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.

William F Baker on Art as a Business

Create like an artist, think like an entrepreneur

August 19, 2016 / Podcast # 16-19

William F Baker

Artists usually chose their profession for the love of the craft but if they don’t have some business skills they’re going to get left behind. William F Baker, co-author of The World’s Your Stage, published by AMACOM, has tips on how to brand yourself, how to assess your competition, and act like an entrepreneur.

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John Addison on a Leader’s Positivity

Stay positive and so will your team.

August 12, 2016 / Podcast # 16-18

John Addison

Whenever someone would come to John Addison with a crisis he would always ask “how many people died?” The answer was always zero. It’s all about perspective. It’s easy to be a leader in good times but in the bad, the leaders with the positive attitude will be able to weather the storm.

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Carmine Gallo on Storytelling

Connecting with people through stories.

August 5, 2016 / Podcast # 16-17

Carmine Gallo

At Cisco employees aren’t promoted above a certain level unless they’ve shown, with quantifiable data, that they’re able to connect with their customers. Not every company is this extreme but being able to connect with coworkers, vendors, and customers is crucial to success at work. Carmine Gallo is here to talk about his new book and how being able to tell a great and compelling story is a key skill in today’s workplace.

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Kenny Nguyen on Making Interesting Presentations

Never fear making a boring presentation.

July 29, 2016 / Podcast # 16-16

Kenny Nguyen

We’ve all sat through really boring presentations. Kenny Nguyen‘s mission is to make sure that never happens again. He’s here with some tips for how to prepare and present in an interesting way, so you never have to present a presentation you’d dread having to sit through yourself.

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Sydney Finkelstein on Super Bosses

How to help yourself and everyone around you.

July 22, 2016 / Podcast # 16-15

Sydney Finkelstein

How does Sydney Finelstein, author of Superbosses, define a leader? To him, a leader is someone who creates other leaders. When everyone around you is growing their leadership skills, you can’t help but get better yourself. Listen for more tips on leadership and more examples of successful superbosses.

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John Kotter on Adjusting Your Management Style

What to do when things aren't going well

July 8, 2016 / Podcast # 16-14

John Kotter

Complacency is a real problem in the workforce but panicking and crying wolf to combat it doesn’t work. What John Kotter, author of That’s Not How We Do It Here!, calls “sustained urgency” will eventually wear off and complacency will set in again. Instead, as research as shown, positive energy can be sustained over time without fading away. John has this and other tips for us on how to calibrate your management style to your company and the issues at hand.

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Al Pittampalli on How to be Persuadable

Changing your mind is not a weakness.

June 24, 2016 / Podcast # 16-13

Al Pittampalli

Flip-flopping has been seen as a negative trait for years. Al Pittampalli, author of the new book Persuadable, is here to tell you that being able to change your mind is not a weakness. In a world that is changing faster than ever, being able to adapt your thinking to new evidence is actually a strength and a very important one.

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Paul Falcone on Partnering with HR

Working with HR even before things go wrong.

June 10, 2016 / Podcast # 16-12

Paul Falcone

Human Resources works best when it works with you. Whether it’s sticking up for your rights while on the job or having a productive conversation when interviewing for the job, HR is there to be your ally, not your enemy. Paul Falcone is here to talk about ways to improve the interview process for both sides of the table and the ways HR can help you out when you’re on the job.

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Shawn Murphy on Workplace Climate

Making a happier workplace for everyone.

May 27, 2016 / Podcast # 16-11

Shawn Murphy

A lot of people are talking about workplace culture right now. Shawn Murphy, author of The Optimistic Workplace, published by AMACOM, is talking about workplace climate. He defines it as what it actually feels like to work somewhere and, unlike culture, it’s much easier to influence for the better.
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Bob Nease on The Power of 50 Bits

How much our brains can handle change.

May 13, 2016 / Podcast # 16-10

Bob Nease

Our brains are wired to be reactionary and instinctual. While this has mostly been helpful it does make it hard to change some ingrained behaviors we’d like to correct. Bob Nease, author of the new book The Power of 50 Bits, talks about how to course-correct to more healthy habits.

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