Check out our recommendations for business and professional-development podcasts to listen to during your morning run or evening commute.
BILL GATES AND RASHIDA JONES ASK BIG QUESTIONS
He’s the father of Microsoft, and she’s a “rainbow-infused space unicorn” — at least that’s one of the many monikers by which her character is known on NBC’s popular comedy Parks and Recreation. So, what do Bill Gates and Rashida Jones have in common? They each have a profound desire to ask deep philosophical questions of each other and their expert guests. Each week, the duo tackles existential issues by positing questions like, “Is it too late to stop climate change?” and, “Is inequality inevitable?” Listeners will have to queue up the cast to find out the answers.
We all have those burning business questions we just can’t bring ourselves to vocalize. We might even find ourselves wishing there were a contemporary Dear Abby-type resource specifically for our workplace woes. Fortunately, there’s the Dear HBR: podcast from the editors of the Harvard Business Review. Readers send their burning business queries — like how to perform a feedback review remotely, how to address gender bias at work, and how to better understand one’s flawed boss — to hosts Alison Beard and Dan McGinn and receive the experts’ insights via 30-minute semi-monthly podcasts.
ON THE BRINK WITH ANDI SIMON
Podcast listeners looking to strike that balance between business, life, and their ultimate purpose might find a worthwhile listen in On the Brink with Andi Simon. Author, corporate anthropologist, and founder of Simon Associates Management Consultants, Simon and her influential guests tackle issues like impostor syndrome, unlocking one’s upper limits, venture capital funding, building one’s digital brand, and more in half-hour weekly episodes.