Progressive Company Practices

Ep 145. Jeff Sonnenfeld: The Social Imperative of Business

Ep 145. Jeff Sonnenfeld: The Social Imperative of Business

Jeff Sonnenfeld is the senior associate dean of leadership programs, the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management for the Yale School of Management, and founder and president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute. He has authored eight books, including The Hero's Farewell and Firing Back. Stew and Jeff talk about mainstream industries becoming more progressive than historically progressive companies and not waiting for government regulation…[Click for more]

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Ep 128. Mike McDerment: No Work Face

Ep 128. Mike McDerment: No Work Face

Michael McDerment is CEO and Co-Founder of FreshBooks, the #1 accounting software in the cloud designed exclusively for service-based business owners and independent professionals, with more than 20 million users worldwide. And it is consistently recognized as one of Canada's best places to work. Stew and Mike discuss some of the creative “culture hacks” Mike uses to build an environment that breeds empathy…[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 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 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 49. Josh Levs: Paternity Leave Champion

Ep 49. Josh Levs: Paternity Leave Champion

Josh Levs is an author, entrepreneur, and expert on fathers in the workplace. For 20 years, Josh wrote for NPR and CNN. He is a six-time Peabody award-winner and two-time Edward R. Murrow award-winner.  At the time of the birth of his third child he sued his employer, CNN/Time Warner, to obtain a paternity leave for biological fathers that matched the company’s leaves for mothers and adoptive parents....[Click here for more]

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Ep 39. Frank Dobbin: Why Diversity Programs Fail

Ep 39. Frank Dobbin: Why Diversity Programs Fail

Frank Dobbin is a Professor of Sociology at Harvard, where he studies organizations, inequality, economic behavior and public policy.  He is also Chair of Harvard’s Organizational Behavior PhD Program. His 2009 book, Inventing Equal Opportunity...[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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