AMA Edgewise

In the coming weeks we will be bringing you the insights and voices of recognized thought leaders across a wide range of topics.

Our aim is to provide those essential "nuggets" of perspective that will help you and your organization improve performance, adapt to changing business realities, and prosper in a complex and competitive world.

Paul Gustavson on Teams of Leaders

How to work like you own the company.

February 5, 2016 / Podcast # 16-03

Paul Gustavson

Setting goals for employees may get them to complete tasks but making an employee understand their value in a real sense, down to each dollar spent and each dollar made, will get them really invested in their work. Paul Gustavson, author of Team of Leaders, publishing by AMACOM, joins us to talk about how to turn your team of individual contributors into a team of leaders.

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Jason Wingard on Keeping Up with Business Education

Train your people to stay ahead of the competition.

January 22, 2016 / Podcast # 16-02

Jason Wingard

Jason Wingard, author of Learning to Succeed: Rethinking Corporate Education in a World of Unrelenting Change, has a formula for how to keep up with the ever-changing business environment. On this episode he lays out a concise training strategy and how to overcome barriers to learning integration, with great tips for how to keep up with the expanding global market.

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Ben Parr on How to Get and Maintain Attention

Getting positive attention and keeping it.

January 8, 2016 / Podcast # 16-01

Ben Parr

Ben Parr, author of Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention, joins us with multiple case studies of brands and organizations who used marketing and social media effectively to keep the public’s attention. Whether it’s a 75 year old brand or a charity organization or an individual contributor, we all need attention, to be listened to, to get anything done.

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Frank Pietrucha on How to Be a Supercommunicator

Explaining your technical job to nontechnical listeners.

December 25, 2015 / Podcast # 15-26

Frank Pietrucha

Technology is changing our vocabulary, creating new acronyms, buzzwords, and concepts every day. It can be hard to keep up. Frank Pietrucha, author of Supercommunicator, published by AMACOM, has plenty of tips on how to explain our technical knowledge to nontechnical listeners.

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John C. Maxwell on Living Intentionally

Making a commitment to be better every day.

December 11, 2015 / Podcast # 15-25

John C. Maxwell

John Maxwell doesn’t want you to set goals. Goals, once met, tend to stagnate. Even the process of setting a new goal takes up too much time. Instead, he wants you to be growth oriented. If you live your life with the intention of always being better the results will get you further than any goal you set.

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Ram Charan on The Attacker’s Advantage

How to anticipate the changes that will happen.

November 27, 2015 / Podcast # 15-24

Ram Charan

“If you don’t do, somebody else will.” There is no company that is too big to fail. There will be outside forces coming that will either be competitors or change the landscape of industry, it’s only a matter of time. Ram Charan, author of The Attacker’s Advantage, joins us to talk about how to get out ahead of competition and adapt to all changes.

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Herminia Ibarra on Acting Like a Leader

November 13, 2015 / Podcast # 15-23

Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra  wants you to get an outside opinion. For your business strategies and your professional development, it’s important to ask questions and consider alternatives to what’s already been done. As Ibarra says in her book Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, the most common mistake leaders can do is be too introspective. While it’s important, it’s equally important to ask around, get feedback, and change accordingly.

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Richard P. Finnegan on The Stay Interview

Keeping your best employees before they look elsewhere.

October 30, 2015 / Podcast # 15-22

Richard P. Finnegan

We’ve all encountered a performance review a few times in our life. So often that conversation is about things the employee needs to stop doing. Rarely do bosses and their employees discuss what the employee wants to do more of. That’s where Richard Finnegan’s Stay Interview concept comes in. Detailed in his new book, The Stay Interview, published by AMACOM, this kind of discussion increases transparency and therefore retention of the quality employees before they start heading out the door.

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Cass Sunstein on Getting Past Groupthink

Making the right, not necessarily popular, decision

October 16, 2015 / Podcast # 15-21

Cass Sunstein

Cass Sunstein defines “groupthink” as “when you have a group of people whose members don’t disclose what they actually know” and instead make a decision based on what they think is popular to the group as a whole. This conformity can be disastrous. Luckily Sunstein is here to talk about his new book Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter and how to make informed decisions.

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Devora Zack on Singletasking

Focus to get more done faster.

October 2, 2015 / Podcast # 15-20

Devora Zack

Devora Zack wants you to stop multi-tasking right now. In fact, you weren’t even multi-tasking, you were task-switching. Moving from one project to another always requires a mental reset and even if it’s only momentary those moments add up and take time out of your day. Instead, put all your energy into one task at a time. You’ll get more work done better by doing what Devora calls Singletasking.

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