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.
A positive outlook that changes the way people work.November 29, 2013 / Podcast #
There’s an easy way to pinpoint a Star Employee: it’s the person you wish you could clone to do every job in the company. While that’s wishful thinking, Stars tend to have an effect on the people around them and their enthusiasm becomes infectious. William Seidman, co-author with Richard Grbavac of The Star Factor, published by AMACOM, says that it’s the Stars’ outlook that is the deciding factor. They don’t see themselves as cogs in the machine but a vital asset to the entire organization. As soon as their mindset improves, so do results. In this episode William shares tips on how to find out what drives the Star Employees and how to get their coworkers to becomes Stars as well.
Turning good ideas into good actions.November 15, 2013 / Podcast #
Peter Drucker is a renowned thought leader in the business world. While his name is synonymous with management theory, sometimes it takes some work to turn that theory into practice. Enter William Cohen, former student and protegee of Peter Drucker himself. His new book The Practical Drucker, published by AMACOM, is a guide on how to take Drucker’s idealistic statements and turn them into real management practice.
Small changes for a more collaborative world.November 1, 2013 / Podcast #
In a world shifting from command and control to networks, managers have to adapt their expectations while still keeping their employees accountable. The three most important and most basic changes are what Rod Collins calls The Three M’s: Managers, Meetings, & Measures. These three components of the workplace seem unavoidable but by resetting expectations so that managers become facilitators and meetings become highly functional dialogs instead of debates. Making some small changes to tip the organization into a more networked style is the key to Collins’ advice in his new book, published by AMACOM, Wiki Management: A Revolutionary Model for a Rapidly Changing and Collaborative World.
How even the biggest companies have to keep evolving.October 18, 2013 / Podcast # 13-21
Nolan Key Bushnell, founder of Atari, and the Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza-Time Theaters, reveals some the main ideas in his new book Finding the Next Steve Jobs. Nolan warns that innovation stagnation affects all business, not just traditionally “creative” companies but even tech giants like Nokia. Once it ruled over 70% of the phone industry but had its market taken away by Blackberry when Nokia failed to come out with a competitor. One of the biggest concerns is that innovation breaks some of the traditional rules that business hold dear. Nolan talks about how business need to let go of some of the control that it once held and give it back to the workers to truly unleash innovation.
The "sticking points" between different generations.October 4, 2013 / Podcast # 13-20
There has been a recent influx of new Gen-X workers, causing much confusion in the workplace for the older generations. Hadyn Shaw, author of the book Sticking Point, analyzes some of the points of aggravation that causes friction in the workplace when working with such broad generational gap. One major point of contention is the style of training and learning each generation expects. While seminars and training workshops are the main sources of learning for the older generations, Gen-X are used to finding answers on the Internet and demand lectures to be funny or informative. Listen for why each generation think they way they do and how to successfully clear the lines of communication within your business.