Category Archives: Podcast

Careers: Good Girls & Second Acts

Managers have to lead remote teams, build trust, and find a way forward. And they may well have to navigate the rest of their career while working from home. Kate Gigax shows us the path.

The Hype Handbook

If you’re trying to make a difference in the world and nobody’s noticing, maybe what you need are the skills of a Hype Artist. Michael F. Schein and I talk about the contrariness of the Rolling Stones, the techniques of cult leaders, and how that can help you do some good out there.

David Hockney at Home: A Narrative

David Hockney is 83 years old and remains wildly productive working at home In Normandy. This special episode is about how he does it. It inspired me, and it might inspired you.

Get control of your time

John Sindelar has created a new way of looking at how you spend your time: a calendar app called Dayback. We talk about the elusiveness of time, the challenges of software and…surfing.

Taste the podcast on Pod Buffet

We’re thrilled that WorkLife@Home was featured on Pod Buffet! Host Steve Heatherington features 5-minute tastes of an eclectic mix of new podcasts from around the world. It’s a cool idea that exposes podcasts to new audiences, and audiences to new podcasts. Steve is one of

“Inventing” Work from Home at Chiat/Day

Zach Rosenberg helped launch remote working in 1993 at the famed ad agency Chiat/Day. Now he’s marketing brands in outer space. Find out how the biz really works. And doesn’t. And what you can do to market your own services.

Worshipping during a pandemic

It’s hard to keep a congregation feeling connected when they’re so isolated. From Chris Rock to Coldplay, from kids to coffee, Mike Moses has some helpful answers.

Schools in 2020: Education during a pandemic

Remote learning? Budget cuts? How are our schools coping? Linda Greenberg lives at the nexus of parents, teachers and administrators. As head of the Santa Monica Education Foundation, she hears both the complaints and the solutions — while her nonprofit raises millions of dollars to

Digital campaigns for movies

Love movies? Me, too. And you’ve probably seen the campaigns that promote them during Oscar season. Which means you’ve seen Andrew Stachler’s work. High pressure creativity. Near-instant turnaround. Coordinating teams in the U.S., Manila and Buenos Aires. How can they do that while working from

Mudslides, fax machines and philanthropy

What happens when disaster strikes your community and the local workers lose their jobs? If you’re one of my oldest friends, Ron Blitzer, you roll up your sleeves and raise $180,000 in 5 days. From home, of course. Find out how this serial entrepreneur and

Should all agencies be working from home?

One of the most successful social media content studios in the country is run by Seth Sliver from his home high in the mountains above Los Angeles. Social Control is the go-to social content resource for some of the nation’s biggest ad agencies, getting attention for

Large teams, managing for diversity

How do you run a 300-person team from your desk at home? And how does that team manage to function in this time of quarantine? Erika Abrams, lately of Encore VFX, has some answers. Her take on the weirdness of Zoom meetings, the need for

Online learning systems

How do you sell cloud-based learning systems on four continents while managing a remote team — all from home? Adam Berns and I discuss that and more in a deep dive into online education, home schooling, coping with time differences and learning from video games.

Teaching college from home

How do you teach a hands-on university class from home? Especially when you’re a self-professed “ink and paper” guy? David Mayes shares the trials and tribulations of a sudden transition, all while holding down his day job as a printing rep from his home office.

Open houses when we’re stuck at home

How does a Realtor hold open houses when everyone’s locked down? Paul Small talks with us about social media, video walking tours, the 5 AM Club and the value of finding The One Thing. Then we contemplate the roles of artists and agents in enriching the

Corporate exec to entrepeneur

Patrice Varni shares her workout obsession, her working setup, her love of teams and the enviable setting of her quarantine by the lake. All in service of her transition from corporate exec to home-based entrepreneur. Episode Notes Links to things we talked about: Patrice Varni

Homeschool and leading teams

Patrick Fredrickson talks with us about managing a creative team — while managing to home-school his 9-year old son. We discuss the post-virus future, maintaining professionalism, and the value of boredom. Episode Notes Links to Patrick’s websites: Altitude Design Office Personal site Sterling’s Words Today’s