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Grit-scaling

Author & Psychologist Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth shares why she studied commonalities among high-achieving individuals, her top advice for founders, and why grit alone is not enough.

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Podcast: Episode 139: Must Listen

Mute the hype, amplify the product

Luminar Technologies’ Austin Russell

In this special episode guest-hosted by master hype-ologist will.i.am, Austin Rusell offers a masterclass in understatement, and shares how to keep the hype from drowning out your product.

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The rise of the wisdom worker

Modern Elder Academy’s Chip Conley

As we live and work longer, leaders need to redefine how they think about attracting and developing intergenerational talent. Modern Elder Academy’s Chip Conley is at the forefront of this mindset shift, explaining why “wisdom workers” will take the place of “knowledge workers.” A close mentor to Airbnb founder Brian Chesky, Chip stresses that those in mid-career face both more angst and more opportunity than ever. He provides a roadmap for reframing midlife from crisis to calling, and argues that five generations in the workplace requires a new generational compact.

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Podcast: Episode 88: Must Listen

Asking the uncomfortable questions

Y Combinator’s Michael Seibel

The ability to ask the right questions at the right times of the right people is an essential skill for every entrepreneur. For Michael Seibel, managing director at Y Combinator, action sometimes needs to take a back seat to asking: “Is this working?” Michael learned early on that by stopping to ask the counterintuitive question, he gained the wisdom – and avoided time lost to big mistakes – that ultimately propelled him forward.

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Podcast: Episode 84: Must Listen

How to adapt to changing rules (Part 2)

President Barack Obama

Creating a prototype isn’t the same as leading a team of thousands. You need to keep your mission constant, but your tactics fluid as you scale. This is the challenge President Barack Obama faced after winning the 2008 election. In the second part of interview, we dive into how he grappled with the Great Recession, the Affordable Care Act, and the disastrous rollout of healthcare.gov. Through it all, he learned to let first principles guide the way, even as he and his staff adapted to new realities and changing rules.

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Build a team of mentors: A Strategy Session w/A-Rod

A-Rod Corp.’s Alex Rodriguez

To win at scale, you need more than great players – you need a team of great coaches. Alex Rodriguez learned this in baseball, and now as an investor at A-Rod Corp., where his mentor is none other than Warren Buffet. Alex and Reid, with Katia Beauchamp of Birchbox and HBS professor Mihir Desai, take questions from the HBS class of ’21.

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Podcast: Episode 37: Must Listen

Take bigger risks

MetricStream & Nordstrom’s Shellye Archambeau

If you try to avoid risk, you actually risk total failure. Or worse: mediocrity. Take it from Shellye Archambeau. She led the most stunning Silicon Valley turnaround you’ve never heard of. She took the role of CEO for a failing tech company, months from bankruptcy. Through a series of calculated risks, she led it through a complex merger, a head-spinning pivot, and grew it into MetricStream, which now boasts 1200 employees and a valuation in the hundreds of millions. How? Clear goals and big risks — the same principles that have defined her career. With a cameo appearance by champion poker player Liv Boeree.

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