5 Podcasts that have Transformed my CommutePublished: 2018-03-27 05:57
Prior to joining Essity, my commute was mostly by car. Now, being a city dweller, my commute looks much different than before since the US office for Essity is also in the city of Philadelphia (in the Cira Centre). Being a city dweller this makes my commute much different than before. Depending on the day my trip to or from work contains any combination of walking, taking the Cira Centre shuttle or taking the Septa bus or trolley. Not only is it great to get in some extra steps on the way to work each day but it feels good to have a smaller impact on our environment by taking public transportation rather than driving.
I am the type of person who always likes to have some sort of music or entertainment going in the background. In the last year I have gotten into podcasts which I mainly listen to on my commute. I even look forward to my commute now when a new episode of my favorite podcast is released. Personally, I never had this experience when I was in my car for an hour on previous commutes.
I have found most of my favorite podcasts through the recommendations of others so I thought I would share a few of my favorites here.
I will admit it, I am a bit of a business nerd. I am fascinated by stories of business leaders about building brands, creating products, leading people and overcoming challenges. Having spent many years working in innovation this probably makes sense. These two podcasts remind me of being in a business school speaker series class in the best way possible.
- How I Built This with Guy Raz: In this NPR podcast Guy interviews entrepreneurs who have built business that are now common names. Think Dell, Patagonia, Zumba, Bumble and many more. The interviews give great insight into what it takes to launch a business. One common theme I have found is that a combination of persistence and hustle is almost always necessary.
- Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman: Reid Hoffman’s name might be familiar as the co-founder of LinkedIn among other things. This is also an interview podcast, but each episode uses the interview with a business leader as an illustration of a business principle. For example, the episode with ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia focuses on pricing. The episode with Howard Schultz of Starbucks talks about doing good as a way to do good business. This way one person’s story is put into context to be applicable for all scale businesses.
I like to sleep in as late as possible and then rush to get ready for work. So there is no time for the news or reading a newspaper, even online. In addition to a series of daily newsletters I subscribe to I listen the The Daily from the New York Times to stay up to date with the world. This podcast takes one topic relevant to current events and focuses on it for the full episode. At just 20 minutes or so you get just enough information to feel informed but not overwhelmed. And it is just the right length to listen to while getting ready for the day.
Comedy and pop culture
If I spend the morning listening to serious podcasts it is always nice to unwind on the way home with something a lighter. My first go to is a weekly comedy recap of Bravo reality shows with a focus on the Housewives franchise. If you watch the shows you know how addictive they are and this podcast is no different. My other favorite is a true crime comedy podcast. Although this sounds like two things that should not go together, somehow it works.
This is just a small sample of the podcasts I follow. There is so much out there I think there is truly something for everyone. So the next time you are stuck in traffic on the way to work consider turning off the radio and turning on a podcast. And if you find a good one let me know!