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Design a life that really matters. I’m your host, Greg McKeown, author of New York Times bestsellers "Effortless" and "Essentialism" and I’m on mission to help you advocate and negotiate your way to remarkable results without burning out. Come with me on this journey every Tuesday and Thursday as we examine the most essential areas of our lives. Learn more about my books and courses at https://GregMcKeown.com.
 
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I've become aware recently that I haven't really shared very much with you about my experience and adventure here at the University of Cambridge, and for the next four solo episodes I'm going to try and put that right. Have you ever found yourself in a place that made it easier for you to detect your mission in life? By the end of this episode, you…
 
Have you ever felt you had more life experience and talent than your job requires or even allows you to use? Today I've invited Soren Kaplan to the show to talk about how you can better tap into that experience yourself, and also in the people around you. I've long believed that what we know about other people is less valuable than what we don't kn…
 
How are you doing at applying essentialism to your leadership responsibilities? By the end of this episode, you will have specific things you can do right now to be more attentive, more efficient, and more essentialist in your leadership. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn…
 
What is happening to the psychological safety of people at work? Is it going up? Is it going down? What is the primary threat to it today, and is it the same as what we had 20 years ago? Well, to discuss this and other questions I've invited back Dr. Amy Edmondson. She's a celebrated Harvard professor, one of the best listeners that I have ever int…
 
Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Greg is in Monk Mode this week. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, Eliminate the Nonessentials. Thanks for listening. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoi…
 
Do you feel psychologically safer at work now than you did several years ago? It's an interesting question, and today I've invited perhaps the preeminent expert in the world on the subject of psychological safety to discuss that and other things with us. This is Dr. Amy Edmondson, a professor at Harvard, and the person most responsible for making t…
 
Have you ever felt that your ability to pay attention was in free fall? If you have, you are not alone. By the end of today's episode, you will have a better understanding of why this is happening and one specific tool that you can use to do something about it over the next two weeks. I'm going to share an insightful story from a book I've been rea…
 
Do you ever feel like there's something in the modern world that fries your brain, that leaves you in red brain, where you're just so pulled in a million directions all the time that it's hard to actually give attention to what's essential? Well, in part two of my conversation with Dr. Gloria Mark, we get into some specific questions you can ask yo…
 
Have you ever had an ongoing disagreement with somebody that was perplexing for you? Today I will share a simple story about misunderstanding, something counterintuitive I have learned from it and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to use the most important question in any conversation, especially where misundersta…
 
Everyone is distracted by technology, and all of us have experienced this sense that our level of distraction is increasing. Even the speed with which we move from website to website, from app to app seems to be increasing in pace. And there's lots of people out there willing to talk about what we should do and how we can improve. But very few of t…
 
Have you ever had so much stress and anxiety that you could barely sleep at night? Today I will share a powerful story, something counterintuitive I've learned and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will have five research-based tools for reducing stress in two minutes a day or under. Referenced article: Genomic Counter-Stress …
 
Many entrepreneurs fall in love with their products, services, and ideas, but according to my guest today, this is wrong. What Uri Levine argues is that you have to fall in love with the problem, not the solution. Uri Levine is a passionate entrepreneur. Unicorns, companies that reach evaluation of more than a billion dollars, are rare, but URI has…
 
What's the most important thing you need to do today? Today I will share a powerful story or two, something counterintuitive I've learned and some highly actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to get clear on the most important thing you need to do today, every day. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more …
 
Many entrepreneurs fall in love with their products, services, their ideas, but according to my guest today, this is wrong. What Uri Levine argues is that you have to fall in love with the problem, not the solution. Uri is a passionate entrepreneur. Unicorns, which are companies that reach valuation of more than a billion dollars, are rare, but Uri…
 
Have you ever needed to change the results in a situation where there were lots of things you could not change? It has long been thought that to completely transform morale and performance, you have to have the power to change everything, but this is wrong. What we know now is that there is a smaller, much more doable way to achieve results. Today …
 
Have you ever felt like there were just too many tabs open in your mind? Today, I've invited Alison Jones, the author of Exploratory Writing: Everyday Magic for Life and Work. By the end of this episode, you will have the simplest of tools that can produce extraordinary results. You'll discover an idea so simple, you'll get it immediately, and yet …
 
Do you crave being heard, to feel someone else really hears you, notices you, sees you, and that what you said matters to them? Today I will share with you an intriguing story, something counterintuitive I'm just on the edge of learning and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will understand one key reason that humans desire so …
 
What would your business or your life look like if you designed it from scratch using essentialist and effortless principles to guide you? It's long been thought that some industries like private equity, medicine and law just take 80 hour weeks to be successful, but this is false. What we know now is that the way these industries are designed to pr…
 
Have you ever been to a meeting where a few loud people dominated the meeting, but the quiet people with the answer didn't even get heard? It's long been thought that if you put the right people in the room, then you'll get the right answer, but this is as false as it can be. What we know now is that you need to lead the right process to be able to…
 
Have you ever felt that a monotonous life cannot possibly be an essential life? Have you ever found at the same time that sometimes in what appears to be a monotonous experience, you find something deeply meaningful? Today I have a fascinating conversation with Kyle Westaway. He's an entrepreneur and a lawyer who works with entrepreneurs, and today…
 
Have you ever had a wake up call where you just suddenly realize you have missed what really mattered? Most of us have learned that we are supposed to live with no regrets, but this, I think, is wrong. What we know now is that regrets can produce the precise data we need to construct a meaningful, rich and essential life. Today, I will share a powe…
 
Have you ever set a New Year's resolution to get healthier? It's an annual tradition to sign up for gym memberships and then never to use them. It's so established that the entire gym business model is based upon people not actually using the service. After all, it's long been thought that to significantly improve your mental and physical health ta…
 
It has long been thought that at the beginning of the new year, you should make a long list of everything that you want to achieve, but that, I believe, is false. What we know now is that what's more important is to have a clear single intent. Instead of simply making an aspiration to do more than you've ever done before, you should focus to do les…
 
Have you ever noticed that what people say is not the same as what they mean? Today I will share an inspiring story I read this week, something counterintuitive I've Learned, and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to better see behind people's masks to get to what's really happening. Resources mentioned: The Laws o…
 
Have you ever met a person who just wouldn't show weakness? Today, I will share an intriguing story, something counterintuitive I've learned and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to see how perfectionism is making it harder for you to make progress on what's essential. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/…
 
Have you ever suppressed your feelings or honest views at work because you wanted to avoid trouble? Have you ever avoided speaking up with someone at work and instead unloaded onto someone else about it? What if you could find the words to have the conversation you are avoiding? Today I have invited Amy Gallo to the show to help us. Amy is the auth…
 
Have you ever wondered why we can't fix burnout culture with a wellness app? What if doing less was actually more effective than giving it 100%? Today I'm going to share an inspiring story, something counterintuitive I've learned and provide some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to accomplish more by putting in less e…
 
Have you ever met a person who had a deeply profound effect upon you? And what was the relationship between that impact and the degree to which they listened and understood you personally and uniquely? Today I have Jack Zenger back for the second part of this interview about what great leaders actually do. They don't do what most people think liste…
 
Today I have invited Jack Zenger to the show. Jack has spent, if you can believe it, five decades and then some working as an entrepreneur and also an academician. He's the CEO and co-founder of Zenger Folkman. He was a faculty member at USC and later taught at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, but beyond all of this, what Jack Zenger is real…
 
What if gratitude isn't what you've always thought it was? Today, I will share a personal story, something counterintuitive I have learned and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to turn a negative into a positive, and a person who can do that can never be defeated. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw L…
 
Have you ever faced resistance from someone at work or at home to something that really mattered to you? How did you handle it? What was the result? Today, I will share a recent story in my life, something counterintuitive I've been learning, and some actionable advice, and by the end of this episode, you will learn the number one way to remove res…
 
In part two of our conversation with guest Matthew McConaughey, we discuss ways in which a higher level of thinking can not only change our lives, but leave a lasting impact for generations to come. His new book, Greenlights: Your Journal, Your Journey, is available now at https://greenlights.com. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Le…
 
In this episode, our guest Matthew McConaughey gives us insight into ways in which understanding how we operate on a relational level can give us a new outlook on how we live our lives. His new book, Greenlights: Your Journal, Your Journey, is available now at https://greenlights.com. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more abou…
 
In the second part of our conversation with guest Alex Budak, we discuss more essential practices from his new book, Becoming a Changemaker, and how a healthier understanding of rejection can change your life dramatically. Alex is a social entrepreneur, UC Berkeley Haas faculty member, speaker, and helping people make a positive impact in their liv…
 
Have you ever been involved in a conversation where you or the other person's resistance started to go up? Today I will share an interesting story, something counterintuitive I've learned and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to turn resistance from other people into open collaboration. Join my weekly newsletter a…
 
In this episode, our guest Alex Budak gives us insight into a few essential practices from his new book, Becoming a Changemaker. Alex is a social entrepreneur, UC Berkeley Haas faculty member, speaker, and helping people make a positive impact in their lives, career, and communities has become his life's work. Learn more from Alex here - https://ww…
 
What is your habitual orientation towards other people? When you encounter people, customers, employees, your spouse, children, an unhelpful person in customer service, what is your inclination? Is it to be heard by them? Is it to get by them? Is it to handle them as efficiently as possible so that you can get on with more important things, or is y…
 
Have you ever pursued or even achieved something only to feel unsatisfied? That you've given your energy, your effort to winning a game, but having won it, have questioned the whole experience? Today we will continue with part two of the interview with Bill George. Bill is the former CEO and chairman of Medtronic. He's the Henry B. Arthur Fellow of…
 
What is one problem you are dealing with in your business right now? What is one problem you are dealing with in your life right now? Well, whatever problems you are facing, this conversation with Jeremy Utley is the answer, because as he says in his new book, Ideaflow, "Every problem is an idea's problem." Today I've invited my friend Jeremy to ta…
 
Have you ever felt unsafe to share what you really think? Have you ever felt disoriented, lost, or muddled as a result of that? For some people, founders, professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, this problem grows as we advance in our careers. As our responsibilities increase, the number of people we can speak to openly decrease. What would happe…
 
Have you ever felt stuck in an unproductive relationship or been on a team that just did not perform to the level of the individuals within the team? Today, I will share an inspiring story, some counterintuitive research that I've been learning from and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to increase your own psycho…
 
In Part 1 of my conversation with Richie Norton, we discussed his countercultural but transformational approach to time management, program stacking and how they can help you generate huge results. In today's episode, Richie and I are picking up where we left off to talk about the importance of changing how you are paid. Listen in for the stories a…
 
Today, I will share an inspiring story, something counterintuitive I have learned and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to tap into the primary source of human motivation, the DNA, so to speak, of the people you work with and live with. Let's begin. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about…
 
Productivity and efficiency are frequently found at the altars of the working world, but are we sacrificing too much for them? In this episode, I'm joined by Richie Norton, author of Anti-Time Management, an unconventional but genius approach to reclaiming your time while revolutionizing your results. By the end of this episode, you will understand…
 
Have you ever felt that there are some subjects that you just can't master? Have you ever imagined what would be possible if you could get more intelligent? What would happen if you got 1% more intelligent every single day? By the end of this episode, you will be able to increase your intelligence, figure things out faster, absorb knowledge more qu…
 
Have you ever felt like it's too late for you? Have you ever felt like life passed you by, that your dream is gone forever, or that too many awful things have happened to you? Today I have as my guest the daughter of the late great Stephen R. Covey. Her name is Cynthia Covey Haller, and she has spent 10 plus years completing a book for you. She sta…
 
Have you ever underinvested in your personal development? Have you ever been too busy living to think about life today? I'm going to share an inspiring story, something counterintuitive that I've learned, and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to take advantage of what might be the highest leverage activity on eart…
 
What can we learn from the world's greatest public servant and most experienced diplomat? In this episode, we're diving deep into the practices that will help you create space to understand others, no matter the differences that stand between you. This is one of the rarest abilities to possess, but by the end of the episode, you will have everythin…
 
Have you ever had the sense that you had greater potential than your current life requires or even allows you to produce? Do you ever feel like there's a lot more inside of you, but you are already so busy, you can't possibly get to any of it. By the end of this part 2 episode with Rob Dyrdek, you will have a vision of what you have to create in or…
 
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