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Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners, chats with thought leaders about successful leadership. These short interviews are focused on ideas that you can use to become a more powerful and courageous leader. Stay tuned for the next great conversation.

Have you tried meditation and thought it wasn’t for you? It actually might not have been meditation, says Emily Fletcher. At 22, Emily Fletcher was a successful Broadway actor; by 26, she was an insomniac going gray. Meditation rescued her from stress and transformed her life. Now, she’s bringing a powerful but relatively uncommon meditation […]

How can we understand the people with whom we disagree? By learning to differentiate opinions from facts, says Todd Davis. Todd, author of Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships At Work, has over thirty years of experience working in human resources, executive recruiting, sales, and marketing. Discover a simple exercise to help […]

When is it time to leave your career for something totally new? Daron K. Roberts, who tells the story of his own amazing career change in Call an Audible: Let My Pivot from Harvard Law to NFL Coach Inspire Your Transition, has a few key criteria to help you know when you have the right […]

You have a vast professional network, but are you using it the right way? According to Erica Dhawan, real power comes from the ability to leverage your network for answers. She calls this ability Connectional Intelligence, and it’s the subject of her new book, co-written with Saj-Nicole Joni, Get Big Things Done: The Power of […]

What does it take to write a killer joke for the President of the United States? About thirty bad ones, first, says David Litt, former speechwriter for President Obama and writer/producer for Funny or Die. David speaks with us about his memoir, Thanks Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years, and what he learned working […]

What if you had a special sense that allowed you to perceive change happening right now? International bestselling author Joshua Cooper Ramo’s new book, The Seventh Sense, explores the idea of connected systems and how they change the very nature of how we do business. Discover what the “winner take all” mentality does to businesses, […]

What are the qualities that make people extremely successful? Sarah Robb O’Hagan would know; she has been named one of Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women In Sports” and was formerly global president of Gatorade. Her new book, Extreme YOU: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat, wants to make you an Extremer, too. Discover the five […]

Are you afraid telling your employees the hard truth will make you seem like a jerk? Both praise and criticism should show you care, says Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity. On this week’s podcast, learn how to make your critical feedback land, navigate the perilous boundary […]

Are you sucking the intelligence out of your team? According to Liz Wiseman, author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, there are two kinds of leaders, multipliers and diminishers–and the latter only get about half of their team’s intelligence. Discover the one question that can make you a multiplier, a workaround for […]

Are you confusing comfort with happiness? Emily Esfahani Smith furthers our discussion on happiness with her book The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. Discover the four pillars of meaning, why our culture has an obsession with happiness, and why happiness can’t be pursued. Website: Book: The Power of Meaning: Crafting a […]

Should you have a warm-up routine for work? According to Dan McGinn, author of Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed, what you do before a performance makes all the difference to that performance. Find out how you can manipulate your environment to reduce anxiety, use mental visualizations to increase […]

Are you stuck in a rut? You can’t just think your way to a better future, say Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, you have to design it. They’re the authors of Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, which applies design thinking to life’s most pernicious problems. Discover the five design mindsets, […]

What is the secret to building a world-class team? Sam Walker, Wall Street Journal editor and author of The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams, boiled down the success of the world’s greatest sports teams to a single factor: a great captain. Learn how to spot and develop potential captains […]

Can you live happier and be a better leader? According to Tal Ben-Shahar, co-author of The Joy of Leadership: How Positive Psychology Can Maximize Your Impact (and Make You Happier) in a Challenging World, happiness is the key to successful leadership–but just pursuing it isn’t going to get you there. Discover the SHARP model for […]

How can you develop employees who care? That’s the subject of bestselling author Subir Chowdhury’s newest book, The Difference: When Good Enough Isn’t Enough. Discover how much your company stands to gain by developing caring mindsets, the four elements in Subir’s STAR formula, and the one question you should ask yourself every morning. Tweets Website: […]

Are meaning and happiness part of your career? Marshall Goldsmith, world renowned business educator and coach, returns to the podcast to talk about his newest book, Lifestorming: Creating Meaning and Achievement in Your Career and Life. Discover how to break out of the trap of success, “leverage up” personal connections to advance your career, and […]

How do you talk someone out of believing in a lie? There’s a better way than just spouting the facts, says Daniel Levitin, author of Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era. In an era where misinformation is increasingly mistaken for truth, this episode couldn’t be more important. Discover the lines of […]

How can we have productive conversations around sensitive issues? Bestselling author Mark Murphy offers a solution in his newest book, Truth At Work: The Science of Delivering Hard Messages. Discover the eight steps in a “truth talk,” the key to getting someone else to understand your perspective, and how to distinguish for yourself between facts […]

Can a little bit of rest actually make us far more productive? That’s what Marilyn Paul explores in her latest book, An Oasis In Time: How a Day of Rest Can Save Your Life. Discover why even an hour of rest a week can increase your productivity, Marilyn’s principles for establishing a rest routine that […]

How do you “show love” in your professional life? It sounds like a crazy question, but according to former Yahoo Chief Solutions Officer Tim Sanders, being genuinely selfless is actually the best thing you can do for your career. His newest book is Love Is the Killer App: How to Win At Business and Influence […]

What makes a successful mentorship? It’s not about having a mentee who listens and a mentor who teaches well–it’s all about values compatibility. Ken Blanchard is the co-author of over 60 books on leadership, so he knows a thing or two about collaboration himself. One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work With a Mentor–And […]

How does a company grow its revenue from less than $400M to over $1 billion? That’s the growth trajectory Don Kania led when he became CEO of FEI, raising the company’s share price from $19.38 to $107.50 in just 10 years. Learn how Don rebuilt FEI’s leadership team to put the company first, when it’s […]

Can you give a speech that actually inspires action? According to expert communicator Sean D’Souza, that’s exactly what every speech should do. Sean teaches us how to use the 13 Box System for constructing informative, engaging presentations that get people to take specific actions. Discover the best way to organize your speech, how to grab […]

How can you inspire motivation and loyalty in your employees? Through a series of fascinating experiments, behavioral economist Dan Ariely has begun to decipher the relationship between meaning, money and motivation. Discover one small habit that might be crushing your employees’ drive, the best way to deliver bonuses to instill loyalty, and an easy strategy […]

How can we use our voices to show up more powerfully in a room? Voice and public speaking coach Tracy Goodwin, author of Captivate the Room, says the most important thing isn’t what you say, it’s how you say it. Tracy has a wealth of insights into how to connect with your most compelling, authoritative […]

Do you have a dream you’ve been waiting to make good on? Bernard Roth, co-founder of the Stanford d.School, noticed that his students talked about achieving great things but never followed through. In his book, The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life, Bernie lays out his formula for following […]

What is leadership presence and how can it be developed? That’s the question Lisa Bloom is asking senior leaders for her yet-to-be published book, Demystifying Leadership Presence: Mastering the 4 Core Stories. In this special episode, we not only learn about the four narratives that define our leadership; Lisa also turns the tables and interviews […]

How do you turn around a company? For this podcast, I interview one of my clients, Brian Gaffney, the former US CEO and managing director of Allianz Global Investors. The year we began our work together, his organization had an annual loss of $30MM. In four years, Brian turned that into an annual gain of […]

What is most important to the success of your business, talent or organization? According to Dave Ulrich, founder of RBL Group, structure & process have four times more impact on a business’s success than level of talent. His new book, Victory Through Organization: Why the War for Talent is Failing Your Company and What You […]

How can we become more aware of our own biased thinking? Mahzarin Banaji, co-author with Anthony Greenwald of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, helps us uncover biases and stereotypes ingrained since childhood. Discover why racism and antisemitism aren’t dead, how we can dilute stereotypes, and the effectiveness of rational arguments against tightly held beliefs. […]

How can we be vulnerable without losing credibility? It’s an important issue addressed by Sheryl O’Loughlin–former CEO of Clif Bar, cofounder of Plum Organics, and current CEO of REBBL. She’s written Killing It! An Entrepreneur’s Guide To Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart. Discover the importance of having a support group of fellow entrepreneurs […]

What separates extraordinary leaders from those who under-perform? Over thirty years ago, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner set out to answer that question. Their research led them to five fundamental practices that, when frequently employed, accounted for as much as 22.8 times more cohort engagement. On this week’s podcast, I spoke with Jim Kouzes about […]

Are you and your team losing ground to unnecessary meetings, emails and bureaucracy? According to Michael Mankins, partner at Bain & Company and co-author of Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power, by better managing their scarcest resources–time, talent, and energy–companies can increase productivity by as much as 40%. Discover […]

Do you feel your organization’s policies are counterintuitive? You’re not alone. Dr. David Burkus, the author of Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business as Usual, asserts that many of the principles of business management are misguided and even counter-productive. Discover the pros and cons of salary transparency, the importance of a trusting […]

What would you accomplish if you could overcome your fears? Andy Molinsky is a professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School and the author of Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence. He studies how and why we take risks–and why we don’t. […]

Are your words building trust and enabling your colleagues to do their best work? Judith Glaser, author of Conversational Intelligence, asserts that humans are wired to be profoundly impacted even by simple conversations. Discover the revolutionary theory behind Judith’s work, how your unconscious behaviors may be negatively affecting your coworkers, and how you can refine […]

Do you want to use meditation to improve your work and life, but feel like your mind doesn’t want to slow down? Vishen Lakhiani, author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, was an ambitious entrepreneur who lost everything in the dot-com bust. Discovering active meditation, however, propelled him from making cold-calls to founding his […]

What is the secret to sales and marketing success? On this episode, I speak to Brent Adamson, co-author of The Challenger Sale. Brent and his colleague, Matthew Dixon, studied the data of thousands of salespeople and determined that one behavioral profile always outsells the rest: the Challenger. Discover what makes a Challenger-salesperson unique, why you […]

What do you do when you know you’ve made a big mistake? Alexis Stenfors mismarked his trading books, resulting in a $100 million error, and was labeled a rogue traitor. His upcoming book, A Barometer of Fear: An Insider’s Account of Rogue Trading and the Greatest Banking Scandal in History, details his experience. On this […]

How can your team be 35-50% more productive? By shifting from their critter state to their smart state, says Christine Comaford, author of Smart Tribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together. According to Christine, whose work has been praised by leaders like Bill Gates and Bill Clinton, there are five things you can do to accelerate […]

What does it take to achieve wild success? On this special episode, I speak with Jeffrey Seller, Tony-award-winning producer of Hamilton, Rent, and Avenue Q. He believes there’s no one path to success – he simply seeks to create the things he likes. Discover how he deals with the pain of failure, the hard truth […]

Can you reduce the amount of suffering in your life just by asking a few specific questions? Bestselling author Byron Katie proposes that through a simple process of inquiry, we can let go of anger, change our perceptions, and live life without failure. In her book, Loving What Is, she outlines four questions to help […]

What do you do when there is no clear answer to your problem? In his latest book, Managing the Gray: Five Timeless Questions for Resolving Your Toughest Problems at Work, Joseph L. Badaracco, the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School, posits five questions to help us solve “gray area” issues by […]

Can preferences be shaped in the moment? Dr. Robert Cialdini, author of the ground-breaking book Influence, has come out with a new title, Pre-suasion. It’s not just the message that’s important – it’s how you deliver it that can make all the difference. Discover the six psychological principles for greater influence and how you can […]

How can we influence others using the tools of social science and psychology? First, we have to realize how they are influencing us, says Jonah Berger, author of Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior. According to Jonah, most of our decisions, from how fast we set the treadmill at the gym to what […]

How can we change our perspectives to show up in a more powerful way? Don Miguel Ruiz’s answer: The Four Agreements. Originally published twenty years ago, A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom: The Four Agreements continues to be a NYT Best Seller and resonate with leaders around the world. Discover how the Four Agreements apply […]

Can trust make us better leaders? Can we learn to trust better? Yes to both, says Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue and author of The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds that Make a Business Great. According to Joel, trust is the cornerstone of all business, and certain guidelines can help us both build […]

Want to create a killer brand for your company, project or team? In the first episode of a special two-part podcast series, we’re pulling back the curtains on our own rebranding process to give you the inside look at how to create your own brand. Our makeover guru is brand strategist Julia Hook, an expert […]

What are the values of a great leader? Are you a value-based leader? You can (and should) be, says Harry Kraemer, author of From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Value-Based Leadership. He argues that strong values are the key to real leadership. To influence others, you must relate to them, and to relate […]

What’s the secret to getting ahead farther and faster in your workplace? Dan Rust says that you have to do your job well and manage the human dynamics of your workplace. For his book, Workplace Poker: Are You Playing the Game, or Just Getting Played?, Dan interviewed hundreds of extraordinarily successful people who got ahead […]

“We’ve tried to retire mystery in the West,” says Krista Tippett, Peabody award-winning broadcaster, host of NPR’s On Being, bestselling author of Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, and the 2014 National Humanities Medal recipient. Join us for a conversation where Krista shares her perspective on the the power of […]

Are there particular mindsets that make people more likely to succeed? Amy Wilkinson, author of The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, interviewed several successful leaders in the US and discovered six mindsets or skills common to all of them. All people are capable of creating and developing a successful idea, but […]

Have we been misled about stress? Kelly McGonigal thinks so—she had been teaching her students at Stanford that stress was all bad until she found little known research that disagreed. Now, she’s the author of The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You, and How to Get Good At It. By accepting, not […]

What is grit, and how can it impact your success? According to Angela Duckworth, grit (passion + perseverance) is an essential ingredient to achieving success. Angela is the author of the New York Times bestseller Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, and a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow who has advised the White House and […]

How can you, as a leader, build a business that thrives over time? Sydney Finkelstein, author of Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent, has an answer that might surprise you. He argues that you must constantly seek out, develop and then let go of talent to create a world-class organization. He’ll also […]