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Work and Life with Stew Friedman

Welcome to the Work and Life Podcast with Stew Friedman -- bestselling author, celebrated professor at The Wharton School, and founder of Wharton's Work/Life Integration Project. Stew is widely recognized as the world's ... More
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2020-1-15

Ep 154. Stan Silverman: Be Different

Stan Silverman is the author Be Different! The Key to Business and Career Success. A recognized thought leader and influencer, Stan publishes a widely read, nationally syndicated column on leadership in the Philadelphia Business Journal and 42 affiliated business publications across the U.S. Stan is the former president and CEO of global PQ Corporation and is a senior executive in residence at the LeBow College of Business of Drexel University.  He earned his engineering and MBA degrees from Drexel. He is vice chairman of Drexel University’s board of trustees and the former chairman of its College of Medicine. He also serves on the boards of three K-12 independent schools and is a member of the faculty of Board Advisory Services of the National Association of Corporate Directors.


In this episode, Stew and Stan talk about what it takes to be different and how crucial it is to learn how to do so if one is to succeed in one’s career and in the rest of life.   They talk about the value of trust -- perhaps a leader’s most precious asset -- and what it takes to build it and how fragile it can be. Being genuinely interested in the lives of the people around you is one of the important means for developing a reputation as someone who is trustworthy.  From the wisdom of his experience, Stan offers compelling examples of what it means to be accountable for acting ethically -- at work and in other key relationships in life -- and for holding others to that standard, especially by striving to serve as a role model.   

2020-1-15

Ep 154. Stan Silverman: Be Different

Stan Silverman is the author Be Different! The Key to Business and Career Success. A recognized thought leader and influencer, Stan publishes a widely read, nationally syndicated column on leadership in the Philadelphia Business Journal and 42 affiliated business publications across the U.S. Stan is the former president and CEO of global PQ Corporation and is a senior executive in residence at the LeBow College of Business of Drexel University.  He earned his engineering and MBA degrees from Drexel. He is vice chairman of Drexel University’s board of trustees and the former chairman of its College of Medicine. He also serves on the boards of three K-12 independent schools and is a member of the faculty of Board Advisory Services of the National Association of Corporate Directors.


In this episode, Stew and Stan talk about what it takes to be different and how crucial it is to learn how to do so if one is to succeed in one’s career and in the rest of life.   They talk about the value of trust -- perhaps a leader’s most precious asset -- and what it takes to build it and how fragile it can be. Being genuinely interested in the lives of the people around you is one of the important means for developing a reputation as someone who is trustworthy.  From the wisdom of his experience, Stan offers compelling examples of what it means to be accountable for acting ethically -- at work and in other key relationships in life -- and for holding others to that standard, especially by striving to serve as a role model.   

2020-1-8

Ep 153. Due Quach: Portal to Peace

Due Quach (pronounced “Zway Kwok”), is the Founder and CEO of Calm Clarity and author of Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment and Joy, one of Fast Company’s best business books of 2018. Through her social enterprise, Calm Clarity, she guides organizations to incorporate valuable insights from neuroscience and mindfulness to address unconscious bias and build a high-performing and inclusive culture. She also heads a second nonprofit, the Collective Success Network, to mentor, support, and empower low-income, first-generation college students to successfully navigate college and enter professional careers. Having started life in poverty as a refugee in inner-city Philadelphia, she turned to neuroscience to heal the long-term effects of trauma, graduate from Harvard College and the Wharton School, and built a successful international business career. Her inspiring story is featured in The Portal, a new documentary film about meditation as a portal for healing and transformation. 


In this episode, Stew and Due talk about her remarkable struggle for survival and how it led to her discovery of the mental and spiritual tools that saved her.  They talk about her role in the documentary, The Portal, and about its aspirations to bring more healing to our world.  Due describes the basics of her Brain 3.0 model, a clear and simple method, that draws on both the latest scientific research as well as ancient spiritual traditions, for understanding how we can use mindfulness meditation to strengthen the brain functions that keep us calm.  And she talks about the growth and impact of the Collective Success Network.   


2019-12-18

Ep 152. Richard Boyatzis: Helping People Change

Richard Boyatzis is Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University and is one of the world’s experts on emotional intelligence.  His great new book is Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth. He has a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard. Using his Intentional Change Theory (ICT), he studies sustained, desired change at all levels of human endeavor from individuals, teams, organizations, communities and countries. He is the author of more than 200 articles on leadership, emotional intelligence, competency development, coaching, neuroscience and management education. His nine books include the international best-seller, Primal Leadership, and Resonant Leadership.  


In this episode Stew and Richard talk about how anyone can be effective as a coach -- helping others learn and create sustainable change -- by following a set of simple guidelines.  Richard describes some of the findings from his research on coaching, including the important observation that people are helped most, and they’re most open to exploring real possibilities for change, when they are infused with a sense of hope in dreaming about the future.  They discuss some of the specific methods for helping others enter that frame of mind and the many benefits that result. Richard offers this admonition for those of us who might strive to help others: Don’t try to fix someone’s problems for them so much as demonstrate care for them and engender trust so they are open to imagining new pathways.  

2019-12-11

Ep 151. Louis Gagnon: An App to Map Your Brain

Louis Gagnon is the CEO of Total Brain, which is a mental health and fitness platform powered by neuroscience. Total Brain was founded in 2000 by a leading neuroscientist, Dr. Evian Gordon, and its mission is to improve mental health and fitness through brain-based self-awareness and training. Today it is used by large consumer groups and Fortune 500 companies that benefit from lower mental healthcare costs, improved productivity, and critical insights on what drives their organizations. As a corporate executive, Louis held dual Chief Product Officer and Chief Marketing Officer roles at Audible, now part of Amazon, Yodle, and Monster Worldwide.  He is also Advisor to TPG Capital, a top-tier US private equity firm who named him CEO of Ride, a portfolio company that he restructured. 


Stew and Louis talk about the development of the Total Brain company and its mission to help solve the mental health crisis at work with an assessment tool based on research in neuroscience.  Louis describes how this app helps people develop a better understanding of four essential mental capacities and the markers for each. Armed with this knowledge, individuals are more capable of understanding the strengths and liabilities unique to their brains.  And when this information gathered by this app is aggregated within organizations, after being made anonymous, it can be used to direct resources to mental health needs of the workforce.  

2019-11-27

Ep 150. Bob Glazer: Elevate Your Game

Robert Glazer is CEO of Acceleration Partners, a global performance marketing agency, and the author of Elevate: Push Beyond Your Limits and Unlock Success in Yourself and Others.  Under Bob’s leadership, Acceleration Partners has become a recognized global leader in the affiliate marketing industry, receiving numerous industry and company culture awards. Bob was ranked #2 in Glassdoor’s list of Top CEOs of Small and Medium Companies in the US. He publishes a weekly inspirational newsletter, Friday Forward, and is the host of The Elevate Podcast


Stew and Bob talk about how the intensity and stress of Bob’s early experiences as an entrepreneur and father brought him to the brink of breakdown and compelled him to find creative methods for strengthening his capacity to lead.  His relentless curiosity about the challenges of leadership in his life has resulted in his finding his voice as a business philosopher, expressed in his weekly Friday Forward essays. In his book Elevate -- and in this podcast episode -- Bob describes and illustrates his essential insights about building capacity in the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional aspects of life and provides helpful tips for how to pursue such growth.   



2019-11-21

Ep 149. Brian Scudamore: How to Fail Successfully

Brian Scudamore is the Founder and CEO of O2E Brands—a company with four successful home service brands under that banner, including 1-800-Got-Junk?; WOW 1 Day Painting; You Move Me; and Shack Shine.  He’s the author of WTF (Willing to Fail): How Failure Can Be Your Key to Success. Brian learned the ins and outs of business by running his own.  He has learned that creating the right culture at work, valuing your employees, and treating your customers well is critical to achieving business results; a great idea is not enough.


Stew and Brian talk about the value of having a vision, a painted picture of the future; about Brian’s successes and his failures; and about the lessons he’s learned on the importance of people at work and, most of all, on how crucial it is to learn from one’s experiences -- especially failures -- by actively, intentionally reflecting on what happened and why it happened as it did.  The not-so-secret ingredient in Brian’s philosophy is just that: learning doesn’t happen by magic, it occurs as a result of taking the time to look back and discover insights you can use in the future. Brian shares some compelling, instructive examples of how he’s done this in his life, starting when he was a child, and how the willingness to fail -- the very celebration of failure -- is part of his approach not only to leading his businesses but also to parenting his three children.  

2019-11-13

Ep 148. Megan McNealy: Be Well and Do Well

Megan McNealy is the author of Reinvent the Wheel: How Top Leaders Leverage Well-Being for Success. Megan is an award-winning, 20+ year First Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor at one of the largest financial firms in the world. She aims to serve those who strive for exceptional wellness and success and to change the pervasive workplace belief that it's challenging to be well and do well


Stew and Megan talk about her hard-won realization, following a serious illness, that she needed to care for herself in order to survive and how she discovered, along the way, that well-being is a driver of business success.  She describes the path she took and how she came to conceptualize the essential practices for caring for mind, body, and spirit. Megan provides enlightening examples of these practices drawn from her research on the real lives of fascinating, successful executives.