Creating the future now.September 23, 2016 / Podcast # 16-24
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.
Never fear making a boring presentation.July 29, 2016 / Podcast # 16-16
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.
Changing your mind is not a weakness.June 24, 2016 / Podcast # 16-13
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.
How much our brains can handle change.May 13, 2016 / Podcast # 16-10
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.
Getting positive attention and keeping it.January 8, 2016 / Podcast # 16-01
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.
How to anticipate the changes that will happen.November 27, 2015 / Podcast # 15-24
“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.
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.
Focusing your work for more success.December 26, 2014 / Podcast # 14-26
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 â€œseduction 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).
Retaining the right people to get the right results.October 31, 2014 / Podcast # 14-22
In Redefining Operational Excellence: New Strategies for Maximizing Performance and Profits Across the Organization, Andrew Miller explains operational excellence not as a methodology, but rather a mindset which he describes as a constant pursuit to try and improve performance and maximize profitability. Miller argues that the business environment, as well as customer expectations, are changing, and that the keys to success are to figure out how to attract and retain the best people, the ability to drive innovation and collaboration, and to acquire new customers, all while optimizing speed. Miller suggests that companies constantly be looking for â€œnuggets of goldâ€ that are greatly benefiting the company as well as areas in need of performance boosts. Miller firmly believes that improving execution, fostering innovation, and driving growth are the three fundamental concepts for obtaining operational excellence.
Andrew Miller helps organizations find money and performance boosts in areas they donâ€™t normally look. His clients include 3M, McKesson, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, The Bank of Nova Scotia, and many other world-class organizations. He is a regular contributor to IndustryWeek magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, and the Canadian Healthcare Network. Andrew regularly speaks to corporate and industry audiences across North America.
The need for data analysis for a successful business.June 27, 2014 / Podcast # 14-13
With data crush, an overwhelming mass of information becomes readily available to individuals and companies. While things we need and want have become increasingly and conveniently available to us, it has also become harder to protect ourselves from deeper analysis of our psyches (re: spending habits). Christopher Surdak, a recognized expert in information security and regulatory compliance, believes that companies must use data analysis in order to survive in this economy. In his book Data Crush: How the Informational Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities, published by AMACOM, Surdak argues that if your company does not have a data literate expertâ€”that is also business savvyâ€”it will not survive the next 3 to 5 years. Surdak cautions, however, that companies should never know too much about their customers. Companies can anticipate what their customers need before they even know they do, but companies should not overemphasize when marketing to consumers.