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The CEB Talent Angle is produced by CEB and includes guests from the world of talent and performance.

The CEB Talent Angle is produced by CEB and includes guests from the world of talent and performance.
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The CEB Talent Angle is produced by CEB and includes guests from the world of talent and performance.






Finding Meaning in Your Work with Barry Schwartz

Traditional management often assumes that motivating people at work is simply about paying them enough--but Barry Schwartz, the author of Why We Work, believes the real motivation to work comes from finding meaning. Everyone--whether they’re a lawyer or janitor, painter or salesperson--can perform at a higher level by finding meaning in their work. Listen to this episode of the CEB Talent Angle to hear Barry discuss how our conventional wisdom on motivation at work is wrong, and how...


Empathetic Negotiating with Chris Voss (SPOTLIGHT)

What anyone desires most is to be understood and respected. Chris Voss shares techniques that work in the boardroom every bit as well as across the high stakes world of hostage negotiations. Kidnappers, however ill-intentioned, are prone to the same human reasoning as the rest of us.


Dan Pink on Motivation and Drive : SPOTLIGHT (20 Min)

How do you motivate a factory worker vs. and artist? Dan Pink explores his own motivation as well as the roots of motivation of humankind in this 20 minute spotlight excerpted from our 50 minute podcast with Dan in 2016.


Type R Personalities with Ama and Stephanie Marston

It’s time to stop thinking of your talent in terms of Type A or B personalities. Instead, seek Type Rs – the individuals that turn challenges into opportunity in times of upheaval, crisis, and change. Ama and Stephanie Marston, Co-authors of Type R and dynamic mother-daughter team, join the CEB Talent Angle to discuss their concept of Transformative Resilience. They offer advice on how to identify and develop the talent in your business who not only embrace change and disruption, but also...


Thinking in Bets with Poker Star Annie Duke

In Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made a risky call with only 26 seconds remaining that lost his team the game. It has since been heralded as the dumbest play in football’s history. Was Carroll’s decision really that bad, or was it a smart move just ruined by bad luck? Annie Duke, author of Thinking in Bets, believes that the key to long-term success is to think in bets. She joins the CEB Talent Angle to discuss how business leaders can be more like good poker players: less...


SPOTLIGHT: 20 Minutes of Positivity with Shawn Achor

One of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on mindset made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 11 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn has lectured or worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as the NFL, the NBA, the Pentagon and the White House. Shawn is the author of New York Times best-selling books The...


SPOTLIGHT: Connected Storytelling with Nancy Duarte (20 min)

*This Spotlight is a 20 minute excerpt from our full interview which is available on Season 2. Nancy Duarte believes that ideas are the most powerful tools people have. Her passion is to help every person learn to communicate their world-changing idea effectively. Nancy Duarte is an expert in presentation design and principal of Duarte Design, where she has served as CEO for 21 years. Nancy speaks around the world, seeking to improve the power of public presentations. She is the author...


Inside the Customer Mind: Jobs-to-be-Done Theory with Bob Moesta

What poses the greatest competitive threat to your local church? Conventional wisdom would say other churches, but Bob Moesta, Co-author of The Jobs-to-be-Done Handbook, argues that the largest competitive threat to formalized religion might actually be…Crossfit. Bob Moesta, President and CEO of the Rewired Group and Co-Architect of “Jobs-to-be-Done” theory, joins the CEB Talent Angle to discuss how he helps companies grow by fundamentally understanding how customers shop and why they...


Exponential (EXo) Organizations with Salim Ismail

Is your organizational structure your Achille’s Heel? Former Vice President at Yahoo, Salim Ismail, believes that any company designed for success in the 20th century is doomed for failure in the 21st. Salim Ismail, co-author of Exponential Organizations, joins the Talent Angle to discuss the lessons that business leaders can learn from the new breed of companies that are scaling 10 times faster than established organizational structures. Exponential organizations leverage assets like...


Joanne Lipman on Women At Work: Building Inclusive Workplaces

Joanne Lipman, author of That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together, joins the Talent Angle on this episode to discuss structural advantages that allow men to thrive in the workplace and brings to light the daily adjustments women make to fit in. She spreads awareness of biases that fuel gender inequality at work and tactics to counteract these biases for a more inclusive workplace.


SPOTLIGHT: Focus on What Matters with Mark Manson

Mark believes that finding something important and meaningful in your life is the most productive use of your time and energy and that living a good life is about giving a $%@ only about the things that align with your personal values. Every life has problems associated with it and finding meaning in your life will help you sustain the effort needed to overcome the problems you face.


Radical Candor: A Culture of Challenge and Caring with Kim Scott and Jason Rosoff

Imagine an environment where you can bring your whole self to work? Imagine a workplace where great leaders build honest relationships with each of their employees, allowing their employees to know exactly where they stand. Believe it or not, hierarchy discourages honest feedback which leads to dysfunctional relationships and businesses. Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, and Jason Rosoff, CEO of Radical Candor, teach us how to care...


SPOTLIGHT: Changing the Way We Lead, Gen. Stan McChrystal (20 Min)

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, author of a Team of Teams, discarded a century of conventional wisdom and remade JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) into a network that combined transparent communication with decentralized decision-making authority. The walls between silos were torn down. This shift has far reaching implications for leadership both inside and outside the military. For more information on the McChrystal Group go to


The NETFLIX Way: Former Chief Talent Officer, Patty McCord, on Empowering the Workforce

Netflix’s Former Chief Talent Officer, Patty McCord, doesn’t believe in Chief Happiness Officers, does not see hard work as enough, and believes HR should simply scrap policies that do not work for them. Patty McCord, author of Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, joins us to discuss her experience as Chief Talent Officer at Netflix and her fringe ideas that led to establishing the multi-billion dollar tech giant everyone knows. From performance reviews to...


20 Min SPOTLIGHT: Talent Secrets from Google, Laszlo Bock

Laszlo Bock believes that giving people freedom and supplementing our instincts with hard science are steps on the path to making work meaningful and people happy. After working at McKinsey and General Electric (GE), Laszlo Bock spent 10 years as Google’s senior vice president of People Operations, with responsibility for attracting, developing, retaining, and delighting “Googlers.” During his tenure, Google received over 100 awards as an employer of choice. He told us about non-stop...


Dan Pink on WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don’t know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of “when” decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it’s often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink...


Dan Heath on Creating Powerful Moments

Why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work. While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter. What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember twenty years later? What if a manager...


Secrets to a Growth Culture

85% of breakdowns in companies are traceable to internal root causes. Only 13% of people working in business in North America feel any connection to their company’s purpose. These surprising statistics lead us to ask, why do some companies lose their soul, age prematurely, and stall out while others sustain profitable growth? Chris Zook, best-selling author of The Founder’s Mentality: How to Overcome the Predictable Crises of Growth, and partner at Bain & Company, discusses how the most...


Everything You’ve Been Taught About Success Is Wrong (Mostly): Eric Barker

It’s usually the rule breakers who turn into millionaire entrepreneurs. Insurance sales people would make successful Navy Seals. Nice guys don’t finish last. These are just a few of the latest findings from behavioral science that Eric Barker, founder of the blog Barking Up The Wrong Tree, and author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller Barking Up The Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong, references to redefine success....