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062 - Gambling on Innovation: How To Be Productively Wrong With Luis Perez-Breva Of MIT
<p>In this episode, we are joined by <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/lpbreva/">Luis Perez-Breva</a>, a lecturer and research scientist at <a href= "https://engineering.mit.edu/">MIT’s School of Engineering</a> 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.  He recently published his first book, <a href= "http://amzn.com/0262035359">Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to Be Productively Wrong</a>.</p> <p><strong><em>What Was Covered</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Why Luis sees following “innovation recipes” is inherently wasteful and essentially high stakes gambling</li> <li>How the best innovators both prepare for scale at each stage and excel at applying their “parts” to identified problems</li> <li>How a corporation’s existing products and services give it an innovation advantage over startups</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Key Takeaways and Learnings</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>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<br /> - what he being “productively wrong” as a way to avoid “failing predictively”</li> <li>How to use linear processes to improve the non-linear process of building innovation</li> <li>Innovating the skillset; how companies learn and repurpose what they do today to provide entirely different products in the future</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Links and Resources Mentioned in This Podcast</em></strong></p> <ul> <li><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/dp/0262035359/ref=cm_sw_su_dp">Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to Be Productively Wrong</a> – a book by Luis Perez-Breva</li> <li>Get in touch with Luis Perez-Breva via <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/lpbreva/">LinkedIn</a>, <a href= "https://twitter.com/lpbreva">Twitter</a> and email - <a href= "mailto:lpbreva@mit.edu">lpbreva@mit.edu</a></li> <li><a href="https://engineering.mit.edu/">MIT School of Engineering</a> website</li> <li><a href= "https://blogs.wsj.com/cfo/2017/04/07/the-morning-ledger-why-you-probably-work-for-a-giant-u-s-company/"> The Morning Ledger: Why you probably work a giant US company</a>, a report by Rhea Rao, The Wall Street Journal Blog, April 2017</li> <li>The Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 058 – <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/podcast/dual-transformation-scott-anthony-innosight/"> Dual Transformation and Why Noah’s Arc Management Can’t Work with Scott Anthony of Innosight</a></li> </ul>
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061 - Bottling Amazonian Wisdom with Tyler Gage, the Co-Founder of RUNA
<p>In this episode we’re joined by <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyler-gage-377a454/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tyler Gage</a>, co-founder of the organic tea company <a href="http://runa.org/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Runa</a>, and author of the book, <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Fully-Alive-Lessons-Mission-Business/dp/1501156020" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fully Alive: <em>Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life</em></a>. 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.</p> <h3>What Was Covered</h3> <ul> <li>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</li> <li>The parallels to be found from the Amazonian concept of wisdom and modern business and entrepreneurship</li> <li>Discovering strength in vulnerability and how admitting what we don’t know creates an environment to learn from others</li> </ul> <h3>Key Takeaways and Learnings</h3> <ul> <li>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</li> <li>Seeing obstacles as teachers, and how this tribal practice of the South American rainforests is a winning strategy for business problem solving</li> <li>How businesses can use their “taproot”, their reason for existence, to create cultures that inspire employees</li> </ul> <h3>Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode</h3> <ul> <li>Tyler Gage's <a href="http://www.tylergage.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">website</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.runa.org">RUNA</a> website</li> <li>Get the book <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Fully-Alive-Lessons-Mission-Business/dp/1501156020" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fully Alive: <em>Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life</em></a> by Tyler Gage</li> <li>Get in touch with Tyler via <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyler-gage-377a454/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LinkedIn</a> or <a href="mailto:tg@tylergage.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">email</a></li> <li><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Thing-About-Things-Building/dp/0062273205" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answer</a>, a book by Ben Horowitz</li> <li><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Republic-Tea-Letters-Young-Entrepreneur/dp/0385420560" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Republic of Tea: Letters to a Young Entrepreneur</a>, a book by Mel Ziegler, Bill Rosenzweig and Patricia Ziegler</li> </ul>
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060 - Technonomics and Why My Profits Might Just Disappear with John Straw
<p><em>Summary</em></p> <p>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 and IBM, as well as an author, speaker and investor with over 30 years of experience in IT and digital transformation.</p> <p><em>What Was Covered</em></p> <ul> <li>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</li> <li>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</li> <li>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</li> </ul> <p><em>Key Takeaways and Learnings</em></p> <ul> <li>How companies are using “layered” data to improve their renovation and innovation activities</li> <li>How new technologies, and the pace of their development, provide opportunities for scale for all companies’ renovation processes</li> <li>Why transformational innovation activities (“breaking” the existing business) need to go “in the garage”, away from the innovation “killers” of process and politics</li> </ul> <p><em>Links and Resources Mentioned in this Podcast</em></p> <ul> <li>Get in touch with John Straw via <a href= "http://www.twitter.com/johnstraw" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Twitter</a>, <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnstraw/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">LinkedIn</a> or <a href="mailto:john.straw@gmail.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">email</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.mckinsey.com/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">McKinsey & Company</a> - Global Management Consulting</li> <li><a href= "https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/iDisrupted-Michael-Baxter/178507072X" target="_blank" rel="noopener">iDisrupted</a> - a book by Michael Baxter and John Straw</li> <li>John's posts at the <a href= "https://disruptionhub.com/author/john-straw/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Disruption Hub Blog</a></li> <li>Innovation Ecosystem Podcast Episode 054 - Back in the game: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/podcast/back-in-the-game-andy-billings/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">EA's Near Death Experience with Andy Billings</a></li> </ul>
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059 - Four Pillars of Good Board Governance with Prof. Didier Cossin
<p>In this episode, we are joined by Founder and Director of the <a href="https://www.imd.org/board/board-center/" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">IMD Global Board Center</a>, <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/didiercossin/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Prof. Didier Cossin</a>. Didier is a global expert in governance, and in addition to his role at IMD has served as a consultant to the United Nations, the European Central Bank and multiple major corporations, including HSBC, Vodafone, Schlumberger and Coca-Cola. We speak about four pillars of good board governance: people, information, structure and  processes, and group dynamics.  </p> <p><em>What Was Covered</em></p> <ul> <li>Didier’s definition of board governance as “the art of decision making at the top of organizations”</li> <li>The particular challenge that corporations with a long history face to transform and how this requires board leadership that “breaks the internal mould, breaks bureaucracy and opens up to the world”</li> <li>What Didier has identified as the four pillars that constitute good governance – people, information, structure and processes and group dynamics - with good and bad examples of each</li> </ul> <p><em>Key Takeaways and Learnings</em></p> <ul> <li>A good assessment of board effectiveness is the extent to which it focuses on the past compared to the future – and that most boards spent too much time looking back</li> <li>A board must ensure it receives the proper balance of internal and external information, of formal and informal information. That the very best board packs are “synthetic” – they use a variety of tools to synthesize the information that tracks the evolution of the key metrics</li> <li>The criticality of the difficult task of organizing a board so its committees are well structured and focused on the issues of most importance to the organization</li> <li>How a Chairman needs have the “art” of stimulating the right discussions, ensuring all views are considered and bringing these together – and the importance of this to enabling a functioning organization</li> </ul> <p><em>Links and Resources Mentioned in this Podcast</em></p> <ul> <li>Get in touch with Prof. Didier Cossin via <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/didiercossin/">LinkedIn</a> and email: <a href= "mailto:didier.cossin@imd.org">didier.cossin@imd.org</a> </li> <li>IMD Business School for Leadership and Management Courses - <a href="http://www.imd.org">www.imd.org</a> </li> <li>IMD Global Board Center - <a href= "https://www.imd.org/board/board-center/">https://www.imd.org/board/board-center/</a> </li> <li>The list of Prof. Didier Cossin's <a href= "https://www.imd.org/search/searchresults/?Term=&Sort=Date&Filter=category:publications;authors:%27Cossin,+Didier%27"> articles and publications</a></li> </ul>
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058 - Dual Transformation and why Noah's Arc Management can't Work with Scott D. Anthony of Innosight
<p>In this episode, Scott D Anthony, writer, speaker and Managing Partner at consulting firm Innosight, joins us to discuss his new book, <em>Dual Transformation – How to Reposition Today's Business While Creating the Future.</em> Scott is a globally renowned specialist in innovation, publishing several books on the domain as well as being a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review.</p> <p><em>What Was Covered</em></p> <ul> <li>Scott’s concept of ‘dual transformation’ and his assertion today’s every changing global marketplace companies need to reinventing their business of today to make it ‘better, faster, cheaper’ (Transformation A) at the same time as creating their business of tomorrow (Transformation B)</li> <li>Why the most successful leaders in innovation are ‘living at the periphery’ and not at the core of their industry</li> <li>Why Scott believes that combining the best elements of startups and large companies is a good path to solve today’s biggest global challenges</li> <li>How Scott’s experience of living in Asia has evolved his thinking on how best to organize markets, and the role that family owned businesses, private companies and government linked enterprises can play</li> </ul> <p><em>Key Takeaways and Learnings</em></p> <ul> <li>By doing ‘dual transformations’ together allows an organization to take the disruptive threats that are coming at them today and turn them into exciting growth opportunities of tomorrow</li> <li>To avoid getting stuck in the core of today it is necessary to be able to play at the periphery of an industry. The core of today will give you no signal that it’s time to change until it’s too late</li> <li>The meeting of entrepreneurial energy with assets and scale can make magic happen – so we should look for ways to combine the start up and large company communities to tackle our most intractable problems</li> <li>There are different cultural norms around the world in how people and organizations think about failure. And where we see a reluctance to accept failure it holds back the innovation ecosystems both within large companies and startups</li> </ul>
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057 - To Fear is Human with Akshay Nanavati, the Author of Fearvana
<p>In this episode, author and speaker, Akshay Nanavati, joins us to discuss his new book, <em>Fearvana</em>: <em>The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear into Health, Wealth and Happiness</em>, which uses neuroscientific and psychological research to aid personal development. Akshay talks openly about his personal journey, struggle with drugs and alcohol and post traumatic stress disorder diagnosis that led to the research in his concept of Fearvana. Akshay is a Marine Corps Veteran, adventurer, entrepreneur and success coach.</p> <p><em>What Was Covered</em></p> <ul> <li>Akshay’s definition of Fearvana as the state of bliss that results from engaging our fears to pursue our own worthy struggle</li> <li>Why Akshay believes that we should change our relationship with, and the benefits that can flow from handling differently our most primitive and basic emotion</li> <li>The view that we should Feel whatever we feel, whatever shows up, it's what we do with it that matters</li> <li>Ashkay’s research into neuroplasticity and the ability to rewire neuro-connections in the brain through introspection and habit changing</li> </ul> <p><em>Key Takeaways and Learnings</em></p> <ul> <li>The importance of acknowledging and accepting our own fears without judgement as the key to mental, physical and spiritual growth</li> <li>Proven techniques to allow us to change the relationship to our emotions</li> <li>How approaches such as visualising obstacles can help us avoid procrastination, or other proxies for fear, and improve our performance in the space between stimulus and response</li> </ul>
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056 - I Don't Care if it's Disruptive or Sustaining Innovation. What the Hell Do I Do Now? - with Greg Satell
<p>In this episode, we are joined by Greg Satell, an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and innovation advisor. Greg has been published in The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company Inc., The Times of London, and Business Insider, and has just published his first book, Mapping Innovation. Previously, Greg spent 15 years in media businesses in Eastern Europe - from Poland to Moscow to Kiev and from small business journals to large news organizations and lifestyle brands. His work as an innovation advisor spans from Fortune 500 companies, to mid-size firms, and startups.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>What was Covered</strong></span></p> <ul> <li>Greg’s approach to mapping innovation, what he calls a “playbook for navigating a disruptive age”</li> <li>How organisations can no longer just look to their internal capabilities and assets to solve their most important problems but need to leverage external platforms in order to extend those internal capabilities</li> <li>How companies like Eli Lilly and Experian used new approaches to problem solving that involved the ecosystems of talent and technology which are key to sustaining innovation in today’s world of work</li> </ul> <h3>Key Takeaways and Learnings</h3> <ul> <li>Looking at innovation as an important problem which requires a novel solution – in the end a line manager is less interested in whether an innovation is sustaining or disruptive but if it answers the perennial question of, “What the hell do I do next?”</li> <li>How power is moving from the top of the heap to the center of a network which means the indispensable partners are the dominant players</li> <li>Why managing connections to external ecosystems of talent is today’s essential management skill as competitive advantage switches from being the sum of all efficiencies to the sum of all connections</li> </ul> <h3>Links and Resources Mentioned in This Podcast</h3> <ul> <li>Greg Satell's blog <a href="http://www.digitaltonto.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DigitalTonto.com</a></li> <li>Buy Greg's book <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Mapping-Innovation-Playbook-Navigating-Disruptive/dp/1259862259/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=digitont-20&linkId=196b1e4488b4002951de269e5a41848c" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age</a></li> <li>Download first chapter of the book <a href= "http://www.digitaltonto.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Mapping-Innovation-First-Chapter.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HERE</a></li> <li>Get in touch with Greg on <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregsatell/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">LinkedIn</a>, <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/Digital-Tonto-322091900387/" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">Facebook</a> and <a href= "https://twitter.com/Digitaltonto" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Twitter</a></li> <li><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Team-Teams-Rules-Engagement-Complex/dp/1591847486" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World</a>, a book by General Stanley McChrystal</li> <li>Innovation Ecosystem Episode 050: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/podcast/hacking-flow-steven-kotler/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hacking Flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit</a> with Steven Kotler</li> </ul>
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055 - Hollywood or Bust: New Business Ideas from Other Worlds with Hanne de Mora
<p>In this episode, we are joined by <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannedemora/?ppe=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hanne de Mora</a>, Co-Founder and Chairperson of management consultancy organisation <a href= "http://www.a-connect.com" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">a-connect</a>, to talk about innovation of the future of the world of work. Hanne is also a member of the Board of Directors for <a href="http://www.volvogroup.com/en-en/home.html" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">AB Volvo</a> and the Supervisory Board for <a href="https://www.imd.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">IMD Business School</a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What was Covered</strong></span></p> <ul> <li>How Hanne and her fellow Co-Founders created new demand within the traditional industry of workforce and management consultancy services – and how Hollywood provided inspiration</li> <li>How technology changes the consulting, executive education and transportation industries and how these forces also apply elsewhere</li> <li>Why Hanne thinks it is important for business leaders to foster entrepreneurship within organisations through pushing responsibility for human resource and P&L management processes as far down the organization as possible</li> <li>The top skill sets which Hanne thinks are essential to being successful in the future of the world of work</li> </ul> <h3>Key Takeaways and Learnings</h3> <ul> <li>How understanding the numbers – how does a business make money and what does its cash flow look like – will remain relevant for any future leader.</li> <li>In a world of ever increasing pace of change the ability to course correct is essential.</li> <li>Inspiration is not hierarchical – it can come from anywhere in an organization. And while mothers and fathers will happily talk about being inspired by their children there remains a resistance within organisations to gain similar inspiration from their cross-generational workforces.   </li> </ul> <p> </p>
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054 - Back in the Game: EA's Near Death Experience with Andy Billings
<div> <p>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.<span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></p> </div> <div> <p><em>What Was Covered</em><span data-ccp-props= "{"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></p> </div> <ul> <li data-listid="3" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1">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 <span data-ccp-props= "{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></li> <li data-listid="3" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1">How the company categorises innovation in three ways - Incremental, Breakthrough, and Disruptive – to maximise return on the energy and creativity within its business<span data-ccp-props= "{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></li> <li data-listid="3" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1">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<span data-ccp-props= "{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></li> </ul> <div> <p><em>Key</em> <em>Takeaways and Learnings</em><span data-ccp-props= "{"201341983":0,"335559685":360,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></p> </div> <ul> <li data-listid="3" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1">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<span data-ccp-props= "{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></li> <li data-listid="3" data-aria-posinset="5" data-aria-level="1">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 <span data-ccp-props= "{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></li> <li data-listid="3" data-aria-posinset="6" data-aria-level="1">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”<span data-ccp-props= "{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> <br /> </span></li> </ul>
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053 - Scrappy Intrapreneur Transforming Customer Experiences with Kyle Nicholas McCray
<div> <div> <p>In this episode, Kyle Nicholas McCray, Director of Innovation at American Pacific Mortgage Corporation, joins us to discuss his experience as an intrapreneur and innovator within an established financial business. We cover with Kyle his early career at Apple, his time as an entrepreneur and how that led him to set up Scrappy Labs, an innovation lab within APMC dedicated to exploring new and innovative products and services to revolutionize the relationship between the company and a new generation of homebuyers.<span data-ccp-props= "{"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></p> </div> <div> <p><em>What Was Covered</em><span data-ccp-props= "{"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></p> </div> <ul> <li data-listid="3" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1">Why Kyle decided to set up Scrappy Labs and the purpose of an innovation lab within a traditionally ‘small i’ innovation organisation<span data-ccp-props= "{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></li> <li data-listid="3" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"> APMC’s approach to ‘institutionalizing innovation’ and its focus on how it communicates with its customers – the foundation of a services business<span data-ccp-props= "{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></li> <li data-listid="3" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1">How Kyle acknowledges generational gaps between the company and its customers and how he responds to and leverages new trends and changes<span data-ccp-props= "{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></li> </ul> <div> <p><em>Key</em> <em>Takeaways and</em> <em>Learnings</em><span data-ccp-props= "{"201341983":0,"335559685":360,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></p> </div> <ul> <li data-listid="3" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1">The importance of pivoting, responding quickly to changes in communication and technology, and bridging the gap between older and younger generations of staff and consumers<span data-ccp-props= "{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></li> <li data-listid="3" data-aria-posinset="5" data-aria-level="1">How nurturing a culture of ‘scrappiness’ has been essential to reducing the risk that new innovations are rejected when they come out of the ‘lab’ and are integrated into the wider organization<span data-ccp-props= "{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></li> <li data-listid="3" data-aria-posinset="6" data-aria-level="1">The importance of understanding the different communication ‘styles’ of team members how this common language helps to limit conflict and maximize the results of the innovation process<span data-ccp-props= "{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":200,"335559740":276}"> </span></li> </ul> </div>
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052 - Meaning Makers: How Top Leaders Use Stories with David Pearl
<div> <p>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. </p> <div> <div> </div> <div>Full show notes available at www. <span id= "sample-permalink"><a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/?post_type=podcast&p=3133&preview=true" target= "wp-preview-3133">http://innovationecosystem.com/podcast/<span id= "editable-post-name">meaning-makers-David-Pearl</span>/</a></span></div> </div> </div>
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051 - A failure to communicate: how the absence of common language risks your digital future with Michael Mueller
<p>In this episode, we are joined by Michael Mueller, partner and co-founder of Acrea, an innovative management consultancy which focuses on helping companies thrive in the digital age. Michael started his career at McKinsey after which he went on to hold a number of senior IT management roles within the banking industry.  More recently he has developed his entrepreneurial career by founding a startup B2B travel company.</p> <p><strong><em>What Was Covered</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>The three most typical ways businesses are being impacted by digitization – through the creation of entirely new business models, by establishing new customer experiences, and via transforming the delivery of whole parts the operations of a business via technology</li> <li>The challenge established businesses face in dealing with their technology ‘debt’ in contrast to startups who can build their infrastructures from scratch at a fraction of the cost</li> <li>How a “failure to communicate” still exists between the IT and management groups of businesses – even as the importance of technology to operations continues to grow</li> <li>The reality of customer acquisition costs for startups compared to the established client bases of existing businesses</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Key Takeaways and Learnings</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>The need for organizations to think long term when it comes to managing their technology costs</li> <li>The importance for startups to understand their intended customer base and to face the reality of customer acquisition costs</li> <li>The need for IT and management to adopt a common language to gain better understanding of how technology impacts their business, what it can do, how much it costs</li> </ul>
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050 - Hacking flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit
<p>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.</p> <p><strong>What was covered</strong></p> <ul> <li data-listid="2" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"> 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 </li> <li data-listid="2" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1">How flow is one of the most important skills for employees to have in the 21<span data-fontsize="12">st</span> century, its importance in driving creative problem solving in the VUCA world, and why companies like Patagonia embed it into their cultures and processes. </li> <li data-listid="2" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1">The four stages of flow, and what you can do to build it into your work and personal life.  </li> </ul> <p><strong>Key Takeaways and Learnings</strong> </p> <ul> <li data-listid="1" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"> 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 </li> <li data-listid="1" data-aria-posinset="5" data-aria-level="1"> Understanding the triggers of flow and how using one or more effectively in managing yourself and employees in business can maximize Flow performance  </li> <li data-listid="1" data-aria-posinset="6" data-aria-level="1">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 </li> </ul> <p><a href= "http://www.innovationecosystem.com">www.innovationecosystem.com</a> </p>
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049 - Innovating a 2000 Year Old Product with Annalisa Gigante
<p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What was covered</strong></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;">How Annalisa’s experience in different industries throughout her career has given her the opportunity to see parallels in business innovation</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Annalisa’s unique approach on handling project failures and how to regain momentum as an individual and as a team</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 10pt;">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</span></li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Key Takeaways and Learnings</span></strong></p> <ul> <li data-canvas-width="248.89451855283855"><span style= "font-size: 10pt;">The importance of recognizing 'fast failure’ in innovation projects</span></li> <li data-canvas-width="248.89451855283855"><span style= "font-size: 10pt;">Finding the ‘Goldilocks’ zone – the middle ground between innovation in technology and market interests, and bridging the gap by adapting a multi-disciplinary approach</span></li> <li data-canvas-width="248.89451855283855"><span style= "font-size: 10pt;">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</span></li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The Business Model Navigator: 55 Models That Will Revolutionise Your Business by Oliver Gassman <strong>- <a href= "http://amzn.to/2aKJEFu">http://amzn.to/2aKJEFu</a> </strong></span></p> <p> </p>
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048 - Solving Wicked Problems: My Quest for Sustainable Agriculture
<p>In this episode Pam Marrone, a serial entrepreneur, having founded, built and sold two biopesticide companies, joins us. She is currently the CEO and founder of <a href= "http://marronebioinnovations.com/">Marrone Bio Innovations Inc</a>, a Nasdaq listed company at the forefront of the drive towards sustainable agriculture<strong>. </strong> This purpose drove my work at <a href= "http://www.syngenta.com">Syngenta</a>, and is central to that of <a href="http://terramera.com/">Terramera</a>, the Vancouver-based agtech company that I am on the Board of.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>In our discussion we cover: </strong></span></p> <ul> <li>The arc of Pam's fascinating career.  She shares her unique perspective, developed over four decades in the industry and some of the ups and downs that characterise every entrepreneurial journey</li> <li>How agriculture is being shaped and transformed by digital technologies such as drones, sensors, robotics and big data</li> <li>What it takes to be a paradigm breaker and intrapreneur in an industry like agribusiness, characterised by long product lifecycles, an increasingly challenging regulatory environment, and industry consolidation</li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Key takeaways and learnings include:</strong></span></p> <ul> <li>Valuable insights for intrapreneurs, irrespective of industry, on to how to drive change from within a large company</li> <li>How important it is for an entrepreneur and business builder to create a strong and sustainable culture, with a focus on hiring slowly and firing fast</li> <li>The disruptions underway in agriculture and the impact these can have on us all</li> </ul>
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047 – Lessons from Season 3 and the Difficulties Innovators Face
<p>In this episode, Mark briefly shares his key takeaways from season 3 followed by a special sneak peak at his interview for Nick Skillicorn's Innovation and Creativity Summit coming up next week. Listen in as Nick interviews Mark about his intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial experiences and his key advice for corporate innovators at all levels.</p>
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046-Shapeshifting Companies of the Future with Dr. Bob Johansen of Institute for the Future
<p>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 <a href="http://www.iftf.org/home/">Institute for the Future</a> 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 author of a number of books exploring potential futures most recently <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Leaders-Make-Future-Leadership-Uncertain/dp/1531812139"> Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain Age</a> and <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Reciprocity-Advantage-Partner-Innovation-Growth/dp/B01L97SDDS"> The Reciprocity Advantage: A New Way to Partner for Innovation and Growth</a>.</p> <h2>What we cover:</h2> <ul> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> </ul>
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045 - Deciphering Innovator Archetypes with Tamara Kleinberg of LaunchStreet
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this episode we are joined by Tamara Kleinberg, serial innovator, keynote speaker, creator the Innovation Quotient Edge (IQE) Assessment and founder of <a href= "http://www.gotolaunchstreet.com/">LaunchStreet</a>, a leading platform for individuals and organisations seeking to innovate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this episode we cover:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The lessons Tamara has learnt throughout her 20 year career advising companies such as Disney, General Mills, RICOH, P&G, J&J on how to create innovative cultures.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why she so firmly believes that everyone has the possibility to be an innovator and the implications of this for leadership in large, established organisations.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">We walk through Tamara’s IQE Assessment the only tool designed to decipher a person's natural innovative strengths and create the right environment for them to thrive.</span></li> </ul>
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044 - Combining Startup and Corporate with Jenny Fielding of Techstars
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this episode we are joined by Jenny Fielding Managing Director at Techstars a global venture capital fund for innovative tech startups. Jenny has extensive experience in both the startup and corporate worlds and a strong passion for “marrying startups with corporates” to create innovation and cultural shifts.</span></p> <h2> </h2> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this episode we cover:</span></h2> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Jenny’s extraordinary success scaling and exiting her first startup Switch-Mobile in three years</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How she moved a legacy organisation like BBC into the new digital era and founded BBC Labs, the UK’s first corporate incubator.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why infusing corporate and startup culture is so powerful and how she continues to do it at Techstars with the likes of GE, Bosch, Verizon, SAP and PWC.</span></li> </ul> <p> </p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">What we learned:</span></h2> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why listening to those from all levels of the organisation is so important in effectively innovating.The virtue of listening is also explored by Robert Cialdini and Kevin Kelly.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How potent and powerful the idea of bringing people together from different worlds can be and how it can be done effectively. A point also recognisable in our Innovation Leadership Circle which brings together leaders from different industries to address issues they are facing together.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How the startup scene has been hugely idealised and why it’s important to talk openly about the struggles founders face and how it differs from the corporate world.</span></li> </ul>
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043 - Vaccines, Scientific Breakthroughs and Mopping Floors with Dr. Jessica Flechtner of Genocea
<p>Pondering the cure for cancer, developing vaccines for genital herpes, seeking that next big scientific breakthrough and mopping a basement floor is a day in the life of this episode’s guest Dr. Jessica Baker Flechtner, Chief Scientific Officer and Biosciences Pioneer at <a href="http://www.genocea.com/">Genocea Biosciences</a>.</p> <p>Jessica joined innovative biotech startup Genocea in 2007, soon after the company was founded, and played an essential role in progressing the small company through startup phase to going public. At the same time as building a company, Jessica used her 18+ years of experience in immunology, infectious diseases, cancer and vaccine treatment to lead the Genocea efforts to develop T cell-directed vaccines and immunotherapies.</p> <p>Jessica is also a member of the prestigious <a href= "http://fortyover40.com/">40 women over 40</a> for her passion project to encourage more young women to embark on careers in STEM – <a href= "http://ir.genocea.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=983590">learn more about it here</a>. She joins a number of our previous guests, 40 over 40 founder Whitney Johnson, Pamay Bassey and Celine Schillinger in this extraordinary forum.</p> <p>In today’s episode, learn from Jessica’s journey and rationale for joining an innovative biosciences startup despite her illustrious research career; her key role in bringing a company from the acquisition of venture capital funding through to going public in year and how she and the Genocea team create a culture of discussing failure and celebrating success that helps them maintain their competitive edge in an ever-changing and demanding pharmaceutical industry. This episode is an intriguing soire into the life of a Biosciences startup pioneer and the challenges that come along with it, we hope you enjoy!</p>
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042 – The Benefits of Experiential Learning for Leaders with Rocket Scientist Josh Spodek
<p>Do you stop and smell the roses every once in awhile ? Do you remember what a raisin really tastes like? Do you take the time to listen to what your inner monologue are really saying?<br /> Today’s guest Josh Spodek has made it his job to remind leaders to do just that. Labelled by <a href= "http://www.forbes.com/2002/08/15/0815subway.html">Forbes</a> and <a href= "http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87003&page=1">ABC News</a> as a “Rocket Scientist”, Josh is nothing short of a serial overachiever. He has found success across many fields and disciplines such as science, invention, entrepreneurship, art, leadership, coaching, and education. He is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, leadership coach and workshop leader for Columbia Business School, columnist for <a href= "http://www.inc.com/author/joshua-spodek">Inc</a> and founder of <a href="http://spodekacademy.com/">Spodek Academy</a>. Josh holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, and studied under a Nobel Prize winner.</p> <p>Josh’s fascination with leadership as something that could be learned drove him to study it himself and eventually led him down the path of leadership and as an executive coach. He now leads seminars in leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, motivation and sales at Harvard, Princeton, MIT, INSEAD (Singapore), the New York Academy of Science, and private corporations, including: UBS, EY, Deloitte, McKinsey, BCG, Bain, Time Magazine, Google and many more. He also leads seminars in Leadership, Creativity, Sales, Strategy, and Motivation at Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, MIT, and INSEAD Singapore, among others. Following visits to North Korea, he lectured on North Korean strategy at Columbia University, and in South Korea and China wrote a book on the topic reviewed as “a very thought-provoking read that may totally change how you interpret the country.”</p> <p>If his professional achievements alone aren’t enough. Josh also swam the Hudson River, did over <a href= "http://joshuaspodek.com/js_blogseries/burpees">80,000 burpees</a>, wrote over <a href="http://joshuaspodek.com/archives">2,400 blog posts</a>, took over <a href= "http://joshuaspodek.com/js_blogseries/cold-showers-rock">250 cold showers</a>, coined the term <a href= "http://joshuaspodek.com/js_blogseries/self-imposed-daily-challenging-healthy-activity-sidcha-series"> sidcha</a>, and has jumped out of two airplanes. He now lives in New York City’s Greenwich Village and blogs daily at <a href= "http://joshuaspodek.com/">www.joshuaspodek.com</a>.</p> <p>In this episode, Josh and Mark discuss Josh’s journey from PhD student of astrophysics to launching and failing in the business world and finally becoming a sought-after leadership coach and professor at NYU. They also experiment with some practical tools and exercises Josh uses to build the leadership muscles (for those of you hungry for tools); Finally, they explore the importance of experiential learning or project-based learning for building leadership and personal skills.</p>
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041 - Exploring the Power of Pause with Leadership Thought-Leader and Korn Ferry Senior Partner, Kevin Cashman.
<p class="p1">Kevin Cashman is Senior Partner at Korn Ferry, specialising in CEO & Executive Development and Keynote Speaking. Kevin has been in the industry for slightly over 30 years, and has seen leadership principles grow and evolve. He has advised thousands of senior executives and senior teams, in more than 60 countries, so here’s why he believes you need to take a pause, and ask questions, in order to cultivate an innovative company culture.</p>
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040 - Democratising Elite Performance Tools with Dr. Andy Walshe of Red Bull Stratos
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr. Andy Walshe is a globally recognised leader and expert in the field of elite human performance. He has spent more than 20 years researching ways to “Hack Performance” in sport, culture, military and business to create a deeper understanding of the “Human Potential Construct”. Andy’s ultimate vision is a world where we have established a known recipe for elite performance and thus can equip some of our greatest minds with the tools they need to succeed and improve the world. Andy’s elite performance programs are designed to make accessible, and to democratise these tools, and understandable to all regardless of industry, vocation or passion.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Currently leading Human Performance for Red Bull, Andy works with hundreds of international athletes and business leaders to develop and implement elite performance models. In 2012 he lead the performance plan for Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking jump to Earth from the stratosphere. Andy also founded “Glimpses”,  the annual Human Potential Red Ball gathering, a highly-interactive two-day conference bringing together world-class talent.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In today’s podcast, Andy and Mark sit down to discuss the intricacies of human potential and how certain qualities of elite performers resonate across sectors, industries and arenas; how companies can evolve to enable more talented employees to excel and his project Human 2.0 which looks at how new technologies especially in the arena of Artificial Intelligence encourage us to explore our own potential at a much higher level.</span></p>
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Talking 100% Entrepreneurship and 0% Bureaucracy with Resourceful Human's Heiko Fischer.
<p class="p1">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.</p> <p> </p>
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038 - Cutting Complexity with Lisa Bodell of Futurethink
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In today’s episode, futurist and simplification guru Lisa Bodell and our host Mark Bidwell reconvene to share more essential tools for leaders and teams to simplify their work environment from her second book</span> <strong>Why Simple Wins</strong> <span style="font-weight: 400;">(check out our book review on Amazon</span> <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Why-Simple-Wins-Complexity-Matters/product-reviews/1629561290/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=recent#RC425FAF92U7G"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">here</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">); they explore insights into how companies like SAP, Southwest Airlines and Syngenta are putting simplification principles into action; and get a sneak peak at her favourite tool “killing complexity” that you can try out for yourself and your team.</span></p> <p>Want to keep up with our guests visit our <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/">website</a> and follow us on <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/innovecosys/?fref=ts">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/innovecosys">Twitter</a>, <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8454111">LinkedIn</a> or <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/innovation_ecosystem/">Instagram</a>.</p>
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037 - Reviving the Swiss Watch Industry: The Remarkable Story of Swatch with Elmar Mock
<p>Elmar Mock is the Founder of Creaholic, but he began his career as an engineer in a deteriorating watch industry. Elmar approached top-level management within his company with an insane idea, a new way to completely innovate the industry and improve sales. Everyone thought he was crazy and his co-workers distanced themselves from him, but that turned out to be a good thing. Today’s topics include:<br /> ● His experience and frustrations as a young inventor in the dying watch industry and the unique mindset he employed.<br /> ● Using examples from the natural world he highlights the diverse approaches to innovation, change, and creation.<br /> ● Gives constructive advice for those of us pushing for change, within ourselves, the organizations we work for, and the society we live in.</p> <ul> <li>02:55 - Who is Elmar?</li> <li>05:10 - Elmar decided to pitch the watch company he was working for an innovative idea. To his surprise, they said yes.</li> <li>08:05 - The point of innovation is to make the impossible, possible.</li> <li>10:50 - The watch company and the industry were suffering. They had let go 4,000 people in four years. No one wanted to associate themselves with Elmar and his friend.</li> <li>14:25 - Did Elmar succeed? How did the project end?</li> <li>18:45 - How did Elmar come up with the name Creaholic?</li> <li>20:15 - How easy is to drive innovation in an organization?</li> <li>27:05 - Elmar explains why he hates the ‘intrapreneur’ title.</li> <li>33:20 - What has Elmar changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>35:25 - What does Elmar do to remain creative?</li> <li>37:35 - What does Elmar attribute his success to in life?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/reviving-the-swiss-watch-industry:-the-remarkable-story-of-swatch-with-elmar-mock/"> http://innovationecosystem.com/reviving-the-swiss-watch-industry:-the-remarkable-story-of-swatch-with-elmar-mock/</a></p>
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036 - Hacking Reality to Have a Great Day with Caroline Webb
<p>Caroline is the CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to leverage behavioral science to improve their working life. Caroline is also the author of How To Have A Good Day, which has been published in 16 different languages, in more than 60 countries. Some of the topics Mark and Caroline cover on this week’s show are:<br /> ● The secret manifesto Caroline has hidden in the book, which is shared by the Innovation Ecosystem.<br /> ● The 100-plus tools Caroline uses, all of which are scientifically proven, and operate independent of context, culture, or industry.<br /> ● What you can do to hack reality in service of having a good day.</p> <ul> <li>03:25 - What’s the story behind Caroline’s book title, How to Have a Good Day?</li> <li>04:45 - Only 13% of people around the world really felt excited and engaged in their work.</li> <li>05:55 - Why are people so disengaged in the workforce?</li> <li>08:50 - Mark gives a quick overview of Caroline’s book.</li> <li>11:20 - Caroline talks about a study conducted on Gorillas, and the results of that study.</li> <li>14:40 - You’re much more likely to complete a goal when it’s specific, than if it’s generic.</li> <li>17:45 - Is the corporate world ready to embrace the kind of change Caroline is presenting in her book?</li> <li>21:35 - What’s the tool or mindset that has made the biggest impact on Caroline?</li> <li>28:05 - What is pre-mortem?</li> <li>30:10 - Caroline shares an example of pre-mortem at work.</li> <li>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!</li> <li>37:45 - What does Caroline really struggle with?</li> <li>41:20 - What’s Caroline currently focused on?</li> <li>47:15 - What does Caroline do to remain creative and innovative?</li> <li>48:15 - What does Caroline attribute her success to in life?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/hacking-reality-to-have-a-great-day-with-caroline-webb/"> http://innovationecosystem.com/hacking-reality-to-have-a-great-day-with-caroline-webb/</a></p>
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035 - Mind+Machine Strategies That Enable Corporations to Develop New Innovation Capabilities, and Make Better Decisions Faster with Marc Vollenweider
<p>Marc Vollenweider is the CEO of Evalueserve and has spent over 15 years guiding Evalueserve to become a global research, analytics and data management solutions provider. This is the second time Marc has appeared on the podcast; you can listen to his first interview here. Marc has recently written the book titled, Mind+Machine:A Decision Model for Optimizing and Implementing Analytics, which Mark and Marc cover on this week’s show. Some of the other topics covered in this interview are:<br /> ● Marc’s transition from being a McKinsey partner to founding a business employing over 3,500 people.<br /> ● The winner-takes-all characteristics of the markets Marc plays in, and his strategies to go after these markets, are detailed in his new book Mind+Machine.<br /> ● The counter-intuitive benefits arising from simplification and automation.</p> <ul> <li>04:30 - When Marc transition from executive to entrepreneur, what did he learn the most during that journey?</li> <li>06:05 - How did Marc grow his business so rapidly?</li> <li>09:50 - A couple of months ago, Marc helped automate a key process for a lot of investment banks. Fast-forward to today, what results has Marc seen from that work?</li> <li>18:15 - Technology can get very complex quite quickly, but Marc is able to simplify these processes and leverage what technology is supposed to do in the first place: work efficiently and effectively.</li> <li>21:15 - Marc doesn’t believe he’s disrupting the industry. He believes he’s exposing new trends, which then lead to new possibilities.</li> <li>23:55 - When looking at the future of businesses, where does Marc see the biggest opportunities?</li> <li>29:00 - Why did Marc write the book Mind+Machine?</li> <li>33:05 - What kind of topics in Marc’s book resonate the most with readers who are fresh to the subject?</li> <li>40:25 - In a lot of ways, small companies have a bigger advantage when it comes to disruption.</li> <li>43:20 - How does Marc simplify his personal life?</li> <li>47:00 - What has Marc changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>48:20 - What does Marc do to remain creative and innovative?</li> <li>50:15 - What does Marc attibutue his success to in life?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/mindmachine-strategies-that-enable-corporations-to-develop-new-innovation-capabilities-and-make-better-decisions-faster-with-marc-vollenweider/"> http://innovationecosystem.com/mindmachine-strategies-that-enable-corporations-to-develop-new-innovation-capabilities-and-make-better-decisions-faster-with-marc-vollenweider/</a></p>
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034 - The Space Between Hesitation and Commitment with Michael Gervais
<p>Michael Gervais is a high-performance psychologist who works in the trenches of high-stakes environments, he is a recognized speaker on optimal human performance, and he is the host of the Finding Mastery podcast. What can Michael teach us about success in the corporate world? Well, just a few of the important topics Mark and Michael discuss on this week’s episode are:<br /> ● Why is an understanding of the space between hesitation and commitment so fundamental to raising performance?<br /> ● What is micro-choking, and how can you dissolve pressure?<br /> ● A definition of failure that challenges us to step up</p> <ul> <li>03:20 - How does Michael help people become the best they can be?</li> <li>05:00 - How does Michael help people think more clearly when under pressure?</li> <li>05:25 - What does ‘micro-choking’ mean?</li> <li>08:50 - You know when you’re on the edge of your capabilities, when you begin to get butterflies in your stomach, or even get nauseous.</li> <li>12:50 - To do the difficult and challenging things in life, we need the help of others.</li> <li>13:30 - However, corporate America is riddled with narcissists. This actually kills success.</li> <li>16:25 - How does Michael see risk and failure show up in the executive suites?</li> <li>19:20 - How does personal philosophy differ from personal purpose?</li> <li>23:40 - ] Michael discusses the work he did with Skydiver Felix Baumgartner, the man who broke the sound barrier.</li> <li>28:15 - What has Michael learned so far, from hosting his podcast, Finding Mastery?</li> <li>35:05 - What is the space between hesitation and commitment? What makes someone go over that edge?</li> <li>39:40 - Write down in 20 words or less what your philosophy is.</li> <li>41:20 - What has Michael changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>42:55 - What does Michael do to remain creative and innovative?</li> <li>44:25 - What does Michael attribute his success to in life?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/the-space-between-hesitation-and-commitment-with-michael-gervais/"> http://innovationecosystem.com/the-space-between-hesitation-and-commitment-with-michael-gervais/</a></p>
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033 - Pre-suasion: How to Influence With Integrity with Robert Cialdini
<p>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.</p> <ul> <li>05:40 - For those who haven’t read Robert’s book, Influence, Robert offers a quick overview on the six principles of influence.</li> <li>17:25 - Why did Robert decide to write his second book, Pre-suasion?</li> <li>24:15 - The best influencers cultivate relationships long before they need help.</li> <li>25:40 - Warren Buffett writes an annual letter to his investors, what’s so special about it?</li> <li>27:45 - Be upfront with your investors.</li> <li>29:45 - Behavioral science indicates that if you ask for advice, you will also gain an accomplice.</li> <li>30:25 - What has Robert changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>31:40 - What does Robert do to remain creative?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/pre-suasion-how-to-influence-with-integrity-with-robert-cialdini/"> http://innovationecosystem.com/pre-suasion-how-to-influence-with-integrity-with-robert-cialdini/</a></p>
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Creating Space - Bonus Episode
<p>Creating the Space for Innovation, in many respects, that's what we're doing with the show. We are inviting you to come out of your day-to-day life of always-on communications, with people making enormous demands of your time, and to reflect a little bit on different individuals with diverse perspectives on the subject of change, leadership, and innovation with the hope that it gives you some inspiration, some insight, some tools to actually progress your personal or organizational innovation agendas.</p>
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032 - Beautiful, Transformative Constraints, and Why They Are Core to Innovation and Inventiveness with Adam Morgan
<p>Adam Morgan founded the company Eat Big Fish, a firm that challenges the status quo and creates an environment of challenger thinking and behavior. On this week’s episode, Adam discusses his latest book, A Beautiful Constraint, and talks on how intrapreneurs can leverage their limits to come up with creative solutions. Mark has re-read Adam’s latest book three times now, and every time, he is able to draw new conclusions from the book. It is a highly recommended read!</p> <ul> <li>03:55 - Why did Adam write a book about constraints?</li> <li>06:30 - Although constraints may have a bad rep, most of us understand on a basic level, that constraints are a good thing.</li> <li>10:05 - There are three types of stages everybody goes through when they are faced with a difficult constraint.</li> <li>13:45 - How do you keep optimism alive when faced with a difficult problem? By rephrasing the question.</li> <li>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</li> <li>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?</li> <li>29:40 - What constraints did Adam personally experience, when writing the book?</li> <li>37:10 - What advice does Adam have for struggling intrapreneurs?</li> <li>41:35 - Adam shares an example of how Virgin America was able to unlock the power of constraint, and use it to their advantage.</li> <li>45:55 - What has Adam changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>48:10 - What does Adam do to remain innovative and creative?</li> <li>48:55 - What does Adam attribute his success to in life?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/beautiful-transformative-constraints-and-why-they-are-core-to-innovation-and-inventiveness-with-adam-morgan/"> http://innovationecosystem.com/beautiful-transformative-constraints-and-why-they-are-core-to-innovation-and-inventiveness-with-adam-morgan/</a></p>
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031 - High Stakes Industrial Innovation: A View From Silicon Valley with Paul Brody
<p>Paul Brody is a Global Innovation Leader in BlockChain Technology and a Solution Leader in the Industrial Internet of Things at EY. Paul has spent more than 15 years in the electronics industry and has done extensive research for his clients on technology strategy. Paul understands that technology is deeply rooted in strategy, but it gets complex as new technologies and disruptions arise in our modern world. For example, the moment self-driving cars are perfected, it will cause a huge disruption in our economy, so how can we navigate through it? Find out more on this week’s episode.</p> <ul> <li>03:15 - How would Paul characterize the impact technology is having on established businesses today?</li> <li>04:25 - How does Paul get his clients to recognize that technology plays an important role in business strategy?</li> <li>06:10 - Failure is still seen as a taboo in large organizations, but we need a bit of failure in order to create innovation.</li> <li>07:35 - Large organizations have not been able to differentiate between good failure and bad failure.</li> <li>08:15 - What insights does Paul have on companies who try to encourages a ‘failure culture’?</li> <li>11:15 - In Silicon Valley, it’s quite common for entrepreneurs to fail and then go back to traditional businesses. Businesses even welcome them with open arms!</li> <li>16:20 - What kind of industries is Paul paying close attention to?</li> <li>21:40 - What are some of the warning signs that show a company is not ready to handle a complete 10x in productivity of their industry?</li> <li>22:50 - It’s getting harder to tell whether companies are prepared for drastic change in their market.</li> <li>22:52 - For companies that are serious in getting ahead, there are two factors they have to consider and follow through on. Paul explains further.</li> <li>24:00 - Most people became interested in BlockChain due to Bitcoin, but Paul got involved with BlockChain for different reasons.</li> <li>27:15 - Paul is not a big believer in big data or in the data-mining model.</li> <li>29:50 - What advice would Paul give to intrapreneurs listening to this show?</li> <li>34:30 - Are business models really evolving or is it just a repeat of a tried-and-true method?</li> <li>37:35 - Bank crises have been a staple of Western economies. This is way technology like BlockChain and trust in the Bitcoin have become rampant.</li> <li>39:00 - What advice would Paul give to his kids on how they should position themselves in such a dramatically changing world?</li> <li>41:40 - Machines will do a lot of the leg work for us, but they can not replace that very intimate and personal human interaction.</li> <li>44:35 - What has Paul changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>45:55 - What does Paul do to remain creative?</li> <li>48:20 - What does Paul attribute his success to in life?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/high-stakes-industrial-innovation:-a-view-from-silicon-valley-with-paul-brody/"> http://innovationecosystem.com/high-stakes-industrial-innovation:-a-view-from-silicon-valley-with-paul-brody/</a></p>
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030 - The Most Powerful Question In The World of Business with Michael Bungay Stanier
<p>Michael Bungay Stanier, Founder of Box of Crayons, teaches the principles of how to do less hard work and more good work to the everyday stressed out manager. Michael opens a new door for managers who are struggling to get everything done. Often times, managers do not want to become coaches, but understanding basic coaching methods can help them to become more effective leaders. Habits also play a strong role in a leader’s ability to adapt to these new principles and succeed.</p> <ul> <li>02:50 - What is Michael’s company, Box of Crayons, about?</li> <li>04:10 - How do you make coaching practical for people?</li> <li>04:55 - Busy managers often say they don’t have the time to coach people.</li> <li>06:00 - Coaching is slightly weird. Managers don’t want to be a coach, they just want to do their job well.</li> <li>09:10 - Slow down the rush to give advice to others. Often times you’re solving the wrong problem!</li> <li>10:40 - Instead of Michael training to teach the benefits of coaching to busy managers, he shows them how to work less hard for more impact.</li> <li>13:00 - There’s terrible advice out there on how to change your habits.</li> <li>14:35 - Michael came up with a 3-part habit formula.</li> <li>18:15 - High achievers aren’t exactly wired to congratulate themselves.</li> <li>21:40 - Your first solution isn’t always going to be the right solution, which is why you need iterations.</li> <li>22:50 - How did Michael find the strength to finish his book despite so many revisions, iterations and edits?</li> <li>27:10 - How should managers think about their situation and what’s keeping them stuck?</li> <li>29:15 - Why is it so hard for people to ask a good question?</li> <li>32:05 - How has leadership styles evolved over the years, especially when it comes to creating an innovative culture?</li> <li>35:55 - How can managers foster more engagement from their team?</li> <li>40:15 - What has Michael changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>41:55 - What does Michael do to remain creative?</li> <li>43:15 - What’s next for Michael?</li> <li>44:45 - What does Michael attribute his success to in life?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/the-most-powerful-question-in-the-world-with-michael-bungay-stanier/"> http://innovationecosystem.com/the-most-powerful-question-in-the-world-with-michael-bungay-stanier/</a></p>
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029 - Harnessing Corporate Activism To Transform A Pharmaceutical Giant with Celine Schillinger
<p>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 is now the Head of Quality Innovation & Engagement at Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi.</p> <ul> <li>03:20 - What does Céline do?</li> <li>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?</li> <li>09:10 - When Céline felt like she had hit a plateau in her career.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>13:15 - How Céline and her co-workers chose to make their company a better place to work.</li> <li>16:15 - Céline took 63 proposals into the executive room.</li> <li>17:55 - Why at the end of that meeting, Céline came out a bit frustrated.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>24:35 - People are tired of corporate speak. Customers aren’t stupid.</li> <li>25:55 - Céline says to never stop building trust internally.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>31:50 - Too often, Céline sees people unhappy at work. When you’re unhappy at work, you’re probably unhappy at home as well.</li> <li>33:30 - How does Céline contribute to creating an innovative company culture?</li> <li>36:35 - Céline talks on how she kept her team accountable and hitting the right metrics.</li> <li>40:35 - Where is Céline emotionally today? Does she still feel frustrated?</li> <li>46:05 - What has Céline changed her mind about recently?</li> <li>48:50 - What does Céline do to remain creative?</li> <li>50:15 - What does Céline attribute her success to in life?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/harnessing-corporate-activism-to-transform-a-pharmaceutical-giant-with-celine-schillinger/"> http://innovationecosystem.com/harnessing-corporate-activism-to-transform-a-pharmaceutical-giant-with-celine-schillinger/</a></p>
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028 - Inventing The Future with Business Model Innovation with Alex Osterwalder
<p>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. On this week’s 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.</p> <ul> <li>02:55 - Why did Alex write the book, Business Model Generation.</li> <li>04:00 - How Alex crowd sourced the book.</li> <li>09:00 - What is the Business Model Canvas all about?</li> <li>11:15 - There is no such thing as the one and only business tool. You need to combine tools based on your needs.</li> <li>17:15 - What kinds of conversations is Alex hearing from the C-suite executives about business models?</li> <li>19:40 - How do you price a cure that’s going to heal people with one injection?</li> <li>21:35 - You can still be innovative on inferior technology.</li> <li>24:00 - We’re still stuck in the last century when it comes to developing innovation.</li> <li>29:00 - There are some great lessons you can learn from Expresso.</li> <li>34:15 - Large corporations are trying hard to be innovative, but only a few of them are able to succeed.</li> <li>36:55 - What is Alex’s business model?</li> <li>41:55 - What has Alex changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>43:40 - What does Alex do to remain creative?</li> <li>44:35 - What does Alex attribute his success to in life?</li> </ul>
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027 - Building An Industry-Leading Innovation Engine with Trish Malarkey
<p>Trish Malarkey is the Head of Research and Development at Syngenta, a company that has become a leader in the agricultural industry by bringing retailers and farmers improved management solutions. Trish has extensive technical knowledge in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology. Combining her expertise with her leadership position at Syngenta, Trish offers highly valuable insights that are both unique and eye-opening. Discover how to manage and create an innovative environment for a talented team of scientists on this week's episode.</p> <ul> <li>02:15 - What does Trish do?</li> <li>05:55 - Why are so many people working in Switzerland in the science field?</li> <li>06:55 - Why did Trish accept the position, Head of Research and Development, at Syngenta?</li> <li>08:30 - How does Trish create an innovative environment with her employees?</li> <li>11:40 - Trish discusses how to create a company culture filled with purpose.</li> <li>13:30 - From a leadership perspective, what does Trish do to inspire innovation?</li> <li>18:30 - What is Syngenta doing that makes them better than their competitors?</li> <li>21:00 - How does Trish know the research she is doing today will be beneficial in 2025?</li> <li>24:30 - What does Trish see right now in terms of innovation in the agricultural industry?</li> <li>27:50 - Why should people join the agricultural industry as a career?</li> <li>30:00 - What does the word 'mastery' mean to Trish as a professional?</li> <li>31:45 - What does mastery mean to a leader, especially in the science field?</li> <li>32:50 - What has Trish changed her mind about recently?</li> <li>34:15 - What does Trish do to remain creative?</li> <li>35:10 - What does Trish attribute her success to?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/building-an-industry-leading-innovation-engine-with-trish-malarkey/"> http://innovationecosystem.com/building-an-industry-leading-innovation-engine-with-trish-malarkey/</a></p>
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026 - Creating a Practice of Lifelong Learning with Pamay Bassey
<p>Pamay M. Bassey is an entrepreneur, author of the book My 52 Weeks of Worship, and earned her B.S. degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. Currently, Pamay is the Global Head of Learning Platform and Professional Development at BlackRock. Pamay discusses how she went from employee to entrepreneur to intrepreneur on this week's episode.</p> <ul> <li>04:00 - Find out more about Pamay.</li> <li>04:35 - Why did Pamay go from employee to entrepreneur to intrepreneur?</li> <li>06:45 - What does Pamay mean by 'creative innovative learning environments'?</li> <li>09:55 - Pamay talks about the differences between e-learning and machine-learning.</li> <li>14:35 - What is 52 Weeks of Worship about?</li> <li>17:35 - Was there a particular place that stood out to Pamay and really moved her?</li> <li>20:50 - If you say you are something, it should really mean something to you.</li> <li>24:15 - What does it mean to Pamay to be an intrepreneur?</li> <li>29:55 - It is part of Pamay's job to provide engaging opportunities for an employee where they feel like they're being challenged or learning new things on a regular basis.</li> <li>30:30 - When people feel like they're growing, they're less likely to look elsewhere and leave the company.</li> <li>35:00 - What has Pamay changed her mind about recently?</li> <li>36:45 - What does Pamay do to remain creative?</li> <li>38:15 - What does Pamay contribute her success to in life?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/creating-a-practice-of-lifelong-learning-with-pamay-bassey/"> http://innovationecosystem.com/creating-a-practice-of-lifelong-learning-with-pamay-bassey/</a></p> <p> </p>
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025 - Disrupting Finance From Within a Leading Swiss Bank with Dave Bruno
<p>David Bruno is the co-founder of YNOME, a transparent marketplace that rates your financial management providers and helps you assemble your own private bank. David is innovating the fintech industry and discusses how he builds trust and transparency in an industry that's notoriously very hush-hush and filled with regulations. Tune in for more on this week's episode!</p> <ul> <li>01:55 - Who is David Bruno?</li> <li>03:45 - What are some of David's current goals?</li> <li>06:25 - David currently has a staff of around 12-15 people.</li> <li>07:25 - How does David find new opportunities?</li> <li>08:30 - How does David build trust among his peers and clients?</li> <li>09:25 - The client's reputation, family and health is much more important than their bank account.</li> <li>10:20 - All passwords are hackable.</li> <li>14:30 - What does YNOME do?</li> <li>15:35 - How does David work with millennials to innovate for the millennial market?</li> <li>17:10 - How does David keep his board members engaged with the younger generation?</li> <li>19:10 - David talks on how he attracts and retains talent.</li> <li>20:50 - How does David properly educate and train his team?</li> <li>22:35 - Banking managers have to hire in a different way based on the current marketplace.</li> <li>25:10 - You have to motivate people from the heart.</li> <li>28:20 - Millennials want to be able to compare financial institutions and choose the best option for them.</li> <li>31:40 - What has David changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>33:00 - What does David do to remain creative?</li> <li>34:15 - To what does David contribute his success in life?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/disrupting-finance-from-within-a-leading-swiss-bank-with-dave-bruno/"> http://innovationecosystem.com/disrupting-finance-from-within-a-leading-swiss-bank-with-dave-bruno/</a></p>
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024 - The Science of Innovation with Amantha Imber
<p>Amantha Imber is the Founder of Inventium, a company that uses science-based innovation to help organizations unlock their growth. Amantha has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Coca-Cola and Disney, and is the author of The Creativity Formula: 50 Scientifically-proven Creativity Boosters for Work and for Life. On this episode, Amantha discusses how to encourage a risk-taking company culture that isn't afraid to fail in the name of innovation, as well as what she personally looks for in a new hire.</p> <ul> <li>03:20 - Who is Amantha and how did she get started?</li> <li>04:45 - What is Amantha's book about?</li> <li>05:20 - Amantha discusses some of the innovation taking place in Australian companies.</li> <li>08:05 - How Amantha and her team have helped big-names like Coca-Cola and Disney with their innovation.</li> <li>09:45 - When you're working on creative ways to disrupt the industry, you have to apply a long-term game plan.</li> <li>11:15 - How does Amantha effectively measure the before and after of a company's innovation?</li> <li>11:25 - It's difficult to foster a risk-taking company culture.</li> <li>13:00 - How did Tata successfully build a company culture where it was okay to fail in the name of innovation?</li> <li>15:20 - What would a typical day at Inventium look like?</li> <li>16:50 - Unfortunately, companies do not give enough autonomy and control to their employees.</li> <li>17:50 - If managers are simply telling staff what to do, they are also killing creativity.</li> <li>21:00 - When people feel challenged, they produce more innovative outcomes.</li> <li>23:55 - What does Amantha look for when hiring new talent?</li> <li>27:15 - How important is purpose in a company?</li> <li>29:15 - How to use the innovation audit/self-assessment quiz that's in The Creativity Formula book.</li> <li>31:25 - The Creativity Formula caters to both the individual at the employee level looking to make a difference as well as senior leaders.</li> <li>32:15 - What has Amantha changed her mind about recently?</li> <li>33:30 - What does Amantha do to remain creative?</li> <li>34:45 - What Amantha contributes her life’s success to.</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/the-science-of-innovation-with-amantha-imber/</p>
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023-Innovation Swiss Style: The Untold Story Behind Switzerland's Success with James Breiding
<p>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.</p> <ul> <li>03:55 - Why did James write the book, Swiss Made?</li> <li>05:30 - This book is now used by Swiss diplomats, although it was not originally intended to be that way.</li> <li>07:20 - What are some of the factors that have contributed to Switzerland's economic strength?</li> <li>09:55 - Switzerland and other small countries tend to be more modest. James explains further.</li> <li>11:25 - The average age of an S&P 500 company is 15 years.</li> <li>14:10 - As James investigated further into the longevity of Swiss companies, was there a particular story that surprised him?</li> <li>15:10 - About 11% of Swiss citizens live overseas.</li> <li>19:30 - James discusses Swatch's story.</li> <li>20:40 - Nobody has been able to replicate the Swatch.</li> <li>24:40 - Apple isn't the only company who was able to create absolute raving fans over their products.</li> <li>24:55 - Nestle's senior management was completely against the idea of Espresso.</li> <li>26:35 - People underestimate how costly innovation is. You need to have a high tolerance for failure.</li> <li>27:05 - We see the successes, but we very rarely see the failed attempts that don't make the history books.</li> <li>29:15 - Successful founders like Steve Jobs tend not to be people you want to have a beer with.</li> <li>29:45 - Innovators will get resistance from people who are used to doing things the tried and true way.</li> <li>31:10 - Why do multinationals love Switzerland?</li> <li>34:50 - Is there a connection between the success of small companies being located in countries with conscription?</li> <li>38:05 - How does James think about innovation and does he adapt his investment approach when dealing with an innovative company?</li> <li>42:50 - What are James's morning rituals?</li> <li>44:00 - What has James changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>45:30 - What advice does James have for his 25-year-old self?</li> <li>50:55 - Look out for James's new book, Too Small to Fail, set to be released in 2017.</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/innovation-swiss-style-untold-story-behind-switzerlands-success-with-james-breiding/" target= "_blank">http://innovationecosystem.com/innovation-swiss-style-untold-story-behind-switzerlands-success-with-james-breiding/</a></p>
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Season Two Preview
<p>Previewing Season Two of the Innovation Ecosystem Podcast and a sneak peek into a few of the conversations I've been having with upcoming guests.</p> <p><a href="http://innovationecosystem.com/season-two-preview" target= "_blank">http://innovationecosystem.com/season-two-preview</a></p>
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IE023: Season One Wrap Up
<p>Wrapping up Season One of the Innovation Ecosystem Podcast and reviewing the insights our many remarkable and thought provoking guests have given on leadership, innovation, and change in the world of business.</p>
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022 Robert Swan - 50 Year Missions, Survival and Inspiration
<p>Robert Swan is a polar explorer, environmentalist, and the first man ever to walk unsupported to both the North and South Poles. He compares his icy experiences to boardroom maneuvers and his inspirational addresses have received the acclaim of discerning audiences worldwide. It is Robert's lifetime goal to work for the preservation of the Antarctic, as it is the last great wilderness on earth. Discover more about Robert and his mission on today's podcast.</p> <ul> <li>03:05 - How did Rob become an explorer?</li> <li>03:55 - What did Rob learn on his first expedition?</li> <li>04:35 - 30 years ago Rob had to raise 5 million dollars to go on his first expedition.</li> <li>05:35 - Rob gained credibility through persistence.</li> <li>05:45 - If people say no, listen to why they're saying no.</li> <li>07:15 - After spending a year in close quarters with his team, what did Rob learn about leadership and about people?</li> <li>10:15 - What is 2041? What is Rob trying to do currently?</li> <li>10:50 - It's crucial to have a clear mission and stand for something.</li> <li>12:00 - Rob has been on a 50 year mission to protect the Antarctic.</li> <li>12:35 - What kind of barriers do executives put up when Rob speaks at companies?</li> <li>13:55 - Inspiration trails away. It's important for companies to revisit inspiration.</li> <li>14:40 - Rob believes sustainable inspiration is what corporations lack.</li> <li>15:00 - There's a lack of trust in big corporations.</li> <li>15:35 - How does Rob sustain his inspiration? He is currently on a 50 year mission.</li> <li>21:20 - If you're in doubt about climate change, then all you have to do is visit Antarctica.</li> <li>22:00 - All of us have a leadership story. Who are you? What have you accomplished?</li> <li>22:45 - Get your story right. Without a story, you will not inspire other people.</li> <li>24:45 - What do people takeaway from their expedition to Antarctica?</li> <li>27:50 - What are Rob's plans for the future?</li> <li>33:20 - The world is overrun by bad news, let's make an effort to be in the good news business.</li> <li>33:45 - What are some of Rob's morning rituals?</li> <li>36:25 - What has Rob changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>38:45 - What advice would Rob have for his 25-year-old self?</li> </ul> <p>http://innovationecosystem.com/robert-swan</p>
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021 Cris Beswick - Intrapreneurship and Building Cultures of Innovation
<p>Cris Beswick is a former product and industrial designer and has spent the last decade as a successful entrepreneur. He is now a globally recognized thought leader on strategic innovation and creating innovative organizations. Cris is also the author of Building a Culture of Innovation and discusses strategic ways leaders and entrepreneurs can apply an innovative framework into their company.</p> <ul> <li>02:30 - How did Cris get started in this industry?</li> <li>05:05 - Innovation is everywhere, but very few businesses know how to properly execute it.</li> <li>08:20 - Innovation needs company culture behind it for it to succeed.</li> <li>09:00 - Cris helps big organizations retain their culture as they begin to grow.</li> <li>10:10 - What are successful entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs doing really well?</li> <li>12:25 - How are you engaging your senior team currently?</li> <li>14:15 - What are leaders doing right now that's been really effective for culture innovation?</li> <li>15:35 - Good leaders constantly remind their team about the importance of innovation.</li> <li>18:25 - How do leaders drive their team to new areas without disrupting performance?</li> <li>21:50 - Cris talks about his latest book on innovation and why it's different from all the others.</li> <li>26:55 - Cris's book goes into the real nuts and bolts of how to execute a culture of innovation within a large organization.</li> <li>30:00 - Good innovation has measurements and goals in place to track success.</li> <li>33:10 - A large number of senior teams admit they don't know their customers well enough.</li> <li>38:00 - After managing millennials, the next leadership challenge is how to manage and lead team collaborations.</li> <li>38:45 - Will we see a future where companies are collaborating with their customers as they design new products?</li> <li>39:40 - What are Cris's morning rituals?</li> <li>41:10 - What has Cris changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>42:15 - What advice would Cris have for his 25-year-old-self?</li> </ul> <p><a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/cris-beswick/">http://innovationecosystem.com/cris-beswick</a></p>
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020 Gillian Zoe Segal - The Power of Proximity, and What We Can Learn From The Worlds Greatest Entrepreneurs
<p>Gillian Zoe Segal is the author of Getting There: A Book of Mentors. In the 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.</p> <ul> <li>02:35 - Why did Gillian write Getting There?</li> <li>03:10 - You don't need to know where you're heading when you're starting out.</li> <li>03:45 - Successful people have a very fluid mindset and they're open to change.</li> <li>05:35 - Everybody in Gillian's book is an entrepreneur and a trail blazer.</li> <li>06:30 - How does innovation really happen?</li> <li>06:45 - All of Gillian's entrepreneurs question everything and they don't blindly follow others.</li> <li>07:20 - Gillian talks about Warren Buffett.</li> <li>10:20 - How important is luck?</li> <li>12:15 - Get ready to hear the word 'no' multiple times.</li> <li>13:05 - Resilience is the key to success.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>15:35 - You have to believe in your product.</li> <li>17:35 - What advice does Gillian have for executives who are struggling to make an impact?</li> <li>18:45 - If you remember who you are, you can do anything.</li> <li>19:40 - You have to create your own opportunities.</li> <li>21:00 - Don't let the fear of failure deter you.</li> <li>22:15 - If you don't want to quit at least once a month, you're not trying hard enough.</li> <li>25:00 - If Gillian had to do this all over again, who would she put in the book?</li> <li>27:25 - How did Gillian manage to interview all these people for her book?</li> <li>29:05 - Surround yourself with high-grade people.</li> <li>30:15 - What are Gillian's morning rituals?</li> <li>30:25 - What has Gillian changed her mind about recently?</li> <li>31:25 - What advice does Gillian have for her 25-year-old self?</li> <li>33:25 - What's Gillian's next project? That's a secret for right now!</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/gillian-zoe-segal/" target= "_blank">http://innovationecosystem.com/gillian-zoe-segal/</a></p>
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019 Gerard Adams - Why Success Without Fulfillment Is The Ultimate Failure
<p>Gerard Adams is known as The Millennial Mentor and is a thought leader, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist. He co-founded the popular online news platform Elite Daily and sold it for $50 million to The Daily Mail. At only 30 years old, he has backed 9 companies and has made 7 figures in revenue. Discover his story in today's podcast.</p> <ul> <li>02:30 - How did Gerard get started?</li> <li>03:50 - Gerard learned to be a leader through his father.</li> <li>04:50 - Gerard's father was always hiding notes for Gerard to find and be inspired by.</li> <li>08:10 - How did Gerard start Elite Daily?</li> <li>11:00 - Gerard talks about the 2008 crash and how it affected his friends and his business.</li> <li>13:45 - Elite Daily was acquired by the Daily Mail for 50 million.</li> <li>16:50 - After joining a Tony Robbins seminar, Gerard was inspired to become a leader for this generation.</li> <li>17:55 - Gerard shares a bit of light on Millennials and their relationship with employment.</li> <li>20:25 - The way we communicate is changing, the technology is changing, but what hasn't changed is the grit and the hard work involved.</li> <li>20:45 - Millennials want to bring their dreams to work, but is this a myth?</li> <li>23:15 - How did Gerard build the right company culture for Millennials?</li> <li>26:50 - Stuck in a cubicle? Don't miss out on Gerard's advice here.</li> <li>28:05 - Gerard talks about his web series, Leaders Create Leaders.</li> <li>31:35 - What are Gerard's morning rituals?</li> <li>32:15 - What has Gerard changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>35:35 - What advice does Gerard have for a young Millennial? Don't procrastinate.</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/gerard-adams</p>
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018 Kevin Kelly - The Formula For The Next 10,000 Startups, Failing Forward, And Becoming A Teaching Organisation
<p>Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick at Wired magazine, co-founded Wired in 1993 and served as its Executive Editor for the first seven years. His new 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 organizations and why leaders need to adapt to a teaching mentality within the company.</p> <ul> <li>02:55 - Who is Kevin and what does a typical week look like for him?</li> <li>06:35 - Kevin talks about one of his books, Cool Tools.</li> <li>08:10 - Why did Kevin become so optimistic about technology back in the 80's?</li> <li>12:05 - Kevin talks about his latest book, The Inevitable, and what it means to entrepreneurs/corporate executives.</li> <li>15:10 - Questioning authority is now the default.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>18:40 - What kind of skills would people need to survive in the future?</li> <li>19:50 - No matter what career field you're in, you have to become a teacher in order to effectively disrupt.</li> <li>21:40 - What does a CEO have to know today?</li> <li>22:20 - We're having the second industrial revolution right now – The power of AI.</li> <li>25:15 - AI will mostly be replacing tedious tasks, other than jobs.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>30:30 - Innovation is primarily failure.</li> <li>33:30 - There's no perfect school out there. You, as the parent, have to fill in for your children.</li> <li>34:05 - The only way we know what technology is good for is by using it, not by prohibiting it.</li> <li>36:40 - Learning is the new currency.</li> <li>44:00 - China is going a thousand miles into the future; however, they still don't know where they want to go.</li> <li>47:15 - What is Kevin afraid about? Treating our AI like slaves.</li> <li>51:20 - What's the next big project for Kevin?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/kevin-kelly/</p>
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017 Scott Peltin - Multiplying Your Results From Your Mindset, Energy and Recovery Rituals
<p>Scott Peltin is founder and chief performance officer of Tignum, a company that helps his executive clients achieve their full potential. He's worked with CEOs, C-level executives, professional athletes, and many top leaders to improve their performance and sustainability. Prior to founding Tignum in 2005, Scott worked on the front-line for over 25 years as a firefighter and as a captain, and later led his crews as a battalion and division chief in the Phoenix Fire Department.</p> <ul> <li>02:20 - How did Scott get started?</li> <li>03:55 - Why is leadership not taught?</li> <li>05:55 - Scott shares an example of the kind of work he provides and how he helps CEOs succeed.</li> <li>10:50 - What happened to Bob six months after Scott's training? He finally has the tools he needs to handle difficult situations.</li> <li>13:00 - What can someone do straightaway to recover from their stressful lives?</li> <li>14:45 - Beware of the stories you tell yourself.</li> <li>18:20 - What happens if people are constantly grabbing your attention in the hallways? Scott has a solution for you.</li> <li>21:00 - Mindset is contagious. Let's talk mindset.</li> <li>27:00 - Do generations work differently in the workplace?</li> <li>29:15 - When multitasking, you have to feed the brain the right nutrients in order to succeed.</li> <li>30:30 - What's the next wave of performance technology going to be?</li> <li>35:50 - Don't forget to sign up to Scott's newsletter as he offers a ton of great insights.</li> <li>35:55 - What are Scott's morning rituals?</li> <li>37:40 - What have you changed your mind about recently?</li> <li>39:30 - What advice would Scott give his 25-year-old self?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/david-allen/" target= "_blank">http://innovationecosystem.com/scott-peltin</a></p>
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016 Colin Melvin - Changing an Industry, The Fifty Trillion Dollar Man
<p>Colin Melvin is the Global Head of Stewardship for Hermes Investment Management as well as the Founder and Chairman of Hermes Equity Ownership Services. It is Colin's mission to innovate and create successful stewardship for large institutional investors, enabling them to be active engaged owners of the companies in which they invest. Colin describes why there's such a huge disconnect in this industry and what he and his team do to help change that.</p> <ul> <li>01:00 - Who is Colin Melvin?</li> <li>05:45 - Why are investment/pension funds shifting?</li> <li>09:45 - The proper function of the financial system should be the allocation of capital, but that's not happening.</li> <li>12:00 - We currently have a short-term relationship between the investor and the company.</li> <li>13:55 - Adopting what the UN has done for ethical business practices, Colin and his company are focusing on responsible business principles for investment firms.</li> <li>16:35 - What challenges has Colin faced while implementing these new changes?</li> <li>20:25 - Colin shares an example of their global reach.</li> <li>23:35 - Colin explains his role at Hermes.</li> <li>27:00 - It has taken Colin and his team 11 years to get to where they are today.</li> <li>27:50 - Colin discusses the concept of 'The Universal Owner'.</li> <li>29:45 - Is the government getting involved with this process?</li> <li>32:00 - Colin believes there have been some political shifts based on the investment industry shifting.</li> <li>35:15 - What if we valued companies differently? In a more dynamic way? Colin explains further.</li> <li>36:45 - What skills has Colin used that have lead to his success?</li> <li>38:45 - Does Colin have any daily rituals?</li> <li>39:45 - What advice would Colin give his 25-year-old self? Don't be afraid.</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/colin-melvin/" target= "_blank">http://innovationecosystem.com/colin-melvin/</a></p>
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015 David Allen - Creating Space, Getting Altitude and Mitigating Against the Stress of Opportunity
<p>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.</p> <ul> <li>03:15 - What is the 'Getting Things Done' approach David uses?</li> <li>04:45 - How did you stumble upon this methodology?</li> <li>06:45 - How does Getting Things Done help with innovation?</li> <li>08:45 - Nobody went out to be innovative, they just went out to solve problems.</li> <li>09:30 - What's a typical day look like for a successful tech company using David's system?</li> <li>11:25 - You need to step back and look at all of the hats you're wearing.</li> <li>14:00 - Surprisingly, people who are attracted to David's work are people who need it the least.</li> <li>15:15 - Most of the stress you have is due to breaking agreements with yourself.</li> <li>15:35 - Getting Things Done is not about getting things done. It's about being engaged with every single moment in your life.</li> <li>17:45 - The first step is to get everything out of your head and on a piece of paper.</li> <li>18:55 - Getting Things Done is timeless.</li> <li>25:15 - David talks the evolution of his business model.</li> <li>29:55 - Reflection is critical to the decision making process.</li> <li>32:25 - Keeping stuff in your head is the wrong place to be keeping stuff.</li> <li>35:45 - What are David's morning rituals?</li> <li>39:05 - What has David changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>41:35 - What advice does David have for his 25-year-old self?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/david-allen/" target= "_blank">http://innovationecosystem.com/david-allen/</a></p>
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014 Shane O'Mara - Darwin's Self-Doubt, The Power of the Resting Brain and What Our Brains Are Not Built For
<p>Shane O'Mara is Principal Investigator and Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin, and is currently Director of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He is the author of the book Why Torture Doesn't Work and discusses some of the neurological effects that stress can have on the human body. Listen in for more great insights from Shane.</p> <ul> <li>04:00 - How necessary is it for your team to understand how the brain works?</li> <li>07:55 - How does long-term stress effect the human body and the brain?</li> <li>11:25 - It eventually backfires on organizations who intentionally build high-pressure environments for their employees.</li> <li>16:15 - If you don't have to solve a problem today, then don't. Think about the problem extensively, even sleep on it.</li> <li>22:00 - Shane shares an example of why Darwin delayed writing Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection for so long.</li> <li>24:25 - The part of the brain we use to judge people is the same part we use to judge commercial brands.</li> <li>29:00 - Shane talks about Google's hiring process.</li> <li>32:40 - How much do we really understand about the brain?</li> <li>35:40 - The brain changes by our experiences, by our attitudes, and even by how we talk to ourselves.</li> <li>36:30 - What's Shane's morning routine?</li> <li>39:10 - Shane likes to write at night because there are few distractions around.</li> <li>40:10 - To be chronically sleep deprived is extremely bad for you. Shane explains further.</li> <li>45:45 - What advice would Shane give to his 25-year-old self?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/shane-omara/" target= "_blank">http://innovationecosystem.com/shane-omara/</a></p>
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013 Whitney Johnson - The Disruptive Individual, Riding S Curves and Liberating Constraints
<p>Whitney Johnson is the author of Disrupt Yourself and a contributor to the Harvard Business Review. Whitney is best known for her work on driving corporate innovation through personal disruption. She discusses the four things that help you know whether you're on the right or wrong S curve and shares examples of how to disrupt a constraint in a company environment. Tune in for more insightful advice from Whitney!</p> <ul> <li>02:50 - Why did Whitney write Disrupt Yourself?</li> <li>05:35 - Whitney touches on the emotional side of the job, when you first get brought on to a company.</li> <li>07:35 - Are you on the low-end of the curve or simply on the wrong curve?</li> <li>07:55 - Are you taking the right kinds of risks?</li> <li>08:35 - Play to your strengths. We often undervalue them.</li> <li>10:35 - You will get on the wrong curve, but that doesn't mean it can't benefit you.</li> <li>11:25 - Constraints can be a good thing when you're trying to disrupt.</li> <li>12:55 - Whenever you ask people to adopt a brilliant idea, you're asking them to jump to a new curve.</li> <li>15:35 - How do you really take advantage of constraints? Whitney shares an example.</li> <li>20:40 - What are good leaders doing to create innovation?</li> <li>24:15 - What do good leaders do in times of failure?</li> <li>27:30 - How would Whitney help an executive innovate?</li> <li>30:20 - How important is curiosity and where do you go to get the proper stimulation?</li> <li>32:20 - What's next for Whitney?</li> <li>34:30 - Whitney asked employees, at a Fortune 50, how many of them were using their strengths every day at w</li> <li>35:55 - What are your morning rituals?</li> <li>37:00 - What has Whitney changed her mind about recently?</li> <li>38:00 - What advice would Whitney give to her 25-year-old self?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/whitney-johnson/" target= "_blank">http://innovationecosystem.com/whitney-johnson/</a></p>
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012 Steven D'Souza - Not Knowing - The Science of Opportunity
<p>Steven D'Souza is the Founder and Director of Deeper Learning.He is an international educator and the author of two books,Brilliant Networking and Not Knowing. Today, he discusses aleader's relationship with uncertainty and the unknown. He alsodives into how companies can embrace the concept of 'not knowing'and how to teach your staff to be more curious and engaged with theunknown. Find out more about this fascinating subject by listeningin.</p> <ul> <li>03:55 - Uncertainty has a physical impact as well as anemotional impact of feeling threaten.</li> <li>04:00 - We are afraid to feel the unknown.</li> <li>04:08 - However, the unknown is not the same asuncertainty.</li> <li>04:30 - There are many different ways to react to theunknown.</li> <li>06:40 - It's impossible for leaders to have all theanswers.</li> <li>07:45 - In the book, Steven discusses the dangers of knowledge,the dangers of thinking we, in fact, do know</li> <li>08:00 - Why did nobody predict the global financial crisis?People did predict it, but people were over conf</li> <li>09:05 - We all have limits to what we know.</li> <li>09:40 - How do companies embrace this idea of 'notknowing'?</li> <li>13:00 - Successful leadership is making space for others tohelp contribute.</li> <li>15:20 - Things are not as simple or clear cut as we like tobelieve.</li> <li>17:35 - When an organization is facing the unknown, it can bean incredibly terrifying place.</li> <li>21:45 - A lot of innovation happens at the individual level.Steven shares an example.</li> <li>22:20 - Not knowing can be a blessing sometimes.</li> <li>24:25 - People who are deep in their industry recognize thelimits of their knowledge.</li> <li>26:55 - Speak to somebody who doesn't have any knowledge ofyour field and see if you can describe it simply</li> <li>28:25 - Is there a way to teach others on your team to be morecurious?</li> <li>30:40 - Steven talks about his first book, BrilliantNetworking.</li> <li>32:25 - What advice would Steven give his 25-year-oldself?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href= "http://innovationecosystem.com/steven-dsouza/" target= "_blank">http://innovationecosystem.com/steven-dsouza/</a></p>
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011 Larry Cunningham - Of Berkshire, Moats and Culture
<p class="Default">Larry Cunningham has written a dozen books, including The Essays of Warren Buffet, Berkshire Beyond Buffett, and Quality Investing. Today, he talks about what the Berkshire subsidiaries are doing correctly and why Warren Buffett is unique as a leader. Larry also shares insightful stories of various CEOs of companies behind Berkshire and how they're able to make their investments profitable.</p> <ul> <li class="Default">02:30 - Why did Larry study Warren Buffett and Berkshire?</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">04:00 - What surprised Larry the most as he was interviewing executives from Berkshire?</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">05:40 - Berkshire has shifted from being an investment company to a holding company.</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">06:00 - 20 years ago Berkshire was a 5-10 billion company, but 80% of its assets were in investments.</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">09:35 - Larry talks about Warren's strategy.</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">12:40 - The way Warren treats his team makes them feel like they're investing with their own personal money.</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">14:35 - What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">17:15 - Berkshire doesn't insist that their subsidiaries have any sort of government or management style.16:45 - The CEO of the Marmon Group told Larry that his company has always been highly decentralized.</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">18:10 - Out of the 50 acquisitions Berkshire has made in the last 25 years, 40 of them have been private.17:35 - Berkshire relies on and trusts the team to make the best financial decisions.</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">21:25 - Larry talks about the Berkshire acquisitions that aren't bringing in profit.</li> <li class="Default">27:30 - Larry shares a story about when Berkshire acquired Benjamin Moore Paint.</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">30:20 - What advice would Larry give to the audience about how to think about disruption?</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">33:15 - Many of the principles that Berkshire stands for are proven and can be replicated.</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">36:10 - Larry talks about the Berkshire and 3G Capital acquisition and why it's different than the others.</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">42:00 - What has Larry changed his mind about recently?40:50 - What are Larry's morning rituals?</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="Default">43:05 - What advice would Larry have for his 25-year-old self?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href="http://innovationecosystem.com/larry-cunningham">http://innovationecosystem.com/larry-cunningham</a></p> <p> </p>
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010 Marc Vollenweider - Innovation powered by Mind and Machine™
<p class="Default">Marc Vollenweider is the CEO of Evalueserve, a company that offers innovative and disruptive solutions to their clients' problems. Marc has a genuinely unique perspective on the changes taking place in various industries and offers a lot of advice, for leaders as well as those working for more traditional and regulated firms, on how they can successfully navigate through these disruptive waters.  </p> <ul> <li> <div data-canvas-width="628.5141511341176">02:50 - Why did Marc leave McKinsey to become an entrepreneur?</div> <div data-canvas-width="340.9040539517647"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="340.9040539517647">04:05 - What does Evalueserve do?</div> <div data-canvas-width="578.4087760729412"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="578.4087760729412">05:00 - How has the analytics marketplace developed over the last 15 years?</div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="578.4087760729412">08:35 - Marc had two to three fundamental shifts in his business model.</div> <div data-canvas-width="623.1454264729416"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="623.1454264729416">09:00 - How has Marc been able to manage client expectation while at the same time growing his business?</div> <div data-canvas-width="630.6350158764709"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="630.6350158764709">10:05 - Evalueserve helps clients find creative and innovative ways to stand out in their market.</div> <div data-canvas-width="627.4695555529413"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="627.4695555529413">10:40 - How would Marc approach a new client in the financial service industry?</div> <div data-canvas-width="610.5589630164706"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="610.5589630164706">13:15 - Banks want to discover new ways they can save money.</div> <div data-canvas-width="604.4108835564705"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="604.4108835564705">15:15 - How are the best leaders thinking about new changes?</div> <div data-canvas-width="624.1952660258825"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="624.1952660258825">21:00 - How can people currently in these disruptive environments properly prepare for the future?</div> <div data-canvas-width="642.8202871164708"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="642.8202871164708">22:20 - MBA graduates are leaving traditional companies to join a startup.</div> <div data-canvas-width="655.6597540023535"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="655.6597540023535">24:00 - Marc suggests instead of running to a startup, stick to more traditional companies because you will see lots of opportunities for growth as everyone else moves away.</div> <div data-canvas-width="609.9516935400001"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="609.9516935400001">27:25 - As Marc has taken his company through this transformation, what challenges has he faced as a leader.</div> <div data-canvas-width="588.7640068694118"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="588.7640068694118">33:30 - Marc works with about 200 Forbes 1000 companies.</div> <div data-canvas-width="491.8110827188236"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="491.8110827188236">35:20 - Marc talks about his book, Mind+Machine.</div> <div data-canvas-width="407.58840134470614"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="407.58840134470614">38:30 - What are Marc's morning rituals?</div> <div data-canvas-width="558.4960877364707"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="558.4960877364707">39:15 - What has Marc changed his mind about recently?</div> <div data-canvas-width="598.2628303447061"> </div> </li> <li> <div data-canvas-width="598.2628303447061">40:45 - What advice does Marc have for his 25-year-old self?</div> </li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href="http://innovationecosystem.com/marc-vollenweider">http://innovationecosystem.com/marc-vollenweider</a></p> <div class="tm-click-to-tweet"> </div>
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009 Chris Goppelsroeder – Curiosity, Clean Cows and Organisational DNA
<p class="Default">Christoph Goppelsroeder is the Chief Executive Officer and President at DSM Nutritional Products. Christoph talks on how a large organization 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.</p> <ul> <li> <p class="Default">01:50 - What is DSM?</p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">03:15 - How does Christoph develop a long term plan in an ever-changing environment?</p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">04:35 - What does the company live for? How do people see DSM?</p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">05:10 - The three things that the company lives for are: safety, growing children, and sustainability. </p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">13:25 - Do not delegate innovation. Don't push it down to your team.</p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">14:15 - What kind of disruptive innovation has Christoph seen in his company?</p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">18:05 - Christoph talks about project 'Clean Cow'.</p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">22:15 - Who are the drivers of innovation in your country?</p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">24:15 - How does Christoph encourage your team to be more innovative and creative?</p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">30:15 - Collaborating with third parties was key to the growth of the organization.</p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">30:35 - How does Christoph and his team reach out to third parties and collaborate with them?</p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">34:15 - Celebrate your successes.</p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">37:25 - Does Christoph have any daily rituals?</p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">39:45 - What has Christoph changed his mind about recently?</p> </li> <li> <p class="Default">41:00 - What advice would Christoph give his 25-year-old self?</p> </li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href="http://innovationecosystem.net/chris-goppelsroeder">http://innovationecosystem.net/chris-goppelsroeder</a></p> <div class="tm-click-to-tweet"> </div>
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008 Steven MacGregor – Wellness, Recovery and Marginal Gain
<p>Steven P. MacGregor is an expert in executive health and performance. He has a PhD in Engineering Design and has trained with Olympic athletes, Tour de France riders, and Ironman champions. Steven has five elements to his framework – Move, Recover, Focus, Fuel, and Train. Steven explains to Roddy how he uses this foundation to help executives’ health and improve the overall workforce of an enterprise. </p> <p>For full show notes, including timestamps, tweetables and a link to download a PDF of the transcription, please visit: <a href="http://innovationecosystem.com/steven-macgregor/" target="_blank">http://innovationecosystem.com/steven-macgregor/</a></p>
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007 Emmanuel Gobillot – Disciplined Collaboration, Followership and Purpose
<p>Emmanuel Gobillot has been described as 'the first leadership guru for the digital generation' and is a sought after speaker on leadership. He is also the author of three bestselling leadership books and offers a completely fresh perspective on how to tackle leadership successfully. On the show, Emmanuel gives a quick overview of his books, as well as answers key questions on how a leader can really help their team shine and what followers truly desire from a leader.   </p> <p>For full show notes, including timestamps, tweetables and a link to download a PDF of the transcription, please visit: <a href="http://innovationecosystem.com/emmanuel-gobillot/" target="_blank">http://innovationecosystem.com/emmanuel-gobillot/</a></p>
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006 Orit Wolf – Music, Warmth, Mastery and Innovation
<p>Orit Wolf is an acclaimed international concert pianist, lecturer, and business consultant for innovative thinking and creative marketing. Orit talks on how she uses her music background to consult companies on innovation and inspire leaders to create a more creative work environment. Listen to Orit’s story and more on today’s episode.</p> <p>For full show notes, including timestamps, tweetables and a link to download a PDF of the transcription, please visit: <a href="http://innovationecosystem.net/orit-wolf/" target="_blank">http://innovationecosystem.net/orit-wolf/</a></p>
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005 Dorie Clark – Unicorns, Mindsets and Guy Spier
<p>Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and author of the books Reinventing You and Stand Out. Dorie says that since we live in a disruptive economy where careers and technologies are constantly changing, we have to look at how we market ourselves in a brand new way. Dorie shares valuable stories and insights on some of the people she has encountered who are fluid in this ever-changing work environment and also shares key tips on how you can get your points to be heard by the right people.</p> <ul> <li>01:30 – How did Dorie get started?</li> <li>03:00 – Marketing has changed drastically in the last ten years.</li> <li>06:20 – Disruption is everywhere.</li> <li>07:00 – What are some of the differences in mindsets between a legacy company and a disruptive company?</li> <li>10:00 – What is it about you that results in you seeing the world differently?</li> <li>10:35 – Dorie talks about her friend Erica and the example she gives about guacamole Doritos chips.</li> <li>13:10 – When you find something that is different about you, it could actually end up being a ‘weakness’ you</li> <li>15:00 – Dorie talks about how you can use power mapping.</li> <li>17:15 – How can you build a strong following around your ideas?</li> <li>21:00 – Since we live in a world where careers change quickly, these are all skill sets that can help you in</li> <li>21:35 – What kind of insights did Dorie Clark discover when she was interviewing people for her book?</li> <li>24:35 – You need to have systems in place so you can actively focus on one thing at a time.</li> <li>25:15 – What’s Dorie’s daily ritual? It’s always different for her.</li> <li>27:15 – There isn’t a one-size-fits-all method to productivity.</li> <li>33:30 – Dorie talks about the new book that she’s writing.</li> <li>36:50 – There are a lot more opportunities due to new technology.</li> <li>38:50 – What has Dorie changed her mind about recently?</li> <li>41:20 – What advice would Dorie give to her younger self?</li> <li>42:50 – Feel free to download Dorie’s free 42-page workbook on her site to help you stand out.</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: <a href="http://innovationecosystem.net/dorie-clark">http://innovationecosystem.net/dorie-clark</a></p> <div class="tm-click-to-tweet"> </div>
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004 Sydney Finkelstein - Superbosses - We All Have a Chance to be One
<p><img src="http://innovationecosystem.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IE004-Syd-Finkelstein-Box.png" alt="" width="600" /></p> <p>Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management. He is also an Associate Dean of Executive Education, at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he teaches courses on leadership and strategy. Sydney has published 20 books including Why Smart Executives Fail, Think Again, and Superbosses. On today's episode, Sydney discusses what makes super bosses so unique in terms of how they lead and how they keep great talent.</p> <h2>What Was Covered</h2> <ul> <li> <p>02:15 - Do super bosses also have other talents?</p> </li> <li> <p>03:15 - Super bosses know what kind of talent to look for.</p> </li> <li> <p>06:55 - Is the pie big enough to be shared when talent wants to start their own business?</p> </li> <li> <p>09:05 - Sydney shares an example of bosses being supportive of their employees. </p> </li> <li> <p>11:35 - Trying to keep your talent is going to end up hurting you more than help you.</p> </li> <li> <p>13:30 - Is it easy being a super boss in corporate company culture?</p> </li> <li> <p>15:45 - Are organizations aware that they're doing something special with their company culture?</p> </li> <li> <p>20:45 - There's a big change happening in our global economy where organizations are focusing much more on human relationships than on automation.</p> </li> <li> <p>27:35 - Millennials want to have an engaging work life and provide impact.</p> </li> <li> <p>28:05 - How can you be a super boss?</p> </li> <li> <p>33:25 - You might not be able to do all of the 'super boss' action steps, but you can still do a lot of them.</p> </li> <li> <p>37:30 - When you work with a super boss, there is no expiration date to that relationship.</p> </li> </ul> <p> FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.net/sydney-finkelstein</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
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003 Rob Wolcott - Never Leave Serendipity to Chance
<p><img src="http://innovationecosystem.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IE003-Rob-Wolcott-Social.jpg" alt="Rob Wolcott" width="500" height="281" /></p> <p>Robert Wolcott is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) and a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management. Mark discusses innovation and how he plans to bring KIN to Europe. He also offers thoughtful advice for entrepreneurs trying to manage their team on a middle-management level.</p> <h2>What Was Covered</h2> <ul> <li>02:32 - What does a typical week look like for Rob?</li> <li>04:20 - How can I be exceptional with what I do now, as well as prepare for the future?</li> <li>07:05 - What are you trying to accomplish?</li> <li>08:20 - Innovating for efficiency is very different than innovating for growth.</li> <li>10:25 - How can entrepreneurs get things done when they're not in C-suite positions?</li> <li>11:25 - Build bridges before you need them, especially if you're an entrepreneur.</li> <li>15:25 - Is there a certain type of leadership model that helps create sustainable innovation?</li> <li>22:00 - What does Rob mean when he says, “Don't leave serendipity to chance?”</li> <li>28:10 - How does Rob plan to bring KIN to Europe?</li> <li>32:00 - Don't hire horrible people. Life is too short.</li> <li>36:05 - Rob talks about his trip to Bhutan.</li> <li>42:15 - What are Rob's daily rituals?</li> <li>45:00 - Multitasking is bad for you.</li> <li>45:50 - What has Rob changed his mind about recently?</li> <li>48:05 - What advice would Rob give to his 20-year-old self?</li> </ul> <p> FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.net/rob-wolcott</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
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002 Steve Goldstein - Managing for Culture, Snowblowers and Conversation
<p><img src="http://innovationecosystem.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IE002-Steve-Goldstein-Social.jpg" alt="Steve Goldstein" width="500" height="281" /></p> <p>Steve Goldstein was the former Chairman & CEO of American Express Bank and the President of the Credit Card Division at Sears. He is also the author of the upcoming book, Why Are There Snow Blowers in Miami? – set to be published in September 6, 2016. Steve is a masterful storyteller and shares key insights as to where companies often fail the most. He also talks on how you can create a company culture with engaged and passionate employees.</p> <p>Steve Goldstein was the former Chairman & CEO of American Express Bank and the President of the Credit Card Division at Sears. He is also the author of the upcoming book, Why Are There Snow Blowers in Miami? – set to be published in September 6, 2016. Steve is a masterful storyteller and shares key insights as to where companies often fail the most. He also talks on how you can create a company culture with engaged and passionate employees.</p> <h2>What Was Covered</h2> <ul> <li>02:05 - What sparked Steve’s desire to break free and write a book?</li> <li>04:15 - Business books tend to be a bit boring and Steve wanted to change that.</li> <li>04:30 - Steve interviewed around 16 CEOs in different industries for the book.</li> <li>06:20 - Stories help people understand concepts better.</li> <li>08:30 - Does Steve have a repertoire of great stories or do they usually occur at the right moment?</li> <li>13:10 - Everything at a company starts at the top – good and bad.</li> <li>13:45 - Company values might be great in theory, but they're often not practiced.</li> <li>16:55 - People often use lack of time as an excuse.</li> <li>18:15 - Meetings waste time.</li> <li>18:55 - There's a fine balance between leading your people vs. managing metrics and hitting targets.</li> <li>24:15 - What is the solution to having leaders that focus more on the numbers than on their people?</li> <li>27:45 - Steve shares a story on an interaction he had with a window washer in London.</li> <li>33:35 - Steve explains why he believes leaders don't talk to their lower-level employees.</li> <li>36:30 - Why on earth are there snow blowers in Florida? Steve explains.</li> <li>42:15 - How can you look at the world with fresh eyes?</li> <li>42:45 - Talk to your employees to find out what's working & what's not working!</li> <li>44:15 - Create freedom of expression in your work environment and remove fear.</li> <li>44:50 - If you don't try, you won't fail, but you also won't accomplish anything.</li> <li>50:50 - How can you make meetings more efficient?</li> <li>57:45 - What advice would Steve have for his 20-year-old self?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.net/steve-goldstein</p> <p> </p>
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001 Lisa Bodell – Killing Companies, Creating Space, the Not-To-Do List
<p><img src="http://innovationecosystem.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/IE001-Lisa-Bodell-Social.jpg" alt="Lisa Bodell" width="500" height="282" /></p> <p>Lisa Bodell is a globally recognized innovation leader and futurist. She founded futurethink in 2003 and is the author of the book, Kill the Company. Lisa sits down with Mark to discuss how leaders can become more efficient in the work place and how they can properly simplify the work process for everyone in the company.</p> <h2>What Was Covered</h2> <ul> <li>01:50 - Why did Lisa start her company, futurethink?</li> <li>03:10 - Lisa talks about her book, Kill the Company.</li> <li>04:35 - Asking people to take on more work, doesn't work.</li> <li>05:50 - What does Lisa look for when she needs to get a better feel of company culture?</li> <li>07:20 - Leadership is the number one barrier to change.</li> <li>07:40 - What characteristics do good leaders have when trying to enable change?</li> <li>09:10 - Good leaders are open to collaboration.</li> <li>09:40 - The leader’s team can help define the barriers and break them down.</li> <li>10:15 - Leaders should focus on asking the right questions first, before coming up with the answers.</li> <li>12:30 - Leaders spend most of their time in meetings and answering emails.</li> <li>18:35 - Don't call it innovation, call it efficiency.</li> <li>21:30 - Lisa talks about the book she is currently writing.</li> <li>21:45 - Lisa believes organizations are addicted to complexity.</li> <li>26:00 - People want to do meaningful work, not answer emails and attend meetings.</li> <li>29:00 - Lisa talks about diversity thought; how people think differently.</li> <li>32:05 - What has Lisa changed her mind about recently?</li> <li>33:50 - What advice would Lisa give to her 25-year-old self?</li> </ul> <p>FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.net/lisa-bodell</p> <p> </p>
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000 Welcome to Innovation Ecosystem
<p><span data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Join us, as we interview remarkable and thought-provoking guests about innovation, leadership and change in the world of business. Whether you are an executive or an intrapreneur, our objective is to help you and your organisation create an entrepreneurial culture, become more innovative, and better able to respond to change. We do this by deconstructing world-class performance from the arenas of business, academia, science and sports. Each week Mark Bidwell and Roderick Millar will bring you key insights, fresh perspectives, and proven tools you can use straight away to make you more successful professionally and personally. Full show notes available at http://innovationecosytem.net"]" data-sheets-userformat="[null,null,899,[null,0],[null,2,16776960],null,null,null,null,null,0,1,0]">Join us, as we interview remarkable and thought-provoking guests about innovation, leadership and change in the world of business. Whether you are an executive or an intrapreneur, our objective is to help you and your organisation create an entrepreneurial culture, become more innovative, and better able to respond to change. We do this by deconstructing world-class performance from the arenas of business, academia, science and sports. Each week Mark Bidwell and Roderick Millar will bring you key insights, fresh perspectives, and proven tools you can use straight away to make you more successful professionally and personally.</span></p> <p><span data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Join us, as we interview remarkable and thought-provoking guests about innovation, leadership and change in the world of business. Whether you are an executive or an intrapreneur, our objective is to help you and your organisation create an entrepreneurial culture, become more innovative, and better able to respond to change. We do this by deconstructing world-class performance from the arenas of business, academia, science and sports. Each week Mark Bidwell and Roderick Millar will bring you key insights, fresh perspectives, and proven tools you can use straight away to make you more successful professionally and personally. Full show notes available at http://innovationecosytem.net"]" data-sheets-userformat="[null,null,899,[null,0],[null,2,16776960],null,null,null,null,null,0,1,0]">SUBSCRIBE TODAY: <a href="http://innovationecosytem.net">http://innovationecosytem.net</a></span></p>
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