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.

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.

 

H. James Wilson on Work in the Age of AI

Coming to terms with the new normal.

May 11, 2018 / Podcast # 18-06

H James Wilson

No, you are not going to be replaced by a robot but a robot might be your new coworker. While automation is here to stay, research has shown that human and machine collaboration consistently outperforms pure automation. H. James Wilson, author of Human + Machine, joins us to talk about the future of the working world.

H. James Wilson is Managing Director of Information Technology and Business Research at Accenture Research. Prior to joining Accenture, he led research and innovation programs at Babson Executive Education and at Bain & Company. Author of The New Entrepreneurial Leader, and a long-time contributor to Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal, Wilson researches the impact of emerging technologies on worker and organizational performance. He holds a BA from College of the Holy Cross and a MA from Boston College. He is based in San Francisco.

 

Alison Green on Difficult Conversations as a Kindness

How to work up the courage to have those tough conversations.

May 4, 2018 / Podcast # 18-05

Alison Green

After 11 years of writing the popular and informative Ask a Manager blog, Alison Green has seen it all, from dramatic exit interviews to the myriad ways our coworkers can get on our nerves. Throughout all the advice there seemed to be a common refrain: just talk about it. Now she’s written a book called Ask a Manager, filled with advice and scripts for how to deal with issues at work, from the mundane to the extreme.

We all tell ourselves stories to make sense of the world.

Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she answers readers’ questions daily on workplace and management issues, from what to say when you drank too much at a company party to what to do if you’re allergic to your boss’s perfume. Bravo TV called Alison “the Dear Abby of the work world,” and her work has been featured in USA Today, The Wall St. Journal, CBS News, ABC News, Glamour, Time, Inc., Money, and more. She also writes the “Ask a Boss” column for New York Magazine and is the author of Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work (Ballantine/Random House).

 

Stephen Denning on the Age of Agile

Be ready to change the way you work.

April 27, 2018 / Podcast # 18-04

Stephen Denning

Stephen Denning, author of The Age of Agile, distinguishes between “operational agility” and “strategic agility.” Operational agility is about improving products that already exist and already have a market. Strategic agility is about creating brand new markets for brand new products. While we should always have operational agility, we should be working toward being more strategic with our agility too.

Stephen Denning was born in Sydney, Australia. He studied law and psychology at Sydney University. After doing a post-graduate law degree at Oxford University, he joined the World Bank where he worked for several decades in various management capacities, including Program Director of Knowledge Management from 1996-2000.

 

Dr. Leah Weiss on Working with Compassion

Finding positivity at work.

April 20, 2018 / Podcast # 18-03

Dr. Leah Weiss

Wish you could find more purpose and meaning in your work? Dr. Leah Weiss, author of How We Work, has techniques to shift your mindset away from work as a transaction of trading time for money and toward something more positive and motivating in the long run.

Leah Weiss, Ph.D., MSW, is a teacher, researcher, and meditation expert at Stanford University specializing in the application of mindfulness and compassion in secular contexts. Leah has taught and consulted in many different settings in addition to Stanford Business School, including Harvard-affiliated hospitals, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Bing Institute, Google headquarters, the Young Presidents’ Organization, LinkedIn, the Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley, Wisdom 2.0, Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she teaches mindfulness and compassion to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, and to help VA staff around the Bay Area cope with the stress of their jobs helping veterans.