Every business pro knows that learning and time management are key pillars of success: both completely necessary yet at times challenging to achieve together. As business grows in the realm of technology and globalization, there are so many additional aspects to consider when dealing with people management, supply-chains, competitors, inflation, and more. It’s obvious that workloads can get VERY busy as business buffs try to manage staying in the know about general trends in economics, policy, and anything that might affect the bottom line.
How are well-vetted business guys constantly able to manage current affairs, innovation, and analyzing the next best move? Insert podcasts. Business podcasts are the ultimate in-your-pocket tool to keep you ahead of the game; on top of opponents; and bringing the best and most innovative perspectives to your company. Whether you want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of running a business—think employee management and company culture—or want to focus more on big-ticket product innovation ideas, we have a podcast rec for you. Here, we round up our favorite business podcasts that cover everything you need to know to be the smartest guy in the board room.
HOW I BUILT THIS WITH GUY RAZ
Hosted by National Public Radio host and journalist Guy Raz, How I Built This uncovers the stories behind the world’s best companies. The podcast unravels what it takes to construct a successful company and focuses on the many layers of entrepreneurship and innovation. Featuring guests such as Gary Vaynerchuk as well as an on-going series on how to build resilience, this podcast goes deep into the ins and outs of building a company: the good, the bad, and every detail in between. This podcast would be a great listen for those who are craving inspiring tales about entrepreneurship, self-motivation, success, and grit.
THE ALL-IN PODCAST
The All-In Podcast is the proverbial love child of industry experts/angel investors and self-proclaimed besties: Chamath Palihapitiya, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks, and David Friedberg that covers all things business, economics, and tech with a hint of commentary on world issues. The podcast covers everything trending in the industry with best friend level banter, humour, and debate. The content allows you to sink into the mindset of an angel investor, but has an approachable style and a fun level of wit. It’s the perfect go-to for the person who wants to stay up to speed with current talking points in the realm of business and start-ups.
BUSINESS MADE SIMPLE WITH DONALD MILLER
Donald Miller, author of Wall Street Journal bestseller Building a Story Brand brings his expertise and love for business into a coveted podcast. Business Made Simple is an everything goes type of podcast, covering topics such as investing in your employees, company culture, productivity, and customer service—as a few examples. This is a great podcast for those who want expert opinions on detailed business topics that are important in the day-to-day operations of company success. Expect guests such as Matthew McConaughey, Daniel Pink, Seth Godin, Mel Robbins, and more. Business Made Simple is for the guy who wants a new perspective on some hot business topics.
If you find yourself wanting to learn more about business, hearing different perspectives, and craving inspiration, the TED Business podcast is for you. TED has built an impeccable reputation for a reason—there is always a hard-hitting, innovative angle that we have yet to discover. TED covers both macro and micro business related topics that cover everything from global business to workplace relationships, trust, resilience, and how to cope with stress. You’ll often find something new from Adam Grant or another cool guest (most recently Russel Wilson) that will leave you wanting to learn more about business, psychology, and life.
HARVARD ALUMNI ENTREPRENEURS INVITES
Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs is a global network of Harvard innovators and leaders that acts as an advice and mentoring community. It is a subgroup from the Harvard Alumni Association, serving as an online meeting ground for the world’s brightest minds. Their inaugural podcast features conversations with distinguished entrepreneurs about business strategies, lessons, opportunities, and the role that invention plays in business success. This podcast is for someone who wants the perspective of veteran leaders around the globe. If you’ve always wanted to be a fly on the wall in a Harvard business meeting, this podcast is the next best thing.