Competitive Advantage

Anne Marie Knott on Measuring Your Company’s IQ

How intelligent is your company?

June 9, 2017 / Podcast # 17-23

Anne Marie Knott

We know people can be measured on a scale on intelligence, but what if we could do the same for businesses? Our guest Anne Marie Knott has done just that. She’s here to talk about her RQ scale and how she uses it to measure the innovation output for companies worldwide.

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Michael Hoefflinger on Becoming Facebook

The Social Network movie was not completely accurate.

April 21, 2017 / Podcast # 17-16

Michael Hoefflinger

It seems like everyone has a Facebook account these days and that’s no accident. Michael Hoefflinger, former marketing exec at the social media giant, knows first hand what it was like to sit in meetings with Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg and watch their straegies to grow the business. He joins us to talk about his new book Becoming Facebook, published by AMACOM, and the keys to Facebook’s meteoric success.

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Vijay Govindarajan on the Three Box Solution

Creating the future now.

September 23, 2016 / Podcast # 16-24

Vijay Govindarajan

If you want to succeed in the future you have to put down roots now. Vijay Govindarajan, author of  The Three Box Solution, joins us to talk about the three key steps you need to take to succeed and which of those steps you’re probably overlooking.

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Kenny Nguyen on Making Interesting Presentations

Never fear making a boring presentation.

July 29, 2016 / Podcast # 16-16

Kenny Nguyen

We’ve all sat through really boring presentations. Kenny Nguyen‘s mission is to make sure that never happens again. He’s here with some tips for how to prepare and present in an interesting way, so you never have to present a presentation you’d dread having to sit through yourself.

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Al Pittampalli on How to be Persuadable

Changing your mind is not a weakness.

June 24, 2016 / Podcast # 16-13

Al Pittampalli

Flip-flopping has been seen as a negative trait for years. Al Pittampalli, author of the new book Persuadable, is here to tell you that being able to change your mind is not a weakness. In a world that is changing faster than ever, being able to adapt your thinking to new evidence is actually a strength and a very important one.

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Bob Nease on The Power of 50 Bits

How much our brains can handle change.

May 13, 2016 / Podcast # 16-10

Bob Nease

Our brains are wired to be reactionary and instinctual. While this has mostly been helpful it does make it hard to change some ingrained behaviors we’d like to correct. Bob Nease, author of the new book The Power of 50 Bits, talks about how to course-correct to more healthy habits.

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Ben Parr on How to Get and Maintain Attention

Getting positive attention and keeping it.

January 8, 2016 / Podcast # 16-01

Ben Parr

Ben Parr, author of Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention, joins us with multiple case studies of brands and organizations who used marketing and social media effectively to keep the public’s attention. Whether it’s a 75 year old brand or a charity organization or an individual contributor, we all need attention, to be listened to, to get anything done.

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Ram Charan on The Attacker’s Advantage

How to anticipate the changes that will happen.

November 27, 2015 / Podcast # 15-24

Ram Charan

“If you don’t do, somebody else will.” There is no company that is too big to fail. There will be outside forces coming that will either be competitors or change the landscape of industry, it’s only a matter of time. Ram Charan, author of The Attacker’s Advantage, joins us to talk about how to get out ahead of competition and adapt to all changes.

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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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Sanjay Khosla and Mohanbir Sawhney on Fewer, Bigger, Bolder

Focusing your work for more success.

December 26, 2014 / Podcast # 14-26

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.

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).