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Best-selling author Whitney Johnson (“Disrupt Yourself”) explores her passion for personal disruption through engaging conversations with disruptors. Each episode of this podcast reveals new insights about how we work, learn, and live.

Disrupt Yourself Podcast with Whitney Johnson Whitney Johnson

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 430 Ratings

Best-selling author Whitney Johnson (“Disrupt Yourself”) explores her passion for personal disruption through engaging conversations with disruptors. Each episode of this podcast reveals new insights about how we work, learn, and live.

    373 Nathan Tanner: Are You Neglecting Your Internal Game To Succeed At The External Game?

    373 Nathan Tanner: Are You Neglecting Your Internal Game To Succeed At The External Game?

    Self-fulfilling prophecies – and falling into their trap – are part and parcel of being human. From ancient Greek tragedies to television like Breaking Bad, they’ve popped up time and time again. We just can’t escape our flaw of telling ourselves stories about the future, and then making them reality.
    But what if it… wasn’t a flaw? What if there was a real power, a real gift in being about to tell yourself a story and see it through? You might know Steph Curry from his legacy at the Golden State Warriors, but would you believe he wasn’t even scouted coming out of high school? 
    Our guest today is a big believer in turning the self-fulfilling prophecy stigma on its head. Nathan Tanner thought he finally had it all with a cushy investment gig at Lehman Brothers. The problem was, he joined up in 2008, right before Lehman went through the biggest bank collapse in history. To hear him say it, it would have been the easiest thing to write a personal story… of failure. 
    But since then, Nathan’s worked through top positions at LinkedIn and DoorDash before settling into his own coaching practice. Today, he’s out with a new book, suitably titled The Unconquerable Leader – Mastering the Internal and External Game. It’s all about learning to show up for yourself so that you can properly show up for others.
     

    • 50 min
    372 Michael Bungay Stanier: How You Can Turn Coaching Into An Automatic Reflex

    372 Michael Bungay Stanier: How You Can Turn Coaching Into An Automatic Reflex

    Today, we wanted to bring back a conversation I had with Michael Bungay Stanier back in 2018, where we explored what it really means to be a coach. His self-published book The Coaching Habit had only been out for two years, and it had already sold 300 thousand copies.
    Bringing the philosophy of coaching into our lives can be one of the most personally disruptive and rewarding projects we take on. It changes and strengthens how we support others in our lives, and the support we receive in return. Michael breaks this down in such an accessible way that we felt a re-air was more than worth it.
     

    • 46 min
    371 Eduardo Briceno: When You’re Not Seeing Growth, Learn To Change How You’re Changing

    371 Eduardo Briceno: When You’re Not Seeing Growth, Learn To Change How You’re Changing

    So much of what we talk about on here is change – navigating change, embracing change, creating change. I think it’s fair to say that if you’re listening, change of some form is on your mind. We’re no strangers when it comes to figuring out how to get from A to B.
    But what happens when we have to change… how we’re changing? What happens when we plateau with our progress, and the old models of learning just aren’t sticking anymore? What does jumping to that new S Curve look like?
    That’s where our guest today comes in. Eduardo Briceno is the co-founder of Mindset Works, a firm dedicated to bringing Carol Dweck’s growth mindset to workplaces world-wide. He’s out now with The Performance Paradox, a book dedicated to that question of changing how you’re changing.
    From Caracas, Venezuela to the Stanford Business School, Eduardo has navigated all kinds of change, even a fear of public speaking. So what do we have to learn from him?
     

    • 48 min
    370 Roger L. Martin: How To Turn Around A Failing Business School – Without Doing A Whole Lot Of Anything

    370 Roger L. Martin: How To Turn Around A Failing Business School – Without Doing A Whole Lot Of Anything

    This week we’ve got a special episode, a longer one than we normally do. But when you have an opportunity, to talk to the person who built the Rotman School of Management into the powerhouse it is today, you have to use every minute you get.
     Roger L. Martin was told that the Toronto’s Rotman School wasn’t worth his time, that it was a quote – cesspool of intrigue. Roger himself will say that he didn’t do much in his 15 years as dean, just tinkering and prodding. He’s a bit of an understated enigma, as you’ll soon find out. But when Rotman’s prestige today ranks up there with Stanford and Harvard, you can’t really argue with his results. 
     There’s so much to mine in this conversation, we thought it would be a shame to cut it down and fit it within our normal episode length. If you have the time, I’d love for you to give it more than just one listen.
     

    • 1 hr 25 min
    369 Ruth McKeaney: To Make A House A Home, Tailor Your Family Systems With Intention

    369 Ruth McKeaney: To Make A House A Home, Tailor Your Family Systems With Intention

    Ask a thousand people how to make a house a home, and you might get a thousand different answers. Some will say it’s family; others say it’s all in the interior decor – neighborhood pride, or a furry friend, maybe. 
    Regardless of how you answer the question, you can’t just sit back and wait for it to become a home – everyone agrees that something needs to be done. 
    Our guest today is an expert on making that transition from house to home. Moving every 18 months or so, Ruth McKeaney raised five kids alongside her husband. Move into a fixer-upper, fix it up with the family’s help, sell it, rinse and repeat. It was only a matter of time until Ruth’s ability to structure her family’s systems came to the attention of book publishers.
    Hungry for Home is Ruth’s manual on building a home, everything from home restoration to frozen cookie dough.
     

    • 53 min
    368 Cal Newport: Why The Factory Model Of Work Doesn’t Work In The Modern Age

    368 Cal Newport: Why The Factory Model Of Work Doesn’t Work In The Modern Age

    How many of us have mastered the skill of looking busy, at some point in our professional lives? It’s an art, really – moving from one tab to another with lightspeed, peering at the screen and making that face that you think communicates determination, drive, intent. 
     
    Our guest today says that it’s nothing to feel bad about. When a portion of the population moved from factories to cubicles, they still brought that factory-floor mentality with them. Look good in front of the boss, keep working, don’t stop moving. Cal Newport calls this pseudo-productivity – the art of looking busy.
     
    Cal says there’s a way out, though. He calls it Slow Productivity – also the title of his new book, out now. How can we accomplish our dreams without the emotional and physical burnout that so many industries seem to take for granted?
     

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
430 Ratings

430 Ratings

Gay&Sweaty ,

Embracing Change

With engaging conversations featuring disruptors, each episode provides new insights into the way we work, learn, and live. This show has helped me truly embrace change and it's a must-listen! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

enialo ,

I love the idea of the S curve

Whitney is a class act, she is great at emphasizing the strengths and making her guests shine. She is genuine and intelligent and she's inspiring me.

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