The Insightful Leader

Kellogg School of Management

Expert advice and cutting-edge discoveries from one of the world’s leading business schools.

All Episodes

Individual actions won’t be enough to slow global warming. On this episode of The Insightful Leader, learn how companies—and the people who lead them—need to get involved.

Nov 30

13 min 49 sec

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: how to talk so that your team (and boss) will listen.

Nov 8

16 min 33 sec

COVID conspiracies have a powerful psychological allure. On this episode of The Insightful Leader, we explore how to combat them.

Oct 25

11 min 58 sec

Some employees moved out of state. Others don't want to be in the office. And not everyone is vaccinated. On this episode of The Insightful Leader: What happens now?

Sep 29

15 min 10 sec

Tips from an expert negotiator on how to ask without fear.

Sep 13

17 min 52 sec

On this episode: You're going to have to do more than sell it.

Aug 30

13 min 29 sec

The stakes have never been higher. Learn more on this episode of The Insightful Leader.

Jul 29

16 min 35 sec

It’s not enough to be good at your job. On this episode of The Insightful Leader, learn how to develop the gravitas that commands attention and respect.

Jun 11

18 min 17 sec

On this episode of The Insightful Leader, we provide a blueprint for making strong (and honest) arguments with data.

Apr 7

12 min 23 sec

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: what the data say about successful entrepreneurs and the types of policies that best support them.

Mar 3

14 min 56 sec

Strong leadership is about more than being the smartest person in the room. On this episode of The Insightful Leader, we offer tips to become more aware of yourself and those around you.

Feb 10

13 min 53 sec

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: Carbon’s Ellen Kullman, former CEO of DuPont, on having the right people around to hold up a mirror.

Dec 2020

21 min 33 sec

Tip: It’s not over when the Zoom call ends. Learn more on this episode of The Insightful Leader.

Dec 2020

16 min 18 sec

On this episode of The Insightful Leader, get practical advice for detecting your blind spots—and pushing past them.

Nov 2020

16 min 7 sec

The technology can help reopen workplaces—but only if your employees trust it. Three experts discuss how to earn that trust.

Aug 2020

24 min 40 sec

A conversation with the chairman and the CEO of Griffith Foods about leading with purpose during the crisis.

Jul 2020

25 min 36 sec

In this special episode, veteran venture capitalist Woody Marshall discusses the investment landscape and the importance of leadership through the pandemic.

Jul 2020

20 min 19 sec

In this special episode, a conversation with the company’s chief merchandising officer about adapting for an unprecedented future.

Jun 2020

21 min 23 sec

Anti-Black racism is deeply embedded in corporate culture. On this special episode, Professor Nicholas Pearce and Google’s Ginny Clarke discuss the moral responsibility of leaders to finally address that.

Jun 2020

37 min 43 sec

Dilemmas are rarely black-and-white. Here's what fictional characters can teach us about today’s real-world quandaries.

May 2020

15 min 41 sec

Three ways to help your employees arrive at their own answers to difficult questions.

Apr 2020

12 min 37 sec

When we stop compartmentalizing our home and work selves, we tend to act more ethically, research finds.

Apr 2020

10 min 20 sec

Prof. Megan Kashner describes three ways that leaders in the private sector can help solve the biggest problems facing society today.

Mar 2020

14 min 33 sec

New research from Prof. Nicola Bianchi goes inside the black box of management training. What he finds could help companies get more bang for their buck.

Mar 2020

11 min 40 sec

Prof. Adam Pah explains why it’s getting harder to get good data, why too much data can sabotage your algorithm, and how companies are now using AI to address customers’ pain points. For more tips on using AI and analytics in business, download our new ebook:

Feb 2020

15 min 41 sec

There’s a classic rule in economics that says more transparency and communication always leads to better outcomes. But research from Prof. Robert Bray suggests that there are important exceptions to this trusty rule. When does it make more sense to keep your cards close to the vest?

Feb 2020

13 min 35 sec

What’s the best way to offer your employees and colleagues constructive criticism? Prof. Ellen Taaffe shares tips for how to give (and receive) better feedback, and what you can do if you’re not getting any feedback at all.

Jan 2020

9 min 2 sec

For leaders, deciding how much trust to place in the people you manage can be tricky. Give them too much leeway, and they might take advantage of you—but don’t give them enough, and they may not feel safe to take risks. So how much does a more trusting CEO really spur innovation? And how should you determine if more trust is what your organization really needs? Prof. Kieu-Trang Nguyen describes a new study that takes a clever approach to analyzing trust at the top.

Jan 2020

13 min 54 sec

These days, more and more work is happening in teams. However, it’s often difficult to see who on the team did what. So how do we allocate blame when a team project goes wrong? Research from Profs. Benjamin Jones and Brian Uzzi finds that we often point the finger at the wrong individuals—and suggests ways that leaders can guard against this bias.

Dec 2019

11 min 23 sec

Machines are taking on more and more new responsibilities in the workplace. But are some jobs better left to humans? Prof. Adam Waytz, author of The Power of Human, offers three guidelines for how managers can play to the unique strengths of both people and technology.

Dec 2019

11 min 24 sec

"Don't be afraid to have an edge about you." Craig Wortmann, a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship and three-time CEO, explains how to hone the skills you’ll need to ask for what you want at work—and challenges you to embrace the tension that comes with being bold.

Nov 2019

12 min 46 sec

Creativity is invaluable. Yet when trying to generate ideas, we often censor ourselves for fear of being seen as foolish. So could overcoming this fear make us more creative? Professor Leigh Thompson tests that theory with a unique series of experiments.

Nov 2019

13 min 36 sec

After a short break, Kellogg Insight’s podcast is now back with a new look—and a new name.

Nov 2019

1 min 22 sec

What does it mean when the leadership role you have accepted comes with an expiration date? On this episode, Kathleen Hagerty, the outgoing interim dean of the Kellogg School, reflects on the leadership lessons she learned in her year at the helm of a leading business school.

Jul 2019

10 min 4 sec

At some point in our careers, we all question if we’re truly on the right path. But how do you know for sure? On this episode, Nicholas Pearce, a clinical professor at Kellogg and author of "The Purpose Path," explains how to find your calling, and summon the courage to make it a reality. 

May 2019

9 min 35 sec

How can thinking like a designer help you create better products, better services, and better solutions? On this episode, Kellogg Clinical Associate Professor David Schonthal, a senior director at IDEO, shares the three simple steps that can let anybody harness their inner designer and get results.

Apr 2019

9 min 58 sec

In 2001, Harry Kraemer faced a full-blown leadership crisis. At the time, he was CEO of healthcare company Baxter International. When one of his company's products was linked to patient deaths worldwide, it was up to Kraemer to decide how to respond. On this episode of the Kellogg Insight podcast, Kraemer discusses how to make hard choices that align with your internal compass.

Mar 2019

9 min 37 sec

Waiters get mistreated. Call center operators get screamed at. Salespeople have to smile at difficult clients. But why do those tense moments sometimes escalate to sabotage? Kellogg Professor Cynthia Wang shares what she discovered—and what companies can do about it.

Mar 2019

9 min 26 sec

Most of us think of Valentine’s Day as the “day of love.” But for the people in charge of getting roses out of the field and into the hands of consumers—from growers, to shippers, to flower shops—it's actually a high-stakes day of commerce. On this episode of the Kellogg Insight podcast, Martin Lariviere explains what the humble rose can teach us about a working supply chain, and the many ways it can go awry.

Feb 2019

9 min 12 sec

If you’ve ever had to give a presentation at work, then you know: It seems like there are a million things to worry about. In this episode of the Kellogg Insight podcast, Tim Calkins, a clinical professor of marketing and author of "How to Wash a Chicken: Mastering the Business Presentation," shares five tips that will let you conquer the business presentation.

Feb 2019

9 min 24 sec

When we think people are different from us, how do we treat them? The answer to that question can sometimes be a matter of life or death. On this episode of the Kellogg Insight podcast, we hear from Prof. Nour Kteily about his research on social categorization. 

Jan 2019

8 min 57 sec

In this episode of the Kellogg Insight podcast, we take a fresh look at how the Supreme Court really makes decisions. First, Tonja Jacobi, a professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, explains what oral arguments can tell us about how the Court is planning to vote. Then we hear from Jörg Spenkuch, an associate professor of managerial economics and decision-making at Kellogg, whose research questions whether justices are really as impartial as they think.

Dec 2018

12 min 52 sec

Kellogg Insight offers advice for entrepreneurs on the importance of defining their startup's identity as early in their journey as possible. We hear from Rick Desai, an adjunct professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Kellogg and founder of the brand identity firm Listen. Then we discuss with Ben Jones, a professor of strategy at Kellogg, his groundbreaking new research on the ages of successful entrepreneurs.

Nov 2018

13 min 49 sec

  In this best-of podcast, Kellogg Insight offers advice on advancing your career. We hear from Adnan Rukieh, a director of career services at Kellogg, about getting recruited, as well as faculty members Steven Franconeri, Carter Cast and Michelle Buck, who all discuss ways to hone your skills and put your best foot forward as you climb the professional ladder.

Oct 2018

18 min 37 sec

Insight talks about mentorship and advice with two professors whose own executive careers were helped by others.  

Sep 2018

18 min 10 sec

Insight talks to an Army colonel and two finance professors about the unique qualities former servicemembers bring to the corporate world.

Aug 2018

14 min 13 sec

Insight looks to the NBA for leadership lessons on how to build a successful team, how to manage diversity, and how one NBA team has embraced data analytics to drive decision making across the organization.

Jul 2018

15 min 28 sec

  Most of us spend a lot of time interacting with our coworkers. Being surrounded by the right teams can make long hours and challenging projects a lot more bearable. Getting along with our colleagues can make work fun. In this best-of podcast, Kellogg Insight offers advice on how to make the most of your work relationships. We hear from Kellogg School faculty Ellen Taaffe​, a clinical assistant professor of leadership, and Eli Finkel​, a professor of management and organizations, about the thorny task of giving feedback. We also hear from Jeanne Brett​, a professor of management and organizations, about how to resolve workplace disputes.      

Jun 2018

16 min 15 sec

While most of us are interested in contributing to the greater good, it can be daunting to figure out just where to start, and how to make the most impact. In this podcast, we talk with Megan Kashner​,a clinical assistant professor and director of social impact at Kellogg, about how companies and their employees can offer their expertise to nonprofit organizations. Then we discuss with Kara Palamountain​, a research associate professor at Kellogg, how social impact entrepreneurs have some tough decisions to make when they are deciding whether to go the nonprofit or for-profit route. 

May 2018

17 min 54 sec

  Building a new business comes with a lot of uncertainty, but there's one thing companies can do to make the odds of survival as favorable as possible. In this podcast, we talk with lecturer Jeff Hyman about how to identify, attract, and retain rockstar employees. Then we talk with Bernie Banks, Kellogg’s associate dean for leadership development and a retired brigadier general in the U.S. Army, about how to develop leadership talent from the ground up.  

Mar 2018

14 min 4 sec