John Mattone on Creating a Sustainable Organization through Leadership Management and Development

Preserving You’re A-Team and Drive Breakthrough Results

October 19, 2012 / Podcast # 12-21

John Mattone

John Mattone, author of Talent Leadership: A Proven Method for Identifying and Developing High-Potential Employees, joins us on edgewise today to share the findings of his extensive research on talent management. He explains how organizations can mitigate their operating risk and drive breakthrough results. John provides insight on how major companies such as Microsoft, Nestle and Toyota have been successful with his model.

John Mattone is President of JohnMattonePartners, Inc. In 2011, John was named by The Thinkers50 as one of the fastest rising stars in the field of leadership development. Recently, he was named by Leadership Excellence magazine as one of the top leadership consultants, speakers and coaches in the world. John is recognized globally as an inspiring keynote speaker, prolific author, and highly sought-after executive coach. With over 30 years’ experience John has also been successful as an entrepreneur who has built two successful human capital consulting firms, and as an executive of a multi-million dollar leadership consulting firm.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Coaching and Counseling for Outstanding Job Performance
*Succession Planning: Developing Leaders from Within
*Critical Thinking Certification: How to Develop a Thought-Based Organization
To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*The AMA Guide to Management Development, by Daniel R. Tobin, Ph.D., Margaret Pettingell
*
Keeping the People Who Keep You in Business
, by Leigh Branham
*Strategic Staffing, by Thomas P. Bechet

 

Bill Conaty on Diversifying and Developing Your Skill Sets in an Ever-Changing Workplace

Attracting, Developing and Retaining World Class Talent

October 5, 2012 / Podcast # 12-20

Bill Conaty

Bill Conaty, former Senior VP of General Electric, sheds light on the qualities attributed to The Talent Masters , those individuals or companies who see talent development as a competitive edge and gave Bill the title for his book. In this episode of Edgewise, Bill explains that it is important to be able to learn and conform to change, offer the widest range of skills sets as possible, and seek out opportunities in lateral skill development over promotional moves. Listen and learn about the processes and assessment systems necessary to attract, develop, and retain world class talent.

Bill Conaty has served as senior vice president of human resources at General Electric (GE) for nearly 15 years, and knows a thing or two about assessing someone’s character. Under Conaty’s leadership, his department became a key asset for former CEO Jack Welch, one of the most admired executives in recent American business history.
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Alexandra Levit on Finding the Job and Employment Success

Avoiding Missteps to Step Ahead

April 6, 2012 / Podcast # 12-07

Alexandra Levit

Alexandra Levit, author of the book Blind Spots: Ten Business Myths You Can’t Afford To Believe On Your New Path To Success discusses her book which points out the biggest myths of business success; the things people believe that don’t work for most of the truly successful. In this edition of Edgewise, Alexandra touches on how the recession has transformed our ideas about how business works and why these myths are more dangerous than ever in a compromised economy. She also stresses the importance of self-promotion in the workplace and the pitfalls to climbing the ladder too quickly, as well as the greatest obstacles facing employees and entrepreneurs in the coming years. You will learn her take on personal censorship and online transparency, and why it’s important to be aware of what you disclose publically.

Alexandra Levitis a nationally recognized business and workplace author and speaker. A syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a blogger for HuffingtonPost.com, Alexandra has authored several books, including the popular They Don’t Teach Corporate in College, How’d You Score That Gig? and Success for Hire. Alexandra is also a member of the Business Roundtable’s Springboard Project, which is advising the Obama administration on current workplace issues.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Decoding the Unwritten Rules of Executive Career Advancement
*Coaching and Counseling for Outstanding Job Performance
*What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job, by Lily Whiteman
*The Career Clinic, by Maureen Anderson
*Reinvention, by Brian Tracy

 

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

 

Scott Keller on Sustaining Organizational Health

Evaluating Long Term Success

February 24, 2012 / Podcast # 12-04

Scott Keller

Scott Keller coauthor of Beyond Performance, discusses the extensive research he conducted in the field of organizational effectiveness. With performance and health managed with equal emphasis being the main takeaway, Scott elaborates on what he means by organizational health and how that directly links to an organization’s performance. Listen as Scott explains how to assess and revive your campanies health.
Scott Keller is a director in the Southern California office of McKinsey & Company, and leads its transformational change practice in the Americas. He has published several articles on change management and organizational behavior, as well as a book for colleagues and clients. He holds an MBA and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and has worked as a manufacturing manager with Procter & Gamble and a photovoltaic engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy. Outside McKinsey, Scott is a cofounder of Digital Divide Data, an award-winning social enterprise that utilizes a sustainable IT service model to benefit some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*The Project Performance Management Workshop: Time, Cost and Budget
*Strategy Execution: Getting It Done
*Create a Respectful Workplace: Improve Morale, Increase Productivity and Achieve Business Goals

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*2600 Phrases for Setting Effective Performance Goals, by Paul Falcone
*Transforming Performance Measurement, by Dean R. Spitzer, Ph.D.
*The Program Management Office Advantage, by Lia Tjahjana, Paul Dwyer, PMP

 

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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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…

 

Jim Kirkpatrick on Revamping Training to Increase its Business Impact

How to stay engaged and keep learning.

June 4, 2010 / Podcast # 10-23

Jim Kirkpatrick

Training can’t be a rote process; for the most effective results, job training needs to be customized to each specific audience. Sometimes it even needs to start backwards, focusing on the result first and then moving back to the process. That way training becomes streamlined, more effective, and costs less. In his new book, Training On Trial: How Workplace Learning Must Reinvent Itself To Remain Relevant, Jim Kirkpatrick explains how to continue the training process, constantly adapting the business model. Read more…

 

Johnny Taylor on Getting Good Hires Now

Beat the talent rush early.

January 29, 2010 / Podcast # 10-05

Johnny Taylor

Even with the economy in a downturn, companies still need to invest in new talent. Johnny Taylor says that the race to find good talent is coming soon and smart employers are starting early. Read more…