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Take control of your life, business, and career once and for all. The Indigo Podcast offers raw, unfiltered, and science-based talk about flourishing in life. Join CEOs, executives, and regular folks in learning how to build a better future at work and beyond. Check out this top ranked podcast! For more information, visit www.indigotogether.com. Our approach is evidence based and our conversation is quirky. In every episode, we: 1. Promote the flourishing of people and organizations. 2. Brid ...
 
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If you’re in the fields of HR or training and development, it’s likely that you’ve heard some about the use of artificial intelligence and gamification in organizations. One of the top experts in this area is Richard Landers, who is a professor at the University of Minnesota. He joined us for a fascinating conversation, in which we discussed: - Why…
 
Learning how to negotiate is an important skill. And one of the more common types of negotiations that we all go through has to do with job offers. So in this episode, we’ll be talking about navigating job offers from the perspective of both the job candidate and from the perspective of the organization doing the hiring. Specifically, we discuss: -…
 
While not all work can be done remotely, we’ve learned that many types of work can be done remotely or with some types of flexible arrangements. This realization isn’t going away, and leaders now need to face this challenge head on. In this episode, we discuss: - What’s actually going on right now - Unpacking the leadership challenge faced by many …
 
Since early 2019, a group of 12 members of the U.S. House of Representatives--six Democrats and six Republicans--have been on a bold mission to fix Congress. They’re members of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, chaired by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer. He joined us to talk about their efforts, including: - The origins of the…
 
So many times in business and in life, people and teams mess the same things up, over and over again. But one specific way in which leaders and teams can drive continual learning is through what’s called the “after-action review,” which we explore in this episode. - What are after-action reviews and what problems might they help address - Important…
 
Work teams benefit from diverse perspectives. Yet that diversity can increase the probability of tension. In this episode, we discuss: - The relationships among diversity, conflict, and team performance - How we can think about and manage conflict within diverse teams - Implications for people, leaders, and organizations Links and Other Information…
 
If you care about workplace learning and training, this is the episode for you. Kurt Kraiger is one of the world’s top experts in that space, and he joined us for a tremendous conversation about the science of workplace instruction. In this episode, we discussed: - Kurt’s academic and professional journey - What is the science of workplace instruct…
 
Being the new person can be really tough. And helping newcomers is an important part of how we make teams work and how we get along well in society. In this episode, we discuss: - What does it mean to feel welcomed - Why it matters in the workplace and in broader society - Tips for all of us Links and Other Information Siegel, A., Esqueda, M., Berk…
 
Bosses can be bad for many reasons. One reason is that they were promoted based upon technical expertise yet lack leadership and interpersonal skills. In this episode, we discuss that situation. Specifically, we address: - How being a technical expert who fails at leadership is one of many ways in which a manager can be a bad boss - What we can lea…
 
Forrest Faison is a retired vice admiral in the United States Navy who served as its 38th Surgeon General. He is now the senior vice president for research and innovation and chief healthcare strategy officer at Cleveland State University. He joined us to talk about the future of health care and much more. We discussed: - Major trends in the future…
 
What would it look like if every time someone wronged us, we responded with our most basic instincts: avoidance or revenge? This is one of the most critical types of situations in which we find ourselves torn between what we want to do and what makes the world a better place. In this episode, we explore the science of forgiveness, including: - What…
 
Going off to college is an exciting time for both parents and students. It’s a time that marks the end of childhood in some ways and the launch into adulthood in other ways. It’s also a time that’s fraught with uncertainty and ambiguity. So in this episode, we explore how new college students can approach their first year, and how parents can suppo…
 
Cheryl Gray studies unhelpful help, which refers to those times when a supervisor or coworker does something that others perceive as being intended as helpful but actually is unhelpful or even harmful. In this episode, Cheryl joined us to discuss unhelpful help, and we explore: - What is unhelpful help and why does it matter - Cutting-edge emerging…
 
In some workplaces, foul language seems to spew forth from people nonstop. In others, the slightest off-color remark would turn heads and raise eyebrows with astonishment. Given these differences, how should we think about swearing at work? And what research might help guide us? We discuss: - An introduction to ways to think about swearing at work …
 
If you ask a person to do something, why would he or she say yes and comply? It has to do with the power you hold and the influence you wield. This holds true regardless of whether you’re working with your boss, your direct reports, your coworkers, or even with friends or members of your family. We discuss: - What is power and what are the primary …
 
Dave Smith is a professor of sociology in the College of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College. Brad Johnson is a professor of psychology at the U.S. Naval Academy. Their most recent book--and the topic of this episode--is Good Guys: How Men can be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace. In particular, we discuss: - What does it mea…
 
The data are clear about the benefits of having a sense of purpose and meaning in life. And one big piece of that for many people is their work. But what makes work meaningful? How might we make our work more meaningful, and what might we do if that’s just not possible? In this episode, we discuss: - What is meaningful work and why does it matter -…
 
Imagine an “executive.” What do you picture in your mind? If you’re like most of us, some characteristics likely come to mind, and these characteristics are part of something called “executive presence.” It’s an important idea, but it’s also one that can get people and leaders into trouble. In this episode, we discuss. - What is the popular underst…
 
Rachel Wernicke is a clinical psychologist and leadership coach, currently serving as an associate dean and chief mental health officer at George Mason University. She’s also a U.S. Army veteran, and in today’s episode, we talk with her about self-talk--what it is, why it matters, and how it can be harmful or helpful. We discuss: - What is self-tal…
 
What do you think about when you think about the word, “bureaucracy?” If you’re like most people, it’s probably not something positive. Truth be told, there is plenty about bureaucracy that’s not great. But might bureaucracy have some redeeming qualities? In this episode, we discuss: - What is bureaucracy and why does it have a negative connotation…
 
Surveys have become very common, and it can be annoying. But are surveys worth doing? The short answer is yes, but it depends. It turns out there are a number of best practices that have to do with surveys and how to make them a useful tool for management, leadership, and overall organizational development. In this episode, we discuss: - Should you…
 
Among the scholars who study the world of work, Paul Spector is a giant. A 2012 Indiana University study and a 2019 Stanford University study listed Paul as one of the 10 most influential business management researchers worldwide. In this episode, we discuss: - The field of occupational health psychology and why it matters - Signs of healthy and un…
 
Co-hosted by organizational psychologist Ben Baran and management consultant Chris Everett, The Indigo Podcast takes an evidence-based approach toward solving problems at work and in life in a way that's always thoughtful and spit-out-your-coffee funny. The Indigo Podcast is on all major platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts,…
 
Even with the best hiring and coaching, good organizations and leaders need to be ready to fire someone who isn’t working out. Letting poor performers linger doesn’t help anyone. But firing people isn’t an activity to be taken lightly. It’s full of emotions and lasting consequences. It’s one of those things you want to handle with care as a leader.…
 
When it comes to managing people, one of the toughest parts is hiring. But if you want a good organization, you have to get hiring right. The good news is that there’s a mountain of evidence about how to hire people. Listen in, and we’ll explore: - The challenge of selection - A process backed by 100 years of science - Implications for job candidat…
 
Leading people is hard. It’s especially hard when many of the people you’re trying to lead don’t like you. But you have to lead anyway. In this episode, we talk about what you can do, exploring: - Situations in which leading other people is challenging - The central nature of trust and leadership - Implications for people, leaders, and organization…
 
In this episode, we discuss training at work. Specifically, we examine what’s widely known in the training industry as the 70:20:10 rule. One part of this idea is that most of the learning that occurs at work happens informally and not through more formal experiences like those in the classroom. But does this idea stand the test of science? We expl…
 
Microsoft released a report on March 22, 2021 that outlines seven urgent business trends and five ways forward with regard to the world of work. We discuss the report and provide our analysis and commentary. Specifically, we discuss: - An overview of Microsoft’s new report, “The Next Great Disruption is Hybrid Work -- Are we Ready? - Our evaluation…
 
Organizations must prepare for low-probability events like having an active shooter because the stakes are so high. In this episode, we draw upon our own military experience, guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and some of Ben’s research to help people and leaders everywhere with regard to this sobering topic. In particular, we …
 
We cut through the numbskullery and unpack what resilience really means, along with an associated characteristic: hardiness. These ideas are tremendously important for all of us. Specifically, we discuss: - What resilience and hardiness are and why they matter - Individual and environmental factors that influence resilience and hardiness - Implicat…
 
Everything is awesome! Except when it’s not. Positivity, although generally valued, can have real downsides in our human relationships and in our organizations. We explore in this episode, specifically: - What toxic positivity is and some different forms of it - Why toxic positivity can be harmful - Implications for all of us Links and Other Inform…
 
Everywhere we turn, it seems, there are amazing solutions to all of our modern problems. But when things sound too good to be true, they often are. In this episode, we unpack the problem of seemingly novel ideas in management. Specifically, we discuss: - What are management fads and how to spot them - Novelty bias: what is it and how does it play o…
 
Amid the chaos and many challenges we face in society, what can we do so that we don’t fall apart? We explore in this episode, including: - Why it might feel like the world is falling apart - What institutions are and why they matter - How we can strengthen human institutions and move forward with hope Links and Other Information All episodes of Th…
 
Lists of trends abound. Yet this list--the Top 10 Work Trends for 2021--come from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, so it reflects the views of workplace experts from that field. In this episode, we provide: - An intro to the top 10 work trends for 2021 as reported by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology …
 
The COVID pandemic continues on, yet it will end someday. And it’s a good idea for leaders everywhere to be thoughtful about preparing for the future--starting TODAY. In this episode, we discuss what the post-pandemic environment might look like for leaders and organizations, specifically: - What practices might stay in place - What might change - …
 
Conspiracy theories hijack the minds of people from all walks of life. They affect families, friends, coworkers, and leaders. Dealing with conspiracy theories can feel helpless, but there’s hope--and there are evidence-based approaches that we can use to make society better and win back those lost to falsehoods. In this episode, we talk about consp…
 
Outrage sells. Division is rampant. And sometimes it might feel like our world is falling apart. But there's hope, and we all can make a big difference. We explore in this episode, discussing in particular: Finding your purpose What we all can do right now How we can all have a broader influence Links and Other Information All episodes of The Indig…
 
Scott Tannenbaum is the co-author of Teams That Work: The Seven Drivers of Team Effectiveness, which we discuss in this episode. Tannenbaum, who wrote Teams That Work with Eduardo Salas, has spent more than 25 years working with, providing evidence-based advice to, and conducting highly cited research on teams across a vast array of settings and ch…
 
This year has been such a challenge for you, us, and the rest of the world. But there is hope. We discuss in this episode, specifically: How 2020 was tremendously challenging Why we should have hope going into 2021 Ways in which we can position ourselves for flourishing this year Happy New Year to you and yours! SUBSCRIBE TODAY. Links and Other Inf…
 
Do veterans make good civilian employees? How do veterans and civilians avoid talking past each other in corporate settings? We discuss this and more with Kristin Saboe who leads employee listening, research, and talent strategy at The Boeing Company. She is responsible for authoring and leading Boeing’s Enterprise Veterans and Military Spouses Str…
 
John Kroger, a vice president at the Aspen Institute, previously served as the inaugural Chief Learning Officer of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, providing oversight for all education institutions and programs for more than 900,000 civilian and military personnel, with a budget of more than $1.7 billion. Before that, he served as the pres…
 
If you want to motivate people, you need to understand the nature of rewards in the workplace. Otherwise, you might be really missing the mark. You might actually be demotivating your employees. In this episode, we unpack the basics of rewarding employees, including the following: Extrinsic versus intrinsic rewards Fundamental ideas about employee …
 
One way to tilt the odds in your favor is to use evidence when making decisions and choices. But our typical use of evidence isn’t optimal. We can do better. In this episode, we talk with one of the world’s leading voices regarding evidence-based practice, Rob Briner. He is a professor of organizational psychology at Queen Mary, University of Londo…
 
What can managers do to make work more satisfying and more motivational? Does it matter if people find their jobs satisfying? Why or why not? We explore these and related topics in this episode, including: What job satisfaction is and why it matters Five different facets of job satisfaction The job characteristics model and how managers can make wo…
 
In this eye-opening episode, Cort Rudolph of St. Louis University pulls back the curtain on generational differences at work. Simply put, they don’t exist. And it’s tough to even make the claim that generations themselves exist. We discuss these topics, drawing upon Cort’s recently published article on the topic in the Journal of Business and Psych…
 
First impressions, in some research studies, are measured in milliseconds. Let that sink in. In fractions of a second, we make judgments about each other. In fractions of a second, people make judgments about us. In this episode, we explore impression management. Specifically, we discuss: What is impression management How do we shape impressions an…
 
Decisions are fascinating, and Neil Shortland is an expert on them. He’s an assistant professor of Criminology and Justice Studies and the director of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In this episode, we explore decisions and decision-making, including details about: Making hard decisions Deci…
 
Is the boss always watching you? With the proliferation of employee monitoring technologies, it’s becoming increasingly likely. But employee surveillance--electronic or otherwise--must be handled with care. In this episode, we discuss: What is employee surveillance Forms and negative reactions to employee surveillance Implications for people, leade…
 
What is humor? Why does it matter with regard to the workplace? How can it help organizations and leaders? In this episode, we talk with comedian and speaker David Horning about the changing nature of work and how humor fits into it all. Specifically, we discuss: The work landscape Why humor helps How to--how NOT to--incorporate humor into the work…
 
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