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    Leadership Lessons from a Republican Governor in a Blue State

    Leadership Lessons from a Republican Governor in a Blue State

    Underperforming state agencies, a natural disaster, and a pandemic are among the many challenges that faced Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and his former Chief of Staff Steve Kadish. Looking back during the final year of the Baker Administration, they say running a government is very different and often much harder than leading a private-sector company. And they share their four-part framework for breaking down complicated problems with many stakeholders to get results. It’s valuable for anyone in public service, as well as for leaders and managers in large organizations hamstrung by bureaucracy and politics. Baker and Kadish wrote the new book "Results: Getting Beyond Politics to Get Important Work Done."

    • 28 min
    How Government and Business Can Tackle Big Global Crises Together

    How Government and Business Can Tackle Big Global Crises Together

    It feels like a moment of panic for many. While there were some success stories in how public and private sector leaders managed the global pandemic, it isn't over, and many more crises -- from political polarization to climate change to new technological threats -- loom. But one leading political scientist is hopeful that countries and corporations can find ways to overcome their divisions and better collaborate on our most pressing issues over next ten years. He points to historic precedents and makes specific recommendations for the future, noting that in areas where political divisions cause roadblocks, it will be up to corporate leaders to ensure progress. Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of the Eurasia Group and author of the book "“The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats – and Our Response – Will Change the World.”

    • 29 min
    Comedian Sarah Cooper On Bringing Humor to Any Career

    Comedian Sarah Cooper On Bringing Humor to Any Career

    It's a cliche, but they say it's best to write what you know. That was the case for comedian Sarah Cooper, who rose to viral social media fame in the Trump era through her lip sync TikTok videos. She formerly worked at Yahoo and Google, and she found her way into comedy, in part, by looking at and pointing out the absurdities of corporate culture. She speaks about how humor helped her manage a team, why she took the big risk to quit her job, and how she's navigating the new work world of Hollywood. Cooper is the author of the forthcoming audio book "Let's Catch Up Soon: How I Won Friends and Influenced People Against My Will."

    • 24 min
    3 Strategies for Dealing with Procrastination

    3 Strategies for Dealing with Procrastination

    We’re all prone to procrastinate. We feel guilty about it. And yet, we still do it. Alice Boyes, a former clinical psychologist and author, says breaking the habit is more than simply a matter of discipline. She explains the different causes of procrastination and shares three approaches to beat it: through habits, emotions, and thought patterns. Boyes wrote the book Stress-Free Productivity and the HBR article “How to Stop Procrastinating.”

    • 24 min
    Find Joy in Any Job: How Do I Get My Team to Love Work?

    Find Joy in Any Job: How Do I Get My Team to Love Work?

    Not everyone likes everything about their job all the time. But we know from research that people who are energized by at least parts of their work perform better – and feel a greater sense of well-being. So there’s a huge benefit when teams and organizations encourage employees to spend more of their work day focused on their strengths and passions.
    In this special series from HBR, we’re looking at how to figure out what you really love about work and craft your current job around that. In this episode, we’re scaling up from self-help for individuals to advice for managers and explaining how they can balance these efforts with business goals.
    IdeaCast co-host Alison Beard speaks with Marcus Buckingham, head of research on people and performance at the ADP Research Institute and author of the new book Love + Work.

    • 27 min
    Let's Redefine the Role of Manager

    Let's Redefine the Role of Manager

    Most managers today are overwhelmed. Thanks to rapid technological change, flattening hierarchies, agile work, and new attitudes about talent, they have to do more than ever. Lynda Gratton, professor at London Business School and the founder of HSM, points to a few ways we can solve the problem: by training bosses to be people leaders, outsourcing some of their mundane management tasks, and even splitting the role so some oversee work and others focus on talent development. Gratton is the author of the book Redesigning Work and coauthor along with Diane Gherson of the HBR article “Managers Can’t Do It All.”

    • 24 min

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Gaslighting episode

I appreciate the gaslighting episode but believe there needs to be significant more conversation about it. The reality is when someone stands up to a gaslighter they then become a new target. So the solution of someone else questioning or pushing back against the gaslighter isn’t that viable.

The solution most often is that the victim must leave sacrificing career progression and capital to survive. It’s an insidious problem that needs more visibility and should be an integral part of any DEI initiative as those with the least power are the most frequent targets. For anyone who has been on the receiving end - it’s a devastating and destructive experience that challenges your mental health and self worth.

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Programming

I enjoy the podcast sometimes. I appreciate the business insights that are presented but I find too many episodes that contribute to our collective victim-mentality. Ethical business practices should be a consistent undercurrent, but it’s not the principal reason for listening.

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Megan gerhardt horrible interview

Horrible interview. Waste of time. Just makes excuses

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