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In OutsideVoices Mark Bidwell talks to remarkable and compelling leaders from the worlds of business, exploration, arts, sports, and academia. In these conversations he explores topics of fundamental importance to many of us today, both in work and in life, topics ranging from leadership and performance to creativity and growth.
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Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award winning journalist and the executive director of the Flow Research Collective. He's one of the world's leading experts on human performance. He's the author of nine bestselling books, including The Future is Faster Than You Think, Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, and the most recent one, The Art of Impossible, which we are talking about in this episode. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, translated into over 40 languages, and appeared in over 100 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Time and the Harvard Business Review. Steven is a remarkably productive person, and he puts a lot of that extraordinary productivity down to what he's been doing for the last 30 years, and what he's writing about in The Art of Impossible. In this book, he refers to the work of our previous guests Mike Gervais and Angela Duckworth, and talks about the topics that we’ve explored with Frans Johansson and Scott Page in previous episodes. Steven Kotler is making his third appearance on this podcast, and if you are looking for, as he describes it, a practical playbook for impractical people, this is another powerful, relevant, and compelling conversation about the results of his decades long research into peak performance. What is Covered: The sequence of external and intrinsic motivators that produce peak performance How extraordinary capability emerges in individuals The compounding effect of long-term practice for achieving peak performance Neurochemistry of fear and why peak performers set unrealistic expectations for themselves Key Takeaways and Learnings: Peak performance is getting your biology to work for you, rather than against you. It’s a limited set of skills shaped by biology, which are meant to be deployed in a sequence and in certain order. Challenge to skills ratio is the most important of flow's triggers. When the challenge of the task at hand slightly exceeds our skill set, when we are stretching our skills to the utmost, it is a precondition for flow. Peak performers are always going to look for something that really scares them, because they are going to get a lot of energy and a lot of focus for free. But they don't take on huge fears all at once. They chunk them down, one step at a time, and often. Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode: The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler https://www.theartofimpossible.com/  Steven Kotler’s other books https://www.stevenkotler.com/books    The Flow Research Collective https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/  Animals in Translation, a book by Temple Grandin https://www.amazon.com/Animals-Translation-Mysteries-Behavior-Harvest/dp/0156031442  Bone Games, a book by Rob Schultheis https://www.amazon.com/Bone-Games-Extreme-Shamanism-Transcendence/dp/1558215069  The Space Between Commitment and Hesitation with Michael Gervais on OutsideVoices Podcast https://outsidelens.com/the-space-between-hesitation-and-commitment-with-michael-gervais/  Angela Duckworth: Grit - The Power of Passion and Perseverance on OutsideVoices Podcast https://outsidelens.com/angela-duckworth-grit-the-power-of-passion-and-perseverance/  Ignoring the Siren Call of Sameness Creates Lasting Value with Scott Page on OutsideVoices Podcast https://outsidelens.com/ignoring-the-siren-call-of-sameness-creates-lasting-value-with-scott-page/  Innovating, Medici Style with Frans Johansson on OutsideVoices Podcast https://outsidelens.com/innovating-medici-style-with-frans-johansson/  Connect with OutsideVoices Follow us on LinkedIn Check us out on Twitter
Gillian Zoe Segal is the author of Getting There: A Book of Mentors. In that book, Gillian interviews incredibly successful entrepreneurs, mentors and people like Warren Buffett, to discover their secrets to success and innovation. On today's show, she discusses some of the insights into the lives of these successful and driven people and talks on what truly makes them tick. What Is Covered 02:35 - Why did Gillian write Getting There? 03:10 - You don't need to know where you're heading when you're starting out. 03:45 - Successful people have a very fluid mindset and they're open to change. 05:35 - Everybody in Gillian's book is an entrepreneur and a trail blazer. 06:30 - How does innovation really happen? 06:45 - All of Gillian's entrepreneurs question everything and they don't blindly follow others. 07:20 - Gillian talks about Warren Buffett. 10:20 - How important is luck? 12:15 - Get ready to hear the word 'no' multiple times. 13:05 - Resilience is the key to success. 14:35 - Gillian was so confident in what she was doing, she didn't mind the word 'no'. Her drive kept her going for five years, which is how long it took to complete the book. 15:35 - You have to believe in your product. 17:35 - What advice does Gillian have for executives who are struggling to make an impact? 18:45 - If you remember who you are, you can do anything. 19:40 - You have to create your own opportunities. 21:00 - Don't let the fear of failure deter you. 22:15 - If you don't want to quit at least once a month, you're not trying hard enough. 25:00 - If Gillian had to do this all over again, who would she put in the book? 27:25 - How did Gillian manage to interview all these people for her book? 29:05 - Surround yourself with high-grade people. 30:15 - What are Gillian's morning rituals? 30:25 - What has Gillian changed her mind about recently? 31:25 - What advice does Gillian have for her 25-year-old self? 33:25 - What's Gillian's next project? That's a secret for right now! Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:  Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal https://www.amazon.com/Getting-There-Gillian-Zoe-Segal/dp/1419715704  Connect with Gillian Zoe Segal on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/gillian-zoe-segal-64041021/  Anyone Can Do It: Sahar's Remarkable Entrepreneurial Journey, OutsideVoices Podcast https://outsidelens.com/anyone-can-do-it-sahars-remarkable-entrepreneurial-journey/  Hacking Flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit, OutsideVoices Podcast https://outsidelens.com/hacking-flow-how-to-make-outperformance-a-habit/  Connect with OutsideVoices Follow us on LinkedIn Check us out on Twitter
In this episode, we are joined by David Marquet, who was the Captain of the USS Santa Fe from 1990 to 2001 and now works as a leadership expert with businesses worldwide. We cover his book, Turn The Ship Around! A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking Rules, which has been recently re-released with a new companion workbook. What Is Covered Why it is essential to have a longer-term perspective in your people development processes. Because while achievement scorecard runs while you're at an organization, your leadership scorecard starts counting the day you leave Why leadership should be centered on ‘leaning back’ and inviting your team to ‘lean forward’ Why David believes it is important to alternate between two sets of behaviors, languages, and mindsets to optimize between production and  decision-making scenarios Key Takeaways and Learnings How pausing – and fighting the urge to take immediate action – is essential to developing the  ‘leadership muscle’ of a team The differences between a ‘prove’ and ‘improve’ mindset and how to signal to your team which mindset should be adopted in different situations Actions to create a system thinkers and leaders at every level, how this develops organizational resilience and inoculates it against stupid decisions How leaders need to ‘flatten the power gradient’, to make themselves accessible and create the environment for others to contribute Links and Resources Covered in this Episode Get in touch with David Marquet via LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook David Marquet's website Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders, a book by David Marquet United States Naval Academy, website Talking 100% Entrepreneurship & 0% Bureaucracy with Heiko Fischer of Resourceful Humans on OutsideVoices  
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. So said Winston Churchill, a man who had his fair share of professional disasters to accompany his well known successes. A less painful and more practical strategy for many of us might be to learn from other people’s mistakes. There can be no doubt that you will encounter unexpected and unwanted outcomes as a result of looking at the world through multiple perspectives, or as a result of changing or adapting your work habits in order to remain fresh and creative. So we all need to be prepared for the inevitable lows and I believe that the key is to quickly identify your mistake and take action. It is for this reason we ask every guest about their most significant lows, and what they have learned from them. Given their diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, here are some examples from the trenches about how a few of our highly accomplished guests from the worlds of business, academia, sports, science, and the arts have emerged from there lows and how they take that learning forward to create success. Guests Featured in This Episode: Hacking Flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit with Steven Kotler Meaning Makers: How Top Leaders Use Stories with David Pearl Technonomics and Why My Profits Might Just Disappear with John Straw Bottling Amazonian Wisdom with Tyler Gage, the Co-Founder of RUNA Accidental CEO with David Novak Innovating, Medici Style with Frans Johansson Connect with OutsideVoices Follow us on LinkedIn Check us out on Twitter
We believe passionately in the power of multiple perspectives to build and sustain innovation ecosystems. And yet we are all creatures of habits, following schedules and routines that enable us to continue to perform at high levels, but which might leave us with little room for exploring the new. So unless we proactively seek out fresh perspectives, we run the risk of remaining in our own personal bubbles, surrounded by people who think only like us, so increasing the risk of biases like groupthink, not-invented-here and confirmation bias. We always ask our guests what they do to remain fresh, to seek out diverse perspectives, and the answers are often surprisingly simple and practical. Here we provide a selection of tactics, all of which are easy to do, but are equally easy not to do. By regularly exercising your innovation muscles, the benefits to you and your organisation will build up and compound over time, as these world class performers have discovered. Guests featured in this episode: Meaning Makers: How Top Leaders Use Stories with David Pearl Back in the Game: EA's Near Death Experience with Andy Billings Dual Transformation and Why Noah's Arc Management Can't Work with Scott Anthony Bottling Amazonian Wisdom with Tyler Gage, the Co-Founder of RUNA Gambling on Innovation: How To Be Productively Wrong With Luis Perez-Breva of MIT When Big and Small Make Great with Brad Feld Innovating, Medici Style with Frans Johansson The Return on Investment of Mental Models with Robert Hagstrom Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent with Gib Bulloch Connect with OutsideVoices Follow us on LinkedIn Check us out on Twitter
We have been extremely fortunate to have been able to attract some remarkable guests on OutsideVoices Podcast from the worlds of business, academia, sports, science and the arts, and all of these guests are world-class in their chosen field. We ask our guests the same three questions, which get to the heart of what it takes as a leader to create an innovation ecosystem in your organization, irrespective of what business you are in, and where you are located.  The guests are given these questions in advance so that they can reflect on them and the answers are invariably very insightful. The first of these three questions, "What Have You Changed Your Mind About Recently?" is the topic for this wrap up episode. The other two questions are featured in subsequent episodes. The inspiration for the first question came from Charlie Munger, who in many respects constitutes one of the main wellsprings of inspiration for OutsideVoices. Several years ago Charlie Munger made the following statement: “a year in which you do not change your mind on some big idea that is important to you is a wasted year”.  This question gets to the heart of the unconscious biases that we as individuals all suffer from. Many of us go through life seeking confirmatory evidence to reinforce our decisions. Sometimes however, we are able to overcome this confirmation bias and change our minds on something big. From a business point of view it is key that you are able to overcome the organisational biases like "not invented here" syndrome, groupthink, the halo effect, stereotyping: this is how we can start to look at the market differently,  to build our innovation muscles, to innovate around multiple value drivers,  o change our perspective and the perspectives of those around us. So this is why we ask our guests this question, and the answers are fascinating. Guests featured in this episode:  Back in the Game: EA's Near Death Experience with Andy Billings Dual Transformation and Why Noah's Arc Management Can't Work with Scott Anthony When Big and Small Make Great with Brad Feld Ignoring the Siren Call of Sameness Creates Lasting Value with Scott Page Innovating, Medici Style with Frans Johansson Connect with OutsideVoices Follow us on LinkedIn Check us out on Twitter
In this episode, we are joined by Amy C. Edmondson to discuss her latest book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth. Amy is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School and is the world expert on psychological safety, a topic recently made famous by the findings of Google’s Project Aristotle, the quest to build the perfect team. What Was Covered How leaders can create psychologically safe environments in the workplace, in service of innovation and profitable growth. The ‘fearless’ organization, and why fear-based leadership strategies are a recipe for failure. How leaders leverage approaches from indigenous cultures to deal with some of the worlds more pressing VUCA challenges Key Takeaways and Learnings Psychological safety: why workplaces should be safe spaces for employees to explore, experiment and solve problems. Uncertainty and interdependence: why human and interpersonal fears create unsafe work environments. Silence: why keeping quiet can be dangerous and result in enormous mistakes and value destruction, as well as lost market opportunities. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Amy via Twitter or LinkedIn Amy's page at Harvard Business School The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth, a book by Amy Edmondson What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team, HBS case by Charles Duhigg Cynthia Carroll at Anglo American, an article by Gautam Mukunda, Lisa Mazzanti and Aldo Sesia The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, a book by Kate Moore Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life, a book by Hal Gregersen Other mentions: Thinkers50, Bridgewater, Eilleen Fisher fashion Company, Pixar, Volkswagen, Wells Fargo Human Innovation, Smart Machines with Ed Hess, OutsideVoices Podcast Inventing The Future with Business Model Innovation with Alex Osterwalder, OutsideVoices Podcast Connect with OutsideVoices Follow us on LinkedIn Check us out on Twitter
In this episode, we are joined by author and professor, Ed Hess. Ed has published several notable books on learning and innovation including Learn or Die and his most recent work, Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age. Ed is currently a professor, Batten Executive-in-Residence and Batten Faculty Fellow at the Darden Graduate Business School at the University of Virginia. What is Covered The company of the future in the smart machine age is one where innovation is the strategic differentiator - as operational excellence is going to be primarily technology enabled How human learning underpins both operational excellence and innovation Why mitigating and overcoming fear and ego is the key to becoming a better learner. Key Takeaways and Learnings ‘Unbossing’ and how to create an idea meritocracy by devaluing the hierarchy of empowerment. How the future of technology will humanize business, help people to overcome their own personal limitations and develop as highly creative, intuitive, and innovative human beings. How changing our mental models can help us develop listening and engagement skills to connect with others to drive innovation. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Ed Hess via email, LinkedIn or Twitter  Darden Business School at the University of Virginia Learn or Die, a book by Ed Hess Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age, a book by Ed Hess Bridgewater Associates Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences, a book by William Richards Bone Games: Extreme Sports, Shamanism, Zen, and the Search for Transcendence, a book by Rob Schultheis Hacking Flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit with Steven Kotler – OutsideVoice Podcast
My guest today is Wade Davis, an author and anthropologist, who was until recently Explorer in Residence for the National Geographic Society and is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Some of his books include "The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World,” "One River," about which Sting wrote in his review “Read this book”, and most recently "Magdelena" which was described by the President of Colombia as essential reading for every adult Colombian. Wade Davis is probably the most well known anthropologist in the world today. His work has received a huge boost recently from an article he wrote in The Rolling Stone Magazine about the decline of America brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, and we talk about the ongoing work he's planning with The Rolling Stone going forward. As well as being a great writer, this interview illustrates just how compelling a storyteller Wade Davis is. What is Covered What tools anthropologists can bring to the world leaders in order to re-establish geopolitical stability and deal with the climate crisis Redefining the notion of wealth in contemporary society by finding inspiration in the reciprocal relationship to nature of indigenous communities Why Colombia is one of the hotspots of cultural and natural diversity, as well as resilience in a globalised world Key Learnings and Takeaways The key thing to step back from is cultural myopia, and the idea that my world is the real world and everybody else is a failed attempt to be me; we can't afford that anymore in an interconnected world. In a society like the Penan culture, where material accumulation has no meaning, and where everybody can essentially make everything from the raw resources of the forest, wealth is defined explicitly as a strength of social relations between people. Colombia is not a place of drugs and violence; it’s a land with the greatest biodiversity, geographical diversity and cultural diversity in the Americas. Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Connect with Wade Davis at https://daviswade.com/  Magdalena: River of Dreams by Wade Davis https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/37925/magdalena-by-wade-davis/  The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World by Wade Davis https://www.amazon.com/Wayfinders-Ancient-Wisdom-Matters-Lecture/dp/0887847668/  One River: Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forests by Wade Davis https://www.amazon.com/One-River-Wade-Davis/dp/0684834960/  Colliding with the Unexpected with Gillian Tett on OutsideVoices Podcast https://outsidelens.com/colliding-with-the-unexpected-with-gillian-tett/ 
My guest in this episode is Jennifer Berger, the CEO of Cultivating Leadership, an organization that helps leaders use complexity as the key that unlocks new possibilities for a better future. Jennifer has worked with senior leaders in companies like Google, KPMG, Lion, Microsoft and Wikimedia. She is the author of three books, the latest one being Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps: How to Thrive in Complexity which we talk about in this interview.  She speaks at leadership and coaching conferences, and offers occasional courses for coaches at Harvard University, the University of Sydney, and Oxford Brookes University. Read the full article HERE. What was covered:   What is unique about complexity today that many leaders are experiencing in their world   Five key mindtraps to recognize and avoid in dealing with complexity: the desire for simple stories, the sense of rightness, the need for agreement, the need for control, and protecting our egos  Useful practices to engage with, and questions to ask, in order to overcome these mindtraps   Key Takeaways and Learnings:   Harnessing complexity as a force and a competitive advantage in today’s world  The rewards of looking at situations from multiple perspectives and learning to disagree better  Everyone is subjected to mind traps - the more you feel certain about something, the more likely you are falling into a mind trap   Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps: How to Thrive in Complexity, a book by Jennifer Garvey Berger Cultivating Leadership Get in touch with Jennifer via LinkedIn and Twitter Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World, a book by Jennifer Garvey Berger Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders, a book by Jennifer Garvey Berger Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, a book by Kathryn Schulz On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not, a book by Robert Burton Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, a book by Yuval Noah Harari Lisa Bodell: Killing Companies, Creating Space, the Not-To-Do List - OutsideVoices Podcast
Sahar Hashemi OBE is best known as the founder of Coffee Republic, as well as a confectionery brand Skinny Candy. She is active in the world of entrepreneurialism and charity, and is an accomplished author, having written "Anyone can do it" about her journey from corporate lawyer to founding a successful chain of coffee shops, and a more recent book titled "Start Up Forever” helping large companies innovate. In this conversation, we cover all topics related to being an entrepreneur, building a business, and what it means from a personal development point of view. We discuss some of the skills and mindsets that one needs, as well as how this impacts people in larger process-driven organizations looking to foster a more entrepreneurial mindset. What Is Covered:  How entrepreneurialism drives resourcefulness and self-discovery Why people confuse entrepreneurs with inventors and what the difference is The ‘startup forever’ habits that can help large companies adopt an entrepreneurial mindset   Key Learnings and Takeaways:  The only way to give momentum to an entrepreneurial idea is to take it out of one’s head, make that first phone call, get a sample of it, try to price it and make the idea tangible in the physical world.  Five habits to foster entrepreneurial mindset: get rid of bureaucracy and processes; get out of the office; be clueless, curious, have an open mind; bootstrap and try your idea out on a small scale, and expect people to say no to your idea.  The only way to see how a company performs is to maintain the balance between the status quo and having certain systems and processes in place, but also giving people the freedom to break that status quo.    Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:  Anyone Can Do It: Building Coffee Republic From Our Kitchen Table by Sahar Hashemi Start Up Forever by Sahar Hashemi Sahar Hashemi’s Website Connect with Sahar Hashemi on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn When Big and Small Make Great with Brad Feld - OutsideVoices Podcast
In this episode, we are joined by Hal Gregersen, author of The Innovator’s DNA, to discuss his recent book, Questions are the Answer. Hal is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation and the Executive Director of the Leadership Center at MIT, and has previously taught at Dartmouth College, The World Economic Forum, and the London Business School. What was covered Why Hal believes most CEOs have trouble asking questions and how to pivot from answer-centric to question-led leadership. How to be a better leader by asking the ‘different, better question’ and using the ‘power of the pause’. How Hal’s question-first process of reframing of challenges can help us discover the winning solution. Key Takeaways and Learnings Associational thinking: how observing, networking, and experimenting helps the world’s top leaders find novel solutions nobody has thought of before. Catalytic questions: why challenging our false assumptions of the world forces us to create new beliefs and act on our questions. Question bursts: why receiving no answers to our questions can help us to innovatively solve problems. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Hal via email, Twitter or LinkedIn Hal's website The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, a book by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life, a book by Hal Gregersen MIT Leadership Center, website The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a book by Douglas Adams Marc Benioff, Chairman & Co-CEO of Salesforce Principles: Life and Work, a book by Ray Dalio The Seat of the Soul, a book by Gary Zukav Player Piano: A Novel, a book by Kurt Vonnegut Brief Answers to the Big Questions, a book by Stephen Hawking Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Tony Robbins, website Sam Abell, National Geographic photographer
James Breiding is the author of Swiss Made, a book on why Switzerland - a tiny country with few natural advantages - has become so successful in the world of banking, pharmaceuticals, machinery, and more. James discusses innovation in Switzerland and makes the point that when an entrepreneur comes up with a new and innovative method or product, there will be resistance from those who have accepted the status quo. Entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs need to have thick skin if they wish to disrupt the market. What is Covered: 03:55 - Why did James write the book, Swiss Made? 05:30 - This book is now used by Swiss diplomats, although it was not originally intended to be that way. 07:20 - What are some of the factors that have contributed to Switzerland's economic strength? 09:55 - Switzerland and other small countries tend to be more modest. James explains further. 11:25 - The average age of an S&P 500 company is 15 years. 14:10 - As James investigated further into the longevity of Swiss companies, was there a particular story that surprised him? 15:10 - About 11% of Swiss citizens live overseas. 19:30 - James discusses Swatch's story. 20:40 - Nobody has been able to replicate the Swatch. 24:40 - Apple isn't the only company who was able to create absolute raving fans over their products. 24:55 - Nestle's senior management was completely against the idea of Espresso. 26:35 - People underestimate how costly innovation is. You need to have a high tolerance for failure. 27:05 - We see the successes, but we very rarely see the failed attempts that don't make the history books. 29:15 - Successful founders like Steve Jobs tend not to be people you want to have a beer with. 29:45 - Innovators will get resistance from people who are used to doing things the tried and true way. 31:10 - Why do multinationals love Switzerland? 34:50 - Is there a connection between the success of small companies being located in countries with conscription? 38:05 - How does James think about innovation and does he adapt his investment approach when dealing with an innovative company? 42:50 - What are James's morning rituals? 44:00 - What has James changed his mind about recently? 45:30 - What advice does James have for his 25-year-old self? 50:55 - Look out for James's new book, Too Small to Fail, set to be released in 2017. Links and Resources Mentioned In This Episode:  Swiss Made: The Untold Story Behind Switzerland‘s Success by James Breiding Swiss Made Foundation Connect with James Breiding on LinkedIn and Twitter Naissance Capital  
Steven Kotler is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist, and the Cofounder and Director of Research at The Flow Genome Project, a research organisation dedicated to understanding the peak human performance state of Flow. Today he joins us to discuss how to hack Flow and how it can improve business performance. What was covered Understanding flow as the peak state of consciousness in human performance and how it is the signature of commitment and performance in domains as varied as business and sports  How flow is one of the most important skills for employees to have in the 21st century, its importance in driving creative problem solving in the VUCA world, and why companies like Patagonia embed it into their cultures and processes.  The four stages of flow, and what you can do to build it into your work and personal life.   Key Takeaways and Learnings  Finding the ‘Sweet Spot’ – working on a challenge that is neither boredom nor anxiety inducing – and how this is the most recurrent position in which Flow occurs  Understanding the triggers of flow and how using one or more effectively in managing yourself and employees in business can maximize Flow performance   How each of the four stages of the Flow cycle is essential to producing flow and the emotions such as frustration are actually a sign of heading in the right direction  Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:  Connect with Steven Kotler https://www.stevenkotler.com/  Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal https://www.stevenkotler.com/book-pages/stealing-fire  The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler https://www.stevenkotler.com/book-pages/stealing-fire  Flow Research Collective https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/ 
In this episode, we are joined by author and journalist Gillian Tett, to discuss the role anthropology plays in today’s business world. Gillian is the author of the award-winning book, Fool’s Gold, which analyses the origin of the 2008 financial crisis, and most recently, The Silo Effect, and is currently a columnist and US Managing Editor of The Financial Times. What Was Covered Why more and more companies today are turning to anthropologists for insight into employee and consumer culture. What executives can do to prevent silos from developing within their organizations. How anthropology and cultural awareness can help us to understand and predict the future of the digital and technology economy. Key Takeaways and Learnings Social silences: why we should pay more attention to what we’re not talking about. Insider-outsider perspective: how empathizing and contextualizing can help executives to analyze their own company cultures and structures. Slack: why the freedom to collide with the unexpected can lead to innovation. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Gillian via Twitter or email Financial Times, website Saving the Sun, a book by Gillian Tett Fool's Gold: The Inside Story of J.P. Morgan and How Wall St. Greed Corrupted Its Bold Dream and Created a Financial Catastrophe, a book by Gillian Tett The Silo Effect, a book by Gillian Tett Jamie Dimon’s ‘listening’ bus? Get on board, an article by Gillian Tett
In this episode, we are joined by Robert Hagstrom, who is an author, investment strategist, and portfolio manager. His books include The New York Times bestselling The Warren Buffett Way and The NASCAR Way: The Business That Drives the Sport and Investing: The Last Liberal Art, in which he investigates investment concepts that lie out with traditional economics. What Was Covered Robert's commitment to the “latticework” theory of investing, which is based on building connections between different mental models and disciplines The reasons that Robert views biology as the better discipline to think about markets rather than the physics based approach most commonly used in modern portfolio theory The risks of comparative analysis for decision making given our tendency to look for what is similar more than what is different Key Takeaways and Learnings Steps to being a better investor by using multiple models of comparison and analysis and observing multiple perspectives Robert's advice on the questions to ask yourself before investing in companies, and how he personally looks for growth in potential new investments How to think outside of traditional economic theory and use concepts from biology, philosophy, and psychology to make better business decisions Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Robert Hagstrom via email, LinkedIn or Twitter Equity Compass Strategies, website Investing: The Last Liberal Art, a book by Robert Hagstrom The Warren Buffett Way, a book by Robert Hagstrom The NASCAR Way: The Business That Drives the Sport, a book by Robert Hagstrom Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, a book by Charlie Munger
In this episode, we are joined by digital and marketing entrepreneur, John Straw, who describes himself as a “technonomist” – someone exploring the cutting edge of technology and looking to understand where it fits from both an economic and commercial perspective. John is a Senior Advisor at McKinsey, as well as an author, speaker and investor with over 30 years of experience in IT and digital transformation. What Was Covered The journey John sees towards “programmatic enterprises” in which the availability of data and artificial intelligence allow for organizational control on a totally different level than possible today How this journey takes us from decision making via experience and intuition to experience augmented by data to data augmented by experience to simply by data. And how, as per previous major shifts (think of the introduction of the PC) this happens not as a “big bang” but as a more gradual or “stealthy” process The advice that John uses when personally investing in new technology businesses and his two-part rule which he advises business leaders to use in renovation and innovation implementation Key Takeaways and Learnings How companies are using “layered” data to improve their renovation and innovation activities How new technologies, and the pace of their development, provide opportunities for scale for all companies’ renovation processes Why transformational innovation activities (“breaking” the existing business) need to go “in the garage”, away from the innovation “killers” of process and politics Links and Resources Mentioned in this Podcast Get in touch with John Straw via Twitter, LinkedIn or email McKinsey & Company - Global Management Consulting iDisrupted - a book by Michael Baxter and John Straw John's posts at the Disruption Hub Blog
Céline Schillinger is a self-described corporate activist, who was called a troublemaker by her bosses. But thanks to her passion to grow and improve on rigid corporate systems, she was awarded Woman of the Year — La Tribune Women’s Awards in 2013. Céline was the Head of Quality Innovation & Engagement at Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi. Now she is the Founder and CEO of We Need Social.  What Is Covered 03:20 - What does Céline do? 05:35 - Céline’s bosses described her as a troublemaker, yet she later went on to become business woman of the year. How did she do it? 09:10 - When Céline felt like she had hit a plateau in her career. 11:30 - You can take 2 paths: You and your co-workers can protest from within the company or you can band together and become constructive. 13:15 - How Céline and her co-workers chose to make their company a better place to work. 16:15 - Céline took 63 proposals into the executive room. 17:55 - Why at the end of that meeting, Céline came out a bit frustrated. 21:05 - When you’re trying to make a change in an organization by yourself, there can be a lot of backlash. When you present new solutions in a group setting, organizations by nature have to compromise. 24:35 - People are tired of corporate speak. Customers aren’t stupid. 25:55 - Céline says to never stop building trust internally. 27:50 - Right now Céline is heading up the quality control department, working on new and innovative ways to change the way quality is monitored in vaccines. 31:50 - Too often, Céline sees people unhappy at work. When you’re unhappy at work, you’re probably unhappy at home as well. 33:30 - How does Céline contribute to creating an innovative company culture? 36:35 - Céline talks on how she kept her team accountable and hitting the right metrics. 40:35 - Where is Céline emotionally today? Does she still feel frustrated? 46:05 - What has Céline changed her mind about recently? 48:50 - What does Céline do to remain creative? 50:15 - What does Céline attribute her success to in life? Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode Connect with Celine Schilinger on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/celineschillinger/ We Need Social https://weneedsocial.com/ 
Heiko Fischer is the CEO and Founder of Resourceful Humans. The company’s motto is 100% Entrepreneurship and 0% Bureaucracy. How does Heiko incorporate this motto into his company and the companies he consults with? Find out on this week’s episode.  
In this episode, writer, speaker, and intrapreneur, Gib Bulloch, joins us to discuss his book, The Intrapreneur: Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent. He spent 20 years at Accenture where he started Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), a buinsess unit set up to leverage that business’s expertise and experience in service of global development organizations.Gib now works as a consultant specializing in intrapreneurship, social enterprise, and cross-sectoral partnerships. He is also a noted public speaker and has contributed to The Huffington Post, Businessweek, and The Stanford Social Innovation Review. What Is Covered Why CEOs and leaders need to make changes in organisational processes and to cultural norms to reflect the changing needs of the workforce of tomorrow How best practices from the world’s most admired companies can be used to deliver impact via the work of global development organizations Why if people “want to think out of the box" they need to get out of the box to apply their skills; a different context as a way of seeing things they would not otherwise see in their normal daily routines Key Takeaways and Learnings How organisational cultures, norms, and middle management (the “corporate immune system”) conspire invisibly to stop innovation in its tracks The power of bottom-up change; Gib’s call to action for millennials to push for change within their organizations both individually and collectively The possibilities of “not for loss” business models that are cost neutral to shareholders and have measurable business benefits Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Gib Bulloch via email, LinkedIn or Twitter Gib's website The Intrapreneur: The Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent, a book by Gib Bulloch World Economic Forum at Davos speech Accenture, website Other mentions: British Petroleum, Hay Group, Voluntary Service Organization, The Gates foundation, GSK
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