AMA EdgewiseIn 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.
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.
Keeping your best employees before they look elsewhere.October 30, 2015 / Podcast # 15-22
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.
Making the right, not necessarily popular, decisionOctober 16, 2015 / Podcast # 15-21
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.
Focus to get more done faster.October 2, 2015 / Podcast # 15-20
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.
Are you appropriately engaged with your job?September 18, 2015 / Podcast # 15-19
David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, uses lists so he doesn’t have to make a plan. This may seem counter-intuitive but it’s actually extremely intuitive thinking. As soon as something crosses your mind it it best to deal with it immediately in the most appropriate way. Most of the time that means writing an action item down on a list to do later. But addressing thoughts as they occur to you, even if that just means acknowledging it and planning on saving it for later, frees up your mind so the real critical thinking can be done on issues that really matter.
Making your technology work for you.September 4, 2015 / Podcast # 15-18
In this episode of AMA Edgewise, we talk to Kory Kogon one of the Co-Authors of The 5 Choices: The Path Extraordinary Productivity. Kory explains why it is both easier and harder to achieve extraordinary productivity. In a business world filled with technology made to increase productivity, those same tools somehow take control over your day. Kory Kogon and her Co-Authors illustrate the framework necessary to take back control of your workday through the 5-Choices.
Using traditionally feminine skills to get ahead.August 21, 2015 / Podcast # 15-17
Negotiation is always difficult but for women it can be a minefield of politics and unconscious biases. That’s why Dr. Yasmin Davidds, co-author of Your Own Terms, published by AMACOM, teaches gender-specific negotiation tactics. She leverages traditionally feminine strengths, such as collaboration, to work in women’s favor and get them the raise or promotion they’re after.
Being a better leader by chatting.August 7, 2015 / Podcast # 15-16
Jim McCann, of 1-800-Flowers and author of Talk is Not Cheap, wants you to talk to your employees. Not just because it’s the nice thing to do (though it is). But once you’ve established a rapport with people it’s much easier to be an effective leader. They’ll trust you and you’ll have more insight into what motivates them individually. Talk is not cheap, it’s worth quite a lot.
How a sense of purpose makes everyone happier.July 24, 2015 / Podcast # 15-15
Scott Mautz, author of Make it Matter, the new book published by AMACOM, wants your employees to feel like they matter when they go to work. Some of that has to come from within but managers can also help guide employees to a sense of meaning in their work. Employees who feel taken care of and are assured that their time isn’t being wasted will be happier and do more meaningful work.
Getting the competitive advantage from the people you already have.July 10, 2015 / Podcast # 15-14
When we think about leaders of an company we tend to look up the organizational hierarchy and focus on title. Scott Edinger, coauthor of The Hidden Leader, published by AMACOM, understands the impulse but wants you to remember that there’s plenty of leadership power that doesn’t just come from a title. It’s your go-to people, the mid-level managers and individual contributors who are ready to be tapped. So before you look to outside sources for solutions, remember to look at the resources you already have.