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Join us, as we interview remarkable and thought-provoking guests about innovation, leadership and change in the world of business. We do this by exposing you to multiple perspectives from the arenas of business, academia, science and sports. We bring you key insights and proven tools you can use straight away to enrich your ecosystem so you are better able to respond to change. Full show notes available at InnovationEcosystem.com

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Join us, as we interview remarkable and thought-provoking guests about innovation, leadership and change in the world of business. We do this by exposing you to multiple perspectives from the arenas of business, academia, science and sports. We bring you key insights and proven tools you can use straight away to enrich your ecosystem so you are better able to respond to change. Full show notes available at InnovationEcosystem.com

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Food for thought... Inspiring!

By GusGusBer - Oct 04 2016
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What a great way to learn and grow! A very professional podcast series, highly recommended.

Fresh and Interesting

By heyo kayo - Apr 03 2016
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Great discussions and insights.

iTunes Ratings

40 Ratings
Average Ratings
35
3
2
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Food for thought... Inspiring!

By GusGusBer - Oct 04 2016
Read more
What a great way to learn and grow! A very professional podcast series, highly recommended.

Fresh and Interesting

By heyo kayo - Apr 03 2016
Read more
Great discussions and insights.
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The Innovation Ecosystem: changing perspectives, one podcast at a time

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Join us, as we interview remarkable and thought-provoking guests about innovation, leadership and change in the world of business. We do this by exposing you to multiple perspectives from the arenas of business, academia, science and sports. We bring you key insights and proven tools you can use straight away to enrich your ecosystem so you are better able to respond to change. Full show notes available at InnovationEcosystem.com

Rank #1: 033 - Pre-suasion: How to Influence With Integrity with Robert Cialdini

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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.

  • 05:40 - For those who haven’t read Robert’s book, Influence, Robert offers a quick overview on the six principles of influence.
  • 17:25 - Why did Robert decide to write his second book, Pre-suasion?
  • 24:15 - The best influencers cultivate relationships long before they need help.
  • 25:40 - Warren Buffett writes an annual letter to his investors, what’s so special about it?
  • 27:45 - Be upfront with your investors.
  • 29:45 - Behavioral science indicates that if you ask for advice, you will also gain an accomplice.
  • 30:25 - What has Robert changed his mind about recently?
  • 31:40 - What does Robert do to remain creative?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/pre-suasion-how-to-influence-with-integrity-with-robert-cialdini/

Nov 22 2016

39mins

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Rank #2: 056 - I Don't Care if it's Disruptive or Sustaining Innovation. What the Hell Do I Do Now? - with Greg Satell

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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.

What was Covered

  • Greg’s approach to mapping innovation, what he calls a “playbook for navigating a disruptive age”
  • 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
  • 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
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • 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?”
  • 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
  • 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
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Sep 12 2017

39mins

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Rank #3: 034 - The Space Between Hesitation and Commitment with Michael Gervais

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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: ● Why is an understanding of the space between hesitation and commitment so fundamental to raising performance? ● What is micro-choking, and how can you dissolve pressure? ● A definition of failure that challenges us to step up

  • 03:20 - How does Michael help people become the best they can be?
  • 05:00 - How does Michael help people think more clearly when under pressure?
  • 05:25 - What does ‘micro-choking’ mean?
  • 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.
  • 12:50 - To do the difficult and challenging things in life, we need the help of others.
  • 13:30 - However, corporate America is riddled with narcissists. This actually kills success.
  • 16:25 - How does Michael see risk and failure show up in the executive suites?
  • 19:20 - How does personal philosophy differ from personal purpose?
  • 23:40 - ] Michael discusses the work he did with Skydiver Felix Baumgartner, the man who broke the sound barrier.
  • 28:15 - What has Michael learned so far, from hosting his podcast, Finding Mastery?
  • 35:05 - What is the space between hesitation and commitment? What makes someone go over that edge?
  • 39:40 - Write down in 20 words or less what your philosophy is.
  • 41:20 - What has Michael changed his mind about recently?
  • 42:55 - What does Michael do to remain creative and innovative?
  • 44:25 - What does Michael attribute his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/the-space-between-hesitation-and-commitment-with-michael-gervais/

Nov 29 2016

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Rank #4: 026 - Creating a Practice of Lifelong Learning with Pamay Bassey

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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.

  • 04:00 - Find out more about Pamay.
  • 04:35 - Why did Pamay go from employee to entrepreneur to intrepreneur?
  • 06:45 - What does Pamay mean by 'creative innovative learning environments'?
  • 09:55 - Pamay talks about the differences between e-learning and machine-learning.
  • 14:35 - What is 52 Weeks of Worship about?
  • 17:35 - Was there a particular place that stood out to Pamay and really moved her?
  • 20:50 - If you say you are something, it should really mean something to you.
  • 24:15 - What does it mean to Pamay to be an intrepreneur?
  • 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.
  • 30:30 - When people feel like they're growing, they're less likely to look elsewhere and leave the company.
  • 35:00 - What has Pamay changed her mind about recently?
  • 36:45 - What does Pamay do to remain creative?
  • 38:15 - What does Pamay contribute her success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/creating-a-practice-of-lifelong-learning-with-pamay-bassey/

Oct 04 2016

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Rank #5: 080 - Little Nudges, Big Results

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In this episode, we are joined by Steven MacGregor, who is the founder and CEO of The Leadership Academy of Barcelona and author of Sustaining Executive Performance and his latest book is Chief Wellbeing Officer, in which he discusses the importance of maintaining positive mental health in the workplace. Steven is also an academic specializing in executive education and has taught at Stanford University, IMD at Lausanne, and CIBS in Shanghai.

  • Why Steven believes that positive mental health and humanity will help us to thrive in the future world of work .
  • How not to be over busy, and the benefits of slowing down in the workplace.
  • Why Steven believes we should focus on the small picture, and how to quickly learn new and automatic habits.
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • Ambiguity: why being flexible, employing different solutions and the ability to pivot is an essential skill set for successful senior executives.
  • Small gains: how multiple improvements, however small, can have a big impact on results.
  • Mindfulness and well being: how taking care of your mental health can help lead you become a top performer.
  • Agility: how movement can help to boost innovation and allow us to learn fresh perspectives.
  • Nudges: how to take back your worries and feel healthier by hacking your social and environment rituals.
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Oct 09 2018

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Rank #6: 027 - Building An Industry-Leading Innovation Engine with Trish Malarkey

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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.

  • 02:15 - What does Trish do?
  • 05:55 - Why are so many people working in Switzerland in the science field?
  • 06:55 - Why did Trish accept the position, Head of Research and Development, at Syngenta?
  • 08:30 - How does Trish create an innovative environment with her employees?
  • 11:40 - Trish discusses how to create a company culture filled with purpose.
  • 13:30 - From a leadership perspective, what does Trish do to inspire innovation?
  • 18:30 - What is Syngenta doing that makes them better than their competitors?
  • 21:00 - How does Trish know the research she is doing today will be beneficial in 2025?
  • 24:30 - What does Trish see right now in terms of innovation in the agricultural industry?
  • 27:50 - Why should people join the agricultural industry as a career?
  • 30:00 - What does the word 'mastery' mean to Trish as a professional?
  • 31:45 - What does mastery mean to a leader, especially in the science field?
  • 32:50 - What has Trish changed her mind about recently?
  • 34:15 - What does Trish do to remain creative?
  • 35:10 - What does Trish attribute her success to?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/building-an-industry-leading-innovation-engine-with-trish-malarkey/

Oct 11 2016

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Rank #7: 050 - Hacking flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit

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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.

What was covered

  • 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 
  • How flow is one of the most important skills for employees to have in the 21st century, its importance in driving creative problem solving in the VUCA world, and why companies like Patagonia embed it into their cultures and processes. 
  • The four stages of flow, and what you can do to build it into your work and personal life.  

Key Takeaways and Learnings 

  • 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 
  • Understanding the triggers of flow and how using one or more effectively in managing yourself and employees in business can maximize Flow performance  
  • 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 

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Jun 13 2017

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Rank #8: 025 - Disrupting Finance From Within a Leading Swiss Bank with Dave Bruno

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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!

  • 01:55 - Who is David Bruno?
  • 03:45 - What are some of David's current goals?
  • 06:25 - David currently has a staff of around 12-15 people.
  • 07:25 - How does David find new opportunities?
  • 08:30 - How does David build trust among his peers and clients?
  • 09:25 - The client's reputation, family and health is much more important than their bank account.
  • 10:20 - All passwords are hackable.
  • 14:30 - What does YNOME do?
  • 15:35 - How does David work with millennials to innovate for the millennial market?
  • 17:10 - How does David keep his board members engaged with the younger generation?
  • 19:10 - David talks on how he attracts and retains talent.
  • 20:50 - How does David properly educate and train his team?
  • 22:35 - Banking managers have to hire in a different way based on the current marketplace.
  • 25:10 - You have to motivate people from the heart.
  • 28:20 - Millennials want to be able to compare financial institutions and choose the best option for them.
  • 31:40 - What has David changed his mind about recently?
  • 33:00 - What does David do to remain creative?
  • 34:15 - To what does David contribute his success in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/disrupting-finance-from-within-a-leading-swiss-bank-with-dave-bruno/

Sep 27 2016

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Rank #9: 041 - Exploring the Power of Pause with Leadership Thought-Leader and Korn Ferry Senior Partner, Kevin Cashman.

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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.

Feb 14 2017

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Rank #10: 032 - Beautiful, Transformative Constraints, and Why They Are Core to Innovation and Inventiveness with Adam Morgan

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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!

  • 03:55 - Why did Adam write a book about constraints?
  • 06:30 - Although constraints may have a bad rep, most of us understand on a basic level, that constraints are a good thing.
  • 10:05 - There are three types of stages everybody goes through when they are faced with a difficult constraint.
  • 13:45 - How do you keep optimism alive when faced with a difficult problem? By rephrasing the question.
  • 19:55 - Adam was sitting in on a meeting, and the CEO said, “This year, we need to do more with less.” His staff was shocked, because no one knew what he meant, and they had already been working till 9 to 10 at night
  • 22:55 - There are six steps outlined in Adam’s book, on how to transform your limitations into advantages. Of those six, which one has made the most impact on people?
  • 29:40 - What constraints did Adam personally experience, when writing the book?
  • 37:10 - What advice does Adam have for struggling intrapreneurs?
  • 41:35 - Adam shares an example of how Virgin America was able to unlock the power of constraint, and use it to their advantage.
  • 45:55 - What has Adam changed his mind about recently?
  • 48:10 - What does Adam do to remain innovative and creative?
  • 48:55 - What does Adam attribute his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/beautiful-transformative-constraints-and-why-they-are-core-to-innovation-and-inventiveness-with-adam-morgan/

Nov 15 2016

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Rank #11: 046-Shapeshifting Companies of the Future with Dr. Bob Johansen of Institute for the Future

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In this episode we are joined by Bob Johansen who has been helping organisations around the world prepare for and shape the future for nearly forty years. Bob is a distinguished fellow at Institute for the Future where he utilises his extensive training in the social sciences and experience with top leaders of business, government, and nonprofit organisations to encourage thoughtful consideration of the long-term future. He is also author of a number of books exploring potential futures most recently Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain Age and The Reciprocity Advantage: A New Way to Partner for Innovation and Growth.

What we cover:
  • Bob explains how he and IFTF help companies like McKinsey, Tesco, UPS, Disney, McDonald's, and Syngenta navigate and survive in the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world of the future.
  • We discuss the roles for leaders, organisations and individuals in this world of the future – what will and what won’t work based on case studies in his two recent books Leaders Make the Future and The Reciprocity Advantage.
  • Explore what particular skills and mindsets will be most in demand in the future and how some words of wisdom from Peter Drucker informed his own mindset and habits.

Mar 21 2017

49mins

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Rank #12: 057 - To Fear is Human with Akshay Nanavati, the Author of Fearvana

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In this episode, author and speaker, Akshay Nanavati, joins us to discuss his new book, Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear into Health, Wealth and Happiness, 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.

What Was Covered

  • Akshay’s definition of Fearvana as the state of bliss that results from engaging our fears to pursue our own worthy struggle
  • 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
  • The view that we should Feel whatever we feel, whatever shows up, it's what we do with it that matters
  • Ashkay’s research into neuroplasticity and the ability to rewire neuro-connections in the brain through introspection and habit changing

Key Takeaways and Learnings

  • The importance of acknowledging and accepting our own fears without judgement as the key to mental, physical and spiritual growth
  • Proven techniques to allow us to change the relationship to our emotions
  • 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

Sep 26 2017

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Rank #13: 035 - Mind+Machine Strategies That Enable Corporations to Develop New Innovation Capabilities, and Make Better Decisions Faster with Marc Vollenweider

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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: ● Marc’s transition from being a McKinsey partner to founding a business employing over 3,500 people. ● 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. ● The counter-intuitive benefits arising from simplification and automation.

  • 04:30 - When Marc transition from executive to entrepreneur, what did he learn the most during that journey?
  • 06:05 - How did Marc grow his business so rapidly?
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 21:15 - Marc doesn’t believe he’s disrupting the industry. He believes he’s exposing new trends, which then lead to new possibilities.
  • 23:55 - When looking at the future of businesses, where does Marc see the biggest opportunities?
  • 29:00 - Why did Marc write the book Mind+Machine?
  • 33:05 - What kind of topics in Marc’s book resonate the most with readers who are fresh to the subject?
  • 40:25 - In a lot of ways, small companies have a bigger advantage when it comes to disruption.
  • 43:20 - How does Marc simplify his personal life?
  • 47:00 - What has Marc changed his mind about recently?
  • 48:20 - What does Marc do to remain creative and innovative?
  • 50:15 - What does Marc attibutue his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/mindmachine-strategies-that-enable-corporations-to-develop-new-innovation-capabilities-and-make-better-decisions-faster-with-marc-vollenweider/

Dec 06 2016

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Rank #14: 040 - Democratising Elite Performance Tools with Dr. Andy Walshe of Red Bull Stratos

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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.

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.

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.

Feb 07 2017

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Rank #15: 044 - Combining Startup and Corporate with Jenny Fielding of Techstars

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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.

  In this episode we cover:
  • Jenny’s extraordinary success scaling and exiting her first startup Switch-Mobile in three years
  • How she moved a legacy organisation like BBC into the new digital era and founded BBC Labs, the UK’s first corporate incubator.
  • 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.

 

What we learned:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Mar 07 2017

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Rank #16: 045 - Deciphering Innovator Archetypes with Tamara Kleinberg of LaunchStreet

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In this episode we are joined by Tamara Kleinberg, serial innovator, keynote speaker, creator the Innovation Quotient Edge (IQE) Assessment and founder of LaunchStreet, a leading platform for individuals and organisations seeking to innovate.

In this episode we cover:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Mar 14 2017

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Rank #17: 047 – Lessons from Season 3 and the Difficulties Innovators Face

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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.

Mar 28 2017

35mins

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Rank #18: 061 - Bottling Amazonian Wisdom with Tyler Gage, the Co-Founder of RUNA

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In this episode we’re joined by Tyler Gage, co-founder of the organic tea company Runa, and author of the book, Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life. Tyler shares how his immersion into life in the Amazon guided him in building a socially responsible business able to thrive in the hyper-competitive soft drinks segment.

What Was Covered
  • How Tyler’s interest in peak performance led him to indigenous elders in the Amazon and how life there inspired him to build a business
  • The parallels to be found from the Amazonian concept of wisdom and modern business and entrepreneurship
  • Discovering strength in vulnerability and how admitting what we don’t know creates an environment to learn from others
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • How the sophisticated listening and landscape awareness skills that are required to provide food in the Amazon can deliver success for an executive or entrepreneur
  • Seeing obstacles as teachers, and how this tribal practice of the South American rainforests is a winning strategy for business problem solving
  • How businesses can use their “taproot”, their reason for existence, to create cultures that inspire employees
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Nov 21 2017

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Rank #19: 059 - Four Pillars of Good Board Governance with Prof. Didier Cossin

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In this episode, we are joined by Founder and Director of the IMD Global Board CenterProf. Didier Cossin. 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.  

What Was Covered

  • Didier’s definition of board governance as “the art of decision making at the top of organizations”
  • 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”
  • 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

Key Takeaways and Learnings

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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Oct 24 2017

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Rank #20: 053 - Scrappy Intrapreneur Transforming Customer Experiences with Kyle Nicholas McCray

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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. 

What Was Covered

  • Why Kyle decided to set up Scrappy Labs and the purpose of an innovation lab within a traditionally ‘small i’ innovation organisation 
  • APMC’s approach to ‘institutionalizing innovation’ and its focus on how it communicates with its customers – the foundation of a services business 
  • How Kyle acknowledges generational gaps between the company and its customers and how he responds to and leverages new trends and changes 

Key Takeaways and Learnings

  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 

Aug 01 2017

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087 - Colliding with the Unexpected with Gillian Tett

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In this episode, we are joined by author and journalist, Gillian Tett, to discuss the role anthropology plays in today’s business world. Gillian is the author of the award-winning book, Fool’s Gold, which analyses the origin of the 2008 financial crisis, and most recently, The Silo Effect, and is currently a columnist and US Managing Editor of The Financial Times.

What Was Covered

  • Why more and more companies today are turning to anthropologists for insight into employee and consumer culture.
  • What executives can do to prevent silos from developing within their organizations.
  • How anthropology and cultural awareness can help us to understand and predict the future of the digital and technology economy.
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • Social silences: why we should pay more attention to what we’re not talking about.
  • Insider-outsider perspective: how empathizing and contextualizing can help executives to analyze their own company cultures and structures.
  • Slack: why the freedom to collide with the unexpected can lead to innovation.
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Dec 11 2018

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086 - Catalysing Innovation with Questions with Hal Gregersen

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In this episode, we are joined by Hal Gregersen, author of The Innovator’s DNA, to discuss his latest book, Questions are the Answer. Hal is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation and the Executive Director of the Leadership Center at MIT, and has previously taught at Dartmouth College, The World Economic Forum, and the London Business School.

What was covered

  • Why Hal believes most CEOs have trouble asking questions and how to pivot from answer-centric to question-led leadership.
  • How to be a better leader by asking the ‘different, better question’ and using the ‘power of the pause’.
  • How Hal’s question-first process of reframing of challenges can help us discover the winning solution.
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • Associational thinking: how observing, networking, and experimenting helps the world’s top leaders find novel solutions nobody has thought of before.
  • Catalytic questions: why challenging our false assumptions of the world forces us to create new beliefs and act on our questions.
  • Question bursts: why receiving no answers to our questions can help us to innovatively solve problems.
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Dec 04 2018

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085 - Fearless Outperformance: Creating Conditions for the Very Best Teams to Excel with Amy Edmondson

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In this episode, we are joined by Amy C. Edmondson to discuss her latest book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth. Amy is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School and is the world expert on psychological safety, a topic recently made famous by the findings of Google’s Project Aristotle, the quest to build the perfect team.

What Was Covered

  • How leaders can create psychologically safe environments in the workplace, in service of innovation and profitable growth.
  • The ‘fearless’ organization, and why fear-based leadership strategies are a recipe for failure.
  • How leaders leverage approaches from indigenous cultures to deal with some of the worlds more pressing VUCA challenges
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • Psychological safety: why workplaces should be safe spaces for employees to explore, experiment and solve problems.
  • Uncertainty and interdependence: why human and interpersonal fears create unsafe work environments.
  • Silence: why keeping quiet can be dangerous and result in enormous mistakes and value destruction, as well as lost market opportunities.
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Nov 27 2018

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084 - Silicon Valley: from "a Bicycle for the Mind” to “Opiate for the Masses” with Adam Fisher

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In this episode, we are joined by writer and speaker, Adam Fisher, to discuss his latest book, Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley (As Told by the Hackers, Founders, and Freaks Who Made It Boom). Adam has previously worked as a freelance journalist for a variety of prestigious publications and as Features Editor of New York Magazine and Wired Magazine.

  • The Silicon Valley of today, and why Adam believes the industry is now a game between the old and the young
  • The origins of gaming, and the declining role played by women over the course of its evolution
  • The counterculture of Silicon Valley, and why today’s social media obsessed society has corrupted the science of computing
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • Nerd culture: how today’s popular culture has been taken over by the less popular
  • Morality: how a social media obsessed world is failing humanity
  • Doing: why the future of computing innovation relies on doing and not talking
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Nov 20 2018

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083 - Museums as “Curators of Epiphanies”: an Untapped Treasure Trove of Lessons for Leaders with Wanda Draper

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In this episode, we are joined by Wanda Draper, who is the Executive Director at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture to discuss her experience on the board of a museum and how museums can influence innovation. Wanda has over 40 years of experience in both broadcast and print journalism and has previously worked as Director of Programming at NBC-affiliated WBALTV, Director of Public Information for the Governor of Maryland, and as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun.

  • How Wanda uses her transferable communication skills from her time as a journalist to create a new communicative culture.
  • Why museums can offer fresh and creative perspectives that can help spark innovation.
  • How Wanda is helping to shape a new and different kind of museum experience.
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • Inclusivity: how museums are helping to influence visitors of all generations and ethnicities to learn and connect.
  • Lessons: why exhibitions and artworks offer a lesson to be learned.
  • Growth: how museums today are offering unique and personal learning experiences.
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Nov 14 2018

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082 - Gorillas In Our Midst with Christopher Chabris

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In this episode, we are joined by cognitive psychologist, Christopher Chabris, who is perhaps best known for his collaborative research on the Ig Nobel prize-winning ‘Gorillas in Our Midst’ experiment and his subsequent popular psychology book, The Invisible Gorilla. Chris is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Union College in New York and a Senior Investigator at Geisinger Health System.

  • Why Chris believes companies often fail the test of inattentional blindness during the product design phase.
  • Why our attention is more limited than we think and how learning self-control can help us to take in more information.
  • Why we overvalue confidence and how we can work to recognize and overcome our own cognitive biases.
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • Inattentional blindness: the surprising facts on how limited our attention is.
  • Illusion of attention: why we think we pay more attention to things than we actually do.
  • Human cognitive architecture: how understanding the limitations and foibles of the human mind can lead to successful product and technology design.
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Nov 06 2018

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081 - Fighting The Good Fight Against Bias with Dolly Chugh

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In this episode, we are joined by author and social scientist, Dolly Chugh, to discuss her book, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, which studies how implicit bias and unintentional ethical behavior affects our everyday decision making. Dolly is a Professor of Management and Organizations at New York University, has won several awards for excellence in teaching and ethics, and is a monthly columnist for Forbes.com.

  • Why our brains are biased, and the ways in which we can begin to recognize our own conscious and unconscious biases
  • Why confirmation bias can hinder the success of a recruiting the best potential talent in the workplace
  • How we can learn to recognize and use our own privileges to challenge and help change other people’s biases
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • The growth mindset: why seeing ourselves as a ‘work in progress’ can help us to learn from other perspectives
  • Conscious and unconscious biases: why affinities and associations with our personal identity can lead us to make less successful decisions
  • The business benefits that come from bringing in different perspectives to core business processes, including higher levels of innovation, increased creativity, improved employee retention and recruiting success
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Oct 23 2018

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080 - Little Nudges, Big Results

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In this episode, we are joined by Steven MacGregor, who is the founder and CEO of The Leadership Academy of Barcelona and author of Sustaining Executive Performance and his latest book is Chief Wellbeing Officer, in which he discusses the importance of maintaining positive mental health in the workplace. Steven is also an academic specializing in executive education and has taught at Stanford University, IMD at Lausanne, and CIBS in Shanghai.

  • Why Steven believes that positive mental health and humanity will help us to thrive in the future world of work .
  • How not to be over busy, and the benefits of slowing down in the workplace.
  • Why Steven believes we should focus on the small picture, and how to quickly learn new and automatic habits.
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • Ambiguity: why being flexible, employing different solutions and the ability to pivot is an essential skill set for successful senior executives.
  • Small gains: how multiple improvements, however small, can have a big impact on results.
  • Mindfulness and well being: how taking care of your mental health can help lead you become a top performer.
  • Agility: how movement can help to boost innovation and allow us to learn fresh perspectives.
  • Nudges: how to take back your worries and feel healthier by hacking your social and environment rituals.
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Oct 09 2018

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079 - Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance with Angela Duckworth

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In this episode, we are joined by Angela Duckworth, who is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, which proposes the concept of ‘grit’ as using passion and personal conscientiousness to achieve long-term goals. Angela has also been a winner of the MacArthur Genius Fellowship.

What Was Covered

  • How passion and perseverance is at the heart of grit and its contribution to high performance
  • The naturalness bias and our preference towards those we perceive as naturally talented compared to those who strive to achieve success
  • The mundanity of excellence and how champions learn to love the discipline of working on their craft
  • How successful people use hopeful mindset to solve challenges, setbacks, and failures.
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • Focus: why the most successful gritty high performers spend up to 70% of their time developing their passion alone.
  • Assets of passion: the four developmental stages we experience in realizing our passions in life.
  • Top level goals: how to set your most important priorities aside from lesser interests as a path to achieving your top-level goal.
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Sep 25 2018

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078 - Human Innovation, Smart Machines with Ed Hess

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In this episode, we are joined by author and professor, Ed Hess. Ed has published several notable books on learning and innovation including Learn or Die and his most recent work, Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age. Ed is currently a professor, Batten Executive-in-Residence and Batten Faculty Fellow at the Darden Graduate Business School at the University of Virginia.

  • The company of the future in the smart machine age is one where innovation is the strategic differentiator - as operational excellence is going to be primarily technology enabled
  • How human learning underpins both operational excellence and innovation
  • Why mitigating and overcoming fear and ego is the key to becoming a better learner.
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • ‘Unbossing’ and how to create an idea meritocracy by devaluing the hierarchy of empowerment.
  • How the future of technology will humanize business, help people to overcome their own personal limitations and develop as highly creative, intuitive, and innovative human beings.
  • How changing our mental models can help us develop listening and engagement skills to connect with others to drive innovation.
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Sep 11 2018

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077 - Season 4 Wrap Up: What Is Your Most Significant Failure/”Low”, What Have You Learned From It and How Have You Applied That Learning?

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“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. So said Winston Churchill, a man who had his fair share of professional disasters to accompany his well known successes.

A less painful and more practical strategy for many of us might be to learn from other people’s mistakes. There can be no doubt that you will encounter unexpected and unwanted outcomes as a result of looking at the world through multiple perspectives, or as a result of changing or adapting your work habits in order to remain fresh and creative. So we all need to be prepared for the inevitable lows and I believe that the key is to quickly identify your mistake and take action.

It is for this reason we ask every guest about their most significant lows, and what they have learned from them.

Given their diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, here are some examples from the trenches about how a few of our highly accomplished guests from Season 4 from the worlds of business, academia, sports, science, and the arts have emerged from there lows and how they take that learning forward to create success.

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Jul 24 2018

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076 - Season 4 Wrap Up: How Do You Remain Creative And Expose Yourself To Fresh Perspectives?

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We believe passionately in the power of multiple perspectives to build and sustain innovation ecosystems.

And yet we are all creatures of habits, following schedules and routines that enable us to continue to perform at high levels, but which might leave us with little room for exploring the new. So unless we proactively seek out fresh perspectives, we run the risk of remaining in our own personal bubbles, surrounded by people who think only like us, so increasing the risk of biases like groupthink, not-invented-here and confirmation bias.

We always ask our guests what they do to remain fresh, to seek out diverse perspectives, and the answers are often surprisingly simple and practical. Here we provide a selection of tactics, all of which are easy to do, but are equally easy not to do. By regularly exercising your innovation muscles, the benefits to you and your organization will build up and compound over time, as these world class performers have discovered.

Jul 10 2018

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075 - Season 4 Wrap Up: What Have You Changed Your Mind About Recently?

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Season 4 of the Innovation Ecosystem Podcast has been a long one, starting with episode 48, and ending with episode 74. As ever, we have been extremely fortunate to have been able to attract some remarkable guests from the worlds of business, academia, sports, science and the arts, and all of these guests are world-class in their chosen field.

We ask our guests the same three questions, which get to the heart of what it takes as a leader to create an innovation ecosystem in your organization, irrespective of what business you are in, and where you are located.  The guests are given these questions in advance so that they can reflect on them and the answers are invariably very insightful. The first of these three questions, "What Have You Changed Your Mind About Recently?" is the topic for this wrap up episode. The other two questions are featured in subsequent episodes.

The inspiration for the first question came from Charlie Munger, who in many respects constitutes one of the main wellsprings of inspiration for the Innovation Ecosystem.

Several years ago Charlie Munger made the following statement: “a year in which you do not change your mind on some big idea that is important to you is a wasted year”.  This question gets to the heart of the unconscious biases that we as individuals all suffer from. Many of us go through life seeking confirmatory evidence to reinforce our decisions. Sometimes however, we are able to overcome this confirmation bias and change our minds on something big. From a business point of view it is key that you are able to overcome the organizational biases like "not invented here" syndrome, groupthink, the halo effect, stereotyping: this is how we can start to look at the market differently,  to build our innovation muscles, to innovate around multiple value drivers,  to change our perspective and the perspectives of those around us. So this is why we ask our guests this question, and the answers are fascinating.

Jun 26 2018

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074 - After The Storm: The View from Brazil with Ricardo Amorim

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In this episode, we are joined by economist and entrepreneur, Ricardo Amorim. Ricardo is founder and CEO of Ricam Consultoria, a financial and investment consultancy, and recent startups AAA Academy and Smartrips. Ricardo is also the author of the best-selling book, After the Storm, is a host on Brazil’s leading news channel, GloboNews, and is a lecturer and keynote speaker.

  • Why Brazil’s market has been historically volatile, and what Ricardo believes are the solutions to this
  • Why Ricardo forecasts that despite a recent ‘economic depression’, Brazil’s economy is set to boom in the next three to five years
  • Why Brazil’s agribusiness is set to soar in the near future, and how available land and advancing technology is helping to bring investment to the country’s farmlands
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • How the country is recovering from recent economic crisis by focusing on innovation and startups to rival South America’s smaller markets and the larger global markets
  • The challenges that Brazilian companies face in attracting home and foreign business investments, and why this creates hidden opportunities for potential investors
  • The role that culture and history have played in Brazil’s tendency towards short term thinking in business and the steps being taken to encourage more of an ‘owners mindset’ to to take advantage of the enormous opportunities in that market
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Jun 12 2018

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073 - Innovation in Africa with Jean-Claude Bastos

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In this episode, we are joined by entrepreneur and innovation influencer, Jean-Claude Bastos. Jean-Claude is the founder of Quantum Global Group, Banco Kwanza, Angola’s first investment bank, and The African Innovation Foundation (AIF), which aims to support sustainable projects in Africa and hosts the annual Innovation Prize for Africa.

  • Jean-Claude’s perspectives on Africa developed from his long experience through education, innovation hubs, and technology training and why he sees the continent as “the last frontier in business and innovation"
  • How the demographics of Africa - where in 60% of the population is under 19 -years of age - impacts its approach to innovation
  • How the African Innovation Foundation has helped innovators transform $13m of investment into $200m of valuations
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • How the AIF’s created an innovation ecosystem, which includes an incubator, accelerator, co-working spaces, make it spaces, and cultural hubs to connect innovators and investors in Africa
  • How companies who have invested in Africa have used employee ”loyalty programs” as an approach to retain local talent, where social safety nets are often weak
  • The traps international businesses risk falling into if they view Africa as a monolith. Its diversity of histories, languages and cultures, etc., mean that approaches to business vary widely across the continent
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May 29 2018

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072 - Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent with Gib Bulloch

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In this episode, writer, speaker, and intrapreneur, Gib Bulloch, joins us to discuss his newly released book, The Intrapreneur: Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent. He spent 20 years at Accenture where he started Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), a buinsess unit set up to leverage that business’s expertise and experience in service of global development organizations.Gib now works as a consultant specializing in intrapreneurship, social enterprise, and cross-sectoral partnerships. He is also a noted public speaker and has contributed to The Huffington Post, Businessweek, and The Stanford Social Innovation Review.

  • Why CEOs and leaders need to make changes in organisational processes and to cultural norms to reflect the changing needs of the workforce of tomorrow
  • How best practices from the world’s most admired companies can be used to deliver impact via the work of global development organizations
  • Why if people “want to think out of the box" they need to get out of the box to apply their skills; a different context as a way of seeing things they would not otherwise see in their normal daily routines
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • How organisational cultures, norms, and middle management (the “corporate immune system”) conspire invisibly to stop innovation in its tracks
  • The power of bottom-up change; Gib’s call to action for millennials to push for change within their organizations both individually and collectively
  • The possibilities of “not for loss” business models that are cost neutral to shareholders and have measurable business benefits
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May 15 2018

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071 - Learn, Leap, Rinse, Repeat with Whitney Johnson

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In this episode, we are joined by Whitney Johnson to discuss her upcoming book, Build an A-Team. Whitney is the author of the bestselling book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Innovation to Work, and is the founder of the accompanying Disrupt Yourself podcast. Whitney is also a noted speaker, and executive and innovation coach, and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review.

What was covered

  • The S-curve, and how it can be used to gauge not only product growth and investment, but individual learning and innovation
  • The stages of learning in the S-curve, and how to predict challenges and boredom in the individual learning process in order to drive growth and prevent a lack of innovation
  • Why Whitney believes organizations should hire “disruptively”, taking on market rather than competitive risk for this core business process
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • ‘Onrampers’ and ‘boomerangers’, and how organizations can benefit from hiring these ex-employees who return with fresh skills and competitor and client knowledge
  • ‘Taking the pulse of the workplace’ and how to optimize your people for innovation and predict disruption by analyzing the different stages of learning within your team
  • ‘Learn, leap, repeat’; Whitney’s theory for leaders on how to use the S-curve model to lead teams towards innovation by implementing fresh learning cycles
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May 01 2018

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070 - The Return on Investment of Mental Models with Robert Hagstrom

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In this episode, we are joined by Robert Hagstrom, who is an author, investment strategist, and portfolio manager. His books include The New York Times bestselling The Warren Buffett Way and The NASCAR Way: The Business That Drives the Sport and the recently republished Investing: The Last Liberal Art, in which he investigates investment concepts that lie out with traditional economics.

What Was Covered

  • Robert's commitment to the “latticework” theory of investing, which is based on building connections between different mental models and disciplines
  • The reasons that Robert views biology as the better discipline to think about markets rather than the physics based approach most commonly used in modern portfolio theory
  • The risks of comparative analysis for decision making given our tendency to look for what is similar more than what is different
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • Steps to being a better investor by using multiple models of comparison and analysis and observing multiple perspectives
  • Robert's advice on the questions to ask yourself before investing in companies, and how he personally looks for growth in potential new investments
  • How to think outside of traditional economic theory and use concepts from biology, philosophy, and psychology to make better business decisions
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Apr 17 2018

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069 - Innovating, Medici style with Frans Johansson

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In this episode, we are joined by author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Frans Johansson. Frans is the author of the bestselling book, The Medici Effect, from which the now popular term was coined, and more recently, The Click Moment. Frans is the Founder and CEO of The Medici Group, a consultancy firm which promotes innovation through diversity.

  • The Medici Effect, the name given to what happened in a period in Florence history where creative individuals from myriad disciplines, sculptors, architects, painters, philosophers, etc., were able to break down the boundaries between the different disciplines and cultures and ignite what became one of the most creative eras in Europe's history and the lessons it has for today’s workd of business
  • How the instinct to surround yourself with people like yourself creates barriers to innovation
  • How organizations typically do not properly capitalize on the valuable resource that new hires bring – a critical period where new concepts and ideas can be introduced
  • How to introduce diversity at executive level by overcoming the fear of the unpredictability of innovation
Key Takeaways and Learning
  • How diversity drives innovation through different perspectives that build upon each other to break new ground
  • The concept of “Intersectional hunting” - to actively look for a field or a discipline or a person or a culture that doesn't necessarily make immediate sense and then through that make a connection, then using this to tackle the issue, opportunity, challenge that you have at hand in a new way
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Apr 03 2018

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068 - Accidental CEO with David Novak

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In this episode, we are joined by David Novak, former CEO and Founder of Yum! Brands which includes Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and KFC. David is the author of several books including Taking People With You and his biography The Education of An Accidental CEO. Most recently, David has co-founded oGoLead, a digital leadership training platform that aims to change the world by building better leaders.

  • Why David believes there is a toxic leadership problem in today’s business world and the role leadership training has to play in solving this problem
  • The recognition methods and processes that are central to David’s leadership philosophy
  • How David uses his experience as a marketer to get inside the minds of the people he leads to learn perceptions, habits, and beliefs and so better understand where to focus efforts to achieve change
Key Takeaways and Learnings
  • ‘Heartwiring’ and ‘Hardwiring’; why leading from your heart and making others feel valued is just as important to business results as process excellence
  • ‘Freedom within a framework’; how David boosted the international market for US fast food brands through localization
  • ‘Extraordinary authenticity’; why self-awareness and being confident yet vulnerable is the key to becoming a better leader
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Mar 20 2018

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Food for thought... Inspiring!

By GusGusBer - Oct 04 2016
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What a great way to learn and grow! A very professional podcast series, highly recommended.

Fresh and Interesting

By heyo kayo - Apr 03 2016
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Great discussions and insights.