I am a huge fan of podcasts.
Yes, I’m a little biased because I host one, but also because they are amazing. If you want to learn something new, stay up-to-date on current affairs, or escape into the world of alien espionage, there is a podcast for you.
And of course there are plenty of shows dedicated to people who lead teams. Shows that give you career advice, keep you current on business or technology and remind you that you’re human and need to take a break every now and then.
So here are 10 podcasts that are great for anyone in a management role. So the next time you’re commuting into work or vacuuming the life out of your living room rug because your 2 dogs shed like crazy, pop-in your headphones and enjoy any of these great shows. When you’re done, let us know your favorite and tell us about the other shows you like to listen to. Enjoy!
How I Built This
How I Built This is one of the highest rated podcasts out there and for good reason. Host Guy Raz interviews some of the most prominent founders on the planet. It’s great to hear the true and often difficult stories behind legendary brands such as Starbucks, Atari, WeWork, Bumble and more. Hearing the struggles of prominent entrepreneurs helps you realize business is tough for everyone.
I Hate My Boss
Liz Dolan is the former CMO of Nike and National Geographic. She and her co-host, Larry Seal (an executive coach), discuss the good, bad and ugly side of work. Not only do they give you practical advice you’ll also get a good belly laugh as you hear true stories from listeners and workplace shenanigans from the fictional ad agency Penn & Pencil. If you have ever worked in an office, you must listen to this show.
Startup, a Gimlet Media production, is what inspired me to start podcasting. (Thanks Alex!)The show began by following founder Alex Blomberg as he raised money and launched the business that would become podcasting powerhouse Gimlet Media. Now, the show follows different entrepreneurs on their journey of building and growing a business. Through other’s stories, you’ll hear about the trials of hiring, diversity, raising money and keeping the business a float.
Archana Ravichandran hosts this show about kick glass women who have excelled in business. Each week she interviews a senior leader and discusses work, life and building a successful career. Archana’s guests give invaluable tips on how to navigate the corporate world. If you are, or are looking to become a senior executive, you should definitely tune in.
Tribe of Mentors
The latest show by podcast titan Tim Ferris. Tim usually interviews guests (though sometimes talks solo) and asks them profound questions about everything from how they got their start to tactical advice on life, love, success and business. Tribe of Mentors is similar to his stellar original podcast, The Tim Ferris Show. The format is shorter, but the content is just as great.
If you’ve never watched a TED talk, you’ve been hiding underneath a rock. The greatest storytellers of our age have graced the TED or TEDx stage at some point. TED Talks is the audio version of those great speeches and offers the same level of storytelling and inspiration. If you want to learn something new or have something to talk about at your next offsite, TED never disappoints.
Harvard Business Review’s show, HBR Ideacast, is what you would expect from the foremost authority on management and leadership. Hosted by HBR editor, Sarah Green Carmichael, the weekly show interviews world experts and tackles everything from management best practices to startups and technology.
How To Be Awesome At Your Job
Hosted by Pete Mockaitis, each week he speaks with experts about leadership and management. You’ll learn how to improve your work performance and what you need to do in order to excel in your career.
The Lively Show
Being a manager is hard and sometimes you need some positivity. Look no further than The Lively Show. Jess Lively’s wildly popular podcast takes you on a journey of living with intention, consciousness, finding clarity and quantum mechanics. Jess’ style is approachable and she talks as though you’re actually in the room. This is a great podcast to listen to when you need a little perspective.
The Manila Folder
Of course we’d be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn’t list The Manila Folder. Our goal is to help you become a better leader, so we interview founders, CEOs and other experts about what it takes to succeed. You’ll learn everything from managing your career, why businesses fail and the secrets to becoming a great leader.
I’m sure we’ll update this list of great podcasts because there are truly so many out there. Now it’s your turn. Tell us about your favorite podcasts.