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  • Episode 31: Agile Leadership in a Time of Recent Change

    We have two guests in this episode. That’s a first for us! They are Noah Susskind and Samantha Stephens, colleagues at McKinsey, the global consulting company. Noah is deeply into cybersecurity. He…

  • Episode 30: Reading the Room

    Our guest for this episode of Agility at Work is Erin Egan. She does business development for Amazon—acquiring technology, partnering with other companies, and sometimes taking a leading role in buying them. She previously…

  • Episode 29: Negotiating Creative Differences

    Lots has been written about negotiating transactions—exchanges where I grant you something, in return for something else that you’ll turn over to me. I give you money (not too much, I hope)…

  • Episode 28: The Vanishing Workplace

    When the pandemic finally gets under control—soon we hope—work for many people will not go back to the way it was before. Some people may go back to their offices but not…

  • Episode 27: The Art – and Importance – of Telling Stories when you Negotiate

    Our friend and colleague Josh Weiss is our guest in this episode. He’s the author of Real World Negotiation: Successful Strategy from Business, Government, and Daily Life. As you’ll hear, Josh’s book draws…

  • Episode 26: Learning Outside of Class

    Two episodes ago, we heard our friend and HBS colleague Joe Badaracco suggest that we give ourselves permission to step back and reflect, at least for a few minutes every day. Turn…

  • Episode 25: The Upside of Being Brash – Lessons from an Agent

    Our guest in this episode in Peter Sawyer, a New York-based agent who negotiates for a living. Peter has represented Hollywood stars and Broadway actors, along with authors and pro athletes, too.…

  • Episode 24: Look out the Window

    Our guest in this episode is HBS Professor Joe Badaracco. His latest book, Step Back: Bringing Reflection Back into Your Life.  He begins with a story about a private equity guy who invests…

  • Episode 23: Do the Right Thing. Mostly.

    What do you owe others—if anything—in regard to honesty, fairness, and how you use power? That’s a core question every time you negotiate. And it’s just as important when you’re leading a…

  • Episode 22: Not in My Backyard

    Big cities and small towns have at least one thing in common: they are hot houses for breeding costly conflicts. In a leafy suburb, one family’s application for a zoning variance to…