Ben Waber on New Ways to Track Productivity

How technology can reveal what really makes us innovative.

August 9, 2013 / Podcast # 13-16

Ben Waber

To increase productivity, how many seats should be at the cafeteria table? Before the best answer was a guess or simply “who cares?” However, in an increasingly knowledge-work and collaboration focused world, factors like who you sit with at lunch and who you chat with in the hallway start to matter. Ben Waber has devised a new and possibly controversial system that will keep track of these unofficial meetings that actually lead to greater productivity and innovation.

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Lisa Bodell on Effecting Change and Driving Innovation

November 30, 2012 / Podcast # 12-24

Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell joins us on Edgewise to discuss her new book “Kill the Company.” The book is designed for anyone trying to make a positive change within their company and gives them quick and easy ways to approach innovation. Lisa states that no matter what your title or role, you can effect change and drive innovation through simplification rather than complication.

Lisa Bodell is the founder and CEO of futurethink, an internationally recognized innovation research and training firm that helps businesses embrace change and become world-class innovators. Lisa founded futurethink on the premise that everyone has the power to innovate — they just need the knowledge and tools to know how. She has spent years working with hundreds of leading innovators to create the largest catalog of innovation research and tools in the world, and the most in-depth training curricula on innovation anywhere. Clients such as 3M, GE and Johnson & Johnson look to futurethink to develop new thinking styles and generate innovative ideas. The company’s cutting-edge courses were featured as the winner of the 2011 Chief Learning Officer Gold Award for Excellence in Content.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Creativity and Innovation: Unleash Your Potential for Greater Success
*Planning and Developing New Products
*Strategic Agility and Resilience: Embracing Change to Drive Growth
To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*The Power of Strategy Innovation, by Robert E. Johnston, J. Douglas Bate
*The Seeds of Innovation, by Elaine Dundon
*Something Really New, by Denis J. Hauptly

 

Joe Pine on the Evolution of the Economic Model

Using Customization to Renew Commodities

August 24, 2012 / Podcast # 12-17

Joe Pine

Joe Pine, co-author of The Experience Economy, and the brand new book entitled Infinite Possibility joins us on Edgewise to explain the balance between commoditization and customization in progression of economic value. Amazon and Wal-Mart are just two companies that have used transformation as a tool to successfully guide customers to change by using their experiences. Companies such as these are commoditizing goods so they can sell at higher volume and lower cost to the consumer. He outlines three phases of transformations that are required to sustain transformations through time, which include diagnosis, using a set of experiences and following-through. Not only are these transformations crucial to a business setting but can be useful in our personal lives as well.

Joe Pine is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and management advisor to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike. He is co-founder of Strategic Horizons LLP, a thinking studio dedicated to helping businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Pricing Strategies – Capturing and Sustaining a Competitive Advantage
*The Psychology of Management: Why People Do What They Do
*Measuring and Maximizing Marketing ROI
To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*The On-Demand Brand, by Rick Mathieson
*New Directions in Supply-Chain Management, by Tonya Boone, Ph.D., Ram
*One Foot Out the Door, by Judith M. Bardwick, Ph.D.

 

Dov Seidman

Dov Seidman joins us on Edgewise to discuss his book How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything. Dov states that “we live in a world where what we do matters, but it doesn’t matter as much as how we do what we do”; we are in a new era of behavior where our actions can affect so much more in ways they never could in the past. This is especially important to acknowledge as behavior has become the greatest source of our competitive advantage. Dov describes what he calls the “how principles” and why these values guide our behavior. He will explain his solution for making jobs more interesting, inspiring and satisfying using such examples as Southwest Airlines.

Deemed “the hottest advisor on the corporate virtue circuit”, by FORTUNE Magazine, Dov Seidman is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of LRN, a company that helps businesses develop ethical corporate cultures and inspire principled performance. His insights into the complexities of human behavior have been a source of inspiration and innovation for corporate boards, business leaders, government officials and employees around the world, including Allstate, Dow, eBay, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble and Viacom. Audiences describe Dov Seidman’s presentations as life-changing. Seidman’s unique ability to connect with people at an emotional as well as intellectual level has helped attendees see their lives, purposes, and potential with greater clarity.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Create a Respectful Workplace: Improve Morale, Increase Productivity and Achieve Business Goals
*Expanding Your Influence: Understanding the Psychology of Persuasion
*Responding to Conflict: Strategies for Improved Communication

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*How to Tell Anyone Anything, by Richard S. Gallagher
*Elements of Influence, by Terry R. Bacon
*The Manager’s Guide to Maximizing Employee Potential, by William J. Rothwell

 

Scott Belsky on his Principles of Success

Collaborative Methods for Moving Forward

May 18, 2012 / Podcast # 12-10

Scott Belsky

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. It’s like the human body’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.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Aligning Marketing and Sales: Achieve Success Through Collaboration
*Leadership and Team Development for Managerial Success
*Achieving Leadership Success Through People

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*The Language of Success, by Tom Sant
*Communication Skills for Project Managers, by Michael Campbell
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Anders Dahlvig on IKEA’s Global Social Ambition

Continual Growth of an Industry Giant

March 23, 2012 / Podcast # 12-06

Anders Dahlvig

In this edition of Edgewise Anders Dahlvig chronicles his rise from store manager to president CEO of IKEA. Anders discusses his book, The IKEA Edge: Building Global Work, the affect globalization has had a on the retail business and how important it is for companies to adapt this new market culture. Anders also reveals his thoughts on corporate culture versus national culture and the difficulties in keeping out bureaucracy, complacency in a steadily growing corporation. Listen as Anders shares the unique vision he relied on to lead IKEA through its best and worst times.
Anders Dahlvig is the Former Group President and CEO of IKEA, a leading international retailer of home furnishing products. Anders is also a member of European Retail Round Table. He is a director of Oriflame Cosmetics AB, H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB and Axel Johnson AB; Kingfisher Plc and is Chairman of The New Wave Group and a member of the Advisory Board of Lund University Business School. He received received the Swedish award for Good Environmental Leadership in 2002 for his independent and persistent work with environmental sustainability issues. In 2006, he also received the U.S. Foreign Policy Association’s Global Social Responsibility award.
For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Strategic Agility and Resilience: Embracing Change to Drive Growth
*Management Skills for New Supervisors
*Corporate Cash Management

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*Now, Build a Great Business!, by Mark Thompson, Brian Tracy
*Investing in a Sustainable World, by Matthew J. Kiernan
*Secrets of the Marketing Masters, by Dick Martin

 

Stefan Swanepoel on Leveraging Your Animal Instincts

An organic approach to thriving in the corporate jungle

September 9, 2011 / Podcast # 11-36

Stefan Swanepoel

Here’s a serious question: Are you an elephant or a crocodile? According to author and businessman Stefan Swanepoel, the answer could determine your career path and level of success. Stefan’s latest book Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business & Life is a New York Times best-seller that uses animals and their characteristics as metaphors for professionals and their skills and competencies. Listen to identify and unleash your inner beast.
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Al Pittampalli on the Modern Meeting

Saving time and making decisions

September 2, 2011 / Podcast # 11-35

Al Pittampalli

Meetings are a staple of our work lives that can be an inefficient drain of time, resources and creativity. Al Pittampalli is the author of Read This Before Our Next Meeting, which outlines a fresh methodology to the meeting structure. The “modern meeting” encourages preparedness, speed, and results. Listen and discover how to make meetings fueled by action instead of delaying what needs to get done.
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Tony Miller on Systemically Strengthening Our Schools

Employing business development practices to target deficiencies in America’s Education System

June 24, 2011 / Podcast # 11-25

Tony Miller

In devising a strategy to bolster the nation’s eroded educational framework, Anthony Miller, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Education, pulls from his business background as well as international research on the processes and metrics employed by other countries to raise the academic bar. At the core of Tony’s blueprint, is the alignment of student achievement goals and initiatives with budgets and operating plans, and making critical investments in training teachers, particularly in the use of technology and collaboration tools to facilitate communication and maximize targeted learning. Tony also discusses partnerships between major corporations and higher education systems, and the importance of deploying such initiatives to equip students with the competencies most essential to competing and exceling in the 21st century global workplace.
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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…