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Episode 19: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, with Andy Molinsky

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Don’t miss this episode of The People Catalysts Podcast with guest Andy Molinsky. Andy is going to share with us a new strategy to help you step outside your comfort zone, rise to the challenge, and build confidence.

Andy Molinsky is a Professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology. Andy received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. He also holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Affairs from Brown University.

Andy’s work helps people develop the insights and courage necessary to act outside their personal and cultural comfort zones when doing important, but challenging, tasks in work and life. His research and writing have been featured in Harvard Business Review, Inc. Magazine, Psychology Today, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, NPR and Voice of America.

Andy was awarded as a Top Voice for LinkedIn for his work in education. His first book, Global Dexterity (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013), received the Axiom Award (Silver Medal) for Best Business Book in International Business & Globalization and has been used widely in organizations around the world, including Boeing, AIG, the US Air Force Academy, and the Clinton Foundation, among others.

His new book, Reach, was published with Penguin Random House in January 2017. He teaches, consults, and lectures widely to university and corporate audiences.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Identifying why it’s important to work with a team or in a group setting
  • The challenges that people face in stepping outside of their comfort zones
  • The different personality types and roles that can be found in a group
  • Comfort zone barriers that come up when interacting with people
  • Some tips to apply if you are uncomfortable when it comes to networking
  • Why it’s important to set doable goals for yourself
  • How discovering the fields of organizational behavior & social psychology changed Andy’s career path
  • How to facilitate positive and effective change
  • The power of connecting something to a real, meaningful purpose
  • Keys to stepping outside of your comfort zone
  • One thing that people tend to overlook with themselves

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