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70 of The Best Podcast Episodes for David Burkus. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about David Burkus, often where they are interviewed.

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Episode 068. Explore Networking, Transparency, Purpose, and More with Bestselling Author David Burkus

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David Burkus is a bestselling author, executive coach, speaker, and consultant who is an expert in taking academic literature from the ivory tower and applying it to the corner office in the business world. He joins Patrick in the Leadership Lab to discuss the importance of progress, networking, leading a remote team, defining purpose, and transparency.

Nov 25 2020 · 42mins
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David Burkus - How to Lead Teams From Anywhere

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I love meeting people who make me think.  David Burkus is one such person.

He's the author of 5 best-selling books that all aim to do one thing in common: help leaders and teams do their best work ever.

Like my previous guest Liz Wiseman, he is ranked as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50. They actually call him the Bruce Wayne of management thinkers and you’ll hear why early in this episode.

His work has been featured just about everywhere, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, USAToday, Fast Company, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, CNN, the BBC, and NPR. His TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times.

The thing I appreciate most about the work that David does he's not afraid to challenge the status quo and conventional wisdom that exists in the business world.

Today we talk most about the concepts he lays out in his newest book, Leading from Anywhere: The Essential Guide to Managing Remote Teams.

Here are some of the insights we discussed:

  • The evolution of remote work over the last 40 years
  • Why we should challenge the assumption that presence equals productivity
  • The future of in-person offices
  • How to use work sprints to work together, but independently
  • Ideas for handling distractions, including how to set boundaries with kids while working at home.
  • Why having a shared identity is so crucial in business
  • The best companies have a clear thing they are fighting for
  • We talk about 4 ideas to how to help make remote staff feel including 
  • How to build trust, and how to communicate in a remote world.

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Nov 16 2020 · 52mins

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MBS290 - How Great Teams Find a Purpose Worth Rallying Around with David Burkus

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Why are some people and teams more motivated, more innovative, and more successful than others? Why do some teams of talented and seemingly compatible people fall short against lesser teams with less suitable members? Why do some leaders cast bold inspiring visions that fail to materialize, while other, seemingly inconsequential leaders rally their teams to victory? Join in as Matt chats to David Burkus author of 'pick a fight' to talk about vivid visions, rallying around something to fight for, and leadership.
Oct 28 2020 · 1hr 2mins
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The Myths of Creativity by David Burkus | Summary | Free Audiobook

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Learn the Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas.

Why is it that creativity seems to come naturally for some people while others struggle to create innovative ideas? You may believe that creativity is something people are born with or that big ideas are random and lucky. If you believe one of these things, then you believe in one of the many myths of creativity. In reality, anyone can be creative! Everyone has the necessary tools inside of themselves, it’s up to the person, however, to find it. Many myths surround creativity, including the belief that innovation comes from an unpredictable spark of genius that it is something bestowed upon a lucky few. The Myths of Creativity aims to demystify everything about creativity and David Burkus highlights the false ideas that hold us back from fulfilling our full creative potential. He answers questions like, “What causes us to be creative in one moment and completely void the next?” and “What makes someone more or less creative than another?” He also debunks the common myths surrounding creativity, including the Eureka Myth, the Lone Creator Myth, and the Brainstorming Myth. With the latest research, Burkus will teach you everything you need to know about creativity and will help you overcome obstacles to find new ideas and innovations.


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Oct 16 2020 · 23mins
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S3: Ep. 89: Disinfect at the source. A Disruptive Conversation with David Burkus.

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David Burkus has focused much of work, writing and research on how to not make work suck. A common joke in the world of organizational psychologists. He written books on creativity, networking, teams, teamwork and more recently remote work.

In general, he asks, what do we think we know about work? Now that we have some ideas around that, what does the research or evidence say about what we think we know?

In really enjoyed my conversations with David. Here are a few things that stood out for me.

Getting teams aligned and motivated.

Recently, I have been questioning this term alignment in organizations because in many ways it assumes a certain level of homogeneity in organizations that simply does not exist. What I liked about my conversation with David is that he spoke about the role of purpose in getting trams aligned and motivated. He used the phrase, “speaking the same language”. Whose job is it to get the team to align and speak the same language. What does that mean in practice? His notion is that we need to pick a fight. People need to know what they are fighting for. It has little to do with who they are fighting against. People, for David, need a crusade. They want to work on something that is bigger than themselves. This is how you drive motivation.

Lessons from terrorists.

I have always been a fan of learning lessons from people we disagree with. Most notably, white supremacy groups have been very good at building a movement. What can we learn from them? One of the things David points out is that terrorist movements give people two things the rest of the world is not giving them:

A sense of sacred values. Things that are worth defending.
A larger group identity.
One of the things he reminds us about is often when you give groups task that require collaboration for them to complete, they often put aside their difference to achieve the task. See episodes:

Mindfulness can be found in places other than Yoga.

I love this part of our conversation. I am not the biggest fan of the mindfulness movement. I do, however, acknowledge its value. There is tremendous value in working on presence, focus, and intention. The challenge is that many mindfulness programs over promise and under deliver. These are my words but what David and I talk about is the possibility of finding mindfulness in soccer, martial arts, or work. There is value in mindfulness in many places other than in temples and retreats.

Avoiding the pull towards self-similarity.

In his book, Friend of a Friend . . .: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career, one of the arguments he makes is that we have a tendency towards self-similarity. Network have a tendency to serve you self-similar people. We have network problem. When you recruit from the same clusters, you get the same kinds of people. To grow and diversify your network you need to avoid the tendency for networks to move towards similarity.

Disinfect at the source.

We know that emotional contagion spreads like a virus. David tells the story of his wife who is medical doctor and how they have developed procedures for disinfecting the car and her clothes before she enters the house. His point is that work is often a source of stress, negative energy, frustrating bosses, disengagement or toxic work cultures. The challenge is that when people get home, they do not leave this negative energy at the door, instead, it spills into the family life. We laugh at the show the Office because it mirrors certain aspects of our lives. If we are going to stop parents bringing negative energy into their homes, we need to disinfect at the source. We need to create beautiful workplaces.

Lean into conflict.

There is a big distinction between task conflict and versus people conflict. Conflict around ideas can yield tremendous reward for organizations. We can also avoid conversations by assuming we know the other persons motivations because we can only speculate. There are ways to avoid conflict and speculating about other people’s motivations is a major one.

There are a few tricks:

Give the other person the most generous assumption.
Ask people, what would need to be true for X to happen?
Focus on challenging the idea and not people.
Pick a crusade worth fighting for.
For more information on David visit: https://davidburkus.com/
Oct 01 2020 · 51mins
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SPOS #737 - David Burkus On Building Great Teams With Purpose

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Welcome to episode #737 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #737 - Host: Mitch Joel. One of the world’s leading business thinkers (and my friend), David Burkus, is a forward-thinking idea machine focused on helping leaders and teams do their best work ever. He is the best-selling author of five books about business and leadership (including The Myths of Creativity, Under New Management, Friend of a Friend, and more). His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into dozens of languages. Since 2017, David has been ranked as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50. As a sought-after international speaker, his TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times. A former business school professor, David holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in strategic leadership from Regent University. His latest project is Pick A Fight - How Great Teams Find A Purpose Worth Rallying Around, and it initially came out as an audiobook project. As we all head back to school and back to work (in a very different world), business leaders are going to need to understand what will make their teams feel motivated, innovative and more successful than ever before. Not easy. David wants every business to pick a fight worth fighting for. Enjoy the conversation...

Aug 23 2020 · 56mins
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481: How Great Teams Find Purpose, with David Burkus

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David Burkus: Pick a Fight
David’s work is changing how companies approach innovation, collaboration, and leadership. He is the award-winning author of four books and offers a fresh perspective on how to improve our organizations and build better teams by blending the most current research in psychology, sociology, economics, and network science.

His books have been translated in more than a dozen languages and his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, USAToday, Fast Company, and more. He has consistently been named one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50 and his TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times. He is the author of the audiobook, Pick a Fight: How Great Teams Find a Purpose Worth Rallying Around*.

In this conversation, David and I discuss why picking a fight is a powerful motivation, but important to do with wisdom. Most organizations won’t benefit from starting fights with rivals. Instead, discover one of three fights that will support a cause worth fighting for.
Key Points

Avoid fights with rivals.

Picking a fight is a powerful motivator; but leaders need to pick their fight wisely. Instead of someone to fight, they need to find a cause worth fighting for.
Three kinds of fights that are useful for leaders to engage in:

The Revolutionary Fight
The Underdog Fight
The Ally Fight

Resources Mentioned

3 Days To A More Motivated And Aligned Team

Book Notes
Download my highlights from Pick a Fight in PDF format (free membership required).
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Jul 20 2020 · 39mins
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Why All Leaders and Content Creators Need to "Pick a Fight" | David Burkus

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David Burkus (@DavidBurkus) is a best-selling author, sought after keynote speaker, and Associate Professor of Leadership and Innovation. He’s delivered keynotes to the leaders of Fortune 500 companies and the future leaders of the United States Naval Academy. His TED talk has been viewed over 2 million times and he is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review.

Hear David's first appearance on Growth Mindset University, How to Hack Networking, at https://JordanParis.com/ep153.

Get David's new audiobook, Pick a Fight: How Great Teams Find a Purpose Worth Rallying Around, only on Audible

Connect with David Burkus on LinkedIn.

Jul 15 2020 · 48mins
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320: Pick A Fight: Rallying Your Team To Victory With David Burkus

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As leaders, understanding how your employees' function is critical to overall success. Today, Jesse Cole interviews one of the world's biggest business thinkers and author of Pick A FightDavid Burkus. Interestingly, David believes that for businesses to cast bold inspiring visions, leaders must rally their team to fight. David expands on that as he talks about purpose as the driving factor of a business along with its misconceptions. He then shares the importance of stepping into a client's shoes and how stories and artifacts remind employees about a fight they must tackle. With adversity as a vital element, David believes that this can make every fight work for the best.

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May 27 2020 · 48mins
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177: Why The Time To Start Is Now w/ David Burkus

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Balancing your creativity and your business is a challenge. But prioritizing the parts that fulfill you the most won’t just be good for you, it will benefit your business too. Inevitably, this will foster a sense of purpose for your business that will lead to meaningful connections and projects.

David Burkus is a skilled researcher and an inspiring communicator. His award-winning books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and his TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times. By making cutting-edge organizational research accessible and applicable, David pushes audiences to reconsider how they work both individually and in teams. This way, they unlock the methods top performers use to thrive at work and in life.

In this episode, David and I talk about how the right time to start any endeavor is now. Waiting for the time to be perfect means waiting forever. We both started lots of projects before we had it perfected. Some of our early works were really abysmal compared to where we are now. But if we didn’t take the chance, we’d still be back at the starting line.

With all the work we have, it’s easy to miss the parts that actually bring you joy. David strongly urges all creative business owners to identify and set aside time for what makes you feel engaged and satisfied. Make this a non-negotiable. There will still be room for the rest of your business. If you ignore the parts you love, then it won’t be long before your work suffers.

David drops some great wisdom when it comes to networking and making connections. His main piece of advice is not to talk that much about your work itself. Rather, tell people about the good you want your work to accomplish. That will lead to stronger connections and create meaningful allies. 

How do you network without feeling icky? Tell me in the comments on the episode page!

In this episode

  • Why you should never wait for the perfect time to start
  • Why you need untouchable time built into your work rhythm
  • The importance of knowing what you’re fighting for in your business
  • What’s wrong with having the “perfect” elevator pitch
  • The power of meaningful networking to create the right connection


“The biggest problems are not procrastination or lack of knowledge. It’s that you have taste. You develop that by being a fan. So you know what good looks like, but you don’t know how to do it.” [15:32]

“The people who would tell you that they are in their dream job usually built it.” [26:30]

“I think people don’t want to join a company. They want to join a crusade. They don’t want to talk about what they do. They want to talk about what they’re fighting for.” [40:55]


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May 18 2020 · 52mins