Podcasts to Listen to for a better you in 2019

Better Yourself in 2019 with These 6 Smart Podcasts

Welcome to Idea Space, a quarterly roundup of timely and thought-provoking podcasts on a variety of topics that create space for new ideas.

Now that we’re a few weeks into 2019, it’s a good time to evaluate and assess our ambitions for the year ahead.

This month, we’re kicking off the New Year by focusing on some key resolutions.

To get you started on your journey of “new year, new me,” here’s a list of podcasts from notable names. They cover everything from leadership to living your best life.

1. To be a better leader.

In By Example, Carly Fiorina chats with the notable leaders and problem solvers of our time, as they explore what it takes to stay ahead of the pack — and also lead it. By striving for positive change and lifting up real leaders, they work to solve the everyday problems we all face.

In this episode on how Colin Powell became Colin Powell, Fiorina sits down with the American statesman and retired four-star general. He explains his definition of character, what it takes to make the jump from manager to leader, and more.

2. To keep a fresh perspective at work.

“We spend a quarter of our lives in our jobs,” says organizational psychologist Adam Grant.  So shouldn’t we enjoy it?  In his series WorkLife, Grant delves into the world’s most extraordinary and unusual workplaces to uncover the key to better work and a better life.

On the podcast, Grant says: “We’ll take listeners inside the minds of some fascinating people in some truly unusual places, and mix in fresh social science to reveal how we can lead more creative, meaningful and generous lives at work.”

3. To learn the secrets of a life well-lived.

Throughout her career, beauty industry titan Bobbi Brown has worked with some of the most accomplished people in the world. All who are true masters of their craft.

In her series Long Story Short with Bobbi Brown, she discusses with her guests their highs and lows in life — giving listeners a glimpse into their storied journeys.

In this episode with Joanna Coles, Brown sits down with the media icon, who she affectionately refers to as “Super Girl Boss.” As editor-in-chief of Marie Claire and later Cosmopolitan, Coles overhauled their reporting and left her mark on the publications.  Coles shares with Brown her most valued takeaways and what’s next for her.

4. To regain your sanity surrounding politics.

Described by the creators as “A political podcast for people not yet ready to give up or go insane,” Pod Save America cuts through the noise of the daily news cycle.

Here, Jon Favreau is joined by co-hosts Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor. The crew breaks down the week’s news into what really matters, and informs people how they can help.

With tongue-in-cheek titles like “Shutdown for What” and “Crime after Crime,” it’s easy to get lost down an episode rabbit hole with these entertaining and educational riffs.

5. To resolve you of your perfectionism.

Reshma Saujani, CEO and Founder of Girls Who Code, has run for office twice and failed. But, abandoning her idea of “perfect” is what led her to start her nonprofit, Girls Who Code. The organization has touched the lives of more than 90,000 girls with its computer education programs and message of sisterhood.

In her podcast Brave Not Perfect, Saujani explores the mantra that being brave, not perfect, is the secret sauce to standing up and changing the world.

Through interviews with changemakers from all walks of life, Saujani imparts meaningful messages of encouragement.

6. To learn something new every day.

In The Ezra Klein Show, Ezra Klein, Editor at Large of Vox, tackles the world’s toughest questions through enlightening conversations with the thinkers themselves.  He excavates the big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research that is at the forefront of our collective mind.

If you’ve ever wondered about things like how Mark Zuckerberg intends to govern Facebook or the dangers Yuval Harari sees in our future, then this is the podcast for you.

Author Megan Boley is a content marketing writer at WSB. When she’s not wordsmithing, she can be found with her nose in a book or planning her next adventure.

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