Rank #1: The Unconventional Habits of Highly Productive People
Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer-winning journalist for The New York Times and author of "The Power of Habit," has spent years trying to figure out what makes some people and teams more productive than others. Last week, Charles released his findings in a book titled "Smarter Faster Better." In this episode, Charles shares some of his findings on how to build a happier and more productive team, career, and life.
Rank #2: Cracking The Culture Code
Culture happens. Whether you plan for it or not, all companies have a culture. An no one knows more about how culture works than New York Times’s best-selling author Daniel Coyle. Daniel talks about his latest work, The Culture Code, where he goes inside the world’s most successful organizations - Pixar, San Antonio Spurs, SEAL Team Six, and more - to find out what makes them tick.
Rank #3: Blue Bottle Coffee CEO James Freeman
James Freeman is the founder and CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee, a coffee roaster and retailer headquartered in Oakland, California.Best known for their long lines of customers who wait for individually brewed cups of coffee, Blue Bottle has caught the eye of Silicon Valley’s top investors, including Chris Sacca’s Lowercase Capital, Google Ventures, Kevin Systrom (Instagram founder) and Tony Hawk.
Rank #4: Netflix’s Former Chief Talent Officer on the Right Way to Build a Great Team
During her time as Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, Patty McCord created the famous Netflix Culture Deck - one Sheryl Sandberg refers to as “...the most important document ever to come out of the Valley.” It comes as no surprise that Patty is a trusted advisor among bigwigs at places like Warby Parker, Bigcommerce, and Simply Hired. In today’s episode, Patty shares her firsthand advice on hiring invaluable teams, building a company culture, and dealing with the growing pains of scale.
Rank #5: Guy Kawasaki on Unconventional Social Media Strategies
Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist at Apple and now Chief Evangelist at Canva joins us to talk about his latest book, The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users, and a few of his unconventional social media strategies that have helped him drive traffic and build an audience of millions of followers.
Rank #6: The Turnaround: Kristen Kish
Kristen Kish’s road to Season 10 of Top Chef was winding, to say the least. She tried out business school for a spell, got in way over her head as an executive chef, and ended up working for one of the best-known culinary icons in the world. And the entire time, she was struggling with her own identity. In the last episode of The Turnaround season, we explain why appearing on Top Chef was only the second biggest turnaround in Kristen’s life.
Rank #7: Episode 100: Guy Kawasaki's Unconventional Advice on Growth
Today, we're bringing back one of our listeners' all-time favorite guests: Guy Kawasaki. In January 2015, Guy came on the show to talk about some of his counterintuitive social media strategies. Today, he joins us to talk about what's changed since then: the Snapchat vs. Instagram Stories debate; making the most of Facebook Live; and lessons from his book, The Art of the Start 2.0, on building great businesses.
Rank #8: How to Become an Influential Leader: Tips on Hiring, Growth & Management From Charlene Li
Technology has completely changed the way people work -- especially leaders at high-growth companies. How should managers approach hiring, growth, and management today? This week, we sit down with Charlene Li, Founder and CEO of Altimeter Group, to chat about her philosophy on these top leadership concerns.
Rank #9: What Most Managers Get Wrong About Hiring
On paper, the hiring process appears fairly straightforward: read applications, interview, hire top talent, and then rinse and repeat … right? Well, not exactly. The thing is, the conventional hiring process is broken -- and Jon Bischke, CEO of Entelo, has made it his mission to mend it. In this episode, Jon schools us on the top mistakes managers make in the hiring process and the tactics you can employ to be better at recruiting the right talent to grow your team.
Rank #10: The Happiness Equation: How to Design a More Fulfilling Life
Most people think happiness is a destination. You work hard. You become successful. Then, you're happy. Rinse and repeat for a happy life...right? Not exactly. According to Neil Pasricha, we've got this all backward. In his recently released book, "The Happiness Equation," Neil dives into research about what makes people happy at work and in life. In this episode, Neil joins us to share his findings, including how to avoid burnout, why you should never retire, and how to identify your true passions in life.
Rank #11: Patagonia’s Rick Ridgeway: Eye-Opening Lessons for Working (and Living) Adventurously
At Patagonia, transparency isn't convenient. "Transparency is telling the good and the bad," says Rick Ridgeway, Patagonia's VP of Environmental Affairs. "It is having the moxie to openly tell our customers and other external stakeholders about the harm that we are doing." But how does transparency work in reality? In this episode of The Growth Show, Rick gives us a true behind-the-scenes view of what it's like working at one of the most transparent companies in the world.
Rank #12: How Brandless Is Democratizing Access to Quality
For most shoppers, fair trade, organic, non-GMO products means paying a premium. And the amount of choices? Endless. But conscious consumerism doesn't have to equal uninformed decisions and an empty bank account. Brandless, which charges $3 for a variety of products, is changing this equation. Founder Tina Sharkey talks about her mission to democratize access to high-quality goods, redefine what brand means, and scale the Brandless business alongside its community.
Rank #13: The Neuroscience of Unforgettable Content
We all want to create content people remember (and hopefully, act on). But what makes some pieces of content easier to remember than others? The Neuroscientist Carmen Simon has researched just that and shared her findings in her book, Impossible to Ignore. In this episode, Carmen shares her researched-backed insights on how to create content that leaves a lasting impression.
Rank #14: Todd Rowe, Google’s Managing Director, on Creating a Culture of Innovation (Live at #INBOUND15)
Ever wonder why Google is so successful? According to Todd Rowe, Managing Director at Google, it all comes down to placing big bets on smart people - and giving them the space to achieve those bets. In this special episode of The Growth Show that was recorded live at INBOUND 2015, Todd gives us a great overview of Google’s philosophy on growth.
Rank #15: theSkimm Founders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg
Carly and Danielle quit their jobs at NBC News without a product and only two months worth of savings in their bank accounts. Today, they’re the founders of theSkimm, which has been called Oprah’s must-read newsletter. And Oprah’s not alone -- theSkimm has grown to over one million subscribers, and the founders are well on their way to turning news into a lifestyle brand.
Rank #16: How Shopify Grew 10X in 3 Years
On this episode of The Growth Show, HubSpot’s Mike Volpe and Meghan Keaney-Anderson sit down with Craig Miller, Chief Marketing Officer at Shopify, to talk about the techniques that his team has used to help fuel Shopify's 10x growth since joining the company just three years ago. Miller also talks about why he thinks engineers make great marketers, his decision to re-brand the marketing team to the growth team, and why there are huge opportunities in things that are often boring like your Terms of Servic
Rank #17: Product Market Fit Should Be Emotional
Many ecommerce companies face the same two problems: the cost of keeping inventory, and the money they have to swallow when a customer returns an item. Shan-Lyn Ma, the CEO and co-founder of Zola, has dodged both of those problems. Zola is an update on the wedding registry. In today’s episode, Shan-Lyn tells us about what she learned from her time working at the shopping website Gilt, her view on the future of ecommerce, and why it’s a good thing if a customer gets emotional when you’re doing user res
Rank #18: From Marketing to Mountain Biking: How to Learn Anything
We spend so much of our life in school -- with classes, teachers, tests, and papers. So when structured learning isn’t around anymore, it can be jarring. Like your training wheels just got removed. Noah Kagan, the Chief Sumo at Sumo.com, has trained himself to keep learning new things all the time. Today on the show, he tells us how he manages to keep learning new skills, whether it’s marketing, mountain biking, or anything in between.
Rank #19: What One Entrepreneur Learned From 100 Days of Rejection
Getting turned down is painful, whether it’s in your personal or your professional life. After a particularly harsh rejection, Jia Jiang decided to go out and face that pain head on. He purposefully tried to get rejected every day for 100 days in a row. In this episode, Jia tells us about how this experiment led him to fly a plane, drive a police car, give a college lecture, buy some specialty donuts, and much more.
Rank #20: Everlane's Founder on Building a Transparent, Focused & Cutting-Edge Fashion Brand
Everlane isn't like many other contemporary fashion brands. While others drive profits by discretely marking up low-cost goods, Everlane discloses the line-by-line costs for producing their products - and how much money they make on each transaction. While others obscure details about their supply chain, Everlane devotes a whole section of their website to photos and information about their factories. How'd the company build such a transparent and nimble brand?