Strategic Planning

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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Josh Bersin on the Upswing in E-Learning

Alternative approaches to essential training investments

June 3, 2011 / Podcast # 11-22

Josh Bersin

According to Josh Bersin, learning technology expert, the decrease in spending on learning and development in the corporate sector due to the economic downturn is starting to creep its way back up, and technology is at the forefront. In this episode of Edgwise, Josh discusses how companies including Cisco, GE, and Apple approach the training and development of their talent. Josh defines trends of high impact learning cultures, informal training initiatives, Blended Learning, and how they can be a cost-effective conduit to optimizing employee execution. Josh also shares the single most important component of effective corporate training programs and how executives should be supporting and facilitating the learning taking place in their organizations. Read more…


James Morgan on Strategic Execution & Process

May 27, 2011 / Podcast # 11-21

James Morgan

Strategy Execution is the crux of success in business. So why do less than half of companies polled in a recent Booz Allen survey feel they are meeting their targets? Dr. James Morgan, shares insight from his 30 years of experience of sharpening strategic visions and implementing methods to see them through. He details the pitfalls and the core tenets of strategic planning and execution. Listen, take notes, and start winning! Read more…


John Beeson on the Unwritten Rules of Getting Ahead

John Beeson delves into the unspoken conventions you must employ to take your career to the next level.

April 8, 2011 / Podcast # 11-14

You work hard and get consistently solid performance reviews, but still haven’t landed the coveted management level promotion you know you deserve. In his new book, Unwritten Rules, John Beeson explains that you need to be much more than a workhorse to transcend the cubicle walls and just how take the reins of your career trajectory.
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Mark Murphy on How to Get to Where You Want to Be

Visualizing goals helps to make them real.

March 18, 2011 / Podcast # 11-11

Mark Murphy

To Mark Murphy, the key to success is visualization, for personal goals as well as business goals. If you’re training for a marathon, it’s helpful to imagine crossing the finish line. The same is true for business. If the company has goals, it’s up to the managers to paint a picture of success that inspires the employees, gets them motivated, and helps them meet that goal. Read more…


Mike Noble on Communicating Changes Effectively

How to make sure change actually takes place.

February 25, 2011 / Podcast # 11-08

Mike Noble

When it comes to change, communication is crucial. According to Mike Noble, Employees must not only be made aware of the coming changes but also why they are being made and what the budget and timeframe are. Otherwise employees will be resistant, no change will ever take place, and the organization will fall behind competitors. Read more…


Rick Lepsinger on Aligning Leadership Style with the Company’s Mission

Why the great leaders show, don't tell.

January 14, 2011 / Podcast # 11-02

Rick Lepsinger

James Sinegal, cofounder of Costco, isn’t your average CEO. His office overlooks a parking lot. He sits at a metal desk with a metal chair. His salary is less than half a million dollars (bonus included!), dramatically less than other CEOs, especially given the value he brings to his company. But in a company that’s all about thin margins, it’s the perfect attitude for a leader. Compare him to the auto company executives who flew to Washington in private jets to ask for bailout money. When the leader’s attitude matches the company mission and goals, that’s what Rick Lepsinger calls “alignment” in his new book Closing the Execution Gap. He points out that an organization’s leaders have to do more than just write the mission statement, they have to live the values they put forth and lead by example. Read more…


Dave Gray on How Games at Work Inspire Creativity

How interactivity will make your meetings and your ideas even better.

September 17, 2010 / Podcast # 10-38

Dave Gray

According to Dave Gray in his new book, Gamestorming, playing with office supplies is not a waste of time. Whipping out a stack of post-its in a meeting and jotting down notes or sketching ideas is actually helpful; otherwise all those ideas have to stay inside your head, getting lost and confused. Writing out ideas, moving them around like pieces in a game, and collaborating with others makes for faster meetings and more creativity. Every company needs those creative ideas to reach the top even just stay there. Read more…


Dr. Graham Jones on Mental Toughness

Great performance day in and day out.

May 14, 2010 / Podcast # 10-20

Dr. Graham Jones

What does Lebron James have in common with Warren Buffet? Whether we’re getting ready for the big game or the big meeting, we all deal with high pressure situations; it’s natural to everyone on the job and a reality of the workforce. In his new book Thriving on Pressure: Mental Toughness for Real Leaders, Dr. Graham Jones encourages us to channel that pressure and make the hard decisions. Read more…


Mark Johnson on Finding Consumer Needs

Turning opportunity into your next big idea.

April 9, 2010 / Podcast # 10-15

Mark Johnson

In his new book, Mark Johnson developed the idea of White Space, a need in the market that your company can meet. Whether it’s improving on what you already work on or finding something new to perfect, every company has some White Space just waiting to be filled.

Mark W. Johnson is Co Founder and Chairman of Innosight, a strategic innovation, consulting and investment company with offices in Massachusetts, Singapore and India. Mark has just written a new book titled Seizing The White Space: Business Model Innovation for Growth and Renewal.