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Join host and Harvard Business School Online Creative Director Chris Linnane as he sits down with HBS faculty to discuss business education in a way that’s both entertaining and insightful. The Parlor Room is your key to breaking down academic theory without sacrificing depth—all while gaining practical takeaways for navigating the business world. 

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In The Parlor Room's season one finale, host Chris Linnane shares his favorite questions and answers from his conversations with Harvard Business School faculty, including Mihir Desai, Mike Wheeler, Jill Avery, Nien-hê Hsieh, Jeff Bussgang, Joshua Margolis, Forest Reinhardt, and Linda Hill. Tune in for their insights into finance, conflict management, branding, ethics, sustainability, and leadership. Catch up on Season 1 of The Parlor Room: Mihir Desai on Apple's Powerful Financial Model: https://hbs.me/yd84j56n Mike Wheeler on the Jazz of Negotiation: https://hbs.me/2p8zna3m Jill Avery on Building a Winning Brand Portfolio: https://hbs.me/yckzfsur Nien-hê Hsieh on Ethical AI, Decision-Making, and Investing: https://hbs.me/36sw4frv Jeff Bussgang on the Rise of AI & Raising Venture Capital: https://hbs.me/2p8p9fcu Joshua Margolis on Elevating Your Leadership Style: https://hbs.me/59st27cn Forest Reinhardt on Climate Change and the Tragedy of the Commons: https://hbs.me/2p85nasj Linda Hill on Leading Change and the Paradoxes of Management: https://hbs.me/3hbsm25b Watch The Parlor Room on YouTube: https://hbs.me/4j99nbwc
In our second special episode featuring season one bonus content, host Chris Linnane shares exclusive, unaired clips from his conversations with Harvard Business School faculty members. Tune in for insights from Linda Hill on leadership's imperatives and developing contextual intelligence, Mihir Desai on making finance more accessible, Forest Reinhardt on learning through the case method, and Joshua Margolis on using real-world examples to teach business concepts. Catch up on Season 1 of The Parlor Room: Season 1 Bonus Content (Mike Wheeler, Jill Avery, Jeff Bussgang, and Nien-hê Hsieh): https://hbs.me/yz22txwr Linda Hill on Leading Change and the Paradoxes of Management: https://hbs.me/3hbsm25b Mihir Desai on Apple's Powerful Financial Model: https://hbs.me/yd84j56n Forest Reinhardt on Climate Change and the Tragedy of the Commons: https://hbs.me/2p85nasj Joshua Margolis on Elevating Your Leadership Style: https://hbs.me/59st27cn Watch The Parlor Room on YouTube: https://hbs.me/4j99nbwc
In the first of two special episodes featuring season one bonus content, host Chris Linnane shares exclusive, unaired clips from his conversations with Harvard Business School faculty members. Tune in to hear from Mike Wheeler on negotiation, Jill Avery on branding, Jeff Bussgang on entrepreneurship, and Nien-hê Hsieh on ethics and artificial intelligence. Catch up on Season 1 of The Parlor Room: Mike Wheeler on the Jazz of Negotiation: https://hbs.me/2p8zna3m Jill Avery on Building a Winning Brand Portfolio: https://hbs.me/yckzfsur Jeff Bussgang on the Rise of AI & Raising Venture Capital: https://hbs.me/2p8p9fcu Nien-hê Hsieh on Ethical AI, Decision-Making, and Investing: https://hbs.me/36sw4frv Watch The Parlor Room on YouTube: https://hbs.me/4j99nbwc
Great leadership requires being both a value creator and a game changer. In this episode of The Parlor Room, host Chris Linnane sits down with HBS Professor Linda Hill to explore what that means through the lens of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine development. They also discuss the paradoxes of management and the three roles leaders must play to innovate and meet customers' needs in the digital age. GUEST Linda Hill, Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration RESOURCES Credential of Leadership, Impact, and Management in Business (CLIMB) program, HBS Online's most comprehensive offering featuring Hill's Leading in the Digital World course (https://hbs.me/2x4kp65m) Professor Hill's books: Being the Boss (https://hbs.me/ycktypkh) Collective Genius (https://hbs.me/2989cv5u) Related HBS Online blog posts: CORe vs. CLIMB: Which HBS Online Credential Program Is Right for You? (https://hbs.me/yb9js7eu) 6 Characteristics of an Effective Leader (https://hbs.me/585xeb4s) What Is Dynamic Teaming & Why Is It Important? (https://hbs.me/2s443drk) 10 Tips to Help You Boost Team Performance (https://hbs.me/mry36fft) How Leadership Training Can Help You Transform Your Organization (https://hbs.me/485mu5kj) Watch this episode on YouTube: https://hbs.me/2p92bdbv
How can businesses navigate the complexities of climate change? Host Chris Linnane and Harvard Business School Professor Forest Reinhardt delve into that question in this episode. They discuss the tragedy of the commons, explore the challenges of creating and selling a carbon-neutral beer, and answer listener questions about what responsibilities companies have to transition to sustainable practices. GUEST Forest Reinhardt, John D. Black Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Promotions and Tenure RESOURCES Professor Reinhardt's HBS Online courses: Business and Climate Change (https://hbs.me/yckrkzbk) Global Business (https://hbs.me/2p8pvjfx) Related HBS Online blog posts and videos: Blog Posts 7 Ways Climate Change Affects Global Businesses (https://hbs.me/3vb8rvtt) Tragedy of the Commons: What It Is and 5 Examples (https://hbs.me/j7t3ds9x) 4 Effects of Globalization on the Environment (https://hbs.me/3tozZNu) What Is Globalization in Business? (https://hbs.me/2TmxmyS) Which HBS Online Business in Society Course Is Right for You? (https://hbs.me/mrnkjes9) Videos What Is the Tragedy of the Commons? (https://hbs.me/2s3ub78k) What Is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)? (https://hbs.me/5n872a9x) Watch this episode on YouTube: https://hbs.me/26frwwu7
Host Chris Linnane welcomes Harvard Business School Professor Joshua Margolis to The Parlor Room for an engaging conversation about organizational leadership. They discuss how to develop yourself as a leader by examining the story of Rakefet Russak-Aminoach, the former CEO of Bank Leumidive. They then dive into how Levi Strauss & Co. CEO Chip Bergh inspired and engaged employees to implement organizational change and drive performance. Joshua also puts Chris in the hot seat to consider what he would have done in Bergh's position. GUEST Joshua Margolis, James Dinan and Elizabeth Miller Professor of Business Administration RESOURCES Professor Margolis's HBS Online courses: Leadership Principles (https://hbs.me/2p8t5kyz) Organizational Leadership (https://hbs.me/yc6dkmm6) Related HBS Online blog posts: Organizational Leadership: What It Is & Why It’s Important (https://hbs.me/2p87nfzf) How to Implement Organizational Change Successfully (https://hbs.me/yzrbrbj5) Communicating Direction to Your Organization: 5 Dimensions to Consider (https://hbs.me/4xumzxxj) How Leadership Training Can Help You Transform Your Organization (https://hbs.me/485mu5kj) Leadership Principles vs. Organizational Leadership: Which Course Is Right for You? (https://hbs.me/ynjkvzn9) Watch this episode on YouTube: https://hbs.me/2p9aysy5
Harvard Business School Professor Nien-hê Hsieh joins host Chris Linnane in The Parlor Room to discuss preserving work's human element with the proliferation of artificial intelligence and how Theranos' story imparts vital lessons about ethical decision-making and investing. GUEST Nien-hê Hsieh, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration RESOURCES Professor Hsieh's HBS Online course, Leadership, Ethics, and Corporate Accountability (https://hbs.me/377p8ckr) Related HBS Online blog posts: What Are Business Ethics & Why Are They Important? (https://hbs.me/mvark2d) 7 Ways to Improve Your Ethical Decision-Making (https://hbs.me/2pxebw5w) How to Create a Culture of Ethics & Accountability in the Workplace (https://hbs.me/3k4pn32r) Leadership in Big Tech: How to Make Ethical Decisions (https://hbs.me/mwbv39y3) Watch this episode on YouTube: https://hbs.me/3cmcwecp
This week on The Parlor Room, Harvard Business School Senior Lecturer Jeff Bussgang, a former entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, joins host Chris Linnane to discuss the rise of generative AI, why experimentation is vital to finding product-market fit, and how to raise venture capital successfully. He also goes over how to come up with good business ideas and critiques some of Chris's in real time. GUEST Jeff Bussgang, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration RESOURCES Professor Bussgang's HBS Online course, Launching Tech Ventures (https://hbs.me/mtmshtbv) Professor Bussgang's books: Entering StartUpLand: An Essential Guide to Finding the Right Job (https://hbs.me/yckuc6ec) Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms (https://hbs.me/3w35mxdk) Related HBS Online blog posts: How to Effectively Pitch a Business Idea (https://hbs.me/39vpenn4) How to Find Product-Market Fit in the Tech Industry (https://hbs.me/64sjjkpu) 5 Skills Needed to Launch a Successful Tech Business (https://hbs.me/2p8jpmam) How to Develop a Go-to-Market Strategy for Your Tech Venture (https://hbs.me/2p8dk3tc) 5 Strategies for Securing Tech Startup Funding (https://hbs.me/2p9d32d7)  Watch this episode on YouTube: https://hbs.me/37s3c2sn
What can you learn about brand portfolio strategy from Marriott's $13.3 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts? Harvard Business School Senior Lecturer Jill Avery joins host Chris Linnane in The Parlor Room to answer that question and discuss how Marriott overcame the challenge of managing its robust 30-brand portfolio. GUEST Jill Avery, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, C. Roland Christensen Distinguished Management Educator RESOURCES Credential of Leadership, Impact, and Management in Business (CLIMB) program, HBS Online's most comprehensive offering featuring Avery's Personal Branding course (https://hbs.me/2x4kp65m) "The Marriott-Starwood Merger: Navigating Brand Portfolio Strategy and Brand Architecture" (HBS case co-authored by Avery) (https://hbs.me/2p92p27a) Related HBS Online blog posts: What Are Mergers & Acquisitions? 4 Key Risks (https://hbs.me/2p9dyyz8) 3 Business Strategy Examples to Inspire Your Own (https://hbs.me/4unctjjj) CORe vs. CLIMB: Which HBS Online Credential Program Is Right for You? (https://hbs.me/yb9js7eu)  Watch this episode on YouTube: https://hbs.me/5yaat7mw
In this episode of The Parlor Room, Harvard Business School Professor Mike Wheeler speaks with host Chris Linnane about how negotiation's improvisational nature makes it much like jazz. He also shares stories about a former president's photo and the acquisition of a television system to illustrate strategies for succeeding at the bargaining table. GUEST Mike Wheeler, MBA Class of 1952 Professor of Management Practice, Retired RESOURCES Professor Wheeler's HBS Online course, Negotiation Mastery (https://hbs.me/2p8ummfx) Professor Wheeler's books: The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World (https://hbs.me/2f58xam5) What's Fair? Ethics for Negotiators (https://hbs.me/yckrx9c3) Related HBS Online blog posts: How to Become a Good Negotiator (https://hbs.me/mrx5v4kj) 4 Examples of Business Negotiation Strategies (https://hbs.me/mr2zx8bh) How to Prepare for a Negotiation (https://hbs.me/2p98p9sz) 3 Ways to Create Value in a Negotiation (https://hbs.me/2p9bwdrx) 6 Strategies to Improve Your Negotiation Skills (https://hbs.me/3fkuvtpf) Watch this episode on YouTube: https://hbs.me/ycyet9p9
In this debut episode of The Parlor Room, host and Harvard Business School Online Creative Director Chris Linnane sits down with HBS Professor Mihir Desai to discuss how Apple's financial model contributes to its success and illustrates a critical lesson about risk management. GUEST Mihir Desai, Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance, Harvard Business School RESOURCES Professor Desai's HBS Online course, Leading with Finance (https://hbs.me/2p93vdeb) Professor Desai's books: The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return (https://hbs.me/5y7cbtz2) How Finance Works: The HBR Guide to Thinking Smart About the Numbers: (https://hbs.me/3ut4p3zw) International Finance: A Casebook (https://hbs.me/4jjzrkdr) Related HBS Online blog posts: What Jane Austen and Mel Brooks Can Teach Us About Finance (https://hbs.me/2y6syh8s) 3 Financial Principles Every Professional Should Know (https://hbs.me/5n7p896h) The Importance of Financial Literacy in Business (https://hbs.me/2p8nwpur) How to Learn Finance without a Finance Background (https://hbs.me/2dvx8eta) Which HBS Online Finance & Accounting Course Is Right for You? (https://hbs.me/59mujadt) Watch this episode on YouTube: hbs.me/yckp4nhp
Harvard Business School Online is excited to introduce The Parlor Room, a new podcast featuring entertaining, insightful conversations with HBS professors that demystify vital business concepts and provide practical takeaways for your career. Follow HBS Online LinkedIn Facebook Instagram TikTok X
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Aakash Amanat

I've been an avid listener of "The Parlor Room" for quite some time now, and I must say that this podcast is a true gem in the world of audio storytelling. The way the hosts engage with their guests and explore a diverse range of topics is both captivating and intellectually stimulating. Each episode feels like a journey into a different realm of thought, culture, and human experience. https://www.find-us-here.com/businesses/Tray-Liners-Studio-New-York-New-York-USA/33924065/ What I find most impressive about "The Parlor Room" is the depth of research and preparation that clearly goes into each episode. https://trueen.com/business/listing/tray-liners-studio/368337

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