A positive experience of work needs more than inspiring, motivating leaders. A recipe for creating an environment that fosters performance and brings out the best in employees includes large doses of the following:
- Practice a philosophy of improving employee wellbeing
- Expect high performance
- Shape a human-centered culture
- Create clarity in goals, priorities, expectations
- Design a physical work environment that supports deep work and connection
- Establish philosophies and practices that encourage work-life harmony
- Expect teamwork over chronic individualism
It is not easy for any organization to stay focused on any of the above, even notable great places to work. It takes constant dedication and ongoing evolution of yourself and the workplace culture.
In the spirit of supporting your dedication and evolution to creating a great workplace and growing yourself, below is a list of podcasts. Each of the podcasts focuses on inputs into a recipe for greatness.
Astonishing leaders are always growing; they are never done learning about themselves.
Podcasts That Focus on Wellbeing and Work-Life Harmony
Change Agent by The New York Times with Charles Duhigg
A podcast that shows you how to "turn obstacles into opportunities."
Bulletproof Radio with Dave Asprey
A podcast that teaches how to "upgrade the human being using every available technology."
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
A podcast that "brings [Gretchen Rubin's] practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits."
All in the Mind by ABC Radio National
A podcast that explores "the mental universe, the mind, brain, and behavior."
10% Happier with Dan Harris
A podcast about meditation for skeptics. Dan Harris, the Good Morning America host, explores this central question in his show: "Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment (whatever that means)?"
Podcasts that Support Shaping Human-Centered Workplaces
Manager Tools by Michael Auzenne and Mark Horstman
A podcast with a focus on helping managers improve in some solid areas: know your people, talk about performance with feedback and other solid practices.
Innovation & Leadership by Myelin Media
A podcast that features "experts and their secrets for overcoming failures and reaching higher and higher levels of mastery."
WorkLife with Adam Grant by TED
A podcast that takes you "inside some of the world's most unusual workplaces to discover the keys to better work."
Safe for Work by Wondery
A podcast that "will help you make the big decisions, sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life."
Work that Matters by WorqIQ
A podcast (hosted by yours truly) that features CEOs, authors, and workplace renegades that are teaching us how to change the way we work.
How to Be Awesome at Your Job by Pete Mockaitis
A podcast that focuses on "actionable insights that boost work performance."
Unthinkable with Jay Acunzo
A podcast "for people who question conventional thinking" about the way we work.
Podcasts that Help Raise Your Self-Awareness
This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt
A podcast with "The goal is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence."
Slacking Ambition with Matt Wells
A podcast featuring "inspiring people who have realized their potential and are making their ideal lifestyles happen."
There is no one way to improve employees' experience of work. There is, however, one key ingredient that makes a difference in how you and your employees' experience work: keep growing your skills as a leader and growing as a human being. Podcasts are a great way to support your development.
So, grab your smartphones. Choose and subscribe to the podcasts that will help you be an astonishingly great leader.