Thanks to the rising popularity of smartphones, people are listening to podcasts virtually anytime, anywhere – in the car, on a train, on a plane, while working out – the list is endless. If you’re not familiar, a podcast is a type of audio (or video) broadcast, usually in the form of interviews or discussions that you can download to your computer or mobile device. Users will typically subscribe to a podcast much like they would subscribe to a blog. This way, you are alerted to download new episodes as soon as they become available.
Podcasts are popular for many reasons: fairly short in length, episodes can be accessed at your convenience, and a wide variety of content is available. More importantly, podcasts aren’t just for news, sports, and entertainment anymore. There is an increasing demand for podcasts related to business, leadership, and career development.
Below is a list of our top 3 podcasts related to business and leadership. We like them so much that we’ve even included many of the programs in our Success Coach® developmental resource library. Check them out and see if you agree.
1) HBR Idea Cast
The HBR IdeaCast is a free audio program featuring breakthrough management ideas and commentary from the authors and editors of Harvard Business School Publishing. They also pull in conversations with major CEO’s and big names in media and entertainment. These podcasts are also downloadable through iTunes.
If you only try 1, listen to 533: We Can’t Work All The Time or 524: Make Better Decisions
2) Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series
This podcast offers a great opportunity to learn from some of Stanford’s leaders and other big players from companies like HubSpot and Twitter about innovation, leadership, and starting companies.
If you only try 1, listen to Why Company Culture is Crucial or Great Leadership Can Be Learned.
3) Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast
Andy Stanley is a communicator, author, and pastor who has written over 20 books and speaks to nearly 200,000 people annually at various events to share his culturally relevant, practical insight for life and leadership. His conversations and discussions are designed to help leaders go further, faster. These podcasts are also downloadable through iTunes.
If you only try 1, listen to Managing Tension or Confronting Challenges.
Do you have any podcasts to add to the list? We'd love to hear about them!