Motivation

Devora Zack on Singletasking

Focus to get more done faster.

October 2, 2015 / Podcast # 15-20

Devora Zack

Devora Zack wants you to stop multi-tasking right now. In fact, you weren’t even multi-tasking, you were task-switching. Moving from one project to another always requires a mental reset and even if it’s only momentary those moments add up and take time out of your day. Instead, put all your energy into one task at a time. You’ll get more work done better by doing what Devora calls Singletasking.

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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.

 

Nicole Lipkin on Engagement and Emotional Contagion

How disengagement is problematic and what to do about it.

June 14, 2013 / Podcast # 13-12

Nicole Lipkin

Nicole Lipkin, author of What Keeps Leaders Up at Night, wants us to know that our brains are more sensitive than we think, susceptible to what is called “emotional contagion.” That’s when someone’s “negative emotions spread virally” where our brains pick up on someone else’s mood and mimic that emotion. That means if one employee is feeling disengaged, that feeling will spread. Added to the other symptoms like declines in productivity, performance, safety, retention and profits, this makes disengagement one of the most pervasive and unremarked upon problems in the workplace. Luckily, Nicole has ways to combat disengagement and get teams back on track.

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Lisa Bodell on Effecting Change and Driving Innovation

November 30, 2012 / Podcast # 12-24

Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell joins us on Edgewise to discuss her new book “Kill the Company.” The book is designed for anyone trying to make a positive change within their company and gives them quick and easy ways to approach innovation. Lisa states that no matter what your title or role, you can effect change and drive innovation through simplification rather than complication.

Lisa Bodell is the founder and CEO of futurethink, an internationally recognized innovation research and training firm that helps businesses embrace change and become world-class innovators. Lisa founded futurethink on the premise that everyone has the power to innovate — they just need the knowledge and tools to know how. She has spent years working with hundreds of leading innovators to create the largest catalog of innovation research and tools in the world, and the most in-depth training curricula on innovation anywhere. Clients such as 3M, GE and Johnson & Johnson look to futurethink to develop new thinking styles and generate innovative ideas. The company’s cutting-edge courses were featured as the winner of the 2011 Chief Learning Officer Gold Award for Excellence in Content.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Creativity and Innovation: Unleash Your Potential for Greater Success
*Planning and Developing New Products
*Strategic Agility and Resilience: Embracing Change to Drive Growth
To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*The Power of Strategy Innovation, by Robert E. Johnston, J. Douglas Bate
*The Seeds of Innovation, by Elaine Dundon
*Something Really New, by Denis J. Hauptly

 

Scott Keller on Sustaining Organizational Health

Evaluating Long Term Success

February 24, 2012 / Podcast # 12-04

Scott Keller

Scott Keller coauthor of Beyond Performance, discusses the extensive research he conducted in the field of organizational effectiveness. With performance and health managed with equal emphasis being the main takeaway, Scott elaborates on what he means by organizational health and how that directly links to an organization’s performance. Listen as Scott explains how to assess and revive your campanies health.
Scott Keller is a director in the Southern California office of McKinsey & Company, and leads its transformational change practice in the Americas. He has published several articles on change management and organizational behavior, as well as a book for colleagues and clients. He holds an MBA and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and has worked as a manufacturing manager with Procter & Gamble and a photovoltaic engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy. Outside McKinsey, Scott is a cofounder of Digital Divide Data, an award-winning social enterprise that utilizes a sustainable IT service model to benefit some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*The Project Performance Management Workshop: Time, Cost and Budget
*Strategy Execution: Getting It Done
*Create a Respectful Workplace: Improve Morale, Increase Productivity and Achieve Business Goals

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*2600 Phrases for Setting Effective Performance Goals, by Paul Falcone
*Transforming Performance Measurement, by Dean R. Spitzer, Ph.D.
*The Program Management Office Advantage, by Lia Tjahjana, Paul Dwyer, PMP

 

Michael Beer on Higher Ambition Leadership

Encouraging economic and social growth through management

December 16, 2011 / Podcast # 11-50

Michael Beer

Dr. Michael Beer, co-author of Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Economic and Social Value, challenges the convention of business leaders to be driven primarily by profit. In this episode of Edgewise, Michael explains how today’s most prosperous leaders are investing in their employees as social capital, encouraging them to think of customers outside of a transactional context and build valuable relationships. He discusses the importance of defining the direction of an organization in alignment with specific core beliefs , inspiring managers, employees, and customers to work towards a greater good. Read more…

 

Brendon Burchard

You may not realize that you can channel your life experience into valuable advice people will pay to receive. In this episode of Edgewise, Brendon Burchard, author of The Millionaire Messenger: Make a Difference and a Fortune Sharing Your Advice, explains the ten steps necessary to break into the lucrative Experts Industry. Listen as Brendon conveys how to leverage inexpensive tools to increase awareness and develop compelling products around your personal expertise.
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Mark Stevens on Declaring War on Yourself

Determining “why” is key to thrilling customers

November 11, 2011 / Podcast # 11-45

Mark Stevens

When profits fall, dysfunction rises and morale flounders. According to Mark Stevens, author of Your Company Sucks: It’s Time to Declare War on Yourself, the first step of recovery is introspection. Mark asserts that great leaders pinpoint and take responsibility for their personal shortcomings and those of the company. Listen as he lays out the primary issues at the core of business failures, how to rectify them, combat complacency, and revive an organization. Read more…

 

Kristi Hedges on Establishing Executive Presence

How to stand out and expand your influence

November 4, 2011 / Podcast # 11-44

Kristi Hedges

Strong leaders have a notable presence, which Kristi Hedges, author of The Power of Presence defines as the quality to connect and inspire others. According to Kristi, anyone can refine their presence and become a leader in their domain through commitment and authenticity. Kristi explains how to perform a “presence audit” to assess how others perceive you and how to apply that feedback towards developing a unique professional reputation. Listen and discover how to take initiative, be a visionary, and lead.

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Rajeev Peshawaria on the Three Pillars of Sustainable Success

Aligning the brains, bones, and nerves of your organization

October 7, 2011 / Podcast # 11-40

Rajeev Peshawaria

According to Rajeev Peshawaria, author of “Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders”, good leaders realize that their employees feed off of the energy they project. In this episode of Edgewise, Rajeev outlines how leaders can realize goals by harnessing their energy and the energy of those around them. Then they can concentrate this valuable resource towards a clear vision. He also shares what he calls “The Three Pillars of Sustainable Success,” a guide to help leaders configure the strategy, structure, and culture of their enterprise.
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