Scott Belsky on his Principles of Success

Collaborative Methods for Moving Forward

May 18, 2012 / Podcast # 12-10

Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky, founder and CEO of the Behance Network and author of Making Ideas Happen, joins us on Edgewise to discuss practicing and maintaining his principles of success. Flat organizations such as Behance divide responsibility and ownership over specific tasks and empower people on all levels of the organization to make the final call. Sharing ideas liberally is the best practice he has observed working among people across multiple organizations in multiple industries. It’s like the human body’s natural immune system: it kills off anything new. So to maintain the rapport of a team we need to remain alert and consider the ideas and input of everyone.

Scott Belskyis a speaker, writer, and entrepreneur with a focus on the creative industries. As the founder and CEO of Behance, he oversees the Behance Network, the world’s leading platform for creative professionals with millions of visitors every month. Scott is also the author of the national bestselling book Making Ideas Happen.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Aligning Marketing and Sales: Achieve Success Through Collaboration
*Leadership and Team Development for Managerial Success
*Achieving Leadership Success Through People

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*The Language of Success, by Tom Sant
*Communication Skills for Project Managers, by Michael Campbell
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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

 

Alexandra Levit on Finding the Job and Employment Success

Avoiding Missteps to Step Ahead

April 6, 2012 / Podcast # 12-07

Alexandra Levit

Alexandra Levit, author of the book Blind Spots: Ten Business Myths You Can’t Afford To Believe On Your New Path To Success discusses her book which points out the biggest myths of business success; the things people believe that don’t work for most of the truly successful. In this edition of Edgewise, Alexandra touches on how the recession has transformed our ideas about how business works and why these myths are more dangerous than ever in a compromised economy. She also stresses the importance of self-promotion in the workplace and the pitfalls to climbing the ladder too quickly, as well as the greatest obstacles facing employees and entrepreneurs in the coming years. You will learn her take on personal censorship and online transparency, and why it’s important to be aware of what you disclose publically.

Alexandra Levitis a nationally recognized business and workplace author and speaker. A syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a blogger for HuffingtonPost.com, Alexandra has authored several books, including the popular They Don’t Teach Corporate in College, How’d You Score That Gig? and Success for Hire. Alexandra is also a member of the Business Roundtable’s Springboard Project, which is advising the Obama administration on current workplace issues.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Decoding the Unwritten Rules of Executive Career Advancement
*Coaching and Counseling for Outstanding Job Performance
*What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job, by Lily Whiteman
*The Career Clinic, by Maureen Anderson
*Reinvention, by Brian Tracy

 

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

 

Betty Shotton on the Principles of Liftoff Leadership

February 10, 2012 / Podcast # 12-03

Betty Shotton

In the episode of Edgewise, Betty Shotton shares her experience as a serial entrepreneur, having founded and lead 6 companies. Betty recently authored Liftoff Leadership, in which she pinpoints the key qualities and attributes necessary to kick-start your leadership trajectory. Betty stresses her “pre-flight checklist,” and a series of assessments and questions, which she says allows leaders to identify their guiding principles. Listen as she shares a few of the ten principles noted in her book, including: altruism, balance, and possibility.

Betty Shotton has over 35 years experience as a CEO, Entrepreneur, and Leadership Consultant. Today she is the CEO & Founder of Liftoff Leadership LLC and a partner with Berkana Consulting Group. She has founded and led six companies in vacation rentals and aviation. One of these companies known today as ResortQuest International, a part of Wyndham Worldwide went public in 1998 (NYSE). She developed and led two regional airlines, SouthEast Air and SeaAir in her commitment to commercial air service for the OuterBanks of North Carolina and served on the Board Directors of Cape Air.

 

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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Stefan Swanepoel on Leveraging Your Animal Instincts

An organic approach to thriving in the corporate jungle

September 9, 2011 / Podcast # 11-36

Stefan Swanepoel

Here’s a serious question: Are you an elephant or a crocodile? According to author and businessman Stefan Swanepoel, the answer could determine your career path and level of success. Stefan’s latest book Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business & Life is a New York Times best-seller that uses animals and their characteristics as metaphors for professionals and their skills and competencies. Listen to identify and unleash your inner beast.
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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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Conant and Norgaard on the Leadership Touch

Using the head, heart, and hands to create new leaders

August 5, 2011 / Podcast # 11-31

Doug Conant and Mette Norgaard

“Everyone has experienced the pleasure of working with someone who is learning and growing and everyone has experienced the pain of working with someone who is not,” affirms Douglas Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup. Doug with strategic leadership expert, Mette Norgaard, Ph.D, co-authored Touch Points: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments, which is a call to action for executives and managers to commit to employee development. Mette’s research and metrics based assertion is that touch points, strategic, meaningful interactions, are what galvanize people to make ideas happen and ultimately drive success. Listen as Doug and Mette explain how these hands on investments in their employees, translate into exponential returns for companies.
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Stephen Wunker on Capturing New Markets

Noticing the nooks and exploiting the crannies

July 8, 2011 / Podcast # 11-27

Stephen Wunker

Exxon is to kerosene as Nintendo Wii is to Atari. In his book Capturing New Markets, Stephen Wunker expounds on the premise that with every successful new product, platform or medium, comes an underrepresented audience to be tapped into. Stephen explicitly explains how to leverage innovation for market domination.
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