How to Be Awesome at Your Job: A Podcast for People who Love Learning Improvement Tools for Happier Work | Career | Employment

Pete Mockaitis questions an expert (e.g. coach, professional, manager) on growing your brain, results, promotion, pay, fun, relationships

Podcast Overview

If your job requires substantial thinking and collaboration, this podcast will help you flourish at work. Each week, Pete grills thought-leaders and results-getters to discover specific, actionable insights that boost work performance. These practical nuggets sharpen the universal skills every professional needs. Pete has coached world-class thinkers from 50 countries, every Ivy League university, and many elite companies to work brilliance. Now, let his VIP guests guide you to becoming a better thinker, doer, presenter, and leader.

More career fun, wins, meaning, and money await. Transcripts, show notes, and handy resources available at

Podcast Episodes

179: Making Radical Career Changes with Dr. Allan Mink

Dr. Allan Mink shares his experiences in making career pivots and best practices on adapting to radical change.


You'll Learn:

  1. The argument for radical career changes
  2. The importance of personal relationships in making a successful pivot
  3. How to effectively manage your skill gaps when you pivot


About Allan

Dr. Allan Mink teaches Management, Information, and Systems as an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Kogod Graduate School of Business. Dr. Mink is the Managing Director for Systems Spirit, a boutique consulting team influential in connecting technology firms with the needs of the Department of Defense. Dr. Mink previously served as the business growth lead for SRA International's largest business unit; Vice President, Defense and Intelligence for Unisys Corporation; and COO/CTO of the Systems and Software Consortium. Al retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel and decorated combat pilot. His final assignment was at Headquarters Air Force, leading the USAF's portfolio of thirteen IT Initiatives for what's now the A6/CIO. He is an Advisory Board Member of the MIT Enterprise Forum, which informs, advises, and coaches technology entrepreneurs to start and grow firms with world-changing impact.


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178: How to Lead Without Authority with Dodie Gomer

Talent builder Dodie Gomer shares best practices for leading people to results--when you’re not in charge.


You'll Learn:

  1. How setting a clear vision on tiny matters delivers huge benefits
  2. Tactics for projecting powerful composure
  3. The value of using “strong words” and eliminating “weak words” in your communications


About Dodie:

Dodie Gomer believes far beyond technical potential. She is known as a talent builder. Dodie has 25+ years of corporate HR leadership. She inspires individuals to tap into their unique talent to go beyond their technical expertise and develop as leaders – even if they never plan to be a manager. Whether it is a keynote address, leadership workshop or as a succession planning consultant, Dodie will provide the right tools to build leadership for both individuals and organizations.


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177: Getting the Right Fit at Work with Moe Carrick

Moe Carrick discusses discovering and creating the right fit in the workplace, its significance to us, and the elements that contribute to it.


You'll Learn:

  1. The meaning and importance of work fit
  2. The critical 6 elements that comprise work fit
  3. What to do when something does not fit in your workplace


About Moe:

Moe Carrick is Principal and Founder of Moementum, Inc. a Certified BCorp and consulting firm dedicated to the vision of creating a world that works for everyone using business as a force for good. Her diverse client portfolio includes Prudential, REI, Nike, The Nature Conservancy, TechSoft3D, Hydroflask, amongst others.

A frequent blogger and contributor to Conscious Company,, and the Work Smart Blog, Moe is also a frequent and in demand speaker and facilitator. She has shared her insights and energetic style with TEDx’s and numerous universities, professional organizations, corporations, and trade groups.


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176: How to Prevent Terrible Decisions using Red Team Thinking with Bryce Hoffman

Bryce Hoffman shares how the military’s Red Teaming thinking tools can help professionals make optimal decisions.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to confront lies in your organizations and the lies you tell yourself
  2. A quick way to check critical assumptions
  3. One question that will help you make better decisions in under 15 minutes


About Bryce

Bryce G. Hoffman is a bestselling author, speaker and consultant who helps companies around the world plan better and global leaders lead better by applying innovative systems from the worlds of business and the military. He is the author of the 2012 bestseller, American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company, which has become a manual for CEOs looking to transform their corporate cultures. Before launching his international consulting practice in 2014, Hoffman was an award-winning financial journalist who spent 22 years covering the global automotive, high-tech and biotech industries for newspapers in Michigan and California. He writes a regular column on leadership and culture for and regularly appears on television and radio shows in the United States and internationally. For more information, please visit:


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175: How to See the Blind Spots Holding Back Your Career with Sara Canaday

Sara Canaday gives insights that offer clarity on blind spots at work and overcoming them to advance in your career.


You'll Learn:

  1. Key blind spots that frequently hold back careers
  2. Why the personal touch matters at work
  3. Approaches to identifying your own blind spots


About Sara

Sara Canaday (Leadership Development Expert, Speaker and Author) is a recognized expert and author in leadership and strategic personal branding. Specifically, she is known for her ability to help high potentials identify the elusive blind spots that are preventing them from taking their careers (and their companies) to the next level.


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The Two Questions that Improve Every Decision

Happy (almost) 4th of July!

In this special episode, Pete helps you declare independence from making sub-optimal decisions with two key questions that will help you approach decision-making better:

1. What must be true for this decision to be a good one?

2. How can I test that?


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174: Mapping Out Your Career and Fulfillment with Dr. Bill Schiemann

Dr. Bill Schiemann paves the way to finding fulfillment now and where you want to be in future.


You'll Learn:

  1. Three factors essential for career fulfillment
  2. How to find fulfillment within your current situation
  3. Processes to map out your goal fulfillment


About Bill:

Bill Schiemann is Principal and CEO of Metrus Group, specializing in strategic performance measurement, organizational alignment and talent optimization. He’s authored numerous books and articles on talent management and has served as the Chairman of the Society for Human Resources Management Foundation.


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173: Writing Better Emails with Leslie O’Flahavan

Email expert Leslie O'Flahavan shares the do's and don'ts of writing clear emails that build rapport.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to use the BLUF technique to get more opens, reads, and replies
  2. How to use formatting optimally in emails
  3. The method for writing a strong subject line


About Leslie: 

Leslie O’Flahavan is a get-to-the point writer and an experienced, versatile writing instructor.  As E-WRITE owner since 1996, Leslie has been writing content and teaching customized writing courses for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Leslie can help the most stubborn, inexperienced, or word-phobic employees at your organization improve their writing skills, so they can do their jobs better.


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172: The Smart Way to Follow Your Passion with Moustafa Hamwi

Passionpreneur Moustafa Hamwi defines true passion and shares keys to pursuing it wisely.


You'll Learn:

  1. Moustafa’s four-fold definition of passion
  2. A billion-dollar question that you should ask yourself right now
  3. Why you should build your passion tribe


About Moustafa

Moustafa is known globally as The Passion Guy due to his amazing success in launching platforms that are empowering people to work & live passionately including a series of Passion Talks; and Passion Sundays the leading online passion & happiness talk show.


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171: Brevity = Critical with Joe McCormack

Marketing executive Joe McCormack addressed declining attention spans with actionable ways to "be better; be brief."


You'll Learn:

  1. How being brief helps you focus
  2. How to trim down information to what is essential
  3. 3 common mistakes when it comes to being brief


About Joe:

Joe McCormack is on a mission to help organizations master the art of the short story. An experienced marketing executive, successful entrepreneur and author, Joe is recognized for his work in narrative messaging and corporate storytelling. His book, Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less (Wiley & Sons, 2014) tackles the timeliness of the “less is more” mandate.

He founded and serves as managing director and president of The Sheffield Company, an award-winning boutique agency.

A passionate leader, he started The BRIEF Lab, a subsidiary of Sheffield, in 2013 after years dedicated to developing and delivering a unique curriculum on strategic narratives for U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He speaks at diverse industry and client forums on the topics of messaging, storytelling, change and leadership.


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