How making the choices that no one expects can help you.June 22, 2018 / Podcast # 18-12
If you want to learn about disruption, look to Lady Gaga. She was a record-breaking pop-star who decided to make a jazz album with Tony Bennett, completely counter to what anyone thought her audience would like. Whitney Johnson, author of the new book Build an A-Team, joins us to talk about successful disruption and how it can apply to your work.
Whitney Johnson is a CEO adviser and the author of the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015). Previously, she was an award-winning Wall Street analyst and cofounded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Clayton Christensen. She is a frequent keynote speaker on disruption, is recognized as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50 and Fortune, and hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself podcast. She is married and has two children.
Thinking ten minutes into the future.June 15, 2018 / Podcast # 18-11
“What’s your five year plan?” It’s a classic interview question that just isn’t relevant anymore, now that the market landscape can be radically different within months, never mind years. Allen Adamson and Joel Steckel, authors of the new book Shift Ahead, join us to talk about companies and brands that shifted their whole worldview to make sure they stayed relevant.
Allen Adamson a noted industry expert in all disciplines of branding and author of BrandSimple, BrandDigital and The Edge: 50 Tips from Brands That Lead. He is also Co-founder & Managing Partner of Metaforce, a firm dedicated to helping businesses diagnose growth strategies and nimbly execute programs in the face of market evolution.
Joel Steckel is professor of marketing and vice dean of doctoral education at NYU Stern School of Business. Joel has published numerous articles in publications including Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing, Marketing Science, Interfaces, and Journal of Consumer Research. He was the founding president of the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science.
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.
Business-changing innovations don't have to be huge.April 28, 2017 / Podcast # 17-17
What do LEGOs and lingerie have in common? More than you probably think. David Robertson, author of the new book The Power of Little Ideas, is here to talk about how both LEGO and Victoria’s Secret (and others) made small changes that made them the leaders of their industry while still staying true to their core product.
Where will the jobs be for human beings?March 24, 2017 / Podcast # 17-12
Automation and robotics are coming to the workforce and they’re poised to be as disruptive as the industrial revolution. Where will humans fit in to this new world of work? Edward Hess, coauthor along with Katherine Ludwig of the new book Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age, joins us to talk about job opportunities for a newly automatic world.
Applying an art form to businessMarch 10, 2017 / Podcast # 17-10
We often think about improvisation in the context of comedy and it has nothing to do with the average workplace. But you’ve actually used improv tools more than you probably think. Bob Kulhan, improv pro in and out of the office, is here to talk about how to add these crucial skills to your toolkit.
Making the right innovations for your customers.November 25, 2016 / Podcast # 16-33
Stephen Wunker says most companies are innovating the wrong way. They’re making what their customers say they want. Instead they should be asking “why” their customers want those things and making a product the customer didn’t even know the needed. Today on Edgewise Stephen joins us to give examples of companies doing it right and to talk more about his book Jobs to Be Done, published by AMACOM.
Freeing your mind to unknown possibilities.October 3, 2014 / Podcast # 14-20
In The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation, author Josh Linkner discusses re-inventing, creating something anew, and imagining what â€œcan-beâ€ instead of â€œwhat-isâ€. Linkner suggests several strategies for re-invention, but one of the most important is the habit of pushing the envelope and having an ongoing re-invention approach, where companies are constantly changing all aspects of their business. To be successful, Linkner states that everyone must be able to re-invent, innovate, and adapt, and this is for employees working on all levels of the business.
Josh Linkner is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and author. He is the founder of ePrize which markets small businesses. Linkner has been a CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners since 2010. The Road to Reinvention is his third book. In addition, Linkner writes for He is a regular writer for Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and Forbes.
How even the biggest companies have to keep evolving.October 18, 2013 / Podcast # 13-21
Nolan Key Bushnell, founder of Atari, and the Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza-Time Theaters, reveals some the main ideas in his new book Finding the Next Steve Jobs. Nolan warns that innovation stagnation affects all business, not just traditionally “creative” companies but even tech giants like Nokia. Once it ruled over 70% of the phone industry but had its market taken away by Blackberry when Nokia failed to come out with a competitor. One of the biggest concerns is that innovation breaks some of the traditional rules that business hold dear. Nolan talks about how business need to let go of some of the control that it once held and give it back to the workers to truly unleash innovation.
Lately, American business has stagnated, resorting to short sighted strategies and opting to take inexpensive or safer quick fixes rather than analyzing and fixing the root of a problem. Robert Atkinson thinks US could to learn from their global neighbors such as France, Germany, Finland, and Korea and study how their focus on innovation has made them leaders in the business world. American business can turn this trend around by following Atkinson’s 3 main factors that facilitate a healthy successful environment for innovation to get America back on to the list of top innovators.