Every single day, you do something to help other people. It might be at home, at work, in your neighborhood, or even for total strangers. And you might not think much of it. Helping is just part of who you are.
I'm Aaron Miller, a professor of social innovation, nonprofits, and business ethics at Brigham Young University. I'm fascinated by how all of us can be better helpers. And so I started this podcast and it's called How to Help.
This season, I'll be talking with 12 fascinating people who can teach us a thing or two about helping, whether it's through their research, experience, or example. I loved every conversation and I'm confident that you'll enjoy them, too.
How to Help is for everyone who wants a life and career with more meaning, virtue, and impact on the world and on the people around them.
Humility • Prof. Brad Owens
SummaryIf you want to improve yourself and could choose only one trait to begin, you should start with humility. It's called the "mother of all virtues" because it opens the door to all kinds of personal development. But humility is also sorely misunderstood. It isn't just an internal attitude about ourselves, but an outward set of behaviors that people can observe. It's also essential to effective leadership.
This episode, we'll be taught by humility expert, Prof. Brad Owens. He's done award-winning research on humility in leaders and has shown that leadership humility is key to getting better engagement, more creativity, and higher functioning teams. Prof. Owens will teach us about the specific ingredients of humility that you can practice and encourage in others.
About Our GuestBrad Owens (PhD, University of Washington) is a Professor of Business Ethics in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Personnel Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, and Public Administration Review. Under the general umbrella of Positive Organizational Scholarship, his research focuses on the impact of leader humility on individuals and teams, ethical leadership, and relational energy. Brad's teaching interests include business ethics, organizational behavior, and leadership.
Useful LinksProf. Owens' https://marriott.byu.edu/directory/details?id=33567 (Bio Page)
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Katie-Badura/publication/335078435_Motivation_to_lead_A_meta-analysis_and_distal-proximal_model_of_motivation_and_leadership/links/5f64ee98458515b7cf3eb3e8/Motivation-to-lead-A-meta-analysis-and-distal-proximal-model-of-motivation-and-leadership.pdf ("Motivation to Lead: )A Meta-Analysis and Distal-Proximal Model of Motivation and Leadership.", Journal of Applied Psychology, Volume 105, Pages 331-354, 2020
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1048984317301546?via%3Dihub ("How Does Leader Humility Influence Team Performance)? Exploring the Mechanisms of Contagion and Collective Promotion Focus", Academy of Management Journal, Volume 59, Pages 1088-1111, 2016
https://mgt.buffalo.edu/content/dam/mgt/Faculty-and-Research/OHR/CLOE/Documents/humility-shared-leadership-JAP2016.pdf ("Initiating and Utilizing Shared Leadership in Teams: )The Role of Leader Humility, Team Proactive Personality, and Team Performance Capability", Journal of Applied Psychology, Volume 120, 2016
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28559430-kant-and-the-ethics-of-humility (Kant and the Ethics of Humility) Jeanine Greenberg argues that we can indeed speak of Aristotelian-style, but still deeply Kantian, virtuous character traits. She proposes moving from focus on action to focus on a person, not leaving the former behind but instead taking it up within a larger, more satisfying Kantian moral theory.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/950928.Self_Renewal?ac=1andfrom_search=trueandqid=KdnmsMHXaIandrank=4 (Self-Renewal:) The Individual and the Innovative Society is a book based on why learning is important to creativity and leading.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17782487-humility (Humility:) An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1413853.In_the_Heart_of_the_World?ac=1andfrom_search=trueandqid=T9fcEJPpRBandrank=1 (In the Heart of the World) Mother Teresa shares principles of selflessness, forgiveness, compassion, and spiritual Strength.
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History of Innovation • Dr. Anton Howes
We are surrounded by the fruits of human creativity and innovation. This capacity to improve our world has done immeasurable good. But where does innovation come from and how do we get more of it?
Looking back to one of the most potent periods of world history, my guest this week—Dr. Anton Howes—guides us through the lessons we can learn from the British Industrial Revolution and how those lessons reveal the nature of innovation today. His concept of an "improving mentality" cuts across all of our everyday experiences, and shows us how we can improve our lives and the lives of those around us.
Impact Investing • Geoff Woolley
How do we get more money for those who need it? Charity only accounts for less than 1% of all the money globally, and has stayed consistently flat over time. We need more ways to help people prosper.
Impact investing is a rapidly growing approach that uses capital markets to solve social problems. My guest this week, Geoff Woolley, is a pioneering impact investor with experience growing social impact companies around the world. He'll change the way you think about traditional investing and about the good that business can do.
People spend most of their waking hours working. It's no wonder that we want to enjoy our work, but that can be complicated. The world is full of dangerous or difficult jobs with low pay. How does meaningful work fit ethically in such a world? In this
People spend most of their waking hours working. It's no wonder that we want to enjoy our work, but that can be complicated. The world is full of dangerous or difficult jobs with low pay. How does meaningful work fit ethically in such a world?
In this episode, we'll learn from Dr. Andrea Veltman, an expert in the philosophy of work. Together, we'll confront questions that are guaranteed to make you think differently about your job (and everyone else's too).
Intervention • Bill O'Rourke
Sometimes it's hard to be the hero. According to research, this is one of the most common dilemmas that people face. Bill O'Rourke will guide us through what intervention looks like and how to stand up to those we work with and know. Notice the skills Bill uses, things like gathering the facts, seeking perspective from others, acting confidently, and setting the tone as a leader.
Creativity • Andrew Maxfield
You have a superpower, the ability to imagine completely different circumstances than what reality provides. Take a moment to look around; just about everything you see came from the fruits of someone's creativity. You have the same power, even if you don't think you do.
In this episode, you'll learn how to expand and explore your creativity and our guide will be Andrew Maxfield—composer, entrepreneur, and idea factory. He's the most deliberately creative person I know and an excellent teacher.
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How to Help allowed me to have a greater vision for my life. Listening to the episode “Finding Your Calling” made me realize finding my calling in life was not about getting a dream job. I would highly recommend listening to this episode if you are feeling like you lack purpose in your career or don’t know which career path to follow. I promise it will help!
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This podcast has everything that makes a podcast worth listening to: a voice that’s easy to listen to, music that makes you happy, quality sound engineering, and quick pacing. But even without the high production value, it would still be worth your time because the content makes you think, inspires you to be better, and gives innovative ideas on how to help.
Life’s Calling Redefined
Definitely recommend the episode featuring Jeff Thompson. It goes over what finding your calling in life truly looks like. Your calling should most likely involve using your natural talents to serve others; most fulfilling jobs are done out of duty in an effort to help others. I took a college ethics class from Jeff Thompson and thought it was the most insightful class I’ve taken. This episode truly makes you think about your own talents and how you could use them to help others and gain fulfillment out of your career. Give it a listen!