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Welcome to the Work and Life Podcast with Stew Friedman -- bestselling author, celebrated professor at The Wharton School, and founder of Wharton's Work/Life Integration Project. Stew is widely recognized as the world's foremost authority on cultivating leadership from the point of view of the whole person. On this podcast, Stew talks with a variety of experts -- leading researchers, progressive executives, policy advocates, inspiring educators, and more -- about how to cultivate harmony between work and the rest of your life; that is, your family, your community, and your private self (mind, body, and spirit). Conversations in all Work and Life Podcast episodes are taken from broadcasts of Stew's Work and Life Radio Show, which airs weekly on SiriusXM 132, Business Radio Powered by Wharton. Tune in on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM Eastern
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Welcome to the Work and Life Podcast with Stew Friedman -- bestselling author, celebrated professor at The Wharton School, and founder of Wharton's Work/Life Integration Project. Stew is widely recognized as the world's foremost authority on cultivating leadership from the point of view of the whole person. On this podcast, Stew talks with a variety of experts -- leading researchers, progressive executives, policy advocates, inspiring educators, and more -- about how to cultivate harmony between work and the rest of your life; that is, your family, your community, and your private self (mind, body, and spirit). Conversations in all Work and Life Podcast episodes are taken from broadcasts of Stew's Work and Life Radio Show, which airs weekly on SiriusXM 132, Business Radio Powered by Wharton. Tune in on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM Eastern
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    Ep 222. Vanessa Bohns: You Have More Influence Than You Think

    Ep 222. Vanessa Bohns: You Have More Influence Than You Think

    Vanessa Bohns is a social psychologist and professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University. Her new book is You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate our Power of Persuasion and Why it Matters.  Vanessa holds a PhD in psychology from Columbia University and an AB from Brown University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and Harvard Business Review, and her research has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and NPR’s Hidden Brain.
    In this episode, Stew talks with Vanessa Bohns about eye-opening research on how people undervalue the impact they have on others and what this means for our lives at work, at home, and in the community.  They discuss practical implications for how to ask for help, most effective means for negotiating boundaries between work and home, how to persuade people to take action on social issues like climate change, how embarrassment informs morality, and more.  
    Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode:  Think of someone who you want to ask for help and use what you learned from this conversation in making that ask.  Share your reactions to this episode and suggestions for future shows with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn. 

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    Ep 221. Alec Ross: The Fight For Our Future

    Ep 221. Alec Ross: The Fight For Our Future

    Alec Ross is one of the world’s leading experts on innovation. A former senior advisor in the Obama Administration, his book is called The Raging 2020s: Companies, Countries, People — and the Fight for Our Future. Alec is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at The University of Bologna Business School and a Board Partner at Amplo, a global venture capital firm. During the Obama Administration, Alec served as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, to help modernize the practice of diplomacy and advance America’s foreign policy interests. He also served as the Convener for the Technology & Media Policy Committee on Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. He’s also the author of the bestselling book The Industries of the Future.
    In this episode, Stew talks with one of the world’s leading experts on innovation, Alec Ross. A former senior advisor in the Obama Administration, his new book is The Raging 2020s: Companies, Countries, People — and the Fight for Our Future.  It’s a brilliant, highly-readable, comprehensive analysis of how our social contract became broken that provides practical ideas for action to reset our course toward a better tomorrow.  Stew and Alec talk about what he learned starting out as a school teacher in an economically ravaged part of Baltimore that informs his current thinking (“talent is everywhere but opportunity is not”); the central problems of government, the private sector, and labor politics; and what we can and must to to create a sustainable world as a nation, as employees, and citizens.  
     
    Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode:  What consumer choice can you make, that you’ve not made before, that will direct your resources toward companies you want to support because of their values, even if it might be relatively less convenient or more costly to acquire their goods or services?  Share your reactions to this episode and suggestions for future shows with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn.

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    Ep 220. Rob Cross: Breaking Free From Collaboration Overload

    Ep 220. Rob Cross: Breaking Free From Collaboration Overload

    Rob Cross is the Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Leadership at Babson College and the author of Beyond Collaboration Overload: How to Work Smarter, Get Ahead and Restore Your Well-Being. He has studied the underlying network dynamics of effective organizations and the collaborative practices of high performers for more than 20 years. Rob is cofounder and Research Director of the Connected Commons business consortium. He writes about practical approaches to enhancing collaboration, and is the coauthor of five other books, including The Hidden Power of Social Networks.
    In this episode, Stew talks with Rob about the causes of the epidemic of too much collaboration at work and how this problem has reduced productivity and well-being in all parts of our lives.  They discuss Rob’s research on how effective collaborators break free from the tyranny of inessential collaboration and then focus their attention and energy on, among other things, finding simple ways to cultivate diverse networks that give them greater courage via fresh perspectives they gain on how to live a good life.  Rob describes how to identify and reduce what he calls the now-common “micro-stressors” in our lives.  
     
    Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode: Identify one micro-stressor in your life – over which you can exert some control – and see if you can come up with a small step you can take to reduce or eliminate it.  Share your reactions to this episode and suggestions for future shows with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn.

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    Ep 219. Scott Behson: The Whole-Person Workplace

    Ep 219. Scott Behson: The Whole-Person Workplace

    Scott Behson is a professor of management and Silberman Global Faculty Fellow at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he is an award winning researcher and teacher. He is published in academic journals as well as in the popular press. He is the author of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide and most recently The Whole-Person Workplace: Building Better Workplaces Through Work-Life, Wellness and Employee Support.
    In this episode, Stew talks with Scott about insights for action from his new book on how to garner employer support for all employees, and for working parents in particular, in the new world created by the pandemic’s jolt.  Scott describes what he’s learned about what employees want these days, he offers advice for job seekers in the current labor market, and he suggests some practical ideas for how managers can build a better workplace and improve business results.  
     
    Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode:  What can you now envision about your work or career that you couldn’t see prior to the pandemic?  Share your reactions to this episode and suggestions for future shows with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn. 

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    Ep 218. Carmen Fernandez: Chief People Officer, Marsh McLennan

    Ep 218. Carmen Fernandez: Chief People Officer, Marsh McLennan

    Carmen Fernandez is Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at Marsh McLennan, one of the world’s leading professional services firms in the areas of risk, strategy and people. She is committed to creating a culture that is inclusive and vibrant with inspiring leadership.
    In this episode, Stew talks with Carmen about the new challenges in Human Resources today as we strive to emerge from the pandemic; how to attract and retain talent now that so many people have been changed by the experience of remote work and by their increased interest in what matters most in life; diversity and inclusion best practices; what she learned from Stew’s Total Leadership approach, and more.
     
    Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode: Try using Carmen’s great example of a community-building activity by starting a meeting asking attendees to write a short note of appreciation to someone in your organization. And here’s another great practice from Carmen, one that she uses in her family: Try having a short weekly conversation with your family asking each member to say what they’re hoping to accomplish in the week ahead and what help they need to do so. Share your reactions to this episode and suggestions for future shows with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn.

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    Ep 217. Daisy Dowling: The Workparent Toolkit

    Ep 217. Daisy Dowling: The Workparent Toolkit

    Daisy Dowling is Founder and CEO of Workparent, an executive coaching and training firm, and in 2021 she published the book Workparent: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids. As an advisor to working parents, Daisy draws on her own experience as a parent, her years in investment banking, and her work in the field of talent and leadership development to help people find happiness in their careers. 
    In this episode, Stew talks with Daisy about her evolution from investment banking to advisor for working parents, the useful tips she gathered from speaking to a variety of working parents across different stages of the parenting life cycle, what it takes to be the mayor of the village that raises your children, and more about how to succeed as a parent and in your career.  
     
    Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode, and if you are a working parent.  Take a moment to find an opportunity to use the advice Daisy offered at the end of this conversation:  Express appreciation to your parenting partner – anyone who helps you in this aspect of your life – for their contribution, however big or small, and see what happens.  Share your reactions to this episode and suggestions for future shows with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn. 

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Customer Reviews

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80 Ratings

80 Ratings

oliviabaker13 ,

Amazing advice for a better life!

Business as usual just isn’t cutting it. As burnout runs rampant, so many are on the hunt for that elusive “work-life balance”. This show is a fantastic resource to hear from those who’ve got some amazing ideas on how to lead a better life (at work and at home). Stew leads really engaging conversations and always seems to have the perfect question! Highly recommend tuning in.

savvy_entrepreneur ,

great interviewer

I find this show so compelling because Stew is a really great interviewer, and I also enjoy when he shares some of his own experience. I always leave this show with some gems to think about long after.

EveMadisonR ,

Work life integration is the most important issue in the 21st century

Stew has been working on these issues for years — his voice is crucial.

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