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Todd Hoffman - Gold Rush

December 21st, 2012


The all NUGGET version of The J.O.B. First, actual Golden Nuggets from one of the stars of the TV show Gold Rush on Discovery Channel. Todd Hoffman on the guts to leave your normal job to go and search for gold in Alaska.

Then it's NUGGETS of wisdom from Hall Of Famer Guy Kawasaki. The Apple Evangelist and consummate Silicon Valley gives us his "state of the valley address" and also the nuts and bolts on how to self-publish a book!

In an ode to the end of the year we are going to replay two of this years best interviews: Dan Rather and Bruce Jenner.

Our co-active coach Henry Kimsey-House of CTI gives us some work-life balance.

In The J.O.B Nuggets: How much time that second drink at the Holiday party is taking off the end of your life and the growing disparity between the minimum wage worker at McDonald's and its CEO.

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Todd Charmichael - Coffee Mogul\Dangerous Grouds

December 13th, 2012


This is the liquid version of the J.O.B. featuring jobs that help people drink. Premium coffee buyer Todd Carmichael travels the world to find high end beans for his company, La Colombe Torrefaction. And, oh yeah...... The Travel Channel follows him to his perilous destinations so we can see where the world's second most traded commodity actually comes from.

My new best friend is David Driscoll. He is the spirits buyer for K and L Wine Merchants in San Francisco. He drinks alcohol for a living! He then stocks his store full of the stuff he thinks that we should drink. How my new best friend stays sober long enough to do his job.

We're calling Santa Yes, seriously! A guy who says Santa has taken his body over (not joking)!

Our co-active coaching with Henry Kismey-House takes a good hard look at how to run a meeting the right way.

Web Guru Andrew Broadbent of the Vab Media Lab if offering us "Chi" this week. How to have a program of patience when branding your business on the web.

Small business coach Deborah Sweeney CEO of is gonna break down the end of the year for us.

In The J.O.B. Nuggets: How much money do human beings need to be happy and how much vacation time does the average employee leave on the table each year.

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Bayard Winthrop - CEO American Giant (greatest hoodie of all time!)

December 7th, 2012


It has been said that San Francisco based clothing retailer American Giant produces the Greatest Hoodie Known To Mankind! Wow, next they'll tell us they're friends with a Chupacabra. The awesome story of perfecting the hoodie, from the fabric to the draw strings.

Due to the overwhelming response, we finally caught up with Larry's Urologist (or better known as the Surgeon who performed his Vasectomy). Was he nervous to perform such a delicate surgery on a radio celebrity?

A chat about noodles with Lauren Tanny from her book From Ramen To Riches Finding A Job In Your 20's (P.S. We Love Onion Flavored TR).

What is the best course of action to take if a friend at work gets fired? Consoling advice from our co-active coach from CTI Henry Kimsey House.

Our Web Guru Andrew Broadbent from the Vab Media Lab is taking us through the Twitterverse this week. The best way to get retweeted and other Twitter secrets.

There is no reason your grammar should be anything but perfect (except for ours). The good folks at show us how easy it is.

In the J.O.B. Nuggets: A call to the African Lady who passed Oprah as the richest black woman in the world and what happens when there is the same number of women frequent fliers as men ?

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Author Kitty Kelley

December 1st, 2012


Kitty Kelley has been called "the consummate gossip monger" for writing best-selling unauthorized biographies of people like Nancy Reagan, the British Royal Family, the Bush family, and Oprah Winfrey. We will ask "the Kitty" if she really dug through Oprah's trash to get some scoop?

A real-life honest-to-goodness "viral web celebrity", Jia Jiang, will tell us how his 100 Days Of Rejection Therapy are going.  You know Jia as the guy who walked into a Krispy Kreme and asked the manager to make him an Olympic themed donut, and she did it!

Should you get your boss a Christmas present? What about the guy who sits in the next cubicle to you, present for him as well? Should you go the company Holiday party? Our co-active coach Henry Kimsey-House answers all of our BIG holiday season questions.

Our Web Guru Andrew Broadbent from the Vab Media Lab is helping us direct our limited marketing budget. Google Pay-Per-Clicks Ads versus blogging - Andrew has your answer.

Lorrie Thomas Ross teaches web marketing therapy at We'll get some Brand Building Basics from her.

In The J.O.B. Nuggets: Why you should not bring your shopping bags or coffee to a job interview and whats happens to people's pay when their boss has a kid!

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Jeffrey Toobin - CNN/The New Yorker

November 23rd, 2012


If you look hard you can find Jeffrey Toobin amongst the throng of analysts in the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN. We chat with Mr. Toobin about how weird James Carville looks and about his other profession, expert on the Supreme Court.
Hans Benson
has been playing professional hockey for 15-years (albeit, minor league professional hockey). Why play hockey if all you're doing is losing teeth and not getting paid much to do it?

Our co-active coach Henry Kimsey-House gives us a positive strategy when you get a negative performance review.

Linda Gates of is going to talk about negotiating from a female perspective. Our man Matt Crevin, who works for the 49ers as the Press Room Public Address Announcer, is going to tell us how we can break into a job in the professional sports world.

In The J.O.B. Nuggets: What careers collect the most psychopaths and how to condole a fellow co-workers who has lost a loved one.

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Kate White - Editor Cosmo Magazine

November 16th, 2012


How to know if a guy thinks I'm fat? Do I speak Guy? Are my feet huge? Those would be just some of the Cosmo Quizzes that Kate White came up with as editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine.  She rose to the top of five major publications and even though she says she shouldn't tell us, we'll see if we can't pry a couple of tidbits from Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know.

They talk fast and hypnotize us into bidding for stuff we DON'T NEED! The double life of a professional auctioneer uncovered this week.

Our co-active coach Henry Kimsey-House is going to tell us if its wise to always being looking for a job.

Our web gurus from the Vab Media Lab are going to remind us to do our home work before we set up our website.

In The J.O.B Nuggets: A look at the Wisdome Of Failure, why skills trump passion in the office and why taking your phone on vacation is a GREAT idea.

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Ina Garten - Barefoot Contessa

November 2nd, 2012


Ina Garten went from White House Nuclear Policy analyst in the Carter Administration to being the one and only Barefoot Contessa. She will give us her foolproof recipes and her one big secret on throwing a great dinner party (P.S. the secret does not include putting a hidden quarter in your meatloaf).

What dinosaur at this point doesn't have a Netflix account? The story of Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs (how they sucked me into the two DVD a month program when I really only need one).

Ever wonder how much you should be hanging out with your co-workers outside of work? Our co-active coaching with Henry Kimsey-House of CTI lets us know how to build real relationships at work.

Our web guru Andrew Broadbent from the Vab Media Lab is breaking down the link myth, as in what/who/why/how many links should your website be connected to.

Our employment lawyer Dennis Strazulo is gonna tell us if your company can fire you, if you take too much time healing up from hip surgery.

In The J.O.B. Nuggets: spooky stats like..... the average job searcher spends just 40 minutes a day looking for a job, but 2 and 1/2 hour watching TV.

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Stephen Tobolowsky - Actor (Ned Ryerson Groundhog Day)

October 26th, 2012


If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky you would have this weird feeling you know him. Maybe he was your childhood dentist? Perhaps he knows one of your cousins. Instead, he is an actor you've seen all over the place. Ned Ryerson in the movie Groundhog's day. He has a recurring role as Sandy Ryerson in the Fox show Glee and as Stu Beggs in the Showtime series Californication. This week, his story of being a below the radar actor in Hollywood.

Bryan Mattimore is our Idea Stormer with a real world guide to business creativity.

Our co-active coaching with CTI helps to put us "regular folks" on the management track.

Our web guru Andrew Broadbent from the Vab media Lab tells us what Google looks at when determining if our web site is "persona non grata".

Our incredible employment lawyer Dennis Strazulo is taking your questions this week.

In The J.O.B. Nuggets: The real life study on how popular kids in school go on to make more money in real life and what Gen Y thinks China will do in the future .

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W. Kamau Bell - Comedian

October 18th, 2012


W. Kamau Bell is the modern day Mark Twain, but of race relations.  Punchline Magazine called him “one of our nation’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit”. We'll ask him why Chris Rock gave him his job as host of FX's Totally Biased and if he's ever used Coit Tower as the punchline to a joke.

Mike Staver tells us that it is our fault. In his book Leadership Isn’t for Cowards, he tells us how to get out from underneath the Blame Game.

You can bring a Guide-dog to work. But what about the average Fido? What about your cat? The rules on bringing pets to work from our employment lawyer Dennis Strazulo.

New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer had a baby months after taking the job. Work-life balance tips for women with our co-active coach from CTI Henry Kimsey-House.

To get high search visibility you gotta play by Google's rules, that means using Google+. Our web guru Andrew Broadbent fom the Vab Media Lab with your Google+ tricks.

In the J.O.B. Nuggets: The 7 myths of quiet people at work and the best ever excuses for calling in sick to work.

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Michael Houlihan - Barefoot Wine Founder

October 12th, 2012


Michael Houlihan started Barefoot Wine out of his bathtub in his Sonoma House. He claims his mistakes are what made his wine a success. We'll also ask him: if his business was so personal, why would he sell out to a big conglomerate?

Author and Speaker Bob Burg is coming to the Bay Area. Get the details on how to be an influencer.

Can you be happy at work? Our co-active coach Henry Kimsey-House from CTI with our jolly work tips.

It turns out you can make "gay" and sexist jokes if you are a construction worker. Our employment lawyer Dennis Strazulo with the proof.

YouTube just added a new feature that can really brand your business. Our web guru Andrew Broadbent from the Vab Media Lab breaks down the details.

In The J.O.B. Nuggets: Why bald guys make more money and what your work dreams mean.

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