Archives from November 2018

Mark Johnson on Seizing the White Space

Enabling technology to renew your business model.

November 30, 2018 / Podcast # 18-35

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson has updated his classic book Seizing the White Space: Business Model Innovation for Growth and Renewal with a new chapter taking into account our relationship with digital technology. He joins us to talk about disrupting new markets and how to couple digital with business models.

Mark W. Johnson cofounded the strategy and innovation management consultancy Innosight with Clayton M. Christensen in 2000 (it was acquired by the Huron Consulting Group in 2017). A coauthor of Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today’s Business While Creating the Future (2017), he has written and cowritten numerous articles, including the McKinsey Award–winning “Reinventing Your Business Model” in Harvard Business Review.

 

Alex Rosenblat on Star-Rating Your Uber Driver

You should probably always give your Uber driver 5 stars.

November 23, 2018 / Podcast # 18-34

Alex Rosenblat

If you’ve ever taken an Uber you know that you give your driver a rating at the end of your journey. You probably know that their job depends on how good their average score is. But do you know how high that score has to be before they are essentially fired? And did you know the drivers can rate you too? Alex Rosenblat, author of the new book Uberland: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Rules of Work, joins us to go behind the scenes on what your drivers are dealing with and the difficult choices they often have to make.

Alex Rosenblat is a technology ethnographer and the author of Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work, forthcoming with the University of California Press in October 2018. A researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute, she holds a master’s degree in sociology from Queen’s University and a bachelor of arts degree in history from McGill University. Alex’s writing has appeared in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, Slate, and Fast Company. Her research has received attention worldwide, and has been covered in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review, WIRED, New Scientist, and the Guardian. Among the scholarly and professional publications in which her prize-winning work has been published are the International Journal of Communication and the Columbia Law Review.

 

Ken Kocienda on Starting with an Idea

Even Steve Jobs could see when someone else had a great idea.

November 16, 2018 / Podcast # 18-33

Ken Kocienda

The story of Apple’s success with the iPhone is that they didn’t make a product people wanted, they made a product people didn’t even know they needed yet but very soon had to have it. Today we’re talking to Ken Kocienda, the creator of auto-correct on your iPhone, about what it was about Apple that put them so far ahead of the competition.

 

Ken Kocienda was a software engineer and designer at Apple for over fifteen years. After graduating from Yale with a degree in history, he fixed motorcycles in Arizona, worked in the editorial library of a newspaper in New York, taught English in Japan, and made fine art photographs in all those places. Eventually, he discovered the internet, taught himself computer programming, and made his way through a succession of dot-com-era startups, before landing at Apple in 2001, where he worked on the software teams that created the Safari web browser, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Ken is the author of Creative Selection: Inside Apple’s Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs

 

Ash Seddeek on Being a Leader of Leaders

Tips from years of coaching experience.

November 9, 2018 / Podcast # 18-32

Ash Seddeek

AMA Faculty member and author Ash Seddeek joins us to review some of FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits and share some of the things he’s learned from his years as an executive coach and trainer.

Ash Seddeek is a business success and leadership coach, speaker and author. Ash has worked for fortune 500 companies such as Deloitte Consulting, Kaiser Permanente, Oracle, BroadVision, and Cisco Systems on leadership development, strategic account manager sales training and strategic content for large scale corporate communications experiences such as Cisco Global Sales Experience and the Partner Summit with combined 25000 annual attendees.

 

Dr Donna Hicks on Leading with Dignity

Getting past just respect.

November 2, 2018 / Podcast # 18-31

Donna Hicks
We’re all born with inherent dignity. However, according to Dr. Donna Hicks, author of the new book Leading with Dignity, many of us have to be trained to learn how to recognize when we’re being treated with dignity and when we are not. She joins us to talk about ways we as leaders can extend not just respect but dignity to those around us.
Donna Hicks is an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. As a conflict resolution specialist, she has facilitated diplomatic efforts in the Middle East and other high-conflict regions and conducted numerous training seminars worldwide. She lives in Watertown, MA.