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158. Jen Goldman-Wetzler: Optimal Outcomes

Conflict is everywhere. Even in "normal" times, it's all around us. And it is inherent in the process of climbing an S-curve of learning. There will be challenges, there

157. Susan David: Emotional Agility

You may decide that you are going to change jobs, move to another country to physically disrupt yourself, hoping to improve your lot. But based on Susan David's 20

153. Keep Planting Cherry Trees

Right now, we find ourselves in uncharted waters. A pandemic, political wrangling, a volatile stock market. Most of it we’ve experienced before. But it feels a bit like we’ve

150. Marco Trecroce: Take Time to Plan

My guest on the podcast today is Marco Trecroce, Senior Vice President and the first ever Chief Information Officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. I had a chance

147. Tom Rath: Discover Your Contribution

Our guest today is Tom Rath, the New York times bestselling author of How Full is Your Bucket and Amazon's top selling non-fiction book of all time StrengthsFinder 2.0.

146. Angela Blanchard: The Measure of a Great City

Our guest today is Angela Blanchard, a globally recognized expert practitioner in community development, disaster recovery, and effective long-term integration for immigrants and refugees. It may be sad to

145. BJ Fogg: Creating Tiny Habits

Our guest on the podcast today is BJ Fogg, world-renowned behavioral scientist and the founder of Stanford’s behavior design lab. BJ’s new book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That

142. 2019 Year End Recap

2019 has been a phenomenal year for the Disrupt Yourself podcast. We’ve had a wonderful array of guests (including some old friends and some “pinch me now” new acquaintances).

140. Embrace Constraints

Constraints. For most of us, just hearing this word evokes a negative response. Limitations. Restrictions. A cage that prevents us from spreading our wings. However, if you’re familiar with

139. Heather Hawkins: Radical Authenticity

When a photo of a new “boy band” crossed PR Agent Heather Hawkins’ desk in 2001, she was surprised at how glamorously they were presented. The era of Backstreet

135. Eric Schurenberg: Be Discovery Driven

Next week is the re-release of my book, Disrupt Yourself, with Harvard Business Press, and in anticipation of this event we are continuing our look at the seven-point framework

133. Tiffany Shlain: Step Back to Grow

Typically, when I discuss stepping back to grow it is in the context of moving sideways or even backwards in a career in order to gain the experiences needed

132. Buster Scher: Battle Entitlement

In anticipation of the re-release of my book, Disrupt Yourself, with Harvard Business Press (available for pre-order now!) we are continuing our look at the seven-point framework of personal disruption.

131. Jonathan Mendonsa: Embrace Constraints

In anticipation of the rerelease of Disrupt Yourself on Nov 12th, 2019, we are continuing our look at the 7-point framework of personal disruption. Today we are examining Accelerant

126. Rita McGrath: Inflection Points

When the Wright brothers completed the first sustained manned flight it was a pivotal moment in history. Travel, commerce, logistics, and world relations would forever be impacted by those

125. Ali Brown: Good at Something

When we talk about disrupting yourself, I typically advise that you look before you leap. Make a planned exit, cushion the landing, prepare for the change. But that is

122. Stephen Nelson: The Art of Collaboration

Stephen Nelson speaks the language of music. A primarily self-taught pianist, he has an amazing talent for composition, oftentimes performing on-the-spot “mash ups” of famous songs for live audiences.

121. Julie Berry: What You’re Meant to Do

As the mother of two young children, all of Julie Berry’s focus was on keeping them safe, happy, and healthy, but despite loving them fiercely, Julie also felt intensely

120. Play to Your Distinctive Strengths

It’s time for something a little different.  Instead of interviewing a guest today, I’m going to do a dive deep into one of the accelerants outlined in my seven-point

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119. Adam Grant: Give and Take

When Adam Grant joined his high school diving team, his coach told him he had good news and bad news: Adam lack flexibility and grace, two of the three

118. Carol Kauffman: Don't Hold Back

Don’t hold back. That is my biggest take-away from our guest today, Carol Kauffman, the founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Coaching at the Harvard Medical School.

115. Amy Edmondson: Psychological Safety

I love hearing stories of people being bold. Amy Edmondson was rapidly approaching graduation from college when she realized that she didn’t know what she wanted to do with

113. Priya Parker: Purpose is Your Bouncer

My guest today is Priya Parker, the founder of Thrive Labs and a strategic advisor who helps leaders and teams create transformative gatherings. She is the author of The

111. Brené Brown: Called to Courage

I love Brené Brown’s story. A “late bloomer,” Brené graduated from her undergrad when she was 29 years old, then proceeded straight into her master’s and

110. Safi Bahcall: Nurturing Crazy Ideas

My guest on the podcast today is Safi Bahcall - physicist, biotech CEO, entrepreneur, tennis aficionado, and author of the outstanding book, Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas

109. Tamika Catchings: Path for Success

When Tamika Catchings was a freshman at the University of Tennessee, her coach, Pat Summit, told her that someday her story would “impact thousands, maybe millions of people.” It

107. Ty Shay: Make Yourself Obsolete

My guest on the podcast today is Ty Shay, the Global Chief Marketing Officer of Norton/LifeLock. Well regarded for his expertise, marketing is not the career path Ty originally

105. Paul Hill: Mission Control Management

Management isn’t rocket science. It’s harder than rocket science. At least, that’s what Paul Hill, former director of mission operations at NASA, believes. Paul has spent most

Gina Bianchini: A Part of Something Bigger

When you open the Mighty Networks app you are immediately faced with a decision: “Create a Network,” or “Find a Network.” Either way, you’re ready to connect

Take the Right Kinds of Risks

To celebrate the 100th episode of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, we're disrupting our format a bit. In Episode 80 we gave you a preview of an online

Melissa Smith: Modeling What Matters

While growing up in a small farm town in Maine, Melissa Smith had the opportunity to try lots of different things. She drove the flatbed to collect

Dan Shapero: Stepping Back to Grow

Dan Shapero’s team was a rocket ship. When he stepped in as leader of LinkedIn’s recruiting business, annual revenue was around $40 million. By 2014, it was

Bethany Quam: Staying in Growth

Subscribe on iTunes Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on Spotify Subscribe on Google Play When we’re feeling stagnant or trapped in our job, jumping

James Clear: Just One Percent Better

“Disruption,” as a word, has always had an explosive sound to me. Disruption causes your world to shift and change—an earthquake in the making. However, every once

Donna Hicks: Guardians of Dignity

Israel and Palestine. Northern Ireland. Colombia. Libya. These are more than just countries to Donna Hicks. Notorious for their political upheaval and turmoil, within their borders, Donna

Asheesh Advani: Removing Obstacles

On the podcast today I am pleased to introduce Asheesh Advani, the CEO of Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement (or JA) is an organization that provides children and

Keith Krach: Transformational Leadership

Keith Krach collects people. It’s not that he’s a comic book villain, mind you—Keith simply has a knack for finding people, discovering what they’re interested in, and

Mike McDerment: Be Your Best Competitor

Thinking about the competition often keeps business owners up at night. Will someone else find a way to copy your product? Will they lure customers away? Will

Talia Milgrom-Elcott: Stepping Up

When President Kennedy announced in 1961 that he wanted to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, it was a longshot. Some believed

Dave Hollis: Abandoning Certainty

When his eight-year-old son asked Dave Hollis what his biggest fear was, no doubt he anticipated an answer along the lines of “tarantula” or “scorpions.” Instead, he

Q&A Episode: My Learning Curve

As I say at the beginning of every episode, I think, write, speak, and live all things disruption. I take this responsibility very seriously, so while each

Diane Dietz: Making Everyone Better

Diane Dietz would have happily spent her career working in marketing at Proctor & Gamble, but as we all know, life can be unpredictable. When she found

Saul Kaplan: Innovation Junkie

When Saul Kaplan produced his carefully compiled spreadsheet of how he planned to host a two day summit on innovation, the last thing he expected his friend to

Dr. Bob Nelson: Sincere, Specific Praise

As children, we are taught to say “please” and “thank you,” but oftentimes, as adults, these habits are not reinforced in the workplace. We are not asked

Shachar Orren: Leaping at a Chance

For most graduates, a steady job is a dream come true (bonus points if it comes with good pay). When Shachar Orren completed her two-year mandatory service

Harold O'Neal: Music as a Mirror

My guest today is Harold O’Neal, a Tanzanian-born American pianist, film score composer, and record producer who has worked with the likes of U2, Jay-Z and Disney. I

Tiffani Bova: Experience is the Product

My guest today is Tiffani Bova, speaker, author, thought-leader, and Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce. Her book, Growth IQ: Get Smarter About the Choices That Will

Orson Scott Card: Embracing Constraints

In today's episode, we will be discussing just one of the seven points of personal disruption: embracing constraints. All too often we find ourselves saying, "If only

Benjamin Spall: The Power of Routine

Benjamin Spall keeps his phone in the kitchen at night. As co-author of the book My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, and mymorningroutine.com, Benjamin

Caroline Webb: Creating Opportunity

If Caroline Webb looks a little tired or stressed, there is a good chance that someone will eventually turn to her and ask (with their tongue in

Carine Clark: Tougher Than We Know

My guest today is Carine Clark, CEO of Banyan, a company that helps medical practices engage with their patients. A three-time CEO, she's been awarded the Ernst

Zach Obront: Solve a Problem

Today’s guest is Zach Obront, co-founder of Scribe (formerly Book in a Box), a company that helps entrepreneurs and innovators turn their ideas into a book. When

Sloane Davidson: Start Small, Start Anywhere

When Sloane Davidson graduated from college, there was a plan. Having just completed a post-college trek around Europe, Sloane was excited to leave Pittsburgh and start her new

Chester Elton: Cheering For Others

My guest today is Chester Elton, the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Carrot Principle, which has sold over 1.5 million copies to date. He has been

Laura Vanderkam: Time is Elastic

My guest today is Laura Vanderkam, an expert on time management who's 2016 TED Talk "How to Gain Control of Your Free Time" has been viewed over 5

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Pat Flynn: Always Serve First

Takeaways from this episode: -Always serve first. When you serve others and help them they’re going to look for ways to repay you (often in ways other than

June Cohen: Decide, Decide, Decide

Our guest today is June Cohen, a pioneer in the web industry for her work at HotWired (the web division of Wired magazine), author of “The Unusually Useful

Jonathan Bush: The Joy of the Fight

In 1988, college student Jonathan Bush climbed on top of a pile of wooden slats in the middle of an unfinished housing development and looked out over a

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Carter Cast: The Five Archetypes of Derailment

My guest today is Carter Cast, former CEO of Walmart.com, professor of management at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business, and the author of The Right—and Wrong—Stuff: How Brilliant Careers

Build an A-Team

Disrupting yourself is a way of life around here, so it’s only natural that it is my turn to be disrupted. Today is Launch Day for my new

Tom Peters: Excellence Found

Today’s guest is Tom Peters, best-selling author of the groundbreaking book In Search of Excellence, which changed the way the world viewed the connection between corporate culture and

Marisa Thalberg: The Power of Connection

My guest today is Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing Officer of Taco Bell, founder of ExecutiveMoms.com, and listed as one of the top 25 Most Influential CMOs in the

Nick Gray: One Person Can Change Your Life

Nick Gray thought museums were boring. As a business-minded individual, he couldn’t understand why anyone would be fascinated by the contents and just wanted the physically (and emotionally)

Patty McCord: Creating a Powerful Culture

My guest today is Patty McCord, former Chief Human Resources Officer at Netflix, author of the unabashedly bold book, “Powerful,” and a rocket ship of a disrupter.

Kare Anderson: The Power of Connection

Kare Anderson is a powerful public speaker—a surprising accomplishment for someone who grew up with a stutter. I can personally attest to this power, as a year and

Daniel Pink: Everything is Timing

Big Takeaways from this Episode: Timing is an art and a science. The passage of time and timing of some events in our lives can feel chaotic

Deb Dugan: Stepping Back to Grow

Everybody knows I’m an advocate for the step back to grow. That’s the counterintuitive career move we make that opens up future opportunity rather than providing immediate gains

Adda Birnir: The Disruptive Power of Mentorship

I’ve recently been emphasizing the importance of mentors—and the reciprocal imperative to recognize and appreciate these people and the tremendous asset they are to us. Adda Birnir is

Asi Burak: Changing the Game for Games

Asi Burak is CEO, Power Play; and Chairman, Games for Change. He has also been named one of the “Digital 25: Leaders in Emerging Entertainment” by the Producers

Michelle McKenna-Doyle: Disrupting the NFL

I’m thrilled to announce the debut of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, a project I’ve been disrupting myself with these past few months. Our first episode features a conversation with the