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Esther Sternberg
April 3, 2024

Dr. Esther Sternberg, author of Well at Work: Creating Wellbeing in Any Workspace, shares research on how our work environments impact our health and productivity. Dr. Sternberg provides guidance to leaders on how to integrate the seven domains of health into workspace design, fostering healthier employees who are more focused, productive and happier to be at the office.

Dr. Sternberg is a professor of medicine, psychology, planning and landscape architecture, and nutritional sciences and wellness at the University of Arizona. She has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization and the Vatican; in the U.S. she has advised the National Academy of Sciences, Department of Defense, and Congress. She is also the author of two previous books, The Balance Within and Healing Spaces.

Karen Dillon
February 7, 2024

Karen Dillon, co-author with Rob Cross of The Microstress Effect: How Little Things Pile Up and Create Big Problems and What to Do about It, describes their discovery of the little noticed day-to-day stressors causing significant impact on even the highest performing employees, and how failing to address them can lead to burnout. Karen Dillon is a contributing editor at Harvard Business Review and coauthor of three books with Clayton Christensen, including the New York Times bestseller, How Will You Measure Your Life?

We encourage you to use and share a resource that complements this episode: The Hidden Toll of Microstress, the authors’ Harvard Business Review article with a link to a microstress diagnostic tool. You might also enjoy In Session episode 35 on how subtracting can lead to more, available on fjc.dcn, or from your favorite podcast app.

Priya Parker
December 6, 2023

Today on In Session: Leading the Judiciary, Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering, shares a purpose-driven and people-centered approach for designing meaningful and memorable meetings that people want to attend. Parker is a facilitator and strategic advisor trained in the field of conflict resolution and has spent twenty years guiding leaders and groups through difficult conversations about community, identity, and vision. She studied organizational design at M.I.T., public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and political and social thought at the University of Virginia.

We encourage you to use and share two free resources that complement this episode: Priya Parker’s Newsletter and her guide, The New Rules of Gathering.

Leidy Klotz
October 4, 2023

Leidy Klotz, author of Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less, shares how subtracting before adding can create better outcomes, especially when we are clear about what we want to accomplish. Klotz’s innovative research shows how subtracting doesn’t necessarily mean doing less; rather it’s an important first step for individuals and organizations that want to improve processes and solve problems.

In addition to several research articles, Leidy’s work has appeared in the journals Nature and Science and been featured on NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast. He is an interdisciplinary professor of engineering, architecture, and business at the University of Virginia whose research focuses on the science of design.

A four-page Reading and Discussion Guide (shared with permission) complements this episode.

Mark A. Sherman, Helene Creager
September 6, 2023

Helene Creager (C.D. Cal.), informed by her time as central California’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team, shares not only what officers need to know about the science behind mindfulness, compassion, self-compassion, and positive neuroplasticity, but how to incorporate them into our daily lives as well. Drawing upon her twenty-three years as a U.S. Probation officer, including as a founding member of the National Wellness Working Group, Creager makes the case that intentional self-care is crucial in creating satisfying personal and professional lives.

Woo-kyoung Ahn
August 2, 2023

Woo-kyoung Ahn, professor of psychology at Yale University and author of Thinking 101: How to Reason Better to Live Better, discusses how our brains are hard-wired to make quick decisions in order to keep us safe. These cognitive shortcuts can lead to misguided decision-making and stifled innovation in the short-term while costing us time, energy, and money in the long run.

Ahn received Yale’s Lex Hixon Prize for teaching excellence in the social sciences in 2022, and her research was funded by the National Institutes of Health. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

Mark A. Sherman, Dani Hourani, Terrence G. Berg, Bernard A. Friedman, Steven Fishman, Anthony Merolla, David J. Smith
June 8, 2023

Dani Hourani served twenty-eight years of a mandatory life sentence before being granted compassionate release on the basis of “extraordinary and compelling reasons” under the First Step Act. Dani is now Director of Community Development for Team Wellness Center, a provider of social and health care services to the Detroit area’s low-income community, including wrap-around services for returning citizens. We hear Dani’s story through his voice and those of his case’s lead prosecutor, the sentencing judge, Dani’s defense attorney, and the chief U.S. probation officer and intensive supervision probation officer specialist who supervised him after his release. Dani also discusses what can be done to enable others like himself to return successfully to their communities.

Kevin Eikenberry
June 7, 2023

In remote or hybrid workplaces, leaders must be more intentional about building relationships that engender commitment, rather than just compliance, and focus more on accomplishment rather than just employee activity. This episode explores how to do that with organizational expert Kevin Eikenberry.

Kevin Eikenberry is founder and Chief Potential Officer of the Kevin Eikenberry Group and co-founder of the Remote Leadership Institute. He has improved the communication, leadership, learning, teams and teamwork of organizations worldwide for over twenty-five years. Kevin’s been named one of’s Top 100 Experts Worldwide in Leadership and Management and is the author of several books including The Long Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership, and The Long Distance Team: Designing Your Team for Everyone’s Success, released in 2023.

Bobby Duffy
April 5, 2023

Today on In Session: Leading the Judiciary, we talk with public policy expert Bobby Duffy about his book The Generation Myth: Why When You’re Born Matters Less Than You Think. Duffy discusses what’s real and not-so-real about differences among generations. Stereotypes like “Baby Boomers hate technology” and “Millennials are lazy” not only lack support but can be dangerous: creating division and distracting from real issues. Duffy argues that to understand how different generations shape society, it’s essential to consider the political, economic, and cultural contexts impacting everyone, and the lifecycle changes common to all generations.

Bobby Duffy is professor of public policy and director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London, and previously was director of global research at Ipsos MORI and the Ipsos Social Research Institute. His first book, Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything, published in 2019, examined the causes and consequences of human delusion.

D.J. Vanas
February 1, 2023

In this episode, we explore how leaders can find their inner warrior and lead with courage. D.J. Vanas, author of The Warrior Within: Own Your Power to Serve, Fight, Protect, and Heal, explains that being a warrior is not about steely-eyed individual toughness. Rather, it is about practicing aggressive self-care, openness, and collaboration so that you’re emotionally, mentally, and physically prepared to serve and support your “tribe.”

D.J. is a former U.S. Air Force officer and a member of the Ottawa Tribe of Michigan. He has inspired thousands of public sector and Fortune 500 company leaders to find courage and lead with their inner warrior. He hosted the 2021 PBS television special Discovering Your Warrior Spirit and delivered the closing keynote at the FJC’s National Leadership Conference for Circuit and Court Unit Executives in Oklahoma City in October 2022.


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