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.

Stanley McChrystal on Trusting Your Team

Letting your team have the information they need.

June 26, 2015 / Podcast # 15-13

Stanley McChrystal

Stanley McChrystal doesn’t believe in extreme secrecy. Obviously there are limits, especially when it comes to national security, but keeping all information on a need-to-know basis requires someone knowing who needs to know. Wires get crossed and the wrong decisions are made. Trust your team, whether in the military or in the office, to be able to handle the information they’re given and respond in an appropriate way.

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Michael Lee Stallard on Connection Culture

Improving happiness and health by connecting with others.

June 12, 2015 / Podcast # 15-12

Michael Lee Stallard

Sometimes it can be tempting to keep your head down and just get the work done, especially with steadily increasing workloads. However, actually connecting with other human beings is crucial to our wellness and ability to perform. In his new book Connection Culture, Michael Lee Stallard talks about how lately we’re less connected than ever and how to get some of that crucial connection time back.

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Mark Goulston on Just Listen

Listening skills for better communication.

May 29, 2015 / Podcast # 15-11

Mark Goulston

Mark Goulston, author of the new book Just Listen, published by AMACOM, joins us on Edgewise with some scripts and keywords to use to smooth out even the toughest conversations.

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Annette Simmons on Telling the Best Story

Get your points across and be memorable.

May 15, 2015 / Podcast # 15-10

Annette Simmons

Want to be remembered? Become a great storyteller and you’ll be unforgettable. It’s actually easier than it sounds, with great tips for finding the storyteller in yourself in the newly revised edition of Annette Simmons‘ classic Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins.

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Adam Toporek on Being Your Customer’s Hero

How to actually make your customers happy and make your life easier.

May 1, 2015 / Podcast # 15-09

Adam Toporek

Customer service isn’t always the most glamorous job. It usually only makes the news when something has gone horribly wrong or over-the-top indulgent. However, there’s a happy medium, says Adam Toporek, author of Be Your Customer’s Hero, published by AMACOM. Being a hero to your customers isn’t about grand publicity stunts. It’s about being there for your customers when they need you.

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Tom Yorton on Improv Skills at Work

April 17, 2015 / Podcast # 15-08

Tom Yorton

Do you wish you could run a meeting like Tina Fey? Or work a room like Stephen Colbert? It’s not just about humor in the workplace (although that too, is vital) but how to work as a truly collaborative team and learning to stop fearing failure. The new book Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration–Lessons from The Second City, coauthored by Tom Yorton and Kelly Leonard, incorporates lessons from the legendary improvisational theater troupe into business best practices.

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John Baldoni on Moxie

April 3, 2015 / Podcast #

Guts, gumption, and determination. That is what it takes to be a bold leader according to Author John Baldoni. In his new book entitled, MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership, John discusses how we can all learn to be resilient when faced with difficult times during our careers in order to model a culture of a great succession.

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Liz Wiseman on Rookie Smarts

March 20, 2015 / Podcast #

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Sometimes being inexperienced is more valuable than having more knowledge. In an ever-changing world, it’s not what you know, but how fast you can learn it. Liz Wiseman, author of three best-selling books including her newest title, Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, talks about the importance of being a rookie in this episode of AMA Edgewise.

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Lindsey Pollak on Becoming the Boss

March 6, 2015 / Podcast #

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The millennial generation is rapidly becoming a large part of the managing workforce. Lindsey Pollak joins us to talk about her New York Times best selling book: Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders. In her book, Lindsey talks about what steps we all need to take in order to facilitate a better work environment for all generations alike. Listen in, as Lindsey gives us some tips and insights on how to become a better manager as or for a millennial.

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Chris Yeh and Ben Casnocha on the Employee’s Tour of Duty

Truly understanding what your team is trying to accomplish.

February 20, 2015 / Podcast # 15-04

Chris Yeh and Ben Casnocha

In the book The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age authors Chris Yeh and Ben Casnocha, along with Reid Hoffman talk about the relationship between managers and employees and why an alliance-style of communication between the two parties is the most beneficial. They refer to this style as the “Tour of Duty” Model. This type of communication consists of a mission objective, which gives the employee a better understanding of what he or she is trying to accomplish. Managers and employees can use this objective as a tool to determine what each party will eventually attain at the conclusion of the process. One of the most important aspects of the tour of duty model is to set a realistic time period over which the objective gets completed. Another interesting topic discussed in the book is how companies use their employees as “nodes” to gather information about the outside business industry. This can be done by observing other professional’s connections and networks. Yeh and Casnocha believe this can be done by using in-depth networking to maintain up to date company alumni relations. These alumni can help in recruiting, giving feedback, and in referring business.

Chris Yeh is the VP Marketing for PBworks, co-founder and General Partner of Wasabi Ventures, and has been working with high-tech startups since 1995. He has written over 2,000 posts on topics ranging from the psychology of entrepreneurship to achieving happiness in Silicon Valley. Previously, he was the first investor in and interim CEO of Ustream.TV.

Ben Casnocha is an American writer and entrepreneur, based out of San Francisco, California. Casnocha is founder of Comcate, an e-government technology firm, and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestseller The Start-Up of You. He is a keynote speaker at many business events and conventions. In 2006, BusinessWeek named Casnocha one of America’s best young entrepreneurs.