Ever wonder how to combine meaning and work? Ever feel like a rebel in your own company? Have you looked at other companies and thought 'Why can't we innovate like them?' Join your host, Chris Thierfelder and his guests from all corners of the business world to discuss these ideas and more each Monday through the summer. Spend a little extra time in the car with us, and maybe you'll learn something new, or maybe you'll just have a reason not to step in to that cubicle on time. A thoughtful business podcast for thoughtful business people.
"Do good. Avoid evil. Celebrate your demons. Ask for help." Season 2 Wrap-up!
Having now taken a couple of weeks to consider Season 2, Chris sits down at the mic to give his thoughts on some overall themes to the season and what he himself has been working on.
Chris gets personal (kind of) and draws out a lesson in karma and the awesome power to alter realty that we all carry around with us, if we'd only just stop to consider it.
"The Reality is, You Never Figure it Out." w/ Brian Rea
Today's the last interview of Season 2, and for it, Chris sits down with artist and author Brian Rea.
Brian's book, "Death Wins a Goldfish" is a beautiful, thoughtful, charming, and insightful look at what happens when the hardest working being on the planet--the Grim Reaper Himself--takes an imposed yearlong holiday and what lessons he learns from stepping away from work. Those lessons are some we can all learn, and that's why we saved this interview for last. It was one of Chris' favorite conversations, and we hope it one of yours, too.
Chris also talks about the last couple of weeks of protests, why history rhymes, and what we can learn from the moment we're in.
Brian's Website: Brianrea.com
Book: "Death Wins a Goldfish"
Article: "The Mystery Gift at the End of the World" by Brian Rea
Revisionist History Presents: The Limits of Power (Chapter 7 of "David and Goliath" by Malcom Gladwell)...this link will open up Apple Podcasts
Not an sponsor, but buy their stuff anyway: Diop
"You Are Enough, and You Got This." w/ Moe Carrick
Today, Chris talks with author, researcher, executive coach and now podcaster(!) Moe Carrick. Moe's work focuses on creating dynamic, human-centric leaders and work places so that we can all thrive and flow in our careers. Her books tackle some of the thorniest ideas in modern leadership, and pays respect to that most complicated workplace mystery: people!
Moe's ideas have been imperative for years but have taken on a new urgency now, as we are all confronted with a need to evolve as leaders and create brand-new paradigms for leadership and for work itself. As we all start to settle in to a "new normal" it's high time we re-consider what good leadership looks like and how it can lift us up and through our current environment.
Read this stuff:
Website: Moecarrick.com (links to toolkits, her books, and podcast can be found there!)
Not a sponsor, but go buy their stuff anyway:
If you find yourself in Bend, OR, go check out Boneyard Bewery!
"You Have to Believe in Your Next Sale" w/ Jeremy Wieland
Today's a little different, folks. Chris and co-host Jeremy Wieland get together to swap stories about the current small business climate as a result of the pandemic. They talk about how the optimism of the small business community clashes with what the data is telling us, what the outcome of a small business apocalypse might look like (hint: good, if you like Chipotle and only Chipotle, bad otherwise), what needs to happen to avert it, and why you should delete your food delivery apps.
Have a great Memorial Day, everyone!
Read this stuff:
Study, Columbia Business School: "Crisis of Confidence Could Delay Recovery Over a Decade"
Article: "Q&A with the President of the SBA of Michigan"
Article: "SHRM Small Business Study (PDF)"
Article: "Delete Your Delivery Apps"
Book: The Black Swan, Second Edition by Nassim Taleb
Buy: Ky's Hawaiian Shirts (they also have pandemic masks!)
Watch (or not): Demolition Man (trailer)
"B******t Jobs and The Revolt of the Caring Class" w/ David Graeber
Today Chris sits down for an expansive talk with David Graeber. He is an anthropologist, author, activist and all-round congenial rabble-rouser. We cover his early observations that led to him writing his seminal work on modern labor "B******t Jobs" and trace through to today, where we see many of his earlier theories put to the test and found quite accurate, not the least of which being that the people we currently refer to as "non-essential" workers were, in fact, engaged in a fair volume of b******t work.
We take a clear look at the state of the economy and of work and what the pandemic is revealing about that, and what we hope to see come out the other side.
Read this stuff:
Book: "B******t Jobs" (finally read the thing that Chris keeps referencing)
Article: Click here for a collection of David's articles
Scholarly Work: Click here for a collection David's scholarly work.
A History of the ILGWU
"The Meritocracy Trap" w/ Daniel Markovits
Chris has a wide-ranging conversation with Daniel Markovits from Yale Law School about his recent book "The Meritocracy Trap" and how the structural imbalances that exist within corporate America conspire to prevent most workers--of almost any level--from the kind of stable career progression that once was responsible for creating a Professional Middle Class in this country.
Chris also muses about gratitude, considering ethical work, and gives a preview of next week's guest (for the first time!)
Read this stuff from Professor Markovits:
Article: "How Life Became and Endless, Terrible Competition"
Article: "How McKinsey Destroyed the Middle Class"
Book: "The Meritocracy Trap"
Op-Ed: "A Wealth Tax is the Logical Way to Support Coronavirus Relief"
About Professor Markovits:
Daniel Markovits is Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Private Law.
Markovits works in the philosophical foundations of private law, moral and political philosophy, and behavioral economics. He publishes in a range of disciplines, including in Science, The American Economic Review, and The Yale Law Journal.
Markovits’s current book, The Meritocracy Trap (forthcoming, Penguin Press), places meritocracy at the center of rising economic inequality and social and political dysfunction. The book takes up the law, economics, and politics of human capital to identify the mechanisms through which meritocracy breeds inequality and to expose the burdens that meritocratic inequality imposes on all who fall within meritocracy’s orbit.
Insightful and Relatable
One episode in and I’m already hooked! The conversations are engaging and highly relevant to modern work culture. Chris does an excellent job as host. He drives the conversation in a very thoughtful direction and speaks with a voice of experience and humility. I’ll be back for more.