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, & Insight

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 lessons I’ve learned through the years, and provide insight on how to manage in the Brainpower Age.

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.

New episodes twice a month, on the 15th and the last day.

New episodes of the podcast are 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 laboratory, the courtroom, or the studio, smart people can be difficult to hire, motivate, review, reward, or fire. Sometimes coping with these issues requires skills and techniques that aren’t obvious. Subscribe to the Leading Smart podcast and we’ll explore them 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.


Testing Limits

Hiring junior level brainpower workers can be overwhelming. There are simultaneously too many candidates and not enough good ones. Many organizations result to testing and other filters to cope. But this just makes the problem worse. In this episode we look into the limits of testing, and how to source great junior level talent.


Wonder Why

Interviewing brainpower workers is the search for intelligence, passion, communication skills, and a thirst for learning. There are lots of ways to do these interviews, but a softer touch is usually the key. In this episode we explore how to get the most from a brainpower interview.


Fits and Starts

One of the challenges of hiring brainpower workers is finding that “perfect fit”. But often when you do, that’s when you should start to worry. In this episode we explore why the perfect fit often isn’t and explore how to insure a great brainpower hire.