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Radical Candor

ICYMI: Kim Scott

In case you missed it: Kim Scott sits down to discuss her best-selling book and management philosophy, Radical Candor, and gives listeners systematic hacks that individuals can apply to make work and life better.

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.

God, Improv and the Art of Living

Guest: MaryAnn Kibben Dana

Kelly has a powerful conversation with pastor MaryAnn McKibben Dana whose new book explores how she has incorporated her improvisational training into her spiritual life and pastoral work.

Brandstage: Using Improv and Comedy to Get to Truth.

Guest: Steve Kakos and Anneliese Toft

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.

Filmmaking + Improv

Guest: Mike Birbiglia

Kelly interviews Mike Birbiglia whose new film “Don’t Think Twice” is set in the world of improv.

Improv Nation: How We Made A Great American Art

Guest: Sam Wasson

Kelly and noted author Sam Wasson dig deep into his new book, “Improv Nation,” about the history of improvisation in America.

Awakening Compassion At Work

Guest: Jane Dutton and Monica Worline

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.

Improvisation For Care

Guest: Ai-jen Poo

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.

Extreme You

Guest: Sarah Robb O'Hagan

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.”

The Upside Of Stress

Guest: Kelly McGonigal

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.

Why Simple Wins

Guest: Lisa Bodell

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.

The Leading Brain

Guest: Friederike Fabritius

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.”

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.

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.

The Happiness Track

Guest: Emma Seppala

Kelly talks to scholar and author Emma Seppala about the connection between happiness and a successful career.

Everything Is Obvious

Guest: Duncan Watts

Kelly talks to 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.

Irresistible

Guest: Adam Alter

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.”

Originals

Guest: Adam Grant

It’s our 50th episode! Kelly celebrates by talking to the great and smart Adam Grant, author of “Give and Take” and “Originals.” Adam has amazing stories and insights.

Insight Out

Guest: Tina Seelig

Kelly talks to Tina Seelig, a professor at Stanford’s Department of Management Science and Engineering about her research into creativity and innovation.

Improv Everywhere

Guest: Charlie Todd

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.

The Powers Of Habit

Guest: Nir Eyal

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.

Deep Work

Guest: Cal Newport

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.

Woo The Gator

Guest: Zoe Chance

Kelly talks to Zoe Chance, who is a marketing professor teaching influence and persuasion at the Yale School of Management.

This Is Your Brain On Improv

Guest: Charles Limb

Kelly talks to Dr. Charles Limb, who has studied the effects of improvisation on the human brain.

How To Have A Good Day

Guest: Caroline Webb

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.

Chicago: Collaboration Capital Of The World

Guest: Howard Tullman

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.

Risk, Manchester United And The Value Of Pride

Guest: Phil Clement

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.

Grit, Resilience And Passion

Guest: Angela Duckworth

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.

The Powers Of Two

Guest: Josh Wolf Shenk

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.

Smarter, Faster, Better

Guest: Charles Duhigg

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.”

Radical Candor

Guest: Kim Scott

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.

The Entrepreneur CEO

Guest: Craig Dubitsky

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.

The No A****** Rule

Guest: Bob Sutton

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.

Electoral Dysfunction

Guest: Julie Mason

Kelly talks with Julie Mason, host of the Press Pool on Sirius/XM’s Potus Channel about Trump, Clinton, Media Bias and funny politicians. Julie spent ten years as a White House Correspondent covering both George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Happiness And Habits

Guest: Gretchen Rubin

Kelly talks to Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project” and “Better Than Before” about her insights into how we can make ourselves happier people and understanding ourselves and our best habits.

Starting With Why

Guest: Simon Sinek

Kelly talks to thought leader Simon Sinek about his new book Together is Better, on the importance of finding your “why,” and how companies need to put their employees first.

The Secrets Of Millennials

Guest: Katie Elfering

Kelly mines millennial insights with 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...

Politics & Parenting

Guest: Dan Kois

Kelly Leonard sits down with Dan Kois of Slate Magazine to discuss politics and parenting.