Kelly takes his listeners backstage with his colleagues Steve Kakos and Anneliese Toft as they discuss "Brandstage," a process that gets insights by putting brands and organizations through The Second City process.
Kelly talks to Francesca Gino, a Harvard professor whose new book, “Rebel Talent,” highlights the unusual characteristics of our most successful innovators - including a chapter looking at the power or improvisation.
Kelly has a fascinating conversation with scholar Howard Yu about his new book "Leap," which looks at how being the best doesn't guarantee long-term success.
Kelly interviews Mike Birbiglia whose new film “Don’t Think Twice” is set in the world of improv.
Kelly and author Eric Barker talk about his new book “Barking Up The Wrong Tree,” which uncovers the science behind our many, many wrong assumptions about how the world really works.
Kelly talks comedy and humor with Dr. Peter McGraw, a professor with an expertise in the fields of emotion and behavioral economics. Peter wrote the book “The Humor Code” and directs the Humor Research Lab at UC, Boulder.
Kelly is joined by Adam Alter, Professor at NYU Stern School of Business; best-selling author of “Drunk Tank Pink” as well as his latest book on our addiction to technology, “Irresistible.”
Kelly connects with Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter whose story of using improvisational techniques as a way to care for a relative with Alzheimer’s was featured on a memorable episode of “This American Life.”
Kelly talks to prolific author, blogger, marketer and entrepreneur Seth Godin about money, failure and the value of being weird.
Kelly talks to the authors of “Peak Performance,” Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness, about the science of success and how individuals can elevate their game and avoid burnout.
Kelly gets schooled by Julie Wilson, the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for the Future of Learning. Julie spent many years at Harvard and shares her cutting edge views on learning, schools and education.
Kelly talks to Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Bestselling author George Anders about his new book “You Can Do Anything,” which offers that a Liberal Arts education is, in fact, the best way to prepare for a job in the future.
Kelly talks to Kathryn Minshew, The Founder and CEO of the online career source The Muse and the co-author of “The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career.”
Kelly swaps stories with legendary drummer Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. They talk about Max’s time in a pit band on Broadway, auditioning for Bruce, connecting with Conan O’Brien and the time Max gave Charlie Watts an amazing gift.
Kelly talks to Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton of the comedy duo “Frangela” about their early work at The Second City and creating and performing comedy in a world heightened by issues of politics, race and gender.
Kelly talks to Jay Heinrichs the author the New York Times bestselling book “Thank You for Arguing.” Jay talks about the lost art of persuasion, rhetoric and civil argument.
Kelly connects with Sarah Robb O’Hagan whose career has included stints at Virgin, Nike, Equinox Fitness Clubs and her current role as CEO of Flywheel Sports. She is the author of “Extreme You: Step Up, Stand Out, Kick Ass, Repeat.”
Kelly visits with prolific blogger, marketer and author Molly Beck. Her new book is called “Reach Out: The Simple Strategy You Need to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence.”
Kelly talks to Stanford University psychologist and acclaimed TEDtalk Speaker Kelly McGonigal about her book “The Upside of Stress” and the cutting edge research that shows us how a healthy use of stress can make us happier and more productive.
Kelly catches up with Ashley Nicole Black who is a writer and correspondent for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Ashley dropped out of her PhD program at Northwestern to take classes at The Second City.
Kelly digs into the powerful science based strategies for achieving peak performance with neuropsychologist Friederike Fabritius who has co-authored a new book called “The Leading Brain.”
Kelly draws insights from Dr. Robert Lustig whose new book “The Hacking of the American Mind” takes issue with everything from sugar to marketing to corporations.
Kelly connects with the CEO of Futurethink and author of “Why Simple Wins,” Lisa Bodell. They explore simple techniques to help organizations embrace change and increase their capability for innovation.
Kelly talks to journalist Joe Hagan whose new book, “Sticky Fingers,” traces the evolution of Rolling Stone Magazine and its iconic and controversial founder Jann Wenner.
Kelly talks to acclaimed scholars Jane Dutton and Monica Worline who show us the evidence based science that a caring workplace is a more successful workplace.
Kelly talks to two entrepreneurs, Jim Jacoby and Scott Miller, who have joined forces to create the American Design and Master Craft Initiative, a venture that supports innovation at the deepest level. Their first project: The Bienville Legacy, a motorcycle...
Kelly and noted author Sam Wasson dig deep into his new book, “Improv Nation,” about the history of improvisation in America.
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.
Kelly connects with Jaime Casap, Google Education Evangelist. They talk about digital inequity, global competency and how Google has entered classrooms all over the country.
Kelly talks to Sameena Mustafa who is running for the United States congress to represent the 5th District of Illinois. They discuss Sameena’s history in Chicago’s comedy scene and why she wants to run for office now.
Kelly connects with Lauren Duca, the 26 year old columnist for Teen Vogue who has inspired legions of young women and men while ending up in the crosshairs of Tucker Carlson and Fox News. Check this out. She is wise beyond her years.
Kelly swaps stories with Kristen Hadeed, a young entrepreneur whose new book, “Permission to Screw Up,” supports that idea that failures are inevitable, important and vital to any kind of success.
Kelly Leonard connects with Kim Scott who is the author of the book Radical Candor.Radical Candor is the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on the one side and ruinously empathetic on the other. It is about providing guidance, which...
This week we talked to Colin Fisher, a scholar, author and teacher of team leadership, creativity and improvisation.
Kelly talks to professor Mitch Prinstein about his new book “Popular” which looks at the science behind popularity, status and likability.
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.
Kelly talks to the brilliant Cornell professor and Primary Researcher at Microsoft, Duncan Watts. Duncan’s book, “Everything is Obvious,” shows us how and why 80% of our predictions are wrong and we invent stories to make sense of an often unsensible world.
Kelly talks to Professor Melissa Shilling whose new book “Quirky” explores the science the traits that drive geniuses like Elon Musk, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs and Marie Curie.
Kelly talks to scholar and author Emma Seppala about the connection between happiness and a successful career.
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.
Kelly talks with former Clinton Foundation General Counsel Scott Curran about social impact and innovation and how Scott’s early classes in improvisation informed his career choices.
Kelly digs into the science behind great work performance with Berkeley professor Morten T. Hansen. His new book, “Great at Work,” gives some surprising insight into what makes individuals truly excel in their jobs.
Kelly talks to Rodd Wagner, VP of employment engagement strategies for BI Worldwide and the author of “Widgets.” Rodd shares his powerful point of view around the relationship between organizations and their employees.
Kelly dials up data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz whose New York Times Bestselling book “Everybody Lies” offers some fascinating and disturbing insights into big data, little lies and the difficult search for truth in our country today.
Kelly talks to Katie Watson, a teacher of bioethics, law and medical humanities at Northwestern. Katie has also been improvising since 1997 and has been an adjunct faculty member at The Second City Training Center. She has created “Medical Improv” – an...
Kelly talks to creativity scholar Dr. Keith Sawyer whose experience working with improvisational troupes in Chicago in the 1990’s led to a lifelong fascination with the science of how we use improvisation to create original and innovative ideas.
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.
Kelly talks to Tina Seelig, a professor at Stanford’s Department of Management Science and Engineering about her research into creativity and innovation.
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.
Kelly talks to Nir Eyal, an entrepreneur and consultant whose book “Hooked” shows how habits are being used to create and sell powerful new technologies.
Kelly sits down with ESPN host and reporter Sarah Spain to talk about the future of sports, broadcasting and finding equity in both.
Kelly talks to Zoe Chance, who is a marketing professor teaching influence and persuasion at the Yale School of Management.
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.
Kelly talks to Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, the tech hub that serves as a community for cutting edge digital designers, engineers and entrepreneurs working in Chicago.
Kelly talks to author Jonah Sachs about his new book “Unsafe Thinking” which looks at the science and stories behind breakthrough ideas.
Kelly talks with Phil Clement, Global CMO of AON about working at the intersection of risk and people; managing AON’s robust relationship with the Manchester United Football team and the value of pride for the London-based company.
Kelly sits down with Jason Fried, the CEO and Co-Founder of Basecamp whose TEDtalk “Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work,” has been viewed by 4.5 million people. Jason shares his inspiring and unusual ideas about the nature of the workplace.
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”
Kelly talks to Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of “Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs,” which looks at the creative DNA of dyads, from Lennon and McCartney to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
Kelly Leonard sits down with Dan Kois of Slate Magazine to discuss politics and parenting.
Kelly talks Craig Dubitsky, the CEO of Hello Products and the co-founder of EOS products – the iconic spherical lip balm that your kids are always bugging you to buy for them when you’re checking out at Target.
Kelly talks to Dr. Charles Limb, who has studied the effects of improvisation on the human brain.
Kelly talks to renowned insight guru J Walker Smith about our need to understand “Change” in order to succeed.
Kelly sits down with Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Best Selling author Charles Duhigg about his latest book, “Smarter, Faster, Better” as well as smash hit “The Power of Habit.”
Kelly talks to Caroline Webb, author of the fantastic new book How to Have a Good Day. Caroline is an Oxford and Cambridge trained economist who spent 15 years at McKinsey before opening her own firm, Sevenshift.
Kelly talks with Julie Mason, host of the Press Pool on Sirius/XM’s Potus Channel about Trump, Clinton, Media Bias and who are the funniest politicians. Julie spent ten years as a White House Correspondent covering both George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Kelly is joined by Brian Bannon, Commissioner Chicago Public Library to discuss “Diversity, Dyslexia and Chance the Rapper.”
Kelly talks with best-selling author and Stanford University professor Bob Sutton about the defining characteristics of assholes and the damage they can do to a business.
Kelly mines insights around the Secrets of Millennials from Katie Elfering, Senior Design Researcher for Microsoft. Katie studies the behaviors of Millennials and Generation Z and shares her research and thoughts around generational differences and...
Kelly talks to Angela Duckworth, the author of the New York Times Bestselling book Grit. Angela’s insights on how the term “talent” is doing us a disservice and the grit of one her favorite Second City alums, Tina Fey, make for a fascinating conversation.
Kelly Leonard gets the best work advice about management from Alison Green who runs the popular website AskaManager.org.
Kelly had an unlikely and amazing conversation with the Vicar of St. Martin in the Fields, the Reverend Doctor Samuel Wells who wrote a book on Christian Ethics and Improvisation.
Kelly has an engaged and funny conversation with Academy Award winning filmmaker Adam McKay.
Why is Kelly talking to a wildly successful venture capitalist? Maybe it’s because he’s really smart and really funny.
Kelly connects with Raj Sisodia, the co-founder of Conscious Capitalism who brings some much needed optimism about the world we live in today.
Kelly Leonard talks to noted comedy writer Mike Sacks about some very funny people and how they got that way.
Kelly talks to former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo about leadership, improvisation and working out with Gavin Newsome.
Kelly talks to leadership expert Kathleen Schafer about running an office and running for an office.
Kelly talks professor Dan Klein who teaches and uses improvisation as part of his classes at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
This week we talked to Daniel Coyle, author of “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups.”
Kelly Leonard is joined by Erica Salmon Byrne and Jen Ellison to find the intersection between Ethics and Improvisation.
Kelly Leonard finds interesting connections with best selling author Dan Pink about improvisation and insights into human behavior.
Kelly Leonard sits down with Christie Hefner who has surprising and thoughtful ideas on “people” as leaders.
Kelly connects with Berkeley professor Dacher Keltner, author of “The Power Paradox.” Keltner’s research provides surprising insights into how we gain and lose power. He also provides He also consulted on the Pixar smash “Inside Out.”
Kelly Leonard talks storytelling, consumer branding, leadership and listening with Coca Cola marketing executive Katherine Twells.
Kelly goes behind the scenes with Charlie Todd, the founder of Improv Everywhere, the New York-based comedy collective responsible for public acts of creativity like the no pants subway ride.
Kelly sits down with Cal Newport, Georgetown professor of Computer Science whose latest book, “Deep Work,” is a cautionary exploration of how our digital habits are making our lives and our work shallow.
Kelly Leonard connects with Tracy Sefl, a longtime political consultant who has served in war rooms for two presidential campaigns as well as acting as a senior advisor for Hilary Clinton. Get the inside scoop from her on the current election.
Kelly Leonard talks to musician Peter Himmelman about stories, songs and using fear to propel creativity.
Kelly sits down with Harvard professor Cass Sunstein whose new book, “Impeachment,” gives a detailed look at how the framers of the constitution conceived and designed the rules around impeachment.
Kelly talks with Brittany Packnett an activist who has worked with Teach for America and served on Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
Kelly Leonard connects with Linnea Gandhi, who is a passionate practitioner of applied behavioral science and improvisational theater, with the goal of improving decision-making and relationships in business. Her company TGG Group is led by Daniel Kahneman...
Kelly talks to futurist Bob Johansen who has worked with companies like Kellogg’s, Intel, Disney and McDonalds. Bob is a distinguished fellow at The Institute for the Future and got his PhD at Northwestern University.
Kelly sat down with Sydney Finklestein, Dartmouth professor and the author of “Superbosses,” to talk about what defines great leadership.
Sonya has spent decades helping businesses give back – hear her tales that stretch from the boardroom to disaster areas to embracing a ‘Yes, And’ attitude.
Kelly talks to activist, author and co-director of Caring Across Generations about Second City’s new collaboration to bring improvisational skills and practice to the caregiving community.
Michael Slaby – former CTO, Obama for America; Managing Partner, Timshel – Putting Tech in the Room Where it Happens. Kelly Leonard sits down with Michael Slaby who gives a behind the scenes look at the historic use of social media in the Obama campaigns.
This week we talked to Anne Libera, Director of the Comedy Studies program for The Second City and Columbia College.
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.
Kelly talks to serial entrepreneur David Cancel about his unique approach to selling, marketing and the future of work. Read further for this week’s Rule of Three.