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You may recall our best Leadership & Management Books list and our best Management & Leadership training programs list. Well, our ears are burning after listening to countless hours of audio programming to find the best leadership and management podcasts.
We’ve collected the most engaging and informative business leadership and management podcasts and broken them down by some key topics. If there are any you think we’ve missed, let us know!
This weekly podcast is produced by the Harvard Business Review (HBR) and features leading thinkers in business, leadership, politics, journalism, entertainment and management. The impressive backlog of past episodes offer in-depth interviews, as well as regular analyses and reviews of HBR features and timely topics by the editors and Harvard professors. Past interview subjects include innovation guru Clay Shirky, writer Salmon Rushdie, Google exec Eric Schmidt, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, poet Maya Angelou, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, former U.S. Secretary of State Robert Gates, and iconic relationship expert Dr. Ruth Wertheimer.
Hosted by Omar Zenhom, a Wharton emigree who aims to “revolutionize business education,” this quick listen offers 10-minute business lessons. The podcast speaks with industry experts and avoids backstories and promotional pitches to focus on solid business tutorials. Topics of recent broadcasts have included product development, getting in on the conference circuit and book reviews.
This podcast by productivity author and coach, Erik Fisher, teaches you how to choose the right projects, tasks and goals in work and life. The show features people who discuss all aspects of productivity, from getting the work done, getting it done right and the true end goal of productivity: living a meaningful life. Among the topics that have recently been on discussed on the program are taking action on the right things, learning from failure, and the power of structure, routines and flexibility.
A business podcast is by Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, and who The New York Times called “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” Each episode deconstructs someone from an eclectic mix of professions, be it investing, sports, business, art, etc., and examines the tactics and tools they used for success in their field. Ferriss has featured Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Pixar president Ed Catcall, Tony Robbins, music producer Rick Rubin and dozens more.
Manager Tools is a podcast produced by a management consulting firm of the same name. It’s owned by Michael Auzenne and Mark Horstman, both West Point graduates, former army officers and corporate executives. They use their experience in the military, business life, and decades of management consulting to offer listeners actionable recommendations to become more effective and productive managers.
Monocle’s weekly podcast featuring global business leaders, often times on location, discussing their entrepreneurial spirits and products. From media moguls to small manufacturers to startups, previous shows include trips to Barcelona to interview Designer Yves Behar, a tour of Knickerbocker’s Brooklyn, NY factory, and an interview with the CEO of Kickstarter live from the Dublin Web Summit.
Dan Pink, host and bestselling business author, calls Office Hours: “Car Talk… for the human engine.” It was a fairly active podcast that hasn’t published since 2014, but we include it because it’s a great resource. The discussions with guests, including New Yorker writer and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, run the gamut from work to business to life and everything in-between. Once a month, he opens the phone lines for an hour to take calls from listeners, so you can be part of the conversation, too.
Co-sponsored by BASES (a student entrepreneurship group), the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the Department of Management Science and Engineering, these weekly Stanford seminars feature entrepreneurs and innovators who share their stories. Past guests have included Land’s End CEO Federica Marchionni, Blue Bottle Coffee founder James Freeman, and Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO at the marketing and sales software firm HubSpot.
Hosted by Ken Coleman, author of One Question: Life Changing Answers From Today’s Leading Voices, who leads lively discussions and tips on leadership and business by such business icons as businessman, author, TV personality and philanthropist Mike Cuban; author, entrepreneur, marketer and public speaker Seth Godin, business consultant, author and lecturer on company sustainability and growth Jim Collins and author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek.
Hosted by Stever Robbins, an entrepreneur, executive coach and executive curriculum designer, this podcast aims to help listeners live up to their full potential and reach their goals. That mission is filtered through a myriad of topics, including productivity, relationships, pets, technology, health & fitness, education and more.
This dose of podcast is hosted by Richard Rierson, a former Marine, commercial pilot and entrepreneur. He conducts insightful interviews with motivating leaders who share real-life experience. The themes of truth, common sense and courageous behavior are explored with leaders from business, the armed forces and faith-based communities.
Michael Hyatt, author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World among other popular business books, has been blogging for over 10 years. His podcast is dedicated to “intentional” leadership. The weekly episodes are free and most recently have explored: “Leadership at the Symphony,” “6 Strategies to Become a Better Conversationalist,” and “Achieve More By Sleeping More.”
The podcast from the popular nonprofit seminars of the same name, each episode features innovators, entrepreneurs and researchers who share their stories and insights. Recent guests have included career re-entry coach Carol F. Cohen, investment expert Audrey Choi on making a profit while making a difference, and Shonda Rhimes, creator of hit TV shows Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. The impressive backlog also is worth a listen to hear leaders like Bill & Melinda Gates, Sheryl Sandburg, Larry Page, and Arianna Huffington, to name a few.
Finance & Tech
This financial podcast, produced by the renowned McKinsey Quarterly editorial team, features experts and practitioners in the field. The programs are designed to offer listeners insights into value-creating strategies and implementing those strategies into enhanced company performance. Topics include board governance, investments, leadership, allocating resources, the Asia-Pacific region and much more.
If you’re not listening to Kara Swisher, you don’t know tech. This weekly podcast by the folks at Re/Code is the journalist’s opportunity to review the past week in tech news, interview key personalities and explore impacts on tech in our world. Guests really run the gamut, from U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to media personalities like Jonah Peretti, CEO of Buzzfeed, to tech leaders like Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andme.com and Brian Chesky, CEO of AirBnB.
Microsoft’s forum for all things tech, this weekly podcast goes deep into the technologies that we use every day. The weekly podcast offers a critical voice and wide-ranging guests in the IT world and inside Microsoft for a well-rounded look at the profession and its challenges. They’ve talked about topics as varied as NASCAR and data science.
This is a free and premium podcast hosted by Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, who has led projects for a management consulting company, a national retailer, a financial service provider and an internet startup among others. The weekly program focuses on best practices and new developments in the industry. He has frequent guests and has spoken to PMP certification, leadership, work-life balance and many other topics. Check out the previous podcasts with our own Jason Westland.
Andy Kaufman, executive project coach, has been broadcasting since January 2009, providing interviews and insight on project management topics from leadership to productivity. There are free and premium podcasts and, like others, can qualify certified project management professionals with up to 30 Professional Development Units (PDUs). Episodes focus on project managers, project sponsors and leadership at all levels.
Just like the name says, this is a five-minute podcast in which news and project management themes are delivered fast, in practical terms and easily for the busy professional. Hosted by Ricardo Vargas, a Brazilian engineer, author of project management books and director of infrastructure and project management at the United Nations Office for Project Services.
Host Peter Taylor, who we interviewed last year is the author of two best-selling books on project management. He is a frequent lecturer whose mission is to teach as many people as possible how to “work smarter and not harder.” On his podcast, he addresses issues such as work-life balance and productivity, with interviews and even some music that makes his podcast a must-listen.
Cesar Abeid is an electrical engineer and project management professional, who focuses on project managers. He uses the podcast as a platform to explore successful concepts and interviews those who are making a mark in the industry. Their personal stories are broken down into practical and manageable pieces that can be applied universally.
Host Mark Phillipy has over 15 years of project management experience in the IT industry and applies his background in both traditional and Agile project management to explore the “practical” side of PM. He has interviewed many industry leaders, including our own contributors, leadership coach Susanne Madsen and blogger Elizabeth Harrin, and covers topics ranging from leading teams to practicing clear communications.
Dedicated to the PMO, the broadcasts are topical and informative. Hosted by author Mark Price Perry, each episode is broken into three segments: Points Memo, Featured Story and Mailbag. Some of the more recent stories have been about methodology, dashboards, portfolios, projects, why PMOs fail and others.
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