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101. The Committed Innovator: A conversation with Loonshots author Safi Bahcall

Inside the Strategy Room

Companies looking to bring breakthrough innovations to life need the right organizational structures and incentives in place. In his book Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries (St. Martin’s Press, March 2019), Safi Bahcall, a former biotech CEO who now helps organizations innovate, explains what that requires. In this episode, he talks with Erik Roth, leader of McKinsey’s innovation work globally, about why some great ideas changed the world and others failed to take off. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 50:13) >  


14 Oct 2021

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LOONSHOTS: The Science of Generating Crazy Ideas (Safi Bahcall & Daniel Pink)

The Next Big Idea

What if the fates of careers, companies, even entire industries depend on nurturing crazy ideas? In “Loonshots," physicist turned biotech entrepreneur Safi Bahcall pulls back the curtain on history’s greatest scientific, technological, and entrepreneurial breakthroughs, introducing us to a cast of colorful characters with much to teach us about how innovation really happens. In doing so, he provides a brand new framework for understanding the delicate relationship between complex ideas and even more complex people.Join The Next Big Idea Club today at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book! Listen ad-free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad-free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 1min

23 Sep 2021

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#455 - Safi Bahcall

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Safi Bahcall has a conversation with Tom about his book, Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries. This episode is brought to you by Lumie, the original inventors of wake-up lights, whose Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB wake-up light mimics a natural sunrise and sunset. Shown to improve quality of sleep and to boost productivity in clinical trials, this remarkable device also features high quality audio with DAB+ radio, Bluetooth speakers, USB port and a selection of over 20 sleep/wake sounds. The Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB can transform the way you start and end your day, especially if you struggle to wake up in the morning and/or get to sleep at night - it certainly did for me. Go to lumie.com to find out more. This episode is brought to you by Modal Electronics, who make beautiful, innovative and powerful synthesisers. You can enjoy vibrant wavetable patches with their ARGON8 series. You can produce state-of-the-art analogue-style synth textures with their COBALT8 series. Go to modalelectronics.com to check out their incredible array of synthesisers.


15 Aug 2021

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“LOONSHOTS” Author Safi Bahcall Inspires and Mentors Entrepreneurs on The Mentors Radio, with Host Tom Loarie

The Mentors Radio Show

In this episode, "LOONSHOTS" author Safi Bahcall—a second-generation physicist, bio-tech entrepreneur, and former public company CEO—absolutely inspires entrepreneurs as he talks with Host Tom Loarie. Safi is known widely beyond the world of biotech as the author of LOONSHOTS, which was the #1 most recommended book of the year in 2019, has been translated into 18 languages, and has since sold more than 250,000 copies…Find out why the subtitle of his book is "“Nurture the CRAZY IDEAS that win wars, cure diseases, and transform industries," how he ended up creating the company Synta, his Five Rules of LOONSHOTS, and how all of his learning can be directly applied to your business, your ideas, your situation and put YOU on a path to achieve breakthrough results.After the radio episode airs on Saturday morning, find Show Notes here and radio podcast below and.... You can also sign up for THE MENTORS RADIO PODCAST -- FREE -- and never miss a show! Sign up here.


15 Jul 2021

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#18 Loonshots By Safi Bahcall | Book Podcast

Penpositive Outclass

Loonshots in my opinion is a must read for Entrepreneurs and business folks and also people in research. Through industries and stories Safi takes you through some very interesting observations that can change the way you see organizations and innovation. This is Day 6 of my 30 Day Podcasting Challenge. Do Email Me any Comments/Suggestions: penpositive@gmail.com Join the Community: https://www.penpositive.com Subscribe to the YouTube Channels Penpositive: https://www.youtube.com/penpositive Personal: https://www.youtube.com/vinodnarayan Poetry & Blog: https://vinodnarayan.com/  Connect on Instagram @penpositive or on Clubhouse @vinodnarayan --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/penpositive/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/penpositive/support


13 Mar 2021

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#126: Safi Bahcall - The Power Of Asking Great Questions

Freedom Pact

Safi Bahcall is a second generation physicist, biotech entrepreneur and former public-company CEO.Safi received his Ba from Harvard and his PhD in physics from Stanford.In this conversation today, we discuss Safi’s fantastic book Loonshots: how to nurture the crazy ideas that win wars, cure diseases and transform industries..Some of the the topics you’ll learn today include the importance of asking great questions, how to cultivate effective new learning, important lessons to teach children and the importance of nurturing crazy ideas.Links:https://www.youtube.com/c/FreedomPact (video interviews)https://freedompact.co.uk/newsletter (Healthy, Wealthy & Wise)https://instagram.com/freedompact https://www.bahcall.com

1hr 1min

2 Oct 2020

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#206 Safi Bahcall- Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries

What Got You There with Sean DeLaney

Safi Bahcall is one of the few 2nd time guests on What Got You There which should tell you how much Sean respects him! Safi was first featured on episode #126 , if you have not heard that pause this and checkout that episode! Safi was a former physicist turned biotech CEO where he went on to lead his company to IPO and serve as the CEO for 13 years. Safi is also author of the bestselling book Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries which is on Bill Gate’s must read list. Safi's Episode Notes Safi's Episode Transcript Checkout my Newsletter Connect with us! Whatgotyouthere “Uncover your talents. Discover your dream job. Thrive in YOUR culture.” Sign up for Culture Finders today at www.CultureFinders.com MCTco Collagen Protein Bars www.mctco.com 20% off with code “WGYT” https://www.bahcall.com/

1hr 33mins

9 Aug 2020

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Safi Bahcall on Biotech, Optimism During COVID-19 and Loonshots

Elevate with Robert Glazer

Safi Bahcall is a brilliant and audacious thinker on physics, biotech and entrepreneurship. He’s a physicist, biotech entrepreneur and former CEO.  He was named the EY Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year in New England and worked on the President Obama’s Council of Science Advisors in 2011.  He is also a widely-renowned speaker and author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Loonshots. Safi joined host Robert Glazer on the Elevate Podcast to talk about transitioning from science into entrepreneurship, how a joke helped him get on the President Obama’s council of science advisors and why he’s more optimistic than most about the possibility of COVID-19 treatment.

1hr 1min

5 May 2020

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Safi Bahcall: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Transform Industries

SXSW Sessions

Why do good teams kill great ideas? When does the wisdom of crowds become the tyranny of crowds? Bahcall's talk from SXSW 2019 reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about radical breakthroughs. Follow Safi Bahcall here: www.bahcall.com Twitter Linkedin Facebook Read Bahcall's book 'Loonshots' on Amazon


4 May 2020

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"Loonshots:" Author of the #1 Book of the Year on 'The Invisible Axe'--Safi Bahcall

The Professionals Playbook

My guest today is Safi Bahcall who is the author of Loonshots, The most recommended book of the year. It came out in 2019 and has already been translated into 18 languages. It's recommended by Bill Gates, Daniel Kahneman, Daniel Pink, Malcolm Gladwell, and Tim Ferriss and was selected as the best business book of the year by Amazon, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Financial Times, Forbes, Inc., Medium, and the Washington Post. Safi is a physicist, a biotech entrepreneur, and a former public-company CEO. In 2008, he was named E&Y New England Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors on the future of national research.Safi regularly speaks with leadership teams about applying the ideas in Loonshots and has presented at leading institutions around the world.In our conversation we talk about his thoughts on the coronavirus, separating artists from soldiers in organizations, the role of incentives, and then at the end, he interviews me for a few minutes. I highly recommend his book Loonshots--The subchapter "The Invisible Axe" has, in my opinion, the single greatest page and a half of non-fiction writing, where he talks about the incentive structure of middle managers and why they are predisposed to reject innovative ideas. Topics we talk about:Corona Virus--optimism Why he got into physicsArtists and soldiers--love bothBalancing risk and opportunity Loonshot tactics for small groupsStake vs. statusThink through incentives Loonshots--the bookSign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up here.LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊

1hr 19mins

28 Apr 2020