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Smart People Podcast | Interviews in Education, Creativity, Business, and More!

Smart People Podcast | Interviews in Education, Creativity, Business, and More!

Description

Smart People Podcast is simply a place to hear cool stuff from some of the smartest people on earth. We are reaching out to leading professionals in various industries to pick their oversized brains and pass that information along to our listeners. You will hear top notch advice from M.D.’s and CFP’s, athletes and intellectuals, porn stars and Buddhists and everything in between.

Episodes

Neil Pasricha - Are You a Unique Snowflake?

Dec 3, 2019 00:47:05

Description:

Neil is an author, pubic speaker, and podcaster. All of his current work focuses on gratitude, happiness, failure, resilience, and trust. As an author, he has published six books, including his newest book, You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life.

As a speaker, Neil gives over 50 (FIFTY!!!!) speeches a year.

Neil has a fantastic TED talk and a TEDx talk that he says "bombed":

The 3 A's of Awesome - TED talkHow do you maximize your tiny, short life? - TEDx talk

Find out more about Neil at neil.blog!


We discuss:

What are the biggest ideas around resiliency?How do we get started in finding our art?

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Dr. William Li - Have We Finally Solved What to Eat?

Nov 19, 2019 00:54:35

Description:

William W. Li, MD, is a world-renowned physician, scientist, speaker, and author. Dr. Li is also the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Medical Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation, a nonprofit organization he co-founded. Dr. Li's most recent book is, Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself.

Dr. Li's TED Talk, “Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?” has been viewed over 11 million times!

Find out more about Dr. William Li at https://drwilliamli.com.


We discuss:

What are are our natural defense systems and how do they help us?What is regeneration and what does it protect us from?Is red meat truly bad for us?What is recommended for finding out what works for our body?

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Dr. Sasha Heinz - Stop Self Sabotage and Achieve Happiness

Nov 5, 2019 01:05:41

Description:

Dr. Sasha Heinz is a developmental psychologist and life coach. She is an expert in lasting behavioral change and the science of getting unstuck. In her private coaching practice, she helps women cultivate greater psychological flexibility and mental fitness and live a life that lines up with their values.

Dr. Heinz has a Bachelor Arts from Harvard University, a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Development Psychology from Columbia University.

Find out more about Dr. Sasha Heinz at her website and on Instagram!


We discuss:

What are most people seeking?How do we go from zero to 'what we want'?How do we avoid negativity, impostor syndrome, etc?

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Andrew Yang - 2014 Interview Rebroadcast

Oct 26, 2019 00:44:24

Description:

We had the chance to interview Andrew Yang back in 2014. Now, he is a Democratic presidential candidate and we think that's pretty cool.

Check out what Andrew had to say back in 2014!


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Richard Robb - Why We Do What We Do

Oct 22, 2019 01:07:25

Description:

Richard Robb is a Columbia University economics professor and the CEO of Christofferson, Robb & Company, a $5 billion hedge fund. Richard also holds a BA from Duke University and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

Richard's book, Willful: How We Choose What We Do will be on shelves November 12th.


We discuss:

Where does emotion fit when it comes to making choices?What advice would you give to the non-professional investor?Do you believe there's a growing trend in green investments?

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CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke - Uh Oh, Relationship Conflicts

Oct 8, 2019 01:06:38

Description:

CrisMarie Campbell is an Olympic rower, speaker, Boeing flight test engineer, has her MBA, AND is the co-founder of thrive! inc. She's spent 20 years helping men, women, couples, and teams to resolve difficult conflicts and create strong, thriving relationships.

Susan Clarke has been coaching leaders and facilitating teams and groups for over 20 years. She came into coaching in a very different route after being told she had just six months to live from a terminal cancer diagnosis.

CrisMarie and Susan are the authors of, The Beauty of Conflict for Couples.


We discuss:

How do we understand how to do conflict when people approach it from different ables?What are the biggest commonalities of struggle in a relationship?

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Dr. Jo Boaler - Is Your Mind Limitless?

Sep 24, 2019 00:56:59

Description:

Dr. Jo Boaler is the Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Education at Stanford University and co-founder of www.youcubed.org. She is the author of eleven books including What's Math Got To Do With It? and Mathematical Mindsets. Dr. Boaler was also a White House presenter on equity.


We discuss:

Do you believe that almost anyone can be an 'Einstein'?What do you tell professionals that are trying to grow their career or start a business, about utilizing the idea of a limitless mind?What do you recommend to people that struggle with self doubt?

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Dr. Chuck Ruby - Is Mental Illness a Myth?

Sep 10, 2019 01:37:32

Description:

Dr. Ruby earned his Ph.D. in 1995 at Florida State University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of military service as a criminal, counterintelligence, and counterespionage special agent and investigative psychologist in many capacities across the globe. Following his military career, Dr. Ruby has been a psychologist and coach in private practice. 


We discuss:

Why does Dr. Ruby believe calling mental illness an 'illness' is a problem?What advice does Dr. Ruby give those who are dealing with depression and anxiety?

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Steven Rogelberg - Meetings: We Need Them, Everyone Hates Them

Aug 27, 2019 00:53:00

Description:

Dr. Steven Rogelberg is a Professor of Organizational Science, Management, and Psychology, as well as the Director of Organizational Science at UNC Charlotte. He is the Editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology, and the Talent Management Essentials book series. His research has been profiled on TV, radio, all the major newspapers, and countless magazines. You can find out more about Steven at his website https://www.stevenrogelberg.com, or you can follow him on Twitter, @stevenrogelberg.

Steven's book, The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance is available wherever books are sold. 


We discuss:

What excites Steven about "understanding work"?What are the benefits of meetings?What is the average experience when it comes to "wasting time" in meetings?What would you tell leaders to help them run more efficient meetings?


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Amy McCready - How to Raise Kids Right

Aug 13, 2019 00:57:16

Description:

Amy McCready is a parenting expert, best-selling author, speaker, instructor, and mom. Amy is also the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions. You can follow her on Twitter at @AmyMcCreadyPPS.

Amy's books, If I Have to Tell You One More Time... and The Me, Me, Me Epidemic are both available wherever books are sold. 


We discuss:

How bad is it when we yell at our kids?How much attention do kids truly need and when can we try to persuade them to be independent?What brought "positive parenting" to the forefront of your teaching?

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Jim Weatherall - Fake News: Why What You Believe Depends on Who You Know

Jul 30, 2019 00:52:56

Description:

James Owen Weatherall is a physicist, philosopher, and mathematician. He holds graduate degrees from Harvard, the Stevens Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Irvine, where he is presently an assistant professor of logic and philosophy of science. He has written for Slate and Scientific American.

James' newest book, The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread is available now and is co-authored with Cailin O'Connor (@cailinmeister).


We discuss:

Are we moving backwards as an intellectual society?What is causing the 'splitting' of society into two sides?We are we so tribal in our thinking?

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Sherri Davidoff and Jeremy Smith - Hackers: from Subculture to Industry

Jul 16, 2019 00:47:49

Description:

Jeremy Smith has written for The Atlantic, Discover, and the New York Times. Jeremy's work have been featured by CNN, NPR, The Today Show, and Wired. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Montana. Jeremy's book, Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien" is available now.

Sherri Davidoff is a noted cybersecurity expert, author, speaker and CEO of both LMG Security and BrightWise, Inc. During her hacker days, she was known as, "Alien." Sherri holds her degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.


We discuss:

What does it mean to be a 'hacker'?What did Jeremy learn about his personal, digital privacy?What can digital communication users do to better protect themselves?

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Introducing Bandtastic

Jul 12, 2019 00:03:22

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Check out Bandtastic, brought to you by Himalaya Media + Drennon Davis and Mike Phirman.


From the minds of musical comedians Mike Phirman & Drennon Davis, and vocal talents from Legend of Korra’s, Janet Varney and pop singer Esthero, comes an all-new musical space comedy that the whole family can get on board with!

Rich Karlgaard - Why Your Career Takes Time

Jul 2, 2019 00:52:33

Description:

Rich Karlgaard is an award-winning columnist, author, television commentator, private investor, and board director. Rich focuses on the fundamentals of business, the need for constant innovation, and the importance of building the right corporate culture. He is also an advisor at the Forbes School of Business & Technology.

Rich's book, Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement is available now.

Find out more about being a 'late bloomer' at latebloomer.com.


We discuss:

What does a publisher do at a major magazine?What have you learned about getting the attention of customers, when it comes to creating content?What would you tell people who feel like 'they cannot wait' for their career to take off?

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Scott Miller - Management Mess to Leadership Success

Jun 18, 2019 01:00:24

Description:

Entering his twenty-third year with FranklinCovey, Scott Miller serves as the executive vice president of thought leadership. He is the host of the FranklinCovey-sponsored On Leadership With Scott Miller, a weekly leadership webcast, podcast, and newsletter that features interviews with renowned business titans, authors, and thought leaders and is distributed to more than five million business leaders worldwide.

He is also the host of the weekly radio program Great Life, Great Career With Scott Miller on iHeart Media’s KNRS 105.9. This radio program and podcast provide insight and strategies drawn from FranklinCovey’s leadership principles and from Miller’s career and personal life experience to assist listeners in becoming more effective as business leaders and to improve their personal performance. Additionally, Miller authors a weekly leadership column for Inc. magazine.

Scott's book, Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow is available on Tuesday, June 18th.


We discuss:

Have you always been able to recognize the 'messes' or is that something that was fostered?How did you reach the heights of being in the c-suite? What attributes did you have naturally?What advice would you give to continue growing in your career to add more value to the world and your family?


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Dr. Anthony Youn - Plastic Surgeon Reveals All

Jun 4, 2019 00:49:48

Description:

Dr. Anthony Youn a board-certified plastic surgeon, author, and anti-aging expert. Dr. Youn has performed tens of thousands of successful cosmetic procedures, wrote the phenomenal book, The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How to Really Look 10 Years Younger, and hosts The Holistic Plastic Surgery Show podcast.

Dr. Youn's book, The Passion Paradox: A Guide to Going All In, Finding Success, and Discovering the Benefits of an Unbalanced Life is available wherever books are sold.

Learn more about the Dr. Anthony Youn at dryoun.com.


We discuss:

What is holistic plastic surgery and what does it mean to you?What is the best way to figure out an at-home skincare routine?What should we be aware of when deciding what sunscreen to use?


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Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness - Follow Your Passion? Not so Fast.

May 21, 2019 01:04:41

Description:

Brad Stulberg researches, writes, speaks, and coaches on health and human performance. His coaching practice includes working with athletes, entrepreneurs, and executives on their mental skills and overall wellbeing.

Steve Magness writes, speaks, and coaches on health and human performance. He is a coach to some of the top distance runners in the world. He consults with executives and athletes on performance, culture, and mental skills development.

In addition to Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox, their writing and opinions have been featured in national outlets including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Wired, CNN, NPR, The BBC, Forbes, ESPN, Outside Magazine, and The Huffington Post.

Their newest book, The Passion Paradox: A Guide to Going All In, Finding Success, and Discovering the Benefits of an Unbalanced Life is out now!

Learn more about the Brad, Steve, and the book at https://www.passionparadoxbook.com.


We discuss:

How did you decide to write a book about passion?How do we differentiate passions that are going to bring us "success"?How do we separate our value from our passion?


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Laura Tierney - Parenting in the Age of Social Media

May 7, 2019 00:51:54

Description:

Laura Tierney is the founder and CEO of The Social Institute. Prior to being the founder, Laura served as Social Media Director at the award-winning advertising agency McKinney. Laura was a student-athlete at Duke University, majoring in sociology and journalism, and became a 4-time Duke All-American, 2-time team captain, and Duke Athlete of the Decade for field hockey. During her time at Duke, she played with the U.S. Women’s Junior National Field Hockey Team, representing the United States at home and abroad.

Learn more at https://thesocialinstitute.com or by following @soLaur on Twitter!

We discuss:

What are the positive things students are utilizing social media to accomplish?How do kids see digital and social interact within their world?How much should we be 'watching' our kids when it comes to their social media involvement?


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Lori Gottlieb - We Need to Talk

Apr 23, 2019 00:52:48

Description:

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author who writes the weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column for The Atlantic. She has written hundreds of articles related to psychology and culture, many of which have become viral sensations all over the world. A contributing editor for the Atlantic, she also writes for The New York Times Magazine, and appears as a frequent expert on relationships, parenting, and hot-button mental health topics in media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dr. Phil, CNN, and NPR.

Learn more at LoriGottlieb.com or by following @LoriGottlieb1 on Twitter!

Lori's book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed is available now!

We discuss:

How difficult was it to write about your relationship and how vulnerable did you feel?How do you handle self-doubt and how do you handle it with patients?What are the recommendations for helping someone that "just wants to be heard"?


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Sandy Rogers - Invest in Building Loyalty

Apr 9, 2019 00:49:16

Description:

Sandy Rogers is the leader of FranklinCovey’s Loyalty Practice, a FranklinCovey offering which helps organizations increase customer and employee loyalty. Prior to FranklinCovey, he was a senior vice president at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Before making his way to Enterprise, Sandy worked in marketing at Apple and brand management at P&G. Sandy has a bachelor’s degree from Duke and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Sandy's book, Leading Loyalty: Cracking the Code to Customer Devotion is available on April 16th. You can pre-order it now!

We discuss:

What are the three pillars of loyalty and how was it built into the culture at Apple?What is it about a customer that 'proves' loyalty? How is customer loyalty defined?What is your favorite example of a company that embodies loyalty and has created loyal customers?


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Safi Bahcall - Nurture Crazy Ideas

Mar 26, 2019 01:03:41

Description:

Safi is a physicist, a biotech entrepreneur, and an author... just to name a few! Safi has presented at approximately 130 banking conferences, investor events, and medical meetings around the world, as well as at leading academic institutions. He was a Miller Fellow in physics at UC Berkeley AND in 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors (PCAST) on the future of national research.

Safi's book, Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries is available now. Pick it up today!

Learn more about Safi: https://www.bahcall.com.

We discuss:

Why did you leave you profession in Physics to "start over?"How do you marry the idea of learning new things, with your employers desire for you to be a specialist?What is the difference between focusing on culture versus structure?


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Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath - How Your Stories Change Your Reality

Mar 12, 2019 01:22:09

Description:

Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Melbourne and an MEd in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University. He has worked as a teacher, curriculum developer, brain researcher, and is currently an educational researcher at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Jared's new book, Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights From Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick is available on March 12th. Check it out!

To learn more about Jared and his work, visit: https://www.scienceoflearning.com.au.

Check out Jared's amazing TEDx talk, "Your Brain, Your Life."

We ask:

What are our "dozens of mini-brains?" What exactly are they?Are we limiting our experience because of the mental maps we create?How do you identify a story to determine if it's serving us or not serving us?


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Dave Birss - Great Ideas, You've Got Them

Feb 27, 2019 01:08:22

Description:

Dave Birss is a creative at heart and he's one of our favorite creatives to have on the show. Dave is the author of the bestselling book, A User Guide to the Creative Mind: Understanding Where Ideas Come From and Helping You Have More of Them. In addition to writing, Dave's credits are many. He runs RIGHT Thinking, which shows organizations a more effective way to generate more effective ideas. 

Dave was also the founder and editor of Open for Ideas; an online magazine that focused on creativity. Before that, he spent the majority of his career in the world of advertising, both as a copywriter and an art director.

Dave's newest book, How to Get to Great Ideas: A system for smart, extraordinary thinking is phenomenal. You need to go get it and read it!

To learn more about Dave, visit his website at: davebirss.com

We discuss:

How do we embrace diversity more in the creative process?Why do we need to put a definition on creativity?How do we go about being creative and adding value to the world?


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317 - Annie McKee - Find Happiness at Work

Feb 15, 2019 00:56:42

Description:

Annie McKee is is a best-selling author, PhD, speaker and advisor. She is a coach to executives in Fortune 500 companies and organizations all over the world. She is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and teaches the PennCLO Executive Doctoral program and the MedEd Master’s program.

Annie's book, How to Be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope, and Friendship is a must read and is available now!

To learn more about Annie, visit her website at: www.anniemckee.com.

We discuss:

Why does executive coaching exist? Why do so many executives need coaching?What are the "happiness traps?" How do they weigh on us at work?How can we offer "purpose" to everyone across all jobs?


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316 - Sean McFate - The Future of War

Jan 29, 2019 00:55:35

Description:

Sean McFate is an author, novelist, and foreign policy expert. To expand on his already awesome background, Sean is a professor of strategy at the National Defense University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is also an Advisor to Oxford University's Centre for Technology and Global Affairs.

Sean's book, The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder is available now!

To learn more about Sean, head over to: www.seanmcfate.com.

We discuss:

When it comes to the topic of war, why can't we all just get along?What or who is the biggest threat to our civilization?What is an example of someone yielding wealth and taking power for their individual gain?How is America doing when it comes to the 'future of war'?

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315 - Cheryl Heller - Higher Purpose Through Social Design

Jan 15, 2019 00:52:44

Description:

Cheryl Heller is strategist and designer, who has had an amazing career. She is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts. She was awarded a Practitioner Fellowship in the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Program. This only scratches the surface!

Cheryl's most recent book is The Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design.

To learn more about Cheryl, head over to: heller.commonwise.design.

We discuss:

What is social design?How does social design help put structure to complexity?What is the most foundational aspect of social design?


Links mentioned:

https://workingnarratives.org/article/public-narrativehttp://marshallganz.usmblogs.com/files/2012/08/Public-Narrative-Worksheet-Fall-2013-.pdf


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2018 End of Year Special

Jan 8, 2019 01:33:43

Description:

2018 is over and we sit down to reminisce about the year that has passed... and drink a little whiskey while doing it! We have a whiskey tasting (listen to the end of the episode!), answer some listener questions, and take some time to reflect. Enjoy!

Don't worry! We return to your regularly scheduled interview next week. 

314 - Mark Manson - Experience Growth and Fulfillment

Dec 31, 2018 00:51:59

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This week, we speak with Mark Manson. Mark is a New York Times bestselling author, a blogger, and internet entrepreneur. He often writes about what he considers to be life's most important topics: happiness, self-knowledge, habits, and relationships.

Mark's book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life is a must read!

To learn more about Mark, check out his website: markmanson.net.

We discuss:

How did you make your transformation into the self-help genre?How do I figure out what I want to do with my life?Where is Mark now in his life (this was 2 years ago!)?What would you tell a 21 year old to figure out what will work for them?

313 - Karen Wickre - Networking Tips From a Silicon Valley Pro

Dec 19, 2018 00:45:58

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This week, we speak with Karen Wickre. Karen is a Silicon Valley veteran. She worked at Google for a decade and moved to Twitter as the Editorial Director. She is a member of the Board of Visitors for the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, and serves on the boards of the International Center for Journalists, the News Literacy Project, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has also been a featured columnist for Wired.

Karen’s new book is, Taking the Work Out of Networking: An Introvert’s Guide to Making Connections That Count.

To learn more about Karen, follow her on Twitter @kvox.

We discuss:

As a former twitter executive, what are the best practices to grow a brand on social media?What were the early days of Google like?How do I network if I don’t really like being around strangers?What’s the point of making so many connections on places like LinkedIn?Is email dead?

Episode 312 - Todd Rose - Success Through Individuality

Dec 4, 2018 00:54:00

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Todd Rose, author of, 'Dark Horse: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment'

This week, we speak with Todd Rose. Todd is the co-founder of Populace, a social impact organization that focuses on our understanding of individuality. Todd dropped out of high school, obtained his GED, went to Weber State University. He received his Doctorate in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Todd's most recent book is, Dark Horse: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment. To learn more about Todd, head over to toddrose.com.

We discuss:

What is a Dark Horse? Who are examples of Dark Horses?What shocked Todd when studying about success?Is there a common theme that Dark Horses displayed?


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311 - James Clear - The Laws of Behavior Change

Nov 20, 2018 00:55:39

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This week, we speak with James Clear. Yup, that's right. James Clear!!! James is an author an entrepreneur and you might know him best for his fantastic newsletter. He writes about habits and human potential. His focus is on self-improvement tips based on proven scientific research, and he has new book called, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.

To learn more about James, sign up for his awesome newsletter, or download a free chapter of his book, head over to https://jamesclear.com.

We discuss:

As a creator, how did you get over the fear of rejection?Why is the book called 'Atomic Habits'?Where do you find a 'vision' falling in the realm of habit creation?How do we identify our weak links in the system so that we can change them to give us better outcomes?

310 - Dr. James Lewis - Understanding ADHD

Nov 6, 2018 00:48:56

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This week, we speak with Dr. James Lewis. Dr. Lewis' clinical and research interest focuses on the treatment and prevention of school problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and behavior and learning problems. Dr. Lewis is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, with a subspecialty certification in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Dr. Lewis' new book, Making Sense of ADHD: Overcoming The Unique Conditions and The Complexity of Coexisting Conditions will be released in November.

To find out more about Dr. Lewis' book, head over to: cherryhillhightide.com/adhd.

We discuss:

At its basic level, what is ADHD?What is the believed prevalence of ADHD and is it increasing?How do you recommend parents deal with the diagnosis of ADHD within their child?How do we medically treat a behavioral disorder?

309 - Alexandra Levit - The Workforce of the Future

Oct 23, 2018 00:51:04

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This week, we speak with Alexandra Levit. Alexandra conducts primary workplace research on behalf of several Fortune 500 companies. She is a former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes. Alexandra has authored many books, but Alexandra's latest book, Humanity Works: Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future hits store's shelves on October 28th. Check it out!

To find out more about Alexandra, head over to her site at: humanityworksbook.com.

We discuss:

In preparation of the future workforce, where do you think the education model is going?Do high school and college students have the 'soft skills' they need to be successful in the workforce?Does the next generation have to be invested in technology education moving forward?

308 - Jeffrey Gitomer - Be Intriguing from the Outset

Oct 9, 2018 00:52:57

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This week, we speak with Jeffrey Gitomer. Jeffrey is best known as the "King of Sales." He is an author, a professional speaker, and a business trainer. Jeffrey has written thirteen books, including multiple New York Times best sellers. His works range from The Sales Bible to The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude to The Little Red Book of Selling. He's sold millions of copies and has been translated into 14 languages!

Jeffrey's newest book, Truthful Living: The First Writings of Napoleon Hill comes out on October 30th.

To find out more about Jeffrey, head over to his site at: www.gitomer.com.

We discuss:

What if you don't know what to sell or don't have anything that you deem valuable?How do you figure out what you should be spending your time on to keep growing?How do you handle what things to focus on when you have multiple interests?

307 – Brad Staats - Never Stop Learning

Sep 25, 2018 00:34:38

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Dr. Staats is a professor at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and author of Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive. Brad also works with companies around the world to develop their learning and analytics strategies. He advises individuals and organizations on how to learn and improve in order to stay relevant, innovate, and succeed on an ongoing basis.

Brad is published in numerous places and has won numerous awards, including the Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Accomplishments Award from the Production and Operations Management Society, the Poets & Quants award, and the Warren Bennis Prize for the best article in Harvard Business Review.

To find out more about Brad, head over to his site at: www.bradleystaats.com.

We discuss:

How much of lifelong learning is inherent curiosity and how much is cultivated because people recognize they need to grow?Why wouldn't we want to specialize versus continuously learn throughout our life?How do we work around our brain when it constantly wants us to take the 'easy route'?

306 - Brandon Webb - Conquer Fear Like a SEAL

Sep 11, 2018 00:54:50

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This week we interview Brandon Webb. Brandon Webb is a former US Navy SEAL sniper, New York Times bestselling author, Experimental aircraft pilot, and entrepreneur. He’s the founder of the Hurricane Group, a U.S. based digital entertainment, news and e-commerce company. Brandon is a member of the New York YPO (Young Presidents Organization) chapter, and serves as a board member on the veterans advisory committee to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Brandon has written numerous books, but his most recent is Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL's Guide. After reading Mastering Fear, check out his best-selling book, The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen.

To find out more about Brandon, head over to his site at: brandontylerwebb.com.

We discuss:

What's harder... raising three kids or going through SEAL training?What is the hardest and most necessary skill for a sniper?How can you get over trauma and become better by getting through it?


305 - Joan C. Williams - Class Clash in America, The Forgotten Workers

Aug 28, 2018 00:52:21

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This week we interview Joan C. Williams. Joan is a rock star in her field, who focuses her work on issues faced by women in the workplace. She currently serves as the Founding Director at the Center for WorkLife Law and is a Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings School Law. Joan contributes to many publications, including the Harvard Business Review blog, the Huffington Post, and the Psychology Today blog.

Joan has written numerous books, but her most recent is White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America.

To find out more about Joan, head to her site at: https://joancwilliams.com.

We discuss:

What does it mean to be working class?Why do we have to focus on white working class, why not all races?Why does the white working class resent the "elites" but admire the truly rich?Why don't people just move to where good jobs are located?When you think white working class, do you think hicks? White trash? Stupid? You won't after this interview.Have you ever said, "I'm not religious, I'm spiritual," or gotten a job through a friend? You may be part of the "elite" class.


304 - Dr. Will Bulsiewicz - Gut Health, Gut Check

Aug 14, 2018 01:31:39

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This week we interview "Dr. B," Dr. Will Bulsiewicz. Dr. B is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and gastroenterology at The University of North Carolina Hospitals. He also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) from Northwestern University and a certificate in nutrition from Cornell University. Dr. Bulsiewicz is board-certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology.

To find out more about Dr. B, head to https://theguthealthmd.com.

We discuss:

What does bacteria matter so much?What bacteria is considered 'bad' bacteria? How do remove those?What are the thoughts around testing for food sensitivities?


Studies mentioned in the episode:

How diet impacts gut microbiome: 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5385025/

Benefits of substituting whole grains for processed grains:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28179226https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170208151337.htm

Gluten free diet reduces short chain fatty acids and damages gut microbiome:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3023594/


303 – Bob Rosen – Leading with Consciousness

Jul 31, 2018 00:55:26

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This week we interview Bob Rosen. Bob is a trusted CEO adviser, organizational psychologist, and bestselling author. Bob set out to help executives become better leaders so he founded Healthy Companies International.

Bob is frequently a keynote speaker across the globe. Bob has spoken in all areas of leadership: transformation, innovation, and growth.

Bob is the author of many books, but this week, we focus on Conscious: The Power of Awareness in Business and Life.

We discuss:

Are leaders in organizations struggling with the balance of monetary incentives and purpose driven cultures?What do you think is being missed in the leadership conversation?What are recommendations for those that don't feel like they are "in that right place?"What have you learned about how fear distracts us from becoming conscious?


You can learn more about Bob at http://bobrosen.com.

302 – Mike Rognlien – What Does it Mean to be Truly Fulfilled?

Jul 17, 2018 00:52:38

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This week we interview Mike Rognlien. Mike spent most of his career in tech. He worked at Facebook, where he built their first-ever professional and manager development programming. He also partnered with COO Sheryl Sandberg to build Facebook’s Managing Unconscious Bias course. He is an expert facilitator that focuses on leadership, strengths, and talking about the tough stuff.

Mike is the author of, This Is Now Your Company: A Culture Carrier's Manifesto.

We discuss:

What do you have to do to enjoy where you work?Where do you start to go down the right path of 'enjoying what you do'?How do you think you go about cultivating curiosity?Why did you write your book and what do you hope to change in the world?


301 - Due Quach - Find Your Calm

Jul 3, 2018 00:56:25

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This week we interview Due Quach. Due is a refugee from Vietnam and a graduate of Harvard College and the Wharton MBA program. Due overcame the long-term effects of poverty and trauma by turning to neuroscience and meditation. After building a successful international business career in management consulting and private equity investments, Due traveled throughout Asia to study various contemplative traditions and then created the Calm Clarity Program to make mindful leadership accessible to people of all backgrounds. Due is the author of, Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment, and Joy.

We discuss:

How can we find meaning or believe that we have meaning?Do you feel that everyone has the power to change our mental state in a way that can be positive, productive, and happy?How do we progress out of focusing on fear or the downside of things?


Learn more about the Calm Clarity Program at https://www.calmclarity.org.

Episode 300 - Dr. Traci Stein - Hypnosis, Biofeedback, and Brain Hacks

Jun 5, 2018 01:00:48

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This week we interview Dr. Traci Stein. Dr. Stein is a Columbia-trained, licensed clinical psychologist and health educator. She is also certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). Her focus has been on helping people to reduce uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms and gain greater insight into who they are and want to be. 

Dr. Stein is also the author of, The Everything Guide To Integrative Pain Management.

We discuss:

What is the cause of chronic pain?What IS hypnosis?What are verbal suggestions? What does it mean? What are examples?What can we do on our own to work with hypnosis?Biofeedback, what exactly is that?How did you get into the idea of 'intuition' and wanting others to develop it?


You can learn more about Dr. Stein at http://www.drtracistein.com.

Episode 299 - John Hooker - Solving Ethical Dilemmas

May 23, 2018 00:52:29

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This week we interview John Hooker. John Hooker is Professor of Operations Research and Holleran Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Carnegie Mellon University. His book, Taking Ethics Seriously: Why Ethics Is an Essential Tool for the Modern Workplace, develops an intellectual framework for analyzing ethical dilemmas that is both grounded in theory and versatile enough to deal rigorously with real-world issues. 

We discuss:

What does the term 'ethics' truly mean?How did John become so dedicated around teaching ethics and social responsibility? What is the downside of not taking ethics seriously?How can we come to an agreement around ethics that works for an entire culture?


Learn more about Professor Hooker at http://centerforethicsandpolicy.com/faculty/hooker.html

Episode 298 - Dr. Elizabeth Boham - Functional Medicine, Breast Cancer, and Chronic Illness

May 8, 2018 00:51:59

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This week we interview Dr. Elizabeth Boham. Dr. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The UltraWellness Center is Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness.

Her DVD, Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the functional medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well.

We discuss:

How does functional medicine deal with chronic disease and how does that differ from traditional western medicine?How did Elizabeth's battle with breast cancer lead her to specialize in functional medicine?How can you learn more about your genes and how they impact your health?What is a food intolerance and do you even know if you have them?


Learn more about Dr. Boham at her website http://www.drboham.com/. If you purchase Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer, use the discount code Breast30wellness to get 30% off!!!

Episode 297 - Barbara Lipska - Our Little-known Brain

Apr 24, 2018 00:57:45

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This week we interview Barbara Lipska. Barbara is a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness and she has an absolutely fascinating story to tell. It would be unfair to give anything away from the interview or the book, so download the episode and give it a listen!

We discuss:

What does a typical day look like for the director of the Human Brain Collection Core at the National Institute of Mental Health?What does a brain look like when you cut into it?What progress is being made around mental health research?


Barbara Lipska, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized leader in human postmortem research and animal modeling of schizophrenia. She is currently director of the Human Brain Collection Core at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she studies mental illness and human brain development. Her amazing, new book is, The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery.

Episode 296 - Adam Braun - Do Meaningful Work and Change the World

Apr 10, 2018 00:49:33

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This week on the show we interview Adam Braun. Adam is the CEO & Co-Founder of MissionU, a debt-free college alternative for the 21st century that CNN called "perfect for young people who are eager to launch their career." Adam's goal is to overhaul the traditional higher education model by providing a solution that doesn't require upfront tuition and allows students to graduate debt-free.

We discuss:

How to balance family life with starting a company?What are Adam's favorite interview tactics?What's wrong with going to college?What does it take to turn your idea into a business?


Adam has been featured as a speaker at The White House and named to Forbes 30 Under 30, Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, and Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World. He was previously founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise, the award-winning organization that has built nearly 400 schools around the world. Adam is the author of the bestselling book, The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change.

Episode 295 - Dr. Lisa Mosconi - Nuclear Medicine Meets Nutrition

Mar 27, 2018 01:05:43

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Like our bodies, our brains have very specific food requirements. In this episode we speak with Dr. Lisa Mosconi, who is both a neuroscientist and a certified integrative nutritionist, as she explains what should be on our menu.

Dr. Lisa Mosconi, whose research spans an extraordinary range of specialties including brain science, the microbiome, and nutritional genomics, notes that the dietary needs of the brain are substantially different from those of the other organs, yet few of us have any idea what they might be. Her innovative approach to cognitive health incorporates concepts that most doctors have yet to learn. Busting through advice based on pseudoscience, Dr. Mosconi provides recommendations, while calling out noteworthy surprises, including the truth behind those delicious sweet potatoes, what's the verdict on cholesterol, good fat vs. bad fat, should you drink coconut oil, and much more.

Lisa is also the author of the incredible brand new book, Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power.She is also the associate director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC)/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, in the Department of Nutrition at NYU Steinhardt School of Nutrition and Public Health, and in the Departments of Neurology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Florence (Italy). Formerly, Dr. Mosconi founded and was the director of the Nutrition & Brain Fitness Lab at New York University School of Medicine (NYU), and an assistant professor in the NYU Department of Psychiatry, where she served as the director of the Family History of Alzheimer's disease research program. 

Dr. Mosconi holds a dual PhD degree in Neuroscience and Nuclear Medicine from the University of Florence, Italy, and is a board certified integrative nutritionist and holistic healthcare practitioner. She is well known for her research on the early detection of Alzheimer's disease and is passionately interested in the mitigation and prevention of memory loss through lifestyle modifications including diet, nutrition, and physical and intellectual fitness.

Episode 294 - Soon Yu - Starting a Company and Dealing with Failure

Mar 13, 2018 00:44:53

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"Don’t just chase the new – Innovate the old." - Soon Yu

Modern business gurus all cry for the need to innovate, to disrupt, and to act like a startup. It’s hard to argue with that kind of thinking. It’s sexy and exciting. But it’s wrong.

Too many businesses become enamored by shiny new objects and end up overlooking the value locked away in their existing products. Maybe your business is one of them. Or maybe you only have an idea, but can't even figure out how to turn it into a business, let alone an Iconic Brand.

This week we talk with innovation expert Soon Yu on how to take a different approach that allows you to leverage what you already have or know to create a business that lasts. It generates disproportionate levels of profit and protects you against market fluctuations. Many of the world’s most successful brands have been using it for years.

Now, you can benefit from reaching iconic status, whether you’re a Fortune 500, local pizza parlor, or an aspiring Unicorn startup.

Soon Yu is an international speaker and author on innovation and design. He is the author of the brand new book, Iconic Advantage®: Don’t Chase the New, Innovate the Old.

He most recently served as the Global VP of Innovation and Officer at VF Corporation, parent organization to over thirty global apparel companies, including The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Nautica, and Wrangler.

He has been a founder and CEO for numerous venture-backed startups and was recognized as a Northern California finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Prior to this he worked at Bain and Company, The Clorox Company, and Chiquita Brands, where he won company-wide awards for best advertising, best promotion, and best new product, and gained industry recognition from the Webby Award, Favorite Website Award and Dope Award.

He frequently guest lectures at Stanford University, where he received his MBA, and is an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design.

Episode 293 - Jeremy Bailenson - How Virtual Reality Will Impact Your Life

Feb 27, 2018 00:52:26

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Virtual reality is able to effectively blur the line between reality and illusion, pushing the limits of our imagination and granting us access to any experience imaginable. With well-crafted simulations, these experiences, which are so immersive that the brain believes they’re real, are already widely available with a VR headset and will only become more accessible and commonplace. But how does this new medium affect its users, and does it have a future beyond fantasy and escapism?

This week on the show, Jeremy Bailenson draws on two decades spent researching the psychological effects of VR and other mass media to help us understand this powerful new tool. He offers expert guidelines for interacting with VR and describes the profound ways this technology can be put to use―not to distance ourselves from reality, but to enrich our lives and influence us to treat others, the environment, and even ourselves better.

There are dangers and many unknowns in using VR, but it also can help us hone our performance, recover from trauma, improve our learning and communication abilities, and enhance our empathic and imaginative capacities. Like any new technology, its most incredible uses might be waiting just around the corner.

Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication, a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Faculty Leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity. He earned a B.A. cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University in 1999. He spent four years at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then an Assistant Research Professor.

Jeremy is the author of the incredible new book, Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do.

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Episode 292 - Bryan Caplan - Education is a Waste of Time and Money

Feb 13, 2018 00:55:10

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It's not often I truly feel that a guest changes my paradigm on the spot - but this is an exception.

This week we speak with Bryan Caplan about his newest book, The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money. As Bryan explains, despite being immensely popular--and immensely lucrative—education is grossly overrated. Bryan argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students' skill but to certify their intelligence, work ethic, and conformity—in other words, to signal the qualities of a good employee. In fact, decades of growing access to education have not resulted in better jobs for the average worker but instead in runaway credential inflation, yet employers still reward workers for costly schooling they rarely if ever use. Therefore, his recommendation is to cut education spending.

Caplan draws on the latest social science to show how the labor market values grades over knowledge, and why the more education your rivals have, the more you need to impress employers. He explains why graduation is our society's top conformity signal, and why even the most useless degrees can certify employability. He advocates two major policy responses. The first is educational austerity. Government needs to sharply cut education funding to curb this wasteful rat race. The second is more vocational education, because practical skills are more socially valuable than teaching students how to outshine their peers.

Bryan Caplan is professor of economics at George Mason University and a blogger at EconLog. He is the author of Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun than You Think and The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies.

http://www.bcaplan.com/

Episode 291 - Mary Beth Ferrante - We Are Failing Working Mothers

Jan 30, 2018 00:46:19

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Did you know that working mothers are 50% LESS likely to be promoted than women without children? Or that only 1 in 5 senior executives is a woman?

Have you ever realized that working moms are judged when they leave work early to tend to their children AND when they stay at work late (and "neglect" their families)? The truth is, we have a work environment that is not conducive to being a parent and women are the ones who tend to suffer the most.

This week on the show we have a chance to talk with Mary Beth Ferrante about the struggles that working mothers face, and the ways they can get what they deserve.

Mary Beth is a former Senior Vice President for a Fortune 100 Firm who has made the successful transition to a certified career coach with the International Coach Federation. She is trained in Organizational, Relationship & Systems Coaching (ORSC). In addition, she has chaired national women's organizations and been on the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Los Angeles. Today, she works with new moms (and dads!), managers and organizations to best support new parents, discover what inspires and drives new parents in their careers.

Learn more about Mary Beth at LiveWorkLead.com

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Episode 290 - Listener Questions Special Part 2

Jan 25, 2018 01:10:55

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We made it. You made it! Here's part 2 of our listener questions and 'year in review.'

Quick recap. Before we closed out 2017, we sent an email to our newsletter subscribers asking what questions they would like answered. This is part 1 of Chris and I attempting to answer those questions. It was the first time in years that we recorded under the same roof. How crazy is that?!?!

WARNING: there was "light" drinking while recording so expect complete openness and a dash of silly.

We want to hear from you, the listener!

If you're a fan of Smart People Podcast and would like to provide input to help shape the future of the show, please email us at smartpeoplepodcast@gmail.com. We'd love to hear from you and get in touch.

 

Episode 289 - Listener Questions Special

Jan 23, 2018 01:07:15

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We made it to 2018! Welcome :)

Before we closed out 2017, we sent an email to our newsletter subscribers asking what questions they would like answered. This is part 1 of Chris and I attempting to answer those questions. It was the first time in years that we recorded under the same roof. How crazy is that?!?!

WARNING: there was "light" drinking while recording so expect complete openness and a dash of silly. 

We want to hear from you, the listener!

If you're a fan of Smart People Podcast and would like to provide input to help shape the future of the show, please email us at smartpeoplepodcast@gmail.com. We'd love to hear from you and get in touch.

Here's to 2018! 🙌 💪

Episode 288 - Nancy Koehn - Survive and Thrive During Turbulent Times

Jan 16, 2018 01:02:15

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For leaders in the 21st century, there is one pressing question: What set of skills is required to lead in crisis, and can history give us answers? Our guest this week, Harvard Business School historian and professor Nancy Koehn, has surveyed some of history’s greatest leaders and made an incredible discovery: courageous leaders are not born but made, and the power to lead resides in each of us. 


Nancy examined the lives of five of the greatest leaders of all time to better understand how they led through adversity and came out the other side stronger. These extraordinary individuals include: polar explorer Ernest Shackleton; President Abraham Lincoln; legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass; Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and environmental crusader Rachel Carson.


In her book, Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times, Nancy begins each chapter by showing her protagonist on the precipice of a great crisis: Shackleton marooned on an Antarctic ice floe; Lincoln on the verge of seeing the Union collapse; escaped slave Douglass facing possible capture; Bonhoeffer agonizing over how to counter absolute evil with faith; Carson racing against the cancer ravaging her in a bid to save the planet. Significantly, as we follow each leader’s against-all-odds journey, we begin to glean an essential truth: leaders are not born but made. In a book dense with epiphanies, the most galvanizing one may be that the power to lead courageously resides in each of us.


Join us as we learn the keys to leadership in turbulent times and the lessons we can glean from some of the most well respected individuals of all time.


Nancy Koehn is a historian at the Harvard Business School where she holds the James E. Robison chair of Business Administration. Koehn's research focuses on how leaders, past and present, craft lives of purpose, worth, and impact. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Koehn earned a Master of Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government before taking her MA and PhD in History from Harvard.

Episode 287 - Scott Carney - Does the Wim Hof Method Really Work?

Jan 2, 2018 01:12:10

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Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our forebears?

Or even more importantly, can we tap into our evolution and increase our mental and physical resilience?

This week on the show we interview investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney (scottcarney.com). In his New York Times best selling book, What Doesn't Kill Us, Scott tries to figure out if it is possible to hack our bodies and use the environment to stimulate our inner biology?

Helping him in his search for the answers is Dutch fitness guru Wim Hof, whose ability to control his body temperature in extreme cold has sparked a whirlwind of scientific study.

In this episode, Scott tells us about his own transformational journey as he pushes his body and mind to the edge of endurance, a quest that culminates in a record-bending, 28-hour climb to the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a pair of running shorts and sneakers.

Episode 286 - Mike Lewis - How to Jump to Your Dream Life

Dec 20, 2017 00:50:47

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Our guest this week is Mike Lewis, Founder and CEO of When To Jump.

When Mike was twenty-four and working in a prestigious corporate job, he eagerly wanted to leave and pursue his dream of becoming a professional squash player. But he had questions: When is the right time to move from work that is comfortable to a career you have only dared to dream of? How have other people made such a jump? What did they feel when making that jump—and afterward?

Mike sought guidance from others who had “jumped,” and the responses he got—from a banker who started a brewery, a publicist who became a Bishop, a garbage collector who became a furniture designer, and on and on—were so clear-eyed and inspiring that Mike wanted to share what he had learned with others who might be helped by those stories. 

Out of these stories came When To Jump, a community dedicated to exploring the fundamental question we all think about: when is the right time to go do what you really want to be doing?

Mike is the author of the brand new book, When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn't the Life You Want, and he is also the host of the new hit podcast, When To Jump.

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Episode 285 - Steve McKee - Are You Stalled, Stuck, or Stale?

Dec 6, 2017 00:54:19

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We are all creators. Every day we go out into the world and use our unique human abilities to shape our environment. We create a life for ourselves, we create a product or service for others, we create relationships through it all. And what we all come to learn is that creativity is a messy business.

We will run into road blocks, we will lose our motivation, we will fail. It is the destiny of every creator and their creation to get stuck from time to time. And it is in those times, that we need someone like Steve on our side.

This week on the show we speak with Steve McKee - an expert on revitalizing stalled, stuck, or stale brands. The lessons we discuss can apply to all creative endeavors, and go far beyond business.

Steve is the president and co-founder of McKee Wallwork & Company, an integrated marketing firm that specializes in revitalizing stalled, stuck and stale brands. MWC is an Inc. 500 company, has twice been awarded the American Marketing Association's Effie Award (one of the industry's highest honors), and has been recognized by Advertising Age as one of ten top small agencies in the nation. Steve has nearly three decades' experience coaching troubled brands as they look to better position themselves for success. Steve writes for SmartBrief and is the author of the books Power Branding: Leveraging the Success of the World's Best Brands, and When Growth Stalls: How It Happens, Why You're Stuck, and What to Do About It.

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Episode 284 - Morgan Simon - Where Did Your Money Spend The Night?

Nov 21, 2017 00:44:58

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"Money is a tool to create the things that we want. It is a proxy for security, health, and welfare for our families and loved ones. When we lose that holistic thinking about what wealth is, then our money winds up working at a very singular purpose to create more pieces of paper as opposed to create greater human and environmental welfare." - Morgan Simon

When we put our money in a bank (or a mutual fund, pension plan, endowment, etc.) it doesn't just sit there, it is put to use. It is invested in the economy, and it has power. But have you ever stopped to wonder what your money is being invested in? Is it supporting the causes and communities you care about? Or is it being used to further the cause of individuals, organizations, or governments that you disagree with.

It is time to recognize that we are all investors, and that it is up to us to make sure we are adding more value than we extract and that the risk and returns are balanced between our investments and the communities.

This is the basis for impact investing. Impact investing is the support of social and environmental projects with a financial return, and it has become a hot topic in the world's philanthropy and development circles. In the next decade, it is poised to eclipse traditional aid by ten times. Yet for all the excitement, there is work to do to ensure it actually realizes it’s potential.

This week on the show we are interviewing an expert in this field, Morgan Simon. Morgan is the author of the brand new book, Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change. Over the past seventeen years, she has influenced over $150 billion in capital. Morgan currently co-leads Candide Group, which supports two clients, including members of the Pritzker family on behalf of the Libra Foundation. She is also co-founder and chair of the non-profit Transform Finance.

Previously, Morgan served as the founding CEO of Toniic, a global network of impact investors, and as the founding executive director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition.

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Episode 283 - Philip Shepherd - Get Out Of Your Head and Into Your Body

Nov 7, 2017 01:10:53

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Mindfulness is all the rage these days. And yet, even as the New York Times churns out articles like How to Be Mindful While Grocery Shopping and How to Be Mindful When You have Seasonal Allergies a quick look at NIMH or NIH data shows that Americans are sicker than ever, poorer than ever, more psychologically disturbed than ever. Though the literature has certainly been convincing, we have to ask ourselves whether the West's new cultural obsession with mindfulness is actually helping us.

In contrast, our guest this week believes that mindfulness, which is a "top-down" approach to wellness, is only half of the picture, and it is yet another way we are persuaded to separate from the body and live in the head. If we could also learn to be in our bodies (approaching wellness from the bottom-up), we would have a chance at experiencing true balance and connection. We would be less anxious and more compassionate. We would cease to be okay with things that we've collectively learned how to be numb to.

Our guest this week is Philip Shepherd. Philip is recognized as an international authority on embodiment. His unique techniques have been developed to transform our experience of self and world, and are based on the vision articulated in his celebrated books, New Self, New World and Radical Wholeness. The approach he takes heals the frantic, restless pace of the intelligence in the head, which tends to run on overdrive, by uniting it with the deep, present and calm intelligence of the body.

Episode 282 - Todd Davis - The Secret Weapon for Success

Oct 24, 2017 01:04:40

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In today's work environment, our success is heavily dependent on our ability to consistently deliver strong results. And although there are multiple inputs that lead to our results, there is one secret weapon that outweighs everything else.

The key to success ultimately lies in the strength of our relationships.

You may be thinking to yourself, "But wait, we are talking about business! With all of the demands on my time, I don't have the luxury to think about something soft and fuzzy like relationships." But the truth of the matter is, given the complex and global nature of business, almost everything we accomplish happens with and through other people.

So how do you improve these relationships and leverage them to create a true competitive advantage for your organization?

This week on the podcast we answer this question and more as we talk with Todd Davis, author of the brand new book, Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work. Davis has over 30 years of experience in human resources, talent development, executive recruiting, sales, and marketing. He currently serves as chief people officer and executive vice president at Franklin Covey where he is responsible for their global talent development in over 40 offices in 160 countries.

Episode 281 - W. Keith Campbell - When You Love Yourself Too Much

Oct 10, 2017 00:53:21

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Narcissism—an inflated view of the self—is everywhere. Public figures say it’s what makes them stray from their wives. Parents teach it by dressing children in T-shirts that say "Princess." Teenagers and young adults hone it on Facebook, and celebrity newsmakers have elevated it to an art form.

In a world that measures success by page views and number of followers, those with narcissistic tendencies often do what is necessary to reach "the top", at the expense of everyone else. So how does the average person contend with the narcissist? And what does this epidemic of "self love" mean for our society?

This week on the podcast we speak with W. Keith Campbell, Ph.D. Keith is Department Head and Professor of Psychology at the University of Georgia, as well as a nationally recognized expert on narcissism, society and generational change. His work and lectures expose the rise of narcissism – and individualism more generally – and its influence on every level of society. Keith is the co-author of the book, The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement.

Episode 280 - Suzanne Bouffard - How To Raise A Smart Child

Sep 26, 2017 00:52:10

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There is no debate that a good education is a critical component of raising smart, well rounded, successful children. But cutting-edge research has proven that early childhood education is crucial for all children as young as 3 years old to gain the academic and emotional skills they need to succeed later in life.


In essence, pre-K may actually be the most important year.

 

Children who attend quality pre-K programs have a host of positive outcomes including better language, literacy, problem-solving and math skills down the line, and they have a leg up on what appears to be the most essential skill to develop at age four: strong self-control.

 

In this episode, Harvard education researcher Suzanne Bouffard explains the sometimes surprising ingredients that make for a great pre-k program. What should you look for in a classroom? How should a teacher interact with young children? What can you do at home to help support a young child's learning? All this and more in this episode of Smart People Podcast.

 

Suzanne Bouffard is a writer with a background in child development and education. She received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Duke University and has spent the past ten years conducting and writing about education research at Harvard University. She is the author of the brand new book, The Most Important Year: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children.

 

Sponsor: This week, we are brought to you by Audible! Get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial at www.audible.com/SMART.

Episode 279 - Dr. Allen Frances - Trump, Mental Illness, and the End of Reason

Sep 12, 2017 00:57:13

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"Calling Trump crazy allows us to avoid confronting the craziness in our society—if we want to get sane, we must first gain insight about ourselves. Simply put: Trump isn’t crazy, but our society is." - Dr. Allen Frances

This week on the show we interview one of the men who literally wrote the book on mental illness as we answer the question - Is Trump crazy? And what does it say about America that he was elected to the highest office in the land? Psychiatrist Dr. Allen Frances analyzes the national psyche, viewing the rise of Donald J. Trump as darkly symptomatic of a deeper societal distress. Drawing on his vast experience, Dr. Frances explains American society’s collective slide away from sanity and offers an urgently needed prescription for reclaiming our bearings.

Dr. Allen Frances chaired the task force that produced the fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders, which is is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and offers a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. He then became critical of later versions, and he warned that we are currently "over-treating" mental disorders and finding problems where there are none. Dr. Frances is professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University School of Medicine.

He is author of the new book, Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump.

Episode 278 - Frank Ostaseski - What Death Can Teach Us About Living

Aug 29, 2017 01:11:49

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"Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most."

Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. Awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well, forging a rich and meaningful life, and letting go of regret. But how can we sit with something that is so uncomfortable? And how can utilize the unavoidable nature of death to live a more rewarding life?

This week we talk with Frank Ostaseski as he helps us understand how the experience of dying can reveal the secrets of living.

As a renowned teacher of compassionate caregiving and the cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. In 2001, he was honored by the Dalai Lama for his compassionate service to the dying and their families. Frank is also the founder of the Metta Institute, which is an organizations dedicated to training professionals in compassionate, mindfulness-based care. 

Frank is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves.

https://fiveinvitations.com/

Episode 277 - Peter Brannen - How The World Ends

Aug 15, 2017 00:58:52

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Did you know our world has ended five times? It has been broiled, frozen, poison-gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. And in each of these catastrophic occurrences, climate change has been the culprit.

You may be wondering, how do asteroids have anything to do with climate change? We will leave the details to our guest this week, but essentially there is a triggering event (asteroid, volcano, humans) that causes the oceans to become more acidic and very soon after the entire world dies. This is what happens every time...and it may be happening again.

This week on the show we interview award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen about his new book, The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions. In his book and in this interview, Peter takes us on a tour of the 5 ways that the Earth has died, as well as what may be to come. Part road trip, part history, and part cautionary tale, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave and casts our future in a completely new light.

Peter Brannen is an award-winning science journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, the Washington Post, Slate, the Boston Globe, Aeon, among other publications. A graduate of Boston College, he was a 2015 journalist-in-residence at the Duke University National Evolutionary Synthesis Center and a 2011 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Journalism Fellow.

Episode 276 - Paul Armstrong - Disruptive Technologies Will Change Your Business and Your Life 

Aug 1, 2017 01:03:19

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We all know that technology is evolving at a rapid rate, and it's changing the way we live. Do you call a cab, or do you use Uber? Do you stay in a hotel, or do you check Airbnb? Do you read a book or a Kindle? These products and services quickly enter our world and become the norm. But just knowing that technology is evolving is not enough, you need to understand how it is impacting you and how you can evaluate what industry will be disrupted next.


This week on the show we interview an expert who can help you understand, evaluate, and respond to disruptive technologies that are sure to have a big impact on your business and your life. (Bitcoin anyone?)

 

Our guest this week is Paul Armstrong. Paul is a leading strategist, author and speaker on the future of technology, disruption, retail innovation, media industry, social technologies, and more. Paul runs the technology advisory HERE/FORTH where he helps clients understand trends and how to sensibly apply emerging technologies strategically.


Paul is regularly seen on the BBC and News at Ten, when industry comment is called for, and currently writes for a number of publications, including Forbes, Cool Hunting and Short List.

 

Paul's first book, Disruptive Technologies: Understand, Evaluate, Respond, offers organizations a distinct response to emerging technologies including Blockchain (Bitcoin), artificial intelligence, and other external factors - such as the sharing economy, mobile penetration, millennial workforce, aging populations - that impact on their business, client service and product model.

Episode 275 - Brett Velicovich - The World's Most Dangerous Drone Expert

Jul 18, 2017 00:57:00

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For nearly a decade Brett Velicovich was at the center of America’s new warfare: using unmanned aerial vehicles—drones—to take down the world’s deadliest terrorists across the globe. One of an elite handful in the entire military with the authority to select targets and issue death orders, and his team successfully killed/captured 14 of America’s 20 most wanted terrorists across Iraq within only three months.

In this episode, Brett tells us his never before told story of how drone warfare has completely changed the battlefield and what it's like to be part of one of the most elite military units to ever exist. With stories ranging from ISIS capture missions to tracking Boko Haram, this episode will be sure to entertain and enlighten!

Brett is the co-author of the brand new book, Drone Warrior: An Elite Soldier's Inside Account of the Hunt For America's Most Dangerous Enemies. This book was co-written with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Christopher S. Stewart.

Episode 274 - R.P. Eddy - How To Predict Disasters

Jul 4, 2017 01:03:38

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Millions of lives are lost to catastrophes that could have been saved by the advance warnings of experts. But how do we know who can truly predict the future, and who is just screaming that the sky is falling? This week on the podcast our expert guest tells us how we can get better at predicting disasters, how to weed out the real warnings from the exaggerations, and what threats we need to be paying attention to right now.

Our guest this week is R.P. Eddy, author of the brand new book, Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes. R.P. is a globally recognized national security and intelligence expert. He is CEO of Ergo, a leading intelligence and analysis firm. Previously, he served as Director at the White House National Security Council, as well as numerous other high level government positions.

Eddy was a member of the State Department Senior Executive Service and achieved the diplomatic rank of Minister-Counselor. The World Economic Forum at Davos honored him as a “Global Leader for Tomorrow.” He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Board of the Middle East Institute. He has been a Senior Fellow or associate at Harvard University, the Madison Policy Forum, and the Manhattan Institute.

Episode 273 - Seth Stephens-Davidowitz - What Have You Googled Recently?

Jun 20, 2017 01:04:10

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In our episode this week we talk with former Google data scientist and author, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. Seth explains exactly how the internet provides a window to the soul and how we can use this data to answer some of the most difficult, and most interesting questions of our time. With conclusions ranging from strange-but-true to thought-provoking to disturbing, he explores the power of this digital truth serum and its deeper potential—revealing biases deeply embedded within us, information we can use to change our culture, and the questions we’re afraid to ask that might be essential to our health—both emotional and physical. All of us are touched by big data everyday, and its influence is multiplying. Seth is the author of the new book, Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are. He is a former Google data scientist and is currently a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times. He received his undergrad degree from Stanford and his PhD in economics from Harvard.   More about Seth Stephens-Davidowitz at http://sethsd.com/

Episode 272 - Guy Winch - The Secret To A Happy Life Is An Emotional First Aid Kit

Jun 6, 2017 01:02:25

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We all sustain emotional wounds. Failure, guilt, rejection, and loss are as much a part of life as the occasional scraped elbow. But while we typically bandage a cut or ice a sprained ankle, our first aid kit for emotional injuries is not just understocked—it’s nonexistent. Think about it... we learn about germs, scrapes, and sprains starting at 2 years old, but we often don't learn about emotional injuries and proper treatment until they have become debilitating. And even worse, many times we don't even know we are sustaining these emotional injuries and they are just lurking beneath the surface, continually holding us hostage. Fortunately, there is such a thing as mental first aid for battered emotions. Drawing on the latest scientific research and using real-life examples, our guest Guy Winch, Ph.D. offers specific step-by-step treatments that are fast, simple, and effective. In this episode, we talk with Guy about his amazing book, Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts. His message is essential for anyone looking to become more resilient, build self-esteem, and let go of the hurts and hang-ups that are holding them back. Guy Winch, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, author, and keynote speaker whose books have been translated into twenty-one languages. His TED Talk, Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid, has been viewed over 4 million times and is rated among the top 5 most inspiring talks on TED.com. Dr. Winch also writes the popular Squeaky Wheel Blog on PsychologyToday.com Dr. Winch received his doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at NYU Medical Center. He has been working with individuals, couples and families in his private practice in Manhattan for over twenty years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Episode 271 - Anindya Ghose - The Future of the Mobile Economy

May 23, 2017 00:56:26

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The smart phone is our most treasured tech device. If you don't believe me, try leaving it turned off for a full day and see how many times you yearn for it! This obsession with our phones is creating a massive amount of data that is being harnessed by companies to drive their business decisions in the ever expanding $3.3 trillion dollar mobile economy. In our episode this week, mobile economy expert Anindya Ghose welcomes us to the mobile economy of smartphones, smarter companies, and value-seeking consumers. Drawing on his extensive research in the US, Europe, and Asia, and many relevant case studies, Anindya explains how businesses can harness the power of a data-driven mobile economy.

Episode 270 - Larry Robertson - Why Creativity Is Our Natural Language

May 9, 2017 01:21:09

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For anyone who wants to create or innovate - this is the interview for you. When we think about creativity, we most often think of things: impressionism, the iPhone, democracy, Uber. We also narrow in on the few, those rare creators who seem to have something we lack. These tendencies quickly take us off track, perpetuating a myth and unknowingly pushing us further away from the possible. Here’s the truth: Creativity is about the possible. It’s the seed of any human advancement ever made or yet to be imagined. Most important and powerful of all, creativity is a uniquely human capacity that each of us possesses – including you. The story of creativity is the story of who we are, a story still unfolding. It’s time we come to understand it and learn how each of us can contribute our verse. It’s time we understand this language of man and learn to speak creativity. In this episode, award-winning author Larry Robertson discusses precisely what that means, and how we do it. We also learn how a deliberate pause can help spark true growth and progress.

Episode 269 - Kate Raworth - A Better Economic Model

Apr 25, 2017 01:05:36

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Our guest this week is economist Kate Raworth, and in her new book, Doughnut Economics, she sets out seven key ways to fundamentally reframe our understanding of what economics is and does. Along the way, she points out how we can break our addiction to growth; redesign money, finance, and business to be in service to people; and create economies that are regenerative and distributive by design. Named after the now-iconic “doughnut” image that Raworth first drew to depict a sweet spot of human prosperity (an image that appealed to the Occupy Movement, the United Nations, eco-activists, and business leaders alike), Doughnut Economics offers a radically new compass for guiding global development, government policy, and corporate strategy, and sets new standards for what economic success looks like.

Episode 268 - Christopher Brinton and Mung Chiang - The Power of Networks

Apr 11, 2017 00:48:41

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This week we are speaking with Christopher Brinton and Mung Chiang, both experts on the subject of networks. In fact, the duo recently paired up to write a book called, The Power of Networks: Six Principles That Connect Our Lives. Mung Chiang is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. His research on networking received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award, the highest honor to US young scientists and engineers. He founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009, which bridges the theory-practice gap in edge networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes. Chiang is the Director of Keller Center for Innovations in Engineering Education at Princeton University and the inaugural Chairman of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. Christopher Brinton is the Head of Advanced Research at Zoomi Inc. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He is also an adjunct professor in the School of Engineering at The College of New Jersey.

Episode 267 - Jennifer Mueller - Embrace Creativity, Change Your Life

Mar 29, 2017 01:03:35

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In this episode, one of the nation’s leading psychologists discusses why today’s corporate leaders desire but reject creative solutions. We will answer questions such as could people love but also hate creative ideas? Could the mindset we use to evaluate ideas turn this love or hate on or off—in an instant? Do experts struggle even more than novices with this bias? And more. Our guest this week is Jennifer Mueller. Jennifer is the author of the new book, Creative Change: Why We Resist It....How We Can Embrace It. She holds a doctorate in social psychology and has taught at top business schools, including Wharton, the Yale School of Management, and New York University's Stern School of Business. Her highly acclaimed paper “The Bias Against Creativity” went viral, was downloaded more than 65,000 times, and was heralded as “famous” by an article in The Atlantic. She currently serves on the faculty at the University of San Diego and lives in Solana Beach, California.

Episode 266 - Heather Gray - How To Stop Compromising and Have It All

Mar 14, 2017 00:49:31

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This week we are speaking with an executive coach who works with those seemingly "perfect" people and she's here to tell you that nothing is as it seems. In fact, often times people reach the societal ideal of perfection only to find out that it's not at all what it seems and the price paid to get there was too high. So instead of chasing someone else's dreams, it's time to define your own - and trust me, it's not easy. Our guest this week is Heather Gray, a therapist and coach who is a master at helping anyone repair broken relationships, rediscover passions, and heal from ignored and fractured parts of their lives. She helps her clients learn how to be present for themselves and for those they care about so that they can truly have it all. Learn more about Heather and her work at ChooseToHaveItAll.com.

Episode 265 - Andy Molinsky - NOW Is the Time to Change, Here's How

Feb 28, 2017 00:56:13

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Do you feel comfortable delivering bad news? Do you look forward to speaking in public? Do you enjoy networking? Is it easy for you to speak your mind and be assertive with friends and colleagues? If you answered no to any of these questions, this episode can help! In this show we speak with a true academic, Andy Molinsky as he discusses his brand new book, REACH; A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge , and Build Confidence. Andy is a Professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology. Andy received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. He also holds a Master's Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Affairs from Brown University. Andy helps people develop the insights and courage necessary to act outside their personal and cultural comfort zones when doing important, but challenging, tasks in work and life. His work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Inc. Magazine, Psychology Today, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, NPR and Voice of America. Andy was awarded as a Top Voice for LinkedIn for his work in education. http://www.andymolinsky.com/

Episode 264 - Leanne Jacobs - How To Achieve Real Wealth

Feb 14, 2017 00:46:22

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Most of us know what it feels like to chase success and money. We believe that pounding our way through our days is the only way to prosperity and success. We sacrifice time with our loved ones, our weekends, our vacations, and perhaps even our sanity, in exchange for a paycheck. We want to have it all, but don’t find satisfaction in any of our achievements. Instead, we find ourselves sitting in our offices and big houses feeling unhappy, broke, burnt out, and unfulfilled... This week, our guest Leanne Jacobs explains how to break this cycle and achieve wealth in all the right ways, including money.

Episode 263 - Yuval Noah Harari - How Humans Have Become Gods and What it Means for Our Future

Jan 31, 2017 01:00:05

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With the international sensation, critical favorite, and New York Times bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari unleashed a global phenomenon. His electrifying debut resonated with notable public figures: the book was lauded by President Obama, Bill Gate, Sebastian Junger, and Mark Zuckerberg. In this episode we discuss Sapiens, as well as his newest endeavor, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.

Episode 262 - David Hoffeld - Using Neuroscience to Sell

Jan 17, 2017 00:59:52

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In this episode, leading sales trainer, researcher and CEO of Hoffeld Group, David Hoffeld blends cutting-edge research in social psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, to show you the best way to sell. He explains how to align the way you sell with how our brains naturally form buying decisions, dramatically increasing your ability to earn more sales. Hoffeld’s evidence-based approach connects the dots between science and situations salespeople and business leaders face every day to help you consistently succeed.

Episode 261 - Sam Weinman - How to Win at Losing

Jan 3, 2017 00:55:56

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Our guest this week is an award winning sports journalist and Golf Digest's digital editor. So naturally, we start off the episode talking about digital content, the future of writing and publishing, and of course...golf. But the main focus of the interview is the essential life skill of "learning to lose". Sam shares with us what he uncovered in his interviews and all of the tips to being a good loser, and therefore a real winner.

Episode 260 - Lawrence Levy - When Steve Jobs Needed Help, He Called Lawrence

Dec 20, 2016 00:58:42

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Lawrence Levy is a Silicon Valley lawyer and executive hired by Steve Jobs in 1994 as CFO and member of the Office of the President of Pixar Animation Studios. He was responsible for Pixar's business strategy and IPO and guided Pixar's transformation from a money-losing graphics company into a multibillion-dollar entertainment studio. He later joined Pixar's board of directors. He then left corporate life to study Eastern philosophy and meditation and their relevance to modern life. He now writes and teaches on this topic and cofounded Juniper Foundation to pursue this work. Originally from London, England, he earned degrees from Indiana University and Harvard Law School.

Episode 259 - Episode 259 - Dr. Richard Wolff - Capitalism is Broken. Here is the Solution.

Dec 6, 2016 00:59:38

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Our guest this week believes capitalism is broken, and he makes a pretty good argument to support this. He explains how capitalism as a system has spawned deepening economic crisis alongside its bought-and-paid-for political establishment. Neither of these outcomes serves the needs of our society. Our guest this week believes he has the solution - a cure for capitalism. In this episode, world renowned economist, Dr. Richard Wolff, offers a fair critique of capitalism and advocates for a worker cooperative based economy. This solution requires the institution of genuine economic democracy, starting with workers directing their own workplaces, as the basis for a genuine political democracy. According to Dr. Wolff, what most people don't realize is that worker cooperatives are actually larger than conventional businesses, survive at least as long as other businesses, and have more stable employment. Tune in and get your smart people economics fix! Dr. Richard D. Wolff is professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a visiting professor at the New School for Social Research in New York. Wolff is the author of many books, including his newest, Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism. He is also the founder of Democracy at Work, a 501(c)3 organization that conceives, creates, and distributes content aimed at demonstrating why, and how, democratizing the workplace is a feasible solution to a new and better economic system.

Episode 258 - Jerome Hardaway - Supporting Veterans through Vets Who Code

Nov 22, 2016 00:42:08

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This week we welcome to the podcast Jerome Hardaway, Executive Director of Vets Who Code. Jerome is an Air Force veteran, alumni/Opportunity Fund recipient of General Assembly's Web Development Immersive Program, and Panelist on the Ruby Rogues podcast. Vets Who Code is a non-profit dedicated to filling the wide chasm between technical expertise needed and available to America’s best. Vets Who Code is looking to close the digital talent gap and ease career transition for military veterans, through software development training.

Episode 257 - Doug Hensch - How to Build Resilience

Nov 8, 2016 01:04:20

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In this episode we interview consultant and executive coach, Doug Hensch, and we discuss his brand new book, Positively Resilient: 5 1/2 Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles, and Defeat Anxiety. Doug shares with us lessons learned over 20 years of experience that can help you increase your resilience, so that you can grow in the face of change, and thrive in the midst of adversity.

Episode 256 - Jonathan Levi (Part 2) - How to Optimize Your Memory

Oct 25, 2016 00:52:56

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This week we welcome back former guest, Jonathan Levi. Jonathan is an entrepreneur, and an expert in speed reading and advanced memorization. His online course is ranked as one of the top selling of all time on Udemy and has been personally recommended by the CEO. Jonathan appeared on Smart People Podcast nearly 2 years ago in Episode 167 where he explained how to become a super learner and a speed reader. Get a free trial of Jonathan's new course (and 10% off if you purchase) at jle.vi/spp.

Episode 255 - Dr. Jessica Tracy - How Pride Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

Oct 11, 2016 00:52:25

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Today on the show we speak with leading psychologist, Dr. Jessica Tracy. Dr. Tracy is professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she also directs the Emotion & Self Lab and she is also the author of the brand new book, Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, in 2005. Her research focuses on emotions and emotion expressions, and, in particular, those emotions that are most intricately intertwined with our sense of self: pride, shame, and guilt.

Episode 254 - Chris Bailey - A Life of Productivity

Sep 27, 2016 01:07:22

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Chris Bailey - A Life of Productivity. In this episode we speak with productivity expert Chris Bailey and learn the best ways to transform our life by getting done the things that are most important. The Productivity Project—and the lessons Chris learned—are the result of that year-long journey, and we are going to share them with you today.

Episode 253 - Dr. Susan David - Control Your Destiny by Understanding Your Emotions

Sep 13, 2016 01:03:53

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Dr. David exposes how our emotions hold us back or carry us forward in our goals depending on how well we confront—not control—them. Science shows us that it’s not possible to smother your emotions with affirmations espoused by the latest positivity movement. It’s equally unrealistic to set your mind to a rigid “grit” goal that might not be working for you. Like it or not, your emotions are there, and the more honest and agile you are with them, the more you can overcome the demands of work and life to thrive. The antidote to emotional rigidity is emotional agility—being flexible with your thoughts and feelings so that you can respond optimally to the increasingly unpredictable challenges of business.

Episode 252 - Alan Iny - A New Paradigm for Creativity

Aug 30, 2016 00:49:51

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This week we speak with author and innovation expert Alan Iny about his book, 'Thinking In New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity'. Thinking in new boxes is a way to provide that structure and analysis that the brain craves, while also fostering massive amounts of creativity and new thinking. It is a process that comes directly from the experts at the most respected consulting group in the world (where Alan is the global innovation expert).

Episode 251 - Dr. Matthew Accurso - How to Achieve Optimal Health

Aug 16, 2016 01:04:27

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There is a new paradigm in the field of health and wellness. It's one that involves looking at the human holistically and trying to get to the core of health, rather than simply masking symptoms with drugs, pills, and potions. And luckily, today we have more testing and laboratory capabilities at our fingers than ever before - and it's improving every day. This week we speak with Dr. Matthew Accurso on how to use modern science to achieve optimal performance through cutting edge labs and lifestyle programs.

Episode 250 - Michael Bungay Stanier - Ask Better Questions, Get Better Results

Aug 2, 2016 00:59:47

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In this episode we interview Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever. In this episode, Michael tells us how coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so you can work less hard and have more impact. Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples' potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how---by saying less and asking more--you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.

Episode 249 - Tema Frank - Make Customers Love You

Jul 19, 2016 00:45:45

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In this episode we interview digital marketing expert and customer strategist, Tema Frank. Tema has worked in marketing and customer experience for over three decades. In 2001 she founded Web Mystery Shoppers, the worlds first company to test omnichannel customer service: web, phone, chat, email and in-store. Using social media techniques before social media existed, she built a database of 75,000 mystery shoppers worldwide.

Episode 248 - Roman Krznaric - How Should We Live?

Jul 12, 2016 00:44:55

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We are bring back one of our all time most downloaded guests this week, Roman Krznaric. In this episode we discuss Roman's most recent book, How Should We Live?: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life. There are many ways to try to improve our lives—we can turn to the wisdom of philosophers, the teachings of spiritual guides, or the latest experiments of psychologists. But we rarely look to history for inspiration—and when we do, it can be surprisingly powerful. In this episode, the cultural historian Roman Krznaric explores twelve universal topics—including love, family, and empathy; work, time, and money—by illuminating the past and revealing the wisdom we have been missing.

Episode 247 - Paul Tough - How to Raise Successful Kids

Jun 28, 2016 00:52:56

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Everyone wants to know the secret to raising amazing kids. Whether you want them to become the next great president, save the world, get straight A's, or simply contribute to society, how to raise our children properly is a topic of much contention. So we decided to bring on NYT Bestselling author Paul Tough, to tell us exactly how we can help children succeed. In fact, his newest book is titled, 'Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why'.

Episode 246 - Dr. Daniel Amen - The Most Popular Psychiatrist in America

Jun 21, 2016 01:06:18

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Dr. Daniel Amen - The most popular psychiatrist in America. Dr. Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. “When your brain works right,” he says, “you work right; and when your brain is troubled, you are much more likely to have trouble in your life.” His work is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives. In this episode we learn how Dr. Amen uses nuclear brain imaging to diagnose and treat behavioral problems.

Episode 245 - Arun Sundararajan - The Sharing Economy

Jun 14, 2016 00:56:26

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Drawing on extensive research and numerous real-world examples — including Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, Etsy, TaskRabbit, France’s BlaBlaCar, China’s Didi Kuaidi, and India’s Ola, Arun explains the basics of what he’s coined “crowd-based capitalism” — a new way of organizing economic activity that will replace the traditional corporate-centered model.

Episode 244 - Anne Loehr - Be of Service, Be Successful

Jun 7, 2016 00:57:38

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With one question constantly guiding the way, Anne has gone from chef, to hotel owner, to world renowned leadership expert. That question is, “What would that look like?”. So ask yourself, what would that perfect life look like? What would that great job look like? What would happiness look like?

Episode 243 – General Ann Dunwoody – Leadership from America’s First Female Four-Star General

May 24, 2016 00:55:26

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On June 23, 2008, President George W. Bush nominated Ann Dunwoody as a four-star general in the US Army—the first time a woman had ever achieved that rank. Now retired after nearly four decades in the Army, General Dunwoody shares what she learned along the way, from her first command leading 100 soldiers to her...

Episode 242 – Tom Davenport – Will Machines Take Your Job?

May 18, 2016 00:48:33

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Frankly, the answer is probably. Nearly half of all working Americans could risk losing their jobs because of technology. It’s not only blue-collar jobs at stake. Millions of educated knowledge workers—writers, paralegals, assistants, medical technicians—are threatened by accelerating advances in artificial intelligence. mart computers are demonstrating they are capable of making better decisions than humans. Brilliant technologies...

Episode 241 – Amy Herman – See More and Achieve More with Visual Intelligence

May 11, 2016 00:53:32

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How observant are you? What things are you missing out on that could have a huge impact on your life. In this episode we speak with Amy Herman about her new book, Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life. In this episode you will learn how to create your own luck by becoming a...

Episode 240 – Patrick McGinnis – Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job

May 3, 2016 00:54:56

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Are you trying to choose between the stability of a traditional career and the upside of entrepreneurship? Why not have both? Becoming a full-time entrepreneur can look glamorous from the outside. Who doesn’t want to chase their dreams, be their own boss, and do what they love? But the truth is that entrepreneurship is often...

Episode 239 – Tom Schwab – The Online Business Builder

Apr 26, 2016 00:47:34

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Tom Schwab knows how to build an online business. Marketing at its heart is starting a conversation with someone who could be an ideal customer. Tom helps small business owners, entrepreneurs and solo-prenuers get featured on leading podcasts where their prospects are already listening. Then he shows them how to turn listeners into customers. Tom is the author...

Episode 238 – Anders Ericsson – The Truth Behind the 10,000 Hour Rule

Apr 19, 2016 00:57:45

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For more than thirty years psychologist Anders Ericsson, an expert on the field of professional development, has studied the people who stand out as specialists in their fields. In fact, Ericsson’s research was used as the basis for Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 Hour Rule” – which essentially states that it takes on average 10,000 hours of...

Episode 237 – Scott Harrison – Founder and CEO of charity: water

Apr 12, 2016 00:59:14

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charity: water is known throughout the world as one of the most innovative, successful non-profits around. With a goal of providing clean drinking water to millions around the world,charity: water has revolutionized the idea of “charity” by ensuring that 100% of every dollar donated goes directly towards those in need. Through innovative efforts and a fresh...

Episode 236 – Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez – The Best in the World at Storytelling and Presentations

Apr 5, 2016 00:56:26

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To be a great leader, you have to first be a great communicator. Think about any historical figure you admire….I bet they had a seemingly innate ability to motivate people. However, the ability to motivate through strong communication is actually a skill that can be easily acquired, with the right knowledge! As a leader, you have...

Episode 235 – Tim Sanders – Former Yahoo Executive on Leadership Development, Sales Strategy, and Human Performance

Mar 29, 2016 00:50:45

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Tim Sanders – Former Yahoo executive on leadership development, sales strategy, and human performance. Sales has radically changed in just the past few decades. According to recent research, today’s sale approval has to go through at least 6 key decision makers! So how do you ensure that your message makes it up the chain? How...

Episode 234 – Morgan Wright – Cybersecurity and Identity Theft

Mar 22, 2016 01:03:03

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Although the digital age has brought about marvelous innovation, it has also created a new way for thieves and terrorists to disrupt life as we know it. A recent study determined that approximately 15 million United States residents have their identities used fraudulently each year with financial losses totaling upwards of $50 billion. And in...

Episode 233 – David Burkus – The Old Rules of Business No Longer Apply

Mar 15, 2016 00:42:42

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Dr. David Burkus is a highly regarded and increasingly influential business school professor who challenges many of the established principles of business management. Drawing on decades of research,  Burkus has found that not only are many of our fundamental management practices wrong and misguided, but they can be downright counterproductive. These days, the best companies are...

Episode 232 – Andrew Cockburn – The Ugly Truth About Drone Warfare

Mar 8, 2016 00:54:18

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Assassination by drone is a subject of deep and enduring fascination. Yet few understand how and why this has become our principal way of waging war. This week we speak with Andrew Cockburn, author of the new book, Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins, as he helps uncover the real and extraordinary story about...

Episode 231 – Jeff Gramm – Secrets of a Hedge Fund Manager

Mar 1, 2016 00:51:00

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This week we have a very down to earth conversation with hedge fund manager, professor, and author, Jeff Gramm. Although we cover many topics, we specifically discuss the morality of a career in finance, how to pick a winning company, and Jeff’s new book, Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism.  In...

Episode 230 – Jacquie McNish – Whatever Happened to BlackBerry?

Feb 23, 2016 00:50:23

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This week on the show we have Senior Wall Street Journal Correspondent, Jacquie McNish. Jacquie is the author of many best selling books and we will be discussing her most recent, Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry.  In 2009, BlackBerry controlled half of the smartphone market....

Episode 229 – Sam Attard – Want To Be Healthy?

Feb 16, 2016 00:52:55

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Now that 2016 is in full swing, many of us have already abandoned our New Year’s resolution. But this year it’s going to be different….right? Right! That’s why in this episode we brought on an expert to talk about health, happiness, and how to create good habits. This week on the show we interview Sam...

Episode 228 – Lisa Nichols – How to Get More of What You Want

Feb 9, 2016 00:51:15

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We are extremely excited this week to have on the show New York Times bestselling author, Personal Transformation guru, and life coach for the Steve Harvey Show and Today, Lisa Nichols. Lisa shares her journey from scarcity to abundance, outlining steps everyone can take to create abundance in career, relationships, self, and finances—while creating a...

Episode 227 – George Franklin – A Corporate Lobbyist Tells All

Feb 2, 2016 01:08:02

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What they don’t teach you in business school – and what you need to know. Powerful corporate interests use their lobbyists to wield influence. They impact our daily lives, but who are they and how do they operate? In this episode, George Franklin, previously the head lobbyist for Kellogg Company, gives us an inside look...

Episode 226 – Mary Roach – How to Write Bestsellers and More About Her New Book, ‘Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal’

Jan 26, 2016 00:56:27

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This week we are extremely excited to have Mary Roach on the show. Mary is the author of 5 New York Times Bestselling books, including her newest, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. In this episode we spend the first part of the conversation talking about what it is like to be a professional writer,...

Episode 225 – Dennis Tirch – The Science of Compassion

Jan 19, 2016 01:20:00

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Over the last decade, a quiet revolution has taken place in the sciences of the mind and psychotherapy. Eastern mind training traditions, and Western psychology have come together in an unprecedented fashion, allowing the development of advanced new psychotherapies. Concepts such as mindfulness, acceptance and compassion, which were once typically associated with Eastern meditative practices are now...

Episode 224 – The Best of 2015, Part 2

Jan 12, 2016 00:48:52

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Happy 2016 to each and every one of the Smart People Podcast listeners out there! It’s Jon’s turn to take a look back on 2015 and puts together clips from his favorite episodes of the past year!  He identified 4 areas of his life in which he wanted to improve and hand-picked 4 episodes that inspired...

Episode 223 – The Best of 2015, Part 1

Jan 5, 2016 00:59:59

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This week, Chris takes a look back on 2015 and puts together clips from his favorite episodes of the past year.  From finding your calling, to learning about your sleep cycle, to learning how to “get in the zone”, we covered a lot of ground last year on Smart People Podcast, and this episode is...

Episode 222 – Veny Musum and Upendra Chivukula – How to Fix Income Inequality

Dec 22, 2015 01:14:23

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THE 3rd WAY is a very big idea. In the information age, you simply cannot get ahead on wages alone. In addition to your labor, you must acquire capital (stock, real estate, technology, etc.). Now the middle class is in crisis. Median wages adjusted for inflation have decreased steadily for decades. The middle class is simply...

Episode 221 – Bill George – Discover Your True North

Dec 15, 2015 00:51:30

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This week on Smart People Podcast we interview the former CEO of Medtronic, Bill George, as we discuss his new book, Discover Your True North. Originally based on first-person interviews with 125 leaders, this book instantly became a must-read business classic when it was introduced in 2007. New case studies include Warren Buffett, Indra Nooyi,...

Episode 220 – George Anastasia – The Demise of the American Mafia

Dec 10, 2015 00:56:07

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This week, prize-winning reporter and bestselling author George Anastasia offers a shocking and very rare glimpse into the Gotti family, witnessed up-close from former family insider John Alite, John Gotti Jr.’s longtime friend and protector. Until now, no one has given up the kind of personal details about the Gottis.  Anastasia offers never-before-heard information about...

Episode 219 – Garrison Wynn – What the 1% Do Differently

Dec 1, 2015 00:57:00

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Life and business aren’t fair, which is good. If they were, you couldn’t seize the unfair advantage. Think about it. Is your CEO the smartest person in the company? Is the head of your department more driven than you? Probably not. They all have one thing in common, though: They’re on top of the pile...

Episode 218 – Dr. Shelley Reciniello – Consciousness Before Mindfulness

Nov 24, 2015 00:53:52

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Although mindfulness gets a lot of ‘air time’ these days, many people are overlooking the fact that in our closely integrated society it is just as important that we recognize how we present ourselves to the world and to others. Humans naturally have many blind spots that don’t allow them to take a true inventory...

Episode 217 – Adam Werbach – How Business Can Change the World for the Better

Nov 17, 2015 01:00:58

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Our guest this week, Adam Werbach, has been on the cutting edge of the environmental and sustainability movements for two decades. Adam is an environmental activist, author, and entrepreneur. In 1996, Adam became the youngest person ever elected as national president of the Sierra Club, at the age of 23. He is currently the President...

Episode 216 – John Sedgwick – The Duel that Stunned the Nation

Nov 10, 2015 01:08:09

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In the summer of 1804, two of America’s most eminent statesmen squared off, pistols raised, on a bluff along the Hudson River. That two such men would risk not only their lives but the stability of the young country they helped forge is almost beyond comprehension. Yet we know that it happened. The question is...

Episode 215 – Todd Kashdan – How to Achieve Fulfillment

Nov 3, 2015 01:11:14

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Happiness experts have long told us to tune out our negative emotions and focus instead on mindfulness, positivity, and optimism. However, our guest this week disagrees. Instead he says positive emotions alone are not enough. Anger makes us creative, selfishness makes us brave, and guilt is a powerful motivator. The real key to success lies...

Episode 214 – Seth Siegel – How a Desert Nation Solved the Water Shortage Crisis

Oct 27, 2015 00:54:17

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Growing water shortages around the world are topping the news right now, beyond just California. USA Today recently tracked the top 8 U.S. states that are running out of water. Water policy is broken around the world, but there is one place that has gotten it right…and that’s Israel. The desert nation is not only avoiding...

Episode 213 – Roger Lowenstein – How The Federal Reserve Was Created

Oct 20, 2015 00:43:29

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In this episode we speak with Roger Lowenstein about the tumultuous era and remarkable personalities that spurred the unlikely birth of America’s modern central bank, the Federal Reserve. Today, the Fed is the bedrock of the financial landscape, yet the fight to create it was so protracted and divisive that it seems a small miracle...

Episode 212 – Maurice Schweitzer – How Emotions Affect Your Decisions

Oct 13, 2015 00:52:50

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In this episode, Wharton Business School professor Maurice Schweitzer helps us unpack the psychology of when and how to interact with people as our friends and our foes, and how we can use this knowledge to get the best outcomes in life. Insights from Maurice can help us in business (how to build trust, gain...

Episode 211 – Yvette d’Entremont – The Truth About Gluten, MSG, Organic, and More…Using Science

Oct 6, 2015 01:21:23

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The market for health and wellness products is exploding. Every day there is a new cure, miracle berry, diet, homeopathic remedy, etc., and it’s easier than ever to throw together a webpage and reach a global audience.  And this is all fine and well… except for the small fact that the vast majority of these...

Episode 210 – Rich Roll – Live with Authenticity

Sep 29, 2015 00:51:21

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Rich Roll is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School. If that wasn’t impressive enough, he is also a vegan, ultra-endurance athlete. Rich is a former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, motivational speaker, husband, and father of 4 (four!!!). In 2012, Rich became a #1 bestselling author with his book, Finding Ultra: Rejecting...

Episode 209 – Steven Kotler – Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

Sep 22, 2015 00:57:37

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In this episode we interview Steven Kotler, author of a number of best selling books including, The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy...

Episode 208 – Rosie Von Lila – A Burning Man Insider

Sep 15, 2015 00:59:11

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Do you know what Burning Man is? If not, listen to this episode. If you do, have you ever wondered how it started? Who decided to gather some friends and head into the desert to do….well, whatever they wanted? And perhaps more importantly, how do we as a society use these examples to uncover what...

Episode 207 – Michael Farmer – An Inside Look Into Advertising Agencies

Sep 8, 2015 01:09:31

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Advertising agencies are caught between fee-cutting clients and profit-hungry owners. In the meantime, their creative workloads are growing, driven by increased TV, digital and social advertising. How do agencies generate profit margins under these circumstances? Through downsizing, salary freezes and ‘juniorizing.’ Agencies are disinvesting in capabilities at a time when their clients’ marketing challenges have...

Episode 206 – Chris Buckingham – Launch Your Business or Idea with Crowdfunding

Sep 1, 2015 01:01:14

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Crowdfunding has officially arrived. Utilizing the power of the Internet, crowdfunding represents one of the most exhilarating ways to raise investment funds for your dream project. It enables you to get exposure in the public domain and can symbolize a seal of approval for your product, organization, or idea. But there are a number of...

Episode 205 – Lars Tvede – Western Society is Killing Creativity, Here’s How We Fix It

Aug 25, 2015 00:56:26

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Human creativity has been one of the fundamental drivers of civilization. Often our creativity has baffled skeptics by allowing us to find new and better resources, unexpected environmental technologies and genuinely amazing products that no one had predicted. However, like so many before it, Western civilization is now suffering from serious internal decay with its bloated public sectors, punitive taxes, over-regulation, marginalized citizens, stagnation, debt, unemployment and pessimism. In this episode, we speak with Lars Tvede about how to regain our creative edge in the West, and why we lost it in the first place. Lars is the author of the new book, The Creative Society: How the Future Can Be Won. He is a serial entrepreneur and author of numerous books on subjects ranging from economics, financial markets and the future. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in International Commerce. ______ “I looked at the maps of where creativity was occurring throughout history and I found that it almost only happened when you had small city-states. As soon as a nation become centralized, the creativity dropped.” - Lars Tvede Quotes from Lars: What we learn in this episode: • What does Lars believe is the best part about being an entrepreneur? • Why has the “West” created approximately 97% of all of the world’s innovation? • How can countries foster more creativity? Resources: The Creative Society: How the Future Can Be Won http://www.larstvede.com/ -- This episode is brought to you by: Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for FREE with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers!! Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 204 – Dr. Stephen Camarata – How Not To Screw Up Your Kid

Aug 18, 2015 01:00:08

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Parenting today is practically a competitive sport, and marketers are all too happy to cash in. Scare tactics and scientific-sounding jargon make it seem like parents are in constant danger of hard-wiring their children’s brains for failure. In fact, this state of parental anxiety is totally unnecessary—and possibly bad for our children. Babies are born with an appetite to learn. Children are naturally curious about the world and eager to explore it. They don’t need flashcards, educational videos, or the latest iPad app to help speed their development. Attempts to get children speaking and reading before they’re developmentally ready may even harm them in the long run. In this episode we speak with child development expert Dr. Stephen Camarata about how to cut through the jargon, and enjoy raising our kids. Dr. Camarata just released his book, The Intuitive Parent: Why the Best Thing for Your Child is You. So remember, you already have everything you need to raise a healthy, happy, intelligent child...and we'll show you why in this episode.  ____ What we learn in this episode: How to make sure you don't over-stimulate your baby What are the signs of learning disabilities? Is TV and screen time bad for your child's development? Resources: The Intuitive Parent: Why the Best Thing for Your Child is You https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-intuitive-parent/201508/the-intuitive-parent https://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/stephen-camarata-phd -- This episode is brought to you by: Sidekick: Go to getsidekick.com/smartpeople to get your first month of Sidekick for free. WealthFront: The automated investment service that makes it easy to invest your money the right way. Visit wealthfront.com/smartpeople to to get your first $10,000 managed for free. Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 203 -Adrian Gostick – What Motivates You?

Aug 11, 2015 00:50:52

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Over the course of our childhood and into adulthood, we receive a lot of advice on how to find and do work we love. People tell you to follow your passion, or that you should find work that fits your personality, or that you should just learn what your strengths are and only focus on that. All of this is in fact good advice, but it's missing perhaps the greatest component...motivation. You have to uncover what it is that pushes you to take action. The best part about finding what motivates you is that you don't have to know the why....just the what. Once you understand your motivations, you can then move on to see if it aligns with your strengths and personality. But if it doesn't motivate you, regardless of how good you are at it, you just won't be fulfilled. So, this week on Smart People Podcast, we are bringing on one of the foremost experts in helping people discover their motivations, Adrian Gostick.  Adrian is a global thought leader on workplace strategy and the author of several successful books on employee engagement. In this episode, we are talking about his recent book titled, What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work. This book offers an extensively tested method to help readers identify their core motivators and figure out the disconnects between their passions and their current work, and guides all those searching for joy and engagement by asking the important questions - “What motivates me?” and “What can I do about it?” His latest book, The Orange Revolution, was a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller." ____ "When we realize we have to do something different with our lives, there is a process that we go through - and it can take a long time. But eventually it is going to feel better because we have aligned our work with our motivation." - Adrian Gostick Quotes from Adrian: What we learn in this episode: There is more to motivation that Dan Pink's "Mastery, Purpose, and Autonomy" Why are many doctors unhappy and what is it that motivates the majority of them? How do you integrate your motivations into your work life? Resources: What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work http://www.thecultureworks.com/ http://adriangostick.com/

Episode 202 – Ryan Holiday – Overcoming Any Obstacle

Aug 4, 2015 00:44:30

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We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek. These men and women were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success came from timeless philosophical principles laid down by a Roman emperor who struggled to articulate a method for excellence in any and all situations. In this episode we speak with Ryan Holiday, author of the bestselling book, The Obstacle Is the Way, as he reveals what these principles are, and how to turn our own adversity into advantage. Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. After dropping out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians. He served as director of marketing at American Apparel for many years, where his campaigns have been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google and written about in AdAge, the New York Times, and Fast Company. His first book, Trust Me I’m Lying —which the Financial Times called an “astonishing, disturbing book”—was a debut bestseller and is taught in colleges around the world. He is the author of two other books and is now published in 16 languages. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with his rebellious puppy, Hanno and pet goats ____ "Wealth is created by scarcity. It's the fact that there are not many people who have been successful at the thing you are trying to do that makes it worth doing." - Ryan Holliday Quotes from Ryan: What we learn in this episode: How to find what you want to be when you grow up? Why are obstacles a good thing? What is stoicism? Resources: The Obstacle Is the Way http://ryanholiday.net/ Twitter: @ryanholiday -- This episode is brought to you by: Sidekick: Go to getsidekick.com/smartpeople to get your first month of Sidekick for free. WealthFront: The automated investment service that makes it easy to invest your money the right way. Visit wealthfront.com/smartpeople to to get your first $10,000 managed for free. Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 201- Andrew Sinkov – Co-Founder and VP of Marketing of Evernote

Jul 28, 2015 00:55:58

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What is it like to be a co-founder of one of the largest, most innovative tech companies on the planet? What are the necessary ingredients of a successful startup? How can people better leverage technology to be more productive? These are just a portion of the questions we get answered by our guest this week, VP of Marketing and Co-Founder of Evernote, Andrew Sinkov. Join us as we discuss how Evernote went from a company on the brink of bankruptcy, to one of the most used and most loved tech companies around.  Evernote builds apps and products that are defining the way individuals and teams work today. As one workspace that lives across your phone, tablet, and computer, Evernote is the place you wrtire free from distraction, collect information, find what you need, and present your ideas to the world. Whatever you're working toward, Evernote's job is to make sure you get there. Evernote is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Redwood City, California. Founder in 2007, Evernote products reach more than 100 million users worldwide - wither nearly 400 employees and growing. ______ "When people start companies, they are trying to make something like this happen. And there is not a rule book for this. There is a ton of luck necessary, but you also have to build the right team, have the right people, make the right decisions, work with the right investors, etc. And even when you have all those things, it still doesn't necessarily work out." - Andrew Sinkov Quotes from Andrew: What we learn in this episode: What is the average day like for the Co-Founder of Evernote? What was the evolution of Evernote - specifically from startup to massive tech company? How did the mission of Evernote change over time? Does Andrew believe Silicon Valley is in a "tech/startup" bubble? Resources: https://evernote.com/ https://blog.evernote.com/ https://appcenter.evernote.com/ http://restartgtd.com/howto/how-to-install-evernote-web-clipper-in-google-chrome/ Twitter: @sinkov -- This episode is brought to you by: Sidekick: Go to getsidekick.com/smartpeople to get your first month of Sidekick for free. Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for FREE with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers! Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 200 – Jeff Cohen – ‘Chunk’ from The Goonies!

Jul 21, 2015 00:51:26

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This week on the show our guest is a man that needs to no introduction. You know him for his iconic role in the cult classic movie, "The Goonies", and for starting a 3 decade long fad of the "truffle shuffle" - welcome Jeff Cohen (Chunk). Of course we talk with Jeff at length about his child acting career, what it was like to work with Steven Spielberg, and how it feels to play a lead role in one of the best movies of all time (yes - I truly believe that). But that was 30 years ago! What is Jeff up to now? Jeff is a founding partner of an entertainment law firm and he just wrote his first book called The Dealmaker's Ten Commandments: Ten Essential Tools for Business Forged in the Trenches of Hollywood. In this book, Jeff draws on his experience in the cut-throat world of Hollywood to provide a practical, no-nonsense methodology for negotiating deals, managing your time and handling crisis, all at the highest level. Join us as we talk to Chunk... all grown up. Jeff attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business in 1996.  After his time at Berkeley, Cohen graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2000 and later became an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles. In 2002, he co-founded the Cohen & Gardner firm in Beverly Hills. Jeff was recently named to The Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation: Hollywood's Top 35 Executives 35 and Under. ____ "Acting is the greatest job in the world. No matter what they say, no one intentionally gives up acting." - Jeff Cohen Quotes from Chunk.... I mean Jeff: "Wherever I go there is a little 10 year old doing the truffle shuffle right behind me." "When I was a kid actor I wanted to be Spanky from the Little Rascals. That was my goal. I was a little chubby kid and I grew up watching the Little Rascals." "I had a little taste of fame without being so famous that I couldn't do something else. I could still hold an entry level job and work my way up through the ranks." "Everyone is on the same side... their own." "Ultimately, the exercise of economic combat is not to show everybody how smart you are, or to yell the loudest. The point is to make a deal, because if you don't make a deal you don't get paid." What we learn in this episode: What's it like to be a child actor? What is life like in Hollywood, both as an actor and an entertainment lawyer? What are the 10 commandments for "deal making"? Resources: The Dealmaker's Ten Commandments: Ten Essential Tools for Business Forged in the Trenches of Hollywood Twitter: @Jeff_B_Cohen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-KRGgMB78Y -- This episode is brought to you by: Sidekick: Go to getsidekick.com/smartpeople to get your first month of Sidekick for free. WealthFront: The automated investment service that makes it easy to invest your money the right way. Visit wealthfront.com/smartpeople to to get your first $10,000 managed for free. Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 199 – Fred Kiel – Does It Pay To Be Moral?

Jul 14, 2015 00:58:54

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We've all been taught the golden rule - "treat others as you want to be treated". Our parents raise us with the best intentions - they tell us to be nice to one another, and not to step on others to get ahead. But is that actually good advice? Is it better to have high moral character and put others first, or is it a dog eat dog world where nice guys finish last? This week we speak with Fred Kiel, co-founder of KRW International, leadership researcher, and author of the new book, Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win. In this book (and episode), Fred summarizes seven years of research on the connection between the character of the CEO and return on assets. As part of this research, Fred and his team embarked on a landmark study of more than 100 CEOs and over 8,000 of their employees' to determine once and for all if the character of a leader really has an impact on a company's financial success. Prior to focusing on business advising, Fred founded a successful private practice in Minneapolis which became the major employer of professionals in that market. His interest in business advising eventually won out, and a bit over two decades ago, he sold his practice and co-founded KRW International. Fred has served on the boards of several philanthropic organizations, including Augsburg College Youth and Family Institute, Graywolf Press, Walk-In Counseling Center, and the Lyra Concert. He currently serves on the board of the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. He also served on the adjunct staff of the Center for Creative Leadership for nearly ten years and served two terms on the Board of Psychology for the state of Minnesota. ____ "We are born to be both self-concerned and to be concerned for the common good. Which one of those sides 'wins' is dependent upon our environment and our experiences as we grow up." - Fred Kiel Quotes from Fred: What we learn in this episode: What does it take to be a strong leader? What does it mean to be moral? What are the 4 moral principles? What are the two eulogies that you have and how do you want to shape them? Resources: Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win returnoncharacter.com Fred Kiel TedX Talk -- This episode is brought to you by: Sidekick: Go to getsidekick.com/smartpeople to get your first month of Sidekick for free. Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for FREE with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers! Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 198 – Amy Stewart – Everything You Want to Know About Alcohol

Jul 7, 2015 00:52:18

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Did you know that the alcohol that gets you drunk in a beer or a cocktail is actually the waste products of billions of dead yeast organisms? Or that most of our crops were initially grown to make alcohol and only later were actually used for food? These are just some of the crazy facts that we learn this week as we interview New York Times Best Selling author, Amy Stewart. Amy is the author of 7 books, and perhaps her most popular is the one we focus on this week, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks. This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party. Amy Stewart is the author of seven books. She has written six nonfiction books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including four New York Times bestsellers: The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential.  She lives in Eureka, California, with her husband Scott Brown, who is a rare book dealer. They own a bookstore calledEureka Books.  Since her first book was published in 2001, Stewart has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and Fresh Air, she’s been profiled in the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, and she’s been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, the PBS documentary The Botany of Desire, and–believe it or not– TLC’s Cake Boss. Amy has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. She is the co-founder of the popular blog GardenRant. ____ "Next time you have a beer or a cocktail, just remember what you are drinking is the waste products of billions of dead yeast organisms." - Amy Stewart Quotes from Amy: What we learn in this episode: How did humans discover alcohol? How is alcohol made?  What plants and/or grains are used to make each style of alcohol? Resources: The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks http://www.amystewart.com/ @Amy_Stewart Amy's Favorite Alcohol: Strega Cocchi Americano Woodford Reserve -- This episode is brought to you by: Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople. WealthFront: The automated investment service that makes it easy to invest your money the right way. Visit wealthfront.com/smartpeople to to get your first $10,000 managed for free.

Episode 197 – Kathleen McGinn – Is it Better or Worse to be Raised by a Stay at Home Mom?

Jun 30, 2015 00:56:02

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With the shift in gender roles, many children are no longer being raised primarily by their mothers. With dual income families increasing in popularity, child care is often outsourced to a neighbor, grandparents, or a nanny. But what is the effect on children? Contrary to conventional wisdom, growing up with a working mother is unlikely to harm children socially and economically when they become adults. The working mother study, authored by Harvard Business School professor Kathleen McGinn, HBS researcher Mayra Ruiz Castro, and Elizabeth Long Lingo of Mt. Holyoke College, found that women with working mothers performed better in the workplace, earning more and possessing more powerful positions than their peers with stay-at-home mothers. In the United States, adult daughters of working mothers earned 23 percent more than those whose mothers had not worked during their during the daughters' childhoods, earning an annual average income of $35,474 compared to $28,894. Over 33 percent held supervisory positions, compared to roughly 25 percent of their counterparts from more traditional households. The "working mother effect" actually improves future prospects, especially for adult daughters of mothers who worked outside the home before their daughters were 14 years old, according to recent findings based on a comprehensive survey of 50,000 adults aged 18 to 60 in 25 nations worldwide in 2002 and 2012. This week we interview one of the leading researchers in the HBS Gender Initiative, Harvard Professor Dr. Kathleen McGinn. One of the main goals Harvard Business School wants to achieve with the Gender Initiative is to ground discussions about gender in rigorous research so that people can make better- informed decisions for themselves, their families, their companies, and their communities.  ____ "There is a slight positive effect for maternal employment on children's achievement in school and on their behavior in school." - Kathleen McGinn Quotes from Kathleen: What we learn in this episode: What does gender mean to a "white, middle-class male"? Is it a good idea for a corporation to set a quota for number of employed minorities and women? Are children raised by stay at home moms happier? Resources: HBS Gender Initiative Women and Public Policy Website -- This episode is brought to you by: Animoto: Visit Animoto.com/smartpeople and use promo code “SMARTPEOPLE” to get 15% off to receive 15% off an Annual Pro subscription! Aspiration: At Aspiration, their investment strategies are built for the middle class. Signing up takes as little as $500 and five minutes of your time. You can sign up and find out more information at aspiration.com/smartpeople

Episode 196 – Alvin Roth – He Won a Nobel Prize… Enough Said

Jun 23, 2015 00:52:41

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If you’ve ever sought a job or hired someone, applied to college or guided your child into a good kindergarten, asked someone out on a date or been asked out, you’ve participated in a kind of market. Most of the study of economics deals with commodity markets, where the price of a good connects sellers and buyers. But what about other kinds of “goods,” like a spot in the Yale freshman class or a position at Google? This is the territory of matching markets, where “sellers” and “buyers” must choose each other, and price isn’t the only factor determining who gets what.  Our guest this week, Alvin E. Roth, is one of the world’s leading experts on matching markets. He has even designed several of them, including the exchange that places medical students in residencies and the system that increases the number of kidney transplants by better matching donors to patients. Alvin is the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He is also the Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard University. He works in the areas of game theory, experimental economics and market design. He is also the author of the fantastic new book, Who Gets What — and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design, and in 2012 he won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences "for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design" ...whatever that means. ____ "Markets are what people do. It's how we get along with each other. When you're not alone and you're interacting with other people there is a good chance you're engaged in some kind of marketplace." - Alvin Roth Quotes from Alvin: What we learn in this episode: What is the true definition of a market? What are matching markets and what are some examples? What is a repugnant transaction? What's a great trick to increase your chances of being accepted to the college of your choice? Resources: Who Gets What — and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design http://marketdesigner.blogspot.com/ http://web.stanford.edu/~alroth/ -- This episode is brought to you by: Animoto: Visit Animoto.com/smartpeople and use promo code “SMARTPEOPLE” to get 15% off to receive 15% off an Annual Pro subscription! Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 195 – Till Roenneberg – Night Owl vs. Early Bird and the Science Behind Your Sleep Patterns

Jun 16, 2015 01:05:55

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Early birds and night owls are born, not made. Sleep patterns are the primary result of the highly individualized biological clocks we inherit, but these clocks also regulate bodily functions from digestion to hormone levels to cognition. Living at odds with our internal timepieces can make us chronically sleep deprived and more likely to smoke, gain weight, feel depressed, fall ill, and fail geometry. By understanding and respecting our internal time, we can live better. In this episode we interview Till Roenneberg, professor of chronobiology at the Institute of Medical Psychology at LMU in Munich, Germany, and author of the book, Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You're So Tired. ____ "We don't even know how much sleep somebody needs. We can calculate how much sleep someone gets, but we don't know if it's the amount they need. And we know there is a genetic individual difference between how much sleep people need." - Till Roenneberg Quotes from Till: What we learn in this episode: What is chronobiology? What is the difference between a night own and an early bird? Is it genetic or environmental? The science behind out circadian rhythm. How can you adjust your circadian rhythm? Resources: Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You're So Tired Twitter: @TillRoen  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5ylqK-aPX8 Get the F.Lux software we discussed -- This episode is brought to you by: Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for FREE with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers! Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 194 – Bob Burg – 5 Laws of Stratospheric Success

Jun 9, 2015 00:53:38

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We have all heard the axiom, "It's better to give than to receive." And although it sounds good in theory, is it actually true? What about in the cut throat business of selling? Many people are arguing that the old days of pressure sales are gone and a new era is upon us, yet we are reluctant to believe it. If you've ever been in sales, you have probably felt the pressure of "convincing" someone to buy. Well this week you will learn not only how to improve your sales game, but to become successful in all areas of life while also adding value to the world. By following the 5 Laws of Stratospheric Success, you can tap into the natural rhythm of a free-market economy and achieve your goals. Our guest this week is Bob Burg, a sought after speaker and best-selling author. One of his most popular books, The Go-Giver has sold over 250,000 copies. Bob Burg shares information on topics vital to the success of today’s businessperson. He speaks for corporations and associations internationally, including fortune 500 companies, franchises, and numerous direct sales organizations. Bob regularly addresses audiences ranging in size from 50 to 16,000 — sharing the platform with notables including today’s top thought leaders, broadcast personalities, Olympic athletes and political leaders including a former United States President. The Go-Giver shot to #6 on The Wall Street Journal’s Business Bestsellers list just three weeks after its release and reached #9 on BusinessWeek. Since its release it has consistently stayed in the top 25 on 800ceoread’s Business Book Best Seller List. It’s an international bestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. It is Bob’s fourth book to sell over 250,000 copies. ____ "Nobody is going to buy from you because you have a quota to meet. They are going to buy from you because there is more value in doing so than in not doing so." - Bob Burg Quotes from Bob: What we learn in this episode: What are the keys to providing value? How can you become a better salesman? Should a boss aim for commitment or compliance? Why? What are the 5 laws of stratospheric success? Resources: The Go-Giver: A Little Story About A Powerful Business Idea www.burg.com Twitter: @bobburg Bob recommends: How to Master the Art of Selling Think and Grow Rich As a Man Thinketh Psycho-Cybernetics The Magic of Thinking Big How to Win Friends and Influence People Peace, Power and Plenty -- This episode is brought to you by: Animoto: Visit Animoto.com/smartpeople and use promo code “SMARTPEOPLE” to get 15% off to receive 15% off an Annual Pro subscription! Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople. Aspiration: At Aspiration, their investment strategies are built for the middle class. Signing up takes as little as $500 and five minutes of your time. You can sign up and find out more information at aspiration.com/smartpeople.

Episode 193 – Matt Richtel – What is Technology Doing to Us?

Jun 2, 2015 00:49:41

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We all understand that technology is addicting. Every passing year, we become more dependent on our gadgets to get us through the day. And although it can seem like a harmless problem, this addiction has deadly consequences. Perhaps the best way to illustrate the problem is to examine the implications of using a smart phone while driving. Consider this - more than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving. That is 300 more deaths a year than drunk driving. Why do we still continue to use our phones in the car, despite the consequences? This week we interview Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Matt Richtel. Matt is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention. In the book, and this episode, Matt explains what technology is doing to our brains through the true story of a deadly car crash that was caused by texting a driving. We not only learn about the neuroscience, but we finally see the real life implications of our addictions. Matt Richtel is a novelist, cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times. He writes about technology, its impact on society, and how it changes the way we how we work, play, and relate to each other. His 2010 series, ‘Our Brain On Computers‘ focuses on how constant use of our devices impacts not only our behavior but our thought processes and even our neurology. His 2009 series about the dangers of multitasking while driving won the Pulitzer for national reporting. Matt joined the Times in 2000 and has written on range of topics, including Internet gambling, identity theft, corporate espionage, video games, mobile communications, the dot com boom and bust, and the pornography industry. He was a Loeb award finalist for his work on the Hewlett-Packard spying scandal and the winner of best project from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for his work on distracted driving. ____ "Social information is engrained in us. So when the phone rings, it is a piece of social information that is nearly impossible to ignore." - Matt Richtel Quotes from Matt: What we learn in this episode: What is happening in the brain when we text and drive? How does a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist decide what story to cover? How does Skinnerian Theory play a role in explaining our infatuation with our smart phones? Resources: A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention Twitter: @mrichtel https://mattrichtel.wordpress.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcQY14n_Xe4 -- This episode is brought to you by: Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for free with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers! Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople. Aspiration: At Aspiration, their investment strategies are built for the middle class. Signing up takes as little as $500 and five minutes of your time. You can sign up and find out more information at aspiration.com/smartpeople.

Episode 192 – Michael Uslan – The Rise of Superheroes

May 26, 2015 00:59:32

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You don't have to be a comic book fanatic to love superheroes. And even if you've never picked up a comic book in your life, you've almost certainly seen a comic book movie. A recent surge in comic book movies has brought us blockbusters such as The Avengers, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and many more. Given the success of this genre of movies, we are honored to interview the man who has been credited with bringing comic books to the big screen, and has been dubbed "The Godfather of comic book movies", Michael Uslan. Michael is the owner of the Batman series, producer of the Batman movies, and was the first instructor to teach an accredited course on comic book folklore at any university. Michael Uslan is a film producer with numerous award winning projects to his credit. He is Executive Producer of all of the Batman features from Batman to The Dark Knight Rises and won an Emmy Award for TV's "Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?" He has been a speaker at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the Smithsonian Institution. Michael recently teamed up with Stan Lee and the Smithsonian Institution to create a free online course titled the Rise of Superheroes. Take the course here! ____ "When I was in my twenty's, I bought the rights to Batman from DC Comics with my business partner, I quit my job, gave up all security, and rolled the dice. With Batman in my back pocket I went to Hollywood." - Michael Uslan Quotes from Michael: What we learn in this episode: How Michael turned a passion for comic books into a very lucrative career doing what he loved. What is the most disturbing comic book of all time? What is it like creating and producing the Batman movies? Why is the Smithsonian Institution teaming up with Michael Uslan and Stan Lee to create an online course on super hero's Resources: The Rise of Superheroes Course with Stan Lee and Michael Uslan - Free Trailer - The Rise of Superheroes The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir -- This episode is brought to you by: Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for free with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers! Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 191 – Leigh Gallagher – The End of the Suburbs

May 19, 2015 00:57:00

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For many of us, the suburbs hold a magical place in our heart. We grew up in an environment where we knew our neighbors, we played outside, we didn't lock our doors, and the word "community" meant something. But despite how hard we try to relive those times, todays suburbs are a far cry from what we remember, and many of us are looking for a new type of neighborhood. This week we discuss what happened to the suburbs of the 80's and 90's, and what will our neighborhoods look like in the future. Our guest is Leigh Gallagher, Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine, and author of the book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving. We also talk to Leigh about new media vs. old media, the Kardashians, the job of an editor, and much more!  Leigh Gallagher is an Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine, where she edits feature stories on a variety of subjects, oversees Fortune franchises including the magazine’s 40 Under 40 rankings and writes The Urbanist column on Fortune.com. She is also a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, speaks regularly at Fortune and other business and economics conferences, and is a seasoned business news commentator, appearing regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS News’ Face the Nation, CNBC’s Squawk Box, CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, public radio’s Marketplace and a wide variety of other programs. She is also a co-chair of the Fortune U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership and a visiting scholar for the Business and Economic Reporting program at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. Before joining Fortune in 2007, Leigh was a senior editor at SmartMoney magazine and a reporter and writer for Forbes. Originally from the “urban burb” of Media, Pennsylvania, Leigh is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in New York. ____ "The new model of suburbs has put people in their cars all the time...That's a lifestyle that increasingly has failed to deliver on its promises." - Leigh Gallagher Quotes from Leigh: What we learn in this episode: How is the democratization of media affecting our culture? Is it good or bad? What are the responsibilities of the top editor for an enormous media brand such as Fortune? Where did the American Dream come from?  Why are people opting to leave the "typical suburb"? What will the new neighborhood look like? Resources: The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving www.endofthesuburbs.com www.fortune.com http://fortune.com/tag/fortune-live/ Twitter: @leighgallagher -- This episode is brought to you by: Highfive: Go to highfive.com/smartpeople to request your free trial and start meeting face-to-face with Highfive. Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople. Aspiration: At Aspiration, their investment strategies are built for the middle class. Signing up takes as little as $500 and five minutes of your time. You can sign up and find out more information at aspiration.com/smartpeople.

Episode 190 – Deedra Determan – The New American Dream… Professional Blogging

May 12, 2015 00:47:29

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When you think about professional blogging, what's the first thing that comes to your mind? Mommy bloggers of course! The term "mommy blog" has become part of our common lexicon due to the insane success of so many mothers turned bloggers. And this week we are fortunate to interview the queen of mommy blogs, Deedra Determan. Deedra created a blog initially targeted towards moms in her local community and quickly turned it into a 7-figure business with national reach. In this episode Deedra teaches us how to start small, find your niche, create a profitable business, market on a zero dollar budget, and much more.  Deedra has 20+ years of marketing experience starting on the agency side at Ackerman McQueen Advertising Agency to 10 years in the television industry launching news at KOKI Fox 23 making it one of the top Fox affiliates in the country. She went on to launch niche websites for moms including 918moms.com, 405moms.com, and MoneySavingQueen.com with over 100,000 moms visiting the websites each month. After one year from launching, she sold the websites to Griffin Communications. Determan then followed her true passion in launching D2 Branding, an innovative marketing firm igniting brands to be the market leader in their industry through marketing, public relations, social media, advertising, strategic partnerships, sales, website creation, search engine optimization, content creation, video production, graphic design, and more! Deedra is also a mentor at Thrive15.com. "You can be passionate all day long, but until you realize what your revenue streams are going to be, passion will only take you so far." - Deedra Determan Quotes from Deedra: What we learn in this episode: Your business doesn't have to be huge, just find your niche How to start small, find your market, and pivot How to find your revenue model for your business or blog Resources: Thrive15.com Sales Training with Deedra https://www.thrive15.com/mentors/deedra-determan Twitter: @deedradeterman -- This episode is brought to you by: Highfive: Go to highfive.com/smartpeople to request your free trial and start meeting face-to-face with Highfive. Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 189 – Conrad Egusa – You Need a New PR Strategy

May 5, 2015 00:34:21

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For most of us, we don't need to know about how to get media coverage...until we need to get media coverage. You could come up with the most brilliant business idea, or write the next best seller - but if no one talks about it, it's just another particle out there in an atmosphere full of noise. But how do you get coverage? How do you convince a powerful media outlet to cover your story? It turns out, there are very specific tricks that you can use to give yourself the best shot of becoming the next new headline. Listen up this week and learn how to become a media darling (or at the very least how not to waste money on PR firms). This week our guest is Conrad Egusa. Conrad is an entrepreneur and the Founder of Publicize, which is a PR firm focused on startups. The company's mission is to change the way startups approach PR. He has been featured on publications including The Financial Times, Bloomberg, and TechCrunch.Conrad is a guest writer for VentureBeat, and he is currently a Mentor at The Founder Institute, ANDI (Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia), and the Spanish accelerator Zarpamos. He is also the Co-Founder of ESPACIO, which is a coworking space/entrepreneurial center in Medellin (coverage on TechCrunch is here: http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/11/espacio-medellin/). Conrad is the Co-Owner & Chairman of Colombia Reports (www.colombiareports.co), which is the largest English news publication in South America. Colombia Reports was founded in March 2008 and is frequently cited by the New York Times, BBC, CNN and Fox News. Conrad has consulted for Y Combinator startups, global brands (Intercontinental Hotels Group), and leading internet businesses. "You have to make your story and your company as interesting as possible through using social proof." - Conrad Egusa Quotes from Conrad: What we learn in this episode: Do press releases actually get you earned media? Why is the PR world still operating on an old model? How do you create a good PR strategy for your business? What is the best way to reach out to a media person to get earned media? Resources: http://www.publicize.co/ http://techcrunch.com/contributor/conrad-egusa/ LinkedIn - Conrad Egusa -- This episode is brought to you by: Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for free with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers! Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople. Aspiration: At Aspiration, their investment strategies are built for the middle class. Signing up takes as little as $500 and five minutes of your time. You can sign up and find out more information at aspiration.com/smartpeople.

Episode 188 – Alexandra Horowitz – The Mysteries of Human Perception

Apr 28, 2015 00:56:05

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Alexandra Horowitz - The mysteries of human perception. In this episode we speak with author and cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz on what it means to be attentive. In her most recent book, On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, Alexandra shows us how to see the spectacle of the ordinary. In this book, Alexandra goes on a series of eleven walks with experts on a diverse range of subjects, including an urban sociologist, the well-known artist Maira Kalman, a geologist, a physician, and a sound designer. She also walks with a child and a dog to see the world as they perceive it. What they see, how they see it, and why most of us do not see the same things reveal the startling power of human attention and the cognitive aspects of what it means to be an expert observer.  Alexandra Horowitz teaches psychology, canine cognition, and creative nonfiction writing at Barnard College, Columbia University. She earned her PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of California at San Diego, and has studied the cognition of humans, rhinoceros, bonobos, and dogs. For seventeen years she shared her home with an unwitting research subject, Pumpernickel, a wonderful mixed breed. Now her Dog Cognition Lab studies the behavior of owned dogs to keep discovering what they see, smell, and know. "The problem is we are not focusing that well anymore on the things we deem important. There is too much distraction at once." - Alexandra Horowitz Quotes from Alexandra:  What we learn in this episode: What is attention? What does it mean to be attentive? How individuals view the world and their environment differently. Why do we feel so disconnected from strangers? How does the human animal respond to cognitive overload? Resources: On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes http://insideofadog.com/author.php https://psychology.barnard.edu/profiles/alexandra-horowitz Twitter: @DogUmwelt -- This episode is brought to you by: Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for free with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers! Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople. WealthFront: The automated investment service that makes it easy to invest your money the right way. Visit wealthfront.com/smartpeople to to get your first $10,000 managed for free.

Episode 187 – Jonathan Waldman – Rust: The Longest War

Apr 21, 2015 01:03:45

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It has been called “the great destroyer” and “the evil.” The Pentagon refers to it as “the pervasive menace.” It destroys cars, fells bridges, sinks ships, sparks house fires, and nearly brought down the Statue of Liberty. Rust costs America more than $400 billion per year—more than all other natural disasters combined. Journalist Jonathan Waldman traveled from Key West, Florida, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to meet the colorful and often reclusive people who are fighting our mightiest and unlikeliest enemy. He went into an abandoned steelworks with a brave artist, and then he nearly gets kicked out of Ball Corporation’s Can School. Across the Arctic, he followed a massive high-tech robot that hunts for rust in the Alaska pipeline. On a Florida film set he meets the Defense Department’s rust ambassador, who reveals that the navy’s number one foe isn’t a foreign country but oxidation itself. Through all of these adventures, Jonathan (Jonny) uncovered more about the destructive nature of rust and the implications on our society than anyone ever has, and in this episode we ask him all about it! His newest book is titled, Rust: The Longest War. Jonathan has written for Outside, The Washington Post, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and the Utne Reader, and also worked as a forklift driver, arborist, summer-camp director, sticker salesman, climbing instructor, and cook. Before landing in the book world, he put in time at a newspaper, a website, a magazine, a radio show, a TV production company, and a couple science museums. He studied writing at Dartmouth and Boston University’s Knight Center for Science Journalism. "We need to re-engineer engineering. Engineers are busy fixing all of the problems we don't have, but they're ignoring all of these problems we do have." - Jonathan Waldman Quotes from Jonathan:  What we learn in this episode: Why is a soda can the most engineered object on earth? What are the dangers of plastics and why are they used in almost everything? Why is rust one of the most costly items in our national defense budget? Resources: Rust: The Longest War jonnywaldman.com -- This episode is brought to you by: Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople. WealthFront: The automated investment service that makes it easy to invest your money the right way. Visit wealthfront.com/smartpeople to to get your first $10,000 managed for free.

Episode 186 – Lee Cockerell – Time Management Magic

Apr 14, 2015 00:50:38

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Time Management. We all need it. We all could be better at it. Personally, I need to be much better at it. When we recognize that we could be better at something, in Smart People Podcast fashion, we reach out to leaders in the field. This week we discuss time management with Lee Cockerell. Lee is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World Resort. During his time at Disney, Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members (employees) and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village, and the ESPN sports and recreation complex. Lee's book, Time Management Magic: How To Get More Done Every Day And Move From Surviving To Thriving, walks you through how to organize your schedule and how to get things done. Want to learn from Lee on Thrive15? Use our link for a free 30 day trial! Quotes from Lee:  What we learn in this episode: How Disney created their magic What it means to run Disney from top How to organize your schedule and prioritize Resources: Time Management Magic: How To Get More Done Every Day And Move From Surviving To Thriving  http://www.leecockerell.com/ Twitter: @LeeCockerell -- This episode is brought to you by: Future Advisor: Let new technology give you complete clarity on all of your investments and a plan to meet your goals sooner - Go to www.futureadvisor.com/smartpeople for your 3 month free premium portfolio management service. WealthFront: The automated investment service that makes it easy to invest your money the right way. Visit wealthfront.com/smartpeople to to get your first $10,000 managed for free. Davinci Virtual: Davinci Virtual offers friendly live receptionist services, killer business addresses and fully loaded meeting spaces – anywhere you need themGet a risk-free trial right now at davincivirtual.com/SMART and make it happen.

Episode 185 – Alex Korb – The Most Common Psychological Disorder in America

Apr 7, 2015 01:01:56

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Alex Korb - The most common psychological disorder in America. It affects more than 1 in 10 Americans and is the cause of more than half of the suicides committed each year. More people suffer from this disorder than coronary heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS...combined. It strains our healthcare system as we seek out treatments and cures. It affects every aspect of life and can leave sufferers feeling alone, isolated, misunderstood, and helpless. It is depression. Depression is the most common mental disorder in the United States. Its prevalence is often masked by the fact that sufferers don't always talk about it with family and friends. Further, there is prejudice against depression as a disorder, with some people even feeling that it isn't a real condition. Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. But there are ways to cope and recover. Depression is one of the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses. In our episode this week we speak with Neuroscientist Alex Korb, PhD. Alex is the author of the book The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time. Alex Korb, PhD, is a neuroscientist who has studied the brain for over fifteen years, starting with an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Brown University. He received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he wrote his dissertation and numerous scientific articles on depression. He is currently a postdoctoral neuroscience researcher at UCLA in the department of psychiatry. Outside of the lab, he is a scientific consultant for the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, and is head coach of the UCLA Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team. He has a wealth of experience in yoga and mindfulness, physical fitness, and even stand-up comedy. "The emotions that we experience are all in contrast to each other. The more capable you are of experiencing despair, the more you can experience joy." - Alex Korb Quotes from Alex:  What we learn in this episode: What are some of the proven methods of improving depression? Why does anxiety and depression still exist? How have we not "evolved past" these types of destructive tendencies, behaviors, and characteristics? Does "shock therapy" work as an effective treatment for depression? What exactly is the nervous system? And is it possible to strengthen the nervous system? Resources: The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time facebook.com/prefrontalblog http://alexkorbphd.com/ Twitter: @prefrontalblog -- This episode is brought to you by: Future Advisor: Let new technology give you complete clarity on all of your investments and a plan to meet your goals sooner - Go to www.futureadvisor.com/smartpeople for your 3 month free premium portfolio management service. WealthFront: The automated investment service that makes it easy to invest your money the right way. Visit wealthfront.com/smartpeople to to get your first $10,000 managed for free. Davinci Virtual: Davinci Virtual offers friendly live receptionist services, killer business addresses and fully loaded meeting spaces – anywhere you need themGet a risk-free trial right now at davincivirtual.com/SMART and make it happen.

Episode 184 – Clay Clark – Entrepreneur of the Year

Mar 31, 2015 00:50:12

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Clay Clark - Entrepreneur of the Year. For many of us, starting a business is the only thing that feels right. The idea of a cubicle, a demanding boss, and a 9-5 schedule is downright depressing. We feel as though we were born to do things our way, to make our own path, and to build our own future. If this sounds like you, you don't want to miss this episode! This week we speak with Clay Clark, Founder of Thrive15.com. Thrive15 is the world’s premier online education platform that helps entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, and “in-trepreneurs” (entrepreneurial-minded people who work within an organization) learn how to start or grow a successful business. Thrivers have unlimited access to the ever-growing, entertaining, and gamified library of 15-minute training courses taught by millionaires and everyday entrepreneurial success stories. Clay is also an author, consultant, speaker, and disc jockey... yeah, that's right. Clay Clark is the former "U.S. SBA Entrepreneur of the Year" who has been described by the folks at Yahoo as the "Jim Carey of Entrepreneurship." He was "Metro Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year" at the age of 20 and the "U.S. Chamber National Blue Ribbon Quality Award Winner" at the age of 27. As the result of his tireless tenacity and honey badger work ethic, he's been able to found or co-found several successful companies including: DJ Connection, Elephant in the Room Men's Grooming Lounge, Thrive15.com, etc. while finding the time to co-produce five children. Clay once ran for mayor and lost.  "No matter what job you have right now, you need to do the following three things: over deliver, build your network, and learn." - Clay Clark Quotes from Clay:  What we learn in this episode: What does Clay mean when he says we all hit 'jack-assery' at approximately 21 years old? Who should consider being an entrepreneur? What are Clay's keys to success? Resources: www.thrive15.com http://www.makeyourlifeepic.com/

Episode 183 – Dr. Michael Gazzaniga – Left Brain vs. Right Brain

Mar 24, 2015 00:46:57

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Dr. Michael Gazzaniga - Left Brain vs. Right Brain. We often hear that if we're creative we must be "right-brained" but if we're logical we must be "left-brained". Science tells us that each hemisphere controls certain cognitive functions, so it only makes sense that there is a dominant side that gives us our tendencies - but is it true? Are we either "left-brained" or "right brained"? Or better yet, what happens when you disconnect the two regions from each other entirely? For over 40 years, our guest this week has been studying patients who have had their left and right brain disconnected via surgery, and he is here to set the record straight.  Michael Gazzaniga, is one of the leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience and is the worlds top expert on split-brain research. Michael is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience. He received a Ph.D. in psychobiology from the California Institute of Technology, where he worked under the guidance of Roger Sperry, with primary responsibility for initiating human split-brain research. In his subsequent work he has made important advances in our understanding of functional lateralization in the brain and how the cerebral hemispheres communicate with one another. Gazzaniga founded the Centers for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis and at Dartmouth College, the Neuroscience Institute, and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, of which he is the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus. Gazzaniga was a member of U.S. President George W. Bush's Council on Bioethics. He was also the Director of the Law and Neuroscience Project, a project to study the intersection of law and neuroscience. "The brain is built for us all to make decisions to achieve goals." - Michael Gazzaniga Quotes from Michael:  What we learn in this episode: Is there such things as left brain and right brain people? Why can our brain function fairly normally when it is essentially cut in half? What is split brain research? What happens when our brain is split in the middle (split brain surgery), disconnecting the left and right hemisphere? Resources: Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Gazzaniga -- This episode is brought to you by: Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for free with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers! Future Advisor: Let new technology give you complete clarity on all of your investments and a plan to meet your goals sooner - Go to www.futureadvisor.com/smartpeople for your 3 month free premium portfolio management.

Episode 182 – Laura Roeder – Social Media is for Real

Mar 17, 2015 00:44:54

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Laura Roeder - Social media is for real. To be honest, I wasn't a believer. I think social media often times just adds to the noise. But after speaking with our guest this week, I realized that what I think doesn't really matter. Social media is here and it's a necessity for any business these days. Even more importantly is the specific way you interact on social media, what you share, how you share it, and what your strategy is. Love it or hate it, it's time to step up your social media game. This week we interview entrepreneur and social media expert, Laura Roeder.  Laura is a social media marketing expert who teaches small businesses how to become well-known and claim their brands online. She is the creator of LKR Social Media Marketer and Creating Fame, and is also the author ofFacebook Fame: The Facebook Marketing Bible For The Small Business. In 2011, Laura Roeder was honored at The White House as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30. "You're probably not going to have new information tomorrow that you don't have today - so just get started. You don't have any assurances it's going to turn out well, but you have to keep moving forward." - Laura Roeder Quotes from Laura:  What we learn in this episode: Laura makes Chris a believer in social media - why? How to get over the fear of being "too young" in business and entrepreneurship. Some great tidbits on social media Resources: Edgar Social Media Tool lkrsocialmedia.com Facebook Fame: The Facebook Marketing Bible For The Small Business @LKR -- This episode is brought to you by: SmartThings: Go to http://www.smartthings.com/smartpeople to get 10% off a Home Security Kit or Solution Kit with promo code: SMARTPEOPLE Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 181 – Edward Humes – Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

Mar 10, 2015 00:48:35

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Edward Humes - Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. Have you ever thought about how much trash you create? Honestly, have you ever stopped to consider how many trash bags you go through, how many trips to the curb you take, or how much food you throw out? Probably not...most of us don't. But the sad truth is the average American produces 102 tons of garbage across a lifetime and $50 billion in squandered riches are rolled to the curb each year! Although we have become extremely efficient with keeping trash out of site, unfortunately that has kept it out of mind, and it's creating a massive problem. This week we speak with Pulitzer Prize-Winning author, Edward Humes about trash - what's in it, how much we pay for it, how we create so much, what's wrong with it all and how we fix it. Edward's amazing book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, is raising awareness of trash consumption and is sparking nationwide action. Edward Humes is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and non-fiction writer. He received the Pulitzer Prize for specialized reporting for investingative stories he wrote about the US military for the Orange County Register. He is the author of 13 nonfiction books, and a contributing writer for Sierra Magazine, California Lawyer and Los Angeles magazine, among other publications. He is married to journalist and author Donna Wares and lives in Southern California. "There is a reason we call it waste - you are throwing stuff away that has value. You are wasting it." - Edward Humes Quotes from Edward:  What we learn in this episode: Why did Walmart choose to make reducing waste a top priority throughout the company and what were the effects? Germany and Austria send only 1% of the their trash to landfills, while America sends nearly 70%! What happened when MIT students place tracking devices in random articles of trash throughout Seattle? The results are shocking. What is the story of our garbage? Where does it come from and where does it go? Resources: Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash http://www.edwardhumes.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Garbology -- This episode is brought to you by: Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for free with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers! Future Advisor: Let new technology give you complete clarity on all of your investments and a plan to meet your goals sooner - Go to www.futureadvisor.com/smartpeople for your 3 month free premium portfolio management.

Episode 180 – Kory Kogon – Extraordinary Productivity

Mar 3, 2015 00:48:11

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Technology is revolutionizing the way we work and live, and we can accomplish more in an hour than previous generations could in a week - but it comes at a price. Many of us are overwhelmed and exhausted, stressed out by the numerous demands on our time. We work 12 hour days, eat food on the run, get less sleep, and yet somehow we often don't feel like we got anything accomplished. And for these reasons, the subject of productivity has developed a cult-like following. People want to hack this and quick-fix that. But how do we achieve truly extraordinary productivity?  Join us this week as we tackle the topic of productivity with Kory Kogon. Kory is FranklinCovey’s Global Practice Leader for Productivity focusing her research and content development around time management, project management, and communication skills. She is one of the authors of the Wall Street Journal bestseller The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity. Kory has been featured on Inc.com and on its “Productivity Playbook” online series, Fast Company.com, Forbes.com, and in Investor’s Business Daily. She has also appeared on NBC’s TODAY with Hoda Kotb and Billy Bush. Utah Magazine honored Kory as one of the “Top 30 Business Women to Watch” in Utah. In 2012 Kory earned a Certificate of NeuroLeadership Foundations from the NeuroLeadership Institute, of which she is an ongoing member. "Time management, project management, and communication skills are the three core competencies in the 21st century for knowledge workers." - Kory Kogon Quotes from Kory:  What we learn in this episode: How to tackle your overloaded email inbox How does the modern employee disengage from work when they are always accessible? How to be more productive The thinking brain vs. the reactive brain Resources: The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity www.thefivechoicesbook.com www.thefivechoices.com http://franklincoveyspeakersbureau.com/speakers/kory-kogon.php -- This episode is brought to you by: SmartThings: Go to http://www.smartthings.com/smartpeople to get 10% off a Home Security Kit or Solution Kit with promo code: SMARTPEOPLE Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 179 – Markus Kramer – What’s in a Luxury Brand?

Feb 24, 2015 00:55:34

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Markus Kramer - What's in a luxury brand? In this episode we are uncovering the secrets of the world of luxury. For example, how did Apple become the most recognized brand in the world? Why were high heels originally designed for men? And why would anyone EVER pay $5,000,000 for a watch? Learn how luxury brands are able to charge such a premium, and how you can use these same principals to build your business or your own personal brand. Our guest this week is luxury brand expert, Markus Kramer. Markus specializes in helping brands and businesses grow stronger. He advises Boards, Executives and Operational Teams as well as Private Equity and Growth Funds on all aspects of strategic positioning, growth through active brand management, marketing, communication and retail development. Among other things, Markus is known for helping Aston Martin (Global Marketing Director) and Harley-Davidson (Marketing Director EMEA) build, scale and deliver their fascinating brands to more people in more places around the world. Markus is Swiss at heart, an architect by training and holds degrees in Marketing & Brand Management, International Project Management from the University of California in Berkeley (USA) and an MBA from the SAID Business School at the University of Oxford (UK). Markus is fluent in five languages and lives with his wife and three young children on the shores of lake Zurich in Switzerland. "Luxury is a demonstration of social power." - Markus Kramer Quotes from Markus:  What we learn in this episode: What does it mean to be a brand? What defines a luxury brand? Why men invented and wore high heels. How do you improve your brand or the brand of your business? Resources: http://www.markuskramer.net/ http://brandaffairs.com/ -- This episode is brought to you by: SmartThings: Go to http://www.smartthings.com/smartpeople to get 10% off a Home Security Kit or Solution Kit with promo code: SMARTPEOPLE Future Advisor: Let new technology give you complete clarity on all of your investments and a plan to meet your goals sooner - Go to www.futureadvisor.com/smartpeople for your 3 month free premium portfolio management.

Episode 178 – Kevin Kelly – Co-Founder of Wired Magazine

Feb 17, 2015 00:43:54

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Few people have had a better perspective on the rise of the "technology revolution" than our guest this week, Kevin Kelly. As a young hippie backpacking his way around the world, Kevin aspired to make art and to learn about the world. By his own admission, he disliked most technologies, especially the computer - which was a large, clunky, useless machine. However, when he snuck his way into one of the earliest groups to try out the internet, he realized that the world was about to change in a big way and he wanted a front row ticket. Soon after, in 1993 Kevin co-founded Wired Magazine and they have been predicting the future ever since. Kevin is the author of the new book, Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities.  Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor from its inception until 1999. He has just completed a book for Viking/Penguin publishers called "What Technology Wants," due out in the Fall 2010. He is also editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He authored the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control. "I remember saying to myself that I'll just pretend that I'm a millionaire. I'll just pretend that I have the money that I need and I'll act as if money is not the constraint, but other things are." - Kevin Kelly Quotes from Kevin:  What we learn in this episode: How to live like a creative. How did Wired magazine get started? How does mastery play a role in passion? What does the future of information look like? Resources: Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities www.kk.org Twitter: @kevin2kelly -- This episode is brought to you by: SmartThings: Go to http://www.smartthings.com/smartpeople to get 10% off a Home Security Kit or Solution Kit with promo code: SMARTPEOPLE Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 177 – Tiffani Lennon – Are Women Better?

Feb 10, 2015 00:45:42

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Tiffani Lennon - Are women better? Although we like to think that we are an equal opportunity economy, the glass ceiling still very much exists.  As a matter of fact, in 2011, women ran only 12 of the Fortune 500 companies. So how does this impact our ability to compete in a global environment? If women aren't given an equal chance to succeed, aren't we missing out on half of the talented people in the country? As a matter of fact, it's worse than that. According to our guest this week, the data shows that women are outperforming men across the board - and it's time we recognize them for it. This week we speak with Tiffani Lennon, author of the new book, Recognizing Women's Leadership: Strategies and Best Practices for Employing Excellence. Recently named a finalist for the Denver Business Journal Power Book's Power List Award, Tiffani Lennon has shown leadership, program innovation, subject matter expertise, and an entrepreneurial spirit that drives her involvement in academia and business. During the past 10 years, Tiffani has engaged in roles focused in the areas of business and economic development, strategic planning, outreach and engagement, acquisition, policy and legislative analysis and continuous performance improvement. Tiffani attended the University of London’s Birkbeck College of Law and completed an LL.M. degree in International Economic Law and Development. Complementing her already-impressive academic credentials, her strengths as a consultant sit on a solid foundation of education including a Master’s degree, a Juris Doctor, and now, an LL.M. degree. s. "In most of our modern history we have valued and favored that which is masculine." - Tiffani Lennon Quotes from Tiffani:  What we learn in this episode: What does the "glass ceiling" look like today? What is the talent gap? How do we hire talent, regardless of the sex? Resources: Recognizing Women's Leadership: Strategies and Best Practices for Employing Excellence https://portfolio.du.edu/TLENNON -- This episode is brought to you by: Shari's Berries: Go to Shari's Berries Get an amazing Valentine’s Day deal: Giant, juicy, freshly dipped strawberries – starting at $19.99! Or double the berries for $10 more! Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 176 – David Morris – The True Cost of War

Feb 3, 2015 01:05:33

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Just as polio loomed over the 1950s, and AIDS stalked the 1980s and ’90s, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) haunts us in the early years of the twenty-first century. Over a decade into the United States’ “global war on terror,” PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percent of the conflict’s veterans. But the disorder’s reach extends far beyond the armed forces. In total, some twenty-seven million Americans are believed to be PTSD survivors. Yet to many of us, the disorder remains shrouded in mystery, secrecy, and shame. This week we speak with David Morris, former Marine turned war correspondent. While on assignment, David's humvee was hit by an IED (improvised explosive device) and his life was forever changed.  In this episode we discuss America's hunger for violence, the effect of war movies on our nation (specifically we discuss the newest blockbuster - American Sniper), the truth about PTSD, and much more.  David is the author of the brand new best-selling book, The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  David Morris is a former Marine infantry officer. He worked in Iraq from 2004 to 2007 as a reporter for Salon and the Virginia Quarterly Review. His story “The Big Suck: Notes from the Jarhead Underground” was originally published in VQR and was included in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, The Daily Beast, The Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. In 2008 Morris was awarded a creative nonfiction fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as residencies at The MacDowell Colony and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  "The only people who don't think that America has an empire are Americans." - David Morris Quotes from David:  What we learn in this episode: What is the mental and physical toll that war takes on a soldier? How are war movies distorting our feelings towards war and violence? What should the average person understand about post-traumatic stress disorder? Resources: The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder www.theevilhours.com New York Times Article by David Morris -- This episode is brought to you by: Shari's Berries: Go to Shari's Berries Get an amazing Valentine’s Day deal: Giant, juicy, freshly dipped strawberries – starting at $19.99! Or double the berries for $10 more! Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople. Need suggestions? Try these:  Getting things done - Lynda.com Breaking out of a rut - Lynda.com

Episode 175 – Erica Peitler – How to Lead

Jan 27, 2015 00:44:08

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Erica Peitler - How to Lead. The simple truth is that how you lead is the precursor to what you can achieve, yet it is often underestimated or dismissed. The need to leverage the talents of those around you is a defining trait of the successful. But what is the best way to lead? And how can you manage the various personalities of people you work with on a daily basis? This week we talk to leadership expert, consultant, and coach Erica Peitler as she tells us how to lead in a way that inspires others to be the best version of themselves. Erica is the author of Leadership Rigor: Breakthrough Performance and Productivity - Leading Yourself, Teams and Organizations. Erica Peitler is a Leadership Performance Coach who courageously partners with individuals, teams and organizations who want to realize their visions of success by transforming their leadership potential into visible, on the ground, breakthrough leadership performance! A corporate healthcare executive with over 20 years of leadership experience running large operational divisions, brands/portfolios, board level strategic growth initiatives and global R&D organizations, Erica has been selected throughout her professional career to lead, grow, create and transform business, teams and organizations. In 2007, Erica founded her own coaching and consulting firm so that she could share her breakthrough leadership insights, models/frameworks and skill building approaches with highly motivated organizations and leaders looking to make a real and meaningful difference in their work through leadership. "There are two things we have to be great at as leaders: communication and relationships." - Erica Peitler Quotes from Erica: What we learn in this episode: How can a leader utilize better communication skills? What language is necessary? Why you are a leader and don't even know it. Why leaders need to understand various personalities. What is the most common barrier most executives face? Resources: Leadership Rigor: Breakthrough Performance and Productivity - Leading Yourself, Teams and Organizations http://ericapeitler.com/ @EricaPeitler -- This episode is brought to you by: Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for free with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers! Lynda.com: Do something good for yourself in 2015 and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to Lynda.com by visiting Lynda.com/smartpeople.

Episode 174 – Dave Birss – How to be creative

Jan 20, 2015 00:59:37

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Dave Birss - How to be creative. Creativity is surrounded by such mystique. It seemed so magical to the ancient Greeks that they attributed the moment of inspiration to muses rather than people. And in our modern work environment, regardless of your job title you are continually being asked to come up with creative solutions to new, complex problems. That's why it's important to understand that there is such thing as the creative process, and there's also a way to get it wrong. This week on the show, we interview creativity expert Dave Birss, and we ask him to teach us how to maximize our creativity in order to succeed in this constantly evolving economic landscape. Dave is the author of the bestselling book, A User Guide to the Creative Mind: Understanding Where Ideas Come From and Helping You Have More of Them. He is also a former VP at one of the largest advertising agencies in the world, a sought after speaker and consultant, and he's recently launched a brand new web series called DayBeforeTomorrow.tv. **The Kindle version of his book is currently $1.50 for a short period of time - don't miss out!** "I want to be the most interesting person in the old-folks home. I want to have more interesting stories than any of the other wrinkly old 'gits' around me." - Dave Birss Quotes from Dave Birss:  What we learn in this episode: How to multitask What is "Western Creativity" and why Dave believes we need to look at it differently. How do you enhance creativity in yourself and in a team? What is the first part of the creative process? Resources: A User Guide to the Creative Mind: Understanding Where Ideas Come From and Helping You Have More of Them DayBeforeTomorrow.tv Dave's Personal Website Alcohol and Creativity....what? Check this out. @davebirss

Episode 173 – Richard Wiseman – The Science of Luck

Jan 13, 2015 00:51:16

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This week on Smart People Podcast we are helping you get lucky... wait a second. Richard Wiseman bring us a groundbreaking new scientific study of the phenomenon of luck and the ways we can bring good luck into our lives. What is luck? A psychic gift or a question of intelligence? And what is it that lucky people have that unlucky people lack? Psychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman put luck under a scientific microscope for the very first time in his book, The Luck Factor: Changing your Luck, Changing your Life, The Four Essential Principals , examining the different ways in which lucky and unlucky people think and behave. After three years of intensive interviews and experiments with over 400 volunteers, Wiseman arrived at an astonishing conclusion: Luck is something that can be learned. It is available to anyone willing to pay attention to the Four Essential Principles: Creating Chance Opportunities Thinking Lucky Feeling Lucky Denying Fate This and other topics covered in our interview this week with Richard.  Richard Wiseman began his working life as a professional magician and currently holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology (University of Hertfordshire).  He researches the psychology of luck, change, perception and deception, and his work has been published in leading academic journals. Richard has written several bestselling books (including The Luck Factor, Quirkology, and 59 Seconds) and has delivered keynote addresses to organisations across the world (including The Swiss Economic Forum, Google and Amazon). He was listed in the Independent On Sunday’s top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live, and has acted as a creative consultant to Derren Brown, The MythBusters, and Heston Blumenthal. Richard is the most followed British psychologist on Twitter, his YouTube channel has received over 300 million views, and one Scientific American columnist described him as  ‘….the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today’. "The concept of luck is very straightforward.  Some people notice opportunities and others don't." - Richard Wiseman Quotes from Richard Wiseman:  What we learn in this episode: What is the best way to brainstorm? How do you increase your luck? Do lucky people know if and why they are lucky? Resources: The Luck Factor https://www.youtube.com/user/Quirkology http://richardwiseman.wordpress.com/

Best of 2014

Jan 6, 2015 01:12:32

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This week, the hosts of the show look back on 2014 by putting together clips from their favorite episodes of the past year.  From free diving and philanthropy, to physics and education, we covered a lot of ground last year on Smart People Podcast, and this episode is your highlight reel. Enjoy and Happy New Year! Chris's favorite episodes of 2014: Episode 151 - Roger Hamilton Episode 139 - Gerald Chertavian Episode 155 - Josh Shenk Episode 150 - James Nestor Episode 157 - Collis Ta'eed Episode 168 - Peter Buffett Episode 149 - Simon Sinek Jon's favorite episodes of 2014: Episode 132 - Corinne Woods Episode 133 - Michio Kaku Episode 161 - Ed Hess Episode 137 - Tony Stubblebine Episode 135 - Andrew Yang Episode 130 - Carmine Gallo Episode 136 - Kevin Roose

Episode 172 – Mary Lee Esty – Conquering Concussion

Dec 30, 2014 00:43:56

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Mary Lee Esty - Conquering Concussion. What do Henry VIII, Mary Todd Lincoln, Howard Hughes, and Elvis Presley have in common? They suffered traumatic brain injuries that had a significant impact on their lives, and perhaps the course of history. Concussions are a hot topic these days, specifically due to the recent findings of the impact of head injuries on professional football players.  However, many don't realize that concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI's) affect many people and can have a lifelong effect on ones health. In fact, the recent surge in combat veterans incurring TBI's during combat has led to a lot of new research and a much better understanding of exactly what is going on during and after suffering a head injury.  This week on the show we interview Dr. Mary Lee Esty, president of the Brain Wellness and Biofeedback Center of Washington and author of the new book, Conquering Concussion: Healing TBI Symptoms With Neurofeedback and Without Drugs. Dr. Esty is a social worker with a doctorate in health psychology. She is a recognized Senior Fellow in Biofeedback and EEG Biofeedback with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. She also has published peer-reviewed research on traumatic brain injury starting with an NIH-funded study published in 2001 in The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, and a 2012 study with Iraq/Afghanistan veterans with TBI and PTSD in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences. Over the past 19 years Dr. Esty has treated more than 2,000 clients with a wide variety of conditions. Current research includes a study with the military medical school evaluating the efficacy of Neurofeedback on TBI and PTSD.  "A concussion depends upon acceleration and sudden deceleration.  When this happens the brain gets tossed around in the skull, because it floats." - Mary Lee Esty Quotes from Mary Lee Esty:  What we learn in this episode: What occupation is the most likely to incur a traumatic brain injury (and it's not sports!) What is neurofeedback and how can it be used to treat concussions? A better understanding of sub-concussions What are common symptoms of concussion? Resources: Conquering Concussion: Healing TBI Symptoms With Neurofeedback and Without Drugs http://www.brainwellnessandbiofeedback.com/

Episode 171 – Shane Harris – Cyber warfare is perhaps the greatest threat to national security

Dec 23, 2014 00:43:47

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Shane Harris - Cyber warfare is the greatest threat to national security. @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex "Readers will squirm as they learn how every communications enterprise (Google, AT&T, Verizon, Facebook) cooperates with the national security establishment. Harris delivers a convincing account of the terrible cyber-disasters that loom, and the intrusive nature of the fight to prevent them." -Publishers Weekly The United States military currently views cyberspace as the “fifth domain” of warfare (alongside land, air, sea, and space), and the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the CIA all field teams of hackers who can, and do, launch computer virus strikes against enemy targets. In fact, U.S. hackers were crucial to our victory in Iraq. In this episode of Smart People Podcast, author and journalist Shane Harris takes us to the front lines of America’s new cyber war as we discuss his newest book, @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex.  As recent revelations have shown, government agencies are joining with tech giants like Google and Facebook to collect vast amounts of information. The military has also formed a new alliance with tech and finance companies to patrol cyberspace, and Harris offers a deeper glimpse into this partnership than we have ever seen before. Finally, Harris explains what the new cyber security regime means for all of us, who spend our daily lives bound to the Internet — and are vulnerable to its dangers. Shane Harris is a Sr. Intelligence and National Security Correspondent for The Daily Beast and an ASU Future of War Fellow at the New America Foundation. Prior to joining The Daily Beast, Shane was a senior writer at Foreign Policy magazine. He has also written for Washingtonian Magazine, the National Journal and Government Executive Magazine. Shane is the 2010 winner of the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He has been a finalist four times for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which honor the best reporters in America under 35. He graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Politics in 1998. "China is taking thousands and thousands of hackers working around the clock and trying to break into as many corporations and government agencies in the US as they possibly can." - Shane Harris Quotes from Shane Harris:  What we learn in this episode: What are the origins of the military internet complex? What was the beginning of cyber warfare?  What kind of data is the government allowed to gather and what protection do citizens have? What information are the Chinese targeting when they hack into corporate networks? Resources: @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex http://shaneharris.com/ The Daily Beast Twitter @shaneharris

Episode 170 – Dr. Andrew Hill – What are smart drugs and can you supplement your way to genius?

Dec 16, 2014 00:47:31

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What are smart drugs? Can you supplement your way to genius? These are primary burning questions I was anxious to ask my guest this week, Dr. Andrew Hill.  You see, Dr. Hill received his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCLA in 2012, studying how attention operates in the brain. He is also the director of the Alternatives Brain Institute, where they help clients look at their brain function as well as examine how their mind works, and work with them to build strengths and resources, flexibility, and better performance. Sounds pretty rad. But the kicker is this. Dr. Hill is the lead Neuroscientist for a new startup called truBrain, a company with a mission to help optimize your productivity and efficiency without relying on excess caffeine or prescription medication. They are creating a new type of energy drink! One devoid of the useless sugars, caffeine, and wasted crap and they are replacing it with .... nootropics.  Little drink packages that remind me very much of the old school kool-aid packages.  And in these packages there is a promise of mental clarity, calm energy, productivity, memory increase, and more! Could it be true? If so, someone needs to alert all of the college kids who are popping way too many adderalls.   Well - let's find out! Can these supplements make you amazing, smarter, better, faster? "Nootropics are analogous to vigilance promoting drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin. The difference is nootropics aren't used to remediate a specific problem, they are used to enhance existing cognition." -Dr. Hill Quotes from Andrew Hill:  What we learn in this episode: What's the best drug to take if you just want to feel happy all the time? (Please note, we do not recommend this option). Does neurofeedback work? And when is it useful? Can you diagnose ADHD with neurofeedback? How useful are smart drugs? Do they really work? Resources: trubrain.com/smartpeople www.alternativesbh.com -- Episode Special! Our friends at truBRAIN are offering $20 off of a $50 trial kit. Use the offer code smart20 or use our link: trubrain.com/smartpeople

Episode 169 – Tony Stubblebine and Erin Frey – How to have the strongest mind in the room

Dec 9, 2014 00:53:02

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How to have the strongest mind in the room with Tony Stubblebine and Erin Frey. This week we talk to the CEO and head researcher of Lift App, an app that helps people create and maintain new habits. With hundreds of thousands of users from across the world, Tony and Erin have a front row view to learning what makes habits stick and why. They have also learned which habits tend to bring out the best in people, or help increase wealth, or help get a good night sleep.  So we wanted to know,what have they found is the most important habit of all? If we could adopt one habit right now to improve our lives, what would it be? And it turns out, there is a fairly definitive answer. Tune in this week to find out what it is! Tony Stubblebine is the CEO and co-founder of Lift, a life changing app that helps you form habits. More than that, Tony is a fanatic about human potential, creativity, and the power of action! Tony is also a “serial entrepreneur”, having worked on a number of tech startups, including working with the guys who founded Twitter. Tony often blogs here, on Medium. Erin Frey is Writer in Residence and Head of Research at Lift.  She curates Life-Hacks for Medium and graduated from Yale. According to Forbes.com, Lift app is one of the most affordable self-help products ever created. "Meditation is like doing mental push-ups." -Tony Stubblebine Quotes from Tony and Erin:  What we learn in this episode: Why do some of the most powerful people on earth meditate? What is the science behind meditation? What is the number one way that mediation helps in your professional career? How does meditation cure multitasking? Resources: The Strongest Mind in the Room https://www.lift.do/meditation https://www.lift.do/ -- This episode is brought to you by: Our Amazon Page! Support the show by making your Amazon purchases through our affiliate link! It's the easiest way to support the show and NO cost to you!

Episode 168 – Peter Buffett – What is it like to be the son of the richest man on Earth?

Dec 2, 2014 01:00:41

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Peter Buffett - What's it like to be the son of the richest man on Earth? This week we interview Peter Buffett, youngest son of the "Oracle of Omaha" and once dubbed "richest man on Earth", Warren Buffett.  In this interview we ask Peter what it was like to have a household name as a father, what advice did his dad pass along to him, how did the shadow of his last name affect his childhood, and what went on behind the scenes at the Buffett family dinners. This unique upbringing and lessons learned are the foundation for his New York Times Bestselling book, Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment. Additionally, we discuss his esteemed music career which includes winning an Emmy Award and composing the most famous scene in the film Dances with Wolves. Peter Buffett has an acclaimed career that spans more than 30 years as an Emmy Award winning musician, composer, philanthropist and author. He began his career as the musical mind behind many of the early MTV bumpers of the '80s, and the climactic crescendo in the memorable "Fire Dance" scene in 1990's Oscar winning film Dances with Wolves. Peter is the co-president of the NoVo Foundation and co-chair of its Board of Directors. In partnership with his wife, Jennifer, he helps to guide NoVo's vision, strategic mission, and program development. Buffett's inspiring book, Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment, has been translated into over 15 languages and has sold nearly half a million copies worldwide. Described by former President Bill Clinton as "a wise and inspiring book that should be required reading for every young person seeking to find his or her place in the world" Life Is What You Make It is about following one's passions over conventions, taking up the reins of your destiny, and living life to the fullest. "The secret to my dads success is his ability to be dispassionate or unemotional. He is incredibly rational - he doesn't allow his emotions to play any role in his decision making." -Peter Buffet Quotes from Peter:  What we learn in this episode: Is Warren Buffett a ruthless businessman?  When did Peter know his home life was abnormal?  How do you find your path to fulfillment? How did Peter end up writing the score for the "Fire Scene" in Dances With Wolves? Resources: Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment http://www.peterbuffett.com/ http://novofoundation.org/

Episode 167 – Jonathan Levi – Become a SuperLearner: Speed Reading and Advanced Memorization

Nov 25, 2014 00:53:35

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Jonathan Levi - Here on Smart People Podcast we get the opportunity to talk with a lot of amazing authors.  Doing this on a consistent basis has turned us into what you might call "book worms".  However, with only so many hours in the day, there are still thousands of books that we'll probably never have the time to read.  If only there were an easier way? What if you could increase your reading speed by five, ten or twenty times and also increase your retention? Think about the possibility! I might have actually done the required reading in college... OK probably not.   Well thanks to one of our top fans (thanks Charlie!) we were introduced to this weeks guest, Jonathan Levi. Jonathan is an entrepreneur, and an expert in speed reading and advanced memorization.  His online course is ranked as one of the top selling of all time on Udemy and has been personally recommended by the CEO. Join us this week as we learn how to speed read, remember more, and be a Super Learner. To receive 90% off of Jonathan's SuperLearner course, go to jle.vi/smartpeople or go to Udemy and use the coupon code smart-people. "Speed reading itself is the easy part." - Jonathan Levi Quotes from Jonathan:  What we learn in this episode: What is a super learner? How do you speed read? What is the "memory palace"? What must you be able to do BEFORE you can speed read effectively? Resources: http://jle.vi/ jle.vi/smartpeople https://www.udemy.com/superlearning-speed-reading-memory-techniques/?dtcode=fvVeEWq1UtUD#/ -- This episode is brought to you by: Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for free with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers!

Episode 166 – Daniel Cloud

Nov 18, 2014 00:41:48

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Daniel Cloud - This week we tackle the question, "What is life?" Seriously, our guest wrote an entire doctoral dissertation on that exact question. And we don't just stop there! We also discuss the evolution of human language, where it came from, and where it may be going. Have you ever thought about what words mean and where they came from? Why do you use a certain work in conversation instead of another? The choice of which words to use and in which sense to use them is both a "selection event" and an intentional decision.   Our guest this week is Dan Cloud, and in his brand new book, The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal, Dan explores the analogy between Darwin's model of domestication and the evolution of human languages and cultures. Daniel received his Ph.D from Princeton and became a Junior Fellow there soon after.  He currently teaches philosophy at Princeton University.   "The idea of cultural evolution is older than the idea of biological evolution." - Daniel Cloud Quotes from Dan:  What we learn in this episode: What is Schrodinger's Crystal and how might it solve the question, "What is life"? What is an aperiodic pattern?  Why do words mean what they mean? Why do we use particular words in each situation? Why does the world have so many various dialects? Resources: The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal http://www.cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-16792-5/the-domestication-of-language/reviews -- This episode is brought to you by: Our Amazon Page! Support the show by making your Amazon purchases through our affiliate link! It's the easiest way to support the show and NO cost to you!

Episode 165 – Christine Clapp Returns

Nov 10, 2014 00:42:08

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Christine Clapp - Back by popular demand, more than a year later, we are talking with our favorite communications expert - Christine Clapp.  In this episode we cover crucial topics such as the most common mistakes amateur speakers/presenters make, the most powerful ways to persuade others through communication, the 5 steps of Monroe's motivated sequence, and the best system for speaking off the cuff.  Christine covers all of these topics and many more in great detail in her brand new book, Presenting at Work: A Guide to Public Speaking in Professional Contexts. Christine earned two degrees in communication: a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, where she debated at the national and international levels, and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Since 2001, she has taught public speaking to undergraduates and currently is a lecturer at The George Washington University.  Christine also served as a communications aide for five years on Capitol Hill.  An active member of the U.S. Senate chapter of Toastmasters International, she received the organization’s highest distinction, Distinguished Toastmaster, in 2008, won a regional speech evaluation contest in 2007 and is a regular contributor to Toastmaster Magazine. Christine is the founder of Spoken with Authority, a consulting firm that allows others to communicate to their highest potential. "A great idea is only as powerful as the way that it is articulated." - Christine Clapp Quotes from Christine:  What we learn in this episode: What is the number one mistake made by amateur speakers and presenters? What are the 2 most powerful techniques to help persuade others through communication? What are the 5 steps of Monroe's motivated sequence? Resources: Presenting at Work: A Guide to Public Speaking in Professional Contexts http://spokenwithauthority.com/ -- This episode is brought to you by: Squarespace: Squarespace, the all-­in-­one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website, portfolio, and online store. For a free trial and 10% off your first purchase, go to squarespace.com/smartpeople and use promo code expert.  

Episode 164 – Uri Gneezy

Nov 3, 2014 00:47:18

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Uri Gneezy - Can economics help us understand human motivation? By asking the right questions, and running the right experiments, can we finally understand why we do what we do? Apparently our guest this week believes so, and he's put together a pretty rock solid argument supporting his case. Uri Gneezy is the Epstein/Atkinson Endowed Chair in Behavioral Economics and Professor of Economics & Strategy at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego. He is also the author of the book, The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life. In this episode we talk with Uri about the truth behind many of our decisions and how we can prove this through experimentation. "I'm most interested in finding where the assumptions of economists breaks." - Uri Gneezy Quotes from Uri:  What we learn in this episode: What does behavioral economics show us about our motivations? What is the science behind the "pay as you go" model? The reason behind the infamous head butt by soccer player Zinedine Zidane Resources: The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life Materazzi effect and the strategic use of anger in competitive interactions -- This episode is brought to you by: Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for free with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers!

Episode 163 – Robert Richman

Oct 27, 2014 00:43:37

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Robert Richman - Have you ever noticed that many of the most admired companies these days tend to have one common thread, and it's not just a great product? They have one thing that everyone seems to be talking about, despite what industry they are in, where they are located, or what they do. That one thing is culture. Culture has become a buzzword that gets thrown around in every coffee shop in Silicon Valley. Every CEO dreams of building a culture like Zappos, or Apple - where the employees seem to literally LOVE their job. But what exactly does it mean? And how does a company build a truly incredible, profitable, and unifying culture? Additionally, how do you as an individual figure out which organizational cultures are better for you? We answer these questions and many more this week when we speak with speaker, author, and culture architect, Robert Richman.   Robert is the author of the upcoming book, The Culture Blueprint: A Guide to Building the High-Performance Workplace. Robert was the co-creator of Zappos Insights, an innovative program focused on educating companies on the secrets behind Zappos’ amazing employee culture. Robert built Zappos Insights from a small website to a thriving multi-million dollar business teaching over 25,000 students per year. Through his work, Robert has been responsible for improving the employee culture at hundreds of companies like Procter & Gamble, Whole Foods and Amazon.  As one of the world’s authorities on employee culture, Robert is a sought after keynote speaker at conferences around the world and has been hired to teach culture in person at companies like Google, Toyota, and Eli Lilly. He has pioneered a number of innovative techniques to build culture, such as bringing improv comedy to the workplace. "To build a strong culture you have to first ask yourself, 'What is most important to us above everything else?'" - Robert Richman Quotes from Robert: What we learn in this episode: How did Zappos build one of the most incredible corporate cultures in the world? As an employee, how do you find cultures that align with your values? What works and what doesn't work when building culture in an organization? How do you create alignment in an organization without setting in place too many rules? Resources: The Culture Blueprint: A Guide to Building the High-Performance Workplace - Pre Order Today! http://www.robertrichman.com/

Episode 162 – Stephen Law

Oct 20, 2014 00:48:24

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Stephen Law - From Postman to PhD. The beauty and curse of the human mind is that if we want to believe something bad enough, we can convince ourselves that it's true.  And even worse, we will convince others that it's true.  In order to support these fabricated beliefs we will form "intellectual black holes", which are belief systems that we support through a variety of illogical and unsupported mechanisms.  These black holes become the basis for many cultists, conspiracy theorists, alternative medicine promoters, and more. To safeguard us from these tricksters we must be able to recognize that these belief systems exist and to identify them when they are presented to us.  In order to help you in that cause, this week we interview Dr. Stephen Law, author of the book, Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole. Dr. Law is the Provost of the Centre for Inquiry, UK, a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of London, and Editor of the philosophical journal, "Think". "Intellectual black holes are belief systems put together in such a way that they turn people into intellectual prisoners.  They shut down your ability to think clearly and rigorously." - Stephen Law Quotes from Stephen:  What we learn in this episode: What's it like to go from a mailman to a PhD/professor/author? Why do philosophy students tend to perform the best on standardized tests? What is an intellectual black hole? What are the warning signs that you are being "sucked in" to an intellectual black hole? Resources: Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole www.stephenlaw.org https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvkbiElAOqU -- This episode is brought to you by: Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for free with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers!

Episode 161 – Ed Hess

Oct 13, 2014 00:55:46

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Ed Hess - Learn or Die. That is the message this week! In order to stay competitive in today's fast paced environment, you must continue to learn and grow.  Those that refuse to do so will find that their jobs and skills have been replaced by a cheaper and more efficient technology. So how do you become a better and faster learner? How do you stay ahead of the curve? These are the questions we discuss this week as we talk with author and professor, Edward Hess. Ed is the author of the brand new best selling book, Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization.  In this interview, Ed uses his 25 years of research in the fields of behavioral economics, neuroscience and psychology to reveal advances in our understanding of the individual human learner and type of work environment that best enables those capabilities. We talk with Ed about the recent developments in the understanding of how people learn, the role of emotions in the learning process, and the environmental factors that can affect our ability to learn. Edward Hess is a professor of business administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the author of 11 books, including Smart Growth: Building an Enduring Business by Managing the Risks of Growth and The Physics of Business Growth: Mindsets, System and Processes. "I firmly believe that in most businesses, learning is the only sustainable competitive advantage." - Ed Hess Quotes from Ed: What we learn in this episode: How can you become a better learner? How can organizations foster a learning environment? Why are humans lazy thinkers? The average tenure of a CEO today is 4.6 years! Resources: Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization Videos: Ed Hess presents chapters from his book Darden Ideas to Action -- This episode is brought to you by: Squarespace: Squarespace, the all-­in-­one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website, portfolio, and online store. For a free trial and 10% off your first purchase, go to squarespace.com/smartpeople and use promo code expert.  

Episode 160 – Chris Roebuck

Oct 6, 2014 01:01:03

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For SPP listeners only, the first 100 people to purchase a book via www.leadtosucceed.me will receive a signed copy of "Lead to Succeed". Order now and thank us later :) Chris Roebuck  - Everyone, everywhere is under pressure to work harder.  Many of us work to survive and get paid.  Bored and trapped, performance is low, family relationships suffer and organizational performance deteriorates.  To deliver real success, people must be inspired to be their best.  Whether you're an individual leader, a boss, a manager, an HR professional or a CEO, you must know how to transform both your own and your employees' performances.  So I guess it's a good thing that this week we are interviewing the guy who wrote the book (literally) on leadership. Chris Roebuck is the author of the new bestselling book, Lead to Succeed: The Only Leadership Book You Need. Based on over 30 years of being a leader and developing, assessing and coaching leaders around the world, Chris explains the tried and true basics of leadership and describes them in engaging, useful details. His book has been described as a “breakthrough” in thinking about leadership. Chris takes a view of leadership that can help you or other leaders be effective, ethical, entrepreneurial and engaging. The principle is simple – just two steps – one, maximize the effort your people give, then focus that on what really matters for the organization. In this episode, Chris lays out the first step – maximizing the effort of people – Mach 1 leadership as he calls it. Chris is a visiting Professor of Transformational Leadership at Cass Business School in London and advises major global organizations on improving performance through their people. The UK National Health Service, top legal firms, global investment banks, SMEs and even the Red Cross in Myanmar and Chinese Space Program have all relied on his expertise. He has held senior leadership roles at UBS, HSBC, KPMG & London Underground and has served in the British Army. While Chris was the Global Head of Leadership at UBS the bank won the title Best Company for Leaders in Europe and the story of the organizational success is now a Harvard Business School case study. "Leadership is about making a difference and transforming lives, nothing less. Sadly too few leaders even think that, let alone do it.” - Chris Roebuck Quotes from Chris: What we learn in this episode: What's going on currently in organizations? What is the "new world of work"? What do we all truly want from our boss? How can you maximize the effort your employees want to give you? What is leadership at its most basic level? Resources: To learn more about Chris ideas, blogs, media interviews: www.chrisroebuck.net To learn more about the book and the 2nd step (focus onto what matters - Mach 2): www.leadtosucceed.me To follow Chris on Twitter : @Chris__Roebuck To join the Lead To Succeed Online Community:  http://linkd.in/1sOnSHZ -- This episode is brought to you by: Igloo: Go to igloosoftware.com/smartpeople to use Igloo for free with up to 10 of your favorite coworkers or customers!

Episode 159 – Alan De Quieroz

Sep 29, 2014 00:42:07

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Alan de Queiroz  - Have you ever wondered how the same species of monkey (or tree, or snake for that matter) ends up located on different countries around the world? Keep in mind, they obviously can't just swim across the ocean, and they were there far before humans, so we didn't bring them.  Sure, continental drift explains it in some instances, but definitely not all of them.  So how did it happen? The answer will most certainly surprise you! This week, evolutionary biologist Alan de Queiroz tells us what the research says on this topic as we discuss his book, The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life. Alan de Queiroz is an evolutionary biologist and adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has written widely-cited research articles on topics ranging from biogeography to the evolution of behavior to the origins of parasites. For more on the Alan and his work, visit his Facebook page and blog. "Most people understand that evolution is very random, it's caused by chance events." - Alan de Queiroz Quotes from Alan: What we learn in this episode: What is biogeography? Why are there no monkeys in Europe? How do mammals that can't swim come to be found on islands? Resources: The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life monkeysvoyage.wordpress.com/ -- This episode is brought to you by: 99Designs: Go to 99designs.com/SMART to get a $99 Power Pack of services for FREE today! Personal Capital: With Personal Capital, you’ll finally be able to see all your accounts in one place and get a clear view of everything you own. To sign up for free go to personalcapital.com/smartpeople.

Episode 158 – Savannah Ellis

Sep 22, 2014 00:46:47

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Savannah Ellis - If men and women are meant to pair up for a lifetime of eternal happiness with the primary goal of continuing the growth of our species, why is it so damn hard? The communication differences between men and women is so apparent, that we often joke that the two sexes are from opposite planets. Much has been said about these differences, but little has been agreed upon.  So let's do our best to learn how to make nice with the opposite sex in order to have long, healthy, romantic relationships.  As an added bonus, Chris was recently married, so we figured it was our duty to get him some good advice. This week we speak with Savannah Ellis, COO of The Relationship Society, CEO and Founder of the Infidelity Coaching Program, and author of the book, I Cheated: Affair Recovery Advice For When You Have Been Unfaithful. Savannah has coached thousands of couples and individuals from Sydney, Australia to Las Vegas, Nevada to help them achieve their relationship and personal goals. Her passion is to help people be authentic to themselves and others. Savannah holds Psychology degrees from Monash University, Australia: Bachelor Behavioral Science (BBSc), and post graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology. "The three most important factors in a relationship are chemistry, personality, and life goals/values." - Savannah Ellis Quotes from Savannah: What we learn in this episode: How do couples learn to communicate better? How do you move on from heartbreak? What are the main differences between the way men and women communicate? Do men always want sex? Resources: I Cheated: Affair Recovery Advice For When You Have Been Unfaithful http://savannahellis.net/ http://relationshipsociety.com/ Youtube - It's Not About the Nail Twitter @infidelityguru -- This episode is brought to you by: 99Designs: Go to 99designs.com/SMART to get a $99 Power Pack of services for FREE today! Personal Capital: With Personal Capital, you’ll finally be able to see all your accounts in one place and get a clear view of everything you own. To sign up for free go to personalcapital.com/smartpeople.

Episode 157 – Collis Ta’eed

Sep 15, 2014 00:51:30

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Collis Ta'eed - Our guest this week was recently named one of the Top 10 Richest Bloggers in the World! However, that can be slightly misleading because his company is far from a blog (in fact, just insinuating that he is in the same genre as Perez Hilton makes my skin crawl).  Not only is he an extremely successful on-line business mogul, but his entire blog and business is built around educating the world on-line.  In fact, the company motto is, "Helping people learn and earn online." In this episode we discuss what it takes to be an entrepreneur, how you create one of the largest web based businesses in the world, and why on-line education IS the future. Collis Ta'eed is the CEO of Envato, a company that creates websites that help people from all over the world change the way they earn and learn online. Envato is empowering people with tools and services to develop new skills and make a living. They do this in the creative space with marketplaces and education platforms and materials that help people get creative! "As long as the scale of your ambition is realistic, there is usually space for niche businesses." - Collis Ta'eed Quotes from Collis: What we learn in this episode: How do you become one of the top ten richest bloggers on the planet? What is it like to start an internet business from scratch? What are the keys to making money on-line? What are the best traits for an entrepreneur? Resources: Top 10 Riches Bloggers in the World Tuts Plus Envato Wikipedia - Collis/Envato Twitter @Collis -- This episode is brought to you by: 99Designs: Go to 99designs.com/SMART to get a $99 Power Pack of services for FREE today! Squarespace: Squarespace, the all-­in-­one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website, portfolio, and online store. For a free trial and 10% off your first purchase, go to squarespace.com/smartpeople and use promo code expert.  

Episode 156 – Jared Dean

Sep 8, 2014 00:45:37

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Jared Dean - Have you ever wondered how your Netflix account knows exactly what movies to recommend? Or how Amazon can keep you continually buying random things you never thought you needed? Or how those Facebook ads are always eerily targeted directly at you? Well the answer is simple, Big Data.  Ok - maybe it's not simple, but it is something we can understand and even harness to make a difference in our lives and in our organizations or industries. This week we speak with Jared Dean, author of the new book, Big Data, Data Mining, and Machine Learning. This book was recently ranked the #1 "Big Data Read of the Summer" by The Hive. Jared Dean is a Senior Director of Research and Development at SAS. He is responsible for the development of SAS' worldwide data mining solutions. This includes customer engagements, new feature development, technical support, sales support, and product integration. Prior to joining SAS, Dean worked as a mathematical statistician for the US Census Bureau. He holds an MS degree in computational statistics from George Mason University. "Innovation is largely incremental.  Most of the time we are making small steps forward, not giant leaps.  " - Jared Dean Quotes from Jared: What we learn in this episode: Can you accurately predict the NFL by using Big Data? How do outliers play a key role in data analysis? Is there a difference between an algorithm and an equation? How do the self driving cars from Google use Big Data to operate? Resources: Big Data, Data Mining, and Machine Learning http://support.sas.com/publishing/authors/dean.html Twitter @JaredLDean -- This episode is brought to you by: 99Designs: Go to 99designs.com/SMART to get a $99 Power Pack of services for FREE today! ting: mobile that makes sense. For $25 off your first device or a $25 credit, use smartpeople.ting.com and save money on your cell phone bill today!

Episode 155 – Josh Shenk

Sep 1, 2014 00:46:43

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Josh Shenk - Want to be great? Then don't go at it alone. Throughout history teams of exactly 2 people have made the biggest impact - think Lennon and McCartney, Wozniak and Jobs, Orville and Wilbur Wright...the list goes on and on. But why? This week we crush the myth of the "lone genius" and learn how the best creations of all time came from people who worked in pairs. Josh Shenk, author of Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, tells us not only why 2 is the magic number, but also how you can find your creative pair and start making history. Josh is a curator, essayist, and author. His magazine pieces include cover stories in Harper’s, Time, and The Atlantic, where his essay "What Makes Us Happy?" was the most read article in the history of that magazine’s website. His work has also appeared in Slate, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first book, Lincoln’s Melancholy, was named one of the best books of 2005 byThe New York Times, The Washington Post,and The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.. He is a curator, storyteller and advisor to The Moth; vice-chair emeritus of the board of directors, he currently serves on the general council. He is also a past director of the Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College, where he curated programs and festivals and directed a small literary press. Shenk consults to the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center, where he directs the Erikson Prize for Mental Health Media and Arts in Mind, a conversation series on the creative arts and psychology, co-hosted by the New School in New York City. "Creativity is not about being comfortable. It's about moving from where you are to something bigger.  It's all about the encounter of disparate things." - Josh Shenk Quotes from Josh: What we learn in this episode: What characteristics make two people compatible? Why is tension good for partners creative abilities? How does conversation play a key role in creativity? Why is a pair better than a trio? Resources: Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs www.shenk.net Twitter @joshuawolfshenk -- This episode is brought to you by: 99Designs: Go to 99designs.com/SMART to get a $99 Power Pack of services for FREE today! ting: mobile that makes sense. For $25 off your first device or a $25 credit, use smartpeople.ting.com and save money on your cell phone bill today!

Episode 154 – Karan Girotra

Aug 25, 2014 00:55:20

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Karan Girotra - Any system that we use to accomplish a task can be made better with some simple improvements. If you're talking about the system you use to brush your teeth, this might not be a big deal. But what about the way in which a company builds a product, or the way a doctor analyzes a patient? These systems can have enormous effects on society, and it is imperative that we understand how to innovate on these systems to continually create a better society. This week we speak with Karan Girotra who is a Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD and author of the new book, The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions That Will Define Your Company. Karan earned a doctorate from the Wharton School for his examination of innovation processes and the early stage startups. He took some time off from his doctoral work to help start up TerraPass, a profitable firm that has helped individuals and businesses reduce over a billion pounds of carbon dioxide. At INSEAD, Karan researches and teaches issues related to business model innovation. His research has appeared in top academic journals and has been featured by the Financial Times, Businessweek, the Sloan Management Review and the Harvard Business Review. "Too often, students are narrowly focused on their immediate career goal and they underestimate the power of each one of us.  One you start believing you can make great change, once you give it some conscious effort, most of us can accomplish far more than we can imagine." - Karan Girotra Quotes from Karan: What we learn in this episode: We blend innovation and education to see what is going on and what may be next. How can one individual actually change the world? What is business model innovation and why is it perhaps more important than product innovation? What are the two main ways you can innovate your creative process? Many of the problems we see in business today is due to a misalignment between the producer and the consumer. Resources: The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions That Will Define Your Company http://renaissanceinnovator.com/ Karan in the Harvard Business Review www.girotra.com Twitter @girotrak -- This episode is brought to you by: 99Designs: Go to 99designs.com/SMART to get a $99 Power Pack of services for FREE today! Personal Capital: With Personal Capital, you’ll finally be able to see all your accounts in one place and get a clear view of everything you own. To sign up for free go to personalcapital.com/smartpeople.  

Episode 153 – McKenzie Funk

Aug 18, 2014 00:56:41

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McKenzie Funk - Almost everyone is aware that climate change is slowly but surely destroying our planet, however very few know that you can get rich off of it! Want to know how? Or at least know what kind of individual would profit from the destruction of our planet?  McKenzie Funk has spent the last six years reporting around the world on how we are preparing for a warmer planet. Funk shows us that the best way to understand the catastrophe of global warming is to see it through the eyes of those who see it most clearly—as a market opportunity. Global warming’s physical impacts can be separated into three broad categories: melt, drought, and deluge. Funk travels to two dozen countries to profile entrepreneurial people who see in each of these forces a potential windfall.  McKenzie is the author of Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming. A National Magazine Award finalist and former Knight-Wallace Fellow, he won the Oakes Prize for Environmental Journalism for a story about the melting Arctic and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for his interview in Tajikistan with one of the first prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, National Geographic, Outside, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The New York Times. Mac is a founding member of Deca, a global journalism cooperative. "People are looking at climate change and saying, 'What's in it for me?"' - McKenzie Funk Quotes from McKenzie:  What we learn in this episode: Why are their wars over the northern regions of the globe? How do you profit from climate change? Is it evil to profit from destruction? Resources: Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming http://www.mckenziefunk.com/ Twitter @McKenzieFunk -- This episode is brought to you by: 99Designs: Go to 99designs.com/SMART to get a $99 Power Pack of services for FREE today! Squarespace: Squarespace, the all-­in-­one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website, portfolio, and online store. For a free trial and 10% off your first purchase, go to squarespace.com/smartpeople and use promo code expert.  

Episode 152 – Joe Navarro

Aug 11, 2014 00:56:27

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Joe Navarro - Not many can say they were personally approached to join the FBI, but this is exactly what happened to Joe Navarro while he was working as a police officer at the tender age of 23. He accepted their offer and became one of the youngest agents ever to join the renowned investigative agency. Joe is quite literally a human lie detector. Having spent over 25 years as a counterintelligence officer with the FBI, Joe has mastered the art of reading non-verbal communication in order to catch spies, convict felons, and thwart terrorist attacks.  In this episode we will learn what to look for in a liar, which body parts "give away the secret", and how you can use your body language to get people to like you, hire you, and trust you.  Joe is the author of What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People. "Neck covering is one of the most accurate behaviors that lets you know when someone is worried." - Joe Navarro Quotes from Joe:  What we learn in this episode: What is the truth behind recognizing non-verbal cues? Is there a silver bullet to detect lying? What is the science behind human non-verbal communication? Did you know our fear response is freeze, flight, and fight, in that order? How should you stand with someone during an intimate conversation? Resources: What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People http://joenavarro.net/ Forbes Interview with Joe Navarro Twitter @navarrotells -- This episode is brought to you by: 99Designs: Go to 99designs.com/SMART to get a $99 Power Pack of services for FREE today! Personal Capital: With Personal Capital, you’ll finally be able to see all your accounts in one place and get a clear view of everything you own. To sign up for free go to personalcapital.com/smartpeople.

Episode 151 – Roger Hamilton

Aug 4, 2014 00:56:23

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Roger Hamilton - We promise you will be buzzing with excitement after this episode.  Roger is perhaps best known as 'Asia's leading wealth consultant', but in our opinion, he is more of a career and life mentor with a talent for story telling.  Roger is the Founder of Entrepreneurs Institute and creator of the Wealth Dynamics, Talent Dynamics & Genius Test profiling systems, used by over 250,000 entrepreneurs and leaders around the world. His newest book, The Millionaire Master Plan: Your Personalized Path to Financial Success takes you on an amazing journey to help you make a living doing what comes most naturally to you. Roger has designed nine steps - from barely surviving - all the way to the highest level of ultimate wealth for life - and he lays out his nine steps in an easy-to-understand color-coded manner that ranges from red (barely living paycheck-to-paycheck) all the way to ultra-violet (where generating income is simply no longer a worry). Along the way, the reader first takes a quick test to determine where one is on the financial spectrum, and then Hamilton provides key insights and practical tips as to how one can progress to the next level. You track your progress by ascending from one color to the next. "Even Superman has to be Clark Kent some of the time." - Roger Hamilton Quotes from Roger: What we learn in this episode: How to nurture your natural talents and focus less on what is difficult and more on what comes easy to you. What is your natural question? Who, What, When, or How. What is a learning cycle and why is it the most important part of mastering any skill? Resources: The Millionaire Master Plan: Your Personalized Path to Financial Success www.rogerjameshamilton.com www.millionairemasterplan.com www.geniusu.com Twitter: @rogerhamilton Other Resources: The I Ching, or, Book of Changes (as mentioned by Roger) The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance -- This episode is brought to you by: 99Designs: Go to 99designs.com/SMART to get a $99 Power Pack of services for FREE today! ting: mobile that makes sense. For $25 off your first device or a $25 credit, use smartpeople.ting.com and save money on your cell phone bill today!

Episode 150 – James Nestor

Jul 28, 2014 00:54:13

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James Nestor - The ocean is the final, unseen, untouched, and undiscovered wilderness. In fact, we know more about other planets and stars lightyears away than we do about our oceans, which cover more than 2/3 of our planet. Join us this week as we follow author James Nestor on an amazing journey to the depths of the ocean. James is the author of Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves which is ranked as one of Amazon's best non-fiction books of 2014. The book follows clans of extreme athletes, adventurers, and scientists as they plumb the limits of the ocean's depths and uncover weird and wondrous new discoveries that, in many cases, redefine our understanding of the ocean and ourselves. James has written for Outside Magazine, Dwell Magazine, National Public Radio,The New York Times, Men's Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and more.  Nestor’s first book, Get High Now (without drugs) humorously explores the worlds of neurology, biology, and physiology through meditations, illusions, household herbs, and some bizarre anthropological discoveries. The accompanying website, gethighnow.com, was awarded in Time Magazine’s Top 50 Websites of 2009 and receives about 200,000 hits per month. "Our bodies are equipped with reflexes that allow us to withstand the incredible pressures of a deep dive - our bodies completely transform.  It is the most profound transformation that we can naturally experience." - James Nestor Quotes from James:  What we learn in this episode: How does someone make a living as an author? What is the "Master Switch of Life"? What is the sport of freediving? How can the human body withstand the pressure imposed on it at 300+ feet below sea level where lungs shrink down to the size of baseballs? Resources: Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves http://mrjamesnestor.com/index.html Performance Freediving International Twitter: @MrJamesNestor -- This episode is brought to you by: 99Designs: Go to 99designs.com/SMART to get a $99 Power Pack of services for FREE today! Personal Capital: With Personal Capital, you’ll finally be able to see all your accounts in one place and get a clear view of everything you own. To sign up for free go to personalcapital.com/smartpeople.

Episode 149 – Simon Sinek

Jul 21, 2014 00:40:32

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Simon Sinek - This week we talk to one of our favorite speakers and personalities, Simon Sinek. Simon is a popular author who is best known for his book, “Start with Why”. Not only is he an amazing speaker, but he has one of the most popular TEDx videos ever released (How great leaders inspire action). The video is so popular, it ranks in the top 3 TED list with over 17 million views! Simon’s latest book is Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, which focuses on the idea that leaders who are willing to “eat last” are rewarded with loyal colleagues. “I did what anybody who finds something beautiful does. We share it with our friends and the people we love.” - Simon Sinek Quotes from Simon: What we learn in this episode: What went wrong in Simon's TEDx video How to move people and organizations A quick and FREE way to discover your why Resources: Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action https://www.startwithwhy.com/ http://www.ted.com/speakers/simon_sinek Twitter: @simonsinek -- This episode is brought to you by: 99Designs: Go to 99designs.com/SMART to get a $99 Power Pack of services for FREE today!

Episode 148 – Russ Roberts

Jul 14, 2014 00:49:55

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Russ Roberts - Our guest this week is the host of the extremely popular EconTalk podcast.  In this episode talk economics, education, passion, and more! Although sometimes Economics can seem dry and boring, Russ has made a living out of making it understandable and bringing it to the masses. Russell Roberts is the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He tries to make economics understandable to a general audience. Roberts hosts the weekly podcast EconTalk--hour-long conversations with authors, economists, and business leaders. Past guests include Milton Friedman, Nassim Taleb, Christopher Hitchens, Jimmy Wales, Joseph Stiglitz, and John Bogle. EconTalk was named podcast of the year in the 2008 Weblog Awards. His latest book is The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity. " I believe the power of Economics is to help provide a unique lens for looking at the world." - Russ Roberts Quotes from Russ: What we learn in this episode: How does economics play a role in our daily lives? What is spontaneous order? How is it explained by traffic? What does Russ believe is the problem with the modern American university? How did Russ get one of the coolest jobs on the planet? Resources: http://www.econtalk.org/ http://www.invisibleheart.com/ http://cafehayek.com/ http://www.hoover.org/fellows/russell-roberts Twitter: @econtalker -- This episode is brought to you by: 99Designs: Go to 99designs.com/SMART to get a $99 Power Pack of services for FREE today!

Episode 147 – Shamus Khan

Jul 7, 2014 00:58:53

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Shamus Khan - What is it really like to be the 1%? The income gap is a hot topic these days, but rarely do we learn what it is truly like to grow up in a world where money is no object. This week we get a behind the scenes look at how the American elite are raised and what it's like to be part of 'high society'. Shamus Khan teaches in the sociology department at Columbia University.  He writes on elites and inequality in America.  He is the author of Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School. He recently served as an opinion columnist for Time Magazine and continues to write about sociology in popular press.  With Dorian Warren, he is the director of a Russell Sage Foundation working group on “The Political Influence of Economic Elites” (which is very cool!). " The reality of the American condition is that we are one of the most unequal of the developed nations." - Shamus Khan Quotes from Shamus: What we learn in this episode: What exactly is inequality? What is the tie between money, value, and self worth? How do wealthy people think through the experience of wealth? Do the rich truly earn their money, or is it often just a set of lucky circumstances? Resources: Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School http://shamuskhan.wordpress.com/ The Political Influence of Economic Elites (Russell Sage Foundation) Twitter: @shamuskhan -- This episode is brought to you by: 99Designs: Go to 99designs.com/SMART to get a $99 Power Pack of services for FREE today!  

Episode 146 – Dan Buettner

Jun 30, 2014 00:29:37

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Dan Buettner - Do you want to live to 100+? Of course you do, as long as you don't have to wear a diaper! Our guest this week has figured out the key to living to the ripe old age of 100 and beyond and he's here to share it with you.  National Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettner studies the world's longest-lived peoples, distilling their secrets into a single plan for health and long life. He is the author of the New York Times best selling book, The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest.  His TED Talk “How to live to be 100+” has been viewed over 2 million times and his New York Times Sunday Magazine article, “The Island Where People Forget to Die” was the second most popular article of 2012. Dan has Keynoted speeches for Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative, Google Zeitgeist, TEDMED and many more nationally renowned conferences.  He has been featured twice on Oprah and has received an Emmy award for television production. "Money does buy happiness to a certain extent. You need to be able to buy the necessities. However, after you obtain a certain amount, the effect of an added dollar does not buy you an added dollar of happiness. - Dan Buettner Quotes from Dan: What we learn in this episode: One of the keys to fitness and health is moderate exercise throughout the day, not spurts of intense activity. What are the secrets to living a long and healthy life? What factors play the biggest role of someone being truly happy? Resources: The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest http://www.bluezones.com/speaking/dan-buettner/ Dan Buettner - Ted Talk: How to live to be 100+ Twitter: @BlueZones

Episode 145 – Daniel Burrus

Jun 24, 2014 00:45:57

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Daniel Burrus - What if you could see into the future? Our guest this week is considered one of the World’s Leading Futurists on Global Trends and Innovation.The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand as a speaker. He is a strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies helping them to develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact. He is the author of six books, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal best seller Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible. Daniels' accurate predictions date back to the early 1980s where he became the first and only technology futurist to accurately identify the  twenty technologies that would become the driving forces of business and economic change for decades to come. Since then he has established a worldwide reputation for his exceptional record of predicting the future of technology driven change and its direct impact on the business world. "Life is a journey.  Part of that journey is not just using your talents, but trying to decide what is your gift and then directing your talents to support your gift so you can soar to new heights." - Daniel Burrus Quotes from Daniel: What we learn in this episode: How to spot potential future trends Where is technology going? Why? Can you scientifically forecast the future? Hard trends versus soft trends Resources: www.burrus.com/magazine - GET free stuff :) Flash Foresight: See the Invisible to Do the Impossible http://www.burrus.com/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-burrus/ Twitter: @DanielBurrus This episode is brought to you by: Stamps.com: Anything you can do at the Post Office, you can now do right from your desk with Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage for ANY letter or package using your own computer & printer. Use our promo code smart for this SPECIAL OFFER: A no-risk trial & a $110 Bonus Offer – includes a digital scale and up to $55 FREE postage! Remember, go to Stamps.com and use promo code smart. Squarespace: Squarespace, the all-­in-­one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website, portfolio, and online store. For a free trial and 10% off your first purchase, go to squarespace.com/smartpeople and use promo code expert.

Episode 144 – Branko Milanovic

Jun 17, 2014 00:46:02

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Branko Milanovic - Income inequality in the United States has been increasing since the early 1980's, and it's only getting worse. Perhaps even more worrisome is the continuing growth in the income gap on a global basis. The wealth gap between the richest and the poorest countries is becoming so large that our entire economic system is in danger. This week we are joined by Branko Milanovic, the former head economist in the World Bank's research department as we discuss income inequality around the world and his most recent book, The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality. The Globalist selected The Haves and the Have-Nots as number one on its "top books of 2011". Branko is also a professor at the University of Maryland and often writes for publications such as the Harvard Business review and The Economist. "The system that is currently in place clearly benefits the people who are rich. But those individuals are not willing, nor are they motivated to change this system." - Branko Milanovic Quotes from Branko: What we learn in this episode: An astounding 60 percent of a person's income is determined merely by where that person was born. Although income inequality is often thought of in terms of the relationship between rich and poor individuals in a country, the gap becomes increasingly more worrisome as you look at it from a global perspective. As technological advances continue, the income gap will very likely continue to grow because cheap labor is replaced by technology and wealth goes straight to the company owners. Resources: The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality http://blogs.hbr.org/branko-milanovic/ Twitter: @BrankoMilan

Episode 143 – Brad Stone

Jun 9, 2014 00:34:08

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Brad Stone - Amazon.com has revolutionized the way humans around the world shop AND read.  From teapots to toilet bowls and everything in between, anything you want is now just a click away.  But how did they do it? Many say that amazon.com is a bully, utilizing unfair practices and harsh working conditions to create an advantage, while others tout their genius.  This week on the show, Brad Stone provides us with a behind the scenes view of this mammoth on-line retailer. Brad is the author of the highly controversial best-selling book, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.  With this book, Brad utilizes his unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, in order to give readers the first in-depth account of life at Amazon. Brad is a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek and best-selling author. "Select carefully the topic you devote your life to.  Make sure it's a topic where the interest scales proportionally to the time you invest in it." - Brad Stone Quotes from Brad: What we learn in this episode: How did Amazon change the world in even MORE ways than just shopping and reading? Who is Jeff Bezos and what makes him a fantastic leader and innovator? Why did Brad hunt down Jeff Bezos's biological father? Spolier alert - the father didn't even KNOW his son was the CEO of Amazon! Resources: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon http://www.businessweek.com/authors/411-brad-stone Twitter: @bradstone This episode is brought to you by: Stamps.com: Anything you can do at the Post Office, you can now do right from your desk with Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage for ANY letter or package using your own computer & printer. Use our promo code smart for this SPECIAL OFFER: A no-risk trial & a $110 Bonus Offer – includes a digital scale and up to $55 FREE postage! Remember, go to Stamps.com and use promo code smart. Harry's: Harry's was built out of respect for quality craftsmanship, simple design, modern convenience and most importantly for guys who know they shouldn't have to overpay for a great shave. For $5 off your first purchase, go to harrys.com and use promo code smartpeople.

Episode 142 – Adam Bryant

Jun 2, 2014 00:52:22

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Adam Bryant - Don't you wish you could get inside the minds of the top CEO's in the world to learn the secrets of their success? That's exactly what our guest this week has done. Adam is the author of Quick and Nimble; Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation. His book is a summation of many of the lessons and anecdotes he has learned through hundreds of interviews with top CEO's as part of his Corner Office' series in The New York Times. Prior to working at The New York Times, Adam was a senior writer and business editor at Newsweek magazine. "The best CEO's don't have all the right answers, they have all the right questions." -Adam Bryant Quotes from Adam: What we learn in this episode: Are CEO's born leaders or do they pick it up along the way? How do CEO's lead inside their company as opposed to within their industry? What qualities do CEO's have that explains why they get promoted all the way to the corner office? Resources: Quick and Nimble; Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation http://adambryantbooks.com/ Corner Office' series in The New York Times Twitter: @nytcorneroffice

Episode 141 – Joe De Sena

May 26, 2014 00:42:22

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Joe De Sena - CEO and co-founder of the Spartan Race and author of Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life. Joe is a legend in endurance and adventure racing.  He completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultra-marathon, raced the 140.6 miles of Lake Placid Ironman, and finished a 100-mile trail run in Vermont....all within one week! This week we learn about grit, determination, and the absolute need to live life to the fullest. "The thing that frustrates me the most is the fact that 99% of people are just sleepwalking through life. They are living in a bubble wrapped existence." - Joe De Sena Quotes from Joe: What we learn in this episode: What's it like to grow up in the organized crime capital of the world? Is it possible to learn to be more resilient? How do you get out of your comfort zone? What are some things you could do today to truly experience life? How to build obstacle immunity. Resources: Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life http://spartanupthebook.com/ http://www.spartanrace.com/ Twitter: @spartanrace This episode is brought to you by: Opportuniteas: Opportuniteas evolved with the mission to be better. They only use ingredients with proven benefits. They show you the research and list the exact dose of everything because you deserve to know! For 10% off your first purchase, go to opportuniteas.com and use promo code smartpeople.

Episode 140 – Suzanna Walters

May 19, 2014 00:42:54

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Suzanna Walters - Gay rights. Recent years have ushered in a whole new meaning to the idea.  Many believe that with gay marriage becoming legal and more gay role models we are becoming much more tolerant. But what about the idea that they need to be tolerated in the first place? Do any of us have the right to simply tolerate someone? This week we speak with Suzanna Walters, Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, as well as the author of the new book, The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality. "The notion of tolerance already has built into it a kind of tepid acceptance of that which you do not really embrace." -Suzanna Walters Quotes from Suzanna: What we learn in this episode: The slippery slope we encounter when we talk about tolerance around gay rights, as if it is something that we can only tolerate and not embrace. By focusing on singular issues surrounding gay rights, we miss out on the entire idea of individual rights in general. How social inclusion and celebrating others differences is a key part of a truly thriving society. Resources: The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality http://thetolerancetrap.com/ Twitter: @suzannadwalters

Episode 139 – Gerald Chertavian

May 12, 2014 00:39:48

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Gerald Chertavian - How and why does a Wall Street millionaire start a company to help troubled young adults move from poverty to professional careers in a single year? This week we interview Gerald Chertavian, CEO of Year Up, one of the most incredible non-profit organizations we have ever come across. "You can't give until you have. " - Gerald Chertavian Year Up provides intensive professional education to urban young adults. His organization was recently recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations in the nation using business excellence to engineer social change. Prior to starting Year Up, Chertavian co-founded Conduit Communications and served as the head of marketing at Transnational Financial Services in London. Gerald recently wrote the book, A Year Up: How a Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills For Real Jobs With Real Success. He was also awarded the 2003 Social Entrepreneurship Award by the Manhattan Institute and the 2005 Freedom House Archie R. Williams, Jr. Technology Award. A graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard Business School, Chertavian was born and raised in Lowell, MA. Quotes from Gerald: What we learn in this episode: How to balance taking versus giving. How to understand what you can take from the universe as well as what you owe to the universe. For the first time in the history of this country upward mobility is lower in America than many other developed countries. That is an opportunity divide. What is the winning formula for social good? Resources: A Year Up: How a Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills For Real Jobs With Real Success http://www.yearup.org/ http://bigthink.com/users/geraldchertavian Twitter: @yearup

Episode 138 – Sam Rashkin

May 5, 2014 00:47:08

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Sam Rashkin - Author of Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It's Broken, and How to Fix It. He is currently the Chief Architect of the Building Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Sam also managed the Energy Star for Homes since its start in 1996.  Sam knows everything there is to know about renewable energy and "zero energy homes". "One of the most significant infrastructure issues that we have in this country is the 115+ million existing homes.  We talk about roads and bridges and utility issues, but people don't realize the impact these old homes are having on our economy, energy usage, and health issues." -Sam Rashkin Under his leadership, ENERGY STAR for Homes has grown exponentially to more than 6,500 builder partners and over 940,000 labeled homes. He is also introducing a new EPA Indoor Air Quality label for the housing industry linked to ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes and an advanced technology new home program called Climate Choice for elite builders. Quotes from Sam: What we learn in this episode: How was ENERGY STAR formed? How did Sam make it so effective and grow it to what it is today? What are the health implications of living in many old homes? Did you know you can actually MAKE money by asking for an energy efficient mortgage? Sam tells you about it! What is a "zero energy ready performance" home? Resources: http://energy.gov/contributors/sam-rashkin http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/doe-challenge-home http://www.energystar.gov/?c=new_homes.hm_index This episode is brought to you by: Squarespace: Squarespace, the all-­in-­one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website, portfolio, and online store. For a free trial and 10% off your first purchase, go to squarespace.com/smartpeople and use promo code expert.

Episode 137 – Tony Stubblebine

Apr 28, 2014 00:41:58

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Tony Stubblebine - CEO and co-founder of Lift, a life changing app that helps you form habits. More than that, Tony is a fanatic about human potential, creativity, and the power of action! Tony is also a "serial entrepreneur", having worked on a number of tech startups, including working with the guys who founded Twitter. Tony often blogs here, on Medium. "It takes 10 years to become an overnight success." -Tony Stubblebine Do you want to build the habit of meditation? Check out Lift's How to Meditate page with free guided meditations! According to Forbes.com, Lift app is one of the most affordable self-help products ever created. Quotes from Tony: What we learn in this episode: How has Tony built a number of successful companies? Do young investment bankers feel that the money is worth the long hours? What is some advice on getting angel investors early on in starting a company? Behavior design Resources: Lift's How to Meditate page with free guided meditations https://lift.do/ https://medium.com/@tonystubblebine Twitter: @tonystubblebine This episode is brought to you by: Harry's: Harry's was built out of respect for quality craftsmanship, simple design, modern convenience and most importantly for guys who know they shouldn't have to overpay for a great shave. For $5 off your first purchase, go to harrys.com and use promo code smartpeople. Personal Capital: With Personal Capital, you’ll finally be able to see all your accounts in one place and get a clear view of everything you own. To sign up for free go to personalcapital.com/smartpeople.

Episode 136 – Kevin Roose

Apr 21, 2014 00:39:07

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Kevin Roose - Bestselling author of Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits. Kevin spent more than three years shadowing eight entry-level analysts at leading investment firms. He chronicled their stories, triumphs, and disappointments in this unprecedented (and unauthorized) story. Kevin currently writes for New York magazine and previously for The New York Times. "Writing this book made me want to go to every Ivy League college in the country and give students there a hug." -Kevin Roose Quotes from Kevin:  What we learn in this episode: • What is it really like to be a new hire on Wall Street? • Do young investment bankers feel that the money is worth the long hours? • Did you know their is an 80 year old "secret society"/fraternity for Wall Street workers? Yup - Kevin is going to tell you about it! Resources: Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits http://www.kevinroose.com/ http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/04/heres-a-video-of-wall-street-bankers-stripping.html Twitter: @kevinroose

Episode 135 – Andrew Yang

Apr 14, 2014 00:45:49

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Andrew Yang - Author of Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America. Andrew is the Founder and CEO of Venture for America, an organization dedicated to connecting promising recent graduates with startups with the hope of fostering a generation of entrepreneurs who can create economic value. Venture for America will recruit the best and brightest college grads to work for two years at emerging start-ups and early-stage companies in lower-cost cities (e.g., Detroit, Providence, New Orleans). Modeled after Teach for America, Venture for America will provide a path for entrepreneurship to college grads who want to learn how to build companies and create jobs.The goal is that a substantial proportion of VFA Fellows will become successful entrepreneurs, preferably rooted in the communities to which they are assigned. Andrew was recently named one of the "Top 100 Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company. Quotes from Andrew: What we learn in this episode: How do we encourage innovation and creativity as opposed to comfort and stability for recent graduates? How do you transition from a career you don't like to a brand new field at any age? What is the hardest part about starting a company and how do you overcome that? Resources: Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America http://ventureforamerica.org/

Episode 134 – Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Apr 7, 2014 00:40:49

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Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz - President of the Charles Schwab Foundation, Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Co., and the daughter of Charles Schwab! Her newest book is The Charles Schwab Guide to Finance After Fifty: Answers to Your Most Important Money Questions. This week we discuss what it was like for Carrie growing up, how finance was in her blood, her deep understanding of the tough financial questions and what you can do to tackle your toughest money issues at any age. Through Carrie’s popular “Ask Carrie” columns, her leadership of the Charles Schwab Foundation, and her work across party lines through two White House administrations and with the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, she has become one of America’s most trusted sources for financial advice. Quotes from Carrie: What we learn in this episode: How Carrie deals with work, life balance? What was it like watching Charles Schwab & Co. grow from a one man company to the financial massive company that it is today? What is the single most important financial advice you give people on a daily basis? What does Carrie personally believe is the future of Social Security? Resources: www.schwab.com/book http://www.schwabmoneywise.com/public/moneywise/home

Episode 133 – Dr. Michio Kaku

Mar 31, 2014 00:43:44

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Dr. Michio Kaku - He is the face (and mind) of science! Dr. Kaku is a theoretical physicist, the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York, a futurist, and a communicator and popularizer of science. He has written two New York Times Best Sellers: Physics of the Impossible and Physics of the Future. His most recent book was released in February and is titled, The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind. Additionally, Dr. Kaku is the host of the weekly, one-hour radio program Exploration. You probably recognize Dr. Kaku from TV - he's basically been in every science related show that was released in the past 20 years! Quotes from Dr. Kaku: What we learn in this episode: Did you know we can photograph a dream? Yeah, we talk about that! What is telekinesis and will we ever have the capability to move objects with our minds? Soon, we will be able to record our memories and then upload them to help people with diseases such as Alzheimer's. Is it true that we only use a small portion of our brain? Why do we remember scary dreams much more often than pleasant dreams? Resources: http://mkaku.org/home/ http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/6zj4ki/michio-kaku

Episode 132 – Corinne Woods

Mar 24, 2014 00:50:21

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Corinne Woods - Director of the UN Millennium Campaign, which supports citizens’ efforts to hold their governments accountable for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and leads the outreach to citizens and stakeholders to get their voices and concerns to feed into the Post-2015 global development agenda. Previously, she served in a variety of roles at UNICEF, including as Senior Adviser on the HIV/AIDS Global Campaign Coordination and as Chief of Advocacy and Partnerships in India, the agency’s largest country operation. Quotes from Corinne: What we learn in this episode: The 4 H's: Humility, Honesty, Hopeful, Help.  These are very key with Corinne. What's it like to work alongside Nelson Mandela and Bill Gates?? How has the UN convinced over 100 countries to work together to tackle our most difficult global issues? What has the WORLD voted on as being the number one challenge today? How do you convince people all over the world to take a "global survey"? How do you get people without internet, computers, or even simple infrastructure (roads) to participate in this incredible survey? Resources: http://www.myworld2015.org/ http://data.myworld2015.org/  

Episode 131 – Olof Dallner

Mar 18, 2014 00:37:19

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Olof Dallner - WINNER of the Quintuple Ironman. The 12 mile swim, 560 mile bike, and 131 mile run is the distance of 5 Ironmans! WTF? Olof explains what it is like to sleep 6 hours over 4 days while completing (and winning) the worlds toughest endurance event. Olof also has his PhD in Molecular Physiology and is currently a postdoctoral scientist at Rockefeller University, researching the genetics of the hormone Leptin and its role in obesity and metabolism. What we learn in this episode: How do you deal with fear of failure? Can the average person compete in long distance events? How does the hormone Leptin affect body weight and body composition? What are some scientific advances we are making now and what do we expect will happen soon regarding the fight against obesity? Resources: Twitter: @olofdallner http://empiretriclub.com/blog/olof-dallner-wins-quintuple-ironman-2/

Episode 130 – Carmine Gallo

Mar 10, 2014 00:45:46

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Carmine Gallo - "Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds", Former anchor and correspondent for CNN and CBS, communications coach for the world's most admired brands, best-selling author, columnist for Forbes and Monster.com. Carmine has worked with Coca-Cola, Intel, LinkedIn, Stanford, Cisco, and many more. Learn the secrets of how these companies communicate! What we learn in this episode: • How to stand out as a communicator. • What are the most common problems that brands face when trying to communicate with their customers? • What is the best way to land a sales job? • Did you know that passion is contagious? It's science! • What is Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks most passionate about? • All great presentations have 3 key components: They are emotional They are novel They are memorable Resources: http://www.forbes.com/sites/carminegallo/ http://gallocommunications.com/  

Episode 129 – Bill Shannon

Mar 4, 2014 00:43:25

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Bill Shannon - Vice President of Post and Carrier Solutions at Pitney Bowes.  Bill is on the front lines of a long forgotten staple of communication, the mail.  That's right - not email, or vmail, but actual, physical mail.  Bill has been an integral part of the juggernaut that is Pitney Bowes for over 30 years. Pitney Bowes is a fortune 500 company that is nearly a century old and has managed to navigate through a world of change.  There is a lot we can learn from a company with such longevity! What we learn in this episode: • What really caused the decline in mail? It's not just technology and email! • Have you ever asked yourself, exactly what is mail? You may not have realized but there are a number of different types of mail. Not just the letter you send your grandmother, or the junk mail you put straight in the trashcan.  There is a world of mail out there that is actually really interesting...we promise! • What type of mail has actually been growing in popularity? • What types of technology are used behind the scenes that help get mail where it needs to go? • How does a big company like Pitney Bowes, or any company for that matter, succeed in this rapidly changing environment?

Episode 128 – Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel Rasmussen

Feb 24, 2014 00:42:03

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Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel Rasmussen - The Moment of Clarity: Using the Human Sciences to Solve Your Toughest Business Problems, Co-Founders at ReD Associates where they employ social sciences to study human behavior. Christian Madsbjerg has been leading projects and client programs since ReD’s foundation. He writes, teaches, and speaks about the kinds of methods and reasoning needed for fact-based investigations of human activity, emotions, and decision-making processes. He is the author of books on social theory, discourse analysis, and politics. Mikkel B. Rasmussen, a specialist in innovation strategy, is the Director of ReD’s European division. Mikkel founded Mindlab, the first innovation lab for the public sector in Denmark. His work focuses on helping companies create and implement a direction for the future and figure out where and how to focus innovation. He’s on the board of Copenhagen Clean Tech, numerous startups, and several design policy and management firms. What we learn in this episode: • What are the 3 most common types of problems a business can face and which ones are best solved with human sciences? Problems that are known (algorithmic problems).  These can be solved with numerical analysis and spreadsheets. Hypothetical problem.  You have seen the problem before and you can create a hypothesis and calculate your way back. Unknown problems.  Problems that you aren’t sure even exist, but you tend to know something is wrong. These can only be found out using human sciences and observation. • Is yoga a sport? Well, that decision is up to you.  But fitness is now 50% of the sporting industry and women are the largest consumer of sporting apparel. • Why do consumers lie in focus groups? Most people answer questions the way they would like to believe they act.  They would like to think they make rational decisions based on analysis.  However, science has shown us that the majority of the time this is not true. • ReD makes sense of the culture outside a company utilizing 5 phases: Ask the right question Study consumers in their natural environment Pattern recognition and analysis Insight – what to do with the information gained Make sure that the company can understand the recommendations and be ready to act on it. • If you are a business, stop phrasing your question in business terms – phrase it in personal terms.  Turn it into a human question, something that people can experience. Notable Quotables from Christian and Mikkel: 

Episode 127 – Eswar Prasad

Feb 17, 2014 00:38:25

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Eswar Prasad - Author of The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance. Eswar is a Senior Professor at Cornell University, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he holds the New Century Chair in International Economics, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was previously chief of the Financial Studies Division in the International Monetary Fund's Research Department and, before that, was the head of the IMF's China Division. What we discuss in this episode: • Is the dollar still the world’s safest currency, even after the financial crisis? • What does it mean that the US is $17 trillion in debt? Is debt bad? • At what point does the United States have to pay back its debt? • How does the euro compare to the dollar? • Is China a safe place to invest? Notable quotes from Eswar:  

Episode 126 – Larry Downes

Feb 10, 2014 00:40:44

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Larry Downes - Author of Big Bang Disruption and Unleashing the Killer App (named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the 5 most important books ever published on business and technology). Larry is an internet industry analyst and speaker, having held faculty appointments at Univ. of Chicago, Northwestern, Berkeley, and Stanford and he is a columnist for Forbes and CNET. What we discuss in this episode • What industries are PRIMED for innovation? The answer may surprise you. • The nature of innovation has changed dramatically, in even the last 10 years. • What industries should younger people consider working in to take advantage of the upcoming innovation? • What can existing companies do to fend off new, more agile start-up companies? Quotes we liked from Larry Resources for you • www.larrydownes.com • Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation • Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance  

Episode 125 – Bob Sutton

Feb 3, 2014 00:53:27

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Bob Sutton - Author of Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less and The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't, Professor of Management Science and Engineering in the Stanford Engineering School, IDEO Fellow, ranked one of the "50 Best B School Professors". What we discuss in this episode: • What makes a great professor? What makes a great boss? • Can leadership be taught? Learned? • How do you maintain a good corporate culture as a company grows? How does a company grow/scale effectively? • As a company grows, how does it maintain it's fundamentals, while also allowing individuals to be creative and unique? Quotes we liked from Bob: Resources for you: Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't http://bobsutton.typepad.com/ -- This episode is brought to you by Squarespace – the all-in-one platform that makes it easy to create your own website. For a free trial and 10% off, go to Squarespace.com and use offer code SPP. • Easy – Everything is drag and drop. You can use drag and drop to add content from your desktop, and even rearrange elements of content within a page. • 24/7 support – Squarespace has an amazing 24/7 support team in New York City. They do live chat during the week, and have extremely fast email support throughout the day and night. • Design Focused – Squarespace really cares about design. All their templates are extremely clean, and allow your content to be the focus of your website. -- This episode is brought to you by Warby Parker. – Warby Parker was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to create boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point. Go to warbyparker.com/smartpeople to get choose your 5, free Home Try On frames! By visiting, you will get FREE 3 day shipping! • Warby Parker believes glasses should be viewed as a fashion accessory—just like a bag, a shoe, a necktie, a hat. At $95, Warby Parker makes it easy to accessorize with glasses. • Warby Parker makes buying glasses fun, easy, and pain-free. • With the Home Try-On Program, you can order 5 pairs of glasses to be shipped directly to you (free). You can try all the frames on, get a feel for them and get feedback from others! (5 pairs, for 5 days). Mail back to Warby Parker in a prepaid package.  

Episode 124 – Lance Fortnow

Jan 27, 2014 00:40:08

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Lance Fortnow, PhD - Author of The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible, professor and chair of the School of Computer Science of the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, served as the founding editor-in-chief of the ACM Transaction on Computation Theory, served as chair of ACM SIGACT and currently sits on the Computing Research Association board of directors. He served as chair of the IEEE Conference on Computational Complexity from 2000-2006. It's time to bend your brain and mess with your mind with one of Smart People Podcast's most intellectual and in-depth interviews EVER! Did you know that there is a problem known as the "P versus NP problem" that, if solved, could cure cancer, predict the weather, rid us over poverty, and pretty much change the entirety of our world? Our guest this week goes so far as to say, "What we would gain from P = NP will make the whole Internet look like a footnote in history!" But there is one pretty big problem. We have had the best and brightest people in the world (including this week's guest) working on this problem for decades and they still can't even decide IF it can be solved! Due to the complexity and positive implications that a solution would have on our society, the "P versus NP problem" is one of the seven Millennium Problems for which the Clay Mathematics Institute will give you one million dollars if you can prove it. We are going to leave the heavy lifting to Lance, but as a primer, P versus NP basically states that if these two variables are equal, we would be able to solve every complex issue with a very simple equation.  Oh, you want more than that? Ok fine.  P stands for "Polynomial Time" and represents the entire class of problems with efficient solutions. NP stands for "Nondeterministic Polynomial-Time" and represents the entire class of the very hardest, most difficult problems. Therefore if the 2 were equal, we would be able to apply this algorithm to all of our most difficult, complex problems and come up with a simple solution. Believe us, even those that aren't math or computer savvy will love to hear the way that Lance breaks down such a complicated idea into a real life scenario. Imagine the possibilities if P = NP! (I never thought I would write that in my life) Lance Fortnow is professor and chair of the School of Computer Science of the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on computational complexity and its applications to economic theory. Fortnow received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at MIT in 1989 under the supervision of Michael Sipser. Before he joined Georgia Tech in 2012, Fortnow was a professor at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, a senior research scientist at the NEC Research Institute and a one-year visitor at CWI and the University of Amsterdam. Since 2007, Fortnow holds an adjoint professorship at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago. Fortnow's research spans computational complexity and its applications, most recently to micro-economic theory. Fortnow's survey The Status of the P versus NP Problem is CACM's most downloaded article. Fortnow has written a popular science book The Golden Ticket: P, NP and the Search for the Impossible loosely based on that article.  

Episode 123 – Christine Montross

Jan 21, 2014 00:45:22

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Christine Montross - Author of Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist's Encounters with the Mind in Crisis, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University, staff psychiatrist at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. When you really get down to it, the entirety of our life is a function of our perception.  The way we interact with the world is completely dependent on the way in which our brain deals with stimulus... that is our existence.  I'd say that's a pretty heavy task for one organ.  However, unlike the heart, which will circulate blood through the body the same way for you as it does for me, your brain will perceive these stimuli differently than mine will.  This difference forms our being, our identity.  For example, you and I could have a conversation and both of us could walk away with two completely different understandings.  We could eat the same food, watch the same movie, and work the same job - yet the way we experience these sensations will be only ours to understand. We tend to forget this simple fact on a daily basis for two main reasons.  First, all of us tend to deal with stimulus in relatively similar manners. Second, humans are magnificent at placing themselves at the center of the universe, assuming that everyone else is interpreting things the same way that they are.  However, we are abruptly made aware of our individuality when someone acts in a way that is extremely out of the ordinary - and this is where it get's really interesting. For example, what would cause a woman to purposefully ingest lightbulbs, a box of nails, and a steak knife, just to then admit herself to the emergency room? Why would an otherwise normal man attempt to amputate a fully functional limb? These are just some of the individuals that our guest this week, psychiatrist Christine Montross, sees on a daily basis in her profession working with the mentally ill.  This week we learn more about the devastation that can be caused when our brain malfunctions. Dr. Christine Montross is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, and Co-director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is also a staff psychiatrist at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Montross has been named a 2010 MacColl Johnson fellow in Poetry, and the winner of the 2009 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Emerging Indiana Authors Award. She has had several poems published in literary journals, and her manuscript Embouchure was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. She has also written for many national publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post Book World, Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Dr. Montross's first book, Body of Work, was named an Editors' Choice by The New York Times and one of The Washington Post's best nonfiction books of 2007. Her second book, Falling Into the Fire was named a New Yorker Book to Watch Out For. She and her partner, the playwright Deborah Salem Smith, live in Rhode Island with their two young children.

Episode 122 – Colonel (Ret.) Peter Mansoor

Jan 13, 2014 01:04:22

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Colonel (Retired) Peter Mansoor - Author of Surge: My Journey With General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War, professor of military history at Ohio State University, served as Executive Officer to General David Patraeus. On September 11, 2001, the United States was the target of the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of the world.  It was a day that would lead to over a decade of war, economic instability, and global confusion.  And although nearly every nation was united in the quest to bring the guilty parties to justice, the events that have transpired from that day, including the resulting war in Iraq and Afghanistan have been the subject of much debate and scrutiny.  Perhaps no decision has been more heavily scrutinized than the United States actions to use military force in Iraq.  Were we going after terrorists, Saddam Hussein, weapons of mass destruction, oil? The answer remains unclear to this day, and many people, including our guest this week believe the move into Iraq was done for strategic reasons that were not well defined.  However, going into Iraq was just part of the problem. After Saddam was captured, there was a huge power vacuum in Iraq and the United States with tasked with the difficult and confusing job of bringing stability to the region.  It was at this moment that the "Surge" went into effect and over 20,000 additional troops were sent to Iraq.  The surge was one of the largest counterinsurgency efforts in United States history and is still the topic of many military discussions. This week on the show we have Retired Colonel, Dr. Peter Mansoor.  Colonel Mansoor served as the Executive Officer to General David Patraeus in the midst of the surge.  There are few people in the world that have a better understanding of the United States military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan than Colonel Mansoor.  In his most recent book, Surge: My Journey With General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War, Colonel Mansoor combines newly declassified documents, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, personal notes, and published sources to provide us with a remarkable account of the counterinsurgency. Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), is currently the professor of Military History at Ohio State University. He assumed this position in September 2008 after a 26 year career in the U.S. Army that culminated in his service in Iraq as the executive officer to General David Petraeus, the Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq, during the period of the surge in 2007-2008. A 1982 distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy, Colonel Mansoor served in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East during his military career. Colonel Mansoor commanded the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division from 2003 to 2005, to include 13 months in combat in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from July 2003 to July 2004 - service for which his brigade was awarded a President Unit Citation for collective valor in combat. He has captured the essence of the experience of his brigade’s deployment and the difficulties of the U.S. war in Iraq during the crucial first year of conflict in a personal memoir, Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq. -- This episode is brought to you by Squarespace – the all-in-one platform that makes it easy to create your own website. For a free trial and 10% off, go to Squarespace.com and use offer code SMARTS. Easy – Everything is drag and drop. You can use drag and drop to add content from your desktop, and even rearrange elements of content within a page. 24/7 support – Squarespace has an amazing 24/7 support team in New York City. They do live chat during the week, and have extremely fast email support throughout the day and night. Design Focused – Squarespace really cares about design. All their templates are extremely clean,

Best Of – Episode 2

Jan 6, 2014 00:39:01

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Another “Best Of" episode is in the books! This week, we bring you a “Best of technology” episode.  While it was tough selecting some of my favorite technology episodes, I finally picked the ones that made me truly geek out. Sit back, relax, and listen to some of the best clips regarding various aspects of technology. If you want a cheat sheet of what is in this week’s episode, here you go! Part 1 - Clips from Episode 110 - Alexis Ohanian. Alexis discusses Reddit, original (or lack thereof) ideas, and learning to code. Part 2 - Clips from Episode 99 - Nicco Mele. Nicco discusses computer advancements, web content creation, and privacy. Part 3 - Clips from Episode 53 - David-Michel Davies. DMD discusses The Webbys, where technology trends are heading, and the age-old question of, 'Are we really doing more work than previous generations?" Part 4 - Clips from Episode 115 - Scott Sklar. Scott discusses the return on investment of renewable energy and explains solar energy and other types of clean energy to Jon and Chris. Part 5 - Clips from Episode 48 - Josh Klein. Josh discusses the importance of sharing your ideas and the effect of piracy.

Episode 121 – Maddy Dychtwald

Dec 30, 2013 00:38:55

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Maddy Dychtwald - Author of Influence: How Women's Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better, co-founder of Age Wave, world renowned speaker, leading expert on the changing demographic trends—both generation- and gender-related—shaping the marketplace, the workplace and our lives. The aging of the workforce has been well publicized.  The baby-boom generation is reaching retirement and there is a supposed "talent gap" that is going to be problematic to our economy.  Talent gap? What about awesome young people! Well, let's hope these young people are awesome, because we are all going to be relying on them to fill some big shoes.  And as we have covered in previous episode, the younger generations are technologically savvy and very motivated; however, they also lack experience, and insist that things are done on their schedule, in their way.  Lucky for us all, we have a secret weapon that is helping us fill this talent gap and change the working landscape...women! The increase in women in the work place and in positions of power has really helped off-set the increase in retirees. This shift has not only helped fill the gaps, but has also greatly improved productivity and innovation - and Maddy is going to tell you how! Maddy co-founded Age Wave, the nation’s foremost thought-leader on population aging trends and their profound business, lifestyle and cultural implications.  The company provides breakthrough research, award-winning communications, and results-driven marketing and consulting initiatives to more than half of the Fortune 500. She has spent more than 25 years investigating and forecasting lifestyle and market trends of older adults and the 79 million baby boomers.  Building on this knowledge, she has recently emerged as a renowned authority on the rising economic influence of women and their impact on industries, ranging from financial services and healthcare to consumer marketing. Her newest book, INFLUENCE: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better explores how women are the major change agent of the decade to come. A graduate of New York University, Maddy has been married for more than 25 years and has been a working mom living in the San Francisco Bay Area for much of her adult life.  

Best Of – Episode 1

Dec 23, 2013 00:38:54

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This week we bring you a special "best of psychology and human behavior" episode.  Travel back to the beginning of Smart People Podcast with us and enjoy some of the best clips regarding psychology, the human brain, the decision making process, passion and more.  This is a can't miss episode packed full of great information with none of the fluff. Here is a brief overview of what this episode entails, what order it's in, who are guests are, and where you can find the whole episode.  Enjoy! Part 1 - Clips from Episode 58 with Jesse Prinz.  Jesse gets us started by telling us how awesome and unique humans are! Part 2 - Clips from Episode 51 with Srini Pillay.  Srini gives some of the best advice I've EVER heard about how to live an exceptional life.  He also dives into what passion is and how to utilize it properly.  Don't miss this! Part 3 - Quick clip from Episode 13 with Kathryn Schulz.  Kathryn explains why we need to make mistakes and learn from them. Part 4 - Clips from Episode 41 with David McRaney.  Listen and then go pick up his book if you like psychology! Part 5 - Clips from Episode 83 with Venkatesh Rao.  What can robots teach us about how we make decisions? Part 6 - Clips from Episode 43 with Barry Schwartz.  Are you a maximizer or a satisficer?

Episode 120 – Jesse Sostrin

Dec 16, 2013 00:44:57

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Jesse Sostrin, PhD - Author of Beyond the Job Description: How Managers and Employees Can Navigate the True Demands of the Job, consultant, speaker, and expert on the hidden world of work. As you are well aware by now, we here at Smart People Podcast do not believe that you have to work for the man, and put all of your own happiness aside just to achieve financial freedom.  We are all given unique talents that are truly beneficial to the world - the key is understanding how to best utilize them. Often times, when seeking out companies or careers that we believe will allow us to be our best self, the only thing we have to go off of is a job description; however, they are almost always misleading. This isn't done on purpose, but managers often fail to recognize what they truly want out of their employees.  They don't take the time to understand how to create environments that bring out the best in people and create mutually beneficial opportunities. From the day you start your first job you quickly realize that your job is much more than what you thought it would be.  You have to understand office politics, identify hidden opportunities, and appease those above you - it's a lot to handle. But if you can realize where your true potential lies and how to thrive in the environment, you can quickly excel and live a life of happiness, wealth, and meaning.  Our guest this week has spent his entire career (and a lot of time in school!) understanding how both employer and employee can be better off by just having a better understanding of what brings out the best in individuals. Jesse Sostrin, PhD is a sought-after consultant and speaker working at the intersection of individual and business success. The results of his innovative research and practice on the hidden challenges of work have helped countless organizations and their leaders navigate a unique path to success through the complex changes of our time. Jesse is best known for translating complex ideas about the workplace into simple language and useful tools that drive learning and performance for individuals and teams. In addition to his writing, speaking, and consulting, Jesse previously served as Vice President—Workforce, Leadership, and Organization Development at Wilshire Health and Community Services. He was the executive in charge of all human resources programs and services, and was responsible for company-wide strategic planning, leadership development, and cultural change.  

Episode 119 – Joe Whitcomb

Dec 9, 2013 00:46:46

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Joe Whitcomb - Author of Reboot Your Relationship: Restoring Love Through Real Connection in a Disconnected World - Relationship coach and therapist. Episode Transcript: Episode 119 - Joe Whitcomb Connection is a human necessity.  We need to feel loved and accepted by others, it is a driving force behind much of what we do.  Perhaps no connection is stronger than the one we build with a significant other. In these monogamous, intimate relationships, we share our deepest selves and connect on levels never before experienced. This type of relationship can be one of the most exciting, enlightening, spine-tingling, adventures we embark on in our lives.  It can provide us with a lifelong friend, confidant, and partner. But as we all know, these relationship require an incredible amount of work and dedication.  They take empathy, compassion, understanding, and communication - all the building blocks of a strong bond. And over time, these building blocks can crumble and that bond can weaken.  Throughout almost all relationships, each of us will at some point experience negative emotions such as resentment, jealousy, anger, and frustration.  When these emotions emerge, it's hard to work through them and they can force us to disengage and give up.  There are a number of ways you can get your relationship back on track and continue to thrive as a couple, but you have to have the right tools.  Well open up your toolbox, because this week, we are going to give them to you. It only takes one person to change a dance. - Joe Whitcomb Joe Whitcomb brings more than 20 years of relevant experience to his work as a relationship coach and therapist. With a focus on helping couples connect and communicate at deeper levels, Joe provides effective tools for putting the fun and excitement back into relationships using his proven multidisciplinary approach. Joe earned a B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland College Park. He holds a M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and a Doctoral Candidate in Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Joe is the CEO of The Relationship Society and author of the new book, Reboot Your Relationship: Restoring Love Through Real Connection in a Disconnected World. www.facebook.com/therelationshipsociety -- This episode is brought to you by Squarespace – the all-in-one platform that makes it easy to create your own website. For a free trial and 10% off, go to Squarespace.com and use offer code smart12. Easy – Everything is drag and drop. You can use drag and drop to add content from your desktop, and even rearrange elements of content within a page. 24/7 support – Squarespace has an amazing 24/7 support team in New York City. They do live chat during the week, and have extremely fast email support throughout the day and night. Design Focused – Squarespace really cares about design. All their templates are extremely clean, and allow your content to be the focus of your website.

Episode 118 – Stephen Cowan Part 2

Dec 2, 2013 00:37:03

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Dr. Stephen Cowan (Part 2) - Author of Fire Child, Water Child: How Understanding the Five Types of ADHD Can Help You Improve Your Child's Self Esteem and Attention, Board Certified pediatrician with over 25 years of experience specializing in ADD, ADHD, Autism and the like. Dr. Cowan uses a holistic approach incorporating both Western and Eastern medicine to treat these difficult issues. This is an EPIC first for Smart People Podcast.  On consecutive Sundays we are airing episodes with the same guest! What is happening? Well, frankly, this guy kicks ass.  He's smart, fun, energizing, conversational, and kind - all of the attributes that lead to an interview that lasted over an hour - so we decided to break it up into 2 separate shows. In case you missed it, you can check out our previous episode with Dr. Stephen Cowan: Episode 117 - Stephen Cowan Part 1

Episode 117 – Stephen Cowan Part 1

Nov 25, 2013 00:39:11

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Dr. Stephen Cowan - Author of Fire Child, Water Child: How Understanding the Five Types of ADHD Can Help You Improve Your Child's Self Esteem and Attention, Board Certified pediatrician with over 25 years of experience specializing in ADD, ADHD, Autism and the like. Dr. Cowan uses a holistic approach incorporating both Western and Eastern medicine to treat these difficult issues. Did you know that according to the World Health Organization, the United States ranks 33rd in the world for average life expectancy? 33rd! For a country that prides itself on innovation, wealth and technology, the average life span in the US is shorter than that of countries such as Israel, Qatar, South Korea, and Iceland.  Hmmm, so much for that incredible Western medicine...right? Well, not really. As we discuss this week (one of many topics we cover in this incredibly varied and interesting episode), Western medicine is by far the best at treating acute illnesses or life threatening emergencies.  Some of the most innovative and miraculous procedures have come from Western medicine and then quickly spread across the globe.  But as the old sang goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that's where we often go wrong in the Western world. We have bought too much into the idea of the quick fix. We don't want to work for anything anymore.  We want our burgers in under a minute, we want our data instantly, and we want our health with a swig of water (or soda) and a pill.  And as we are learning, it just doesn't work that way when it comes to such a complicated machine as the human body.  To care for the body takes a lifetime of smart choices, and it's no secret what those choices are! We need to eat well, sleep well, exercise, nurture relationships, etc. But sometimes we just aren't willing to make the effort, and we often pay the ultimate price.  Cancer rates are soaring, diabetes and obesity are destroying the lives of both the young and the old, and the number of children being diagnosed with disabilities such as ADD, ADHD, and autism continue to grow at a steady clip.  It's time we change the way we look at illness. Stephen Cowan MD is a board-certified pediatrician with 25 years of clinical experience working with children. He has a subspecialty in Developmental Pediatrics and has developed a unique holistic approach to evaluating and treating children struggling with chronic physical, emotional and cognitive disorders.  Considering the child as a reflection of the inter-related forces of family and environment is the central focus of his practice. This approach respects the inseparability of mind, body and spirit and promotes a deeper understanding of what it means to be healthy. Dr. Cowan ompleted his pediatric training at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in NY in 1987 and went on to complete a 2 year fellowship in Child Development at the Developmental Disabilities Center at Roosevelt Hospital.  He is long-standing member of the American Board of Pediatrics, a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the AAP committee of Developmental Disabilities. He is a member of the Autism Research Institute's Defeat Autism Now practitioners. Dr. Cowan is a co-founder and advisory board member of the Holistic Pediatric Association and serves on the advisory boards of the Integrative Health Symposium and the TCM World Foundation Building Bridges Conference. Here is how we found out about Dr. Cowan : Mind Body Green - 11 Things I Wish Every Parent Knew -- This episode is brought to you by: the Smart People Podcast Amazon Page! Clicking on the Amazon link is one of the easiest ways to support the show. --  

Episode 116 – Debra Benton

Nov 19, 2013 00:47:51

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Debra Benton - Author of 7 leadership books including CEO Material: How to Be a Leader in Any Organization, founded Benton Management Resources, speaker, coach. Episode Transcript: Episode 116 - Debra Benton One of the things that I can really appreciate about our guest this week is her fearlessness.  Yes, she has a number of accolades and is often regarded as one of the top executive coaches in the country, but the way she achieved success was by trusting in herself, working hard, and going after it.  As Debra explains in this episode, she was quickly fired from her first job and from that moment on she decided that she would be the only one to have a say in her career - so she started her own company as a coach and advisor. When I heard this, I had to dig in.  Wasn't she scared of failing? Who was going to hire her, she barely had any real world experience at all? Didn't she feel the need to build a "solid" resume first? Debra told me that yes, she had some worries, but so does everyone.  If you believe in yourself, others will follow. It's hard work, but it's also hard work to live somebody else's life, somebody else's dream. She goes into more detail, so I suggest you just listen up - it's gold! We also cover areas of leadership, communication, success, and more.  Consider it your free weekly coaching session! Debra Benton is an effective, charismatic, and powerful speaker/consultant/author who has been in business successfully for over 30 years having founded Benton Management Resources in 1976. She has helped professionals worldwide to design subtle changes in their presentation, attitude, and leadership style that ultimately resulted in an increase in their personal and professional effectiveness--and subsequently their financial status. Debra has coached corporate executives, politicians, and business leaders on their organization impact in every industry imaginable. Ms. Benton has written seven books and numerous articles in business publications including the Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal. Her best-selling books have been translated into fourteen languages. Her expertise has afforded her front-page coverage in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. She has been repeatedly written about in Time, BusinessWeek, Fortune, and The New York Times, and has been a welcome guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and interviewed by Diane Sawyer for CBS. -- This episode is brought to you by Squarespace – the all-in-one platform that makes it easy to create your own website. For a free trial and 10% off, go to Squarespace.com and use offer code smart11. Easy – Everything is drag and drop. You can use drag and drop to add content from your desktop, and even rearrange elements of content within a page. 24/7 support – Squarespace has an amazing 24/7 support team in New York City. They do live chat during the week, and have extremely fast email support throughout the day and night. Design Focused – Squarespace really cares about design. All their templates are extremely clean, and allow your content to be the focus of your website.  

Episode 115 – Scott Sklar

Nov 11, 2013 00:50:12

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Scott Sklar - Clean & renewable energy expert, Founder and President of The Stella Group, co-author of Consumer Guide to Solar Energy and The Forbidden Fuel. Until this episode, I must admit, I never thought much about what happens when I plug something into the wall. Even if you don't turn the thing on, it still accounts for nearly 10% of our total energy usage - it's called vampire power!  I didn't think about all of the blinking lights in my room at night, or the TV that drones on in the background.  But as I learned, the energy used to power all of these devices is extremely costly, both in terms of my energy bill as well as the safety and stability of our environment.  For example, did you know that 90% of the water used in the world goes towards growing food and making energy, with the majority going towards energy production?  I never knew that we used so much water just making energy.  With water being our most important and soon-to-be scarce resource, we have to find energy that is more sustainable. And there is more to it than that.  When we drill for oil we disrupt the environment, when we frack we flush harmful chemicals into the earth, and when we try to use nuclear energy....well...can you say Chernobyl? We must find a way to utilize more efficient, renewable, clean energy.  Luckily for us, we have brilliant people such as Scott Sklar, working on exactly that. Scott Sklar is an expert in the field of clean and renewable energy. He is the Founder and President of The Stella Group, a strategic technology optimization and policy firm advancing the utilization of clean, distributed energy applications.  Scott is the co-author of Consumer Guide to Solar Energy and The Forbidden Fuel. He Chairs the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Energy Coalition and sits on the Boards of Directors of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and The Solar Foundation.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University.  Scott lives in a solar home and has a zero-energy office building in Arlington, Virginia. -- This episode is brought to you by Squarespace – the all-in-one platform that makes it easy to create your own website. For a free trial and 10% off, go to Squarespace.com and use offer code smart11. Easy – Everything is drag and drop. You can use drag and drop to add content from your desktop, and even rearrange elements of content within a page. 24/7 support – Squarespace has an amazing 24/7 support team in New York City. They do live chat during the week, and have extremely fast email support throughout the day and night. Design Focused – Squarespace really cares about design. All their templates are extremely clean, and allow your content to be the focus of your website.

Episode 114 – Josh Tetrick

Nov 4, 2013 00:34:59

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Josh Tetrick - A social entrepreneur who is solving our industrial farming problem one egg at a time! Josh is the CEO of Hampton Creek Foods, an amazing company that is creating better for you egg-like products using plant based ingredients.  These products are more healthful, sustainable, and humane - it's a win, win, win! Did you know that humans consume over 1 TRILLION eggs per year? How is that even possible? We have 7 billion people on the planet, which means that the average person eats over 140 eggs per year.  I know - I was shocked when I learned that too.  Sure, many people enjoy a nice omelet or scrambled egg every once in a while, but no way we can be eating that many eggs right? But when you think about it, eggs are in everything! They are in mayonnaise and cakes, ice cream and pasta, soups and bread....and pretty much anything else you can think of! As you can imagine, this "egg dependency" really creates a problem and places a heavy burden on chicken farmers.  To keep up with demand, farmers have to use inhumane and unsafe methods to meet their egg requirement.  The hens spends their life stuff into tiny cages, unable to spread their wings, covered in their own feces, stuffed with antibiotics, never seeing the light of day.  And in the end, the thing we are eating EVERY DAY is merely a product of that crowded, dirty, diseased hens ovulation cycle.  There HAS to be a better way. This is the problem that Josh Tetrick saw, and he decided he could fix it. Josh is the CEO of Hampton Creek Foods (HCF).  HCF has set out to lower the number of eggs consumed in the world by creating a plant based egg alternative.  Although at first this idea sounds far out there - in reality it's no more crazy then our unbelievable reliance on eggs.  In fact, I would make the argument that it's more normal for us to eat plants than it is to eat eggs in the first place.  Tune in this week to learn more about how HCF is using modern science to substitute plants for eggs in everything from mayonnaise to cookie dough and more.  For a fantastic visual demonstration of what Hampton Creek Foods is creating, be sure to see Josh's amazing TedX talk below. Josh has been involved with a variety of social causes that include a United Nations initiative in Kenya and teaching street children in multiple African countries as a Fulbright Scholar.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School. Interested in episodes on health and nutrition? We recommend Episode #1, #8, #61, #84,and #91! Twitter info: @joshtetrick @hcfoods -- This episode is brought to you by Terminology. Terminology is an app for anyone who loves words. A Universal app for iPad and iPhone, Terminology is part dictionary, part thesaurus, and part research tool.  Built from the ground up for iOS 7. Concise definitions and deep word relationships, like more and less specific words. Extensible through custom actions that let you easily browse your search on Wikipedia, Google or almost any other website. Store favorites and word history, with Dropbox backup. Universal iPad & iPhone app with iCloud sync. $2.99 on the App Store.

Episode 113 – Alivia Tagliaferri

Oct 30, 2013 00:46:00

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Alivia Tagliaferri - Author of 'Beyond the Wall: The Journey Home', producer and director of the documentary film, Beyond the Wall: Homeless Zone. As we discussed in episode 76, war is a part of life.  Always has been, always will be.  In fact, in that episode, we even discussed how sometimes, war is seemingly justified - a necessary evil.  But regardless of your personal stance, or the stance of anyone else, we can no longer deny the lasting effect that war has on the human psyche.  Only within the past few decades have we began to understand the after effects of war and, more specifically, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). So this week, Jon and I decided to open up a painful subject, to learn more about what happens to soldiers after they return from duty. However, as you probably know, we usually go straight to the academic when discussing any topic - especially one involving the brain.  But this week, we decided to go a slightly different route.  We wanted to hear from someone who could explain our soldiers journey in a way that we could feel the emotion.  We wanted to get a glimpse of what these brave men and women go through - so we enlisted the services of a masterful story teller, Alivia Tagliaferri. Alivia is the author of Beyond the Wall: The Journey Home (November, 2009). Formerly titled 'Still the Monkey, What Happens to Warriors after War,'. Tagliaferri's debut novel is receiving recognition from the veteran, military and mental health communities for its stirring and non-biased portrayal of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the long-range affects this mind injury has on the psyche of self and family. She is the producer and director of Beyond the Wall: Homeless Zone, a short documentary exploring the issue of homelessness among veterans. It was co-produced by Nancy E. Mantelli, a film and video educator. The film first premiered at the Woodrow Wilson Center in November 2008, and again at the 2010 GI FILM FESTIVAL.  

Episode 112 – David Linden

Oct 21, 2013 00:47:10

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David Linden, PhD - Neurobiologist, Author of The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning and Gambling Feel So Good, and professor at Johns Hopkins. Ask and you shall receive! The data is in from the Smart People Podcast survey (which is open for anyone to still take, we would appreciate it!) and you all voted psychology and the brain to be the most interesting subject. So - we did what we do best and went out to find the smartest, most interesting, articulate "brain guy" we could. And believe us, he does not disappoint. Join us to learn about how our memory works, what makes us individuals, why we love certain experiences, and more.  It's an all out mind bender! Our guest is David J. Linden, PhD.  David is a professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurophysiology.  His most recent book is The Compass of Pleasure and prior to that he wrote The Accidental Mind. His website hilariously warns everyone that he does not want to be confused with the Psychiatrist David E. Linden - because that guy was a total jerk.  

Episode 111 – Rosalind Wiseman

Oct 14, 2013 00:45:42

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Rosalind Wiseman - Author of Masterminds and Wingmen and Queen Bees & Wannabes, which is the book that was used as the basis for the movie Mean Girls.  Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership. The teenage years bring about a wide array of changes and challenges that make them some of the most difficult years in a persons entire life.  Experiences that occur in this stage of maturation can shape a person forever, for better or for worse.  These challenges have continued to gain main stream media attention recently as the topic of bullying has been brought to the forefront.  However, bullying is merely one part of the larger puzzle that comprises the confusing life of a teenager.  For any parent out there who is trying to connect with their child, for any sibling who wants to help out their brother or sister, or for any young person that feels like there are too many questions to be answered, this weeks episode provides some amazing insight on the crazy world of growing up. Episodes like this one are exactly the reason why Jon and I started this podcast.  I don't know how we came across Rosalind, but all I can say is I'm glad we did.  Conversations such as this expand our knowledge of the world and the way people grow and mature. Pass this along to a friend who might need this advice, a parent who is struggling, or a young person who is confused.  If even one person finds a little bit of solace in the information covered in this episode, we will feel as if we have truly made a difference. Over the past 2 decades, Rosalind has spent her life helping parents understand their kids, and helping kids understand themselves! Most famously the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes—the groundbreaking, fully revised edition of her best-selling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls—Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership. Her latest book, Masterminds & Wingmen serves the other side of the same coin - as Rosalind discusses the life of boys growing up. National media regularly depends on Wiseman as the expert on ethical leadership, media literacy, and bullying prevention. She is a consultant for Cartoon Network’s Speak Up, Stop Bullying Campaign and has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Wiseman is a frequent guest on The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, Good Morning America, and NPR affiliates throughout the country. She also serves as an advisor to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. -- This episode is brought to you by LearnVest - Get free money tips, tools and advice to help you make progress on your money.

Episode 110 – Alexis Ohanian

Oct 7, 2013 00:52:10

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Alexis Ohanian- Author of Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed, co-founder of Reddit, internet entrepreneur, and advisor to Hipmunk and Breadpig. While Chris and I were in our dorm room playing FIFA 2001 on the Playstation2, Alexis Ohanian and his roommate, Steve Huffman, sat in their dorm room a mere 60 miles away working on a website that is now a cultural phenomenon known as Reddit. While Reddit is often called the "front page of the Internet," or an easy way to waste an entire work day, it is known for its open nature and diverse user base. After leaving Reddit, Alexis continued his entrepreneurial path and helped launch the travel search website, Hipmunk, and an "uncorporation" named Breadpig. Breadpig is a site that allows for the making and selling of "geek" merchandise, with the proceeds being given to charity. Alexis seems to always be at the forefront of the Internet and he became an Internet activist speaking out against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate's Protect IP Act (PIPA). In his new book titled Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed, Alexis shares his stories, ideas, and tips for young entrepreneurs who are looking to "make the world suck less." -- This episode is brought to you by Squarespace – the all-in-one platform that makes it easy to create your own website. For a free trial and 10% off, go to Squarespace.com and use offer code smart10. Easy – Everything is drag and drop. You can use drag and drop to add content from your desktop, and even rearrange elements of content within a page. 24/7 support – Squarespace has an amazing 24/7 support team in New York City. They do live chat during the week, and have extremely fast email support throughout the day and night. Design Focused – Squarespace really cares about design. All their templates are extremely clean, and allow your content to be the focus of your website.

Episode 109 – Jonathan Poneman

Sep 30, 2013 00:43:47

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Jonathan Poneman - Co-Founder of Sub Pop Records, first to sign Nirvana and Soundgarden. Good bands can be found in any local watering hole.  Great bands are much harder to find even with the digital music era.  But the best bands, the bands that change the way we listen to music, the bands that define a generation - well they are truly a magical find.  And perhaps no band better defines the grunge rock genre of the 90's than Nirvana.  However, if it weren't for this week's guest, Jonathan Poneman, the grunge era may have never heard the melodic, angst ridden voice of the late Kurt Cobain. As you will hear in this episode, Jonathan grew up with the same hopes and dreams that many kids have - he wanted to be a rock star.  However, in his own words Jonathan said, "I lacked the requisite good looks and the talent, so I knew I had to make my living elsewhere within the music industry." Lucky for us, he is apparently very good at discovering and popularizing great music.  When he was handed a cassette from a friend titled "Kurt Cobain", he popped it in his ears and was instantly engrossed.  Jonathan pushed hard and got Kurt signed, eventually the band became known as Nirvana. Join us this week and get the inside look on the Seattle music scene and what it was like to hang out with Kurt Cobain, the Smashing Pumpkins, and Soundgarden.  Jonathan Poneman is a true innovator in the music industry. Sub Pop Records, the label that he co-founded with Bruce Pavitt, has been the launching ground for some of the best bands in the past three decades. Check out the Nirvana song that made Poneman a believer! As Poneman mentions in the interview, this is one of the best artists you have never heard!

Episode 108 – Daniel Roberts

Sep 16, 2013 00:49:32

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Daniel Roberts – Author of Zoom: Surprising Ways to Supercharge Your Career and the leading journalist for Fortune Magazine’s extremely popular “40 under 40” list. Although my 18 year old self would never admit it, there is of course plenty we can learn from those that come before us.  It is for exactly this reason that...

Episode 107 – Barry Nalebuff

Sep 9, 2013 00:38:47

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Barry Nalebuff – Mission in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently — and Succeeding, Co-Founder of Honest Tea, Harvard Professor, Entrepreneur, expert on game theory, negotiation and business strategy. So picture this – While teaching at Harvard University, Professor Barry Nalebuff is running his class through a case study comparing Pepsi and...

Episode 106 – Christopher Schroeder

Sep 2, 2013 00:44:13

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Christopher Schroeder – Startup Rising – The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East – author, co-founder of healthcentral.com and CEO of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. Upon interviewing our guest this week, I had a minor revelation.  Jon and I are sitting in our air conditioned, loft studio with our dogs lazily laying about our feet.  The air...

Episode 105 – Marc Ostrofsky

Aug 26, 2013 00:40:07

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Marc Ostrofsky: Author of Word of Mouse: 101+ Trends in How We Buy, Sell, Live, Learn, Work and Play, and NY Times best seller Get Rich Click!: The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet, entrepreneur, online business mogul, venture capitalist. Some people just have the itch, the drive, the absolute need to create...

Episode 104 – Adam Grant

Aug 19, 2013 00:40:51

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Dr. Adam Grant – Author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, youngest tenured professor at Wharton, one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, and one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40. According to Professor Adam Grant, at work we all fall into one of the following 3 categories: Takers, Givers, and...

Episode 103 – Jay Baer

Aug 13, 2013 00:45:57

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Jay Baer – Author of Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help Not Hype (NY Times Bestseller), marketing consultant, entrepreneur (started 5 multi-million dollar businesses from scratch!), named one of America’s top 3 social media consultants. After speaking with Jay this week, we quickly realized how much the world of connecting and marketing has come.  Now...

Episode 102 – Dorie Clark

Aug 5, 2013 00:45:08

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Dorie Clark – Author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future, former presidential campaign spokeswoman, professor at Duke University WHERE was this book 10 years ago and why didn’t anyone give me this advice.  Our guest this week, Dorie Clark, hits home with a powerful episode about becoming the person you want to...

Episode 101 – Steve Blank

Jul 29, 2013 00:51:20

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Steve Blank – Author of The Startup Owner’s Manual and The Four Steps to the Epiphany, serial entrepreneur, professor. This week we talk to a true pioneer in an industry filled with innovators.  Our guest, Steve Blank, created the “Lean Startup” model that helped facilitate the launch of over 10,000 companies.  This model states that startup...

Episode 100 – Louie Schwartzberg

Jul 23, 2013 00:38:42

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Louie Schwartzberg – Director, producer, cinematographer. Movingart.com Well, we did it.  We made it to 100.  We joined the century club.  We want you to know, that we couldn’t have done it without you.  100 episodes is something that we never envisioned – hell, I didn’t think I would want to sit in the same...

Episode 99 – Nicco Mele

Jul 15, 2013 00:52:11

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Nicco Mele: Author of The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath, entrepreneur, angel investor, and consultant to Fortune 1000 companies. At first glance, you might look at the title of this post, or the author we have on and think, “We get it! The Internet makes us connected.  Welcome to the...

Episode 98 – Tony Schwartz

Jul 8, 2013 00:43:12

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Tony Schwartz – President & CEO of TheEnergyProject.com, Author of, Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live If you have listened to the show for any length of time, you probably know about the origins of Smart People Podcast.  Jon and I had been in the corporate world...

Episode 97 – Lauren Sandler

Jul 1, 2013 00:41:14

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Lauren Sandler: Journalist, author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One Roach wouldn’t willingly admit it in the interview, and perhaps this is presumptuous, but I think we all have a negative bias towards only children…unless, of course, you are one.  I’m not saying it’s a huge...

Episode 96 – Christine Clapp

Jun 24, 2013 00:40:55

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Christine Clapp – Presentation and communications expert, founder of Spoken With Authority The ability to communicate through language is what separates man from ape (and all other mammals for that matter).  The spoken word is a defining trait of homo sapiens,  and as such, is our main method of communication.  It shouldn’t surprise anyone then, that...

Episode 95 – David Kadavy

Jun 17, 2013 00:36:23

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David Kadavy: Author of Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty, design guru. If you know anything about the show, you know that Jon loves his weird stuff.  So leave it to him to find a guy who focuses on design.  What does that even mean? I was pretty sure this conversation wouldn’t apply to my life...

Episode 94 – Jamie and Maren Showkeir

Jun 10, 2013 00:41:47

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Maren and Jamie Showkeir – Authors of Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and On the Job, Yoga Instructor As you might know by now, Jon and I like to focus on how terrible work is – perhaps it’s because misery likes company. We get emails from many of you out in...

Episode 93 – Susan Schorn

Jun 3, 2013 00:42:53

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Susan Schorn – Author of Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly, writer, teacher, martial arts instructor, and dual black belt. “If you’re going for a groin strike, you want to attack from the bottom up, rather than from the front, to inflict maximum damage.”  This may be my favorite...

Episode 92 – Kevin Smokler

May 21, 2013 00:44:24

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Kevin Smokler – Literary enthusiast, speaker, author of Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 books you Haven’t Touched Since High School. When you hear the name Holden Caulfield, does it trigger any memories? Perhaps you get a nervous, jittery sensation that runs down your spine as you reminisce about an old book report gone...

Episode 91 – Michael Moss

May 13, 2013 00:44:17

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Michael Moss – Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter; author of #1 NY Times Bestseller, Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us  Look, we know you don’t need a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter to tell you that junk food is bad for you, soda makes you fat, and the Western diet is causing an epidemic of...

Episode 90 – Roman Krznaric

May 7, 2013 00:51:25

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Roman Krznaric: How to Find Fulfilling Work; founding faculty member of The School of Life in London. ONE MILLION DOWNLOADS AND COUNTING! That’s right – in case you didn’t see it on Facebook or twitter (@smartpeoplepod), Smart People Podcast (SPP) just passed the one million downloads threshold on Friday.  We then proceeded to pop some bubbly,...

Episode 89 – Jonah Berger

May 1, 2013 00:37:08

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Jonah Berger – Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School, author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Do you remember the first time you heard the song “Friday” by Rebecca Black? I do – I f’ing hated it.  I also remember the first time someone told me to listen to “Gangnam Style” and “Thrift...

Episode 88 – Dr. Paul Ruggieri

Apr 22, 2013 00:36:08

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Dr. Paul Ruggieri – Author of Confessions of a Surgeon “Now I want you to count back from ten.  10…9…8…..” And that’s all you remember.  Sure you might be a little sore, groggy or confused – but for the most part, you felt nothing. However, during that time, your mass is removed, your knee is...

Episode 87 – David Shenk

Apr 15, 2013 00:40:45

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David Shenk – Bestselling author of 6 books, including his most recent, The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ. Tune in to this weeks episode to learn how to unleash your inner genius, conquer your genetic shortcomings, and be the best at anything. But trust us, it ain’t easy....

Episode 86 – Joe Peta

Apr 8, 2013 00:48:29

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Joe Peta – Author of Trading Bases: A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball I’m not even going to butter you up this time, trust me – you would rather just dive in. You’ll understand once I give you a little background on our guest for this weeks episode, Joe Peta. A few years...

Episode 85 – Dan Pink

Mar 25, 2013 00:43:26

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Daniel Pink – AMAZING! One of the most watched TED Talks of all time.  Author of five provocative bestselling books about the changing world of work, including his most recent, To Sell is Human. Good to have you back! If you haven’t noticed, Smart People Podcast has been getting some real recognition these days! We...

Episode 84 – Marlene Zuk

Mar 18, 2013 00:39:34

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Marlene Zuk – author of Paleofantasy, professor of ecology Unless you’ve been living in a cave (best….pun….ever), you are probably well aware of the new fad diet, the paleo diet. The quick and dirty of the diet is you can eat anything that was available to our cave dwelling ancestors. So chow down on all...

Episode 83 – Venkatesh Rao

Mar 11, 2013 00:38:42

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Venkatesh Rao: Author of Tempo: timing, tactics and strategy in narrative-driven decision-making & independent researcher. How many decisions do you think you make in a day? What about an hour? Well, if you want to do the math – go ahead, because all I know is you make about 1,400 decisions a MINUTE.  With that many...

Episode 82 – Dan Carlin

Mar 4, 2013 00:44:48

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Dan Carlin – Host of the Hardcore History and Common Sense podcasts, Political Commentator New media is coming for us.  Well, if you are reading this, it already came for you – so congratulations on being ahead of the curve.  New media is supposed to be the “democratization” of the creation, production, distribution and consumption of media by...

Episode 81 – Stefan Molyneux

Feb 24, 2013 00:47:17

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Stefan Molyneux – Philosopher, host of Freedomain Radio When you take a stance on something, you’re bound to have those on the other side that try to take you down.  In fact, many people believe, that if you aren’t making enemies, then you aren’t saying anything substantial.  Well, if you believe this to be true, then...

Episode 80 – Alex Stone

Feb 19, 2013 00:41:35

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Alex Stone – Magician, writer, speaker I don’t know about you, but growing up I had this hilarious $10 magic set.  It came with some weird squishy ball, a few metal rings, some cards, a cape, and of course…. a wand.  Thinking back, I don’t know how my parents even sat through my poor attempt...

Episode 79 – Marty Cagan

Feb 5, 2013 00:39:32

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Marty Cagan – Expert on all things product, founding partner of the Silicon Valley Product Group If you have ever thought about creating or inventing ANYTHING….seriously listen to this episode. How many ‘products’ do you think you use in a day?  Even if you just look at a small subset of your day, the list...

Episode 78 – Sydney Finkelstein

Jan 28, 2013 00:37:31

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Sydney Finkelstein – Steven Roth Professor of Management at Dartmouth, author, expert on strategy and leadership. Businesses fail all the time.  Such is the nature of the beast.  It’s survival of the fittest, healthy competition, may the best man win.  So you would think, when the cream rises to the top and a company takes...

Episode 77 – Brandon Mendelson

Jan 22, 2013 00:48:56

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Brandon (BJ) Mendelson – Author of Social Media is Bullshit If you are one of the lucky few that has thousands upon thousands of twitter followers, congratulations….it means nothing.  Your company has 50,000 facebook likes? Sorry, but they only did it for the coupon you offered them.  You post the most amazing infographics on Pinterest?...

Episode 76 – Brian Orend

Jan 7, 2013 00:40:43

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Brian Orend, Ph.D. – philosopher, professor, author, speaker “War, huh – yeah, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing” – Edwin Starr (Lyrics to the song WAR) War is good for absolutely nothing. People die, civilizations are destroyed, earth is scorched, humanity is tarnished.  It should be avoided at all costs. Why can’t we all...

Episode 75 – Peter Webster and Kyle Robertson

Dec 24, 2012 00:37:27

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Peter Webster & Kyle Robertson: Founders of iCare There is a major social revolution taking place right now thanks to social media and mobile technology.  For the first time in history, it is easier to get one million people to donate $1 than it is to get one person to donate $1 Million.  On top...

Episode 74 – Dr. Mollie Marti

Dec 17, 2012 00:41:13

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Dr. Mollie Marti – lawyer, author, psychologist, professor It’s funny how, as a child, you are amazed at how much other people know.  Whether it be your older sibling, a neighbor, or your parents, the things they know are astounding.  But as we grow older, something funny happens.  We tend to focus our attention inward...

Episode 73 – Brian Dunning of Skeptoid

Dec 10, 2012 00:39:30

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Brian Dunning – Skeptoid podcast producer, professional myth-buster, author, entrepreneur. Did you know that 98% of all statistics are made up? Did you know I just made THAT statistic up? In an age of information overload, it’s very hard to sift through it all.  For every question, I can find you two very convincing answers, with...

Episode 72 – Fran Hawthorne

Dec 4, 2012 00:37:20

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Fran Hawthorne – Author of Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love There’s a reason why the largest corporations also have the largest marketing budgets.  With all of the competition out there today, a company’s image is just as important as the products that it sells.  For example, hear the word Lexus...

Episode 71 – Linda McQuaig

Nov 26, 2012 00:56:23

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Linda McQuaig – Prolific journalist, critic, and author of “Billionaires’ Ball: Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality” Don’t forget to use our amazon link for all of your cyber Monday (and future) purchases.  Click here to go straight to amazon and get your shop on! How about a few fun facts, just to...

Episode 70 – Richard Fine

Nov 16, 2012 00:40:19

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Richard Fine – CEO of Help Remedies/drug dealer (don’t worry, it’s legal). I had a long day at the office today and it left me with a raging headache.  I sauntered to the nearest pharmacy, stood in the painkiller aisle, looked at the plethora of choices, and you know what happened…my headache got worse.  What...

Episode 69 – Dr. James Serpell

Nov 6, 2012 00:41:43

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Dr. James Serpell – Expert on human-animal interaction, author, Professor, Director of the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society. If you own a dog, I can almost guarantee that at one point you have found yourself having an entire conversation with them.  You have sat down with your dog, just as if you...

Episode 68 – Mark Malkoff

Oct 15, 2012 00:39:56

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Mark Malkoff – Filmmaker, adventurer, comedian We all know that guy.  The ideas guy.  The non-action guy.  The guy that say’s things like “Dude, I KNEW I should have bought Apple stock when it was at $60,” or “I can’t believe that business stole my idea,” or “as soon as work slows down I’m going...

Episode 67 – Dr. Richard Davidson

Oct 8, 2012 00:30:26

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Dr. Richard Davidson – Harvard educated professor, expert in emotions, author and long time friend of the Dalai Lama. Do you know how long “meditate daily” has been on my to-do list? Probably twice as long as “go to the dentist” has been on yours.  For me, the act of meditation represents everything that is...

Episode 66 – Ann Louise Gittleman

Oct 1, 2012 00:45:44

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Ann Louise Gittleman – “The First Lady of Nutrition” Consider your typical day.  You cook in your microwave, you call people on your cell phone, you work all day on your laptop – wirelessly connected to the world of the interwebs, you read books on your kindle, you listen to the radio in the car,...

Episode 65 – Reggie Freeman

Sep 24, 2012 00:48:10

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Reggie Freeman – Fire Chief, Emergency Management, CEO & President of The Freeman Group, LLC Catastrophe is all around us.  Massive snow storms, excessive heat waves, floods, power outages and hurricanes are all part of life on earth.  Whether you call it climate change, the zombie apocalypse or the end of the Mayan calendar, it is...

Episode 64 – Arun Chaudhary

Sep 17, 2012 00:37:20

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Arun Chaudhary – First ever official White House Videographer This podcast is recorded exactly 6 miles from the White House.  My day job office building is literally a pitching wedge away from the front steps of the President’s home.  And yet, every time I pass those huge white pillars and that rolling green lawn, I...

Episode 63 – Jonathan Haidt

Sep 10, 2012 00:34:23

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Jonathan Haidt – morality, emotion and politics: “Morality binds people together into teams that seek victory, not truth, and it closes hearts and minds.” Taking the moral high ground is considered noble.  Being morally sound is an admirable trait.  But who determines if your moral stance is correct? Ultimately you do…don’t you?   I mean, as this week’s guest points...

Episode 62 – Shannon Kaiser

Sep 3, 2012 00:35:20

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Shannon Kaiser –  travel writer, inspirational author, motivational speaker Sometimes here at SPP, we judge a book by it’s cover…literally.  We will see the most recent NY Times Bestseller and we fawn over the author.  The more designations, recommendations,  and accolations (hey, it’s a word in  Urban Dictionary) a person has, the more insight they...

Episode 61 – Brian Wansink

Aug 27, 2012 00:45:57

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Dr. Brian Wansink –  Director of the Cornell Food & Brand Lab, marketing guru, author and MUCH more. The Boston Medical Center indicates that approximately 45 million Americans diet each year and spend $33 billion on weight-loss products in their pursuit of a trimmer, fitter body.  I’d be willing to bet, if you are reading...

Episode 60 – Jill Badonsky

Aug 13, 2012 00:55:06

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Creativity is like a fire hose.  Once you turn it on it’s hard to control, it spews out haphazardly, and if you don’t have a firm grasp on it, it can whip you in just about any direction.  The power that it yields is immense; however, one small malfunction can completely stop the flow and...

Episode 59 – Phil Edwards

Aug 8, 2012 00:41:39

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For most of us, our high school textbooks were nothing more than a paper weight.  Maybe if we would have actually opened them, we wouldn’t need to rely on talking to smart people, but that’s neither here nor there.  The main reason we didn’t care what was inside those massive bound bundles of  boring (yay...

Episode 58 – Jesse Prinz

Jul 30, 2012 00:47:04

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This week we cover some seriously heavy topics.  What plays a bigger role in who you are, your experiences or your genetics? Are emotions strictly a biological response to an event, easily defined by the chemical that they are related to?  Are we born as moral beings, or is even morality subject to circumstances? What...

Episode 57 – David DiSalvo

Jul 23, 2012 00:50:45

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It’s not the first time we’ve talked about it, and it won’t be the last.  The human brain is plain ol’ amazing.  For example, have you ever thought about where a memory is stored? Give it a real long ponder.  Somewhere in your 3 pound ball of spongy tissue, memories from decades past are filed...

Episode 56 – Austin Kleon

Jul 11, 2012 00:44:31

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2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started. 3. Write the book you want to read. 4. Use your hands These are just 3 of the 10 pieces of wisdom that this week’s guest, Austin Kleon, wants to pass along.  But wait…where is #1? Ahhh, good question.  The first piece of...

Episode 55 – Charlie Pellerin

Jul 2, 2012 00:44:23

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Do you know what astrophysics is? I’m not going to lie, I had to wikipedia it.  This week we speak with the guy who Invented Astrophysics! ….Ok, not really, that guy has been dead for like centuries, BUT we basically get to talk to the next best thing in Dr. Charles Pellerin.  Dr. Pellerin is...

Episode 54 – Dr. Meg Jay

Jun 25, 2012 00:49:08

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Welcome back everyone to our first official episode of Season 2!.  We are glad to see you back and we look forward to another year of awesomeness. Our twenties are supposed to be the time of our lives, right?  A time where you can do whatever you want and use the excuse, “I’m just trying...

Episode 53 – David-Michel Davies

Apr 4, 2012 00:39:55

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If you’re anything like me (Chris) and nothing like the other host (Jon) you absolutely hate surfing the internet to find the next big thing. I mean, by the time I learned about Myspace, there was a movie being made about Facebook. But let’s face it, the web is where it’s at people.  Not understanding the inner workings of...

Episode 52 – Craig Koslofsky

Mar 25, 2012 00:39:22

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Craig Koslofsky, author, Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois . Can you imagine a time without electricity and modern technology? First of all, HOW would you download this podcast? In Craig Koslofsky’s book, Evening’s Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe, Craig discusses “the history of night” and what it...

Episode 51 – Dr. Srini Pillay

Mar 13, 2012 00:43:05

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Dr. Srini Pillay – Neuroscientist, Psychiatrist, Executive Coach…amazing. The human brain is a miracle, no one can question that.  The brain is the source of all of our cognition.  It stores our memories, it creates our identity and it interprets the world in which we live.  It’s also a mechanism that can be exercised and fine tuned...

Episode 50.5 Drew Dudley Part 2

Mar 8, 2012 00:20:07

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Drew Dudley takes a few minutes after his interview to speak on bipolar disorder. He discusses how it helped him become who he is today. It was very enlightening and we thank Drew for discussing such matters!

Episode 50 – Drew Dudley Part 1

Mar 4, 2012 00:56:02

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Drew Dudley – Leadership and Motivation Expert: Be prepared to look at leadership in a new light after this one.  According to this week’s guest Drew Dudley, leadership is no longer a description reserved for kings, presidents, and executives. It’s something we all possess and we need to use it to change the world. Drew...

Episode 49 – Dr. Richard Alley

Feb 27, 2012 00:49:39

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Dr. Richard Alley – Geologist & Climate Change Specialist: It is no longer a matter of if, how or how long…it’s real & it’s happening.  The amount of greenhouse gasses within Earth’s atmosphere are increasing at an alarming rate which is causing a continuous and unsustainable rise in the Earth’s climate. This is not alarmist, I’m not...

Episode 48 – Josh Klein

Feb 17, 2012 00:53:00

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Josh Klein – Technologist & Computer/Life Hacker: Many of today’s systems and organizations still operate on the same processes that became popular during the industrial revolution, but no longer prove relevant. Think about it, a company decides they want to be innovative and productive. They need their employees to be creative and forward thinking. So...

Episode 47 – Debra Benfield

Feb 2, 2012 00:41:15

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We got the chance to sit down with Debra Benfield to discuss nutrition and  the concept of mindful and intuitive eating around healthy food choices. You’ll also get a look into some of our weird eating habits! Debra is a Master’s Level Nutritionist (M.Ed.), a (Registered Dietitian (R.D.) AND a Licensed Dietitian/ Nutritionist (L.D.N.) with over 25 years of...

Episode 46 – Rebecca Woodcock

Jan 23, 2012 00:34:41

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Let’s be honest. No one likes to deal with medical and health insurance bills. It’s confusing, it’s complicated, and it really is a huge pain. This is where Rebecca Woodcock’s new startup, Cake Health comes in. Cake Health is a website that helps you manage and understand your health care bills. It helps break down...

Episode 45 – Brené Brown

Jan 16, 2012 00:44:31

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“Know Thyself”.  It was inscribed on the Temple of Apollo, it has been referenced by everyone from Plato, to Benjamin Franklin and Ralph Waldo Emerson.  It’s an idea that is deeply ingrained in our culture…and rightfully so.  Perhaps no other journey is as important as trying to figure out who you are and who you...

Episode 44 – Cameron Herold

Jan 9, 2012 00:39:12

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Happy New Year! Glad you could join us for the first episode of what we are sure is going to be the most amazing year ever.  We kick 2012 off with a bang and interview business & entrepreneurial Coach, Cameron Herold.   If you’ve ever thought about owning your own business OR if you are just...

Episode 43 – Barry Schwartz

Dec 18, 2011 00:37:04

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Try to walk into a grocery store, an electronics store, or even a coffee shop without being faced with hundreds of options. Do you want the 50″ 3d LCD TV or the 52″ LED 1080p TV? Everyday, we are faced with hundreds of decisions. This week, we interview Barry Schwartz and talk to him about...

Episode 42 – Fojol Brothers

Dec 11, 2011 00:35:24

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Remember when you would be starving, walking around a large city looking for a quick bite and the only thing you could find was hot dogs from street carts that tasted like moist paper towel rolls? Well finally, those days are gone.  There has been an epidemic within the past year or two in food...

Episode 41 – David McRaney

Dec 4, 2011 00:41:36

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You delude yourself every day. You might not realize it, but you do. Our guest this week is David McRaney and he wrote a book called,  You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself. In this book,...

Episode 40 – Jeff Frieden

Nov 27, 2011 00:47:38

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70% off! 50% off! Buy one, get one free! I’m sure you saw  all of these this past weekend… it was Black Friday after all. We’ve been told that shopping this past weekend would help the economy, but many of us don’t have the funds to do the shopping….but we still do it anyway. We’re...

Episode 39 – Laurence Gonzales

Nov 21, 2011 00:36:05

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If you were in a plane crash, got lost while hiking in the mountains, or were faced with other life or death situations, what would you do? Would you be able to survive or would you be like the 90% of people who would freeze or panic in the situation?   This week, we speak...

Episode 38 – Ron Suskind

Nov 13, 2011 00:31:58

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Whether you are a democrat, republican, or independent, watching the President’s first couple of years in office is always very interesting. Will they maintain all the promises made during their campaign? What will happen if they are faced with a serious situation in office? All these things are very telling of their character. But even...

Episode 37 – Steve Almond

Nov 6, 2011 00:38:54

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To this day, ‘History of Rock and Roll’ was one of my favorite classes in college. The artists inspired me. The stories blew me away. The lifestyle seemed to be something only imaginable in books and movies. New York Times best selling author, Steve Almond has many books on his resume, but it was Rock...

Episode 36 – Thom Shanker

Oct 9, 2011 00:39:37

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“There was this explosion. A cloud. Red Mist. He self-detonated.  A suicide vest. As sometimes happens with suicide vests, shoes and shins still stood on the roadway, disconnected for eternity from their owner.” -Thom Shanker, Author and this week’s Guest The war on terror has now been underway for 10 years and over this time...

Episode 35 – Roger Simmermaker

Sep 21, 2011 00:35:35

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Made in America. We all (well, maybe) remember when that used to mean one thing. Quality. As times changed and we moved towards become larger consumers, companies shifted their manufacturing to places in order to take advantage of lower wages. Usually, this meant moving the manufacturing out of the good ole’ US of A. Roger...

Episode 34 – Cathy Davidson

Sep 7, 2011 00:38:44

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It’s a topic that we have brushed up against before on the podcast, but haven’t completely jumped into.  How does all of today’s technology and instant gratification affect our ability to pay attention.  Are computers and video games the reason for the outbreak of diagnosable attention disorders or is it something different entirely? Actually, one...

Episode 33 – Jeff Ryan

Aug 18, 2011 00:39:22

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The 60’s had the space race to the moon, the 70’s had peace, love and hippies and the 90’s had the internet.  BUT, the 80’s had the best thing of all…..wait for it…..wait for it…..NINTENDO, and more specifically the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  We probably don’t need to explain to you how fantastic NES was,...

Nintendo Overtime

Aug 18, 2011 00:11:11

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Chris and I have a discussion about Nintendo following our interview with Jeff Ryan. As you can tell, we had a lot of fun discussing Nintendo this week. Leave your top 5 games in the comments section! Episode below:

Episode 32 – Seth Godin

Aug 10, 2011 00:38:57

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A lot of the ways companies reach you on a daily basis can be tied back to one man.  This same man was recently dubbed “America’s Greatest Marketer” by American Way Magazine.  Well, it just so happens that this week we had a chance to interview this man – his name is Seth Godin.  Seth...

Episode 31 – Lauren Shockey

Aug 2, 2011 00:39:10

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We’ve all had the thought before. “That’s it. I’m quitting my job and I am going to culinary school. I am becoming a chef or opening my own restaurant.” Personally, I’ve had this thought many times. I’ve contemplated opening a food truck, a restaurant, or a hot dog stand. I love food. Who doesn’t love...

Episode 30 – Dr. Geoff Marcy

Jul 27, 2011 00:44:40

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Take a look into the sky tonight and try to imagine how many planets are out there. As of February 2011, there are 1,235 unconfirmed planetary candidates out there. It is widely estimated that there are billions of planets in our galaxy alone. Did you know that one man is responsible for discovering 70 of...

Episode 29 – Gretchen Rubin

Jul 21, 2011 00:46:00

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How many times have you found yourself wondering why you are not as happy as you could be? There are plenty of times that I am sit at my desk and I start to wonder things like, “am I on the right career path?,” “what would make me truly happy?,” or “what does being happy...

Episode 28 – Bill Poundstone

Jul 11, 2011 00:42:41

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This week’s guest is a guy I would love to emulate.  His profession goes a little something like this.  Find interesting subject, research the hell out of interesting subject, write about interesting subject in a clear and interesting manor, and make bank.  Not too many writers perform this process nearly as well as our guest,...

Episode 27 – Dr. Gary Chapman

Jul 3, 2011 00:39:04

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Do you ever reflect on your relationship and wonder why your partner does some of the things they do? “Honey, can you mow the lawn?” “Why don’t we ever sit down and talk?” “I feel like our physical relationship is lacking.” These are all things that most of you have heard from your husband, wife,...

Episode 26 – Kerry Patterson

Jun 29, 2011 00:29:01

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This week’s episode is one that we probably should be airing closer to the New Year.  See, most people start off the new year with lofty goals for the future – the infamous new years resolution.  However, we all know the problems with these.  Come March, that beer gut is still highly visible, those cigarettes...

Episode 25 – Dr. Mike Rose

Jun 21, 2011 00:43:16

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What does it mean to be educated? What does intelligence truly mean? These are tough questions, but luckily we get the chance to sit down with Dr. Mike Rose to discuss them Dr. Rose received a B.A. from Loyola University, an M.S. from the University of Southern California, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from...

Episode 24 – Donna Dunning

Jun 15, 2011 00:44:33

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People enjoy doing things that they are good at – this is no secret.  However, many people don’t even know how to assess themselves and find their strengths.  How can you find your path, what truly makes you happy, if you don’t even have a good grasp on who you are? This is something so...

Episode 23 – Jeff Eisenberg

Jun 7, 2011 00:32:23

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You’ve all had the feeling before. You’re laying and bed and you start to itch somewhere on your body. Then that itch spreads. After a few moments panic is running through your head. “Oh man. What if I have bed bugs?!!?” It’s an awful feeling, but what if it were true? Would you know what...

Episode 22 – Andrew Breitbart

May 29, 2011 00:38:15

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This week on the podcast we have the very polarizing author and political commentator, Andrew Breitbart.  Andrew got his first break in 1995 when he contacted Matt Drudge and became part of the now infamous Drudge Report.  As he proclaims in our interview, he was “a slacker that just happened to be in the right...

Episode 21 – Nicole Daedone

May 22, 2011 00:41:06

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Warning: SEX We spend the majority of this episode talking about sex and the female orgasm.  Ohhhh, so NOW you’re interested?? You pervert (just kidding!).  Join us this episode as we speak with author, sex coach and therapist Nicole Daedone about her brand new book “Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm“. ...

Episode 20 – Jancis Robinson

May 2, 2011 00:31:45

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Jancis started her academic career at Oxford University studying mathematics and philosophy. After working for a travel company, she decided that she wanted to follow her passion and became the assistant editor for Wine & Spirit. Jancis is now an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and a Master of Wine. She writes for the...

Episode 19 – Dr. Pamela Rutledge

Apr 20, 2011 00:37:02

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Be honest. How often do you check social media sites throughout the day? How much do you now rely on carrying around a cell phone on a day to day basis? Do you ever stop to think about all the interaction we have with technology? Dr. Pamela Rutledge does just that. She is a media...

Episode 18 – Dr. Tom Woods

Apr 11, 2011 00:39:51

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Almost everyone in America felt the effect of the latest financial crisis. From foreclosures to lay offs, many of us have tried to come up with a solution to our financial woes. The government tried to do it’s part with a bailout, but the majority of Americans didn’t think this was the right solution.  As...

Episode 17 – Jim Hopkinson

Apr 3, 2011 00:33:17

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What is the one thing you dread when going on an interview? If you’ve prepared for the interview and updated your resume, you are probably pretty confident that the interview is going to go well…. up until the salary negotiation that is. How many people have been taught how to negotiate salary? I know that...

Episode 16 – Dr. Anodea Judith

Mar 28, 2011 00:32:42

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Please donate and help those in Japan! Thanks! Red Cross – Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Here in the Western Hemisphere, we tend to believe that we have all of the answers.  We make ourselves feel that with our large brains, our frontal lobes and our fancy laboratories we can solve any sickness, illness...

Episode 15 – Dr. Lawrence Krauss

Mar 21, 2011 00:33:54

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Fact: Your body is comprised of matter from old stars. Fact: The universe is expanding. Fact: This week’s guest, Dr. Lawrence Krauss, is smart. Dr. Krauss is an American Theoretical Physicist who is Professor of Physics, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Director of the Origins Project at the Arizona...

Episode 14 – Tony Hsieh

Mar 3, 2011 00:29:50

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First, we at Smart People Podcast wanted to say welcome!  Many of you may be listening to us for the first time due to this week’s fantastic guest.  If you want to expand your mind and hear all of our incredible interviews in the future, you can subscribe to us on iTunes here. Thanks for checking...

Episode 13 – Kathryn Schulz

Feb 21, 2011 00:26:45

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“Why is it so fun to be right? As pleasures go, it is, after all, a second-order one at best. Unlike many of life’s other delights – chocolate, surfing, kissing – it does not enjoy any mainline access to our biochemistry: to our appetites, our adrenal glands, our limbic systems, our swoony hearts.  And yet,...

Episode 12 – Dan Goldie

Feb 14, 2011 00:25:15

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When Wall Street veteran Gordon Murray told his good friend and financial advisor, Dan Goldie, that he had only six months to live, Dan responded, “Do you want to write that book you’ve always wanted to do?” The result is an incredible book titled, The Investment Answer.  This week we interview the co-author of this book...

Episode 11 – Rita Schulte

Feb 10, 2011 00:28:47

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Our lives are full of stress and anxiety… but have you ever taken the time to talk to someone about it? This week’s guest, Rita Schulte, is a licensed professional board certified counselor, who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and bereavement. We take the time to discuss a matter that is...

Episode 10 – Stanley Fish

Feb 3, 2011 00:25:23

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Have you ever said to yourself, “Ya know, one day I’m gonna write a book”?  Most people have but they haven’t the slightest clue on how to correctly form INTERESTING sentences.  Sure, you can put words together in a straight line, but if you really want to learn about the art of writing then you...

Episode 9 – Dr. Anthony Daniels

Jan 25, 2011 00:40:09

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Is man inherently good or is that just something comforting we like to tell ourselves? This week’s guest is Dr. Anthony Daniels and he spent the majority of his professional career working as a prison doctor and psychiatrist. Due to his fascination with evil, Dr. Daniels (who’s pen name is Theodore Dalrymple) sought out those...

Episode 8 – Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Jan 19, 2011 00:36:13

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In the last episode of Smart People Podcast, Aubrey de Grey explained how he believes that if you can manage to keep on chuggin’ for the next 30 years or so, there is a good chance you will live well past a few hundred years due to scientific advancements.  In this weeks episode, Dr. Joel...

Episode 7 – Aubrey de Grey

Jan 10, 2011 00:40:33

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Can you imagine living a healthy life to the ripe old age of 1,000? How about a world without cancer, Alzheimer’s or diabetes? Our guest on this episode of the podcast believes we are only 25 years from making this dream a reality. This man is Aubrey de Grey, an English author and theoretician in...

Episode 6 – Jamie Flam

Jan 6, 2011 00:30:10

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Jamie Flam is a funny person from LA. You can find Jamie’s work all across the internet. He is a host on The Long Shot Podcast and has written/starred in many internet comedy videos. He is also the creator of the Immaculata, which you can read up on at http://immaculatize.com/. You can find out more...

Episode 5 – Bob Barron

Jan 3, 2011 00:22:32

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He has been called a living miracle worker. He has been featured on Oprah, Fox, The Today Show and NBC’s “most memorable people”.  He gives people their lives back….one body part at a time.  Meet Mr. Bob Barron.  A 24 year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mr. Barron’s disguises have been used by American spies around the...

Episode 4 – Dr. Barry Bernfeld

Dec 27, 2010 00:32:14

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“Primal Therapy is aimed at eradicating ones neurosis. It is revolutionary because it involves overthrowing the neurotic system by a forceful upheaval. Nothing short of that will eliminate neurosis.” – The Primal Scream, Arthur Janov This edition of the podcast features Dr. Barry Bernfeld, Associate Director of the Primal Institute in Los Angeles, California.  The Primal Institute...

Episode 3 – Robb Spewak

Dec 22, 2010 00:27:34

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Due to Jon’s love of the radio and podcast industry, we reached out to Robb Spewak of The Mike O’Meara Show podcast and he agreed to an interview. Robb has been in the radio industry for over 15 years and is currently on The Mike O’Meara Show Podcast. They have had unprecedented success with the...

Episode 2 – Dr. Michael Lardon

Dec 20, 2010 00:27:46

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Tiger Woods….David Duval….Nate Kaeding and Lucid Dreams.  What do they all have in common? They are topics of conversation in this week’s episode of Smart People Podcast! On this episode, we interview world renowned sports psychiatrist Dr. Michael Lardon.  Dr. Lardon is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, in...

Episode 1 – Dr. Walter Willett

Dec 11, 2010 00:32:45

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  For our first podcast, we were extremely lucky to be able to speak with Harvard Professor, Dr. Walter Willett. Dr.Willett is an American physician and nutrition researcher. He is a Professor of Epidemiology, Nutrition and Medicine and the Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard University.  He has published over 1,000 scientific articles...