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.
Coming to terms with the new normal.May 11, 2018 / Podcast # 18-06
No, you are not going to be replaced by a robot but a robot might be your new coworker. While automation is here to stay, research has shown that human and machine collaboration consistently outperforms pure automation. H. James Wilson, author of Human + Machine, joins us to talk about the future of the working world.
H. James Wilson is Managing Director of Information Technology and Business Research at Accenture Research. Prior to joining Accenture, he led research and innovation programs at Babson Executive Education and at Bain & Company. Author of The New Entrepreneurial Leader, and a long-time contributor to Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal, Wilson researches the impact of emerging technologies on worker and organizational performance. He holds a BA from College of the Holy Cross and a MA from Boston College. He is based in San Francisco.
How to work up the courage to have those tough conversations.May 4, 2018 / Podcast # 18-05
After 11 years of writing the popular and informative Ask a Manager blog, Alison Green has seen it all, from dramatic exit interviews to the myriad ways our coworkers can get on our nerves. Throughout all the advice there seemed to be a common refrain: just talk about it. Now she’s written a book called Ask a Manager, filled with advice and scripts for how to deal with issues at work, from the mundane to the extreme.
Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she answers readers’ questions daily on workplace and management issues, from what to say when you drank too much at a company party to what to do if you’re allergic to your boss’s perfume. Bravo TV called Alison “the Dear Abby of the work world,” and her work has been featured in USA Today, The Wall St. Journal, CBS News, ABC News, Glamour, Time, Inc., Money, and more. She also writes the “Ask a Boss” column for New York Magazine and is the author of Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work (Ballantine/Random House).
Be ready to change the way you work.April 27, 2018 / Podcast # 18-04
Stephen Denning, author of The Age of Agile, distinguishes between “operational agility” and “strategic agility.” Operational agility is about improving products that already exist and already have a market. Strategic agility is about creating brand new markets for brand new products. While we should always have operational agility, we should be working toward being more strategic with our agility too.
Stephen Denning was born in Sydney, Australia. He studied law and psychology at Sydney University. After doing a post-graduate law degree at Oxford University, he joined the World Bank where he worked for several decades in various management capacities, including Program Director of Knowledge Management from 1996-2000.
Finding positivity at work.April 20, 2018 / Podcast # 18-03
Wish you could find more purpose and meaning in your work? Dr. Leah Weiss, author of How We Work, has techniques to shift your mindset away from work as a transaction of trading time for money and toward something more positive and motivating in the long run.
Leah Weiss, Ph.D., MSW, is a teacher, researcher, and meditation expert at Stanford University specializing in the application of mindfulness and compassion in secular contexts. Leah has taught and consulted in many different settings in addition to Stanford Business School, including Harvard-affiliated hospitals, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Bing Institute, Google headquarters, the Young Presidents’ Organization, LinkedIn, the Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley, Wisdom 2.0, Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she teaches mindfulness and compassion to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, and to help VA staff around the Bay Area cope with the stress of their jobs helping veterans.
Taking the mystique out of the C-suite.April 13, 2018 / Podcast # 18-02
“CEO” can seem like a venerated title but the people occupying those positions are less intimidating than you might think. Maybe don’t march into their office unannounced and start chatting today, but CEOs are people who make mistakes and have weak spots, just like anyone. Kim Powell, along with her co-author Elena L. Botelho, interviewed thousands of CEOs and other leaders to get to understand the behaviors of those in leadership positions. She shares their findings with us and in her new book The CEO Next Door.
Kim R. Powell grew up in Atlanta, and earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Over the last twenty years, Kim has applied her passion for helping people to her role as a trusted advisor to CEOs and high potential leaders, first at the Boston Consulting Group and now at ghSMART.
How to create great culture within your own team.April 6, 2018 / Podcast # 18-01
We’re back! After a short break we’re back with a lineup of exciting guests we’re excited to share with you. First, back from our hiatus, old friends of the AMA, The Carrot Guys: Chester Elton and Adrian Gostick. They’re here to share some of their favorite stories of teamwork success from their new book, The Best Team Wins.
Adrian Gostick is coauthor of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestsellers The Best Team Wins, The Carrot Principle and All In. His books have been translated into thirty languages and have sold more than a million copies around the world. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and has been quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Adrian is a founding partner of The Culture Works, a global consultancy which helps organizations build high-performance work cultures. For more information, visit TheCarrotGuys.com.
Chester Elton has been called the “apostle of appreciation,” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. Elton is an in-demand speaker the world over and is coauthor of several successful leadership books, including The Best Team Wins, All In, The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution. He is number twelve on the list of the top thirty leadership gurus in the world, a LinkedIn Influencer, and a regular commentator on CBS Radio. Chester serves as a leadership consultant to firms such as AT&T, Proctor & Gamble, American Express, Avis Budget Group and Cigna. For more information, visit TheCultureWorks.com
Some of our favorite clips throughout the years.October 20, 2017 / Podcast #
Thank you so much to listening to AMA Edgewise throughout the years. To celebrate, we put together some of our favorite clips, excerpts from the following episodes:
Please check out these episodes and many more. See you soon!
Reflecting on leadership on a trek across Spain.October 13, 2017 / Podcast # 17-41
The Camino Way is a trail across Spain that take a dedicated hiker a month of 15 miles days to traverse. As Victor Prince walked the trail he reflected on his life, both at home and at work, and came away with seven leadership lessons inspired by his journey. He shares these lessons on our podcast today and in his new book, The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain, published by AMACOM.
How to take an active role in shaping culture.October 6, 2017 / Podcast # 17-40
A lot of people pay lip service to culture or say they’ll work on getting a great culture later. According to Howard Behar there is no later, the time for great culture is now. The former president of Starbucks is here to motivate you to create a mission statement to improve your daily work for your team and your company today.
The best way to communicate to make sure your project gets finished.September 29, 2017 / Podcast # 17-39
G. Michael Campbell has found that there is one fairly reliable predictor of project success: communication. If you have good, open communication with the stakeholders involved in your project you are more likely to see the project through to completion. And vice versa. He joins us today to talk about his new book Succeeding with Senior Management, published by AMACOM, and how to translate project management speak into senior management speak.