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OutsideVoices with Mark Bidwell

In OutsideVoices Mark Bidwell talks to remarkable and compelling leaders from the worlds of business, exploration, arts, sports, and academia. In these conversations he explores topics of fundamental importance to many of us today, both in work and in life, topics ranging from leadership and performance to creativity and growth.

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

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 Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Adam via Twitter or LinkedIn Adam's website Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley (As Told by the Hackers, Founders, and Freaks Who Made It Boom), a book by Adam Fisher The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine, a paper by Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page Kim Stanley Robinson books Innovaton Ecosystem Episode 050 – Hacking Flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit with Steven Kotler


20 Nov 2018

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Accidental CEO with David Novak

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 Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with David Novak via Twitter or LinkedIn David Novak's website Lift a Life Foundation, website Lead2Feed program Taking People With You, a book by David Novak The Education of An Accidental CEO, a book by David Novak Yum!Brands, website oGoInsider Leadership Podcast with David Novak, Episode #8 - Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMORGAN CHASE


26 May 2020

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The Space Between Hesitation and Commitment with Michael Gervais

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 you can dissolve pressure A definition of failure that challenges us to step up Time Stamps: 03:20 - How Michael helps people become the best they can be 05:00 - How he helps people think more clearly when under pressure 05:25 - What ‘micro-choking’ means 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 - Corporate America is riddled with narcissists. This actually kills success. 16:25 - How Michael sees risk and failure show up in the executive suites 19:20 - How personal philosophy differs 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 Michael ha 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 Michael has changed his mind about recently 42:55 - What he does to remain creative and innovative 44:25 - What he attributes his success in life to Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:  Finding Mastery https://findingmastery.net/ Compete to Create https://competetocreate.net/ Connect with Dr. Michael Gervais on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaelgervais/


25 Aug 2020

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

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 Links and Resources Mentioned in This Podcast Greg Satell's blog DigitalTonto.com Buy Greg's book Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age Download first chapter of the book HERE Get in touch with Greg on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, a book by General Stanley McChrystal Innovation Ecosystem Episode 050: Hacking Flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit with Steven Kotler


12 Sep 2017

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Angela Duckworth: Grit - The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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 realising 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. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Angela Duckworth via Twitter or Facebook  Angela's websites: https://angeladuckworth.com/ and https://www.characterlab.org/ Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, a book by Angela Duckworth Angela's TED talk University of Pennsylvania, website McKinsey, website The Mundanity of Excellence: An Ethnographic Report on Stratification and Olympic Swimmers Daniel F. Chambliss


26 Mar 2020

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Pre-suasion: How to Influence With Integrity with Robert Cialdini

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. What is Covered 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? Links And Resources: Pre-suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade, a book by Robert Cialdini Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, a book by Robert Cialdini Influence at Work Connect with Robert Cialdini on LinkedIn


7 Jul 2020

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

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. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Amy via Twitter or LinkedIn Amy's page at Harvard Business School The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth, a book by Amy Edmondson What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team, HBS case by Charles Duhigg Cynthia Carroll at Anglo American, an article by Gautam Mukunda, Lisa Mazzanti and Aldo Sesia The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, a book by Kate Moore Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life, a book by Hal Gregersen Other mentions: Thinkers50, Bridgewater, Eilleen Fisher fashion Company, Pixar, Volkswagen, Wells Fargo Human Innovation, Smart Machines with Ed Hess, OutsideVoices Podcast Inventing The Future with Business Model Innovation with Alex Osterwalder, OutsideVoices Podcast Connect with OutsideVoices Follow us on LinkedIn Check us out on Twitter


22 Dec 2020

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027 - Building An Industry-Leading Innovation Engine with Trish Malarkey

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/


11 Oct 2016

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

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/


6 Dec 2016

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Innovating, Medici style with Frans Johansson

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. What Was Covered 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 world 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 Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Frans Johansson via Twitter or LinkedIn Frans Johansson's website The Medici Group, website The Medici Effect, a book by Frans Johansson The Click Moment,  a book by Frans Johansson Lucky or Smart, a book by Bo Peabody


1 May 2020

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Beautiful, Transformative Constraints, and Why They Are Core to Innovation with Adam Morgan

Adam Morgan founded the company eatbigfish, which challenges the status quo and creates an environment of challenger thinking and behavior. In this episode, Adam discusses his book "A Beautiful Constraint," and talks on how intrapreneurs can leverage their limits to come up with creative solutions.  What Is Covered 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? Links And Resources Mentioned In This Episode:  eatbigfish: https://www.eatbigfish.com/ A Beautiful Constraint: How To Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages: https://www.eatbigfish.com/books/a-beautiful-constraint Connect with Adam Morgan on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/eatbigfish Connect with Adam Morgan by email


28 Jul 2020

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067 - The Answer Is... a Question, with Warren Berger

In this episode, author and journalist Warren Berger joins us to discuss his book, A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry in Sparking Breakthrough Ideas, which examines the ways in which deep questioning fuels innovation. Warren has contributed articles and stories to The New York Times, GQ, New York magazine, and The Los Angeles Times, and was previously magazine editor for CBS and contributing editor for Wired. How questioning leads to innovation and why Warren believes the best innovation is fuelled by an endless cycle of questioning at every stage The benefits of both informed and uninformed questioning and how these differences interplay within different work cultures How to get into deep questioning within the constraints of existing processes and routines Key Takeaways and Learnings How to use combinatorial thinking and sharing questions with other people, colleagues, and experts to learn perspectives and arrive at solutions that others hadn’t necessarily looked at before How ‘Why?’,‘How might I?’ and ‘What if?’ questions help to create new realities by combining things that don’t typically work together How to develop the habit of asking questions as a leader, and how to encourage your colleagues and team members to question with courage, curiosity, and focus Links and Resources Covered in this Episode Get in touch with Warren Berger via Twitter Warren Berger's website1 and website2 More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas, a book by Warren Berger Right Question Institute, website Christensen Institute, website Brain Pickings, a blog by Maria Popova Adam Grant, website Daniel Pink, website Farnam Street, website


6 Mar 2018

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When Big and Small Make Great with Brad Feld

This week we are joined by entrepreneur, author and venture capitalist, Brad Feld. Brad is a co-founder of Techstars, a platform for startups to access funding and entrepreneurial networking, and is also the co-founder of venture capital firm, Foundry Group. Brad is the author of several books on startups as well as an entrepreneurial advice blog. He sits on the board of several technology startups and was an early investor in Fitbit, Zynga, and Harmonix. What Was Covered How startup ecosystems have changed – and become more democratized – in the 30 years in which Brad has been active within them How digitization of production, distribution, customer relationships, etc., is making strategic “moats” much more penetrable than they were before How diversity of an ecosystem builds resilience but how our biases (both conscious and unconscious) make this difficult for us Key Takeaways and Learnings Those large organizations that are extracting greatest benefit from startup ecosystems are doing so not through control (typical of a hierarchy) but through engagement and feeding back learning into their own institution – creating high levels of “return on learning” This large company engagement with entrepreneurs also builds loyalty, so that as startups grow they can become a positive weapon rather than a threat Great innovation leaders combine continua practical skills development (getting good at your work) with endless and radical self-inquiry (embracing lifelong learning and exploration) Resources and Links Mentioned in this Podcast Brad's blogs Feld Thoughts and Venture Deals Get in touch with Brad on Twitter, LinkedIn and via email The companies co-founded by Brad Feld: Foundry Group, Techstars, Mobius Venture Capital The companies Brad invested in: Uber, Fitbit, Zynga, Harmonix Other mentions: Kauffman Foundation, Cox Enterprises, Amazon, Target, Metro, Barclays, Cedars-Sinai, Rover, Reboot.io  Brad Feld's books The Ideal Financial Reporting Tempo for a VC-Backed Company, blog post published on Feld Thoughts (January 2017) Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, edited by Peter D. Kaufman Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't, a book by Jim Collins


9 Jun 2020

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026 - Creating a Practice of Lifelong Learning with Pamay Bassey

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/


4 Oct 2016

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045 - Deciphering Innovator Archetypes with Tamara Kleinberg of LaunchStreet

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.


14 Mar 2017

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057 - To Fear is Human with Akshay Nanavati, the Author of Fearvana

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


26 Sep 2017

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Bottling Amazonian Wisdom with Tyler Gage, the Co-Founder of RUNA

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 Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Tyler Gage's website RUNA website Get the book Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life by Tyler Gage Get in touch with Tyler via LinkedIn or email The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answer, a book by Ben Horowitz The Republic of Tea: Letters to a Young Entrepreneur, a book by Mel Ziegler, Bill Rosenzweig and Patricia Ziegler


23 Jun 2020

Rank #17

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047 – Lessons from Season 3 and the Difficulties Innovators Face

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.


28 Mar 2017

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025 - Disrupting Finance From Within a Leading Swiss Bank with Dave Bruno

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/


27 Sep 2016

Rank #19

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Human Innovation, Smart Machines with Ed Hess

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. What is Covered 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. Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode Get in touch with Ed Hess via email, LinkedIn or Twitter  Darden Business School at the University of Virginia Learn or Die, a book by Ed Hess Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age, a book by Ed Hess Bridgewater Associates Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences, a book by William Richards Bone Games: Extreme Sports, Shamanism, Zen, and the Search for Transcendence, a book by Rob Schultheis Hacking Flow: How to Make Outperformance a Habit with Steven Kotler – OutsideVoice Podcast


17 Dec 2020

Rank #20