation process. Maurice is co-author of the powerful and incredibly useful book...[Click for more]

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Ep 74. Susan David: Becoming Emotionally Agile

Ep 74. Susan David: Becoming Emotionally Agile

Susan David is the author of the bestselling book Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life. She is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. She is CEO of Evidence Based Psychology and Cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate). Susan and Stew talk about the importance and benefits of embracing emotions rather than pushing them away or putting on a happy face…[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 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 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 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 47. Michael Bungay Stanier: Say Less, Ask More

Ep 47. Michael Bungay Stanier: Say Less, Ask More

Michael Bungay Stanier is a Rhodes Scholar and founder of Box of Crayons, a company known for teaching 10-minute manager coaching. He is also the author of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever. Stew and Michael discuss the term coaching, and Michael argues against advice-giving and suggests taking a slow, deliberate approach to management and coaching....[Click for more]

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Ep 44. Roger Schwarz: Mutual Learning for Smarter Teams

Ep 44. Roger Schwarz: Mutual Learning for Smarter Teams

Roger Schwarz is an organizational psychologist, speaker, leadership team consultant, and CEO of Roger Schwarz & Associates. And he's the author of Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams: How You and Your Team Get Unstuck to Get Results and The Skilled Facilitator: A Comprehensive Resource for Consultants, Facilitators, Coaches and Trainers. Stew and Roger discuss how our assumptions and values often go unexamined and they explore how this can negatively affect team performance, working relationships and personal well-being...[Click here for more

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Ep 41. David Allen: Getting Things Done

Ep 41. David Allen: Getting Things Done

David Allen is the best-selling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity and an expert in personal and organizational productivity. His productivity philosophy is based on the powerful realization that your mind is for having ideas...[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 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 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 17. Brad Harrington: Fathers at Home

Ep 17. Brad Harrington: Fathers at Home

Brad Harrington is Executive Director of the Boston College Center for Work & Family and leads research focusing on the changing role of fathers, career management, and work-life integration.  He recently completed a series of...[Click for Show Notes, Links, more]

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