Geoff Vuleta on Creating Innovation for the Future

September 7, 2012 / Podcast # 12-18

Geoff Vuleta

Geoff Vuleta, CEO of Fahrenheit 212, an “innovating consultancy firm” joins us on Edgewise to share some of his companies methods of creativity and innovation. Geoff describes two types of innovation: renovation innovation, which is the bulk of all innovation efforts, and transformational innovation, which is simply just everything else. You will also learn how to use these tools to help overcome a road block and spark an idea to begin creating.

Geoff Vuleta is CEO of Fahrenheit 212, a specialist consultancy that undertakes innovation assignments for companies including The Coca Cola Company, Warner Music Group, The Hershey Company, Procter & Gamble, Gucci Group, Diageo, and Samsung.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Creativity and Innovation: Unleash Your Potential for Greater Success
*Developing Your Collaborative Skills
*Strategic Planning

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*The Power of Strategy Innovation, by Robert E. Johnston, J. Douglas Bate
*Something Really New, by Denis J. Hauptly
*Harvesting Intangible Assets, by Andrew J. Sherman

 

Joe Pine on the Evolution of the Economic Model

Using Customization to Renew Commodities

August 24, 2012 / Podcast # 12-17

Joe Pine

Joe Pine, co-author of The Experience Economy, and the brand new book entitled Infinite Possibility joins us on Edgewise to explain the balance between commoditization and customization in progression of economic value. Amazon and Wal-Mart are just two companies that have used transformation as a tool to successfully guide customers to change by using their experiences. Companies such as these are commoditizing goods so they can sell at higher volume and lower cost to the consumer. He outlines three phases of transformations that are required to sustain transformations through time, which include diagnosis, using a set of experiences and following-through. Not only are these transformations crucial to a business setting but can be useful in our personal lives as well.

Joe Pine is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and management advisor to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike. He is co-founder of Strategic Horizons LLP, a thinking studio dedicated to helping businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Pricing Strategies – Capturing and Sustaining a Competitive Advantage
*The Psychology of Management: Why People Do What They Do
*Measuring and Maximizing Marketing ROI
To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*The On-Demand Brand, by Rick Mathieson
*New Directions in Supply-Chain Management, by Tonya Boone, Ph.D., Ram
*One Foot Out the Door, by Judith M. Bardwick, Ph.D.

 

Kevin Kelly on the Future of Jobs; Man or Machine

Why Technology is Doing More Good Than Harm

July 13, 2012 / Podcast # 12-14

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly shares his views on technology driven innovations and the impact that these rapidly advancing technologies are having on job growth and employment numbers. Kevin acknowledges that computers will continue to automate many jobs, though he states that technology is also facilitating new jobs at an even faster rate. He predicts that jobs will continue to evolve rapidly in five to ten years, and that the most lucrative positions have not even been invented yet. You will also learn what he means by the “hacker mentality” and how this negative connotation can be seen as a type of exploration of design solving.

Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor from its inception until 1999. He has just finished a book for Viking/Penguin called What Technology Wants, published October 18, 2010. He is also editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He authored the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Making Sense of Web 2.0: Leveraging Social Media in Your Organization
*Strategic Agility and Resilience: Embracing Change to Drive Growth
*Communicating with a Multigenerational Workforce

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*Transforming Performance Measurement, by Dean R. Spitzer, Ph.D.
*Future Savvy, by Adam Gordon
*Going Lean, by Stephen A. Ruffa

 

Jim Collins and Mort Hansen On Flourishing in Uncertainty

A New Look at Surviving Unstable Environments

June 1, 2012 / Podcast # 12-11

Jim Collins and Mort Hansen

Jim Collins and Mort Hansen, co-authors of the book Great By Choice, discuss their research on fundamental business concepts and why some companies excel in chaos, turbulence, and uncertainty while others do not. Jim describes it as the most fascinating analysis that he’s ever been associated with in nearly twenty five years of research. Some of those fascinating insights include the role of luck and innovation, their “triad of behaviors”, as well as firing your “bullets” and then firing your “cannonballs.” Companies like IBM, Microsoft, Southwest and Pacific Airlines have used these techniques with great success.

Jim Collins is the coauthor of Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. Formerly a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, he jettisoned a traditional academic career in order to chart his own path. Today, he operates a management research laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. Previously, Collins held positions at McKinsey & Company and Hewlett-Packard.

Morten T. Hansen is a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley (School of Information), and at INSEAD. Formerly a professor at Harvard Business School, Morten holds a PhD from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He is the author of Collaboration and the winner of the Administrative Science Quarterly Award for exceptional contributions to the field of organization studies. Previously a manager with the Boston Consulting Group, Morten consults and gives talks for companies worldwide.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Managing Chaos: Tools to Set Priorities and Make Decisions Under Pressure
*Managing Chaos: Dynamic Time Management, Recall, Reading and Stress Management Skills for Administrative Professionals
*Confronting the Tough Stuff: Management Skills for Supervisors

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*Leading at the Edge, by Dennis N. T. Perkins, Margaret P. Holtman, Paul R. Kessler, Catherine McCarthy
*Breakthrough!, by Paul Kurnit, Steve Lance

 

Dr. Betsy Kruger on Finding and Targeting Your Star Customers

Applying Pareto’s Principle to Your Brand

May 4, 2012 / Podcast # 12-09

Dr. Betsy Kruger

Dr. Betsy Kruger, author of the book Top Market Strategy: Applying the 80/20 Rule, explains how businesses can use this system to quadruple their profits. She also discusses a commonly overlooked but, key factor in increasing profit, customer loyalty. She stresses the importance of gaining quality customer relations as opposed to mere mass. Dr. Kruger explains how to identify the customers in the top 20% and how to specifically target them with your marketing strategy. She shares insight on how companies such as Subway and Harley Davidson have used this method to create a win-win scenario for the brand and consumer.
Dr. Betsy Kruger is a widely recognized expert in marketing strategy. Professors are adopting her book, Top Market Strategy: Applying the 80/20 Rule. She writes, speaks, and consults on 80/20 topics. The Better Business Bureau has accredited her company, Strategic Power. Starting with the University of Chicago, Dr. Kruger has managed many marketing projects for leading corporations in consumer industries. She developed and sold analytical software in over forty countries. Her mission is to empower prosperity, one business at a time. Dr. Kruger has taught thousands of managers how to be more successful in business.
For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Fundamentals of Marketing: Your Action Plan for Success
*Strtegic Agility and Resilience: Embracing Change to Drive Growth
*AMA’s Advanced Course in Strategic Marketing

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*Pricing for Profit, by Dale Furtwengler
*Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit, by Leonardo Inghilleri, Micah Solomon
*Now, Build a Great Business!, by Mark Thompson, Brian Tracy

 

Jane Jordan on Managing Media Through a Crisis

Protecting Your Assets in the Digital Age

April 20, 2012 / Podcast # 12-08

Jane Jordan

Jane Jordan, author of the book The Four Stages of Highly Effective Crisis Management says that every company should have a crisis communication plan. With the development of social media and new forms of immediate communication, it is even more important than ever. What was once the province of professional reporters is now free and available to everyone. Regardless of a company’s preferred talking points, anyone can hit “post” instantly, as there are fewer and fewer communication boundaries. However, if you have a plan, Jane says it’s possible to be prepared and successfully manage a communication crisis as in the cases involving the Red Cross or BP.

A former journalist with Australian Consolidated Press in Sydney, Jane Jordan has been at the forefront of media training and crisis management for over two decades. She developed a unique four-stage methodology for crisis management whilst at the helm of Australia’s leading media training consultancy, Media Skills. The methodology has been used around the world by hundreds of organizations and thousands of executives.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*How to Create an ITIL Service Desk and Incident Management Process
*AMA’s Insurance and Risk Management Workshop
*Making Sense of Web 2.0: Leveraging Social Media in Your Organization

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better from a Crisis, by Ian I. Mitroff
*Managing Crisis Before They Happen, by Ian I. Mitroff, Gus Anagnos
*Chaotics, by Philip Kotler, John A. Caslione

 

Anders Dahlvig on IKEA’s Global Social Ambition

Continual Growth of an Industry Giant

March 23, 2012 / Podcast # 12-06

Anders Dahlvig

In this edition of Edgewise Anders Dahlvig chronicles his rise from store manager to president CEO of IKEA. Anders discusses his book, The IKEA Edge: Building Global Work, the affect globalization has had a on the retail business and how important it is for companies to adapt this new market culture. Anders also reveals his thoughts on corporate culture versus national culture and the difficulties in keeping out bureaucracy, complacency in a steadily growing corporation. Listen as Anders shares the unique vision he relied on to lead IKEA through its best and worst times.
Anders Dahlvig is the Former Group President and CEO of IKEA, a leading international retailer of home furnishing products. Anders is also a member of European Retail Round Table. He is a director of Oriflame Cosmetics AB, H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB and Axel Johnson AB; Kingfisher Plc and is Chairman of The New Wave Group and a member of the Advisory Board of Lund University Business School. He received received the Swedish award for Good Environmental Leadership in 2002 for his independent and persistent work with environmental sustainability issues. In 2006, he also received the U.S. Foreign Policy Association’s Global Social Responsibility award.
For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Strategic Agility and Resilience: Embracing Change to Drive Growth
*Management Skills for New Supervisors
*Corporate Cash Management

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*Now, Build a Great Business!, by Mark Thompson, Brian Tracy
*Investing in a Sustainable World, by Matthew J. Kiernan
*Secrets of the Marketing Masters, by Dick Martin

 

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

 

Scott Eblin on Executive Success

August 12, 2011 / Podcast # 11-32

Scott Eblin

Statistics show that almost half of new executives do not make two years in their roles. Why is this? In this episode of Edgewise, Scott Eblin, Executive Coach, and author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know about Executive Success, answers this question. Scott shares insight from his experience coaching senior execs that have transcended the unspoken roadblocks and outlines which behaviors to shed and which to adopt in order to make a lasting mark as a leader.
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Jane Stevenson on Driving Innovation

How top leaders fuel creativity and power dynamic results

June 10, 2011 / Podcast # 11-23

Jane Stevenson

Innovation—it’s more than a ubiquitous term for the shiny, new, and different. Jane Stevenson, co-author of Breaking Away: How Great Leaders Create Innovation that Drives Sustainable Growth–and Why Others Fail, mines the minds of high profile executives and shares the gems that spark success. She defines four categories of innovation and the characteristics of leaders within them. She also details how companies like Google & GE use metrics and algorithms to forecast trends, and how CEOS can embrace the ideas of risk and failure along the trajectory to success.
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