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

 

Dan Hendrix on Leveraging the Benefits of Sustainability

Eliminating a Negative Environmental Footprint

September 21, 2012 / Podcast # 12-19

Dan Hendrix

Dan Hendrix, President and CEO of Interface Incorporated, joins us on Edgewise to discuss sustainability in regards to the transformation of his company Interface. Dan has been working steadily since 1994 to eliminate any negative environmental footprint from Interface by the year 2020. Dan and late former CEO Ray C. Anderson implemented specific business initiatives that helped reduce Interface’s environmental impact, including: eliminating waste, dematerializing the product, and using green energy. These changes have lead not only to a more sustainable company but also one their employees are proud and motivated to work for.

Dan Hendrix serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of InterfaceFLOR Inc. Mr. Hendrix has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Interface Inc., since July 1, 2001 and has been its Chairman since October 2011. He joined Interface Inc. in 1983 and served as its Executive Vice President from October 2000 to 2001; Chief Financial Officer from 1985 to 2001; Treasurer since 1984; Vice President – Finance since 1986; and Senior Vice President of Finance since 1995; October 2000. Mr. Hendrix also served for six years as an Audit Manager with a national accounting firm. He also served for six years as an audit manager with a National Accounting Firm.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Strategic Planning
*Leading in a Global Environment
*Taking on Greater Responsibility: Step-up Skills for Nonmanagers

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*Investing in a Sustainable World, by Matthew J. Kiernan
*
The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook
, by Jeana Wirtenberg, PhD, William
*Chaotics, by Philip Kotler, John A. Caslione

 

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.

 

Kevin Kelly on the Future of Jobs; Man or Machine

Why Technology is Doing More Good Than Harm

July 13, 2012 / Podcast # 12-14

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly shares his views on technology driven innovations and the impact that these rapidly advancing technologies are having on job growth and employment numbers. Kevin acknowledges that computers will continue to automate many jobs, though he states that technology is also facilitating new jobs at an even faster rate. He predicts that jobs will continue to evolve rapidly in five to ten years, and that the most lucrative positions have not even been invented yet. You will also learn what he means by the “hacker mentality” and how this negative connotation can be seen as a type of exploration of design solving.

Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor from its inception until 1999. He has just finished a book for Viking/Penguin called What Technology Wants, published October 18, 2010. He is also editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He authored the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Making Sense of Web 2.0: Leveraging Social Media in Your Organization
*Strategic Agility and Resilience: Embracing Change to Drive Growth
*Communicating with a Multigenerational Workforce

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*Transforming Performance Measurement, by Dean R. Spitzer, Ph.D.
*Future Savvy, by Adam Gordon
*Going Lean, by Stephen A. Ruffa

 

Paul Laudicina on Continuous Organizational Transformation

Rebuilding Your Business Model Successfully

June 15, 2012 / Podcast # 12-12

Paul Laudicina

Paul A. Laudicina, chairman of A.T. Kearney, joins us on Edgewise to discuss the transformation of the company, from subsidiary of a global service firm to a management owned company, and many of the lessons he learned along the way. Paul shares the steps he took to rebuild the company’s business model and reconstitute the organization. He explains the importance of aligning a common set of values and principles unique to your DNA, having a robust strategic planning process which considers all variables, and an organizational culture that is clearly identifiable from the outside looking in. He stresses that it is a continuous process of change and to be prepared to shift direction as required by the business environment and its conditions.

Paul A. Laudicina is Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, a position he has held since 2006. He is also the founder and chairman of the firm’s Global Business Policy Council, a forum of CEOs and thought leaders focused on assessing global strategic opportunities and risk management. He was named to Consulting Magazine’s annual ranking of the Top 25 Most Influential Consultants in 2005 and, again, in 2007. He is the author of a number of articles and books on global strategic issues, including World Out of Balance: Navigating Global Risks to Seize Competitive Advantage (McGraw-Hill, 2005). His upcoming book, Beating the Global Odds: High-Stakes Decision Making for Success will be released in September 2012.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Strategic Planning
*AMA’s Advanced Financial Modeling and Forecasting Workshop
*Successful Product Management

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*Facilitating Project Performance Improvement, by Jerry Julian
*Investing in a Sustainable World, by Matthew J. Kiernan
*Transforming Performance Measurement, by Dean R. Spitzer, Ph.D.

 

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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Dan Pink On the Modus Operandi of Motivation

Debunking the carrot and stick approach to motivating employees

April 22, 2011 / Podcast # 11-15

Dan Pink

Work + produce = reward. This is thought to be the algorithm that inspires efficiency across the workforce.

In this episode of Edgewise, best-selling author Dan Pink discusses his findings, based on over 40 years of research: that the stimulus for success isn’t just the almighty dollar, but the presence of autonomy, mastery, and purpose in an employees work life.

Dan shares tactics to tap into and harness one’s personal rhythm of productivity, to empower peak performance and to make lasting contributions to within an organization.
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Adam Werbach on the Strategic Advantage of Sustainability

Why sustainability is now a true competitive strategic advantage

September 4, 2009 / Podcast # 09-36

Adam Werbach

More than ever before, consumers, employees, and investors share a common purpose and a passion for companies that do well by doing good. So any strategy without sustainability at its core is just plain irresponsible – bad for business, bad for shareholders, bad for the environment.

In his book Strategy for Sustainability author Adam Werbach argues that sustainability is now a true competitive strategic advantage, and building it into the core of your business is the only means to ensure that your company – and your world – will survive.

Adam Werbach is Global CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi S, specializing in the field of sustainability.

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:

* Investing in a Sustainable World by Matthew J. Kiernan
* The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook by Jeana Wirtenberg, PhD, William G. Russell, David Lipsky, PhD

 

Dr. Matthew Kiernan on How to Successfully Invest in a Sustainable World

How organizations are profiting by doing the right thing for the environment.

March 6, 2009 / Podcast # 09-10

Dr. Matthew Kiernan

For businesses and investors, there’s no doubt about it. The smart money is going green. And the growing movement towards ecologically forward thinking companies is quickly becoming bigger and bigger. What may be surprising to some is that the socially responsible organizations aren’t just doing the right thing for the environment. They’re also paying off financially, making their investors money and increasing the bottom line. Read more…

 

Peter Senge on the Necessary Revolution in Business

How individuals and organizations are working together to create a sustainable world.

July 25, 2008 / Podcast # 08-30

Peter Senge

Imagine a world in which the excess energy from one business would be used to power another. A world in which environmentally sound products and processes would be more cost-effective than wasteful ones. A world in which corporations forming partnerships with environmental and social justice organizations to ensure better stewardship of the earth and development of societies all over the world. Now, stop imagining – that world is already emerging.
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