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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 214. Gorick Ng: The Unspoken Rules for Early Career Success

    Ep 214. Gorick Ng: The Unspoken Rules for Early Career Success

    Gorick Ng is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School and is now a career adviser at Harvard College, specializing in coaching first-generation, low-income students. He’s also a researcher with the Managing the Future of Work project at Harvard. His new book, The Unspoken Rules:  Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right, is now offered to employees at companies such as IBM, Houlihan Lokey, Invesco, Cigna, Qualcomm, GE, and others. Harvard Business School has also given The Unspoken Rules to every 2021 MBA student to give them an edge in their internships and full-time jobs. 
    In this episode, Stew talks with Gorick about specific guidance for how young people can navigate school and their first jobs for early career success, with particular emphasis on first-generation and low-income students.   Gorick’s research and practice reveals there are three critical questions one must answer well: Are you competent? Are you committed? Are you compatible?  After Gorick describes how his personal history led him to devoting himself to this field, he gets into some practical tips with examples for how to go about demonstrating competence, commitment, and compatibility.  
    Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode.  For yourself, or for a young person you know, ask  the three critical questions and come up with an action implied by whatever the answer might be.  Share your reactions to this episode and your suggestions for future shows with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn. 

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    Ep 213. Richard Culatta: Raising Children to Thrive in an Online World

    Ep 213. Richard Culatta: Raising Children to Thrive in an Online World

    Richard Culatta is author of Digital for Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World. Richard serves as CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a nonprofit serving education leaders in 127 countries. A teacher by training and innovator by inclination, Culatta works to leverage technology to reinvent learning and was appointed by President Obama as the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education. Currently, he serves as a senior fellow at NYU’s GovLab and as a design resident for the San Francisco-based innovation and design firm IDEO.
    In this episode, Stew talks with Richard about practical ideas for how we can cultivate good digital citizenship in our children by developing five essential qualities:  focusing on the quality and value of specific content and not on the amount of time spent online; staying informed as a discerning consumer of online content; learning to take in alternative perspectives; engaging in the community; and staying alert and creating safe spaces for others.
    Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode.  What small step can you now take to help a child in your life become a stronger citizen of the digital world?  Share your reactions to this episode and your suggestions for future shows with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn. 

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    Ep 212. Jessica Bacal: Learning from Rejection

    Ep 212. Jessica Bacal: Learning from Rejection

    Jessica Bacal is director of Reflective and Integrative Practices and of the Narratives Project at Smith College.  Her latest book is The Rejection That Changed My Life: 25+ Powerful Women on Being Let Down, Turning It Around, and Burning It Up at Work. It’s is a sequel of sorts to Jessica’s first bestseller, Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong. The Narratives Project at Smith encourages students to explore their passions and articulate their values and goals through personal storytelling. Before her career in higher education, Jessica was an elementary school teacher in New York City, and then a curriculum developer and consultant. She received a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, an MFA in writing from Hunter College, and an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania.
    In this episode, Stew talks with Jessica about how to learn and grow from rejection, a kind of experience everyone has.  She describes how to glean useful data from rejections, especially about your values; cultivate creativity on the other side of the awful feelings that follow rejection; build the “rejection muscle” by exposing yourself to small rejections regularly; and take a new path in a rejection’s wake.  All this comes to light through stories of fascinating women and from exercises derived from their wisdom.  
    Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode.  What small rejections -- at work, at home, in your community, or in your private sphere -- can you induce in order to build your rejection muscle?  Share your reactions to this episode and your suggestions for future shows with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn. 

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    Ep 211. Latha Poonamallee: Mindfulness and Leadership in a Changing World

    Ep 211. Latha Poonamallee: Mindfulness and Leadership in a Changing World

    Latha Poonamallee is an Associate Professor, Chair of Faculty of Management, and University Fellow at the New School in New York City. In her book, Expansive Leadership: Cultivating Mindfulness to Lead Self and Others in a Changing World, she explains that meditation and mindfulness are tools that can change how we do business and are part of a new way to lead us to a better, more equitable world. Latha created the  Management and Social Justice Conversation Series that she hosts at the New School, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Society of Advancement of Management’s Advanced Management Journal. She is also a tech entrepreneur; she co-founded In-Med Prognostics, a neuroscience AI venture that brings affordable and accessible brain health tools to underserved markets.
    In this episode, Stew talks with Latha about her optimistic view of how the pandemic can change for the better the way we do business. They discuss how mindfulness can increase the resilience of individuals and organizations alike and even help us build community and be more connected to each other. They also discuss how technology can be harnessed for good.
    Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode.  Take a deep breath or two, close your eyes, and imagine an interconnected world and your place in it then write a note to yourself in response to this question: What kind of leadership can you develop to support that world?  Share your reactions to this episode and your suggestions for future shows with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn. 

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    Ep 210. Jason Thacker: A Banking Executive on Paternity Leave

    Ep 210. Jason Thacker: A Banking Executive on Paternity Leave

    Jason Thacker is a Senior Vice President of TD Bank Group and Head of Credit Cards and Unsecured Lending. Prior to his current role, Jason served in various executive positions at TD Bank. He started his career in brand management at Procter & Gamble as the company's youngest global expatriate, leading priority brands in both the US and Canada. Jason holds an MBA from The Wharton School and an HBA from the Ivey Business School. In recent years, Jason has been recognized as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40, The Wharton School's 40 under 40 and P&G's Global Alumni under 40. 
    In this episode, Stew talks with Jason about his career, how he applies lessons learned years ago in Stew’s Total Leadership class at Wharton, his recent paternity leave and its impact on his work and most important relationships, the impact of fatherhood on his career, and much more.  
    Here then is an invitation for you, a challenge, after you’ve had a chance to listen to this episode:  If you know someone who is thinking about taking paternity leave or is either now on or has just returned from such a leave, how can you support them?  Share your reactions to this episode and your suggestions for future shows with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn. 

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    • 53 min
    Ep 209. Lauren Smith Brody: The Fifth Trimester

    Ep 209. Lauren Smith Brody: The Fifth Trimester

    Lauren Smith Brody is the founder of The Fifth Trimester and author of the bestselling book The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Success After Baby. Lauren’s book was a simultaneous best-seller in the Amazon categories of motherhood, women and business, and cultural anthropology. She writes regularly about the intersection of business and motherhood.  She is also on the board of the early education nonprofit Docs for Tots. A longtime leader in the women’s magazine industry, Brody was previously the executive editor of Glamour magazine.
    In this episode, Stew talks with Lauren about the practical advice she gleaned from her research about working mothers’ experiences following their children’s arrival, including tips for building strong relationships with the most important people in your life.  They discuss how the pandemic has both highlighted and exacerbated the challenges working mothers face and what public policy can do to move us faster toward an egalitarian society.  
    Here then, is an invitation, a challenge, for you, once you’ve listened to the conversation.  If you agree that investment in our nation’s children is wise, express your support for government policy that provides for their care.  Share your reactions to this idea, this episode, and suggestions for future episodes with Stew by writing to him at friedman@wharton.upenn.edu or via LinkedIn. 

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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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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