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Houston's Book Club - Podcast Time!

Online • Houston • August 6, 2020

This month, we're delving into the world of podcasts. From light-hearted conversational podcasts to in-depth discussions, these podcasts are a perfect audio fix for us in this age of Corona.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM CDT


All of the podcasts are free. Just click on the podcast title below and a link will take you to the podcast. 

We'll have a lively discussion around the podcasts of the month, but for those who may not get to all of them, please don’t let that stop you from joining us.

Our gatherings are jumping off points for deep, engaging, and fun conversations -- with a generous helping of networking and socializing. There are no quizzes and no one will judge.

PODCASTS: 

1. Career Reinvention by Dear HBR

Are you contemplating a career change? In this episode of HBR’s advice podcast, Dear HBR:, cohosts Alison Beard and Dan McGinn answer your questions with the help of Monica Higgins, a professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education and the author of Career Imprints: Creating Leaders Across an Industry. They talk through what to do when you’re having trouble breaking into a new field, you want to leave a secure career path for something riskier, or you’re eyeing a new industry but don’t know where to start.

2. Self-Promotion by Dear HBR

Are you unsure of when to toot your own horn? In this episode of HBR’s advice podcast, Dear HBR:, cohosts Alison Beard and Dan McGinn answer your questions with the help of Meredith Fineman, a communication coach and the author of Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion. They talk through what to do when your boss takes credit for your accomplishments, your employer doesn’t value what you bring to the table, or your braggart colleague is getting all the growth opportunities.

3. When Your Career Is Suddenly on Hold  by Harvard Business Review - Women at Work

The coronavirus crisis immediately disrupted day-to-day work. And it’s increasingly disrupting women’s careers, with layoffs, hiring freezes, and promotions on hold, as well as entrepreneurial endeavors possibly lost forever. These setbacks raise a lot of questions:Why was I in the first round of layoffs? How realistic are my aspirations now? What conversations should I be having to help myself recover and set myself up for the future?

We hear from two women whose professional advancement has been interrupted by the crisis. Then sociologist Alexandra Kalev explains why organizations tend to lay off more women than men and what managers can do to avoid disproportionately damaging women’s careers. Finally, Daisy Auger-Domínguez, an HR executive and expert on inclusive leadership, gives advice on confronting and recovering from a setback.

4. The Art of Persuasion - by The Art of Charm

In today’s episode, we cover what it means to change someone’s mind with Jonah Berger. Jonah is a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and internationally bestselling author of Contagious, Invisible Influence, and The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind.

The art of persuading others goes back as far as humans have had ideas we wanted to convey to others, but what does it mean to change someone’s mind, how do we persuade people to change, and how can your understanding of persuasion save you from getting sold on bad ideas?

5. How We Take Care Of Ourselves by Harvard Business Review - Women at Work

Despite what we see on Instagram, self-care isn’t just about face masks and massages (although those are nice). It’s about spending your time, including your workday, in ways that prioritize the things and people you care about. Studies show that this kind of self-care makes us happier and more focused in our jobs.

But it can be a challenge to take care of ourselves when we’re on deadline, traveling too much, or reporting to a boss who emails at all hours. We speak with researcher Ashley Whillans about how managers can model healthy habits and how employees can make time to practice them. Ashley shares a personal experience about what happens when we don’t prioritize self-care, while Amy G. gets a firsthand lesson in an airport.



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