By Kayla Matthews
Business managers and entrepreneurs are busy people — there’s always more to do and room to grow. Busy people can still take time to learn, however. If you’re an ambitious worker, there’s a good chance that you’re always hungry for more knowledge. Podcasts allow you to fit learning into your free moments. If you’re interested in learning even more about your field, consider listening to a few of these 15 excellent business podcasts.
1. Seeking Wisdom
In the Drift podcast Seeking Wisdom, hosts David Cancel and and Dave Gerhardt talk personal and professional growth. They’ve covered topics ranging from marketing to running a meeting to furthering your personal career. Every episode comes in a short, bite-sized format perfect for busy managers and business owners.
2. Hack the Entrepreneur
In his interview podcast Hack the Entrepreneur, Jon Nastor talks to big-name and upcoming entrepreneurs about their fears, habits and inner battles to find out what makes them successful. Listeners learn about forming successful habits, finding ideas and starting an online business.
3. Startups for the Rest of Us
Startups for the Rest of Us is a show for developers, designers and entrepreneurs focused on helping people launch software products successfully. Listeners interested in tech entrepreneurship can learn loads from the hosts’ combined 20 years experience as software engineers.
4. HBR IdeaCast
From the people behind Harvard Business Review, HBR IdeaCast features talks with leading thinkers in business and management. Business professionals and entrepreneurs can learn about innovations and current issues in business, from AI to workplace diversity. The show’s host is Sarah Green Carmichael, an executive editor at Harvard Business Review.
5. Business Wars
Fans of documentaries and audio dramas will love Business Wars. Both entertaining and informational, this show tells the inside stories of battles in business. Some of the stories covered include Netflix vs. Blockbuster, Marvel vs. DC and eBay vs. PayPal. Learn what makes successful companies rise and others fall when facing fierce competition.
6. 1st Talk Compliance
Employers hoping to get legal advice during their morning commute might consider listening to 1st Talk Compliance. Host Catherine Short and her guests address issues employers face when understanding and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and handling ADA claims. Listeners can find legal definitions, discussions and more from experts in health care and compliance.
7. BBC World Business Report
Entrepreneurs who want to stay informed about the current biggest market influences might listen to BBC World Business Report. The show updates daily and brings listeners business and financial news from around the world.
8. The $100 MBA Show
Wish you could expand your business knowledge in the time it takes to take a shower? The $100 MBA Show provides short, actionable business lessons in just over 10 minutes. New episodes provide “no-fluff” advice every day on a variety of topics, so you can learn what you want whenever you want. Whether you’re new to business or an experienced entrepreneur, you’re sure to learn something new.
In the podcast Mixergy, host Andrew Warner interviews successful business founders so you can learn from them. You can listen to interviews with more than 1,500 entrepreneurs, including founders of well-known companies like Pixar and Linkedin.
10. Planet Money
From NPR, Planet Money explains the economy in a way that’s actually fun by telling both common and lesser-known money stories — from combating money in politics to conquering the onion market. Planet Money is entertaining, informative and weirdly fascinating.
11. WorkLife With Adam Grant
In the TED podcast WorkLife, organizational psychologist Adam Grant gives listeners an inside account of unusual workplaces. The show provides insight into how people tackle work challenges together, so it’s a great resource for managers and employers.
12. Girlboss Radio
In each episode of Girlboss Radio, host Sophia Amoruso interviews glass-ceiling-shattering women entrepreneurs, founders and creatives. Their conversations are honest, insightful and funny, providing lessons for hopeful female entrepreneurs and everyone.
13. No Quit Living
The No Quit Living podcast knows that people need motivation to reach their potential. In every episode, host Christopher Wirth interviews successful people from all walks of life to find out what motivates them to succeed. No Quit Living helps entrepreneurs find drive to pursue their goals even in the face of adversity.
14. Entrepreneurs on Fire
Award-winning podcast Entrepreneurs on Fire focuses on providing the inspiration and strategies entrepreneurs need to succeed. With over 2,000 episodes, Entrepreneurs on Fire has useful interviews and tips for anyone interested in business. You can listen to new episodes every Monday and Thursday.
15. Growth Now Movement
The Growth Now Movement podcast brings listeners interviews with entrepreneurs and game-changers who’ve turned professional and personal struggle into growth. Episodes will inspire you while providing some truly useful insight into the nature of growth and success.
Listen and Learn Today
As an ambitious entrepreneur, you’re always looking for new opportunities to learn an improve. These podcasts can provide insight and inspiration, whether you’re just starting your career or moving up. All you have to do is listen to start learning.
About the Author: Kayla Matthews writes about communication and workplace productivity on her blog, Productivity Theory. Her work has also appeared on Talent Culture, MakeUseOf, The Muse and Fast Company.