All Episodes

Ep98: How to Take (and ignore) Feedback

May 7, 2019

Feedback can be a tricky thing. If you listen to every opinion that you hear, it’s easy to get lost. But if you ignore valuable input simply because you don’t understand the perspective, you can easily get stuck in a rut. The art of eating the...

Ep97: Why You Need People that Can See Your Blind Spots

April 30, 2019

Business is chock full of snarly, complicated problems, and sometimes, they are especially hard to wrangle when we are close to them. Like watching someone else parallel park a car, outsider knowledge doesn’t have to be profound to see what we...

Ep96: Chaos Engineering: Being Prepared When Disaster Strikes

April 23, 2019

While you can’t always be looking down at your feet in business, sometimes, short-term solutions are necessary. They can give you enough momentum and energy (and maybe even resources) to find a more permanent solution. And sometimes, they provide...

Ep95: Hiring (and firing) Your BFF

April 16, 2019

Have you ever hired a close friend or a family member? There is so much that is wonderful about hiring someone you already trust. But there are also inherent risks: what happens if things go wrong? Will you lose both an employee and the relationship?...

Ep94: The Best Foundation (and lipstick?) for Your Business

April 9, 2019

It’s not often that a quest to find the perfect red lipstick leads you instead to a great business analogy. But when it happens, it’s probably going to happen to Jodi. Let’s talk about whether you are accentuating the right things in your...

Ep93: How to NOT Mess Up Your Onboarding

April 2, 2019

Have you ever used the phrase “integrity is our watchword” in an onboarding document? Do you have a “behind-the-scenes tour” you give new hires, to show them what working at your company is really like? How you onboard will affect how new...

Ep92: The Pitfalls of Passion

March 26, 2019

There is a lot of talk about “finding your passion” in this world. For some, their passion is so clear that it is almost inevitable. For others, though, the idea of finding their passion weighs them down and makes them feel incomplete. But passion...

Ep91: Is That the Best You Can Do?

March 19, 2019

Today, we meet Eliot’s sadistic side. In a story about the baseline criteria that he demands from his students (as well as a little glimpse into how he enjoys making students squirm), we get a great discussion about expectations, feedback, and the...

Ep90: The Last Place You'd Ever Look for Inspiration...

March 12, 2019

What work culture are you strengthening or weakening every day with your language, your behaviors and your messaging? Maybe you need to make it more like jury duty! Why is that important for business? How you frame the work you and your team are doing...

Ep89: Delegation Disaster

March 5, 2019

A simple holiday trip to Grandma’s house teaches us a lot about delegating and the balance between micromanaging and full autonomy in this episode. Why is that important for business?   There are two traps at either end of managing people...

Ep88: Be Creative NOW

Feb. 26, 2019

What behaviors are you encouraging and measuring in your business? Are those behaviors actually creating the results you want? It might just be that you are building an environment where your people are learning to game the system instead of achieving...

Ep87: Becoming Your Own Captain

Feb. 19, 2019

What do you do when the gum of your business loses its flavour? Our special guest, Andrew Torrez of Opening Arguments , helps us explore the idea of forging a new path and embracing the version of your business that makes you the happiest. And for...

Ep86: Intentional Failure

Feb. 12, 2019

As you can imagine, the process of learning to do a headstand is a challenging thing. But did you know that it can also lead to a powerful business metaphor about commitment and failure?  There is a huge difference, in yoga and in business,...

Ep85: Speak Volumes in an Instant

Feb. 5, 2019

We were inspired to look at the business of our 50th Facebook member for business inspiration, and she didn’t disappoint. Rachel’s strong brand identity gives us an important reminder to look our own business’ identity. And hopefully, this will...

Ep84: Pacing For The Long Run

Jan. 29, 2019

What can you learn about business through learning to run? We have a special cohost this week, and she teaches us an important lesson about regular check-ins, pacing, and starting small.  If you are struggling to hit your business goals, maybe...

Ep83: When The Customer Needs to Hear NO

Jan. 22, 2019

Going into an audition as an actor, you have to make a decision about how you are going to play a character. You can play it as you think the director wants to see it, or you can make your own choices about who the character is.  Turns out,...

Ep82: Priority Hack

Jan. 15, 2019

Most businesses dream about having their best year ever. But that doesn’t mean it comes without new problems and without competing priorities. There’s a limit to what you can say no to and still have the full life you want, and this episode is all...

Ep81: Business Karaoke

Jan. 8, 2019

A night of karaoke might not seem like the most logical place for an epiphany about company culture. But that’s the beautiful thing about using stories to talk about business – you never know from where the lesson will come. Why is that important...