Podcast by Chris Clearfield
Ep. 19 – Laura Gassner Otting – Do you need the power of an outsider?
In this episode, I speak with Laura Gassner Otting, an executive coach and speaker, as well as the author of the 2019 book Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life.
This episode is a little bit different. Instead of interviewing Laura, I asked her if she would be willing to give me an executive coaching session, which we would record and share here, on the podcast. She was game.
During the course of the session, Laura asked me tough yet insightful questions about my work history, my career trajectory, and my hopes for my business in the future—questions designed to help me identify any gaps between what I do and who I am.
It is Laura’s belief that real success comes from achieving consonance—harmony between what we do and who we are.
When this harmony occurs, Laura argues, a limitless life is possible.
Ep. 18 – Amy Edmondson – Are you missing one of your most important jobs as a manager?
In this episode, I speak with Amy C. Edmondson—the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard School of Business—about the concept of psychological safety, which she explored in her 2019 book The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth. We also discussed the importance of proactively eliciting feedback from colleagues, coming to terms with our fallibilities, and discarding outmoded management behaviors that should be left in the twentieth century.
During our conversation, we talked about:
- The renewed interest in the concept of psychological safety
- J.D. Thompson’s notion of “reciprocal coordination needs”
- How knowledge work does not produce objective or mechanical feedback
- The effect of anxiety on knowledge workers’ performance
- Amy’s Harvard Business Review article “Speeding Up Team Learning”
- The mechanical language of management (which hasn’t caught up with the nature of work today)
- Henry Ford-like management behaviors that are outdated but, nevertheless, still used
- How to understand psychological safety by practicing it (instead of just thinking about it)
- Coming to terms with our own fallibility
- Amy and Chris’s appearance on For the Love of Work podcast
- Learning to “listen up,” not just “speak up”
- Applying the concept of psychological safety to parenting
Ep. 17 – Jim Riley – Are You as Good as Jim Riley at Dealing with Disruptions?
Ep. 17 – Jim Riley – Are You as Good as Jim Riley at Dealing with Disruptions? by Chris Clearfield
Ep. 16 – Misha Glouberman – Why You Suck at Listening (and How to Improve)
Ep. 16 – Misha Glouberman – Why You Suck at Listening (and How to Improve) by Chris Clearfield
Ep. 15 – Tim Harford – The Undercover Economist on Creativity
Ep. 15 – Tim Harford – The Undercover Economist on Creativity by Chris Clearfield
Ep. 14 - A Guide to Goal Setting for the Empowered Entrepreneur
Ep. 14 - A Guide to Goal Setting for the Empowered Entrepreneur by Chris Clearfield