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May 28, 2020
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How to Launch in a Pandemic

Venture funding may be scarce right now, but it does exist — especially for ideas that meet the moment.

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June 22, 2020
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Make ’Em Laugh: How Humor Can Be the Secret Weapon in Your Communication

In this podcast episode, we dissect how to use humor to build bonds in business and in life.

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June 16, 2020
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Pulling Back the Curtain on Racial Bias

From Hollywood to courtrooms to biased hiring practices, Stanford GSB experts analyze the breadth of racial discrimination — and how to grow beyond it.

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Think Fast, Talk Smart is a podcast that offers best practices and techniques you can use to improve your public, virtual, and high stakes communication.
May 26, 2020
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The Science of Influence: How to Persuade Others and Hold Their Attention

In this podcast episode, we discuss communication techniques that can help open people up to your ideas.

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June 12, 2020
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Stewart Butterfield: Salvaging the Good

On this podcast episode, the cofounder and CEO of Slack reflects on how he came to be at the head of a top workplace communications enterprise.

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June 8, 2020
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It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It: How to Communicate Power

On this podcast episode, we discuss how to harness power through non-verbal communication.

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June 10, 2020
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Stephen Curry: Shining in the Spotlight

On this podcast episode, the two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion discusses the life lessons he’s gleaned from being a parent, investor, philanthropist, and pro basketball sensation.

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April 30, 2020
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How Narcissistic Leaders Destroy from Within

When the person at the top is malignant and self-serving, unethical behavior cascades through the organization and becomes legitimized.

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April 30, 2020
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How Narcissistic Leaders Destroy from Within

When the person at the top is malignant and self-serving, unethical behavior cascades through the organization and becomes legitimized.
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Leadership in Focus is a large collection of case vignettes, teaching, and learning resources that bring real-world business challenges to life and spark lively discussions aimed at improving executive skills. Each short video is accompanied by teaching notes for added context, suggested discussion questions and role-playing ideas to help engage groups of managers in learning experiences of their own. Leaders may also experience the cases online with opportunities to calibrate their thinking for actionable insights.

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May 28, 2020
Written

How to Launch in a Pandemic

Venture funding may be scarce right now, but it does exist — especially for ideas that meet the moment.
May 26, 2020
Written

The Hidden Social Advantage

We tend to reward the overconfidence of upper-class individuals, even when they get it wrong.
May 26, 2020
Audio

The Science of Influence: How to Persuade Others and Hold Their Attention

In this podcast episode, we discuss communication techniques that can help open people up to your ideas.
May 11, 2020
Written

COVID-19 Is Having an Immediate and Alarming Impact on Latino-Owned Businesses

In a Stanford survey, nearly two-thirds say they will be out of business in six months if current trends continue.
April 30, 2020
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How Narcissistic Leaders Destroy from Within

When the person at the top is malignant and self-serving, unethical behavior cascades through the organization and becomes legitimized.
April 30, 2020
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Jeffrey Pfeffer: COVID-19 Changes Everything — and Nothing — about Managing Workers

For employers, best practices during a pandemic are no different than before: take care of your people.
April 28, 2020
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Power: What It Means to Have It — and How to Reclaim It

We all know what it looks like to use power badly. A new book shows us how it can be used well.
April 24, 2020
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Quick Thinks: How Being Present Improves Communication

In this “Quick Thinks” podcast episode, Stanford improv experts share advice on getting out of our heads and into the moment at hand.
April 23, 2020
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Contagion, Xenophobia, and Leadership

Infectious diseases such as COVID-19 trigger both disgust and fear. Combined, those can trigger a misguided search for a scapegoat.
April 23, 2020
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Reading Through the Pandemic

A Stanford business scholar discusses the literature that can sustain us in a crisis.