The Leading Smart podcast is the show about Managing in the Brainpower Age. It’s a field guide to joys and challenges of leading and working in the modern workplace.

Stories, Ideas, & Questions

I’m your guide to the stories and ideas that I hope will inspire you to be a better leader in the world of knowledge work. I’ll be drawing from my own experience as a 40-year veteran of the corporate world, and also having been in the top HR job near the top of the Fortune 500. I’ve not only been a lifelong student of organizational dynamics, but also leader of some very large and successful teams. I’ll relate some of the stories and lessons I’ve learned through the years.

I’ve also been fortunate enough to know and work with some of the smartest people in the world. I learned immensely from them, and I want you to learn from them too. I’ll be sitting down with experts in an array of disciplines and industries to learn as much as we can. We’ll talk through the many issues leaders face in the Brainpower Age. How did they get where they are today? What does it take to build a team that is successful? How do they manage those teams when the goals are soft but the deadlines are hard?

A field guide to Managing in the Brainpower Age

Bite-sized Value

In each episode, we’ll explore everyday problems and provide practical tools you can use to be a better and smarter leader. The episodes are bite-sized, targeted to be about 20 minutes, just long enough to provide great value for your precious time. Each episode page also has room for your comments and feedback, or you can send your feedback to pod@clwill.com. Let me know what you think.

The goal is for new episodes of the podcast to be released semi-monthly, on the fifteenth and the last day. A bit like your paycheck. I hope you find it almost as useful.

The challenges of leading in the Brainpower age exist across a broad range of disciplines and industries. Whether it’s in the corner office, the classroom, the courtroom, or the studio, the challenges of managing teams of smart people are many. Subscribe to the Leading Smart podcast, and we’ll try to explore them all together.



The Hit Man

Introducing the Leading Smart podcast — How a job in the car stereo business ended up being mostly about firing people. And how that lead to a lifelong fascination with management, organizations, and team building.


Annual Ritual

First episode of two looking into the annual ritual of performance reviews. This episode focuses on the process, and why it doesn’t have to be painful. If you’re willing to do it all the time.


Hunting Skills

Hiring senior level brainpower workers is much more than posting the job and sifting through the resumes. It’s beyond hiring, even beyond recruiting. It’s hunting. In this episode we look at two examples and see how to develop hunting skills.