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Six Pixels of Separation - Mitch Joel’s weekly conversation with business leaders, thinkers, innovators and cultural icons. The show is about insights and provocations on brands, consumers, technology, business and how connected we’ve all become.

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Six Pixels of Separation - Mitch Joel’s weekly conversation with business leaders, thinkers, innovators and cultural icons. The show is about insights and provocations on brands, consumers, technology, business and how connected we’ve all become.

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Very informative

By CJThomas6 - Jan 26 2017
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Lots of useful info on digital marketing. Looking forward to more!

Engaging Podcast!

By Kimmayvan - Mar 03 2016
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Each episode is like a new podcast.

iTunes Ratings

78 Ratings
Average Ratings
58
6
3
2
9

Very informative

By CJThomas6 - Jan 26 2017
Read more
Lots of useful info on digital marketing. Looking forward to more!

Engaging Podcast!

By Kimmayvan - Mar 03 2016
Read more
Each episode is like a new podcast.

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Six Pixels of Separation Podcast - By Mitch Joel

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Six Pixels of Separation - Mitch Joel’s weekly conversation with business leaders, thinkers, innovators and cultural icons. The show is about insights and provocations on brands, consumers, technology, business and how connected we’ve all become.

SPOS #660 - What Would Seth Godin Do?

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Welcome to episode #660 of Six Pixels of Separation. 

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #660 - Host: Mitch Joel. It’s always a great day when you get the chance to spend some time with the big brain that is Seth Godin. His latest book, This Is Marketing is a true shot across the bow at how marketers are thinking these days (it’s not all data and artificial intelligence). Seth is a book writing (and publishing) machine. His countless bestsellers (nearly twenty and still going!) continue to inspire business leaders all over the world. Along with the new book, Seth is also neck-deep in his altMBA course (which has had close to 3000 participants), his marketing course (on which the book is based) - The Marketing Seminar, a podcasting course - The Podcasting Fellowship, and he’s super passionate about his own podcast, Akimbo. Seth is busier than ever. Seth is more opinionated that ever. Seth is more interested in your own success than he has ever been. The world may be slanting towards a negative position, but you won’t find any of that with Seth Godin. Do I love Seth Godin? I sure do… and here’s the proof: Dear Seth Godin (from 2012). Enjoy the conversation...

Mar 03 2019

54mins

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SPOS #605 - Next Level Negotiation Skills With Chris Voss

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Welcome to episode #605 of Six Pixels Of Separation - The Mirum Podcast

Here it is: Six Pixels Of Separation - The Mirum Podcast - Episode #605 - Host: Mitch Joel. His book is easily one of the best books that I have read in a very long time. The concept of negotiating has been a hot topic for authors and business speakers for a very long time. Still, Chris Voss is truly brilliant and his book, Never Split The Difference - Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, is just chock full of genius from start to finish. Chris was the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the FBI's hostage negotiation representative for the National Security Council's Hostage Working Group. Prior to becoming the FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator, Christopher served as the lead Crisis Negotiator for the New York City Division of the FBI. Christopher was a member of the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force for 14 years. During Chris's 24 year tenure in the Bureau, he was trained in the art of negotiation by not only the FBI but Scotland Yard and Harvard Law School. He is also a recipient of the Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement and the FBI Agents Association Award for Distinguished and Exemplary Service. Chris currently teaches business negotiation in the MBA program as an adjunct professor at University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. So, yeah, he knows a thing or two (or a million) about how to get things done. It's been a while since I was this nervous to speak with a book author (because I admire his work so much). Enjoy the conversation...

Download the Podcast here: Six Pixels Of Separation - The Mirum Podcast - Episode #605 - Host: Mitch Joel.

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Feb 11 2018

48mins

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SPOS #640 - The Current (And Future) State of Social Media With Ryan Holmes

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Welcome to episode #640 of Six Pixels of Separation. 

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #640 - Host: Mitch Joel. About ten years ago, an agency competitor reached out to me about a new product that they were launching to help individuals (and brands) better manage their social media and listening skills. The platform was Hootsuite. The entrepreneur was Ryan Holmes. For over a decade, Ryan has been the founder and CEO, and has helped grow Hootsuite into the world’s most widely used social relationship platform, with 16-million-plus users, including more than 800 of the Fortune 1000 companies. Ryan is an active investor and advisor, whose Maple Syrup Mafia syndicate is dedicated to accelerating Canadian startups. A future enthusiast (with a love of VR) and the inventor of a low-cost standing desk, he’s a hacker at heart - always looking for easier, better and more efficient ways to solve problems. Ryan is the author of the bestselling guide to social media for leaders, The $4 Billion Tweet. He shares his insights in Forbes, Fast Company and Inc. and ranks as a global influencer on LinkedIn and Facebook. Where's the state of social media at? Let's find out. Enjoy the conversation...

Oct 14 2018

53mins

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SPOS #636 - Story Driven With Bernadette Jiwa

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What do you stand for? What does your brand stand for? Where are you headed? Why are you headed there? Before you build a brand, you better know your story. In her beautiful and brand new book, Story Driven - You Don't Need To Compete When You Know Who You Are, the business philosopher, Bernadette Jiwa, delivers the goods. Bernadette helps companies of all sizes to build a brand to be proud of. Bernadette is also the author of some of the most impacting business books that you will ever read: Hunch, Meaningful, Marketing: A Love Story, Fortune Cookie Principle, Difference and Make Your Idea Matter. It was a thrill to have her back on the show to discuss Story Driven and her optimizes for brands. Enjoy the conversation....

Sep 16 2018

52mins

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SPOS #651 - Predictive Analytics With Katie Robbert

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Welcome to episode #651 of Six Pixels of Separation. 

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #651 - Host: Mitch Joel. Two of my close friends from the marketing world are Christopher S. Penn and John Wall. Some know them as the dynamic duo that host the Marketing Over Coffee Podcast (and it’s a glorious one). We’ve been friends for close to 15 years (from the early days of podcasting at the first-ever PodCamp). What some may not know, is that the two of them plus Katie Robbert have a great company called, Trust Insights. The company’s big goal is to help brands light up their dark data. They live to build both predictive insights and push analytics to create better outcomes. Katie and I met at HubSpot’s massive Inbound conference this past year, where she presented on the topic of predictive analytics. This is the kind of rich brand goodness that is no longer relegated to big companies with massive budgets. Enjoy the conversation...

Dec 30 2018

53mins

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SPOS #693 - Avinash Kaushik On The State Of Analytics

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Welcome to episode #693 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #693 - Host: Mitch Joel. He's back! Google's Digital Marketing Evangelist, bestselling author (Web Analytics - An Hour A Day and Web Analytics 2.0), powerful writer (Occam's Razor), friend and business big brain, Avinash Kaushik. His articles may as well be business books, and his insights into what should really count today for business leaders is refreshing. He's got an attitude, he is full of passion, and he has some ideas about what we all need to be thinking about, in this day and age. Avinash has an incredible newsletter titled, The Marketing-Analytics Intersect (you best sign up for it), and we're back to discuss the power of analytics, why we have too much data, why brands should stop their social media posts, and whether all of this tech hate is well placed. In a world of measuring what matters, trust me, you will need to hear what Avinash thinks (and wants you to do). Enjoy the conversation...

Oct 20 2019

1hr 3mins

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SPOS #666 - Clive Thompson On Coders

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Welcome to episode #666 of Six Pixels of Separation. 

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #666 - Host: Mitch Joel. If we're going to always talk business here on this show, I needed something with music in it to celebrate episode #666 (number of the beast, etc…). We're in luck. Clive Thompson is not just a computer geek (like me), or a passionate journalist (like me), he also writes, records, and performs music in the band The Delorean Sisters. Still, most know him for his writing in the science and technology space for the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Smithsonian magazine and many others. He wrote the book Smarter Than You Think and more recently published his sophomore effort, Coders - The Making of a New Tribe and Remaking of the World. The book explores the fascinating world of computer programmers - the people who run today's world (and the world of tomorrow). What do these people want from technology? What will these people program for us? How will these algorithms play out? How do we ensure that they’re the right people to be coding our future? Let's rock out with Clive. Enjoy the conversation...

Apr 14 2019

56mins

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SPOS #657 - Lasting Change In An Instant With James Fell

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Welcome to episode #657 of Six Pixels of Separation. 

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #657 - Host: Mitch Joel. There's no denying that change is important. One of my favourite quotes of all time is this: "If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less." - Retired United States General, Eric Shinseki. But (as we all know), change is hard. Very hard. And in happens slowly... over time. What if that were not true? What if change could happen in an instant? That is the argument (and strategy) behind the book, The Holy Sh!t Moment - How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant by James Fell. James was in debt, drunk, flunking out, and tipping the scales toward obesity, at one point in his life. Still, there was one single moment that changed his life. It was in that moment that split his life in two, dividing it into “before,” and “after.” From there, James become one of the most popular health and fitness writers in North America (writing for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Chatelaine, Men’s Health, and many others). He wrote a book about weight loss (Lose It Right), but it's this new book, The Holy Sh!t Moment, that he is most excited about. Can we change in a instant and have it last forever? Enjoy the conversation... 

Feb 10 2019

53mins

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SPOS #637 - The Convenience Revolution With Shep Hyken

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Welcome to episode #637 of Six Pixels of Separation. 

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #637 - Host: Mitch Joel. I got to finally meet Shep Hyken last year at the massive NAMM music trade show. We wound up hanging out for a few days, and I then got to see Shep in action. He doesn't just talk about great customer service, he gives it... and he lives it. He's a magnet to business people, and he does his best to help companies make every moment with their customers count. What does great customer service and experience look like? Check out his just-published business book, The Convenience Revolution. He is also the author of Moments of Magic, The Loyal Customer, The Cult of the Customer, The Amazement Revolution, Amaze Every Customer Every Time, and Be Amazing or Go Home. If that were not enough, he also created The Customer Focus, a customer service training program. Enjoy the conversation.... Enjoy the conversation....

Sep 23 2018

52mins

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SPOS #694 - Diane Mulcahy On The Gig Economy

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Welcome to episode #694 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #694 - Host: Mitch Joel. Before it was even a thing, Diane Mulcahy created the first course in the United States on the gig economy and teaches it in the MBA program at Babson College. The course gained immediate traction and was named by Forbes as one of the Top Ten Most Innovate Business School Courses. Out of that course grew a book. Diane is the author of The Gig Economy. She also walks her talk. She works independently, remotely and flexibly in the gig economy as a consultant, advisor, speaker, writer and teacher. Diane has been an investor for the past fifteen years. She is an Advisor to the Kauffman Foundation, where she manages the private equity and venture capital portfolio. She is also the author of We Have Met the Enemy …and He Is Us, a widely read report on the VC industry. In this episode we dig deep into the future of work, if the gig economy is tenable for our society, and the evils of the big market caps and over-promising based on the gig economy (Uber and WeWork much?). Enjoy the conversation... 

Oct 27 2019

52mins

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SPOS #687 - The Trillion Dollar Shift With Marga Hoek

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Welcome to episode #686 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #686 - Host: Mitch Joel. Marga Hoek wants to change the world... for the better. She believes that business for good is good business. As an international strategist on sustainable business and capital, Marga is internationally recognized as a seasoned business leader, professional speaker and writer. She recently published The Trillion Dollar Shift, a business book on the sustainable development goals, which was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos. It is the first and only business book on The Global Goals, addressing how business and capital can make positive use of these goals, while strengthening their company and business proposition. Through her work, Marga was added to the prestigious Thinkers50 network this year. She has been CEO of multiple private and public companies, and has been CEO and Chairman of the Dutch Sustainable Business Association. Marga is fluent in Dutch, Spanish and English, and is here to discuss this massive shift in business. Enjoy the conversation...

Download the Podcast here: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #686 - Host: Mitch Joel.

Sep 08 2019

50mins

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SPOS #679 - Rob Walker On The Art of Noticing

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Welcome to episode #679 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #679 - Host: Mitch Joel. Over a decade ago, Rob Walker was on this show. It speaks to the longevity of the show, but more importantly, it speaks to value and work that Rob Walker brings into our world. I had been following him long before we first recorded back in 2008 (and I have been following him ever since). Rob Walker is a journalist covering design, technology, business, the arts, and other subjects. He writes the Human Resource column for Lifehacker, and has contributed to publications like The New York Times (where he wrote The Workologist column from 2013 - 2018), The New York Times Magazine (his amazing Consumed column ran from 2004 - 2012), Bloomberg, The Atlantic and many others. His first two book, Letters From New Orleans and Buying In (a must-have for anyone in business) were both bestsellers. His latest book, The Art of Noticing - 131 ways to spark creativity, find inspiration and discover joy in the everyday, is amazing. He is on the faculty of the Products of Design MFA program at the School of Visual Arts and his newsletter, The Art of Noticing, is one everyone should subscribe to. In this episode we discuss creativity, inspiration and much more. Enjoy the conversation...

Jul 14 2019

54mins

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SPOS #654 - Brand Storytelling With Ekaterina Walter

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Welcome to episode #654 of Six Pixels of Separation. 

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #654 - Host: Mitch Joel. Ekaterina Walter is not just a friend. She is a business and marketing innovator, speaker, and author of the bestseller, Think Like Zuck, and coauthor of, The Power of Visual Storytelling. She recently published the book, The Laws of Brand Storytelling (with co-author Jessica Gioglio). After working in social media and digital marketing brands like Intel and Accenture, she co-founded a start-up that was acquired by Sprinklr, where she served as Global Evangelist. She now consults on transformation strategies. When Ekaterina is not writing about digital and business innovation, she and her eight-year-old daughter coauthor children’s books. The first, Amber and Sapphire - The Magic Spell, was published in 2017. In this episode, we explore her new book, The Laws of Brand Storytelling, and what companies must do to win (and keep) their customer's hearts (and minds). Enjoy the conversation... 

Jan 20 2019

54mins

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SPOS #634 - Augmenting The World With Tom Emrich

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Welcome to episode #634 of Six Pixels of Separation. 

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #634 - Host: Mitch Joel. He's been called the “man from the future.” Cool! Tom Emrich is widely recognized as one of the top thought leaders and influencers in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and wearable tech. With over a decade-long track record of running tech teams in emerging technologies for brands like Nestlé, Best Buy and MTV, Tom was the founder of We Are Wearables and is currently the co-producer of AWE - a conference, expo and event company focused on XR (AR, VR and Mix Reality). Tom is also an active investor and partner at Super Ventures, a fund dedicated to augmented reality. So, with all of the buzz around AR, VR and wearables, it was time to discuss the landscape and viability of these spaces for brands today. Enjoy the conversation...

Download the Podcast here: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #634 - Host: Mitch Joel.

Sep 02 2018

57mins

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SPOS #689 - Because Internet With Gretchen McCulloch

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Welcome to episode #689 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #688 - Host: Mitch Joel. I purchased the book, Because Internet - Understanding the New Rules of Language, because... well... it didn't take much to get me excited beyond the title. It had me at "hello," as they say. Then Karen Wickre (who was on the show to promote her book, Taking The Work Out of Networking, a ways back) made the intro to Gretchen McCulloch (the author of Because Internet). It turns out that Gretchen and I both live in Montreal (small world!). Gretchen McCulloch is an internet linguist: she explores the language of the internet for the people of the internet. Gretchen writes the Resident Linguist column at Wired and has also written for Slate, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Mental Floss, and The Toast. She has a master’s in linguistics from McGill University and is interested in bridging the gap between linguistics and the general public. McCulloch is the creator of the daily linguistics blog, All Things Linguistic, and the co-creator of Lingthusiasm, a podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics. So, don't have FOMO, I hope you LOL and love this show. Enjoy the conversation...

Sep 22 2019

1hr 1min

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SPOS #691 - The Collaborative Advantage With Paul Skinner

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Welcome to episode #691 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #691 - Host: Mitch Joel. There are some books that hit my desk and captivate me. That was my reaction to Paul Skinner's book, Collaborative Advantage - How collaboration beats competition as a strategy for success. This is Paul's antidote to competitive advantage, and a new perspective in how to think about your brand and the future of business. Paul works at Agency of the Future, and is also the founder of the social enterprise, Pimp My Cause. Pimp My Cause brings together marketers and good causes to create transformational pro bono projects for social good. Paul often describes Pimp My Cause as a living laboratory of collaborative advantage in action. The Cabinet Office named Paul as one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs. He is an advisory board member for the Museum of Brands and an advisor for the Future Strategy Club. Enjoy the conversation...

Oct 06 2019

53mins

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SPOS #638 - Talk Triggers With Jay Baer

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Welcome to episode #638 of Six Pixels of Separation. 

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #638 - Host: Mitch Joel. My good friend Jay Baer has spent 25 years in digital marketing and customer experience. His current company – Convince & Convert – provides word of mouth, digital marketing, and customer experience advice and counsel. We're here to talk about his amazing new book, Talk Triggers (which he co-authored with Daniel Lemin), which is the complete guide to getting customers to use a brand's differentiator in a way that would compel them towards better word of mouth. In the best companies, the customers do the marketing. Talk Triggers is the instruction manual for making businesses grow through these customer conversations. Prior to Talk Triggers, Jay wrote a slew of powerful bestselling books from Hug Your Haters to Youtility and beyond. So, let's get talking about how to make talk triggers. Enjoy the conversation...

Download the Podcast here: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #638 - Host: Mitch Joel.

Sep 30 2018

53mins

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SPOS #673 - Ian Altman On The Best Sales Strategies

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Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #673 - Host: Mitch Joel. I'm super excited to welcome back to the show my good friend (and sales trainer extraordinaire), Ian Altman. Organizations call Ian Altman for his modern sales approach to grow business with integrity. As a CEO for over two decades, Ian founded and grew his own business-services and technology companies from zero to over $1 billion in value. This business success, backed by years of researching how customers make decisions, established Ian as a leading authority on sale acceleration and business growth. He synthesized his thinking into the bestselling book, Same Side Selling. We're here (again), because Ian just published a newly updated second edition of Same Side Selling (which he co-authored with Jack Quarles). Ian has hugely popular podcast of his own also titled, Same Side Selling, and had written hundreds of articles for Inc., Forbes and beyond. Enjoy the conversation...

Jun 02 2019

56mins

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SPOS #682 - Former Amazon Executive Steve Susi Talks Brand, Loyalty And Information

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Welcome to episode #682 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #682 - Host: Mitch Joel. Steve Susi began his career as a creative in the advertising agencies of yesterday. He then discovered the Internet, and started building digital teams back in 1995. From there he took on major creative roles in some of the nascent digital marketing shops, working on the earliest forms of the commercial Internet. After 16 years, Steve Susi joined Amazon Advertising as its NYC creative director in 2012, where his teams would deliver original brand experiences on behalf of hundreds of advertisers and millions of customers worldwide. In 2014 he became its first group creative director and, two years later, first executive creative director, moving to London to lead creative operations across Europe, Asia, and Canada. In 2016, he received the first Amazon Inventor Award granted to Advertising outside the US for patent-pending innovation. Most recently, he published his first book, Brand Currency - A Former Amazon Exec on Money, Information, Loyalty, and Time. Enjoy the conversation...

Aug 04 2019

56mins

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SPOS #661 - Henry Mintzberg Dreams About Management

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Welcome to episode #661 of Six Pixels of Separation. 

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #661 - Host: Mitch Joel. Where do the concepts of how we run a business come from? Many don't realize that management concepts are rarely created, implemented and perfected by simply fumbling through it. In fact, Henry Mintzberg is responsible for much of the management concepts that are in practice today. A true legend. You can’t use those words lightly when it comes to the business world. Henry Mintzberg is a true legend. He is an internationally renowned academic and author on business and management. He is currently the Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University in Montreal, where he has been teaching since 1968. A published author (more times than most can count), he has been pushing progressive management theory since the early seventies. Most know him for his 1989 book, Mintzberg On Management. Mintzberg also runs a business called, Coaching Ourselves. Most recently, he published a book (which is a curation and re-editing of his online articles) called, Bedtime Stories For Managers. Henry wants leaders to manage with soul, become keynote listeners (not speakers) and engage with their teams in more meaningful ways. Enjoy the conversation...

Mar 10 2019

54mins

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SPOS #700 - Seth Godin on Podcasting

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Welcome to episode #700 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #700 - Host: Mitch Joel. I’m not one to mark milestones. It’s just not who I am (and it’s not what I’m about). Birthdays, anniversaries, etc… I don’t like attention or making a big deal out of things. That was my attitude going into this week’s episode. Still, 700 podcasts is a big deal. Beyond Leo Laporte and TWiT, I am not sure if there is a longer running and consistently published podcast in the world of business. Maybe I am wrong? I don’t know. Still, every Sunday since May 22nd, 2006, I have published a podcast here. It was actually a no-brainer when I thought of who (and what) I would like to discuss for this week’s 700th episode. I wanted to discuss podcasting, and I wanted to discuss it with the one and only Seth Godin. I’ve known Seth for a long time. He’s been a guest on this show more than ten times over the years. If you want to know how much I love Seth, please read this article from April 2012: Dear Seth Godin. For more than thirty years, Seth has been showing up, doing the work and has been shipping ideas. Drip. Drip. Drip. He's been blogging daily for over a decade (free Seth Godin thinking? Yes please!) and he is the author of close to twenty bestselling (and must read) books like Purple Cow, Linchpin, The Dip, and his most recent, This Is Marketing. It's hard to not list out every book that he has written, because I love, share and gift all of them (he's just that good). In 2015, he created the altMBA, a life-changing 30 day workshop that is changing the face of education. More than 60,000 people have taken his online courses, including The Marketing Seminar and several others on Udemy. Along with doing five TED talks, Seth has a top-rated podcast, Akimbo, and has built The Podcasting Fellowship to help others start a show of their own (he’s got some other great workshops as well). Enjoy the conversation...  

Dec 08 2019

55mins

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SPOS #699 - Ron Tite On Think Do Say

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Welcome to episode #699 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #699 - Host: Mitch Joel. These are the hard conversations to have (from a professional standpoint). Ron Tite and I are very close friends. It’s rare that a day goes by without some point of connectivity (a train of texts, a call, etc…). I’ve admired his work, his thinking, his humor and his ideas from the day that we first met. Ron has been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands. He is Founder and CEO of Church+State (originally The Tite Group), a  content marketing agency and publisher of, This is That Travel Guide to Canada – a best-selling, award-winning satirical book from the creators of CBC Radio’s hit show, This Is That. His past work includes being Executive Producer & Host of the award-winning comedy show, Monkey Toast, in addition to writing for a number of television series, penning a children’s book, and writing, performing, and producing the play The Canadian Baby Bonus. In demand as a speaker on innovation, branding and content marketing, Ron continues to speak to leading organizations all over the world about “The Expression Economy” – his take on modern business. His first book, Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be), was published in 2016. His latest (and greatest) book is Think Do Say, looks at how consumers now vote with their wallet and their time. He even has a podcast of his own, and it’s call, The Coup. Always filled with interesting perspectives, this is a show that you do not want to miss. Enjoy the conversation...

Dec 01 2019

54mins

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SPOS #698 - Charlene Li On The Disruption Mindset

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Welcome to episode #698 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #698 - Host: Mitch Joel. If you asked me who is one of the smartest people in the world on the topic of disruption, innovation and technology, it would be Charlene Li. For the past two decades, Charlene has been helping people see the future. She’s the bestselling author of six books, including her newest, The Disruption Mindset - Why Some Businesses Transform While Others Fail. With that, many first heard of her when she co-authored the massive book, Groundswell and followed it up with Open Leadership. Charlene founded Altimeter Group, a disruptive industry analyst firm that was acquired by Prophet in 2015. She continues working at Prophet as a Senior Fellow. She was also a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, worked in online newspaper publishing, and was a consultant with Monitor Group. Let's discuss disruption. Enjoy the conversation...

Nov 24 2019

57mins

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SPOS #697 - Neil Pasricha Says You're Awesome (And You Are)

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Welcome to episode #697 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #697 - Host: Mitch Joel. I'm a very lucky human being. I get to call Neil Pasricha my friend. Neil is the author of six books. Let's start with, The Book of Awesome, a spinning rolodex of simple pleasures based on his 100-million-hit, award-winning blog, 1000 Awesome Things. Then there’s, The Happiness Equation, originally written as a 300-page love letter to his unborn son on how to live a happy life. After that was, Awesome Is Everywhere, an interactive introduction to guided meditation for children. He then published, How To Get Back Up, a memoir of failure and resilience released as an Audible Original. He is a publishing juggernaut. His books are New York Times and #1 international bestsellers, and have sold millions of copies across dozens of languages. He also speak to groups (a lot). His first TED talk, The 3 A’s of Awesome, is ranked as one of the 10 Most Inspiring of all time, and his second is called, How do you maximize your tiny, short life?, an artistic side-project called the world’s first TED Listen, composed entirely of questions. His podcast is a personal favorite as well. It's called 3 Books, and it's a 15-year-long mission to uncover and discuss the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each of the 333 chapters unpacks the 3 most formative books of an inspiring individual like Judy Blume, Chris Anderson of TED, the world’s greatest Uber driver, or David Sedaris. His latest book is titled, You Are Awesome - How to navigate change, wrestle with failure and live an intentional life. Enjoy the conversation...

Nov 17 2019

1hr 2mins

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SPOS #696 - Nancy Duarte On Using Data Better In Presentations

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Welcome to episode #696 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #696 - Host: Mitch Joel. Nancy Duarte is a communication expert. Hard stop. That's not hyperbole. She is an expert... maybe even THE expert in how to tell great stories and present them in a compelling way. Her firm, Duarte, is the global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture. As a persuasion expert, she cracked the code for effectively incorporating story patterns into business communications. She’s written five best-selling books (including the must-have Slide:ology, Resonate and Illuminate), four of which have won major book awards. Her company is one of the top woman-owned businesses in North America. Nancy has won several awards for communications, entrepreneurship, and her success as a female executive. On the list of top 250 Women in Leadership, Nancy ranks #67 and on World’s Top 30 Communication Professionals for 2017, Nancy ranks #1. She is also a professional speaker at and has many more speakers in her firm’s clientele. Her TEDx talk has had over two million views (The secret structure of great talks). Her latest book, DataStory looks at how to inspire action and story through a company's data. You don't want to miss this chat. Enjoy the conversation...

Nov 10 2019

57mins

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SPOS #695 - Marcus Sheridan On Great Sales And Better Marketing

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Welcome to episode #695 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #695 - Host: Mitch Joel. Long before Marcus Sheridan became one of the most sought-after speakers and trainers in the world, he was just some dude I saw speak on a small stage in front of an unsuspecting audience. Sometimes, you just know it when you see it. That day, I saw it. The "it factor" in Marcus. Speaking, teaching and training audiences to think differently (and better) about their sales and marketing in one of the most captivating ways. Since then, I have watched Marcus' massive ascent. From just another pool salesperson, into what he is now. He is the author of the bestselling book, They Ask, You Answer. As I alluded to, Marcus’ story didn’t begin on the stage. It started with a business created and run out of the back of a beat-up pickup truck. Marcus’ experience of saving his swimming pool company, River Pools and Spas, from the economic collapse of 2008 has been featured in multiple books, publications and university case studies from around the world. From its humble beginnings as a three-person company to one of the largest manufacturers and installers in the country, River Pools and Spas has the most visited pool website in the world. From there, he built his sales and marketing consultancy, The Sales Lion, and in early 2018 that company merged with Impact, where they are now building a leading sales and marketing agency. With that, he recently updated and revised his book, They Ask, You Answer. Enjoy the conversation...

Nov 03 2019

54mins

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SPOS #694 - Diane Mulcahy On The Gig Economy

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Welcome to episode #694 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #694 - Host: Mitch Joel. Before it was even a thing, Diane Mulcahy created the first course in the United States on the gig economy and teaches it in the MBA program at Babson College. The course gained immediate traction and was named by Forbes as one of the Top Ten Most Innovate Business School Courses. Out of that course grew a book. Diane is the author of The Gig Economy. She also walks her talk. She works independently, remotely and flexibly in the gig economy as a consultant, advisor, speaker, writer and teacher. Diane has been an investor for the past fifteen years. She is an Advisor to the Kauffman Foundation, where she manages the private equity and venture capital portfolio. She is also the author of We Have Met the Enemy …and He Is Us, a widely read report on the VC industry. In this episode we dig deep into the future of work, if the gig economy is tenable for our society, and the evils of the big market caps and over-promising based on the gig economy (Uber and WeWork much?). Enjoy the conversation... 

Oct 27 2019

52mins

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SPOS #693 - Avinash Kaushik On The State Of Analytics

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Welcome to episode #693 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #693 - Host: Mitch Joel. He's back! Google's Digital Marketing Evangelist, bestselling author (Web Analytics - An Hour A Day and Web Analytics 2.0), powerful writer (Occam's Razor), friend and business big brain, Avinash Kaushik. His articles may as well be business books, and his insights into what should really count today for business leaders is refreshing. He's got an attitude, he is full of passion, and he has some ideas about what we all need to be thinking about, in this day and age. Avinash has an incredible newsletter titled, The Marketing-Analytics Intersect (you best sign up for it), and we're back to discuss the power of analytics, why we have too much data, why brands should stop their social media posts, and whether all of this tech hate is well placed. In a world of measuring what matters, trust me, you will need to hear what Avinash thinks (and wants you to do). Enjoy the conversation...

Oct 20 2019

1hr 3mins

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SPOS #692 - Alexa, Tell Me More About Smart Audio With James Vlahos

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Welcome to episode #692 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #692 - Host: Mitch Joel. In case you have not noticed, I could not be more bullish on the power of Smart Audio. From smart speakers and Alexa to Google’s voice assistant technology, chatbots and artificial intelligence. This space has been looked at analyzed in the book, Talk To Me - How voice computing will transform the way we live, work and think by James Vlahos. James is a journalist (who has written for the New York Times, Popular Science, The Atlantic and Wired). He wrote a cover story in 2017 for Wired , which was all about his startup (now called HereAfter), which - at the time - was really a chronicle of how he programmed his own AI chatbot to resemble his late father. This program, called DadBot, has evolved. The smart audio space continues to evolve. When people ask me what the future of technology is, Smart Audio is at the top of my list. So let’s dive in deep, and see what’s got everyone talking. Enjoy the conversation… 

Oct 13 2019

56mins

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SPOS #691 - The Collaborative Advantage With Paul Skinner

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Welcome to episode #691 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #691 - Host: Mitch Joel. There are some books that hit my desk and captivate me. That was my reaction to Paul Skinner's book, Collaborative Advantage - How collaboration beats competition as a strategy for success. This is Paul's antidote to competitive advantage, and a new perspective in how to think about your brand and the future of business. Paul works at Agency of the Future, and is also the founder of the social enterprise, Pimp My Cause. Pimp My Cause brings together marketers and good causes to create transformational pro bono projects for social good. Paul often describes Pimp My Cause as a living laboratory of collaborative advantage in action. The Cabinet Office named Paul as one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs. He is an advisory board member for the Museum of Brands and an advisor for the Future Strategy Club. Enjoy the conversation...

Oct 06 2019

53mins

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SPOS #690 - Newsy And The State of News With Blake Sabatinelli

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Welcome to episode #690 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #690 - Host: Mitch Joel. I’m on mission to add different types of audio content to this show. Last week, I was asked to moderate at session at the InfoPresse event, Platforms (here in Montreal). I had the chance to speak with Blake Sabatinelli about the state of media, the news and his growing organization, Newsy. Blake is CEO of Newsy. Prior to joining the organization, Blake oversaw video strategy at Newsy's parent company, The E.W. Scripps Company. Blake has a long history in both news and digital strategy. A native Texan, he started his career as a digital producer at ABC Action News in Tampa, and was later promoted to executive producer, managing a team of producers and overseeing editorial operations. Blake later led the digital strategy and operations at WJLA and News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C. For those who are not familiar, Newsy is quickly becoming the source for concise, unbiased video news and analysis covering the top stories from around the world. With persistent curiosity and no agenda, Newsy strives to fuel meaningful conversations by highlighting multiple sides of every story. Newsy prides itself on delivering the news and perspective you need without the hype and bias common to many news sources. With that, Newsy streams a 24-hour network that is focused on over-the-top environments (OTT). This includes Newsy’s apps for connected TV platforms such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku, as well as distribution deals Newsy has signed with streaming pay-TV services such as Sling TV and YouTube TV. In you look around, many in the media see Newsy as one of the fastest growing news companies in the world. Enjoy the conversation...

Sep 29 2019

32mins

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SPOS #689 - Because Internet With Gretchen McCulloch

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Welcome to episode #689 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #688 - Host: Mitch Joel. I purchased the book, Because Internet - Understanding the New Rules of Language, because... well... it didn't take much to get me excited beyond the title. It had me at "hello," as they say. Then Karen Wickre (who was on the show to promote her book, Taking The Work Out of Networking, a ways back) made the intro to Gretchen McCulloch (the author of Because Internet). It turns out that Gretchen and I both live in Montreal (small world!). Gretchen McCulloch is an internet linguist: she explores the language of the internet for the people of the internet. Gretchen writes the Resident Linguist column at Wired and has also written for Slate, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Mental Floss, and The Toast. She has a master’s in linguistics from McGill University and is interested in bridging the gap between linguistics and the general public. McCulloch is the creator of the daily linguistics blog, All Things Linguistic, and the co-creator of Lingthusiasm, a podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics. So, don't have FOMO, I hope you LOL and love this show. Enjoy the conversation...

Sep 22 2019

1hr 1min

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SPOS #688 - Nir Eyal On Indistractable

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Welcome to episode #688 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #688 - Host: Mitch Joel. He's one of the more interesting thinkers and authors that I have had the pleasure to get to know over the years. Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked - How to Build Habit-Forming Products and his latest, Indistractable - How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Anchor.fm and many more. In this episode we discuss his latest book, Indistractable, how he shot down a lot of Malcolm Gladwell's thinking (and why Gladwell loved it), and how he can write a book about habit-forming technology, and then write a book about why that's a problem. Enjoy the conversation...

Download the Podcast here: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #688 - Host: Mitch Joel.

Sep 15 2019

49mins

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SPOS #687 - The Trillion Dollar Shift With Marga Hoek

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Welcome to episode #686 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #686 - Host: Mitch Joel. Marga Hoek wants to change the world... for the better. She believes that business for good is good business. As an international strategist on sustainable business and capital, Marga is internationally recognized as a seasoned business leader, professional speaker and writer. She recently published The Trillion Dollar Shift, a business book on the sustainable development goals, which was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos. It is the first and only business book on The Global Goals, addressing how business and capital can make positive use of these goals, while strengthening their company and business proposition. Through her work, Marga was added to the prestigious Thinkers50 network this year. She has been CEO of multiple private and public companies, and has been CEO and Chairman of the Dutch Sustainable Business Association. Marga is fluent in Dutch, Spanish and English, and is here to discuss this massive shift in business. Enjoy the conversation...

Download the Podcast here: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #686 - Host: Mitch Joel.

Sep 08 2019

50mins

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SPOS #686 - How To Have Range With David Epstein

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Welcome to episode #686 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #686 - Host: Mitch Joel. David Epstein is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Range - Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and of the bestseller, The Sports Gene. He was previously a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he co-authored the story that revealed Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids. His writing has been honored by an array of organizations, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, and has been included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. His story Following the Trail of Broken Hearts, on sudden cardiac death in athletes, was chosen as one of the top 100 stories of the last 100 years by Columbia Journalism alumni. David has given talks about performance science and the uses (and misuses) of data on five continents; his TED Talk has been viewed over eight million times, and was shared by Bill Gates. Three of his stories have been optioned for films. On this episode, we look at his latest book, Range, and how the world used to think that being a specialist was the path to success, but maybe it's the generalists who rule the day? Enjoy the conversation...

Sep 01 2019

53mins

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SPOS #685 - Roger Dooley On The Power of Friction

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Welcome to episode #685 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #685 - Host: Mitch Joel. Simply put: Roger Dooley is a really nice human being. His latest book is Friction - The Untapped Force That Can Be Your Most Powerful Advantage. Prior to that he authored, Brainfluence - 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing  and The Persuasion Slide. He writes at Neuromarketing, and is columnist for Forbes. Roger is the founder of Dooley Direct and co-founded College Confidential, a leading college-bound website. That business was acquired by Hobsons, where he served as VP Digital Marketing after the acquisition. Roger also spent years in direct marketing as the co-founder of a successful catalog firm and also was director of corporate planning for a Fortune 1000 company. In this episode we break down the power of removing friction for business (and why it's so critical). Enjoy the conversation...

Aug 25 2019

48mins

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SPOS #684 - Gary Shapiro On CES And The Future of Innovation

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Welcome to episode #684 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #684 - Host: Mitch Joel. One could argue that Gary Shapiro has the coolest job in the world. Gary is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES - the massive Consumer Electronic Show that descends on Las Vegas every January, and introduces the world to the future of technology and innovation. Gary has testified before Congress on technology and business issues dozens of times and led the industry through its successful transition to HDTV. As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition, Gary led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair-use rights and was an early opponent in the fight to defeat SOPA and PIPA in Congress – legislation that would silence free speech online. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, The Hill named him one of the top lobbyists in Washington, DC. Shapiro has also been repeatedly named one of the 100 most influential people in Washington by Washington Life Magazine and a "tech titan" by Washingtonian magazine. Gary is also an author. He wrote the New York Times best-sellers, Ninja Innovation - The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses, The Comeback - How Innovation will Restore the American Dream, and his latest, Ninja Future - Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation. If you want to better understand the future of technology, electronics and innovation... look no further. Enjoy the conversation...

Aug 18 2019

55mins

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SPOS #683 - Liane Davey On Productive Conflict And Business Success

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Welcome to episode #683 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #683 - Host: Mitch Joel. For the past 25 years, Liane Davey has researched and advised teams on how to achieve high performance. Known as the “teamwork doctor,” she’s worked with teams from the frontlines to the boardroom, across a variety of industries, and around the globe from Boston to Bangkok. In working with hundreds of teams, including 26 Global Fortune 500 companies (and counting), she has developed a unique perspective on the challenges that teams face – and how to solve them. Beyond her work in the boardroom, Liane is a New York Times Bestselling author of You First - Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done. More recently she published her sophomore effort, The Good Fight - Use productive conflict to get your team and organization back on track. In short, fights within an organization should not be avoided... they should be embraced (and encouraged). Is your team worth fighting for? Your business? Here's how to fight fair. Enjoy the conversation...

Aug 11 2019

51mins

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SPOS #682 - Former Amazon Executive Steve Susi Talks Brand, Loyalty And Information

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Welcome to episode #682 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #682 - Host: Mitch Joel. Steve Susi began his career as a creative in the advertising agencies of yesterday. He then discovered the Internet, and started building digital teams back in 1995. From there he took on major creative roles in some of the nascent digital marketing shops, working on the earliest forms of the commercial Internet. After 16 years, Steve Susi joined Amazon Advertising as its NYC creative director in 2012, where his teams would deliver original brand experiences on behalf of hundreds of advertisers and millions of customers worldwide. In 2014 he became its first group creative director and, two years later, first executive creative director, moving to London to lead creative operations across Europe, Asia, and Canada. In 2016, he received the first Amazon Inventor Award granted to Advertising outside the US for patent-pending innovation. Most recently, he published his first book, Brand Currency - A Former Amazon Exec on Money, Information, Loyalty, and Time. Enjoy the conversation...

Aug 04 2019

56mins

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SPOS #681 - Baratunde Thurston On Technology, Comedy, Politics And Life

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Welcome to episode #681 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #681 - Host: Mitch Joel. Montreal in the summer is a magical time. From the Festival International De Jazz De Montreal to Montreal ComicCon and Heavy Montreal (coming up this weekend!) to the famed Just For Laughs Comedy Festival (which is happening now). When the line-up was announced for Just For Laughs, I saw that my fellow TEDster, Baratunde Thurston, was going to be coming to town to host (and moderate) a panel called, Political Comedy on Political Change. We had a chance to sit down and record during an incredible day of sunshine, right before his event. For those who don’t know, Baratunde Thurston is an Emmy-nominated writer, activist, and comedian who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House. He also cleaned bathrooms to pay for his Harvard education. He hosts the iHeartMedia podcast Spit, wrote the New York Times bestseller, How To Be Black, and serves on the boards of BUILD and the Brooklyn Public Library. Baratunde makes media, delivers keynotes, and promotes action with his unique blend of criticism, humor, and optimism. He’s most invested in topics of race, technology, democracy, and climate (because the hard stuff has already been solved). He’s got one of the warmest hearts and biggest brains. Enjoy the conversation…

Jul 28 2019

1hr 3mins

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