All of us here at 20/20 Leadership Group absolutely LOVE podcasts! As leadership and business development coaches for professionals (such as lawyers, accountants, financial advisors), we are obsessed about learning and growing – for our own sake and to better serve our clients.

So we often nudge each other to listen to the next episode on our favorite podcasts so that we can discuss and share feedback, ideas, and insights. From business and entrepreneurship to fascinating things in the world to incredible stories, our feed is always packed with awesome podcasts.

We are also firm believers that podcasts – especially business-focused podcasts – are a must for any professional who wants to take charge of his or her career and stand out from the crowd by becoming  a powerhouse rainmaker.

Why?

Because without understanding business and especially your clients’ business, you are just one in a million of other qualified professionals. But if you invest the time to learn about your clients’ business, their industry and know it well enough to combine your expertise with practical business solutions, your credibility and trust factor will grow exponentially!

The result is better and more loyal clients. And who doesn’t want that?

So in this post, we are sharing our top Business & Entrepreneurship podcasts that are a must-listen for any professional who is ready to become a powerhouse rainmaker:

1. Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

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From the Creators:

“How do companies grow from zero to a gazillion? Legendary Silicon Valley investor / entrepreneur Reid Hoffman tests his theories with famous founders. Guests include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg, Netflix’s Reed Hastings, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Spanx’s Sara Blakely. With original music and hilariously honest stories, the show sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard.”

Why we love it:

This show lets us peek behind the curtain of how some of the most successful and innovative companies of today wrestle with business, leadership, and management challenges while continuously growing their businesses.

Why YOU will love it:

Through fascinating storytelling and high quality production, Reid Hoffman and his guests will help you understand complex business concepts without any confusion or frustration. The more you listen, the more comfortable you are going to get with all things business.

2. How I Built This

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From the Creators:

How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best known companies and brands. If you’ve ever built something from nothing, something you really care about – or even just dream about it – check out How I Built This hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz. Follow the show @HowIBuiltThis.”

Why we love it:

We are addicted to this show! The stories told by the founders are fun, engaging, dynamic and packed with surprising twists and turns. NPR’s Guy Raz is a wonderfully empathetic interviewer who gets his guests to share their stories of incredible success and profound failures.

Why YOU will love it:

This is an amazing resource to help you uncover what your clients might be going through when running their business, the things that keep them up at night. Also, we’ve said it many times that perseverance is one of the critical keys to success. Podcasts like How I Built This will fuel you with inspiration, motivation, and desire to persevere no matter what.

3. Harvard Business Review IdeaCast

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From the Creators:

“The HBR IdeaCast is our weekly audio podcast, bringing you the analysis and advice of the leading minds in management.”

Why we love it:

The Harvard Business Review has long been known as a leading resource for business news and research, and this weekly podcast doesn’t disappoint: past guests include Eric Schmidt from Google, Harvard professors, biologists, and more.

Why YOU will love it:

With episode topics like 4 Behaviors of Top-Performing CEOsHow to Survive Being Labeled a Star, and Why Finance Needs More Humanity, and Why Humanity Needs Finance, there is no shortage of thought-provoking discussions led by some of the leading thinkers in business and management. You’ll walk away with new insights and knowledge every single time!

Here is to your extraordinary success!