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The Practical Optimist

Ken Schmitt

Real people having real conversations about the intersection of leadership and life. The Practical Optimist is a heartfelt conversation about the intersection of our personal and professional lives and what shapes our decisions. In each episode, you will hear candid, inspiring conversations with regular people who are industry leaders. We'll talk about the decisions they've made - both good and bad - and the various turning points that made them the leader and the human being they are today. Host Ken Schmitt is CEO & Founder of TurningPoint Executive Search and the author of The Practical Optimist, An Entrepreneur's Journey through Life's Turning Points. Raised in an entrepreneurial household and married to a marriage and family therapist, Ken comes to the mic with a uniquely authentic and honest voice, blending life, family, and business. Not preachy, academic, or theoretical, this podcast focuses on what makes real leaders tick. Our guests are vulnerable, honest, and fully transparen... more


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5 out of 5 stars from 3 ratings
  • Wit and Wisdom

    Listening to Ken and his guests is like listening to a great conversation between two old colleagues. Genuine and funny, the stories are delightful. The advice and wisdom shared apply to both professional and personal situations.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago
  • Wit and Wisdom

    Listening to Ken and his guests is like listening to a great conversation between two old colleagues. Genuine and funny, the stories are delightful. The advice and wisdom shared apply to both professional and personal situations.

    Mom of 2
    United Statesa month ago
  • The good, the bad and the ugly with impact and humor

    Ken and I started our businesses around the same time, so I have been learning from him for more than 15 years. We shared career-shaping boss stories (the good, the bad and the ugly) and rode out the Great Recession at the same time. You are the leader of your life and career whether you like it or not. Listen to this podcast to do it with grace and joy. Ken always has practical advice with a positive outlook.

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    Amy Rasdal
    United Statesa month ago

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