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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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In this episode, we are joined by Steven MacGregor, who is the founder and CEO of The Leadership Academy of Barcelona and author of Sustaining Executive Performance and his latest book is Chief Wellbeing Officer, in which he discusses the importance of maintaining positive mental health in the workplace. Steven is also an academic specializing in executive education and has taught at Stanford University, IMD at Lausanne, and CIBS in Shanghai. What Is Covered Why Steven believes that positive mental health and humanity will help us to thrive in the future world of work . How not to be over busy, and the benefits of slowing down in the workplace. Why Steven believes we should focus on the small picture, and how to quickly learn new and automatic habits. Key Takeaways and Learnings Ambiguity: why being flexible, employing different solutions and the ability to pivot is an essential skill set for successful senior executives. Small gains: how multiple improvements, however small, can have a big impact on results. Mindfulness and well being: how taking care of your mental health can help lead you become a top performer. Agility: how movement can help to boost innovation and allow us to learn fresh perspectives. Nudges: how to take back your worries and feel healthier by hacking your social and environment rituals. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Steven MacGregor via LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook Leadership Academy of Barcelona, website Chief Wellbeing Officer, a book by Steven MacGregor Sustaining Executive Performance, a book by Steven MacGregor The Neo-Generalist, a book by Kenneth Mikkelsen The Stress Report, by DO Lectures Our World in Data, website Jamie Dimon’s ‘listening’ bus? Get on board, an article by Gillian Tett Scott DeRue, the Dean of Michigan Ross School of Business Other mentions: Stanford University, IMD at Lausanne, CIBS in Shanghai
David Allen is widely recognized as the world's leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He is the author of Getting Things Done and has shown millions of people how to transform their overwhelming lives into a relaxed and more productive one. Listen to David's popular methodology and how it has helped successful leaders all over the world. What We Cover: 03:15 - What is the 'Getting Things Done' approach David uses? 04:45 - How did you stumble upon this methodology? 06:45 - How does Getting Things Done help with innovation? 08:45 - Nobody went out to be innovative, they just went out to solve problems. 09:30 - What's a typical day look like for a successful tech company using David's system? 11:25 - You need to step back and look at all of the hats you're wearing. 14:00 - Surprisingly, people who are attracted to David's work are people who need it the least. 15:15 - Most of the stress you have is due to breaking agreements with yourself. 15:35 - Getting Things Done is not about getting things done. It's about being engaged with every single moment in your life. 17:45 - The first step is to get everything out of your head and on a piece of paper. 18:55 - Getting Things Done is timeless. 25:15 - David talks the evolution of his business model. 29:55 - Reflection is critical to the decision making process. 32:25 - Keeping stuff in your head is the wrong place to be keeping stuff. 35:45 - What are David's morning rituals? 39:05 - What has David changed his mind about recently? 41:35 - What advice does David have for his 25-year-old self? Links And Resources Mentioned In This Episode:  Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity: Getting Things Done Website: 
Adam Morgan founded the company eatbigfish, which challenges the status quo and creates an environment of challenger thinking and behavior. In this episode, Adam discusses his book "A Beautiful Constraint," and talks on how intrapreneurs can leverage their limits to come up with creative solutions.  What Is Covered 03:55 - Why did Adam write a book about constraints? 06:30 - Although constraints may have a bad rep, most of us understand on a basic level, that constraints are a good thing. 10:05 - There are three types of stages everybody goes through when they are faced with a difficult constraint. 13:45 - How do you keep optimism alive when faced with a difficult problem? By rephrasing the question. 19:55 - Adam was sitting in on a meeting, and the CEO said, “This year, we need to do more with less.” His staff was shocked, because no one knew what he meant, and they had already been working till 9 to 10 at night 22:55 - There are six steps outlined in Adam’s book, on how to transform your limitations into advantages. Of those six, which one has made the most impact on people? 29:40 - What constraints did Adam personally experience, when writing the book? 37:10 - What advice does Adam have for struggling intrapreneurs? 41:35 - Adam shares an example of how Virgin America was able to unlock the power of constraint, and use it to their advantage. 45:55 - What has Adam changed his mind about recently? 48:10 - What does Adam do to remain innovative and creative? 48:55 - What does Adam attribute his success to in life? Links And Resources Mentioned In This Episode:  eatbigfish: A Beautiful Constraint: How To Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages:  Connect with Adam Morgan on Twitter  Connect with Adam Morgan by email
Caroline Webb is an author, economist, executive coach and the CEO of How To Have a Good Day, a firm that shows people how to leverage behavioural science to improve their working life. Caroline is also the author of the book How To Have A Good Day, which has been published in 16 different languages, in more than 60 countries. What We Cover: ● The secret manifesto Caroline has hidden in the book. ● The 100-plus tools Caroline uses, all of which are scientifically proven, and operate independent of context, culture, or industry. ● What you can do to hack reality in service of having a good day. Time Stamps: 03:25 - What’s the story behind Caroline’s book title, How to Have a Good Day? 04:45 - Only 13% of people around the world really felt excited and engaged in their work. 05:55 - Why are people so disengaged in the workforce? 08:50 - Mark gives a quick overview of Caroline’s book. 11:20 - Caroline talks about a study conducted on Gorillas, and the results of that study. 14:40 - You’re much more likely to complete a goal when it’s specific, than if it’s generic. 17:45 - Is the corporate world ready to embrace the kind of change Caroline is presenting in her book? 21:35 - What’s the tool or mindset that has made the biggest impact on Caroline? 28:05 - What is pre-mortem? 30:10 - Caroline shares an example of pre-mortem at work. 35:45 - Are people going to feel like telling someone else what you told them? If yes, then you have a good pitch/product/service! 37:45 - What does Caroline really struggle with? 41:20 - What’s Caroline currently focused on? 47:15 - What does Caroline do to remain creative and innovative? 48:15 - What does Caroline attribute her success to in life? Links And Resources Mentioned In This Episode: How To Have A Good Day website How To Have a Good Day, a book by Caroline Webb Caroline Webb's website Connect with Caroline Webb on LinkedIn
We are pleased to welcome Michael Bungay Stanier back on the show. He is one of the world’s most respected coaches, author of The Coaching Habit, and founder of Box of Crayons, which helps organisations harness the power of curiosity to drive culture. Since we last spoke, Michael published a new book called The Advice Trap, and stepped away from the leading position at the Box of Crayons to explore new routes in his business and life. What is Covered Why coaching and self-coaching are key leadership skills for the future of work and business How curiosity helps us manage overload and identify the real challenges in front of us What is the ‘advice trap’ and how to successfully avoid it in order to really help your coachees Key Learnings and Takeaways Coaching is a key technology which allows the best of ourselves to show up and do our best work, and innovation is an ongoing part of how we work all the time. The new style of leadership for the future is more humane, scalable, and requires deep personal work to build your coaching muscle and stay curious. Working less hard but smarter as a coach has multiple benefits in increasing competence, confidence, wisdom and building capacity in others. Links And Resources Mentioned In This Episode: The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious and Change The Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier, Box of Crayons, The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More and Change The Way You Lead Forever, by Michael Bungay Stanier, How to Publish a Book on Amazon (and sell over 100,000 copies the SMART way) Brave New Work: Are You Ready To Reinvent Your Organisation? by Aaron Dignan, The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzken Performance/dp/0743277465/ and interview with Tim Ferriss waitzkin/    You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life, by Neil Pasricha, MBS Works, Connect with Michael Bungay Stanier on LinkedIn, 
Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influence. This has earned him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance, and negotiation. On this week’s episode, Robert discusses how to enlist the support of your senior managers prior to making an important presentation, how companies can boost their productivity by up to 60%, and what we can learn from Warren Buffett on communication. What is Covered 05:40 - For those who haven’t read Robert’s book, Influence, Robert offers a quick overview on the six principles of influence. 17:25 - Why did Robert decide to write his second book, Pre-suasion? 24:15 - The best influencers cultivate relationships long before they need help. 25:40 - Warren Buffett writes an annual letter to his investors, what’s so special about it? 27:45 - Be upfront with your investors. 29:45 - Behavioral science indicates that if you ask for advice, you will also gain an accomplice. 30:25 - What has Robert changed his mind about recently? 31:40 - What does Robert do to remain creative? Links And Resources: Pre-suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade, a book by Robert Cialdini Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, a book by Robert Cialdini Influence at Work Connect with Robert Cialdini on LinkedIn
In this episode, we are joined by award-winning author, David Pearl, to discuss his career as a creative confidante and personal development advisor to a number of the world’s top CEO’s and organisations. David is a respected public and keynote speaker and is the founder of Pearl Group, Opera Circus, Lively Arts and Impropera, as well as the non-profit organisation, Street Wisdom. What Was Covered How looking at business meetings – what David calls “the engine of post-industrial life” – through a different lens, say a theatrical one, can unleash the creative power of bringing the group together How storytelling can be used innovatively in leadership and how meaningful narratives can help to create meaning with business teams The benefits to being open and accepting of past failures and how sharing these as a leader can have a positive impact on employees The importance of self-introspection, understanding your past experience before future experiences, and how this leads to discovering your ‘why?’ Key Takeaways and Learnings David’s philosophy that colleagues must ‘really meet, not nearly meet’ and how creativity is born in the space between us, not from us as individuals The potential impact within stories at work – and how a compelling narrative can engage people far more than simply a set of facts How re-framing low points as turning points in which maximum learning was achieved can help encourage talk and creative collaboration How, as a leader, your own personal ‘why?’ should always be overlapping with the ‘why?’ of your business Links and Resources Mentioned In This Episode: David Pearl's website Stories for Leaders by David Pearl Will There Be Donuts? by David Pearl Street Wisdom
In this episode we’re joined by Tyler Gage, co-founder of the organic tea company Runa, and author of the book, Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life. Tyler shares how his immersion into life in the Amazon guided him in building a socially responsible business able to thrive in the hyper-competitive soft drinks segment. What Was Covered How Tyler’s interest in peak performance led him to indigenous elders in the Amazon and how life there inspired him to build a business The parallels to be found from the Amazonian concept of wisdom and modern business and entrepreneurship Discovering strength in vulnerability and how admitting what we don’t know creates an environment to learn from others Key Takeaways and Learnings How the sophisticated listening and landscape awareness skills that are required to provide food in the Amazon can deliver success for an executive or entrepreneur Seeing obstacles as teachers, and how this tribal practice of the South American rainforests is a winning strategy for business problem solving How businesses can use their “taproot”, their reason for existence, to create cultures that inspire employees Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Tyler Gage's website RUNA website Get the book Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life by Tyler Gage Get in touch with Tyler via LinkedIn or email The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answer, a book by Ben Horowitz The Republic of Tea: Letters to a Young Entrepreneur, a book by Mel Ziegler, Bill Rosenzweig and Patricia Ziegler
Christoph Goppelsroeder is the Chief Executive Officer and President at DSM Nutritional Products. Christoph talks on how a large organisation can create the right space for innovation and sustainability. He believes in order to create impactful and disruptive innovation, you must understand precisely what it is that your company lives for. What Is Covered 01:50 - What is DSM? 03:15 - How does Christoph develop a long term plan in an ever-changing environment? 04:35 - What does the company live for? How do people see DSM? 05:10 - The three things that the company lives for are: safety, growing children, and sustainability.  13:25 - Do not delegate innovation. Don't push it down to your team. 14:15 - What kind of disruptive innovation has Christoph seen in his company? 18:05 - Christoph talks about project 'Clean Cow'. 22:15 - Who are the drivers of innovation in your country? 24:15 - How does Christoph encourage your team to be more innovative and creative? 30:15 - Collaborating with third parties was key to the growth of the organization. 30:35 - How does Christoph and his team reach out to third parties and collaborate with them? 34:15 - Celebrate your successes. 37:25 - Does Christoph have any daily rituals? 39:45 - What has Christoph changed his mind about recently? 41:00 - What advice would Christoph give his 25-year-old self? Links And Resources:  DSM Nutritional Products:  Connect with Chris Goppelsroeder: 
This week we are joined by entrepreneur, author and venture capitalist, Brad Feld. Brad is a co-founder of Techstars, a platform for startups to access funding and entrepreneurial networking, and is also the co-founder of venture capital firm, Foundry Group. Brad is the author of several books on startups as well as an entrepreneurial advice blog. He sits on the board of several technology startups and was an early investor in Fitbit, Zynga, and Harmonix. What Was Covered How startup ecosystems have changed – and become more democratized – in the 30 years in which Brad has been active within them How digitization of production, distribution, customer relationships, etc., is making strategic “moats” much more penetrable than they were before How diversity of an ecosystem builds resilience but how our biases (both conscious and unconscious) make this difficult for us Key Takeaways and Learnings Those large organizations that are extracting greatest benefit from startup ecosystems are doing so not through control (typical of a hierarchy) but through engagement and feeding back learning into their own institution – creating high levels of “return on learning” This large company engagement with entrepreneurs also builds loyalty, so that as startups grow they can become a positive weapon rather than a threat Great innovation leaders combine continua practical skills development (getting good at your work) with endless and radical self-inquiry (embracing lifelong learning and exploration) Resources and Links Mentioned in this Podcast Brad's blogs Feld Thoughts and Venture Deals Get in touch with Brad on Twitter, LinkedIn and via email The companies co-founded by Brad Feld: Foundry Group, Techstars, Mobius Venture Capital The companies Brad invested in: Uber, Fitbit, Zynga, Harmonix Other mentions: Kauffman Foundation, Cox Enterprises, Amazon, Target, Metro, Barclays, Cedars-Sinai, Rover,  Brad Feld's books The Ideal Financial Reporting Tempo for a VC-Backed Company, blog post published on Feld Thoughts (January 2017) Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, edited by Peter D. Kaufman Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't, a book by Jim Collins
In this episode, Annalisa Gigante, former Head of Innovation and R&D at LafargeHolcim, joins us. With over 25 years of experience, her expertise includes management, HR, strategy, marketing and innovation. She is currently a Board member of ZIS. What was covered How Annalisa’s experience in different industries throughout her career has given her the opportunity to see parallels in business innovation Annalisa’s unique approach on handling project failures and how to regain momentum as an individual and as a team Annalisa’s view that innovation is present in all areas of business and not limited to within innovation teams, and how this multi-disciplinary approach ultimately helps creative growth Key Takeaways and Learnings The importance of recognizing 'fast failure’ in innovation projects Finding the ‘Goldilocks’ zone – the middle ground between innovation in technology and market interests, and bridging the gap by adapting a multi-disciplinary approach Recognizing the finite number of standard business models present within an organization and using these analytics to assist in the external and internal innovation of a business Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode The Business Model Navigator: 55 Models That Will Revolutionise Your Business by Oliver Gassman -   
In this episode, we are joined by David Novak, former CEO and Founder of Yum! Brands which includes Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and KFC. David is the author of several books including Taking People With You and his biography The Education of An Accidental CEO. Most recently, David has co-founded oGoLead, a digital leadership training platform that aims to change the world by building better leaders. Why David believes there is a toxic leadership problem in today’s business world and the role leadership training has to play in solving this problem The recognition methods and processes that are central to David’s leadership philosophy How David uses his experience as a marketer to get inside the minds of the people he leads to learn perceptions, habits, and beliefs and so better understand where to focus efforts to achieve change Key Takeaways and Learnings ‘Heartwiring’ and ‘Hardwiring’; why leading from your heart and making others feel valued is just as important to business results as process excellence ‘Freedom within a framework’; how David boosted the international market for US fast food brands through localization ‘Extraordinary authenticity’; why self-awareness and being confident yet vulnerable is the key to becoming a better leader Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with David Novak via Twitter or LinkedIn David Novak's website Lift a Life Foundation, website Lead2Feed program Taking People With You, a book by David Novak The Education of An Accidental CEO, a book by David Novak Yum!Brands, website oGoInsider Leadership Podcast with David Novak, Episode #8 - Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMORGAN CHASE
In this episode, Andy Billings, Vice President of Profitable Creativity at Electronic Arts, joins us. Andy is co-founder of Electronic Arts University, an internship program for graduates to begin careers in gaming, and is also an Innovation Advisor for the think tank, Singularity University, as well as to some of the largest corporate organisations within the USA.  What Was Covered  How EA suffered a ‘near-death experience’ and rapid decline in profits through not responding fast enough to the digital gaming revolution and how the company used this experience to transform its culture, go to market approach and relationships with its gamers   How the company categorises innovation in three ways - Incremental, Breakthrough, and Disruptive – to maximise return on the energy and creativity within its business  How EA marries process, guidelines and practices with creativity to stay relevant in a rapidly evolving market where development cycles can be up to five years  Key Takeaways and Learnings  How embracing small i - incremental innovation at the enterprise level can allow it to be part of the day to day operations of the organization and not just the responsibility of an R&D lab  How EA transformed their customer relationship practices (what they call Player First) and how the results of these gamer interactions drive other core processes such as game release schedules   The importance of a learning mindset to a hits based company so that the inevitable misses can help create future value - or as Andy says, “Never try and help the organisation learn twice exactly the same way”  Resources Electronic Arts University:  Singularity University: 
In this episode I am joined by Professor Nicholas Thomas, an anthropologist and historian who has been a Director of The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge since 2006. He is the author of several books including his latest book called The Return of Curiosity: What Museums are Good For in the Twenty-first Century. Nick Thomas gives us fresh perspectives on museums and their potential role in fostering curiosity and open dialogue as key leadership skills in the contemporary VUCA world. What Was Covered: The resurgence of museums and why their importance is growing in contemporary society where everyone is supposedly online Why a visit to a museum is unique and different from other cultural activities and what it can offer to a business leader The importance of encounters with the unknown in a safe setting that a museum can provide a visitor Key Learnings And Takeaways: A museum visit is an unscripted experience and a space for reflection that may be critical for looking at problems from different perspectives and inspiring innovation Asking simple questions of curiosity is a critical skill in today’s heterogenous world Anthropological thinking and taking cultural differences into account has become of fundamental importance in business Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode: The Return of Curiosity: What Museums Are Good For in Twenty-first Century, a book by Professor Nicholas Thomas Connect with Nicholas Thomas by email The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Tate Modern British Museum Louvre Museum Louvre Abu Dhabi Apartheid Museum Museum of Anthropology at UBC El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale, a past exhibition at Haus Der Kunst in Munich Books by Gillian Tett, author and journalist at Financial Times Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady, a book by Samuel Richardson
In this episode, we are joined by author and social scientist, Dolly Chugh, to discuss her book, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, which studies how implicit bias and unintentional ethical behaviour affects our everyday decision making. Dolly is a Professor of Management and Organizations at New York University, has won several awards for excellence in teaching and ethics, and is a monthly columnist for What We Covered Why our brains are biased, and the ways in which we can begin to recognize our own conscious and unconscious biases Why confirmation bias can hinder the success of a recruiting the best potential talent in the workplace How we can learn to recognize and use our own privileges to challenge and help change other people’s biases Key Takeaways and Learnings The growth mindset: why seeing ourselves as a ‘work in progress’ can help us to learn from other perspectives Conscious and unconscious biases: why affinities and associations with our personal identity can lead us to make less successful decisions The business benefits that come from bringing in different perspectives to core business processes, including higher levels of innovation, increased creativity, improved employee retention and recruiting success Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Dolly Chugh via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Good Reads Dolly Chugh's website The Person You Mean to Be, a book by Dolly Chugh NYU Stern School of Business, website, website Thinking, Fast and Slow, a book by Daniel Kahneman Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, a book by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein Anthony G. Greenwald, psychologist
In this episode, we are joined by Scott E. Page, a Professor of Complex Systems, Politcal Sciences, and Economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Scott is an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute and is an author and speaker who has worked with Google, Bloomberg, Blackrock and NASA. Today, he discusses his book, The Diversity Bonus. What was covered Why diversity within teams must be based on cognitive differences and not solely differences in identity How the best problem-solvers and forecasters use several models and equations to assess the best strategy for solving complex economic issues Why cognitive diversity is a strategic asset given its impact on high-value problem solving, predictions and strategic planning Key Takeaways and Learnings The Diversity Bonus; the added value that comes from team members thinking about problem solving differently, bringing different tools together and how to realize this bonus Avoiding the ‘siren call of sameness’ – why business leaders go wrong in employing people that are similar in identity and experience If you have one way to look at the world you would be better off flipping a coin to support your business decision making Links and Resources Mentioned in this Podcast Get in touch with Scoot Page via email, Facebook or LinkedIn The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy (Our Compelling Interests), a book by Scott E. Page University of Michigan, Ann Arbor website Santa Fe institute website Course taught by Scott Page 'Model Thinking' Other mentions: Cinematch, Bell Labs, Kaggle, Molex, InnoCentive, CalTech The Big Short, a movie by Adam McKay Expert Political Judgement, a book by Philip E. Tetlock The Chessboard and the Web, a book by Anne-Marie Slaughter The Success Eqaution, a book by Michael J. Mauboussin Cognition in the Wild, a book by Edwin Hutchins The Pause Principle, a book by Kevin Cashman
Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick at Wired magazine, co-founded Wired in 1993 and served as its Executive Editor for the first seven years. His acclaimed book is called The Inevitable, where he discusses the 12 technological forces that will change our future. On today's show, he talks on how technology will shape organisations and why leaders need to adapt to a teaching mentality within the company. 02:55 - Who is Kevin and what does a typical week look like for him? 06:35 - Kevin talks about one of his books, Cool Tools. 08:10 - Why did Kevin become so optimistic about technology back in the 80's? 12:05 - Kevin talks about his book The Inevitable, and what it means to entrepreneurs/corporate executives. 15:10 - Questioning authority is now the default. 17:35 - We have to train ourselves on how to scan and use our digital media properly, just like the way we learned how to read, write, and speak. 18:40 - What kind of skills would people need to survive in the future? 19:50 - No matter what career field you're in, you have to become a teacher in order to effectively disrupt. 21:40 - What does a CEO have to know today? 22:20 - We're having the second industrial revolution right now – The power of AI. 25:15 - AI will mostly be replacing tedious tasks, other than jobs. 27:25 - Machines are good at answering questions, whereas people are good at asking those questions. This means a good question will be ever more valuable because machines can't do it. 30:30 - Innovation is primarily failure. 33:30 - There's no perfect school out there. You, as the parent, have to fill in for your children. 34:05 - The only way we know what technology is good for is by using it, not by prohibiting it. 36:40 - Learning is the new currency. 44:00 - China is going a thousand miles into the future; however, they still don't know where they want to go. 47:15 - What is Kevin afraid about? Treating our AI like slaves. 51:20 - What's the next big project for Kevin? Links And Resources:   The Inevitable: Understanding 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly Cool Tools: A Catalogue of Possibilities by Kevin Kelly WIRED Magazine  
In this episode we are joined by Bob Johansen who has been helping organisations around the world prepare for and shape the future for nearly forty years. Bob is a distinguished fellow at Institute for the Future where he utilises his extensive training in the social sciences and experience with top leaders of business, government, and nonprofit organisations to encourage thoughtful consideration of the long-term future. He is also the author of a number of books exploring potential futures, including Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain Age and The Reciprocity Advantage: A New Way to Partner for Innovation and Growth. What we cover: Bob explains how he and IFTF help companies like McKinsey, Tesco, UPS, Disney, McDonald's, and Syngenta navigate and survive in the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world of the future. We discuss the roles for leaders, organisations and individuals in this world of the future – what will and what won’t work based on case studies in his two recent books Leaders Make the Future and The Reciprocity Advantage. Explore what particular skills and mindsets will be most in demand in the future and how some words of wisdom from Peter Drucker informed his own mindset and habits.
In this episode, we are joined by Luis Perez-Breva, a lecturer and research scientist at MIT’s School of Engineering and the Director of MIT’s Innovation Teams Program. Luis has extensive experience in both innovation practice - via his involvement in multiple startups - and innovation research - through his academic work.   We are talking about his first book, Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to Be Productively Wrong. What Was Covered Why Luis sees following “innovation recipes” is inherently wasteful and essentially high stakes gambling How the best innovators both prepare for scale at each stage and excel at applying their “parts” to identified problems How a corporation’s existing products and services give it an innovation advantage over startups Key Takeaways and Learnings Luis’s tried and tested method, anticipating failure at each ‘scale’, which can help innovators to prepare and solve as many foreseeable faults as possible - what he calls being “productively wrong” as a way to avoid “failing predictively” How to use linear processes to improve the non-linear process of building innovation Innovating the skillset; how companies learn and repurpose what they do today to provide entirely different products in the future Links and Resources Mentioned in This Podcast Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to Be Productively Wrong – a book by Luis Perez-Breva Get in touch with Luis Perez-Breva via LinkedIn, Twitter and email - MIT School of Engineering website The Morning Ledger: Why you probably work a giant US company, a report by Rhea Rao, The Wall Street Journal Blog, April 2017 Dual Transformation and Why Noah’s Arc Management Can’t Work with Scott Anthony of Innosight
Alexander Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, author, business model innovator, and co-founder of Strategyzer, a SaaS company that helps organizations develop better growth engines, powerful business models, and so much more. In this episode, Alex discusses the innovative way he wrote the Business Model Generation book and explains why the Business Model Canvas is an excellent tool for businesses looking to challenge their current business model. 02:55 - Why did Alex write the book, Business Model Generation. 04:00 - How Alex crowd sourced the book. 09:00 - What is the Business Model Canvas all about? 11:15 - There is no such thing as the one and only business tool. You need to combine tools based on your needs. 17:15 - What kinds of conversations is Alex hearing from the C-suite executives about business models? 19:40 - How do you price a cure that’s going to heal people with one injection? 21:35 - You can still be innovative on inferior technology. 24:00 - We’re still stuck in the last century when it comes to developing innovation. 29:00 - There are some great lessons you can learn from Expresso. 34:15 - Large corporations are trying hard to be innovative, but only a few of them are able to succeed. 36:55 - What is Alex’s business model? 41:55 - What has Alex changed his mind about recently? 43:40 - What does Alex do to remain creative? 44:35 - What does Alex attribute his success to in life? Resources: 
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