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Expert advice and cutting-edge discoveries from one of the world’s leading business schools.

Latest Episode What fiction can teach us about moral decision-making.
Leadership

Podcast: Now’s the Time to Hone Your Moral Decision-Making Skills

Dilemmas are rarely black-and-white. On this episode of The Insightful Leader, we hear what fictional characters can teach us about today’s real-world quandaries.
Borrowing from the executive coaching playbook can help make you a more effective leader, especially during a crisis.
Leadership

Podcast: You Can Lead Through a Crisis. But Can You Coach Through One?

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: three ways to help your employees arrive at their own answers to difficult questions.

Leadership

Podcast: Sure, Take That Zoom Call in Your Sweatpants. It Might Make You a Better Person.

When we stop compartmentalizing our home and work selves, we tend to act more ethically. Find out why on this episode of The Insightful Leader.

Social Impact

Podcast: Designing Social Impact Programs That (Really) Work

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: if a business is to survive in the long run, it’s no longer enough to make small changes to address inequality and climate change.

Leadership

Podcast: Is Management Training Worth It?

And which managers stand to benefit most? Find out on this episode of The Insightful Leader.

Innovation

Podcast: When AI Leaves the Lab

AI is now being used to serve customers. On this episode of The Insightful leader, we discuss trends and potential pitfalls that should be on companies’ radars.

Operations

Podcast: The (Surprisingly Muddy) Case for Transparency

Economists prize sharing information. On this episode of The Insightful Leader, we ask if that’s always the right move.

Leadership

Podcast: How to Give Feedback That’s Actually Helpful

Forget the “feedback sandwich.” On this episode of The Insightful Leader, we’ll tell you how to up your game.

Leadership

Podcast: Do Bosses Who Trust Their Employees Deliver More Innovation?

On this episode of The Insightful Leader, learn when you should—and shouldn’t—give your team room to fail.

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Podcast Leadership

Podcast: Do Bosses Who Trust Their Employees Deliver More Innovation?

On this episode of The Insightful Leader, learn when you should—and shouldn’t—give your team room to fail.

New research provides tips for doling out credit—and blame—for team members.
Podcast Careers

Podcast: When Teams Mess Up, Who Takes the Fall?

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: how to make sure you’re not blaming the wrong person.

Podcast Organizations

Podcast: How You Should Divvy Up Work between People and Machines

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: strategies for building a happier, more productive workplace.

Leadership

Podcast: Can a Little Embarrassment Make Your Team More Creative?

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: new research suggests an unusual icebreaker to try at your next brainstorming session.

Podcast: What Leaders Can Do to Build Trust Quickly

Lessons from Kellogg’s interim dean on establishing credibility, encouraging criticism, and empowering your team.

Careers

Podcast: Let Your Purpose Guide Your Career

How to “align your role with your soul.”

Innovation

Podcast: Unleash Your Inner Designer

You—yes, you!—can use design thinking to find creative solutions to your customers’ problems.

Leadership

Podcast: Great Leaders Ask, “What Really Matters?”

Former Fortune 500 CEO Harry Kraemer discusses how knowing and acting on your values can guide you through a crisis.

Organizations

Podcast: Revenge of the Customer Service Rep

Why employees sabotage customers, and what companies can do about it.

Operations

Podcast: How Do Those Valentine’s Day Roses End Up in Your Bouquet? It’s Complicated.

Millions of blooms. Two continents. One day. And a very busy airport.

Careers

Podcast: Knock Your Next Business Presentation Out of the Park

From eliminating surprises to setting up the room, the best presenters do a lot more than practice.

Careers Leadership

Podcast: Knock Your Next Business Presentation Out of the Park

From eliminating surprises to setting up the room, the best presenters do a lot more than practice.

Policy

Podcast: How the Boston Marathon Bombing Created a Rorschach Test for Perceptions of Race

And how a Kellogg professor found himself unexpectedly involved in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Entrepreneurship Careers

Podcast: Why It’s Crucial for Startups to Define Their Identity Early

Plus, dispelling a pervasive myth about successful entrepreneurs.

Careers

Podcast: Our Most Popular Advice on Advancing Your Career

Here’s how to connect with headhunters, deliver with data, and ensure you don’t plateau professionally.

Careers

Podcast: How to Be a Great Mentor

Plus, some valuable career advice that applies to just about everyone.

Careers Leadership

Podcast: Our Most Popular Advice on Improving Relationships with Colleagues

Coworkers can make us crazy. Here’s how to handle tough situations.

Social Impact

Podcast: How You and Your Company Can Lend Expertise to a Nonprofit in Need

Plus: Four questions to consider before becoming a social-impact entrepreneur.

Careers Organizations Leadership

Podcast: Attract Rockstar Employees—or Develop Your Own

Finding and nurturing high performers isn’t easy, but it pays off.

Marketing

Podcast: How Music Can Change Our Mood

A Broadway songwriter and a marketing professor discuss the connection between our favorite tunes and how they make us feel.

Marketing Data Analytics Strategy

Podcast: How Amazon’s Alexa Learns

Plus, an algorithm that can identify new social-media hashtags as they emerge.

Careers

Podcast: Give Better Feedback

An expert on marriage and a former executive offer advice on giving and receiving constructive criticism.

Careers

Podcast: How to Maintain Your Social and Professional Connections

Plus, sending a regular “letter to the boss” can help you when you need it most.

Marketing

Podcast: Why Do So Many People Distrust the News?

Plus, how to avoid being duped by fake news yourself.

Marketing

Podcast: Why Are Rankings and Listicles So Popular?

From “Top 10 Beaches” to “Five Ways to Negotiate a Raise,” the psychology behind effective lists.

Careers Organizations

Podcast: How to Avoid Five Common Career Pitfalls

Plus, a study shows an upside for companies that hire ex-offenders.

Marketing

Podcast: How to Steer Your Company Through a Twitter Firestorm

Plus, engage your customers by establishing your company’s audio brand.

Leadership

Podcast: Start the New Year Motivated for Success

Tips for achieving your personal and business goals.

Innovation

Podcast: Will Machines Ever Truly Understand Us?

The relationship between humans and computers is deepening. What does the future hold?