As a new parent, I've recently become a podcast junkie: while my hands might be tied up with the mayhem of two-year olds, I love listening to shows. Back in the early newborn weeks, I got hooked on podcasts, and haven't stopped since.
Like many, I started with industry favorites, like The Tim Ferriss Show, Dear Sugars, Ask Pat, 99% Invisible, StartUp and Startup School.
Then I started searching for new ideas and fresh voices.
I was hungry for new audio content, and I was not alone: podcast fans are listening to 40 percent more shows in 2018 than last year. In part because of the rise of in-home smart speakers, and because of long commutes, podcasts are still rising in popularity and reach.
If you're looking for new shows to check out, here are valuable shows that delivered insights across business wisdom, leadership lessons, strategy, and skill development.
1. The Courage and Clarity Podcast
Billed as one part vision, one part strategy, The Courage and Clarity Podcast first asks each guest to share their big-picture goals and backstory, and second, look at the strategic pieces that make everything work. Steph Crowder, a business coach, brings expertise in growth, sales, and audience-building, also taking us behind-the-scenes in how she builds her challenges, opt-ins, and audience from the ground up.
2. Disrupt Yourself, with Whitney Johnson
Whitney Johnson is a bestselling author and an innovator known for her work around personal disruption. Previously, she co-founded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School's Clayton Christensen, and she was recognized as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50. The Disrupt Yourself Podcast explores building great teams, transformation, building distinctive advantages, and getting unstuck.
3. The Gender Knot Podcast
In the age of #MeToo, two fresh voices bring depth and curiosity to the conversation around gender. Hosted by journalist and BBC reporter Nastaran Tavakoli-Far, and doctoral student and political hack Jonathan Freeman, each week the hosts tackle a gnarly gender issue with no expectation of a "right" answer. The Gender Knot Podcast always opens my eyes about how we're growing, culturally, at work and beyond.
4. Hiding In The Bathroom
If you're tired of hearing advice to "hustle harder," go check out self-identified hermit entrepreneur Morra Aarons-Mele as she investigates alternative paths to entrepreneurship on Hiding In The Bathroom. Aarons-Mele has launched online campaigns for world leaders and organizations including the United Nations, Malala Fund, Hillary Clinton for President, President Obama, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
5. Learn to Code With Me
Laurence Bradford is a completely self-taught techie who blogs about learning to code and now teaches others how to start building coding skills into their lives. The Learn to Code With Me podcast is on its fourth season, featuring episodes that instruct how to start learning data science, understand bitcoin and cryptocurrency, build an online brand, and move into a new career field.
6. The Pivot Podcast
Careers are no longer linear, and The Pivot Podcast chronicles how a life and careers can change. Featuring major and minor pivots of business leaders, host Jenny Blake deftly navigates the nuances of how to escape a career you no longer love, or find a new career if your old one goes bust, or what to do when things are no longer working. Guests share the emotional, spiritual, and psychological journey of transformation, and what it takes to cultivate the courage to leap. Released weekly, the show always surprises and delights, taking us into the path of the unknown in a very human way.
7. The Strategy Hour Podcast
The founders of Think Creative Collective, a company that helps overwhelmed creative entrepreneurs build productive, profitable and sustainable businesses, are on track to reach a million-dollar business by the end of their third year. Part of their success? The Strategy Hour Podcast, a three-times weekly show that stays on top of industry changes, business best-practices, and building the (profitable) creative life.
8.The Unmistakable Creative Podcast
As an entrepreneur, I learn more by diving into fields outside of my own, and seeing how the parallels and overlaps inspire innovation. Strictly business shows sometimes get too straightforward for me, and Srinivas Rao, the host of The Unmistakable Creative, brings a wide range of guests and ideas into a deep conversation about life, living, and growth.
9. What Works, with Tara McMullin
Tara McMullin, the founder of Co-Commercial, dives deep with business owners to learn what they're doing to grow their businesses. The What Works Podcast is a brass-tacks strategic show about what it really takes to run, manage, operate, market, and grow small businesses in the digital age.