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.

Rob-Jan de Jong on Looking Ahead

On crafting your vision for the future.

January 23, 2015 / Podcast #

Rob-Jan de Jong

Developing a vision for an organization is with no doubt a difficult task. In the book Anticipate: The Art of Leading by Looking Ahead (published by AMACOM), Rob-Jan de Jong highlights the importance of visionary leadership. Frame a big-picture view that provides direction for the future of your organization.

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ROB-JAN DE JONG is a faculty member in Wharton’s executive program “Global Strategic Leadership.” As a sought-after international consultant, he helps leaders and companies anticipate the future and arrive at winning strategies.

 
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Dan King on Measuring What Matters

Staying afloat in the sea of data.

January 9, 2015 / Podcast # 15-01

Dan King

Dan King, author of Scorecard Solution: Measure What Matters and Drive Sustainable Growth, has created a tool for leaders to execute plans and results. In his book published by AMACOM Dan provides the capabilities required to grow a business at an accelerated rate. Listen to learn the what, when, and who of organizational performance.

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Dan King is the Founding Principal of CloseReach Consulting, a consulting firm aimed to help leaders reach the highest growth possible.

 
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Sanjay Khosla and Mohanbir Sawhney on Fewer, Bigger, Bolder

Focusing your work for more success.

December 26, 2014 / Podcast #

Sanjay Khosla and Mohanbir Sawhney

In Fewer, Bigger, Bolder: From Mindless Expansion to Focused Growth Sanjay Khosla and Mohanbir Sawhney discuss how companies fall into the trap of stretching themselves thin in attempts of providing more services, and products across more markets. They call this practice the “seduction of more.” They believe that specializing in fewer areas can actually be more beneficial to companies, since it allows for services to be provided in a bigger and bolder manner. In the book Khosla and Sawhney have developed a comprehensive framework to benefit companies in the attempt to become more focused.

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Sanjay Khosla is a Senior Fellow at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and was President of Developing Markets of Kraft Foods (now Mondelez International) from 2007 to 2013, where he oversaw revenue growth from $5 billion to $16 billion in six years.

Mohanbir Sawhney directs the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management. They are the co-authors of Fewer, Bigger, Bolder: From Mindless Expansion to Focused Growth (Portfolio, 2014).

 
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Piyanka Jain on How to Make the Right Decisions

How to make decisions confidently.

December 12, 2014 / Podcast #

Piyanka Jain

It can be nerve-wracking to make decisions. How will you know if it’s the right decision? Sometimes you can’t know until it’s already too late. Piyanka Jain, in her new book Behind Every Good Decision, co-written by Puneet Sharma and published by AMACOM, offers a framework to sort through all the data and make the most informed decision possible.

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PIYANKA JAIN is President and CEO of Aryng, a management consulting company focused on analytics for business impact.

 
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Jackie Barretta on Primal Teams

Acknowledging the emotion in the workplace.

November 28, 2014 / Podcast #

Jackie Barretta

Jackie Barretta, author of Primal Teams, published by AMACOM, want you to know that emotions do belong at work. You want people who are positively emotional about a project they’re working on and be happy and motivated to do the work necessary. People think most creatively when they’re in an optimal emotional state. However, emotions like fear and anger are primal emotions that take hold much faster than logic and reason. Instead of sweeping these emotions under the rug, acknowledge them head-on, confront the problem, and create a culture that encourages people to speak up.

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Jackie Barretta is a Founding Partner of Nura Group, a consulting firm dedicated to enhancing team innovation and performance. Her work with primal emotions in teams has won her widespread recognition and dozens of prestigious awards.

 
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Jackie Barretta on Primal Teams