The Best Business Podcasts

If you’re a fan of this website, you know I’m a sucker for my friends. Luckily, my personal network is full of innovative and creative people who knock it out of the park.

Jennifer McClure is a human resources legend. She launched a new podcast called Impact Makers. Jennifer is chatting with artists, thinkers and leaders on a unique mission to change the world.

What Other Podcasts Are Great?

I’m excited about Jennifer’s podcast but also wanted to recommend a few others that have my attention.

  • Adam Grant is the psychologist to the stars. Featured in Esquire and appearing at a local HR conference near you, he’s the author of countless books and articles about behavioral psychology. His brand new podcast is called WorkLife, and it’s fabulous. The first episode about feedback will change the way you receive criticism.
  • Guy Raz hasn’t written a business book, but he is the host of a great podcast called How I Built This. The show “dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists — and the movements they built.” I love a good origin story, and this show isn’t afraid to talk about success and failure in candid and plainspoken ways.
  • Dr. Daniel Crosby is an author, psychologist and financial expert. You may have read his book called “The Laws of Wealth: Psychology and the Secret to Investing.” (If you haven’t, you should.) Dan’s podcast is called Money, Mind and Meaning. It’s a weekly show “designed to help you do well, do good and do you.” I love how Dan explores human behavior and asks, “Why?” You’ll always learn something new, I promise.
  • A colleague told me about the Rework podcast from Basecamp. It’s awesome. The hosts tell unconventional stories about how to run a business, and the topics cover everything from customer support to marketing. Check out the episodes called “Don’t Be Fake” and “Please Don’t Like This” for examples on excellent and compelling B2B storytelling.
  • Finally, stick with me on this recommendation. I have a friend named Ryan who is a marketing executive and disc jockey on the radio in Chicago. We go way back, and he knows that I hate the traditional podcasting formula where middle-aged white guys lecture me about leadership. Ryan introduced me to Todd Henry’s book, “Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need.” I followed the trail to his podcast, Accidental Creative, and it’s fantastic. Todd’s unique take on leadership and motivation will leave you inspired for days. And he’s not a mansplainer, which is perfect.

What Do You Like?

Those are a few business podcasts that you won’t regret checking out on your commute home from work. Have a podcast recommendation for the HR community? Leave a comment on our Facebook page, and we’ll check it out.

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