Happy Halloween, WDM readers! We have a special treat to share with you: our list of recommended podcasts.
The popularity of podcasts has skyrocketed over the past few years. We love them because you can listen on the go while consuming information that doesn’t overload the mind or force our attention.
Podcasts differ from more traditional online media because audiences mainly learn about them through organic recommendations. An Edison Research/Knight Foundation study of podcast advocates found that 96 percent said they had recommended a podcast to friend. Word of mouth is the primary means for podcast discovery, with just over half saying they learned about new podcasts from program hosts or friends and family.
With that said, here are some recommendations from our workplace friends, contributors and readers:
360 Real Time by Steelcase explores the intersection of business and design by bringing together leaders, innovators and risk takers for behind-the-scenes conversations on what we’re learning about the places where people work, learn and heal. Meet the people shaping the future and discover how place can shape behavior.
The Workplace Innovator Podcast, hosted by speaker, entrepreneur and answer-man Mike Petrusky, offers real-world insights from top facility management & workplace leaders on how to use tech, talent and tenacity to create the best workplaces on earth. Powered by iOFFICE, the #1 employee experience IWMS platform, The Workplace Innovator helps corporate real estate, facility management, IT, and HR leaders design incredible “friction-free” workplace experiences that fuel employee productivity, tech innovation and optimal space utilization, today, and tomorrow.
A weekly show where Jacob Morgan has in-depth discussions with senior executives and business leaders around the world on the future of work. Each episode of the podcasts explores a new topic and features a special guest. Why is the world of work changing? How is work changing? What do you and your organization need to do about it? Listen to the Future of Work Podcast to find out!
Recommendations from Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A:
Ever wonder how inflatable men came to be regular fixtures at used car lots? Curious about the origin of the fortune cookie? Want to know why Sigmund Freud opted for a couch over an armchair? 99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. With over 250 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes and is available on RadioPublic, via RSS and through other apps.
Answers With Joe, a popular YouTube channel, take questions and comments and deconstructs them to find the interestingness – the funny, unique, but universal truths that give you a new perspective on the world. Enter with an open mind. Leave with a blown one.
Time Sensitive features candid, revealing portraits of curious and courageous people in business, the arts, and beyond who have a distinct perspective on time. Each week, co-hosts Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman respectively interview a leading mind who has made a profound impact in their field, contributed to the larger conversation, and is concerned with the planet we all share.
Recommendation from Sven Govaars, Steelcase:
Cal interviews Simon Sinek who talks about the theme of his book. The concept behind Simon’s book, Start With Why, led to a Ted talk that reached 42 million people. And Leaders Eat Last was a New York Times bestseller. The Infinite Game shows us that business should not be treated like it’s in a sporting event that has a definite period of time and ends with a win or a loss. If we do treat our business like it’s in a sporting event, Simon warns, there will be a decline in trust, a decline in cooperation and a decline in innovation. Simon makes a case that the most successful companies now tend to be guided by leaders with an infinite mindset. There are so many takeaways in this episode that it might be wise to pull out a notepad before you get started.
Recommendations from Mike Petrusky, iOffice:
Akimbo is an ancient word, from the bend in the river or the bend in an archer’s bow. It’s become a symbol for strength, a posture of possibility, the idea that when we stand tall, arms bent, looking right at it, we can make a difference. Akimbo’s a podcast about our culture and about how we can change it. About seeing what’s happening and choosing to do something. The culture is real, but it can be changed. You can bend it.
Discover the hidden side of everything withStephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers.