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.

Jonah Sachs on Unsafe Thinking

Breaking out of a rut at work.

July 20, 2018 / Podcast # 18-16

Jonah Sachs

Sometimes the more we know, the more we fall into a trap. How many times have we shot down ideas because we know they haven’t worked in the past. It’s time to break out of that monotonous thinking. Jonah Sachs, author of Unsafe Thinking, joins us to talk about ways we can learn to think more creatively and stay ahead of the competition.

Jonah Sachs is the founder and a partner of Free Range Studios, a brand and innovation company that transforms companies through unsafe thinking. For his work he has been awarded “best of” honors three times at the South by Southwest interactive festival, earned a Webby award, and been featured at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

Dr Patti Fletcher on Women Disrupting the Workplace

Leaning in for the rest of us

July 13, 2018 / Podcast # 18-15

Dr. Patti Fletcher

Disrupters, the new book by Dr. Patti Fletcher is called the “anti-Lean In.” Not because women should stay put, far from it. Dr. Fletcher is seeking a new way forward, one that doesn’t rely on women simply emulating the way that men have traditionally behaved. She joins us to talk about how women and men can change their behavior to make the workforce more accommodating for all.

Dr. Patti Fletcher is author of ‘Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold,’ gender equity advocate, and authority on how to create a culture of inclusion to drive real business results. She writes for Entrepreneur, Inc., Huffington Post, The Guardian, and has contributed to and been featured in Time Magazine, Al-Jazeera, Forbes, Newsweek, Xconomy, The Muse and many more. Patti advises corporate executives and board members from lean start-ups to Fortune 100s, from small community organizations to large global non-profits.

 

Ajay Agrawal on How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Us

Where AI actually excels.

July 6, 2018 / Podcast # 18-14

Ajay Agrawal

Artificial Intelligence is portrayed in fiction and media as either killer robots or the thing that will save us all. Ajay Agrawal and his coauthors of Prediction Machines take a different view, one of economists. To them, the most important question around any new tech is: what will this reduce the cost of? Listen to find out the one thing AI excel at when it comes to cost reduction.

Ajay Agrawal is Professor of Strategic Management and Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He is also cofounder of The Next 36 and Next AI, cofounder of the AI/robotics company Kindred, and founder of the Creative Destruction Lab. Ajay conducts research on technology strategy, science policy, entrepreneurial finance, and the geography of innovation.

 

Dan Cable on Our Seeking System

Reawaken the drive to learn more.

June 29, 2018 / Podcast # 18-13

Dan Cable

Each of us has an innate “seeking system” that fuels our desire to know more. Since the industrial revolution, organizations have a tendency to behave in ways that discourage our natural tendency to learn. Dan Cable, author of Alive at Work, is here to talk about how to tap in to this fundamental, human drive to learn and thrive.

Daniel M. Cable is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School. He is a two-time winner of the “Best Article in Organizational Behavior” from the Academy of Management and has been ranked among the top 25 most influential management scholars in the world.

 

Whitney Johnson on Disruptive Innovation

How making the choices that no one expects can help you.

June 22, 2018 / Podcast # 18-12

Whitney Johnson

If you want to learn about disruption, look to Lady Gaga. She was a record-breaking pop-star who decided to make a jazz album with Tony Bennett, completely counter to what anyone thought her audience would like. Whitney Johnson, author of the new book Build an A-Team, joins us to talk about successful disruption and how it can apply to your work.

 

Whitney Johnson is a CEO adviser and the author of the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015). Previously, she was an award-winning Wall Street analyst and cofounded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Clayton Christensen. She is a frequent keynote speaker on disruption, is recognized as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50 and Fortune, and hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself podcast. She is married and has two children.

 

Allen Adamson and Joel Steckel and the Increasing Rate of Change

Thinking ten minutes into the future.

June 15, 2018 / Podcast # 18-11

Allen Adamson and Joel Steckel

“What’s your five year plan?” It’s a classic interview question that just isn’t relevant anymore, now that the market landscape can be radically different within months, never mind years. Allen Adamson and Joel Steckel, authors of the new book Shift Ahead, join us to talk about companies and brands that shifted their whole worldview to make sure they stayed relevant.

 

Allen Adamson a noted industry expert in all disciplines of branding and author of BrandSimple, BrandDigital and The Edge: 50 Tips from Brands That Lead. He is also Co-founder & Managing Partner of Metaforce, a firm dedicated to helping businesses diagnose growth strategies and nimbly execute programs in the face of market evolution.

Joel Steckel is professor of marketing and vice dean of doctoral education at NYU Stern School of Business. Joel has published numerous articles in publications including Journal of Marketing ResearchJournal of RetailingMarketing ScienceInterfaces, and Journal of Consumer Research. He was the founding president of the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science.

 

Morten Hansen on Being Great at Work

It takes less work than you think to be great.

June 8, 2018 / Podcast # 18-10

Morton Hansen

Work smart, not hard. We’ve all heard that before but it’s not very instructive. Morton Hansen, author of the new book Great at Work, joins us with some tips on how to avoid burnout, work less, and achieve greater results.

Morten T. Hansen is a management professor at University of California, Berkeley. He is the coauthor (with Jim Collins) of the New York Times bestseller Great by Choice and the author of the highly acclaimed Collaboration and Great at Work. Formerly a professor at Harvard Business School and INSEAD (France), professor Hansen holds a PhD from Stanford Business School, where he was a Fulbright scholar. His academic research has won several prestigious awards, and he is ranked one of the world’s most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. Morten Hansen was also a manager at the Boston Consulting Group, where he advised corporate clients worldwide. Born and raised in Norway, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters, and he travels the world to give keynotes and help companies and people become great at work.

 

Rasmus Hougaard & Jacqueline Carter on Leading Yourself and Others

You can start being an inspiring leader right now.

June 1, 2018 / Podcast # 18-09

Rasmus Hougaard & Jacqueline Carter

Changing culture starts from the ground up. Rasmus Hougaard & Jacqueline Carter, authors of The Mind of a Leader, advise that any leader who wants to affect change should just start, today. First walk the walk in your own leadership style, then let that radiate out through your own team and onward through the rest of the organization.

Rasmus Hougaard is the Founder and Managing Director of Potential Project, the global leading provider of leadership and organizational effectiveness solutions based on training the mind. Rasmus has practiced and taught mindfulness for more than two decades. Jacqueline Carter is an International Partner and North American Director for Potential Project. She has over twenty years of experience working with organizations around the globe to enhance effectiveness and improve performance. Together, they are the authors of One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness.

 

Anne Bahr Thompson on Brand Citizenship

Finding brand reputations that are practical and sustainable

May 25, 2018 / Podcast # 18-08

Anne Bahr Thompson
Customers these look to brands to solve their own personal problems and also work towards solving wider global concerns: they want the paper towels that will clean up messes in the kitchen and also made sustainably so they don’t destroy the environment. Anne Bahr Thompson, author of Do Good: Embracing Brand Citizenship to Fuel Both Purpose and Profit, is here to talk about aligning your purpose and your brand to win more customers but also to improve the world.
Named Trust Across America 2018 Top Thought Leader in Trust, Anne Bahr Thompson has been inspiring business leaders to use their brands as a motivating force for change for many years. A former executive director of strategy and planning and head of consulting at Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy, Anne founded Onesixtyfourth, a boutique consultancy, to integrate cultural shifts & a social conscience into brand development. Her writings have appeared in Economist Books, hbr.org, The Guardian, PR News, AdMap, Brand Quarterly, Journal of Brand Strategy, Bloomberg News, and many other publications, and she has been interviewed about her cultural research on Fox Business.
 

Lior Arussy on Embracing Change

Get ready to work with uncertainty.

May 18, 2018 / Podcast # 18-07

Lior Arussy

People love to talk about innovation but when it comes to actually changing how we work, suddenly everyone starts dragging their feet. Lior Arussy, author of Next is Now, joins us to talk about the different ways we resist change, how to spot that resistance, and eventually how to overcome it.

Lior Arussy is an author, visionary, consultant and creative catalyst in the areas of creating delightful customer  experiences and executing profitable customer strategies. For his thought leadership and contribution to the industry, Mr. Arussy received CRM Magazine’s “2003 Influential Leaders” award and served as a juror on Fast Company’s Customer First Awards 2005. Prior to establishing Strativity Group, Mr. Arussy held executive positions at Hewlett-Packard and other companies.