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What Works
What Works
Tara McMullin

It's easy to lose your way in the 21st-century economy. The world of work and business is changing so rapidly that you... more

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Episodes

EP 405: What causes work stress? And what can we do about it?

While the answer might seem obvious, understanding how work creates stress and help us design more sustainable work systems.

06 Dec 2022 · 23 minutes
EP 404: What lights your fire?

Thinking about doing things differently next year? Here's one way my own work has changed—big time.

29 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
EP 403: Have your values been hijacked?

How do you see through the bait & switch?

22 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
EP 402: How do you crack the code on goal-setting?

Charlie Gilkey talks with Tara about the cultural code that lurks beneath our assumptions about goals & success.

15 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
EP 401: Do we really all have the same 24 hours?

Jenny Blake, Charlie Gilkey, and Tara discuss capacity, time, and avoiding overcommitment.

08 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
EP 400: The Power of Practice

🙌🏻 A 400th Episode AND Book Birthday celebration! 🙌🏻

01 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
EP 399: Self Help, LLC: The Politics of Hustle Culture with Jadah Sellner

Who does all of our productivity really benefit?

25 Oct 2022 · 52 minutes
EP 398: Self Help, LLC: Good Bodies With India Jackson, Tiffany Ima, and Jessica DeFino

What happens when confidence and control collide?

18 Oct 2022 · 54 minutes
EP 397: Self Help, LLC: Bad Usage With Samara Bay

How we use our voices is a microcosm of how we think about ourselves. What happens when we use our... more

11 Oct 2022 · 41 minutes
EP 396: Self Help, LLC: #MakingMemories with Sara Petersen

How do influencers impact the way we see ourselves, our families, and… our shopping lists?

04 Oct 2022 · 36 minutes
EP 395: Self Help, LLC: Instagram, the Algorithm, and Personality Types with Steph Barron Hall from Nine Types Co

Personality types are big business on Instagram. Why are we so hooked on ourselves?

27 Sep 2022 · 31 minutes
EP 394: Self Help, LLC: The Paradox of Self-Help Expertise with Patrick Sheehan

Who do you trust with improving your life?

20 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
EP 393: Self Help, LLC: Selling Empowerment with Kelly Diels

Is this really what empowerment looks like?

13 Sep 2022 · 35 minutes
EP 392: Self Help, LLC: Winners & Losers

Are we all in the self-help business now?

06 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
COMING SOON: Self-Help, LLC

Are we all in the self-help business now?

23 Aug 2022 · 3 minutes
EP 391: How do human decisions shape the economy? with Stacey Vanek Smith

What even is the economy really? How does economic news impact my daily life? And what would prompt two humanities... more

09 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
THE BOOK: Do your Big-G Goals Serve You?

After finding myself frustrated, exhausted, and burnt out, I had to ask: Are the goals I set making my life... more

26 Jul 2022 · 10 minutes
EP 390: Context Clues: Is a recession inevitable?

How do you prepare your small business for economic ups and downs?

12 Jul 2022 · 49 minutes
EP 389: Context Clues: Does everyone need a personal brand?

How has our relationship with ourselves changed since we started to put so much effort into emphasizing the most marketable... more

05 Jul 2022 · 30 minutes
EP 388: Extra Context: Not Getting Paid

Can work be valuable even if you're not making money with it? What role do hobbies and personal pursuits have... more

28 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
EP 387: Context Clues: Is there hope beyond positive thinking?

Vibe check: does positive thinking get in the way of recognizing real limitations and structural challenges?

21 Jun 2022 · 41 minutes
EP 386: Extra Context: Getting Paid

How can we think more strategically about the way we get paid as business owners & independent workers?

14 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
EP 385: Context Clues: Who do you work for?

Do you spend more of your time working for internet companies than for yourself or your clients?

07 Jun 2022 · 36 minutes
EP 384: Context Clues: Do you love your work?

Is loving your work all it's cracked up to be? And is the work you love meeting your needs?

31 May 2022 · 37 minutes
EP 383: Extra Context: Rugged Individualism

Has individualism made it harder to navigate the 21st-century economy?

24 May 2022 · 11 minutes
EP 382: Context Clues: What makes for a fair refund policy?

Does your refund policy help you make sales... or do right by your customers?

17 May 2022 · 57 minutes
EP 381: What happens when you take a 4-month break from business as usual?

At the end of 2021, I stepped away from my business: left our community, off-boarded my employee to another company,... more

10 May 2022 · 25 minutes
EP 380: When does overdelivering become overcompensating? with Allison Davis

I’m sure you’ve heard it before: underpromise and overdeliver. But is that really the best way to do business? Or... more

05 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
EP 379: Why do we choose squeezing more in over taking time off? (Time & Money 8)

I’m bringing our Time & Money series to a close this week by exploring why we choose squeezing more in... more

29 Mar 2022 · 28 minutes
EP 378: How much time do you work? with Anne Ditmeyer (Time & Money 7)

A lot of the work we do today doesn’t much look like “work.” The divide between work-life and life-life is... more

22 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
EP 377: What game are you playing? (Time & Money 6)

The systems we operate in all have different incentive systems: our business models, the social media platforms, our economy, the... more

15 Mar 2022 · 31 minutes
EP 376: What Is Our Time Worth? With Keina Newell (Time & Money 5)

Most of us learn the value of our time in our first jobs. Even as we get more experience and... more

08 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
EP 375: Is this really a new economy? (Time & Money 4)

I’ve been talking about the “new economy” since about 2010. But more and more, I recognize that the economic possibilities... more

01 Mar 2022 · 34 minutes
EP 374: How do you measure quality time? with Elisabeth Jackson (Time & Money 3)

There’s more than one way to measure success—and there’s more than one way to measure time. How do you account... more

22 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
EP 373: Should we lower our expectations? (Time & Money 2)

We spend money on lots of tools designed to save us time and work. But all too often, those tools... more

15 Feb 2022 · 25 minutes
EP 372: What Is Money? with Paco de Leon (Time & Money 1)

“Time is money.” Ben Franklin gave us that chestnut in 1748—and ever since, we’ve been trained to think of our... more

08 Feb 2022 · 32 minutes
EP 371: How does emotional labor impact our work?

Emotional labor is an under-appreciated, under-compensated type of work. But it’s essential for navigating the 21st-century economy. Entrepreneurship almost always... more

01 Feb 2022 · 35 minutes
EP 370: What is the creator economy? with Gina Bianchini

What is the creator economy? And why are so many creators… miserable? Mighty Networks founder Gina Bianchini was the first... more

25 Jan 2022 · 28 minutes
EP 369: Do your goals make you a better person?

The way we set goals often invites a load of comparison and competition. We can even create a moral hierarchy... more

18 Jan 2022 · 21 minutes
EP 368: What Does Growth Without Striving Look Like? with Rita Barry

“What does growth without striving look like?” Rita Barry posed this question 3 years ago, and it’s stuck with me ever... more

11 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
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What is the creator economy? And why are so many creators… miserable? Mighty Networks founder Gina Bianchini was the first person I... more