Career & Success

Top Business Podcasts of 2016

Long commute? Spend the time listening to these 10 Stanford Business stories.

December 12, 2016

| by Natalie White

1. What Makes People Do Good?

How external factors pressure people to cooperate.



Illustration by Ping Zhu

2. How to Handle Audience Skepticism

Anyone with a novel idea, from an entrepreneur to a product marketer, should know how to sway a suspicious audience.


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Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

3. Why the Leadership Industry Has Failed

Advice given to leaders is too often based on the ideal world, not reality.


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Reuters/Alex Domanski

4. Do You Have a Contrarian on Your Team?

A divergent opinion can lead to more creative and better decisions.


Runner on an empty road going the opposite direction of the arrow painted on it

Reuters/Leonhard Foeger

5. DoorDash CEO: Solving Problems of Time-Starved People

The food-delivery startup looks to expand beyond the edible.


DoorDash CEO

Tony Xu | Courtesy photo

6. How Our Self-Control Affects the Way We See Risk

Research shows that people with low self-control tend to underplay the negative consequences of their decisions.


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Reuters/Andrew Innerarity

7. Failure Is the Mother of Innovation

Startups may embrace the “fail-fast” mantra, but many leaders are risk-averse.


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8. How to Create a Better Board of Directors

A serial board member explains why even young companies need strong directors.


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9. How to Split Equity Among Company Founders

Putting value on the roles of company partners can get personal.


illustration of an infinity symbol connected in the middle by a plus symbol with two individuals tugging at each looped end


10. Strong “Signature Stories” Shape More Than a Company’s Brand

Businesses can touch customers and clarify corporate values by creating a powerful narrative.


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