Gayle Allen

Arts • Science • Business

Want to make work more meaningful, creative, and productive? Listen to Gayle Allen interview cutting-edge authors who inspire you to do your best work and create workplaces that thrive.

Popular episodes

CM 192: Leidy Klotz on Doing More with Less

Jul 19 • 36:03
So often, when we try to solve a problem, we focus on what we can add. Let’s say you're moving to a smaller space. Your first thought might be to research shelving or rent a storage unit.

But what if, instead, you subtracted? What if you thought about what you’d sell, donate, or just throw out? 

That’s the question Leidy Klotz answers in his book, Subtract: The Untapped Scie...

CM 191: Lisa Feldman Barrett On How Our Brains Work

Jul 5 • 57:42
I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for brain science. I love learning new things about how our brains work and how to get the most out of this amazing organ. That means I'm always scanning for my next book on the topic. And, when I find it, I'm usually placing an order before I've made it through the table of contents.

With this week's guest, I barely glanced at her book's title b...

CM 190: Jim Detert on Being Brave at Work

Jun 21 • 38:31
When you think about courage at work, what comes to mind? Most of us think of the whistleblowers, the people who speak out on illegal corporate practices.

Yet many who succeed in changing the workplace, do so on a smaller scale. They push back on sexist comments. Point out bias in hiring. Or challenge unequal promotion practices. Each is an example of courage at work, and ...

CM 189: Amanda Ripley on Breaking Free from High Conflict

Jun 7 • 47:41
Think of your family, your friends, and your colleagues. In each of these relationships, you can expect to experience conflict from time to time. Sometimes, it's unhealthy conflict that harms our relationships. Other times, it's healthy conflict that strengthens them.

High conflict is something different. It happens when we view the conflict as good versus evil. It's when t...

CM 188: Lisa Genova on the Science Behind Memory

May 24 • 50:17
I've got a riddle for you. What do we need to get better at our jobs? To maintain relationships with family and friends? To find our keys?

The answer is memory. 

Yet when it comes to what it is and how to get the most out of it, we may not know as much as we'd like. And that's too bad, because knowing even a little about how our memory works can give us a lot, including peac...

CM 187: David Smith and Brad Johnson on the Playbook for Male Allies at Work

May 10 • 55:28
Change happens through action. For example, if we want to solve the hunger problem in our local community, we donate to a food drive. We volunteer at a food bank. We do things that solve the problem.

But often the hurdle to taking action is knowing what action to take. Research shows that bystanders are often unsure of what to do. And when they don't know what to do, they t...

CM 186: Ethan Kross on Changing Our Self-Talk

Apr 26 • 40:33
Most of us have a voice in our heads. On some days, it builds our confidence. On others, it tears us down. 

Our inner voice is an invisible force that has a big effect on our work and our lives.

I've often been curious about this voice. What shapes it? What makes it louder? If we understood it better, could we get it to work for us, rather than against us?

Ethan Kross has spe...

CM 185: John Bowe on Mastering Public Speaking

Apr 12 • 33:58
For many of us, public speaking creates a lot of anxiety. And like all phobias, it comes at a cost. Researchers have linked a fear of public speaking to lower college graduation rates, lower wages, and fewer promotions.

But I think the biggest price we pay is the loss of our voice. It robs us of the ability to share our ideas. And it diminishes an important way for us to ha...

CM 184: Amelia Nagoski On Banishing Burnout

Mar 29 • 36:09
A hundred years ago, if you asked someone about burnout, they wouldn't know what you were talking about. Fast forward to today and there's a good chance they'd say they've experienced it.

Burnout's a term psychologist Herbert Freudenberger popularized in the 1970s. He used it to describe the experience of doctors and nurses exposed to long periods of stress and overwork. Ov...

CM 183: Therese Huston On Getting Feedback Right

Mar 15 • 57:37
Most of us are hungry for feedback. Whether it's from bosses, teachers, family, or friends, we know it's the key to getting better. And the research supports this: frequent, effective feedback improves our motivation and our performance.

Yet, when we become managers, we often forget this lesson, which means most of the people we manage don't get enough feedback. And it's no...

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