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Guest: Corey Keyes

Kelly has an insightful conversation with sociologist Core Keyes about languishing, flourishing and mental health. His new book is “Languishing: How to Feel Alive Again in a World That Wears Us Down.”

Ethics, Human Rights and a Better Way

Guest: Alison Taylor

Kelly speaks to Alison Taylor, a clinical professor at NYU Stern School of Business and the Executive Director of Ethical Systems, a research collaboration of prominent business school professors working on ethical culture founded by Jonathon Haidt.

Learned Excellence

Guest: Eric Potterat & Alan Eagle

Kelly bridges the world of Navy Seals training and Second City improv training with Eric Potterat, a performance psychologist and retired US Navy commander and executive communication expert Alan Eagle. They explore their book "Learned Excellence."

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."

Frances Frei and Anne Morris: Move Fast and Fix Things

Guest: Frances Frei and Anne Morriss

Kelly welcomes Harvard professor Frances Frei back to the podcast along with leadership coach Anne Morriss to talk about their new book: “Move Fast and Fix Things: The Trusted Leader’s Guide to Solving Hard Problems.”

Sally Jenkins: The Right Call

Guest: Sally Jenkins

Kelly speaks with legendary Washington Post sportswriter Sally Jenkins about her new book "The Right Call: What Sports Teach us About the Art of Decision Making."

Kevin Kruse: Myth America

Guest: Kevin Kruse

Kelly talks to Princeton historian Kevin Kruse about his new book “Myth America: Historians Take on The Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past.”

This Is A Prototype The Curious Craft Of Exploring New Ideas

Guest: Scott Witthoft

Kelly talks to Scott Witthoft about his new book “This Is A Prototype: The Curious Craft Of Exploring New Ideas.”

Dr. Richard Winters: Leadership Lessons from Mayo Clinic

Guest: Dr. Richard Winters

Dr. Richard Winters, a practicing emergency physician at the Mayo Clinic and the medical director of Professional Leadership Development for the Mayo Clinic Care Network, sits down with Kelly to discuss his new book.

Joe Maddon: The Book of Joe

Guest: Joe Maddon

Kelly snags an interview with the legendary baseball manager Joe Maddon to talk about his new book "The Book of Joe: Trying Not to Suck at Baseball & Life."

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."

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.”

DJ Vanas: The Warrior Within

Guest: DJ Vanas

Kelly connects with speaker and author D.J. Vanas to discuss his new book “The Warrior Within: Own Your Power to Serve, Fight, Protect and Heal.”

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.”

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."

Ranjay Gulati: Deep Purpose

Guest: Ranjay Gulati

Kelly connects with Harvard professor Ranjay Gulati to discuss his new book "Deep Purpose: The Heart and Soul of High-Performance Companies.”

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.”

Vanessa Bohns: You Have More Influence Than You Think

Guest: Vanessa Bohns

Kelly connects with Cornell professor Vanessa Bohns to discuss her new book “You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate Our Power of Persuasion, and Why It Matters.”

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.

Michael Slaby: For All The People

Guest: Michael Slaby

Kelly reconnects with Michael Slaby who has written a powerful new book, “For All The People: Redeeming the Broken Promises of Modern Media and Reclaiming our Civic Life.”

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.”

Suneel Gupta: Backable

Guest: Suneel Gupta

Kelly has a fascinating conversation with Rise Co-Founder and CEO Suneel Gupta about his terrific new book "Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take A Chance On You."

Carter Phipps: Conscious Leadership

Guest: Carter Phipps

Kelly connects with Carter Phipps who has co-authored a book with Steve McIntosh and Whole Food’s CEO John Mackey called “Conscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity Through Business.”

Joann Lublin: Power Moms

Guest: Joann Lublin

Kelly talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joann Lublin about her new book “Power Moms: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and Life.”

Chad Sanders: Black Magic

Guest: Chad Sanders

Kelly talks to entrepreneur and media mogul Chad Sanders about his new book “Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned From Trauma and Triumph.”

Shellye Archambeau: Unapologetically Ambitious

Guest: Shellye Archambeau

Kelly talks with Shellye Archambeau, high tech's first female African American CEO about her new book "Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms."

Pamela Fuller: The Leader's Guide To Unconscious Bias

Guest: Pamela Fuller

Kelly talks to FranklinCovey's chief thought leader on inclusion and bias about her new book and how we are all subject to our own biases.

Sameer Hasija: The Phoenix Encounter Method

Guest: Sameer Hasija

Kelly talks to Singapore-based INSEAD professor Sameer Hasija about his new book “The Phoenix Encounter Method: Lead Like Your Business Is On Fire!"

Rob Bell: Everything is Spiritual

Guest: Rob Bell

Kelly breaks digital bread with bestselling author Rob Bell to talk about his new book "Everything is Spiritual: Who We Are and What We're Doing Here."

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.”

Sanford Greenberg: Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Guest: Sanford Greenberg

Kelly has a fascinating conversation with Sanford Greenberg, whose memoir of becoming blind in his junior year of college, is a story of determination, love and grit.

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."

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.

Dr. Maria Sirois: Resilience In The Time Of COVID-19

Guest: Dr. Maria Sirois

Kelly connects with positive psychologist Dr. Maria Sirois about how individuals can better cope during these times of physical distancing and shelter in place.

Catherine Sanderson: Turning Bystanders into Moral Rebels

Guest: Catherine Sanderson

Kelly welcomes Amherst College professor Catherine Sanderson back to the podcast to talk about her new book which is highly relevant for the times we're living in.

Michelle King: The Fix

Guest: Michelle King

Kelly connects with Michelle King, Netflix's Director of Inclusion about her new book, “The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers that are Holding Women Back at Work.”

Jim McKelvey: The Innovation Stack

Guest: Jim McKelvey

Serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Square, Jim McKelvey, links with Kelly about his new book "The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time."

Jennifer Freyd: DARVO and Institutional Courage

Guest: Jennifer Freyd

Founder and President of the Center for Institutional Courage, Jennifer Freyd, has an important and provocative conversation with Kelly about finding institutional courage in the aftermath of trauma.

Allison Holzer: Dare to Inspire

Guest: Allison Holzer

Allison Holzer, the Chief Innovation Officer of InspireCorps, talks to Kelly about her new co-authored book, "Dare to Inspire: Sustain the Fire of Inspiration in Work and Life."

Stephen Martin: Messengers

Guest: Stephen Martin

CEO and Columbia professor Stephen Martin talks to Kelly Leonard about the new book he co-wrote with Joseph Marks, "Messengers: Who We Listen To, Who We Don't and Why."

Rita McGrath: Seeing Around Corners

Guest: Rita McGrath

Kelly gets insights from Columbia Business School professor Rita McGrath about the coming changes in tech, education, and the way we lead our businesses.

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. 

Dan Carlin: The End is Always Near

Guest: Dan Carlin

Kelly gets a history lesson from Dan Carlin, the popular host of the podcast "Hardcore History" whose new book explores the many ways we misunderstand history.

Alicia Menendez: The Likeability Trap

Guest: Alicia Menendez

Award-winning journalist and anchor for MSNBC, Alicia Menendez, talks with Kelly about her new book, "The Likeability Trap."

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."

Caroline Stokes: Elephants Before Unicorns

Guest: Caroline Stokes

Kelly connects with human capital entrepreneur Caroline Stokes about her new book: “Elephants before Unicorns: Emotionally Intelligent HR Strategies to Save Your Company.”

Allen Adamson: Shift Ahead

Guest: Allen Adamson

Kelly talks to branding and marketing expert Allen Adamson about his latest book, "Shift Ahead: How The Best Companies Stay Relevant In A Fast-Changing World."

Steve Farber: Love is Just Damn Good Business

Guest: Steve Farber

Listed as one of Inc. Magazine's Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts, Steve Farber is a leadership pioneer and strategist whose new book argues that loving your employees and loving your companies is the key to business success. 

Richard Boyatzis: Helping People Change

Guest: Richard Boyatzis

Kelly talks to professor Richard Boyatzis whose work in emotional intelligence provides the grounding for what he calls 'compassionate coaching' to get people to change for the better.

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.

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.

Sonia Banks: Silent Agreements

Guest: Sonia Banks

Kelly talks to clinical psychologist Dr. Sonia Banks who has co-authored the new book “Silent Agreements: How to Free Your Relationships of Unspoken Expectations.”

Rich Karlgaard: Late Bloomers

Guest: Rich Karlgaard

Kelly connects with Rich Karlgaard, the publisher of Forbes Magazine whose new book is called "Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement."

Jill Abramson: Merchants of Truth

Guest: Jill Abramson

Kelly talks to Jill Abramson, the former Executive Editor of The New York Times about her new book, "Merchants of Truth." Jill chronicles the media landscape from 2007 today.

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.

Brad Staats: Never Stop Learning

Guest: Brad Staats

Kelly talks to professor Brad Staats whose new book, "Never Stop Learning," looks at learning from the intersection of operations and behavioral science.

Anand Giridharadas: Winners Take All

Guest: Anand Giridharadas

Kelly has a thought-provoking conversation with Anand Giridharadas about his new book "Winners Take All," which points the finger at philanthropists, thought leaders and business tycoons who extol social good while helping maintain the status quo.

Amy Edmondson: The Fearless Organization

Guest: Amy Edmondson

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

Drew Dudley: Leadership Courage

Guest: Drew Dudley

Kelly connects with leadership expert Drew Dudley about how vital it is to live your values as a leader every day and how much courage that requires.

Marc Effron: Steps to High Performance

Guest: Marc Effron

Kelly talks to talent performance expert Marc Effron about the science behind high performance in business and where our focus should be to get the most out of our people.

Dr. Dolly Chugh: The Person You Mean To Be

Guest: Dr. Dolly Chugh

Kelly connects with Dr. Dolly Chugh who studies implicit bias at The Stern School of Business (NYU). Her new book has some surprising and useful insights into how all of us have biases - and how we can become better builders for inclusion and equity.

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.

Matt Walsh: Getting Out of the Office

Guest: Matt Walsh

Kelly talks to Matt Walsh, the CEO of Green Stone and a business leader who has some interesting insights into the limiting effects of traditional office culture on the ability to be our most creative selves.

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.

Kelly Palmer: The Expertise Economy

Guest: Kelly Palmer

Kelly connects with the former Chief Learning Officer of LinkedIn, Kelly Palmer. Her new book, "The Expertise Economy," shows us how most learning programs aren't conducive to the science of how we actually learn.

Carmine Gallo: Great Leaders are Great Communicators

Guest: Carmine Gallo

Kelly talks to best selling author Carmine Gallo about his new book "Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great."

Simon Sinek: Start with Why

Guest: Simon Sinek

Kelly connects with the brilliant Simon Sinek to talk about purpose, creativity and focus.

Chris Denson: "Crushing the Box"

Guest: Chris Denson

Kelly talks to Chris Denson, host of the Innovation Crush podcast and author of "Crushing the Box"

Michael Ventura: Applied Empathy

Guest: Michael Ventura

Kelly talks to the CEO of Sub Rosa, Michael Ventura, about his new leadership book "Applied Empathy."

Kathleen Schafer: Leading With A Sense Of Self

Guest: Kathleen Schafer

Kelly talks to leadership expert Kathleen Schafer about running an office and running for an office.

Francesca Gino: Why it Pays to Break the Rules

Guest: Francesca Gino

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.

Howard Yu: How to Thrive in a World of Inevitable Copycats

Guest: Howard Yu

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.

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!

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.

Sarah Spain: Sports, Sexism And How We Can Do Better

Guest: Sarah Spain

Kelly sits down with ESPN host and reporter Sarah Spain to talk about the future of sports, broadcasting and finding equity in both.

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.

David Cancel: Helping Is The New Selling

Guest: David Cancel

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.

Melissa Shilling: Quirky

Guest: Melissa Shilling

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.

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.

Daniel Coyle: The Culture Code

Guest: Daniel Coyle

This week we talked to Daniel Coyle, author of “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups.”

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.

Brittney Packnett: Activism, Education And Equity

Guest: Brittney Packnett

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.

Bob Johansen: Seeing Into The Future

Guest: Bob Johansen

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.

Ronald Heifetz: Leadership Is An Improvisational Art

Guest: Ronald Heifetz

Kelly talks to Harvard’s Ronald Heifetz about the science behind leadership and how betrayal and poor judgements are plaguing our modern leaders in politics and in the office.

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.