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An advice show that reminds you that while your office may be crazy, you don’t have to be. Helmed by office MVPs and corporate veterans Liz Dolan (ex-CMO, Nike, NatGeo, Oprah Winfrey Network) and Matt Ritter (lawyer-turned-comedian) will help you make the big decisions, sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life.

An advice show that reminds you that while your office may be crazy, you don’t have to be. Helmed by office MVPs and corporate veterans Liz Dolan (ex-CMO, Nike, NatGeo, Oprah Winfrey Network) and Matt Ritter (lawyer-turned-comedian) will help you make the big decisions, sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life.


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An advice show that reminds you that while your office may be crazy, you don’t have to be. Helmed by office MVPs and corporate veterans Liz Dolan (ex-CMO, Nike, NatGeo, Oprah Winfrey Network) and Matt Ritter (lawyer-turned-comedian) will help you make the big decisions, sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life.




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Today we’re doing our favorite thing--taking your calls for (almost) the whole episode! We had so many great emails, that we wanted some extra time to chat work dilemmas with y’all. And while Liz and Rico love giving advice, it’s great when we can learn a few things from our callers. Case in point, up first is listener Luc, who is having trouble choosing between two great job offers. Luc is also transgender and was kind enough to pass along the following workplace resources for the trans...


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A few weeks ago we asked you, dear listeners, to write us with your favorite upbeat work-centric stories, including your own career triumphs of 2019. Well (as expected), you didn’t disappoint. We’ll be hearing your stories throughout the show. Starting with a listener who’s also been an expert guest here on SFW, Kristen Meinzer. Kristen is an author and host of many podcasts including By The Book. She was also our first guest of the year back in January, when among other things we talked...


How To Do A Digital Detox At Work

We’ve all heard about digital detoxes, and why they’re worth undertaking. But that’s usually put in the context of its impact on our lives outside of work. So what do we gain from shutting off our screens at work? For a lot of us, our work happens almost entirely on screens! For some practical tips on “going analog.” today we’re talking with Digital Detox and Human Connection Expert Holland Haiis. Holland is going to do a (kinda) quickfire round of our 5-in-5 segment. This is when we pose a...


How To Recover From Your Catastrophic Comment

We’ve all been there. Sometimes our emotions or the heat of the moment sweep away all wisdom or self-restraint, and we say something in a work setting that makes us wish we could rewind history. Alas, time doesn’t work that way. So for some tips on how to smooth over the potentially career-killing rough patch you’ve just made for yourself, we’re welcoming back Joseph Grenny. He is a four-time New York Times bestselling author, and a leading social scientist for business performance....


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What To Do When Work Takes Over Your Identity

So we’ve all met this person, or maybe we *are* this person: someone so wrapped up in their job that it provides them with their entire identity. Take that job away, and they’d be totally unmoored. It’s not a good place to be psychologically, I think we can agree. And here to help us identify when we’ve crossed the line into the dark zone, and what to do about it, is our own Coach Larry Seal. Seal is the founder, CEO and an executive coach at Engaged Leadership, and he’s seen this play out...


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