The 1 Podcast You Should be Listening To
As a general rule, I don't care for podcasts. Most are dry, way too long and devoid of any good information. Enter The Boss Show. I didn't have high hopes when I clicked play, but I was soon hooked. It's entertaining, short enough to keep your attention and not drag on your day, and full of great information. The hosts, Steve Motenko and Jim Hessler, are a psychology expert and a business expert, respectively. Their show helps people who are bosses, or who have bosses, navigate the world of work.
I asked them a few questions. Steve answered them, but Jim gave a thumbs up as well.
What was your original goal in doing this show?
To become rich and famous. Or infamous. But seriously, two goals: (1) to offer value, in an entertaining format, to anyone who cares about improving her experience in the workplace, and (2) to generate revenue from the podcast so we can continue 'offering value, in an entertaining format ... and blah blah blah.'
Have you achieved that or are you on your way to achieving that?
We're absolutely on our way. We are so on our way. Our followership is growing by leaps and bounds, and our businesses (coaching and leadership development) are doing the same.
What's your favorite episode?
The show keeps getting better, so it seems once a month we find ourselves saying about the just-released episode, "Now that's the best one yet." For now, my favorite episode is "Job Interview Screw-Ups," released March 19. We were on a roll that day. Anyone who might ever again look for a job should listen to this show, be prepared for a few belly laughs, and file the recording away for future reference.
What's the episode that you would advise a struggling small business owner to listen to, assuming he/she could only listen to one.
Oh, jeez, I hate this kind of question. "If you were on a desert island ..." But you wouldn't need a show about the workplace if you were on a desert island, would you? Hmmm ... now where was I? Oh, yeah ... maybe the episode on Customer Service, released February 20, 2013, would be best for a small business owner. In this episode, we suggest everyone who works has customers, and we encourage listeners to identify theirs and to consider how their customers might perceive them.
Lots of people do podcasts. Why should I listen to yours rather than someone else's?
Because most podcasts are dry and boring. I mean, really. There's tons of great information out there in the podcast-osphere. But why do so many podcasters think an entertaining podcast is an oxymoron? Maybe we just have ADD (oh good, now we're going to get letters ...) but we don't have the patience to listen to dry podcasts, let alone create one. Look: you should only listen to our podcast if (1) you want to take some responsibility for making work a better place to be; and (2) you prefer "witty and wise" over "dry and boring" for your commute or your treadmill or your weeding experience.
What episode would you advise someone who was having trouble with his boss to listen to?
Depends on what kind of trouble he's having with his boss ...okay, fine, twist my arm. I'll go with, "Arguing With The Boss," released October 3, 2012. Or maybe "What Your Boss Doesn't Tell You" which included our interview with top Inc.com blogger Jeff Haden (plus maybe the funniest segment we've ever done, on email subject lines you don't want to receive).
Has doing this podcast helped you professionally?
I've gained a lot of confidence in my ability to both think on my feet and offer valuable insights to a mass audience. And in gathering information and insights to relay to our audience, I've learned a ton more about workplace dynamics and about what bloggers and social mediaphiles are discussing and discovering about how to make work better. I mean, we spend a third to a half of our waking hours at work--why not do everything we can to make it a place where we can thrive, rather than just survive?
SUZANNE LUCAS | Columnist
Suzanne Lucas spent 10 years in corporate human resources, where she hired, fired, managed the numbers, and double-checked with the lawyers.