13 episodes

The best bosses create systems for solving problems old and new—from navigating working-from-home demands to hiring the right people, from running good meetings to managing themselves. 
Andrew Palmer, author of the Bartleby column, looks for advice on how to be a better boss by talking to people who have actually done the job. Listen to The Economist's seven-episode guide for managers.
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Boss Class from The Economist The Economist

    • Business
    • 4.5 • 55 Ratings

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The best bosses create systems for solving problems old and new—from navigating working-from-home demands to hiring the right people, from running good meetings to managing themselves. 
Andrew Palmer, author of the Bartleby column, looks for advice on how to be a better boss by talking to people who have actually done the job. Listen to The Economist's seven-episode guide for managers.
Episodes are out on Mondays. If you're not already a subscriber to The Economist, sign up for our podcast subscription, Economist Podcasts+ at economist.com/podcastsplus.

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    Boss Class 1: Weed it and reap

    Boss Class 1: Weed it and reap

    Andrew Palmer, The Economist's Bartleby columnist, learns lessons in management on a Norwegian mountainside. He hears from Emma Walmsley, the CEO of GSK; Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel prize-winning psychologist; and Claire Hughes-Johnson, the one-time COO of Stripe. 
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    • 31 min
    Boss Class 2: Out of office

    Boss Class 2: Out of office

    To manage a workforce divided between the home and office, bosses should ask the five basic questions of journalism: who, what, where, when and why. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jane Sun, the CEO of Trip.com Group, and Lidiane Jones, the CEO of Slack, give their divergent views. 
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    • 33 min
    Boss Class 3: Testing, testing

    Boss Class 3: Testing, testing

    It is the most important decision a manager can make. How do you increase your chances of hiring the right people? Tracey Franklin, Moderna's human-resources chief, tells Andrew Palmer how the company scaled up at speed during the pandemic. Andrew learns what not to do when taking psychometric recruitment tests and a headhunter from Russell Reynolds reveals the secrets to a successful CEO search.

    Boss Class 4: Inside the yellow line

    Boss Class 4: Inside the yellow line

    Taavet Hinrikus, the co-founder of Wise, one of the world’s biggest fintech firms, gives advice on forming and running teams. Andrew Palmer learns the secrets of teamwork in Afghanistan, Mumbai and Silicon Valley; and Amy Edmondson of Harvard Business School explains how to foster psychological safety.

    Boss Class: Trailer

    Boss Class: Trailer

    The workplace keeps changing and managers have to keep up. The best bosses create systems for solving problems old and new—from navigating working-from-home demands to hiring the right people, from running good meetings to managing themselves. 
    Andrew Palmer, author of the Bartleby column, looks for advice on how to be a better boss by talking to people who have actually done the job. Listen to The Economist's seven-episode guide for managers.
    Episodes are out on Mondays starting later in October. If you're not already a subscriber to The Economist, sign up for a free trial of Economist Podcasts+ or if you’re already a subscriber to The Economist, you have full access to all our shows as part of your subscription. For more information about how to access Economist Podcasts+, please visit our FAQs page or watch our video explaining how to link your account.

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    • 2 min
    Boss Class 5: The clown car

    Boss Class 5: The clown car

    What if all the meetings in your calendar disappeared overnight? Tia Silas, Chief HR Officer of Shopify, an e-commerce firm, tells Andrew Palmer what happened when they tried just that. Claire Hughes-Johnson, a former COO of Stripe, offers a practical guide to running meetings. And we eavesdrop on the weekly meeting at The Economist, with lessons from Zanny Minton Beddoes, our editor-in-chief, on how she encourages constructive debate.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Dm9b5 ,

Interesting and witty

These are great. I wish they were longer, and I hope they have an extended run. The interviews and observations are illuminating and properly nuanced. A few times when things seem to be veering into the simplistic or panacean, Andrew Palmer grounds us with a direct skewering or subtle aside. It’s a great balance of the aspirational and practical with the goal of helping managers do better for their teams.

nick van praag ,

Unalloyed management savvy, neatly packaged

I wish I’d had this package of insight when i started managing people and processes. It covers all the bases with with wit and wisdom.

Gibindc ,

Brilliantly produced!

The Economist’s Andrew Palmer takes you on an audio journey, introducing us to leaders around the world who share interesting perspectives and fresh solutions to today’s management challenges. Brilliantly produced and seasoned with a pinch of intrigue and a dash of comedic wit, each episode leaves you wanting more. This should be a weekly!

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