September 08, 2022

Back to School with the Bring it In Pod

Dani Cahn

Our Podcast, Bundled for Bite-Sized Boosts 

Bring it In is a podcast for motivated, curious people, who want to discover new strategies, perspectives, and insights from CEOs, coaches, educators, elected officials and entrepreneurs.

In honor of the new school year, Professor 1Huddle has put together the best episodes of Bring it In, our original podcast, so all you have to do to level-up is listen in.

We’ve got something for everyone who wants to learn…


Episode #67: Kevin Werbach – Professor at Wharton University of Penn and Author of For the Win: The Power of Gamification and Game Thinking in Business, Education, Government, and Social Impact

On this episode, 1Huddle sat down with Kevin Werbach, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at Wharton to discuss the importance of fun, motivation, and how to use gamification for good.

His book, For The Win, is a close study of gamification, and the powerful tool it can be when harnessed for business, education, and government.

Biggest Takeaways:

  • “The line that we draw between the ‘real world’ and the “virtual world” is artificial.” 
  • “Fun is not inconsistent with seriousness.”
  • “Studies have shown that cooperation is an even stronger motivator than competition.”

Favorite Quote:

“Fun does not mean frivolous. You look at what people are doing, even people who are engrossed in playing games, they are totally focused. They’re in that kind of flow zone. That’s what you want, and that’s what you want, you know, no matter how big or serious or high stakes the thing is that you’re doing.” 

Episode #38: Tom Sterner – Bestselling Author of The Practicing Mind & CEO of The Practicing Mind Institute

Tom Sterner, Founder and CEO of The Practicing Mind Institute, and author of the popular book “The Practicing Mind” joined 1Huddle CEO Sam Caucci to talk about how we can reach our goals, practice to our fullest potential, and what it really means to operate at our highest level. 

His latest book, The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life, is a guide that aims to give readers the tools they need to accomplish the goals they set out to achieve, with patience and empowerment. 

Biggest Takeaways:

  • “The problem we have when we make goals without accurate data is that we make assumptions on our performance based on false information.”
  • “The Practicing Mind to me is about learning to be in the process and enjoy the process.”
  • “I am not my thoughts, I have thoughts. Some of them I intend because I have to problem-solve, but most of the thoughts I have throughout the day are thoughts that my mind sets off without my permission, or even my awareness.”

Favorite Quote:

“From the time we’re born, we’re learning skills. We’re learning how to walk , how to button a shirt. It just goes through our whole life. If you can learn how to enjoy the process of learning the skill and having a mind that is totally present in that process, you move at the fastest pace.”

Episode #7: Peter Brown – Author of Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

In his work as a management consultant, working with major corporations and the United States Armed Forces, Peter Brown became fascinated by the ways in which people learn, and why so much of what we set out to learn doesn’t stick. During this episode, he talks about what managers get wrong, why struggle is critical to memory, and why learning how to learn is the most important life skill.

Biggest Takeaways:

  • “Our current system of training is broken.”
  • “It’s not just ok to struggle — it’s necessary.”
  • “Making it stick takes real effort.”

Favorite Quote:

“Basically, learning works when you struggle with something new, try it in different ways, connect it to what you already know, and finally get that ‘aha moment.’ Building connections in the brain really is a matter of practice at retrieving information and applying it over time.” 


Episode #81: Barbara Oakley – Author of Uncommon Sense Teaching: Practical Insights in Brain Science to Help Students Learn, Engineer, Professor at Oakland University, and Fmr. Army Captain

Barbara Oakley is a former Army Captain and professor of engineering at Oakland University and McMaster University. Her online courses on learning are some of the most popular MOOC classes in the world. 

In this episode, Barbara sat down with us to discuss online and classroom learning, the difficulty of changing minds, and unequal education opportunities.

Biggest Takeaways:

  • “It’s hard for people to change sometimes.”
  • “There are fundamentals that don’t change.”
  • “Be comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

Favorite Quote:

“So similarly in education, we now know how students learn effectively. I mean, neuroscience has got all this insight, but schools of education are not by and large not teaching it. And school boards are not accepting it, not promoting it. In fact, sort of like, there are major initiatives to turn directly away from what neuroscience has told us is important in learning effectively.”

Episode #28: Dr. Donna Shalala – Congresswoman, HHS Secretary, University President and Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

Dr. Donna Shalala served in the Carter and Clinton administrations, as well as in Congress, from 2019 to 2021, where she represented Florida’s 27th Congressional District. Shalala is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which she was awarded in 2008, and is the longest-serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history. During her tenure, she directed the government’s welfare reform process, made health insurance available to more than 2.5 million children, and  raised child vaccination rates to the highest levels in history. 

On this episode of Bring it In, Donna and Sam talked about everything from why the process is so important to how we can make education more equitable and effective.

Biggest Takeaways:

  • “My hope is that we’ll have continuing education; that workers will be in a learning environment their whole careers.”
  • “Once people are trained for a specific position, you have to keep training them.”
  • “We need to prepare people not just for their first job, but for their ability to absorb new technologies and new ideas.”

Favorite Quote:

“We have to keep training. We have to keep educating. I don’t care whether it’s on the assembly line or whether it’s in a classroom, but we’ve got to think about that once we get our employees trained. They have to continue that training.”

Episode #35: Julie Lythcott-Haimes – Former Dean at Stanford University, Award-Winning Author, TED Speaker, Activist

As Stanford’s Dean of Freshmen students, Julie Lythcott-Haims was known for her fierce critique of the growing trend of parental over-involvement in the lives of college students. Her preoccupation with the harm of helicopter parenting gave way to her New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult, and her latest work, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult.

Biggest Takeaways:

  • “You want to tell your kids they don’t have to be perfect; they’re not going to believe you unless you demonstrate that.”
  • “ People just want to be treated with dignity and that shouldn’t be a hard thing to do in the workplace.”
  • “When different people from different walks of life come together, better decisions are made and problems are solved more adeptly.”

Favorite Quote:

“At some point, parents will be dead and gone, and God help the child who has led a life so involved with parental involvement that they will not know how to do things for themselves, solve problems, and cope with inevitable setbacks”


Episode #82: Coach Anson Dorrance – 22x National Championship Head Women’s Soccer Coach at UNC Chapel Hill

Anson Dorrance is the Head Coach of the Women’s Soccer Program at the University of North Carolina. He has one of the most successful coaching records in the history of athletics, leading his team during a 101-game unbeaten streak and coaching13 different women to a total of 20 National Player of the Year Awards. 

On this episode of Bring It In season three, Anson sat down with Sam and discussed ranking your players, setting standards and core values, and surrounding criticism with love and care.

Biggest Takeaways:

  • “What everyone has to embrace is that everyone is different.”
  • “Lead with trust and love.”
  • “You can’t develop elite athletes in a recreational environment, you need to build a competitive environment.”

Favorite Quote:

 “Our core values are our character. I want my kids to develop principle-centered living. I want them to basically treat people with extraordinary compassion and kindness. I want them to basically be wonderful leaders, and the principles of our core values are what we try to drive everyone in the program to live by.”

Episode #76: Kent Babb – Sports Writer for The Washington Post and Acclaimed Author of Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City

Kent Babb is a sports writer for The Washington Post and acclaimed author of Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City and Not A Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson.

In this conversation with Sam, Babb discusses investing in your players as individuals, the stigma surrounding mental health, and the importance of communication as a leader.

Biggest Takeaways:

  • “The hardest thing is also the simplest thing.”
  • “How we communicate hasn’t changed, just the method.”
  • “You need to reach them before you can teach them.”

Favorite Quote:

“The hardest thing is also the simplest thing. It’s personal investment. It’s actually finding what these young people are motivated by. A coach is a social worker, a teacher, a parent, a big brother, a security guard. So many jobs wrapped up into one.”

Episode #25: Nancy Lieberman – Basketball Hall of Famer, Olympian, Fmr. NBA Coach and WNBA Player

Nancy Lieberman is a former professional basketball player and NBA coach who’s widely known as one of the all-time greatest figures in American basketball. She went on to become the first ever woman coach in a professional men’s sports league and the second female assistant coach in NBA history. She was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.

Biggest Takeaways:

  • “Respect everybody, fear nobody.” 
  • “I’m not afraid. I’m not afraid to play against men. I’m not afraid to coach men. I’m not afraid to win.”
  • “It’s important for me to always level up.”

Favorite Quote:

“ You can yell at me, you can scream at me. […] I understand winning and I understand losing, but the most important thing is how to work together. Nobody who’s ever been great has ever done it by themselves.”

There are new podcasts dropping every week, so don’t forget to subscribe to stay tuned! And, if there’s someone you’d like to hear on the pod, let us know. Email Dana at with your suggestions!

About 1Huddle

1Huddle is a coaching and development platform that uses quick-burst mobile games to more quickly and effectively educate, elevate, and energize your workforce — from frontline to full-time.

With a mobile-first approach to preparing the modern worker, a mobile library of 3,000+ quick-burst employee skill games, an on-demand game marketplace that covers 16 unique workforce skill areas, and the option for personalized content, 1Huddle is changing the way organizations think about their training – from a one-time boring onboarding experience to a continuous motivational tool. 

Key clients include Loews Hotels, Novartis, Madison Square Garden, PIMCO, TAO Group, and the United States Air Force. To learn more about 1Huddle and its platform, please visit

Dani Cahn, Communications and Creative Development

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