Archives from December 2008

Marvin Davis on a Take No Prisoners Approach to Excellence

How to face tough times and fix problems before it's too late.

December 26, 2008 / Podcast # 08-52

Marvin A. Davis

Now more than ever, American companies are experiencing a nagging feeling that they could be doing much better. Globalization, digitization, and the development of cellular technology have increased competition by leaps and bounds. As a consequence, skating by on marginal performance isn’t enough. It’s time for businesses to find the tools that will help them excel. A turnaround expert, Marvin Davis has made a career out of transforming underperforming companies. He assesses their mistakes, issues a diagnosis, and has helped allay the fears of many CEOs across the country—leaving businesses more efficient and ultimately more competitive. Read more…


Living Rewired and Defeating Distraction

Two authors present ideas for surviving and thriving in the online era.

December 19, 2008 / Podcast # 08-51

Maggie Jackson & Nicholas Carr

For your holiday listening enjoyment, Edgewise presents a double episode featuring two outstanding interviews on a critical issue: how our ability to think and focus is being radically altered in the Information Age.

Hooked up to the Internet’s global computing grid, massive information processing plants are pumping data and software code into our homes and businesses. It’s a revolution of the kind that hasn’t been seen since electricity became a household utility. Nicholas Carr’s new book The Big Switch examines the promise and the perils of this transformation.

In Distracted, Maggie Jackson warns that modern society’s inability to focus heralds an impending Dark Age—an era historically characterized by the decline of a civilization amid abundance and technological advancement. Jackson posits that our near-religious allegiance to a constant state of motion and addiction to multitasking are eroding our capacity for deep, sustained, perceptive attention—the building block of intimacy, wisdom and cultural progress and stunting society’s ability to comprehend what’s relevant and permanent.
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Quint Studer on Getting Results That Last

How to build a corporate culture that continuously gets results.

December 12, 2008 / Podcast # 08-50

Quint Studer

Quint Studer has built a thriving career on helping healthcare companies achieve maximum effectiveness and consistent bottom-line results. Now, in Results That Last, he brings his ideas to the rest of the business world. Studer teaches leaders in every industry how to apply his tactics and strategies to their own organizations to build a corporate culture that consistently reaches and exceeds its goals. Read more…


Dan Carrison on Management Secrets of the FBI

Discover the art of being a courageous and vigilant leader from some of our most fearless agents.

December 5, 2008 / Podcast # 08-49

Dan Carrison

In its one hundred-year fight against the ever-changing tactics of organized crime and terrorism, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has learned invaluable lessons about powerful leadership and management. Like many organizations, the FBI must succeed on a global playing field with limited resources; it must deal with unforeseen challenges and long-term strategic threats. Former Marine Dan Carrison has had unprecedented access to the inner workings of the FBI. In his book From the Bureau to the Boardroom, he offers an insider’s look at the Bureau, taking readers behind the scenes of some of the FBI’s most important missions—from infiltrating a world-wide drug cartel to closing in on a terrorist cell. Read more…