• John Talks NBA and Fights a Robot

    In this episode, John talks ROI while defending the 76ers... and tries to talk a big game while defending his job as a podcast host against the growing threat of AI creative domination.

    S2E70 - 37m - May 31, 2023
  • Sharpening The Axe & Performance Evals

    Quick-hitter format this time: Brian takes a simpler, pared down approach to two topics - How to "sharpen your axe" on one side, and how to avoid freaking out about performance evaluations on the other.

    S2E69 - 10m - May 17, 2023
  • Stop Overcomplicating Your Life

    We're often compelled to overcomplicate even the simplest decisions in life. Why? All it does it make achieving our goals that much harder (and that much more stress-inducing). In this episode, Brian outlines some of the reasons our brains put us in this predicament... and how we can push back against this overcomplicated default.

    S2E68 - 20m - May 3, 2023
  • Will Automation Replace My Job?

    Think your white collar job is safe from being "automated away?" Think again - artificial intelligence is putting knowledge work in the crosshairs. In this episode, Brian and John discuss the positives and negatives associated with automation in the white collar workplace.

    S2E67 - 36m - Apr 19, 2023
  • Working Two Jobs at Once

    Remote work has created the perfect environment for some employees to secretly nab multiple jobs (and paychecks) in a single set of hours. How feasible would this be for someone interested in doubling their income, and how do the ethics play out?

    S2E66 - 37m - Apr 5, 2023
  • We're Back! Let's Talk About Toilets

    The stuff we own describes who we are - so what does your toilet say about you? Brian and John come back from their podcasting break to talk about what they've been up to and, more importantly, how bathrooms make great metaphors for life decisions.

    S2E65 - 41m - Mar 22, 2023
  • Should You Ghost your Boss?

    Ever had a job you were so sick of that you just... left? No notice, no formality. Here one moment, gone the next. We've all thought about doing it, but how feasible would it actually be to ghost an employer?

    S2E64 - 39m - Aug 11, 2022
  • World Record...Speedrunning?

    This week John gives us the skinny on a seldom discussed online community: the video game speedrunning community. What do speedrunners and John have in common?

    Editor's Note: John is sorry he mispronounced a word this episode.

    S1E63 - 8m - Jul 27, 2022
  • John (Joe?) Joins Fiverr

    This week John adopts his new persona of "Joe" and takes us along as he weighs the merits of a platform like Fiverr. Does Joe have a career in voice acting after all?

    S1E62 - 51m - Jul 12, 2022
  • Ashley Graham on Work-Life Balance

    In an interview with Shape magazine, Ashley Graham rejected the idea of work-life balance. But did she really? In this episode, Brian quibbles about parlance and cracks open a dictionary (exciting stuff).

    S2E61 - 11m - Jul 6, 2022
  • Throwback Thursday: Making your Own Luck

    Crazy stuff has been happening in Brian's life... some bad stuff... some lucky. In this throwback episode, we return to an episode from August 2021 where we talked about what it means to be lucky - and how to create our own luck.

    S2E60 - 28m - Jun 30, 2022
  • Corporate Cults

    Does your company's culture hit a little too hard? Do some of your coworkers seem a bit too ready to "drink the Kool-Aid?" You're not alone - plenty of people out there are asked to give a little too much headspace to the organizational vision. In this episode, Brian talks about what happens when we let that happen.

    S2E59 - 44m - Jun 28, 2022
  • Let's Get out of That Rut

    In a rut? How do you dig yourself out? This week John talks tips and solutions to help get out that rut.

    12m - Jun 21, 2022
  • Low Paying Jobs

    "Money can't buy happiness." So say the people with enough money that they avoid having to worry about it. In this episode, Brian and John contradict themselves and, predictably, go on a tirade about American politics.

    S1E57 - 30m - Jun 14, 2022
  • Preventing Workplace Burnout

    What does it take to prevent yourself from getting burned out? What goes into feeling appreciated by your company? Brian and John read up on some recent articles by expert organizations who claim to have the answers.

    S1E56 - 44m - Jun 7, 2022
  • Is Your Boss a Work-from-Home Hypocrite?

    It's "do as I say, not as I do" as CEOs demand workers return to the office... while staying at home, themselves.

    S1E55 - 15m - May 24, 2022
  • How To Power Nap (or Just Sleep More)

    In the great game of "getting ahead," sacrificing sleep is rarely the best strategy long-term. Yet many of us default to staying up a bit longer or waking up earlier to squeeze a few more hours out of a day. In this episode, Brian outlines why this is a bad idea, and gives a few tips on catching more Z's.

    S1E54 - 15m - May 17, 2022
  • Listener Questions: Office Relationships

    Office relationships can be tricky... especially when they're with our bosses, and especially when those bosses try to take advantage of them. In this episode, Brian offers advice on drawing a clear line between personal and professional relationships and talks about the importance of saying "no."

    S1E52 - 20m - May 10, 2022
  • Anticipation and Procrastination

    John and Brian have been eagerly awaiting their "new" lives: fatherhood again for Brian and married life for John. This week they explore the anticipation leading up to their big days. But, what about anticipation's ugly cousin procrastination?

    S1E51 - 25m - May 3, 2022
  • Love Languages

    What's the best way to tell others we care about them? In this episode, Brian talks "Love Languages," and how some of them could work in the office (and others could get you fired).

    Learn more or take the Love Language quiz here: https://www.5lovelanguages.com/quizzes/love-language

    Special music this week: Bloom by Purrple Cat | https://purrplecat.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_US

    S1E50 - 38m - Apr 26, 2022
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