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Author: Harvard Business Review

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A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management from Harvard Business Review.
691 Episodes
Nathan Furr, assistant professor of strategy at INSEAD, researches what makes great innovative leaders, and he reveals how they develop and spend “innovation capital.” Like social or political capital, it’s a power to motivate employees, win the buy-in of stakeholders, and sell breakthrough products. Furr argues that innovation capital is something everyone can develop and grow by using something he calls impression amplifiers. Furr is the coauthor of the book “Innovation Capital: How to Compete--and Win--Like the World's Most Innovative Leaders.”
Scott Kupor, managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, says there's a lot about navigating the venture capital world that entrepreneurs don't understand. Some can't figure out how to get in the door. Others fail to deliver persuasive pitches. Many don't know how the deals and relationships really work. Kupor outlines what he and his partners look for in founding teams and business ideas and explains how start-ups work with VCs to become successful companies. He also discusses how Silicon Valley can do a better job of finding more diverse talent and funding new types of ventures. Kupor is the author of the book "Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It."
Sinéad O'Sullivan, entrepreneurship fellow at Harvard Business School, discusses how space is much more important to modern business than most people realize. It plays a role in making food, pricing insurance, and steering self-driving cars. While moonshot projects from SpaceX to Blue Origin drive headlines, the Earth-facing space economy is booming thanks to plummeting costs of entry. As tech companies large and small compete to launch thousands of satellites, O'Sullivan says we are actually running out of space in space.
Robert Eccles, a visiting professor of management practice at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, says that the global investment community's interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues has finally reached a tipping point. Large asset management firms and pensions funds are now pressuring corporate leaders to improve sustainability practices in material ways that both benefit their firms' bottom line and create broader impact. They're also advocating for more uniform metrics and industry standards. Eccles is the author of the HBR article “The Investor Revolution."
Adam Grant, organizational psychologist at The Wharton School, argues that individuals and companies alike can benefit from having rivals. He has studied sports and business rivalries and believes they often add up to more than just zero-sum competition. Grant explains how we can perform and even feel better by taking the risk of treating our rivals more like competitive friends.
Joseph Fuller, professor at Harvard Business School, says that the story we hear about workers being afraid for the future of their jobs might not be right. In surveying 11,000 people in lower-income and middle-skills jobs and 6,500 managers across 11 countries, Fuller discovered that, contrary to what bosses believe, many employees are excited about new technologies and willing to be trained in new skills. But they don't always know what they need to learn or how to access and pay for it. Organizations can do a better job of identifying the skills gaps they have or will soon face and using their existing workforces to fill them. Fuller's project is a joint venture between the HBS Project on Managing the Future of Work and the Boston Consulting Group’s Henderson Institute. He's a co-author of the HBR article “Your Workforce is More Adaptable Than You Think."
HBR Presents: Cold Call

HBR Presents: Cold Call


Harvard Business School's Brian Kenny is joined by professors to distill the school's legendary case studies into podcast form, giving listeners important takeaways they can use in their own businesses and careers. In this episode, Harvard Business School professors Leslie John and Mitch Weiss discuss a case on the city of Toronto, and how it is experimenting with various smart city ideas born of the Google spin-off Sidewalk Labs. "Cold Call" is part of HBR Presents, a new network of business podcasts curated by HBR editors. For our full lineup of shows, search “HBR” on your favorite podcast app or visit
Kimberly Whitler, assistant professor at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, believes the days of transplanting well-worn Western marketing practices into national markets may be numbered. She has researched marketing campaigns in China and finds they are faster, cheaper, and often more effective than traditional Western ones. Moreover, she argues they may be better suited to today’s global marketplace. Whitler is the author of the HBR article “What Western Marketers Can Learn from China.”
Patrick McGinnis, creator of the term FOMO, engages business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and more about the paths they’ve taken in life – and what they’ve let go of. In this episode, he speaks with Zola CEO Shan-Lyn Ma and Female Founders Fund founder Anu Duggal about how women are driving diversity in the start-up world. "FOMO Sapiens with Patrick J. McGinnis" is part of HBR Presents, a new network of business podcasts curated by HBR editors. For our full lineup of shows, search “HBR” on your favorite podcast app or visit
Marcus Buckingham, head of people and performance research at the ADP Research Institute, and Ashley Goodall, senior vice president of leadership and team intelligence at Cisco Systems, say that managers and organizations are overestimating the importance of critical feedback. They argue that, in focusing our efforts on correcting weaknesses and rounding people out, we lose the ability to get exceptional performance from them. Instead, we should focus on strengths and push everyone to shine in their own areas. To do that, companies need to rethink the way they review, pay, and promote their employees. Buckingham and Goodall are the authors of the book "Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide to the Real World" and the HBR article "The Feedback Fallacy."
Comments (29)

Mauro Costa Neto

Great content

Jun 7th

David Young

It's ok podcast but it's full of endless episodes of some lecturer plugging a new book they wrote. Also would love some proper real-world business discussion as these academics seem too detached.

Jun 4th

Niclas Daniels


Apr 11th

Breechay Wi

great episode

Mar 26th

tej singh

Some great insights on how operational transparency can created a value enhancing effect on the business and a deeper connection between customers and the employees of the company some of who have never seen each other. good work and thanks for the efforts.

Mar 17th


I moved from the US to China. It’s been amazing and part of the reason is because I have so much more free time to do things that I enjoy because labor is really cheap here. I “outsource” all of those chores and responsibilities that I used to do in the US and just have much more time now. For example, we have maid services that’s like the equivalent of $5 per hour, so I never have to clean my apartment anymore. I have a nanny now who helps us cook dinner and take care of changing diapers and feeding our son, so I can spend more time reading and playing with him. It’s honestly made my life much more enjoyable, that I can’t imagine my life without these time saving services.

Mar 16th

Sriram Sreedhar

nice 👍

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Feb 8th

hari Vavilala

who was the author of the book "becoming a X", no information available on web regarding this book. can someone give more details please

Dec 11th

Fabio Scalici

excellent episode

Oct 31st

Cesar Gama

I loved this one.

Oct 18th

Daniel Marina Huesca


Sep 15th

Daniel Marina Huesca

nice video

Sep 13th

Ardavan Nasiri


Sep 11th

Frank-Libby Ruljancich

we in

Jul 30th

Gaurav Deo

There is no new 1000 Rs note yet. only 200,500 & 2000.

Jul 21st

Seydou Soumare

Excellent contents.

Jul 13th

Shobhit Mehta

This could have been a good interview but the host blew it.

Jun 21st


I personally much prefer Kurt to Sara. His voice is clear and tempo engaging.

Mar 22nd

Hadrien Lbb

Albert Agreed. He articulates really well, which is respectful to the listener.

Aug 27th

Rustam Turaev

Albert Kurt is great indeed!

Apr 25th
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