Self-improvement looks different for everyone. For some, it’s about setting and achieving big goals. For others, it’s about learning and leading with awareness and intentional choice, even amidst the most challenging circumstances, as discussed in the forthcoming book Deliberate Calm by McKinsey veterans Jacqueline Brassey, Aaron De Smet, and Michiel Kruyt. No matter what your unique journey looks like, you can’t get there until you get to know yourself on a deeper level. Explore these interviews from our Author Talks series to nurture your personal growth, and learn a thing or two about the person reading this.

How to conquer fear, prepare for death, and embrace your power

Actor Terry Crews wants you to open up

Kristin Neff on harnessing fierce self-compassion


Shankar Vedantam on the power and paradox of self-deception

Melody Wilding on turning sensitivity into a superpower

Nicolai Tillisch on how to frame ambition (and not let it frame you)

Poet Maggie Smith on loss, creativity, and change