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Why So Many Leaders Are Lousy

October 6, 2015


Interview with Jeffrey Pfeffer, author of the book Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time




Mike Carruthers:
Every year about 50 billion dollars is spent on leadership development in the form of books, seminars, speakers and programs – the results…


Jeffrey Pfeffer:
Has produced almost nothing – employee engagement is low, trust in leaders is low, job satisfaction is low - if something hasn’t worked for 70 years we can keep doing it but the odds of it changing I don’t think is very high.

Jeffrey Pfeffer

When You "Click" With Someone

September 10, 2015


Interview with Ori Brafman, co-author of the book Click: The Magic of Instant Connections




Mike Carruthers:
You’ve most likely had the experience of meeting someone for the first time personally or professionally and you just hit it off, you click.


Ori Brafman:
It turns out that the relationships that ensue from those kinds of connections are categorically different – mainly they’re more passionate.

Ori Brafman

Being Happy At Work

August 4, 2015


Interview with Jessica Pryce-Jones author of Happiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success




Mike Carruthers:
More and more employers are spending time and effort on making sure their employees are happy.


Jessica Pryce-Jones:
The reason that organizations are interested in happiness at work is because people who are happiest at work are doing a day and a quarter extra per week in terms of effort. So you are getting sixty days a year out of your most happy employees.

Jessica Pryce-Jones

Being Happy On The Job

 April 12, 2010
Interview with Jessica Pryce-Jones author of Happiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success




Mike Carruthers:
Just how happy and content you are at work is determined by several factors.


Jessica Pryce-Jones:
It looks to be about 50% of your happiness comes with who you are. 10-15% comes with the context that you find yourself in – but 35-40% comes from how you manage that context.

Jessica Pryce-Jones

Having Difficult Conversations

June 30, 2015


Interview with Andrea Lee, author of the book We Need To Talk: Your Guide to Challenging Business Conversations




Mike Carruthers:
You know those difficult conversations when something really big is at stake? Well one of the things that makes those conversations so difficult is…


Andrea Lee:
We perform worse
when there’s something to lose. The moment when we have something to lose is actually when it counts the most to have the best conversation possible.


Andrea J. Lee

What Makes A Good Partnership?

June 11, 2015


Interview with Rodd Wagner, co-author of the book Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships at Work and in Life




Mike Carruthers:
Partnerships - we all have them at work, at home and with friends.


Rodd Wagner:
Most people are not very deliberate about their partnerships. When you ask them whether they’ve had good partnerships or bad partnerships they will tend to say they’ve had a lot more bad partnerships than good ones.

Rodd Wagner

Taking Confrontation Out Of Conflict

February 18, 2015


Interview with Tim Ursiny, author of the book The Coward's Guide to Conflict: Empowering Solutions for Those Who Would Rather Run Than Fight




Mike Carruthers:
Conflict. It makes a lot of us uneasy, so we avoid it at all costs. Why?


Tim Ursiny PhD:
I think that most of us don't have a good role model for healthy conflict. I mean how many people do you know, that you can think of "Wow! They really handle conflict well?"

Tim Ursiny

The Design Of Office Space

February 9, 2015


Interview with Nikil Saval, author of the book Cubed: The Secret History of the Workplace




Mike Carruthers:
The look and design of office space has changed a lot over the years. At first offices were designed like factories.


Nikil Saval:
Just row, after row of desks in the center of the room for typist or accountants – people pace the floor like foremen as well just to supervise.

Nikil Saval

The Problem When We Make Assumptions

February 5, 2015


Interview with Scott Gornto, author of the book The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Stop Jumping to Conclusions. Free Yourself from Anxiety. Transform Your Relationships.




Mike Carruthers:
What do human beings do when they don’t have the whole story? We make it up.


Scott Gornto:
You know our boss sends us an email 3 or 4 o’clock on a Friday afternoon and says hey I need to talk first thing Monday morning. And then we create a narrative about what that means, are we getting fired, have I made a mistake, what’s going on?

Scott Gornto

Making The Most Of Every Conversation

December 29, 2014


Interview with Susan Scott, author of the book Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time




Mike Carruthers: 
We have conversations with people every day, without giving them a whole lot of thought, but think about this:


Susan Scott:

While no single conversation is guaranteed to change the trajectory of a career or a company or a relationship or a life, any single conversation can.

Susan Scott

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