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Warriors, Rebels & Saints

Guest: Moshik Temkin

Kelly looks at leadership through the lens of history with Moshik Temkin, a professor at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Belfer Center. His new book is titled, "Warriors, Rebels & Saints."

Michael Gervais: The First Rule of Mastery

Guest: Michael Gervais

Kelly sits down with high performance psychologist Michael Gervais to talk about his new book "The First Rule of Mastery: Stop Worrying About What People Think of You."

Vanessa Patrick: The Power of Saying No

Guest: Vanessa Patrick

Kelly steps out of "Yes, And" mode to talk to University of Houston professor Vanessa Patrick about her new book “The Power of Saying No: The New Science of How to Say No That Puts You in Charge of Your Life.”

Rob Cross & Karen Dillon: The Microstress Effect

Guest: Rob Cross & Karen Dillon

Kelly talks to Babson College professor Rob Cross and returning guest Karen Dillon of the Harvard Business Review to discuss their new book: “The Microstress Effect: How Little Things Pile Up and Create Big Problems – and What to Do About It.”

Scott Simon: Scare Your Soul

Guest: Scott Simon

Kelly connects with happiness entrepreneur Scott Simon to talk about his new book: "Scare Your Soul: 7 Powerful Principles for Harnessing Fear and Living Your Most Courageous Life."

Marina Nitze and Nick Sinai: Hack Your Bureaucracy

Guest: Marina Nitze and Nick Sinai

Kelly talks to former Obama White House staffers Marina Nitze and Nick Sinai about their new book: “Hack Your Bureaucracy: Get Things Done No Matter What Your Role on Any Team.”

Max Bazerman: Complicit

Guest: Max Bazerman

Kelly connects with legendary Harvard professor Max Bazerman to talk about his new book: “Complicit: How We Enable the Unethical and How to Stop.”

Jeremy Utley: Ideaflow

Guest: Jeremy Utley

Kelly ideates with Jeremy Utley, Director of Executive Education at Stanford d.school and Adjunct Professor at Stanford's School of Engineering. He is the co-author with Perry Klebahn of the book “Ideaflow: The Only Business Metric That Matters."

Friederike Fabritius: The Brain-Friendly Workplace

Guest: Friederike Fabritius

Kelly welcomes Friederike Fabritius back to the show. She is a neuroscientist and trailblazer in the field of neuroleadership. Her new book is called “The Brain-Friendly Workplace: Why Talented People are Quitting and How to Get Them to Stay.”

Amy Gallo: Getting Along

Guest: Amy Gallo

Kelly talks to Amy Gallo, the author of the “HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict” and co-host of the HBR ‘Women at Work” podcast. Her new book is called “Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People)."

Kathryn Finney: Build the Damn Thing

Guest: Kathryn Finney

Kathryn Finney, Managing Partner of Genius Guild, a 20M dollar venture fund that invests in amazing Black founders, joins the pod to discuss her new book, “Build the Damn Thing: How to Start a Successful Business if You’re Not a Rich White Guy."

Russ Laraway: When They Win, You Win

Guest: Russ Laraway

Kelly talks to Russ Laraway, whose impressive career led him from the Marine Corps to Wharton to Google and Twitter. They discuss his new book: “When They Win, You Win: Being a Great Manager Is Simpler Than You Think.”

Brian Elliott: How the Future Works

Guest: Brian Elliott

Kelly speaks to Brian Elliot, Executive Leader at Future Forum and SVP at Slack, about his new book: “How the Future Works: Leading Flexible Team to do the Best Work of Their Lives.”

Eric Barker: Plays Well With Others

Guest: Eric Barker

Kelly welcomes Eric Barker back to the podcast to talk about his new book: “Plays Well With Others: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Relationships Is (Mostly) Wrong.”

Stephen M. R. Covey: Trust and Inspire

Guest: Stephen M. R. Covey

Kelly connects with leadership expert Stephen M.R. Covey to talk about his new book "Trust & Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others."

Whitney Goodman: Toxic Positivity

Guest: Whitney Goodman

Kelly sits on the couch across from Whitney Goodman, the radically honest psychotherapist behind the popular Instagram account @sitwithwhit - to talk about her new book "Toxic Positivity."

Bradley Schurman: The Super Age

Guest: Bradley Schurman

Kelly looks into the future with demographic futurist Bradley Schurman whose new book is called "The Super Age: Decoding Our Demographic Destiny."

Dan Pink: The Power of Regret

Guest: Dan Pink

Kelly welcomes Daniel Pink back to the podcast. The bestselling author has a new book called "The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward."

Tessa West: Jerks at Work

Guest: Tessa West

Kelly commiserates with NYU professor Tessa West about her new book, "Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What To Do About Them.”

Loran Nordgren and David Schonthal: The Human Element

Guest: Loran Nordgren and David Schonthal

Kelly connects with Loran Nordgren and David Schonthal, two professors at the Kellogg School a Northwestern, to discuss their new book “The Human Element: Overcoming the Resistance that Awaits New Ideas”

Sarah Stein Greenberg: Creative Acts for Curious People

Guest: Sarah Stein Greenberg

Kelly connects with Sarah Stein Greenberg, the Executive Director of the D School at Stanford University to discuss her new book "Creative Acts for Curious People."

Jennifer Moss: The Burnout Epidemic

Guest: Jennifer Moss

Kelly dedicates this show to his boss as he connects with Journalist Jennifer Moss whose new book is called “The Burnout Epidemic: The Rise of Chronic Stress and How We Can Fix It.”

Julie Battilana: Power for All

Guest: Julie Battilana

Kelly has a fascinating conversation with Harvard professor Julie Battilana about her new book which examines the science behind power and how it's not something anyone can solely possess.

Rosie von Lila: Mass Human Flourishing

Guest: Rosie von Lila

Kelly has a wide-ranging discussion with the multi-talented Rosie von Lila whose work has taken her from finance to Burning Man to the US National Defense University.

Gary Bolles: The Next Rules of Work

Guest: Gary Bolles

Kelly looks into the future of work and learning with noted expert Gary Bolles whose new book is called: “The Next Rules of Work: The Mindset, Skillset, and Toolset to Lead Your Organization Through Uncertainty."

Paula Davis: Beating Burnout at Work

Guest: Paula Davis

Kelly talks to resiliency expert Paula Davis about her new book, “Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold The Secret to Well-Being and Resilience.”

Don Waisanen, Ph.D: Improv for Democracy

Guest: Don Waisanen, Ph.D.

Kelly introduces us to professor Don Waisanen, whose new book, "Improv for Democracy," offers that improv-based teaching and training can help the world.

Ekpedeme "Pamay" Bassey: Improvising Sacred Spaces

Guest: Ekpedeme "Pamay" Bassey

Kelly connects with the Chief Learning & Diversity Officer of Kraft Heinz, Ekpedeme "Pamay" Bassey about her time visiting a variety of sacred spaces, including her stint taking improv classes at The Second City.

Tony Hunter: Embedded Innovation

Guest: Tony Hunter

Kelly reconnects with an old friend from his days leading The Chicago Tribune, Tony Hunter, who is now the CEO of The McClatchy Company.

Scott O'Neil: Be Where Your Feet Are

Guest: Scott O'Neil

Kelly connects with legendary sports executive Scott O'Neil who runs the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Devils about his new book, “Be Where Your Feet Are: Seven Principles to Keep You Present, Grounded and Thriving.”

Two Beats Ahead

Guest: Panos Panay and Michael Hendrix

Kelly hits the right note with authors Panos Panay and Michael Hendrix as they discuss their new book, “Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation.”

Marissa King: Social Chemistry

Guest: Marissa King

Kelly sits down with Yale professor Marissa King to talk about her book “Social Chemistry: Decoding The Patterns of Human Connection.”

Fred Dust: Making Conversations

Guest: Fred Dust

Kelly talks to former IDEO executive Fred Dust about his terrific new book "Making Conversation."

Fredrik deBoer: The Cult of Smart

Guest: Fredrik deBoer

Kelly connects with the writer and academic, Fredrik deBoer, about his new book: “The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice.”

Ken Kwapis: Directing and Leading

Guest: Ken Kwapis

Kelly connects with film and television director Ken Kwapis ("The Office," "The Bernie Mac Show") about his new book, "But What I Really Want To Do Is Direct."

Valarie Kaur: See No Stranger

Guest: Valarie Kaur

Kelly has a powerful conversation with civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, and faith leader Valarie Kaur. TRIGGER WARNING: this discussion includes discussion of racial slurs and sexual violence.

Casper ter Kuile: The Power of Ritual

Guest: Casper ter Kuile

Kelly connects with Casper Ter Kuile to talk about his new book "The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities Into Soulful Practices.”

Mauro Guillén: 2030

Guest: Mauro Guillén

Kelly talks to Wharton School management professor Mauro Guillén about his new book, “2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide And Reshape The Future Of Everything.”

Frances Frei: Unleashed

Guest: Frances Frei

Kelly has a spirited conversation with Harvard professor Frances Frei about her new book co-written with Anne Morriss, “Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You.”

Peter McGraw: Shtick to Business

Guest: Peter McGraw

Kelly connects with University of Colorado Boulder professor Peter McGraw to talk about his new book "Shtick to Business: What the Masters of Comedy Can Teach You About Breaking Rules, Being Fearless, and Building a Serious Career.”

Darrell Rigby: Doing Agile Right

Guest: Darrell Rigby

Kelly talks all things Agile with Bain & Company's Darrell Rigby whose new book is called "Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos."

Jacqueline Novogratz: Manifesto for a Moral Revolution

Guest: Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz, the CEO of Acumen, a global community changing the way the world tackles poverty, talks about her new book: "Manifesto For A Moral Revolution."

Jeff Wald: The End of Jobs

Guest: Jeff Wald

Kelly connects with Work Market Founder Jeff Wald to talk about his new book "The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations.”

Robert Pasin: A Chicago Story

Guest: Robert Pasin

Kelly connects with Radio Flyer's Chief Wagon Officer, Robert Pasin to talk about his family's iconic Chicago-based company.

Leading With Gratitude

Guest: Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

Kelly talks to New York Times bestselling authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton about their new book, “Leading with Gratitude: 8 Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Results.”

Rob Chesnut: Intentional Integrity

Guest: Rob Chesnut

Kelly converses with Rob Chesnut of Airbnb about his new book, "Intentional Integrity," that looks at how an ethical culture is vital for businesses that want to succeed.

Jamil Zaki: The War for Kindness

Guest: Jamil Zaki

Kelly has a fascinating conversation with scholar and author Jamil Zaki about his new book "The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World."

Dr. Wayne Baker: All You Have To Do Is Ask

Guest: Dr. Wayne Baker

Kelly talks to Dr. Wayne Baker who teaches in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan about his new book "All You Have To Do Is Ask: How To Master The Important Skill for Success."

Lessons From a Lifetime of Leadership In The Pentagon

Guest: Ash Carter

Kelly somehow gets Obama's former Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, to talk to him about his new book and what life is like at the DOD. 

Jo Boaler: Limitless Mind

Guest: Jo Boaler

Kelly sits down with Stanford University professor Dr. Jo Boaler about her new book, "Limitless Mind," which cites the evidence that our brains are highly adaptable and open to great change.

Melanie Katzman: Connect First

Guest: Melanie Katzman

Dr. Melanie Katzman sits down with Kelly to discuss her new book, "Connect First," which provides smart and practical ways to ignite success, meaning, and joy at work.‍

Shannon Watts: Fight Like A Mother

Guest: Shannon Watts

After starting a national movement in the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, talks to Kelly about her latest book, "Fight Like a Mother."

Jules Pieri: How We Make Stuff Now

Guest: Jules Pieri

Kelly connects with co-founder and CEO of The Grommet, Jules Pieri, on her new book, "How We Make Stuff Now," which unlocks key insights on turning ideas into products to build a successful business.

Marcus Buckingham: Nine Lies About Work

Guest: Marcus Buckingham

Kelly talks to best-selling author and thought leader Marcus Buckingham about his new book that deconstructs the lies that underpin so much of our daily working lives.


Guests: Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli

Kelly talks to Doctors Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli about their new book, "Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes A Difference."

John Brandt: Nincompoopery

Guest: John Brandt

Kelly has an inspired conversation with John Brandt whose career in business and journalism has given him a unique perspective on both nincompoops and, more importantly, nincompoopery.

Devora Zack: Networking for People Who Hate Networking

Guest: Devora Zack

Kelly talks to CEO and author Devora Zack whose new book offers some tips and hacks for introverts who need and want to be more effective networkers.

Crisis, Change and How to Lead When it Matters Most

Guest: Eric McNulty

Kelly connects with Harvard professor Eric McNulty about his new book, "You're It: Crisis, Change and How to Lead When it Matters Most," which provides evidence-based insights on the complexity of leadership when you need it most.

Stephen Nachmanovitch: The Art of Is

Guest: Stephen Nachmanovitch

Kelly connects with musician and author Stephen Nachmanovitch whose new book, "The Art of Is," explores the way we all improvise through our day to day lives.

David Benjamin: Cracking Complexity

Guest: David Benjamin

Kelly connects with the co-founder of Syntegrity, David Benjamin, about his new book: "Cracking Complexity: The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast."

Dr. Nicholas Pearce: The Purpose Path

Guest: Dr. Nicholas Pearce

Kelly talks to Dr. Nicholas Pearce - who teaches business at Northwestern and serves as an associate pastor on Chicago's South Side - about his new book "The Purpose Path."

The Power of Agency

Guest: Paul Napper and Anthony Rao

Kelly talks to performance psychology consultant Paul Napper and cognitive behavioral psychologist Anthony Rao about their new book "The Power of Agency."

Safi Bahcall: Loonshots

Guest: Safi Bahcall

Kelly sits down with physicist and biotech entrepreneur Safi Bahcall to talk about his new book "Loonshots: How To Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases and Transform Industries."

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic: Incompetent Male Leaders

Guest: Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Kelly talks to Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, an international authority on talent management and leadership development. His book, "Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders," looks at the science behind leadership as it relates to men and women.

Horst Schulze: Excellence Wins

Guest: Horst Schulze

Kelly talks to hotel impresario Horst Shulze whose new book, "Excellence Wins," speaks to the kind of collaborative and purpose-driven leadership that leads to success.

Horst Schulze: The Job

Guest: Ellen Rupell Shell

Kelly talks to professor and journalist Ellen Ruppel Shell about her compelling new book "The Job: Work and It's Future In A Time Of Radical Change."

The Prosperity Paradox

Guests: Efosa Ojoma and Karen Dillon

Kelly talks to Efosa Ojomo of the Christensen Institute and Karen Dillon, the former editor of the Harvard Business Review, about their new book "The Prosperity Paradox", co-authored with the legendary scholar Clayton Christensen.

Cameron Mitchell: Yes is the Answer

Guest: Cameron Mitchell

Kelly talks with Cameron Mitchell, CEO of Ocean Prime, Mitchell's Fish Market, and Rusty Bucket restaurants, about his new book "Yes is the Answer," his own rags-to-riches story and a business philosophy that puts his own staff first.

Ensemble-Made Chicago

Guests: Chloe Johnston & Coya Paz Brownrigg

Kelly talks with Chloe Johnston and Coya Paz Brownrigg about their new book "Ensemble-Made Chicago," which looks at the unique way that Chicago theater artists develop original content in a collaboration with their fellow artists and audiences.

Amy Edmondson: The Fearless Organization

Guest: Amy Edmondson

Kelly gets to talk to renowned scholar Amy Edmondson about her new book "The Fearless Organization."

Ingrid Fetell Lee: Joy

Guest: Ingrid Fetell Lee

Kelly connects with former IDEO design director Ingrid Fetell Lee whose new book, "Joyful," looks at the science underneath how we experience joy in the world around us.

Dan Ariely: Ethics, Medicine and Human Nature

Guest: Dan Ariely

Kelly talks to noted behavioral scientist Dan Ariely about a new ethics training program called 'The Medical Professionalism Project,' as well as his own fascinating backstory.

Kim Christfort: Business Chemistry

Guest: Kim Christfort

Kelly sits down with Kim Christfort at Deloitte to discuss the magic and science to crafting powerful work relationships.

Ken Kocienda: Designing Creativity at Apple

Guest: Ken Kocienda

Kelly dials up Ken Kocienda who was on the design team at Apple to talk about innovation, Steve Jobs and developing the iPhone.

Michele Gelfand: Rule Makers, Rule Breakers

Guest: Michele Gelfand

Kelly connects with professor Michele Gelfand whose study of culture has led her to believe that our behaviors and attitudes are largely based on whether we are a product of tight cultures or loose cultures.

Dr. Donna Hicks: Leading with Dignity

Guest: Dr. Donna Hicks

Kelly connects with Harvard professor Donna Hicks about her new book "Leading with Dignity." Dr. Hicks' extensive work in international conflict led her to study the role dignity plays in how human beings can work more effectively with one another.

Mike Sacks: Outsiders, Rebels And Comedy Icons

Guest: Mike Sacks

Kelly Leonard talks to noted comedy writer Mike Sacks about some very funny people and how they got that way.

Sylvia Smith and Nick Johne: Improvisation For Autism

Guest: Sylvia Smith and Nick Johne

Kelly meets up with Dr. Sylvia Smith, Executive Director of Giant Steps and Improv teacher Nick Johne to discuss their unique partnership developing and leading Improvisation for Autism classes.

Leonard Mlodinow: Elastic Thinking

Guest: Leonard Mlodinow

Kelly meets Leonard Mlodinow, a theoretical physicist who has co-written books with Stephen Hawking and Deepak Chopra. His new book is called “Elastic Thinking”

Best Of Getting To Yes, And

Guest: Best Of Guests

We recently aired our 100th episode of “Getting to Yes, And.” So we’ve compiled ten of our favorite moments from the podcast. Enjoy!

Jonah Sachs: Unsafe Thinking

Guest: Jonah Sachs

Kelly talks to author Jonah Sachs about his new book “Unsafe Thinking” which looks at the science and stories behind breakthrough ideas.

Michael Brito: Participant Marketing

Guest: Michael Brito

Kelly meets Michael Brito a digital strategist whose new book “Participant Marketing” makes the case for engaging your most powerful marketing tool: your own employees.

Leah Weiss: How We Work

Guest: Leah Weiss

Kelly sits down with Stanford University professor Leah Weiss whose new book “How We Work” looks at ways in which we can re-humanize the workplace.

Charlan Nemeth: In Defense Of Troublemakers

Guest: Charlan Nemeth

Kelly cooks up trouble with professor Charlan Nemeth whose new book looks at the virtues of the outliers and misfits. Read further for this week’s Rule of Three.

Shane Snow: Dream Teams

Guest: Shane Snow

Kelly talks to author Shane Snow whose new book “Dream Teams,” shows the normal ways teams fall apart and the unlikely ways that teams can come together to excel.

Ori Brafman: The Chaos Imperative

Guest: Ori Brafman

Kelly talks to professor and author Ori Brafman about his book “The Chaos Imperative” which looks at everything from military strategy to open offices, giving us insights into how to better use the chaos that exists in our work and life.

Jamie Merisotis: America Needs Talent

Guest: Jamie Merisotis

Kelly talks to Jamie Merisotis who runs one of the largest private foundations in the United States that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.

An Education In Comedy

Guest: Anne Libera and Kelly Leonard

This week we talked to Anne Libera, Director of the Comedy Studies program for The Second City and Columbia College.

Colin Fisher: Organizations Improvise

Guest: Colin Fisher

This week we talked to Colin Fisher, a scholar, author and teacher of team leadership, creativity and improvisation.

Wendy Clark: Leading By Owning It

Guest: Wendy Clark

Kelly sits down with Coca Cola veteran and current CEO of DDB North America, Wendy Clark to talk about the current state of advertising, culture and leadership.

Dick Costolo: Great Leaders Are Great Listeners

Guest: Dick Costolo

Kelly talks to former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo about leadership, improvisation and working out with Gavin Newsome.