Small changes for a more collaborative world.November 1, 2013 / Podcast # 13-22
In a world shifting from command and control to networks, managers have to adapt their expectations while still keeping their employees accountable. The three most important and most basic changes are what Rod Collins calls The Three M’s: Managers, Meetings, & Measures. These three components of the workplace seem unavoidable but by resetting expectations so that managers become facilitators and meetings become highly functional dialogs instead of debates. Making some small changes to tip the organization into a more networked style is the key to Collins’ advice in his new book, published by AMACOM, Wiki Management: A Revolutionary Model for a Rapidly Changing and Collaborative World.
Hiring the best employees for your customers.September 20, 2013 / Podcast # 13-19
CEO of Parkwood Corp, chairman and CEO of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation, Morton Mandel has reached great success in both his financial and personal life. In his book It’s All About Who… Morton talks about his humble beginnings from working a summer job for his uncle in the wholesale auto parts business, to owning that same business with his brothers in July 1940. Though Morton joined the Army in World War II and left the business world behind him, it wasnâ€™t until after the war Morton and his brothers took a hard look at why their business was struggling to turn a major profit. Morton and his brothers realized that in an over-saturated market you have to come up with a different solution to attract customers; that sometimes business owners need to take a step back to see what their customers really need. What they learned propelled them into the future to live richer lives both monetarily and in the quality of life. Now Morton shares what he has learned about what a CEO is worth and how to hire and maintain â€œA employeesâ€.
How it's better to have disagreements than to shy away.February 8, 2013 / Podcast # 13-03
If you’re working on a team that’s trying to accomplish big things, a little conflict is unavoidable. Actually, according to Ted Harro, it’s preferable. To him, if there isn’t a single disagreement among coworkers on a big project, someone is lying and frustration is festering. Productive, project-based conflict is a sign of engagement and passion. If you learn to pick your battles and stay focused, groups can have disagreements while still working as a team.
Attracting, Developing and Retaining World Class TalentOctober 5, 2012 / Podcast # 12-20
Bill Conaty, former Senior VP of General Electric, sheds light on the qualities attributed to The Talent Masters , those individuals or companies who see talent development as a competitive edge and gave Bill the title for his book. In this episode of Edgewise, Bill explains that it is important to be able to learn and conform to change, offer the widest range of skills sets as possible, and seek out opportunities in lateral skill development over promotional moves. Listen and learn about the processes and assessment systems necessary to attract, develop, and retain world class talent.
Bill Conaty has served as senior vice president of human resources at General Electric (GE) for nearly 15 years, and knows a thing or two about assessing someoneâ€™s character. Under Conatyâ€™s leadership, his department became a key asset for former CEO Jack Welch, one of the most admired executives in recent American business history.
Collaborative Methods for Moving ForwardMay 18, 2012 / Podcast # 12-10
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. Itâ€™s like the human bodyâ€™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.
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Sparking conversations and empowering ideasOctober 21, 2011 / Podcast # 11-42
Although corporations recognize social media as a powerful tool for talent recruitment, customer engagement and sharing information, many organizations find their social media initiatives fail. According to Christine Eberle, contributor to The Social Media Management Handbook, this is often due to executive resistance or lack of collaboration across a multi-generational workforce. In this episode of Edgewise, Christine explains how companies can overcome these hurdles and leverage social media to facilitate conversations across silos, creating an inspired, engaged and aligned corporate culture.
In an age of hacking an leaking, managers have lot’s to consider when it come to collaboration technology. Ray Schwemmer and Rick Havrilla are co-authors of Dynamic Collaboration: How To Share Information, Solve Problems, and Increase Productivity Without Compromising Security, a new book which details how corporations can seamlessly and securely integrate tools that encourage employees to work together. Listen and discover how to enhance communication, and create an efficient flow of information.