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Sameena Mustafa,
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Sameena Mustafa, "From Comedy to Congress"

Kelly talks to Sameena Mustafa who  is running for the United States congress to represent…

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Brittany Packnett -
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Brittany Packnett - "Activism, Education and Equity."

Kelly talks with Brittany Packnett an activist who has worked with Teach for America and…

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Sam Wasson,
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Sam Wasson, "Improv Nation: How We Made A Great American Art"

Kelly and noted author Sam Wasson dig deep into his new book, “Improv Nation,” about…

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Getting Old White Guys to Come to your Diversity Training
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Getting Old White Guys to Come to your Diversity Training

There is a lag between knowing it’s important and understanding that it’s important enough for…

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Bob Johansen, “The New Leadership Literacies”
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Bob Johansen, “The New Leadership Literacies”

Kelly welcomes Bob Johansen back to the show to talk about his new…

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Molly Beck, “Smart, Pretty, Awkward and Reaching Out.”
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Molly Beck, “Smart, Pretty, Awkward and Reaching Out.”

Kelly visits with prolific blogger, marketer and author Molly Beck. Her new book…

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Jay Heinrichs - “Thank You for Arguing”
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Jay Heinrichs - “Thank You for Arguing”

Kelly talks to Jay Heinrichs the author the New York Times bestselling book…

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Here’s Why Your Team Building Events Are Falling Flat
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Here’s Why Your Team Building Events Are Falling Flat

Despite the best of intentions, locking people in a room for any period of time…

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Kathryn Minshew, The Muse - People, Purpose and Path
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Kathryn Minshew, The Muse - People, Purpose and Path

Kelly talks to Kathryn Minshew, The Founder and CEO of the online career…

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Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton, “Frangela” - Comedy in the Era of Trump
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Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton, “Frangela” - Comedy in the Era of Trump

Kelly talks to Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton of the comedy duo…

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Julie Wilson, Institute for the Future of Learning - Failing Forward
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Julie Wilson, Institute for the Future of Learning - Failing Forward

Kelly gets schooled by Julie Wilson, the Founder and Executive Director of the…

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Ai-jen Poo, Caring Across Generations - Improvisation for Care
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Ai-jen Poo, Caring Across Generations - Improvisation for Care

Kelly talks to activist, author and co-director of Caring Across Generations about Second…

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Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter, Improvisation and Alzheimer’s - The Long Hello
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Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter, Improvisation and Alzheimer’s - The Long Hello

Kelly connects with Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter whose story of using improvisational…

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George Anders, “You Can Do Anything” - The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education
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George Anders, “You Can Do Anything” - The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education

Kelly talks to Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Bestselling author George…

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The Cross-Armed Crowd
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The Cross-Armed Crowd

We judge ourselves by our intentions, we judge other people by their actions. Good intentions…

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The Secret Society of Happy People - At Work?
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The Secret Society of Happy People - At Work?

It is widely understood that happiness in the workplace is one of the keys to…

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What’s The Best Way to Collaborate and Connect With Team Members? Throw a Pizza Party, and Here’s Why…
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What’s The Best Way to Collaborate and Connect With Team Members? Throw a Pizza Party, and Here’s Why…

By  TJ Medel – Second City Works Facilitator Let’s be real for a minute. It’s…

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Dick Costolo – Great Leaders are Great Listeners
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Dick Costolo – Great Leaders are Great Listeners

Kelly talks to former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo about leadership, improvisation and working…

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Alan Alda - Science, Improv and A Bad Trip to The Dentist
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Alan Alda - Science, Improv and A Bad Trip to The Dentist

“Ignorance was my ally as long as it was backed up by curiosity.”…

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Brené Brown, Rising Strong and Yes, And
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Brené Brown, Rising Strong and Yes, And

Kelly connects with Brené Brown to talk about her latest book “Rising Strong”…

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Mitch Prinstein, UNC Chapel Hill - Popular
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Mitch Prinstein, UNC Chapel Hill - Popular

Kelly talks to professor Mitch Prinstein about his new book “Popular” which looks at the…

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Emma Seppala, Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence - The Happiness Track
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Emma Seppala, Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence - The Happiness Track

Kelly talks to scholar and author Emma Seppala about the connection between happiness…

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Duncan Watts, Microsoft - Everything is Obvious
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Duncan Watts, Microsoft - Everything is Obvious

Kelly talks to the brilliant Cornell professor and Primary Researcher at Microsoft, Duncan…

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Scott Curran, Beyond Advisers - Bill Clinton, Big Law and Purpose
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Scott Curran, Beyond Advisers - Bill Clinton, Big Law and Purpose

Kelly talks with former Clinton Foundation General Counsel Scott Curran about social impact…

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Rodd Wagner, BI Worldwide - People Aren’t Widgets
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Rodd Wagner, BI Worldwide - People Aren’t Widgets

Kelly talks to Rodd Wagner, VP of employment engagement strategies for BI Worldwide…

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Baby in the Boardroom
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Baby in the Boardroom

I write this allegory to comment on what I see when I enter into your…

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Casting Talent at The Second City
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Casting Talent at The Second City

If you want to attract the best talent, you can’t just be focused on “your”…

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The Gamification of Self-Regulation or Pokemon Go
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The Gamification of Self-Regulation or Pokemon Go

Self-regulation is the ability to respond to the ongoing demands of life’s experiences with a…

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The Story of Coca-Cola - Katherine Twells
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The Story of Coca-Cola - Katherine Twells

Kelly Leonard talks storytelling, consumer branding,  leadership and listening with Coca Cola marketing executive…

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Getting Your Employees to Share Their Best Ideas on Yammer, Chatter, and Enterprise Social
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Getting Your Employees to Share Their Best Ideas on Yammer, Chatter, and Enterprise Social

People think of social work tools as great ways to share—but in fact, employees often…

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3 Improv Exercises That Can Change the Way Your Team Works
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3 Improv Exercises That Can Change the Way Your Team Works

What can leaders learn from improv comedians? For five decades, The Second City comedy theatre…

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Yes, And ... 5 More Lessons In Improv-ing Collaboration and Creativity With Second City
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Yes, And ... 5 More Lessons In Improv-ing Collaboration and Creativity With Second City

Second City execs Tom Yorton and Kelly Leonard do not claim their new book…

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I Was Replaced 3 Months into My New Job
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I Was Replaced 3 Months into My New Job

I was focused on my idea, not the right idea. And the right idea results…

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If You've Got It, Flaunt It: Lessons from Joe Maddon
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If You've Got It, Flaunt It: Lessons from Joe Maddon

Want to lead a confident team? Lose the rules that don’t make sense, and be…

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How a Clap is Conquering My Most Recent Failure; Addiction
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How a Clap is Conquering My Most Recent Failure; Addiction

How often in our work do we actually give someone our undivided attention?…

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Just Listen
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Just Listen

It takes work to be a good listener. But the results are so worth it.

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I Work With a Bunch of Failures
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I Work With a Bunch of Failures

By developing a culture of authenticity, companies can improve manager-employee relations, respond to change, and…

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The Desperate Need for Authenticity
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The Desperate Need for Authenticity

Real authenticity has become so rare that we feel compelled to point it out and…

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