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Michael Bungay Stanier talks to inspiring leaders and thinkers about how they find, start, and sustain their Great Work.




Jenny Blake on What’s Next for Me

I met Jenny Blake when she worked for Google, where she was doing internal coaching and career development and helping manage Authors@Google. She left Google in 2011 to launch her first book. Then, interestingly, Jenny spent a number of years See the full episode

Duration: 00:30:18

Amy Whitaker on the Bridge Between the Creative and the Practical

Around 2004, Dan Pink said—and I’m paraphrasing here—“The MFA is actually the new MBA because these are the skills that are required to really flourish in work.” However, figuring out how to bring our creative selves into a hectic, often See the full episode

Duration: 00:31:40

Bill Jensen on Simplicity

In The Simplicity Survival Handbook, Bill Jensen offers up — in a way that is practical and easy to read — strategies for doing less but accomplishing more. Bill was one of my very first Great Work Podcast interviews, so it’s appropriate See the full episode

Duration: 00:27:52

Jessica Hagy on the Importance of Curiosity

Jessica Hagy is an artist, a visual storyteller and the author of the book How to Be Interesting. I spoke to Jessica three or so years ago and was truly impressed by her wake-up call to be the hero of our own See the full episode

Duration: 00:20:11

Jennifer Louden on Creating Daily Joy

If you’ve read this blog or listened to my interviews over the years, you’ll be familiar with Jennifer Louden. Jen is part of my Brain Trust, a group of mastermind people who support each other through strategy and tactics, hugs and arse See the full episode

Duration: 00:25:34

Robert Biswas-Diener on Courage

Here at Box of Crayons we often talk about how Great Work has three key attributes: focus, courage and resilience. Four years ago, I interviewed Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener about his book The Courage Quotient, which explores the science of courage and myths See the full episode

Duration: 00:24:04

Pamela Slim on Helping People Do Great Work

Before writing the powerful and transformative book Body of Work, Pamela Slim was best known for her Escape from Cubicle Nation, an impassioned plea to organizations to let people do Great Work — or let them go free. That’s when I first interviewed Pam, See the full episode

Duration: 00:31:25

Lisa Bodell on Challenging the Status Quo

I’m a big believer in the saying that, with the exception of gravity, all rules are negotiable. Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of futurethink, as well as the author of the provocative culture-change book Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation See the full episode

Duration: 00:16:54

Philip Zimbardo on Being a Hero in Training

Philip Zimbardo is a psychologist and a professor emeritus at Stanford University. He’s probably best known for his book The Lucifer Effect, which is a powerful and disturbing look at why good people do bad things, based on the findings of the See the full episode

Duration: 00:26:04

Sally Hogshead on How to Fascinate

My friend Sally Hogshead is a New York Times bestselling author and world-class branding expert. Her book How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination is based on the premise that to become more successful, you do not See the full episode

Duration: 00:22:58

Raj Sisodia on Conscious Capitalism

This week during our month-long 300th-episode celebration, I’m bringing back some of the most provocative interviews I’ve had over the past few years of podcasting. One of those thought-provoking conversations was with Raj Sisodia, who waves the flag for capitalism as See the full episode

Duration: 00:27:09

Daniel Witthaus on Open Conversations

Daniel Witthaus is a gay rights advocate and education activist on a mission to eliminate homophobia. In 2002 he launched Pride & Prejudice, an educational program aimed at helping secondary school teachers challenge homophobia in their classrooms. Since then he’s launched See the full episode

Duration: 00:25:15

Gina Trapani on Choices

Gina Trapani is a web developer and writer, and one of the most influential people in technology — she was recently named as among the 100 most awesome women in the open source community. I’m revisiting this interview with Gina as part See the full episode

Duration: 00:24:58

Tal Ben-Shahar on Happiness

As you know, dear reader, we are in the midst of celebrating of our 300th episode of the Great Work Podcast, and I’m reaching into the vaults to pull out some of the most enlightened, most profound conversations I’ve had See the full episode

Duration: 00:22:44

Leo Babauta on Zen Habits

Leo Babauta is a guy I have long known, admired and liked. He’s been a guest on this podcast twice over the years, and these interviews are some of the most popular here on the Great Work Podcast. He’s the See the full episode

Duration: 00:22:37

BJ Fogg on Behaviour Change

When it comes to rewiring our patterns, one of the biggest names in behaviour change is BJ Fogg. He’s a teacher at Stanford University, where he leads the Persuasion Technology Lab, and also the force behind the website Tiny Habits. See the full episode

Duration: 00:16:21

Charles Duhigg on Building Habits

Hello and welcome to week 2 of our Great Work Podcast 300th-episode celebration. All this week I’ll be pulling out the best of the best from our vaults to highlight fascinating conversations featuring actionable insights. Be sure to comment here on the See the full episode

Duration: 00:25:07

Dan Siegel on Integration

As part of the research for this month-long celebration of our 300th podcast, I took a look back at some of the most popular episodes, and in that Top 10 is this conversation with Dan Siegel. Dan is a clinical See the full episode

Duration: 00:30:26

Mary Beth O’Neill on Leading with Backbone and Heart

Mary Beth O’Neill is one of my heroes. I spoke with her back in 2011, and it’s a conversation that still resonates today. (Plus it is one of my most popular podcasts from the previous 300 episodes.) She is the author of See the full episode

Duration: 00:25:52

Danielle LaPorte on Being Your True Self

We’re on a roll with our month-long 300th-episode celebration. So I’m pleased to share my conversation with Danielle LaPorte, which took place a few years ago. Danielle writes and speaks extensively on how to live an authentic, damn good life and make See the full episode

Duration: 00:24:58

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