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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 118. Chip Conley: The Making of a Modern Elder

Ep 118. Chip Conley: The Making of a Modern Elder

Chip Conley is the founder Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author of Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder. After transforming an inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America and running his company as CEO for 24 years, he went on to help the founders of Airbnb transform their start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Stew and Chip discuss the future of work, how organizations can capitalize on the loyalty and wisdom of the mature employee…[Click for more]

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Ep 117. Michelle Still Mehta: Silent Sacrifice on the Homefront

Ep 117. Michelle Still Mehta: Silent Sacrifice on the Homefront

Dr. Michelle Still Mehta, who holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School, is the author of Silent Sacrifice on the Homefront: Military Spouses Share their Quests to Fit Career with Marriage, Motherhood, and Military Life. Dr. Mehta is a researcher, management consultant, and executive coach. Stew and Michelle discuss the psychological and financial impact of the military culture of frequent relocations…[Click for more]

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Ep 116. Meredith Bodgas: Supporting Today's Working Parents

Ep 116. Meredith Bodgas: Supporting Today's Working Parents

Meredith Bodgas is the Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother Magazine and Workingmother.com. She talks with Stew about the culture change afoot in American companies as they strive to do the right thing by all their employees -- working mothers and fathers, LGBT employees, those with disabilities, both visible and invisible, and our military employees. They discuss the new Culture@Work initiative and the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)…[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 114. Brigid Schulte: Overcoming the Overwhelm

Ep 114. Brigid Schulte: Overcoming the Overwhelm

Brigid Schulte is director of The Better Life Lab at New America which offers ways to restructure our workplaces and social policy using original research and policy analysis. Brigid was an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and part of the team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Her book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time, was a New York Times bestseller. For details on what we can do to reduce the toll they take on our lives... [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 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 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 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 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 103. Benoit Dube: Ivy League's First Chief Wellness Officer

Ep 103. Benoit Dube: Ivy League's First Chief Wellness Officer

Dr. Benoit Dube is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, Associate Vice Provost, and the inaugural Chief Wellness Officer at the University of Pennsylvania. He and Stew discuss the importance of creating a culture of wellness, decreasing the stigma associated with mental illness, making it easier for people to ask for help, and Benoit’s creative and ambitious ideas... [Click for more]

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Ep 102. Kathryn Sollmann: Ambition Redefined

Ep 102. Kathryn Sollmann: Ambition Redefined

Kathryn Sollmann is a flexwork and financial security expert and author of the book Ambition Redefined: Why the Corner Office Doesn't Work for Every Woman & What to Do Instead. She and Stew talk about the reasons why it’s essential for women to stay in the workforce instead of off-ramping..[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 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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