Love in Action

Join host Marcel Schwantes and the world's top business thought-leaders, authors, executives, and leadership experts as they reimagine the conditions necessary for creating caring, humane, and human-centered workplaces that result in high-performing cultures and bottom-line impact. The future of leadership is "love in action." Join the movement!

Jacqueline Carter: Compassionate Leadership
Jacqueline Carter discusses the staggering data, inner questions, and 6 principles that comprise Compassionate Leadership and the benefit behind doing hard things in a human way.
42 min
Jenn Lim: Beyond Happiness
Jenn Lim, CEO of Delivering Happiness, explores the science of happiness for business outcomes and also looks back at her business relationship with the late Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos.
36 min
Marcel Schwantes: Qualities of a Loving Leader
What type of leaders do employees enthusiastically follow? Marcel drops in for a solo episode sharing tips to help you become a better, more loving leader.
6 min
Donato Tramuto: The Double Bottom Line
Donato Tramuto and Marcel discuss how compassion and compassionate leadership is tied to profitability and productivity.
39 min
Julie Winkle Giulioni: Promotions Are So Yesterday
Returning guest, Julie Winkle Guilioni, joins Marcel to discuss her newest book, Promotions Are So Yesterday. She offers research and insight behind her mission to help leaders help their employees grow and develop.
59 min
Dorie Clark: The Long Game
Marcel and Dorie Clark, author of The Long Game, discuss and question the reasoning behind the need to be busy, grounded in short term thinking. Dorie calls us back to focusing on the things that matter most, to play the “long game” so that we can reap the benefits in the future.
43 min
The author of Mastering Community, Christine Porath, joins Marcel to shed light on the need for more community in the workplace. Chrisitne and Marcel discuss the solutions to decreasing loneliness, burnout, isolation, and other elements of toxicity that keep us from doing our best at work.
50 min
Ryan Jenkins: Connectable
Loneliness, an epidemic in our world pre-pandemic and now more so in the aftermath of COVID. Marcel talks with co-author of Connectable, Ryan Jenkins to break down how to identify loneliness in the workplace and how to create belonging and build more connections in your organization.
52 min
G. Richard Shell: The Conscience Code
G. Richard Shell joined Marcel to talk about his book The Conscience Code, covering moral conflicts in the professional world. We dive into real world examples and show you how to create a positive, value based workplace where everyone can thrive.
50 min
Dan Johnston: WorkStep
Dan Johnston joined Marcel to talk about his company WorkStep and how we can all fight employee turnover. We also touched on some critical leadership strategies in this episode.
44 min
Tim Elmore: The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leader...
Tim Elmore is a bestselling author and international speaker. He’s here to talk about his new book “The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership.” We discussed his approach to a leadership mindset and philosophy, as well as some of these eight paradoxes.
51 min
Anthony Pacilio: CAI Neurodiverse Solutions
Anthony Pacilio, Vice President of CAI Neurodiverse Solutions, joined us to talk about the power of neurodiverse hiring. These candidates are a hugely untapped source of potential, and hiring them is always a win-win for your organization.
52 min
Gene Boes: Northwest Center
President and CEO Gene Boes of the Northwest Center joined me on the podcast to talk about the importance of DE&I: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace.
50 min
THE EARNED LIFE with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith joined me today to talk about leading a more fulfilling life. He talks about the importance of “The Earned Life” and gives us a preview of his next book in this episode.
48 min
Dr. Nathan Long: Saybrook University
Saybrook University is an institution dedicated to progressive, humanistic education. The school is an accredited college that utilizes a hybrid online and in-person teaching model. Dr. Nathan Long is the president of the university, and we talked to him about Saybrook’s mission – and how the school could help you.
45 min
Stephen M. R. Covey: Trust & Inspire
Best-selling author Stephen M. R. Covey joins Marcel Shwantes to talk about the power of trust within organizations.
76 min
Leading with Love and Laughter with Zina Sutch ...
Marcel Schwantes sits down with Zina Sutch and Patrick Malone, co-authors of Leading with Love and Laughter, where they talk about using love in the workplace.
53 min
Unfear with Mark Minukas
Mark Minukas, co-author of the book Unfear: Transform Your Organization to Create Breakthrough Performance and Employee Wellbeing, managing partner of Co-Creation Partners, and an engineer by trade, joins Marcel Scwhantes in this week's Love In Action episode.
47 min
Are You Leading with Integrity?
In this mini-episode, Marcel Schwantes shares practical insights on how to lead with integrity.
3 min
Understanding Burnout with Jennifer Moss
Burnout expert, Jennifer Moss, joins Marcel Schwantes this week on Love In Action.
47 min
Do You Foster Psychological Safety?
In this mini-episode, Marcel Schwantes discusses the importance of psychological safety at the workplace.
5 min
Moving the Needle with Robb Holman
Robb Holman, a thought-provoking global keynote speaker, and the founder and CEO of Holman International, a global leadership consultancy, joins Marcel Schwantes.
58 min
Elevating the Human Experience with Amelia Dunlop
Amelia Dunlop is Chief Experience Officer and US Customer Strategy and Applied Design Leader at Deloitte. Her core belief is that before we are consumers, we are humans with values and emotions.
42 min
What Makes Leaders Memorable
In this mini-episode, Marcel Schwantes discusses what makes good leaders memorable and more effective. He asks listeners, “Are you approachable?”
3 min
The Worst Management Habits
In this mini-episode, Marcel Schwantes explores the three worst management habits.
5 min
Making Common Sense Common Practice with Ken Bl...
A prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Ken Blanchard is respected for his lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership that has influenced the day-to-day management and leadership of people and companies throughout the world.
44 min
Starting the Moral Revolution with Jacqueline N...
Jacqueline Novogratz is founder and CEO of Acumen, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to changing the way the world tackles poverty.
42 min
How to Master Staying Present with Scott O’Neil
Scott O’Neil is an author and the former CEO of both the Philadelphia 76ers NBA Team and the New Jersey Devils NHL Team. He is cofounder of Elevate Sports Ventures, Board Advisor at Myota, and is on the Board of Directors at Zooi, Inc.
43 min
On Growth, Care and Development with Omer Glass
Omer Glass is CEO and cofounder of GrowthSpace, the world's leading employee development platform.
37 min
Winning on Purpose with Fred Reichheld
Fred Reichheld is creator of the Net Promoter System, and the founder of Bain & Company’s loyalty practice. He is Marcel Schwantes’s guest this week on Love In Action.
35 min
How Oxytocin Improves Performance with Paul Zak
Paul Zak, professor at Claremont Graduate University, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss the neurochemistry behind toxic organizational cultures, and how we can harness that neurochemistry to build effective workplaces with trust, joy, and commitment.
42 min
Choosing to be Courageous with Jim Detert
Jim Detert is this week’s guest on Love In Action. He is a Professor at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business Administration and the world’s foremost expert on workplace courage.
51 min
Leading with Care with Heather Younger
Heather Younger, experienced keynote speaker, trainer, and consultant, joins Marcel Schwantes on this episode of Love in Action.
42 min
Workplace Psychology with Jennifer Musselman
Jennifer Musselman, a globally recognized executive coach, is this week’s guest on this special episode of Love In Action, which is both an interview and a live consultation.
56 min
The Great Resignation, Retention, and the Talen...
Mahe Bayireddi, CEO and co-founder of Phenom, joins Marcel Schwantes to talk about his passion about using software to fundamentally transform the talent journey.
36 min
Working Better Together with Jen Fisher
Jen Fisher, Chief Well-being Officer at Deloitte, is Marcel Schwantes’ guest this week on the Love In Action podcast.
42 min
Mission Metamorphosis with Robin Ganzert
Robin Ganzert, President and CEO at American Humane, is this week’s guest on this episode of Love In Action with Marcel Schwantes.
43 min
On Closing the Gender Gap with Colleen Ammerman...
Colleen Ammerman and Boris Groysberg join Marcel Schwantes to discuss their book and peeling open the curtain on the pervasive managerial actions and organizational obstacles that perpetuate the gender gap.
46 min
Remote Work, Cultivating Culture, and Change wi...
Founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners and best-selling author, Robert Glazer joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss his a passion for helping individuals and organizations build their capacity and elevate their performance.
49 min
Authenticity, Leadership, and Love with Eva Huston
As Chief Strategy Officer at Duck Creek Technologies, Eva Huston is responsible for building value for the technology and spearheading corporate strategy on a global scale. She joins Marcel Schwantes on this episode of Love In Action.
33 min
Learning the Lost Art of Connecting with Susan ...
Marcel Schwantes’ guest on this episode of Love In Action is Susan McPherson, founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies.
37 min
Make It, Don’t Fake It: The Road to Authenticit...
Marcel Schwantes’ guest on this episode of Love In Action is Sabrina Horn, an award-winning CEO, communications expert, and author.
40 min
How Are You Really? Breaking Down the Data abou...
On this episode of the Love in Action Podcast, Marcel Schwantes is talking to Helena Clayton, a researcher who focuses on the practical application of love in the workplace.
38 min
Decoding Digital Body Language with Erica Dhawan
Marcel Schwantes’ guest on this week’s episode of Love In Action is Erica Dhawan, founder and CEO of Cotential Group, a global consulting firm that transforms the way companies work through 21st century collaboration.
44 min
[Replay] A New Way To Think About Conflict with...
Dr. Nate Regier gives Marcel Schwantes and listeners a new way to think about conflict, calling it the greatest untapped energy resource in the world.
39 min
[Replay] Unleashing Empowerment Leadership with...
Frances Frei, Harvard Business School (HBS) professor, chats with Marcel Schwantes about her book and how to unleash the potential of those you lead by applying practical love.
56 min
[Replay] How I Got There with JT McCormick
JT McCormick joins Marcel to chat about his amazing life story - his journey from scrubbing toilets at a restaurant to becoming President of a million dollar software company, and now CEO of Scribe Media - and to share the lessons he learned along the way.
53 min
[Replay] Transformative Influence with Walt Rak...
Walt Rakowich joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss how he managed to keep his former company afloat during the Great Recession of 2008.
52 min
At the Heart of Business with Hubert Joly
Hubert Joly, senior lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss what lies at the heart of business, and how to foster a good work environment.
53 min
Cultivating Compassionate Conversations with Ki...
Kim Loh, a conflict resolution and negotiation specialist, leadership coach, and co-author of the book Compassionate Conversations: How to Speak and Listen from the Heart, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss what drives conflict and share strategies for peaceful resolution.
26 min
Kindness is a Necessity with Houston Kraft
CEO and co-founder of CharacterStrong, Houston Kraft, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss how kindness can improve our quality of life and shares actionable tips to help us be more kind every day.
50 min
Come Celebrate the 100th Episode with Us!
In this 100th edition of Love In Action, four specially invited mystery guests join Marcel Schwantes.
55 min
We Are So Worth Loving with Eryn Eddy
Eryn Eddy, social entrepreneur, author, speaker, and the founder of So Worth Loving, joins Marcel Schwantes to share insights about her personal struggle, community, empathy, and the power of honest conversations.
48 min
The CEO Test with Adam Bryant
Adam Bryant, Managing Director at Merryck & Co., joins Marcel Schwantes today to discuss his book, The CEO Test: Master the Challenges That Make Or Break All Leaders, and how leaders can apply its principles in the workplace.
39 min
How Companies Can Support Working Mothers with ...
Mita Mallick, Head of Inclusion, Equity, and Impact at Carta, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss the biases against working mothers in organizations and how to combat them.
35 min
Battling Your Biases with Pamela Fuller
Pamela Fuller, Global Managing Client Partner on the Public Sector team and Thought Leader on Inclusion & Bias at FranklinCovey, joins Marcel Scwantes today to talk about how leaders and team members can challenge their unconscious biases to promote a healthier organizational culture.
45 min
Leadership Lessons from the Navy with Capt. Mar...
Mark Brouker, retired US Navy captain and founder and President of Brouker Leadership Solutions, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss his most recent book, Lessons From the Navy: How to Earn Trust, Lead Teams, and Achieve Organizational Excellence, and leadership strategies that work.
36 min
How to Be the Best Long-Distance Teammate with ...
Kevin Eikenberry, founder, owner, and Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss his book and how to apply its principles to the virtual workplace.
33 min
Culture Renovation with Kevin Oakes
Kevin Oakes, author and the CEO and co-founder of The Institute for Corporate Productivity, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss how to successfully facilitate culture change.
43 min
The Blue-Collar Boom with Ken Rusk
Ken Rusk, President at Rusk Industries and the author of Blue-Collar Cash: Love Your Work, Secure Your Future, and Find Happiness for Life, joins Marcel Schwantes to talk about his professional journey and how he gained control of his destiny despite his humble beginnings.
27 min
Confessions of an Executive Coach with Dan Foxx
Dan Foxx, executive coach, keynote speaker, author, and the founder and owner of Unlock Your Leadership, joins Marcel Schwantes to share insights he has gleaned from his 23 years of executive coaching.
51 min
The Ministry of Common Sense with Martin Lindst...
Martin Lindstrom, founder and owner of Lindstrom Company, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss the erasure of common sense in the workplace, and what needs to be done to bring it back.
41 min
Leading with Character: Why it Matters with Dr....
Dr. Jim Loehr, world-renowned performance psychologist, speaker, and executive coach, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss his book, Leading with Character: 10 Minutes a Day to a Brilliant Legacy, and how they apply to businesses today.
41 min
How to be a Positive Influence Leader with Glen...
Glenn and Michael Parker, father-son duo and the authors of The Positive Influence Leader: Helping People Become Their Best Self, join Marcel Schwantes to discuss the power and value of influence.
36 min
Vulnerability, Not Bravado with Dr. Tomas Chamo...
Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Amy Edmondson, authors of the article, “Today’s Leaders Need Vulnerability, Not Bravado”, join Marcel Schwantes to talk about the paradox of finding strength in vulnerability.
46 min
Signposts on the Road to Success with Chester E...
Marcel Schwantes talks with Chester Elton and Adrian Gostick, co-authors of Leading with Gratitude, about bringing gratitude into our homes and our workplaces.
40 min
How to be Ruthlessly Consistent with Michael Canic
Michael Canic, President of Making Strategy Happen, and Bridgeway Leadership, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss his book, Ruthless Consistency: How Committed Leaders Execute Strategy, Implement Change, and Build Organizations That Win, and how to apply its principles to your business in these unprecedented times.
29 min
Patience is a Powerhouse with David Sluss
David Sluss, executive educator, scholar, and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller College of Business, joins Marcel Schwantes to explore the virtue of patience and why it is something we need to actively practice.
53 min
The Self-Evolved Leader with Dave McKeown
Renowned author, speaker, and executive coach, Dave McKeown, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss the contents of his book, The Self-Evolved Leader, and how they apply to the workplace.
41 min
How to be Good Guys with Brad Johnson and David...
Brad Johnson and David Smith, co-authors of Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace, join Marcel Schwantes to discuss how men can become gender equality allies at home and at work.
40 min
Transformative Influence with Walt Rakowich
Walt Rakowich joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss how he managed to keep his former company afloat during the great recession of 2008.
51 min
Friendship is More Than Magic with Shasta Nelson
Author, keynote speaker, and the Founder and CEO of GirlFriendCircles, Shasta Nelson joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss the power of friendship, and why it's important for the workplace.
45 min
How Belonging Impacts This Extraordinary Life w...
50 min
Gratitude Infusion with Kerry Wekelo
Kerry Wekelo, author and Chief Operating Officer of the Culture Infusion program for Actualize Consulting, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss how you can infuse more gratitude into your leadership practices and organizational culture.
25 min
Leading Like a Woman with Deborah Smith Pegues
Maxwell Leadership Coach, award-winning author, and TV host on the TBN Salsa Network, Deborah Smith Pegues joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss gender inequality in the workplace and how women can rise up to senior management roles.
37 min
Servant Leadership
In this special episode of the Love In Action podcast, Marcel Schwantes speaks with this panel of expert educators about servant leadership, why it works, and the impact it has on organizations.
42 min
Compassion Makes a Difference with Dr. Stephen ...
Marcel Schwantes welcomes Dr. Stephen Trzeciak, Chief of Medicine at Cooper University Healthcare, to discuss his book, Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference.
43 min
Cracking the Leadership Code with Alain Hunkins
Best-selling author and the CEO of Hunkins Leadership Group, Alain Hunkins joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss the three foundational competencies of good leadership.
41 min
Be Intentional About Integrity In Business with...
Rob Chesnut, a former federal prosecutor, an author, General Counsel of Airbnb, Marcel Schwantes to discuss the importance of integrity in business, and how a lack of it leads to one’s own detriment.
47 min
The Relationship Between Leadership and Adversi...
The Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, Jim Kouzes, joins Marcel Schwantes to talk about the relationship between leadership and adversity.
41 min
From Boss to Leader
Marcel Schwantes shares a preview of his exclusive leadership training course in this solo episode of Love In Action.
18 min
Family is Everything with Dr David Schramm
Utah State University family scholar, TEDx speaker, consultant, and trainer, Dr. David Schramm, joins Marcel Schwantes in this week’s show to prove that successful business culture and outcomes are founded in family science.
33 min
Creating Courageous Cultures with Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt, former Verizon Wireless executive, accomplished author, international keynote speaker, and CEO and co-founder of Let's Grow Leaders, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss her work.
41 min
How to be a Humble Leader with Edgar & Peter Sc...
The world's foremost expert on humble leadership, Edgar Schein, and his son, Peter Schein, join Marcel to discuss what makes a humble leader.
49 min
How I Got There with JT McCormick
JT McCormick, CEO of Scribe Media and author of I Got There: How a Mixed Race Kid Overcame Racism, Poverty and Abuse to Arrive at The American Dream, joins Marcel Schwantes to share about his amazing journey and the lessons learned along the way.
53 min
Humanocracy with Gary Hamel
World-renowned infulential business thinker, Gary Hamel, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss his newest book, Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them, and how leaders can apply the principles of 'humanocracy.'
62 min
The Power of Higher Purpose with Robert Quinn
This week’s guest, Robert (Bob) Quinn, joins Marcel to discuss his book, The Economics of Higher Purpose: Eight Counterintuitive Steps for Creating a Purpose-Driven Organization, including how to shift from a transaction-oriented to a purpose-oriented mindset.
46 min
The Human Moment with Dr. Amy Bradley
Dr. Amy Bradley, senior faculty member of Hult International Business School, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss the book, and how its principles apply in today’s world.
42 min
Leading by Example with Jay Perry
Jay Perry, Founder and CEO of Ally Business Coaching, co-author of Success Manifesto with Brian Tracy, and a certified Birkman consultant, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss leadership, communication, and perceptions.
40 min
The Amare Way with Moshe Engelberg
Moshe Engelberg, author of The Amare Wave: Uplifting Business by Putting Love to Work (The Amare Way), joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss his book and how its principles apply to the current global climate.
45 min
Harnessing the Power of Our Shared Humanity wit...
Adam Waytz, award winning social psychologist, and Associate Professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss his new book, The Power of Human: How Our Shared Humanity Can Help Us Create a Better World, and our innate need for human interaction, and why we need to see each other as fully human.
41 min
Toward A Racially Just Workplace with Laura Mor...
This week’s show is a replay of an episode in which Laura Morgan Roberts addresses the issue of racism in corporate America, and offers powerful solutions for all of us.
60 min
Unleashing Empowerment Leadership with Frances ...
Frances Frei, a Harvard Business School (HBS) professor and co-author of Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leaders Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You, chats with Marcel Schwantes about her book and how to unleash the potential of those you lead by applying practical love.
56 min
Becoming a Mindful Leader with Marc Lesser
Speaker, executive coach, and the founder and CEO of ZBA Associates, Marc Lesser, joins Marcel to discuss his recent book, Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, which offers readers a practical framework that they can apply to leadership regardless of their level.
50 min
Getting In The C.A.R. with Monte Williams
Monte Williams, Senior Director of Client Services at TaskUs, joins Marcel Schwantes to talk about his company's mission and how leading others must be preceded by leading yourself. If you want to learn more about solving problems by investing in people, contact Monte Williams at for more information.
48 min
Awakening Compassion at Work with Dr. Monica Wo...
Dr. Monica Worline, author of Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power That Elevates People and Organizations, joins Marcel to discuss the book and how its principles apply to all organizations.
53 min
Celebrating 30 Years of Effectiveness with Step...
In commemoration of the 30th anniversary The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by the late Stephen Covey, Stephen M.R. Covey joins Marcel Schwantes to discuss his father's work, including the reasons why the book has stood the test of time.
60 min
Psychological Safety with Dr. Timothy Clark
Dr. Timothy Clark, Founder and CEO at LeaderFactor, joins Marcel Schwantes to share how leaders can create an environment where employees feel included, fully engaged, and encouraged to do their best.
48 min
Finding Your Authentic Voice with Kevin Hancock
45 min
Everybody Matters with Matthew Emerzian
On this episode, Matthew Emerzian, author, keynote speaker, and the founder and CEO of Every Monday Matters, joins Marcel Schwantes to share a powerful and timely message about why we all matter.
48 min