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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.

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.”

Michael Lewis: The Undoing Project

Guest: Michael Lewis

Kelly speaks to New York Times Bestselling author Michael Lewis whose books “Moneyball,” “The Blind Side” and “The Big Shot” were made into blockbuster films. They talk about his newest book “The Undoing Project.”

Dan Klein: Improvisation And Business

Guest: Dan Klein

Kelly talks professor Dan Klein who teaches and uses improvisation as part of his classes at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Sameena Mustafa: From Comedy To Congress

Guest: Sameena Mustafa

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.

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.

Cass Sunstein: Impeachment

Guest: Cass Sunstein

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.

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.

Molly Beck: Smart, Pretty, Awkward And Reaching Out

Guest: Molly Beck

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.”

Kathryn Minshew: People, Purpose And Path

Guest: Kathryn Minshew

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.”

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.

Alan Alda: Science, Improv And A Bad Trip To The Dentist

Guest: Alan Alda

Kelly talks to legendary TV and Film actor Alan Alda whose new book talks about the work he has been doing using improvisation to help scientists become more effective communicators.

Brené Brown: Rising Strong And Yes, And

Guest: Brené Brown

Kelly connects with Brené Brown to talk about her latest book “Rising Strong” and the parallels between her studies in vulnerability and the improvisational concept of “Yes, And.”

Peter McGraw: The Humor Code

Guest: Peter McGraw

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.