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Frances Frei is a Harvard Business professor. Anne Morriss is a CEO and best-selling author. Anne and Frances are two of the top leadership coaches in the world. Oh, did we mention they're also married to each other? Together, Anne and Frances move fast and fix stuff by talking to guest callers about their workplace issues and solving their problems – in 30 minutes or less. Both listeners and guests will receive actionable insights to create meaningful change in the workplace – regardless of their position on the company ladder. If you want to be on Fixable, call our hotline at 234-Fixable (that's 234-349-2253) to leave Anne and Frances a voicemail with your workplace problem.

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Frances Frei is a Harvard Business professor. Anne Morriss is a CEO and best-selling author. Anne and Frances are two of the top leadership coaches in the world. Oh, did we mention they're also married to each other? Together, Anne and Frances move fast and fix stuff by talking to guest callers about their workplace issues and solving their problems – in 30 minutes or less. Both listeners and guests will receive actionable insights to create meaningful change in the workplace – regardless of their position on the company ladder. If you want to be on Fixable, call our hotline at 234-Fixable (that's 234-349-2253) to leave Anne and Frances a voicemail with your workplace problem.

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Brené Brown on our flawed, imperfect selves (from A Slight Change of Plans)

6/17/2024
This is an episode of another podcast we think you'll enjoy, A Slight Change of Plans, hosted by former TED Speaker Dr. Maya Shankar. Brené Brown is a bestselling author and social scientist known for her work on complex emotions like shame and vulnerability. She opens up to Maya about the evolution of some of her most important identities: big sister, recovering perfectionist, and reluctant public figure. She also shares how COVID affected her marriage, her struggles with social media, and how she's redefining ambition. Fixable will be back with new episodes soon!

Duration:01:33:32

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How to fix the unfixable (w/ Malcolm Gladwell)

6/10/2024
Whether it's a hiccup at your job or a systemic issue that affects everyone you know, we've all encountered obstacles that just seem impossible to overcome. This week, Anne and Frances are joined by Master Fixer, journalist, and Revisionist History host Malcolm Gladwell, who shares his experience tackling big, complex challenges -- from rethinking homelessness in America to dysfunction in college ranking systems. Malcolm also shares how storytelling can change minds and why the people most optimistic about a problem are often the ones who are closest to it. What problems are you dealing with at work right now? Call or text 234-FIXABLE or email fixable@ted.com to be featured on the show. Transcripts for Fixable are available at https://go.ted.com/fixablescripts

Duration:00:34:09

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How to convince others you’re still relevant (hint: start with yourself)

6/3/2024
Experience is not always seen as an asset in a world that equates innovation and youth, particularly in fast-moving industries like tech and art. How do you convince others that your work still matters…now more than ever? This week, Anne and Frances help digital artist and TED Fellow Julie Freeman break free from her own story about aging and relevance. What problems are you dealing with at work right now? Call or text 234-FIXABLE or email fixable@ted.com to be featured on the show. Transcripts for Fixable are available at https://go.ted.com/fixablescripts

Duration:00:35:28

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How to keep in touch with reality when AI keeps calling (from The TED AI Show)

5/27/2024
This week, we wanted to give you a chance to check out another amazing show from the TED Audio Collective, The TED AI Show – a podcast meant to guide us through the mystifying world of artificial intelligence. We heard you when you said you enjoyed our AI episode with A.J. Jacobs – so we think this is going to be right up your alley. Our host and creative technologist, Bilawal Sidhu, sits down with Sam Gregory, a human rights activist and technologist, to discuss how we’re going to seize the opportunities and solve the problems that the newest technologies are bringing to our world. We’ll be back next week with more Fixable, and you can catch The TED AI show wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:27:56

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Succession: Dealing with a shift change in the C-Suite

5/20/2024
It happens all the time - new leaders come in and make big changes. So how do we adapt to new styles and strategies? And protect the things we don’t want to change? This week, Anne and Frances help a senior executive build a more resilient future for his organization. Our listener leaves with a plan of action that is relevant for anyone who wants to leave a legacy they’re proud of. What problems are you dealing with at work right now? Text 234-FIXABLE or email fixable@ted.com to be featured on the show. Transcripts for Fixable are available at go.ted.com/fixabletranscripts.

Duration:00:28:56

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Unsolicited Advice: Can Starbucks get their order right?

5/16/2024
Starbucks’ stock price dropped sharply after the company reported a significant slowdown in visits to its stores in both the U.S. and China, its two biggest markets. Sales and profits are also not going in the right direction. Everybody seems to be worked up about company performance, especially former chairman and CEO Howard Schultz. Anne and Frances spill the tea (er, coffee) on how Starbucks and its leadership can revamp their strategy. Transcripts for Fixable are available at https://go.ted.com/fixablescripts

Duration:00:19:29

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Quick Fixes: How to quit and how to work smarter

5/13/2024
In a new Quick Fixes segment, Anne and Frances swiftly tackle the work problems of not one but two listeners, delivering relatable advice for both hard-working professionals in under 20 minutes. One listener struggles with how to quit gracefully, and another is challenged by their team’s slow pace. Both issues require a shift in perspective to understand how other people experience us in the workplace. Anne and Frances have some actionable advice to help you do that and more in this week’s episode. What problems are you dealing with at work right now? Text 234-FIXABLE or email fixable@ted.com to be featured on the show. Transcripts for Fixable are available at https://go.ted.com/fixablescripts

Duration:00:15:53

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Fixable Live: A conversation with Scott Galloway

5/6/2024
Listen to Fixable’s first live show at TED2024! Anne and Frances sat down with NYU professor, entrepreneur, best-selling author and celebrity podcaster Scott “Prof G” Galloway for a fascinating conversation on loneliness, resilience, inclusion in the workplace, raising healthy boys and what it takes to be personally and financially successful. Stick around to the end to hear how Scott learned to cry and moving answers from an unexpectedly emotional audience Q+A. To hear more from Scott, check out his TED Talk recorded the same day at go.ted.com/scottgalloway24. Transcripts for Fixable are available at go.ted.com/fixablescripts.

Duration:00:31:59

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Is AI your next hire?

4/29/2024
What do you do when there’s too much work but not enough people to do it? Bring in some support! This week, Anne and Frances talk to a listener whose expert sales team can no longer keep up with everything the company offers. Together, Anne and Frances outline ways to simplify work for a stressed out team—including the use of AI to reduce complexity and increase capacity. They also offer advice for any leader moving through a shift as radical as introducing AI into the workflow. What problems are you dealing with at work right now? Call or text 234-FIXABLE or email fixable@ted.com to be featured on the show. Transcripts for Fixable are available at https://go.ted.com/fixablescripts

Duration:00:29:48

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How Bill Gates spends $9 billion a year | The TED Interview

4/22/2024
This is an episode of The TED Interview, another podcast from the TED Audio Collective, that we think you'll enjoy. To get a free copy of the Infectious Generosity book, visit ted.com/generosity Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is one of the top ten richest people in the world. But since 2008, he has traded his day-to-day role with Microsoft to focus full-time on his foundation's work to expand opportunity around the world. Chris interviews Bill about his philanthropy philosophy and digs into the opportunities and challenges that face one of the largest private charitable foundations in the world. The two also discuss The Giving Pledge, the movement Bill co-founded with Warren Buffet, which encourages wealthy individuals to commit the majority of their wealth to charitable causes within their lifetimes. Chris and Bill examine the importance of solving the world’s most pressing problems efficiently, talk about why meaningful change requires scale, and compare notes on how to best encourage collective excitement about giving back.

Duration:00:50:47

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How to stop a bully (w/ Master Fixer Amy Cuddy) - Part 2

4/15/2024
Bullies can’t bully alone – they need other people to participate in their campaigns to shame, discredit, and exclude their targets. This means that we often have more power than we realize to stop bullying in the workplace. In Part 2 of Anne and Frances’s conversation with Master Fixer and social psychologist Amy Cuddy, they explore smart, simple actions all of us can take to prevent bullying and shut it down in its earliest stages. If you haven’t listened to Part 1 of this interview, make sure to first check out the previous episode, “How to spot a bully in the workplace.” What problems are you dealing with at work right now? Text 234-FIXABLE or email fixable@ted.com to be featured on the show. Transcript for Fixable are available at go.ted.com/fixablescripts

Duration:00:31:28

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(UPDATED) How to spot a bully in the workplace (w/ Master Fixer Amy Cuddy) - Part 1

4/9/2024
(Note: This is an updated version of this episode – if you previously downloaded audio and got a different podcast, thanks for your patience as we deliver you the right episode, which is this one! The original episode is also updated and you can find it in this same feed.) Where do bullies go when they grow up? New research shows they just move from the playground to the workplace. This week, Master Fixer and social psychologist Amy Cuddy joins Anne and Frances to walk us through the strikingly stable patterns bullies follow to undermine and ostracize their targets – patterns that are way more common than you might think. Stay tuned for part two where Cuddy details actions you can take to stop bullies in next week’s episode. What problems are you dealing with at work right now? Text 234-FIXABLE or email fixable@ted.com to be featured on the show. Transcripts for Fixable are available at go.ted.com/fixabletranscripts. Mental Health at Work Index (https://mentalhealthindex.org/): A partnership of Columbia University’s Mental Health + Work Design Lab (https://www.cugmhp.org/programs/mental-health-and-work-design-lab/) and One Mind at Work (https://onemindatwork.org/). This is an in-depth assessment tool created by a team of psychologists and business leaders to help companies measure and improve their mental health efforts in a scientfic and data-driven way.

Duration:00:51:58

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How to spot a bully in the workplace (w/ Master Fixer Amy Cuddy) - Part 1

4/8/2024
Where do bullies go when they grow up? New research shows they just move from the playground to the workplace. This week, Master Fixer and social psychologist Amy Cuddy joins Anne and Frances to walk us through the strikingly stable patterns bullies follow to undermine and ostracize their targets – patterns that are way more common than you might think. Stay tuned for part two where Cuddy details actions you can take to stop bullies in next week’s episode. What problems are you dealing with at work right now? Text 234-FIXABLE or email fixable@ted.com to be featured on the show. Transcripts for Fixable are available at go.ted.com/fixabletranscripts Mental Health at Work Index (https://mentalhealthindex.org/): A partnership of Columbia University’s Mental Health + Work Design Lab (https://www.cugmhp.org/programs/mental-health-and-work-design-lab/) and One Mind at Work (https://onemindatwork.org/). This is an in-depth assessment tool created by a team of psychologists and business leaders to help companies measure and improve their mental health efforts in a scientific and data-driven way.

Duration:00:19:35

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Unsolicited Advice: Boeing & how to lead in a crisis

4/1/2024
Multiple deadly crashes, a door flying off mid-flight, a CEO forced to step down Boeing has had more than a few disasters. And in case anyone at Boeing is listening, Anne and Frances have some advice to offer for our first ever “Unsolicited Advice” episode. How can a company redeem itself after so many appalling headlines? Where does the leadership team go from here? Listen for valuable takeaways anyone can learn from on taking “radical responsibility” for an organization’s performance. What problems are you dealing with at work right now? Text 234-FIXABLE or email fixable@ted.com to be featured on the show. Transcripts for Fixable are available at go.ted.com/fixabletranscripts

Duration:00:18:54

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The key to successful promotions

3/25/2024
How do you retain good people – and set them up for success in a dynamic, fast-moving environment? Promotion, job design, and clear career pathways are all part of the answer. This week, a pastor leading a growing church wants to know when is the right time to promote people and how to make sure they don't burn out. Anne and Frances deliver advice to help leaders embrace uncertainty and chart a course for success, whether they’re in the pulpit or the C-suite. What problems are you dealing with at work right now? Call or text 234-FIXABLE or email fixable@ted.com to be featured on the show. Transcripts for Fixable are available at https://go.ted.com/fixablescripts

Duration:00:31:54

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How to talk about mental health at work

3/18/2024
Whatever happens off-the-job comes with us to work, including our mental health. And having the right tools to talk about it is crucial to improving our experience of work. In this episode, Master Fixer and Harvard Business School professor Lauren Cohen joins Anne and Frances to deliver some surprising statistics on mental health and why it’s vital to have conversations about wellness in the workplace. Whether you’re worried about an employee who lost a loved one or don’t know how to bring up your struggle with depression to your boss – you’ll hear how to have transparent conversations that can change the way you work for the better. What problems are you dealing with at work right now? Call/text 234-FIXABLE or email fixable@ted.com to be featured on the show. Transcripts for Fixable are available at https://go.ted.com/fixablescripts

Duration:00:31:34

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How to stop your company’s size from slowing you down

3/11/2024
Do ideas have the freedom to run in your workplace, or do they get caught in internal complexity? As companies grow, they tend to have more processes and stakeholders slowing down change. So what can you do to get things done? In this week’s episode, Anne and Frances help a rockstar Chief People Officer avoid her company’s bureaucratic tendencies and stay on the fast track to success. Tune in to learn how empowerment, reframing and intention can help accelerate your organization’s way of getting things done. Transcripts for Fixable are available at go.ted.com/fixablescripts. What problems are you dealing with at work right now? Text 234-FIXABLE or email fixable@ted.com to be featured on the show.

Duration:00:37:35

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Friction 101: How to make the right things easier and wrong things harder (w/ Bob Sutton and Huggy Rao)

3/4/2024
Do you feel like you’re hitting a wall at work? This week, Anne and Frances are joined by Master Fixers Bob Sutton and Huggy Rao. Bob and Huggy are professors at Stanford University and authors of “The Friction Project: How Smart Leaders Make the Right Things Easier and the Wrong Things Harder”. Together, the four discuss how anyone can eliminate the obstacles to doing their best work—and create constraints that make work even better. Transcripts for Fixable are available at go.ted.com/fixablescripts.

Duration:00:36:11

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How to take your good idea to the next level

2/26/2024
You have a fantastic idea, but you're going to need help with execution. Thankfully, that’s what your network is for. In this week’s episode, a listener who developed her own pilates equipment business comes to Anne and Frances for advice on how to turn a successful product into a scalable company. With a little help from Anne and Frances, Bree learns actionable ways to ask the right people for help and make her goals a reality by focusing on what she’s great at! Transcripts for Fixable are available at go.ted.com/fixablescripts.

Duration:00:31:00

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Why Kim Scott thinks you need to ask for feedback | How to Be a Better Human

2/19/2024
You know what they say about unsolicited advice (don’t give it!) but when it comes to SOLICITED feedback, author and executive coach Kim Scott says: bring it on. Kim believes that when it comes to improving your life at home, work, and anywhere in between, it helps to ask for – and provide – kind, but radical, candor. In this episode, Kim shares what she’s learned about embracing candidness and care in the workplace, gives tips on how to engage in constructive conversations, and opens up about the benefits of addressing bias in communication. Her latest book, "Just Work: How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kick-ass Culture of Inclusivity" is out now. For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/BHTranscripts This is an episode of How to Be a Better Human, another podcast from the TED Audio Collective. For more, check out How to Be a Better Human wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:36:30